((Briefing Room =E2=80=93 The Hub =E2=80=93 StarBase 118))
:Rue was early to the briefing for once. She had woken early, taken time to
exercise, clear her mind, and prepare for the briefing ahead. She gave a
smile towards Taybrim as she walked in, settling into a seat after she
grabbed a drink and a light nibble, preparing herself to absorb the
information. While she was relaxed, and the air was still largely at ease,
she could see on Sal's face that they were very much back to busine=
Taybrim: Thank you all for joining me today. As many of you may have
guessed our new mission builds directly off the work we recently completed
with our Klingon allies and the information we were able to gather. I want
to give a brief overview of the sector and the elements we are working with
for out newest crew. However=E2=80=A6
::She noted the security fields that flashed about the corners of the room,
guarding them from curious ears that did not need to hear what was about to
be said. Her eyes moved to the view screen as it lit up.::
Taybrim: I must let you all know that the information we are about to
discuss is sensitive and classified. It is to remain confidential between
those in this room and only others who are on a need to know basis. If
anyone has any objection to this please let me know, now and I will make
sure you are safely reassigned to non-critical duties.
:Sal's eyes searched the room, looking at their faces for any sense=
unease, any sense of concern, while her's was one of solid determin=
((OOC =E2=80=93 if your character would protest IC you can certainly do so =
that happens we'll roleplay that in a separate sim from here.))
::As those who agreed settled, Sal Taybrim punched one last command button:=
Taybrim: Security lockdown Taybrim one-five.
::She almost could feel the hum of the security fields as they flared, the
hairs on the back of her neck rising in response.::
Taybrim: ::He spoke in calm, even tones as he address the crew, again
fixing his gaze on each and every one of them in turn.:: The reason we are
taking such precautions is because the matter we are dealing with is one of
diplomatic delicacy and there are criminal elements that actively want to
see us fail in this. I will start with an overview.
::She leaned forward, taking one of the secure PADDS in hand, and pulling
it back to review. They were disconnected from the main system - which for
anyone viewing the information was a clear indicator of how clandestine
this mission was::
Taybrim: The information you are seeing is a loose explanation about the
Cult of Molor. They are a Klingon-based cult that worships the teachings
of Molor over Kahless, whom they view as a traitor and a usurper. Their
doctrine includes the belief that truth lies in pain, striking from the
shadows is wise and that the strong must be dominated. In general it is a
perversion of the typical Klingon culture you are aware of. Specifically
the Cult of Molor as it stands today seeks to destabilize the Klingon
Empire though assassination of key members of the High Council as well as
inciting a Klingon Civil war, propelled by bioweaponry to enact a coup and
::She considered the historical and political implications as everyone
absorbed the information, and there was an inward twinge of tension just in
Taybrim: Now you may be asking, why are the Klingons not directly dealing
with this =E2=80=93 and why haven't they already acted. Excellent =
answer is a bit more complicated, but in general the Klingons are also
stubborn and most do not see a dingy old cult to be an actual threat. And
they don't want to believe that the cult spans far beyond only Klin=
support. However we have uncovered =E2=80=93 and recently communicated =E2=
=80=93 a strong
connection between the Orion Syndicate and the Cult of Molor. Simply put
the Syndicate seeks to profit from war and is bolstering the cult to incite
war so they can step in and make a fat profit from weapons dealing.
::Again he let that sink in and paused long enough for questions.::
Blackwell::She listened closely to the questions the other's asked,=
up on the threads of thought in the room::
Taybrim: ::He nodded slowly:: This is where it gets sticky. The Cult of
Molor has support from those far outside its membership, even if that=E2=80=
only support in turning a blind eye to a specific report or funneling a bit
of money or a freighter in a specific direction to be raided. ::His tone
was sober and slowly turned dark.:: This includes support from inside the
Federation from individuals who would like to see the Klingon Empire be
hurt by a civil war. As much as we would like to think everyone has moved
past old prejudices, our sources and information clearly show that some
have not. So the Cult is receiving support from a wide range of
Blackwell:Rue wrinkled her nose at that, very lightly. It was beyond
frustrating that such old and archaic ideals such as prejudice gripped
others in this day and age - but the truth was, some instincts would never
be fully evolved out of a species::
Taybrim: One of the main weapons the cult has is a compound called silicon
platinochloride. It is an airborne toxin that destroys the blood vessels
in a carbon based lifeform. While it is harmful and easily deadly to all
species it is especially lethal to Klingons. This toxin goes by the street
name of =E2=80=98Death Fog' and it has been smuggled into Klingon S=
pace by the
cult. We recently successfully tested a prototype scrubbing robot that
will remove this toxin from the air and have been hard at work replicating
them. We had hoped to have all of the scrubbers in place before the cult
was alerted, but it seems they have some source of intel that prompted them
to make a first move.
