Thallium Refining Colony TC-AE265
TC-AE265 is an Aryx modular habitat in the Outer Regions of The Abyss. ThalCorp Industries (TCI) operates the base as a Thallium-203 mining colony.
It is the main location for the Into the Abyss adventure.
Purpose and FoundingThallium-204 (T204) is vital to most high-tech electronics manufacture and while there is some of it in the world, The Cataclysm made finding it exceptionally difficult, not to mention dangerous. When the first T203 deposits were found by Abyss prospectors, a gold rush started to find rich deposits that could be exploited. TCI is by far the largest and most successful supplier of T204 thanks to its numerous mining colonies in the Abyss. Most of the refined material is supplied to their owner, ThalCorp Enterprises, but any excess is sold to other intressents. TC-AE265 is the most remote registered colony in the Abyss, located in the Outer Region almost 4 000 kilometers away, taking over 60 hours to reach at regular cruise speed (35 knots). TCI prospected the site approximately 16 months ago and had the Aryx habitat built on site 11 months ago. In spite of its short operating time, TC-AE265 has already reached an output equal to three of the top producing colonies of TCI. It is an extremely profitable base for TCI.
Design and crewTCI built TC-AE265 for extracting and refining T203 into T204. To fulfill this purpose, it needs a crew of 65 to operate the mining equipment. In addition to this there is need for maintenance crews, engineers, service personnel, administrative staff and nuclear technicians. The base’s life supports can handle up to 300 people and with all the crew needed, and select families, there are just about 300 people living on the base.
Construction and ValueTCI knew well before construction that TC-AE265 would be a ludicrously profitable venture. After initial prospecting the Probe Site was built to find the richest pockets and determine exact placement of the Mining Site. Including prospecting and probing, the cost of construction for the entire habitat landed around 660 million credits of which most was transportation and construction crew salaries. Experienced divers capable of working welders and submarine construction work are expensive. The modules were transported using Nixie submarines and assembled on site.
TC-AE265 BlueprintThe ThalCorp Industries Thallium-203 mining facility TC-AE265.
17th Millir, 117 PC
And here I was reading and thinking, golly this sure would make a disturbing horror setting. Nothing like a deep sea, remote location to have a massive mess of disgusting slaughters! And lo and behold! Seriously though, great entry into the competition, I like the use of article blocks to help fan out the article and the base itself.
I actually ended up running this adventure with Guy (from How to be a Great GM) and some friends of mine. It was a blast. ^^ Thanks for the read, Barron!
Holy heck. That last part was scary. And I mean really really scary. Just having to imagine being there in the deep dark ocean with no one that can hear you and then suddenly being attacked by monsters from your nightmares is terrifying. Fantastic job tobs! The horror element is strong with this one! Some other things I could compliment upon though is the the technical details of the base. As a guy who absolutely loves details, you managed to show the functions and structure of the base in a clean and organic way, something which I myself particularly struggle at. One last thing I should compliment though is the use of block links to give the reader info about the various modules of the base. A question I had though, was that has the ThalCorp Infustries ever tried to make another large base like this? Preferably with more security? Or were they scared shitless after the incident or didn’t have the resources to build another base? I’d say that this was yet another example of an amazing horror article from you. Congrats yet again tobs and keep up the damned good work!
The TC-AE265 incident is very recent. There's not been much time for ThalCorp to really change their routines. Although they do now have extensive xenobiologist and geologist presence during prospecting in order to prevent this again.