Updated: Mar 18
The Valley Forge holds orbit around the Orion Space Navy HQ in the Narris System while Starfleet & OSN specialists work to uncover the mysteries of the Branded Lady's advanced deflector technology and develop a suitable countermeasure. Will they also succeed in developing lasting alliances as theories move towards practical testing...?
Keelah@crystyll strolls in with a contented smile, "Kelly" she looks around, "I trust our guests are being suitably looked after" Keelah@crystyll FX | VF is currently in orbit around DS13 Keliaya@anncarise nods and smiles back, "They certainly are! I'd mix some drinks for them, buuut I think the bartender's got that handled." Eunha@turtles#8407 Pokes Keelah in the back a few times Keelah@crystyll: "That - and-..." jumps a little at the poke, " Hello Eunha..." she chuckles without turning around to see who's there Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: He has just stepped into the lounge when he hears Keelah. He approaches her and Kelly:"You trust is well founded, apparently, Keelah." he says smiling. Keelah@crystyll: "Thank you Andrej, and I'm so glad you were able to join us" Keliaya@anncarise chuckles at Keelah, "I like how we can tell it's Eunha from her customary greeting." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Nods to both Kelly and Eunha:"A pleasure to meet you again...and, Keelah, I'm glad as well. Always a pleasue to be on board." Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242: "Thanks for leaving me stranded talking about history there," he huffs. "It's your ship..." Fiona@falconecoose moves across to the gathering, with a light nod to those present Keelah@crystyll: "Captain, a pleasure to have you back with us as well" she smiles to Fiona, "You too Commander" turning the smile to Keri Eunha@turtles#8407 Pokes him on the shoulder "Yeah but i'm pregnant, so Talking too much tires me out." is obviously lieing Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Turns on Fiona as soon as he sees her:"Ah, captain Skye!" Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242: "Does it really? Is that why you drink so much coffee?" Fiona@falconecoose returns the smile "Thank you for having us again Captain, Captain Timoreev." as she nods lightly to him Keelah@crystyll: "Anyway, do make yourselves comfortable. we should be getting underway shortly" she smiles and nods, excusing herself Keri@hawkecosse#4702 smiles "Aye, as Fi said thanks for having us aboard again." Eunha@turtles#8407: "I drink 1 cup a day." Keelah@crystyll sits in the captain's chair. Keelah@crystyll perches on the end of the sofa, "How are we doing Zee?" Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242 looks at Keelah as she leaves. "Wait, you're going somewhere? I only came to feed Rana... Keliaya@anncarise looks to Eunha, "Until the...what was it, nine months are over?" Zhyl'ia@thecastellan looks over with a smile "Is that the royal we, or we the ship?" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Nods to Sulayman as well:"Commander, glad to see you joined us." then back on Fiona:"So, captain, I hope the preparations on the MacAlpine are proceeding smoothly..." Keelah@crystyll chuckles, "Either will suffice. Though I don't really I need to ask regarding the ship; I know you have that well in hand" Eunha@turtles#8407: "7 months now Kelly." she smiles "And I think we are going somewhere." she shrugs Fiona@falconecoose nods lightly "They are, everything is in order with supplies coming aboard and our new fighter squadron getting stowed, we will be ready to depart come the end of this week start of next." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Oh, a new squadron?" Zhyl'ia@thecastellan nods "Yep, we're all set for departure on your orders. As for me.. I'm doing good too" Keliaya@anncarise: "Mhmm, we're headed out after all the shore leave time on the station." Fiona@falconecoose nods lightly "Aye with her refits to bring her up to full spec, we have recived a squadron attachment." Keelah@crystyll smiles, "Glad to hear it. I know that we are due now for your appraisal as promised, however I did not wish to disrupt shore leave for it. But now we're back, we can pencil something in for the Keelah@crystyll: coming days if you like" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "That's interesting, I didn't know that class of vessels could sustain a whole squadron..." Fiona@falconecoose: "Normally they can't but that was one of the design features of the MacAlpine, she was designed to be able to hold a squadron with an enlarged hanger bay. However we will never be able to operate a > Zhyl'ia@thecastellan nods "Of course, but I believe the specifics are up to you" Fiona@falconecoose: > squadron as well as any type of carrier." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "It's an astounding accomplishment, nonetheless." Keelah@crystyll smiles, resting a hand on Zee's shoulder briefly, "We'll get something in once we're both settled back into the routine. There is no rush from my side and - I'm sure you suspect by now - there is Keliaya@anncarise: "Given enough modification you can turn just about anything into a carrier. I've even seen proposals for Nova designs with the primary saucer as nothing more than a hangar bay." Keelah@crystyll: nothing to worry about from it" Keliaya@anncarise: "Of course, that design never went anywhere, or so I hope..." Keliaya@anncarise: "I'm no starship designer but that would have some /serious/ structural integrety issues." Zhyl'ia@thecastellan smiles "I'd like to think so, but I'd still like to set my records straight after the last one" Fiona@falconecoose: "The concept is still in her test stage with this being her field trials but we can only hope, gives us more flexibility in our operational capacity." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: His eyes move on Kelly:"Seriously? A nova class?" Keri@hawkecosse#4702 laughs softly "I am sure I saw that design somewhere or one similar." Keelah@crystyll nods, "I know, which is why I don't wish to delay it further" Keliaya@anncarise chuckles, "I saw that schematic somewhere, and I don't think it was a prank..." Keliaya@anncarise: "Though I'm pretty sure no one's ever going to green-light a design like that." Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242: "Why would you need to turn a Nova into a carrier anyway? It's a science ship. The only thing it should be carrying is ground breaking science," Zhyl'ia@thecastellan: "Well, whenever is next suitable for you is fine by me" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Well..." he assumes a thoughtful expression for a moment:"In theory, it could be interesting. Of course, the number of fighters to be carried on board would be extremely limited, and the crew would + Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: + shrinked even further. So, at the end, it would be an interesting engineering challenger, but nothing more than that. It would be completely inpractical." Keelah@crystyll: "Noted" she smiles, "So how was shore leave anyway, did you get away at all?" Keliaya@anncarise: "If you ask me I think a couple of starship designers just got bored on that one...yeah, it's not a design anyone would actually think of /using/." Zhyl'ia@thecastellan shakes her head "I didn't feel like I needed to yet, I took a bit more time in my quarters than usual but that's about it" Keelah@crystyll chuckles, "You're as bad as me. I trust you at least got out to give that dog of yours some nice walks - Snowy was it?" Zhyl'ia@thecastellan smiles "Yep! Then there's Kira too" Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242: "Starship designers should probably do thier job and actual design starships...did you read that report on how Starfleet ships are getting increasingly militerised?" Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242: *actually Keelah@crystyll: "Of course. Though I don't imagine she's much of one for being walked? Mine certainly never is..." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Actually, I didn't. Although I can assure you that there's usefulness even in designing concepts which will never see the greenlight for construction." Keliaya@anncarise: "I've read a whole book on that militarization subject once." Fiona@falconecoose looks over at Sulayman "I don't have to read the report when I command the MacAlpine to know what it is going on about. And aye, it lets them test out theorys." Eunha@turtles#8407 Wanders off having no clue about star ship design Keliaya@anncarise: "Ahh right, just to see if things would work before they're put on proper ships." Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242: "This is why we have holodecks?" Zhyl'ia@thecastellan: "Well.. sometimes I try, and Snowy is always trying to take her for walks herself" Keliaya@anncarise: "I believe most new technology is tested on holodecks first, but it's only just a simulation in the end." Keelah@crystyll chuckles, "They sound like an adorable pair" as she looks up, "Eunha, I trust you are your girls are all suitably rested?" Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242: "If I want to try out a theory about a blackhole, I would have to run a holodeck simulation. I would be discharged if I created one in real life," Keliaya@anncarise: "Actual new technology sometimes react in ways holodecks can't predict." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "You cannot test anything on the holodecks, if you don't design it first." he replies, briefly smiling:"but I hope Starfleet will reconsider its design priorities..." Keliaya@anncarise chuckles, "Yeah, we have to settle for holo-simulations when it comes to big dangerous things like black holes..." Eunha@turtles#8407: "So so. I'm currently the only counsellor you have." Keelah@crystyll blinks, "What did you do with the rest of them..." Keri@hawkecosse#4702 looks over at him "You would be? Whoops...better clean up those reports then..." Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242: "Black holes are not dangerous. They're just misunderstood," Zhyl'ia@thecastellan: "Ah yes, we might need to get a few more counsellors about" Eunha@turtles#8407: "Hyoyeon is on maternity, Tiffany is still on shore leave and Yoona is on unoffical leave and gone back to earth as her father passed away." Fiona@falconecoose: "Aye hopefully we will...but with one war ending and another two starting I just wonder how long this 'peace' will last." Keelah@crystyll: "Oh the poor thing... but, Hyoyeon is on maternity already? Wow it comes around fast..." Eunha@turtles#8407: "She's been on since January. She should be back just as I go." Keliaya@anncarise: "Well, it depends on if you're approaching it or not..." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Since peace is what Starfleet ultimately stands for, I hope it will last a bit longer. And personally I'd like to see more focus in producing new Pathfinder models, for example, or Nova and + Keelah@crystyll shakes her head slowly, "It is not easy keeping track of such a large crew..." Keliaya@anncarise: "It /shouldn't/ be dangerous if your navigation officer is paying attention." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: + Sutherland. Amazing vessels with amazing science capabilities. Not to mention the Odyssey and its variants, of course..." Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242: "Either way, I believe you are screwed if you pass the event horizon," he grins Keelah@crystyll looks between the pair with a grin, "That's why I have you two!" Keliaya@anncarise: "Oh yes, no amount of piloting skill can save you then." Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242 chuckles. "None at all," Eunha@turtles#8407 Chuckles Keliaya@anncarise nods at Timo, "And that's exactly what the Valley Forge's refits were for too. The original Sentinel's scientific capabilities aren't quite on par with modern cruisers." Zhyl'ia@thecastellan chuckles "That's why I checked myself too when Eunha mentioned it earlier" Keelah@crystyll FX | Intercom chimes for a shipwide announcement /weee-oooow/ Keliaya@anncarise: "But with the refits, ships like the Valley Forge and the Lexington can be at the forefront of them, well...frontier." Fiona@falconecoose nods lightly "Oh I hope we do start to build more science ships again, even the Yorktown class has great science facilities and is still quite a large cruiser if they wanted to comprimise." Keliaya@anncarise pauses to listen to the announcement. Keelah@crystyll <C: Chag> All hands, all hands; Flight operations are a go. Prepare to disembark; stand clear all airlocks and clear the moorings. The Valley Forge is about to set sail" Zhyl'ia@thecastellan tilts her head slightly as she listens Keelah@crystyll listens, rolling her eyes and chuckling softly at Chag's terminology, "Seriously, every time with him it's like a grand maiden voyage when we leave dock..." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Indeed, Amazing vessels, those variants of the Odyssey. Commanding one of them is a great honour..." he nods at Fiona while stopping when he hears the comm. Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242 sighs. "Guess I am coming along with you all then," Eunha@turtles#8407: "He's just excited." Keelah@crystyll: "It's part of his charm" Zhyl'ia@thecastellan chuckles Keelah@crystyll FX | Outside the window, the view shifts as the VF banks away from DS13 - the station passing the window at an increasing angle as the ship turns before accelerating away. A short time later the Keelah@crystyll stars blur and streak as they go to warp Eunha@turtles#8407: "Speaking of charms. I need to use mine to convince you too attend a counselling session." Keelah@crystyll glances idly out at the view as they go to warp, never tiring of it before looking to Eunha with a quirked brow, "Oh?" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Always loved when warp engines come into function...." Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242 moves to take a seat on the barstool Eunha@turtles#8407: "I think you're overdue one that's all." Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242 sits in a chair. Keelah@crystyll: "Possibly..." she says /totally/ innocently Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242: "I love how warp drives work. They are an astounding piece of technology, even to this day," he nods Zhyl'ia@thecastellan smiles "Don't tell me you've been skipping out on sessions?" Fiona@falconecoose: "Aye it is a always nice to watch, it never gets old watching it from the chair." Keelah@crystyll shakes her head diligently, "To skip out on sessions would assume sessions were there to be skipped out on..." Keelah@crystyll: "I've just been... busy, is all. And so may be a little overdue for my annual checkup..." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Nods to Sulayman's comment:"Indeed Commander. Truly astounding. More so when we're talking about state-of-the-art engines such as those on board this ship..." Keelah@crystyll coughs, "...checkups..." Keliaya@anncarise nods in agreement as well. Eunha@turtles#8407: "Sometime this month then you'll come along right." Keelah@crystyll <C: Fisher> Fisher to Captain Se'Lai; all systems optimal and we are en route to the Narris system. ETA: 5 minutes, Captain Keelah@crystyll: "Oh, do excuse me Eunha. We'll come to back to that thought I promise" she smirks Eunha@turtles#8407: "You won't escape me again." she calls after her Keelah@crystyll activates her combadge. Zhyl'ia@thecastellan smiles over "Don't worry, I'll keep poking her about it too" Keelah@crystyll: <C> Acknowledged Fisher; have T'Quila signal the Tabadi as soon as we're in range" Keelah@crystyll: "Ladies, gents; you'll be pleased to know that we are not long for our first stop on this tour" Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242: "Oh that reminds me Captain," he looks at Timo. "I actually need to talk to you about something. The al Haytham has been working on upgrading her engines," Eunha@turtles#8407: "Please do." she smiles Keelah@crystyll catches the tail end of Sulay's comment and pouts as she looks to Timo, "Aww, did I miss engine talk again..." Zhyl'ia@thecastellan stands and stretches "But I guess we should be reporting to the bridge" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Turns on Keelah:"Nice to hear." then on Sulayman, clearly focusing all his attention on him now:"Commander, I am at your complete disposal." he says smiling. Eunha@turtles#8407: "I think so." Eunha@turtles#8407 Points at Sulayman "Did you feed the dog." Zhyl'ia@thecastellan heads to the bridge! Keliaya@anncarise chuckles at Keelah, "I would've called you but you seem to be in the middle of some important senior officer talk!" Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242: "I did not," Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242 he says to Eunha Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242: "I'll do that now," he jumps up Keelah@crystyll: "Until we arrive; do enjoy the hospitality all. I shall be on the bridge" she dips her head to the group before departing Keliaya@anncarise: "I should head to main engineering." Eunha@turtles#8407: "Did you feed her yesterday too?" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: To Kelly:"MAy I follow you for a look around, perhaps?" Keliaya@anncarise: "Sure!" Eunha@turtles#8407: "No I wasn't, now that your back." Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242: "We really need to make that automatic dog feeder," Lendaria@crystyll FX | VF drops out of warp on approach to Narris II - home of the OSN (Orion Space Navy, for those not following other events!) Lendaria@crystyll FX | After making their approach to the somewhat impressive new orbital facility - passing by the drydock where their new frigate is nearing completion Lendaria@crystyll FX | And assuming a stationary orbit alongside the Thana Vaneri - another OSN vessel comparable in bulk to the VF Lendaria@crystyll FX | The team beam over to meet Tabadi Mysti (not-Lennie) and embark on a collaborative effort to combat the Branded Lady's shield draining technology Lendaria@crystyll: (Mysti) smiles at seeing the beam in and walks over to greet the new arrivals, "Starfleet; welcome to OSNHQ" Zhyl'ia@thecastellan: "That's a long acronym" Mana@anncarise looks to Mysti, then around at everyone else, "Does Starfleet require anti-pheromone supplements here?" Lendaria@crystyll grins, "Orion Space Navy Headquarters, if it suits. I'm Tabadi Mysti..." she looks around the unfamiliar faces, "...for those of you I don't know, which I think is all of ya..." Mana@anncarise: "Mana can sense the pheromones but does not know how much volume will cause reaction in other species." Lendaria@crystyll nods, "Your doctors should have provided a suppressant before you left. But we have some available if you didn't manage it" Lendaria@crystyll turns her gaze to Mana, "Not seen one like you with Starfleet before. Got a strong sense have you?" Mana@anncarise nods, "Arshai use pheromones for communication and are very acute in perceiving any." Lendaria@crystyll: "Well if you need any additional protection from ill effects, just say the word" she smiles Mana@anncarise nods, "And Mana is not formally a member of Starfleet but is familiar with the technology used by this 'Branded Lady' so Mana was called to assist." Mana@anncarise: "Mana believes this technology originates from where Mana came from." Lendaria@crystyll: "That so? Seems like your spook really came through for us then if you're the team here to help" Mana@anncarise: "Mana has analyized scans of the technology before, but only ones acquired by the Valley Forge in combat." Mana@anncarise: "Mana may be able to assist with in-depth data here." Lendaria@crystyll: "Well let me show you all something a little more detailed" she grins, waving them to follow as she moves to a console Mana@anncarise steps up curiously. Zhyl'ia@thecastellan hangs back, she's not good with consoles.. Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois Without saying anything, he quietly follows Mysti Lendaria@crystyll taps away and a holo appears over the centre of the room showing the frigate they saw under construction as they approached Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242 wonders a bit closer, looking at the console and the holo curiously Lendaria@crystyll: (https://i.imgur.com/sZ7FYz2.jpg) Lendaria@crystyll: "This is the Kayeri Vaj" she explains, "Feisty little thing!" Lendaria@crystyll taps some more and the holo zooms into a MSD cross section, showing what Mana would recognize as the liberated deflector system from a Branded Lady ship Mana@anncarise: "That looks very similar to what Valley Forge encountered in combat." Lendaria@crystyll glances back with a smirk, "Thought that'd catch your attention!" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "So, you're employing reverse-engineerd tech from the Branded Lady?" Lendaria@crystyll: "More than that; we don't know the tech like our own, so this is a direct transplant. The Kayeri was pretty much built around the integration of this system" Lendaria@crystyll: "So yeah. We took from them the thing that is burning through your ship's shields when you meet them..." Lendaria@crystyll: "We - the Circle - decided in the interest of ongoing diplomatic relations with Starfleet, to share this with you in the hopes that together; we can help develop a suitable defense against it" Lendaria@crystyll: "You've been authorized through your own Intelligence guys - and ours - to see this information, and so everything we have on it is here and at your disposal" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: It is evident, from the look on his face, that he's veeery pleased by Mysti's words. He looks at the console with covetous eyes:"That's incredibly generous. We cannot but thank you." Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242 glances at the ship and the console thoughtfully Lendaria@crystyll holds up a hand, "Please, this invitation is our thanks to you. Were it not for Starfleet's intervention we may well have lost the Kayeri to a sabotage attempt from the Branded Lady" Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242 ponders the situation. Lendaria@crystyll: "She's as much our nemesis as yours - perhaps moreso - and so it's in both our interests to develop this defense" Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242: "This design is certainly intriguing," Mana@anncarise looks to Mysti, "Can Mana take a closer look?" Lendaria@crystyll glances to Mana, "Chances are she can tell you more about it than me at this point. My ship doesn't even have this tech and I'm still learning the finer poitns of that!" Lendaria@crystyll steps back, "Help yourselves, all the specs are there. I'll help accomodate however I can" Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242 joins Mana by the console Lendaria@crystyll: "Just... not in the ways of accomodating your kind normally associate with Orions. This ain't /that/ kind of facility..." she chuckles Mana@anncarise nods and steps forward, tapping the console. Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: He immediately moves between Sulayman and Mana, pondering at what he sees on the console:"There's no time to spare..." Mana@anncarise FX | As she types, over half of the deflector gets highlighted in three colours- Green, Blue and Red. Mana@anncarise nods, "Just as Mana thought." Mana@anncarise looks around, "Are all the people here familiar with EereE space?" Lendaria@crystyll watches curiously, having never got to see Starfleet at work first hand before. A number of uniformed Orion's also work around the room and pay close attention Keri@hawkecosse#4702 moves to be on the other side of Mana as she looks across the screen Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242 blinks at Mana. "Eerie?" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Not personally, I'm afraid." Mana@anncarise: "The EereE are an avian species who are part of the EereE Order." Mana@anncarise: "The EereE no longer oversee the Order, that task was relegated to the Overseer, the artificial intelligence network." Lendaria@crystyll spots the one Fed hanging back and curiosity gets the better of her, leaving the braintrust to do their thing Mana@anncarise: "The EereE Order is isolated from the Federation and the rest of the galaxy behind the quantum filament barrier field outsiders know as the 'Great Black Hole.'" Lendaria@crystyll: "Not so much one for all the techy stuff either eh?" she smiles as she draws near Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Wait a moment...did you just mention an artificial intelligence network?" Mana@anncarise nods, "The Overseer." Fiona@falconecoose shakes her head slightly as she moves over to the non-techy/not-crazy people Fiona@falconecoose nods lightly to the others Zhyl'ia@thecastellan: "Hm? Oh, I'm just no use looking at console screens" Lendaria@crystyll looks her over curiously, "The glasses... pale complexion... you're Aenar?" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Interesting. I remember our reports about the Branded Lady propaganda mentioning a sort of artificial intelligence or machinery which seems to be seen as the archenemy of the organization by its + Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: + members..." Zhyl'ia@thecastellan nods "Yep, that's right" Lendaria@crystyll looks to Fi, "And hey Captain, nice to see y'all taking an interest in what we doing here; even if you're like me and not so... technically inclined" she laughs Mana@anncarise: "If the Branded Lady is using technology from the EereE Order..." she looks to Timo, "Perhaps the Branded Lady is not friends with the Order but acquired the technology through violent encounters?" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Possible. Or through some kind of defection...." Fiona@falconecoose: "It is a pleasure to be able to attend, and aye I am not so technically inclined, it's why I have people to do this." Lendaria@crystyll smirks, "Right!" she looks over the room, "Couple these are my girls from the Thana. Couldn't keep them away from this little project!" Mana@anncarise nods, "Mana supposes Mana may not be the first Deviant to leave EereE space..." Mana@anncarise: "Everyone in the Order wishes to be ruled by the Overseer, but not all agree with the Overseer's specific rules. That is why Mana and others became Deviants," she elaborates further. Lendaria@crystyll: "You know, they test fired that thing on us to demonstrate the Kayeri's power. Now we got good shielding - the best the OSN has - and that thing sapped them dry in seconds, and not a damned thing we Lendaria@crystyll: could do on it!" Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242: That seems eerily similar to the Branded Lady...oh pun not intended..." Fiona@falconecoose looks off to the side for a moment "Hmm...could be interesting to see how it would fare against some of the newer ships starfleet has." Mana@anncarise chuckles at Sulayman, "But as Mana said, most of the EereE Order is extremely isolated." Lendaria@crystyll chuckles, "Well according to your own folks reports, your ships didn't fair any better against it! One of the reasons they were so keen to take us up on this little venture I think!" Mana@anncarise points to the diagram on the console, "However..." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Most, not all of it. It's a possibility we cannot rule out. Not after this.." he points his finger on the console. Mana@anncarise nods, "These highlights show use of corundium, beritium and trititanium." Fiona@falconecoose: "I havn't read the reports in depth but there has been developments in newer ships that would be interesting to test against to see how it works though as does it drain the shields power or does it > Fiona@falconecoose: > drain it from the shield emmiters?" Lendaria@crystyll shrugs, "That's one for the brain trust over there..." Mana@anncarise: "Corundium does not exist in EereE space, Beritium does not exist in enough quantities for construction, and trititanium has been phased out of use for many hundred-cycles." Mana@anncarise: "So this is definitely not taken from an EereE ship, but built using EereE design and outside materials." Lendaria@crystyll: "However, I'm sure if you really wanted, we could arrange to fire up the Kayeri and test it on that shiny ship of yours up there in orbit" she grins Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "That's a reasonable assumption. But what we need most, is a counter-measure." Zhyl'ia@thecastellan: "I'm not sure the captain would quite appreciate that" Mana@anncarise: "Mana knows the Deviant ships Mana worked on attempted to find countermeasures to the Overseer's deflector abilities." Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242 is carefully studying the specifictions trying to make sense of it Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242 ponders the situation. Lendaria@crystyll looks between the pair, "I... oh! So, you ain't the Captain of this one?" she glances to Timo, then to Zee, "He's your Captain then?" Fiona@falconecoose laughs softly "It's not my ship to test it on." Mana@anncarise: "But like Starfleet's deflectors, this technology is not just capable of draining shields. With sufficient skill and knowledge EereE deflectors can open black holes and spatial distortions." Zhyl'ia@thecastellan shakes her head "Nope, Captain Keelah is" Mana@anncarise: "These are very versatile tools." Lendaria@crystyll blinks, "Keelah..." holds her hand out about chest height, "cute little thing, pointy ears?" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: He keeps looking at the console, trying to absorb as many data as he can:"But still it has to have a weakness we can take profit of." Zhyl'ia@thecastellan nods "Yeah, that's about right" Mana@anncarise takes away the highlighting and zooms closer into a specific part of the deflector, "Duotronic circuitry." Mana@anncarise: "Mana is told that is less advanced than what Starfleet uses." Lendaria@crystyll smirks, "Yeah, came across her before. Seems nice enough, sure she'd be amenable to us test firing this weapon on her ship. I think... maybe..." Fiona@falconecoose: "I think we should do it and ask for permision after." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Duotronic circuitry....indeed, it is. Starfleet uses gel-based circuitry since the second half of the previous century..." Lendaria@crystyll smirks, "I like your style Captain... you sure you're not part Klingon? You sound just like those lot I normally get the pleasure of company with..." Fiona@falconecoose smiles slightly "I am not the most by the book captain around I will admit." Lendaria@crystyll laughs, "Then I think you and me gonna get on just fine!" Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242: "Yeah this is really not the same as how we do it. Look at all this redundency...they're pushing the duotronics to the max," Fiona@falconecoose nods lightly "Aye we might, at least while our interest are aligned as they are." Mana@anncarise: "EereE ships also make use of...multitronic technology, Mana believes is the Federation name?" Lendaria@crystyll: "See that changing, do you?" Mana@anncarise: "But Mana sees no sign of that technology here." Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242: "Yeah, they're using an outdated system, but really flogging it hard. So...there has to be a weakness somewhere..." Fiona@falconecoose cocks her head slightly "Once we have delt with this ongoing situation I do belive that would be the end of our goals being in alignment, I do not forsee anything stoping us from working together > Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Nods:"Yes, that's the technical name indeed. And I can concur with your assessment: which means that the design they use is probably old...and that we can take advantage of this. Perhaps, a way could+ Fiona@falconecoose: > after such if we share or can help each other achieve our next goal, but it is the job of the captain to look after their crew no matter what might happen. So everything is a possibility." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: + be to overstress the duotronic circuitry capabilities. A sort of technological attrition..." Lendaria@crystyll: "Fair enough I guess. I for one don't think the work will ever be done. You lot already got a tentative alliance with the Empire and Republic. We want to see that strengthen and - as we build an Mana@anncarise: "Mana does remember coming across reports of deflector overloads when Mana worked with the Overseer..." Lendaria@crystyll: independent new Orion civilization away from the Empire - we see ourselves as equal partners in that alliance too" she turns to Zee, "What about you, always interesting to get different opinions" Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242: "It does look close to overloading already...but how about if we just refitted this design with multitronic technology? We could easily quintuple the output in our ships," Zhyl'ia@thecastellan smiles "Me? I like it when we're all friendly" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "So, commander, we should answer to their technology...using it on our own?" Lendaria@crystyll: "Oh well, you know Orions are /all/ about the friendly sweety" she smirks Mana@anncarise: "Multitronic technology is what makes EereE ship cores artificial intelligence." Mana@anncarise: "The last time Mana upgraded a Starfleet ship, Mana fought off the virus on the Gainsborough, but Starfleet was not very happy..." Lendaria@crystyll: "But being amicable neighbors is one thing. Being equal partners is something more" Lendaria@crystyll: "I ain't saying we'd look to bail on the Empire and join the Federation or nothing, I don't think anyone really wants that; not after fighting so hard to gain an independence we can proud of, you know Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242: "It's a solution," he nods. "That way we can successfully understand it and reverse engineer it. And if it's too dangerous, we can quarrantine it and control it," Lendaria@crystyll: ..." Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242: "A case of it's better we have it and stop others from using it. Without using it ourselves because that is really unethical," Fiona@falconecoose nods lightly "Aye I can understand that..." as she holds her thoughts to her self regarding the treaty with the Klingons Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Well, we cannot rule out any possibility at this stage. But priority should be given to countermeasures and analysis, instead of upgrading it, in my opinion." Mana@anncarise nods, "Is there a way to initiate an overload from outside the ship?" Mana@anncarise: "Most overloads happen due to power misallocation /inside/ a ship..." Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242: "Perhaps we could stimulate that from the outside...like a sensor overload?" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "A good idea. In a way or the other, we should unbalance power allocation inside the vessel, and that should do the trick, then." Lendaria@crystyll smiles, draping an arm around each of their shoulders, "Look around. See the clean, shiny tech; the proud uniformed officers working to better their people" Lendaria@crystyll: "Remind you of anything...?" Mana@anncarise: "Modifying this sensor overload ability to work on deflectors might be worth investigating..." Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242: "Or maybe...there's a back door to the system...that way we can disable it without the enemy knowing and adapting accordingly," Zhyl'ia@thecastellan: "That depends.. how green is the lighting?" Lendaria@crystyll chuckles, "It's not at all! Neutral lighting, and plain, efficient work areas. With just a touch of classical Orion embellishment in the architecture" Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242: "Anything we do that overtly shows us disabling the system will let them know we've broken into their defence, prompting an adaptation to counter us and sending us back to square one. If we find out + Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Either way, we need to neutralize it. And with these specs and data, and your help" he points at Mana:"I bet we'll be able to do that." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Nods to Sulayman:"I agree. Surprise could be of the essence, out there." Mana@anncarise nods, "Mana will do Mana's utmost to assist." Zhyl'ia@thecastellan smiles "Then definitely starfleet" Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242: a way to disable the systems without it looking like it's us, it gives us the upper hand," he says whilst tapping the console working hard Lendaria@crystyll: "Exactly!" she pats her on the back before both arms relax to her sides, "The OSN vision for the future of our people is very much modelled after what we know of your Starfleet" Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242 frowns. "Despite the aging systems, the deflector is rather robut in it's design," Mana@anncarise nods, "The Overseer's designs are often very guarded against viral attack." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Well, I'm not surprised by that. Also, duotronic circuitry may be older, but still it always did its job." Zhyl'ia@thecastellan: "Well, it's a fine way to do it" Mana@anncarise: "As an artificial intelligence, such attacks are the most threatening." Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242 thinks. "How can we overload the sensor grid without it being obvious that it's us?" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "That's interesting..." he says at Mana:"Perhaps then..." he ponders for a moment. Lendaria@crystyll: "So you'll forgive my zest in hoping that this is simply the first of many future collaborations. Who knows, maybe even one day exchange programs and the like!" she grins Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242 checks if it's possible to overload the sensor grid to begin with and to see what happens when he does Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "..Perhaps we're looking at the problem from the wrong perspective. We're reasoning as engineers, looking exclusively at the technological side..." Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242 was totally looking at it through science eyes... Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "..but that's exactly what an artificial intelligence would do. So, most of our possible moves were already anticipated when designing this piece." he says:"But if we move out of this view....what + Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: + about a natural, external, interference?" Zhyl'ia@thecastellan nods "I'm sure there'd be a few people around who would be quite interested in exchange programs here" Fiona@falconecoose laughs softly "Oh I know quite a few officers who would jump at the chance for an exchange program with Orions." Lendaria@crystyll: "Well as you can see-... umm, no offense intended... but yeah, hopefully this little visit into the heart of our operation will serve to demonstrate how far we have come now - both technologically and Lendaria@crystyll: socially looking more on par with yourselves" Mana@anncarise: "A natural interference?" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Yes. A natural phenomenon which could interfere with the correct functioning of the system." Lendaria@crystyll: "Whick I for one hope will lead to demonstrating our potential as a strong ally. Especially when we use the work here today to end the Branded Lady threat!" Mana@anncarise: "A energy absorption rift." Mana@anncarise: "Tiger Rift...was the Starfleet name?" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Nods at Mana:"Tyken Rift." he smiles. Mana@anncarise: "The only method to escape one is massive energy output which will overload the system." Zhyl'ia@thecastellan nods "That's been a long time coming now" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Exactly. What we need to do, is to find a way of artificially inducing the same phenomenon at a given location." Sulayman@drfcrippler#2242 turns to Mana. "Yep. You're totally right! A Tyken's Rift would do exactly that...only...how to recreate one?" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Well, we don't need to recreate the Rift. Just most of its elements."
