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Its been a while since the battle, now and although repairs are still ongoing all of the critical situations have been adressed, the Medbay has been cleared of hostile droids, and those in need of Bacta treatment have been treated. All attention is now purely upon the abnormal sky and the questions surrounding it.

Captain Zhuroto stands at the head of the briefing table, the seats in the room filled with various people of note from about the ship. From the highly ranked, including the bridge crew and other officers, to the highly skilled, including the Mercenaries who assisted in taking down the sith lord and his gunship, and one or two people whose presence there is a little odd, such as Pnyx That is, if wolfman is back with us yet?and Byn. All in all there are about 30 people present, and a few have to stand.

"The reason you're all in this room goes without saying." The says the group "We're all losing sleep over the questions on everyone's minds; What happened, and where are we? Firsts things first, i find it prudent to declare that our original mission be reassessed as a secondary objective. Our new priority is getting home. We have determined that we have no contact with any Republic bases, not can we even connect to the Holonet at all, and we are not receiving any signals from the world below. But i want to start by assuring everyone that i will not rest until we can see familiar skies."

"If we are to have any idea of how to achieve that, we need to know what the situation we are in actually is. Lt. Tranken, just after the incident happened, you tried to explain what exactly it was that happened. Perhaps now would be the time for you to refresh me with what you said, and elaborate on that?"
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Clearing his throat Lt. Tranken gets to his feet from where he sits next to the grumpy Quarren that runs the decks. Though not eager to be the bearer of inconclusive news, it was a luxury to get away from the smell. “Well sir, if you don’t mind, I’ll need the stylus and screen.” Crossing to the head of the briefing room he activates the large holo-projector and picks up the stylus. He clears his throat again.

“As I’m sure you’re all aware hyperspace travel, even though routine is inherently dangerous, and that has a lot to do with the fact that hyperspace isn’t completely understood. By conventional physics the speed of light exists as a maximum speed because light doesn’t actually exist.” He begins to scratch out a number of equations on his pad, which show up on the screen in his neat, precise handwriting. “The curl of an electrical field is minus the rate of change in a magnetic field.” ∇ x E = - ∂B/∂t “And of course we all know what happens when electrons move in circles, they create current. It’s basic generation of electricity. Electric fields likewise have an effect on a magnetic field. Electrical fields manipulate magnetic fields similar to the equation above.”After jotting down, ∇ x B = μoJ + μoεo•∂E/∂t, he circles the μo and εo. “These are simple methods of defining constants, permeability and permittivity of free space respectively. As you can see these equations are dependant upon each other, and if you balance them out,” he scribbles a bit more, producing two streams of characters right on top of each other,


∇^2•B = - μoεo•∂^2/∂t^2•B
∇^2•E = - μoεo•∂^2/∂t^2•E

“You see that they are pretty much identical, except one refers to electric fields and the other magnetic. If you know anything about differential equations you may have already started to work out the speed at which these forces travel. v = 1 / √ μoεo when solved comes out to 300,000,000 meters per second. Or, 186,000 miles per hour. Or, the speed of light. As we all know light is not a particle, or a wave, but a product of the oscillation of electro magnetic fields.” Mon pauses for a moment to lick his lips. “I see glassy eyes, you don’t necessarily need to understand this, but there’s a reason I’m giving this brief little physics lesson. Faster than light travel, technically, cannot happen. Light manages to achieve this speed by not really existing as something of itself, but as a product of other forces. We, as beings of baryonic matter can never, due to relativity, hope to compete. Moving on.” Mon draws a big line across the screen under his equations, this time drawing pictures that are not nearly as artful as the precision letters and numbers he's been writing when doing the math. “Basically Hyperdrives collect gamma radiation, which is then converted into a useful medium by fusion generators and endless loops of wire.” Here his picture has devolved into a bunch of squiggles. “Once this energy is ejected by boosters it pretty much screws with our known perception of time and space, causing ripples that are utilized to accelerate the craft into hyperspace. What exactly hyperspace is, is a great question. As I said, it’s impossible to accelerate the ship past the speed of light in a conventional sense, so there are three main theories. Hyperspace exists as a parallel dimension, and the reality shattering propulsion of gamma radiation through the fusion boosters creates a kind of tear that allows the ship to sneak through the veil either into the parallel dimension or into an in-between space. Null quantum field generators,” He continues to draw as he speaks, illustrating in doodles ship components and sort of how they work in an abstract fashion, “prevent reality from catching up. Other theories are that the sudden acceleration manages to push the craft and it inhabitants into a higher plane of existence, possibly converting us into Tachyon particles, which theoretically exist faster than light, and cannot physically slow down in the same way as it’s impossible for us to accelerate to or past the speed of light. It's similar to steam and water, steam can move much faster than water as water can move and ice cannot. Primatives don't understand the physics behind the change of substance states but can still boil water, so there's no reason to rule out a change of fundamental status...even if we're not sure why it happens - yet. The last, less popular theory is that there's a fundamental flaw in relativity that we don't understand yet. That doesn't hold much water and that's where the science lesson comes in. Whatever hyperspace is, as much as it makes life easier to think that way, it’s not just ‘moving faster.’ Hyperspace is a fundamental shift in the way reality functions, whatever exactly that entails.” Mon lets that sink in a moment, before dropping the stylus.

