Interlude: After-action report:
"Okay, wait, why am I in here again?" asked Malong Kerman
"We have reason to believe your most recent mission may have had something to do with the Event," replied the black-suited kerbal across the table from her.
"Oh, okay, well, it all started on the old airfield."
"We were all scheduled to test the new Buffalo Polar Explorer, and what better way to do that than by exploring the polar ice caps!"
"I kept saying a normal plane would probably be fine for this, but the other guy, uh, Sheldon? said the thing we were looking for was on unexplored terrain and we needed to be ready for anything."
"I didn't think we were looking for anything, but you know how those KPF guys can be sometimes."
"Anyways, the Buffalo Polar Explorer was this cool VTOL plane rover, uh, thingy, and it was my job to fly it."
"Oh! I just remembered! There was this weird orb!"
"Weird orb, you say?"
"Yeah, it followed us the whole time. Kinda creepy. Anyways, I did a great job of taking us off, and then I flipped one pair of engines to forward mode so we could get going."
"Then eventually we got enough speed to put them all in forward, and we were off!"
"Now, this was when, uh, Shelbert? started getting really weird. He insisted we shut down all communications except navigation."
"That was really confusing, but I did it anyways since he was technically in charge and all that junk."
"Pretty soon we were over land, and the fuel light began to blink after that, so I started to land the plane."
"But, uh, Shelder? got mad at that and tried to wrestle the controls away from me!"
"And when I say tried to I mean did, pretty immediately. I'm not very good at wrestling."
"He said something about refueling jets, and landing being bad, and probably some other things too, but I was trying to spot the orb. It probably went underneath of us or something."
"Hey, the refueling jet pilots probably saw the orb!"
"We'll be sure to bring them in next. Please continue."
"Oh, well, anyways, blah blah blah, flying stuff, and then suddenly, BAM, north pole!"
"Well, technically not the north pole, just the ice cap, and it looked really zigzaggy and fake. Just between you and me..."
"I think it probably wasn't rendering in right."
"Oh god, not another one."
"What was that?"
"Nothing. Please just continue with the story."
"Oh, okay. After we got there, we swerved east. Magdun, our scientist, said the scans showed two anomalies on the ice cap."
"We were supposed to go look closer with the fancy scanner. There was also some weird science stuff in the back, but I didn't know what any of that was for."
"Lemme tell ya, the ice cap is not very interesting to fly over. Anyways, once we were almost there, she told us to turn around. Something about 'just a randolith' and 'waste of time'"
"It was really boring, but we got to where the other one was supposed to be, and wouldn't you know it, there's some hills in the way!"
"Obviously we needed to land, which is lame, because flying is the coolest way to travel."
"But I did it anyways, and before you knew it we were all on the ground."
"Then, uh, Shellim? started driving, on account of I don't actually have a driver's license because cars suck and aren't as cool as planes or rockets or even boats."
"When we finally got to the hills, I saw something extraordinary! There was some sort of weird shiny thing in the ice!"
"Oh, that was also when I got food poisoning. I think. Technically it takes like, days for it to develop, so really it was probably the pre-flight snacks or something."
"Anyways, as we got closer to the weird thing, I saw that it was a crashed alien UFO! Except it was clearly a flying saucer, and it wasn't flying. So I guess just a crashed alien O? The mechanic guy, Dudnie, was thrilled, since he'd been talking about aliens the whole time. Said he got abducted and taken out past minmus, which I thought was very silly, but he seemed to know what he was talking about so I just went with it."
"Now, we couldn't actually get up to it because the wheels were too weak, but then I had the genius idea to turn on the compressed air thrusters!"
"We shoved ourselves valiantly towards it, and managed to set our wing down on top of it for support!"
"Then Magdun turned on all the weird science stuff, and also I had to go out to barf because we ran out of bags."
"I decided to climb on the flying saucer, just for fun, but Magdun yelled at me for it so I got off. And that's when rescue came?"
"Oh, yeah, apparently when I'd started looking sick earlier the engineer guy, uh, Samnard? called for rescue. He expected like, a drone with some tummy meds, but instead we got a dashingly handsome kerbal coming in on a snowmobile to carry me home, and it's not like you can say no to a free snowmobile ride, can you?"
"Now, back up, when you say 'weird science stuff', does that include the K2 "Kray-Kray" supercomputer? It would look like three black boxes in a white metal frame."
"Hmm, I definitely saw something like that on the plane, and come to think of it, it did have a lot of blinky lights on it, so it sure looked on."
"Thank you. You're free to leave. Please, try to keep quiet about all this."
As she left, the black-suited kerman turned, and pulled out a radio. A clunky old model, it was more than capable of surviving the Event, even as most others on Kerbin had been fried.
"It's as we've feared. When we reached out, something answered. Probably multiple somethings."
A muffled voice came through the earpiece.
"Yes, sir, I understand. I'll put my best agents on the task."