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"Captain's Log, Stardate 48693.2. We've altered course to
investigate some unusually intense photonic activity in a nearby
protostar. Lieutenant Torres and I are beaming aboard samples
for further analysis."
"If this photonic matter works as well as I think, it could
boost the efficiency of our power converters fifteen percent."
Torres: "I'd say more like twenty."
Janeway: "How long will it take to finish the preliminary
Torres: "Um, six hours. Maybe more."
Janeway: "I'd like to get it sooner than that. I believe
Ensign Kim is off duty. Could you use his help?"
Torres: "Can you convince him to give up his free time?"
Janeway: "I think I might be able to. Janeway to Kim.
That's odd. Computer, locate Ensign Kim."
Computer: "Unable to comply. Ensign Kim is not aboard the
"Sensor logs show no record of any unauthorized transporter
activity and all shuttlecraft are accounted for. If Ensign Kim
left the ship, he did not do so by conventional means."
Chakotay: "His last shift ended four hours ago, and he
was scheduled for time on holodeck two when he went off duty. No
one has seen him since."
Janeway: "Scan the holodeck. What's the matter?"
Tuvok: "There is significant interference in the holodeck.
I cannot obtain a clear scan."
Janeway: "Is it a system malfunction?"
Tuvok: "I do not believe so."
"Computer, identify program."
Computer: "The program in progress is a holonovel based
on the epic Earth poem Beowulf."
Chakotay: "An ancient English epic, set in 6th century
Denmark, if I remember correctly. It's about a hero named
Beowulf who fights a creature that's terrorizing a kingdom and
murdering its subjects.
Monsters and swordplay. That sort of
Tuvok: "I'm not detecting any life signs but there's
still considerable interference."
Chakotay: "I can't determine the source."
Freya: "Speak as a friend or stand challenged."
Tuvok: Computer, delete character.
Chakotay: "The holodeck command systems must not be
Tuvok: "We must also consider the possibility that the
safety programs are malfunctioning as well."
Freya: "I am Freya, shield maiden,
daughter of King Hrothgar. I hold this guard post against any intruders who would
bear us harm, so declare yourselves. I will hear your answer
before you march any further through this land."
Tuvok: "We have no desire to trespass. However, we are on
an urgent mission, so if you would allow us to continue, we
would appreciate it."
Freya: "What land do you call home? Your faces tell me
you are not men of the Danes. Are you kinsmen of Beowulf?"
Chakotay: "Yes. We are Beowulf's kinsmen. My name is
Chakotay and this is Tuvok. Have you seen Beowulf?"
Freya: "Yes. He was like no other. Hair straight and
raven black. Eyes bright with fierce fire. The Burning gaze of a
Tuvok: "Grandiloquence notwithstanding, that would
qualify as a description of Mister Kim. How did you know he was
Chakotay: "This is
Harry's holonovel. It'd make sense that he'd be playing the hero.
She might be able to help us figure out what happened to him."
Tuvok: "A reasonable assumption."
Freya: "Your kinsman was a truly noble warrior. It is right
you should avenge his death."
Chakotay: "Yes. But first we'd like to know more about how Beowulf
Freya: "Of course. Come. I will take you to the king."
Freya: "Hail, Lord
Hrothgar! I bring new friends, Chakotay and Tuvok, kinsmen of
Beowulf who come to avenge his death. Greet them well."
Hrothgar: "I would bid you welcome to my hall, but the days
of glad tidings are gone from this place. We grieve with you for
your kinsman. We had hoped that a warrior of Beowulf 's strength and
renown would be able to deliver us from our curse."
Chakotay: "Could you tell us exactly what happened to him?"
Unferth: "He met with the same fate as did thirty of our own
Hrothgar: "It's true. Grendel!"
Chakotay: "That's the monster who's been attacking you.
Hrothgar: "Repelled by light and laughter, the beast waits
until we slumber. Then bereft of remorse, Grendel comes in murderous
to my hall to take my people, and there is nothing anyone can
do to stop it. If you are wise, you will forego your vengeance and
return home. Death lives here now."
Unferth: "My lord is fatigued. It is time to retire."
Tuvok: "We would like more information about Beowulf. Would
it be possible to examine his body?"
Freya: "The body of Beowulf is gone, dragged down to
foul lair, no doubt. The beast leaves no traces."
