Updated: Mar 18
As the last lead on the Branded Lady's trail runs cold and SFI work to generate new leads from the recently incarcerated pirate queen 'The Mistress'; the Valley Forge and her crew take a welcome return to their regular exploration duties, and soon make a curious discovery on a previously uncharted world...
Eunha@turtles#8407 Smiles at Keelah "Captain." Keelah@crystyll looks up a little suprised, "Why Eunha, that almost sounded formal. What, progressed from the pokes now have we?" she chuckles Eunha@turtles#8407: "Must be the hormones." she chuckles Zhyl'ia@thecastellan brushes her uniform down as she walks in Keliaya@anncarise taps away on the engineering console. Eunha@turtles#8407 Moves over to a console herself Keelah@crystyll FX | VF has returned to it's standard exploration duty and is now cruising the uncharted regions as they perform stellar mapping. FUN! Mishke Foraker@natthaan shows up via hologram as the Bacco moves in to join the patrol Keelah@crystyll looks back at the holo appearing, "Captain. Don't tell you're here to provide backup on our survey" she chuckles Keliaya@anncarise adjusts the projection quality to optimal levels before peering over. Mishke Foraker@natthaan: "Captain Se'Lai, I am Captain Foraker of the USS Nanietta Bacco, we were just wondering if you had room for us to join." Keliaya@anncarise looks back to her console, confused for a moment before realizing the ship isn't the Lexington and the tall woman isn't Captain Omar. Keelah@crystyll smiles, "Always a pleasure to enjoy the company of a new ship, Captain. Recent posting to the 38th is it? I don't believe I'm familiar with the Bacco" Mishke Foraker@natthaan: "Yes, we just arrived, reassigned from the 11th Fleet now that we are no longer fighting the Tzenkethi." Keelah@crystyll: "Aah, no doubt a welcome change of pace for you too then" Zhyl'ia@thecastellan looks over, trying her best not to be confused by the hologram Mishke Foraker@natthaan: "Perhaps." *Looks over as she listens for the Bacco's fighter deployments* Keelah@crystyll: "Alright..." she looks ahead, "...so what have we got out there?" Eunha@turtles#8407 Looks over at T'Quilas data and speaks for her "Long range sensors are picking up a system." waits for T'quila to move her arm then go on "One of the planets appears to be already showing signs of Eunha@turtles#8407: technology." Keliaya@anncarise pulls up her scan results as well, "Can't tell what exactly it is from this distance, but if we're picking it up, it must be pretty advanced." Keelah@crystyll: "Well, I'd say that warrants a closer look then. Standard approach while we build preliminary scans" Mishke Foraker@natthaan: "I can send the Tang in to get a closer look without exposing ourselves first." Keelah@crystyll | Helm: "Altering course" Eunha@turtles#8407: "7 planets in total, it's the third planet sending coordinates to helm now." Keelah@crystyll: "Oh I have no intention of pre-emptively exposing our presence. Just a standard range close to get a better look at things for now" Keliaya@anncarise: "The Tang? I don't think I'm familiar with that class." Keliaya@anncarise: "Or is that a shuttlecraft name?" Mishke Foraker@natthaan looks to Kelly "It's one of our Callisto escorts." Keliaya@anncarise: "Oooh, right. That makes sense." Zhyl'ia@thecastellan: "Always wanted to fly one of those.." Keelah@crystyll looks up at Zee, "Never been much of one for piloting myself" Zhyl'ia@thecastellan smiles "On trust me, neither have I" Keelah@crystyll chuckles Zhyl'ia@thecastellan: "Tried to prove I could fly a shuttle back in the academy" Zhyl'ia@thecastellan: "Crashed in into a cliff.." Keelah@crystyll quirks a brow, "...ouch" Zhyl'ia@thecastellan: "Didn't have my glasses back then" Keelah@crystyll | Rianni glances across from tactical and laughs quietly to herself Zhyl'ia@thecastellan waves over to her Mishke Foraker@natthaan: <FX> The Bacco has two of her fighter squadrons, and one Callisto flying in escort patters over the Bacco and the VF. Keliaya@anncarise | Helm: "We should be in range for closer scans in a minute." Keelah@crystyll | Rianni returns a small wave, staying focused on studying the escorts deployment Keliaya@anncarise nods, "Sensors at full power." Keelah@crystyll nods to the front, "Bring to a full stop when in range" Keliaya@anncarise | Helm: "Aye aye, captain. Full stop." Eunha@turtles#8407 Waits to see if T'Quila says anything then goes ahead "Sensor data here. The planet seems to be entirly industrialised. And the atmosphere seems to be constructed?" Keelah@crystyll blinks and looks over, "...constructed?" Eunha@turtles#8407: "They obviously have terra formed this planet." Keelah@crystyll: "Well that's certainly a degree of advancement. But a long way from rolling out the perverbial red carpet..." Keliaya@anncarise nods, "I'm no geologist but it looks like this is probably a colony of some sort. They built an atmosphere, but they didn't terraform the surface, they just covered it with cities and technology." Keelah@crystyll: "Any signs of life beyond the atmosphere; other vessels in the system, or signs or warp travel?" Keliaya@anncarise: "Checking. No sign of weapons, or at least energy weaponry anywhere." Keelah@crystyll smooths her skirt out over her leg as she thingks, "On screen; let's get a look at this world at least" Keelah@crystyll FX | https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/planetstar/images/3/3e/City_planet.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20130406224819 Mishke Foraker@natthaan: "We are detecting warp technology in system." Keelah@crystyll leans forward with a squint, "Magnify" Keelah@crystyll FX | https://opengameart.org/sites/default/files/coruscant_by_night_by_jfliesenborghs-d93rhyn.jpg Keliaya@anncarise looks to the screen, "That definitely looks pretty advanced. Almost Borg...” Keelah@crystyll: "Well it's a start at least Captain, anything more on the planet itself?" Keliaya@anncarise: "It's definitely not Borg technology though, so we don't have to worry about that." Keliaya@anncarise: "Can't get a better reading on the planet from this distance. Just that it's incredibly urbanized." Keelah@crystyll: "What about lifesigns?" Eunha@turtles#8407: "There is such a huge amount of technology down there I can't get anylife signs and we're too far out for my betazoid brain to kick in." Keliaya@anncarise: "It doesn't look like there's any danger in approaching, at least nothing apparent." Keelah@crystyll: "Well then, with no more to go on I believe a closer look is warranted" Keelah@crystyll: "Helm, take us; maintain distance to..." she glances at Eunha, "...Betazoid brain range..." Keliaya@anncarise chuckles. Keelah@crystyll | Rianni blinks and starts frantically searching on a side screen to find the exact measure that equates to Mishke Foraker@natthaan forwns slightly at the unprofessionalism of 'Betazoid brain range' Zhyl'ia@thecastellan snickers "What's wrong with Aenar brain range?" Keelah@crystyll: "Now Zee, it isn't a competition..." she smiles Eunha@turtles#8407: "I've got life signs. But I can only make them out in this particular section of the planet." she says after they move closer Keliaya@anncarise | Helm: "En route to the system. Entering in 2 minutes." Keelah@crystyll: "One small population pocket? Seems a little odd given the level of terraforming..." Keliaya@anncarise: "I'm seeing it too. Hard to tell from all the other signals' interferance but they look like life signs..." Eunha@turtles#8407: "I can't sense anything with my empathic sense." Keliaya@anncarise: "The technology down there is certainly on par with our own. I'm picking up unnatural gravitons, signs of matter-energy conversion technology, matter-antimatter reactors..." Keelah@crystyll: "Well they are certainly capable whoever they are" Keelah@crystyll: "Nothing in the background even on active comms?" Keliaya@anncarise | Helm: "We've entered the system." Mishke Foraker@natthaan looks to Keelah "Incoming warp signatures, seem to be shuttlecraft size." Keelah@crystyll: "From the planet?" Keliaya@anncarise: "There's some form of communication between those warp signatures and the planet, but that seems to be it." Mishke Foraker@natthaan nods "They are coming from the planet." Zhyl'ia@thecastellan: "Hm.. I'm not sensing anything either.." Keelah@crystyll | Rianni: "They appear to be on an intercept trajectory Captain. Shields up?" Keliaya@anncarise: "No sign of weaponry on them, or lifesigns. I think they're probes equipped with warp drive." Keelah@crystyll shakes her head, "Not yet... put them on screen" Keelah@crystyll FX | https://cdna.artstation.com/p/assets/images/images/002/481/978/large/romain-clement-sonde-concept.jpg?1462278339 Keliaya@anncarise peers to the viewscreen, "Designed like probes, too." Keelah@crystyll: "Take a scan. See what we can learn from them..." she looks to Rianni, "Be ready to raise shields at the first sign of trouble" Keelah@crystyll looks to Zee, "Thoughts?" Eunha@turtles#8407: "They're scanning us." Zhyl'ia@thecastellan: "If they are advanced enough to have warp technology then it could be worth initiating first contact.." Keliaya@anncarise: "Scanning...looks like they're capable of basic warp, but their science equipment is advanced. They've probably got the means for faster speeds, they just haven't installed it on their probes." Mishke Foraker@natthaan: <FX> The Bacco's fighters have taken postion to defend the Bacco just in case Keelah@crystyll: "Very well. Let us see how this plays out then... we're the visitors here so perhaps we should introduce ourselves" Keelah@crystyll looks right, "Captain, would you like to have the honours?" Mishke Foraker@natthaan: "I think I still remenber how to introduce myself.." Keelah@crystyll smirks Eunha@turtles#8407: "I'm getting a communication signal from it." Keliaya@anncarise FX | A calm and soothing alien voice rings through the ship's comm systems. Keliaya@anncarise FX | The voice continues on for a few minutes before the universal translator catches on. Keelah@crystyll listens curiously the whole time Keliaya@anncarise FX | Voice: "The start had already passed. As the avian flew the wind blew through its feathers. The plating was comprised of duranium laced with neutronium alloy. The constant of gravity is at - Keliaya@anncarise: - 6.67408 x10^-11 [untranslatable] units." Keliaya@anncarise | Voice: "Language sampling complete. Does the constant of gravity match your database?" Keelah@crystyll: "Well that's... different" Zhyl'ia@thecastellan raises an eyebrow Keliaya@anncarise | Voice: "Holographic communications systems detected. Projecting image now." Keliaya@anncarise FX | A flickering hologram begins to appear before Keelah... Keliaya@anncarise | ...before forming into a small alien figure. Keliaya@anncarise | Alien: "Can you understand me?" Keelah@crystyll quirks a brow, "I guess we're doing this then..." she smiles, pushing up from the chair Keelah@crystyll performs the