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200415.0857

United Federation Starfleet
USS Maxwell
NCC-21873
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Mission Name: A Hungry Shuggoth
Location: Deep Space, Sylleran Sector Block, En Route to Hapke Cluster
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Science Officer’s Log: Stardate 200415.1121

“....beneath this divine Charybdis sucks down the black water. Thrice a day she belches it forth, and thrice she sucks it down terribly. Mayest thou not be there when she sucks it down, for no one could save thee from ruin, no, not the Earth-shaker.“
—Homer’s Odyssey, Book 12.

Computer, add entry into the database: “Charybdis Singularity”, classified Semi-sentient Spaceborne Species.

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Description: The entity appears to be a standard singularity upon first examination, but it does not give off Hawking Radiation from the event horizon. In fact, it appears to have some sort of naturally occurring effect similar to a Romulan nullifier core preventing the reaction that causes the Hawking Radiation. I hypothesize that the entity generates the effect to retain energy it saps from the surrounding area. The two arms or tendrils are able to move and latch on to nearby objects, using some sort of harmonic radiation to siphon energy into the entity.

**Begin Log Entry of First Sighting**

We happened upon the entity en route to the Hapke Cluster traveling through the Sylleran Sector Block. Alpha shift was in the holodeck pool program celebrating our recent success in recovering our latinum supply and surviving a space battle when the ship was suddenly pulled out of warp.

At first, we were unaware of what could have dropped us out of warp. There were no charted systems or singularities on our route, but we were detecting the dense mass and gravimetric disturbance that are the hallmarks of a singularity. I put the anomaly on visual display and worked with the visiting Major Delgoti-Rhode, on assignment with us through the Academy, to determine what we were dealing with.

As we were working with the sensors, Mr. Auranum, who seems to have some extra sensory ability, became more and more agitated. He began to sense basic emotions and feelings from the anomaly, chiefly hunger. That was our first clue that this was no ordinary black hole. Our second clue came when one of the tendrils moved to touch the ship. This caused immediate power drain across all systems. Then, incredibly, the gravitic pull from the anomaly became stronger. Even at full impulse, we were being dragged closer.

To escape, we rigged a Class IV probe to give off the same energy signature as our ship. Simultaneously we launched a full spread of torpedoes to distract the other tendril that became wrapped around our ship. We were able to maneuver a distance of 10 AU away from the anomaly and left another probe to monitor as we continued on course.

Supplemental information: After two days of monitoring the entity, we have more data. It has the ability to move in space, albeit slowly, and it has a limited range. We observed slow movement on a course bearing 090 Mark 27 away from us. Approximately 80 minutes after launching the probe, signals from the probe reached the entity, and it reversed course and started moving at a speed equal to about 1/8 impulse speed (9332.5km/s) directly toward the probe. 22 hours later, it stopped at a distance of 5 AU from the probe then returned to approximately it’s original position. A remarkable thing happened when it reached that position: it disappeared from sensors. Perhaps the entity functions much like some undersea predators on earth, hiding itself in subspace instead of under the sand, waiting for another meal.

Recommended action: Update star charts marking a hazard zone in a radius of 5 AU around the first known point where we discovered the Charybdis Singularity. Inform the fleet of the hazard to space travel. Recommend further study to understand the life form and level of sentience.

**End Science Log**
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200427.1449

United Federation Starfleet
USS Maxwell
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Mission Name: The Shoggoth's Trainwreck
Location: Deep Space, Sylleran Sector Block, En Route to Hapke Cluster
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**Computer Begin Recording**

Stardate 200421.0800

This is a supplemental log upon further study and subsequent escape from the Charybdis Singularity. We diverted from our course to the Subere system to study the singularity for an additional several days after initial discovery, while we waited for a relief ship to carry on the work. During this time we verified the mass of the singularity to be over 10x that of Jupiter, and we confirmed that it can move, albeit astronomically slowly. It appears to be on a slow course towards a nearby uninhabited star system approximately 6 lightyears away. At the current speed of an infinitesimal fraction of our standard impulse speed, it should take at least several hundred thousand years to reach its destination. Coupled with the fact that it seems to stop in place at random intervals, it could take even a million years or two to reach the system.

We believe it survives by absorbing planetary and stellar mass, then slowly making its way to a new target. The entity also displays some latent ability to affect psychic sensitive beings. This was almost a tragedy for the crew of the Maxwell, as our captain, first officer, civilian scientist, chef, and several other crew members (all from races with psychic abilities) were lulled into a drunken state by the entity. The EMH activated and revoked command privilege from Alpha shift, locking us in the forward lounge. Beta shift was just as affected. With quick thinking, several of us unaffected crew members broke out of the lounge and took control of the ship from engineering, plotting a course away from the singularity. As soon as we were gone, the psychic influence was cut off, the affected crew unanimously passed out, and the threat was neutralized. We resumed course to Subere on Stardate 200420.1900

Recommendations: Extreme caution should be taken by any Starfleet vessel studying the singularity. I suggest that research should be conducted from at least a 1 ly distance, using subspace probes to get closer instead of putting ships and crew at risk. This psychic interference is particularly alarming, as all it would have taken is for one person in a stupor pushing the ship towards the singularity, and the Maxwell would have been lost. It is difficult to say if this is a form of predatory behavior or simply a side effect of being near the entity.

