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Cdr Miranda Hawthorne

USS Excalibur Sim Log - 05.09.21

MISSION BRIEF: 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.



MEE6 BOT 09-May-21 07:08 PM

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Maryse Dubois 09-May-21 07:09 PM

((Ok I'm back))


William Chocox 09-May-21 07:09 PM

William materializes in a shimmer of light.


Captain Swain 09-May-21 07:09 PM

ACTION: The whine of the transporter fades and is replaced by the roar of a harsh, burning wind. Cracked and sun-bleached rocks litter the otherwise flat surface of the desert, which extends to the horizon in all directions. Optera IV’s three pale moons hover overhead in a cloudless sky. Roughly 50 meters away, you can see a tall tower bristling with electronic instruments.


William Chocox 09-May-21 07:10 PM

William puts a hand up to shield his face as he quickly wraps a cloth around his face with the other. After he secures it he grabs some goggles.


Maryse Dubois 09-May-21 07:11 PM

::Arrives on the planet, after inoculating the away team against radiation.::


Captain Swain 09-May-21 07:11 PM

Rex> Looks around, shielding his eyes from the sun and wind, motions to the two goldshirts he brought along to take up flanking positions


William Chocox 09-May-21 07:11 PM

Well, how's this for a warm welcome?


Erich Jaenke, CEng 09-May-21 07:11 PM

Holy h... :: she said, her expletive muffled by her protective mask she quickly placed over her face ::


Irene Mincine 09-May-21 07:12 PM

Irene doesn't seem bothered by the sun and wind. She pulls out her tricorder and begins scanning, then looks up at the tower, putting her tricorder down. "...I guess I don't need this to tell you that's our reflector."


Maryse Dubois 09-May-21 07:14 PM

::Protects herself from the elements with a cloak and mask.:: We sure know how to pick them, don't we?


Captain Swain 09-May-21 07:15 PM

Rex> Smirks in agreement with Maryse Shall we investigate the reflector?


Erich Jaenke, CEng 09-May-21 07:15 PM

Where are we going? :: The wind blowing around her words ::


Captain Swain 09-May-21 07:15 PM

$Swain> Drinking tea on the bridge, which is not a desert hellscape. Being captain wins again.


William Chocox 09-May-21 07:15 PM

I believe that we're headed towards that tower. William points to where Irene was looking.


Irene Mincine 09-May-21 07:17 PM

"Mm-hmm. Hoping there's going to be there's some way to interface with that thing." She sets out for the reflector.


William Chocox 09-May-21 07:17 PM

William follows her. "I've interfaced with weirder.


Captain Swain 09-May-21 07:17 PM

Rex> Glances over to Jalen, and takes point

Rex> Steps carefully among the rocks, keeping an eye out as best he could with the face covering he was wearing


ACTION> As the AT approaches the tower, they notice emerging from the ground, a dome of crackling energy like an orange bubble -- a force field? Trapped inside is a large insectoid creature with six spindly appendages and glowing red eyes set atop a strange mouth-like orifice surrounded by short tentacles. Another seemingly identical creature circles the tower a short distance away, thrashing its pincers against the tower.  


William Chocox 09-May-21 07:24 PM

Well that's not weird.  


Maryse Dubois 09-May-21 07:24 PM

Um...Let's not get too close shall we?


Irene Mincine 09-May-21 07:25 PM

She jumps back when the bug appears in front of them. "What the hell is that?" She starts scanning that orange force field.


Captain Swain 09-May-21 07:25 PM

Rex> Holds up a closed fist to the team


William Chocox 09-May-21 07:27 PM

William holds up.


Erich Jaenke, CEng 09-May-21 07:27 PM

Were they trying to get into the tower? :: looks up ::


Captain Swain 09-May-21 07:27 PM

Rex> Unholsters his phaser, but doesn't bring it to aim yet. Gives a cautious glance to his goldshirts and Jalen as well.


Irene Mincine 09-May-21 07:28 PM

Irene looks puzzled at her tricorder. "It... looks like the tower's projecting the force field, actually. It's a sphere 10 meters in diameter, definitely impassable. They're stuck in there, as far as I can tell."


William Chocox 09-May-21 07:28 PM



Maryse Dubois 09-May-21 07:29 PM

Well lets try not to get stuck with them.


