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BRIAR PATCH, AVALON SECTOR — A feud between Captain Tyr Waltas and his son has left the USS Thunder-A disabled and undergoing major repairs near Ba’ku.

The day after the wedding of Rear Admiral Toni Turner to Captain Tyr Waltas, Admiral Turner abruptly called a select few of the Embassy’s crew to join her and her new stepson Tye Waltas on the Thunder’s bridge. Without explanation she ordered the Thunder to depart Duronis II for the Briar Patch and Ba’ku. Unbeknown to the crew, Tye was actually Sanuye, his twin brother, who held a great deal of ill-will toward his father and Ba’ku. Sanuye, half-Vulcan, was using touch telepathy to impose his will on Admiral Turner and force her to do his bidding.

As the USS Thunder departed the embassy, Captain Tyr Waltas assumed command of his old ship, the Sovereign class USS Discovery-C. With what remained of the senior staff, Waltas and crew set off in pursuit of his fugitive son and his new wife. While faster and better armed than the Thunder, the Discovery was less maneuverable, making a confrontation far from simple. Simple or otherwise, Tyr Waltas and the Discovery had to stop them, because Sanuye Waltas’s mission was nothing less than the complete destruction of the planet Ba’ku.

The two ships engaged outside the sandbar but only did minor damage to each other. The Thunder got a head start and engaged its quantum slipstream drive toward Ba’Ku. The ships met again just outside of the Briar Patch. This time the engagement was more decisive, with a brilliant feat of engineering effectively taking the Thunder out of the fight. Three teams from Discovery boarded the Thunder with the hope of subduing the renegade Sanuye while preventing any further loss of life.

They arrived to discover that the Thunder’s first officer, Lt. Cmdr. Jorey had hit Sanuye with a phaser and was now holding the Admiral in his arms as she struggled to keep from losing her mind. Captain Waltas transported himself and his new wife to the Discovery’s sickbay. The rest of the away team went after Sanuye. They met up with him in the Thunder’s cargo bay where Tye and Sanuye had met face to face. Unsure of which twin was the target, Major Irina Pavlova took the “ask questions later” route.

“No, it ends now,” she said as she shot and incapacitated both men. “Now we sort them out.”

Captains Waltas and Frazier along with Lt. Cmdr. Jorey have suspended Admiral Turner’s command codes until she recovers and is no longer under the influence of Sanuye. At present, the Thunder is undergoing major repairs while the Discovery’s quantum slipstream drive goes through its 36-hour cooldown procedures. The plan is for the Discovery to tow the Thunder back to Duronis II once the drive is ready.

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