Updated: Mar 18
The Valley Forge travels to the Colonial Fleet base where their cloning technology originated from in order to speak with the Branded Lady about the fate of the Nuhar ship they encountered.
NPC@annpc#5570 FX | The VF team beams down to the Colonial Fleet base. Hanna has already transported down and awaits them at the beam-in coordinates. NPC@annpc#5570 FX | The base is distinctly Dominion in style, though rougher than a Dominion ship, clearly meant as a forward base rather than a major operations centre. Keelah@crystyll looks around, taking in their surroundings as the team materialize. She sets eyes on Hanna and steps forward with a light dip of her head, "In person at last" she smiles NPC@annpc#5570 nods to Keelah, "Welcome to Vector Base, Captain Keelah of the Valley Forge." Keelah@crystyll: "Thank you again for this accommodation. Is the Supreme Commander awaiting us on comms?" NPC@annpc#5570 nods, "The Supreme Commander is waiting. The comm room is further into the base. Hanna will lead you." NPC@annpc#5570 turns and begins proceeding down a flight of stairs. Keelah@crystyll tags along, continuing the curious observation of their surroundings NPC@annpc#5570 FX | The place looks much like a supply depot. There are many Colonial Fleet clones working with various machinery, most of them Orion. A few non-clones are here too, primarily Arshai but also - NPC@annpc#5570: - Ularen males and the spike-covered mercenaries seen on Carr. NPC@annpc#5570: "Ever since the Arshai settled the New World, the Arshai have been genetically engineering offspring to quicken repopulation. Rapidly deployable clones though is a newer technology which began here." Keelah@crystyll: "The Arshai capacity for adaptation has always been something I found particularly impressive" NPC@annpc#5570: "Before this base, the clones created by Doshaie methods needed to grow and mature like regularly conceived offspring. But after incorporating this technology, clones can now be produced and ready - NPC@annpc#5570: - to work within a very short span of time. This was the start of the modern Colonial Fleet, the creation of more than a local defence force." NPC@annpc#5570 motions to all the tanks around them, which are totally transparent, where clones can be seen growing within. Keelah@crystyll: "Is there a reason such a large portion of your clone force is based on Orion templates rather than Arshai?" NPC@annpc#5570: "Yes. Arshai can adapt to many climates, but the adaptation period is a period of weakness. That is not ideal for deploying soldiers to new environments. Orions do not suffer this limitation." NPC@annpc#5570: "Orion males are also more suited to combat and labour, and females to infiltration and leadership." Keelah@crystyll glances back with a slight smile at a firm sounding 'hm' of agreement coming from TQ's direction Keelah@crystyll: "I think my Chief Science Officer would concur with that assessment as well" NPC@annpc#5570: "Arshai typically serve in capacities that require scientific talent, though there are many Arshai commanders such as Hanna." NPC@annpc#5570: "The Fleet also possesses specialized Arshai soldiers, but such soldiers are not lightly deployed." Keelah@crystyll: "Indeed? I don't believe I've ever even encountered such Arshai" NPC@annpc#5570: "The Supreme Commander does not employ such soldiers in raids." NPC@annpc#5570 FX | Another Arshai, this one clad in what seems to be a combination of armour and EV suit, steps down from a set of stairs. NPC@annpc#5570: greets the new arrival, "Anaru-Doshaie Dos Shaie'Paxee'Foree Nos Du-Run." NPC@annpc#5570 | Anaru: "Hanna-Faeshe Dos Take'Vaie'Haxe Nos Rosa-Vondorei Zona. Welcome back." NPC@annpc#5570 | He looks behind her to Keelah, "A live Vulcan? May Anaru scan this one?" Keelah@crystyll perks a very Vulcan brow at the 'live' comment, but nods after a moment, "If it will be of benefit to you, I have no objection" NPC@annpc#5570 | The suit-wearing Arshai steps up to Keelah and looks her over behind his helmet, "Excellent. Much appreciated." NPC@annpc#5570 | He glances to Kazra next, "Ah, and this one must be a member of the Trill species. Fascinating biology, with the symbiosis. Does this one currently carry a symbiont?" Keelah@crystyll | Kazra shakes her head, "No, I am not joined" NPC@annpc#5570 | Anaru: "Unfortunate. That would've been useful data." Keelah@crystyll | Kazra: "I take from your fascination that you are a xenobiologist of sorts?" NPC@annpc#5570 | Anaru: "Yes. Anaru is a most respected member of the Researcher's guild. Anaru is well-versed in many things, as one can tell from Anaru's name." Keelah@crystyll | Kazra smiles a little, "You'll have to forgive me, but my Arshai has gone a little rusty since Mana left us" Keelah@crystyll | TQ smiles, "Aww, yeah I half hoped we'd run into her here!" NPC@annpc#5570 looks to Keelah, "Anaru is one of the Colonial Fleet's leading cloners, and a member of the Doshaie Tribe. The Doshaie are known for scientific aptitude, but...not social aptitude." NPC@annpc#5570 | Anaru: "Mana, this one speaks of the Arshai from the EereE Order?" Keelah@crystyll smiles a little, "The Doshaie tribe sound very much like the Vulcan one" almost quietly and offhand, allowing TQ to converse Keelah@crystyll TQ | smiles happily and nods, "Yes, that's her! You know her?" NPC@annpc#5570 | Anaru: "Yes, Mana was here with Fleet Commander Caeru. Remarkable cybernetics. Though a few members of the Guild may have some improvements for the arm." NPC@annpc#5570: "Hanna has heard a little about Vulcans and scientific prowess, but never encountered one before now." NPC@annpc#5570: "Hanna must say Captain Keelah is quite unlike the Doshaie Hanna have encountered." Keelah@crystyll: "Well, don't believe everything you here. I am an engineer by trade and a Starfleet officer at that; far from the epitomy of Vulcan stereotypes, I'm afraid" NPC@annpc#5570 | Meanwhile, Anaru looks more closely at TQ, "This one is partially Orion, no? Like the Supreme Commander." Keelah@crystyll watches, curious if Anaru was going to pick up on that too NPC@annpc#5570: "The Arshai count engineers as scientists, just a part of practical sciences." Keelah@crystyll | TQ smiles, holding out a hand as she looks it over; turning face up then down, "The hue gave me away, huh?" she chuckles, "You are quite correct through; I am indeed half Orion" NPC@annpc#5570: "All divisions of knowledge are arbitrary in the end, but the Arshai have always grouped applications of science as a part of science." Keelah@crystyll: "As does Starfleet in a sense. The line of distinction is certainly... fuzzy, at least. But nonetheless, serving in Starfleet as opposed to the Vulcan Science Academy is less than prestigious in the + Keelah@crystyll: + eyes of the more traditional among my people. Fortunately as a half-breed myself, I do not need to concern myself with such affairs however" she smiles a little NPC@annpc#5570 | Anaru: "The ears, actually! May Anaru scan this one as well?" Keelah@crystyll | TQ nods and smiles, "By all means" NPC@annpc#5570 | Anaru looks TQ over, "Interesting. The similarities to the Supreme Commander's traits are greater than I anticipated. Especially the ears..." Keelah@crystyll | TQ absently touches her ear with a fingertip, "These are not Orion traits though. Your Supreme Commander has them from her Arshai heritage, while mine come from my Vulcan side" NPC@annpc#5570: "The Arshai have no limitations against being members of more than one Guild or organization, only tribes. Anaru is both Colonial Fleet and Researcher's Guild." NPC@annpc#5570: "The Supreme Commander is a part of both the Researcher and Shipwright Guilds." Keelah@crystyll: "Technically Vulcan's have no such limitation either. The choice between Starfleet or the Science Academy is more on choosing between two guilds. It is not forbidden, simply impractical as both + Keelah@crystyll: + would demand equally high levels of attention. Starfleet's own scientific institutions such as Daystrom allow for more crossover paths" NPC@annpc#5570 | Anaru: "Ah, but the traits combine rather similarly in some ways. Not identical of course as Vulcans are not Arshai." NPC@annpc#5570: "Indeed, the Supreme Commander dedicates most attention to the Colonial Fleet, and membership in the Shipwright's Guild is more of a ceremonial position. Though the Supreme Commander does contribute - NPC@annpc#5570: - to research at times." NPC@annpc#5570 looks to Anaru, "If Anaru has all the scans Anaru desires, Hanna will take the visitors to communicate with the Supreme Commander." Keelah@crystyll | TQ chuckles, "Indeed not, ears not withstanding" NPC@annpc#5570 | Anaru: "Of course. Anaru has quite enough data to keep Anaru occupied with analysis for many rotations." NPC@annpc#5570 | He heads back for the stairs as Hanna leads them deeper inside the base. Keelah@crystyll notices a pout from Silvestrie, "If it means that much to you Lieutenant, I'm sure we can offer you up for a scan afterwards" Keelah@crystyll | Silvestrie flusters and grunts, "What? No! No... I mean, it would be nice to at least be acknowledged is all..." Keelah@crystyll | Kazra: "Aww, if it makes you feel better; I can bring your medical forward a couple of months and run some scans when we get back" Keelah@crystyll | Silvestrie recoils, "Woah, easy now Doc! Let's not get carried away here or anything. I'm still recovering from the last time you poked and prodded..." Keelah@crystyll TQ | Smirks at the pair, while Kazra steps ahead of Silvestrie wearing a victorious smile NPC@annpc#5570 leads them into a more control-room like section of the base, eventually stepping up a flight of stairs onto a very empty platform with a few consoles. NPC@annpc#5570 nods to an Arshai at one of the consoles, who begins tapping away. NPC@annpc#5570 | A few moments later, a holographic image of the Branded Lady appears in front of them. The image is not very clear with little colour and frequent flickering, likely due to the distance. NPC@annpc#5570: "Supreme Commander Vora-Orion Dos Shaie'Foree Nos Zona. Hanna is told Vora is already acquainted with Captain Keelah?" NPC@annpc#5570 | Vora: "Ship Commander Hanna-Faeshe Dos Take'Vaie'Haxe Nos Rosa-Vondorei Zona. And yes, Vora has spoken with Keelah before." NPC@annpc#5570 | Vora looks over to Keelah, "I see you've ventured further from your