One of the most exciting and growing fields in Terranovan social science research is that of Badlands anthropology. The mysteries surrounding Terranova's early inhabitants are always the subject of much popular speculation. However, while academic research abounds on the early Polar inhabitants, less is known about the humans who explored and settled the Badlands before the Concordat withdrew. This exciting new field of archeological exploration has grown over the last decade, with teams of archeologists, geologists and historians setting out from their cushy campuses into the deserts in search of answers.
However, there is a problem. The Badlands has always been viewed by Polar governments and corporations as a region only useful for strategic exploitation. Many of the early settlements now being excavated in the Badlands usually had something to do with mineral prospecting. This has aroused the interest of polar powers. Generally, any conflict over archeological sites in the Badlands will result in the economic and military authorities overriding the academics, but sometimes things get more complicated.
The PC's are a group of archeologists, historians and field workers who have made an amazing discovery in the Badlands: nearly perfectly preserved remains of an early prospecting camp in the Western Desert which was hit by a freak tempest millennia ago. This is an incredible find, and likely to make all those involved with the dig leaders in their fields.
However, the site sits on an untapped source of oil. After the site was discovered it was realized that any prospecting camp that was lost long ago probably took any information it contained along with it. New prospectors have arrived to explore the area, and have no regard for the historical significance this site has for Terranovans. Of course, the prospectors are working for polar economic interests, not silly academia. They've already told the archeologists that it's time to go dig up other parts of the Badlands.
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