AIM Chat with ltjgnicoleweis, ltjgaaronmarkus, Kiley Airell, WillFMarlowe, LtDougMcKnight, MajorAZinthys.

7:32 PM

LtDougMcKnight: WB

LtDougMcKnight: Hey Admiral.

Kiley Airell: wb

LtJGNicoleWeis: hello admiral

Kiley Airell: Hey Admiral

VAdm Blackthorne: Evening, folks

LtJGAaron Markus: Admiral on deck!!!

MajorAZinthys: Good evenin'

VAdm Blackthorne: ::gives Markus a chill pill::

LtDougMcKnight: Nice to know, Markus.

WillFMarlowe: If any of your assignments are history-related, I can so help you out.

LtJGAaron Markus: ::smiles sheepishly::

LtDougMcKnight: Anyone else in here familiar with a site called Real Ultimate Power?

LtJGNicoleWeis: mines about the color purple

MajorAZinthys: How about a 25-page paper on Classical Greece?

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LtJGNicoleWeis: hiya dark

WillFMarlowe: Uh. What sadistic fuck gave you an assignment like that?

darkfiendreturns: Greetings

MajorAZinthys: ::Laughs::

Kiley Airell: LOL

LtDougMcKnight: Whaddya know? There is an untaken variation on the devil.

LtJGAaron Markus: LOL

MajorAZinthys: It's for a senior history class.

LtDougMcKnight: What specifically is it about?

LtJGNicoleWeis: i still think someone should read the color purple and write my paper for me

LtDougMcKnight: it just 25 pages in which to write down everything you know about Ancient Greece?

7:35 PM

LtDougMcKnight: Oh, it's a book.

Kiley Airell: what IS the color purple?

LtDougMcKnight: You had me confused there for a sec.

LtJGAaron Markus: =-O

MajorAZinthys: Well, the topic is my choice. I'm writing on Sparta and their... peculiarity. No, it's not a book... yet

WillFMarlowe: Zinthys: Just write a bunch about the periods before and after the Classical era, and you're set.

WillFMarlowe: Historical context and all that.

LtDougMcKnight: I was talking about The Color Purple there, actually.

Kiley Airell: That sounds interesting Zinthys

MajorAZinthys: Oh, of course.

LtDougMcKnight: Yeah, it does.

LtJGNicoleWeis: it's a book my Alice Walker, do not read it unless you like explicitely descrided rape and sex scenes

LtJGNicoleWeis: you were doug?

Kiley Airell: I think I'll stay away from that Nici

VAdm Blackthorne: Or watch the movie with Whoopi Goldberg

LtJGAaron Markus: Rape,, yes...

LtJGNicoleWeis: the movie was good, the book, no

LtDougMcKnight: What do you mean peculiarities? Their eugenics programs? Their slave class? Their approach to war?

MajorAZinthys: LoL

LtJGNicoleWeis: it's girl on girl sex aaron

darkfiendreturns: Nice to see this ship still going....

LtJGAaron Markus: Can I watch?

VAdm Blackthorne: It's nice to still be going.

MajorAZinthys: It's specifically about Spartan masculinity (it's a gender/sexuality class).

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WillFMarlowe: I've got a 3500-word essay on Chinese natural philosophy in the late Ch'ing period, so I sort of know how you feel.

LtJGNicoleWeis: in the book, not movie

LtJGAaron Markus:

LtDougMcKnight: Hey Ellis.

MajorAZinthys: I will touch on a bit of all that.

LtJGAaron Markus: Oh darn.

darkfiendreturns: KNow who this is, Blackthorne?

LtJGNicoleWeis: sorry, but you could alwasy just rent a porn

Kiley Airell: Hey Ellis

VAdm Blackthorne: Yup

darkfiendreturns: Good

LtJGAaron Markus: I could.....

darkfiendreturns: It's been a while

LtJGNicoleWeis: ohh, who is it? huh huh huh ?

