The Away Team is assembled: Gerrin West, Jayne Clayton, and David Todd grab vacc suits from the ship’s locker and prepare to leave the ship. These suits were of an older TL8 design, making them bulky and awkward to work with, but it was all that was available. Trying to explore the pyramids without some sort of protection from the atmosphere would leave them dead in minutes.
-— BEGIN MISSION LOG -—
14:00 [480 minutes of suit integrity left) - Away team cycles through the airlock on cargo bay 2 and begins EVA.
14:08 [472 minutes of suit integrity left) - Away team reaches the base of the pyramid structures closest to the Grendel. After a brief surveying of the situation, the decision is made to go up to the first terrace and examine the statues.
14:23 [457 minutes of suit integrity left) - Away team completes their examination of the statues. While humanoid, they do not seem to be of humans, though the corrosive effects of the atmosphere have eroded most features of note. None of the statues seem to pivot or move in any way.
14:33 [447 minutes of suit integrity left) - With nothing useful discovered on the terrace, the away team climbs to the top of the nearby pyramid and examines the larger statue there. With some effort, the statue is found to pivot revealing a shaft going into the pyramid.
14:35 [445 minutes of suit integrity left) - David is selected as the first man down and proceeds to climb down into the pyramid. However, the bulky and cumbersome vacc suit proved to be too much for him and he falls. Fortunately, it was not too far down into the chamber and the vacc suit absorbed the bulk of the damage and thankfully did not lose integrity. Laying on the large metallic disk that broke his fall, he spies motion near the ceiling.
14:39 [441 minutes of suit integrity left) - The rest of the team climbs down and their arrival scared the fliers who flew down a nearby corridor.
14:44 [436 minutes of suit integrity left) - The team decides to investigate the shaft the fliers went down. They discover the corridor was a dead end and the local fauna do not react well to being cornered.
14:51 [429 minutes of suit integrity left) - The away team mends their wounds as best as they are able after securing the specimens.
14:55 [425 minutes of suit integrity left) - Moving back to the central chamber, the team investigates the metallic disk and determine that there is no physical support system – it simply hovers in the shaft which seems to go much deeper into the pyramid. In fact, the shaft seems to go deeper into the pyramid than they have rope.
14:59 [421 minutes of suit integrity left) - The team moves to a smaller adjoining chamber but find nothing of note – there is no decor of any sort and the walls are featureless.
15:33 [388 minutes of suit integrity left) - Deciding that this avenue of approach was not fruitful, the team with some difficulty climbs back to the top of the pyramid.
15:36 [385 minutes of suit integrity left) - The team assesses the situation and decide that returning to the ship to attend to their injuries and analyse the facility would be the best course of action.
15:48 [373 minutes of suit integrity left) - The away team reaches the Grendel and cycles through the airlock.
-— END MISSION LOG -— -— BEGIN MISSION DEBRIEFING -—
The team sustained numerous injuries requiring the attention of the ship’s doctor, Olivia. Medical care took approximately 6 hours before they were cleared to return to duty.
Assessment of the vacc suits confirmed that the corrosive effects of the Yorbund atmosphere have compromised the integrity of suits 1, 5, and 8. While they could be used in an emergency, recommendations are that these be pulled from service until a full reconditioning is performed.
-— END MISSION DEBRIEFING -—