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Table of Contents                              (A) Kinetofayetophobia	         4                              (1) Introduc...
A            KinetoFayetophobia                That’s all there was to it. The solar       No time to lose, Anastasia did ...
5               One of the larger tentacles inched    the other side, closer every moment.            its way towards her....
Suddenly, the storage room ex-          the bright lights of the casinos. Its              ploded with a bright orange lig...
Just then, the food arrived. Felius     inside job or that the perpetrators           had ordered what many had come      ...
“I’m not going to lick my fingers to    sickly sweet smell of rotting flesh. The              find out, but I can hear the...
She whipped around           in one practiced mo-           tion and squeezed the           trigger, aimed right in       ...
“Hanging out and getting burned by         “Absolutely not, sir,” replied Mar-              the sun while having smelly sa...
I promised you a rotation on the inner    ideal for colonization. The surface is           planets, but something’s come u...
You’ll have to do some fancy talking     pattern baldness, if such a thing              to keep them happy.”              ...
There      wasn’t           much choice, so           the three Wardens           went back into their           Knight’s ...
ing lived on the surface of Callisto,           Marcus wasn’t far behind. “What              so there should be no sounds ...
Anastasia lifted one of her feet and         Meanwhile, Anastasia walked over           noticed something she’d missed in ...
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  1. 1. Guy Armand (order #4065473) 9
  2. 2. Credits http://fearthevoid.com Created By Forums, Information, Downloads christopher Dorn robert Glass WildFire LLC matthew Grau 23321 SE 291st St. fraser McKay Black Diamond, WA 98010 mike Vaillancourt www.wildfirellc.com Written By Black Sky christopher Dorn www.blackskystudios.com robert Glass First Printing. ©2012 WildFire LLC. Creative Com- matthew Grau mons License; Some Rights Reserved. The Void and fraser McKay the Cthulhu Saga are trademarks of WildFire LLC. All stephen McQuillan Rights Reserved. All characters, names, places, and text herein are copyrighted by WildFire LLC. References to IP/Line Developer the works of H. P. Lovecraft are from and remain in the matthew Grau public domain. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Editing Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported jonni Emrich, matthew Grau 2 License. Art Direction & To view a copy of this license, visit: Graphic Design http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ mike Vaillancourt or send a letter to: Creative Commons, 171 Second Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA. Layout & [What this means is that you are free to copy, share, and Typesetting remix the text and artwork within this book under the matthew Grau following conditions: 1) you do so only for non-com- mercial purposes; 2) you attribute WildFire LLC; 3) you Cover Art license any derivatives under the same license. For spe- trevor CLAXTON cific details, appropriate credits, and updates/changes to this license, please see: http://wildfirellc/cclicense.] Interior Illustration Jonas Andreassen, Marco Caradonna, Daniel Chavez, Empty Room Studios, Tom Garden, Zach Graves, David Hammond, Alex Iglesias, Marco MazzonI, Blake McDer- mott, Sean McMurchy, Oleg Saakyan, Adam Schumpert, Marek Tarnawski, Chris Tilstra, Mike Vaillancourt, Frank Walls WildFire Management matthew Grau fraser McKay Thanks To • The Gen Con 2010 Referee Coordinator: Bob Arens • The Gen Con 2010 Referee Team: Bob Arens, Todd Frazee, Dave Stoeckel, Charlie Wong • Matthew Sprange, for asking us to mix Lovecraft and Traveller, which became The Void.Guy Armand (order #4065473) 9
  3. 3. Table of Contents (A) Kinetofayetophobia 4 (1) Introduction 17 (2) Overview 20 (3) Intro Adventure 32 (4) Characters 58 (5) Skills, Qualities, Talents 62 3 (6) Rules 70 (7) Gamemastering 90Guy Armand (order #4065473) 9
  4. 4. A KinetoFayetophobia That’s all there was to it. The solar No time to lose, Anastasia did the system was going to hell in a hand- one thing she could. She grabbed the basket. biggest locker she could find, way to- wards the back, and dove into it. For- It’s funny the thoughts that oc- tunately, she could lock the door by curred when being chased by dozens putting her hand through one of the of tentacles that kept bursting out of holes. She didn’t figure the thing was the walls and floor, one by one. Each smart enough to work a digital lock. lashed out at Anastasia, trying to gain purchase on some part of her Her Bandit pistol wasn’t going to body to do only god-knows-what. do much when the time came, but it was all she had. The thing had al- The wriggling, sour-smelling, slimy, ready claimed her Blizzard subma- 4 boneless limbs brought out a primal chine gun back outside. She looked fear in her, the kind that makes the frantically around the container for back of your legs go numb and your anything that might help, but there knees go rubbery. The kind Anasta- was nothing. Then, she froze. sia had to choke back with every last shred of her will if she wanted to live The first slender tentacle gently through this madness. wormed its way through one of the holes, about hip height. It probed Right, left, right – it didn’t matter its way through, cautiously but de- anymore. In her panic, she’d totally liberately. The second wasn’t far forgotten the layout of this tragic behind, this one much thicker than little building stuck deep in the Mar- the first. It could barely push its way tian outback. She hoped desperately through, but barely was enough. The to find another door out, so that the fear gripped Anastasia again, much thing might get caught up in the build- worse this time. She grabbed hold of ing long enough for her to get clear. a cargo strap, just to help keep her from collapsing. Charging through the only door she could see, her only way forward, More tentacles followed, backlit by it was marked storage. Looking the lights of the storage room which around, this was probably the last poured through the holes. She hoped door she wanted. There was no oth- they weren’t going to notice her er way out. The room was filled only – hoped against all hope – but she with storage lockers, but that wasn’t knew better. In a few seconds the the worst of it. The doors to the lock- probing monstrosities would zero in ers weren’t solid – they had holes in on her and rip her limb from limb. If them. she was lucky.Guy Armand (order #4065473) 9
  5. 5. 5 One of the larger tentacles inched the other side, closer every moment. its way towards her. The tip touched The command came from her brain her uniform and slowly slithered its to fire the gun, but something short- way up. If terror hadn’t already para- circuited the thought en route. lyzed her, the smell would have made Anastasia vomit. Another came from This was a hell of a way to die.Guy Armand (order #4065473) 9
