Courtesy of Joe (Dominic)
It was the first such trip in history. 225 people, sent to investigate and colonize a new planet. A planet that, like Earth, could actually support life. And on this voyage were six extraordinary individuals, who would find that there was far more to this journey than a simple trip.
It was all going fine until they reached Rama, the new planet. It was about when the computer-controlled shuttle was about to breach the atmosphere that everything started going wrong. It completely went to hell when the shuttle burst into flames and crash-landed on the new planet’s surface.
The fireball was quickly followed by the three other shuttles, the first of which carried the six individuals, which proceeded to crash-land in only a slightly more controlled manner than the first shuttle after proximity to the planet shut off all mechanics, from the ship’s engine to pocket watches. It seemed like they were going land somewhat safely, with the pilot managing to control the descent to a point where they probably wouldn’t ALL die on impact.
Then they hit a dragon.
What happened next was unclear, because the dragon throwing the shuttle caused everyone to black out. When they woke up, they were in the wreckage of the shuttle, surrounded by shards of metal and lots of fire, and were almost immediately beset by a half dozen horrible creatures that could best be described as Amputee Apes from Hell, or AAH for short. This was decided when that was what everyone shouted when they saw the beasts.
Somehow the passengers managed to fend off the AAH, with only three casualties. Those people were unfortunately forgotten in the face of the staggering horror of their situation, which only worsened when a dozen more of AAH appeared. The passengers quckly retreated, moving as fast as they could with all of their wounded and unconscious. They eventually found safe haven in a nearby abandoned settlement, with only a dozen houses and a single tower in the middle of nowhere. It was in there that they hoped to find some answers…