Shadows of the Past Plot in STA: Breath of the Gurkha | World Anvil
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Shadows of the Past

Act 1: Introduction & Discovery Location: Onboard the USS Gurkha; orbiting Planet Nacrish Alpha. Major Events: Briefing: The crew is briefed about the historic relevance of Nacrish Alpha and the mission's objectives. Initial Scan: The crew conducts an initial survey of Nacrish Alpha, identifying various anomalies tied to the old NX-era technology. Option 1: A distress signal from Nacrish Alpha interrupts the crew's initial scans. Option 2: An unidentified ship approaches the USS Gurkha, potentially hostile. Major NPCs: Commander Vral: The ship's second-in-command, a seasoned officer with prior experience in first-contact situations. Major Issues: Distrust: Initial signs suggest that the inhabitants of Nacrish Alpha might be distrustful of Starfleet due to past events.
Act 2: Engage & Investigate Location: Veridia Prime, the capital city of Nacrish Alpha; The Cradle of Fire (crash site of the NX era ship). Major Events: First Contact: The crew lands and begins diplomatic negotiations. Option 1: The Technologists seek alliance with Starfleet, hoping to gain more advanced technology. Option 2: The Preservationists capture a member of the crew, demanding that Starfleet leave the planet immediately. Ancient Secrets: The crew investigates the crash site, revealing more about the NX era ship and its impact on the civilization. Major NPCs: Governor Lireen: Leader of Veridia Prime, a moderate caught between the Technologists and Preservationists. Elder Ganar: Head of the Preservationists, wary of Starfleet and its potential influence. Major Issues: Technological Disparity: The presence of both primitive and advanced technology creates societal rifts. Internal Conflict: Tensions between the Technologists and Preservationists threaten to destabilize Nacrish Alpha. Act 3: Resolution & Departure Location: Veridia Prime's main assembly; USS Gurkha. Major Events: Negotiations: Crew must make crucial decisions on Starfleet's stance regarding the planet's future. Option 1: Assist Nacrish Alpha in integrating and understanding the NX era technology responsibly. Option 2: Abide strictly by the Prime Directive, avoiding further technological influence but offering diplomatic ties. Option 3: Withdraw completely, marking Nacrish Alpha as a no-contact zone due to its complex history. Major NPCs: Lieutenant Sari: Starfleet's historical expert onboard USS Gurkha, providing insights into the NX era's relevance. Major Issues: Prime Directive Dilemma: The crew grapples with the moral and ethical implications of their choices, weighing the Prime Directive against the potential benefits of aiding Nacrish Alpha.

Plot points/Scenes

Act 1: Introduction & Discovery   Scene 1: Mission Briefing Setting: The main briefing room on the USS Gurkha. Action: The crew is informed about Nacrish Alpha, its historical significance, and its objectives.   Scene 2: First Approach and Scans Setting: The USS Gurkha's bridge. Action: The crew conducts initial scans of Nacrish Alpha, detecting technological anomalies and the societal divide.   Scene 3: First Contact Setting: Communications hub on the USS Gurkha. Action: The crew sends out a peaceful communication signal, receiving varied responses from the planet's inhabitants.   Scene 4: Crew Strategy Session Setting: A conference room or officer's lounge. Action: The crew discusses initial findings, formulates approach strategies, and assigns roles and tasks.   Act 2: Engage & Investigate   Scene 1: Landing at Veridia Prime Setting: Veridia Prime's designated landing zone. Action: The landing party's initial encounter with the locals, observing evident cultural and technological disparities.   Scene 2: Council Meeting Setting: Veridia Prime's central assembly. Action: Diplomatic discussions with Governor Lireen. The crew gains insights into the societal divide, the reverence (or resentment) surrounding the Cradle of Fire, and hints of ancient legends related to the Nexus Caverns.   Scene 3: Deep Dive into Factions Setting: Faction-specific locations on Nacrish Alpha. Action: With the Technologists: The crew explores adapted tech zones, witnessing the benefits and pitfalls of integrating old Starfleet tech. With the Preservationists: The crew participates in cultural rituals or events, learning about ancient legends—particularly regarding the Nexus Caverns and its believed guardian creature.   Scene 4: Investigation at the Cradle of Fire Setting: The crash site of the NX-era ship. Action: The crew studies the remnants, piecing together the event's historical significance. Here, they uncover ancient writings or relics hinting at the Nexus Caverns and the creature.   Scene 5: Clues to the Ancient Mystery Setting: An ancient library or temple on Nacrish Alpha. Action: Research, decryption, or interactions with knowledgeable locals lead to revelations about the ancient creature's nature and its connection to the Nexus Caverns.   Act 3: Resolution & Departure Scene 1: Threat Emergence Setting: The USS Gurkha's medical and sensor facilities. Action: Discovery of the prehistoric organism's awakening and the unfolding health crisis.   Scene 2: Journey to the Nexus Caverns Setting: Entrances and initial chambers of the Nexus Caverns. Action: The crew, alongside Nacrish Alpha representatives, delves into the caverns to find and address the source of the ancient organisms.   Scene 3: Confrontation and Resolution Setting: The heart of the Nexus Caverns. Action: Direct engagement with the ancient organism, with choices that will determine the outcome for Nacrish Alpha and the crew.   Scene 4: Departure and Reflection Setting: Veridia Prime landing zone and USS Gurkha's bridge. Action: The crew determines their final stance on Nacrish Alpha, communicates with Starfleet, and reflects on their journey before setting a course for their next mission.

Themes

Historical Ramifications: The lasting impact of past actions, represented by the NX-era ship's crash on Nacrish Alpha and the subsequent technological and societal upheavals.   Societal Divides & Coexistence: The tension between the Technologists and Preservationists showcases the challenges of diverse societies navigating progress and tradition.   Cultural Understanding & Respect: Emphasized through the crew's interactions with both factions, understanding their rituals, beliefs, and the importance of not imposing external values.   The Ethical Quandary of Intervention: The Prime Directive's principles are tested as the crew must decide how and when to intervene, especially in light of the awakening ancient organism.   Ancient Mysteries & Revelations: The lore surrounding the Nexus Caverns, the ancient creature, and the interconnectedness of Nacrish Alpha's history provides a deep layer of mystery and exploration.   Shared Adversity & Unity: The emerging threat from the ancient organism necessitates collective action, underlining the theme of coming together in the face of a shared challenge.   Moral Dilemmas & Choices: Decisions regarding the ancient organism, its place in Nacrish Alpha's ecosystem, and the broader ethical considerations of intervention versus non-interference are central.   Redemption & Learning from Mistakes: The crew's journey, especially after setbacks or apparent failures, underscores the theme of learning, adapting, and striving for a better outcome.
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