  6. 6. Suddenly, the storage room ex- the bright lights of the casinos. Its ploded with a bright orange light and mayhem felt like home. she could smell burning flesh. The tentacles spasmed and began to Coming back from the restroom, yank their way out of the locker. The she practically melted into the chair. room lit up again, but this time some “Finally,” she said. “A hot meal in a of the flames shot through the holes civilized place.” in the locker, singeing Anastasia’s eyebrows and bangs. The last of the Marcus looked carefully around tentacles slithered out and she was the room, taking in each person in thankfully alone. turn, which was something he did ev- erywhere he went. “I ordered for you Anastasia kicked the hot metal while you were gone.” door as hard as she could. Her com- bat boot took the worst of it, but the “Thanks,” she replied. “I didn’t want door shot open. The wriggling things to wait. I’ve missed Asian food so were withdrawing into the ground as much. What did you order?” 6 a figure shot another burst of fiery death at them. It took a minute for Marcus smiled. “It’s a surprise.” Anastasia to overcome her shock to figure out who it was. “So I’ve been correlating the data and this isn’t good.” Felius had his It was Felius, who looked downright nose in his computer again. funny – a bookworm with a flame- thrower. What the hell. It wasn’t the Anastasia took a sip of her water. weirdest thing that she’d seen today. It was nice, properly recycled water. He just sat there, grinning like an “When is it ever good?” idiot. “The reports show that bodies No time to waste, Anastasia kicked have been going missing from the her legs to get the numb out of them. morgues with regularity. There’s al- most a pattern to the body-snatch- “Look what I found,” said Felius. ing. It appears that two cadavers, more or less, are stolen from differ- Anastasia pointed at the hole in the ent parts of the colony every week ground. “Look what found us. Let’s and have been for a little less than get back to the rover so we can call in three months now.” an airstrike. I’m not taking any more chances.” Marcus frowned, his eyes on other things. “Necrophiliacs wouldn’t need • • • • • bodies with that kind of frequency. That leaves cults and…” It was good to be back on Gany- mede. She was born in Troy, under “Ghouls,” finished Anastasia.Guy Armand (order #4065473) 9
  7. 7. Just then, the food arrived. Felius inside job or that the perpetrators had ordered what many had come were using the access tunnels in the to call “white people chicken,” while city to get around. Either way, Anas- Marcus’ tastes tended more to- tasia and her team still didn’t know wards the exotic – Echizen jellyfish, what they were up against. which can be toxic if not prepared properly. Which is something Anas- While Marcus positioned the lo- tasia had forgotten when she asked cal authorities to keep surveillance him to order for her. on any of the two dozen people who might possibly be insiders, Anastasia There it was – san nak ji. A live oc- was stuck with the fun job of crawling topus on a bed of vegetables. Anas- through the access tunnels. Fortu- tasia knocked the chair over jumping nately, Felius was sitting at a remote out of it and away from her “dish.” terminal with the city plans at his fin- gertips. “Take it away!” she shouted at the waiter, who promptly fell all over him- “At the next intersection, turn left,” self to remove the offending delicacy. he said. 7 He bowed and disappeared. Whoever built Troy at least had the Anastasia composed herself and sense to make it easy to get around, sat back down. Marcus looked at her, even for the maintenance staff. The shocked. “What’s wrong with you?” hidden corridors were big enough for a person with gear to stand up “Kinetofayetophobia.” in – as well as being big enough to transport dead bodies through. They Even Felius was stumped. “Kineto- also had softly glowing lights through- fayetophobia? What the hell is that?” out the tunnels. They may not have illuminated everything, but they were “Fear of moving food. It’s the clos- enough to get around. est phobia that translates to tenta- cles. Remember the thing on Mars?” Anastasia reached the intersec- tion and turned left, only to be greet- Marcus picked up a chunk of jelly- ed by darkness. “Is there any reason fish with his chopsticks. “They’ve got the lights should be out in this part of phobias for everything, don’t they?” the grid?” “Everybody’s scared of something.” “Hold, please,” She could hear Fe- lius typing. “Okay, I don’t see any com- • • • • • plaints or repair requests. Accord- ing to the system, no one knows the The locals had already tried setting lights are out. The other utilities are a trap, but had no luck. That meant working just fine. Is the rest of the the body-snatchings were either an electricity on?”Guy Armand (order #4065473) 9
  8. 8. “I’m not going to lick my fingers to sickly sweet smell of rotting flesh. The find out, but I can hear the lines hum- green light of her glow-stick slowly re- ming. Can you turn them back on?” vealed something she did not want to see. “Oh no.” More typing. “Huh. Looks like some- one has taken that system complete- “What? What is it?” She could ly off-line.” hear Felius pulling out his sidearm. Anastasia pulled out her pistol and Though she covered her mouth, snapped a glow-stick to life. The cor- Anastasia said, “Don’t go anywhere. ridor ahead glowed a sickly green, a Stay put.” color that always reminded her of ei- ther Halloween or radioactive waste. This room was much larger than it Neither was particularly comforting first appeared. Whoever had stolen right now. “Well, if someone’s taken it the corpses had brought them here. off-line, then someone’s up to some- Over a dozen dead bodies in various thing. Call Marcus and let him know states of decay were arranged in an 8 what we’ve found. But Felius, don’t go almost reverent fashion. Some were anywhere.” hung on the walls in carefully con- sidered poses. Some were placed Fortunately, she knew from expe- in compromising positions that sug- rience that Felius had no problem gested things that made Anastasia multi-tasking. sick. • • • • • Stepping further in, she eventu- ally found something that made it all “Wait. This isn’t on my schemat- clear, or at least as clear as it was ics.” going to become. There, on the oppo- site wall, was an altar, made of bone Those were not the words Anasta- and other unidentifiable things. sia wanted to hear. “Then where am I?” She thought she smelled some- “Felius,” Anastasia finally spat out thing funky. after a couple tries. “It’s not ghouls. I’m sending you images of the altar.” Felius stammered. “Uh… uh… you… you’re off the grid. I don’t know why “Oh no,” she heard him respond. there would be tunnels that aren’t on “We need to get the locals mobilized.” the schematics. These are supposed to be the map for the entire city. I got “I’ll stay here, just in case whatever them from the city mainframe!” sick bastards did this come back.” Anastasia stepped into what looked From behind her, Anastasia heard like a spacious junction room, but a voice that made her skin crawl. paused when the smell hit her – the “Too late. We’re here.”Guy Armand (order #4065473) 9
  9. 9. She whipped around in one practiced mo- tion and squeezed the trigger, aimed right in the face of the portly, sweaty man licking the curved blade. The gun didn’t fire. She pulled the trig- ger three more times. Nothing. The man snarled. “Must be magic.” Without missing a beat, Anastasia jabbed a knife hand 9 into his trachea. The man stumbled back- wards into another, choking violently. She didn’t need a firearm to make sure these low-lifes paid for their crimes. This was careful when opening the overhead not Anastasia’s first barbecue. compartments as things may have shifted during flight. Thank you for fly- • • • • • ing Warden airlines. Welcome to the Eye.” There was a satisfying thunk as the Knight’s Errant corvette formed Powering everything down, Anasta- hard seal with the dock. Welcome sia zipped up her suit and headed for to Warden Prime, also known as the the airlock. Marcus and Felius were Eye. The gigantic space station hov- already waiting for her. ered over Earth and was the primary center of Warden operations for the “Man, is it good to be back in civili- entire solar system. zation!” said Marcus, smiling. “If the Captain’s feeling generous, maybe Anastasia cued the comm. “La- we can get a vacation day to go plan- dies and gentlemen, please stay etside. It’s the perfect time of the seated until the captain has turned year for the beaches in Ibiza.” off the fasten seatbelt sign. Also, beGuy Armand (order #4065473) 9
