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Cdr Miranda Hawthorne

USS Excalibur Sim Log - 08.22.21

MISSION BRIEF: 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.


MEE6 BOT 22-Aug-21 07:13 PM

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William Chocox 22-Aug-21 07:13 PM

William looks up as his console starts beeping at him about the power. +Science+ "Sorry Science, I'll call you back." +Bridge+ "Chocox to Bridge."  


Captain Swain 22-Aug-21 07:13 PM

Rex> Frowns, keeping an eye on tactical to see if any of the other creatures headed towards them


Erich Jaenke 22-Aug-21 07:13 PM

:: Is where she is ::


Captain Swain 22-Aug-21 07:14 PM

Looks over to Jaden


William Chocox 22-Aug-21 07:15 PM

+Bridge+ "Bridge, this is Engineering, we're getting a power drain warning down here."


Irene Mincine 22-Aug-21 07:16 PM

Irene, at the science station, is focused on the creature attached to the hull. "It probably thinks we're the same kind of energy source as the planet's core."


Captain Swain 22-Aug-21 07:16 PM

Clark> +Engineering+ One of the creatures seems to have attached itself to our warpdrive.


William Chocox 22-Aug-21 07:17 PM

William blinks at being informed of that. +Bridge+ "Any ideas on how we get it unattached?"  


Erich Jaenke 22-Aug-21 07:17 PM

:: Look over the large medical display :: Tholians are the only species I can see who are remotely close to these creatures.


Maryse Dubois 22-Aug-21 07:18 PM

::In the lab, sitting at a console. She was going through the database.:: I'm not having much luck myself.


Captain Swain 22-Aug-21 07:18 PM

Clark> +Engineering+ Not really my area of expertise. I just push buttons on the bridge.


William Chocox 22-Aug-21 07:19 PM

William rolls his eyes. +Bridge+ "Has anyone else on the bridge mentioned anything?"


Irene Mincine 22-Aug-21 07:19 PM

Val> Val shrugs. "I'm not an engineer, I just fly the thing."


Irene> "How similar are our warp drive emissions to the planet's emissions, I wonder? Can we make them very different?"


CdrMirandaHawthorne 22-Aug-21 07:21 PM

Ens Reynolds> It's siphoning our exhausts, sir. ::Watching the readings.:: What if we cut the engines completely?


Captain Swain 22-Aug-21 07:21 PM

Nods It’s also possible they're simply attracted to the energy signature, like bees to flowers.


William Chocox 22-Aug-21 07:22 PM

"That's a possibility. Would leave us largely in the dark though."


Captain Swain 22-Aug-21 07:22 PM

(( give me a number folks 1-20__


Irene Mincine 22-Aug-21 07:22 PM

( 3 )


William Chocox 22-Aug-21 07:22 PM

(( 8 ))


Erich Jaenke 22-Aug-21 07:22 PM



Maryse Dubois 22-Aug-21 07:22 PM



Captain Swain 22-Aug-21 07:25 PM

ACTION> The Opteran begins emitting tetryon emissions, attracting several other members of the swarm towards Excalibur, though most seem to content to continue into space


Irene Mincine 22-Aug-21 07:26 PM

Val> Sighs in frustration at her navigation readout. "More of them are approaching, sir. I'm with Reynolds. Turn off the power, they won't care about us."


Captain Swain 22-Aug-21 07:27 PM

Looks over to Jaden for a moment Try it.


CdrMirandaHawthorne 22-Aug-21 07:29 PM

Cdr Jalen Stanton> ::Nods:: +Engineering+ Bridge to Chocox. We've got more of the creatures approaching. We'd like to try to shut down the engines to see if that's why they're attracted to us.


William Chocox 22-Aug-21 07:29 PM

+Bridge+ "Acknowledged. We'll step it down to make it not seem like we just cut them off." William directs Reynolds to start winding things down.  


Captain Swain 22-Aug-21 07:30 PM

Rex> We could also modulate a phaser burst that would stun them.


