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    The colony of Isra is busy, friendly, and total chaos. A half-dozen inflatable domes are clustered on a promontory with a nice view of the ice fields to the south, and more synth-only communities are built in a rough ring where only the most hardy can survive. Gatecrashers from all over the system rub elbows in the taverns and clubs of the colony, offering all the luxuries of home with few of the hang-ups. For professional crashers, this is not a home away from home; it's a home full stop.

    And now six crashers are leaving it, perhaps never to return. After leaving an updated ego on file with the local storage bank, they board the light rail which stretches off across the frozen dunes to Mi'raj. Two kilometers away, this large dome encloses the ring of six gates comparmentalized for safety. In the lounge area outside of one of these, the team will meet before connecting to the exoplanet Honegger and starting on their journey. Far more questions are before them than answers, but such is the life of a gatecrasher.

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    Eduard Popovsky

    Eduard spent little time with couch settings, before it become apparent, that it indeed lacked Neo-Avian setting. It had one for Octopi and of course the couch would form-fit for any human, with a simple command. Still it was comfortable enough and the atmosphere in the lounge was cosy.

    [Our adventure is about to begin] spoke Vrungel. The muse looked like a medium height sea captain. He was a bit plump, but with strong, hairy arms. Vrungel appeared to wear sleeveless, white-striped undershirt, and an unbuttoned uniform.
    [That’s true. This would be the first time, team is meeting each other in person. If we can work together, then it has really begun.] Eduard retrieved a small green ball from a pouch, and put it into his beak. The ball popped releasing the sweet fruit wine.
    [The crew will come together.] Vrungel spoke warmly with a smile, beneath his thick moustache.

    A screen in the lounge displayed opening of one of the Gates, catching Eduard’s attention. Three men were leaving, traveling light, with just a backpack each. They paused before passing through, discussing something. This causal atmosphere and lack of strict schedules in Mi’Raj felt very odd, contrasted with the Pathfinder’s procedures. That was to be expected, considering Portal was held by Anarchists, who wouldn't know the value of Gate time. Eduard was planning to take advantage of that. The report about Honegger made it out to be a relatively safe location, but one shouldn't expect consistency or for information to always be accurate. His team would check the conditions on the other side, just to be safe.
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    The rail car arrived at the lounge, Dr. Livingstone slung his heavy smartpack over his shoulder and picked up his imposing plasma rifle. He quickly scanned the lounge, lingering on the monitors showing the gate approaches. He stepped into the lounge, finding an empty couch and dropping his pack down, started rummaging through it. "Good, I remembered the thermite gel" he assured himself. He secured the latch on the pack, counting to himself "One, two, three." Then he patted his weapons holstered on his vacsuit, "Pistol, baton, armband, plasma." Finally, he looks to Eduard. "Greetings. How long till we depart?" he asked. He stood shifting his weight from foot to foot, wringing his hands over and over.
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    Dr. Albert Carlsson

    Albert was as always in his shining Savant morph, wearing only his backpack, containing smart manipulators. It was only of basic tools in his work and Albert never ever left it behind, not caring about „Doctor Octopus” jokes – which was fortunately rarely spoken. Beyond his backpack was his Crasher Truck, boxing up all his equipment.

    - Alright people, we know each other by RNA, Fame or whatever else you like to use, but there is no Mesh on the surface of exoplanets. Our journey will be hard, dangerous and in completely isolation from Transhumanity. It will be demand an absolutely trustful attitude and unity. On Ishra, we can play our little, political games, but in cold, far space, we are brothers and sisters – the only family. If somebody suffer from stress or other psychological disorder, do not hide your problems and talk to us. If somebody think that can be „infected”, talk to us. If somebody want to return to Ishra – talk to us. TALK, there is no Mesh, no social network and no neurosurgeon's clinic!

    - Second, put on your Faraday suit if you have any. Personally, I don't believe in theory of „TITANs - creators of gates”, but I must consider the situation. I like to „cut off” objects of my research in Faraday containers, there is no reason, why I should care more about Iktomi technology than about my own survival. I told my Muse to put on Faraday whenever I pass the gates, you should do so. But... do not be afraid if you don't have any, TITAN is only a possibility and a nightmare of resleeved into synthmorphs – doctor apparently wanted to cheer his peers.

    [Ehkem... Sir, you forgot something] – Eric whispered to his ego.

