MARSHADOGOBON IS HERE AND MARSHADOGOBON IS THERE. One planet in two places – two separate locations for only one world.
Starfleet Captain, Broged Par Jinnsi commanding the Starcruiser Voracious, originally discovered Marshadogobon in the inhabited sector of the Orion Arm. It was quickly colonized by Federation citizens and soon became a thriving mining and manufacturing community, trading with other worlds of the Federation.
Fifty years later, an expedition into the nearby fringes of the previously unexplored Sagittarius Arm, led by Captain Bel Ching Jorgenson in the Starfinder Intrepid, rediscovered Marshadogobon when he and his crew attempted landfall on a previously unknown planet. Suddenly, on approach, they recognized familiar geological features and upon landing, found themselves on Marshadogobon.
The colonists on Marshadogobon could not believe Jorgenson’s traumatized crew when they insisted that they had arrived in the way they described.
The Marshans were a little wary, but very hospitable and allowed Captain Jorgenson and his crew to rest up for a few days while they were treated for shock.
They also checked out the mental and physical health of the crew of the Intrepid and found them to be suffering from shock but otherwise sound. Nonetheless, the Marshans were relieved to see the Intrepid depart.
When Jorgenson and his crew left Marshadogobon, they found themselves still in the Sagittarius Arm. In a state of some disorientation, they retraced their journey back into the Orion Arm and almost hesitatingly, made for the only known location of Marshadogobon. They were reassured and at the same time bewildered to find it sitting there – right where it should be.
The Intrepid restlessly orbited Marshadogobon for nearly thirty minutes before it was nervously hailed by the Marshans, asking them why they had returned. Fighting against a rising wave of nauseous confusion, Jorgenson briefly acknowledged the call with a fabricated excuse of some impulse motor hiccup and the Intrepid left hurriedly at high warp for Starbase HQ.
At Starbase HQ, Captain Jorgenson reluctantly made his report and then immediately requested an extended leave of absence from active space duty. Since then he has returned to duty but avoided venturing into interstellar space, remaining at a desk job at HQ.
The destination coordinates registered during the Intrepid’s Sagittarius exploration flight, have been passed to a “Special Branch” of Starfleet and the matter is under investigation by them. So far, they have reached no successful conclusion and gave up questioning Jorgenson and his ex-crew long ago.
Starfleet’s “Special Branch” has contacted the Marshadogobon authorities and they have verified Jorgenson’s claim that the crew of the Intrepid visited the planet twice – once in landfall and later in orbit. The Marshans also supplied Special Branch with the dates and times of the visits.
The data on the Intrepid’s “In-Flight-Recorders” concurs with the information supplied by the Marshadogobon authorities and shows also that the vessel was in the Sagittarius Arm at the time of the first visit and later, nearly two thousand light years away in the Orion Arm on the second visit.
Starfleet technical-staff scrutinized the Intrepid’s “In-Flight-Recorders” painstakingly and found no faults or bugs anywhere in the design or application of the “IFR-systems” either developing or manifest in any way or at any time during their performance, usage, manufacture or installation.
A specialised team of trouble-shooters were sent on a mission retracing Captain Jorgenson’s path to the Sagittarius Arm.
They have not been able to find any planets within many light-years of the location where the Intrepid reportedly made landfall on Marshadogobon.
Several return missions are planned to either confirm the first team’s observations or discover if the true situation is actually some peculiar variable space-time phenomenon in operation.
The mystery has now been labelled, The Sagittarius Dopplegänger Affair.
It is filed as: matter unsolved.