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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.

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

That was some game! I hate the "ice the kicker" timeouts at the end of a game, they feel so cheap... but clearly, they are worth the trouble.

I have to say - if the NFL is serious about concussion awareness and prevention, they cannot let that many shots to the QB's head go uncalled. It got called exactly once all night, and on an offsetting penalty play at that. What a joke.

Meanwhile, they call unsportsmanlike conduct on a guy for jumping up and down after a touchdown, thus keeping the "No Fun League" moniker safe.

Posted on 2016-09-09 at 08:11:20.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: confined to quarters

When confined to quarters, that would the person's own cabin. Confined to quarters is basically house arrest, but is an honor system type thing, since there are no security guards keeping you there. Of course, it's a ridiculously simple thing to track one's location via computer; I would imagine that one could also (very easily) ask the computer to notify you if someone that you confined to quarters violated that agreement.

I would think that Crane would be either (a) allowed to visit the replicators in the crew mess, and bring food back to her cabin, or (b) have food delivered to her via security. Honestly, I would suspect that option (a) would be in place, as "confined to quarters" is more on an internal punishment - you're making a point, but specifically not going through official channels.

Now, if she dallied, then there would be repercussions...

Posted on 2016-09-09 at 08:03:43.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: that hits the spot!

Loved the post about our new CEO looking for that special spot!

Re: ops and cross training... on a small boat like this, a fairly high percentage of people are going to, by necessity, have some rudimentary cross training. We already have enlisteds on the bridge, as there is simply no other way.

For example, PO T'Darin is a Tactical Specialist. But he's also a shuttlecraft pilot, and has been cross trained to serve the odd bridge shift at the CONN. Granted, he's never going to be asked to fly the ship in any sort of a pressure situation, but he can hold down the fort until a real helmsman arrives, and he can hold a gamma (or maybe even beta) watch.

The Ops personnel that are noted as being bridge certified have the training to man the Ops console on the bridge. They can raise shields, operate sensors/communications/tractor beams, handle damage reports, etc.

Ops would be most likely to be cross trained in engineering, as damage control is technically under ops - and many ops personnel are specialists with certain systems. They won't cut it as true engineers, but they know their own systems, and can at least assist with repairs and the like.

Posted on 2016-09-08 at 23:36:55.

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

Dress uniforms - the long, colored versions.

Diplomatic communications would be secure and encrypted. Even if you knew when a call started and ended, you would not be able to listen in without some major black ops technology - and as Eol pointed out, doing so would be a MASSIVE no-no.

You could bug their rooms, of course, though I would expect anyone with espionage intentions to have countermeasures in place. And again, bugging a diplomat would be breaking the rules, and very sorely looked upon.

Glad you enjoyed the silver screen. Hopefully, having a bad guy aside from Jacobs makes this less of a pleasure cruise...

Posted on 2016-09-08 at 17:00:33.
Edited on 2016-09-08 at 17:01:29 by t_catt11

Topic: Dark Fantasy QnA
Subject: whoa

VM Beetle with legs.

Thanks, I'm gonna sit over here, safe from Alacrity's monstrous monsters.

Posted on 2016-09-08 at 13:07:11.

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

Okay, good to know. Again, I knew that this time was fine, regardless - nothing big will happen for the next couple of in-game days. Glad you did check with Eol, thanks!

Posted on 2016-09-08 at 13:05:58.

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

Hey folks, I have an important request.

Please do NOT skip the game day ahead without checking with myself or Eol. We covered this before in the Q&A (it's right there on page one), but people tend to forget.

Now, the current Odyson/Boo Boo timeline is fine. As it just so happens, there are no major events planned that would impact you folks meeting "tomorrow".

But typically, you should always check if you're going to "skip ahead" in time (even by a few hours) - and you should always, always check if you're going to go tot he next day.

You can backpost to your heart's content. But if, say, there was a change in the mission, we got attacked, somebody's superior officer changed the schedule, etc... an entire set of posts could be invalidated, and NOBODY wants that to happen.

I love sideline posts, sub plots, etc - just please be super careful when posting ahead, and again, clear it with me or Eol first. Thanks!

Posted on 2016-09-08 at 12:52:03.

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

Official briefing it is.

I agree - shipboard life snippets are fun to read, and add to the overall depth of the story.

I just made a super fluffy post as a "bad guy silver screen" moment. You know just to get your imaginations running a bit.

