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[Project] Adrift in the multiverse (a SI multicross adevnture)
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************* Day 150: 08:00:00 ship time - Ascension - Bridge - Universe: Trek - Assimilated *************

The ascension hummed to life as the spatial fold formed in front of the ship, two points in the universe brought practically right next to each other allowing near instant travel within universal boundaries. The barrier between regions appeared almost like a singularity, space time distorted and warped having been bent in ways that so many realities only dreamed of.

Standing on the bridge anthony looked on in awe
"I have to give the federation credit here mister data, it was their research and readings when combined with the spatial warp drive that allowed for this to work."

"Indeed, though damaged I'm more surprised the multiversal bridge generator is capable of creating spatial folds." the android replied.

"Consider it a weird idea I've been thinking about for a while. Essentially what the multiversal bridge does is create a wormhole, the catch here is maintaining it while using the warp drive to bring the other side closer... hopefully once the MBG is fully repaired I'm hoping to avoid the problems of wormhole travel across the space between realities." Anthony replied again, his thoughts beginning to wander as he watched the distortion through the view screen.

Slowly the ship accelerated towards the spatial distortion directly in front of it seemingly vanishing almost behind an invisible curtain before appearing on the other side.

"Fold traversal was successful." Data stated anthony continued to remain tense for another minute or so expecting the worst. Suddenly there was a loud buzzing sound, the noise level increasing before suddenly in a bright flash of light anthony found himself no longer aboard the ascension, his environment instead some distant rocky moon, a ringed gas planet hung in the sky above. Within the next moment a clapping sound could be heard with an amused voice seeming to echo from everywhere before appearing to come from one place, directly behind him. "You know I really must congratulate you on your accomplishment, the continuum never expected any humans to move beyond warp drive." A smirk appeared on anthony's face as he recognized the voice.

Turning to face the speaker anthony looked him dead in the eyes, a calm but expectant expression on his face. "So, the infamous Q, we finally meet."

Q's face frowned at that, here he was hoping to have some fun but clearly that was not on the itinerary.
"So I see you've heard of me."

Anthony sat down on one of a pair of flat rocks gesturing for Q to sit upon the other. "I suppose you could say that, honestly I'm surprised you didn't show sooner." He paused before continuing "you see I honestly expected you to show as soon as I showed up here, a person who doesn't belong here, intruding in the galaxy and local multiverse cluster guarded by the continuum... it certainly seems ambitious doesn't it?"

Q's face appeared smug again, albeit cautious. "Well it's not like you haven't been under our watchful eye..." Anthony interrupted Q before he could go on. "Oh I'm sure, it's just that us pulling space together through a wormhole must have been too tempting not to show more than a visual interest in right? I mean with this my ship can go from here to the other side of the universe in seconds..." Smiling amused at the entity before him anthony continued. "Regardless you're late Q, fashionably so? perhaps, but I was hoping to catch your attention sooner... I actually could use your help."

Q returned to his playful mood deciding this was worth hearing "oh really, you need my help? what could you a lowly human need my help for? and more importantly, what would you be willing to do in return?"

Becoming stern anthony took on a serious tone. "Alright look Q, I'm actually kinda stuck here, and this wasn't my original destination either." Q interrupted him this time. "Oh I know, you were going to travel to the universe where the borg are an afterthought and maybe try to chat up some of your favorite heroes." Q's amusement had begun to irritate him slightly. "That's problem one, there's actually another problem, one a person of your particular talents are actually quite suited for..." Q had suddenly glanced in a random direction, an unsettled expression on his face "yeah him, I see you've noticed hotep?, he's been here the whole time, I can't actually see him but he's been a rather large annoying pain in my backside, however if you can get rid of him... well I will owe you a favor, I know just how much you like people owing you favors Q." Q seemed to consider his offer.

"Also... I might be inclined to take you with me, beyond where the continuum has their iron grip on your leash, now doesn't that sound at least somewhat like a fair deal?" Anthony's hand reached out offering a handshake.

"I will have to consider this, but as a gesture of good faith..." Another bright flash and anthony was back on the bridge, mere seconds having passed with no one but Q and himself the wiser. "I'll be in touch." echoed in his mind.

************* Day 160: 00:15:00 ship time - ascension - Captains quarters *************

"Doing a bit of light reading?" a voice came from the chair across the room.

"Something like that..." came anthony's reply "took you a while to show up again, I take it you were busy deliberating with the rest of the continuum?" The tablet was set down on the bed as anthony got up and ordered a cup of hot jasmine/oolong tea from the replicator that had been recently installed in the dozen or so crew quarters on the ship, one of the many projects he worked on to help keep his mind sharp and his attention away from boredom.

"You seem to be making yourself comfortable here, despite the dangers of ever present assimilation." Q stated hoping to get some kind of reaction out of him.

"I'll have you know I personally welcome upgrades and augmentation, but at the risk of sounding rude, what brings you to my quarters this time of night Q?"

"Straight to the point then... you really are no fun you know that?" Anthony smirked as the godling continued. "Your offer has been accepted, you might have noticed the lack of hotep's interference the last few days..." a cube made of some unknown material appeared on the desk, inside was a sphere of light, space somewhat distorting around it before the cube vanished again. "Now about that offer of a way out of here?" Anthony seemed to be looking past Q in thought before responding "indeed I should be able to take you with me when the mbg is fully operational, there's one slight snag, I need a part that's difficult to find in this universe." Q begun tapping his fingers in impatience. "I've been struggling to control/contain the rather large energy requirements just to fold space, let alone bridge universes... that particular component burned out in the accident that sent me here... I just need to retrieve something to replace it and I have a good idea of what."

