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# 11
02-05-2014, 09:57 AM
THIS REPORT CLASSIFIED: ULTRA TOP SECRET TYPE RED - SECTION COMMAND EYES ONLY
UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS IS A VIOLATION OF UNITED FEDERATION OF PLANETS CHARTER ARTICLE XIV, SECTION XXXI, AND PUNISHABLE UNDER THAT ARTICLE

TO: Section Chief Franklin Drake
Starbase [REDACTED]

FROM: Field Agent Delta-17

SUBJECT: Threat Analysis of USS Bedford NCC-92570 and crew

NOTE: Special attention has been paid, as many senior crew members are in fact foreign nationals. It is worrisome that Grunt's command crew has become so packed with non-Federation personnel; however, there have been as yet no overt or covert moves that might indicate disloyalty.

COMMANDING OFFICER: CAPT GRUNT (Ferengi)

Grunt is a known quantity - calm in crisis, quick-thinking, and excellent at finding loopholes in instructions he does not wish to follow. Despite being born in a foreign state, he has shown unswerving loyalty to the Federation and to Starfleet, although his superiors sometimes find him lacking in obedience (cf Adm. T'Nae communique, stardate 92234.8, re: Listening Outpost 47). No known personal weaknesses to exploit; no known relationships, no addictions or paraphilias, no abnormal fears. As a Ferengi, he is not vulnerable to telepathic attack or control. However, should it become necessary, he is no more difficult to eliminate than any other Starfleet officer. That being said, it should be noted that while Grunt has expressed antipathy for the mission of Section 31, and for Section Chief Drake in particular, he will not ignore direct orders (provided he is given no loopholes), and is also amenable to persuasion (cf Drozana Incident). Although it might seem natural, given Ferengi proclivities, under no circumstances should any attempts at bribery be made; Grunt is rather sensitive on this point.

FIRST OFFICER/SCIENCE OFFICER: CDR ROCLAK (Klingon)

Roclak was discommendated by the Klingon Empire shortly after the collapse of the Khitomer Accords in 2399. Officially, the reason for this action is a dishonorable attention to data-sharing with the enemy; in fact, embedded agents report that Roclak had spoken publicly in favor of maintaining peace with the Federation. His House name has been obliterated from Imperial records; our agents on Qo'noS believe that there may be surviving relatives in the Empire, and are attempting to locate them, as this information could provide leverage against Roclak if necessary.

As a Starfleet officer, Roclak has performed commendably on several occasions, notably during the destruction of USS Hypatia NCC-95784, the relief of Xarantine, and the recovery of Lt. Miral Paris from Klingon Ambassador B'vat. He was also essential to the mission to stop the [REDACTED] at Drozana Station in [REDACTED], despite his birth. His loyalty is no more questionable than any other Klingon national serving in Starfleet currently; however, there is a standard caution on all files containing relevant data.

CHIEF ENGINEER: CDR VOVONEK (Pakled)

Vovonek is a brilliant engineer, who left the Pakled Flotilla to seek more stable employment with Starfleet. His impromptu repairs have saved the lives of his crewmates on several occastions, most notably when Grunt's last command, USS Bastogne NCC-93385, was stranded in the Gamma Quadrant at facility [REDACTED]. Vovonek was able to cobble together a starship, largely the remains of the Dakota-class heavy cruiser USS Hephaestus NCC-91748, and including a computer core from a Relativity-class temporal vessel.

Vovonek's primary loyalty seems to lie with his shipmates, and in particular with his commanding officer. He is a recovering stim addict, and has shown a weakness for dabo; these weaknesses may be exploited if necessary.

CHIEF SECURITY OFFICER: CDR SHELANA (Andorian)

Shelana lost her four-bond mates to an Undine attack on Andor in 2408. Since that date, she has become increasingly violent, sometimes irrationally so. Her special antipathy is reserved for anyone suspected of assisting Undine plans in any way whatsoever, although she will release her wrath upon any beings who she finds acting in a way unacceptable to her (cf Stern Destiny incident). These tendencies can be harnessed by Grunt, although his control over his subordinate is not absolute.

Should termination of Grunt ever be necessary, it is required that Shelana be terminated first; otherwise, probability of success against Grunt is severely reduced. Other than this, her loyalty to Starfleet and the Federation is strong; only revelation of Undine infiltration could be expected to shake this.

Shelana's psychosis can be manipulated in our favor; if she believes that a given target is in fact Undine, she will terminate said target at all costs.

CHIEF HELM OFFICER/NAVIGATOR: LCDR THY'BAR GYDAP (Andorian)

Fairly typical Andorian. Strong four-bond on Andor. Primary loyalty is to Federation, secondary to his commanding officer. Minimal risk.

CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER: DR. LLUNIH TR'DALEN (Romulan)

Dr. tr'Dalen defected from the remnant of the Romulan Star Empire in 2407, applying for refugee status in Federation space. He enrolled in Starfleet under the dual-citizenship program; he has never formally renounced his ties with the RSE, which could be problematic in the event of the remnant of the Empire ever declaring war upon the Federation. However, psychological profiling shows that his antipathy toward the Tal'Shiar, the security arm (and now de facto government) of the RSE, runs sufficiently deep that he can be relied upon in any actions against Tal'Shiar forces. He remains skeptical about the eventual success of the Romulan Republic, but has thus far shown no indications of desiring its failure.

Embedded agents will be watching Dr. tr'Dalen in particular; he has no surviving family, and thus, by Rihannsu standards, nothing to lose.

SHIP'S COUNSELOR: LCDR BREL TAN (Bajoran)

LCDR Brel was assigned to Grunt's crew during his time in command of USS Bastogne NCC-93385, at the direction of Adm. T'Nae (an apparent attempt to find some reason to remove Grunt from command). Brel's assessments of his shipmates are on file; there appears to be no reason to doubt his loyalty.

CHIEF COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER: LT RUBEN MANALANG (Human)

Manalang was assigned shortly after recommissioning of USS Hephaestus NCC-91748. His career is thus far undistinguished, for good or ill. His libido is unusually high; recommend "honey trap" techniques if control needs to be established.

CHIEF WEAPONS OFFICER: LT ZOEX (Ferengi)

Zoex appears to be a better fit to the standard Ferengi profile than Grunt. However, any attempts to suborn Zoex through bribery should be conducted in such fashion as to provide plausible deniability to his commanding officer. Loyalty to Starfleet is within acceptable parameters; more loyal to Ferengi Alliance than UFP. Medium risk if Alliance interests conflict with Federation; minimal otherwise.

CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER: LCDR TURING

Turing is a standard Soong-type android. Programming has not been tampered with. All Starfleet protocols still in effect. No notable risk.

SPECIAL NOTE: During the Outpost 47 incident, Grunt recovered an advanced AI, codenamed Mycroft, which had been developed by SIGINT personnel at the station prior to its loss to Elachi forces. Mycroft is a grown AI, rather than designed; Asimov protocols seem to be in effect, but no other software or firmware restrictions exist as of this report. Agents attempting to shackle the AI have reported lack of success thus far. Any attempts to control or suborn personnel under Grunt's command should take place as far from USS Bedford NCC-92570 as possible, as we have been unable to ascertain exactly how much of the ship is under the AI's control.

SUMMARY: Given known loyalties of ship's crew, USS Bedford NCC-92570 is regarded as minimal risk to Starfleet or the Federation, low but significant risk to other interests of Section 31. Recommend continued observation, further development of control procedures as required.

