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

Well, I've been PMing back and forth about this. This clearly makes me quite sad for my selfish interests... but Duncan, it makes me sad for you. I'm so sorry, man.

Posted on 2016-04-18 at 23:39:28.

Topic: Buried Evil Q&A
Subject: yesh!

Glad to have you for sure. We needed ya!

Okay, I'll get ready to push this on forward again.

Posted on 2016-04-18 at 23:38:34.

Topic: QotW: Inspiration
Subject: hah

I can't bein to cite all of my stolen sources.

The Dragonlance Chronicles were an early, heavy influence for me.

I've cherrypicked So. Many. Ideas. from various adventure modules online.

I've stolen elements from Williams' Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn (and other stuff by him).

I've taken pieces from David Feintuch's Midshipman series.

Heh, I've stolen from other GMs.

And on and on and on...

Posted on 2016-04-18 at 23:35:13.
Edited on 2016-04-19 at 09:41:55 by t_catt11

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: work, work, work...

Busy day. Hope to get a post up this evening.

Posted on 2016-04-13 at 16:51:47.

Topic: Buried Evil Q&A
Subject: no problemo

Again, I'm not trying to hurry anyone; I'd prefer to post twice a week, but if we can only do once, that's fine.

But I don't want people sitting around waiting on me.

Posted on 2016-04-12 at 23:33:31.

Topic: Buried Evil Q&A
Subject: k

No worries. I just don't want to push things if people are still planning to post.

Posted on 2016-04-12 at 23:22:38.

Topic: Buried Evil Q&A
Subject: so... anyone else planning to post?

Posted on 2016-04-12 at 23:06:36.

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

A pic!

Posted on 2016-04-12 at 23:01:02.

Topic: Think of us, please.
Subject: sweet!


Posted on 2016-04-12 at 22:59:50.

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

That would be great. If I have a post from Mathias, I feel like I can push on to the ambassador boarding.

I mean, we can do that anyway, but I'd like to hear from Berk.

Posted on 2016-04-11 at 12:52:22.

Topic: Buried Evil Q&A
Subject: yep

Sorry to hear that, CAP.

I had kind of expected some posts about what would happen more than just immediately after the fight, so I made a post to nudge you guys. Are you still going to Crandel? doing something else?

Posted on 2016-04-11 at 00:04:09.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: I saw it

I saw it, and I'll include it in my response, never fear. Deck 2 is one of the decks that includes areas that the ambassadors should be allowed access to... as well as areas that they should not. To me, this falls under the protocol that we discussed of putting up containment fields in the corridors - I see zero reason for ambassadors to be in the science labs, period.

Posted on 2016-04-10 at 23:43:22.

Topic: The Evil Best Left Buried
Subject: aftermath

In a handful of minutes, Pepper feels control of her body return. Meanwhile, the clerics are busy tending wounds and the dead with gifts of cures and blessings of the gods.

Rae and Talca keep a tense watch, but the neither the giggling monstrosity - not the shamblers - return.

Three of the pilgrims are left alive, including the leader who spoke to you before. "Thank you for your aid," he speaks, his voice trembling. "If not for your heroism, we would have all perished this eve."

He holds out his hands in supplication. "It is clear now that we cannot reach the shrine... at least, not until the road is safer. I think it is best that we return to Crandel, and perhaps beg lodging there. Would you good folk consider accompanying us there? I fear that we have naught to offer you but the blessings of the Blue Lady, but I fear what will happen if we leave your sides before we are safe."

Posted on 2016-04-10 at 23:05:33.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: s'alright

We know you'll be back ASAP.

Love the new round of posts, folks! I want to give Berk a chance to post, but I may push this to the ambassador arrival very soon.

Posted on 2016-04-10 at 22:59:16.

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

Wasn't a super fun post to do, more necessary housekeeping. Back to our regularly scheduled fun shortly.

Posted on 2016-04-08 at 17:39:38.

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

Sorry it took so long. Post away!

Posted on 2016-04-08 at 16:27:49.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty
Subject: meeting, meeting

Stardate 2365.02.08
USS Peregrine, Captain's Ready Room - 1045

Silas remained in the Ready Room for a couple of minutes after the end of the meeting with Dio Lasad. His first thought had been to accompany the new Ops Chief to the staff meeting, but it had occurred to him that the Risan might appreciate a few moments in private to collect his thoughts before having to face the rest of the department heads. As he waited, Silas relived the conversation.

On one hand, he felt at least somewhat better about the situation after meeting Lieutenant Lasad. The man had seemed genuinely surprised about the stranger aspects of the transfer - namely, the sealed service record and the associated confusion - and all of the Risan's responses seemed genuine. That said, Silas was far from fully satisfied with the encounter. The Captain considered himself to be a pretty good judge of character, and believed that it was a skill that had served him well in his career.

Dio Lasad was lying... or, more likely, was not telling the entire truth. Drake's concerns that the Ops Chief had been some sort of plant or was somehow related to this diplomatic mission were satisfied, but he felt more than a little certain that Lasad was not sharing everything that there was to share. Of course, the Captain mused, there are items about myself that I would prefer were kept private...