  10. 10. “Hanging out and getting burned by “Absolutely not, sir,” replied Mar- the sun while having smelly salt water cus. sprayed on you sounds like a blast,” added a particularly sarcastic Anas- Calado turned and assessed his tasia. “I’m sure the Captain will see underlings. “The report got here that as an important use of our time.” weeks ago, so we can skip most of the BS. Any new thoughts?” “I don’t even know how you call yourself human. What do you think, “Always, sir,” began Felius. “We put Felius?” our heads together on the trip and came up with several hypothesis. As usual, it took Felius a few min- However, given the facts, it seems utes to realize someone was talking like it was Primoris Nox. Not many to him. “I’m sorry. What?” other cults would be that organized and want to play with that many dead “Figures,” replied Marcus. bodies.” 10 And with that, they walked out of The Captain poured himself a glass the docking area and into the busy of water, but didn’t bother to sit halls of the most notorious space down. “Cults, huh? Monsters I get. I station in the solar system. like monsters. They’re ugly and nasty and you know you should shoot them. • • • • • Cults are full of people and people are devious. They’re hard to root out. Too Captain Calado was waiting for bad we can’t just hook everyone up them in a debriefing room. The heav- to a lie detector and flush them out.” ily scarred man stood staring out the window at the Earth below. He was “We believe we broke the back of the kind of man that made people that particular cell. The morgues on wonder whether or not he was boil- Troy should be safe again. Until the ing with anger on the inside. The next time,” said Anastasia. patchwork color of his hair, which couldn’t decide if it was black or gray, “Well, the locals will be keeping an didn’t help. eye on things in the meantime. On to new things for you. So, which do you Marcus made a happy sound as he want first – the good news or the bad grabbed a seat at the conference ta- news?” ble. As the only one of the three that was from Earth, it made him nostal- Anastasia almost laughed. “Let’s gic – homesick even. hear the bad news first.” “I never tire of the sight. Do you, Calado turned to look back out Agent St. Croix?” over the beautiful blue planet. “I knowGuy Armand (order #4065473) 9
  11. 11. I promised you a rotation on the inner ideal for colonization. The surface is planets, but something’s come up. I covered with giant impact craters. need you to go right back out again.” Ursa, the only colony on the planet, has been constructed in one of Anastasia saw Marcus twitch. them.” Too much time on the outer planets made him unhappy. She never really “Ana, this is your neck of the woods. understood why. What do we need to know?” asked Marcus. “Something’s up on Callisto,” con- tinued Captain Calado. “Local scien- The moon loomed larger every tists thought they read something minute and they were about to break strange in the atmosphere. They atmosphere – though the thin layer thought the epicenter was in one of of carbon dioxide and molecular oxy- the impact craters. Naturally, they gen didn’t really mean anything in went out to see what they could find terms of entry. Anastasia kept her and never came back. The readings hands on the controls. “It’s a bed- look real. The data has already been room community mostly. People do 11 uploaded to your ship.” tours elsewhere in Jupiter space and then come back to homes here. Marcus put down his glass. “Sir, It’s quiet. If you don’t live there, there why us? I mean, isn’t there someone isn’t much of a reason to go there.” closer?” The former cop in Marcus started “Believe it or not, Agent St. Croix, to show through. “Okay, so I’m as- this is a busy agency. We don’t al- suming that means low crime. Any ways have the luxury of sending who racial tensions to worry about?” is closest. You’re between cases and Agent Kiss is Jovian. Any other ques- “No. Callisto has about eighty thou- tions?” sand residents who do whatever they need to keep Ursa a nice place to live. “What about the good news?” Most of the crime is drug smuggling, asked Anastasia. domestic disputes, or minor property crime, with the occasional drunken Calado snorted. “Since when has assault. Honestly, it’s some of the there been good news?” biggest bang for your buck property- wise anywhere in the outer planets.” • • • • • “Thanks,” replied Marcus. “I’ll re- As they approached the Jovian member that for when I retire.” moon, Felius read statistics off his comp, like he always did. “Callisto is “Get yourself geared up, smart the outermost of the Galilean Moons, alec. The locals don’t like disturbanc- with low enough radiation to make it es and they’ll view us as exactly that.Guy Armand (order #4065473) 9
  12. 12. You’ll have to do some fancy talking pattern baldness, if such a thing to keep them happy.” hadn’t been cured. He approached and held out his hand. “Welcome. I Oblivious to the rest of the con- am Lieutenant Ismo Jarvi, Head of versation, Felius chimed in. “Wow. Ursa Security. Governor Amarnath There’s a subsurface ocean more asked me to greet you.” than 100 km down. Is anyone re- searching that? Could that have any- Marcus stepped up to shake his thing to do with these readings?” hand, smiling disarmingly. “Pleasure. I’m Agent Marcus St. Croix. This is Anastasia brought the Knight’s Er- Agent Felius Fickerwith and Agent rant into Callisto’s airspace, slowly Anastasia Kiss.” descending over the frost-capped peaks surrounding the massive cra- Jarvi turned and ran his eyes up ters. “There’s a small outpost that’s and down Anastasia. “Kiss? Is that been digging and taking samples, but intentional?” it is really radioactive down there. 12 I’m no scientist, but it seems like it Though she wanted to immediately wouldn’t have anything to do with bathe herself, Anastasia knew that what we’re looking at.” you catch more flies with honey than vinegar. So, she gave him one of her Up ahead, she could see the giant best smiles, the kind that typically dome of Ursa. She cued her comm. got men to do what she wanted. “It “Ursa Spaceport, this is Warden ves- should be, but it’s actually Hungar- sel Edge of Dawn requesting docking ian.” clearance.” Jarvi looked pleased, so Marcus “Edge of Dawn, you are cleared for took the opportunity. “So, Lt. Jarvi. docking on pad five. Welcome to Cal- We have no intention of making your listo.” life difficult. We’ll make our way to the site and get out of here as soon as • • • • • we can.” They hadn’t even gotten out of Jarvi tore his eyes away from An- the docks before Ursa Security met astasia long enough to relax. “That them. Just to make a point, there is wonderful news. We’d like to mini- were five of them. Another warm mize your exposure to the population. Warden welcome. Our citizens prefer a quiet life, one unhampered by the kind of concerns The one that was clearly in charge Council agents like yourself most of- led the pack. He had a round face ten represent. We’ve prepared the and the kind of eyes that lied. In the gear you’ll need on our end, so gath- past, he looked like the kind of guy er up the rest of what you’ll need and who would have suffered from male we’ll escort you there.”Guy Armand (order #4065473) 9
  13. 13. There wasn’t much choice, so the three Wardens went back into their Knight’s Errant and headed to the armory. Marcus snorted. “For once, I wish these colo- nies weren’t so wor- ried about whatever crap they’re worried about and start wor- rying about what’s really going on. They do have bigger prob- lems.” 13 “That would make our job easier. Ex- cept that it’s also our job to make sure they don’t know what’s going on,” re- sponded Felius. • • • • • Anastasia was the first to the rim and what she saw there made her The place in question was several gasp. This only served to make the hours journey from the colony. The other two scramble to join her as rover took them as far up the side of quickly as possible. What they saw the crater as possible, and it was on was not lost on them either. foot from there. The extremely low gravity of Callisto made it both hard- It didn’t take a genius to recognize er and easier for them to get up the that something very strange was slope. They each wore heavy weights happening. A thick, swirling mist filled on their ankles to maintain some the crater about halfway to the top. traction, and grapple guns and ropes They could see the shadows of some- allowed them to reach the lip of the thing growing up out of the ground crater with only some small fuss. For- – maybe stalagmites or even trees? tunately, it was the middle of the day Either would be way out of place. Even or the whole thing would have been worse, there were sounds. Noth- nearly impossible.Guy Armand (order #4065473) 9
