PIKTAR SYSTEM -– The USS Columbia has been assigned to a task force to investigate the unusual behavior of computers and robots on an outpost.
“These subspace rifts seem something like a tsunami on earth. They’ll wipe over everything in their path,” said Lieutenant JG Ian Patrick Connory, Columbia’s operation officer.
While in the midst of a training exercise, Commodore Heather Westhaven requested the USS Columbia, to investigate incidences of computer and robot malfunctions on Outpost Alpha. A briefing was duly called during which the crew developed various strategies to protect the Columbia from potential rogue machines on Alpha. Choosing among them, Captain Ben Livingston issued several assignments.
One of them was the launch of a probe to assess the situation on the outpost. Meanwhile, Tactical worked with Lt. Cmdr. Kael Thomas on a solution to protect their shields and weapon systems from any computer corruption.
Elsewhere on the ship, Cmdr. Karynn Brice, Ens. Ilyazi Malon, and Lt. Cmdr. Tyler Kelly worked in a holodeck on a scenario that simulated the way the computers on Outpost Alpha might react in a “protect and survive” situation.
Soon after, the Columbia was contacted by Captain Goxac, a Ferengi who insisted on receiving some compensation after having lost an away team on Outpost Alpha. In order to get more information from him, Captain Livingston invited him onboard.
Meanwhile, Cmdr. Brice, Lt. Cmdr. Brek, Lt. MacLaren and 2LT Grand prepared themselves for an away team that will be sent to Outpost Alpha.