Corbin ties knots in the rope and we lower ourselves down to the next level. The walkway is lit much like the rest of the structure and when we land the area lights up like the top level. Four more doors await us on this level. Corbin asks Bob what is behind these doors, and also notices that Bob has grown in size, and he responds as before with writing the words apartments by each door. He asks Bob a few other questions and then the group each takes a corridor to get this done faster.
Alex finds a few bits and bobs of crystalline and metal wire bits with no discernible function and checks the walls for compartments. Corbin finds some more bits and bobs but one of them is a larger circular disk that activates and projects an image when he touches it. The image is of some alien he has never seen before that is short and thin and almost translucent, it is moving and it gives him a feeling of affection and he figures it is a photograph basically of a loved one. The others find a few more bits and bobs as well but no one finds a computer or anything else of interest. Corbin asks Bob what they all are and they are mostly assorted personal effects and various personal grooming devices.
We notice that Bob is now almost half as tall as us. Corbin asks Bob what his function is and is answered both mentally and with written words that he is here to assist the residents of this facility. To assist by maintaining the facility, research, etc. Corbin asks about the research that is performed here, which is answered with more efficient ways to utilizing D-space. He asks Bob to alert him if we are about to activate an experiment and then finds out to move up and down the core just concentrate on floating. The bottom level is made of concentric rings and we explore each level. We find labs, an infirmary which we enter. The room is large and round like the others with rows of platforms/beds all of crystal but of a different type with veins of metallic material through them. Corbin asks Bob how the tables function and that leads into a round of questions about psionics and then D-space that tells us that all spacefaring races have psionic potential and needs that potential to utilize D-space which is why the machine race cannot use it. D-space is an area of reality that lies adjacent to this one, it is another dimension that basically runs on different physics and nothing they know of exists there. How much energy you input translates differently. We ask him about the black substance we found on the Kronen ship and Bob flickers for a second, loses cohesion and then snaps back and replies that that phenomenon has not been encountered. Corbin asks if Bob can provide schematics on how any of these work, but Bob cannot, he can provide rough repair notes. Corbin tells Bob to provide that info to Alex who then has a better understanding of how the table works.
We continue the tour and the next room is the main generator room. The pillars here look like thin crystalline leafless trees in a random placement. Bob says that once the ship is up and running it is run entirely on the psionic potential of the inhabitants. He says we have the same psionic potential as the founders and it would take half the crew complement (60) to run the ship at optimal. This leads to another discussion of how D-space works and what the founders created. We ask about if the founders made the Gates and are told not by the time this facility was made operational. We realize that this means the founders either did build the gates or some race with a similar psionic ability did.
We continue our search of the lowest level. We find Bob’s room which is a framework of latticed crystals. We continue on to the main research center which looks to be the busiest area and seems to be a total wreck and full of various crystalline structures that are different and bits and bobs of a different nature as well. A large portion is shoved against the walls and many of the crystals are blackened and non functional. Bob is unaware of what happened to the room so we ask if he can play back the last recordings made in this room. We see the room full of aliens doing their thing and Pierce and Christine catch bits of spoken words that they say sound almost Rilean. The experiment was moving the entire planet through D-space. The experiment looks to have been a success when the large crystalline sphere (20 or 30 feet diameter) is pulsating with light and then the recording suddenly stops. He says after that there are brief moments of almost consciousness and then us. Corbin asks what all the tools do and Bob says they are various scientific tools and Corbin asks if he can tell Alex what they all do and he complies. We gather up the tools. Bob is now our size and roughly humanoid in shape. We continue on but the rest of the rooms are more just smaller labs.
While talking to Bob some more we find that the infirmary had portable devices and we return and get a few of them and Bob gives them the run down of how they work. They figure that most humans will be able to utilize the device. Corbin lays on one of the tables to get healed and it initiates and a glow appears around his torso. Bob calculates how long it would take to heal me and says a few hours is all. Bob by now has solidified into a human form, an attractive female at that. Bob says she has a record of all of the ongoing experiments and the facility was operational for roughly 5 years. We try to see if we can get the math and questions downloaded. Bob says that Alex has enough room in his data download to hold it all. Alex takes it all in but has a splitting headache. Corbin then asks about starcharts for this area and moving out. We figure that we can get Chip to land the shuttle to land if we clear an area and then upload the starcharts directly. Corbin and Jameson head out and clear a landing site and have Chip land.
And then Alex comes out to the shuttle and Bob dumps the starcharts through Alex into the Computer. And Alex dumps the 5 years of experiments onto the computer as well.