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Posted Star Date 21703.21 @ 09:45 (09:45 AM)

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Posted Star Date 21703.21 @ 09:58 (09:58 AM)

==Stardate 21701.01==

 

New Year 2417, a time for rejoicing for some, a time of duty for others. For the crew of the USS Empire and their comrades assigned to the other ships assigned to guard the desolate region of space at the centre of the Milky Way galaxy where the Krynar had once resided it was most definitely a time of duty and, importantly of diligence; there were some at Headquarters who believed that the Krynar would return to exact their vengeance on the Federation for the atrocities committed at the end of the conflict, and with the recent confusion and allegations of treason and parasite infestation among Star Fleet Command's upper echelons, nobody was taking any chances.

 

Despite constant drilling to keep their skills sharp, months of continuous patrol work were taking their toll on the crews of the monitor fleet, so it was perhaps unsurprising that a small but growing gravitational fluctuation at the epicentre of the shockwave that had annihilated the system went unnoticed...


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Posted Star Date 21703.28 @ 21:16 (09:16 PM)

==Stardate 21703.28==

 

It was during a scheduled wargame that the gravitational fluctuation was first discovered; a Scout acting as an outrider for the 'raiding force' discovered it quite by accident, logging it before returning to its wargame duties. Only at the conclusion of the wargames was a ship assigned to investigate the anomaly, a duty which fell to the USS Foucault and her inexperienced crew. The ship had been recently assigned to the monitoring force following the removal of her Captain and First Officer as a result of acting as hosts for the alien parasites that had attempted to overthrow the Federation the previous year. Her former Chief Science Officer, a Halanan/Vulcan hybrid, had been promoted to Acting-CO until Star Fleet Command replaced her.

 

The bridge crew idly chatted among themselves as the Foucault approached the anomaly; they were not expecting anything interesting, but they were tense just the same; if this was the opening of a new Krynar gravity tunnel, the Science Cruiser wouldn't be able to run, and it was unlikely she would be able to fight her way clear either. Still, Krynar tunnel or not, it would be good experience for her new Captain, and if that kept a known entity in charge the crew weren't going to complain!

 

As the anomaly grew closer, a light flashed on the Helm station; the anomaly was now within visual range.

 

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Posted Star Date 21703.28 @ 22:01 (10:01 PM)

==Lieutenant Canin Fodd'r – Temp. Science NPC ==

Cannin sat back in his chair daydreaming about his upcoming leave. He wasn't sure where he was going to go, but it sure as hell wasn't here. Even the war games had become monotonous and they hadn't even been out here as long as some. At least hey had something different to do at present. Some form of anomaly at the center of the last battle during the Krynar war. Or some such thing. That was before Canin's time. He didn't expect much activity. They were in the middle of space, at the location of some serious  past gravitational fireworks.

​It would be weird if there WASN'T some kind of anomaly in the area, really, right? Canin thought quietly in an attempt to reassure himself. The science console in front of him began to show an amplified version of the non-norm activity in the area of the region of interest. Canin's eyes narrowed to two small slits as if somehow the screen had offended him with it's readings. Helm should have noticed that we were closing in on the unknown activity as well.

"Starting scans Commander" he said, matter-of-factually, barely aware to if Helm had even noticed Lieutenant Commander Rannoch of their arrival. 

Canin began initiating a sequence of basic scans to perform. Electromagnetic scans, sweeping the entire EM spectrum, low-level molecular activity, Chemical identification, all levels of radiation, and any other standard and non-standard sensor sweep he could think of. And of course, Gavimetic scans, in hopes of mapping out the local gravity fields. He was interested now. He was, after all, a Scientist.