borders this time, Captain. Another one of Starfleet's exploration ventures?" Keelah@crystyll dips her head, "It is good to see you again, Vora. And yes, the Valley Forge is on a long range exploratory mission now; heading rimward" NPC@annpc#5570 | Vora smirks, "Why rimward? Miss me already?" Keelah@crystyll: "Naturally" she smiles, "However no, our mission is to locate a Dyson sphere far beyond this region, we did not outrightly anticipate an encroach on Arshai Colonial territory, though we knew it was a+ Keelah@crystyll: + possibility" NPC@annpc#5570 | Vora: "If you come peacefully, you're welcome in our territory. However, the location of the New World itself must remain restricted knowledge. You are still far from it, but in the case that - NPC@annpc#5570: - you do stumble across us, I must ask that you keep it from being publically accessible information." Keelah@crystyll: "Of course. You know we are uniquely sympathetic to your circumstances. On the subject of which; I must ask... how is Mana doing?" NPC@annpc#5570 | Vora: "Quite well. There's still a lot of EereE Order teachings in that one, and she doesn't approve of everything we do, but she's very interested in learning true Arshai culture." Keelah@crystyll smiles, "I'm glad to hear it. Do pass on our regards if you happen speak to her, won't you? But I digress, we did not come for a social catch up after all and I know you must be very busy with the + Keelah@crystyll: + Colonial Fleet" NPC@annpc#5570 | Vora smiles back, "I thought as much. The reports say you came across one of the ancient machine-ships?" Keelah@crystyll: "Yes, a mining variant which Hanna's task force was hunting down" NPC@annpc#5570 | Vora: "These things are dangerous. I've seen them wreck Dominion warships, and the Regulators can't get all of them, only the ones that pass into their territory." NPC@annpc#5570 | Vora: "Which means we have to fend for ourselves and everyone else in the regions where we're active." Keelah@crystyll: "They are dangerous, but so is a Sehlat when it is backed into a corner and fearing for it's life. On the other hand, when treated properly a Sehlat can grow to become a childs loving companion" NPC@annpc#5570 | Vora: "They're machine intelligences, and ones that have plagued the region for as long as anyone remembers. If they can decide to become pirates, given a chance who says they won't become - NPC@annpc#5570: - rulers and conquerors?" Keelah@crystyll chuckles a little, "You know it's not that long ago that many of my colleagues said the same of you. Now I'm not saying that they are all trustworthy, nor do I speak for them as a whole. The first + Keelah@crystyll: + one we encountered made a good attempt at adding the Valley Forge to it's casualty list. However, circumstances prevail..." Keelah@crystyll: "You see Vora, the AI which attacked us at first turned out to be suffering from hardware degradation; the machine equivalent to a mental instability, you might say. Once rehoused in a functional + Keelah@crystyll: + core, it's sanity returned and it continues to aid us now. As for the mining construct we came here to speak of; yes it has hunted ships in your space, but only because it has had to adapt to + Keelah@crystyll: + survival. When we initiated communications with it, an intelligent dialogue ensued as with the first one. Now this particular construct is amenable to entering a mutually beneficial arrangement in + Keelah@crystyll: + place of it's continued survival hunting. I believe it will honour an agreement if it's partners do, and so come before you to ask now; what makes more sense - allying with a powerful construct + Keelah@crystyll: + willing to embellish your ever growing fleet with it's impressive mining capability - or - continuing to expend your own resources in chasing it down?" NPC@annpc#5570 | Vora: "You know my history with machine intelligences, but you make a good point. If one of them is really willing to work with us, that's tech we don't want to turn down." Keelah@crystyll smiles and nods, "My premise exactly. The reason it had turn to 'hunting' ships is because it's mining capability is limiting to long term survival; there are basic needs to be met which it cannot + Keelah@crystyll: + service through mining alone. Hence, evolving to hunt. But it expresses desire to return to it's true nature, and so would willingly do so to service a trade deal of sorts. Ergo; you provide it the+ Keelah@crystyll: + needs it can't meet alone, in return it provides for you as it once did for it's creators. And having one of these things allied may prove to be of further benefit in learning to communicate with + Keelah@crystyll: + others of it's kind as well, much as we have learned. This one acted defensively when we first approached, but having a greeting message prepared in it's own programming language facilitated our + Keelah@crystyll: + dialogue" NPC@annpc#5570 | Vora: "I'll need to have it evaluated for myself. Luckily, you've sent me an AI expert. Unfortunately, Regulated space is between her and it." Keelah@crystyll: "What can you tell me of these Regulators? We have yet to encounter them" NPC@annpc#5570 | Vora: "They regulate technology and they're the biggest power in this region. I can't tell you specifics, I have an agreement with them and you'll have to pass their tests yourself first." Keelah@crystyll: "Fair enough. I take it then, that they take an equally dim view of the Nuhar constructs" NPC@annpc#5570 | Vora: "They do. Bring it to Vector Base first and make sure it understands not to leave or we'll have to take action." NPC@annpc#5570 | Vora: "I'll arrange for an Underworld Courier to open a corridor to smuggle it past Regulated Space. Then Mana can have a look at it." Keelah@crystyll: "That should not be a problem. It has already patiently awaited news of our conversation under the watchful eye of Hanna's task force. If it won't be an inconvenience, I would like for us to remain + Keelah@crystyll: + at Vector Base until it arrives. We have questions we never got to asking it before, still. And I am hopeful that we may expand on our Nuhar AI's knowledge with that from the miner" NPC@annpc#5570 | Vora nods, "You're welcome to stay. Our bases aren't as open as Starfleet ones, though. We won't take more than one team on board, and we only have minimal facilities to sustain the crew." Keelah@crystyll raises a hand, "The last thing I want to do is intrude or effect a drain on the outpost's resources. Remaining in orbit will more than suffice for the most part, while here though I am more than + Keelah@crystyll: + happy to continue offering support to your scientists studies. It appears at least that some share an acute interest in Federation species, and there are many more on board than among my away team" NPC@annpc#5570 | Vora chuckles, "You must've met one of our Doshaie cloners. They'll welcome all the samples they can get. I'll make sure they understand it's for research purposes only though." NPC@annpc#5570 | Vora: "Unless you want clone versions of you showing up in the fleet." Keelah@crystyll: "I think we've had our fair share of such things, thank you though" she chuckles NPC@annpc#5570 | Vora smirks, "You Starfleet run into all sorts of weird things, don't you?" Keelah@crystyll: "The joys of exploration" she confirms, "But joking aside, yes, naturally data collected from any Starfleet officer is strictly for research only, and not cloning" NPC@annpc#5570 | Vora nods, "You have my word." Keelah@crystyll dips her head, "Good enough for me. Well now if that is all, I should not keep you from your duties. And am eager to update the Miner on this progress and gauge the reaction" NPC@annpc#5570 | Vora: "I'll expect it in our central territory then." NPC@annpc#5570 | She nods to Keelah and motions to someone on her side, causing the hologram to fade away. Keelah@crystyll wears a satisfied smile as the holocom fades, "That wasn't so hard now" NPC@annpc#5570: "Hanna did not expect the Supreme Commander to be so amenable to Captain Keelah's proposal. But the Supreme Commander has always proven to be a wise leader." Keelah@crystyll: "Well it just goes to show. I trust this will reflect favourably on you as well, having shown the initiative to look beyond blind obedience to orders in favour of the bigger picture?" NPC@annpc#5570: "Hanna believes so, yes. The Supreme Commander does not like people who defy orders, but a commander must do some degree of thinking too." NPC@annpc#5570: "Hanna did not wish to directly agree to Keelah's proposal, but Hanna believed the proposal was reasonable enough to present." Keelah@crystyll: "Most definitely. And there is a fine distinction between defying orders, and interpreting their meaning effectively. Your order to hunt the Nuhar construct is a fine example of this, as is your + Keelah@crystyll: + choice to interpret the order effectively. Given the context of the order being to safeguard your territory, seeing the potentially for a more amenable - and less resource expensive - approach, I + Keelah@crystyll: + would certainly commend such a command decision" she smiles NPC@annpc#5570 smiles back, "Hanna will keep these experiences in mind for future situations." Keelah@crystyll: "The important thing to remember in this, is that the interpretation of the order is an aside. What counts, is that when you saw the scope to view a different approach you deferred the decision up + Keelah@crystyll: + the chain. So the best of both worlds; respecting the command authority, whilst expressing the initiative to look beyond literal context. Just keep that one in mind, as it's easy to let such small + Keelah@crystyll: + victories go to one's head and ultimately cloud future judgements" NPC@annpc#5570 nods, "Hanna understands. Hanna will heed Captain Keelah's advice." Keelah@crystyll: "Well since we have something a wait on our hands now, I should return and update the crew; see if we can't find any volunteers for your colleagues research" she sideglances back towards Silvestrie Keelah@crystyll: "Equally so, if anyone from Vector Base - yourself included - wishes to visit about the Valley Forge while we are here, I am always open to accommodating some cultural exchange" NPC@annpc#5570: "That should be an interesting experience. Hanna knows several Shipwright Guild members who may wish to take that offer."
