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MISSION BRIEFINGBlue is, unsurprisingly, a water planet, and Tangaroa is a self-propelled, mobile, oceanic research station studying the planet-ocean and its ecosystem. It has a complement of two dozen, including six operational personnel, four specialized technical support personnel, two expert divers, and a dozen scientists. The makeup of that group of 12 scientists changed a year ago, when one of the researchers was taking samples from a huge raft of clustered plankton (huge, in this case, meaning a rough rectangle nearly a hundred kilometers on a side). While she was doing that, *something* made contact, telepathically. It took four days for the science staff to discover that it was in fact the plankton raft which had spoken to Dr. Linda Yeng's mind. Some infinitely complex interconnection of the tiny electric life-signals of the widely varied plankter created emergent sentience and self-awareness. Now, half the researchers aboard are Psi Corps funded, learning about the raft (referred to as Pacific) and its smaller sibling (referred to as Atlantic).
Polity research station Tangaroa, on planet HXj8-4
(temporary designation BLUE) has sent no message
or data traffic for three standard weeks and has
not responded to queries. Proceed to BLUE, locate
the station, and report back. Further details attached.