YSDYEN NEBULA — The USS Thor (NCC-82607), now under the command of Fleet Captain Aron Kells, races across the quadrant to investigate a two-hundred-year-old mystery in a momentous change for the officers and enlisted personnel who long called Duronis II their home.
“I am honoured to take on the command of the Thor.” Fleet Captain Kells, recently returned to duty, celebrated the successful completion of the Embassy’s mission. “I have long applauded the Federation mission to Duronis II and am delighted that it has resulted in the Laudeans’ conditional approval for Federation membership.”
Retasked by Starfleet Command, the crew have transferred to the Thor full time and have already embarked on their first mission to the Ysdyen Nebula, long considered a nearly impassable navigational hazard. The Vesta class Thor is one of the few ships in the fleet capable of withstanding the harsh conditions that the nebula is known for, and the crew is preparing for the difficult environment.
“With the help of Major Hannibal Parker, we have prepared the shields to adjust to the frequencies of the major ion distortions so that we can pass through them.” Reached for comment in Main Engineering, newly minted Acting Chief Engineer Ensign Sirok explained, visibly holding back emotion. “To improve the speed of frequency change during this time the tactical computer has been dedicated exclusively to this task. In addition, to reduce the shocks caused by the distortions, simulations have been made to carry out a controlled overload on the inertial dampers.”
The Thor is now responding to reports of a faint subspace distress call, picked up by long-range Federation monitoring stations. There is a strong belief that the distress call originates from the Vel Maijan colony, lost over 200 years ago in 2159. The colony’s disappearance, along with that of its entire solar system, is a mystery that has long puzzled everyone from amateur investigators to the Federation’s top minds.
More on this story as it develops.
Written by Geoffrey Teller