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Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty
Subject: gotta get on with this...

Stardate 2365.02.08
USS Peregrine, Transporter room one - 1155

((OOC: I am taking the liberty of assuming that the mentioned characters are on hand for this post. If you feel that they should not be, I can edit.))

Commander Drake stood at ease, flanked by Lieutenant Zai, Lieutenant Berk, and Lieutenant Lasad. All four men were in full dress uniform for the occasion.

A wry smile touched the corner of the Captain's mouth. "All right, gentlemen - it's showtime." He continued with unnecessary advice. "Remember to show our best manners; Lieutenant Berk, I want the security detail for each ambassador to feel like an escort, not a warden."

((OOC: assuming acknowledgement or the like))

The Vulcan petty officer at the transporter controls looked up. "We have contact from Starbase one eighteen, Captain. They are requesting permission for two to beam aboard."

Drake nodded. "Our guests are right on time, Mister Tolaris. Permission granted, please beam them aboard."

The transporter technician nodded. "Order acknowledged, Captain. Energizing now."

For a few moments, the space above the transporter pad shimmered, then quickly materialized into two humanoid shapes - ambassadors Threel and D'lar. Both the Rytain and Kuldar representatives looked exactly as they had for the morning's meeting, though each did possess luggage for the trip.

Drake stepped forward and gave a formal bow. "Ambassador Threel, Ambassador D'lar - on behalf of the United Federation of Planets, I hereby welcome you aboard the USS Peregrine. You met my Executive Officer, Lieutenant Zai, this morning. Please allow me to introduce you to my Chief of Operations, Lieutenaant Lasad, as well as my Chief Tactical Officer, Lieutenant Berk." Drake indicated each in turn before continuing.

"Lieutenant Lasad has personally tended to your quarters to assure that they are as comfortable as we can make them, though if you require anything whatsoever, you have only to ask. Lieutenant Berk will be providing each of you with your own personal bodyguards for the duration of your stay; they will serve as escorts and personal security for you at all times."

Ambassador D'lar chuckled slightly. "You mean, Captain, that you are assigning someone to keep an eye on us while we are on board, to keep us out of trouble, yes?"

Silas found himself taken aback, but before he could answer, the Rytain ambassador had interjected. "And by doing so, you can of course give lip service towards protecting us from one another." Threel cast a sideways glance at D'lar.

The Kuldar ambassador grinned widely. "Do not apologize, Captain. Were I in your place, I would do the same - but not be so polite about it."

The Rytain ambassador nodded in agreement. "Indeed. I would not begrudge you your duty. Show us to our quarters, please."

Drake shook his head, amazed. Could something possibly be going the our way, for once?


Stardate 2365.02.08
USS Peregrine, Main Engineering - 1215

Nikolai Vadimevich Toporov was elbow deep in an access panel, cursing under his breath in Russian at a stubborn, hard to reach relay. The damned thing had begun to go out - for the third time in two months - causing intermittent power fluctuations to one of the display units. He strongly considered drawing the phaser that Security was insisting that crew in sensitive systems carry during the current mission, and using it to perform more permanent adjustments; at least his knuckles would be safe from further cuts if he were confined to the brig.

"How much longer on that one, Nikolai?" asked Commander Thorson as the Chief busied himself with flow control on one of the plasma relays.

Toporov bit back a profanity-laced reply and instead stated as diplomatically as he could manage between gritted teeth, "I should have it within the next few minutes, comrade."

Thorson nodded. "Carry on, then."

The big Commander stretched for a moment and frowned slightly as if he had a bit of an uncomfortable catch in his back. Next, he made a fist with his cybernetic arm and brought it down, hard, onto the console.

The sudden, unexpected boom from the impact caused Toporov to jump, resulting in multiple cut knuckles. This time, Nikolai Vadimevich did not muffle his curses; his blood boiled as he jerked the wounded appendage from the access panel. He cut his glance to Thorson, who had raised the cybernetic limb again, then crashed it against the panel another time; sparks flew for several meters, and chunks of metal and glass scattered with them. "Commander?" the petty officer asked, shock written all over his face.

Thorson did not reply. The chief engineer's eyes were rolled back in his head as he spun on his heel, took two strides, and leveled another console.

"Commander!" Toporov exclaimed. "What are you doing?"

Thorson turned again, but this time, headed directly for the sensor technician. Toporov's eyes widened, and without thinking, he drew the phaser at his hip. The big Russian felt icy fear grip his guts - he knew well that the cybernetic limb could shatter bones, liquefy flesh. Had the Commander lost his mind?

"Nyet! Commander, stop!" he exclaimed. Thorson did not respond, instead coming closer, and Toporov raised his weapon.

Suddenly, Thorson made a choking noise and began to convulse. The chief engineer fell to the deck, where he spasmed and writhed, occasionally flailing around. Toporov dared not approach too close, as the cybernetic arm seemed to possess a destructive mind of its own, swiping and smashing at the deck and anything close enough to reach. Instead, Nikolai Vadimevich hit his commbadge.

"Petty Officer Toporov to Sickbay! Doctor Moore, we have a medical emergency in main engineering - Commander Thorson is having some sort of seizure!"

Posted on 2016-04-25 at 01:04:01.
Edited on 2016-04-25 at 09:36:37 by t_catt11

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

Dox, I hate to see you go. You've done a superb job in a tough position. I have very much enjoyed your posts. I hope that you will consider rejoining us when you can.

Posted on 2016-04-24 at 23:36:09.

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

The last week and a half for me at work has just been brutal, and Duncan's announcement knocked me off base.

I'll have a post up today or tomorrow, period. End of story. Yup yup.

I'm ready to get back to boldly going!

Posted on 2016-04-22 at 15:47:44.

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

Just as a heads up, a post is coming from me shortly. I am trying to figure out what we're doing with the CEO's spot, as well.

Posted on 2016-04-20 at 08:55:26.

Topic: QotW: Inspiration
Subject: yep

I love pretty much everything Williams has ever done (I've read Tailchaser's Song at least thirty times, I bet)... but that series just embodies perfection in the fantasy genre, to me.

Posted on 2016-04-19 at 23:09:57.

Topic: Eol goes around the sun...
Subject: Eol goes around the sun...

Happy birthday to our own Eol Fefalas!

Posted on 2016-04-19 at 09:22:29.

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.

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