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Cdr Miranda Hawthorne

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  1. SD 0507.2017 The Excalibur is continuing a survey of the Irassa system. Planetside, teams have encountered a number of less than friendly plants and animals, causing the medical team at base camp a few problems! Elsewhere in ruins of a large city, a team has been investigation an unusual complex attached to an underground transit network. On Excalibur itself, Swain and the stellar cartography nerds have located an unusual phenomena in the irassan star which appears to violate the laws of phone stellar physics.
  2. MISSION BRIEF: The survey of Irassa IV continues! When we last left out intrepid heroes they were exploring what appears to be a control room below the surface of an abandoned city. Back at base camp, the Medical team continues to assist with various bumps in the exploratory processes as it were. On board Captain Swain and the nerd crew have started to get telemetry back from their solar probe. Cptn Swain: BEGIN SIM Cptn Swain: BEGIN SIM Cptn Swain: BEGIN SIM Indaura Ryssan: Is it me or are the ailments getting a bit more severe at each iteration? Hunter Matheson: ::in the depths, still shining his light, looking for stuff::: Hunter Matheson: ::returns to the group:: Nothing more that I can find except construction scraps. Hakran K'hal: :: wandering around, looking for anything of interest :: Cptn Swain: Augustin> ::Leaning against a wall while the archaeology team continues to work on mapping the extensive network of tunnels that appears to provide transportation for most of the city.:: Tandaris Admiran: ::looking for a way to turn the control room on:: Maryse Dubois: ::Keeping watch on a patient, making sure they are responding to treatment.:: Hunter Matheson: ::wanders toward Admir, wondering what was in the box::: Hunter Matheson: Help you with something, sir? Cptn Swain: @ ::Lifts a brow at the reading:: That's interesting. Cptn Swain: @Laki> Sir? William Chocox: It's a box. Tandaris Admiran: It's a toolbox. Hakran K'hal: Rhan> :: finishes having a conversation with one of the biologists that returned to the base camp with a number of samples :: Tandaris Admiran: I'm wondering if we can use anything in here to turn on any of this equipment. Hunter Matheson: Uh... ::headscratch:: Yes, sir. It's a box. William Chocox: We can just start testing. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Medical ACTION> More wounded trickle in. Plants were the first to strike, but the away team soon found animal and insect life -- and their fangs, stings, and bites. Cptn Swain: @ ::Wrinkles his nose, pointing to the telemetry:: The solar rotation has actually increased since our last readings. Hunter Matheson: (sounds like the jungles of asia) Cptn Swain: @Laki> Increased? Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: The equipment in the other room was solar powered. ::Glancing at Tandy.:: They funneled sunlight from the surface. Indaura Ryssan: Bah... :: scans a bit mark on someone's arm :: Hakran K'hal: Rhan> :: notes the continued trickle going toward the medical tent :: Cptn Swain: @Laki> Are you sure sir? Perhaps the original findings were incorrect? Maybe the probes didn't accurately measure the speed? Maryse Dubois: :;Sighs:: If this keeps up, I'm going to have to call more medical staff down... Tandaris Admiran: ::Miranda:: Right. I wonder if there's a shaft or something in here that is just closed right now. Cptn Swain: @ Not likely. It's not exactly like it's hard to mess that up. William Chocox: Huh...should we start looking? Cptn Swain: @Laki> But Skumanich's law... Hunter Matheson: ::shines his light toward the ceiling::: Cptn Swain: @ I know. Hakran K'hal: Rhan> +Miranda+ Rhan K'hal to Commander Hawthorne. Hunter Matheson: ::minding his step, he walks around looking for a solar tube::: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: ::Pleased that they had communications this far underground:: +Rhan+ Hawthorne. Go ahead. Hunter Matheson: ::with not much success::: Cptn Swain: @Laki> ::walks over to the console:: Perhaps we should run a diagnostic on the probe, sir. That literally shouldn't be capable of happening. Cptn Swain: @ ::Nods:: I am more than aware. Maryse Dubois: ::When she gets the plant victims stabilized she works on an insect bite, scanning for toxins.:: Hakran K'hal: Rhan> +Miranda+ Commander, this planet is proving to have a bite worse than its bark. By my count we've had nearly 1/3 of the teams return with reactions and injuries already. Our current exploration strategy isn't working working very well, and I wouldn't be surprised if Dr. Dubois will have to call down more personnel. Tandaris Admiran: Maybe they collected sunlight and stored it in batteries before running it down here. Tandaris Admiran: ::pokes and prods randomly at some of the switches and buttons:: William Chocox: ::presses some buttons as well:: Hunter Matheson: ::moves into the unfinished areas, the spaces between what looks like the bearing structure::: Indaura Ryssan: Keeping up with these injuries is straining our medicine supply.. Hakran K'hal: :: returns back through the tunnels to where the archaeologists and Augustin are based out of :: Cptn Swain: Augustin> ::Glances up at the Caitan approaching:: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: +Rhan+ Issue a warning to all remaining team members on the surface. With the harshness of the environment, it is no wonder. Hakran K'hal: :: Augustin :: How bad are we straining your people in this maze? Indaura Ryssan: Ugh, my skin is crawling.. must be the moisture or something... :: hypos someone's arm :: Maryse Dubois: ::Nods.:: Indeed. I had a little extra sent down initially, since I didn't know what we were dealing with. But I didn't anticipate going through this much so quickly. Hakran K'hal: Rhan> +Miranda+ Will do, Commander. I'm also going to recommend the light encounter suits for any teams heading back out. Cptn Swain: Augustin> Not too badly. The remote mapping is making it easier. Hunter Matheson: ::turns into a small area that has holes in the walls similar to control panels, but nothing's in them::: Cptn Swain: Augustin> Though having so many teams poking around a city this size is, well, it could be easier if we just kept you in a small area but that's a goldshirt mentality mind you. Hakran K'hal: :: nods :: That's the problem with this being a survey mission, we have to find out as much as we can so the large archaeological teams can know which places to go in the follow-ups. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: +Rhan+ Yes, that will be best. Also, no group should go out without at least one medic present. Ask Dr. Dubois to issue additional first aid supplies to the exploration teams. Hakran K'hal: Rhan> +Miranda+ Understood, Commander. I'll make it happen. William Chocox: Hm...nothing here so far. Hakran K'hal: Rhan> :: heads back over to the medical tent :: Hakran K'hal: Rhan> :: heads purposefully toward Maryse :: Indaura Ryssan: Can you find out how much longer we are to be on this planet? Cptn Swain: ACTION> Several the panels appear to show what could possibly be a map of the solar system. The different scripts are still giving the translator matrix some issues but it does appear to be a map of the system. Another displays the city and the complex itself in more detail. Maryse Dubois: ::Glances up at the Cait, while treating someone's arm.:: Hunter Matheson: (panels?) Cptn Swain: (( It's a control room with a bunch of OLED screens everywhere) Hakran K'hal: Rhan> You may have to empty your department, Doc. After having a confab with Cdr Hawthorne, she wants every team that goes back out to have at least one medic and extra first-aid supplies.l Hunter Matheson: (think I missed that) Maryse Dubois: ::Gives Rhan, the "Are you serious?" look.:: Hakran K'hal: Rhan> It's not as bad as it sounds on first hear. I still need to call Hakran but I'm going to ask him to consolidate the teams into larger groups. Tandaris Admiran: ((Oh, I thought it didn't have any power)) William Chocox: Whoa. Hakran K'hal: (( maybe some sort of e-ink that stays in shape even when it's not powered )) Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: ::She turned back to the group in the control room.:: Anything, yet? Cptn Swain: (( Per my plot notes, the panels turned on when you walked in. The iPad you found was dead though. )) Hakran K'hal: (( or that )) William Chocox: ((Must've got lost in translation.)) Hakran K'hal: Rhan> Until that I'm not letting anyone else out period, so you've got time to pull off a minor miracle. Maryse Dubois: ::Grabs a PADD, tapping on it a little fast, and perhaps with a bit of anger. She then hands it to Rhan.:: Here. A list of additional supplies we need. Also there are a few names of people that will need beamed down if they are to go with the teams. William Chocox: There's a schematic of the city here. Hakran K'hal: Rhan> :: takes it, transfers the data to his own padd :: Thanks Doc. Hunter Matheson: ::slow walk back to Cho and Admir::: Cptn Swain: (( To also recap, the writing on the monitors and stuff was also in different versions of the language -- like seeing something written in both like Spanish and French -- same base root language but different. Not side by side translations either. )) Maryse Dubois: ::Sighs:: You're welcome. How much longer do you anticipate we will be here? Tandaris Admiran: ((Sorry, forgot that part!)) Cptn Swain: (( No Problem )) Tandaris Admiran: ::Miranda:: So far it looks like we're dealing with an industrialized civilization, possibly capable of spaceflight. Tandaris Admiran: Still not much luck on the translation front. Hakran K'hal: Rhan> I wish I knew. The planetary exploration teams have a more precisely defined scope, but with the ruins... they keep finding more the longer they're down there. William Chocox: Yeah. The translation matrix can't make hide nor hair of it. Hakran K'hal: Rhan> :: taps away to get things started with the medical personnel and supplies - also taps out a message to Hakran about consolidating the exploration teams :: Indaura Ryssan: Great... :: waves someone over :: Maryse Dubois: I see. Well...You owe me a ride on one of the Argo buggies when this is over. ::Finally manages a smile.:: Hunter Matheson: ::staying back and out of the way::: Cptn Swain: @Laki> Diagnostic complete and readings confirmed sir. Also we still have that intermittent blip in sector 3. Think it's related? Hakran K'hal: :: reads the message from his brother, ejects an oath :: Cptn Swain: @ ::Frowns:: It could be. Though again, I am rather perplexed. Scientifically this shouldn't be possible. Hakran K'hal: Rhan> I just hope it'll be a joyride and not a cavalry coming to the rescue. Tandaris Admiran: ::Miranda:: Anything serious happening back at base camp? Maryse Dubois: Me too. Cptn Swain: Augustin> ::smirks at the Caitan:: Some of security are trained field medics. Indaura Ryssan: :: Sprays something on a woman's arm :: Let me rub that in your arm a bit... I have the better angle :: Cptn Swain: Augustin> They have to go along anyway, so feel free to have them do double duty. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: They're experiencing a rash of rashes. All surface teams are issued suits and medics for exploration. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: We saw for ourselves that the plants here will protect themselves. William Chocox: Oh jeez. Hakran K'hal: I think I'm going to let Rhan deal with the specifics. He's better at trying to make mountains out of molehills than I am. :: taps out a message to him explaining exactly that :: Indaura Ryssan: There you go.. Should feel better in a moment. Tandaris Admiran: I'm glad we've decided to go underground. Tandaris Admiran: ::starts itching his neck, totally psychosomatically:: Maryse Dubois: ::Rubs an ointment on the crewman's bite once it was determined there were no detrimental toxins.:: Hunter Matheson: ::thankful for his IFAK::: Hakran K'hal: Rhan> :: looks at the message on his padd :: I'm going to need extra padds. :: wanders back out to his little area :: Hunter Matheson: ::he's decided to keep his gloves on::: Maryse Dubois: Good luck. ::Calling out to Rhan as he left. She then continued to the next patient.:: William Chocox: You ok commander? Maryse Dubois: ::Calls over to Indaura.:: How are you doing over there? Hakran K'hal: Rhan> :: sends a message to all the planetary exploration teams to return to base camp immediately if they don't already have a trained medic, and even if they do to wrap up what they're doing and make their way back :: Indaura Ryssan: Here I thought I would be on the ship for days and not be on a planet. Cptn Swain: @Laki> What should we do, sir? Hakran K'hal: Rhan> :: also starts getting the supplies ordered, including the light encounter suits, and more importantly: lunch :: Cptn Swain: @ Start prepping another series of probes and link in with Starfleet Science. See if anyone there has ideas about why the solar rotation could have increased since the last survey, despite all reasons why that's not possible. Tandaris Admiran: ::Chocox:: I should be good. Just won't eat any of the vegetation. Cptn Swain: @Laki> Should we inform the surface teams? Tandaris Admiran: ::examining one of the stations in the control room:: Hey, Chocox, bring that tablet device over here, will you? Maryse Dubois: ::Smirks.:: I'm beginning to wish I had stayed too. I should have just had Taryn run things down here. ::Checking the waiting patients.:: If there isn't any immediate emergency cases you can take a break if you'd like. Cptn Swain: @ I can't imagine why it would pose any danger to them, but I suppose Mister K'hal might find it interesting. Hunter Matheson: ::hearing the ping, he checks it out::: Hunter Matheson: Say... Commander? Hunter Matheson: We have incoming alert to move out. Hakran K'hal: :: has another confab with the lead archaeologist and the linguist who are butting heads :: William Chocox: ::walks over and hands it to him:: Here you go. Indaura Ryssan: Any water? Cptn Swain: Augustin> ::Looks at the message:: Hakran K'hal: (( sorry, didn't make that clear enough - doesn't apply to the ruins teams )) William Chocox: ((We're named characters. Orders are optional.)) Cptn Swain: (( LOL )) Hunter Matheson: ( was wondering why the order was ignored) Hunter Matheson: (besides mutiny, that is) Tandaris Admiran: ::continues ignoring Hunter's suggestion that they do something as banal as move to safety:: Maryse Dubois: ::Nods, pointing.:: In the crates over there. There is packaged water, and Rhan has a couple large coolers set up outside. Tandaris Admiran: ::Chocox:: This looks like a charging port of some kind. Cptn Swain: @ +Hakran+ Excalibur to Hakran. William Chocox: Alright. ::plugs it in:: Hakran K'hal: Rhan> :: watches his operations people start setting out some boxed lunches - not quite a 5 course meal, but better than MREs :: Hakran K'hal: +Swain+ Go ahead, Captain. Hunter Matheson: ::standing by:: Maryse Dubois: ::Checks the time.:: I believe he also promised lunch soon. Cptn Swain: @ +Hakran+ We're beginning to get data back from the solar probes and we've uncovered something rather... well unusual. The solar rotation seems to have increased since the last survey done by my teams on the George Washington. Indaura Ryssan: :: Nods :: Let me get some for a bit. Hakran K'hal: :: blinkety blink-blinken :: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: ::She moved about the room, scanning the script with a frown. Examining one of the panels, she touched it experimentally.:: Maryse Dubois: Go ahead. I have things under control here. Cptn Swain: @+Hak+ We're going over all the data again, but I thought you'd be more than a little interested. Tandaris Admiran: ::leaves Chocox to babysit the tablet until it's functional:: Hunter Matheson: ::wondering where Tandy is going::: Tandaris Admiran: ::is heading right for Hunter:: ((Be careful with those questions!)) Maryse Dubois: ((haha)) Hunter Matheson: (aye) William Chocox: ::watches it hoping it powers back on:: Indaura Ryssan: :: Opens a water and drinks :: Hakran K'hal: +Swain+ That's... but... how... :: shakes head :: More than a little indeed, Captain. :: pause :: Keep me posted. Tandaris Admiran: ::Matheson:: I know you're not an engineer, but do you think you could take some of those tools and use them to try to … expose … the guts of one of these systems? Maybe if we start taking something apart we'll get some ideas for how to use it. Cptn Swain: @+Hak+ Will do, Swain out. Hunter Matheson: ::Tandaris:: Well, sir, my dad gave me a little information, like don't cross the wires, don't touch any wires that look bad... that sort of thing. I think I can manage. Hakran K'hal: Rhan> :: finishes a conversation with the crews bringing in the new supplies, wanders back into the camp proper... and literally rings a dinner bell, because opportunities like that only come so often :: Hunter Matheson: Think they might be live, sir? Hunter Matheson: Or.. is that what I'm supposed to find out.... Hakran K'hal: :: ponders Swain's news a bit longer as he wanders back toward the control room :: Hunter Matheson: ::checking out the equipment in the box, he finds a few things that might work::: Indaura Ryssan: :: moves back into the med area :: Tandaris Admiran: ::Matheson:: I'm mostly just interested in what it looks like once you take one of the panels off and expose the guts. Are they still using electronics? Duotronics? Multitronics? Isolinear or optical processing? Tandaris Admiran: Just try to crack it open and see what we're working with Hunter Matheson: ::nods, not a clue what he means:: Yes ,sir. Hunter Matheson: ::finding a sturdy tool that might work, he looks back to Tandaris::: Just any panel, sir? Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: ACTION> The alien padd powers on for Chocox and suddenly the control room comes to life. The screens start displaying charts and graphs and sensory information from the planet's surface. The language was still alien, but there were graphics that looked to be sensor arrays of weather patterns. Hakran K'hal: :: enters the control room just as everything turns on, yelps :: Hunter Matheson: ::checking the panels to see which looks like the best one to start with, like it's already a little loose::: William Chocox: Now we're cooking! Hunter Matheson: ::steps back:: Whoa... Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: (( I was expecting a hiss, Hakran. )) Tandaris Admiran: Whoa Maryse Dubois: ((lol)) Hunter Matheson: You.. uh... still want me to pull it apart? Tandaris Admiran: ::Chocox:: What are you seeing your tablet? Any controls? Translations? Hakran K'hal: :: grumbles :: Can't even walk through a door without getting 10 years scared off my life around these people. Tandaris Admiran: I think we can hold off on that for the moment, Mr. Matheson. Hunter Matheson: ::sigh of relief:: Aye, sir. William Chocox: No translations...we have data though. Hakran K'hal: :: approaches the screens, automatically tric scanning the language and adding it to their growing database of it :: Hunter Matheson: ::thinking about how close he came to being part of a panel::: Hakran K'hal: Hmm, that looks suspiciously meteorological. :: points to the weather :: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Nice... ::Tipping her head to view the screens, looking from one to the other.:: William Chocox: That it does. Hakran K'hal: :: records it, and requests data from the ship to corroborate :: Hunter Matheson: ::steps back far enough to check out all the panels::: Hakran K'hal: For a planet without any artificial satellites, that is eerily accurate. William Chocox: Yeah, but look at these pictures. ::points:: Could be sensors that are providing the info. Hunter Matheson: ::moves in on one ::: Hakran K'hal: :: tilts head, trying to match the data on his tricorder to the data displayed on the screens :: Tandaris Admiran: Interesting Hunter Matheson: Uh.. this looks strangely like some kind of defense grid? Not high tech, just strategic areas. Tandaris Admiran: ::draws K'hal's attention to one screen:: Is it just me or are they very interested in monitoring solar activity here? William Chocox: ::looks over as well:: William Chocox: That...huh, it doesn't seem to be just you. Tandaris Admiran: And yes, ::Matheson:: several of those panels appear to be defense-related. They had some kind of aerial bombardment it looks like huh. Oh. Cptn Swain: ...and... Hakran K'hal: :: steps over to the screen Tandy indicates, reviews :: Wowser. Indaura Ryssan: :: Mentally counting their patients...:: Indaura Ryssan: Oh the followup.. Tandaris Admiran: This looks like a blueprint for an uncrewed rocket capable of reaching their sun. Tandaris Admiran: I wonder what the payload was.... Hakran K'hal: Considering the sun's rotation is speeding up, so do I. So do I... Hunter Matheson: ::moves that way:: Crewed, sir, as in there was a crew aboard? Cptn Swain: PAUSE SIM Cptn Swain: PAUSE SIM Cptn Swain: PAUSE SIM
  3. SD 0430.2017 The survey of Irassa IV continues! When we last left out intrepid heroes they were exploring what appears to be a control room below the surface of an abandoned city. Back at base camp, the Medical team continues to assist with various bumps in the exploratory processes as it were. On board Captain Swain and the nerd crew have started to get telemetry back from their solar probe.
  4. MISSION BRIEF: Our adventures exploring Irassa IV continue. Team Miranda has discovered, essentially, a large shaft drilled several hundred meters down in the 'newer' area of the underground transit network. A team of archaeologists have arrived behind them and are beginning to map the rest of the network more thoroughly. Medical is helping some folks with a thorny issue. N'Dak and Harper continue to explore a large obelisk at the center of the ruins, while aboard Excalibur the first readings from the solar probe are beginning to come in. Cptn Swain: BEGIN LE SIM Hunter Matheson: ::following down the stairs behind Admiran::: Cptn Swain: Augustin> ::Letting the blue shirts setup their equipment, taking a look around:: William Chocox: ::steps carefully along the stairs:: Maryse Dubois: ::Now updating her dangerous plant database.:: Now we have two plants to avoid. Cptn Swain: NDak> ::Glances behind him to Harper: I am getting a link from the other teams, apparently they've started to get a translation matrix going. Charlie Harper: ::examines the base of the obelisk:: Good, any preliminary results? Indaura Ryssan: :: Treating the ones with thorns, then with swelling... not so swell for them and the anti-histamine can't last forever :: Tandaris Admiran: ::is in a room with chemical lighting now:: Well, nothing has eaten me yet! William Chocox: That's reassuring. Hakran K'hal: :: following along with Admiran and Chocox :: That's always a plus. :: dryly :: Cptn Swain: NDak> Their language does not appear to have been rooted in the Iconian language. I wondered if perhaps they were an offshot of the Rihannsu. Perhaps io of the far travel ships lost during the Sunderring, but I can na tell yet. Indaura Ryssan: :: Watching those treated for additional symptoms :: Cptn Swain: NDak> ::tilts head looking at the markings:: Granted our own language has changed much since those days. Hunter Matheson: ::doing 360 check of the room::: So I guess it's not a cooler or some kind of trap, and there's no cold tub... ::walks around looking at the walls for information:: Charlie Harper: Considering written Vulcan and Rihannsu are mutually unintelligible, I should think so. Hakran K'hal: Rhan> :: back at the landing camp, staying out of busy medical's way while organizing all of the stuff going in and out, both data and physical :: Cptn Swain: ACTION> The walls of the room are relatively sparse, there seem to be various markings like signs for construction workers towards the "pit." William Chocox: ::looks at the writing:: Cptn Swain: ( Did y'all start down the stairs last week? I have a note you did )) Indaura Ryssan: I bet there are many plants to avoid and many not. Hunter Matheson: (yes) Cptn Swain: NDak> ::Nods:: Ie. William Chocox: ((From the looks of the log it looked like we did.)) Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: ::Shining her light around on the walls as they descended, looking for additional markings on the way down.:: Hakran K'hal: :: automatically scans the writing and sends it back to the archeological group that includes the linguist :: Maryse Dubois: ::Steps over to Rhan, holding out a PADD.:: New update to send out to everyone. Not only do we have a plant trying to kill us with pollen, but a new one with poisonous thorns... Cptn Swain: ACTION> The stairs are relatively secure for being as old as they are, having been apparently made of a high quality alloy and combined with the relatively low temperatures and humidity in the area. William Chocox: Impressive we haven't found a missing step. Cptn Swain: NDak> I wonder what it was used for... it appears to be older than the surrounding buildings. A monument of some kind? Hunter Matheson: Hm... ::rubs a gloved hand over the markings::: Looks like construction information. Short and sweet. Indaura Ryssan: Oh, I wonder if they are the same plant? :: to Dubois :: Do you suppose so? Charlie Harper: Mmm... I'm trying to see if this is the true base or if it's been partially buried... Hakran K'hal: Rhan> Lovely. :: taps his padd to hers to grab the data, then taps away at it to enter it into the database and send the update to everyone on planet :: Some interesting flora on this planet. Maryse Dubois: ::To Indaura before walking over to Rhan.:: Well I wish we could find some good ones. Hakran K'hal: Are you tasting the writing, Matheson? :: distractedly :: Tandaris Admiran: ::walks further into the room at the bottom of the stairs:: William Chocox: ::follows Admiran:: Maryse Dubois: I wish everything wouldn't try to kill us. Or is that asking too much? Hunter Matheson: ::begins to record the writing to match it with what they found before:: Should I, sir? Hunter Matheson: ::didn't actually hear what he said, just kind of answered::: Indaura Ryssan: Well, if these pollen and thorns exist and plants or animals that coexist with them, then they must have a built-in method of protecting themselves Hakran K'hal: Only if there's blood on it. We might need to know if there are orcs about. Hunter Matheson: ::wanders toward Hawthorne:: Interesting stuff, commander. Hakran K'hal: Rhan> :: Maryse :: With our luck? It probably *is* too much to ask. Charlie Harper: It does look like there might be more below the surface Hunter Matheson: ::shows his scans:: Same type of tool used as up above for what looked like ordinary writing. Only difference is that this is short, like notes, and the other was more like a sentence. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Make sure you get scans of any writing you see. We need to expand our database. Hunter Matheson: Yes, ma'am. Indaura Ryssan: If there are any thick skinned mammals here they could avoid the thorns. William Chocox: See anything interesting Commander? Maryse Dubois: ::Sighs.:: True. ::Looks to Indaura.:: I've not heard anyone report back on fauna yet. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Maybe they're instructions for their construction crew. Hunter Matheson: ::moving along the walls, past the vacant sections, taking scans:: Could be, ma'am. Cptn Swain: NDak> ::Continues scanning the obelisk base, looking for some sort of entrance.:: Hunter Matheson: ::turns to face her:: It actually has that feel. Indaura Ryssan: Neither have I, should they have already? Hunter Matheson: I mean.. look. Like... ::points::: this looks like some kind of numerical notation. Maryse Dubois: ::Glances at Rhan for a possible answer.:: Tandaris Admiran: ::Chocox:: It's more what I'm not seeing that interests me. Hunter Matheson: We put em together and maybe could figure out their number system. Charlie Harper: ::straightens up, cracks back:: ::frowns at the obelisk:: There's something very strange about this thing. William Chocox: What are you not seeing? Hakran K'hal: Rhan> Nothing in yet on the legged front. Hunter Matheson: ::half hearing the convo::: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: ::Shines her light on the room as she walks the grid, using her tricorder to scan the ceiling.:: Maryse Dubois: That seems odd. Surely someone would have reported something by now. Cptn Swain: NDak> ::looks over:: Ie? Hunter Matheson: ::sets the scanner to compare::: Tandaris Admiran: ::Chocox:: Think about it. Our working theory is that this place was left unfinished, "under construction", right? Indaura Ryssan: We need to contact them, are we within range? Hunter Matheson: ::has a thought and begins to pace off the sections that are standing::: Indaura Ryssan: I have some of the swelling down, but I don't think the compound is out of their system William Chocox: You're wondering where the equipment is? Hunter Matheson: ::turns toward Admiran and Cho:: Thinking you're right, sir. Hakran K'hal: Rhan> It's possible our less than stealthy landing and zipping about on noisy ATV's isn't conducive to spotting things that can hide. Maryse Dubois: That's a fair point. Tandaris Admiran: Not so much the equipment, but the debris. William Chocox: Ah. Hunter Matheson: ::wanders over :: And the marks on the wall. Tandaris Admiran: If this place were abandoned in haste, both equipment and debris should be left here. If it was an orderly withdrawal, why would you waste resources removing debris from something you weren't using? Charlie Harper: Just... it doesn't match. ::turns to look at the rest of the space:: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Medical ACTION> Base camp starts getting more reports of biological incidents -- officers coming into contact with poisonous plants. Several were incoming for treatment. Tandaris Admiran: Everything is unfinished yet , ::runs a hand along the surface:: cleaned up. William Chocox: That's weird. Hunter Matheson: paced out this section, and it's about 3 meters. Next one is about 3, and on down the line. Cptn Swain: NDak> ::tilts his head at the human:: Ie, as I said it appears to be older construction. Indaura Ryssan: :: Hears more incoming :: More? People can't not touch these things. Hunter Matheson: Between sections is about a meter, give or take. Maryse Dubois: ::Hearing the incoming comms.:: I am beginning to think that there are no fauna, and that the plants dominate here... Hakran K'hal: Rhan> I could've sworn all the kits have gloves. And tools that allow you to manipulate objects without hands at all. :: sigh :: Cptn Swain: NDak> Or did au mean in another way? Hunter Matheson: ::joins Cho and Admir:: William Chocox: It definitely shouldn't be this clean. Maryse Dubois: ::Sighs, looking at Rhan.:: Tell everyone to stop touching things, especially the plant variety. Indaura Ryssan: :: Waves some newly injured in :: Come this way Hunter Matheson: Makes me think they left in a hurry. Indaura Ryssan: This must be a fascinating place for a botanist... Tandaris Admiran: ::nods at Hunter:: Maybe they finished this area, cleaned it up, but then had to leave? ::doesn't sound quite convinced by this theory:: Hakran K'hal: Rhan> :: nods :: I'll point out the obvious. :: sends off a message to all teams to NOT touch the plants without protection :: Hunter Matheson: What made them leave, then? Makes you wonder Maryse Dubois: ::Goes to help with the incoming.:: Hunter Matheson: Well, we're already wondering, so wondering more makes it more complicated, so maybe a notch down on the wondering? Tandaris Admiran: ::shrugs:: Could be anything. Natural disaster. War? This could be a bunker. Complete planetary evacuation? Tandaris Admiran: I wish we could find some technology so we could gauge their development level. Hunter Matheson: Well, they scratch in the walls, so they don't use crayons. Charlie Harper: I... ::stops, thinks a moment:: When you have an important historical relic, what do you do with it? Cptn Swain: ACTION> Tandaris all but trips over what appears to be a crude, by our standards, tablet something like an iPad Air 2 or something. Hakran K'hal: You're an engineer, of course you want some technology. I'd rather get the language sorted. William Chocox: Scratching on the walls doesn't mean they're unadvanced. Hunter Matheson: ::catches him as he trips:: Whoa. Cptn Swain: NDak> ::Considers:: Well, many of ours are in the Senate quarter. William Chocox: Careful sir. Hunter Matheson: ::Lights up the area::: Strange. Indaura Ryssan: :: Starts to treat more people :: I will have a class soon on the ship... Don't Touch Anything... William Chocox: Is that a crude PADD? Hunter Matheson: Beats me Indaura Ryssan: :: Notices something on her own hand :: Bah.. doctor, can you come see my hand? Maryse Dubois: Sounds like a great idea. ::Treats a crewman.:: Charlie Harper: On display, right? With barriers to keep the kids from climbing on them, or at least a plaque of some kind to say why this particular hunk of ugly is allowed to take up space. Maryse Dubois: ::Walks over.:: What is it? Cptn Swain: NDak> ::Nods, seeing her point:: Hmmm Tandaris Admiran: ::Hunter:: Thanks. ::bends down to retrieve the offending object:: Indaura Ryssan: :: Holds up her left hand :: Something from one of them has gotten on my hand. Hakran K'hal: :: scans the object as Tandy picks it up :: Aluminum frame. That should give you one good handle on their tech level. Indaura Ryssan: The urge to itch is...ugh.. quite strong Maryse Dubois: ::Notices her hand. Grabs a tricorder and scans.:: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Medical ACTION> Incoming wounded were mostly minor irritants, ranging from skin rashes to more incidents with spiny plants. However, one or two of the patients were in anaphylaxis. William Chocox: Huh. So not too advanced. Tandaris Admiran: Looks like a primitive PADD-like device. Tandaris Admiran: I wonder if our tricorder could interface with it? Hunter Matheson: Hm... does it still work? Hunter Matheson: ...but that's what you were talking bout... Maryse Dubois: ::Hands Indaura a hypo.:: Here use this, then put gloves on. And I don't need to tell you, no scratching. ::Goes over to one of the crewman in shock.:: Tandaris Admiran: ::Hunter:: Could you look further up ahead and see if you can find any more of these, or anything else? Hunter Matheson: Sure can, sir. ::moves off::: Indaura Ryssan: :: Hypos herself :: Ah, the hiss that refreshes.. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: ::Moving to the end of the room, she paused at the doorway that led into the next section, shining her light on the unfinished doorway.:: There's more in here... ::She called over her shoulder.:: Looks like an equipment room. Tandaris Admiran: ::Chocox:: Here, see if you can find a way to access its internals without breaking it. I'll see if my tricorder can activate any dormant communication protocols. Hunter Matheson: ::sweeping the floor and any ledges he sees with his light::: William Chocox: Yes sir. ::starts looking it over:: Indaura Ryssan: :: gets gloves on :: These may or may not do any good.. but it can't hurt. Tandaris Admiran: ::opens his tricorder and scans the device with an active pulse:: Hunter Matheson: ::pokes his head through the area behind some of the wall spaces::: Cptn Swain: NDak> So that leaves us some interesting questions, does it na? Hunter Matheson: ::quick search of those areas::: Indaura Ryssan: :: Treats another looking like they are heading towards shock :: Maryse Dubois: ::Eases a patient having trouble breathing. She looks over, calling out to Rhan.:: Rhan, full decontamination protocols for anyone going back to the ship. Even emergency beaming. Charlie Harper: Hopefully the translation will tell us something. William Chocox: I think I see some screws here. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: ACTION> Triggered by Miranda's movement, the lights come on in the next room to reveal some sort of control area. Old-style tech covered the walls from floor to ceiling. Hunter Matheson: ::moves on to the next section, scanning as he goes:: Indaura Ryssan: :: hypos them :: Remain calm.. Hakran K'hal: Rhan> :: nods :: Understood. Hunter Matheson: Hm.... ::moves into a recessed area::: Tandaris Admiran: No response to my tricorder's interrogation, so it's either incompatible or completely without power. ::turns towards where Miranda and Hunter disappeared:: Let's see if any of the equipment up there yields more clues. Hunter Matheson: ::checks the floor, then runs the light against the wall::: Hakran K'hal: Rhan> :: calls up to the transporter rooms to pass that along before trotting over to the shuttle pilots to make sure they're aware :: Webmaster: ((You tell them to remain calm AFTER hypo'inh them. Hahaha)) Hunter Matheson: (hey webbie) Cptn Swain: (( LOL hi webbie! )) William Chocox: Aye sir. Maryse Dubois: Flight crews are going to have fun scrubbing down the shuttles. William Chocox: ::walks towards where Hawthorne and Matheson disappeared off to:: Tandaris Admiran: ::enters the room and whistles:: Wow Indaura Ryssan: Baron sweep would be quicker Maryse Dubois: ::Smirks.:: They don't need to know that. Webmaster: ((Just checking in to make sure the place has not burned down. This also gives me a chance to more fully test the mobile UI)) Hunter Matheson: ::picks up a box, then moves back into the main room::: Found a box. Maryse Dubois: ((::Puts out a small fire.:: Nothing to see here.)) Tandaris Admiran: ((Swain doesn't let me have access to fire any more.)) William Chocox: ((::hides the gas canister behind his back:: Burning? No, no one here would ever do such a thing.)) Indaura Ryssan: How many total are coming here for help? Maryse Dubois: ::Treats her last immediate patient.:: Hunter Matheson: ::brings the box to Tand::: Hakran K'hal: Rhan> :: returns :: Don't expect the shuttle crews to be buying you any drinks, Doc. Hunter Matheson: Thought you'd like to open it. Looks like a toolbox maybe? Tandaris Admiran: You shouldn't have! ::takes the box eagerly and sets it down on a table:: Cptn Swain: (( A box, huh )) Hakran K'hal: :: scanning all of the equipment and looking for any more language :: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: ::She ran a hand over the screens as she passed, searching for some sort of switch to power it up.:: Hunter Matheson: (well, gotta keep him busy and I figured that would be a good thing to play with) William Chocox: Boxes are always fun. Indaura Ryssan: :: Scans her patient with her medicorder :: The medication should take effect shortly. We are watching others with similar symptoms, so please report anything... :: to the man she was treating :: Cptn Swain: ACTION> The tricorder translation matrix spits out something about operations and control. There appears to be more than one kind of script here though, possibly multiple languages. William Chocox: If you're a cat. Maryse Dubois: ::Shrugs:: Well I'm sure they would rather enjoy breathing. Hakran K'hal: :: glares at Will :: Hakran K'hal: :: then looks over the tricorder :: Hmm, interesting. Hunter Matheson: ::moves on out to check the other areas::: William Chocox: And by cat I use the colloquial term to refer to the common Earth house cat. Cptn Swain: (( aahaha will )) Hunter Matheson: ::smirk as he hears Cho's lame translation::: Hakran K'hal: :: Tandy :: Looks like we've got our first words. "operation" and "control." Though there seem to be multiple scripts here, but can't tell if it's different language or not though. Indaura Ryssan: My own symptoms are abating.. Hunter Matheson: ::he begins where he left off, paying special attention to the recesses and the areas behind the unfinished wall areas::: Tandaris Admiran: ::looking through the toolbox:: Tandaris Admiran: So this was definitely a control room for something. Indaura Ryssan: I'm afraid to take a deep breath now... Hakran K'hal: Rhan> :: helpfully : We have gas masks if it'll make you feel better. Hunter Matheson: ::and he finds mostly a few discarded scraps that didn't get cleaned up, but not much else::: William Chocox: Commander, do you have a tool that looks like it could remove screws with *proceeds to describe the head necessary to remove them*. Tandaris Admiran: ::looks through the box:: Ah, here we go. ::hands the tool to Chocox:: Maryse Dubois: Well we may have to break them out soon. Cptn Swain: ...and... William Chocox: Thank you sir. ::goes to remove the screws:: Hakran K'hal: Rhan> Oh lovely. Indaura Ryssan: Perhaps our medical logs will help figure out all of this. Cptn Swain: ARRETER LE JEU
  5. SD 0423.2017 Our adventures exploring Irassa IV continue. Team Miranda has discovered, essentially, a large shaft drilled several hundred meters down in the 'newer' area of the underground transit network. A team of archaeologists have arrived behind them and are beginning to map the rest of the network more thoroughly. Medical is helping some folks with a thorny issue. N'Dak and Harper continue to explore a large obelisk at the center of the ruins, while aboard Excalibur the first readings from the solar probe are beginning to come in.
  6. MISSION BRIEF: The Excalibur is continuing its survey of the Irassa system. Aboard the ship, Swain and the astrometrics nerds are monitoring a sensor disturbance while waiting for scans of the star to come back. Planetside, survey teams have spread out across the area. One unfortunate Bolian found out a particular plant in the system is toxic. Meanwhile, a number of the starring cast are exploring an underground transit system and have located what appears to be newer construction and some sort of vault door. When we last hit the PAUSE button, Tandaris had decided, per usual, to go ahead and try and open it before the archaeology team arrives, because why not. Cptn Swain: BEGIN SIM Cptn Swain: BEGIN SIM Cptn Swain: BEGIN SIM Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: ::She had her tricorder out, actively scanning the door for the first glimpse of whatever lay beyond.:: Hunter Matheson: ::checking out the area, staying clear of the door because, well, you know.::: Maryse Dubois: ::At base camp, looking over the toxicology report.:: Tandaris Admiran: ::has just flipped the switch that should open the doors: Indaura Ryssan: :: with the other medical :: Maryse Dubois: ::Glances over at Indaura.:: How's your patient? Cptn Swain: ACTION> There is a brief shudder in the room as the heavy doors shift and a hiss from the pneumatics that operated it. Behind the door is a long hallway that seems to slope downwards. Chemical lighting kicks in after moment. Indaura Ryssan: Better... For now. Hunter Matheson: huh... Cptn Swain: Augustin> ::Making his way through the ruins with the Archaeology team:: Hunter Matheson: Looks pretty modern. Maryse Dubois: ::Nods.:: That's good. Do you think he needs to return to the ship, or will he be able to return to duties here? Tandaris Admiran: ::hops down, dusts off:: Tally ho, hmm? Maryse Dubois: ::Grabs an operations crewman, since Rhan is busy.:: I want this plant data forwarded to all the teams, with a warning. No one is to approach this type of plant. It is very toxic. Indaura Ryssan: I'd consider it, but for now no. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Nothing odd on sensors. ::Sweeping the hall. She stepped past the doors and headed down the slope.:: Maryse Dubois: His team leader should be pleased then. Indaura Ryssan: :: scanning, looking at his eyes :: Hunter Matheson: ::follows::: Tandaris Admiran: ::looking at the tunnel but finding nothing remarkable so far:: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: ::She glanced at Tandy.:: Do we have any remote probes prepped that could map out the ruins from the inside? Hunter Matheson: ::random wondering about why the underground tunnels, but I guess that's why we're here::: Indaura Ryssan: :: places a monitor on him :: don't worry Tandaris Admiran: ::rummages in his bag and produces one such probe:: Snagged this from the archaeology team's supplies. Cptn Swain: ACTION> The temperature begins to decrease slightly as the team heads further down. The humidity is also increasing. Indaura Ryssan: Any other crew with this affliction? Hunter Matheson: ::thinking aloud:: Wonder why the civilization thought it was necessary to tunnel down. Safety? Unstable atmosphere? ::screws up his face, thinking::: Maryse Dubois: Doesn't seem so for now. We caught this pretty early. Hunter Matheson: Oh... big bad dinosaurs. ::smirk:: Indaura Ryssan: Whew Tandaris Admiran: ::Hunter:: Those are all definite possibilities. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Cold storage? The temperature is dropping. Tandaris Admiran: ::activates the probe and sends it off on its automated search and mapping way:: Hunter Matheson: ::looks to Tandaris, thinking::: Hunter Matheson: Cold storage would be a good guess to me. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Or maybe they just grew tired of sweating. It's comfortable down here. ::Shining her light on the way ahead after the probe zipped past.:: Hunter Matheson: ::nod to comfort:: Cptn Swain: ACTION> The probe begins mapping. Up ahead the corridor flattens out and opens up into a large room. Hunter Matheson: Cheaper than atmospheric scrubbers, too. Indaura Ryssan: The weather is invigorating... Good for the skin... Maryse Dubois: ::Nods.:: Yeah, it does feel pretty nice. Hunter Matheson: Um.. wonder if they have hot springs here, like they had at that other place. Tandaris Admiran: Looks like it opens up further ahead. ::picks up the pace slightly:: Still no energy signatures. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Ensign Hobbs> ::Hobbling up to the medical station with the help of two other crewmen, hissing with each step. His entire backside was covered with a blanket of spiny thorns.:: Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow! Cptn Swain: Augustin> ::arrives at the transit network with the Arch team.:: Tandaris Admiran: ::enters the open area, looks around:: Maryse Dubois: ::Notices the ensign.:: What happened here? Hunter Matheson: ::steps in behind the cdr, checking it out:: Indaura Ryssan: Wonder what creatures are here... Indaura Ryssan: Thorns? Let me look... Cptn Swain: ACTION> Lights along the floor begin to light up, revealing what appears to be a large circular hole in the center of room with railing around the middle and what appears to be circular stairs leading down it. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: ::The two ensigns with him were snickering. One of them piped up.:: Um... he had a fight with some type of jumping spiny plant and lost. Bent over right into it and got a bunch of spines in his... Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Ensign Hobbs> It's not funny! ::Wincing.:: Tandaris Admiran: Oooh, stairs. Tandaris Admiran: This seems awfully elaborate for cold storage though. Hunter Matheson: Yeah...::Tand:: Tandaris Admiran: ::looking around at the walls:: Perhaps a religious site of some kind? Hunter Matheson: Command center? Indaura Ryssan: :: scans and examines a thorn :: Maryse Dubois: ::Takes a tool and gently as she could, removes a thorn.:: I'll have to make sure this isn't toxic. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: ::She clicked her handlight off and tucked it away since it wasn't needed. Exploring the room, she ventured to the stairs.:: A bunker of some sort, perhaps? Tandaris Admiran: Could be. If there were factions, they could have been worried about aerial bombardment. Hunter Matheson: ::walking around, looking for evidence of whatever:: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Ensign Hobbs> ::Winces as the thorns were plucked. They were barbed and didn't come out easy.:: Tandaris Admiran: Whatever it was, I don't think they had time to finish it. ::points to several spots that were clearly "in progress":: They roughed it out but never had time to use it. Hunter Matheson: ::turns:: Looks like Maryse Dubois: ::Holds it up.:: Nasty little thing. ::Sets it in a tray to begin the analysis.:: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Medical ACTION> Their scans show the barbed thorns were hollowed inside and filled with some sort of toxin that prevented the blood from clotting. Cptn Swain: ACTION> The probe starts down the shaft. There's a sign at the top of the stairs written in the same script as the map in the transit system. Hunter Matheson: ::tracing the walls with his gloved hands:: Looks like places to insert art, or diagrams, or some kind of sign anyway. Maryse Dubois: ::Frowns.:: Not good. Maryse Dubois: Seems these thorns come with their own natural blood thinner. Hunter Matheson: ::absently:: Wonder what made them stop so suddenly. Hunter Matheson: At least it looks like they stopped in the middle of things, then just left. Maryse Dubois: We're going to have to hold off on removing any others for the moment. ::Looks at the ensign.:: Try to...um...get comfortable. Tandaris Admiran: Or they stopped with every intention of starting up again, but didn't. Hunter Matheson: Or that. Tandaris Admiran: Shall we descend into the pit of despair? Hunter Matheson: I'm game. Hunter Matheson: Wait... despair? Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Ensign Hobbs> ::Laying on his stomach on a stretcher.:: Can't you just vaporize them or something? They hurt! Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: ::Miranda scanned the sign and compared it to the other writing they'd seen, running it through the computer to see if could come up with even a partial translation.:: Maryse Dubois: I could and then have you potentially bleed out. Tandaris Admiran: ::Hunter:: You never heard of a "pit of happiness" have you? Hunter Matheson: Uh... no, sir. Not exactly. Cptn Swain: ACTION> The translation matrix, with the help of some additional data being fed into it by the Archaeology team now in place spits out CARE STEPS Indaura Ryssan: Or release poison Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Well... I have a partial translation. It says 'Care Steps'. Hunter Matheson: So.. pit of despair it is. Oh. Better. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: So... maybe be careful on the stairs? Hunter Matheson: But... that could mean.. yeah, that, ma'am. Maryse Dubois: I'm not sure we're equipped for this on the ground. What is your opinion, Dr. Ryssan, send him to the ship? Tandaris Admiran: That's a good sign. Indaura Ryssan: :: searched the database for this thorn :: Cptn Swain: ACTION> The probe has leveled out at the bottom of the pit. It appears to be roughly 500m down. Tandaris Admiran: Clearly they were an advanced, intelligent culture if they had reached that point of banality in their signage. Cptn Swain: ((FIVE MINUTE WARNING)) Hunter Matheson: Well, sir, it could be the way down to their medical area. As in "care"? Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Ensign Hobbs> ::Whimpering under his breath.:: Tandaris Admiran: Only one way to find out. Tandaris Admiran: ::starts down the steps, being careful:: Hunter Matheson: (QuikClot works pretty well) Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: ::She looked to Tandy as he started down.:: Be careful on the stairs. Hunter Matheson: (hurts like hell, but does the job) Hunter Matheson: (just sayin) Maryse Dubois: ((hehe)) Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: ::She started down after, being careful.:: Hunter Matheson: ::is being careful on the stairs, as recommended by the higher pay grade:: Cptn Swain: ...and... Cptn Swain: PAUSE SIM Cptn Swain: PAUSE SIM Cptn Swain: PAUSE SIM
  7. SD 0416.2017 The Excalibur is continuing its survey of the Irassa system. Aboard the ship, Swain and the astrometrics nerds are monitoring a sensor disturbance while waiting for scans of the star to come back. Planetside, survey teams have spread out across the area. One unfortunate Bolian found out a particular plant in the system is toxic. Meanwhile, a number of the starring cast are exploring an underground transit system and have located what appears to be newer construction and some sort of vault door.