Q's frown deepened "you're going to steal a transwarp coil?" Anthony set down his half empty cup. "You're damn right I am, with or without you I need that to get home, it's crucial to controlling the unstable vortex that allows me to leave this hell hole."

He continued "that being said, I know how much the continuum hates provoking the borg so I understand if you want to remain strictly as an observer until I can fulfill that promise."

Q seemed thoughtful "no, I think this will be the most fun I've had here in ages, just don't get assimilated, I'd hate to have my newest entertainment end up something so boring."

"Would you like some tea as well Q? It was rather rude of me not to offer." Q stared puzzled at the human's offer of generosity, treating him as an equal instead of in fear or anger "hmm no I'm fine thanks... indeed this will be most interesting." With that Q faded from existence again, his voice echoing his final words.
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************* Day 200: 15:45:10 - Class M Moon, B'omar space - Universe: Startrek: Assimilated variant *************

The puddle jumper set down gently on the surface of the remote moon the sensors echoing the unique borg frequency that seems to remain on anything they touch, a kind of electromagnetic footprint. Near the edge of a cliff remained a crashed ship, very small, not much larger than a runabout, the markings were mostly warn away by time and weathering but anthony knew what this was after scanning the surface looking for crashed borg vessels to salvage. Sheilding his eyes from the glare of the midday sun he stared up at the ship before checking to be sure the climbing gear was all prepared, then turned to his fellow shipmate and recent recruit Data Soong.
"You ready to do some archaeology mr data?" anthony asked, a wide grin relaying the excitement he was feeling.
"Indeed, let me climb ahead since I can act faster to any changing terrain" data advised.
"Sounds good to me" anthony stated doing a final check of his climbing harness and following the android's path as they began the ascent up the rockface.

It wasn't long before they reached the top, data reached out and grasped anthony's arm to pull him up saving some effort and time. before them stood a decomposing husk of a starship, borg technology decaying but spider webbed across the access panels and hull. Anthony took a deep breath taking in the stale air and paused taking in the sight before him, "the uss Raven, NAR 23450, home to the hansens and the first humans besides captain archer and his crew to encounter the borg." Data paused and turned around to look at anthony, confusion present on his face "sir? I don't believe I recognize previous encounters with the borg before Q sent the enterprise to encounter them."
"I'm not surprised Mister data, the information was classified, I only know about it because of my outside knowledge of federation history... incomplete as it is."
"sir?" mister data seemed even more confused. "look it's better not to ask, you wouldn't like the answer I'd give you, think of it as an extension of the temporal prime directive."

Time seemed to move slowly as they went over the ship checking storage compartments, closets, replicators, anything that might be hiding some small piece of useful technology, data managed to get power going to the ship's computer core and they downloaded the entire ship's database before heading back, but not before Anthony placed a tracking beacon on the ship, they would be beaming the wreck into the cargobay for salvage before moving on. A few hours passed as they made the long trek back to the puddle jumper they'd used to come down to the surface, a storm was brewing on the horizon and both of them wanted to get back on board the ascension before something else showed up to find out why a ship was in orbit of this remote moon. on the way back to the ship anthony was skimming the database, searching for one piece of tech in particular, something useful if they were going to steal something from the borg without getting caught. "found it!" anthony exclaimed in excitement before handing the data padd over to his android compatriot. "fascinating, you believe we'll be able to use this to remain undetected and move about the borg vessel?" data asked a bit surprised at the schematics before him. "indeed, more than that with some tweaking we can move through borg force feilds and get right to the transwarp coil, we're almost ready to get out of here" anthony explained.

************* Day 230: 10:15:30 - Ascension - Fabrication room - Universe: Startrek: Assimilated variant *************

the room was humming with the sounds of energy arching through the air and welds being finalized as metal was being fused to metal, a large ring sat within a pedestal, stairs leading up to the aperture. computer aided robots zipped around the room moving parts from the fabricator, the ring's structure being finalized as it was eased from the force fields holding it in place onto the support struts designed to allow it to be held but easily ejected in case of catastrophic failure. "Alright mister data I think we're ready, activate the shunt and begin powering up the MBG, let's hope this works."
a swift nod from the android was all the reply he needed as anthony took long strides back, the large tesla coils on the outside of the ring acting as a focus for the massive energy being channeled by the Multiversal bridge generator into the fifty foot space within the ring. Suddenly a sphere of space/time began to form within the ring bending light around it before it stabilized, the bridge linking two points across a rather small distance, the technology still fairly limited. Anthony quickly activated the probe that was sitting behind him and guided it through the barrier gathering telemetry as it traversed the wormhole before arriving at the other end. seeing the atmosphere as breathable he decided to step through himself instructing data to re-open it in about 20 min so that the MBG could gather enough charge.

The transition was intense, space/time folded in on it's self and in an instant Anthony was both everywhere and nowhere at once, still remaining whole however he suddenly found himself exiting on the other side of the wormhole taking note that the test was successful, the ship remained in orbit above the surface in case of emergency but there were no large predators detected on the planet so the chance of that was slim so long as he was careful. After the 20 minutes passed space seemed to ripple and fold as another wormhole opened allowing anthony to return to the ship, a successful test and proving the first one wasn't a fluke of some kind. "Congratulations mister data, I believe we've done it, like really done it!" anthony's excitement was difficult to mask as he tried to calm himself, the intensity of wormhole travel was still quite extreme but there were no side-effects that he could tell other than a serious rush and the build up of a light layer of frost along his body which quickly melted in 65* room.