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Rianni@crystyll enters the transporter room to greet Katie with a cheery wave, "Hey Chief! Should have another guest ready to beam over shortly I think. I hope..." she's clearly a little nervous about being a host NPC@annpc#5570 | Katie: "Yes, we're all set here! I'm assuming you haven't done this before?" Rianni@crystyll chuckles nervously, rubbing the back of her neck, "Am I that obvious...?" NPC@annpc#5570 | Katie chuckles, "Probably just to me, but that's because I've seen the Captain do this a hundred times and I've also seen a hundred junior officers do this for the first time." Rianni@crystyll: "Right! Wow, you must have really seen some stuff..." she shakes the curiosity from her head, "So, um... any advice?" NPC@annpc#5570 | Katie: "Well, try to be natural, but at the same time, don't act like you normally would among the crew. I know, it's confusing..." NPC@annpc#5570: "Basically, try not to be /too/ formal, but there's a lot of differences between cultures, so there's a lot of things you do that they might not understand or maybe not even like." Rianni@crystyll: "Natural but not. Simple as that..." NPC@annpc#5570 chuckles, "Just think about everything you do and if it's something cultural, you might want to think twice about it. Like handshakes, you know? But don't be afraid to nod or shake your head or - NPC@annpc#5570: - something like that. Other cultures might not understand them...but if you're too stiff, I've seen plenty of junior officers end up looking like they're androids." Rianni@crystyll: "Right, well that does sort of make sense I guess. And it's not like it's a completely new culture, I at least remember something about the Arshai from Mana!" NPC@annpc#5570: "Exactly! From what I've heard, they use pheromones to communicate their emotional state and aren't very good at reading facial expressions or body language." NPC@annpc#5570: "So with luck, they won't even know you're nervous at all!" Rianni@crystyll subtly-but-not gives a light sniff towards her armpit, "Yeah... with luck" she giggles some, "Alright, deep breath" and promptly does so, turning to the pad, "Ok Chief, you can energize when ready" NPC@annpc#5570 | Katie nods and begins tapping away at her console... NPC@annpc#5570 FX | Three figures materialize on the transporter pad, all in Colonial Fleet uniforms. One is a female Arshai, one an Orion female and the third a large Ularen male towering above two metres tall. Rianni@crystyll 's brief lapse of nervousness quickly returns at seeing three transporter beams, culminating a gulp as she takes in the imposing form of the Ularen. She takes a deep breath a steps forward with a + Rianni@crystyll + well rehearsed smile and calculated (unnatural) polite tone, "Welcome aboard the Valley Forge" NPC@annpc#5570: "Hanna is pleased to be here. This one is Hanna-Faeshe Dos Take'Vaie'Haxe Nos Rosa-Vondorei Zona. Hanna has met the Valley Forge's Commander previously." Rianni@crystyll: "Oh, you must be the ship Commander we met with the Miner! It's a pleasure to meet you, I'm Rianni. Just... Rianni. Well, Cadet third class Rianni Tierno to be precise, but... just Rianni is fine, + Rianni@crystyll: + really..." NPC@annpc#5570: "Hanna is indeed the Ship Commander the Valley Forge has met, yes." NPC@annpc#5570 motions to the Orion, "This one is Starseer One-One-Five-Six, referred to in short by the chosen name Parabola." NPC@annpc#5570 | Parabola smiles, "Nice to meet you, Cadet Third Class Rianni Tierno." NPC@annpc#5570 motions to the Ularen, "This is Grand Champion Haradrol, one of the mercenary commanders with the Colonial Fleet." Rianni@crystyll restrains a groan at the persisted use of full name and title and smiles back, "It is my pleasure to welcome you both on board as well" NPC@annpc#5570 | Parabola: "It's a very nice ship you have." NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol: "Yes. Impressive armament for an exploration craft." NPC@annpc#5570: "Where would Rianni like to show first?" Rianni@crystyll: "Thank you, though I can hardly take credit for it..." she chuckles lightly with a thoughtful hrm, "Is this your first time on board a Federation starship?" NPC@annpc#5570: "This is Hanna's first time, certainly. The Colonial Fleet once possessed a ship built from salvaged Federation wreckage, the Bane. Hanna believes that ship is back with the Federation now, and - NPC@annpc#5570: - Hanna has only ever seen the Bane in space, never on board." Rianni@crystyll: "If my memory serves me correctly, your fleet is predominately adapted from Jem'Hadar warships, right?" NPC@annpc#5570: "The composition of Colonial Fleet vessels is highly varied. The Defence Fleet does possess significant amounts of Dominion technology, but the Strike Fleet possesses more Orion, Nausicaan and - NPC@annpc#5570: - Cardassian design. A large portion of the fleet is also original Arshai design refitted with adapted technology, such as Hanna's ship." Rianni@crystyll: "Of course. Well I believe at least most of those follow a more utilitarian design. Though the Orion vessels would depend largely on whether they were pre or post OSN. But I digress, as you pointed + Rianni@crystyll: + out; this is a deep space exploration vessel, and as such may present certain features you are less accustomed to seeing on a starship. Perhaps focusing on those highlights to begin with would be + Rianni@crystyll: + interest?" she offers tentatively, "Or if you would prefer to view more familiar sights first as a base of comparison, I'm sure we can work that in too" NPC@annpc#5570: "Rianni is correct in this assumption. Almost all Colonial Fleet ships are designed for pure effectiveness. Hanna is quite interested to see the differences." Rianni@crystyll smiles at that, "Alright then! We are fortunate to be in one of the forward transporter rooms here as this places us within the heart of the residential section. If you'd like to follow me..." she+ Rianni@crystyll: + offers, indicating to the door NPC@annpc#5570 nods and steps off the pad, following Rianni. NPC@annpc#5570 | The others follow close behind, with Haradrol in the rear. Rianni@crystyll: "One of the biggest differences you'll likely first see is the large number of personnel, including civilians" NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol: "The closest thing they have to civilians are us mercs." NPC@annpc#5570 | Parabola: "And the occasional Shipwright Guild member unaffiliated with the Colonial Fleet." Rianni@crystyll: "It is not a situation common to /all/ Starfleet vessels. But one of the Federation's mandates is that any vessel serving for extended periods away from home territory is capable of this" Rianni@crystyll: "They found early on that when ships are out for years at a time without contact from home, it could lead to emotional strain and tension. So now, ships like the Valley Forge are designed to + Rianni@crystyll: + accomodate crew and their families" NPC@annpc#5570: "Perhaps Colonial Fleet vessels are structured differently because Arshai do not possess the same social dynamics." NPC@annpc#5570: "Hanna has only heard this concept of families from other civilizations such as the Orions." Rianni@crystyll: "Could be! I am curious, does your fleet operate any long term exploration missions?" NPC@annpc#5570: "The Colonial Fleet only performs reconaissance missions. Occasionally recon missions can lead into distant regions to probe out potential threats, but most are by Arshai territories, scouting for - NPC@annpc#5570: - resources." NPC@annpc#5570: "Arshai do explore, but the Colonial Fleet is not responsible for exploration." Rianni@crystyll: "It isn't?" NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol: "Not unlike the Ularens. Back on our homeworld, the males run the military which controls most of the ships. The females often go off and explore, but they either use their own ships - NPC@annpc#5570: - or hop on somebody else's." NPC@annpc#5570: "The Colonial Fleet is similar, yes. The Researcher's Guild is responsible for all science, including exploration of space. The Colonial Fleet is merely the defence and military arm of the New World." Rianni@crystyll: "Oh I see, yes of course! So your different guilds operate in this sense much like the different departments of Starfleet!" NPC@annpc#5570: "How do the departments of Starfleet work? Is one allowed to be in multiple departments at once?" Rianni@crystyll: "Technically no, but we all work collaboratively on a ship like this and under a single command line. It would be like... members of the Researcher's Guild serving on a Colonial Fleet ship and + Rianni@crystyll: + answering to it's CO, at least on a ship like this" Rianni@crystyll: "Most Starfleet vessels come under Starfleet Command, but there are specialized ships as well which may serve under the different divisions similarly, but all require expertise from other departments" NPC@annpc#5570 | Parabola: "That's quite different from how the New World works. One can belong to multiple Guilds, but one does not have to be a member of that Guild to do their particular field of work." NPC@annpc#5570 | Parabola: "Like how I'm a Starseer, but not a member of the Researcher's Guild." Rianni@crystyll: "To be honest, the different departments are more of a technicality. I find it easier to just think of it all as one big Starfleet!" she chuckles Rianni@crystyll: "But on the subject of divisional specialists, here is our first stop; one of the Valley Forge's medical bays" Rianni@crystyll peeks in, making sure they're not interrupting NPC@annpc#5570: "That is where the difference lies, Hanna believes. The Colonial Fleet is completely separate from the Shipwright or Researcher's Guilds. Some can be members in both or all three, but the leadership - NPC@annpc#5570: - is entirely separate." Rianni@crystyll FX | The sickbay is indeed peaceful. Kazra sits in her office while a couple of nurses tend to research and a junior doctor is working with a young ensign Rianni@crystyll Kazra | looks up and smiles, "Hello Rianni, it can't be time for your annual physical now can- oh, I see we have visitors" she chirps, rising to her feet and moving to greet them NPC@annpc#5570 peers inside as well, "The medical bays are not too different from the Colonial Fleet's. A little bigger, but Hanna supposes medical bays all serve the same function." Rianni@crystyll Kazra | "Commander Kazra Meel, Chief Medical Officer. Yes, this is one of several such facilities on board, I suppose with all your repurposed cloning technology you must be quite familiar with the + Rianni@crystyll: + kind of technology we have in here" NPC@annpc#5570: "Not Hanna personally, but many of the equipment does bear semblence to what the Colonial Fleet employs." Rianni@crystyll Kazra | "Well if you have any questions I'm here to help, otherwise feel free to takea look around" NPC@annpc#5570 | Parabola: "A Sawbones model would be more familiar with these technologies. I have heard that your Federation forbids cloning and genetic engineering?" Rianni@crystyll Kazra | gives a firm nod, "Yes, owed largely to a period of troubled history in one of the founding member races - Humans" she nods to Rianni NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol: "As you should. Evolution created the most effective hunters like the Ularens and the Toroki, not scientists in labs." NPC@annpc#5570: "Haradrol tends to be very vocal about Haradrol's views, as many Ularen males are." Rianni@crystyll fidgets awkwardly while the whole 'clone-vs-natural' debate ensues Rianni@crystyll Kazra | smiles, eyeing the Ularen, "Nothing wrong with that, certainly hard to argue to superiority of natural evolution with such a fine specimen before me" NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol: "You are not too bad yourself. From a mating perspective, that is, compared to our females." Rianni@crystyll Kazra | grins wider, looking to Hanna, "I see what you mean" she laughs, turning to flirt more but noticing Rianni, "Oh, sorry Rianni. I almost forgot there for a moment..." NPC@annpc#5570 | Parabola chuckles, "Haradrol tends to be very vocal about /everything/." Rianni@crystyll shakes her head, "It's fine Commander" she looks around for a diversion, noticing the treatment in action, "What's occuring there, may we observe?" Rianni@crystyll Kazra | looks over, "Oh yes, funny one that. Young Ensign there seems to have a bit of a tumble..." NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol: "A...tumble?" Rianni@crystyll looks back to their guests, "It's not exactly a point of excitement, but perhaps seeing treatment in progress could be of interest?" Rianni@crystyll chuckles, "It's a casual term for a fall. I think..." takes the query as confirmation of the curiosity and heads over NPC@annpc#5570 nods, "Observing how Starfleet's doctors treat injuries would certainly be interesting." Rianni@crystyll FX | Seymour - the Caitain Doctor is attempting to treat a fidgety young Ensign... Rianni@crystyll