Captain's Log, Stardate... unknown
The Swiftsure responded to a distress call from
a Freighter. Upon arriving at the Freighter's coordinates we
found the ship trapped in some sort of energy field. It's hull
was already beginning to break up, but in apparent slow motion.
Without much warning their warp core breeched causing the energy
field to expand rapidly and envelope this vessel. The resulting
shockwave knocked out every system on the ship, including most
of the crew. Upon awakening we found ourselves in pitch darkness
and more than a little banged up.
Repairs were effected and we have been unable to locate any
Federation time beacons or get an fix on our position
from Astrometrics. The ship began to suffer from a series of time
distortions and the crew was forced to abandon all upper decks.
About this time our sensors detected a rapidly approaching ship.
It's warp signature was similar to a Federation vessel but it's
design was unfamiliar.
The vessel claimed to be USS Wayfairer under the command of a
Captain Bateman. He informed us that we had been missing for
sixteen years. This information was further compounded by the
appearance of my old Exec, now a Vice Admiral. At present
we are following the Wayfairer out of what they called the
Vanderian Neutral Zone. Apparently, and only if I am to
believe this time jump, there have been a lot of changes.
The time distortions grew worse as we followed the Wayfairer
at warp and Mr. Spencer, Mr. Lynch, and Engineering
worked to solve the problem. By modifying our warp field they
have been successful in 'drawing' off the 'time bubble' that
has been inhabiting our upper decks. In a few minutes we will
be receiving Vice Admiral Jat and his 'party'. I am looking
forward to hearing his explaination of how we arrived in
this time frame, and about everything that's happened since our
Captain’s Log, Supplemental, Stardate 72657.12.
Our journey into the future has been wrought with problems.
Almost a quarter of my crew is currently in Sickbay, suffering from
all forms of mental illness. Dr. Paulsen is studying the
possibility that the mental problems are due to our leap
through time. I believe that a mutiny led by Lieutenant
Commander Spencer and Lieutenant Brown was the result of
this illness that plagues my crew. Several other incidents have
occured that show this crew is not acting quite like itself.
It might only be a matter of time before all of us are affected,
if we are not already.
In light of these suspicions I have decided that we will
attempt to return to our proper time. Mr. Lynch and my
former Chief Engineer, Maggie Hayes, are working on
simulations for the attempt. If they fail this ship and
her crew may become trapped in this time and suffer more severely
from the affects of this mental illness.
During the mutiny this vessel fired upon our escort ship,
the Wayfairer. It sustained moderate damage and only
through the grace of Captain Bateman are they still aiding
us. Our two vessels are currently at rest, just over the
Federation side of the Vanderian Neutral Zone. For now my
crew is busy repairing damage and restoring ship functions.
Special mention must go to Mr. Moss and Mr. Nelson for the
actions of their departments in putting down the mutiny.
Captain’s Log, Supplemental
The Swiftsure is currently on the Federation side of the Vanderian
Neutral Zone in proximity to the Gornoc System. The past eight hours
have been a blur of activity aboard this vessel. Dr. Paulsen and Dr.
the crew and are in the process of starting round two. The treatment
is not a cure for our alternate universe induced illness, and each successive
treatment will be less effective than the previous, however it is all we have
to combat the dysfunction causing the mental illness. We are on borrowed
time and every second counts.
Mr. Lynch and Ms. Hayes have completed construction of a containment
unit for the Gallimide ore that we need to return to our own time and
universe. Ms. Hayes has modified the runabout
signature so that it will appear as a merchant vessel when it crosses
into the neutral zone. This should fool the Vanderian listening posts
and Gornoc system sensors long enough to allow a team of Marines
under Major Moss to raid the research station on Gornoc Four and return
safely to the ship with the ore.
The lead mutineers, Mr. Spencer and Mr. Brown, have been pardoned
temporarily due to our medical findings and the stark possibility that they
had no control over the madness that led to their decisions. I have ordered
them to work on decoys to fool the Vanderians when we re-cross the neutral
zone, hoping to buy time while we make good our plans.
On a more personal note I have discovered that I have a daughter in the
alternate universe. Apparently the Matthew Wayne from this universe,
who is still missing, never knew either. I have spent what little free time
getting to know Maggie’s daughter, a very bright and intelligent fifteen year
old by the name of Stacey. We will be parting ways soon and I am not looking
forward to it.