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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 0911.01
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, aStarfleet 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 byFst. 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, despitetricorder 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 twoRomulans, 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.
Fetching the injured from the surface went without a hitch. While the injured Romulan crew was beamed directly to sickbay up in orbit, the Romulan Subcommander activated the self-destruct sequence on their shuttle, and then all left boarded the Horizon. Moments later, the Romulan shuttle went out in a big explosion, just as the Horizon was leaving the atmosphere. After telling the Subcommander to report to sickbay, the XO headed straight to see the Captain. While Loriarra gave her report on the events on the planet, word reached Captain Hawks that a Klingon BoP had emerged from the planet and was on direct course to the Federation.
After Commander Loriarra had explained to Captain Hawks why the Klingon ship was approaching, he hailed them and spoke to their Commander, Kovar of the House of Be'leth. Hawks invited them over and met with Kovar and two of his men in the observation lounge of the Fed. Fst. Lt. Crow and a contingency of security guards were also present, as well as Lt. JG Ka'Tel, who had he data recordings from the surface with him. Following a brief but heated discussion on why the Klingons were on that planet in the NZ, one of Kovar's men clashed with Ka'Tel, pulled his bat'leth,
and cut the Science officer's arm off. Crow stunned the second Klingon
guard before he could join in the fray and was just about to arrest and
take the first one to the brig, whenKovar activated some sort of
emergency transport and beamed all three of them back to the Klingon
ship. Hawks lost no time to send the Federation on hot pursuit. While Ka'Tel was beamed to hydroponics and received emergency treatment, the Fed was catching up on the BoP.
Time for a showdown! There are only so many things that can happen
here, either they cloak and slip out of our fingers, they give up
(yeah, right), or we end up in a battle. Anyone want to guess which? ;-)
Captain Hawks & Commander Loriarra