Star Trek: Aftermath (Cardassian phase)

Session 3: Where the hell did we leave that warp core this time?
How to fillet a panda (or a selat)

Lt Farrad, Nadira
Chief Science Officer
USS Endurance
Task Force 21
Peace Keeping Group 5
Cardassian Theater Command

Lt Farrad,

You are hereby relieved of duty aboard the USS Endurance and will report to USS Olympic Glory by stardate (12 hours from now) for reassignment to DS-5 as Chief Science Officer. You will report to Commander Tranoff upon arrival for duty assignment.

Thank you for your service in Cardassian Theater Command and best of luck in your new duties.

Branch Admiral Brandon Mitchel, Adjutant
Cardassian Theater Command
Lt Shaw, Mary Washington
Civilian At Large, Starfleet Ready Reserve
Prior Service Endorsement

Lt Shaw,

You are hereby reinstated to active duty, rank of Lieutenant. You are ordered to report for duty aboard the USS Endurance, NCC – 83812 and will report to Captain Gamble by stardate (7 days from now – today game time) for assignment to USS Endurance as Chief Science Officer.

Thank you for your service in Cardassian Theater Command and best of luck in your new duties.

Branch Admiral Brandon Mitchel, Adjutant
Cardassian Theater Command
Continuing operations to source out the disruption of supplies and components by the officers and crew of the Endurance are almost completely successful with the notable exception of the Starboard Pylon (the stick thingy that connects the warp engine to the hull of the ship). Said component was instead routed to the Claymore and was already being installed when LtJG located it (after beaming aboard the Claymore and wandering around for several hours unsuccessfully looking for someone to answer her questions) and finally reported in.

During the period from day 6 through day 10 of the refit the investigation was stepped up and much computer modeling and network tracing was inflicted upon both the station and the Claymore by LtJG Frey. Frey, who was very close to sorting through the mess, ‘accidentally’ opened a sealed record of a unnamed (officially, it was Captain Seran of the Claymore) but quickly discovered the mistake made through the use of overly aggressive algorithms (she’s sticking to that) and used her expertise to quickly reseal the file without reviewing any of the content of said file. (Ahem.)

Suspecting members of the Claymore crew were being overzealous in the efforts to refit their ship at the expense of other vessels timetables, a plot was hatched, an evil scheme became apparent (raising schemes is such a hassle), and, based on information that had ‘come to light’, and ‘item’ of high desirability came to the notice of the crew of the Claymore while the officers of the Endurance both watched, and waited (wringing their hands and laughing creepy little laughs). It was 3 days before the patient perpetrators started to make subtle moves towards acquiring the remaining Selat being held at Utopia Planetia.

Being less patient than the crew of the Claymore, 1st Officer Zaran launched her own investigation. She discovered that the animal was, in fact, in good health, that it’s cage was, in fact, in good working order, and that it was, including the Selat along with its own weight, quite heavy. Somehow the Selat managed to get a swipe at her and medical attention was rendered. She and the Captain discussed her adventure, then she got back to her duties.

A meeting with Captain Seran and Captain Gamble was called by Captain Yu for the next morning in Yu’s office after Gamble, Frey in tow, delivered to Yu come compelling evidence for what might be going on down on the refit docks. Apparently someone down there may have seen a bat the size of a man, but that’s just a rumor. Captain Seran seemed surprised and concerned about what seemed to be happening right under his very nose. When Gamble mentioned the Selat Captain Seran didn’t seem to know exactly what Gamble was talking about but was concerned to know how He was aware that Seran had a pet Selat as a child. The meeting ended shortly thereafter with Seran vowing to start his own investigation aboard the Claymore.

The following day, as the shiny new Starboard Pylon was being installed on the Endurance, Seran and his Chief of Security marched into Yu’s office and told him that the 3 crewmen responsible had been apprehended, evidence of their guilt found, and there should be no more Tom Foolery going on from people assigned to his ship. It seems that these crewmen spent their last tour aboard the Endurance and likely had a grudge or something. (I think I served with a Thom Phoularie back in the ‘Nam, but I can’t be sure). Gamble, upon being notified of the arrested crewmen notified his senior personnel, at which point the Master Crew Chief of the Boat and All He Surveys (when not on shore leave) who served with these men last tour informed the Captain that these men were excellent crewmen, would not have done this, and did not have the technical expertise to pull off anything like this in any event. Someone somewhere (resembling a bald and very handsome GM fellow) suggested that this may have been a message of some sort from the Captain and Crew of the Claymore to the Captain and crew of the Endurance.

