Then as if the universe was still trying to complicate matters, there was yet another beep beep on the console!
Turning Mazi could see they had picked up a guest, or visitor in this case. Another small ship had arrived about .15 light years away and was near a concentration of small Reality Bubbles and Boridium out side layers to the nebula they were nearby. An mutli-phase ion pulse began to be emitted by the small alien ship not much bigger than their own Fulcrum runabout in fact. MiniFayth shuttered and there was a wash of anger and panic coming off her now. “..They are trying to take the .....the little ones! Those aliens!” she exclaimed.
Sharah turned to look at the readings and back at MiniFayth. They didn’t have the necessary means to defend them. “Try to tell them to move away from the pulse,” she instructed MiniFayth. She walked over to the comm station. =^=Fulcrum to Ark Angel. These energy bubbles are pre-sentient and someone is out here collecting them and we’ve been asked for help.=^=
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”..The little ones eat the .....the stone, they can’t move away right now.” MiniFayth explained evidently the Boridium drew in the infantile like bubbles as a food source.
“They… eat the stone?” Caelian murmured thoughtfully. Well, there was one piece of the puzzle that slid more into place. Obviously there was an interchange between the natural boridium and the protoforms. Looking over his sensor logs, his brow furrowed in thought. “If that’s true, then I wonder…”
There was a pause before the Captain’s voice came back =/\= If these reality bubbles are non-sentient and formless Lieutenant how are they asking for help? =/\= She asked.
Drudoc Andone CO
Fayth tapped a couple buttons and turned on the visual feed. =^=Because, Cpt, when we interacted with one, this happened.=^= she moved out of the way so A done could see MiniFayth. =^=She is fully sentient and from what we can tell, physically, a minute version of me, right down to her telepathy, but her memories are her own. She can communicate with the reality bubbles. And she has asked for our help.=^=
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While the officers discussed the logistics of communication with sentient life, Caelian began to cycle out the runabout’s systems to get them back on deuterium. The lights in the cabin dimmed briefly before surging back to life. He left the shields for last, running several simulations before executing the final shutdown process. Once the boridium generator was completely offline, he decoupled the power cells before turning in his chair.
“Sir, I have an idea.” Caelian leaned forward a bit once they’d finished discussing things. “I’d like to beam the refined boridium a few dozen meters behind the runabout and put a tractor beam on it, make a quick pass through the densest body of protoforms we can and head for the Ark Angel. If these beings feed on the stuff, we may be able to lead them away from the aliens like a carrot in front of a horse.”
A sour thought came to mind, and he sighed. “Assuming, that is, what they crave isn’t the stuff we refined away before plugging it into the reactor.”
—Caelian Weir, Engineer—
Drudoc’s voice came back over the comms, =/\= The High Elder One told us that the Boridium was used as a common fuel and energy source in this region likely these new arrivals are simply harvesting for such things. When we mentioned the reality bubbles he seemed dismissive saying they were just supernatural things. Though conversely he said they also provided the basis for enlightenment of those of his faith and belief.=/\= She explained.
There was a pause before Drudoc’s voice came back =/\= We’re currently dealing with some comm and possible intruder traffic right now, we’ll depart as soon as we can. Until then Lieutenant proceed carefully we are new to this region and getting involved in combative or political matters so soon especially with the Prime Directive to consider is paramount. Do what you need to do but dont overly endanger yourselves. =/\= She stated.
Weir’s idea actually seemed like a good compromise here, they could hopefully try to lure the little reality bubbles away from the harvesting alien ship while avoiding hopefully causing any problems!
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