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# 9 Terra Nova: 2409
09-05-2012, 02:12 PM
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Lucas Riker?s Personal Log Stardate 86474.9
The captain has set a course for Risa to give the crew some much needed shore leave. I, however, will be on my way to Betazed instead, to join my parents for their 30th Wedding Anniversary. I am looking forward to seeing my parents; it has been way too long.
This date in Federation History: Ground breaking of the first humanoid colony outside of the Sol System, the colony was named Terra Nova (Latin for New Earth) back in 2078. That must have been one exciting day for Earth, as well as all of the new colonists.
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First Officer?s Log Stardate 86490.5
After passing by Vega colony to monitor Borg activity, ship communications picked up a faint distress call, at least that?s what we think it is, from the area near where Terra Nova colony once was. We are setting course for the last known coordinates of Terra Nova. I have been reading up on the history of Terra Nova, and there are some startling findings. I am not even sure what we will find when we arrive.
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Lucas Riker?s Personal Log Stardate 86495.6
As we make our way to Terra Nova, I can?t help but think what it must have been like for the first Colonists who took that long journey to a new planet, a new world. It seems as though now, whatever may be left of a long forgotten, and one might say abandoned, human Colony on Terra Nova is in the hands of the USS Titan-B.
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Captain?s Log Stardate 86496.8
We have arrived at the computer?s coordinates of Terra Nova, only to find empty space. It seems as though the planet has all but disappeared, leaving only its moons completely intact. We have scanned the moons and found no inhabitants. We plan on continuing to investigate, cautiously, but will not spend too much time chasing down dead ends.
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Lucas Riker?s Personal Log Supplemental
Captain has decided we have spent long enough chasing down a ghost. We have transmitted our findings to Starfleet and they will be sending out an investigation party at their convenience. It seems as though since no one in the Federation has heard from Terra Nova in almost 260 years, they are not too concerned that the planet has disappeared. I, however, can?t shake this feeling that we?re missing something.
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First Officer?s Log Stardate 86497.8
Captain has received word from Starfleet that they will be sending a team out to investigate immediately. I have requested to stay back in a shuttle and wait for the research team to arrive. Meanwhile, I will start an investigation of my own. My shore leave on Betazed, and my family reunion, will have to wait for now.
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First Officer?s Log Stardate 86498.1
Aboard the USS Titan-B?s shuttle, I have scanned and verified 2 of the moons near where Terra Nova should be. Both moons match the computer?s star charts. I still do not understand how the planet could just disappear. I have done further reading on the history of Terra Nova and discovered the meteor that struck the planet and irradiated it killing off most of its? inhabitants. Some 70 years after that Captain Archer made contact with the remaining Novans and relocated them to the Southern Hemisphere that was not affected by the radiation. Though relations were strained, that still does not explain why there has been no communication between Federation and Terra Nova, nor Terra Nova and any other species for the last 260 years. Nor does this explain the mysterious distress call the USS Titan picked up leaving Vega Colony. I look forward to having a full research team here soon, as the sensors and scanning capabilities on this shuttle are subpar. I am going to move closer to where the southern hemisphere should have been; maybe I can pick up some trace elements left behind.
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First Officer?s Log Supplemental
I may have discovered something traveling near the southern hemisphere. There seems to be a cloud, fading in and out. It is rather small, and the shuttle?s sensors can?t make much of it, but I intend on marking that for further exploration once the research vessel arrives. The shuttle?s power levels have been fluctuating more frequently due to unknown origins. I hope the research team is nearby as I?m not sure this shuttle will have power much longer.
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First Officer?s Log Supplemental
This will be my last log entry until the research vessel arrives as the shuttle is losing power. I am sending out a distress signal, as well as transmitting all of the information I have collected thus far, in hopes it reaches the research vessel or any other vessel in range.
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First Officer?s Log Stardate 86596.5
I have found myself on the surface of a planet. I am unsure of what planet; however the last thing I remember was my shuttle losing power, and life support. From the last log entry I can find it has been over a month since then, none of which time I can remember.
