Marz Summer 2016 5e Variant

Pincer Attack!
Kiss Your Ant Goodnight Dept.

From the journal of GunmulGurnk, Military Psychiatrist:

The 22 surviving members of last month’s Pavonis-Tithonium catastrophe are recovering well and due for release with the exception of four members who exhibit disillusions and continue to insist that they have developed a psychic bond with what they claim to be ants of grotesquely immense proportions.

Several video hoaxes involving “ant people” or “Formians” have been circulating on Marznet, apparently the inspiration for the hysterical ravings of the four unfortunate patients who underwent traumatic loss of oxygen during their day-long entrapment in a service area following their devastating accident, which they were fortunate to survive.

They are scheduled to be relocated for further observation. Medical records have been classified and transferred to Marz Intelligence.

Clash with Formian Workers
Stomachache? Get your ant acid here!


Ad hoc repair crew consisting of four crash survivors identifies cave in, tunnel system, and elf-sized ants in the vicinity of Noctis Labyrinthus. Battle is joined: survivors survive!

Video feeds retrieved immediately after MarsNet resumed activity with geolocator signals intact. Rescue crew dispatched.

Exterminator Needed
Party in the Ducts

Three Dwarves, three Elves and two Hobbits (in alphabetical order) entered the power ducts of magnetic accelerator station PT00572b of the Pavonis-Tithonium monorail following the worst transit catastrophe in the history of Marz.

Within a half hour of the derailment, more than half of the surviving travelers had been set upon and killed by a freak ant swarm of unprecedented violence. These unusual circumstances raise the death toll to nearly 300.

It is now believed that the accident was caused by the explosion of the power transformer at the magnetic accelerator station, the cause remaining unclear. A spokesperson for Tharsis Rail has denied conjectures that the system is under attack by separatist groups, while also dismissing as ridiculous the possibility that ants may have been responsible for the explosion, citing reduced support by local agencies and populations, and renewing calls for additional funding for long-term maintenance.

Universal Exposition Trip Derailed
Pavonis-Tithonium Monorail Accelerator Catastrophe

Early today just after Marznet went down due to solar flair activity, the Pavonis-Tithonium Chasma Monorail was thrown to the surface killing all passengers, according to intermittent satellite images. The cause is unknown, but theories include revolutionary extremists opposed to technological progress, calling themselves the Marzist Front, micrometeoroid showers, solar flair magnetic polarization field destabilization, ant infestations, and/or operator error.

Marznet connections remain sporadic across Marz. Check back here for the latest updates and breaking news.


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