**End Science Log**
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200720.1146

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Mission Name: Spirally Barred
Location: Deep Space, Sylleran Sector Block, En Route to Hapke Cluster
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**Computer, begin log recording.**

Stardate 200512.0800

Mission debriefing from our encounter with a peculiar scientist and his family. The Maxwell was redirected to an uninhabited solar system to observe a rare stellar anomaly: a “hot Jupiter” proto-planet has formed in the system and was expected to strike the Blue Giant main sequence star shortly. Our task was to locate the scientist who had gone communication silent several days before our arrival.

We observed a non-thermal light source coming from one of the many moons of the protoplanet and determined that this was the heavily modified runabout that the scientist, Dr. Selden, was using. Upon contacting him, he seemed uninterested in moving despite the imminent collapse of the planet into the star. We convinced him to allow a small away team to beam down to his ship and asses the situation. This turned out to be a trap.

Dr. Selden had a severely impaired mental state, and upon our arrival, activated heavy shielding and a self destruct mechanism. Engineering officers were able to cobble together pattern buffers to allow our exit. Dr. Selden seemed determined to kill himself and his family (his wife and two children were on board with him) claiming he was trying to reach some higher plane of existence. The counselors back at Pinastri will make sense of that.

We beamed back to the Maxwell just in time for her to engage warp and observe the nova event from a safe distance. Telemetry of the event shows the beginning stages of a planetary nebula forming in the shell of expanding stellar matter. Perhaps some day the cycle of life will continue and a new star system will form from the ashes of the old. Perhaps therein lies the immortality Dr. Selden seemed so obsessed with.

**Computer, end log.**
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200901.1321

United Federation Starfleet
USS Maxwell
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Task Force Tarok Events
Location: Deep Space, En Route to Pinastri System
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**Computer, begin recording.**

Stardate 200817.0800

Over the last three months, the USS Maxwell has been indirectly and directly engaged against an enemy called the Kazon Ogla-Kzem, or more colloquially known as the Kzem. They were a death cult, believing that the destruction of all life in the galaxy was their way to salvation. Due to the heightened risk and constant alert status, all stations were running nearly around the clock to prevent loss of life in the Delta Quadrant and spreading to the rest of the galaxy.

Events started benignly enough when the Maxwell was alerted to check on a missing Annari science vessel in the Naablo system. Upon arrival in-system, we determined that the vessel was destroyed near an asteroid, which had it’s orbit shifted artificially to impact the sole inhabited planet in the system: Naablo IV. The planet was inhabited by humanoids that had evolved technologically to about the same level as Earth in the 18th Century, and if we did not intervene, all life on the planet would have been destroyed.

Knowing that we could not solve the asteroid problem alone, we called upon the fleet tug Milo to assist. We conducted a survey of the asteroid surface in EVA suits and determined that this particular asteroid was chosen due to the high concentration of volatile substances in the asteroid, amplifying the damage in a potential strike. Our science teams worked with the Milo to monitor the progress of the tow and make sure that our actions could not be detected from the planet surface. After several cycles of towing and adjusting, our mission to reorient the asteroid into a safe orbit around the Naablo star was successful.

Next, we had to beam down to the planet surface in disguise to ascertain any prime directive related damage to the local population. We met a local woman who told us of a blinding light that turned the night sky into day. This was the explosion of a Kzem raider that altered the asteroid course. We also found out that a sole survivor of the Kzem ship had landed on the surface and planned to release a biological weapon to finish the job. Maxwell crew beamed the Kzem back to our ship, and after a short time being detained in the palace, we secured the weapon canister. The captain, Dr. Arrowmint, and Te’ellis were also present at the death of the local monarch, King Josephus II Heliodor, who had observed the changing orbits of the asteroid. All records of the irregular asteroid movement were taken with us.

That was just the start of the Kzem campaign, which would be named Task Force Tarok. The Kzem continued to ramp up their attacks over the following weeks. On our departure from the Naablo system, we gave chase to a ship containing enough nuclear material to wipe out a solar system, and attempted to disable the ship and capture them by using a Mutara class nebula to our advantage. Even though we won the fight, the disabled Kzem ship self-destructed.

We made our way back to Pinastri to deliver our Kzem prisoner. On the way, we received a distress signal from Mongo Station in the Polenta system. We diverted to assist, but lost contact just before entering the system. Upon arrival, we found the station completely destroyed, and the planet surface rendered into superheated slag at a temperature of over 10,000K. We stayed long enough to verify there were no survivors, and made haste to return to Pinastri. Our prisoner was not forthcoming with much information, but we left him at Peedy Thor station for them to deal with him.

Events only seemed to escalate faster. A few days later, we received reports from the Veracruz that a Talaxian Freighter called the “Shiny Happy Journey” was located in the Pirandia system. Starfleet personnel were able to make it into the system, and their they observed the first recorded appearance of the Kzem leader calling herself The Morrigan. She was recruiting agitated and dissatisfied people in one of the Pirandian cities. Events culminated with the Talaxian freighter, hauling protomatter, ramming into the surface of the star, causing it to go supernova in a matter of 10 minutes. USS Maxwell made it to the area just before the star went nova. Survivors from the planet were minimal, casualties were in the billions as the whole system was wiped out, as well as putting several other nearby systems in danger in the coming years as the shockwave expands.

