Summary of Events
Ambassador Endara Khan has released the USS Guadalcanal from assistance duty at the Ocampa Homeworld. The USS Exeter will continue in its support role, as Ambassador Khan follows the Kazon Ogla First Maje Jabin into Kazon held space for further negotiations. She advised the diplomatic corp that her consultations with the Kazon leadership are 'ongoing and open-ended'. Starfleet has assigned the Exeter to extended duty, for as long as Ambassador Khan requires. While acknowledging the cost and resources required for assigning a starship to such open-ended duty, it is intended to demonstrate the importance to the Federation that the diplomatic initiative succeed. In the meantime, the USS Guadalcanal will resume its investigation into Romulan activity in the vicinity of the Oshionian, Keloda, and Jibalia systems.
A convoy of four Federation Norway Class frigates carrying a shipment of dilithium to the Archer system was attacked by a lone Klingon Vorcha class battlecruiser. One frigate was destroyed, but the surviving ships attacked and destroyed the attacking ship. It should be noted that the battlecruiser ignored all attempts at communication. Aside from this incident, there have been relatively few confirmed hostilities between the Federation and the Klingon Empire since the incident involving the C.S. Horizon more than a month ago. There are, however, unconfirmed reports of pirate activity within the Empire. That is seen as either attacks of opportunity by renegades, or attempts by more radical elements within the High Council to take advantage of political instability. There has also been a marked decrease in signal traffic coming from the Romulan Empire.
Starfleet Command reports that there has been no contact with the Fast (Penetration) Cruiser USS Xerxes since it left for a mission to the Archer system. Despite assurances from the Organians, there have been isolated incidents along remote frontier areas that the Klingons insist are the work of random elements, in no way authorized by the High Council.
The Klingon battlecruiser LIng'taH left Qo'noS orbit on undisclosed maneuvers near the Romulan border.
What Are Your Orders, Captain?
(Moderator's Note: There are no predetermined right or wrong answers. The most popular solution will give the players who chose it a "Command College Point". Ten of those equal an experience point. Think of it as a correspondence course while onboard ship.)
In the mid twenty-third century, the Fast (Penetration) Cruiser USS Xerxes found itself behind Klingon lines and cut off. When hostilities broke out between the Federation and the Klingon Empire, centering around the planet Organia, the Xerxes was ordered to cross Klingon territory to reinforce the outpost in the Archer system. Days later, when opposing fleets were immobilized and a peace treaty imposed, the Xerxes was cut off. Trapped and alone in the remote Rura Penthe system, the Xerxes comes upon a derelict Klingon warship. Scans indicate that the crew is alive, but systems are failing. Captain Lionidas sees two obvious choices. He can either:
A: Trust in the imposed terms of the Organian Peace Treaty and beam over. If his engineers can repair the warship's failing systems, it could help to strengthen the peace. Or he can...
B: Take advantage of the warship's distress to escape the area and either proceed to Archer or return to base.
Take into account that the warship has probably sent a distress signal. While the Klingon fleet will take some time to investigate, it might assume that a Federation starship caused the damage and open fire. Choose A or B, or a third course of action and write a brief explanation.
(Expand the following into a log entry of at least 100 words. Members post answers to the yahoogroup or the 'comment' feature on the blogsite. Lurkers feel free to leave comments on the blogsite)
"This is the first time that such a weapon had been used by such a ship."
The initial convoy raid playtest really highlighted the difference between a freighter and a frigate, and the unpredictability that the dice roll puts into the game. It also pointed out the need to apply advanced tactics to any scenario. It also convinced me that it was time for shuttle/fighter rules, different grades of weapons (including defensive phasers) and tractor rules. That should complete the heavy combat rule set. Thank Goodness. And Merry Christmas, everyone.
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