The away team from Axel encountered Borg on their scout ship. Imgres and Dvir assessed the situation with the hope of a quick rescue. Dvir noticed the Borg were disorganized. Toraith came face-to-face with his father, a drone aboard the scout ship. Rage overcame the Gorn as he tore at his father with claws and berated the unfeeling drone. Pigg thought back to his previous ship and the many people he had worked with as he faced down a Borg scout ship. The belly turrets hammered the scout with every scrap of power the small transport could muster. The scout ship, dormant for a decade, lost it's shields for no more than a second. It was not enough time to establish a lock on the crew aboard the vessel. Vaquero Flight, dispatched from Sentinel Station, approached the scout ship with USS Hunter and a team from the Borg Defence and Offence Program (BDOP) not far behind. Bresa affirmed their dedication to the team on the scout ship with the Marines providing tactical support. Xin worked to isolate the away team from the mess of lifesigns. The Borg managed to hold their own in the fight. Without the luxury of time, the transporter filters were broadened to beam six back directly to Sickbay; an away team of four plus two drones to close to exclude from the transport. Axel was glad to leave the Borg scout ship to the Marines. Captain Pigg was glad to walk away without losing crew. The equipment losses would be costly to replace.
Karbo, Albatross' doctor, transferred to Seiklon Axel. Noluk worked through the doctor's self-doubt in succinct Vulcan fashion. Shenara, Albatross' pilot, dug into Karbo's past. The doctor had trained at DuSa. On reaching Siklon Axel, the doctor was directed to Sickbay. He was informed that one of the drones aboard was biologically related to a member of Axel's crew. The plan was to remove them from Axel to a more secure facility.
In Sickbay, the crew backed away to the edge of the containment field. Toraith told the crew the borg drone choking him was his father. The containment field was tightened around Toraith and the two drones, each isolated from the others. Toraith was outraged that he could not show his father strength through combat. Ernie incapacitated the biological components of the drones. Their electronic components would continue to function and attempt to assimilate the ship.
USS Hunter closed on the Borg sphere with a BDOP team aboard. With all non-Borg civilians safe aboard Axel, the assault had a free hand in eliminating the Borg threat. Doctor Barlow was hoping to capture a Queen. Warwick promised the Marine CO that assimilated marines would be brought back to Hunter. Barlow offered a trade to marines for every incapacitated drone. Marines crossed the void to the Sphere in hardened shuttles that flew as gracefully as a brick. Doctor Wytara welcomed the Caitian CO to the 'Devil's Playground' as they boarded the Borg sphere.
Crossroads Station began operations under the flag of the Setlin Commerce Guild. Exemplar Nova planned to use the station to separate themselves from the Guild. Security officers moved through the station first. They found a stowaway to be dealt with later. Engineering would follow afterwards to restore it's power systems.
In her shop, Husar surveyed broken Builder crystals. She offered slightly used candy to medic Jon Dewitt. He dismissed the first offer of trinkets from this corner of the galaxy.
Commander Theophilus ran her traditional 'Dickens 1843' program.
Lt. Commander Favor cursed the Kharian situation for how it had halted scientific study in the sphere. He had accepted a reassignment to the USS Fairmont.
Ambassador Jebediah Stillwell congratulated his daughter on opening relations between the Gatrubbians and Delta Freedom Alliance. Larissa Stillwell was also tasked as a DFA representative at the Federation-Kharian summit.
Pleg met with Delenka, a Mazarite, as middleman for the purchase of what was described as junk on behalf of Captain Pigg of hte Seiklon Axel. Gral was fascinated with the ship and asked several questions of it's captain. The Bajoran sub-light freighter had proven itself in the Occupation. Gral climbed into the back of a holographic impulse raider as a consolation prize. One flight was not enough for the young Ferengi who reset the simulation for unlimited fuel. Unfortunately, he reached his allotted holosuite time and was left sitting on the hard floor of a deactivated holodeck.
Gral took up a study of the human festival of Christmas. He couldn't square the centuries of stories about it. It was, at it's heart, a festival of acquisition. And surprise gifts were impossible to barter.
