Updated: Mar 18
Transcripts from the bonus content not included in the main episodes, but referenced in the Library file for the species.
Lendaria@crystyll FX | The Attar team beams down to the colony's capital city: The Valley. A sprawling hi-tech metropolis set along the mouth of a large river Lendaria@crystyll FX | The rivermouth and ocean spread out to one side, while the high rise city covers the skyline around them, dominated by the taaaall FEPD & government buildings in the distance Lendaria@crystyll FX | The promenade is much as one would expect; a strong mix of commercial & entertainment outlets. Streets bustling with an all Human society Lendaria@crystyll: https://cdnb.artstation.com/p/assets/images/images/002/025/839/large/stefan-misirdzhiev-city-done-2.jpg Lendaria@crystyll: (beam in point: follow main highway from bottom of pic around to where it would meet the coastline. That's roughly where we are) Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois Looks around the place for a moment; despite having already visited the city, he clearly had not visited that specific part, though it is hard to tell if he's focusing on something specific. Lendaria@crystyll is visiting for the first time, and has the look of a kid in a candy store. Very rare has she got to experience a new culture at it's heart like this Lendaria@crystyll also sticks out like a sore thumb, a very green sore thumb! And draws a lot of curious glances from the passing crowd Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois He turns to Lendaria, clearly noticing the woman's attitude:"Looks like you are already becoming a star, commander" he says with a faint smile Lendaria@crystyll: "Yeah..." she chuckles, "I understand they're still getting used to seeing non-Humans. Guess I must be quite the sight!" Lendaria@crystyll is clearly using her U-T today, official business / good impressions and all. Only noticeable to those who have spoken to her otherwise Lendaria@crystyll: - Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Well..." he looks around for a moment, then back on her:"Luckily for them you are not a Tholian..." Lendaria@crystyll laughs, "Now that /would/ be something! So, I've read up a little from the early visits here. Got anything in mind to check out first, or any kind of process of what sorts of things you like to + Lendaria@crystyll: + start with on these kinds of missions?" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "I have to confess, commander, that I am not very practical of these kind of missions..." he says, though he immediately adds, perhaps as a way to justify his presence:"...but you know, still, + Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: + it's the captain's prerogative to take the interesting stuff." he sighs, looking around for a moment:"So, let's...experiment a bit, shall we? What do you think about visiting a local restaurant?" Lendaria@crystyll smiles, "A bit of local cuisine? Sounds good to me Captain! Should be a great way to meet some locals and get a lay of the land from their perspective too!" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Precisely. So....you choose where we go. Consider it a test." Lendaria@crystyll hrms, glancing around, "Well... looks like a bit of a balcony up there and I hear a lot of chatter. Could be something, and with a view!" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Ponders the decision for a moment:"Let's go." Lendaria@crystyll smiles and goes to find a way up, hoping that it is indeed a restuarant of some description Lendaria@crystyll: "I'm trusting now, that the Ambassador's currency conversion he gave us will suffice plenty enough for local expenses" she chuckles as they walk Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Chuckles as well:"If that's not the case, I'll ask for an emergency beam out, so don't worry." Lendaria@crystyll FX | As they approach, sure enough they can see it is an eatery with lots of outdoor tables along the balcony Lendaria@crystyll: "Good plan" she nods, deadpan, "Well... let's see what's on the menu, shall we?" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois nods, moving forward to find a table Lendaria@crystyll follows him to an empty table, taking a seat and stretching her legs out as she looks down the long promenade, "This place goes on forever..." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: He sits as well, immediately starting consulting a menu (possibly on a terminal, I guess), so he replies while reading:"Hopefully the food will be at the same level..." Lendaria@crystyll: "Well, they're still Human after all; so I'd surmise that anything edible to them, should be fine for you" Lendaria@crystyll FX | Menu & ordering system pops up on a holo in the middle of the table as they sit Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Never say never, commander...." he chooses apparently very quickly (captain's training?), then starts looking around with extreme attention Lendaria@crystyll: "Hmm... I've /no/ idea what any of this stuff if!" she laughs, "Guess I'll just try today's special; this 'Bandi Pigfish and Garlic with Zibalian Relish'. Yeah, that should work!" Lendaria@crystyll FX | Once the orders are made and their courtesy credit chits they were given seem to beep from their pockets with a transaction, the holo-menu disappears and a table number pops up in its place Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois is still looking around carefully, clearly intent at observing people's behavior, with discretion but attention Lendaria@crystyll FX | The demeanor of other customers clearly shifted as the team entered the area, mostly curious with a hint of wariness about the strangers Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "I hope I've chosen the right approach.." he murmurs to Lennie, not hiding a smile:"Memories are popping up." Lendaria@crystyll: "Good ones at least, I hope?" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Academy ones. Anthropology course. Compulsory." Lendaria@crystyll: "Ooh, right I remember that! Fun times indeed..." she chuckles, trailing off as a waitress comes over Lendaria@crystyll: | Waitress: chirps a greeting with a big welcoming smile, "Welcome to O'Vaelaers! You're food won't be long, can I get you any drinks while you wait?" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Our professor was particularly fond of the more 'indirect' approach, of hiding ourselves instead of being plainly visible, in order not to let the observation being changed by our presence. I always+ Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: + opted for the other...." he turns suddenly on the waitress with a huuuuge smile (hiding guilt?):"Yes, with pleasure. Commander, what do you take?" Lendaria@crystyll hrms, looking up to the girl, "What do you recommend? We're... kind of new in town" she smiles Lendaria@crystyll | Waitress: laughs, "Yeah... I kinda noticed! But we are honoured to host new visitors to The Valley! How about... ooh yes! River Tea, eeeeveryone loves a cup of River Tea!" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "I like the name, remind me of home. One for me." Lendaria@crystyll smiles, "Then River Tea it is for me! Captain?" she looks across the table Lendaria@crystyll | Waitress dips her head, tapping a holo-wristcomp causing another beep from their credit chits, "Coming right up!" and she heads off to get their drinks Lendaria@crystyll: "Well, so far so good! And I'm with you on the approach, Sir. Here at least; if we were observing a culture prior to contact then of course discretion is necessary. But here, we /want/ to get close!" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Could not agree more." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois is still looking all around. He tries in particular to see the way groups (small and large) behave around the table Lendaria@crystyll FX | It would appear that the culture has largely remained close to Human evolutation in terms of social etiquette and conduct Lendaria@crystyll FX | A fair portion of the population appear to give what could be likened to a prayer before starting their meals Lendaria@crystyll FX | Comercialism is probably heavier than what would be seen on Earth in this era, more akin perhaps to late 20/early 21st century Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Interesting..." he comments (of course, almost in a murmur) Lendaria@crystyll FX | Owing to the slightly heavier gravity here, the average build is perhaps a little smaller than either Timo or Lennie, though taller specimens are present they are clearly a smaller percentage Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "...and that also confirms what the Anthropology Department was hypothesizing..." he murmurs, thinking about sizes:"Commander, what do you think?" Lendaria@crystyll: "What exactly were they hypothesizing about?" she looks back curiously Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "I had a brief meeting with them before beaming down...they thought it was reasonable to assume that most of their behavior would have not diverged significantly from that of Earth." Lendaria@crystyll: "Ooh right! Makes sense, yeah. It's only been a few generations after all. But then when you look at Earth Humans have evolved in that relatively short time too..." Lendaria@crystyll: "I guess your anthropologists must be loving this place! To see a glimpse of how Humanity may have evolved if not for the development of the Federation and influence of other cultures!" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Actually, I can share in their enthusiasm, though just as an amateur" he smiles "They asked me to send more teams throughout the planet." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Stays silent for a moment, perhaps considering Lennie's idea, then nods slightly:"That may be....but only slightly. Though this is of course not the first example of the same species being divided by+ Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: + space, so to say." Lendaria@crystyll nods, "So I can understand why your guys are so eager to get a closer study of these folks!" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Indeed. I issued the authorization, so the Attar will have like a fifth of her crew reduced during the rest of the survey..." he chuckles. Lendaria@crystyll: "That's... a lot of study teams!" she laughs, "Just keep in mind that non-Humans are still a novelty to these folks, and we know from recent events how easily that uncertainty can turn... unsavoury" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "That's why we are employing to many people. I chose most of the humans with the necessary expertise. But keep in mind that the Attar is no Valley Forge. A fifth of a our crew is just twenty people." Lendaria@crystyll: "Right!" she smiles, looking around some, "Well then, perhaps we should make the most of this trip to give them a head start?" