Fading Suns: The Dark Between the Stars

Into the Great White North

Into the Thule region aka The Ice Box...

Notes and Reflections:

As we are lacking in any concrete orders from Father Jordan, my companions and the humble servant were at a loss as to which obelisk site to travel to. It was decided that we should travel from Heliopolis to the arctic area known as Thule.

In our journey northward the craft was attacked by some vicious sea creature that had a long body and tentacles that came from its head where there was a beak-like mouth. This attack caused a disruption in the engines of the craft and we sat down in the water. Sir Saul and Sgt. Komolov Took up defensive firing positions on the top of the craft. This one readied herself at a window to provide support. Lt. Adross began repairs. While the Lt. worked to repair the craft, the remaining three provided defensive fire using rifles to ward off the creature. It wrapped itself around the craft and struck at Sir Saul. Using the power of the Pancreator, this one smote the creature with fire and drove it off. Soon the repairs were complete and we were on our way north again.

Upon landing the craft near the northern obelisk site, team made preparations to explore the area. The obelisk site was set in a bowl-like depression in the ground. Using ropes we climbed down to examine it. Lt. Adross had some difficulty with the climb and fell down the hill through the snow. He was unharmed and seemed to enjoy himself. We then set to examine the area.

This humble servant copied sigils and patterns. Sir Saul stood guard and also helped to look for an entrance. The Entrance was discovered by Sgt. Komolov. Her utility in this mission continues to be proven. The entrance was sealed with a block of ice. The ice was melted and broken apart.

The team descended into the spaces under the obelisk. We noted the intrusion of ice into the spaces. It was feared the area would be unstable so care was taken. The layout of the spaces is exactly as the other site. The sigils are almost identical except for those differences noted in my report. Here is what was discovered and samples taken from this site:

In one of the storerooms we found documents that had been exposed to water and refrozen. It was also noted that there is a strange mold with exothermic properties growing on the ice. Lt. Adross and Sgt. Komolov collected samples of these documents in a plastic bin. They also discovered humanoid remains under the documents covered in this mold. Some of the remains were also collected for analysis.

In a different room we discovered a space that had been used as lab. Sir Saul examined it and collected some of the precious scientific instruments there. Among the materials found was a centrifuge covered in mold with a blood sample inside. It is theorized that the mold feeds off of such things. A later burn test revealed that the mold reacted negatively when exposed to flaming Ka oil. The remaining blood was collected for analysis.

In the ritual room, we discovered a five-sided trough in the floor made from a strange metal and filled with perfectly clear ice. This one determined that a sample of the metal needed to be taken so we removed the ice. With Lt. Adross’ assistance a sample was recovered for alchemical analysis.

It should be noted that some of the sigils remind this humble servant of the writing of Doremus. Someone of greater expertise and learning should be doing the analysis of these sites. Perhaps even a trained archeologist might be in order.

Given the sensitive and perishable nature of our samples it was decided that we should return to Heliopolis. On the return trip Lt. Adross once again had trouble with the craft and we crash-landed it about 10 miles from the city. This one is beginning to feel that we should all have parachutes given the delicate nature of this craft.

In closing, this humble servant is confident that the more evidence we collect the more we will understand this situation. Additional equipment and personnel should be considered to speed up this investigation.

In the Wisdom of the Pancreator;
Sister Leigh Smallwood, Provost

Note 1: A trained archeologist might prove highly useful.
Note 2: Request numerous sample containers.
Note 3: A mounted weapon for the craft would be helpful to fend off threats.
Note 4: If not considered heretical, perhaps a sigil dictionary might prove useful to speed analysis of these sites.

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