Events leading to the final confrontation:

On Stardate 200810, the USS Maxwell completed a risky recon mission that confirmed System M501-403 was the site of the Kzem base of operations. Using clever warp signature masking techniques, we posed as a Nausican freighter and got close enough to determine this was the main base of operations. Our cover was blown and we were forced to flee before a fleet of over 10 ships descended on our position. We made it out and signaled the rest of the fleet to rendezvous in a nearby system to make an assault on The Morrigan’s base and end the Kzem threat.

On Stardate 200815, we engaged the Kzem fleet with our own. The Maxwell started to direct fleet operations, when we were captured by a giant ethereal blue hand that held on to the forward section of the ship. Using the ship’s historical database, I realized that a similar incident happened to the crew of the USS Enterprise in 2266, when they encountered a being who called himself Apollo, one of the ancient Earth Greek pantheon of deities. This Morrigan appeared to be of the same or similar race to Apollo, so a plan was devised to destroy the main structure, a temple, in hopes that her temple being destroyed would weaken her. Starfleet Marines on the surface engaged with Kzem and eventually planted charges and succeeded in destroying the temple, seemingly taking the Morrigan with it. In orbit, our fleet engaged the Kzem. As soon as The Morrigan was defeated, it was like her followers came out of a spell, and the few surviving Kzem ships either destructed themselves or fled.

The Maxwell is en route back to Pinastri again for damage repairs and some well earned shore leave for the crew. Much of Deck 2 forward was heavily damaged and exposed to space in the attack from the hand. Repairs will take a while, but...we are all alive and safe, and the Morrigan’s influence is gone....I hope.

**Computer, end recording.**
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200902.1101

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Mission Name: Adventures in Petsitting
Location: In Orbit, Armagosa III
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**Computer, begin recording.**

Stardate 200824.2015

Science Officer’s Log:

After the battle at Tarok an Kzem, the Maxwell was en route to Pinastri for a much needed repair and refit. We had heavy damage to our forward section with hull breaches on Deck 2. However, our shore leave was put on hold by an interesting order from HQ. Apparently a science team was pulled from their work on Armagosa III, and we were ordered to....feed the pets. That was as much instruction as we got. We were also informed of a potential biohazard, so all away team members were ordered to beam down in full EVA suits.

Upon arrival at the science station, we soon realized what the pets were: giant Formicidae, resembling Earth ants, but standing 3 meters tall from carapace to legs. I hate bugs....especially big ones. But, someone once said “We’re Starfleet. Weird is our business.” I guess giant ants fall under the category of weird. So, our task was to feed these giant ants. Upon examination, they seemed agitated, probably by hunger, but they had left the store of mushrooms presented to them presumably by the science team untouched. They also were docile enough not to attack us.

We farther explored the caverns where the ants were kept, past their pen. We found a huge cavern filled with bioluminescent plant life and fungi and a stream running through filled with albino fish. The cavern had been decorated like a medieval feasting hall with primitive tables, utensils, candles and torches, and rotten food clearly set out to be eaten covering all the tables. Another peculiar sight was the skull of some unknown large animal that had been fitted like a makeshift throne. The mental state of the science team was seriously called into question.

Myself and Ens. Muir made scans of the foodstuffs and the local flora. Then the Commodore had an idea to attempt to feed the ants with some of the rotten food. We hiked back with a large platter of food and watched as the Commodore herself fed one of the ants. They descended on the food with such ravenous glee that they knocked Comm. Gerhadsen into the pile of mushrooms, sending a cloud of dust into the air.

At this point, Lt. Landfall, an engineer, beamed down to give a part to Cmdr. Forcella, but she was not wearing an EVA suit. She started immediately coughing and was beamed to sickbay with Dr. Arrowmint. I took the tool back to Cmdr. Forcella, who was working to download the station logs from a console. Soon as we were done, we beamed right into decontamination and stayed there until we were given a clean bill of health.

I closely worked with the medical team to find out what was ailing Lt. Landfall and find a cure. I examined some of the black tar-like material she started coughing up and found that it was a rapidly reproducing mold that was feeding on the tissue of her lungs. However, all forms of treatment were proving ineffective. Mina had a medical implant that released small nanobots, and even those were being overwhelmed as the spores wreaked havoc on her system.

An away team returned to the planet to get a live sample of one of the mushrooms, and I coordinated with them to match their scans to what I needed. When we found the correct specimen, the Commodore beamed the sample up to the bio lab, and I got to work analyzing it.

The cure for Lt. Landfall came from an unexpected place: sunlight. I tried throwing everything I could at our test samples, but it was highly resistant to drugs. Then I remembered the old adage, “sunlight is the best disinfectant”, and I tested a concentrated dose of UV radiation at the sample. The spores practically disintegrated under the radiation. I gave my findings to Medical, and they set up a machine to filter her blood through, irradiating it and reintegrating it into her body, while she laid in a booth surrounded by UV lights, just to be safe. Other than some slight sunburn, Lt. Landfall is on track to make a full and complete recovery with all spores removed from her system.

