Wormhole ... May 19, 2020 16:09:34 GMT
Post by Carl Torek on May 19, 2020 16:09:34 GMT
SD: 2406.04.0519 .. 14:00 hrs ::
Carl had studied the initial elementary from the probe ..... The structure reminded him of one of those oversized cannons attached to a cartoon vehicle, overdesigned, almost bizarre in appearance, but that said, it was there for a reason, one which the Federation Officers had no means of establishing without more information ..... Or, of course, access to the structure itself, which he silently doubted would be forthcoming.
"Admiral, the facility is slowing and changing heading," Wedlerson informed him.
"Can we extrapolate its final heading?"
"Looks like it's coming to a heading to bring it in line with the wormhole, presumably readying for insertion..." Harry replied, "... Got to love how these people keep us in the loop."
"Helm, adjust speed and heading to compensate, keep us ahead of the facility unless it continues approach to its final holding position," Torek ordered.
They watched the viewscreen as the facility, almost half the size of Starbase Forty-Seven continued to change course, coming around in an almost lazy curve, presumably following the course of the original structure. He was somewhat surprised that neither the Ireuken nor the Alarodian had commented on their less than covert surveillance of the facility, maybe they deemed it inconsequential, or had other things on their minds if the messenger was to be believed ..... Slowing all the time, the mining facility began to rotate, alas, Marionette, following orders, was moving the Raven off to Port of the structure slowing to a relative stationary position.
Carl was admittedly annoyed that they had chosen to rotate to ensure the mysterious structure remained on the far side and thus out of sight. Maybe it was always going to rotate clockwise, maybe not, again something he doubted anyone would enlighten him on. He asked for a tactical view on screen and watched as the Ireuken facility moved closer to the beyond the threshold and into its final position. He had to marvel at the engineering that allowed such a thing, given any free-falling object would suffer inevitable destruction down to the atomic level. Shaking his head he decided it would have to be him who broached the subject of the unknown structure... As the First Viceroy's vessel took up position less than one hundred kilometers from the facility Carl contacted the ship and asked Tor'ng to join him for a celebratory drink.
Conference Room ::
"You see how I would be curious?" Carl was saying as the First viceroy and three of his Aides' were joined by several of Raven's Senior Officers.
"I don't think it is something that needs concern you greatly Admiral, especially as it will have no bearing on your attempt to return to your own region of space..." one of the Aide's commented, "... But to ease your fears, the structure is to aid in gathering numerous recently discovered elements present deep within the wormhole, we hope to be able to capture and utilize those elements in due course. Early days, but we have hopes,"
"So... There were several elongated structures extending from the facility around the new structure, these would be for?" Lieutenant Commander T'Seng asked casually.
"Targeting only..." the First viceroy replied with a smile, but a little too quickly for the Raven Officers' liking, "... This is excellent Admiral, I wonder if you might be able to extend a bottle for my private collection?"
"Not a weapon then?" Lysia asked.
"I'll make sure there is a supply ready for when you depart Viceroy," Carl said, seemingly ignoring his Tactical Officers' comment before motioning to his Steward to see to it.
"When do you think we will be able to begin studies?" Jor Svensson asked.
"I believe we shall need a short time to establish that the facility is functioning within parameters, at that point we shall begin at maybe twenty percent production..." the viceroy glanced at his Aide, who nodded almost imperceptibly, then he continued, "... I believe we could begin allowing you access within seven days, providing our Alarodian friends are happy of course," he said, the sickening grin returning.
"Alarodian friends?" Wedledson whispered to Lysia.
"I have to say Viceroy, I do have some, concerns, regarding the structure and would like the opportunity to visit the facility," Carl said as neutrally as possible. No-one could miss the sudden stiffening of the Aidea's at his request, but the seasoned Diplomat merely smiled, saying it would be impossible at this time, alas he didn't feel inclined to expand on his decision, and Torek didn't want to push the matter too hard, but it was clear now that the structure was designed for more than monitoring, or the capture of some as yet unknown exotic particles and he feared it could be used to pierce the wormhole for their own reasons, or even destroy it as a last resort. One thing was certain, they had to get a look at that new structure somehow because one thing was evident, the Ireuken 'DID NOT' want them over there ..... Why! ..........