Is the source easily accessible? AR – Average, DR – Average, Roll – 70, Result – No
Can Matsiyan cobble together a way to reach it? AR – High (Mechanical Engineering/Geology), DR – Above Average (Based on the above), Roll – 04, Result – YES
Matsiyan synched up with Turnez’ readings and turned to locating the source more precisely. Between the rising ground ahead to the west and the upthrust rock outcrop they had just walked up the south side of, there was a deep pocket of accumulated soil in which a pond had formed from regular seepage upslope. The readings seemed highly localized in a spot a few feet below the pond.
Matsiyan looked speculatively at Wilcon for a moment and then started cobbling together a drill from a few of the spares for the atmo station and a core sampler. Grimacing he waded into the pond and started probing. After twenty minutes of colourful grunting he emerged with a small reddish rock which on examination shows occasional flecks of tiny crystals. This seems to be the source of the readings.
Handing the rock over he worked his way around to a less disturbed edge of the pond and tried to get the worst of the mud off with a reasonable degree of success.
Seeing what this does to field equipment, I’d hate to see its effect on unshielded startship systems.
Umm. Didn’t ships get damaged when they approached the anomalies near the Diogenes astroforms in the asteroid belt in this sector?