This little ball thing that looks organic plopped itself on the engineer’s foot, which of course was a very traumatic thing for the engineer. She panicked and we are drawn attention to it. It crawls up the engineer and appears to be non-aggressive while it communicates with us.
I introduce myself to it, and it offers to look through the logs to help uncover more information. It says its name is Camo, as it goes to the computer and starts researching.
The last message of the scientist was that they had accidentally triggered an alien security system. They were going to try to shut it down, but evidently they didn’t have time. Camo says that it is logical that the security system is nannites. We decide to head down quickly, to try to shut down the security system before it gets dark outside.
We follow the tunnel at the bottom of the lift, and we end up in a chamber where there is an alien console of some kind. The lead scientist is lying in front of the console with a huge hole through him.
The engineer looks through the lead scientist’s PDA for information. I help her with my knowledge of security systems. She hooks her mind up to the system, and convinces it to shut the security down. She then goes further into the system to look for information on who/what created this technology. She finds out: they Xenites seem to fear war coming from some dormant plague; this plague could be lying dormant among a large number of Confederacy planets. They used some sort of massive gate to travel in space by using something called a hammer gate. It compresses time/space to eliminate the distance between points. Also, the position of the Bengal hammer gate is provided, and this information seems to be about 10,000 years old.
As I go to contact our two security teams, an earthquake hits and the computer system comes to life. Something being comes up on the screen with a warning that three pods have erupted, but the security system is down. As the engineer is about to turn the security system back on, something comes running out of one of the holes into the room. We are attacked by what we suspect burst out of the pods, while the engineer is trying to get the security back on-line. Camo turns into some giant thing and fights these insectoids.
We are swarmed and are forced to retreat. Camo isn’t as fast as the rest of us, so Gunny stays back to cover Camo with the flamethrower. There’s another earthquake, and we get back to the top of the platform. The engineer rigs up a bomb while we go across the bridge. Archon runs ahead to the shuttle to come back for us. One squad gets destroyed by the insectoids during their retreat, and the aliens grab the bodies. It’s looking at this point like this is the plague, and these insectoids stand between us and the shuttle.
We join up with the last remaining security group, and we run for it. Archon is waiting for us with the shuttle powered up. We strafe the planet with the shuttle to see what’s going on, and the ship has been instructed to shoot anything leaving the planet (that isn’t us). The ground under the colony crumbles and gives way. The leader insect took note of us as we were flying off, and acted as if it was transferring its consciousness (the body collapses). A ship 4-5 times the size of The Archon takes off out of the planet.
We make it back to The Archon, and everyone goes to battle stations. We shoot at the big ship, and it splits into 3 sections. The main section continues towards the hammer gate, and the other two move to engage us in battle. We are able to destroy one of the interceptors. The engineer uploads something to the gate to close it on the main ship, which destroys it. We blow up the last interceptor and head for home. It is my opinion that the nannites on the planet will eventually take care of the bugs.