Originally posted by Scurvy
"Captain loam this is Officer Scurvy. We have an emergency onboard the ship, Whisper's discovered an unregistered stowaway. It is under Whisper and
Antar's supervision. They are in the Data Centre now and have requested we meet them there."
welcomed the interruption. He no longer desired the solitude of his quarters. There would possibly be time for quiet contemplation
Additionally, after considering the presence of a Rigellian penetrator
as his communications specialist, loam
knew what must be done.
And still yet another surprise...an intruder?
exited his quarters, signaling to Officer Scurvy
that he should follow. Walking as briskly as the tangled corridors permitted, the
two made their way to the Data Center, where antar
watched over the motionless intruder.
Officer Scurvy and Officer Whisper please keep our new guest secured until I return.
Officer antar come with me, you and I have a more pressing matter to attend to.
looked incredulously at loam
. What could be more pressing than an intruder?
continued on until they arrived at Specialist QA’s
did not hail the occupant.
“Yydryl: Interrex Captain loam. Override command order level 7. Open portal 27E3.”
The door opened.
antar, pacify her mind.
moved swiftly to the nest of connections tethering Specialist
to several control and power panels.
Unceremoniously, he grabbed a handful of wires and yanked the connections free.
If I had clearly understood a Rigellian penetrator was on board this ship, I would have addressed you in advance of all other
A look of horror painted Specialist QA's
understood well the remarkable skills Rigellian penetrators
commanded. Their mental abilities made them nearly omnipresent; capable
of controlling minds across vast distances of space. Unfortunately, such exertions often led to the penetrator’s
premature death, making them
an expensive and unpredictable tool. Moreover, penetrators
housed another inherent flaw-- one loam
would make certain he did not fall
The production of a penetrator
required nearly a lifetime of cultivation in order to produce anyone of meaningful skill. With sensory input
completely controlled for decades, penetrator’s
tended to develop dysfunctional dependencies upon certain handlers, creating the potential
risk of ‘unofficial’ loyalties in contradiction to the intended desires of the State.
By disconnecting Specialist QA,
he would temporarily neutralize to some degree any risk she might represent, limiting both her inbound
communications and her outbound reach.
You are forbidden to reconnect without my express permission. Violate my command on this, and I will have you incarcerated...or
Turning to antar
said with a fleeting look of concurrent sympathy and disgust, Console her as much as you are able and
see if you can find any vestige of an individual left in her mind.
Satisfied with antar's
simple nod, loam
now turned his attention to the issue of the intruder and made his way back to the Data Center.
[edit on 25-3-2009 by loam]