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Dead world. Part 1

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...By ten o'clock, the order of movement is established definitively.The group is moving in the middle of the street: two scouts right at the front — the Schokn brothers — behind them and to the left is me, as head of the group and the main fire support.
 
The city, of course, has long been abandoned. This was clear even from orbit, but the fact that none of the modules could descend directly to the object ‘Spot’, stresses out all of us, members of a special expedition Erebus in system SY3176-GIII-A4.
 
Apparently, during the landing in the fog we still missed by a few kilometers. The city was to our left and separated by a rather unpleasant stone ridge. The damn planetoid barely has any convenient landing spots. Just rocks or thin ice over lakes of liquid hydrogen and methane.The only suitable spot is the city around the ‘Spot’ object. But both the city and the object are still covered by automatic air defense systems. It's a certain death. I wonder what was that enemy, from which they had to hide behind such a durable umbrella that could endure for so many years without people around.
 
The city does not impress much. A standard dome from the Direktorium times. Already crumbling in places. The planetoid is constantly shaking. And the ice is being ruptured by giant geysers of superheated methane.
 
We barely spend any time inspecting the buildings. All of them are mostly the same. Long-abandoned, partly collapsed and filled with dust. Our objective is the ‘Spot’/ An object glowing bright orange in the X-ray spectrum, almost in the heart of what we call the ‘City’ among ourselves. In reality it's a long flat trough between the geyser field and impassable steep cliffs. The whole trough is littered with stones and remains of ancient buildings. Dense clouds of methane, constantly hang above the ‘City’, coming down in deciduous rain. The rock where the ‘City’ is standing is heated by the planetoid's molten core. And every 42 minutes a gas giant ascends above the rocks — the local place of power.
 
Vanderhoeze, our boss, chief, commander and head of the expedition, said that the ‘Spot’ is an ancient fusion reactor's radiation background. Perhaps one of the five reactors of the legendary ‘Arks’, that carried the poor fellows from the ‘Frontier’ expelled from the solar system in ancient times. The Ark, and everyone on it, most likely founded the ‘City’ in a frantic effort to survive. But someone else was here after them too. There, next to the ancient, but still working reactors is an ancient military base from the times of the Empire's rise.The era of galactic wars.
 
Vanderhoeze hopes to find artifacts of the past at the base: incredibly valuable documents, blueprints or samples of preserved equipment. Schokn brothers anticipate mountains of standards or Iridium. And I expect nothing but trouble.
 
Trouble begins almost immediately. Completely empty on the outskirts, close to the city center the streets are blocked by military vehicles, ancient planetary rovers with huge wheels, debris and rubble. Everything is incredibly rusty and crumbling from the slightest touch. Domes are virtually destroyed. Valves are sticking out everywhere. Every now and then we come across deep pits, leading to the underground parts or the sewers. We are not going to go down there yet.
 
Suddenly, one of the domes to the group's right opens like a flower. A grid mechanism rises from the inside, and everything around it drowns in heat and dust. I see one of the brothers fall. The second is firing somewhere with his assault carbine. I instinctively launch missiles from my shoulder cannon, but can't see if they hit or not. A close explosion throws me up in the very thin air and sends me flying right into one of the closest pits. Finally, my back meets the bottom and darkness falls.
 
To be continued...
 

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Seems like it, crosses fingers for a rover xd

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this news is supposed to be very important if it is in the game client's main news. I expected to see some updates for Open Space or some new ships for rank 11 in the Jericho tree, but instead I saw this tower of a text. :007j:

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That planet sounds like a blast, thin ice covers over liquid nitrogen, super heated methane that rain down on the city and a bunch of people firing firearms. They are all dead by now.

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of course, they shoot weapons and missiles on a planet that air is basically methane and there are many other extremely flamable gases... lets all consider the flaming xxxx trick, only bigger...

 

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Most of the stuff we would consider flammable needs oxygen in order to burn.  If you have liquid hydrogen lakes, all the oxygen has probably condensed out of what is left of the atmosphere.  Then again, liquid hydrogen seems rather unlikely in the presence of superheated methane... 

Even if it supposed to be liquid nitrogen rather than liquid hydrogen, oxygen still would have condensed out of the air...  In addition, that would be cold enough for methane to freeze...

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2 hours ago, doomagent13 said:

Most of the stuff we would consider flammable needs oxygen in order to burn.  If you have liquid hydrogen lakes, all the oxygen has probably condensed out of what is left of the atmosphere.  Then again, liquid hydrogen seems rather unlikely in the presence of superheated methane... 

Even if it supposed to be liquid nitrogen rather than liquid hydrogen, oxygen still would have condensed out of the air...  In addition, that would be cold enough for methane to freeze...

...but there is a molten core of this planetoid. So there can be spots of liquid and spots of frozen methane. I agree that author probably had in mind liquid nitrogen instead of liquid hydrogen. If there were pools of liquid hydrogen, not many things would be able to move :)

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryovolcano

The superheated methane is most likely not pure methane since oxygen is the 3rd most abundant element in the universe (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abundance_of_the_chemical_elements#Abundance_of_elements_in_the_Universe).

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Yep this new weapon Vulcan is the same as Mass Driver with higher Critical, so this means this Dead World will be something similar dead but maybe not so dead?

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Did someone say methane? :D

I smell some new guns agin.

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46 minutes ago, aldermatias said:

Ancient Human Technology?

Premium Ships.

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