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "I hope so." he smiles. Lendaria@crystyll looks out over the promenade, "Well... I'm not sure where's best to start. I'm kind of curious to see their FEPD up close just to compare against Starfleet. But I know there are officer exchanges + Lendaria@crystyll: + already going on. The crash site of the original colony ship sounds interesting too" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Uhm..." thinks for a moment, then says:"From my experience, I can tell that sites with historical relevance can always reserve the best surprises. My bet is on the crash site." Lendaria@crystyll grins, "I was hoping you would say that! Well, I'm good to head out whenever you are now" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Nods:"Of course, commander!" he replies. It is clear that he's curious as well to see the place ------------------------------------------ Lendaria@crystyll FX | Only a brief trip through the transport hub later, the pair find themself approaching the colony ship crash site Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois Looks around, with great interest and curiosity. Clearly, he missed the place during his first visit. Lendaria@crystyll at first glance it would be easy to think they were actually looking at a fancy museum building rather than a centuries old spaceship crash Lendaria@crystyll: *FX Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "So....what do we know about this place?" Lendaria@crystyll FX | the rounded glass structure towers high above the surrounding buildings and from the courtyards and gardens in which it is set, has an almost serene feel about it. This seems reflected in the + Lendaria@crystyll: + demeanor of the few people around the area; quiet and respectful as though visiting a church Lendaria@crystyll shakes her head lightly, looking up at the building, "Not much... only really what Starfleet records show about the disappearance of the ship" Lendaria@crystyll: ( https://s.hdnux.com/photos/10/13/16/2143121/5/920x920.jpg ) Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "This means.." he says almost with a murmur, perhaps influence by the others' behavior:"That it's up to us to find it out." he looks around to find a suitable place where to start. A terminal, + Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: + perhaps, or some sort of interactive multimedia stuff. Lendaria@crystyll FX | There is a waist-high podium in front of the main entrance with a holo-display screen on top of it Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois he approaches the podium, making a sign to Lennie to follow him Lendaria@crystyll tags along, quietly observing Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois looks attentively at the podium, but also at whoever may be in the vicinity interacting with it Lendaria@crystyll FX | They are alone at the podium. The display seems to be a non-interactive fixed screen. The top of the screen displays an image of the colony ship alongside the title "Valley Forge: Chariot of + Lendaria@crystyll: + the First" Lendaria@crystyll: ( https://pre00.deviantart.net/4ef4/th/pre/i/2014/043/8/6/u_s_s_valley_forge_by_roen911-d765urc.jpg ) Lendaria@crystyll FX | The rest of the display details how the Cathedral was built atop the wreckage of the ship, marking the spot where the 'First' initially landed. It states that inside is a memorial and museum to+ Lendaria@crystyll: + the First, and that tours into the 'crypts' are available Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "That's interesting..." he comments when he reads about the crypts:"My suggestion is to go for a tour. I'm curious about these 'crypts', but most of all about how people will behave there." Lendaria@crystyll nods, "Just the fact they call this a Cathedral is interesting enough. Well, after you!" she smiles Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "This all reminds me Earth ancient history..." he says while walking toward the entrance for the tour Lendaria@crystyll | The pair enter the building to be greeted by a grand foyer centred around a large scaled model of the ship which hangs from the high ceiling. A few patrons mingle around the room, mostly seeming + Lendaria@crystyll: + perfectly at home here rather than like they were visiting a new place. A booth on the far side is signposted for tours Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois he moves resolutely toward the booth. Lendaria@crystyll oooh's as she eyes the model ship on their way under it Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: He nods looking at Lendaria:"I know, I know...impressive engineering..." he says with a smile Lendaria@crystyll murmurs, "What's impressive is that it was ever actually capable of spaceflight. Your people have come a long way!" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: He seems a bit disappointed by that remark:"Of course it was capable of spaceflight. Considering the means and knowledge they had at the time, it was really an impressive feat." Lendaria@crystyll: "Oh I get it, sure! I guess what I mean is... looking at warp-era ships as an everyday thing, it's just sort of... hard to imagine things before that you know?" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "You have just to make imagination flow." he replies, but this time more relaxed, and with a faint smile, perhaps to reassure the woman. Then, he tries to find it out how to join the tour. Lendaria@crystyll FX | The booth is manned by a young woman wearing an FEPD uniform. She looks to the approaching pair with a smile Lendaria@crystyll: | Tourguide: "Hello... Starfleet, right?" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Nods:"Yes, actually. We wanted to...visit the crypts, if possible." he says with a huuuge smile on his face. Lendaria@crystyll: | Tourguide: grins, "I knew it! Those uniforms are pretty hard to miss after all, and well, the um..." she looks at Lennie, "...alien" Lendaria@crystyll chuckles, "My species is called Orion" Lendaria@crystyll: | Tourguide: "Right! Sorry it's just you're the first of your kind I've ever met. Well... any alien kind actually!" she laughs, a little nervously, "But a tour yes! You want to go now or book one + Lendaria@crystyll: + for later?" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Now is fine." he says still smiling, clearly attempting to ease the situation Lendaria@crystyll: | Tourguide: "Great!" she steps out around the booth, gesturing to one side, "If you'd like to follow me then, we'll head right down there!" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: He makes a sign to Lennie as to precede him:"Ladies first." Lendaria@crystyll: | Tourguide: "I'm Aeoni by the way. If you have any questions or anything while we go, just speak up!" Lendaria@crystyll smiles, bowing her head to the chivalry as she follows Lendaria@crystyll FX | They descend a wide staircase which quickly narrows near the bottom as they seemingly transition into the remnants of the old ship Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Fascinating..." he murmurs when he notices that they've reached the ancient ship. Lendaria@crystyll: | Aeoni: "So, the First discovered Newna - or Forged Earth as we all know it now - around 267 years ago - after the Valley Forge was pulled /way/ off course to it's planned colony site" Lendaria@crystyll: | Aeoni: "After they crashed here on this uncharted world, they soon realized that providence has brought them to the home they dreamed of away from the suppression of non-Humans-..." she pauses+ Lendaria@crystyll: + looking to Lennie, "Oh! Right, we should probably look to rewording this tour script some time now" she chuckles Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois doesn't say anything as he has probably entered the 'hidden-observation' mode. Lendaria@crystyll smiles, waving a dismissive hand, "Hey, intergalactic politics is a tricky business - believe me, I know! Don't you worry about it though, I'm not easy to offend" Lendaria@crystyll: | Aeoni smiles, continuing to lead them through the ship, "So the Valley Forge was a huge ship. Like /really/ huge with a population of thousands. Of course, most were lost during the exodus and the + Lendaria@crystyll: + crash, as the ship was never meant to make an atmospheric descent. That's why it's buried so deep now, with this estuary being preeeetty marshy back then!" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois still siently listening, he tries to cath if there are other people around, while also admiring the overall ancient relic they are walking into Lendaria@crystyll FX | They are all very much alone down here Lendaria@crystyll | Aeoni leads them down a long narrow - and slightly skewed - hallway. It smells dank and is visibly overgrown with roots etc. from the ground above. Though it seems to be preserved and maintained + Lendaria@crystyll: + in this condition now. At the end of the hall they squeeze through an awkward doorway with a token 'mind the step' from Aeoni as they enter a room Lendaria@crystyll: ( https://i.ytimg.com/vi/mPc121YwZi8/maxresdefault.jpg ) Lendaria@crystyll FX | The old flight control centre is largely cordoned off with classic red rope bollards (naturally!) Lendaria@crystyll: | Aeoni: "So here we are at the nose of the ship. Or at least, the actual manned area which in reality was around 1/3 down the length of the main shaft" Lendaria@crystyll: | Aeoni: "During the Exodus of the First, this place would have most likely not been manned as everyone was in stasis for the journey. But just think... these windows would have seen it all before + Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois now is looking with very strong attention to the flight control center, engineer-mode on. Lendaria@crystyll: + anyone else; the first look at space beyond the solar system of old Earth, the anomaly that took them off course, and naturally... our new home!" Lendaria@crystyll: | Aeoni: "Feel free to take a look around and ask any questions. When you're ready let me know, and we'll move on down the ship!" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Further down?" he finally asks, with a mix of curiosity and sincere surprise Lendaria@crystyll looks briefly to Timo before wandering around some Lendaria@crystyll: | Aeoni nods, "Yes, in terms of the length of the ship - fore to aft - that is. Don't worry, it's not buried vertically!" she giggles, "In fact, the point we occupy now is the deepest buried of the + Lendaria@crystyll: + accessible areas" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "By the way, I'm surprised the ship is still so...intact. I would have expected it to be almost completely scavenged by the First to build whatever would've suited them." Lendaria@crystyll: | Aeoni nods, "Much of it was! What remains today represents roughly 10-20% of the original ship. We have found evidence that the First lived and worked from within the crash site during the early + Lendaria@crystyll: + years. However keep in mind that the nose of the ship here was deeply buried in the marsh, we believe that explains why much of the systems remained untouched" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "That's a reasonable assumption..." he nods. Lendaria@crystyll: | Aeoni, "So... is this your first time visiting here?" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "To the site, yes...to the Newna, nope. At least, I have already been here." he pauses:"During the ceremony, you know." Lendaria@crystyll | Aeoni's face brights, but quickly darkens, "Oh! Oh... you were here for /that/? I'm sorry..." she shakes her head despondently, "You know those terrorists don't represent us all I hope. Hell, + Lendaria@crystyll: + they're not even a thing here. Not until now anyway!" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Waves his hand, smiling:"No need for apologizes, Aeoni." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: *apologies Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois he then looks at Lendaria, to see whether she's too busy putting her nose around Lendaria@crystyll seems about ready to move on Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Turns back on Aeoni:"I think we can move forward..." he says, still smiling. Lendaria@crystyll: | Aeoni: clasps her hands together, "Onwards then!" she smiles, leading the way Lendaria@crystyll | Aeoni leads them through the decrepit wreck, largely looking as before though sure enough as they progress further towards the gargantuan biodome hubs it is easy to see where the ship was stripped Lendaria@crystyll: ( https://stmed.net/sites/default/files/soma-hd-wallpapers-33639-1293737.png ) Lendaria@crystyll: | Aeoni points out a few hatches that are quite clearly sealed post-crash Lendaria@crystyll: | Aeoni: "You may have been wondering why these are referred to as the 'crypts'. Well, there is your reason; one of the first tasks undertaken by the First after establishing a safe haven was to take+ Lendaria@crystyll: + care of those who did not survive the exodus. All laid to rest in converted stasis chambers throughout the outer sections of the ship which were buried the deepest" Lendaria@crystyll: | Aeoni: "It is said that there was not a single person among the First who did not lose family during the crash, and so we have come to recognize this as the resting place of our ancestors - all + Lendaria@crystyll: + Forged have lost kin buried in these crypts. Many even continue to reserve the dwindling space which remains below so that they may one day rest at their ancestors sides" Lendaria@crystyll continues quietly listening and oddly humbled by their location now Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois is listening (and lookin around) with the utmost attention. He looks like a living tricorder. Lendaria@crystyll | Aeoni leads them beyond the crypts and they begin to rise through the wreckage some before entering another chamber Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois he observes the new chamber quite carefully Lendaria@crystyll FX | They are led into a central observation room overlooking immensely larger rooms beyond, all lined with stasis pods Lendaria@crystyll: | Aeoni: "And here is the only remaining crew section of the Valley Forge; preserved for posterity, that we may never forget where we came from" she bows her head slightly Lendaria@crystyll moves to peer out into one of the larger rooms Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois his attention is now much focused also on Aeoni's behavior, as to see how she reconnects with her collective past. Lendaria@crystyll | Aeoni is clearly still reverant, though less so than in the crypts Lendaria@crystyll: ( https://cdna.artstation.com/p/assets/images/images/005/471/110/large/brian-sum-nexus-stasis-chamber01.jpg?1491271521 ) Lendaria@crystyll FX | The centre of the room has a modern pillar like the one outside, this one projecting a 3d holo image of the entire stasis section Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois decides it's time to take a quick look around on its own. Who knows what he may find. Lendaria@crystyll | Aeoni waits quietly by the door while the pair look around. She seems contemplative, but quite comfortable here Lendaria@crystyll: "Never would've imagined all this was down here from walking the city streets above..." she notes, not quite a whisper but definitely a softer voice than normal Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: He sides by Lendaria:"I told you...historical sites always reserve surprises." Lendaria@crystyll nods, "I've never seen anything like this. In situ and part of a living world I mean, only remote ancient ruins and stuff or modern museum ships. This is... wow" Lendaria@crystyll: "Can you even imagine waking up here in one of those pods. Crash landed on a world you didn't aim for and completely isolated..." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: He smiles:"We could make a very long discussion about such an issue, you know..." Lendaria@crystyll smiles, "See now, /this/ is why I want to get back off the starbase. Labwork's great and all, but you just don't get..." gestures forward with one hand, "...this!" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Nods:"This is why I always served on starships as well." Lendaria@crystyll: "Well, maybe we should move on? Don't want to outstay our welcome here or anything..." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "I'd really love to study all this for a loong time but..." he scrolls his shoulders:2Ready whenever you are." Lendaria@crystyll: "Well we're not going anywhere for a while. Perhaps you'll be able to come back and study the place more closely" she smiles turning back to Aeoni Lendaria@crystyll | Aeoni stands straight at seeing the pair ready and continues to lead them back to the main foyer where they started Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Not until we finish our whole survey of this system, however." he remarks. Lendaria@crystyll: "That's what the rest of your crew is for" she chuckles Lendaria@crystyll | Aeoni turns to the pair with a bright smile as they enter the foyer, "And so concludes our tour of the Valley Forge! I hope you found your visit both enlightening and enjoyable!" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Indeed it was." he nods to Aeoni:"Thank you very much." Lendaria@crystyll: "Yes, thank you Aeoni for showing us around" she smiles Lendaria@crystyll: | Aeoni: "Well, if you want to learn more there are complete history documents available for download from the gift shop, of course you are always welcome to come back any time! And if you return on + Lendaria@crystyll: + day when I'm working, I'll make sure you get your loyalty customer discounts!" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: His smile widens:"That would be really kind." Lendaria@crystyll: "Thank you again, Aeoni. Hopefully we get to meet again!" Lendaria@crystyll | Aeoni smiles happily, bidding the pair farewell with a happy wave as she returns to her booth Lendaria@crystyll looks back to Timo, "Well, I think that was definitely a good call to come here and see all this. I think we've gained a lot of insight here today!" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Definitely. Honestly, I have no idea why I didn't think about this immediately after we beamed here. And even before." Lendaria@crystyll chuckles, "Well there is a lot to this place after all!"
CrystylYesterday at 17:48 Rianni looks between the two, cheeks flushing as red as her uniform strip, "I don't know about that..." Lennie smiles at the shyness, "Wha's ya thing then lil'miss prodigy?" Rianni turns, relaxed somewhat by Lennie's reassuring expression, "Well I don't really pick a proper major until next year, but I'm going with fleet strategy and multi-craft engagement tactics". Totally isn't drawing it out into longer words to sound more impressive against all the science stuff. Lennie gives an impressed whistle, "Serious stuff right there!" AlishaYesterday at 17:51 "Yep. She'll be leading fleets into engagements in no time!" Shinae smiles softly and winks a little playful, but genuinely warm "Though hopefully she won't have to in any serious capacity. Still...!" CrystylYesterday at 17:53 "Yeah it's a funny one like tha'... but mah gut says we'se always needin' bright tactical minds t'keep th'rest of us safe!" AlishaYesterday at 17:54 "Absolutely." Shinae smiles and ruffles Rianni's hair a little bit, gently "I'm hoping Kassandra will go on an exploration mission soon. I heard rumors the skipper is prepping something." CrystylYesterday at 17:58 "Oh yeah?" Lennie seems genuinely curious at this, "Don't s'pose ya Skippers also lookin' f'a new CSO...?" AlishaYesterday at 18:01 Shinae chuckles and shrugs her shoulders "Actually, Kassandra doesn't have a CSO right now. On patrol and fleet defense duty didn't make much sense to have more than a regular science officer who is basically acting as CSO for now. The LT has been doing solid work, but not sure if the skipper thinks he's ready for the promotion." CrystylYesterday at 18:03 Lennie gives a thoughtful hmmm, "Maybe I should be lookin' t'sell mahself to ya Skipper more then. Clearly she got th'right mindset wit' th'likes o'us. She did say she were plannin' t'join us right?" AlishaYesterday at 18:04 "She did. Assume she's just getting everything ready for our return." She chuckles and leans back casually "I'm sure she could be convinced. But like I said, the exploration mission is more of a rumor at this point. I'm certainly hoping for it. Maybe going a bit back to the roots of the ship." CrystylYesterday at 18:16 "Sure does sound tantalizin'..." she sighs a little, "'Course, were I t'be tempted by such a mission I'd-a then have t'face th'prospect o'bein' away from mah vijra..." "Vijra?" Rianni asks curiously, caught out by the untranslated Orion word. Lennie smiles to the girl, "There ain't really an accurate word f'it in basic. Closest'd be... partner, like a mate or spouse. But th'connection wit' ones vijra is much more... spiritual, I think y'all'd desribe it like soul mates..." she hesitates as a guess, clearly not satisfied with the comparison she looks to Shinae for support AlishaYesterday at 18:19 Shinae ponders for a moment, tilting her head "Soul Mate is probably a good analogy, tho there are different aspects to it, particularly since humans have very varying descriptions of what they think a soul mate is." She chuckles softly "Your vijra wouldn't be able to accompany you?" CrystylYesterday at 18:23 "She probably would be willin' to, but then I'd-a just feel bad takin'her away from her current postin'. She's been on th'Axiom since before she graduated!" Rianni looks over curiously, "Wait, you mean... she held a full posting to a ship while a cadet?" Lennie grins and nods, "Yeah! Not sure wha'year she joined th'crew as we only met when in her last year. But she were definitely there already!" Rianni hmms thoughtfully. Clearly the seed of an idea has inadveetently been planted... AlishaYesterday at 18:27 Shinae is unaware of Rianni's thoughts, hmmming instead at Lennies situation "I can certainly understand that. And I don't want to pressure you of course. Buuuuut, it'd be nice to have another Orion on the ship for sure." She chuckles softly and tilts her head "Maybe just see what's what anyway?" CrystylYesterday at 18:31 "Definitely worth lookin' at th'possibilty! An' mah vijra has been encouragin' me t'look at more ship postin's, knowin' how it is in th'departmemt jus' now..." she trails off looking to Rianni, "Somethin' on ya mind hun?" Rianni shakes her head distractedly, "Just... active service as a