Serious Incident Report
SUMMARY: Confrontation with as-yet-unknown alien force.
EARTH DATE & TIME (EST) OF INCIDENT: 07.04.20.0900
UNIT: ISMS Erasmus
OIC: CDR Richard Stone
Personnel involved: 323
NUMBER OF INJURED: 13
ACCIDENT CLASS: SC
WEATHER: Low Visibility, Plasmatic Clouds/Lightning.
VISION DEVICE(S): Radar, Sonar, Optical, Digital.
MILITARY INSTALLATION: N/A
EXPLOSIVE / HAZARDOUS MATERIAL: Nuclear and Plasma. All deployed.
VIDEO OF DISTURBING SCENE: Destroyed.
TYPE MISSION: Exploratory
POC: Dean Murdoc, Pilot Officer
Immediately after landing from interstellar drift, the ISMS Erasmus came into contact with an as-yet-unknown alien Being that was traveling, unassisted, through outer space within the immediate vicinity of the Erasmus’ landing position. The Being was initially shrouded by a plasmatic cloud, but soon thereafter manifested from aforementioned cloud, resembling at first an Earth whale and then a squid. In an act of preemption, Commander Stone ordered the launch of a nuclear missile at The Being, which seemed entirely unfazed by the blast. The Being, probably in defense, attacked the Erasmus. Its limbs moved through the hull as if unaffected by solid matter. Those crew members that came into contact with any part of The Being seemed to perish instantly of electrocution, burn, or both. The Being showed no sign of relenting. As a last resort, the decision was made to separate the main officers’ cabin from the engine bay, and to detonate the plasma engine therein. The ensuing blast proved costly to the ship and remaining crew, but The Being was presumably destroyed. The total encounter lasted only but a quarter of an hour. All communications were down, and the Erasmus had no means of propulsion. The Erasmus floated in space for approximately 18 hours before being rescued by the ISMS Remender, at which point many of the crew that survived the initial attack had since perished from radiation exposure.
AUTHENTICATION: Interstellar Military Service