The planet is rather warm, but habitable by humans, as I am not dead yet. I have found no source of water yet and all supplies on the shuttle have vanished. I am going to venture into a nearby cave for shelter from the sun.
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Lucas Riker?s Personal Log Supplemental
I have found a source of water, scarce as it is, but it seems to be drinkable. I have yet to run into any humans, or other life forms of any kind. After I rest awhile, I will have to venture back to the shuttle remains and hope to fashion something of a communicator to send a distress call. I am beginning to worry that no one will find me here, and really starting to wonder what happened during the month that I cannot remember.
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Captain?s Log Stardate 86602.4
The USS Titan has received word from Betazed that Command Lucas Riker never arrived to meet and celebrate his parents? 30th wedding anniversary. I have also contacted Starfleet and they have no record of a research vessel accepting a mission to investigate the disappearance of Terra Nova ? a transmission of which I myself had sent out and received confirmation from Starfleet. The USS Titan will rendezvous with a shuttle containing Retired Admiral William T. Riker, Ambassador Deanna Troi, and Captain Data near Betazed. The USS Titan will then set course for Terra Nova maximum warp.
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William T. Riker?s Personal Log Supplemental
My son has gone missing near Terra Nova on a scientific research mission investigating the mysterious disappearance of the planet Terra Nova. My wife and I have enlisted the help of Data, and the USS Titan to find him. If Lucas is anything like myself, or the man I named him after he will be found, alive and well, most likely mingling with the female inhabitants of a nearby planet or searching through the ruins for artifacts. That boy never ceases to amaze me with his captivating intrigue for the unknown.
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Captain Log Supplemental
We have arrived at the last coordinates that we left Commander Lucas Riker and the shuttle. The area is the same as it was when we left Commander Riker here. There is still no planet Terra Nova in sight, and furthermore there is now no Commander Riker and his shuttle in sight either. We are scanning the area, but nothing so far.
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First Officer?s Log Supplemental
I have retraced my steps but cannot find my shuttle. Instead I found a small building standing where I thought my shuttle had been. I used great caution in entering, but the blazing sun left me no choice. Upon entering the inside looks at though it was made from the parts of my shuttle ? I would not have guessed this from the outside as it looked more like a sand castle than a shuttle. The building was only about 6 meters long, by 3 meters wide by 3 meters high but it seems quaint, or maybe it was because I had spent so long in those caves. There was a small cot like contraption in one corner, and a small port hole of a window on the opposite wall. I decided to lay down as it was a long journey from the caves to here.
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First Officer?s Log Supplemental
I have finally found another life form to communicate with. I am not sure as to what to call it, it is like nothing I?ve seen before, sort of human like but very dried up ? probably from the lack of hydration on this planet. It calls itself Notak Vindal ? though it does not communicate very well with words, sign language and gestures seem to be getting us along. If I understand Notak correctly it is Notak that transformed my shuttle into this building I am currently living in. I believe there are more Notaks but am unsure if I should ask to meet with them. I fear that I may upset them, or that they may not be able to understand me. I will wait another night and decide tomorrow.
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First Officer?s Log Supplemental
I awoke today to find several Notaks in my shuttle building, inspecting, changing, ransacking my belongings. Upon further investigation, they were fixing a crack that had formed in the hull of the shuttle, which was now a mixture of hardened sand and shuttle material. Though I was startled to see more of them, I believe they were just as startled to see me awake and staring at them. They introduced me to what I would call their elder Jamin ? he was not as dried up and sandy as the rest, however it did seem that we had not seen water in many days. He spoke better English, almost like a human who had been mute of very many years. He led me out into the dry hot sun and into a nearby cavern where there was water for me to drink. I thanked him and began to ask him questions of where I was and how I had gotten there and if there were more of them. I must have drank the water so fast that I overwhelmed my body because the next thing I know I was again awakening in my shuttle building, unaware of how I had gotten there. In an attempt to not repeat this loss of time again I strapped on a life monitor that I had hidden in my pocket for an emergency before I entered the caves the first time. I was shocked to learn my water content was down to 26% - no wonder I was losing chucks of time. The Notaks or Jamin must have seen me as a threat because they have now locked my shuttle building from the outside and I am stuck inside. I wonder if I have enough energy to attempt to break down the door.