    [Again?!] - asked Carlsson, irritated. [What it is this time?]

    [Your name, Sir] – said Eric.

    - Oh, forgive me. Everlasting distraction is one of many illnesses of scientists. My name is Albert Carlsson and I am a doctor at TAU. As I said, we will be out of Mesh, so we should know our names personally, as demand tradition. If you prefer, we can do in my Truck.
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    Being late was something Aiden hated the most, but atleast he was only a few minutes off schedule. He finally arrived at the lounge, his ever so spherical form of a reaper morph, along with a color pattern that screamed 'I'M HERE!', made it almost impossible to spot him... and that's not counting in the two mounted machineguns and particle beam bolters, which are locked and loaded.

    He Landed on the floor, his four limbs was shooting out and taking over for the use of mobility. [Look Vicky, I know you meant well by it all, but when I'm in the middle of talking, an XP is not something that i would need right then and there.]

    [I'm sorry Aiden, i just sensed that you felt a little gloomy and needed some cheering up].

    [*sigh*.... well, no harm done.]

    He then made it over to the others, the lack of facial features made it impossible to know what he was thinking.

    ''Greetings to you all, I am Aiden, your security for this here expedition.'' And that was all he said, not feeling the need to say more.
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    Eduard Popovsky

    The fact that anybody was allowed to wear weapons in the open was another thing that rattled Eduard. In his habitat, only security forces had such permission. Things were more secure that way. He was half expecting, that Isra ‘’authorities’’ would demand that weapons on his Security Bot be disabled. They didn’t. It probably shouldn’t have surprised him.

    ''Ah, Doctor. My greetings to you as well. The schedule here is rather flexible. We need to gather the rest of our team first. I haven’t got any messages that indicate, others would want to postpone our departure. Mr. Aiden. Dr. Carlsson.''

    The tradition of oral introductions has always seemed a bit odd to Eduard. It’s not like it was required, as Muse always informed him of the person’s identity, well before one could vocalize it. But here in the frontier, it did have a certain charm to it.

    ''I don’ think I can add much to what Dr. Carlsson said on danger of TITANS, although I expect Mr. Wilder can. We’ll follow the standard procedure for Gate exploration, including Honegger Gate. I know we have data on the conditions on the other side, but at this point that’s old news. Gate probe first. Exploranout next. We don’t have many scout missiles, so they would be used on case to case basis. I have a fleet of Robomules, so you can place more bulky gear on them. I encourage spreading equipment, so we don’t lose every single ration or nuclear battery we have, if one of them is destroyed.''
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    The waiting area for Gate 4 is comfortable and busy, but the group is able to meet and talk among themselves in a corner of the area. The smaller dome for this gate, reinforced and isolated from the larger Mi'raj dome, has an airlock which is busy constantly cycling and a large AR screen which lists the gate queue. The "Popovsky Party" is about forty minutes from launching as the explorers arrive: Dr. Livingstone by rail, Dr. Carlsson in his crasher truck, and Aiden jetting through the atmosphere of Portal on his ionic thrusters.

    The couches are in a comfortable circle with some bots for maintenance and others for distributing glasses of water and small plates of almond-flavored fabber-cookies. It has an old-fashioned, mid-twentieth century look with plenty of room for assembling crews and resources, even discounting the small paved area where Aiden Wilder's crasher truck is parked. Eduard's set of robomules are sitting in the cleared area by the team's couches, in idling mode but ready to respond with a signaled command.

    Other groups have their own equipment out, including one group nearby with an armored and armed tank on the paved area and all of their group in body armor.
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    Eduard Popovsky

    Eduard gave the departing teams a look, while Vrungel pulled a list of the recent departures. The chance of his team meeting any of them was miniscule, but coincidences sometimes defied the odds.

    ''As we wait for the rest of our team, do you mind if I ask you for the reasons, you’ve agreed to join this mission? I’m especially curious about you, Dr. Carlsson. I’ve read a few things on you and your past activites seem to center on expanding the horizons of transhuman knowledge. But Gatehopping is a rather high-risk enterprise. Whatever research you conduct out there, won’t make much difference, if you never come back. Why not join a single world exploration mission. With your reputation, I’m certain you could easily find one that would take you in.''
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    Doctor listened carefully to the Popovsky. The Uplift was right, Gatehopping wasn't an approved form of xenoresearch and if students would ask him, Albert would discourage they, no doubt. Still, he wanted to participate in some kind of interstellar marathon.