Picard Maneuver. Keliaya@anncarise is tinier than Keelah! Keelah@crystyll: "We understand; your translation matrix is impressive. I am Captain Se'Lai of the USS Valley Forge. We bring greetings from the United Federation of Planets" Keliaya@anncarise | Alien: "Greetings! I am the Custodian of this world, the [untranslatable]. What is the purpose of your visit?" Keelah@crystyll: "We are just venturing into this region of the galaxy on a mission of peaceful exploration" Keelah@crystyll: "It is our goal to make contact with new life and where possible; share in an exchange of knowledge and learning with them" Keliaya@anncarise | Custodian: "We are always happy to share knowledge and provide learning experiences. We have acquired some data on your vessels already. We have detected weapons systems." Keelah@crystyll: "Unpowered weapon systems. We also serve as protectors against those who would seek to harm the civilizations we have encountered" Keliaya@anncarise | Custodian: "We understand. We will take your word on your intentions. Please do not damage our facilities, or there will be reprocussions." Keelah@crystyll blinks, "I... of course, we would never seek to cause damage or worse, to a visited world" Keliaya@anncarise | Custodian: "Oh, I have not even asked you if you wish to visit yet! I apologize, I assumed with your role as explorers, that a visit would be your intention." Keelah@crystyll: "Well, if that is agreeable of course" she smiles slightly Keliaya@anncarise | Custodian: "Excellent! We always love to have peaceful visitors seeking a fruitful learning experience." Keliaya@anncarise | Custodian: "Before you approach, I have one question of curiosity." Keelah@crystyll glaces left and right to the others, "Please, ask away" Keliaya@anncarise | Custodian: "Your vessel names: Nanietta Bacco and Valley Forge. One does not translate, and the other is odd when the translation matrix is applied." Keliaya@anncarise | Custodian: "Do you perhaps mean Valley Forged, to indicate the location of its construction?" Keelah@crystyll shakes her head, "No, it is named for a significant historical reference. As for the Nanietta Bacco..." she looks to Mishke Keliaya@anncarise | Custodian: "A significant historical reference...could you elaborate further?" Mishke Foraker@natthaan: "Nanietta Bacco is the name of the former President of the Unitd Federation of Planets." Keliaya@anncarise | Custodian: "Ah, more historical references!" Keelah@crystyll: "and Valley Forge was a location where significant events took place; turning points in history if you like. It is a long standing tradition that such things are remembered in vessel names and so this Keelah@crystyll: ship is but one in a long line to carry the name" Keliaya@anncarise | Custodian: "Might I ask for information files on your history? It seems to be of great import to you." Keelah@crystyll nods, "We have a standard dossier of general greeting information which we can make available for you as a starter" Keliaya@anncarise | Custodian: "Excellent! If you will transfer that information to our scanners as you approach the planet..." Keelah@crystyll: "We will see to it. Equally we'd be grateful if you could provide any preferred transport co-ordinates where we can arrive on the surface" Keliaya@anncarise | Custodian: "Of course! Coordinates sent." Keelah@crystyll dips her head, "Then we look forward to meeting in person" Eunha@turtles#8407: "Got the coordinates." Keliaya@anncarise | Custodian: "I will ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable stay." Keliaya@anncarise | The image flickers and disappears. Keelah@crystyll sighs softly as she eases back into the chair - first contacts always made her tense Keelah@crystyll: "Helm, standard approach for a geosync orbit above the transport site" Keelah@crystyll looks up, "Zee; prep your team" she smiles Keliaya@anncarise | Helm: "Approaching planet, captain." Keelah@crystyll: "Captain Foraker; I leave attendance from the Bacco at your own discretion" Zhyl'ia@thecastellan nods "Aye Captain" Mishke Foraker@natthaan nods Keelah@crystyll feels a pair of hopeful eyes burning through her from tactical and glances over to see the eager look on Rianni's face Keliaya@anncarise FX | The probes break off after receiving the historical data packet, leaving them to approach the planet unobstructed. Keelah@crystyll pauses for thought, a little longer than necessary perhaps as she resists the urge to smirk first, "Fine, go on! You've got to learn to sometime after all" she chuckles Keelah@crystyll | Rianni grins and promptly hands tactical to an NPC and trots off to join the away team Keliaya@anncarise | Helm: "We're in transporter range." NPC@anncarise FX | The away team beams down...but not to a massive planet city. Instead, they find themselves in a snow-covered woodland. NPC@anncarise | The telepaths still sense nothing... Rianni@crystyll looks around slightly confused, "This is not what I pictured..." Mishke Foraker@natthaan frowns "I don't like this..." Zhyl'ia@thecastellan: "I agree, its far too warm" NPC@anncarise FX | There are some noises behind them. Rustling. Rianni@crystyll turns to look at the source of the sound Zhyl'ia@thecastellan listens over her shoulder NPC@anncarise FX | It's just a squirrel. An...Earth squirrel? Rianni@crystyll: "Aww" NPC@anncarise FX | The squirrel suddenly perks up and runs off. NPC@anncarise FX | More rustling can be heard ahead of them... Mishke Foraker@natthaan: "I really don't like this.." *Draws her sidearm* Rianni@crystyll looks back to the senior officers before glancing to the new sound, totally expecting more squirrels now Zhyl'ia@thecastellan: "We were brought here peacefully, I doubt they'd bring us down somewhere dangerous" NPC@anncarise FX | Four men approach from the woods. They seem to be wearing different outfits, but the style of their jackets is unmistakably 18th century fashion. To further confirm the time period, they're - NPC@anncarise - all holding bayonetted muskets... NPC@anncarise | Man 1: "You there! Halt!" Zhyl'ia@thecastellan has no idea about old earth fashion so thinks they are just dressed funny NPC@anncarise | Man 2: "What's this? More deserters?" NPC@anncarise | Man 3: "Don't look like it. They're dressed funny." Mishke Foraker@natthaan keeps her phaser level for now NPC@anncarise | Man 1: "Must be enemy spies..." NPC@anncarise | Man 2: "Identify yourselves!" Mishke Foraker@natthaan: "I am Captain Foraker of the USS Nanietta Bacco." NPC@anncarise | Man 1: "Captain of what?" NPC@anncarise | Man 4: "Never heard o' it." NPC@anncarise | Man 2: "Maybe they're bringing supplies. You brought food?" NPC@anncarise | Man 3: "Wishful thinking, John. I don't see any wagons with them." NPC@anncarise | Man 1: "Well what'd we do with them?" Mishke Foraker@natthaan: "Who are you?" NPC@anncarise | Man 1: "William Marshall of Virginia. These are my men. Or what's left of them." Mishke Foraker@natthaan gets the lightbulb in her head and mutters to Zee "We must have been transported into a holodeck stimulation of Valley Forge." Rianni@crystyll blinks, looking around, "But... this looks nothing like the ship..." Mishke Foraker@natthaan: "I mean the actual event Velley Forge, the namestake." Zhyl'ia@thecastellan raises an eyebrow "Hm, that would certainly explain the historic curiosity" NPC@anncarise | Man 4: "Oh this is Valley Forge all right. You have business here?" Rianni@crystyll: "Oh..." she mumbles, "...I knew I should have taken that extra history class..." NPC@anncarise | Man 2: "Maybe they want to join up. Would be nice to have people coming in for once." NPC@anncarise | Man 4: "Yeah, not so nice for them..." NPC@anncarise | Man 1: "You want to drive them off or something?" Mishke Foraker@natthaan looks to Zee and Eunha "Did anyone bring a tricorder?" Zhyl'ia@thecastellan: "Of course, we're quite good at away missions" Mishke Foraker@natthaan: "This would be a good time to scan the area.." NPC@anncarise | Man 1: "What mission?" NPC@anncarise | Man 3: "They definitely aren't ours." Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242 suddenly, Man 1's head snaps back and he crumples to the floor Zhyl'ia@thecastellan blinks NPC@anncarise | Man 2: "Marshall!" Zhyl'ia@thecastellan turns back to Eunha "Can you scan the area?" NPC@anncarise | Man 2 runs over while the other two ready their muskets and look around anxiously. Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242 FX| This is followed by a shot that sends Man 3 crumpling Rianni@crystyll instinctively drops to a prone defensive stance NPC@anncarise | Man 2 gets up and starts running. Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242 FX| Two more shots follow as Man 2 and 4 are killed NPC@anncarise | Man 4: "John! John get back here at-" he drops to the floor as a shot goes clean through his head. Rianni@crystyll: "Take cover!" Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242 FX| There is rustling in the trees as out of the darkness, figures materalise. "Drop your weapons!" Rianni@crystyll she calls and dives behind an embankment Zhyl'ia@thecastellan slides down a hill Mishke Foraker@natthaan raises her phaser at the new figure "ID yourself!" Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242 FX| A gun is pointed to both Zee and Rianni's head. The away team seems to be surrounded Eunha@turtles#8407 Simply runs to cover unable to perform stunts due to the parasite Zhyl'ia@thecastellan looks behind her.. Rianni@crystyll honds her hands out to her side at the presence of a weapon behind her Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242 FX| Eunha runs into the arms of a familiar figure. He grins. "Ah," Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242: "Gather them all up," he orders and his augments round them all into the centre, weapons trained on them Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242: "Not this one," he grabs Eunha's arm. "I rather like this one," Rianni@crystyll is herded... begrudgingly Eunha@turtles#8407: "I rather like personal space but you seem to not understand that concept." Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242: "My my. This is rather new. You don't seem to be like those puny humans we just killed. No..." he looks around Rianni@crystyll: "You just leave her alone!" she finally blurts out Mishke Foraker@natthaan shoots Rianni a look "Get a grip on yourself Cadet." Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242: "You should be more concerned about yourself," he chuckles. "This one, will fare far better than you," he looks at at Mish. "Are you in charge here?" Rianni@crystyll grumbles Mishke Foraker@natthaan: "I am the ranking officer in the group." Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242: "So you are in charge. Good," he looks at some of his augments. "Take her away and execute her. Take the rest back to camp," Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242 FX| Some of the augments move to grab Mishke's arms Rianni@crystyll considers protesting at the Captains execution but remembers getting shot down for last time, so keeps quiet Mishke Foraker@natthaan shoots at the first augment with her phaser, which is set on its highest setting. NPC@anncarise FX | The phaser does nothing. NPC@anncarise FX | It doesn't function at all... Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242 laughs loudly. "This is too easy!" Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242 FX| The augments grab Mishke and take her defunct phaser Rianni@crystyll: "Permission to lose a grip, Captain?" Mishke Foraker@natthaan scowls and tries to break free, kicking her legs up bheind trying to hit them in the back of the head "I'm a ittle busy right now." Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242 strides forward, pulling out a pistol and shooting Mishke's leg Rianni@crystyll: "Noted. Deferring to own judgement then..." Rianni@crystyll flips her head back into the face of the augment holding her and swings her arm back around his neck while pirouetting around to snap it sharp to one side. As she lets go, she takes his weapon and Rianni@crystyll: drops to one knee, firing quick shots at the two holding Mish Mishke Foraker@natthaan tries the kick the not-sula in the jewls with her other leg. Eunha@turtles#8407 Is stuck with two armed guards so can do nothing but helplessly watch Rianni@crystyll would continue to sweep a leg through the one holding Zee to at least drop them and allow Zee the chance to fight back Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242 is too quick for Mishke. He turns and roundhouse kicks Mishke Zhyl'ia@thecastellan feels herself get released and moves over to punch the man in his face NPC@anncarise FX | One of the augments holding Mish is hit but the other leaps out of the way in time and moves with incredible speed towards Rianni. Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242 with almost superhuman speed, he catches Zee's fist and begins to crush it in his hand. He shakes his head, almost disappointed. "Such spirit!" Zhyl'ia@thecastellan winces "There's more to me than physical strength.." Rianni@crystyll times her reaction as they approach to roll back and flip them over herself, landing to twist her leg into a lock around their shoulder while firing a shot at non-Sulay's foot since she can't get a Rianni@crystyll: clean aim on him unha@turtles#8407 Taps her commbadge in the hopes it works Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242: before one of you gets hurt. Permenantly," the snow around his boot is beginning to stain red with blood but he is unfazed. "And if there is any doubt..." he shoots Zee's foot, annoyed at the + Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242: telekenetic power of the Aenar, Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242: "If anyone so much as moves, kill them," he orders his augment army. Mishke Foraker@natthaan is still playing head Mishke Foraker@natthaan: dead*) Rianni@crystyll resists the urge to pounce at him Zhyl'ia@thecastellan bleeds blue into the snow Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242: "Round them all up and take them back to camp!" he orders, stepping back and looking at his foot. "They have tenacity. Good," Rianni@crystyll: (and... i think the downturned stalemate is a good pause point there!) Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242: "Take that one to my tent," he looks at Eunha. "I have need for a new queen!" Eunha@turtles#8407: "Oh why did I volunteer to come here...." Rianni@crystyll FX | Previously on TTV: VF encountered what seemed to be an intelligent species reaching out from a previously unexplored world Rianni@crystyll | Upon arrival, they found a highly developed cityworld with no detectable lifesigns, though communication continued Rianni@crystyll | After accepting a cordial invite to meet and engage in cultural exchange, an away team beamed down to designated coordinates to find themselves... Rianni@crystyll | ...in a snowy forest, where they were greeted by what appeared to be Terran wildlife and soldiers of the American Revolution Rianni@crystyll | The team were informed they were at the border of Washington's camp at Valley Forge Rianni@crystyll | But before they could progress, enemies beamed in and a firefight broke out with the soldiers, most of the away team being injured and/or captured Rianni@crystyll | The injured teammembers were beamed away, whilst Eunha was taken capture by their leader. An enigmatic and powerful augment... Rianni@crystyll | As she was uninjured, Rianni was left behind with other augments guarding her. Though not enough to restrain her as it turned out, as she quickly despatched them and - being all alone - made a run Rianni@crystyll: ...for it. Rianni@crystyll runs around the corner and almost straight into the second away team as they beam down jointly from the Attar/MA, presumably after following the same invite... NPC@anncarise | The augments' leader meanwhile takes Eunha through the flaps into his tent... Rianni@crystyll: "Captain...?" she asks suspiciously Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: He looks honestly surprised to see Rianni running toward him. He quirks an eyebrow: "Cadet?" he replies NPC@anncarise turns in the flickering candlelight of the interior. His hand shoots up and grabs Eunha's chin, tilting her head up to match his gaze, "Your eyes..." Rianni@crystyll: "Are you, erm... you?" Fiona@falconecoose takes a few steps forwards as she looks around, a light nod to the cadet as she does so Eunha@turtles#8407: "Your breath...ever heard of a mint?" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: He quirks his eyebrow:"Well...who else could I be?" Keri@hawkecosse#4702 shivers slightly as she looks across the tundra "My word...it's a tad cold." Rianni@crystyll: "Another projection, or whatever they are here, to try and kill me..." NPC@anncarise ignores Eunha's comment and continues to inquire, "What are you? What generation, what class?" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Looks like you're going to tell me we're in trouble, cadet...." Rianni@crystyll: "I am... uncertain, Sir. I believe this is a dangerous simulation. But... the relevant context, this all appears to have been generated for a direct purpose related to us" Fiona@falconecoose sighs softly "Captain, when arn't we in trouble...oh that sounds lovely..." Eunha@turtles#8407: "I'm a betazoid, and I have no answers for the other two questions as I don't know what you mean." Keri@hawkecosse#4702 turns to watch the flank at the mention of danger, her hand hovering on her phaser Rianni@crystyll notices Keri's aware stance, "Don't bother. They're useless here, as is all our tech; comm badges, tricorders... none of it functions" NPC@anncarise: "A Betazoid..." he lets her go, "I have never heard of a Betazoid before. Are you augmented in any form?" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Turns briefly on Fiona:"I cannot say you're wrong, captain..." then back on Rianni: "Well, we should find out more, then. Where's the rest of the away team?" Eunha@turtles#8407: "I'm completely biological." Rianni@crystyll shrugs, "I don't know, Sir. They were all beamed away by the augments, at least they seemed to be. Though Comander Eunha was taken nearby by their leader" Keri@hawkecosse#4702 sighs softly at this "Why is always when I decide not to bring my old style weapons, is the only time my phaser dosn't work." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Turns on Keri:"What does that mean, commander?" Fiona@falconecoose shakes her head softly "So no tech at all works done here?" NPC@anncarise: "Then these eyes...a natural mutation?" Keri@hawkecosse#4702: "Oh I have an old kinetic weapon from the 20th Cent, that I bring on away missions at times." Eunha@turtles#8407 Nods "Yes. Black eyes are a defining feature of betazoid." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "That's fascinating but...I was referring to our phasers." he says, while checking his own. Keri@hawkecosse#4702: "I was going by what the cadet said about our tech being out of action." NPC@anncarise: "A defining feature. So not the only feature?" Rianni@crystyll nods a confirmation Eunha@turtles#8407: "We'll we're also empathic." NPC@anncarise: "Empathic? Clarify." Eunha@turtles#8407: "We can sense people and their emotions, communicate telepathically with other empathic species." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Sighs:"Indeed...it doesn't work.." turns on Rianni: "Tell us more about these...attackers. Where did they bring Commander Eunbi?" NPC@anncarise: "A very useful skill. All as a result of natural mutation?" Rianni@crystyll: "He said he was taking her back to his camp. I'm not sure where that is though, but the soldiers camp was just over that ridge" she thumbs over her shoulder Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Turns on Keri and Fiona:"Suggestions?" Eunha@turtles#8407 Nods "Yes it's in my DNA." Fiona@falconecoose: "I only see one course of action if they have proved to be hostile, we get our people back." NPC@anncarise nods as well and turns around, opening a container atop a desk in the tent, "Has it never occured to you that such genetic traits can be identified, isolated, extracted...combined?" Keri@hawkecosse#4702 nods lightly "Aye, and if they have the entire away team they might not be expecting a rescue attempt." Rianni@crystyll: "It is more a matter of how, I think. Since we have no weapons, but they do. Furthermore as I mentioned; they are augments; so very fast and strong up close" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Nods to Rianni and both officers:"Indeed. I was thinking the same. We need to find a viable strategy..." Eunha@turtles#8407: "What do you mean?" Fiona@falconecoose smiles lightly "We might not have phasers, that does not mean we do not have weapons. Our best weapon is our mind, even augments have weakness." Rianni@crystyll: "If I may ,Sir; I think I might have an idea" Keri@hawkecosse#4702: "If they think they have won and suprior to us in everyway we can turn that against them, use thier over confidence to get to such range that they can not dodge or fight back." NPC@anncarise takes a small wooden cup and drops some leaves into it, "I mean the controlled combination of genetic traits. The creation of...superior individuals." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "That's sound reasoning.." he says to Fiona and Keri, then to Rianni:"Well, tell us, then." Eunha@turtles#8407: "I don't really believe in superior beings. Everything has it's flaws." Rianni@crystyll: "Having seen how close to the reports of the real thing these augments are; storming their stronghold without intel is suicide. Plus, we only know they took Eunha there. The rest who got beamed out Rianni@crystyll: could be anywhere" Rianni@crystyll: "You said it yourself, Captain" she looks to Fi, "Our best weapon is our minds. Which makes this a game of strategy" NPC@anncarise turns back to Eunha, cup in hand, "But imagine a being with greater strength, greater dexterity, greater intelligence and the ability to read minds. What a splendor that will be." Rianni@crystyll: "And any good chess player is mindful of all the pieces on the board, not just the one in play" Rianni@crystyll: "I don't think it's coincidence that they presented this place to our away team, and in need of our aid judging from the despondent state of the soldiers we met" Eunha@turtles#8407: "There are likely already beings like that out there. The glaxay is very diverse." Rianni@crystyll: "I think there must be a way we can bring those soldiers into the fight and use them to help us rescue the others and defeat these augments who plague them" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "In other words...we need allies and reinforcements." Fiona@falconecoose nods lightly "Though what is the state of these soliders you speak off?" Rianni@crystyll nods to Timo and looks to Fi, "Uncertain. We only met a small group who were promptly ambushed" Rianni@crystyll: "But either way, they are pieces on the board, and even pawns have uses in a masters game" Fiona@falconecoose: "We will have to see then...and they do, though more often than not it is to allow the king to claim victory. But we will have to see them to assess them anyway." NPC@anncarise: "That is precisely why we must speed up the course of evolution. What nature takes millennia to achieve, we can now do in months." Rianni@crystyll nods, "Exactly. Once we know what we have to work with, then we can make an informed decision; whether I'm right or wrong about the potential use for them in this... simulation" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: His face clearly express surprise for the fine reasoning of the cadet: "And for the note, I never performed too well at chess.." NPC@anncarise: "This is the future of humanity- the future of all people who wish to survive." Rianni@crystyll: "It is quite simple actually, I have found it a useful substitute for studying combat strategies in class" Fiona@falconecoose: "Then lets us meet these fine soldiers you speak off, and depending on the numbers they possess. Quantity has a quality all of its own." Rianni@crystyll: "Indeed it does, they were just back here" she waves them to follow as she leads the way back to camp Eunha@turtles#8407: "Lets not do that." Keri@hawkecosse#4702 nods lightly as she follows the Captains and the cadet Rianni@crystyll: (just some quick npc logistics...) Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: To Rianni:"You shoud try Go" he says, almost as a way to justify himself Rianni@crystyll FX | The group work their way back through the forest path with no more sign of augments and soon find themselves at the edge of the soldiers camp Rianni@crystyll looks at Timo wondering if that's even a thing, but nods and makes a mental note to find out NPC@anncarise: "Why not? Your...empathic traits, they can be of great benefit to the future of the human race." Eunha@turtles#8407: "I'm already half human." NPC@anncarise FX | The camp is filled with small wooden buildings made directly from felled trees with little processing. The people in it appear worn out and tired, and a general attitude of despair seems to - NPC@anncarise - surround the place. A few fires burn here and there, raggedly dressed men huddling around them, speaking quietly. NPC@anncarise FX | Two men with actual intact clothes approach the group, muskets in their hands and their dress the classic 18th century style. Rianni@crystyll steps aside so the senior officers can do their thing NPC@anncarise: "Half basic human, yes? Like these pathetic lowlifes in the camp." NPC@anncarise FX | Patrol 1: "Halt! Who goes there?" Eunha@turtles#8407: "Half human." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "I'm not sure if they really can help us..." he murmurs before the two men approach the group, then he assumes a more formal attitude, clearing his throat:"We're friends." he says Fiona@falconecoose takes a step forward towards them, her sands out to her sides palms facing them showing that she means no harm "We come in peace, we would like to speak to your commanding officer." NPC@anncarise FX | Patrol 1: "Friends from where? Do you seek to join?" Fiona@falconecoose nods slightly "We wish to speak to your commanding officer about the current situation that you find your self in with the Augments." NPC@anncarise: nods and strolls out the tent flap, waving for one of his people. A few moments later he returns, the wooden cup in his hand filled with boiling water. He offers it to Eunha, "Tea?" Eunha@turtles#8407: "No thanks my stomach is not accepting beverages at this time." NPC@anncarise | Patrol 2: "Reinforcements, then? Did Congress finally send help our way?" NPC@anncarise | Patrol 1: "Those old men? They're too busy arguing with themselves. That's all they've done so far." NPC@anncarise | Patrol 2: "Well we can't afford to turn down help." NPC@anncarise | Patrol 1 nods and looks to Timo, "Come with us. But don't try anything funny." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois Nods to the guard, silently following him NPC@anncarise: "Not feeling well?" Fiona@falconecoose glances at the others as she nods lightly "Lets go then." Eunha@turtles#8407: "You could say that...but it's fine." NPC@anncarise FX | The guards lead them through the camp, and it looks even more miserable as they pass through. They are forced to pause as two other soldiers pass in front of them bearing bodies on a cart. NPC@anncarise FX | The noise of coughing seems to echo around the entire area, or perhaps it is really coming from all corners of the camp. NPC@anncarise: "It is not /fine/. If you had been subject to the same procedures we were, you would not have to deal with such issues." Rianni@crystyll does not find the sights to inspire confidence Fiona@falconecoose shakes her head slightly as she watchs the cart pass Eunha@turtles#8407: "My issue is a natural one for a woman so it's fine." Keri@hawkecosse#4702 whispers to the other officers "This might be worse than we expected." NPC@anncarise FX | They stop upon reaching an actual, proper house, where the second patrolling guard steps up while the first stays with the group. The guard knocks and speaks to a doorman before coming back. Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois He doesn't say anything, but nods to Keri's words. NPC@anncarise: "I see. Would your...offspring have your empathic powers as well?" Eunha@turtles#8407: "What makes you think i'm pregnant? it could be any number of natural things a woman has." NPC@anncarise FX | Another minute later and a man, significantly taller than anyone else they had seen through the camp emerges, dressed in a much cleaner navy blue long jacket. Rianni@crystyll sees the blue and instantly first wonders if he's a fellow cadet Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois Immediately focuses his attention on the new arrival NPC@anncarise: "The other problems can be easily solved with augmentation. Carrying offspring is one that would not, unless of course all offspring are created in labs." NPC@anncarise: "Besides, reading a mind isn't the only way to gather information. Enhanced hearing, enhanced smell, I only needed your words to confirm it." NPC@anncarise | The new arrival walks towards the group, "Who are these people?" NPC@anncarise | Patrol 2: "We found them on the edge of the camp. They say they were friends." NPC@anncarise | The tall man looks the group over, "Is that right?" Fiona@falconecoose takes a step forward towards the new arrival "Am I to assume you are the commander of this force? And if so, we are here about the situation you find your self in at the moment." Eunha@turtles#8407: *covers her stomach of one of her arms* "Confirm what exactly?" NPC@anncarise: He breaks into a grin at Eunha's gesture, "Do not worry. I will not take your offspring. A small sample of your genetic material should suffice for any experiements my scientists need to do." Eunha@turtles#8407: "I will not allow you a sample of my genetic material." NPC@anncarise | The man nods, "George Washington, commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. And you are?" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois He looks quiet surprised by the revelation. He seems to be going to say something, but then looks at Fiona, since she spoke first. NPC@anncarise: "Think about it. Together we can create a new class of humans, one who can read minds as you do. No criminal's thoughts will be safe. No traitor can plot in secret. The world will finally have order." NPC@anncarise: smiles, "And we can rule as its kings and queens." Fiona@falconecoose "A pleasure to meet you, I am Colonel Skye, on detached service. My companions are fellow officers." as she motions to them letting them introduce them self. Keri@hawkecosse#4702 nods to Timo letting him introduce him self first Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Clears is throat:"Colonel Timoreev, at your service." NPC@anncarise | Washington: "You said you know something about the enemy we're faced with?" Keri@hawkecosse#4702: "Major Verlin, at your service." Eunha@turtles#8407: "Typical man not understanding the concept of no. Furthermore if i'm pregnant that probably means i'm already taken." Fiona@falconecoose nods lightly "We do, at least to a certain extent." NPC@anncarise | Washington nods, "They came out of nowhere. Started picking off our scouts and hunting parties. We don't know who they are, but they're not Regulars. They're stronger and faster than any man we - NPC@anncarise - have. I think the only reason they haven't attacked us directly yet is because they think starving us to death in a siege is more effective." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Nods to Washington's words: "That's a possibility, indeed. They've ambushed some of our men, and captured at least one of them too." NPC@anncarise: "We don't have to make children. All I need is a sample of your DNA, a single strand of hair or flake of skin, and you will see the world in peace at last." Fiona@falconecoose nods at Timo "Aye as he says, and we plan to get them back and to break this siege." Eunha@turtles#8407: "No thanks. Where i'm from genetic modification is illegal and i'm going to stick with my morals." NPC@anncarise | Washington widens his eyes, "Captured? They never took prisoners with us. They're ruthless, no sense of honour and morality at all." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Well, apparently, this time they made an exception..." NPC@anncarise | Washington: "I appreciate your reluctance to leave your people behind, but we don't even know where they're camped out. And even if we did, they move too fast for muskets." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Waves a hand:"We perfectly understand...but before thinking of anything, we need to know more about them." NPC@anncarise | Washington: "Some of the Rhode Islanders tried to make a run for it on horseback. The only survivor said he saw one of their people pull a horse onto its knees with just his arms." NPC@anncarise | Washington: "They're strong, stronger than any men I've seen." Rianni@crystyll: "Fast too. But not unbeatable" NPC@anncarise: "Your morals are keeping you back." Fiona@falconecoose nods lightly "Aye, they will be. Faster as well and they consider them self smarter and better as well. And that is thier greatest weakness, thier over confidence." Eunha@turtles#8407: "My morals are keeping us safe. The last time we had genetic modification, the people who were modified blew up a moon." NPC@anncarise | Washington: "How do you propose we exploit this weakness? I see only one advantage we have here- numbers. But half of Valley Forge isn't in fighting shape right now." NPC@anncarise | Washington: "And even if they are, one of theirs can easily match ten regular men." Rianni@crystyll: "Maybe they don't need be in fighting shape..." NPC@anncarise: "You know where we are?" Fiona@falconecoose: "No maybe they do not...is there any great locations for an ambush near by? And if so, we must avoid them so that it is not too obvious." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois He silently listen to the debate, but quirks an eyebrow hearing the name of the place they are. Eunha@turtles#8407: "No idea." Rianni@crystyll: "If the augments were preoccupied by a mass assault from your men; that could create a window of opportunity for a small group of those most capable to slip behind their lines and take out the leader" NPC@anncarise | Washington: "There's a few spots we've lost several patrols to. If we avoid them, we might be able to get our men close to them, but there's still the issue of where their camped out." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Not to mention that we don't know how many of them there are out there..2 NPC@anncarise | Washington: "None of the scouts we've sent have come back. Not alive, at least." NPC@anncarise: "This is Valley Forge. Where the last vestiges of a pitiful colonial rebellion seeks to divide a mighty empire." NPC@anncarise: "This is human history as it has been since the beginning of civilization. Empires fracture from within. Factions struggle with each other." NPC@anncarise: "Imagine a united Earth. What we would be capable of. I can give you that- an Empire that will never fall. But I need your help." Rianni@crystyll: "That's how we can play their overconfidence; they won't anticipate such a bold move from you because of those losses" Eunha@turtles#8407: "But earth is already united. We stand together with so many planets in the federation." NPC@anncarise | Washington: "What if you fail? Then all these men would have died for nothing." Rianni@crystyll: "That is why we can't fail" NPC@anncarise | Washington: "We won't last much longer here anyways. You've got one chance. After this, we won't have enough men left to try to pull this off again." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "The alternative, general, is to starve here." NPC@anncarise | Washington nods to Timo, "I won't let the colonies die here. The fight has to go on." NPC@anncarise: "Does this rebellion look united to you? Men from Thirteen different colonies, struggling to work together against their own king." Fiona@falconecoose nods lightly "And that it will, that it will. Always remember General, a lost battle is a battle one thinks one has lost, and by word we will not lose this battle." NPC@anncarise | Washington: "I'll gather the men. Make sure you're ready when we move out." Eunha@turtles#8407: "They may be struggling now but overtime their bonds may strengthen." Fiona@falconecoose nods lightly "We will be general, could you have one of your men point us towards the armoury if you would be so kind?" NPC@anncarise | Washington nods to the guards, "Show them to the muskets." NPC@anncarise | The guards lead the way towards their armory as the general goes off to prepare for the assault. Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: While they walk, he murmurs to the others:"Well, that was easier than I thought..." NPC@anncarise: "I don't think so. Their little rebellion ends here. They will never leave this place. It shall be their tomb, and I will watch as they tear each other apart." Eunha@turtles#8407: "You could try and help them. You want a united earth so bad then work with them don't just watch." Fiona@falconecoose nods lightly as they head for the armoury "Aye, Aye it was." Rianni@crystyll: "This supports my theory that this is all set up for us to play out in such a manner" Keri@hawkecosse#4702: "I don't like this one bit...it feels like a set up." NPC@anncarise: "They threaten to tear apart the world, not unify it." Eunha@turtles#8407: "Then help them to change that." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "And it may mean that we're falling into some sort of trap, too." NPC@anncarise FX | The guards lead them to the armoury, where there are muskets, ammunition and gunpowder. NPC@anncarise FX | There are also a few tools such as woodcutting axes, and of course bayonettes for the rifles. Rianni@crystyll looks around, "This was not covered during first year assault training..." she muses, picking up a musket Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Looking at the armoury: "Well, I shall say...I'm not sure I know how to use those old weapons.." NPC@anncarise: "And why should I help these inferior colonists?" Fiona@falconecoose grabs a belt as she slings it across her chest and starts filling it with shot and gunpowder "It's quite simple..." NPC@anncarise: "You think they have any chance of uniting the world? Of anyone following /them/?" Fiona@falconecoose as she trails off with a quick rundown of how you load it and fire Eunha@turtles#8407: "They might surprise you." Keri@hawkecosse#4702 shrugs as she takes a quick look around before grabbing an ammo belt and filling up as well, while also grabbing asword bayonet and slings it through the belt Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois He attentively follows Fiona's guide, then grap his own weapon and gunpowder, still a bit confused:"We need to have a course on ancient weapons at the Academy..." Rianni@crystyll watches Fi attentively before getting to grips with her own rifle Rianni@crystyll: "One thing I do know for sure; these weapons are as lethal to us as to them in here. The leader shot Zee - Commander Zh'zhavis - with one" Fiona@falconecoose laughs slightly "Aye that we do, I used weapons like this for pleasure as a kid growing up." NPC@anncarise: "I don't think so. You and your people...you support these rebels?" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Hearing Rianni:"More reasons to use caution." he says while also grabbing a sword. Keri@hawkecosse#4702 grabs one musket as she slings it across her back, while grabbing a second to carry Eunha@turtles#8407: "Well I imagine my people will support the rebels because esstentially you have taken me hostage." Eunha@turtles#8407: "But we normally do not get involved in the affairs of others." Rianni@crystyll: "So besides using the soldiers for a distraction. Do we have any strategy here?" Keri@hawkecosse#4702: "Don't die, don't get shot and get our people back." Rianni@crystyll: "Simple, concise and easy to follow. I like it" she smiles NPC@anncarise: "Give me your genetic sample, and I will release you to your people. Then, you will be free to go." NPC@anncarise FX | The general returns, now with two officers behind him. Eunha@turtles#8407: "and break my morals?" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Well, I only hope it will suffice." he then turns toward Washington as he approaches them Fiona@falconecoose grins slightly as she checks her two muskets, two sword bayonets and two ammo belts "Aye sometimes a simple plan is best." Eunha@turtles#8407: "You could just simply let me go." NPC@anncarise | Washington: "The men are set for the offensive. I see you've armed yourselves as well." NPC@anncarise: "And lose the opportunity to gain your abilities?" Eunha@turtles#8407: "My abilites are overrated." Fiona@falconecoose nods lightly "Might not get a chance to reload so." NPC@anncarise: "You are willing to follow your misguided ideology to death?" Eunha@turtles#8407: "Oh so if I don't give it to you you'll kill me?" NPC@anncarise | Washington nods, "We'll commence the attack when you're ready." NPC@anncarise: "No...but you speak as if you have a choice to withhold your DNA." Eunha@turtles#8407: "I do. It's called consent you should really look it up." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois He checks again his musket+bayonet and his sword: "Well, I guess we're ready." Rianni@crystyll slings her rifle and gives a firm nod Fiona@falconecoose nods lightly as gives her ammo belts one last tug "Aye, ready we are, Animo non Astutia." Keri@hawkecosse#4702 smiles lightly as she goes to clasp Fi's arm, before she turns to exit the tent "Animo non Astutia." NPC@anncarise | Washington: "Then we'll launch the offensive. Godspeed. We're all counting on you here." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois Nods to Washington while moving out of the armoury NPC@anncarise goes to lead his people for the diversion offensive. NPC@anncarise: "You are under my power now. You will come to realize that." Eunha@turtles#8407: "Until I realize that which probably will not be for a long time. You can't have my DNA." Rianni@crystyll follows the group out, curiously watching the demeanour around the camp now NPC@anncarise | Most of the men are marching out of the camp with General Washington, looking grim but determined. They seem to understand and accept that they're going on what might be a suicide mission. NPC@anncarise FX | A few people remain around the camp, mostly those too weak to fight and a handful of sentries. Rianni@crystyll: "I assume we should follow them and break off before they reach the enemy camp?" Fiona@falconecoose nods lightly "Aye that we should." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois Nods to Rianni: "Indeed." NPC@anncarise: "I will give you time to change your mind. But I always get what I want." Eunha@turtles#8407: "Not with me." NPC@anncarise FX | The troops move off into the woods, towards the enemy forces. Rianni@crystyll can't help but smile and join in a proud march with the soldiers as they play Rianni@crystyll: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8epv1Y25XA NPC@anncarise FX | Soon, the fires of the enemy camp come into view, but before they can get near it, enemy fire hits the first line of Revolutionary soldiers, mowing them down. The rest begin to form lines - NPC@anncarise - taking aim with their muskets, but their much slower weapons offer a distinct disadvantage against what their enemy is using. Rianni@crystyll ducks for cover, "I think that may be our cue..." Eunha@turtles#8407: *hears the gun fire* it appears my friends are here. NPC@anncarise FX | Washington commands his troops on horseback, directing his men with his sword. A wave of cavalry tries to charge but is cut down before they can get anywhere near the augment forces. Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Nods to Rianni: "Let's move, quickly." NPC@anncarise: "It sounds like they've convinced the rebels to join in their attack. Impressive, but ultimately useless. My augments will tear them apart." Rianni@crystyll sticks the cover of the forest as they circle around the battle to the augment camp Eunha@turtles#8407: "Either way I do not believe they will stop till I am back." NPC@anncarise FX | The augment camp is mostly deserted now, save for a few guards, most of their small numbers have been routed to counter the revolutionary attack. Rianni@crystyll is totally holding her musket and not a retro phaser... Eunha@turtles#8407: *takes a couple steps back to the door still facing him and keeping her stomach covered* NPC@anncarise: steps out the tent to see to his soldiers. Rianni@crystyll readies her musket, "Orders, Sirs?" NPC@anncarise FX | From the main tent of the enemy encampment, they can see the augment leader emerging to speak with his men on the situation. Fiona@falconecoose glances at the camp, before she hols up her hand "I'm going to dash to the camp, cover me and then follow..." would wait to see if they were looking this way Rianni@crystyll: "If I can get close, that won't be a problem" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Remember that they're augments..." Rianni@crystyll: "I am well aware of that, Sir. I have also best a group of 3 at close quarters once already" Rianni@crystyll: "Admittedly, they were preoccupied with prisoners..." Fiona@falconecoose: "Only one thing for it then...on my mark cover me. Ready?" Eunha@turtles#8407 Looks around the tent for anything she could use as a weapon Rianni@crystyll nods her readiness Fiona@falconecoose holds her musket in one hand as she gets ready to dash the rest of the way to the camp "Mark!" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois nods to Fiona Fiona@falconecoose would crouch down behind the closest tent, hoping not to have been spoted." Rianni@crystyll FX | The augment guards spot the movement and scramble for their weapons Fiona@falconecoose: (Ignore the last ", hit it by mistake) Rianni@crystyll: (haha i'm always doing that!) Keri@hawkecosse#4702 sighs softly as she aims and fires at the closest Augment as they start to move for the weapons Rianni@crystyll runs to join Fi, weapon in hand she fires close range at one as he closes on her position Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois He aims his musket toward the guards, shooting soon after Keri Rianni@crystyll FX | The guard reacts to Keri's shot, but is clipped by Timo's closely following Rianni@crystyll FX | A second guard rushes Fi & Rianni while another takes to cover and aims at Timo and Keri's position Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois begins to reload his musket, possibly trying to find some cover while doing so Fiona@falconecoose moves to take a shot a point blank as they approach her Keri@hawkecosse#4702 drops her first musket as she unslings her second firing at the approaching augment Rianni@crystyll FX | The augment is quick to dodge Fi's shot and closes to melee range. Her hand suddenly grasping Fi's neck Rianni@crystyll FX | Keri's shot strikes the augments cover, and seeing that she's spent, he exits and dashes for them Fiona@falconecoose lets out a gasp as the hand closes around her neck as she tries to draw one of her sword bayonets, attempting to stab the augment Keri@hawkecosse#4702 draws her bayonet as she prepares to fight the approaching augment Rianni@crystyll FX | Fi strikes true with the bayonet, the augment is wounded but unphased Rianni@crystyll jabs her bayonet through the back of the augments knee and quickly swings the butt of the rifle across the other. The augment crumples and drops their grip on Fi Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois Having finished reloading the musket, he points it toward the incoming augment Fiona@falconecoose drops down to one knee as the augment falls before she proceeds to stab the Augment through the neck as she observes the area looking for the next threat Rianni@crystyll FX | The rushing augment turns his attention to Timo, seeming to ignore Keri Rianni@crystyll FX | Fi would see a clear camp all the way to the leaders tent from here Fiona@falconecoose would make her way towards the leaders tent as she draws her second bayonet along with her first, one in each hand. Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois Seeing the augment pointing directly at him, he draws his sword, standing ready to fight Rianni@crystyll FX | As Fi draws near, a larger than life figure would calmly step out from the tent. Standing tall before her with a pleasantly amused smile, folding his hands at his back Fiona@falconecoose smiles slightly as she presents one sword forward with the other held behind her back in a fighting stance "Hello there." Rianni@crystyll FX | Timo's augment grins with entertainment as he parries the sword with his rifle and engages Rianni@crystyll FX | Augment leader smiles, speaking calmly and eloquent as he glances down at the blade, "Now my dear, what do you suppose you are going to do with that?" Keri@hawkecosse#4702 moves to attack the augment fighting Timo to attack from two directions Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois He knows he cannot win by sheer force: thus, he waits for the augment to fully commit his strength against him, then at the right moment using the sword against his eyes. Fiona@falconecoose still with a small grin on her face as she gives her sword a small spin in hand "Oh I know a few tricks." Rianni@crystyll FX | The last augment guard over focuses on Timo, believing he can easily best him. He anticipates a counter move, but not in conjunction with Keri's attack. As her blade hits, he is distracted Rianni@crystyll: enough for Timo's hit to finish him NPC@anncarise | Augment Leader: "I have five times your strength. My reaction will bring me behind you before your blow ever connects. Did you really think this daring rescue of yours would work?" Eunha@turtles#8407 Suddenly a bowl comes flying out of the tent at the augment leader while his back is turned Fiona@falconecoose laughs slightly "Only a fool belives that strength wins every fight, and who is to say it hasn't already...Animo non Astutia" faints towards him with her extended sword arm, her other still behind> Fiona@falconecoose > her back. Keri@hawkecosse#4702 advances towards the augment leader as she flicks any blood off her sword onto the snow Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois quickly follows Keri to reach other others, after glancing at the augment he just killed. He's clearly not pleased by what has happened. NPC@anncarise | The augment leader easily dodges the attack. Hearing the bowl coming towards him he ducks and allows it to fly over his head, though that places him in a rather unfavourable crouched position. NPC@anncarise | However, he tries to turn the position to his advantage as he swipes one leg across at Fi, aiming to knock her down or at least off balance. Eunha@turtles#8407 Throws another bowl Fiona@falconecoose pushes the attack while he is crouched, as he manages to off set her balance as pivots on one foot spining to attempt to rebalance as extends her rear arm and sword as a counter weight NPC@anncarise takes the chance to roll back and get back on his feet. He ignores the bowl now that he knows its not a knife or grenade or something dangerous. Rianni@crystyll uses the opportunity to dash around behind his tent Rianni@crystyll starts slowly - and quietly - cutting through the canvas with her bayonet Eunha@turtles#8407 Turns to face the cutting NPC@anncarise doesn't stop Rianni in case that allows Fi to sneak up on him. Fiona@falconecoose turns to face him again, her front arm extended with her read held behind her again as she advances with a series of quick side, backhand and overhand strikes in what apparently a random order NPC@anncarise seems to be able to dodge all these strikes with rapid, superhuman movement, closing in on Fi in the meantime to try and grab her arm and take the sword from her. Rianni@crystyll pops up inside the tent, bayonet pointed ahead as she looks around and sets eyes on Eunha before looking to the front Eunha@turtles#8407: "Cadet it's not see you." she seems to be her usual chipper self NPC@anncarise FX | As Rianni pops into the tent she hears a noise behind her... Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois Once he reaches the place of the fight, he tries to help Fiona, sword in his hand. Fiona@falconecoose goes to spin slightly as he grabs her arm, losening her grip on the sword should he take it, as she brings her back hand into play swining her other sword around for a quick strike into his side Rianni@crystyll quickly sidesteps and retrains her rifle at the opening Keri@hawkecosse#4702 looks at Timo in warning having held back from actually commiting to fight Keri@hawkecosse#4702: to the fight herself*) Eunha@turtles#8407 Arms her self with another bowl "I'm not really in fighting condition." NPC@anncarise takes the hit, or as little of it as he can, in exchange for the sword. He spins away with a gash on his side, but now a weapon in hand and a smirk on his face. "Excellent move." NPC@anncarise: "But now you have allowed me to take your weapon." NPC@anncarise | A trapdoor concealed under thick snow pops open behind the tent and augments begin to climb out. NPC@anncarise | The trapdoor is directly behind the tent, out of view of everyone but Rianni and Eunha Fiona@falconecoose smiles as she swaps her sword to her main hand "Now it's a fair fight, didn't want to make it too hard on you." as she faints towards him attempting to turn him as she circles to her right NPC@anncarise FX | Thundering noises are heard in the distance as the gunshots start getting fainter. Eunha@turtles#8407 Looks to her bowl then the trapdoor then her bowl then the augments "Oh Crap." Rianni@crystyll reaches through the cut canvas, wrapping her musket over the augments neck and pulling back tight on it until they go limp and drop back down NPC@anncarise doesn't fall for the move. NPC@anncarise | Meanwhile, as Rianni deals with this augment two others pop up from similar trapdoors, pointing their rifles at her. Eunha@turtles#8407 Throws her bowl at one of them NPC@anncarise | Augment Soldier: "Really? You expected our camp to be undefended? You have no idea who you're dealing with here, do