Posted by Captain Calvin Marius (Captain) in Bridge Main Sim
Posted by Lieutenant Commander Tom Jarvis (Internal Security) in Bridge Main Sim
Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Reia Shandy (CIO) in Bridge Main Sim
V’Lath continued to observe the crew and the situation and was somewhat loath to voice another thought, but it was his job to present possible scenarios, and others responsibility to act on them or not. He addressed not the Captain or LCdr Michaels but the bridge crew in general. “Perhaps what we have here is similar to the sea turtles on Earth. The females go ashore and lay their eggs in the sand and then return to the sea, when the eggs hatch the hatchlings natural instinct is to head for the sea. This may be what the creature is doing, returning to it’s native environment. We certainly don’t want to harm it in any way.”
Reia looked at the counselor fully for the first time and gave an approving nod. Watching those turtles had been one of the best summer vacations she had taken as a young child.
“Disturbing such turtles can be very detrimental. They’re very sensitive. I hope baby is a little more forgiving counselor.”
- Reia, CIO
OOC: There are subspace signals from the anomaly and the creature is travelling towards it …
“That is a reasonable supposition.” Marius concurred with the counselor, hence why he didn’t want to reach out to the biological creature with the subspace wave, just the anomaly. “Are we ready to make an attempt.”
Sage found her first duty on the bridge to be mostly a silent one. She listened to the ideas and posits as they were verbalized and agreed with most of the decisions that were made. The truth was, they were dealing with an unknown and anything could happen. For the moment, it was best to let the engineers and scientists do what they did best.
Marius looked at her, “this is a biological… you have any medical ideas?” When in doubt ask the smartest people in the room. In this arena it wasn’t him.
She turned to him with her ‘thinking face’ on. “We haven’t had any interaction with the entity have we? I mean, the ship. We haven’t done anything that would make it aware of our presence?”
She didn’t want to ‘poke’ the baby, but it might be wise to give it a gentle nudge to see what kind of reaction it had. If it was something that could cause serious damage to the Genesis, then it would be wise to put a little more distance between them and it. If it didn’t react at all, perhaps it was moving instinctually and nothing would drive it from its path.
“We did the basic signal pattern, but nothing original.” Marius offered. “We probably could play with some subspace frequencies, but I’d like to clear that through you and Michaels before doing something like that.”
David had attuned their comms array to the subspace frequency he was detecting from the anomaly and was ready to attempt to send a signal. “Sending the carrier beam now.” He announced before activating the system and sending the signal.
-David Michaels, CSO
Marius turned and gave a nod.
As soon as the signal was sent, the subspace signals from the same frequency became significantly amplified. The creature was affected by the signals from the anomaly and increased its speed to 0.95 light speed and there was a buildup of the energy within it. This was just 2 hours short of its next jump.
V’Lath reached down and pulled the seat from under the Security console and sat down. He continued his observation of the bridge crew as well as the creature they had discovered and were following. They had no evidence of sentience and had failed to make any kind of communication with the creature, supposition was that the creature was acting on an instinctual level. V’Lath hoped that their “poking” of the creature didn’t trigger an instinctual defense response. He had the sudden urge for a cup of very strong Vulcan coffee.
“Okaaaayy that’s not what we wanted to happen… Explaination?”
“I....” David said, looking over the data, trying to make sense of it all. “I don’t know.” For those of the crew that knew the CSO well, the tone of his voice, and the simple admission, meant that he was truly puzzled and had no reasonable explanation for what they were witnessing.
-David Michaels, CSO
As he was speaking, the creature disappeared from the sensors and did not appear for about 40 seconds. Then it appeared slightly less than 2 light years from its previous position, still on course to the anomaly. The creature was now about six light years to the anomaly and the Genesis 0.1 light years ahead of the creature. The creature emerged and travelled at 0.9 light speed. The sensors were able to have more readings from the creature.
The creature had a shell of compounds that were made up of mainly of silicon, carbon, oxygen, aluminium and iron. There were other elements but they were extremely small. The shell resembled clay and rock but seemed to be flexible but tough. The internal surface of the shell seemed to be magnetic in nature.
In the interior of the creature, the biggest organ was the size of a human adult. It was transmitting energy through a series of long filaments. The filaments were conducting energy very efficiently but their composition was not easy to determine due to the energy that was being transmitted. The filaments reached the shell as well as other organs.
One of the organs was close to the shell at the anterior part of the creature. That organ seemed to be storing energy expanding as it took in energy. At the moment, it was about a quarter of the size of the biggest organ.
Two organs, that were half the size of the biggest organ seemed to be absorbing the little energy from the surrounding space. It was transmitting more energy to the main organ than receiving energy from the main organ.
Other than that, the interior consisted mainly of helium and argon. The organs and filaments were kind of suspended where they were by the magnetic field generated by the internal surface of the shell.
Reia had set her screen to show readings from the science screen but shook her head in complete confusion at what she was looking at.
- Reia, CIO
As V’Lath continued to watch and observe, he wondered at his relevance on the bridge. Being a touch empath had it’s advantages, in that you weren’t being constantly bombarded by everyone’s thoughts, but not being able to read thoughts without actually making contact was a disadvantage at times, such as now.
All though he felt the creature was purely instinctual, due the lack of response to certain stimuli, there was no way to actually determine sentience or not. He would continue to offer such ideas and scenarios as his knowledge allowed, hopefully for the Captain and crew to consider in making their decisions. For now he watched and waited.
Tom stepped onto the bridge and took up a position out of the way. There were times when he preferred to watch things in person rather than review internal sensor feeds.
- Tom, IntSec
“If it was the signal, could we slow the thing down, by having the shuttle send out the same wavelengths from the rear....” Marius didn’t know if the creature was using the wavelengths as a homing signal or a power source… not that there was alot of energy in the signal but it could be like the deuterium the warp drive uses. Deuterium didn’t have any real energy value until you hit it with anti matter… then boom.”
V’Lath noticed the new officer on the bridge, but couldn’t recall ever having met him before. He also noted that this officer was an observer and watcher as was V’Lath, he nodded to the man and made a note on his PADD as well as mentally to find out who he was. V’Lath never forgot anyone he ever met and through his training and study of Vulcan memory techniques and his constant practice and meditation he had developed a powerful memory. While he was a touch empath only, he sensed there was something different and inherently interesting about this officer. V’Lath again nodded and turned to observe the forward viewscreen.
Tom returned the nod and continued to watch events unfold.
Reia had an idea that might have been better suited for the CSO or CMO but decided to take the initiative herself. She had received data concerning the internal structures of the creature and decided to run a comparison with that of any known biological organisms, space born or planet bound, no matter how far fetched it may seem.
- Reia, CIO
OOC: I know that the GM is out for a little and I, much like all of you hate those “I’m waiting posts” so lets do almost a sim update from our characters point of view so we stay oriented and the GM when he returns can pick up from where ‘we leave it.”
Marius turned about, “I want a station by station report of your status and what you are doing to solve this problem… Go.”
Ben glanced down at the Tactical console. “Sir we are currently on course and speed to arrive at the anomaly slightly before the creature, and have been adjusting speed to compensate for the creature’s fluctuations. The ship is operating in a Yellow alert status, and offensive weapons are armed and on standby. Shields are operating normally and at 100% currently.” Ben took a deep breath, the Tactical console was a position he rarely manned and he hoped he was up to the task.
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