The tentative first voyages to outer worlds began several decades ago as technology finally advanced to allow the exploration of worlds further away from our own planet, from our own solar system. At first, diplomatic relations were tense, but there was eventually a large degree of cooperation between the countries as they began to find inhabited planets. Instead of seeing themselves as patriots of a certain country, there was a certain pride in all of them to claiming their home planet to others. The inhabited planets were surprisingly willing to cooperate with human scientists and several offworld laboratories were built, with the brightest minds from several planets working together, teaching about their own races. As time went on, these labs were dominated quickly by men with greed and ambition willing to fund them for personal interest and gain. Some of these labs carried out experiments that would never have been sanctioned if they were properly regulated. There were, doubtless, inhumanities that will never be known as the labs were abandoned, deemed failures. Sometimes they were abandoned for other reasons, experiments not failures but too successful, taken over by whatever they'd created. Instead of abandoning these expensive, high tech laboratories, though, sometimes the men of greed and ambition choose to hire guns to clear the place for them. That's where you come in. You're a gun, a mercenary, part of a team being compiled to retake a lab. Your employer has promised you an impressive sum of money, as well as other incentives, depending on what motivates you to abandon your sense of self-preservation.