STARLINER MEREDIA — After attacking fellow cruise passengers a murderous author was apprehended by Starfleet crew.
Following attacks on several popular murder mystery authors on board the luxury Starliner Meredia, the crew of StarBase 118 launched a full investigation into the crimes. With two authors dead and two more in critical condition, the remaining cruise passengers were moved to their quarters as the cruise ship was searched for evidence. However the murderer had tampered with the holographic core of the ship causing the Meredia’s interior to keep changing through different cruise themes and covering the murderer’s escape. While Lt. Commander Hael worked to fix the holo core, teams from across the ship started to look for Ms. Ardel, an eye witness who was acting suspicious.
At the same time Lt. Commander Trel’lis and Lieutenant Kasun were working with Federation investigator Jian Kuan Yuen to uncover an illegal animal smuggling ring run by the Pelian trader Mersian Dels. At first they believed that Dels was also behind the murders but there was no evidence to connect him to anything beyond illegal animal trade. Suspicion heavily fell on the missing Ms. Ardel.
Ms. Ardel’s plans for escape were thwarted by Captain Taybrim and Ensign Lyndsay who cornered her and forced a confession. She was quickly apprehended by security as Starfleet teams worked to correct the computer malfunctions and return the Starliner Meredia to full operational order.
“You should have seen it!” catering assistant Havnek Joahn commented to reporters. “She was seriously riding this gigantic holographic wolf and yelling about how she was the best author and all these people had stolen her work. If it wasn’t for those Starfleet officers she might have gotten away with it, too!”
After all was settled on the Starliner Meredia the crew of StarBase 118 returned for a well deserved rest, welcoming on board new security officer ensign Braddock and enjoying some downtime.
STARBASE 118 — A representative from StarBase 118’s media relations department has confirmed that an investigation into a string murders aboard a civilian starliner has begun.
Two passengers were found dead aboard the civilian starliner Meridia, and another was rushed to the station’s medical complex after a vicious attack. The first victim has been identified as Nate Becker, a Betazoid/Human, and the second as Akal-Teke, a Zaldan. The third victim, Emma Dartmoor, remains in critical condition.
StarBase 118 had responded to a distress call from the Meridia, which had been experiencing engine trouble. The starbase’s senior staff accepted an invitation to a formal dinner as a gesture of thanks by the vessel’s captain Elana Doreln. It was during this dinner that the body of Mr. Becker was discovered, having died from an apparent cyanide overdose. Shortly afterwards, Mrs. Dartmoor was then found brutally attacked, which apparently happened in a brief power outage. Akal-Teke was later found murdered with a holographic recreation of an icicle — after the holographic safeties had been deactivated.
Officials have also confirmed the presence of a dangerous computer program that allowed the murderer, who has yet to be caught, to control much of the Meridia’s systems.
“The program appears to be extremely sophisticated,” said Lieutenant T’Vraana of StarBase 118 Media Relations. “It’s architecture is currently being examined.”
Written by Theo Whittaker
TRINITY SECTOR – The starliner Meridia was playing host to a murder mystery themed event when targ urine found its way into the vessel’s propulsion system – effecting a complete shutdown.
Captain Elana Doreln, Meridia’s captain, petitioned Starbase 118 for assistance. Following a rescue effort, the vessel is now docked. It is not known at this time how a targ was introduced to an area of the ship usually off limits to unauthorised crew.
“Yes I can confirm that a repair crew has been assigned to… ‘degunk’ the Meridia,” said Starfleet press liaison Lieutenant Annnabeth Hooper, “It has been a quiet week and we were only happy to render assistance. Captain Doreln has expressed her heartfelt gratitude and invited Captain Taybrim and the Operations Tower’s senior staff to a formal dinner this evening.”
The Meridia has been coined by several FNS travel writers as “a playground for those with far too much latinum” and has a waiting list of prospective guests of two years. The vessel is especially unusual for it’s heavy use of holography, utilising the technology to quickly change interior design specifications to match the themed cruises as well create ‘murder victims’ and to bolster the vessel’s already large hospitality staff. It has come under fire from advocates for hologram rights on a number of occasions, although Dr. Isabellzia Zantos, the owner of the Meridia, has refuted any such involvement of these activists on this occasion.
Written by Chalan Fuliar
TRINITY SECTOR – Starfleet Command announced today that Captain Sal Taybrim has once again been appointed as station commander.
