Chronometric particles and the effect on humanoid biology
- The following information refers to a possible future revealed in the USS Veritas mission "Flashpoint".
2491, Vol. 151(8)
The use of chronometric particles in the ongoing endeavor of time travel continues to provide unexpected results for regular 'travelers'. In the late 25th century, the TIC enlisted individuals with the intent of creating small adjustments in the past, to provide a better present. Initially, travel was conducted through the Guardian of Forever - however, this use of time travel ceased unexpectedly.
As such, the Temporal Integrity Commission developed an alternative method of travel between two points in time. Having developed the capability to collect chronometric particles, refining them and creating a concentrated radiation that, through the combination of a chronometric radiation within a "CRI brace" and use of capable transporter equipment with an assortment of delta-irradiated beacons in high-tetryon areas of space, allows the transport of a single being through time.
However, as with any radiation not totally understood by doctors and scientists alike, there are significant drawbacks to the use of constant chronometric particles. Though proven to be generally safe in single event exposures, the increased use of the technique began to deteriorate the health of travelers. Underlying and non-life threatening conditions eventually degrade into debilitating cases. Even those of healthy bodies and sound mind experience the effects of chronometric radiation. But in their quest to change their standard of life of the present, the Temporal Integrity Commission failed in their duty to disclose these effects, and continue to provide inadequate support to them. Instead, they attempt to extend the length of time between what the institution call "jumps", cycling through travelers for different tasks.
The Temporal Integrity Commission's inaction
It's possible that the inaction of the TIC (and subsequent failure to disclose the nature of these health complications) could simply be due to the fact that there is no known reversal process of the effects of chronometric radiation, despite their allied medical professionals best efforts. To date, the Commission has not disclosed if any of those working as travelers through time have succumbed, despite repeated demands by the families of those affected in June of 2490.