ROMAN EXPANSE, NEAR ROMULAN SPACE – After a slipstream drive failure left them stranded inside the Roman Expanse, the USS Gorkon managed to break free of a treacherous nebula.
The USS Gorkon, NCC-82293, trapped in the Roman Expanse nebula, escaped from it and a deadly creature living there. After the Gorkon suffered catastrophic quantum slipstream drive failure, teams around the ship worked on various methods to escape. A team on the bridge, consisting of Lt Commander Trellis Vondaryan, Lt Commander Eerie — whose own shuttle crashed in the Expanse and was found on the USS Phoenix — Ensign V’Rall, Lieutenant Caedan Nkai, Ensign Valesha Sienellis and Captain Walter Brunsig, analyzed the data the away team had gathered from the Phoenix. They discovered that a creature lived in the nebula and fed on energy. They also discovered a way to harm the creature, and, with the help of another team, were able to see it.
Petty Officer Second Class Isabella Wasserman, a scientist assigned to xenobiology, described the being within the nebula.
“[It looked like] a huge — and I mean massive — five pointed starfish, but with tentacles,” said Wasserman. “The tentacles alone were twice as long as the Gorkon. If the thing had had a mouth it could have sucked us in through two teeth.”
A team comprised of Admiral Quinn Reynolds, Lieutenant Commander Ayiana Sevo and Ensigns Tasha MacFarlane, Yiggtissi and Kyso Nohx built a neurogenic field to use telepathy to contact the Faceless Intruders, later dubbed Seraphim, who had previously thought to be attacking the ship. The Seraphim were shapeshifters who also lived in the Expanse and tried warning ships away, playing zookeeper to the starfish. They communicated telepathically and were trying to help the Gorkon escape, providing them with engineering plans for a device that would make the dark-matter starfish visible and also with a route through the nebula.
A third team in engineering consisting of Lieutenant Cory Stoyer, Lieutenants JG Jocelyn Marshall and Sera zh’Aella worked on repairing the warp core. They succeeded, making the ship ready to flee once the creature had been dealt with. Also integral to the escape was a final team, led by Captain Nugra and comprising Commander Alucard Vess and Ensigns Emilia Krugol and Elias Burke, who built and launched the flashlight device.
With all the components in place, the flashlight showed the creature, the bridge fired weapons, and engineering fixed warp long enough to allow the Gorkon to escape.
“I was a little worried about those tentacles,” Wasserman said, “but I didn’t have any doubt we would make it.”
Written by Trellis Vondaryan