With the recent Mayan/Aztec apocalyptic frenzy and bust not going anywhere. I've been recently looking into the various incarnations of the post apocalyptic worlds in fiction and fantasy. A series of television show pilots that don't seem to get a lot of air play is the so called Pax trilogy.
Gene Roddenberry went on to create Genisis II after Star Trek according to Wiki, "In the early 1970s, Roddenberry pitched pilots for three sci-fi TV series concepts, although none were developed as series: The Questor Tapes; Spectre, and Genesis II. ABC asked to see another TV movie using the characters from Genesis II, but with more action, and Roddenberry produced Planet Earth. He was not, however, involved in a third TV Movie, Strange New World, which used some of the characters and situations from Planet Earth, but with a different original story".
Here's the basic plot and it includes a very brief overview of the PAX organization.
Basically we've got quite a bit to work with here. The PAX organization is a group of Restorationists from Gamma World first or second edition. They're a perfect foil for starting a party, getting them together, and moving the campaign toward a long term goal.
Their underground base with the vac trains is straight out of Empire of the Petal Throne. I've used the thing several times in Empire as an alternative to the balls that move through the surface of the world that Professor Barker created.
There is even an old Dragon Magazine adventure called Cavern of the Sub-train that could be used as a PAX inspired adventure. Here's a generic version of the adventure in pdf for 3rd edition Gamma World from the Post Apocalyptic Forge site right over Here
Even the episode guide has some neat ideas for adventures
I'm think if recycling some of these for Star Ships and Space men more on that later
Here's a quick and dirty overview via Wiki :
- "Company B" — A "Trojan Horse" suicide squad from the days of the great conflict comes out of suspended animation and attacks PAX. They represent the 1995 A.D. ideal of a perfect soldier.
- "London Express" — A hair raising journey through submerged portions of the North Atlantic subshuttle tube to mysterious London of 2133 A.D. Dylan Hunt and Team-21 meet Lyra-A there and the mad monarch King Charles X.
- "Robots Return" — The advanced computers and sophisticated machinery left on a moon of Jupiter by a 1992 NASA expedition have evolved into a new form of robot life and visit Earth in search of the "God" which created their life. They meet Dylan Hunt, formerly of NASA and consider him a messiah. This story idea was later developed into the script for Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and, shares that work's thematic similarities to "The Changeling", written by John Meredyth Lucas.
- "Poodle Shop" — Dylan Hunt is captured and put on sale by the females in a strange society where men are treated as domestic pets and often traded back and forth for breeding purposes. This story idea would later turn into the second pilot, Planet Earth.
- "The Apartment" — Trapped inside 20th century ruins by a mysterious force field, Dylan Hunt is catapulted through a time continuum back to 1975 where he can be seen as a "transparent ghost" by the girl living in the apartment there. A bizarre love affair with a surprise twist ending. The basic plot appears later as an unused Star Trek: Phase II episode "Tomorrow and the Stars".
- "The Electric Company" — Dylan Hunt and his PAX team encounter a place where a strong priesthood holds a society in bondage through the clever use of electricity. The simple inhabitants see the flashes of light and the amplified voices as the sight and sound of "God", but Dylan's team ends the dominance of the priesthood when they come up with still better tricks. This episode superficially resembles the Star Trek episode "Return of the Archons".
Strange New World
PAX Faction SWN
Attributes :Forces 6 Cunning 3 Wealth 6
In the latter years of the coming apocalypse Pax will resemble something out of the marrow project rpg. Each cell choosing special operatives willing to give up everything to start over in the coming world or galactic community. Many extreme factions will see Pax as nothing more then noisome meddlers who should be elminated as quickly as possible.
Pax sees itself as the best hope for humanity on Earth or among the stars.