Updated: Mar 18
With the Valley Forge taking up position around Forged Earth while awaiting the arrival of a dedicated research team to relieve them of their efforts surrounding the newly discovered Iconian gateway, the crew are granted an extended period of time to explore side projects, shore leave & personal endeavours.
Part 1: Continuing the currently hot theme around the ship of geological surveys, LTJG Minatozaki heads up a team to collect samples from Newsa - the third planet in the Forged Earth system and a site of possible interest for a new mining colony.
Part 2: With a wealth of exciting new samples gathered from across the system, LTJG Minatozaki has plenty to do in the lab, but can ENS Monnir hold pace?
Part 3: Having exhausted her mineral samples - and her lab assistant - LTJG Minatozaki turns her attention towards the holodeck as she is joined by personnel from across the ship to engage in a randomly generated shuttle crash survival scenario
Part 4: In the adjoining holodeck, LCDR Laski is joined by an equally diverse sampling of the crew for some good old fashioned downtime and a change of scenery
Part 5: Can an innocent conversation all the way back on DS13 possibly be influenced by the actions of the Valley Forge crew during this time? Mia certainly seems to think so, perhaps there was more to her giggling fit on the holodeck than her shipmantes knew...
Part 6: Satisfied by her efforts both on and off the ships. Mia settles for the evening to enjoy a less than engaging game of chess against herself. Though none can match the pace of her matches against the AI of her drone, can LCDR Keliaya throw her with a more intuitive game?
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Sana@turtles#8407: | The Trio beam down on to the planet with mining gear in tow Mia@crystyll likely is said mining gear Sana@turtles#8407 Sana's eyes light up and her smile goes wide "WOW THIS IS AMAZING LOOK AT ALL THE WATER AND WOW THAT ROCK VROLIM NOTE THIS ALL DOWN!" she points to an empty space where her normal assistant would b Trenick@annpc#5570 takes out his tricorder and calmly scans the water as he glances to Mia, "I must admit I did not know there was someone more excitable than you on board the ship." Mia@crystyll blinks, watching Sana, a brief glance to Trenick and back, "And we thought we were deemed excitable!" Sana@turtles#8407: "Ah yes no Vrolim indedd a shame that will hamper our research efforts..." she starts to talk to herself Trenick@annpc#5570: "Perhaps she has consumed too much of the...what was the Earth beverage Starfleet officers often enjoy...coffee?" Mia@crystyll giggles, "Perhaps we shall enquire to sample some for ourselves!" Mia@crystyll: "So this is a suitable survey sight lieutenant, non?" Sana@turtles#8407 Goes down to taste a bit of th water Trenick@annpc#5570: "The water appear to be safe..." Sana@turtles#8407: "I have come to the same conclusion." Trenick@annpc#5570 glances to Sana, "But I would probably not advise consuming it just yet." Sana@turtles#8407: "Sound just like Vrolim. But I must taste it for the good of research how will we know what effects it has if we don't taste it." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois the usual 'beaming-sound' can be heard at the trio's back, as Timoreev appears, together with a red-shirt and a young woman in blue. Trenick@annpc#5570: "We could always take a sample and analyze it..." Mia@crystyll: "We suppose using a tricorder would be too obvious..." she chuckles, turning at the sound of a beam in Sana@turtles#8407: "Tricorders take the fun out of research." Trenick@annpc#5570 turns as well. Mia@crystyll: "Capitaine Timoreev? And here they say the universe is such a big place!" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "OH...what?" he looks at the trio, and particularly Mia, clearly surprised:"What are you doing here?" Mia@crystyll: "We came to survey this planet as a potential mining. Did Starfleet send you to assist?" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Ehm..." he looks alternatively at his two companions:"That's embarassing." he clears his throat, then turns to Mia:"Actually we weren't aware of your presence here. Is the Valley in orbit?" Mia@crystyll nods, smiling, "We have in fact not long arrived ourselves!" Mia@crystyll: "If you are looking for Capitaine Keelah, she is likely with one of the other survey teams!" Trenick@annpc#5570 nods, "We've beamed down less than a minute before your arrival." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Ehm..." he still looks clearly embarassed, before turning to the young woman at his side:"Well, since we are here, Kanae, you can take Cardin with you and go taking a look. And inform Levesley that + Mia@crystyll: (wb!) Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: + ..." his voice suddenly turns to a murmur:"He was right about that sensor glitch." then turns back to Mia, raising his voice again to normal:"I'll stay here briefly." Trenick@annpc#5570 turns to Sana as Timo turns to his officer. He reactivates his tricorder and begins scanning her to make sure the water was safe. Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois as Kanae nods to Timo with the enthusiastic smile of a child who has just been left wild in a park, the two officers leave, Timo now being alone with the trio. Mia@crystyll: "It will make a welcome bonus to have your company, Capitaine! We are still new to mineral surveys, but believe that this site shows promise!" Trenick@annpc#5570: "Looks like you were lucky, Lieutenant," he turns back to Timo. Sana@turtles#8407: "As I knew I would be." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "That's good news" to Mia:"Lucky?" Mia@crystyll lets the scientists give the scientific explanation of Sana's luck and her highly scientific test Sana@turtles#8407: "I attempted an expierment to test the components of the liquid below us." Trenick@annpc#5570: "In other words the Lieutenant here decided to sample the water only after an initial scan." Trenick@annpc#5570: "And while an initial scan will reveal almost all biological and chemical contaminants, it is not advisable to attempt consumption until after a detailed analysis save in extrenuating circumstances." Sana@turtles#8407: "It was apart of my scientific process." Mia@crystyll chuckles at the pair Trenick@annpc#5570: "It fits much better in an emergency survival process." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Uh...a methodological innovator?" he comments, smiling. Clearly he's appreciating the dialogue. Sana@turtles#8407: "Life is a survival process." Mia@crystyll: "Anyway, we shall attempt to map the richer mineral deposits in the region so we can take samples for lab analysis Mia@crystyll pulls out her 23c tricorder and plays with it, despite all the scanning actually being done the drone Trenick@annpc#5570: "And I will determine if mining operations on this site will prove a hazard to the local ecosystem and evolution of life." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois limits himself at nodding. Clearly he doesn't want to interfere with the natural process of the team. First Contact protocol is in effect. Sana@turtles#8407 Walks up the rock surface and looks it over Sana@turtles#8407 Puts her face on it "Smooth." Trenick@annpc#5570 scans around to determine what lifeforms are in this area. Mia@crystyll watches the crazy one curiously Sana@turtles#8407 Knocks on it "Tough." Sana@turtles#8407 Kicks it and lets out a loud yelp and then starts to laugh "Ahahaha." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "IS she always like that?" he asks with a murmur to Mia, looking at Sana. Mia@crystyll | Miadrone beeps comically, drawing an eyeroll from Mia as she facepalms at the testing Mia@crystyll shrugs, "We have not worked with the lieutenant before. She previously focused solely on lab work but ha recently started taking rotations beyond" Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "I see....rotations are always a problem..." Mia@crystyll: "You believe so?" Trenick@annpc#5570 kneels down and closely scans a single stalk of a plant. Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Nods:"Just personal experience." Mia@crystyll: "Interesting. Capitaine Keelah places great value on them. In fact an increasingly big part of our function is to help manage the ship's roster rotation to make sure everyone gets variety within + Sana@turtles#8407: "I believe it would be prudent for us to use the mining laser on this rock surface here so we can test the durability of the rocks." Mia@crystyll: + their role, and suitable off-ship experience" Trenick@annpc#5570: "As long as it won't compromise the structure of the rock formation to cause any lasting impact, I don't see why not." Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: Nods again to Mia:"So, as you can see: they ARE a problem. To solve, but still a problem." he chuckles, who knows why. Sana@turtles#8407: "Judging from the size of the rock face I don't believe that will be a problem." Mia@crystyll performs a detailed drone scan of the rock they are focusing on as well Mia@crystyll: "So if you were not sent here to assist with our survey, Capitaine... what brings you to this planet?" Trenick@annpc#5570: "You are the expert." Sana@turtles#8407: "Let us set it up then." Trenick@annpc#5570 approaches a larger plant and begins scanning it. Sana@turtles#8407 Begins to unpack the mining laser from it's box Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Oh...what brought us here, you ask?" he seems surprised by the question Trenick@annpc#5570 steps over to the mining laser as he finishes his scan, "Need any help?" Mia@crystyll: "Yes..." she tilts her head, reading his odd reaction, "We should also inform Capitaine Keelah as they would have detected your approach and may have cause for concern if no friendly greeting was + Sana@turtles#8407: "If you could just set it up I will pick suitable target locations on the surface of the wall." Mia@crystyll: + given before transports. And judging from your surprise to see us here, we surmise this to be the case!" she chirps Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: "Oh, not at all!" he raises his hand:"I mean...I'm sure that Capt. Levesley have hailed the Valley while we were beaming down." Trenick@annpc#5570 nods and kneels down to set up the device, "The technology is not too different from a surgical laser, only on a much much larger scale, of course. Setting up should not be too difficult." Mia@crystyll: "Aah, but of course!" She smiles, totally believing him. Totally Sana@turtles#8407: "Good good." Sana@turtles#8407 Observes the wall carefully Sana@turtles#8407 Takes out a red marker pen she was carrying on herself and draws 3 X's on target locations Trenick@annpc#5570 taps on the mining laser's interface as he sets it up. Sana@turtles#8407: "Okay i'm all ready up here!" Trenick@annpc#5570 stands, "The laser is set. Do you wish to operate it, or should I activate it?" Sana@turtles#8407: "If you could do the honors i've marked 3 locations." she points "This one over a crack, this one on a normal piece and finally this one with some moss over it." Trenick@annpc#5570 nods and taps a few more times at the laser's interface. "Targets...set. I'd advise moving away from the rockface before the cutting begins." Sana@turtles#8407 takes one step to her right and gives the okay signal Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois his combadge suddenly birps. He speaks with a woman, briefly, and the words "sensors" and "repairs" may be heard. After a moment, he turns to Mia:"Apparently...ehm...something has been detected + Andrej Timoreev@chrisdubois: + one a nearby moon, you know...I'll have to beam on board in order to check with my Chief Science Officer." Trenick@annpc#5570: "That's...I suppose it will suffice." Trenick@annpc#5570 activates the laser. Sana@turtles#8407 Watches intently as the laser fires on the first target she takes a step closer to watch closer her eyes sparkling "Oooh it is durable! Sana@turtles#8407: " Sana@turtles#8407 The mining laser breaks through the surface after a minute or too and the rock face rumbles slightly Trenick@annpc#5570: "Shall I continue?" Sana@turtles#8407: "Yes was over the non cracked zone so we know it will take at least a minute or so now for our laser to break through undamaged rock." she points to the cracked target Trenick@annpc#5570 turns the laser on the cracked target. Sana@turtles#8407 Steps closer to watch again "OOO! This one is much faster this time!" Trenick@annpc#5570: "Do you need to stand so close to observe?" Sana@turtles#8407 Laughs and then suddenly once the mining laser breaks through the face rumbles again and a boulder suddenly begins to fall from the top of the cliff Trenick@annpc#5570: "Watch out, Lieutenant!" Sana@turtles#8407 Looks up as she suddenly sees a shadow over her and quickly does a backwards roll and barley misses getting crushed Trenick@annpc#5570: "I thought you said it would not destabilize the rock formation..." Sana@turtles#8407: "Woo!" She begins to laugh alot "That was too close!" she continues to laugh Trenick@annpc#5570: "Impressive reaction speed however. For a primate." Sana@turtles#8407: "That's the thing about science you never can be too sure." Sana@turtles#8407 Starts to look over the boulder and gives it a sniff Trenick@annpc#5570 steps over and scans the boulder for moss or any crevices that might have plants/insects within. Sana@turtles#8407: "Hmm, this one smells different from the cliff face." she thinks "We must sketch it." Sana@turtles#8407: "And while you're at it see what compounds this thing is made of." Trenick@annpc#5570: "No lifeforms detected here. As for composition..." Trenick@annpc#5570 taps his tricorder again. Trenick@annpc#5570: "My tricorder is picking up a concentration of Duranium-235." Sana@turtles#8407: "DURANIUM!!!!!!" Trenick@annpc#5570: "It is not quite as rare as materials such as neutronium or kemocite to my knowledge, but it would make a mining endeavour worthwhile." Sana@turtles#8407: "Starfleet made a good choice picking this planet, well then if Duranium is lying around in boulders like this who knows where else it maybe." Trenick@annpc#5570: "Indeed. The climate of this planet will also make mining more agreeable than work on an asteroid or uninhabitable planet." Sana@turtles#8407: "The next big holiday destination." Trenick@annpc#5570: "However it does bear the risk of ecosystem damage given that the planet does currently support life. I see no reason to be concerned about this particular site at the moment, but I will have to - Trenick@annpc#5570: - confer my findings with the other teams." Sana@turtles#8407: "Starfleet should be able to confine it's selfs to localised areas as not to run the risk of damaging the ecosystem. I'm going to take some more samples up to the lab and test their durabiltiy a bit Sana@turtles#8407: more." Trenick@annpc#5570 nods, "We'll have to make sure there is nothing on this site that is unique to this particular habitat though. Otherwise operating in this single region could have effects on the evolution of the - Trenick@annpc#5570: - entire biosphere." Sana@turtles#8407: "Very true. But that is for another day I believe the team meetings are in 10 minutes so we should probably head back." Trenick@annpc#5570: "Agreed. The head biologist will present our overall findings once we've reached a conclusion." Trenick@annpc#5570 deactivates the mining laser and quickly packs it back up. Sana@turtles#8407 Stretches Trenick@annpc#5570 taps his combadge once he is finished, "Valley Forge, three to beam up, plus equipment."