    - Yes, single mission would be most wise, looking at my work, experience and combat abilities (or rather lask of thereof). I have two main reasons. First of them, I believe in great discoveries achieved by great acts. Columbus, Marie Currie and Marco Polo expanded our knowledge, even if it was "stupid" by standards of their times. Marie sacrificed her own life in order to analize radioizotops and find two new chemical elements. Columbus and the crew almost died out of starvation. Also, travel to Asia in times of Marco was dangerous. Yet, great people were able to risk life for science and reaching new horizonts. And there is a beauty in the deeds - claimed romatically.

    - Second reason, I don't like Gatehoppers. They can die or return with memories of many alien worlds, but without any scientific documentations about them. If I die, Gatecrashers will restore me thanks to my copy. But if I survive, I will add my own dots to the star map. The papers of mine will become a booster of civilization, such as Polon and Rad. If I can bring new theories and facts to Transhumanity, it is my duty.

    [There is also a third reason, my friend - whatever other members of party find in the universe, they will carry it to me. You can get it, but you won't hide from me the fact of excistence of these wonders. I will die rather than let Hypercorps patent a DNA of Iktomi.] - added to Eric.
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    ''Mr. Aiden. I was wondering, if you could take stock of our firepower?'' Eduard glanced at the monitor, showing the heavily armed group, readying themselves to pass through the Gate. ''I doubt we’d actually run into a situation, where it’ll be required, but it would probably be useful to you as our security expert, to know how we can back you up, if things go unexpected. I’ve got a Sentry Bot as you can see as well as a crate of grenades, I feel comfortable throwing, if needs be.''

    [It's pretty easy to determine that Eduard Popovsky is a Corporate parrot. Upon arrival to Isra he registered as per advice, indicating, that he worked in bank, that was part of the Solaris Hypercorp structure, though his current visit is on personal time and resources.
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    Aiden was quick to respond, professionally and to the point.

    ''Just call me Aiden, no need for honourifics. As for firepower, the better trained you are the more lethal you get.... No matter what kind of armaments you carry.

    Since we are going gatehopping, and not gatecrashing, the need for ammunition can be extremely important. I wish i could have brought along a fabber or a hive that would be able to create more ammo from whatever resources is available on the planets we go to. But this is why energy weapons are important; you can recharge them via sunlight or a nuclear batteries.

    So it all sums up to: how well can you all fire a weapon, what weaponry are you all bringing along and how much ammunition do you have?
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    - Weaponry? - doctor was startled – I am resleeved into special model of Savant, lead shell, stronger hydraulic muscles, protection against extremely cold and radiation... I think the morph is good to gatehopping, but I am not a warrior. The only one „fight” system I possess is an eelware. But fear not, I have both nanoguardians and biodefense unit, even fixers in case of damaged machinery. If anything will be according to my plan, we will reduce meetings with violent local fauna and ancient nanids to necessary minimum.
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    ''Well, I don’t expect to fire guns myself. I doubt I’d be able to hit anything anyway. That’s what our security specialist is for. Should we start preparing to move through the gate? I see our time of departure is approaching. Doctor Carlsson, you have the Blue Box?''
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    Yes, I got one in my Truck. Bad thing, I don't have any Gateprobe or other "pre-hop" equipment. Do you have a particular destination in mind, or we will start our exploration by a blind date?
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    ''I have purchased coordinates to a place with atmosphere, though no life. The original explorers didn’t find it too interesting. It should be a safer start, a kiddy pool, before we go to the unexplored depths. I figure, we need to get used to working together under stressful conditions and perhaps the place would prove to be more interesting, then a cursory examination indicated.''

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    [Vrungel] Eduard thought.
    [Aye Aye.] came Captain's reply. One of the Robomules and a smaller Explorenaut whirred into motion. The Robomule carried a Gate Probe, that he quickly checked through mesh. The Probe was in operating condition. Eduard disabled the mesh connectivity with a flip of a switch. There was always risk, that whatever was on the other side of the Gate could reach back through the probe. It would be better, that it didn't have instant access to the local Mesh.

    ''We confirm that planetary parameters in the original report haven't changed radically. Then send Explorenaut, to check, if the area we are entering hasn't changed and that there are no hostiles present. Then we go through. Should we follow some special order of entry?'' Eduard addressed the last question both to Mist... to Aiden and to Dr. Carlsson.

