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Cdr Miranda Hawthorne

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  1. MISSION BRIEFING: Excalibur is beginning its patrol of the Agape sector where things have been relatively quiet as of late. Science has made a wish list of systems for us to check out while we're here and we're headed to the second one on the list as we pick up. A lovely class III gas moon in orbit of an unpopulated M-class world. The gas giant has been identified as a possible source of tavana gas. Cptn Swain: BEGIN SIM Cptn Swain: BEGIN SIM Cptn Swain: BEGIN SIM William Chocox: ::On the bridge, looking over the systems.:: Irene Mincine: :: Irene is at Science on the bridge, taking some initial scans of the planet as they approach. :: "Don't see gas moons of M-class planets too often. Long-range sensors even confused it for a gas giant." Cptn Swain: ::Steps onto the bridge, drinking tea -- a new supplement that one of the night shift ensigns had suggested. It wasn't bad, but if the intent was to get a promotion, they'd need to do better.:: Indaura Ryssan: :: Is in sickbay, not seeing the doctor anywhere, so she continued to work :: Cptn Swain: ::to Val:: What's our ETA to the Codan system? Irene Mincine: :: Val answers without looking up from her console. :: "Twenty minutes at warp 6." Cptn Swain: ::Nods and takes his seat:: Good Cptn Swain: Rex> ::wandering around the lounge, a little bored of his personnel reviews:: William Chocox: ::takes a sip of his tea:: 20 minutes? I'll let Engineering know. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Cdr Jalen Stanton> ::In his usual seat, he leaned against the armrest as he reviewed the latest ship reports.:: Irene Mincine: Val> "Standard orbit of the moon once we arrive, Cap?" Cptn Swain: ::Nods, taking his seat:: Cptn Swain: Clark> ::The new OPS officer glanced over to Val, and spoke quietly:: Is he always soo... imperious? William Chocox: ((I honestly have no clue what our layout is, so I don't know who I'm sitting next to.)) Indaura Ryssan: (Room not updating for me, ugh) Cptn Swain: (( https://www.deviantart.com/dantrekfan48/art/STOvTOR-U-S-S-Helena-Bridge-367903703 )) Irene Mincine: :: Val looks across to the ops station, her golden-colored eye reflecting the light. She responds quietly as well. :: "The captain? Nah. Commander Stanton's who you gotta watch out for." Indaura Ryssan: :: Gets up, padd in hand, and heads to the bridge :: Cptn Swain: Clark> ::His own deep blue eyes sort of flickered with horror for a second before nodding.:: William Chocox: ((Huh...Clark and I are mutually exclusive it seems.)) Cptn Swain: (( Just replace OPS with Navigation )) Irene Mincine: :: Val smirks and goes back to monitoring the ship's course. :: William Chocox: You're doing fine Clark. Cptn Swain: Clark> ::smiles back to Will:: Indaura Ryssan: :: Enters the bridge off the rear turbolift :: Cptn Swain: ::Pretending not to hear/notice any of the chatter below him, glances over to Stanton while taking a drink of tea:: I am anxious to try out the new sensor palettes on this thing. We have the same capability as a Galaxy class cruiser. Irene Mincine: Irene> :: Thinking the same thing as the captain, who she didn't hear. :: "We're getting into multispectral scanner range, sir." Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Cdr Jalen Stanton> I'm sure you'll soon be getting detailed sensor scans to your heart's content, sir. ::Dryly.:: I'm more interested in our weapons capability. Indaura Ryssan: :: Watching the people :: Cptn Swain: ::Smirks:: Hopefully we don't have to test those anytime soon. I think I've had enough being shot at for one lifetime, thank you. Cptn Swain: Clark> ::Frowns as his console lights up:: Sir. ::He said turning around:: Incoming transmission from Starbase 37 Tango, Priority 1 William Chocox: ::To Stanton:: 6 Phaser arrays, and 3 torpedo launchers. All at the latest Starfleet specifications. William Chocox: Sir. Irene Mincine: Val> "The Dominion War made me the woman I am today." :: She knocks on her fake arm with her other arm's knuckles, then cuts it out when the priority 1 transmission comes in. :: Cptn Swain: ::Glances over to Stanton first:: It's always something. Put it on screen Mister.... Clark is it? Cptn Swain: Clark> ::flushes, then does so:: Cptn Swain: Clark> (w) He knew my name. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Cdr Jalen Stanton> ::Cocks his head over at Will.:: Thank you, Lieutenant. They are impressive. William Chocox: You're welcome sir. Irene Mincine: :: Irene, meanwhile, frowns when the transmission comes in - looks like they might not get to check out the gas moon. :: Cptn Swain: Tersan> ::The admiral appeared after a short delay, she looked very serious,:: Captain, I am sorry to cut your patrol short. I am redirecting the Excalibur to Dourup IV, where there has been an outbreak of D'kar fever and you're the only ship in the sector with the medical capacity to handle this sort of thing. We're sending you a subspace packet with all the information you'll need on the colony as well as the antiviral treatment for the fever. William Chocox: (m)There's always something... Cptn Swain: ::Asher sighed but nodded. It was, always something. But at least this wasn't "oh go on some secret black ops mission" this time he supposed.:: Of course Admiral. Thank you, we'll get underway immediately. Indaura Ryssan: :: Sits at an unoccupied station :: Cptn Swain: Tersan> ::Nods:: You should already have received the mission packet on secure subspace. Godspeed Captain. Tersan out. Cptn Swain: Clark> Subspace packet received sir. Cptn Swain: ::Leans back:: Forward it to Commander Stanton and myself. Irene Mincine: Irene> "I've never heard of D'kar fever." Cptn Swain: ::Takes a drink of tea:: And medical... William Chocox: It's an alien disease, at least to me, so it's probably very deadly to humans. Cptn Swain: ::Shrugs, looking over the mission info sent to him:: Sounds like its something Tellerite. The colony is almost exclusively made up of them. Irene Mincine: Irene> "I was really looking forward to getting a good look at the gas moon, too..." Cptn Swain: ::Looking over the information:: Helm pull up the star chart for the Dourup system on the tactical viewer. Indaura Ryssan: I have. William Chocox: If I may sir, maybe we should make a mark here on our star chart to come back once we've cured an epidemic? Irene Mincine: Val> "Aye. Bringing it up now." :: One of those cool views of the system that the FX team spent way too much money on appears on the viewer. :: Cptn Swain: ::Smirks at Will:: I like your thinking. Indaura Ryssan: It's nasty and very contagious. William Chocox: I try to have a good idea once every two weeks or so. Cptn Swain: ::Glances over, hearing Indaura:: Ah, Doctor Ryssan. William Chocox: ::turns to Doctor Ryssan:: Does it cross species? Cptn Swain: ACTION> The cool FX scene shows that Dourup system is located closer to the Neutral Zone than we are currently and the projected course looks like it will also take us fairly close to the Neutral Zone. Indaura Ryssan: It can. It's primarily a Tellarite disease, but it can cross over to anyone with an iron-based blood system. No documented cases for copper or other based types. Cptn Swain: ::Frowns:: Lovely. Make sure everyone is up on their quarantine protocals Commander. William Chocox: So...Vulcans are fine, it's the humans that have to watch out? ::turns to Mincine:: What's Klingon blood based on? Irene Mincine: :: Val makes an ugly face at the suggested route on the screen. :: "Five days at high warp, most of which is too close to the neutral zone for my comfort." Cptn Swain: ::Glances back to the tactical display:: We don't have many options. Lay in a course and engage. Indaura Ryssan: I guess it's time to put my other specialty into play. Irene Mincine: Irene> "My blood's iron-based, same as human blood." William Chocox: You have a specialty in infectious diseases? Indaura Ryssan: Yeah... William Chocox: Impressive. Cptn Swain: ::Indaura:: Thankfully it sounds like we can replicate the anti-viral. ::Looking through the mission packet:: Report to medical and start working with Doctor DuBois to begin synthesizing it. ::Will:: Make sure they have all the resources they need, this is top priority. Indaura Ryssan: I need all the information they have on this strain. Highly unlikely we can use just any old anti-viral. William Chocox: ::to Swain:: Of course sir. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Cdr Jalen Stanton> ::Sends a memo to all department heads about the disease and suggested safety protocols.:: Irene Mincine: Val> "Understood... course laid in for the Dourup system, warp 8." :: The warp drive kicks in. :: Indaura Ryssan: :: Looks something up on her padd :: Last count there were 24 strains of this virus. William Chocox: That sounds like a lot, but I don't know enough about viruses to make an actual comment. Cptn Swain: ::Nods to Indaura:: The full mission packet likely contains that information, but we can also likely reach out the colony itself. Irene Mincine: Irene> "Captain, I'd like to assist the medical teams in synthesizing the antiviral - my specialty is genetics, after all." Cptn Swain: ::Stands up:: Commander I want a full staff briefing in ::looks at chrono on the wall:: Four hours. I assume we'll have to help with distribution as well any triage assistance they need. Looks like a pretty small colony. 18,000 people is the biggest settlement. I doubt they have much in the way of a medical facility. Cptn Swain: ::Nods:: Very well Ensign. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Cdr Jalen Stanton> ::Nods.:: Of course, sir. I'll check in with medical before the meeting to make sure they have everything they need. Cptn Swain: ::Nods again:: I'll be in my ready room. Irene Mincine: :: Irene nods. :: "Thank you, sir. Permission to head down to the science labs and get started." Indaura Ryssan: :: Sighs, closing out her padd and heading for the lift :: William Chocox: ::sends a message down to Reynolds telling them to prioritize Medical for computer time.:: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Ens Reynolds> ::Catches message and sighs, closing down his super secret project so he could check the other systems.:: Indaura Ryssan: (Yeah! Holodeck time...whoops) Cptn Swain: >> 2 minute warning >> William Chocox: ::feels a disturbance in the force...like a protege, that didn't know how to hide his work properly:: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: (( Do NOT go looking for Reynolds super secret projects. )) William Chocox: ((You know what? Now I'm just going to look harder. :P )) Cptn Swain: PAUSE SIM Cptn Swain: PAUSE SIM Cptn Swain: PAUSE SIM
  2. SD 1227.2020 - No SIM (Christmas) SD 0103.2021 - No SIM (New Year's) SD 0110.2021 Excalibur is beginning it's patrol of the Agape sector where things have been relatively quiet as of late. Science has made a wish list of systems for us to check out while we're here, and we're headed to the second one on the list as we pick up -- a lovely class III gas moon in orbit of an unpopulated M-class world. The moon has been identified as a possible source of tavana gas.
  3. 12.13.20 - No SIM --- MISSION BRIEF: Excalibur is underway for a routine patrol of the Agape sector along the neutral zone, where there have been few reports of anything of remotely interesting value for nearly a year. Science has been tasked with coming up with a list of interstellar phenomena in the sector to study, while everyone else is getting time to put away all the crap we got at starbase. Cptn Swain: BEGIN SIM Cptn Swain: BEGIN SIM Cptn Swain: BEGIN SIM Indaura Ryssan: :: Walking down a random corridor :: Irene Mincine: :: The turbolift door opens. Irene comes out, heading to the science station carrying a stack of padds. :: Cptn Swain: Rex> ::In the center seat for his turn at bridge duty:: William Chocox: ::is drinking tea while sitting at the engineering station:: Need help Ensign Mincine? Maryse Dubois: ::Enters the bridge.:: Irene Mincine: :: She sits at the science station, starting to go through the padds. :: "Know anything about L-class radiotronic pulsars?" Indaura Ryssan: :: Enters a lift :: Bridge William Chocox: Meant more about carrying that stack of PADDS, but unfortunately I must've been sick that day at the academy. Cptn Swain: Rex> ::Looks over:: Class L dwarfs get their designation because they are cooler than M stars and L is the remaining letter alphabetically closest to M. Some of these objects have masses large enough to support hydrogen fusion and are therefore stars, but most are of substellar mass and are therefore brown dwarfs. They are a very dark red in color and brightest in infrared. Their atmosphere is cool enough to allow metal hydrides and alkali metals to be prominent in their spectra. William Chocox: What he said. Irene Mincine: "I'm finalizing our exploration plans in--" :: She slowly turns her chair around as Rex goes on and on and on. :: "You should audition to be the new computer voice, Commander." Cptn Swain: Rex> ::Smirks:: I don't think Captain Swain would appreciate hearing my dulcet tones every morning. William Chocox: I could come up with a new alarm tone for the Captain. Maryse Dubois: ::Smiles as she takes a seat, overlooking the bridge crew.:: Indaura Ryssan: :: Exits onto the bridge :: William Chocox: Hello Doctors. Maryse Dubois: ::Waves to Will.:: Hello Cptn Swain: Rex> Is there a medical emergency? Irene Mincine: "He probably wouldn't." :: She laughs at Rex's comment, then waves to the two doctors. :: "Or is it just a house call?" Maryse Dubois: I would hope not. William Chocox: Some people might say that extended exposure to an environment I'm in is a medical emergency. Maryse Dubois: Just paying a friendly visit. William Chocox: Mostly those that stood too close to an EPS conduit that one time. Cptn Swain: Rex> ::chuckles:: Well, I did hear there was a scuffle down in the mess hall last night. Cptn Swain: Rex> I was impressed that Mincine wasn't even in the room. Indaura Ryssan: It's a party, it seems. I am here to observe. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Cdr Jalen Stanton> ::Steps out of the conference room, a half-smile pulling at his lips as he scanned his data padd. Pauses, glancing up with a raised brow.:: William Chocox: Hello Commander. Cptn Swain: Rex> Commander. Irene Mincine: "I was working on these PADDs." :: She waves one of the five or six of them she's got with her. :: "Commander Stanton wants these today so I grabbed dinner from the Cordon Replicateur last night." :: She acknowledges the commander, as well. :: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Cdr Jalen Stanton> Staff meeting that no one told me about? ::Glances at his senior staff.:: Indaura Ryssan: :: Writing in her padd :: William Chocox: ((his? ::raised eyebrow::)) Cptn Swain: Rex> We were just discussing a Class L star nearby. Cptn Swain: Swain> :feels disturbance in the force:: William Chocox: Is it a star? I thought you just said most Class-Ls aren't. Cptn Swain: Rex> Well, not technically. I mean they are giant balls of extremely hot gas. William Chocox: A Starfleet admiral? All the way out here? Maryse Dubois: ::Snickers:: Indaura Ryssan: :: Getting a feel for the bridge :: Irene Mincine: :: Irene shakes her head. :: "Nevermind. I've got a search pattern plan for us for the sector, Commander. I don't think we'll find any admirals out here, though. Maybe a Romulan one." Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Cdr Jalen Stanton> ::Clears throat.:: Let's not speak of those that shall not be named, lest they hear us. William Chocox: ::looks around:: Anyone here have a secret they want to tell us? Cptn Swain: Rex> I heard a rumor we're getting new uniforms soon. Friend back at HQ said they started rolling them out. William Chocox: ((Which ones are we wearing now?)) Cptn Swain: ((We're still wearing the grey's from DS9/Movies, but I think we should get the flashback ones from Picard, because they look cool. )) Cptn Swain: ((Not because I am blowing up Romulus tho.)) William Chocox: Pity, I really like these ones. Cptn Swain: Rex> ::Nods:: But you know it is. Someone at HQ gets a bee up their rear and *waves hands* Irene Mincine: "I always liked the old red-and-white turtlenecks in the museum in San Francisco. They look warm." Indaura Ryssan: :: Writing more things down :: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Cdr Jalen Stanton> ::Moves to his usual seat, but doesn't boot Rex out of the big chair. He liked his chair better. It was already broken in. and fit his tush.:: Cptn Swain: Rex> The bell bottoms though. Irene Mincine: "I mean they're not *perfect* but..." :: She picks one of the six PADDs she's got and brings it to Stanton. :: "Ahem. Commander, here's my survey plan for the Agape sector. It's a normal spiral pattern that hits all the highlights - pulsars, quasars, systems that may have M-class planets." William Chocox: Loads better than those jumpsuits from just before the turtlenecks. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Cdr Jalen Stanton> ::Glances up and takes Mincine's padd with a nod.:: Thank you, Ensign. Do you have a proposed route mapped that would satisfy our biggest Science nerd? Irene Mincine: :: She points to the other five PADDs she has on her console. :: "I have proposed routes all over the floor. That one's my recommendation." Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Cdr Jalen Stanton> Good. I'll pass it along. ::Glanced up at her.:: How did you enjoy your visit to the Starbase? Indaura Ryssan: :: Sits in the back of the bridge, observing :: Cptn Swain: Rex> ::Glances to the status monitor:: Irene Mincine: :: Hmph. :: "I stopped by the Klingon consulate and got a boring letter from my mother about Great House politics. I got some new earrings in the shopping area. I drank only water at the bar." William Chocox: Great House politics huh? Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Cdr Jalen Stanton> I was pleased to not get any frantic reports of brawls or damaged property. ::He passes the padd back over after sending himself the route she suggested.:: Irene Mincine: :: Nod. :: "She's a member of the House of Morvath, which means I'm a member of the House of Morvath. We haven't had a seat on the council in decades, though." :: She takes back the padd. :: "I *can* behave myself, sir." William Chocox: Sometimes I wish I'd get a report about Reynolds doing something. I'm still surprised that the man joined Starfleet and got himself posted here. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Cdr Jalen Stanton> I figured you could, but I just needed to see it for myself. Irene Mincine: "Hmph. I do plan on making Lieutenant before the age of 50, after all." Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Ens Reynolds> ::Trying out different variations of replicated water because the usual one tasted odd. For fun.:: Cptn Swain: Rex> ::Smirks:: Well Ensign, I made Lieutenant Commander and look at me. Cptn Swain: (( two minute warning )) William Chocox: Even if you blow up the entire EPS conduit system of the starship you're on you can become a Chief Engineer. William Chocox: Not that I would have personal experience about that. Irene Mincine: "Fortunately, I'm not in charge of explosive plasma. Well, I'm... usually not..." Cptn Swain: Rex> ::Nods solemnly:: Cptn Swain: PAUSE SIM Cptn Swain: PAUSE SIM Cptn Swain: PAUSE SIM
  4. SD 1220.2020 Excalibur is underway for a routine patrol of the Agape sector along the neutral zone, where there have been few reports of anything of remotely interesting value for nearly a year. Science has been tasked with coming up with a list of interstellar phenomena in the sector to study, while everyone else is getting time to put away all the crap we got at starbase.
  5. MISSION BRIEF: Having returned to 37 Tango, Excalibur has resupplied and is preparing to head out on patrol of the Agape sector. Cptn Swain: BEGIN SIM Cptn Swain: BEGIN SIM Cptn Swain: BEGIN SIM William Chocox: ::is working at the Engineering Bridge Station:: Irene Mincine: :: Irene behaved herself this time! She's back at her spot at the science station on the bridge, not even hung over or anything. All of the captain's belongings are where they're supposed to be. :: Indaura Ryssan: :: Clearing up her office :: Indaura Ryssan: :: Watering the plants :: William Chocox: Warp core is looking good. We're ready to go when cleared. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Cdr Jalen Stanton> ::Reviewing manifest and other reports from the starbase to ensure that none of his crew had gotten up to anything while on leave.:: Maryse Dubois: ::Checking off the supply reports. Everything seemed in order.:: Cptn Swain: ::Enters the bridge, tea in hand, looking refreshed.:: Irene Mincine: "New haircut, sir?" :: She says as Swain walks in. :: William Chocox: (m) Three days old Ensign. Cptn Swain: ::Smirks and takes his seat:: Cptn Swain: Status reports? William Chocox: Engineering is good sir. Irene Mincine: Irene> "Sensors are all good, sir." Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Cdr Jalen Stanton> We've been restocked and refueled, sir. Cptn Swain: ::Glances over to Jalen:: Cptn Swain: Excellent. Cptn Swain: Sound departure stations. Irene Mincine: Val> ::At helm. :: "We're cleared for departure on your command, cap." Cptn Swain: Good. Clear all moorings. Irene Mincine: :: A few seconds of console-typing later... :: Val> "We are free and clear." William Chocox: Warp Drive is ready. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Cdr Jalen Stanton> ::Leans back in his chair.:: She's running smoothly. Cptn Swain: Take us out, 1/4 impulse until we're clear of the perimeter. Cptn Swain: Then engage warp 6. ::sips tea:: I think they managed to find a sector along the neutral zone I've never been. William Chocox: I almost thought I'd seen enough of the neutral zone for one lifetime. Irene Mincine: Val> "One quarter impulse, warp 6 for the destination sector." :: The ship slides away from the docking platform, then forward toward the space doors. :: Irene Mincine: Irene> "What's special about this sector?" Cptn Swain: Nothing in particular. William Chocox: Which means we're either going to discover an advanced Romulan invasion fleet, or 5 black holes within a light year of each other. Cptn Swain: ::Smirks:: Irene Mincine: Irene> "It's always one of the two in the neutral zone, isn't it?" Cptn Swain: There is a brown dwarf I thought we might check out. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Cdr Jalen Stanton> Why must everyone always think the worst? I read the reports from your rescue mission and everything seemed quiet. A minor hiccup, but you resolved that admirably well. Cptn Swain: ::Nods:: Yes, they did a good job. William Chocox: ::to Stanton:: Is that the only mission report you've read? Maryse Dubois: ::Takes note that the ship is moving. She grabs a tea from her replicator and finishes up the report.:: Irene Mincine: Val> "Cleared the perimeter. Going to warp, sir." :: EXT. Space: The ship goes to warp. Indaura Ryssan: :: Walking into the sickbay :: Irene Mincine: Irene> "Thank you." :: She beams, proud that the commander had words of praise for her for once. :: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Cdr Jalen Stanton> I read all of the mission reports. ::Glance at Chocox.:: Something you neglected to include? William Chocox: So you've read all of the mission reports for our various missions and you're questioning why we think something unexpected might happen? William Chocox: Sir? Maryse Dubois: ::Hearing someone enter sickbay, she steps out of her office.:: Indaura Ryssan: Ah Doctor, I see we are getting underway. Irene Mincine: :: Irene lowers her head to look at the science console and stifles a laugh. :: Maryse Dubois: ::Nods.:: So it seems. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Cdr Jalen Stanton> ::Smirks.:: You think the ship attracts unfortunate circumstances? Cptn Swain: ::Drinks his tea:: William Chocox: Sir, with all due respect. The only other ships that have these sorts of things happen to them are named Enterprise. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Cdr Jalen Stanton> I've known of a lot of 'cursed' ships in the fleet, but primarily I find it isn't the ship. ::Gives Will a long look.:: It's typically the people. William Chocox: Are you saying that I sabotaged an entire planet sir? Irene Mincine: Irene> "Well, I didn't sabotage it." William Chocox: ::shrugs:: (m) Would be my most impressive engineering feat. Cptn Swain: ::Smirking, turns to Irene:: Other than the brown dwarf, why don't you compile a list of stellar phenomena in the Agape sector, Ensign. Cptn Swain: Perhaps we can find time to check out a few while we scan space dust for hidden Romulans. Irene Mincine: Irene> :: Nods. :: "Will do, sir... any particular type you want me to focus on?" :: She hmms at the mention of hidden Romulans. :: "Maybe tachyon-emitting pulsars?" Cptn Swain: Sure. William Chocox: Sounds like fun. Cptn Swain: Those are always interesting. ::Wrote his thesis on them:: Irene Mincine: Irene> :: A knowing smile. :: "I'll have a prospective search list for us by the time we get to the neutral zone, sir." William Chocox: ::William had written his thesis on Applied Engineering Methods as Applied to Violent Combustion in Military Contexts:: Irene Mincine: :: Irene’s was on slime mold DNA sequencing. :: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Cdr Jalen Stanton> ::Glances at Swain.:: The neutral zone is always a hazard, but Starfleet didn't give any specifics on current threats in the area. William Chocox: We'll need to keep our heads on a swivel anyway. Cptn Swain: ::Nods:: As always. Irene Mincine: Irene> “We did get a new software package that’s supposed to increase sensitivity for Romulan engine emissions but I’m sure the Romulans had a copy 3 months ago.” William Chocox: Probably 6 Cptn Swain: Now, now. The Romulans are many things. They're clever, sometimes too clever. Cptn Swain: And I have one of the best crews in the fleet. William Chocox: But? Cptn Swain: No but. William Chocox: Hm Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Cdr Jalen Stanton> ::Back to reading reports, this time on current Romulan excursions.:: Indaura Ryssan: (I'm just not getting the chats tonight) Irene Mincine: Irene> "Best geneticist in the fleet at your service." William Chocox: (m) Best explosives expert. Indaura Ryssan: :: She sits :: So where are we going this time? Cptn Swain: PAUSE SIM Cptn Swain: PAUSE SIM Cptn Swain: PAUSE SIM
  6. SD 1206.2020 Having returned to 37 Tango, Excalibur has resupplied and is preparing to head out on patrol of the Agape sector.
  7. MSSION BRIEF: Having concluded their diplomatic mission and recovered their away team from their mission to the neutral zone, Excalibur is en route to Starbase 37 Tango for a short layover and "refill" before they are to embark on a patrol of the Agape sector along the neutral zone. Sparsely populated the Agape sector is of strategic importance due to the presence of a secret Federation long-range listening post. TBS has been several days and we should be nearing Starbase 37 Tango. Cptn Swain: BEGIN SIM Cptn Swain: BEGIN SIM Cptn Swain: BEGIN SIM William Chocox: ::is at the Bridge Engineering station, monitoring the ship's systems:: Indaura Ryssan: :: Reading something in her office :: Irene Mincine: :: Irene is writing up reports on the resonating crystals down in her science lab. :: Cptn Swain: ::Enters the bridge clean shaven and with a haircut, drinking tea:: William Chocox: ::looks up:: Intruder alert? Maryse Dubois: ::In her office for the moment, finishing up a report.:: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Cdr Jalen Stanton> ::Snorts at Will's comment from his chair.:: Irene Mincine: :: Val, at helm, tries to hide a laugh. :: Cptn Swain: ::Smirks:: The Bancroft has also returned to starbase, so I thought Arden would enjoy a smooth shave. William Chocox: Aaaah, I see. Cptn Swain: ::Takes his seat:: How long before we arrive at 37 Tango? Irene Mincine: Val> :: Looks down at her console. :: "ETA is 3 hours at warp 6, Cap." Indaura Ryssan: :: Looking at her list of messages :: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Cdr Jalen Stanton> Not soon enough... Irene Mincine: :: Irene transmits her report, along with a recording of the resonance in the cavern, to Commander Stanton. She happily sits down in a padded chair and reviews the recording for herself once again. :: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Cdr Jalen Stanton> ::Glances at his terminal as it bleeps an incoming report and swipes it to his padd to review. Quirks an eyebrow at the recording, pressing one finger behind his ear.:: Interesting... William Chocox: What are you listening to sir? Cptn Swain: ::Jalen:: We won't be at Tango long. Also would like to have the wish list ready as well. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Cdr Jalen Stanton> Science sent me a recording of those crystals in the cavern. Quite the buzz, isn't it. Cptn Swain: ::Jalen:: Make sure the crew knows that it won't be a long stop. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Cdr Jalen Stanton> ::Nods to Swain.:: Aye, sir. Cptn Swain: ::Glances over:: Shame I missed out. Indaura Ryssan: (grr) Irene Mincine: +Stanton+ "Ensign Mincine to Commander Stanton. Just confirming you received the report as ordered." :: She was being quite formal. :: Indaura Ryssan: :: Taking her reading on her padd, heads out of her office :: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Cdr Jalen Stanton> +Mincine+ I did, Ensign. I'll be sure to let you know if I have any questions. Thank you for the recording. Cptn Swain: ::Finishes his tea:: I meant to tell you Will, good job on the away team. Commander Rex's report was very complimentary of your work. Irene Mincine: Val> +Stanton+ "Of course, Commander." :: A pause. :: "I don't suppose I'm un-grounded from starbases, sir?" Indaura Ryssan: :: Enters sickbay :: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Cdr Jalen Stanton> ::Considers.:: +Mincine+ Our trip to the Starbase is going to be very brief. I'll consider this your probationary period. Cptn Swain: ::Glances over to Stanton:: Irene Mincine: :: Irene lets out a sigh of relief. :: +Stanton+ "Thank you, commander. I will not disappoint." Cptn Swain: ::takes a drink of tea:: William Chocox: ::becomes very interested in his console:: Thank you sir. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Cdr Jalen Stanton> We'll see... ::Muses to himself.:: Cptn Swain: ::Smirks at Will, pleased with himself:: Irene Mincine: +Stanton+ :: Another pause. :: "I... Mincine out." William Chocox: Also, are we still giving Mincine a hard time? I think she learned her lesson. Cptn Swain: Having been something of a character myself at that age, I think she can handle it. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Cdr Jalen Stanton> ::He threw Will a glance.:: Did she? She's yet to prove that, but we'll see. William Chocox: She didn't sell anything while we were gone. Cptn Swain: I once got into a bar fight with the uh--assistant--of a planetary governor we were negotiation with. Irene Mincine: Val> :: To Will. :: "Weren't you all on an uninhabited planet?" Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Cdr Jalen Stanton> To scientists that weren't looking to buy anything? ::Snorts. Glancing at Swain, he pursed his lips.:: You aren't helping, you know. Cptn Swain: The XO didn't let me out of his sight for a solid month. William Chocox: ::to Val:: Seemed like a bunch of people hanging around for an uninhabited planet. And I think a bar fight is a bit different than someone misreading a contract. Cptn Swain: ::Jalen:: I am just saying that with proper supervision, discipline, and mentoring, Ensign Micine might even become a... Ca... senior officer. Irene Mincine: Val> "I bet you were real fun as a junior officer, captain." William Chocox: Oh Lord, I might need to salute her then. Cptn Swain: ::Smirks, lets their imagination take over:: Cptn Swain: (( TWO MINUTE WARNING )) Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Cdr Jalen Stanton> Oh, I would fully agree with you, sir, which is why I'm giving her probation to prove that she's worth spending the time to develop. Cptn Swain: ::Nods in approval:: William Chocox: ::to Val:: From his stories it certainly seems like it. Cptn Swain: PAUSE SIM Cptn Swain: PAUSE SIM Cptn Swain: PAUSE SIM
  8. SD 1129.2020 Having concluded their diplomatic mission and recovered their away team from their mission to the neutral zone, Excalibur is en route to Starbase 37 Tango for a short layover and "refill" before they are to embark on a patrol of the Agape sector along the neutral zone. Sparsely populated the Agape sector is of strategic importance due to the presence of a secret Federation long-range listening post.