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EunhaLast Wednesday at 06:02 Sana enters wearing her lab coat and sits her self down at a computer ?a???eLast Wednesday at 06:54 Volim slides on over to her on his chair. "Hey boss, what are we working on now?" EunhaLast Wednesday at 06:56 Turns around to him smirking she has that look in her that same crazed look that sent Volim to sickbay last time "You know those samples we collected on the last away mission? I want to see what happens to them when you add explosives." ?a???eLast Wednesday at 06:59 Volim's face drains. "BOSS. YOU... YOU CAN'T JUST DO THAT!" EunhaLast Wednesday at 06:59 "IT'S FOR THE GOOD OF SCIENCE VOLIM, WE MUST KNOW THIS INFORMATION." ?a???eLast Wednesday at 07:00 "WE'LL BLOW UP THE LAB... AGAIN. I don't want to move my stuff again," EunhaLast Wednesday at 07:01 "It's fine I've taken precautions this time." puts on a pair of goggles ?a???eLast Wednesday at 07:05 "That's... what you said last time boss," he sighs and scrabbles for a PADD. "Stardate...95099.4, lab 21. LTJG Minatozaki and ENS Monnir. Testing," he glances at the computer. "20 grams of Fermoneptic solid with..." he looks at Sona. "What are we... exploding it with?" he says with a sigh, ready to note down the experiment EunhaLast Wednesday at 07:08 "Everything. We'll start off easy and then get to the big stuff. We are trying to test this rocks durability." ?a???eLast Wednesday at 07:08 "Why can't we just use... a laser?" EunhaLast Wednesday at 07:16 "One that is not as fun, two a laser is more precise and wears down a certain area of the material but not all of it we are attempting to test how durable the rock is when faced with large amounts of damage at once. Hence an explosive." ?a???eLast Wednesday at 07:17 Volim rolls his eyes. "Okay, so... test 1, explosion 1," he notes, reaching for his desk to grab his glasses and places them on, ready to record EunhaLast Wednesday at 07:18 Stands quite close eyes sparkling with excitement "VOLIM DO IT!" ?a???eLast Wednesday at 07:22 Volim presses a button on his PADD and looks up. "BOSS, YOU'RE STANDING TOO CLOSE!" EunhaLast Wednesday at 07:23 "It's complet-..." Gets knocked over by the explosion as the rock is sprayed everywhere ?a???eLast Wednesday at 07:25 Volim jumps up and catches Sona EunhaLast Wednesday at 07:25 Sana laughs manically "Hahaha That was too close!" ?a???eLast Wednesday at 07:26 "That's what I was trying to tell you Boss," Volim complains, checking her for injuries EunhaLast Wednesday at 07:27 Is unscathed and Sana stands up and brushes her lab coat "Test 1 note: Rock not very durable." ?a???eLast Wednesday at 07:28 Volim records it on his PADD EunhaLast Wednesday at 14:05 "Well it's not worth testing the rest of the explosives then if just the first one does the job." ?a???eLast Wednesday at 18:47 Volim nods gratefully. "I'll call the lab technicians to clean it up," EunhaLast Wednesday at 21:08 "Oh no don't do that you clean it up." ?a???eLast Thursday at 06:25 Volim sighs. "Yes boss," he places his PADD on the table and goes to pick up the shards of rock. "Oh... Boss?" he stops, looking at something. EunhaLast Thursday at 06:47 "Yeeeeeees?" ?a???eLast Thursday at 06:48 Volim moves over to the side so that he doesn't get bowled over when he announces his discovery. "These shards... They're floating..." EunhaLast Thursday at 06:50 EYES GO WIDE "WHAT!?! VOLIM WE MUST SKETCH THIS, TAKE AS MANY NOTES AS WE CAN AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!" ?a???eLast Thursday at 06:55 The small shards are indeed floating, though the bigger ones are having trouble doing so Volim grabs his PADD and eagerly begins to sketch the shards EunhaLast Thursday at 07:10 Picks up one of the smaller shards "WE NEED TO SCAN THIS SEE IT'S COMPENTS AHHHHHHHHH" ?a???eLast Thursday at 07:10 The shards are white hot EunhaLast Thursday at 07:11 "AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH IT'S HOT, THE SHARDS ARE HOT AFTER EXPLOSION AHAHAHAHA AND WHEN THEY ARE FLOATING SO FASCINATING!" ?a???eLast Thursday at 07:12 Volim drops his PADD and rushes to Sana's side. "Boss!" he grabs her hands to look at them. "You're hurt!" EunhaLast Thursday at 07:13 "DID I TELL YOU TO STOP SKETCHING." ?a???eLast Thursday at 07:15 "But Boss!" he reaches into his labcoat and takes out a dermal regenerator. Clearly he's prepared. EunhaLast Thursday at 07:16 "WE MUST KNOW WHAT THESE ROCKS ARE COMPOSED OF!" ?a???eLast Thursday at 09:35 "And we will, but I can't do it on my own Boss..." he says, struggling to apply the regenerator when Sana's hand won't. stop. moving. EunhaLast Thursday at 10:21 Walks over to a locker nearby and searches it for the tool she needs EunhaLast Thursday at 10:30 starts throwing stuff out that isn't what she needs ?a???eLast Thursday at 11:12 Volim follows up behind, trying to catch all of the tools she throws EunhaLast Thursday at 13:12 "No. No. No. How'd that get in here? No. No. OOOOO no." she continues ?a???eLast Thursday at 13:17 "Boss..." comes the muffled voice from underneath the tools
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Sana@turtles#8407 Brushes her self off and clears her throat "Welcome one and all to this training simulationg." Charlie@drcrippler nods Jenni@crystyll looks around, "Well we appear to have all survived and landed on... well not the most inhospitable world!" Sana@turtles#8407: "Ah ha! Well spotted you have a good eye...I like that." she laughs "Yes, this is a training situation to test survivial skills when stranded on a planet." Charlie@drcrippler scans the surroundings for information about its atmosphere, lifesigns, and water Keliaya@anncarise looks Jenni over, "Good seeing you back in your jumpsuit, Jenni." Jenni@crystyll: "Much as I like the prettier uniform for ship duty, this is rather more comfortable" she grins Charlie@drcrippler looks at Sana. "We were carrying nothing upon evacuation?" Sana@turtles#8407: "Sooooooo I hope you all ready as the training begins......" she looks at her wrist which has nothing on it "Now." Sana@turtles#8407 As she says now the holodeck spawns in a crashed shuttle behind them but there is some what of an access to the inside and there are some random containers spread around Jenni@crystyll: "So what's the plan here? Presumably we need to find survival supplies whilst finding a way off the planet?" Jenni@crystyll: "Like, at least getting the distress beacon active, if not full comms on the shuttle?" Sana@turtles#8407 Looks to Kelly "As chief engineer that makes you the most senior officer so I think that means your in charge I think." Keliaya@anncarise nods, "Got it. Priority is definitely to access the shuttle." Charlie@drcrippler goes to try to access the shuttle Sana@turtles#8407 The planet appears at it does a tropical world that is very very hot Jenni@crystyll: "Perhaps a reccy of surviving supplies, rations, tooling etc. from the shuttle?" Keliaya@anncarise: "Wait up, Ensign." Charlie@drcrippler pauses and glances back Keliaya@anncarise: "Before approaching damaged machinery, first precaution is to perform a scan to ensure there's no risk." Charlie@drcrippler: "We have no tricorders Commander," Sana@turtles#8407 Indeed no one has a tricorder Jenni@crystyll: "A visual scan can still tell you a lot about the condition of a ship" she smiles, wondering around the shuttle for said visual inspection Keliaya@anncarise: "Then we access it visually. Look for signs of smoke, damage, irregular heat emanation." Charlie@drcrippler stands and looks with his untrained eye Keliaya@anncarise nods to Jenni, "Don't want to be within blast radius if it does end up critically malfunctioning." Keliaya@anncarise looks over the shuttle visually as well. Sana@turtles#8407 For visual aid of the shuttle: http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20111106142245/startrek/images/b/bf/Planet_Hell_shuttle_crash.jpg Sana@turtles#8407 There doesn't appear to be any smoke coming from the shuttle thus far Keliaya@anncarise: "Damage looks primarily superficial..." Sana@turtles#8407: "Looks quite wedged into all the rocks, maybe difficult if we attempt to try and take off again." Jenni@crystyll: "No signs of uncontained fires or open fuel lines this side Sana@turtles#8407 Pokes at the rocks "Heavy." Charlie@drcrippler: "The shuttle is broken," Keliaya@anncarise nods, "With luck there's still enough of the comm systems left to put out a distress beacon." Keliaya@anncarise: "Let's see if we can access the interior." Jenni@crystyll: "Yeah, that's not coming out of there under it's own power, even if we could fire the engines. Will need a grapple to salvage it Jenni@crystyll: " Keliaya@anncarise looks for the entrance into the shuttle. Sana@turtles#8407: | The door to the shuttle is just at the back Keliaya@anncarise tries to open the door. Charlie@drcrippler decides to take a different tact and look around the surroundings. Are they in a forest? A beach? etc... Keliaya@anncarise: "A hand please?" Jenni@crystyll moves over to assist, "On it!" Charlie@drcrippler looks around the beach, and then up at the sky to gauge what time of day it is Keliaya@anncarise: "The door is unresponsible. Let's try to pry it open. On the count of three..." Keliaya@anncarise counts down to three and tries to pry open the door with Jenni. Keliaya@anncarise: rolls 44 (1-100) Charlie@drcrippler: rolls 26 (1-100) Jenni@crystyll: rolls 97 (1-100) Sana@turtles#8407: | Kelly struggles to pull the door from her side but thanks to surprsing strength from Jenni they are able to open the door Sana@turtles#8407: | They can instantly feel heat radiating from the inside Keliaya@anncarise: "Good work!" Jenni@crystyll turns a proud grin to Kelly as the door heaves open, quickly looking inside, "That's not good..." Keliaya@anncarise: "Yeah..." Keliaya@anncarise backs away from the shuttle. Sana@turtles#8407: | There is a dim orange glow Sana@turtles#8407: "How interesting." she walks closer Keliaya@anncarise: "Okay, using shuttle as shelter is not an option at the moment..." Jenni@crystyll: "We should salvage what we can and move it to a safe distance" Charlie@drcrippler notes the time of day before turning Keliaya@anncarise nods, "Be careful. We don't want to get burned in the process." Sana@turtles#8407: "Judging by the heat and the size of the fire so far I would say the entire shuttle will be engulfed in approximelty 7.5 minutes." Keliaya@anncarise: "The one downside of being on a planet with oxygen..." she chuckles. "I'd say the upsides outweigh it though. Significantly." Jenni@crystyll: "Then let's get moving. Kelly, do you need a hand to pull the transponder in that time?" Sana@turtles#8407: "I'll try getting some tricorders!" Keliaya@anncarise steps closer and checks if she can pull the transponder out in time. Sana@turtles#8407 Points to Charlie "Ensign you should come too, get a medkit and some rations maybe?" looks to Kelly to see if that's a good idea Charlie@drcrippler: "It is illogical to risk all of us to injury," Keliaya@anncarise: "We want to grab everything we can. Transponder is priority and we probably don't have long to extract it." Keliaya@anncarise: "But the Ensign does have a point." Sana@turtles#8407: "Right i'll grab what I can then!" she runs in to get tricorders,medkits,rations and phasers! Keliaya@anncarise nods to Jenni, "Let's try to extract the transponder." Sana@turtles#8407: "Ooo! it's really hot in here!" Jenni@crystyll: "Right behind you!" Sana@turtles#8407: rolls 25 (1-100) Keliaya@anncarise tries to extract the transponder or what's left of it at least. Charlie@drcrippler scouts the exterior for any useful debris Keliaya@anncarise: rolls 55 (1-100) Jenni@crystyll: rolls 50 (1-100) Charlie@drcrippler: rolls 35 (1-100) Jenni@crystyll: rolls 88 (1-100) Keliaya@anncarise: rolls 51 (1-100) Charlie@drcrippler returns back to the front, having found nothing useful Sana@turtles#8407 Although it is difficult to see due to the amount of smoke the pair are just about able to remove the transponder Keliaya@anncarise: "Almost there..." Keliaya@anncarise coughs, "See if you...find some rebreathers too." Charlie@drcrippler: "Keep low," he calls to the others. "Smoke rises," Keliaya@anncarise tries to stay low. Jenni@crystyll: "I'll grab what I can!" she grunts, helping Kelly heave the transponder unit out, seemingly unaffected. Must be some small atmospheric difference from FE giving her high tolerance Sana@turtles#8407 rustles around as best she can but stumbles over some debris and heads out after another minute or so Jenni@crystyll searches the remaining emergency supply cabinets for rebreathers, or anything else she lays hands on Jenni@crystyll: rolls 16 (1-100) Jenni@crystyll throws two halves of a broken tricorder out of the door ahead of them Keliaya@anncarise gets the transponder unit away from the shuttle. Sana@turtles#8407 Coughs some what and drops what she found on to the floor Keliaya@anncarise: "No luck with rebreathers?" Jenni@crystyll: "Sadly not..." looks over her shoulder, "...but I think we should move to a safe distance in case that blows" Keliaya@anncarise coughs, "Unfortunate...could be useful if we need to go in the water..." Sana@turtles#8407 Smoke is beginning to rise from the shuttle Keliaya@anncarise nods, "Let's move away from here." Sana@turtles#8407 Picks up the few things we found "Where too?" Jenni@crystyll carries the transponder, having not been so affected by the smoke, "Lead on" Sana@turtles#8407: she found* Charlie@drcrippler leads up away from the