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# 11
04-27-2013, 03:11 AM
"...Cease fire negotiated two weeks ago has led to rumours of an Armistice..."

USS Smedley Butler, En Route to DSK7...

Aside from having to use manual passageways between some decks due to damage in the Turbolift systems, life was returning to something resembling a routine.

"M'Staa, what's the news from the Risa Talks?" Kevin felt oddly good this morning-in spite of two weeks on short rations.

"FNN thinks the negotiators are close to an agreement, but Empirial Information Net is insisting that Starfleet has ignored the root cause of the war, and until they are willing to face the truth, no peace is going to last." Ensign M'Staa said, "Of course, in other news, Engineering has restored showers on Decks three, four, and Five, meaning that maybe today you'll want to shower, sir?"

Kevin grunted, sniffed his arm, and made a face, "Those were the last crew decks that didn't have them?" he asked.

"Yes sir." M'Staa said, twitching her feline nose, "You really should shower, sir."

"Hint taken." Monroe said, "Gonzo, what's our speed?"

"Currently we're cooking along at warp three, sir-that rendezvous with the tanker and the repair ship helped a LOT." his newly-promoted Chief Engineer stated, "Also, the gals in Engineering would really like to second the Caitan communications' officer in the request that their captain scrub his stank ass, preferably sometime before Lunch? and I would remind sir, that the laundry services are operational again..."

"I GET IT." Kevin said, "I'll be back, Threll, you've got the conn."

Kevin headed back down the manual hatch to Deck Two-Officer's country.

"Thank GAWD." Ensign Li Anh Sook, the on-duty Security said with an exaggerated gasp.

Gonzo shrugged, "Ensign, you KNOW the Captain wasn't going to shower until EVERYONE could have a shower." she said.

"yah, I get that, Ma'am." the MACO from New Beijing nodded at the dogged hatch, "but the Captain's got an Aroma when he aint' clean, and it's kinda mixed between rotten sandwich and spilled piss, if you understand..."

"I know...I know...why in hell do you think we were working that hard on the plumbing when we could have been working on the SI fields? NOW, everybody can shower, and everyone has water to drink...for my Next trick, I'll continue to keep him from knowing we got the replimats back on-line-he's lost twenty kilos since we went to short rats...and he's still got the Starfleet PFT to pass."

"That why you didn't tell him we have most of the Turbolifts working too?" M'Staa asked with an amused flick of her tail.

"Man needs his exercise." Gonzo explained.

"He probably wouldn't have smelt so bad if he wasn't running, climbing and jumping everywhere..."
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# 12
04-27-2013, 03:53 AM
IKS Drake Tran, Norgh-refit class, Gamma Orionis sector...

"What the hell's going on?" Elizabeth Tran asked, as the lighting shifted again. The gravity systems had finally stabilized.

"Running at a guess, I'd say we're having chained failures and malfunctions in the environmental, navigation, tactical and engineering systems." 'Flag Captain' Cham Nguoc commented, "Basically everything that you automated in this tub when your company did the refit." He pried a panel off the command chair, and yanked out a handfull of federation-type isolinear chips.

"Everything?" Liz asked, worried.

"Everything. Thankfully, that doesn't include the antimatter containment systems or their self-destuct charges, the Klingons made those idiot proof manual and analogue systems for a reason." Cham said, then looked over his shoulder, "Aimee, do we have Navigation yet? can you see to drive?"

"I'm working on it sir." Sgt Cu'ong barked, "The b?n điều khiển dẫn đường đang thất bại, it's the non-standard parts we used to get this thing so it can run with a smaller crew."

"Keep on it...wait, Mouse, check on the Klingon rescuees, see if anyone was an Engineer on a starship before they were taken, and get them up here if you find one-we're flying blind, I don't like that, Corporal Truk, if we have comms with the rest of the task-group, see if they've chased down the root cause of these failures..."
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# 13
04-27-2013, 04:52 AM
Risa...

"What are you waiting for, Ambassador? The heat death of the universe?" Admiral Lucinda Myles practically sneered.