FILE ENDS.
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# 12
02-05-2014, 10:40 AM
Classified report: U.S.S VIPER
Vessel class: Defiant

Personnel


Captain Talaina Kazzur

Andorian


Newly promoted to Captain following capture of Cromone Stunshock. Kazzur is a tactical orientated officer, proven as a capable commander in previous postings. Level headed with a capacity for unorthodox battle tactics. Respects chain of command completely. Excellent hand to hand fighter, aims to disable opponent quickly, regardless of any honour code usually found in andorians.

Weakness: One older sister on kdf ship. Tallara Kazzur flies on the vessel of disgraced captain Bravok and may be a point of emotional blackmail. Loyal to crew and may disregard orders if Stunshock is located. Consult Admiral Cullen for further details.


Current orders: patrol btran cluster and search for Bonaventure's location. Attache to Admiral Rykon's operations in btran cluster.


Threat level to federation: none.






Accessing file: Tallara Kazzur


Processing.


Ship: Fek'lhr's Heart (translated)
Class: B'rel Bird of Prey

Name: Tallara Kazzur

Andorian


Tallara Kazzur is the older sister of Starfleet Captain Talaina Kazzur by ten years. Had the same military upbringing as her sister, but was prone to periods of violent outbursts. Was sent to Military School in an attempt to focus her, but dropped out after assaulting a superior officer. Although indications suggest she and Talaina had a close relationship, Tallara was jealous of the attention Talaina recieved upon her acceptance to Starfleet. Tallara left Andor shortly after and dropped off the grid. Various reports over the next three years had her sighted on Nimbus III and various stations along the Klingon/Romulan border. Next confirmed sighting had her joining the crew of Captain Bravok on the Fek'lhr's Heart. Operatives indicate she is third in command of the vessel and loyal to the ship's crew. Exact details on how and why she has been accepted by this crew is unconfirmed, but due to the ship being part of a punishment duty, it is theorised she defended Bravok during an incident on Drozana Station and was offered a place. Profiling suggests the aggressively unbalanced nature of Tallara would accept this posting as an attempt to find some stability.


Loyal to her Captain, but prioritises family. No loyalty to Klingon Empire nor the Federation.


Risk to the Federation: Low. Although her position on such a vessel indicates she is in no position to cause serious harm, the Fek'lhr's Heart is often seen raiding civillian vessels and small Federation ships in border skirmishes and neutral space. A recent attempt from Captain Talaina Kazzur to contact Tallara on her vessel indicates a strong emotional bond between the two still exists, despite their history and either sister can be used to blackmail the other.



Accessing file: Captain Bravok.


Processing.....



Ship: Fek'lhr's Heart (translated)
Class: B'rel Bird of Prey

Name: Bravok, Son of Tobin


Klingon


Bravok was a young and promising warrior in the KDF. Given command of a small Bird of Prey, he proved himself a capable, if somewhat limited commander in small skirmishes. As of Stardate 485887.3, Bravok is an older Klingon with a noticable scar and eyepatch over left eye. Reasons for this has been investigated by DTI. Please refer to case file #DTI32947 for further details on this transition.


By all acounts, the older Bravok is the same as the younger self. However, his attitude is one of general annoyance and discomfort. Shortly after this shift, he was involved in a battle on the Cardassian border which resulted in him opening fire on a Bajoran transport ship bound for DS9. The Empire did not take kindly to massacaring a ship of innocent children and promptly cast him aside. He was reassigned to the B'rel class ship and sent on a permanent border patrol. Officially designated a raider by the Empire, he is allowed in Klingon borders, but is generally shunned by others. To this end, he has staffed his bridge crew with almost exclusively Orion women, including N'Nesh, his second in command. Reports indicate N'Nesh uses her natural assets frequently to get Bravok to do her bidding.


The other non Orion members of his crew include a fat and depressed Gorn that rates zero on any kind of threat meter, and Tallara Kazzur, older sister to Starfleet Captain Talaina Kazzur. Also of note is the Klingon science officer Laska, another Klingon assigned to the ship due to family disgrace, although it should be noted Laska herself is an upstanding member of the Empire and respects it's ways despite her situation.


NOTE: Whille usually in the B'rel, there has been rare sightings of him in command of a carrier ship, I.K.S. Praxis, and a Kamarang class cruiser, identification unconfirmed. Investigations are currently underway to ascertain the reasons for these other sightings.


Weakness: Bravok is an older warrior. His physical strength and endurance, while much greater than that of a human, is still weakened compared to other Klingons due to his advanced age. Bravok also seems uninterested in galactic affairs, prefering to only bother with threats to the KDF borders. This lack of interest can be exploited if his interference is not desired.



Threat to the Federation: Low. Fek'lhr's Heart is usually spotted in the Eti Eradani sector. However, it has been spotted heading as far as to Cardassian space on occasion, performing hit and run raids on civillian vessels and small Starfleet frigates. He generally avoids direct contact with any Starfleet ship Excelsior class or larger. Threat level while piloting one of the other vessels is slightly higher, as it has been observed he is willing to engage larger targets in a larger ship, but appears uninterested in harming Federation interests beyond border raids.



Awaiting Command....
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A Romulan Strike Team, Missing Farmers and an ancient base on a Klingon Border world. But what connects them? Find out in my First Foundary mission: 'The Jeroan Farmer Escapade'

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# 13 58: Redacted
02-05-2014, 11:48 AM
Present day

The middle aged, dark haired man walked out of the turbolift. His eyes had dark circles under them, hardly abnormal given the last few hours of the journey he had undertaken. As he stepped into the large, open room, he dropped his pack to the ground and looked around in wonder.

"Ah...welcome!" called out a voice to his left. A blond man walked over, holding out his hand. "You must be Richard. Would you care for a drink? Or to go to your quarters? The ride in takes a lot out of you...but you'll eventually get used to it."

Richard smiled as he shook the man's hand. "I'll have some water, please. And while I've had rough rides in the past...well...getting to this facility certainly wasn't fun."

The blond man strolled over to the replicator, hitting the preset for cold water. As the glass and refreshing contents materialized, he turned to face Richard. "Not fun is a way of putting it...a form of torture is another answer I'd accept! But that's the joy of a spline run in blackout conditions; you feel like a bundle of clothes in an old fashioned washing machine."

Richard though that was an appropriate analogy. The first civilian transport stopped near the Briar Patch, and he beamed over to a Yellowstone Runabout that was heavily modified. Dark black hull plating, opaque windows...and worse, he was given a seat inside a sensor proof compartment. The spline run was a way to prevent a person from knowing the route they took: in virtual blackness, the Runabout's autopilot made a series of random turns, travelling in the same direction for no more than a few minutes. Continual micro-warp jumps meant the engines were howling by the time they arrived at the facility, and after hundreds of jerky course corrections, so was Richard's stomach. The SIF took most of the harshness of the ride away, but it was still a painful experience. Despite strapping in, Richard noted bruises forming where the restraint system held him.

"Not the best ride after recovering from surgery," Richard stated.

"Yeah...sorry about that. It's a new route that the Runabout's programmed for, and we need to work out some of the more drastic corrections...as well as replace the port SIF lateral inducer. Speaking of the surgery...how are you feeling?"

Richard took a breath, along with the glass of water that the man held out, and took a quick sip. "Feel like I'm getting better...but it still hurts."

The man chuckled, rolling up the sleeve on his left arm. "Hate to say it...polaron weapons of that particular type take a while to heal. You'll want to avoid the cold for the next few years if you want to avoid the worst of the aches."

"Thanks," Richard said. He knew the burn would take a long time to heal...and that was the reason for the new assignment.

