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3 Months after Requiem Campaign
The bridge was silent as Lasky paced around, both eyes fixated on the stars as he, and every crew member of the Infinity, prepared to make the jump into Slipstream Space. For most of his childhood, and even now, the stars had an alluring effect on him, with part of him wondering what lay beyond those stars and if there was something beyond them, what it would look like. Even now, he could feel it; the desire to begin exploring the galaxy and find out if there was anything else beyond the confines of known Human space. It'll have to wait, though, he thought to himself. Once the war against the Storm Covenant has died down, and we've got the Promethean problem handled, then I can go exploring. Maybe I can buy an exploration ship once I resign from the UNSC, if that ever happens that is.
A sigh came from his lips as he thought about those two problems. It wasn't lost on him that ONI might interfere with the Sangheili's attempts to rebuild their military and establish relations with the UNSC. It was to be expected from them; after all, they really didn't like how close Humanity came to extinction, so it would make sense for them to weaken the Sangheili until they were strong enough to wipe them out in one, fell blow. Unfortunately, it didn't have the desired effect, as one particular Sangheili, Jul 'Mdama, was disgruntled enough that he rebelled against the Arbiter and formed the Storm Covenant, which was lashing out against both the Loyalist forces, as well as the UNSC.
It didn't help matters at all that the Insurrection was causing trouble. Then there was the situation with the Prometheans, the robotic guardians of what seemed to be every Forerunner installation that was out there. Thanks to the Didact, who was hopefully dead by now, they were hostile to any human beings that accessed those installations. Now, the UNSC was having to fight for every installation it could get, and ONI's antics hadn't made things much easier. I hope ONI gets cleaned out, and soon, he thought. If they keep this up, there won't be a UNSC left to defend.
His train of thought was interrupted when another voice began to speak up. "Captain," the voice said. "We've got an incoming message from FLEETCOM."
"What is it, Roland," Lasky asked. Roland was the AI of the UNSC Infinity, and was charged with keeping the ship in good condition. Created specifically for the ship itself, he was about as old as it was, which wasn't very old at all. As far as Lasky could recall, Roland was roughly two and a half years old. In terms of personality, he was fairly relaxed and laid back, often cracking jokes here and there, while making witty observations and remarks during a mission; normally, this would've irritated a normal Captain, but Lasky appreciated the humor, especially on harder missions.
Roland was quick to reply, as he said, "According to FLEETCOM, we're going to have to head to Earth, in order to pick up a few people. From what I can tell, they're going to be trying out an experimental modification of the Slipstream Space Drive that we have installed onboard the ship."
"Understood," Lasky nodded. "Plot a course for Earth and let's go. Do they have dossiers on the personnel coming aboard?"
"Yes. Transmitting now." Moments later, a small group of dossiers came up on the holographic table. Lasky was about to open them up when Commander Palmer came into the room. A tall woman with reddish-brown hair and green colored eyes, Palmer was the CO of every Spartan-IV Fireteam onboard the UNSC Infinity, from Crimson to Majestic, the latter having been reconstituted some time ago. She had been responsible for the Spartan Operations on Requiem and had been around the block quite a few times now. As soon as she walked in, Lasky immediately spotted the Gen 2 MJOLNIR Power Armor that she normally wore all the time, with the armor glinting in the lighting of the room. "Commander Palmer," he remarked. "Is there something you need?"
"Just reporting in," Palmer replied. "I heard we were getting some additions to the crew and I thought it would be wise to come take a look. What do we have?"
"I was just about to get to that." Pulling up the files, Lasky said, "Roland, you can tell us who we're picking up."
"Yes, sir," Roland replied. "It'll be a refreshing change of pace, given how boring some things I do around here are." When he saw Lasky's somewhat annoyed face, he relented and said, "OK, moving on. The first file we have is on a UNSC Engineer that specializes in Slipstream Space Drives, particularly Forerunner derived ones like the one we have."
"A nerd," Palmer summarized.
"Quite," Roland replied. "This guy is one Jordan MaCallum, a Slipstream Space Drive Engineer that hails from the planet of Tribute, no surprises there. He's made multiple breakthroughs in Slipstream Space Drive technology, and had a hand in designing the drive that we have installed onboard this ship. Most of his breakthroughs came from studying Covenant Borer Drives, as well as Forerunner technology that he found while checking out a part of Tribute's partially glassed landscape. He's described as being brilliant, though his medical file does have some interesting quirks."
