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    Mission: Klingon Kuriosity

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    USS DARING, NCC-72403, Captain James Myers (Jordan)
    KV BORTAS DLB, Commanding Officer Kurrd, son of D'Ghor (LogicalLeopard)

    Mission Summary

    A strange signal comes in from the vicinity of the Archanis system and the border patrol beacons have reached out to our nearest Starfleet ship. The signal is Klingon in nature, but apparently too overt to be a normal KDE vessel cloaked along the border.

    The USS Daring has diverted from it's current assignment to investigate the mystery, but Starfleet were not the only ones to detect the signal, the Kv BortaS Dlb has also detected the signal and has been dispatched to investigate, but on what orders?
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    #2
    UNKNOWN SIGNAL
    Captain's Log, Stardate 58840, In Transit to DS9

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    One our border beacons detected an unusual signal emanating outside of the nearby Archanis system. As the closest Federation vessel in this sector, we have diverted our course to investigate this curiosity. Unfortunately this will delay our arrival at Deep Space Nine by several days, and as such I have apprised Starfleet Command of the current situation.

    At our present warp velocity it will take us 3 days to arrive in neutral space between the Federation and Klingon border and while we are, of course, cordial allies with the Klingon Empire, our proximity to the border will no doubt be a cause for alarm for the Klingon patrol vessels in this sector. As such, I have ordered the ship to a heightened state of alertness for the duration of this mission.

    In the meantime, I have tasked our engineering teams with calibrating our upgraded sensor array as part of the shakedown. Hopefully these upgrades will be illuminating on this little mystery and it will be nothing more than a faulty subspace radio. Only time will tell.
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    #3
     –  Last edited by LogicalLeopard; 3 Weeks Ago.
    WHAT MYSTERY AWAITS?
    Battle Log of the KV BortaS DIb, Stardate 58840, Recorded by Loresinger Dothak, son of Kendor


    TO THE STARS!


    The honorable crew of the KV BortaS DIb has completed resupply at Krios Prime after our last great exploit, hungry for another opportunity to showcase our valor yet again! And come such an opportunity shall! For our brave captain has heard whispers, whispers that speak of strange happenings from the hinterlands...a mystery!

    A strange beacon lies waiting in the dark.

    What portents does it hold? Lost treasure? An opportunity for battle? A spiritual sign, as the one that united the Great Houses more than a century ago?

    It is for the KV BortaS DIb to open such secrets, to lay the mystery bare. And so we shall.

    At the 11th hour on the 309th day of the 1007th year of Kahless, the ship set heading for the Archanis Sector, arrival to occur in three days time. Our warrior hearts beat to the rhythm of the warp core that propels us. We are one weapon, one machine.

    To The Glory of The Empire! Q'apla!
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    Arrival
    Mission Log Supplemental, Stardate 58851, The Klingon Border - Archanis System

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    After 3 days at high warp, the USS Daring has crossed into Neutral space between the Federation and Klingon borders, quickly approaching the Klingon perimeter outside the Archanis system

    "Commander, we're approaching the Klingon border. We'll be at the perimeter in 10 minutes." Helmsman Torrobor reported.

    "Thank your Lieutenant," Tolbi replied, "Bridge to the Captain."

    "Go ahead Bridge," responded Captain Myers to the comm.

    "We're approaching the Klingon border sir."

    "Excellent Commander. I'm on my way. Drop us out of warp and begin long range scans for the origin of the signal."

    "Understood Captain," said Tolbi before closing the comm and turning towards Torrobor, "Drop us out of warp Mr. Torrobor. Commander Shril begin long range analysis of the signal and triangulate the source."

    Both Torrobor and Shril, the helmsman and operations officers respectively, acknowledged simultaneously at the requests. Chirps and beeps proceeded from both consoles as the ship gently dropped to impulse speed, with a noticeable engine winddown noise.

    Moments later the turbo lift doors opened and out stepped the Captain. The bridge was filled with tension and a sense of urgency.

    "Report!" commanded Myers as he made his way across the Bridge to stand between the helm and operations stations.

    Shril looked up towards the Captain who was now peering over him. "I've completed long range scans and have localised the signal to a nearby asteroid field. The sensors at this range cannot ascertain the cause of the signal or the composition of the field due to high concentrations of Thoron radiation--"

    "Thoron radiation?!" Myers interrupted Shril, "Could it be a natural occurrence?"