  14. 14. ing lived on the surface of Callisto, Marcus wasn’t far behind. “What so there should be no sounds other kind of atmosphere? Can we breathe than the ones they were making. it?” Something also seemed to be glow- ing down there. Felius held his hand up and closed his eyes, the way he did when he was They stood in awed silence for a asked too many questions at once – moment. Finally, Anastasia was the not something that happened infre- first one to speak. “We’re going to quently. “One answer at a time. How have to go down in there, aren’t we?” is this possible? I don’t know and it will take a lot more research to get Without waiting for an answer, she even close to an educated guess. took her first steps down towards What kind of atmosphere? The kind the bottom of the crater. that can support life, just not ours. Open your helmet now and you’ll as- • • • • • phyxiate.” He paused, thoughtfully. “Better than explosive decompres- 14 It felt a little like diving underwater. sion, I suppose.” Going under the mist layer was more than any of them could have expect- “Great. Let’s review. Life and an at- ed. mosphere.” Marcus was getting agi- tated, as he did when trouble loomed. Felius stepped up to the gray trunk- “Don’t we have enough to leave and like thing before him. It had delicate call in a better equipped team?” tendrils splayed out from the nearly eight-foot top. Felius answered his question by ignoring him and walking deeper into “Don’t touch it!” cautioned Marcus. the crater. Felius turned and frowned. “Do He walked about another ten feet I look new?” He took out a scanner and stopped. The others joined him, and nudged the thing. The tendrils quickly discovering what had grabbed swayed as if caught in a breeze. Felius’ attention. That plant was only “Whatever it is, it’s alive. Wait, that the first. They were entering what ap- could mean…” peared to be a forest. An alien and foreboding forest, but a forest none- Anastasia and Marcus stood theless. back while Felius did something that looked very technical. He then waited “Should we be taking samples or patiently, until his comp beeped. “The something?” inquired Anastasia. mist layer is actually an atmosphere.” Felius shook his head. “I’m not “What? How is that even possi- touching anything until we’re on our ble?” asked Anastasia. way out.”Guy Armand (order #4065473) 9
  15. 15. Anastasia lifted one of her feet and Meanwhile, Anastasia walked over noticed something she’d missed in to investigate the speckled growth. her shock. Things felt heavier. “Uhh, Again, it felt like she should be un- guys? Why does it feel like I don’t derwater someplace like Europa to need the leg weights anymore?” be seeing things like this. However, something caught her eye behind the The other two finally noticed as fronds – several somethings, in fact. well. Felius took off his weights and Gently nudging the plants aside with tried to walk. It wasn’t bad. “The gravi- her assault rifle, she saw a patch of ty is definitely higher in here. I’d guess football-like objects, set upright in the about half a G. And before you ask, I ground. Each was white and rough, have no idea how that can happen.” with an almost vein-like texture. Anastasia and Marcus followed “Tell me these don’t look like eggs,” suit and shed their weights. The in- she said. creased gravity made it much easier to press forward. Felius was up like a shot. “Oh no. Of all…” 15 There appeared to be many small- er plants, if one could call them that, Before he could finish his sentence, growing amongst the bigger ones. It something large charged through was as if what they were seeing were the alien forest near them. Anas- only the first shades of much larger tasia took a defensive stance and things to come. looked every which way, trying to find the thing that was most likely mom. Not much further in, they came The others drew their firearms, too, to what appeared to be a stream, preparing for what they knew was though the liquid flowing down it the inevitable. seemed to have a silvery sheen on its surface. There was some kind of From out of the mist, something thick growth near the bank of this wriggled. Several meaty, green ten- stream, with blue and pink speckled tacles, tipped with black talons, mov- fronds, perhaps a little like ferns. ing with sinister purpose. Anastasia However, the texture was wrong – could feel the chill creeping up the more leathery. back of her legs. Felius was the first to the stream. “Not this again,” was all she said He knelt carefully down near the before opening up with her assault edge, sticking some kind of device rifle, its blaze lighting up the alien for- into it. The surface tension of the est with flash after flash. liquid was much greater than that of water and he had to push a little Yup. The solar system was going to harder than normal. hell in a hand-basket.Guy Armand (order #4065473) 9
  16. 16. 1 Introduction 2159 AD. It is a good time to be powers that be. Mighty corporations alive. The nations of the world still ex- marshal their resources to send teams ist, but they have become more civi- to figure out how such things might lized. Countries resolve their disputes be harnessed for profit. The Unified through the forum of the Unified World Council sends out special teams World Council. Colonies of mutual co- of sanctioned Wardens, whose job it operation exist throughout the solar is to ascertain the new threats to hu- system. We have stretched to the edge man life, to learn everything they can of our known world. about them, and fight them wherever they are found – now with greater and But, alas, it is not to be our time. greater frequency. Something approaches, a thing on There are also those who believe an orbit from far away. Seemingly dark the murmurs of madmen, who have matter, this object is known in obscure listened to the occultists who point to prophecy as the Chthonian Star. It is a forbidden books and forgotten proph- thing that has been traveling through ecy. They are the ones who believe that the universe on its oblique trajectory humanity is a young race and there are for millions, if not billions, of years. It much older and darker things in the is a part of the natural cycle of things, universe, so-called deities and their on its eon-long orbit. Now, again, it is minions who care nothing for the chil- awakening things long thought lost dren of men. They confront the horror or dead, things that have slumbered that is looming, looking to the past, awaiting its return. trying desperately to make the world understand in the present. It begins slowly. Colonists begin to notice unusual things throughout It is true. These are the end times. the solar system. Then people begin The Old Ones are waking up and what to disappear. Then entire settlements. we thought was our solar system is Ships go missing. However, it isn’t long making itself home for its returning before the unspeakable horrors that masters. The monstrous races that have awakened can no longer con- serve them are coming back out to tain themselves. Moons thought dead help prepare the way. Humanity is as such as Callisto come to life, producing many always thought – temporary alien ecosystems never before seen by stewards of this part of the galaxy at man. Things stir in the distant Kuiper best, parasites at worst. Belt. It is something that cannot be denied and people change their lives All this from the influence of a body knowing that there are dangerous and that is still millions of miles away. As terrifying things in the dark. the Chthonian Star marches ever on- ward, things are only going to get Such phenomena naturally become worse. Who knows what will happen something of intense interest to the when it is finally here?Guy Armand (order #4065473) 9
