<< BACK TO RS001 LOG Message inbound... Space Cruiser Excelsior Destination: Unknown ~~ TELEMETRY SENSORS 1 AND 5 DOWN ~~ Stardate Beta Epsilon 7 Epsilon [REDACTED AS PER PROCEDURE [REDACTED]] [autotranslator on] Corporal Sam Arnold, Systems Administrator --- To Captain [romanization: Kiu Sercas] of the Malkonkordo: I guess I was mistaken for assuming the Dekaoso are honorbound. I duly apologize. One thing the events on Hoffnung have made me think about is: I could do the same thing. I am the only one awakened, as per Procedure [REDACTED] requirements. If I really wanted to, I could kill everybody else on the ship right now. One simple command in the terminal, and 500 people die in the blink of an eye. The only thing separating me and the extremists of Hoffnung is my honor. I would much rather fight a bloody battle than simply "squash the head of weakness beneath their feet" as you claim the Hoffnung extremists have. At the same time, you continue your agression against me and the Excelsior. Perhaps I was unclear: you will not find us anywhere in any star map. In our desperate attempt to leave Terra for another inhabitable planet, we used every last piece of technology to augment our Astroviator and ensure our safe egress. When I said, "[we] have flung ourselves far from its reach," I was not joking in any sense. Normal procedure calls for an Astroviator to spend one whole day cycle in warmup mode. This allows the systems to boot correctly and ensure a perfect launch. However, given the circumstances, we were willing to accept a less-than-perfect launch, as speed was of the essence. After loading the Excelsior with all salvageable tech, we launched ourselves with a high-powered cannon. Where to? We didn't particularly care at the moment, as we were more concerned with fleeing. By the time we entered cryosleep 8 days later, the Excelsior had fully booted and we selected a patrolling program to find us an inhabitable planet once our speed ran out. 1252 Terran years later, and we still haven't even burned off half of it. You can try to find us. You're certainly free to try. Even the Dekaoso's supposedly advanced starmaps cannot find a target moving faster than light. And to the Melchizedek: vitamin deficiencies suck. If it weren't for the fact that the Excelsior is moving so fast, I would send some spare supplies from our medbays, which would include vitamin supplements. I hope that the issues you're describing don't turn out as bad as it seems. Good luck. -- TRANSMISSION END --.