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

glad to see you, Brennus! We've been missing ya, no doubt.

Post #2 from me regarding the mast is now up. It's time to Lauren to present her defense.

Posted on 2016-10-26 at 00:38:11.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty
Subject: captain's mast, part 2

Stardate 2365.02.09
USS Peregrine, Captain's Mess - 1405

To her credit, Chief Crane had thus far conducted herself in an utterly professional manner. She sat straight and tall, and kept a serious, though neutral, expression on her face.

Sias went though his preliminaries and offered the Chief the option of seeking a court martial. He had honestly expected for her to confer with her advocate, but it would appear that Tochi had already helped to prep her for the proceeding; she did not hesitate in her response. "There's no need to confer, Captain," Chief Crane's voice maintained a steady and level tone. "I am fully prepared to accept your ruling in this matter, sir."

A wise decision, Drake mused. Clearly, Tochi had given some good advice.

"Fair enough, Chief," Silas answered. "With that being the case, I will proceed to the heart of the matter."

The Captain paused for a moment and looked around the room before fixing his gaze once again on Crane. "This morning at oh eight thirty," Silas began, "I had a meeting with Lieutenant Sh'iraolnas. As we recapped her impressions of her new department, she revealed to me that the two of you had a meeting yesterday evening, during which you confessed that you were, in fact, the individual responsible for the arrest of Lieutenant Tesenblen. According to Lieutenant Sh'iraolnas' report, you had concerns with the study of the wolfsbane and the potential impact in terms of safety to the crew and the mission."

Drake paused for a moment. "I was told that you raised these concerns to Lieutenant Tesenblen, but that he was not swayed, and cited the containment plan he had developed and I had sanctioned. From what I understand, you felt that since I had already approved his research and his plan, that your concerns would fall on deaf ears. You then contacted security aboard Starbase 118 to report the illegal research that Lieutenant Tesenblen was conducting."

The Captain paused again, and the holographic projectors leapt to life to display a time stamped communications log.

Drake gestured to the display. "The communications log between the Peregrine and Starbase 118 appears to corroborate this account. Please note the highlighted entry - stardate 42135.3. Communication initiated from Chief Petty Officer Lauren Crane to Starbase 118 security, duration six minutes, twelve seconds."

The Captain sighed ever so slightly. "Furthermore, an interview with your roommate, one Chief Petty Officer Dana Cook, reveals that you told her an essentially identical story to the one you told Lieutenant Sh'iraolnas."

Silas interlaced his fingers atop the table and regarded the accused. "Chief Crane, to be quite honest with you, the facts seem to be exceptionally clear. However, I will now give you the chance to present your version of the events in question. While I rather doubt that you will be able to tender any facts to call into question the veracity of the evidence I have related, it is possible that you may still present some mitigating circumstance of which I am not privy. This is your chance to speak, so please, include any information that you feel may be relevant to this proceeding."

With that, the Captain leaned back a bit in his chair and waited for the Chief's response.

Posted on 2016-10-26 at 00:37:17.

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

As Drake pointed out, he absolutely does not have to offer the court martial. Were she a commissioned officer, she could demand a court martial instead of the NJP; as an enlisted, she does not have the right. However, with the ship being under weigh, Drake might still be able to force the NJP on even a junior commissioned officer... an NCO like Crane has literally no standing here. Drake's offer is made to show that he is willing to be utterly impartial.

A court martial could indeed open an investigation into why Captain Drake allowed an illegal operation on board the ship. However, he doesn't seem to be too worried about that - note his interaction with Starbase security regarding the matter. He makes no secret of it.

If Crane insists on a court martial, her career is over, and as Eol has pointed out, she will do real time on a penal colony. The only possible way that she would be able to avoid this would be if she had first attempted to resolve the matter via proper channels and discovered that neither Drake nor Zai would hear her concerns - AND if she could prove that her concerns were valid. Even though the plant is illegal, it is not some super weapon that would jeopardize the ship (as you may see, depending on how the NJP goes).

