This is my first story, hope it’s not boring.
Log entry 1740 – Just five days earlier:
Two days has passed since we first received a strange signal on a communication frequency not used by any faction ships. Our initial assessment was that it may have been an odd anomaly, but nothing more.
The communications officer spoke in hushed tones about how it sounded like people screaming in pain and terror, but mixed in with heavy static, it was too hard to tell for sure.
At the same time, ship’s sensors picked up at its outer limit of what appears to be another ship, but it appeared transparent?? How is that possible? Nobody has the technology to project holograms of entire ships, much less use it on some kind of a hoax.
The captain ordered a pursuit course, but the mysterious apparition traveled faster than our frigate and then it eventually disappeared off our scanner.
A thorough diagnosis of the sensors showed no problems with the sensor systems.
It was as though that other ship was there yet at the same time, it wasn’t.
Was it solid or not?
We can’t tell for sure.
Rumors of a ghost ship started and this whole episode put the entire crew on edge.
We decided to make for the docks at Kvinta-26 to re-supply.
Log entry 1741.
Nothing prepared us for what happened at Kvinta-26.
As standard procedure, we hailed the control tower for automated landing but nobody responded.
There was no response on any of the communication frequencies, so we made for a manual landing.
We disembarked from our frigate and made our way first to the decontamination chamber.
Nobody was there to greet us, and we noticed what appears to be blood all over the walls and floor.
No bodies, just blood everywhere.
Some of the crew wanted to leave immediately, but then the communication officer picked up what sounded like a child crying on an emergency signal. The captain made a command decision to explore Kvinta-26, obtain the much needed supplies and look for survivors.
Our security officer armed the away team with weapons, and we started to make our way further inside the Kvinta-26 complex.
After passing through the decontamination chamber, we arrived at the lobby.
The lights were flickering off and on, blood was everywhere…
…. then the lights went off.
We hear something crash, then a thud on the ground.
A growling noise.
Someone screams, “Something’s inside with us!”
Some of the away team panic and starts firing their weapons, the rest dive to the ground.
Hot plasma and laser beams cut through the air- slicing, severing, and incinerating anything in their path.
The air turns acrid from the weapons fire, it chokes us.
“Cease fire, cease fire!”
The team leader pops a flare, and two of our own lay dead on the ground.
“What the hell just happened?” says First Officer McKay.
“We don’t know, sir” replied one of the young yeomen.
We examine the two dead and they died by our own weapons fire.
McKay goes nuts.
“You mean to tell me that we just killed two of our own crew, and we hit nothing else?”
“Body bag those two, and the rest come with me. We’re going to find out what’s happening around here!”
“McNeil, take some of the away team members and search for supplies and any survivors that you may find.”
“The rest of us will make for the Central Ops and look for information for what happened here.”
McKay takes his team and makes their way deeper toward the Central Operations Center of the Kvinta-26 complex.
The lights continue to flicker.
One of the engineers with us examines the entry door for the Central Operations Center- “Sir, we’re going have to break through the encryption on the security system to gain entry, it’s going to take us about… wait , what was that? I thought I saw something from the corner of my eye.”
We hear a scuttling noise, like something just rushed by in the darkness.
We aim our flashlights and look around.
We see nothing.
Our radio cracks to life- “…zzzz…this is McNeil team, we’re still looking for survivors… nothing so far…”
“Roger that,” replied McKay.
“…ARRRGGHHH!” Someone screams on the radio.
We hear automatic weapons fire in the background.
“Emperor, save us!”
Then only static from the radio.
Any sense of false bravado on McKay’s part disappeared at this point, and he bellows, “Everybody back to the ship, we’re getting off this rock. Ain’t nothing is worth all this!”
We see a … shadow? Something insubstantial appears in our midst then vanishes.
Nobody wastes a second pondering, we all hustle back to the ship.
“McKay, where’s the rest of the away team?”
The captain wants to know where the rest of the crew is.
“Sorry captain, but the rest are all dead. No other survivors out there, we got to get out of here.”
“Something out there was killing us, picking us off. Nothing is worth any of this.”
The captain gets angry, “Very well, but we’re going to return in the future and get some answers.”
Our frigate departs Kvinta-26, and makes our way through sector 1340.
Log entry 1743.
Something is onboard the ship with us, and it’s terrifying the crew.
We hear growling noises but nobody sees anything.
Did it come onboard with us when we landed on Kvinta-26? It must have.
Some of the crew report seeing hallucinations and hearing voices. Inhuman voices.
Others report seeing shadows in the corner of their eye, but when they turn around, it vanishes and then it’s gone.
I fear that we are all losing our minds.
Log entry 1745 [see http://star-conflict…ews/62/current/ for this entry].
Log entry 1746.
We came upon another iridium field in sector 1341, this time, it was Legion ships all crumbled together.
Sensors picked up the same anomaly as before from several days ago- what appears to be a strange ship on the outer edge of our sensors, but it seems transparent.
Then it vanishes again.
First Officer McKay turns to the captain and says, “Sir, we have to assume that whatever that ship is, it must have or most likely has, caused all this destruction to those ships.”
The captain turns, “Perhaps. But we’re not sticking around to find out. Lay in a course for our nearest base. We’re getting out of here. Once we get there, they’re going to have to put us into quarantine. Something seems to have come onboard with us ever since Kvinta-26, and we can’t risk it spreading- whatever it is.”
Our frigate makes its way to the nearest starbase .
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