Chakotay: "Did anyone actually see the battle?"
Freya: "No. Beowulf chose to face Grendel alone."
Chakotay: "Then I think we'd like to see this Grendel for
Unferth: "To what purpose? To raise false hopes in our king
again, as did your kinsman? Leave us alone in our misery."
Freya: "Unferth, these men are our guests. You will show them
hospitality they deserve.
Unferth: "They deserve nothing! If their Beowulf was truly
the champion he claimed to be, then Grendel would be dead. His head
mounted on a spear! Instead, we spend yet another night in terror."
Tuvok: "If you would
allow us to assist you, perhaps we could help alleviate your
Unferth: "Your names mean nothing to me. There are no songs
your deeds nor stories of the battles you have fought. Who are
you to believe you can slay Grendel?"
Tuvok: "We have no intention of slaying anyone. We simply
wish to examine the creature."
Unferth: "Grendel might not wish to be examined without a
fight. And if you would fight Grendel, then you will first prove
your worth to me. Defend yourselves!"
Hrothgar: "You are able warriors. You may stand sentry
"Chakotay to Janeway."
Janeway: Go ahead.
Chakotay (Over Comm): Captain, we haven't found any
definite signs of Harry, but we've encountered several holodeck
characters who claim to know what happened to him."
Tuvok (Over Comm): Mister Kim was running a holonovel
based on the poem Beowulf. According to the holo characters, he
to battle a creature of some kind and was killed in
Tuvok: "Since the safety programs are malfunctioning, we
must consider the possibility."
Janeway (Over Comm): "But you haven't found a body."
Chakotay: "No. If we shut down the program, we'd know if
he's here or not."
Janeway: "Run a diagnostic on the holodeck's imaging
control systems. If they're not working, try to repair them. And
relay your tricorder scans to the Bridge. I'd like to analyse
Chakotay (Over Comm): "Aye, Captain. Chakotay out."
"Primary imaging matrix should be here behind this wooden panel.
I will attempt to locate the auxiliary matrix. This ancient
Earth culture seems fascinated with monsters."
Chakotay: "Early culture has its demons. They embody the
darKest emotions of its people. Giving them physical form in
heroic literature is a way of exploring those feelings. The
Vok'sha of Rakella Prime believe that hate is a beast which
lives inside the
greatest mythical hero is a man
who ate stones for twenty three days to kill the beast and
became a saint."
Tuvok: "Such fables are necessary only in cultures which
unduly emphasise emotional behaviour. I would point out there
are no demons in Vulcan literature."
Chakotay: "That might account for its popularity."
Chakotay, report. Mister Tuvok."
Torres: "Captain, I've lost their life signs. They're gone."
Torres: "This is a scan
of the holodeck just before we lost contact with Chakotay and Tuvok.
The readings are pretty garbled, but I'm still inclined to think
there is a malfunction in the holodeck's matter conversion nodes."
Janeway: "Photonic energy leaking into the subsystems could
certainly damage the nodes. And it might have created a defect in
the program that occurs when Grendel shows up."
Torres: "A defect that dematerialised our people."
Paris: "I'm not willing to accept the fact that Harry and the
others are gone for good. Their molecular patterns might still be
there. And if they are, we might be able to rematerialize them. The
only thing we can do is go back into the holodeck, study this energy
surge, find out what exactly happened."
Torres: "Anyone who goes back in there might wind up just
like the others."
Paris: "Maybe not anyone."
Paris: "A hologram can't be converted into energy. It already
is energy. You're the perfect choice."
Doctor: "How do you intend to transfer me out of Sickbay?"
Janeway: "We'll have to modify your data stream protocols and
imaging systems. But the fact that you're going to the holodeck
simplifies things. The projection systems are already in place
Torres: "And we're going to give you complete control over
your magnetic containment field. You'll be able to make yourself
solid or let matter pass through you at will."
Janeway: "Nothing on the holodeck will be able to touch you
unless you want it to."
Doctor: "I see."
Janeway: "Think of this as your first away mission, Doctor. I
can understand your hesitation. But there are three lives at stake,
and you have the best chance of anyone on this ship to save them. Do
you understand that?"
