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The Portal Stargate
The Portal Stargate
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Jun 11 '08
Mar 24 '10 at 1:04am
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Mission Briefing, December 10, 2007, 06:30 hours
This information is classified.
The following is a timeline of events that relate to this mission.
An ACoE/DoE excavation crew hit an empty pocket, buried inside a mountain in the Rockies. This pocket was found to contain an anomalous energy source that was reported within 24 hours to the Pentagon. Specific location of the anomaly is being kept secret at this time. Several sets of skeletal remains were also discovered inside the pocket, all of which were delivered to a secure location for identification.
The site was secured by a Marines unit, and classified Top Secret.
Dr. Lazail, a leading British physicist, was given access to the site after his security clearance was expedited and the site was determined to be relatively safe for short-term human habitation. Dr. Lazail began examining the already collected data and ordered additional data collection instruments.
Anomalous readings were recorded by Dr. Lazail, and a creature of unknown origin fell through the energy anomaly. The creature remains in custody at the site for further study. The creature had an object on his person that emits energy, and it was confiscated and handed over to Dr. Lazail for further investigation.
Dr. Mertise, an American linguist, arrived on site to evaluate the language spoken by the first creature.
A second creature fell through the energy anomaly, hereafter referred to as 'The Portal'. This creature had no apparent possessions and also remains in custody at the site for further study.
A third creature fell through The Portal, killing one Marine and injuring three others before it was killed. The corpse has been removed to a secure location for examination and dissection.
A sensor package on a pre-programmed, mechanized drone unit was sent through The Portal from our side. It was programmed to return after one hour elapsed. It has not yet returned.
Reports from Drs. Lazail and Mertise and the dissection team are attached.
The Portal, as far as can be measured, is 2 dimensional. The energy it radiates is of multiple unknown types. Initial readings suggested it might be usable as an inexhaustible energy source, but it has proven to be too unstable to be reliable for such a use. I am investigating other ways to utilize the energy given off by The Portal, but conventional storage media do not seem to be up to the challenge. Ideally, additional readings from whatever is on the other side of The Portal will shed more light on the problem.
The elf's bow emits a small amount of one of the energy types also emitted by The Portal. I have been unable to determine what effect, if any, this has on the bow itself, a person trying to use it, or projectiles fired from it. I have noticed that, although I personally have only rudimentary experience shooting a bow, my accuracy when attempting to fire it has been surprisingly good. This may be due to its construction, which is exquisite.
I had some success in communicating with the 'elf man', but he has fallen silent in my presence since he was denied the return of his bow. I am unable to communicate at all with the mermaid, who seems to be rather melancholy in her tank. The elf and the mermaid speak at least one common language, which sounds vaguely like Latin. The elf man speaks at least one other language, which sounds like nothing I have ever heard before.
I think it's likely that any team crossing through this portal thing will encounter beings who speak one or both of these languages, and I have included a short list of words that I've managed to translate. They may or may not be helpful. I would appreciate if the team could record the sounds of local people talking if at all possible.
English -> 'Faux Latin(phonetic)'
Chair -> KEY-cho
Table -> Mas-AY
Archery bow -> Chu-MIN-see
Hair -> PAY-lay
Blanket -> VOS-ee-nee-take
Door -> Coo-MY-niss
The creature is 37 inches long and 29 inches tall. It has the general shape of a spider, but two of the eight legs end in sharp, three-pronged claws and are mounted on the body in a fashion suggesting that they are used primarily as arms, rather than legs. It has no apparent means of web-spinning. It has double the normal number of mandibular protrusions, all of which are unusually sharp and hollow. Eyes have normal arachnid structure, but the color is red, instead of black.
The internal materials of the creature give off an unusual odor, similar to sulfur. All expected arachnid organs were located, but they are strangely colored, as is the creature's blood, which is viscous and black. The brain is smaller than an arachnid's would be if it was equal size. It has two sacs, both positioned to deliver the contents through the mandibles. The liquid material contain of those sacs has been determined to be a potent toxin that causes muscle rigidity. The concentration suggests that it would cause full muscular rigidity in a human with 2 to 3 doses. This would not be fatal in itself, but the victim would be paralyzed fully, and probably expire of asphyxiation.
The muscular structure of the creature suggests a high relative strength and speed. It is likely that this creature can move as much as twice as fast as a human, and can lift perhaps as much as ten times its own body weight. The cause of death is definitely bullet wounds, but which one(s) actually killed it is unclear.
None of the other creature remains delivered to us on this same ticket number match this one. One has been determined to be probably human, but the rest remain unidentified.
This mission entails stepping through The Portal, investigating what is on the other side for 24 hours and returning. Should conditions on the other side of The Portal prove hostile, you are authorized to use deadly force for the purpose of defending team members and equipment. Returning prior to the passage of 24 hours should only be considered if the situation is truly dire.
Survey the area in a radius of one mile from The Portal.
Eliminate hostiles in the area.
Collect samples of local plants and animals.
Record atmospheric data for the duration of the mission.
Record data with Dr. Lazail's sensor package for at least one hour in the vicinity of The Portal.
Record the sounds of local persons speaking, should any present themselves.
Return through The Portal after 24 hours have elapsed.
Several pictures are included, each large enough to be a separate page.
The first subject is an elven man. He has short brown hair and deep, vibrant green eyes. His skin is light, but not pale. He has the tanned look of a white person who has spent much of his life outdoors. His apparent age is somewhere in his early 20s. In the first few, he is wearing an outfit dyed in camouflage patterns in various shades of green and brown and has an old fashioned wooden bow carved with an ivy leaf motif in one hand. There is a quiver full of arrows on his back, and he also has a sword with a leather-wrapped handle belted around his waist. In all, he looks like he stepped out of a fantasy novel. Later photographs (they are all time- and date-stamped) show him in a light blue jumpsuit, though he seems to have kept his brown boots. In the initial photographs, he seems surprised, then wary, then resigned. In the later photos, his expression shows only anger.
The second subject is a woman whose torso from about waist up is that of a human with short, spiky blue hair. Her apparent age is somewhere in her mid-30s. Her ears look like small fins, and her skin is pale with a bluish cast. Her fingers have an almost transparent webbing between them and end in small claws. Her breasts are covered by assorted shells with no obvious means of attachment. Somewhere around her waist, the skin gradually changes to blue-green scales. She has a dorsal fin, and her tail ends in a dual flipper, like that of a dolphin, but flimsier. Later photographs show her in a green tank-style swimsuit top. In the early photos, she looks confused, then upset. In later photos, most of which show her underwater, her expression is melancholy.
The third subject is a black, spider-like creature. It is seen plunging its two front legs into a male Marine's chest, his face twisted in surprise and pain. Another shows it in the air, probably in mid-leap. A third shows it on the ground, two front appendages raised up like threatening arms, and the others in a position to suggest it was captured while moving. All three of those shots are blurry, grainy, and relatively low quality, probably from a security camera. There is one high quality picture of it with one leg partially detached and lying on the cement floor, several bullet holes in it, and a puddle of black liquid around it. In that final picture, it is possible to tell that there is a subtle dark red undertone to the black furry body, and the eyes almost seem to be glowing a malevolent red.
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