Stationed beamed the remains of the biomechanoid to a science lab for analysis.
Ayla volunteered to work the late shift. She was surprised by a pile of scrap metal beamed into her lab. It was described as a Cardassian 'pet'. Lieutenant Commander Favor wanted to know everything there was to know about it: biochemistry, metallurgy, cybernetics. Ayla detected Cardassian blood but the device was definitively not Cardassian construction. It could have been Borg but it had not attempted to assimilate Station. The most likely origin was the Hope One Dyson Sphere; Builder technology. Station suggested an away mission to learn more including one of it's own ancillaries. Ayla presumed a Cardassian settlement was located at an entry point into the Sphere's interior. Station was eager to go on it's first away mission.
Commander Mirel debriefed Ensign Arslandorj. He hadn't understood the coded dialect used by Magar.
Station pleaded it's case for increase surveillance and border security. The Cardassians had smuggled Builder technology to the Sphere as well as fostering other illegal activities. Station replayed a press conference by Lieutenant Colonel Gravor of the Stoneclaw after the last increase in border security by the Marines went poorly. Commander Mirel suggested that security was good enough and that increased security would not solve the problems that lead to criminality.
Station transported Magar to Sick Bay as soon as the Cardassian ambassador's life signs appeared critical. Magar was badly injured by the biomechanoid on top of years of old, healed injuries including multiple stabbings. Station offered to inform Seket or any other of Magar's friends and relatives once she regained consciousness. Magar wanted to be left in peace. Station disappeared but informed the ambassador she was watching. The ambassador felt right at home under surveillance. Station explained the Laws of Robotics that served as base code for the protection of others. Annoyance was not considered harmful. A portion of Station's programming was based on the Emergency Medical Hologram that treated Magar when she arrived. Station's Orb followed Magar from Sick Bay back to her embassy.
Magar asked about the whereabouts of Seket from Station's following orb form. Magar mused about where Seket was hiding. She was in an obscured Promenade establishment. Many merchants obscured or dampened Station's ability to scan within their shops. Magar knew full well Seket was attempting to leave the station and avoid Cardassian justice. Seket made her way to a bar seeking transport off Sentinel Station from a Ferengi named Brak. Timari had washed his hands of the mess knowing the blame would fall on Seket's head. He looked forward to her trial and statement of remorse. Brak had Seket over a barrel and was willing to make her pay for it; up front. All she had to do was avoid Magar and her agents until Brak was ready to leave.
After dismissing 'Dakilom' and 'Jox', Station settled on 'Nor' as it's name. It was a failed distraction as Station peppered Magar with questions about Seket's trial and inevitable guilt. Station was not convinved of Magar's promise that Seket would come to no harm once outside Federation jurisdiction.
Favor relaxed in his quarters when his door chimed. Station had followed social protocol by chiming the door and being welcomed into the scientist's quarters. Station had questions about the Genesis Device used within the Sphere. Station proactively reduced the gravity in the Elaysian's quarters misunderstanding his look of ill-ease.
Lieutenant Commander Favor stormed into Engineering concerned with the eagerness of Sentinel Station's new, more intelligent computer.
Ana was a day away from her grand opening. She felt she was being watched. Station appeared as a glowing blue ball frightening the cafe owner. It admitted to often surprising it's inhabitants. It wanted to be helpful to everyone and offered to spread word of the cafe's opening. Ana appreciated having someone to talk to after so long on her own. Station asked Ana if it was possible to make everyone happy. Cooking was therapy for Ana; it made her happy and it made others happy.
Ana was ready for a large crowd on her opening day. One of her first customers was a man named Hudson. Something about him bothered the cafe owner. Station also disliked him, cued by Ana's behaviour. Station appeared to offer it's help as a waiter. It also asked permission to have a date with Theodore and not eat. Ana offered dating advice.
Ensign Serota was interested in hearing more from Malkut Brin'ak, a representative of the Kharian Civil Majority. Mahlon was not. Ariana described the Federation as tyrannical which surprised both the Marine and Kharian. Kharian society had been militarized even before their defeat to the Borg and return to the Sphere. The KCM was seeking partnership. A Starfleet shuttle was the only way they could pass through the blockade. A downed Gatrubbian drone was widely circulated as propaganda.
Station felt sadness. Eiwan believed it was a unique combination of subroutines. A thought was logical while a feeling was meant to be satiated. Station recorded a log like thousands of her users did every day. It checked in with Eiwan to see if it was done correctly. It played back an audio recording just before a self-censoring protocol kicked in. It was a purposeful set of subroutines programmed by Station's Bynar designers. Eiwan suggested duplicating a portion of itself into a holosimulation.
