Tobak Quest

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Tobak Quest by Roaway
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Under the surface of Saxum VII, a young scavenger becomes entangled in a corporate treasure hunt.


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Characters

Thread 1

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Dowser

A freelance Tobak looking to make a couple of zeny.

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Raphyl

A gearhead who's happy to give Dowser a lift in exchange for some favors. He runs a mechanic shop when he's not out looting junkyards.

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Clay

A tobak working for Talion. He has a positive reputation among the Rin-Reida.

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Axyl

A Glade Tobak that teamed up with Dowser to help in taking out some raiders. Specializes in long distance weaponry.

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Kellie

A hostage programmer Dowser and Axyl freed from a group of raiders.

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Clover

A female Tobak guard, and friend of Dowser. Capable of wearing grade 30 bioarmor.

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Kiero

A Neumono trapped in a radio tower surrounded by razor worms, seeking rescue.

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Lak

A mysterious assassin. He always seems to be two steps behind Dowser.

Thread 2

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Louise

A friend of Clover's from the academy. Rather short for a lady tobak.

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Dahl

A no-nonsense mercenary that plays for all sides and doesn't ask questions.

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Ress

Manager at the AE Hive company, and Dowser's primary contact for doing business there.

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Lyvy

A rogue Sect with a broken arm, and Dowser's roommate.

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Reila

A Rin-Reida spy. She likes goth fashion and guns.

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O.B. Muloc

A very suspicious heef detective. Also goes by Gumtoes.

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Stair

A yich eater. Local head of a shadowy cabal with an interest in corporate espionage.

Intermission 1

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Coil

A very stylish Tobak pilot, a diehard Summit employee, and Dowser's other roommate. Lost both his hands in separate industrial accidents, but has cool robot ones now.

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Bry

Coil's copilot. Flirts with anything that moves, but can't take it in return.

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Sam

A nervous belenosian in debt slavery to Summit.

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Fletcher

Dowser's sister and Coil's superior officer. She finds Coil very annoying.

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Freya

A rogue Sect in Coil's crew. Is very cute and bee-like.

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Wynn

A tobak scavenger and friend of Rye. She is very short for a lady tobak.

Rye

A snow tobak screen facer. Screen facers like Rye were forcibly cyborgized by Lunecore, but he was lucky enough to retain his wits.

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Ashley

A former mobile ashtray for the sect queen and freshly minted rogue thanks to Coil.

Locations

Saxum VII

A barren, rocky planet with vast open caverns and a vibrant subterranean ecology. Discovered by the corporations roughly 75 years ago, they moved to uplift the local sentient species rapidly to exploit as cheap labor for mining operations.


The 22 Line

A border around the explored portion of Saxum VII that forbids the companies from claiming further territories.


Corporate Factions

Summit
A human mining company. They print all their own equipment using centuries old, cheap and proven designs.
Edevane Chemicals
A miklik company that treats its alien employees poorly.
LuneCore
A minor company which became a major player overnight after becoming the first to land on Saxum VII. Their workforce was primarily robotic, and after a major scandal they officially withdrew from the planet, leaving many hostile machines behind.
Asteroid Excavation Hive Company
A small neumono owned and operated survey company.
Saxum Overwatch
A watchdog organization founded as a partnership between companies in the wake of the LuneCore scandal. Serves as a mostly powerless self-regulatory authority.
Belo-Docker's
A Belenosian company known for creating entirely mobile bases.
Talion
Heef-owned company. Employs a large army of Sects.
Armada
A pomi company. A weapons manufacturer known for trying diplomacy first and shooting later.
Vulpes Motor Company
The best vehicle designers on Saxum VII.
Kea-Cola Co
A drink company with a stake in Saxum exploitation.

Plot

Thread 1

Dowser goes scavenging in an abandoned Summit mine to make some credits. He ends up meeting some new friends and finding some unique loot.

Thread 2

Dowser returns his new friend to his family. When he gets home, he finds he has attracted a lot of attention in corporate circles.

Intermission 1

Some time before Dowser's story begins, Coil is flying a plane. After the plane crashes, Coil has to survive long enough to make it back to his employers.


Species of Saxum VII

Some species in Tobak Quest, such as neumono, come from offworld. For more information, see AsteroidQuest.

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Tobak

A cave-dwelling species of fluffy aliens from Saxum VII. They existed as a tribal society before uplift, and outside the 22 Line they still remain in the dark, literally and figuratively.

Like neumono, tobaks:

  • Are covered in hair.
  • Have snouts and long ears.
  • Are recent uplifts on the galactic stage.

Unlike neumono, tobaks:

  • Lack a hive mind.
  • Only regenerate their eyes and claws.
  • Have extreme light sensitivity. They can see normally in what humans would consider pitch blackness, but anything approaching even dim light causes their eyes to petrify until healed.

Male tobaks have horns that let them sense magnetic fields around them, including other tobaks'. They also have three tails which they can use to signal other tobaks with a universal semaphore language. They are universally short compared to humans.

Females have no horns and one tail. They can still read tail semaphore, but they cannot use it to communicate back. They are often taller and stronger than males, but their size can vary greatly.

Several subspecies of tobak exist:

Glade
A subspecies of tobak with long, antler-like horns. They have a slightly higher tolerance for light due to their native biome.
Mossy
Tobak that develop a symbiotic relationship with moss growing in their fur. The moss provides them with camouflage and their fur wicks moisture from the air, feeding the moss.
Arctic
An extra fluffy breed native to the ice caves that is otherwise identical to base tobaks, making their subspecies classification disputed.
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Sect

Insectoid species resembling moths or bees and controlled by a physically imposing queen caste. Possessing very poor eyesight and relying on a keen sense of smell, the drones are linked with their queen via pheromones. Sect are not considered sentient unless their link with the hive is severed. Life for these rogues is often very short and painful as the drones around them will immediately attack.

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Rin-Reida

A half-kangaroo, half-spider species that was decimated by the corporations. The remaining rin-reida are very secretive.

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Borealin

Large aquatic dwellers of Saxum VII. The last species to be discovered, little is known about them.

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Headsplitters

A mythical predator of tobak, able to corrupt mens' minds through powerful magnekinesis. It is said the magnetic energies eventually wrench a tobak's horns apart fatally.


Gallery

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