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Cdr Miranda Hawthorne

USS Excalibur Sim Log - 09.06.20

MISSION BRIEF: On the planet, we have a new. situation. -- the shuttle's power supply is seemingly having the same problem as the science team's battery. Meanwhile, Irene and Indura are going on an adventure.


Cptn Swain: BEGIN SIM

Cptn Swain: BEGIN SIM

Cptn Swain: BEGIN SIM


Cptn Swain: @Rex>. ::On the shuttle, frowning:: Not great.

Irene Mincine: # :: Irene catches up to the group of scientists going to the excavation. She's got a survival pack slung across her back, just in case. :: "Ready to go."

Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: #Ens Reynolds> ::Banging away at the comms unit, very glad he had something to occupy him. Going into the caverns wasn't his idea of fun.::

William Chocox: @+Rex+ Were you able to get a message out?

Indaura Ryssan: # Let's go then.

Cptn Swain: @Rex> +Will+ Won't be able to tell, I've powered down most of the systems and put everything on standby.

Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: #Dr. Noel Harris> ::Waiting at the mouth of the cavern for the scientists, in a discussion with two others from her team. She glanced up as they arrived, eyebrows lifting.:: Ah, I see you come prepared. ::She tipped her head toward the mouth of the cavern.:: I hope you're both alright with being underground.

William Chocox: @+Rex+ Understood.

Cptn Swain: @Rex> +Will+ Anything else I should do?

William Chocox: @+Rex+ Not that I can think of at the moment. This makes no sense to me.

Irene Mincine: # "Underground's fine with me." :: She bounces the survival pack. :: "I don't want to get caught without water or survival rations underground, after all." :: Irene looks excited to see whatever it is the science team's gonna show them. ::

Cptn Swain: @Rex>+Will+ Alright. I am heading back.

Indaura Ryssan: # There's a lot of that on Denobula.

Maryse Dubois: @ ::Walking around the camp.::

William Chocox: @+Rex+ We'll be looking for you.

Cptn Swain: << afk a. second >>

William Chocox: @::turns to Maryse:: This is not good, if the shuttle's down, we're not getting off this rock any time soon. I knew this was too easy.

Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: #Dr. Noel Harris> ::Leads the way into the cavern. It was spacious, with a huge domed ceiling arching above and a smattering of stalagmites and stalactites. Lighted markers flanked the path that led deeper into the system and sloped slightly downward. She glanced back as they walked.:: This initial cavern was discovered several years ago, but no one explored the inner system until recently.

Cptn Swain: << Hey gang, I am not feeling great. Going to bow out. Have a good week! >>

Indaura Ryssan: (My chat is not refreshing)

William Chocox: ((You too! And yeah, I've had to refresh mine a bunch.))

Irene Mincine: # "I should have brought along a geologist." :: She follows Dr. Harris into the cave system and along the lighted path. :: "This is a pretty big antechamber. How deep does the inner system go?" :: She's shining the light around to get a good look at the rock formations, even if it's not her specialty. ::

Indaura Ryssan: # :: Scanning and scanning ::

Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: #Dr. Noel Harris> Oh, the entire system isn't yet mapped, but what we explored so far has gone several hundred kilos down. We're going to one of the lowest levels today. ::At the rear of the cavern, they'd installed a lift that was little more than a platform and railing. Harris waved them on.:: Keep your limbs inside of the lift at all times.

Indaura Ryssan: # :: Makes sure her hands are to her sides ::

Irene Mincine: # :: Irene stands near the center of the lift. :: "Does this go all the way down?" :: She was just thinking about how it's a long way up if this rickety thing breaks down. ::

Indaura Ryssan: # This would take a long time to descend.

Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: #Dr. Noel Harris> ::Activates the lift and they travel down, down, down.:: Yes, but the trip only takes a few minutes up or down. ::As the lift began to move, they were treated to views of other levels, other caverns and tunnels. Some were lit, others darkness, but it was clear that the system was vast.:: The first explorers had to descend with crude climbing equipment, then with anti-gravs. Thankfully, we've upgraded.

Indaura Ryssan: # Have the teams found anything down here yet?

Irene Mincine: # :: She watches the various caves go by... :: "Oh, yeah, definitely glad you've upgraded. What's the composition of the rock? Anything active or that screws up equipment down this far?" :: She's carefully maintaining her balance away from the edges of the lift. ::

Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: #Dr. Noel Harris> Yes, we've several geological samples and the microbes. ::She held her hands before her as they descended.:: Nothing from the surface can penetrate the lower levels. Whatever interference exists there doesn't have any impact on our equipment.

Irene Mincine: # "That's good to hear." :: Irene loosens up a bit and looks up at the now quite far away cave ceiling. :: "I hope everything's going all right with the other team. I'd hate to go off on an expedition if we're in a critical situation they haven't told us about."

William Chocox: @::while waiting for Rex, William continues fiddling with the battery stuff::

Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: #Dr. Noel Harris> Our planetary comms are working, so they'll be able to reach the ground team if they need. The comms work down here, as well. ::She gestured as the lift came to a halt. The cavern system beyond was nothing like those above. It was a crystalline structure with huge formations jutting out from the walls, ceiling, and floor. Most of the crystals were pale blue and purple.::

Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: #Ens Reynolds> ::Frustrated with his task, he muttered under his breath and leaned back, trying his comms.:: +Chocox+ Reynolds to Chocox. Any luck, Chief?

Irene Mincine: # :: The abrupt change from rock to crystal definitely caught her attention and she whipped out her tricorder as soon as the lift stopped. :: "What the hell is all this? It's beautiful, but what _is_ it?"

William Chocox: @+Reynolds+ I've got a shield emitter up to try to keep the radiation at bay. It should be cleared up soon over here. Hopefully that helps with the energy draining problems. How's it going on your end?

Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: #Ens Reynolds> +Chocox+ Not good, sir. I've got an emitter going, as well, but the comms unit is completely dead. We need some way to recharge or replace it.

Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: #Dr. Noel Harris> ::She smiled smugly.:: Yes, it is quite striking, isn't it? We don't know how these were formed. We believe there was once an underground ocean here. This is where we found the microbes.

Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: (( Two minute warning. ))

Irene Mincine: # :: Irene hrmed at Dr. Harris, looking over her tricorder readings. :: "Well, they could excrete minerals that form crystal lattices such as these given enough time, but on a microscopic scale, not systems like these..." :: Her head was going a million miles a second working out the problem, now. ::

Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: (( And... ))

Indaura Ryssan: # :: Remaining rather silent as they continued on ::


Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: END SIM

Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: END SIM

Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: END SIM


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