Station appeared in the holodeck along with a separated program of itself. One of the ancillaries was detached from the whole of Station whom Eiwan named Queen. Eiwan created an ant colony as an experiment.
Lieutenant Barrymore showed Lieutenant Commander Favor the growing eco-system within the Sphere. The senior scientist recognized the effects of the Genesis Project immediately.
An Op-Ed in a Gatrubbian newspaper highlighted the deaths of observers during the Porject New Worlds experiment. Doctor Belva Talam was accused of crimes against Gatrubbianity. Belva awoke to protests around his home and lab. His report was on hold until the council decided what would happen next. Belva and Vanka, his former assistant and harshest critic, met for dinner that quickly turned ugly.
The Johvan response was cautionary. Solia was besieged by reporters for days after his rescue by Lieutenant Bear.
Station greeted Lieutenant Bear. It admired his ability to emote. Emotions were blocked in it's own programming by a failsafe installed by it's creators. It's experiment in the holodeck with Chief Eiwan was meant to unlock that failsafe. Bear began his life as a child's toy and designed to exhibit emotion. Station invited the intelligence officer on a date during the grand opening of the Second Chances Cafe. Station felt a release from it's lonliness for nearly two seconds. Station considered it's own sexuality.
The Sullen stated their claim to the Batim Wellness Institute. They moved through the Institute--their pantry--tracking the life signs of the Axel away team. They all wore closed suits in the airless facility nullifying the Sullen's natural weapon. Axel's crew were to be added to the pantry. Maintenance bots would consider the Sullen a danger and act to isolate the danger. T'Zora had an idea. Several bots entered the corridor pressing the Sullen against the bulkheads with force fields. Bresa needed to buy time until Axel could beam them to safety. A sonic grenade was batted back to the Sullen by Toraith. Bresa and the away team were beamed back to Axel in the middle of a battle.
A heavily scarred Gorn captain asked for Toraith who was aboard the Batim Wellness Institute.
Axel, the Gorn cruiser and it's support ships focused their fire on the sole Sullen ship. It's soliton wave damaged the shields and engines of every ship. The Gorn cruiser continued to fight hard driving off the Sullen ship.
Bresa thanked the Captain Lath for their intervention. The Gorn were curious about the Sullen. They did have a biological sample that Axel's medbot could analyse. Toraith's father had sent Lath to collect his son. Toraith did not care for politics and chose to stay with his shipmates. Still, the Gorn battlecruiser was escorting them back to the Sphere, not the other way around.
Targa looked over the fourteen bots retrieved from the Batim Wellness Institute. Xin hadn't seen them in action. He would keep one or two for the ship and sell the rest. They would first have to be powered up using Gorn technology.
Malot had lots of free time enroute back to Sentinel Station from the Batim Wellness Institute. Biological units had trillions of minds working on the problem of sentience. According to the Gatrubbians, the Writers had willed her into existence and were writing her story. Or, the Great Story had already been written. Or that being wrote their own Great Story without supernatural intervention. She hoped one day to understand.
Kevin accepted a position as the Executive Officer for Starbase Horizon. He and Frank will do great things over at our sibling duty station.
2418.04.15.01 SENT Station "Do you know of somewhere were they do 'sorry I gave you a heart attack' cards? I have a few to send out..."
--Station's sudden appearances were jarring to a few of the crew. Just a few.
Mahlon sat next to Ariana. He didn't say anything. She was free to have a conversation with these delusional Kharians who thought they could loosen the grip of the Emporer.
"Same sort of delusion that led good officers that overthrew Starfleet's Tyrany to form the Delta Freedom Alliance?" asked Ariana.
—Ariana and Mahlon's date did not go well, to say the least.
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Ariana asked Mahlon if he was serious about a picnic in the Sphere. Ariana was rocking her dust collection but it could wait another 100,000 years. She had a date. Mahlon stopped by the Second Chances Cafe; it was a fitting name. Ana put together a menu after a bit of confusion between squid and squab. She offered ideas for Mahlon and Ariana's afternoon together. Ana prepared a picnic for Mahlon and Ariana. She ventured reluctantly onto the Promenade to pick up a few things. She considered adding picnic lunches to her menu. Mahlon picked up the picnic basket the following morning. His comm badge chirped; their date was almost cancelled again because of work. He ran off to Shuttle Bay Two to meet Ariana. She brought hiking boots and Mahlon brought a packed lunch. The Sphere's topology was created; it did not follow the rules of tectonic plates and weather erosion.
Kal stared lovingly at the treasures gifted by Husar. With all of the hours he put in for her, he had little time for his own project. He doubted he could create a nanovirus when the Collective hadn't. He resolved to holiday in Romulan space. He asked Husar for the weekend off and promised her a bottle of Romulan ale. Seket intercepted him at the docking ports. He told he was going into Romulan space and admitted he considered venturing into Borg space as well. Patriotic Cardassians would suicide rather than be taken by the Borg. Seket gave Kal a PADD with a collection of Cardassian literature. It also doubled as a surveillance device she planned to exploit.
