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current_story:the_sword_of_ophiuchus_part_1 [2021/03/17 04:05]
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 "Nothing," he stated confusedly.  "Not even a single desiccated colony of bacteria. Normally, I'd pick up at least some kind of intact DNA reading from an active bioscan," he explained.  "But I'm getting nothing.  Absolutely NOTHING.  It's more sterile over there than a class one surgical field..." "Nothing," he stated confusedly.  "Not even a single desiccated colony of bacteria. Normally, I'd pick up at least some kind of intact DNA reading from an active bioscan," he explained.  "But I'm getting nothing.  Absolutely NOTHING.  It's more sterile over there than a class one surgical field..."
  
-As the diminutive 2-meter wide ship flew nearer, Theo chose with trepidation to drop the cloaking device to save on energy.  As they loitered closer and closer to the base's surface, they could see that it had undergone minor structural damage in certain areas.  In forward sections of the base, windows had imploded, and structural beams had been strained to their limits, while many other areas appeared completely intact, though no movement or activity could be seen through the viewports.  Finally, they came upon a quiescent personnel airlock towards the top of the monolithic station.+As the diminutive 2-meter wide ship flew nearer, Theo chose with trepidation to drop the cloaking device to save on energy.  As they loitered closer and closer to the base's surface, they could see that it had undergone minor structural damage in certain areas.  In forward sections of the base, windows had imploded, and structural beams had been strained to their limits.  While many other areas appeared completely intact, no movement or activity could be seen through the darkened viewports.  Finally, they came upon a quiescent personnel airlock towards the top of the monolithic station.
  
 "Bet you wished we had packed some EVA suits," Saal remarked ominously, invoking a sour look from Theo. "Bet you wished we had packed some EVA suits," Saal remarked ominously, invoking a sour look from Theo.
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 "At least I lived long enough to hear you apologize for once," the grouchy, enervated doctor remarked. "At least I lived long enough to hear you apologize for once," the grouchy, enervated doctor remarked.
  
-As the miniature, diminished vessel floated up to the broad, expansive windows that overlooked the docking bay, a soft orange flicker of illumination danced in the dim light around them.  Theo's and Saal's eyes began adjusting to the dark environment surrounding them, revealing a spectacle outside in the berthing complex.  The flickering light came from the tug-of-war interface between the docking bay walls and the low-level energy signatures of a navigational deflector field.  As the vision of the two men acclimated to the shadowy ambiance, they scrutinized the perimeter of the glimmering field and saw that it enveloped a huge vessel still holding station outside in the docking bay.  The outline of the ship was clear and unambiguous: It was a Galaxy-class starship, and unlike the vessels in the other docking bays, was perfectly intact.+As the miniature, diminished vessel floated up to the broad, expansive windows that overlooked the docking bay, a soft orange flicker of illumination danced in the dim light around them.  As Theo's and Saal's eyes adjusted to the dark environment surrounding them, they revealed a spectacle outside in the berthing complex.  The flickering light came from the tug-of-war interface between the docking bay walls and the low-level energy signatures of a navigational deflector field.  As the vision of the two men acclimated to the shadowy ambiance, they scrutinized the perimeter of the glimmering field and saw that it enveloped a huge vessel still holding station outside in the docking bay.  The outline of the ship was clear and unambiguous: It was a Galaxy-class starship, and unlike the vessels in the other docking bays, was perfectly intact.
  
 Stenciled along it's hull:  NCC-76241... USS Republic. Stenciled along it's hull:  NCC-76241... USS Republic.
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