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Our History, Our Times: The Aftermath of the Hobus Supernova Part IV

This is the fourth installment of “Our History, Our Times”, a news series that examines Federation history and SB118′s place within that history. This historical news series will continue with the most recent history and make its way back to explore major events and notable SB118 fleet actions. This instalment focuses on the current year (2 years after the Hobus Supernova) and the recent invasion of Duronis II.

Klingon Invasion of Duronis II:

Klingon forces, allied with the Orion Syndicate and the Scarlet Brotherhood, attempted to invade and take control of Duronis II. The Klingons employed several ships, the Scarlet Brotherhood and Orion Syndicate also sent several ships – including the Defiant Class vessel the Orion Syndicate and the Scarlet Brotherhood had managed to build from stolen Federation technical information.

My role in the invasion was as part of the fleet that retook the system. I was actually off planet on my honeymoon when Starfleet figured out that something had gone wrong on Duronis II and assembled the fleet. I was put in charge of the USS Rodimus which was due to be decommissioned but was put back in duty for the mission. – Lt Cmdr Alucard Vess

Starfleet initially was unaware of the invasion due to jamming of all signals around Duronis II, leaving Starfleet with only one ship, the USS Thunder, and the complement of Starfleet and Marine personnel at the Duronis Embassy to fend off the attack. Once the jamming was neutralized, the USS Rodimus and Rodimus Prime were dispatched to assist. The Romulans also sent ships led by a Romulan Ambassador and likely Tai Shiar operative.

What I remember the most was the sheer overwhelming odds. We were vastly outnumbered and if it weren’t for the creativity of the crew we wouldn’t have made it. Losing the Rodimus’ stardrive section also stands out vividly in my memory. It was near the end of the second battle, the Romulans had just shown up and we got hit with a kamikaze attack from the Scarlett Brotherhood. Luckily we we able to separate the saucer section, but the explosion knocked out it’s power systems. – Lt Cmdr Alucard Vess

In the end, Duronis II was successfully defended at high cots. The USS Thunder and USS Rodimus Prime were neutralized, the embassy was badly damaged, and many Starfleet personnel and marines lost their lives.

I think we are going to have some strained relationships with the Klingons for a while. Even though it was a few rogue Klingons, we beat them, which no Klingon will like. They would likely see it as dishonouring their brothers in arms. As far as the Romulans, it’s improved relations, although there is still a level of mistrust between the two Embassies on Duronis II. Without them, we wouldn’t have beaten the Scarlett Brotherhood. – Lt Cmdr Alucard Vess

On the Next “Our History, Our Times”:

The Aftermath of the Hobus Supernova Part V – The Kaleh Incident

This is were things got sticky, much of the crew were not ready to wipe out 200,000 innocent civilians to save the Federation.” – Lt. Jorus Cogud

February for the Duronis II Embassy

Embassy TumbnailWith their vacation terminated abruptly by Starfleet, the crew of the USS Thunder now face a possible menace in their own solar system!

An ancient base built by an unknown race of aliens that was discovered a few years ago by the crew has come back to haunt them. A new base has been deciphered from captured records that shows one might exist in the Sol System.

The situation has not improved as the USS Thunder has been suffering bugs in her shipboard software that could possibly leave the ship vulnerable.

The USS Thunder was dispatched to Jupiter’s moon Hegemone to investigate the validity of the data. Major Hannibal Parker and his team have launched in their stealth shuttle to investigate. Their actions proved something was there as they were scanned by an unknown device.

Following it back to it’s launch bay, the marine team began preparations to board and discover if this secret alien base is a threat to the Federation.

January for the Duronis II Embassy

Embassy TumbnailJanuary was a peaceful time for the crew of the Duronis II Embassy/USS Thunder as shore leave had begun on Earth. With the ravages of war sitting heavily with the crew, they were able to release tensions with the celebration of Lieutenant Paul Sharpe’s marriage to Marine Captain Alexandria Somers.

Events, though, did not go completely well, as Lt. William Tindall’s error in judgment landed him in hot water with the senior staff. Not making sure his special implant was filled with medication and using an expired dosage required his arrest and subsequent stripping of his position and rank. Tindall learned from his mistake, but must earn back the respect of his captain.

By the end of this month, shore leave came to a close. This saw Lieutenant Commander Alucard Vess overseeing the final system checks of the new USS Thunder-A as Fleet Captain Turner was away escorting Fleet Captain Sidney Riley back to her ship.

Follow the staff of the embassy as they continue through February here!

The Duronis II Embassy Through December

Embassy TumbnailThe crew of the Duronis II Embassy/USS Thunder continued their struggle to save the SS Galactic Hauler.  Having put out the fire, the away team lead by Lieutenant Commander Alucard Vess attempted to discover what happened to cause the fire.  Meanwhile, a pirate vessel captained by Harrington James approached the USS Canis Major under the command of Fleet Captain Turner and made threats in regard to the Galactic Hauler‘s cargo.  James’s plan soon fell through as Orion vessels were soon detected approaching and he retreated from the area.  On the Galactic Hauler, Marine Captain Michael Valentino discovered numerous illicit items hidden in one of the cargo holds, prompting Lieutenant Commander Nugra to arrest the freighter’s captain.

Back on board the Canis Major, the away team arrive on the bridge in time to witness Lieutenant Commander Miles Unum and Ensign Abraham Bennit put into action their plan to fool the Orions into thinking the pirates had obtained the freighter’s cargo, allowing the two ships to escape.  Underway again, the crew brought the Canis Major to her final home at the Starfleet Academy Museum.  Before being released to shore leave, the crew attended a ceremony at Castle Mey in northern Scotland to witness the launch of the Akira-class USS Thunder-A.

Follow the Duronis II Embassy into January here!

November Plot Summary: Duronis II Embassy

The crew of the Duronis II Embassy/USS Thunder, having completed most of the cleanup of the Embassy grounds, have now set their sights on their next task, returning the centuries old Hermes-class scout, the USS Canis Major, to Earth.  Once there, the vessel will be turned over to the Starfleet Museum, and the crew will pick up their new vessel.  En route to their destination, the crew picked up a distress call from the freighter Galactic Hauler, which had suffered a massive fire in their cargo hold.

An away team, led by Lieutenant Commander Alucard Vess, beamed over to the freighter’s bridge where they were met by the vessel’s very evasive captain, who refused to show his cargo manifest.  Meanwhile, a second away team led by Marine Captain Angelo Valentino beams in closer to the damaged areas to fight back the fires.  It remains to be seen what caused the fire and what the freighter captain is hiding.

Lower Decks: Marine Captain Michael Valentino

In this edition of Lower Decks, we talk with Marine Captain Michael Valentino and his writer about the current assignment for the character and where he plans to go. Serving aboard the USS Thunder in their Marine contingent, Michael has a lot to strive for in the coming years. Let’s take a look.

Michael Valentino (also the name for his character), a 23 year old Londoner working as a radiologist, has always had a love for the Trek. Like most of the younger generation of simmers, his captivation was brought on by TNG and Voyager. He commented that  “… [I] Love the stories, the morals and the humanity. My favorite episode from TNG is probably “Inner Light”. And like most of us, watching the series’ unfold on television just wasn’t enough. PBEM roleplay was the next course of action, leading him to UFOP:SB118. Upon enrolling, there had to be an inspiration that could breathe life into his character. As his name would suggest, he chose to model the character after himself, giving him unchained ability when it came to fleshing out the character. Training didn’t prove to be much of a challenge for the lad, as he had this to say when prompted about the challenges of training: “Nothing specific. The staff were excellent in their support and tutoring and always encouraging. A credit!”

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