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Topic: Star Trek: Operation Persephone
Subject: insubordination

Stardate: 2374.09.06
USS Charon - Bridge – 12:33

Commander Fletcher stared out into the dark of space and allowed his mind to wander to thoughts of escape pods, and more.

Perhaps Miranda was trapped aboard one of these metallic bubbles, herself. Even though he had known for a couple of days at this point, Jonathon's mind refused to fully accept the fact that she was gone. After all, he reasoned, there had been no report of a vessel being dispatched to check the scene for survivors... perhaps there was still a chance.

Of course, he knew that such thoughts were futile. The reason there hadn't been a S&R mission was that there was no point. Had Starfleet had any reason to believe there might have been survivors, a ship would have been dispatched post haste, just as the Charon had been. Miranda was dead; he'd have to accept that fact.

So lost was Jonathon in his own thoughts that, for a moment, he didn't process what Commander Talon was saying.

"SIR!", the Lyran stated forcefully, “I insist on full security details on all survivors. They should be quarantined until a full security and medical sweep is complete. I have assigned details to the Medical Bay, Transporter rooms, and docking bays. We must keep them contained until we find out what happened.”

Try as he might, Jonathon did not particularly like Commander Talon. The Lyran was agressive, impetuous, and brutally cruel. Had he entered the Academy under any other set of circumstances, Jonathon was quite certain he would have washed out long ago - but as it was, he'd apparently been passed through in some sort of misguided attempt at proving the Federation's dedication to species diversity.

Not to say that he wasn't a competant, even brilliant, officer; on their last mission, it had been Talon that had saved the Charon and everyone aboard. Even so, Jonathon knew well that there was a reason the savage Talon had been assigned to this ship - were he lost in battle, Starfleet would not weep.

"Mister Talon," Fletcher answered, "I never suggested that the survivors would not go through security screening. I am aware of the captain's orders. That being said, these people are our comrades, our brethren in arms - these are NOT enemies, nor are they prisoners of war. For God's sake, man, they were assigned the same mission as us! Screen them, ask questions of those that you feel deserve it, keep an eye on those that may warrant it, but they will be treated with the respect that they deserve."

The last was not a question.

Then, it happened. Talon cited that security was his responsibility, and that he would do what he felt was necessary.

Commander Fletcher was normally a reserved, quiet man. Much as he disliked the CTO's mannerisms, he could not argue with the results, so he normally let the Lyran's brutality and general unappealing nature slide. Today, though, the Charon's XO had had enough.

"Belay that nonsense!" he bellowed, coming to his feet from the captain's chair. "You will follow orders, Mister Talon - THAT is what you will do! Computer," Fletcher barked, "how many crew members are currently serving aboard the Charon?"

=/\= The USS Charon currently has fifty-six active crew. =/\= came the computer's feminine reply.

Fletcher leveled his gaze at Talon and spoke in an icy tone. "Short of setting up a force field in the cargo hold and keeping all of the Cerberus' crew prisoner within, how do you propose on keeping full security details on eighty-odd survivors? Will you assign each member of this crew a survivor or two to watch around the clock?"

The Charon's XO cuts off any attempt at a reply.

"Set up your scans. Do your duty. But you make sure to treat these people with respect. Acknowledge my order, Lieutenant Commander, or I will relieve you of your post this instant and have you escorted to the brig. Do I make myself understood?"

OOC: assuming an affirmative reply

"Very well," Fletcher replied. "Get off my bridge, Mister Talon. I don't want to see your face again until you have a complete report on all surviors in your hand."

Posted on 2008-07-21 at 14:50:24.
Edited on 2008-07-21 at 17:28:00 by t_catt11

Topic: Star Trek: Operation:Persephone - Q&A
Subject: kitty

I still owe a Rrowl post.

Posted on 2008-07-18 at 20:16:52.

Subject: hoody hoo!


Posted on 2008-07-18 at 20:15:15.

Subject: encouragement

I'm a conservative fuddy duddy, so I'd feel better if you were 20 and married. But as for 20 being too young?

Well, my wife was 17 when our first child was born. *shrug* We married young (not because of the baby, thank you very much!), and were plannign to wait a bit for kids.

Didn't happen that way, but I wouldn't change it.

Posted on 2008-07-18 at 18:17:24.

Topic: Site slowdows revisited
Subject: getting much better...

I've found a several bad, slow queries that were really slowing the server down. They have been corrected.

some do remain, but you can already see the difference.

Posted on 2008-07-18 at 17:43:02.

Topic: Olan's baby photobucket
Subject: oh, and Grugg...

The merry go round rocks.

Don't forget it.

