We are almost in comms range of the designated coordinates for our meeting with the Naasirkhans, who hold 210 humanoid civilians as hostage. Thanks to Cmdr Markus we understand better their motivations for using the innocents as a way of forcing us to comply with their demands. Yet they know us very little, for if it were explained to us we might assist them freely. The USS Neil Armstrong is close behind us, remaining out of reach of long range scans by sitting just inside the border of the Taakar Nebula. The probe we sent ahead has assisted us in extracting further information and we have attempted to sabatoge their computer systems by using a low band frequency. We must get their shields down so we can rescue the civilians. Yellow alert.