Shuttlebay - Mission to the Sphere

Posted Jan. 14, 2019, 4:45 p.m. by Lieutenant Wulf Baumann (Armory Chief) (James Sinclair)

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Kenny was a little aggravated that they were being told to hold position. The Black hole was far enough away that it wasn’t effecting them, and there were people in need of help. “What should we say to those folks in need of help right now? Sorry, but we’re too scared of the black hole to help you? Enjoy dying?” He muttered under his breath. It might be rude, but he didn’t like to let people die if he could help it. He held his position though. He might talk, but he wouldn’t disobey a direct order.

Kenneth Fleet, CE

Baumann didn’t turn to the CE but said in a low voice “If a few moments is all that stands between them and death, then it is unlikely we could help by rushing in and finding ourselves in the same situation. We would be a poor search and rescue team if we killed ourselves trying to save them.”

Baumann, AC

“Commander, keep up communications with them.” T’Pris said.”The more we are able to communicate with them, the more we can understand what they need. Ask them what danger they are in and what they need.”T’Pris said as she rose from her seat and moved forward to stand behind Fleet.

Commander T’Leia

max had Delta team recheck their equipment during the delay. “Could we slingshot in at an angle to land?”

Woods

“I’m not a communications officer, Commander,” Kenneth said, concentrating on his piloting. “That was my sister’s specialty. I’m a bit busy trying to calculate approach vectors”

Kenneth

Baumann simply nodded at Kenneth and then said into the communications [o] Unidentified vessel, this is Shuttle Alpha of the SS Bonaventure. We read your call for assistance. Can you specify the nature of your distress, and how may we be of assistance? [o]

Baumann, AC

After some time the reply came through [o] Nature? Uhhh .. [o] A couple of words that just didn’t translate [o] We are down to only one good ‘klinker’. The others failing. One stolen. If the good klinker fails we are dead. [o]

Rachel meanwhile continued her exercises, now with her face close to the deck floor, still standing on two hands. She trembled slightly in her new position and thus elected not to speak for the moment.

Dr. Grey - CMO

Baumann herd a mutter form behind and turned to see the CMO in their pose. Turning back to the console in front of the co-pilot’s chair, he simply shrugged and repeated the call again. After all, everyone had their own way of dealing with apprehension.

Baumann, AC

Tapping the console beside her she hailed the shuttle. [O] Ok shuttle… You can enter but remain close to the walls. If you sense anything amiss, don’t hesitate to haul yourselves out right away. And Barr thinks we should be able to send in a probe and scoot it around the inner perimeter to see about additional readings. Watch that singularity and keep the comm open. Proceed with caution. [O]

Ari
CO
((Crossed from bridge))

[O] Copy, Bonaventure. We will proceed with caution and keep communications open. [O] Baumann responded. Without looking back, he said “Mr. Woods, prepare to deploy and secure the landing area as soon as engines idle. Delta, form escort perimeter on the mobile team as soon as we are clear of the shuttle.”

Baumann, AC

With a sigh of what was probably relief, Fleet directed the shuttle in through the hole in the structure, carefully piloting the small craft inwards and keeping close to the shell. He glanced around, looking for the distressed vessel visually while also pressing a few buttons to get the shuttle’s sensors searching to pinpoint a location.

Fleet, CE and Navigator

The shuttle entered the Sphere. Immediately it began to feel the tug of the singularity. They were, however, far enough out to be able to compensate. The atmosphere was thin and extended nearly 300 km in height, though the surface of the interior of the Sphere was like a bleak metal grey wasteland. What looked like cities dotted the surface at regular intervals but there was nothing that looked alive there.

Floating in the atmosphere were globes. Some were lit and some were dark, and were the size of a large house to ones that might fit a football stadium. They were made of different materials and while some scanned as well put together some were patchwork. Each was tethered to the surface by a hundred kilometer or more cable. Some had other spheres attached to it like a bizarre molecular structure. Farther out were the power sources. Scans would indicate that they were anti-grav units that were facing toward the singularity.

The location of the transmission was from a dimly glowing sphere that had two other spheres attached to it. Scans would show that there were some near 30 life signs in it.

Wookiee

Leaning over Baumann’s seat T’Leia frowned as she looked out the front viewport. “What do we have, Chief? Can you pinpoint where the transmission is coming from?”

Commander T’Leia

Baumann looked forward and pointed. “There, Ma’am. We are seeing… approximately thirty life signs. Trying to get a better reading on what kind of life forms they are and where exactly they are located now.” and he began concentrated scans of the sphere. A thought then occurred to him. “Ma’am, Bane said that the object we found originally was a prison. What if this is, as well? Look at the spheres. Isolated areas, only affixed to the deck at high altitudes, and separated from other clusters. Perhaps we should keep that in mind going forward, Ma’am.”

Baumann, AC

The life signs, from what could be gleaned, were humanoid. Scans of the spheres and their make-up suggested a size comparable to most humanoid species, though they knew that that could be pretty far ranging in specs - take Andorians and Vulcans for example. Temperature within the spheres were just over 10C so fairly cool but certainly not cold. Power generation varied from what looked to be small fusion reactors in the anti-grav units to something more chemical based in the globes powering their machinery.