Bottom line, she violated one of the basic tenets of military discipline in a serious manner, and in doing so, caused severe harm to her department head. She's not going to have anywhere near the mitigating circumstances to prevent serious punishment at a court martial.

The NJP is not going to be fun for her, but it's her best choice by far.

Posted on 2016-10-25 at 08:26:53.
Edited on 2016-10-25 at 08:29:01 by t_catt11

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: part 1 up

Okay, part 1 of the "trial" is up. I would assume that Crane will accept the NJP, but if she wishes to hold out for a full legal proceeding (and the increased rights she would be afforded at the cost of much greater jeopardy), Drake is prepared to allow her to do that.

An astute officer would likely be able to ascertain how serious Drake feels about this issue, seeing as how he referred to it as a "gross" violation.

Posted on 2016-10-25 at 00:46:34.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty
Subject: captain's mast, part 1

Stardate 2365.02.09
USS Peregrine, Captain's Mess - 1355

Captain Drake stood, alone, in the hallway outside of the Captain's Mess. His fury from the earlier meeting had cooled, and he found that his heart felt a touch heavy. Though Silas knew that he carried a deserved reputation for being a hardass when the situation warranted, his underlings might have been surprised to learn that he did not relish tasks such as the one he was about to undertake. To the contrary, he truly wanted nothing but the best for his crew; however, much like a father might reluctantly punish a wayward child, so too would Drake dispense discipline as needed.

Now was a time when it seemed that such discipline was clearly needed.

Silas took a deep breath, straightened his back, and adopted a completely neutral face before striding into the Captain's Mess. It would not do to show doubt or weakness to his crew.

The hatch hissed open to reveal the normally cozy Captain's Mess, tough the atmosphere seemed anything but this afternoon. Drake noted with a touch of satisfaction that he was the last to arrive - Chief Crane was present and seated at the foot of the table, with Lieutenants Zai, Lasad, Berk, and Sh'iraolnas seated around the table. Taking his own seat, Drake spoke.

"Since it would appear that we are all here," he spoke, "I see no reason to delay this. If no one has an objection, let us begin."

((OOC: assuming no objections))

Drake nodded. "Very well. Let the record show that we are assembled here today for the purpose of conducting a non judicial proceeding in the matter of a gross violation of the chain of command by Chief Petty Officer Lauren Crane." The Captain paused for a moment to allow his words to sink in before fixing the Chief with his gaze.

"Before we continue, Chief, I would like to clarify some potential questions." Silas took a breath. "Since you are not a commissioned officer, Chief, and further influenced by the fact that we are under weigh, I am fully within my rights as Captain of this vessel to compel you to accept this non judicial proceeding. However, I am willing to give you to option of a formal court martial, if you so desire."

The Captain glanced around the table. "You should carefully consider this choice, Chief. If I find you guilty in this non judicial proceeding, you will have no true method of recourse; you will simply be forced to accept any punishment that I choose to hand out. Such an action will almost certainly have a negative impact upon your Starfleet career. Bear in mind that, unlike in a formal legal trial, I need not be convinced of your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt; I need only decide that a preponderance of the evidence points to your guilt. At a non judicial proceeding such as this, you are entitled to retain an advocate to help plead your case, but even though I have the utmost faith that whoever you choose to be your advocate will in fact do their best to represent your interests, the fact remains that we lack a true legal specialist aboard the Peregrine, and certainly do not have anyone truly trained to defend breaches of maritime law."

Drake gave a moment for the above to sink in. "With that being said, if you elect to take your chance with a court martial, understand that you will be relieved of duty and confined to quarters until such time as we are able to arrange for your transport to a Starbase or similar Federation outpost where you can stand trial. If this does go to a formal legal action, I will pursue it aggressively, filing charges that will include items such as dereliction of duty, conduct unbecoming, and any and all technicalities that I can find that may apply. While it is certainly possible that you may be able to win your case in a formal legal proceeding, given the evidence I have seen thus far, I rather doubt that will be the situation. If you are convicted at a court martial, you can expect to spend real time in the brig, and can almost guarantee that your Starfleet career will be over."

