From: Swahl, Vault Overseer
To: Surface Expedition Team Members
Congratulations, fellow citizen. You, and other volunteers like you, have been selected for the next Surface Expedition Team. You will shortly leave the protected environment of the underground vault to explore the scarred surface of our planet and ruined cities to scavenge for materials that will ensure our survival and raise our standard of living. Who knows? You might even find the means for us to safely recolonize the outside world.
I cannot understate the importance of this mission. Without spare parts from the surface, our vault systems may fail and thus doom the community to extinction. However, I also cannot understate the dangers involved. You will encounter many areas of contamination – termed ‘Creep’ – from high radiation, man-made biological agents, or other toxic substances. Immediate effects vary based on the substance encountered or environment braved, but the long term effects are particularly detrimental. You are advised to avoid these zones, if at all possible, as they will contribute to your exposure to Creep contamination.
In addition, the surface of our planet is wracked by frequent and often violent radiation storms. Explorers who are caught outside of the protective shell of an underground ruin without a radiation suit are likely to suffer radiation sickness, mutations, or even death.
Even if you avoid Creep contamination and rad storms, you must still learn to deal with the hostile creatures that have evolved since the Fall. Most of the plants and animals that our ancestors knew as peaceful and docile have mutated into savage, murderous beasts that will attack without provocation.
As you can see, ladies and gentlemen, this mission is not going to be any walk in the park. You might think that the odds make it impossible; that may indeed be true. But we, the citizens of Lau, have faith that you will succeed.
Our hopes go with you.
– Swahl, Vault Overseer