POUIYEOG REGION — The Hierarchy was forced to retreat after a battle on two fronts between Outpost Unity and New Talax.
NEW TALAX — The Starfleet crew of the USS Apollo-A responded to a distress signal from embattled Talaxians and were ambushed by the Hierarchy.
ZETA-GELIS REGION — Starfleet and Zakdorn relations feel the strain as the next phase of ‘Project Full Circle’ prepares to launch.
EARTH SPACEDOCK — While enjoying shore leave at Earth Spacedock, the crew of the USS Apollo-A is recalled and quickly find out that not all is as it seems.
The crew of the USS Apollo, NCC 71669-A, after completing a series of challenging missions, were enjoying a respite of shore leave on Earth Spacedock. After enjoying a formal meet and greet party to welcome aboard new crew and recognize the efforts of all, the crew began to follow their own routines while waiting for the Apollo’s Quantum Slipstream Drive to be replaced and declared fit for flight. Unfortunately for the crew, their plans were about to change.
Shortly after the party, Fleet Captain Kalianna Nicholotti was briefed on a mission by Starfleet Command that needed the Apollo’s immediate attention. Nicholotti soon issued the order for the Apollo’s crew to return to the ship while much to the chagrin of the Apollo’s Chief Engineer, Lieutenant Commander Luna Walker, the spacedock’s engineering crews gave top priority to the Apollo’s repair work.
Once the repairs were complete, Nicholotti summoned the senior staff to the briefing room and informed them of their mission. The Apollo was being sent to rendezvous with a contingent of delegates from the planet of Sharshay to discuss the possibility of them entering the Federation. After answering all the staff’s questions about the mission and discovery was shared. Black boxes had been found on the ship, which turned out to be tracking and recording devices. Someone was spying on the Apollo and her crew.
Determined to complete their mission, the crew of the Apollo set about the task of departing spacedock and plotting a course for the nebula where they would meet the delegation. While the majority of the crew completed departure preparations, Commander David Cody led a small team in a mission to locate and disable the black boxes.
Back on the bridge, Commander Alex Blair led the bridge crew through the final checks before departure. As Nicholotti entered, Blair moved to turn over the conn allowing the commanding officer to begin the mission. Instead, Nicholotti stood aside and simply said, “Commander, if you would do the honors?”
EARTH SPACEDOCK — After foiling the plans of Sicarius agents, the crew of the USS Apollo-A head home for much needed shore leave.
After defeating the Sicarius ship and managing to find a way to save the planet, in both universes, the crew of the USS Apollo, NCC 71669-A, under the orders of Fleet Captain Kalianna Nicholotti headed home. Shortly after Nicholotti gave the order to set course for Earth Spacedock at the best possible non-slipstream speed, the crew was dismissed for a much needed period of shore leave.
With the arrival of seven officers from the USS Columbia, Nicholotti saw a need for a party to bring the two crews together, and she put Lieutenant Commanders Alex Blair and Randal Rennyn to the task. The two officers spent the evening planning an elegant formal meet-and-greet party for the senior staff the following evening, which was mandatory for all to attend.
While the party was indeed the most pressing event for the second day of leave, the crew did not waste their day before it began. Several members of the crew met up in a lounge to catch up. When the party finally began it was an elaborate affair. The crew arrived dressed in their finest tailored Starfeet dress uniforms and found an elegant setting in which to get to know one another.
After giving the crew time to begin mingling, Nicholotti arrived, not exactly dressed for the occasion, and immediately called for everyone’s attention. Nicholotti proceeded to handout ribbons to the crew, some of which were being giving to the former Columbia crew from Captain Brek. After Nicholotti finished with the awards she proceeded to call up several members of the crew one at a time. Lieutenant Commander Lan Riel, Lieutenant JG Gina Es-Aleh, and Lieutenant JG Merrick R’Ven were all promoted.
“Thanks to everyone for all that they do to keep this ship going,” said Nicholotti. “And with that, you are all free to return to the party!”
NEUTRONIA — While investigating a distress call, the crew of the USS Apollo-A had to fight off Sicarius attackers while helping an early warp civilization prevent a planet-killing disaster.
After crash-landing on the planet of Neutronia, an away team led by Lieutenant Commander Alex Blair was quickly greeted by members of the Neutronian government. These government officials, who were exultant about seeing their first ‘aliens’, were quick to explain to the away team why they had sent the distress call. There was a scientific research project that had the potential to eradicate the planet and its inhabitants unless its power generating capabilities were somehow subdued.
Upon hearing the news, Lt. Cmdr. Blair split the away team into two groups. The first would be led by Lt. Cmdr. Blair and would hold first contact talks with the Neutronian first minister, and the second, led by Lt. Cmdr. Lluneh Walker, was tasked with trying to help solve the technical problem.
Shortly after the groups parted ways, alarms started blaring throughout the complex. The building had been infiltrated by a group of commandos who turned out to be Sicarius agents. During the attack, Lt. Cmdr. Walker, through a byproduct of the experiment, was replaced by her parallel universe brother Captain Ben Walker.