  9. MISSION BRIEF: The away team has been rigging a system using crystals on the planet to restart the yachts warp core, while also working repair the science team's communications array. As we pick up, the team is preparing to attempt the restart. Cptn Swain: BEGIN SIM Cptn Swain: BEGIN SIM Cptn Swain: BEGIN SIM Irene Mincine: :: Irene is at a monitoring station in the engineering room of the yacht. :: "Ready to go here." Indaura Ryssan: Is this one of those events where it works or it goes so spectacularly wrong we won't even know it failed? William Chocox: ::is in the Yacht, ready to try to restart:: That would be telling. Thank you Mincine, you ready Doc? Cptn Swain: Rex> ::On the control center:: Irene Mincine: "It... shouldn't blow up, right?" :: Looking to Will. :: William Chocox: Nothing should, but I do have a reputation. Fire in the hole! Fire in the hole! Fire in the hole! ::activates the restart:: Cptn Swain: ACTION> The Warp Core fires up properly after a brief delay. William Chocox: ::watches as the restart works:: WHOO! ::composes himself:: I knew it was going to work. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Ens Reynolds> ::Had covered his ears in preparation, but when it fired up without exploding, he relaxed. Checks his data padd.:: Okay... looks like it is functioning normally... Cptn Swain: Rex> ::Watches from the cockpit as the panels begin lighting back up:: Irene Mincine: :: Irene looks pretty happy once the warp core gets going. :: "All right! We can get out of here!" Cptn Swain: Rex> Well that's a pleasant surprise. William Chocox: ::wheels around to give Rex a glare:: Were you expecting something else sir? Indaura Ryssan: I will feel better after we are in orbit. Cptn Swain: Rex> ::Smirks:: Cptn Swain: Rex> Agreed. Ensign Mincine, take the helm. Irene Mincine: :: Irene is taken a little aback. :: "You want me flying this thing, sir?" :: She leaves Valdar monitoring the station in engineering and heads off to the bridge section of the yacht. :: Cptn Swain: Rex> You are qualified, yes? Irene Mincine: :: She nods. :: "I have an emergency helm rating, yes, and this is an emergency..." :: She takes her seat at the helm console. :: William Chocox: ::goes back to monitoring the warp core:: We're ready back here. Cptn Swain: Rex> ::Reynolds:: Are all repairs to the science team's equipment completed? Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Ens Reynolds> ::Nods.:: Aye, sir. I left their comms functional with a self-sustaining power shield to keep the atmosphere from draining it again. William Chocox: Thank goodness. Cptn Swain: Rex> Good. ::Takes his seat:: Mister Mincine. Begin pre-fight. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Ens Reynolds> With their limitless supply of crystals, they shouldn't have any issues with shielding their other power systems. Irene Mincine: :: She nods, punching in settings on the console. :: "Internal atmosphere... hydrogen pumps purged... antimatter injectors set... inertial dampeners configured for atmospheric flight..." :: It takes her a little longer than the average helmsman to go through the checklist. :: "And we are ready to get off this planet." Cptn Swain: Rex> ::Nods:: Take us out. Irene Mincine: "Gladly." :: The yacht begins to lift off, hopefully... :: Cptn Swain: ACTION> The Yacht does lift off, and is soon headed off into space. William Chocox: ::William settles into a seat in Engineering:: Do we have anymore ration packs? Cptn Swain: Rex> Shouldn't the replicators be up and working soon? Irene Mincine: :: Irene sighs in relief once they're finally in space and not going to crash back into the planet or fly into a mountain. :: "We're in orbit, Commander. Finally. Want me to set course for Excalibur?" Indaura Ryssan: :: Sits and rests a bit :: William Chocox: I like how they taste. Cptn Swain: Rex> Weirdo. ::Shakes his head:: Yes, let's make our exit from the Neutral Zone as quick as possible. Cptn Swain: Rex> Send a message ahead to Excalibur and update them on the situation. William Chocox: On it. ::sends out a quick message so that the Excalibur can expect them to arrive:: Cptn Swain: Rex> Good work everyone. Irene Mincine: "I can't stand those rations. I'd rather eat replicated gagh for breakfast than eat another one of those protein bars." :: She sets their course for Excalibur. :: "Course laid in." Cptn Swain: Rex> Engage. Warp 5. William Chocox: Isn't the point of gagh that you eat it alive? Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Ens Reynolds> ::He tossed one of his own rations to Will.:: You can have my, Commander. I don't eat much on away missions. I'm usually too nervous. Irene Mincine: "Yes, and the replicator has some kind of ethical problem with that." :: She presses the 'go to warp' button on the helm console. :: William Chocox: ::is beaned with the ration:: Oof! Thanks! And did this mission give you any reason to be nervous? Cptn Swain: Rex> ::Smirks:: Well I think you can relax Reynolds. Indaura Ryssan: Is there anything warm to drink in the rations? Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Ens Reynolds> Stuck on a planet with our power draining and the very real possibility of being stuck there forever? No... no worries at all. ::sighs.:: Irene Mincine: "They would have sent a rescue party eventually... and we'd have all the rations Will can eat." Cptn Swain: Rex> You engineering boys need to get out more often. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Ens Reynolds> I can play yeoman. ::He unstrapped himself and began digging through the rations to find a drink for Indaura. Comes up with two packets.:: You want caffeine or no caffeine, Doctor? William Chocox: That's what I said to Reynolds! That's why I dragged him along. Irene Mincine: "You better not be giving away my freeze-dried raktajino, Reynolds." Indaura Ryssan: Who do you take me for Reynolds? Caffeine please. William Chocox: There are better coffees Irene. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Ens Reynolds> No, I think it is some sort of tea. ::Peers at the labels. Pops one of the bags for Indaura and hands it to her. The bag inflates and begins to warm in her hands. In a moment, she has a steaming mug of tea.:: Irene Mincine: "There are *not*. One cup and I'm wired for hours." :: She scoffs. :: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Ens Reynolds> I much prefer staying in boring engineering, sir. For the record. ::Glances to Rex and Irene.:: Anyone want anything else? William Chocox: That's supposed to convince me? Indaura Ryssan: A good tea is essential Irene Mincine: "If you're working on a genetics experiment at 0300, it's great. I thought engineers would appreciate that." :: She shakes her head in response to Reynolds. :: "I'm fine." Cptn Swain: Rex> I don't know about any of you, but I'll feel alot better once we've left the neutral zone. William Chocox: That's not good for you Mincine. Irene Mincine: "It got me to the helm of a captain's yacht, didn't it?" :: She checks on their current position. :: "Shouldn't be in the neutral zone for too much longer." Cptn Swain: << Two Minute Warning >> William Chocox: I don't know how to respond to that. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Ens Reynolds> Uh... how much longer are we in the neutral zone? Anyone feel like we're being watched? ::Sits at his station again to check the sensors.:: Indaura Ryssan: Don't we have permission to be here? Irene Mincine: :: Irene laughs. :: "Of course we're being watched, we're in the neutral zone. Doesn't matter if we have permission to be here." William Chocox: Romulans are always watching. Cptn Swain: PAUSE SIM Cptn Swain: PAUSE SIM Cptn Swain: PAUSE SIM
  10. SD 1108.2020 The away team has been rigging a system using crystals on the planet to restart the yachts warp core while also working repair the science team's communications array. As we pick up, the team is preparing to attempt the restart.
