In 2109, an
asteroid was detected, cataloged and promptly forgotten.
Odds are it would never hit. The looming fragmentation of the United
States of North America and the ongoing African Wars of Unification
took up most of planet's resources and attention. Yet another rock wandering around
the solar system was hardly worth mention. Mars colony was stable,
habitats had been set up in the asteroid belt and Neptune
Base was well on it's way to becoming the next stepping stone on
mankind's march to the stars.
Six months later it
became apparent that it was going to pass close to the Earth. Too close.
Every available space craft was set on a collision
course in an attempt to destroy or, if it
was nudged just a teensy bit, it could deflected and miss the Earth entirely.
It was not enough.
The nations of the
world launched every nuke available at the rock. Well, not EVERY nuke. Some
where held in reserve. Just in case, you understand. The nuclear
firestorm in space met with a margin of success. A very limited margin
of success. Instead of one big rock, it became a not quite as big as
before rock and oodles of smaller rocks. All of which were now
radioactive. And really, really angry.
there were the END OF THE WORLD spoiled sport last licks and paybacks. Some
of the warheads reentered and vented a little atomic fury on
predetermined terrestrial targets. And some chemical fury. And some bioweapons. And some nanoweapons.
And lots of dataweapons. Then the half-assed doomsday weapons that most
folks completely forgot about because they didn't really work all that
The big rock
missed. Later analysis proved that it would have passed close enough
to effect the tides if it was left alone. But just enough of the
smaller fragments hit to spread all the contaminants about, mixing most of
them together with earthquakes, tidal waves, volcanoes, superstorms,
and, of course, the psychic maelstrom of a several billion simultaneous
At least one of the asteroid
fragments proved to be a colony ark for an alien race, the last vestiges
of a once proud and advanced civilization. Then there was the rip in
spacetime and possible doorway to another dimension hovering over
where was once the Amazon rainforest.
see... We've got all sorts of possibilities here. The earth is in
sea level fell
meters and all sorts of mutation-causing goodness -don't forget
all that illegally dumped toxic and radioactive waste- has forever
altered the amazingly still-habitable biosphere. There are pure humans left in secret,
underground bases scattered around the globe who will eventually build
huge, domed cities from which to lord over their particular patch of
hell. There is the possibility of lost alien technology and, of
course, the aliens themselves. The human colonists on
Mars, Neptune and the asteroid belt are screwed because most of
their ships have been trashed trying to save the homeworld and, as all
the major ship building facilities that were orbiting Earth were
likewise obliterated, it will take, oh, 200 to 300 years minimum to build up enough
industry and population to even think about spending months traveling to Earth in
any serious manner. And even then they're only going to use small
scouting forces to see what happened. Considering all the wreckage now
orbiting the Earth, it will be difficult to get there, Aliens, mutants, mid-tech & high-tech
humans, lost civilizations, extraterrestrial and extradimensional
invaders, etc. Now you can use whatever figure you want in your games
AND the original force lists from whatever rules you like. Happy? ;)