Chapter 1 - Uncharted

Lt Commander Constance Stewart — 05/09/2023 9:05 PM
walking in to the conference room and takeing her seat
Lt Kerwen Nuhl-Helm — 05/09/2023 9:05 PM
::Sits where the stars are visible. It’s become a thing.::
Cpt H Crow — 05/09/2023 9:05 PM
::Enters, looking them over:: Well folks, let me be the first to welcome you to the Phibos Sector. That’s the catchy name Starfleet has given this piece of uncharted wilderness.
Lt. Ghas – COpsO — 05/09/2023 9:05 PM
::follows Constance::
Cpt H Crow — 05/09/2023 9:05 PM
::taps, holomaps of the sector pop up in front of each seat:::
(fancy, huh?)
Cdr Edra Crow — 05/09/2023 9:06 PM
::looks over her map::
Cpt H Crow — 05/09/2023 9:06 PM
As you can see there are seven solar systems and one big nebula smack dab in the middle.
Lt Millie Stepanova, Couns. — 05/09/2023 9:07 PM
((I’m here! ::AA::))
Lt Kerwen Nuhl-Helm — 05/09/2023 9:07 PM
::Tilts head slightly:: Interesting.
Lt. Ghas – COpsO — 05/09/2023 9:07 PM
Lt. Cmdr. Statzia Liski
— 05/09/2023 9:07 PM
::settles in her seat on the far side with her back to the wall::
Lt Millie Stepanova, Couns. — 05/09/2023 9:07 PM
::takes her seat in a front row::
Cpt H Crow — 05/09/2023 9:08 PM
Starfleet has given us the courtesy of allowing us to plot out path ourselves, as long as we’re done within two months. We’re to visit each system, and take a scientific study of that nebula’s makeup.
Lt. K’Naut, Chief Engineer — 05/09/2023 9:08 PM
It’s a good thing we finished the sensor maintenance cycle.
Lt Commander Constance Stewart — 05/09/2023 9:09 PM
* looking at the map* ” intresting”
Cpt H Crow — 05/09/2023 9:09 PM
Given that we have no idea what…or who…is out here, we also have a waiver when it comes to the Prime Directive, within reason. That means if we see a non-warp civilization we leave them alone, but if we bump into them by accident it won’t be held against us.
Cdr Edra Crow — 05/09/2023 9:09 PM
A study of the nebula from outside, right?
Cpt H Crow — 05/09/2023 9:09 PM
:: grin:: Where’s the fun in that?
Lt Kerwen Nuhl-Helm — 05/09/2023 9:10 PM
::Regards her fingers, then interlaces them, and stretches them. A broad grin crossing her face. ::
Cdr Edra Crow — 05/09/2023 9:10 PM
No good ever comes from going into a nebula….
Lt. Cmdr. Statzia Liski
— 05/09/2023 9:10 PM
::taps her thumb anxiously on the armrest of her chair::
Lt. K’Naut, Chief Engineer — 05/09/2023 9:10 PM
Nothing gets me jazzed more than configuring deep space probes to scan for gaseous anomalies.
Cpt H Crow — 05/09/2023 9:11 PM
With all of that said, we’re going to maintain our current position until the Commander and I figure out our first neighborhood to take a peek at.
Lt Commander Constance Stewart — 05/09/2023 9:11 PM
” this ship doesnt have a good record with nebulas”
Lt. Ghas – COpsO — 05/09/2023 9:11 PM
::To K’Naut:: you should hang around my brother after Thai Food, that’s a gaseous anomaly
Lt Commander Constance Stewart — 05/09/2023 9:12 PM
* laughs* ” nice”
Cdr Edra Crow — 05/09/2023 9:12 PM
Cpt H Crow — 05/09/2023 9:12 PM
You’re all dismissed to stations.
Lt. Ghas – COpsO — 05/09/2023 9:13 PM
::Stands up:: Indian food too, though that’s a whole other thing.
Lt Kerwen Nuhl-Helm — 05/09/2023 9:13 PM
I’m looking forward to learning the route. ::Stands and heads to the bridge.
