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Topic: Tann’s NFL U Pick em Game 2016-17
Subject: I can't even


The NFL is even crazier this year. What is going on???

San Francisco
New England (poor, poor Cleveland)
Philadelphia
Chicago
Tennessee
Baltimore
Minnesota
Pittsburgh
Denver
Dallas
Buffalo
Oakland
Green Bay
Carolina


Posted on 2016-10-06 at 11:38:16.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: well


Don't look now, but I'm actually a post ahead!

I have the post for the Drake/McTavish post written; I may hold off to allow completion of the Tochi/Drake late night interaction, or I may go ahead and put it up, and just let Eol and I backpost to finish that earlier bit.



Posted on 2016-10-06 at 00:42:54.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty
Subject: not yet a good night....


Stardate 2365.02.09
USS Peregrine, Captain Drake's Quarters - 0015



It had been one incredibly long, eventful day. Silas sat, slumped, in a chair by his desk; the lights in the cabin were dimmed, but he had a few loose ends yet to tie up. Sleep - limited as though it would be - would have to wait a bit longer. The Captain held a PADD in his hand, though his focus was more on his thoughts than on the display.

The "highlights" of the day played themselves through his mind. The initial meeting with Jacobs and the ambassadors, and the sudden discovery that they would be aboard the Peregrine. The rushed preparations for the ambassadors. Thorson's injury and sudden evacuation. The turmoil and turnover involving his crew, culminating with the secret arrest of Lieutenant Tesenblen. The evening's reception, and the necessity of playing against his own strengths in such a political setting.

Any one of these items would have been large and demanding of Drake's time and energy; all coming in one single day was borderline overwhelming. Silas was bone tired, yet when he closed his eyes, it felt as though his skin fairly tingled, that the room slowly rotated. Perhaps a call to Doc Moore was in order, to request a mild sedative? But no, it was after midnight; there was no way that Silas would give a second thought to disturbing the poor woman... nor did he crave looking weak in front of his officers.

His gaze rested for a moment on the doctor's birthday gift to him. With a bit of a grin, Silas stood up and grabbed a snifter from a small cabinet. Perhaps a little self medication was in order.

The Captain poured a healthy dose of the amber liquid, then gave it a deep sniff before taking a sip. The good doctor had clearly spared no expense - this was top shelf alcohol that clearly had some serious age on it. Silas would have to make a point to compliment her selection. Elements of dried fruit, of flowers, of spices competed for his attention behind a wonderfully smooth alcoholic warmth. Replicators and synthohol had nothing on this.

As he sipped, Silas fired off a couple of meeting invitations for the following morning - Lieutenant McTavish at 0800 hours, and Lieutenant Sh'iraolnas at 0830. He owed them each an official welcome and briefing, and it was best to do so sooner rather than later.

Both of them had handled themselves well at the reception, though Silas felt that his new Chief Engineer was probably closer to his own heart in terms of making nice politically than was the new Chief Science Officer. Fortunately for them all, Tochi had been there, acting and looking every bit the diplomat, himself. For a brief moment, the self doubt he had shared with his XO crept into Drake's thoughts; clearly, Lieutenant Zai was better suited to head up a diplomatic mission than was he. However, he did not allow himself to dwell on that fact for long; Silas was in a diplomatic position out of temporary necessity only - both he and Starfleet understood that he fit a different niche in the grand scheme of things.

With a rueful grin, Silas dove back in to the various daily reports. With all of the turnover and chaos considered, everything was actually pretty quiet, but one item did leap out to him - a log entry from Security.

Apparently, one of Berk's men had delivered an evening meal to Chief Petty Officer Lauren Crane, who was confined to quarters. In a larger ship, such a footnote would have likely gone unnoticed, but with only sixty odd souls to account for, the entry stood out.

Drake's eyes narrowed as he tried to recall Chief Crane's face. Laura, Lora... Lauren. That was it. She was a researcher or technician in the Science department, if he remembered correctly. Drake called up the woman's service record, which confirmed his impression - there was not a single disciplinary entry to be found.