“When you leave hyperspace there’s a marked surge or energy required to facilitate the deceleration. During the battle, almost immediately upon accelerating to hyperspace we took a hit of some sort that caused the hyperdrive to immediately re-initiate. That means that while in hyperspace we jumped to hyperspace. What that means depends on what hyperspace is, or rather what you believe hyperspace is. If hyperspace is truly just, going really fast and there's a flaw in relativity, then nothing should have really happened except going a little bit faster, maybe. Hitting the thrusters when you're already at maximum velocity doesn't suddenly double your speed. On the other hand, if hyperspace does submilate us into some accelerated plane of existence, doing that again coud possibly allow us to multiply the speed we're already going another thousand to million fold. That would mean we’d be moving at millions of times, millions of times the speed of light. If that were true in short order we’d have flown off to edges of the universe to distances neigh uncontemplated...more likely we’d crash into a star and not be discussing this. I think both of those are rubbish. The key here is that we never decelerated; we never came out of hyperspace. I checked the logs, there was no spike in power after the second jump, the inertial dampers didn't engage, none of the mechanical proceedures requires to survive dropping out of hyperspace happened. If we double jumped, we should still be moving.” Mon sucks his teeth a moment, scanning the crowd. “Judging by the fact that we never moved an inch in real space the more logical answer, as absurd as it may sound, is that hyperspace may actually be an area in-between parallel universes and we just hopped across the road into one. That's why everything is generally in the same place...but a bit different. It makes getting home more complicated. I'm sure we could go to where we think home is, but I doubt we'd find what we're used to there.”
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A good majority of the people in the room have a hard time keeping up, including the Captain, Brienna Roque, and that helmsman whom Mon recognizes as the one who made the snarky comment about Roque being friends with Sith. Pippy Larue seems to be following though, and Chief Engineer Lorquish seems to do an okay job of keeping up.

"So if, as the apparent evidence suggests, we have come to be in this dimensional facsimile at the other side of the metaphorical road..." Larue chimes in. "Would getting back be as simple as repairing and reactivating the Hyperdrive?"
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"I wish I had a better answer than the one I’m about to give you. There are so many…what ifs, and maybes that it’s hard to even begin to speculate. Basically, how do they parallel? If it’s like a road then yes, conceivably, we could repair the engine, jump then try to jump again immediately and hop across again. That’s of course if it runs like a road with lanes parallel. Interdimensionally there’s no telling how it goes. There’s no reason to say it’s a straight line. Multiple realities could converse on hyperspace, like a tube instead of a lane. Or there could be nexuses at various spots throughout the universe where parallel universes converge. We could jump into hyperspace and double jump into some parallel that’s not our own or, because our position has moved incrimentally, there could be no where to jump to. That’s if everything’s side by side, or converges at one point. If we are stacked one on top of the other, like layers of sand, with hyperspace being the borderlands between us, it would require slowing down instead of speeding up to get back into our hyperspace. Crossing hyperspace from here could send us up the layer to the next strata, taking us farther away from home.” Mon sighs, shaking his head as his fists move to his hips. “And that’s if breaking through the boundaries of hyperspace is as easy as double jumping. There’s no way of knowing if interdimensional hyperspace barriers are solid and we fell through a soft spot or a crack, or if hyperspace has various openings between dimensions. It could require perfect mimicking of every factor of the last jump from the angle of the ship, to the speed, to the radiating energy, to the weight of people aboard, to acceleration to rate of change etc. possibly even down to a quantum level. Worse than that, all of this is under the impression we can double jump like that again. Remember how I was talking about radiation intake?” Mon returns to the data pad and draws and arrow to the drawings of the hyperdrive function.

