An epistolary sci-fi. Originally posted at Cosmic Voyage.
Orestes is an outpost located on the planet PFG 70c in the HD219134 planetary system.
It is serviced by the Arsinoe ship which orbits the system, maintaining two additional outposts.
According to the inhabitants of the outpost, the ship has not been heard from for two earth-years now.
The planet is desolate with a prolonged day/night cycle. It's terrain is mountainous and rocky. Its only distinguishing feature, and the reason for the existence of the Orestes outpost, are a series of crystalline structures which populate a small portion of its surface.
The base is manned by three members who will remain anonymous.
Systems maintenance and communications tasks are performed by the Werner H. Young Terminal Emulator A.I.