In the distant future, in the year 2864, several colonization ships head to Pandora,
a planet on the edge of the galaxy. The colonists are drawn there in search of a better
life as well as vast mineral resources said to be on the planet, free for the taking, akin
to a futuristic gold rush. Some time after settling, the colonists discover that there is little
the planet offers aside from some decrepit alien ruins. When the companies mining the planet
leave, they let loose the criminals they had employed as forced labor and left any other colonists
there. Some of the settlers seek to get rich quick by discovering alien technology.
Most others are just trying to survive. After seven Earth years, the planet’s slow orbit brings a
transition from winter to spring, and many horrifying creatures emerge from hibernation.
A beacon of hope for the remaining colonists emerges in the form of a mysterious alien Vault
carved in the side of a mountain. This Vault is said to contain vast stores of alien technology
and secrets. The only problem is that the people who discovered the Vault were completely wiped
out by some sort of protective force. The only evidence of their discovery is a scattered radio
transmission, proclaiming the Vault’s majesty, but not its location.