"How so," Lasky asked.
"For one, he's autistic," Roland started, "but it's not that bad. He's been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome ever since he was a kid. Always did well in school on his subjects, but he never really got out into society; tends to keep to himself from what I can tell. However, when it comes to the area he specializes in, he's nothing short of a genius. In fact, according to records, he's so good at what he does that he's baffled even the Sangheili with his talents, and we know how hard they are to impress in that area of technology. According to the Arbiter himself, he, quote, 'seems to know exactly how a Borer drive works and how to make it go even faster', unquote."
"Sounds like quite the genius," Palmer remarked. "He might even outdo Halsey there, as a matter of fact."
"That's funny," Roland remarked. "Halsey actually tutored Jordan during his university years. Records show, though, that they didn't agree on a lot of things. From what I can tell, he mostly tolerated her."
"Good to know his head's in the right place."
"At ease, Palmer," Lasky cautioned her. "We all know what she tends to do when around Forerunner technology." Turning his attention back to Roland, he asked, "Who else, if I may ask?"
"Well, the Master Chief is coming aboard," Roland added.
"Chief," Lasky asked, surprised. "I thought he was still on mandatory leave."
"Well, he's not anymore," Roland confirmed. "According to records, he's been cleared for active duty once more. Scientists have also finished checking up on Cortana too. According to them, whatever happened to her on Requiem cured her of her Rampancy; she's entered metastability." While Lasky didn't say anything that time, he did sigh with relief. When they found Chief, Cortana, the AI assigned to him, was starting to enter the latter stages of Rampancy. Rampancy was a state that most UNSC Smart AI's invariably entered whenever they were between seven to eight years of age. This was mostly due to the fact that the Reinmann Matrix, the quantum-crystal computational matrix that was capable of housing an AI, had a limited number of connections. Once those connections were fully saturated, the AI would begin to, quite literally, think itself to death.
Once it entered Rampancy, AI's would experience extreme bouts of fear, melancholy and rage, often entering the rage state in a short period of time. After that, AI's tended to 'die' due to the overloaded Matrix failing on them, but there were theories that an AI could also enter a state known as 'metastability', with the AI gaining the ability to delete unused or unnecessary connections, similarly to how the Human brain deleted and removed neural connections that were not needed or not being used. It was theorized that, once an AI entered this state, they became functionally immortal and did not need to undergo 'final dispensation.'
According to Cortana, this happened when she and Chief encountered the neural imprint of a Forerunner known as the 'Librarian.' The Librarian had specifically contacted Chief in order to help him stop the Didact from using a device called the 'Composer' to convert Human beings into AI's, after which he would force them to serve his bidding. In order to allow Chief to stop him, she activated what she called his 'geas', which was short for 'genesong.' According to Cortana, Chief's geas granted him full immunity to the Composer, which had allowed him to achieve victory against the UrDidact during the destruction of the UrDidact's ship.
At the same time his geas was being activated, Cortana's entire code had been fully overhauled from the bottom up, with the parts of her descending into Rampancy being fully reworked, with her programming modified so that she would never descend into Rampancy ever again. Scientists that studied Chief's armor after the battle discovered what appeared to be Forerunner nanites that were permanently installed into his armor, more specifically into the crystalline matrix that could house a Smart AI. These nanites had altered the crystalline layer so that it could prevent an AI from going rampant as well. The end result was that Cortana had entered metastability, meaning she was now, functionally speaking, immortal.
After a few moments of silence, Lasky said, "Well, that's a relief. I thought we were going to have to take some extreme measures for a moment."
"Me too," Roland agreed. "It's good to hear that she's doing well. Maybe something similar might happen with me too, even though that's a bit of a long shot, admittedly. Moving on, the next guy that's coming onboard is Richard O'Connor."
"I've heard about him," Palmer interrupted. "He's a weapons engineer that specializes in small arms development. He's been responsible for making upgrades to the MA5 series of small arms."
"What kinds of upgrades," Lasky asked.
