post » This is Captain Dominic Ward of USC vessel Tranquility, en route from Alexandria. Acting Commander and Chief Engineer Devon Resnik also present for shipwide transmission.
The ship doesn't have an AI, but it'll respond to vocal commands.
It's called a jump drive. Clarke's drive, if you want to get technical. Folds space and time around it in order to move from one point in the universe to another. Basically, it creates wormholes.
We've been operating this vessel with a skeleton crew for... I'd say about a month, give or take a few days.
(What's the current stardate?) We're unclear on that right now.
It was a migration.
(What type of engines has she got? What is it that's fueling these jumps?) Ion thrusters. The jumps use energy, not fuel; we need that for everything else. The drive accelerates the particles in and around the ship until a wormhole is created, and then we travel through it.
We're moving at pretty slow speeds during sub-lightspeed travel.
(How many people were originally on this ship?) Upwards of 200,000 residents, plus crew.
Thousands of scientists across the Triad built it. (The Tranquility)
Alexandria is a planet.
The engines are in working order. It can't have been mechanical failure that brought you here.
Something happened to the rest of the original crew; we’re not sure how or why, and we couldn’t tell you if we wanted to.
The Tranquility was a colony ship headed for the Delta Andromedae system.
We're working on a way to get you back, but it may take some time.
Our original destination was an uninhabited planet in the Delta Andromedae system.
We're in the Beta Andromedae system right now.
It's common practice on ships this size. (The nanite tattoos are)
(What do you believe happened to leave the ship in this predicament?) We're not sure yet. It's not mechanical failure, we know that much.
We didn't intentionally bring you here, let's put it that way.
This is a USC vessel, jointly funded by the civilian government and the Navy and our carrying capacity is about 250,000 people. (Was she at full capacity when she left on this colonization flight?) Not quite. We were at approximately 200,000 residents when we left.
(on Tansei:) It's a space station. The nearest moon to us is Ceres, but it's still too far for us to reach without stopping at this point.
sighting » PRIVATE transmission with Connor Temple
post » A broadcast from Ward and Resnik about docking at the TANSEI STATION
In addition to fuel, we’ll be stocking our food stores with meat and dairy products, plus a few other things. We’re also taking requests for personal items. We’ll get what we can, but we can’t promise anything; just tell us what you want and we'll see if we can get it.
sighting » Resnik. LOCKED transmission with the Doctor
(The disabling of foreign technology/changing of passenger's biology is not being done by any known security system.)
sighting » transmission with James Kirk. "I've managed to get the chronometer back online, but she won't give me anything outside of a 24 hour count. I've been trying to pull up a map of this place for the passed 78 hours but it's like the damn thing never existed in the first place. I'm starting to wonder if a blueprint was even put in the databanks."
(Commander- is there a chance someone might have wanted to sabotage your mission?) Nothing was out of the ordinary before the jump. Nothing Captain Ward or I could tell. If somebody had a problem with the mission, we didn't know about it. (Nothing for political gain to get rid of you guys?) No. We're intended to be a cooperative gesture, and the last major separatist movements have been over for decades at this point. (What about a hostile alien race? Is there anyone your government has butt heads with in the past?) We've not made first contact, so the chance of it being hostile aliens is... unlikely.
sighting » Ward. "PRIVATE" transmission with Tony Stark
(RE: SMILEY) It's not us—and before you ask, we don't know who it is.
If I was going to threaten to kill you, I wouldn't do it anonymously over the network. We don't know why the red text is here, but we're not interested in screwing with you.
sighting » Resnik. PRIVATE, HACKABLE transmission with James Kirk. "It's about time you two came out of the woodwork. I don't know if you noticed, but you had a mutiny on your hands last month. Wanna share why you didn't step in? Or better yet, what the hell is on this ship with us?"
As for our mystery guest—we're just as in the dark as you are.
We don't know who our guest is. We don't even know if it has a face. But we know it writes in Common, and with materials around the ship. That it knows something we don't. And wants us to find out what it is.
We haven't stopped at a planet since we began this mission, and there aren't any for lightyears, or shouldn't be. This ship is to huge to land. Scans have been unreliable — when we've gotten them. Something could have come with you on any one of the jumps and hid itself, but we can't know for sure. Maybe it was a stowaway off the last station. I don't know, maybe a passenger from our original crew survived somehow. Our best bet is to keep an eye on them, try and catch them out if they slip up, figure out who they are. If it's human at all.
This ship — it's a colony ship. Once the jump drive was invented, humanity wanted to find and colonize new planets, new solar systems. We're already covering three planets and some of their moons — and a handful of space stations, like you saw—so it was the next logical step, after the discovery of the jump points. We took it when we could. And by we, I mean the government who put this mission together; Ward and I were hired for the job without really knowing what it was. They called it the Helios II project before they ever named this ship Tranquility. After the prototype came back with good news, we were the first ship sent out to find new planets to terraform. But we failed. Obviously. Now we're just trying to get back home.
One more thing: we’re advising you to avoid engaging Smiley.
(On Smiley:) Our best guess is that it isn’t human, but antagonizing it further won’t end well no matter what it is. We’re almost certain it won’t stop until it gets what it wants, but until we know what that is, stay away from it. If past events are any indication, things onboard the ship are probably going to get much worse.
Gallagher was our previous captain. The second transmission wasn’t broadcast to the ship at large, so it was the first we’d seen of it. As we explained to Southey, he went insane after the first jump and attacked the passengers; we think he made that transmission because he thought the crew was out to get him. When he became violent, he was incapacitated by our security team and disappeared when the rest of the crew did.