Posted on 2016-09-08 at 12:37:43.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty
Subject: behind the scenes...

Stardate 2365.02.08
USS Peregrine, Deck 2, Ambassador's Quarters, 16:55

The viewscreen flared to life, revealing a military officer wearing an unreadable expression.

The ambassador wore a frown. "Is everything in place, Captain?" he asked.

"Indeed it is," came the reply. "All preparations are complete. All systems are fully operational. They will not know what hit them."

The frown began to mellow a bit. "Good, good. And your crew? What of them?" he asked.

The officer on the screen stiffened. "Brother, this crew is hand picked, dedicated to the cause, and ready to die for it. They will not waver when the moment comes."

"Excellent," the ambassador replied. The frown was gone, replaced by a smirk.

"What of our agents on that end?" the captain asked.

The smirk on the ambassador's face deepened. "All are successfully in place. The Federation welcomed them with open arms - the fools have even granted me secure, encrypted communications with which to orchestrate our plans."

The officer shook his head. "How can they be so trusting?"

The ambassador chuckled. "I do not know. I believe that they underestimate the depth of our hatred for the enemy. They believe that talking will change things."

The captain made an odd noise. "There are many among us who believe the same."

The ambassador's expression grew dark once more. "And those are fools at best, traitors at the worst! But have no fear, my brother - our actions will gain so much more for our people that mere words could ever do!"

This time, it was the captain's turn to smirk. "I believe this more than anyone, else I would not be the one on this end of the operation, planning my own death!"

Now, the ambassador's face wore a touch of chagrin. "Or course, my brother... of course. I meant to offence to the glorious sacrifice of you and your crew. Your names will stand out among the history of our people."

The captain made a face as if to spit. "Bah. Few will know our names, and we will soon be forgotten. But we do this not for history's love, but for our people, and for final victory over the enemy."

The ambassador grew very serious. "Have no fear. The brethren understand the crucial import of your actions, how you will galvanize us at last to unite in victory. You will be lifted up!"

Mollified, the office changed course. "What of the Starfleet commanders? What impact will they have?"

The ambassador allowed himself a wide grin. "We could not have purposefully chosen better for our designs; they play perfectly into our hands. They squabble amongst themselves, they posture - each desiring to be the better of the two. They will not hesitate to act, and will follow our script as if cast to the role."

The officer allowed himself a grin of his own and gave a salute of a fist over his heart. "Excellent, brother. Strength and honor."

The ambassador nodded gravely and returned the salute. "And to you, brother. Strength and honor."

With that, the viewscreen went dark. The ambassador chuckled and moved to the replicator to see what it might hold of interest.

Posted on 2016-09-08 at 12:35:59.

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

I'm working on a reception post now. I want to give Amara plenty of room to set the scene and such, but I don't want to force her to cram in a fluff post, so...

Also, I have a lot of a Captain's Mast piece ready for Chief Crane. I suspect that won't happen until the next game day, though... the timeline doesn't seem to lend itself to the Captain being notified of the issue, unless our new CSO wants to notify him at/after the reception.

Posted on 2016-09-07 at 23:37:51.

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

I, for one, think that "Bann Tann" jokes would be funny. So, there.

My picks...

Tampa Bay
Green Bay
Kansas City
New York Giants
San Francisco

Posted on 2016-09-07 at 23:24:26.

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

We need to handle the Crane situation for sure... but Asovil will need to inform Drake.

He's gonna take a very dim view of her actions, just be prepared for that. Ignoring the chain of command is a big, big deal - and for a chief to do it? Ouch.

Posted on 2016-09-02 at 23:29:37.

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

Ody - I replied to you and Eol via PM regarding the staffing issue.

Posted on 2016-09-01 at 15:39:19.
Edited on 2016-09-01 at 15:48:48 by t_catt11

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

I am loving these posts so much!

Great silver screen... love how that was depicted.

And the pic... man, that is almost EXACTLY what I had in my mind's eye! Ever so slightly different hairstyle, maybe, but so close as to be ridiculous. And just so freaking COOL.

Posted on 2016-09-01 at 15:17:01.
Edited on 2016-09-01 at 15:24:00 by t_catt11

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty
Subject: rubbing elbows

Stardate 2365.02.08
USS Peregrine, Captain's Ready Room, 13:30

Initially, Silas had immersed himself into the tedium of paperwork as a way to divert himself from the stress of the current situation. The fact remained, thought, that there WAS a lot to be done - cadets might dream of glory in a Captain's chair, but the reality was that there was a shocking amount of busywork associated with the office. Silas had a bad habit of occasionally putting off certain mind-numbing administrative tasks, but for the moment, he was thankful for them.

