Posted by Captain Kelly Bordeaux (Commanding Officer) in MAIN SIM - away team to the planet (XO, Tigress, Nash, and anyone else that wants to join)
Posted by Commander Garinder’Jen th’Jir (Executive Officer) in MAIN SIM - away team to the planet (XO, Tigress, Nash, and anyone else that wants to join)
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“Well, this place is charming,” Lexi said, tightening her coat collar. The landscape looked exactly as she expected. “At least we shouldn’t have to worry about wildlife. Probably just some crazy lichen and moss along with bacteria and such. Kinda chill for anything else,” she commented.
Lexi Robins science Jo
“Why exactly are we here?” Nash grumbled as he fished in the pocket of the cold weather jacket, taking a moment to find what he was after and stick the half-smoked cigar between his teeth. Taking his flip top lighter out of his other pocket, he paused before lighting it.
“Oh my god I should have put on more layers but I would have then resembled Ralphie from the Christmas movie. I can’t put my arms down,” Lexi pretended she was that brother of the main character Ralphie who was bundled up so tight by his mother he could barely waddle instead of walk.” Looking over at the XO, Lexi let out a laugh. “Sir....this is not a mission for a desert people.”
“Bit colder than where you’re used to right?”
“I’m from Isreal. Four degrees Celsius makes us break out the winter wear,” she joked.
“I find it refreshing,” Jen said. “A nice change.
Cara shiver her hands into her pockets and pulled out gloves. For some, like the XO the cold was welcome. Cara didn’t really mi d the cold she just didn’t tolerate it well. She zipped her coat all the way up and pulled the beanie cap down over her ears. She didn’t care one iota if she looked like one of those snow baby figurines her sister collected. She was warm.
OOC: Love your descriptions! And Ralphie!! lol .. Gene
The lack of oxygen and the general thinness of the air made lighting a cigar an exercise in frustration and borderline futility.
With a gruff curse at whatever gods oversaw this planet, Nash gave up trying to light the cigar and put the lighter back in his pocket. He was happy enough to just have it sit between his teeth when working on the ship, this would have to be no different.
Moving along with the rest he was able to see Nash in profile. It wasn’t the first such thing he had seen. Indeed in the trenches and field he had seen quite a few with their device of choice. Amongst the Terrans such a thing was the most common.
” Not necessarily all kinds of Animals could live in this cold manly creditors” Tigress said. She looked to Quinn for confirmation that her memory on Zoology, was still good.
The mechanical cat Nodded.
” Right so lets get to work what are we doing” She asked.
Cara had been thinking the same thing. Andor and the Breen homeworld were two frozen planets that immediately came to mind.
“We’re making our way to the bunker just over there,” Jen said. “And hopefully we can find out what happened to the place and people, and if there is any indication of spatial anomalies. Something that may hint at us getting home.” The path was there. Perhaps it had been paved or more long ago. Now it was just a jumble and overgrown requiring them to pick their way along. While they could have beamed inside, having a look about was not a bad thing to get the lay of the land. He visually inspected it. It was exposed. If it was military it would be a fine target. At first glance it looked scientific, and rather isolated.
OOC: Little confused as to where you beamed down to. If you are outside as it seems, you can pick your distance to the base. There was a fairly overgrown path that clearly led to what should have been a door, but the wall was smooth and bare and while there surely had to be some sort of opening, there was no apparent way in.
“Manly creditors,” Nash feigned a shiver. “What kind of horror planet is this? Creditors are bad enough but manly ones? Terrifying.” Throwing a smile in Lexi’s direction he began walking on the overgrown path to what, a short distance away of maybe 50 yards, ended in a smooth bare wall.
As Nash approached, he pulled out the typical tricorder from his hip and began scanning. “Lets see what we got shall we,” Nash spoke over his shoulder without looking. “Life signs, power signatures, hidden doors? Do yah think it needs one of them secret passwords to reveal the door? Maybe standing in front of it on the first full moon during a blood moon once every twelve years?”
Coming to a stop before it, he tapped the wall with his foot.
There was no response to the bodies in front of the theorized door or the repeated taps with Nash’s boot. There was little evidence of anything on the wall as it had been blasted by high winds and sand for a hundred years perhaps thousands.
Jen stood back and looked at the wall and the negligible door. “Perhaps the people who lived here didn’t have a fashion sense for doors. However, it does provide a security measure to delay anyone trying to gain access.” That told him that it was an important installation. Anything military would be much better guarded and much less visible. “Not that long ago my key for such a door would be a high grade cutting phaser or explosives.” He smiled over to Nash. “No waiting for blood moons necessary.” Were it a true security door, this could be one with no outside control but only activated from the inside. That meant another egress somewhere else. However, nobody had monitored this to their knowledge in a millennia. That told him that some forceful knocking wouldn’t make anyone angry. So too they could call to beam through it, that is, if the speak friend and enter ways were exhausted.
“If it was controlled from inside could we try ta override the lock? If it was still inhabited I would think that we would been stopped from approachin’ by now.” Apparently Cara was thinking along the same lines as Jen because she called out, “cara!” She grinned and shrugged at them. “Cara is the Irish word for friend.”
Speak “Friend” and enter......
Did not work.
“Maybe there is a vent, and we can just boost someone in,” Lexi looked around. “That’s how I used to get into places I wasn’t supposed. No one ever thinks about air vents.”
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There were no visible signs of vents or windows. Although they could only see the bunker from one angle.