  8. MISSION BRIEF: Excalibur is orbit of Irassa IV where they are conducting a wide-scale planetary survey. First up, many of our teams are exploring the ruins of a long abandoned city dating back several hundred years. Cptn Swain: BEGIN SIM Cptn Swain: BEGIN SIM Cptn Swain: BEGIN SIM Maryse Dubois: ::Sitting at home base for the time being making sure things are prepared.:: Cptn Swain: Augustin> ::Setting up a small security base-camp on the edge of ruins so they could track the multiple teams and keep in communication with Excalibur and the primary base camp at the LZ:: Hunter Matheson: ::with the commander and whoever was with her, working their way through the ruins:: Indaura Ryssan: :: In medical getting her first day in :: Hunter Matheson: (Are security all NPCs now?) Tandaris Admiran: ::exploring the ancient transit system with K'hal:: Hakran K'hal: :: exploring a transit tunnel with Tandy, heading toward some sort of room :: Cptn Swain: ( Si ) William Chocox: ::is with Tandy as they explore:: Hakran K'hal: Rhan> :: at the landing base, meanders over to Maryse :: Anyone stub a toe yet? Indaura Ryssan: @ :: Remembers something :: Hunter Matheson: ::also mentally revising his MOS::: Cptn Swain: @ ::In astrometrics waiting for probe data:: Maryse Dubois: ::Smirks as she is rummaging through a couple things.:: Not yet... ::Sighs as she looks up.:: Hakran K'hal: Rhan> I hope the biologists are getting the rundown on these gnats or whatever the hell they are. :: tail whip to clear his personal area of them for a second :: Maryse Dubois: ::Quietly to herself.:: That was the last crate too... Tandaris Admiran: So this looks like a control junction of some kind. Maybe we can find a map, see how extensive this network is. Tandaris Admiran: ::pointing at a station up ahead:: Cptn Swain: @Leito> Captain I am picking up something strange on sensors. Cptn Swain: @::Lifts a brow and wheels over to the console in his chair:: Let's see it. Indaura Ryssan: @ :: Checks things like medical trays and medical tricorders :: Hakran K'hal: Rhan> Something wrong? William Chocox: That'd be great. Maps are always a good thing. Tandaris Admiran: Unless they're maps to treasure you buried that have fallen into someone else's hands. Hakran K'hal: Indeed. Not to mention some writing would be nice for the archaeologists. Cptn Swain: @Leito> ::Wrinkles his nose:: There... ::points:: I can't really tell what it is. Maryse Dubois: Yeah I'm missing a couple compounds, in case of allergic reactions. There were supposed to be in one of the crates brought down. I'll have to call the ship to get someone to bring them down. Indaura Ryssan: @ :: Sits down at a console and logs in to read recent medical logs :: Hakran K'hal: Rhan> :: tsks :: William Chocox: And how often do you have maps to treasure? Hakran K'hal: :: using his helmet light on a less penetrating but wider-spread beam to get the lay of the land as they approach while his tricorder silently gathers data :: Maryse Dubois: Don't give me that. You know if I oversaw the packing it would be here. ::Sighs:: Oh well. +Excal+ Dr. Dubois to Excalibur. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: ::After their discovery of the courtyard, Miranda had taken one of the tunnels that sloped underground. Their first two were blocked a few meters in by rockfalls, but they hit paydirt on the third tunnel. She shone her light all around, highlighting what looked to be a room full of ancient tech.:: Hakran K'hal: Rhan> :: chuckles :: Tandaris Admiran: ::Chocox:: You would be surprised! I will find them again one day, when I have time to clean that office of mine. Tandaris Admiran: ::enters the station and looks around:: Cptn Swain: @ Hmm... the Irassa star does produce unusual Epsilon radiation that can interfere with sensors and communications devices. Perhaps that's the cause of the anomaly? Hakran K'hal: :: follows Tandy in, checks tricorder :: Definitely built to last, not seeing any signs of structural weakness in this area. William Chocox: Oh lord. That desk should be declared a disaster area. Hakran K'hal: @Ops> +Maryse+ Excalibur here. Hakran K'hal: Is that the area that looked like a monster had vomited out padds and assorted pieces of technology? Cptn Swain: @Leito> Could be sir, but I think we should keep an eye on it just in case. William Chocox: Yes. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: @ Dr. Taryn Castell> ::Plops down beside Indaura.:: You hungry? Hakran K'hal: Hmmph. Didn't realize there was a desk in there. Maryse Dubois: +Ops+ Could you have a member of Medical bring a kit down with Trilithazyne and Benadythanol? Cptn Swain: @ ::Nods:: Very well, we've still got another hour or so before the first probe telemetry starts to come back anyway. Hakran K'hal: @Ops> +Maryse+ I'll relay your request, Doctor. Cptn Swain: @Leito> Should we inform the away teams? Cptn Swain: @ ::Shakes his head:: Not until we have something more concrete to tell them. Hakran K'hal: @Ops> +Sickbay+ Bridge to sickbay. Tandaris Admiran: ::decides to change subject:: Look, a ... thingamajig. ::points:: William Chocox: I'm not entirely sure. I think it just eventually makes it to the bottom of the outside hull. And what kind of thingamajig? Maryse Dubois: ::Sits down on a crate, looking over at Rhan.:: Hopefully no one comes down with anything. Hakran K'hal: :: looks :: Tandaris Admiran: ::pointing at a display that looks suspiciously like a map, surrounded by lots and lots of writing: Hakran K'hal: Well, well. This will keep some people happy. :: takes a holo of it :: William Chocox: How convenient. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: ::Searching the room for a power source. Of course, it was impossible that it'd work after such a long time dead, but she wanted to know how they built the thing.:: Hunter Matheson: ::looks around:: How old is this place, anyway? William Chocox: Hella old. Hunter Matheson: Looks like. Indaura Ryssan: @ +Bridge+ Sickbay here Indaura Ryssan: (could not send out for the longest time) Maryse Dubois: So, have you and your brother been getting along since you came back? Hakran K'hal: @Ops> +Indaura+ Doctor Dubois would like someone to bring down to the landing camp a kit with... :: mangles saying it :: Trilithazyne and Benadythanol. Hakran K'hal: Rhan> Yes and no. :: grins :: You know how annoying I can be. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: I have no idea. That's something we should ask science. ::Her eyes light up.:: Looks like they had some form of solar power in here... Maryse Dubois: ::Grins.:: I haven't got a clue. Indaura Ryssan: @ +Ops+ I can gather that now. Should this just be beamed down? Tandaris Admiran: These particular structures are several millennia old, but for all we know, they could have been abandoned long before the civilization here went extinct. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: @ Dr. Taryn Castell> ::She snapped her finger at Indaura.:: She said a doctor to bring it down. That'd be you. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: @ Dr. Taryn Castell> Last time I went on an away mission I ended up with a rash. Tandaris Admiran: And some of the technology within these structures could be significantly newer if they inhabited these structures for several centuries. Hakran K'hal: @Ops> +Indaura+ She specifically requested someone bring it down. William Chocox: Maybe. Maryse Dubois: ((Haha I forgot about the time we made Ryan strip down.)) Indaura Ryssan: @ :: Nods :: Great. :: Going to the stores to get the two medicines :: Hakran K'hal: Always possible. :: getting a good record of the room before Cdr McGrabbyHands gets too excited :: Indaura Ryssan: @ :: Finds them and starts placing in a secure box :: Cptn Swain: ACTION> On the map, there appears to be a section that was 'under construction' near the control room, though its purpose and function don't seem to be connected to the transit system itself. Indaura Ryssan: @ +Ops+ I'm heading down now. :: checks her own tricorder :: William Chocox: Who knows though. We need an archaeologist here. Hakran K'hal: Rhan> I think it's going to take a while before he's over how I maneuvered him on board. So he'll keep snapping at me now and then for a while. Hunter Matheson: ::coming into a corner, there is an opening in the ceiling with a circular quartz inset::: Indaura Ryssan: @ :: Exits sickbay and heads to the transporter room :: Hakran K'hal: Yes, we do. Let's see if I can get a signal back to camp. Hakran K'hal: +Base Camp+ K'h... Hakran K'hal to base camp. Maryse Dubois: ::Smiles.:: Just give him some space if he needs it. It's a big ship. Cptn Swain: @Augustin> ::lifts a brow as he hears K'hal calling into base camp.:: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: ::Pauses to peer at the map that Tandy found, giving it a good scan with her tricorder. It'd help to know the language.:: Indaura Ryssan: @ :: Enters the transporter room :: I am to beam down to the landing camp. :: gets on the pad :: Hakran K'hal: Rhan> That it is. I... :: interrupted by a slightly garbled signal :: +Hakran+ I can barely hear you, El-Tee. Hakran K'hal: @TR> :: Indaura :: Energizing. :: beamy beamy :: Tandaris Admiran: ::points at one section:: That part looks unfinished, and look at the symbols around it. None of them are repeated anywhere else on the map. Indaura Ryssan: @ :: Hold her breath :: William Chocox: Maybe it's new...er. Hakran K'hal: +K'hal+ I need a team of the archaeologists sent to my location. Hunter Matheson: ::slips a piece of metal just below it and waits to see what happens::: Indaura Ryssan: :: On the surface with her kit :: Hunter Matheson: ::it heats up, so he pulls it away::: Hakran K'hal: Rhan> +Hakran+ I can't get a precise fix on your location. You said you'd gone underground before? Can I send them to the entrance and have you lead them in yourself? I'll send along a comm amplifier as well. Indaura Ryssan: I have the kit requested. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Where's that area in respect to our current location? ::Looks to Tandy and William.:: Hunter Matheson: ::then he checks the area for evidence of anything that might be associated with it::: Hakran K'hal: +Rhan+ That'll have to do I suppose. K'hal out. William Chocox: ::looks at K'hal:: Got 'em? Hakran K'hal: Rhan> :: leaves Maryse with the new doc and her compounds to go round up some dusty blue shirts :: Hakran K'hal: :: Will :: They'll be on their way to the entrance to the underground. Someone's going to have to meet them though. :: automatic glance to the security officer :: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Red shirt> ::Points Indaura in Maryse's direction.:: Doc is that way. Maryse Dubois: ::Looks over at the newcomer with the kit. She stands from her crate.:: Oh thank you, Dr. Ryssan. Welcome to home base. ::Takes the kit from her, opening to double check, then sets it aside.:: We don't need to worry about allergic breakouts now. Tandaris Admiran: ::Miranda:: It's about 100 m back in the direction we came, then down a side tunnel. Indaura Ryssan: Was that only a concern after you arrived? Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Let's go have a look. Maybe we can figure out what the symbols mean. Tandaris Admiran: Sounds fun. Hunter Matheson: ::stumbles over pottery and a few things that look like utensils, none of them well used, some with symbols etched on the edges::: Hakran K'hal: Rhan> :: gets one of the standby teams of wannabe Dr. Joneses saddled up in an ATV with a comm amplifier :: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Matheson, we're relocating. Hunter Matheson: Aye, Commander. ::picks one up and moves in her direction::: Maryse Dubois: ::Has a seat back on a crate, motioning for her to have a seat as well.:: It was on the list of needed equipment, but someone apparently didn't check. Hakran K'hal: Rhan> +Hakran+ They're on their way, ETA 20 to 30 minutes. Hunter Matheson: ::but not after recording everything he saw, and probably a few things he didn't see::: Hakran K'hal: +Rhan+ Acknowledged. Cptn Swain: ACTION> One of the fauna teams approaches home base with one of the blue shirt science officers looking a bit, swollen. Indaura Ryssan: :: Sits :: Preparedness is paramount. Maryse Dubois: ::Nods.:: Always. Hunter Matheson: ::turning what looks like a plate over in his hands, he follows along::: Hakran K'hal: :: to the group :: The archaeologists are on their way. Cptn Swain: Atur> ::Brings the dune buggy to a stop near the doctors:: Oh, good you're here doc. Hunter Matheson: ::almost trips, so he watches his step after that::: Maryse Dubois: ::Looking up as the swollen blue shirt arrives.:: Good god, what did you touch? William Chocox: So who's going to get them? Indaura Ryssan: :: Flips out her tricorder and begins to scan :: Cptn Swain: Atur> ::points to a rather puffy looking Bolian ensign:: Some kind of flower on the edges of a river. Hunter Matheson: ::if only his scanner cold date stamp whatever it was::: Hunter Matheson: (*could) Hakran K'hal: Rhan> :: notes the swollen science officer, jogs over to see what's what :: Maryse Dubois: Help him to a cot. ::Steps out of Indaura's way.:: Indaura Ryssan: That's...quite a reaction. :: leads him to a cot :: Cptn Swain: Atur> ::Nods and helps unbuckle the swollen science officer:: Tandaris Admiran: ::K'hal:: All right, let's head to that unfinished section and check it out. ::already out the door:: Maryse Dubois: Did you mark the area where he found it? Hakran K'hal: :: shoos the security officer off to go play escort to the incoming scientists :: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: ::Following Tandy, backtracking a bit, searching for other signs of their language.:: Cptn Swain: Atur> ::Nods:: Aye. Hunter Matheson: ::as she passes:: Commander? Indaura Ryssan: :: to the swollen one :: Did you touch anything? Allergic reaction history? Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Yes? ::Light swings in Hunter's direction.:: Cptn Swain: Atur> Our initial scan of the flowers showed it to be lotus like in origin, but almost as soon as he touched it to take a sample, he started swelling. Hunter Matheson: Found this plate, or what looks like a plate, under a tunnel that apparently goes to the surface. Maryse Dubois: Good. Send out an alert to stay away from the specific vegetation till we know if it is just an isolated incident. Cptn Swain: Bolian> ::can't really verbalize:: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Any markings on it? Hunter Matheson: It has some kind of writing ,like hieroglyphics, but not quite. Hakran K'hal: Rhan> :: Atur :: Send the data to the main unit so we can send out a planetary bulletin about the plant. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Give them a good scan and then bag it for the dirt diggers. Hunter Matheson: The tunnel to the surface as what looks like a quarts reflector. Maybe for cooking? Cptn Swain: Atur> ::Nods:: Aye sir. Hunter Matheson: Yes, ma'am. Hakran K'hal: :: catching up with Tandy :: This stuff has been here for a while, Commander. It's not going anywhere. Hunter Matheson: ::scan, bag and tag::: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Reflecting sunlight from the surface? ::Her eyebrows rose.:: An interesting concept. Hunter Matheson: Yes, ma'am. Thought so. Indaura Ryssan: :: Injects him with a diphenhydramine derivative "" Hunter Matheson: Like a solar tube? Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: I saw evidence of a solar array. Maybe they're connected. Cptn Swain: (( Give me a number between 1-20 Indaura )) Maryse Dubois: ::Steps opposite on Indaura at the Bolian's cot.:: How bad is it? Tandaris Admiran: ::K'hal:: I need the exercise! Maryse Dubois: *of Hunter Matheson: Could be, ma'am. Tandaris Admiran: ::enters the unfinished section, which is bigger than he expected and, of course, in rougher shape:: Wow. Hakran K'hal: BaseComputer> +Everyone+ :: sends out the data about the do not touch plant :: Hunter Matheson: ::his slate pings::: Indaura Ryssan: Bad enough, the reaction was rather fast. He can feel pressure on his skin if my readings are correct. Hakran K'hal: Hmm. William Chocox: Surprised Commander? Cptn Swain: ACTION> At the far end of the unfinished section appears to be a set of very large metal doors constructed out of a composite alloys. William Chocox: Wow... Indaura Ryssan: :: Goes to the kit, gets one of the medications, and puts it in her hypospray :: Hakran K'hal: :: shines light on the doors, looks for anymore language :: Indaura Ryssan: :: Places it on the Bolian's neck...hiss :: Hunter Matheson: ::mental note to not touch flowers::: Maryse Dubois: Is it just external, of has it affected his breathing? Cptn Swain: ACTION> The swollen science officer does not seem to have any reaction to the first medication and has started sweating. Hakran K'hal: Rhan> +Augustin+ K'hal to Augustin. Indaura Ryssan: Not yet, but it will. I hope this second injection does something. Cptn Swain: Augustin> +K'hal+ Augustin here. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: ::She moved to inspect the doors, searching for more writing.:: I hope this doesn't say 'quarantine' or 'dead inside'. Cptn Swain: ACTION> The second medication seems to be helping, and the Bolian's swelling begins to subside. Indaura Ryssan: :: Tries a third injection on the Bolian :: Hakran K'hal: Rhan> +Augustin+ A heads up, I sent, at the behest of the Chief Science Officer, a large team of archaeologists to an underground complex that the exploratory teams discovered. Not sure if you want to up their escort, but there you go. Tandaris Admiran: ::while Miranda examines the doors, he looks at the state of the rest of the room, trying to imagine what purpose it might have in such proximity to a transit system:: Maryse Dubois: Looks like the swelling is going down. Hakran K'hal: :: Miranda :: Perhaps we should wait for the arch' team to try to chew on some of this before we open them. Hakran K'hal: :: rather much emphasis on the "perhaps" :: Cptn Swain: (( what fun is that K'hal )) William Chocox: That would be sub-optimal if it said 'quarantine' or 'dead inside'. William Chocox: How do we want to get in? I'm assuming no explosions. (w) Regrettably. Hakran K'hal: Rhan> :: wanders back over to the medical section to see how the science officer is doing :: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: ::She threw Hakran a glance.:: What's the fun in that, though? ::Slight grin.:: Indaura Ryssan: How are you doing? :: to the Bolian :: Cptn Swain: Bolian> ::still not able to Verbalize, but smiles back as best he can, obviously feeling some better:: Hakran K'hal: Science is not always fun, Commander. A great many potential discoveries have been ruined by people too enthralled by the discovery to contemplate the long-term consequences. Tandaris Admiran: ::scanning the doors:: Looks like there might be a mechanism of some kind. Maryse Dubois: ::Looks up at Rhan.:: He seems to be doing fine now, but I want the data on that plant. It might not have been an allergic reaction, but a defense mechanism. Tandaris Admiran: ::K'hal:: What school did you study science at? Cptn Swain: Augustin> +K'Hal+ Understood, I'll have a patrol meet them at the perimeter. Cptn Swain: @Leito> Captain, there it is again. Hakran K'hal: Rhan> Here ya go. :: pulls out his padd, tap tap tap swipe :: It's on your unit. Indaura Ryssan: (3) Hakran K'hal: :: Tandy :: The school of Not Engineering. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: External switch? ::Looking to Tandy.:: Cptn Swain: @ ::Looks over, brow lifted:: I see. Interesting. Exactly an hour after the first one. Is it in the same location? Tandaris Admiran: Ah. See, I studied at the school of Science Is Fun. William Chocox: That's a not fun school. Maryse Dubois: Thanks. ::Takes her PADD and begins to look it over.:: Tandaris Admiran: Albeit, I admit my minor *was* "singed eyebrows" Tandaris Admiran: So make of that what you will. Cptn Swain: @Leito> ::Narrows his glance:: No. It appears to be in sector 23 now. It was sector 21. Tandaris Admiran: ::Miranda:: Yes, Commander. ::points to one side of the door:: Cptn Swain: @Interesting. ::taps his Comm Badge:: +Bridge+ Astrometrics to bridge. Hakran K'hal: :: rolls eyes :: Fine. At least get a good holo before whatever is behind the doors kills you. William Chocox: You minored in that? That was my major. Cptn Swain: (( two minute warning )) Tandaris Admiran: ::moves towards the switch, ready to activate it at Miranda's go-ahead:: Indaura Ryssan: Glad that is working...:: watching the Bolian:: Hakran K'hal: :: heads back out in the passageway and checks in on the archaeology team :: Cptn Swain: @Bridge> +Swain+ Go ahead Captain. Maryse Dubois: ::Looks up from the PADD and at Indaura.:: God job, Doctor. Cptn Swain: @ +Bridge+ Has tactical or the CAP noticed anything in sectors 21 or 23? Cptn Swain: @ Bridge> +Swain+ ::After a hesitation:: Just a sensor anomaly, likely from all the epsilon radition, sir. Hakran K'hal: :: happily discovers that they're in place and that the comms have improved - sends along the holos of the writing from the 'cavern' :: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Does it still work? ::Moving over to inspect the switch.:: Try it. Cptn Swain: @ ::Frowns:: +Bridge+ Have d'Aubugine buzz it with a fighter squadron and report back, Swain out. Tandaris Admiran: ::throws the switch:: Cptn Swain: PAUSE SIM Cptn Swain: PAUSE SIM Cptn Swain: PAUSE SIM
  9. MISSION BRIEF: The Excalibur teams are starting to explore the surface of Irassa IV as they begin a full-scale survey of the planet. Teams have spread out going to various sites. NDak: BEGIN SIM NDak: BEGIN SIM NDak: BEGIN SIM Hakran K'hal: :: with the team heading off to the ruins, bouncing along in the bloody ATV :: Annisha: @ Indaura> :: Settling into medical :: Hunter Matheson: ::on an ATV, plowing around stuff they need to, driving, apparently::: Hakran K'hal: Rhan> :: shimmers into the base camp to help with logistics :: Tandaris Admiran: ::also on Team Ruins, eagerly anticipating all the alien tech he can use--er, eagerly ready to help the survey team in any way possible:: NDak: NDak> ::Joining the ruins team in a second ATV. He was enjoying the scenery:: Hakran K'hal: :: grumbles :: Why in the name of James T. Kirk couldn't we have just transported there? Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: ::With Hunter driving -- off with the team exploring the ruins, enjoying the excitement of the ground transport and freedom of the planet.:: NDak: ((Because if I could retcon any technology, it would be Transporters )) Hunter Matheson: ::over the noise of the ATV, to Hawthorne::: Anywhere is particular you want to go, Commander? Charlie Harper: ::on team ruins, reading up along the way:: NDak: @ ::Still on the Excalibur, watching as probe data begins to come in.:: Hakran K'hal: :: fur getting rather floofy in the wind :: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: @ Dr. Taryn Castell> Hey, you'll want to go through these before you do anything. ::She plunked a data padd on Indaura's desk. It was full of Maryse's personal sickbay policies and procedures.:: NDak: ACTION> The ruins teams crest over a hill where they can see the sprawling ruins of small city. The city itself is bisected by a river that flows into a larger body of water. At the far ends, a complex rise above the rest of the ruins. Annisha: @ Indaura> I have read the Starfleet medical files, Is this something new? Hunter Matheson: ::slows their progress as they crest the hill:: Hakran K'hal: :: critically looks over the coming attractions through his already somewhat dust-covered goggles as they crest the hill :: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: ::Back to Hunter:: We'll drive around a bit, bouncing from team to team to check them out, but I want to have a look a these ruins that Swain explored. Charlie Harper: ::looks up from the orbital survey maps:: Tandaris Admiran: Pretty cool Hunter Matheson: Yes, ma'am. ::slight change of direction to move toward the ruins::: Hakran K'hal: Have water, will civilize. NDak: ::Leans forwards in the ATV with his holocamera:: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: @ Dr. Taryn Castell> Yea, this will tell you how the Chief likes to run her department. I think that in there, it specifically states that the newest member of the medical team has to bring in treats for the rest of us. Tandaris Admiran: ::prepping his tricorder and a few other specialized tools:: Annisha: @ Indaura> Is that really in here? I'm not sure you may like Denobulan 'treats' NDak: Augustin> ::Frowns seeing the city. He didn't like the idea of having the teams spread out across the planet to begin with, the ruins were even less of his idea of a fun.:: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: ::She pointed toward the complex and shouts in her comm to Hunter:: Over there! Hunter Matheson: ::sharp turn to take aim, but he has the brains to slow down before that happens::: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: @ Dr. Taryn Castell> What do Denobulans consider treats? Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: @ Dr. Taryn Castell> If you say bugs, then we'll waive that rule. Hakran K'hal: :: Tandaris :: Anywhere in particular you want to start poking around, Commander? Annisha: @ Indaura> There is a large contingent that still eats insects Tandaris Admiran: ::considers:: Tandaris Admiran: ::points at a cluster of buildings:: Those look central. Let's see if we find anything in there. Hunter Matheson: ::brings the vehicle around to park it in front of the complex:: Move farther in, ma'am? ::Hawthorne:: Hakran K'hal: :: instructs the security escort/driver to go to the cluster of buildings :: Annisha: @ Indaura> I am sure I can make something else. :: reads :: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: @ Dr. Taryn Castell> What about sweets? NDak: ::Glances back to Harper:: Where should we go? Annisha: @ Indaura > Something tart perhaps? I can probably create anything the database. Charlie Harper: ::consults the map again:: There's a larger building, maybe a social complex of some sort? Here. ::taps the padd:: Hakran K'hal: According to the initial survey notes that area wasn't looked over, so if there is anything over there it'll be "fresh." NDak: ::Nods, looks over to the dude driving then:: Take us there. Tandaris Admiran: ::approaches the buildings, most of which have collapsed in on themselves or otherwise started to decay:: Tandaris Admiran: ::uses his tricorder to scan for any energy readings:: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: ::Glad she had the forethought to wrap her hair up before starting the trip, else it'd be a huge mess. Worse than a fluffball kitty.:: Annisha: @ Indaura > I have heard chocolate chip cookies are popular among humans. Hunter Matheson: ::Hawthorne:: This a good position, Commander? Hakran K'hal: :: checks the data from the rollbar-mounted multi-spectral holo-imager to see if there's anything around that isn't popping up on his own visual survey :: Tandaris Admiran: No active energy sources, but then again, that's not surprising. Hunter Matheson: ::sets the ATV to idle:: Hakran K'hal: Doesn't mean there isn't anything of interest that's inactive. Hunter Matheson: ::or however the ATVs are made to do their thing::: Annisha: @ Indaura > Tell me, what kind of mental health issues am I to encounter here? Or is there anyone I should place on my short list. Tandaris Admiran: ::flips on a wrist-light:: Let's check out the interior, see if there's any hardware. Or um ... you know, archaeologically significant finds. Tandaris Admiran: ::should probably attempt to come off as something more than a tomb raider:: Hakran K'hal: :: grins :: You got it. :: waits until the ATV comes to a halt outside one of the available entrances, or holes, hard to tell which, and then hops out :: Hakran K'hal: :: tries to tame his mane back into something not resembling a troll doll :: NDak: ::Waits till they arrive at the central spire. Pulling up the tower, he glanced around as a soft breeze carried wind from the rift lake nearby:: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: Yes, this looks good. Let's get out and take a look. ::Climbs out of the ATV and pulls out her tricorder.:: Hakran K'hal: :: pulls out a hard hat, Caitian-style with twin pyramids to accommodate his ears, and dons it :: Charlie Harper: ::climbs down from the ATV:: Interesting place. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: @ Dr. Taryn Castell> Mental health? ::She shrugged.:: I couldn't say who, but as to what... Excalibur gets sent on a lot of stressful missions. NDak: ::Nods:: Yes. ::Pulling out a tricorder:: NDak: The ruins appear to be several hundred years old. Annisha: @ Indaura > You know, having cookies at every session is a good idea. Hunter Matheson: ::the security guard takes charge of the vehicle and he hops out with Hawthorne:: Hakran K'hal: :: glares at the security officer until he puts his on - as for Commander Admiran... even if he gets a brick to the head he's still got the slug :: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: ::She removed her helmet and tossed it onto her seat, then unwound the cloth from her hair to let it blow free. Inhales deeply.:: Why is it that we can never replicate the smell of fresh air on the ship? No matter how much we tweak the circulators, it never quite seems the same. NDak: ::Tips head:: Though there's nothing indicating where they civilization went. Tandaris Admiran: ::follows K'hal and the team into the structure:: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: @ Dr. Taryn Castell> Everybody likes cookies. ::Nodding in agreement.:: Charlie Harper: Well, isn't that part of why we're here? Hakran K'hal: :: flips on his hat-lamp as the light-level is inconsistent, looks around :: Annisha: @ Indaura > I should do some rotations to get acclimated to the ship style and crew. I noticed I'm not quartered with anyone? Is that typical? Hunter Matheson: ::helmet secured, engaging the com::: Hunter Matheson: ::rechecks the charge on his phaser:: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: @ Dr. Taryn Castell> Yea, most of us have our own quarters, unless otherwise requested. ::She squinted at Indaura.:: What was it like at your last post? Hakran K'hal: :: sneezes after he kicks up some dust a few meters in :: The maid's century off, I take it. NDak: ACTION> The structure that Tandy and kitty enter appears to be some sort of underground transit system long ago abandoned. Tandaris Admiran: What do you reckon? Some sort of underground transit system long ago abandoned? Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: ::Walking along the outside of the complex, getting readings of the materials they used and composition.:: Tandaris Admiran: ((Just a guess)) Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: (( Tawny )) Annisha: @ Indaura > I was with three others, reminded me of home and a bit like my husbands. At one point at home there were 8 of us together Hunter Matheson: ::absently:: Looks pretty old. Hakran K'hal: Looks like it. Pretty typical tube layout, though I can't see any sign of tracks. Annisha: @ Indaura > I miss them all. However, being alone in my room will be good for me. Live like the natives do. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: @ Dr. Taryn Castell> You had two roomates? Wow, that must have taking some adjusting. Or maybe not, from the sound of your home life. How many husbands do you have? Hakran K'hal: :: bends out over the edge and looks down at where the passenger cars would go, then left and right into the darkness :: NDak: ::Nods to Harper:: Well, lead the way. Tandaris Admiran: Must have been an industrialized society to need such transportation infrastructure Hunter Matheson: ::sticking fairly close to Hawthorne, checking each area before they pass by:: Hunter Matheson: ::Just being careful and taking nothing for granted:: Charlie Harper: Let's try through here. ::ducks through the clearest still-standing doorway Hakran K'hal: Yeah, you don't see many farming communities with their own underground. Well, do you want to try seeing where they go? Might be more likely to find something un-ruined down here compared to the rubble up top. Hunter Matheson: ::looking around:: Ruins look pretty stable for being so old. Must have had pretty good design. Annisha: @ Indaura > Three, typical Denobulan arrangement. They have two other wives too. Are family tree is like a wild bush. Tandaris Admiran: I agree Hunter Matheson: Wonder what made them leave. Tandaris Admiran: Looks like there's a chamber just a half klick that way. Maybe a control centre? Annisha: @ Indaura > And to answer your next question, two kids from two different husbands. Hakran K'hal: Worth checking out. :: nimbly hops down :: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: ::Only does a partial circuit before starting back, but stops at a large open passage that leads into the complex. They could see sunlight on the other side. She shrugged at Hunter's question.:: That's the mystery, isn't it? We'd need a time machine for that. ::She pointed.:: Let's go see what's at the other end of this. Readings say the tunnel is structurally sound. NDak: ::Following behind, tricorder hand:: Hunter Matheson: ::nod:: Yes, ma'am. Hunter Matheson: ::takes point, entering the tunnel::: Annisha: @ Indaura > It's why I'm starting so late compared to other graduates. Hunter Matheson: ::flicks on his helm light::: Tandaris Admiran: ::walks down the transit tunnel towards the chamber:: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: @ Dr. Taryn Castell> Three husbands, who each have three wives, and children with almost all of them? Yea, I could see why that would keep you a little busy. Hakran K'hal: +Base Camp+ K'hal to base. Team Beta heading underground. Let us know if our signal weakens. Annisha: @ Indaura > Let me show you the family. :: enters some commands into the PADD, brings up a panoramic picture :: NDak: ::Fiddles with the wrist light contraption:: Hakran K'hal: #Rhan> +K'hal+ Roger that, brah-tenant. Annisha: @ Indaura > That was taken at my graduation. There's 35 of us in that picture. Hakran K'hal: :: mumblegrumbles :: I am seriously going to tie his tail in a knot before making him eat it. Tandaris Admiran: ::smiles:: Did he tell you about the time he got de-furred? Hakran K'hal: No, he didn't. :: pauses a beat :: Did someone get a holo? Tandaris Admiran: ::wickeder smile:: Remind me when we get back to Excalibur. Annisha: @ Indaura > Kids are at my feet, husbands behind me. They did not all have to come. Hakran K'hal: Excellent. :: grins as they continue down the tunnel toward the chamber :: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: ACTION> The tunnel that Hunter and Miranda take is relatively short and ends in a large open courtyard. There were small pockets of scrubby vegetation that had wicked looking thorns and stickers. They heard critters scampering away at their arrival, but didn't see anything. NDak: (( Two minute warning )) Hunter Matheson: ::entering the courtyard, he checks around:: Sounds like it's occupied, ma'am. 4 legged creatures. Hunter Matheson: Mind the plants. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: @ Dr. Taryn Castell> ::Blinks at the picture.:: Wow, that's a huge family. You must throw some wild parties with all those people. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: ::Looking at everything with interest.:: Yes, they do look dangerous, don't they? Hunter Matheson: Not sure if the plants are poisonous or just nasty. Hunter Matheson: ::turns to look at her:: I'm going to say they're more scared of us than we are of them. Hunter Matheson: Oh.. you mean the plants? Hunter Matheson: :;shrug;; I was thinking critters. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne: The critters ran. These plants look like they're ready to defend themselves. Hunter Matheson: Aye, Commander. NDak: PAUSE SIM NDak: PAUSE SIM NDak: PAUSE SIM
  10. SD 0409.2017 Excalibur is orbit of Irassa IV where they are conducting a wide-scale planetary survey. First up, many of our teams are exploring the ruins of a long abandoned city dating back several hundred years.
  11. SD 0402.2017 The Excalibur teams are starting to explore the surface of Irassa IV as they begin a full-scale survey of the planet. Teams have spread out going to various sites.
  12. MISSION BRIEF: Excalibur has just arrived in the Irassa system to conduct a full survey of the system, but particularly Irassa IV, a savannah-like planet orbiting a B-class star with an unusually high rotation. Previous surveys of the planet have focused largely on a set of old ruins on the southern-most continent. This will be the first full scale survey in over a hundred years of the mostly out of the way system, notable only for its proximity to the Neutral Zone. Cptn Swain -> BEGIN SIM Cptn Swain -> BEGIN SIM Cptn Swain -> BEGIN SIM Hakran K'hal -> :: on the bridge at the science console, looking over the incoming sensor data being gathered :: Cptn Swain -> ::On the bridge:: Helm, put us in orbit of Irassa IV. Hunter Matheson -> Aye, Sir. Standard orbit, or geosynch? NDak -> ::In the main science lab area prepping away team kits:: Cptn Swain -> Standard orbit. Hunter Matheson -> Standard orbit, aye. ::keys it in:: Maryse Dubois -> ::Sitting in her office, checking over the latest schedule.:: Hakran K'hal -> Rhan> :: also on the bridge, handling the scans themselves, optimizing type and target based on the ship's location over the approaching planet :: Tandaris Admiran -> ::on the bridge so he can respond to any last-minute requests in person now that they're on site:: Cptn Swain -> Augustin> ::Looking over away team assignments:: Cptn Swain -> ::Miranda:: Once we're in orbit you and Mister K'Hal of the blue uniform variety may begin your surveys. Cptn Swain -> ::Stands:: I am going to spend some time down in astrometrics working with that team on the solar survey. Hakran K'hal -> :: flicks ear :: Maryse Dubois -> ::Looks over at her desk console. It had a notice that the ship had arrived at Irassa.:: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne -> ::Standing along with Swain, she smirked.:: Really? I thought we were going to have to pin you down to keep from getting planetside again. Cptn Swain -> Oh... ::he smiled:: I intend to get down there. But I want tinker with the solar data first. Cptn Swain -> I am itching to drive one the ARGOS Hunter Matheson -> ::doing his usual thing with a first-in scenario, like planning exit vectors, evasive maneuvers, and whatever else might keep us from ending up as part of the universe:: Cptn Swain -> ACTION> Because I am in a good mood, it's a good time to mention we have like 16 ARGOs for this mission. Hunter Matheson -> ::checking with Tork on his calcs::: Cptn Swain -> (( Dune buggy's for everyone )) Hakran K'hal -> :: not entirely enthused about what he's hearing, looks over the various points of interest to find the safest one to direct the Captain to :: NDak -> ::Glances around, looking for Harper:: Maryse Dubois -> ((From Nemesis?)) Hunter Matheson -> (cool) Cptn Swain -> (( Yes )) Hakran K'hal -> (( :: picks up his coaster, looks at the back :: "Looks like it.")) Maryse Dubois -> ((Kal will want the minigun variety I'm sure. :P )) Cdr Miranda Hawthorne -> +Away Team+ All scheduled Away Team members report to transporter room one in ten. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne -> (Basically, if you want to be part of the AT, then report to the TR. ) Cptn Swain -> ::Enters the lift:: Cptn Swain -> Astrometrics Tandaris Admiran -> Who knows what kind of fascinating alien technology is waiting to be discovered in those ruins? Cptn Swain -> Augustin> ::Logs of the tactical console and heads for the lift and the TR. He hated away missions, but especially with wandering scientists. They always found things to get lost doing.:: Tandaris Admiran -> ::rubs his hands together as he heads to the TR:: Hakran K'hal -> Helm, as the surface scans go on, the system will update you on which arrays need to be pointed where for best resolution. :: rises :: Cptn Swain -> (( *spins wheel of alien tech* oooooo you've landed on "device that turns everyone into frogs" )) Hunter Matheson -> (Yeah, minigun variety. That would be an XTV) Hakran K'hal -> :: steps into the lift :: Charlie Harper -> ::picking up 'just one more' scanner:: Maryse Dubois -> ::Leaves the office, grabbing the kit and gear she had sitting by the door. She exits sickbay, grabbing a TL.:: NDak -> ::With several bags draped over his shoulder:: Harper! NDak -> They're going to leave us behind. Cptn Swain -> D'Aubgine> ::Enters the bridge as a squadron of fighters leave the shuttle bay to take up a patrol of the system.:: Charlie Harper -> Coming, coming! ::slings bag over shoulder:: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne -> ::Follows Hakran into the lift.:: NDak -> You know, one time we were doing a survey of a planet and it had these like big globby things that tried to eat us. NDak -> ::Makes a face:: I hope we don't run into any of those. Hakran K'hal -> Rhan> :: nods to d'A :: Birds are away, Commander. Maryse Dubois -> ::Enters the TR, checking to see who beat her here.:: Cptn Swain -> Augustin> ::Enters the TR with several nameless security officers.:: Hunter Matheson -> ::checking for the system update button, finds it and keys in:: Charlie Harper -> ::absently, looking at a padd while hurrying to the lift:: Probably spiky things instead. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne -> ::Once they were alone, she turned to the Caitian.:: You know we're going to have to keep the Captain in the safer zones... Tandaris Admiran -> ::enters the (crowded) TR:: Cptn Swain -> D'A> ::takes the vacant command seat:: Good. NDak -> ::Considers:: Hopefully they don't try to eat us. Maryse Dubois -> Well it suddenly got crowded in here. Hakran K'hal -> :: nods :: I've already outlined a few areas that look promising for a walk in the park. Rhan will double-check as more of the survey data comes in and make sure he goes to the right spot. NDak -> D'A> Mister Matheson, why don't you report to the flight deck. They could use an extra pilot ferrying down all the equipment the science nerds are going to use on this survey. Including those blasted ARGO aeroshuttles. Cptn Swain -> D'A> ::shakes her head:: Things are bloody pain. Hakran K'hal -> Rhan> :: chuckles :: I just think you're biased against things that go on the ground, Commander. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne -> Good. I don't want to lose the Captain on a science mission, if all things. ::She stepped out as the lift stopped and strode toward the transporter room.:: Hunter Matheson -> Aye, ma'am. Cptn Swain -> D'A> ::Snorts:: Perhaps. Hunter Matheson -> ::passes things off to Tork, then double-times it to the bay::: Hakran K'hal -> :: follows Miranda out of the lift :: It'd look a lot worse for me as my first mission as CSci. NDak -> ::Enters the crowded TR with Harper:: Jolan Tru! ::brightly:: NDak -> ::Issaha had clearly had his coffee this morning:: Charlie Harper -> ::only appears to notice the other people in the room when nearly walking into one:: Hunter Matheson -> ::entering the flight deck, he checks in with the bay chief, grabs his gear, and moves to the designated craft::: Hakran K'hal -> :: accepts some equipment from one of the crewman that had brought it to the TR for him; straps on a belt filled with various scientifically useful things, slings on a pack filled with more things :: Maryse Dubois -> ::Has to step up on the steps of the transporter to see all who came in.:: Hakran K'hal -> :: then adds a handheld case to the mix :: Cptn Swain -> ::In the astrometrics lab where they're preparing to launch a series of probes:: Hunter Matheson -> ::preflight check exterior, manifest check when he hops into the vehicle, and nods to the loadmaster:: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne -> ::She laughed at Hakran.:: True. No pressure. ::In the transporter room, she took the pack provided for her and strapped on a phaser and tricorder. Glancing at the others gathered, she stepped up onto the padd.:: Everyone ready? NDak -> ::On the transporter pad, which if he were being honest was a nicer room than the ones on Rihan vessels.:: Hakran K'hal -> :: springs up the onto the transporter pad, looks over the scientists to see if they have anything to add before shimmering away :: Cptn Swain -> Augustin> ::Nods to Hawthorne:: Hunter Matheson -> ::checking the security of the craft, he straps in, checks their destination, everyone reports ready, and the ramp is secured::: Maryse Dubois -> ::Steps all the way onto the pad.:: Tandaris Admiran -> ::double checks gear:: Ready. Maryse Dubois -> ::Makes sure she has all of her gear.:: Charlie Harper -> ::steps up onto the pad, double-checking gear on the way:: Hunter Matheson -> ::wondering why the commander called them "blasted" as he powers up::: Hakran K'hal -> Good to go. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne -> ACTION> The AT transports down to the planet which absolutely doesn't have anything wrong with it at all. Hunter Matheson -> ::the loadmaster serves as his second, he reports ready to Flight OPS, and falls in line::: Hakran K'hal -> @Rhan> :: dons his @, verifies that they have good signal on the AT :: Hunter Matheson -> ::shoots out of the bay and heads for the LZ:: Hakran K'hal -> @Rhan> :: d'A :: Primary AT is on the ground, Commander. NDak -> ACTION> As far as the AT's eyes can see -- even the Cait's -- it is green and rolling with trees. Various herds of animals seem headed towards a spring, while in the far distance there is a large rock formation. There appears to be some sort of animal watching the plains. Hakran K'hal -> :: looks around, his ears swiveling to take in the sounds, his nose sniffing away :: Maryse Dubois -> ::Glances around at the surrounding.:: Huh... Hunter Matheson -> ::and not very long thereafter, they enter the atmosphere and take a bead on the LZ::: Tandaris Admiran -> Pretty. Annisha -> @ Indaura> :: Walking towards sickbay glancing at all of the new faces as she makes her way :: NDak -> ::Sitting his bags down on the ground, he took out his Romulan version of a tricorder:: Charlie Harper -> ::starts unpacking various sampling kits:: Hakran K'hal -> Immediate area seems typical of savanna in the wet season. Plenty of wildlife. Hunter Matheson -> ::and in good time they circle the LZ, spot the AT and plan a good area that's not on top of them cause it looks bad on the resume to land on top of a crewperson:: Hunter Matheson -> ::plus it might mean a demotion:: Hakran K'hal -> :: pulls out the binocs to get a better view of the creature on the rock :: Maryse Dubois -> ::Looks up as the shuttles start to arrive.:: Tandaris Admiran -> ::looks around, taking in the sights:: Cptn Swain -> Augustin> ::Directing his officers to create a security perimeter around the landing zone:: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne -> @ Dr. Taryn Castell> ::Waves at Indaura as she arrives.:: Hi, you need some help? NDak -> ::Opening the duffle he sorted around for the holoimager:: NDak -> ::Finds it:: Commander Admiran! ::he all but bounced over to the Trill:: Annisha -> @ Indaura> I don't, well, I perhaps do need help. :: chuckles :: I'm still getting used to the ship... I think this is medical. :: waves her arm to the room :: Hakran K'hal -> :: bemused look over at Issaha :: Hunter Matheson -> ::settles the shuttle easily, secures it, reports wheels down to Flight OPS, and lowers the ramp:: Hunter Matheson -> ::post flight check and power down as the loadmaster takes care of the ARGOs::: Annisha -> @ Indaura> You think I'd be used to tight spaces after all these years...but no. Hunter Matheson -> (You can usually tell if it's medical by the smell) Tandaris Admiran -> ::N'Dak:: Hello, Issaha. Welcome back to Excalibur. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne -> ::Checking her tricorder, she took a few steps to the right.:: Gear should be landing right about there... ::Pointing to a wide open expanse near their transporter site.:: NDak -> ::Nods:: Let's take a selfie! Maryse Dubois -> ((Hey my facilities are spotless, thank you very much.)) Cdr Miranda Hawthorne -> @ Dr. Taryn Castell> Yes, you're in the right place. You one of the new doctors on board? Hunter Matheson -> (Yeah, but they have that spotless smell still) Cdr Miranda Hawthorne -> @ Dr. Taryn Castell> I'm Taryn. ::Holds out her hand in greeting.:: NDak -> ::Issaha all but dragged the Trill towards an overlook of the plains:: Hakran K'hal -> :: checks his padd :: Excal reporting the ARGOs are down. The rest of the equipment is de-orbiting now. Hunter Matheson -> :Then he stands at the top of the ramp as the ARGOs are unloaded and ticks them off for the loadmaster::: Maryse Dubois -> ::Walking around the LZ, taking in the sights.:: Annisha -> @ Indaura> :: Extends her hand. :: And the only Denobulan in the fleet if my observations are any hint. Hunter Matheson -> ::and it's a really hard job, like scan, enter, scan enter, scan enter::: Cptn Swain -> Augustin> Perimeter secured, Commander. Hakran K'hal -> :: takes a little more time looking at his padd, reviewing the fresh scan data from orbit :: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne -> @ Dr. Taryn Castell> Denobulan? Yea, that's a new one. We definitely don't have one on the ship. Welcome to Excalibur. Are you all settled in? Tandaris Admiran -> ::acquiesces to N'Dak's desire to take a selfie:: Annisha -> @ Indaura> I decorated as much as I'm allowed. :: Smiles :: Got starfleet to approve a couple of critters of mine. NDak -> ::Takes several before handing Tandaris the Camera:: Can you hang onto this... I think I am supposed to be setting up some kind of scanner. Harper's going to be mad at me. I don't think she's the type of person I want to make mad. Hunter Matheson -> ::handing the manifest to the loadmaster and begins checking each one out::: Hakran K'hal -> :: nods, satisfied. :: Okay people, let's get some basic data here. Unless of course you need to upload a holo to your social media profile first. Hunter Matheson -> ::then approaches Commander Hawthorne::: Annisha -> @ Indaura> Does Excal have a counselor? NDak -> ::Bounces off, leaving Tandaris with a holocamera:: Tandaris Admiran -> ::shrugs:: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne -> ::After a brief survey, she meandered over to Maryse.:: I'm not showing anything harmful on the atmospheric scans. The teams that were here before didn't report any side effects, but it's been a few years. Keep an eye on your scans. Tandaris Admiran -> ::decides to wander around until he can find a team headed for the ruins:: Hunter Matheson -> ::waiting for the commander's attention, not wanting to interrupt:: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne -> @ Dr. Taryn Castell> No, our last one transferred off at Terra. Are you taking her place? Maryse Dubois -> ::Nods.:: Yes, of course. Anything else I should keep an eye on as well? Toxic flora perhaps? Cdr Miranda Hawthorne -> @ Dr. Taryn Castell> Because, girl, are you going to have your hands full on this ship. Charlie Harper -> ::gathering soil samples:: Maryse Dubois -> ((Poor Dr. Quinzel. Kal made her snap.)) Hunter Matheson -> (My specialty) Annisha -> @ Indaura> I'm trained, but my primary specialty is issues of the physical mind. Hakran K'hal -> :: notes the various personnel continue beaming in, the sound of shuttles passing overhead as they come and go with equipment :: NDak -> ::Looking for some weird thing he didn't really understand what it did -- some kind of Starfleet sensor thingy -- but he had read the directions like Hakaran told him, so he figured it wouldn't be hard to setup.:: Annisha -> @ Indaura> Is this ship tightly wound? Hunter Matheson -> ::clears his throat:: Commander Hawthorne, ma'am? NDak -> ACTION> The local animal life seems mildly spooked by all the sudden traffic and are keeping their distance from the landing zone for now. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne -> Probably. ::Miranda nodded.:: I don't know if those were ever surveyed previously. Needless to say, we're not going to be eating anything down here, but there may be allergic reactions to flora or fauna if we come into physical contact with them. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne -> ::She turned to eye Kal.:: Yes? Hunter Matheson -> The ATVs are ready, ma'am. Annisha -> @ Indaura> I especially enjoy those minds that are unique. Vulcans, Betazoids, heck even what the Borg have done. Hunter Matheson -> Well, they're really XTVs, but those are just modified for specs. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne -> @ Dr. Taryn Castell> Maybe not tightly wound, be we have a reputation for getting into some bad scrapes. Annisha -> @ Indaura> I was assured this ship had the best record for the least amount of scrapes Cptn Swain -> (( Compared to who. )) Maryse Dubois -> ((haha)) Maryse Dubois -> ((Someone lied to her)) Hunter Matheson -> (welcome to the jungle) Hakran K'hal -> Okay, ruins archaeological survey team, gather up over there. Fauna survey, over there. Flora, over there. Planetary sciences, over there. Let's get the equipment divvied up and then we can head off for the ARGOs. Annisha -> @ Indaura> :: laughs :: I got the same speech as everyone else about starships. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne -> Good, you're my driver. ::She tapped her comm badge:: +Away Team+ The ARGOs are ready for those wishing to explore further. Make sure to stay with your assigned groups. Hunter Matheson -> Yes, ma'am. Cptn Swain -> Augustin> ::Glances to his own security folks who would be tagging along with each of the teams:: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne -> @ Dr. Taryn Castell> The least amount? ::She laughed.:: Someone just suckered you, I think. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne -> @ Dr. Taryn Castell> You definitely won't be bored here, though. Hunter Matheson -> ::Jogs over to grab the best one and powers it up, resisting the urge to gun it::: Hunter Matheson -> ::hovers it toward the commander, and sets it to idle::: Annisha -> @ Indaura> I do require everyone that visits me, at least if I bring her, to at least say hello to my singing insect. Maryse Dubois -> I suppose I will stay at home base for the time being. Charlie Harper -> ::tucks away the soil samples and checks around for the next task:: Hakran K'hal -> :: joins the ruins team, not that he's an archeologist, but quantum physicists aren't exactly in high demand on planetary surveys :: Cptn Swain -> @::Feels a disturbance in the force at the mention of singing insect:: NDak -> ::Oh, right he was going with the flora sample team:: Cptn Swain -> TWO MINUTE WARNING Annisha -> @ Indaura> I'm trying to teach her something new, but the bug is so picky about her music. Hunter Matheson -> ::Hovering just above the ground as it idles::: Hunter Matheson -> ::while waiting, he checks the perks it has installed::: Cptn Swain -> (( Hovers? )) Cdr Miranda Hawthorne -> @ Dr. Taryn Castell> Ah.... you might want to keep that one away from the Captain. He isn't that really fond of pets on the ship. Bugs, not so sure, but probably not. Hunter Matheson -> (they're aeroshuttles, right?) Cptn Swain -> (( That's just what brings them to the surface. They're literal dunebuggy's )) Hakran K'hal -> :: heads over to the ARGO parking lot :: I hope the suspensions on these things are improved over the last time I was in one for training. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne -> (( Do we have any with phaser rifles mounted to them? )) Hunter Matheson -> (Argos are tactical ATVs?) Maryse Dubois -> ((The ARGO itself is actually the shuttle, but it has a dune buggy that goes with it.)) Hunter Matheson -> (should have) Annisha -> @ Indaura> Aww, good to know. She secrets an enzyme that's good for infections though. Hunter Matheson -> (at least the ARgos I know are tac) Cdr Miranda Hawthorne -> @ Dr. Taryn Castell> ::Lifts an eyebrow.:: Oh, really? You should tell Doctor Dubois about that. She might want to study it. Maryse Dubois -> ((Can I dissect it?)) Hakran K'hal -> :: pounces onto one of the ATVs and climbs up onto the rollbar to look around :: Maryse Dubois -> ::Watching as the ATV's start to pull away.:: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne -> ::Slaps on her helmet and flips the visor down to protect her eyes.:: Hakran K'hal -> :: sighs and slips back down to take a seat :: Annisha -> @ Indaura> I hope the doors are soundproof. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne -> @ Dr. Taryn Castell> All of the rooms are, of course. Cptn Swain -> PAUSE SIM Cptn Swain -> PAUSE SIM Cptn Swain -> PAUSE SIM
