By David Mack
STARFLEET CORPS OF ENGINEERS
The da Vinci 's most modern venture contains bringing important shipment to the Mu Arae procedure -- a complete global that, via a extraordinary feat of engineering, is being saved in a small, pyramid-shaped field. regrettably, a adversarial species desires the pyramid -- and its striking expertise -- for itself, and will not hesitate to head in the course of the da Vinci to get it.
To make concerns worse, the caretaker of the area is in serious in sickbay. The S.C.E. needs to work out the key of the planet-in-a-box prior to it truly is destroyedŠ
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Relocating to his chair, he relieved Piotrowski, who resumed her publish at tactical. Corsi located herself in the back of the captain’s correct shoulder. generally, that may be the 1st officer’s submit, yet with Gomez and Tev either belowdecks best the hassle to thwart the Silgov assault, Gold used to be satisfied to have Corsi there of their stead. Leaning ahead with a chilly gleam in his eye, Gold commanded, “Hail the Silgov flagship. ” Piotrowski keyed within the transmission and used to be responded seconds later through a beeping sign on her console. “Viceroy Narjam responding, Captain. ” “On-screen. ” the fragile gains of Narjam seemed at the major viewer. “You desire to quit, Captain? ” “Not quite,” Gold stated. “But I see now that i'd were hasty in now not acknowledging the chance that your declare of possession is real. ” “I see. How do you intend to treatment this moderate? ” Denying himself the excitement of sarcasm or the catharsis of harsh language, Gold stated, “A basic parley, Viceroy. To ward off pointless violence. ” “Most brilliant, Captain,” Narjam stated, his conceited pretension galling to Gold even from a number of light-years away. “If your lordship will be so style as to indulge my explorer’s curiosity,” Gold stated, “could you proportion with me the importance of the markings at the pyramid? ” even though Narjam had rebuffed the same request under an hour in the past, Gold was hoping that by means of adopting a extra subordinate tone he may possibly result in the Silgov chief to tricky on his statement of proprietorship. The viceroy didn't disappoint him. “Those symbols are a part of the Silgov language, Captain,” Narjam stated. “Read in series, they inform the historical past of my humans. ” Wrinkling his forehead in mock confusion, Gold countered, “You informed your people’s complete heritage in exactly twenty-one symbols? ” As trick questions went, it wasn’t a sophisticated one. Even a fleeting exam of the pyramid had made it noticeable to Gold that there have been many dozens of symbols at the pyramid, and he was once relatively sure that no have been alike. Time to work out if Narjam can name my bluff, he inspiration. Narjam neither hemmed nor hawed; he easily saved an analogous vacant glance of drab politeness plastered onto his bland, soft-featured face. “Silgov is a refined language, Captain. although it can glance to you as though there are just twenty-one symbols, they include myriad refined changes, which, learn jointly, lend nuance to the general inscription. ” Gold became to Piotrowski and symbolically slashed his fingertips in entrance of his throat. The dark-haired younger lady muted the ship-to-ship channel. taking a look at Corsi, Gold observed that she had famous Narjam’s lie, simply as he had. “He’s by no means even visible that box,” he acknowledged to her. “Permission to kick his ass? ” “Granted. ” “Think speedier, folks,” Gomez acknowledged to the da Vinci body of workers who have been amassed frequently shuttlebay whereas wearing their really expert setting fits for damage-control accountability. “The Silgov are going to begin taking pictures any moment now. ” “We comprehend their shields are subpar,” Stevens acknowledged, shimmying into his apparatus.