Intelligence Report: Cardassian Morphogenic Techniques

Author: Lt. L.B. Pierce CMO CSO USS Ballista
Stardate: 47177

Background
On stardate 46922 the USS Ballista intercepted a vessel of unknown origin containing several life forms drifting in space. After boarding the vessel the life forms were identified as Haradans, a sentient, pre-warp species. The Haradans aboard were kept in stasis and most were still alive but unconscious. There was one Haradan that had perished due to a faulty life support system in its stasis chamber. The full details of this mission have been recorded in a report by Commander Lombardo and can be accessed in Starfleet archives.

One of the living Haradans showed slightly anomalous readings and deeper examination of the subject’s DNA with an electron resonance scanner showed that this Haradan was actually a Cardassian. The level of mimicry was astonishing in its detail and was a result of the artificially induced morphogenic cellular structure of the disguised Cardassian.

This report details further examinations of this morphogenic camouflage technique.

Methods
During the initial examination of the disguised Cardassian several tissue samples were taken of its skin, muscle, organs, bone marrow and spinal fluid. These samples were kept in stasis and transported to the author’s private research facility with the approval of Starfleet Intelligence.

These samples were then subjected to deep level electron resonance imaging at the highest resolution. They were then bombarded with a range of energised particles and response was measured using a raman spectrometer and an ultrafast camera interfaced with a molecular scanner.

Results
Deep level scans of the tissue samples revealed a unique cellular structure composed of unusual protein filaments. These can be seen in figure 1.

Figure 1: Muscle cells taken from the disguised Cardassian showing unusual protein filaments as striations.

Figure 1: Muscle cells taken from the disguised Cardassian showing unusual protein filaments as striations.

A scan of energetic structure showed these filaments to have a higher level of stored potential energy than regular Caradassian or Haradan cells.

Bombardment with high energy protons, neutrinos and electrons resulted in no change to the cellular structure however, after bombardment with polarons the cells took on a markedly different appearance which can be seen in figure 2.

Figure 2: Camouflaged Cardassian muscle cells after bombardment with a polaron beam.

Figure 2: Camouflaged Cardassian muscle cells after bombardment with a polaron beam.

The change of cellular state was accompanied by a small release of energy.

When a different type of cell was introduced to the sample, in this case human bone tissue, the cells changed shape to mimic the introduced sample as can be seen in figure 3.

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Figure 3: Camouflaged Cardassian muscle cells after bombardment with polaron beam and exposure to human bone tissue

This state change was accompanied by absorption of surrounding energy.

Discussion
Morphogenes are not unknown in the Alpha quadrant; reports of Chameloids, Wraiths and Sulibans can all be found in Starfleet Medical archives. However, this is the first recorded use of morphogenic cells by a species that has no natural inclination to morph.

It is likely that this Cardassian’s cells were flooded with a particular type of protein from a morphogenic creature and given a “morphogenic energy matrix” that allowed the proteins to unfold and refold into any given form.

The Cardassians have (or had, given the current ecology of their homeworld such an animal may not have survived) a native animal on their homeworld or a colony that has similar properties. This animal changes to resemble whatever it has most recently eaten and can assume all the qualities of that consumed being, including higher intelligence. It is most likely that Cardassian Intelligence has used knowledge gained from this animal for camouflage techniques required for deep level operatives.

There is no way of detecting whether an individual is a morphed operative or not without highly invasive tests. If a morphogenic individual changed their shape they would release and then absorb a characteristic amount of energy depending on the complexity of the new shape compared to the old shape. This energy shift could be detected by radiation sensors but may well be lost in other energetic noise depending on the location of the detectors.

The energetic matrix that keeps the proteins folded in the mimicked form can be disrupted as these results show. When this energy matrix was bombarded with polarons it dissipated and the morphogenic cells collapsed into their ground state. Further tests are needed to see if other energetic particles can influence this morphogenic matrix.

Starfleet Medical Journal – Haradan Sensory Network

The Haradan Sensory Network; a key to unlocking the Borg Hive Mind?

Author: Lt. L.B. Pierce CMO CSO USS Ballista
Stardate: 48630
Abstract
A sentient species known as the Haradans presents an interesting type of sensory network that allows for telepathy and may allow a deeper understanding of how an organic hive mind works.

