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Posted on Apr 26, 2017 @ 9:10pm by Lieutenant Cantor Von
Edited on on Apr 26, 2017 @ 9:10pm

Mission: In Place of God

(cont'd from "3.6 seconds to inspiration" written by the incredible Alexandra Fowler)

- Translation from Nepali: "Breakthrough"


SD: [2.17]0425.1035
SCENE: War Room

"Stavi, you've run that analysis before. I think you're stuck in a loop."

Lieutenant Stavik looked beyond the floating hologram of the green on black text - one of the images coming through the small conduit to another dimension - and focused on Cantor Von.

"Lt. Von, I have adjusted the algorithm and am looking to see if the results will be more illuminating than previous attempts."

"There simply isn't enough datapoints," resigned Von with a sigh.

"I see," stated Stavik, raising an eyebrow. "I did not know that xeno-linguistics was a specialty of yours, Lt. Von."

Von chuckled at the quintessential Vulcan retort. "It isn't, but I'm familiar with lingua-code algorithms. I would deem it 'extremely unlikely' there is enough of the language to establish a baseline translation matrix. Do you disagree?"

Stavik tilted his head. "I have not concluded my investigation into this set of text."

The Betazoid nodded, more frustrated with the data set than his Vulcan friend's tenacity. He turned to the only other occupant of their "war room," Ensign Lynette Ryan. "And how are you coming along, Ryan?"

The young engineer was manipulating a three dimensional reputation of lines and circles, sectioning off portions with her fingers as she struggled to find a repeating pattern. "Amazing," the Ensign replied, curtly, then realized what she had said and blushed. "Sorry, sir, just frustrated. This could be anything. Heck, this could be the text and Lt. Stavik could be working on a diagram."

"That is unlikely," replied Stavik.

Ryan sighed. "I don't know what to call out as significant. Honestly, even the relative angles could be key components to....whatever *this* is..."

Von nodded and slid the gallery of the images across his display, looking briefly at each one as they passed. He then toggled the raw code of each image. It was a stroke of cosmic luck that the alien race transmitted the data in a binary format, or these would have been gibberish. There had been a brief primer at the beginning of the translation so they had been able to translate the data into images. Von now looked at the raw code and the primer instructions for each piece. Seemed ordinary enough. All this data to encode pictures, and these two white and green bits of text....

White and green....

"Hang on," said Von, looking back at the code.

Ryan looked up. "What?"

Von scrolled to the color indicators and saw something that amazed him. He flipped the bit of code up from his 2D display to a 3D representation floating in the air. At this, Stavik looked up as well.

"That is the color coding established by the primer," stated the Vulcan.

Von leaned back nodding at the bit of code. "We - and our computer - made a false assumption. Following the primer we assumed color patterning and assigned colors based on that code." The Betazoid leaned forward. "But look at that bit length."

It took a moment before Stavik caught on. "The number of colors exceed what exists in our universe."

Lynette gasped. "Colors are the key?"

Von nodded again. "We assumed that our color spectrum - our set of colors - were the same in every universe. Apparently they have far more colors than we do."

Ryan exhaled, looking through the data in her image. "That's their main vector of communication! All this text is simply accents and modifications to the color language."

Stavik looked at his text. "If their colors were analogous to our text, their text would be analogous to our fonts, underlines, and italics."

Von smiled. "Gang, I think we have our expanded data set."

Ryan looked up. "We need to share this with the other teams!"

Before the Betazoid could respond, the communication tone announced a connection to the Bridge.

[[Technology team, we have new data coming through.]]


NRPG: So I thought this would be a unique twist. Color is the main part of their language, and their are colors that don't even exist in our universe. This makes the intial set of pictures incredibly more important.


Marko J. Sertic
Lt. Cantor Von
Chief Operations Officer


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