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In 2374 the USS Voyager finally began to run out of Deuterium fuel as it travelled towards home. Desperate to locate a new supply, the ship landed on a Y class planet where Deuterium was detected. Y class planets are nicknamed "Demon class" because of their extreme hostility. With surface temperatures of hundreds of degrees celsius and a highly poisonous atmosphere, these worlds are also sources of intense thermionic radiation.

Voyager landed a shuttlecraft on the planet, and two of the crew - Harry Kim and Tom Paris - were able to locate a form of liquid metal on the surface which had a high Deuterium content. However, before they could collect any their environmental suits were overcome by the conditions and they collapsed.

Captain Janeway used almost the last of Voyagers fuel to land the ship on the planets surface. When a rescue party went out to look for Kim and Paris, they found the two officers wandering around without their environment suits on, totally unharmed by the hostile conditions.

On returning to the ship, both men were almost killed by the normal atmosphere on Voyager - only being saved when the EMH recreated the planets atmosphere within sickbays isolation chamber. The mystery was solved when further investigation of the planet proved that the liquid metal was in fact a life form with mimetic properties. The metal had imitated Paris and Kim, leaving the real officers lying on the surface. The metal had been alive for a long time before Voyagers arrival, but only when it imitated the Humans did it become sentient. Desperate to have more life to copy, the liquid metal began to suck Voyager under the surface of the planet. Janeway attacked it with a Nadion burst and after a brief stand-off an agreement was reached. Voyagers crew agreed to allow the metal to sample all of the crew in order to create copies; in return the metal agreed to provide all the Deuterium the ship needed.

Voyager proceeded on its way, leaving over a hundred copies behind. The metal life form decided to mimic Voyager itself so that it could explore space, having apparently gained sufficient detail from the crew to build a perfect functional copy. Like the initial copies of Kim and Paris the copied Voyager crew were unaware that they were not the originals.

In 2375 the copy began to loose cohesion as a result of exposure to the ships warp field. Initially confused, the crew eventually realized what had happened and after some anguish decided to abandon their journey towards Earth and return to the Demon planet. Unfortunately, they failed in the attempt and the ship and crew disintegrated in space. It is not known whether any more of the Demon life forms remain on the planet.


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