This paper presents a study of this network and compares it to the Borg hive mind example.

Introduction
The Haradans are sentient, humanoid beings with many characteristics developed from their distant aquatic, shoaling ancestors.

A preserved Haradan cadaver was discovered in a faulty stasis chamber aboard a space bound vessel. Evidence suggested that the vessel had been in transit for approximately 50 years and the individual had perished from a faulty life support system. Several of its crewmates remained alive in fully functioning stasis chambers. A report of general Haradan biology was submitted by this author to Starfleet Medical at the time of discovery.

Sometime later reports of potential warp technology development resulted in the USS Ballista being sent to investigate and ultimately make first contact on the Haradan homeworld. Observation of the Haradan society showed that their most interesting anatomical characteristic is a sensitive and complex sensory network that seems to allow a low level of telepathy between Haradan individuals. This telepathy allows for the aggregation of each of these individuals into a loose, consensus based, and larger organism. This larger organism can make great cognitive leaps very quickly given adequate motivation. This type of hive mind shows many similarities to the Borg but also has key differences which will be discussed further.

Methods
A standard handheld tricorder was used for initial, in vivo observations.

A cortical and neural stimulator was then used on the cadaver. The subsequent, short term, nervous system activity was monitored through hyperencephalogram and broad spectrum electromagnetic sensors.

Results
The hyperencephalogram produced after cortical and neural stimulation can be seen in figure 1.

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Figure 1: Active sections of Haradan brain after stimulation.

Following stimulation the sensors detected EM radiation of several different wavelengths. figure 2 shows these signals.

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Figure 2: A. magnification of weaker amplitude modulated signals separated by wavelength B. decay rate of strongest signals C. Amplitude modulation of strongest signals over entire experiment.

It can be seen from figure 2 B and C that there were 2 main wavelengths that had the highest output power and showed some crude amplitude modulation. There were several other weaker outputs along different wavelengths that also showed amplitude modulation.

A more detailed examination showed the sensors within the Haradan brain responsible for the EM outputs and can be seen in figure 3.

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Figure 3: Fine detail of Haradan neural emitters. Colours correspond to different wavelength signals, the cobalt and light blue emitters are responsible for the strongest outputs and the red, green, purple and yellow emitters are responsible for the weaker outputs.

These emitters could double as receivers; further examination showed these fibres contained pockets of electromagnetic sensitive molecules that changed state at specific energy levels.

Discussion
Field observations of the Haradan society showed that while the addition of several minds increased cognitive ability of the group as a whole, such aggregation required a consensus with each individual considered as equal and no dominant mind was able to force consensus. It’s possible that the two strongest signals corresponded to negotiating and accessing this consensus. The weaker signals may then correspond to subsequent thought processes that can be “carried” by the stronger signals once consensus is reached.

The similarity to the Borg cannot be ignored as they also have a hivemind and a form of telepathy controlled by nanoprobes that build receivers and transmitters into the host’s brain. However, the concept of freely given consensus is alien to the Borg as cooperation can be forced by the Borg Queen and individual thought is obliterated by nanoprobe activity. The Haradans somehow manage to keep individuality despite having a similar hive mind structure.

I postulate that the main signals produced by the Haradan sensory emitters operate as a type of failsafe switch, preventing activation of the hivemind without first agreeing with the activity the hivemind proposes. Such a failsafe switch, if implanted in a Borg mind, could drastically change the nature of Borg society. As such the Haradan society and biology warrants extensive further study.

Starfleet Medical and Tactical Report

The Jem’Hadar; description and recommendations for close combat situations
Author: Lt. L.B. Pierce CMO CSO USS Ballista
Stardate: 47997

Jem’Hadar description
The Jem’Hadar are perfect soldiers.

They have been designed from their very cells to be the ultimate super soldiers and have been given every technological advantage in combat. In a ground fight or boarding situation most Starfleet and Federation Marines are at a significant disadvantage.

A Jem’Hadar soldier has no need to sleep, eat or reproduce. His (there are no females to my knowledge) only metabolic need is filled by ketracel white, a substance that is fed directly into the circulatory system by a tube attached to the carotid artery. This tube and chemical dependency is their only biological vulnerability. Without it they suffer a slow and horrible death that includes uncontrollable violence, muscle spasms and eventual circulatory system failure.

