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[Active] - Chapter 2 - Dorvan V

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    #136
    USS Ares
    Briefing Auditorium

    "Copy that, thank you for clarifying on what we will be doing, I will attempt to aid the Diplomat if needed"

    Tess directs her attention to the Commander

    "If that's all, could I be dismissed sir?"
    R'Turan nodded, then he turned to Biiqu and said,
    - I want you to come back on board & coordinate the operation. Tell the administrator that we'll send some MACOs down to protect the village.

    ((TAG Biiqu))

    The commander turned to Lt. Storm and asked,
    - How long to set all this up?

    Max pulled out a stylus from his arm and brought up a holographic display from his hand, saying,
    - Shouldn't take any more than an hour.

    R'Turan nodded and said,
    - Get to it.

    Storm gave a small salute and headed out. Sam spoke up and said,
    - You think this will work?

    The commander said, simply,
    - I hope it does.

    Sam asked,
    - Ever deal with Nausicaans before?

    R'Turan said, with a very curious tone,
    - I have, but I can't recall the last interaction all too well.

    Urquhart nodded sympathetically, saying,
    - Well they can be nasty & will play dirty....very, VERY DIRTY.

    They both departed after a few minutes of light chatter.

    ((TAG EVERYONE))
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     –  Last edited by Blaster; Wed 13 Feb, 2019 10:19 PM.
    USS Ares
    Briefing Auditorium


    Tess snapped a quick salute before leaving the briefing hall. She walked to the turbolift before heading to the Shuttle bay.

    USS Ares
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    "Alright Pilots," Tess said, walking down the line of pilots and technicians. "We have a mission which will be put into effect soon. We are going to be attacking two bases. A mountain base and an Island base. I want 4 fighters on standby just in case anything goes wrong at the mountain base, if so, we engage. If the Island base does not surrender when the Mountain base falls, you are to circle around it and keep within range of it to fire a phaser bank, but not so your too close. For that mission our job is to shoot down anything that attempts to flee or attack us. After that, security forces will attack the base. Technicians, I want you preparing the fighters for combat, I want them running as smoothly as possible by the time we need to get moving."

    "Yes Ma'am!" Shouted the Technicians.

    "Pilots, I want you to be ready for any combat, I dont want to lose any of you to this mission. In the event your shields drop, pull out of weapons range and recharge the shields before entering the area again. Am I clear?"

    "Yes ma'am!" They shouted in unison.

    "Dismissed!" Tess said.

    Tess moved away and back up to the turbolift near the shuttle bay.

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    Tess entered the room, and started checking her PADD for data. She then sat down and started reading an old story from earths 21st Century...
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    #138
    USS Ares
    Briefing Auditorium



    R'Turan nodded, then he turned to Biiqu and said,
    - I want you to come back on board & coordinate the operation. Tell the administrator that we'll send some MACOs down to protect the village.
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    There was the briefest of hesitations, no more than a second before Biiqs responded. "Yes, sir. I will appoint temporary command of the security forces to Lt. Sullivan and prepare to beam aboard directly. Sullivan is a good man, and attentive. He'll be able to handle things fine. Tarquin out."

    Biiqs leaned back in his chair and sighed. He had hoped to lead the mission to recover the hostages himself, but he knew he had to set his disappointment aside. The desire to be on the front lines, in the mix of things, was an after effect of the Dominion War. And Biiqs knew that as much as he'd like to be side by side with those making the sacrifice, he could best eliminate casualties by ensuring that the mission was well coordinated from the Ares. That would allow him to see and anticipate threats and react accordingly.

    Now, for some last minute housekeeping.

    He called Sullivan into the office and transferred command, instructing him to also make sure that the officers continued to gather statements from the citizens of Dorvan V and collect evidence. This wasn't the Dominion War - this was a criminal matter, and most of the Nausicaans would be apprehended and see justice.

    Of a sort. This matter fell under the jurisdiction of Cardassia, the Federation was merely helping them facilitate the arrest. Biiqs wasn't sure how much the Cardassians would appreciate their evidence gathering, however. There were reforms on Cardassia, but their tribunals were known for issuing death penalties before they apprehended the suspects. Either way, even though it seemed futile, they had a responsibility for ensuring arrest paperwork was in order before they turned them over to the Cardassian Government. It may seem futile, but procedure was procedure.

    With that matter settled, he set off toward the secured transport area, eyeing the fortifications as he left, which appeared to be in order.



    Rosek walked into the transporter room and stepped on the pad. The startled crewman just looked on as Rosek did an about face and stood at parade rest.