Kal sat in the front seat of the shuttle enojoying the book given him by Seket. The repetitive epic suited Kal's tastes. The Kazon planned to board a Rihannsu ship and download information that had not been shared with the Federation. Kal missed Romulan space and drifted for three days before being found by a DFA shuttle. He was rescued by Ensign Taylor; Kit. Kal would need the XOs permission before seeing the lone Borg aboard DFA Cromwell. Denied permission, he tracked down Six of Twelve on his own. Without permission to speak with Six, Major Reynolds threw Kal in the brig for the night. Major Reynolds interrogated Kal the following morning. Kal admitted his admiration for the Borg and pleaded to speak with Six again.
Seket breezed onto the Kinat'Nu as if she owned it. She was silenced by security footage from the ship's cargo bay. A creature had esacped it's crate. Timari had informed his superiors in the Obsidian Order. Failure was not tolerated. Seket was intruded upon by a woman with knowledge of the Sphere and Builder technology. A small Cardassian woman reached Seket's office where she berated her for losing Builder technology. It was a mess to be cleaned up by the new, well-connected ambassador.
Sentinel Station's new Cardassian Ambassador watched footage of the biomechanoid escape the Kinat'Nu's cargo hold. She paged Commander Mirel ad badgered her to take a meeting. She had lost a pet and wanted it to be found involving as few people as possible. Magar was purposely vague and roundabout in her description of the pet. The Cardassian ambassador was seeking permission to have her own people look for it aboard the station. Mirel was going to have her own people look for the lost pet and a small number of Cardassians were welcome to help.
Eiwan was early to the mess hall. Lionin picked out breakfast and sat at her table. A biomechanoid wandered around Sentinel Station trying to find a GAMM to connect to. It tapped the EPS grid to power itself back up. The lights in the mess hall flickered and died. The biomechanoid moved through the station 'fixing' things and cutting through bulkheads in it's search.
Ana Ferguson met with a supplier who could stock everything she needed for her cafe. Needing a name on the spot, she chose 'Second Chances Cafe'. Everyone deserved a second chance. Lirka floated into the cafe. Ana had never been allowed to have friends over for tea.
T'Zora meditated. Lyras peppered her with questions that the crew of SS Axel were bound to ask. Her thoughts focused on the candle that slowly died and rebuilt itself in the process. She was trying to cope with the busyness of her new ship and craving Trellium-D.
Diagnostic Hologram One abroached the Medbot in Sickbay to discuss the biological units aboard the ship. Diagnostic Hologram One considered shortening it's name to Malot; 'apparition' in the Gatrubbian tongue. It would improve her acceptance by the crew. Medbot, already short for Ship Robotic Medical Droid, decided to be called Bert. Bert didn't consider itself a member of crew but rather a tool to serve the crew. Malot excused herself back to engineering.
Targa ran a simulation in Axel's gunnery room. The Gorn-built ship was popular in the Klingon market. Toraith decided to join in on the fun. The two were situated on an 8-bit Qo'NoS shooting lotlhmoq and raw', then avoiding barrels of blood wine.
Eiwan rushed to Favor's side when he faltered after the holiday party. The scientist brushed it off. They were each well outside the norm of the human majority of Starfleet. Favor had altered his body and exiled himself from Elaysia. They both went against the grain of their own cultures.
Doctor Noble was found Commander Favor who had been paraded by every other doctor on Sentinel Station. His bi-weekly checkups were necessary after the Neuromuscular Adaptation surgery a year earlier. On their way back to Medbay, the doctor tried to break the ice. The station's chief science officer was from one of six sentient species on Elaysia. The doctor was a Starfleet brat with two parents never assigned to the same duty station. With another clean bill of health, Tian extended the timespan for Favor's next physical to four weeks.
Malot stopped into Axel's rec area to 'socialize'. Quidano was having a dinner of fungi and algae.
Antonia was lost but made it to her first duty shift with fifteen seconds to spare.
Pleg was admiring SS Axel when a young woman reacted to hearing it's name. She knew a Paul Gorgon who captained a ship named SS Seiklon Axel. Pleg beamed the two of them to his shuttle, the Convenience, to rendez-vous with Axel.
