Episode 1, "Truth and Consequences"

WARNING: SPOILERS

The Taran System


Starfleet Survey Record – Summary – Taran System
USS Carolina NCC-793 – Captain Kaoru Murakami Commanding
Stardate 1001.7

General
Taran 2 is the second planet of five in the Taran system. The planet is class H desert. Rotation period 34 hours, revolution period 289 days. Gravity 0.95G. A single moon orbits every 31 days.

Geology
Mostly silicates with some iron. Plate movement is almost non-existent. The surface is slightly alkali, mostly sedimentary rock. There are no detectable minerals or resources on Taran of any value.

Atmosphere
20.5% oxygen, 40% argon, 38% nitrogen, 1.5% non-reactive mixed gases. Standard pressure and temperature.

Lifeforms
The only inhabitants of Taran seem to be humanoid, clustered in a single village near the equatorial zone, population approximately several hundred. Very limited flora, no detectable fauna.

This report summary is intended to be supplemented with sensor data and captain’s log entries.


Starfleet Survey Record – Summary – Taran System
USS Mojave NCC-824 – Captain Tom Morgan Commanding
Stardate 1317.2

General
Taran 2 is the second planet of the Taran system. The planet is a class H desert world. Average temperature at the equator 35C, at the poles -25C. Taran’s rotation period (day) is 34 hours, revolution period (year) is 289 days. Gravity is 0.95G. The single moon orbits Taran every 31 days and has a slight rotation, unlike Earth’s moon, which always shows the same side to the Earth.

Geology
Geology is mostly silicates with some iron. Plate movement is almost non-existent. The surface is slightly alkali, mostly sedimentary rock with some pockets of igneous rock. There are no remarkable minerals or resources on Taran. Underground caves were detected but not explored (beyond transporter range).

Atmosphere
Standard pressure and breathable. 20.5% oxygen, 40% argon, and 38% nitrogen, the balance (1.5%) are non-reactive mixed gases. Precipitation is rare; however, some pools of groundwater exist. The sky is orange in color, usually cloud-free.

Flora
There are very little flora and fauna on Taran. The most abundant plant is a tree (known as “jarna” in the Taranian language) consisting of very strong fibers; the Taranians weave these fibers into clothing and dye with powdered rock solutions.

Fauna
Rodent-like animals (known as “goolok”) are plentiful and useful for their hides, bones, sinew, and as a food source. Goolok typically range from three to five kilograms. Other smaller reptiles exist.

People
The only inhabitants of Taran are clustered in a single village near the equatorial zone, population approximately several hundred, class A on Richter Scale of Cultures. The population is on a negative trend, there are more deaths than births. It is estimated the Taranians will be extinct within 200 years. The Taranians are intelligent humanoids, carbon-based with iron-chelated circulatory fluid. There are two genders. There is very little variation in skin tone, which is of a muddy-orange color. Hair color varies from light tan, to dark brown and gray. The cranium features small bone ridges on the chin, the upper nose, and two on the forehead. Hands consist of three fingers with an opposable thumb. Feet are similar with three small toes and one large. Hands and feet have no nails. Organ arrangement is very similar to Human, with the exception of two hearts that operate concurrently. Estimated average lifespan is about 50 years.

Dwellings are typically large domes made from rock and clay, which may house more than one family. Basic tools and weapons are made from the limited resources available.

An important part of Taranian folklore is the legend of the Bulak, believed to have been an advanced people who inhabited Taran before the era of the village. There are no known facts about the Bulak, the folklore has been elaborated upon and propagated by the Taranians.

The Taranians have developed a written and spoken language, the spoken language can be interpreted by universal translator. The primary form of entertainment is storytelling and humorous drama productions depicting their perceptions of the Bulak.

It is unknown if the Taranians are indigenous to Taran 2 or were transplanted from another planet and why. It is unknown if the Taranians are descendants of the Bulak. There has been no detectable technological progress in the recent past. The Taranians have no knowledge of chemistry or metallurgy, and only a rudimentary understanding of physics. The Taranians do not seem to be an inquisitive people; however, given more natural resources their civilization may have developed differently.

Hunting parties consist of four to ten young Taranians, led by an elder. The hunting parties are taught how to move swiftly and quietly in search of goolok prey. Hunting parties also gather plant fibers and rocks.

There is one Taranian in charge of the village who is not the eldest. The “Communer” is revered and looked upon to help divide the limited resources and settle disputes.

“Vilgar” was a hologram that communicated with the Communer. The hologram emitter was a medium-sized device inside a cave. Tricorder scans revealed corrupted software – purpose and function of original programming unknown. The power source is deep underground. Vilgar was able to psionically inflict pain on Taranians (worked on Humans also) so that the subjects would do his bidding. It is unknown if Vilgar represented an example of the Bulak people. The hologram emitter was destroyed.

This report summary is intended to be supplemented with sensor data and captain’s log entries.