Indeed, the time flew, and Drake found himself glancing at a chronometer in surprise at just how many minutes had passed; at least he had been productive. Alpha shift was over, though, and it occurred to the Captain that he owed his new Chief Science Officer an apology - or, at the least, a proper welcome.

"Computer," he spoke, "please locate Lieutenant Sh'iraolnas."

=/=Lieutenant Sh'iraolnas is currently located in the Observation Lounge, =/= the feminine voice replied.

Silas put his PADD away and sighed. Time to play nice, he thought.


Stardate 2365.02.08
USS Peregrine, Observation Lounge, 16:15

Drake strode into the lounge, quickly spotting the Andorian woman seated at a table across from none other than his executive officer. A grin tugged at the corner of his mouth. Always the envoy, eh Tochi? he mused.

Taking a breath, Silas covered the distance to the table and cleared his throat. By the expressions on each of their faces, it would seem that these two had relaxed a bit in each other's presence. "Lieu... er... Tochi and... Asovil, is it?" He fumbled as he gestured to an empty chair. "Would you mind if I joined you for a moment?"

((OOC: assuming that he isn't told to shove off))

Drake pulled up a chair and arched an eyebrow at the food. "A bit early for dinner, isn't it?" he asked in a bit of a playful tone.

((OOC: whatever response...))

Leah chose the moment to appear. "And what would you be having, Captain?" she asked with a smile.

Silas returned the expression. "I haven't quite worked up an appetite of my own yet, Leah... a ginger ale will do just fine for now, please. And in here, you may call me 'Silas'."

She gave a mischievous grin. "One ginger ale coming up... Captain." With that, she was gone.

Drake shook his head and gave a rueful grin. "That woman knows full well that I have to consciously think about not being so formal in here... and so she makes it a point to never use my name. I think that she must be in league with Riva - I don't get an ounce of respect from either of them."

Focusing on his companions, he continued. "Now then, while I could share the contributing factors behind my behavior this afternoon, I do not wish to come across as making excuses. Lieutenant... er, Asovil - please accept my sincere apologies for slighting you earlier. While I am certain that Tochi has already done so, please allow me to formally welcome you aboard the Peregrine." The Captain extended his hand.

((OOC - assuming a handshake and some sort of polite response))

"Please bear with us," he continued. "In the last twenty-four hours, literally every department head outside of Tochi has been replaced - some under some very odd circumstances. As a scientist, I would wager that you likely share my lack of confidence in multiple coincidences... though I suppose that is neither here nor there. Regardless, we'll get you fully briefed and up to speed - please let me know if you need anything to get settled in, or if your department is lacking anything."

((OOC - any response))

Leah materialized with Drake's drink, and he took a sip before letting a grin play at the corner of his lips. "If the tales I hear are correct, I understand that you made quite an entrance today. If nothing else, I imagine that this will go down in your career as a rather memorable first day."

((OOC - any further dialogue))

Silas stood, drink in hand. "Well, I don't want to distract from your conversation too much. Again, welcome aboard, Asovil." The Captain took a step, then stopped and turned back. "Ah, yes... there is one more thing. If either of you are available, we will be having a reception in the Captain's Mess for our diplomats this evening at nineteen hundred hours. All department heads are invited - though not required - to attend. So if terribly polite conversation and native cuisine from the Rytain and Kuldar peoples sounds enticing, by all means, please feel welcome." The captain raised his glass in a final toast, then walked away.

Posted on 2016-08-31 at 01:13:57.
Edited on 2016-08-31 at 10:58:14 by t_catt11

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

I should have another Drake post up today, as well.

Posted on 2016-08-29 at 09:47:50.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty
Subject: nothing fancy or fun, just handling loose ends...

Stardate 2365.02.08
USS Peregrine, Bridge, 1300

Captain Drake did his best to breathe slowly, evenly, to keep a calm exterior. What was done was done; there was nothing to gain by further outbursts which could only cause loss of face to the accursed ambassadors. While it had been enjoyable to cause annoyance to Captain Jacobs via the "theft" of the diplomats, the fact was that Silas cared little for politics or the intricacies of babysitting ambassadors on tis mission. He knew full well that personally, he was far better suited in the escort role - as was the Peregrine.