The blond man grabbed Richard's pack, and started walking towards the center of the room. "Welcome to the Eye," he said, motioning around the room with his free hand. "This is where you'll be doing the majority of your work, in the Status Center. You'll be in Pit 3," he continued, pointing to the left. I'm in the central box, along with whomever is acting as my assistant. You'll quickly qualify for that...but there aren't any perks. We just answer calls and provide guidance."

Richard raised his right eyebrow and looked puzzled. "Is that why the DTI has an office overlooking this room?"

The blond man smirked. "Who said anything about the DTI?"

Richard pointed at a couple of people through the windows of the overlooking room. A single spiral staircase connected the room to the Status Center. Besides the first two clear panes of glass, the remainder were mirrored, making Richard wonder what they did that required a level of privacy inside an already secure facility. "Those people are wearing clothes that I haven't seen except in history books."

The blond man chuckled. "Yeah...they're eccentric, all right. Your file does you justice...you are sharp on the uptake." He nodded his head towards the room overhead. "DTI has a bunch of resources that we'd love to be able to use. Temporal Prime Directive means we won't...but if we do something that causes an issue, they are on scene to assess and correct as soon as possible to correct a compromised timeline."

"Ah," Richard said. "Do we have to run everything by them? All our guidance we provide?"

"No. They'll pop down whenever there's a need to. You'll see in a moment, if you'd like to begin your familiarization now."

"Sure," Richard said. "No time like the present."

"Avoid sayings like that. DTI will think you're mocking them...and they can make our lives exceedingly difficult if they want to be petty."

"Understood."

"Great," the blond man said. "Well, this is the Status Center. From here we monitor every starship known, civilian and military. Watch...Computer? Display Starfleet vessels."

A huge circular hologram appeared in the center of the room, clearly visible from the four 'pit' stations, the command box, and the overhead room. Blue circles instantly appeared throughout the image; some motionless, other moving across the simulated starfield.

"Computer...plot Starfleet vessels movements for past 24 hours."

Dashed lines appeared alongside some of the dots, drawing lines where they traveled over the last day.

"This is your standard display. Kind of boring, given that even civilians can access most of the data here. But it's a baseline. Computer? Display Class One Variances."

The blue lines and dots disappeared, replaced by a series of yellow dots. Some were solid, some blinking. The blond man explained, "The solid dots are where these ships are...but the blinking dots are where they are supposed to be. Maybe they took a detour to check out some spatial anomaly...or maybe they stopped at a planet to get fresh rations. Regardless, the ships aren't where they're supposed to be, and it's good for us to know it. To answer your inevitable question on how we know our reports are valid...it's courtesy of a dozen transponders on different frequencies hidden in escape pods. Pings show up on ship sensors as glitches, or solar flares. Even if they find one...they'll pull the lifeboat...and we'll replace it next time they're in drydock."

"So by tracking the actual locations, we can find potential discrepancies in reports?" Richard asked.

"Amongst other things. There are countless reasons why a ship could be off course. Not much of an issue...until Class Two Variances." This time the blond man tapped a panel, and the yellow dots disappeared, replaced by amber ones. "These ships are way off course, or delayed for some reason. We are the reason behind some of them." He pointed at a particular dot just outside the Briar Patch. "That's the transport that dropped you off. She's supposed to be near Bajor...but she couldn't ferry you here if she was. It's a way we keep track of our assets, and we take special interest in the ones off course for reasons we don't yet know." He grinned, tilting his head up towards the DTI office. "Watch this. Computer...display Critical Variances."

The hologram went dark, and silence filled the room. A couple of techs in Pit 2 frowned at the blond man, knowing what was coming next.

The door to the side of the the DTI office hissed open, and a beautiful woman in 20th century wear made her way down the steps. Dressed in black, her shoes made a distinct click each time they hit the ground. Her low cut top and high cut skirt meant that the males in the room glanced in her direction, but only for a moment.

She walked over to the blond man, ignoring Richard completely. "What is the purpose of requesting a Critical Variance Display?"

The blond man gave a slight grin, motioning to Richard. "Hello Sandy. Lovely day we're having, isn't it? This is Richard, our new tech analyst. He was wounded in an operation and will be here while he recuperates from his injuries. I'm showing him the capabilities of the system he'll be using."

Richard offered his hand, but the DTI agent looked at it as if he offered her a rotten fish. "Make sure he is aware of his responsibilities in reporting to the DTI in a timely manner." She looked Richard up and down, sneered at him while jabbing away at a PADD, then turned on a spiked heel and walked away without a further word.

The blond man whispered to Richard, "She's beautiful enough to make a Deltan forget his Vow of Celibacy...but her personality means that *you'll* be taking a Vow of Celibacy after dealing with her."

Richard was confused. He didn't do anything to make her treat him in such a manner, but asked if he offended her.

"No," said the blond man. "She's what we call a 'piece of work'. Don't know her story...or if she has a reason to be so cruel to others. All you need to know is that she kisses up to her superiors, is dismissive of peers, and is downright cruel and rude to subordinates. Of course, form your own opinion...but me? I stay away and keep contact to an absolute minimum."

"Are the other DTI agents like that?" Richard asked.

"Nope. She's the one 'prize' in the bunch. But enough gossip. Take a look at the hologram." A few red dots appeared, some solid, some blinking, with lines connecting them. "These are ships of interest. They're either on a direct mission for us...without Starfleet knowing about it, of course...or are off course and lied about the reason for being off course. We support the former the best we can, and investigate the latter to find out what they're hiding. Pick one, just for a starter."

Richard squinted, then motioned towards the southern end of the hologram. "That blinking dot in the B'Tran Cluster. Computer, magnify."

The computer obeyed, zooming in to the selected area. The blinking dot now had a name displayed: U.S.S. Bonaventure.

The blond man smiled. "Yes...Nico Garret's ship. One of my missions. Will be completed in a couple of days...say...why don't you take this on as your first?"

Richard was a bit surprised at the offer, but was curious. "Sure. Anything I should know about?"

The blond man sighed a couple of times, then cupped his chin in his hand. "Actually...maybe I should give you an easier one."

"No...I'm up for it," Richard said, a bit too eagerly.

"Hmmph. If you're sure. Ah...why not. Ok...the Bonaventure is currently transporting something of great value from a place she shouldn't ever go near to a place she definitely should never get close to."

Richard smirked, saying, "That's a bit of cryptic answer."

The blond man smiled, saying, "Maybe...but it's accurate. The Bonaventure's crew has been a real pain in the six for a few months. A lot of temporal incursions, voyages to the Prime Mirror Universe, and caused a whole bunch of paradoxes. The Captain and XO are practically nuts, but somehow keep it together." He motioned once more to the DTI office. "Drives them absolutely crazy....which may be one reason I used them for this particular mission."

"Why use a ship with too many variables for disaster? A command staff that's unstable? Not the best thing to have when we have operatives at risk."

"You're right. But this time it's the ship's doctor who is on our payroll."

Richard tapped away at a panel, calling up the Bonaventure's roster. "Doc Irve?" he asked, incredulous.

"I take it from your expression you know him."

"Not personally...but know of him." Richard motioned to his right abdomen, wincing reflexively as he pointed out a spot. "Doc Irve talked my doctor through the procedure that saved my life. I feel like I owe him one." Richard scrolled through the mission briefing, mouth agape at the details. "You simulated the loss of the Bonaventure just so they can make a delivery?"

The blond man slumped his shoulders, looking a bit dejected. "First off...practically everybody in Starfleet owes Doc Irve in some way or another. That's why his...eccentricities...are overlooked. As is his smuggling."

Richard looked shocked. "Smuggling?"

