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Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty
Subject: something is bugging me...

((OOC: I'm allowing a little over an hour for the events of Duncan's post. If that is off base, I'll happily edit.))

Stardate 2365.02.07
USS Peregrine, Captain's Ready Room - 1405

The Captain sat at his desk, poring over figures on the PADD while the bread on a half eaten sandwich grew steadily harder in retribution for being forgotten. Everything he read about the warlike Kuldar people made him less and less comfortable with this mission. From what he could gather, the Kuldar loved conflict, and unlike some societies, had no compunction about silly things such as honor. Instead, they were quite pragmatic in their approach, favoring ambush, sabotage, and subterfuge wherever possible in order to weaken their enemy.

While Silas had no real fear of the ability for the Kuldar ships to harm the Peregrine, he had no such sense of ease regarding the Coronado. The outdated Miranda class vessel was undergunned, the weapon systems were out of date, her shielding was relatively poor, she lacked modern armor, and - at least when compared to a fast frigate like the Peregrine - she had the maneuverability of a bucket.

This is a peace summit, Silas. Relax. He tried to reason with himself, but success in the undertaking was limited, at best. The entire situation just put him ill at ease.

=/=Bridge to Captain Drake,=/= came a feminine voice. =/=You have a message from Starfleet Command.=/=

Silas tapped his commbadge in reply. "Send it through, please."

=/=Aye, sir.=/= came the answer.

Moments later, his viewscreen display changed to the Starfleet logo. According to the readout, he had not one, but two messages. The first was a positive outcome that was quite pleasing, though no major surprise.

Stardate: 42133.1
From: Starfleet Command
To: Commander Silas Drake, USS Peregrine

Subject: re: Flight Control Staffing request


After considering your reasoning, we are pleased to grant your staffing request. Attached is the dossier of Ensign Herbert Thomason, Flight Control officer. Ensign Thomason will join you when you reach Starbase 118.

Commander Jacin Parat
Starfleet Command Personnel

The Captain smiled. Lieutenant Zai would be pleased that the Flight Control department aboard the Peregrine would finally be able to man most of their own shifts. Truth be told, it made Drake himself feel better - cross training was all well and good, but he vastly preferred having a starship pilot at the controls whose primary job entailed flying. Otherwise, it felt a bit like going to a doctor who told you that this was his second job, that he normally worked on shuttlecraft.

Silas glanced over the attached dossier; it looked like this would be the Ensign's first real assignment. That was no major surprise; he had no illusions that Starfleet would spare a highly experienced officer to be the third pilot aboard a tiny ship like the Peregrine. However, at least he was a real helmsman!

Slightly smiling, Drake absentmindedly picked up his ever staling sandwich and took a bite as he loaded the next message. The smile quickly melted from his face, and he dropped the sandwich, where it slipped off the edge of the plate and came to rest, unnoticed, upon the surface of the desk.

Conflicted. That was as good a description as any for his emotions. While Drake had to be happy for his friend, this would throw more uncertainty into the mix of the ship's crew. Silas liked this group of people, and to lose one of them - even under such circumstances - well... selfishly, he just didn't like it. Especially not right before they flew off into a mission that put the Captain at edge. He couldn't seem to shake the feeling that this just could not be such a simple assignment, and losing such a relied upon pillar of the ship was frustrating. Worse, he would be relying on someone he knew nothing about.

Drake shook his head. Since when did a little change bother you so much? he mused.

The communicator chimed again, breaking the Captain's sulking reverie.

=/=Thorson to Captain Drake.

Sir, the shielding on the remaining canister is in place and holding. The organisms in one of the canisters were all killed when some sort of energy flare-up in the shielding occurred. However, as I said, the other canister is now operating under its own shielding and holding stable. Direct contact with the pod is now possible, so further study and scanning can be done at your discretion.=/=

The Captain frowned. "Good news, Commander. By all means, let's employ our full resources to study this thing.

