The planet loomed large on the bridges screen display.
"Oxygen, Nitrogen atmoshpere. Water, polar ice caps, 3 oceans, an inland fresh water sea on the southern continent." Tran rattled off the readings from the preliminary scans. He and Alicia Quest were at the main controls.
"There's a set of large cities in the northern continent, but they are empty of all life." informed Alicia. "The main population is on the land between the inland sea and the coast regions on the western side of the southern continent."
"Radiation readings on the empty cities?" I ask Alicia.
"Background radiation is safe but it appears that there was a huge nuclear detonation eminiating from...here." Alicia zooms into one of the cities of the northern continent.
"It looks like what was a power plant of some sort." guesses Christine. "A huge one."
"Yes its about the size of New York." adds Tran. "The power it generated would have been immense."
"Radiation readings confirm this was the center of the catastrophe." agrees Alicia.
"So they had a fracking huge Chernobyl and moved south for the nuclear winter. Big deal." complains Ayris. "Aren't we supposed to find that intruder that stole Alicia's identity and then hijacked Koma's cosmic power toy. This is about revenge lets find the bitch, kick some ass, and get home."
We all went silent for a few seconds. I had no idea Aryis felt this way.
"Tran have we located where the intruder is." I ask breaking the awkward silence.
"Her energy signature points to just north of the inland sea." answers Tran. "Right in the middle of the main population."
I devised a plan for our infiltration of the population. Amazingly the aliens were humaniod. It seems that Gene Roddenberry was right the apex of all evolution is the humaniod biped. Either that or there was a great coincidence happening. Leaving the ship in orbit we would teleport to the surface outside one of the small towns and make our way to the intruders location. Learning all we could as we went.
It was a good plan. Unfortunatley we didn't get a chance to implement it.
The emergency claxon rang out.
"Can we move Tran?" I shout.
"Main engines are out, we only have thrusters." he answers huridly.
"Power core is stable Koma. Life support is failing though." reports Alicia.
"Set the ship in high orbit, power down and, hope they don't hit it again." I order.
Tran and Alicia work furiosly and are able to do it.
"What now fearless leader?" asks Aryis sarcastically. "Life support is running out there's only one option."
He was right. I teleported us to the planets surface.