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[AC] One for Profit, One for Knowledge
« on: January 03, 2010, 06:31:42 pm »
Alpha Quadrant, Sector (2,3), Heron System

Tanc Anthony, a Li'Gra, awoke from his light sleep while in this Captain's Chair of the V.A.S.S. Fran's Eyes, quietly aware that it was actually his job to remain alert, and that the executives on board would have him fired if they found out he often dozed off. While he was sitting in the Captain's Chair, Tanc wasn't actually the Captain of the Fran's Eyes, he was just a simple auxiliary to make sure everything ran smoothly while the crew slept. Consequently, no one would see him sleeping on the job. Besides, he reasoned, the ship's computer was smart enough to handle most incidents, why need a sentient awake at all times? His question would soon be answered.

As the ship came out of warp, it began listing off the planets in the system and their qualities as it performed routine scan after scan to make sure it had arrived at the proper system. Space travel was like that, involving distances long enough that being even .00001 degrees off mark meant you ended up off target by thousands of AU, usually far more. It had happened before, a small rounding error in the CPU, a misplaced variable there, and before you knew it, you were in the proverbial middle of nowhere. But today, everything had run smoothly, and the ship beeped a confirmation of target. Nanoseconds later, it realized that there was another variable it was getting from one of the planets that didn't make sense; the presence of radio waves. Confused by this new input, it simply ran the routine for if radio waves were detected; inform the sentient in the Captain's Chair, " Sir, I have detected the presence of radio waves from a planet that logically shouldn't have them. "

Tanc blinked, and being groggy, asked the ship to repeat. It did, and blood suddenly rushed to his brain as his heart, " Alright... alright... possible sentient contact procedures... no... not so soon... Computer, tell me if the radio waves are natural or artificial, " when the computer confirmed them as artificial, Tanc hit the "PANIC" button on the Captain's Chair, otherwise known as the "Oh ****, I'm just the auxiliary who doesn't know what he's doing" button by certain members of the crew, the Captain included. Moments later, alarms rang through the halls of the Fran's Eyes, and the crew manned their stations, the real Captain taking his place, Captain Arching, a Dar'Gra. As Arching spit out command after command, the executives noisily made their way onto the bridge, complaining as usual, "What the hell, Arching? It's twenty past one!" Arching glanced at them with his usual fiery eyes. They stopped openly complaining, but it was obvious that their minds were still thinking it.

Arching quietly said, "Computer says that it's found a new sentient species. Or, at least, the radio waves of one. And they just happen to on your oh-so-special world of near infinite and easily accessed iron," while realizing that this didn't mean well for the sentients on the surface. He inwardly hoped they could display the capacity to defend themselves from the greed of these executives. The executives were quiet, and then huddled together, speaking about what to do as the ship re-engaged warp, approaching the inhabited planet at an astounding speed.

Alpha Quadrant, Sector (3,2), Slorv System

The V.S.S. Pathfinder, a far smaller ship than the miner vessel Fran's Eyes, dropped out of warp at the edge of the Slorv System. Its crew had two shifts-worth of members, as it expected to be involved in fighting at any moment. Vantry could never be lenient when it came to the depths of space, which they were just beginning to explore. The sensors then began screaming at their technicians that there were dozens, hundreds, of artificial signals and constructs in the orbits of the various planets in the system. Captain Mamum sounded the alert, and the Pathfinder's weapons went hot, as well as the projectile countermeasure system installed on the ship. They knew that they couldn't hide, now that they had warped into the system, so they merely decided to warp the nearest inhabited planet, stopping as far away as they thought would be safe. At the same time, Mamun sent a message back to Ahm, "Sentient race encountered. Moving to engage as peacefully as possible, however, we're reading to return fire as the procedures dictate we should. Captain Mamun, commanding officer of the V.S.S. Pathfinder, Sector (3,2)."
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Re: [AC]One for Profit, One for Knowledge
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2010, 07:23:27 pm »
Alpha Quadrant, Sector (3,2), Slorv System, Construct A-3 Orbiting Slorvian VII

There was never much activity this far out in the system, but Construct A-3 had been a rather new addition to the many space stations constructed by the Slorv. It was always necessary to have at least one monitoring station watching over the 'traffic lanes' that stretched between the many different planets and their moons. Without these stations, the network of trade and the flow of goods wouldn't be as nearly efficient as it was now. And even with these stations there was at least one collision every year, even though that mostly occurred when trying to dock.

