By: Tuxedo Rainbow
Era: Crystal Imperium - 4151 AD
An investigation into a terrible accident in space leaves more questions than answers…
Narrative Mode started July 5, 2005
Authors note: I play to do this as a screenplay, but first, have to do it as a narrative. Star Trek ideas are c Paramount, and Star Wars ideas are c Lucasfilms. All are used without permission.
Space, the final frontier… Yeah, I know it sounds corny, but it is, even in this day.
“Stardate241517.11. The USS (United Senshi Starship) Tempus is en route to the Sol Galaxy for routine repairs.” the captain stated.
Thatcaptain is yours truly, Tuxedo Rainbow. My wife, Sailor Terra, is my “Number One”, my commanding officer. Amongst our crew of 144, we have Terrans, some Vulcans, a Bajoran, and several Klingons. The Klingons, of course, do not wear fuku, but wear standard Klingon battle gear.”
Usually, this would be a routine repair and shore leave. But, these days, things were not ordinary.
TheUnited Force of Planets (or UFP) was the result of the disbanding of the DOOP in the 37th Century. After a brief change and the United Federation of Planets (same acronym), the UFP was formed by the then ruler of Crystal Tokyo, Black Lady Serenity, to give senshi and knights a way to serve their kingdom without having to stay years on a home world. Naturally, she decided most of those who would join, we joined merely to get away from her.
Thestarships of the USS fleet were of ten types: The Mercury class were scientific ships, the Venus class mostly used for entertainment and holodecks, Mars class ships had mikos and could usually see the future; the Earth and Moon classes were used as first-contact and diplomatic ships. Jupiter class ships were the most heavily armed and most heavily armored. Uranus class ships were notorious for being troublemakers, but good fighting ships. Neptune class ships were used to traverse most water planets. Saturn class ships were known for the ability to destroy planets. Pluto class ships were used to investigate unusual situations though time travel. Setsuna promoted us to Captain and Commander from within, and within three years, the Tempus was the most well-known ship of the fleet.
“Automateddistress beacon from sector F of the Alpha Quadrant,” responded a Mercurian communications officer, “it’s from the Phobos.”
That was a fine Mars class ship. I knew many of the Mars disciples of that crew.
“Nota good sign,” I responded, “we have to change course and investigate.”
Thescience officer, a Vulcan, responded, “a very logical decision, but are there not closer ships?”
“Nothingin range,” responded the communications officer.
“Changecourse,” she replied.
“Yes, sir,” the helmsman responded. Our crew knew not to say the other term on front of Terra, when she heard that last, the Cardassian officer that spoke that word was drinking his dinner through a straw.
“Activatetime slip,” I replied.
APlutonian officer nodded. Usually on Pluto class ships, there was an officer that knew of the Time Stop, and was trained to use it almost as powerfully as Setsuna herself. Most times, we used it to time slip from one place to another. Over seventy-five percent of the time, our officer would survive without much as rest needed.
Ididn’t mind the promotion. After all, I was the one who allowed Fula, Sailor Mirinoi, to join the Oak, who got Karona, Sailor KO-35, her position on the Technus, and I was the one who convinced Trese’, Sailor Triforia, to go on the Love-me Chain. I call that unusual. Those three senshi still talk to me when they can.
“Approachingtarget coordinates,” the helmsman reported.
“DeactivateTime Slip,” Terra replied.
Mostof the time, while we were out of the Time Slip, we kept to Warp 5 or under. We were protectors of the galaxy, after all.
“Report,” I commanded.
“Nothingon sensors,” reported the Vulcan Science officer.
“Stillgetting the distress signal,” the Communications officer replied, “correction, several signals. The Phobos, the Deimos, the Oro, the Mizuno…”
The list continued: Thor, Zeus, Shiva, Archangel, Aqua Mirror, Space Sword, Atlantis, Ra, Lune, Serenitus… That was too many ships. It has to be a second mission force. Usually, if a planet or planets were not inhabited, a group of ships would come and check to see if they could support human life.
Inoted the Einstein amongst the long list of names.
“Debris, shuttlecraft, anything, we need clues, people,” barked Terra.
ThePlutonian officer that did the Time Slip was sent back to his quarters for a rest.
Thingsdid not add up. So many beacons, but no survivors, no shuttles, and no debris.
Therewas only one option left, but it meant defying Neo Queen Serenity’s orders.
QueenLady Serenity did not care.
Isighed. Terra knew what I was going to do. She knew these things. We had only done this twice before, under investigative circumstances.
Shedecided not to file a report. She agreed with me. We needed answers.
“Beginthe computations,” I commanded, “we’re going to do a Time Jump.”
Thecrew was not surprised. In fact, it was the most logical course of action.
“Sensorsindicate that the distress beacon is no more than 48 hours old,” reported the Science Officer.
Thatmeant we would not use too much energy in a jump. 2 days isn’t bad. However, we could not interfere.
“Computationscomplete,” replied Engineering.
“ActivateTime Jump,” I commanded.
Seeingtime reverse the first time is an odd experience, but we are trained to ignore unusual things.
MostEnsigns would be amazed at how events “rewind”.
“TimeJump completed,” Engineering replied .
“Shieldsup,” Terra responded.
Plutoclass ship shields were created by Ami herself, so that no ship could mess with the natural progression of time.
Seeingall those ships in the area, scanning, made us wonder what happened.
Then, it occurred.
“TimeStop!” I shouted.
Theenergy to cause time to stop usually results in one’s death, but Pluto found a way to subvert that little misconception, and taught it to her disciples. Terra and I both knew how to do it.
ThePhobos was exploding. We say nothing.
“Nosensor readings yet,” responded the science officer.
“Hurryup,” I strained, “ I can’t hold it long.”
Helmand Engineering were likewise baffled. No one knew how it was happening, but it was.
Ifainted. The ships exploded, one after the other, like dominoes in a chain.
“Sensorsin inconclusive,” the science officer responded, “logic dictates that an enormous amount of some type of force was used.”
Terranodded, as I recovered. We could not regain the lost ships, and we had no answers.
Therewas only one thing to do: Warn others.
“Setup a series of class four warning beacons,” Terra responded, “and plot our course back to Earth.”
Itwas the least we could do. Those beacons could not be destroyed by any other ship in the fleet.
Still, it bothered me that someone or something destroyed thousands of lives… and might do it again.
Dayslater, after our shore leave, we got a call from the Mars class ship Freedom, asking for our help in instigating a series of artifacts found on an abandoned world. My daughter’s hobby was archeology. I figured we could assist by seeing how and when these artifacts were made.
Inmy quarters, Terra looked at me.
“Itdidn’t matter, we couldn’t save them, Temporal Prime Directive and all,” she stated.
Inodded. What worried me was that the beacons could be destroyed, anytime, by anyone. And I knew with that much power, they would be corrupted, and might attack Earth.
Still, we had free time, and no new emergencies. A little scientific work wouldn’t hurt us…
Afterall the destruction, a single, large, moon-shaped fortress scanned the area.
“Theyare done, Darth Icarus,” noted a general.
DarthIcarus, Sith Lord, last of the Sith, looked at the beacons, and pondered.
Hecould destroy them with but a thought, just as he destroyed the ships that had ventured too close to his Death Star, but he decided not to.
Theships were just a warning, just like the beacons. They would not interfere in his conquest.
Itwas he would decide when to test the limits of his power, one day, and see if he could use the Force to usurp the Kingdom he sensed in his mind. A kingdom still at war, but still at peace.
Therewould be time, lots and lots of time, and he could move as slowly as he wanted.
TheDark Side would only corrupt him more… and then, he could corrupt anyone he wanted to.