Midnight on Sol 3

“Wouldn’t the weapons be all rusty if they had been sitting there for a long time?” Zol says “At least we could use the place for shelter.”

The drone would reveal a split in the far side of the missile ship, opening up into the interior. Additionally, the drone would pick up some organic-looking structure inside the ship.

Don would pick up signs of movement inside the ship. Specifically, the movement of unidentified flying organisms

Given that this was their only drone, Amber nods to Eliana, “Pull the drone back and have it hover, just wait for now.” she points to the image though, “That doesn’t look like metal, that looks like, almost like something that’s alive?” she shakes her head, “Oh this just keeps getting better and better doesn’t it.” They keep walking, it was a long walk.

“Indeed… motion is detected inside the vessel as well… I don’t know if it’s the same creature though… but why not approach and figure out what it is and find any equipment we can find?”

“If something lives in there we might find water in there too” Zol adds

As the group approaches the ship, deep, droning buzzing noises could be heard, and the air would begin to take on a mildly sweet smell

Amber pulls out his tricorder again and scans the life signs now that they are closer, she holds up a hand to stop the small group. “I don’t like this.” she says quietly scanning for what kind of life forms were up there, what the sweet scent in the air was, somehow she has a feeling they are going to be gigantic bugs like those 20th century films one of her ex boyfriends liked to watch. She hated them. Come to think of it, the bug movies should have been a warning sign to have badly that relationship would turn out.

Eliana is still trying to access the satellite network periodically, to see if the satellites will broadcast to surface stations for her, in case someone is listening.

“understandable, sounds like a real hornet’s nest we bumped into… logically speaking we may need to fight to survive out here, no matter what the threat is…” He pauses for a moment. “If you would like mam, I can head closer and draw the creature’s attention while the rest of you pick them off from a distance so that you can all remain safe…” He suggests, figuring that the fight would be the better option than hiking a longer distance and having one of them collapse due to exhaustion or over dehydration.

Zol eyes the place with hunger in his eyes, he doesn’t want them to realize how hungry he is. However at the same time the thought of going in killing everything and eating it was very appealing. For now he just looked anxious and annoyed.

At this distance from the wreck, the signs of habitation are unmistakable. There are clusters of hexagonal organic structures jutting out of the wreck, with the hexagons themselves being wide enough to fit a creature the size of a large dog in them. Occasionally, a bee the size of a wolf can be seen flying out of the hive before darting back in again.

Edit: Amber’s tricorder would be able to detect around 1000 life signs around the wreck. Due to some sort of signal distortion occurring inside the ship, the scanner would fail to penetrate deeper than a few feet inside.
The satellite network indicates that both the military and civilian networks have gone relatively unused for an unknown, extremely long amount of time. There appears to be a hotspot of activity somewhere to the far south, and some activity to the north.

Amber’s shoulders literally just drop somewhat seeing this… “Giant. Bees.” she sighs hard. “Eliana, do we have any data on anything like this?” She waits… Hoping…

“I’m afraid not, I have no data on Anthophila that is anywhere near this size. If it follows something similar to honey bees on Earth, then they might be able to be controlled somewhat with smoke, however I have limited information in this practice nor do I think it would be entirely effective on bees of this size.”

Amber thinks… She looks at everyone, “Any suggestions?”

“Well… I’ve got nothing but mechanical parts in here… an iron pipe, and a shield. I could go in and start punching every thing I see… but that’s about it, now if I had a flamethrower, that would be different” Dom says as he thinks, assessing the situation, he takes note of Amber’s reaction and as gently as he can, puts his hand on her shoulder, as if attempting to let her know that everything will be alright.

“uh why don’t we follow where they fly to? It might lead us to water or plants. If they don’t already have that in the hive.”

By now the sun was beginning it’s decent. It’s still fairly bright outside, but it’s just begun to darken.

Amber thought to herself for a moment then nodded, “That’s not a bad idea, though the sun is begging to descend, unless these are nocturnal, they’ll probably be returning to the hive. However, we can get a trajectory by watching them return.” She grinned and told Eliana, “Have the drone backtrack as they arrive at the hive, see if we can plot a course on where they came from?” She nods and instructs the drone to do exactly that.

The satellites were a lost cause for the moment, there was nothing they could do with them since it had been so long since they’d been used. Unless someone was listening to one of the broadcast channels with a radio that could decode the signals, no one would hear it. Besides, one couldn’t be sure anyone should hear it – who would they find in this place? She looks around, "We best keep moving, but let’s be cautious. She looks at Dom, “I appreciate your idea, but we have no idea how much force these things can put out if they sting or what their venom is so, best I think to see if we can avoid them entirely.”

Dom nods, “understood.” He returns to his spot in the back of the group, scanning for movement and anything of interest

Zol sniffs the air in case he can get the scent of wet earth and hopefully it will mean water.

The drone observes that the bees are beginning to retreat further into the ship as it gets closer to night. Their activity is decreasing, signalling that the majority of the hive is beginning to sleep.

Dom’s scan would pick up decreased movement around and just inside the hive. He is also able to detect a reasonably large opening in the south of the ship, close to ground level.

Zol would be able to smell wet earth nearby. The smell is seemingly coming from inside the ship.

Amber and crew continue forward, “Well, perhaps if they are sleeping we can take them by surprise, but in a swarm we could get overrun within seconds. We also can’t be sure how many of them there are or what their weaknesses are. Assuming they mirror normal-sized bee’s they will have high endurance and formidable exoskeletons with some kind of venom in their stings. I’d like to be able to get one by itself, so we can perhaps test.” Then Eliana considers, “What if we can decoy them out of the hive? I’ll scan for any audio or radio signals we might be able to use.” She does so, scanning the entire band to see if they are giving off or communicating with some form of sound or radio.

“there’s a large opening on the south side of the ship… pretty close to the ground, there may be an access point there… also… the majority of movement is more inside the hive, meaning the window for getting one alone is very limited… unless we were to drag one out from the nest… but considering the concerns, I would not recommend it” Dom says looking at the boat, and kind of wishing he had an armament of some kind installed into his chassis that he could use for a situation like this.