"It is interesting that the Starfleet Negotiator is the one showing impatience." Ambassador B'Tak said languidly gesturing across the table, "I'm waiting on word of an...event." he added, "If you must know, news from the Gamma Orionis front."

"the borg front?" Myles suddenly looked concerned, "What are your people pulling out there?"

"Ambassador, Admiral, please-we still have a lot of work to do today." S'Nam, the mediator of the talks was a Romulan-but not of the Empire, he was D'Tan's man.

"I just want to know what the Klingons are stonewalling over." Myles said, less snappily, "It seems pretty straight-forward to me, You're offering to return some of our people, but you won't say who..."

B'tak growled, and stood up, "I won't say who, because I don't KNOW who." He barked, "THAT is what I am waiting to be informed of!"

"waaaiiiit...Gamma Orionis? that's not on the War border-you said-" Myles began.

"I Said, Admiral, that we're preparing to return some of your People-I didn't SAY they were captured on the War front, or Prisoners." B'Tak told her, "I don't have the authority to release hostages-only to authorize their rescue...from our mutual enemy."

"the Borg?" Myles asked.

"The Undine." B'Tak said, "A task force went into Fluidic space on a rescue mission some two weeks ago, acting on information we developed on prisoners taken by the Undine-Witnesses, Evidence. HARD Evidence, that your Federation has been compromised at the highest levels, BY the Undine, evidence you can't deny or ignore or wish away." he folded his hands, "If you, or your predecessors had listened to us, the Borg wouldn't have been able to get a foothold, or advance as quickly as they have."

"Why are you sharing this now?" S'Nam asked.

"Because Task Force Son-Tay is Thirty Hours overdue, My instruction from the High Council was to reveal the operation at these talks, regardless of outcome...about three minutes ago." B'Tak told her, "It is believed that they will attempt to use the Federation transwarp gate, if they are alive and it would be...unfortunate...if the task force were destroyed before they could reveal their mission and intentions."

There was a murmur at the Federation table, and Myles frowned. "Son-Tay, that's not a Klingon phrase or word I'm familiar with..."

"It's human, Admiral, from one of your minority languages, an historical reference." B'Tak said, "The House behind the mission is...new, and only got the High Council and Chancellor's approval with great difficulty. The Warmasters place their odds of success at less than thirty percent."
"when you're out of Birds of Prey, you're out of ships."

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# 14
04-27-2013, 05:11 AM
[okay, break for comments.]

Believe it or not, the two major threads in this story WILL tie together by the ending. (this is another one where I could've used a collaborator..sigh...or at least a better Federation viewpoint than Captain Monroe's...)

Being as i've never read the Star Trek Magazine article that 'resolved' the Undine situation, but I did play the missions out (and found the KDF version severely lacking in both story and consistency!!!) you can correctly surmise that I'm using elements from that, and from "Terradome" as background.

Minus a better idea, I'm also working eight-six out of the picture-she won't be appearing in future stories unless someone can pass me some good ideas to run with.

If you've stuck around this long, you've made it through what I HOPE is the weakest portion of the story (I elected not to go into deep detail as to what was being done to the prisoners-at least, not yet.)

anyway, this is a good intermission between acts, so let's hear some questions and speculations, ideas and arguments before the start of act 3.
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# 15
04-27-2013, 07:20 AM
Brilliant. I got Iain M. Banks vibe from the story but the grittier style works very well.
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# 16
04-27-2013, 02:17 PM
Yeah, the Undine missions were terribad, but I applaud you for building something interesting off of them.

I really love Eighty-six as a character, and I especially enjoy the way you depicted her perception of battle-time. That is exactly how I imagine any machine intellect capable of performing a near-infinite number of functions in any measurable unit of time would actually think. I thought the way she posed philosophical questions to herself while waiting for input was absolutely brilliant. I sort of touched on something similar when my android Barrister was being held as a hostage but I didn't go into nearly the level of depth you took us to with Eighty-six. It would be a real shame if you wrote off a character as fascinating as this. I would love to see her return from time to time as a rogue entity, when she's least expected, least wanted, and most needed for the greater good of the Federation.

