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Reactivated USS Excalibur-A rapidly deployed to Afehirr Sector

STARBASE 118 — In response to emerging threats in the Afehirr Sector, Starfleet has reactivated the USS Excalibur-A.

The Vesta class starship USS Excalibur (NCC-41903-A) launched under the command of Fleet Captain Kali Nicholotti and Lt. Commander Tyler Kelly on stardate 239202.16. The Excalibur’s crew compliment of 835 were taken from all over the fleet via voluntary transfer and mandatory assignment.

“Without me you are nothing. Without you I am nothing,” said Flt. Capt. Nicholotti to a stunned audience during a ceremony preceding the launch.

Although some questioned Nicholotti’s skills as a speechwriter, everyone looked forward to a new adventure.

The Excalibur’s first mission will take her to the Mercadian system in the largely uncharted Afehirr sector. An inhabited planet known only as Mercadia III lies directly in the path of strange waves of energy. The origin and intent of these waves remains unknown, however a mysterious force on the planet appears to be pulling the energy towards it like a magnet. The primary objective of the mission is to save the planet from total destruction by diverting the energy wave or, failing that, to facilitate an emergency evacuation operation. Needless to say, the crew will have their work cut out for them on what is sure to be a difficult first mission.

Meanwhile, the Excalibur herself is buzzing with less ominous activity. While the Captain faces her own lack of returning memories, the rest of the crew must find a way to trust her leadership. A Ferengi named Zogi is about to set up shop in the hope of making a fortune as the crew form new friendships while sharing a drink at the Black Hole bar. The relationship between LtJG. Aurora James and Major Irina Pavlova has moved to the next level, and they are preparing an engagement party after the conclusion of the mission, giving everyone something to look forward to.

While everyone aboard is fairly new to this particular Starfleet family, the crew is ready for whatever chaos the universe is ready to throw at them.

USS Thunder returns from classified mission to chaos on Duronis

DURONIS II — After completing a classified mission, the USS Thunder returned from parts unknown to face a planet in crisis in the wake of the disappearance and reappearance of Laudean Prime Minister Vail Daysa.

The classified mission was a continuation of the Thunder’s earlier mission to retrieve Lt. Cmdr. T’Lea, who had been sold from the pirate haven The Zone to Cardassian interests for the sole purpose of obtaining Iconian artifacts that the Cardassians planned to use to restructure time so that the Cardassian Union would have become the major power in the Alpha Quadrant. Armed with that information, Fleet Captain Toni Turner quickly formed a rescue mission to the planet Vetka, a planet fractured over a millennia ago but its fragments still retaining atmosphere. With the Thunder riding shotgun with Lt. Cmdr. Hannibal Parker in command, Fleet Captain Turner, Ambassador Della Vetri, Colonel Tyr Waltas and Lt. Cmdr. Rossh set out to retrieve or destroy the Iconian artifacts and to rescue their stolen officer.

Leaving the Thunder behind, the rescue team in disguise made their way through the asteroid field to the planet Vetka. Meanwhile, the Thunder made her way through the asteroid field, hopping from asteroid to asteroid, using the interference from the asteroids and stealth to get in close to Vetka, where Lt. Cmdr. Parker believed a Cardassian ship may have been waiting. His instincts were proven right as the Thunder closed to within point blank range of a Galor class cruiser seemingly undetected. Settling in under an asteroid, the Thunder awaited word from the rescue team while keeping the Galor under observation.

The rescue team procured the services of a native pirate to take them to the location of the Fire Heart, the former core of the planet and the probable location of the Iconian artifacts and T’Lea. After some difficulties, including an attack by very real dragons and the death of the pirate captain, the rescue team set down and made contact with the Cardassians. A tense standoff evolved into a firefight, and then the Galor opened up on the site.

In space, the Thunder opened fire on the Galor after it had fired upon the away team, severely crippling the Cardassian ship. The Thunder crew then scrambled to locate the away team.

On the surface, triumph turned to tragedy as the implants in T’Llea activated, with her severely injuring Fleet Captain Turner and Colonel Waltas, who also injured the hijacked commander. Ambassador Vetri ended up shooting T’Lea in the head, stopping the attack but also gravely injuring her. They were soon all beamed back up to the Thunder, which vacated the area.

