E2 P1 Let's Take A Breath
Location: USS Magellan; Ready Room
Timeline: MD25 || 1230
Captain Terax was sitting in his ready room. The ship was still in dock receiving repairs from the plethora of damage sustained in the expanse, almost 3 weeks after it had arrived back. He still found it hard to believe that the Ravagers, or rather the Wi'u'Kai, were such a key figure in the Alrakis Pact. It didn't explain much, but certainly explained why they destroyed Deep Space 7.
Add that to the fact that they seem to be able to use the gravimetric anomalies as some sort of cloak, that definitely changed a lot of things. With the Expanse so full of the anomalies anyway, what was previously entirely a natural phenomenon was potentially a manufactured one. And now his chief science officer had been transferred, he was in need of a new one. Science was going to help find a way through their anomaly cloaks. Hopefully, his new science chief was as good as her record.
"Captain Terax to Lieutenant A'Shan, please report to my ready room." He called, as he replicated a drink on the desk replicator.
"Acknowledged, Captain," the voice of the half-Caitian responded over the comm before the silence returned to the room. It seemed that the woman was close by, as only a scant few moments passed before the door chime called out to signal the arrival of the desired visitor.
Lieutenant A'Shan walked in, her Caitian ears twitching slightly as the doors closed behind her. She approached the desk where Capt. Terax sat and stopped just behind one of the chairs sitting in front of it.
"You asked to see me, Captain?" Kahona asked politely.
"I did, come in Lieutenant, have a seat. Can I get you a drink?" He found that always offering a drink tended to make people feel a bit more relaxed. He picked up his cup of jestrel tea and took another sip. I think I'm drinking too much of this he thought to himself.
"I'm fine, thank you," the half-Caitian said with a smile as she settled into the seat she'd been offered, "What can I do for you, sir?"
As she watched the man take a sip of his own beverage, Kahona could smell the earthiness of the tea's ingredients. It reminded her of one of her former colleagues who spent a great deal of the duty day sipping on a plethora of herbal based teas whilst conducting experiments in the lab. The memory made her features soften just a little as her deep green eyes focused on her new Captain.
"I always make a point to have a chat with new senior officers. I find it removes some of the initial awkwardness." He took another sip of his tea. "I've been going through your personnel file. and there are nothing but good things. A lot of transfers though. How do you feel about this one?" he asked.
Kahona's feline ears twitched at the mention of the ongoing project, "Was there any reason for this shift in focus. I've done a good deal of work in the stellar cartography arena before, so it makes me curious..."
"I can't go into too much detail, a lot of it is classified. But there is potentially a group using gravimetric anomalies as some type of cloaking field. It would be a useless device outside of somewhere that doesn't have them occurring naturally, but somewhere like the Expanse, which is full of them, what we think would be one of the naturally occurring anomalies might be an artificial one, and contain a ship." He took a sip of his drink, and gave it a moment to sink in.
"Oh..." Kahona thought about it for a moment before her ears perked up, "Artificial gravimetric disturbances are usually accompanied by heightened levels of energetic particles being ejected at their source point. I wrote a paper on that a few years ago..."
The half-Caitian hesitated for a moment before continuing, "It wasn't a very popular theory... Most of my colleagues thought it was a joke, since a good portion of it was based on theoretical distortions, not on something that could actually be tested..."
"Well, it's certainly not a joke now. Again, I can't give you much detail, but I can say that one of the artificial anomalies covered a shipyard, which had between 300 and 400 ships in various states of construction. It's most definitely not a theory any more."
"If that's the case," Kahona said, descending into thought, "I came up with a way to theoretically modify a sensor pallet to parse through the data that would be relevant to searching for such distortions. If you wanted, I could try it on one of the auxiliary sensor grids and see if it will detect the objects you spoke of."
"If they are detectable before they either hit us or if we can detect them and their movement at long range, that could be a game-changer. Especially if they are using them. This could be as useful as the tachyon detection grid developed to detect cloaked Romulan ships."
"I can refer to my notes, if you like, and work on this if it is something you think would be worth doing. It would be nice if some of my research actually proved to be helpful," the half-Caitian said with a small smile tugging at her lips.
"It already sounds useful, so feel free to utilise any of your previous research, as long as it's relevant. Hopefully, we can at least come up with a working theory about how they are able to do what they do." The captain replied as he took another sip of his tea.
"I'll do that then, Captain," A'Shan nodded, "Thank you for giving me a chance to put my theories to the test."
"You're very welcome Lieutenant. Dismissed." The Captain replied with a nod.