As the situation evolved, the crew of Ops was able to discern the reasons behind the Astrolabe’s “visit”. The Captain of the Astrolabe had wished to harm both the Cardassians, and the Romulans who had “profitted” from the liberation of Benzar. The Romulans he’d pay back by providing outdated, and therefore ineffective medicine.
Stealing their hope away at the most cruel of moments. This story was shared, not only with the Ops crew, but also with the reporters still on station. At the same time, Captain Nicholotti began working with Headquarters to provide medical assistance to the Romulans, something she was surprised to note her First Officer initially opposed. Captain Walker felt an almost immediate sense of karma as he was notified soon after of his romulan step-mother and step-sister’s presence on one of the affected worlds.
Realizing the closer connection to the crew, as well as the potential for the epidemic to jump species with a half-human romulan hybrid involved, the crew amped up their efforts to determine what could be done, and make themselves invaluable to any rescue efforts. Captain Nicholotti went so far as to have a private summit with the Romulan Commodore who’d parked her fleet outside the base. Their discussion determined that the plague was affecting multiple worlds. Realizing that the Federation ships would have to go deep into Romulan space, Ael’Riov Arrenhe i-Mnaeha t’Llweii volunteered to guard those ships with her fleet, even to the point of firing on other Romulan ships if necessary.
Realizing the crew’s Leave was more likely to be ended than simply delayed as initially believed, the crew was ordered to take the night off, before things escalated further.