Seymour | "Really Ensign, if you'd just stay still for one... minute..." his tail swishes with frustration NPC@annpc#5570 | Parabola: "It would be smart to take his advice, you know." Rianni@crystyll Ensign | "Hey! Keep those paws where I can see them, I know your kind you-" she glances the guests, "You... you... soft, fluffy thing, you" her tone instantly turning to one of endearment as she + Rianni@crystyll: + awkwardly pets Seymour on the head Rianni@crystyll: "Hey Seymour..." she watches the strange interaction with a bemused expression, "I, err... hope you don't mind, but we have some curious guests..." NPC@annpc#5570 | Parabola laughs at the sudden change in attitude, "You have some interesting crew." Rianni@crystyll Seymour | growls at the demeaning petting, but takes the opportunity to resume treatment NPC@annpc#5570: "Colonial Fleet medics tend to put unruly patients directly to sleep. That makes treatment faster and easier." Rianni@crystyll: "That, we most certainly do! Though I am regrettably not familiar with everyone since we rotated before this mission. Everything alright Ensign...?" Rianni@crystyll Ensign | "Sin. And yeah, new arrival... you know how it is - bit ship, lots of people to see - or not - places to be and all tha-... hey!" she tries to hop of the bed but Seymour holds her back NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol gives what is most likely a smirk, "This one is fiery. I like her attitude." Rianni@crystyll Seymour | "Ensign, you know if you'd stop fidgeting you would be out of here already!" Rianni@crystyll: "So, uh... Sin. Don't mind us, just showing our guests the good doctor here at work" Rianni@crystyll Sin | "Good. Because I don't need any more interrogation. Get enough of that from /him/" she thumbs back towards Seymour NPC@annpc#5570: "Hanna still thinks the patient should be tranquilized." Rianni@crystyll Seymour | "Ensign Sin here /claims/ she fell out of bed. Though quite how she thinks that would result in two broken ribs, a sprained ankle and a hairline fracture to the forearm I do NOT know" Rianni@crystyll Sin | "It's... a very high bed. And I'm little, come on furball, do the math!" Rianni@crystyll considers the odd Ensign curiously while Seymour does his work and they talk NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol: "I've walked away from battles with less injuries..." Rianni@crystyll Seymour | looks to Hanna, "If I thought I could get close enough for one, I'd be tempted. But coming at her with a pain relief injection got her all paranoid that I would knock her out" Rianni@crystyll Seymour | Works thorugh what is essentially a very meager and simple procedure to heal Sin's injuries with his numerous spacemagic tools NPC@annpc#5570 | Parabola smirks, "Guess she is really feisty, then." Rianni@crystyll: "Apparently so..." looks to Sin, "You're tactical right?" Rianni@crystyll Sin | nods, "Yeah, I... ow!" she spins around with a scowl as Seymour 'accidentally' catches the surface of her skin over another bruised rib with one of his claws Rianni@crystyll Sin | Turns back, "See why I don't want to be here, now? And yes, I am. You?" NPC@annpc#5570: "Tactical...is that the Starfleet branch most similar to the Colonial Fleet?" Rianni@crystyll hids a smirk at Seymours feline grin behind Sin's back, "Yes, so hopefully I can look forward to catching you on shift some time!" Rianni@crystyll Sin | Looks briefly to Hanna wondering if she is for real, "I um, I... should let the Cadet here answer that. Good test of her knowledge and all that!" Rianni@crystyll turns with a slight doubletake, "Yeah... And yes, I believe it is. You might also directly compare it to Starfleet Command as that generally operates the bulk of our fleet including this ship" Rianni@crystyll Sin | promptly nods, "Excellent point Cadet, and just the one I was going to make. I can see you're a sharp one, you'll go far!" Rianni@crystyll: "Right. Well, we shouldn't take up any more of your time. Thank you both for accomodating!" she turns to Hanna & Co. "If you'd like to follow me" NPC@annpc#5570 | Parabola: "Would it be possible to see the scientific facilities of your ship? With my role in the Fleet, it would be an interesting thing to compare." NPC@annpc#5570: "And Hanna believes Starfleet is quite well-known for scientific prowess as well." Rianni@crystyll smiles, "Funnily enough, that's exactly what I had in mind next. Come on, I think you should enjoy this next stop particularly!" Rianni@crystyll leads them out with a cheery wave back to Seymour & Sin, "See you around, Ensign!" NPC@annpc#5570 follows Rianni, giving a formal nod to Seymour and Sin as she exits. Rianni@crystyll Sin | Chirps with equal Starfleet'y cheeriness, "So long, Cadet!" her face promptly turning grim before a distant yelp can again be heard as the group exits, "Now what did I say about where you put + Rianni@crystyll: + those paws..." Rianni@crystyll leads the party through to their next stop, "Here we are, hopefully you will find a little more relevance here!" she chirps, stepping through into the astrometrics lab NPC@annpc#5570 | Parabola: "Ahh, this must be where your Starseers work! Impressive!" Rianni@crystyll: "Yes exactly! I thought you particularly would like to see here" Rianni@crystyll | Lennie is working away and turns with a smile, "Well hello there Rianni, we have guests I see" NPC@annpc#5570 | Parabola steps away from the group, gazing at the different consoles and data displayed on them, "This is far more like Research ships than the facilities we have on Colonial Fleet vessels." NPC@annpc#5570 | She smiles as Lennie turns, "And I see you have Orions working here as well! Very fitting." Rianni@crystyll | Lennie gives Parabola a curious glance as she steps up, "Sure do! Name's Lennie, Chief Science Officer 'ere" NPC@annpc#5570 | Parabola: "Pleasure to meet you. I'm Starseer One-One-Five-Six, or Parabola for informal address." Rianni@crystyll | Lennie chuckles at the designation a little, "Starseer, eh? Well, makes sense for lil' Rianni 'ere t'bring ya down this way then. Feel free t'take a look around" NPC@annpc#5570 | Parabola: "This area is primarily for astronomy, yes?" Rianni@crystyll | Lennie nods, "Indeed, this is our astrometrics lab. Here we can collate and study data on any range of spatial bodies or phenomena. It's mapping techniques also help's refine our navigational data" NPC@annpc#5570 | Parabola: "We have something similar on Colonial Fleet ships, but significantly rougher and with less refined equipment." NPC@annpc#5570 | Hanna nods, "Especially since Hanna’s vessel mostly patrols within territory the fleet is already familiar with." Rianni@crystyll: "I think this offers a good example of our multifunctional nature as an exploration vessel" Rianni@crystyll | Lennie smiles and nods to Rianni, "Indeed; 'tis a luxury not all Starfleet ships enjoy, f'sure" NPC@annpc#5570 | Hanna: "The only thing the Colonial Fleet has similar to this is the Baseships, but these are meant to be the centrepiece of a fleet, capable of any role but excelling in none." NPC@annpc#5570 | Hanna: "Primarily, the Baseships are used as command centres and fills the role desired by whoever commands the vessel." Rianni@crystyll | Lennie: "Much could b'said for th'Valley Forge really. Th'original design were meant t'supercede th'Sovereign as a fleet command ship" NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol: "This Sovereign sounds like a formidible ship." Rianni@crystyll: "Oh it was, and still is actually despite newer models coming along!" NPC@annpc#5570 | Hanna: "But the Valley Forge was never a fleet command ship?" Rianni@crystyll | Lennie chuckles, "This one's all 'bout her ships, I suggest ya pick 'er brains f'more. I'se just know th'basics 'ere" NPC@annpc#5570 | Hanna looks to Rianni curiously. Rianni@crystyll flushes some, shuffling a little sheepishly, "Well I'm no engineer or anything..." NPC@annpc#5570 | Hanna: "And neither is Hanna. Hanna would not comprehend the complexities if Rianni had any to relay. Hanna's knowledge comes from working as a part of the fleet alone." Rianni@crystyll: "Oh, right! Well my field of study of fleet strategy and combat tactics, that's where I have been learning about the different types of vessel really" NPC@annpc#5570: "That is not too different from what Hanna studies. Hanna was optimized for physical attributes and naturally began training in combat. When the Supreme Commander arrived, Hanna was among one of - NPC@annpc#5570: - many who Vora chose to impart knowledge upon. The Colonial Fleet had been in several small conflicts previously, almost all solved using political or scientific solutions." NPC@annpc#5570: "Vora was the one who passed on many tactics from other sections of space the Arshai had never been, sections perhaps Rianni are familiar with." Rianni@crystyll: "Ooh, I would love to compare notes with you on them for sure!" NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol nods, "Hanna's one of the tougher Arshai. I can attest to that, I've sparred with her a few times." Rianni@crystyll | Lennie chuckles at the enthusiasm, focusing quietly on demonstrating the astrometrics systems to Parabola in the background NPC@annpc#5570 | Parabola watches Lennie's demonstrations with interest, occasionally asking a quiet question. NPC@annpc#5570: "Hanna is no match for the Grand Champion, of course, but training with Haradrol has allowed Hanna to learn much." Rianni@crystyll: "The... Grand Champion?" she asks with a distinctly inquisitive tone NPC@annpc#5570 | Hanna motions to Haradrol, "Haradrol is a Grand Champion of the Azakos High Tournament. One of the few in the galaxy who are truthful when claiming to have defeated a Toroki in hand-to-hand." NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol: "It's a fighting competition. Most esteemed one in the region." Rianni@crystyll: "Ooh, impressive! We are generally less focused on martial combat that our KDF allies, but many on board do practice various forms both for pleasure and profession; like the MACO's. Perhaps we could + Rianni@crystyll: + learn more of this tournament and create something in the holodeck based on it" NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol: "I have never fought in nor seen anything else like it." NPC@annpc#5570: "Azakos is a trade hub, like Underworld but not as lax on what can and cannot be traded. And with a very different history." Rianni@crystyll: "I definitely know a few on board who would be interested in learning more of it then! Have you had much experience with holodeck technology?" NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol shakes his head, "You'd have to ask a Ularen female for holoart-type work. I just fight." Rianni@crystyll: "You... might be interested in seeing our holodeck after we are done here" she smiles NPC@annpc#5570: "The Colonial Fleet has holographic facilities for training sessions. Perhaps one of the Fleet's technicians can help assist in creating an Azakos arena." Rianni@crystyll: "I know Mia would be very interested in learning more there!" looks back to Haradrol, "And perhaps you would like to see some alternative programmes that we do have on board for such things?" NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol nods, "That would be interesting to see." Rianni@crystyll mentally breathes a sigh of relief at not having to worry about where to take them next NPC@annpc#5570: "What about Valley Forge's training facilities? Does the ship have specialized training facilities or utilizes the holodecks?" Rianni@crystyll: "We mostly just utilize the holodecks, though the ship itself is often used for training exercises like drills" NPC@annpc#5570: "The Colonial Fleet does similar activities as well. But Colonial Fleet vessels all have a physical training facility in addition." NPC@annpc#5570: "Primarily to ensure everyone on board remains in high physical condition." Rianni@crystyll: "Arshai are highly adaptable to their environment, right? Does that mean you regulate it on your ships depending on their purpose, like setting your combat vessels so that it's crew's physical + Rianni@crystyll: + attributes are honed accordingly and such?" NPC@annpc#5570: "Arshai metabolism is affected by the environment, yes, but physical fitness is far more dependent on diet and training. Certain environments can make it easier to remain in good physical condition - NPC@annpc#5570: - but if an Arshai does not work as hard as another Arshai, the other Arshai will always be physically better." NPC@annpc#5570: "Altering the temperature does affect an Arshai's maturation however. Some Arshai such as the Supreme Commander or many members of the Doshaie tribe prefer to remain in low temperatures to extend life NPC@annpc#5570: "Most Colonial Fleet ships are set to temperatures comfortable for other species the Fleet contains, primarily Orions. Those who prefer low temperatures normally utilize suits like the Doshaie or - NPC@annpc#5570: - set their living spaces to be