On Duronis II, an insurgent attack on the Press Building injured Federation attache Lyldra and Lt. Cmdr. Irina Pavlova. Lt. Cmdr. Jorey undertook the dangerous mission of locating Gaev, the Laudean gangster responsible for the kidnapping of Prime Minister Vail Daysa. Finding him near the Dockyards, the Chief Of Intelligence queried the gangster and made a deal to assist each other. The deal was overheard by the rescue team headed by Pavlova. With Jorey now retrieved, the rescue team returned to the Embassy, where they continued to monitor the situation.

Repeated attempts to contact the Embassy and the USS Thunder had been met with silence until a terse communication from Lt. Cmdr. Kamela Allison aboard the Thunder.

“The Thunder has been involved in operations vital to the security of the Federation, and the situation on Duronis II is being monitored,” she said.

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USS Columbia going in blind by testing innovative sensors

USS COLUMBIA — Captain Ben Livingston of the USS Columbia has put his crew to the test by asking them to find the proverbial “needle in a haystack.”

“There will be any number of obstacles in our path; I’ve called in some favors. But somewhere in that field will be one of these,” said Captain Livingston, as he held up an antique steel sewing needle.

The crew of Columbia had enjoyed a well-deserved shore leave on Pernipia Gamma IV before continuing onward to StarBase 118. While for most people the leave meant light flirting or exploring the station’s commercial sector, Lt. Cmdr. Silveira took advantage of those few days off to visit his Andorian family.

Once everyone was back aboard the Nebula class starship, a senior staff meeting revealed the details of their next mission: the Columbia’s old sensor pod had been reinstalled, only this time it had been upgraded with specialized sensors. These sensors used a brand new technology that forced the crew to rethink the way they worked.

This though was nothing compared to what their captain had in store, as among the various challenges set for them, they would also need to pinpoint the location of a sewing needle.

As the crew familiarized itself with their new sensors, it wasn’t long before Ensign Beyett and Lt. Cmdr. Silveira found the first object that had been concealed in their area of operation.

Meanwhile, in some corridors below decks, a conduit ruptured and started to spray gases. Along with this, proving that the tests were well under way, a squad of four Mark VI Anti-Personnel Training Drones started to roam the ship.

Hostile intelligence discovered within Genesis Cloud

MENTHAR CORRIDOR — While surveying the largest protomatter cloud ever discovered, the USS Garuda found itself fending off a botanical infestation controlled by a hostile intelligence within the cloud.

“One minute, I’m working on a diagnostic, and then the next, I see ten engineers struggling to break free of the vines coming out of the machinery,” said Petty Officer Angeline Loupaz, an engineer aboard the Garuda.

The sudden infestation appeared overnight. The Garuda had been ordered to investigate the Genesis Cloud, which had been discovered by the Qilin Project. Initial sensor readings were off the scale of any previously found protomatter deposits.

The survey would also be a diplomatic mission that hoped to rebuild trust and understanding between the Federation and the Community, a species native to the Menthar Corridor comprised of a collective consciousness that uses plant-like forms to communicate. Representatives of the Community came aboard the Garuda to witness standard Starfleet scientific procedures and evaluate the crew.

By all accounts, the survey itself was a success as an engineering team headed by Garuda’s chief engineer Lt. Cmdr. Tristam Core and operations chief Lt. Cmdr. Mei’konda constructed a specialized shuttle dubbed the Robert Ballard to explore the volatile protomatter cloud and collect samples.

“We had to be very careful,” explained Lt. JG Danielle Vistain, a shuttlebay ops engineer. “Protomatter is highly unstable. Even the slightest disturbances from a ship or shuttle’s systems can cause it to ignite. Rather than strip an existing shuttle bare, we decided it’d be easier to use spare parts to build an entirely new craft.”

Expertly piloted by Lt. Kaitlyn Falcon, the shuttle returned safely with the valuable data, and alpha shift retired for the night.

Yet things slowly grew amiss in the early hours of the morning. As drastically growing plants began spreading across the ship, the Garuda’s chief science officer Lt. Alora DeVeau went missing.