Posted on 2008-07-18 at 15:04:34.
Edited on 2008-07-18 at 19:16:03 by t_catt11

Topic: weird post count glitch?
Subject: posts go up, posts go down

Posts go up when you post, go down when they are deleted.

Novel idea.

Posted on 2008-07-18 at 14:18:19.

Topic: weird post count glitch?
Subject: humph


Query is better now. somoe people may see a drop in their post counts - I had it remove posts in deleted threads from the count (didn't always happen before).

Posted on 2008-07-18 at 14:13:38.

Topic: The Guiding Light Q&A
Subject: spell list

Check your PM again, Brianna - you don't have to give me a prepared spell list. I allow mages to swap spells, within reason, without penalty.

Posted on 2008-07-18 at 13:19:28.

Topic: weird post count glitch?
Subject: relax

I'm doing some database optimization, and apparently, I have the query a bit off.

I'll get it right.

Posted on 2008-07-18 at 13:16:25.

Topic: Howdy.
Subject: sweet

Welcome to the Inn! We're always VERY glad to see new DMs, especially those who like to bring their own flavor to things.

Take a look around, make yourself at home. If you're looking to run a game, the best way to get started is to post to the recruitment forum.

Glad to have you.

Posted on 2008-07-17 at 18:48:07.

Subject: dude!

Welcome back!

Also, moved this to the correct area of the forum.

Posted on 2008-07-17 at 17:50:11.

Topic: The Guiding Light Q&A
Subject: well... this one dead, folks?

I understand how we can get lost in the flood of updates, but this is unusual for even our slow game to go this long without a post from any of the three remaining players.

Are we done, here?

If so, I can wrap up an eplilogue post. Let me know.

Posted on 2008-07-17 at 17:43:19.

Topic: Olan's baby photobucket
Subject: recent photo shoot

Took the kids over to a local botanical gardens a couple of weeks ago. Here are a couple.


Emily... man, she is getting too big!

Noah on a bench

Noah and a bubble

Noah on the bridge

More bubbles

All three

Posted on 2008-07-17 at 17:16:44.
Edited on 2008-07-17 at 17:45:34 by t_catt11

Subject: hey, hey!



Posted on 2008-07-17 at 16:58:04.

Topic: A Cold Day in Hell Q&A
Subject: fyi, regarding cold

The cave was not cold, at least, not compared to what lies outside of the compound.

The compound itself is not cold. The observatory and the garage are the only locations you have been to so far that are fairly cold, due to the lack of insulation in those rooms. They are still much warmer than the killing cold outside.

Posted on 2008-07-16 at 20:38:42.

Topic: A Cold Day in Hell Q&A
Subject: okay, wounded guy moved...

You guys are back in the comm center. Johannsen has managed to stabalize Lee, but he's far from fit fighting shape.

Another quick update on all team members...

CPL Hatherford: MIA. Status unknown.
CPL Hart: MIA. Status unknown.

LT Kernan: minimal cold damage.
WO Blake: minimal cold damaage, minimal combat damage.

SGT Lee: Unconscious, seriously wounded from combat damage(also minimal cold damage). Will wake up, but hard to say how soon.
PFC Pearson: Critically wounded from combat damage (also mild cold damage)
SSG Kane: mild cold damage.
CPL Johannsen: Critically wounded from combat damage (also mild cold damage).

Posted on 2008-07-16 at 19:11:25.

Topic: A Cold Day in Hell
Subject: retreat!

May 9th, 2025 - 0246
Hallway outside of the Observatory, Antarctic Research Facility 36, Antarctica

It soon becomes apparent that Kane's assessment that Johannsen and Pearson are "injured but able to function" proves to be a bit of an overassaessment - the big man and the medic are both barely able to stand, much less pick up or drag the injured Sergeant Lee. Frustrated, Kane realizes that he will have to be the one to move the dying ranger.

Humiliatingly, the fire team leader also realizes that he is far from over the effects of the stench - he nearly drops the unconscous man as severe nausea overtakes him, forcing him to throw up all over the floor of the cave.

Soon, though, he manages to drag the unconscios form of Lee out of the cave and back into the hallway, where the stench is noticeably less prominent. Johannsen realizes that she is running our of time to act, and motions to Kane to allow her to treat the fallen man.

While she works to stabalize Lee, Kernan and Blake arrive. Soon, she declares the man fit to be moved, allowing Kernan and Kane to carry him back to the comm center.

Posted on 2008-07-16 at 19:08:45.

Topic: The Guiding Light
Subject: drunken fools!

Tal'Anor snorts in derision at the pirates' lack of discipline. "I suppose they must feel quite fierce when they attack drowning merchants. Look at them now," he spits in disgust. "Drinking and celebrating their murderous plunder!"