“Hyperspace doesn’t have enough ambient radiation to facilitate a second jump, which is why we don’t go to hyperspace in hyperspace even by accident. You could, in hyperspace, activate the hyperdrive engine all you wanted and nothing would happen. We use gamma radiation, but you can't store that just like you can't store light. We have to generate light, because light, as I said before, isn't a thing it's an effect. Visible light is a type of radiation, just like ultraviolet and gamma. They are the same thing just at different frequencies. Gamma radiation makes a powerful fuel for the hyperdrives because it exists at a higher frequency and shorter wavelength. That’s how we can make our blasters hurt more than a flashlight, by intensifying the energy at which the light is emitted. But no blaster, or flashlight, has 'blaster bolts' or 'light' stored inside. It's a device that can generate those frequencies. The sheer amount of power gathered from residual gamma radiation in space is more than our science has the ability to generate on command. It’s possible that the turbo lazer designed to punch through a capitol ship’s shielding managed to hit the gamma radiation intake at just the perfect angle, thus feeding the fusion reactor and causing it to simulate the effects of another jump. Apart from having someone blast the ship with a turbolaser of equivalent power at just the right spot at just the right moment, down to nanoseconds, I can’t think of a way to replicate the second jump.
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Sate leaned back in his chair, near the end of the table, feeling entirely too self-conscious about the fact that he was likely the youngest crew member here. Crossing his arms over his chest, he listened to Mon's briefing. He had met the man before everything had gone to hell, down in the hydroponics bay, and again during the fight against the Sith. He felt somewhat apprehensive about the man, their first encounter hadn't been particularly cordial. He tried to wrap his head around what was being said, thinking that he had a vague understanding of the problem at hand.

"Would it be possible, using the ships logs, to replicate the events that brought us here in reverse? Reverse engineering? Please forgive my ignorance, but is there any way for us to...store...gamma radiation in the amounts that we need?"

He hesitated before continuing. It sounded foolish even to him...

"As a last ditch, would it be possible to enlist help from here, wherever we are? For instance, we travel to the coordinates where in our galaxy Coruscant is. The Jedi Council there might aid us if we explain the situation."
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Mon shakes his head when the voice box from the Kel Dor buzzed across the room. He tries to keep the derision out of his voice, for the sake of being professional, but leave it to a Jedi to be so close minded and so cloistered...so lost without their beloved council. Mommy and daddy can't solve everything for you, he can't help but scorn Sate in his head.

"No, I just finished saying that. You can't store gamma radiation just like you can't store sunlight and nothing on the ship can replicate that much power all at once. It's, it's...ugh, it's like trying to run all of Couruscant off of a single energy cell, there's no storage container big enough. I can replicate much of the situation off of the logs, but at the time we were fighting, so much of the ship's power was routed away from redundant surveillance systems, sensors and non-combat related computer systems. There's only a finite amount of energy onboard and fighting takes up more than its even share when a battle's pitched. We can only replicate what the ship documented; which is a fraction of what may be necessary to truly understand and precisely replicate what happened.” Mon leans back against the wall of the briefing room.

