Short books, each devoted to a single off-world colony in the Hostile setting. The books contain the colony's background, factions, local creatures, encounters and events, plot suggestions, NPCs and maps.
Abyss is an overcrowded world, a world where the most prized possession is land and real estate. It is a waterworld, a single planet covered by a single shallow ocean, the only land available for settlement is the tiny island of Vasundhara as well as a scatter of small island chains. Life can be hard on the planet, poverty and squalor are commonplace, wealth and living space is held as a privilege by a few, whilst the millions compete for survival inside the noisy, crowded, trash-filled, dirty, cramped and crime-ridden ‘Warrens’. Much of the island is intensely urbanised, skyscrapers and apartment blocks jostle with factories and sky-high shopping centres.
Rich seabed mineral deposits are the reason for the colony, resulting in hundreds of surface rigs, seabed mining stations and production facilities being established. This underwater mining industry ships millions of tons of refined metals back to Earth. If the Warrens are too much … try the cramped confines of a seabed harvester!
A submarine war between the corporations has recently begun.
"Grind us down. Exploit us. Push us so far... well that's far enough. Now we're taking over. It's our turn to push back."
Oberman is the corporate governor of this cold desert world, that is low in oxygen. And the miners are revolting – literally. High radiation from UV and the ore they mine has induced genetic mutation. The miners are an underclass that have begun a rebellion…. but Oberman is cracking down.
The major settlements on Cyclops are located within a 12 km deep asteroid crater, where water, farmland and air exists, supporting colonists and serving as a headquarters for the corporation. Their life is easier than that of the miners on the highlands, but the two worlds are about to clash, and the player characters are going to be caught in the middle.
This is a play box of setting, locations, main characters, supporting NPCs, toys and other hardware, maps and plot suggestions. Dip in, mix and match, stay alive on a forbidding world!