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Cdr Miranda Hawthorne

USS Excalibur Sim Log - 07.11.21

MISSION BRIEF: 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?


MEE6 BOT 11-Jul-21 07:07 PM

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William Chocox 11-Jul-21 07:08 PM

$William keeps walking after Lieutenant Castell, trying to keep up with the scientist.


Irene Mincine 11-Jul-21 07:09 PM

$ Solak is still chasing after Castell as well.


Captain Swain 11-Jul-21 07:09 PM

$Rex> Makes a note for away team protocol review for all officers as they make their way to the surface


Erich Jaenke 11-Jul-21 07:09 PM

:: is where she is ::


CdrMirandaHawthorne 11-Jul-21 07:10 PM

$ Lt. Taryn Castell> ::Bursting out of the tunnel and into the cold, she pulled up her hood as she turned about, searching for where the creatures had exited.::


Captain Swain 11-Jul-21 07:10 PM

Making his way back to the bridge, in the turbo lift he took a minute to monologue out a captain's log We’ve stumbled onto a mystery. Tetryon emissions on Optera IV, an unexplored world, have led us to investigate a sentient but intelligent native species of insectoid. Due to the unusual and unstable nature of tetryons, particularly in normal space, I felt warranted in sending away teams to discover and decode the source. It appears the Tetryon emissions may be some form of communication for the instectoids and so we have decided to attempt to translate these emissions. Any damage done by beaming down, in relation to the Prime Directive, will have inadvertently already been done and so an attempt at first contact, no matter if it proves futile, should at least be made.


William Chocox 11-Jul-21 07:10 PM

$William looks around as well, bundling himself up. "It's still way too cold!"  


Irene Mincine 11-Jul-21 07:12 PM

$ Solak> Stoic as always, despite the circumstances. "Lt. Castell, please slow down. We can't keep up with your pace."


CdrMirandaHawthorne 11-Jul-21 07:13 PM

$ Lt. Taryn Castell> Hurry up! We're going to lose them!


William Chocox 11-Jul-21 07:14 PM

$"And we're going to lose you if you don't wait up!"


CdrMirandaHawthorne 11-Jul-21 07:14 PM

Cdr Jalen Stanton> Is all ready to beam the creature back where we found it? ::Peering about at the scientists.::


Erich Jaenke 11-Jul-21 07:14 PM

As ready as we can


Maryse Dubois 11-Jul-21 07:15 PM

Are we beaming it back to the same spot, or have we found a more ideal location?


Irene Mincine 11-Jul-21 07:16 PM

Irene> "It should be fine if we put it back where we found it, right-side-up and not injured. There were openings to caves nearby, right?"


Captain Swain 11-Jul-21 07:16 PM

$ACTION> The $ away team emerge from underground onto a vast, open prairie filled with exotic plants and more importantly, hundreds of the creatures.


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Irene Mincine 11-Jul-21 07:16 PM

$ Solak> "...Fascinating."  


Captain Swain 11-Jul-21 07:18 PM

$Rex> Does a "woah" facial gesture That sure is something.


William Chocox 11-Jul-21 07:18 PM

$"It's a whole herd of them."


Maryse Dubois 11-Jul-21 07:18 PM

I believe so


Irene Mincine 11-Jul-21 07:18 PM

$ Solak> "It could be a colony group, perhaps? They all left the cavern together and came here."


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Captain Swain 11-Jul-21 07:19 PM

Crimina> Looks over to the team who've been working on the juvenile Woah... get a look at this. Readings just jumped off the chart all over the planet. Thousands of creatures are appearing all over the planet's surface.


CdrMirandaHawthorne 11-Jul-21 07:20 PM

Cdr Jalen Stanton> ::Nods.:: Yes, back where it came from, though closer to the caves where it can take shelter.


Irene Mincine 11-Jul-21 07:21 PM

Irene pushes a blueshirt aside to get at one of the wall consoles at that news. "The tetryon readings, can the computer make any sense of them? Do we know what they're saying?"


Captain Swain 11-Jul-21 07:22 PM

Crimina> Shrugs The algorithms aren't tested yet, and its like, a circus down there.

$Rex> Migration? What if they're like cicadas?


William Chocox 11-Jul-21 07:24 PM

$"That would be interesting."


Irene Mincine 11-Jul-21 07:24 PM

$ Solak> "A terrestrial insect that migrates en masse on a periodic cycle. Unfortunately, we do not have decades to find out."


William Chocox 11-Jul-21 07:25 PM

$"Wouldn't that mean their communications are booty calls?"


Maryse Dubois 11-Jul-21 07:25 PM

::Looks at the map.:: Well here is where we found it. ::Points to a spot.:: Here is the closest entrance. ::Plugs in the coordinates.:: Sending the numbers to the TR Chief. We'll be ready to transport.


CdrMirandaHawthorne 11-Jul-21 07:26 PM

ACTION> After coordinates were fixed, Stanton gave the order and the injured juvenile shimmered in transport, reappearing in the cold mountain region, just outside of the cavern.