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First Officer?s Log Supplemental
I arose from the cot and prepared to ram into the door of the shuttle building when it opened rather forcefully. There stood Lt. Cmdr. Alex, Lt. Anna LaForge, and Captain Data. They hurried me out of the shuttle and into a nearby cavern. They had found the cloud near the southern hemisphere fading in and out just as I had ? but they were able to stay far enough away to avoid the power drain on the USS Titan. They took a cloaked shuttle into the cloud and found the planet, Terra Nova, covered in a shroud like cloak. That cloud was the cloak failing in a small corner of the southern hemisphere. With myself now rescued we could continue to investigate the planet. We would have to start by mapping out the cavern system. Thankfully Data has downloaded all of the known Terra Nova planetary survey maps from the computer prior to the trip. Quickly he verified that these caverns were in fact the caverns of Terra Nova. With this knowledge we quickly made out way to the southernmost point known in search of water and a colony.
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Captain?s Log Supplemental
We are in a low orbit near Terra Nova after finding a failure in a cloak shrouding the planet. We have sent down a small team in a shuttle to hopefully find Commander Riker and investigate the source of the shrouding cloak. My first impressions are that something is being hidden here. I am unsure of what to make of the situation and for our own safety I have yet to contact the Federation until we have more information.
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Away Team Log Supplemental
We have come to find out that planet Terra Nova has been inhabited by 2 life forms. One was original to the planet ? of superior intelligence in mechanical engineering construction, while very limited in verbal communication. The Novans call them Vomads. The second life form is that of the human species of which landed here in 2078. When the meteor hit the planet in 2085 the radiation killed most of the humans, driving the remaining into the caverns, and later moving them to the Southern Hemisphere caverns by Captain Archer. The Novans thrived in the Southern Hemisphere caves for a while until the Vomads began to mutate due to the radiation. Once mutated, they took over the whole planet, except for a small set of caverns in the southern hemisphere. These caverns were too small for the mutated Vomads to navigate and were much too humid for them also. The Vomads began as very small creatures, dessert dwelling, and allergic to water. The radiation caused this allergic reaction to be so severe that any contact with water instantly disintegrated the Vomads. Another alteration caused by the radiation was the uncontrollable growth. The Vomads are now among the largest life forms still able to inhabit planets. Many are over 8 feet tall ? a far cry from the original 2 feet they were accustomed too. The Novans did not know the planet was being shrouded by a cloak, but it would explain the dozens of distress calls that went unanswered. Their water supply is running out, and the Novans are beginning to die off. From our readings, it seems as though the radiation that was once there over 300 years ago is only in trace now, most likely due to its half-life degradation. If the Novans were to want to start inhabiting the rest of the planet, though it is hot, it would be chemically habitable for humans. Riley, one of the elders, is going to call a meeting of the remaining Novans to discuss this option. Data and Riker are going to try to get a signal to the USS Titan to send word that Riker is OK and that they are investigating.
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Captain?s Log Supplemental
A faint signal came through late last night, not much of it was understood, however it is a sign that someone on the planet?s surface is there and able to send communications. We hold out hope for a little longer before contacting the Federation.
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Away Team Log Supplemental
The Novans have agreed to begin inhabitants of the rest of the planet. We are now working together to find the best possible solution for dealing with the Vomads and determining the origin of the cloaking shroud surrounding the planet. Unfortunately, there is a greater concern that the trek to the Northern Pole, where we have determined the cloak technology is stationed, will not be an easy one, and may not be made by all.
We begin our trek toward the Northern most region of the planet in hopes to find the cloak, and to not have much opposition along the way.
