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USS Avandar responds to deep space disaster

L’HEIA SECTOR – Investigating an explosion in deep space, the USS Avandar discovered something of troubling evidence.

Resuming routine duties after the events at Telden, the USS Avandar, in conjunction with the USS Halo, detected a large explosion in deep space. Moving to investigate, the Avandar was informed by the Halo that there had been a message transmitted to the Galaxy-class ship at the same time as the blast – a message that, whilst fragmented, suggested the involvement of Starfleet personnel.

Scans of the area revealed that the explosion had not been natural in origin. In fact, the battered wreckage of a civilian freighter was discovered, along with evidence of the use of tricobalt explosives in the area and warp trails leading toward a nearby system. Long range scans of that system showed the presence of a settlement on a supposedly uninhabitable planet, though no explanation as to why it was there.

Of more immediate concern to the Avandar‘s crew were the survivors still aboard the stricken freighter – survivors that turned out to be slaves, though no sign of their captors could be found in the limited time available before, despite the best efforts of the team sent over to investigate, the ship’s warp core went critical and exploded.

According to Captain Della Vetri, the USS Avandar‘s Commanding Officer, “Someone who’ll use weapons like that against runaway slaves is someone that bears watching – so we’re going to have to find out just who they are before they decide to use them against someone else.”

A task that the data apparently recovered from the freighter before its destruction, plus the testimony of the rescued survivors themselves, will hopefully make a good deal easier to accomplish.

Crisis brings forth strange new life

TELDEN SYSTEM – The USS Avandar found themselves witness to a highly unusual birth.

As the situation in orbit around Telden stabilised, things on the ground heated up immensely. The crew aboard the USS Avandar (NCC-80203) worked to establish contact with both the local forces and the unknown alien bioships in the area, whilst the away team attempted to deal with the casualties they found there – as well as the increasingly severe seismic activity beneath the city.

After a great deal of effort, a partial translation of the aliens’ message was achieved, though it didn’t prove particularly enlightening. The need for some sort of understanding became even higher when the quakes rocking the surface began to cause severe damage, but the very unusual cause was located. Appearing to be of the same type of craft as the bioships in orbit, a much smaller vessel was in the process of attempting to breach the surface and take to the skies, though with unfortunate effects on the city that was in the way.

Evacuating as many people as possible from the area by transporter, the Avandar was unable to get a solid lock on all members of the away team, which led to some of them being stuck on the ground amidst the rapidly rising panic, which led to Major Siris being injured by local security forces whilst he and Ensign Wilde were trying to explain their presence.

Finally, the hatchling’s distress led to the risk of total destruction of the city, and Captain Vetri took the Avandar into the atmosphere in a low-level pass that permitted the use of tractor beams to clear the rubble blocking the newborn’s path. With that obstacle out of the way, the small bioship joined its fellows in orbit, and the whole group departed without any further attempt at communication.

“Weirdest childbirth I ever saw,” Lieutenant JG Lian Li, an intelligence officer aboard the USS Avandar observed, “and definitely the messiest.”

A mess that the Avandar’s crew quickly got to work helping the locals to deal with, providing medical and other emergency support as everyone tried to get to grips with the events that had just unfolded before them.

USS Avandar stumbles into conflict

TEDLEN SYSTEM – A request for investigative aid has lead the USS Avandar into the middle of a violent confrontation.

In response to a request for Federation aid in investigating a series of strange occurrences, the USS Avandar (NCC-80203) was dispatched to the L’Heia sector, once again under the command of Captain Della Vetri.

What proved to be an uneventful trip turned into something very different, however, when the USS Avandar dropped out of quantum slipstream in the Telden system – and straight into the middle of a space battle. Whilst the ship escaped damage in the crossfire, things were very tense as the crew attempted to establish what was going on, eventually managing to identify one of the engaged forces as local law, whilst the other remains completely unknown.

Attempts to establish communications with either the planet or anyone in local space met with great difficulty due to EM interference in the area, but the orbital fighting died down after one of the unknown vessels, apparently composed of advanced biotechnology, released some form of electrical blast at the Avandar – causing no damage, but provoking a retaliatory shot that severely depleted its defences.

Visual scans established that fighting had also been taking place on the surface, with major damage to the native capital, and whilst a tense three way stand-off developed in space, an away team under Commander Tracey Townson was dispatched to the planet to try and make contact with the locals and assess the situation. Once safely down, the away team found a great deal of damage and casualties, but no apparent sign yet of the attackers themselves. It was soon discovered that whatever had damaged the city was not alone, as there are also signs of increasingly frequent and severe seismic tremors, the cause of which is currently a mystery even to orbital scans from the Avandar’s advanced sensor systems.