::Again he let that sink in, there was a summary of the information on the
Taybrim: At 0427 hours yesterday we received a coded message from one of
our allies in the Klingon empire that Captain Lofsha of the House of Dempok
was captured along with her warbird in a most dishonorable sneak attack
while the IKW qulCha'par was on routine patrol. Their systems were blacked
out with an electromagnetic pulse that reacted with the nebulaic gases and
all seventeen members of the crew were taken alive. Six hours later the
cult issued a list of demands designed to manipulate our allies in the
Empire into what amounts to political suicide. They are under the
spotlight, but we have the ability to act.
::And there it was. They were taking a starship into the nebula to stealth
through unclaimed territory to a hidden planet to rescue some hostages and
hopefully destroy the cult's weapon caches along the way.::
Blackwell:She took a sip of her coffee to attempt to hide the way her teeth
clenched at the thought of hostages. The use of innocents in a =E2=80=9Cend=
justifies the means=E2=80=9D plot grated at her very being. Rue did not adh=
strict codes of honor, and considered herself flexible=E2=80=A6but this was=
point where she sorely pressed in terms of considering any sort of
honorable surrender of the Cultists::
Taybrim: Our destination is Vankoth II, an old Klingon military base from
the Romulan-Klingon conflict. The Klingon Military pulled out decades ago
after the neutral zones were established. We're not sure when the =
moved in, but they've certainly laid claim to the place. We=E2=80=
=99ll be taking
the USS Narendra close to the destination and using a salvaged Klingon
shuttlecraft to approach. Vankoth II is a weapons cache for the cult, and
intel indicates it is also a storage area for Death Fog.
Taybrim: We have three main goals. First is to rescue the hostages.
Second is to neutralize the Death Fog and third is to destroy the stolen
weapons. Commander Nijil will be leading away team one with the goal of
retrieving the hostages.
Taybrim: Commander McLaren, Marine Captain Luthas, Lieutenant Stendhal and
Ensign deBarres will be working with Commander Nijil on this team.
Taybrim: Again your goal is to safely extract Captain Lofsha and the
sixteen crew of the qulCha'par. Lofsha is not aware of Starfleet's=
this, but is aware of the cult and has a background in border
negotiations. She should be willing to help you if you can convince her
that your presence and actions benefit her and her crew.
Taybrim: Second is to cleanse or eradicate the stores of Death Fog.
Commander Galven will be lead for this mission.
Taybrim: You will be using Taelon's design to help you complete the
scrubbing and you'll have to be careful in getting close enough to =
the robots. Ensigns Taelon, Steiger, Kudon and Lieutenant Bailey will be
on this team.
Taybrim: yes, you will also be headed to the surface of Valkoth II. The
scans and fuzzy schematics Starfleet intel was able to gather will be
available to both ground teams.
Taybrim: Last, but certainly not least, the rest of us will stay on the USS
Narendra. We have two primary goals =E2=80=93 defend against any ships tha=
t may be
in the area and locate their weapons cache to be able to capture or destroy
it. That means Commander Maxwell, Lieutenant Blackwell, and Ensign
Casparian =E2=80=93 you're all with me.
Blackwell::She gave a nod towards Maxwell and Casparian, and her eyes went
back to Sal::
Taybrim: We will launch the USS Narendra in two hours, but we will have
seventeen hours before we reach our destination. That should give each
team enough time to convene, place and still be freshly rested for the
mission. Are there any last questions?
*Lt. Prudence Blackwell*
*Starbase 118 OPS*
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