But he had been dealt this hand, and would simply have to play it to the best of his ability.

After giving a proper time for the Coronado to clear the hanger, Silas confirmed clearance with Starbase 118, then gave the order to do the same.

Once they were clear, Drake gave the navigational orders. "Lieutenant Zai, lay in a course for the Gamera system, please." After receiving acknowledgement, he continued. "Ahead, one quarter impulse."

The engines hummed to life, taking the Peregrine away from the Starbase at a leisurely pace - though it wouldn't be soon enough for the Captain's tastes.

"Lieutenant Moriden," he spoke, "please inform the Coronado that we will be engaging warp when we achieve nominal safe distance from the Starbase."

*wheeze* "Aye, Captain," came the expected reply.

The diplomats, for their part, were rather reserved. They both did seem to carefully inspect the bridge, but had no commentary to offer, nor did they take any actions to cause any sort of disruption. The next few minutes passed without incident, though they did certainly feel much longer.

Soon enough, though, safe distance was achieved. "Now then, Lieutenant Zai," Drake spoke. "Let's get truly under way, shall we? Warp factor six, please - engage the warp drive."

Despite his sour mood, Silas felt that old familiar thrill as the starscape through the viewscreen distorted momentarily before settling to the blankness of warp. A few final pleasantries were exchanged, and the ambassadors left the bridge.

Hopefully, the worst of the intrigues are behind us now, Silas mused.


USS Peregrine, Captain's Ready Room, 1330

With the "notable" moment over, the ambassadors had eventually taken their leave of the bridge (thankfully, before Drake had reached the point of instructing their escorts to cram the pair into the turbolift), and the Captain had relinquished control of the bridge to Zai.

Not much later - just within the promised hour - the door chime sounded with a request from Lieutenant Berk. "Come in," Silas stated flatly.

The Peregrine's CTO gave a crisp salute, then offered a PADD. "Here is my report on the arrest of Lieutenant Tesenblen, Captain," the man offered.

Silas nodded in acceptance and took the offered device. "Thank you, Lieutenant," the Captain replied. "Please, have a seat."

The report was concise and to the point. It honestly lined up pretty well with what he had expected to read... until Silas came to one portion late in the report, which caused a dark cloud to settle over his visage.

"Let me be sure that I understand, Lieutenant," the captain began.

"While you and Lieutenant Reid were otherwise occupied, Starfleet security boarded my ship, arrested my Chief Science Officer, and removed a large portion of my botany lab. This activity went unnoticed for a few reasons, most notably that Starbase personnel would have not been considered out of place, there were several last minute transfers..." this is where the Captain's face began to regain that angry edge, "... most notable being Ensign Agris, who conveniently left us to serve aboard the Coronado."

Drake drew a deep breath. "It is your finding that the arresting team - apparently assisted by Ensign Agris - ensured that our personnel were otherwise occupied so as to not notice the arrest and raid. Do I have this right?" he asked with a steely stare towards Berk.

((OOC: assuming an affirmative response, any further expanation, etc))

The Captain sighed and leaned back in his chair. Truth be told, he could not realistically hold Berk at fault for what had happened - at best, it was simply an unfortunate coincidence; at worst, there was an active conspiracy to to keep the Peregrine crew in the dark. Silas, of course, did not believe in coincidence.

For a moment, Drake considered offering a formal apology for his outburst on the bridge... but the fact was that he had truly only demanded an explanation, which any reasonable officer would expect to provide to his Captain in such a situation. Instead, he elected to focus on the present.

"Good work, Lieutenant," Silas spoke. "I cannot fathom why Starfleet security felt it necessary to operate in such an underhanded manner, but truthfully, there was no reason for us to suspect this sort of activity from them. Of course," he paused with a rueful grin, "we'll have learned our lesson now, won't we? Never again will external personnel be allowed free reign of our ship, even if they are Starfleet - the regulations can be damned."

((OOC: spot here for Berk to comment, reply, etc))

Silas shook his head. "Very well. Lieutenant, you are dismissed," he spoke.

Posted on 2016-08-26 at 01:29:23.

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

You may have noticed that Astrid's name is no longer on the authorized players list for the game - some time before I took my unannounced sabbatical, she withdrew from the game. Therefore, her engineer is fair game as an NPC.

Posted on 2016-08-25 at 15:34:46.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: in other words...

...he's looking for another fix.

Posted on 2016-08-25 at 13:02:17.

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