Other than some initial power up test issues with the Port engine, an initial power up issue with the Impulse engines and a small difficulty with the shield installation, things went smoothly from there and all the technical problems were resolved efficiently and rapidly. All said and done the Endurance is 1 day behind schedule at this time.

Sickbay is running smoothly and efficiently, though the CMO has not been seen outside of the 4-Aft lounge or the hallways between there and his quarters.

At some point towards the end, which my goldfish-like memory is not producing for me, a revelation that quite a few members of the crew of the Claymore, especially among the officer ranks are former Maquis. Captain Seran’s status in that regards is unknown (more or less), but you know how that Bajorans can get….

Session 2: Fun with Warp Engines
How to steal a tug boat and make it their fault....

The Officers arrived (eventually) and work on the actual refitting of the USS Endurance began. There were problems with supply but seemed to sort themselves our. There was a scene where the 1st Officer want to Cpt Yu for some help and explanation only to discover 4 Captains angry and yelling at Yu in his office. She forced her way to the front, joining the fray, staying after it dispersed, attempting to get something helpful from Yu, but there was little he could, or would, do.

As things began to smooth out LtJG Frae discovered some oddities in the logistics of the computer records regarding the shorted items and brought this to Cmdr Jeren’s attention. Following up on this, the Crew Chief and the 1st Officer Jeren secured a warehouse (legally), had all shipments to the Endurance routed there via transporter for inspection and verification, then to be be beamed to the Endurance (which slowed things down, but not much). As this project was under way, they jumped aboard the Slow Tug SS Crawfish (legally), captained by Lt Harvy Sosae, to travel out with it to their warp engines which it was to tow to the Endurance for later fitting. On the way out, the 1st Officer produced a phaser and, engaging in an act of high piracy, took command of the Slow Tug. Whether by circumstance or design, the Pilot of the Slow Tug was ejected into space (in a space suit) where he was eventually (8 seconds) beamed into some kind of a bar and some smooth talker tried to convince him to, “get drunk or something”.

The ‘heroic’ 1st Officer then, using some white-knuckle maneuvering, towed the first of the two warp cores to their warehouse, avoiding the notice of anyone buy some unknown means (suspected witchcraft). The engine was determined to be the correct one for the Endurance and checked out fine. Cmdr Jeren surrendered the pilot seat (it got boring) to Grant Jackson who then flew the tug to the destination that Lt Sosae was given which turned out to be the USS Claymore, not the Endurance.

Under Jeren’s orders the engine was flown to the Endurance and dropped off, then the Slow Tug went back for the other warp nacelle. Upon arrival it was nowhere to be seen. Contacting the station they received transponder codes for both warp engines (they had the same code since they were paired. One showed up on the view screen at the Endurance’s location, the other was moving away from the engine storage facility towards the various mobile ship repair facilities, and specifically closing on the position of the Claymore. The Crawfish was prodded forward (beaten like a rented mule) at best speed until it caught up with the Slow Tug towing the second nacelle, which was fairly easy once a security team was beamed aboard and they convinced (intimidated) the Specialist piloting it to bring it to a halt.

Via comms (I think, hard to remember during the shock and awe phase of this) Cmdr Jeren had the security detail checked the destination of the nacelle to confirm that it was bound for the Endurance and was indeed being taken to the Claymore. With a bit of persuasion (coercion) the nacelle was rerouted to it’s proper location.

That’s the point where Lt Jackson noticed their first nacelle was moving again, and away from the Endurance. The Crawfish scampered over to it (as only a Slow Tug can) and using their strategy (alarming tactics) managed to get the Slow Tug hauling IT away to stop, then take it back after discovering it was being taken to the USS Murmann. And that’s when….the session ended.