The silence in the room was palpable. "If you wish to confer with your advocate, Chief Crane, you may do so now. I need to know which course you would prefer to take."

Posted on 2016-10-25 at 00:43:19.

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

If it's okay with everyone, I'm going to assume that the characters with "speaking parts" will be there on time. Eol and Brom, if you guys want, you could do a collaboration (or a backpost) having Crane talk to Tochi about being her advocate - but this is hardly necessary, just a way to do some posting since you guys seem to look for any excuse.

If all goes well, I may have a preliminary post up tonight, which should provide some tag opportunities for other players before my next post.

Posted on 2016-10-24 at 22:43:12.

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

Cubs won the NLCS for the first time since 1945, Auburn stomped Arkansas; I'm super happy. My NFL picks continue to be terrible for the game here on the Inn, but let's not talk about that.

Loving the series of posts for Trek!

Looks like things are quite elsewhere in the game, so it you folks are okay with it, I may skip ahead to the Captain's Mast. I believe that I can safely assume that Chief Crane will be there, and be on time, yes?

Posted on 2016-10-24 at 15:50:52.

Topic: Tann’s NFL U Pick em Game 2016-17
Subject: apparenty, 8 is my number....

Green Bay
Los Angeles
Kansas City
San Francisco
New England

At least I won't miss the Carolina pack AGAIN.

Posted on 2016-10-20 at 15:31:51.

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

There you go, one Captain's reaction.

Posted on 2016-10-19 at 01:37:26.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty
Subject: in which the fecal matter strikes the air distribution device...

Stardate 2365.02.09
USS Peregrine, Captain's Ready Room - 0838

The conversation with the new Chief Science Officer had started off well enough. The attractive andorian had quite a bit of a prim, by the book manner to her, though the previous evening's interactions with Tochi had proven that there was another layer to her. Still, she offered polite, expected responses to all of his queries, offering little in the way of personal insight into her thoughts... at least until the conversation ventured to the science staff.

Sh'iraolnas' comment about a "deviated trajectory" elicited an arched eyebrow from the Captain, but he made no comment - the department was hers to run as she saw fit, assuming they continued to meet the ship's needs. For the new CSO to succeed, she would need the Captain's support - which he understood would largely involve him staying out of the way. As such, he felt that the matters were likely to be minor and not worth him getting involved.

And then, the bomb dropped. "It is, however, troubling that I need to report a rather serious infraction," Sh'iraolnas spoke in a serious tone.

Releasing her knee, the blue-skinned woman leaned back in her chair and used the palm of her right hand to press the folds in her right pant leg down, paying attention to her actions instead of looking at Captain Drake's response. "Chief Crane admitted to me that she is the reason for Lieutenant Tesenblen's arrest, though the intention was innocent enough."

"You see," she continued, "the Lieutenant's most recent project - the one that involved the Wolfsbane - became a concern to the Chief when the delegation chose the Peregrine as their berth. She approached Lieutenant Tesenblen with her concerns and according to her, he dismissed them as he had your approval for the security protocols he'd enacted and the intention behind his research. You'll see in the report I forwarded you early this block that she felt she had to act to protect the integrity of the mission and the safety of our guests, the crew, and Starfleet on a whole. Feeling that she had nowhere else to go due to your approval of the project, she reported the existence of the Wolfsbane to Starbase One-One-Eight's security team."

"Chief Crane was quite distraught that this caused Lieutenant Tesenblen's arrest. She considered him a friend as well as her commanding officer." Looking up from her ironing work, Asovil met Silas' gaze once more. "Details are in the report, including the message from CPO Crane's personal communication file. I've spoken with her about the severity of her actions and told her that discipline will be forthcoming. Until then, she is to remain restricted to her quarters. I felt that the situation did not warrant bothering you with it during Beta Shift's activities and could wait until Alpha."