The Jem’Hadar soldier has an extremely resilient body with several secondary organs including the heart. Their plated skin, heavy musculature and thick bone structure make them very resistant to most energy weapons as well as edged and blunt weapons. They have very high visual acuity and strength similar to a Klingon warrior. They also have an inbuilt shrouding ability that appears to bend electromagnetic radiation around their body while they are not attacking. This ability seems to work on a large portion of the EM spectrum but is not a perfect camouflage; the shrouded Jem’Hadar will appear as an area of slight distortion.

In terms of equipment Jem’Hadar wear uniforms that make them impervious to any force field. They carry plasma weapons that have anti-coagulant properties so any personnel injured by these weapons must be treated immediately with clotting agents. Jem’Hadar also carry knives for close combat.

Combat Recommendations
1) Set phasers on high.
Due to their extremely hardy constitutions and plated skin the stun setting on Starfleet phasers (tested for human nervous systems) are unlikely to work.

2) Take the initiative and kill quickly.
A protracted battle with the Jem’Hadar will go very badly for everyone except the Jem’Hadar. They are unlikely to negotiate and react very quickly. The best method of dealing with them is to put them down hard and fast

3) Don’t rely on force fields 
Something in the construction of the uniform makes them impervious to force fields so if you capture one either remove their uniform, keep them unconscious or put them in very secure restraints otherwise the force fields in the brig won’t contain them. Also in a boarding situation don’t assume you can protect sections of the ship by activating the corridor force fields.

4) Aim for the head in a fire fight
As Jem’Hadar have secondary organs the most effective way of killing them quickly is to take out their brain.

5) Rip out the tube.
In a hand to hand combat situation a Jem’Hadar is superior to a most species in Starfleet in every way (with the possible exception of Klingons). It has basically no weakness except a tube directly connected to their carotid artery. This is its only means of sustenance so getting at it may give you a psychological advantage as well as making them bleed out.

Recommendations for Development of Combat Devices
Shrouding – When a Jem’Hadar is shrouded there are slight but characteristic optical distortions during movement, these distortions can be identified by most basic image recognition software. Headsets and scopes can be fed targeting information and ship systems can track their movement.

Forcefield Resistant Uniforms – To the best of my knowledge the Jem’Hadar uniforms have some kind of dampening or energy absorbent abilities that allow them to walk through forcefields as if they weren’t there. This means that standard Borg tactics of varying forcefield phase will not work. However, such effective energy dampening fields must operate by some kind of feedback mechanism. If we could find out the resonant frequency of these feedback circuits we could overload these uniforms and essentially cook them in their own shells.

Weapons – Jem’Hadar pistols, rifles and ship cannons are based on coherent optical polarons. A strong magnetic burst would reset the magnetic orientation of the polarons making the energy beam incoherent and thus ineffective or slightly less effective. While this could be risky inside a ship it could be useful for ship to ship combat.

Ep15 – Survival Vector

Prologue

TO: Commanding officer, USS Axanar

FROM: Admiral Ross, OIC Cardassian border

SecLevel: Operational

RE: Deployment Orders

You are hereby order by Starfleet Command to take the USS Axanar to the Rolor Sector, there to take up a Presence and Patrol footing.

Due to ongoing tensions along numerous Core border states, Starfleet Command is undergoing a redeployment of line assets. As part of this, border and neutral sectors will be operating at reduced shipping levels; smaller patrol assets and sector fleets are being replaced with single ship units more suited to independent operations.

In short, Captain Lombardo, the Rolor Sector is yours.

Though only 80 light years from the Federation Core, you will be operating on the far side of Tzenkethi Coalition, in proximity to the Cardassian Border and the Badlands, while also close enough to the Ferengi Alliance that you should be regularly checking your silverware. Though not claimed by any star nation, there are Bajoran colonies and a Federation outpost in the vicinity, as well as a number of cataloged but unexplored systems.

With limited communications, even via subspace relay, you and your crew will be operating independently.

I, and Fleet Command, have the utmost faith in you and your crew.

Adm. William Ross