Welcome to another exciting installment of Spacemon, the tale of a Pokemon TRPG campaign! It is a sci-fi space epic played using the Pokemon Tabletop United (PTU) system and GMed by fellow TAY author DragonStorm247. You can get caught up on our previous adventures here!
Previously on Spacemon…
Chasing the intel they got out of Kiril Zhukov, the crew of the GCS Dunsparce returned to Sector 25 to stop the Red Suns from using their virus on the warp gate. Unfortunately they were too late in stopped a small fleet of pirate ships controlled by the Red Suns from engaging the Federation ships guarding the gate and using the gate as a weapon against one of them. Teaming up with the Federation, the Dunsparce was able to turn the gate against the Red Suns and drive them back. With the battle won, the crew of the Dunsparce altered the Red Suns’ virus and used it to launch themselves into deep warp space on a course to the mystery coordinates.
The Dunsparce flies through deep warp space, completely at the mercy of the Warp. As opposed to normal warp travel where it feels like gliding along a rail from Point A to Point B, this time it feels like the Dunsparce is being flung out of control. A sense of uneasiness and panic permeates throughout the ship.
Arlon stares paralyzed out the front viewport in the cockpit, out into the spiraling void of deep warp space. The void stares back, deep into his very soul. He feels as if it will swallow him up. Dmitri and H both succumb to the terror as well. While not as dumbstruck as Arlon, each of them huddles in a corner, clutching tightly to a Pokemon for comfort. Morgan and Shane remain level headed, but both of them still feel plagued by uneasiness.
“We have to do something,” Morgan says to Shane as she eyes Arlon staring blankly out the viewport. She walks over to the man and tries to get his attention. Morgan waves her her hand in front of his face, but she is unable to snap him out of it. “Shane, help me move him.”
Shane walks over, and the two of them manage to get Arlon up out of his seat. “Where are we taking him?” Shane asks.
“Let’s try getting him to his bed,” Morgan suggests.
“Alright,” Shane agrees.
The pair leads Arlon to his room and get him to lie down in his bed. Morgan then walks over to the viewport and closes the shutter so Arlon cannot see the spiraling warp energy outside. She and Shane then exit the room and lock it from the outside so he can’t get out.
“Just so he stays out of danger,” Morgan tells Shane.
The hours slowly tick by as the Dunsparce tumbles uncontrollably through the Warp. H passes out from the stress while Dmitri attempts to drink himself into a stupor to calm himself. Even Morgan begins to feel paranoia setting in. Shane hides away inside the computer to keep himself sane, but he continues to monitor the others to make sure they’re alright. As time drags along, the crew begins to wonder if they will make it out alive.
Suddenly the ship drops out of warp space hard, tossing everyone about. Morgan is launched out of her seat and flies across the mess area of the ship. She crashes hard into a bulkhead, cutting open the skin on her forehead. Shane materializes himself out of the computer and rushes to her aid.
“Are you alright?” he asks.
“I think so,” Morgan tells him. “It’s just a scratch.”
“Guys?! What the bloody hell happened?!” Arlon’s voice sounds over the comms.
“I think we hit something,” Shane says.
“Well that’s just brilliant,” Arlon grumbles. “Mind letting me out, mate?”
Shane heads over to the crew quarters and releases Arlon from his room. “Are you alright?” he asks. “You were pretty out of it.”
“I’ll be fine, mate. The real question is, is the ship alright?” The two head back to the cockpit to evaluate the situation. “Alright, let’s see here… engines are alright… shields are good… life support… also good. Well that’s a relief. The only things down are the sensors and the nav system.”
“That’s good,” Shane tells him.
“I suppose,” Arlon replies. “But we have no bloody idea where we are, or if we made it where we wanted to go.”
“I think we hit a rock or a moon or something,” Shane deduces, looking out the viewport at the gray rocks and dust outside.
“Definitely a moon, I’d say,” Arlon agrees. “Let’s go check it out.”
“You want to go out there?” Shane asks.
“We have a space suit,” Arlon points out.
“I don’t imagine you need one do you, mate?”
“I don’t really know.”
“Well there’s only one way to find out.”
“And I can modify that heat suit of yours to protect you from the vacuum,” H chimes in.
“Right then, that means three of us can go out there,” Arlon says to his crewmates.
“I’m taking the space suit,” Dmitri volunteers.
“I guess that leaves me with the heat suit then,” Arlon says.
While waiting for H to modify the heat suit, the crew begins to gear up. After a long wait, H returns with the suit, which is now almost completely coated in string shot.
“What the hell did you do?” Arlon asks.
“I have modified the suit for space,” H tells him.
“All you’ve done is cover it in bloody string shot.”
