The beginning of June found the crew of the USS Mercury on shore leave, and while some chose to enjoy the uninhabited tropical ocean world they’d discovered in the Menthar Corridor, others engaged in more personal exploits. However, the discovery of a flooded city by the XO, Lt. Cmdr. Arden Cain, brought shore leave to an end. Obsolete equipment in the city helped Cain to then discover a derelict space station in a decaying orbit around the planet, which Cmdr. Aron Kells ordered Cain and an away team to explore and save from falling from the sky, if possible. While the away team has found the station to be uninhabited, they have reawoken some spiderlike automatons, though their presence as yet doesn’t seem to be too hostile.
Meanwhile, on the surface of the planet, ops chief Lt. Cmdr. Alexander Matthews led another team to explore the flooded city and discovered there an amphibious and evidently non-indigenous race called the Corvians. While Matthews and his team continued to explore the surface, the military leader of the Corvians beamed up to the Mercury to meet the ship’s CO … but his visit resulted (or perhaps simply coincided with) the strange transformation of medical crewman Gypsy Hawker from fully human into an amphibious humanoid creature — one whom CMO Lt. Velana has just discovered is pregnant….
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