Summary of Events
The USS Exeter has left the Ocampa homeworld, setting course for Kazon-Oglamar space. It is a journey that can take several weeks. Accompanying the Exeter is a Predator Class Kazon Warship. Due to the length of the journey, and the lack of detailed starcharts for the region, the Exeter will follow waypoints established by USS Voyager, and add to the few locations already known. Ambassador Endara Khan will attempt to begin negotiations between the Federation, Ogla, and Oglamar parties, despite the potential risk.
The USS Guadalcanal is due to arrive at Oshionian Six in three days where it will resume its investigation of artificial planets as well as possible Romulan involvement.
An automated distress signal, coming from the Archanis sector, signalled the imminent destruction of a Woden Class freighter, the SS Antares. There was no indication of the attacker, but based on the location, speculation points to Klingon forces.
There are no further reports of secret meetings between Federation and Klingon envoys.
USS Xerxes reports that it has resumed course for the Archer system, but a warp imbalance forced it to drop to sublight in the Mempa system.
"What Are Your Orders, Captain?"
"Forward or Back?" Resolution
Considering the imposition of the Organian Peace Treaty, and the unpredictability of its effect on his ship, Captain Lionidas has been given a great deal of latitude regarding the ongoing status of his mission. The colony in the Archer system has yet to be heard from, and despite assurances from the Organians, Starfleet is still concerned that the Klingons could be occupying it. The Xerxes has been given this simple choice:
A: Continue on to Archer, risking a greater concentration of Klingon forces but with the advantage of already having crossed deeply into Klingon space, or:
B: Return to Federation space while the peace holds and the ship can travel in relative safely. A larger ship would be assigned to make the perilous trip to Archer. This might also allow for a diplomatic effort that could resolve the situation without further risk of hostilities.
Captain Lionidas doesn't have to think too long. The journey through Klingon space will take four days, but it was preferable to spending two days going back, just to force another starship make the same perilous journey. And aside from that, Captain Lionidas was not the kind of officer to pass on a dangerous job to someone else.
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Upon entering the binary Mempa system, sensors on the USS Xerxes detected a defense platform emerging from the radiation zone between the two stars. Another lightning-fast decision is thrust upon Captain Lionidas. He cannot know that the defense platform didn't detect their arrival and automatically report them. It's sensors may have been obscured by the radiation, but they can't afford to stay long enough to scan the platform. They can either:
A: Destroy the platform immediately. If they destroy it, the Klingons will know someone has been there. Whether or not the Klingons will know who destroyed it will remain a mystery. The other choice is to:
B: Quickly jump back into warp and hope that the platform didn't detect them. If the platform detected them, they can expect pursuit. If it didn't, they might get away clean.
Choose A or B, or a third course of action, and write a brief explanation
(From last week)
"We're hoping the log will provide some answers"
(Note: I decided to make things a little more interesting this week by incorporating the random planetary mission exercise into the 'Captain's Log' portion of the Command College. A 4d6 roll gave the planetary classification of:
Class N Reducing
Age: 3-10 billion years
Diameter: 10,000-15,000 km
Surface: High surface temperarure due to greenhouse effect; water exists only as vapor
Atmosphere: Extremely dense, carbon dioxide and sulfides
Life forms: Unknown
A 3d6 roll gave me this random planetary mission:
15) The landing party finds itself back (seemingly) on it's homeworld. (Earth, Qo'noS, or whatever). But according to sensors on the ship, they're still where they were before.
This is what I wrote for it:
(Remember, the statement I had to expand on was: "We're hoping the log will provide some answers")
"Captain's Starlog. October Fifth, 2166. Challenger, NX-07. Captain Sam Carpenter in command. While investigating an uncharted planet in the Hekaras system, we were surprised to discover a planet that presented us with a series of inexplicable mysteries. Upon achieving orbit, we noted the planet's strong resemblance to the planet Venus, including a high surface temperarure due to greenhouse effect; water existing only as vapor, and an extremely dense atmosphere, consisting mainly of carbon dioxide and sulfides. That wasn't too surprising, considering its proximity to the local sun. But we received an automated signal using Morse code. This warranted suiting up in environmental suits and investigating in a shuttlepod. Upon landing on the planet, we found circumstances that quite frankly didn't match what we detected from orbit. Surface scans showed an abundance of water and terrestrial plant and animal life, as well as perfectly breathable air. Further investigation, including a high-altitude fly-over revealed a pattern of continents exactly matching those on Earth. None of us recall any such dramatic change during the descent to the surface, and the shuttlepod's sensor logs seem to be unreadable.
A scan of the pollution content in the atmosphere, as well as an examination of star positions after nightfall seemed to indicate that we were on Earth in our present time, despite the absence of any humanoid habitation or technology. We found no evidence of artificial satellites or lunar colonies that should be abundant. For all intents and purposes, we were alone, on Earth on the date October Fifth, 2166, while Challenger remained in orbit still scanning a planet much like Venus, along with the lifesigns of everyone in the landing party. As for the source of the Morse Code signal, we found no device capable of sending such a signal, nor evidence that it had ever been there. The only anomalous reading was what my science officer tells me is a chroniton signature. Time travel. In any case, we returned to Challenger, leaving behind what still appears to be a planet indistinguishable from Venus, with an automated Morse Code signal still transmitting. The sensor log from the shuttle has been uploaded to the main computer for analysis. We're hoping the log will provide some answers.
For Next Week:
(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)
"Whatever it is, contact in six seconds."
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