Dust Runner Bridge.   Posted by StarMaster.Group: 0
Ignatius Maor
 Player, 171 posts
 Retired Imperial Scout
Fri 11 May 2018
at 13:53
On the Alien Ship
Looks like these folks were trying to juggle plasma barehanded. Didn't go well. You can almost envision IM's head shaking over the comm.
Arc Tangent
 Player, 57 posts
Fri 11 May 2018
at 16:51
On the Alien Ship
Arc laughs at IM's comment as he tries to imagine one of these aliens juggling balls of plasma... then plasma duckpins... then a gooey slime-like plasma that runs through their hands.

"Plasma and black holes are way out of my wheelhouse," he says over the comms, "but that sounds about right, doesn't it? You'd need gravity to contain the black hole, wouldn't you? I don't know what kind of power the black hole itself would or could produce, assuming they had any way of converting it, but if they used it to control the dark energy, then the dark energy was their power source, right?"

"They somehow converted the dark energy into plasma and electricity. Probably some technology that we haven't figured out yet."

"But, if you are juggling that kind of power across three separate systems, then that's a recipe for disaster, if you ask me. Sooner or later, something is going to go wrong. Remember: Murphy was an optimist."

Roland Steen
 Player, 146 posts
Fri 11 May 2018
at 17:06
On the Alien Ship
Still back on the ship, Roland was monitoring the comms as the 'away team' explored the alien ship. He couldn't help wondering, though, what the word 'alien' meant any more. Were Vargr and Aslan still 'alien'? He could certainly see the argument for Droyne and Hivers being alien. Not sure about the K'kree. And what about the Zhodani? It did seem as if their mind tricks made them more alien than the Vargr. Don't judge a book by its cover.

"The mini-black hole Kraig mentioned," he adds to the conversation, "is known as a forced singularity. It's still, by definition, a black hole, but some of the properties are different. In this case, I'd say that the collapse of the containment field resulted in the implosion... well, it wasn't exactly implosion... it would have looked the same and had some of the same results, but rather than a single pile of compressed material, it was probably forced through the singularity and came out of a white hole somewhere else. Possibly even some-when else."
Dr. Hans Bomar
 player, 71 posts
 Scientist
 UPP 666CC9
Fri 11 May 2018
at 20:06
On the Alien Ship
Hans moves in an almost trance like state and seems to follow something back to one of the labs we examined earlier.  he shakes his head and seems more alert.  "Well, there doesn't seem to be a dimensional anomaly in the missing area as such but there is a residue trail that leads back here to this lab.  My first thought is that they may have done something in the lab that interacted with the equipment in engineering that caused it's disappearance.  I don't think whatever happened, happened here on the asteroid.  this ship just drifted here afterwards."

"I think the next step is for me to psychically probe the ships computers and see if I can figure out if I can read them without powering them up.  If not i would like to figure out how to isolate them from the ship, power them up and attach them to one of our computers with some language translation software to allow us to access them."

"Any thoughts, cautions, etc before we attempt that?"

Ignatius Maor
 Player, 172 posts
 Retired Imperial Scout
Sat 12 May 2018
at 03:36
On the Alien Ship
IM notes "If you need any assistance doctor I can help with computers."
Kraig Pars
 Player, 497 posts
 Former Merchant
 696B73
Wed 16 May 2018
at 00:52
On the Alien Ship
Kraig shook his head.  "Keep things carefully segregated when you activate the computers.  We don't want to trigger some kind of defensive reaction or even an emergency signal that might bring their friends."
Dr. Hans Bomar
 player, 72 posts
 Scientist
 UPP 666CC9
Wed 16 May 2018
at 23:32
On the Alien Ship
Hans heads back to room where we found what looked like the ship's computers and using Machine Symbiosis and Ship Integration, he will psionically probe the computers, to determine anything he can but especially parameters of power the computers need, what, and how, other systems they are connected to and any self destruct or memory wipe protocol they may have.  The intent would be to disconnect the computers from anything else on the ship, then run a power and communication line from Hans' ship to allow powering up the computers standalone.
StarMaster
 GM, 490 posts
 Referee
Thu 17 May 2018
at 18:39
On the Alien Ship
The first thing that Hans learns is that the computer has no psionic interface, which makes his efforts a little harder. However, it has no anti-interrogation shielding or protocols.


The computer was made by Klrnza 75 years ago at Tlyrzn.

It is connected to six other computers on the ship, only one of which it has any significant data, and that is the navigation computer.

It's specific functions are to monitor the ship's systems and facilitate the interaction of the other computers. It's secondary function is life support--AC, temperature, gravity, lighting, water, food, waste.

The only hidden instructions it has is a self-destruct function.