((For historical and 21st Century research into UV radiation therapy, here is an interesting paper: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6122858/ ))

Supplemental report:

Ens. Muir and 2nd Lt. Jones reported that the giant ants were emitting an ultra low frequency to communicate with each other. While it remained inaudible, that frequency over time would vibrate on the cochlear bones of the science team and slowly drive them to neurosis. That explains the destruction of their equipment and the odd medieval feast setup. We have evacuated the area and no more long term exposure to the area will be permitted without farther study of the spores and the ants.
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210113.0849

United Federation Starfleet
USS Maxwell
NCC-21873
=A= Science Log =A=
Mission Name: Hamer Time
Location: Spacedock, Pinastri Shipyards
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**Computer, begin logs.**

In the interest of transparency and scientific discovery, and after lengthy discussions with Admiral Gerhadsen, Admiral Mistwallow, agents from the Office of Temporal Investigations, I have been allowed to record a transcript of my debriefing with the OTI agents, with some redactions to protect sensitive information, names, and to discourage willful acts of time travel. Below is a transcript of the debriefing session, recorded by the OTI agents:

[CSO Office, Deck 3, USS Maxwell, NCC 21873]

Agent [REDACTED] (referred to as Agent 1): “Lt. Commander Northman, may we have a few moments of your time?”

Agent [REDACTED] (referred to as Agent 2): “We’re with the Office of Temporal Investigations. Your commanding officer should have given you a heads up about us coming. With your cooperation, this should not take long.”

Lt. Commander Drewski Northman: “Oh, hi gentlemen. I was uh...war...er....told to expect you at some point. Are those your real names?”

A2: “That’s classified, son.”

DN: *chuckling* “Worth asking anyways...but yeah, sure, have a seat. Just don’t take too long eh? I have a beach calling my name.”

A1: “We don’t want to keep you from your vacation, Commander Northman. We’ll try to respect your time....oh come on, you didn’t expect a little temporal humor? Anyways....our job here is to debrief you on the events that occurred in the Merrocian System and the M506-1773 System relating to matters of temporal relocation and timeline alterations. If you could start from the top, please.”

DN: “Right...so....it started like this....”

We had just arrived back in the Pinastri system and docked at the repair station. I had my people secure the science deck for a bayron sweep, packed my bags, and disembarked with the rest of the alpha shift bridge crew. We were in the lobby waiting for a shuttle back to headquarters, and we ran into a friend from the USS Veracruz, Commander Kris Jameson. We were swapping stories from the recent Kzem happenings when Admiral Gerhadsen got an urgent comm from the station commander. Our ship was being stolen by two individuals.

By the time we realized what was going on, it was too late to stop the steal, and they were making way for the edge of the system. The only other ship capable of catching them was an over 100 year old ship that some fleet tug found, the USS Francis Hamer. We had no choice but to board the Hamer and pursue our ship to get it back. Thankfully, the Maxwell was heavily damaged with hull breaches and internal damages caused by the battle with the Kzem in the recent task force action, so it was not capable of full warp.

We pursued the Maxwell to a lifeless system called the Merrocian System, just past the Beenobian Nebula and not too far from Pinastri. We found the Maxwell orbiting a Class D planet with a large crater that could be seen from space. When we arrived, we immediately detected tachyon particle buildup in the Maxwell.

A1: “Tachyons eh? Interesting....so they used the same trick the Borg did in-“

A2: “Ahem...that’s classified.”

DN: “You mean the incident with the Enterprise E and stopping the Borg from interrupting Vulcan First Contact with Earth? Everyone knows about that. It’s legendary.”

A1: “Uh...right...*whispering*(Hey, [REDACTED], we need to have a talk with [REDACTED] about info-sec.) ...ahem. Proceed, Commander.”

DN: “Right...so...tachyons...”

[THE FOLLOWING PORTION IS REDACTED PER SECTION 2 OF THE TEMPORAL PRIME DIRECTIVE.]

“....and that’s where the previous Hamer came in, guns blazing, firing on a Romulan warbird, with the stolen Maxwell in hot pursuit. With the two ships firing on it, the Warbird took heavy damage and ejected it’s singularity core.”

A2: “Romulan ship? How did that get out in the Delta Quadrant? How did the Hamer get there in the first place? Since when did Romulan ships have the ability to eject their singularity cores?”

DN: “Yeah...I don’t have a lot of those answers either. The navigational logs in the Hamer were heavily redacted by [REDACTED], and as for that Romulan ship, I can speculate that [REDACTED].... But anyways, it seemed that by their very intervention, the Mousicans had caused the event they tried to prevent.”

A1: “Ah yes....closed time loops. I hate those. So what happened next?”

DN: “While the thieves were having an existential crisis, we engaged the Maxwell with the Hamer and used a trick similar to what Admiarl Kirk did in the Ceti Alpha system in the initial battle with Khan on the Reliant-“

A2: “Really...need...to talk...about info-sec...”

A1: “Shush, [REDACTED]. Don’t be rude. Let the man talk.”

DN: “-and used the Maxwell’s prefix codes to lower her shields and retake the ship. So at that point, there were two versions of the Francis Hamer, a disabled Romulan vessel, a singularity core hurtling towards the planet, and us having regained control of the ship and arresting the thieves...”

A1: “So that seems to indicate that the closed loop was going to remain closed. Your duty at that time was to leave that system and return to your own time without interfering further. Yet...there’s a whole planet of Mousicans out there right now. What happened?”