==GM Input, what does Canin see? Also tag all, howdy, nice to be posting with you!==


 



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Posted Star Date 21703.29 @ 02:01 (02:01 AM)

==Lieutenant Commander Elysia Rannoch, Acting Captain, Science Department==

 

The turbolift light blinded her each time they passed a floor. She had been staring blankly ahead, wrapping her head around new concepts to them. Including the concept that they were actually going to do something interesting for a change. But the thought of the Krynar--possibly returning? They hoped for the best, but prepared for the worse. The doors opened, and the bridge light too seemed to blind her. She knew they both had the same luminosity, it was all in her head.

 

"Starting scans Commander"

 

The fuzzy vision dispersed. In its place was the Foucault's bridge. She emerged on the port side of the bridge where all of the science consoles were tucked away. Elysia followed the familiar voice to the main science console. She straightened her uniform and marched her way over to the man seated there. The post-Science Chief looked over the man's console noting he was starting with the foundations. A preferable choice to smashing through the anomaly like those Tactical and Security junkies.

 

“Good start Fodd’r”

 

Rannoch hadn’t gotten very used to being Captain yet, even if the job was temporary. She would much prefer hiding in the science labs or taking Canin’s spot then bossing people around.

 

Oh wait, too late.

 

Elysia rested in the central chair, poking at the command pad. The ship neared the anomaly. The closer they got the scarier it seemed. For all they knew a Krynar mothership would be exiting the anomaly and paying the Foucault’s crew the first visit. At least they didn't have to deal with the Borg. Having to deal with nano probes, and boarding intruded was a hassle. If they were going to die, they didn't need to be tortured.

 

Could it be the Borg?

 

“Helm bring us in closer, let’s get a good view of it. The sooner we get his over with the sooner we can skirt back the rest of the patrol fleet.”

 

She crossed her legs leaning back in the large seat. It was lonely at the centre even with the first officer and if they had a mission specialist. Perhaps lonely wasn’t the correct word. Boring? That seemed more appropriate. The least she could do was activate the viewscreen and stare at the anomaly while twirling her hair between her fingers.

 

“Tactical remain on standby, we aren’t patrolling this section of space for no reason.”

 

==GM: What do we see on the viewscreen? Also hello new crew!==


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Posted Star Date 21703.31 @ 19:02 (07:02 PM)

The visual sensors, and therefore the feed shown on the viewscreen, showed nothing out of the ordinary; space was still black, and there were still stars twinkling in the background. 

 

Fodd'r's initial scans, however, began to reveal something of a puzzle; there was a 'small' gravitational disturbance, measuring no more than a few kilometres across fifty thousand kilometres ahead of the Foucault. The puzzle wasn't the anomaly's small size, however, rather the way in that the distortion seemed to alternate between a strong gravitational pull and a negative gravitational influence, in essence pushing stellar matter away after drawing it in. It was unnervingly like a heartbeat, or something breathing...


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Posted Star Date 21704.05 @ 05:28 (05:28 AM)

==Lieutenant Canin Fodd'r – Temp. Science NPC ==

Canin began to observe the results as they came in. His brow furrowed as he attempted to make sense of what he was seeing.

"Commander, there seems to be.." he paused, searching for the right words "gravitational... disturbance?" the last was said with an inflection indicating unsurety. "Not very large, maybe a few kilometers. It's... pusling in a way I have never seen.. or even read about before. Almost as if.. space is .. breathing...." He stopped to analyze the data more. 

"I haven't a clue what it is sir. It seems to be alternating between a regular gravitational well and a.. gravitational repulsive field I guess I would call it.. It's literally repelling stellar matter away, and then drawing it back in again."

Canin loved science, it was his life. But sometimes, every once in awhile, it scared the hell out of him,

"I recommend we don't get any closer sir. Perhaps a class 1 and a class 4 probe?"

 ==tag Assuming we have both of these on a Science vessel==



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Posted Star Date 21704.05 @ 06:55 (06:55 AM)

==Lieutenant Commander Elysia Rannoch, Acting Captain, Science Department==

 

She expected there to be... more. Or at least something.

 

“Hmm.” Elysia was concerned.

