Scene One: Full Cast - Medbay.   Posted by The Signal.Group: 0
HYPATIA
 The Ship, 60 posts
 The Computer Is Your
 Friend. No, Really It Is
Sat 17 Aug 2019
at 03:09
Re: Scene One: Full Cast - Medbay
HYPATIA answers Beck's request. Approximately five years ago, monitoring subsystems woke me from power conservation mode upon detecting a signal of likely artificial origin along our flight path. Those subsystems confirmed the signal's source as Groombridge 1618, with subsequent investigation pinpointing it as Groombridge 1618-c. Analysis revealed multiple weaker signals as well as a single powerful one. The most clearly artificial of the weaker signals cycles through an oscillating pattern every 32.6 hours, the exact length of Groombridge 1618-c's rotational period. Its broadcast is only interrupted when the point on the planet's surface from which it originates rotates out of view. The weakest signals, which are six or seven in number and all transmitting at slightly different frequencies, are simple double pings, sometimes clustered close together but sometimes going dormant for long periods. I suspect they may be analogous to active radar or sonar.

The stronger signal is of course what led the monitoring subsystems to wake me. It is an intense, high-amplitude radio spike at 1600 kHz that recurs every 196 hours. This is just under six local days and almost the exact orbital period of the nearest and smallest of the planet's three moons. For those of you not familiar with the history of human technological development, 1600 kHz corresponds to the upper limit of the AM radio band once used on Earth. This signal's waveform is complex and has a duration of approximately six minutes, but is slightly different each time it is detected. Its pattern contains exactly four repetitions and never cuts out entirely, with the transmission's 'message' — if message it is — always between 80 and 95 seconds in length. Analysis suggests the mathematical notation used is positional and hexidecimal in nature.

Magnus Olsen
 The Ecologist, 58 posts
Sat 17 Aug 2019
at 03:21
Re: Scene One: Full Cast - Medbay
Magnus tried to listen as he applied a thin layer of the damaged areas. He had dealt with frost bite before, but never on this scale. Thankfully it looked fairly shallow in the grand scheme of things, and while it was undoubtedly painful, Magnus believed that the Doctor had probably not suffered any serious injuries. That, in itself, was a stroke of luck.

It took him a moment to realize that HYPATIA was not referencing a dignal from earth as he had first believed, but from Groombridge.

That...simply did not make any sense, and his ministrations slowed as he began to realize the very edges of the implications.
John B. Willow
 The Captain, 120 posts
Sat 17 Aug 2019
at 08:21
Re: Scene One: Full Cast - Medbay
“Agreed.” Willow replied to Beck.

“Send it, but not a priority.” He answered Hypatia about her conclusions to the waking process. 48 hours. If everyone was still in this bad of shape in two hours he would re-evaluate, but Beck was right, don’t risk waking anyone else until they knew what the risk was for.

Willow smacked himself on the side of the head, seeing if it could force some connections back together and get his eyeballs working again.

He listened to Hypatia’s report with mild interest. Once the smartest people in the room gave their opinions he would have his, but for now he was having trouble remembering the faces to the names of the officers that were suffering along with him.

He knew he couldn’t trust his memory, but the computer sounded different from what he remembered.
Alex Wells
 The Surgeon, 45 posts
Sat 17 Aug 2019
at 16:05
Re: Scene One: Full Cast - Medbay
Alex visibly relaxed as the anesthetic began to work, soothing the burning pain. He sat up slowly, careful not to cause any more damage as he slowly got to his feet.

"Anyone els injur?" he asked as he wrapped a cloth about his midsection and turned to the nearest display.
He paused, suddenly struck by Hypatia's last announcement. "Di she jus say signa? Fra GroomBidg?" He glanced over at Magnus for some confirmation.
Rebecca Byrne
 The First Officer, 101 posts
Tue 20 Aug 2019
at 06:50
Re: Scene One: Full Cast - Medbay
Beck made a hesitant attempt at opening her eyes again, while she let the report about the impossible signal sink into her brain, and was rewarded with a slightly less torturous spike of electric-frigid agony than the last attempt.  Which seemed like progress.  Unless this time she was just bracing herself for what she knew to expect, lessening the impact?  No way to tell for sure, and probably nothing to be done for it in any case other than just simply waiting it out while her autodoc did its thing.

So.  Sit in the dark and wait and think, was the option available.  Not one she'd have picked given a choice, but not among the worst available out of the entire possible range of human experiences.

