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  1. Cptn Ja'Lale: USS Challenger Mission Brief - 07 July 2017. Challenger is looking for signs of pirate ships that have been attacking various freighters. We may have some results that look promising. TBS was none, I believe. Cptn Ja'Lale: Any questions? Hunter Matheson: no, sir Cptn Ja'Lale: BEGIN SIM Cptn Ja'Lale: BEGIN SIM Hunter Matheson: ::holding steady at helm::: Cptn Ja'Lale: ::looking at readings:: Hunter Matheson: ::playing like an old freighter, ready to crater:: Dvokr chim Hok: :: At Operations :: Hunter Matheson: ::Syl:: you keepin' a close eye on tac? Dyan Sylvanis: ::Sitting at her console. She nods.:: Yeah. Hunter Matheson: The shift could get dicey. Cptn Ja'Lale: Definitely could. Cptn Ja'Lale: Are we close to our destination point? Be ready to shut down all but vital systems once we arrive. Hopefully it won't be long for them to take the bait. Hunter Matheson: Moving in, sir. Lumbering takes a while. Hunter Matheson: ::Syl::: helm sensors are foggy. Let me know when to shut down. Hunter Matheson: ::Syl:: Uh.. ma'am. Dvokr chim Hok: Aye Hunter Matheson: ::Syl:: Ma'am? Dyan Sylvanis: Shut down now Hunter Matheson: Shutting down. Dvokr chim Hok: :: Shuts down the main systems :: Hunter Matheson: ::puts on the brakes::: Hunter Matheson: ::hoping they don't drift into something they shouldn't drift into::: Cptn Ja'Lale: ACTION: Challenger is plunged into almost darkness, save for emergency lighting. Only basic systems like life support,etc are online. Hunter Matheson: ::antsy, but still focused::: Dvokr chim Hok: :: It's dark :: Dyan Sylvanis: ::Sits back in her chair as the lights go out.:: This will be fun. Hunter Matheson: ::except that he can smell Syl's shampoo or something::: Cptn Ja'Lale: ACTION: Challenger's energy signatures go dark, nothing on long range just yet, but it's still early. Hunter Matheson: ::nip:: Yeah, fun. Or deadly. Cptn Ja'Lale: Always great playing the waiting game. Hunter Matheson: ::pats the helm console, trying to get a grip::: Cptn Ja'Lale: ACTION: A few commercials later, sensors detect a ping in long range and slowly approaching us. Dvokr chim Hok: :: Hears the ping :: Hunter Matheson: ::distant ping drifts his way::: Cptn Ja'Lale: Getting anything? Dyan Sylvanis: ::Sits up.:: Something is approaching. Hunter Matheson: ::looks her way::: Cptn Ja'Lale: ::nods: Finally. Stand by.. Cptn Ja'Lale: ACTION: About four more smaller sized vessels show up and form together, slowly approaching the Challenger. Hunter Matheson: Standing by.. Dyan Sylvanis: ::Quietly.:: There appears to be five of them. Cptn Ja'Lale: Be ready to raise shields and arm weapons, once they're close enough. Hunter Matheson: ::syl:: Hostile? Dyan Sylvanis: Can't tell without active sensors, but considering there is no one else out here, I'm willing to bet so. Dyan Sylvanis: Ready to power up shields and weapons. Hunter Matheson: ::nods, goes back to staring at the helm console:: Cptn Ja'Lale: ACTION: The five vessels break into different positions around the Challenger. ID scans are inconclusive, but the ships appear to be the same type as the ships the Challenger previously encountered. Dyan Sylvanis: They are definitely the same type of ships we encountered. Cptn Ja'Lale: That's a good sign, or bad depending on how you take it. Hunter Matheson: Ready to power helm on command. Hunter Matheson: ::leg bounces in anticipation::: Cptn Ja'Lale: ACTION: The ships are now within range, apparently still not aware of the Challenger's actual signature, they appear to be powering up their weapons Hunter Matheson: ::hands poised over the console::: Dyan Sylvanis: They are powering weapons Cptn Ja'Lale: PAUSE SIM Cptn Ja'Lale: PAUSE SIM Dyan Sylvanis: ::paused:: Hunter Matheson: ::done:: Cptn Ja'Lale: oooh Dyan Sylvanis: dun dun dun Cptn Ja'Lale: OK, we'll pick up from there next week.
  2. Cptn Ja'Lale: USS Challenger Mission Brief: 30 JUN 2017 - The Challenger has arrived at the pirates' last known coordinates to begin searching for the pirates' last known coordinates. Cptn Ja'Lale: TBS was a day. Cptn Ja'Lale: Any questions? Hunter Matheson: ? Cptn Ja'Lale: Yes Hunter Matheson: We're searching for the pirates hideout? Cptn Ja'Lale: Correct Dvokr chim Hok: I like the brief Hunter Matheson: heh. was thinking of that Dvokr chim Hok: Episode title: "Last Known Coordinates" Hunter Matheson: Copy that, Skip Cptn Ja'Lale: lol Cptn Ja'Lale: BEGIN SIM Cptn Ja'Lale: It's Friday man.. it's been a long week ok :P Hunter Matheson: heh Dvokr chim Hok: :: At his personal last known coordinates, the Operations chair on the bridge :: Cptn Ja'Lale: ::on the bridge looking out at the viewscreen:: Hunter Matheson: ::doing the helm thing, muttering to himself about nebulas and why pirates have to hide in nebulas and why don't they hide in some place like an asteroid belt::: Hunter Matheson: ::sighs:: Continue on the grid, Captain? Cptn Ja'Lale: Yes please. Dvokr chim Hok: If I was a pirate I would first acquire stealth technology. Cptn Ja'Lale: and a cloaking device Hunter Matheson: Continuing on search grid, aye. Hunter Matheson: Moving on to Utah seven niner niner. Hunter Matheson: ::brings the ship around on course for the next grid sweep:: Caitlin Townshend: Maybe instead of trying to find them, we could bring them to us. Hunter Matheson: ::sounds like a plan:: Hunter Matheson: ::turns:: Like, play dead, Lieutenant? Cptn Ja'Lale: I like that idea... Dvokr chim Hok: This is so slow. :: Checking power readings :: Caitlin Townshend: ::Hunter:: Something like that. I was thinking we could disguise Challenger's sensor readings as a juicy, overladen, under-powered freighter. Caitlin Townshend: Make us a tempting target, lure them out. By the time they get close enough to cut through the nebula interference and ID us as a Starfleet vessel, it's too late. Hunter Matheson: ::snorts into a chuckle:: Sounds like a plan to me. ::watching the grid:: Caitlin Townshend: ::waits for the captain to comment on her proposal:: Dvokr chim Hok: Plasma... Cptn Ja'Lale: Sounds like it could work, if we're in the right location and power down most of our systems. Cptn Ja'Lale: I think it's a good plan and seems to be our best bet in finding the pirates. We just need to find the right location to spring our trap. Cptn Ja'Lale: Unless anyone else has any other ideas? Hunter Matheson: Captain, I'm detecting a pretty nasty cloud formation to port. If we get close enough it'll help us mask who we are, make it look like we're dead in space. Cptn Ja'Lale: How soon can we get there and also how soon can we.. as you humans say.. play possum? Hunter Matheson: Well, sir. I can get us there in ::checks tactical:: ten minutes, give or take. don Hunter Matheson: don't want to actually go inside, or we could be dead in space. Caitlin Townshend: I can reconfigure the deflector dish to help mask our signature if Mr. Hok can work on tamping our power profile. Hunter Matheson: I mean, close to the cloud would be enough to disable an overweight freighter. Cptn Ja'Lale: I agree, I don't want to get too close but close enough to mask our ID. I'll leave it up to you guys to determine how close we need to be and other such details. Dvokr chim Hok: :: Nods :: Hunter Matheson: ::watching their course closely, he speaks to Syl when she settles in::: We're going to get close to that cloud to port ::quick point:: when Lt Townshend gets us ready. Hunter Matheson: Take TAC for me? ::hopes:: Dvokr chim Hok: :: taps :: Setting faulty power profile. Caitlin Townshend: ::working on reconfiguring deflector:: Caitlin Townshend: OK, I've adjusted the deflector so that, combined with our power profile, we'll look more like a freighter than a cruiser. Dvokr chim Hok: What if they are watching us now? Dyan Sylvanis: ::Nods, sitting at her console.:: Hunter Matheson: ::prepares to change course toward the dark cloud:: Hunter Matheson: ::Hok:: Tell them we're a science mission? Hunter Matheson: Looking for scientific things? Cptn Ja'Lale: ::Nods:: Gaseous anomalies. Cptn Ja'Lale: ::monitors sensors and other readouts:: Dyan Sylvanis: I imagine there wouldn't be much talking. Cptn Ja'Lale: Shoot first, ask questions later Hunter Matheson: Coming up on grid change, Captain. Hold position? Cptn Ja'Lale: Aye. Hold here please. Caitlin Townshend: Deflector ready. Hunter Matheson: Hold position, aye. Cptn Ja'Lale: Are we ready to begin? Hok, inform the crew we'll be going dark. Hunter Matheson: ::eyeballing the best place to slip toward:: Dvokr chim Hok: Aye Hunter Matheson: Lt Townshend, can you give me the best approach to that cloud, ma'am? I'm not sure of its composition, only that it could be deadly. Dvokr chim Hok: +shipwide+ Attention crew. Challenger going dark. I repeat, Challenger going dark. Cptn Ja'Lale: (5 minutes) Hunter Matheson: ::figures he should have studied harder in nebula comp 375::: Caitlin Townshend: Here, sending you a vector now. Hunter Matheson: Yes, ma'am. Vector received. Hunter Matheson: Tacking to port 058 degrees, moving in. Hunter Matheson: Lumbering like a lumber monster. Dvokr chim Hok: :: Getting nervous:: Cptn Ja'Lale: PAUSE SIM Cptn Ja'Lale: PAUSE SIM Cptn Ja'Lale: Great job. We'll pick up from there next week. (TBS = 0) Any questions? Cptn Ja'Lale: OK then. Sim dismissed.. have a great week everyone. Happy Canada Day and Independence Day.
  3. Cptn Ja'Lale: USS Challenger - Mission Brief 23 Jun 2017. The Challenger has taken on supplies & repairs and is ready to depart. They have been dispatched to investigate possible rumors of an Orion pirate operations that was targeting freighters in the area. TBS was 12 hours. Any questions? Cptn Ja'Lale: BEGIN SIM Cptn Ja'Lale: BEGIN SIM Hunter Matheson: ::doing the helm thing:: Hunter Matheson: ::checking the latest sector reports, looking for the best infil options:: Dvokr chim Hok: :: at operations :: Cptn Ja'Lale: ::Seated in his chair, reading his intel briefing:: Mr Hok,. request clearance to depart once we're ready and everyone's accounted for. Hunter Matheson: ::finishes up preflight, signaling station OPS regarding same:: Cptn Ja'Lale: Once we're clear, set a course back to the area around the nebula.. though, if you were an Orion pirate where would you hide your ships and ill-gotten gains. Dvokr chim Hok: Inert low gravity object... Small moon or asteroid. Hunter Matheson: Setting course toward the nebula, aye. On your command, Captain. Cptn Ja'Lale: Engage. Once we're within sensor range, start looking for potential hiding spots. Dvokr chim Hok: Or keep it onboard for quick profit... Captain Cptn Ja'Lale: They also have the crew from the first freighter hostage as well. THat might be hard to keep them on a small ship for too long. Hunter Matheson: Engaging course toward the nebula, aye. Dvokr chim Hok: :: taps :: Dvokr chim Hok: :: sighs :: Hunter Matheson: :::checking all parameters, making sure the ship is.. well, ship-shape::: Hunter Matheson: ::snort:: Hunter Matheson: ::lets out a breath and relaxes for the first time since coming aboard::: Cptn Ja'Lale: ACTION: Challenger is clear of the station and jumps to warp. Hunter Matheson: ::watching the board, speaking to Syl:: So, what's the tactical reading? Anything interesting? Cptn Ja'Lale: ACTION: Near the nebula are of course looks of asteroids of various sizes. and a small star systems of barren planets and moons some light years away. Hunter Matheson: ::his console pings an alarm for asteroid avoidance:: Hunter Matheson: ::and he engages the auto avoidance system, then looks at Syl to see if she's asleep::: Hunter Matheson: ::quietly:: Syl? Hunter Matheson: You okay? Hunter Matheson: Approaching the nebular perimeter, Captain. Dvokr chim Hok: :: checking power Cptn Ja'Lale: ::Nods:: Slow to impulse once we're in range Hunter Matheson: In range of the nebula, Captain, or in range of a suspected asteroid? Hunter Matheson: Coming up on the nebula. Dropping from warp, going to full impulse. Cptn Ja'Lale: Suspected nebula preferably. Hunter Matheson: Aye, sir. ::Syl:: Any reading on tactical that screams "Orions"? Dvokr chim Hok: Power to sensors... Dvokr chim Hok: :: brings up the power allocations Cptn Ja'Lale: ACTION: Quite a lot of possible places our Orion friends could be hiding in. Hunter Matheson: ::Hok::: Any particular place we should look, sir? Cptn Ja'Lale: PAUSE SIM Cptn Ja'Lale: PAUSE SIM Cptn Ja'Lale: Good work all. We'll pick from there next week. Any questions? Cptn Ja'Lale: Sim dismissed.. Have a great week.