Janeway: "Good. Your job is to find the photonic energy surge
and scan it closely. We need all the data we can get. You'll have to
interact with the characters in the holonovel, so make sure you're
familiar with the Beowulf story. Your circuit modifications will be
finished in three hours."
Doctor: "Yes, Captain."
(Walks into his office)
Doctor: "Computer, access full text of ancient Earth epic
Beowulf including historical annotation and cultural
Computer: "Data compilation in progress."
Doctor: "Ah, Kes. Come in. I don't know how long I'll be
gone, but my absence is no reason to suspend your studies. How are
you doing with the protein synthesis text?"
Kes: "I finished it yesterday."
Doctor: "Good. Then you may as well start learning how to
the base-pair sequencer. You'll find the manual in the
technical database. Was there something else?"
Kes: "There's something bothering you."
Doctor: "Not at all. Now if you'll excuse me, I have a great
deal of preparation to do.
Kes: "You're nervous about this mission, aren't you.
Doctor: "Nervous? I can perform emergency surgery without
nervous. I can make life-or-death decisions about patients
without getting nervous. What maKes you think I'm nervous?"
Kes: "Those things are familiar to you. You've been
programmed to do them but, this is different, isn't it?
Doctor: "I can describe every detail of every piece of
equipment in this Sickbay from biobed to neurostimulator, but I've
never even seen a sky or a forest, let alone Vikings and monsters. I
to fail but I don't know what to expect in that holodeck."
Kes: "You've been telling me that you deserve to be treated
like a member of the crew. Well, here's your chance, and I can tell
you that none of the crew knows exactly what to expect when they go
on an away mission. Doctor, have you chosen a name for yourself
Doctor: "I have narrowed the list to three possibilities.
Kes: "Then let me suggest you choose one before you go. It
might help you feel more like a Starfleet officer."
Doctor: "You may be right. I'll give it some thought. And
Kes, thank you."
Kes: "Good luck."
Freya: "Speak as a
friend or stand challenged. I am..."
Doctor: Yes, you're Freya, the king's daughter, a female
warrior known as a shield maiden.
Freya: "We have never met and yet you know my name? Are you a
Doctor: "No. It's simply that your reputation precedes you. A
warrior of your skill. You're quite famous where I come from."
Freya: "I did not know that word of my deeds has carried to
other lands. Tell me what you have heard."
Doctor: "Well, your battle with..."
Freya: "Scyld, the Gar-Dane?"
Doctor: "It's practically legend. An incredible story."
Freya: "I burned his hall to the ground. There was nothing
left but ashes."
Freya: "And did you hear of my campaign against the Heatho-bards
to the south? I fought them for...
Doctor: "I'd be delighted to hear all about it but I'm on an
urgent mission of my own. I'm looking for Grendel."
Freya: "Only a warrior would seek that which others flee.
What is your name?"
Doctor: "I'm glad you asked. My name is Schweitzer. Doctor
Freya: "Schweitzer. A hero's name. Come, I will take you to
the king. The hall is not far from here. Look, fortune is with us.
Atoota, a most powerful plant."
Doctor: "What exactly do you intend to do with it?"
Freya: "We brew the Atoota into a broth which we drink before
battle. It brings on the spirit of the bear and gives us strength to
swing our swords."
Doctor: "It's more likely to bring on profuse sweating,
convulsions and acute delirium. This is an amonita muscaria, a
fungus common to sub arctic climates and, let me assure you, quite
Freya: Yes, but those it does not kill it makes strong. A
most hardy plant. Are you a master of herb lore?"
Doctor: "In a way, I suppose I am."
Freya: "You are truly a man of many talents, Lord Schweitzer.
Your people must value you greatly."
Doctor: "You would think so."
Freya: "Hail, Lord
Hrothgar! I bring a new friend, Schweitzer, who has come to destroy
Grendel. Greet him well."
Hrothgar: "I would bid you welcome to my hall, but the days
of glad tidings are gone from this place."
Doctor: "I'm sorry to hear that, but with your permission,
sir, I'd like to stay here tonight and wait for Grendel."
Unferth: "To what purpose? To raise false hopes again, as
others before you? Leave us alone in our misery."
Doctor: "I'm afraid I can't do that. I have a mission."
Unferth: "Your name means nothing to me. There are no songs
of your deeds nor stories of the battles you have fought. Who are
you to believe you can slay Grendel?"
