Welcome to Unofficial Literary Challenge #48: "First Contact"! This was inspired largely by the Orville
episode a couple weeks ago.
I'm organizing this one a little differently than usual, because reasons: one overall prompt, and three sub-prompts if you need plot bunnies.
Overall Theme: "First Contact"
Peaceful exploration has long been a primary purpose of the Federation Starfleet, and now the Federation (or your faction of choice) has detected sign of life coming from an unexplored system and sent your ship to investigate a new civilization taking its first steps into the larger galaxy. What are they like? How does it go?
Sub-Prompt 1: "Welcome to the Epsilon Fringe" by @moonshadowdark
A strange wormhole has been discovered opening into the Alpha Quadrant. Scans show it is artificial in nature and leads past the Delta Quadrant into the mythical "Epsilon Fringe", a small strip of space between the end of the Delta Quadrant and the vast emptiness of Dark Space. A probe sent into the wormhole reveals that there are M class planets on the other side as well as a few warp capable species. Your faction has ordered you to brave this trek to reach the Epsilon Fringe and make first contact with a species. What kind of species does your Captain meet? Are they friend or foe? Is there a large governing body like Starfleet or the Dominion or is it lawless, with every species for themselves? Write a log detailing this event and the journey itself.
Sub-Prompt 2: "Heart of Darkness, IN SPACE" by @zidanetribal
A captain of some non-enemy faction is accused of committing war crimes against some neutral or enemy faction and your ship has been tasked to bring said captain in to face non-enemy faction's justice system. Write entry detailing captain's actions during the mission.
Sub-Prompt 3: "A Perfectly Ordinary First Contact" by @worffan101
Your ship has been assigned to a First Contact mission in some far-off star cluster. Command has marked this mission as top priority, and requests that you get this newly warp-capable species into your faction as quickly as possible.
Unfortunately, you weren't told about a couple of rather major biological and social quirks of this species, causing a diplomatic SNAFU. What happened, and can you salvage the negotiations before these potential allies side with the snivelling Federation petaQ (for Klingons) or the Klingons (for Feds)?
As usual, no NSFW content.
The discussion thread is here
The LC Submission thread is here
Index of previous ULCs (click ULC 31 for earlier entries):
"Two ways to view the world, so similar at times / Two ways to rule the world, to justify their crimes / By Kings and Queens young men are sent to die in war / Their propaganda speaks those words been heard before"
— Sabaton, "A Lifetime of War"
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