1 INT. AENAR UNDERGROUND CITY
Picking up immediately after the end of 13x19, with a view of the vast underground complex built right into the icy walls of the cave, once inhabited by the now-extinct Aenar.
SHAR, NOG and TENMEI stare at this view in awe from their icy ledge, while their guide ZH’YEMRE stands by proudly.
So the Aenar died out centuries
ago... because they were more
concerned with maintaining their
culture than their numbers?
We thought they died out centuries
ago. They were rediscovered in the
twenty-second century, but even
then they refused to mingle with
other Andorians. The end of the
ice age drove them back into their
underground cities in the Northern
Wastes where they could stay cold.
To my knowledge, the last Aenar
died about a hundred years ago.
Most of their cities that we knew
about were destroyed in the Borg
attack. Ironically, this one was
only rediscovered because of
the Borg attack.
Shar, this is amazing. Look at all
that room. It’s the perfect place
to house millions of refugees.
Not to mention an object lesson in
not letting pride lead to suicide.
Shar smiles, hope filling his face for the first time in what feels like years. It’s beautiful.
It is more than both those things,
my friends. There are a myriad of
theories as to what caused my
people’s reproductive problems in
the first place. Climate change,
pollution, sin before Uzaveh, or
even that we were never meant
to exist in the first place.
But one theory holds that in the
ancient past, when we mixed openly
with the Aenar, both populations
were plentiful. It was only once
society and geography separated
us that our numbers began to fall.
You mean... Aenar interbreeding
added something to your genome
that you couldn’t live without.
Perhaps. Doctor zh’Yemre, the city
looks well enough preserved. Have
you found any Aenar remains?
We’ve barely started excavating.
But you’re right, it is perfectly
preserved. There’s no reason to
think there wouldn’t be remains
buried under the ice somewhere.
Then you can take samples...
Add them back into your genome...
And save our entire species.
The three young Starfleet lieutenants throw their arms around each other in elated hugs, WHOOPING with joy. A moment of sheer ecstasy, the path to salvation revealed.
Tenmei even starts jumping up and down in excitement...
...her boots SLIP on the ice, she almost goes tumbling...
...but her friends steady her, and she is saved.
They all LAUGH, overflowing with emotional catharsis.
2 EXT. ANDOR - NORTHERN WASTES - EVENING
The ice and snow covered mountains in the extreme north of the planet. The narrow path from the tiny settlement and the parked runabout, leading into the mountains and caves with the sheer drop cliff along one side.
And along that path, three unidentified FIGURES creep, all dressed in cold weather gear that completely obscures their identities while leaving plenty of room to fight, and to fire the heavy weapons they are all carrying...
END OF TEASER