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Away Team Log Supplemental
We figure we are about half way to the North Pole now, and I believe the count of dead is 12 ? about 1 every other day mostly elders, and one child who fell from a cliff into a small water hole and was unable to be saved before drowning. But we press on, though I can feel the Novans are losing hope of an end and faith in our crew as the days pass.
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Away Team Log Supplemental
We have reached the North Pole and have found the power control unit controlling the cloaking device ? LaForge and Data are working on disabling it. We have not noticed much opposition on our journey ? we have stayed mostly in the caverns and only ventured out when an easier way was not found. We have, however, found an abundance of sand like sacs along the way, if I was to venture a guess I would think they were some sort of shedding of skin, like a snake, but it seems unlikely as we have seen to animals of any kind on the planet so far. We also have found a device that seems to be removing the water supply from the planet and consuming it, almost as if it is trying to rid the entire planet of water. We are also investigating how to disable this.
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Away Team Log Supplemental
LaForge and Data have been able to disable the cloaking the device, and the Novans have disabled the device removing the planet?s water supply. We still have yet to come across any opposition from the Vomads which is very suspect because it seems as though they are the only ones that would benefit from these 2 devices, though they do seem highly technically advanced for that species. Our next task is to venture out of the caves and into the planet?s surface, where we are hoping to find an inhabitable planet.
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Captain?s Log Supplemental
After 2 months of no contact with Commander Riker or the away team the cloak shrouding the planet has been removed and Terra Nova sits staring back at us. Though it is a rather tan looking planet we are hoping to have good reports from the Away Team. We are attempting to contact them now.
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Away Team?s Log Supplemental
Upon emerging from the caverns, the sun shined brightly on our faces, not nearly as hot as it had been before. There were the sandy sacks everywhere, Data scanned a few but found nothing but sand, and a few micro-organisms. We have asked the Doctor onboard the USS Titan to come examine them more closely. She concludes that based on their size and sandy makeup that they were most likely the remains of the Vomads. It looks as though they died of natural causes; thought there wasn?t much left of them. We are providing the Novans with supplies, a new water supply to help replenish the planet?s depleted water supply, as well as provisions, and medical supplies. These should be able to get them started on rebuilding their colony until a supply ship can be sent from Starfleet. The Away Team will be leaving now and the USS Titan will be contacting Starfleet to notify them of their discovery.
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Joint Log of Captain Rene Picard and Commander Lucas Riker of the USS Titan documenting Rediscovery of Terra Nova Colony and Federation Involvement in Planetary Manipulation
We both have just left a Starfleet Confidential meeting with the Admiral?s council concerning our actions and exploration of Terra Nova. It seems as though the Federation decided to provide the Vomads (Life form 126875) with a cloak, water depletion generator, and climate control equipment to nurture them for as long as they wanted to stay on Terra Nova. Though this was in complete violation of the Prime Directive, the Federation found the Vomads to be perfect subjects for this experiment. The experiment failed when the Vomads blocked all communication with Federation after their equipment was up and running. Many secret missions were conducted in the area, with many ships lost presumably to the Vomans and to the planetary climate. The Vomads were presumed to have a lifespan of 30 years, from the Novans scientific records ? of which the Federation thought would be enough time to complete their experiment, but not hurt the Novans while still in the southern hemisphere. Unfortunately, the extent of radiation poisoning on the Vomads caused their lifespan to increase to 10 times regular ? or about 300 years. Another effect of the radiation was sterilization. The Vomads could no longer procreate if they had already hit sexual maturity when the radiation poisoning started. They attempted to procreate as rapidly as possible once this was found out, however all offspring were born sterile also. Some of the Vomads died immediately, but many survived quite some time, however around the same time the cloak started to fail was about 300 years from which the radiation poisoning and the sterile offspring converged. Unfortunately, the sand like sacks were actually the remains of the Vomads ? almost all about 300 years old ? the last of an extinct life form. The Federation will never publish what really happened between Captain Archer?s contact and Commander Riker?s contact with Terra Nova ? let this entry, and the memories of the Away Team, be the only record of the true events of those years.
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