CdrMirandaHawthorne 22-Aug-21 07:30 PM

Ens Reynolds> ::Nods and begins the process, reducing main power in gradual steps.::


Captain Swain 22-Aug-21 07:30 PM

Looks to Irene Would that cause injury to the creature?


Irene Mincine 22-Aug-21 07:32 PM

Irene> She looks to the captain and thinks for a moment. "I'm not sure. We don't know too much about their biology, but if they're evolved to absorb energy, it shouldn't injure them."


Irene Mincine 22-Aug-21 07:33 PM

Irene> "I suggest modulating the phasers to match the shield towers we found on the planet. They really don't like those things and it didn't seem to permanently injure them."


Captain Swain 22-Aug-21 07:34 PM

ACTION> As Reynolds powers down the engines, the creature detaches and moves away. The incoming also turn away and move towards deeper space.


Irene Mincine 22-Aug-21 07:35 PM

Val> "Perimeter alert deactivated, Cap." Being right made her smile. "They're going back to the swarm."


Maryse Dubois 22-Aug-21 07:36 PM

::Studying for a moment.:: Well if Tholians are what we are going to use as a template, it shouldn't be difficult to modulate the universal translator.


Captain Swain 22-Aug-21 07:36 PM

Sighs in relief You mentioned modulating the phasers, but could we modulate the shields to do the same?


Erich Jaenke 22-Aug-21 07:37 PM

Unlike a normal language, the computer could take a while for theirs.


Captain Swain 22-Aug-21 07:37 PM

I'd rather not sit around and wait for them to clear out to have engines.


Irene Mincine 22-Aug-21 07:37 PM

Irene> "Definitely. The towers down there were roughly equivalent to deflector shields. I'll send the waveform to Engineering, if that's our plan."


CdrMirandaHawthorne 22-Aug-21 07:39 PM

Cdr Jalen Stanton> +Chocox+ That worked, Chief. The aliens are heading elsewhere. We'll let them get a good distance away before starting the engines again.


Maryse Dubois 22-Aug-21 07:39 PM

True, but it would be a start. Plus we can adjust and adapt the UT as we progress.


Captain Swain 22-Aug-21 07:39 PM

Nods, then bites his lip Can you compare it to the energy field we detected around the planet core?


William Chocox 22-Aug-21 07:42 PM

+Stanton+ "Understood Commander, just let us know when you want us to spin them up."


Irene Mincine 22-Aug-21 07:42 PM

Irene> She brings up their scan data on her station. "Computer, compare the energy pattern of the shield towers and the energy pattern of the emissions of the planet's core." The annoying computer voice replies that they are the same. "...makes sense if they were using them for power... what's the plan, sir?" Looking to Swain expectantly.


Captain Swain 22-Aug-21 07:43 PM

Clark> lowly to Val One day, we'll get a nice quiet mission where nothing goes wrong. Right?


Erich Jaenke 22-Aug-21 07:43 PM

They may also respond to pheromones, which we can't translate.


Captain Swain 22-Aug-21 07:43 PM

Our sensors weren't able to penetrate it, but if we have the frequency, could you adjust sensors to compensate? I'd like to find out what they're shielding.


Irene Mincine 22-Aug-21 07:44 PM

Val> Chuckles to herself, replying quietly. "What fun would that be?"  


Captain Swain 22-Aug-21 07:44 PM

Clark> That's what holodecks are for.


Maryse Dubois 22-Aug-21 07:45 PM

Nope. But we'll have to make due with what we have. ::Begins entering some parameters to a UT file.::


Erich Jaenke 22-Aug-21 07:45 PM

Who should we have as an ambassador?


Irene Mincine 22-Aug-21 07:46 PM

Irene> "Yes, I should be able to but with the power of the energy emissions it's hard to tell what's the shield tower and what's the planet's core from here."


Maryse Dubois 22-Aug-21 07:47 PM

Typically on a starship, that falls upon the captain with the counselor in an advisor role.


CdrMirandaHawthorne 22-Aug-21 07:47 PM

Cdr Jalen Stanton> Do we still have the creatures on our passive scans? Let engineering know as soon as they're a safe distance away.