“As for here, who knows? Who’s to say that in this universe there is a Jedi Council to beg from? Who's to say there's Jedi at all? Who’s to say the Sith didn’t win the wars and they rule the Galaxy? The big thing is that there’s also no holonet. Just like the fact that we didn't move has monumental meaning, that does too. The signal is the signal, it can’t change that much from universe to universe and though they may call it something different we'd pick up something. Unless this universe communicates through some organic or telepathic communication system. It's possible. The Rakata first entered Hyperspace using technology augmented by the Force in a way that they couldn’t manage using just science at the time. But it also could mean that the people in this galaxy haven't figured out long distance communication yet. Think of the galaxy sixty thousand years ago,” He can’t help but look at Larue as he continues, “back before space travel when no one knew that life existed beyond their planet. We could find Bronze Age Rodiians down there for all I know. Or perhaps the galaxy is in its infancy and they haven't gotten out this far yet? It's a big what if. But if we do leave here and this exact spot is required to get home, we could be passing up our chance to sneak back through.”
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Tyhn listens intently to Mon, hanging onto his every word and trying to keep up with his flawless logic. Tyhn knew a thing or two about, well, nearly anything, but engineering wasn't exactly his strong suit. Repairing a ship is fine: certain parts go in certain areas, but engineering was different. A certain part could go in one area but could work just as fine in a different area. Not only that, but currents and differential flows of energy made parts act differently. It was something Tyhn couldn't quite a firm grasp upon.

"So we're in a different universe overlooking Yoru, but we'd still be overlooking Yoru even if the hyperdrive didn't get surged, just in our own universe?" Tyhn asks. He stares at the board for a few moments. "If we can't replicate the exact situations used when we jumped, like energy and combat, would it be possible to head back to where we last jumped and seeing if we can't re-initiate the jump from that exact spot?" He shrugs. "At the moment I can't think of anything else. This," he gestures toward the board, "is pretty new to me, and probably all of us as well."
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"No, if we didn't get surged we'd have moved through hyperspace until we reached our destination, just like normal. We are in the exact spot where we jumped from, because spacially we didn't move. That's what leads me to believe that we're somehow moved parallel in space, instead of moving through space. This is new to everyone, if anyone's had this problem before they didn't survive or figure out how to came home to talk about it. "
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Sate frowns, deep in thought. Mon's seeming distaste was unfortunate, though hardly uncommon in this day and...or...rather, the day and age that they were all from.

"We are still in orbit of Yoru, correct? Has the planet been scanned for anything different about it from our galaxy?" A hint of amusement creeps into his voice, "Flying plants, reversed gravity, that sort of thing? Presumably we can still rely on some of the laws of physics that applied where we came from? For example, when we fire the thrusters, we can move forward instead of backwards, and so on?"

He notices a small biro on the table in front of him and Take 10, automatic success.waves his hand, making sure that the Force still works by lifting the pen. Normally it would have been felt if there was no energy here, but after seemingly being sucked through a wormhole into another dimension, anything was possible.
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"Uhm," Mon faulters, glancing at Lt. Roque, the communication's officer, for help. "I haven't been to the bridge since the hangar, I don't know what the scanners have brought up."
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"We go forward when we try to go forward, yes. And we are seeing Lights on the surface." Roque says when looked at. "Thousands upon thousands of them. We were able to work out that they aren't cities, like some people were suggesting. Exactly what, we aren't sure, but they're all hiding under huge trees, which are what those expanses of purple are. They're Jungles."

"But Yoru is a Barren rock world!" Interjects Pnyx. "One gigantic mine! There's scarcely enough fertile land or even water there to support the people there, let alone jungles the size of continents."

Roque nods. "That's true. Its remarkably altered, but its not a completely different world. It still has many of the same geographical features; plate tectonics and fault lines seem to be the same, and and mountain ranges that were on our Yoru are on this one. Same goes for most of the geological features, although not all. Presumably, the presence of more water on this one has allowed for weather and erosion."

