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|*SIM Type: USS Shogun Missions|
|*Production number: SHO-RP053|
|*Forum Thread: Precursors|
|*Previous Mission: Foraging|
|*Next Mission: ZPG|
|*SIM Concept: Ulrich Bechir|
|*Historian: T'Rennek Yuitza, Teresa Firelight, Roopie Odisark|
Restocked, and undergoing repairs, the USS Shogun picks up a signal approaching their location.
Captain's Log - Stardate: Unknown
Location: 204.84 LY Rimward from Pinastri (we think)
Crucial systems are now fully functional. There is still a great deal of work to be done, but at least we're more or less back on track. Our pantry is now full and many of the crew are enjoying fresh food. It is likely we will have to restock at some point if the replicators aren't back online soon. I hope they're online soon... I can't bear to look at the meat available after our experience a few days ago. We continue to actively scan and we are approaching... something... that is actively signalling the area. We're still attempting to decipher the language involved, but it appears to be a general broadcast to other ships of the same type in the area. As we do not recognize the race, there is a chance of both contamination or non-contamination... so we have to proceed cautiously. If we can safely work with this race, there may be a chance of getting aid from them.
The USS Shogun detected an unusual signal. Communications Officer Rosine Heinkel located the source of the transmission and determined the signal was transmitted through numeric code. When the Shogun approached the signal source, the found an unknown ship. Scans of the ship showed no life signs, and a temperature and internal pressure that would not support life. They also revealed evidence of tetryon particles.
None the less, LT Heinkel set up a translator and was able to open a channel with the ship. The crew discovered that there was in fact a sentient species present on-board—a mechanical species who referred to themselves as "The Cybanta.” They were extremely curious about the nature of the crews existence. So Captain Ulrich Bechir ordered the Shogun to transmit data about general humanoid biology. In response, the Cybanta altered the atmospheric settings on-board their ship to conform to the crews needs, including an oxygenated environment.
Away teams were sent to the Cybanta vessel, and each team was issued a Cybanta tour guide. These mechanical beings were allocated the names Unit Blue1, Unit Blue2 and Unit Blue3. The Cybanta guides shared that they had been created long ago by a race of humanoids known as the "Cybantese Humanoids.” Shogun crew members asked how to contact these Cybantese Humanoids, so that they could learn more about them. Unit Blue1 replied, "The Cybantese no longer function." The crew interpreted this as meaning that the Cybantese became extinct. The units were reluctant to share any more information on their creators. LTJG Ximena Muircastle decrypted some data and was able to determine the Cybantese' predecessors were destroyed through radiation exposure.
After the discussion, each unit lead the away teams on a tour the ship. Some of the Cybanta ship facilities bore a strong resemblance to Borg technology, and the engineering room technology was alarmingly similar to Borg assimilation unions. The crew began to speculate if the Cybanta were assimilated by the early Borg. Or perhaps the Cybanta actually became the Borg. These theories were concerning, but the Prime Directive made it impossible for the crew to do anything that might alter the time line—even if it would have eliminated the Borg.
The crew shared knowledge in exchange for a new type of energy source, referred to as "PX-113803". After the exchange took place, the crew returned to the USS Shogun.