Endless Night (Arrow)
|Officers taking part in the mission|
|Randal Shayne||Commanding Officer|
|Maz Rodan||First Officer|
|Chloe Waters||Helm Officer|
|Maria Alvarez||Operations Officer|
|Keneth Nakada||Engineering Officer||Since 239811.23|
|Grace Hope-Sheppard||Engineering Officer||Departure 239812.17|
|Artinus Serinus||Chief Tactical Officer, Chief of Security|
|R'Ariel||Chief Medical Officer/Chief Counselor|
|Cassandra Mason||Medical Officer|
|Quentin Collins||Chief Science Officer|
|Jacin Ayemet||Science Officer|
|Ash MacKenna||Chief Intelligence Officer|
|Mission Specific NPCs|
|NPC's & PNPC's|
Abandon ship! A routine stellar survey turns to disaster when a spatial phenomenon cripples the USS Arrow and leaves it dead in space. As a reluctant Captain Shayne orders the crew to abandon the Arrow, they realise their only hope of survival is on a small jungle world orbiting the star whose unusual axis means the planet is in perpetual nighttime for weeks on end. With no rescue in sight and supplies and morale low, the crew must fight to survive the endless night on The Midnight Planet...
Arriving in the Chi Ceti System, the Arrow is tasked with mapping the star system there which includes a white-yellow star giving off abnormal readings. The system also contains a small Class M planet which is mostly jungle, but the strange orbital axis of the planet means it is in perpetual nighttime for approximately three weeks at a time. As Arrow conducts her scans, the star belches out a mix of gases which fuse the Bussard Collectors and frazzle the EPS grid. The crews only hope to survive is to purge the system, and leave the Arrow dead in space, or else the ship will explode...
After another solar wave strikes the ship, Lieutenant JG Maria Alvarez concludes that the only way to purge the ‘’Arrow’’ of the combustible gases is to totally power down the ship and do it manually via a shuttle. With time running out, Captain Randal Shayne orders a code blue alert and evacuates the ship, relocating the crew to the strange jungle planet. Lt.Commander Maz Rodan, along with Lieutenant Chloe Waters, Lieutenant JG Alvarez and Ensign Ar’Gorvalei head to the shuttle bay to launch their only long range shuttle - the Type 11 - to manually clear the Bussard collectors and make supply runs to the crew on the planet.
The task doesn’t take long, however, when it’s discovered the real reason of the power troubles is because the radiation the star is kicking out is causing random formations of minuscule dilithium. Complications in the atmosphere also drag the escape pod Ensign Jacin Ayemet is occupying to drift off course and make an emergency landing in a remote part of the planet. Similar fluctuations cause the shuttle to crash in a nearby spot, leaving Rodan and Waters injured.
On the ship, something causes Lieutenant Commander R’Ariel’s telepathic and empathic senses to go into overdrive, reverting her to a more primal Caitian nature, and she absconds into the Jeffries Tubes after securing the evacuation of Sickbay. Captain Shayne, Lieutenant Commander Artinus Serinus and Lieutenant Commander Quentin Collins are the last to leave the ‘’Arrow’’, but a life sign scan indicates the insensate Caitian/Deltan CMO is still somewhere on the deserted ship…
After having crashed on the planet, Rodan conceals the true nature of his injury from the others, causing Alvarez to confront him over his poor decision making. Waters condition moderately stabilises before they attempt to transport to the coordinates of Jacin’s makeshift transponder.
They arrive in time to regroup with Jacin, but Rodan’s ever worsening condition forces him to confide in Alvarez and he presses on her the importance of her taking command in the event of his death.
At the evacuation camp, Commander Ash MacKenna takes command in the absence of the Captain and enlists Ensign Cassandra Mason to begin triage on those who need it, while Maz Rodan’s younger brother, Aran, begins to worry about their lack of contact with his shuttle.
Arriving separately, returning officer Lieutenant JG Keneth Nakada joins the team just in time to see newest engineer Lieutenant JG Grace Hope stumble from the marshlands, apparently injured, before she collapses from fatigue…
Shayne, Collins and Serinus work to subdue the crazed R’Ariel as she retreats deeper into the ship. With heat and oxygen failing, time starts running out. They work together quickly to sedate her, and each take their escape pod down to the planet. No sooner than stepping foot onto the surface, strange snake-like vines ‘attack’ Collins, causing Shayne and R’Ariel to react. After her ordeal on the ship, R’Ariel seems to have forgotten who she is and her position on the ship.
Something odd is happening to Rodan. His wound from the shuttle has become infected with spores from the fluorescent jungle, and the Symbiont is in a mild shock, exhibiting multiple personality disorder, where he switches between the personalities of the previous Hosts at random. The others work to try and crack the genetic code of the luminescent jungle in order to use the fungal network of the planet to send an SOS.
MacKenna and her team investigate when things front their camp begin disappearing, and they believe that there might be some kind of intelligence behind the luminescent jungle. Quite by accident, they encounter a new alien species living on the planet - the Zelph - a diminutive, almost childlike race of aliens specially adapted to live in the darkness and who communicate with their own bioluminescence.
Attempting to navigate their way to the main camp, Shayne’s company encounter further hardships when they’re stalked by more creatures native the jungle, and struggling with an ever-ailing R’Ariel. Collins is injured in an attack, but Serinus leads them to safety.
Alvarez, meanwhile, develops a theory regarding the luminescent trees and fungus, and attracts a fungus/insectoid species she playfully nicknames the fungaluffagi. With Ar’Gorvalei’s help, they attempt to study the odd connection between jungle and native species. Ar’Gorvalei synthesises a medicine to hopefully cure his and Rodan spore infection, and tests it on himself.
Meanwhile, Rodan confides in Alvarez that he’s scared to die on the Midnight Planet without being able to pass on Rodan to another Host, and asks her to carry the Symbiont in the event of his death!
Later, Alvarez finds Ar’Gorvalei unconscious after his self-treatment and is about to call for help when she spots someone else in the tent. Amanda Crossley, a Starfleet cadet who perished in the pod crash, has been mutated by the fungus of the planet and is now a new lifeform created on the planet! Jacin, a friend of Crossley’s who was present at her death, seems unable to process the revelation, but Crossley proves her intentions by healing both Ar’Gorvalei and Rodan of their infections. Waters, who suggested using the Crown to communicate, offers to try and interact with the new life form.
Lieutenant Rehme and Chief Brom stumble across the crashed shuttle and, using the help of a local Zelph, re power the shuttle and are able to return to the main camp and initiate a rescue…
- A Return to Roots - 239811.11 - Captain Shayne orders the Arrow to the Chi Ceti System
- Food Poisoning - 239811.12 - Alvarez has something odd to report about the Chi Ceti Star
- The "Midnight" Planet - 329811.12 - Maz Rodan takes a closer look at The "Midnight" Planet, the unusual Class M in the system.