“I knew something was wrong when she left her office a mess,” said Lt. JG Alif Lepore, a quantum biologist. “This was an important mission, what with the Community reps and the Diplomatic Corps watching so closely. Lt. DeVeau is always meticulous about her work.”

Additional reports of other missing crew members came in, including that of one unfortunate crewman who had been dressed as Santa Claus for a department Christmas party. The children would have to wait a little bit longer for their presents as the crew soon found themselves battling a shipwide plant infestation. From small houseplants to the large trees of the ship’s arboretum, it seemed all plant life aboard the Garuda was being affected somehow by the protomatter, growing exponentially in size.

Worse, it was apparent that the plant life exhibited hostile behaviors as crew members struggled against slithering vines attempting to capture them.

Finally, DeVeau reappeared, her body having been taken over by an alien influence. Holding hostages in the arboretum, she announced to the Garuda’s commanding officer Captain Cassandra Egan Manno that she was speaking on behalf of the Kindred, an intelligence that resided within the Genesis Cloud. Its intent was to capture the crew and use their bodies to escape the protomatter cloud.

However, Egan Manno had a plan. The shuttlecraft Ballard was secretly piloted by remote back into the center of the cloud. Then, during Egan Manno’s direct meeting with DeVeau in the arboretum, the captain revealed the shuttle would ignite the entire cloud if the Kindred did not comply. The Kindred were defiant, and the captain gave the order, destroying the cloud and bringing the crisis to an end.

As the Garuda’s crew began cleaning up the mess, the mission left many reflecting on the chaos.

“We lost a lot during this mission. I’ve only been here a short time, but I can tell this mission has left a mark on ship and crew,” said Ensign Ryan King, a security officer. “I myself am suffering from premature hair loss—though the nurse assures me it’s only temporary. I’m willing to make my sacrifices to continue the Federation’s mission though—and as long as my hair grows back. The nurse tells me it will with the gel…”

Others weren’t sure how they were going to explain this to their friends and families.

“I know no one back home’s going to believe me,” said Loupaz. “I hate plants.”

Hostages freed as USS Constitution saves Deep Space 285 from destruction

AVALON SECTOR — What began as seemingly another attack by the Maquis Reborn has proven to be a more complicated plot of subterfuge as the USS Constitution defended Deep Space 285 from an asteroid attack and freed several hostages.

“The investigation is ongoing,” said Starfleet Public Affairs officer Commander A.J. Ciaravolo in San Francisco, “but it appears this was the work of an isolated extremist.”

When the USS Constitution arrived back at Deep Space 285, the crew was expecting a relatively quiet shore leave. Several new crew members also were assigned to the ship. Shore leave proceeded normally with members of the crew exploring and enjoying the entertainment facilities of the station. However when Lt. Cmdr. James was rushed to emergency surgery, several members of the crew for various reasons ended up in the station’s sickbay.

They were suddenly and violently taken hostage by agents, led by a vicious Moropa named Kav-Nhoo of the Maquis Reborn. The terrorists were able to lock out Deep Space 285 from sickbay and seal themselves in with the members of the crew. However, their initial demands were unknown.

Word slowly started to trickle to DS285’s commanding officer Lt. Cmdr. Glim Kyyrampa that something was amiss in sickbay. She contacted the docked Constitution, which was under the command of Lt. Cmdr. Siris, one of the new arrivals aboard the ship. It was quickly determined who was in sickbay and that they were dealing with a hostage situation.

Several hours of tense negotiations ensued, with the remaining Constitution crew doing everything in their power to assist the captured officers.

As the situation in sickbay played out, it was proving difficult to make any progress with the hostage takers as the station’s efforts to free the prisoners had produced no results. Eventually, Kav-Nhoo’s accomplices overrode the station’s command codes, which left the station in no position to defend itself. To make matters even worse, Kav-Nhoo pulled his first big surprise by somehow summoning dozens of asteroids from a faraway region of space and sent them hurtling towards the defenseless station.

Siris, thinking quickly, ordered the Constitution to separate into two parts, sending the stardrive section of the ship, under his command, towards the origin of the asteroids to destroy as many as possible. The saucer section, under the command of Lt. Faranfey, would remain behind to help destroy the asteroids and assist if at all possible with the evacuation of Deep Space 285. The ship’s fighter wings were mobilized to assist the saucer section.