Captain Swain 09-May-21 07:29 PM

(( Everyone give me a number 1-20 ))


William Chocox 09-May-21 07:29 PM



Maryse Dubois 09-May-21 07:29 PM



Irene Mincine 09-May-21 07:29 PM



Erich Jaenke, CEng 09-May-21 07:29 PM



Captain Swain 09-May-21 07:29 PM

(( 7 ))


ACTION> The insect attacking the tower continues, having not noticed the AT yet. The one inside the forcefield does seem to be in some degree of distress.


William Chocox 09-May-21 07:31 PM

Are these animals, or do we think they're sentient?


Erich Jaenke, CEng 09-May-21 07:32 PM

:: Studies the creatures ::


Maryse Dubois 09-May-21 07:33 PM

::Looks to Will.:: Do you want to ask them?


Irene Mincine 09-May-21 07:33 PM

Irene tries to tell with her tricorder. "Either way, it doesn't look like being in that containment field is very pleasant."


Maryse Dubois 09-May-21 07:33 PM

I'll gladly stay behind this rock.


William Chocox 09-May-21 07:33 PM

I'm an engineer, not a first contact specialist.


Captain Swain 09-May-21 07:33 PM

Rex> Well if that one is attacking the tower, it seems reasonable to assume they have some degree of intelligence, right?


William Chocox 09-May-21 07:34 PM

I mean...maybe.


Maryse Dubois 09-May-21 07:34 PM

Animals will react if they have a connection with one another. Perhaps the one trapped is a mate, or a relative.


Irene Mincine 09-May-21 07:35 PM

"It doesn't take a brain genius to figure out the tower's doing something nasty to its friend there."


Captain Swain 09-May-21 07:35 PM

ACTION> The creature attacking the tower turns away and begins moving to place itself between the creature trapped in the force field and the AT, but is clearly in a defensive posture, with two legs raised.


William Chocox 09-May-21 07:36 PM

Hello? We come in peace!


Captain Swain 09-May-21 07:36 PM

Rex> Glances over to see if it responds, which it doesn't


William Chocox 09-May-21 07:37 PM

Well, it was worth a shot.


Erich Jaenke, CEng 09-May-21 07:37 PM

We should help.


William Chocox 09-May-21 07:38 PM

Hm... William starts thinking about how to get the trapped creature out.


Captain Swain 09-May-21 07:38 PM

Rex> Bites his lip


Irene Mincine 09-May-21 07:38 PM

"And how do you propose we do that?" She also takes up a defensive posture once the bug does so. "Whoa, whoa..."


Captain Swain 09-May-21 07:39 PM

Rex> Mincine, you and Chocox should make a move towards the tower. Nice and slow. Take Hanga with you. The rest of us will stay here. Hopefully if we move slowly and carefully they won't think we're a threat.

Rex> Presumably the tower has an off switch, right?


William Chocox 09-May-21 07:39 PM


William shifts his bag on his shoulder.


Erich Jaenke, CEng 09-May-21 07:40 PM

:: Holds up both of her hands in front of her ::


Captain Swain 09-May-21 07:40 PM

Hanga> The green skinned security officer nodded and moved to follow William and Irene


Maryse Dubois 09-May-21 07:41 PM

I can't say I'm a fan of this idea. ::Gets her phaser out as a precaution.::


Captain Swain 09-May-21 07:41 PM

Rex> Unless someone has a better idea.


Maryse Dubois 09-May-21 07:42 PM

:;Still positioned behind a rock.:: Nope.


William Chocox 09-May-21 07:42 PM

Nothing ventured, nothing gained. William starts walking with Hanga, being careful to avoid the creatures and walking slowly.  


Irene Mincine 09-May-21 07:42 PM

Irene moves along with the group, very slowly. "I don't have anything better to try..."


Captain Swain 09-May-21 07:42 PM

(( will and irene give me a number 1-20, and also maryse and indura give me a number 1-20))


William Chocox 09-May-21 07:43 PM



Erich Jaenke, CEng 09-May-21 07:43 PM

:: To the creature :: Can you understand us?


Captain Swain 09-May-21 07:43 PM

Hanga> Leading the way, he walked slowly trying not to think too much about the gross creatures


Erich Jaenke, CEng 09-May-21 07:43 PM


:: She repeats the phrase in Denobulan rather than Federation standard ::


Irene Mincine 09-May-21 07:44 PM

( 4 )


Maryse Dubois 09-May-21 07:46 PM



Captain Swain 09-May-21 07:47 PM

ACTION> As William, Irene and Hanga approach the tower the untrapped creature remains in a defensive posture between itself, both groups, and the one in the force field.