DN: “Well...you see....”

After an unfortunate incident with the AI of the Hamer from our time (I believe it had its own kind of crisis being in the presence of the 68 year old Hamer), which resulted in it’s destruction-

A1: “The M7 unit and all related data was destroyed?”

DN: “The M7 unit...yes. I was able to download some of the data from the Hamer’s computer core before she blew, but...the AI itself was destroyed. Of course the proper authorities would be made aware if we make any discoveries from that data...but to the important bits....

We made the extremely hard decision to leave the system and navigated to the M506-1773 system, where we used the [REDACTED] and [REDACTED] calculations to [REDACTED] and return to our own time. Upon arrival in 2418, I worked with our Astrometrics department to compare passive sensor data from the original Hamer as it sat in the Beenobian Nebula to data obtained from Pinastri HQ, just on a hunch.

A1: “And what did you find?”

DN: “We found that during the initial 68 year period, there were significant amounts of travel through the nebula originating in the Merrocian system, characterized by subspace wakes left by passing ships.”

A2: “Meaning...what.”

DN: “Meaning that we had a peek outside the time loop before it started. Meaning that the timeline in which the Mousican colony was destroyed was not supposed to be. We had a duty to those people.”

A1: “And that’s when Admiral Gerhadsen ordered you to return to M506-1773 in our time and use [REDACTED] to go back and intervene?”

DN: “We had to do the right thing. 85,000 souls were in jeopardy. So yes, we did [REDACTED] back to the Merrocian system before the core hit the planet, tractored it safely away and detonated it in space. We then reversed the calculations, as shown [REDACTED], and returned to our own time.”

A1: “If Merrocian was desolate in your historical records to you before you intervened, wouldn’t you not be from *this* timeline?”

DN: “That is way beyond my pay grade, sir. If nothing else, you’ve already pored over the computer data from the Maxwell. Nothing else appears to be different. It could be that time...finds a way to correct itself. I’m sure you guys will be pondering over this one for years. As for me...I have leave to get to, so...we done here?”

A1: “I think so, Mr. Northman. Let’s hope that this is the last time we have to have a chat. I hate the paperwork these things leave me.”

DN: “Believe me...you’re preaching to the choir.”

A2: “Ah...one more thing. Let us know if you find anything more on the M7 unit.”

DN: “Yeah...sure thing.”

**END RECORDING OF DEBRIEF**
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United Federation Starfleet
USS Maxwell
NCC-21873
=A= Science Log =A=
Mission Name: At the Ruins of the Rajans
Location: In Orbit, Hapke 8026 IV: Naam’Adol
Stardate: 210210.1530
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**Computer, begin recording.**

This is a summary of the long series of events over the last several months that has led the Maxwell to some major discoveries and a First Contact with a new species, the Namadolians. More supplemental logs about individual encounters will be linked back here from the science staff.

==Neamhan III==

Things began as a routine deuterium matter refueling exercise upon our arrival back in the Hapke Cluster around Stardate 200914. We entered the upper atmosphere to use the bussard collectors when we detected a layer of atmosphere with breathable nitrogen/oxygen levels. Helm took us lower, and we discovered an entire floating ecosystem teeming with life. [See supplemental and command logs on the journey to Neamhan for more details.] That was not the most significant discovery, however.

Lodged in the hide of a large floating cnidarian creature similar to a Terran jellyfish were the remains of a standard Federation class IV probe. We extracted the fragments and examined them. They had apparently been stuck in the hide of the cnidarian we nicknamed Bob for 400 years, and faint chroniton radiation led us to believe a spatial/temporal anomaly was involved. With the help of our chief engineer, we were able to decipher a badly degraded isolinear chip, and it contained a distress call from a former member of the USS Maxwell crew, Commander Candi Quick, missing for two years.

==Return of Candi Quick==

Our science team pored over the probe fragments for any clues we might find to pinpoint the origin of the probe. The duranium casing fragments we found were irradiated by the burst from a neutron star, which narrowed the search down significantly, and our geologist detected trace amounts of a rare particle found in certain asteroid belts. With that knowledge, we were able to find the point of origin system. Upon arrival, sensors detected a subspace anomaly, a rift into a layer of subspace that periodically opened and closed. We were able to get a sensor lock on Commander Quick, still alive but delirious. We modified the secondary deflector to emit anti-chronitons to force the rift open farther and beam our missing crewmember back aboard.

Two problems quickly arose. First, due to the antichroniton particle burst we used, the heavy amount of chroniton particles in Cmdr Quick’s body negatively reacted, and she began shifting in and out of phase with normal space. Attempting to move the ship away from the anomaly caused her great pain as well. We were forced to remain stationary until we could solve that problem. Secondly, a long range Privari scout ship happened upon the Maxwell and attacked. If we were to move to defend ourselves, we risked losing the just-rescued Cmdr. Quick permanently.

The Maxwell remained stationary, fighting as best as she could, as our science team worked to stabilize Cmdr. Quick. Science teams and Engineering worked together to convert our decontamination chamber, linking it to the deflector array to flush her body of the harmful particles linking her to the unstable anomaly and causing her to go out of phase. The process worked, but the Maxwell took damage from the Privari in the process.