you?" Fiona@falconecoose keeps attacking without over extending her self as she continues to circle to her right, meaing either he turns with her or she gets behind him NPC@anncarise | The other soldier knocks away the bowl with his rifle as if he's playing baseball. Rianni@crystyll frowns at the inconvenience, firing the musket at one while still holding it across the first soldiers neck before quickly turning it's bayonet to the other Eunha@turtles#8407 is all out of bowls NPC@anncarise FX | Rianni shoots one of the augments down and the other charges in to face her. However, a third one climbs out of the first one's trapdoor. He takes aim at Rianni... NPC@anncarise FX | But from the woods a line of horses emerge, and the lead horsemen cuts down the augment taking aim before he can react! NPC@anncarise FX | A musket shot pierces the chest of the augment charging Rianni and he drops onto his knees. Rianni@crystyll 's frown turns to a smile as the cavalry arrives Rianni@crystyll quickly turns her bayonet on the augment to eliminate the threat NPC@anncarise FX | Another augment tries to climb out of the trapdoor but General Washington's horse gallops in, the steed tramplimg him back down the tunnels as Rianni executes the wounded augment. NPC@anncarise FX | The augment leader turns to face Fi, and suddenly finds himself surrounded on all sides with Timo and the cavalry pinning him in... Rianni@crystyll leaves the cavalry to the rear guard and emerges from the front of the tent, bayonet forward and ready Fiona@falconecoose smiles as she points her sword at his neck "I belive this is where you surrender." Eunha@turtles#8407 Also emerges from the tent NPC@anncarise | Washington's horse stops behind the augment leader and he looks to Timo and Fi, "I thought you could use a hand, Colonels." NPC@anncarise | The leader drops his weapon and chuckles, "Well played. Well played." NPC@anncarise | Augment Leader: "But if you, General Washington, are here then it must mean your forces are scattered. You cannot possibly have beaten mine, and it will only be a time before my augments return." Fiona@falconecoose "The assitance is welcome General. Hmm, I wonder what your augments will say when they see that the army has taken your camp and you prisoner." as she hooks up her weapon with her foot so that she> NPC@anncarise | Washington: "We have you, their leader. The battle is over." Fiona@falconecoose > now has both swords. Keri@hawkecosse#4702: "We do at that General, however are you able to hold him?" NPC@anncarise | Augment Leader: "My people are not as weak as yours. They will not change their plans for the sake of one man." NPC@anncarise | Washington: "At Valley Forge? I doubt it. Can you take him anywhere he won't be a problem?" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois He's pleasantly surprised by the appearance of Washington and his men, and the debate that is ensuing. Fiona@falconecoose looks over at the Cadet "What is our status in terms of broken equipment? Can we get it working now? And General we may be able to yes." Rianni@crystyll: "I haven't observed any change in the status of the simulation, or whatever it is..." she shrugs and tries tapping her combadge just in case Rianni@crystyll activates her combadge. NPC@anncarise FX | Still nothing. NPC@anncarise | Washington: "If you can handle it, he's all yours. But before you take him away...I have one question." He looks to the augment leader, "You seem to hold me at a disadvantage in recognizing me." NPC@anncarise | Washington: "Who are you, and what quarrel do you have with the colonies?" NPC@anncarise | Augment Leader: "Your rebellion is the very embodiment of disorder and disloyalty, the things that I, Khan Noonien Singh, will eliminate from this world." Fiona@falconecoose sighs softly "Of bloody course it is...and that makes this certain." NPC@anncarise | Washington: "Disorder? It is our common struggle that has brought these Thirteen Colonies together. We have united in the face of a common threat." NPC@anncarise | Washington: "And mark my words, a united people is more dangerous than any of your devilish soldiers." NPC@anncarise | Washington: "He's all yours." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois has a weird expression on his face. He's sincerely curious to see how this peculiar interaction between two famous protagonists of Earth history goes NPC@anncarise FX | As Washington gallops off, Khan disappears, followed by all the other dead augments around him, followed by the camp... Fiona@falconecoose shakes her head slightly "About bloody time." NPC@anncarise FX | Soon, the away team find themselves in a massive empty chamber with walls and ceilings lined with technology. Eunha@turtles#8407: "I'm completely fine by the way." she chirps up NPC@anncarise FX | The alien figure appears in the middle of the group, in Khan's place. NPC@anncarise | Alien: "I hope you've enjoyed your experience here at [Untranslatable]." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Smiles at Eunha, while he looks around, to the weird room they now finds in, and then to the alien newcomer. Rianni@crystyll glances right, "Glad to hear it Commander. But... the others weren't in there with you..." she looks to the new arrival Fiona@falconecoose raises her eyebrow slightly at the alien "Hmm...it really was an experience." Keri@hawkecosse#4702 turns as she taps her combadge attempting to hail the MacAlpine NPC@anncarise | Alien: "Our matrices constructed this scenario from the historical data you offered us." NPC@anncarise FX | Combadges work now! Rianni@crystyll: "What have you done with our comrades, are they ok?" Eunha@turtles#8407: "Others?" NPC@anncarise | Alien: "Do not worry. They have been returned to your vessel upon completion of the virtual adventure. Our safety protocols prevent any real injury from occuring, but we endeavour to provide - NPC@anncarise - the finest and most realistic experience." Rianni@crystyll breathes a noticable sigh of relief Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Looks at the alien:"An outstanding level of sophistication..." Keri@hawkecosse#4702: "We have communication with the vessels and they are ready to beam us out." NPC@anncarise | Alien: "This entire facility is a testament to my makers and their ingenuity! Even long after they have gone, we have still provided entertainment and training for many different people." NPC@anncarise | Alien: "But it has been a while since I've had visitors. I hope our services were satisfactory?" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Nods to Keri, then to alien: "I could say so. Still, we're curious: can you tell us something about your makers?" Rianni@crystyll: "And this world. Is it all like this simulation?" NPC@anncarise | Alien: "I am afraid 93% of this facility is no longer operational. We are unable to provide large scale military training services, only small entertainment suites such as this." NPC@anncarise | Alien: "My makers were the [Untranslatable]. They were once an advanced spacefaring civilization, but they vanished over 200 thousand cycles ago in the dark age following the fall of Iconia." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Fascinating..." he murmurs hearing the alien's story. NPC@anncarise | Alien: "Their fate is uncertain, but as far as I am aware this facility is the only remnant of their once expansive culture." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "The only remnant? No other trace is left?" Rianni@crystyll: "Maybe we can find a way to prevent further degradation, even restore some of it?" NPC@anncarise | Alien: "I am only an interface designed to interact with users of this facility. I do not possess access to a catalogue of my makers' other installations." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "I understand...still, you could provide us with some...entertainment suites located in that civilization, right?" NPC@anncarise | Alien: "Much of this facility's memory core has undergone severe degredation. However, I may access a few potential scenarios. Processing..." NPC@anncarise FX | Scenary begins popping up all around them- tall skyscrapers, a green-grey sky, a plaza of some sort filled with aliens going about their daily life, a few shuttles spawn out of nowhere as - Rianni@crystyll looks around in awe NPC@anncarise - they streak across the sky, followed by a few children running through the plaza seemingly chasing after the spacecraft. Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Incredible..." he says, while admiringthe scenery: "Outstanding." NPC@anncarise | The scenary suddenly freezes and disappears, returning to the empty chamber with the alien in the middle. NPC@anncarise | Alien VI: "Data corruption detected. I am sorry, that is all I am able to provide of that scenario." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: He turns to the alien: "With your permission, we may be able to at least avoid further degredation of your systems. We may preserve it and, who knows, even restoring some losses." Rianni@crystyll nods her agreement, "We can at least try" NPC@anncarise | Alien VI: "My sensor probes have detected that you possess holographic technology on par with that of my Makers. It is possible that you will be able to maintain this facility or perhaps even - NPC@anncarise - restore it to the height of its operation. Wouldn't that be a sight!" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "With your consent, we could begin to study your systems and then proceed with the work, if feasible." NPC@anncarise | Alien VI: "Of course, as a mere interface for interacting with visitors, I am unable to utilize creative thought to devise new repair protocols. Technically, protocol prevents foreign - NPC@anncarise - tamperance with the facility unless especially contracted by official representatives, but in the absence of my makers, that protocol is null." NPC@anncarise | Alien VI: "You may do as you wish. Please, do not damage our facilities." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Very well, then." he nods: "We'll do our best to preserve all of this." Rianni@crystyll smiles, "We will take every precaution not to do any damage. I look forward to coming back again and seeing the progress" NPC@anncarise | Alien VI: "I hope you will return to enjoy our services again." NPC@anncarise | The simulated alien disappears on that generic farewell note. Rianni@crystyll looks between the others, "This is going to make an interesting report for class..." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Nods to Rianni, smiling at her:"It will. Also, you performed admirably, cadet." Rianni@crystyll: "Thank you, Sir. I shall have to recommend to my instructors that bayonets and muskets are added to our agenda" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Chuckles at Rianni's statement, as he calls the Attar to beam them back on board:"Perhaps, it wouldn't be a bad idea."