I really wish I could collaborate with you on future stories. I have a couple of unused/under-utilized Fed characters who would fit very well into your paradigm. Unfortunately our writing habits are structured too differently for it to work. I have to have my entire story down and I have to be happy with it before I can share it with anyone. Your stream-of-consciousness style - while extremely entertaining - just can't work for me.

That said, I think Kevin Monroe brings a very unique perspective to the Federation - something so radically different from the norm of the prototypical Starfleet Command Officer. I think it would be a real shame his story and personality wasn't mined for all the gold you can dredge out of him. That one line of his, after the Butler is very nearly blown away and Weller gets killed: "He has a name, Lieutenant Commander." (Not "he has a name, Gonzo") - that stuck with me. This is a Captain who clearly cares about each and every member of his crew, but can push past their deaths to do what must be done. I would love to see him developed further.


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# 17
04-27-2013, 04:51 PM
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Yeah, the Undine missions were terribad, but I applaud you for building something interesting off of them.

I really love Eighty-six as a character, and I especially enjoy the way you depicted her perception of battle-time. That is exactly how I imagine any machine intellect capable of performing a near-infinite number of functions in any measurable unit of time would actually think. I thought the way she posed philosophical questions to herself while waiting for input was absolutely brilliant. I sort of touched on something similar when my android Barrister was being held as a hostage but I didn't go into nearly the level of depth you took us to with Eighty-six. It would be a real shame if you wrote off a character as fascinating as this. I would love to see her return from time to time as a rogue entity, when she's least expected, least wanted, and most needed for the greater good of the Federation.

I really wish I could collaborate with you on future stories. I have a couple of unused/under-utilized Fed characters who would fit very well into your paradigm. Unfortunately our writing habits are structured too differently for it to work. I have to have my entire story down and I have to be happy with it before I can share it with anyone. Your stream-of-consciousness style - while extremely entertaining - just can't work for me.

That said, I think Kevin Monroe brings a very unique perspective to the Federation - something so radically different from the norm of the prototypical Starfleet Command Officer. I think it would be a real shame his story and personality wasn't mined for all the gold you can dredge out of him. That one line of his, after the Butler is very nearly blown away and Weller gets killed: "He has a name, Lieutenant Commander." (Not "he has a name, Gonzo") - that stuck with me. This is a Captain who clearly cares about each and every member of his crew, but can push past their deaths to do what must be done. I would love to see him developed further.
Hey, Sander, I got an idea...you can use Eighty-Six if you want, it's not the same as a 'true' collaboration, but it strikes me you might have some interesting directions you can take her that I either haven't thought of, or wouldn't.

Specs on the Project 86 prototype:

Hull configuration: Light Cruiser (T5 Advanced-aka 'not in the game, sadly') based on 3rd Generation Miranda layout.

Top speed: Warp 9.5

Crew (Skeleton): 0
Crew (standard): 153 life forms
Crew (capacity): 451 life forms

Special Equipment:

Advanced Battle Computer MkXIV, Sentience rating Level XIV+ (estimated lifespan before entering AI catatonia, 6 years Standard time) System type: Multinodal positronic matrix with distributed processing and redundant backups. Liquid Helium cooled.


Self-Maintenance drone systems: 91% of all shipboard maintenance can be conducted by automated systems, including repair of mild to mildly severe battle damage not including major structures.

Warp engines: Utopia Planitia MkXII Transwarp Type II drives, Torres Mk II Quantum Slipstream accellerator.

Impulse: Utopia Planitia General Mechanics Model 19A Military specification Class XII engines.

Hull Plating: Federation D-17 specification layered Ablative/Monotanium/Neutronium plating with polarization layer.

Shields: Field Dynamics Advanced resilient Model A w/polarity switching.

Weapons emplacements:
Mixed phaser Cannon and Beam banks with Quantum Mk XI forward and aft torpedo tubes.