    “Put me in the middle of the colony I’ll find my way from there”

    With that, he waited as the room dissolved in a shower of colours and he became one with the matter stream.
    As he approached the secured transport area, Biiqs spied a face familiar to him from his review of senior officer files. "Why hello there, you must be the Chief Engineer! The name's Biiqs Tarquin, I'm the new Tactical officer. This is...a bit awkward. I would gladly give you a tour of things, but I've just been ordered aboard the Ares

    (((Tag: Rosek)))


    OOC: We might want to consider the MACOs part of that scrubbed. The existence of the MACO trained security officers is not known to the general crew.
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    #139
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    As he approached the secured transport area, Biiqs spied a face familiar to him from his review of senior officer files. "Why hello there, you must be the Chief Engineer! The name's Biiqs Tarquin, I'm the new Tactical officer. This is...a bit awkward. I would gladly give you a tour of things, but I've just been ordered aboard the Ares
    “Seems a shame to pull you away from all the action. I guess boots on the ground is just not the strategy any more. If you are pulling out, I can accompany you to the ship.”

    Turns to follow Biiqs

    “I have been meaning to address some concern with you. I had some rather interesting signals sent from engineering during our first encounter with the Nausicaans. I had suspected one of my staff but after some digging I discovered that the logs had been tampered with. I know you are new to the ship but as there are a limited number of people capable of something like this and we oversee most of them, I thought I should let you know sooner than later”

    Glances at the LTCDR’s stride and smiles slightly

    “You have a very measured pace there Mr.Biiqs”

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    #140
    Dorvan V
    Secure Transporter Platform



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    “Seems a shame to pull you away from all the action. I guess boots on the ground is just not the strategy any more. If you are pulling out, I can accompany you to the ship.”
    "No, it is not," Biiqs said with a sigh, "That's a good thing, I know. The war is long over, and we dont do things the same way anymore. My mind recognizes this, but my bones have yet to catch up. They'll have a drink together and work things out, however." He took another look around at the village before speaking. "I've spent entirely too much of my life in these Cardassian borderlands, in hot torpedo bays during the old skirmishes, and on some rock or another during the Dominion War. It's why I requested this mission. It's time for this chapter to end. So if I can plan the mop up operation more efficiently and successfully aboard the Ares, that's what I'll do. And I'd be delighted if you would accompany me back to the ship. It's always best to meet a new ship in the company of it's Chief Engineer. It's bad fortune to get off to the wrong foot with a new vessel. Shall we?"


    Turns to follow Biiqs

    “I have been meaning to address some concern with you. I had some rather interesting signals sent from engineering during our first encounter with the Nausicaans. I had suspected one of my staff but after some digging I discovered that the logs had been tampered with. I know you are new to the ship but as there are a limited number of people capable of something like this and we oversee most of them, I thought I should let you know sooner than later”
    Biiqs' features turned a bit more grim. Quietly, he replied, "Thank you, I really appreciate it. It's almost unthinkable for something like this to happen. Ops, Engineering, Security....you hate to cast the net so wide, but it seems like those are the only individuals who might have the ability and the opportunity for such things. Any assistance you can render will be very helpful indeed.


    Glances at the LTCDR’s stride and smiles slightly

    “You have a very measured pace there Mr.Biiqs”
    Biiqs laughed heartily and said, "A neighbor of mine used to say that life has to be taken one step at a time. I've always believed that you could extend your life, or the appreciation thereof, by keeping those steps measured and purposeful."

    TAG: ((Rosek))
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    #141
     –  Last edited by WelshAvenger; Thu 31 Jan, 2019 5:20 AM.
    Dorvan V
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    Christopher tapped his badge again, “Cushing to Ares, Mayday mayday mayday, our shuttle has crash landed and we are in need of medical rescue, we have two wounded and one fatality. Ares do you copy?”

    Chief Hayes put a hand on Christopher’s shoulder, “They’re not going to answer, Doc. If they could, they would have by now.”

    Christopher shoulders slumped, “So what do we do?”

    As Doc Cushing and Chief Hayes conferred about the new plan of action, Jei got to work with what she could. After finding her backpack in the mess of the small cargo area, she took out her tool belt and other items she needed to start work. Not wasting time, she quickly fastened together a stretcher from cargo netting and two interior hull girders. Using industrial tape and strips of cloth, she padded and secured the edges from the sharp metal.

    Now that she had a stretcher for Kowalski, she remember that Chief Hayes had an injured knee. She took a metal rod that once held one end of the cargo netting, attached a t-bar, then heavily padded it with the remaining strips of cloth from a blanket and heavy duty utility tape. The end result, a suitable crutch for Chief Hayes.

