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allforthehive ([personal profile] allforthehive) wrote in [community profile] glowfic2015-11-01 01:01 am

novel method of FTL travel

One of the supposedly pre-warp systems the Prometheus is visiting may seem a little strange. Half an hour into its visit to this system, a new ship appears spontaneously near one of the stations, with no trace of a warp signature.
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[personal profile] warpfairy 2015-11-01 06:07 am (UTC)(link)
...That's weird. Maybe they're higher-tech than they look. They haven't hailed her... She tentatively continues her survey, her quiet computerized eavesdropping.
warpfairy: (j ~ vulcan calm)

[personal profile] warpfairy 2015-11-01 06:15 am (UTC)(link)
She does have to get that close for a close survey read. She should probably turn tail and let Starfleet professionals have a look at the weird teleporting ships, but what if they send the wrong person, someone who doesn't care if the ships outright teleport if they don't warp...?

Creep, creep, she's close-ish to the planet now.
warpfairy: (g ~ neutrality)

[personal profile] warpfairy 2015-11-01 06:19 am (UTC)(link)
Well, can the universal translator digest it...? It's too slow and clunky for real-time communication, but they aren't aiming weapons at her or anything, so.
warpfairy: (i ~ highly illogical)

[personal profile] warpfairy 2015-11-01 06:24 am (UTC)(link)
"I am alive," T'Mir replies, both in raw English audio and the universal translator's attempt at the hailing language, "and I can go home whenever I choose. Who are you?"
warpfairy: (e ~ engineering)

[personal profile] warpfairy 2015-11-01 06:31 am (UTC)(link)
Hesitantly, Isabella offers video back. "I am Captain Isabella T'Mir of the United Federation of Planets survey vessel Prometheus."
warpfairy: (h ~ travesty)

[personal profile] warpfairy 2015-11-01 06:40 am (UTC)(link)
Sheeee's in trouble. She might actually be able to get out of charges against her about this specific occasion but she wouldn't come through the scrutiny on her other activities unless she can get the hivers to cover for her. Which probably means reaching into her very shallow bag of tricks and teaching them warp, if they're friendly, or panicking if they're not.

"My language does not use scent. I have a device which is translating for me, and it may not be doing it well. Is the gate the way your ships can appear and disappear? My people do not do that."
warpfairy: (f ~ shoulder)

[personal profile] warpfairy 2015-11-01 06:54 am (UTC)(link)
"I have no desire to harm any of you. Are the gates like wormholes?"
warpfairy: (e ~ engineering)

[personal profile] warpfairy 2015-11-01 07:08 am (UTC)(link)
"I am not certain that 'princess' means anything that my people have. The United Federation of Planets is led by President Thross."
warpfairy: (g ~ neutrality)

[personal profile] warpfairy 2015-11-01 07:17 am (UTC)(link)
"The Federation I am from is several different species from separate planets, cooperating, and we know of more who do not belong to the group. My own kind does not have princesses, but I have not studied all of the other species' habits in detail to say if any of them might more resemble you."

If Isabella does think so herself this isn't going so badly. Maybe she can angle the entire thing into an anti-Directive activist movement.
warpfairy: (j ~ vulcan calm)

[personal profile] warpfairy 2015-11-01 07:27 am (UTC)(link)
"...Among my people genetic information is considered very private. I would not like to offer you a sample of my own genome now. But I can tell you general things about the species of the Federation and the others we have met."
warpfairy: (g ~ neutrality)

[personal profile] warpfairy 2015-11-01 06:11 pm (UTC)(link)
"The translations should improve in accuracy over time, but scent per se is not part of my device's capabilities. Whether my genome is available for purchase depends substantially on what you would want to do with it and how you would protect it from other things that might be done with it."
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[personal profile] warpfairy 2015-11-01 06:16 pm (UTC)(link)
"...I do not have any other genomes on my ship to share. My apologies for the misunderstanding. The concerns about sharing the genomes are not about competitive advantage but about privacy and the potential for cloning."
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[personal profile] warpfairy 2015-11-01 06:44 pm (UTC)(link)
"I've never heard of gates like the ones you use before."

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