cadet. I do prefer being out on a ship too..." Lennie smirks looking back to Shinae, "Goddess, wha've I done...?" She chuckles AlishaYesterday at 18:35 Shinae laughs softly "Well, who knows. If the skipper gets underway on the mission while Rianni is doing her placement maybe the placement will just last a -lot- longer. Plus, we got courses running on the Kassandra right now anyway. I'm actually teaching as well." She chuckles softly CrystylYesterday at 18:44 Rianni's eyes go wide with possibility before another hair ruffle from Lennie wakes her up. Lennie laughs at the usual reaction, "One step a time lil' one. Got ya whole career ahead of ya still, don't so focused on lookin' ahead tha' ya forget to see wha's around ya now" AlishaYesterday at 18:47 "Good point. Let's just enjoy the downtime for now, eh?" She laughs softly and nods again. Before she can continue, her combadge chirps "LCDR Dd'Shinae here.....yes....yes, understood Skipper." She taps the badge again, then smiles "Skipper's gonna be joining us in about an hour. Time enough for dessert?" CrystylYesterday at 18:48 "Sounds good t'me. Y'all good wit' ice cream?" AlishaYesterday at 18:48 "Anyone ever said no to ice-cream?" Shinae grins CrystylYesterday at 18:51 Lennie laughs, and after an equally enthusiastic nod from Rianni she orders three ice creams of a local flavour. Though the name is obscure, the flavour is something akin to a mix between vanilla and coffee, with a hint of mintiness to it. AlishaYesterday at 18:54 the icecream is devoured happily by Shinae, who is enjoying the experience thoroughly. Time passes in idle and casual conversation of no big consequence. Eventually, the imposing figure of Captain Derix can be spotted approaching CrystylYesterday at 18:56 Rianni is the first to spot the pink hair which stands out over the slightly shorter population almost more than the green skinned Orions, "Up here, Skipper!" She chirps, waving and pointing towards the right entrance for her AlishaYesterday at 19:00 Minabi spots Rianni's waving and chuckles lightly, making her way through the crowd easily as it naturally parts for the giant Trill. She gets in and settles behind Shinae. "Well hello you three. I see you are enjoying the little bit of shoreleave?" Shinae nods enthusiastically "Aye skipper. Been good to chat with a fellow Orion. And get to know Rianni more." CrystylYesterday at 19:03 "We had pigfish!" Rianni chirps happily, proud that she tried something new. Lennie chuckles at that, "It's certainly been a pleasant experience, Cap'n. How're ya likin' th'place yaself so far?" AlishaYesterday at 19:05 Mina rests her hands on the chairs back rest, leaning forward "It looks intriguing. Seems like they recovered well from the...uh...incident." She smiles and tilts her head as she looks around "And we'll, Iconian is always fascinating. If a little worrying." she peers to Rianni chuckling "Good! How was it?" CrystylYesterday at 19:08 Rianni smiles, "It was nice!" Pondering a little, "...tasted like chicken..." AlishaYesterday at 19:10 "Chicken just tastes like everything...." Minabi chuckles and Shinae nods "I always thought chicken is the earth way of just adding some sustenance into something without adding another taste!" CrystylYesterday at 19:14 "Pretty much, I'm-a thinkin'!" Lennie adds with a smile, "So Cap'n, ya wanna join us f'a bite yaself? We did jus' finish ice cream, but I'm-a sure nobody minds hangin' longer if ya wantin' somethin' too. Else, we can explore some if ya like?" AlishaYesterday at 19:15 "Let's explore a bit! I am not particularly hungry at the moment." Minabi chuckles softly and gestures around "But there is a lot to see here it seems. Plus you can tell us all about your work here as we go." CrystylYesterday at 19:19 "Sounds like a plan" Lennie smiles, pushing up from her seat with a little stretch, "hmm... now where t'head..." she looks around some, trying to figure the best option AlishaYesterday at 19:21 Shinae stands up as well, stepping respectfully behind and to the side of her Captain "Whatever you wish to show us first. You are the expert after all." CrystylYesterday at 19:24 Lennie chuckles, "I wish! Not really seen much 'ere, truth be told; only th'cathedral an'some o'th'shoppin' districts. We could beam out to th'digsite, but a dank ol' cave ain't exactly site seein'.... she hrms again, "Oh I know!" She exclaims, gicing a friendly wave farewell to their waitress as she leads the group out, "Come on, it shouldn'be too far a walk!" AlishaYesterday at 19:26 Me na and Shinae follow along, making sure Rianni follow along as well. "Where are we headed then?" CrystylYesterday at 19:31 "Is a place I been curious t'see mahself actually! Aeoni - local girl who runs th'tours at th'cathedral told me how the government plaza is all made up o'beatiful gardens an' all. Ya can see from here-" she points to a huge skyscraper looming over the city ahead, like Mina standing over Rianni, "- tha's th'FEPD buildin' at it's centre. Th'cathedrals just a short ways in towards th'heart o' th'city from there. Fascinatin' place by th'by; built over th'wreck o' their old colony ship - tha's wha' th'tours show ya too!" AlishaYesterday at 19:34 "Ohhhhh!" Mina peers ahead with curious eyes, nodding "That sounds fascinating. Let's go!" She nods softly and tilts her head as she moves along "So Lennie, how are you enjoying this assignment?" CrystylYesterday at 19:38 "Oh, it's great! Fact, I was tellin' these two earlier refreshin' it is t'be back out doin' field work again. Cap'n Timoreev's been great too, lettin' me join his anthro an' social studies here when I ain't needed f'translations at th'digsite!" AlishaYesterday at 19:39 "That's wonderful to hear. Ahhhhhh, I miss the days of just being an explorer." Minabi sighs wistfully CrystylYesterday at 19:42 Rianni considers Mina at that, scurrying along some come by her side, "Skipper, what was your field before you became a Captain?" Lennie smiles to Rianni's inquisitiveness, quietly curious herself AlishaYesterday at 19:45 "Hmmm? Oh, I was in Engineering before. Switched to command track after one of my previous captains recommended me...well...convinced me I should do it." She smiles and peers off into the distance "Still enjoy tinkering occasionally. But mostly I love the unique challenges that come with exploring." CrystylYesterday at 19:55 "Can't argue wit' tha'" Lennie smiles, "S'tha'same feelin' got me enjoyin' this assignment; not jus' pokin' at discoveries from mah lab, but actually bein'out here helpin' make 'em!" AlishaYesterday at 19:58 Minabi chuckles and pats Lennie's shoulder softly "You do strike me as more of the active type! So no surprise. I hope to get back to exploring soon. Get Kassandra on detached duty so we can decide where to go. At least for a while." She chuckles and waves a hand idly. CrystylYesterday at 19:58 "Oh yeah, got anythin'particular in mind?" Lennie probes a little with curiosity AlishaYesterday at 20:01 Mina smiles "There's a few ideas. Mostly want to make use of the Kassandra's unique capabilities. There's some areas we might have potential first contact situations which we can scout out under cloak. Also got a couple of stellar phenomena to investigate at the outer fringes of the 38th area of operations." She smiles idly CrystylYesterday at 20:09 "Sounds good. Like it should be!" Lennie smiles, resisting the urge to blatantly tout at this point. Rianni ooh's as they turn a corner to the sight of the grand gardens; every bit as inspiring as Aeoni had led Lennie to believe https://bw-1651cf0d2f737d7adeab84d339dbabd3-gallery.s3.amazonaws.com/images/image_1825965/file_1825965.jpg AlishaYesterday at 20:11 Minabi smiles brightly as she looks up and around, taking in the sights with curious eyes "Oh my. This is beautiful...." She murmurs gently walking alongside Lennie the look of wonder remaining on her features. Shinae remains a bit behind but takes in her surroundings and the stunning architecture as well CrystylYesterday at 20:15 "Goddess..." Lennie nods, gawking around the place. Rianni, equally entranced by the serenity of the place, walks at Shinae's side again AlishaYesterday at 20:17 Shinae smiles brightly "This is truly inspiring!" She comments. Meanwhile, Minabi turns in slow circles while she moves forward, taking in all the sights she can "Hahaha, oh man, yes! This is what it's about..." She says quietly, happily CrystylYesterday at 20:19 "Oh, Mia would jus' love this..." Lennie idly notes as they explore AlishaYesterday at 20:21 "Mia? Is that your..." Mina pauses briefly, then "Your vijra? Oh wait...Mia from the Axiom?" CrystylYesterday at 20:23 Lennie chuckles, "Nah, Ann is mah vijra's name - she's th'one from Axiom. Mia is a... unique AI, she serves on th'Valley Forge now. But me an'mah Sweets were th'ones who first found her old program an' got to helpin' her leave th'holodeck. She's a real sweetheart an' is jus' high on life. All th'sights, scents and sounds... she'd me in heaven wit' all this!" AlishaYesterday at 20:25 "Ah damn. I'm confusing the rosters again. I really need to brush up on all the crews in the fleet one of these days." She laughs softly and shakes her head, but then nods "This is quite impressive. And again, what it is all about." CrystylYesterday at 20:28 "Must've been somethin' t'behold at tha' Landin' Day celebration. Before the whole bombimg thing o'course... I hear our Valley Forge came in over th'city right above us 'ere, wit' th'FEPD interceptors flyin' formation around it!" AlishaYesterday at 20:30 Shinae oooohs at that "I can just imagine that. Must've been a spectacle!" Mina chuckles and nods "We could find a place to settle down and have a drink in the park? Is that allowed here? Taboo?" CrystylYesterday at 20:33 "Good question..." Lennie looks around in more detail trying to spot any indicators. Rianni does the same and points, "Ooh, over there" Looking that way, Lennie smiles and nods at the sight of a small courtyard with gardenside benches and a central kiosk offering refreshmemts AlishaYesterday at 20:36 "Excellent!" Mina ruffles Rianni's hair affectionately, then moves towards the Kiosk. "You girls secure a place to sit. I'll get refreshments!" CrystylYesterday at 20:38 Rianni smiles, scurrying along to hold pace with the leggy Orions as they find a pleasant spot to sit AlishaYesterday at 20:45 Shinae indicates a nice bench near the edge of one of the large lakes, overlooking the area and still allowing the option of watching people. "How about here?" Minabi meanwhile approaches the refreshment stand and proceeds to order several for herself, Shinae , Rianni and Lennie. After paying with Starfleet alotted currency, she moves to the benches CrystylYesterday at 20:47 "Perfect" Lennie smiles, leaning over to Rianni, "See now hun; ya can always trust an Orion t'find th'most beautiful places" she nods with a knowing smile Rianni giggles, "No arfument from me!" As she sita AlishaYesterday at 20:49 Lennie would suddenly find a cold drink bottle pressed against the back of her neck CrystylYesterday at 20:51 She gasps and shivers before turning with a chuckle, "Tha's quite th'greeting Cap'n. Ya one f'sneakin' up on folks then eh?" Rianni nods, "You have no idea..." AlishaYesterday at 20:53 Minabi