shuttle Keliaya@anncarise pockets the broken tricorder Jenni found, could come in handy for spare components. Charlie@drcrippler: "There seems to be a rocky outcrop there. I suggest we go in that direction," he points Keliaya@anncarise nods, "Lead the way, Ensign." Charlie@drcrippler: "However, we should use some of the debris to form an arrow in the direction of our movement," Jenni@crystyll: "Could provide some shelter, and the high ground may be a fruitful vantage point" Charlie@drcrippler: "If there was a search party that found the shuttle, it will assist them in locating us," Sana@turtles#8407: "Perhaps we should set up our gear first and then come back?" Jenni@crystyll: "You can always come back. Right now I'd /really/ like to put this thing down..." Charlie@drcrippler looks to Kelly for orders Keliaya@anncarise nods, "Might be best to find a site for shelter first, yes. But a clever idea, Ensign." Charlie@drcrippler leads on Keliaya@anncarise: "Might be able to salvage for components if the fire dies down later as well." Keliaya@anncarise: "We definitely want somewhere sheltered from the elements. Preferably with convenient access to water and other potential resources." Sana@turtles#8407: | The silver buidling to the side is acutally more rock formations there looks like there might be a cave? Keliaya@anncarise: "But we can't be too picky right now." Charlie@drcrippler: "Did we salvage some tricorders?" Sana@turtles#8407: "Oh I picked up some things if you want to see!" Keliaya@anncarise: "What did you get? All I have now is a broken tricorder..." Charlie@drcrippler glances back Jenni@crystyll: "I swear it was like that when I found it..." Sana@turtles#8407 Puts down a broken phaser, an empty cateen bottle, 3 hyposprays and one tricoder with a smashed screen Charlie@drcrippler: "Perhaps you can see what we have here. I can climb these rocks to survey our surroundings," Jenni@crystyll grunts and dumps the heavy transponder, "Alright, here will do for now then" she pants Keliaya@anncarise shakes her head, "Leave that to me, Ensign." Charlie@drcrippler nods and looks around Sana@turtles#8407: "This isn't my greatest haul..." she looks at her items Keliaya@anncarise quickly clambers up the rocks. Charlie@drcrippler picks up the tricorder to see if it turns on Jenni@crystyll: "Kelly might be able to fix that tricorder with the busted one I grabbed" Jenni@crystyll kneels and starts poking at the transponder to see if it will activate Keliaya@anncarise clambers back down as naturally as it was for her to get on top. Keliaya@anncarise: "Looks like we're on an island. Not particularly large." Jenni@crystyll frowns, "I think the power cell might be fried...." Keliaya@anncarise: "Does the phaser still have a power cell?" Sana@turtles#8407: "The heat and the rock formations suggest to me we are some sort of tropic zone, we could expect to see rain I believe, quite alot." Jenni@crystyll: "Looked like a cave over there, maybe good shelter? Assuming it's not already occupied of course..." Keliaya@anncarise: "If we can get the tricorder functional, we might be able to check before we go in." Keliaya@anncarise searches the phaser for a power cell. Keliaya@anncarise: "Rain is usually good. It should allow vegetation to flourish on the island, and rainwater is usually drinkable as well." Charlie@drcrippler hands the flickering tricorder to Kelly. "Commander?" Jenni@crystyll: "Looks like we'll need supplies too. Food, water, heat..." Charlie@drcrippler: "The tricorder powers on, but it is flickering," Sana@turtles#8407 Picks up the empty canteen "At least we have some where to store the water." Keliaya@anncarise takes the tricorder and examines what's wrong with it. Jenni@crystyll: "Won't be much there to spread between four of us though. Still, it's a start!" Jenni@crystyll: "I'll have a scour, see if I can find any dry firewood, edible vegetation and such" Sana@turtles#8407 Takes a look around pick up random bits of grass and having a sniff Keliaya@anncarise: "Seems it's just superficial from the screen damage. It should be usable, once we settle down I'll see if I can replace the screen with components from the broken one I have." Keliaya@anncarise: "Or even the phaser's interface." Charlie@drcrippler: "Let us use it on the cave to scan for lifesigns." Keliaya@anncarise nods. Keliaya@anncarise makes her way over to the cave. Charlie@drcrippler follows Keliaya@anncarise scans the cave once they are there, checking for lifeforms inside. Keliaya@anncarise: "Looks clear." Jenni@crystyll returns a short time later, arms laden with light kindling and a sampling of berry-like fruit sat on top, "Did they get that tricorder working? Found a bush of these things down the way there" Jenni@crystyll: "But if they're anything like the ones back home, I wouldn't trust them without a scan!" Keliaya@anncarise: "Let's inform the others that it'll make for a suitable shelter." Charlie@drcrippler: "We should move our items here. It was midday when we arrived. I want to check the position of the star again so I can estimate how long a day is here," Keliaya@anncarise nods, "Let's go get our things, then." Sana@turtles#8407: "Yes I believe so, also we could make use of this grass to collect water I believe we could try to fashion it into a suitable shape Jenni@crystyll: "Ooh smart!" Charlie@drcrippler goes to collect the items to move them into the cave Keliaya@anncarise helps Charlie carry a few of the items, and also keeps an eye out for local wildlife. Charlie@drcrippler checks the position of the sun again to see how far it's moved in the sky Charlie@drcrippler nods and moves to the others Keliaya@anncarise drops her batch of items off at the cave and returns to the others as well. Keliaya@anncarise: "Cave checks out. We can use it for shelter." Jenni@crystyll: "Great. Will give us a place to work on that transponder too. You got that tricorder handy?" she offers forward the sampling of berries Charlie@drcrippler: "It seems that the sun will set soon. I estimate this planet spends more time in the dark than it does in the day. Approximately ten hours in the dark, with a full rotation taking between 16 and 20 ho Charlie@drcrippler: urs," Keliaya@anncarise nods, "It's functional, just got a bit of a broken screen." Keliaya@anncarise scans the berries to see if they're safe to eat. Keliaya@anncarise: "They're reading as edible, and similar to strawberries, apparently." Sana@turtles#8407: "I like strawberries." Jenni@crystyll: "Ooh! Mia gave me some of those when I first arrived, they were very tasty!" Keliaya@anncarise: "Forged Earth doesn't have any?" Jenni@crystyll hustles to drop her firewood at the cave so she can try one, "There was a bush of them just down the hill, so we should have plenty" Keliaya@anncarise follows back to the cave, "It's a good start for a food source. I haven't seen any wildlife aside from insects." Jenni@crystyll: "May be that's all we have to work with. And no, we don't have strawberries back home. Similar, but not the same!" Keliaya@anncarise nods, "Berries are better than nothing! Might be worth scanning the water when we go to the shore again." Jenni@crystyll: "The lieutenant had an idea for gathering rainwater too. So with our basics covered, maybe we can try and get that transponder working" Keliaya@anncarise: "Check if the water has salt in it, and if there's any aquatic life we might be able to fish." Jenni@crystyll: "Ideally, I'd like to fix it and set it on top of the rocks with some cover over it" Sana@turtles#8407: "I'll weave some grass and set them up in ideal positions to collect rain water." Keliaya@anncarise: "That's a great idea!" Jenni@crystyll: "Good thinking! Iif I can borrow the tricorder, I'll check the water and life down there" Sana@turtles#8407 Gets about weaving the grass as if she has done this before... Keliaya@anncarise hands the tricorder to Jenni, "I'll see if I can get the transponder working in the meantime." Jenni@crystyll nods, "I'll check back shortly" Jenni@crystyll wanders down to the waterfront Keliaya@anncarise watches the cave while seeing if she can power on the transponder. Jenni@crystyll hustles to complete her task as she notices rain clouds on the horizon Keliaya@anncarise keeps the transponder safe deep in the cave and checks if the broken tricorder has a better screen than the functional one, so she can replace it later. Jenni@crystyll finishes her scans and hurries back to the cave Keliaya@anncarise keeps watch at the entrance of the cave, "Discover anything new?" Sana@turtles#8407 Starts to hang up her contraptions in various places to collect rain water Jenni@crystyll: "Commander; confirmed salt water with indicators of aquatic life. I also saw that the predicted weather front is moving in" Sana@turtles#8407: "Aww good ol' tropic weather systems." Keliaya@anncarise: "Best to take shelter in the cave then. Hopefully the water collectors will give us a good source of water from the storm." Sana@turtles#8407: "Strange though the rain comes when night approaches instead of midday." Keliaya@anncarise: "I've got the transponder working, and with luck we won't need to fish for food." Keliaya@anncarise: "But it's good to have that option." Jenni@crystyll: "Definitely. Will it get a signal out from in here?" Sana@turtles#8407: "We can feast on strawberries and await our rescue." Keliaya@anncarise: "I don't believe the rocks are signal-blocking types, but we can scan to make sure." Keliaya@anncarise: "We can always put it on top of the rock formation once the storm is over." Jenni@crystyll nods, offering the tricorder to the scientist with assumption she would want it to check the rocks for interference Jenni@crystyll has no idea when it comes to Sana... Sana@turtles#8407: "Just from a visual inspection from the texture and density of the rocks it does not seem they'd be able to block any signal, I believe it is just a simple granite material nothing that could Sana@turtles#8407: mess up our signal." she does touch the rock too be sure Keliaya@anncarise: "Perfect. We'll keep it where it's safest inside the cave and wait inside, then." Sana@turtles#8407 Nods "Excellent idea." Keliaya@anncarise: "I can improve the tricorder a little in the meantime. The broken one's screen is a bit cracked, but it should be better than this one's." Jenni@crystyll: "Meanwhile, I'll see about setting the fire. If this place is granite, we should have no problem finding some shards to spark a flame" Jenni@crystyll sits down. Sana@turtles#8407: "Shall we also send the signal?" Keliaya@anncarise nods, "I'll boot it up." Jenni@crystyll makes herself comfy and starts playing with the twigs Keliaya@anncarise activates the transponder and sends the signal. Sana@turtles#8407: | As Kelly does there is a ding and the simulation ends! Sana@turtles#8407: "Oh! We're saved." Jenni@crystyll looks up and smiles, "Aww, just as I was getting ready to sing campfire songs too!" she laughs Keliaya@anncarise laughs, "Remind me to find a camping simulation someday!" Sana@turtles#8407 Laughs "This simulation has many many different routes I'm guessing since we got the transponder and repiared it so easily that meant it was an easier ending." Jenni@crystyll: "A good job all around, I'd say!" Sana@turtles#8407: "I'm glad you all took time out of you day to join me for this." Sana@turtles#8407: "Never know when you're going to be stranded." Jenni@crystyll: "It was interesting to see Starfleet's take on this sort of thing!" Keliaya@anncarise nods, "Indeed, it's always good to know what you're doing in case the worst happens." Keliaya@anncarise: "FEPD has its own crash landing procedures, I presume?" Sana@turtles#8407: "This was only one of a selection of scenarios so if you ever want to do another." she smiles Jenni@crystyll: "Yeah, very similar stuff. But we pride ourselves on the ability to do so as that's our heritage really!" Keliaya@anncarise: "Maybe we can try one without a breathable atmosphere. Ramp up the difficulty a little." Sana@turtles#8407 Eyes go wide "Yes." Keliaya@anncarise: "Besides, the majority of planets aren't habitable, so more likely than not if we do get stranded, it will be in such a place." Jenni@crystyll: "Low atmo, injured on arrival, trapped in the shuttle before it's due to blow, no supplies or tech to scavange..." Keliaya@anncarise: "Okay, not /too/ impossible!" Jenni@crystyll grins wolfishly Sana@turtles#8407: "All are different scenearios in the program however it generates you a random one on start up." Keliaya@anncarise: "Well I guess it could be like those no-win scenarios for command testing..." Sana@turtles#8407: "Have you done those? I heard you have to order people to their deaths." Jenni@crystyll: "Malcolm told me all senior officers have to do it. Or all bridge officers at least...?" looks to Kelly for clarification Keliaya@anncarise: "You only need to do it for leadership positions, but many bridge officers do it too, I believe." Sana@turtles#8407 Nods "I see, well i'm heading to the labs see you guys around!" she runs Keliaya@anncarise: "It's mandatory for anyone in the command track in the Academy though." Keliaya@anncarise: "See you!" Keliaya@anncarise waves to Sana as she heads off. Jenni@crystyll doubletakes at the sudden departure and laughs, "So long Lieutenant!" Keliaya@anncarise chuckles, "I should probably prep for my duty shift too." Jenni@crystyll: "Back to holodeck 1 and stress testing the simulator for me" Keliaya@anncarise: "Good luck!" Keliaya@anncarise waves and heads off as well.
