Vestiges, QuanTika, T1
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Vestiges

QuanTika, T1

L'Atalante

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**Time: 2310**

**Place:** Gemma, a "snowball" planet, i.e. a terrestrial extrasolar planet
with overall glaciation, orbiting around the binary star, Altamira (an Alpha
Centauri type), discovered in 2012 by Michel Mayor's team at the Geneva
Observatory. We are in the same galaxy as our own, 6.5 light-years away. This
is the most distant human colony. A one way trip of more than seventeen years.

**Context:** A huge spaceship in orbit, Le Grand Arc, a phantom vessel which
has never shown any sign of life and remains inaccessible. In addition, on the
planet itself extremophile micro-organisms discovered by the first wave of
explorers one hundred and fifty years earlier, prove that more complex forms
of life must have developed before the glacial period. A fascinating research
project for the ambitious young microbiologist Ambre Pasquier.

Soon after she settles there the young woman starts to be haunted by dreams
that put her in contact with the traces of the first visitors to Gemma, the
Constructors... It becomes an obsession and she organises a scientific
expedition - the Archea Mission - whose official aim is to look for primitive
forms of life in the glacial layers. In fact, she has a completely different
objective - keeping it secret to avoid interference by the militia, a pseudo-
military organisation having recently taken control of the colony. A passage
has to be cut through the ice by means of a giant tunnelling machine to get to
the rock substrata and ruins that Ambre is certain of discovering there.
Around twenty scientists have been recruited: Glaciologists, geophysicists,
exobiologists, geneticists, climatologists, engineers, doctors... Two people
have infiltrated the team: one on behalf of a group of physicists who for over
ten years have been studying the particularities of a specific planetary zone
affected by fluctuations of the space-time field. The other works for the
military personnel who have recently taken control of the colony.

**The expedition turns into chaos.**
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