************* Day 230: 14:25:10 - Ascension - Meeting room - Universe: Startrek: Assimilated variant *************

The lights were dimmed in the room as the 3D holographic projector hummed to life showing a model of a cube shaped object, protrusions and indents extended all across the surface with no signs of entry other than a large circular hatch on one side. 3 people sat in the room, Anthony, the human who's currently in charge of the ascension, Data Soong, an android rescued from the void after the destruction of his previous vessel, and the uss voyager's EMH, his program rescued from the decaying corpse of the lost vessel, never to return home. the three men sat down at the conference table as they planned out their next move now that everything they needed was in place.

"I don't need to tell either of you how dangerous this is, if the borg even get a hint that the ascension is nearby they'll be on her like flies to feces." Anthony stated, his tone serious as he explained the plan. "So Here's the deal, mister data I'm going to need you to keep watch and get us out of there in a hurry, you're the only one of us strong enough to actually fight the drones hand to hand." data nodded for him to continue. "Doc, I'm going to need you to operate the Space bridge, we've got a very small window and I need you to activate the bridge to get us out of there as quickly as possible, if all goes well they'll notice something missing but won't get more than a glimpse that we were ever there." the doctor nodded accepting his job quickly when suddenly there was a bright flash and a 4th person appeared in the room. "Might i interject on your little pow-wow?" data paused recognizing the voice and immediately readying himself for action, anthony however leaned back and observed the man in the starfleet admirals uniform. "nice of you to show Q, you're late again you know."

the other two men gave each other confused looks as anthony and Q watch each other carefully. "can I get you some tea? maybe a slice of chocolate cake? or ten..." that remark caught Q's attention again causing him to wonder just how this human knew so much detail about everyone here, then smirked accepting the offer. "so what brings you to my humble ship here today?" Q's stare softened a bit relaxing his normally cocky attitude. "well actually I just wanted to see how things were going, you were taking a while, and certainly picard never took so long to execute a plan as exciting as this." Anthony just gave Q a look of mock surprise. "What can I say? I'd rather keep my atoms where they are." Q nodded back, a gesture motioning him to continued, anthony then turned to his crewmates. "Q is here to observe, to keep us out of trouble so to speak... we're also his ride once the mbg is repaired."

the two artificial sentients discussed this for a moment before anthony interrupted them. "a bit late to discuss this I'm afraid guys, but this is our only way out of this hell, the plan will proceed as discussed, anyone have any concerns?, No? alright then, let's get this going."
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************* Day 300: 10:15:32 - Borg Sphere - Unknown - Universe: Startrek: Assimilated variant. *************


Mission log: Day 15:
I've been on this Borg sphere for just over two weeks now studying the movements of the various drones. My mission? to recover a transwarp coil from one of the transwarp drive chambers on the ship, there are six in total spread out equidistant from the central power core and I've been camping out by this one for over a week now waiting for them to drop their defenses long enough for me to steal it and signal data to bridge me out of here.  To hide this long I needed special tech, luckily the Hansens were still just as borg crazy as in the original timeline however Janeway never recovered 7 of 9 in this reality so unfortunately I don't have any help other than what bits I've been able to gleam from a few wrecks here and there and what they gathered.  I'm wearing a special spec-ops stealth suit based on a mixture of SCG, Goa'uld and federation designs with a few tweaks of my own, good thing that Goa'uld super soldier armor was in the SGC database, it's cloaking device came in super handy.

Within the past week alone I've traveled maybe 400 meters dodging patrols and scouting out the least defended portion of the ship, been nearly caught twice, and had to wait out a planetary assimilation as people were brought on board and assimilated.  Things have not been great but on the up side the acension isn't far off, just within range for the QEBC to stay in contact, I give regular updates to my companions to make sure they know I'm still alive and kicking despite being in the lions den... yeah I'm not going down that easily ya borg bastards. my main concern now is the borg picking up another space-bridge and immediately locking down the area... can't have them stealing this tech or I might be putting other realities in danger.  Well here's hoping I get out of this without being droned.

End log

Anthony finished entering his log entry and stood up, he'd been waiting for an opportunity to present it's self and nabbed a drone near the shield barrier still in it's regeneration chamber, a quick subdermal probe was inserted below the armor cavity and the drone activated to perform routine maintenance on the transwarp drive.  Following it a good ten feet the drone walked right through the shield as it flared to allow the cyborg entry into the more secure area of the ship the shield frequency immediately feeding into the cloaking field around the stealth tactical armor anthony was wearing. "Got it, now to see if I can slip past like they do on the show."  Stated anthony quietly in case the ship had audio sensors as well to pick up invisible intruders, moments later the shield flared and he found himself on the other side of the once impenetrable barrier.