  11. MISSION BRIEF: Excalibur's "rescue team" -- now in need of rescue of their own -- have devised a plan to use crystals from the planet's cave system to re-energize their yachts systems. Will it work, or will they become residents of the cold, foggy planet? Cptn Swain: BEGIN SIM Cptn Swain: BEGIN SIM Cptn Swain: BEGIN SIM William Chocox: ::is totally not very far away from where the experiment has been set up:: Irene Mincine: :: Irene and Valdar are at a hotwired monitoring station across the room. :: Cptn Swain: Rex> ::drinking coffee:: Cptn Swain: Rex> ::Will:: I heard you have a colorful nickname among the senior staff. William Chocox: ::Rex:: Remind me to sue the Captain for Slander and Libel when we get back to civilization. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Ens Reynolds> ::He threw Rex a glance and then a look at Will, but wisely kept his trap shut.:: Irene Mincine: "Let's wait to argue until we get this experiment going so we know if we *will* get back." :: Irene, on the other hand, is no stranger to opening her mouth. :: Cptn Swain: Rex> He wasn't the one who told me. ::smirks:: Cptn Swain: Rex> I still can't believe he let me on his ship. William Chocox: Very well then. ::Loudly:: Fire in the hole! Fire in the hole! Fire in the hole! ::activates whatever it is he put together with technobabble:: Cptn Swain: << Everyone give me a number 1-20 >> William Chocox: ((8)) Irene Mincine: (( 5 )) Indaura Ryssan: (17) Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: (18) Maryse Dubois: ((6)) Maryse Dubois: :;Watching from a distance.:: Cptn Swain: ACTION> It works! It doesn't blow up! William Chocox: ::raises hands in triumph:: WHOO! ::quickly composes himself:: Knew it would work. Cptn Swain: Rex> ::Silently hands Irene a strip of latinum:: Irene Mincine: :: Irene and Valdar converse for a second, then announce with a smile. :: "Crystals are stable. Decay is as expected." :: Irene slips the latinum into her jacket pocket with a smirk. :: William Chocox: ::William doesn't notice, too elated at his experiment working:: Told you it would work Reynolds! Indaura Ryssan: How is the crystal work going? William Chocox: It worked! Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Ens Reynolds> Never had any doubts at all, sir. ::Total lie.:: Cptn Swain: Rex> So, how long will it take you get this setup for the ship? Irene Mincine: "Collecting more crystals won't be a problem. How about setting it up on the yacht?" :: Irene looks to Will. William Chocox: ::stares at Reynolds before turning to Rex:: Shouldn't be too long, anywhere between a couple hours, and a few days. Indaura Ryssan: Are loose crystals fine? Cptn Swain: Rex> Good. I don't know about anyone else, but I don't want to be a resident of this planet. William Chocox: They appear to be so. At least, I think that's what we used here. Irene Mincine: "Yeah, that's what we used in the experiment. Those crystal chunks we scavenged from the cave. I can't wait to get out of here. I've had enough of emergency rations." William Chocox: I'm always willing to take any you don't want. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Ens Reynolds> ::He began to collect his tools and the equipment they'd brought with them, tilting his head at Will.:: Do we use these to put up shielding around their comms, or pass the information on to the next sucke... ah... team to visit? William Chocox: I think we can do both. William Chocox: ::turns to Rex:: Unless you have an opinion Commander. Irene Mincine: "Depends how much we hate the next team to visit, I would think." Cptn Swain: Rex> ::Nods:: Sounds good to me, but prioritize the yacht. William Chocox: Aye sir. William Chocox: ::William grabs his tools to start working on the yacht:: Cptn Swain: Rex> ::Looks over to Maryse:: Why don't you and doctor Ryssan make sure the science team has everything they need. Indaura Ryssan: :: Nods :: Irene Mincine: "I think we'll need another batch of crystals, mostly..." Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Ens Reynolds> You want to tackle the yacht and I can do the comms, sir? Or do you need me on the ship? William Chocox: I should be able to handle the yacht. Be prepared for me to call you in if I need you though. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Ens Reynolds> Aye, sir. ::He nodded and headed off to the comms hut to start making preparations.:: Indaura Ryssan: I'd rather not have to jostle the crystals from their housing Cptn Swain: Rex> ::will:: Let me know if I can be of any help. William Chocox: Aye sir. ::starts to make his way to the yacht:: Irene Mincine: "Valdar and I calculated that we'll only need 350 grams of crystal to provide enough power to get us off the planet. There should be enough loose crystals that we don't need to go around breaking intact ones off." Cptn Swain: Rex> ::Orders the security team to begin getting the camp taken down:: Indaura Ryssan: Sounds simple enough, though we should get some extra, just in case. Irene Mincine: :: Nod. :: "Agreed. 450 grams should give us a good margin for error." William Chocox: ::makes it to the yacht and starts tinkering:: Hope the captain doesn't want this back the way we found it. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Ens Reynolds> Hey! Can I get some grams or something of that good stuff? ::Yelling back at the scientists.:: I need it for the comms! ::Disappears into the hut.:: Indaura Ryssan: Down to the bottom again Irene? Irene Mincine: :: Sigh. :: "...550 grams. Yeah, let's get going, Doctor." Irene Mincine: :: Irene leads the science team and doctors back off to the crystal shaft. :: Cptn Swain: PAUSE SIM Cptn Swain: PAUSE SIM Cptn Swain: PAUSE SIM
  12. SD 1101.2020 Excalibur's "rescue team" -- now in need of rescue of their own -- have devised a plan to use crystals from the planet's cave system to re-energize their yachts systems. Will it work, or will they become residents of the cold, foggy planet?