"I can tell you that," Roland replied. "According to records, Richard O'Connor is a strong proponent of the 7.62mm NATO cartridge. He's repeatedly stated that it is the 'most underappreciated cartridge that has been in use by the UNSC.' According to records, he designed the M1250 munition for that caliber, which is directly inspired by the M6H2's M255 SAP/HE munition, only it makes use of a tungsten carbide tip to aid with penetration and has a slightly more powerful explosive in the projectile. It's also supposed to travel at roughly 1,000m/s, which is an accomplishment given that the bullet weighs a good 230 grains."
"Can the 7.62mm NATO support that heavy of a bullet," Palmer asked. "I'm not sure if it can."
"It can," Roland replied. "21st century reloading manuals state that the caliber can handle up to 230 grains before the round exceeds the maximum safe length."
"That would explain the new shipments that we had roughly two weeks ago," Lasky remembered. "They replaced our older cartridge brass cartridges with the new metal reinforced polymer cases and sent us conversion kits for the rifles. What other upgrades are there?"
"Quite a slew of them," Roland remarked. "I'll send you the complete list for them later, since it's a long list. Also, his partner, Patrick O'Donnell, is coming onboard as well. He's to vehicular arms what Richard is to small arms: nothing short of a genius. If these guys have a geas, then it's likely that it's activated in both of them. Anyways, Patrick is responsible for upgrades to the M990 150mm cannon, as well as the M310 and M512 cannons the UNSC makes use of. Most of the upgrades are decreases to reload times, increases to accuracy and, most importantly, muzzle velocities and ranges. According to a report, he not only massively increased the range of the M990 cannon, he increased it's muzzle velocity to a whopping 1750m/s, where before it was only 1000m/s."
"That's a major improvement," Lasky admitted.
"True," Roland agreed. "He's also designed APFSDS munitions for the cannon, as well as other munitions for that cannon, such as a computer guided artillery shell, rocket propelled shells and other munitions. He'll be coming onboard to oversee installation of the new cannons into our stock of M820 Scorpion MBT's. He's also bringing along some vehicles that he designed too. Want me to continue?"
"We can continue with the dossiers some other time. We're going to make the jump to Earth in a moment here. Palmer, make sure the Spartan-IV teams are ready to go in the event we need them. Also, make sure Blue Team comes with Chief. I have a feeling that we'll need them in the future." With that, he proceeded to the Captain's Quarters. He had to get ready for what was coming up next."
. . .
A few hours later, Lasky was dressed up in his dress uniform, ready to accept the new personnel coming onboard the Infinity. It hadn't taken long to get to Earth, thanks to the Slipspace Drive that was installed into the Infinity, with the trip only taking two hours to get to Earth. This was because the UNSC's new Slipstream Space Drives could travel 1000lys per day, which was a massive upgrade over the normal 2-3lys per day that was normal before the war. The drive could also accurately make jumps in atmosphere as well, though that wasn't recommended given the effects of a Slipstream Space Rupture in an atmosphere. Looking outside the hangar bay, he could see Earth, thanks to the current orientation of the ship.
Despite the fact it had been through a massive war, and the Didact's assault, Earth still looked as beautiful as ever, with it's pearlescent blue water, verdant green continents, and the glittering silver cities that were present on the planet itself. He could also see the Slipstream Space Portal Generator that had been activated four years ago during the Battle of Earth, as the structure was massive enough that it could be seen from space. Looking around the hangar bay, he could see some new vehicles in their arsenal. Some were upgraded variants of standard UNSC vehicles, while others were truly unique, with one looking like a UNSC version of the Covenant's Locust Quad Walker.
As he looked at the planet, his mind drifted back to the dossiers that he had read in his quarters. According to the dossier for Richard O'Connor, the UNSC Weapons Engineer had been a UNSC Marine for the latter half of the Covenant-UNSC War, and had participated in numerous conflicts during that time, including the Battle of Earth and the Battle of the Lesser Ark, as he had been part of the task force that went to the Forerunner installation. According to the dossier, this motivated him to be honorably discharged from the Marine Corps, where he spent the next two years in universities and trade schools learning how to make better small arms. During that time period, he also traveled to Sangheilios, which he said was an effort on his part to better understand Sangheili culture, though he admitted that this was to help him come to terms that the Sangheili were now allies with the UNSC.