Shaking his head, Drake stood and headed for the Captain's Mess.


((OOC: assuming that all department heads are attending))

Stardate 2365.02.08
USS Peregrine, Captain's Mess - 1100

Deja vu, Drake observed. Barely a day had passed since he had met with his department heads, with the content of that meeting largely the same as the one he was about to hold. Never one to advocate for meetings simply to have meetings, it chafed the Captain to occupy time like this when there was so much to be done. Truthfully, though, it could not be helped; with half of the departments now under new personnel, it would have been foolish to proceed on a delicate mission without the staff being properly briefed.

Still, no need to waste unnecessary time, Silas thought to himself. "Thank you all for coming," he spoke. "Please, hit the replicator before we begin. The next few hours promise to be quite busy; there's no need to face them on an empty stomach."

Once everyone had obtained their lunch from the replicator, Silas took a moment to look around the table. As always, he sat at the head, with Lieutenant Zai to his right. However, both faces on the same side of the table as the Trill Executive Officer were new; Lieutenant Berk, followed by Doctor Moore. To his left sat Lieutenant Lasad, followed by Lieutenant Tesenblen and Lieutenant Commander Thorson in their normal spots.

Silas was pleased to note that, turnover or no, everyone had been on time. Not that he had expected otherwise; discipline and punctuality were traits favored all across Starfleet, though some might suggest that Drake himself seemed to relish them more than some.

The Captain gazed out over the table and spoke, indicating newcomers as he did so. "First of all, as everyone is well aware, we have had some rather significant changes here aboard the Peregrine. Before we go any further, I would like to officially welcome Lieutenant Dio Lasad, our new Chief of Operations. Next up is Lieutenant Mathias Berk, our new Chief Tactical Officer. Last, but not least, is Doctor Louise Moore, our new Chief Medical Officer. Finally, please note that Lieutenant Lasad will also be filling the role of our new Second Officer. Please make them all feel welcome; I am certain that we will manage any possible bumps in the road as we learn to mesh together in the pursuit of our shared duty."

Silas cleared his throat. "Now then. As those of you who were here yesterday are already aware, our current mission is to serve as en escort to the USS Coronado as she flies to the Gamera system in the hope of brokering a peace between the Kuldar and Rytain peoples. Our original orders from Starfleet Command were quiet clear - we were to be an escort, nothing more, and were to have little to no contact with the diplomats themselves."

The Captain allowed a half frown as he continued. "This morning, Lieutenant Zai and I met with the brass of the USS Coronado and the two ambassadors of note. The Kuldar ambassador observed that our ship was, in fact, more powerful than the Coronado, and essentially demanded to be berthed aboard the Peregrine, despite understanding that our diplomatic facilities are less than stellar. The Rytain ambassador appeared to be caught up in some sort of posturing, and followed suit with a similar demand. They would not consider the protests of Captain Jacobs, and therefore, we find ourselves as the home for two enemy ambassadors for the next three to four days. I understand that Lieutenant Lasad has done a stellar job so far in getting their quarters configured - thank you, Lieutenant."

Silas sighed a bit. "I do not trust either of the ambassadors for a moment. My fear is that there is some ulterior motive that we are not yet aware of. As such, I want to be sure that every precaution is taken. I want an armed escort with each ambassador at all times. We must be polite and accommodating, but the only time that an ambassador may be alone is within their own quarters. I want security measures on the turbolifts - the ambassadors may only have access to decks two through five unless I say otherwise. They may only come on the bridge as my personal guests. We need containment fields to block off corridors to sensitive areas in the allowed decks - at no point should the ambassadors be able to physically access any vital ship systems, shuttlecraft, the cargo bays, or the transporters. Crew quarters are likewise off limits."

Drake smile ruefully. "That said, again, these people need to be treated with the utmost respect. They get priority access to the holosuites, to our recreational facilities, etc. Please show them all possible hospitality."

The Captain finally took a bite of his sandwich, then continued. "Now, I will hit the high points of the mission again."

The holographic projector came to life, displaying a three dimensional model of the Gamera system in relation to Starbase 118.

"The Kuldar and Rytain have been at war for generations. Peace will not only serve humanitarian purposes, but also potentially make a new source of Dilithium available to the Federation - so Starfleet has great interest in our success."

Silas paused for a moment, and the holographs changed to depict Kuldar and Rytain vessels, along with tactical readouts for each. "As we discussed yesterday, it would seem that both the Kuldar and Rytain are close to a century behind us, technology-wise... at least in terms of combat effectiveness. Their primary shipboard armaments appear to be laser cannons, and their shielding is likewise inferior to our own. Our presence is expected to be enough of a deterrent to ensure that both sides honor the truce for at least the duration of the summit. Remember, though, that neither society is a stranger to conflict, so we need to be on our guard. While the Rytain are somewhat sympathetic to the Federation, the Kuldar do not share that sentiment."

The Captain fixated on Berk. "Lieutenant Berk, aside form the security concerns on the ambassadors, I want you to further research the capabilities of the Kuldar and Rytain vessels, any known battle tactics they may employ, that sort of thing. I gave this task to Lieutenant Rockastansky yesterday; you may want to confer with your aTAC to see what has been discovered. I want us fully prepared in the event that this does devolve into shooting."

