Mission: Requiem for the Dead

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jedion357
September 27, 2016 - 2:56pm
Came across a story from Portland, ME's past

1692 during King William's War which was the America side show to the War of the League of Augsburg (basicly English vs French and Indian allies):

On a summer day in August 1692, a group of men under the command of Govenor Phips and Major Benjamin Church warily approached what is now the intersection of Fore Street and India Street in the City of Portland. They had every reason to be cautious. King Williams's War..... was still raging. These men needed no reminders of the possibility of ambush and sudden violence. Two years previously, the French and their Native American allies had overrun Fort Loyall and slaughtered the inhabitants. Part of the mission for Phip's company was to collect the bleached bones of those victims who for two years had been left unburied, subject to the ravages of weather and scavenging animals. Somewhere near the ill-fated fort, they dug a trench and interred the remains.

Note the location of this trench burial is still unknown.

This makes an great adventure seed:

1. PCs are hired to recover remains of mercenary lost in a back of beyond corporate conflict. Yazirian version: warriors must be laid to rest with due respect and honor

2. six and a half years ago a star liner disappeared, in 5 months the crew and passengers will be presumed dead. Galazy Mutual Insurance the underwriter for the insurance policies the Trans Travel provides for every passenger on a starliner would rather not pay out on all those policies so its dispatching a team to try to track down the starliner. Since Galaxy Mutual is a subsidary of Streel, a Streel privateer is being made available for this mission. Its presumed that the ship was lost thru a misjump so team will need to retrace last cruise of the starliner and scout possible systems where the starliner could have misjumped to.

Later Galaxy Mutual will deny payment of insurance for passengers that died on planet and not in transit on ship. PCs could become involved in this being hired by family of the deceased to prove cupability of TT & GM.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!
Comments:

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rattraveller
September 28, 2016 - 7:37am
While Humans and Yazirians will have leftover "bleached bones" I wonder about Dralasites and Vrusk.

Dralasite have no hard body parts with the exception of their tough skin. After two years what would be left?

Vrusk on the other hand have an exoskeleton. Much like bug collectors collections around the world, you would have the exoskeleton, maybe bleached a little, but full sized with internal organs decayed. Maybe scavengers will have cracked the exoskeleton in places but it would still be mostly intact.
Sounds like a great job but where did you say we had to go?

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TerlObar
September 29, 2016 - 5:35am
Actually the rules say that vrusk have an internal skeleton as well.  So it'd be an exoskelton with bones rattling around inside.  But for dral's there would be nothing left.
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rattraveller
September 29, 2016 - 5:49am
So this begs another question. Do Vrusk and Dralasites practice cremation?

As a weird thought do Dralasites practice Acid Bath Cremation? Take the remains of a Dralasite and put it in an acidic tank and allow the body to breakdown. Next take the resulting liquid and distill it down to the basic components. Put this what I guess would be a think sludge into a glass recepticle and put it up on the mantle like a Human Urn. Think of all the fun jokes of spilling Uncle Dral's remains or accidentally drinking it.
Sounds like a great job but where did you say we had to go?

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jedion357
September 29, 2016 - 7:03am
I can see Drals developing acid bath cremation in industrial to modern-ish times. Before they would have used fire. They'd be very philosophical about it with a side of joking. There is the possibility of mummified remains and then you'd have a dral body but it be a shrunken shriveled skin. 

Weird thought what if there was a weird alien taxidermists out there adding a stuffed core 4 to his collection?
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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iggy
September 29, 2016 - 5:11pm
I'd always thought of the ancient dralasites placing their dead in some kind of plant beds and letting the plants cover and consume the remains.  I ponder on what dralasite native plant life is like, fungus, moss, etc.
-iggy