With a selection of terrorist threats and sabotage to the ship dealt with, the crew of the USS Aurora left the Farius system behind to head for the Utopia Planitia shipyards in the Sol system – at least partly so that SCE could take a look at what had happened to the ship and try and work out how to fix the more tenacious problems inflicted on it’s computer system.
Given that the ship was likely to be out of action for a short while, it seemed like a good time for a little shore leave, something that was kicked off by a gathering in one of the station’s holodecks that included a visit from an admiral, there to bestow Cmdr. Della Vetri’s promotion to Captain, an event echoed by the rise in rank of a number of the crew’s other officers as well.
It was also at this ceremony that the crew received a large, and to many surprising, bit of news – wherever they were heading next, they wouldn’t be taking the Aurora with them. Instead, the crew was being transferred en-mass to the USS Avandar, a newly commissioned Luna-class explorer that would serve as their new home.
The Avandar wasn’t quite ready to launch though, and the plans for shore leave weren’t put on hold. Well deserving of a break after the stresses of the last couple of missions, the crew took the chance to unwind with at least one major party on Earth…
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The away team on Farius Prime arrived to a brotherhood bunker where they’re tested by an Orion slave named Jalen following orders of Major Talar to discover if they’re of the Brotherhood or faking. The team managed to uncover themselves Lt. Tali managed to make Jalen sympathize with them and get her help for the team.
Whilst a covert infiltration team makes their way to Farius Prime to try and dig up what they can on Scarlet Brotherhood operations based there, the crew aboard the USS Aurora find themselves having to deal with a member of the self-same group who has managed to infiltrate their vessel from the Orion freighter they had secured.
A hostage situation in Engineering ends with a number of minor injuries to the crew and a Bajoran terrorist left to regain consciousness in the brig. With that little interruption dealt with, they get under way for Farius Prime themselves, with the science and engineering teams cooking up a stealthed probe intended to give the away team a little extra support without announcing the presence of Starfleet in the system.
Meanwhile, the away team successfully makes contact with the Bajorans they are seeking, though it takes a certain amount of fast-talking to get the terrorists to accept the disguises and cover identities the team have put together. Now all they need to do is get some intel on what the Brotherhood are planning next in their attempts to destabilize Bajor’s entry to the Federation – something made perhaps a little trickier by the Orion slave of the terrorist leader who is far less taken in by their act…
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Carrying on with their part of the Battle of Bajor event, an away team from the USS Aurora managed to secure one of the suspected Bajoran terrorists on the Orion ship – sadly, the only one that failed to successfully suicide to avoid capture. This captive was transported to the Aurora’s sickbay for stabilisation, during which time the Orion prisoners managed to stage a jail-break.
With one of it’s own shuttles now making a break for Klingon space with the Orions aboard, the Aurora was unable to pursue due to the fact people were still aboard the Orion’s own vessel. Luckily, the Verter, a Brikar patrol ship in the area, was more than happy to take on the chase.
With the ship patched up after it’s last mission, the USS Aurora’s new job was a patrol of a section of the Federation/Klingon border, maintaining a presence in the area should anything crop up.
It didn’t take all that long for just that to happen, with the Aurora – coordinating with the Brikar Defence Force – identifying a vessel crossing the border that was flagged by Starfleet as being of interest in a number of criminal activities. Suspicion heightened still further when the vessel displayed signs of carrying a cloak, though not a very good one.
Study of the now-disabled crystal revealed a connection between it and the anomaly, more specifically, the artificial structures within it. Careful analysis showed it to actually be a part of the anomaly’s maintenance system that had somehow ended up wandering astray, and plans were rapidly formulated to return it to where it was meant to be. After last minute preparations, the Aurora made it’s attempt to return home, running the more stable, but still volatile, gauntlet of the anomaly’s interior. Getting off a lot lighter than the first time, the ship made it back to Federation space- and nearly ran over a runabout that happened to be investigating that end of the conduit at the time. Safely home again, the crew set course for Starbase 23 to drop off their Romulan passengers, as well as get the ship patched up and take a well-earned break.
As if being surrounded by tension from the crew of the Romulan D7 they are trying to help wasn’t bad enough, the USS Aurora’s away team find themselves caught in the midst of an attempted coup against the ship’s leaders, triggered by the arrival of the Aurora and the promise of a potential way home – something not all of those aboard the Romulan vessel want to take. This struggle also manifests aboard the Aurora itself, where the visiting dignitaries are themselves split, resulting in an armed confrontation in the conference room. Luckily, things are resolved with a minimum of trouble on the Starfleet ship, but only in time for it to find itself falling prey to another hazard of the area they have found themselves in – a space-borne crystalline object that begins draining the Aurora of power at a dangerous rate.
The USS Aurora was investigating some exotic radiation levels near the Romulan Neutral Zone when an space anomaly engulfed the ship, driving it to 750 light years on the other side of the Romulan Star Empire. The ship received some damage but nothing too serious that the repair teams and medical team couldn’t handle. When recovering the sensor capability, the crew discovered a D7 Romulan ship floating in space, apparently without energy or living signatures. Having in count that the D7 class was last produced more than 200 years ago, it’s worth investigating, so an away team was sent in a shuttle due some damage on the transporters. After an easy ride, the doors of the Romulan ship opened and once inside they’re received by a group of Romulans who’s leader was named Lakacl. After an offer to repair the ventilation system of the ship and some diplomatic talks, the Elder Lakacl accepted to interview with Captain Vetri on the Aurora while the away team remained on the Romulan ship.
The freshly recommissioned USS Aurora, complete with it’s new command and senior staff, departed SB118 on a combination shakedown and patrol run. Her orders were to head out to the border of the Romulan Neutral Zone and keep an eye out for unusual or suspicious activity there, as well as investigate any out-of-the-ordinary happenings that may have occurred in the wake of the Hobus supernova. With the crew still in the process of getting to know one another, the ship underwent a number of tests of it’s systems – including one rather creative experiment involving the sensor grid and it’s own emissions – but reached the Neutral Zone without incident. Almost immediately upon arrival,the Aurora detected signs of unusual levels of rather exotic radiation in the area, and has begun investigating… with no idea what the crew’s actions are about to trigger.
The Nova-class starship is a tiny but tenacious workhorse of the fleet whose design philosophy focuses around compact size, reliability and a simple but rugged design. Its primary mission task is short-term planetary study, a noticeable shift away from the increasingly more militarized Starfleet design philosophy exemplified in the Defiant and Prometheus classes.
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