SUBMITTED: Stardate 94304.1 FILED BY: CAPT K Se'Lai SECURITY: Level 1 - Open
LOCATION: OSNHQ, Narris II
MISSION: Engage OSN teams and conduct joint research into developing countermeasures against technology used by the Branded Lady.
OUTCOME: Shield adaptation developed and successfully tested.
CAPT Se'Lai (USS Valley Forge) CAPT Skye (USS MacAlpine) CAPT Timoreev (USS Attar) CMDR Zh'Zhavis LCDR al Firawn LCDR Keliaya LCDR Verlin Mana TAB Mysti
NARRATIVE: Taking up on the recently received invitation from the OSN's leadership to join them in a united effort to develop countermeasures against the Branded Lady's deflector technology of - as yet - unknown origin; the Valley Forge set course for the Narris system with a delegation on board.
We arrived to a warm welcome - as the first Starfleet vessel to be invited into the heart of the newly formed Orion government - we found the occasion to be regarded as much diplomatically as it was scientifically. Given previous indications from OSN representatives of their desire to forge a lasting alliance with the Federation, it was to be expected; as such, both Captain's Skye and Timoreev accompanied the research team to demonstrate our commitment to the project.
The research team were first presented with details of the OSN's newest starship development - the Kayeri Vaj - a smaller frigate style of ship compared to the previously known Morakos class heavy cruiser (the flagship of which was also present for the research, as it's CO - Tabadi Mysti - has acted as a continued ambassador to the Federation and so was supporting the allied efforts). This demonstrated how the new design was built around the recovered deflector system from one of the Branded Lady's ships and so the frigate possessed the very weapon we were working to develop a defense against - something which the OSN had not even been able to comprehend, despite their possession of it.
Our team worked admirably alongside the Orion's and with the added insight wrought from the intimate knowledge of Mana with these systems - being based predominately on EereE designs - they were able to hypothesize a shield adaptation which would nullify the effects of the deflector. Following promising simulations, the modification was applied to the Valley Forge's shield system before conducting a live trial under fire from the Kayeri Vaj. Though still under construction and not yet commissioned; the ship's base systems were operational to the point of being able to power it's deflector and fire from drydock, and so we positioned the Valley Forge accordingly. A series of trials were conducted systematically, presenting varying circumstances as recorded from previous encounters and the modification stood up to testing across the board.
Additional reports from officers and staff who partook in the offered hospitality on board the OSN orbital station all reported a cordial and welcoming environment, also reporting positive feedback from the Starfleet presence. Visiting officers made particular note of the precautions set in place by the OSN to safeguard visitors from natural side effects to presence of their females as well as a unilateral interest in demonstrating their adherence to Federation standards. The visit ended with the OSN flagship - the Thana Vaneri - flying formation alongside the Valley forge as we departed, with well wishes and extended invitations received from the Tabadi; heralding a further success to the missions secondary diplomatic objectives.
RECOMMENDATION: All Starfleet vessels operating in regions known to be targeted by the Branded Lady forces should be equipped with the shielding upgrade as a matter of course, if not a wider roll out considered in due time also. The diplomatic situation with the OSN - whilst inviting and showing promise for the future - is still far too unstable to be considered for further action at this time. It is this officer's personal opinion that until the Branded Lady threat is resolved for both parties, that contact with the OSN be restricted to further collaborative efforts conducted only by trained and experienced Starfleet personnel. Perhaps when this is resolved and they are granted the breathing room to establish as they are trying to, then a more formal alliance may be worthy of closer consideration.