Things that happened:

Time Table:
a. Day 1: Select ship components. Components pulled and assembled for installation, umbilicals attached, computer cores installed.
b. Day 2: Computer cores attached to core systems and powered from umbilicals, core engineering consoles installed and tied to computer if available, otherwise lose a day. If successful, warp Core installed, EPS Systems installed, Auxiliary power (2 fusion plants) brought online, if all parts are available, else lose 1 day.
c. Day 3: Begin installation of ships services (replicators, turbolifts, airlocks, internal doors, internal force field projectors, replicator consoles, large medical equipment, security equipment, internal sensors, external hull sensors, etc. This will continue on an ongoing basis during and around other component installation. Some parts are available, others aren’t, rather expected at this stage and they are installed upon arrival.
d. Day 4: Impulse engines arrive and begin 3 day installation process, if available, lose day(s) if not, transporter component upgrade installation, photon and quantum launcher installation. Recheck availability daily.
e. Day 5: Space seal accomplished under any circumstances, deflector array install, sensor array equipment install and connection, life support established under ship power or umbilicals. Everything gets easier and faster from here, for the most part. Engines arrive, precheck begins, positioned for installation.

Things expected to happen next time:

Time Table (Continued)
a. Day 6: Port warp engine (if available) installed, bond welded to pylon mounts and pylons bond welded to both inner and outer hull connectors and superstructure, connected to EPS power supply.
b. Day 7: Starboard warp engine (if available) installed, bond welded to pylon mounts and pylons bond welded to both inner and outer hull connectors and superstructure, connected to EPS power supply. It should now looks like a ship.
c. Day 8: Impulse engine power up testing, first M/AM reaction of the new warp core conducted inside class 3 engineering force field. If successful EPS testing and tweaking begins, warp engines low power circuit test, cooldown, and offline. Bridge equipment installed.
d. Day 9: Shielding connections and initial low power testing, deflector array test, cabin furnishings, marine equipment, phaser array installation, finish all console installs. Yellow alert test.
e. Day 10-11: Full warp core power up, rough tune dilithium matrix, EPS test, warp engine power up, rough balancing of engines, begin 36 hour test cycle to create tuning profile, finish starship services equipment installs.
f. Day 12-13: Board essential crew and officers, tow from stardock to Phoebes testing range for full warp power up and fine tuning, warp core dilithium matrix fine tuning, full sensor tuning powered from Impulse and Auxiliary only, light weapon testing and calibration, transporter system test.
g. Day 14-17: Warp shakedown runs and continued fine tuning.
h. Day 18: Full shielding test, full weapons test, full sensor test, deflector test, red alert test.
i. Day 19: Full crew boarding and ship systems fine tuning back at Utopia Planitia.
j. Day 20: Continued fine tuning and repairs, take on armament, take on shuttle compliment, take on marine landing craft (x2 40 man ship to ground transport vessels), marines board, final preparations for departure.
k. Day 21: Warp flight certification test, released from Utopia Planitia command, depart.

Session 1: Our ship on her maiden thud
THAT'S our ship?!?

Campaign opens: We begin with a single ship and crew in the Cardassian sector as the events surrounding the Hobus supernova unfold. The USS Endurance, fresh from teardown is ready for refit, assigned all new officers, and has a standard 10% annual crew rotation out to other assignments. The 90% of the enlisted crew remaining onboard are veteran shipboard spacialists, and the crew chief has been drilling them to maintain their efficiancy levels in anticipation of their new captain, command crew, department heads, and their juniors. The ship, like all others in the area, receive their orders directly from Admiral Koderman, Commanding Federation Theater Operations, Cardassian Sector, via his adjutant, through the office of Branch Admiral Florez, Commander Peace Keeping Forces, Cardassian Sector, Via her Adjutant, through the office of Fleet Captain Flanagan, Commander Peacekeeping Group 5, via her Adjutant, through the office of Captain Harkness, Commander Task Force 21, via her Adjutant and 1st Officer Gurta Swinn. Directly. Right to you. Yep. That really is Koderman’s signature, though. Direct enough for a brand new captain and crew. Believe it.

Captain’s Orders:

Session 0: Building Characters
Pre-Session Campaign Information

Star Trek: Aftermath, Cardassian Theater

Session 1: Character Building

Starting Game Situation

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