With her diplomatic assignment fulfilled, the Valley Forge makes a welcome return to her exploration duties. Though newly discovered evidence quickly calls into question whether or not they are truly the first to explore this particular region of space...
Charlie@drcrippler glances at the other seat. "You are not Ellie," he comments Mivek Tonorr@natthaan looks to Charlie "No, I'm Cadet Tonorr." *Offers his thermos* "Want some fish juice? It's hot and fresh." Keliaya@anncarise flickers and appears as a hologram beside the captain's chair. Keliaya@anncarise looks to the chair, and then around the room, and back to Timo, "Is Captain Keelah here?" Ashley@siskofan1991 ignore the chatter from the front console, instead she taps silently at her console Charlie@drcrippler: "No, I am suffciantly liquidated. Thank you for your offer," he glances around to see where Ellie was. She must have left. She did not tell him she was going. Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: He isn't obviously into Keelah's chair. He's instead looking around. He turns on Keliaya:"Oh, lieutenant, nice to meet you again. Well, I haven't see her yet...." Mivek Tonorr@natthaan opens his thermos, filling the air in the front half of the bridge with the smell of the hot fish juice as he takes a sip before closing it again. Keelah@crystyll FX | Whilst hosting a social visit from Captain Timoreev, the VF is continuing her survey of uncharted territory Keliaya@anncarise: "The computer's reading her on this deck. I guess she's in the ready room, I'll try calling there instead." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Perhaps you're right, I didn't go there. I was just taking a look around. The captain was so kind to offer me a free tour..." Keelah@crystyll FX | Currently cruising at low warp and running long range scans, CMDR Vrolmacht has the bridge. He doesn't like taking the chair though... Mivek Tonorr@natthaan takes another sip of his fish juice. Charlie@drcrippler is catching up on Intel reports Ashley@siskofan1991 taps at her controls, making fine adjustments to the scans she's running for the survey. Her nose wrinkles at the stench of the fish juice as it wafts from the forward station Charlie@drcrippler seems to be immune to the fish stench. Or not. He could just be biding his time. His face is expressionless Keliaya@anncarise: "Well, the ready room's right there if you want to have a look. You've not been in there before?" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: chuckles:"Not now. I came on the bridge only a few minutes before you came." Charlie@drcrippler [Kazra] chuckles from her station, glancing at Charlie. Charlie spins round, gives Kazra a look and turns back to his station Ashley@siskofan1991 frowns at her displays. After a moment of adjusting, she calls out to Vrolmacht: "Commander, sensors are picking up a metalic signature at long range." Keliaya@anncarise chuckles, "Well, I'm technically not here...only just projecting-" Keliaya@anncarise hears Ashley's report and taps on a console not seen through the holoprojection to check the readings. Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "A holoprojection! I didn't not..." turns on Ashley and Vrolmacht:"Unusual..." he murmurs. Keelah@crystyll | Vrolmacht looks from Timo to Ash and huffs, "Well I suppose it was too much to ask for a quiet day all the way out here... helm; adjust course. Continue scans Ensign" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "I'll go telling the captain..." he says to Keliaya before stepping toward the reading room. Ashley@siskofan1991: Aye sir," she responds, taping at the controls. Then she says "I'm not picking up any power readings at this range yet, I'm not sure if it's a ship. Keelah@crystyll is sat reviewing reports on her console Charlie@drcrippler: FX| Kazra struggles to stifle a laugh. Charlie remains unpreturbed. He glances across at the cadet. Sniffs once. Returns to his work Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois upon reaching the entrance, he rings the bell Keelah@crystyll: "Come in" she calls out, not looking from her screen Keliaya@anncarise: "I'm seeing the same thing here, can't discern power yet either but I'm having Salev run a specific search for energy signatures." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: makes a few step into the room:"Looks like you forgot about your ship, Keelah" he says chuckling, a huge smile on his face. Mivek Tonorr@natthaan keeps working on his console "You know Ensign, drinking Fish Juice adds ten years on your life." Charlie@drcrippler: [Kazra] laughs. "Charlie, stop! Do some work!" Keliaya@anncarise: "The hull material looks familiar...I swear this is..." Charlie@drcrippler looks at Mivek. "Interesting fact," he comments. Turns to Kazra. "Of course Commander. You shouldn't be so *salty*" he comments and Kazra giggles. Goes and scans things Keliaya@anncarise turns to Ashley, though she's clearly addressing someone offscreen, "Jameson, are you seeing what I'm seeing?" Keelah@crystyll: "Andrej" she looks up with a warm smile, "Quite the contrary; I'm still on duty, just catching up on the crew evals. I want to get in front on everything before the wedding" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Chuckles again:"Well, I've found a perfect excuse for you to escape from our bureaucretic routine. Sensors have just picked up something unusual out there, Vrolmacht has changed course..." Keliaya@anncarise nods and looks to Vrolmacht, "The hull composition looks to be an alloy used by humans, Commander." Keelah@crystyll 's brow quirks instinctively with a curious twitch, "Oh? What have they found?" she asks, tapping at her screen to see for herself Keliaya@anncarise: "Not just the specific elements present, but the ratio as well." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: scrolls his shoulders:"Don't know yet." Keelah@crystyll grins, "Well then; time for the fun part I'd say! Join me?" she extends a hand as she rises and moves to the door Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Gladly" he says, still smiling. Keelah@crystyll: "What have we got today then?" she asks entering the bridge and looking to Vrolmacht Charlie@drcrippler: [Kazra] "A big catch," she comments Keelah@crystyll | Vrolmacht: "Uncertain yet Captain. Ensign Terik detected anomalous metallurgic readings, and Commander Keliaya..." he looks to Kelly shaking his head slightly, "I'll let her explain" Charlie@drcrippler swivels in his chair. Gives Kazra a small nod. Gets back to work Keliaya@anncarise: "The composition of the material matches that of alloys used in Earth construction." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Really?" Keliaya@anncarise: "The materials are common to Earth but a variety of other planets too, though the ratios match a little too perfectly to be coincidental." Keelah@crystyll view the data on her armrest console, "So it would seem... though this does not match the composition of any Starfleet vessel I am familiar with" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Well, perhaps a non-Starfleet vessel then. Do we have recordings of ships in the area?" Keelah@crystyll shakes her head, "We are the first out here. At least... we were meant to be..." Charlie@drcrippler runs the scan of the vessel through intel logs Keliaya@anncarise: "According to Crewman Jameson, the composition matches pre-Starfleet Earth spacecraft." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "That's hardly possible...though I've heard of similar cases..." Mivek Tonorr@natthaan looks over to the Captains "There is the case of the NX-02 Columbia being discovered in the Gamma Quadrent back in 2372." Keliaya@anncarise: "And the famous incident with the Botany Bay back in the 23rd century." Charlie@drcrippler: "We have no records in our Intelligence logs. This is indeed rather fishy," Mivek Tonorr@natthaan takes a sip of his fish juice Keelah@crystyll: "An excellent point Cadet" she smiles, "Nothing can be completely ruled out, but we must remain mindful of likelihoods too and not let ourselves get caught up in fanciful ideas. The universe is a big+ Keelah@crystyll: +place after all" Keliaya@anncarise: "I've heard there's such a phenomenon as parallel development...it's rare but someone else could've engineered the same alloy as historican humans given the right circumsances..." Keelah@crystyll | Chag: "Entering visual range" he comments, activating the viewscreen which shows little more than a small speck in the centre of the starfield Keelah@crystyll squints at the screen, "Full magnification" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois as soon as the screen is activated, he turns his eyes on it Keelah@crystyll FX | The view adjusts to show what looks like the scrap of a hull fragment drifting in space Charlie@drcrippler: [Kazra] "Looks like a drop in the ocean..." Keelah@crystyll FX | The fragment is heavily degraded and looks to have clearly been