    ''Dr. Carlsson. I was wondering. Honegger appears to have atmosphere, yet no plant life or bacteria. Now how could it be explained?''

    [Alien terraforming machines?]
    [Ha. Right. That's what it's going to be.]
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    They are scientific explanations. My estimation is just radiolysis. If the planet doesn't possess magnetosphere, radiation of local star can affect water and decompose particles to oxygen and hydrogen. Or there was life in ancient past and atmospheric oxygen is the last reminder of formelry green planet? The last possibility is related to genesis of local star. Depending on generation and evolution stage, stars provide systems with different chemical elements. I must do some research on Honegger to create more complex theory.
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    ''I go first, if i deem the immidiate area safe, then you can all come through.''

    Aiden did overhear the question to the dear doctor and a question fell upon his cyber-mind.

    ''Dr. Carlsson, If i remember correctly, then one of the few basic elements that can carry biological data besides cárbon-based life, could be silicone right? would the basic molecular structure of a being affect what conditions it require to function and could it be something that would sound illogical to a transhuman? Let's say, maybe an organism could be purely living off solar energy, thermal energy... or maybe no kind of sustenance is required for it to continue living.'' He began to voice out all egghead-like. Clearly he wasn't allways a 'drop and give me 50 hooah' kind of Gatecrasher.
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    Dr. Albert listened gently to Aiden, smiling lightly to him by his Mesh inserts (since he don't have real face in actual morph).

    - I am afraid the theory have no scientific coverage. Of course, we know many extrasolar lifeforms and some of them are silicon-based, being something between computer and living organism in traditional sense of the phrase. Still, every known organism, even the most exotic one, must have an access to both an energy and a matter. Yes, we know exobionts and Gates just made the term wider, but the basic principle is right.

    But, looking at modern Transhuman's society, you can easily find creatures you are searching for. Infomorphs (especially born in the state) are good example of your dreamed lifeforms. They are independed on matter and need only energy and software, which we can perceive as a form of energy. If we think about them apart of computers they are running on, they are pure energetic lifeforms.

    Of course, we are now on borders of biological sciences and if we will find some exo-infomorphs deep in space, we would certainly find them under "xenotechnology" paragraph, not in "xenobiology" section in scientific periodics. I wish I would know cognitive sciences better to participate in this discourse, but the only knowledge I have in the topic is taken from my portable SolArchive. If you fancy, you can use it, or my other of my archives. I would be really grateful.
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    ''Well. I believe the time of our departure is upon us. Let us start our journey and let it be a great one.''


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    Eduard sent a message to the gate operators, confirming they were prepared to start. Once they had a connection, gate probe was going in first.
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    The gate operators send back a confirmation and all at once the lounge area occupied by the team is in motion. The remaining team members arrive on the delayed monorail car just in time to hustle over to Gate IV for the launch. Robomules lift up and scurry about like ants before lining up in as regular a grid as the space around Gate IV will allow. Aiden in his crashtruck rumbles forward and prepares to enter first.

    ~It's a 120-second window, the synth-sleeved operator tells the group as he accepts the N-dimensional coordinates from Eduard. ~Make sure your 'mules don't trip over each other, alright?

    There is a warming-up period as the coordinates are entered and negotiated and the gate realigns subtly and nauseatingly. The concentration evident in the operator's posture and the brief glimpses of the operational ARs remind everyone that gate ops is still more of an art than a science. As soon as the link is opened and tested, the crashtruck rumbles forward and passes through the gate just a moment after the opening widens sufficiently.

    The other side of the gate is as the XP attached to Eduard's details revealed: a bluish grey landscape devoid of signs of life. Aiden flicks commands on the truck's sensor suite automatically as he scans for any dangers but, aside from the high oxygen levels noted by the first-link team, nothing seems out of the ordinary. Knowing he is on the clock, Aiden sends back an all-clear signal within ten seconds and the rest of the crew shuffles through just as quickly. All six experience the same gut-twisting numbness as they step through the gate and the disorientation realization on the other side as it hits home that a single step has taken them hundreds if not thousands of light-years away.

    In the end, it takes longer than two minutes but not by much. Unlike hypercorp schedules, no one cuts the team off midway through and the extra ten seconds merely gets reflected in annoyed pings to the team's rep scores. Not that it matters much. The miniscule effect on the reputation score becomes not important in the least as the gate closes again and society is once more inaccessibly distant.

