UDL-002 the Hope or just the Hope was one of two ships sent to colonize Halcyon. While UDL-001 the Groundbreaker reached Halcyon on schedule, the Hope would not arrive until decades later. Those who did arrive in Halcyon believed the Hope be lost, along with all it's passengers.
Departure to Halcyon, 2285 Edit
In 2285, Captained by William Hunte, the Hope left Earth to begin its journey to Halcyon. Hundreds of thousands of colonists were put into stasis for what was planned to be 10 years of travel. A small crew of 24 would stay awake to maintain and pilot the ship.
Skip drive malfunction, 2294 Edit
After 9 years of travel via skipspace, the Hope suffered a skip drive malfunction rendering it no longer capable of faster-than-light travel. With no way to fix the skip drive the Hope would have to complete its journey with only its sublight engines, extending the travel-time by an additional 26 years. With only a year's supply of rations left the ship's crew was fated to starve to death unless the could find a source of food.
With the threat of starvation the crew's relationships had begun to deteriorate. Donna Hunte, first mate and wife of the captain unsuccessfully attempted to grow tomatoes aboard the ship to feed the crew. Around the same time, Frank Nolda the ship's chief engineer would begin to feed himself by cannibalizing colonists he brought out of stasis. Frank would eventually confess this to Captain Hunte, hoping he would support a plan to feed the ship's crew by cannibalizing the colonists. But rather than support Frank, the captain had him locked in the ship's brig for his crimes. Unbeknownst to the captain, Frank's plan was gaining the support it needed from other members of the crew. The ship's medical officer, Alexei Volkov was an early supporter of Frank's plan. He tried to help convince the captain by telling him the plan made sense. The crew did the math and deduced they would need to eat tens of thousands of colonists if they were to survive the 26 years before reaching Halcyon.
Mutiny aboard the Hope, 2294 Edit
With starvation worsening the crew took increasingly brash actions. Starting with an unknown supporter freeing Frank Nolda from the brig. Later First Mate Donna Hunte, desperate for food, ate a small piece of human flesh offered to her by Frank. Fueled by starvation she found the human meat was delicious. She also feared that as her starvation worsened she would join the cannibals. In her personal quarters, she decided to take her own life rather than be forced to choose between starvation or cannibalism. With the captain's authority being undermined and the first mate dead, the crew entered a state of open rebellion. In a bid to combat the cannibals from harming any remaining colonists, Captain Hunte locked down parts of the ship and sealed access to the hibernation storage bays. Additionally he sealed himself in the ship's bridge along with his navigator, Rezi Torrega. Before the hibernation bays had been locked, Thurston Stallworth, a custodian, sought to hibernate himself alongside the colonists. He figured if the ship did reach Halcyon he would be woken up.
It didn't take long before Captain Hunte and Torrega could hear Frank and his supporters using drills to open the sealed door to hibernation storage. When the drills stopped they feared it was because Frank had gotten in. Hunte left the bridge for a final confrontation with Frank, while Torrega stayed behind were he would soon died of starvation. There is no concrete record of what happened when during Hunte and Frank's confrontation. It can be assumed that Hunte killed Frank and any remaining cannibals, then succumbed to starvation. This is due to there being no record of either Hunte or Frank surviving and because far few colonists are missing from the Hope than the crew would have needed to eat to survive. Ultimately the entire crew would die either by killing each other or starvation. This meant the only people alive on the Hope were in stasis with no one to wake them.
Arrival in Halcyon, 2320 Edit
The Hope eventually did reach Halcyon in 2320, although it was 25 years later than planned. The Halcyon Holdings Corporate Board discovered the ship adrift, but the colonists had spent so much time in stasis that they could no longer be revived safely. The Board decided to hide the ship's discovery for fear of a public outcry to help the colonists. They moved the Hope into the orbit of the ice planet Typhon where they intended to abandon the derelict ship indefinitely. During this time Phineas Welles, a scientist working for The Board learned about the fate of the Hope.
Welles was frustrated that nothing was being done to save the colonists. He was confident that with research and experimentation he could devise a way to safely revive the colonists. He sought consent from his superiors to begin the needed research on long-term hibernation revival but was denied. Undeterred he decided to begin researching on his own, without The Board's knowledge. He begun to secretly remove hibernating colonists from the Hope and bring them to his lab to experiment on. When The Board eventually found out, he was branded a murder and a criminal. Despite this Welles continued his research while evading the authorities.
Intervention by Phineas Welles, 2355 Edit
Welles eventually was successful with removal of Stranger's stasis pod from the Hope and flee to Welles' lab, where Stranger was revived from stasis. But with The Board closing in on him he had to eject the Stranger to Terra 2 and meet with him later.
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|Hope Bridge Keycard||Dropped by/pickpocketed off of Quincy Duncan.|
|UDL Identity Cartridge|
|Lost and Found||Skipped the Hope.||15||Bronze|
|Sunburn||Skipped the Hope into the sun.||15||Bronze|