The Captain found himself idly wondering about the circumstances. Was this a matter of an indiscretion around the quick shore leave at Starbase 118? Or was it perhaps a situation of the new sheriff in town making sure that it was fully clear that things would be done to her satisfaction? It certainly would not be the first time that a new officer felt the need to make an example over some minor infraction.

Drake closed the personnel file, deciding to give Lieutenant Sh'iraolnas an opportunity to bring it up during their meeting the following morning. If she chose not to do so, the Captain might ask about it... though according to tradition, intra department discipline was left to the department head, and stayed beneath the Captain's notice. By that token, he should perhaps not pry into the situation; there was no need to embarrass the chief or make his new CSO feel as if she were being undermined. Silas decided to just play the situation by feel when the time came.

Silas found his glass to be half empty, and considered dimming the lights the rest of the way, when the chime rang. Will this day never end? he mused. "Yes, who is it?" he asked, hoping that he had managed to disguise both the fatigue and traces of irritation in his voice.

=/=It’s Lt Zai, sir. We're sorry to bother you, Captain,=/= Tochi replied to Silas' acknowledgement over the comm, =/=but we made some observations at the reception, this evening, that we would like to discuss with you if you have a few minutes.=/=

Drake sighed. It won't keep until morning? he inwardly grumped, but he swallowed the thought. After all, Tochi would not have come simply to chatter - the Trill clearly felt that he had information of importance to discuss. It was no wonder why so many Captains went gray prematurely - the job was quite literally never done.

"Certainly, Tochi; as usual, I haven't managed to turn in yet. Come in, please," he answered.

Silas stood as the hatch hissed open to admit the first officer. Clad in regulation gray undershirt and briefs, the Captain indicated the partially full snifter on the desk. "Absolutely fabulous brandy, there, compliments of Doc Moore," he stated. "Care for a glass?" he asked, reaching into the cabinet for another snifter. "Though if you say yes," he continued with a sideways glance, "I'm going to either demand that you drink it neat, or that you settle for something from the replicator - I'll not ruin a treasure like this with melting ice," he offered with a grin.

((OOC: Drake will serve a drink if Tochi accepts; if not, that's fine, too.))

"All right then," Drake spoke as he took a seat and gestured for Zai to do the same. "What's on your mind, Tochi?



Posted on 2016-10-05 at 01:25:58.
Edited on 2016-10-05 at 01:40:17 by t_catt11

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: blarg


If work cooperates, I'll have a post up soon.

Posted on 2016-09-30 at 09:39:20.

Topic: Tann’s NFL U Pick em Game 2016-17
Subject: ick


Hope I manage to get better at this soon.

Cincinnati
Jacksonville
New England
Seattle
Detroit
Carolina
Baltimore
Houston
Washington
Denver
Arizona
San Diego
San Francisco
Pittsburgh
Minnesota




Posted on 2016-09-29 at 13:20:05.
Edited on 2016-10-01 at 00:33:48 by t_catt11

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: cool


I should have a post up tomorrow, which will technically flip the calendar to the next day. I'm ready to get things rolling forward.


Posted on 2016-09-28 at 23:56:20.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: yep


That's exactly what happens. A post is made, last post ID on the topic is updated, post is deleted, topic doesn't get updated. Whoops.

Usually doesn't matter, but it does if there is only one post on the last page.

Posted on 2016-09-27 at 15:59:48.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: cool


I enjoyed the read. Poor Lauren, indeed.

One note - alcohol is not illegal. Different Star Trek episodes have handled it differently, so this is my ruling:

This is up to the discretion of the commanding officer of a ship. Drake is okay with alcohol use, provided that it is done with moderation, during a crew member's off duty hours. Now, if the ship is in a position where there is a reasonable possibility of crew being called to duty in an emergency basis (i.e. we're touring the neutral zone, the ship is already at yellow alert, etc), or when there are other compelling reasons, then alcohol use is not allowed. Drunkenness is not allowed on board at any point - save that for shore leave. If you have too much to drink, you'd better be sleeping it off in your bunk.

A few drinks at a card game during off duty hours would be no problem.

Posted on 2016-09-27 at 00:21:27.