He turns to En'Aranthea. "Cousin, let us take them now, while they are stewing in their drink. We will handle them easily, and if the gods are with us, Varuna will not need to salve his conscience over the deaths of these fools. We can take the guard easily, and over power the rest."

He then glances at the mage. "Of, for that matter, Val can bind them with her enchantment, can she not? If your spell is powerful enough to affect them all, " he addresses the caster, "then we will have no need of violence!"

"What say you?" the paladin asks eagerly.

Posted on 2008-07-16 at 17:17:08.

Topic: Short Notice
Subject: hold on a sec

I don't see a pre-approved vacation request here for Eol.

Sorry, bub - no off time for you. Cancel the trip.

Posted on 2008-07-16 at 15:53:53.

Topic: Star Trek: Operation Persephone
Subject: prioritizing

Stardate: 2374.09.06
USS Charon, Bridge – 12:30 hours

Rising from the chair, the captain glanced over his shoulder to where his XO sat at the starboard wall. “Mister Fletcher, you have the Bridge. I want to know the instant the rescue operation is a success.”

"Aye, sir," Fletcher responded, then slid into the command chair as Captain Gavison exited the bridge. "All right, people," Jonathon spoke. "We have our orders, let's get our people home."

As the Charon's XO glanced at the readouts, he gave a few refining orders. "Mister Kato, take a closer look at the damaged pods, and let me know if any are serious enough to warrant quicker action on our part. Mister Kennedy, reopen the channel to Captain MacTavish."

Once the TAC nodded that the task was complete, Joanthon spoke. "Captain MacTavish, this is Commander Jonathon Fletcher of the Charon. Sir, obviously your pod will be given top priority, but beyond that, I'd like to prioritize the rescue operation in terms of injured personnel. Our science officer is checking now for damaged vehicles, but in the meantime, we'll be broadcasting a general message asking that your people notify us of any seriouly injured personnel that may need immediate attention."

OOC: allowing for a response beyond "sure, whatever" if MacTavish is so inclined

Fletcher answered before cutting the channel. "Very good, sir. We'll see you shortly. Fletcher out."

Once that was completed, the XO had a new task for the OPS officer. "Mister Kennedy," he ordered, "open a new channel. General broadcast frequency, please."

Upon getting the signal, Jonathon made his general address. "Attention, crew of the Cerberus. This is Commander Jonathon Fletcher of the USS Charon. We have your location and are moving to pick you up; please stand by for transport. Upon arrival, you will be checked out by our medical staff, then assigned temporary quarters.

If you or any of the other occupants of your escape pods require immediate medical attention, please notify us, so that we may designate you as priorty. Otherwise, sit tight, we will get to you as quickly as possible. Fletcher out."

The commander took a deep breath, then relaxed a bit. Poor bastards, he tought to himself. Adrift like that, hoping for the mercy of strangers.

"Mister Kennedy," he addressed the operations chief, "We'll need accomodations for nearly ninety personnel. I am well aware that we don't have that kind of room, but do the best that you can. Notify our junior officers that they will be temporarily relocated; use their berths to host the Cerberus' senior staff. Try to get junior officers into cabins if you can; we can add cots to the existing quarters and squeeze in a few that way. The crewmen will have to make do with cargo bay two. Get the replicators working overtime to at least get them some bunks.

I expect that you won't be able to do everything you need from here; you have my leave to exit the bridge to fulfil your duties."

OOC: assuming an affirmative

As Kennedy stood, an ensign that Fletcher was unfamiliar with slid in to take the console. Regular angels of mercy, that's us.

Posted on 2008-07-14 at 16:45:52.
Edited on 2008-07-14 at 16:49:43 by t_catt11

Topic: yet another movie thread...
Subject: Doogal

For some reason, my daughter (age 12) had decided that she wanted to see Doogal (had heard that it was funny). It arrived from Netflix a couple of days ago, and last night, we sat down to watch it.


The first few minutes elicited horrified expressions from my children - the characters look very much like something you'd see in a cartoon designed for preschoolers. The voice work was similar, full of extreme over-annunciation and sickly-sweet tones. My daughter could not get over the fact that the chaacter's mouths were not particularly in synch with the dialogue.

But, we toughed it out, and I'm glad that we did.

Understand, the plot for this movie is incredibly shallow, and occasioanlly confused. Rag tag group of friends have to find three magical diamonds before the bad guy does, so that they can save the world. Okay, fine.

What made this movie so entertaining was the fact that it clearly did not take itself seriously in the least. It is packed FULL of various pop culture and movie references, and loaded to the gills with awesome (aka terrible, groan-inducing) puns.

