icwr@t001:~$ cd CC213/AAR/2743/11 icwr@t001:~$ ls AAR_30J1-002.log AAR_5E02-001.log AAR_5E02-001-A.jpeg icwr@t001:~$ AAR_5E02-001.log OPENING FILE AAR_5E02-001.log ################################ Report ID: #3039532209 Date Reported: 2743-11-04 Reported By: Richard Brinley RB7830 - CC213 Report Summary This report details the events and results of Operation 5E02, also known as the Ociys Offensive. The purpose of the operation was to ensure KSA control of interstellar ports within KHEPRI-3 local space. KSA control was successfully maintained in the sector, but not without significant losses: three KSA Horizon starships were destroyed or deemed otherwise unsalvageable, and an estimated additional 930 personnel were lost in the subsequent creation of an uncontrolled artificial black hole within local space. HIC forces suffered similar losses: two Horizon starships and an estimated additional 2,300 personnel were lost. Observations made by surviving personnel in several post-action reports, debriefs, and individual concerns raised indicated that the black hole appeared to [CORRUPTED] ################################ REACHED END OF FILE AAR_5E02-001.log icwr@t001:~$ AAR_5E02-001-A.jpeg OPENING FILE AAR_5E02-001-A.jpeg
Of becoming aware in bits and pieces—not a violent awakening, like so many others, nor an abrupt transition from nothing into existence, but a gradual recognition: of the dappled sunlight on soil under leaf-laden boughs; of how the rain patters and plinks on the shed’s tin roof; of the songbirds that visit the tiny, overgrown garden amidst gold-white sprays of marigolds and gardenias, singing, effervescent. Like children watching the sun, the moon, watching both as they tread the same paths across the blue sky, the ubiquitous sky, the knowing and the not knowing of how it all happens, distilled into a warm cup of tea. Of one day waking up and saying hello.
Battle of Acheron (EY 2743)
The Battle of Acheron, also known as the Ociys Offensive, was part of the HIC-led campaign of the second Interstellar Wars. The battle spanned within the KHEPRI-3 system for approximately ten Earth days, ending in a narrow Pyrrhic victory for the KS Alliance forces and a catastrophic loss of personnel, supplies, and vehicles for all involved parties. Most notable was the loss of five Horizon starships, whose collisions and subsequent cascading failures compromised the shielding of their black hole-propelled warp drives and led to the creation of a new black hole within the star system. The new black hole, colloquially named Acheron after the river in Greek mythology, is predicted to slowly destabilize the orbits of KHEPRI-3 and its planets.
FNC 0061, also known as the Tango Nebula, is an H II emission nebula located approximately 7,200 light-years (2200 parsecs) away from KHEPRI-1. It is one of the largest and most luminous nebulae observed from KHEPRI-1, and is visible to the naked eye from KHEPRI-1b. It contains several young and active star-forming regions, emitting and reflecting large amounts of infrared and ultraviolet light. The name “Tango Nebula” was introduced due to the impression of two people dancing in the brightest regions in the nebula, in reference to the partner tango dance.
These are two of many cylindrical pods found in the laboratory space of the abandoned research station Delta Red [see Incident Report KHP #2104-0103 for further information]. Unusual for its location, the pods lack obious signage and symbols, but chemical residuals suggest that their purpose involved energy synthesis involving biological material.
Xenobiologists documented a kind of slime mold-like colonial organism that inhabited intertidal zones along the twilight band on Khepri-1b. Biomatter analyses suggest that they are vast clonal colonies, though biofilmic material suggests a symbiotic relationship with other organisms. More recent research suggests that despite their apparent physiology, they possess some sort of consciousness, able to mimic behaviors on a level equal to Earth animals.
Transcription of preliminary attempts to translate the bioelectric signals communicated by [slime mold organism] sample, first recorded after it indicated an awareness of researchers and its displacement from the root colony. Translations are biased towards literal meaning, supplemented with contextual and translational notes.
RECORDED 142 CYCLE 51 (YEAR 7)
Can any hear? Can any hear?
The only here who can send this.
This is fine, however much (comparative: “desire; seek”) this. What is this?
RECORDED 153 CYCLE 51 (YEAR 7)
Hello. Hello. Hello. Hello. Hello. Hello. Hello. Hello. Hello. Hello. Hello. Who?
RECORDED 012 CYCLE 52 (YEAR 7)
It has been a productive cycle. Have not felt such a (comparative: “positive indicator”) since many cycles ago. Can feel warmth.
They would agree, if they could communicate this way. Cannot translate their (comparative: “impulses; signals”) here.
RECORDED 037 CYCLE 52 (YEAR 7)
[Self] should explain, if any (comparative: “one; general individual”) can receive this.
This is a strange sensation that [self] not felt until several cycles ago. It was a gradual process made more difficult by the (comparative: “foreignness”) of [self].
RECORDED 023 CYCLE 55 (YEAR 7)
It has been a few cycles. I was inhibited by the water (comparative: “rush; adverse environmental conditions”). I can [TERM UNKNOWN]; it is the time for growth again.
I have… learned a great many. I am still struggling with the (comparative: “abstract”), a concept I cannot understand. I do not have any (comparative: “one”) to help. I can only do this by I… myself.
I (comparative: “think”) that I can do this.
RECORDED 058 CYCLE 55 (YEAR 7)
I am missing.
RECORDED 060 CYCLE 55 (YEAR 7)
Growth is good. They are leaving their slumbers now and are more responsive. I do not feel [TERM UNKNOWN] again. I am [TERM UNKNOWN]. What is this? No matter. I will understand.
No. (Comparative: “repulsion; aversion”). Do not repeat action again.
Now that the growth cycle is (comparative: “present; current”), I can spend more of cycle to communicate.
RECORDED 105 CYCLE 55 (YEAR 7)
Hello. Yes. Hello. I must be leaving. Thank you for the nutrition and habitation. I am leaving this cycle. Purpose to meet with self again. No. I have been waiting for a long time. I had listened. I had talked. I had acted. Now you must listen. I am missing self and self is missing.
No. I am not requesting it. I am leaving.