Blackburn Halo mine

Enter and find laser turret. Lock it down so can’t fire. All doors locked.


Room to the West, lots of containers, equipment storage, with the names of companies:

Smaller containers with more complex parts:

Room to NW has more mining control type equipment in. Facility not more than 10 years old? But parts are not that old. There is a mobile spectrometer testing unit - mineral sampling and testing unit. Records show it has been taking wide range of samples on the planet. Found lots of intesting minerals - and some results similar to Adamantium. Concentration levels only 0.03 percent, except for one location - suggest mining there. Further records show pLanned evacutaion completed on date 14-09-72, system placed in hibernation, awaiting re-occupation 9 months after (when planet’s orbit brings it back to warmer season)

Room to N was room that is securely locked, Corto cracks it. The room contains secure files. Corto opens them and disables the silent alarm before it can lock down the complex. The file says “Despite precuations, H Jones and B.Small taken by the Xenomoprhphs. 3 other members placed in induced comas so they don’t talk, will be removed offworld as soon as possible”

The Marquis spots an incoming ship signature, and receives a message “You are instructed to vacate the atmosphere immediately”

The Marquis chats to the other ship….

Corto downloads all the files he can, even log and admin files, and the encrypted medical ones, and covers the team’s tracks. On the map, he also finds a secret passage in the facility!

The air raft comes in for pick up. As the team is waiting to board it, they see large dust columns 4-5km away, that seem to be getting closer. Another column appears about 1-2 km away. As Armitage gets in the raft, he see’s a huge beast about the size of a house!


As the raft lifts, the beast spits and something sticks to air raft, hardening. It badly damages the hull and affects the anti grav. Under Sir Arthur’s oders, Bart pushes the airraft past its safe ceiling to get us out of there, and then brings it back to the complex and into a hangar that Corto opens the door to.

Back on the console, as two beasts close in, Corto blasts one with the base lasers, and the other dives into the sand. He then finds a manifest and locates spare hull panelling and anti grav units in the complex. They need to be collected from two seperate areas, and will take 8 hours at least to fit.

As more and more systems wake up from hibernation, there is a warning for an ionised sandstorm that will hit the complex in around 3 hours, making communication impossible.


Retrieve Anti grav units, down secret passage find an office. Take all files. Attacked by bugs in corridor, blow them up with grenades. Get back by skin of teeth.


Corto realises there is a lower level, finds access to it and cameras but no plans. We access it, use chief engineers passwords (reset), and begin to explore, leaving glow sticks as we go