    Shril tapped away at his console before, "I'm unable to determine the cause, but it's unlikely. Many species use Thoron radiation for their technology. If we get closer we may be able to compensate for the radiation distorting the sensors readings."

    Tolbi stepped forward to interject in the conversation, "Thoron radiation has previously been used deliberately to disrupt sensors. Someone could be attempting to hide between our borders."

    "It is a possibility," Myers looked at his XO, briefly pausing before saying, "take us to yellow alert. Mr. Torrobor lay in a course, Warp 2, and take us to the perimeter of the field. Mr. Shril, continue scanning the field as we make our approach."

    "Aye Sir, course laid in. We'll be at the perimeter in 5 minutes." acknowledged Torrbor.

    "Captain, the Thoron radiation extends a considerable distance from the field. Our long range sensors may be partially blocked the closer we get." said Shril.

    "Understood Commander. Maintain course and continue with long range scans." Myers replied with a stubborn confidence in his voice, very much sure of his ship and crew. "If we're unable to determine the source then we will depart shortly." Myers turned around to face his Chief Tactical Officer, "Commander Evans, prepare a class 1 probe. We'll launch it if the sensors are unable to penetrate the fiel--"

    Torrobor interrupted the Captain, "Sir, we're about to arrive at the field."

    "Drop us out of warp and take us within 50 million kilometres. Mr. Shril, status on the sensors?" Myers once again turned towards Ops and the viewscreen. As the ship dropped to impulse the viewscreen lit up with hues of blue and grey, a mixture of ice and rock, and an aura of turquoise surrounded it all.

    "Sensors are having a hard time penetrating the radiation field. I'm picking up a metallic signature several kilometres inside the field... it could be a vessel," Shril responded, "Captain, the radiation is also impairing our long range sensors. I would recommend we increase our distance."
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     –  Last edited by LogicalLeopard; 2 Weeks Ago.
    ARRIVAL
    Battle Log of the KV BortaS DIb, Stardate 58841

    Battle Log of the KV BortaS DIb, the 312th day of the 1007th year of Kahless. Recorded by Loresinger Dothak, son of Kendor. The Prey Was One, and Now It Is Two! We have pursued the strange signal to the Neutral Zone. But standing in our way is a Federation ship! Our vessel lies under cloak, to observe their actions.. Shall they test the hearts of true warriors? We shall see...

    The air on the bridge of the BortaS DIb was filled with a positive tension, its crew like coils ready to spring. If Kuurd leaned over in his chair any further, he'd fall to the floor.

    Behind him, Hsek the massive Gorn worked diligently at his science station, attempting to triangulate the source of the strange signal. He'd offered ideas on what it could be, but Kuurd hardly paid them any mind.

    His thoughts were consumed with the awesome vessel before him, a Galaxy Class starship. By their scans of its warp trail, it had only been present for perhaps minutes before they arrived. There was some portent in that timing, thought Kuurd. It was all he could do to avoid ordering Hsek to concentrate all active scans on the Starleet vessel instead of the signal. Mission aside, it was good to know the capabilities - and weaknesses - of unknown parties who could be friend or foe.

    "The Duras sisters....they brought one down. Not one, but the one," remarked Kurrd to the bridge crew, in almost hushed tones of wonder. "The Enterprise!" But how did those old hags manage to do it? I have vowed to ask them when I arrive in Sto-Vo-Kor, but by Kahless, I'd like to tell them how I did it instead!" He slapped his thigh, and roared with laughter. Standing, he turned to Rotan, his first officer and longtime mentor. Rotan had been in service to House D'Ghor when Kurrd's father was young, and had trained both in the art of warfare. "What do you think, Uncle," honoring him with the title, "Do you think this crew is bold and worthy enough for such an act of valor?"

    Rotan answered in a thoughtful, measured tone. "The crew is bold, and they are worthy. But battles of this magnitude are not always to the brave or the worthy. The Duras sisters were cunning. Sometimes to a fault. I know not what dark forces they used to ground that ship, but I would not choose to replicate it."

    "May I remind you what our contact advised?" said Silva from his bridge station. His tone was even, but Kuurd had been with him long enough to know when he was exasperated.

    "Oh Silva, be quiet. Of course I remember. I am only asking questions. Engaging in tactical theory. He walked toward the forward viewscreen and stabbed a finger just below the saucer section. "That is where I would strike. At the neck."