 

Her eyes squinted on the view screen as if there was some hidden image hidden behind the constellations of blue, and yellow, and red stars. Yet there was nothing. Not even a floating hunk of metal to focus her eyes onto. So instead she just stood there perplexed on the emptiness before her.

 

“I don’t get it.”

 

"Commander, there seems to be... gravitational... disturbance? Not very large, maybe a few kilometers. It's... pusling in a way I have never seen.. or even read about before. Almost as if.. space is .. breathing...."

 

Oh my god, what is this kid on?

 

"I haven't a clue what it is sir. It seems to be alternating between a regular gravitational well and a.. gravitational repulsive field I guess I would call it.. It's literally repelling stellar matter away, and then drawing it back in again."

 

This was becoming more of a problem than anything else. They weren’t even gathering any useful information, just more questions.

 

"I recommend we don't get any closer sir. Perhaps a class 1 and a class 4 probe?"

 

Elysia brought her hand up to her chin and rested her head on her hand. Surely, they hadn’t encountered anything like this. Could they just fire a quantum torpedo into it and stop it? Many Tactical officers would think so, and throwing a warp core into here is just what the Engineers like to see. But what if it wasn’t artificial? If it was a spacial anomaly of an organic nature?

 

Breathing? Pulsing Gravity waves?

 

“Send as many probes as you need to get readings on this... thing.”  She stopped herself from walking over to him. “Lieutenant.... You said it was pulsing... Breathing... Check for any signs of organic material or other functions like breathing. And don’t fly the probes to close, if it's possibly alive I don’t want to awake some sort of space demon.

 

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Posted Star Date 21704.08 @ 18:27 (06:27 PM)

As the crew of the Foucault discussed their options and prepared the probes for launch, the distortion continued to pulse with rhythmic regularity. With every expansion, the distortion grew a few metres, the diameter of the distortion now expanding at a faster rate than had been originally theorised. There was also an odd amount of subspace radiation emanating from what should only have been a gravity well, and even at fifty thousand kilometres away the deck of the Foucault began to throb in time with the distortion's expansions.


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Posted Star Date 21704.18 @ 03:44 (03:44 AM)

==Elysia Rannoch==

 

Elysia had turned her attention away from the view screen only for a mere few seconds. Her feet began to shift under her. The entire deck was moving it seemed. The viewscreen didn’t tell them anything, it was blank space like black holes. It made no sense. At least with black holes there was something there.  With gravity there usually was a planet, a black hole, a star, an asteroid, something. Here there was nothing. This had to be some sort of Krynar invention, or some unnatural cause.

 

“Okay, we are going to launch a probe. Tactical launch a Quantum torpedo and have it detonate twenty-five thousand kilometers from the event. Then if there is no change try eighteen-thousand. Track them both, Science that means you too”

 

Elysia made her way over to an auxiliary science station. Thankfully, because it was a Science cruiser they had plenty of them. It was growing, and emitting things. That shouldn’t have been possible, it was simply a gravity disruption, not.... Nothing. It was... exciting. They would be the first ship to study such an event.

 

“Canin” She began, with an almost joyful tone. “Focus on real-space, I am going to look at sub-space.”

 

The probe launched toward the disruption. She made sure it stopped a safe distance away from the disruption. Shields had to be boosted to make sure they had a chance against the gravity, for if even from here they could feel it, then the closer they got the worse it got too.

 

“Yellow Alert everyone, I want science working overtime. Get the support staff working on it even.”

 

==GM: After Tactical Launching the Q-torpedoes what happens? Also after launching the probe what data do we receive? Tag Canin==


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Posted Star Date 21704.18 @ 12:18 (12:18 PM)

The first Torpedo detonated as programmed at twenty-five thousand kilometres away from the target; exactly half way between the Foucault and the anomaly. For a moment the probe's sensors were blinded by the detonation, and as such missed the subtle change in the rhythm of the anomaly. The torpedo that detonated at eighteen thousand kilometres had a much less subtle event; the shockwaves from the detonation seemed to be absorbed by the anomaly, as if feeding it. The anomaly began to expand rapidly, the gravitational forces on the Foucault increasing exponentially as it did so.