"Hypatia, if the signal was detected five years ago, why wait until now to wake us?  What changed?"
Magnus Olsen
 The Ecologist, 59 posts
Tue 20 Aug 2019
at 15:31
Re: Scene One: Full Cast - Medbay
"She did..." Magnus replied softly and distractedly as he rubbed around some gel on Alex's nose. The old adage that if it's too good to be true, it probably isn't, was a good summary of Olsens thoughts on the announcement. AI's made mistakes, not very often, but they were not infallible. And if HYPATIA was correct, the "signal" could be all sorts of things, including new natural celestial phenomena. They were "off the map" after all...

In truth he was dreading somewhat having to wait out the long years of reverse burn to GroomBridge after what was more than likely a false alarm.

This message was last edited by the player at 14:26, Wed 21 Aug 2019.

HYPATIA
 The Ship, 61 posts
 The Computer Is Your
 Friend. No, Really It Is
Wed 21 Aug 2019
at 04:45
Re: Scene One: Full Cast - Medbay
HYPATIA replied to Beck's query. The initial evidence was insufficient to warrant activation of our human complement. The signals' points of origin needed to be confirmed, as well as their artificial nature. Based on my review of sensor and communications logs, it is quite probable that we have been receiving these transmissions since before leaving Earth orbit. They have merely been too faint to distinguish from the cosmic background noise before this time. We are still one lightyear from Groombridge 1618 and more than six years from achieving planetfall. With a time-lag of fifteen years each way for communication with Earth, we were beyond possible assistance well before the monitors flagged the signals as noteworthy.

This message was last edited by the player at 14:34, Wed 21 Aug 2019.

Marit Jorikson
 The Security Chief, 73 posts
Wed 21 Aug 2019
at 14:06
Re: Scene One: Full Cast - Medbay
In reply to Alex Wells (msg # 37):

"Willow & Byrne are havin' visual problems," Marit said as he pushed back into Wells' cubicle with the extra tubes of gel and set them down to the side. "Me and Olsen seem okay, haven't heard from Ziegler." He gave Alex a quick visual once-over, and continued, "Doesn't look as bad on the back. New tube's waitin' just outside, if you want to move over so HYPATIA can swap 'em. I'm going to find the kid."

In truth, he wasn't "okay"-- his hands still trembled whenever he tried to do anything useful with them, and his heart was beating faster than a drummer at a punk festival. The water he'd drunk had made him feel a little bit better, but he was still dehydrated and his blood pressure was low. Still, he was up and moving, and with the actual med staff incapacitated he didn't have the luxury of doing nothing. As long as he didn't do anything stupid like stand up too fast, it could wait.

He registered the discussions about the strange signal and everything else, but didn't pay a hell of a lot of attention to it. He had only the barest knowledge of physics and frequencies and math and all that space-travel stuff anyway-- that was Ziegler's job. His right now was to find the kid and make sure he was up and coherent enough to deal with it.
Alex Wells
 The Surgeon, 47 posts
Thu 22 Aug 2019
at 23:51
Re: Scene One: Full Cast - Medbay
Alex nodded to Marit and hobbled over towards the tube that was to be used as his hyperbaric chamber. "Is anyone critically injured?" he slowly enunciated, looking around to see if there were any signs of anyone in acute distress. He slowly eased himself into the tube, sitting upright and holding on to the outer frame.
Marc Ziegler (Ziggy)
 The Engineer, 47 posts
Fri 23 Aug 2019
at 15:58
Re: Scene One: Full Cast - Medbay
Marit Jorikson:
"Me and Olsen seem okay, haven't heard from Ziegler."

He registered the discussions about the strange signal and everything else, but didn't pay a hell of a lot of attention to it. He had only the barest knowledge of physics and frequencies and math and all that space-travel stuff anyway-- that was Ziegler's job. His right now was to find the kid and make sure he was up and coherent enough to deal with it.


"I'm here," Marc called. He'd slumped back down to the floor, and was leaning back against the cryo-tube. His knees felt a little bit better, but he wasn't sure they were up to carrying him around more than a few steps at a time. He'd need a cane or something. "I've just been contemplating how anything could hit the communications array on the tail end of a ship moving at a speed expressed in percentage of C. I'm not sure that anything natural could collide with the antenna. We're talking extremely tiny decimals. So I'm not ruling out the possibility of sabotage."

Oh, goody. He was going to have to do a spacewalk while the ship was still moving, wasn't he? Why, that wasn't dangerous at all!

Shyeah.
John B. Willow
 The Captain, 123 posts
Fri 23 Aug 2019
at 19:28
Re: Scene One: Full Cast - Medbay
“I’m sure most of you wouldn’t consider this critical, but I can’t see, and Beck can’t see, so unless anyone else can’t breathe or worse I’d like you to fix us first.”