Kunta got to the observation deck as soon as he heard the computer calling out for his attention. He had been in the middle of a relaxing warm sand bath when his comm had gone off and since it was his shift, it was his responsibility to report. Normally the computer handled all the routing procedures for incoming ships, but whenever an anomaly was detected the nearest Slorv was alerted so that they could determine what needed to be done.

Please, not another collision, Kunta thought to himself, I already have two on my record. That's the reason I'm so far out on this ****hole... He immediately began tapping away at the console, bringing up the information necessary to assess what exactly was going on.

//Ship signature detected off of traffic lane.// the computer read as Kunta went through the log. He pulled up the files and sensor information. A low resolution image of the ship popped up on his screen, causing him to roll and unroll his trunk as he did so. This was not any Slorv ship he had seen before. Unless the military was pulling some special operations training... he thought to himself.

//Energy spike detected from approaching craft//, the computer interrupted. Without even thinking twice, Kunta pressed the nearest warning mechanism to single to the rest of the station that something was happening. His next step was to send off a radio warning to the next station in line. They could then pick up the message and relay it further and further into the Slorv system. This would take time though, since the Slorv had not developed FTL communications. The first station would receive his message within seconds, but it would take several hours for the message to arrive at the Slorv homeworld.

Once he was sure that this had all been done, he took a deep breath. He was still rolling and unrolling his trunk as a sign of excitement and nervousness. How to contact this thing? he thought to himself. Others would be arriving within the observation deck shortly, but something was telling him he should attempt contact before that happened. Thinking of nothing else to do, he pulled up the sensor controls and aimed them at the approaching vessel. He didn't want to send out a radio message, but instead blasted them with a concentrated burst of static to show that they had been recognized by Construct A-3.

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Re: [AC]One for Profit, One for Knowledge
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2010, 07:34:55 pm »
Alpha Quadrant, Sector (2,3), Heron System, Seania, Charon

A normal day on Charon, rusty clouds in the sky. Nothing seemed out of place. Then a strange object in space, visible from Charon. Nobody knew what it was. Everyone ignored it. If it meant harm they would deal with it when it landed, if it landed. The hydron continued their daily lives. The factories continued making products. Power plants continued generating. Life didnt stop even in the presence of extraterrestrials. Charon floated along and the farmers farmed. Hydron received their daily food allowance. Hydron ate. Life continued. The news continued on the radio. Speakers broadcasted the radio. The cycle continued as the spacecraft grew closer to Seania. Nobody cared and nobody noticed.
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« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2010, 07:43:15 pm »
Alpha Quadrant, Sector(2,3), Heron System, Orbit over Seania

Arching was arguing with the executives about their options for the world, trying to convince them that assault wasn't worth the risk. Altcom had fallen on hard times, the biggest Vantry corporation in Ahm, but Ahm was becoming a much harder place to find new minerals. It needed the easy supplies on Seania. The Fran's Eyes, while technically a "mining" vessel, could possibly be called a "carrier," due to the huge amount of autonomous mining drones it had on board. These drones had been heavily armored before launch to withstand the heats of Seania, and they also had two lasers each to mine any rock if necessary. The programming to switch from mining to fighting was already in place; spacecraft weren't exactly cheap, and Altcom didn't want to risk losing its first miner, as its financial success was practically based on its success to show the shareholders that it was still able to grow.

Alpha Quadrant, Sector(3,2), Slorv System, Near Construct A-3 Orbiting Slorvian VII

The Pathfinder suddenly dropped out of warp near the station, obviously having moved far faster than anything the Slorv could've thought possible if their science still said it was impossible to move faster than light. It had chosen to stop here due to the odd static signal, possibly a bad decision on the part of the Slorv who sent it. Mamun ordered the "Greeting Message" sent, and began to run through all the possible scenarios in his mind.