 

The deck shook and the hull creaked as the station-keeping thrusters struggled to maintain the ship's position, even as the now-visible anomaly appeared to reach out towards the science ship and claim it for its own...


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Posted Star Date 21704.19 @ 03:11 (03:11 AM)

==The soon dead, Elysia Rannoch==

 

She tracked the first detonation. Nothing. Not so much as a scrap of recognition from the anomaly. The second however, the second was their gold ticket item. While they didn’t get to record it, there was a stir in the anomaly. Okay, it wasn’t a stir. It was more like she just ordered the bowl of batter to be thrown against the wall and then beaten with a bat. Then scooped back up, and given to some Secret Admiral in god know’s where.

 

Oh yes! God yes! We got it to bite!

 

Of course there was the scientist inside her, and then the Captain she needed to be. The event was growing. And a part of it seemed to move there way stretching towards the science cruiser at an alarming rate. Then she realized that it was like a giant claw attempting to grab at them. She stood from the Aux-Science console and yelled across the bridge.

 

“Red Alert. Helm get us twenty-five-keh kilometers away from this thing, then turn us around.”

She waited until the helm was able to get them away. If they got away. Elysia was already priming the deflector dish for a particle burst. The anomaly was gravity based, that meant anti-gravitons would have some effect on it. They didn’t have anything like the Graser weapons used in the Krynar war, but the Science Cruiser had a powerful deflector dish. It would have to act like a Graser if they really needed it.

 

I’m not going to die by gravity.

 

Rannoch activated the deflector dish. They weren’t going to shoot the anomaly with particles just yet. This was still completely new ground, a moving piece of gravity. It was beautiful, but she also had to consider all the other departments. Especially Tactical and Engineering. But there were no enemies on sensors, so Engineering really was the concern, but they hadn’t reported anything yet. That meant it wasn’t her concern. Yet.

Once the deflector was primed she set the emitter for anti-gravitons. She at least theorized that if the shield was coated with the particles that the anomaly would have a rougher time getting to them.

 

==GM: Once the shields are coated with anti-graivtons what happens?==


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Posted Star Date 21704.19 @ 08:25 (08:25 AM)

==Lieutenant Canin Fodd'r – Temp. Science NPC ==
 
"Send as many probes as you need to get readings on this... thing." The Commander paused before continutiong. "Lieutenant.... You said it was pulsing... Breathing... Check for any signs of organic material or other functions like breathing. And don’t fly the probes to close, if it's possibly alive I don’t want to awake some sort of space demon."
 
Canin raised an eyebrow in response. His description was intended to be more alagory than literal. As a science officer on a science vessel with a science Commander, he should have known better. Still, what the hell. 
 
"Yes ==retroactive== Ma'am. Launching probs now."
 
Canin, began tapping on his console, selecting both class 1 and class 4 probes. Once the probes were away, he initiated signs for any biological organsims, organic matter, or even any of the 20 simple amino acid compounds which were the basis for most known life.
 
"Canin, focus on real space, I am going to look at sub-space" Said the Commander.
 
"Copy" He said with a shor response, as he monitored his screen.
 
==fast forward==
 
"Red Alert!" The commander shouted.

uh oh...

Canin noticed Commander Rannoch adjusting the settings of the deflector dish before activating it. Canin didn't have any better ideas. .

He thought about everything he had ever learned about gravity fields. From Synthetic Grav Field interactions, to various forms of warp fields.

"Commander... what about a static warp shell? I believe it is theoretically possible to use the energy field as a subspace barrier? We could use a couple class 8 Probes to generate them, and hopefully at least contain this.. whatever it is?"