SUBMITTED: Stardate 94226 FILED BY: CAPT K Se'Lai SECURITY: Level 1 - Open
LOCATION: Uncharted World; affectionately dubbed 'Holoworld'
MISSION: Routine exploration and stellar survey
OUTCOME: Signs of intelligent life found to be remnant of dead advanced civilization.
CAPT Se'Lai (USS Valley Forge) CAPT Foraker (USS Nanietta Bacco) CAPT Skye (USS MacAlpine) CAPT Timoreev (USS Attar) CMDR Zh'Zhavis LCDR al Firawn LCDR Eunbi LCDR Keliaya LCDR Verlin CDT Tierno
NARRATIVE: Whilst conducting a routine stellar mapping survey, the Valley Forge and Nanietta Bacco entered a previously unexplored system upon discovery of evidence suggesting the presence of intelligent life. Preliminary data showed signs of advanced technology on the fourth planet of the system and evidence of historical warp travel in the region; though this was offset by a distinct lack of any recent activity or lifesigns on the planet's surface.
With all criteria for further investigation satisfied, we proceeded to approach the planet and were promptly intercepted by what transpired to be an automated probe which had similar capability to a Starfleet Class IX Long Range Multimission Warp Probe; thus confirming our assessment of PD criteria being satisfied. The probe intercepted our flight trajectory and - once halted - proceeded to scan first the Valley Forge whilst we were scanning it, then the Nanietta Baco. Given that there was no indication of hostile intention I refrained from raising shields and allowed the contact to proceed of it's own course, though we did remain poised to activate defensive and counter measures at the first sign of anything being untoward.
Mutual scans were promptly followed by cordial contact in which we were invited to partake in a cultural exchange with the indigenous species, though not before answering challenges about our mission and intentions. The contact was however satisfied with my explanation of Starfleet, the Federation and our mission of peaceful exploration. This prompted the provision of coordinates for a beam down site and the aforementioned invitation. Once we established a geosynchronous orbit above the designated coordinates, an away team led by Commander Zh'Zhavis for the Valley Forge - and Captain Foraker for the Nanietta Baco - was dispatched to the surface with instruction to follow standard first contact procedures and check in hourly.
Events occurring on the planet surface have been surmised during debrief with my staff upon their return, and compiled in line with their testimony. The away team were immediately alerted to something being amiss as they materialized in surroundings distinctly unlike anything detected on the planet surface. The scenery was that of a dense snow covered forest with noted presence of Earth wildlife; further testimony affirms not only a visual impact but also the noticeable temperature variance. Before having opportunity to explore the surroundings, the away team were approached by three men wearing the uniform of 18th Century American Revolution soldiers and carrying muskets of that period. The soldiers challenged the away team but fell to an ambush by their enemy forces who did not seem consistent with the surroundings. The ambushing enemy were by all accounts; distinctly stronger and faster than the soldiers, making light work of storming the away teams position and promptly holding them all captive. It was also during this engagement that it became apparent to the away team that all of their technology had been rendered inert including communications, phasers & tricroders.
The leader of the ambushing enemy - revealed by this point to be augments of the late 20th Century Eugenics Wars - promptly appeared to confront the away team and a number of our personnel were seemingly injured (later revealed not to be the case, but merely part of a highly accurate simulation) including Captain's Foraker & Skye and Commander Zh'Zhavis. Lieutenant Commander Eunbi was taken hostage personally by the leader who seemingly took an affectionate liking to her. Cadet Tierno had also been held with members of the first away team, though - much to her credit and that of her instructors - she was able to free herself and attempted to free the other officers present. This resulted in two augments being incapacitated and the leader being wounded, though with senior officers being held under arms she took the precaution of not acting further lest she draw further hostile action against them.
With the augment leader falling back to their camp with Eunbi as his personal prisoner, the 'injured' members of our away team were transported away along with their captors, leaving Tierno alone. She retreated and soon came across a new away team from the USS Attar & MacAlpine who had joined us in orbit and opted to participate in the mission. I should highlight at this point that given how quickly these events had transpired on the ground, we still had no cause for concern as no evidence had appeared to us in orbit that anything untoward was happening.
The Cadet explained said events to Captain's Skye and Timoreev along with her assessment of the larger situation. Given the evidence presented, this theory of a simulation was agreed upon as the most likely and a strategy formulated. Also noted as this point is feedback from Captain Timoreev regarding the unprecedented degree of tactical acumen and strategic thinking demonstrated by the cadet, presented during the ensuing discussion. This led the party to return along the Cadet's original path to the soldiers camp where - as well as meeting all the signs of a morally broken and despondent fighting force - they met with the soldiers leader, identifying himself as one George Washington; Commander in Chief of the Continental Army. It was also during this time that the away team were made aware of their simulated location being Valley Forge (later estimated to be a recreation of the historically significant camp that Washington's army entered on December 19th 1777).
Debate ensued and whilst Washington was ever conscious of the beleaguered condition of his fighting force, he agreed with the away teams reasoning and rallied his men for an assault on the augment camp while the away team were led to the camp's armoury to arm themselves for a flanking manouvre against the augments camp; with Washington's men serving as a distraction. The theory at this point being that it was the intention of the simulation that the away team were to utilize the Revolutionary forces from Washington's camp in this manner, given the significance of the historical reference to our presence in orbit.
The Continental army marched on the augments camp and succeeded in drawing the overconfident augments out, allowing the away team to infiltrate the camp and attempt to free the (presumed) captured members of the first away team. Resistance was met, though the team performed admirably (Again of note here are contributions from Cadet Tierno and Captain Skye who both performed well beyond any reasonable expectation given the circumstances). This ultimately led to the capture of the augment leader, soon identifying himself as Khan Noonien Singh, though not before the Continental army broke through the enemy lines and Washington's cavalry rode into the augments camp. Washington (on horseback still) accompanied the away team in surrounding Khan after Captain Skye fenced with - and wounded - him.
With the simulation criteria satisfied, the characters and surroundings were removed and the location of a holodeck-type environment was confirmed. Where the Khan character had stood, an alien matching that first presented to us by the probe appeared and communed with the away team. Once the wellbeing of the 'injured' personnel was confirmed (as they had been returned to the ship by this point, and communications reestablished), a dialogue ensued with the alien avatar. It soon came to pass that this was a form of VI interface designed solely to operate the simulation facility for entertainment and educational purposes. Upon request from Captain Timoreev it presented a simulation of the civilization which constructed it, though it was brief due to excessive data corruption.
The VI stated that approximately 93% of the world's systems were failed or failing, so detailed records were unobtainable. It did confirm however that this civilization was once at least on par with Starfleet in technological terms, however they fell during what it called the 'dark ages' following the fall of the Iconian Empire some estimated 200,000 years earlier. The VI was highly aware of present circumstances and responded well to inquiries regarding the potential for Starfleet to try and preserve what remained of the world. It even spoke optimistically to the prospect of our being able to eventually restore it in some manner.
RECOMMENDATION: This world presents what is conceivably the last remnant of a long lost civilization and as such is due the relevant degree of historical preservation. This would serve as a prime opportunity for a long term joint archaeological & engineering expedition to catalogue all remaining information regarding this civilization whilst working to preserve what remains of it's presence. It is this officers belief that in time, the world may be restored a more functional capacity and may one day even prove to be a valuable asset to Starfleet in the continuation of it's entertainment and educational simulations.