As we continue coreward, one of our Arcolate exploration ships (a pinnace)
encounters a serious sublux anomaly and must put down on a sulpherous satellite
of a gas giant. The gas giant as about 1/2 of a lightframe from the parent
star (an A7 blue-white main sequence star). The satellite has a dense atmosphere
of sulpher dioxins and nitrates and although the outside temperature is
comparatively warm, the acidic composition would be almost instantly fatal
to exposed skin.
The crew immediately put out a distress call, and we detoured the Fleet
of the Ancients almost 120 lightframes towards this start system to assist
and/or rescue our exploration team.
Some of the crew of the pinnace attempted to perform manual repairs that
we hoped would enable the craft to lift off. The alternative: transport
the crew directly aboard the Arcolate and abandon the pinnace to the corrosive
winds of this yellow hell. Even with their armoured exposure suits, they
can remain outside only for a few hours at most. So caustic is the air on
this moon that the plastilium helmets become opaque withiin just a couple
of hours, and the flexible suit joints are threatened with rupture that
would allow the deadly environment inside their protective suits.
After several hours of work, it is determined that the pinnace will not
fly again without a total replacement of the sublux interial field generator,
and so we must bring the crew aboard the Arcolate and bid farewell to the
pinnace and the yello/orange moon of this gas giant. We will stop next at
a F1 star to replenish the materials required to replace the pinnace.
In The Gas Fields of The Oblate Star
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