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Posted by Lieutenant Commander Dagen Thor (CE) in Engineering - Main Sim
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Dagen was riding the waves of being newly married and for this time happy that Chan was on the bridge and he could work undisturbed below decks. He noted they were approaching a nebula. Traditionally that could affect systems but the ship was a tough little ship and was more science related and so better made to handle any such fluctuations. Confident that they were fine as the sensors hadn’t told them differently he was looking at duty schedules.
Then the alarms went off. He visually ‘saw’ the shield strength sink from green into an ugly orange level. 40%?! “What the hell?” he said as he jerked up from his desk and went into the main area of engineering. “Emergency power to shields!” he called out to Bat who was on the controls. “Deeg! Report!”
“Impulse engines in reverse. We’re moving back,” Deeg reported.
Slapping his badge. =^= Thor to Chan. What’s going on up there? What hit us? =^=
OOC: Explanation at this post … https://www.star-fleet.com/core/stf6/genesis/posts/97265/
OOC: Got it. Thanks :)
As they moved back the settings resumed a reverse of what they had seen. Seraph reported, “The nebula is affecting the shield harmonics. Their pulses are eroding shield strength.”
Deeg rang in, “We’re safe at a billion and a half kilometres. 1.2 we start feeling it.”
Dagen tapped at the console’s edge with his fingers. “Suggestions?”
Sebastion pushed his glasses up his nose. “What happens if we only go with nav shields?
Bat replied, “don’t think so. If they are pulses from the nebula we should be able to predict them and nullify their effects with a neutralizing pulse through the shield emitters.”
Dagen tapped the console. =^= Thor to bridge. Something for our science crew there. We’ve been looking at the effects of the nebula. Two question for them: One: if we only run nav shields will the nebula negatively affect the ship, and two, can they work out the power and frequency of the pulses to work out a neutralizing pulse through the shield emitters or deflector array to nullify it at a distance? =^=
It was not long after that Dagen saw on the display that they had abandoned the nebula and were speeding away on impulse. That alleviates the nebula issue, though he was a little irked at there being no reply from the bridge. But then they retreated so probably it was no issue now. Now he just needed to keep an eye on the impulse engines. They’d not had a workout like this since shakedown so he was watching them carefully.
“Bat, keep an eye on the injectors. I’m sure they are fine but this is a good time to run a low level diagnostic on them to check fuel flow rates and efficiency.”
The Bolian waved back his assent; Dagen was sure he was going to stretch and burst his uniform at some time there. He reminded himself to not take the Bolian bowling in uniform.
=^= Chan to Dagen. Apologies for the delay. we’ve encountered a creature of unknown origin.It bumped us as it passed. We’re now following it=^= Chan reported through the com.
Lieut Chan (Sub DH Robotics)
Dagen was curious and cautious. There were lots of creatures that could move about in space and few of them that they had encountered were particularly benign. Nature had an odd way of looking incredibly beautiful but was also incredibly deadly. As his grandfather used to say, ‘It looks nice but it is out to kill you’. =^= A creature? I hope not an energy sucking planetary sized amoeba like creature. Any surface damage from the .. bump? Residuals? =^= He imagined some kind of energy acidic residue eating away at the hull, or a leftover slime that was like the energy of the nebula wreaking havoc on their systems.
The affected systems were in the background now and Dagen was watching the creature on his console, mirroring the bridge monitor. How ‘was’ that thing moving? It’s not like it had internal engines of sorts but how was it moving? It was past any sense of solar. They were too far out for that, Dagen thought. It had a kind of course. Was it working on gravitic waves of sorts? Idly he tapped out spatial gravitic forces in their region. Was it following anything like a galactic ley line?
The sensors showed something strange. For a few seconds, the creature disappeared from sensors and then appeared about 0.9 light yeats away. Then the speed dropped to 83% light speed and stayed there. Whilst not exactly a warp field, the gravitic forces detected showed that it was working in a similar principle. Somehow, the granitic forces just ahead of the creature stayed higher than the forces at its rear. In fact the gravitic forces at the fore was increasing at such a rate that it literally pulled the creature out of space for the few seconds that it disappeared from sensors. Just before it reappeared, a great gravity vortex of sorts formed at the re-entry point. That pulled the creature back into space but at a distance that could not be covered by a warp drive travelling at warp 9 in a few seconds.
“Well hello you beautiful thing,” Dagen murmured as his eyes flickered over the screen and what just happened. His engineering mind marveled at this. Generating a gravity well ahead of one that pulled it ahead, and a decrease behind and to be propelled ahead .. by means of the gravity to such a degree that it rivaled a high warp? Amazing. It was a small creature that affected this. How did it? Could they do such a thing with a warp engine - that kind of power to generate a gravitic anomaly of that magnitude?
He sought to take in the data at the head of the creature where the gravity well was the greatest. What magnitude was it talking? Was it a pinpoint thing or larger? Was it straining dimensions or manipulating this one? How on earth did it do that organically?! And could they duplicate it mechanically as a new source of propulsion? Certainly warp drive did a similar thing in ‘warping’ space that allowed them to travel at such velocities. But still ..
- Dagen, Eng
Unfortunately, the data they had of the animal was not enough for the computer to propose a credible hypothesis at the moment. The interpretation of the gravity ‘potential’ mechanism was due to the fact that these gravitic phenomena had been recorded before when stars went nova.