It has no damage.

The batteries have no charge in them.

Normal power is 100 znl, which equates to about 10kwh at 5 volts.
Dr. Hans Bomar
 player, 73 posts
 Scientist
 UPP 666CC9
Sat 19 May 2018
at 01:22
On the Alien Ship
Hans tells the others what he has found and walks through with any that are interested, how to disconnect the computer from the other computers and the secondary systems.  He will document everything before, during and after he disconnects it.  If possible he disconnects things with minimal or no damage.

He then proceeds to probe each of the other 6 computers and do the same disconnections to them.
Dr. Hans Bomar
 player, 74 posts
 Scientist
 UPP 666CC9
Thu 31 May 2018
at 20:57
On the Alien Ship
Hans begins probing the other computers on the ship.  Presuming no surprises, he will disconnect them as well.
Kraig Pars
 Player, 498 posts
 Former Merchant
 696B73
Fri 1 Jun 2018
at 03:53
On the Alien Ship
Kraig will ask; "Once the computers are disconnected can we hook up our own outside power to get life support and such going?"
Dr. Hans Bomar
 player, 75 posts
 Scientist
 UPP 666CC9
Sat 2 Jun 2018
at 01:28
On the Alien Ship
"I was thinking we could dock my ship to one of the side airlocks and run power cables from my ship to get local life support running.  With it attached, I should be able to lift it off this asteroid and dock with the Dust Runner, so we can Jump out of here.  It will take a double jump to go 1 parasec, so we will have to go the long way around to get to Regina, but both Dinom and Jenghe have gas giants if we want to avoid the system starports.  With 2 jumps and refueling, it will take about 8 weeks to get to Regina.  That will give us plenty of time to copy the contents of the computers and look the rest of the ship over closer."  Hans ponders.

"Once we get the computers disconnected, then we can dock and hook power up to the life support.  We will need to make a few alterations to this computer to let it do it's job of running life support, like remove that self destruct code and talk to us through our computers with the translator program."

Hans will proceed with probing and disconnecting the other 6 computers.
Kraig Pars
 Player, 499 posts
 Former Merchant
 696B73
Sat 2 Jun 2018
at 04:58
On the Alien Ship
Kraig considered the options.  "Well, I could get started with getting the ships hooked up while you finish up here."
Ignatius Maor
 Player, 173 posts
 Retired Imperial Scout
Sat 2 Jun 2018
at 22:23
On the Alien Ship
IM asks "I can either help Dr. Bomar with the computer or return to the ship to monitor the sensors. We've been here for a while. Wouldn't hurt to check the space around here."
Arc Tangent
 Player, 58 posts
Wed 6 Jun 2018
at 00:32
On the Alien Ship
Arc listened to the plans and realized that there wasn't much he could do to help, unless it was just to step-and-fetch something.

"We've got enough people on the Dust Runner to monitor the sensors," he offered, "so, I.M., you should probably help Dr. Bomar."

"Rickie, Gahler and I can gather up all the alien bodies and put them on ice. We can decide later if we want to deep space them or turn them over to the authorities."

"My concern about that latter is that if these aliens turn out to be some threat that they already know about, we might just disappear so we can't tell anyone what we know."

Rickie Rhinorack
 player, 34 posts
 Medical Pilot
Wed 6 Jun 2018
at 22:21
On the Alien Ship
"Roger that." Rickie said. "I'll see if I can move them two at a time."

"Turning them over to the authorities might garner a response such as that. But aren't there more options for these bodies? Like experimentation, trading, or simply keeping them? They'd look pretty good as a souvenir on my vessel." He speculated, holding an alien's body at arm's length and examining it.

This message was last edited by the player at 22:22, Wed 06 June 2018.

Dr. Hans Bomar
 player, 76 posts
 Scientist
 UPP 666CC9
Wed 6 Jun 2018
at 22:46
On the Alien Ship
While the others are moving bodies, Hans finishes disconnecting the other computers.  He then moves his ship over and docks with this one.

With help from the others, he will rig power cables from his ship to the life support and the 7 computers.  He will disconnect a computer from the computer array on his ship, making sure it is loaded with a translator program.  He then hooks it up to the life support computer on the alien ship and powers up the computer while using his machine interface power to prevent the alien computer from activating it's self destruct.  He will use his powers to bridge between the 2 computers and get the translator program to learn to translate to the alien computer.

Once we can talk and control the alien computer, he will hook it back up to only life support and then power up life support.
Kraig Pars
 Player, 500 posts
 Former Merchant
 696B73
Sat 9 Jun 2018
at 22:04
On the Alien Ship
Kraig spoke up.  "Even though the low berths on the Dust Runner aren't set for aliens of this type they should at least preserve them for the time being." 