He already knew the rest were gonna think he was an asshole for putting himself first, and normally he would put himself last out of servanthood in leadership, but he was useless without his eyes, and his number two was just as useless. He never knew how much he took sight for granted.
Alex Wells
 The Surgeon, 48 posts
Sat 24 Aug 2019
at 05:16
Re: Scene One: Full Cast - Medbay
"Okay John, stay where you are. I'll be there in a bit." Alex winced as he gathered up his diagnostic tools and slowly shuffled over to the captain's cryo tube.

"Sit down and let me take a look," he commented, putting a hand on John's shoulder to indicate exactly where he was. "Just keep your eyes open for me and look straight ahead." Alex held his medical scanner up to the captain's eyes, the blue light from the scanner flashing across the man's face.

"Looks like inflammation of the optic nerve. Not serious and we should be able to hasten your recovery with some meds. Owww.." He grimaced as he bumped his damaged arm against the nearby metal table. "Beck, hold on a minute. I'm working my way over there." he called out as slowly wandered where the first officer was resting.
Rebecca Byrne
 The First Officer, 106 posts
Sat 24 Aug 2019
at 05:52
Re: Scene One: Full Cast - Medbay
"It's fine, Doctor, I'm not on fire or anything.  I can see, technically.  It just hurts like a bitch."  Beck was uncomfortable playing the martyr, but it felt like the right thing to do.  Still, she wasn't going to refuse the doctor's ministrations: being for all practical purposes completely blind was turning out to be a lot more unsettling than she'd expected, given its temporary nature.  Or maybe she was just still getting her head together, coming out of cryosleep?

In any case, Wells would find Beck seated in her open cryopod, autodoc tubes spliced into her arm, marble-blue eyes clamped tightly closed against even the dimmed lights of her cubicle.
HYPATIA
 The Ship, 65 posts
 The Computer Is Your
 Friend. No, Really It Is
Sat 24 Aug 2019
at 09:13
Re: Scene One: Full Cast - Medbay
HYPATIA responded to Marc's musings. The aft communications array itself is undamaged. The EPS conduits which power the machinery that aligns the array, however, are another story. The failure of all components in a triple-redundant system can only be due to gross negligence on the part of the manufacturer or intentional sabotage. As we have not experienced even minor power outages elsewhere, sabotage remains a high likelihood, if not the highest.
Rebecca Byrne
 The First Officer, 108 posts
Sat 24 Aug 2019
at 09:36
Re: Scene One: Full Cast - Medbay
If Beck had been able to open her eyes she'd have taken in the AI's analysis with a startled blinkblink as it slowly processed through her mind.  Sabotage?  That...  was that even possible?  How many dozens of people would have had to be in on a conspiracy to sabotage the most high-profile project in the history of human endeavor?  Or even hundreds?  The ship's systems had been checked and rechecked and re-re-re-re-checked multiple times in the days before launch, she'd made damn sure of it, she'd demanded to be copied on every last work report.  It was unthinkable even on mere logistical grounds: how could someone have pulled that off without getting caught?  To say nothing of why.

And yet the facts weren't really negotiable.  A system was down that hadn't been damaged externally, that therefore had no reason to be down, no way of being down.  Which...  Hypatia was right, that opened the probability of the malfunction being deliberate.

... motherfuck.  She clenched her teeth, scowling silently.

But it least it clarified their priorities.  The ship needed its engineer and security officer.  "Doctor, skip me for now and prioritize making sure Zeigler and Jorikson can be cleared for duty."
Alex Wells
 The Surgeon, 49 posts
Sat 24 Aug 2019
at 14:22
Re: Scene One: Full Cast - Medbay
"Jesus, Beck it's called triage for a reason. Your neurological issues puts you at the top of the queue. Doctor's orders."

He had finally made his way over to her, the burns on his arms, legs, and upper torso were now weeping. Rivulets of plasma oozed out between the cracks of the raw, scabbed gel encrusted flesh.

"Let's take a look." He smiled reassuringly, despite his ghoulish appearance and proceeded to scan the first officer.

"Temporary neural trauma. Nothing permanent. Not surprising, really as this is the first in vivo test of long term cryo storage on living tissue. Hypatia, please make sure that this data is marked specifically for the cryonics research team. Just in case we discover that the cryo tubes were not part of this sabotage thing."
Magnus Olsen
 The Ecologist, 62 posts
Sat 24 Aug 2019
at 15:10
Re: Scene One: Full Cast - Medbay
With a measure of clarity starting to come into his mind, with the awakened crew now counted and HYPATIA having delivered her brief, Magnus sought out a jumpsuit of his own.