Following the drone to the inner transwarp coil chamber he watched as the drone entered commands on the console then left, the room mostly empty save for the invisible thief of course.  Anthony took out a modified laptop with some nifty interface tech he grabbed from the stargate universe and began trying to interface with the borg ship a tricorder setup as a remote warning beacon in case he got company.  15 minutes passed before the computer finished chewing through the codes and he scrolled down until he found the one setup to deactivate the coil for replacement, with that the shielding around the coil dropped as did the container with the coil rising up on a central pedestal.  Nabbing it quickly he entered the command indicating that a replacement was needed but not essential unplugged and slipped past the forcefield again, the transwarp coil in the backpack attached to his stealth armor.  "Mr data you there?" Stated anthony as he prepared to get to the evac point, "I'm reading you" stated the android, an unusual determination in his voice I don't remember him having that emotion on the show thought anthony before continuing.  "Prep evac in 10 minutes I'll be at the coordinates to get to the space bridge aperature, we have to keep this short."  "Understood sir" stated the android.

Anthony moved swiftly through the corridors of the borg vessel, maze like in it's construction before reaching the agreed upon area and waited until space began to warp and bend near the open area around the middle.  "Damn it they opened it up too far from the platform!" shouted anthony before taking a few steps back and making a running leap towards the wormhole directly in front of him. Drones began swarming into the area with alarms going off throughout the ship as he fell into the space-bridge and landed with a roll down the ramp on the acension.  "Shut that thing down!" anthony commanded as scanning beams began filtering through the space-time anomaly linking the two ships, within a few seconds the entire thing collapsed in on it's self with a thunderclap and he gave the command to transition back into subspace.  The Holographic doctor ran over to him and began performing medical scans to make sure nothing else followed him through before helping him up.

Data Soong ran over from the control platform along with Q who had been watching the whole ordeal with a calm but interested face.  "What happened?" anthony inquired to the now stoic android "something interfered with the accuracy of the space bridge, sir? Did you get what you went for?" the android responded.  Grinning like a kid who'd just won a years worth of candy anthony pulled the transwarp coil out of the backpack "oh yeah, I got it, get started hooking it up to the MBG, we're getting out of this hell!" Anthony took a deep breath and dug around deeper in the bag "oh and doctor?" the holographic doctor looked up from his tricorder "yes captain?" Anthony pulled out a borg surgical arm "got ya a present too" he firmly placed it into the arms of the hologram earning a look of surprise from both data and Q then turned to look at them both "what? borg medical technology is centuries ahead of what I've got here, could come in handy."  With that he began heading back up to the bridge along with data, Q stuck around another minute snapping his fingers to dissipate the forming wormhole inside the cargobay shaking his head as he teleported up to meet the rest of them.

************* Day 300: 10:25:20 - Borg Sphere - Unknown - Universe: Startrek: Assimilated variant. *************

The hive mind seemed to go from an endless calm sea to a panicked storm in an instant as a spatial anomaly began forming near the center of the sphere. Warning, unknown spatial anomaly forming in grid 115 subsection 12, dispatch drones to investigate.  The borg had seen something like this before several days ago and determined that this was a technology worth assimilating to further their perfection.  The queen looked on through the eyes of dozens of drones as she saw what looked like a quantum singularity only without the gravity gradient pulling things into it there was a flash as something entered it then the anomaly vanished shrinking until it ceased to be.  "It seems our unannounced guest just left" the annoyed gleam in her eyes betraying her otherwise calm thoughts as her mind connected to the whole of the collective. 

With a mere thought she felt the data from the two incidents flowing through her, a sigh of pleasure escaping her lips as she began to understand what happened.  "Redirect tachyon emitters to the location of the anomaly and begin feeding energy into it" thoughts began echoing within the collective will directing it to follow her commands then the anomaly began forming again growing larger until it suddenly collapsed with a feedback pulse of energy killing any nearby drones and damaging the entire section "we will meet again..." she stated calmly before returning to the central alcove directing drones to begin studying this anomaly and try to replicate it.

AN: sorry about the long delay, I've been busy with work and the holidays, probably wrote this about three times before It felt like how I wanted it... also tried to go over it better to deal with some of the errors people have been reporting... suffice to say I need a beta, I'll see about making a request before I post the next part, in the mean time, happy belated Winter holiday of your preferred denomination!
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Technical 1.1: How the Multiversal Bridge Generator works.

I thought I'd write up what I've got in my "Fiction bible" for the story to keep track of stuff.  To that end, let's get into the nitty gritty and do some hyperspatial/multi-dimensional warp mechanics.

Before I can explain in depth the why let's get a few things out of the way, for the drive to work the way it does a few things are assumed on my part.

  1. Dark matter is just hyperspatial matter, it's more abundant than normal matter and normal matter interacting with dark matter is what causes time dilation, and the speed of light via drag, and to some degree gravity.
  2. By manipulating the spin of certain quantum particles of which the higgs bozon is one you can generate both positive and negative gravity fields by attracting or repulsing said dark matter, it doesn't take much.
  3. there are multiple levels of FTL drive based on this concept, the MBG is the highest form and real space warp ala alcubierre is the lowest with STL being done through creating a small amount of gravity in front of the ship.
Now that that's out of the way let's look at the basics.  By generating both attractive and repulsive gravity fields space/time contracts in front of the ship and expands behind it, essentially there's a pocket of artificial mass in front of the ship, you're in free fall always moving whatever direction it is, usually forward.  there's time dilation but it's reduced because there's actually multiple pockets of artificial mass which negate and streamline the drag caused by dark matter.