((OOC: assuming some reasonable response))

Next, he glanced to his left, to Lasad. "Lieutenant Lasad, I understand that you have the modifications well in hand. That said, I want you to confer with Lieutenant Berk to see if we need to do any special modulation with the shields to maximize our resistance to a potential attack. Also, please review your Damage Control plan to be sure that we are ready, and coordinate that with Commander Thorson."

((OOC: assuming some reasonable response))

He glanced at Thorson next. "I noticed that the power output seems to have normalized. Thank you, Commander. As we discussed before, please have a plan in place to keep Engineering secure above and beyond what our Security teams may be offering."

((OOC: assuming some reasonable response))

Next was the Chief Science Officer. "Lieutenant Tesenblen, I know that you have your own concerns at the moment that do not impact the current mission. I do expect to see your report today, however."

((OOC: assuming some reasonable response))

Then, the gaze went to the Doctor. "Doctor Moore, I had asked that Medical prepare a disaster plan, just in case we ran into high casualty or injury numbers. Please put together a list of non-medical personnel that may have cross training as corpsmen, or even those with first aid training, as well as a plan on how to employ their skills. How would you triage large numbers, how you could handle sickbay overflow, that sort of thing. Obviously I hope that this is merely an academic exercise, but I'm a strong believer in preparation."

((OOC: assuming some reasonable response))

Finally, he looked to the First Officer. "Lieutenant Zai, as you know, the ambassadors are due aboard at 1200, and we are scheduled to depart at 1300. If you see any gaps in our preparation, or have ideas on way to improve it - please speak up."

((OOC: assuming any response))

The Captain sat back in his chair. "All right, then. Do we have any questions? If there anything that I should know?"

Posted on 2016-04-08 at 16:27:15.
Edited on 2016-04-08 at 16:42:13 by t_catt11

Topic: Question of the Week
Subject: heh

That makes great sense, Schnozzle.

Posted on 2016-04-08 at 12:14:45.

Topic: Question of the Week
Subject: well

I'm most used to the D&D/D20 style of armor making it harder to hit you. Realistically, soak makes way more sense.

If I'm wearing heavy armor, I'll get hit MORE often, but odds are, a high percentage of the blows will just slide off.

Posted on 2016-04-08 at 09:39:47.

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

Putting finishing touches on my post, will be up I the morning (Friday).

Sorry for the delay!

Posted on 2016-04-08 at 00:43:00.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: I... I... eyes...

Posted on 2016-04-07 at 14:23:20.

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

Loves the log post. Reminds me that I should do those for the Captain from time to time.

Post in progress, I promise.

Posted on 2016-04-06 at 12:16:06.

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

Nice visual.

Loved the post, always great to see those flight control folks.

I'm working on a post, but also working...

Posted on 2016-04-05 at 12:12:43.

Topic: AMC's The Walking Dead
Subject: season finale?

I'm not going to get into spoilers (I hope), but I will say this - I have watched every single Walking Dead episode, I have built my schedule around this show, and I hated that episode as I have hated little else in entertainment.

The entire episode was a giant middle finger to the fanbase. An extra half hour of bleak cruelty just for the point of being bleak and cruel. I thought I was watching the Walking Dead, not "Saw: the Series". And the "cliffhanger" finale?

Congratulations, Walking Dead. You just did what I thought was nigh impossible - you drastically lowered my interest in resuming viewership when the show picks up in the fall.

Okay, maybe spoilers are below, to a point. Read at your own risk.

Teasing a major character's death for weeks, then not even showing it? After the multiple camera shots meant to make you think "it's this person!", "no, it's this person!", then the rapid fire showing of everyone's faces before switching to the victim's perspective?

Cheap, cheap, cheap manipulation of the audience. We have to wait until effing October to know what happened? I am furious.

And to be quite honest, the new tone of hopelessness just doesn't sit well with me. I watch this show because I'm invested in the characters, who are (admittedly flawed) heroes struggling to survive in unthinkable conditions. I understand - and accept - that sometimes, even main characters will die; the world is just that dangerous. Sometimes, their deaths don't even make sense. That's part of it.

But even when things have been at their bleakest, there has always been hope. That is now gone. Unless the writers introduce some unbelievable duex ex machine, this is an utterly unwinnable situation - and I'm not talking about the current "make an example" encounter, I'm talking about the plot of the show going forward.

Negan's people have the Alexandria folks outnumbered ten, twenty to one - and all of Negan's are fighters, well equipped. So Alexandria has to assimilate into this brutal dictatorship or die. Or maybe try to run away, where many will die in the process.

I hated almost every moment of this episode, and I hated the way that the show treated us. I hate the direction that the show appears to be taking.

The two seasons of anti-Governor conflict were my least favorite so far; it appears that now, we're going to take that essence that I dislike and amp it up to eleven.

I am really, really unhappy with this.

Posted on 2016-04-05 at 10:20:29.

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

Improper use of imaginary tech??? Perish the thought!

Posted on 2016-04-05 at 09:31:23.

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