2088 Jan 26 16:12
@Vsotvep materialised in a huge monitoring facility, somewhere deep under the surface of Mars. It was here that he found the other members of mission Epsilon, who greeted their fellow earthling cordially. As soon as the initially panicked and confused Commander of mission Zeta had calmed down, the members of mission Epsilon started explaining what had happened.
On December 13 2087, a scouting party, consisting of Farngle Flimsterworbly and Qi Wei, had left Hellas Base with one of the Mars buggies to investigate a reflecting surface that had been discovered the day prior on Euripes Mons. The scouting party had travelled about half-way to Euripes Mons when the remaining three members of mission Epsilon, Günther Morgan, Mbala Mbemba and Oliver Fox Sacks, lost contact with them, because Farngle and Qi had promptly been teleported to the Martian underground monitoring facility. Not so coincidentally this was also the moment when Houston lost contact with mission Epsilon. It was not soon afterwards that Günther, Mbala and Oliver were teleported as well.
The crew of mission Epsilon were greeted by a friendly woman, who called herself Gia. She started explaining the situation right away: she was part of an ancient civilisation, originally hailing from a small earth-like moon of a gas giant circling around Chi Virginis. She was employed by a multistellar company that runs civilisation experimentations, and her kind had been monitoring mankind for the past 20’000 years as part of a civilisation experiment.
The experiment is entirely peaceful, as is almost all of the Chi Virginian civilisation, but part of the contract is that mankind may not find out about extraterrestrial life, since this would greatly jeopardise their ethical code: test subjects may not become aware of being test subjects. The members of mission Epsilon were about to discover one of the entrances to the base of operations, at Euripes Mons, thus it was decided that radio communications with Earth should be cancelled and the crew of mission Epsilon should be informed to minimise the damage.
Of course, the entrance was never supposed to be discovered, but sadly one of the interns of the research facility had accidentally left the entrance uncloaked. The intern has indeed been fired.
Gia offered the astronauts two choices: they were either allowed to be transported back to earth, where their memory would be wiped and they would be able to build a new life from scratch. Unfortunately, human memories are rather primitive, and thus it would not be possible to keep any prior life experiences.
The alternative was to join the company as interns, but this would of course mean that they would never return to Earth. On the other hand, there was a vast wealth of information and technology to be discovered.
It took the scientists of mission Epsilon only a few seconds to decide that they wanted the second option, and thus they found themselves in their current situation.
When mission Zeta arrived on Mars, the plan was to provide the crew with a plausible alternative explanation to the missing crew of mission Epsilon. Three agents of the company, including Gia, were sent to infiltrate mission Zeta to plant evidence and steer the general narrative. Unfortunately this plan died when a part of the memory altering device used on Commander Vsotvep failed (damn those primitive human minds!), and the Commander happened to check the number of seats on the rocket. When the three infiltrators tried to explain this to the Commander in person, he threatened with violence, and thus the best course of action was to teleport the Commander to a temporary holding cell.
After this explanation, Commander Vsotvep was offered the same choice, of return to Earth in ignorance, or an intern position at the multistellar civilisation experimentation company. Naturally the Commander chose the latter as well.
List of people present at Hellas Base
|Day 1||Day 2||Day 3||Day 4||Day 5||Day 6||Day 7||Name||Role|
List of actions taken
|Crew voted for||Mimics teleported||Detective inspected||Bodyguard Haze protected||Bodyguard C_P protected||Got MED|
|Day 2||李建澔2||fiddlehead||HHG||Haze (actually, the spaceship)||Haze||Assai|
|Day 4||Starline||Ruby (→ C_P was guarding)||ginger||Ruby||Samraku|
|Day 5||yebellz||Ruby||KAOS (don’t matter)||yebellz|