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imagine what a submarine does underwater.
now imagine that but instead of water it's dark matter.
the side effect is time dilation is caused by the expansion of space which then collapses back in on it's self, this spatial anomaly can be tracked, but you can use other wake generators to act like a waveform canceler thus reducing time dilation and reducing drag.

there's more than one level too so let's list them in order

  1. Realspace warp drive - time dilated
  2. Realspace warp drive - Cancelled dilation
  3. Realspace pocket drive, when utilized properly can "dive" into higher dimensions for more efficient travel time.
  4. MBG - Trans-verse mode: Basically a wormhole drive, you're tunneling through the higher dimensions and traveling through before the tunnel collapses, distance is reliant on power output and ability to maintain wormhole stability
  5. MBG - Multiverse mode: same as above but you're going so deep into the higher dimensions you escape one universe membrane/bubble and enter another, literally bridging two universes by building a tunnel of realspace, temporarily disrupts the void, not all dangers known, creates echo's and wakes as the void fills in the space taken up by the bridge after it collapses.
all of these are basically created by gravity/anti-gravity manipulation and the manipulation of dark-matter density.

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Like so only farther than just the universe next door, think sliders but with much longer distances, and of course controlled.

power input scales exponentially to distance traveled so there is a hard limit outside of extenuating circumstances.

finally there are multiple layers of multiverse, the universes within each layer all have the same or similar laws of physics but that's all determined by the general constants within each multiversal layer.

the MBG is not powerful enough to transcend layers, that's what tesseracts are for.
Tesseract: an uncommon natural weak point between multi-verse layers, usually stable, could collapse if too much energy disrupts it.

that's about all I have as to how the ascension's MBG drive works, it opens a spatial rift/wormhole, sends a small probe through to higher dimensional space to plot the route the tunnel takes and throws energy at it until the wormhole stabilizes, then the wormhole begins collapsing unless energy is being fed to keep it stable, as you can imagine it's not very efficient. but there's no other known way to traverse the mutlversal void without drawing attention of things existing within said void by essentially swimming in the deep end... and that's a very very very bad idea.

this being the way it is the ascension looks like this.

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think of it like a cross between a vulcan ship from enterprise a small imperial wedge ship and one of those triangular UFO's.

the ring is the part that maintains wormhole stability, this is fed into a series of energy emitters which fire charged particles.

on top of that at each of the 3 corners of the ship are quantum gravity manipulators utilizing the previously explained methods to not only warp space/time but allow the ship to essentially keep the section of wormhole it's in stable by pushing against the space/time framework of the tunnel.

End MBG technical explanation.
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A/N: just wanted to catch this up to the main posting, enjoy guys!

************* Day 315: 12:00:00 – Ascension: Captain's Quarters - IC2118: Witchhead Nebula - Universe: Startrek: Assimilated variant. *************

Mission Log, It's been 315 days since I took command of the ascension… or I would say that if it hadn't been unilaterally thrust upon me.
I've been at this entirely too long already but I've no way home and no idea how to go back the way I came however right now I've got to say things are looking up. With our mission to the Borg sphere successful and no further retaliations from the hive Data Soong my Technical expert and engineer informs me we're ready to activate the coil and get the heck out of here.
Still the people I've gathered upon this alien vessel are all surprises to me, mostly because where I'm from they're all works of fiction. Now that I've got a means to leave this place, and a vast improvement to the MBG, I plan to hop over to the nearby Startrek Prime universe, once there I plan to give Data the option to rejoin his comrades, as I understand it they're short one data and my data is short one enterprise and her crew.

Things have been fairly quiet now that we've no need to directly confront what has to be the scariest of all science fiction villains, at least that I've encountered so far.
Q has been, surprisingly helpful as far as getting things going, though I think that's in part because we have a mutual goal, I'm under no illusions that he'll stay on after we return to the federation, there's just too much to catch up on with his prime self, and too much fun to be had with double the Q.
finally there's the case of my EMH, a grand find indeed but unfortunately a bit rushed, sadly the ole doc is very unfinished… I'm hoping doctor Zimmerman can patch him before I head back out into the multiverse.

That all being said however of all the things I've experienced I'll be glad to leave the nanoprobe infested hell that is this variant of the trek-verse.
After I return to the federation I've got my eye on another universe to visit, though I'm not sure how the timelines will match up or where I'll exit the inter-universal wormhole but hopefully it'll be before the fall of the commonwealth, I've got my eye on some much needed upgrades and I'd much rather avoid meeting the Magog, mostly because I don't want to be paralyzed and turned into an incubation chamber.
With all that said my thoughts on all this makes me feel philosophical, and I believe Nietzsche said it best, “To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.”

Acting Captain Scott, out. - End log

************* Day 315: 12:15:00 – Ascension: Bridge - IC2118: Witchhead Nebula - Universe: Startrek: Assimilated variant. *************

Anthony Scott sat down in the captains chair at the center of the bridge, Data Soong manned the helm with Q leaning against the wall near the door.
The holographic viewscreen was projected towards the front of the room showing the vast clouds outside the ship the image it's self wrapping around the room, a minor upgrade suggested by Data after going over the restricted database on the ship, apparently he got the idea from something mentioned in the Stargate Section.
The transwarp coil began humming to life deep within the engineering section as the MBG began opening a stable wormhole across the white void that is the space between realities beams of energy arcing off the ring around the back of the triangular ship and feeding the ever growing singularity in front of them.