Examples: the stoner rabbit character is secretly a martial arts master, which comes in handy at one point when the group is attacked by skeletons. Said rabbit informs the others to "call him Neo," tells us that there "is no spoon," and begins demolishing the skeletons, all the while peppering them with quips like "I have a bone to pick with you."

The choo choo train wanders into a passage in the side of a mountain, and wonders out loud why he "always gets the shaft," but is glad that "he has tunnel vision."

The bad guy in the move is a spring. Lets us know that there is "one spring to rule them all," even calls himself the "lord of the springs." Ian McKellen voices the good spring, and does so in a manner that sounds suspiciously like Gandalf.

Also, for no discernable reason, a purple moose makes fairly frequent onscreen visits, where his main job, apparently, is to fart.

Aaanyway, I found myself laughing out loud more than once at the absurdities in this movie. To me, the humor was so intentionally dumb/warped that it was hilarious. Your mileage may vary.

Posted on 2008-07-11 at 14:03:41.
Edited on 2008-07-11 at 14:06:17 by t_catt11

Topic: The Guiding Light Q&A
Subject: hello?

At the big, climactic fight scene, people. Posts?

Posted on 2008-07-11 at 13:20:11.

Topic: Star Trek: Operation:Persephone - Q&A
Subject: consider that head eaten

Not bad logic, there, Merideth. *I* harbor no ill wil.

Rrowl may eat your head, though. No promises.

Posted on 2008-07-09 at 20:09:26.

Topic: Star Trek: Operation Persephone
Subject: how dare she?

Stardate 09.05.2374 – 1800 hours
USS Cerberus ASRV-83964:E-001

Commander Rrowl was in a terrible mood. Considering the current situation - trapped in a metallic casket with a handful of stinking monkeys - it was to be expected.

The kzinti officer had been elated with the original discovery that he had been assigned to MacTavish's command, and was well pleased to learn of their mission. Rrowl had neever assumed that the mission would go as planned; there would almost certianly be a chance to do glorious battle with Domionion forces, and he relished the thought.

Unfortunately, everything had gone downhill from there.

First, learning of the foul Romulans - Romulans! - that were to be assigned to the Cerberus. Then the true indignity of having to tolerate that sthondat of a Centurion, and her arrogant, pompous manner of ordering starfleet personnel - and his own men! - around as if she had any authority to do so. Fortune had smiled upon that kshat, of that there was no doubt - had they been under command of the Patriarchy, Rrowl would have long ago torn out her throat to the joyous applause of the crew.

Now, the Cerberus was destroyed, almost certainly due to sabotage. Rrowl had lost most of his department, including Valberg - a fine warrior, even if a human. Technically, the man deserved to die, Rrowl supposed; security was his personal charge, and if the ship had indeed been sabotaged, then Valberg had failed in that charge. Still, Rrowl was certain that the man, like the kzinti, would have vastly preferred a death in battle at the hands of Dominion forces rather than an ignoble end he had suffered. The big cat was of the opinion that he had deserved that chance, but a traitor had taken it from him.

With little to do but keep an eye on the pitifully poor sensor readings, Rrowl spent most of his time stewing on his anger inside of the cramped ASRV. If not for the stink of the humans, Rrowl would not have particularly minded the quarters themselves; Kzinti ships were notoriously cramped and small when comapared to those of the Federation; even the spartan cabins of the Cerberus had seemed large in contrast. However, sharing space with several of the monkeys highlighted the smells of their sweat and fear, and it rankled the kzinti's senses.

As Rrowl continued to stew, the message from the Romulans came in. The TAC chief could not help but overhear, and what he did hear made him shake with fury. To his credit, Rrowl waited until the communication had been cut before addressing MacTavish.

"Captain," he hissed the moment the link was broken, "surely you cannot take this kshat at her word?"

Enraged, Rrowl explained. "First, she freely admits that the Romulans" - the last word is spat - "could very well be responsible for the destruction of the Cerberus. Naturally, she denies any direct implication - as if we would expect her to say anything else!"

Seething, the kzinti continued, his tail lashing back and forth behind him. "I find it extremely convenient, captain, that this prat'ska already has a suspect in mind with nothing but the logs of the destruction and the reports of her own people as evidence! Even if this man is the one responsible, how would she know it, but that she is involved?"

The accusation spoken, Rrowl held his tongue. He wanted nothing more than to suggest that, if they were rescued, MacTavish see to it that life support on the Romulan pod were disabled. The Federation engineers and scientists could make the other cloaking device work - monkeys were nothing if not incredibly adept with devices. Unfortunately, he knew that such a reasonable precaution would never be accepted, and so, there was no point in making the argument.

Posted on 2008-07-09 at 18:37:32.

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