Doctor: "I'm simply a warrior. I'm only concerned with
Grendel. I have no quarrel with you."
Unferth: "Indeed you do. And if you will fight Grendel, then
you will first prove your worth to me. Defend yourself!"
sward and the Doctor is given a sward)
Freya: "Fate be with you."
Unferth: "If this is your best, then you should thank me.
Grendel would destroy you with far greater ease than I."
Doctor: "This is absurd."
Unferth: "So be it."
Doctor: "You might want to put some ice on that. It'll take
down the swelling."
Freya: "Our time of deliverance is at hand. We have been
given a new champion, one whom weapons cannot hurt! The one who will
destroy Grendel and end our suffering! All hail the hero! All hail
All: "Schweitzer! Schweitzer! Schweitzer! Schweitzer!
Schweitzer! Schweitzer! Schweitzer! Schweitzer! Schweitzer!
Schweitzer! Schweitzer! Schweitzer!"
Freya: "The nights here
are cold. I wanted to make certain you were comfortable."
Doctor: "I appreciate your concern. I thought everyone had
gone to sleep."
Freya: "Sleep does not come easily in this place. Not
anymore. I was taught the world would end in winter. First there
would be a desperate cold, followed by a demon who would devour the
has been long since we felt summer, and a demon does walk
Doctor: "Freya, your world isn't coming to an end."
Freya: Perhaps not. But it has changed. Every night, the
monster comes. And every day, our numbers are lessened and no one
will speak of it. No one speaks of the fear that he will be next.
Each meal become quieter than the last, and after time, we barely
at all. Do you know what it is to be alone among many and
unable to speak your fears?"
Doctor: "I think I do."
Freya: "How do you survive?"
Doctor: "I'm still learning how. I'm sure that's not very
Freya: "Sometimes I believe I can see the moment of my own
death. It comes in battle, I think, my sword raised high. It is said
that fate often spares a doomed warrior if his courage can prevail,
but there have been days when I have felt my own courage falter, and
then you came."
Doctor: "I'm glad I could help."
Freya: "Perhaps I can help you. Before combat, it is most
important to stay warm.
Doctor: "Well, you've done an excellent job with the fire.
I'll... "(Freya kisses the Doctor)
Freya: Fire is not the only heat, Lord Schweitzer. You know
where I sleep."
Doctor: "Holodeck to Bridge."
Janeway (Over Comm): "We're monitoring you."
Doctor: "Captain, I'm picking up readings of photonic energy.
Captain, it's right in front of me. It's some kind of photonic
energy formation. Emergency! Get me out of here! Now!"
Janeway: "Sickbay, emergency transfer."
Paris: "I'm on it."
Janeway (Over Comm): "Sickbay. Report."
Paris: "Er, I have him, Captain, more or less. I think you'd
better come take a look at this."
"How does it feel?"
Doctor: "Just like the old one, actually."
Janeway: "Apparently, contact with photonic energy
disrupted your magnetic cohesion but we're still not sure if
that's what happened to the others."
Torres: "Captain, take a look at this. The readings from
the Doctor's tricorder. When the energy surge made contact with
Janeway: "They're showing a synaptic pattern. I wouldn't
expect to see something like this in photonic energy. Is this
the first time those patterns have shown up like this?"
Torres: "Yes, but it's the first time we've had clear
readings from a moment of contact. I wonder if I could produce
these same patterns in the samples we have in Engineering."
Janeway: "If you can, you might be able to get more
about how photonic energy damaged the holodeck
Torres: "I'm on it."
Paris: "I'll give you a hand."
"Okay, I've initiated a polarization field. I'm introducing it
into the container."
Torres: "We're getting a reaction."
Paris: "It's producing a synaptic pattern, all right.
Torres: "What's that?"
Paris: "Whatever it is, it's cutting through the
Torres: "Let's get a containment field around it."
Paris: It's heading for deck fourteen, section C five."
Torres: Okay, now I've got a containment field blocking
Paris: "Oh. It's changing direction. It's like it's
avoiding the containment field."
Torres: "Let's give it another try. Now it's blocked on
Paris: "It's changing course, heading for the open side."
Torres: "Are you thinking what I'm thinking?"
Paris: "Those synaptic patterns could be some sort of
Torres: "We may be dealing with a life form."