Topic: Tann’s NFL U Pick em Game 2016-17
Subject: fudge


Edited my post for the rest of my picks. New England winning, okay... whatever. Winning 27-0 in a game that wasn't that close?

Whoa.

Posted on 2016-09-23 at 11:21:54.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: That'll work


I'm okay with a retroactive edit.

Posted on 2016-09-22 at 19:10:59.

Topic: Tann’s NFL U Pick em Game 2016-17
Subject: hrm


Texas
Arizona
Denver
Green Bay
Tennessee
Miami
NY Giants
Carolina
Baltimore
Seattle
Tampa Bay
Indianapolis
Kansas City
Pittsburgh
Dallas
Atlanta

Posted on 2016-09-22 at 11:14:36.
Edited on 2016-09-23 at 11:21:18 by t_catt11

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: yep


I'd say that they are not only acceptable, but encouraged. We get that live can get busy, but that you had a cool scene that you would still like to share. We'd like to read it!

Posted on 2016-09-20 at 12:29:38.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: no problem


I will probably be pushing us on to the next fay very soon. If you don't get a reception post up and still want to do so, you can always backpost.

Posted on 2016-09-20 at 10:54:52.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: well


The ambassadors are NPCs, but they are also plot devices. I'm okay with others posting for them, but I'd appreciate you running it past me or Eol first, just to make sure that we stay on the same page.

Posted on 2016-09-17 at 11:28:22.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: well


I've put Drake's perspective pretty clearly out there. He'll keep things to polite chat; he won't ignore any of the officers, but he will intentionally have little of substance to say. Mostly, he's doing his best to play nice in a role that he's really not terribly suited for.

More than anything, the reception was an excuse to give another little look in to the personalities of the ambassadors.

Posted on 2016-09-17 at 00:22:56.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: sure


I think that after the reception would be better than waiting until the next day.

Posted on 2016-09-15 at 14:22:19.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: sweet


Fun reads, as always. Love the intrigue.

And yes... D'Lar is perhaps more clever than some might suspect from the reputation that his people have. I find him to be a very interesting character.

Posted on 2016-09-15 at 13:11:31.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: yep


Captain Blair would have done okay at the reception. Drake, on the other hand, would likely prefer some sort of interrogation/torture combo.



Posted on 2016-09-14 at 09:23:01.

Topic: Tann’s NFL U Pick em Game 2016-17
Subject: maybe a good year for me this time?


I've stunk it up the last couple..


Buffalo
Carolina
Baltimore
Detroit
Kansas City
New England
N.Y. Giants
Pittsburgh
Dallas
Arizona
Seattle
Denver
Oakland
San Diego
Green Bay
Philadelphia



Posted on 2016-09-14 at 09:21:49.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: reception


Okay, rather than make any attempt to cover this from beginning to end, I decided to simply include an interesting snippet from the event. Feel free to fluff this out as you like; if you need input from me as to what else might go on with the ambassadors (not a lot of note), feel free to post a question here or shoot me a PM. If there are interactions involving our officers, of course, feel free to post!

I don't want to dwell on this too long, as I'd like to bump the game date up - and truth be told, I'd like to get us to the summit date as soon as we can do it without rushing things too much.

Posted on 2016-09-14 at 00:46:49.
Edited on 2016-09-14 at 09:22:08 by t_catt11

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty
Subject: repection...


Stardate 2365.02.08
USS Peregrine, Captain's Mess, 19:25



So far, so good, Silas mused inwardly. Lieutenant Lasad and the Operations crew had done a bang up job considering the ridiculously short timeline and lack of proper facilities to work with. Rather than attempt to directly reproduce any native dishes from Kuldar or Rytain - and knowing the near-infamous issues that replicators had with trying to duplicate the subtleties of certain cuisine, this was quite wise - he had overseen a spread of mostly Terran dishes that coincided with the preferred tastes of the diplomats' cultures. There were tasteful decorations, and the Ops staff were gracious and helpful; in fact, they seemed to genuinely enjoy the experience.

