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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
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02-11-2011, 02:57 PM
Part 2 (Click for full story with images)

This is Lieutenant Commander Ellie's log of the U.S.S Cogito

We were called to the Arucanis Arm by Captain Juno Sonasi of the U.S.S Bastion to investigate disturbing reports that Klingon forces were using the region to sneak fleets of vessels to Federation territories. We analysed the logs of the Bastion en-route and learned that the Klingons had somehow acquired a new Impulse drive technology which was designed to mask their engine signatures. The problem clearly from this is that the Klingons did not know how to use the technology which resulted in Epsilon Fleet from being able to detect their battle fleet. Despite this fleets defeat however questions emerged as to why the Klingons would go through considerable effort to mask their presence in the Arucanis Arm. The region itself had many tactical and strategic advantage grounds but the Klingons had made little move towards those positions. We were soon to discover just one of the reasons that the Klingons were adopting such discreet tactics in this barely explored region of the quadrant - a biological weapon.

Upon being called assist in the Arucanis Arm the Cogito was placed in charge of tending to several wounded Klingons reteived from wreckages from the previous battle. Amongst their vessels were other species who appeared to have joined their cause, one of which - an Orion was far more revealing than the Klingons likely expected. He gave us information in exchange for leniency and revealed that the Klingons had discovered a biological weapon that they intended to salvage for the Empire. The weapon source came from a rare plant found only on a planet called "Kappa" which was discovered several years earlier by a species devoted to the discovery of medical breakthroughs. I hoped to learn more of this species but with this information we could not sit by and do nothing. I called in support of the fleet with intentions to locate the source of this weapon with hopes that it would eventually lead us to the weapon itself. The fleet arrived some time later consisting of the USS Gulan, USS Houston, USS Atlas and the USS McCoy II - a sufficient force to find a plant in my opinion at the time. When we arrived in the Kappa system we were suddenly attacked by Nausicaan raiders - matching the same description of the ships that had previously attacked the fleet it was clear the Nausicaans were involved in the Klingon plot and most likely used as bait or cannon fodder to weaken our ships. Relentlessly however we pushed towards Planet Kappa and once all enemy ships were disabled or destroyed we beamed to the surface of the planet and began our search.

From orbit Kappa looked like a dirty world so I was shocked when I discovered how beautiful it was - with plant life of great variety. Maket and David Hunter went to establish a base camp whilst myself, Koskla and Christian examined a nearby plant - to my surprise the plant matched the energy levels I was informed to search for...and to further of my surprise the damn thing moves! Apparently a bi-sentient plant which defends itself by giving a great smack to anyone that gets too close...I being the first victim of the away team...certainly not the last. After being cleared of any toxins by Captain Dpoda we proceeded to locate other plants of a similar nature in order to build an accurate scanning profile that would enable the Cogito to perform a long range scan from orbit. I'll take this opportunity in my log to note how cowardly the men of the away team were with the exception of Maket - afraid of a plant! Captain Hayes apparently was allergic to the plans so was unwilling to collect samples but best of all was when Captain Hunter heroically stepped up and got smacked by one of the plants. Fortunately he was not injured so we managed to conclude our search for the remainder of the plants and in doing so sent data to the Cogito in order for them to modify sensors and beam us elsewhere on Kappa where the biological readings were strongest.

The Cogito transported us to the other side of the planet to a site which appeared to be an abandoned research site - most likely left behind by the species responsible for creating those plants in the first place. An ideal place for a biological weapon to be created but also heavily occupied by Klingon forces. We could not waste anymore time once an alert came to us that tachyon emissions were detected in orbit...the Klingons most likely had ships nearby and given the efforts they had gone through previously would not waste time in stopping us. We engaged the Klingons with flanking tactics and were fortunate to escape their relentless attacks - we gained the upper hand thanks to the tactical skills of Captain Hayes in my view. We heard shouting from the Klingons in between our assaults which appeared to indicate that someone or some thing was out of their reach - they were planting explosives and shouting that they could not hide forever. I ran scans and confirmed that the biological readings were extremely high in the area...yet all of the structures were empty. Once we had dispatched the Klingons and taking minor injury in the process I came upon the conclusion that the weapon was underground...exactly 18 meters below ground. After running a geometric scan I discovered a collapsed tunnel and Hunter proceeded to plant explosives so we could enter.

After what felt like forever we breached the tunnel and emerged inside a dark chamber - the weapon was most definitely here but the Thermite within the rocks made it difficult to pinpoint exactly where. Pushing deeper through the tunnels we learned we were not alone, confirming my suspicions that someone else was after the weapon or already in possession of it. Perhaps afraid to engage in talking - the species hiding in the tunnels did not hesitate to open fire forcing us to advance and incapacitate them. Amidst the battle echoes of two - apparently senior members of the species could be heard. The Klingons had a ship nearby and were attempting to transport the weapon from within the tunnels out - however the species which we later learned were called Scoogians thanks to Koskla were somehow blocking the Klingons attempts. We had no choice but to press on - if the Klingons acquired the weapon we had no idea how they would intend to use it and knowing Klingons it would probably find its way to the wrong hands. Unfortunately despite our efforts we failed to acquire the weapon in time - perhaps really we were to blame as we assaulted the Scoogians so quickly that they could no longer block the Klingon never occurred to us to take a less aggressive approach.

We quickly returned to our ships to discover our vessels under attack by a Klingon fleet and whilst defending ourselves the Cogito managed to get a fix on a small shuttle which had signs of the biological weapon. A well armed Klingon fleet made their best efforts to block our pursuit as we attempted to retrieve the weapon. We took some heavy hits and lost phasers in the battle but the rest of the fleet were more than capable of withstanding the Klingon assault. As we moved deeper towards a Class J planet it occurred to me that the escaping shuttle was going to use the gravity of the planet to slingshot out of our grasp however was surprised when the biological readings came from a large Klingon carrier. The Klingons unusually sent a transmission to us stating "You are already too late Starfleet - leave now or be destroyed". They were clearly ambitious in their ability to protect the weapon so we did all we could to destroy it and hope that the biological weapon would be destroyed with them - ending this threat once and for all. We were wrong - the Klingons played a clever game and during the battle created false readings that eluded our sensors - while we assumed the weapon was aboard their strongest ship it had in fact been smuggled onto a cloaked vessel moments before we reached orbit of the Class J planet. The Klingons had escaped with a biological weapon we knew nothing about - but if they had invested so many resources into acquiring it then surely this weapon was a considerable threat to the Federation.