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Cptn Swain

Season 8: The Darkness and the Thunder

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SD 0131.2021

MISSION BRIEF: En route to the mostly Tellerite colony of Dourup IV near the Romulan Neutral Zone to provide medical assistance following the outbreak of a deadly virus, the Excalibur encountered a wormhole, the source of which has yet to be determined. Though engineering was able to disable our warpdrive and collapse the wormhole, we are now adrift in the Neutral Zone itself, hurdling at 3/4 impulse towards Romulan space. Main Power is offline through out the ship, along with a number of other systems. The stardrive section in particular has taken the brunt of the power overload and is dark, with the exception of chemically powered battery emergency lights. Life support and sensors are online, but subspace communications, weapons, shields, warp drive, impulse and the turbolifts are all offline.

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SD 0207.2021

The Excalibur is adrift, hurdling towards Romulan space following what appears to be a wormhole created by Excalibur's own engines. Engineering is working feverishly to try and restore warp and impulse, along with a host of other systems. Val and Clark are trying to fix the communications array, whilst Medical is working to patch people up -- as they can't work on the antiviral medication with most of their power systems down. As we pick up, we have a little more than hour before we violate actual Romulan space.

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SD 0214.2021

The Excalibur has crossed into Romulan space following an incident involving a wormhole. Repairs to the engines, shields, weapons and other primary systems have yet to be completed; however we have restored communications -- which is a good thing considering we have a Romulan warbird for a welcoming committee.

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SD 0221.2021

After drifting dangerously into Romulan territory, the Excalibur has been towed back to the Neutral Zone by the RES Talon, who has also offered assistance in repairing their ship. Several Romulan engineers, along with their Captain, have transported to Excalibur to aid and observe.

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SD 0228.2021

Repairs have continued but we're still on a timer as we need to deliver those medical supplies to the Tellerite colony. The Romulan crew from the Talon have been assisting us in repairs but a few key systems remain, likewise we may have additional guests from the Empire who are less cuddly than Commander t'Temarr.

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SD 0307.2021

The Excalibur, with an unexpectedly helpful assist from the Romulan warbird RES Talon was able to make repairs following their run in with a wormhole caused by an imbalance in the warp drive systems that left them hurdling towards Romulan space. With most systems now repaired or at least patched together, they have resumed course towards Dourup IV to provide assistance with a deadly viral outbreak. We pick up as we near the system.

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SD 0314.2021

The Excalibur has arrived in orbit of Dourup IV where they are assisting in vaccinating the populace against a deadly viral outbreak among the mostly Tellerite colonists. We are also assisting the initial stand up of several emergency clinics for those effected. Engineering is being assisted by science in continued repair efforts as well as sweeping for Romulan tracking and listening devices that may have been planted by our appreciated, if not paranoid, friends from the Talon. Asher has yet another new hair style.

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SD 0321.2021

Excalibur has been delivering supplies to virus stricken colony near the Romulan border. Starfleet has dispatched a medical ship to relieve us, so that we can make repairs at Starbase 37 Tango. The medical ship Dorotea Bucca has arrived in orbit, and Swain and Stanton are briefing them aboard the medical ship, as are the Excalibur medical staff.

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SD 0328.2021 - No SIM

SD 0404.2021 - No SIM (Easter)

 

SD 0411.2021

Excalibur has been docked at Starbase 37 Tango undergoing repairs following their recent mission. Most of the crew has been on leave and intermittently being recalled for debriefing by a Starfleet Intelligence officer.  As we pick up, the crew has been notified that said debriefings have ended and the intelligence officer has left the Starbase. Repairs and leave are both nearing an end.

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SD 0418.2021

After several days of leave while repairs were made to the ship, Excalibur has disembarked from Starbase 37 Tango to begin a patrol of the Kallen sector on the border of the Alpha and Beta Quadrants. The sector was only recently charted just before the Dominion War and had largely gone unexplored since. With renewed tensions between the Federation and Romulan Empire, Starfleet has dispatched us to patrol and chart the sector more completely. We will be tasked with establishing a long range sensor network in the sector, along with the standard science-y stuff.

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SD 0425.2021 - No Sim

SD 0502.2021

When we last saw our intrepid heroes, Science had detected a series of repeating tetryon emissions from the Optera system. Optera has, like much of this sector, only been mapped passively, but at the time had no known inhabited planets. We pick up there.