With the station sitting defenseless, the Constitution and the remaining crew aboard admirably did their best to defend the station. In the chaos of the evacuation and the attack, the hostage takers managed to beam out of sickbay and meet at their rendezvous point. As they escaped off the station, Kav-Nhoo revealed his next big surprise—he wasn’t Kav-Nhoo at all but rather an older Terran male named Ruchard.

The Constitution crew members who were still in sickbay were hemmed in by toxic gases, locked doors, and booby-trapped corridors, forcing them to take the unorthodox method of fleeing through the Jefferies tubes. While Ensign Bishop protested under medical grounds, the team moved the unconscious James through the tubes.

Luckily for the officers, Ensign Feraoun and Lt. JG McCleran managed to lock transporters onto the group and beam them directly to the Constitution’s sickbay, located in the saucer section of the ship. Siris merged the two sections of the ship back together and returned to DS285.

Starfleet officer attacks fellow crew members during promotions ceremony

DEEP SPACE 26 — A Starfleet officer has been dismissed from the service and faces prison after being found guilty of assaulting two fellow officers aboard the USS Atlantis.

The Atlantis had returned from her mission in the Norlian Nebula, with the crew enjoying their much needed shore leave. Following a judicial hearing, Atlantis’s commanding officer Captain Raj Blueheart was cleared of charges of war crimes and returned to command the Atlantis. A promotions party was held for the crew where Ensigns Daro Conti, Thomas Janeway and T’Var Helling were promoted to lieutenant junior grade. Lt. Rendal Rennyn was also promoted to the rank of lieutenant commander.

Right after handing out the awards, Captain Blueheart and his first officer Cmdr. Marcus Dickens left for Earth to attend to Lt. Emerson Ravenscroft’s funeral. When the commanding officer and first officer returned to the Atlantis, they were shocked to learn that during the post-awards party, under the influence of Vulcan pon farr, Lt. JG Janeway physically assaulted two of his fellow officers. He was instantly remanded and following a highly publicized trial, was found guilty and promptly expelled from Starfleet. His sentencing is to be held at a later date.

“Starfleet will not tolerate such insolence and gross misconduct from any of its officers,” said Admiral Westerrhoff from Starfleet Command. “We owe the Federation worlds our trustworthiness and our benevolence. There is no place for violence or terrorism in the Federation, never mind Starfleet.”

The crew was visibly shaken by the incident which almost tore them apart. With the matter having barely been resolved by higher authorities, the crew found themselves ordered by Commodore Heather Westhaven to investigate the strange silence of Outpost Bravo and Prometheus Station in the Piktar System. Thus, the crew of the said Admiral Westerrhoff from Starfleet Command. must tend to their wounds and come together as a team quickly as they embark on their latest mission. Only time will tell if their emotional bond is strong enough to hold them together through thick, thin and temporal anomalies.

Starfleet officers pilot Cardassian ship into battle, defeating Strox

ORTHICA’S BANE NEBULA — Federation, Cardassian, and Sunak forces have joined forced in an epic battle against an aggressive new species called the Strox.

The USS Victory had been engaged in a first contact that had gone wrong as a new species, the Strox, suddenly arrived and attacked the Sunak vessel and the Victory by proxy. The Strox sent small ships to board both the Victory and the Sunak ship.

The Cardassian ship Nuvek was being held in a tractor beam by the Sunak, but with the boarding of the Sunak by the Strox, the Nuvek was released. When the disabling beam came off the captive Cardassian ship, the vessel came to the aid of both ships that were under attack. It quickly got into action using Starfleet officers to man the bridge to lead it into battle. Most of the Cardassian crew were prepared to repel boarders from the Strox.

When the Cardassian gul fell in battle, Cmdr. Vess took command of the vessel. The Victory’s commanding officer Captain Nugra was in the middle of negotiations on the Nuvek when the battle began, leaving only junior officers to man the Victory. He quickly transported back aboard the Victory to take command.

Finally, the united forces were able to drive the Strox from the area, and their boarding parties had been defeated by force of arms. Lt. Cmdr. Sharpe and Lt. Cmdr. Eerie helped repel boarders on the Nuvek.