Now, then... was anyone nearby when the flare-up occurred? Are you quite certain that the organisms were killed?"

((OOC: assuming Thorson tells the truth))

A chill punched Silas in the gut. Right now, they didn't know anything for sure; the containers on the escape pod could have nothing at all to do with the body. For all they knew, the organisms could be for water treatment. And yet... something told Silas that caution was far and away the better part of valor, here.

"Be that as it may," Drake responded, "I would very much prefer that you go and see Doctor Synklar, just to be certain. In fact, Eric... let's make that an order. Go directly to Sickbay, please. I want the doctor to confirm a clean bill of health for you."

((OOC: assuming a positive reply))

"Very good," the Captain replied. "Keep me posted as to any further discoveries regarding the pod. Drake out."

Posted on 2016-03-10 at 13:12:05.
Edited on 2016-03-10 at 13:17:30 by t_catt11

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: NPC?

My roster doesn't have you as an NPC.

Posted on 2016-03-09 at 22:54:52.

Topic: How to be a great GM
Subject: cool

Thanks for the link.

Posted on 2016-03-09 at 22:53:52.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: lol

I miss old Bob N'Doog!

Okay, folks. We're at sort of a weird spot, here. The staff meeting is wrapped, the analysis of the pod is ongoing... there are no big plot points to come until we hit Starbase 118.

From what I understand, there are several of you wondering what the heck you should be doing right now.

So here's the deal - Duncan has a pod-related event scheduled for 1400 hours (or so), which would skip us ahead some five, five and a half hours. Duncan's post should open the doors for some new opportunities for others to get posting. Also, we would close most of the gap to the Starbase.

You are now on notice - if you plan to post during the current timeline, please do so now (or PM me to let me know that you plan to do so). Otherwise, we'll bump the game ahead tomorrow.

Of course, if you decide that you missed a post, you can ALWAYS backpost. Just no skipping ahead.

Posted on 2016-03-09 at 16:16:29.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: lol

She definitely IS adorable!

Posted on 2016-03-09 at 14:43:23.

Topic: Gladiator QnA
Subject: nice...

So, when does the fighting start?

Posted on 2016-03-09 at 11:56:08.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: yep

Another good thought. Again, this is Duncan's call... but that might be a great way to let science and medical get involved!

Posted on 2016-03-09 at 11:39:27.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: honestly

I don't think that's a bad idea at all. It would be tough to work with a second field up all the time, but it might be doable... or you could set one up to kick on instantly if the first one fails.

You should coordinate this idea with Duncan, see what he things about it.

Posted on 2016-03-09 at 11:32:04.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: duty rosters!

I have begun posting duty rosters per character on the first page of this thread (post #5, to be precise). This is not meant to be a handcuff, but a useful tool to help you figure out where your character most likely will be at a given time on any given day.

Posted on 2016-03-09 at 11:10:00.

Topic: The Death of the Inn?
Subject: no kidding...

If we can get two or three more games running, that latest updated area will really start to hum.

But hey... we ARE alive!

Posted on 2016-03-09 at 09:35:15.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: that would be good

We want those folks to have something to do here, for sure.

Posted on 2016-03-09 at 09:22:59.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: yep

Agreed, nice intro!

Posted on 2016-03-08 at 23:42:45.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: I...

I... just don't know if I can even...

Posted on 2016-03-08 at 16:31:22.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: omfg

I didn't think you could top the original pic. lol

Posted on 2016-03-08 at 15:53:11.

Topic: Gladiator QnA
Subject: heh

At first blush, I'd lean towards distinct threads... but then, as long as the subject is clear, keeping them in one thread would probably promote us reading one another's games, help us get a better handle on the mechanics, etc.

Posted on 2016-03-08 at 15:52:25.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: yes

The thing to remember is while we may have regular duty shifts, the fact is that everyone's very survival may rest on someone being able to do their job. So in red alert situations... congrats, you are on duty now. If your department head needs you, you are on duty now.