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SD 0509.2021

Excalibur has arrived in orbit of Optera IV, where they have discovered a number of anomalous readings connected to the Tetryon power surges that brought us here in the first place. Sensor scans revealed a several different origin points for the surges, but nothing resembling developed civilization. An away team has been assembled and is preparing to beam down to first of the four identified locations.

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SD 0516.2021

While investigating anomalous readings connected to the Tetryon power surge, sensor scans revealed a several different origin points for the surges, but nothing resembling developed civilization. At the first of four beam-down sites, in a very lovely, windy desert, the team encountered two very large insect-like creatures. One was trapped in some sort of force field. In the course of investigating a tower that seemed to be the source of said force field, part of the away team was trapped in a bubble themselves. But due to the skill and luck of the chief engineer, he has been able to disable said force field leaving the away team and the bugs free.

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SD 0530.2021

Excalibur continues to investigate the mystery of Optera IV, and have beamed to second of four locations where tetyron emissions originated. The team ends themselves in a cold, snow-capped mountain region and has taken shelter in a cave.

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SD 0613.2021

Excalibur continues to investigate Optera IV. The away team, on a frosty, windswept peak has located what appears to be a smaller nymph version of the creatures they encountered in the desert. It appears to be injured and is flashing what appears to be distress signals. The crew must now decide what to do with it.

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SD 0620.2021

The crew has returned from the planet with a new friend -- one of the creatures -- and is working to heal its injuries and attempt to discern if its blinking tetryon strobes are some sort of language. Meanwhile, Rex is leading a team back to the surface, assuming Will doesn't cause them to materialize in rocks.

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SD 0627.2021

Excalibur continues to explore Optera IV. The crew is attempting to provide medical assistance and hopefully establish some sort of communication with a juvenile specimen of the large insectoids we have encountered on the planet. Meanwhile, a second team has beamed to a large underground cavern where they have found a large grouping of the creatures.

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SD 0711.2021

Excalibur has continued its exploration of Optera IV where they have been observing unusual creatures. An away team on the surface is following a large cluster of the creatures as they burrow their way to the surface, while a second team is preparing to return a juvenile creature that injured to an icy hellscape where it was found. There are still many questions for the crew to uncover, such as who created the strange tower they discovered in their first encounter with the creatures, and what is the high powered energy source near the planets core?

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SD 0801.2021

Excalibur is in orbit of Optera IV where they have been observing unusual, large insectoid creatures that seem to communicate through tetyron emissions. They also appear to have properties that should not belong in normal space. For nearly an hour, a team on the surface has been observing a large group of the creatures as they surfaced. They have been slowly slowing down and appear to be preparing to molt.  Meanwhile aboard the Excalibur, the science nerds have been trying to make progress on deciphering the tetryon based language with some success.

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SD 0808.2021

With all the away teams back from the surface of Optera IV, we've begun to fill in some blanks. However, a number of mysteries remain: why are there such high concentrations of minerals that should only exist in subspace on the planet (and in the creatures); what is the source of the large energy field near the planet's core; we have managed to decipher some of the creatures languages, but not a way to respond; along those lines what did they mean by "the Takers" -- could it be related to whoever created the structure we encountered on our first visit to the planet? Swain has called the relevant senior staff (y'all) down to the science lab to discuss further.

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SD 0815.2021 - No Sim

SD 0822.2021

Excalibur is still in orbit of Optera IV where the tetryon space cicadas have started a great migration into space, one has taken particular interest in Excalibur and as we left off was approaching us. In order to not attract more, we have lowered our shields. Meanwhile, Science and Medical were working on ways to respond to them, and engineering was investigating the unusual energy field around the planet's core.

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SD 0829.2021

Excalibur remains in orbit of Optera IV where we are working to close a language barrier with a species of giant insects. Meanwhile, science continues to investigate the mysterious energy barrier around the planet's core.

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SD 0905.2021 - No Sim (Labor Day)

 

SD 0912.2021

In orbit of Optera IV, Excalibur has finally -- they hope -- developed a way to communicate with the creatures.

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SD 0919.2021

The Excalibur has made contact with the Opterans who gave them a plot dump about their past, but before we could move to help them the a "collection vessel" from a species calling themselves the Kavian appeared and have asked us to leave the system, immediately.

 

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SD 1010.2021

The Excalibur has encountered the Kavia, who say they have a claim to the planet and are intent on harvesting the Opterans, we believe for energy. They have agreed to allow us to try to prove the Opterans are sentient.

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