USS Darmok Mission Brief
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Mission Status Update, SD 201812.07

. The Darmok is currently parked behind a medium-sized asteroid in a dense asteroid field near a Kyrathian Shipyard facility. We are under [ Condition Grey ] (reduced power signatures and stealth operations).
. The star system has three inner rocky planets, the third of which harbors very primitive life forms (microbes and algae), separated by the asteroid field from five gas giants in distant orbits.
. We are fielding an Away Team in the Zephyr, a heavily modified runabout equipped with advanced reconnaissance sensors, a cloaking shield, and other features. The Away Team consists of Lt. Col. Patterson, Ambassador Android, Lt. Carter, Lt. Riedinger, LtJG K'Trevala, Ens. T'Lin, Warrant Officer Mouser, Gunnery Sgt. Price, PO3 Nottingham, and Corporal Longshanks.
. We have Riedinger, K'Trevala, and T'Lin equipped with our newly developed biosuit, that we *think* might protect from Kyrathian Plant Spores. The Marines and Starfleet Security are wearing standard Combat Armor. Lt. Carter does not have either biosuit or armor but is expected to remain with the shuttle and should not need either.
. The Kyrathian facility has been scanned and we have determined 33 individual lifesigns of Kyrathian insectoids. We have an estimate, based only on relative sizes, of 6 “human sized” and 2 “much larger” specimens. The rest are “relatively small”. We cannot confirm the actual Class of the Kyrathians but it is presumed the 2 “much larger” are likely Gatherers, the 6 “human sized” are probably Soldiers, and the rest are some mix of Builders and Tenders.
. Soldiers are extremely dangerous, well-armed and armored and each one could easily take on 3 or 4 skilled combatants. Gatherers are extremely powerful, heavily armored but usually not armed but just one of these could probably pose a challenge for 5 or 6 skilled combatants with powerful weaponry and armor.
. We cannot determine the location or extent of the Kyrathian Plant or where there may be buds or spore pods. Plant spores are extremely dangerous and very deadly to any exposed organic matter. Unprotected organic tissue (or even materials composed of organic chemistry) will be dissolved in seconds. Standard combat armor will be consumed in less than a minute. Our new biosuits should be able to withstand the spores for a few minutes, according to our simulations, at least.
. The Kyrathian Shipyard is an oddly-shaped facility composed of various materials seemingly stuck together randomly and held in place by a biological agent resembling both webbing and cement, presumably the secretions of the Kyrathian Builder Class. It is not known whether this material is dangerous to humanoid lifeforms. The interior layout of the facility is extremely irregular, we have not determined deck levels or functions at this time.
. Our mission at this time is to determine the process by which Kyrathians “grow” their ships, and disrupt this process if we can. We should discover how many ships are being built at this facility, and how many other facilities are producing ships. If we could be so lucky as to actually get our hands on one of those ships we could gain immense knowledge on Kyrathians and their capabilities.
. Reminder: the Kyrathian insectoids have some kind of telepathic link with one another, which we do not yet fully understand. It can be assumed that the Kyrathians have a sort of hive mind such that anything one perceives they all will be aware of within a few seconds. Stealth is therefore paramount!
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STATUS: [ Condition Grey ] (stealth operations)
. The Darmok is at Condition Grey. Non-critical systems are offline and other systems are in reduced-power mode. The Darmok doesn't exactly have “cloaking” capability, but it does have sensor-blinding and holographic camouflage capability. The Zephyr does have advanced cloaking technology and will be utilizing it.

AWAY TEAM: Recon Operations
. A flight of Recon Craft, designated “Delta Flight” has been deployed and is collecting data on the Kyrathian Shipyard. They will be standing by to provide assistance to the Zephyr if and as needed.
. An Away Team consisting of four Marines:
. Â* Four Marines:
.   …¢ Lt. Col. Patterson, commander of the Marine contingent and Reconnaissance Control Officer;
.   …¢ Gunnery Sgt. Price, team leader of Marine Security Alpha Team;
.   …¢ Warrant Officer Mouser, Marine infantry weapons specialist assigned to the Alpha Team;
.   …¢ and Corporal Longshanks, also of the Alpha Team
. Â* Starfleet Security:
.   …¢ Ambassador Android
.   …¢ Petty Officer Third Class Nottingham
. Â* Starfleet Support:
.   …¢ Lt. Riedinger, an Engineer; LtJG K'Trevala, a Medical Officer
.   …¢ Ens. T'Lin, a Science Officer
.   …¢ Lt. Carter, Helmsman to fly the shuttle (will wait with it to provide their return trip if all goes well)

. Command: Review the incoming reconnaissance and make necessary decisions regarding actions to take.
. Reconnaissance: Delta Flight has established “Phase Line Alpha” as their defense perimeter. They will hold this position and be ready to assist the Zephyr if and as needed. They continue to collect and transmit reconnaissance data to be interpreted by MAX and Lt. Cmdr. Relok.
. Security/Tactical: Monitor the system carefully. We know the Kyrathians have telepathic communications that is nearly instantaneous. If any one Kyrathian detects any of our operations, we can assume they ALL will know about us within seconds. If we lose our element of stealth we may have mere moments before a concerted Kyrathian attack is launched on our Recon Craft or the Darmok itself. Be ready for anything.
. Medical/Science: Incoming data from Recon and sensors will continue to need processing and analysis. We need to know as much about the Kyrathians, their ships, and their Plant, as we can get, and we need to know how to fight them. Dr. K'Trevala is with the Away Team but Dr. Thibodeaux remains on the ship (though she is not fully well) and Nurse Drew and Nurse Franklin remain on duty. If our Away Team has to fight their way back, there may be injuries. Be ready.
. Operations/Engineering: We are running at Condition Grey. All power levels must be kept to a minimal signature. Monitor all systems to preserve that condition. We are parked near a medium-sized asteroid and are keeping station with it. We may need weapons, shields, or warp drive at a moment's notice, so be prepared. Our regular helmsman is piloting the Zephyr on the Away Mission, an Ensign has been assigned to monitor the helm and operations on the Bridge.

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