    Her tasks completed, she went over to Chief Hayes who was pulling items from the shuttle’s weapon’s locker and putting them into a duffle. “Here Chief. This may allow you to be a bit more mobile than hopping around. The metal is lightweight yet durable,” explained Jei.

    The Security Chief took it and tried it out. He nodded in gratitude, then reached into the locker and pulled out a holster and phaser. “You know how to use one of these?” Hayes asked.

    Jei eyed the weapon and nodded. “It’s been awhile. Not since Chin’Toka,” replied Jei as she held the phaser in her hand, checked the setting to see it was on stun, before clipping it onto her belt.

    Hayes was about to ask something, but figured it wasn’t the time or place. Thankfully, Christopher ambled as he noticed the new makeshift walking aid.

    Christopher nodded his thanks to Jei, “Chief, what do you think happened to the shuttle?”

    Struggling to his feet, Chief Hayes looked at the ruined rear bulkhead and rubbed his chin thoughtfully, “See that discolouration on the hull, Doc? Look at the way the metal has bent in towards the cabin. That wasn’t an explosion from inside the shuttle or we’d all be dead. Someone fired on us and I’ll bet my pension it was Nausicans because no-one else on the planet uses disruptors.”

    Christopher frowned, “But to do that much damage…”

    Chief Hayes caught on, “Yessir, a deployable disruptor array, nasty things.”

    Christopher glanced at Jei and Kowalski, “Check my logic, Chief, that means at least two crew to operate, throw in a couple of support staff, a couple of engineers, maybe a medic and an officer too.”

    “At the very least, could be more than one emplacement. This was meant to be a safe area, the intel said so.” replied the Chief.

    Looking back at Jei, Christopher started to gather rations, “We need to get the hell out of here. At least eight Nausicaans saw us come down and I don’t want to wait around until they decide to come investigate why we didn’t explode. Jei, is there any juice left in the fuel cells?”

    Jei recalled the anti-matter reserves left in the fuel cells during her first quick inspection of the shuttle’s possible flight worthiness after makeshift repairs. “A little over three-quarters full, why?”

    “Because I’m thinking that we can rig them so that when the Nausicaans try and gain access to the shuttle through the doors, BOOM!” Christopher reasoned.

    “Sir!” Chief Hayes stated, “Patel’s body…”

    “I’m fairly certain that Amita would prefer to be cremated rather than mutilated for Nausicaan pleasure, wouldn’t you?” Christopher replied.

    Kowalski spoke softly from his seat on the floor, “You know she wouldn’t want that Chief.”

    “I’m fairly certain that we’re going to be hunted and we’re all going to have to be really creative with the supplies we have to try and slow our hunters down until we can make it to the village. Carry what you can, Chief, but don’t overwork that knee. Jei and I can pull the stretcher between us while Martin keeps an eye out for anyone following us. Everyone agree?” Christopher asked, his voice all business.

    Kowalski sensed and felt the seriousness of the situation. More than the loss of his good friend Amita, Kowalski hated being useless. He motioned at Jei for her to come over.

    Jei walked over and knelt beside Kowalski. “Something wrong, Martin?”

    “Help me up, will you, Jei? I don’t need a stretcher, I can walk,” asked Kowalski as he used his good arm to get some leverage on the passenger chair next to him.

    Jei got underneath his injured arm and used her body to help Martin get to his feet. Jei had to strain a bit as Kowalski’s two meter tall frame easily was twice Jei’s weight. Without incident Kowalski got on his feet, though Jei had to initially stabilize him due to a momentary dizziness.

    “Whoa… that was kind of a rush… guess I was on my back for a bit too long,” remarked Kowalski as he shook his head. It was at that moment that he saw Dr. Cushing looking at him with a clinical look. “Um, sir, I’m capable of walking. I’m just a little dizzy, but it’ll wear off. I may not have full or even partial use of my arm, but I can still use my other arm.”

    “That’s your considered medical opinion is it, Petty Officer Kowalski? The dizziness will wear off? You’ve got a concussion and I don’t need you arguing my diagnosis through bravado. Stretcher, with a phaser, covering our backsides, got it?” Christopher stated bluntly.

    Jei hearing Christopher’s official clinical tone, knew she better leave the field of vision and get to work on something. She had that tone directed at her before and didn’t wish a repeat of it. Her attention turned to making the shuttle a big bomb. It was easily enough to rig the overload to blow, but she wasn’t sure how to trigger it. Her eyes then fell to Amita.