  17. 17. The Game The Void supports playing pretty The scope of The Void is contained much any kind of Character, but steers to a fantastical purview that is still fa- players towards playing as Wardens, miliar to us – our solar system, from agents of the Unified World Council Mercury out to the frontier of the Kui- special commission. That way, your per Belt. Earth is still the center of the Characters already have reason to universe, home to all mankind, but travel around the solar system and the millions of people dwell in colonies resources that allow them to do so. and space stations spread throughout the solar system. Spaceships travel be- Creative Commons tween the worlds, using technology The Void is licensed under the Cre- that propels them from world to world ative Commons Attribution-NonCom- in a matter of months, instead of years. mercial-ShareAlike license. For more in- formation, go to creativecommons.org. Despite the fact that the nations of the solar system are united in a way This means that you are free to never before thought possible, the share electronic versions of The Void vast distances that separate the colo- and that you can create your own of- nies of humanity create a sense of iso- ficial derivatives – being supplements, lation. The journeys through the black optional rules, or what have you – to are long and lonely. There are many share with others. who find this isolation difficult to deal with, especially given the things that However, there are several condi- now roam in the dark. tions that go with that. You must at- 17Guy Armand (order #4065473) 9
  18. 18. tribute your derivative works to us, us- Characters – or the legacy of a family ing the legal text found in the front of lineage – that have all shaped the way this book, also attributing the people of things in their own age. who created The Void. You also may not make any money whatsoever off Influences of your sharing of The Void or of your Nothing is created in a vacuum. derivative works. You must distribute There have been several excellent your derivative works under this ex- movies that the creative team would act same license, so that others must like to site as influences in developing follow the same rules. After all, this is The Void. a license. This means that we still own and will protect our intellectual prop- Alien erty, but that we want you to come This movie needs no introduction. play in our sandbox with us. We know It’s the story of a corporate crew in- you’re going to come up with cool structed to touch down on an unin- things for The Void and we want to habited rock to investigate the crash enable our community to produce as of an alien ship. They bring back a much material as we can. creature who must kill a host to be born. Just one such alien was enough We want to post the best material to kill nearly every member of the Nos- that people create under the Creative tromo’s crew. H. R. Giger’s alien design Commons license. We’ll post it to the scared the heck out of most of us as downloads section of our web-site so kids. that others can find it and use it with their games. Event Horizon A ghost story in space, the story fol- Send your Creative Commons cre- lows a crew sent out to Neptune to ations to creativecommons@fearthe- discover the fate of the Event Horizon, void.com. PDFs and word processing a ship that’s been missing for years. It documents are preferred. If your file is was equipped with an experimental above 10 MB, please use a forwarding gravity drive that was supposed to al- service like YouSendIt. low it to fold space-time in an effort to cross vast interstellar distances in an The Cthulhu Saga instant. It didn’t work as planned and You may have seen the Cthulhu Saga the ship comes back alive from a place logo on the cover and wondered what that can only be described as hell. it was. The Void product line is but one in an overall saga that is designed to Ghosts of Mars take place through multiple points in Police are dispatched to a mining time. The Void is but the first of a series outpost to transport a notorious crimi- of games that take place in the same nal on a nearly terraformed Mars. They universe and the same time-line, each arrive to discover dead bodies and a highlighting an exciting era. In the bunch of strangely acting miners. It end, you will be able to play multiple turns out the former inhabitants ofGuy Armand (order #4065473) 9
  19. 19. Mars were capable of surviving as pos- sessing microbes and are very territo- If You Downloaded This Book rial. Since we’ve adopted the Cre- ative Commons license for The Outland Void, that means that you can An old-school Sean Connery film, legally download this book for this movie shows a more realistic pic- free. Awesome! However, there ture of colonization. It follows a mar- are some realities that go with shal assigned to a corporate mining such things. If you decide you outpost on the Jovian Moon of Io. love The Void and you play it Drugs have become a part of the pro- but never give us any money for ductivity cycle and they are beginning our work, that’s a problem. We to cause miners to go mad and die. gauge the success of a line by its Naturally, the corporate masters don’t sales. If we don’t have enough want such a thing coming to light, so revenue to tie to The Void, then they hire hit-men to take care of the we’re going to kill the line be- law. cause we’re losing money mak- ing it. If you love it, please buy Pandorum something. Otherwise, we all A couple crewmen wake up from lose, and that sucks. hibernation aboard a giant spacecraft with little recollection of who they are or what they’re supposed to be do- ing. It seems that the ship has been overrun by horrifying creatures who hunt the survivors for food. Worse yet, the reactor core is about to overload and blow everything to smithereens. On top of that, there are surprises for which not even the crew is ready. The Pronoun Game In this book we use he, him, and his when we’re talking about people playing the game. Alternating pronouns within the same book makes it feel like the book is written for two dif- ferent audiences. The masculine pronoun is the current standard and – though the times may be changing – we’re used to seeing it. We mean no offense to our valued female audience. 19Guy Armand (order #4065473) 9
  20. 20. 2 Overview Welcome to the overview of The genre has become especially popu- Void. In these pages, you’ll get an idea lar in video games, with franchises of everything you need to know to like Resident Evil or Silent Hill. Survival play the game. horror means that your Characters are almost always going to be in peril The Game and fighting for their lives. The world The Void is a game about humanity’s of The Void is a dangerous place and spread into our solar system and the it will require that players are careful horrors we discover as we go there. It and clever if they want their Charac- is an exciting mix of Lovecraftian hor- ters to survive. ror and hard science-fiction. The Solar System The Void is also a special genre of The Void is set in our solar system, horror known as survival horror. This just a few hundred years in the future. Let’s take a look at how our solar sys- tem has developed. Mercury: Conquering the Dead Planet Mercury is a small dead world – a rock in space marred and cracked by ages of meteor impacts. It slowly rotates like a pig on a spit under the punishing heat of the Sun. The tem- perature variance on any given day be- tween the dark and roasting sides range between -315ºF and +800ºF. Building a sustainable colony here would be next to impossible un- der these extreme conditions. So, why would anyone want to invest so muchGuy Armand (order #4065473) 9