"Not for personal gain. Well...not anymore. Now it's just to make sure the sick get the right type of treatment. And he doesn't give a damn about lines on a map. So he guilts whomever he needs to in order to accomplish his...er...secondary activities: moving from one place to another, bringing items from the origin to the destination, no questions asked."

"But what is he doing with Section 31? We're hardly a humanitarian organization."

"He isn't. The person he's picking up the package from is one of us."

Richard zoomed out the main display, searching for where the Bonaventure really was. When he couldn't find it, he asked.

The blond man answered bluntly, "The question isn't "where is the Bonaventure." The question you should be asking is, "when is the Bonaventure?"

Richard raised his hands to his temples, rubbing them hard. "I'm getting a headache from all this."

The blond man gave a small, sad smile. "You'll get a lot more. Sandy jumped down here because the Bonaventure is going to create a problem the DTI will have to clear up."

"If they know the problem, why don't they just take proactive measures to fix it?" Richard asked.

"Because you'll have to look at the map a bit closer. Check the double line from where the Bonaventure was reported lost."

Richard zoomed in again, and traced a broken red line from the B'Tran Cluster to DS9. A red blip was docked at the station, ID listing her as the USS Honolulu. "Captain Sotek's ship, is it not?"

The blond man nodded. "Correct. A variable that is making this a problem that could have been avoided." He pulled out a chair and sat down, motioning for Richard to do the same. "Sotek and Garret are good friends from way back. And if something happens to one, you'll be sure the other will come to investigate. And Sotek and his crew are going around asking questions." He sighed deeply. "Bonaventure was supposed to have disappeared for a moment...pick up the item, make the delivery, and be back without damaging the timeline. But a Ferengi trader was in the wrong place at the wrong time...so we had to improvise."

"You improvised a wrecked ship? A press release stating no survivors? You think that their families would accept that?"

The blond man smiled again. "We didn't do the press release. The Ferengi was 'encouraged' to spread some vague rumors at the bars he frequented...and at DS9 there was a hot little Federation Newsnet Reporter who the Ferengi wanted to impress with tales of lost treasure. And with that boast the floodwaters broke. We got Starfleet to send the USS Serenity out for appearances...but then multiple ships were tasked there once rumor of an emergency beacon was reported. As for the last question, no...I don't accept that the families wouldn't ask questions. That was part of the plan. And one of the answers that would arise would be to point the fingers at the Cardassians, True Way, and the Terran Empire. We grabbed one of their standard Odysseys, scraped off the gold paint, and stenciledBonaventure on a few panels. At the proper time, the real Bonaventure would return with data showing that the Terran Empire was more of a threat than we thought. And we'd have more resources thrown our way to ensure the security of the Federation."

Richard frowned at this news. "I don't like playing with the lives of innocents just to get a budget increase."

The blond man asked, "You don't have to like it. You just have to do it. But would you do it if it caused deaths? Would you have ordered the destruction of the Ferengi ship to keep secret?"

Richard practically jumped out of his seat. "Never!" he shouted, causing the other techs to look his way. "There are certain lines you don't cross. Lives for money is one of them."

The blond man smiled. "Right answer. Section 31 does things that, in the end, are beneficial to the Federation. Blood money isn't one of them...and if you said it was acceptable, then you'd be off to a rehabilitation center. Sometimes sacrifice is necessary...but never for as petty a reason as resource allocation." He stood up, placing his hand on the younger man's shoulder. "Richard, one of my duties is looking for the right candidate to take over my position when I leave. I need to make sure that they'll do the right things...even if the right thing is doing the wrong thing for the right reason. Someday you may have to give a kill order to maintain secrecy...but that order must occur because the Federation is in grave danger. Where taking a life could save other lives. Never because it could save some latinum."

Richard got up as well, facing the blond man. "I'm not entirely comfortable with all the things Section 31 does. For a moment...you had me thinking I made a huge mistake joining an organization that would kill for petty reasons."

"We do what we have to do for the good of the Federation. If that meant that we killed for latinum...then we don't deserve to exist as the Federation. My job is to make sure those who do what must be done understand exactly what is being asked of them, and they act in the manner we expect them to act in."

Richard gave a small grin. "I think I'm more confused by your explanation. Every question you answer just brings on more questions."

"Not the first time I've heard that. I think that's enough for your first day...let me show you to your room. By the way...you can call me Jacob."

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# 14
02-05-2014, 12:55 PM

To: Franklin Drake
Re: Quarterly Report

Morale is high, despite the death of Captain Palmer on New Romulus. Captain t'Kazanak has been readily accepted by the crew, and her long-standing friendship with executive officer Mayer has undoubtably eased her integration with the senior officers and bridge crew. As you are no doubt aware, despite her Romulan birth, Captain t'Kazanak holds full Federation citizenship. Although I have not yet had much chance to observe her off duty, she seems to have little time for either Romulan culture, or the political landscape of either the Romulan Republic or Hegemony of Bresar, and she Is clearly a fully assimilated emigre. Her loyalty to the Federation is above reproach, and I believe that, while she would reject any direct attempts to recruit her into Section 31, she would be sympathetic to any mission parameters or scenarios which would require your intervention. Caution is advised in contacting her in proximity to Lieutenant Commander Pok Raban, who clearly holds the captain in high regard.

A recent addition to the crew has struck me as being worthy of further observation, and possible future recruitment. Cadet Benn ch'Rmann has expressed certain views which would suggest not only a strong loyalty to the Federation, but also a willingness to defend it under any circumstances. His friendship with Cadet I'K'rR'h c'r'nai could pose a threat of outside concepts influencing his judgement. Cadet I'K'rR'h poses another problem. Her competence and unwavering dedication to duty makes maintaining communications problematic. Her area of dedication is ship's operations, and her competence is above reproach. She has already isolated several monitoring subroutines I had installed, and while I do not believe she is aware of my connection to them, her earnest dedication is challenging to circumvent. In a decade, I am sure she will make a fine commanding officer, and being from one of the Pentaxian colony worlds, has little interest in the machinations of the Dynasty.

This brings me to the most potentially relevant aspect of my report. Ambassador S'rR's has been returned to the Vanguard by the time traveller known as the Doctor. There was nothing sinister about her disappearance, other than a minor malfunction in the temporal discriminator of the TARDIS, which caused her delay in what was intended to be a simple journey. However. The ambassador was nearly killed by a Sa'n'd'r H''n'n h'lL'r who was operating under orders to locate, then assassinate the ambassador. Unfortunately, cranial injuries to the sa'n'd'r during their struggle, has resulted in memory loss rendering her incapable of revealing who had ordered the ambassadors death. In a display of kindness, ambassador S'rR's has arranged for sa'n'd'r H''n'n to be taken in by the family of her security escort, giving her a new life away from the militia.

Yours,

Lieutenant Elyse Fisher, Strategic Operations Officer USS Vanguard

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The Briefing Hall was large, but sparse. The grey walls were totally bare, the room was designed for function, not style, in every facet. In the seating itself, black uniformed figures took their seats, small whispers of hushed conversation between the newer recruits cropping up intermittently. Before long, the seating was filled as another black-clad figure stepped out from the front of the hall, standing in front of the now silent crowd.

"Welcome everyone, for those who don't know, my name is Cunningham and I have been selected to lead the briefing process on one of our main Persons of Interest. Namely the man known as Vice Admiral Krovennan Darksabre, Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Blacksabre-E and a perpetual pain in the backside for Section 31.

In this briefing, I will attempt to bring everyone up to speed on the man himself, as well as his close associates within his crew and his ship. I'm sure some of you have heard of his individual accomplishments over the civilian news reports, so I'll restrain myself from going into too much detail whenever possible. So without further, lets start with the man himself.