“It is vacuum sealed and insulated. It will work.”
“If you say so…” Arlon grumbles. He climbs into the suit and seals it up. “Shall we?” he asks Shane and Dmitri.
The trio heads to the airlock and prepare to disembark. Shane feels quite uneasy as the interior airlock slides shut. He cringes as the exterior airlock opens, but finds that he isn’t affected like a human. He feels strange; cold but otherwise unaffected.
“How’s it feel, mate?” Arlon asks.
“Weird,” Shane tells him. “Really weird.”
“At least you seem fine. Now let’s hurry up. You may be fine, but I don’t know how long my suit will last out here.”
Still feeling a bit uneasy, Shane follows his crewmates onto the surface of the moon they find themselves on. The trio wanders around for a while and comes across a few moon stones, which they collect for future use.
“Guys, I got the sensors back online,” Morgan voice comes in over the comms in the suits. “I’m picking up some life signs near your location, a bit further on in the direction you’ve been headed.”
“We’ll check it out,” Arlon responds.
The exploration party continues onward, up and out of what appears giant crater that the Dunsparce crash landed in. As the crest the top of the crater, a planet rises up above the horizon, brown and barren. They stare in awe at the sight before them.
“Guys... I think this the origin planet…” Shane tells his crewmates. “I think this is Earth…”
“I don’t fucking believe it,” Arlon says, awestruck. After a few more moments, he snaps back to the present situation. “C’mon, let’s get back to the ship. We need to get over there.”
As the trio turns to leave, a group of three Clefairies rise of the top of a nearby hill, bouncing along toward them. “We should catch them,” Dmitri suggests. The three explorers release Pokemon capable of surviving in space and prepare to engage the wild Pokemon.
“Ironhide, use Rock Slide!” Arlon commands his Aron. The small metal Pokemon kicks up wall of moon rocks and launches them at two of the Clefairies, dealing a pretty hefty blow. Both Dmitri and Shane throw Pokeballs at the injured Pokemon, but both break out.
“Maine, use Take Down!”
“K.E.Y.S., use Astonish!”
Dmitri’s Beldum and Shane’s Klefki respond to the commands and charge at the two injured Clefairies, whittling them down even further. Both Pokemon’s trainers then throw Pokeballs at the Pokemon again. The time, Dmitri is successful, but Shane is not. Annoyed, Shane recalls his Klefki and releases his Rotom.
The Clefairies charge at their assailants with attacks of their own in response, sending both Dmitri’s Beldum and Arlon’s Aron into a state of confusion.
“Ironhide, use Rock Slide again!” Arlon command his Pokemon. The Aron throws another surge of rocks at the two remaining Clefairies, but this time his attack misses. Dmitri immediately follows up by blasting one of the wild Pokemon with psychic energy, sending it into a state of confusion as well.
“This time it better work,” Shane says as he throws another Pokeball at the confused Clefairy. The ball pulls the Pokemon in as it collides with it, then falls still on the ground. “Now, just one more left. B.O.L.T., use Thundershock!” Shane’s Rotom fires a small blast of electricity at the sole remaining Clefairy. The Clefairy responds by charging at Maine and slapping the Beldum around a few times.
“Ironhide, use Take Down!” Arlon commands his Pokemon. The Aron charges at the Clefairy and slams into it, delivering a pretty nasty blow. “Now for the capture.” He pulls out a Pokeball and throws it at the Clefairy. The ball pulls the Pokemon inside and begins to shake. It eventually falls still and Arlon walks over to claim his prize.
“I can’t believe we actually found Earth,” Arlon says to his crewmates. Having returned the Dunsparce, the crew stands around the table in the mess area planning their next move. “That Mr. Silver guy… he had to have known this was here. Why else would he have sent us to these coordinates?”
“But if he already knew it was here, why send us at all?” Morgan asks.
“That is a damn good question,” Arlon replies. “There must be a reason he sent us here. Something he’s looking for. I think we should head down to the surface and see what we can find. Get on the scanners while I take the ship up.”
The crew returns to the cockpit and Arlon eases back into the pilot’s seat. While he lifts the ship off of the Moon, Morgan and Dmitri man the ship’s various sensors and begin scanning Earth.
“I’m not finding anything,” Morgan says.
“I’m not either,” Dmitri says. “The whole planet is just dead.”
“Wait… I’m picking up something,” Morgan suddenly announces. “Some kind of faint life sign. I don’t think the scanners would have picked it up if the whole planet wasn’t so dead.”
“Let’s have a look,” Arlon says, pulling the scan up on the main viewscreen. A faint blip flashes in the southern hemisphere of the planet, from what was once South America. Arlon plugs the location into the computer and takes the ship down into the atmosphere.