  21. 21. time and expense to come here in and well within the range of the sun the first place? The answer is mining. that is generally held to be friendly to Though dead on the outside, Mercury life, Venus has a decidedly hellish sur- harbors a wealth of natural metals and face with high winds and temperature minerals below her surface. Invest- in the hundreds of degrees – no mat- ment in a colonial mission to Mercury ter if you are on the day or night side. would naturally be dangerous and Despite these conditions, however, it risky, but that was a risk the Chinese is a world that has extensively felt the government was willing to take. Luck- touch of humanity. ily for them, the unconquerable dead world had one Achilles heel, one place Five corporations control Venus, where humans could land in relative under the nominal authority of the safety. Venusian Administrative Body. Each corporation has utter autonomy and The Chao Meng-Fu crater, located authority within their colony, with on Mercury’s southern pole, is the only each colony having its own set or rules location on the planet that remains and regulations, customs, holidays, mostly in the shade throughout an en- and so on. However, outside of the col- tire day – thus the temperature stays ony, including any mining operations relatively constant. It was here that the those colonies may claim, the VAB has Port Tian colony was established as the the final authority. While the Venusian only human presence on Mercury. Life Administrative Body is supposed to be here is spartan and simple, with very apolitical, its rulings are generally tilt- little in terms of creature comforts. ed in favor of whichever corporation Nobody goes to Mercury unless they currently has the most influence. have business here - at least nobody who wants to live a comfortable life- Nearly all aspects of life on Venus style. Yet there is wealth to be had for occur underground. With the high those brave enough to join the drilling temperatures, scouring winds, and operations that sink further and fur- corrosive environment of the surface, ther toward the planet’s core. A miner subsurface colonies have been by far might be able to return home to Earth the cheapest method of colonizing the with a small, dream-building fortune planet in the long term. Most of these after a few years of hard work. That is, colonies can trace their roots back to of course, if he doesn’t disappear first the initial mining operations of the among the dangerous labyrinth-like corporations, but, for the most part, tunnels of Mercury’s mines. those mining operations have moved to other areas of the planet. Despite Venus: this, these colonies offer comfortable The Earth That Wasn’t environments with wide caverns mod- Venus has one of the harshest cli- eled much like the parks found on mates in the solar system. Despite be- Earth, giving them an open-air feel. ing only a bit smaller than the Earth There is never mistaking, however, 21Guy Armand (order #4065473) 9
  22. 22. which colony you are in, for nearly ev- and there are no population controls ery corridor you walk down, napkin in place. It will only be a matter of you wiped your face with, and glass time before overpopulation becomes you drink out of has the associated a problem again – or at least it would corporate logo emblazoned across it. were not things awakening in the gal- axy that are helping to thin the herd. Earth: Birthplace of Humanity Compared to the rest of the solar The nations of Earth are still pretty system, though, the Earth is paradise. much as they have been, though some Large cities and population density borders and centers of power always make it very safe and the natural ecol- shift. The threat of terrorist nuclear ogy of the planet is where human- strikes and the nuclear devastation of ity was meant to exist. That, however, Port Klang in Malaysia woke the world does not mean that the strange hap- up. Modern nations have become penings in the rest of the solar system more civilized and choose to resolve have not found their way to Earth. their disputes through the forum of the Unified World Council – a power- Mars: ful cooperative body that has replaced The Red Money Pit the impotent United Nations. 112 years ago, the first permanent settlement was created on the surface Fortunately, the Earth suffers no of Mars. In the beginning, the mining more from the threat of ecological di- operations on Mars produced better saster. The damage done during the than anyone ever hoped. Jobs were 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries was plentiful and calls to Earth for more halted and, in some cases, reversed. and more settlers brought shuttle af- However, the Earth has been damaged ter shuttle of people hoping to cash in and a person from the 21st century on the prosperity. The original colony would find the world to be quite dif- expanded and smaller settlements ferent. Air quality has recovered, but began to spring up in areas that could climates have changed permanently be easily protected from meteor and in many parts of the world. There are radiation damage. places where it is not safe to travel outside without special suits, where However, this did not last. The dig the thinning or non-existent ozone no sites all began to encounter a material longer protects life from dangerous in the ground that was incredibly hard solar radiation. Many species are per- to drill, blast, or bore through. The ma- manently extinct, though cloning ef- terial was useless to the miners, as no forts labor to bring some of them back one could find anyway to profit from it. – to little avail. Worse yet, all indications showed that this material was present all over the On the other hand, pushing people planet. out to live on other worlds has helped ease the threat of overpopulation. Tourism, the second largest money- People still have not learned, however, maker for the planet, was beginning toGuy Armand (order #4065473) 9
  23. 23. lag behind the more exotic locations ellites and giant red eye. It’s too bad found on Ganymede and Io. However, for them that the reality turned out to Mars had one final message to the be far less fascinating than they had people of Earth that thought that life hoped. could be restored to the Red Planet. Two years ago, the moon Diemos radi- The planet itself is home only to two cally shifted orbit and swung into the large floating gas mines. Most workers path of Phobos. live on Callisto and come in month- long shifts. The real excitement of The impact shattered the moons Jupiter is found on the four Galilean and blanketed the orbit of Mars with moons – Callisto, Europa, Ganymede, millions of particles of space debris. and Io. Much of the debris rained down in a hail of meteorites that peppered the Callisto’s most distinct features are planet for days on end. The location of the numerous and massive impact the colonies in low-lying areas saved craters that cover the surface. This them from the worst of the damage. The dust storm created by the impact of so many meteorites continues to blan- ket the planet to this day. Solar collectors struggle to collect the little sunlight the sneaks through the clouds above. Jupiter: The Cyclopean Giant It is the largest planet in our solar system, so large that it is two and a half times the mass of all the other planets combined. The gas giant known as Jupi- ter has captured the imaginations of sci- ence fiction writers and explorers alike, with its massive sat- 23Guy Armand (order #4065473) 9
  24. 24. is where many of those working on has begun to change – like it was de- other Galilean Moons and Jupiter live, veloping an atmosphere. and it is best described as a bedroom community. Saturn: The Greater Malefic Europa is home to a giant under- Out there, beyond the treacher- ground saltwater ocean, kept warm ous rim of the Asteroid Belt and the by the magnetic influence of Jupiter. It great orbit of Jupiter lays the heart of has conditions that resemble the deep mankind’s new frontier – Saturn. Her oceans of Earth, complete with its own many rings highlight the moons that life and ecosphere – the first extra-ter- are home to a rising civilization. Over restrial life discovered in the history of three million residents of the Republic man. The lifeforms survive by chemo- of Saturn live and work here, striving synthesis, similar to the black smoker daily to build their lives around the environments of Earth. promise of a free and independent world. Opportunities abound here Ganymede is the largest moon in for the adventurous of heart and the the solar system. The moon’s primary ingenious of mind. Rapid growth has trade is tourism and entertainment. It created a strong economy built on in- is, for lack of a better analogy, the Las dustry, manufacturing, mining, tour- Vegas of the outer planets. Visitors can ism, and perhaps the most important enjoy casinos, shows, and restaurants, of Saturn’s commodities – agriculture. as well as low-gravity skiing, snow- It might seem ironic that the world in boarding, and the like. the solar system named after the Ro- man god of the harvest would actually Io is rife with geological activity, deliver on the promise of her name- with many mountains and volcanoes. sake. However, the fact remains that Bunkers that shield visitors from the Saturn has evolved into what is called intense radiation provide staging the breadbasket of the outer planets. grounds for those who wish to come and climb the majestic mountains in a Ice harvesting has become an im- low gravity environment. It is the des- portant industry among Saturn’s tination of the rich, thrill-seekers, and moons, especially the brilliantly white those who already dwell in Jupiter’s Enceladus with its giant plumes of orbit. sprayed ice shot majestically into space from massive geysers on its However, there have been some southern pole. Other moons like Rhea unusual reports in and around Jupi- play host to huge manufacturing ter space. Gas miners in the upper plants and ship yards that allow Sat- atmosphere of Jupiter report seeing urn to produce bio-domes, shuttles, shadows of things floating in the alien transports, and other necessary com- clouds. Scientists on Europa claim that ponents that sustain the colony. Satur- the “fish” they’re studying have been nian colony structures and merchant acting differently. Perhaps most un- vessels are not uncommon among the usual is the way that a part of Callisto Outer Worlds.Guy Armand (order #4065473) 9