He turned and worked with Hans to pull power cables from the Dust Runner to the alien computers and life support.  "It's a good thing that we've got a decent set of emergency equipment and damage control capability on the Dust Runner.  We'll just have to be really careful that we don't fry the alien systems with the wrong voltage or current.  Can you tell what the aliens were using Hans?"
StarMaster
 GM, 491 posts
 Referee
Sun 10 Jun 2018
at 22:11
On the Alien Ship
Hans has no problem running power to the life support systems, and hooking up an external computer to translate the language. In the case of power, it's easy enough to start out with a low voltage/amperage and then slowly increase it till you get the response you need. Almost as Hans expected, the aliens used something comparable to what most humanoids did. After all, there was a reason for it. Certain power levels were lethal to organic beings.

The translation is harder because there are no comparable words for certain concepts and devices. Like... "the frabzak must be calibrated to within 3 microns of zorlik using the ozmonovitoj." Eventually, you'll be able to break down each word into its component meanings and come up with a suitable 'replacement'.

The bodies are all moved into the Dust Runner's coldsleep chambers.
Dr. Hans Bomar
 player, 78 posts
 Scientist
 UPP 666CC9
Mon 11 Jun 2018
at 00:22
On the Alien Ship
"I should be able to get close, and some experimentation should get us the rest of the way."

Every once in a while people will notice Hans seems to hit a wall in understanding what he's trying to do. He then takes a short time off in an area where he can take his suit helmet off.  When he comes back his level of understanding is much better.  But then he might seem to lack understanding of something he seemed to understand previously and the cycle repeats.

Once life support is working and we can access the alien computers, he will copy their contents out to standalone data storage devices.  Then he starts looking for a Ships log, Captains, engineers, scientists, personal logs, to see if he can patch together where the ship is from, what it was doing and what happened to it.
Kraig Pars
 Player, 501 posts
 Former Merchant
 696B73
Fri 15 Jun 2018
at 21:56
On the Alien Ship
Once the power was set up Kraig moved to help the others shift the alien corpses into the cold sleep berths.
Dr. Hans Bomar
 player, 79 posts
 Scientist
 UPP 666CC9
Fri 22 Jun 2018
at 19:03
On the Alien Ship
Hans will run a comparison of the alien's navigation database against an Imperial navigation database to align them and trace back to the ship's point of origin.  He will compare recorded star positions in the alien database with present star positions to get a ballpark figure of how old the ship is.

He overlaps that with the timeline and nav path he is building from the various logs on the computers.
Rickie Rhinorack
 player, 35 posts
 Medical Pilot
Sun 24 Jun 2018
at 17:53
On the Alien Ship
Rickie assisted the storing of the corpses into the cold sleep berths and will proceed to seal them.
StarMaster
 GM, 494 posts
 Referee
Sun 24 Jun 2018
at 19:56
On the Alien Ship
It seemed like a good idea to use the data to trace the ship's course backwards, but it turns out that the aliens use a different navigation system. Even their math (apparently) is alien. It kind of goes against one of the fundamentals of intelligence, that math is universal. On the other hand, it might be possible that the aliens are so paranoid that they created some sort of artificial system to hide their home world.


You find enough data to tell that the ship is 1,000 years old (or thereabouts), but it's probably been on the asteroid for around 200 years. The ship was apparently lost. When they made the last transition--they don't use jump drive, a problem occurred with the power plant. The transition was off, and once they came out of transition, the power plant... imploded. It wasn't quite a normal implosion, but the entire area became super-compressed. It had something to do with strange matter.

This message was last edited by the GM at 01:23, Mon 25 June 2018.

Dr. Hans Bomar
 player, 80 posts
 Scientist
 UPP 666CC9
Tue 26 Jun 2018
at 00:36
On the Alien Ship
Hans will run a cross check of how the alien computers handle math.  If it doesn't match normal math, he will build up a set of rules to how the aliens achieve the standard set of math functions.

He will search their databases looking for data on how their drive, engineering and power systems work and their basic principles.  One thing he will concentrate on is the aliens shield technology and weapons.  He especially is looking for schematics and wants to cross reference them with the actual items on the ship.




Since the alien ship is larger in tonnage than the Dust Runner, towing it through Jump would give a jump distance of under 1 parasec.  It will take 2 jumps to get to Dinom, the same for Jenghe and finally to Regina.  So that will be 2 weeks to Dinom, with refueling it will be 5 weeks to Jenghe and 8 weeks to Regina.  Does the Dust Runner have enough supplies to do the 8 week run to Regina with refueling via gas giants?  Or will we have to stop for supplies?