Morning of Wednesday March 9th
During the jump to Alice's Star, Miho and Andi search the databases for
information on Ichiro, Forethought and Bernard Singh. Antonio loses
himself in one of his many football recordings. Robert analyses the
sample from Ichiro and finds no DNA. Instead there are many salivary
proteins - a mix of usual and unusual, some unfamiliar proteins
'designed' to do the same jobs that 'normal' proteins do.
The company newsfeed is pretty anodyne but Andi and Miho found out that
the Forethought company was started at the beginning of the human
scattering into the galaxy and was set up to carry out cutting-edge
research financed by revenue from any previous successful inventions.
Believed to be involved in the genetic modification of many people
30-odd years ago, possibly with some involvement from Trilon. Dr
Prometheus Itzamna, who did the genetic testing that affected most of
the crew, also happened to be CEO of Forethought at the time.
A search of websites based on Earth led to Bernard Singh's website with
links to other people claiming similar experiences after or during a
meeting with Ichiro. It is difficult to tell what happened to some of
these people, some websites are updated and others may have been there
for some time. A further search reveals a handful of people over 40
years ago who are either still locked up on Earth (a common method of
dealing with those suffering from such exposure), cured and gone back to
work or religious fanatics. Some of those people were never in contact
with Ichiro but instead met Dr Itzamna. A search for other Forethought
CEOs brings up a Mr Azir Sett as Dr Itzamna's predecessor, before that
others including Mohammed Ali, the original founder was called
Prometheus Aten. He originally took over the asteroid called Prometheus
with, it's thought, the connivance of other corporations. There is
speculation that Forethought already knew that it was mined out (by the
Ancients presumably) and could be exploited as a base.
Some of the 'exposed' recorded their visions: horror, sadism, violence
and blood are common themes. Sources of images are quoted as coming from
Asian history, the Koran, the Bible etc. Of three dozen odd accounts,
two dozen are quite specific and several sound exactly like Robert's
vision, identified in the accounts as set in Ancient Egypt.
Notes are sent home:
Andi writes to her Mum - a general letter but also a request to know if
anyone suffered any seizures around Dr Itzamna on her home asteroid.
Miho asks her Mum, a journalist, to search the wayback machine for
details of the 'exposed' (send this bit to Louise to add to).
Friday 11th March
Arriving in Alice's Star system, the ship discharges gravitons around
the planet called Morgan. The crew head planetside for a little R&R.
Robert spends a fair amount of his shore leave having a thorough medical
check-up. A brain scan shows some effects in 'unused areas' of his
brain, he's told he may experience heightened activity. (Is that
medicalese for a seizure?) Antonio makes the jump out March 13th.
Tuesday 15th March
Arrive in the Kimanjano system March 15th. Graviton discharge around the
planet Urwald. Status Midgarten 3, a forest world. The population has
sunk into anarchy and lawlessness. Shuttle flights down to the surface
are few if not non-existent - may not come back. Jump out March 17th.
Saturday 19th March
Arrive in Asterion system. The crew plan to visit Felix Holsten's site
on Gaia, Bishop's Folly, situated on the Southern continent, well away
from the nearest land base. Gaia has the classification Neugarten I and
the largest species are arthropods, spiders and bugs in general. The
gravity is quite high and the atmosphere oxygen rich - the crew are
advised to be cautious about any equipment generating heat or sparks,
barrier cream against ionising radiation and sun goggles are bought. The
crew hire a hover vehicle and other necessary kit and head off to the
Wednesday 23rd March
Arriving at Bishop's Folly from the sea, they find a bare patch of
ground cleared by fires from the volcanism and set up camp. Fears about
the local wildlife may prove groundless, apparently they move slowly
enough to let you get out of the way - time will tell!