After a brief moment of holding his breath Anthony let out a long sigh of relaxation as Data gave him the confirmation of a stable wormhole.
“mister data take us in.”
“yes sir.”
The statement was brief but the gravity lens in front of them grew bigger on the holographic display until it seemed to envelop everything, then suddenly the entire world shifted, gravity pulled in all directions as they crossed the event horizon and reality seemed to stretch out in all directions.
Q continued to be unaffected but seemed a tad uneasy for some reason then suddenly everything went white.

************* Day Error: Error - Error - Error - Universe: Error*************

Anthony found himself laying in a field of flowers underneath a great oak tree, he sat up and looked around realizing he was neither on the ship nor back home, instead the flowers and grass were alien in color, the tree's leaves were a purple hue, the grass a burgundy color but the most shocking was the sky, there were two suns both a reddish orange as well as three or four moons prominent with several smaller dots farther off.
Looking off into the distance was a tall structure, a massive glass pyramid with what looked to be large transit pathways in and out of it and surrounded by geometrically shaped buildings of some description though their purpose was unknown.
Suddenly there was a low hum as some kind of ship flew past, triangular in shape though smaller than the ascension and again with that central ring drive.

He shook his head in confusion wondering if something had gone catastrophically wrong or if Q hadn't gotten rid of hotep completely when he felt a presence right next to him, looking over he saw a woman leaning back on her elbows with a look of concern on her face.
“is something the matter?” Anthony continued to stare at this complete stranger laying right next to him.
“look if it's important we can go back, it was your idea to come out here anyway… not that I'm complaining.”
she then began to getup and held out her hand to him to help him up, taking it as he began to stand everything went white again.

************* Day 315: 12:30:30 – Ascension: Bridge - IC2118: Witchhead Nebula - Universe: Startrek: Prime. *************

“Captain.” “still no response, I don't understand it his vitals are all perfectly normal” “can you do anything for him doctor?” “I'm not sure what you want me to – wait he's coming around.”
“ugh… status report mister data.” spoke Anthony, before briefly shaking his head in an effort to clear the fog surrounding his mind, the EMH was taking scans of his body with the tricorder to ensure no other surprises were in order.
“we completed the transit between universes as expected, unfortunately you were somehow knocked unconscious by the tidal stresses.” stated Data.
“thank the gods for starfleet medicine then.” stated anthony as he slowly got to his feet steadying himself on the medical bed.

“I take it we're in the same place as we left, but without those damn borg?” anthony inquired.
“yes, in fact I've been picking up transmissions in standard federation band's in all directions, we're in federation space.” stated the android.
“excellent, data I need to make contact with starfleet, could you please set a course for the nearest starbase and activate the mbg in trans-verse mode?”
“yes sir. Though if I might request you stay here until we arrive, that last transit had unknown effects and it might be best if you stayed here while the doctor monitors you.” Stated the anroid, a slight tone of concern in his voice.
“If you insist.” anthony stated before lying back down his mind drifting back to the strange dream he'd just had, if it was a dream, it felt too real.

************** Day 315 15:30:10 - Ascension - Federation Space Local date 11/8/2380 - Universe: Trek-Prime *************

Acting Captain's log, Day 315 - supplemental. we've finally traveled out of the Witchhead nebula and engaged the Multiversal bridge in trans-verse mode allowing us to travel almost instantaneously to any point in universe thanks to the space/time fold it generates.  Upon reaching nearby Starbase 74 Data Soong my chief technology expert opened hailing frequencies with the communications officer on said starbase making a request to speak to starbase command.  Everything was going according to plan, however what I did not expect was to find the USS Enterprise-E exiting warp and approaching the starbase as well, odd that they would come so far into federation territory when they're usually on a mission of deep space exploration.

This was all for the best of course, My data was reunited with a far older Captain Picard, sans Locutus since this is the prime universe.   Given his experiences data was re-offered his commission in starfleet and I was given some repairs and an upgraded database for my trouble.  Not everything was so cheery though, five minutes after traversing the multiversal void it turns out Q was nabbed by the continuum before he could hop to any other universes.   Since I was unconscious at the time there wasn't a lot I could do or say to stop it due to the gee forces from the transwarp coil not having been designed for the energy and distances required.

During this time I've also begun attempting to contact some of the experts from the various series including my emh's counterpart "Joe" with some research regarding using nanoprobes for cellular regeneration.   For the Gene therapy I'm going to have to look outside the federation due to their fear of genetic augmentation but hopefully a bi-yearly dose of nanoprobes should stave off aging and disease for the long term as I traverse the multiverse.   As we speak I'm currently on course to Deep space nine for some shore leave, gods know I could use a rest after spending so much time in a borg infested galaxy and besides, I've always wanted to see the real "Quark's" bar. - End Log

************** Day 318 10:00:00 - Ascension - DS9 - Docked - Universe: Trek-Prime *************

A large gear like door rolled sideways as a young man in a blue trench and black jumpsuit walked out of the docking bay, looking up he took a deep breath before following the map on his tablet to the promenade.   Upon entering the large curved shopping area he immediately headed to the upper section and leaned against one of the railings observing the other species coming and going a noticeable grin on his face.  He stood there for a while until he noticed a commotion in front of one of the larger shops, a clanging sound as a man he recognized as Bajoran was forced to leave by two station security officers followed by a short bald man with large ears and a colorful suit he immediately recognized as quark.