The "Greeting Message" was actually four different messages, all played one after the other, each in a different language of the Vantry. It sent "We come in peace," despite cliches in Vantry movies, in the gurgling kind of language of the 'Gra, in the buzzing kind of language of the Milute, the vibrations of the Jergo, and the electrical impulses of the Ragta. Mamun began to run the possibility of hostilities through his mind, considering the implications of all the scenarios. Most of them didn't turn out
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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2010, 08:04:09 pm »
Alpha Quadrant, Sector (3,2), Slorv System, Construct A-3 Orbiting Slorvian VII

Kunta nearly fell backwards out of his seat when another vessel appeared much closer to his station. "What the?!" he yelled out as he jumped to bring up the scanning equipment to make sure he had seen everything correctly. Several seconds later the first ship disappeared.
//Same ship detected// the computer chirped on the screen. Several thoughts flashed through Kunta's head. "This can't be..." he mumbled to himself as he double checked the computers analysis. As he was doing so, several other Slorv arrived on the observation deck to see what was going on.

"We've made some sort of contact," Kunta turned around to face the new arrivals. His eyes were wide, "this ship just went faster than the speed of light." Almost all of the Slorv let out sounds of disbelief, but Kunta silenced them by replaying the video. "That's the same ship, look at the same markin-"

//Incoming Messages// the computer interrupted him. Four distinctly different messages were played across the comm, all of which the Slorv listened to. When they were done playing the Slorv sat in silence. After several seconds had passed Kunta jumped to action. He immediately sent the messages through an encrypted line to the nearest space station. Construct A-3 wasn't lucky enough to have an AI aboard, but the next station over did. It would do a much better job of discerning what the message meant. In the meantime Kunta turned around to the other Slorv. "Do we send them something back?" he asked, to which he got several affirmatives.

//Greetings. We are the Slorv. We are friendly.// Along with this several pictures were sent across, showing the basic outline of what a Slorv looked like.

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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2010, 08:22:58 pm »
Alpha Quadrant, Sector(2,3), Heron System, Orbit over Seania

Arching yelled at the executives, "Look, their entire Ahm damned planet is full of the stuff. They probably think it's worthless."

The executives snorted, or the equivalent, and stormed off to their bunks, tired and worn out from fighting with the stubborn old bull that Arching was. When they were off the bridge, Arching said, "Remind me to program the doors not to open for them, sometime," follows by a few snickers and an "Aye Aye, Sir." Arching ordered the "Greeting Message" sent down to the planet, and waited, patiently.

Alpha Quadrant, Sector(3,2), Slorv System, Near Construct A-3 Orbiting Slovian VII

The ship's computer ate up the message for a few moments, running hundreds of thousands of code checks on it, trying to figure out how it was arranged, but it decided it needed more input, and instead, simply spit out the image of the Slorv onto the command screen. Mamun scratched his elongated stomach, considering his options. Why would a hostile race send a picture of themselves, from which could be extracted anatomical data that could find their weak points? Or, perhaps, it was a false image meant to trick him into thinking they were something else entirely. He asked the computer about the statistical possibility of either option, and got the answer, "Or, perhaps, you're just paranoid, Captain Mamun." Damn computers. Built with both a sense of humor and sarcasm. Can never tell the difference between a joke and a fact, thought Mamun, as he let the "Greeting Message" repeat over and over, though he did order the weapons cold. This station didn't seem to have any particular ability to defend itself, why should the Pathfinder?

A few moments later, he ordered the ship to slowly move closer to the station, realizing that it might scare the occupants, but otherwise also being a show of peace in that the Pathfinder would be more vulnerable to the station, if it had any weapons.

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« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2010, 08:33:33 pm »
Alpha Quadrant, Sector (3,2), Slorv System, Construct A-3 Orbiting Slorvian VII

"What is it doing?" Kunta thought out loud as the ship slowly came closer. It just kept playing the same message over and over, which was a little disconcerting. The computer was reporting that the energy signatures had dropped, which could only be a good thing, but nonetheless Kunta didn't want to take any chances. "What's the status of our two scouts?" he asked a nearby Slorv who had taken a position behind one of the other monitors.

"The pilots are saying their ships are ready to go if they need to."

"Okay, and what about the transporters? I want those fired up and ready to shoot off if things get dicey." Kunta asked.

"They are being prepared. The dockhands forgot to unload a few things, but they should be able to hold most of the stations personnel." There was a silence as everyone focused on the 'most' in that sentence. Kunta tapped his pincers on the console, trying to figure out what to do next. As he was doing this a new message arrived, along the encrypted line between Construct A-3 and Construct A-1.

