The Mercury disabled momentarily the tractor beam of the Cardassian warship and outran that ship to one of the Nygel system’s stars where, using its metaphasic shielding, the ship and crew were able to hide for a time. However, the Cardassians were not deterred, and as a last-ditch maneuver to try and convince the Cardassians that the ship had been destroyed, the Mercury’s crew evacuated and then jettisoned the sensor module to simulate the ship’s destruction. This still didn’t put off the warship, and so the Mercury was forced to trigger a solar event and try and damage the warship at the expense of their warp core. Though the warship was not destroyed, it was badly damaged.
Meanwhile, on the ravaged surface of Nygel II, the away team quickly encountered trouble as they searched for the Iconian gateway, including in the person of the Orion Pasht-Nos, skipper of the free trader Treasure Sprite — the same ship that had led the Mercury to Nygel. Captain Kells set off in a shuttle with Lieutenant Jade Shryker and Ensign Sahriv to retrieve the away team, and just in the nick of time.
Before the Cardassian warship or the Mercury could gather their wits, two Cardassian Galor-class warships, under the political call of the Detapa Council majority and who disagreed with the assignment of the ship that had attacked the Mercury, arrived to investigate. With them was the Galaxy-class USS Garuda, newly arrived in the Menthar Corridor to assist with the Mercury’s mission. The attacking warship turned and fled, though not before destroying the gateway, while the Garuda and her escorts retrieved the Mercury and towed her to DSX before she returned to Federation space for a six-month overhaul. The senior staff of the Mercury was primarily assigned to the Garuda, under Captain Cassandra Egan Manno following Aron Kells’s disappearance with one of the Mercury’s shuttles….