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Cptn Swain

Season 8: The Darkness and the Thunder

106 posts in this topic

SD 1017.2021

Excalibur, in an effort to protect the creatures known to us as the Opterans have sent to the Kavia -- who are intent on harvesting them, presumably to power their civilization -- a recording from the Opterans to show that they are sentient life forms. The Kavian commander has agreed to investigate the possibility further, but has ordered her crew to resume harvesting in the interim. When we last left our valiant crew, they were considering their options.

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SD 1024.2021

MISSION BRIEF: Excalibur is working on a back up plan in case the Kavians prove to be unwilling to abandon their plans to harvest the Opterans for ~slavery~ powering their civilization, while Captain Swain and Commander Stanton have beamed aboard the Kavian vessel to ~make mischief~ stall them. TBS is about 30-45 minutes.

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SD 1031.2021 - No SIM (Halloween)

SD 1107.2021

After helping the Opterans free themselves from captivity from the Kavians, the Excalibur has left the Opteran system and is resuming its mapping of the sector. We're headed towards a cluster of stars that was mapped some years previously but has not been investigated since.

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SD 1114.2021

Excalibur has entered orbit of an M-class planet in the Itarian system. It was briefly surveyed by the USS Montana roughly 30+ years ago. From those records we know that there are no higher-order lifeforms, but there are a large variety of flora and fauna dispersed through a number of different biomes. Away teams are being put together and the survey is getting started.

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SD 1205.2021

Excalibur has entered orbit of an M-class planet in the Itarian system. It was briefly surveyed by the USS Montana roughly 30+ years ago. From those records we know that there are no higher-order lifeforms, but there are a large variety of flora and fauna dispersed through a number of different biomes. Captain Swain and Ensign Mincine have led two science teams down to a boreal forest. Swain's team is looking for fungus or other plants, while Irene's team is hoping to catalogue some of the early stage primates.

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SD 1219.2021

Excalibur has continued its survey of the M-class planet's boreal forests. Science and medical continue searching for fungus and primates, and luckily for Ensign Mincine, Captain Swain has returned ship side.

 

SD 1226.2021 - No SIM (Christmas)

SD 0102.2022 - No SIM (New Year's)

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SD 0109.2022

Excalibur is surveying an M-class planet in the Itarian system. Several science teams have been investigating various fun things in the boreal forest regions, while leave has been granted by Captain Swain. An unusual event occurred shipside when science officer's experiment in his quarters went wry. We left off as a bright, white flash escaped from his quarters. Are we dead? Are we alive? Are we in a different timezone? FIND OUT, TONIGHT ON <dramatic music> EXCALIBUR.

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SD 0116.2022

Excalibur continues its survey of the M-class planet. On the surface, the science team has discovered what appears to be a man made bunker and is exploring. On the ship, Will may be losing his mind and is getting checked out in medical.

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SD 0123.2022

Excalibur's away team has discovered a rather macabre scene in the cave -- a series of what appear to be trophies of aliens, there are also several antechambers off the main one that the crew is going to be expand their search.
 

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SD 0130.2022

The away team continues to explore the unusual bunker on the planet, having discovered what appears to be working computer terminal in one of the anterooms.

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SD 0213.2022

The Excalibur away teams have found a some what macabre scene in a cave: the remains of a number of aliens who were apparently hunted by an unknown alien species as part of a ritual.

 

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SD 0227.2022

Having completed an investigation of the "hunting lodge," the away team has continued to investigate the area but have not found any other ruins. Shore leave was granted for the rest of the crew and a little beach party on an island reportedly ended without too many incidents. It has been over a day since we were last on camera. The astrometrics team is working on some old star charts the away team found at the hunting lodge.

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SD 0313.2022

Having successfully concluded their survey of the planet, and with no one dying or otherwise getting injured, the Excalibur has headed back to Starbase 37 Tango. We'll be docking shortly.

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SD 0327.2022

It's a promotion party! Excalibur has returned to Starbase 37 Tango for some repairs and layover, and for a change, a little get together to celebrate Will's promotion to Lt. Cmdr.

