PHD #303: Making the Connections
Making the Connections
Summary: Bannik reports to Cora on links he's found between the Gemini and Tauron mysterious messages.
Date: 26 December 2041 AE
Related Logs: Message in a Raptor Computer
Cora Bannik 
Map Room — Deck 7 — Battlestar Cerberus
The one object that dominates this room is the one it is named for: the giant plotting table in the center of the room. Bottom-lit like the plot in CIC, this one is twenty feet across and about the same distance wide. The maps, which are rolled and kept in a locker at the side of the room, provide much more detail than most of the charts in CIC and are especially useful in planning tactical operations. Unscaled models of ships are available to be situated on the surface of the table and risers on each side of the room allow for a small audience to watch or be briefed. A single large LCD screen is built into the wall at the far end to display reconnaissance or other supplemental material.
Post-Holocaust Day: #303

In the absence of Naval Offices, the Map Room has become a more popular place than ever. The TACCO has managed to carve out a corner of it for herself, one chair serving as a pile for papers while she sits in the other, typing away on a laptop. As Bannik arrives, she reaches to pick up the stack of files and set it on the floor, pushing the chair further away with a toe. "Specialist," she greets him, "Have a seat. What is it?"

Bannik makes his way into the Map Room, a clipboard tucked under his arm. He has dark circles under his eyes, clearly the result of the long hours that all of the techs are pulling right now. "It's about the transmission CIC received. From the Heavy Raider. I had a hunch about it and I did some analysis —" He flips open his folder, to look down at his notes, even as he sits.

Cora lifts a brow as Bannik explains the purpose of his visit, and shuts the lid of her laptop slightly, shifting in her chair as she leans forward, posture already more interested. "I see," she replies, glancing at his notes, "What sort of analysis did you perform and what were you able to determine, if anything?"

"Well. I couldn't decode it. No one I know could so far. But I could compare it's external characteristics, what we can tell from the transmission itself, without knowing the content." Bannik looks up from his notes and over at Cora. "And see — I compared it with the message we recovered from the Gemini recon raptor. They're the same /kind/ of message. It's like they're saying extremely different things in the same sort of language, if that makes sense."

Cora does not sound surprised at that, exactly, shaking her head, "I haven't been able to decrypt it either. Whatever it is, the Cylons have managed to make it sufficiently different from our language that there's just nowhere to start." She listens as he goes on, nodding, "I see. Yes, that makes sense. And it is a start. If we can collect more samples maybe we'll be able to get somewhere in the decoding. But that's good that you were able to verify it is a language of sorts at all."

"It also shows that the two messages are connected," explains Bannik, circling something on his notes. "I can't imagine who the message was supposed to be going to. Someone in CIC, maybe? Or someone with access to the CIC logs or transmissions? I don't even know." He shakes his head slightly, as if trying to puzzle it all out.

"Most likely," Cora nods, "Someone with access to both CIC logs and transmissions as well as those from the Raptor. I wonder how narrow a group that is, exactly." She frowns a little, thoughtfully, and flips the lid of her computer open once more, typing out what must be a note to self or something along those lines. She drums her fingers against the arm of the chair, and then nods. "Well. I will have to look into that. Was there anything else?"

Bannik shakes his head. "Not yet, sir," says the Specialist, rising to his feet. "I just work on what I'm told to do. A lot of that should go to the more senior folks, if you want an update."

Cora nods. "Of course," she replies, "They'll be sending along reports a bit later, I imagine. In that case, you're free to go, Specialist. Thank you for looking into this, and letting me know."

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