As attempts to make contact with the unknown attackers continue, including efforts to identify an apparently telepathic influence that affected Lieutenant JG Fenelli soon after the energy blast hit the Avandar’s shields, the crew are working hard to find some way to try and resolve the situation before more lives are lost. It is proving to be a tricky task, however, and as Capt. Vetri herself stated, “If we’re not careful, we could end up getting mired in this whole mess ourselves.”

December Plot Summary for the USS Avandar

The USS Avandar has been destroyed, torn in two by a giant creature intent on devouring the tasty morsels inside, and with the ruined halves cast onto the surface of a nearby world. Or at least that was what those trapped in a mental construct intended to keep them occupied believed had happened.

For those of the crew *not* caught in the mindscape, the challenge was simply trying to find a way to detach the small entity they had encountered from the ship’s warp core and awaken their crewmates, preferably before anything unfortunate happened to either, or both. Their efforts regarding the creature proved less than successful, however, as their main plan was precisely what resulted in the mindscape – a defensive measure by the creature – to be created in the first place.

Based on the the first, clearest, mental imprint it could find, the entity used the mental outlook of a telepathic toddler to form the basis of the illusion, and it was that self-same framework that rapidly proved the mindscape’s undoing – Starfleet officers not, as a rule, bring inclined to believe in a world made of cartoon characters and toy bricks.

Realising it’s error, and having gleaned enough energy from the warp core to make it to it’s destination, the creature dissolved the illusion and departed, regretting the trouble it had caused and planning to make sure it never went anywhere near a starship again if it could help it…

In the wake of this encounter, it took some major medical work to ensure that the effected crewmembers suffered no ongoing effects, and the crew itself received news that did not bode well for their continued exploration of the L’heia Sector – the Avandar was being recalled, the crew to be reassigned among the fleet whilst the ship itself was used as a test-bed for a number of scientific and engineering protoype programs.

Whilst Starfleet maintains a presence in the Sector, the Avandar’s voyages of exploration are, for now, drawing to a close…

November for the USS Avandar

All crewmembers home safely, and the threat of an uncontrolled Iconian Gateway thoroughly neutralised, the USS Avandar NCC 80203 set a course for somewhere a little less unknown for a chance to take a breath and attend to a few matters that have arisen due to recent events.

Whilst (temporarily) Lieutenant T’Lea is faced with the consequences of her actions concerning the Gateway, Doctor Malon has to do the same – though whilst T’Lea’s demotion has an end in sight, things are far less clear as to whether Malon’s telepathic abilities will recover at all from her efforts to control the Inconian technology.

In the meantime, the newer members of the crew take the chance to begin settling in under more peaceful circumstances – a situation that does not, regrettably, prove long lasting. En route to it’s destination, the USS Avandar encounters something very much out of the ordinary, though investigating quite what it might be initially takes a back seat to the crew having to dealing with the ship being dumped violently out of warp with no warning.

The culprit is soon identified as a biological space-dwelling entity of some kind that attaches itself to the warp core, drawing energy from it and leaving the ship’ systems unbalanced as a result. Quite what it is, what it’s doing, and what it’s reaction will be when something is done about it, are all questions the crew will have to face in the very near future…

October Plot Summary for the USS Avandar

With a combination of luck, skill, and stubborn refusal to fail, the crew of the USS Avandar, NCC 80203, managed to successfully rig the Iconian components they had salvaged into something that worked – worked so well, in fact, that it hijacked the vessel’s main deflector to project a portal into space. Too big for the ship to pass through itself, not to mention the political consequences of a Starfleet ship popping out of nowhere over the Breen home-world, there was plenty of room for a team to take the Avandar’s Waverider shuttle through to snatch their stray colleagues home.

Trading a possible diplomatic incident for the chance of armed conflict, Captain Vetri ordered the shuttle fitted with the Klingon cloaking device that had been tucked securely away on board since an earlier mission, a decision that proved it’s worth when the shuttle was able to retrieve the stranded Away Team from the Breen planet without – as far as anyone can tell so far – being positively identified as a Federation craft.

With the team safely home and being cared for after their more eventful than planned deployment, the Gateway itself dismantled by ejection into space and a torpedo strike to prevent any possible misuse, the USS Avandar, retreated a short distance to make sure there are no residual effects of the portal’s creation before moving on.