Irene Mincine 11-Jul-21 07:26 PM

$ Solak> "Crude, but possibly an accurate analogy. Unfortunately, again, we do not have decades to find out."


CdrMirandaHawthorne 11-Jul-21 07:26 PM

$ Lt. Taryn Castell> Maybe they just like this time of day. I wonder what they eat...


Captain Swain 11-Jul-21 07:27 PM

$Rex> Hopefully not starfleet doctors.


William Chocox 11-Jul-21 07:27 PM

$"Or engineers."


Captain Swain 11-Jul-21 07:27 PM

$Rex> Seems to consider that for a moment

$Rex> Well, I mean...


Irene Mincine 11-Jul-21 07:28 PM

$ Solak> "As far as we know, they subsist on energy, do they not?"


Captain Swain 11-Jul-21 07:28 PM

$Rex> I guess it is a lot of paper work to fill out if a member of your away team gets eaten by a giant, possibly sentient insect.


William Chocox 11-Jul-21 07:28 PM

$"Glad it's just paperwork that's keeping me alive."


Maryse Dubois 11-Jul-21 07:29 PM

::Watches the baby bug beam away.:: Well that was fun.


Irene Mincine 11-Jul-21 07:30 PM

Irene sighs, heavily, as the insect gets beamed away. "At least we were able to help it."


Captain Swain 11-Jul-21 07:30 PM

(( better ending than the last baby we had on the ship ))

ACTION> The Juvenile takes a moment to get used to its surroundings again, but soon happily burrows its way into the ground, heading down, down, down.


Maryse Dubois 11-Jul-21 07:33 PM

((Haha...No more green babies.))


CdrMirandaHawthorne 11-Jul-21 07:34 PM

$ Lt. Taryn Castell> We don't really know what they're doing with those crystals. Are they feeding on them? Placing a communications call? Or perhaps it is their form of entertainment. I'm curious to know more. But this behavior... how odd. ::She set to scanning the atmosphere for any changes.::


Erich Jaenke 11-Jul-21 07:34 PM

They grow...down so fast.


Captain Swain 11-Jul-21 07:35 PM

ACTION> Some of the creatures begin slowing down their movements and the tetryon bursts.


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Irene Mincine 11-Jul-21 07:35 PM

$ Solak> "I suggest we have the Excalibur compare our readings now with the readings before the creatures' exodus, Lieutenant."


Captain Swain 11-Jul-21 07:37 PM

$Rex> Nods Make it so


William Chocox 11-Jul-21 07:37 PM

$William raises an eyebrow.


Erich Jaenke 11-Jul-21 07:40 PM

:: Looks around, scanning the surrounding area ::


Irene Mincine 11-Jul-21 07:41 PM

$ Solak> Nods and begins transmitting his tricorder readings to the Excalibur.


Captain Swain 11-Jul-21 07:47 PM

Crimina> We're getting some sensor readings from Commander Rex's team. They appear to be pretty close to the creatures. Should we punch them into the translation matrix?


Irene Mincine 11-Jul-21 07:48 PM

Irene> "Go ahead and load them into the translation system, yeah. Let's see if we can make out their conversation, at least."


Captain Swain 11-Jul-21 07:48 PM

Crimina> Nods


$Rex> +Stanton+ Rex to Stanton


Erich Jaenke 11-Jul-21 07:51 PM

:: Wonders if they can even speak to them in any meaningful manner ::


CdrMirandaHawthorne 11-Jul-21 07:53 PM

Cdr Jalen Stanton> +Rex+ Stanton here. Go ahead, Chief.


Captain Swain 11-Jul-21 07:54 PM

$Rex> +Stanton+ Commander, we're observing the creatures on the surface. Part of my team is still down in the caves taking samples of crystals we encountered that they appeared to be drawn to before migrating to the surface en masse.


ACTION> A few of the creatures begin to go almost completely dormant. If one of the $ was paying close enough attention, they might notice that their "skeletons" were beginning to dry and crack open.


Irene Mincine 11-Jul-21 07:57 PM

$ Solak> "Lieutenant!" He points out one of the changing creatures... "It's undergoing metamorphosis!"


CdrMirandaHawthorne 11-Jul-21 07:57 PM

Cdr Jalen Stanton> +Rex+ Acknowledged. Have you seen any sign of aggression toward the team? The science team was able to work the translator to reading their emissions to a certain degree. If they do not seem hostile, continue to monitor. They're attempting to translate what you're sending back to the ship.


William Chocox 11-Jul-21 07:58 PM

$William looks over at the creatures. "Oh [expletive deleted]."


Captain Swain 11-Jul-21 07:58 PM

$Rex> +Stanton+ They don't seem to even notice we're here Commander.

(( 2 minute warning ))


Erich Jaenke 11-Jul-21 07:59 PM

:: Keeping her reaction in check, scanning ::


CdrMirandaHawthorne 11-Jul-21 08:01 PM

$ Lt. Taryn Castell> You think they'll get any bigger? Like molting? Or are they going to come out with giant wings? ::Clearly excited, she really wanted to get closer.::


Captain Swain 11-Jul-21 08:01 PM



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