%UNKNOWN FILE: STAR-RUNNER RECLUSE%

UNKNOWN ENTITY AE$1!

REGISTERING…

CMD!71809%##PULLING DATABASE$001

CATEGORY: STAR-RUNNER RECLUSE

A/V RECORD [0083]

$V CORRUPTED

PULLING $A TRANSCIPT

{CARRIER MAINTENANCE DECK 14:00}

#113: You think this will do it?

#258: No idea. But, hey, no harm in trying, right?

[Audible sigh]

#113: I suppose not. If it doesn’t work, we’ll just keep floating in the void of endless space. What a cheery thought.

#258: Yeah, yeah. Just let me-

[Unknown whirring noise, and loud clank]

#258: Son of a-

#113: And there goes that pipe.

#258: Did you want to do this, or let me do my job, Cap’?

#113: You’re the techie.

#258: Then let me do my job!

[Silence]

#113: Tills, we just need to be back in that fight. I’m tired of floating around in a dead bird while war wages out there. Out there where we should be!

#258: Out there against what? We don’t even know what’s out there Cap’, how do we fight that? You’ve seen the stats, the losses. What’s the chance of coming back from that?

#113: That’s our job, Tills. They pay, we fight. Just do it.

[Maintenance door opened and shut. SUBJECT#113 presumed absent]

[Loud crash, tools scattered violently]

#258: Ashen stars…

[Audible sigh]

#258: Vick, activate.

[A/I registered initiation. STATUS UPDATE: ACTIVE]

AI#324: Active. Hello Chief Engineer Reynold Tillsman.

#258: Yeah, hey. What’s the status on the ignitors?

AI#324: Engine ignitors operational. Engine ignitors 3, 6, 11: manually disabled under order of Chief Engineer 258. Do you wish to enable activation?

#258: No, leave them disabled. And… any news from out there?

AI#324: Three distress signals received in the past forty-eight hours. Signals detected in the past hour: zero.

[Silence]

AI#324: Sir?

#258: Keep the ignitors offline, and delete all received signals.

AI#324: Keeping ignitors offline violates Captain code 0017-

#258: Override, failsafe 589.

AI#324: Confirmed.

#258: Go offline Vick. Stay that way until I say otherwise, no one else.

AI#324: Updated crew permissions. Deactivating.

[A/I STATUS UPDATE: OFFLINE]

#258: Ashen stars, how long can this war last? This isn’t our damned fight.

%TRANSCRIPT END%

CMD!71808##SEARCH DATABASE…

%%ERROR%% FILES CORRUPTED

CURRENT STATUS RE STAR-RUNNER RECLUSE… MIA

OVERRIDE CMD!589##UPDATING STATUS…KIA

REROUTING COURSE FOR RECLUSE #$COORDINATES [%REDACTED%]

END SEEKER’S LOG


The Ended Saga is a collection of excerpts following the mysterious conflict in a universe beyond our own. No truth is clear, but it is out there. Continue the search…

Photo by Bryan Goff on Unsplash

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