“Planet of the Ebon Pearl” (download PDF here) is an adventure for Star Trek Adventures and part of the Supreme Mandate Campaign. This adventure is meant to be played by a Gamemaster (gamemaster) and 3-6 players.
This adventure occurs within the Cordon Nebulae of the Sargon Region, stepping stone to the Space Beyond, and as-of-yet region unexplored by the Federation. The exact location of this adventure is in the area designated as “Ichtharys”.
Synopsis (SPOILER ALERT – GMs ONLY!!!!)
While exploring the Sargon Region the crew stumbles upon a Bronze Age civilization located on a Class M world tucked away deep in the Cordon Nebulae. Interestingly, though most of the civilization is still using metal tools and primarily agricultural in nature, strange dark matter readings are emanating from the top of a dormant volcano on the southernmost continent. The Prime Directive is in full effect as the captain decides to send an away team to explore the source of the dark matter readings.
Upon exploring the mountainous polar region of the southern continent in search of the strange readings, the away team comes across an amphibious race of sentient monopeds who worship a dark orb. Religious artifacts, temples, local art, and music tend to venerate the dark pearl-like orb. Mythological stories speak of the Ebon Spirits that bless their paradisiac world with a calm life, plentiful food, freedom from disease, and eternal peace. As their beliefs espouse, the world is truly a paradise.
The away team must try its best to avoid violating the Prime Directive while uncovering the mystery of the dark matter at the top of the volcano. This mission also stresses how much work goes into clandestinely observing alien cultures.
NOTE: This mission serves as the first in the Continuing Mission Campaign: Supreme Mandate. Even though they will not make an appearance, the alien K’si’s technology will be discovered. GMs should make sure that no spoilers are given regarding the actual identify of the K’si. This will be revealed in future modules.