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Ensign Lazarus Davis - a bit of a pedant, perhaps

2018-11-08 16:43:17

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((Bridge, USS Constitution-B)) ::After giving orders to the bridge crew, and hearing the broken message co= me back from the captain, there was a palpable sense of relief on the bridg= e. Davis felt is blood pressure drop a few notches.:: Spears: At least we know they're alive. Now we just need to figure = out how to get them back Blair: ::nodding:: That is the problem of the day. Ren/Horne: response? Davis: I'll continue analyzing the anomaly. Ren: Commander, I think I have figured out what's going on here. :: Davis stopped his work to turn and listen to the counsellor. :: Blair: Let's hear it. Young: By all means. What do you think? Anyone: response Ren: I think the teams and the probe have crossed into a time rift....anoth= er time in space...more specifically, 20th century Earth. That would explai= n the music from that period. I believe that we can bring the teams back wh= en they try and come back. However, it will take a lot of work on our part= . ::As she spoke, Alex listened and nodded. The counselor had some good theor= ies that lopped what the knew together, and at this juncture any theory was= better than nothing.:: Young: Wha?? ::He gasped:: That's one hell of an assumption, counselor! Spears: I don't think any of us are going to gripe about rolling our sleeve= s up and putting the work into getting our crew back... ::Alex nodded, knowing that it was time to play devil's advocate.:: Blair: I agree, everyone here would be willing to put in the work. ::turnin= g to Ren:: We can't just go on theories though, we need proof befor= e we take any action, then we would need a plan. Davis: While I think it's too early to say, that theory does neatly= combine the available evidence elegantly. Parsimony is no substitute for t= ruth, but it's a good place to start :: Davis turned to Blair:: - i= n my opinion, sir. Ren: We have to create a time rift of our own and focus it into the rift th= at's out there. Hopefully, we can get them back, when they blast away from= the planet. ::Alex again listened to the counselor's idea. When she finished, b= efore Alex could comment on it, the other bridge officers spoke.:: Young: By Phobos, are you freaking kidding? ::Alex turned to look at the science officer, making a mental note to have = a conversation about bridge decorum after this was all over.:: Spears: I'm sorry, but create a time rift of our own. Correct me if I'm wro= ng but isn't doing that, firstly, quite beyond our capabilities and second,= quite against Starfleet regulations? ::Alex remained quiet for a moment letting the others chime in with their o= pinions.:: Davis: Well, in terms of plausibility: if it exists, and it is real, that m= eans we have something to pursue. Few, if any, previously encountered tempo= ral anomalies have been reproducible, but each seems to be different from t= he last. I wouldn't guess our odds, but it is not outside reason. Young: Not to mention bloody dangerous. I wouldn't have a clue where to sta= rt. Ren: Well, we have to work with quantum signature, Sir. Perhaps, I'm not s= aying it will work, but perhaps it will penetrate the chriaton spikes and t= he interference enough to bring out people back when it's time. Young: We're dealing with a zero point phenomenon here. One mistake and we = could level half the sector. The amount of energy that could be contained i= n that thing is astronomical. ::He spread his arms to emphasize the point.:= : Granted, Chroniton particles are subatomic particles in nature, but the r= ift just throws all known science out the airlock. Davis: True. Very little is known about how chroniton particles interact wi= th standard particles. :: Davis rested his chin, cradled between his thumb = and forefinger. Though, respectfully, I do want to point out that I have ob= served chroniton radiation and not chroniton particles. While matter and en= ergy are somewhat interchangeable, the fact that I am observing radiation a= nd not particle emissions may be an important feature. Spears/Horne: Response Ren: We need an engineer and a science team. Young: And i'm gonna need some strong painkillers and a Raktajino. ::To Ed:= : My brain just blew up. ::He smirked.:: ::Alex took that as his que to speak up.:: Blair: Thank you for your ideas counselor. It gives us a lot to think about= , and you have some points that might just come into play, and we are going= to investigate some of the points in your theory, but playing fast and loo= se with the space-time continuum is not something I'm willing to do= . Ren/Any: Response Blair: As I was always taught as a child, all ideas are good ideas. They ju= st aren't always the right idea at the right time. Spears/Ren/Young/Davis/Horne: Response Blair: So let's hear some other theories. What's going on d= own there, and what can we do for our people? Young: ::Deep sigh:: Okay, what's your thoughts Ensign? ::To Davis:: Davis: Well, sir My guess is that this is phenomenon was made and = not naturally occurring. There are too many processes at play to create som= ething like this to just assume that it is naturally occurring. Plus if any= feature were slightly different - as Lieutenant Young pointed out - it cou= ld be wildly unstable or dangerous. Also, given that the amount of energy a= t play and it did not do any apparent damage to the shuttles suggests more = than mere chance. In my opinion, the place I would start is figuring out wh= o made this. Search for evidence. Spears/Ren/Young/Horne: Response ::Alex listened again as the crew shared their ideas, and they all had meri= t. There was just one thing that didn't sit well with him.:: Blair: These are all good theories, but there's just one thing. We = can't prove any of them. With all of this interference, we can=E2= =80=99t be certain, and I'm not going to authorize ANY action until= we can be certain. Spears/Ren/Young/Horne: Response Davis: Understood, sir. Blair: So what we need right now is ideas on how to get through the interfe= rence ::pause:: and remember what I said a few minutes ago, all ideas are g= ood ideas. Davis: I have an idea, sir. Given that we are =E2=80=9Chearing=E2=80=9D mus= ic that is probably unwittingly being transmitted by a malfunctioning devic= e, but did not intercept any other kinds of communication, suggests that th= ere is a limited bandwidth of frequencies that can permeate the anomaly. Th= e music is coming in at 44.1 kHz. :: Davis tapped at his console. :: At tha= t time in Earth history, the only broadcasts in that range are maritime mob= ile communications. We aren't hearing any of that as a coherent mes= sage, but I can filter out other noise in the signal created by the bits an= d pieces that are inevitably in there. That might clear some things up? It = also suggests the other side of the anomaly is not particularly close to a = large body of water. Spears/Ren/Young/Horne: Response ---- Ensign Lazarus Davis Science Officer USS Constitution-B C239510LD0 =E2=80=9CI wanted to prove the sustaining power of music.=E2=80=9D =E2=80= =93 David Bowie -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "= UFOP: StarBase 118 - USS Constitution-B" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an e= mail to sb118-constitution+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com. 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