Posted on 2016-03-08 at 14:02:11.

Topic: Gladiator QnA
Subject: cool

Reralae, I think that your submission completes a second group of four gladiators.

Posted on 2016-03-07 at 13:59:23.

Topic: Whisking away to Alacrityville
Subject: if I'm going to die, could they at least get my name right?

Luksima stood along with the other three gladiators belonging to his patron, trying to ignore the gurgling in his guts.


He felt it, but was not ashamed of that fact. Robbed, beaten, and sold into slavery, the elf knew that his life would most likely end in this godsforsaken arena. Still, though, the spark to live was strong within his breast; he did not want that fateful day to be today, not on the end of the claws and teeth of such a beast.

When the drunken fool that passed himself off as a Herald butchered their names, Luksima found himself both annoyed and amused. "Lucas the Elflord"? What nonsense.

If Luksima were an elflord, that so-called Herald was a prince of the menfolk. Silwen would titter in mirth to hear such a thing.

Apparently, his patron, the gluttonous bread peddler, had decided to invest heavily into the "elflord" image. "Invest heavily" meant that someone had taken a torn, stained, and slightly punctured set of leather armor and haphazardly painted it a garish green, then apparently smeared golden glitter in random places upon it. A filthy, frayed portion of a purplish curtain was tied around Luksima's neck in some parody of a cape, and some of the exposed skin on his face, arms, and legs bore crude whorls and squiggles made of smelly black ink. Apparently, these were meant to be someone's idea of elven battle tattoos - the very concept was preposterous, but the stinking brute that had scrawled them on his skin seemed pleased enough with the result to not beat the elf again, so Luksima viewed it as a net positive.

But now, he stood, nicked sword in hand, preparing to do battle with a creature that should be left alone, or encountered at range with a powerful longbow. With a whispered prayer for courage and forgiveness, the elf raised his blade to salute the crowd. May as well hope to make them enjoy the performance, he mused.

"Now then, menfolk!" he hissed. "We advance together, yes?"

With that, Luksima slowly made his way toward the bear, being sure to not outrun his fellow gladiators.


Basic 1-9
Finesse 10-11
Hard 12

Dodge 1-11
Parry 12

This time around, I'm going basic attack, dodge defense. That's pretty much the default for Luksima.

Posted on 2016-03-07 at 13:27:49.
Edited on 2016-03-07 at 13:28:36 by t_catt11

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty
Subject: meeting of the minds

((OOC: In the interest of keeping the main plot rolling, I am pushing on to the staff meeting. If you are involved in some scene earlier in the day, feel free to backpost to wrap it up!

Also, note that I am assuming that all department heads are present and on time for this meeting. If that is not the case, please let me know, and I will edit. In all cases, I'm assuming that Drake will receive positive responses to direct orders.))

Stardate 2365.02.07
USS Peregrine, Captain's Mess - 0930

Captain Drake sat at the head of the rectangular table and let his gaze drift to each officer seated there. To his right was Lieutenant Zai - his Executive Officer - followed by Lieutenant Chell and Doctor Synklar. To Drake's left was Lieutenant Rockastansky - his Second Officer - followed Lieutenant Tesenblen. Lieutenant Commander Thorson, busy with the escape pod, had requested permission to attend via videoconference, and so was not physically present. There was room for one more person at the table beyond the Engineering chief, but since there were no other department heads on board, the foot of the table remained empty.

The Captain's Mess was a cozy little space tucked away on deck two, and it served two functions. First, it was the space reserved for private meals hosted by the Captain; most often, these would be handpicked officers, guests, diplomats, or other VIPs. Second, it was used to host meetings such as this.

On larger ships, staff meetings would typically take place in larger observation lounge, but a Saber class vessel had no such luxury.