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    I decided to forego Aiden's scanning rolls in order to get everyone there. Like I said in the OOC thread too, we'll have the characters who haven't checked in yet set up camp, plug in to the Honegger gate, etc. Oh, and as Thelonius noted, my wiki will get updated with campaign details as well so if you ever feel lost check in there first.

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    Despite it being not the first Gatecrashing, Eduard still felt a bit disoriented at the lack of mesh, automatically going through the motions and receiving no replies to requests of data. Honegger wasn’t a world, designed to evoke a feeling of awe and excitement. The first team to find it, discarded it, without even taking a step in.

    [Even if we find nothing here. It’s still the first step in our journey.] He told Vrungel.

    Eduard took a measure of the surrounding area, while unlocking Sentry Bot’s weapons. It was set to act only in case of definite threat, otherwise requesting confirmation to engage. It could cause a dangerous delay in response, but that was preferable to gunning down somebody by mistake. ''We need to do a quick reconnaissance and set up base camp.'' The area near the Gate would probably be the best location, unless there were some problems. He activated mission recorder and flapped his wings, preparing to take flight. ''I’ll take a measure of the area from above.''
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    Dr. Livingstone grew more and more agitated as he approached the gate. Upon being expelled on the other side, he stumbled to the ground and began to writhe. Over the comm, the group hears him groan in delight, "UGH, yes. **** that feels good. Oh, yeeaaaaaah!" After he composes himself a bit, he asks "Is there time to do it again?"
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    - Doctor Livingstone! I know that being in possession of stomach can cause „rollercoaster syndrom” while entering Gates, but please, Gatecrashing is not a kind of amusement park. We do science there! - reprimanded Carlsson.

    - Now I and my mobile lab must go for a short walk. Nothing big, just chemical testing of air, earth and water. More importanty, I would like to get access to Gatecrashing Probe in night. The planet is not „interesting” for majority of Gatecrashers, so we don't know where in space are we. Joining astro-protocols of Probe, my knowledge and SolArchive, we should know the fact. Also, can we camp there for one full day-and-night cycle? Nobody know if the solar day of „H” last ten hours, thirty or whole Earth's week. Shame!- stated, seemingly disgusted.
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    ''I'll take to the air and scout out the area a little further. Should anything happen, then Radio me and I will be here as fast as i can. When you set up camp, you may use my 4 Defense Beacon set for the perimeter.'' He told the others as he indicated the Beacons and then switched from Ionic, to Vectored thrust.

    Aiden went out a little further than earlier, circling the gate's position as the centre.
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    Dr. Livingstone recovers from his episode and sets up the TacNet software, issuing keys and invitations. He also unpacks his plasma rifle and starts his routine diagnostics. "Jump on the TacNet so I can monitor your vitals and we can communicate quickly."
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    As Bea and Juliette take a look at setting up a communications relay in camp and the swarm of robomules erects tents and support areas, the other crashers head off to scout. Aiden lifts off and sees a wide area of mostly the same. The gate is on a wide mesa which ends somewhere off to the "east" (in the impromptu reference grid set up by Bea; this planet lacks a magnetic field). To the "north," the landscape becomes rougher and Aiden can see hollows and small valleys forming while the "southwest" holds a rugged boulder field. The reaper morph pauses for a moment, considering options.

    Meanwhile, Carlsson heads out to take some readings with his mobile lab device, holding it around him to take atmospheric samples and soil scans at various intervals. Livingstone connects with him directly through mesh inserts, but the good doctor know they'll need a mote network or aimed laser comm set up to maintain the TacNet if he goes much farther.

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    Aiden can make some Perception checks to assess the likelihood of something interesting in each terrain area. He can get a +20 from using Profession (Gatecrasher) as a complementary skill in this case (normally, I'll rely on you to suggest complementary skills).

    Carlsson will need to make some Academics checks to know what he even should be looking for: I suggest Geology and Chemistry at a minimum. He can also use Profession (Lab Tech) and Interfacing as complementary skills for a +20 and +10 bonus respectively. I'm going to say that each check he makes, though, and each complementary skill pulled in for those checks will limit how quickly he can move. You decide your coverage/throughness ratio.