Walking into quarks the man immediately went up to the bar and ordered a single glass of rum, earth style specifying that the barkeep use the real stuff and not synthehaul.   "It's not often you humons order real alcohol" noted the ferengi.  "Not often I visit this part of the galaxy either" stated the man before offering a handshake, "Captain Anthony scott, and you must be quark right?" the ferengi studied him warily before grasping the offered handshake and returning it in kind.   "I don't recognize that uniform, are you part of a trade consortium?" "no actually I'm just a freelancer, been on a long term mission of exploration until recently and decided to spend some time resting before my next mission."

Quark's eyes lit up with various ideas at that and pulled out a series of cylindrical crystals, "you know if you really want to relax I've got some great holosuite programs... for a price."  Anthony smirked remembering that while he had holoprojectors throughout his ship it was lacking a startrek style holodeck.  "Actually... maybe there is something you could help me with, see I'm looking for someone to sell me a holodeck upgrade to my ship over in docking bay 5, it's a bit old fashioned with it's non solid holoprojectors and since I'm back in civilization anyway..." anthony smirked as he watched the bartender's face change in an attempt to hide any unwanted emotions.

The ferengi's eyes seemed to almost glow as he observed the human closely, a bit of an odd request but not unheard of, still latinum is latinum right? "tell you what, I can have my brother Rom install it for say... 10 strips of gold pressed latinum?" anthony considered the price, his replicators could easily produce the stuff but he figured he'd have some fun and see how far quark was willing to go for a deal.  "I don't know... I do still have to spend some cash on supplies for my next mission... how about 7?" the ferengi seemed to pause for a second.  "9 strips, and I'll include one of my more... entertaining holoprograms."  Anthony forced his face to remain calm and focused. "8 strips, and I'll give you some borg nanoprobes I acquired on my last mission."  He seemed to consider the offer when suddenly anthony spoke up "last chance, 8 strips, the nanoprobes... and I'll give you a copy of my star maps from the Delta Quadrant, very valuable given it's still uncharted." Quark nearly jumped from the surprise addition "deal!" both parties shook hands and anthony went back to enjoying his drink taking out the 8 strips plus an additional one for the drink and decent enough service and placing them on the counter the greedy ferengi gladly taking them and placing them in his pocket.

Walking out of the bar anthony headed to the stations medical wing and upon meeting Dr Bashir and getting a full suite of various immune boosters as was normal for anyone going on a long term scientific research expedition (paying in latinum of course) he stretched his legs and headed back to the ascension before noticing rom outside his ship patiently waiting.   "You must be rom right?" stated anthony extending his hand the ferengi seeming uneasy but accepting the handshake. "I've heard a lot about you and your son nog, it's great to finally meet you."  Rom still remained quiet as anthony entered the door to his ship before the ferengi spoke up "I know I shouldn't ask this but... when running the conduits for the holosuite I picked up some neutrino emissions from your engine... is that normal?"  Anthony smirked then turned around "it's not... but my vessel is outfitted with a prototype drive using a different kind of propulsion to what's standard... don't worry, the neutrinos are just a byproduct from how it works and should dissipate within 24 hours after use, I appreciate your concern though."

The ferengi seemed to relax a bit before anthony walked up to him "I would appreciate it though if you wouldn't tell anyone, due to it's special nature the drive is... classified, and it would be really bad if information about it got out ok?"  Anthony then slipped him two strips of gold pressed latinum to keep quiet, he nodded then went back to his business having finished the install of the holosuite on the Ascension.

************** Day 315 18:00: - Ascension Bridge - DS9 - Bajoran space - Universe: Trek-Prime *************

"Deep Space nine this is the Science Vessel Ascension, permission to undock?"
a familiar albeit older face came on the screen.   "permission granted, please travel along the directed flight path and thank you for visiting Deep Space Nine."  The Bajoran known as Kira closed the connection however anthony noticed the station had been probing the ship with various scans for the past half hour and wanted to leave, so just to surprise them as he left he began following the trajectory then cloaked disappearing on sensors and heading out of the system using the gravitational warp drive the ship originally came with before Hotep modified it.

Entering in the course for a less occupied region of space he set a course for a remote planet along what used to be the Cardassian/federation neutral zone and began going over his various messages and replies to the other people he'd contacted.  Joe had gotten back to him about the nanoprobes and the programming needed and a few other contacts having been forwarded payment for their services regarding the gene therapy.  He Decided to stick around for a bit longer as he wrote off another message to quark hoping he could find some info on anyone else knowledgable about genetic engineering and forwarding him the sum of 10 bars of latinum with an additional twenty promised if he succeeded noting that this had to be kept under wraps as well as a thank you for the services rendered regarding the holosuite install.  Deciding to call it a night he went to his quarters and decided to rest before he suddenly woke up in an unfamiliar place again.

************** Error - Error - Error - Universe: Error *************

Anthony awoke in a room largely curved along the outer wall with windows overlooking a vast metropolis, the large glass pyramid from the last time looming in the distance.  Climbing out of bed he walked into the next room stopping by a mirror to note that he was still himself but his clothes were a metallic grey with purple highlights and his hair had some grey in it though his face still looked to be about thirty years old.  As he entered what looked to be the main living room the smell and sound of bacon cooking and a spatula scraping against a frying pan caused him to look around for it's source only to find the woman from the hill standing similarly dressed only with black highlights along her clothes instead of his purple. "Morning" she smiled taking his hand and pulling him close to kiss him on the cheek before stopping seeing the confusion on his face.