VAdm Blackthorne: Yes, it has

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: Sorry, Academy ran late

LtJGAaron Markus: No prob Dakota.

LtJGNicoleWeis: come on come on, tell me tell me ::jumps up and down excitedly::

MajorAZinthys: ::Laughs::

VAdm Blackthorne: Well, let's go ahead and get started. Major?

LtJGAaron Markus: We haven't started yet.

MajorAZinthys: ::blows into whistle::

MajorAZinthys: AttentioN!!

LtDougMcKnight: ::AA::

LtJGAaron Markus: ::AA::

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::AA::

Kiley Airell: ::AA::

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::AA::

WillFMarlowe: ::AA::

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7:40 PM

VAdm Blackthorne: Alright... tonight, the one hour of waiting for the warp core to be fully restarted has passed with no sign of the crystalline ships being finished with Starbase 16. We are about to go to warp speed along

VAdm Blackthorne: with the Discovery to hopefully escape the horrid scene.

VAdm Blackthorne: Questions?

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::raises hand::

VAdm Blackthorne: Weis?

LtJGNicoleWeis: who is darkfiendreturns?


VAdm Blackthorne: ::zaps her::

VAdm Blackthorne: Anyone else?

WillFMarlowe: I've got one.

LtJGNicoleWeis: owwy, ::raises hand::

VAdm Blackthorne: Marlowe?

WillFMarlowe: I wasn't here last week. I take it nothing very important happened, apart from the business with the warp core?

VAdm Blackthorne: We weren't able to sim because the AIM chatrooms weren't working.

WillFMarlowe: Oh, all right.

MajorAZinthys: ::CoughAIMsuckscough::

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::has hand raised::

VAdm Blackthorne: Weis?

LtJGNicoleWeis: why did you zap me? that was mean

VAdm Blackthorne: Your question wasn't pertinent to the mission brief. ::Zaps her again::

LtDougMcKnight: ::Looks to Blackthorne quietly, and makes the kicky kicky motion::

LtJGNicoleWeis: owwwwy


LtJGNicoleWeis: ((kicky kicky motion?))

Kiley Airell: ::didn't think you asked for only questions pertaining to the mission brief::

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::sticks out tongue and moves away::

VAdm Blackthorne: Alright then

VAdm Blackthorne: BEGIN SIM

VAdm Blackthorne: BEGIN SIM

VAdm Blackthorne: BEGIN SIM

VAdm Blackthorne: ::Watching the last minute until warp power countdown on his chair arm::

LtJGAaron Markus: ::sitting at Helm/Ops hoping we can get underway::

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::trying to put the sci lab back together::

Kiley Airell: ::sitting on the Bridge, in her usual chair::

MajorAZinthys: ::Pacing around behind the Tactical console::

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::umm, in sickbay?::

WillFMarlowe: ::in sickbay, waiting for the mains to come back::

LtDougMcKnight: ::Standing in Ten Forward, looking out the window with a frown. If those ships reach them en masse, there's nothing he'll be able to do about it anyway::

7:45 PM

LtJGNicoleWeis: what all still needs to be done sir?

VAdm Blackthorne: ACTION> Main power comes back on line as the warp core returns to life.

MajorAZinthys: ::Sees that warp is back up::

MajorAZinthys: ::Stops pacing and fingers start moving over console rapidly::

LtJGAaron Markus: ::sees his screen come to life:: We have main power, sir...::quick check:: We're ready to go.

LtDougMcKnight: ::Takes a slow sip of his scotch on the rocks, grunting approvingly as he hears the engines power up::

VAdm Blackthorne: And the Discovery?

WillFMarlowe: ::looks around as the aux. power trails off and the primaries come back online, then turns to Weis:: We wait for the casualties we'll likely be sent in a while.

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::watches as everything comes back on.. forgot she had the blender on and there was no lid, milk, blackberries, and ice cream go all over the wall:: Damn it!