cooler." Rianni@crystyll: "Understandable" she nods, smiling, "Thank you for the explanation. We operate similarly with a consistent ambient environment being observed across all Starfleet vessels, though each has the + Rianni@crystyll: + capacity to accommodate specific requirements in controlled areas. Some vessels even host most exotic life like aquatics or insectoids" NPC@annpc#5570: "The Colonial Fleet has come across several such lifeforms as well, though not incorporated as members of the fleet." Rianni@crystyll: "I think the closest we have on board is Essex - E6, that is" she chuckles to herself, "He is quite the character" NPC@annpc#5570: "Hanna is sure the Doshaie scientists would like to examine this Essex..." Rianni@crystyll: "I'm sure... though I wouldn't hold your breath, he is not the most cooperative in such things" Rianni@crystyll | Lennie turns with a laugh, "Bribe 'im with a date, Rianni!" Rianni@crystyll recoils, "What?! Commander, no! Just... no!" Rianni@crystyll | Lennie laughs even harder NPC@annpc#5570 looks at Lennie curiously, "Does Essex's species enjoy sweet fruits?" Rianni@crystyll | Lennie settles to a chuckle as she considers, "I... ain't rightly sure, actually. Could do!" NPC@annpc#5570 tilts her head, "Is a date not a classification of fruit?" Rianni@crystyll giggles, "Right word, wrong meaning. A date is also a, uh... precursor to romantic engagement" Rianni@crystyll | Lennie smirks, "Nicely put" NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol grumbles, "Alien mating rituals confuse me." NPC@annpc#5570 chuckles slightly,"Haradrol is not the only one." Rianni@crystyll | Lennie: "Yeah, they confuse even th'native species most o' th'time, ain't tha' right Rianni?" Rianni@crystyll chuckels nervously, flushing some, "Um... yeah, I guess..." rubbing the back of her neck NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol: "Ularens do not have such complexities. We meet with the females during the mating season and we mate with whoever we are attracted to. Then, females raise the offspring and males - Rianni@crystyll | Lennie quietly notes Rianni's reaction, now realizing that she must be involved in a new relationship she wasn't aware of and smiles softly NPC@annpc#5570: - return to guarding them from threats." Rianni@crystyll | Lennie looks to Haradrol, "Sounds almost like th'Vulcan ritual o'Pon Farr" NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol: "The Vulcans have mating seasons as well?" Rianni@crystyll | Lennie nods, "Quite stringent too, though it ain't somethin' they'se so open about talkin' wit' outsiders on in general" NPC@annpc#5570: "Yes, some species can be quite private about mating practices. Hanna has even heard of species who are private about eating practices." Rianni@crystyll gives a curious 'huh' NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol: "Yeah, Arshai are closer to us, just that they don't have seasons for it." NPC@annpc#5570: "And most New World Arshai do not mate for reproduction, save members of the Haxash tribe and select Arshai who desire to do so." Rianni@crystyll: "The... Haxash tribe?" NPC@annpc#5570: "The Haxash is the most traditional of the four modern Arshai tribes. Haxash live a pastoral life, migrating across the New World. The Haxash insist on procreating the traditional fashion, which is - NPC@annpc#5570: - why the Haxash are the smallest tribe." Rianni@crystyll: "Are there many Tribes in all then?" NPC@annpc#5570: "Arguably the Haxash are the closest to true Arshai culture, but give up many technological luxuries." NPC@annpc#5570: "Once there were many, and tribes were formed and collapsed throughout Arshai history. Now there are four on the New World, and have been since the colony was settled." Rianni@crystyll: "So if the New World has a consistent four tribes, does that mean each is settled into a symbiotic relationship with each serving it's own specific purpose?" NPC@annpc#5570: "Some contribute more to the New World than others. The Haxash primarily benefit the Haxash and no other tribe. The Doshaie are known for scientific prowess, and members of the Faeshe and Inuze - NPC@annpc#5570: - tribes follow various paths depending on the individual. There is no defined role for a tribe; the tribes are separated by differing ideological beliefs." Rianni@crystyll: "Oh, so is a tribe something you are born to only then? Or do Arshai choose a tribe they relate to and join it through choice?" Rianni@crystyll | Lennie glances over her shoulder, admiring the Cadet's cultural curiosity NPC@annpc#5570: "Arshai are born to a tribe and typically accept the beliefs of the tribe within which the individual is raised. However, some Arshai do change tribes." NPC@annpc#5570: "On the Old World, Arshai had many traditions, around tribes and clans and mating. Some only allowed changing of clans and tribes through mating. But on the New World, the decision is ideological - NPC@annpc#5570: - and personal, with no requirement attached, other than the tribe or clan one seeks to join being willing to accept the newcomer, of course." Rianni@crystyll: "An interesting cultural development, thank you for clarifying" NPC@annpc#5570: "All on the New World wish to preserve Arshai culture, but culture is never a static thing. And while some of the culture inevitably changes, much is nonetheless preserved in writing." Rianni@crystyll: "It is good that you have the history preserved; means that future generations will never go without knowing that there ever was a different way" NPC@annpc#5570: "Certainly. And there are many mistakes of the past that have valuable lessons as well." Rianni@crystyll: "Oh yes, Mia is /always/ reinforcing that to me in class!" NPC@annpc#5570: "Mia?" Rianni@crystyll: "Oh, sorry yes! She is my instructor here on the ship. She used to be a history teaching holo, so is /always/ emphasizing the importance of that!" NPC@annpc#5570: "A history teaching holo? Mia is a machine construct as well, like the Nuhar vessels?" Rianni@crystyll: "Oh no! Well, not exactly anyway. She is... unique, and actually... kind of related to you!" she giggles a little at the thought, "She is a networked AI consisting of Starfleet holo personality + Rianni@crystyll: + matrix and an Arshai drone, you see. They now exist as one and the drone shell projects it's avatar as Mia" NPC@annpc#5570: "An Arshai drone? Oh, this must be one created by the EereE Order Arshai that was on the Valley Forge!" Rianni@crystyll smiles, "Yes, Mana! Mia was one of her two drone companions" NPC@annpc#5570: "The New World utilizes drones as well, but very different from Mana's. That was why Hanna was confused." Rianni@crystyll: "Yours are really so different? How so?" NPC@annpc#5570: "The New World does not utilize machines capable of free thought. The Doshaie had early experiments with the concept, but all such experiments were shut down by the Supreme Commander." NPC@annpc#5570: "New World drones are simply tools that follow a set programming." Rianni@crystyll: "Oh right, no AI. I forgot about that..." NPC@annpc#5570: "Does the Valley Forge utilize much AI, or just Mia?" Rianni@crystyll: "Just Mia really, much like yourselves Starfleet does not work actively with AI outside of a few exceptions like Mia who have been developed or encountered independently" NPC@annpc#5570: "Interesting. Starfleet may be more similar to the Colonial Fleet than Hanna thought." Rianni@crystyll smiles, "I am seeing a lot more similarity than expected as well" NPC@annpc#5570: "There is something else Hanna has heard about Starfleet ships as well..." Rianni@crystyll turns to Hanna with a curious look, "If I can, I will happily answer any query for you" NPC@annpc#5570: "Hanna has seen much of the comfort of Starfleet ships Hanna has heard about. Hanna wonders how different Valley Forge's living quarters are like." Rianni@crystyll: "Oh! Well... how about I show you? Might be better than me trying to describe them!" NPC@annpc#5570: "That would certainly be easier, yes." Rianni@crystyll: "Well we can go take a look as soon as you're ready. Or if Parabola is having too much fun I'm sure if we ask nicely, Commander Lendaria will take care of her" NPC@annpc#5570: "Hanna is sure Parabola can handle being alone. Colonial Fleet clones are very disciplined." NPC@annpc#5570 | Parabola nods, "I'll be fine here!" Rianni@crystyll looks to Lennie who gives a smile and a nod, "You go ahead, I'll call ya if ya Parabola needs t'catch up at all" Rianni@crystyll smiles, "Thank you, Commander" turning to the others, "Well then, if you'd like to follow me; we can look at some of the vacant crew quarters on the way to the holodeck" NPC@annpc#5570 | Hanna and Haradrol continues following Rianni. Rianni@crystyll: "So yes, these are fairly typical crew quarters on this deck. They are not as big or fancy as the officer quarters, nor are they as utilitarian as the enlisted ones. But should represent a good averag Rianni@crystyll: ...e" Rianni@crystyll boops them into the vacant quarters and steps aside, "It is fairly minimalistic as it's not occupied in here. Of course, crew are free to set up their personal space as they see fit" NPC@annpc#5570 looks around, "This is minimalistic? Rianni has a very different definition of the word..." Rianni@crystyll: "Oh, I mean in terms of decor! The enlisted quarters are more what I would call minimalistic in all" NPC@annpc#5570: "The enlisted quarters are much smaller, Hanna assumes?" Rianni@crystyll nods, "Yes, and generally shared between multiple personnel too. Not many mind, the only ones who live in mass accommodation are the MACO's who have a barracks on the lower decks" NPC@annpc#5570: "That is like the Colonial Fleet living quarters. Some of the Orion vessels have special accomodations for the Elts, but even those are at most this size." NPC@annpc#5570: "Arshai are very social though. Hanna shares a bunk with the other crew, as do most Arshai Commanders." Rianni@crystyll: "I know it's a consistent observation among our allies when they first see our living arrangements on board a ship like this. Part of our evolved psychology around long term deployment - like the + Rianni@crystyll: + need to have family around - is the need for personal space, for many species in the Federation. Of course, we all have social needs too. Which is why a ship like this has such a large portion of + Rianni@crystyll: + it's deck space allocated to such pursuits" NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol: "Like these other uses of your holograms you mentioned?" Rianni@crystyll: "Yes, the holodecks are certainly a key recreational facility. Though we also have a number of social gathering areas like the lounges on board" NPC@annpc#5570 nods, "Colonial Fleet vessels have mess halls meant primarily for eating, but inevitably a place where so many people gather turns into a social area." NPC@annpc#5570: "The training room can be a popular social area as well." Rianni@crystyll: "Yes, I think that's how they evolved on Starfleet vessels too actually" NPC@annpc#5570: "Perhaps the Colonial Fleet can consider alterations to mess hall design to better accomodate social functions." Rianni@crystyll: "Given what you said about Arshai being naturally social, and the observation that it often becomes that way there as is I would certainly consider it" Rianni@crystyll: "Whether you go the extents that Starfleet does with some of it's social hubs however is another thing" she chuckles NPC@annpc#5570: "Arshai are generally capable of engaging in social activities wherever desired. Arshai do not have concerns of privacy as some species do over activities such as mating, after all." Rianni@crystyll: "Yet you have still observed a natural development of your eating areas into focused social hubs. I still think it could be a worthwhile consideration, especially taking into account the diversity of+ Rianni@crystyll: + your crews too" NPC@annpc#5570 nods, "That is true, yes. How does Starfleet develop social areas, then?"" Rianni@crystyll: "Well... I guess they have just kind of evolved a fairly standard approach. I guess through observing natural behaviour patterns as you are doing now" Rianni@crystyll: "What I can tell you is that on this ship, there are several lounges but each is it's own distinct feeling and could be more or less desirable than another given any desired mood" NPC@annpc#5570: "Hanna will advise shipwright guild members to observe social activities on board ships and think up additions, then." Rianni@crystyll smiles at the thought of having helped, "After the holodeck, I'd be happy to show you one of the lounges on board if that would help" NPC@annpc#5570: "Hanna would be quite interested to see!" Rianni@crystyll: "Well then if you're satisfied with this segment, I suggest we proceed to the holodeck" NPC@annpc#5570 nods in agreeement. Rianni@crystyll: "Right this way then" she smiles, leading the way back out Rianni@crystyll exits the turbolift, heading for the holodecks, "So yeah, these are predominately recreational. Though we have