  25. 25. Perhaps the most amazing example nus proper is Veronica Station – the of the Republic of Saturn’s achieve- mining facility run by John Paul Wesley ments is Titan. It is here, under the to extract molecular hydrogen from orange sky and dense atmosphere of the atmosphere. The space station is Saturn’s largest moon, that great cit- a patchwork of various components ies and mammoth farming bio-domes and sections from a number of failed have arisen. Cassini University, located attempts to set a mining rig in orbit of within the capital city of Cassini, is fa- Uranus. mous for it schools of Planetology and Organic Chemistry. The city of Chronos The moons of Uranus have all been has become one of the most impor- set up as mining and prospecting re- tant trade centers in the Solar System, gions, where independent contrac- built on the need to transport Titan’s tors and corporations obtain deeds wealth of agricultural goods off world. for mining rights from Wesley. Law is The fact of sustainable colonies on officially maintained by the internal Neptune and Uranus can be directly security supplied by the Wesley family. attributed by some degree to the suc- The reality, however, is that the local cess of the Saturn colony. prospectors and corporations will deal with suspected criminals internally. In Uranus: fact, the region has the lowest report- The Frozen Wasteland ed theft rate of anywhere in the solar For years, the Uranus sector had system, but that only means that little been nothing more than a junction crime is reported. Being much like the point for transports off to the lucrative gold rush towns of the old west on diamond mines of Neptune or the vast Earth, law is very often handled as an expanse of the Kuiper Belt beyond. personal matter between prospectors. Even then, that was only when the orbital alignments worked out. That Neptune: all changed when the Wesley family The Point of No Return founded the hydrogen mining facility Neptune, the last planet of our so- from Veronica Station. The Wesley fam- lar system, so far into space that it is ily obtained the rights to the moons thirty times the distance of the Earth surrounding Uranus and has offered to the burning Sun. Wind is a near con- them to independent prospectors or stant on Neptune – the average daily corporations to do with as they will. winds range from 45 mph to nearly the speed of sound. Unsurprisingly, The surface of the planet is not ac- the only colony on Neptune’s surface tually a surface at all, but a mix of wa- is underground – or under the thick ter, ammonia, and methane in a thick ice layer, which has baffled scientists. liquid form. Despite its large size, the Beyond it lies only the Kuiper Belt, a gravitational forces of Uranus are actu- place filled with only dwarf planets ally less than that of Earth, so it would and miscellaneous chunks of rock. It’s be possible to land on its surface if it no wonder it is a frigid, inhospitable was solid. Given that Uranus has no world, where only the greedy or des- solid surface, the only colony for Ura- perate would dare set foot. 25Guy Armand (order #4065473) 9
  26. 26. Salacia is the primary and only col- expeditions have never made to the ony on Neptune It is powered entirely surface and those that did never last. by geo-thermal taps, utilizing the ex- Even satellites and probes last only a tremely hot core of the planet. At first few hours at best before their signals glance, it would seem amazing that are lost. Pluto wishes to be left alone anyone would want to spend the large and thus far humanity has found itself amounts of money and incredible ef- a distant observer. In recent years, that fort required to maintain a colony on observation has increased ten-fold. Neptune. Posterity or curiosity hardly seem reasonable motivations. The The small dwarf planet has always answer is simple – Neptune produces been a bit of an enigma in the solar diamonds, the most precious gem in system. Its orbit sneaks in and out of the solar system. Salacia is a joint op- the Kuiper belt and is tilted, running eration of the European Union and the north and south of the ecliptic plain. Rhodes Company – a firm with long There has never been a satisfactory roots in the diamond business and the explanation of this oddity. More re- fabulous wealth that goes with it. cently, however, the small world has begun exhibiting even more bizarre Over the last few years, strange and inexplicable behavior – the or- things have become commonplace on bit of Pluto has been changing. The Neptune. Many people have started change was small at first, but it seems to have intense nightmares, some of to be increasing. Its velocity has also which have induced homicidal fits in shifted, sometimes speeding up and otherwise normal folks. Insomnia (or sometimes slowing down. There is sleep aids) are an epidemic. People no known cause that science can find also have started to go missing from for its behavior, though many a great time to time, without any trace – some minds have set to the task of finding it. believe there’s a conspiracy afoot. On top of all that, there are those who Even with this new development, claim to have heard eerie distant travel to the world is strictly forbid- sounds through the surface flurries, den. Even its moons are off-limits. like the songs of whales. None of these Inevitably someone will again make facts are advertised by Rhodes – it the attempt to land on the world, to would be bad for business. force from it the secrets that it hides, and inevitably those same someones Pluto: will transmit screams of terror into the The Enigma dark void before they too go silent. Across the solar system nearly every Pluto will surrender its secrets when it planet and moon has felt the pres- is ready, not when we demand it, for ence of humanity. Not so with Pluto. Pluto has no time for our needs. The planet has made it clear that it wishes to be left alone. There have Kuiper Belt: been attempts, many of them, over The New Frontier the years. However, with each attempt Past the distant planet of Neptune comes screams and then silence. Most lies a thick band of rock, dust and iceGuy Armand (order #4065473) 9
  27. 27. known as the Kuiper Belt. Many dis- – they have to be to survive. They are miss this region as nothing more than also freer to pursue their dreams than another asteroid field, but those peo- anywhere else in the solar system. The ple do not truly understand the scope Unified World Council has no say out of the belt. Despite being far less here and even those corporations that dense in most areas than the better have staked a claim out here, such as known belt of rocks that sits between the massive 4G Enterprises, under- Mars and Jupiter, the Kuiper Belt stand that they will never have any in- dwarfs its inner system cousin in its fluence beyond the walls of their own sheer population of rocks and ice that stations. slowly drift through it. For this reason, the Belt has become the new frontier Technology of the solar system. The Void is set a couple hundred years into the future. In terms of its in- For those who are brave or, depend- fluences, the setting is approximately ing on who you ask, foolish enough to equivalent to the technology present- venture that far out, there lies a great po- tential to truly make your mark on the solar system. Many explorers have found massive deposits that have netted them finder’s fees that allowed them to retire in style. Many more, however, have simply vanished nev- er to be heard from again. While there is great promise in the Belt, there is also great danger. So far out is the Kuiper Belt that even a small emergency can turn deadly. Un- like the inner sys- tem, there is usually no help to be found. Those who make their living in the belt are truly self-reliant 27Guy Armand (order #4065473) 9