here for considerable time Keliaya@anncarise scans the fragment for contaminants or anything potentially dangerous. Charlie@drcrippler looks to see if there is any form of ID on the fragment Keelah@crystyll FX | The view adjust as the VF closes until the ship comes to a stop before the debris Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Nothing else? Other debris?" Keliaya@anncarise: "I'm not seeing anything dangerous on the debris. We can bring it on board, or a piece of it, for closer analysis." Keelah@crystyll FX | As the chunk of hull slowly drifts through the emptiness it rotates and the outer face comes into view with an obscured but somewhat legible text '...alley For..." Ashley@siskofan1991 squints at the text "Is that saying what I think it's saying?" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Look! there are letter there..." Charlie@drcrippler: "Well. I think that says Valley Forge," Keelah@crystyll | T'Quila responds to Timo, "Nothing else in sensor range, Captain... Captains" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Valley Forge?" he repeats, though not very surprised:"Check the database for old Earth vessels with that name..." Keelah@crystyll blinks and sighs wearily, "So much for likelihoods..." Charlie@drcrippler does what Timo asks Keliaya@anncarise: "This better not be some temporal incident..." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Suddenly stops, turning on Keelah:"Oh, sorry, Keelah." Keelah@crystyll stares at the screen a long moment before shaking her head a few times, "No, there is no basis for that assumption. You said yourself; this is a completely different composition of material" Keelah@crystyll: "But still..." she looks back to the screen in consideration Keliaya@anncarise nods, "True. It's not Starfleet composition, so that's probably not the case." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "My bet is on an old Earth vessel with the same name. Though it's pretty erly for hypothesis." Keelah@crystyll: "That fits the facts present thus far. But how would such a vessel have come to be all the way out here?" Charlie@drcrippler: "There are 11 records of ships carrying the name Valley Forge. Of those, three are pre-warp ships and only one had the ability to venture into space," Charlie@drcrippler: *four are pre warp ships Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Well, that's the mystery to resolve..." turns toward Charlie:"And perhaps we've a clue about our mysterious vessel." Keelah@crystyll: "What do you have on that one ship, Ensign?" Charlie@drcrippler reads "The first space vessel to carry the Valley Forge name was an early attempt at interplanetary colonization. She launched from Earth in the mid 22nd century at sub-warp speeds, but never + Charlie@drcrippler: reported arrival at her destination." Keliaya@anncarise: "Sub-warp speeds..." Keelah@crystyll looks back to Timo almost ashamedly, "I was aware that ancient Earth naval vessels carried the name, but only researched her history back to the first warp-capable ship" Charlie@drcrippler puts the image up on the viewscreen Keliaya@anncarise: "There's still a few possibilities. Pulled into a wormhole, entered some form of subspace rift or maybe even captured and towed by raiders who salvaged the useful components and dumped the rest." Charlie@drcrippler: https://pre00.deviantart.net/4ef4/th/pre/i/2014/043/8/6/u_s_s_valley_forge_by_roen911-d765urc.jpg Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Chuckles to Keelah:"I was lucky the Attar had no predecessor." then to Charlie again:"What was her destination?" Charlie@drcrippler: "No sir, we have no records of that time," Keelah@crystyll leans back in her seat, studying the image Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Uhm....I see..." Keelah@crystyll: "Alright. Reconfigure sensors and begin a local sweep for any evidence of how this came to be here" Keliaya@anncarise: "Taking a sample should allow us to date it more accurately, and it might give us hints of its journey as well." Keelah@crystyll nods, "Kelly; bring it onboard and see what you can learn from a detailed analysis" Charlie@drcrippler: "Do do do," he hums a tune as he scours all the databases for any references to "Valley Forge + 22nd Cen" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "We may be lucky. Any astronomical phenomenon which may be responsible for that should have left traces..." Keelah@crystyll | T'Quila: "There are faint traces of wormhole activity