One of Drake's first acts as commanding officer was to have a tabletop holographic projector installed here in the Captain's Mess. He had originally intended to mount a proper viewscreen, but the cramped quarters prevented doing so in any spot where at least a few people would not end up with their back to it. So, instead, he had gone with the tabletop unit, and it had proven to be wise decision.

Everyone was present and on time, not that Silas was surprised; discipline and punctuality had not been issues since he had assumed command. Silas knew that he differed from his predecessor in that he did not believe in daily staff meetings; such gatherings of the senior staff were usually reserved for shipwide efforts, the discussion of new mission orders, or other matters of wide import. The Captain felt that officers senior enough to be qualified to run a department should be trusted to do so without endless meetings and red tape, believing that his department heads would come to him if anything required his personal attention. Instead, he chose to meet with each in one on one situations every two or three weeks to stay caught up. However, Drake made it a point to stay very well informed about the state of the ship; he read every bridge watch log, daily department summary, incident or exception report, and kept a close eye on all of the critical system readouts. When the time came for one of the "face to face" meetings with a subordinate, Drake almost always knew exactly where a given project stood. The joke around the ship was that the Captain had unseen eyes everywhere, and truth be told... Silas liked it that way.

Clearing his throat, the Captain started the meeting. "Thank you for joining me. As you have certainly heard by now - and surmised by our course change - Starfleet Command contacted me at oh seven fifteen this morning to give new orders to the Peregrine."

"Our new assignment," Silas continued, "is to proceed to Starbase 118, where we will rendezvous with the USS Coronado, a Miranda class diplomatic vessel. We will escort the Coronado as she flies to the Gamera system in an attempt to broker peace between the Kuldar and Rytain peoples." As he spoke, the holographic projector came to life, displaying a three dimensional model of the Gamera system in relation to Starbase 118.

From what we understand, the Kuldar and Rytain have been at war for generations. Peace will not only serve humanitarian ends, but also potentially make a new source of Dilithium available to the Federation - so our mission is considered to be very important. I have been told that we will not have any direct contact with the foreign diplomats; that is the sole purview of the Coronado. We are here strictly in escort capacity, to show some Federation muscle."

Silas paused for a moment, and the holographs changed to depict Kuldar and Rytain vessels, along with tactical readouts for each. "From my preliminary investigations, it would seem that both the Kuldar and Rytain are close to a century behind us, technology-wise... at least in terms of combat effectiveness. Their primary shipboard armaments appear to be laser cannons, and their shielding is likewise inferior to our own. Our presence should be enough of a deterrent to ensure that both sides honor the truce for at least the duration of the summit."

"With that said," Silas noted, "neither society is a stranger to conflict, so we need to be on our guard. While the Rytain are somewhat sympathetic to the Federation, the Kuldar do not share that sentiment."

Drake clasped his hands. "We will be at Starbase 118 in around eight hours. I doubt that we spend much time there, so don't expect any furlough. This is supposed to be a milk run type of mission... which is why I want us prepared for worst case scenarios."

The Captain turned to his left. "Lieutenant Rockastansky, I want you do further research the capabilities of the Kuldar and Rytain vessels, any known battle tactics they may employ, that sort of thing. If this thing does go south, I want us ready; put together a tactical assessment and a recommended attack plan, in case it does come to that. Be sure that we plenty of torpedoes available on standby."

((OOC: assuming some reasonable response))

Next, he looked to his right. "Lieutenant Zai, I know that you are still short handed. I have asked Starfleet Command for another helmsman; in the meantime, what is the status on Petty Officer Owen?"

((OOC: assuming mention that she is getting close))

Drake nodded. "I wonder if we can accelerate her progress any. Perhaps allow her to sit a helm watch or two when you have the Big Chair? Assuming, of course, that you felt she was ready enough in terms of piloting. I obviously do not want us sacrificing our standards, but if her impact skills - such as actually flying the ship - are ready, but she's working on supporting coursework... well, perhaps some on the job training is in order. As it stands now, we're running Tactical and Operations short handed, and I'd like to have relief where we can get it."

