United Federation Starfleet
=A= Mission Log from Science =A=
Location: Aboard the USS Spirit, alongside Thudr Station
We had arrived at the Thudr Station to find that there were no signs of life, but instead signs of a conflict. With the amount of weapons residue, there were at least two ships involved. Lt Czavicevic found that some of the weapons signatures matched both Orion and Klingon. There was no debris in the area however, so wherever the Magwich is, it wasn't destroyed here (and as was also pointed out, neither were the others). We were put at Yellow Alert and beamed down with everyone armed as a precaution. We couldn't beam directly aboard, as there was a standing agreement that visitors, etc. would beam onto a landing pad that was connected to a turbolift, then entering the station.
The first away team was led by Lt. Tison. The other members included myself, Lt. (jg) Jamie Czavicevic, and Lt. (jg) Dr. Highwater. I had out my tricorder and scanning, but nothing out of the ordinary showed. I will admit that I had the same feeling of eeriness as everyone else, due to the fact that the entire station was deserted. We started on the engineering deck. Neither Dr. Highwater nor myself were picking up any life signs. Security worked on checking the decks to make sure they were clear. At first there was not any DNA other than that of the Thur detected
A second team was sent to the Operations deck after it had been cleared by security, which was Cmdr Randt-Rhode, Lt. (jg) Hagel, Lt (jg) Mantis, and En. Dr. Rhea Czavicevic.
Lt. Tison brought my attention to one of the screens that had their research on it. They have been studying using natural emissions from local stars and other phenomena (such as nebulas) to power their ship, and to find better ways to utilize that power for various purposes on their other bases. The principle is similar to the Bussard collectors on federation starships. On federation starships, they work by collecting interstellar particles (such as hydrogen, deuterium especially) which is then sent to fuel storage tanks on board. What the Thur were working on was a way to convert the particles and gasses directly into power, bypassing a few converters, and to do so with a larger variety of substances. Their technology, though in some ways less advanced, at times is more efficient than what the federation uses. While their work is interesting, hardly cause for attack by the Orions, especially considering that the research would be useless to them. They would have to convert many systems in order to use this research, and that would cost more than it would give them gain- never the way Orions operate. Perhaps yet another reason why they were not armed much more than the bare minimum. I doubt anyone saw cause to increase protection at the time, due to the minimal amount of conflict their work would cause.
After determining that the attack had nothing to do with the research, we went down to the lower decks. These appeared to be their quarters. They vaguely resembled nests of Earth's aves. Although not made out of sticks and twigs as such, they were ovoid, and according to Lt Tison quite comfortable, though tricky to extricate oneself. There were seperate sleeping, dining, and bathing areas. On the tables were what appeared to be the remains of a meal, and without actual testing would have to say that visually they looked to be an annelid lifeform (similar to the common Terran earthworm- Lumbricus terrestris). Lt Czavicevic found a bloody "steak knife" under one of the tables. It shall have to be tested to see who the blood on it is from. There were also several blood stains and samples collected from various parts of the ship. I also took a few feathers from the beds. Although much time has passed, the remaining skin left on the shaft of the feather near the base should be enough to get at least an exclusionary DNA analysis, as in it will allow us to rule out a blood sample as being from a Thur, or rule it in as such, unless medical has a more defininitive sample. Of course, Dr. Highwater was able to get a basic profile of what Thur DNA looks like from the medical logs on the station, so this was more to test against a specific sample. As well, a sample of an eggshell was taken. Although I was fairly certain that it was not destroyed purposely by the Orions, as that is not the sort of thing they would usually do (such as no profit in it, nothing noteworthy to gain, etc.), an oxidation test would be much more definitive in calculating the amount of time that the interior had been exposed to open air, thus giving a time of how long it had been broken. After that, all teams returned to the USS Spirit to determine our next course of action, as well as analyze the data collected thus far. Dr. Highwater gave me a rather large collection of samples taken from the scene, some of which she stated were collected by Dr. Czavicevic.
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Tricorder scans- Air quality of the station and the sphere around it was 76.8% nitrogen, 22.77% oxygen, and 0.61 other gasses (Carbon Dioxide among others). It is possible that this higher oxygen percentage is due to a lack of expiration in the breathing process. However, it could also be the preferred setting for the Thur. Although the oxygen level was slighty elevated compared to federation standard, it was not enough to warrent extra caution, apart from refraining from the deliberate lighting of fires (which is considered advisable in general).
Blood samples taken from various parts of the station consisted of Orion, Klingon, and Thur DNA. No other species or races were found. Thur DNA was confirmed from both skin samples from a few references in the downloaded medical logs. Further details of the results are the following:
Samples m1, m2, m4, and m5 from the Thudr Medical Room were of four different Thur sources. Samples m3 and m6 were from Orion sources.
Sample o1, taken from the security station on the Operations deck, was also Thur. Calculations based on surface area covered by blood spatter and pool suggest that the Thur officer most likely would have died of exanguination within 10 minute. This was clearly the most distinct evidence of a casualty.
Sample q2, q3, q4. q7 and q9 were all Thur. Samples q1, and q5 were Orion, with q5 having notable Klingon extraction mixed in. whether this was a muddling of the sample or evidence of a mixed ethnicity will need an individual cellular analysis. Samples q6, q8 and q10 were all Thur as well, but specifically matched the skin tags on the feathers taken from what resembled nests. So it would seem that these smaller samples were from hatchlings, possibly even early attempts to establish a pecking order. Another notable point of sample q10 is that it matched the DNA remains of the yolk residue inside the egg shell sample. This validates that the hatchling was alive long enough to grow some primary feathers, thus further verifying the two week dating. There was not enough blood of any of the "hatchling" extraction to cause the accusation that they were killed on the station. It seems that the young were not directly attacked in the initial onslaught.
The blood sample from the "steak" knife was found to be Orion, specifically the match to q1. The drip trail maps out a course from near the tables and headed over to the medical area, as the "tail" of the drops all point in that direction. They stop trailing at medical, and cease altogether there. I think it reasonable to suggest that the wound caused by the knife was wrapped in something there.
Oxidation level from the eggshell- oxidation of the remains of fluid and other substances on the shell suggest that it had been exposed to the environment for at least two weeks, confirming that it had been broken or hatched before the Orion's attack on the station.
We most certainly have confirmation of an Orion attack on the station, and confirmation fo at least one casualty, unless there is data that has not yet been brought in. Whether or not the Thur were able to escape is debatable. The Orions would not have bothered to bring them with in my opinion. My personal deduction would be that any remaining Thur would have fled. As to why they attacked, I'm sure many of the crew, myself included, speculates that it was to liberate the prisoner in the Magwich's custody. Though not sounding terribly scientific, when testing gravity, one knows that things will "fall", the question becomes one more of how they will fall, than if. In this case, the question is more of how the Orions attacked and why, rather than if (or did). How exactly they did this, and why this station was chosen, is still being determined. I'm sure that once we have compiled all of the clues however that an answer will start to reveal itself.
Lieutenant (jg) Scottybrit
Science Officer, SS Tranquility