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January Plot Summary: USS Drake

USS DrakePlacing the USS Drake NCC-1987 in the care of the orbital shipyards of Utopia Planitia the crew spent most of the month on shore enjoying the sights and experiences of Earth. An award and promotion ceremony was held where Ensign Weston was promoted to Lt Jg and various awards and service ribbons were given out.
The crew then went their separate ways. Some took the opportunity to escape the often tightly packed environment of the Drake to go off by themselves. Significant B plots were the continued relationships that have developed over the last few missions.

December Plot Summary For The USS Drake

The departure of the space elevator system from orbit around Azhero-Sudensk effectively concluded the USS Drake NCC-1987 current mission. The crew of the Drake was able to escape before the Ring left orbit and was last tracked heading off into deep space.

The departure of the Ring has caused extensive damage on the surface of the planet , however the colony was surprising well prepared for a disaster of this magnitude and should recover without any undue loss of life.

The major commercial focus for the colony has quite literally disappeared overnight and it is doubtful that the incumbent government will stay in power for long now that their main power base is gone. An added complication is that  the AI system that was controlling the Ring has now taken up residence in the planets magnetic field.

The Drake is now on route to Earth for some repairs and minor upgrades. The crew has an opportunity for some shore leave and to hold an award and promotion ceremony. The crew has suffered some losses and unexpected changes. Nurse Harris was killed by an infection from a fungus bio weapon while trying to save others and Ensign Kells has now become LtCmdr Kells. This is  due to a future version of himself being pulled back in time due to a transporter malfunction.

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Drake Plot Summary For November

USS DrakeContinuing their rescue operation to save the space elevator platform known as the “Ring “the crew of the USS Drake NCC-1987 make a number of discoveries.

The away team led by the COS and Second Officer are transported to safety by a strange telepathic being. This being is part of the race who originally constructed the Ring. It appears that they have returned to reclaim their property.

Drake plot summary for October

USS DrakeThe recent shore leave on Vulcan having come to an end the crew of the USS Drake NCC-1987 received their next mission briefing. The Tellarite colony Anzhero-Sudzhensk inherited a planet wide space elevator system when they discovered the planet. The capabilities of the “Ring” as it is known are impressive. The Ring itself is inhabitable, essentially a space station one hundred and sixty thousand kilometers long, five hundred wide, fifty deep. In terms of living space, the Ring’s interior could support comfortably the population of an entire sector. The fleet yards would be capable of supporting tens of thousands of starships.

However the colonial government is in trouble with a terrorist organisation, the PFA, destroying a large section of the Ring by crashing a star ship into it. This has destabilised the Ring and it is in danger of crashing onto the surface. The Drake mission is simple. Help the Tellarites repair the Ring.

Once the Drake arrives at the Ring the crew began their rescue operation. Security sent an undercover team to the surface to infiltrate the PFA. The Science department retrieved a strange piece of alien tech in an unused area of the Ring. They later brung it back aboard the Drake for examination.

At the same time a shuttle is launched to examine the damaged area of the Ring. They discover that the Ring contains a huge fusion torque reactor whose size is the circumference of the planet. What it powers is as yet unknown.

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Drake Plot Summary for September

USS DrakeThis month started with the crew still on shore leave on the planet Vulcan.  On a planet renowned for the ascendancy of logic over emotions the crew of the USS Drake NCC-1987 managed to chalk up an impressive number of emotional encounters. Some of the highlights were as follows.

Drake Plot Summary for August

USS DrakeWith the immediate threat to the convoy of refugees is over the actions of the raiders were analyzed and the most likely theory that they were targeting individuals aboard the Christen Bernard emerged. On the strength of this suspicion Captain Reynolds ordered the transfer of a number of VIP Romulans to the USS Drake 1867. At the same time a war criminal Maiek Khev, known as the Infernal , was identified by one of the Drake’s crew and arrested.

While some of the crew question the Romulan VIP’s in an attempt to understand why they are a target for the raiders other crew members are involved in the unofficially transfer and care of a number of the Romulan orphaned children onto the Drake.

The Infernal escaped from the brig and attempted to kill the Romulan VIP’s but was thwarted by  one of the Drake’s Security Team.  The raiders returned and the crew developed a tetryon disruption wave to disable the enemies warp drives.  However before the raiders close on the convoy Captain Reynolds surprised everyone by ordering a pre-emptive strike against the cloaked Romulan War Bird that had been shadowing the convoy.

The Romulan ship was caught without shields and totally destroyed although most of it’s crew escape in shuttles before it’s warp core breached. The raiders turned tail and jumped back to warp enabling the Drake to escort the convoy of refugees to Vulcan.
While the Vulcan’s process the refugees the crew began their shore leave.

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Drake plot summary for July

The standoff between the USS Drake, NCC-1987 and the Captain of the Merchant Ship Echo escalated to the point the Merchant Captain ordered his ship to engage warp drive and leave the convoy. However this in turn caused his bridge crew to commit munity and turn off the Echo’s shields. The Captain responded by opening fire on his crew and the last scene the bridge crew of the Drake witnessed was a bloody melee unfolding before their eyes.

Shortly after this all communication with the Echo was cut-off and the merchant ship lost all drive systems and began to drift into the path of the Aquitania, a gigantic liner converted to carry refugees as part of the convoy. Only a desperate scramble by the crew of the Drake saved the two merchantmen from a collision.

Drake plot summary for June

USS Drake

USS Drake

After disabling a number of small craft attacking the convoy of refugees, the crew of the USS Drake were faced with the tasks of repairing the ship and dealing with its aftermath. Damage repair teams were dispatched to assist the Christian Bernard the lead ship of the convoy. In addition to effecting repairs the crew came face to face with the Romulan refugees and the conditions under which they are living. The interrogation of the surviving attackers caused some concerns in Sickbay when Security escalated the questioning by threatening one of the prisoners with a phaser.

While the Captain was dealing with the repercussions of these actions , the situation on the Bridge became complicated , with one of the convoy Captains threatening to break away from the convoy. Simultaneously a Romulan Bird of prey decloaked declaring itself to be “friendly”. Unbeknown to the crew of the Drake the Romulan Bird of Prey and the Romulan ambassador aboard the Drake have undisclosed political reasons behind their respective presence.

Drake plot summary for May

USS Drake

USS Drake

After departing space dock, the crew find themselves in a race against time to get all the ship’s systems running at full capacity before they reach the convoy of Romulan refugees. En route, the mysterious computer problems that have plagued the ship may finally have been solved by the arrest of a crew member suspected of hacking into the ship’s systems. They arrive at the convoy location to discover it under attack by four small “pirate” vessels. Although not primarily a war ship the USS Drake, NCC-1987 and its support vessels (the shuttle Golden Hind and runabout Thames) prove to be more than a match for the would be pirates. Offering itself as a target instead of the convoy the Drake managed to lure the pirates away from the convoy where they were disabled by the combination of the Starfleet ship’s weapons and a cyberspace assault launched by the Drake’s android CEO.

Drake plot summary for April

USS DrakeThe morning after the shore leave party, the crew spent their time settling into their quarters and/or recovering. A short time later they assembled for the first mission briefing aboard their new ship. The mission to escort a convoy of Federation hospital ships carrying 100,000 Romulan refuges to a new home and reunification with their Vulcan cousins was viewed by most of the crew with varying degrees of foreboding. The need for a political resolution before the refugees would be allowed into Federation space could potentially extend the mission for an indefinite period of time.

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