The entire chamber was shrouded in darkness. Long, irregular shadows spread out across heavy floor plates like the tendrils of some living thing. The low humming sounds of massive orbital engines coupled with the barely audible whirring of a dozen computer banks almost sounded like the blood and breath of some unseen creature, lying in wait to pounce on anyone foolish enough to venture into the shadows. What little light that managed to penetrate the gloom came from the massive bay windows that formed the far wall of the chamber - or more precisely, from the myriad of stars that lay beyond it. A million points of light, shining with an almost eerie glow in this dark, forsaken place.
The apeman was understandably nervous as he stepped into the control room from the relatively well-lit corridors outside. The hairs on the back of his neck stood on end as his simian survival instincts clawed at the edge of his consciousness, begging him to be somewhere else...anywhere else