Our mission is to transport an animal from the planetXanvia to the neighboring planet of Xoxxa. The two planets have only recently concluded a war, generations long, and as a gesture of peace, Xanvia's scientists, pioneers in genetic research, have re-created oban, a species made extinct on Xoxxa by the war. The Federation recognizes oban as a monumentally symbolic token of peace from one former sworn enemy to another. The Enterprise has already made a visit to Xoxxa, which allowed me the unfortunate opportunity to see first-hand the terrible carnage and destruction by the war. The trail of burned-out space junk and ships we pass on our way from Xoxxa to Xanvia serves as a further reminder of the conflict. I must do all in my power to prevent such senseless slaughter from happening again. Beaming down to the planet's surface, my crew and I are acutely aware that we must demonstrate diplomacy and even-handedness at all times.
Approximately one Earthday from Xoxxa. I am happy to report no hostile incidents on board whatsoever. Oban has proved to be a surprisingly pleasant addition. DoctorMcCoy has recommended that each of the crew spend ten minutes with the animal in order to relax. On a personal note, this captain hasn't felt quite so refreshed for some time. I doubt if any can resist the creature's charms.
Captain's log, stardate 4416.2
The force field is holding oban, but it is obvious that this is not the gift Xoxxa expects delivered. My commitment to maintain the peace dictates that I be economical with the truth. We need more time to investigate. This may not have been a calculated move by the Xanviansen mass, but perhaps the work of a small group or even one man determined to undermine the peace process.
Captain's log, supplemental
The oban creature's rapid expansion poses too great a threat to the Enterprise. I'm ordering the transport of Oban onto the Xoxxan surface. It is my intention to hand over an incapacitated yet minimally wounded Oban. Once the deception is uncovered, it will be the one sum hope of salvaging peace. Meanwhile, an increasingly impatient CaptainMarin hails the Enterprise. Answered by Chekov, currently in operational command. I have every faith in my ensign as future captain material.
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