Nov 16

Possible Derelict Colony Discovered

Category: News

Location: Daylid, Rheagent System

“It’s why we do this job, really,” says Colonel Evanci Ameer. Colonel Ameer was just finishing up his shift on the space station Terin VII when his monitor went on the fritz. “I wasn’t surprised because we’d had a few bugs in the system lately,” he says, but they hadn’t been bugs. Daylid, a cold, non-populated planet without even a starport, has been under consideration for mining since it was officially adopted into the Vast Empire; the Terin VII has been used to monitor possible volcanic activity and its effects on possible mining operations to come over the last four years. The crew of the space station, however, is composed of students and staff in connection with the Universities on Mangol, and they became a little curious when the bug in their system persisted; a topographical scan of the exterior surface was arranged and performed to note any changes, possibly caused by volcanic activity. They found more than minor surface changes, however…

The results of a topographical scan revealed underground caves, possibly a milenia or older in age. While openings and apertures can be naturally constructed by the elements, these appeared to have been man-made and logistically placed to traverse a steppe range fifty kilometers in length. Used to observing changes in the surface due to wind erosion, the crew members of the Terin VII were ecstatic to have discovered any sign of former inhabitance on a planet they’d been watching for years. “Of greater question is this,” says Ameer, “who built them and how?” When asked what had changed to help distinguish the cave openings, the Colonel reported that significant seismic activity had actually caused one of the immense caves to collapse. Initial intel reports the caves to be some thousand feet in diameter; a search team is being sent to further distinguish the details of both the cave and the means from which it was created. Ameer and his cohorts from the various Mangol academies believe that if discovery can be made of any fossilized tools or skeletons, than there could, in fact, be massive discoveries made regarding both human and alien space exploration over a millenia ago, especially regarding those unknown groups from the wild regions. While the mining operation is still under observation, research in the years to come looks promising and will probably be a primary function of the Terin VII before long. “Oh yes- very exciting. If nothing else, I atleast I can view our men at work on the surface; should make for a good substitution in place of the old holos.”

T’si Ryder

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