The only major loss was the Cardassian vessel and their prototype slipstream drive. The Victory was able to rescue some of Cardassian crew. There were some minor injuries among the crew of the Victory and minor structural damage to both the Sunak vessel and the Victory. The Sunak, while not pleased with the Cardassians from their earlier hostilities, took into account their heroic actions against the Strox, and they finally granted the remaining Cardassians the right to leave their space aboard the Victory.

The Sunak Triumvirate was pleased with Starfleet’s efforts and agreed to start with possible trade with the Federation. The negotiations were handled deftly by Ensign Bishop as he worked directly with the Primus Sobol, Sunak Triumvirate.

The Triumvirate had some positive but cautious comments about a possible meeting with some Federation officials on Outpost Echo.

“From my knowledge, your base is in unclaimed territory, and so I have no opinion in its existence, but our species would consider visiting the station and may even send freighters in that direction time to time,” said Prime Sobol. “We are not an easily trusting species, Ensign Leland Bishop of the Federation, so you can understand our reticence.”

The Victory made a quick stop at Outpost Echo to pick up some new crew members. Then it was ordered to head directly to Duronis II to the Federation Embassy on the planet. There, the crew was given a short leave before a reception for both crews was to take place during a presentation ceremony.

USS Apollo rushes to aid adrift Klingon freighter

AZURE NEBULA — Starfleet officers came to the aid of a Klingon freighter after it was attacked and left adrift with its cargo stolen.

“The enemy snuck up on us like kos’karii with no honor,” said Captain Shi’Tok, commanding officer of the Klingon freighter IKS Vut’Cha, to Rear Admiral Andrus Jaxx, commanding officer of the USS Apollo.

The Apollo had just left from a stopover at Starbase 118, where the crew was invited to join the Festival of Diversity, one of the largest cultural celebrations in the galaxy. The crew of the Apollo also used the festival as an opportunity for a team building exercise for their senior staff.

As the teams were participating on this exercise, camouflaged as a scavenger hunt, the station though was suddenly rocked by a rather strong ion storm. The crew returned to the ship and brought distance between them and the storm, while being prepared to offer assistance to the crew of the starbase. The science and tactical department worked together on finding more information about the sudden ion storm but ran into more questions to the puzzle than answers.

At the beginning of Alpha shift the next day, the Apollo received a distress call from the Vut’Cha, which had been attacked in the Azure Nebula, and was now adrift in Federation space. While the ion storm was still on the minds of the crew, the Apollo rushed at maximum warp towards the Vut’Cha to offer assistance.

The freighter is now receiving parts for repairs from the Apollo’s engineers. Their cargo though is lost in the hands—or rather cargo rooms—of the attackers. A team on the Apollo is working to identify the culprits and their way off scene to possibly return said cargo to Captain Shi’Tok and his crew.

Rumors circulate as more acts of piracy reported along Klingon border

ARCHANIS SECTOR — More reports of violent piracy from Klingon space have come in as the USS Gemini searches for a missing ship.

The search for the USS Spartan continues, led by the USS Gemini. Reports indicate that the Gemini’s commanding officer Commander Liam Frost has made contact with several Klingon patrols in the area to share any possible data on the location of the Spartan. The Gemini recently crossed into Klingon space, accompanied by the USS Achilles, for what appeared to be a meeting with the Klingons in order to share information on where the Spartan may be located.

Meanwhile, more reports have begun to emerge of acts of violent piracy along the border with the Klingons. No confirmation has been made as to who is responsible, but speculation ranges from Orion pirates to fractious entities within the Klingon Empire itself trying to incite discord or even war.

“As of yet, we do not have any definitive links to any known groups, but we are not ruling out any possibilities at this point,” said Admiral Alex Raymond of Starfleet Strategic Operations. “We are working closely with all of our allies in the area to determine who is responsible for these acts and bring them to justice.”

But while Starfleet is remaining fairly vague on the evidence surrounding the attacks, there are scattered reports from the Klingon side of the border that the responsible parties may already be known: the Spartan herself.

Sources within the Empire report that at least one low-ranking member of the Klingon High Council has made allegations that it is the Defiant class Spartan that is responsible for the attacks on Klingon ships in the area and the destruction of at least one warship. The Federation News Service has been unable to verify the veracity of any of these reports, and no official complaints have been made.

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