Photoshop, about 20hrs
My entry for the latest
This round's magics words are "Blob ship".
This one was interesting; as several people put it, what does blob ship even mean?
So I typed "blob" into google, and here's what I got from the trail of links I followed:
The movie "The Blob"->Blob of the X-men Comics->Ameobas->Blobfish->Jellyfish->Sea Slugs
I noticed a common theme- from seaslugs stealing stinger cells from jellyfish to the x-men's blob, blobs take whatever you throw at them, and keep it.
And this is where I started to form an idea.
The Scrounger's Wrath is the stuff of tall tales in spaceport taverns throughout the asteroid belt. Most claim not to believe, dismissing it as nothing more than another legend like the solid gold asteroid and hollowed out spacerocks harboring nests of gremlins. But others claim it is real- and even the skeptics hold their breath when they glimpse a misshapen silhouette through a viewport. The tale goes that a band of salvagers stumbled across the wreckage of a pirate raid gone awry- the freighter being raided, the patrol ship attempting to intervene, and the pirates themselves all suffered breached hulls. The crew not dead from each was long gone, abandoning ship in favor of lifeboats not crippled and open to hard vacuum. Their misfortune was for the lucky salvage crew the haul of a lifetime. The could bribe the claims office to backdate the paperwork, no time to waste. But their luck ran out when a patrol cruiser with a trigger happy captain passed the scene- and didn't wait for explanations. The crew of the salvage vessel barely survived, and found themselves stranded in the outskirts of the belt, branded as pirates, left for dead in a ship with more hole than hull in the midst of their perfect haul. The captain had realized his mistake, but knew the truth would end his career. His loyal crew kept their silence, and the salvagers were reported as casualties of the combat. The site was reported as hazardously irradiated by a breached reactor, impossible to salvage.
Six months later the cruiser mysteriously vanished in the midst of a routine patrol. The captain was later found marooned on an asteroid, half mad and babbling about vengeful ghosts. His vessel was never found. It was the first of many ships never to return to port; some never found, others later recovered stripped bare of engines and turrets or with large chunks of hull removed. The Pan-Belt Alliance government's official position is that these are merely cases of vessels running afoul of the hazardous life of a belter, and that the Scrounger's Wrath does not exist.