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The USS Neil Armstrong left orbit above the planet Castellum and headed to another nearby binary star system identified by Astrometrics. Scans of the only habitable planet in the system were limited due to an apparent dampening field, the source of which seemed to be a small settlement on the southwest continent. Despite this, sensors were able to identify a level of technology and an infrastructure, but no organic life signs were detected. Science also reported that as the ship entered the system, a minuscule rise in readings from the Iconian artefact was recorded, thus making our visit to the planet a necessity.
The planet was hailed and there was no response for quite a long time, and when a reply was received, the planet was identified as Centuria, and our request for a visit was dismissed as unimportant and disruptive. While waiting for a reply, science was able to establish that there is a time dilation about the planet. Science determines that one minute of ship's time is approximately two hours of planetary time. This could account for the long delay in receiving a reply to our hail. It may also prove to be an advantage.
Intel was dispatched to the surface, in order to gather general information about the settlement, inhabitants, and environs; and to pinpoint the source of the dampening field. The team wore special devices that would ensure the time they experienced would remain the same as the ship's chronometer. Thus the visit would hopefully be undetected by the inhabitants until after the fact, if at all. Intel has returned and a briefing has been called for 1000 hours. Their report is eagerly awaited, in order that decisions can be made as to the next course of action.
Cmdr Genny7 Markus: Mission Leader
Capt Karl Quar: Chief Engineer
Capt Dolfke Barbosa: Chief Security
Cmdr David7 Bravin: Chief Science Officer
Ensign LilithGreycloaks Resident: Intel
Ensign SEA Uggla: Security
Ensign Heinz Randt: Observer
Log Entry: Commander Genny7 Markus, 140420:
After a very full and comprehensive briefing by Ensign Greycloaks (Intel), the away team made their way to the transporter room, ready to beam down once Security gave us the all clear to join them. Once given the all clear we beamed down, some of our equipment was not working well and we blamed it on the dampening field.
Because Ensign Greycloaks had already been to the planet, I asked her to take the lead so that we might all stay together. She first showed us buildings with Robots working inside, she had classed them as the workers. Looking around we could see four giant doors with what the Ensign described as the Guard robots. As we followed her further around we came across a building that housed computer panels and what could be described as computer robots/technicians. One building was completely sealed and secured and we had to wonder whether this was where the dampening field was coming from. In the centre was a very large building, inside stood a robot the same size as the building.
When we moved further over towards one of the corners we found a teleport pad, Ensign Uggla from security used the teleport to make sure that it was safe for every one to use. He returned and told us that it was safe for us as it seemed to be a garden. Upon teleporting up to the garden and admiring the flowers and the waterfall, several of the crew reported feeling dizzy and unwell so I ordered every one to return to the ground.
Once back on the ground we checked to see that we had all come down. Captain Barbosa was missing and was telling us on her combadge that she never wanted to leave the garden. I ordered Ensign Uggla to return to the garden and bring her down to us either awake or stunned . We waited and finally they both returned to us. By now both Ensign Greycloaks and Captain Barbosa were both looking very pale and unwell, so I ordered both of them to return to the ship and report to sickbay.
I did not want to remain on the planet for much longer but had seen a slope leading up to a tall building so decided that this would be our last place to investigate. What we found was a building where robots made more robots - a birthing chambers perhaps ? With nothing more to see for the present we returned to the ship. I had several questions going on in my head - what was behind the guarded gates? and - would it be a good idea to bring the Iconian artefact down with us on our next visit?