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*(( Main Engineering, Level A, Deck 20 )) *

*Kells*: Damn. What is the planet's crust composed of?=20

The scientist in Aron wanted to dive into the *Thor*'s impressive sensor=20
suite himself -- he could, he thought, spend hours learning what strange=20
ecologies existed on this lost world -- but he restrained himself, and=20
listened carefully to Garcia's report.=20

*Garcia*: Geological analysis is sketchy. Several meters of sedimentary=20
rocks. After that a mix of sedimentary and igneous. (to Kells & Sirok)=20
There's also some blank spots. Unable to determine if its interfere=
nce or=20
something not classifiable by the data stores.=20

Nothing very notable, at least in the broad strokes. Of course, that might=
=20
mean very little if it came to a smaller-scale problem. If there were=20
unexpected minerals down there, then they could easily be concentrated in=
=20
pockets, or concentrated in a small area, and so difficult to detect=20
without finer resolution.

*Kells*: Let the computer run a fine-scale mineralogical analysis on the=20
ten square kilometers surrounding the away teams. It'll probably take a=20
while, but better to get started now.

*Sirok*: We can help them if we link the sensors to their tricorder through=
=20
the communicator. By combining the data from the tricorder and our sensors,=
=20
creating a better mapping. Data not obtained by one will be completed by=20
the other. In any case, if they go down there will be a time when they'll=
=20
be alone, we can't help them unless we conduct invasive surveys.=20

*Kells: *Good idea. Do it.=20

*Garcia*: That workaround would take the load off our grid and ensure we=20
can still monitor the away teams without risking a critical outage. It does=
=20
mean we'd be working in retrospect =E2=80=93 we could only tell the=
teams what=20
they've encountered, not what they're about to encounter.=
=20

*Kells*: We can at least help them from looping back on themselves while=20
the computer works.=20

It would be useful to the away teams, Aron was sure. But, then, any=20
information they could offer to the away teams would likely be useful.

*Sirok*: If you want I can make the improvements and you can control the=20
data from the bridge. (beat) I will follow the situation from here, it will=
=20
be faster if we need more modifications to follow them.=20

Aron tossed a quick look around at the large, busy room. He felt a little=
=20
like he'd be leaving Sirok without the resources he needed, but he also=20
knew that Sirok would know his staff and facilities best. He nodded.=20

*Kells*: We'll do just that.

*Sirok*: One question, Captain. Has Commander Teller's team taken pattern=
=20
enhancers? If not, I think it would be a good idea to send them some before=
=20
they go any further.=20

*Kells*: I don't believe so, but I can certainly see the utility.=20
Lieutenant?=20

*Garcia*: There's a lot of unknowns. Having them down there might s=
ave us=20
some heartache later on. (Ben shook his head a half turn.) Recommend we=20
post a guard. We don't want to leave tech unattended with so many u=
nknowns.=20
If it gets into the wrong hands. (Ben paused a beat.) Throw in the temporal=
=20
element and =E2=80=A6 (Ben shrugged.)=20

*Kells*: That's fair, though between the two teams, they have Pandorn, Dar,=
=20
Parker, and Greaves down there. Unless you think the enhancers should serve=
=20
as a kind of base camp?

He glanced from Garcia to Sirok, wondering what the chief would think about=
=20
that.

*Sirok*: Response

*Garcia*: Understood. Monitoring the pattern enhances by sensor, that=E2=80=
=99s=20
something we can wrangle.=20

*Kells*: Fine. Let's go ahead and do it.

*Sirok*: Response

However, as was often the way of things, that decision was the cue for a=20
brief alarm at Garcia's station. The sound wasn't one Aron recognized, but=
=20
that was to be expected, since both the *Thor *and its class, the *Vesta*,=
=20
was new to him. Still, it was disconcerting not to know the little sounds=
=20
around one's ship.

*Garcia*: Captain. Chief. We've got a development.=20

*Sirok*: Response

*Garcia*: Rapid clustering of ion charges. About seven miles west of the=20
Vel Maijan. Heading in an easterly direction.=20

*Kells*: Cause? (beat, to both) Or speculation?