  4. Cptn Ja'Lale: MISSION BRIEF: 09 JUNE 2017. The Challenger is now docked at Starbase 79 I believe it was, to restock on supplies & take on repairs. The crew were given 12 hours for liberty on the station while Ja'Lale went to the station's command centre to receive their new orders. TBS was 5 minutes? Cptn Ja'Lale: Any questions or comments? Cptn Ja'Lale: BEGIN SIM Cptn Ja'Lale: BEGIN SIM Dyan Sylvanis: ::Stepping out onto the docking port, glancing around.:: Hunter Matheson: ::at helm, completing his report, powering down what needs to be powered down, and finishing up the final docking check, all the stuff you need to do before you actually leave::: Cptn Ja'Lale: ::heading for the lifts:: Cptn Ja'Lale: ::on the station:: Caitlin Townshend: ::still drinking with Hok, talking languages:: Dyan Sylvanis: ::She wasn't quite sure where to go on this station, so she stands by a viewport for the moment.:: Hunter Matheson: ::he sends his repair requisition to station eng, then gives his back a good crack before standing up::: Hunter Matheson: ::pats the helm console, then gives the chair a good twist so it swirls around, then says quietly:: See ya later, gal. Be good while I'm gone. Cptn Ja'Lale: Station> ::has a bar, a couple of restaurants and a small commerce section selling various clothing and other wares:: Hunter Matheson: ::after stowing his padd, he steps into the lift::: Docking port. Cptn Ja'Lale: ::Steps off the lift and into the station's bridge where he's greeted by the station's commander:: Hunter Matheson: ::lets out a breath when he exits and checks his uniform status before leaving the ship:: Dyan Sylvanis: ::Watches a couple worker bees zoom by the viewport. It felt like she could reach out and grab them.:: Cptn Ja'Lale: Station CO> Hello, Captain Ja'Lale. Nice to meet you finally... I'm Commodore Mikelson. Let's chat in my ready room Hunter Matheson: ::he stops at the docking port window to watch Syl for a minute, give it a long think, then steps onto the station and strolls that way::: Dyan Sylvanis: ::Thought she had eyes on her for a moment, she turns but no one was there.:: Hunter Matheson: ::creeps up behind and whispers just behind her neck:: Hey. Cptn Ja'Lale: ::follows Mickelson into the ready room:: Nice to meet you too, though I'm not surprised you already know who I am. Can't exactly miss me in a crowd. Hunter Matheson: ::prepared for a good ninja swat, he stands ready::: Dyan Sylvanis: ::Gets chills, but instead she just smiles.:: You're getting better at sneaking up on me. Hunter Matheson: ::slides around to her side:: Got a good teacher. Dyan Sylvanis: ::Grins.:: Cptn Ja'Lale: ::makes a bit of small talk with Mickelson but eventually they get to the point and their orders..:: Hunter Matheson: ::then he checks the area:: So... I don't know what kind of food they have here. Have any ideas? Dvokr chim Hok: So, Klingon? Dyan Sylvanis: ::Looking up, she noticed a Miranda class slowly slipping into dock above them. She then glances at him.:: I have no clue. This is my first time on this station. Hunter Matheson: ::and he notices that look, wondering, but moves past it:: Hungry? Dvokr chim Hok: You know Caitlin... I'm not sure how much longer my services will be needed in Starfleet... Caitlin Townshend: ::Hok:: Where did you start learning? Caitlin Townshend: Why do you say that? Cptn Ja'Lale: M> So another pirate attack.. it looks like it's been on the rise lately. This is the third known attack in as many months it seems. Cptn Ja'Lale: Three? Dyan Sylvanis: ::Nods quietly with a smile.:: Hunter Matheson: So.. let's take a look around, see what we can find. Work? Dvokr chim Hok: The communications officer is disappearing. The computer is doing the connections.. and the translations Dvokr chim Hok: jIH... I Dvokr chim Hok: cho...me Cptn Ja'Lale: M> Yeah. Three similar attacks in three months. It started with the attack on the freighter supplying the science colony you visit earlier followed by another about a month and a half ago or a month, then this. Fleet thinks we might have some new pirates in the area. Hunter Matheson: ::ticks his head toward the main area and starts in that direction::: Dvokr chim Hok: The Klingon language is not unlike others when you get down to it. Dyan Sylvanis: ::Glances out briefly before she leaves and follows after Kal.:: Caitlin Townshend: Right, I've studied it from an academic perspective. Caitlin Townshend: I've never actually … you know … met one. Cptn Ja'Lale: M> Actually, Starfleet has received a ransom message from the company that owns the first freighter. Apparently, Orion Pirates.. it showed video of the freighter crew in a holding cell. Standard stuff; if they don't provide X amount of latinum by month's' end, they would kill the male crew and sell the females into the Orion Slave Market. Dvokr chim Hok: Once.. at a conference. I was a new translator and she was standing in a corner watching us. She spoke 5 languages, and like us are slowly being replaced. They tend to fire first and ask questions later. Hunter Matheson: ::he stops at a diagram of the station, checks it out, and turns:: Looks like the food's this way. Some place called Bert's Burgers and Beer? Sound good, or want something else? Dvokr chim Hok: Never got her name, but I look for her when there are other Klingons in the area Caitlin Townshend: Well, I know that your job will change, but I'm sure you'll have new duties. Someone has to program and use the computers. Dyan Sylvanis: Sounds good, but you can have the beer. ::Smirks.:: Cptn Ja'Lale: We checked that freighter's information in the datalogs. A crew of six for that vessel ::quickly calls up his report on his PADD:: All Terrans, four males and two females. Caitlin Townshend: Better and better sensors haven't made science officers obsolete! Dvokr chim Hok: I am moving resources around Hunter Matheson: Heh. Works for me. ::with a grandiose sweep of his hand in that direction, he moves out, waiting for her to join him::: Caitlin Townshend: Have you ever thought about a change of career? What's keeping you in Starfleet? Dyan Sylvanis: ::Walks with Kal towards the restaurant.:: Cptn Ja'Lale: Mickelson> Right.. Officially, as you know, Starfleet doesn't negotiate with pirates, but unofficially they'd like you to form a rescue party to retrieve the hostages. Of course, we'll send you the ransom vid. I had my people look at the vid for any clues, but so far we haven't come up with much. We only just received it, so we haven't had much time to check it out. Hunter Matheson: ::he tucks his hands into his tunic pockets as he walks beside her::: So I noticed your look at the Miranda that docked. Know someone aboard? Cptn Ja'Lale: Mickelson> And of course, we'll try to assist in any way we can. Dvokr chim Hok: I like to travel. Dvokr chim Hok: I had thought of going back to Tellar. Cptn Ja'Lale: I'm sure we'll find something.. Hunter Matheson: ::easy stroll down the gangway::: Dyan Sylvanis: Oh? ::Smiles.:: No, I just wasn't expecting it to be right over our heads. They are nice little ships. Hunter Matheson: ::nods:: Um... little outdated, but they're not bad. Hunter Matheson: ::they come to Bert's place and he leads her in::: Dyan Sylvanis: Nah, I think they will outlast us. They are great utility ships. Dvokr chim Hok: :: Hok went over some of the phrases you may need when dealing with a Klingon :: Caitlin Townshend: I've only been in the fleet for about three years, but I have to agree. Travelling, seeing new sights every few months…. Dyan Sylvanis: ::Enters and takes a seat when shown to a table.:: Cptn Ja'Lale: Mickelson> I'm sure as well.. well, that's it. I just checked out reports from my staff and you should be good to go in 12 hours. Mickelson> My shift ends at 1800 so why don't we meet up at the bar for some drinks after that? You do drink, right? ::Ja'Lale nods:: Yes, even if Terran alcohol doesn't seem to affect me much. Hunter Matheson: Yeah, I suppose so... ::sits::: Dvokr chim Hok: bortaS bIr jablu'DI' reH QaQqu' nay' Cptn Ja'Lale: ::nods:: See you then. ::gets up and heads out of the ready room:: Dvokr chim Hok: Also in danger almost each moment while out here. Dvokr chim Hok: :: Drinks his...drink :: Hunter Matheson: ::hands her a menu:: So.. I guess the advertising was right. Burgers and beer, with a few other things. Dyan Sylvanis: ::Nods.:: But mostly burgers it seems. ::Looking at the menu.:: Caitlin Townshend: I don't mind a *little* danger. I'm not great in a fight, but I like the adrenaline. Cptn Ja'Lale: ::heads back to the lift, and checks the notes he made on his PADD:: Hmm. Dvokr chim Hok: I went to a fight with a former crewmember of ours...not quite my idea of fun either. Hunter Matheson: ::his eyes scroll down the menu::: Deadly Dan's Dynamite.... hm... Caitlin Townshend: Yeah, I was never a fan of watching bloodsports myself. Then again, not much of that to see on Vulcan. Dyan Sylvanis: ::Eyebrow.:: That...actually sounds awful. ::Trying not to laugh.:: Hunter Matheson: Yeah, it does. But it's... kinda tempting. The ingredients are... uh.... hot. Dyan Sylvanis: ::Grins.:: Well you could always have a beer to help ease the pain. Dvokr chim Hok: Vulcan? Hunter Matheson: ::grinning, he nods::: Sounds like a challenge to me. ::orders it, with a pint of their best beer:: Hunter Matheson: ::looks at Syl:: Takin' the challenge? Caitlin Townshend: Yes. I lived on Vulcan from the time I was 8 until I left for the Academy. My parents were in the fleet but wanted a planetary posting to stay together and raise me. Dvokr chim Hok: Tellar would have been good too. :: smiles and drinks : Dvokr chim Hok: You have to like conversation though Caitlin Townshend: Hehe, I often wonder how my life would have been different if they had been posted to a different planet in the Federation! Dyan Sylvanis: ::Tries not to facepalm.:: Oh, no way. ::Orders a single mushroom swiss with some fries.:: Besides, you know I can't drink beer. Hunter Matheson: ::grin widens:: Yeah. Too bad. Dyan Sylvanis: Heh. Cptn Ja'Lale: ::Exits the lift and arrives back on the main commerce deck, strolls around the commerce area:: Dvokr chim Hok: Some things would remain the same. Caitlin Townshend: I don't know if I would have gone into science, though. Caitlin Townshend: It took me a long time to settle on a field of study. I tried a little bit of everything. Dvokr chim Hok: Nothing more freeing and frustrating than undecided. Hunter Matheson: test Cptn Ja'Lale: PAUSE SIM Cptn Ja'Lale: PAUSE SIM Cptn Ja'Lale: OK, great job. Good character development there. TBS will be 12 hours, where we'll be ready to depart and receive our new orders. Cptn Ja'Lale: If there's nothing else, then sim dismissed. Have a great week!
  5. USS CHALLENGER - 02 June 2017: The Challenger is now arriving at Starbase 79, I believe it was to off load the freighter crew they had picked up as well as receive new orders. TBS was 1 day. Any questions? Cptn Ja'Lale: BEGIN SIM Cptn Ja'Lale: BEGIN SIM Caitlin Townshend: ::on the bridge, attempting not to look like she's eavesdropping on all the conversations:: Dvokr chim Hok: :: At Operations, or Ops.. every once in awhile he would have to take helm at the same time, but that was...unwise :: Cptn Ja'Lale: ::it's fine, as long as you don't go driving thru nebulas at warp 8:: Dyan Sylvanis: ::Sitting at tactical.:: Cptn Ja'Lale: Cardboard Helm> We're approaching the station, sir. Cptn Ja'Lale: ::nods:: Good. Drop us out of warp. Mr Hok, please request docking clearance and inform our guests that we're arriving at the station. Cptn Ja'Lale: ::sends off his report of their encounter to HQ:: Caitlin Townshend: Captain, do you anticipate we'll be long at the starbase? Cptn Ja'Lale: Hm, not this time. I believe we're primarily just going to be dropping off the freighter crew. Cptn Ja'Lale: ACTION: Challenger receives docking clearance from the station. Dvokr chim Hok: That's unfortunate. Cptn Ja'Lale: Yes. Dvokr chim Hok: Townshend and I were going dancing later, but is it not to be. Caitlin Townshend: ::goes a bit red at this:: Cptn Ja'Lale: But, I still think we'll get a few hours at least while we get restocked on supplies. They'll also give the ship a look over and fix anything that was damaged in our encounter with the pirates and nebula. Dvokr chim Hok: :: Hok needed a break from his Operations operation, and that comment was refreshing to say. Dvokr chim Hok: There will be micro dents in the hull. Cptn Ja'Lale: ::nods:: The station is more the capable of tending to those. But still, a few hours' respite is nice. Cptn Ja'Lale: ACTION: Ja'Lale receives a hail to meet with the station commander up in his ready room. Dvokr chim Hok: :: Settling the engineering operations to station keeping :: Cptn Ja'Lale: ::reading a message from the station staff:: Okay, so we have 12 hours for the staff to restock our supplies and repair the micro dents in our hull. Until then, you're all free to take liberty on the station. Meanwhile, I've been called to the station's bridge with what I hope is our next marching orders. Dvokr chim Hok: Ha', caitlin mI' vISuq vIneH? Dvokr chim Hok: :: knowing the translator would not get that :: Caitlin Townshend: ::hears her name:: Sorry, sir? Dvokr chim Hok: Klingon Ensign. Caitlin Townshend: ((Lieutenant)) I don't speak it. Obviously. Dvokr chim Hok: ((Congrats)) Dvokr chim Hok: :: Starts to get up from his chair, flexes his back to crack it :: Oh, that chair. Cptn Ja'Lale: That's not bad. I can only say nuqDaq 'oH puchpa''e'? or "Where is the toilet?" Dvokr chim Hok: No one knows Captain... no one knows where they are on any Federation vessel. Dvokr chim Hok: :: He sighs, and wonders where the bar is on the station :: Cptn Ja'Lale: It seems like humans don't use the toilet in this century, eh? Dvokr chim Hok: Permission to depart for the station Captain? Cptn Ja'Lale: Yes. please grant clearance for crew to take leave on the station. There's a nice bar in the commerce section... but we only have 12 hours, so don't go too overboard, yeah? Caitlin Townshend: ::Hok:: Are you fairly fluent? I would love to learn it, but I could never find someone with the knowledge and the time to teach it. Dvokr chim Hok: I am fluent enough, I know 12 in total...for a time when Starfleet needed communications officers. Cptn Ja'Lale: ACTION: Freighter crew is off the ship. The injured crewman is ferried off the station's medical bay by the station's medical staff. Caitlin Townshend: Wow, that's great. People think linguists must be good at languages, but it took me years to learn Vulcan, and I grew up there. I'm much more comfortable with the analytical side of things. Dvokr chim Hok: SoHvaD QaQ pop. Cptn Ja'Lale: covfefe Cptn Ja'Lale: ::gathers his PADDs:: Well, enjoy your time on the station.. I'll just leave you with that. ::gets up and heads for the lift:: Dvokr chim Hok: :: Why was he saying these things? :: Dvokr chim Hok: Do you drink Caitlin? Caitlin Townshend: ::smile:: I don't know about … dancing … sir, but I’d be happy to grab a drink and talk languages. Caitlin Townshend: You don't by any chance play poker, do you…? Cptn Ja'Lale: ::Takes the lift to the docking bay where he walks through the airlock and into the station:: Dvokr chim Hok: I have not played that, but I could probably learn. :: Gestures for her to go ahead to the lift :: Dvokr chim Hok: Tellarites are a species of arguers Dvokr chim Hok: :: Enters the lift :: Caitlin Townshend: ::lets an crewman relieve her and enters the lift:: I need to figure out who runs the games on Challenger and get in on the action. Dvokr chim Hok: I am not a grandmaster however Caitlin Townshend: You have argument ranks? I suppose you run clinics too. Dvokr chim Hok: I think it is some Commander... Cptn Ja'Lale: ::passes through the station's concourse and towards the turbolift:: Dvokr chim Hok: There are contests, leagues... Vulcan's are a tricky bunch to play.. Caitlin Townshend: Are we talking arguments or poker now? Dvokr chim Hok: Arguments :: the lift stopped and they could see the dock to the station, Hok walked towards it :: Cptn Ja'Lale: (5 minutes) Caitlin Townshend: Ah yes. ::walking with Hok:: Well I learned both from Vulcans, so I can hold my own. Cptn Ja'Lale: ::enters the lift and calls for the station's control tower:: Dvokr chim Hok: :: Walks into the station and heads for the bar :: Caitlin Townshend: Never really argued with a Tellarite before. You don't visit Vulcan very often. Can't imagine why. Must be the desert air…. ::sarcastic tone:: Dvokr chim Hok: I would likely win, just more experience. The environment there takes getting used to... ah a free table... :: goes to sit :: Caitlin Townshend: ::takes a seat:: Have you been posted to Challenger long? Dvokr chim Hok: I have been here for some time... and seen many crew leave. Dvokr chim Hok: :: He looked a bit dour at that revelation. The bartend arrived :: What will you have Caitlin? Caitlin Townshend: I'll take a Rigelian Slammer. Dvokr chim Hok: Interesting choice. Warp Core Breach for me thanks Cptn Ja'Lale: PAUSE SIM Cptn Ja'Lale: PAUSE SIM Cptn Ja'Lale: Great job - we'll continue from there. We'll get our orders and a little shoshed for the trip to wherever we're sent to. Cptn Ja'Lale: Any questions before we dismiss? Cptn Ja'Lale: Magic. OK.. sim dismissed. We'll see you all next week. Goodnight!
