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Ensign Tara Wilkins: Possible Answers

2020-05-11 20:10:48


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*(( Main Shuttle Bay- USS Thor ))*



*MacKenzie*: Afternoon, everyone. We've been tasked with exploring =
the
original colony abandoned on the surface and to discover what happened to
the colony and the colonists. *This*:: gesturing to the craft behind her::
is the USS Molhinahr. While the transporter use has been deemed safe, I,
for one, don't intend to take my chances. Plus ::smirking:: I thoug=
ht the
buggy might help us explore the surface. The surface is no longer habitable
=E2=80=93 Commander Pandorn believes that the planet's temporal shi=
ft has weakened
the planet's magnetosphere, meaning that the surface is more signif=
icantly
exposed to solar winds and radiation. EV suits will be required. From what
I can tell, the suits will protect from the levels of radiation we'=
ve seen
so far, but I've brought extra Hyronalyn on board just in case. Alr=
ight,
any questions?



*Dar*: That would explain the garbled message that came through, myself and
the other team surmised that the atmosphere might not be stable glad our
assumptions were correct. I'm assuming you want myself and Major Parker
along for that extra bit of protection in case things go wrong?


*Parker*: Since Dar and I are the hired guns, we need a more advanced,
tactical EV suit. I'll be back with them in a few minutes=E2=80=A6.



*MacKenzie*: Be quick, Major. Captain says we only have a short window.



They all glanced in the direction of Parker as he ran off, for a big man he
could move like a hare in the wind.



*Wilkins*: He certainly knows the meaning of quick.



*Quen:* Do we know what we're expecting in terms of surface conditi=
ons?



*MacKenzie*: Excessive solar winds and an atmosphere composed of argon,
nitrogen, oxygen and neon.



*Dar: *You mean conditions similar to Ceti Alpha five?



*Wilkins:* I would say that it is a Class K planet now similar to Ceti
Alpha V. Although I think we'll find more radiation.



Major Parker returned with what MacKenzie viewed as excessive amounts of
equipment =E2=80=93 given their mission, several rifles and a plasma cannon=
seemed
to be overkill.



*MacKenzie*: A little excessive, Major?



*Parker*: Frankly, I'm thinking we're a little underdressed=
, but we'll make
do with what we have.



*Dar*: I have fought with less and won Major. I will take only what I need.

*Wilkins*: I've never been in a battle before, so I have no idea wh=
at we
should bring. I'm just hoping that we won't have a confront=
ation.



*Parker*: I have found that having adequate medicine and firepower is quite
important in situations like these. Lacking one may mean the accelerated
use of the other.



*Quen: *Can't say I disagree with you there...



*Dar*: It's a fair point, but we're going to be in EV suits they ar=
e
cumbersome enough, think in this situation our speed and ability to move
quickly or at least as quickly as possible might also come in handy.

*Wilkins*: We don't know anything about what life survived the cha=
nge in
environment. Neither do we know if Vel Maijan will remain in its space for
a sufficient enough time to get to the colonists.



*MacKenzie*: Alright, everyone loads up. I'll drive!



MacKenzie caught the Major's apprehension.



*MacKenzie*: ::smirking:: Don't worry, Major, the last time I dropp=
ed a
shuttle on someone, it didn't kill them. Let's go.



Hannibal growled as they took their places onboard the shuttle, hoping he
would not have to take the controls on the way down. He knew how rough it
would be, and he steeled himself for the ride=E2=80=A6Dar chuckled noting t=
he
Majors expression as well as the Commanders. This might prove to be an
interesting mission after all.



*(( Surface - Vel Maijan ))*



The ride proved to be somewhat turbulent but the Commander handled it with
care. As they settled down everyone got up and started getting their EV
suits on. They could hear the Solar winds outside, this was not going to be
a walk in the park. Tara had a bit of trouble getting her EV suit on. It
was her first time using one. MacKenzie assisted her in getting it to fit
just right.



The hatch of the shuttlecraft lowered slowly, revealing a bright, mostly
sandy surface. MacKenzie held her hand up over her eyes, trying to block
out some of the reflection from the sun on the planet's sandy exter=
ior, and
they watched as the strong winds made the sand dance along the surface. It
was clear that the planet's atmosphere would provide little protect=
ion from
the sun, but the heat was likely going to cause more an issue than the
radiation.