==Tag. GM Input, what is the current size and distance of the anomaly, is it safe to assume we have some Class 8 probes, and could we modify them to emit a static warp shell in time?==  
 


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Posted Star Date 21704.19 @ 19:33 (07:33 PM)

The Foucault turned in place, thrusters straining against the gravitational pull of the anomaly. Power was applied to the impulse drive, but the ship did not move. Instead the increase in power to the engines simply spurred the anomaly to grow at a greater rate; the rate of expansion growing exponentially as the warp core fed more power to the ship's engines and shields. Charging the shields with antigravitons only appeared to make things worse, acting like the negative pole of a magnet to the positive pole generated by the anomaly. The hull shook again and the spaceframe creaked and groaned as the Foucault began to slowly slide backwards towards the anomaly.

 

The anomaly was now ten thousand kilometres across and still growing out along the galactic plane. The Foucault's supply of Class 8 probes was in storage, saved as the previous CO had put it "for special occasions". One or two might be retrieved and modified before the anomaly caught the Foucault, but not enough for Fodd'r's plan to work. 

 

Things were looking rather grim...


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Posted Star Date 21704.22 @ 03:44 (03:44 AM)

==Rannoch==

 

Elysia listened to Canin carefully. Even though it wouldn’t matter in a few seconds.

 

"Commander... what about a static warp shell? I believe it is theoretically possible to use the energy field as a subspace barrier? We could use a couple class 8 Probes to generate them, and hopefully at least contain this.. whatever it is?"

 

Static warp fields.... Risky business.

 

Whatever this was, it didn’t seem Krynar in origin. They didn’t need to worry about them it seemed, not it was a new enemy who wanted the destruction of Star Fleet. Or it was just scared, things happened to get scared when you shoot them with explosives.

 

“Lieutenant, great idea, but can we generate a static shell around our ship? Polarisation Anything?”

 

She kept trying new ideas, there had to be something they could do to push the anomaly away. It was gravity though, they couldn’t just vacuum it with the deflector. She had to try something, even if it meant going through a list of particles. This time they would have to try Tetryon’s, maybe there were ships in subspace causing this.

 

Only one thing to do.

 

She activated the deflector one more time letting the Graviton particles die off. And then she activated the Tetryon’s and shot them towards the anomaly.

 

==GM: How does the Anomaly react to the Tetryon’s?==


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Posted Star Date 21704.24 @ 14:39 (02:39 PM)

Scientifically, Tetryon particles were highly unstable when introduced into a real-space environment and no decision to introduce more than a small quantity of them at any one time was ever made lightly. Tetryon weapons were unstable by nature, but that was part of their charm. They could also be used for navigating when navigational sensors were offline. What Rannoch was trying to do, however, was to use them to close the subspace fracture in a reversal of an event that had happened to the Enterprise-D almost fifty years previously.

 

It was a stroke of genius.

 

Or would have been.

 

The instability of the Tetryons simply agitated the anomaly more. At first the anomaly seemed to shrink, as though it were closing, before it exploded and sent powerful shockwaves along the galactic plane. Gravity sensors went crazy, and the Bridge crew were pressed into their seats or dragged to the floor by the sudden increase before being dragged towards the forward bulkheads as the polarity shifted. In the moment before the shockwave hit the Foucault, Rannoch was reminded of an atomic detonation: first an implosion followed by a massive shockwave. The shockwave tore the Science Cruiser asunder, gravitational forces ripping the superstructure of the hull apart even as the subspace shockwaves battered the fragments into tiny pieces. 

 

Millions of kilometres away, the detonation was noticed and someone finally took proper notice. As the shockwave increased, throwing the gravity well of the system further out of balance and increasing exponentially in speed, the fleet was taken to Red Alert and the Transwarp Gate was prepared. A Light Cruiser carrying emergency dispatches barely made it into the gate aperture before the gate itself was ripped apart, quickly followed by the Empire and the rest of the fleet.

 

The system in which an entire race had been wiped from existence was not done with Star Fleet, it seemed, and the death toll instantly rose into the tens of thousands...


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