  6. Happy Anniversary, USS Manticore, celebrating 19 years of mirth and mayhem! Congratulations to all her crew, and especially to Admiral Atragon-9 and Admiral Sovak! May you have 19 more years!
  7. Congratulations on the 14th Anniversary of the Founding of STSF. They said it couldn't be done, and yet, here we are! Thank you to all the founders and everyone who plays!
  8. [From Penn State University News] Record-breaking map of 1.2-million galaxies ready to reveal dark matter secrets Astronomers announce the sharpest view yet of the properties of dark energy. July 14, 2016 Astronomers are announcing this week the sharpest view yet of the properties of dark energy -- the force that currently is driving the accelerated expansion of the universe. "These results are a milestone in the study of the large-scale structure of the universe," said Penn State professor Donald Schneider, who was the survey coordinator and scientific publications coordinator for the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III (SDSS-III) -- a collaboration of hundreds of scientists whose work produced the largest-ever, three-dimensional map of distant galaxies as well as one of the most precise measurements yet of dark energy. "The SDSS-III investigation determined the locations of 1.2 million galaxies as a result of its observations, which began in 2009 and concluded in 2014," Schneider said. Jeremy Tinker of New York University, a co-leader of the team that performed the investigation, commented commented that "This map has allowed us to make the best measurements yet of the effects of dark energy in the expansion of the universe." Shaped by a continuous tug-of-war between dark matter and dark energy, the SDSS-III map now has allowed astronomers to measure the expansion rate of the universe and thus to determine the amount of matter and dark energy that make up the present-day universe. A collection of papers describing these results was submitted this week to the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. These new measurements were carried out by the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS) program of the SDSS-III collaboration. The scientists measured the expansion rate of the universe by determining the size of the baryonic acoustic oscillations (BAO) in the three-dimensional distribution of galaxies. Ariel Sanchez of the Max-Planck Institute of Extraterrestrial Physics, who led the effort to estimate the exact amount of dark matter and dark energy based on the BOSS data, explains: "Measuring the acoustic scale across cosmic history gives a direct ruler with which to measure the universe's expansion rate. With BOSS, we have traced the BAO's subtle imprint on the distribution of galaxies spanning a range of time from 2 to 7 billion years ago." Scientists determine the original BAO size by pressure waves that travelled through the young universe up to when it was only 400,000 years old, at which point these pressure waves became frozen in the matter distributed throughout the universe. The end result is that galaxies are preferentially separated by a characteristic distance, which astronomers call the acoustic scale. The size of the acoustic scale at 13.8 billion years ago has been exquisitely determined from observations of the cosmic microwave background from the light emitted when the pressure waves became frozen. Measuring the distribution of galaxies since that time until now -- when the universe is 13.8 billion years old -- allows astronomers to measure how dark matter and dark energy have competed to govern the rate of expansion of the universe. Rita Tojeiro of the University of St. Andrews is the other co-leader of the BOSS galaxy clustering working group along with Jeremy Tinker. "If we were to scale the volume of our survey to a cube 1 mile on each side, then the visible part of an individual galaxy would be about 1 millimeter across," she explains. "Our challenge in the analysis of this map was equivalent to measuring the distances between all the pairs of galaxies separated by 100 yards throughout a cubic mile of space." To measure the size of these ancient giant waves to such sharp precision, BOSS had to make an unprecedented and ambitious galaxy map, many times larger than previous surveys. At the time the BOSS program was planned, dark energy previously had been determined to significantly influence the expansion of the universe starting about 5 billion years ago. BOSS was thus designed to measure the BAO feature from before this point (7 billion years ago) out to near the present day (2 billion years ago). "We see a dramatic connection between the sound wave imprints seen in the cosmic microwave background 400,000 years after the Big Bang to the clustering of galaxies 7-12 billion years later," Tojeiro said. "The ability to observe a single well-modeled physical effect from recombination until today is a great boon for cosmology." The map also reveals the distinctive signature of the coherent movement of galaxies toward regions of the universe with more matter, due to the attractive force of gravity. Crucially, this amount of movement is explained well by the predictions of general relativity. So the SDSS-III BOSS measurements support the idea that the acceleration of the expansion rate of the universe is driven by a phenomenon at the largest cosmic scales, such as dark energy, rather than by a breakdown of the theory of gravitation. "In the near future, astronomers plan to push this high-precision study of BAO features to periods that are even earlier in the universe's history," Schneider said. "We hope that investigations of these distant realms will, when combined with the SDSS-III BOSS measurements, reveal the nature of dark energy, which -- although it appears to comprise the majority of the material in the universe -- remains a profound mystery." Funding for SDSS-III has been provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Participating Institutions, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science. SDSS-III is managed by the Astrophysical Research Consortium for the Participating Institutions of the SDSS-III Collaboration including the University of Arizona, the Brazilian Participation Group, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Florida, the French Participation Group, the German Participation Group, Harvard University, the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, the Michigan State/Notre Dame/JINA Participation Group, Johns Hopkins University, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, New Mexico State University, New York University, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Portsmouth, Princeton University, the Spanish Participation Group, University of Tokyo, University of Utah, Vanderbilt University, University of Virginia, University of Washington, and Yale University.
  9. "Anton Yelchin, who played the young incarnation of Chekov, an excitable officer on the Starship Enterprise, in the rebooted “Star Trek” movie series, died on Sunday morning in Los Angeles when he was pinned by his car in his driveway. He was 27. "Officer Jenny Houser of the Los Angeles Police Department said that Mr. Yelchin died after being hit at around 1:10 a.m. at his home in the neighborhood Studio City. The car had rolled backward down the steep driveway and trapped him against a brick mailbox pillar and a security fence. Officer Houser said that he was found dead by friends who came to his house after he did not arrive at a scheduled rehearsal. "Mr. Yelchin was born on March 11, 1989, in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Russia, in what was then the Soviet Union, to Irina Korina and Viktor Yelchin, figure skaters who were superstars of the Leningrad Ice Ballet." ~The New York Times, Monday, June 20, 2016 Our deepest condolences to his family and friends. He will be greatly missed.
  10. Cptn Ja'Lale -> Last week, the Challenger was bailed out by a Klingon bird of prey which ultimately dealt the final destructive blows to the SS Fort Erie, the terrorist ship that had attacked the CHallenger. LAst we left off, the Klingon ship went back to Klingon space and the Challenger was being towed back to SB 179 by a Federation ship that responded to our distress call. TBS was a few hours, I believe. Cptn Ja'Lale -> Any questions? Cptn Ja'Lale -> BEGIN SIM Cptn Ja'Lale -> BEGIN SIM Cptn Ja'Lale -> BEGIN SIM Cassie Granger -> ( A few days) Cptn Ja'Lale -> (Ahh. A few days, right. We are arriving at SB 179, thanks.) Cmdr Rinax -> ::on bridge:: Captain, is the crew going to be given shoreleave while Challenger has repairs at SB 179? Hunter Matheson -> (docked last week, sir) Cptn Ja'Lale -> Yes, that is correct. I hope you're feeling better, Commander. Cmdr Rinax -> Getting there, Captain. The doctor has good remedies. Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Checking in on Cass.:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> ACTION: As Hunter mentioned, we were docked last week. Cassie Granger -> ::has moved into her quarters from Boon Medical Center:: Cmdr Rinax -> I have a large list of requests to disembark, Captain. Do you have any reservations for who can and who cannot go? Cassie Granger -> ::a little sore, but able to move carefully::: Cassie Granger -> ::her quarters on station::: Cptn Ja'Lale -> Nope. We're all free to go down. Cmdr Rinax -> The better question is probably, how many do you want left in each department? Cmdr Rinax -> I"m going to hang around... I'm still nursing on the meds the doc gave me. Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Finds the right room, hitting the chime.:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> ::Rinax:: Just the basic skeleton crew. We're undergoing major repairs as well as some refits. So, Engineering might want to have more people to show the repair crews around and oversee the repair process. Cassie Granger -> Come on in. Door's open. Anastasia Poldara -> ::on the bridge, just finishing up some reports before she gets ready for shore leave:: Cassie Granger -> ::arranging her gear...slowly::: Cmdr Rinax -> Yeah, I saw a ton of parts being shipped over, and a lot of techs coming on board. Cptn Ja'Lale -> ::nods:: Might as well get our refits done, while we still resemble a block of swiss cheese Hunter Matheson -> ::in MARDET, doing something:: Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Steps in.:: Heard they finally let you out. Cmdr Rinax -> ::small snicker:: You aren't kidding! ::squints, hopes the meds work better very soon, but they are helping:: Cassie Granger -> ::turns, a little too fast, gives a slight wince:: Kicked my sorry azz out, Lieutenant. Cassie Granger -> Have a seat. Cptn Ja'Lale -> THat's good to hear. Cptn Ja'Lale -> ::Orders the OPS Officer to announce general leave for the crew. Cassie Granger -> Drinks are in the cooler. ::points as she relaxes into an easy chair::: Hunter Matheson -> ::checks the roster::: Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Grabs a seat, passing on the drink.:: How are you feeling? Cassie Granger -> Good as I could hope to be, I guess. I hear I trashed the chair. ::grin:: Cassie Granger -> Gave Doctor Hanson something to do for a while. ::reaches for her own drink that she's been nursing for a while::: Cptn Ja'Lale -> +Shipwide+ Attention, all persons with scheduled shoreleave may now take their liberties on the station. Any department chiefs requesting supplies, may submit their requisition lists to the quartermaster for review. Hunter Matheson -> :running down the duty roster, finds his name and mutters::: Dyan Sylvanis -> Yeah gave people quite the scare. Cassie Granger -> Sorry 'bout that. ::shifting a little uncomfortably, she gives a sigh:: How are things aboard otherwise? Hunter Matheson -> ::reports to the OD::: Cptn Ja'Lale -> ACTION: Repair/upgrade technicians pour into the ship from the station. Anastasia Poldara -> Oh, yes, supply list. Cmdr Rinax -> Oh my word, Captain... so far, 44 techs have checked in and boarded Challenger. It's practically an invasion! Anastasia Poldara -> ::has run out of ursine gelatin creatures:: Hunter Matheson -> ::snaps a salute:: Sir! Gunnery Sergeant Matheson, taking first watch, Sir. Cptn Ja'Lale -> Wow. We must be getting one heck of an upgrade. Cmdr Rinax -> ((LOL Anastasia, maybe we could get you more from those capsules that you drop into water and grow?)) Hunter Matheson -> Maj Johnson> First watch, Gunny. Carry on. Hunter Matheson -> ::moves to his watch station, logging in::: Dyan Sylvanis -> Quiet now that we're back on station. They have a skeleton crew running for repairs. Cassie Granger -> ::slow nod, sipping her juice:: How bad is she? She took quite a beating from Erie. Cassie Granger -> And while we're at it, how did Shadow Squadron do? Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Nods.:: It's actually quite embarrassing. One of the top of the line ships in Starfleet getting our butts handed to us by a freighter... Dyan Sylvanis -> Shadow is fine. We all made it back. Cassie Granger -> ::lets out a sigh of relief::: Dyan Sylvanis -> Couple messed up birds, but otherwise we're good. Cassie Granger -> ::nod:: If it's any consolation, Lieutenant, what we came up against wasn't supposed to be there. Cptn Ja'Lale -> ::goes over the list of upgrades:: Seems we'll be getting quite a bit of upgrades here; shields, engines and some new counter-cloak technology. Cassie Granger -> ::her slate pings, and she looks over, then silences it::: Cptn Ja'Lale -> It seems our progress with cloaking technology has been going well, and some of it will be implemented on other ships. Cassie Granger -> ::with a quick press, she forwards her new orders to Cptn Ja'Lale::: Cmdr Rinax -> ::slight smile:: That sounds great Captain, we'll have fun with that! Cassie Granger -> So the birds are good, you're good, and the ship is under repair. ::sets down her juice container::: Dyan Sylvanis -> Yeah well, it's even worse when a Klingon ship show up and with one shot finishes them off, when it took everything we had just to scratch it. Cptn Ja'Lale -> ::Reads the notes from Cas:: Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Nods.:: Yeah. I heard there's some upgrades being installed. Not sure how long they think it will be. Cassie Granger -> ::wan smile:: Klingon technology is eons beyond ours. Don't let it bother you, just be glad we're on the same side. Hunter Matheson -> ::checking his side arm, verifying its status and the position of the others, he begins his rounds::: Cassie Granger -> Let's hope they are substantial. Cptn Ja'Lale -> Hmm, Cmdr Rinax -> Captain? Cassie Granger -> :::there is a distant look in her eyes, part sadness and part anticipation::: Cptn Ja'Lale -> Oh, yes. New orders for Cass. ::hands the PADD over to Rinax:: Dyan Sylvanis -> You seem a little distracted. Did I interupt something? Cassie Granger -> No, Lieutenant. Just thinking. About a lot of things. Getting messed up inside does that to you sometimes. ::pushing herself to a stand::: Cassie Granger -> ::stares at her gear, deciding not to stow it::: Cmdr Rinax -> ::takes the orders and reads stoicly:: Hunter Matheson -> ::first stop, the armory, making sure everything is in order::: Cmdr Rinax -> ::returns the PADD to Ja'Lale:: Wow... now that never crossed my mind. Cptn Ja'Lale -> Makes two of us. Cassie Granger -> ::turns to Dyan:: Hungry? They have a great burger place on the next level. Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Nods.:: I see. ::Stands.:: Well I there was talk of some of us getting together later for food. You're more than welcome to join us. I'm sure everyone would be glad to see you are alright. Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Smiles.:: I could eat. Cassie Granger -> ::laughs:: Seems like we're on the same wavelength. Cmdr Rinax -> Has she been informed? Cassie Granger -> I'd appreciate that. Dyan Sylvanis -> :;Grins.:: Cassie Granger -> Let's get outta here. Cassie Granger -> ::presses the release button on the door::: Cassie Granger -> ::Dyan:: Ever break a rib, mess up your insides, Lieutenant? Cptn Ja'Lale -> I assume she was. Cassie Granger -> ::walking straighter than a Marine should::: Cmdr Rinax -> It'll be quite a bite to the crew. Hunter Matheson -> (Hey, Cap. Marines are the best at that.) Dyan Sylvanis -> Can't say that I have. And I hope to avoid it all together. Cassie Granger -> (Semper fi, Kal.) Anastasia Poldara -> ::finishes her requisition order:: Cassie Granger -> I was just going to suggest you don't ever even try. Anastasia Poldara -> ::sends it in and gets up:: Cassie Granger -> And never, ever pick a fight with a chair. Dyan Sylvanis -> Roger that. ::Smirks.:: Cassie Granger -> ::enters the lift:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> Yes. It came across that she was well-liked by her peers. Cmdr Rinax -> ::nods:: How will you structure the department with the change? Hunter Matheson -> ::and on down the line, checking gear lockers::: Cptn Ja'Lale -> Hmm. I'll have to think about that. The news sort of caught me off-guard. Anastasia Poldara -> ::notices Ja'Lale and Rinax appear to be in serious conversation, so she doesn't interrupt but instead heads directly for the TL:: Cassie Granger -> ::exits::: Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Follows.:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> I'm not sure as of yet who'd make a good replacement. Cassie Granger -> So, where is everyone meeting? Wahlburgers? Cmdr Rinax -> ::nods:: I see Captain. Lots of very qualified folks on Challenger, Sir. Cptn Ja'Lale -> Yes. Very. Will be a tough choice for sure Hunter Matheson -> ::into the gym::: Hunter Matheson -> ::wondering if Dyan is with her fighter, thinking how he loves spacecraft, especially fighters and special warfare aircraft::: Hunter Matheson -> ::yeah, spacecraft, he really, really loves flying and misses it a bunch:: Dyan Sylvanis -> Yeah that's the place. Cassie Granger -> Just down the walkway a bit. ::points:: Cassie Granger -> ::can already smell it::: Cassie Granger -> It's been a while since I've had one of theirs. Anastasia Poldara -> ::stops by her quarters:: Cmdr Rinax -> I hear they have great massage people at this starbase, well trained. Ever had a full body massage, Capt? Cptn Ja'Lale -> ACTION: Repair crews have begun their work on the Challenger. Cassie Granger -> ::enters, waving down the manager:: Cassie Granger -> ::Dyan:: How many are we? Dvokr chim Hok -> (Turning in, great log Cass, see you all next week) Cptn Ja'Lale -> I have not, no given my tough outer shell and thick skin. Cptn Ja'Lale -> (Night!) Cassie Granger -> (Thanks, Hok.) Cmdr Rinax -> (Night Hok) Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Shrugs:: Not sure. ::Hopes Kal didn't forget.:: Hunter Matheson -> ::Kicking himself because he has watch duty:: Cmdr Rinax -> I''m wondering if they could get to some pressure points... up here. ::points to her head:: The doc is good... but there's still something wrong... maybe missing! ::chuckles:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> Is that your plans for your shoreleave? Cassie Granger -> ::Manager:: We'll need your biggest table. Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Nods.:; That will work. Cptn Ja'Lale -> Hmm. Perhaps. Cassie Granger -> And tell Jason his favorite Marines are in port. Cmdr Rinax -> Well, nothing else planned except monitoring technical crews. Cassie Granger -> Manager> ::blinks, nods and gets them a table::: Cmdr Rinax -> Do you have plans sir? Cassie Granger -> ::settles in, ordering a Coke because beer is off the menu until she's better:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> I see. Same here. I also plan to send over our findings to Starfleet. The Klingons really did save our bacon. Maybe there's hope for peaceful relations between us, yet. Cassie Granger -> ::Dyan:: Don't worry about the bill. It pays to have friends that owe you. Hunter Matheson -> ::turns at a shout:: Hunter Matheson -> ::sprints through the gym toward the main entrance to MARDET::: Cmdr Rinax -> True, they sure did. Glad it didn't get cooked. ::snickers:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> ::chuckle:: Yes, indeed. Hunter Matheson -> ::slows as he approaches a group of.. engineers?::: Dyan Sylvanis -> Indeed it does. :;Also orders a Coke, since her and alcohol don't work well together.:: Cassie Granger -> Jason> ::approaches the table:: Hey, Cass! My favorite Marine. What the hell you doin' here? Cassie Granger -> ::grin:: Good to see you, too, Jason. This is Lt Sylvanis, ::pause:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> PAUSE SIM Cptn Ja'Lale -> PAUSE SIM Cptn Ja'Lale -> PAUSE SIM Cptn Ja'Lale -> Great job everyone. Hope you all had a nice new years. Cmdr Rinax -> Yes, Happy New Years! Cassie Granger -> That I did. Hunter Matheson -> ::not sayin::grin:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> That will also pretty much wrap up our plot. Does anyone need a specific TBS for sideplots, or logs? Cassie Granger -> Might be nice. Cptn Ja'Lale -> Few hours sound good to everyone? Dyan Sylvanis -> sure Hunter Matheson -> Yeah. I'll be off watch by then. Hunter Matheson -> Meet you in the burger joint, ma'am? ::dyan:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> OK - let's say 4 hours. Cptn Ja'Lale -> Any questions before we dismiss? Cmdr Rinax -> OOps... anyone have questions? Cassie Granger -> None here. Cmdr Rinax -> ::opens door for him:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> Sorry about that. Cptn Ja'Lale -> Anyway... yeah, sim dismissed! Have a great week everyone.. and also so long to Cass based on her log, which was great by the way. Cassie Granger -> Thank you, Captain. Cmdr Rinax -> See you all next week! Cassie Granger -> I think I have to come back next week to finish my burger, though. Cassie Granger -> If that's okay. Cptn Ja'Lale -> That's fine by me. :D Dyan Sylvanis -> night night Hunter Matheson -> Gonna miss you, Cap. Cptn Ja'Lale -> OK then... goodnight everyone and we'll see you all next week.
  11. Cptn Ja'Lale -> Last week, the Challenger was under attack from the heavily armed freighter Fort Erie. Under heavy damage and almost out of torpedoes, sensors indicated another vessel decloaking nearby. With shields at about 50%, what will the new ship add to the fight? TBS was zero. Cptn Ja'Lale -> Any questions? Cptn Ja'Lale -> BEGIN SIM Cptn Ja'Lale -> BEGIN SIM Cptn Ja'Lale -> BEGIN SIM Artemis -> ::Might be banging his head on his console with just how out-gunned we are right now:: Hunter Matheson -> ::at helm trying to stay alive, he brings the ship about so max shields are to the new vessel::: Dyan Sylvanis -> ::In Shadow 1, narrowly escaping getting rocked by 40 of Challenger's torpedoes (the ones that missed.) Her adrenaline is going crazy.:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> ACTION: The vessel, a Klingon bird of prey decloaks off Challenger's bow. Dvokr chim Hok -> :: Sees the new signal entering the fray :: Cassie Granger -> +Shadow 1+ Scatter. Cassie Granger -> +Shadow+ Do not engage. Repeat. Do not engage. Scatter. Cptn Ja'Lale -> ACTION: Crippled, but still moving, the Fort Erie appears to ignore the bird of prey and turns towards the Challenger for another charge. Artemis -> ::Ja'Lale:: Captain, ship decloaking off our starboard side, identifies as Klingon Bird of Prey Dvokr chim Hok -> Hail them Captain? Cptn Ja'Lale -> Yes, please. Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Veers of from the freighter, to regroup and collect herself.:: Artemis -> ::Focuses repeated fire at the Fort Erie, searching for a tear in their shields:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> @ Klingon BOP> ::Powers up its weapons array and moves towards both vessels:: Dvokr chim Hok -> +KPoP+ Klingon vessel, this is the USS Challenger under attack. Are you able to render assistance? Hunter Matheson -> ::Artemis:: I have maximum shields at Erie's weapons. Artemis -> (Introducing the newest band in the alpha quadrant KPoP ;) ) Cptn Ja'Lale -> (It's spreading! ) Dyan Sylvanis -> (Oh gods) Cassie Granger -> (Reminds me of some kind of snack but don't remember what.) Dyan Sylvanis -> +FOPS+ New contact. How are they marked? Cptn Ja'Lale -> ACTION: As the Fort Erie charges her weapons, the BOP launches a volley of weapons fire at the freighter. Artemis -> ::to Hunter:: Aye, keep us moving in the widest circle you can around the Erie Artemis -> ::to Ja'Lale:: Bird of Prey has opened fire on the Frieghter, Captain! Cassie Granger -> +Shadow 1+ Klingon BoP. Regroup and stand by. Dvokr chim Hok -> (Ah, I see what I did there_ Anastasia Poldara -> ((For those who haven't seen it, there _is_ a Klingon parody of Gangnam Style.)) Artemis -> ((Oh gods...) Anastasia Poldara -> Well ... I never thought I'd be glad to see the Klingons. Cptn Ja'Lale -> ACTION: The volley of torpedoes and disruptor fire strike the Fort Erie's weakened shields, causing the freighter to instantaneously explode. Cassie Granger -> (I'm with you on that, Art) Hunter Matheson -> What the hell? Cptn Ja'Lale -> That makes two of us. Artemis -> Seriously..... That's it? Hunter Matheson -> ::reconfigures:: I'm just going to stay out of their way, if that's okay with you, Captain? Artemis -> ::Continues to mutter to himself:: All that time, and the klingons just waltz in, fire a couple shots and BLAMO!?! Dvokr chim Hok -> :: Awaiting for the blast to pass so communications can open up again. Cptn Ja'Lale -> Well, we did hit them quite hard ourselves. Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Turns the ship away quickly.:: *Very colorful expletives* ::Still had comm on.:: Cassie Granger -> +Shadow 1+ Go with the flow and stay clear. RTB when you are able. Cptn Ja'Lale -> ACTION: The Klingons hail the Challenger. Cassie Granger -> ::patches into the hailing frequency to listen:: Dyan Sylvanis -> +FOPS+ Copy that. We're heading back. Cassie Granger -> +COM+ Bay Chief, prepare for incoming. Artemis -> ::Continues muttering about taking on a Klingon in an honor duel....:: Dvokr chim Hok -> The Klingons are hailing Cptn Ja'Lale -> On screen. Dvokr chim Hok -> :: Opens the channel :: Hunter Matheson -> ::closes his mouth, realizing that it's been open all this time:: Cassie Granger -> +Shadow 1+ Clear to land. Cptn Ja'Lale -> @Klingon> +Challenger+ We have received a distress call from your vessel and came to render assistance. Artemis -> ::Directs repair crews to decks 12-14, but keeps his weapons on standby:: Hunter Matheson -> ::so he's not sure he should believe them or not::: Cptn Ja'Lale -> We certainly thank you for your assistance. I highly doubt we would've taken much more weapons fire. Cassie Granger -> ::shallow breathing, sinks into a chair:: Cassie Granger -> Chief, take over. Cptn Ja'Lale -> @Klingon> Hmm. You did fight honourably against a very tough opponent. I must commend you and your crew. It is your actions that weakened their shields enough for us to deal the final blow. Artemis -> ::Stops muttering, realizing he's been talking to himself while the Captain has been talking with the Klingons:: Cassie Granger -> Chief> Aye, Captain. ::gives her the look::: Cassie Granger -> I'm good. Just a bruise. Dyan Sylvanis -> +FOPS+ Understood. I will be last to enter. The deck will need to be clear when I arrive. My adrenaline went through the roof. I may have exceeded the flightsuit's specs. Cassie Granger -> Chief> The hell you are, ma'am. Cptn Ja'Lale -> Well, we're glad you came when you did all the same. Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Shadow Squad begins landing.:: Cassie Granger -> FOPS> +Shadow+ Copy, Shadow one. We got you covered, set for hot entry. Dvokr chim Hok -> :: Able to breathe :: Cassie Granger -> FOPS> +BAY+ Clear the area, prepare for hot. Fire suppression up. Foam on the deck. Cassie Granger -> FOPS> ::receives a copy:: Dvokr chim Hok -> :: Sees the fighters coming in :: Hunter Matheson -> ::standing by:: Cassie Granger -> ::holds her own, trying not to move or breathe::: Cptn Ja'Lale -> Klingon> Indeed. Our government is well aware of the ship and crew you were fighting. I'm authorized to tell you they attacked one of our storage facilities and stole some of our technology. Which they used to try to frame us in a feeble attempt to dishonour us. Cassie Granger -> FOPS> ::monitoring the bay as Shadow squad clears to prepare for foam and EMT::: Cassie Granger -> FOPS> ::rig a net:: Cassie Granger -> FOPS> +Shadow 1+ Report status. Cassie Granger -> FOPS> +Bridge+ Prepare for hot entry, possible crash. Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Once everything was clear she comes in for a soft landing. Chuckles, popping the canopy.:: Artemis -> Tries desperately not to snort in derision, and instead ends up with a hacking cough over the Klingons remarks, wondering just how badly they guard their storage facilities....:: Cassie Granger -> FOPS> ::sighs:: +Shadow 1+ Welcome home, Shadow 1. Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Quickly climbs down from the fighter.:: Cassie Granger -> FOPS> ::and the bay stands down:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> Yes, just what kind of things did they take? That was some pretty advanced weapons for a freighter. Hunter Matheson -> (afk) Dyan Sylvanis -> +FOPS+ Thanks, for the record I was referring to myself and not the ship. Make sure everyone is clear of me. Cassie Granger -> FOPS> +Shadow 1+ Copy. Cassie Granger -> FOPS> ::sends the word::: Hunter Matheson -> (bak) Dyan Sylvanis -> +FOPS+ Tell the Captain I'll be in the shower. This may be longer than usual. :;Starts heading there.:: Cassie Granger -> FOPS> +Syl+ Will do, Lieutenant. Cptn Ja'Lale -> Klingon> I cannot divulge that at this time. Cassie Granger -> FOPS> ::turns to Granger::: Captain, Lieutenant Sylvanis.... ::stops:: Dvokr chim Hok -> :: Watches the Klingon :: Cassie Granger -> ::pale, shallow breathing::: Cassie Granger -> +COM+ Medical emergency, Flight Operations. Cptn Ja'Lale -> ::Of course:: Well, I'm glad their attempts to frame you were quickly disproved. Just so you know, we never thought your people were behind the attack. Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Disposes of her flight suit and enters the shower room, turning the water on full blast.:: Dvokr chim Hok -> :: Makes sure the call is routed to medical :: Cassie Granger -> ::and it is, and it is taken care of:: Hunter Matheson -> ::still staring at the Klingon BoP, still not trusting it::: Dvokr chim Hok -> +Granger+ Is everything alright? Cassie Granger -> ::out cold::: Cptn Ja'Lale -> Klingon> Yes. A true Klingon would never stoop to such cowardice. If you do not need any further assistance, we shall be on our way. Q'apla. ::Cuts comm:: Hunter Matheson -> ::Holding position:: Artemis -> Anyone else smell a cover-up? Hunter Matheson -> ::handraise:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> Yes? :;to Hunter:: Hunter Matheson -> ::swivels to face the captain:: Can we start a pool for this? Hunter Matheson -> I'm with Artemis on this one. Hunter Matheson -> (Ensign Artemis?) Cptn Ja'Lale -> A pool for what? Cptn Ja'Lale -> (Yes) Dvokr chim Hok -> +Granger+ Captain Granger. Cptn Ja'Lale -> ACTION: The BOP turns back to Klingon space and decloaks. Hunter Matheson -> Well... ::shrug:: to see if they're telling.. the... ::notes they are gone:: Sorry, sir. Guess they mean it. Dvokr chim Hok -> +Granger+ Granger! :: more loudly :: Dyan Sylvanis -> ::After a shower, she dons a pair of shorts and shirt, making her way to FOPS, completely unaware.:: Hunter Matheson -> Just that it's kind of hard for me to believe a Klingon. Cassie Granger -> ::has been taken to sick bay:: Dvokr chim Hok -> :: Rubs his head :: Cptn Ja'Lale -> You wouldn't be alone in your thoughts, lieutenant. And I'm certain the Klingons are covering something up as well. The Klingons didn't want us to know what the terrorists stole from them. Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Once in FOPS, gets the scoop from the Chief. She promptly heads for sickbay, sending a message to Kal in the process.:: Cap is in sickbay. Heading there now. Hunter Matheson -> ::checks his messages, frowns::: Artemis -> Captain, if we can pick up some pieces of the wreckage, I might be able to pin down the make-up of these weapons Hunter Matheson -> ::then he's back into the convo::: Cptn Ja'Lale -> ::Nods:: Can't hurt to check. Use the tractor beam to collect the pieces in the cargo bay. Hunter Matheson -> ::text back:: "Keep me updated." Hunter Matheson -> ::then back on task:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> ::turns to Hunter:: Once Artemis collects everything, set a course to SB 179 at your best speed. Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Arrives in sickbay, looking around.:: Dvokr chim Hok -> :: Is worried :: Hunter Matheson -> Aye, aye, Captain. Plotting course now. Starbase 179, ready to engage on your mark. Artemis -> Powers down the weapons arrays, and begins to tractor in weapon parts:: Cassie Granger -> EMS> Can I help you, LIeutenant? Dyan Sylvanis -> Yes, I was told Captain Granger was taken here. Cassie Granger -> EMS> Yes, ma'am, she was. She's in surgery. Dyan Sylvanis -> Can I get an update? Cassie Granger -> EMS> Don't have a report yet, but our medical staff is first rate. Cptn Ja'Lale -> Take us out of red alert and stand down our distress call. Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Sighs:: Cassie Granger -> EMS> Appears to be broken ribs, probable internal bleeding. Doc's taking a good look right now. Artemis -> ::Runs a final scan of the wreckage to make sure he has as much as he can get:: All set over here Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Nods.:: Alright. Has the bridge been informed? Hunter Matheson -> ::waiting to engage:: Hunter Matheson -> ::looks to Ja'Lale::: Cptn Ja'Lale -> You have everything? Engage course to SB 179. ::to Hunter:: Cassie Granger -> EMS> No, ma'am. Doc will have to do that. Hunter Matheson -> Engaging at warp 5, Aye. Hunter Matheson -> ::hoping the engines hold::: Artemis -> Captain, with your permission, I'd like to head to the Cargo bay to get started analyzing those weapons Cptn Ja'Lale -> Go ahead. Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Nods as she turns away, texting Kal again.:: She's in surgery. Broken ribs, and they think internal bleeding. Cptn Ja'Lale -> ::sits back down in his seat and sighs:: Hunter Matheson -> ::blink:: Artemis -> ::Nods to the tactical relief ensign to take his place and heads for TL1:: Hunter Matheson -> ::hard swallow:: "Thanks. Should I tell the captain?" Dyan Sylvanis -> No, I'll head up there now. Hunter Matheson -> ::sends back a roger:: Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Thanks the EMS, and exits sickbay. She takes the next lift up to the bridge. Feels so underdressed once she arrives, but finds the Captain in his chair.:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> ACTION: Time passes and the Challenger arrives at SB 179 Dyan Sylvanis -> ((Well ok then. lol )) Hunter Matheson -> Arriving at Starbase 179, Captain. Cptn Ja'Lale -> (lol, sorry..) Hunter Matheson -> (When we're good, we're good!) Hunter Matheson -> ::Hok:: Request docking berth. Dvokr chim Hok -> :: Gets tons of communications in the span of mere seconds :: Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Has had that apparent talk with the Captain, and is now elsewhere.:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> ::Sees Dyan:: Hello, can I help you? ::Nods at ok:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> (oops..) Artemis -> ::Has everything laid out in Cargo Bay 2, running advanced scanning equipment over the parts:: Dyan Sylvanis -> ((lol)) Dvokr chim Hok -> Aye. +SB 179+ This is USS Challenger requesting a docking berth. Cptn Ja'Lale -> ACTION: Challenger is granted a berth. Cptn Ja'Lale -> Hm. Anastasia Poldara -> ::hoping their next assignment is a boring survey mission for ... gaseous anomalies or something:: Cassie Granger -> ::out of surgery, then, and on the mend::: Hunter Matheson -> ::gaseous anomalies rock::: Hunter Matheson -> Prepare for solid dock... Dvokr chim Hok -> We are berthing Captain, or allowed to. Dyan Sylvanis -> ((I'm not going near any gassy rocks.)) Hunter Matheson -> Contact in three... two.. one.. ::a light thunk is felt, no paint chips::: Hunter Matheson -> Hard seal. Hunter Matheson -> Seal is secure. Cptn Ja'Lale -> Good docking. Mr. Hok, tell the crew they're free to take leave on the stations when their shift duties allow. We'll be here awhile while we undergo repairs, and refit. Hunter Matheson -> ::engages tether and shifts to starbase feeds::: Dvokr chim Hok -> +All Crew+ Leave for all crew has been granted upon duties allowances. Cptn Ja'Lale -> PAUSE SIM Cptn Ja'Lale -> PAUSE SIM Cptn Ja'Lale -> PAUSE SIM Artemis -> ::Sends a message to SB 179 requisitions for a Neatron Phase Scanner to be transported to Cargo Bay 2:: Hunter Matheson -> ::pause:: Dyan Sylvanis -> ::paused:: Artemis -> ::pause:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> Nicely done, everyone. :) So, that little twist will for the most part bring an end to this plot. We'll likely do some wrapping up and time on the station. TBS will be a few days, by then repairs will have started... Cptn Ja'Lale -> Due to the holiday weekend, I was thinking of taking a break next week and resuming the week after. Cassie Granger -> Works for me. Artemis -> Same Dyan Sylvanis -> k Hunter Matheson -> Same Cptn Ja'Lale -> All righty then. Our next sim will be on the 4th of January. On behalf of Commander Rinax and I, I'd like to wish you all a happy holiday season and a happy new year!
  12. Twenty-two years! WTG, Arcadia!! Let's have 22 more!!
  13. Cptn Ja'Lale -> Last week, the Challenger met up with the freighter in the nebula. Unable to explain why the Fort Erie was so heavily armed and shielded, the freighter began to attack the Challenger, dealing severe damage. We are out of the nebula with the Fort Erie in pursuit. Cptn Ja'Lale -> There was no TBS last week. Any questions? Artemis -> Keep yourselves safe, no docs this week..... Cptn Ja'Lale -> Indeed. No engineers either, lol. Cassie Granger -> Does it help if I'm certified CCC? Dyan Sylvanis -> Just put a band-aid on it. Cptn Ja'Lale -> Not sure when Randall is coming back, but he did say he had internet problems last I talked with him. Cptn Ja'Lale -> Every little bit helps. Cptn Ja'Lale -> BEGIN SIM Cptn Ja'Lale -> BEGIN SIM Cptn Ja'Lale -> BEGIN SIM Dvokr chim Hok -> :: on the comms now :: Hunter Matheson -> ::awesome maneuvering getting Artemis the best possible angles:: Artemis -> ::Returns fire on the freighter, targeting primary power sources with concentrated phaser bursts followed up with a pair of torpedoes:: Cassie Granger -> +Dyan+ What's your ETA out of that thing? Cptn Ja'Lale -> ACTION: Challenger's shields were down to about 70%, the Fort Erie has so far suffered relatively moderate damage. Anastasia Poldara -> This freighter is definitely not standard issue. Cptn Ja'Lale -> No. Can you get an ID of what the Fort Erie's hull is comprised of? Hunter Matheson -> ::and another shift, putting Challenger's heaviest shields toward the frieghter:: Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Going through the rise cycle in the chamber. Sounds like she is underwater when talking.:: +Cass+ Waiting for the green light. Dyan Sylvanis -> *rinse Cassie Granger -> +Dyan+ Copy. Sprint out as soon as its green. Cassie Granger -> ::hits the magic button:: +Shadow Squad+ Scramble. Scramble. Scramble. Artemis -> ::Ja'Lale:: Captain, shields holding at 70% for now. ::Remodulates the shields to support Hunter's maneuvers:: Cassie Granger -> +Bridge+ Shadow squad on scramble, ready to engage on orders. Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Fighters begin to scramble, all but the lone Shadow 1. Misty is waiting impatiently in the nav seat.:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> ::Nods:: Anastasia Poldara -> Captain, the freighter's hull is a duranium-tritanium composite even more advanced than Challenger’s. No one aside from another capital power's military should have such a thing. Cptn Ja'Lale -> ::looks to Hok:: Any ships in range for assistance? Cassie Granger -> +Shadow Squad+ Hold position for ROE, confirmation. Artemis -> ::Hunter:: Bring us around behind them. If I can drill a large enough hole in their shields, a torpedo or two could be enough to start a change reaction if I can hit their impulse engines just right Cptn Ja'Lale -> Huh. I doubt that option wasn't available wherever this thing was first built. Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Green light comes on in the chamber, and door pops open. She quickly runs out, streaking down the flight deck till a crewman with her flight suit stops her.:: Hunter Matheson -> ::Artemis:: Coming around freighter aft. I'm bringing her up from below, stand by for attack vector. Hold on. Dyan Sylvanis -> Wolfman> ::In Shadow 2:: +FOPS+ Understood. Cptn Ja'Lale -> ::Artemis:: See if you can find any weak points in the Fort Erie's armour. Artemis -> ::Pulls power from the rear phase cannons to overcharge the forward attack, preloads four torpedoes and waits for Hunter's signal:: Hunter Matheson -> ::sharp dive that strains the IDS:: Coming around... attack vector on your console. Ready in five..four.. three ....two Cptn Ja'Lale -> ::looks to Hok:: ANy ships in range for assistance? Cmdr Rinax -> ::down in sickbay - still being diagnosed for another headache at the moment:: Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Starts changing in the middle of the deck as quick as she can. Grabs helmet from another crewman once she is done and makes a beeline for Shadow 1.:: Hunter Matheson -> Execute. Execute. Execute. ::shoops straight up to the fighter's aft:: Artemis -> ::Unleashes everything he's got into a 2 meter area on the rear shields, followed quickly by the four torpedos in rapid succession:: Dvokr chim Hok -> No Captain. None for four light years. Hunter Matheson -> ::veers off to escape debris:: Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Hops into the already prepped fighter and closes canopy.:: +FOPS+ Shadow 1 ready for launch. Dvokr chim Hok -> Shall I send out a distress? Cptn Ja'Lale -> ACTION: The arc of torpedoes does strike the Fort Erie's shields, part of the point of impact bears scorch marks, and drops their shields another 15% Cassie Granger -> +Dyan+ Hold for verification. Cptn Ja'Lale -> Yes, please. ::to Hok:: Cmdr Rinax -> ::looks for the doctor, who went to compare notes with last time's scan... slips out of sickbay, since no one is paying particular attention to her at the moment:: Cassie Granger -> +Dyan+ Weapons hot on exit. Be advised the freighter appears more advanced than it looks. Cassie Granger -> +Ja'Lale+ Shadow Squadron ready on your command. Cptn Ja'Lale -> ACTION: The Fort Erie comes about and fires a volley of disruptor shots at the Challenger; shields drop to 64%. Dyan Sylvanis -> +FOPS+ Roger. ::Blasts out of the bay.:: Artemis -> Confirmed hit on the Erie, but no chain reaction to overload impulse. ::to Hunter:: Bring us down underneath them, this will give the fighters an exit vector as well as allow us to test their underbelly Cptn Ja'Lale -> Launch when safe to do so. Cmdr Rinax -> ::into the TL:: Hunter Matheson -> ::Artemis:: Roger. Coming ventral freighter hull. Cmdr Rinax -> Bridge! Cptn Ja'Lale -> +Cass+ Launch when safe to do so.. Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Takes point When she catches up with the rest of Shadow.:: Artemis -> ::Shifts power back to the full compliment of phase cannons, and launches a rapid fire attack:: Cassie Granger -> +Ja'Lale+ Aye, Captain. Fighters out of the bay. Cassie Granger -> +Dylan+ Execute. Keep them tight. Watch for debris. Cmdr Rinax -> ::exits to the bridge:: Dyan Sylvanis -> +FOPS+ Undertood. Shoot to kill or are we to disable? Cptn Ja'Lale -> Welcome back. ::glances at the door:: Thought you'd miss all the action. Hunter Matheson -> ::Artemis:: Coming up on its underbelly. Hang on. Dvokr chim Hok -> :: calls :: to any vessel in the area, this is the USS Challenger in need of assistance. We are under attack by a known vessel with unknown intentions.. Artemis -> ::to Ja'Lale:: All my scans are telling me the weakest point in their armor is around the engine compartment, but that's an all or nothing game. If we hit that engine even remotely in the wrong place, disabling them will turn into trying to outrun the explosion Cassie Granger -> +Dyan+ Disable if possible, but stay alive. Artemis -> ::Charges another phase cannon volley:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> ::nods:: Try to aim for that part of the ship. It's a risk we'll have to take. Artemis -> ::to Hunter:: Waiting your signal Cmdr Rinax -> ::listening to the chatter before she walks to her chair, hearing Artemis's update, Hok's call and other chatter on the COM:: Dyan Sylvanis -> +FOPS+ Always. :;Brings the squad in and engages the freighter, phaser cannons lighting up.:: Hunter Matheson -> ::Artemis;: Okay.. watch for Shadow. Changing vector... Cptn Ja'Lale -> ACTION: Nearest ship to Challenger's location is a few hours away. Hunter Matheson -> Ready in four... three..two.. Hunter Matheson -> Execute. Artemis -> ::Fires the next volley at the rear of the freighter from below, working to hit the engine compartment:: Hunter Matheson -> ::veers off, dodging the fighters:: Cmdr Rinax -> ::steps to her chair, and slips quietly, watching and listening to the action:: Dyan Sylvanis -> :;Shadow engages the freighter in wings of two, striking hit and run volleys in concert with Challenger. Torpedoes are used only when a clear shot is present.:: Cassie Granger -> +Bridge+ Opening a direct line to monitor your movements and orders. How copy? Cptn Ja'Lale -> ACTION: Freighter makes some evasive movements but gets hit by some of Challenger's volley, but still is able to move. Does take some damage. Cptn Ja'Lale -> +Cass+ We acknowledge. Go ahead. Artemis -> ::Hunter:: Bring us behind them one more time Cassie Granger -> +Ja'Lale+ Opening a line to FOPS now. Dvokr chim Hok -> Captain, our message is received, but help is hours away. Hunter Matheson -> Coming up behind... Cptn Ja'Lale -> Grand. Hunter Matheson -> Stand by... ::swoops down and around::: Cmdr Rinax -> ::frowns, hearing Hok's message, but turns off her frown rather quickly:: Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Is the last to fire a torpedo, nailing the impulse manifold.:: +FOPS+ Torpedoes spent. We're on guns only. Artemis -> +FOPS+ Cass, tell your squad they need to hit this area of the freighter's shields on Hunter's signal ::Sends coordinates for the freighter's engine compartment:: Hunter Matheson -> ::flips impressive Immelman in space:: Fire away. Cassie Granger -> +Artemis+ Copy. ::shunts them to Shadow:: Artemis -> ::Pulls power just like the previous volley, overcharging the forward phaser cannons, and lets loose with a half dozen torpedos:: Dyan Sylvanis -> :;Engages the section.:: Cassie Granger -> +Dyan+ Target these coordinates on your command fire. Try to take out their power. Cmdr Rinax -> ::having never seen the captain in this arena, listens and watches him in action:: Dyan Sylvanis -> +FOPS+ Copy that. Hunter Matheson -> ::Artemis:: Need another pass? Artemis -> ::Hunter:: Stand-by Hunter Matheson -> Debris is getting hard to maneuver through. Fighters are close as well. Cptn Ja'Lale -> ACTION: The Fort Erie's engine compartment takes a significant hit from Challenger, begins to vent plasma. THe Fort Erie's crew quickly change shield patterns to better cover the damaged area. Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Stays under the guns as she makes precision strikes.:: Cassie Granger -> +Dyan+ She's venting plasma. Stay clear. Artemis -> ::Hunter:: Avoid the plasma! They're venting pretty good, but we'll ignite that with our own nacelles if we get too close Hunter Matheson -> Holy... sh... Dyan Sylvanis -> +FOPS+ I see it. ::Veers away from the aft section.:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> ACTION: The Fort Erie has lost a lot of maneuverability, but is still pretty formidable. Hunter Matheson -> ::sharp dive::: Artemis -> +FOPS+ As soon as Challenger is clear, have your pilots ignite the plasma Hunter Matheson -> Might have a new IDS after this.. Cassie Granger -> +Artemis+ Copy. Cassie Granger -> +Dyan+ Stand by to ignite plasma as soon as Challenger is clear. Cassie Granger -> +Dyan+ Command fire is on you. Hunter Matheson -> ::pulls up, flips over, moves off:: We're clear. Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Calls out to the squad.:: +Shadow+ Everyone pull back. Dyan Sylvanis -> ::The rest of Shadow peels off as she fires on the plasma.:: Hunter Matheson -> ::Artemis:: Shield status? Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Breaks off last second, and doesn't look back.:: Artemis -> ::Hunter:: Looks like they're holding at just over 64% Hunter Matheson -> Heaviest shielding is where? Artemis -> Now, towards the rear. Bring us around in front, and I can attack from there Cassie Granger -> ::following the action on several monitors:: Hunter Matheson -> Around in front of the freighter? Artemis -> Aye Hunter Matheson -> ::deep breath:: Roger that. Coming around... Cptn Ja'Lale -> ACTION: Fort Erie crew manage to stop the plasma vent soon before the fighter's fire at the plasma field, which strikes their heavily shielded hull. Dvokr chim Hok -> :: listening for Antung from the attacking vessel :: Artemis -> ::Shunts shield and weapon power to the rear of the Challenger:: Hunter Matheson -> ::veers around:: Coming up portside freighter's fore section. Cptn Ja'Lale -> action: The Fort Erie attempts to move away from the Challenger, and fires a return volley of disruptor fire. Hunter Matheson -> ::feeling the shake:: Disruptors? Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Starts targeting maneuvering thrusters and fires on those areas. The rest of Shadow follows suit.:: Cassie Granger -> ::redacted:: +Dyan+ Disruptor fire. Disruptor fire. Cptn Ja'Lale -> Yes. She's equipped with what looks like Klingon disruptors. Artemis -> ::Braces against the fire and returns the favor with the Challengers phasers and 2 torpedoes:: Dyan Sylvanis -> Whoa. ::Narrowly avoids a green streak.:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> ACTION: The Fort Erie's disruptors strike two of the closest fighters as she distances herself from the CHallenger. Cassie Granger -> +Bay Chief+ Prepare for fighters coming in hot. Rig for collision. Artemis -> ::to Ja'Lale:: Captain, this isn't working. Whoever built this freighter knew what they were doing, and it looks like we are playing for keeps ::Double checks his armament logs:: We might need a Hail Mary Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Checks.:: +FOPS+ 3 and 5 are both hit. Ate up their shields. They are coming back. Cptn Ja'Lale -> I agree. Hunter Matheson -> Maybe more than a Hail Mary. Dunno what the hell they're using. Cmdr Rinax -> ::searches her console for stolen Klingon technology, and if someone could possibly be trying to frame them, or other reasons to actually blame the Klingons:: Cassie Granger -> +Dyan+ Copy, Shadow 1. Bay is open and ready. Anastasia Poldara -> Why don't we surrender? Cmdr Rinax -> (console's accessing the database, I'm not taking my console apart. LOL)) Cassie Granger -> (heh) Cptn Ja'Lale -> (lol). Artemis -> I have a little more than 120 torpedoes left. With your permission, Captain, ::hesitates:: I want to fire 80 of them as quick as I can at the freighter... Cassie Granger -> ::fighters enter the bay hot, fire suppression engages making one hell of a mess:: Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Shadows 3 and 5 manage to return under their own power, if only barely.:: Hunter Matheson -> ::prepares for vector change::: Cassie Granger -> +Dyan+ Three and five in the bay. Cassie Granger -> +Bridge+ Two fighters in the bay. Fire suppression is containing. Dyan Sylvanis -> +FOPS+ Copy. ::Going through her options in her head.:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> All right. ::to Artemis:: THat might slow 'em down. ::Anastasia:: I won't lie, that thought had entered my mind, but I'd rather not give in just yet. Cassie Granger -> +Dyanj+ Just stay clear of those disruptors, and if anything looks remotely worse, get the hell back here. Cmdr Rinax -> ::Computer finally finishes its search, but not finding anything much, guesses the Klingons wouldn't ask the Feds for help with such... Checks on any Fed knowledge about Romulan activity... gets another long hourglass... and her console says "Searching..." Hunter Matheson -> ::shifting to put the aft shields toward the freighter:: Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Sighs:: +FOPS+ Understood. Cmdr Rinax -> ::wants to glance at Ja'Lale, and say "really?" but... decides to just finish her search:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> ACTION: The camera shakes as the Challenger is hit by another volley of weapons fire, shields still hold at around the 60% mark. Cassie Granger -> +Bay Chief+ Pilot status report. Anastasia Poldara -> ::shrugs:: We disabled their warp engines, right? So they can't leave. Surrendering would... put them off balance. Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Re-engages the freighter, probing with cannon fire as she looks for gaps in shielding.:: Artemis -> ::Communicates a firing solution for the torpedos to Engineering:: Hunter, brings us underneath the freighter, with the forward torpedo launchers pointed perpendicular to the freighter's belly. Let me know when we are in position Cassie Granger -> ::thrown to the side, her ribs taking a solid hit on a chair:: Hunter Matheson -> Coming around beneath the freighter.... changing angle... coming into position... Hunter Matheson -> NOW Cassie Granger -> ::gasping for breath:: Artemis -> ::Torpedoes fire at a rate of 4 per second, taking 20 seconds to fire all 80 torpedoes:: Cassie Granger -> ::waves off assistance:: I'm good. I'm good. Focus on those fighters. Cassie Granger -> ::bracing against the main console, she fights off the pain:: Artemis -> ::Might have his fingers crossed for luck:: Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Glad she is on the dorsal side of the freighter. It would not be good for her otherwise.:: Cmdr Rinax -> Captain, I did a search for both Klingon and Romulan issues with stolen technology, thefts of any ships, weapons or technology, or just Intel that tells us... well anything - and I'm coming up with nothing. Hunter Matheson -> ::veers off as soon as the torpedos are out::: Cmdr Rinax -> Not SF Intel... just, you know, SF Information. Cptn Ja'Lale -> ACTION: About half of our torpedoes hit their mark, causing more damage. The impressive shields on the Fort Erie is weakened but still holds. Hunter Matheson -> Okay, so you can't tell me that vessel is just a freighter. No way. Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Curses as the other half start streaking past her.:: Artemis -> ::BRings his palm down hard on his console in frustration:: Freighter still not disabled, Captain Dvokr chim Hok -> :: bloody, having slammed into a number of console knobs :: Cassie Granger -> ::shallow breath:: +Shadow 1+ SITREP Dyan Sylvanis -> +Challenger/FOPS+ Check your fire! ::Is almost hit again.:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> ACTION: Ja'Lale opens his mouth to say something, when long range sensors beep. Another vessels is quickly on its way... Cassie Granger -> +Bridge+ Hold fire. Fighters in the line of fire. Repeat - hold fire! Cptn Ja'Lale -> ACTION: A large Klingon bird of prey decloaks in front of the CHallenger, and Fort Erie and powers up its weapons... Hunter Matheson -> ::evasive maneuvers::: Hunter Matheson -> What the hell… Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Gets the new sensor blip and curses again.:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> PAUSE SIM Cptn Ja'Lale -> PAUSE SIM Cptn Ja'Lale -> PAUSE SIM Cptn Ja'Lale -> Next week, we'll see if we'll still be in one piece or blown to smithereens. No TBS again. Any questions? Dvokr chim Hok -> We gonna die Dyan Sylvanis -> nope Cptn Ja'Lale -> Maybe. Hunter Matheson -> Yeah. We get a new ship,right? Artemis -> lol Cptn Ja'Lale -> Again, maybe. :) Hunter Matheson -> Gees, we're gonna need it. Cptn Ja'Lale -> If there is nothing else, then sim dismissed! We'll see you all next week.