(How much control do you have over the ship?) Some. Enough to run it. It seems to be holding up.
Our formal communications have been down for some time, and our communications staff... are missing, obviously.
(The crew is missing?) They're gone. It happened about seven months ago, according to the Alexandrian calendar -- but time hasn't exactly been cooperative up here, so it could be longer.
(Has anyone formed a search party?) I'd advise against it, if only for the fact that this ship -- without any accessible blueprints -- is essentially impossible to navigate without getting lost. We've got a good handle on the open areas, but there's no telling what might happen if you venture off the beaten path. We've had -- problems with that, in the past.
post Within the next 24 hours, we'll be arriving at Strela outpost. The five shuttles that have been repaired have been pre-programmed to dock safely at the station, so those of you who'd like to come on shore leave, now's your chance.
(On Strela:) We've never docked at this particular station before, so we're not as familiar with it as we'd like to be. But it is New Alliance property - government outposts are obligatorily hospitable as far as company is concerned.
(On Strela:) The same government that owns this station built this ship, so I expect it'll have a familiar ring to it. ... They're obligated to refuel government vessels and put up the vessel's passengers and crew. You'll probably have to trade for individual items, but you should be able to find a place to rest there. ... Not officials (on Strela) — they're back on Alexandria — but there should be a New Alliance presence in security and a government-designated outpost authority.
(What took so long between the Tansei Station and this stop?) Space isn't small, and the jumps aren't linear.
We're USC. ... United Space Corps.
Aside from some of the the passengers on this ship, we haven't made First Contact. The likelihood that there will be anything alien on that outpost is incredibly slim.
New Alliance standard = the law. As long as you stay on the acceptable side of morality, you should be fine.
Long-range communications are down. We're essentially piggybacking off of their broadcast signal, which is how we were able to establish contact. It's not perfect, but it's worked in the past.
sighting » Resnik. Transmission with Topher Brink. In reference to the STASIS SICKNESS event/opening of the Science areas.
(How do you not know what's on the ship?) I'm an engineer. I knew the ship schematics; everyone in my department did. The ones we were given, at any rate. The Tranquility is the largest thing my people have ever built, and you must be sorely mistaken if you think I was told everything there is to know about it. The science department—along with a multitude of other areas—have been inaccessible ever since our original crew disappeared. Until now, obviously. Both Captain Ward and I both decided that keeping the ship running was more important than exploring areas we couldn't get into, and so we focused on that, before and after the first wave appeared. I don't know how our smiling friend managed access. I don't know how the creatures survived. I don't know why they're there. And I don't know if you've noticed, but the ship hasn't done very well with sticking to blueprints.
sighting » transmission with Topher Brink. ENCRYPTED.
sighting » Resnik. transmission with Tyke on Wichita's post
on putting Moran in the brig
post USC Tranquility has entered emergency standby mode. The reactor has ceased generating power, and we are running solely on backup generators. Certain areas will be inaccessible to those without clearance. The gardens will continue to filter air and water, but ship temperatures will drop, and lights will remain dim until the reactor has been repaired. Artificial gravity is holding stable at 85%. Pressure is 100%. Passengers should gather in groups — make every effort to stay healthy and warm. The source of the issue is unknown at this time. We have enough power to last us a year in space, but I'm sure it won't come to that. Excessive changes in atmosphere or the physical condition of the ship will be reported over the public address system. We'll keep you updated as soon as more information becomes available. ALL ENGINEERING STAFF REPORT TO THE ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT. ALL AGRICULTURE STAFF REPORT TO THE O2 GARDENS. ALL SEC AND MED STAFF ARE TO ENSURE PASSENGER SAFETY AT ALL TIMES. DO NOT ENGAGE IN EXCESSIVE OR STRENUOUS PHYSICAL ACTIVITY. CONSERVE OXYGEN. RATION FOOD. BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS. REMAIN CALM.
Atmosphere is faulty, but holding. I'd say systems are functioning 60% across the board, but we're stable. ... The minute the reactor stops being operational, the entire ship goes into emergency standby mode. The reactor is the only piece of the ship that could trigger this kind of response.
(What happens after a year?) Either we initiate an evacuation protocol, or we freeze to death. (What is evacuation protocol?) Emergency response plan. A system of guidelines we follow when the ship is no longer inhabitable. We take the shuttles out.
Jump points are unpredictable, but they're almost always located in deep space.
The Tranquility is the only ship of its kind.
The jump's being postponed until we can figure out what the hell happened.
This ship was a classified government project. Only the specialists from my home planet know the full ins and outs of the ship, and only the physicists on Alexandria knew anything about how the the jump drive worked. For all intents and purposes, the Tranquility can't be fixed—not unless we take it home again. That's what we're trying to do.
(There's no way to attempt to examine the jump drive and how it works while the ship is running?) No. I'm not allowing anyone near it. I can't risk it breaking, or being broken. There's too much at stake.
post Power's been restored. It wasn't us. We still don't know what caused the problem, but we'll keep looking. Temperatures should normalize within the hour. Crew, especially engineers: good work. I'll be making department rounds in about twenty minutes. I've been informed of the abnormalities in the passenger quarters. Use your common sense.
My best bet is our red friend, but even then, there's nothing... there's no evidence of physical sabotage, and our systems don't appear to have been hacked.
(What abnormalities?) Masks.
The Tranquility's current programmed destination is unknown, even to Resnik. (Jack accompanied this mission, even if the conversation between Spock and Resnik is unhackable right now, he was informed of this conversation by Spock)