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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
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This thread is just one of a number of stories carried out by Epsilon Fleet - a roleplaying fleet within STO.
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I intend to post other stories we have done in the past here also when I have the time. Please click the following link to see the story with its images included (these forums sadly won't let me include them). These roleplays were carried out in game through a series of explorer missions tailored for the story.
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Traces of Matter (Click for full story with images)
Synopsis
Klingons have been sighted sneaking large battle fleets through the Arucanis Arm. Fearing that they may use the region to launch attacks against the Federation, Epsilon Fleet is dispatched to investigate the situation. While encountering the Klingons a disturbing revelation emerges that the Klingons are using the Arucanis Arm for more than a staging area for battle with the Federation.


PART 1

The Admiral had sent my ship the USS Bastion to investigate the Arucanis Arm after reports of Klingon Fleets passing through the region were confirmed. Why were the Klingons lurking in this uncharted part of space? Were they trying to sneak in forces un-noticed in anticipation for an attack on the Federation? It was my job to uncover the truth of their presence and it would take only a day to confirm that Klingon activity was indeed present in the sector. For the first few days alone in a distant part of the region we came upon nothing until we picked up a strange ion signature less than a lightyear away. Long range scans revealed the source to be coming from a Klingon vessel however their engine signature was not common for a Klingon ship and appeared to have been adapted...although as an Engineer quite poorly. We followed the vessel towards a dense asteroid field for several hours at long range using reduced power levels to avoid detection.

Oddly, before we had reached the asteroid field we had detected at least 86 other individual ion trails which lead to the same direction we were heading. This was enough for me to confirm that the Klingon fleet had been discovered so we held our distance and modified our sensors to keep an accurate fix on the trail. Several hours into our scans something unusual occured and the ion trail suddenly began to fade. 86 ion trails suddenly vanishing was cause for concern so I made the decision for the Bastion to enter the asteroid field to pick up the trace once again. No sooner had we entered the belt we were ambushed by two unknown vessels that were clearly waiting for us - Despite having shields raised the initial attack caught us off guard and our weapons were knocked offline. It was at this point we hailed for fleet support but it was evident our only option was to evade our attackers within the asteroid belt. My tactical officer came up with a plan to jettison our torpedoes as a mines - something he learned at the Academy which proved successful as we destroyed one of the attacking ships. All we could do was evade the final vessel which we did considerably well in addition to jamming their communications. When the fleet finally arrived we had taken some heavy hits but failed to bring weapons online however our attacker was swifted destroyed. The USS Atlas, USS McCoy II and USS Houston (I think) arrived in good time.


I briefed the fleet on the situation and detecting that the ion trail was barely detectable I ordered that we push deeper into the asteroid field. Unexpectedly we encountered more of the raiders who seemed determined to stop us progressing deeper into the field. Our battleground engaged the raiders while the Bastion pushed ahead desperately clinging onto the traces of the ion trails...without a doubt the Klingons had passed through the asteroid belt but we could not understand how their energy signals were fading. During the battle against the radiers we discovered the cause of the dissipating matter - several asteroids were converted into processing stations which were dissipating the ion radiation. My immediate assumption was that the Klingons had made a deal with whoever owned the asteroids and long before our arrival planned to use the asteroid belt to smuggle further through the Arucanis Arm. Our only option was to infiltrate one of the stations and shut them down so we could pick up the trail once again. Once the defending ships were taken care of we beamed aboard the furthest station...Not all of us prepared however...notably Captain Hayes who seemed a little...formal for a mission of this type.


When we beamed aboard it was impossible to get a fix on any lifesigns however as we pushed deeper it was evident we were not alone. Klingons apparantly left behind warriors in an effort to stop us from picking up the ion trail and proved to be a challenge as we waged forth towards a central command chamber of the asteroid facility. I attempted to hack into several consoles but the Klingons were unusually prepared for our possible arrival and I came upon nothing of use. We did however begin shutting down the processing plans which I hoped would reveal further signs of the Klingon fleet once completed. After gruelling battle we dispatched the remainder of the Klingons and disabled all of the dissipators - the trail...what was left of it could be followed. An unusual discovery was made also which suggested the Klingons were using modified impulse drives as we suspected - other members of the fleet seemed aware of a similar situation elsewhere but further confirmation that the Klingons we were dealing with were members of the Seventh seemed to have been confirmed. We departed the asteroid base and went in pursuit of the Klingon fleet.

We arrived in the vicinity of a Class L planet and no sooner had we come out of warp were we attacked by a fully armed Klingon battle fleet. These ships were well armed and well prepared for any attack and proved to be a considerable threat. Adopting the typical aggressive tactics of all Klingons we made our best effort to destroy the battle fleet but it came at a cost. Our ships were battered from the onslaught and it was by the sheer over-aggression of the Klingons that I believe we were able to survive the attack. Captains Hayes, Hunter, and Dpoda are formidable opponents and held up against the attacking ships well. Despite the damage we were sustaining we pushed further against the Klingon fleets until we came face to face with a large Klingon carrier class which to no surprise proved to be a considerable challenge for our battlegroup however eventually we managed to disable and destroy the vessel. Our ships were too damaged to push further however our efforts were a considerable dent against the Klingon forces in this sector.

In our damaged state I ordered the battlegroup to seek shelter within the planetary rings of the nearby planet which would mask our presence. Admiral Kelloway dispatched another fleet to offer support so we could resume the investigation another day. Why were the Klingons so heavily fortified in the Arucanis Arm? Why did they put into place measures to sneak through the asteroid field in the first place? Was this a gathering invasion force or perhaps an effort for the Klingons to claim territory? The answers I hoped to discover as our investigation continues.


To be continued...
 

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