//This is Construct A-1's AI. I have received your message and am in the process of deciphering it. This could take some time, but already patterns are starting to show up. Following procedure, I have been ordered to have you relay this message to the vessel// Following that was the Slorv Codex that contained all the information on the Slorv language. It would no doubt take some time for an alien computer to process, but it would go much faster than any other form of communication.

"Well that's good news," Kunta said as he popped off the message to the alien vessel.

"Yeah, at least we're still alive," someone said from the back of the room. At any other time this would have been funny, but the Slorv could only nod their head in agreement.

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« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2010, 08:39:25 pm »
Alpha Quadrant, Sector (2,3), Heron System, Seania, Charon

The radio signal from the orbiting ship was recieved by the speaker towers. The hydron leader, currently Lord Carin III, ordered a response signal. Nobody understood the alien message but they figured they should at least respond. The government argued on how to respond. "We should tell them to leave." "Ask them for technology." "Discuss peace." "Ask for weapons." "Ask for their purpose." "Ignore them."

The lord decided on a simple reply. "We don't know, or care for that matter, why you are here. All we ask is that you land or leave. We have business to attend to just like any other species. And if you choose to leave we request the technology to construct an engine which moves a vehicle faster than light."

The message was sent on a radio wave and reached the orbiting craft 5 minutes afterwards.
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« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2010, 08:50:01 pm »
Alpha Quadrant, Sector(2,3), Heron System, Orbit over Seania

The Fran's Eyes received the message, and thankfully, there was just barely enough input from it to discern the main idea. Arching himself had to admit how strangely rude this species was, trying to tell a species obviously far more advanced than it, "Give us your stuff and get out or land." A rather preposterous idea. If they wished to be left alone, Arching was entirely fine with that, but he wasn't leaving without a cargo hold of ore. He ordered it to hover above the molten seas of flowing money, and the drones went hot as the ship descended into the atmosphere.

A kilometer over the surface, it sent out all two hundred of the drones, and stopped, hovering, as the drones began extracting what they wanted. The ship itself remained aware of the movements of the Hydron, making sure they sent no combat craft.

Alpha Quadrant, Sector(3,2), Slorv System, Nearing Construct A-3 Orbiting Slorvian VII

After the computer received the Codex, Mamun ordered the message halted, but the ship continued to advance as the ship's computer chewed the new data, correlating patterns and "words." The Pathfinder stopped a minute later, incredibly close to the station, but maintaining its position well. The blast shields covering the bridge's windows lowered, and Mamun quietly walked to the front, staring across space to the Slorv observation deck. He raised one hand in greeting, calling a few other examples of the races on board to the window. A Ragta quietly made its way to the window, and shook its tentacles almost eagerly, then slithered away, a Li'Gra janitor cleaning up the muck it left behind. Ragta were always taxing to have anywhere, as they preferred slithering to walking around in mecha suits like Jergo. The mecha suit of a Jergo walked up the window next, followed by a runt Milute with its wings carefully strapped down, Milute being another pain to have on board a space ship. Generally, 'Gra and mecha suited Jergo made up the crews of space ships, with a few token Ragta and Milute to not seem racist.

When the computer finished processing the data, it spit out the "Greeting Message" again, but this time, in Slorvian.

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« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2010, 08:59:23 pm »
Alpha Quadrant, Sector (3,2), Slorv System, Construct A-3 Orbiting Slorvian VII

Kunta and the other Slorvs stared across the void of space at the strange ship floating there. It was even more strange to watch as a variety of different creatures appeared in the ship and made signals to them. After several moments of silence, Kunta decided to stand up. He motioned for a few other Slorv to come forward with them, which they did reluctantly. The three Slorv bowed low in unison, their trunks touching the ground as they did so. They slowly stood back up to see if there was any reaction from the ship.

Right around this time two messages were received. The first was from the AI on Construct A-1 informing them that three of the four messages had been deciphered. The last one was the hardest to figure out, seeing as it was just a random jumble of electrical pulses. Along with these decoded messages came a request to get more of the alien language so that further patterns could be discerned to get a better understanding of the language.

The second message came from the ship, and it was in Slorvian. Everyone jumped a little bit, even though they had known it was coming. There was something strange about the way the alien computer translated the language. They were subtle differences, but they were differences nonetheless that pointed out it was not from an actual Slorv.