    ~They killed Amita. So it only fitting that Amita returns the favor, getting her justice~ decided Jei.

    Jei got to work preparing four different deck plates to be jury-rigged pressure plates. They were all situated around Amita. Knowing the Nausicaans will go straight to Amita in the pilot’s seat. In doing so, they would step on one of the four rigged plates. Then boom. A huge smoking crater and vaporization for at least thirty to forty meters. Perhaps, the denotation will be picked up by the ARES or the LAKOTA, if they were somewhat overhead.

    Lifting his medical backpack onto his shoulders, Christopher looked at the Chief, “That leg starts to give you too much trouble, you’re taking a turn in the stretcher, no arguments.”

    The Chief huffed a small laugh, “I don’t want your Doctor voice directed at me, so, aye sir.”

    Softening his tone, Christopher said, “Sorry folks, I’ll just be less on edge when we get moving. Are you ready to go Jei?”

    “I just need to do the final setup for the makeshift pressure plates. Just a few wires to connect then putting the four deck plates back… without blowing up the shuttle. With makeshift there’s no real safety protocols…” responded Jei as she knelt down to begin work.

    Noticing that Christopher was still standing there with a “Huh” expression, Jei shooed him away as she didn’t want any added virbrations other than hers. She set the PSI to be about Christopher’s weight, knowing that she was well below the trigger setting.

    “Brilliant work,” Christopher praised Petty Officer Han, “now let’s get moving and see if we can’t put our heads together to come up some more nasty surprises.”

    “Sure thing, Doc… I need a couple of minutes to set these correctly, and I’ll be right out,” replied Jei.

    “OK. Martin, help me with the stretcher and then I want you lying on it, you hear me?” Christopher said.

    As Chris left, Jei knelt down next Amita’s chair. She looked as if she was resting, as Chris closed her eyes. Jei shook Amita’s leg, maybe hoping that she could be alive. But Amita didn’t move. Jei then noticed an object on her ring finger. A simple latinum band. “You’ll have your justice soon, Amita.” whispered Jei as she got to work finalizing her makeshift booby-trap to blow up the shuttle.

    Jei stood up and saw Amita’s duffle in the pilot’s storage compartment under her console. Not knowing what was in it, but figuring it had her gear it in, Jei grabbed it before carefully making her way out of the shuttle.

    Christopher hadn’t missed the hopeful way that Jei had tried to wake Amita and he felt a great swell of sadness for the Engineer at that moment and he hoped that there wouldn’t be any more tragedy in their futures.


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    Biiqs kept his eyes shut as his atoms coalesced into being on the transporter pad. There was a tingling in his limbs, an excitement. He took a deep breath of the clean, recycled air and said, "Hello, new home...."

    "Are you still talking to ships?"

    His eyes snapped open to regard the cold, unwelcoming stare of the transporter chief, whose arms were just now crossing across her chest.

    "F...Fatima, I....I mean, Chief Khaira....what a surprise and joy to..."

    "See me again?" She said cooly, finishing his sentence for him. "That's funny, because if seeing me brought so much joy, you would have kept our last engagement..."


    Of all the ships. Of all the transporter rooms...

    "Uhm, yes....about that...I..."

    "Or," she continued, "You could have taken advantage of the Federation Subspace Communications System, which has been in perfect working order for these past few years, to get in touch with me...."

    "Yes, I..."

    "You'd think that despite my doctorate in particle physics and years of experience, I would have had much more difficulty transporting you aboard, being as you are such a difficult fellow to get ahold of, but fortunately, the Heisenberg compensators proved up to the task of tracking down all of your elusive muons and quarks and leptons."

    Silence.

    The tug of a smile at the corner of her lips, barely restrained.

    A deep breath and warm smile in return.

    "Its good to see you again, Chief Khaira."

    "And you as well, Commander Tarquin. Stop talking to ships. We have a counselor for that."

    "I'll...take that under advisement."

    "You do that."

    Suddenly, he noticed that Rosek was still standing next to him, and cleared his throat in slight embarrassment. "Ahem. Uhm...I...need to report to the bridge. Commander R'Turan is...well, it's a bad idea to keep a Catian waiting. I'll see you...you two soon..."


    As he hurried through the door, he heard Chief Khaira call out, "Not before you see the counselor!"


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    After Biiqs had exited the transporter room Rosek remained in place looking at the transporter chief.

    “I’m guessing the two of you know each other”
    It took another moment before they both burst out laughing.
    “I guess I should join him on the bridge. Any chance you would save me the walk”
    Khaira gave Rosek an amused look and typed in the coordinates.

