The following report was embedded and highly encrypted in a long, rambling, fairly pointless and primadonna-ish video that Quesix sent to his agent complaining about being stuck out in the middle of nowhere with no place to have any gigs. Oddly, it was beamed to coordinates that were not anywhere near Quesix’s agent’s known haunts.
From: Agent Q6, retired.
I have encountered multiple threats against The Engai & Known Space that I believe warrant immediate investigation.
First, I was kidnapped by a previously unknown species called the Markann. All indications are that this species is highly aggressive, callous, expansionist, and genocidal. They have been experimenting with genetic enhancement to create astonishing capabilities that, if unmatched, would make them extraordinarily difficult to repel. Although we eliminated one of the researchers likely before he could report back his successful findings, at least one other Markann researcher is in our area. It is unlikely that he can be located and stopped before he also succeeds and returns to Markann territory. His return has the potential to be the beginning of a brutal interstellar war with the potential to engulf all Known Space.
Second, we may have encountered a pirate ship that has the capability of entering and, likely, exiting hyperspace without the use of a jump gate. Although we did not see this occur, sensor records (enclosed) show this impossibility. If these records and our reading of them are correct, the devastating destabilization that would result is obvious.
1) Geneticists be consulted to confirm and replicate the Markann researcher’s work so we can be ready with all abilities to destroy any attempted Markann incursion.
2) Agents be dispatched to study the source worlds, gather more genetic source material, contact the natives to establish relations, and attempt to create an alliance. Please note that the results can be duplicated with minimal inconvenience to any genetic donors, and I recommend we do so. The source worlds can provide powerful allies should war come.
3) Resources be put together to attempt to locate and capture the pirate ship. My experience is that it is impossible to suppress new technologies in the long run. However, if a gate-less hyper-jump capability exists, perhaps by capturing it, the technology can be suppressed in the short run. Also, by studying it our scientists may be able to develop effective counters for use near high value targets, and thus maintain the status quo. At minimum, capture of the pirate ship would help to trace the source and to determine the extent of the technology’s spread.
4) This report be shared with all allies, since the threats are great enough to affect all Known Space, and we may need the extra help of the other races.
Please find enclosed detailed descriptions of all my observations, all data from the Markann experiments, location of the Markann home world, and full sensor records. Note: Quesix carefully exorcises all references to Lazarus’ true species, and instead adds data that describes him as a Cidi with experiment results in shape shifting & teleportation. Quesix adds a note in the main report that some data was destroyed during the pirate battle to explain the lack of data on Lazarus’ shape shifting experiment.
Should we be called upon, I believe it likely that my teammates would also be willing to help in any specific missions needed, especially if their governments are involved in an alliance to meet these threats. However, our capabilities and areas of expertise are likely to be of limited usefulness for most missions.