Written by Jérôme "Brand" Larré.
Edited by Jason Morningstar and Steve Segedy.
Cover art by Jason Morningstar.
Objective Zebra was Playset of the Month, January 2011.
Silent And Deep, But Not Running
All is quiet aboard the U.S. Navy submarine SS-495, the USS Saddleback. She's on reduced battery power, nestled in the soft mud of the North Sea somewhere off the coast of Lower Saxony.
It is the middle of World War II. You were specially selected for this mission. They made it sound like a great honor, to ferry a handful of civilians somewhere, in the greatest secrecy, so they could do something that would help win the war. It was called "Objective Zebra". It hasn't worked out so well.
You surfaced and took them, heavily guarded, to an island that wasn't on the Saddleback's charts. They did whatever it is they were supposed to do and came back in a tearing hurry, followed by German spotter aircraft, and E-Boats, and finally a depth-charge tossing Vorpostenboot from the mouth of the Elbe that nearly sunk you. Saddleback went deep and got quiet fast, diving for her life.
Saddleback's collapse depth was 200 meters. When you came to rest on the bottom, amid the screaming protest of over-stressed metal, the gage read 226. There is a meter of water in the pump room and the forward torpedo compartment is largely flooded. The horrible groaning of the tortured pressure hull has mixed with another sound - something stranger, more unearthly - from outside the Saddleback. Whatever it is, it is like nothing even the saltiest old timers has ever heard before. And it is getting closer. What the hell did those civilians do?
You're trapped in a stranded submarine and you have to get the hell out of here... before it comes in!
This playset is copyright © 2011 Jérôme "Brand" Larré. All rights are reserved.
This playset is an accessory for the Fiasco role-playing game by Bully Pulpit Games.
Fiasco is copyright © 2009 by Jason Morningstar. All rights are reserved.