Zero Volume

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Zero Volume
General Data
*Production number: AST-RP090
*Initiated: 130113
*Year: 2388
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*SIM Concept: Poison Toocool
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Prelude

Captain's Log Poison Toocool - USS Argonaut. Location: 5 LY trailing SS Astraios. Stardate 130215:

Against the advice of our Science Chief, I insisted we should capture an alien device for study. It had been placed in orbit around the Astraios system sun, causing an increase in electromagnetic storms throughout the sector. We managed to get it aboard an unmanned shuttle surrounded by extra shielding and force fields, and began to tractor the shuttle into deep space. We had some difficulties but science finally came up with a successful plan to turn the device off. We are now remotely guiding the shuttle in front of us through uncharted space whilst seeking a deserted spacebody. We cannot beam anyone aboard the shuttle without dropping shields. The best plan is to get it on the surface of a moon or planet, well away from the ship, and examine the device more closely.

Long range scanners are operating at full capacity, but we are noticing an absence of light in this area. We speculate an ancient black hole might be ahead, but our gravity readings are normal. We are comparing our clock to that of the communications probe we launched aft. Everything is in sync. If that changes, we will know we are approaching the event horizon and need to change course to avoid the anomoly.


Crew participation

Captain Poison Toocool - CO

Cmdr Genny7 Markus - XO, Medical

Cmdr Karl Quar - Chief Engineer

Cmdr Dolfke Barbosa - Chief Security Officer - Helm

Ensign Djmikey Macintyre - Tactical Officer

LTcmdr David7 Bravin - Chief Science Officer

Events

Reporting: Captain Poison Toocool - Commanding Officer, Stardate 130217

We piloted the unmanned shuttle out of the sector - as I wanted warp speed tractoring was not feasible. We moved into a relatively unknown area. Science reported a slight gravimetric pull, and surmised it might be due to a space body. However, lack of light and gravity suggested also the possibility of a black hole. We compared our chronometer with that of the communication bouy we had launched aft with messages for Astraios, and we were in sync, therefore we had not entered the event horizon.

Tactical located a large asteroid, we set course to intercept. As we approached, the shuttle began to veer from course and despite our efforts, continued to evade control and finally crashed on the surface. Helm reduced to impulse and put us in orbit of the asteroid at 50,000 kms. Due to the odd gravimetric eddy's and the proximity of asteroid, I was reluctant to lower shields, so the XO took a small away team down in another shuttle to examine the alien device and assess whether the first shuttle was salvagable.

Although I was privately beginning to doubt my desire to examine the alien device to determine its origins... we persevered. At that point helm reported an increase in gravimetric forces and engineering tried to compensate but our ability to hold orbit was decreasing... and we were following the asteroid's slow course towards the anomoly. The XO was informed and the away mission was cut short - we could only hope the data obtained from the close up examination would yield results.

The shuttle returned and our last action before leaving would be to destroy the device. The Away Team was checked in sick bay and then returned to the bridge, LTcmdr Bravin reported a headache but otherwise the three were fine.

I ordered helm to move the ship so the asteroid was between us and the anomoly, and perhaps reduce the pull on us. Gravimetric forces were causing a strain on the hull. Tactical destroyed the alien device, but the explosion was so severe the asteroid crumbled and we were hit by a shock wave. The ship spinning, and unable to use warp in case the strain on the ship was too great... all we could do was use thrusters to guide us as we moved helplessly toward the unseen.

The XO informed the bridge our chronometer was out of sync with that of the distant communications buoy.

We have entered the event horizon.

God help us.

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