Their orders are to proceed to Tyche,

assess the situation and avoid confrontation if possible. 

Above all, however, they have to get those hostages back safely.

"Zero zero zero, mark two."

"That course will take us into the Barrier!"

No one has ever gone into the Great Barrier. No probe has ever returned.

Vyn'nyla got theirself under control by laying there and thinking about a long series of nonsexy things.