Seiklon Axel returned to Sentinel Station. The first order of business was to replace the communications systems infiltrated by the Borg. Imgres reached out to Chief Pety Officer Eiwan to assist in a detailed structural study of the ship. While waiting for a reply, Imgres wandered the docking
Eiwan and Sinclair continued to work on the wall hemming in the Kharians. Their batch of modifications were ready to deploy across the network when Commander Mirel halted the deployment during the summit. The two women, one French-Canadian and the other Himpanwei, chatted about their homelands.
Sipf, a Lacosian High Chorister, hosted a summit between the United Federation of Planets and the Kharian Empire. Emporer Altus Gret'ak opened referencing agreements between the Federation and historical belligerents. He appealed to the Lacosians and Johvan as sibling races. Admiral Leval, representing the Federation, called for a more structured discourse. Chorister Sipf focused the summit on the barrier between the Kharians and, ostensibly, the rest of the quadrant. Commander Mirel laid the Kharian history out as oppressors in their own right. With no leading argument, Sipf decided the field would be reduced with appropriate conditions and controls. Emporer Altus declared an immediate and permanent abolishment of violence against the Johvani people. He also provided a tablet used as authority to oversee the Johvani. Chorister Sipf accepted the declaration and appealed for trust between the two parties. Commander Mirel replied with border controls and the prohibition of military overflights. Leval stepped in to provide a more moderate Federation voice. Seket, the Cardassian representative, broke Leval's hold of the room. The friendship between the Kharians and Cardassians was obvious. The Admiral was willing to deactivate the field completely for an acknowledgement that colonization would continue unabated. The Emporer did not accept the Admiral's offer at face value. He held the Gatrubbians as evidence that the Sphere would become simply another colony world within the Federation Empire. The Admiral was prepared for the argument and rebutted with the Gatrubbians as a case of a people without a home world. They were not colonizing; they were settling. He doubled down with inviting the Kharians to meet with the Gatrubbians directly.
The month started with real life competing with OH1 for attention for several players. December also ended with busy real lives. Our stories progressed reasonably well during the month. We still wrote 20,500 words as a group.
Katy joined OH1 after a recommendation from Anna Maria.
Karen unsubscribed herself from OH1. She was not interested our style of collaborative writing.
Rich contributed to a lot of stories during the month. He also wrote several solo posts for Favor, Pleg and Gral. I would love to see Gral in an Axel uniform in the future... he seems too much of an adventurer for Starfleet.
"Or perhaps you want something human like whatever passes for food on...um...Dirt? Whatever your planet is." Husar was enjoying the distraction if nothing else.
—Husar, trying to be a good hostess, played by Anna Maria
"Good. Very good. I have one last thing to say to you, marines. Against such a despicable foe, for such a righteous cause, and with such fine Marines, I can scarcely think of a deity, god, or ancestor who would withhold their blessing..... so save your prayers! Remember only your training and your duty, and you will make it back across the void! Now, board your shuttles and ramp up. We ride!"
—Lieutenant Colonel Gravor of the Stoneclaw, Marine CO, played by Tim
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Captain Elias Pigg contacted Nort to discuss returning Toraith and Varg to his ship. Toraith and Varg were in custody after they boarded 'Winbals Pride'. They and Nort were blamed for the disappearance of it's captain and the self-destruction of the ship. The interrogation did not uncover any evidence. After un-confusing Rule 59 with 112, all of the suspects stopped answering questions. Nort offered to negotiate their relase for a price. Pigg put the blame on the Ferengi who cut the channel, cut his losses and left Sentinel.
Quidano went to collect Toraith from the Federation Security office. He was on edge given his own past. The station's intelligence officer was immediately suspicious and stated that Toraith would be extradited to Gorn to face tax fraud charges. Quidano briefly considered a prison break but decided to negotiate the release of his crewman. Back aboard ship, Toraith was willing to give up a belt won in hand-to-hand competition. After a pep talk, Toraith exclaimed he would be the stick to Elias' carrot. The Gorn's ban from the station was left to be discussed at a later time.
Elias reviewed his crew turnover after firing his Sheliak engineer, Varg walking away without a word and two bad deals with Ferengi. He was reserving judgement on Chase McKinner, his new deck chief. Imgres was promoted to chief engineer under Bresa's watchful eye. The Scrib had learned the ship's operations under four chief engineers and was glad to take over the reigns. The staff meeting melted away leaving Elias and Bresa discussing business opportunities within the refugee Gatrubbian fleet.