Cunningham pressed a few buttons on the Speaker's Pedestal, activating the holo-emitters to draw up a 3D render of the Vice Admiral. Cunningham stepped out in front of the slowly rotating image in order to address the crowd better.

"Krovennan Darksabre. Species: Vilscaran. Selected by the Vilscaran Empire to act as an intermediary between them and the Federation under the dual-citizenship program. His previous rank in the Vilscaran military as Sergeant, as well as his skill in and out of combat, his ties to Vilscaran Diplomats and a little political manoeuvring, has afforded him his position as Vice Admiral while simultaneously keeping command of a ship and crew.

Personality wise, Krovennan is normally very charismatic and displays a generosity and willingness to help when his allies are in trouble, talking on a friendly basis to peers and subordinates alike to learn about and aid in their problems.

However, as is so with his species, Krovennan's temper is explosive when agitated, ranging from blatant sarcasm and disdain, to unchecked rage and brutal violence that poses a deadly threat when combined with his tall stature and near-Herculean physical strength. This may suggest ease of manipulation to our whims, but, as I shall explain momentarily, all attempts at covert manipulation have ended in disaster.

Krovennan is unpredictable when angered, but also highly intelligent, ruthlessly cunning, and unabashedly sadistic when it comes to playing mind games with our agents. It has proven to be quite difficult to deduce his plans in previous attempts, keeping his inner thoughts restricted to his Cabinet of high-ranking officers, often establishing meetings with these individuals, keeping all knowledge of this secret from the rest of the crew.

The agents who attempted to gather intelligence on Krovennan before have largely all been discovered, many of which were killed attempting to escape or self-terminated themselves during incarceration. The information we have is from the few who have managed to return alive, so be advised that there may be large gaps in the information.

As far as weaknesses go, Krovennan's meticulous nature has stopped us from finding any conclusive evidence of something we can use to reign him in. While his disdain for the responsibilities of his high rank and the repeated tribunals he has attended to answer for his actions in the field has driven him to drinking, we find the effect this has on his acuteness of mind insufficient to be of use to us.

Homesickness and job stress, as well as his caring attitude towards all his crew have been explored, but insufficient data has been gathered to pursue these options as of yet.

I think we've heard enough about Krovennan for now. So now, we'll talk more about some of Krovennan's "Cabinet". The high-ranking officers on-board his ship and what we know of them so far."


Cunningham returned to the Speaker's Pedestal, typing into the console again as the image of Krovennan began to shimmer and blur as a new image was loaded.
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# 16
02-05-2014, 03:08 PM
Section 31 Threat Assessment: U.S.S. Sphinx, Caitian Atrox Carrier

Commanding Officer: George William Aubrey
Crew Complement: 3000
Auxiliary Craft: Caitian Stalker Fighters/Yellowstone-class Runabouts

Threat Assessment Results: Moderate Risk - Is known to have multiple non-Federation species among
his senior staff, most notably the former Reman soldier T'Kek, the former Jem'Hadar soldier Arat'Iklan
and the Liberated Borg Four of Thirty. Approach with extreme caution. Do not engage subject unless absolutely necessary.
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# 17
02-05-2014, 03:09 PM
Asset: USS Stradivarius
Registry: NX-164292
Class: Stradivarius
Type: Deep Space Science Vessel
Commissioned: Stardate 90084.9, Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards


CO: Farron, M., Rear Admiral. Saffi (BSD: 5660). Celes II.
Admiral Farron is from the native species of Celes II; few of her species survived the Borg attack on the Celes system in 2381. First and foremost, Farron is a scientist. She was prompted to seek a commission in Starfleet because of the Borg assault on her homeworld, before such point she was attending a Federation science academy in the Sol system, Jupiter station. It was another attack by the Borg, this time on the Vega Colony in 2409, that propelled Farron to command of the USS Minerva, which she served on as Chief Science Officer. Since Vega, she has shown an aptitude for command aboard both the research vessel USS Janeway and the tactical escort USS Bracer. Her crowning achievements, and incidentally her most useful time to Section 31, was her time with the Intrepid-inspired USS Andromeda.
While expressing a distaste for the clandestine nature of Section 31, she has worked with Operative Drake on numerous occasions for what she believes to be 'missions of noble purpose'. Positioning Farron lateral to a Section 31 goal is ideal. If played properly, Farron can handle impediments to Section 31 objectives, like Tal Shiar outposts or listening stations. However, approach with caution - she is part of the more moralistic wing of Starfleet and will prove oppositional if not handled appropriately. Her desire to help others and her animus toward the Borg are useful tools for using her to our advantage.

XO: Sinclair, C., Commander. Human (BSD: 5618). Kappa Fornacis III.
Three of Twelve, Primary Adjunct of Unimatrix 521. Assimilated in the Borg attack on her home world, Deneva in the Borg advance of 2381, at which time she served on the USS Elbron as a technician under the name Ensign Sinclair, C. (a dossier on her former identity exists, please merge it with this one). She was captured by the crew of the USS Minerva and liberated following the techniques established by Voyager's EMH in 2376. Other than scattered memories and the knowledge of the Collective, Sinclair does not retain memories prior to her liberation. Only Section 31 has attained data revealing her identity.
Though seriously tempting, engaging Sinclair on her own should be avoided. The Borg knowledge at her disposal is greater than what we've been able to mine and her loyalty to Farron is profound. She has followed Farron from posting to posting and has refused promotions to her own command. Presumably she has decided Farron is responsible for her liberation and thusly any attempt to sow betrayal will, as the Borg say, be futile. Should she cease proving useful, forcible extraction of her neural net might reveal useful intel.

Helm: Zidas, T., Commander. Andorian (BSD: 5621). Procyon VIII, Andor.
One of the early pilots trained on Delta Flyer-class shuttlecraft, Zidas fancies herself a fighter pilot. She served on the USS Hammond before a falling out with the first officer, Commander Collins, D., prompted reassignment to the USS Janeway under Farron's command. She was then reassigned to be the starship's Chief Helmsman after piloting the Flyer-class shuttle Alacrity through the Bajoran Wormhole during the Dominion Siege of 2412.
Zidas is a typical pilot; brash and self-aggrandizing. Odds are good that she wouldn't be offered her own command because of these traits, so she's likely reached the pinnacle of her career advancement. She would make an excellent candidate to approach. While likely of similar loyalty to the rest of the Stradivarius' crew, Zidas likely also proves the most corruptible. The Andorian love of the noble clandestine service would likely be useful in approaching her.

Engineering: Hyhr, S., Lieutenant Commander. Andorian (BSD 5621). Procyon VIII, Andor.
Only recently commissioned, Hyhr joined on the Farron bandwagon on the USS Andromeda as the Chief Engineer. Given this was the first long-range vessel Farron commanded, her former engineer simply wasn't up to the job, and was replaced by this long-time technician on Intrepid-class vessels. He served on the USS Bellerophon in the Dominion War under Operative Ross as a Petty Officer.
His history with Section 31 commanders might make him more approachable, but his psychological profile suggests he would be a challenge to persuade to action. For everyday work, her is likely too unmotivated to be useful or effective. Given his work refitting the Andromeda with Dominion technology, he might be useful at integration of some of or Borg components into our vessels with minimal exposure, but he is unfit for espionage.