*MacKenzie*: Alright, everyone in the rover. Major, you drive. Get us over
to the colony.



*Parker*: Will do, Commander=E2=80=A6



As the team approached the colony, a series of what would have been fairly
advanced structures at the time now stood in a dilapidated state. Suffering
from decades of environmental abuse, it was a wonder how the buildings were
even still standing. As the Major parked the terrestrial craft, MacKenzie
gestured everyone out.



*MacKenzie*: Alright, everyone. Keep your eyes and ears open =E2=80=93 look=
for
anything that might give us some clues as to what happened here. Don=E2=80=
=99t
stray too far, and remember where we parked.



*Parker*: Dar, take the right flank. I'll take the left. Mac, Quen,=
Wilkins
stay between us. All right, let's move out=E2=80=A6



*Quen: *I'm not picking up any signs of life - not so much as a lic=
hen. Not
even signs of decay=E2=80=A6



Addison removed her tricorder and studied its readings. Tara took out her
tricorder as well, scanning for any life signs in the vicinity.



*MacKenzie*: Well, that in itself is a clue =E2=80=93 whatever happened her=
e must
have happened instantly.



*Dar: *If it happened instantly how did the Colonists avoid getting caught
in whatever it was then? Or did they?



*Wilkins: *We won't know the answers to that question until we find=
the
colonists.



*Parker:* Response



MacKenzie watched as something caught Quen's attention.



*Quen: *Whatever this was, *was* organic. :: she reattached the probe with
a click:: Petrified wood.



*MacKenzie*: Interesting, but not surprising. I'm sure the colonist=
s would
have chosen someplace that resembled Earth =E2=80=93 or, at the very least,=
would
have been more habitable than this=E2=80=A6



*Quen: *response



*Wilkins: *I'm not reading any organic life signs near us.



*Parker: *Response



*MacKenzie*: Ensign Wilkins, any information during your studies that might
prove helpful?



*Wilkins*: Not too much information about the colony itself. Yet, we do
know the bulk of the colony were scientists. We'll need to figure o=
ut where
they went off to. That is, if they survived after sending out the distress
call.



*MacKenzie*: Indeed. Let's get samples of everything we can =E2=80=
=93 sand/soil,
anything that sticks out. You never know what would provide a clue. If you
need more resources, we can always make a trip back to the Argo.



*Wilkins*: The petrified wood could give us some information how this
happened. The soil could be analyzed to determine the level of radiation in
the ground.



As the group made their way to what appeared to be the =E2=80=9Ccentre of t=
own=E2=80=9D
MacKenzie checked in with their scouts.



*MacKenzie*: Major, Ensign =E2=80=93 anything on your sights?



*Dar*: Everything is clear this side so far Doctor.



She glanced off to the left and could take the form of Parker as he
surveyed his side.



*Parker: *Response



*MacKenzie*: Major, what are your impressions so far?



*Parker*: Response



*Dar:* Doc, Commander I think I found a colonist.



Wilkins scanned it with her tricorder.



*Parker: *response



*Quen: *response



*MacKenzi: *response



*Wilkins:* Appears to be a human female. She died instantly. Probably to
very high levels of radiation. Or perhaps to whatever phenomenon that
caused the temporal displacement. Hard to place a date of death without
some soil samples, but I would say that it is recently judging by how the
skull is sitting on the surface.



*Dar:* Seems we found someone.



*Parker: *response



*Quen: *response



*MacKenzi:* response



*Wilkins: *I'm just hoping that we don't find the entire co=
lony to have
been wiped out. Yet, someone had to been alive to send out a distress
single.



*Dar: *response



*MacKenzi: *response



*Quen: *response



*Parker: *response



*Wilkins:* We might be able to find some equipment inside the colony that
recorded what happened here. If we are lucky enough that it survived this
temporal displacement.



TBC/TAG





Ensign Tara Wilkins


Science Officer

USS *Thor* NCC-82607

E239702TW0

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