Abandoned outposts (synonyms: base, station; example toponyms: Outpost Echo) are outposts that have been deserted for some reason. The mystery of what transpired in combination with their remote locations can be used by narrative worldbuilders seeking to set a tone (particularly horror or suspense). Abandoned outposts will often hold clues to their history. Likely some threat remains lurking nearby in the form of a monster, alien, invading army, or something else. These outposts may be located on a frontier or near a hostile border.
In what kind of condition has this outpost been left?
Designing Fictional Abandoned Outposts
When designing abandoned outposts consider both the reason they were abandoned as well as how much time has passed since their rediscovery. There may be rescue attempts to recover people, research samples, data, or other material from the outpost. Abandoned outposts may contain elements of ruins or damaged buildings, for example collapsing floors, flooded chambers, and/or perilous bridges. If their power no longer functions, explorers may be forced to navigate maintenance tunnels, elevator shafts, or the vents. There may be skeletal remains about.
If the outpost is running low on power, there may be flickering lights.