many programs for training and education as well" Rianni@crystyll: "We are actually fortunate that I already had this one reserved now so that we can enter. They are normally very popular and with so many crew on board, scheduling can be tight" NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol: "Do any of your people consider low-stakes duels and fights to be recreational?" Rianni@crystyll nods, "Absolutely! Not many, granted. But there are certainly some on board who will regularly participate in such things" NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol: "Might be a few things I like in there, then." Rianni@crystyll: "I'm sure we can find something for you!" she chirps, heading in Rianni@crystyll freezes almost as soon as she enters, seeing not the expected hologrid but the interior of a 23c starship... NPC@annpc#5570 | Hanna and Haradrol follow her inside as well. NPC@annpc#5570: "Did someone forget to clear the previous setting?" Rianni@crystyll mutters, "Oh no, I forgot I already preloaded th-" is interrupted as a bright smiling Emma comes around the corner and bounds up to greet her with a welcome hug Rianni@crystyll | Emma: "There you are, Rianni! I was beginning to worry, it's not like you to be late!" she chirps, with an affectionate kiss on Rianni's cheek Rianni@crystyll giggles nervously, flushing as red as her tunic strip, "H- Hi Emma, I'm so sorry I... well, I have guests..." she notes at the end slightly hushed and indicating behind her NPC@annpc#5570 glances at Emma, "Is this one another member of the crew?" Rianni@crystyll | Emma smiles, stepping back sheepishly, "Oh, right! Not to worry" she waves cheerily, "Don't mind me, folks. I'll just, uh... be over... here. Somewhere..." Rianni@crystyll | Emma stagewhispers to Rianni, "Comm me when you're done, ok?" smiling and presenting another kiss to her cheek before happily strolling off NPC@annpc#5570 doesn't catch on to Rianni's nervousness, being Arshai and not good at reading expressions and all. She merely watches Emma stroll off. Rianni@crystyll: "Will do, Emma" she smiles, giving her hand a squeeze before she heads off Rianni@crystyll clears her throat, looking to Hanna, "Um, no. She's... well she's part of this program, you see. Apologies here, I forgot that I had it preloaded for my planned downtime today... Computer, save + Rianni@crystyll: + program and close" Rianni@crystyll FX | The computer chirps and the scenery promptly ripples away to reveal the expected hologrid NPC@annpc#5570: "That explains why Hanna could not sense this one at all. This one is meant to be Orion as well, no?" Rianni@crystyll nods, "Yes, she is part of a historical study program we are developing actually" NPC@annpc#5570: "A prominent member of Orion history, then?" Rianni@crystyll: "No... this is not major history. The program is exploring the actual missions conducted by an earlier Starfleet vessel to carry the name Valley Forge. I don't know if Arshai have anything like this,+ Rianni@crystyll: + but Humanity especially have a strong sense of nostalgia around things like ship names, and the Captain has adopted this also" NPC@annpc#5570: "Arshai vessels are much like the Colonial Fleet clones. The formal designation is a classification-numerical one, but informally, simpler names are utilized for reference." NPC@annpc#5570: "Hanna believes the Valley Forge has a number as well, no?" Rianni@crystyll nods, "Yes all Starfleet vessels have a registry number as well as a name" NPC@annpc#5570: "What is the Valley Forge's?" Rianni@crystyll: "NCC 43305-A" NPC@annpc#5570: "And the Valley Forge's official classification is a...exploration vessel?" Rianni@crystyll: "Officially a vessel of this class - Sentinel - is designated a Star Cruiser" NPC@annpc#5570: "If the Valley Forge were a Colonial Fleet vessel then, the formal name would be something like Star Cruiser 43305-A." NPC@annpc#5570: "Valley Forge would not be a name listed in any official documents or reports, just something members of the fleet use for simplicity." NPC@annpc#5570: "Such names can often be reused if an older ship no longer holds the name." Rianni@crystyll: "Aah, interesting. Our ship names are formally recognized and used as the primary means of identification. The '-A' in our number actually signifies that it's the second ship of this name and registry Rianni@crystyll: " NPC@annpc#5570: "That is new and interesting for Hanna. Colonial Fleet vessels never reuse registries. If a vessel is destroyed, lost or scrapped, the designation would be historical and would never be used again." Rianni@crystyll: "It is not overly common in Starfleet, and often only occurs by command request through, well as I said... we can be a nostalgic people. In fact, it's not what we are here for but..." she turns and + Rianni@crystyll: + taps on the console Rianni@crystyll FX | After a few moments, holo images of several vessels begin to appear in a line across the room. The VF is recognizable at the head of the formation, whilst at the far end is a WWII navy ship Rianni@crystyll: "These are all Valley Forge's, dating back to the mid-20th Century on Earth" NPC@annpc#5570: "Mid-20th century?" Rianni@crystyll: "Oh, um... an approximate time period in local measure. It would be almost 400 years ago" NPC@annpc#5570: "That is as old as the New World." Rianni@crystyll: "And much older than Starfleet" points out the Forger's VF with it's biodomes, "That was the first Valley Forge to travel in space, and it was still pre-warp" NPC@annpc#5570: "Pre-warp ships in space? Hanna assumes this Valley Forge was only meant for travel within a system?" Rianni@crystyll: "It was actually an ambitious long range colonial vessel utilizing stasis technology to allow it's occupants to survive an extended journey" Rianni@crystyll: "We recently met their descendants - the ship went missing you see - a most fascinating history really" NPC@annpc#5570: "That is a very dangerous way to travel. Hanna is not surprised the vessel was lost for so long." NPC@annpc#5570: "The Arshai never experimented with such designs as the Arshai received warp technology from the EereE. Prior to the EereE's arrival, the Arshai did not have the capacity to leave Arsae at all." Rianni@crystyll: "Indeed, but I digress..." she turns back to the computer and resets the room, "We came here to try some combat programs after all" Rianni@crystyll looks to Haradrol, "Have you ever used a bat'leth?" NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol: "Never heard of it." Rianni@crystyll smiles, "Good, then I might have a fair chance! One of the benefits we have here of travelling alongside a Klingon vessel is that we have updated our holodecks with their programs. You see, that + Rianni@crystyll: + ship - the QanwI' - is a small escort and so not suited to accomodate long distance travel. So we serve as port for them" NPC@annpc#5570: "An arrangement not unlike what the Colonial Fleet has between Baseships and small Attack Ships." Rianni@crystyll: "This is a basic training program from their academy. If you are not familiar with Klingon culture, they are a fiercely proud warrior race with a strong focus on honour" NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol: "Sounds like my kind of people." Rianni@crystyll FX | As she speaks, the holodeck shimmers into something akin to the Qo'Nos dueling arena NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol steps up towards the arena, "I like this setup." Rianni@crystyll steps into the ring and the rowdy Klingon crowd appears around them NPC@annpc#5570 | He folds his arms and watches Rianni with interest. Rianni@crystyll: "Now - mostly for my own protection here - I am keeping the holodeck safeties on, but I know most Klingon's who duel here would turn them off Rianni@crystyll: "Now, hold out your hand please. Like this" she extends her own hand ready to receive a weapon NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol holds out a hand as well. Rianni@crystyll: "Computer; bat'leths for players in the ring, please" Rianni@crystyll FX | Standard bat'leth's appear in their extended hands Rianni@crystyll familiarizes herself with the weighting and balance of the blade as she's been taught to, "This is the iconic and traditional weapon of the Klingon warrior" NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol balances the weapon in his hand before taking a few swings to test how it handles, "Interesting weapon. Very ceremonial design. Reminds me of a Eclad bowstaff." Rianni@crystyll: "It is also an incredibly well refined and versatile design. Now I will not profess to presenting any kind of challenge for you here, but I shall try" she drops to a prone stance and begins to + Rianni@crystyll: + sidestep around in a circle, holding the bat'leth ready NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol drops into a ready stance as well, his mouth-appendages forming into a smirk-like expression, "I will try to go easy, then." Rianni@crystyll: "I would appreciate it" her movement is clearly well rehearsed and lacking the refinement of an experience wielder, but still precise and confident NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol's stance is very un-Bat'leth like, beginning by holding the weapon outwards with one arm. Rianni@crystyll would try to lure Haradrol into attacking first to setup a counter move to disarm him and bring the tip of her blade to a winning hold short of striking at his neck Rianni@crystyll: rolls 33 (1-100) NPC@annpc#5570: rolls 48 (1-100) Rianni@crystyll lures the attack, but the experienced warrior is able to comfortably evade her counter NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol keeps his promise of going easy and seems to remain on the defensive. Rianni@crystyll attempts a more aggresive direct lunge attack, much to the roaring delight of the crowd NPC@annpc#5570 | His hair-tendrils seem to stand on end, pointed towards Rianni like a thousand snakes ready to strike. Rianni@crystyll: rolls 55 (1-100) NPC@annpc#5570: rolls 96 (1-100) NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol easily counters the attack. The large Ularen appears to have incredibly fast reflexes for his size. Rianni@crystyll 's bat'leth clatters across the deck and she tumbles to the side after a powerful parry from Haradrol Rianni@crystyll FX | The crowd jeers and taunts accordingly NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol smirks again, "Very brave move. I like it." Rianni@crystyll laughs, getting to her feet and retrieving the blade, "It was foolish. Were this a true battle it would have cost me my life" Rianni@crystyll relaxes her stance and steps back from the fight, "As I mentioned before, I study strategy and tactics. The other me was the martial fighter really, I can hold my own but I am no warrior" NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol: "Indeed. Bravery and skill must be equally matched. Use your size to your advantage against larger opponents." Rianni@crystyll she bows slightly, "Thank you for the duel though. I think you would find greater challenge against a preprogrammed combatant" Rianni@crystyll: "Computer; add single combatant, level 5" NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol: "My pleasure. Let's see what this program has to offer now..." NPC@annpc#5570 FX | The holoprogram spawns a typical looking burly Klingon warrior with a bat'leth in hand. NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol assumes his previous ready position and the two fighters begin slowly circling one another. NPC@annpc#5570 | The large Ularen's tendrils stand on end again, focusing intently on the Klingon. NPC@annpc#5570: "The tendrils on a Ularen's head are a combination of antennae and hair. The tendrils are sensitive enough to feel even the slightest vibration in the air, giving Ularens incredible response times." Rianni@crystyll: "Aah, that explains it!" NPC@annpc#5570: "Rianni may have felt that Haradrol could predict every move before the move was made. That is because a good Ularen warrior can predict the trajectory of an attack as soon as the attack begins." NPC@annpc#5570 | The Klingon strikes first and swings his bat'leth. Haradrol slaps the weapon aside with his own and rapidly closes the distance with a stride of his long legs. NPC@annpc#5570 | Before the Klingon can counterattack, he executes a rapid kick to the Klingon's abdomen, knocking him straight on his back. NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol wastes no time as he follows up with a swing of his bat'leth. The Klingon tries to quickly position his in a defensive stance but is too little too late as the tip of Haradrol's blade - NPC@annpc#5570: - digs into his skull and the fight is over in mere seconds. NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol: "Too easy. Raise the difficulty!" Rianni@crystyll: "Computer, reconfigure with a level 10 combatant - Dahar Master" NPC@annpc#5570 FX | An older-looking Klingon materializes wearing the classic STO Dahar Master long