Mytholder (mytholder) wrote,

Now We Are Here, General Transmission #18

Following on from this...

The shuttle flies south once more, tracking the weak signal from the probe. The entity carrying the probe moves with surprising speed over the broken ground, heading straight for the thick forests. There's definitely something strange about the too-abrupt transition from tundra to woodland; there must be some sort of microclimate effect allowing the two terrains to exist so close together.

Another hour's flight brings the shuttle to a wide, fastflowing river, fed by meltwater from the north. The target plunges unhestitatingly into the river and crosses it with incredible speed. As it rolls onto the far bank, the shuttle's sensors light up - one of the jettisoned cargo pods is in the area -

>C-link engaged
>PROSPERO network open/general/secpro: null/xprospero
I tracked all the cargo pods. None landed near here, so something moved the pod. Its ID is Pod #18, 'Security Equipment'.

A moment later, one of the shuttle's pilots glances down the river, and spots something interesting. (He doesn't see it initially, but half the crew are watching the datafeed from his c/link, and point it out to him.) It appears to be wooden wreckage, jammed in a rock in the middle of the river.

The entity carrying the probe is moving into the forest, towards a stand of very tall trees. There's a white mass clinging to many of the branches, possibly an even larger entity of the same type as the one carrying the probe.

The shuttle hovers above the river, waiting for your advice.

What should the team do?

Return to base
Hold position and observe
Investigate the treetops
Investigate the wreckage
Investigate the cargo pod
Keep following the probe

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