Friday, 16 September 2011

The Collapse of U.N.I.S.E.T. & the Formation of S.W.O.R.D.

Project U.N.I.S.E.T. (United Nations Space Exploration Team) was in serious trouble, the constant attacks from the Enigmatrons and further threats from more terrestrial sources here on Earth meant more and more funds were diverted away from exploration and more towards defense.

But with dwindling resources here on earth, it was also realized that Space Exploration would play a very important part in Humanities Future. The heads of the various new Agencies put their heads together, for a new Organization funded directly by Continuum but autonomous and independent of the Government of Earth.
 
Project U.N.I.S.E.T. (United Nations Space Exploration Team) was in serious trouble, the constant attacks from the Enigmatrons and further threats from more terrestrial sources here on Earth meant more and more funds were diverted away from exploration and more towards defense.

But with dwindling resources here on earth, it was also realized that Space Exploration would play a very important part in Humanities Future. The heads of the various new Agencies put their heads together, for a new Organization funded directly by Continuum but autonomous and independent of the Government of Earth.

William Jansen, former head of U.N.I.S.E.T. was put in charge of the project – it wasn’t long before it had a base of operations and a name. Operating out of what was Cape Canaveral Commander Jansen made his first major decisions as head of S.W.O.R.D. (Space World Organisation for Research and Development).   

Although S.W.O.R.D. was independent of the World Government – it was obvious from the beginning it would need to make a “good showing” – three Months after its creations S.W.O.R.D. gained the nickname “Continuum’s Folly” as it had achieved nothing in that time. An unfair assessment at best, as these things (especially research/design/space exploration) take time and effort.

Six Months later, S.W.O.R.D. made a breakthrough announcement – they were to take a manned mission to Mars, to ascertain whether colonization with the intention of Mining is a viable project.




Shortly after a new Spacecraft designed and built by the best engineers Continuum and S.H.A.D.E. had to offer – overseen my Commander Jansen left the Pads at Cape Canaveral - Captain Peter Walker and his crew of two astronauts and two scientists, left earth for the six week journey.

The 0-10 or “Zero-10” (marked as “Zero-X” on its fuselage) had an uneventful trip – but upon landing had hydraulics issues which would delay their lift off for the return trip for nearly 72 hours.

After a six-week flight, the 0-10 M.E.C. (Zero-X Martian Exploration Craft) lands on Mars on 22
July - whilst investigating the barren surface of Mars, the crew are puzzled to encounter strange rock formations arranged into coils.

Captain Jeff Malcolm (the 0-10’s Pilot) blasts one of the structures with his weapon and Doctor Byron Pierce (the mission mineralogist) prepared to leave the vehicle to collect samples. Unfortunately the coil formations stir into motion and reveal themselves to be some form of Silicon based life-form - these "Lava Snakes” (so nick-named by the crew for their ability to spew molten rock as an attack) thinking themselves to be under attack from these strangers attacked – completely destroying the Scrambler (the 0-10’s six-wheeled ATV) – forcing them Crew to return to the 0-10 on Foot.

Avoiding the Coil formations of Rock for the rest of the Mission, it was determined that Mars indeed was rich in Mineral deposits – and that the Lava Snakes were the only
indigenous life-forms present.

On August 17th (nearly three days behind schedule) the Mars Lander docked with the orbiting command module – current manned by Navigator Norman Bradley, the crew of the 0-10 begin their 42 Day journey back to Earth, only to be
greeted upon their return by what must be described as a fleet of Enigmatron UFO's - jettisoning the escape pod, the crew hurtled back to earth almost being killed in the process.

It was becoming more and more clear the Enigmatrons meant business.

2 comments:

Captain Kellen said...

Ahhh... I seem to be missing where the explaination of S.W.O.R.D.

Doctor Warlock said...

Thanks for spotting that, I have NO-IDEA how that happened - I've put the missing section in!