The Dunsparce descends into a completely fossilized jungle as it draws nearer to the source of the life signs. When the ship gets as close as it can, Arlon sets it down.
“Atmosphere looks good,” Morgan announces. “We won’t be needing space suits.”
“Good,” Arlon tells her.
The crew steps off the ship into a mild drizzle of acid rain that stings ever so slightly. Pursuing the life signs, they eventually arrive at the entrance to a cave leading down into the ground.
“It’s bloody dark in here,” Arlon observes as they proceed into the cave.
“Allow me,” H tells him. He raises his hands and creates two glowing balls of electricity to light the way. Suddenly a swarm of Zubats descends from the ceiling, falling all around the crew. As hard, rocky shapes land on their heads, the crew realizes that all the Zubats are dead and fossilized.
“Bloody hell,” Arlon grumbles as he picks one of the fossils up. “Didn’t see that one coming…”
Each member crew collects a fossil of their own, then they proceed deeper into the cave. As they move deeper down, a faint, purplish light begins radiating through the tunnels. The crew eventually exits into a big open chamber containing a pool of shimmering water. A giant rock-crystal tree of some kind stands in the center, towering above everything.
“What… is that,” Morgan asks.
“Hell if I know,” Arlon tells her. “But this has got to be what Mr. Silver was looking for.”
Dmitri steps forward into the pool and reaches down to pick up a fossil. He glances at it, examining the spiraling helix pattern. He stuffs it into his bag, then approaches the tree. “I wouldn’t do that if I were you, mate,” Arlon warns as Dmitri reaches out for it. Dmitri ignores the warning and brushes his fingers along the smooth crystal surface. A strange feeling moves through his fingers and up his arm, like some sort of permeating warmness.
“This water is amazingly pure,” H comments, dipping one of his hands into the pool. “I must collect samples.” He pulls several vials out from his pockets and begins to fill them with the water.
Seeing this, Dmitri decides to take sip from the pool. It tastes crisp, cool, and clear. Much like with the tree, it feels good, yet strange. “You’re going to get yourself in trouble if you keep doing shit like that, mate,” Arlon tells him.
“I’m fine,” Dmitri responds.
“You’re lucky. You had no way of knowing if that water was toxic to you.”
“The life signs we detected are definitely coming from this tree,” Morgan says, looking down at the portable scanner she brought from the ship. As she steps closer to the tree, images begin to flash before her eyes, much like her experience in the bar on Banton.
The flashes are faint and she’s not sure what she sees: glimpses of what might be a Pokemon; images from its perspective, looking up at the tree. The tree appears to be out in the open, as a living tree, surrounded by ancient Pokemon. It cycles through from tree to rock to crystal and back to a tree again, slowly sinking into a cave as time passes.
Snapping back to her senses, Morgan spots a glimmer in the water in the spot where the ancient Pokemon was looking up at the tree. She walks over and reaches down to find what seems to be an ancient Pokemon skull encased in crystal. Morgan lifts the skull up to examine it while H approaches the tree.
“Now I just need to grab a sample of this,” H says. He begins to climb up the tree into one of the branches. He breaks off a branch which fades to a dull gray once separated from the tree.
The crew spends a bit more time taking pictures to document the discovery, then return to the Dunsparce. Arlon takes the ship up, back into orbit, then jumps into warp space. The Dunsparce drifts along with no plan, no destination, and no certainty of survival.
Session/Revision Notes: Earth! The mystery coordinates were the location of Earth! At the time, I totally didn’t see it coming, but once it was revealed, it seemed so obvious. Honestly, what else could have been there? Coming back to this chapter to rewrite it, I added more detail in regard to the characters’ reactions to the surprise at finding Earth, and of course the missing dialogue. A lot of these chapters suffered from a lot of the dialogue being lost to paraphrasing since I didn’t have audio recordings of the sessions. I don’t remember exactly how things went down, so I had a lot of room to play around with character interactions. It was good practice for getting inside the other characters’ heads which I think will help me to improve writing future chapters in this remastered run and in Volume 3.
If you’re interested in the original version of this chapter, you can find it here. As mentioned before, it covers the events of both this rewritten chapter and the previous one.
That does it for this chapter. As always the Spacemon gang and I will be monitoring the comments to foster discussion and answer any questions. Feel free to give feedback and critiques of the writing so I can improve it for the future, or just leave a comment with what you think about what went down in this chapter or what you think might happen next! You can also revisit past chapters, check out the Spacemon Appendix which is a repository of information on all the lore and characters of Spacemon, or like our Facebook page to stay updated on all things Spacemon! Click here for the next exciting installment of Spacemon!