    The Starfleet vessel suddenly disappeared, and Kuurd whirled around to his gunner. "The Federation ship has increased to warp," the petite Elaasian said. "She has entered Klingon space."

    Kuurd turned to Silva with a fierce grin as he leapt back up the command dais to his chair. "Alert Status One! Helm, plot an intercept course. When she stops, put us on her bow and decloak!!

    "Aye, sir!"


    "With luck, Silva, maybe they will choose battle and we'll live as legends with the Duras sisters, eh?"

    Silva said nothing, but his dissatisfaction could be felt.

    When all were in position, Kuurd bellowed, "Lower cloak! Raise shields, full power to weapons! Open a communications channel."

    "Unidentified Federation Vessel! Explain your presence here!"

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    Mission Log Supplemental, Stardate 58851.2, The Klingon Border - Archanis System

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    With the ships sensors partially obstructed, there was an uneasiness exuded by the crew. This close to the Klingon frontier had, at times, presented challenges to many Starfleet crews and with the Klingon philosophy of honour, the defiling of their sovereign territory, no matter how remote, was a dishonour to many and vengeance for such a desecration may be enacted.

    Commander Tolbi agreed with Operations Officer Shril's assessment. "Captain we should leave a probe to conduct further studies of the anomaly in the asteroid field. If we stay any longer in this compromising position we may not know if another ship is approaching before it's too late," said Tolbi with an uneasy look on his face. Tolbi was never shy to state what was on his mind, after all the safety of the ship, it's crew and Captain were his priority.

    Captain Myers paused in reflection. Was he really willing to give up the chase when the answers were within reach? There was no doubt in his mind that the risk to reward was not worth it. The Klingon empire had suffered greatly during the Dominion War and House conflicts and border skirmishes could flare like a skin rash, and no Starfleet Captain wanted to be near such danger. Being in Neutral space would be considered by many Klingons as "fair game", but pirates would preach it as a fact.

    Myers turned to Tolbi with a look of resignation, "I agree Commander. This region of space is too unpredictable to be without sensors." Myers turned to the conn, "Mr Torrobor prepare to take us away from the field to a distance outside the radiat--"

    Myers was interrupted by an abrupt piercing tone from the Operations console, followed by a surprised expression from Lieutenant Shril, "Captain, I'm reading a disruption off our bow...", Shril gasped as the result became clear, "It's a Klingon Bird of Prey Captain!"

    Both the USS Daring and the KV BortaS DIb stared across from one another. The bridge crew briefly froze at the sudden revelation of a Klingon vessel in front of them and a communication came across on an open channel "Unidentified Federation Vessel! Explain your presence here!"

    "Captain what do we do?", gulped Helmsman Torrobor. It was his first encounter with a Klingon vessel and the prowess of the design could intimidate any fresh crew member.

    Chief Tactical Officer Evans quickly followed Torrobor and shouted across the bridge from her tactical station, "Captain I recommend we go to Red Alert!"

    "No! Everyone remain calm. We will not provoke the Klingons. We are after all allies. Maintain yellow alert and Mr Torrobor prepare to take us back to Federation territory." The apprehension had briefly taken over the usual calm composure of the crew, but Myers couldn't be paralysed by unexpected guests. He was a Starfleet Captain after all, and was baptised in the horrors of the Dominion War. Nothing could surprise him.

    Myers walked to the centre of the bridge and faced the viewscreen with his Executive Officer by his side in a commanding display of leadership.

    Tolbi looked at Myers, inquisitive as to his intention, "Captain?"

    Myers replied with a reassuring tone, "I'm going to speak with the Captain. Hopefully we can clear up any misunderstanding they may have. After all we are still in neutral space, but I do understand that any closer and we would be in their backyard."

    Tolbi nodded in agreement. He understood above anything else that Myers would try diplomacy. It was as second nature to Captains as it was to breath.

    Myers spoke with authority, clearly and precisely as he maintained his gaze at the viewscreen, "Commander Evans, open a channel to the Klingon vessel"

    A beep signalled the establishment of the communication channel, "Channel open Captain," promptly followed from Mia Evans.

    "Klingon vessel. This is Captain James Myers of the Federation Starship Daring. We are currently investigating an unknown signal emanating from this asteroid field. May I ask why you have locked weapons on my vessel?"
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    Battle Log Audio-Visual Recording- Bridge. Stardate 58851.2, The Klingon Border - Archanis System

    On the bridge of the KV BortaS DIb, Kurrd signaled to the officer running communications to pause communications for a moment. He laughed heartily as he stood and began pacing the bridge. "The Daring," he said, half to himself and half to his crew. "A worthy name. And they are indeed. They haven't even raised their shields."

