((Briefing Room =E2=80=93 The Hub =E2=80=93 StarBase 118.))
Up, dressed and out for a run around Federation Park.
Home, showered, breakfast with Milly and Erin before getting into a fresh u=
niform and off to the Hub. That had been Max's morning so far, and he still=
wasn't the earliest to arrive.
He nodded to Blackwell and a couple of others as he grabbed a large glass o=
f water and plonked himself into his customary spot, second along on Sal's =
Taybrim: Thank you all for joining me today. As many of you may have guess=
ed 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 g=
ive a brief overview of the sector and the elements we are working with for=
out newest crew. However=E2=80=A6
A security field fizzed into life as Sal tinkered with a few commands.
Taybrim: I must let you all know that the information we are about to discu=
ss 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 h=
as any objection to this please let me know, now and I will make sure you a=
re safely reassigned to non-critical duties.
Sal's eyes searched the room as he sought out any uneasiness amongs=
t his senior officers.
The tension was almost palpable, and Max couldn't help himself.
Maxwell: My turn tae stay behind and make the tea, aye?
((OOC =E2=80=93 if your character would protest IC you can certainly do so =
=E2=80=93 if that happens we'll roleplay that in a separate sim fro=
As the room settled, Sal punched one last command button.
Taybrim: Security lockdown Taybrim one-five.
A privacy field of a truly serious nature was raised, cutting them off enti=
rely from the rest of the station. Even the regular background hum =E2=80=
=93 the one you got used to and blanked out =E2=80=93 was gone. It was quit=
e jarring for a few moments, making it seem like Sal was talking louder tha=
Taybrim: ::He spoke in calm, even tones as he address the crew, again fixin=
g his gaze on each and every one of them in turn.:: The reason we are takin=
g such precautions is because the matter we are dealing with is one of dipl=
omatic delicacy and there are criminal elements that actively want to see u=
s fail in this. I will start with an overview.
Blackwell leaned forwards, taking one of the PADD's that Sal had pushed for=
wards. Max followed suit.
Taybrim: The information you are seeing is a loose explanation about the Cu=
lt 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 doctr=
ine 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 perversi=
on 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 Klin=
gon Civil war, propelled by bioweaponry to enact a coup and seize power.
Taybrim: Now you may be asking, why are the Klingons not directly dealing w=
ith this =E2=80=93 and why haven't they already acted. Excellent q=
uestions. The answer is a bit more complicated, but in general the Klingon=
s are also stubborn and most do not see a dingy old cult to be an actual th=
reat. And they don't want to believe that the cult spans far beyon=
d only Klingon support. However we have uncovered =E2=80=93 and recently c=
ommunicated =E2=80=93 a strong connection between the Orion Syndicate and t=
he 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 profi=
t from weapons dealing.
Taybrim: ::He nodded slowly:: This is where it gets sticky. The Cult of Mo=
lor has support from those far outside its membership, even if that=E2=80=
=99s 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 b=
e hurt by a civil war. As much as we would like to think everyone has move=
d past old prejudices, our sources and information clearly show that some h=
ave not. So the Cult is receiving support from a wide range of underground=
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 i=
n a carbon based lifeform. While it is harmful and easily deadly to all sp=
ecies it is especially lethal to Klingons. This toxin goes by the street n=
ame of =E2=80=98Death Fog' and it has been smuggled into Klingon Sp=
ace by the cult. We recently successfully tested a prototype scrubbing rob=
ot that will remove this toxin from the air and have been hard at work repl=
icating them. We had hoped to have all of the scrubbers in place before th=
e cult was alerted, but it seems they have some source of intel that prompt=
ed them to make a first move.
Max simply sat in silence as Sal gave the briefing. He knew most of the inf=
ormation about the cult from first hand experience. The mention of the Deat=
h Fog cast his mind back to a previous mission. One that could so very easi=
ly have cost him his life. He felt one side of his face, his arm and his to=
rso start to prickle with the imagined heat from the memory the pain, and t=
he smell of burni-. Blinking, he slammed the door shut on the memory before=
it could emerge fully and took a sip of his water.
Taybrim: At 0427 hours yesterday we received a coded message from one of ou=
r allies in the Klingon empire that Captain Lofsha of the House of Dempok w=
as captured along with her warbird in a most dishonorable sneak attack whil=
e 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 in=
to what amounts to political suicide. They are under the spotlight, but we=
have the ability to act.
Blackwell took a sip of her coffee and Max took a sip of his water. He look=
ed at her from across the table, imagining he could see thoughts that mirro=
red his own about hostage-taking.
Maxwell: We... ::He coughed to clear his dry throat.:: Excuse me. We have a=
Taybrim: Our destination is Vankoth II, an old Klingon military base from t=
he Romulan-Klingon conflict. The Klingon Military pulled out decades ago a=
fter the neutral zones were established. We're not sure when the c=
ult 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 sa=
lvaged 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. Secon=
d 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 retrievin=
g the hostages.
Oh good. Nothing too demanding then.
As teams began to be assigned, Max took out his own PADD, making a start on=
organising the tactical readiness of the Narendra. Sensors and systems che=
cks, weapons readiness and munitions payload status. He set the message to =
send to his section heads the moment the security field was dropped.
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 th=
at 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 Ens=
ign Casparian =E2=80=93 you're all with me.
Maxwell: Aye, sir.
Taybrim: We will launch the USS Narendra in two hours, but we will have sev=
enteen hours before we reach our destination. That should give each team e=
nough time to convene, place and still be freshly rested for the mission. =
Are there any last questions?
Lt-Commander Arturo Maxwell.
Chief Tactical Officer.
Starbase 118 Operations.
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