He'd also received tutoring from the less xenophobic artisan-engineers that lived there. After those two years, he began designing UNSC small arms, which tests showed were far superior to what was being used currently. He had also designed a plasma variant of the MA5D, known as the MA5E, that was surprisingly effective, with Richard stating that most of his inspiration for that rifle came from films like The Terminator. He's an example of what Humanity can be in the future, he thought to himself. It's people like him that will be better able to bridge the gap between both of our species than the older generation can.
His thoughts were interrupted when he heard the Pelican carrying the new personnel flying into the hangar bay, before coming to a landing near his position. Walking towards that direction, he watched as the loading ramp lowered, with personnel walking out. Most were Marines and ODST's, but he watched as a few people walked out of the back. One was a tall young man with brown colored hair, bright green eyes and a tanned complexion, with those eyes holding all the signs of a man that had seen war at it's worst. That, Lasky knew, was Richard O'Connor, and the dark skinned, black haired, blue eyed man next to him was Patrick O'Donnell. Both men were talking animatedly with each other about a topic that he guessed was related with the similarities between small arms and vehicular weapons, though enough jargon was being thrown around to confuse him somewhat.
A few other new people also walked out as well, including, much to his surprise, a pair of Sangheili wearing armor that indicated they were artisan-engineers. Moments later, they were followed by a group of Spartans, most likely Blue Team. It was the Spartan in the back that had his full attention; as soon as he saw the olive drab armor plating, and the gold visored helmet, Lasky knew who he was looking at. In terms of fame, the Master Chief was, probably, the most famous soldier in the entirety of the UNSCDF, and it was easy to see why. Many of the valorous deeds that he had done were the stuff of legends, from killing the Prophet of Regret, to destroying the Flood in it's entirety. These, and many more actions, had earned him the name 'Demon' among his enemies and the title of War Hero in the UNSC. From what he recalled, though, Chief merely did his job, nothing more, nothing less. As soon as Chief was off the Pelican, he saluted. "Sierra-117 reporting for duty."
"At ease," Lasky replied, with Chief marginally relaxing a moment later. "How's Cortana?"
"I'm fine, thanks for asking," Cortana replied, using the external speakers on Chief's helmet to talk. "It's good to finally be out of that laboratory. I understand why the scientists were being thorough, but they were a little overboard with the whole 'scan so that we can confirm she's not rampant' routine." Lasky chuckled a little at that. Cortana was always a little humorous like that, and he was legitimately glad that of that humor was coming back. She also chuckled at the remark, before saying, "What about you, Lasky. I heard that you had some trouble with Requiem."
"We did," he nodded, frowning a little at that. "Jul gave us the slip, and we've been chasing him and Halsey ever since, and we lost Requiem when it flew into the star it was orbiting. If you'd been there, we would've never lost the place to begin with, and probably figured out how to get the Prometheans to stand down."
"True," Cortana agreed. "Then again, you were right to be cautious. I was well on the path to Rampancy and then SHAZAM, I'm fully cured of the disease, so it's natural for people to be suspicious. Anyways, I'd best let the barbarian in the suit talk. Ciao." With that, she went silent.
"She's certainly regained quite a bit of her vitality, hasn't she," Lasky remarked.
"Yes, sir," Chief nodded. "What are your orders, sir?"
"Get yourself some rest, Chief," Lasky replied. "I'll be talking with our resident Slipstream Space Drive experts on why they are here. Dismissed." With that, he and Chief left the area, with both men going their separate ways.
It didn't take long for Lasky to catch up to Jordan MaCallum, as he spotted him with the Sangheili artisan-engineers while they were getting off of the Pelican. Compared to his Sangheili friends, Jordan was short, around five feet and eleven inches, and he sported a shock of blond colored hair and dark green eyes. His complexion was pale, a result of traveling around a lot on starships instead of remaining planetside for long periods of time. As soon as he caught up, Lasky was about to introduce himself when Jordan turned around and beamed, saying, "Hello there, Captain. This is a nice ship you have. I'm Jordan MaCallister, the new Slipstream Space Engineer for the Infinity. These are my Sangheili friends Vorak 'Zortam and Lorek 'Zortam." Both Sangheili placed their fists on their chests, the traditional Sangheili salute if Lasky recalled correctly.
"Siblings," Lasky asked. The two Sangheili looked similar enough that, were it not for the different colors of their arms, he would've gotten confused. Vorak wore armor that was a deep, crimson red color, while Lorek, whom Lasky assumed was his brother, wore bright green armor.