At last, Sh'iraolnas stopped speaking, though truth be told, it took a moment for Silas to register that fact. His face felt flushed; there was knot in the pit of his stomach and a dull ringing in his ears. The Captain's eyes sparked with dark fury as he fixed the new science chief with a glare. "She. Did. What." he spat through gritted teeth.

Drake snatched his PADD off of his desk and thumbed through until he located the aforementioned report. If possible, the Captain's countenance fell even further as he absorbed the information therein.

Silas glanced up at the andorian woman, then dropped the PADD back onto his desk as he stood and paced a few strides. The Captain turned his back on his guest as he considered the various ship models from around the room. At last, he spoke. "Thank you for bringing this to my attention, Lieutenant. Whatever her motivations, the fact remains that not only did Chief Crane clearly violate the chain of command, but her actions caused severe - perhaps irreparable - harm to the career of your predecessor. This is a matter of discipline and protocol, and will have to be dealt with by more than a few days of being grounded to her room."

Drake closed his eyes and pinched the bridge of his nose as he keyed his communicator. "Drake to Petty Officer Vish."

=/=Vish here, Captain=/= came the reply with a bit of a snarky tone. =/=Why so formal?=/=

"Not now, Yeoman!" Drake snapped.

Instantly, the voice on the other end turned businesslike. =/=Aye, Captain. What can I do for you, sir?"=/=

In other circumstances, Drake might have marveled at the change in tone, but he was too preoccupied to notice. "Riva, I want you to locate Chief Crane. If she is off duty, proceed directly to her quarters; if not, find her at her station. Inform her that she is to report to the Captain's Mess at fourteen hundred hours to be subject of a Captain's Mast."

=/=Sir?=/= came the unsure reply.

Drake's voice was measured and calm, though his had to consciously un ball his fist. "You have your orders, petty officer. Carry them out."

=/=Aye, sir. Orders acknowledged. Vish out.=/= came the reply.

Silas let out a heavy sigh and retook his chair. Once again turning his gaze on Sh'iraolnas, he spoke. "Unless there is something more, Lieutenant, I believe that you have a department to attend to, and I have hearing to prepare for."

((OOC: assuming nothing to force the meeting to last longer.))

Drake nodded. "Very well. Dismissed, Lieutenant."

((OOC: assuming she leaves))

Silas sat for a few long moments, staring silently at the door. He had a bridge shift to return to; it would not do to hide in his office for hours on end. First, though, he needed to inform the XO.

Drake tapped his commbadge. "Drake to Lieutenant Zai."

((OOC: assuming a typical response))

"Sorry to bother you, Tochi; I know that you're not on shift until Beta today. However, something has come up - I'll be bringing Chief Crane to Captain's Mast today at fourteen hundred hours, and I expect that she may want you or Lasad to act as her advocate."

((OOC: seems like a nice point to end this))

Posted on 2016-10-19 at 01:34:27.
Edited on 2016-10-19 at 01:36:33 by t_catt11

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

Reaction post coming, should be today.

Posted on 2016-10-17 at 11:01:39.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty
Subject: getting scientific

Stardate 2365.02.09
USS Peregrine, Captain's Ready Room - 0828

The chime sounded, just a bit early - which was exactly what Silas had expected. "Come in," he bade, and the hatch slid open to reveal the blue-skinned Andorian officer that served as the new science chief. The Captain rose and offered a hand, then gestured to the seat across from his own. "Please, have a seat, Lieutenant Sh'iraolnas."

((OOC: assuming she does so...))

"I trust that you have had a chance to settle in a bit?" Drake asks.

((OOC: whatever answer))

The Captain nodded. "Again, I would like to apologize for the less than cordial welcome yesterday. While I am certain that you can appreciate the frustration I was under by having all but one of my department heads replaced within a twenty-four hour window - including a secret arrest of one of them - the fact remains that none of that was your fault, and as such, I was less than polite to you. Hopefully, the lack of tact on my part will not hamper our working relationship going forward."

((OOC assuming some sort of polite response))

Silas gave a half smile. "Very well. You strike me as an individual that values directness, so let's get down to business. First off, I owe you a full briefing."