After a brief battle, at the end of which Commander David Cody laid out the framework to infiltrate the Sicarius organization by convincing and agent that he was the group’s leader, the two groups reunited to put in a combined effort to once and for all stop the failed experiment and save the planet.
Meanwhile back on the USS Apollo (NCC 71669-A) the short staffed bridge crew, under the guidance of Fleet Captain Kalianna Nicholotti, had their hands full fighting a small Sicarius attack craft. Deeps in the midst of battle reinforcements arrived in the form of a runabout full of new crew. Once the auxiliary craft docked with the Apollo, their eagerness to help out was voiced through the new tactical officer Lieutenant Commander Vitor Tito.
“Just got yourselves two new doctors, one scientist, one tactical one security, one ops and a helmsman waiting for orders, what’s the word?” he asked.
As the new crew made their way through the ship, the worst case scenario began to play out. The Sicarius found a way to transport onto the Apollo and started to sabotage the ship. The combination of new crew and intruders aboard, everyone was on edge unsure who was authorized to be aboard and who was not. Acting on a spur of genius, Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Breeman released a series of automated drones to help track down intruders.
As the intruders were tracked down, the tactical department on the bridge worked diligently to fend off the attacking ship. Ultimately Breeman and Ensign Gina Es-Aleh concocted a plan that would be a major blow to the attacker. They would breach a subspace layer creating a swirling effect that would be powerful enough to knock back the Sicarius and hopefully end the attack.
With a plan in place, a full spread of torpedoes was launched at a subspace ripple and the resulting feedback pulse was created. This pulse was not only powerful enough to harm the Apollo, but it also destroyed the Sicarius ship. As the Apollo communicated with the away team for the first time, the feedback pulse also played an unexpected part in solving the problems on the surface as well. For the first time since the mission began, things were starting to look good.
NEUTRONIA – While traversing the Typhon Expanse, the USS Apollo-A responds to a distress call from a previously unknown planet.
After a brief period shipboard shore leave, the crew of the USS Apollo, NCC 71669-A, soon found themselves back in action as the ship returned to its normal duty of patrolling the Typhon Expanse. Not long after the crew began to establish themselves in their normal shipboard routines, the crew detected a high priority emergency distress call. Without hesitation, Fleet Captain Kalianna Nicholotti ordered that the message should be played.
“To any civilization or sentient being who can hear this. I am First Minister Quleum K’Prion of the planet Neutronia. An incident has occurred on our planet which has the potential to cause catastrophic danger in a matter of days. We are unable to handle this situation on our own and are in need of help. Please if anyone can hear this message, help us.”
Upon hearing the distress call, Lieutenant Commander Alex Blair recalled the senior staff to the bridge while Ensign Derovan Saalik triangulated the source to a planet that had never been contacted by the Federation. As the senior staff returned to duty, there was much discussion of whether helping the Neutronians would be a violation of the Prime Directive, but ultimately a decision was made. An away team would be sent to the surface to discreetly investigate the problem and determine whether contact would be advisable.
Charged with the task of leading the investigation, LtCmdr Blair was sent to the surface with an assemblage of many senior staff members including the Apollo’s resident ambassador Lieutenant Commander Rune Jolara.
With the team gathered aboard a shuttlecraft, LtCmdr Blair piloted the vessel to the surface intending to hide along one of the planet’s magnetic poles to stay hidden. As the shuttle entered the atmosphere an electromagnetic pulse was emitted from the ground in an attempt to lessen the potential of catastrophic failure of a government research project. The EMP was incredibly powerful and knocked out almost all of the shuttle’s systems causing the away team to crash land outside the project site.
Meanwhile aboard the Apollo, FltCapt Nicholotti and the remaining crew had their hands full as well. While trying to keep tabs on the away team, Ensign Gina Es-Aleh detected what was believed to be another ship entering the area. Unfortunately the presence of another ship could not be confirmed as it appeared to be cloaked.
DEEP SPACE – After a very stressful, unexpected first mission, the crew of the USS Apollo-A enjoyed a well-deserved period of shore leave.
After successfully realigning the ship into one physical reality, the crew of the USS Apollo (NCC-71669-A) found themselves in precarious situation. They had just survived a ghastly situation, one in which even an experienced crew would have tremendous difficulty. Not only had they survived, but they had pulled through the situation while having only known and worked together for a matter of hours.
After confirming that the ship had completely realigned into the correct phase, Fleet Captain Kalianna Nicholotti gave word for the crew to begin assessing damage and getting the ship back in working order. The majority of the work was completed by the engineering crew, led by Lieutenant Commander Lluneh Walker, while the medical team led by Lieutenant Zinna tended to various medical needs throughout the ship.
Once everything was back on track, Nicholotti gave one final order to her First Officer, Lieutenant Commander Alex Blair.
“Commander Blair, schedule a meet and greet of some kind in the officers mess for tomorrow evening, and let everyone know,” she said.
At that the crew was officially on a short leave. The shore leave began like almost any other leave with one exception: the majority of the Apollo’s crew barely knew one another.
The crew began to partake in their own various leave pastimes, such as sleeping or heading to the ship’s bar. One pair of officers, Lieutenant T’Var Helling and Ensign Roshacari, even began a budding romance.
