Secret of the Ancients (2012) – why leave them here?


Note – this has significant spoilers for the Secret of the Ancients campaign.

Secret of the Ancients has some really interesting ideas and lots of detail but some serious flaws also. However, among the unbelievably coincidental timings, forced plot choices and repeatedly stripping away all of the PCs’ gear, there is a serious question.

In the closing paragraphs of Chapter 4, the ship that the PCs are on:

In Chapter 5, page 91, we learn that:

Then in Chapter 7 when the characters finally succeed in getting into orbit they:

What is the in-game reason for the PCs arriving there? It beats being stuck in deep space with no way to reach an inhabited system or be rescued, but otherwise it is the worst possible location because it is where their enemies are waiting for them. Note that I am not looking for game design reasons for this occurrence, which I understand, I am looking for a plausible in-game rationale.