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SD 0403.2022

After a solid week of R&R, a party for Will, and upgrades to our impulse reactors, Excalibur's crew has been called back to work. New orders are in, though what exactly they are remains the subject of some gossip about the ship. Some new personnel are still coming aboard, along with supplies and equipment, but we are scheduled to depart Starbase 39 Tango in under an hour.

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SD 0410.2022

The Excalibur has been dispatched to the Erebus Nebula within the Shackleton Expanse following the disappearance of the science vessel USS Caroline Mikkelsen. The Expanse itself is a lightly explored sector of the galaxy near-ish the border with the Romulan and Klingon Empires. It is largely uncharted, save for the efforts of automated survey probes. Many of those drones have recorded onboard system issues when traversing the region, originally explained by various stellar phenomena that emit peculiar forms of electromagnetic and gravimetric distortions that have been deemed hazardous to navigation.
 
The Erebus Nebula, likewise, is virtually uncharted. The Nova-Class Caroline Mikkelsen has been on an extended mapping expedition to the sector, and was nearing the end of their 6-month mission. We pick up with Excalibur arriving at the outskirts of the nebula itself. The Caroline Mikkelsen's last transmission was recorded in a planetary system located inside the nebula, named the Seka system.

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SD 0417.2022 - No SIM (Easter)

SD 0424.2022

Excalibur has entered the Erebus Nebula within the Shackleton Expanse in search of the USS Caroline Mikkelsen. Though the ride has been a little bumpy, at times, we have entered into a "clearing" where the Seka system is located. The system itself is rather unremarkable: two rocky planets, a vaguely M-class world, and two gas giants circling a young main sequence star. Sensors are still having trouble with all the interference from the nebula, and we have continued to detect a reoccurring "blip."

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SD 0501.2022

While searching for a lost science ship, Excalibur has encountered an unusual signal emanating from an unexplored, and uninhabited planet. Hoping to learn more about the signal and perhaps what happened to the science ship, an away team has headed down aboard a shuttle. We pick up with them (all of you) entering the planet's atmosphere.

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SD 0508.2022 - No SIM  (Mother's Day)

SD 0515.2022

An away team from the Excalibur has landed on the surface of hoping to learn more about the signal and perhaps what happened to the science ship. Upon landing, they encountered what appears to be the remains of two Starfleet officers who did not have a pleasant beamdown experience. Communications with the ship have yet to be established.

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SD 0522.2022

Excalibur's away team has re-established communications with the ship via a link through the runabout. It is still unclear the origin, or the identities, of the dead Starfleet crew the found upon arrival. With a storm approaching, the team is making towards the source of the signal. When we pick up, they have made it roughly a full 3 km from the landing site without incident.

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SD 0529.2022 - No SIM (Memorial Day)

SD 0605.2022

The team made its way through the forest towards the source of the alien signal, however as they approached a small rise just a few hundred meters short of the signal, they detected additional energy signatures and were able to see what appeared to be smoke trails rising from the other side of the rise.

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SD 0612.2022 - No SIM

SD 0619.2022 - No SIM (Father's Day)

 

SD 0626.2022

The away team is in a sticky situation, as they have found some uh, locals, who are less than thrilled at having company. Their leader, Ya'Mel, has indicated she's not willing to simply let them go either and has demanded the crew come to their settlement.

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SD 0703.2022 - No SIM (4th of July)

SD 0710.2022

The leader of the breakaway colony has offered an exchange: if the crew helps to find and disable the signal that drew us here, she will consider letting them go. She has provided them with some old, but well-kept equipment and the assistance of tall, slender Vulcan named Tovar.

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SD 0717.2022 - No SIM

SD 0724.2022

The AT, with the help of a certain surly Vulcan, restarted their search for the signal that lured them to the encampment in the first place. The signal appears to be coming from one of the mine shafts the colonists have dug near their settlement.

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SD 0731.2022

When we last left off, after a series of unfortunate rolls, the AT found themselves in a room that was below the excavated mine shaft. The walls appear to be metal and there is a door leading into something (a dampening field has prevented any further scanning beyond said door.) As we pick up, Will is about to die erm, attempt to open the doors.

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