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Ecosse09/02/2019 Kiera enters the holodeck humming a tune to herself, her almost discovery-era looking jacket hanging open "Computer, load simulation Kassandra-3-Bravo." Following the chirp of the computer acknowledging the command, the holodeck transforms into the empty bridge of Walker class ship. Kiera, with a small sad smile on her face, makes her way towards the console on the right of the captain's chair. She leans against the console for a moment, strands of her hair hanging loose and framing her face as she looks out the main window at the Nebula in front of the ship, still humming to herself. CrystylLast Sunday at 19:50 Mia strolls after a while, her drone coasting along close behind as always. She looks at their current surroundings, "Not too late are we?" EcosseLast Monday at 00:48 Kiera glances over her shoulder from where she was leaning against the console to look at Mia "Not at all, feel free to come in. I'm just waiting for people to drop in before changing the program." CrystylLast Monday at 00:50 "Ooh this is not the intended destination then?" She looks around some more, "Such a pretty bridge too, they don't make them like this anymore do they!" EcosseLast Monday at 00:51 Looks around the bridge, her hand running along the edge of the console fondly "No...no they do not do they." CrystylLast Monday at 00:59 Mia considers her a moment, "You served on this bridge, didn't you?" EcosseLast Monday at 01:05 Kiera nods slightly "Aye, it's the bridge of the Caledonian...she was a fine ship..." CrystylLast Monday at 01:07 Mia steps in closer, admiring the finer points of the design, "We would very much like to know about her. If yoy feel so inclined to share that is. We completely understand if you'd not," EcosseLast Monday at 01:26 Kiera shrugs slightly "There is not much to know about her bar what you can find in the records about her...she is a relic of a bygone war." CrystylLast Monday at 01:29 Mia smiles gently, "Now we know that is not true!" She glances aroumd wistfully exploring the bridge with her eyes, imagining the stories these walls could tell, "We still hold fond memories of our old ship you know. The Derbyshire was no Enterprise of it's era, but we had our share of adventures!" "But more than that..." she pauses, "She was our home; the centre of our family" EcosseLast Monday at 01:32 Reaches into her jacket pulling out Kassandra's combadge holding it in her hand "Yeah...we had our fair share of adventures on the Caledonian as well to be fair, never knowing what was around the next star, Klingons behind every asteroid...it was an adventure to be sure." CrystylLast Monday at 01:36 Mia smiles again, "Romulans being a great and mythical invisible boogeyman most people had never heard of. Weeks at 'high warp' to reach your next system and /so/ many people squeezed into what we would now call a small ship!" EcosseLast Monday at 01:51 Kiera nods slightly "Aye, and we loved every minute of it...it make the travel and discovery all the more rewarding due to the length of the journey." CrystylLast Monday at 01:57 "And that time together is what forged our crews into families!" She looks over Keira agin, "We know it is hard, but are sure in time you can find a new family here. We can never replace the Caledonian for you; but we hope we can one day succeed them" she offers with a supportive smile EcosseLast Monday at 02:02 Lightly tosses her combadge into the air slightly before she catches and then repeats the motion a few times "Thank you for saying so, but if that does happen it will take time...but thanks for saying so anyway." CrystylLast Monday at 02:04 "Of course it will" she smiles, "We had the benefit of several decades reliving our time as a holo trainer to aid that transition. But it will come if you stay open to it. We are sure!" EcosseLast Monday at 02:09 Looks back down her console for a moment as she falls silent humming a tune to her self before she looks back up "Aye...will just have to keep moving forward and at least I have here for when I need it." CrystylLast Monday at 02:10 " Exactly! That sounded like a nice tune... what was it?" EcosseLast Monday at 02:11 "Just an old song I used to listen to a lot..." CrystylLast Monday at 02:13 "We do love a good song. And those who hold meaning are always extra special..." she hints encouragingly EcosseLast Monday at 02:21 Kiera nods slightly at Mia's words "It is a nice one yeah..." CrystylLast Monday at 02:25 Mia smiles at Keira, turning amd slowly encircling the bridge. Hand gliding from one surface to the next and gently starting to hum what is best guess at Keira's song, or at least something similar EcosseLast Monday at 02:28 Shakes her head slightly as she taps on the console for a second before music starts playing across the bridge with just the acoustic guitar playing (The song -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYiUMXn8khc) YouTube Hannah Trigwell Of Monsters and Men - Little Talks (Hannah Trigwell acoustic cover) "If you are going to try and hum it you should at least hear the actual tune first." CrystylLast Monday at 02:30 Mia flashes a smile over shoulder as the music plays. Promptly pulling it from the library amd 'learning' the song. She hums a little more with the backing before quietly starting to sing, watching Keira to see if she seems likely to join before building too much EcosseLast Monday at 02:36 Smiles ever so slightly as the music starts to play as she starts singing under her breath slightly before a new verse starts and she starts singing it proper. CrystylLast Monday at 02:38 Mia's smile brightens profusely, picking up alongside Kiera as she continues to encircle the bridge as they sing EcosseLast Monday at 02:45 Kiera is quite happy standing at her console as they sing until the end of the song CrystylLast Monday at 02:47 Mia would her way back around to Keira's console as the song concluded, "Thank yiu for sharing, it really is a beautiful piece" EcosseLast Monday at 02:53 Nods slightly "It is really nice...though you should have heard Thalia sign it, her voice was like liquid gold." CrystylLast Monday at 03:19 She smiles, "Thalia, that was... one of your former shipmates here?" EcosseLast Monday at 03:26 "Aye she was, my best friend as well on the ship as well probably. A good friend, a great signer and a damn fine officer." CrystylLast Monday at 03:30 "She sounds wonderful indeed. We are sorry we will never get to know her, but remain thankful that in some small part; she continues to live on through your memory and we may know of her from that" EcosseLast Monday at 04:20 "She really was...she would have loved to see all this stuff. And I suppose you are right there at least about her memory living on." CrystylLast Monday at 04:22 Mia nods and smiles, "We are always happy to share reminiscing with you Ms. Kiera, Ms. Kassandra. A song too, as you have a lovely singing voice!" ?a???eLast Monday at 11:10 Charlie enters, his nose in his PADD. "Computer play simulation Rivett..." he stops and looks up. "Oh. I see this holodeck is in use," EcosseLast Monday at 13:38 Smiles slightly "Thank you Mia, though Kiera is not too happy about the singing part of that..." Glances over her shoulder as Charlie walks in "Hey." ?a???eLast Monday at 13:42 "I apologise, I did not know the holodeck was in use," EcosseLast Monday at 13:53 "It's fine, I'm just running it as an open door thing for people to drop by and that." ?a???eLast Monday at 15:28 "Facinating," Charlie lowers his PADD and looks around EcosseLast Monday at 16:04 Shrugs slightly as she turns to look over at Charlie proper, still leaning on the console "Feel free to stay and join us if you want." ?a???eLast Monday at 18:25 "I may indeed do that," CrystylLast Monday at 18:25 "'Allo Charlie!" Mia chirps with an equally cheery wave ?a???eLast Monday at 18:26 "Mia," he nods CrystylLast Monday at 19:15 She looks back to Kiera, "You mentionedbefore that this was not the intended setting for your gathering today?" EcosseLast Monday at 19:36 Kiera glances over Mia with a slight nod "Aye, I had a few options for where to actually go depending on who turned up and what people wanted." CrystylLast Monday at 19:39 "Well we are happy to experience anything you have lined up! Mr. Charlie?" ?a???eLast Monday at 19:41 "I had not planned on anything. I do believe it is between you," he moves to the side and watches EcosseLast Monday at 20:09 Kiera nods slightly as she thinks of what to load "Computer load Kiera-4." As the bridge fades away it is replaced by a golden beach with crystal clear blue water lapping against the sand. The sound of seagulls can be heard from above along with the light breeze rustling the leaves on the trees back from the beach, they would also feel a rise in temperature to about 30°C CrystylLast Monday at 20:10 Mia smiles at the new setting, closing her eyes and extending her arms in a fanciful twirl, "We approve this choice!" ?a???eLast Monday at 20:11 "It is an acceptable choice," he says and begins to walk down the beach EcosseLast Monday at 20:14 Kiera nods slightly a smile on her face as she takes in the environment as she walks over towards the water and runs her hand through it. "It is nice, this is one of Kiera's though I have come to like it." CrystylLast Monday at 22:05 "Where are we anyhow, is this on Earth?" EcosseLast Monday at 22:28 Kiera stands up stretching "We are aye, we are on the island Mykonos on Earth." CrystylLast Monday at 22:32 "Aah not a place we are familiar with then!" She skips over to the water's edge, crouching and feeling the warm water wash over her hand as well AnnCariseLast Monday at 23:59 The doors slide open and Kelly steps in dressed in casual, off-duty clothing, "Oh, is it that time for the Risa festivities already?" CrystylLast Tuesday at 00:11 Mia spins around smiling cheerily, "Allo Ms. Kelly!" AnnCariseLast Tuesday at 00:11 Kelly smiles back, "Hey Mia! I didn't know you were here too!" CrystylLast Tuesday at 00:12 "How could we say no to a holodeck adventure!" She giggles AnnCariseLast Tuesday at 00:13 Kelly chuckles, "What's going on so far? I hope I'm not here too late?" CrystylLast Tuesday at 00:14 "We believe not! Ms. Kiera was just showing us this beautiful place" AnnCariseLast Tuesday at 00:18 Kelly glances around, taking in the environment, "Where are we? Reminds me of Pacifica or Risa, though that's just because those planets are known for environments like this." EcosseLast Tuesday at 00:29 Kiera looks over at Kelly with a slight laugh at her Risa comment "Not quite, we are on the island of Mykonos on Earth in region known as the Aegean Sea." AnnCariseLast Tuesday at 00:35 "Oh yes! Earth has these settings as well. I've been to a few in California, not far from the Academy." EcosseLast Tuesday at 17:24 Kiera nods slightly as she crouches down searching through the sand for a smooth stone before she stands back up having found a few a throws them out to sea, skimming the water with them "Aye, been to a few out that way as well but it still doesn't compare to the feeling of being in the Mediterranean." CrystylLast Wednesday at 15:44 "It's not a part of the world we ever got to visiting sadly. By the time we were old enough to leave Marseille we were straight to San Francisco!" She smiles wistfully, turning to continue running a delicate hand through the warm waters as she watches Kiera's skimming ?a???eLast Wednesday at 15:46 Charlie, meanwhile, has wondered back to join the rest CrystylLast Wednesday at 15:50 Mia glances back to him, "What about you monsier Charlie; have you ever visited Earth even?" ?a???eLast Wednesday at 15:53 Charlie looks at Mia. "I was born on Earth," CrystylLast Wednesday at 15:54 "Oh!" She chirps, bounding to his side and linking her arm through his, "You intelligence lot really are just full of suprises aren't you!" She giggles ?a???eLast Wednesday at 15:55 Charlie takes a sideward glance at Mia. "My place of birth is publically avaliable on my dossier," CrystylLast Wednesday at 15:57 "Yes but to simply look it up would spoil the excitement of learning for ourselves! Plus, Capitaine Keelah said we really need to stop doimg that sort of thing..." ?a???eLast Wednesday at 15:59 "I do not understand how the excitement of reading it on my dossier and the excitement of asking me directly differs," CrystylLast Wednesday at 16:01 "That-" she pokes him in the chest, "- is the price you pay for that wonderfully logical mind!" A playful smile flashes across her cheery face ?a???eLast Wednesday at 16:03 Charlie looks at Mia. "It is evidently a very light price," CrystylLast Wednesday at 16:04 "Oh now we didn't say it was the only" she smirks, "But at least thanks to the Capitaine you can't come here and pretend not to have feelings!" ?a???eLast Wednesday at 16:05 "I do not pretend to not have feelings," CrystylLast Wednesday at 16:06 "Of course you don't. You know better than to try and fool the rest of us! Not like many of your kin we remember serving with!" ?a???eLast Wednesday at 16:08 "I cannot comment on them, though I believe I understand why," CrystylLast Wednesday at 16:09 "Is that so? Do tell!" She asks, leaning out to look at him priper with an ever present playful smile ?a???eLast Wednesday at 16:12 Charlie looks at Mia, quirks an eyebrow, but does not say a word. The corner of his mouth may have quirked up slightly, but it also could have been the breeze. CrystylLast Wednesday at 16:14 She holds her gaze with an innocent blink, content to patiently await his response ?a???eLast Wednesday at 16:22 "How long will this program be running for?" CrystylLast Wednesday at 16:25 "Long enough" she replies confidently, "Come now, do not keep us in suspense!" ?a???eLast Wednesday at 16:29 "It seems that you are persistent. However, I do not want to deprive you of the excitement you will feel when you find the matter out yourself," CrystylLast Wednesday at 16:32 "Tease..." she faux pouts, slipping away from him and skippimg through the shallow waters edge, "But you should know monsieur Charlie; that is a dangerous gauntlet to lay down to an AI, 1not least two of them!" She smirks his way midway a fanciful twirl, possibly - and by no means on purpose - sending a small splash of warm water his way ?a???eLast Wednesday at 16:38 Looks down at his wet trousers, and then at Mia. "What did this attack achieve?" CrystylLast Wednesday at 16:39 She doubles over in a giggle fit after staring at him a momemt EcosseLast Wednesday at 16:46 Kiera glances over at them as Mia splashes him, a small grin on her face as she watches out of the corner of her eye AnnCariseLast Wednesday at 16:59 Kelly laughs quietly as well as she watches. ?a???eLast Wednesday at 17:05 "I fail to comprehend your amusement in this matter," CrystylLast Wednesday at 17:07 Mia pauses to look back to him before giggling even more profusely. Yep, it's a full on out of control giggle fit ?a???eLast Wednesday at 20:12 "Is Mia's hologram broken?" CrystylLast Wednesday at 20:13 Miadrone offers a chirpy series of beeps in some convoluted response ?a???eLast Wednesday at 20:14 Charlie glances at Kelly for her diagnostic talent AnnCariseLast Wednesday at 23:37 Kelly shakes her head, grinning, “No, she’s fine. This is all normal for her.” CrystylYesterday at 11:42 Mia eventually recovers from her giggle fit and bounds over to Charlie, throwing her arms about his shoulders in a big hug, "We apologize monsier Charlie, we were just having fun! We did not mean to... dampen your spirits" she remarks with another barely contained giggle as she steps back
