My assignment this summer, create a new universe for the soon to be built Farpoint Station at Renaissance Academy in Lehi. Farpoint will be the next generation Space Center.
My challenge is to follow my own advice and make the ordinary, extraordinary. To answer the challenge, I decided to write the universe as a story instead of a manual. The first two installments have been posted - this is the third.
Are you following this episodic introduction to the Farpoint Universe? I'm hoping the answer is yes, because this is what you'll be dealing with when you board the new simulators at Renaissance's Farpoint Station. Your missions will be evaluated and scored. The more you know, the better your scores.
The Universe of Farpoint
Installation 3, continued from yesterday's second installment.
I stepped out of the Lift into a two level, U shaped ship's bridge. The Lift was on the top level. The Vanguard’s main viewscreen was directly opposite. The viewscreen was almost as wide as the Bridge itself. Doors were located on either end of the viewscreen. The door on the left was the Captain’s Office. The door on the right led to the toilets, staff room and conference room. The bridge stations were two steps above the lower command level. The work stations followed the U shape of the room.
The Captain, First Officer, and Commonwealth Commissioner’s stations were located on the lower level facing the viewscreen and the Tactical Display (TAC). The TAC was a 7 foot long holographic 3D image generator. The TAC was displaying a high definition image of Kepler 62e. Text streamed around the planet’s image, giving information about possible landing sites.
The MEPCOMM station was immediately to my right. The Vanguard, like all other SpaceGuard ships, uses a Marconi Entangled Particle Communicator for direct communications to Fleet Command and all other SpaceGuard and Colonial Ships. The Marconi officer was scanning the light spectrum for Genie or Hephaesti signals.
“No signals detected.” The Marconi officer interrupted a discussion between Captain Villano and the Commonwealth Commissioner. She continued with an explanation, “That doesn’t mean they’re not out here. They may have a MEP system of their own.”
Villano looked up toward the Marconi station. “Keep scanning. They know we’re here. I’m sure of it.”
Villano saw me. “Ladies and Gentleman, we have a Troubadour reporter with us,” Villano turned toward his senior staff. “Answer his questions. We’re making history today and Fleet Command wants to share it with the taxpayers.” He stopped and faced me. “Feel free to walk around and ask questions. We’re about to launch our first probes to 62e.”
Villano returned to his discussion with the Commissioner. The TAC had changed. It was displaying an atmospheric scan of 62e. I noticed the oxygen levels were high, a good sign for colonization.
I stood next to the Marconi officer. She was scanning the spectrum with her flashscreen. “You said something about the Hephaesti," I asked. "I didn't think they were interested in the Outlands.”
“New intell,” she spoke softly, not sure exactly what the Captain meant when he said to answer all her questions. “Could be a real problem for the Genies and for us.”
“The Hephaesti are androids. They can live almost anywhere, so why Kepler 62e?”
The Marconi officer's hands moved rapidly across her screen as she spoke. “If the Genies are interested in Kepler 62, they are interested in Kepler 62. They'll follow the Genies anywhere."
She tapped her screen to zoom in on a suspected signal, pausing only long enough to examine the spectrum before swiping the information away with a wave of her hand.
“Listen, the Hephaesti are a bigger pain in the butt to the Genies than to us. We annoy them, the Olympians threaten their survival.”
A yellow flash from the TAC caught my eye. Yellow probe trajectories were moving across the holographic image of planet 62e, occupying the captain and first officer’s attention.
“This isn’t right.” The Marconi officer’s voice was focused. I looked down at her flashscreen. Her hand hovered above two red wave patterns. “Captain, I found what I think is a Genie signal coming from Kepler 62f.”
“Entangled?” Villano asked as he moved his hand over his controls. The TAC image of Kepler 62e transitioned into the ice world of Kepler 62f. The red communication wave skimmed across the planet's north pole towards the Vanguard.
The Marconi officer answered. “No Sir. It’s a standard Geni radio signal. Scrambled and directed towards us.”
“But not for us?”
“No sir. Not for us.”
Villano looked at his first officer. “Opinion?”
“Fighters,” Commander O’Connor’s response could have been interrupted as either a question or a statement.
“Alert Stations!” Villano tapped his screen. The Vanguard’s Klaxons rang as the Bridge lights changed from pleasant to bright red.
To Be Continued.....
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