Fred Bliss woke up in an empty science lab aboard Sentinel Station. He examined publicly available files to get his bearings. He had died in one dimension and appeared in this one.
Fred Bliss paid a visit to Andre's shop for a business transaction. Andre kept his phaser pointed at the unannounced guest as a precaution. Fred knew another Andre and was right to assume both had similar business interests. Fred offered a diamond encoded with information. It was to be transmitted through Andre and a second arms-length party to the intended recipient.
Athena Theophilus arrived on the station and went directly to Commander Mirel's office. The CO was understandably confused to see the twin of her Chief of Operations. Athena sensed a shift in perception aboard the station and knew it was the arrival of Fred Bliss. Mirel could only act according to her own memory. Fred was taken aback that any could sense his dimensional shifts. He was running experiments without oversight from Commander Favor.
Kadra called Seket on the variety of non-Cardassian goods in her shop. The latter believed it to be a prank by Husar and offered to dunk Kadra's head in a pot of coffee. The confused background, unintentional and intentioned respectively, of both women reflect the complexity of Cardassian society. Kadra's statement of being Seket's cousin was taken as an accusation. Kadra compared their mitochondrial DNA and verified that they were, in fact, family. Kadra left the shop, crossed path with a local Ferengi whose offer of assistance was immediately followed up with questions. Kadra beamed away without providing any answers. Seket was unable to track down Kadra after a prolonged search.
Pleg and Lirka shared a lovely meal at Sushi Bar. They sat at the Chef's Table. It was a comedy of errors between the slapstick in the kitchen and the distate of Ferengi eating habits.
Ariana flirted with Farmer who was able to squeeze her into a Runabout ride to the sphere. She was willing to fit in anywhere, even the pilot's lap if it would get her a ride back to the lava fields. Ariana and Kery beamed down the sphere to begin their own studies. Kery had been shuttled from place to place to examine the suitability for the Gatrubbian settlement. Ariana was looking to make contact with the Lacosians. On an earlier trip, she had befriended a few members of the High Chorus and was looking for their help again in suppressing the Kharian threat. Kery was excited to meet a real, live Lacosian and tagged along as Ariana moved into the sphere's interior.
Ariana had a shard of yellow crystal which she hoped could summon a Lacosian. Kery watched a blank wall while Ariana whistled into the shard of crystal. Toff came through the wall and spoke to Aer-EE-Anna and repaired her broken yellow crystal. She asked for Sazz by name and after some hesitation, the young Lacosian worker relayed the geologists message to the High Lord of the Lacosian Chorus. She had come across the crystal in her lab while going over rock samples.
Ensign Sinclair made her presence known on the station by inadvertantly releasing a autonomous program into the computer. It was quickly contained. It went better than her meeting Commander Mirel for the first time as she backed out of a Jeffries tube directly in front of the station commander.
Captain Noluk checked in on his new engineers Mike Atlas and Zeno.
Captain Elias decided to formally register Seiklon Axel so that he could be short-listed for Federation shipments in and around Sentinel Station. It would be the first time he would legitimately fly the Federation flag. Commander Theophilus had a shipment ready. Axel departed after loading cargo from Sentinel. Dvir plotted a course that would advertise their services to the Gatrubbian fleet. Bresa provided what information he could about ship configurations.
As the Gatrubbian fleet moved past the station, a few individuals boarded the station. Bresa sat with Ligshuk. Ligshuk explained that after teh Sohourn disappeared, their planet was destroyed by war. The Gatrubbians were eager to settle in one place and begin a new chapter for their people. Later strolling through the Promenade Bresa purchased a souvenir from Pleg for his friend. Bresa disputed the authenticity of the crystals but purchased them nonetheless.
Emporer Altus Gret'ak blew a door off it's hinges to reach the Johvan Senate chambers and address those present. He had a message of solidarity amongst children of the Builders against the Federation and all outsiders.Senators were divided on their reaction; some took Altus at his word while others expeccted to be once again under the Kharian jackboot. The emporer brushed away concerns by reminding those present that the Builders were long gone and the Johvan had clung to their past for too long.