==Discoveries in Hapke 8296 System==

After Cmdr. Quick was safely decontaminated and stopped phasing, we continued to our next destination, Hapke 8296, a system that was believed to have an M class planet, based on the initial survey. It was fortunate for us that it was, because our port warp nacelle received damage during the fight causing several warp coils and their components to go bad. We determined the best course of action to be landing on the planet and effecting repairs. We found a valley large enough and stable enough to support the weight of the ship, landed successfully, and started to survey the area.

Everything on the planet was steeped in a low level gamma radiation, making longer range scanning difficult. We set out in two science teams to survey the surrounding area. I took a team into the mountains to the south, while Ens. Syrah Evans took a team into a forested region to the north. My goal was to hunt down a seemingly foreign manufactured alloy reading we picked up, also to scout for metals needed for the repairs. We found far more than we bargained for.

My team hiked several kilometers up a mountain pass, and rounding a bend in the pass we discovered a cave with the mysterious readings emanating from inside it. We also discovered that a family of large scaled, quadrupedal creatures made that area their home. While looking intimidating, they seemed to be vegetarian. We also observed them eating rocks, possibly for digestive purposes. Commander Quick was able to safely lure them away from the cave, and we entered.

We found that the cave at one point, approximately some 40,000 years previously, was a building constructed by the Rajans, a race we thought originated in the Pinastri system. The Rajans were a humanoid race that had many similarities to the ancient Egyptians from Earth history. There were pillars jutting from the cave walls that contained Rajan pictographs, fragments of wall showing more pictographs that eerily match fragments found on Pinastri III from 20,000 years later. The most striking discovery was a computer partially buried in the rear of the cave. While badly degraded, it was still functional. We learned the truth of the Rajans, that they did not originate in the Pinastri system as we thought, but were nomads, forced to leave their home system in generation ships due to a catastrophe.

We recorded navigational data from the ancient computer and determined moving the whole thing would destroy it, so it remains in the cave as a testament to the Rajan’s passing. Using the data, we pieced together a likely course that their generation ships took, slowly moving at sunlight speeds. This led the now-repaired USS Maxwell on a chase through the sector, retracing their path and filling in the gaps of their navigational data. This would lead us to the Hapke 8026 system.

==First Contact, Tremors, and Rajan Discoveries==

When we neared Hapke 8026, our sensors detected warp signatures entering and exiting the system, and we detected a space station in orbit of the 4th planet in the system, M Class and mostly water with chains of islands. We were immediately hailed by the station administrator, and First Contact procedures became in effect.

The native species is called the Namadolians, and they call their world Naam’Adol. The species evolved underwater and still retain their aquatic nature, including the ability to breathe underwater with gills, however they have adapted to life outside the water as well. Standing bipedally at about 2.5 meters, the Namadolians are covered in thick scales and secrete a lubricating substance from subcutaneous glands. They have large eyes, fins, webbed hands and feet, and a fish-like head.

We were welcomed to the station by the administrator and quickly began discussing trade and sharing of information. Science division’s goal was to look for signs of Rajan activity on the planet, as we believed this was the point of origin. The administrator gave us permission to beam down (using their more primitive ring-style transporters) to one of the islands and meet an archaeologist that could answer our questions regarding the Rajans.

We met the Namadolian archaeologist, and she showed us a dig site where they had uncovered a small shuttle vehicle as well as some kind of coverstone warning against the use of an ancient planet-wide network of plasma conduits. We had found solid evidence that this was the home of the Rajans. Before we could make any more discoveries, we were surprised by a tremor reading 6.7 on the Richter scale. Our party took refuge in the old Rajan shuttle and waited out the tremor.

We regrouped with the rest of the crew on the station and spoke with the administrator. Apparently the tremors had started a few months before we arrived, and have been increasing in severity and frequency. Using our ship’s sensors, we observed that the tremors originated at a point deep under water in a trench 5km deep, as well as reading power signatures similar to a warp reactor in the same area.

==At the Ruins of the Rajans==

We assembled a team of scientists, engineers, and security personnel to investigate. We restored power to the ancient shuttle, which was just as comfortable flying in orbit as it was deep under water, and with modified EVA suits to withstand the tremendous pressure underwater, we embarked. Once we descended to the tremors’ origin point, we discovered the ruins of a vast ancient city, the home of the Rajans. Much of it was overgrown with vegetation. Upon exiting the shuttle, our chief engineer set up pattern enhancers just in case we needed an emergency beam out.

We observed several different kinds of deep sea fauna, giant tube worms, and glowing vegetation. We tracked the source of the power signals to a large temple structure in the center of the city. The pyramid peeked out from behind a thick ring of deep sea kelp. We climbed to an opening near the top, whatever ladder or stairs leading down long-ago washed away or corroded to dust. We floated down inside and discovered a long stretch of pictograms in bas relief along the walls. We learned the distant history of the Rajans, their myths of a sleeping entity called Mn’Eclon, their rise, and their fall. They claimed that their world-wide power grid woke the sleeping giant, and he brought madness and destruction in his wake, so much so that it caused shifts in the tectonic plates, raising the seas and plunging the continents underwater.

