Treasury of Games: Erriapus Harvester Post A58.

This irregular satellite of Saturn was captured and nudged into a more stable orbit to provide a staging area for harvester barges making runs up and down the gas giant’s gravity well. Saturn’s atmosphere and rings provide rich sources of a variety of elements and minerals, essential to the Solar system’s heavy industry. It’s also a battleground, the first place extrasolar fleets coming for humanity’s homeland must secure. Historically, no fleet which failed to secure Saturn’s harvester posts succeeded in claiming Terra. Currently, the debris of past battles is just one more resource to harvest.

The post is run by an old spacer named Garth. He comes across as a solid, stubborn, capable organizer. Stubborn he is, but though he trades heavily on his reputation for having held the post through the past two wars and three attempted invasions in the course of them, he tends to overcompensate for the way technical details of engineering have outpaced him by using bureaucratic details to frustrate others. Ship captains don’t look forward to having to submit requests to him, because they inevitably come back two or three times for clarifications or corrections. However, his crew like him because of his quick and jovial wit, and this makes him popular with not only the few others on the post but the barge captains who work with him enough to know the quirks of how he wants the paperwork done.

The newest barge captain to come out to Saturn’s rings is Hyman Ward. A 19-year-old graduate of the Ares Piloting Academy on Syria Planum, Ward is a shining example of the first class to come out of that school, founded at the end of the Solar-Gliesean conflict 5 years ago. He has an open and forgiving command style, while still keeping his crew of six adhering to regulations and getting the job done. His major flaw is his naïvete, a trait which old Garth finds endless amusement in by turning the boy’s head with pranks and tall tales.

Possible dangers or encounters at the harvester post:

  • One of Garth’s pranks went a little too far, and Ward’s barge ended up losing engine power. It’s falling towards Saturn!
  • A leftover mine from the last war was mistaken for scrap metal, and it went off inside the harvester post. Can anyone be saved from this catastrophic mishap?
  • All transmissions from the post have cut out. What’s wrong? They could be jammed because of an incoming attack, or it could be a simple electrical problem.