    He walked over to the viewscreen and touched the lower frame. "It would be so easy...."

    He didn't have turn to feel the intense gaze of his first officer upon his neck. He spun to confront him, with a smile on his face. "It is a joke, Rotan." He knew that such an attack was the reason for his House's discommendation, and however deserved it would have been, it would never occur twice on Rotan's watch, even if he had to kill him.

    This he respected. Silva almost turning yellow with apoplexy? Not as much. "Nursemaids," he muttered under his breath. "Continue the channel, audio only on this side."

    "Captain James Myers, you have the honor of addressing Kuurd, son of D'Ghor. Captain of the Klingon Vessel <Right Of Vengeance>. You ask why your Daring vessel, which dared to cross the Neutral Zone into Klingon territory, has Klingon weapons locked upon it? Is that not obvious, Captain? We are allies with the Federation, but allies show respect! We have a proverb on Qo'noS: Good friends hail from the gate and are welcomed in, dead enemies hail from inside the threshold. Would you have done the same for me if I had crossed into Federation space, James Myers?"
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    Mission Log Supplemental. Stardate 58851.2, The Klingon Border - Archanis System

    The bridge crew waited with bated breath for a reply to the communication channel. Moments passed before a thunderous voice, with a conceitedness undertone not unexpected of a Klingon commander, replied to Myers request for an explanation.

    Myers turned to his Tactical Officer Mia Evans, giving a gesture across his throat to mute the audio.

    Evans quickly tapped at the console before almost shouting without refrain, "Communication has been muted Captain!"

    "Thank you Commander," replied Myers, before turning in quick desperation towards Ops, "Lieutenant Shril please confirm our present location. Are we in Klingon territory?"

    Shril looked at his console with doubt in his mind at the request. Could the ship have strayed into Klingon territory unexpected? It couldn't be so. This system has been thoroughly mapped for centuries and the sensors were calibrated en-route to this location from Starbase 324. Moments again passed before Shril turned towards the Captain.

    "No Captain. I've synced our stellar cartography database with the nearest outpost to triple check and we are still within Neutral territory, but barely."

    Myers looked at his First Officer Tolbi, "Maybe we should send them a more accurate star map," Myers jokingly said, with a subtle laugh cutting through the tension from the bridge crew. "Thank you Lieutenant. Commander, please re-establish the channel."

    "Captain Kurd, it is an honour to make your acquaintance and I apologise for the delay in my response. I have had my crew check our position and we've confirmed we're still in Neutral Territory, but to also answer your question, no we wouldn't have done the same. Powering weapons is a last resort if communication can not be established."

    Myers took a step back and sat down in his chair, with one leg across the other.

    "What are we to do Captain? I could retreat back to Federation space, or we could work together. I'm sure you've detected the signal and didn't just stumble upon us, right?"
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    Battle Log Audio-Visual Recording- Bridge. Stardate 58851.2, The Klingon Border - Archanis System

    Kuurd gestured for the channel to be muted, while he gazed at the faces around him. They were not as admiring as he felt they should have been.

    "Don't you all see? I maneuvered him right where I want him? Like a greblen hawk harrying its prey!"

    The timid voice of Kanata the helmsman drew Kuurd's eyes forward again.

    "My lord...the Federation Captain is correct. They have not yet crossed...."

    Kuurd thumped his hand against the side of his command chair. "Silence! The border is where I say it is. Watch and learn."

    Gesturing for the channel to open again, he said, "It is likewise an honor to meet you, Captain James Myers. Perhaps I have been too...unfriendly. I am willing to forgive the sensor error that caused you to cross our border, in the interest of the continued friendship of our people. And since it appears we have a common mystery - it may be best to assist each other in ascertaining the source of this signal. We can exchange data when you are ready. Gunner! Cancel weapons lock! Power down weapons systems!"

    Rotan verbally acknowledged the orders and followed them. Commanding the feed to be muted again, Kuurg laughed and looked around the bridge again. "Do you see? Silva, Rotan, have you ever seen such keen negotiating skills in all of your days? By way of lecturing his crew, he wagged a finger and explained, "Always negotiate from a position of strength. No one, not even the Federation, respects a weakling, no matter how otherwise honorable they may seem. So now that they have seen the steel in our veins, they will work with us."