Axel prepared to depart Sentinel Station for the Batim Wellness Institute. Bresa was still getting used to the captain's chair. The crew were getting used to their new ship. No one had seen Bailey since leaving port. The crew assembled in the mess hall. They were interrupted by Xin. A Ferengi shuttle requested permission to come dock. The bay would remain depressurized until Targa and Toraith could ready themselves. Pleg waited for before opening the shuttle door and introduced Larissa Gorgon to the pair of armed Axel crew. Toraith misunderstood the implication that the human girl was his child. Toraith summoned the captain. The name Gorgon hadn't been used in years. Paul was dead. Bresa offered the young woman to stay aboard the ship.
Pleg rendez-voused with the Viatorem after dropping off the Gordon girl. Captain Mason questioned supplying the Gatrubbians rather than wealthier planets nearby. Pleg acknowledged they were not much but being in on the ground floor could be very lucrative. Viatorem carried a piece of Starfleet's secret 'Genesis' project. Mason offered to remain nearby should his services be needed again.
Quidano piloted Axel on it's final approach to the Batim Wellness Institute. The interior of the institute showed no life signs whatsoever. T'Zora was called to the bridge for her expertise. She theorized that the institute shut down it's environmental systems twenty-four hours after the last living person, herself, left. The boarding party would don environmental suits to explore T'Zora's former home. Targa looked over each suit meticulously.
Kal was approached by a woman with mistletoe dangling from a small fishing pole on her cap. He blushed. The woman turned to Mahlon who feigned a contagious virus and evaded her. Kal moved to the bar followed by the mistletoe-bearing woman. Husar was curious about human mating rituals. Kal was growing more and more uncomfortable.
Commander Favor arrived to the party on the holideck. It was a chance to keep the vertical hierarchy out of the horizontal exercises. He drank a hot chocolate and made smalltalk. Mahlon introduced the chief science officer to the stations geologist completely oblivious that they already knew each other. Only putting an extremely hot dumpling in his mouth halted the awkward conversation. Kal enjoyed one more cautiously. He hadn't eaten real food in a very long time. He retired early to his quarters.
Kal rang the door to Commander Favor's quarters to discuss a research proposal. Ensign Serota had encouraged him at the party the night before. He had brushed up on Lieutenant Jameson's research into Borg nanoprobes. If he could improve on Borg technology, he might be considered worthy of assimilation. Favor was concerned about Four's interest in the Borg and desire to go to a Cube known to be in the area. It would require the sanction of Starfleet.
SS Axel escaped from the Sphere pursued by a pair of Kharian attack craft. Barrels dropped from Axel's cargo bay destroyed their pursuers. Captain Kivas Wren manned the disruptors himself as more Kharian attack craft closed in. Starfleet fighters were deployed from Sentinel Station. The Banzai fighters evaded the incoming disruptor fire but maintained formation. The interactions between the Hope One Dyson Sphere and the Geroch Wormhole created hot spots ripe to opening subspace vortices. USS Daystrom closed in the vortex. Toraith tugged at the collar around his neck that kept the crew obedient to their captain. Being captured by Starfleet wasn't the worst outcome for the crew of SS Axel.
Everyone wished everyone else a Happy New Year on both sides of the Atlantic.
Real life friends Cára and Richie joined OH1 together. As a group, we should be able to distinguish with Rich L, Richie T and Richard N.
Dark eyes glittered as they stared at the tiny flame. It rested on an ingenious little plate with tiny holes on the outer rim for the melted wax to escape through. From there, the wax was funneled down into a special mold, where a wick rested along a tiny rod. As the candle slowly died, it slowly rebuilt itself.
—A metaphor fitting for T'Zora (played by Roxane)
"To...Tomorrow?" repeated Ariana startled. "Um, Rocking my dust collection...."
—Ariana (played by Devon) in response to be asked on a date.
2517.01.01.01 SENT Kal "First post of the new year!"
—Very accurately the first post of the year; received "1 Jan 2018 00:03:50 -0000". In her enthusiasm, Tabitha jumped forward 99 years rather than just 1.
2418.01.26.01 SEN Mirel "You think yourself important"
2418.01.27.01 SEN Magar "I am Important"
Really, the whole thread has to be read to be appreciated: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/SentinelStation/conversations/messages/4834
I played something very similar to Raw' Hunt growing up. It's nice to see 8-bit gaming has a place even in the 25th century. Doug and Rich did a great job in this scene.
Rich has contributed greatly to OH1 this month. Targa and Toraith interacting in the gunnery room was a great read (see above). I think I'd like to revisit the alternative universe where Axel is smuggling under the noses of the Federation and the Kharians. Rich is prolific writing both standalone and one-on-one threads with a number of players.
Honourable mention to Tabitha. She contributes to three (or is it four) duty stations and writes for each as if they were the only one. It is interesting to see Kal in a different environment and interacting with her own Borg character aboard DFA Cromwell. These kinds of stories highlight the value of Star Trek: Borderlands as cooperative, collaborative, creative group.