Drake, on the other hand, found the entire affair to be rather grating. Escorting diplomats was one thing, but entertaining them was quite another... what he wouldn't give right now for some pirate vessel to shoot at! Silas knew full well that he had a tendency to be direct (Michelle would have accurately called him blunt), and polite chitchat did not come easily to him. But such were the perils of command, he supposed; the commanding officer of the Peregrine did his best to smile politely and conduct acceptable small talk while he ate from a plate that contained carefully measured portions representing both parties equally.

Truth be told, Silas had to consciously focus on the task at hand. There were quite a few items that rightfully demanded attention - even with his earlier "hide and do paperwork" session, there were still administrative items that needed his involvement or approval. His new Science and Engineering chiefs needed to be properly briefed on the mission. He wanted to draft a new framework for a policy on external personnel, and had some homework to do to see if there was any aid that he could render for Tesenblen. And, much to his shame, Silas had discovered just as he left his quarters that he had missed an earlier missive from Doctor Moore to update him on Commander Thorson's status. Silas mentally kicked himself for that one; he felt like he had not only let down his friend, but put a poor foot forward with his new Chief Medical Officer, who he owed a full acknowledgement (and sincere thanks) to.

It had been a long day, of course; the meetings could wait until Alpha shift tomorrow. For now, the most important duty was to play nice, smile, and laugh politely at jokes of questionable comedic value.

Tochi seems at home here, he thought to himself. Of course, that was no real surprise - the affable helmsman was more of a social butterfly than Silas would ever be... and he had a bit of a built in advantage, what with one of his previous hosts having been a diplomat herself (himself?). Indeed, Silas pondered wryly, if Lieutenant Zai managed to not let his association with his current Captain torpedo his career too much, the man had immense potential as a commanding officer in his own right.

The Captain shook his head with a near silent chuckle and allowed himself to return to the conversation that he had only been half paying attention to.

"...this is, of course, our nature," Threel pontificated. "and why the Ryatin are such an ideal fit for the Federation. We believe in the sanctity of all cultures, in the value of all viewpoints..."

The Ryatin ambassador was cut off with a chortle from D'Lar of the Kuldar. "Please, Ambassador - do not sully this room with such pt'lagh," the fierce representative growled. Threel wore a look of shock as D'Lar continued.

"The Ambassador here is a liar," D'Lar declared with as much emotion as one might use when declaring that the Terran sky was, in fact, blue. "Have a care to not listen too closely to his flowery words." Threel made a motion as if to protest, but D'Lar held up a hand. "Of course," he allowed, "I am also a liar. What diplomat could ever hold such a post if this were not the case?" He laughed at his own words, and wore a huge grin. Threel's expression relaxed into a bit of a sickly smile, though a cold glint remained in his eyes.

D'Lar's own expression grew more serious for a brief moment, and he uttered a cryptic statement. "Then again, at least I freely admit what I am."

The Kuldar took in the expressions around him, laughed out loud, and raised his cup. "A toast, then, to putting the best foot of our peoples forward. Perhaps when this is all complete, Ambassador Threel will have me visit his home for a holiday, and he can regale his family with tales of my own falsehoods!"

That provoked some laughter, and seemed to bring levity back to what had felt to be a dangerous moment. Silas did notice, however, that Threel did not seem to let the laughter reach his eyes.










Posted on 2016-09-14 at 00:43:09.
Edited on 2016-09-14 at 09:25:39 by t_catt11

Topic: Tann’s NFL U Pick em Game 2016-17
Subject: oh yeah!


1st place, baby!!!

Posted on 2016-09-13 at 23:27:24.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: heh


Awesome, I'll wait and see.

Posted on 2016-09-12 at 17:08:48.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: meh


ridges or no, I think that she's great!

Posted on 2016-09-12 at 16:07:21.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: Yep


The main ambassadors are Threel and D'Lar, on board the Peregrine. Eol, in his assistant GM capacity, has posted to give us a look in on how the remainder of the delegates (there are roughly a half dozen such personnel for each faction) are faring aboard the Coronado.

Sort of another silver screen, if you will - there is no way for anyone aboard our ship to interact with the goings on over there. Or no reason, anyway.

Posted on 2016-09-12 at 15:29:57.

 
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