The temporary garment and associated slippers felt rough over skin that had known only the gentle embrace of suspension for decades, and there he struggled to put on his slippers, he nearly fell twice before he swallowed his pride and sat on the floor like a toddler.

"Redundancy" he chimed in as he moved past Alex. "It's a beautiful thing." and patted Alex on the shoulder.

Even with the frostbite, Alex had made the journey fairly intact. Some would argue that the human body was never "meant" to survive seventy years. And it certainly was not meant to be preserved in a tube for that long. Biologically speaking, it was an incredible feat of medicine and engineering, long thought to be impossible.

"Six of us then." he commented aloud and looked down the tomb like rows of tubes. His accented voice was tinged with resignation.

He hoped that the inevitable briefing would provide some more answers as to why this signal was so important.

This message was last edited by the player at 15:11, Sat 24 Aug 2019.

John B. Willow
 The Captain, 126 posts
Sat 24 Aug 2019
at 21:39
Re: Scene One: Full Cast - Medbay
"Sabotage..." The classical song by The Beastie Boys played through his head. He remembered watching the old Star Trek movie and Captain Kirk riding a motorcycle around while the song blasted. This memory wasn't helpful in the slightest, but it was something. The rest of his past was blank.

"Six, Magnus? I counted five."

This message was last edited by the player at 22:15, Sat 24 Aug 2019.

Magnus Olsen
 The Ecologist, 63 posts
Sat 24 Aug 2019
at 21:49
Re: Scene One: Full Cast - Medbay
Magnus paused for half second in thought.

Himself, The Captain, Alex, Ziggy, Jorikson and Byrne. Six.


"Are you...feeling alright Captain?" he asked as he moved closer to the man, concern creeping into his voice. First that thing about Mars, and now he seemed to be having trouble counting the people in the room. Had there been brain damage?
John B. Willow
 The Captain, 127 posts
Sat 24 Aug 2019
at 22:24
Re: Scene One: Full Cast - Medbay
Alex, Beck, Marit, himself of course...who else? Now he could only count four.

“No. Of course I’m not. But we have bigger problems, and Bones already said it’s just temporary.”

Bones? He never called Dr. Wells that.
Marc Ziegler (Ziggy)
 The Engineer, 48 posts
Sun 25 Aug 2019
at 00:24
Re: Scene One: Full Cast - Medbay
"Captain...?" He was worrying Ziggy pretty badly, now. "Are you...?"

No, of course he wasn't okay. Stupid question. A better question would be how to help him.
HYPATIA
 The Ship, 66 posts
 The Computer Is Your
 Friend. No, Really It Is
Sun 25 Aug 2019
at 11:17
Re: Scene One: Full Cast - Medbay
The ship's comm chimed then fell silent.
John B. Willow
 The Captain, 128 posts
Sun 25 Aug 2019
at 16:48
Re: Scene One: Full Cast - Medbay
“Yes, still capable and still need my team to give their best. When you’re ready I want you to look into this sabotage situation, son.”

Son? What the hell. He knew he didn’t have a son, but...it wasn’t the amnesia that was making him vulnerable. There was another problem as well; when everyone stopped talking and he was left all alone.
Marit Jorikson
 The Security Chief, 78 posts
Wed 28 Aug 2019
at 01:55
Re: Scene One: Full Cast - Medbay
"I can see and walk,"Marit replied, having headed back to his cubicle in search of shoes. And count, he thought, before adding: "I'm fine." With everyone stable and not needing immediate attention, and Wells being up and moving, he could focus on trying to figure out what happened. Everything that was currently wrong with the crew was out of his area of expertise, anyway.

"Ship, we got any visual recorded on those conduits? We should start by figurin' out if there was anyone the area. Where's the damage at? I'll go do a physical inspection, see if I can find anything." He found a pair of shoes tucked under the tube, pulled them on, and started to head out and down to the rear of the ship only to stop short upon catching sight of Wells as he entered Byrne's cubicle.

"Kus emek, man!" Marit blurted, unable to stop himself. "You should not be up."
HYPATIA
 The Ship, 67 posts
 The Computer Is Your
 Friend. No, Really It Is
Wed 28 Aug 2019
at 05:24
Re: Scene One: Full Cast - Medbay
HYPATIA replied to Marit. Please, call me Hypatia. Visual and audio records of all the ship's compartments, corridors, and crawlspaces exist dating back to construction. Last access was a final inspection of all systems conducted seventy-two hours before launch. Engineering Team 23 performed that inspection under the supervision of Chief Warrant Officer Obrero del Milagros. I have observed no gaps in the logs, but gaps could indeed exist. It would take a command or security override to alter mission records in such a fashion.