Falyai immediately transmits the message to fleet command and receives a standard “message received” notification with no additional details.
Chompy plots the course and Málakal engages the three-light drive. The ship hurtles toward Psi Tauri 9, eight minutes away at maximum acceleration.
Seven minutes later, warning lights are blinking at every station. The ship has encountered an undetected field of conta-gravitic waves emanating from the planet. Málakal struggles with the controls; Falyai sees the ansible go off-line and notes interference on standard light speed communication channels. In Engineering, Payákár watches as Wavium Pod 2 cracks under the strain and is automatically shut down and sealed.
At the Science station, Harv is dismayed at the sudden appearance of the field. Sensors are impaired but functional. The field appears to be emanating from a location on the Chir’un Rift approximately 180 miles south of the research station. Sensors detect four humans and 24 anomalous lifeform-like readings near that location.
The station itself is not found; however high levels of sub-atomic radiation and indications of a recent massive explosion at the station’s coordinates are detected.