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"From this place, we will deliver notice to the parliaments of conquerors that a line has been drawn against the darkness, and we will hold that line, no matter the cost."
-Bridge Dedication Plaque-
MISSION BRIEF - SD 0910.18
Alert Status: RED ALERT
Some time after the Hobus explosion...
While holding position somewhere along the Romulan Neutral Zone, sensors have detected life signs on a planet that is supposedly uninhabited. Though, before we could investigate, a Starfleet shuttle arrived in close proximity to the Federation by means unknown. After going through normal alert protocols, it was confirmed that the occupants of the shuttle were indeed who they claimed to be, Starfleet officers from the USS Lexington (which is currently on a mission far out from known Federation territory). Their shuttle was allowed to board, and Captain Hawks invited them to meet with him on the bridge and explain the technology used to jump this enormous distance.
After briefly getting acquainted with the group from the Lexington, the investigation into the matter of the life signs on the normally uninhabited planet continued. The Federation traveled to the system in question, which lays just inside the bounds of the Neutral Zone, and zeroed in on the planet that Science pinpointed as the location of the life signs. To our surprise, analysis showed that the life signs most likely were Klingon. We hailed the planet, but after no reply was made, went to yellow alert. According to available data, it seems whoever is on the planet did not arrive there because their craft crashed. Which leaves the obvious question, why are they there?
After the AT, in the shuttle Horizon, passed through the atmospheric disturbances and zeroed in on the life sign readings that came from a compound to the NNE, they unexpectedly came under weapons fire. Taking a bit of a beating, the Horizon turned about and returned fire, though it was apparent that the ground force had better weapons. When a missile was shot down by Fst. Lt. Crow but still did damage to the shields, Cmdr. Loriarra decided to land the shuttle instead of trying to make it back through the rough atmosphere with the shields in bad condition. The AT landed in the middle of a dense forest and began repairs on the shields, as well as trying to re-establish communications with the Federation, which they had lost. It appeared that the loss of communication might be due to someone jamming the signal.
Leaving a couple of crew members behind in the Horizon, the rest of the AT made their way to the location from which the weapon's fire originated. At first they could not make out anything, despite tricorder readings picking up a power signature, though fluctuating. On getting closer, and the power started cutting out more and more, and the AT was able to identify what appeared to be a crashed shuttle. Just then, they were attacked by two Romulans, but they were taken down quickly. The power suddenly dropped completely and a Romulan shuttle was revealed right before them in the thicked of the forest's brush. After another Romulan came out of the shuttle and was shot down, a female appeared and begged for cease fire. She identified herself as Subcommander Malek and told the AT that all her crew was either dead or severely injured.
Moments after two AT left to go back to the Horizon
to check on their status and who was attacking them, a group of
Klingons arrived at the Romulan shuttle's location. They immediately
shot Malek, despite Commander Loriarra trying to interfere. When Lt. JG
Ka'Tel accidentally took out the XO in an attempt to stun one of the
Klingons, Fst. Lt. Crow was faced with trying to resolve the situation.
After a brief confrontation with a couple of the Klingons, Crow was
outnumbered. In the meantime, Ka'Tel was able to help the XO and she
ended up confronting the lead Klingon with taking an aggressive stance
and reminding them that the Federation and Klingons were allies. She
also made clear that the Romulans were Federation prisoners, which was
simply a ruse to keep the Klingons from attacking the wounded Romulans.
In the end, the Klingons agreed to stop jamming the AT communication
with the Federation and went off to find their comrades that had been overtaken and bound by Chief Calibdris and PO Beckett. The Federation was contacted and the Devonshire was sent down to pick up injured, while the Horizon was instructed to pick up the AT.
As Lt. JG Ka'Tel is preparing to beam with 6 Romulans onto the Devonshire, the Horizon
is on its way to pick up the rest of the AT. At the same time
Subcommander Malek is preparing to self-destruct their heavily damaged
shuttle with all dead Romulans in it (please see the JL, "Planting People"). All injured Romulans must be taken to the Fed's sickbay for treatment. The Horizon
should be checked for any damage from the explosives. And we will be
awaiting the visit of the Klingon commander in charge of the compound.
He has some explaining to do.
Captain Hawks & Commander Loriarra