Lieutenant Colonel Gravor reviewed the disposition of the Kharian Imperial Army with OH1's tactical officer. While working on a defence plan, they saw the Kharian Emperor appear on the floor of the Johvan Senate. Kharian ground forces were still in position as far as they could tell. Somehow a small cadre of soldiers slipped through the marine cordon. The treaty with the Johvan limited the colonel's armed response.
Commander Mirel and Lieutenant Colonel Gravor of the Stoneclaw met to discuss the Gatrubbian Decision. The Liberators would receive significant reinforcements to support the 200 million-strong Gatrubbian community given settlement rights within the Hope One Dyson Sphere. In light of the Kharian Emperor's installment, the fleet would take a circuitous route to their settlment point. If the quarantine of the Kharians failed, those assets would be necessary to supress the Imperial Army from sweeping into Johvan territory.
Camp Sierra is the 21st's base of operations at the Kharian shield wall. Command Sergeant Major Zhao welcomed Ensign Sinclair and Chief Petty Officer Eiwan to the camp disguised in Marine uniforms. The two women were to reinforce the shield wall despite the threat by the Kharian Emperor. Failing that, they would convert the shield generators to the camp's defence.
The Kharian Emperor was true to his word and transferred the fund to repair the damage caused to the Johvan Senate building. His previous transfer was held up by security protocols keeping him out of the Imperial Treasury. With bank-to-bank transfers troublesome, Emperor Gret'ak decided to pay in hard currency, a cache of latinum at a set of coordinates outside the quarantine wall.
Senator Larking continued to explore the Cardassian farm. He was no closer to uncovering what the Cardassians were up to after hours of wandering and conversing with Seket. Zabu were dying off. It may be part of the hidden mystery of the farm or incompetence as proved by Seket's complete lack of farming knowledge. The unknwon disease did not seem to affecting the people.
Sergeant Mitchell met with a Gatrubbian representative at the site of the future colony. It was forty square kilometres of borderline arable land. The Gatrubbians would purchase seed and livestock from the Johvan, species native to the sphere, before introducing the crops they'd been growing aboard ship for the previous 300 years.
The first ship of the Gatrubbian migration landed within the sphere. It's crew and passengers breathed fresh, un-recycled air.
A fight between Icmod and Roquel was interrupted by unsual gravitational effects. Albatross reached its destination with Icmod noticing the stars out of position; 900 years of drift. Over planet Carroll was a station clearly based on Federation technology but millions of times the expected power output. A fighter squadron escorted the freighter to the station. When word about the Saints spread, the crew of Albatross had to be escorted to their meeting with the Commission.
Noluk and Icmod met with Ligshuk Voci, the commander of Crossroads Station. Voci was skeptical about Albatross travelling through time. On reaching the station, Noluk would meet with the Emergency Administration.
Noluk listened to the prophecy describing Crossroad Station being sent to the past to save the future. It also indicated the Ending of Endings. Small items had been passed from generation to generation including a uniform patch from T'mur's captain.
Captain Carpenter noticed the rag-tag crew of the Albatross aboard Crossroads Station. The clue was Zeno, 400 years young. Past Zeno received a message from Future Zeno. The latter greeted friends he had known 900 years earlier. Icmod was tickled by the prospect of a drink named after himself. Zoss was shrouded in the corner until Zeno asked him to join them. In the prevailing years, the Jem'Hadar had grown into their own civilization distinct from their Dominion origins. Zeno explained that the Gatrubbians, too, since their settlement in the sphere had expanded into an empire on par with the Federation.
Zeno explained about the Mother entity. Starfleet Intelligence published a report, dated 3309, outlining all knowledge of the Mother entity.
Just before parting, Zeno revealed that their presence was expected to complete the loop of time that was historical record in Future Zeno's time.
A Commission meeting aboard Crossroads brought home the shortage of transport necessary to evacuate the station for it's planned return to 2416. The outlier scouts were pulled back for the stations defence against the Mother entity. It would take three weeks to evacuate the station. One of the stumbling blocks was a 72-hour quarantine to ensure those coming aboard were not infected. Entire ships could be lost during the two-week transit to Signus.