laughs and then offers one of the bottles each to everyone "Rianni still hasn't forgiven me for messing up her hair occasionally. But yes, I am all about the stealth." She winks and settles down. Shinae chuckles brightly "It's the cloak. It makes you want to be stealthy all the time." CrystylYesterday at 21:00 Rianni giggles some, learning now that its all in good fun "Stealth you say..." Lennie looks up to the bright pink hair, "Huh..." with a slow smirk forming as she sips her drink AlishaYesterday at 21:02 an amused, mock shocked expression forms on her lips "Hey...are you making fun of my hair color???" The captain almost naturally slips into a good natured teasing mood, the kind she adopted from Shinae. Rianni might notice how subtle body clues shift from when Minabi interacted with others before, adjusting to any given situation CrystylYesterday at 21:25 Lennie smiles, "Quite th'contrary actually; I like a bold statement like tha', 'specially from a senior officer. Shows real character" AlishaYesterday at 21:30 Minabi tilts her head peers at Lennie a moment longer in apparent indignation, but then chuckles amusedly, dropping the pretense and patting Lennie's shoulder softly "Then I shall take it in the spirit intended." Shinae meanwhile watches the interaction curiously. She is still new to the crew after all and learning about her captain. She takes the offered drink and takes a sip from it, sitting next to Rianni CrystylToday at 06:35 Rianni also watches curiously, in between watching other visitors to the gardens; a varied mix from elderly couples wiling away the day, to young romantics and even some school groups roaming around. Lennie seems most taken with local flora on display, "I do hope we'se get t'collect samples o'all this while we 'ere. Not... from these gardens, I mean o'course. But y'know!" AlishaToday at 10:13 "No excursions into the local flora done yet? I mean outside city limits? That seems like a missed opportunity!" Minabi chuckles sitting down and taking a sip from her drink CrystylToday at 15:11 "Oh it's all on th'agenda!" Lennie chuckles, "Jus'not got t'it yet. Priorities an'all means I'm-a focused mostly at th'digsite. Get away some t'explore th'city, jus'hopin' I get away when we do expand to th'local ecosystem an' wildlife" AlishaToday at 15:19 "When's that planned for, if you don't mind me asking?" Minabi leaned in a little as she continued the conversation, taking small sips from her drink CrystylToday at 15:21 A slight shrug from Lennie in response, "Hard t'say really. Cap'n Timoreev's runnin' all tha'alongside th'planetary surveys. I'm-a officially jus'ere supportin' the dig so I grab wha' I can, when I can" she chuckles AlishaToday at 15:29 "Dawww...well I hope that you can get to it soon then! Spirit of exploration and all that! Hmmm...I can't wait to get back to that. Even if we'll be doing it under cloak for multi-purpose missions...." Minabi sighs dreamily CrystylToday at 15:35 Lennie considers her a long moment, "Were ya plannin' on stickin'round 'ere long? Could be Cap'n Timoreev could use a helpin' hand some?" AlishaToday at 15:41 "Hmmm...well, I don't want Cadet Tierno here to miss too many of her lectures..." she chuckles, looking over to Rianni "We do have to get her back to DS13 eventually." CrystylToday at 15:50 Rianni peers over at hearing her name, "Oh actually Skipper, I haven't had any lectures for a while now and am just waiting to sit this years exams in a few weeks! So don't feel you have to move things around to accommodate me at all!" Lennie looks across to Rianni then back to Min with a grin AlishaToday at 15:56 "Hmmm. Well, I guess we could afford to stay for another week before going back. Gives me time to finalize our proposal for Kassandra's next mission as well." she chuckles. Shinae seems delighted by that CrystylToday at 16:00 Lennie beams equally excitedly, "Great! We'll have time t'show y'all round th'digsite and everythin' then!" Rianni too perks up noticably, pretty much as she does for any mission, regardless of nature really. AlishaToday at 16:41 "Alright alright you little pests." *Minabi chuckles softly and tilts her head. Shinae and Rianni, since you are so excited, you can take point on this and liase with Lennie here to offer our help to the Captain." She smiles CrystylToday at 16:55 Lennie chuckles at the pests comment, lookimg to Shinae, "Well, since y'all likely got a free reign t'chip in where ya want... any thoughts on wha' sorta thing appeals?" AlishaToday at 17:05 "Hmmm. Anything where machines are involved, I'll be curious..." SHinae grins idly, peering up and tilting her head "I'm assuming the exacavation has a lot of that going on." CrystylToday at 17:09 Lennie nods, "Definitely a point o'interest! Though nothin's active at th'moment, still lotta curious Iconian tech we can look at! As for th'local stuff..." she hrms with consideration, "I'm-a thinkin' th'FEPD's a good place t'start; see how they use E-On currently, an' get a look at their long range transporter tech maybe?" AlishaToday at 17:11 "Sounds like a plan....I mean...if that's OK with you Captain!" Shinae blinks but MInabi just chuckles and waves her away. "Go...go play with your toys. Let an old woman enjoy her drink in peace. But both of you, be ready to present a report of what you learned for tomorrow and notify us if you intend to stay on the surface for the night." CrystylToday at 17:14 Rianni gives an affirmative nod, sitting up ready to pounce into action. Lennie just leans back casually on the bench, in no rush to run off anywhere. Though she does crack a smile at Rianni. AlishaToday at 17:34 MInabi meanwhile picks up her drink and stands up, smiling to all assembled. "Unless people have more questions....? I will just go ahead and make preparations for the ship to stay longer." CrystylToday at 19:35 Lennie shakes her head, "Don't worry Cap'n, I'll make sure to give 'em a good tour!" AlishaToday at 19:52 "I leave them in your capable hands then. Oh...how about we all have dinner this evening? On the Kassandra? To catch up and exchange what you're found?" mina smiles brightly CrystylToday at 19:54 Lennie beams, "Would be an honour t'join y'all!" Rianni looks equally enthusiastic, glancing to Lennie, "I couldn't have put it better myself Skipper! Look forward to it" AlishaToday at 19:58 Minabi nods, smiles and finally gives a last wave before wandering off, a light hum on her lips, a sway in her step. She seems quite pleased and happy. Shinae looks after her for a moment, then, when she is well out of earshot, shakes her head "Sometimes...I wonder how she made it though Command School." she says, but with a warmth to her voice, clearly not meant as an insult CrystylToday at 20:00 Lennie laughs, "S'often th'ones who don't fit th'mould wha' are actually th'ones who shine. Least in mah limited experience. Sure does have a good way 'bout her though, don't she!" CrystylToday at 20:16 Rianni nods and smiles, "She really helped me a lot when we first met. I was still having a hard time coming to terms with everything..." she saddens a little at the thought before perking up again, "But yeah, the Skipper was really supportive there, and that was just as a friendly face known from social interaction!" AlishaToday at 20:16 Shinae remains quiet for a moment, still looking after Minabi, then chuckles and glances back to Lennie "When I first came aboard I was just happy any ship of this type would have me. It's only been a couple of weeks and already I really don't want to serve elsewhere. So....you're right." she grins and winks, taking a sip from her drink CrystylToday at 20:24 Lennie holds an arm around Rianni's shoulder as she stands as well, just enough reassurance to make sure the smile stays, "So ladies, where to first? FEPD buildin's..." looks up at the huge skyscraper, "Well there t'is" she chuckles, "Else we can head up to th'digsite, only gotta walk back to th'transport hub" AlishaToday at 20:25 "Let's have the Cadet decide our fate, shall we?" Shinae smiles, holding her arm around Rianni"s shoulders as well, from the other side, the two much taller women supporting the Cadet. It was an honest and warm gesture though, not teasing like they may have been before CrystylToday at 20:31 Rianni looks up from one to the other with a questioning expression, "You really want me to...? Hmm... weeeell... I guess we have been out a while today already, so maybe saving the digsite for a full day tomorrow would be better, then the FEPD building now?" She looks between the pair again for commitment Lennie exaggerates a thoughtful look, turning her gaze from Rianni across to Shinae, "I dunno... sounds awfully well reasoned an' logical. Are sure we wanna be so sensible now...?" Her tone clearly more playful AlishaToday at 20:33 "I don"t knoooooo!" Shinae drawls out the last part with an exaggerated air of thoughtfulness, but then giggles with a similar playful tone "Maybe logic should prevail now. Can do the illogicial stuff later..." CrystylToday at 20:36 "Somethin't'look forward to... I can go wit'tha'!" She grins, "Well then lil'miss, seems ya won us over wit'a winnin' strategy there. Come on then, been lookin'forward t'this mahself!" AlishaToday at 20:46 "Yes! Let's go!" Shinae chuckles and lightly nudges Rianni to fall into step between the two taller women CrystylToday at 20:47 With a happy giggle Rianni falls into line with them as their adventure continues! CrystylToday at 20:54 ---END---
CrystylLast Tuesday at 19:14 Lennie is in the Newfrika mining facility control centre, chatting with foreman while she awaits the arrival of the visitors from the Kassandra for their day at the digsite AlishaLast Tuesday at 19:18 she didn't have to wait long for the visitors to arrive. The characteristic humming of the transporter announced the arrival as two figures materialized, Shinae and Rianni being the two in question CrystylLast Tuesday at 19:19 "Good mornin'ladies!" Lennie smiles to the arrivals, "Ready t'get down an' dirty?" "Hi!" Rianni chirps enthusiastically AlishaLast Tuesday at 19:20 Shinae approaches, along with Rianni, chuckling "We're skipping the tour and going straight to your quarters then?" she responds, fully aware she may be embarassing Rianni by playing up the innuendo...again CrystylLast Tuesday at 19:22 Rianni gives the Orions an odd look. Lennie laughs at the cadet's reaction, "Hey, jus'be glad I didn't say anythin'bout shaftin'!" AlishaLast Tuesday at 19:24 Shinae chuckles and pats Rianni on the shoulder softly before moving to Lennie's side "So...you have a tour prepared for us?" CrystylLast Tuesday at 19:25 "Well.. 