coat. Rianni@crystyll: "I was mindful not to put you against an expert in this form first time around. This one is a seasoned warrior" NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol: "Excellent. This should be more interesting!" NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol's tendrils once again stand up as he readies his weapon. The Dahar Master adopts a slightly different stance from the previous warrior and they once again begin to circle, waiting for - NPC@annpc#5570: - who makes the first move... NPC@annpc#5570: "The tendrils also make a Ularen nearly impossible to ambush in close-quarters combat. That was how Haradrol countered the Toroki champion. Of course, Haradrol is a highly skilled warrior as well." NPC@annpc#5570: "Even without the element of surprise, a Toroki can easily overpower most other sentient species." Rianni@crystyll listens intently while closely observing the fight. Most notably how Haradrol learns to wield the weapon as it progresses NPC@annpc#5570 | This time, Haradrol strikes first but the Dahar Master manages to block and counter, pushing the larger alien back slightly. Haradrol growls and smirks at the more challenging combatant. NPC@annpc#5570 | The Dahar Master goes in for a fancy flourish, appearing to strike left before changing and going for the right at the last minute. Haradrol senses the change and deflects the blow in time. NPC@annpc#5570 | He counterattacks, but the Dahar Master jumps back just out of range of the weapon. NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol steps back instead of pressing the attack, more alert now with a skilled opponent. He re-assumes his ready stance and waits for the Klingon's next move. NPC@annpc#5570: "As Rianni can see, Haradrol may appear at times to be a brutish fighter, but Haradrol's sharp mind and tactical thinking is as vital as strength." NPC@annpc#5570 | The Dahar Master steps forward for another strike and Haradrol not only blocks the weapon but catches it for long enough along the arc of his bat'leth to push the Klingon's weapon downwards. NPC@annpc#5570 | This gives him an opening to close in and he uses his superior strength to use one arm to wield his bat'leth and hold down the Dahar Master's blade while the other goes in for a hard punch. NPC@annpc#5570 | The Ularen's fist connects with the Klingon's face and the Dahar Master staggers backwards, but he manages to free his blade and uses the backward momentum to spin and swing his weapon, its - NPC@annpc#5570: - edge brushing along Haradrol's arm, which would have left a scrape along the armour if the safeties were not on. NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol continues with a powerful overhead blow that the Dahar Master could not successfully parry, and the Klingon steps out of the way instead to dodge the more vertical strike. NPC@annpc#5570 | The Dahar Master goes for a strike to the Ularen's side, but Haradrol senses it coming and rolls out of the way. As he rolls, he utilizes the full length of the bat'leth to his advantage this - NPC@annpc#5570: - time, holding the very back of the handle. He makes a wide arc with the weapon as he completes his roll, the blade slashing the Klingon's shins and swiping him to the floor. NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol immediately lunges forward like a leopard at the successful strike, aiming to slam into the Dahar Master in full force with the blade out. The more challenging hologram manages to move - NPC@annpc#5570: - his weapon into a defensive posture in time, deflecting the killing blow and pushing the Ularen back. NPC@annpc#5570 | Before the Dahar Master can recover however, Haradrol's bat'leth suddenly comes crashing down upon him again in a powerful, single-handed vertical slash. NPC@annpc#5570 | The Klingon blocks the blow yet again but the Ularen puts a second hand into the attack and begins a relentless assault. After two more strikes, the Dahar Master's bat'leth snaps into two. NPC@annpc#5570: "Hanna has not seen anyone last so long against Haradrol before, though Hanna was not present at the tournaments." Rianni@crystyll: "It is an impressive display for sure!" NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol swings down again in a blow that would have ended the Dahar Master if he had not rolled to the side. He slashes half of his shattered bat'leth at the Ularen's leg, knocking him onto - NPC@annpc#5570: - one knee and likely leaving a nasty gash if this were a real fight. NPC@annpc#5570 | The Dahar Master tries to stab the other half of the bat'leth at Haradrol as he falls, but the Ularen reacts quicker. He drops his own weapon and catches the Klingon's arm under his own. NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol reaches over and grabs the arm with his other hand, snapping it in a quick but brutal motion. The Klingon roars and drops the half of the bat'leth in that hand. NPC@annpc#5570 | The Dahar Master raises his other arm to strike with the second half of the bat'leth but Haradrol quickly grabs that wrist, holding it high up in the air as he slams his head against the - NPC@annpc#5570: - Klingon in a headbutt that seems to daze both of them. NPC@annpc#5570 | Still holding the Klingon's good wrist, he prevents the Dahar Master from counterattacking as he releases the broken arm and begins to repeatedly strike the Klingon's head. NPC@annpc#5570 | Punch after devastating punch, the Ularen champion slowly pummels the fight out of the Klingon, who begins to sag backwards. Soon, the Dahar Master is too weak and the weapon clatters from his other hand. NPC@annpc#5570 | With both fists free, Haradrol executes a continuous series of blows, viciously killing the Klingon with his bare hands. NPC@annpc#5570: "And that...is why Haradrol is Grand Champion." Rianni@crystyll nods, watching silently in awe of the brutality NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol rises to his full height as the beaten hologram fades and despawns, "Now that was more like it! Definitely reminds me of my arena days..." Rianni@crystyll: "I'm glad you found it enjoyable. This is just one small sampling of such programs here, but hopefully gives you the idea" NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol: "A most exciting form of entertainment!" Rianni@crystyll: "And just one of an infinite number of possibilities. Was there anything else either of you were interested in exploring while we are here?" NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol: "I think I've seen the highlights!" NPC@annpc#5570: "As has Rianni. Many pay valuable amounts of currency to see a Champion in action, and from across an arena at that." Rianni@crystyll smiles, "It was an experience I am grateful for, as was the duel" she dips her head to Haradrol again, "Well if that is it here, perhaps we should retire to one of the lounges if you would like?" NPC@annpc#5570 nods, "Hanna would like to see how Starfleet lounges are." Rianni@crystyll walks and talks towards the lounge Rianni@crystyll: "So as I mentioned earlier, this ship - like many of it's type - has a multitude of social hubs, most commonly seen as the lounges. They serve as places to eat and drink, and are often used as + Rianni@crystyll: + entertainment venues as well. This one we're going to is one of my favourite places on the ship. It is a very relaxed atmosphere and the views, well..." Rianni@crystyll FX | They walk through the doors to the upper deck lounge, known on board as the 'Starlight Lounge' NPC@annpc#5570 glances around at her surrounds as she enters. Rianni@crystyll FX | Unlike the usual forward lounge, this one has no side windows, but the entire length of the long, narrow lounge is overshadowed by a domed windowed ceiling Rianni@crystyll FX | There are a small number of officers and civilians relaxing, many in small groups of reclining chairs as they stargaze Rianni@crystyll FX | There are a small number of officers and civilians relaxing, many in small groups of reclining chairs as they stargaze Rianni@crystyll FX | The interior lighting is slightly dimmer, but warmer than most areas of the ship, and there is light jazz playing in the background Rianni@crystyll gazes up, "If you didn't realize, we are on the uppermost deck of the ship here; along her spine just a few section back from the bridge" NPC@annpc#5570: "This is as elaborate as some of the establishments in Arshai cities..." Rianni@crystyll: "Such venues have proved to be useful when hosting diplomatic functions and such" she offers as way of explanation for the elaborate room NPC@annpc#5570: "Hanna can see why. Foreign visitors are certain to be impressed by such a sight on a ship and wonders what other benefits will be provided as allies." Rianni@crystyll: "I also like to think that hosting such events under a canopy of stars helps remind all that of their place in the galaxy and retain something of a humble air to any talks" NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol: "Clever. Easy to forget there's a big dangerous galaxy out there, especially for the big players. Usually comes to bite them in the rear." Rianni@crystyll smiles, "Yes, exactly! I don't know if there is anything to that or not. But it's how I like to imagine they thought of this, and not just 'because we can and it's nice'" NPC@annpc#5570: "Many in the galaxy build things simply as a testament to power and capability. But Rianni's explanation does make sense for this particular establishment." Rianni@crystyll: "A benefit from being friends with our Captain's daughter - T'Pia. She is studying to design starships so I've picked up a lot from her I guess" she chuckles, "Anyway, would either of you like any + Rianni@crystyll: + refreshments?" NPC@annpc#5570: "Hanna is not sure what is available." Rianni@crystyll looks to her with a smile, "Pretty much anything you can think of. Our replicators host a full range of food and drinks from across the Federation and beyond. We may not have any local tastes though" NPC@annpc#5570 thinks for a moment, "What would Rianni recommend?" Rianni@crystyll hrms, "Well, assuming there are no native adversities to consider; I would suggest taking this opportunity to sample something new from our database. Perhaps a traditional refreshment from our home?" NPC@annpc#5570: "Hanna is willing to try new things." Rianni@crystyll: "Great! I think I know just the thing" she looks to Haradrol, "For you too?" NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol: "Anything strong you people got?" Rianni@crystyll: "I think I might be able to muster something up. Why don't you make yourselves comfortable and I will be right back with your drinks" NPC@annpc#5570 nods and choose a seat. Rianni@crystyll heads over to the bar to organize some drinks NPC@annpc#5570 takes a seat, with the large Haradrol slumping down opposite her. Rianni@crystyll joins them a few moments later, setting down a tray of drinks. To Hanna she presents a cup of tea, the same as her own. To Haradrol; a tall slim glass with a bright blue liquid inside Rianni@crystyll: "There we are, hopefully these are to your liking but do let me know if not and I'm sure we can find something more palatable" NPC@annpc#5570 takes a sip of her tea first, giving it a try, "Hanna likes this. This is a type of tea, yes?" Rianni@crystyll smiles, taking a sip herself, "Yes, this is a traditional tea from my homeworld" NPC@annpc#5570: "Very different taste from what is on the New World, but there are enough similarities to be recognizable." NPC@annpc#5570: "The original Arkship has preserved a few types of food from Arsae, but over time the Arshai have begun utilizing the native resources as well." Rianni@crystyll: "There are many variants from Earth alone, but a particular favourite among the crew is actually Vulcan Spiced Tea. As you might expect from the name, it has a little more of a sharp flavour than this Rianni@crystyll: " NPC@annpc#5570: "Much more like the varieties from Arsae, then." NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol examines his blue drink curiously before taking a gulp. Rianni@crystyll winces a little as she watches him drink, "You might want to start easy on that stuff. That's the real thing, not replicated" NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol smirks, "Mmm...definitely got a kick. Good pick!" Rianni@crystyll: "It's called Romulan Ale. It's effects were so advserse on most mammalian lifeforms that it was actually illegal until recent years when we became allies with the Romulans" NPC@annpc#5570 | Haradrol: "Never met a Romu-len before. But they got good drinks." Rianni@crystyll smiles softly at the pronounciation, "They are relatively few on Starfleet vessels still, with most still serving in their own navy. We do have a representative officer on board if you wish to meet + Rianni@crystyll: + one. They are Vulcanoid in appearance, with a slightly greener hue to their skin. Some have subtle forehead ridges, though the one on board does not" NPC@annpc#5570: "So