Following the First Confederacy incident, Captain Sullivan contacted
Star Fleet Command via sub-space radio and requested extended shore
leave in the Sol system.
The response he received was not what he expected. He
immediately called for a meeting of the senior officers.
"My request for shore leave has been denied." Captain
Sullivan's announcement was greeted by a chorus of groans. "I share your
sentiment, "he continued, silencing them. "The Diligence has been ordered to the
Canopus system. Best possible speed...When can we break orbit?"
"Anytime sir," Donati replied. "Ships stores are now
stocked and all damage to our navigational systems has been repaired."
"Status of warp drive?"
"All propulsion systems operational sir," LT
"Very good," Sullivan replied. "Make all necessary
preparations to leave orbit."
"Aye sir," Fairweather replied, as he was excused from
"Problems with the Terran colony, Captain?" Donati
"I'm afraid not Commander," he said ominously.
Ensign D'Arcey sat quietly at the end of the table
near Donati. When the Captain mentioned the Canopus system her mind began to
race. She remembered something significant about the system but at this time it
was eluding her.
"The Untha loians?" She blurted, adding a belated
"Canopus II is protected from outside contact by the
Prime Directive," Bo stated.
"Someone has seen fit to disregard the Federations
Prime Directive," Sullivan informed them. "Two guardian buoys which had been
strategically placed emitted emergency signal codes. Shortly afterward the
transmissions ceased. It is presumed that the buoys have been destroyed. A
planetary interdiction neutral zone had been established surrounding Canopus II.
Its purpose was to protect the inhabitants, the Untha loians, from outside
contact. It is feared that any such contact will contaminate or destroy their
"What exactly is an Untha loian?" Doctor Sternlowe
asked. "Exobiology never was my strong suit."
"If I may sir," D'Arcey offered. The Captain nodded
and she explained, "The Untha loians are semi-humanoid beings. They are small in
stature, never growing more than a meter in size, yet they possess unusual
"But, nothing extraordinary?" Sullivan asked.
"Not that I can recall, Captain." She replied. "I'll
have to consult the computer library."
"Very well then," He ordered, "I'll expect your full
report by 2100."
"Mister Donati, take us out of orbit and proceed to
the Canopus system... Warp factor nine."
The survey vessel Lincoln first discovered the
species called Untha loians while completing tests on the planet for
possible colonization. The landing party was attacked by these
fierce creatures and they were forced to return to their ship. A
second party was able to avoid contact and make discreet
It was determined that the race was not ready to be
contacted by the Federation. It was also noted that the Untha loians were at a
delicate stage in their social development and the planet should be isolated
from outside contact.
One final note made by the scientific teams... Several
areas of the planet were covered by ancient ruins similar to that of Terra’s
1.) Who is responsible for this intrusion?
2.) Why are they interested in Canopus II?
3.) What is the target of interest? The Untha
loians? Or the ancient ruins?
THE CANOPUS INTRUSION UPDATE
The DILIGENCE crept up on Canopus II utilizing
passive sensors with hopes of catching any intruders unawares.
Finding the planet and the parsec of space around it clear, Captain
Sullivan ordered the ship to stand down from yellow alert. Extensive
sensor sweeps raked the planet surface absorbing any and all
In the Captain's ready room, Commander Donati placed a
PADD on the desk for Sullivan's comments and approval. The display listed
recommended landing party assignments. The Captain momentarily ignored the PADD
concentrating instead on the computer screen before him. "What do we have so
far?" he asked as he sipped on a steaming cup of coffee.
"Initially survey scans place the bulk of the Untha
loian population centers along the equator of the planet", Donati reported.
"And these locations coincide with the sites of the
"In every case, Sir."
Satisfied, Sullivan turned his attention to another
pressing matter. Since arriving, the ship's sensors have encountered the
presence of an energy field enveloping the planet. "Have our people been able to
make any sense of the energy field?"
"It does not follow a pattern of natural phenomena,
sir," Donati explained. "It can be assumed that it is being artificially
created. Our scans have shown that the field (or planetary barrier) is gradually
increasing in its intensity. The sensors have been partially affected."
"Fully functional, however Lieutenant Hanners reports
that as the field grows, the transporters will become riskier to use."
"Then what are we waiting for Commander?" Sullivan
grinned, dismissing him...