Board Event: A Land of Opportunity *upbeat music plays* Greetings! You have been selected to attend a once in a lifetime opportunity! After careful consideration, Frontier Mutual Expansion has chosen you for a mission of both high risk and high reward! How did we get your details? Rest assured no privacy was breached in our extensive background checks and vetting process; we have gone to extreme lengths to find the best people suited for the job and our methods have not let us down yet! What is the mission you ask? Frontier Mutual Expansion has commissioned the FME Erebus, a state of the art surveying and exploration craft to chart the EZ-487B system or as we like to call it here at Frontier Mutual Expansion, E-Z! Previous scans of this star system have revealed extensive Builder artefacts, some larger than the Earth itself! FME has secured exclusive exploration rights from the Sol Coalition Government and is currently onboarding potential crew members! What is the pay you ask? As any discerning individual should know, the payment is equal to the risk! While uncharted systems have thus far been devoid of hostile or dangerous entities, technologies, sentient beings or angry gods, we feel EZ-487B is unique. Therefore the pay begins at a whopping two-hundred-thousand UN credits! If you possess specialised skills, your compensation will be increased relative to your usefulness aboard the Erebus! What risk, you asked with a concerned look? Well, my good friend, the truth is Frontier Mutual Expansion has absolutely zero idea! You heard that right friend, no idea at all! Hence the hazard pay (most) of you all will be receiving! All we are aware of is that the Builder artefacts in this system are not only active, but mobile and potentially hostile, but the more we explore, the more you earn! A land of opportunity awaits through the E-Z Gate, and the FME Erebus is waiting for you at New Tycho Station! Make contact with our agents there if you wish to join us for this exciting, astounding expedition into the great unknown, and join the history books as one of the first to step boldly into the void and return, rich! Welcome everyone, to our new event for April 2020! This event will be primarily PVE (however depending on how things go aboard the Erebus, PvP may eventuate). The vast majority of the event will take place aboard the FME Erebus, a small/medium-sized science & exploration vessel. Player characters will be the only crew aboard, unless we do not have enough numbers in which case NPC's will be added if necessary. Communication & interaction between characters is the goal. The scope has been pulled back from large scale fleets and Frontier politics to focus on people, their stories, histories and choices. I will use my account Cpt_Buttersworth to act as the DM, presenting situations, events & threats to player characters throughout the event. Every player character who wishes to partake in the event will have received the above message and should make their way to New Tycho ASAP. Remember the goal is to have fun and tell a story. If you wish to collaborate with other players OOC, feel free to use the Discord for real time conversations and then paste them into the thread. I will set up a dedicated channel for the event. The FME Erebus The FME Erebus will be the primary setting of the event. It is a small-medium, sized vessel designed for both space and atmospheric flight as shown by its unconventional design with much of its interior spaces able to be used in both a vertical (with the drives providing thrust gravity) and horizontal (when either landed on a planet or in atmospheric flight). The Erebus can support up to twenty individuals comfortably and has extensive facilities intended for long term use. It's weapon systems are limited to two point defence cannons and a single railgun, mounted along the spine of the vessel. Layout Spoiler: Bridge The bridge contains a dozen crash couches across a split level design, all couches are arranged to face the front of the ship and have individual terminals for accessing ship systems. The forward and upper portion of the bridge is dominated by a large, reinforced glass window providing an extensive panoramic view of outside the ship. Spoiler: Ops The ops deck is where mission briefings and discussions take place. The "holotank", a large volumetric display, is at the centre of the space on a raised circular (2m in circumference, 1m height) platform. There are more crash couches here all either individual terminals for accessing ship systems. Spoiler: Med Bay The med bay contains four crash couches each other its own autodoc. It has an extensive chemical synthesis system allowing the crew to create and synthesize many drugs, antidotes, compounds and molecules quickly and efficiently. Spoiler: Lab The lab is directly next door to the med bay and when required the wall can be retracted to either extend the med bays facilities or the lab's. The lab is primarily for research of any phenomena, samples or objects witnessed or gathered during the mission. Spoiler: Head The head contains half a dozen showers and waste facilities for the health and sanitary state of the crew and vessel. Spoiler: Quarters The quarters contains a dozen bunks. Even though the vessel can support up to twenty individuals, it was understood the crew would operate on a shift basis, whilst some crew worked the other slept. Spoiler: Machine Shop The machine shop is the primary manufacturing and fabrication facility aboard the Erebus. It supports multiple 3d printers, laser cutting and welding machines as well as extensive tools and machines required for the success of the mission. Spoiler: Engineering The engineering bay is dedicated to the safe and efficient operation of the Erebus as a whole. It provides crew access to many primary systems including the reactor core, communications, life support and communication systems. Spoiler: Cargo Bay The cargo bay is a large open space containing one large rover, two small single person vehicles, multiple drones in racks, supplies, cargo and space for any objects collected during the mission.