Neptune Station: Undersea Research Facility, University, and Community
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Main Habitat Dome
To better serve the station population by offering quicker access and distribution of station supplies, the maintenance/warehouse level lies directly beneath the main habitat level. All maintenance outside the boat shop in the moon pool occurs here. A warehouse management office lies across from the maintenance office, with upright forklifts parking alongside. On the north side is container storage for the entire station, with refrigerated storage adjacent to the warehouse management office. The maintenance elevator opens on this level.
Main Dome: Community and University Levels
Main Dome: Warehouse/Maintenance Level
Main Dome: Habitat Levels
Main Dome: Industrial Operations Level
Ancillary Domes: Moon Pool and Observation Platform
Ancillary Domes: Hydroponics Dome
Ancillary Domes: Marine Laboratory
Editor’s Note: Neptune Station has been released commercially by the author as a set of maps for Virtual Tabletop systems such as Roll20, at $3.99 from DrivethruRPG. The commercial products are at higher resolution than the maps presented here.
Author’s Note: if you ignore the undersea aspects in the areas surrounding the main map, as well as finding an alternative to the moon pool, and oceanography dome, this facility could easily work as a planetary space station on an airless or exotic atmosphere environment, so it’s doesn’t solely have to serve as an undersea facility. This map can be more versatile than that.
The commercial versions of the mapped station are currently scaled at 1 inch = 10 feet. The large, main map measures 72×72 inches, so from edge to edge the area shown depicts 720 feet making the station an entire, compact undersea town and really quite extensive. This means rescaling it to 1 inch = 5 feet would rescale the dimensions to be 144×144 inches, meaning you would have to divide this map into 4 quarters to display on platforms like Roll20. At the 1 inch = 5 feet scale, even the sublevels and the main habitat level would be larger than 72×72, so a single full level couldn’t be displayed in its entirety on a Roll20 screen.