The team decides that handling the antimatter issue is probably of more immediate threat. We take a little time to gather supplies and then we head out to Vima station, the location of the antimatter factory. Mike tells us that it is officially only a research station researching a Trinary system. The antimatter factory is top secret but we ask Mike for some credentials to make it easier to work our way into the factory. We decide to grab some outfits for our cover and go with strictly melee weaponry. Mike lets us know that since the station is very close to the trinary stars there will be a shuttle to bring us in that will shield us from the radiation. We gather our supplies and then head out.
Three days later we arrive (after spending the time training and upgrading). We are hailed as soon as we arrive and introduce us as the oversite committee from the Confederacy for a surprise inspection. They ask us to send our credentials so they can confirm. They come back and give us our course settings and we head in to dock following the shield ship. We dock, head to the airlock, and enter the station loading area. We meet with the Station Commander Steele and the welcoming committee, including an armed escort. We introduce ourselves and begin our tour of the station starting with the deplorable condition of the female quarters of course since Pierce is in charge. Pierce talks to the commander alone to let him know that we are searching the station for records of the antimatter. Pierce has his fun and we head to antimatter containment and ask to look around and see the records of all transfers and moves. We cross check it versus the amount in the container and it matches up. Corbin takes a recording of the serial numbers of the ships that do the transfers of the antimatter.
The system is mostly automated but there are a chief engineer and his assistants who we meet in conference room b with their personnel files which seem to check out with no glaring problems. Michael Tran, Chief Engineer, and his assistants meet us in the conference room where Pierce questions them one at a time. Dr. Tran meets us and seems very agitated. Pierce starts questioning him and making him feel more at home. We find the list of everyone who has access to the machinery (Includes the captain, the xo Lt. Mason, the three assistants and the chief engineer) and Alex goes to check out the computer. Corbin asks how often the machinery is calibrated (weekly) and where those logs are. Everything seems to match up and Corbin asks how often the numbers are matched to see if there is a change somewhere (he forwards the information). Meanwhile Alex takes one of the engineers and heads to the engineering section to check on the computers and the machinery. He talks to the engineer and gets a feel for how things work and tells the engineer to return to the conference room. As the engineer leaves he kind of glances at the side of the room. Alex goes to investigate and notices some extra small pipes that are generating an excess of heat. Behind the pipes, hidden, is a knob. The pipes seem to contain trace amounts of ethanol which Alex thinks may be the engineers making moonshine, but he traces back the pipes and crawls through some of the pipework to find a homemade still connected to one of the heat exchanges for the station. While passing through the ductwork for the collider he notices that the ductwork doesn’t look standard.
Corbin gets the schematics for that area from the Chief Engineer and the two do not match up at all. Corbin gets the full list of all engineers that have worked for the station regarding the antimatter and the heat exchange system. We decide we have everything we need and make our goodbyes. We head back into the ship and follow the shield ship out when there is a sudden explosion that blows one of the engines. Corbin keeps the ship away from the blast and behind the shield. We get a call from the station to check on our condition and we say we are headed back into the station for repairs. Corbin calls the shield ship to check their condition and sends Alex over to help with repairs and to find out what happened. Meanwhile we head back to the station so Corbin can go over the information, Pierce can question Dr. Tran and Dr. Kristine goes to the shield ship to help any injured. While Pierce is questioning the engineer the background noise stops and the engineer says he would like to enjoy still breathing. They try to head to engineering but the door doesn’t open… Then the sound returns and the engineer says, “Uh-oh”…