Lt. Cmdr. Statzia Liski
— 05/09/2023 9:14 PM
::stands, adjusting her uniform jacket, and waits for the room to clear::
Cdr Edra Crow — 05/09/2023 9:14 PM
We’ll keep you updated, Kerwen. :😁:
Lt Commander Constance Stewart — 05/09/2023 9:14 PM
* stands up to head to her station on the bridge*
Cpt H Crow — 05/09/2023 9:15 PM
::turns back to the map:: Well we’re close to two of them, should we hit them first or leave them for last when we exit the way we came?
Lt Kerwen Nuhl-Helm — 05/09/2023 9:15 PM
::Still grinning, relieves her colleague at Helm, and sits down.:: Flying through a nebula. ::Happy sigh::
Lt. K’Naut, Chief Engineer — 05/09/2023 9:15 PM
::heads back to Engineering::
Cdr Edra Crow — 05/09/2023 9:16 PM
::studies the map more:: I’m tempted to say let’s get the nebula out of the way first…
Cpt H Crow — 05/09/2023 9:17 PM
I feel like we’re pioneers and this is our wagon.
Lt Millie Stepanova, Couns. — 05/09/2023 9:17 PM
::settles into the extra jump seat on the bridge, as it had been a while since she lingered on the Bridge and she had an hour until her next session::
Cdr Edra Crow — 05/09/2023 9:18 PM
::looks at him:: you are excited about this, aren’t you?
Lt. K’Naut, Chief Engineer — 05/09/2023 9:18 PM
::gathers his team:: Okay folks, we’re entering an uncharted sector. I want to give the shields and weapons a thorough checkout.
Cpt H Crow — 05/09/2023 9:18 PM
A little, maybe. This is like Archer or the other early ships.
Lt Millie Stepanova, Couns. — 05/09/2023 9:19 PM
::taps at her PADD, checking the status of some of the inquiries she’d made the day before::
Cdr Edra Crow — 05/09/2023 9:20 PM
Lt. Cmdr. Statzia Liski
— 05/09/2023 9:20 PM
::one of the last to leave the briefing room, settles in at a station at the rear of the bridge::
Cdr Edra Crow — 05/09/2023 9:20 PM
Well, what do you want to do?
Lt Kerwen Nuhl-Helm — 05/09/2023 9:20 PM
::Starts to review the information she has::
Cpt H Crow — 05/09/2023 9:22 PM
I don’t think you’re the only one nervous about the nebula. Let’s set course and that puts us in the middle. From there, we can hit the one right next to it, and then continue clockwise before we head home. Sound good?
Cdr Edra Crow — 05/09/2023 9:24 PM
::nods:: I can get behind that
Lt Commander Constance Stewart — 05/09/2023 9:24 PM
puts he team on standby just in case
Cpt H Crow — 05/09/2023 9:25 PM
::traces the path with his finger:: It’s about a 2 day trip so we better get on the road, so to speak. You want to tell our Helm?
Cdr Edra Crow — 05/09/2023 9:27 PM
::smiles:: yes…she’ll be excited.
Lt. K’Naut, Chief Engineer — 05/09/2023 9:27 PM
::hands out work assignments to the engineering team, keeping the choicest job for himself:: Alright, you have your tasks. If you need me, I’ll be in the torpedo bay.
Lt. Cmdr. Statzia Liski
— 05/09/2023 9:28 PM
::read through preliminary data on the sector, working her thumb into the steady ache above where her knee should have been::
Lt. Ghas – COpsO — 05/09/2023 9:29 PM
::adjusts sensors::
Cdr Edra Crow — 05/09/2023 9:29 PM
::leads the way out to the Bridge, taking her seat.:: Lt. Nuhl, set a course for the system nearest the nebula, please.
Cpt H Crow — 05/09/2023 9:30 PM
::walks out onto the bridge behind her, taking his seat:::
Lt Kerwen Nuhl-Helm — 05/09/2023 9:31 PM
Aye aye Commander. ::Beams:: Any preference for speed? ::Fingers are dancing across the console::
Cpt H Crow — 05/09/2023 9:31 PM
Warp seven.
Lt Commander Constance Stewart — 05/09/2023 9:31 PM
monitors her station and coms
Lt. Ghas – COpsO — 05/09/2023 9:32 PM
Deflector on full Captain
Lt Kerwen Nuhl-Helm — 05/09/2023 9:32 PM
Oh fun. ::Delighted::
Warp Seven and ready to go.