Drake leaned back a bit in his chair. "We were originally assigned as the escort for the USS Coronado, a Miranda class vessel that has been refit for diplomatic purposes, in her mission to broker a peace between the Kuldar and Rytain at a summit to be held in the Gamera system. Her outdated combat capabilities were even further reduced by the refit, but she has excellent facilities for diplomats - as well as a crew trained for, and dedicated to such missions. The escort was required to ensure their safety. However, when Lieutenant Zai and I met with Captain Jacobs, his first officer, and the ambassadors at Starbase 118, the ambassadors put a wrinkle into the situation by demanding berths aboard the 'superior' vessel - even if it meant leaving the rest of their contingents behind on the Coronado. To say that Captain Jacobs was displeased would be an understatement, but in the end, we really had little choice but to comply."

The Captain shook his head. "We have less than two days worth of warp to reach the Gamera system, at which point we will deliver the ambassadors, resume an escort position, and wish the process the best. Captain Jacobs has made it clear in no uncertain terms that we are not to interfere, that we are to limit our interactions with the ambassadors."

Drake gave a wry grin. "I am more than happy to comply with these orders. As you have likely surmised, I care little for politics and flowery words. Fortunately for this mission, Lieutenants Zai and Lasad have talents in this area, so last night's reception wasn't the utter failure I might have otherwise created."

Silas clasped his hands. "Any questions?" he asked.

((OOC: allowing for Sh'iraolnas to interject whatever here. If we need a sidebar, we can handle it via future posts. Assuming, however, that she does not torpedo the entire conversation...))

The Captain nodded. "Moving on, then. I would assume that you have had a chance to meet with all of your staff. I'm curious as to your first impression of them, if you don't mind my asking."

Drake kept his face neutral. This line of conversation would allow Lieutenant Sh'iraolnas the chance to mention the confinement of Chief Crane to quarters without him having to break tradition and inquire about intra-department discipline. Naturally, it was his right to know - nothing aboard a ship was off limits to the Captain - but traditions were to be respected. He did not want the new department chief to feel that he was stepping on her toes with her less than a day into the job, but the fact that an otherwise well behaved chief has required this disciplinary measure did pique Drake's curiosity.

Posted on 2016-10-14 at 00:42:20.
Edited on 2016-10-14 at 00:43:01 by t_catt11

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

New England
NY Giants
Green Bay

Posted on 2016-10-13 at 16:12:27.
Edited on 2016-10-16 at 00:14:52 by t_catt11

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

If we go by the "current" game time of the 0800 hour, we're just into Alpha.

Not that there would be anything wrong with handling one of the past shifts...

Posted on 2016-10-12 at 23:23:13.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: what, no Eol?

Say it ain't so!!!

I should have my post up soon to start the convo with Asovil.

Posted on 2016-10-11 at 10:51:28.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: yee-haw

Tag, Tochi's it.

Posted on 2016-10-07 at 09:49:23.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty
Subject: intrigue, bah

Stardate 2365.02.09
USS Peregrine, Captain Drake's Quarters - 0025

"Well, sir," Zai replied from behind a roguish smirk, "our thoughts were to bypass Jacobs altogether. We believe we may have something of a rapport with Commander Farr and thought that we should perhaps contact her as opposed to the Captain." He sipped from the snifter once more and offered up a bit of a shrug; "We're fairly certain that she would be open to an exchange of information, especially since it's the Coronado's mission that would suffer more for all of this. Our mission is accomplished once we successfully deliver the Ambassadors and the Coronado to the Gamera system; their success will be gauged by the summit's outcome."

He set his own snifter aside, then, and regarded Silas. "Given Jacobs' elitist attitude, I have no compunction about plotting a course around him, sir, but we don't want to fly around you. If you tell me to drop the matter, we will; otherwise, our intent is to contact Commander Farr first thing in the morning."

