Discovering the Antians
Season 2 Episode 2: The New Frontier
Timeline: During Sheela's Away Mission - Mission day 10
Maia was tasked with determining the cause of the distortion that seemed to be communicating with Major Donovan. She went to the Astrometrics lab to better facilitate her task. Her team ran many different scans of both the real and subspace domains including a full parametric scan of the distortion field. It was Lieutenant Masada who suggested that they attempt to scan the cosmic filaments out of phase. Her team tried the upper bands first up four points outside of their perceptual range. The distortion and sensor scan disappeared altogether, so Maia decided to try a negative phase scan. Both the distortion field and scans became much clearer at 4 points negative. Maia watched with amazement as space around them grew, the effect was just the opposite of nanites eating an isolinear computer chip.
Maia pondered that and realized what she was watching was extropy, which was the opposite of entropy. Extropy was defined as the theory that cultural and technological development will expand indefinitely and in an orderly progressive manner throughout the universe, the tendency of systems to grow more organized. From her sensor data the cosmic filaments extended from the subspace domain to real space. Both real space and subspace seemed to be generating out of chaos. Perhaps the cosmic filaments were anchoring space and subspace together. At extreme magnification and resolution her team made out what appeared to be insect like creatures about the size of small dogs that were creating a honeycomb lattice and filling it with chaos and somehow making building both real space and subspace. Maia has also heard that extropy could be defined as the extent of a living or organizational system's intelligence functional order, vitality energy-life experience and capacity and drive for improvement and growth. Could these creatures be responsible for the maintenance of the background structure of the cosmos as they knew it? They seemed to have the ability to take chaos and will it into order and structure. Repairing both real space and subspace damage the Omega bomb used in the last war between the Maretian’s and Borg had created.
Maia pondered then how she might communicate with these cosmic insectoids. In quantum mechanics it was possible to describe gravity in the framework of quantum field theory like the other fundamental forces, such that the attractive force of gravity arises due to exchange of virtual gravitons, in the same way as the electromagnetic force arises from exchange of virtual photons.[ This reproduces general relativity in the classical limit. However, this approach fails at short distances of the order of the Planck, where a more complete theory of quantum gravity (such as warp field theory to quantum mechanics) is required. Assuming that the Tomcat was just as unperceivable to them as they were to us, how could she even begin to communicate with beings who couldn’t even perceive them she realized that the graviton pulses might have something to do communicating with them? How could they make the Tomcat as visible to the creatures as they were to them? Somehow she had to get the Tomcat to 4 points negative phase.
Maia decided to go to engineering and talk to the Chief Engineer to see if they could wrap a negative phase subspace field around the Tomcat, however the Chief engineer advised Maia that Negative phase subspace fields were incompatible with Federation technology and that those modification’s would overload the warp core causing the ship to explode. The Chief engineer did made a suggestion that it would be possible to modify the deflector shield generators to emit a negative phase shield around the ship. Commander Sterling knew she would have to convince the Captain to take the shields offline while they made modifications.
=/\=Sterling to Captain Somers=/\=
- Bridge -
Jasmine was on the bridge signing off on some items Armitage put infront of her when her Commbadge sounded.
Tapping her Commbadge =/\= Somers here, what is it Commander? =/\=
=/\=Captain we have made a remarkable discovery. Will you please come to Astrometrics so I can explain our discovery and plan in greater detail=/\=
=/\= On my way Commander, Somers out =/\= She closed the link and left the bridge, she looked back at Parker "You have the bridge Mister Parker" She said to the new Chief of Security/Tactical.
"Aye Captain," Cody replied quickly. He motioned for a nearby Ensign to take over his position. "I really need to have a department meeting so I can learn the names of the crewmen in my department. He sat in the Captain's chair and looked around the bridge. Magnificent he thought to himself as the skipper left the bridge, I have got to get me one of these.
With a nod she left the bridge and headed down to Astrometrics.
- Astrometrics -
Jasmine exited the turbolift and stepped out onto the Astrometics level and walked a short distance to where her XO was located, she walked straight in as the doors opened before her.
"Report Commander" She said.
"Ah Captain thank you for coming down here. We've made some very interesting discoveries, that might explain some of the basic building blocks of the multiverse. Major Donovan just may have made actual contact with a previously unknown life form".
Maia focused the out of phase sensors and locked in on what she referred to as Antians.
"We believe that they are a telepathic species, they are also out of phase with our perceptual range which is why we didn't detect them before. There apparent function seems to be to create or at least repair spatial and sub-spacial tears in the fabric of reality. You can see here that they seem to take chaos and weave or will it into structure and order what we call space. They seem intelligent, whether they have a hive mind or not is as of yet undetermined. We have been able to get there attention via the use of transphasic graviton pulses. They know we are out here but I think we may be as outside of their perceptual range as they are to ours. My team and I have devised a way to make the ship visible to them to help foster communications by beaconing a transphasic pulse through our shield grid. It shouldn't interfere with our tactical ability at all. What do you think"? Maia asked.
Looking at Sterling "okay I have no idea what you just said Commander, it sounds good, so make it happen if you please" Jasmine said.
"I want to make the ship visible to these Antians and see if we can get their attention Captain"
Jasmine thought for a moment "they probably already know we are here, so we just wait and see what info Lieutenant Sheela get us before we decide to do anything" Somers responded.
"Captain I don't think that they do we are just as outside of there perception as we are, although Major Donovan reports a psychic contact of sorts, they are aware of an alien sentients but are unable to determine what we are, We may have an edge here".
Looking thoughtful "interesting, keep on top of this Commander" Jasmine said.
Maia then tapped her Commbadge and copntacted Sheela who was currently on the planet =/\= Sterling to Sheela =/\=
=/\= "Squeakies" =/\= Sheela responded back to Maia.
=/\= I am sending you some information on something we've found on our sensors and how to make them visible. They are 4 points out of our perceptual range but seem to be repairing space/subspace somehow. We are calling them Antian's . Copy" =/\=
=/\= "Squeak. Yes ma'am. They approve of being addressed as Antian," =/\= Sheela gave the Sub-Queen a quick smile.
Captain Jasmine Somers
Commander Maia Sterling
Lieutenant Commander Sheela Swiftpaws
Chief Intelligence Officer/Communications