    As Rosek materialized on the bridge he took pleasure in obvious surprise of the bridge crew. When the alarm left their faces and the security officers took their hands off of their phasers, Rosek leisurely strolled over to the engineering station and took inventory of the ships systems until Biiqs caught up”
    ~”I guess I’ll wait for Biiqs to join the captain in the briefing room”~

    (((Tag: Biiqs)))
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     –  Last edited by LogicalLeopard; Thu 07 Feb, 2019 3:41 PM.
    USS Ares
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    After Biiqs had exited the transporter room Rosek remained in place looking at the transporter chief.

    “I’m guessing the two of you know each other”
    It took another moment before they both burst out laughing.
    “I guess I should join him on the bridge. Any chance you would save me the walk”
    Khaira gave Rosek an amused look and typed in the coordinates.

    As Rosek materialized on the bridge he took pleasure in obvious surprise of the bridge crew. When the alarm left their faces and the security officers took their hands off of their phasers, Rosek leisurely strolled over to the engineering station and took inventory of the ships systems until Biiqs caught up”
    ~”I guess I’ll wait for Biiqs to join the captain in the briefing room”~

    (((Tag: Biiqs)))

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    "I suppose this hasn't been the best of introductions," Biqqs said to the turbolift, after a brief embarrassed pause. "But rest assured, if you give me a chance, I can prove my dedication. I am not as base as you might think. And we have a long time to get to know each other...."

    The turbolift opened onto the bridge, and Biiqs straightened his uniform, summoning up the remaining dignity that hadn't managed to bleed all over the deck of the Transporter Room. With a friendly smile, he strode out on to the bridge, and immediately felt a sense of unease present in the room. Most heads turned to look at him, which wasn't completely out of the ordinary, since he was new, but most bridge crews tended to mind their work more than the turbolift. The security officers seemed a bit flustered too.

    The captain's chair was currently occupied by a command division Lieutenant standing watch. The lieutenant nodded toward him and said, "Commander Tarquin. Commander R'Turan is in the briefing room, and uhm...Chief Rosek is here, waiting for you."

    "Chief Rosek?" Biiqs blinked in confusion. Upon seeing the Rosek at the engineering station, he actually turned back to look at the turbo lift, and peered around to see if there was a second one.

    He opened his mouth to question Rosek, and then it dawned on him.

    One dinner in Minorca, and I could have avoided all of this, he thought to himself.

    "Shall we?" Biiqs nodded at Rosek, and headed into the briefing room with him.

    (((Tag: Rosek & any one else on/near the bridge)))
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    He opened his mouth to question Rosek, and then it dawned on him.

    One dinner in Minorca, and I could have avoided all of this, he thought to himself.

    "Shall we?" Biiqs nodded at Rosek and headed into the briefing room with him.
    With a slight grin, Rosek turned to join Biiqs.

    "It would seem you have a history with some parts of our ship... perhaps after this ordeal is settled I can introduce you to more of the crew. I like the effect you have on people, usually, the chief would never let me get away with that"

    Rosek follows Biiqs into the briefing room.
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    Max was supervising the emptying of a cargo bay when a young Ensign yelled to him from across the bay.
    - Sir, where do you want me to put these engineering tricorders?

    Max marched up and looked at the cargo container, saying,
    - Engineering storage. Let the chief know we found a bit of his equipment.

    The Ensign nodded and summoned two NCO helpers to heft the container up and away. Max noticed a Catian enter the bay when the two NCOs exited with the container. R'Turan approached Max and said,
    -You said an hour to empty a cargo bay & its been three. What happened?

    Max let out an exasperated breath and said,
    - Really bad choice of a bay? This felt like more of a damned junk drawer! Whomever loaded the ship before you all left DS9 needs a slap or something.

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    - That....is acceptable, I guess.
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    - We're going to need to channel some anestizing gas down here.

    Max nodded and said,
    - Engineering should have that figured out soon, if not already done.

    R'Turan nodded slowly, saying,
    - Very good, Mr. Storm. I'll have to talk to the captain about the cargo situation after this.

    Storm nodded vigorously, saying,
    - No doubt.

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    Max said, happily,
    - Oh, I think pretty well. Everyone's been fairly nice to me, all things considered.
    He held up his bionic arm.

    R'Turan laughed a bit, saying,
    - That's good to hear.

