The saucer wreckage was crumbling under the assault by gamma radiation & it was in bad shape. There was hardly anything left & they searched about even as the craft melted right before their eyes!
They decided to leave & have the asteroid ship pick them up & after their other astronaut made his piloting roll he began to encounter a herd of 200 head of Space Cattle headed for the planetoid!
The other party members decided it was time to leave. Another piloting roll was made & the ship won't start! Several more & a one was rolled! The engines were baked! Which is when the "meteors" were falling !
These weren't meteors but space cows descending into the atmosphere to feed & mine the planet which is when they got the call from the "Bossman" of the space cowboys! Seems they were laying to claim to the planetoid the pcs were on & laying down a damping field.
No wonder the engines wouldn't start. The cowboys were herding the cows in quick fighters armed with heavy duty industrial grade stunners. The base was on the day side of the planetoid & was drawing power from solar.
|Old USAF fighter left over from after the atomic horrors of Old Earth converted for space cow herding|
The party got relatively friendly with the space cowboys but began to deduce something was fishy. The cowboys were in an awful hurry to get the operation done & over with. Then one of players called out are the cows branded? Roll it !
They were branded! It belonged to a minor mining guild the players had dealt with a few games ago.
They made a call to the guild & a set up was made as the "cowboys" were brought aboard their asteroid ship!
This is when the party learn some very important truths about things:
Within 72 hours the planetoid was mined & began to grow destabilized as the damping field was released. The space cows left & the ore was bled off .
A space craft picked up the ore load & carried it way. The party has much to consider now!