The Columbia is currently en route to a planet named Kaleb IV which is in unclaimed space near the Romulan border. Kaleb IV is barely Class-M and is predominantly a desert environment with limited water and spare vegetation. As far as we know there is no animal life forms on the planet and until recently we believed that to have been the case historically.
That was, until the Argus XI probe accidentally detected what appears to be the remains of a lost civilization that may have existed predominantly underground. Closer examination reveals the possibility that the world could have supported life underground. Our experts believe that life was likely intelligent. Our mission is to head to Kaleb IV and determine if that is the case.
Once in orbit of the planet, Columbia will attempt to enter into the underground caverns to determine if this is indeed the case. Commander Franks will lead the away team once determined that the underground caverns can support life.
One other concern that Starfleet does have is that Kaleb IV’s surface is made up of a material that makes beaming nearly impossible from orbit. Columbia will have to outfit a shuttlecraft to land on the surface of this planet and to use her phasers to penetrate the ground. Lieutenant Alexander and Lieutenant Lupos will be assigned the task of outfitting the shuttlecraft to do so. Shuttlecraft 2, the “William McCool,” will be used for this task.
Lastly, the nearby system of Endovan has one class-M planet and there is primitive civilization located there. The system is only a light year away from the Kaleb system and Starfleet scientists have theorized that if there was an ancient Kaleb civilization, it may have made contact with the Endovans or they could be descendants. Ensign Gear and Captain Avatar after examining this further, found an ancient Endovan myth. In this myth, the Endovans killed off their gods using witchcraft. The spell caused the gods to go mad and eventually kill themselves off. It has been suggested that the ancient Kalebs may have been the Endovan gods. Recently a warp signature was detected near the Endovan system. Lt. J.G. Zubowskivich and Ensign Gear are going to take shuttlecraft 1, the “Rick Husband” to investigate.