  13. SD 1025.2020 The team in the caves have taken several samples of smaller crystals back with them to the surface, while on the yacht engineering has made some preliminary steps towards reversing the loss of power, in particular towards being able to restart the warp core. Meanwhile, Lt. Cmdr Rex has continued to nap.
  14. MISSION BRIEF: The team in the caves have taken several samples of smaller crystals back with them to the surface, while on the yacht engineering has made some preliminary steps towards reversing the loss of power, in particular towards being able to restart the warp core. Meanwhile, Lt. Cmdr Rex has continued to nap. Cptn Swain: BEGIN SIM Cptn Swain: BEGIN SIM Cptn Swain: BEGIN SIM Cptn Swain: Rex> ::napping with the book open on his chest, a candy bar laying nearby:: William Chocox: ((::makes sure his # is still sitting atop his head like a hat::)) William Chocox: #::continues walking up to the building he thinks is the main lab:: Irene Mincine: @ :: Irene leads the science crew back to the main camp, carrying a few crystal pieces in her pockets. :: Cptn Swain: Falkyn> ::another of the many science nerds from the original expedition:: Ah --::to will:: How can I help? William Chocox: ((::takes his # off::)) William Chocox: Ah, yes, hello, is this the main lab here? I have an idea and a question. Probably multiple questions, but we'll see where we go. Cptn Swain: Falkyn> ::Looks at the officer strangely, but smiles:: Fire away William Chocox: I have an idea on how to prevent power loss from the various batteries and what not here, but it requires Trellium. You wouldn't happen to have any or a way to make it would you? Irene Mincine: :: Irene arrives back at the lab, other science nerds in tow. :: "Hey, we've got some samples of crystals that might get us powered back up again." William Chocox: Oh, cool. Multiple ideas! Indaura Ryssan: :: Gets out a crystal or two from her pocket :: William Chocox: Fascinating. Indaura Ryssan: :: plays with them in her hand:: Cptn Swain: Falkyn> ::shakes his head:: Not in any large amount ::considers:: but the crystals in the cave have trac... ::glances over to Irene:: Who invited the Klingon science department? ::grins:: William Chocox: ::glares at Falkyn:: You wanna run that by me again? Cptn Swain: Falkyn> The crystals in the cave below do have some trace amounts of trellium in them. ::missing zero beats:: William Chocox: That's interesting. William Chocox: (m) But not what I meant. Irene Mincine: :: Irene scoffs at Falkyn. :: "They send us in when the Federation can't figure it out." :: She places a few crystal shards on the table in the center. She's got more important things to worry about than casual spacism. :: "They act as energy resonators. It seems like they could amplify what's left in our batteries." Indaura Ryssan: Would that not break up the crystalline structure, making them susceptible to fracture? Cptn Swain: Falkyn> Well that was among the many reasons we've been studying them. Irene Mincine: "I would think so but I'm a biologist, not a geologist. They've got some strange properties." William Chocox: Reynolds and I were thinking that a Trellium barrier would prevent the theta radiation from draining the batteries. Indaura Ryssan: Do they have any application as dilithium does? Cptn Swain: Falkyn> ::to Will:: That would make sense. ::Indaura:: Dilithium acts as a regulator for anti-matter reactions in much the same way graphite does for nuclear reactions. William Chocox: I was more thinking of using it as a shield rather than a regulator, like he said. Irene Mincine: :: To Indaura. :: "We want something that boosts output, not something that moderates it." Indaura Ryssan: Energy must be attracted to these crystals, so there's a polarity involved... but in the end, the power needs to go somewhere. Cptn Swain: Falkyn> Well, could you rig a device to transfer the energy from the crystals to our devices, and presumably your ship? Irene Mincine: "There's enough resonant crystals in the cavern to power a starbase if we can figure out how to capture and transfer it." :: She looks to William. :: William Chocox: Well, we'll never know unless we try. Indaura Ryssan: Sorry, but how can this power a starbase? William Chocox: If you have enough energy. Cptn Swain: Falkyn> ::does jazz hands:: Magic Irene Mincine: "Okay, it's an exaggeration... but if we start with what's left in our batteries and feed it through the crystal chamber somehow, we'll get a much larger amount of energy out from the resonance boost. Either that or blow ourselves into orbit, but that's why I'm not an engineer." Cptn Swain: Falkyn> Por que no los dos? Irene Mincine: :: She looks at Falkyn, who she decidedly does not care for. :: "You wanna be helpful or sarcastic?" Cptn Swain: Falkyn> ::Considers repeating himself, but decides against:: I am not much of an engineer, but we do have a number of parts that might be helpful in building an energy converter. ::Points to several large boxes:: One of the teams that was supposed to be working with the Romulans were going to do testing on the crystals amplification properties, but since the Romulans pulled out we've been busy with other things. Indaura Ryssan: :: Still wishes she took more physics classes :: William Chocox: ::walks over and starts looking through the boxes:: Irene Mincine: :: Valdar, the geologist, follows Chocox and starts digging through the boxes. :: Valdar> "Hmm..." William Chocox: Lots of cool gear here. Irene Mincine: Irene> "Fortunately we do have some people who know how energy converters work, or at least how crystals work." Indaura Ryssan: :: Puts the crystals back in her pocket :: Indaura Ryssan: Imagine what a phaser would do to a crystal. Indaura Ryssan: Oh, wonder if they have any biological properties William Chocox: ::ponders:: Ooh, what would a phaser do to a crystal? ::files that away in his brain:: Irene Mincine: Valdar> :: While collecting some parts from the boxes. :: "A directed energy beam plus this much amplification?" Cptn Swain: Falkyn> ::has disappeared:: Cptn Swain: Rex> ::yawns as he wakes up, and notices he was out for a lot longer than he'd planned:: William Chocox: Chocox wants a big boom! ::looks around:: Where'd that nerdy fella scamper off to? Irene Mincine: :: Irene shrugs, not noticing either. :: "Don't know, don't care. He was a jerk. I haven't seen the head of the expedition in a while, either." William Chocox: Hm...makes the suspicious part of my brain tingle. Cptn Swain: Rex> +Will+ Rex to Will, report Indaura Ryssan: :: Takes out a crystal, sings to it :: la la la la la la laaaa! William Chocox: +Rex+ Commander, we're figuring out if we can block the radiation that's been draining the power as well as using the crystals to amplify the power we have left. Irene Mincine: :: Irene looks quizzical at Indaura... :: "I don't think that's going to do much..." Cptn Swain: Rex> ::Blinks:: +Will+ Uh... well that's some developments. Where are you at? William Chocox: +Rex+ We're in the main lab. Cptn Swain: Rex> ::standing and stretching, he laid the trashy betazoid romance novel down:: +Will+ On my way, you can fill me in when I get there. I've been uh, consulting with, uh, mission summaries from the science team. Rex out. Cptn Swain: TWO MINUTE WARNING Indaura Ryssan: I sing to my beetles William Chocox: +Rex+ Understood. Chocox out. Irene Mincine: "You're... an interesting one, doc." :: Irene steps away from Indaura and toward Will. :: "One hour of holodeck time says he's been reading the captain's copy of Vulcan Love Slave, Part II." Irene Mincine: "Mission reports my butt." Cptn Swain: << I am innocent >> Cptn Swain: ...and... Cptn Swain: PAUSE SIM Cptn Swain: PAUSE SIM Cptn Swain: PAUSE SIM