Medical: Blanchimont, I., Lieutenant. Human (BSD 5618). Sol III.
Her tour on the Stradivarius is almost up, it remains to be seen if she will continue to serve under Farron. She served as a medical researcher on the USS Janeway, and went on the away team to uncover what happened to Romulus. Upon the ship's christening, she was later scouted out to serve on the Stradivarius by Farron, who seems to enjoy familiar faces. Blanchimont has been seeking a posting to Starfleet Medical for some time, however.
It might be easiest to drive a wedge with Blanchimont. She has complained three times to Starfleet Command about administering Kertacel White to the Jem'Hadar crew, claiming it to be a violation of her Hippocratic Oath. She might not poison the drugs, but she might feed us information under the guise of seeking a cure from the Jem'Hadar's genetic dependency. She wants to believe that lie, it shouldn't be hard to convince her.

Operations: Romana, E., Lieutenant Junoir Grade. Trill, Joined (BSD: 2138 and 319). Trill IV
Ninth host of the Romana symbiont, host for less than one year. Previous incarnation served aboard the USS Minerva during the Borg attack on Vega Colony and was killed shortly thereafter in Romulan space. Despite taboo against reassociation, the symbiont serves under Farron again, likely more an accident of assignments than intent. Though, adding this to the Dax case study, it is apparent that they symbionts have a fondness for nostalgia that Trill law makes little room for.
Despite being relatively low-ranked, Romana is potentially the most troubling asset on this crew. In the past, dating back to the founding of the Federation, Romana, L. was a problem for Section 31's efforts to assert a strong human role in the Federation charter, serving as an ambassador from Trillus Prime schooled clearly in subterfuge. Romana has, across incarnations, shown extreme distrust and hostility toward Section 31. Its new body looks cute, but presume her to be extremely hostile.

Science: Pierce, A. Ensign. Human (BSD: 5618). Sol III, Luna.
By far the youngest member of the crew in age and in the odd familial loyalty this ship seems to share, she replaces former science officer Sen A.. Pierce seems to idolize the Captain and particularly requested this assignment, and managed to get it despite her low rank. Pierce's distinction comes from service to Red Squad, making her a prime candidate for Section 31 recruitment, though idealizing Farron could make retention an issue.
Her only other posting was to the USS Dyson. Her transfer from that vessel to the Stradivarious was quickly authorized by the Joint Command. Priority: Discover why they were willing to let her go so easily. Section 31 has had trouble obtaining Dyson-related technologies, recruitment of Pierce should be an objective for our field operatives.

Security: Lamak'tax, Chief Petty Officer. Jem'Hadar (BSD: 7923). Devos II.
SIGNIFICANT SECURITY RISK. Farron's pet Jem'Hadar are led by First Lamak'tax, who is in turn overseen by the Vorta on Stradivarius' crew. Dominion crew has served under Farron for over a year following the attack on Deep Space Nine in 2412. This "gesture of peace" is almost certainly a ploy to attain control of a taskforce flagship during the next incursion into Federation space. We must find a way to neutralize this contingent, or alternatively make sure Farron cannot lead troops through the Bajoran wormhole. Lamak'tax must be constantly observed, and genetic samples we acquire from Blanchimont should be used to create an aerosolized biological agent. Direct confrontation is not recommended.

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Cunningham stood to the side from the Speaker's Pedestal as the image of a female Andorian appeared, clad in a similar black and grey uniform as Krovennan, her long white hair was tied into a long ponytail, the left side of her face covered in a similar tattoo to Krovennan's. Cunningham cleared his throat quietly before speaking.

"Commander Tallasa. Krovennan's First Officer aboard the U.S.S. Blacksabre-E. So far as we can tell, Tallasa is the crew member Krovennan is most familiar with owing to their shared time at the Academy both in and out of classes. Tallasa is a skilled combatant on the ground and operates on a similar wavelength to Krovennan. The two seem to always be in almost perfect sync with each other, especially when it comes to sniffing out our agents.

The obvious elephant in the room I must address is that Tallasa has the same facial tattoo as Krovennan. While we know this tattoo is a sign of adulthood in Vilscaran culture, so far as we can gather, this tattoo is found on most of Krovennan's senior officers as a shared sign of respect towards him, possibly due to his personal involvement with each of their lives. What prompted them to take this course of action is still to be determined."


Cunningham reached over and changed the image again, this time a male Andorian, short hair and beard adorning his face. Once again, wearing the same tattoo.

"This is Gyzit Yvoli. Chief Engineer and Third in Command aboard the Blacksabre-E. Gyzit's career before meeting Krovennan was mixed. Showing great aptitude but having severe problems with authority, known to openly question a superior's orders and expressing frustration at restrictions placed upon his attempts to improve systems he was assigned to.

Krovennan seemingly recruited Gyzit for these very qualities, citing a desire for someone who will stop him from making a bad decision and showing great interest in Gyzit's ability to develop new and improved technologies, which we'll discuss later. Gyzit has been observed as a moderate perfectionist, constantly training those under him in new ways to maximise efficiency and productivity without pushing them to straining point."


Cuningham changed the image again, this time, the person seemed to be a Human female, bright ginger hair flowing freely and her eyes obscured by a large visor.

"Drehera Hipon, Betazoid and Chief Medical Officer aboard the Blacksabre. Drehera originally was assigned as a nurse aboard a Science Vessel known as the U.S.S. Paladin, but was treated with minor mistrust from the ship's overwhelmingly Human crew due to her mental abilities. Intel suggests the Paladin was attacked by raiders, and Krovennan was assigned as the Paladin's escort in an earlier Blacksabre, which one exactly we don't know. The Paladin was crippled beyond repair in the battle and Drehera sought a new position on Krovennan's more diverse ship.

Drehera was born blind, but fitted with ocular implants at a young age, the large visor she wears is apparently there of her own volition, using the bulk to fit tech to see in all possible spectrums. Personality wise, she is generous and renowned for her bedside manner, but intel has suggested some emotional weakness after undergoing physical torture during the little-known "Far Flown Incident". Use as leverage requires further analysis."


Cunningham returned to the Pedestal, typing in new commands as the image of Drehera faded to nothing

"I would continue, but I fear for time, so for this briefing, I will restrict myself to these three, the highest ranking officers on the Blacksabre in Tactical, Engineering, and Medical/Science fields. You all should have access to the records of the other senior officers on your own time, I highly recommend looking at them all should any move against Krovennan be considered.

Now then, owing to the unique nature of the Blacksabre-E itself, I reckon she is worth a look at herself. So to rush things along, we'll get straight into the Blacksabre-E."
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It didn't take long for Cunningham to put up the final image. A ship vaguely resembling a Prometheus-Class Vessel, but the structure had been heavily modified, with small, pushed forward bottom nacelles, and longer top nacelles placed further back. The most striking feature was that the hull was totally different to normal Federation standards.

The hull was mostly black with sections of the hull, as well as the Deflector and Nacelles all glowing a bluish-green instead of the normal red and blue glows of Federation vessels. Across the nose of the vessel, those close enough could make out the ship's name as well as the registry: NX-973484-E

"As I'm sure you've all noticed, the Blacksabre-E is not your average vessel. In fact, she is an NX-designated vessel, which of course means she is burdened with being a testbed for experimental technologies. As I mentioned before, Chief Engineer Gyzit enjoys tinkering with standard tech, resulting in some interesting alterations.

The ship itself is in fact loaded with Vilscaran technology Krovennan has been able to inegrate into a Federation frame with the aid of Gyzit. Among the Vilscaran improvements include a reinforced, heavily shielded inner structure, making breaches far more difficult. Also present is a Vilscaran Warp Core, Far bulkier than the Federation standard and requires more frequent refuelling of Ionized Deuterium encased within steel bars to power the reaction necessary for the vessel's systems.

In terms of combat systems, the Blacksabre is well suited to it's main task as a Deep Space Warship. Primarily armed with Vilscaran Antiproton weaponry, using Magnetic Resonance Coils at different wavelengths to allow them to fire Antiproton energy at the enemy. While nothing like the amount or purity of Antiproton energy used by the infamous "Planet Killer", this weaponry is still effective and highly dangerous.