'tour may be a bit strong!" She chuckles, "Ain't a whole lot t'see down'ere yet, y'know" AlishaLast Tuesday at 19:26 she chuckles and shrugs "I'm curious nontheless!" CrystylLast Tuesday at 19:28 "And less just means a shorter report I have to write for the Skipper!" Rianni chimes in happily "Alright then ladies, le's go mooch!" Lennie waves them to follow as she heads towards a door, a farewell wave to the foreman AlishaLast Tuesday at 19:34 Shinae chuckles softly and tilts her head as she follows Lennie along, looking around curiously. CrystylLast Tuesday at 19:45 The trio descend into the heart of the mines. The area immediately beyond the control room has been all but stripped and sees little activity beyond teams travelling deeper into the tunnels "So either y'all ever been in an active mine before?" Lennie asks as they walk AlishaLast Tuesday at 19:49 "I have." Shinae nods briefly "Been a while though." CrystylLast Tuesday at 19:55 Rianni quietly shakes her head in response. Lennie nods to Shinae, "Hopefully all this'll be familiar enough for ya then" she turns to Rianni,"As f'you lil'miss, ya jus'stick close t'me, alright? I ain't for explainin' to th'Cap'n's why we lost ya!" She chuckles, drawing a smile and understanding nod from Rianni AlishaLast Tuesday at 20:04 "I think the captain would skin me if I lost Rianni on a trip." Shinae chuckles and shakes her head "Very protective that one." CrystylLast Tuesday at 20:08 "An' rightly so too!" Lennie grins, getting in the first hair ruffle of the day on Rianni. Rianni pouts some, smoothing it down with her hands as they walk. Lennie laughs at her, "Sweety, ya don't gotta be worryin'bout ya hair stayin'pretty down 'ere. By th'time y'all's done, ya be rufflin' jus't'shake th'dirt out. " she turns to Shinae with a playful smirk, "I'm-a pretty sure th'Cap'n said lil' miss was t'join th'diggers all day, right?" Rianni almost stops dead in her tracks as she looks to Lennie almost fearfully of that being being serious AlishaLast Tuesday at 20:21 Shinae nods thoughtfully "I thought it was a weird idea at first, but yes, those were here words. I am sure she will do well though!" CrystylLast Tuesday at 20:23 Rianni's face drops, "No but... I mean, that can't be... how I am I going to like, study and stuff? What about my report...?" AlishaLast Tuesday at 20:26 Shinae looks to Lennie, wondering how long they should keep the charade up. Then she smiles and tilts her head, giving a faint nod to the other Orion to indicate they should let Rianni off the hook now. CrystylLast Tuesday at 20:30 Lennie looks to Rianni - deadpan - "Now now Cadet, ya know wha'they say 'bout good officers followin' orders!" Rianni holds her chin high almost defiantly, likely figuring the rouse, "And great officers know when to question them!" Lennie gives her an impressed nod and smiles, hugging her, "An' ya clearly got th'makin's of a great officer lil'miss. Good thing too, else we might've actually had t'go through wit'it..." she smirks, revealing the charade Rianni's face turns to initial feigned shock and hurt, but she smiles and giggles with the hug AlishaLast Tuesday at 20:41 Shinae chuckles and shakes her head "You girls certainly know how to have a fun time. It'll be sad to have to leave you behind here when we leave." she smiles to Lennie, then nods forward "We shall have to have a good-bye party!" CrystylLast Tuesday at 20:44 "Aww, I'm-a gonna miss y'all too! But a party does sound fun, sure won'hear me complainin'!" The trio have now reached the newer sections of tunnel, though this section is full of crystals yet to be mined there are no local miners in sight, only a pair of SF security officers alomgside two in FEPD uniform at a junction https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.enjin.com/161311/legia/tunnel1.png AlishaLast Tuesday at 20:50 Shinae looks around, curious "This is....pretty." she comments as they continue walking through the caves "Makes you wanna take one of these crystals for home." CrystylLast Tuesday at 20:59 "Yeah..." Lennie smiles and nods, "...sadly they'se mostly reserved f'tech. These things make th'basis o'Forged tech on account a their conductivity or somethin'. Though if ya like 'em, I can show ya a few nice boutiqies in th'Valley where they sells decorative formations an'jewelry made of 'em!" AlishaLast Tuesday at 21:02 Shinae raises a brow "Hmmm....might make for a nice gift..." she murmurs, tucking that information away for future use as she wanders along CrystylLast Tuesday at 21:09 Lennie nods to the guards as they pass by into the restricted area of the mines, explainimg as they continue, "Don't worry on th'security. Jus' a local preference f'precaution. Strange alien tech an' all. Findin' this stuff's wha'spooked them who attacked th'Landin' Day parade, so ya can understand it. Oh, an' mind ya step back 'ere. Place ain't so well trodden yet!" AlishaLast Tuesday at 21:14 Shinae nods and follows closely in Lennie's footsteps, but keeps Rianni between herself and Lennie in the middle, just as a precaution "How long have they been digging this stuff up for exactly?" CrystylLast Tuesday at 21:16 "Not long at all. We only got set up a couple weeks back I think it were. 'Fore tha', th'locals had jus'started breakin' ground 'ere when they found th'site. It stayed sealed off in between" AlishaLast Tuesday at 21:25 Shinae nods again, thoughtfully "You do feel a certain sense of power....it's...eerie almost." she murmurs as they continue on CrystylLast Tuesday at 22:28 "Right?" Lennie nods, "There's somethin'... somethin' to this place, f'sure! But oh, speakin'o'eerie... here we are!" She points to an opening ahead where the cave widens out and hints of artificial structure can be seen in the cavern beyond; accented by the artificial lighting as the sound of people working becomes clearer https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.enjin.com/161311/legia/ruinsENT.png AlishaLast Tuesday at 22:46 Shinae moves closer along with Lennie and peers at the structure, taking in every detail. She is clearly fascinated by it, peering around from big eyes "How old do they reckon this is?" CrystylLast Tuesday at 22:49 "We've yet t' accurately date th'facility, but early estimates put it well beyond th'known timeframe of th'Empire's end around 200,000 years ago" AlishaLast Tuesday at 22:49 "Geeeze...." Shinae takes a deep breath and exhales slowly "Hard to imagine..." CrystylLast Wednesday at 06:35 Lennie nods, "This place musta looked pretty different then!" As she leads them over to a cordoned area on one side of the cavern, "An' th'piece wha'got everyone excited in th'first place; th'gateway!" The gateway now appears to be mostly uncovered, a pair of science officers in excursion gear beaver away tenderly clearing what obstruction remains. They look back with a smile and friendly wave to the visitors AlishaLast Wednesday at 11:04 Shinae returns the wave, but her focus is clearly on the gateway. Fascinated by alien technology such as this, she makes a little ohhhhh sound as they approach "Do we know where exactly it leads? I haven't been this close to one ever. These things are so fascinating!" CrystylLast Wednesday at 14:30 Lennie shakes her head, "We know virtually nothin'still. Some others have been single connections while some have linked to th'larger network. No way o'knowin' unless we can learn more. Only ways we do tha' is t'keep diggin'!" AlishaLast Wednesday at 14:38 "Just keep diggin...just keep diggin..." Shinae chuckles and nods softly "I am certainy looking forward to learning more. Do you know if there is an intention of turning it on under controlled circumstances at some point?" CrystylLast Wednesday at 14:39 Lennie laughs, "In th'Professors wild dreams maybe! Right now we'd call it lucky if we could even figure out how th'place works!" AlishaLast Wednesday at 14:43 Shinae nods again and chuckles "Of course. Just wondering...where it could lead us to. What it could show us." she sounds a little dreamy "It's why I am excited for Captain Derix to get her wish for Kassandra." CrystylLast Wednesday at 14:46 "Yeah, 'fore ya know it y'all be discovrin' stuff like this everyday!" She sighs softly, "Does sound excitin' doesn't, I really hope I get t'chat more wit' ya Cap'n an' get th' lay o' th'land wit' her maybe needin'someone..." AlishaLast Wednesday at 14:53 Shinae smiles and puts a hand on Lennie's shoulder "Captain Derix values initiative. She's here for now. Gotta make something of it if you want to. Just ask Rianni. here." she winks to the smaller woman CrystylLast Wednesday at 14:55 Rianni looks between the Orions with a proud smile, "She did seem to favour the fact that I sought her out to discuss options!" Lennie smiles and nods, "Yeah, jus' gotta find an opportune moment, as they say!" AlishaLast Wednesday at 14:57 "I'm sure you're good at seizing opportunities." Shinae chuckles and nods as she moves back to studying the gate a little more "Ugh...the possibilities. I wish we could decipher it better already. All the things we could build and create with tech like this..." CrystylLast Wednesday at 14:59 "Yeah, is actually shockin' how little we understand this stuff. 'Specially given how we make such use o'it these days, connectin' th'Dyson spheres an'all. Kinda reminds how small we really are still..." Lennie nods, also looking over the gateway AlishaLast Wednesday at 15:00 "Young maybe. I am not sure about small. Present company excluded." she adds the last with a wink to Rianni CrystylLast Wednesday at 15:03 Rianni rolls her eyes, shaking her head, "Saw that one coming" she chuckles. She turns to Lennie, "So is there much uncovered here so far?" Lennie flashes a slight smirk amd waves the pair to follow, "Lemme show ya!" AlishaLast Wednesday at 15:03 Shinae grins and follows along, humming a little tune to herself CrystylLast Wednesday at 15:27 Rianni trots along happily behind the pair while Lennie gives Shinae a curious look, "Nice lil'tune. Wha' is tha'?" AlishaLast Wednesday at 15:47 Shinae blinks and smiles, blushing a tad "It's uhm...a tune one of my former partners used to sing to me when I had trouble sleeping." CrystylLast Wednesday at 15:59 "Aww, tha's sweet" Lennie smiles, "S'nice t'have somethin'like tha'" They approach an ad-hoc work area with some mobile consoles setup and a few workbenches with various artifacts scattered over them. Lennie taps at a console, bringing up a map which she shows to Rianni, "Here y'are lil' miss. Should give ya an idea!" https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.enjin.com/161311/legia/dig1.png AlishaLast Wednesday at 16:01 Shinae peers over Rianni's shoulder to the screen, studying the images curiously "Hmmmm." CrystylLast Wednesday at 16:03 Lennie points out the first proper room of the facility, "Tha's where we are now. As ya can see, scans indicate a loooot more t'this place!" AlishaLast Wednesday at 16:05 "It's huge! Any idea what it was used for yet?" CrystylLast Wednesday at 16:06 She turns to a nearby workbench, sliding over a chunk of inscripted wall material, "Best clue we'se got s'far is this" https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.enjin.com/161311/legia/tablet1%20copy.png "Roughly translated, it talks o' power generation... or conversion..." she frowns at the tablet some, "Hard t'say wit' this ancient Iconian dialect without context really" AlishaLast Wednesday at 16:10 "Hmmmmm. Power conversion...interesting. a whole facility for that though? Seems almost excessive?" CrystylLast Wednesday at 16:23 Lennie shrugs lightly, "Like I said, is hard t'get an accurate translation wit' such a small sample o'text. Too open t'interpretation o'context. I'm-a hopin' them samples y'all takin' for us'll help us learn more on tha'!" AlishaLast Wednesday at 16:50 Shinae nods and smiles again, shifting to look around a bit more "Sounds like a mystery! I love