Dagen shrugged. Seeing an answer for a whole new propulsion system so early was not realistic. “Don’t worry, little guy. You are my new best friend and I hope we are going to stick close to you to figure this out more. Whether you are sucking this up from the star or what … what I want to know from you is how you get going.” There didn’t seem to be more he could learn just yet, but the idea of it was interesting.
What he wanted to know was how powerful gravity well was ahead just before it ‘jumped’ and how much of a reduction behind.
He had another chance to gather data. About half a day’s journey after the Genesis went into warp at factor 8.5, the creature had a surge of energy, and its speed increased to light speed. Just as it reached light speed, a gravity well formed in front of the creature. Then, the sensors lost the creature for about a minute. Just as before, it reappeared about one light year from its last known location.
“Uhhh Boss?” Bat’s large blue head poked around the corner. Dagen was at the ‘situation table’ looking at the plans of Decks 13-14-15. They were nearly identical with the computer cores and impulse engine structures. Dagen had been pointing to the shielding between the engines and the computer core bulkheads. Seraph and Deeg stood around; Deeg leaning over and scratching his chin while Seraph stood in typical Vulcan repose.
“Yes, Bat?” Dagen replied without looking.
“The baby .. thing. Just jumped again.”
Dagen’s head turned around. “Again?” He frowned, having wanted to see it. “Did we get anything?”
“Some. Cleared in a minute what took us hours to travel.” Deeg whistled.
“Okay, thanks. Let’s see what the Bridge might come up with there.” He tapped the comms icon on the table.
=^= Dagen to Chan. Did you get any data on the creature’s … leap? =^=
OOC: Where was Chan again? The roster says he is AWOL
OOC: Was on the bridge engineering station .. Gene
OOC: Sorry massive work load. Also Chan’s a girl. Nathan
IC: The com chirped =^= Chan to Dagan there was an increase of energy and gravitons about 10 metres in front of the creature. it then created some sort of magneton pulse just before the creature ‘disappeared’. Its an amazing form of travel it took all of 5 nano seconds=^= Chan reported.
Lieut Chan (Sub DH Robotics)
=^= Hoy, that is quick, =^= Dagen responded. =^= And 10 meters? =^= How could they focus a graviton beam that close without damaging the ship. Would it be farther if it was a larger vessel like theirs? =^= Wow. What do you make of it? The forces on the creature must be incredible. =^=
12 hours later, the bridge recorded a similar situation. There had been no extra readings. There was a confirmation of the magneton pulse.
“We have a maximum time of 12 hours at warp 9.2. We are going to need every second that we can buy to make an analysis.” He could wait to use it at the end of the trip, or now. If he used it now, he would have another 12 hours to regenerate his power reserves. =^=Engineering we need warp 9.2 for as long as you can hold it.=^=
=^= We can do twelve, sir. And push it longer if we nurse it =^= Dagen replied. It was not like it was 9.5. That .3 made a lot of difference. They weren’t damaged so the stressors and factors were less. But, hopefully, not too many more hours.
- Dagen, CE
OOC: Repeating the post from the bridge.
From the sensor data, the computer came up with the following hypothesis: the creature had moved to a steady constant velocity before building up energy without affecting the velocity. It had then produced the graviton field that was ahead of itself. This means that the particles of gravitons was also travelling at the same velocity as the creature. When it released the magneton pulse, or more accurately the subspace magneton pulse, The effect was that it was able to create a wormhole small enough for it to go through. As the wormhole was created at a specific point in space, the creature, which was moving, went into it almost immediately and emerged a light year away from where it disappeared.
Dagen leaned forward in the chair, elbow on the edge of the console, his chin in his palm and a finger tapping at his nose as he thought of this. The velocity wasn’t as important at the moment as much as the effect. Graviton field with the pulse generating a small wormhole - just enough to slip through wherein its momentum carried it into it and emerged on the other side. Did it’s relative strength determine the distance of the travel? he wondered. How much energy would it take to generate a similar effect for a starship. That would be something to look into. If there was an inverse proportionality to it it might be more suited for smaller vessels, eliciting an entirely different starship design to optimize, something perhaps with retractable nacelles or a more tubular design.
Judging from the two jumps, the creature was travelling at an average speed of Warp 7.25 and that it would only reach the anomaly, if it is really going to the anomaly, in 5 days. It would not catch up with the Genesis, if it was travelling at Warp 8 or Warp 9.
As they were underway a thought niggled at him. They were travelling too fast, unless they wanted to get to the anomaly well ahead of the time. =^= Thor to Bridge. Question related to the creature and the anomaly. Are you looking to arrive much earlier there or about the same time as the creature? =^=
=^=Ahead Mr. Thor, I want to be able to find out what’s going to happen before it too late to make a difference. Just in case its something I don’t want to happent.”
‘What’ were they expecting to happen, Dagen thought. And what difference did they want to make? It didn’t sound like they had an idea of quite what was up. However, he added, =^= Right. Okay. At it’s current pace it averages our warp 7.25, sir. We can push the engines to recommended time at 9.2 and scale back to warp 9 and, barring any increase of pace on the creature we’ll be there well ahead of it. =^=
What was at the destination. They didn’t really know if the creature was going to settle there, but if Dagen could see that surely they could. =^= Anything engineering should be prepared for on arrival, sir? =^= Forewarned was forearmed after all.
- Thor, CE
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