Armament itself consist of two triple-barrelled cannon arrays in the industry standard areas on a Prometheus-Class Saucer section and a double-beam array located below the aforementioned cannon system. Also present is a singular Beam array that can target at any angle, taking advantage of weapon areas on both the front and back of the vessel to gain a full 360 degree attack angle.

On the subject of 360 degree weaponry, the Blacksabre is in position of a retrofitted Borg Cutting Beam, able to attack at all angles and especially potent at dissecting ships to cripple their ability to fight back. The rear of the ship also houses a Torpedo Launcher, usually used to fire Plasma Torpedoes, but can be used to fire any similar sized Torpedo the situation calls for, including the highly secretive Vilscaran "Violet Witch Torpedoes".

Straying into less conventional weaponry, the Blacksabre possesses the ability to charge the outer layer of it's Vilscaran hull with a magnetically polarised Plasma charge, making an effective Point Defense System against anything that gets too close, including Torpedoes, Mines, and Fighters.

There is a lot more to this vessel, especially when it comes to it's computerised systems, but I feel as though that will do for today. All agents specialising in Covert Ops please note we will be running drills and simulations within the next three days. I encourage you to look up further information on what has been explained today. This ship is one of the most rewarding in terms of intel, but also one of the most risky. Thank you, dismissed."


The agents slowly started to get out from their chairs, squeezing past each other to leave the lecture. Cunningham turned off the holo-emitters, letting the image of the Blacksabre-E distort and fade into nothing. Picking up his PADD he had brought with him, he began making notes for his schedule for the rest of the week. Before he realised it, he was the last person in the room.

Putting his PADD into his pocket, Cunningham thought of the subject of the lecture, Krovennan was currently on duty in the Sphere, a temporary override of his previous prerogative to hunt down Facility 4028 refugees. Krovennan had clashed with Section 31 on multiple occasions, and occasionally helped when he deemed it necessary, but never hid his disdain for Section 31 and it's ideals.

Cunningham saw it as a pity, Krovennan's strong moral compass was a liability to Section 31's work. It was obvious that eventually, Krovennan would have to be eliminated, pin the blame on an enemy of the Federation, and hopefully avoid diplomatic backlash from the Vilscaran Empire. Cunningham had come close to being caught by Krovennan once, he was determined to make sure that when the time came to end Krovennan, he would repay the favour and be there when it happened.

Shaking his musings from his head, Cunningham walked out of the hall, shutting down the lighting in the room and leaving it in pitch blackness

Meanwhile, deep within Allied space within the Sphere. the Blacksabre-E was restocking on supplies for an extended operation against the Voth. On the Bridge, Krovennan was taking notes of the orders, Requisitions was almost fanatical in making sure everything was recorded perfectly, and a mostly empty Bridge, helped Krovennan to think.

Krovennan ticked off another item when he heard the doors behind him open, seeing Tallasa step through the doorway and approach him.

"Engineering reports that the damage we took to the lower Starboard Nacelle is completely repaired. Our power flow is at 100% efficiency and we are at full combat readiness. Once everything has been loaded on we can leave at your command Sir."

"Thank you Tallasa, tell Drehera to keep an eye on our medical supplies, this is going to be an extended operation and we'll need to get as much use out of our Sickbay as we can. We may have to ration anaesthetics and rely on alternative methods of treatment if push comes to shove."


Tallasa was about to turn to go when it clicked in her head that Krovennan seemed distracted when he responded. The Requisitions orders didn't take that much concentration, and Krovennan was usually good at focusing on who is speaking to him. Tallasa walked back to him, deciding to address him more inoformally than most would. Partially to show her concern, and partially because she knew how he disliked the title of Vice Admiral.

"Krovennan, is everything alright? You seem distracted all of a sudden."

"Do I? Sorry, just thinking."

"Thinking? About anything in particular?"

"Well, we've been making progress here, but there are a lot of enemies waiting or us, even if we drive the Voth out of here completely we'll have a lot of people on our backs who have had a lot of time to prepare without our intervention."

"We've had a lot of close scrapes, some closer than others. If we are sufficiently prepared we can figure something out, right?"

"That's just it, some of these enemies I'm not sure we can prepare for. Like Section 31."

"They wouldn't dare go after you directly, they know it would risk diplomatic suicide with the Vilscaran Empire. After all the effort to get them to be sympathetic with the Federation, I don't think it would be smart to kill the man making sure things stay good."

"Probably, but indirect is their specialty. Just recently they came into my mind a lot, as if they are thinking the same thing right this instant."

"Maybe so, but dwelling on them won't help. Best thing we can do now is make sure we're in a good position if and when they actually try something."

"You're right. On your way to Drehera, get in touch with Security and see what we can do about finding agents easier. See if we can't find any common factor in their backgrounds or mannerisms that we can't use to identify suspects. And remind the Research Lab that we need a way to stop them from activating their suicide implants before we can question one of them."


Tallasa simply nodded and left the Bridge quietly, Krovennan returned to the Requisitions PADD, still thinking hard about what he would do should Section 31 go after him. He had every confidence in his crew's loyalty and ability. What worried him was that, when the time came, would he be able to hold Section 31 back?

THE END
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# 20
02-05-2014, 05:27 PM
ACCESSING SECTION 31 DATA FILES FOR:
Admiral Bryan Valot

COMMANDING OFFICER:
U.S.S. Athena

FLAG OFFICER:
First Assault Fleet


Accessing:
Technical Specification of the U.S.S. Athena NX-92753-A (Odyssey Class Block 2)

Defensive systems:

Enhanced M.A.C.O. pattern Resilient shield array with secondary shield capacitors
Polarized Neutronium armor
Point-Defense Phaser turrets (12 in total)
Reinforced Tritanium hull

Offensive systems:

10 multi-fire capable Mark XII Phaser arrays
4 triple-helix loaded Quantum torpedo tubes
1 axial dual Mark XII Phaser beam bank
Deflector-fired heavy Graviton beam
Aquarius class escort (deployed from rear mission pod)

Propulsion systems:

M.A.C.O. pattern impulse engines
Auxiliary impulse engines
RCS accelerator system
Asynchronous Warp-field projector
Enhanced Quantum Slipstream drive
Stablized Warp Core

Auxiliary systems:
M.A.C.O. pattern Graviton deflector array
Redundant life-support systems
Hull-repairing nanite system
Ship-wide holographic projection suite
Shipboard senitent Artifical Intelligence systems management unit (Name: Athena)

The Athena was, from the moment she was laid down in Utopia Planitia, designed to be one of the most advanced vessels in Starfleet. Designed to serve as a testbed for several new technological advances (which will be explained in more detail later in the report) to see if they would be suitable to put into widespread use on all starships. The Athena is the second ship to bear the name, with the first being a Star Cruiser that was also captained by Bryan Mitchel Valot (then a Rear Admiral), before she was crippled by a superior Klingon force and scrapped for parts. The details of the innovations on the Athena are as follows:

For her defensive systems, the M.A.C.O. pattern shielding gives the Athena's shields incredible strength while reducing bleedthrough damage to the hull. In addition, the shields have a second layer of shielding projected on top of the first, with the second layer refracting incoming fire, having the effect of reducing incoming shield damage. The Emergency secondary shield capacitors offer the ability to quickly regenerate shielding in case of an emergency. The polarized Neutronium armor was designed to allow the ship to survive damage in the event the shields fail by way of running an electromagnetic field through the already strong Neutronium armoring to make it even more durable. The defensive turrets were added to the design when the Klingons began putting carriers into widespread use to help engage enemy fighters. Targeting and firing of the turrets is handled by the AI rather than the ship tactical officer.