As time continued to turn, the second day of leave quickly arrived meaning that the Apollo’s senior staff would be gathering for their social gathering. With preparations laid out, the Six Forward Lounge tastefully decorated, a couple buffets set, and the obligatory bar stocked, the party was ready to begin.
The crew slowly trickled in and quickly split into groups, one at the bar and another near the center of the room. After a harrowing first day aboard the Apollo, it was time for her crew to get to know one another.
DEEP SPACE — While en route to their first assignment aboard the USS Apollo-A, the senior staff mysteriously vanish.
The tension was palpable as the senior staff of the USS Apollo-A (NCC 71669-A) took their stations on the bridge for the first time. Soon after everyone settled, FltCapt. Kalianna Nicholotti gave the order and the Apollo, under the control of helmsman Lt JG Randal Shayne, began racing through the stars.
Shortly after the Apollo’s departure, Nicholotti gave the order to activate the quantum slipstream drive to expedite the Apollo’s travel time through the Typhon Expanse. After a few moments of traveling at slipstream speeds the ship shuddered and the bulkheads seemed to groan. Following normal Starfleet protocol, the crew began to run scans in an effort to diagnose what had happened.
As results started coming through, the senior staff started putting things together and realized something was truly wrong. This finding was solidified by a report from the First Officer, LtCmdr. Alex Blair.
“Either a problem or I’ve become a great illusionist in the last couple of minutes,” Blair said as he passed his hand through the console built into his chair.
The senior staff soon theorized that they had somehow transitioned into a different phase. With the theory in hand, they set about trying to prove it. Nicholotti led a team to investigate other decks of the ship, while Blair remained on the bridge with a team to try and work the problem.
As the teams worked, it became more and more clear that the theory of being phase shifted was correct. Not only had the senior staff shifted to a different phase, but the Apollo had shifted into several phases which somehow were spread across a vast span of space. Needless to say, the various phases were wreaking havoc across the Apollo’s systems as well.
After some extensive work, Commander Marcus Dickens and Ensign Gina Es-Aleh came up with a plan that could realign the Apollo and her crew into one phase, but it had a catch. If the ship and crew were to survive, the plan could only be enacted in one of the phases. With the senior staff reunited on the bridge, and after receiving a garbled message transmitted through the grav-plating built into the floor, Nicholotti decided to take a leap of faith and enact the plan.
Soon after the plan was enacted, things on the Apollo started going poorly. The ship shuddered again and a few moments later was surrounded by debris. In an effort to determine what had happened, and acting on a hunch, Mission Specialist Commander David Cody, went down to engineering to take a look at the warp core. After a quick investigation Cody found an imbalance with the warp core constrictors which was the true cause of the phase shifts. Cody quickly donned an environmental suit and risked his own life to repair the system.
With the constrictors realigned and the matter/anti-matter ratio back to normal, the plan to realign the phases was continued. Several tense minutes passed as the senior staff dealt with errant torpedoes orbiting the Apollo as debris, before the various phases affecting the Apollo realigned with a massive bang. After beginning the process of assessing the damage, the senior staff were relieved by Gamma Shift thus ending what could only be described as a tumultuous first day.
EARTH SPACEDOCK — Under the leadership of Fleet Captain Kalianna Nicholott, a new crew reported to the USS Apollo-A for her relaunch.
Throughout the history of Starfleet, ships have been built, assigned crews, then after some time, they have been decommissioned until a new crews were assigned. For the Odyssey class USS Apollo (NCC-71669-A), one of the largest ships Starfleet has ever built, this history has held true. For several months, the Apollo has sat dormant inside the confines of Earth Spacedock, waiting for a new crew to herald her on a new adventure and now that time has come.
Under orders from Starfleet Command, Fleet Captain Kalianna Nicholotti and a new crew gathered outside the docking umbilical leading to the Apollo. The crew, composed of most of the crews of the USS Atlantis (NCC-74682) and USS Gemini (NCC-80564), had found their way from various parts of the Federation and stood waiting for a welcome aboard speech from their new commanding officer. Nicholotti did not disappoint.
“Across this threshold is the future. She is the USS Apollo-A,” she said in a rousing address to her new crew. “The culmination of all we learned during the Dominion War, the conflict with our Klingon neighbors, and years of research and exploration, she is the bright light of all our futures. She is the finest ship in the fleet, and you have the honor of being her crew!”
Once the speech concluded and the crew was dismissed by the first officer Lieutenant Commander Alex Blair, the boarding process for the Apollo’s twenty-five hundred personnel began in earnest.
As the crew boarded and started to settle in, Nicholotti called everyone to their stations. The Apollo’s departure was imminent. The crew began to trickle onto the bridge and were delighted to see new faces as well as faces they hadn’t seen in some time. Soon thereafter, Nicholotti addressed the crew and informed them of the Apollo’s new area of operation, the Typhon Sector. On the captain’s orders, the helmsman Lieutenant JG Randal Shayne fired up the Apollo’s thrusters, and the ship and crew left on their new adventure.