    Livingstone will need to set up a mote network like I said (Carlsson has one to use) or laser comms (Carlsson has one and Eduard, but Aiden does not) to stay in touch with distant team members. The mote network is easiest but the laser comms have better range; Aiden, for instance, is nearly too far for a mesh network covering the campsite.

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    - Tralalalala – hummed Carlsson, holding his mobile lab and finding quiet space for himself. He would stand a hipercapitalistic parrot (not that he is prejusdiced, but... why he is not a mercurial parrot?!), unprofessional behavior of „Dr” Livingstone and „Silent Ladies” if only he would do some research... and yes, the time is NOW!

    First of all, he „breatched” fully the air of „H”. Atmosphere was the easiest to find out, especially, if own's morph has chemical sniffers. Maybe there is some kind of clue about history of the planet?

    Secondly, he used his lab and examined the chemistry of earth and water. Glebe of Honegger would provide priceless data not only of history of the planet, but of whole solar system. Water was also very important – as the first environment of lifeforms and as potential explanation of athmospheric oxygen.

    At the very end, doctor gathered all scientific data and tried to claim thesis about geochemical cycle of „H”. He doubt if there would be life, but perhaps he would find something interesting?

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    • Geology + bonus from chemistry to determine the most basic facts about glebe of „H”
    • Chemistry + bonus from astronomy + radiation sense to prove/disprove radiolysis as a source of oxygen (Carlsson will use Physics SolArchive if necessary)
    • Geology + bonus from chemistry/biology/biochemistry (?) to say something about geobiochemistry/geochemistry of „H” (just formality)


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    Eduard's mesh revealed a certain interest in the uplift affairs, yet he didn't belong to the movement itself.

    Eduard followed Aidan to the skies. The landscape to the southwest appeared to be of most interest to him. Or rather it was less likely to hide hostiles, which Aiden could handle better (though Eduard did carry several grenades with him), while requiring a good vision.

    He ordered one of the Robomules (without equipment) to follow his course on the ground.

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    Can Radio Booster be used for TacNet? Probably not, but it can be used for communication. I organize Laser Link, so my vitals could be monitored. [I think Reaper Morph is more capable of surviving solo.]

    Perception (Specality: Visual) Check [85]*: (1d100)[53] to check the southwest boulder field.

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    Aiden was very undecided at what to do so he choose to do what would be tactically and most interesting.

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    Perception 55+20(Gatecrasher profession)+20(Enhanced senses)= 95 vs. (1d100)[22]
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    Carlsson busies himself with the his scans to piece together a picture of Honegger. The chemical scans show a lot of oxides in the soil, indicating that the oxygen levels are not something new, and significant sulfates. The soil scans are not conclusive so the life of the landscape is still a mystery, although Carlsson can discern that this planet is not a great candidate for life. He finds no microbes in the soil samples, nothing that would naturally emit oxygen, and no evidence of any synthetic tech. The academic's best guess is some strange byproduct of hydrothermal activity (the likely cause of the sulfates) which is producing oxygen, though whatever that is must be large and unique to produce pure O-2 instead of oxide gases.

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    • Scanning atmosphere with Chemistry (with complementary Geolog) 60 (40 +20) vs. (1d100)[16].
    • Scanning soil (glebe) with Geology (and complementary Chemistry) 75 (55 + 20) vs. (1d100)[92]
    • Assembling theory for possibility of life with Astrobiology (and complementary Biochemistry) 100 (80 + 20) vs. (1d100)[68]


    Up in the sky, two figures scan the horizon to decide what to do. Eduard zooms in on the different terrains as his muse, Vrungel, directs the robomule on the ground below. He can see some low-hanging mist in the valleys to the north, the first sign of water he's come across, and the boulder fields to the southwest look like they could have some mineral resources in them. The land below the mesa's edge is still a featureless plain at this range, even fully enhanced.

    Aiden sees the same with his own enhanced vision but he does a radar sweep as well. In the mist-filled valleys, the reaper morph gets a few sharp pings of metallic shapes hidden within. Successive sweeps show that they aren't moving and he counts at least five in the first wrinkle of land.

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    The radio booster doesn't have the bandwidth for digital signals so it's only for audio communication (maybe jury-rigged to send back a still image) and won't work for the TacNet. Right now Eduard and Aiden are within TacNet range so they could have a net of two while they're exploring together, though if they split up by more than, say, ten meters that will not work. It's the wilderness, folks!
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