    "That remains to be seen..." replied Silva, in a low voice.
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    Mission Log Supplemental. Stardate 58851.22, The Klingon Border - Archanis System

    Myers smirked at his First Officer with a conceited look that he had subdued the Klingon with words. Being on border patrol for many years had taken away the glamour of duty, but his diplomatic wit in this instance had reinvigorated him.

    Myers stood up and walk a couple of steps forward before replying back to the communication, "I'm glad we could settle this with civility Captain Kurd. Unfortunately our sensors couldn't pick up anything useful apart from a few inconclusive readings due to the radiation field. I will of course happily accept any data you have uncovered, but we will be launching a probe into the asteroid field now."

    Myers turned and gestured to Lieutenant Evans to launch the probe and within a few seconds the probe could be seen fading into the asteroid field past the KV Bortas.

    A few chimes came from the Operations console as the new sensor data came in. Operations Officer Shril turned towards Myers to report, "Sir, I'm definitely detecting a vessel in the field. It appears to have sustained damage... I'm not able to detect the weapons signature but the marks appear to be indicative of disruptor damage. It also appears main power is offline."

    "Are we able to transport to the ship?" Myers enquired.

    "No Sir. The intensity of the radiation field increases the closer to the vessel we get. If we transported anyone the pattern would be scattered across half this system."

    "Very well. Lieutenant Evans, Commander Shril and Commander Tolbi prepare an away team. Captain Kurd, It looks like we'll be boarding the ship by shuttle. Would you be amenable to a Federation-Klingon away team? We can transport you to our ship immediately."
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    Battle Log Audio-Visual Recording- Bridge. Stardate 58851.22, The Klingon Border - Archanis System

    Kurrd grunted in agreement before giving voice to it. "That suits me, Captain James Myers. Prepare for us to beam in momentarily. Kurrd out!"

    "Myers. The style is "Captain Myers." The second name, or surname is the one used in formal address for his particular region of Earth," droned Silva behind him.

    "Oh, etiquette lessons now?" mocked Kurrd. "Will there still be time for dancing and sewing lessons later? Up, you nursemaid. We are beaming over. And by the way, I know how human names work. I like the way Captain James sounds. The name of a worthy opponent. The name of an unexpected ally. The name of his forbearer, Captain James T. Kirk, of generations past."

    "But James is a given name, not the surname. The two are not related."

    Kuurd slammed his hand on the nearest console, "Molor's dead eye, Silva!!! Do you think me an idiot? I have managed to walk and talk without swaying or drooling thus far in life successfully, I don't need your help for everything" Kuurd spat. "Let's be away. And you as well, Loresinger!"

    A slightly delayed, "Yes, my lord," came from Dothak son of Kendor, a science officer and the officer charged with keeping the ship's official lore. He was hunched over a display, jockeying for position with Hsek, the Gorn, and Surlat, the grizzled chief engineer. It was amazing they all fit in the tight space in front of the console. Surlat pointed a meaty finger at a display and muttered something, while Dothak nodded and Hsek hissed in apparent agreement.

    "What is it? Report!"

    Dothak stood at attention, bumping against the others. "Captain, HSek decided to run the signal through our database, to see if we could obtain a match against other signals. The results were inconclusive. The modulation seems outdated by at least 40 years, but there's a textual identifier overlaying the signal in a language i couldn't make out. Well, more like a symbol that I couldn't make out." Dothak punched a button, which revealed an strange glyph that looked familiar and foreign at the same time. "I called Surlat up to look at it, because....well."

    "Death." Sarlat muttered. "Warning."

    The chief engineer was known to be a man of few words. He had grown up in a backwater province of Q'onoS where some people kept the old ways, pre-Kahless, and spoke with an odd patois of Klingonese standard and an older language whose name slipped Kuurd's mind. Most of the crew had difficulty understanding him, so he didn't speak much. It was ironic. For a man of few words, he held at least one that was now sorely needed.

    "So, the signal is more of a warning beacon." Kurrd mused. "As if there are contaminants aboard? The radiation, perhaps?"

    "Perhaps, my lord," Dothak replied. "It is hard to verify. The signal is corrupted and the radiation just makes it more difficult. But caution is necessary."


    Kuurd nodded. "Change of plans. Dothak, continue monitoring the situation from here. Brief the Daring. Surlat, you're with me. To the armory, then."