September Plot Summary for the USS Avandar

The Away Team from the USS Avandar, NCC 80203 – having narrowly avoided the accidental destruction of the area they had been in by the ship – found themselves in a far different place to the one they had occupied before. The gateway that had sucked them in deposited them in what at first appeared a reasonably pleasant temperate environment. It was only when they began exploring their new surroundings that they discovered that it was nothing more than a simulation intended for training those who had set it up – the Breen.

As the Away Team scrambled to evade capture, the crew of the Avandar set about trying to find out just what had happen to them, and where they had gone. LtCmdr T’Lea, in direct violation of orders, beamed herself down to the team’s last known location and began investigating in person. With the aid of a remote-piloted Workbee, sent to both back her up and drag her back if need be, she managed to salvage the damaged gateway. Work soon began aboard the Avandar not not only track where the team had gone, but also set up a means to get them back.

The Iconian artefact salvaged from Poseidon proved to be the key. Responsible for the random power outages that had begun plaguing the ship, it turned out to be a power source that would reactivate the hastily-repaired gateway and give the Avandar crew a chance of recovering their stray colleagues.

USS Avandar Plot Summary for August

Another day, another unusual sensor reading – this time relayed to the USS Avandar, NCC-80203, by one of the long-range probes that have been launched to roam the Sector. At first glance the readings appeared to be some sort of energy fluctuation, but as the Avandar closed in on the area to investigate it became clear there was more to it than that.

The source of the readings was traced to beneath the surface of a planetoid that appeared to once have been a significant part of a moon. Also present on the surface, was a seemingly abandoned small craft broadcasting a radio signal who’s translation proved proved very hard indeed. Something about the composition of the rock made scans largely ineffective, but the energy readings that could be analysed showed significant similarities to the signature given off by Iconian technology.

With no intention of leaving something like that laying about, an Away Team was deployed by shuttle to the surface, but almost immediately trouble began. Communications began to fail very quickly, and a storm began moving in on them seemingly from nowhere, and bearing all the signs of being artificially generated.

As the Away Team moved to find shelter, the Avandar searched for some way to both disrupt the storm and regain contact with the team. Unfortunately, the best solution for both of those seemed to be to break up the storm directly – and hope that the crew on the planetoid were not caught in the backlash…

USS Avandar Plot Summary for July

In the wake of the incident with the Alr’n raiders, and the Xomite “peacekeepers” that joined in on the action, the crew of the USS Avandar NCC-80203 headed off in search of whatever new discoveries await them in the L’heia sector. With a number of new officers joining the crew, an informal holodeck get-together was organised to that everyone could take the chance to get acquainted with their new shipmates, as well as take a little time to relax.

The main talking-point of this event turned out to be totally unexpected, at least on the part of most present. A well-laid ambush by the ship’s Helm and History & Archaeology officers left Captain Della Vetri faced with the need to give an answer – in front of the assembled crew – to her bond-mate’s proposal of a traditional marriage.

The happy glow was to be tarnished somewhat, however, the day after the gathering. Revelations of a science project being hidden from most of the senior staff forced something of a showdown between the First Officer and those involved. Given the nature of the item being studied, he did finally accept the need for secrecy… but with the proviso that any further work be done with both his knowledge and full participation.

What will come of this study of a seemingly-innocuous Iconian artefact remains a mystery, but there is little doubt that it could prove either nothing much at all… or very significant indeed.

June for the USS Avandar

The main concern of the USS Avandar’s crew was the continuing clean-up of the mess left in the wake of recent events. In some cases, this was quite literal, but mostly involved more technical areas that helped some of the newly-arrived crew members get to know a few of their colleagues a bit better – whilst making sure the ship didn’t implode.

One area that definitely deserved attention was the Avandar’s tactical systems. With a potential virus-caused issue making itself known during the crew’s face-off with the Xomites, special efforts were made to ensure that everything was back on track with the Avandar’s ability to defend itself, a failure in that regard making most of the rest of the work being done somewhat irrelevant should it be needed…

Not everyone was occupied with this kind of work, however, and the first steps were taken toward a more long-term diplomatic relationship with the trading world of Shalin (with all correspondence from them being tested for malicious code with an almost paranoid level of intensity). The Intelligence department were not idle either, and things have been set in motion to track the Alr’n ship that was the root cause of the Avandar’s recent troubles – and to see if some clue could be gained as to how they’d managed to acquire examples of *Gamma* Quadrant technology…

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