Even as he asked, Aron's mind catalogued what could provoke such a reading,=
=20
from an electrical storm to -- well, much more dire consequences. But he=20
also didn't think Garcia's station would trigger an alarm for a=20
thunderstorm.=20

*Sirok/Garcia*: Responses

*Kells: *Let's get those pattern enhancers down, at least.

*Sirok/Garcia*: Responses

But no sooner had they spoken than did Garcia's comm badge chirp. Aron=20
almost tapped the channel open on his own badge before he realized that the=
=20
summons wasn't his.=20

*Brodie*: =3D/\=3D Brodie to Garcia. =3D/\=3D=20

*Garcia*: =3D/\=3D Response =3D/\=3D=20

*Brodie*: =3D/\=3D Ben, it seems were having some trouble with comms to=20
Commander Teller's team. I wonder if it's something in the =
tunnel system =E2=80=93=20
any thoughts? =3D/\=3D=20

Hm. Well, *that* wasn't encouraging.=20

*Garcia*: =3D/\=3D Response =3D/\=3D=20

Now Aron tapped into the call.

*Kells: *=3D/\=3D Commander, Mr. Garcia and I are coming up to the bridge.=
=20
Chief Sirok has things under control down here, and I want to handle this=
=20
before it gets out of hand. =3D/\=3D

*Brodie/Alieth: *=3D/\=3D Responses =3D/\=3D

*Sirok/Garcia*: (=3D/\=3D) Responses (=3D/\=3D)

*Kells: *=3D/\=3D We'll be up shortly. Comm us if anything develops in the =
next=20
few minutes. =3D/\=3D

*Brodie/Alieth: *=3D/\=3D Responses =3D/\=3D

*Sirok/Garcia*: (=3D/\=3D) Responses (=3D/\=3D)

Aron tapped his part of the conversation closed, and then turned to speak=
=20
directly to Sirok.

*Kells: *Let me know if you need anything at all, Chief.=20

*Sirok: *Response

And, with that, and with a glance to Garcia to accompany him, Aron strode=
=20
from the room.

Tags! and TBC!

---
Fleet Captain Aron Kells
Commanding Officer
USS *Thor*
V238208LV0
&
SB118 Captains Council Magistrate (so ask me anything!)

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(( Main Engineering, Level A, Deck 20 ))
<=
br>Kells: Damn. What is the planet's crust composed of?
v>

The scientist in Aron wanted to dive into the Thor=
's impressive sensor suite himself -- he could, he thought, spend h=
ours learning what strange ecologies existed on this lost world -- but he r=
estrained himself, and listened carefully to Garcia's report.

<=
b>Garcia: Geological analysis is sketchy. Several meters of sedimentary=
rocks. After that a mix of sedimentary and igneous. (to Kells & Sirok)=
There's also some blank spots. Unable to determine if its interfer=
ence or something not classifiable by the data stores.

Nothing ve=
ry notable, at least in the broad strokes. Of course, that might mean very =
little if it came to a smaller-scale problem. If there were unexpected mine=
rals down there, then they could easily be concentrated in pockets, or conc=
entrated in a small area, and so difficult to detect without finer resoluti=
on.

Kells: Let the computer run a fine-scale mineralogical an=
alysis on the ten square kilometers surrounding the away teams. It'll p=
robably take a while, but better to get started now.

Sirok=
: We can help them if we link the sensors to their tricorder through th=
e communicator. By combining the data from the tricorder and our sensors, c=
reating a better mapping. Data not obtained by one will be completed by the=
other. In any case, if they go down there will be a time when they'll =
be alone, we can't help them unless we conduct invasive surveys.
r> Kells: Good idea. Do it.

Garcia: That workaround =
would take the load off our grid and ensure we can still monitor the away t=
eams without risking a critical outage. It does mean we'd be workin=
g in retrospect =E2=80=93 we could only tell the teams what they've=
encountered, not what they're about to encounter.

Kells=
: We can at least help them from looping back on themselves while the c=
omputer works.

It would be useful to the away=
teams, Aron was sure. But, then, any information they could offer to the a=
way teams would likely be useful.

Sirok: If you want I can =
make the improvements and you can control the data from the bridge. (beat) =
I will follow the situation from here, it will be faster if we need more mo=
difications to follow them.