Just as we were starting to examine the definitely not-dormant reactor, a series of tremors began at even greater intensity. We were ordered to evacuate and used the pattern enhancers to get safely back to the ship. Though we were safe, the problems still remained. We regrouped, debriefed with the Admiral, and got back in EVA suits to go back down. The Maxwell would assist us from orbit by using the deflector to stabilize the local area so we could shut down the reactor. We believed that was the source of the tremors.

Admiral Gerhadsen accompanied us on our second trip to the sunken city, and she took pleasure in observing the creatures and plant life below. Our exciting adventure turned to fear when another tremor hit and from the depths...he came. Mn’Eclon was no myth. He was all too real, towering in the deep, wings splayed, tentacles reaching out to us, and his great and terrible voice echoing in our minds. We quickly jumped back down into the pyramid as his first tentacle slammed into the wall. His psychic onslaught was diminished while we were inside, but still present. Admiral Gerhadsen faced the worst of it, as her species has extra sensory abilities, but she remained untrained.

Our solution, and our salvation, lay hidden in cryptic old warnings left by the Rajans, writings of a Song of Great Slumber, a chamber full of crystals underneath the pyramid built by Elder Things in eons past. There was indeed a chamber filled with crystals and tablets with odd writing. Initial scans dated it to be millions of years old, far older than the Rajans themselves. And...just as the brave Rajans who stayed behind as their fellows left the planet and wrote those warnings did, we managed to turn off the power to the reactor, shunting just a little bit of it into the crystal chamber, and used the harmonic resonance of the crystals to generate an eerie, ethereal lullabye that calmed the mad giant outside and sent him back to the depths to sleep for...hopefully...untold ages more.

We gained friends, replenished our nonexistent coffee supplies through trade and exploration, and we found and solved an ancient mystery that shed new light on those that lived in the Pinastri system before us. Truly their tale was one of tragedy: arrogantly ignoring the warnings of history, nomadic wandering for thousands of years, going from system to system to find a new home. Perhaps there may yet be brothers of the Rajans who even now fight to survive, somewhere beyond the heavens…

**Computer...end recording.**
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Mission Name: Big Evil? ....in a Small Package
Location: Deep Space, the Hapke Cluster, enroute to Hapke 8483
Stardate: 210223.1105
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**Computer, begin recording.**

Chief Science Officer’s Log, recording.

We have been in transit for several days after the events on Naam’Adol. This has given us time for some more relaxed duty shifts, being cleared by Medical after our encounter with Mn’Eclon, and the opportunity to continue our study of specimens we brought back aboard for further testing.

Also this week, I set about performing maintenance on the major lab equipment pieces, as since Neamhan, we have been so focused on one event after another that we have neglected our standard monthly lab maintenance and accuracy testing. I am formulating a more streamlined maintenance plan that should even benefit other duty stations across the fleet.

Computer, add that as a note to follow up in my Branch duty files.

[NOTED]

Computer, this section of the log is classified: senior staff and command level access. Authorization Northman Delta 82.

An area of concern interrupted my maintenance procedures. I was called to the Admiral’s quarters to advise medical on a situation brewing with her. Apparently Admiral Gerhadsen was severely affected by the psychic influence of Mn’Eclon, and is now exhibiting symptoms of that influence. She began speaking in an alien language that appears to be partially psychic, causing distress to psy-sensitive crew members. We are doing our best to solve the problem and get her back to normal, while trying to not alarm the rest of the crew as much as possible. Situation ongoing.

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Stardate 210223.1525
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Lieutenant JG Syrah Evans reporting

A test was conceived on a very small scale for a potential analysis and improvement in the computer core pathways. In theory, calculations of a typical problem utilizing the standard isolinear chips on the USS Maxwell involve the crossing of data pathways creating patterns of interference, potentially a slower performance and unwanted generation of heat. Permission granted by LT CMDR Northman.

Computer core pathway reconfiguration experiment:

Steps taken, results observed:

Isolated a small core section of 1 isolinear chip from spare
  • Performed level 1 diagnostic: Result: nominal
  • Measured performance of fixed number of "Hello World" calculations: 10.0 Tflop, repeatable.
  • Evaluated data pathway communications interference patterns.
  • Performance as expected in terms of standard isoliniear chip performance.
  • Heat generated standard expected 1.07 joules due to waiting upon crossed datapaths.
  • Repeated above test and measurement, same result.
Initiated pathway reconfiguration within the chip.
  • Applied pathway change of "up up down down left right left right B A start" to chip.
  • Performed level 1 diagnostic: nominal result except for potential improved timing.
  • Measured performance of same number of "Hello World" calculations: 997.2 Pflop, repeatable.
  • Measured pathway communications interference patterns.
  • Heat generated is only 0.001 joules.
  • Repeated test and measurement with same result.
This would indicate there could be a substantial efficiency improvement. In my opinion, further testing and vetting is required.

Performed Poincaré Conjecture transformation calculation with reconfigured chip.
  • Time to successful transformation completion is essentially unmeasurably small.
  • Re-ran test with the same result: Essentially zero time to successfully complete.
  • Ran level 1 diagnostic again: Nothing out of specification except the low timing.
Completed this test. Returning selected chip and core to normal operation.
  • Reset pathways to standard configuration.
  • Re-Ran level 1 diagnostic again on core.
  • Performance of core module fully nominal.
  • Re-ran initial tests: Performance measures match initial timing.
  • Returned core section to spare pool.
Recommend further analysis to include engineering, wider scope of reconfiguration and more challenging problems perhaps from navigation.

