Chapter One - SENTINEL
Medical Log - 9/10/2368
A strange disease has infected the ship. It is identical to influenza except it also adds on cysts, rashes, and coma, and death. Twenty-seven crew members have been infected with this disease. Eleven have died from the disease. These personnel are:
Radiological Technician Joseph N. Sevan, Radiological Assistant Xavier V. Zenfar, Radiological Technician Victor M. Kelly, Engineering Chief Michael J. Nichols, Engineering Assistant Peter C. Athuren, Engineering Technician Arita A. Hughes, Engineering Technician Ryan J. Pierce, Brigadier Helm Technician Laura R. Geiken, Helm Technician Gregory N. Chase, Helm Technician Reginald B. Kingsley, Security Officer John T. Paris
Out of the twenty-seven, there are sixteen patients and rising. This is Chief Medical Officer Eric Thomas Barringward. End medical log.
"Captain, CMO Barringward reports that eleven of the patients of Pathogen Z-53A426F have died, including BHT Geiken and EC Nichols." reported Communication Officer Mitchell Trevors.
"CO Trevors, ask Barringward what the symptoms are and if a cure can be developed." responded Captain Carter Ranshe.
The B-Class Exploration Ship Guardian had been exploring the galaxy for one year, ever since 2367, and had just encountered a strange pathogen in the Taurus system, specifically Taurus-3. It was unknown how the pathogen was brought aboard, but it is thought that it was brought with Security Officer Paris, when he was on a mission with Captain Ranshe on Taurus-3.
"Captain, he says it starts out like the flu, but then more severe symptoms. Cysts. Rashes. Even coma! But then it just shuts you down and you die. All your organ activity, brain activity, you just shut off and die."
"Alright. That will be enough, Trevors. Peter?"
"Yes, sir?" asked Captain's Assistan Peter Arthuren.
"You're my assistant. You do everything I tell you. But right now, I'm blank. What do you think I should do?"
"Well, sir, I'd suggest you do not leave. I believe we should study this outbreak" responded Peter.
"ATTENTION." blared a voice coming from the ship's PA system, "THIS IS A MESSAGE FROM THE GELOXA OUTPOST ON TAURUS-3. A PATHOGEN HAS INFECTED YOUR SHIP. THE INFECTED PERSONELL MUST BE DESTROYED."
"What?!?" yelled a helmsman.
"Captain, we're receiving a transmission from the outpost. They want us to switch to a visual screen." reported Trevors.
"Alright. Accept it."
A pale blue-spotted face appeared on the screen.
"I am the Jarl. That is what you will call me."
"I am Captain Carter Theodore Ranshe of the US Exploration Vessel Guardian. What do you want with us?"
"I am here to tell you that a pathogen has been released on your ship."
"We know. Eleven people died."
"It has nearly wiped out my race. You have been given it by my ship."