If, by some stroke of luck, you get assigned to one of the research teams located on Siberia 56, pay attention— if you don’t, you’re dead.
Siberia 56 is one of a group of 55 other planets targeted for pre-colonization by the Second Earth Council or SEC.
When you arrive on Siberia 56, it’s important to keep one thing in mind: there have been twelve other research teams before yours.
Why do you think SEC has to keep replacing them?
It’s not called “Siberia” for nothing. This is the most treacherous frozen terrain that you will ever encounter. The outside temperature runs at a balmy -150ºF with winds at 100 mph, sometimes higher. Not to mention, the average day on Siberia 56 lasts about six hours. When outside base camp, or any shelter for that matter, you need to be constantly aware of weather patterns. If you’re not paying attention, you’ll get swept up by one of Siberia’s massive blizzards, complete with lightning, tornadoes, and hailstones the size of your fist. If your suit takes any damage while you’re outside the main base, you’d better hope to make it back.
Life Forms and Known Species
If you’re going to last longer than an hour on Siberia 56, there are some things you should know about the creatures that live there. Fifteen species of animal life have been recorded, six of which are predatory. We’ve since encountered two more unknown species. One of the most common creatures that you’ll become familiar with is the silhur, a massive, blind, worm-like creature that burrows through the snow and feeds off of a particular kind of plankton. However, the silhur are also carnivorous, so don’t expect these guys to pass up an easy meal.
Don’t worry though, I saved the best for last.
I can’t imagine that many folks have come across an invisible monster before. A couple of researchers were eaten alive before they even realized that the thing killing them wasn’t a tornado. We named the monster morbius, after the character from Forbidden Planet. It’s primary prey are silhur and other large life forms, and it uses long tentacles and incredibly rapid speeds to capture sources of food. The morbius tracks its prey by detecting movements through the snow, like sonar. So far, there is only one known defense against a morbius: make yourself undetectable.
Even though SEC has been studying Siberia 56 for almost a century, there’s still a lot to be discovered about this horrible planet. We found a monolith and cave paintings belonging to some kind of prehistoric alien species not more than 100 miles from one another. The paintings date back at least 60 million years, so whoever those aliens were, they were well-acquainted with the morbius. If our research teams stand any chance of defeating this monster, something tells me those aliens will hold the key.