**Computer, end recording.**

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Mission Name: Nursery of Tig-Sh’Hannoth
Location: Hapke 8115 System, Binary Pulsars
Stardate: 210406.1300
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Chief Science Officer’s Log, Stardate 210406.1300

The USS Maxwell was completing a survey of an uninhabited M Class world in the Hapke 8483 system when we started detecting a low intensity subspace signal. We left the survey to investigate the source of the signal: Hapke 8115, a system marked by binary pulsars held in a 40,000km orbital pattern to each other. Upon our arrival in the system, we determined that the signal was a carrier for beta wave communication, at least partially telepathic in nature, possibly relating to the language “spoken” by Mn’Eclon and temporarily our Admiral Gerhadsen.

Science launched two Class 4 probes armed with metaphasic shielding into the area around the binary pulsars. One was obliterated by the beam spewing from the northern pole of one of the pulsars, and the other made it partially into the accretion disk before intense gravimetric shearing destroyed the probe. However, we determined that the signal was definitely emanating from an area exactly dead center between the spinning pulsars.

**Entering the Eye of the Neutron Stars**

Using enhanced metaphasic shielding and some deft flying by our helm officer, the Maxwell entered from above the plane of the accretion disk into the area between the neutron stars, a spherical area approximately 40,000 kilometers across. We found a small lifeless planetoid in the exact center of the area, and scans indicated the signal was emanating from a structure in a large crater. Another alarming feature was the discovery of about 50 anomalies matching the readings we took of the Charybdis Singularity several months ago. They were accompanied by crystalline structures that seemed to act as shepherds and guardians. We did not approach.

An away team was fitted with shielded suits, and we took a shuttle to the surface due to the requirement to keep shields up at all times. Upon arrival on the surface, we noted a large structure surrounded by large crystal formations. When we approached the structure, we observed crystalline creatures about 1.5 meters tall, some kind of energy similar to static electricity emanating from the center of their “bodies”, a series of crystals vaguely humanoid in shape. We attempted communication, but were limited at first. They did make their displeasure known when we attempted to get close to what appeared to be the central control structure. They administered shocks every time someone approached too close. After a time, the entities started mimicking portions of our speech, but communication was still out of our reach.

I had a science team send down a new piece of equipment out of storage, a geological sampler device with high powered mining lasers on an extendable head. My goal was to extract a piece of the crystal lining the exterior of the structure. Immediately upon my firing the laser at the crystal, all of the entities screamed out in unison as well as the orbiting shepherds. I deactivated the device just before one of the crystal entities came close and completely disassembled the laser head with one touch. It had one word of response to my apologies: “Ask.” So, Lt. Evans asked for a sample, and the entity gave her a small shard that fit in her hand.

Just as soon as we had the sample, we all heard a booming voice in our heads and Admiral Gerhadsen went catatonic. The being announced it was named Tig-Sh’hannoth, and it had come to finish the work for Mn’Eclon. We all heard the voice in our heads, even the non psychic sensitives.

**Escaping the Nursery of Tig-Sh’hannoth**

We evacuated the planetoid and returned to the ship to immediate decontamination. Admiral Gerhadsen was still unconscious, yet sometimes muttering the same language she spoke after our encounter on Naam-Adol. To counteract this, Dr. King performed a Vulcan mind meld on the Admiral to see if she could get her back. Instead, she ended up speaking telepathically directly to Tig-Sh’hannoth, who thought they were speaking with Mn’Eclon, instead of a shade of the elder god’s memories. Meanwhile, the entity known as Tig-Sh’hannoth itself filled our viewscreen and the space around us, a gargantuan mass of undulating tentacles that stretched for 3,000 km in front of and around our ship.

All attempts the doctor made to reason were met with increasing hostility and confusion. I was called down to sickbay to consult and translate, and I suggested instead she lean into the elder thing’s belief that it was talking to Mn’Eclon, whom it had acknowledged as some kind of superior being. After all, if someone asks “are you a god?”...you say “yes.” The bluff proved ineffective at first, only agitating the creature more, threatening to destroy us. I went back to the geology lab and grabbed the crystal shard that we acquired from the surface, and Dr. Vespri attached it to a neural stimulator device. The massive amounts of energy in the crystal acted like a telepathic megaphone, completely fooling the entity that it was addressing its master. It also had the side effect of nearly incapacitating anyone on the crew that was telepathically sensitive, even giving the non telepaths onboard headaches.

While Dr. King held a battle of wits with an elder god, I got back to the bridge and worked with Sir Harald to spoof a basic direction signal we had detected emanating from the planetoid. We used the signal to order one of the shepherd crystals to push a singularity into the planetoid. This immediately destabilized all of the crystal shepherd beings and simultaneously destabilized the orbits of the neutron stars. Tig-Sh’hannoth moved away from the ship to try to protect “the babies”, and we escaped in the chaos.

It appears that the neutron stars were destabilized enough to fold in on each other, and the mass of those incredibly dense stars is starting to form a robust singularity...of the non sentient kind. We will remain on station to observe as we recover and make minor repairs.

**Computer, end science log.**
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