“Indeed, that is a possibility. Though we cannot know without more facts.” T’Pris said as she paused to consider the AC’s suggestion. It would seem logical that this sphere had some connection to Bane or the other race they had met. It was a relatively small area of space for them to not at least be aware of each other.

Commander T’Pris

Max stood up by the doors “delta team on your feet” he exclaimed.

Woods

One thing that was noted, however, was a lack of vessels. One transport attached to the side of the sphere they were scanning was of the size of one of their own small shuttle pods.

Wookiee

“Take us in where there the life signs and signal are originating from.” T’Pris said as she looked behind and saw that Woods was preparing his team. She nodded to him to show she approved.

Commander T’Leia

Naomi was relieved when the shuttle propelled forward again, resuming its path. Her nervousness disappeared almost immediately. Any longer in this small and cramped space, she might actually go mad. Her head turned to Delta Team preparing to board first. As agreed on earlier, security personnel were entering first then scanned for hostiles. The next team would follow in their wake when the coast was clear.

On instinct, she reached for her equipment and shouldered it. She wanted to be ready when things were indicated to be safe. Her eyes looked to the senior officer who asked she stick nearby and she was ready to move out when instructed.

-–ENS Naomi D. Locke, Sci

Baumann kept a watch on the docked ship and began monitoring for power fluctuations. He then said to T’Leia “Ma’am, perhaps an announcement of our arrival on the same comms frequency we heard from would be prudent? An explanation that we are here to assist?” he said as he gave a nod to indicate Woods and Delta team preparing to secure the landing zone. “Prudent on our part. But if that is the first thing these individuals see without even an attempt at telling them otherwise… well… the risk of an incident is heightened.”

Baumann, AC

T’Leia nodded in agreement,”Do so. Any reaction to our approach?” She asked as she continued to watch out the viewscreen.

Commander T’Leia

There was no overt reaction to their approach.

“Should I land on the inside surface of the Dyson Sphere, or should I try to land on the object we’re trying to rescue?” Kenneth asked quietly.

Kenny

To land on the surface would put them a considerable distance from the sphere. Which, as they approached, was looking rather less ‘techy’ as from the distance. In fact it was looking rather on the … grubby side.

T’Leia paused for a moment as she considered what they had learned. “Land on the glowing sphere where the distress call is coming from. We will need to speak to the people there to find ascertain what they need assistance with.” She felt a thrill of excited curiosity at the chance to meet and learn about a new species. This species didn’t feel as threatening or other worldly as Bane had.

Commander T’Leia

A scan would show that on one of the smaller spheres there was what appeared to be a kind of airlock or dock they they could go to. Otherwise there was nothing they could see that showed itself as a ‘door’. From that ‘dock’ there was a short ‘tube’ that was perhaps two meters in diameter connecting it to the larger sphere.

[o] Rescue Team to Distress Call. Please identify yourself and tell us what assistance you require. We are here to assist. Be advised we will be at your location in one minute. Please have a representative available. Please respond. [o] Baumann said into the comms, repeating until he had a response.

Baumann, AC

Rachel steeled herself. She mentally went over her Xenobiology medical research in her head as she absentmindedly stroked the Medkit sitting in her lap. This was the difficult part of the job, meeting new species and potentially having to give medical aid to them without understanding the basic fundamentals of their anatomy. Then as per usual her mind wandered and she started wondering what kind of dinner she’d have tonight.

Dr. Grey - CMO

Alan, who had so far spent the trip starting out the window, walked over to Baumann. “They may not respond because of the foreign language. They may never have heard English before and therefore not trust us. Perhaps Vulcan or Klingon.” [O]Korsau travek tor flakosh vutau. Etek dungi nam-tor na’ ish-veh shul svi’ veh minute. Sanu-shasutan-tor ovu heh ma wuh representative la’ka-yehat. boQ ghom Sotlaw’. , legh position qaStaHvIS wa’ tup. DubelmoHchugh ngu’ ‘op representative lupoQ.[C] (Aid group to distress call. We will be at your position in one minute. Please identify yourself and have a representative available.)

-Lt(j.g.) Alan Dysart, Linguist

[o] I .. I’m Dal. A representative? You mean meet you? I’ll be there. [o] It was short and sweet and the comms ended, then abruptly came back on [o] Welcome to our Zavish [o] The computer worked at the translation and rendered it as a possible ‘home’.

As the shuttle approached the dock they could see a shadow moving along the tube toward their destination. The sphere and tube had been repaired several times by the look of it, and, as they drew near, the gravity well of the black hole suddenly diminished considerably. By the look of the dock it would be a hard dock connection. The construction of the sphere looke like a thick glass or transparent metal or something. Sensors were not definite on that so it may have been a composite. But it was old or at least not kept up. The ‘chain’ that held it to the surface of the Sphere many kilometers below was thick and braided; up close the whole thing looked like an old light globe hanging from a ceiling, though much much bigger.
- Wookiee

Baumann pointed to the docking mechanism and said “Prepare for hard point docking. Mr. Woods. One ‘Dal’ will be meeting us. Make a brief introduction and secure the landing area.” and he turned and looked at T’Leia. “Once the dock is secure we can exit the shuttle, Ma’am. I will be your escort for the duration.” his tone was polite and respectful, but it also held no indication of flexibility. The safety of the team was his responsibility, and he took that responsibility very seriously.

Baumann, AC

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