mysteries!" CrystylLast Wednesday at 17:05 Lennie grins, "Don't we all!" She looks around some, "So,uh... wanna take a look see where th'diggers are up to?" AlishaLast Wednesday at 17:22 "Obviously! This is the part where it gets dirty, right?" CrystylLast Wednesday at 17:25 Rianni's face drops with dread, quietly glancing down her pristine uniform amd sleek stockings. Lennie catches a glimpse and pats her on the shoulder, "Don't'ca worry lil' miss, ya ain't gonn have t'pick up a shovel o'ya own or nothin'! Come on" she smiles, heading through the excavated ruins AlishaLast Wednesday at 17:34 Shinae follows along, chuckling softly as they move onwards. "Nothing bad about getting your hands dirty now and then. Or your uniform...or both!" CrystylLast Wednesday at 17:50 "Oh I know!" Rianni chirps, "I just... prefer not to is all..." Lennie laughs at this, "Well here we are, the active dig!" She declares with exaggerated open arms at the... big pile of mud and rock... AlishaLast Wednesday at 17:56 Shinae looks around, up and down, then back to Lennie and grins "Majestic!" CrystylLast Wednesday at 18:00 "Yeah... welcome to th'harsh reality o' live digs; big ol'piles a dirt!" She chuckles, "Ain't s'bad though, looks like they'se actually close t'breakin' through. Tha's where it gets fun!" AlishaLast Wednesday at 18:01 "Hehe...well it looks like they are doing pretty fast work. Considering how long they've been working, it's quite an accomplishment." CrystylLast Wednesday at 18:05 "Yeah, ya ain't wrong. So yeah, tha's pretty much it really. Less y'all wanna go sift through drums o' scrap lookin' for relics, ain't really much t'all this jus'now" AlishaLast Wednesday at 18:05 Shinae laughs softly and shrugs "I'm good. I've seen enough for the time being. It's been illuminating." CrystylLast Wednesday at 18:06 "Come on then, maybe we can check in back on th'ship, see if th'teams got any fresh finds up there?" AlishaLast Wednesday at 18:07 "Sounds good to me." she nods, gesturing for Lennie to lead the way CrystylLast Wednesday at 18:08 As the trio turn to head back out of the ruins, they don't get far before attention is drawn by a flurry of activity behind them AlishaLast Wednesday at 18:09 Shinae perks up, turning to look at what is going on CrystylLast Wednesday at 18:11 Rianni also looks back, turning a questioning glance to Lennie who grins slowly, nodding that way for them to turn back and see whats happening. AlishaLast Wednesday at 18:12 she moves, curiously trying to get a glimpse of what is going on CrystylLast Wednesday at 18:12 Heading back into the room, a number of dig team workers can be seen beavering away at one spot in the corner. The chatter is heightened, but not frantic or panicked. Almost excited AlishaLast Wednesday at 18:12 "Sounds like maybe they broke through...?" CrystylLast Wednesday at 18:14 "Looks it!" Lennie nods Sure enough, the dig team are now clearing the way to make a safe pathway through to the next room. Security personnel hustle past the trio with rifles and torches ready, and are the first to venture beyond the break AlishaLast Wednesday at 18:15 "Ohhhh...breaking new ground. What a happy coincidence to be here!" she sounds genuinely excited CrystylLast Wednesday at 18:23 "I did say they was gettin' close" Lennie beams, "Why'd ya think I steered y'all from comin'yesterday? I knew we weren't gonna make it then, but seemed promisin'for today!" AlishaLast Wednesday at 18:23 "Ohhhh...so you had it all planned out. Clever!" she winks and nods, smiling CrystylLast Wednesday at 18:24 "Well... I'se hoped, maybe" she smirks AlishaLast Wednesday at 18:25 she chuckles and pats Lennie softly on the shoulder "Well, care to show us more then?" CrystylLast Wednesday at 18:27 "Indeed I do! Jus' gotta let 'em secure it first. Ain't no chances bein' taken wit' Iconian tech these days!" AlishaLast Wednesday at 18:38 "Fair enough!" so she settled in to wait, though it was clear she was anxious to find out what lay beyond CrystylLast Wednesday at 19:34 After a fairly short wait, the room is declared safe and lighting is moved in Lennie stands, looking to the others, "Right, time t'get a real adventure!" AlishaLast Wednesday at 19:36 Shinae nods and pats Rianni on the shoulder, then moves along with Lennie towards the newly opened up room, peering around curiously ((And then they were all vaporized by ancient Iconian Defense Turrets)) CrystylLast Wednesday at 19:45 Venturing into the newly revealed room, the air is noticibly thinner and has a dampness to it. The minimal lighting and sudden quiet following the buzz of activity don't help the eerieness of it all. The room itself is fairly sparse, a smattering of what look like console around the sides amidst various debris. In the centre is a larger single science station of some sort AlishaLast Wednesday at 21:12 Shinae walked around slowly taking in the surroundings before approaching the console with careful steps CrystylLast Wednesday at 21:13 Lennie is already there, looking it over with intrigue while Rianni explores around the room. Lennie lools to Shinae, "Any thoughts?" AlishaLast Wednesday at 21:14 Shinae shakes her head "Not just yet.* she peers at the console curiously, trying to see if there was any hint at what it might be used for CrystylLast Wednesday at 21:17 As with so much Iconian tech, little is discernible at a glance. The position and prominance of the console within the room would suggest it is a major element perhaps AlishaLast Wednesday at 21:21 "Whatever was done here...it was important to...well...whatever this facility used to do. That's pretty much the only thing I can figure out. My Iconian is...rusty." she chuckles CrystylLast Wednesday at 21:27 "So is this Iconian" Rianni calls over, pointing out a partially collapsed wall which has buried some more tech. Lennie heads over to see what Rianni found. Most is indeed ruined over time however some of what is presumbly signage from the room remains barely legible, not unlike the fragment she showed them earlier. She carefully retrieves it and returns to the centre for better light AlishaLast Wednesday at 21:44 SHinae peers over curiously to see what they had found CrystylLast Wednesday at 21:54 Lennie cleans it off with her hand, trying to make out the text, "ok... if I-m' readin'this right.." her eyes widen a little amd she looks to Shinae, "Goddess... this could be th'gateway control room!" AlishaLast Wednesday at 21:55 "Ohhhh..." she blinks and tilts her head, peering at the controls again "So...no random button pushing here..." CrystylLast Wednesday at 22:02 Lennie chuckles, "I don't think ya be needin' to worry on tha', not a scrap o'power in this place!" She deomstrates by thumping the side of the console AlishaLast Wednesday at 22:02 Shinae can't help but flinch a little. But then she chuckles "Alright alright....still....better safe than sorry." CrystylLast Wednesday at 22:03 "Of course" she can't help but laugh a little at the jump, turning to Rianni, "Good find there lil'miss!" Rianni beams proudly, "Thank you!" AlishaLast Wednesday at 22:33 she smiles a little and nods "Observant and clever. And now possibly making history with this find! So young and so successful!" CrystylLast Wednesday at 22:35 Rianni giggles, "It's not like I made some big breakthrough or anything! I just looked in this one corner amd found some broken stuff..." AlishaLast Wednesday at 22:44 "Half of big discoveries probably can be summed up like that." She laughs softly CrystylLast Wednesday at 22:52 Lennie nods, "She ain't wrong! Anyways, it'll take some time t'fully translate this. But I'se got big hopes f'this find now!" AlishaLast Wednesday at 23:08 she nods happily and pats Rianni on the shoulder "Well, that was an exciting little visit, wasn't it! And without any caveins, too!" CrystylLast Thursday at 06:34 "Please don't jinx it..." Lennie chuckles AlishaLast Thursday at 13:10 Shinae grins "Good point. Shall we then? Or is there any more surprise revelations waiting?" CrystylLast Thursday at 15:00 "I doubt we'd be so lucky as t'get two in one day!" Lennie chuckles, "This alone'll keep th'team busy f'some time" AlishaLast Thursday at 15:03 "Awesome! Hear that Rianni? You created tons of work for other people!" she winks and pats Rianni on the shoulder( CrystylLast Thursday at 15:07 Rianni beams happily, "Hopefully I will get to help with that too while we are here, or at least observe!" Lennie smiles, setting a hand on Rianni's other shoulder, "Lil'miss, ya welcome to come work wit' me on th'translations. An' I'm-a sure the Professor'll be happy t'have ya along too" she looks to Shinae, "Y'all still got a few days here yeah? Maybe I should speak wit'ya Cap'n 'bout approvin'this?" AlishaLast Thursday at 15:19 "You should. I am almost certain she will be happy to say yes, but it is just good manners." she chuckles softly CrystylLast Thursday at 15:25 "And a perfect opportunity t'have a chat wit'her on other stuff!" Lennie grins with a little wink, "Well then, howsa'bout we get th' lil'miss back to ya ship so she can get goin' on tha' report?" AlishaLast Thursday at 15:30 SHinae nods strongly and moves along with Lennie "Let's do that! Come on Rianni!@ " CrystylLast Thursday at 15:33 Rianni skips alomg eagerly as Lennie leads them back out through the mining complex to the beam in point at the control room where they return to the Kassandra ---Later that day; USS Kassandra Lounge--- Lennie wanders in looking around, having been reliably informed by the ships computer that the captain is currently in here somewhere AlishaLast Thursday at 15:48 The Captain is, indeed here. Sitting near the windows looking out into Space and reading a PADD, a cup of steaming liquid in front of her on the table. She is in uniform, but seems relaxed. Possibly just having gotten off duty CrystylLast Thursday at 15:54 Lennie approaches, "Hey Cap'n" she greets casually with a smile AlishaLast Thursday at 15:56 Minabi peers up, brushing back a strand of bright pink hair "Oh, what a pleasant surprise. Commander, welcome aboard the Kassandra." she smiles and nods to the chair opposite her "Care to join me?" CrystylLast Thursday at 15:59 "Thanks!" She beams, settling in the seat opposite and stretching a pair of long green legs out to one side of the table, crossing them at the ankles and stretching her back some, "S'good t'take th'weight off after walkin' mine tunnels all day! Anyways, I jus' wanted t'catch up wit' ya, mostly on 'th'cadet" AlishaLast Thursday at 16:11 "Rianni is a hot topic among everyone who meets her." Mina chuckles softly. Her glance passes over the stretching procedure for a moment, smiling amusedly before looking back up "How was the visit to the mines?" CrystylLast Thursday at 16:20 "Surprisingly productive! We broke through t'a new section an' tha's where th'cadet found a clue tha' it miiiight be th'gateway control room! 