Posted by Fleet Captain Drudoc Andone (Commanding Officer) in Main Sim - Deck 13 - A Rock In The Labs
Just as the rock group got into the labs the ship’s captain’s voice came over the comms, =/\= Attention all hands, this is Captain Andone speaking. As many of you are aware by now we had a rough ride and situations arise recently which were the result of a visiting Q entity. The recent oddities of holiday ‘cheer’ and ‘pranks’ were the result of this entity. I trust that within a few hours we all will have recovered fully from those events. If there are any problems to report do so to your section chief, department chief or the bridge as needed.. =/\= She began. She figured breaking things down into chunks for settling folks minds would be best to start.
After a pause Drudoc continued. =/\= As you all are equally aware our ship was tossed dangerously about by this same Q entity. I can assure you all now that the damages despite at first seeming dire are far from that. Already secondary and primary systems are returning to online status and damages bypassed and relayed around. The minor hull breach on deck 44 was the worst of on our damage control lists and that has been secured and contained. What injuries we all sustained though minor, I can confirm we have had no more the serious injuries among the crew. For those of you with children and families you can all rest assured that we all have shared your tumbles and bruises, again we have weathered this transport by the Q well, for which I applaud you all..=/\= Drudoc continued.
After another second or so pause she continued. =/\= Now you all may be wondering why the Q have taken an interest in us. From our brief interaction with them on the bridge here it would seem the Continuum at large is in a heated debate to wonder how we among this fine ship and crew. Would react to various ‘extremes’. To this end we can only surmise that in some form the Q are watching us even now. Debating as they wish to see what we will do next. To this point brings me to the more difficult news for us all. That being where we now are. After confirmation with the astrological science departments it is my duty to confirm to everyone that we are currently quite far from known space. We are currently projected to be deep within what would be considered the Alpha quadrant of the GN-z11 galaxy..=/\= Drudoc said. Pacing a bit now to look at the crew about the bridge one by one, giving a look and presence of someone sharing the troubles and feelings they all no doubt were going through right now.
=/\= I know what many of you are feeling right now, digesting just how far that is. The idea of insurmountable hurdles we face before us now. I tell you now that I share your feelings, your thoughts of home, your family, friends, and loved ones. This is an extreme none of us could possibly have contemplated in our life times. But....=/\= Drudoc paused by Fayth letting a hand lightly rest on her shoulder a moment to center and ground her in the this time. =/\= but know that all of us, from myself, down to every civilian on this ship’s skills will be tapped and used to our fullest potential in the times ahead. Whether our way home lies with solving this ‘debate’ the Continuum has placed before us, or we figure out our own means. No matter what comes next I know all of you will face these challenges ahead with the highest strength, courage, valor, and service I have come to expect from all of you..=/\= She went on.
Turning to round the railing at the aft end of the bridge she continued her speech. =/\= Know that already our science department has detected we are not alone in this region of space we find ourselves! There will be people, cultures, and more that we will meet and expand our knowledge too in the coming days no doubt. Yes, some could be trouble for us, but equally so we can find friends, or technology to help our situation. Regardless though, we have each other, and there is no finer ship and crew I would rather face this situation with then that which I am with now. The end of this trial may not be in sight yet, but it will be resolved and when it is know that we will face it together. I want all department and section heads to file status reports 3 hours from now by 1200 hours today. The Continuum has presented us this test of our character and will everyone, and I mean to show we will not break under the pressures now given to us. Now everyone take a breath, and let’s get to work getting this ship and her fine crew back home! Andone out! =/\= She stated.
Genard had started a level 3 scan of the Boridium asteroid. He was hoping that by doing a more detailed scan that he might be able to understand how a formerly manufactured element might occur naturally. His scans were interrupted by the Message from the Captain.
=/\= Processing =/\= The computer intoned as the scans began.
‘What the hell?’ Claude attempted to understand what was going on… Q? Another galaxy?. His first thoughts were that of his family. How far were they from ‘home’? When would he see his family again. He took several more minutes to worry about this development, but he realized that he needed to focus on the task at hand. The Captain had said that the Crew needed to pass this Test of the Q in order to get home. Well, then that would be the focus of his attention.
She sent out a message to all the lab and shift heads in the department. =^=By now you’ve all heard the captain’s announcement. I would like you all in my office at 1100 hours with a status report of your labs and locations. Fayth Out.=^=
Lt jg Fayth, CSO
Shaked his head, Ok. So Lt. Fayth needs an update in under two hours. Back to the scan. Now Claude had a time frame for his report.
As the test concluded a few minutes later the computer had little to reveal how the Boridium asteroid had been made naturally. It could confirm the process had been seemingly done naturally but it could not connect the dots how that was possible. It theorized that the laws of matter creation might react differently in this galaxy for reasons not yet known but otherwise it had not much else to give on that front. Further testing on this front and evidence of this theory was needed though.
That said were the crew to devise a Boridium based generator they had a rock to process power through it for quite some time, roughly three months or so assuming they didnt put undue strain on the ship. While they couldn’t go to warp with it they could move the ship at their usual clip at sublight.
Claude returned to the geology lab and its most unassuming occupant, the big piece of boridium that had decided to join them on their trip to… well, wherever they were.
Fayth had said not to waste anything due to limited energy supplies. Maybe this rock was a blessing in disguise. In the Alpha Quadrant boridium was stable in its inert form but it was discovered that in its radioactive form could be used to power small devices.
A seed of an idea was being planted. Claude would need to do some research and run some simulations to be sure if it was viable, …but maybe this rock could help them out here.
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