    As they equipped themselves, Dothak sent a brief text transmission to the Daring.

    ^*PRELIMINARY ANALYSIS OF SIGNAL INDICATES COMMUNICATIONS PROTOCOLS ARE 40+ YEARS OLD. ORIGIN UNKNOWN AS TO CIVILIAN OR MILITARY. APPEARS INTENDED AS A HAZARD BEACON AS IT CONTAINS ANCIENT SYMBOL FOR DEATH/WARNING. CORRUPTION/SIGNAL INTERFERENCE MAKES FURTHER ANALYSIS DIFFICULT. SEE ATTACHED REFERENCES*^

    Moments later, Kuurd and Surlat appeared in the transporter room. Silva was already there, having no need to equip. He normally held his weapons concealed on his body, although the Orion phase pistol at his hip seemed to have appeared from nowhere. Kurrd looked impressive and prepared for war. One of his elegantly tailored armless longcoats complimented his two meter frame excellently, with a batleth strapped to his back, twin disruptors at his hips, and a heavy mekleth hanging on his left side below a disruptor. Surlat had nothing more than a heavy wrench, a disruptor pistol Kuurd had talked him into, and the mekleth he used to pick his teeth with.

    The group stood on the pad and signaled their impending arrival to the Daring.

    Energize!!
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    Mission Log Supplemental - Bridge. Stardate 58851.22, The Klingon Border - Archanis System

    "Kurrd out!", the audio communication immediately terminates

    Conn Officer Torrobor, as timid as he is being on his first border assignment, turned towards Myers, "Why do Klingons have to shout so much?"

    Myers grinned at Torrobor's question. "You'll get used to it Ensign. Just be glad you're not in the transporter room when they arrive. Lets just say the environmental controls will be pulling double duty.."

    Torrobor momentarily looked confused before a look of disgust appeared across his face, followed with a nervous laugh, as he turned back to his station.

    Myers turned towards the turbolift and began walking towards it just as the turbolift doors swished open and out stepped the Chief Medical Officer, Commander Kyle Gardner. Gardner was through and through a man of medicine. Valedictorian of the class of 2363, he served during the latter years of the Cardassian War at Starbase 310, before serving on a multitude of Starships before his current posting on the Daring.

    "Captain!", almost shouting across the short distance between himself and Myers. "With the level of radiation floating around out there I recommend we inoculate the away team to provide some temporary radiation protection".

    Myers looked at Gardner and gestured towards the open turbolift. "Make it so Doctor. I'm just on my way to Transport room 2 where the Klingon team will be beaming aboard shortly"

    "Klingons aboard the ship? It's been a while since I last saw a Klingon! I'll come with you" Gardner stepped back into the turbolift with Myers.

    "Transport room 2," Myers spoke aloud to the computer before looking at Gardner, "I hope you're not expecting anything exciting from this mission, apart from the surprise visit by the Klingons that is."

    "Anything that gets me out of sickbay!" Gardner laughed, "Anyway, this is the most excitement we've had in a long time. A little bit of action!"

    "Don't get too excited about this. It's just an investigation and I hope you're not expecting a shooting contest."

    Gardner rolled his eyes, "Of course not Jim. But variety is the spice of life."

    Myers grinned and chuckled to himself just as the turbolift slowed to a halt and seconds later the doors swished open onto the busy corridors. Myers and Gardner began walking along the narrow side corridor to the transporter room. Commander Tolbi was standing outside in full away team gear; tricorder and phaser.

    "Sir! We're ready to receive the Klingon away team"

    "They certainly are punctual," Myers gestured to the Transporter Officer, "Energize".

    Mere seconds later the Klingon team was aboard the ship. Unlike Starfleet, the Klingon team were not equipped with standard issue equipment. Haphazard uniforms and different weapon choices adorned each member. Immediately a pungent odour flowed from the Transport pad.

    Myers, ever so slightly taken aback by the smell, quickly cleared his throat, "Welcome aboard the Daring Captain, if I may introduce my senior staff - First Officer Commander Tolbi and Chief Medical Officer Kyle Gardner. The rest of our away team are assembled in the shuttle bay. If you follow my Commander Tolbi he will escort you to the shuttle bay."

    Tolbi briefly locked eyes with Myers. Both could tell from each other the smell, while expected, was something neither could've prepared for. Tolbi turned to the Klingons and gestured to the door, "If you will follow me please".
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