Demonstrated powers:

Mask Energy Field (group MES) per KHG/Adapted MACO
Viral Matrix
Subnuke
Sensor Scan
Sensor Analysis
Gravity Well
EPS Transfer
Jam Sensors
Sensor disruption

Notes on Project 86:

Electronic Warfare systems are capable of generating significant radiation hazards at full power, Personnel assigned are cautioned to remain in radiation shielded 'safe areas' while ship is broadcasting at combat levels.

Roughly 44% of the original hull's pressurized areas have been de-pressurized in the outer sections of the hull, those areas have been converted to serve as equipment/spare parts storage or to house Enhanced eletronic/positronic warfare emitters, graviton generators, and particle generators to aid the vessel in it's planned role as a 'black bird' systems warfare and signals intelligence vessel. External layers of the unpressurized but enclosed hull also serve as "Shot sinks" to absorb additional fire without hull breach, leaving the interior of the Project 86 prototype as slightly more claustrophobic than the Defiant class Escort. These depressurized areas are capable of pressurization in the event of taking on additional personnel from rescue and/or colony support mission types, however there are 71% fewer "heads" (bathrooms), and only a small hand-full of food-quality replicators aboard.

Budget History: Project 86 was listed as "Artificial Intelligence Research" for the first 6 years of development, later it was moved to Star Fleet Intelligence branch and listed as "Signals analysis and Interpretation", followed by a short stint listed as "Advanced signals and electronic warfare platform development prototype". funding for the final stages (Including construction of the MkXIV Battle Computer Array and retrofit of the former USS Cyrano Wallace NCC 18761 was conducted under the "Shipyard continuation Budget" of 2408 and 2409, with final budgeting coming from [Classifed-Redacted].

Designer of the MkIV computer was Dr. Emilio Ford (Mars, Born 2356 Died 2409, ruled a suicide, no note or message found at or near the scene), a former fellow at the Daystrom Institute.

Initial programming was provided by [Classified/Redacted] and Dr. Sarah Louise Collins (Born August 3, 2391, Deceased January 7, 2409, ruled suicide, no note) of the Starfleet Academy Ethics in Science board.

Fitting supervision was by Captain Cecil Thurman (Born 2365, Deceased January 3, 2409, suicide-no note) Starfleet Utopia Planitia Shipyards (Records transferred to Starfleet Headquarters Archive 51 at Groom Lake, North America. Groom Lake facilty was shut down may of 2409, all records stored there listed as 'purged'.)

Initial testing/bugfixing conducted by [Classified/Redacted] at Titan Proving grounds under supervision of Admiral Carla Novaes (Deceased, May 1, 2409, ruled undiagnosed heart condition, no autopsy performed). Records of this activity are sealed by order of the President of the Federation, Annek Okeg.
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# 18
04-27-2013, 06:30 PM
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Hey, Sander, I got an idea...you can use Eighty-Six if you want, it's not the same as a 'true' collaboration, but it strikes me you might have some interesting directions you can take her that I either haven't thought of, or wouldn't...
Thank you very much!

Project 86 seems like exactly the sort of thing my character Frank Grimes might have been involved with. I'm sure I'll be able to work Eighty-Six into my LCs from time-to-time.

I would like to reciprocate by sharing Grimes with you. Unfortunately I haven't fully developed him as a character yet, and his ties with Starfleet Tactical Systems (and the history of the organization itself) are way to complicated to try to explain. But if you ever do need to refer to a mad-scientist type working on a black project, feel free to name-drop Cpt. Frank Grimes of STS or his boss, Admiral William Davis. (Picture Grimes as present-day Edward Norton and Davis as John Noble's Walternate from Fringe.)