  15. MISSION BRIEF: The engineering team continues to work on the shuttle too see if they can determine how to prevent further battery drain; while science and medical head down into the crystal caves. Cptn Swain: BEGIN SIM Cptn Swain: BEGIN SIM Cptn Swain: BEGIN SIM William Chocox: ::is poking around the yacht's engineering department, looking to see if anything seems promising:: Irene Mincine: "Here we are, 400 meters below the surface." :: Irene steps out when the elevator stops. :: "About 50 meters this way is the resonance cavern." Cptn Swain: @Rex> ::Still reading the trashy romance novel:: William Chocox: ((Do we need to grab a symbol?)) Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: (( @ for crystal crew. # for Yachty )) Cptn Swain: (( Probably not. )) William Chocox: ((::grabs a # and slaps it on his head like a hat::)) Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: #Ens Reynolds> ::Scanning the yacht with a rapidly declining tricorder seemed a bit stupid, but it was all he had.:: William Chocox: # Anything looking good? I'm not getting a lot of joy here. Indaura Ryssan: @ :: Getting ready to visit the resonance again :: Maryse Dubois: @ ::Follows Irene, carefully.:: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: @ACTION> The crystal cavern is much how they left it. The lights scattered throughout the cave made the crystalline structures glimmer as they navigated the path. Every little sound echoed back at them a hundred times over. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: #Ens Reynolds> ::He grumbled.:: Me, either. Looks like the systems are still being drained. Irene Mincine: @ :: She whispers to the rest of the team. :: "Make sure you don't make a lot of noise in here." :: She was, again, awed by the crystal systems... Indaura Ryssan: @ :: coughs :: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: @ACTION> ::COUGH!COUGH!COUGH!COUGH!COUGH!COUGH!:: William Chocox: # This makes no dang sense...it compels me though. ::starts physically poking around:: Indaura Ryssan: @ :: gasps :: (w) sorry.... sorry......... s o r r y.... Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: #Ens Reynolds> What about physical barriers? You think that might work? Some sort of substance that could literally shield the power systems? William Chocox: # That is probably the best idea. If it's radiation we would need lead. Irene Mincine: @ "Just like that..." :: She pulled out her tricorder. :: "I'm not sure what we're looking for, but we should get as many readings of the area as possible." Maryse Dubois: @ ::Looks at Indaura a moment before she grins. Then she begins scanning.:: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: @ACTION> Scans of the crystals show an interesting internal matrix that seems to amplify sound, light, and energy. William Chocox: #::does a quick scan with his tricorder to see if it's radiation that's draining the batteries:: Maryse Dubois: @ Hmm Maryse Dubois: @ ::Quietly:: These crystals seem to amplify...well just about anything. Cptn Swain: #ACTION> There does appear to be radiation traces on the ships batteries and the warp core is likewise poisoned with theta radiation Indaura Ryssan: @ :: Gestures since making a sound will only make things worse for their hearing :: Irene Mincine: @ :: Valdar is pointing something out on her tricorder to Irene. She returns to Maryse and Indaura. :: "That's what Valdar says, too. Geology and engineering aren't my forte. Maybe we could give some shavings to the engineering team. An energy amplifier could counter an energy drain, right?" William Chocox: # There we go...theta radiation... ::closes his tricorder to save battery:: Now, what blocks theta radiation? Indaura Ryssan: @ :: Thinks :: Do we know the structure of these crystals and how far they go? Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: #Ens Reynolds> ::He takes a look at Will's readings and scratches his head.:: Maryse Dubois: @ If we take samples, do so carefully. The wrong setting on a phaser or laser drill could be hazardous. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: #Ens Reynolds> I mean... Trellium is a good insulator, but I don't see how we could synthesize that here with such limited means. Unless the scientists have something? William Chocox: # That is the best idea I've heard this mission. Irene Mincine: @ Valdar> :: The Bajoran geologist answers. :: "It's a hexagonal matrix that extends... well, with the amplification effect the tricorder can't really tell, but there's a *lot* of crystal. I'd use a hand drill before I tried zapping them with a phaser." Indaura Ryssan: @ Maybe just looking for a loose one would be safer. Irene Mincine: @ Valdar> :: Nods! :: Irene Mincine: @ Irene> "Let's see if we can find one that we can break off without shooting a high-gain amplifier with a directed-energy beam." Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: #Ens Reynolds> So we should go to the dig site and see? ::He frowns.:: How are they still operating, though? They've been here a lot longer and the only system they've complained about not working is comms. William Chocox: # That...that is a very good question Reynolds. And I do not have a good answer. Maryse Dubois: @ ::Nods as she starts feeling around for a loose crystal.:: Cptn Swain: !Rex>. ::opens a chocolate bar and flips to next. chapter:: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: #Ens Reynolds> ::He closed up his kit and slung it over his shoulder.:: Indaura Ryssan: @ :: jiggles a crystal :: (real fake crystals....not this one, not this one, not that one...) William Chocox: #::closes up his own kit as well, before leading Reynolds out of the Yacht:: Irene Mincine: @ Irene> :: Digs around looking for crystals... :: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: @ACTION> The team finds several smaller loose crystals that seem disconnected from the main cavern mass and are no longer glowing softly. Indaura Ryssan: @ :: gets a crystal :: Would make a great necklace. Irene Mincine: @ :: Irene has a few in her hand after a couple minutes of searching. :: "Maybe once we get off this planet." Maryse Dubois: @ :;Finds a loose crystal, scans it to see if it is usable.:: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: #Ens Reynolds> ::Follows along, moving toward the dig site.:: I never saw their equipment. The others took a tour and I went straight to the comms hut. William Chocox: # I was looking at something, I can't right remember at the moment. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: @ACTION> The loose crystals seem to have the same properties as the others, though don't seem to resonate as much. Indaura Ryssan: @ :: Places the crystal in her coat pocket :: Irene Mincine: @ :: Irene drops a couple crystal pieces into her pack. Valdar has a sample container as well. :: "All right, I think we got what we came for. Let's head back to the surface?" Indaura Ryssan: @ Testing these in controlled conditions would help a lot. Maryse Dubois: @ ::Puts away her stash. Nods in agreement with Irene and Indaura. She starts making her way back.:: Indaura Ryssan: @ I can finally have a duet partner. Irene Mincine: @ Irene> "The engineering team should be able to help with that." :: She leads them back to the lift to the surface. :: William Chocox: # Hopefully we're going to be able to get this figured out and get out of here. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: #Ens Reynolds> Yea, let's hope so. I'd hate to be stuck here forever. ::Points at the largest makeshift building.:: I think their main lab is in there. William Chocox: # Let's go find out. ::heads that way:: Cptn Swain: PAUSE SIM Cptn Swain: PAUSE SIM Cptn Swain: PAUSE SIM