Literary Challenge #13 : The Void
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Join Date: Dec 2007
The Unknown Possibilties
02-24-2012, 04:33 PM
Personal Log: Stardate 89023.1
I know I have told the story before, but I have to hear myself say it again. My husband, our children and I had taken some early time off before the World Series so we could go visit my parents on Bajor. So, we stuffed ourselves into shuttlecraft 05, or the
as Admiral Sharp had named it and started making our way from the Betreka nebula to my home planet. It was beyond beautiful, with the swirls of gas everywhere, and the spectrograph readings were just unbelievable. To Soral it was like he was touring the Bajoran Art Gallery. He had all of the sensor displays up, and just seemed to stare at them.
We detected what appeared to be a small wormhole nearby, one that didn't show up on current charts of the area, nor did it show up on sensors when the Stellar Drift passed through this area a few days earlier. Since it wasn't too far out of our way, Soral and I went to investigate. Out of nowhere, main power went offline, and the gas clouds we had been so enjoying just vanished. Next thing I know, all I see is dark space and these faint specks of light from nearby stars. The kids started crying, so Soral went to soothe them while I got main power back online. It didn't take long. I ran a quick navigational scan, but none of the star fields registered on Federation or Bajoran star charts.
Out of the corner of my eye, on one of Soral's sensor displays, a spectrograph monitor, I caught a peculiar reading. There were elements coming from these stars in quantities that weren't typical of stars we knew at all. Soral came back and noticed what I was looking at and ran a gamma radiation analysis. We couldn't believe it, so we did it again and came back with the same conclusion. Somehow, we had traveled not to another part of the galaxy, we had been transported outside it, and into the area of space between galaxies.
To our relief as well, our long range scans also detected an inbound ship. I had no idea that there were beings traveling between galaxies at all. We hailed them, but didn't get a response at first. After about 30 minutes they replied, explaining that they had had trouble finding the correct frequency to reach us.
Their ship is called the
, and it is the most impressive starship I have ever laid eyes on. I thought the
was fairly advanced, and a handful to maintain. The
is the length of 15 Galaxy class starships, and the depth of 20 Negh'vars. She is also faster than any other starship I have ever seen, and her energy weapons could obliterate the
in one shot at medium power setting. The Captain, a man named Vori explained to me that the
is actually old and out of date compared with other ships in service, and is due for retirement when they return to home port.
Despite how fast the
can travel, exploration missions, or even just milk runs between galaxies can take years and even decades. Due to this, crew members take family and/or valued friends with them on their journey. As the population increases, the crew has the ability to rearrange or expand the ship as needed. When the
left for its present journey it was 1/3 the size it is now, and in addition to just basic amenities it has a shopping center, a park, and education from primary school to graduate school.
Captain Vori is from a species called the Adarii, who are carbon-based humanoids that live in on a planet called Xetas in the Sunflower Galaxy. The Adarii are members of a galaxy-wide alliance called the Urduridan Star Republic, which is also a member of an intergalactic alliance called the League. The League was formed out of a desire for intergalactic travelers to explore as a peaceful collective. It is relatively new in forming, if you consider a millennium new, and is composed of 8 members from 5 different galaxies. He explained to me that while they have been to the Milky Way, the League does not have any members from our galaxy. They believe we aren't ready yet, but they do think the Federation shows the most promise. In fact, League explorers are specifically prohibited from entering our galaxy for fear of interfering in galactic affairs, and for their own personal safety.
According to the star charts that Soral and I have obtained from Captain Vori, we were transported approximately 105 million lightyears from the Milky Way. Even at this vessel's maximum speed, it would take them more than a lifetime to reach just the edge of the galaxy let alone Bajor or Vulcan. The League scientists aboard this ship tell me that they are hard at work studying our sensor readings, plus theirs to try and figure out how to get us back to where we were.
In the meantime, we have been invited to stay for as long as we like. Even if Captain Vori can find a way to replicate the anomaly that brought us here, Soral and I have been seriously discussing remaining aboard anyway. While we both would miss our family and friends dearly, the opportunity to explore the universe in such a way is almost too good to pass up.
After the incident in Orellius a few months ago, Soral and I were both thinking of leaving Starfleet. Commander Sevak is more than ready to take over as First Officer, and Lieutenant Olio is more than ready to take my spot as Chief Engineer. Captain Vori says he could always use another good engineer, and a good scientist, even if our knowledge is several hundreds of years out of date for them. I like the idea of our children growing up in a place free from all the wars, or the Borg, or anyone that wants to use or exploit them. Varek would also be the first Bajoran and the first Vulcan to be born outside the galaxy.
We will see if my feelings change as time progresses. My guess is we will have a lot of time to think.
-- End Log Entry
Lieutenant Commander Kala Lahal
USS Stellar Drift