PIKTAR SYSTEM — After traveling back in time while investigating the reappearance of the planet Peppalexa, a Starfleet away team reported finding the fossilized remains of their fellow officers.
“The Department of Temporal Investigations will be conducting a full review. At this time, though, I can assure you that we are not living in an alternate universe,” said Starfleet Public Affairs officer Cmdr. A.J. Ciaravolo in San Francisco, declining further comment.
The USS Garuda had been investigating the sudden reappearance of Peppalexa, the homeworld and capital of the Ancient Alliance that vanished from history over ten thousand years ago. The temporal disturbance that had allowed the planet to travel through time, caused by separatists among the population, had also resulted in the creation of temporal fragments that left parts of the planet in various states of temporal flux.
An away team led by first officer Lt. Cmdr. Msafiri Bakari had been sent back in time to the era of the First Kingdom of Peppalexa, at least several thousand years before the rise of the Ancient Alliance. The team was quickly incapacitated by the natives, and Dr. Chythar Skyfire took the lead when Bakari and another commander were kept in confinement.
Meanwhile, other crew members disappeared back in time. First was Lt. Cmdr. Saveron, the ship’s xenobiologist, sent to prehistoric Peppalexa. Saveron was soon joined by Lt. Cmdr. Tristam Core, the Garuda’s chief engineer, and Lt. Ki Shandres, an intelligence and strategic operations officer.
As the crew in the present worked on finding a way to retrieve their missing officers, the arrival of the Breen complicated matters, especially when the Peppalexans called to the Breen to assist them in sending Peppalexa back in time, claiming that Captain Cassandra Egan Manno and the Garuda were unwilling to do so. Fortunately, Counselor Raissa Moonsong and Egan Manno were able to negotiate with the Breen to ease the tension.
Back in the First Kingdom Era, Skyfire, Andrew Davenport, and Ensign Ryan King found themselves caught in the midst of a political struggle between the Queen of the First Kingdom and her First Minister. Skyfire then made the startling discovery of the skeletal remains of three people he recognized: Saveron, Core, and Shandres.
Tricorder scans showed they’d been dead for thousands of years. The First Kingdom Era inhabitants described the remains and the various “artifacts,” which were in fact the Starfleet equipment of the dead officers, as relics that had been integral to the advancement of Peppalexan civilization.
Before they could investigate further, they were suddenly beamed out of the temporal fragment to the bridge of the Garuda in the present by Dr. Roshanara Rahman, a project manager for the Starfleet Corps of Engineers, and Lt. JG Hanar Tuk. Rahman and Tuk then worked with operations chief Lt. Cmdr. Mei’konda on the surface to rescue Saveron and the remaining missing crew with the help of the separatists.
Using calculations by Chief Ian Dunross, a temporal rift opened by the separatists, and a set of pattern enhancers, the crew were able to retrieve the others, but it seemed Saveron, Core, and Shandres had been in the past for too long, with the transporter unable to get a lock on them.
In a last desperate attempt, Rahman crosswired the transporter to use two sets of coils for each target. Though the unpleasant transport was described by the officers as if they were being torn apart, they were nonetheless beamed back successfully to the 24th century.