As icy Psi Tauri 9 spins below, Málakal turns to the captain.
“After launching the shuttle I will need to take the Deeds out of close orbit. This anti-gravity field is playing havoc with the controls. Piloting the shuttle in will be quite difficult as well.”
Over the bridge intercom:
“Marine Sub-Commander Ekkub here. Commander Nek has asked me to inform the Captain that the warbots are prepared for the away mission. The crawler has been supplied and loaded on the shuttle.”
“Sub-Lieutenant Tcéptl, Captain. I would like to volunteer for this mission. I am a capable pilot.”
The Avatar of Deeds, the ship AI, materializes on the bridge.
“Captain,” it says, “It is my opinion that Lieutenant hiSsanmiren underestimates her potential value on this mission. No offense to Mr. Harv, but Lieutenant hiSsanmiren is more experienced with inter-planar physics. The disruptive conta-gravitic field that is being broadcast from the planet is certainly inter-planar in nature.
Further, I am continuing to monitor sensor data from Psi Tauri 9. I have detected three additional anomalous lifeform like readings in the vicinity of the research station in addition to the four humanoids and 24 anomalies at the location from which the conta-gravitic field appears to emanate.
I agree with Mr. Málakal about the hazards of flying the shuttle within this field and I advise that attempting to fly directly into the source of the disruption would be…suicidal. Also, it is highly probable that conta-gravitic devices will not function properly at that location and difficulties with radio communication and remote control of the warbbots should be expected.”