    The commander departed from the bay to leave Max at work.
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    A Joint post by WelshAvenger and Silynn

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    Gheelrshordz raised his hand, signaling those behind him to be alert and silent. He was Grutz’s scout and chief tracker. He was proud of his position over the wormy Hapuujz, who had been related to the rear of the war party, and in a sense to eat Gheelrshordz’s dust and muck. He contained his urge to bellow aloud as he carefully eyed the site of the crashed federation shuttle.

    It took him a little over an hour to lead Grutz and the war party from their weapon emplacement to the federation shuttle crash site. The rugged and mountainous terrain was a bit harsher than they expected. Yet, they had time on their side. The federation shuttle that they shot down wasn’t going anywhere. Additionally, the survivors, if there were any, would not be able to get a communication signal out with the heavy concentration of mixed mineral deposits in the rocky terrain. This was a dark zone on the planet.

    “Any survivors?” asked his leader, Grutz.

    The sudden appearance of Grutz nearly made him leap out of his skin. The towering giant of nearly nine-heads was abnormally stealthy for a Nausicaan. Hoping his voice didn’t relay his sudden fright, “Um… no War Leader. They may be injured or incapacitated inside. The shuttle hit hard and appeared to roll a couple of times before hitting that large rock and tree.”

    Grutz made a grunt after surveying the crashed shuttle and surrounding area for a few moments. From his current position in the tree-line, the shuttle was only 30 meters away. He and his war party had defensible cover and he looked to secure his tactical advantage. “Seezachk, Tric… you two head over to those boulders and take a firing position,” he ordered.

    Two of his raiders nodded and moved off to the rocks Grutz pointed toward. Seezachi, a sweaty and nervous looking brute held a disruptor rifle in one hand as he wiped the sweat off the other. He looked at his partner Tric and gave a nervous nod. Tric, a short yet lean raider with alert eyes, hoisted his scoped disruptor rifle and scurried off.

    Grutz grunted in satisfaction once his L-shaped fighting position in place. He was now ready to order the assault on the shuttle. “Hapuujz, Douzjix… take the shuttle. I *want* any survivors… to remain alive… understood. Stun-setting only.” ordered Grutz to his remaining two raiders of his war party.

    Hapuujz eagerly nodded, seeing his chance to earn favor with his war leader. He knew he was better tracker than the sniveling skirt hanger Gheelrshordz. He knew that if he was giving the Chief Scout job, he would have gotten the war party to this crash site in half the time.

    Douzjix obediently nodded to the issued command. He was motivated and more than desired to completion this mission. His thoughts quickly turned to a particular Orion dancing girl. Not only did she have his undivided attention. She had convinced him to secretly secure an active and viable Starfleet commbadge. The chance to go in, gave him that opportunity.

    Further away in the forests, Christopher pulled one side of the stretcher while keeping an eye on Chief Hayes. The older man was keeping up with them, the pain clearly visible in his eyes. Christopher had already given him more painkillers than was recommended but the Chief needed surgery. Hopefully they would make it to the village before noon the next day, otherwise the Chief would probably end up with a prosthetic. Sweat poured down Christopher’s face as he and Jei dragged Martin through the forest.

    Back at the crash site, two Nausicaan raiders approached the crashed shuttle with practised military precision. They were well versed in approaching crashed or disabled craft from years of piracy and raiding.

    Hapuujz crouched behind a large piece of hull debris and waved Douzjix forward. Dutifully, Douzjix leaned against the shuttle’s opened section of the hull breach. He glanced at Hapuujz who nodded at him. Douzjix took a breathe and entered the rear of the shuttle. Quickly scanning for targets, he focused his aim on the unconscious form in the pilot’s chair. Keeping an eye on the pilot, he edged forward and waved Hapuujz to join him.

    Hapuujz quickly entered the same opening as his comrade and began sweeping his disruptor about the seats, expecting a starfleeter to lunge out in ambush. The shuttle was clear, except the one human female in the pilot’s seat. Seeing that there was no one else and the shuttle was clear, he went back out and stood half-in and half-out of the shuttle. He decided to use his communicator to give his War Leader the status update, incase the starfleet survivors were hiding nearby.

    “War Leader, the shuttle is clear except for a single human female…” Hapuujz looked over at Douzjix who stood a meter or so behind the co-pilot’s chair.

    Douzjix simply motioned his hand across his throat.

    “...who is dead. Killed in the crash and abandoned. I see blood stains around the cabin. The rest of the survivors must be too injured and had to abandon her.” reported Hapuujz.

    Grutz grunted. He looked at Gheelrshordz to his left. “Go and search the shuttle, see what you can find about our survivors. More importantly, see if the data packet is in the shuttle’s computer where it should be.”