Irene Mincine 09-May-21 07:49 PM

"Good start..." As she gets closer to the tower.


William Chocox 09-May-21 07:49 PM

William looks at the tower, squinting as he looks at the sides to see if there is anything removable. "I think there's a grate I can access."


Captain Swain 09-May-21 07:50 PM

Hanga> Lets Irene and Will move closer to the tower, he keeps himself between them and the creature

Rex> It sure is a uh... interesting bug. It is an insect right? Six legs? Do those uh... mouthpart things count?



Erich Jaenke, CEng 09-May-21 07:52 PM

This is a fine time for a counseling session.


William Chocox 09-May-21 07:52 PM

As they get closer, William confirms that it is indeed a grate. "If I pop that open I might be able to deactivate the forcefield."  


Erich Jaenke, CEng 09-May-21 07:52 PM

:: Takes out her scanner to examine the force field ::


Maryse Dubois 09-May-21 07:53 PM

This is a good time for us to be back on the ship.


Irene Mincine 09-May-21 07:53 PM

"Go for it?" She's keeping an eye on the bug. "It doesn't seem to be making any aggressive moves. I don't think it thinks we're a threat."


Erich Jaenke, CEng 09-May-21 07:53 PM

:: Waves her scanner over the extent of the force field ::


William Chocox 09-May-21 07:55 PM

"Yeah, I'm going to go for it." William starts opening up the grate and sees a control panel behind it. "See? Once we figure this out it should be easy."


Captain Swain 09-May-21 07:55 PM

Rex> Smirks at Maryse

ACTION> Maryse, Indura, Jalen, Rex and the still as yet named third goldshirt hear a sudden crackling sound and then a flash of orange light. Now they too are caught in one of the forcefield bubbles.


William Chocox 09-May-21 07:57 PM

William looks over at the others. "Uh...are you guys ok?"


Captain Swain 09-May-21 07:57 PM

Rex> Frowns Well. This is lovely.


Erich Jaenke, CEng 09-May-21 07:57 PM

Well this is a sticky wicket.


Maryse Dubois 09-May-21 07:57 PM

::Sighs:: Really?


Irene Mincine 09-May-21 07:57 PM

Irene turns around when she hears the noise of the new containment field. "Hey, Will, you might want to figure that thing out..."


Captain Swain 09-May-21 07:58 PM

Rex> +Excalibur+ Away team to Excalibur...

ACTION> Static.


Erich Jaenke, CEng 09-May-21 07:58 PM

Well, I can scan from the inside now.


William Chocox 09-May-21 07:58 PM

"So uh...I'm going to get to work, yeah..." William starts poking around the weird tech.


Maryse Dubois 09-May-21 07:59 PM

::Sits down.:: No one exert yourselves. As a matter of fact, I recommend relaxing. I imagine there is little to no airflow.


Captain Swain 09-May-21 07:59 PM

Creature1> The untrapped insectoid lowers its front legs, and begins moving closer to the team trapped in the field, but extremely cautiously. Its mouth-parts begin working back and forth.  


Irene Mincine 09-May-21 08:00 PM

Irene tries her own combadge as the bug approaches the away team in the field. "Away team to Excalibur?"


Captain Swain 09-May-21 08:01 PM

$Clark> +Irene+ Excalibur here.  

<< 3 minute warning >>


William Chocox 09-May-21 08:02 PM

Williams pokes and prods, trying to keep from harming anyone in the forcefields.


Irene Mincine 09-May-21 08:02 PM

+Clark+ "Oh. Good. It does work. We've got a bit of a problem down here. Half the away team is stuck in some force field thing that's blocking communications. Can you keep a transporter lock on us all?"


Captain Swain 09-May-21 08:04 PM

$Clark> +Irene+ Tries to keep his voice from going up an octave in alarm Force field? Well that explains the strange readings. The tetryon bursts are interfering with our sensors. I have a lock on... you, Chocox and Hanga but... the others I can't cut through the interference from the force field. We thought it was just a blip.

<< Will give me a number 1-20 >>


William Chocox 09-May-21 08:04 PM



Captain Swain 09-May-21 08:05 PM

ACTION> Will pokes a blue button and the force fields suddenly drop. The entire array seems to have shut down as well.


William Chocox 09-May-21 08:05 PM

"I did it!"


Captain Swain 09-May-21 08:05 PM



MEE6 BOT 09-May-21 08:05 PM

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