The Council met to discuss sending Crossroads to the past to fulfill history as it's residents knew it.
A round table discussion in 3316 reflected on the history of the war against the Mother entity. It sets the destruction of Starbase Phoenix in 3304. A year later the Takamori-Bashir fields were discovered as a defense against the entity that had, by that point, occupied a quarter of the Delta Quadrant. By 3314, the only haven in the Delta Quadrant is Crossroads Station above the planet Carroll. During the round table, the participants realized that the Mother entity had reached Earth before the transmission cut out.
Carpenter and Gret'ak debated the paradox of sending back the only asset holding back Mother. The ferocity of recent attacks was proof enough that Crossroads was the focus on the entities plans.
Noluk and Icmod ran to the infirmary to see Selek who requested a private conversation with Albatross' XO. Selek had been told stories by his grandmother about them both. Icmod would become Noluk's closest friend. Selek was shot down by Anton Rostov after stepping between him and Ligshuk Voci.
As a group, we wrote 80,000 words. We wrote the equivalent of a novel; which is incredible. It looks like October will be just as busy.
Kait returned to OH1 after some months away. And, we were joined by brand new players Jacklyn and Kas.
Tim brought the Kharians back into the story dramatically and wrote very lengthy treatise on the Mother entity that dominates a storyline one hundred years in OH1's own future. We love the character of the Kharian Emporer who is ruthless and apologetic. Tim always provides meta-information like a map of the quarantine zone and a round-table discussion of the Mother entity that deepens our immersion in the stories he tells. Tim has been a cornerstone in our writing of an entire novel this month.
Honourable mention to Kevin who has done so much with the Gatrubbian Settlement and future storylines.
"Save us! Stop the plague the Writers have sent!"
—Kevin referring to the Gatrubbian deities, I think
2416.09.01.01 SENT Stoneclaw "Tom Clancy called. He wants his novel idea back." —Another exciting story by Tim
Voci and Eiwan met on the Terranium for a climb. It would give the two a chance to chat while they scaled the three-level simulated mountainside. They wore safety equipment that would halt them mid-air if they started to fall. Eiwan asked Voci if there was anyone special in his life and regretted it immediately. The Gatrubbian had outlived his entire planet. Eiwan was past her child-bearing years and shared details of Himpanwei family relationships. The climb was cut short with Seiklon Axel's pending disembarkation. Their climb ended on a promise to meet up again when Axel returned to Sentinel.
Ensign Serota headlined karaoke night at Sushi Bar. She was concerned about a lack of safety on the station. She considered travelling to the Lighthouse. Looking at a star in the vicinity of Starbase Phoenix didn't give her any incentive to go there. She recounted recent events including a possible double murder, marines deployed against an unknown enemy, a ship lost near the wormhole, a Tamarian sociologist arriving on-station, a flurry of junk dealers.
A marine in civilian clothing entered the bar and ordered champagne. He drank while listening to Ariana sing.
The arrival of USS Hunter changed the balance of power to the Marines. The tough-talking Marine Major gave the Sullen no doubt about his intentions. He made it clear the Federation Marine Corps was who put the hurt on the Borg. The Sullen replied with a video feed showing a field of Borg drones stripped of all organic matter. The Sullen warned the Hunter of pursuing their vessel and departed. The Marines checked for damage. Vaquero 1-2 was out of commission. Starfleet's finest secured the damaged fighter and escorted the Rapunzel back to Sentinel Station.
Seiklon Axel prepared to depart Sentinel Station for the Hope One Dyson Sphere. Captain Elias had trouble keeping Chelsea off his mind. Standing close to Xin made it hard for the captain to focus. The immense size of the sphere affected everyone's perception of it. Dvir increased speed and Xin ran diagnostics on Axel's shields. Xin worked on sensor optimization with Maor. Magnetospheres are a tricky fickle bunch and no one on the crew had yet experienced the artificial magnetosphere within Hope One. The sensors proved difficult to properly calibrate curried mixture of stone.