"Did it happen again sweetie?" she stated with a concerned look, her face contorting to one of confusion and a bit of pain.  "I'm sorry... but can you tell me where we are and what year it is?" she seemed even more hurt before setting down the towel she'd been cleaning off her hands with and turned off the stove, the crackling sound of the bacon quieting until it ceased.  "The year is 15 AFC (after founding colony), we are on the third moon of the 1st planet in the system Kepler 16 which orbits both stars"  Anthony just paused taking that all in, that explains the moons and binary suns.  "we are currently in the city of Asterion in our apartment which we've shared for a couple years now."  "Wait did you say shared?" Anthony stated a bit shocked at the revelation "what is our relationship?" he stated trying to stay calm.  "I can't tell you that" she replied a bit of irritation in her voice, "I'm simply doing as you told me to, furthermore you told me to answer that question with a bit of an odd phrase... Spoilers?"  Sighing he sat down on the couch wondering how long he would be there until suddenly he woke up in his bed on board the ascension again wondering if that really was his future or just one possible future.

************** Day 368 08:30:10 - Ascension - Large Magellanic Cloud Local date 01/1/2381 - Universe: Trek-Prime *************

The room was empty, much like the rest of the ship as Anthony found himself working in the makeshift labspace he'd setup near the cargo-bay, his adventures so far having netted and then lost him his crew save for the computerized doctor who tended to stay deactivated until he was needed.  still he couldn't help but get the feeling that the ship felt cold with no-one there, suddenly the ship shook as systems all over the ship seemed to cut off and on again the alert klaxons blaring in alarm from whatever had just struck the ship.  "Computer, Status report" shouted anthony over the alarms, "Minor hull breach on deck 3, shields raised, minimal damage."  Quickly scrambling for the bridge he leaped over the edge of the table, the .8g's allowing him more freedom of movement. suddenly his arm reached out to practically throw himself through the door, the strength augmentations clearly working as he rolled then continued running down the hallway reaching the bridge in all of thirty seconds.

As he entered the bridge the holographic displays came to life showing views in every direction when suddenly he noticed a distortion in space.  "computer analyze that distortion" he barked as he sat down in the central command chair, the various addon's allowing for it to control the entire ship.  "Unknown Spatial Distortion, scans show similarities with inter-verse drive mode" the computer replied, the voice robotic but natural.  "Activate particle cannons and Trans-phasic torpedoes, set particle beams to rotating frequencies", a series of chirps and beeps was all he heard as the ship's targeting sensors began focusing on the anomaly.  Suddenly the anomaly shifted and a cubic shape could be made out, "you've got to be kidding me"  stated anthony, his voice surprised by the sudden appearance of a trans-meta tesseract.

************** Day 373 13:00:22 - Ascension - Large Magellanic Cloud Local date 01/5/2381 - Universe: Trek-Prime: Near tesseract *************

Captain's Log, Day 373, I've encountered something very similar to the route of ages from back when I used to watch andromeda, while I hoped to utilize it after traveling to the andromeda's local cluster of universes as a way to get home I never expected to find one out here in the trek-verse.  Scanning it shows that it definitely leads somewhere and appears to be stable but I'm not sure where that somewhere is out there in the meta,  all my probes can tell me is that there are no nearby inhabited universes, at least as far as humanoid civilizations go.  I'm preparing to cross it now, if it's anything like using the MBG this will be both disorienting and potentially risky so I'm having the Holo-doc keep an eye on my vitals just in case.

************** Day 373 13:30:15 - Ascension - Unknown - Unknown: Near tesseract *************

My vision finally began to stop bluring as the Holo-doc injected a concoction into my neck, I'll give the federation one thing, they've got great health plans.  I got up out of my chair and walked down the corridor at the back of the bridge until I reached the briefing room, besides having a replicator this place has a holographic projector and I needed to get my local bearings.  with quick series of commands the projector came to life as local stars and data from the probes sent earlier began feeding into the image, it's complexity increasing with a galactic overview showing shortly after.  "Confirmed 98% match, location is in the Orion arm, Milky way galaxy, Universe Unknown"  the computer chimed before the projection began overlaying names on the various points of light.  "Computer, Send a probe to map the sol system, look for local indicators of life, also these three systems here" I gave the command and the computer followed the indicators for the probe's appearing on the map.  There was a series of brief flashes out the window as the probes activated their warp bubbles and began on their course, the Cerenkov flash quite visible from several thousand Kilometers out on board the ascension.

************** Day 374 10:45:00 - Ascension - Unknown - Unknown: Sol System *************

Captain's log, Day 374, it was going to take a while for the probes to feed back the requested information, in that time I had sent several dozen more.  The biggest surprise of all of this though was what I found on earth, the planet appeared to be just like the one I came from, same year, except a few months later, it was august of 2020, I was kind of hoping to head to one of the planets and plan a way to re-join society when I got the biggest shock of my life.  It started around 21:00 hours local time, a brief nuclear flash over kansas followed by two or three more over europe and asia, then another dozen, and another hundred,  I was filled with dread watching my potential new home nuke it's self into oblivion, thousands of people dead, satellites communicating but no-one there to listen.  as you can imagine the information was a couple hours old, quantum entanglement delay being what it is since I was still several dozen light years from sol.  Anyway I've setup shop in mars orbit waiting for the radiation to die down before looking for survivors but things don't look great, this isn't my earth, I checked, Anthony is or was still alive down there before some hot head pressed the idiot button and I'm not exactly keen to take his place.

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