Kunta made his way back to the computer and immediately setup a new message. It started off with a greeting in their own language and then asked for more information in Slorvian. Hopefully the idea gets across, Kunta thought to himself.

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« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2010, 04:02:27 pm »
Alpha Quadrant, Sector (3,2), Slorv System, Near Construct A-3 Orbiting Slorvian VII

Mamun, eased by the new messages from the station, allowed the ship to transmit data it had on the Vantry, specifically images of the 'Gra, Jergo, Milute, and Ragta as well as data on the general location of Ahm. Once this had been transmitted, the ship's computer transmitted an FTL message back to Ahm, asking for a more prepared diplomat to negotiate with the aliens, a request that would be heard in a few hours, and the diplomat likely arriving a few more hours or a day later. The ship's computer then returned its attention to the Slorv, sending, "I am the Pathfinder's computer. We are the Vantry, meaning "Kin" or "Bond Brothers" in your language, and this title may be offered to your species as well at some point in the far future, assuming relations between our two civilizations commence well. Things on Ahm have been rather hectic lately, with our industries trying to get into high gear with the discovery of the FTL drive, but the minerals are simply not there.

"Our's is the only planet in the system, followed by asteroids belts devoid of anything other than some basic iron. We also prefer not to damage our fragile ecology, set up by Ahm itself, by polluting it. There have been previous repercussions dealt out by Ahm for the Vantry' previous ecological damages... I have sent for a proper diplomat to consult your leaders, and perhaps we could come to some sort of agreement. My scans indicate your industrial base is incredibly strong, strong enough to support and supplement two burgeoning empires at once. Perhaps the diplomat will offer the FTL technology in exchange for your industrial allegiance. Though our Corporations would not like that... Too bad, economy is the survival of the fittest. Well, now, look at me, rambling. Do you have any further requests for information?"

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« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2010, 05:31:13 pm »
Alpha Quadrant, Sector (3,2), Slorv System, Construct A-3 Orbiting Slorvian VII

Kunta and the group of Slorvians were all digesting this the best they could. At the same time the messages were being recorded and sent through an encrypted line towards the homeworld through the network of space stations. It was interesting to learn about another race, especially that they had evolved within a system that contained only one planet. Kunta couldn't imagine trying to establish an empire with only one planet. The Slorv had only begun colonizing space within the last century, but within that short interval they had expanded to the limits of their solar system. It was probably really lucky that they had evolved in a system as rich as the Slorvian one.

Kunta was about to record a reply when a message came through the encrypted channel from Construct A-1. As soon as Kunta activated the message the communication gear was shut down and several of Construct A-3's control panels went dark.

"What's going on?" one of the other Slorv asked, surprised that they had lost control.

//My apologies, but protocol dictates that I handle machine-machine communication in the case of extraterrestrial contact// came the voice of Construct A-1's AI.

"He's locked us out of everything," Kunta said as he tapped through the monitor. "It's probably better that he has. He has the training for it, so he's probably better at speaking for the Slorv race." They could only watch as the AI sent off a reply through Construct A-3's communications gear. This way, the Vantry wouldn't be able to detect that another voice was now talking.

At this point I am unable to speak for my entire race. I suggest that you move deeper into our system, the best choice being the fifth planet from the sun. But I must ask that you wait at least one day so that the necessary preparations be made for your arrival. As of right now, no one else in the Slorv race knows of your existence. It wouldn't do for you to suddenly appear and have the Slorv Navy attack you. Attached to the message were the coordinates for the planet as well as a time chart indicating the length of the Slorvian day so as to not confuse the Vantry.

While all of this was going on the AI was performing a variety of other tasks. It was tracking how far along the first message was to reaching the Slorvian homeworld as well as analyzing the alien ship for the 4,156th time, doing its best to mark out anything that resembled Slorv technology. It had already gained a wealth of information from the passive sensors, feeling out how the ship was laid out, how it was separated into different compartments, and the energy sources the ship appeared to use. Everything else was a mystery though, one that would require active observation to be fully understood. Especially the FTL engine. That was what the AI wanted to know about.

