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DARVO V — After Fleet Captain Aron Kells was reported killed-in-action after an attack on his captain’s yacht, his crew aboard the USS Invicta have been searching for the perpetrators.

The crew of the USS Invicta had just finished their impromptu shoreleave on the moon of the fifth planet in the W Cygni system when Fleet Captain Kells was called away to attend an urgent personal matter. Though the neutronic storm had passed, the crew still were working on clearing their campsite as per prime directive regulations, and so Kells left aboard the captain’s yacht. Two days later, he was dead.

An Al-Layen freighter in Sector Zeta-Three-Gamma picked up a distress call from the yacht but when they reached the coordinates, they found the craft, gutted. There was significant damage with life support non-functional, and the entire crew massacred.

The reaction aboard the Invicta was shock and for a few, anger.

“Commander Rahman is [expletive] mad as hell,” said one crewmember who wanted to remain anonymous. “The rest of us are still just trying to understand it all. Who would do such a thing? And why?”

Starfleet officials at the nearby Astrofori One station, recently attacked by the Maquis Reborn, were reluctant to speculate on who attacked the yacht and their motivations.

“While we are certainly considering all possibilities, we don’t see any evidence or claims of responsibility by the Maquis Reborn,” said Lt. Commander Msafiri Bakari, adjutant to the Region & Starfleet Mission Commander for the Menthar Corridor. “I know the Invicta crew well, and I’m confident they’ll find the answers we’re all looking for during this difficult time. Our thoughts here go to the Kells family.”

The Invicta’s search for their captain’s killers led them to Darvo V, a desert planet on the edge of the sector. Commander Rahman dispatched three away teams, one to Syrene Station, a repair facility and trade post in orbit of the planet, and two teams to the planet itself. The first searched a marketplace while the second investigated strange energy readings from within a cave system. The teams soon ran into their share of trouble.

The marketplace team met a shopkeeper named Elias Cumberbatch who indicated he might be able to help the crew get what they wanted. They were suddenly then attacked by two assailants who seemed to know the shop owner and who used archaic weapons very much like the ones that had attacked the yacht crew. Cumberbatch killed the assailants and then proceeded to threaten Ensign Nikki Ryan. Science officer Alora DeVeau quickly stunned him and had him beamed to the brig.

Meanwhile, the team aboard Syrene Station was able to identify the ship that attacked the yacht, and its owner. The ship utilized a unique verteron drive, somewhat similar to a quantum slipstream drive.

Finally, the team that had checked into the cave system energy readings instead found a suspicious woman named Nairi Demirjian along with unexplained Starfleet medical and scientific equipment. What the equipment was doing so far out from Federation space is currently under investigation.

Though the crew had found some answers, they now faced new questions, and just now, the sudden appearance of Maiek Khev, a Romulan biologist and fugitive war criminal, has only added more to the mystery. Khev claims to have information that can prove Kells, who is also his grandson, is still alive.

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