'Course, I still gotta complete th'proper translation but early guesses look promisin'!" She considers Mina briefly, "An' tha's wha' I wanted t'speak to ya on really. I know ya got Rianni all assigned up at th'moment, but was wonderin' how ya thought on while you'se are here, lettin' her spend more time wit' our teams learnin'bout this new find?" AlishaLast Thursday at 16:23 Minabi tilts her head and taps a fingertip against her lower lip thoughtfully. "Hmmm. Her schedule could be adjusted I am sure if she is happy to work on this. Which I assume is the case, since you are here asking me." CrystylLast Thursday at 16:31 Lennie smirks a little, "Yeah... ya can blame me an'Shinae if ya like, we been tryin'a really talk her up. Build confidence an' all, y'know? So yeah, she expressed interest in seein' it through some while she can, but totally understandin' if she can't too, she does have duties after all!" AlishaLast Thursday at 16:46 "Her first duty is still to learn. With her enthusiasm and skill it can be easy to forget she is just a cadet after all." she chuckles softly and nods "In that spirit, having her assist with this would undoubtedly be a great learning experience, so I see no reason why she shouldn't." CrystylLast Thursday at 16:48 Lennie smiles, "Excellent! I know she's beaverin' away on her report for ya at th'moment, so will leave her be f'now" she looks out the window briefly, "So wit' th'cadet wrapped up, guess tha' brinfs me to th'other topic I wanted t'broach wit'ya" AlishaLast Thursday at 16:48 Mina takes up her cup and takes a sip from it, peering to Lennie with curious green eyes "Oh? And what might that be?" CrystylLast Thursday at 17:17 "Well Cap'n, I ain't gonna beat 'round th'bush. I been chattin'wit' Shinae so know all ya been through o'late, an' that'ya maybe still nlt quite replaced all ya unfortunate losses yet. I like wha' I seen of ya style an' see this as a place I could do some real good. So if y'ain't got nobody lined up already, I'd-a like t'put mahself forward as a CSO candodate for ya" AlishaLast Thursday at 17:19 Mina blinks briefly, tilting her head a bit to the side. She hmmms, then peers out the window as she takes another sip from her hot chocolate "What has Shinae told you regarding our mission parameters, if I may be so curious?" she asks after a moment of consideration CrystylLast Thursday at 17:21 "Well she were clear 'bout ya current patrol routes an' all, but... gave th'distinct impression tha'ya maaaay be lookin' t'push out more. Explorin' th'unknown an' all. An' if tha's really th'case, I'm-a bettin' someone wit'xenobiology an' exolinguistics could come in pretty handy" AlishaLast Thursday at 17:27 Mina nods slowly "Mhh, I am indeed planning on that, though no idea if Command will approve of it yet." she chuckles softly "And you are right. If that mission is approved, I could definitely use someone like that...moreso than I could use them even now. To be clear though, there is still a distinct focus on Kassandra's missions to find possible dangers to the Federation and its allies. I would just like to combine that with exploring the unknown." CrystylLast Thursday at 17:34 "Understandable" she nods, "Not like I'm-a without more imminent commitments anyway, but even if it did come t'pass 'fore ya get to ya mission, I ain't no stranger t'dangers an'threats an' more than willin' on doin' mah part t'make others safe after bein' targeted mahself before" AlishaLast Thursday at 17:52 she nods softly "So tell me about yourself Commander..." she smiles...had this just turned into an interview? CrystylLast Thursday at 18:05 "Well in professional terms; current team lead for mah two fields within th'station department. Were also a candidate for th'Chief spot there. 'Fore tha' I served bridge science station on a couple different ships too" AlishaLast Thursday at 18:07 Mina chuckles softly and shakes her head "No no....I mean....tell me about -you-." she shifts a point, pointing a finger directly at Lennie's chest "I can get your Starfleet history from your file. But files don't tlel me who you are. Just what you accomplished." CrystylLast Thursday at 18:12 Lennie smiles, "I figured as much, jus' coverin'th'bases! As f'me; well, I were raised by mah Human momma - she were CMO on th'Cairo. Got more in touch wit'mah roots last year or two though after mah real momma found me." She sighs, "Suffice t'say th' history's long an'complicated. Now though, I live an'breath for mah vijra. We'se got a nice life together an' enjoy everythin' we do. Jus'... lovin' life really, y'know!" AlishaLast Thursday at 18:17 she nods softly and smiles, leaning back "And you would be OK being separated from your vijra for months on end? I'd hate to pull apart a family." she tilts her head CrystylLast Thursday at 18:19 Lennie shifts a little, "Honestly... I'll find it hard at first. Which is kinda stupid 'cos she is already away regular like tha' wit' th'Axiom, so really wouldn't be much different. We talked a lot on it though an' she's encouragin' me t'do wha's right for mah career. If it ends up bein'a problem, she may put in t'transfer wit' me" AlishaLast Thursday at 18:21 Mina nods thoughtfully, taking another sip "I try to be as accomodating as possible to families, though with the mission profile possibly changing it'd be harder. That's why I am asking. But I am glad you have already considered that. What do you do for fun?" sudden side-line! CrystylLast Thursday at 18:23 "When I can, I join mah vijra and our friend Mia from th'Valley Forge for holdeck adventures. We been playin' a series set on th' 23rd century Lexington! But away from tha', I like lettin' mah hair down on occassion; let loose wit' some classical blade dancin'an'such" AlishaLast Thursday at 18:25 "Mhhh. I see." she nods again and another sip from her drink "How do you feel about covert operations? I know some Officers are distinctly opposed to any such activity." wow, the topics really go back and forth here CrystylLast Thursday at 18:28 She shrugs inceduously, "Needs must sometimes. Played mah part in enough over time, not many Starfleet but still familiar wit' it. Long as th'cause is jist; s'all good far as I'm-a concerned" AlishaLast Thursday at 18:30 "Any pets?" CrystylLast Thursday at 18:32 "Technically yes... an' no..." she chuckles AlishaLast Thursday at 18:40 she raises a brow and grins "That....begs for more explanation." CrystylLast Thursday at 18:44 An extended chuckle from Lennie as she shakes her head, "Sorry Cap'n, couldn't resist! It's not really a pet, more... a mobile VI. Jus' a lil'defense gizmo Ann came up wit' after th'Syndicate snuck onto th'station an' tried t'kill me" AlishaLast Thursday at 18:45 she blinks and peers at Lennie curiously for a moment "Oh my...I see you have stories to tell. Does the VI have a name?" CrystylLast Thursday at 18:48 "Nah, ain't intelligent enough t'even respond. Least tha's wha'Ann says. But I calls it Trixie. Trixie the tricorder" she laughs AlishaLast Thursday at 18:49 Minabi smiles and gives a soft little chuckle. "Fair enough. And...if I may ask...why would the Syndicate come after you?" CrystylLast Thursday at 18:54 "Well at th'time I were decipherin' logs from th'Cairo; find out wha' happened to mah momma an' all. Intel took mah work after tha' so we reckon maybe was somethin'to do wit' it. Other theory is tha' mah real momma was pissin'em off an' theh wanted t'use me t'get to her." AlishaLast Thursday at 19:00 "I see. Well...I have some experience being involved with shady organizations, so I can imagine what that feels like. My sympathies." CrystylLast Thursday at 19:01 "Thanks" she smiles a little, but the sideways glance suggests there is more depth to this topic for this with suitably high affininy with their Lennie follower AlishaLast Thursday at 19:03 (( Hands 20 chocolate bars, a plush bunny, two nifflers, a gold bracelet and a diamond necklace as affinity gifts)) "Well, I think I heard about enough for the time being. Do you have any questions for me?" as she had finished her cup, the diminutive Elex approaches the table and picks it up, peering at Mina, who nods with a smile for a refill. The dark-blue skinned alien then looks to Lennie. "A drink Commander?" CrystylLast Thursday at 19:17 She smiles to Elex, "Strawberry shake on th'cards?" AlishaLast Thursday at 19:23 "Anything on the cards....I will be right back." she smiles again and moves off "So....questions for me?" Mina resumes the conversation, chuckling CrystylLast Thursday at 19:25 Lennie gives a thoughtful hrmm, "Anythin' particular ya look for from ya senior staff, outside th'expected duties I mean?" AlishaLast Thursday at 19:26 she ponders for a moment "I would say....a sense of family. This ship is rather...comfortable with rank and decor, maybe moreso than other ships in Starfleet. That comes with an implicit understanding that the chain of command remains intact even if everyone feels like a family. It can be hard for some...but that is my expectation." CrystylLast Thursday at 19:28 Lennie smiles, "Yeah, an' it's tha' family feel wha' makes me feel like this'd be a good place f'me. Since ya already got Shinae here, I'm-a figurin' ya know some 'bout Orion ways?" AlishaLast Thursday at 19:29 "Haha, indeed. Even though Shinae is a recent addition to the Kassandra crew, she has integrated well and...well, it will undoubtedly be good for her as well, having another Orion on board." she nods softly. Elex returns with the drinks, putting the hot chocolate down and the frothy Strawberry Shake in front of Lennie CrystylLast Thursday at 19:32 She beams happily, a courteous nod to Elex as she contines, "I'd-a certainly like t'hope so. But I were thinkin' more in wha' ya know on our sense o'family, structure an' all" AlishaLast Thursday at 19:42 "I have....limited understanding so far. I brushed up on Orion customs a bit before Shinae came aboard and have had a few enlightening conversations, but...it has only been a few weeks." she chuckles CrystylLast Thursday at 19:47 "O'course" she smiles, "Well I can't speak for Shinae, or Orions in general; only wha' I know" she slurps her shake with a satisfied 'aah', "See, I were born t'wha's called a fesin. Old world place f'breedin' lodubyal - life contractors in th'polite tongue. We was all sisters there, regardless o' birth, an'th'instinct t'look after ya family is bred in stromg as a result" she smiles "Tha'goes doubly so f'me on account o'momma bein' th'fesins Tabadi - kinda like a mother t'all. As I come o'age more recent like, tha' Tabadi blood's got t'pumpin' strong in mah veins, if ya like" had a cunning plan that whole time to turn the question into a further sales pitch on the family feeling side, apparently AlishaLast Thursday at 19:51 Minabi raises a brow curiously during the explanation, then nods thoughtfully afterwards, sipping from her cup "Fascinating. It sounds like you would fit in very well here Commander." CrystylLast Thursday at 20:12 "From wha' I heard, an' seen for mahself, I reckon so!" She smiles, "Does tha' mean we'se officially talkin'a maybe?" AlishaLast Thursday at 20:13 "We are officially talking." she laughs softly "As I said, I will let you know when I get word on our new mission profile. If you are still interested by then..." she shrugs CrystylLast Thursday at 20:18 Lennie dips her head with a smile, "Thanks Cap'n, ain't lookin' f'more than consideration. Will play it by ear f'now an' see wha' happens like ya say" AlishaLast Thursday at 20:18 She smiles and raises her cup "To playing it by ear then." CrystylLast Thursday at 20:19 She raises hers in kind, "T'playin'it by ear!"