    “Understood, War Leader.” acknowledged Gheelrshordz, Grutz’s chief scout.

    “Hapuujz, link up with Seezachk and Tric, and see if you can pick-up their trail.” Grutz ordered over the communicator so all could hear.

    Gheelrshordz strode over to Hapuujz. “Get moving dog. I got important work to do in here.” he whispered in a snide ton.

    Hapuujz just glared at him before trotting off to look for the tracks he had to find.

    Douzjix relaxed his guard and saw a sparkling glint on the hand in the dead pilot’s lap. It was a ring, likely latinum by color. He looked back and saw that Gheelrshordz was giving Hapuujz some grief. He had a moment and could simply snag it and no one would know. “I can give this to Laihnu… she’d love it.”

    Douzjix stepped forward. As he leaned over, his hundred and thirty kilogram mass triggered a massive electrical surge to the anti-matter fuel cells causing the shuttle and some thirty meters around the shuttle to instantly be vaporized in a massive ball of light.

    Deep in the forest Christopher halted at the sound of the explosion, “There’ll be no hiding now, they’ll send all that they have after us, assuming that anyone survived.”

    The Chief, looking relieved at the fact that they had stopped for a moment, spoke up, “You’d be the worst kind of idiot if you sent all your guys into the shuttle and went with them.”

    Martin, who had been watching the terrain behind them, “You know, the gorge narrows quite a bit about ten metres back, be a good place for an ambush.”

    “Knowing Nausicaans, especially raiders, I could lead them to it. I’m certain they will see me as an easy target and give chase rather than risk injuring me,” offered Jei.

    Christopher frowned for a moment as he gathered his thoughts. To lose one crewman was bad enough, the thought of losing more made him feel sick.

    “I’m not risking any more of you in a stand up fight, ambush or otherwise.” Christopher said emphatically.

    “We have to take some risks, we’re at a disadvantage here.” stated Jei. Deep down she wanted to fight the Nausicaans. She wasn’t going to lose to them. She avenged Tavo and others whom were like family on the JOSEPHINE, and she was going to seem that Amita’s bravery was repaid.

    “I understand that but we also need to remain alive and ambushing a company of Nausicans in a bottleneck isn’t the best way to achieve that. Now, I have a couple of ideas. I can rig a canister or two of Anesthazine to a hypo, set it to disperse the sedative in a cloud but we’d need to sacrifice a tricorder to only detonate if it detects Nausicaan lifesigns within range.” Christopher offered.

    Chief Hayes barked a gruff laugh, “Thought you weren't tactical trained, Doc?”

    Christopher smiled slightly, “I'm not, Chief, I'm terrified and I have a creative mind. Jei, can you please help me program the tricorder?”

    Jei nodded as she took the offered tricorder from Christopher. With pulled out her electronic manipulator from her belt and began work to magnify the scan feature by disabling the nonessential programs in the memory core of the tricorder. Once done, Christopher could set the device to whatever lifeform readings he wanted with multiple range settings to trigger different effects. At a certain range it will power-up the cannister’s trigger mechanisms, then once more than one lifeform enters the blast radius, it will detonate.

    Martin looked at the engineer, “How about you Jei, you got any booby traps lurking in your pack?”

    Jei finished her simple modification and passed the tricorder to Christopher to input his specifics. Thinking for a moment, she just looked at Martin Kowalski. To him Jei looked like she was daydreaming and he looked at both Chief Hayes and Christopher.

    Christopher shrugged at Martin, “Give her a minute. There’s a brilliant mind at work there and it’s best not to rush such things, especially if it’s dreaming up something that can go BOOM!”

    Jei finally blinked and nodded. “I can rig up some pressure mines with Amita’s grenades and some circuit boards I usually carry for spares. Maybe ten or so by disassembling the grenades. The explosion won’t be lethal, but it may blow off a bunch of toes or a foot. It would certainly slow them down. It shouldn't take me long to make them.”

    Christopher was taken aback, “Chief, we’re going to get Amita her Ensign’s pip when we get back to the ship. That woman has saved our life twice now.”

    “Oh, did you know Amita had a pair of grav boots with a belt control module? She certainly did plan for a mountainous environment. I was thinking of rigging up the stretcher with the grav modules so it could be pulled by one person. The power cells would last at least a day. Or you could use them as intended… but only get two-hours use before they need to be recharged.” informed Jei.

    Christopher smiled genuinely for the first time since the crash, “Let’s rig the stretcher. Maybe it’ll come in handy later.”


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    With a slight grin, Rosek turned to join Biiqs.