Cdr Edra Crow — 05/09/2023 9:34 PM
::sends a message to Science to monitor our route for mapping and travel conditions: :
Cpt H Crow — 05/09/2023 9:34 PM
A millennia ago on earth when they began exploring they used to draw monsters on the maps because they thought there was something lurking in the darkness. It took centuries to get them off the charts.
Lt. Ghas – COpsO — 05/09/2023 9:34 PM
Sensors are picking up debris, similar to the Kuiper Belt at Sol.
Cpt H Crow — 05/09/2023 9:34 PM
The charts we make today and for the next two months will be studied long after we’re gone.
Lt. Cmdr. Statzia Liski
— 05/09/2023 9:34 PM
::muses:: Sometimes there’s still monsters…
Lt Kerwen Nuhl-Helm — 05/09/2023 9:34 PM
Think we’ll be dancing around some monsters?
::Adjusts the course slightly as needed::
Cpt H Crow — 05/09/2023 9:35 PM
All of us will be making history, keep that in mind.
Cdr Edra Crow — 05/09/2023 9:36 PM
::nods to Ghas:: keep an eye out for any space-dwelling organisms. The cloud could give them a good place to hide.
Lt Kerwen Nuhl-Helm — 05/09/2023 9:37 PM
::Sets up a routine to track the course they’re taking::
Lt. Cmdr. Statzia Liski
— 05/09/2023 9:37 PM
::gives a quiet sigh, rubbing deeper into her thigh muscle::
Cdr Edra Crow — 05/09/2023 9:38 PM
::hears the sigh:: something wrong, Liski?
Lt. K’Naut, Chief Engineer — 05/09/2023 9:38 PM
::happily running diagnostic analyses of probe casings::
Lt Commander Constance Stewart — 05/09/2023 9:39 PM
* listening to everyone talking keeping her eyes on the screen*
Cpt H Crow — 05/09/2023 9:39 PM
If I’m needed I’ll be in the ready room. You have the bridge ::to edra::: ::walks off the bridge:::
Lt. Cmdr. Statzia Liski
— 05/09/2023 9:40 PM
::opens her mouth as if about to say something, then closes it again:: No ma’am. Nothing’s wrong.
Cdr Edra Crow — 05/09/2023 9:40 PM
::raises a brow as he walks away, but assumes the center seat. ::to Liski:: if you’re sure…
Lt Kerwen Nuhl-Helm — 05/09/2023 9:41 PM
::Adjusts again, wanting the course to be perfect::
Lt. Cmdr. Statzia Liski
— 05/09/2023 9:42 PM
Just hoping to avoid space monsters, ma’am.
Cdr Edra Crow — 05/09/2023 9:42 PM
::chuckles:: join the club…
Cpt H Crow — 05/09/2023 9:42 PM
::sits at his desk, bringing up a live feed from the navigation as he opens his desk drawer for a few PADDs. Puts them on the desk and then reaches in, pulling out a disc and examining it for a moment:::
Lt Kerwen Nuhl-Helm — 05/09/2023 9:43 PM
::Murmurs:: here be Dragons indeed….
Cpt H Crow — 05/09/2023 9:43 PM
Lt. Cmdr. Statzia Liski
— 05/09/2023 9:43 PM
::swipes her fingers, changing the data stream:: Once in a life time is enou– ::pauses at the distress call::
Lt. Ghas – COpsO — 05/09/2023 9:43 PM
Captain, we’re receiving a hail
Cdr Edra Crow — 05/09/2023 9:44 PM
Play it back
Lt Kerwen Nuhl-Helm — 05/09/2023 9:44 PM
::Frowns ,and keeps her hands ready to slow them down::
Lt. Ghas – COpsO — 05/09/2023 9:44 PM
Aye sir and engaging UT
Cdr Edra Crow — 05/09/2023 9:45 PM
Cpt H Crow — 05/09/2023 9:45 PM
:::IT TAKES THE COMPUTER A MOMENT TO FILTER THE TRANSLATOR AND DO ITS BEST TO COMPENSATE FOR THE UNKNOWN LANGUAGE::: We require assistance. Ship is damaged. If this message is received, please respond.
Cdr Edra Crow — 05/09/2023 9:47 PM
::stands:: open a channel
Lt. Ghas – COpsO — 05/09/2023 9:47 PM
channel open ::presses a key::
Cdr Edra Crow — 05/09/2023 9:48 PM
This is Commander Edra Crow of the USS Mercutio. We received your distress call. What damage have you sustained?