“Let’s see what we’re facing. Scans? Science? Nash?” He glanced at the Counselor and had to tip his head to see under her cap and said to her and the rest. “We need to find out what was happening here and if we can glean any information that may get us home. But we know nothing of these people who were here. Each of you has your expertise. Building and construction. Science and technology and environment. Psychology and philosophy. Let’s use them to see what we can glean about who lived here.” In his mind he thought that a library computer would be handy too.
- Jen, XO
Moving the cigar to the other corner of his mouth, Nash frowned and whacked the tricorder a couple of times before resuming the scan. “Should of stuck the thing in my underwear to keep it warm. Colds enough to make it run slow.”
The scan did reveal that they were standing before the door, that was perfectly set again the frame of the wall. There was heat, air and power on the other side of the door. Very low and very thin but better than what they had on the outside.
What the sand wasn’t able to blast off was a sensor pad of some sort off to the left of the door portal. It was some sort of contact detector. The detector panel was somewhat porous. Whatever touched it would/could be sampled into a detector. It still appeared functional although one might have to wipe the residual sand off.
“Lots of weathering,” Jen said, moving closer and looking at it. “Like a glacier face after a long time.” Something caught his eye that was a little out of sorts. “A panel here,” he said, brushing his fingers along it. Sand had filled crevasses and scoured the face to almost appear like the wall itself.
“That’s what all men say,” Lexi winked at Nash getting a small smirk at the double entendre of his comment. Lifting her scanner she looked at Nala. “How about I scan for planetary conditions and you aim for biologicals?” Setting her scanner for broad readings, she began to scan the geology and climatology features of the area. Depending on what came back, Lexi would be able to run it through filters which would let them extrapolate what the weather was like, if ever different, on this planet.
“Based on our readings I should be able to extrapolate if the climate has always been like this or if it was caused by that volcano in some sort of climate-altering event. If it has always been an Andorian vacation spot then we should look for life underwater or around geothermal vents.” Looking at the XO she chewed her lip for a second. “Maybe the base is running off geothermal power like a hydroelectric damn. If we can find a source of power specifically running into the base from the volcano maybe we can hot wire that area and get it?” Lexi let her voice raise as if it were a question than a statement as she set her scanner to look for power readings.
The planet had not been like this. Over the course of the last few thousand years, it became less habitable for humanoids and warm-blooded creatures. It was hard to tell if the atmosphere thinned thus releasing the heat to space or the star itself cooled and decreased the temperature of the planet. Or another possibility that pollution blocked the heating rays of the sun and over the centuries dissipated along with the atmosphere.
Cara looked up raising her chin so she could look straight in at the XO. “Well bridge scans told us they were using the geothermal energy at this location. I would wager a good guess part of that was for survival. Geothermal energy can be harnessed for a lot, beneficial and destructive. So far the building seems quite unwelcoming by our standards. But if this was built by an alien race it could be quite welcomeung, we just don’t understand the tech. Defense, but against what? The Darkness? That might be too simple a conclusion.” She nodded and backed up down the path a bit and pulled a pair of old fashioned binoculars out of her pocket. Sometimes the eyes saw what a tricorder did not. She slowly scanned what she could see of the building, looking for distinguishing architecture that might indicate a purpose or the people that built it, identifying marks, signs of life, anything that might give a clue. Then she did the same for the surrounding land. Perhaps even a door or entrance way built away from the building to control the flow of traffic in or indicate an emergency exit.
“I can’t see this being much defense against the Darkness,” he mused. “Perhaps the Darkness is a more recent event in the area as well. This kind of facility would stand out and not be of much help against an anti-proton weapon.”
“Well scans show this is a recent climactic change based on cosmic standards,” Lexi qualified it. “I am getting all kinds of reading but there is enough nickle readings in the soil to indicate the volcano blew at some point. It would have been enough to cause a vast cooling and then greenhouse event but those effects would only have lasted a few decades.” Lexi’s voice trailed off as she thought about the situation. Looking at the XO she continued. “I think we could be looking at a Great Permian-like event where several things combined to destroy this world and make it less habitable for humanoids and warm-blooded creatures over the past few thousand years. The atmosphere is far thinner than normal but this is typically a slow event that would allow life to adapt much like it does in mountainous regions. This is only a hypothesis but the star around this planet is a white dwarf. Stellar cartography is keeping an eye on it and it is stable but white dwarfs send out pulses of energy that can strip away the atmosphere. So we are either dealing with a society that had some form of pollution that killed the planet or the star cooled and has been sending pulses of solar winds down stripping the environment. This could be why the Darkness might be avoiding the planet. Nothing like dodging pulsar energy to give a getaway a bumpy ride.”
“In short, we are still working on how things may have been,” Jen said, not surprised, but with a definite tone of ‘I’m impressed’ with her suppositions. “Good catch on the nickel.” A blast of cold jarred him. It was nice but even he squinted into it. Cold was nice. He was on the fence with too much wind.
The binoculars didn’t reveal too much beyond what the eye could see. However, this location was well situated as there was a natural nook that the base was built into.
He looked at the others and stood aside to make the panel visible to them. “Ladies and gents, this looks to be our keyhole. Let’s find the key.”
- Jen, XO
“Open says-a-you,” Lexi word played the old-fashioned open sesame saying as she took a step back. The XO was a Marine and was far better equipped to take out something if anything was behind the door.
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Jen figured that this was something that could be overcome. It had not been opened perhaps in a millennia. Who was to say it wasn’t stuck or jammed. But that said, it looked like something that could be picked. It had power and it was warmer inside with an atmosphere of sorts. There was no life detected beyond. Still, Jen shifted to the side to allow him to have a view of the entry but not a fully direct path. He said to those about him. “Tech level of this door’s machinery?”
- Jen, XO
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