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« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2010, 08:02:08 pm »
Alpha Quadrant, Sector(3,2), Slorv System, Near Construct A-3 Orbiting Slorvian VII

The ship's computer signaled a mere affirmative, and notified Mamun for approval to warp to the planet at the coordinates provided. He casually approved the orders, and ship engaged its warp drive, launching out into the depths of space toward Slorvian V with spine-snappingly fast "speed". A few minutes later, it dropped out over Slorvian V, Mamun and the technicians looking over the readouts from the scanners that which sniffing every nook and granny they could find on Slorvian V. While they decided to wait for the diplomat's ship to arrive, things slowed back to normal on the Pathfinder, as they prepared to chart a new course in deep space, still having a mission to complete.

The computer notified the Slorv back on Construct A-3 that it would be approximately two to three Vantry days before the diplomat arrived, sixty-two hours, at which point they would leave the system, letting the diplomat take their place. In the meantime, the Pathfinder would quietly waited in orbit of Slorvian V.

Two Vantry days later, the diplomat's far smaller ship dropped out of warp near the Pathfinder. The two ships' captains exchanged basic greetings, and the Pathfinder quickly resumed its previous course, leaving the system.

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« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2010, 09:05:41 pm »
Alpha Quadrant, Sector (3,2), Slorv System, Construct A-1 Orbiting Slorvian V

Slorvian V was a terrestrial planet that had the ability to sustain lifeforms, but the problem was that it lacked these lifeforms. The atmosphere wasn't far off from being breathable, the temperature range was a little on the hotter side, and it lacked an excess of water, but all-in-all it was really the perfect place for the Slorv to start their first planetary colony. They had experience colonizing things, thanks to their homeworld's moons, and so they had been prepared when they set out to land a permanent base on their next door neighbor.

And now, Slorvian V was the second most populous planet in the system, sporting several massive biodomes that were homes to thousands of Slorv and their animal counterparts. Likewise, the traffic far above Slorvian V was quite busy, requiring a large number of space stations and constructs to manage the flow of goods. As the Slorv continued to expand further away from their star, Slorvian V became the center of trade linking the expanding colonies to the industrial planets closer to the sun.

The news had spread fast, and before too long nearly every Slorv knew that an alien vessel was not too far from Slorvian V. There were mixed reactions, but many were put at ease knowing that a diplomat was on its way to begin negotiations between the Slorv and these new arrivals. They were unsure of what the negotiations might entail, but the simple fact that there were negotiations going on was good enough.

As soon as the second alien vessel arrived, the Slorv ambassadors hurried to the communications room, preparing themselves for the video link that would be the first step in official contact. They were unsure of whether or not these aliens could survive in a Slorvian climate, and rather than finding out the hard way, they figured they would ask first. It may have even been bad taste to invite them aboard the space station in their culture. There were so many variables to consider.

Yuntar, the lead ambassador stood up in front of the other Slorv, presenting himself as the largest being in the video screen. A message was sent out, asking for a link to the alien vessel so that the talking could begin.

"Greetings, travelers. We welcome you to our home. I am Yuntar, Head Ambassador of the Slorvian race. I will allow you the first action, seeing as you are in a distant land." With that Yuntar awaited the reply. He knew that the computer of the other vessel had talked about trade relations, but he would wait to see if an actual being was willing to come to these terms.

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« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2010, 05:54:45 am »
Alpha Quadrant, Sector (3,2), Slorv System, Near Construct A-1 Orbiting Slorvian V

The Skipper was quite literally the smallest ship the Vantry had that they could fit a working warp drive on, designated for future possible diplomatic missions. It carried only three 'Gra or Jergo occupants, the pilot, the mechanic, and the diplomat. The ship itself was only about forty meters long, and twenty meters wide, with the bulk of that taken up by the warp drive and its fission energy source(the Vantry had yet to perfect "cold" fusion), as well as the sub-light engines.

The diplomat, a color-shifting Dar'Gra, sat in the cramped "Communications Ward" section of the ship, basically a box with some comm. equipment. The ship's inferior computer merely plugged him in, and once he was connected, he began, "Greetings to you, Yuntar. It is thrilling to think of being the aliens in relation to another species. Few books in our culture have addressed this possible view..." The Dar'Gra shifted around some papers, and picked one up, "Oh, yes, my name is Graka. I believe the Pathfinder's computer didn't inform you that we breath a Nitrogen/Oxygen atmosphere, and generally prefer a somewhat temperate climate. I'm here mainly to listen to your requests first, and then counter."