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REF: https://argo.enjin.com/forum/m/6618775/viewthread/6186190-rumor-has-ic/post/137041362#p137041362 ----- Nikki@crystyll: "Ferengi, kal-fail... please" Novum@perpetis is comfortably leant forward in her chair, seemingly playing the 3D chessboard against an AI program. Thoughtful of a move, she'd take a brief sip from her glass, before glancing over to the + Novum@perpetis: familiar voice and waving lightly, "Hey, Nikee." Nikki@crystyll looks over and smiles, heading that way, "Found a new place to loiter, have we?" Novum@perpetis grinned innocently, giving a faint half-shrug, "You ~could~ say that. This does seem to be people's preferred hangout spot, after all. Ah, sit, please," Gestured to the free seat. Nikki@crystyll: "Thanks. Though please don't ask me to play, Tongo is one thing but this... feels far too much like work" Nikki@crystyll sits in the captain's chair. Novum@perpetis tuts in mock disappointment, "Oh, that's a shame, this is so much more interesting than Tongo in my opinion." Reached over, setting a final piece down, before the checkmate sound chimes, "Not that+ Novum@perpetis: I have any idea how to play Tongo. How are you?" Nikki@crystyll: "Enjoying a nice quite and relaxed day" she smiles contentedly Novum@perpetis chuckles, "I'm glad!" Nikki@crystyll: "And what about you? Still waiting for that next elusive trade deal?" Novum@perpetis winked lightly, "You could say that. Woe is my struggles when there's no civilian businesses on-station to do it, though~" Nikki@crystyll: "Aah just the calm before the storm no doubt" she smiles Novum@perpetis: "Mm, no doubt indeed!" Leaned back lazily, "I imagine work's been busy for you regardless?" Nikki@crystyll: "It is a neverending duty" Novum@perpetis: "Oh, that's a pity!" Nikki@crystyll: "Not that it's relentless though, still managed to take some time out today and slip away to the station here. Just be another random face in the crowd and all..." Nikki@crystyll looks up as Swifty brings her drink over alongisde... a muffin with a candle stuck in the top of it...? Novum@perpetis grinned slightly, "Another random face in the crowd? If I didn't know better, I'd say you were.." Then slowly raised a brow to the delivery. Nikki@crystyll groans, virtually faceplanting, "Really...?!" she snaps, snatching the drink to a simply toothy grin in response Novum@perpetis snorted outright, shaking her head bemusingly, "I think I need a little context here!" Nikki@crystyll sighs and swipes the cake from his hand, setting it on the top level of the chessboard and glaring at it, "Every. Damn. time..." shakes her head Novum@perpetis resumed the slight grin, eyeing the muffin with the candle for a second, then back to Nikki with a raised brow, "So, what's the context with this?" Nikki@crystyll looks back, "It's that hologram from the Valley Forge. Sorry; /former/ hologram..." Novum@perpetis: "Hologram?" Nikki@crystyll: "Just because I helped them out a few times, she insists on treating me like 'one of the family'. She knows I don't care for celebrations, but every year she somehow knows where I am and manages to + Nikki@crystyll: +sneak one of these in..." Novum@perpetis laughed! She'd shake her head bemusingly again, "Starfleet crews for you, I'd suspect!" Nikki@crystyll: "Old fashioned ones at that..." shakes her head eyeing the cake with an unimpressed look before promptly blowing out the candle Nikki@crystyll FX | The candle sparks back up Novum@perpetis: "Hey, at least this dessert must taste good. Ya'know, without this undying flame," Raised a brow to the candle. Nikki@crystyll frowns and blows it out again. Of course it reappears. repeats several times before huffing and dumping it in her kali-fal and waving the bartender back over Novum@perpetis 's far too bemused grin reaffirms itself, watching for the inevitable encounter. Nikki@crystyll hands him the glass with an unimpressed look averting her gaze from him, "Another... please..." Novum@perpetis chuckled again, speaking up onc the bartender walked back, "Is /that/ part of the 'family' feeling?" Nikki@crystyll: "No... that is new" she quirks a brow at the cake still, "She is nothing if not spirited..." shakes her head and finally swipes the cake for a bite Novum@perpetis: "Well, I'd say it's a good way to lighten up the mood of someone looking to be a face in the crowd," She'd humour, though raised a curious brow again at the other Romulan after paraphrasing the quote. Nikki@crystyll doubletakes as a random exocomp seems to pause and watch her before beeping and promptly hovering away Novum@perpetis followed Nikki's gaze briefly, though didn't catch the exocomp. She'd glance back, brow still raised. Nikki@crystyll: "Hey I'm just not... big on birthdays is all..." shakes her the paranoia from her head Novum@perpetis: "Wait... what? It's your /birthday/?" Nikki@crystyll raises the half eaten cake as a toast to the sentiment in lieue of a fresh drink Novum@perpetis: "Well, now I feel disrespectful," Chuckled to that, before raising her glass anyway, "Well, happy birthday, Nikee." Nikki@crystyll: "Last year she somehow managed to get one of the Llicordais' replicators to 'spurt' out a cake and play a jingle as I walked past..." Nikki@crystyll dips her head gratefully, "Thanks. And thanks" she acknowledges the arrival of her refill Novum@perpetis: "Really? Well, talk about determination- Ah, right, I suppose a Starfleeter would make that effort if you actively avoided any parties, isn't it?" Glanced to the bartender again, then back. Nikki@crystyll: "Yeah, but this one's no ordinary Fed..." Novum@perpetis: "Since when are they ever ordinary?" Grinned slightly. Nikki@crystyll chuckles, "True enough" Novum@perpetis: "Mhmmm. I can understand not wanting to indulge any parties, though." Leaned forward again, "You didn't have anything planned, though?" Nikki@crystyll shakes her head firmly, "Never! I would have stayed on the ship and carried on like a normal day, if not for fear that she would have saught me out there..." Nikki@crystyll: "The last thing I'd want is something like this happening on the bridge of the Khre'Riov's flag..." Novum@perpetis tutted in disappointment, though this time it was hard to tell how much of it was in jest, "Still, you had nothing planned! For your /birthday/!" Nikki@crystyll: "Why is that such a suprise to everyone...?" Novum@perpetis: "Because! It's a day to celebrate another year of surviving the Vulcan Star Empire!" Nodded firmly, definitely joking now, before offering a chuckle, "It's a day to look back on all your + Novum@perpetis: achievements, too. Don't you want to just have a day to.. relax like that?" Nikki@crystyll: "But the cycle of the calendar year serves that same purpose. This just seems like celebrating ones accomplishment in the fine art of... aging..." Novum@perpetis: "I mean, that is the central idea, too." Grinned slightly, "Not that us Romulans need to worry about dying of old age anytime soon. You're - Ah - how old, again? 32?" Nikki@crystyll perks a brow, "...close enough" Novum@perpetis: "Not even wanting to tell?" Sighed in exaggerated mock-pain, "Oh, this simple trader weeps." Nikki@crystyll sigh-chuckles, "36 if you must know" Novum@perpetis winked lightly, "Close enough. But, there you go. 36 years of surviving what the galaxy could throw at you. You don't consider that something to appreciate?" Nikki@crystyll: "Oh I feel surviving is worth celebrating, of course! I just... never associated that with birthdays is all, I guess..." Novum@perpetis grinned slightly, "Well, there you go! A new mindset to indulge, eh?" Nikki@crystyll: "Not you too..." she laughs, shaking her head Novum@perpetis chuckles, "Hey, if it's any consolation, I don't do the parties or anything either. I do like to break out a bottle of the 2380's to celebrate, though," Nods firmly. Nikki@crystyll: "A rare vintage? I guess the private sector has it's perks too" she smiles Novum@perpetis: "Mm, an expensive perk, to be fair. It took me /forever/ to find a legitimate seller of the stuff." Gestured with her glass in hand lazily, then grinned innocently, "How's about it? That'll be my + Novum@perpetis: birthday gift to you." Nikki@crystyll groans apprehensively, "And get into a cycle of annual reciprocation that will only end when one of us dies? Is it really /that/ good?" Novum@perpetis: "It's good enough that I can forgive you not returning a similar gesture, as they'd only pale in comparrison," She'd tease, then notes, "Not that I plan to advertise my birthday. You'll have to pry it Novum@perpetis: off my dossier." Nikki@crystyll: "That can always be arranged" she smirks slightly, "Well... if you are really so sorely in need of a current excuse to open a bottle, I would not want to disappoint..." Novum@perpetis grinned innocently, before draining her glass as she moved to stand, humouring out, "Oh, like you aren't eager to try it!" Nikki@crystyll rolls her eyes, "What can I say? I have a soft spot for reminders of the homeworld" Novum@perpetis tutted in mock disappointment, "Oh, just that, of course!" Before flashing another grin as she passed, patting Nikki's shoulder, "Just a moment, then." Nikki@crystyll watches her over her shoulder, smirking lightly and shaking her head. As she turns back she catches another toothy grin from behind the bar, "What?" she huffs, turning to consider the finished chess+ Nikki@crystyll: +game in front of her while munching the last of the cake Novum@perpetis wibble wobble timey wimey's forward since no one else is around to tell her otherwise! She'd come back with a bottle in hand, proudly declaring as she approached Nikki, "Tadaaa! Feast your eyes + Novum@perpetis: upon this beaut!" Nikki@crystyll takes in hand admiringly, "Wow, you weren't kidding were you? Thank you Novum, sincerely" Nikki@crystyll actually sounds genuinely sincere in that too Novum@perpetis dipped her head with a light chuckle, "Always glad to be of help. Make sure you give that aroma a good smell before you try it, eh? You'll never smell anything more ~refined~!" With that, she'd + Novum@perpetis: move to plonk back into her seat. Nikki@crystyll: "Well if I'm doing this, I should do it right. I hope you'll join me in a glass?" turns to wave for attention, to see that 2 glasses are already being delivered for them Novum@perpetis: "Any excuse to drink the good stuff, right?" Lightly winked, before glancing over, accepting her new glass with an appreciative nod, "Much obliged." Nikki@crystyll carefully pops open the bottle, savouring the act like a sacred ritual. She closes her eyes and smiles, taking in the aroma, "Wow, you weren't kidding..." Novum@perpetis: "Damn right I wasn't," She'd humour, before taking in a good whiff from where she was, too. "Oh, elements." Nikki@crystyll nods seriously, pouring out the two glasses before setting the bottle down and raising hers, "To a good vintage, then" she smiles Novum@perpetis returned the smile, raising her own glass Nikki's way approvingly, mildly teasing, "And to an actually-celebrated birthday." Before pulling the glass close for another appreciative sniff, then a + Novum@perpetis: slow first sip. Nikki@crystyll swirls her glass gently, also enjoyed another deep breath of the aroma with closed eyes before taking an appreciative sip, "They certainly don't make it like they used to, do they" Novum@perpetis shakes her head, "Mm, so they don't. ch'Rihan was pretty unique for that. I'm told Mol'Rihan has a reasonable approximation, though?" Nikki@crystyll: "Not quite so reasonable as I had believed" she chuckles Novum@perpetis tuts, "Ah, that's a shame! I've never tried it to my knowledge, so I wouldn't know!" Nikki@crystyll: "It is still much better than the facsimiles often found out here at least" Novum@perpetis: "Oh? Well, that certainly sounds like a step in the right direction, then," Grinned slightly, swirling her own glass lightly, "But, nothing beats the original." Nikki@crystyll: "A sentiment I can now vouch for personally" she smiles Novum@perpetis winked lightly, "I bet you're all the happier for it, too. Or you're just tolerating my antics. One of the two~" Sighed wistfully~ Nikki@crystyll narrows her eyes playfully, "Perhaps a bit of both...?" Novum@perpetis grinned far-too-bemusingly at that, teasing for it, "You don't sound certain. Did the trader make such an impression~?" Nikki@crystyll: "Maybe she did, or not. Maybe the officer hasn't decided yet" Nikki@crystyll smirks a little, taking another sip Novum@perpetis: "Oh, how that warms this trader's heart," Exaggerated a contented sigh, pressing her free hand to her chest, before chuckling, "I don't suppose anyone else knows it's your birthday, or...?" Nikki@crystyll: "Well I'm sure my superiors are aware, and fellow officers on the ship who had access to my dossier for the security checks" Nikki@crystyll: "And knowing that damned ex-hologram... the entire crew of her Starfleet ship..." Novum@perpetis snorted softly, "Oh, right, that would do it. Though, I was thinking more your friends." Nikki@crystyll blinks, looking back with a somewhat blank expression Novum@perpetis slowly raised a brow Nikki's way again mid-sip from her glass, lowering the glass to carefully ask, "You.. do have friends, right?" Nikki@crystyll: "Well like I said, my fellow officers on the Saeihr who have viewed my file would have access to that information..." Novum@perpetis: "You don't have friends," Partly raised her other brow in some surprise, "Elements, and I was joking about the service being lonely, too." Nikki@crystyll sighs, deflating slightly, "What can I say, I just... never really made time for people outside of my duty..." Novum@perpetis: "Why not?" Tilted her head slightly, examining the fellow Romulan carefully. Nikki@crystyll shrugs, "When you grow up moving from one combat zone to the next you soon learn to expect that some won't be returning with you each time. It just seems prudent then to maintain a certain detachment Nikki@crystyll: " Nikki@crystyll shuffles awkwardly in her seat, like she almost believes her own excuses Novum@perpetis frowns slightly, obviously knowing better. She'd set her glass on the 3D chessboard carefully, before getting up and moving over, soon kneeling down beside her fellow Romulan and offering them a + Novum@perpetis: comforting sidehug, repeating her query more carefully, "Why not?" Nikki@crystyll tenses at the sudden contact, "I... I learned that the hard way. I'd get close to friends in my unit, we'd go into battle. Sooner or later, they... well you get the idea" Novum@perpetis: "We're not in a warzone anymore, though," She'd note, then added with a little hesitation, "For the most part, anyway. But, still." Nikki@crystyll: "Yeah, well... old habits and all I guess" she sort of shrugs within the sidehug if it's still held, "I just found it easier focusing on my duty, and since the Desmus was mothballed, I've not stayed + Nikki@crystyll: + in one place long enough to think of it as not being a warzone" Novum@perpetis nodded slowly, definitely still keeping that sidehug, and even affirming it with a gentle squeeze. She'd query after, glancing to Nikki carefully, "And, now that you are staying in one place?" Nikki@crystyll turns a quirked brow to face Novum, "I've been on the Saeihr a few weeks..." Novum@perpetis: "The question stands," Retorts with an innocent smile. Nikki@crystyll remains tense at the unfamiliar interaction, "A few weeks hardly constitutes being settled" Novum@perpetis: "How about officially making your first friend on this station, then? With a bottle of 2381 to show for it," Reaffirmed the innocent smile, no doubt reaffirming the sidehug again upon feeling that + Novum@perpetis: tense posture. Nikki@crystyll: "Well I guess it would be hard to qualify you as anything else given the purely social nature of our interactions..." she smiles, softening a little maybe too, "Alright, sure. I can go with that!" Novum@perpetis: "Purely social so far," She'd retort with a chuckle, "I did offer to spar with you. Regardless, I'm glad to hear it!" Nikki@crystyll: "And unless that sparring came in the form of an official Republic sanctioned training exercise, I would have to surmise it was still purely social" she chuckles Novum@perpetis winked lightly, "You never know, this simple trader could turn out to not be as simple as she claims~" Nikki@crystyll: "Not so simple, or not so trader?" she retorts with a slight smirk Novum@perpetis raised a far-too-bemused brow at that, humouring for a good moment as she reached her free hand for her glass, "Mm. Yes," Came her descriptive answer, following a content sip from her glass. R'lmus@natthaan heads towards the replicator. Nikki@crystyll chuckles, rolling her eyes, "Well either way. You have persevered with my stubbornness around social interactions and so remain a good friend either way" Novum@perpetis winked lightly, before humouring, "I'm glad you think so, or I might have had to continue anyway!" With that, she'd give a final light squeeze in the sidehug, before releasing the embrace to move + Novum@perpetis: back to her seat. R'lmus@natthaan takes his drink and heads towards the bar. Nikki@crystyll rolls her shoulders as the hug is released, taking another sip of her drink and idly watching the unfamiliar face at the replicator Novum@perpetis glanced over her shoulder as well to that, then the bar, then back to Nikki, raising a brow, "Someone you know?" R'lmus@natthaan would look very familiar to anyone that has met Nimitz. Nikki@crystyll shakes her head, "No, though there is something oddly familiar about him" Novum@perpetis raised a brow to that, "Is that right?" Before glancing back to the bar, squinting at the figure carefully. Nikki@crystyll shoots Novum a quirked look, "Please, I may not be the most social of people but even I would at least greet a familiar face in close passing like that!" Nikki@crystyll says with a real 'I'm not /that/ bad' tone Novum@perpetis snorted outright, glancing back to Nikki with an all-so-innocent look as she'd muse, "Oh no, I wouldn't doubt that ~at all~! I just wanted to be sure, you see?" Nikki@crystyll: "Of course. Just stating for clarity..." adds mumbling into her drink, "I'd not do it again at least..." Novum@perpetis grinned slightly, humouring a simple, "Of course, trader's mistake!" Before raising a brow to the bar again, noting with a more neutral, "Though, now that you mention it, he does look oddly + Novum@perpetis: familiar." Nikki@crystyll: "Well you've been around a lot more than me, so you would know" Nikki@crystyll: "The station, I mean... you've been around the station a lot more. Because civilian and all..." Novum@perpetis: "Not much more, to be fair. Only seen so many faces for it, but..." Squinted, "I don't know." Nikki@crystyll: "You know I will not be offended if you wish to sate your curiosity" R'lmus@natthaan turns around and heads towards the table. "Pardon me.. I couldn't help