    "It would seem you have a history with some parts of our ship... perhaps after this ordeal is settled I can introduce you to more of the crew. I like the effect you have on people, usually, the chief would never let me get away with that"

    Rosek follows Biiqs into the briefing room.
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    Biiqs stopped short of the trigger point of the briefing room doors, chuckling lightly and flashing a confidential smile toward Rosek.

    "If I have made things easier for you by bearing the brunt of her ire, it is well. Something good should come if it," he said quietly. "Fatima Khaira is not known to let people get away with things. That is one of the traits that made us fast friends years ago."

    Pondering his words, he continued, "It is also the same trait that makes me wonder if I need to post transport inhibitors in my quarters so I dont wake up in Waste Management. She does not suffer fools, and alas...years ago, I was foolish. Nevertheless, you'll have to make those other introductions, like you said. I need all the friends I can get. And any prove unfriendly, I will take the broadsides while you take the perks! It is the lot of all tactical officers, I suppose."


    As they entered the briefing room, Commander R'Turan spoke without turning from the observation window. "Can the assault on the mountain base begin within the next day cycle?"

    Biiqs was taken slightly aback by R'Turan's cutting to the chase, as he was about to carry on with the usual shipboard reporting customs. "Yes, sir. I'll be briefing the teams soon. Outfitting already has the crawler probes on the way, and they should be positioned in the next few hours, just after planetary nightfall."

    "Good. Lieutenant Rosek, you should know that we plan to break the shield of the island fortress with a tachyon pulse from the deflector dish after the mountain stronghold falls. I trust there are no impedements to that plan?"


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    Tess decided to stop reading for a bit and check out the ships bridge. It was the one place she hadn't checked out yet. But first she decided to go to the armoury to get a phaser pistol.

    Stepping out of her quarters, she headed for the turbolift.

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    She walked over to the armoury officer and said, "Could I get a phaser pistol please? Might come in handy."

    "Aye," he responded "any custom variations, like power and scoping?"

    "Hmmmm. Turn the power up a bit," she said "I think it could be useful. And a scope if thats possible."

    "Aye Ma'am. We'll get right on it"

    "Thank you." she said, before walking out towards the turbolift.

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    Tess entered, looking around the room before moving over to near the Captains chair.
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    Just as the conversation in the briefing room was winding down, a chime sounded. "Commander R'Turan to the Bridge" R'Turan eyed the other occupants of the briefing room quickly, and then walked briskly to the bridge.

    Biiqs followed, stopping a few feet behind the Captain's chair. He nodded politely at Lieutenant Tess, who was nearby. The lieutenant that was occupying it stood up quickly to surrender it to R'Turan.

    "Sir, we've detected some sort of explosion on the planets surface. It's in a mountain range - not the one where the hostages are being kept. It's near a small settlement, however."

    R'Turan growled at the ranking tactical officer on duty, "Analysis?"

    "It looks like a warp core explosion to me," replied Lt. Frost. "From a small craft. No bigger than a runabout I'd say."

    "It could be something natural," remarked Ensign Wallace Barron, who was stationed at Tactical II. "Like volcanic activity. Or even a geothermal power station. Maybe the town nearby contains the personnel that tend to it, but due to the Nausicaan emergency, its understaffed and there was an accident."

    "I'm not detecting any evidence of that," Ensign Falora interjected, turning from the science console. "A geothermal power station accident would yield a completely different power signature, and the mountain range is not volcanic in nature. The available data are strongly indicative of a warp core breach."

    R'Turan nodded. "Can you tell if the craft is Nausicaan?"

    "Negative, sir. The kelbonite deposits are interfering with our scans," Falora replied.

    Biiqs spoke up for the first time. "Sir, I could have the Thames do a flyby to figure out what's going on."

    "No," replied R'Turan. "I will not divert resources from the main colony to deal with an uncertain situation. Besides, one does not enter into a strange den with their claws sheathed. Lieutenant Tess. I need you to take a team of fighters to investigate. If landing is required, you have permission to personally investigate. Take all reasonable precautions, however, and stay in contact. Equip yourselves appropriately from the ships armory."

    (((Tag: Blaster)))

    Turning to Biiqs, he said, "Commander Tarquin. This development uneases me. Report immediately to the Deck 4 and get to work on the rescue mission. Accelerate the timeline, if possible, taking all precautions for safety, of course. Let me know when you are prepared. I do not want this situation to destabilize. Understood?"

    "Aye, sir."

    "Dismissed."


    (((Tag: Blaster, Rosek, Anyone on the Bridge)))