the Romulans look somewhat like Captain Keelah?" Rianni@crystyll nods, "Yes, very much so. The two species actually share a common ancestry" NPC@annpc#5570: "Did the two evolve alongside one another?" Rianni@crystyll: "Originally they were one species. There was a racial divergence when the Romulan ancestors left Vulcan" NPC@annpc#5570: "The Romulans must have left a significant amount of time ago. The Arshai have not diverged to two different species, despite New World Arshai utilizing genetic treatments while EereE Order Arshai - NPC@annpc#5570: - do not." Rianni@crystyll nods, "Yes I believe so, though am no expert on the subject" NPC@annpc#5570: "Very interesting. Hanna is sure the researchers would like to obtain biological information on the Romulans as well." Rianni@crystyll: "She is out here to learn as well, so perhaps she has already signed up to volunteer" NPC@annpc#5570: "The Researcher's Guild will certainly appreciate the information." Rianni@crystyll FX | As they relax, there is movement at a central stage area to the room as the music changes NPC@annpc#5570 notices the change in music and glances over to the stage. Rianni@crystyll smiles to see a familiar red tunic cross the room and watches curiously to see their reaction to Mia's entertainment Rianni@crystyll: ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdbBm3dYToc ) Rianni@crystyll | Mia does her usual bit of slowly touring the room as she sings with a bright smile she endeavours to share with everyone she approaches NPC@annpc#5570 looks at Mia curiously before turning her gaze back to Rianni, "This one has similar clothing to the one from the holodeck program." Rianni@crystyll: "That's because this one also hails from that era" she smiles, joining in the applause as she finishes and waving her over Rianni@crystyll: "Hanna, Haradrol, I'd like you to meet Mia" NPC@annpc#5570: "Ah, this one is Mia!" Rianni@crystyll | Mia bounds over cheerfully, still high from her performance, "Allo Rianni! Ooh, we have guests?" NPC@annpc#5570 motions to herself, "This one is Hanna-Faeshe Dos Take'Vaie'Haxe Nos Rosa-Vondorei Zona." Rianni@crystyll | Mia beams happily, "Oh we are so pleased we have the opportunity to meet you! We are Mia" Rianni@crystyll | Miadrone beeps and boops excitedly as well NPC@annpc#5570 smiles, "Hanna has heard much about Mia! Hanna is told Mia is partially created by the Arshai from the EereE Order?" Rianni@crystyll | Mia nods as she nestles into a seat next to them, graciously accepting a drink from the bar staff, "Oui! Ms. Mana created our drone shell and programmed that AI." NPC@annpc#5570: "So Mia has data on the Arshai, at least those who live in the EereE Order?" Rianni@crystyll | Mia smiles, "Indeed we do!" NPC@annpc#5570: "Interesting! Very few in the New World have seen the EereE Order firsthand. Most of the information on the modern Order comes from the Supreme Commander, and Vora only knows what Vora's mother - NPC@annpc#5570: - passed on. Mana may be the only one who has actually lived under the Overseer and also visited the New World." Rianni@crystyll | Mia gives a curious head tilt, "Has Ms. Mana not been able to educate the Arshai of the New World on life in the EereE Order?" NPC@annpc#5570: "Hanna believes that is what Mana is doing now. But Hanna has not been to the New World since Mana arrived, as Hanna's vessel is patrolling here." Rianni@crystyll | Mia beams, "Well! Perhaps then we shall have to make some time to come over to your station and ensure your records are fully up to date, non?" NPC@annpc#5570: "That would be very appreciated, Mia!" Rianni@crystyll | Mia: "In truth, we did not come straight over as we were uncertain how the New World Arshai would react to a free willed AI walking freely among them..." NPC@annpc#5570: "Hanna must admit that most will have reservations, but the New World has permitted Mana and Mana's other drone to visit." NPC@annpc#5570: "While there is no specific order to allow Mia, there is also no order preventing Mia from visiting, unlike the Nuhar vessels which are deemed a threat due to past encounters." NPC@annpc#5570: "Hanna can address the other Arshai to ensure Mia will not be troubled, but Hanna expects some Arshai will still be afraid or distrusting." Rianni@crystyll | Mia beams happily, "That is excellent news! And understandable that some would reamin uncertain, it is only natural!" NPC@annpc#5570 smiles back, "Hanna is glad Mia understands." Rianni@crystyll | Mia: "So how does Hanna like our Valley Forge? We hope Ms. Rianni has been taking good care of you during your visit" NPC@annpc#5570: "Hanna thinks the Valley Forge is a very comfortable ship, and Hanna believes Hanna understands the reasoning behind the design." Rianni@crystyll | Mia nods, "Yes, though not as colourful as Starfleet ships of our time; this is a luxury by comparison!" NPC@annpc#5570: "That setting Hanna saw in the holodeck was a ship of Mia's time, no?" NPC@annpc#5570 looks to Rianni for confirmation. Rianni@crystyll nods, "That's right, yes. It is the 23rd Century. Around 150-200 years ago" NPC@annpc#5570: "That must be why the style is so different." Rianni@crystyll | Mia: "We would be happy to show Ms. Hanna more of this era if so desired!" she chirps eagerly Rianni@crystyll chuckles, "As I said earlier, Mia here used to be a modern history teacher on that era. So you can imagine it is something of a keen subject" NPC@annpc#5570: "Perhaps Hanna or someone else in the fleet can teach Mia something about New World Arshai history as well!" Rianni@crystyll | Mia grows wide-eyed, "Ohh, that would be c'est magnifique!" NPC@annpc#5570: "Hanna should return to Hanna's vessel and manage Colonial Fleet business for the time being, but Hanna will see if Hanna or another Arshai will be able to speak more with Mia on another visit, or - NPC@annpc#5570: - perhaps when Mia visits Vector Base." Rianni@crystyll | Mia bows her head, "We look forward to it. Either way Ms. Hanna, it has been a pleasure meeting you!" Rianni@crystyll: "Enjoy your evening Mia! I'll try and get back before you finish your last song for the night, though I still have my holodeck reservation that I don't want to waste" NPC@annpc#5570: "Likewise, Mia!" Rianni@crystyll | Mia gives a knowing smile, "Of course Ms. Rianni, you have fun now!" Rianni@crystyll | Mia gives a final cheery wave to the group as she heads off with a skip in her step
SUBMITTED: Stardate 96612.4 FILED BY: CAPT Se'Lai SECURITY: Level 1 - Open
LOCATION:Sector V-004: Vector Base
MISSION:Engage in negotiations with the Arshai Colonial Fleet regarding the recent discovery of a second Nuhar construct.
OUTCOME:Accord reached to engage the Colonial Fleet in ongoing trade-based mutually beneficially arrangement with the Miner construct.
CAPT Se'Lai CMDR Meel LT Silvestrie CPO T'Quila PO Sethi
The Valley Forge first encountered the Nuhar construct - identified through similarity to established sensor readings from the construct originally housing the known Wanderer AI. Proceeding to test our newly generated Nuhar greeting, a dialogue was promptly opened with the construct. This proved the success of the development to the credit of Mia and Wanderer who collaborated on the composition of the message to safeguard against future opening hostility. Before the dialogue could progress to clarity however, a small task force identified as belonging to the Arshai Colonial Fleet approached and moved to engage the Nuhar construct. I opened communications between both parties and worked quickly to establish a ceasefire while the situation was given context.
The Arshai - being relatively local to this region by all accounts - were familiar with the Nuhar constructs and regarded them as a threat (to the extent of having standard orders to engage and destroy; understandable given the events of our first encounter with one). However our presence served to alter the parameters of the situation as we enabled direct communication with the construct; a factor which - to my knowledge - was new to this occasion for the Arshai. This new dialogue (controlled in 3-way conference by the Valley Forge while both the Nuhar construct and Arshai task force stood at odds) allowed us to quickly establish a much broader understanding of the situation. As it transpired; this particular construct (already noted to be heavily modified from it's Nuhar origin with more familiar salvaged technology) was originally built for the purpose of mining raw materials. During the (as yet undetermined, but extreme) time since the demise of the Nuhar themselves, the Miner had been forced to evolve in order survive. This was brought about by an eventual need to supply itself with certain maintenance and hardware not obtainable through it's core mining function and so, it essentially evolved through the need to hunt for survival. This perspective was comprehended and sympathized with by the Arshai commander, who became more amenable to the exploration of alternatives. To this end, I proposed that both parties could engage in a mutually beneficial arrangement; where the Arshai could cater to the Miner's needs that it could not service alone. While the Miner could return to it's primary function (as per it's expressed desire) and provide much needed raw materials for the Colonial Fleet in return.
The Arshai Commander expressed the need to defer any such decision to their Supreme Commander, who was stationed on the homeworld and out of direct communication range. Though she did suggest that a relatively nearby outpost would have the means to accommodate our talks. So with the Miner willingly holding it's position under the guard of the Arshai task force, we accompanied the lead ship back to this outpost - designation Vector Base - in order to present our proposal to the Supreme Commander (formerly known to us more commonly as the Branded Lady).
Our arrival at Vector Base was welcomed, and we have already gained further insight into Arshai culture; particularly their sciences. After indulging one particularly enthusiastic researcher, we moved to a communications centre where I was enable to engage the Supreme Commander directly. Whilst i have no doubt that our established rapport aided in at least gaining us this audience, I must commend both her and Hanna (the task force Commander) in their mature judgement and willingness to look beyond established preconceptions. The Supreme Commander was quick to see the benefit of our proposal, though naturally apprehensive; she agreed to honour the arrangement under the prerequisite of having the Miner analyzed by a resident AI expert to further guarantee it's sincerity (said expert being our former crew member; Mana).
At the close of discussions, the Colonial Fleet were set to arrange transport for the Miner (via Carran subspace) to a predetermined location within reach of their homeworld where Mana would conduct her analysis and enable the agreement to proceed. This was relayed to the Miner along with a request for it relocate to Vector Base while awaiting this transport. the Valley Forge is remaining on station at the outpost until the Miner arrives as I still wish to engage it in further educational discussion with view to expanding on our knowledgebase already built up with the aid of Wanderer. Whilst here, we are taking the opportunity to engage the Colonial Arshai in further cultural exchange.
Although the outcome regarding this individual Miner construct, and that of our encounter with Wanderer, both resulted in amicable relations; I believe the Nuhar constructs must still generally be considered a threat owing to their lack of overriding governance. Any encroach into sensor range by a Nuhar vessel will be regarded as hostile until such time that our established greeting has defused any potential hostile action. Of the two Nuhar constructs encountered to date; one was so degraded in physical hardware it was suffering an AI equivalent of dementia, whilst the other had evolved so far beyond it's core function it was verging on being a natural predator. This is why each construct must essentially be regarded as a non-associated and potentially hostile enemy, until such time that communication is established and the situation proved otherwise.
Our connection with the colonial Arshai was an unexpected bonus to this series of events. Whilst every effort will be made through all interactions while we remain on station at Vector Base to further bolster diplomatic relations with them, I do not anticipate any great leaps forward or new developments. We did at least receive something a warning regarding a group referred to as the 'Regulators', who apparently operate strict control over the use of any and all technology within their territory. Territory which we will soon be approaching given our present course. There is no reason to presume hostility from them at this time, though we expect to have to prove our capability to effectively handle our technology when they are encountered, and may only be granted free movement with caveats.