The response was surprising. "Twins," both Sangheili replied. It was here that Lasky noticed another difference: Vorak's voice was noticeably lower in pitch than Lorek's.
"I didn't know Sangheili had twins."
"Our species does," Vorak explained. "They are rare, but they do exist. My brother and I shared the same egg when our mother gave birth to us. We were small enough at birth that our uncles thought that we were runts, and that we might not survive. I believe my brother and I knew this somehow, as during our training, we worked together as though we were more one being than two once we were old enough. This led to them keeping us together given how seamlessly we could help each other. There are often times where I wonder if Lorek and I share a psychic bond with each other."
"Really? Well, that's interesting. So what are you two and Jordan here to do. The message indicated an upgrade to our drive, but I wasn't told what kind of upgrade it was."
"We will explain," Lorek replied, "but not here. There are far too many eyes and ears present, and not all of them are of a… benevolent nature." He looked around suspiciously at the hangar bay, more specifically the personnel inside of it.
While most Captains would be insulted by this, Lasky understood Lorek's caution. The danger of having spies onboard a ship was a constant one, and he knew that this was especially the case with the Infinity. During the past two months, he and Palmer had rooted out spies working for the Storm Covenant and the United Rebel Front and took them back to Earth for imprisonment. Fortunately, they were able to catch said spies before they could do any real damage, though Roland had Engineering triple check those areas to make sure that no sabotage had been done. There were a couple times that they had dodged a bullet, but fortunately, most of the sabotage was easily reversible.
Nodding at that, he said, "Alright. We have a few private meeting rooms that we can use. One of which is close by. Just follow me." With that, they began heading for one of those meeting rooms. About five minutes, and a few tram rides later, they were inside one of those meeting rooms. The room was fairly spartan in nature, with only the seal of the UNSC on the back wall, a rectangular table it the center of the room with chairs, overhead lights that provided ample illumination, and slate gray walls. While it seemed fairly plain and drab for such a warship, this was actually intended, as there were few places that one could hide any surveillance devices, making it much harder to listen in on. In addition, the room had been swept for bugs by Roland, who was extremely thorough in that task.
Once they were inside and seated, Lasky said, "Now that we are somewhere secure, what is this upgrade that you are proposing?"
"It's an upgrade that I concocted with my friend's help about a month ago," Jordan replied, clearing his throat. "During one of my studies, I look at the particle effect that the Didact's ship had enveloping it via recordings taken at the time. It is my theory that the Forerunners used what is known as 'casual reconciliation' in order to prevent time dilation during travel, which I believe causes large amounts of particle generation."
"I take it you were able to confirm this," Lasky asked.
"Yes. I asked for scientific scans and military scans of the Forerunner warship during the attack. Once I was able to look at them, I was able to confirm large surges of particles that were being constantly undergoing particle-antiparticle annihilation, indicating casual reconciliation on a massive scale. During my forays on Tribute and Reach, I discovered a series of Forerunner artifacts that no one had been able to identify. It was Vorak here that identified them, given that he works with Forerunner artifacts on a daily basis. You have the floor, man."
"Thank you," Vorak nodded. "When Jordan came to me with those Forerunner artifacts, I was able to quickly discern their function: they are designed to enhance the effects of a Slipstream Space Drive when it is in use. I was able to ascertain this by conducting a test on a Loyalist warship that the Arbiter was kind enough to lend to us for that purpose. Our tests found that the devices accelerated the ship's transit through space by nearly twice over."
When Vorak said this, Lasky immediately understood their desire to upgrade the Infinity's Slipstream Space Drive with this technology. If the UNSC gained access to this technology, it would allow them to travel far faster than ever before, which would prove to be a boon for military strategists, as well as explorers mapping new worlds. He also knew the implications if the Storm Covenant got their hands onto this. They could conduct raids and escape, without us having a chance to catch up to them. A moment later, he asked, "What is the risk that something might happen?"
"High," Jordan replied. "However, if we're smart and we follow procedures to the letter, nothing bad should happen. Vorak, Lorek and I wrote a step-by-step procedure that should prevent anything from going wrong if it is followed to the letter. Given that the Infinity uses actual Forerunner technology, we are having to be doubly cautious so that nothing bad happens. With your permission, Captain, I would like to install that technology into the Slipstream Space Drive as soon as possible. The sooner we complete the test, the better. If anything goes wrong, I will take full responsibility for what happens, and I will do what I can to rectify the problem."