  28. 28. ed in such movies as Aliens or Event ed reality is commonplace, and in fact Horizon – though confined to our solar necessary for many aspects of society. system. Robotics and nanotechnology have taken over manufacturing, as well as Space travel is perhaps the single many menial jobs, forcing people to most important technological ad- become educated to take on more vancement in the setting. Transit skilled professions. drives can propel ships across the void at speeds formerly not possible. Medical technology has advanced Travel from Earth to Neptune takes to a point where nearly all hereditary only several months instead of twelve disease has been cured. There are few years. Passengers must seal them- illnesses that plague humanity. Even selves in suspended animation inside limbs and organs can be replaced specially designed gravity-mitigating through limited cloning technology. chambers to survive acceleration and People live longer and are healthier deceleration – which means they un- than ever before. fortunately lose time every time they travel, unaware of what might occur in Weapons are still predominantly the vacuum in the interim. chemically- or magnetically-propelled, though computerized advancements Computers have continued to be- make them more accurate, powerful, come smaller and more powerful. and capable than ever before. Despite People travel with small portable the detente that exists in most places body-computers that are capable of in the universe, it is still not a period of feats that seem like magic. Augment- peace. Therefore, the powers that beGuy Armand (order #4065473) 9
  29. 29. still spend exorbitant sums of money processing information and evidence on weapons research, so the technol- in order to draw conclusions. They are ogy of “defense” continues forward. also trained to extract useful informa- tion out of people. Researchers are the Characters book worms, educated in the occult The Void supports playing pretty and other disciplines in order to draw much any kind of character that one conclusions and sift through data for might expect in the setting, but steers that which is useful. Regardless of spe- players towards playing as Wardens, cialty, all Wardens are combat trained, agents of the Unified World Council have a basic knowledge of the occult special commission. That way, their and the inhuman enemies they must characters already have reason to face, and a basic education in cults. travel around the solar system and the resources that allow them to do so. Wardens are typically sent out into the field in teams of three to six. A While many associate aliens with sci- small team is composed of one of each fi, all characters in The Void are human, specialty, while a larger team typically with some variation based on world or has three Enforcers, two Investigators, colony of birth. and one Researcher. Wardens have an array of resources The UWC Wardens at their disposal. They are given their The UWC Wardens are a govern- own spaceships, which usually house mental agency created to deal with a team, support crew, and shuttles, as the strange things that are emerging well as mobile labs and arsenals. They in the solar system. They have three are allowed to carry sidearms in their primary duties. First, they are charged everyday investigations, and have ac- with investigating all reports and man- cess to assault rifles, explosives, and ifestations of the unknown through- combat armor. However, it is their duty out the solar system. Second, it is their to keep things quiet and hidden, so it responsibility to eliminate unknown is rare that Wardens appear with any- or occult threats to the people of the thing that isn’t concealable – unless solar system. Their third, last, and per- the situation is already dire. haps most distasteful duty, is to keep the unknown and occult a secret from Since Wardens are not a widely ad- the population at large. vertised agency, they maintain quiet offices in all civilized corners of the There are three primary specialties in solar system. Warden presence is typi- which Warden field agents are trained cally received with some level of open – Enforcer, Investigator, and Research- arms by the colonies and it is expected er. Enforcers focus on combat, trained that the authorities in all parts of the in many different kinds of weapons solar system will cooperate, though in order to most effectively eliminate this is not always the case. The solar resistance. Investigators are the de- system is a big place and those far tectives of the Wardens, focused on enough out don’t always feel that the 29Guy Armand (order #4065473) 9
  30. 30. law strictly applies in their case. The tend with, and one many are resigned Wardens, however, are afforded nearly to as their eventual fate. Either that or absolute authority by UWC charter, death, for many a Warden has met an though they rarely have need to use it. unspeakable and violent end. In some cases, Wardens must also have the strength to enforce their authority, Character Components because some of the powers that be, Characters in The Void are made up far out there, won’t afford them the re- of several key pieces. They have attri- spect and latitude they deserve. butes and skills, which are common- place to modern roleplaying games. The Wardens maintain a network of They also have qualities, which repre- space stations throughout the solar sent innate advantages and disadvan- system, from which they stage their tages (with several that are specifically operations. Warden Prime, also known flavored for the unique setting), as well as the Eye, sits above the Earth. A as talents, which represent cool things monolith in the sky, this labyrinthine help defind Character even further. To- structure is the primary headquarters gether, they create diverse Characters, of the Wardens. Beyond the Eye, War- even among all Warden groups, with den 1, also known as the Umbrella, plenty of room to customize and grow. floats in orbit around Saturn to service the outer planets and protect the pre- Characters grow through a free- cious agriculture of Titan. It is of similar form method of point-based character size to the Eye, but designed as a gate- development, powered by Advances. way and emergency station for those missions going further out. To service the inner planets, Warden 2, known The Basic Rules as the Nugget, hovers in geosynchro- The Void uses six-sided dice, in dice nous orbit above Mercury. It is a small pools. In general, any time you want station, hastily deployed to provide to try something that is a challenge, some kind of support to Mercury and you will roll a number of dice in a pool Venus. The Lighthouse, more formally equal to the approriate Attribute plus known as Warden 4, sits far out in the Skill – both of which are rated on a Kuiper Belt, exploring, watching, and scale of one to five. That means you’ll listening for anything that might be at be rolling between two and ten dice the edges of the solar system. for your Tests. Work as a Warden is perilous. War- When rolling for a Test, each die that dens must travel from one side of the comes up a five or six is considered a solar system to the other, facing threats Success. You need to get between one of which man was not meant to know. and five Successes to accomplish your It can be a very dark job. They must task, where two is Average and three undergo regular psychological screen- is Hard. These Tests may be modified ing, for the dangers they face readily by your Character’s Qualities and/or erode one’s grip on reality. Insanity is Talents. a price which many agents must con-Guy Armand (order #4065473) 9

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