  14. Cptn Ja'Lale -> OK, let's get started. Cptn Ja'Lale -> The Challenger crew had encountered the freighter, the SS Fort Erie, in a nebula but their story wasn't really adding up. Why are they in the nebula holding station and why do they have such powerful shielding? We may never know... no TBS. Cptn Ja'Lale -> Any questions? Cptn Ja'Lale -> BEGIN SIM Cptn Ja'Lale -> BEGIN SIM Cptn Ja'Lale -> BEGIN SIM Cassie Granger -> ::in FOPS:: Dyan Sylvanis -> ::In the Eagle, holding above the freighter. The advanced sensor suite scanning the cargo holds. Also keeping an eye on her shield readings.:: Hunter Matheson -> ::at the helm, checking up on that pilot in the Eagle:: Derrick Sabin -> ::in the science lab::: Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Data stream still linked to Challenger.:: Artemis -> ::At the TAC station, monitoring the nebula while the scans on then freighter are being completed:: Gretchen Hanson -> ::in SB sorting tongue depressors::: Cptn Ja'Lale -> ::rubs his chin:: Cassie Granger -> +TAC+ How's the resolution on that data feed? Cmdr Rinax -> ((Did you'all grown at the briefing? ::smirks and gives a groan::)) Cptn Ja'Lale -> ACTION: Data feed is good and strong. Cmdr Rinax -> ((Greets Hok, hold for a briefing by IM)) Artemis -> +Granger+ Honestly, as good as it's going to get, and I'm surprised at the lack of intereference. Glad to see something going right Cptn Ja'Lale -> I don't like this. So many questions. Cmdr Rinax -> ::on the bridge, listening to the chatter and waiting:: Yes, agreed captain. I'm on pins and needles here. Cassie Granger -> ::pacing behind the feed through FOPS that is attached to CMTAC:: Dyan Sylvanis -> +FOPS+ Shields still holding strong. Cassie Granger -> +TAC+ ::you can almost hear the smile in her voice:: You can thank SF R&D for that. Cmdr Rinax -> Is there anything coming from Eagle that'll tell us more about that freighter? Cassie Granger -> +Sylvanis+ Copy. How is your radiation count? Dyan Sylvanis -> +FOPS+ Still well in the green. Artemis -> +Granger+ Remind me to send them a thank you note later. ::To Rinax:: So far, the scans I am getting back are just of the cargo hold, nothing real identifying. Might have to reposition the Eagle Cptn Ja'Lale -> ::Cass:: Can the Eagle get anymore scans from the Freighter> Cptn Ja'Lale -> ? Cmdr Rinax -> ::holding her temple again, rubbing it with the tip of her finger:: Anastasia Poldara -> ::keeping an eye on sensors while waiting for the situation to develop further:: Cassie Granger -> +Sylvanis+ ::is in FOPS, not on the bridge:: keep a close watch. Cassie Granger -> (Eagle is scanning at max) Hunter Matheson -> ::minor adjustment to their position:: Cmdr Rinax -> I'll ask, Captain. +Granger+ Rinax here. The captain wants to try and get more scans from the freighter, anything able to be increased? Cassie Granger -> +Rinax+ Eagle is scanning at maximum output, ma'am. Cmdr Rinax -> +Granger+ I see. Who is reading and deciphering the data currently coming across? Cassie Granger -> +Rinax+ Tactical and science, Commander. Dyan Sylvanis -> +FOPS+ Roger. I'm done with the holds. Going to scan the freighter systems itself. :;Adjusts the array.:: Cmdr Rinax -> +Granger+ Good good, thanks Granger. Cmdr Rinax -> Captain, you heard that? ::points at Tac & Sci:: They've both got the data feeds... we should be first to hear if they find anything. Cptn Ja'Lale -> I did, very good. Cassie Granger -> ::just to be sure, she moves to the tactical feed that's going to the bridge:: Cassie Granger -> ::untangles her fingers::) Artemis -> ::Watches the scan feed coming in as the information changes to systemic data:: Cmdr Rinax -> ::finds herself squinting, due to her headache, turns to the Captain and whispers:: Mind if I check on the rest of the ship? Cptn Ja'Lale -> (w) Of course. Anastasia Poldara -> This is interesting. Cptn Ja'Lale -> Oh? Anastasia Poldara -> If these readigns are correct, that freighter has more the metal in its hold. Cmdr Rinax -> ::closes her console feed, and leaves her chair, taking the long way around to look over a couple shoulders, her way of making sure things aren't going bad, since she's going to probably be tied up in a minute:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> Really? Cmdr Rinax -> ::hears Anastasia, pauses momentarily, but knows the Captain has things under control and heads to the turbolift:: Cmdr Rinax -> ::after the TL doors close, only then does she say:: Sickbay. Hunter Matheson -> ::keeping a close watch on the helm, making sure it doesn't do something really stupid:: Hunter Matheson -> ::kind of half hearing the comment from science:: Cmdr Rinax -> ::Exits to Sickbay's deck and walks there, rubbing her temple one more time in the cooridor:: Hunter Matheson -> (well, you never know. Helms these days just aren't like they used to be.) Anastasia Poldara -> I'm detecting what could be … Klingon weapons? It's hard to tell since they are powered down, but the masses and component make-up matches some old-style Klingon weaponry in our databases. Artemis -> ::Nods to the Ja'Lale:: Aye, I'm getting it here, too. This Freighter just got a lot more interesting Hunter Matheson -> ::and now he's really listening::: Cmdr Rinax -> ::hands down, enters sickbay, looking for her favorite sweet-vending doctor:: Cassie Granger -> ::taps the screen to zoom in on one questionable area:: Gretchen Hanson -> ::hears the door chime announcing a visitor, looks up to see Rinax:: Well, Comander, what drags you down here from the bridge? Cptn Ja'Lale -> Hmm.. Cmdr Rinax -> Oh... a stretch of the legs,, You know,... visit departments and such. ::gets close to Gretchen:: A little visit ::squints:: for me too? Dvokr chim Hok -> :: at the comm, having dozed off after the chatter turned slowly into white ::noise Gretchen Hanson -> ::edges her glasses down her nose a bit, looking at Rinax over the top rim:: A visit? ::eyebrows raised:: Cassie Granger -> ::aside, still looking at the screen:: What's your take on that area, Sergeant? Cmdr Rinax -> ::raises her hand to her head, bending head forward to cover it with her hair, but points delicately at her temple:: another one. Cptn Ja'Lale -> Freighter> ::silent and still keeping station in the nebula:: Cassie Granger -> ::looks over, watching her change the configuration, then zoom in:: Anastasia Poldara -> … uh … the freighter's weapons systems also have Klingon energy signatures. Cptn Ja'Lale -> ::Raises a brow:: What type of weapons? Hunter Matheson -> ::trying not to turn around:: Gretchen Hanson -> ::frowning:: I thought SF medical cleared you? Artemis -> Primitive, at least at first glance. However, what makes me nervouse is this type of Freighter was never designed with offensive capabilities, just basic shielding. These weapons are a modification not in any of the books Artemis -> So, any indication of the type of weapons could be completely off the mark Cmdr Rinax -> I'm cleared! Honest! I just started getting this one again... I don't know, stress waiting on information from our latest mission, perhaps Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Is getting that uneasy feeling now that her scans have gone through.:: Cmdr Rinax -> Well, I shouldn't say again... it only hurts in this region, unlike before. Gretchen Hanson -> ::trying not to "mother' Rinax::: Commander, you're the second in command. Your life IS stress. Artemis -> ::Checks to make sure the forward shields are running a constant frequency sweep:: Cassie Granger -> +Sylvanis+ RTB; game's over for now. Cmdr Rinax -> ::slight smile:: True... so true! Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Notices an indicator start to flash.:: +FOPS+ Roger, my time is about up anyways. Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Makes the turn to head back.:: Gretchen Hanson -> ::snarkily (is that a word?) :: Have you thought about a job in Astrophysics? Cmdr Rinax -> ::chuckles:: Really not for me, Doctor... this is so much less stress than working in Intel! Cassie Granger -> +Sylvanis+ You are cleared to land. Full decontamination protocol for Eagle, same for you. Cptn Ja'Lale -> ::Sighs:: What in the world is an Earth freighter doing with Klingon weapons? I don't suppose it wouldn't be improper to ask? Gretchen Hanson -> Then I would suggest that something else is at play besides stress. Anastasia Poldara -> Isn't that illegal? Cmdr Rinax -> ::smirks:: I hope not... working in Intel was fun. Cptn Ja'Lale -> It most definitely is. Dyan Sylvanis -> +FOPS+ Understood. Cptn Ja'Lale -> ::Hok:: Please hail the freighter. Cmdr Rinax -> How are you doing? I haven't had time to visit for a while. Gretchen Hanson -> Do you find anything fun in being XO? Dvokr chim Hok -> :: opens a channel to the freighter :: Cmdr Rinax -> ::considers the question:: Frequent travel miles are high always going on missions away from the ship, lots of freedom to visit, since the Captain enjoys staying on the bridge... Yeah, it's fun too. Artemis -> ::Pulls up some systems data:: This.... ::Scans down a list with his finger:: I might need some time to re-confirm, but this... This is pretty ingenious. Whoever installed these weapons did a masterful job of patching them into Federation Standard freighter equipment. Cptn Ja'Lale -> +Freighter+ This is Captain Ja'Lale of the USS Challenger, calling the SS Fort Erie. We couldn't help but detect that you have Klingon technology equipped on your ship. You do realize this is in gross violation of Federation law? Gretchen Hanson -> So what do you think makes this stress less endurable than your intel days? Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Brings the Eagle into a quarantined section of the flight bay. Once landed and powered down, she exits the cockpit and is greeted by crewmen in full rad suits. She's then escorted to a decontamination chamber.:: Cmdr Rinax -> ::feels Gretchen counseling her:: Your sweet treats. ::smiles:: Hunter Matheson -> ::sitting there, watching and listening, he starts to put a few things together that just don't add up, like the freighter being at station keeping without being able to maneuver out of the nebula:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> Freighter> Klingon technology? No.. wait.. sorry.. we're losing you! Your transmission is breaking up ::comm cuts:: Cmdr Rinax -> Oh wait! ::didn't listen well, was focusing on her headache:: I mean... your treats make it Less Stressful! ::chuckles:: Hunter Matheson -> Uh... Captain? Anastasia Poldara -> ::rolls eyes:: Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Strips out of her suit and enters the chamber, taking a seat.:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> ACTION: The freighter's engines and other systems power up suddenly.. Cptn Ja'Lale -> Yes, Mr. Matheson? Hunter Matheson -> Something I just thought about, sir. How can they be at stationkeeping and not have maneuvering power? Anastasia Poldara -> They're making a run for it! Artemis -> ::Starts putting pieces together:: Captain, I would be very wary of this freighter. These weapons are far more advanced than we first anticipated. Gretchen Hanson -> ::nods in what she hoes passes as a sage manor::: Then that brings us full circle. You like your job, there's less stress, more sugar, yet you're plagued by headaches. Dvokr chim Hok -> No response either. Hunter Matheson -> ::spots their trajectory:: Intercept course laid in. Fighter in the bay. Cptn Ja'Lale -> ACTION: THe freighter does indeed have maneuvering power and move out of the nebula. Its shields and weapons power up... and fires at the Challenger. Shields drop to 78% Cmdr Rinax -> Do I have a tumor, doc? ::making a joke:: Cassie Granger -> ::checks on Sylvanis::secures the bay:: Gretchen Hanson -> If you do, it's a Klingon tumor....Well cloaked! Artemis -> Captain, incoming fire, shields reduced to 78%. Do I have permission to return fire? Cptn Ja'Lale -> Yes, return fire. Red alert. Cmdr Rinax -> ::giggles:: Cmdr Rinax -> Do you have anything, well, that'll relieve this? Hunter Matheson -> ::Artemis:: Coming about for max effect. Cptn Ja'Lale -> ACTION: Freighter is out of the nebula headed for CHallenger's position headed to a clear area of space to make a jump to warp. Artemis -> ::Weapons powered up, schematic pops up of the Freighter, with all the recent scan data.:: Aye, returning fire ::Targets shields with the phaser cannons, with a piar of Photon Torpedoes for added punch:: Gretchen Hanson -> A week on Risa with a hot bod from the Scottish highlands? ::;stifles a laugh as "unprofessional" and just about chokes herself trying::: Hold on a minute, let me get something. Cassie Granger -> ::bay scrambles for red alert:: Cmdr Rinax -> I'll take it! ::taps the doctor's shoulder as she walks away:: Artemis -> ::Concentrates remaining fire on the freighter's engines, trying to disable them:: Gretchen Hanson -> ::finally wakes up to the red alert::: Cptn Ja'Lale -> ACTION: Relatively minimal damage to the freighter's outer hull. The freighter fires back at Challenger, taking shields down to 72%. Cmdr Rinax -> ::glances at the Red Alert:: +Captain+ am I needed on the bridge immediately? I'm in sickbay. Cptn Ja'Lale -> ::Hunter:: Don't let him away, Lieutenant. Gretchen Hanson -> ::hurries to her med dispenser, makes her selection and collects the pills::: Cptn Ja'Lale -> +Rinax+ If you are completed your treatment there. Hunter Matheson -> Aye, Captain. Artemis -> ::Shunts power from rear to forward shields, and continues to target the freighter's engines:: Captain, shields down to 72% Gretchen Hanson -> ::puts them in a small container and rushes back to the Commander;: Here, take these when you get a chance. Cmdr Rinax -> ::a little shocked that he knew, even though she didn't say she was coming for some treatment:: +Captain+ Aye, sir. Cptn Ja'Lale -> ::treatment, or whatever she was doing down there:: Cmdr Rinax -> Gretchen, be aware... this red alert may be because of a freighter that wouldn't answer our initial hails. Feels like they fired upon us. Could be injuries. Artemis -> ::Fires 6 torpedoes in a circular spread, set to detonate around the section of the freighter housing their warp core:: Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Stands in all her glory, moving to the door of the chamber, but it won't open. Curses to herself.:: Gretchen Hanson -> ::nods:: I'll leave the lights on and the welcome mat out. Hunter Matheson -> ::Artemis:: Repositioning to their weak side. Hang on. Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Mumbles about decon.:: Cmdr Rinax -> ::takes the meds in the container, then chuckles:: Glad you'll be ready... hope you don't have any injuries... you know what I mean. Artemis -> ::Kal:: Get me side by side, I'll hit them with a broadside:: Gretchen Hanson -> Get up there. Cptn Ja'Lale -> ACTION: Challenger remains in close distance to the freighter. Just as the freighter is about to jump to warp, the two of the six torpedoes strike the freighter, and hits one of the nacelles. Hunter Matheson -> Coming alongside, Roger. Want to know what kind of gum they're chewing? Cmdr Rinax -> ::nods, and turns quickly walking out of sickbay and heads down the corridor towards the TL:: Hunter Matheson -> ::taking evasives to avoid the nacelle explosion:: Artemis -> ::With Nacelle One down, all of the starboard phaser cannons focus their fire on the remaining nacelle:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> ACTION: It's warp engines are knocked out, but the freighter still packs quite a punch and returns a volley of its own, rocking the Challenger in a shower of sparks; shields drop to 61%. Hunter Matheson -> What the hell kind of weapon is that? Cptn Ja'Lale -> ACTION: Freighter retreats to a defensive position on impulse Cmdr Rinax -> Bridge ::just having entered the TL, the ship begins to rock, grabs the edges:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> ::shakes head:: Nothing I know the Klingons had in their arsenal. Hunter Matheson -> ::rocking perpendicular to make Challenger a smaller target:: Gretchen Hanson -> ::as the ship rocks, her neatly sorted pile on tongue depressors spills onto the deck::: Hunter Matheson -> ::Artemis:: Give me a position, I'll get you there. Cptn Ja'Lale -> PAUSE SIM Cptn Ja'Lale -> PAUSE SIM Cptn Ja'Lale -> PAUSE SIM Cptn Ja'Lale -> Great job everyone... Dvokr chim Hok -> Really sorry fell asleep, tablet hit me in the face Cptn Ja'Lale -> No TBS again next week, where we'll see if we can make it through the battle in one piece Cptn Ja'Lale -> Any questions? Cptn Ja'Lale -> OK, if there's nothing else, sim dismissed! We'll see you all here next week!