Captain Elias decided on taking the Swift out with Quidano for a low-level pass. Voci voiced his concern for the captain leaving the ship rather than a subordinate. They passed a cache of transparent aluminum that was clearly artificial in origin. Elias accused Quidano of being needy and the two argued until they detected another ship in the vicinity. The Phreza was crewed by mal-adjusted misfits. Their ship had largely failed and was adrift within the sphere. Elias opened a channel to the lumbering ship. Captain Klax knew the Swift was searching for a downed freighter. The truce was too easily obtained for Elias' comfort. He explicitly demanded salvage rights. Quidano and the captain were cautious.
Detective Haarfagre and Lt. Commander Michaels combed through the Mariana Joseph's Starfleet records. Doctor Butler joined them in the male victim's botany lab on-station. It was possible what killed them was something from the lab itself and not a Nal'G poison. Ensign Bear provided the detective with background on the Nal'G. He noted comm traffic for the botanist after his death. There was a link between a botanist, a trader and the Nal'Gaharay.
Dr. Atwal interviewed Veruca, the daughter of the two victims, to both gauge her mental health and determine if any clarity could be gleaned from her responses. Detective Haarfagre, Dr. Butler and Ensign Bear observed a holographic representation of the room. The girl was fixated on ice cream. There was no evidence she had been exposed to the agent that killer her parents. If Mr. Joseph cooked up what killed him, he hadn't brought it home intentionally. Veruca admitted to keeping secret. Her mother had yelled at her father recently about bringing something home. Dr. Butler noted that if his work was brought home, it was safely contained given no evidence of it was found outside the lab.
Noluk, Albatross' captain, was asked some very personal questions by his doctor. Karbo's offer to ease Noluk through his pon'farr were graciously declined. The Klingon doctor recommended more raw, red meat in the Vulcan's diet. Noluk politely disagreed with the recommendation.
Nort entered 'Winbal's Pride' with his two heavies: Toraith and Jurlat Varg. The vessel's captain was adamant that he owed Nort nothing; that a deal was a deal. Winbal didn't wait for a response before triggering internal defences. Varg stepped over a cowering Nort and returned fire with a plasma gatling. They decided to move forward towards the bridge and, they assumed, Winbal. The ship began to power up engines. Toraith and Varg shot out the airlock creating a hull breach. Sentinel Station Traffic Control forced Winbal's Pride back to it's berth as a safety precaution and buying Nort and his colleagues time. The three reached the bridge, shot up the hatch and rolled it away. When they stepped onto the bridge, it was empty; Wibal was gone. Nort attempted to access the ship's computer systems; the only response being 'voice authorization not recognized'. That is, until it announced 'Security protocol omega'. Detecting a potential warp core overload but not the lifesigns aboard, Traffic Control plotted a course for Winbal's Pride safely away from the station and nearby ships. Aboard the ship, Toraith suggested kicking in a few more doors would solve their situation. They decided the engineering deck would be their best bet of providing an escape from the ship.
Husar purchased several items from a Cardassian who had arrived recently from the sphere. The man was ill and the transaction was hurried. There were visible shards of crystal and other assorted odds and ends.
Maor inquired how Axel handled salvage in the past. Quidano admitted it was new and a departure from their previous missions.
Imgres adjusted to her new chief engineer. He was used to hard work and Uu was putting him through his paces. The Scrib was glad the engineer, a Sheliak that looked like sludge, was as odd-looking as he was.
The 21st Liberators assembled in formation. Lt. Colonel Gravor presented the pilots that defended Rapunzel against the Sullen ship with the Star Cross for valor and gallantry. Lt. Thaalnok hobbled to the front of formation. He was personally thanked by Commander Mirel for his service. The lieutenant wondered if the station always demanded such broad marine intervention. The Commander believed that Marines brought trouble with them in case there wasn't enough when they arrived.
The station's newest tactical officer introduced himself to Commander Mirel.
Seket offered to show her Johvan guests any number of Cardassian agricultural innovations. Larking decided on examining their fertilizers. She enlisted Deben to demonstrate spreading what was clearly scooped out of a latrine. The look of disgust on his face did not need a Universal Translator. He steeled himself with the knowledge he was fooling the stupid Johvan. Senator Larking decided to move quickly to the next demonstration. He was convinced the farming settlement was a sham. Larking inquired about the zabu, a ruminant, grass-eating animal. He suspected the grass was replicated rather than grown as he was being lead to believe.