((OOC: assuming some reasonable response))

"Lieutenant Chell," he spoke to the Bolian Ops chief, "once Lieutenant Rockastansky has his threat assessment, I'd like you to look it over to see if we need to do any special modulation with the shields to maximize our resistance to a potential attack. Also, please review your Damage Control plan to be sure that we are ready, and coordinate that with Commander Thorson."

((OOC: assuming some reasonable response))

His eyes darted back across the table. "Likewise, Commander, I want your people ready, just in case the talking turns into shooting. Also, I noticed that our total power output numbers were about three percent lower than we've been running - is that something that can be addressed?"

((OOC: assuming some reasonable response))

Drake nodded. "Doctor Synklar, while we're on the theme of worst case scenarios, I'd like you to put together a plan for dealing with high casualty and injury numbers. Assemble a list of non-medical personnel that may have cross training as corpsmen, or even those with first aid training, as well as a plan on how to employ their skills. How would you triage large numbers, how you could handle sickbay overflow, that sort of thing. Keep your fingers crossed that we never need it, but let's be prepared."

((OOC: assuming some reasonable response))

He glanced to the Chief Science Officer. "Mister Tesenblen, there are no immediate scientific goals on this particular diplomatic mission. Until we get to Starbase 118, I want you to focus your efforts on the anomalies around the escape pod we picked up this morning. It appears that the Serapis is currently docked there, and seeing as they are a science vessel, they will be better equipped for long term study of the pod than we will be. Once we transfer the pod, continue your normal duties, but please make yourself available should Doctor Synklar or Lieutenant Chell require your assistance."

((OOC: assuming some reasonable response))

The Captain sat back in his chair, and the holographs dissolved. "All, right, then. Are there any questions regarding our new orders?"

((OOC: if you have something to ask or discuss in character, let's insert it here. Once that is done...))

"Very well. Now then... who wants to get me up to speed on this escape pod?" Drake asked.

Posted on 2016-03-07 at 02:11:28.
Edited on 2016-03-07 at 17:49:57 by t_catt11

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: duty shifts?


Oh, my. Yes, we - i.e. the super duper, way too deep Trek nerds - have actually worked this out.

All personnel work five eight hour shifts per week, save The Captain, Executive Officer, and Second Officer - who each work six. We have it worked out which people stand watches on the bridge at each station, Sunday through Saturday (if you care, it's currently a Sunday in our game).

If you like, I'll put this in a web friendly form per character, and post this to the QA.

Posted on 2016-03-06 at 23:02:22.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: awesome

I won't be on tomorrow until the evening - unless I hop on my phone for a bit - as I'm taking my son skydiving for his 18th birthday, and I have to drive out of state to do so.

But we'll get that meeting going.

Posted on 2016-03-06 at 02:37:24.
Edited on 2016-03-06 at 02:37:39 by t_catt11

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: awesome

Sorry, I must have overlooked that. Thanks for the correction.

So... I guess the answer is "nothing"?

Posted on 2016-03-06 at 02:23:40.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: well

A couple of people have loose ends to tie up, I think.

Though, really... the Doc/Science officer thing can be handled in backpost, if need be. If Horatio is too ill to attend the meeting, his aCSO could attend in his place.

Hmmm... is there any other escape pod stuff that I should wait for?

Because, really, I want to keep things hopping. My experience has been that when we let Trek get slow, that's when it goes off the rails.

Posted on 2016-03-06 at 01:52:50.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: oi

Guys, it's killing me to hold off on the staff meeting post. I am dying to move this game forward.

I'll hold as long as I can, but it won't be much longer. lol

Posted on 2016-03-06 at 00:33:42.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Recruitment
Subject: and we are set...

After exchanging PMs, we've come to a decision - Arcani will be joining us soon, assuming a role that has not yet been publicly introduced.

Posted on 2016-03-06 at 00:14:13.

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