  13. MISSION BRIEF: Excalibur is en route to the Irassa system where they have been tasked with conducting an extensive survey of the system. Cptn Swain -> BEGIN SIM Cptn Swain -> BEGIN SIM Cptn Swain -> BEGIN SIM Hunter Matheson -> ::settled in at helm, his previous anxieties dismissed as PTS, like the shrink said::: NDak -> ::Making his way to the science laboratories. His first week on the Excalibur had been uneventful, but he found the Federation starship to be laid out in a much less sensible manner than Rihan vessels:: Maryse Dubois -> ::Going over a couple reports in her office.:: Hakran K'hal -> :: in his office on deck 4, working on trying to maximize the efficiency of the various tasks the science department will be handling during the survey; also getting a headache in the process :: Tandaris Admiran -> ::in engineering, mulling over a list of the optimizations and reconfigurations they've made to support the current mission:: Hakran K'hal -> Rhan> :: parked at the Mission Ops station on the bridge, furry fingers flying over the console as he also works on tasking, but unlike his brother, enjoying it :: Cptn Swain -> Augustin> ::On the bridge at the tactical station, monitoring the status while the CAP does a flyby training maneuver:: Hunter Matheson -> ::blinkblink:: Charlie Harper -> ::nose buried in one PADD of survey preliminaries, swings by the Science office to drop off a couple other reports for K'hal:: Hunter Matheson -> ::sooo... buzzing the tower is one thing, buzzing the ship is.. well.. kinda dangerous::: Cptn Swain -> ::Making his rounds, he turned a corner and entered engineering:: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne -> ::Miranda has plenty of things to keep her busy, both with wrapping up the investigatory reports on their last mission as well as the multitude of details that needed her attention before they got into their next, but she was finding it difficult to concentrate. More and more, she found herself wandering by the science department or coming up with reasons to visit the science department.:: Hunter Matheson -> ::he pulls up his helm scans, he watches the hotdog do his thing:: Hakran K'hal -> :: looks up as Harper walks in, thinks "thank goodness, an interruption" :: More prelims? William Chocox -> ((Sorry I'm late.)) Charlie Harper -> ::drags nose out of report:: Hmm? Oh! Yes, sir. Geophysics and, uhm.... ::juggles PADDs:: ... xenobotany. Tandaris Admiran -> ((Hi Chocox, I'm calibrating things!)) Maryse Dubois -> ::Takes her report on the go, hopping into a TL.:: Hakran K'hal -> Excellent. :: holds out paw for them :: Your thoughts? Hunter Matheson -> (Yo, Cho) Tandaris Admiran -> That looks good ::hands the PADD back to the crewman:: but see if you can boost the efficiency another 5% without too much of a power draw. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne -> ::Knowing why she couldn't quit thinking of science, she'd tried to turn her mind to the mission at hand, focusing on the non-scientific portions of the mission. Security was a big issue. She stepped out onto the bridge, reviewing their new chief's report giving his opinion on the matter as she moved to her seat.:: NDak -> ::Enters the science lab:: Charlie Harper -> ::passes over the PADDs:: I think we're going to be taking an awful lot of samples. Everyone ssems to have a pet project on this one. Cptn Swain -> Good morning, Commander. Hunter Matheson -> ::Notes the commander's entrance, but he's still keeping an eye on the hotdog::: Maryse Dubois -> :;Steps out onto the bridge.:: Hakran K'hal -> :: takes the padds :: Tell me about it, I'm thinking of asking the doctor to clone the department so we can actually do half the things on the slate. :: looks over as the doors swish open again, smiles at N'Dak :: William Chocox -> ::walks up to Tandy:: Hello. NDak -> ::Smiles, boyishly:: Jolan tr... Hello Charlie Harper -> ::looks thoughtful:: Not sure I'd mind having a twin for a bit, sir. Or at least a few extra hands. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne -> ::She glanced up from her report, spotting Maryse.:: Doctor. What brings you to the bridge? Did someone skip their physical? ::She glanced to Augstine.:: Charlie Harper -> ::glances a bit curiously at NDak:: Tandaris Admiran -> ::Chocox:: Ah, there you are. Cptn Swain -> Augustin> ::Relaxes as the fly-by finishes. He was still getting used to the new command. This was, after all, the first time in eight years he was leaving on a mission on a new ship.:: Hakran K'hal -> :: chuckles, both at Issaha's reflexive Rihan and Harper's remark :: Tandaris Admiran -> ::looks at his list:: William Chocox -> Sorry about that sir. Misjudged the timing on some things. Maryse Dubois -> ::Smiles.:: Actually our new Security Chief was very punctual. Maryse Dubois -> My office was too quiet, so I thought I would come up here for a moment. Tandaris Admiran -> Not to worry. We have plenty of time to get things ready before we arrive at Irassa. Cptn Swain -> ::Notes that everything in engineering seems in rather good order... which would normally make him suspicious, but he disappeared back into the hallway:: William Chocox -> And which of those things do you want me to work on first? NDak -> ::Blushes a bit greenly:: I do na think my brother would want me cloned. In fact I feel that he likely felt a pang at the thought even being mentioned. Tandaris Admiran -> Obviously, the science department will have the lion's share of power priorities. Tandaris Admiran -> They're also going to be needing most of the computer core, I suspect. William Chocox -> Right, makes the most sense. Hakran K'hal -> :: puts the padds into the growing inbox :: Sounds like a story there. Assuming we have time to do anything other than work and sleep in the next month maybe you can regale us with it, if it isn't classified of course. Tandaris Admiran -> Lieutenant Kiedeki has already been working on optimizing the sensor arrays. I want you to try to squeeze more from the computer for less power. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne -> Glad to hear it. ::She waved Maryse to the other stations.:: Well, you are welcome to it, though it is quiet up here, as well. Science has retreated to their department for the time being. Much planning to be done. NDak -> ::Smirks:: Ie. Hakran K'hal -> In any case, [rank] Harper, if you haven't met our... special assignee, may I introduce Arrain Issaha N'Dak. On loan from the Romulan Government for a while. Maryse Dubois -> ::Nods.:: Of course. ::Takes a seat over near Rhan.:: William Chocox -> Will do sir. NDak -> ::Nods, respectfully:: Hunter Matheson -> ::idly wonders how long a microwarp drive can hug a ship at warp and what would happen to the fighter if it just gave out::: Hakran K'hal -> Rhan> :: without missing a beat with his work :: Hiya. Tandaris Admiran -> Once we arrive in system, I expect we won't have too much to do beyond routine maintenance. However, I'll be making engineering personnel--including you--available for away missions if science wants any support. Maryse Dubois -> ::Smiles, her head buried in a report.:: Hey. Hakran K'hal -> Rhan> Didn't have to put any new holes in our security chief, I hope? They have a tendency to get them via other methods with alarming regularity anyway. Charlie Harper -> ::holds out a hand:: Pleasure, er... sir? Sorry, need to brush up my Romulan. Arrain ranks a Lt, right? Cptn Swain -> Augustin> ::Glances over at the doctor, then to the XO. He appreciated that the ship seemed to have good chemistry. He wasn't sure what to expect when he was given his new assignment. He'd met the Captain a few times back years ago, but other than that, the assignment was more or less a blank slate:: NDak -> ::Nods, makes sure to use the UT:: Yes. Roughly speaking. Maryse Dubois -> ::Grins.:: Surprisingly, no complaints yet. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne -> ::She flexed the hand that Maryse had pieced back together as it twinged. It didn't hurt, but the nerves still bothered her every once in a while.:: Maryse Dubois -> ((Need me to fix it again? I demand nothing less than perfection. :P )) Tandaris Admiran -> ((Uh-oh. Careful now or Maryse will try to "upgrade" you)) Cptn Swain -> Augustin> ::Miranda:: Commander, I wondered if you'd mind if I am a little late on submitting the new rotations. I am still getting settled in with the department and I haven't had a chance to sit down with the new Marine chief. We're supposed to have chow later. William Chocox -> Alright. Always enjoy seeing a new planet. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne -> (( Only if I can get a bionic arm like the Winter Soldier. )) Maryse Dubois -> ((I thought you were more of the mad scientist, Tandy. hehe)) Hakran K'hal -> There, now that we're all pals... anything new on your end, Issaha? Please say yes, I'd like another 15 minutes at least before I have to start working on these survey assignment rotations. :: pained grin, minor fang display :: Cptn Swain -> (( No laser eyes though. )) NDak -> ::Smirks:: I have been reviewing the solar probe data from the previous survey. Captain Swain was very through in his notes, as you've seen. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne -> ::She threw a glance back at Augustin, considering.:: Not at all. Take whatever time you need, so long as you get it to me before we reach the planet. You'll need the modified schedule finalized to account for the crew going planetside. Hakran K'hal -> Rhan> :: hmms a few times :: Cptn Swain -> Augustin> ::Nods:: I thought we might be able to do some integration of the security and Marine teams, but I want to run that by Major Jones first. Maryse Dubois -> ::Looks up at Rhan as he humms.:: Hunter Matheson -> ::absently hums Come and Get Your Love as he checks out helm:: Hakran K'hal -> He certainly was, which means that's one less thing we have to do. Any thoughts yet as to the above average rotation? Tandaris Admiran -> ::Chocox:: I'll let you get to it. Use whatever personnel you need. William Chocox -> On it sir. ::grabs an unsuspecting ensign as they're passing by as he goes to get to work:: Hunter Matheson -> ::bouncing to the beat:: Hakran K'hal -> Rhan> :: half to himself :: I think we need to turn back and head to Earth, I need an extra computer core. Hakran K'hal -> Hakran> :: gestures both N'Dak and Harper to the available seating :: Hunter Matheson -> ::airdrums::: NDak -> ::Shakes his head:: Not readily. Though it does seem to be more of a curiosity than anything else. I was also looking at the scans of the second settlement. The original surveys focused primarily on the first settlement, but they seem to be from a later culture that colonized the world. Maryse Dubois -> I wouldn't mind another trip back to Earth. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne -> ::She nodded.:: I'm sure they'll be obliging. The Marines don't see nearly enough action for their tastes. Getting them in the mix is a good idea. William Chocox -> Alright, more processing power, for less energy. Let's get to it. Charlie Harper -> ::takes a chair:: I think that botany report spent a fair bit of time rhapsodizing over unusual light-cycle adaptations. Cptn Swain -> Augustin> ::Smirks:: I thought they might. Figured it'd be good for us to start out on a good note of cooperation. Hunter Matheson -> (w) Heyey... whatsamatta with ya.. NDak -> ::Takes a seat:: Hunter Matheson -> ..come and get your love... come and get your love.... Hakran K'hal -> Rhan> :: smiles :: Hopefully the next visit will be more... routine. Cptn Swain -> Augustin> ::Looks over at the helmconsole with a brow lifted:: Cdr Miranda Hawthorne -> ::Her attention swung to helm.:: Matheson, are you issuing invitations? Hakran K'hal -> :: nods at both officer's statements :: Hunter Matheson -> ::bouncing quietly, watching helm, checking a few things while he does stuff:: Hunter Matheson -> ::turns:: Ma'am? Hakran K'hal -> Rhan> :: quietly snickers :: Hunter Matheson -> ::Slight smirk, not going here 'cause she's a commander and he's a.. .well grin:: No, ma'am. Maryse Dubois -> ::Tries not to facepalm:: Hakran K'hal -> Weighty matters of civilizations all the way down to plant power cycles. This is going to be an interesting mission. NDak -> I also found it interesting that the whole planet exhibits a mostly savanna climate. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne -> ::Her eyebrow lifted.:: Then maybe sing a bit quieter. Hunter Matheson -> ::Sucks in his cheeks to keep from grinning:: Sorry, ma'am. Won't happen again. ::hopefully:: Hunter Matheson -> Yes, ma'am. Hunter Matheson -> ::but it's still going around in his head::: Hakran K'hal -> Rhan> Also, Gunny? If you wear out the cushion in your seat from bouncing on the first mission, you know engineering's going to replace it with the hardest substance they can get their hands on. Hunter Matheson -> ::stops, turns again, this time to Rhan:: Good to know, Sir. Cptn Swain -> Augustin> ::smirks towards Miranda and then goes back to the duty shift he was working on, though his eyes lingered on the Commander a bit longer than he intended.:: Hunter Matheson -> ::and now he's got Hooked on a Feelin' in his head.. damn::: Hakran K'hal -> :: nods :: Might make some of us feel right at home. Though that also raises the problem that there could be some very good predators stalking around. Savannas are good at chucking those out. NDak -> ::Nods:: NDak -> Though the original report does seem to posit that perhaps the original climate was more temperate. Cdr Miranda Hawthorne -> ::She stared at the back of Hunter's head for a moment, then went back to her reports.:: Hunter Matheson -> ::yes, I like Pina Colada.. gettin' caught in the flame:: Hakran K'hal -> That'll give the climatologists something to chew on. :: sighs :: All right, I'll let the two of you get on with whatever you have to do. I shall very reluctantly go back to doing paperwork. Charlie Harper -> And less arid. There's some thoughts about sub-surface aquifers here. Charlie Harper -> ::chuckles slightly:: Yes, sir. Good luck with it. Hakran K'hal -> Rhan> :: aside to Maryse :: You still want that one-touch popcorn button? Hunter Matheson -> ::must...keep.. still::: NDak -> ::Smiles:: Hunter Matheson -> ::checks course, minor correction::: Maryse Dubois -> ((Someone has Awesome Mix Vol. 1 stuck in his head.)) Hunter Matheson -> (Nah...) NDak -> ::Looks at Harper:: Perhaps au would like to help me find the climatology lab? I am new to the ship as well. Maryse Dubois -> Very much so. Why isn't that a thing yet? Hakran K'hal -> :: grabs one of the padds and swivels back to his console :: NDak -> (( TWO MINUTE WARNING )) Charlie Harper -> Pretty sure I remember where that is. ::gets up, leading the way out of the office:: how lost can we get, anyway? Hakran K'hal -> Rhan> Easy enough to program, a little harder to explain to the Commander. :: chuckles :: NDak -> ::Smirks:: I always thought getting lost was fun as a child. I do na think my rianov agreed. Hunter Matheson -> Tork> ::enters for his shift:: Hunter Matheson -> ::settles down, nods to Tork:: NDak -> ...and... Hakran K'hal -> Rhan> :: tilts head :: Okay, someone down in Engineering is making my life easier. :: grabs the little gain in processing and runs with it :: Cptn Swain -> PAUSE SIM Cptn Swain -> PAUSE SIM Cptn Swain -> PAUSE SIM
  14. SD 0326.2017 Excalibur has just arrived in the Irassa system to conduct a full survey of the system, but particularly Irassa IV, a Savannah-like planet orbiting a B-class star with an unusually high rotation. Previous surveys of the planet have focused largely on a set of old ruins on the southern-most continent. This will be the first full scale survey in over a hundred years of the mostly out of the way system, notable only for its proximity to the Neutral Zone.
  15. SD 0319.2017 Excalibur is en route to the Irassa system where they have been tasked with conducting an extensive survey of the system.