Following the recent fallout from an Orion Syndicate-funded attack on the Trojan-II class space station, Captain Storm Bomba had been appointed as Taybrim’s replacement, but Starfleet Command revealed that he had been removed as station commander, citing “unbecoming conduct for an officer in his position.”
“The security and safety of all Federation citizens in the Trinity Sector is of paramount importance to Starfleet Command and following several questionable command decisions that placed civilian lives in danger, Admiral Vivan Hauke, sector commander, felt it necessary to permanently remove Captain Bomba, from his position and reinstate Captain Sal Taybrim,” said Starfleet media relations officer Lieutenant Arabella Krisha in a press conference at Starfleet headquarters in San Fransisco. Lieutenant Krisha declined to comment further on reports coming from Starbase 118 that said Bomba was in fact forced to step down during a recent mission to Dominicus VI.
DOMINICUS IV — While searching for kidnapped Starfleet officers, the Starbase 118 crew uncovered an Orion Syndicate mining operation and liberated 750 being held against their will.
The crew of StarBase 118 were investigating the disappearance of a Starfleet away team when they uncovered a mining operation on Dominicus IV where forced labor was being employed by the Orion Syndicate to mine dilithium. In response, Starbase 118 launched the USS Columbia to retrieve the missing officers and liberate those being held captive.
Commander Theo Whittaker led a covert away team into the mines to locate the missing Starfleet officers. The away team was quickly able to ascertain the strength of the Syndicate guard force and the number of people being held against their will in the compound. Unfortunately, a short firefight between the away team and the guards alerted mine owner Omari Damarkus of a Starfleet presence. Damarkus retaliated by holding a number of people hostage and threatening to kill them if Starfleet did not immediately leave. After some quick thinking by the away team, and a bit of improvisation, Whittaker and his officers were able to lower the mine’s defensive shields to allow full contact with the Columbia.
STARBASE 118 — Three members of the Starbase 118 Operations staff have been confirmed kidnapped by members of the Orion Syndicate.
LtCmdr. Antero Flynn, Lt. JG Arturo Maxwell and Ens. Zel Rohanwere all taken and are believed to be aboard a recently hijacked battleship. It is believed that the dreadnought – captured during the recent attack on the station by the now deceased criminal, Chennel – has travelled to a civilian dilithium mine believed to be under Syndicate control in the Dominicus system.
Speaking exclusively to FNS, retired Starfleet security officer Commander Ashelia B’Nargon revealed that the mine has been of interest to Starfleet for several years, “Even when the Syndicate was masquerading as the Jenatris Confederation we were watching its owners, although we were never able to prove criminal connections.”
Station staff has so far not released details of how the Starfleet officers were kidnapped.
The starbase was recently reassigned a new commanding officer, Capt. Storm Bomba, after Sal Taybrim was removed from command by Starfleet. Bomba launched a tactical operation to retrieve the kidnapped officers, launching the USS Columbia for the mission.
Tensions appear to be running high among starbase staff, who uncharacteristically gave anonymous interviews to FNS sniping at their new commanding officer, with one claiming the rescue mission was hampered by Bomba who is “difficult to work with and in over his head. He tried to destroy the dreadnought and ended up damaging the station.” FNS has confirmed that weapons were fired at the escaping vessel and that the station suffered light damage as a result.
Written by Theo Whittaker of SB118 Ops
STARBASE 118 — Starfleet Command confirms that Chennel, a wanted fugitive, was killed during an unsuccessful attempt to commandeer the Trojan-II class space station.
Chennel, who had outstanding arrest warrants in over a dozen star systems across the Alpha and Beta Quadrants, is believed to have boarded the station during a recent preventative evacuation as the station came into contact with a powerful neutronic storm. A spokesbeing for Starfleet Command refused to be drawn on the details of how the criminal managed to survive the storm, but sources speaking to the FNS on condition of anonymity claimed that salvaged advanced technology was responsible.
TRINITY SECTOR — Wanted fugitive, Chennel, believed to be in control of the station.
Unconfirmed reports from the Federation Embassy on Raskor I have suggested that the Bolian – considered the most dangerous woman in the galaxy by law enforcement officials – has commandeered the station’s Operations Tower, the nerve centre of the entire facility.
TRINITY SECTOR — An evacuation of Starbase 118 has been ordered in the wake of unusual weather patterns from within the unpredictable Jenatris Cloud.
TRINITY SECTOR — Starbase 118 confirmed that its senior staff were involved in a bold effort to shut down an illegal racing circuit.