((Conference Room One, Embassy, Duronis II))
The Walking Wounded. That's what the senior staff looked like as they sat
around the conference table having had no time to refresh and recoup after
The room was brightly lit, with the exception of the LED trim around the
room pulsing subtly, reminding everyone that the Embassy was on Red Alert.
There were guards posted at the door, and patrols every few meters in the
halls. It was a battle footing if he every saw one. The entire staff could
use a stint in the Medical Center, but more concern was over Commander
Teller. He was in very bad shape, and it gnawed on him. It could have very
well been him lying under a shuttle bulk head. Ensign Wilkins leaned over to
Wilkins: Any news on how the Executive Officer is recovering?
His voice caught everyone by surprise, and they looked at him in amazement.
He was hobbling in, virtually being held up by Doctor Quen who gently
deposited him in his seat. He smiled over at Ensign Wilkins, wincing a bit
as he sat down.
Teller: Very well, thank you Ensign Wilkins. I'm glad to see all of you
back here and in one piece. Mr. Pandorn, if I didn't properly express my
appreciation at the time, allow me to now - thanks for getting that shuttle
off my arm.
Pandorn: No thanks needed, Commander. You'd have done the same if i was the
one who had a shuttle dropped on him. ::indicates Sirok next to him:: This
is Ensign Sirok. Another engineer which we sorely needed.
Geoff nodded towards the new officer and smiled.
Teller: Pleasure to meet you, Mr. Sirok. We can always use another good
engineer - welcome. ::looks at the others:: While we wait, maybe you can
bring me up to speed. I reviewed the Thor's mission files when I was
transferred here, so I know there was an incursion into Romulan space
recently, but I don't know the context. Can you take me through the
Pandorn: The short version is that t e Tal Shiar was cooking up a bio-weapon
that they intended to unleash on a few Federation and Romulan Republic
worlds. We had to breach Romulan space and destroy the virus and the
facility producing it. And a pleasure cruiser that was hijacked for test
subjects. Very insidious plan they had.
Quen: A virus. I'll spare you the details, but our former Chief of Surgery
rather ...creatively described it as 'the zombie virus'. Nasty piece of
The attention turned quickly to Admiral Turner who stood at the table,
dressed in a battle vest, and armed with a Type 2 phaser holstered at her
hip. They were at Red Alert, and it was understandable that she would arm
herself, being a juicy HVT.
Turner: First of all I want to welcome Ensigns Alieth, Sirok, Wilkins, and
2nd Lt. Greaves to the Senior Staff.. You couldn't have come at a better
time as far as our need for you, nor the worst time, considering we are at
war with the Tel Shiar. And make no mistake firing on one of our shuttles
causing it to crash and kidnapping one of us was indeed an act of war we
cannot, nor will not, ignore.
She waved her hand, and a chart of the Typhon Expanse came up above the
Turner: Additionally, Intelligence reported, a ship, most likely a Warbird,
barely on the edge of their sensor range and deep inside Romulan territory
had left its base like a bat out of hell a few minutes earlier. It was
pushing its engines so hard, it disrupted its cloaking device just enough to
leave a small particle footprint behind. A few possible destinations have
been projected, including: ::pointing on the chart to blank space:: a
previously uncharted system within the Typhon Expanse. Long-range sensor
readings of that system were distorted, but they showed the unmistakable
traces of a material that was close to the top of the Federations hazardous
substances list. Proto-matter, and a lot of it. Enough, if used as a
weapon, could totally devastate any system in the Universe.
Krindo scowled at the map as she recounted the intelligence. Proto-matter.
There was a reason that it was on the Federations hazardous list. Very
unpredictable and somewhat unstable, it makes an anti-matter warp core
explosion looked like a fireworks display on July 4th. And it left no trace
afterwards, a perfect weapon. This stuff was bad news. And the Tal Shiar
wants it. Badly.
Turner: For this mission, we will need two teams. The Search Team to find
and recover Lt. Cmdr. Addison MacKenzie and her captors, comprised of the
Lt. Cmdr. Teller, Major Parker, Lt. Col. Mitchell, 2nd Lt. Greaves and other
Marines designated by Major Parker. Interception Team will accompany me on
the USS Thunder - A, with Lt. Commander Alex Brodie as Acting First
Officer, Lt. Ben Garcia at helm, Lt. Commander Krindo Pandorn and Ensign
Sirok as engineers, Lt. Quen Deena (Acting CMO) and Ensign Alieth in
Medical, Lt. Lorian Lovar and Ensign Wilkins in Science. My reason for
taking the Thunder is tactical. Although a smaller ship, she is a
battlecruiser and has the weaponry to back her up. And like the Thor she is
equipped with Quantum Slip-Stream Warp Drive (QSD) We don't know what we
will need out there, but the Thunder will likely have more of it. Any
questions, comments or suggestions? If not, Interception Team can beam up
to the Thunder and the Search Team can be on its way.
Mitchell: Ma'am, I have Lightning and Falcon squadrons currently helping the
Bronwyn and Bondi on barrier patrol around the planet. Six Lancers and six
updated Peregines. Their normally based space side on the Thunder. Do you
want them along with you for this run?
Mitchell: Yes ma'am.
Krindo looked conflicted about something. Something just wasn't making any
sense. We have a kidnapping, and an unexpected and hasty launch by the
Romulans to the Typhon Expanse. They would need to go through Federation
space to get to the Typhon Expanse quickly. The timing couldn't have been a
Pandorn: There is something that is puzzling me about this kidnapping. It
seems like two separate incidents doesn't it? This might be the Tactical
Officer in me, but what if they are linked somehow?
Pandorn: We used an inventive diversion to get to Thendara Two and Jorok
Three, maybe they are trying something similar? They will need to go through
this sector to get to the Typhon Expanse quickly instead of going the long
way around. I think the hit team is on a suicide mission. ::shudders at the
Anyone else: Response
When the conversation had died down a bit, Teller stood slowly and addressed
Teller: You folks heard the Admiral - Intercept Team, rally out front of
the admin building in five minutes for transport to the Thunder. Ground
team, we'll be using the Ops center as a war room until further notice -
Major Parker, Lt. Col Mitchell & 2nd Lt. Greaves - meet me there and we'll
start formulating a tactical plan. ::He offered them a tight, knowing
smile:: I realize this isn't how anybody expected today to go...but this is
the life we chose. Good hunting to you all. Dismissed.
Krindo winced himself as he saw Geoff rise slowly wincing in pain. It was
good that he was consigned to Ops for this one. But Krindo understood his
devotion. He was the forme XO after all, and he would have been just as
tubborn as Geoff is. He looked at the Xo with a bit of concern.
Pandorn: Are you sure you're up for this, Geoff? You look like you went a
few rounds with a pissed off Nausiccan. As if they're never pissed
Pandorn: Aye, sir. ::to Sirok:: Let's go, Ensign. we need to prepare the
TAG and TBC
Lieutenant Commander Krindo Pandorn
Embassy at Duronis II - USS Thor NCC-82607
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