but overhear you were talking about me." Novum@perpetis: "What, and let you have the rest of that-- Oh, nevermind," Chuckled, turning to regard R'lmus with another thoughtful glance, "We just think you look oddly familar to someone we may know. Just not + Novum@perpetis: sure who." R'lmus@natthaan: "I'm not surprised.. my... ahh... brother, gets around more then I do." Novum@perpetis: "... Brother?" Raised a brow again, before perking up, "Mr Nimitz?" R'lmus@natthaan: "That would be him... yes." Nikki@crystyll looks up, and up at him with eyes widening slightly as the familiar sensation clicks it, "Oh yes! The tr-... Starfleet Captain..." R'lmus@natthaan: "It's hard to be a traitor when one was never loyal to the Republic in the first place is it not?" Novum@perpetis raised a curious brow again, glancing between Nikki and R'lmus with another sip from her glass. Nikki@crystyll ahems, flushing slightly, "Hence my correction. Apologies..." R'lmus@natthaan hrmhps, before looking back to Novum "Subcommander R'lmus ch'Rhian, commander of the RRW Lykara." Nikki@crystyll 's flush deepens at realizing she's also addressing a senior officer. She hides behind a loooong sip of her drink Novum@perpetis nodded thoughtfully, "Novum. Simple trader contracted by your officials." Before casting a glance back to Nikki with something of a bemused grin. R'lmus@natthaan: "I had heard of your arrival." Novum@perpetis glanced back to R'lmus, raising a brow, "Oh? I didn't think a simple trader would become such a highlight, Subcommander." R'lmus@natthaan: "I like to keep informed of people that come and go around here, you never know when you get a chance to meet someone.... intresting." Nikki@crystyll perks a brow over her long sip at the select wording, looking between the pair Novum@perpetis humoured that thoughtfully, before nodding simply, "I don't know about that in my case, but I can safely say that the Centurion here has been ~positively~ engaging." Flashed an all-too-innocent - + Novum@perpetis: Possibly even dubious - smile Nikki's way. Nikki@crystyll blinks, a look of 'I have?' as she lowers the glass slowly, still glancing between the pair Novum@perpetis offered a subtle wink Nikki's way in response, before glancing back to R'lmus, "Subcommander, allow me to present, Centurion Nikee.. t'Rllaillieu, wasn't it?" R'lmus@natthaan looks down at Nikki "You are assigned to the Flagship, correct?" Nikki@crystyll nods to both, "Nikee ir-Fethraie t'Rllaillieu. Operations Officer" Novum@perpetis nodded thoughtfully, taking another content sip from her glass as she watched the pair. R'lmus@natthaan: "I have been onboard the Flag, she is an impressive ship, although I still prefer the Lykara." Nikki@crystyll: "Lykara, Lykara..." she trails off in a moments thought, "She's... an Aelahl right?" R'lmus@natthaan nods "She is." Nikki@crystyll smiles, "My first posting was to the Desmus. They are a fine breed of ship indeed" Novum@perpetis: "That's the.. D'Deridex counterpart, isn't it?" Furrowed a brow between the two. Nikki@crystyll nods, "A much more streamlined counterpart to it, yes" R'lmus@natthaan nods "They are, they are designed to carry out the same missions as the D'Deridex, but not as much resources to build." R'lmus@natthaan: "For every D'Deridex in the fleet, we can build two Aelahls." Novum@perpetis nodded thoughtfully, "Ah, I thought so! Even this simple trader can appreciate such an elegant 'bird." Novum@perpetis neglects to mention the time she tried to buy one~ R'lmus@natthaan takes a sip of his drink "Aside from the damage we took during the last battle, the Lykara has served me well." R'lmus@natthaan: "Only so much even the best tactical officer can do when faced with a Scimitar." Nikki@crystyll 's brow quirks curiously, "Dare I ask why you were toe to toe with a Scimitar...?" Novum@perpetis furrowed a brow, "A Scimitar, even?" R'lmus@natthaan looks to Nikki "It was during the Liberation of Ch'Aekhla Colony from the Star Empire." R'lmus@natthaan: "Intelligence failed to warn us that they had a Scimitar in their fleet." Novum@perpetis: "I'd think that is the idea with a Scimitar, to be fair," She'd note, though nodded thoughtfully anyway. Nikki@crystyll: "But you survived the day all the same" she raises her glass to the Subcommander R'lmus@natthaan glances to Novum "I'm quite aware of the main goal of a Scimitar... my younger brother commands the RRW Akhiy Saeihr in the Homefleet." Novum@perpetis smiled innocently at that, "Just expressing this trader's opinion, of course. Sounds like the family have all gone on to accomplish quite a bit, though!" R'lmus@natthaan slowly nods "We are not perfect, but we've all done well.. even if the head of the family happens to be a Starfleet Captain.." Novum@perpetis furrowed a brow skeptically, glancing to Nikki for a second, then back to R'lmus, "Mr Nimitz is the head of the house?" Nikki@crystyll held the briefest similarly quirked brow as she also looked back R'lmus@natthaan: "He is the first born." Novum@perpetis: "Oh. None of your parents are alive?" R'lmus@natthaan: "I am just a freak of nature born out of a transporter mishap." R'lmus@natthaan: "They died in Hobus." Nikki@crystyll blinks Novum@perpetis 's brow is getting some serious raising exercise today. She'd query that, "'Freak of nature born out of a transporter accident'?" Nikki@crystyll: "The self-descriptive terminology there is almost as curious as the context in which it's used, Subcommander" Novum@perpetis nodded thoughtfully to Nikki's input. R'lmus@natthaan: "After I.. we.. were thrown out of the Imperial Navy, we became a freelancer. One day a job went south, and during the escape a solar flair went off, which caused the transporter on our ship to create R'lmus@natthaan: me." Nikki@crystyll: "Wow..." is about all she can manage at that Novum@perpetis nodded thoughtfully again, carefully considering that, "I take it you.. both of you.. weren't exactly thrilled about that development?" Sam@drcrippler taps the bar and waves to a bartender who may or may not be Swifty. "Mint hot chocolate topped with cream and a plate of jaffa cakes," he orders R'lmus@natthaan: "At the time.. we didn't know it had happened, as I was left behind on the planet while he escaped." Minabi@stickybuns14 arrives at the Bar, putting down a stack of PADDs and sighs. She peers to Swifty(?) and smiles. "Hot chocolate please." Novum@perpetis: "Ah." She'd gesture to his attire, "I imagine you eventually wounded up in the Republic for it?" Sam@drcrippler glances at Min. "You back in Command then?" R'lmus@natthaan nods "After I served my time, I heard about the Republic navy, so I enlisted and got my comission back." Novum@perpetis: "Ah," She'd consider, glancing back to Nikki with the same perplexed raised brow. Minabi@stickybuns14 peers over to Sam. "No...I was actually suspended indefinitely and just wear the Uniform for fun." *she grins as she accepts the hot chocolate and then takes a sip. Sam@drcrippler: "I do that sometimes," he quips back and takes a bite from a jaffa cake, notSwifty obviously making the quicker drink first Nikki@crystyll: "That is certainly... quite the turn of events" Minabi@stickybuns14 winks and chuckles. "How have you been doing Captain?" Novum@perpetis nodded slowly, taking another thoughtful sip from her now mostly-empty glass. Sam@drcrippler: "Been busy... you? I've not seen you since we departed for the Hydrae system. Heard you had quite the adventure yourself," R'lmus@natthaan: "I'm sure... however, I should be heading back to my ship about now." R'lmus@natthaan turns around and heads out Sam@drcrippler: "Ta," he nods when his drink arrives and carefully stirs the cream into the drink Nikki@crystyll: "Jolan'tru, Subcommander. It was a pleasure meeting you" Minabi@stickybuns14 smirks. "Adventure...yeah. It's been wild, that much is for sure. I'm just trying to catch up with everything." *she jerks a thumb in the direction of the PADDs* Nikki@crystyll trails off, turing to watch him already walking away, "...must run in the family..." she muses, looking back across the table, "Refill?" Novum@perpetis glanced to R'lmus' departure with a furrowed brow, before slightly grinning back to Nikki, holding her glass out, "Naturally. And, so it would seem." Sam@drcrippler: "The long and the short of it?" he nods to the PaDDs. "Stuff happened," he says, with a straight face, and takes a sip of his drink Nikki@crystyll chuckles, taking the bottle and topping up both their glasses, "Still, can you believe that? Not sure how I'd feel about such a start in life. He's done well not have been enbittered by it" Minabi@stickybuns14 raises a brow. "That's what I gathered. Almost glad I slept through most of it." Sam@drcrippler: "I wish I could have done that," he mumbles Minabi@stickybuns14 takes a sip from her hot chocolate. "Such sorrowful words from you Captain. That's a new one." Novum@perpetis grinned slightly, pulling back her refilled glass with a thoughtful nod, "It could just be an appearance on his part; It'd be rather unprofessional of him to mull about it openly, after all." Nikki@crystyll: "True enough.." she muses, taking a sip Sam@drcrippler: "You know, the more you actually sit in the chair, the more you wish it was all routine. What happened to good old exploring huh? The good old "not having to worry about the state of the galaxy type + Sam@drcrippler: missions?" he chuckles Novum@perpetis sipped from her glass as well for a second, before she'd refocus her glance on Nikki, leaning forward slightly to ask softly, "You seemed to have a pretty specific stance about Mr Nimitz, though. + Novum@perpetis: Why is that?" Minabi@stickybuns14 smiles. "I'm sure command could accomodate you and send you on an exploratory mission if you asked for it." Nikki@crystyll: "A slip of the tongue, nothing more..." Sam@drcrippler: "It seems like everything I touch seems to end up a disaster mission," he smirks. "Hopefully after this brief rest, we'll be sailing through calmer waters," Novum@perpetis furrowed a brow to that, clearly unconvinced. She'd keep the intent glass on Nikki as she waited for a proper reply. Minabi@stickybuns14 grins. "So maybe you should ask for a demotion. I'm sure I could make room on the Kassandra for you. Maybe as yeoman?" *she grins mischievously* Sam@drcrippler: "Yeah right, as if I'd step foot on that pile of junk," he laughs. Minabi@stickybuns14 smirks slightly. "Touchy! Immediately with the personal insults!" Nikki@crystyll rolls her eyes at the look, "Fiiiine... suffice to say that I was not raised with the same mentality as D'Tan has bred into the Republic. Sometimes that... seeps through, is all" Sam@drcrippler: "It's not personal, it's a grounded military analysis," he chuckles Nikki@crystyll: "I bare the Captain no ill will, and as we discussed earlier, I have... acquantances in Starfleet too" Sam@drcrippler: "Plus, you wouldn't want me on the ship anyway," Minabi@stickybuns14 smiles. "Reaaaaaalllly?" Novum@perpetis 's glance slowly faded back into an innocent smile, considering for a good moment or two before asking just as softly, "Old habits die hard, though. I can understand that. Tell me, have you ever + Novum@perpetis: heard of House Seldam?" Sam@drcrippler smirks. "I'd seriously cause more harm than good, and what I mean by that is I'd cause a lot of harm and no good at all," Nikki@crystyll shakes her head, "I have been regrettably detached from just about everything that wasn't a direct concern of my home colony" Minabi@stickybuns14: "You have a very low opinion of yourself. Such an antiquated quality." *a brief giggle* "Although I am sure you will say it is only grounded in facts." Novum@perpetis nodded thoughtfully, "Can't be helped, I suppose. Sufficed to say, know you're in good company on the topic of old habits." With that, she kept the innocent look as she took another sip. Sam@drcrippler: "I set a low bar," he nods. "In seriousness, the Kassandra is a Galaxy right? Or one of the varients?" Minabi@stickybuns14: "Galaxy X. I'm not allowed to officially call her a dreadnought, though that's the most apt description." Nikki@crystyll narrows her eyes on Novum briefly as she sips, contemplating that wording before smilng softly, "It is always reassuring to know one is not completely alone in this world" Sam@drcrippler muses over his mug. "Mmm, no, she's a steady ship of the line. Can certainly hold a formation," Minabi@stickybuns14: "She's a sturdy old girl and can dish out if needed. Kind of like her captain." *she peers to Sam and laughs faintly* Novum@perpetis returned the soft smile with a light headdip Nikki's way, "Indeed so. After all, we are still friends either way - Even if I'm only being somewhat tolerated~" She'd jest in mock pain. Sam@drcrippler glances at Min. "Well, certainly that way at first glance. Though, probably with a few tricks up her sleeve," Nikki@crystyll: "Oh I don't know... I think I would hard pushed to sell the line that I'm not happier for this turn of events" Minabi@stickybuns14 sticks out her tongue over the rim of her hot mug in a gesture that, for a moment, makes her look ridiculously cute, then chuckles. "Won't tell." Novum@perpetis: "Oh," She'd tut in mock disappointment, "Don't tell me you can't sell a good act." Sam@drcrippler smirks. "I might not hold onto that promise," Nikki@crystyll: "If I told you, then it wouldn't be an act now would it..." she grins, sipping contentedly Novum@perpetis winked lightly to that, humouring, "You got me there." Minabi@stickybuns14 laughs. "Well in seriousness, she is one of the few X#s with cloaking capabilities. So that's a neat trick sometimes." Sam@drcrippler half chokes. "Are you sure you're meant to be telling people that?" Minabi@stickybuns14 laughs. "It's no secret. Used it on official missions before. Just not going to broadcast it on a GNN broadcast." Sam@drcrippler shrugs. "I'll keep my yeoman job open then," Sam@drcrippler: "I'll tell you what, I'll mail you the form half filled in too," Minabi@stickybuns14 takes a sip from her drink and laughs. "Perfect." Nikki@crystyll: "Well then it seems today is a day of firsts" she chuckles Sam@drcrippler: "You'll have tough competiton, given my current yeoman is a hologram," Novum@perpetis snorts, nodding firmly to that, "Indeed so! And - Hey - don't feel obligated to make time if you can't, eh? I'd be happy to continue our banter either way." Minabi@stickybuns14 leans against the bar and grins. "Hmmmm. How come?" Sam@drcrippler: "Why she's a hologram? It was a sort of test really. I wanted to have her integrated to the ships computer systems. We almost did but... the results came out... terribly," Minabi@stickybuns14: "Terribly?" Nikki@crystyll: "Who's making time? I came here to relax away from everything, remember? And whether it's the locale, the company, or the 2381... I don't know, but I won't complain" she smiles, taking a sip Novum@perpetis chuckles, gesturing lazily with her free hand, "Ah, earlier you mentioned not making time for this sort of social encounter to begin with, so I wanted to make sure you wouldn't feel obligated or + Novum@perpetis: anything." Sam@drcrippler: "There was a test done in the 23rd Century, with a machine called the M-5 unit, made by Dr Richard Daystrom. It as meant to take humans out of starship control functions altogether," he sips his drink Novum@perpetis: "That being said, keep it up and I'm sure I could be convinced to give more of the 2381's," She'd tease with a light wink. Minabi@stickybuns14 raises a brow. "Seems like a terrible idea to begin with." Nikki@crystyll: "I can take that for incentive" she smiles, "And in my defence; earlier I didn't specify it was this type of social encounter that I don't make time for" Sam@drcrippler: "In the tests it was... perhaps too perfect. Ended up almost killing people. So the idea was shelved. It seems like our own attempt was heading in that direction," Nikki@crystyll: "Just... any, really..." Novum@perpetis grinned slightly to the former, then offered a sincere smile to the latter following a light nod, "My clarification stands, then." Minabi@stickybuns14 nods faintly and shrugs. "I see. Curious." Sam@drcrippler: "Yep. So we stopped the tests altogether and rerouted the program we had done into a hologram to serve as a yeoman," Minabi@stickybuns14: "And they do a good job as yeoman?" Nikki@crystyll: "The point being; I remain through choice, not misconceived social obligation" Novum@perpetis: "Oh, drat, my secret ploy to make you feel obligated to hang out is ruined~" She'd humour aloud in jest, before sighing in mock-defeat, "Trader's luck." Sam@drcrippler: "Well, she tells me when my meetings are, can bring up data upon request, and is able to fetch me my tea..." he smiles. "So I'd say yeah, I'd think so," Minabi@stickybuns14: "Well, good thing. What'd we do with no tea, right?" Sam@drcrippler: "Exactly," he chuckles Nikki@crystyll chuckles, "Well if it would make you feel better I could always try and make myself feel more obligated" Novum@perpetis winked lightly to that, "N'aw, so thoughtful." Minabi@stickybuns14 smiles and takes a sip from her hot chocolate. "So, how're you enjoying being back on DS13? Oh, I recently learned from this one..." *she jerks a thumb over her shoulder to Novum* "That it has a + Nikki@crystyll: "I try" she smiles, "Or... I'm trying...? One of them applies, I'm sure" Minabi@stickybuns14: reputation as Dating Station 13?" *she grins* "Did not know that." Novum@perpetis chuckles, "One of the two!" Then leant back again lazily, consdering, "Random tangent; What was your colony like, anyway?" Sam@drcrippler laughs. "Yeah, she's... probably not wrong. As for being back... this is the first time I've been able to properly see it since it's construction," Sam@drcrippler taps the bar. "You know, I was standing right here on one of the first missions back. God was it a different place..." Nikki@crystyll smiles wistfully, "Abraxas? In a word? Idyllic" Sam@drcrippler turns and looks out over the balcony Minabi@stickybuns14 chuckles softly. "Nostalgia?" Novum@perpetis smiled simply in turn, nodding thoughtfully, "How so?" Sam@drcrippler: "It's... a testiment to our will to go on," he says. "From how this place was; gutted, destroyed, an empty shell... to this... all back to normality..." Minabi@stickybuns14 nods. "That's a nice way of looking at it." Nikki@crystyll looks off into the middle distance as she sips, "My adopted family ran a lodge on the northern continent; well away from any of the population centres. Just us, a forest so thick that daylight would+ Nikki@crystyll: +barely pass the canoy in places, and Syrinx hunting grounds as far as the eye could see..." Sam@drcrippler: "These months have been a really tough time for the fleet. To have our home back. It means a lot more than just a station," Novum@perpetis maintained the thoughtful nod as she considered, sipping from her glass again, "Mm. That does sound quite pleasant, actually." Sam@drcrippler: "It's a representation of ourselves; to be broken, and now, to be whole again," he leans on the bar and looks at Min. Dsulkken@natthaan walks up to the bar, clicking and popping. Nikki@crystyll: "Oh it was more than quaint and rustic though" she adds, "there was a certain... regality to it" Sam@drcrippler nods at the Saurian Dsulkken@natthaan chrips in greeting to Sam Novum@perpetis grinned slightly to that, considering it further, "Regality. I imagine in the way of.. in that little area, the universe revolved around you, or something?" Nikki@crystyll shows offence, mock or genuine is hard to say; she might be learning from the best, "Not just around us!" Minabi@stickybuns14 peers over to Dsulkken and offers a nod and smile. "Good evening." *to Sam* "Like I said, a nice way to see it." Nikki@crystyll: "Syrinx hunting on Abraxas was no mere game poaching or survival hunting as enjoyed by most. Time was; it a private reserve of the Emperor himself!" Dsulkken@natthaan chrips happlily to Minabi Dsulkken@natthaan clicks and pops "Did you change your hair?" Novum@perpetis chuckles, nodding again as she eyed Nikki's response appraisingly, before raising a curious brow, "The Emperor's private reserve? Oh, wow, you weren't kidding then." Minabi@stickybuns14 smiles. "I did actually. Felt appropriate after everything." Sam@drcrippler: "So that's what was diifferent," he winks. "I thought you'd just shrunk," Nikki@crystyll nods, almost grumbling, "I was raised on stories of the proud noble heritage to our lodge. And how my adopted parents ancestors would host the Emperor himself in what became my room, with leaders of+ Nikki@crystyll: +all the great Houses enjoying the hospitality of our lodge" Sam@drcrippler gives a wry smile to Dsulk Minabi@stickybuns14 guffaws. "Pffffff. Goes to show how well you pay attention." *she teases* Dsulkken@natthaan chrips and pops "Well... some of us have no hair, so it's a mint bit hard to change." Minabi@stickybuns14 chuckles. "Good point." Sam@drcrippler: "Paying attention is difficult. I have others for that," Novum@perpetis grinned slightly, considering that with another thoughtful sip from her glass, "I can't think of any higher praise for one's own little corner of the universe. Consider me jealous." Then raised a + Novum@perpetis: brow, "You found yourself in the Republic eventually, though?" Sam@drcrippler: "Get a wig," Nikki@crystyll nods, "I eventually heard stories from passing merchants who frequented the colony. They all sung of a heroic former reunificationist who was rallying our people to a proud new calling" Minabi@stickybuns14 takes a long drink from her hot chocolate and places the empty mug on the bar, sighing happily. Nikki@crystyll: "And of course, being so far out in the old territories; we heard little to nothing of the surviving Empire, just whispers and rumours of conspiracy" Nikki@crystyll: "So yes; I heeded the call and signed up with the Republic" she nods firmly Dsulkken@natthaan: "How are we tonight?" *Chrips* Sam@drcrippler: "Alright, just enjoying my leave," he beams Novum@perpetis smiled simply, giving another appraising nod, "You make it sound so simple. I can't imagine the actual decision was that simple." Minabi@stickybuns14: "Quite good. Hot chocolate always puts me in a good mood." Sam@drcrippler: "Hey, you ever try any flavourings with your hot chocolate Min?" Minabi@stickybuns14 nods. "My private recipe has some mint flavor with it. The best." Nikki@crystyll: "Honestly... it kind of was. I also fell in love with Mol'Rihan when I first set foot there. It reminded my very much of home, and seeing our people starting to rebuild... it was all I needed" Sam@drcrippler: "See!" his grin widens. "You have the right idea. I thought it was crazy, but one of my officers introduced me to it and now it's like... amazing," Minabi@stickybuns14 nods strongly. "Should give that one a promotion. It's that amazing." Novum@perpetis chuckles, "Admittingly, I've never been to Mol'Rihan. I have heard that it is something like ch'Rihan, but.." Gestured lazily, "I don't know, I see everything the Republic does, and all I can + Novum@perpetis: conclude is it being little more than an imitation of prouder days." Resumed her innocent smile, "Though, that's just me. I'm glad you found that purpose so easily, though." Sam@drcrippler: "Seriously I considered it. My yeoman said now," Sam@drcrippler: *no Minabi@stickybuns14 laughs. "That must be an error in programming." Sam@drcrippler: "Must be indeed," he looks to Dsulk. "How was your day Captain?" Nikki@crystyll shrugs slightly, sipping her drink, "As I said, it was the only one I saw. By that time the remnants of the Empire was obscured in shadows and - coupled with the hearsay spreading through the + Dsulkken@natthaan chrips "Oh, it was fine, got a care package from my wife." Sam@drcrippler: "Oh?" he spins around, leaning on the bar. "Do tell," Nikki@crystyll: + Republic of their... unsavory methods, it seemed like there was no real alternative. Personally I would not be satisifed until seeing the two reunite as one true Romulan people. but that's just me" Dsulkken@natthaan sets the bottle of Saurian Brandy on the counter, it has a label that says 'Nasty Kitty Nightclub, Moxat City Gold line Brandy.' Novum@perpetis raised a brow very curiously at that, before chuckling again, "It's not often that I hear someone wishing for the two sides to reunite. Consider me pleasantly surprised, Nikee, and in agreement." Minabi@stickybuns14 peers at the bottle. "Nasty Kitty....?" Sam@drcrippler glances at Min, and then at the bottle. "Interesting..." Nikki@crystyll smiles, "Honestly I find it troubling how so many can be content with seeing our people divided as they are..." Novum@perpetis: "I could offer some perspective of that, but," Shrugged lightly, "It's not normally well-recieved." Dsulkken@natthaan: "Ohh.. years ago when I commanded the orginal Hexapuma, her nickname was the 'Nasty Kitty' so when I retired, we opened a nightclub named the Nasty Kitty." Sam@drcrippler: "Ah," he chuckles. Minabi@stickybuns14 laughs softly. "That's amazing." Nikki@crystyll: "Oh I know there's a lot of hate and mistrust and accussations and blah! But at the end of the day be it Republic or Imperial, both are still Rihannsu" Dsulkken@natthaan: "If you ever meet a Hexapuma, you'll see why they are called nasty kitties... they have claws the are sharper then the sharpest swords you can think of." Novum@perpetis grinned slightly, nodding to that, "I like your level-headed approach to the topic. I was going to more say it's easy to paint one's self as a shining beacon of hope when your opposition are - + Novum@perpetis: Whether via slander or truth - displayed as the flagrant bad guy. It's unfortunate, but it's easy to see with any nation." Nikki@crystyll nods, "So true. Which is why I choose to look past such things to the simple core of our heritage" Sam@drcrippler opens his mouth to say something, but then his combadge goes off in his pocket. "Excuse me," he says, stepping to one side and fishing the badge out Dsulkken@natthaan nods to Sam Novum@perpetis: "I'm glad you do! That might make our lovely chat a little bit awkward if you didn't," Lightly winked, "It's a good perspective to bear in mind, though." Dsulkken@natthaan chrips "He seems nice." Minabi@stickybuns14 looks after Sam curiously, but otherwise just leans against the bar, having listened for the time being. Minabi@stickybuns14 chuckles. "He's dangerous and weird. Nice combination." *she chuckles amusedly* Dsulkken@natthaan lets out a sigh and clicks "Some days i miss the old Hexapuma, she was a small ship though compaired to the current." Sam@drcrippler: "...okay? What's ... sure? ... my way," Minabi@stickybuns14 nods. "Nostalgia for our old vessels is a very common thing." Nikki@crystyll: "Indeed. But enough politics. I'm curious; how have you worked all this time in your trade and not got to visitng Mol'Rihan?" Dsulkken@natthaan: "I got command of her fresh off the line, at the time she was the top of the line, New Orleans." Sam@drcrippler steps back, giving Dsulk a small pat on the back as he arrives. "Well, I'm afraid I have to dash," he smiles Nikki@crystyll: "One would have thought that such a prominent Rihannsu convoy would see more than adequate business opportunity supporting the redevelopment work there..." she asks with an innocent smile Dsulkken@natthaan nods to Sam and chrips "Until next time." Minabi@stickybuns14 smiles and nods. She peers to Sam and nods again. "Have a good evening Captain." Sam@drcrippler gives a wide smile, before heading off, hands in his pockets Novum@perpetis grinned oh-so-innocently, sighing wistfully, "It warms my heart that you'd consider my convoy a prominent one. Truly, I'd kiss you in this overwhelming appreciation," Remarked, though the line + Novum@perpetis: between jest and sincere definitely got blurred, before she'd remark with a chuckle, "My convoy was based out in the Alpha Quadrant for virtually the entire time it existed, so the idea of travelling+ Novum@perpetis: to Mol'Rihan at all was a bit of a dreary one - No less since most of my contacts with the Republic weren't exactly.. Mm, under the most amicable of circumstances." Dsulkken@natthaan: "So.. which ship is yours?" *Clicks.* Nikki@crystyll chuckles at the last, "Well, that makes a certain sense. Still, I recommend it should you find yourself with the opportunity" Minabi@stickybuns14 peers to the bartender again and points to her cup. "Refill please." *she peers to Dsulkken then. "The USS Kassandra. Galaxy X class." *she smiles Dsulkken@natthaan: "Ahhh... Intrestingly I never got a chance to visit a Galaxy before.." Novum@perpetis snapped her fingers in mock disappointment, "Drat, I could have been on my freighter headed for there. Ah, shame. One day, I'll definitely have to!" Minabi@stickybuns14: "They are tough old ships. I do like the design a lot. A bit ponderous and slow, but...packs a punch now." *she chuckles* "And quite comfortable!" Dsulkken@natthaan: "Been in Starfleet close to a hundred and thirty years, and I've never stepped foot on a Galaxy.." Nikki@crystyll: "Who knows, maybe that one day will come and I can repay your kind gift with a stay at my own prestigious hunting lodge" she grins Minabi@stickybuns14 chuckles. "Well, there are a lot of ships to visit." Novum@perpetis raised a curious brow to Nikki, "Oh? You've got a lodge on Mol'Rihan?" Dsulkken@natthaan: "Indeed... my first command was a Perseus refit." Nikki@crystyll shakes her head lightly after finishing a sip, "Not yet, of course. But I have staked a claim to a suitable plot on the far side of the planet. My plan is to retire one day from the Republic and + Minabi@stickybuns14 smiles. "Ohhh. See, I don't think I've ever been aboard one of those." Nikki@crystyll: + build the place up. by then, there should even be sufficient call for such pursuits among the civilian upper classes again too" Dsulkken@natthaan chrips sadly "I doubt there are any even still intact these days." Minabi@stickybuns14 nods and ponders. "Quite possible." Novum@perpetis grinned slightly, nodding thoughtfully, "Sounds like a good plan. That, and getting to stay at such a ~prestigious~ hunting lodge. I might need quite a few more 2381's to compare to such bestowed + Novum@perpetis: generocity." Dsulkken@natthaan: "USS Nike, NCC-1766.." Dsulkken@natthaan: "I took her out on almost four five year missions." Minabi@stickybuns14 raises a brow. "That is quite amazing." Nikki@crystyll chuckles, "To match the prestige of home, we'd first need a bonified Emperor who would then first need to grace the lodge with their favour!" Nikki@crystyll: "But... I do like the thought" she smiles Dsulkken@natthaan: "No.. it was four... heh, I'm mixing things up with the Saladin, now that we had to abort several five year missions before our time." Novum@perpetis snorted outright, shaking her head bemusingly. She'd return a simple with a headdip, "It's a Romulan plot, then. Until then, we'll just have to survive on this station somehow~" Minabi@stickybuns14 nods. "Still. That's a lot." Nikki@crystyll chuckles, "These are the sacrifices we make, are they not" Novum@perpetis: "Mm, that is true. As difficult as they may be," Sighed in exaggerated pain, before taking a sip from her drained glass, "Mm. Ah, well, maybe it'll get more interesting once the civilians are back, eh Novum@perpetis: ?" Dsulkken@natthaan nods "Indeed... I'd like to do one more before I retire. Nothing quite like it." Nikki@crystyll: "Of that I have no doubt" she chuckles, taking the bottle and offering it up to Novum's glass for a refill Minabi@stickybuns14: "Ahhh. That would be a nice end to a career I agree." Novum@perpetis offered a simple smile, holding out her glass for the refill, "Mhmmm." Dsulkken@natthaan: "It is, when I retired the first time there were many celebrations." Nikki@crystyll tops it up with a smile, adding to her own as well as she notes how empty the bottle is getting, "I must say, this is flowing very smoothly too" Minabi@stickybuns14 chuckles. "Well, one can hope that the next one sticks?" Dsulkken@natthaan laughs "Oh... at my age, yes, it will." *Chrips in amusement.* Novum@perpetis: "Right? Part of that ch'Rihan ~refinedness~ that you gotta appreciate!" Headnodded to the nearly-drained bottle, "That being said, don't let me stop you finishing that off." Minabi@stickybuns14 smiles and nods. "Well, I am sure it is well deserved Captain. Here's to hoping you can end it as you plan." Dsulkken@natthaan nods "Indeed... as long as the Galaxy can keep the peace long enough for me to file the paperwork!" Minabi@stickybuns14 laughs and takes a couple of sips from the newly delivered hot chocolate. "That is something I am pretty sure we all hope for." Nikki@crystyll raises her glass for a quick scrutinizing glance, "I am sufficiently topped up for the moment" Dsulkken@natthaan: "Wouldn't that be nice.." *Sighs* "Last time I almost got the paperwork signed, and then the Klingons annexed the Gorn." Novum@perpetis: "Juuuust making sure," Flashed an innocent smile, before taking a slow sip, "Ya'know, just in case I'd need to drag you to my shuttle for another bottle of that 2381." Minabi@stickybuns14 nods softly and takes another sip. "It seems to be a turbulent time." Nikki@crystyll quirks a brow, "Dragging me away now, are we?" she laughs Novum@perpetis winked lightly behind that same innocent look, "You hardly sound like you'd object to that~" Dsulkken@natthaan nods "Indeed.." Minabi@stickybuns14 sighs softly and finishes her hot chocolate. "I wish you all the best for that plan Captain. Unfortunately, I will have to take my leave for tonight." *she smiles and puts the empty cup down* Nikki@crystyll: "Well, I mean... it is a good vintage after all..." she shuffles a little Novum@perpetis grinned bemusingly to that, taking another content sip from her glass before moving to stand, "Well, you've just volunteered for an abduction, then! Shall we?" Dsulkken@natthaan nods and pops "Until next time Captain." Minabi@stickybuns14 picks up the PADDs. "Good night Captain." *she smiles and wanders off. She gives a brief nod and smile to Novum in passing* "Have fun." *she calls amusedly to Novum as she saunters off* Nikki@crystyll chuckles, finishing her glass, "Well when you frame it under such an appealing context..." and gets to her feet, "After you..." gestures with an open palm to the ramp Novum@perpetis furrowed a brow Minabi's way, before returning her wave with a chuckle. With that, she'd glance back to Nikki with a nod, "I knew you would. This-a-way!"