  15. Cptn Ja'Lale -> Anyway, yes, Challenger was enroute to the nebula and had launched a probe into the nebula. Initial readings should be coming back. Cptn Ja'Lale -> Any other questions? Cptn Ja'Lale -> BEGIN SIM Cptn Ja'Lale -> BEGIN SIM Cptn Ja'Lale -> BEGIN SIM Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Standing on the flight deck by a prepped Eagle, and a fuming Chief Barnes.:: Anastasia Poldara -> ::Ja'Lale:: Captain, receiving telemetry from the probe. Gretchen Hanson -> ::in SB doing medical things::: Cptn Ja'Lale -> Very good. Anastasia Poldara -> ::begins reviewing the telemetry:: Hmm. Derrick Sabin -> ::in his quarters, getting ready to go on-shift:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> Find anything? Artemis -> ::Pre-buffering shield frequency rotations for yellow-alert, and warming up the phaser cannons in their cradles:: Cassie Granger -> ::since there was not much for her to do on the bridge, she decided to get down to the fighter bay and check out the Eagle:: Anastasia Poldara -> Well, the nebula itself is largely unremarkable. I don't know why the freighter is so close to it. Dyan Sylvanis -> Don't give me that look. It's the only way for the Eagle's sensors to work without leaving the proximity of the ship. Hunter Matheson -> ::at helm, not really happy about the situation, no not at all:: Anastasia Poldara -> We will encounter significant sensory and shield disruption if we enter it. We won't quite be blind, but not far from it. Dyan Sylvanis -> Barnes> It's suicide. Anastasia Poldara -> The freighter itself registers on the probe's sensors, though proximity to the nebula means its scans are about as good as ours. It isn't registering the freighter as being in any obvious distress... oh. Cassie Granger -> ::hears Barnes as she strides toward them:: Anastasia Poldara -> The freighter's thrusters are at stationkeeping. Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Turns and nods at Cass as she sees her approach.:: Captain. Dyan Sylvanis -> Barnes> ::Snaps to.:: Cmdr Rinax -> ::finishes clearing out the conference room, mulling over the discussions that were had:: Cassie Granger -> ::Barnes:: As you were. ::returns the salute:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> Can we determine how far the freighter is in the nebula? Cassie Granger -> It's dicey, Lieutenant, I'll give you that. Suicide, Barnes? Dvokr chim Hok -> :: On the bridge at the communications console :: Anastasia Poldara -> ::runs some calculations:: Triangulating. Derrick Sabin -> ::takes the nearby TL to the Science deck:: Cmdr Rinax -> ::after putting glasses and such into the recycler unit, comes out of the conference room, sort of feeling like the maid but it gave her time to ponder the evidence again and all of the discussions:: Anastasia Poldara -> ::Ja'Lale:: If the freighter is at stationkeeping, sir, that implies they are holding position for a reason. Hunter Matheson -> ::listening to science re the nebula:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> ::Nods:: Indeed it does. They either are unable to move further, or are waiting for someone. Anastasia Poldara -> All right, it looks like the freighter is approximately 0.8 light-years from the boundary of the nebula closest to us. Derrick Sabin -> ::Enters the Sci lab and settles into his chair, logging in to his station:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> I assume we are unable to raise the freighter from here? Dyan Sylvanis -> Right, so I know you said you wanted us to get the Eagle's sensors to work from the flight deck. Problem is, even though they are powerful, there is too much interference in the hull, EPS grids, and etc. So I figured we can make a tractor beam tether and I'll take the Eagle out and drift under the hull. Dyan Sylvanis -> Barnes> ::grumbles.:: Cmdr Rinax -> ::glances around the bridge before she takes her seat, silently, though made eye contact with anyone that looked towards the door when it opened, and nods to the Captain before she sits:: Anastasia Poldara -> ::sees Sabin come online:: +Sabin+ Poldara to Sabin. Artemis -> ::Ja'Lale:: Captain, this reeks of bait. I may not believe that the freighter picked up Klingons, but that doesn't mean they aren't here. Derrick Sabin -> +Poldara+ Sabin here, Lt. Cmdr Rinax -> ::a little shocked that Artemis has nearly her same conclusion... not exactly, but close:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> I was thinking the same thing. Anastasia Poldara -> +Sabin+ We've started to receive telemetry from the probe we sent ahead of us. Please keep an eye on it and see if you can divine any more useful details from the data. The more information we have before we arrive on the scene, the better we'll be able to plan ahead. Cptn Ja'Lale -> It wouldn't surprise me at all. Cassie Granger -> ::after quite a bit of thought, she reiterates:: The idea was to stay aboard if possible. I'm not so sure that taking the fighter out in the nebula is a good idea. Derrick Sabin -> ::switches his monitor to follow the flow of data from the probe::: +Poldara+ I have it up now. I'll let you know what I can find. Cassie Granger -> But, ::glancing to Barnes:: I'm inclined to agree with you both. It could be suicide, maybe creating a feedback with the attempted mesh of technology. Artemis -> I would recommend coming to a stop as far from this freighter as we can Derrick Sabin -> ::puzzled by the lack of data about the freighter::: Hunter Matheson -> ::likes that idea, too:: Derrick Sabin -> ::makes some adjustments in the telemetry analysis::: Anastasia Poldara -> Just a reminder that the properties of the nebula affect the freighter's sensors as well. Cassie Granger -> ::Dyan:: What's the fighter's capability in the nebula? Cassie Granger -> All around capability, I mean. Anastasia Poldara -> As for communication … we could potentially use the probe as a signal booster. ::glances at Hok for confirmation:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> If you can, make it happen ::to Hok:: Cmdr Rinax -> Captain, what if we took a shuttle over there, limited personnel, science... and a driver - take our scans, bring them back - quick in and out,. Hunter Matheson -> ::doubling up with nav, isn't liking what he sees, or doesn't see would be more like it:: Dyan Sylvanis -> I get that, but we need this information. And you know as well as I do, the Eagle is better than any probe we could hope to launch. ::Stops a moment.:: No armaments to make room for the sensor suite, but she's got twice the shield power of the Spectres. She can hold. Derrick Sabin -> ::makes one other adjustment and then hits the comm:: +Poldara+ Sabin to Poldara. Dvokr chim Hok -> I think we can boost the signal, but it will train the power sytem of the probe more quickly. Dyan Sylvanis -> She's made to survive with info intact. Anastasia Poldara -> +Sabin+ Do you have good news for me? Cassie Granger -> ::stares hard at the Eagle, then at Sylvanis:: Dvokr chim Hok -> Boosting the signal Captain. Cassie Granger -> All right. You know her capabilities more than anyone. I'm making it your call, Lieutenant. Cptn Ja'Lale -> Try to hail the freighter, if you can. Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Nods.:: Thank you. I'll be careful. Cmdr Rinax -> ::looks at Hok, to see if there is a response:: Dyan Sylvanis -> Barnes> You better be. Derrick Sabin -> +Poldara+ Depends on your point of view, Lieutenant. The probe is definitely giving us readings on the physical properties of the freighter, but limited to it's exterior. Nothing is penetrating that ship's hull. I'd say she's pretty heavily shielded. Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Smirks.:: Dvokr chim Hok -> The connection to the probe is made.. recieving... Dvokr chim Hok -> We are getting a response, but it's tricky Cassie Granger -> ::Nods and turns away from them to contact the bridge:: +COM+ Granger to Captain Ja'lale. Cptn Ja'Lale -> Freighter> +Challenger+ ::Static:: This is....reighter...Erie...::static::...stuck in nebula...navig...ut....::static:: Anastasia Poldara -> +Sabin+ Really? That's interesting. Why would a freighter be so shielded? We're using the probe as a signal booster—could you piggyback some kind of active scan over the comm signal? Cptn Ja'Lale -> +Cass+ Go ahead. ::Hok:: See if you can clear that up.. Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Grabs her helmet and climbs into the Eagle.:: Derrick Sabin -> +Poldara+ I'l give it a try. Cmdr Rinax -> ::taps onn her console to look up Freighter Erie:: Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Puts helmet and mask on, closing the canopy. She begins powering up.:: Cassie Granger -> +COM+ Sir, we have at our disposal one of the most sophisticated packages of technology within a sensor suite attached to Lt. Sylvanis' fighter. She's ready to go on your mark, sir. Derrick Sabin -> ::configures a video channel to ride underneath the audio frequencies going out to the probe, hoping it will get relayed to the freighter unobserved::: Anastasia Poldara -> ::keeps an eye on the probe's power levels:: Probe power at 55% and dropping. Artemis -> ::sends a frequency schedule to Hok:: Here, using these frequencies should help get through our own shields. My clear things up a little. Hunter Matheson -> ::looks up and turns, thinking about Sylvanis going into the nebula, he clenches his jaw:: Cmdr Rinax -> Captain, we have 3 Erie Freighters on the Federation database. Unsure which one yet. Derrick Sabin -> ::gets scrambled images that coincide with the breaks in static in the audio stream from the freighter:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> Hope they all aren't the same type of freighter. Cmdr Rinax -> Let me check the differences... maybe we can identify it. Anastasia Poldara -> Probe power at 49%. Dvokr chim Hok -> Clearing.. :: Artemis -> ::sends same frequency schedule to Sabin and Poldara:: I wont drop shields, but this should give you a dedicated hole Hunter Matheson -> ::Lets out a breath:: On approach to the freighter, Captain. ETA five minutes to holding at 10,000 km. Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Finished with her prep, waiting on the go ahead.:: Cmdr Rinax -> ::reads console, attempts to find differences:: Cassie Granger -> +Syl+ Stand by. Cmdr Rinax -> There was a Fort Erie, Captain. This one filed a flight path on Rout to SB 179... that's probably the nearest to our location. Cmdr Rinax -> Let me see... their scheduled freight haul was supposed to be metallic ores and such. Cptn Ja'Lale -> Fort Erie... but why cut through a nebula? Cmdr Rinax -> Wasn't in their flight plan. ::smirks and tries to get more info:: Dvokr chim Hok -> I have cleared the signal by about double, is that enough? Anastasia Poldara -> Meet with some smugglers? Anastasia Poldara -> Probe power at 42%. Derrick Sabin -> ::trying to clear the video feed:: Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Hates the waiting.:: Hunter Matheson -> ::Ja'Lale:: Approaching freighter. Holding at 10,000 km. Hunter Matheson -> ::parks:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> Good Cmdr Rinax -> ::turns towards Anastasia:: Or hide from some? Lets do scans of the area around us too, just in case others are hiding! Derrick Sabin -> ::captures a "still" of the intermittent data and breathes a small sigh of relief::: Anastasia Poldara -> ::Rinax:: If there were any in range, we would have picked them up by now. Mind you, in this nebular, our range is now effectively about 3 AU. Derrick Sabin -> +Poldara+ Sabin to Poldara. I don't much quality video to work with, but what I've got looks like a human crew. Cptn Ja'Lale -> Try to hail the freighter again. Anastasia Poldara -> +Sabin+ Humans? On a Tyrellian freighter? Cmdr Rinax -> Just keep scanning, ... ::turns:: Captain, I suggest yellow alert, so no one is surprised by something out here. Hunter Matheson -> ::glancing at nav:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> (Already on Yellow Alert) Derrick Sabin -> +Poldara+ Clearly not Tyrellian...or Klingon for that matter. Also, some kind of metallic compound as cargo. Anastasia Poldara -> +Sabin+ Acknowledged. Will pass this on. Anastasia Poldara -> ::Ja'Lale:: Captain, Sabin piggybacked a video feed on the comm transmission and saw humans on the freighter. Scans also verify the presence of metallic signatures in the cargo bay. Gretchen Hanson -> (checks her sucker supply. Clearly those on the bridge are having a sugar reaction) Dvokr chim Hok -> Granger (++ if needed), are you able to do some post-transmission processing to clean up things further? Cmdr Rinax -> ((Withdrawal)) Cptn Ja'Lale -> THat's a relief. Cassie Granger -> +Ja'Lale+ Eagle standing by, full sensor package ready to go. Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Waiting on those launch orders.:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> +Cass+ Launch when ready Cmdr Rinax -> ::checks console:: That's probably the Fort Erie, then... mostly human compliment aboard. Cptn Ja'Lale -> ::Checks the Federation registry:: Fort Erie, large Type VII freighter based in Fort Erie, PA Earth. As the Commander mentioned, she was headed to SB 179 Anastasia Poldara -> ((I thought it was a Tyrellian freighter we were going after?)) Cassie Granger -> +Syl+ Launch is a go. If you see anything that remotely resembles danger, return immediately. Good hunting. Cmdr Rinax -> ::nods:: They don't have any warnings on their record for troublemaking, Captain, at least up until now. They didn't register any crew or leadership changes... so we are going in blind. Cptn Ja'Lale -> (Meant to be a civilian freighter... but we can say that it is registered in Tyrellia as a flag of convenience if you will) Dyan Sylvanis -> +Cass+ Roger. ::Launches, and once clear, she has full shields up and turns for the freighter.:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> (Which could make it Tyrellian technically.) Cassie Granger -> ::Barnes:: Get your QRF hot, just in case. Monitor her comm closely. Anastasia Poldara -> ((I’m a scientist, not a shipping lawyer.)) Cptn Ja'Lale -> ACTION: Fort Erie is owned by a company on Earth, but registered in Tyrellia. Hunter Matheson -> ::glad to be just a SWCC:: Cmdr Rinax -> Captain, the registry is Tyrellian, but it's owned by this Earth company. ::points at her console:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> Must be cheaper to do that. But, I'm no expert in that field. Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Once she closes the distance, she uses the full suite trained on the freighter to take detailed scans.:: +FOPS+ Suite active and all eyes on the target. Gretchen Hanson -> (you know, like US cruise ships sailing under a Panamanian flag) Cptn Ja'Lale -> (Yes, that's exactly it) Cassie Granger -> FOPS> Copy. Cptn Ja'Lale -> (Cheaper and less rules to go by) Cassie Granger -> +FOPS+ Send the sensor feed from Eagle directly to the bridge. Dyan Sylvanis -> +FOPS+ linking now. ::Sends.:: Anastasia Poldara -> Hopefully the Eagle's sensors will have more luck penetrating that hull. Cassie Granger -> FOPS> Will do, Captain. It's coming in now. Dyan Sylvanis -> +FOPS+ Shields holding steady. Cptn Ja'Lale -> ACTION: The Eagle launches and heads closer to the freighter. Cptn Ja'Lale -> (5 minutes) Cptn Ja'Lale -> ACTION: Eagle's sensors are able to penetrate the Fiort Erie Dvokr chim Hok -> +Granger+ Do you wish me to monitor and control the Eagle's transmission protocols? Cptn Ja'Lale -> 's hull Cassie Granger -> +HOK+ Whatever you need to do to get the information to the captain. Artemis -> Did we ever get a repeat of their last transmission? Cptn Ja'Lale -> No. Hail them again, please. ::to Hok:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> ACTION: Fort Erie hails Challenger back Cassie Granger -> FOPS> Copy. Cassie Granger -> ::moving into FOPS, she stands a distance from their operations console so as to monitor but not interfere:: Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Continues her detailed scans, keeping her eyes open, ready to react.:: Cptn Ja'Lale -> F. Erie> +Challenger+ ::Grainy but audible:: Challenger, this is Captain Peterson of the SS Fort Erie. We were hit by an ion burst and lost navigation and wandered into the nebula. Gretchen Hanson -> (gotta run, see you next week) Cassie Granger -> FOPS> +Eagle+ Scans are clear. Transmission excellent. Cptn Ja'Lale -> (Night!) Dyan Sylvanis -> +FOPS+ Roger Anastasia Poldara -> ::rolls eyes:: Cmdr Rinax -> Ion burst? Anastasia Poldara -> As if you could "wander into" a nebula, navigation or no. Cptn Ja'Lale -> Ion burst? Hunter Matheson -> ::ion burst?:: Dyan Sylvanis -> ::Begins scanning the cargo holds.:: Dvokr chim Hok -> Watching the probe and the Eagle's signals Artemis -> There has been no recorded Ion storm activity in this sector for months. Cptn Ja'Lale -> Hmm. Cptn Ja'Lale -> PAUSE SIM Cptn Ja'Lale -> PAUSE SIM Cptn Ja'Lale -> PAUSE SIM Cptn Ja'Lale -> Great job everyone. So the mystery only deepens. Are they really that stupid or is something else going on? We'll hopefully find out next week! Dyan Sylvanis -> Is the ship being run by Pakleds instead of human? Cptn Ja'Lale -> TBS won't be long if any. Maybe 30 minutes tops. Cptn Ja'Lale -> Scans said human... maybe not lol. Dyan Sylvanis -> Cause if they were then I would go with the stupid. Cptn Ja'Lale -> Any questions or comments? Artemis -> Do we need a tbs? We are technically talking to them right now? Anastasia Poldara -> Are they human? Or are they dancer? Cptn Ja'Lale -> I suppose you're right. No TBS. Cptn Ja'Lale -> If there is nothing else, then sim dismissed. Have a great week everyone