"Well, lets see if we can fix things without having to face whatever dangers may be down there." Says the captain, his face taking on a countenance of grave concern. "Although the thought of needing to find the exact spot we entered this... place... at, causes me concern. Remember that we have to account for the galactic rotation. Although we are still over Yoru and do not seem to have moved far, a star this distance from the galactic core orbits the central supermassive black hole at a speed of approximately 200 kilometers per second, which means since we've been here we have moved at least 30 million kilometers. Finding the exact place we arrived down to the nanometer is without argument an impossibility."

"We are going to have to rely on your theory of parallel universe converging nexuses being false, else a hyperspace jump will never get us home. Arching his fingers, the captain ponders for a moment on what they could do. "Apart from attempting a Hyperspace Jump, are there any other theories at all on how we could possibly reverse this?"
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Sate closes his eyes and focuses for a moment on himself, seemingly in a trance. He speaks without opening his eyes or even moving much. "We were attacked by Sith, perhaps we should consider that they had something to do with it. Admittedly, my knowledge of Sith practices is...inferior to many, but perhaps they did this to the ship, for whatever purpose they wished to."

"Either way, we know that this galaxy supports life, as seen on the surface of the planet below. Given that precise navigation back to our point of origin is impossible, I would advise that we travel to where in our galaxy Coruscant would be, as it may very well prove to be a main planet in this galaxy as well."

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It's frustrating, but Mon can only shrug. "I don't know sir. It's not safe, we'd have to consider everywhere we go to be potentially hostile, but the only way to know for sure how to get home is to find out where we are, which means finding some intelligent life to talk to. Going straight to the core would not be my first plan, we have to rely on star charts from our universe to plot a hyperspace route that far. We should make shorter trips, less risk of a hazard that we could never have expected. There are enough hyperspace disasters from rogue asteroids and clouds of space debris drifting across frequented hyperspace routes in the world where we've got the universe mapped out somewhat accurately. That, of course, requires repairing the hyperdrive."
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"That's where we hit another snag, kids." Comes the blunt and grumpy voice of the Quarren who is chief engineer, Lorquish. "I can fix the hyperdrive, although i have to practically re-build the damn thing from scratch, but that still isn't even going to help us now."

"Explain" Says the captain.

"Right, well, remember when Tranken here was explaining how the radiation is coiled up and shot out to create the Hyperspace jump? Well in order for the hyperdrive to achieve that it needs more than regular fuel. There is a chemical catalyst that needs to mix with the fuel to get the whole fwish-bang big enough to make the transition. It doesn't take a lot, in fact it only takes about a fishtank worth of this catalyst to run a ship for an entire year at average activity. A single jump would take about a drop or two.

In most circumstances the tank of the Catalyst is safe from hyperdrive malfunctions, but what we had did such a number on the entire hyperdrive housing that blasted this tank open any burned all of it leaving a completely denatured slurry. And of course, some BRAIN-DEAD SPICE ADDLED @#$%-FACED GAMMOREAN @#%& over at Rendili Hyperworks went and decided that the latest model of the hammerhead cruiser doesn't need a backup hyperdrive, because a more useful use of the space is our lovely jar of dirt that is a HYDROPONICS SECTION!"
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"Be happy about about that jar of dirt," Rennik says with a grunt. "It's what will be feeding you while we can't provision at friendly bases." Rennik is sitting in his chair uncomfortably; he's fine being out of his armor, and he's mostly gotten over the feeling of vulnerability that came with having to accept treatment in a medical tank while a Wookiee was onboard—he's even mostly recovered from how much different from kolto bacta smells. Rennik is, however, far out of his comfort zone having to listen to some very technical discussions about hyperdrive and parallel universes. He doesn't really want to speak at all, but somebody needs to put that troll of a Quarren in his place.

"What physical data about Yoru do we have?" Rennik asks. "Are the planet's tectonic plates where they were in our universe, or are they in another location?" Not a scientist, Rennik still knows a couple of things about how the things he fights on work. "We might have traveled in time, not universes." Rennik certainly hopes that's the case. Not only are the Rakata mind-numbingly hostile from what he's been told – and that's a good thing as far as Rennik is concerned – but time travel would need to be a lot less precise to get him home.
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