in the region. Though according to these readings; none has been active for centuries now" Keelah@crystyll | Chag taps away at his console; brow furrowing, "Kelly; do you think you could get an accurate dating on this sample?" Keelah@crystyll curiously observes Chag. That Bolian is up to something, she can tell Keliaya@anncarise nods, "I think we should be able to. Whether or not there will be any signs present on the debris to indicate what happened to it, I can't say for sure." Keelah@crystyll | Chag: "If you can give me an accurate date, and with the projected position of Tee's anomaly - if we assume it was indeed a wormhole - then I just need to account for stellar drift and galactic + Keelah@crystyll: +rotation... then it's a simple matter of applying logical assumption with an estimate of such a vessels manouvering and speed capability..." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "That sounds reasonable. Though I think it will not be so easy..." he smiles faintly. Keliaya@anncarise: "We'll get on the date analysis immediately." Charlie@drcrippler looks at the fish meme that Kazra sent. Carries on working Keliaya@anncarise mutes the holoprojection temporarily as she orders her engineering staff around. Keelah@crystyll: "Mister Chag... is that a fancy way of saying 'guessing'?" Keelah@crystyll | Chag: pauses his tapping a moment and turns a big grin back to Keelah before continuing Keelah@crystyll | Chag; "aaaand bingo!" Keliaya@anncarise unmutes, "Got something, Chag?" Charlie@drcrippler looks at Chag. Raises an eyebrow. Turns back to his console Keelah@crystyll FX | Viewscreen shifts to show a regional map, and a trajectory course plotting through it which starts from VF current position and leads to an unmarked system Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois looks attentively at the map Keelah@crystyll: "What... are we looking at, exactly...?" she asks tentatively Charlie@drcrippler looks up Keelah@crystyll | Chag: "Well Captain, I figured - you know - this is just one small piece of debris, where's the rest? So what if it survived whatever happened just with some minor damage?" Keelah@crystyll gives him a dubious look Keelah@crystyll | Chag: "I calculated a theoretical trajectory that the vessel would have taken, and it does lead to this system. If nothing else, perhaps we will find more clues..." he grins hopefully Keelah@crystyll purses her lips as she looks between Chag and the viewscreen, "Very well; let's follow this theoretical breadcrumb trail" Keelah@crystyll | Chag: beams and quickly executes the new course Keelah@crystyll FX | 'X' amount of time later... Keliaya@anncarise is no longer projecting for the moment as she works away in main engineering. Keelah@crystyll | Chag, "Captain, we are approaching the system now. Dropping to impulse drive" Charlie@drcrippler and x amount of fish puns and memes later Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois is just entering again the bridge after relaxing at the bar Charlie@drcrippler is working. Oh look. Ellie is back on helm duty. Keelah@crystyll | Kazra: "I am detecting two M-class planets in the system. One appears to be rather heavily populated" Charlie@drcrippler does the intel thing on the two planets Keelah@crystyll: "Mister Chag, keep us distant until we learn more" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Oh, so other interesting findings..." Ashley@siskofan1991 runs long range scans of the system Ashley@siskofan1991: Captain! Vessel on intercept course! It appears to be some sort of shuttlecraft. Keelah@crystyll shoots Ash a look, "analysis?" Keliaya@anncarise flickers and reappears on the holoprojector, "I'm seeing advanced technology on the populated planet, captain." Ashley@siskofan1991 runs a tactical analysis Keliaya@anncarise: "Trying to determine their exact specifications, but it's definitely better than pre-warp Earth." Ashley@siskofan1991: It's some sort of subwarp starfighter. Heavily armed for its size, but no match for our defences. Ashley@siskofan1991 glances up from her screens "Should i raise shields?" Charlie@drcrippler: "I do believe that Prime Directive protocols are in place here," Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois doesn't say anything. He stood silent, alternatively looking at Keelah and the others Ashley@siskofan1991 shifts her gaze to Charile "I said subwarp, i'm not sure if it's prewarp or not." Keelah@crystyll holds a hand up to Ash to pause that thought for a