Silas let out a heavy sign in response. Commander Farr had seemed to be far more level-headed and reasonable than Captain Jacobs - but then again, Drake was not at all convinced that many Klingons in the midst of battle lust were not more reasonable than Jacobs.

The Captain's lips drew tight as he answered. "Tochi, I understand your approach here, and certainly agree that you are likely to get more positive of a reaction from Farr than from Jacobs. But tread very lightly - I would not put it past Jacobs to have standing orders that he be copied on all communications from the Peregrine. My initial impression of Commander Farr was positive, but I don't know that I would wager any real money on her not sharing your concerns with Jacobs. If he finds out that we attempted to circumvent him, there will be hell to pay."

Silas took another sip, the snifter now all but empty. "Naturally, I trust your abilities to communicate delicately more than I trust my own, but I would be remiss if I didn't suggest that you may wish to simply inform Commander Farr as to your observations regarding Ambassador Threel, perhaps suggest that she keep an eye out for the same among the rest of the Rytain contingent. You may not want to ask yet for her to actively pass intel back to us, as she has little to gain by doing so - but much to risk by going behind Jacobs' back."

The Captain chuckled again. "You may also want to check the Coronado duty roster before you try any communications. You certainly don't want to be hailing the Commander while she is sharing the bridge with Jacobs - I would think that you would have the most luck if you can catch her alone, off duty."

Drake finished off his brandy and spoke again. "Thank you for coming to me, Tochi. I appreciate you keeping me in the loop. I do so detest these sorts of shenanigans, however."

Posted on 2016-10-07 at 09:49:05.

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

Doouble post is up.

Post number one continues the current Drake/Zai interaction. Post number two tags Haemis, and pushes us to 0800.

Whether or not Eol and I get this current interaction wrapped, I'm going to try to get a post up for 0830, and the Captain meeting with the CSO.

Let's roll, folks!

Posted on 2016-10-07 at 00:59:35.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty
Subject: making nice...

Stardate 2365.02.09
USS Peregrine, Captain's Ready Room - 0800

The door chime sounded precisely on time, and at Drake's admonition, the hatch slid open to reveal Lieutenant McTavish. There's something to be said for punctuality, Silas mused.

The Captain stood and offered his hand to the big man, then indicated the seat across from his desk. Taking his own seat, Drake spoke.

"Thank you for joining me, Lieutenant McTavish," he began. "As you may have gathered," he continued, "I'm not much of one for subtlety or silken phrases. As such, I would prefer to cut right to the chase."

The Captain paused for a brief moment. "First off, we need to go ahead and make it formal - you are no longer the acting Chief Engineer, but simply the Chief Engineer of the USS Peregrine. From what I understand, Commander Thorson may be on extended medical leave, and it's not out of the realm of possibility that he will never again serve as Chief Engineer of a starship. It won't do for you to feel like you are simply keeping your seat warm for someone else; I believe that you will do your best work when you - and your people - understand that you are permanently in charge." A wry smile tugged at the corner of his mouth. "Well, as permanent as anything in Starfleet, at any rate. Speaking of which..."

The Captain paused for a moment, allowing his gaze to drift along the ship models mounted on the walls of the Ready Room before looking McTavish in the eye once more. He opened his mouth as if to speak, closed it again, then frowned. "Lieutenant," he finally spoke, "the second thing we must discuss is that I absolutely owe you an apology. Yesterday was truly the most trying day I have endured as commanding officer of this vessel; in the span of twenty four hours, I literally lost every single department head outside of Lieutenant Zai. Then, when I heard that you had come from the Coronado... well, I assumed a few things. In compliance with at least part of the old saying, in assuming I did at least make an ass of me."

Drake chucked slightly and held up a hand to forestall any response from McTavish. "It is the truth, and I am sorry for not welcoming you warmly to begin with. Now then," Drake gestured to the PADD on his desk, "I have taken the liberty of reviewing your personnel file - which I should have done before I met with you yesterday. It seems that you left the Coronado on less than ideal terms wth Captain Jacobs?"

