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Lt, Commander Krindo Pandorn - Things bumping in the night

2020-05-10 19:49:22


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((Subterranean Cave Entrance, Vel Maijan))

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Greaves went over with a small metal disk and attached it to a wall. It
flashed bright for a split second then glowed with a dim red light, barely
noticeable unless you were right on top of it. It was there to stay unless
an earthquake or weapons fire disloges it.

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Greaves: =3D/\=3D I recommend setting your tricorder to inertial navigation=
as
well as a backup. It should track your path through this cave system that
you can use to backtrack if your suit fails. ::motioning to the disk:: I'v=
e
set up an infrared beacon on this wall as a last resort. It'll only work in
line of sight, but worst-case scenario your tricorder or your IR filter on
your suit should detect a bright IR light from this wall. If you're
wandering and lost, this will at least let you know when you've arrived at
the rally. =3D/\=3D

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Pandorn: =3D/\=3D That's good thinking. Although, if we get far enough awa=
y,
we'll have a hard time picking it up. Still, it's something. =3D/\=3D

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Brell: =3D/\=3D Scan patterns set, don't want to get lost in here. Shall we=
move
on? =3D/\=3D

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The quartet of officers began pushing deeper into the cave system. The pat=
h
was uneven in spots, which slowed them down a bit, in case someone took a
tumble. It was like some of the caves back home in Minnesota, Krindo almost
breaking his leg tripping on a sharp downward slope near the lake behind hi=
s
home. That would have been embarrassing. After a few hundred meters, they
came to what his tricorder indicated as the entrance to the tunnel system.
Something about them was strange, Krindo didn't need the tricorder that
Geoff was using to tell him that.

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Teller: =3D/\=3D Mr. Lovar, how's the environment. We still going to get=
a
tan if we take off the suits? =3D/\=3D

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Greaves: =3D/\=3D Response =3D/\=3D

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Lovar: =3D/\=3D Radiation levels seem constant, no change yet. =3D/\=3D

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Brell: =3D/\=3D I know they don't seem fully even As if machine worked but =
does
this tunnel have an worked feeling to anyone else? =3D/\=3D

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Geoff placed a gloved hand along the surface of the wall and looked closely=
.
Krindo scanned the shape of the tunnel as well, the light from his hand
beacon lighting up the area in a slow, deliberate path. Captain Brell was
right. The walls were a bit too unevenly formed. This wasn't the wprk of an=
y
kind of excavation equipment the colonists could have used, either now or
200 years past. Something else made this tunnel. =20

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Teller: =3D/\=3D I think you're right, Captain, but there's no way some
colonists did this. It almost looks...I don't know...carved, somehow. Eye=
s
up people - look for any signs of recent use. Could be we're not the first
ones here. =3D/\=3D

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Pandorn: =3D/\=3D Aye, sir. =3D/\=3D ::to Greaves:: =3D/\=3D Heavy stun, Li=
eutenant. We
want to be sure anything that attacks is neutralized, not dead. =3D/\=3D

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Krindo got closer to the walls and scanned it deeply. There were various
minerals and a sizable amout of quartz lining the area. But that wasn't wha=
t
Krindo was fixed on. It was the uneven surface of the rock face. It was lik=
e
something clawed something from them.

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Greaves: =3D/\=3D Response =3D/\=3D

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Brell: =3D/\=3D Increased signs of wear even older signs could point us tow=
ards
our goals. =3D/\=3D

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Teller: =3D/\=3D Agreed. ::Teller's tricorder pinged a movement reading fr=
om
ahead, but it vanished once he tried to lock in on it.:: Lets keep moving.
=3D/\=3D

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Krindo got closer to the walls and scanned it thoroughly. There were variou=
s
minerals and a sizable amout of quartz lining the area. But that wasn't wha=
t
Krindo was fixed on. It was the uneven surface of the rock face. It was lik=
e
something clawed something from them. There was also a residual trace of
aluminum and oxygen in those marks. Which was odd, since it wasn't
registering on the environmental sensors in the tricorder.

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Pandorn: =3D/\=3D Now this is odd. I detect traces of aluminum and oxygen i=
n the
marks on the wall whre is seems that part has been removed. It seems to hav=
e
had a bite taken out of them.

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Greaves: =3D/\=3D Responses =3D/\=3D

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Tricorders began a series of rapid beeps, as they detected a change in the
atmosphere. Captain Brell already read the results.=20

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Brell: =3D/\=3D I've been reading a steady increase of carbon dioxide in th=
e
cavern, its small but notable. =3D/\=3D

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Pandorn: =3D/\=3D Something lives down here? =3D/\=3D =20

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Greaves: =3D/\=3D Response =3D/\=3D

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Teller: =3D/\=3D Interesting. If there's more carbon dioxide in here, the
original colonists may have been able to trap a bit more heat. ::Geoff
glanced at his tricorder - the ambient temperature was coming up slightly,
and the more exotic gasses in the caves atmosphere were diminishing to safe=
r
levels.:: It's possible there's a thermocline in here somewhere - we get
below that layer and the environment may become a lot more livable. I thin=
k
we're on the right track. =3D/\=3D

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Brell/Lovar/Greaves: =3D/\=3D Responses =3D/\=3D

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It grew increasingly narrow as they went deeper into the tunnel. Geoff
stopped about 1 km from where the tunnel started and opened a comm channel.
It was time to check in with the boss. Something Krindo had done many a tim=
e
on away missions.

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Teller: =3D/\=3D Teller to Thor, come in please. =3D/\=3D ::His comm badge =
chirped
and blatted, unable to get a signal out. He tried a few more times with no
results. Geoff cursed inside his helmet and clicked back over to the teams
channel:: =3D/\=3D I can't raise the ship.=3D/\=3D

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Pandorn: =3D/\=3D We may be too far down in the tunnel. That and with the
composition of the rock face, I would suggest extreme caution from here on
in, unless we get back closer to the surface. =3D/\=3D=20

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Brell/Lovar/Greaves: =3D/\=3D Responses =3D/\=3D

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A proximity alarm in his hemet indicated someting was on the move, closing
in on them fast. And it was huge, according to the deep rumbling and heavy
vibrations shaking the tunnel causing small particles of the rock to fall
around them. Whatever it was, it was huge.

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Teller: =3D/\=3D Contact front, 425m and closing. Defensive formation one,=
now.
=3D/\=3D

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Krindo motioned to Greaves and moved to the front quickly and dropped to a
knee, phaser already out and pointed ahead. Greaves was right beside him.

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Pandorn: =3D/\=3D Hold your fire until we see whatever it is and it attacks=
,
Lieutenant. =3D/\=3D

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Brell/Teller/Lovar/Greaves: =3D/\=3D Response =3D/\=3D

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The rumbling crew louder, and it sounded more like...digging? Like an
industrial size excavator was being used but there was no distinct hum of
machinery. This was unsettling. Whatever it was, was now in visual range an=
d
Krindo's jaw dropped to the floor.

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Pandorn: =3D/\=3D What in blazes...? =3D/\=3D

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Brell/Teller/Lovar/Greaves/Cth'am: =3D/\=3D Response =3D/\=3D

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TAG and TBC

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Simmed by:

Lieutenant Commander Krindo Pandorn

Chief of Security

USS Thor NCC-82607

=3D/\=3D Former Top Sims Judge =3D/\=3D

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=3D/\=3DTraining Team=3D/\=3D

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