"Fleet, be advised, the first part of the signal is binary. This location in space and another region, currently uncharted. Could be the Serpentine homeworld. Second part is believed to be a DNA sequence, possibly a virus. It's not long enough to be a complete human genome."
The black ring of Serpentine ships that harnessed the power of the star formed a blue and white portal in its interior, almost blotting out the sun, except for a thin ring of yellow and orange fire peeking around its edges like a solar eclipse.
"With conditions. They'll scan the Serpentine ships for human life signs before they destroy them. No life signs, they fire at will. If they detect human life signs, they'll send a robotic boarder to check it out. Anything fishy, they fire. If the robot finds your man, we bring him back under a heavy quarantine and do a thorough exam."
"We're still debating. We'd like to use some to destroy the remaining Serpentine ships. It could cut the process down by years. After that, we'll either scrap them or keep them in case another threat emerges."