Offensively, the Athena's combat systems give her an advantage unequaled by any other Starfleet vessel. Her phaser beam arrays have been modified so that each array can sustain multiple beams with no reduction in the power of each individual beam. Her Quantum torpedo tubes feature a unique system where the three torpedoes are loaded in a rotating chamber, which is then loaded into the torpedo tube, allowing for up to three torpedoes to be launched in a fraction of the time manual reloading would take. The Athena also has an axial fire-linked dual phaser beam bank designed to give the ship additional forward firepower. The Graviton beam mounted in the deflector array allows the ship to quickly and easily disable a hostile ship for a brief period of time. Lastly, the Aquarius class escort, one of the upgrades added to the block 2 Odyssey class that never made it into the block 1, allows the ship to launch a small auxiliary craft that is heavily armed with Quad phaser cannons as well as a rapid-fire phaser turret.

The propulsion systems of the Athena are another key advantage the Athena enjoys. The M.A.C.O. pattern impulse engines are designed to be, fast, efficient (even at low power), and still maintain a good turn rate. The Auxiliary impulse engines (which were an upgrade that was included with the M.A.C.O. systems) engage in the event the primary impulse drive fails for any reason, allowing the ship to maintain at least 25% impulse. The RCS system was designed to allow the ship to increased turn rate over the standard variants of the Odyssey class. The Athena (in addition of many of the combat ships within the First Assault fleet) had her warp field generator upgraded to generate an Asynchronus warp field to allow the ship to simply slip through the eddies and fluctuations of subspace with little trouble, giving the ship the ability to break the Warp 10 barrier. The Quantum Slipstream Drive on the Athena operates along the same principles of the standard SSD. It was, however, stabilized to allow for increased travel time with the Drive engaged. Finally, the warp core of the Athena has a unique stabilizing field to reduce the likelihood of a warp core breach while further reinforcing the Athena's shield systems.

The Athena's Auxiliary systems are all designed to compliment all of the other systems on the Athena while still being state-of-the-art. The M.A.C.O. pattern Deflector was designed to improve all of the Defensive systems of the Athena along with speeding up power transfer rates between systems. The redundant life support system allows the Athena to maintain minimal life support for a full crew even after ship-wide power loss. The hull repairing nanite system allows the Athena to maintain hull integrity by repairing major structural damage. It cannot preform full repairs, however it can keep the ship together long enough to find a drydock. The holographic projection system was added to give the Athena A.I. (to be detailed next) the ability to interact on a more "personal" level with the crew members, as opposed to a voice over the intercom.

The last, and perhaps the most major, innovation on the Athena is the prototype Artificial Intelligence that was installed during construction. Athena (the name the A.I. shares with the ship itself) was designed to supplement the crew of the ship, handling things that require more precision or speed than an organic crew member can preform. Athena handles the parsing of sensor data, power transfer between systems, the point defense turrets, the electronic warfare suite, and can have any function that an organic crewmember would ordinarily handle slaved to her control by order of the ship's commanding officer. The A.I. core is housed in the engineering deck, approximately 12 meters to the stern of the Warp Core, and is encased in solid Neutronium plating. In the event of an abandon ship order, the A.I. core is ejected to be retrieved by a specialized team. As for Athena's avatar, she appears as a blonde woman with blue-grey eyes, to model the Ancient Greek goddess she was named for. The programming of the A.I. relies on a self-adapting and self-replicating source code, allowing Athena to literally learn and adapt the longer she is operational, and quickly recover in the event malicious code makes it into her program. This is made possible by the Quantum computer that the files for the A.I. are stored in. If you were to take the files and transfer them to another A.I. core, you would get a completely different personality due to the innate random factors of quantum computing.

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Admiral Valot

Full name: Bryan Mitchel Valot
Rank: Admiral
Height: 5' 11"
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Brown
Age: 26 Earth Standard Years

Summary:

Admiral Valot's career as a Starfleet officer began aboard the ShiKhar class U.S.S. Nemesis. He was in the last graduating class of the year 2408, and was assigned to the same ship he served his training cruise on. In January of 2409, the Vega system was attacked by the Borg, and the Nemesis was one of the first ships to respond. The Noble class ship Khitomer had been crippled and boarded by the Borg. The Nemesis, given that the ShiKhar class is in a similar class as the Miranda class, was assigned to aid the Khitomer, given that there was little chance the Nemesis would be able to do much against the Borg. Captain Taggart, the Captain of the Nemesis at the time, assigned the then-Ensign to aid aboard the Khitomer while the Nemesis defended the Khitomer from further Borg ships. Ensign Valot managed to save the Khitomer, though the Nemesis had been boarded and all of the senior staff, including the Captain, had been killed, leaving Ensign Valot in command of the crippled vessel. Bryan took the Nemesis and aided in the rescue of several crippled Starfleet vessels in the region. He and the crew of the Nemesis later destroyed several Borg probe vessels, and aided in the destruction of a damaged Cube. They later as their last act in the Vega system, aided in the evacuation of the colony. In the Aftermath, Bryan was given a promotion to Lieutenant, and was permitted to keep command of the Nemesis.

Bryan surged through the ranks, primarily due to his actions and his keen sense of tactics and strategy. He currently commands the U.S.S. Athena, an Odyssey class ship. He currently leads a task force of ship assigned to Dyson Joint Command. His task force, though relatively small has enjoyed a high rate of success against the Voth, scoring victories in approximately 97.5% of their engagements, versus the typical success rate of approximately 75%. He is often described by other commanders as being the greatest tactician that Starfleet has ever seen, and he is often able to defeat odds that make the Kobayashi Maru exam look fair. Whenever he takes an action, he is already sure of the outcome, and he is nearly always correct about said outcome. Of particular note is his ability to completely dissect an enemy's plan of battle before the battle officially begins. He is not without his flaws, however, as he can take a long time devising the perfect, unbeatable plan, and he often can be more aggressive than many other officers when the shooting actually starts. Furthermore, though he is very capable in ground combat as well, he is not physically very strong, and more relies on his firearm or other weapon to overcome his foes.

Bryan is married to his First Officer, a recently Joined Trill woman named Ibalei, who is the fourth host of the Zizania Symbiont. Furthermore, he maintains warm relations with his Romulan half-sister, Romulan Republic Admiral Selana Da'is.

Personal assesment:

Given their close relations, Section 31 believes that Valot's and Da'is' contact should be monitored at all times to ensure that Valot does not divulge critical Starfleet intelligence to his sister. Furthermore, he consistently manages to root out our operatives that we attempt to embed within his crew, given his near sixth-sense ability to read tactics. His abilities are useful to us, though recruitment has thus far proven ineffective. Valot has displayed a tendency to go to lengths most Starfleet officers would not, though he constantly rebuffs our attempts to recruit him. Never attempt to bait Valot into joining S31, as he has been consistently able to defeat even our best tricks to bring him into our fold. In addition, due to the A.I. installed on his ship, we have never succeeded in injecting monitoring programs into his ship's computers for more than a few minutes, and we rarely get anything of use to our organization. Finally, though he does realize the usefulness of our organization, he should be considered a moderate threat, as he is regarded (correctly) as a loose cannon by other Starfleet Admirals, and he would not have a difficult time being able to root out our operations.

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CLOSING PROGRAM
Vice Admiral Bryan Mitchel Valot
Commanding officer: Odyssey class U.S.S. Athena
Admiral of the 1st Assault Fleet
Join date: Some time in Closed Beta

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