Aron tossed a qui=
ck look around at the large, busy room. He felt a little like he'd be l=
eaving Sirok without the resources he needed, but he also knew that Sirok w=
ould know his staff and facilities best. He nodded.

K=
ells
: We'll do just that.

Sirok: One question, Captai=
n. Has Commander Teller's team taken pattern enhancers? If not, I think=
it would be a good idea to send them some before they go any further.
=

Kells: I don't believe so, but I can certainly see the utili=
ty. Lieutenant?

Garcia: There's a lot of unknowns. H=
aving them down there might save us some heartache later on. (Ben shook his=
head a half turn.) Recommend we post a guard. We don't want to lea=
ve tech unattended with so many unknowns. If it gets into the wrong hands. =
(Ben paused a beat.) Throw in the temporal element and =E2=80=A6 (Ben shru=
gged.)

Kells: That's fair, though between the two teams,=
they have Pandorn, Dar, Parker, and Greaves down there. Unless you think t=
he enhancers should serve as a kind of base camp?

=
He glanced from Garcia to Sirok, wondering what the chief would think about=
that.

Sirok: Response

Garcia=
: Understood. Monitoring the pattern enhances by sensor, that's=
something we can wrangle.

Kells: Fine. Let's go ahead a=
nd do it.

Sirok: Response

Howeve=
r, as was often the way of things, that decision was the cue for a brief al=
arm at Garcia's station. The sound wasn't one Aron recognized, but =
that was to be expected, since both the Thor and its class, the V=
esta
, was new to him. Still, it was disconcerting not to know the littl=
e sounds around one's ship.

Garcia: Captain. Chief. We=E2=
=80=99ve got a development.

Sirok: Response

Garcia=
: Rapid clustering of ion charges. About seven miles west of the Vel Ma=
ijan. Heading in an easterly direction.

Kells: Cause? (beat,=
to both) Or speculation?

Even as he asked, Aron&#=
39;s mind catalogued what could provoke such a reading, from an electrical =
storm to -- well, much more dire consequences. But he also didn't think=
Garcia's station would trigger an alarm for a thunderstorm.
=

Sirok/Garcia: Responses

>Kells: Let's get those pattern enhancers down, at least.
<=
div>
Sirok/Garcia: Responses

=
But no sooner had they spoken than did Garcia's comm badge chirp. Aron =
almost tapped the channel open on his own badge before he realized that the=
summons wasn't his.

Brodie: =3D/\=3D Brodie =
to Garcia. =3D/\=3D

Garcia: =3D/\=3D Response =3D/\=3D
<=
br>Brodie: =3D/\=3D Ben, it seems were having some trouble with comm=
s to Commander Teller's team. I wonder if it's something in=
the tunnel system =E2=80=93 any thoughts? =3D/\=3D

v>
Hm. Well, that wasn't encouraging.

iv>
Garcia: =3D/\=3D Response =3D/\=3D

=
Now Aron tapped into the call.

Kells: =
=3D/\=3D Commander, Mr. Garcia and I are coming up to the bridge. Chief Sir=
ok has things under control down here, and I want to handle this before it =
gets out of hand. =3D/\=3D

Brodie/Alieth: <=
/b>=3D/\=3D Responses =3D/\=3D

Sirok/Garcia=
: (=3D/\=3D) Responses (=3D/\=3D)

Kells: =
=3D/\=3D We'll be up shortly. Comm us if anything develops in the next =
few minutes. =3D/\=3D

Brodie/Alieth: =
=3D/\=3D Responses =3D/\=3D

Sirok/Garcia: (=
=3D/\=3D) Responses (=3D/\=3D)

Aron tapped his par=
t of the conversation closed, and then turned to speak directly to Sirok. div>

Kells: Let me know if you need anything at a=
ll, Chief.

Sirok: Response
<=
br>
And, with that, and with a glance to Garcia to accompany him,=
Aron strode from the room.

Tags! and TBC!
iv>
---
Fleet Captain=
Aron Kells
Commanding Officer
USS Thor
v>
V238208LV0
&
SB118 Captains Council Ma=
gistrate (so ask me anything!)
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