Everything presently known about STS is covered in my entry for LC 41. To summarize: they publically operate out of Storm Station in synchronous Lunar orbit over the Oceanus Procellarum and secretly out of Starbase 51 in the Beta Antares system and a number of other classified installations. They are currently responsible for the reverse-engineering of Borg technology (Research Program OMEGA) and developing new weapons, defensive technologies and prototype starships that utilize these technologies. They work closely with Starfleet Intelligence, Shipyard Operations, the Advanced Technologies Group and the Daystrom Institute. It is safe to say they have been infiltrated by Section 31. You can feel free to reuse any other information I provide in LC 41 and future LCs and stories.

[edit] While you're at it, feel free to name-drop V. Adm Jesu LaRoca (diplomatic liaison to Starfleet Security as of 2410.01.16) and/or Lt. Gen. Ssharki of KDF Central Command if you need someone to authorize a particularly hazardous or unsavory mission. [/edit]

Thanks again, and thanks for writing your excellent stories!


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# 19
04-27-2013, 09:19 PM
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Thank you very much!

Project 86 seems like exactly the sort of thing my character Frank Grimes might have been involved with. I'm sure I'll be able to work Eighty-Six into my LCs from time-to-time.

I would like to reciprocate by sharing Grimes with you. Unfortunately I haven't fully developed him as a character yet, and his ties with Starfleet Tactical Systems (and the history of the organization itself) are way to complicated to try to explain. But if you ever do need to refer to a mad-scientist type working on a black project, feel free to name-drop Cpt. Frank Grimes of STS or his boss, Admiral William Davis. (Picture Grimes as present-day Edward Norton and Davis as John Noble's Walternate from Fringe.)

Everything presently known about STS is covered in my entry for LC 41. To summarize: they publically operate out of Storm Station in synchronous Lunar orbit over the Oceanus Procellarum and secretly out of Starbase 51 in the Beta Antares system and a number of other classified installations. They are currently responsible for the reverse-engineering of Borg technology (Research Program OMEGA) and developing new weapons, defensive technologies and prototype starships that utilize these technologies. They work closely with Starfleet Intelligence, Shipyard Operations, the Advanced Technologies Group and the Daystrom Institute. It is safe to say they have been infiltrated by Section 31. You can feel free to reuse any other information I provide in LC 41 and future LCs and stories.

[edit] While you're at it, feel free to name-drop V. Adm Jesu LaRoca (diplomatic liaison to Starfleet Security as of 2410.01.16) and/or Lt. Gen. Ssharki of KDF Central Command if you need someone to authorize a particularly hazardous or unsavory mission. [/edit]

Thanks again, and thanks for writing your excellent stories!
darn it, now you've got me thinking of a story idea for later-you are familiar with the tropes of the Techno-thriller genre? I'm thinking of a montage at this point-Grimes finding a list of deceased Starfleet and Federation personnel involved with "Project 86" as part of another investigation, and that list changing the target of said investigation and in turn, leading to a confrontation and lines to the effect of:

"You people, you took Shortcuts, Who Was she? what did you people DO?"

This being Star Trek, the malefactors would be brought to justice-if not to court. It's the sort of story that can really only be told from the Starfleet perspective, with maybe a couple cameos from my other characters, mostly as part of Grimes' investigations...
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Look into Vanilla PvP if you're tired of the endless pursuit of grind, utterly unbalanced selections of geardo-inspired traits, and generally unbalanced and careless 'development' made mostly to turn this game into a second job.
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# 20
04-27-2013, 09:49 PM
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darn it, now you've got me thinking of a story idea for later-you are familiar with the tropes of the Techno-thriller genre?
I... kinda write them in my spare time (self-published one so far) so, yup.

Quote:
I'm thinking of a montage at this point-Grimes finding a list of deceased Starfleet and Federation personnel involved with "Project 86" as part of another investigation, and that list changing the target of said investigation and in turn, leading to a confrontation and lines to the effect of:

"You people, you took Shortcuts, Who Was she? what did you people DO?"

This being Star Trek, the malefactors would be brought to justice-if not to court. It's the sort of story that can really only be told from the Starfleet perspective, with maybe a couple cameos from my other characters, mostly as part of Grimes' investigations...
Sounds awesome. Go for it!


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