"Second door on the left," the receptionist says without looking up. "Right there." She points.
"Ah, good, good. Now, as I was saying, the job."
A hologram of a series of structures appears. Most of them appear to be some sort of habitat dome, but there are a few others, including a large spire that stretches skyward from just inward of the clusters eastern edge. The entire base appears to be sitting in the middle of a massive crater.
"This is the Yngols Project. Centuries ago, Yngols was the capital of the Federation, a government that controlled virtually all civilized space. Actually, they had the arrogance to call Federation territory 'the Civilized Regions.' At any rate, all things come to an end, and Yngols was sacked, and in fact the attackers included the Guild's predecessors. Here is an image of Yngols before the attack..."
A second hologram appears, this one of a planet. It has large, healthy looking oceans, vast swathes of green, lush land, and numerous cities large enough to be viewed from space.
"...and this is Yngols today."
The planet is replaced with a grey, lifeless sphere, devoid of water and greenery. Nothing visible remains of the urban zones.
"Horrific, of course, but it's not what it seems. The Triangle (the attackers I mentioned) bombarded the planet heavily, but most of the destruction they initially caused was inflicted by their invasion force, which consisted of over a billion soldiers. It was the infantry that destroyed the cities. Once the Triangle moved on to wrap up the rest of the Federation, the planet deteriorated until it could no longer support life. You see, Yngols is what is called an Athelan Superworld, and artificial planet. It's actually mostly hollow, and its environment was sustained entirely by Athelan machinery. Before you ask, the Athelan Empire was a power that ruled the entire galaxy before they went extinct. Little is known of them, other than the fact that they were unbelievably advanced. Even the name 'Athelan' is derived from Athelon, the Federation name for the planet where the first Athelan ruins were discovered."
As he speaks, the hologram shows diagrams of massive machines, apparently the ones contained within Yngols.
"The Triangle, without realizing it, caused heavy damage to a critical section of Yngols', well, life support. The planet's temperature became unlivable, then the atmosphere. Survivors of the assault eventually died out entirely, except those few who managed to leave the planet."
The second hologram turns off, and the map of the Yngols Project enlarges.
"A few years ago, an expedition created the Yngols Project, an attempt to recolonize Yngols. The planet is too large and unnatural for conventional terraforming, so instead they've been using biodomes for survival. All very nice, and even more irrelevant, except for one thing: this man."
Now the hologram shows a creature very similar to a human, except with elongated ears, slanted, yellow eyes, and short fangs. He's smiling at the camera (or whatever device took his picture). His nose is large-ish, the greying brown hair on the top of his head is much longer than the short fur that covers his skin, and he is very thin. He's dressed in something akin to a lab coat.
"This is doctor Myyrin Aufkyyn. He is a genius. He has the equivalent of multiple doctorates in advanced computing, archaeology, you name it. Well, archaeology and advanced computers are actually pretty strongly related in this world. He's been studying the Athelan world devices for the entire time he's been there, and awhile before arriving on Yngols, too. And he has made a breakthrough. He's developed new software that allows him to mimic a maintenance program, hacking into the Athelan devices. He plans to use this power to reset the world support, resurrecting Yngols. All very noble. The Guild has other plans. The Yngols Project is ostensibly backed by the Allied Systems, but the Guild Conglomerate is really behind the whole thing. Now that his work is complete, they're preparing to send a team to seize Dr. Aufkyyn and his work. This will give them the power to manipulate Athelan computers, an unprecedented catch."
"You're going to be part of that team. And right when their years of planning are about to pay off, you're going to snatch the good doctor and the program right out from under their antennae."