moment, "Tee, comms?" Keliaya@anncarise tries to determine exactly how advanced they are from scans of their planet. Keelah@crystyll | T'Quila: "Attemptin-... Captain, we are being hailed by the craft" Keelah@crystyll FX | Tee puts the audio hail over the bridge speakers Charlie@drcrippler raises his eyebrows Keelah@crystyll | Pilot: "...repeat; unidentified vessel: this is Forged Earth Planetary Defense. You have entered controlled space without authorization. Hold position and respond" Charlie@drcrippler: "We might have a problem," he mutters to Ellie Keelah@crystyll sighs and stands, "Well... in for a penny." she nods to TQ to open the channel Keelah@crystyll: "This is Captain Se'Lai of the Federation starship Valley Forge responding to your hail" Keelah@crystyll FX | the viewscreen switches to what should be the comms channel, though visual is full of static. Tee works to clear it up... Keelah@crystyll | Pilot: "...-say what I thi-... *static* ...-lease, say agai-..." Keelah@crystyll opens her mouth to repeat her greeting as the image clears and a fuzzy picture of the pilot appears. Clearly Human, female. She looks around the image in disbelief Keelah@crystyll | Pilot, "Can you... Oh, there you are!" she goes wide eyed looking at Keelah, "My God... aliens. Real aliens..." her eyes jump from one person to the next before she spots Timo, "And Humans?!" Keliaya@anncarise looks to Kazra, "Can you tell if they're human, or just extremely similar?" Charlie@drcrippler: "You've got to be fishing me..." Ashley@siskofan1991 raises her eyebrows Charlie@drcrippler mutters that Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Looks at the pilot:"Yes. I'm captain Timoreev, Federation starship U.S.S. Attar." Keelah@crystyll | Kazra, "Scans are conclusive; she's Human alright..." Keelah@crystyll | Pilot: looks back to Keelah, "You. You said... Valley Forge?" Keelah@crystyll nods, "Captain Timoreev is a guest on board. This vessel is the USS Valley Forge" Keelah@crystyll | Pilot stares in disbelief and mumbles, "Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death..." like muttering a prayer Keelah@crystyll blinks and glances to the dedication plaque by the turbolift Keelah@crystyll: "I will fear no evil" Charlie@drcrippler sighs. This is going to be fun to send to Intel... Keelah@crystyll | Pilot: snaps back to attention, "For you are with us..." she blinks in disbelief Keelah@crystyll: "It would appear we have some catching up to do" Keelah@crystyll | Pilot: beams excitedly, "The day has finally come... I have been relaying this feed live to our government. Our leaders are eager to meet with you! They ask..." she doubletakes at her screen, Keelah@crystyll | Pilot: "They ask that you join them in the capital as our guest, and that as the one who made contact, that I may visit your ship as an equal guest..." Charlie@drcrippler thinks that's a bad idea Keelah@crystyll pauses a moment before nodding, "Flight control will guide you in to the starboard hangar. Once security and safety measures have been met, we shall see. In the mean time we will continue our approac Keelah@crystyll: ...h" 91 makes the proper arrangements with security Charlie@drcrippler raises his eyebrows and taps into his console Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: As soon as the comm is over, he turns on Keelah:"Is it prudent?" Keelah@crystyll: "As long as protocols are followed and not rushed, yes. They detected our presence and made contact with us, warp capable or no; these people are clearly of shared heritage" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "I have no doubts about the heritage. Apparently, we've found the descendants of the crew of the ancient Valley Forge. Still, caution is advised." Keliaya@anncarise nods, "I'm no expert on Earth history, but I know it shares many things in common with how lots of other Federation cultures adjusted from pre-warp to warp." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "So, what do you want to do no now?" Keelah@crystyll: "Always at the forefront. We will take every required measure to safeguard both visits" Keliaya@anncarise: "As in these humans might possess a completely different value system to what we’re used to..." Charlie@drcrippler: "We should be careful what parts of the ship we showcase. Maybe, stick to areas that our visitor would know?" Keelah@crystyll: "Assuming all measures up ok, I will visit the planet as requested. Since it seems they carry a distinct link to the identity of their ship" Keelah@crystyll: "Meanwhile Andrej..." she grins, "...perhaps you'd care to accompany our guest on board" Keelah@crystyll nods back to Charlie, "All part of our standard operating procedure for such an instance. Public areas only, and Silvestrie will have extra security at all key areas" Charlie@drcrippler: "Of course Captain. May I request that I accompany you onto the planet?" Keelah@crystyll: "Alright Ensign, you're with me" she nods and heads to the turbolift Charlie@drcrippler nods and logs off the console. Follows Keliaya@anncarise flickers and disappears from the bridge. Jenni@crystyll FX | After a lengthy process of establishing safety/security cheks etc, the fighter is docked in the VF hangar Jenni@crystyll: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/54cdefc7e4b0c104bd226e52/57c64254f7e0abc8f6a99442/57c64255f7e0abc8f6a99446/1472610906174/EON1.jpg Jenni@crystyll is just stepping down from the ship as her escorts enter the hangar Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: is waiting just in front of the ship. As soon as he sees Jenni, he steps forward:"Welcome on board." Jenni@crystyll turns with a bright smile, looking about the room in awe, "Thank you! This is... wow! Just, wow!" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Offers his hand:"It's a nice ship, I concur. And yours as well." he says, his warmest smile on the face. Jenni@crystyll steps forward, looking to the hand and taking a deep breath before grasping it for a firm shake. She seems to tremble with excitement, or nervousness, or... something. No Eunha, no insight! Jenni@crystyll: "She's a fine little thing, isn't she!" Keliaya@anncarise looks at Timo's hand, "Are you sure she knows-" she looks to Jenni as she shakes the hand. "I guess that's a pretty universal Earth gesture." Jenni@crystyll: "You're really from old Earth...?" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Shakes the hand slightly, as to reassure the guest, before hearing Keliaya, then nods:"Yes I am. 100% Russian blood, I shall say." Jenni@crystyll: "Russian... Russian..." she says thinking a moment, "Oh right, of course! I remember at school they taught us about the old national divides. Wow, they still exist..." Jenni@crystyll 's gaze drifts over Timo's shoulder, "You are not from Earth though. Nor was your Captain, right?" Jenni@crystyll: "Or that grinning blue guy, or the dark one with a bony head..." Keliaya@anncarise: "From my understanding it's more of a way to mark ones identity and heritage rather than a divide...and no, we're not." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Not exactly" he says, referring to the borders, before stepping back to leave more space to Keliaya:"This is the VF chief Engineer, lieutenant commander Keliaya." Keliaya@anncarise: "The Federation is a very diverse coalition of many different worlds. I come from Altair IV myself, though my species evolved on Denobula." Jenni@crystyll: "Oh lord, where are my manners! I'm sorry, we've just waited so long most of us never really thought this day would come!" Jenni@crystyll: "I am flight lieutenant Jennifer Baelai. But please, call me Jenni!" Keliaya@anncarise: "It's a pleasure to meet you, Jenni. I see shorter nicknames are a long standing Earth tradition as well." Keliaya@anncarise: "Many people just call me Kelly, it's a nickname I got while attending the Academy on Earth." Jenni@crystyll: "Academy?" Keliaya@anncarise: "You've had training to fly that ship, right?" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Nods:"Starfleet has an Academy in San Francisco." Jenni@crystyll: "Oh, military school! And wow, 'Starfleet'... sounds so, what's the word... fanciful!" Jenni@crystyll: "Much nicer than 'Planetary Defense'!" she chuckles Keliaya@anncarise: "I believe we still have planetary defence groups...mostly not called by that name though." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Well, it's also a pretty precise definition of what we are" he chuckles:"Literally a fleet of ships among the stars. But please" he indicates the door:"I'm sure you would like to take a look around." Jenni@crystyll: "I would be honoured!" she chuckles sheepishly, "I always dreamed that joining the defense fleet would lead me to be the first Human to meet a real alien, never thought it might actually come to be!" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "apparently there will be a lot of envious colleagues then..." he says, slightly chuckling again