Lt. Cmdr. Statzia Liski
— 05/09/2023 9:49 PM
::steps over to tactical, cozying up to the station to view information as the scans come in::
Cdr Edra Crow — 05/09/2023 9:49 PM
Can we get alocation on that ship?
Cpt H Crow — 05/09/2023 9:49 PM
Voice> Our engine overheated and will not restart.
Lt Kerwen Nuhl-Helm — 05/09/2023 9:49 PM
::Tilts head again,::
::Checks the position of the ship:: They are approximately ten minutes away at current speed.
Lt Commander Constance Stewart — 05/09/2023 9:51 PM
* listens to the distress call checks it for authenticity*
Cdr Edra Crow — 05/09/2023 9:51 PM
::pauses, thinking that’s a strange distress call:: do you require a specific resource to repair the damage?
Cpt H Crow — 05/09/2023 9:51 PM
Voice> We are not an engineer. Do you have such training?
Lt. Ghas – COpsO — 05/09/2023 9:52 PM
I am not ‘hearing’ anything from them Sirs
Cdr Edra Crow — 05/09/2023 9:53 PM
::motions to cut the feed:: what do you mean, Ghas?
Lt. Cmdr. Statzia Liski
— 05/09/2023 9:53 PM
::quietly to tactical:: Can we pick up anything on scans from here?
Lt. Ghas – COpsO — 05/09/2023 9:53 PM
I don’t sense anything from them
Lt Commander Constance Stewart — 05/09/2023 9:53 PM
” we sure this isnt a trap”
Cdr Edra Crow — 05/09/2023 9:54 PM
Not now
Cpt H Crow — 05/09/2023 9:54 PM
Tactical> ::taps:: Sensors show its a smaller ship, about the size of two of our shuttlecraft combined. Powered down, unknown origin.
Lt Kerwen Nuhl-Helm — 05/09/2023 9:54 PM
How many onboard? ::Keeps an eye on their relative position::
Cpt H Crow — 05/09/2023 9:55 PM
Tac> One lifeform, can’t tell what species.
Cdr Edra Crow — 05/09/2023 9:56 PM
They’re not too big. We’ll approach them and continue to assess the situation
Patch me back through
Lt. Cmdr. Statzia Liski
— 05/09/2023 9:57 PM
Can’t tell? Or can’t get a clear scan?
Cpt H Crow — 05/09/2023 9:57 PM
Tac> It matches nothing in our database.
Lt Kerwen Nuhl-Helm — 05/09/2023 9:58 PM
::Plots the course:: course laid in. Standing by for the Go.
Cpt H Crow — 05/09/2023 9:58 PM
Lt. Cmdr. Statzia Liski
— 05/09/2023 9:59 PM
What about the ship? I’ve not heard of a modern engine that ‘won’t turn on’. ::quietly::
Cdr Edra Crow — 05/09/2023 9:59 PM
::to the vessel:: we can’t tell for sure until we reach you and have a better look at your ship. Standy by, and we’ll meet you momentarily.
Cpt H Crow — 05/09/2023 10:00 PM
Tac> Ma’am, we’re in literal uncharted territory. There’s not much I can do until the computer is updated with whatever we learn.
Voice> We thank you and await your arrival.
Cdr Edra Crow — 05/09/2023 10:00 PM
::to Nuhl:: go for it
As we get closer, keep an eye on our surroundings.
Lt Kerwen Nuhl-Helm — 05/09/2023 10:01 PM
Aye aye. ::Turns the ship smoothly towards the other ship::
Lt. Cmdr. Statzia Liski
— 05/09/2023 10:01 PM
::sternly/nicely/quietly:: I’ve spent 20 years unattached to a Federation database, so can you show me as much as we’ve got?
Lt Kerwen Nuhl-Helm — 05/09/2023 10:01 PM
A first contact situation? The engine overheating suggests that maybe it’s a new technology?
Cpt H Crow — 05/09/2023 10:02 PM
Tac> ::taps, sharing everything sensors are showing, which isn’t much aside from size and shape. Unknown materials abound in its makeup. One lifeform, unknown DNA sequence:::
Cdr Edra Crow — 05/09/2023 10:02 PM
Or very old
Lt. Cmdr. Statzia Liski
— 05/09/2023 10:03 PM
::taps her thumb on the edge of the console::