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Keliaya@anncarise steps into the lounge and orders one of her usual complex drinks. Mia@crystyll sits quietly in the corner, Miadrone hovers over the seat opposite as the pair play a lightning fast round of chess; each move following as quick as the previous can physically be enacted Keliaya@anncarise collects her drink and notices Mia in the corner. She approaches but pauses one table away as she sees the game of superspeed chess. Mia@crystyll | Miadrone uses it's little tractor beam attachment to move it's pieces. The game is paced, but clearly not rushed either Keliaya@anncarise leans an arm on the back of a nearby chair, sipping her drink as she watches with interest. Mia@crystyll continues apace for several moves each before she suddenly pauses, leaning back with a smile, "Our win in 5 more moves!" Mia@crystyll | Miadrone beeps in disgust, "Well /your/ win is still /my/ win after all!" she chuckles Keliaya@anncarise chuckles, "I was just about to say...but congratulations either way!" Mia@crystyll turns giggling, "Oh hello Ms. Kelly! Yes, we thought we would attempt to physically play out a game where we would normally simply process the moves through our memory banks to see if it presented + Mia@crystyll: + greater entertainment value" Keliaya@anncarise: "Does it?" Mia@crystyll glances around the room at the various distant onlookers and laughs, "For some at least!" Mia@crystyll | Miadrone beeps in consensus Keliaya@anncarise laughs, "I suppose so!" Keliaya@anncarise: "Normally it's most fun if you play with someone else, but...I'm not sure I or most of the crew at that will be much of a match..." Mia@crystyll: "Truth be told however, we find it difficult to gain entertainment from the challenge of playing against ourselves; since we already know each others moves long before either plays out" Mia@crystyll smiles, "Anyway, please; won't you join us?" Mia@crystyll | Miadrone coasts towards the window to 'free' the seat Keliaya@anncarise smiles back and slides into the seat, "I can entertain you with a game if you like." Keliaya@anncarise: "I'm adept at the game, though seeing the speed you two played, I think even a Vulcan will find you a challenge!" Keliaya@anncarise chuckles. Mia@crystyll: "You do not have to for the sake of humoring us, Ms. Kelly" she smiles, "We are equally content with enjoying your company. It is too long since we simply shared a drink!" Keliaya@anncarise: "Indeed! Though I have to admit I'm a bit curious as to how quickly you'll win against me..." Mia@crystyll smirks, "Well only if you really want to..." Keliaya@anncarise grins, "Let's try it!" Keliaya@anncarise: "You want first move?" Mia@crystyll: "After you" she smiles Keliaya@anncarise thinks for a moment before carefully making her first move. Keliaya@anncarise: "So, how're things going, Mia? I hope you're not running out of new things to do, playing chess with yourself and all." Mia@crystyll calculates the moves out and is moving to pick up her piece for the move before Kelly's finished setting her's down. Promptly plays it Keliaya@anncarise smirks and thinks for a brief second before playing her piece. Mia@crystyll: "Oh not at all! We simply like to explore new things is all, and given that this is a social activity in the lounge here, it seemed a fitting one to try!" Mia@crystyll tilts her head at Kelly's move, "Unexpected..." she thinks a moment before making her counter Keliaya@anncarise: "Got to take precautions to invalidate all the ways you can win in the early game..." Mia@crystyll: "What about you Kelly? I hope you've been keeping well?" she chuckles Keliaya@anncarise chuckles, "I doubt I could win against you but losing to those 4 or 9 move checkmates would just be embarrasing!" Keliaya@anncarise: "Things are going as usual. Aside from the scientific curiosity or diplomatic event that crops up, of course." Mia@crystyll: "So... predictably unpredictable?" she smiles Keliaya@anncarise makes another move, "Exactly! Good to have some stability after the mess with DS13." Mia@crystyll nods, making her predicted counter, "Oh yes, that was the most awful experience. And that poor Rianni..." Keliaya@anncarise: "What happened with her? All I heard was from Mana saying she apparently called some third party to the starbase, but even Mana didn't seem particularly clear on what occured." Keliaya@anncarise: "At least, she told me most of what she knew was speculation rather than fact." Mia@crystyll: "OH! has it not become public news yet? We fear we have misspoken if that is so..." Keliaya@anncarise makes another move, trying to be less predictable but not downright illogical either, "Depends on how you define public news..." Keliaya@anncarise: "I usually keep up with the fleet wide broadcasts, major diplomatic events and new discoveries, but I don't tend to look over many reports outside the Valley Forge." Mia@crystyll: "Well we only know what the station exocomps told us. They are quite the little gossips you know!" She makes another prompt counter Keliaya@anncarise chuckles, "Interacting with others tends to be how gossip gets around!" Keliaya@anncarise sips her drink before making her next move more carefully. Mia@crystyll: "And you know we harbor no desire to partake in such practices..." Mia@crystyll counters again, seemingly without thinking on it, "But you knew her too, so we feel it unfair for you not to be informed" Keliaya@anncarise counters a bit faster, seemingly having through this one through while thinking on her last move, "I've got no intention to get you into trouble if it's that sensitive information." Keliaya@anncarise: "But if you think it should be fine, I interact with plenty of people as you know," she smirks, "I hear a lot of things and I know how to keep secrets." Mia@crystyll shakes her head, "We do not believe so, else the exocomps would not have informed us" she makes another move Keliaya@anncarise makes her counter, "I'll be careful not to spread it to anyone else, just in case." Mia@crystyll drops attention from the game and leans in across the table some, "Well, apparently the Ms. Rianni who got rescued from the Gainsborough escape pod and has lived on the station since then. The girl + Mia@crystyll: + both you and we knew, is in fact no Ms. Rianni at all but an alien infiltrator of some sort" Mia@crystyll | Miadrone hovers down and makes their move while Mia talks however Keliaya@anncarise: "That explains why she would call a third party to the station..." Mia@crystyll nods, "Seems she was their agent this whole time." shakes her head, "Most troubling, we really liked her too..." Mia@crystyll: "They said she was executed of all things, can you believe that? Then some time after, apparently the aliens delivered the real Ms. Rianni to the station!" Keliaya@anncarise: "So the real Rianni is alive? And I'm assuming the aliens had her executed for...not completing her mission or something, whatever that may be?" Mia@crystyll shakes her head grimly, "Apparently they wanted to execute her because she had outlived her usefulness and that is why she tried to run away after calling them. We aren't sure what happened in the + Mia@crystyll: + but the exocomps said there was a lot of uneasy talk around the Admiral's office like people were questioning the order..." Mia@crystyll: "But yes!" she cirps up, "Apparently the real Ms. Rianni is now in sickbay on the station. We so desperately want to visit her, but how could we? We are strangers to her now" Keliaya@anncarise: "I suppose everyone is a stranger to her now...except perhaps her old family and friends back on Mars." Keliaya@anncarise remembers to make her move and continues the game before turning back to Mia. Mia@crystyll nods, while the drone counters again, "The poor thing. Heavens only know what's going through the poor girl's mind now..." Keliaya@anncarise: "I could ask some friends to check on her, see how she's doing. But I think either way she'll like you, whether she remembers you or not." Keliaya@anncarise smiles, "Your presence tends to inspire happiness in others, I've found!" Keliaya@anncarise takes another sip from her glass before making her move again. Mia@crystyll smiles, flushing in her cheeks, "Oh stop, you flatter us! But... we appreciate the sentiment, and may just go visit her anyway when we are next in port" plays her move Keliaya@anncarise makes her counter, "I think that would be a good idea! Is she on K7, or DS13? I heard they've brought 13 online and moved all the personnel back." Mia@crystyll nods, "That they have! Still in the process of repopulating, but Ms. Rianni is there now" make sher next move Keliaya@anncarise: "I do know more people there, I know K7 as a station much better from my time working on it, but pretty much all the people I met have already rotated to other postings." Keliaya@anncarise thinks a long moment before making her next move, trying to turn the game in her favour. Mia@crystyll: "A sad state of the natural way unfortunately. Life goes on; for better or for worse" she reaches to make her move, pausing and smiling back, "We win in 12 more moves, by the way" Keliaya@anncarise: "Indeed it does...and I've already lasted longer than I expected to!" Keliaya@anncarise: "I wonder if I can throw off your prediction by doing...this." Keliaya@anncarise makes an unexpected move. Keliaya@anncarise: "Okay. Now does that increase the number of moves, or decrease?" Mia@crystyll giggles, "That was very fun too!" looks to the board, "...10 more moves" and laughs Keliaya@anncarise laughs, "I was afraid that was going to be the case!" Keliaya@anncarise: "At least it was less predictable, which makes it more enjoyable I imagine!" Mia@crystyll: "You certainly do have quite the skill Kelly, in our experience there aren't many who can adapt to tactical changes so comfortably" Keliaya@anncarise: "Oh, classical games like this were a hobby of mine in the Academy. We had a club for it, and I was involved every year." Mia@crystyll: "Oh how wonderful!" she chirps, "We should have a club like that here too, we are certain others on the crew would enjoy such a thing!" Keliaya@anncarise: "That's a good idea! It's always nice to have social clubs like these, and on a ship the size of the Valley Forge we should have a fair few interested!" Mia@crystyll: "Speaking of social clubs, we also wanted to ask your opinion on something, if we may" Keliaya@anncarise: "Feel free! I'm always open to giving my view on things." Keliaya@anncarise sips her nearly empty drink as she listens. Mia@crystyll: "Well as you know now, we have a particular fondness for singing" Keliaya@anncarise: "And you do very well at it too!" Mia@crystyll beams happily, "Possessing digitally engineered vocal processors helps. That and the lack of rest-requirement presents ample practice time!" Mia@crystyll: "So... Ms. Jix suggested that we schedule a regular performance. Like a weekly show to entertain the lounge, nothing fancy just a 'little bonus for the guests' as she put it" Keliaya@anncarise: "Ahh, like those classic clubs on Earth!" Mia@crystyll nods, "We believe that is the source of her inspiration in this matter, yes!" Keliaya@anncarise smiles, "That would be a great idea! From what I understand many people enjoy an atmosphere like those clubs. Not to mention your wonderful singing!" Mia@crystyll 's cheeks flush as red as her tunic again, "We do enjoy seeing the smiles on peoples faces when we sing to them" Mia@crystyll: "Perhaps then... yes!" she declares, "We shall inform Ms. Jix that we will accept her proposal, at least to try it out" Keliaya@anncarise: "Do let me know when your first performance will be! I'll try to schedule my shifts around it so I can be there. And help you spread word of it too!" Mia@crystyll: "That would be most welcome Ms. Kelly, thank you!" Keliaya@anncarise smiles, "I'd love to attend, and I might know a few people who are interested in coming too." Keliaya@anncarise finishes her drink, "Anyways, I should go and get changed." Keliaya@anncarise: "Thank you for the game, Mia! It's been very fun!" Mia@crystyll: "Oh thank /you/ Ms. Kelly for a most refreshing new layer of challenge!" Keliaya@anncarise smirks, "If you want, I can also spread word of your prowess at chess, and maybe a Vulcan crewmember or two might be interested in joining a club to have a chance at you..." Keliaya@anncarise chuckles. Mia@crystyll giggles, "We shall see! We are equally curious as to what other games this club might explore. Research is required!" she grins Keliaya@anncarise: "I'll come to you with a few suggestions next time as well!" Mia@crystyll: "We look forward to it Ms. Kelly. Enjoy your evening now!" Keliaya@anncarise takes her empty glass and stands, "It's been great catching up with you. I'll see you around, Mia!" Mia@crystyll waves cheerily as she departs looking back to the board as the drone returns to hover over the seat opposite and rest the pieces Mia@crystyll stares at the board a moment before a single piece even moves, "My win in 9" sighs, slumping her chin on her hand, "We need to find a new game..."