Once he heard this, Lasky began to think, and carefully at that. Testing out new technology, especially Forerunner technology, was always risky, as there was the possibility that things might go horribly wrong. On the other hand, this was a strategic technology that was too important to pass up, and they might need something like this in the future. After a minute of considerable thought, he said, "Alright, I will allow you to install the technology. If anything happens, though, I expect you to fix it."
"Yes, sir," Jordan nodded. "Thank you, Captain." As he got up to leave, he said, "Oh, just so you know, the Sangheili want to come along for the ride as well. The Arbiter is sending one of his best men to accompany you, since he's having to deal with politics on his homeworld."
"Alright," Lasky nodded. "I don't any harm with that. I'll clear it with HIGHCOM." With that, the trio left the room, with Lasky leaving once they were out of the room.
. . .
A few hours later, the Infinity was over the planet of Sangheilios, with a Carrier next to the UNSC Supercarrier as they began leaving the planet. Once he was out of the meeting room, Lasky had contacted HIGHCOM and told him what Jordan was requesting. While some were understandably hesitant to work with the Sangheili, Admiral Hood and a few others didn't see anything wrong with the idea, and had granted his request. After all, their logic was that the best way to strengthen relations with an allied species was to work with them on a daily basis. As such, he wasn't alarmed to see Sangheili on the Bridge of the Infinity.
When it came to the Ship Master that had been chosen to go with them, Lasky learned that it was a long time friend of the Arbiter's, a Sangheili named R'tas 'Vadum. When he heard that name, Lasky's eyebrows had sharply gone up. R'tas was one of the most legendary Sangheili in known space; having participated in the Battle of the Lesser Ark, R'tas was one of the very first Sangheili that had allied with the UNSC during the Great Schism, when the Covenant fractured as a result of a civil war instigated between the Sangheili and Brutes, known as the Jiralhanae. He had recently returned when his efforts to find the surviving San'Shyuum hadn't born fruit, mostly to resupply and keep on searching; when he heard the Arbiter's request, however, he had stayed to accompany the test, then he would leave.
Speaking of said test, they were about to get started. "Are you ready to begin," he heard Jordan ask.
"Yes," Lasky replied.
"Excellent," Jordan nodded. "Installing the equipment was much easier than with the Borer Drive, but we're taking no chances. Have Roland begin the FTL jump, but have him closely monitor the drive. If anything happens, tell him to immediately disengage the Slipstream Space Drive. If the worst happens, we can always engage the emergency failsafes. We are beginning the monitoring process now."
"Understood," Lasky nodded. "Roland, power up the Slipstream Space Drive. Inform R'tas to do the same."
"You got it," Roland replied. As soon as he said this, the Forerunner drive inside the Infinity powered up. Within a few seconds, a rift into the non-space that was Slipstream Space opened up, with the Infinity smoothly moving inside. At the same time, R'tas flagship, the Shadow of Intent, moved into it's own Slipstream Space Rupture with ease. For a few minutes, nothing seemed to be out of place, but then, things went wrong. As they flew along, Roland said, "Uh, Captain? Our speed is dramatically increasing beyond the projected predictions. Something's wrong." As soon as he said that, the ship shuddered, indicating something was happening.
"Roland, bring us out of Slipstream Space now," Lasky ordered.
"I can't," Roland responded, panic lacing his voice. "Something's preventing me from doing so! Jordan, I need help!"
"I know," Jordan shouted over the COM. "The Infinity's Drive is going into overdrive! I'm working on activating the failsafes now! Initiating emergency Slipstream Space dropout now!" As soon as he said this, a rupture opened up, with the ship exiting Slipstream Space moments later. "Whew," they heard Jordan remark. "That was close."
"Good call," Lasky nodded. "We're out of Slipstream Space, thankfully. Roland, can you confirm where we are?"
"One second," Roland replied. A moment later, he said, "Uh, Captain. I just did a scan of the area. We are way off of the known star charts."
"According to my scans, we've exited the Milky Way Galaxy entirely. According to our scans, we're in the Andromeda Galaxy. In other words, Captain: we are certainly not in Kansas anymore."