Erich Jaenke 22-Aug-21 07:47 PM

I was hoping they liked me, but I don't know if they 'like' in the same manner we do.


Captain Swain 22-Aug-21 07:47 PM

See what you can do.


Maryse Dubois 22-Aug-21 07:48 PM

::Finishes her adjustments.:: There this should do it for now. ::Uploads.::


Irene Mincine 22-Aug-21 07:49 PM

Val> "They're moving away at a pretty good clip, Commander. The closest is now at 200,000 kilometers."


Captain Swain 22-Aug-21 07:49 PM

Looks over to Jalen, for a moment. May I have a word in my ready room, Jalen?


Maryse Dubois 22-Aug-21 07:49 PM

+Irene+ I've just uploaded a program into the UT to help with communication. It may run a little slow at first, but it will adjust in time.


Captain Swain 22-Aug-21 07:49 PM

Stands and begins moving towards his RR


Maryse Dubois 22-Aug-21 07:49 PM

+Irene+ It's based off a Tholian template.


CdrMirandaHawthorne 22-Aug-21 07:50 PM

Ens Reynolds> So.... ::Twiddling his thumbs as they wait for main power to be turned back on.:: About that resonator...


Erich Jaenke 22-Aug-21 07:50 PM

We will probably sound like a robot to them.


Irene Mincine 22-Aug-21 07:50 PM

Irene> She works at her station furiously. "Should have something for you when you're out of there, Captain."


CdrMirandaHawthorne 22-Aug-21 07:50 PM

Cdr Jalen Stanton> ::Nods and rises to follow Swain.::


Maryse Dubois 22-Aug-21 07:50 PM

::Nods:: Hopefully not an angry robot.


CdrMirandaHawthorne 22-Aug-21 07:52 PM

Cdr Jalen Stanton> +Engineering+ Stanton to Chocox. We think the creatures are far enough away. Power up engines again. If they return, then we'll shut down again. Be prepared.


Captain Swain 22-Aug-21 07:52 PM

Enters the RR and waits for Jalen to enter and the doors to shut behind them Do you think we should stay in orbit and continue to study the creatures or leave now while we're ahead?


William Chocox 22-Aug-21 07:52 PM

William turns to Reynolds. "Yeah, we might still need it." +Stanton+ "Understood, we're on it." ::starts turning the engines on again."


CdrMirandaHawthorne 22-Aug-21 07:53 PM

Cdr Jalen Stanton> ::He rubbed the back of his neck and sighed.:: Honestly, my first instinct is to cut and run, but their message worries me. It sounds as though they need some sort of assistance.


Irene Mincine 22-Aug-21 07:53 PM

Irene> "What is that...?" By now, she's working on two of the science stations at once. "Ops, can you give me any more sensor power?"


Captain Swain 22-Aug-21 07:55 PM

Nods Agreed. Though it’s possible the Prime Directive could apply. I won't lie though, I am extremely curious about this power signature surroundings the planet's core. I've studied hundreds of M-Class worlds and I've never seen one with these characteristics, but is my curiosity worth the risk to the ship and crew? The creatures went off after we turned off the engines, but what if that doesn't work next time. There are thousands of them.


Clark> Nods Done.


Erich Jaenke 22-Aug-21 07:56 PM

I hope they know we are trying to talk to them. I'd hate to say something wrong.


CdrMirandaHawthorne 22-Aug-21 07:56 PM

Cdr Jalen Stanton> I think we should pursue a means to communicate with them so that we can explain we're not food. If they're headed into deep space, we may not bet the only ones that they run across.


Irene Mincine 22-Aug-21 07:57 PM

Irene> "Thanks. Something is definitely down there, but I'm not sure what yet..."


Captain Swain 22-Aug-21 07:58 PM

Agreed. He walked over to the replicator Tea, Oolong Peach, Hot, no sugar.


Maryse Dubois 22-Aug-21 07:58 PM

Saying hello while accidentally insulting their mother is never a good thing.


Captain Swain 22-Aug-21 08:01 PM

Very well, let’s figure this out. Looks over Thank you.


MEE6 BOT 22-Aug-21 08:02 PM

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