Building a Backstory for an Alien Satellite

The path of the Moon is light to the righteous, and darkness to the sinners. – I Enoch 41:6

For those who have no idea what I’ll be talking about, here’s a primer:

Black Knight Satellite Conspiracy Theory

For “fun,” I’ve been poking at the Google Newspaper Archive and Wikipedia, and trying to dig up some more articles / background info. Inspired by Ken Hite’s “The Dracula Dossier,” I briefly thought I might phony up a whole, physical mock dossier, but that would be a lot of work, so I’m just going to post my copy-pasted bullet points.

The idea is that you can use this ‘raw material’ to flesh out some RPG thing you’re writing background for. Periodic alien visitation, ancient alien satellite left in orbit, prehistoric human space-faring evidence, etc. Maybe change the names / dates / locations if you need to. I’ve got most of the Black Knight Satellite ‘events’ on my list, and I’ve added some more arguably ‘relevant’ material.

If you were more industrious than I, however, you could easily print out the photos, and print the articles on newsprint and put them in a folder. Ideally, you’d have some supporting ‘memos,’ and similar period paperwork. Could be a neat ‘artifact’ for your players to find.

Timeline and articles below the jump:

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Total Recall (1990): Martian Immigration Uniform

I like the looks of this, and this scene. For those who’d like to replicate that uniform, here are some screencaps:

Above are the ‘raw,’ unretouched screen caps; below I’ve attempted to enhance them a bit. Lightened slightly and approximately color-balanced:

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The Expanse: Martian Power Armor

Not to be confused with the Martian space suits we’ve already seen, this is the cool new stuff we’ll be seeing in the next season:

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The Expanse: Replica Graphics Inventory

expanselogos

Up to 59 as of today. I should do the Ceres Air-Water-Power logo. The most recent additions are the ‘name tags’ on Amos & Naomi’s jumpsuits.

The Expanse: MCRN Pistols, part 2

More screencaps, from episodes 7 + 8. These have all been retouched, lightened, sharpened, etc, to show details, and should not be used for color-matching. 20 or so images after the jump:

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