Captain’s Log, Stardate 9828.3

Cap­tain Masu­da, Com­mand­ing Offi­cer, Lyonesse NCC-2278.

We have detect­ed a dis­tress call that appears to have emanat­ed from a Vul­can Expe­di­tionary Group trans­mit­ter on the world below us, des­ig­nat­ed BC-01c. We are assum­ing the trans­mit­ter is asso­ci­at­ed with the lost VES Son­ak, as no oth­er Vul­can ves­sels are known to have entered the Black Clus­ter. We lost the sig­nal itself one day ago, but are now in orbit around its ori­gin. The dis­tress call sug­gest­ed imme­di­ate assis­tance was required as atmos­pher­ic con­di­tions proved too haz­ardous for the expe­di­tion to con­tin­ue, it also com­mu­ni­cat­ed that one of their team had already been lost.

Ensign Lock’s risk assess­ment of the plan­et sur­face was very thor­ough, find­ing that the plan­et is almost entire­ly dark, its mag­net­ic field is anom­alous, and its atmos­phere is a sil­i­cate mod­ule. We cat­e­gorised it as Class Y. A Demon world. Although this is unusu­al for a world so close to its par­ent star.

I am send­ing the shut­tle Mor­gana to the sur­face under the com­mand of Lt Astan with Lt Cmdr Valik, Ensign Kheled and Doc­tor Vale. Ensign Lock will remain behind and try to increase our sen­sor capac­i­ty, since our probe stopped trans­mit­ting about 50km down.

Captain’s Log, Supplementary

The shut­tle was attacked as it came in to land on the sur­face, the crew were able to make a land­ing and Lt Cmdr Valik made tem­po­rary repairs to the engine. Lt Astan eval­u­at­ed that the mis­sion was able to pro­ceed and the remains of the base camp left by the Son­ak were explored. Unfor­tu­nate­ly our worst fears were con­firmed when Dr Vale found two of the expe­di­tion dead.

This offi­cer notes the brav­ery and courage of these men in dis­charg­ing their duty in the face of attack by an unknown alien species. Let the record acknowl­edge their sacrifice.

The away par­ty brought back the two for bur­ial. Data shows that their mis­sion was active and col­lect­ing data for about two weeks before they start­ed hav­ing prob­lems. There were objects which fell to the sur­face and a team was sent to inves­ti­gate. The base lost con­tact when a storm came in and found their atmos­phere was replaced by the storm itself. The last entry says they were under attack and tried to aban­don their posi­tion pay­ing the ulti­mate price. This means that BC-01C was a Class H world and is now read­ing as Class Y. What could have caused such a dras­tic change in so short a peri­od of time?

An eval­u­a­tion of the sur­vey mis­sion data sug­gest­ed that there may have been microbe life forms on the plan­et when the Son­ak mis­sion was here, and they had some the­o­ries about an old civil­i­sa­tion hav­ing dwelt on the world at some point. Unfor­tu­nate­ly no infor­ma­tion was logged about where the Son­ak was going next.

We have sent a probe down to the impact site, under mod­i­fi­ca­tions to shield its ener­gy sup­ply. The away team believe that this may have drawn the crea­ture which attacked them. This probe made it through and scans of the impact site showed a crater which still con­tains the object which caused it. The object is round and smooth sur­faced, we also believe we have found the bod­ies of the rest of the sur­vey mis­sion. It may be the inter­fer­ence, but there does seem to be some move­ment in the vicinity.

I can’t help but feel con­flict­ed in light of this. The safe­ty of the crew must be para­mount, but we have a duty to return these peo­ple to their fam­i­lies after so many years of not know­ing. It seems an away team should be sent to the impact site, but with so lit­tle infor­ma­tion it is dif­fi­cult to know if we might not find our­selves in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion to that of the crew of the Son­ak. Giv­en the exist­ing evi­dence, we might also find our­selves in a First Con­tact situation.