Janeway (Over Comm): "Bridge to Engineering."
Torres: "Torres here."
Janeway (Over Comm): "We're detecting an energy mass
moving through the ship."
Torres (Over Comm): "Right. It broke through the sample
Captain, it's showing the properties of a life form."
Janeway: "A life form?"
Torres: "It seems to have a neural net, and it's
demonstrating signs of intelligent behaviour."
Paris: "It's cutting its way through the ship, heading
for the outer hull. It'll breach in about fifteen seconds."
Janeway (Over Comm): "Are there any
critical systems in
Janeway: "Then let it go. Be ready to seal the hull
breach with a force field. I'll have a damage control team
standing by for repairs. And let's track it on sensors when it
Paris: "Captain, it's penetrating the outer hull."
Torres: "Force field is in place."
Paris: "I'm showing the energy form one hundred metres
off our port side."
Janeway: "Let's get it on screen. What was that?"
arrangements to transfer the life form to a container so the Doctor
can carry it. But remember, if you're holding the container, you'll
have to stay in solid form."
Doctor: "I understand."
Freya: "Lord Schweitzer! We thought that Grendel had
Doctor: "Not entirely."
Freya: "How did you survive?"
Doctor: "That would be difficult to explain. But, that's
not important right now. This is a talisman to destroy Grendel.
Unferth: "You lie! No man could survive an encounter with
unless he were in league with the beast. You have
brought that talisman to destroy us all!"
Freya: "That is not true! He has returned to help us."
Unferth: No! You speak his lies now. He has bewitched
Doctor: Unferth, I need to get this talisman to the
Unferth: Then that gives me reason enough to make sure it
never gets there."
(Unferth and Freya begin to fight, one grabs the other and one
bites. Unferth, pulls out a dagger and stabs her in the chest)
"No. Please, you don't know what you're doing."
Unferth: "Prepare to die, demon."
Freya: "My lord, my time has come."
Doctor: "Freya, I'm sorry. There's nothing I can do."
Freya: "It is a good death. Take my sword. Stop Unferth
Doctor: "I won't forget you."
Freya: "Then I die happily with your name on my lips.
Unferth: "Here sire."
Doctor: "My lord, you know me as a true warrior. You know I
am the one hope you have to rid your kingdom of Grendel. That
talisman will aid me in my conquest. I must have it."
Unferth: "Do not listen to him. He has already killed Freya.
Stop him my lord! He is a madman!"
Doctor: "The only reason you won't die is that I've taken an
oath to do no harm. Grendel, I'm ready for you. I don't know if you
can understand me, but watch, I'm setting this one free. There's no
need for any more of this. Please. We ask you to return our crew."
"Captain, the photonic lattice has reappeared."
Janeway: "Scan it. All sensors."
Torres: "I'm reading a massive particle surge on our
Paris: "The lattice is gone again."
Doctor (Over Comm): "Holodeck to Bridge."
Janeway: Go ahead, Doctor. What is it?
Doctor: We have them back, Captain. All three of them.
Janeway (Over Comm): "Good work, Doctor."
Kim: "Yeah, good work. Would you mind telling me where I
"Captain's Log, Stardate 48710.5. Since the return of our
missing crewmen, we've been unable to locate any further traces
of the photonic aliens."
Doctor: "I don't know if
the being understood language or just my behaviour. It would have
been interesting to pursue the relationship further."
Janeway: "It's one of the most exciting aspects of space
exploration, meeting new species, establishing communication,
sharing differences and similarities."
Doctor: "I'm sorry none of that happened this time."
Janeway: "But it did. It just didn't happen in very
predictable ways. But if you think about it, we entered into
conflict, communicated, and eventually established a peace treaty
with them. I'm placing a special commendation in the logs for
exemplary performance by the Chief Medical Officer during his first
Doctor: "Thank you."
Janeway: "I'd like to cite you by name. Kes tells me you've
one. Is that true?"
Doctor: "I had, but I'm not sure I want to keep it. The last
time I heard that name spoken was a painful one. I don't think I
want to be reminded."
Janeway: "Sounds like you had quite an adventure on that holodeck,
Doctor: "Yes, I would say so."
Janeway: "Well, something tells me you haven't had your last
Doctor: "Something tells me the same thing."