Pilot's log – 66114 – 1500 - I've finally a moment to record my thoughts. Two cycles ago, we removed the stasis on the three, frozen-shuttle passengers, and all The Darkness Between the Stars were loosed upon us. Scanners went crazy. Ship systems went erratic. Even my own console locked me out a few times. We all began seeing things, hearing things. Images came and went, some with form, some without. Crew turned upon crew and started gutting one another. It seems those people were possessed and have now possessed many of us, including our captain. We have been fighting, both ourselves and our own fears.
Pilot's log – 66115 – 0950 - It has been another cycle of hell. Kolb, our cargo master, is trapped in the middle section's ice station. Atallah has locked himself in engineering, shooting at any of us who gets close. He cut power to the Bridge and has set a course directly into the Sun, the paranoid bastard. I'm afraid we only have hours left before we die. Ayda hid somewhere in the duct work. Aaid and I are settled down in the hull, waiting, transmitting a distress call, but we have had no outside communication. The terror has been awful, and we can only pray to the Icons for help. Rescue seems beyond our fate.
Pilot's log – 66116 – 2015 - Post Rescue – Thank the Gambler and the Deckhand and the Nameless and whomever else of the Icons were listening, we were rescued. The crew from the Yara, another Nyala Corp ship, heard our distress call and came just in time. They landed their shuttle on our port airlock, just as Aaid and I were giving funeral rites to a fallen shipmate. Aaid insisted that I help him to help the souls of the afflicted pass onto the next world. I just wanted the taint gone. And then this other crew shows up. They helped us to get the body (and multiple bodies of scarabs) out the hull and toward the Sun. Cursed scarab showed up in my own suit as well! The exo suit will have to be cleaned of the taint before I will be fully comfortable in it again.
Aaid has been in contact with Kolb, who seemed fine but mentioned that he had no control of the cargo arms. We all decided to cut that part of the ship off and rescue him in space, since there was no safe way to get to him through the ship. The Yara's data master sent out an interrupt signal that wiped out all the power on board the Orun II.
Ayda is alive! She heard us all talking and came out of the ducts when it was safe. She knew how to get through them to get to engineering without alerting Atallah of our presence, so Aaid and Shaheeda, having switched weapons to stun guns, went with her into the duct work. Just after they left, we heard more scurrying, chittering sounds. More scarabs, little buggers??!! We all pulled weapons and faced back-to-back waiting for the enemy to show up. Their captain is something of a imam and began praying, lighting incense to take our prayers to the Icons. The smoke wafted outward and revealed one of the shuttle passengers, possessed, running towards us!
I screamed, I admit it. We've had to deal with this shit for three cycles now. I wanted to be done with it, so I shot at it with Aaid's automatic weapon. It made satisfying sounds exploding and the possessed danced lovely on impact, but it didn't stop it. Goto even hit it on the face mask, and damn, nothing. It then disappeared and reappeared right next to us. It touched me! I felt a burning frozenness in my chest, so painful. I flung my arm up to shoo it away. Frikyaa swung at it and it didn't even slow down then. I screamed in terror and shot more projectiles into it. With the last, its robes ripped and it fell, turning to air before it hit the ground, leaving behind the mask and dagger and robe. The captain decided to collect those specimens and throw them into the Sun.
In the meantime, Ayda had showed Aaid the way. He tried to sneak into engineering, but according to him, made too much noise getting down. Atallah turned and started firing at Shaheeda, who shouted to distract him, and then at Aaid. Eventually, Aaid and Shaheeda subdued Atallah, stunning him into unconsciousness and duct taping him soundly. They opened up engineering and we all, after a little searching for Goto, managed to escape through the starboard side airlock into the shuttle. We had to switch sides for docking as a foreign ship sent aggressive fire our way, so we moved for safety. A well placed message of "Danger, stay away!" encouraged them to leave. After that, the Yara crew rescued Kolb, who was very grateful. Ayda, too. Atallah … not so much.
We are on our way to Mellick to rest and recover. I'll check in with my bosses and see what they make of this and where I should go next. The Icons be praised.