((OOC: assuming that McTavish responds in the affirmative))

Again, the wry grin tugged at the corner of the Captain's mouth. "If you haven't already heard, the scuttlebutt will reach you soon enough; it is no secret that Captain Jacobs and I are not exactly the closest of friends." The Captain gave a self deprecating chuckle.

"More accurately," he continued, "Jacobs has never liked me, neither on a personal nor professional level. He makes no secret of the fact that he does not believe me fit for command of any vessel. As such, my initial thought was that he had pulled strings to plant you as eyes and ears aboard my ship." Drake paused, and a twinkle touched his eye for a moment. "Of course, that was before I learned that you struck him, which led to your transfer."

((OOC: allowing a response from McTavish, if desired))

"Now then," Drake continued, "I could certainly never officially condone such an action. But then... I was not there when it happened, so I will not pretend to be capable of passing judgment on the situation - nor will I pretend to not understand what could lead one to such an action." The Captain cleared his throat. "We've all made mistakes, mister McTavish; what is important is how we conduct ourselves going forward. So then, with your permission, I would like to wipe the slate clean, to start over. Welcome aboard the Peregrine, Lieutenant McTavish. Go make the Engineering department your own, and enjoy the break before I ask you to work some miracle of technology."

((OOC: any response, if desired))

Drake stood and offered his hand once more. "Dismissed Lieutenant."

Posted on 2016-10-07 at 00:57:50.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty
Subject: doubletalk and intrigue

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

Drake was hardly surprised when Zai accepted the brandy, neat - after all, the Trill had excellent taste (and multiple lifetimes worth of memories to develop it).

Soon, the first officer was sharing his concerns. "At the reception tonight, we couldn't help but notice that one of the ambassadors doesn't seem to be as enthused, shall we say, about the prospects of this summit as he professes to be. Outwardly, of course, he expresses commitment to and even desire for peace but there's something behind that façade that plucks a sour note."

Silas gave a tired sigh and nod. "Ambassador Threel, of course," he spoke by way of response.

Tochi expanded on his thoughts, wondering aloud at the disposition of the remainder of the delegations, and musing on Jacobs' mandate and how it impacted the mission.

Silas chuckled mirthlessly. "The problem with Captain Jacobs' mandate," he began, "is that the esteemed Captain is not here to manage it. After all, we can't very well be expected to ignore our guests; as such, we will by necessity have some contact with them. It is our duty to not only conduct them safely to the summit, but to ensure their comfort along the way."

The Captain took a sip of the amber liquid, savoring it for a moment before continuing. "I noticed some of the same things at the reception; while I lack your grace and diplomatic aplomb, I did not rise to this rank without having some talent at reading people. No, Ambassador Threel practices a good speech, but something about him does not sit well with me. D'Lar is more than a bit of an ass, there is little doubt as to that - but I feel that his dedication to the peace is genuine. Threel, on the other hand... I wonder at his agenda."

Drake fixed Zai with his gaze. "Your need to know about the situation aboard the Coronado is noted, Lieutenant, but I wonder how we could accomplish such a thing? While I can justify interacting with the Ambassadors aboard the Peregrine, I can't exactly hail Jacobs and ask if the rest of Threel's contingent seems as disingenuous as he does. I have no means to covertly observe those souls aboard that ship, nor do I have any agents there to do so for me. I share your worries about the success of this mission, but my position is currently rather impotent."

Silas sat his snifter down on the desk, frustration written all over his face. "Hell, even if I had proof that the rest of the Rytain were all as insincere about this peace process as we fear that Threel is - what, then? It's not as if I can round them up at phaser point and demand that no, they not play lip service only, but instead making a genuine effort toward peace!"

The Captain pinched the bridge of his nose and closed his eyes for a moment. "I truly despise doubletalk and intrigue, Tochi. If you have any ideas as to how we should proceed in this matter, I would gladly hear them."

((OOC: okay, I don't want to get too far ahead. Tagging Tochi...))

Posted on 2016-10-07 at 00:56:45.

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)
Green Bay

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.

New England
San Diego
San Francisco

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

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