Episode 17 –14 August 2021
Lieutenant Commander Ezekiel “Zeke” Pride
Flight Controller/Second Officer
Lieutenant Alexander Artopolis
Chief Medical Officer
Lieutenant Scott McIntyre
Chief Tactical/Security Officer
Following the hacking signal back the Potemkin discover that a former Tal’Shiar base, hidden below the surface of a Mars like world is the source of the signal which plunged the ‘Away’ team into a nightmare. Sitting just on the edge of Romulan space the Potemkin sends their small but powerful recovered alien ship with Pride at the conn. Lacking a warpdrive the Atlanta was pushed up to FTL speeds and then used her unique gravity drive to reach the target system without the Potemkin crossing into Romulan space and thus avoiding a war!
Scanning the system, they discover… well very little. A small old star that will end its life with a snuff rather than a bang and only two worlds, a ‘hot’ Jovian with no moons and a Mars like world, which was the source of the signal.
Finding the base located under ground but with no way in they land the Atlanta a safe distance away, trusting the ships’ ability to blend into its environment to hide her. The Away team decided to beam into the base rather than blunder around looking for the ‘street’ access. The only spot that wasn’t covered by transporter jammers, a small room on the lower levels of the base. Maybe the age of the base or an imbalance in their power grid was the reason why there was a gab in their system. It could have been a trap, but it was the only way in and Toron was going to take the chance. He ordered the deployment of the away team to investigate the base.
Beaming in they discovered the base is all but abandoned, low level lighting and abandoned crew quarters. Either the base was still mostly unused, or they were still bringing it online. Which ever the case the crew, checking every room along the way searched the base. Gaining only a little insight into what was happening here. A Romulan computer expert turned one-time Romulan senator and who SFI thought had been killed in the Hobus event seemingly wrote the bulk of the coding that targeted the Potemkin. Further evidence suggests that the Romulan was more alive than history had recorded!
Making their way into what was once a control room they come under fire. Three Romulan disrupters turn the corridor outside the control room into molten slag, luck was on the side of the Away team meant no one was killed in this opening salvo! Returning fire, the party quickly over came the small Romulan forces, instead of fighting to the end they choose to beam out, leaving the away team to search the room. Apart from the blinking red light upon the casing of an anti-matter explosive!