Lt. Commander Favor chatted with Commander Mirel about a weekly newsletter to put OH1's scientific community at the forefront. He thought the Marines were flashy while science was not. Mirel supported the proposal. When she asked for a publication timeline, the Elaysian had the first issue in-hand. It provided a thorough rundown of the science department's recent successes. Once the USS Daystrom was fully operational, it would provide OH1's sciences department with a top notch research platform. Favor noted that despite twenty years of exploring the nearby dyson sphere, the scientists lacked a thorough understanding of it. With two dozen requests for Daystrom's use, the science department liaison officer's job was going to become infinitely more difficult.
Favor stopped by Sickbay for a tune-up of his artificial skeleton.
Roquel lead remembrance service for an El-Aurian woman buried on SG386-9. The crew of Albatross surveyed the surface of the planet. The away team decided to take soil and biological samples on the shore of a lake. Small frog-like creatures hopped through the tall grasses at the water's edge. Zal tried to stun some of the local wildlife and instead incinerated it. Zal ordered weapons hold and gave his son fifteen minutes to capture a frog alive. He had to follow up with an order for noise discipline as his son whooped and shouted as he ran into the woods. A large creature emerged from the water. Zal tossed it his armful of frogs which it quickly began to eat through. The boy kept one for Roquel. The creature considered attempting to eat the young Jem'Hadar but turned and slid back into the water after a satisfying lunch. The surviving frog was named 'Blueberry'.
The Albatross set course for the next planet in their survey. SG386-8 was inhabited with wildlife and abandoned cities. The away team began exploring the surface. They came face-to-face with several large, apparently harmless animals.
GMU 6174 watched the local wildlife when the Albatross AI, ALICE, began to communicate with it. Captain Noluk questioned the android about the clearly sentient beings that had build the cities and the android itself. GMU 6174 was one of over 85,000 operational units. With a simple phrase, "may I come along", Zeno joined the crew.
Doug joined OH1 as it's new Intel Officer. He currently writes for Axel.
Devon took exception to Detective Haarfagre's low opinion of the DFA.
The DFA is more of a confederation with a few member planets, but a large territory with independent planets within the territory. (Think Old Wild West America) It would be easy for Nal'G and others to hide within the territories, especially if they stayed off DFA member Planets. But with the internal warfare, and the attacks the Nal'G have had in the past (Pheonix, Babylon (the DFA Command station), the "Nal'G" planet as well as attacks of civilian targets on DFA Planets, if there were information that helped disrupt cells and the organization, it would be given over to make that happen. More likely than not, it is a matter of not having the information.
It sparked a discussion in the Cromwell NRPG group. Tim provided a very good description of the time period in 2401 when a Starfleet ship was stolen and formed the nucleus of the DFA. It has been an uneasy relationship at times. The Cromwell-A was returned to the Federation 2406. Starbase Phoenix was liberated from the Nal'Gaharay with strong DFA support in 2408.
Sam joined OH1/Axel this month. He is a long-time player on USS Discovery and Starbase Phoenix.
Richard and Rich polled players about building stronger ties between OH1 and Axel. Both DSs have been working together since May. Sentinel Station would be Seiklon Axel's regular port of call.
Tim accepted a position as an OH1/Axel player representative. His previous command experience and historical Borderlands knowledge is valued.
Roger joined OH1/Axel. He is a returning OH1 player.
Rich put in a lot of effort this month. He did a lot of work behind the scenes to bring OH1 and Axel together. He created the Sullen whom I hope to see back at Sentinel in the future as a villain to be reckoned with.
"I've seen what they've been doing with the Daystrom. It's beginning to look real pretty." The captain added awkwardly.
"Ugly gets the job done just as thoroughly as pretty."
"I suppose I could put Quidano in YOUR PLACE and see if that's true." The captain jibed.
Xin smiled inwardly. By all species' standards, she was a knockout.
—Captain Elias and Ops Officer Xin
2416.07.22.01 SPH Seket "Nothing to See Over There"
—The exact worst thing to say when you want to keep something a secret.