LtJGAaron Markus: ::checks Discovery's progress:: They just got their power back as well.

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::nods:: alrighty, i can do that ::smiles::

LtJGAaron Markus: But they're reporting minor variances in their warp field...

VAdm Blackthorne: Minor variances are better than no warp field.

WillFMarlowe: In the meantime, I think your shift is over. You can go rest or eat if you like.

LtJGAaron Markus: They should have it fixed momentarily.

LtDougMcKnight: ::Sighs:: Well, fan-fucking-tastic. This is gonna be one damned glorious retreat.

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::hears stomach growl at the mention of food and blushes:: that would be wonderful, thank you sir

LtJGAaron Markus: ::gets a message:: They're ready sir.

WillFMarlowe: I'll contact you if you're needed.

VAdm Blackthorne: Set course for Starbase 22. Warp two.

LtJGNicoleWeis: alright sir ::heads out:: see you later

LtJGAaron Markus: ::sets course:: Course layed in.

VAdm Blackthorne: Execute.

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::cleans up the mess and decides she needs something stronger::

LtJGAaron Markus: Gladly.::executes::

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::heads towards tenforward happily::

MajorAZinthys: +Doug+ Zinthys to McKnight.

LtDougMcKnight: ::After a moment, answers the comm::

LtDougMcKnight: +Zinthys+ McKnight here. Go ahead, Major.

LtJGAaron Markus: ::signals Discovery to follow::

VAdm Blackthorne: ACTION> Atlantis and Discovery begrudgingly jump to warp speed as Starbase 16 falls apart in the distance.

WillFMarlowe: ::walks into his office, leaving his heavy uniform jacket on the back of his chair, and orders some tea from the replicator::

7:50 PM

MajorAZinthys: +Doug+ Lieutenant, we're warping out, as I figure you've guessed. We don't quite know what to expect, especially after the suddeness of the last fight, so make sure the marines are ready.

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::working on a padd, redoing the translaion program in case they need the ninth or so upgrade of it::

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LtDougMcKnight: ::Still glaring out the window at the station before its lost to sight, and mutters:: Don't think you won't get yours, you bastards.

LtDougMcKnight: +Zinthys+ Will do, sir. May I ask where we're heading?

LtJGAaron Markus: ::enjoys watching the stars fly by at warp, while running extra diagnostics to make sure we stay running::

MajorAZinthys: +Doug+ Directly away from 16.

VAdm Blackthorne: ::loosk visibly relieved to be at warp::

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::walks into ten forward and goes to the bar::

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::sees McKnight looking out the window and looks too:: Another dragon, Lt.?

LtJGAaron Markus: ::catches a glance at the Admiral and smiles::

LtDougMcKnight: +Zinthys+ Understood sir. McKnight out.

Kiley Airell: Glad to be out of there Admiral?

LtJGNicoleWeis: bartender> what'll ya have miss?

LtJGAaron Markus: ::asks for a report from Discovery::

VAdm Blackthorne: With as little loss of life as we took, I count us lucky.

LtDougMcKnight: ::Cuts the comm and looks to Ellis:: Another fucking mess. It may not be my department's forte, but I don;t like to be associatied with falling for the same damned trick twice.

MajorAZinthys: ::nods curtly, turning his attention back to his console::

Kiley Airell: ::nods:: it could have been worse. Think we'll ever be able to talk to those things?

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::thinks for a moment:: i want some ice cream, chocoloate with crushed reeses peices on top and hershy syrup and whipped cream with a cherry please? ::smiles::

LtJGAaron Markus: I sure hope so.

WillFMarlowe: ::sits at his desk and sips his tea, returning to his paper on Upsilonian Plague::

VAdm Blackthorne: We were so close this time.

MajorAZinthys: We weren't the target, that's why we weren't destroyed.

MajorAZinthys: They were after the starbase.

Kiley Airell: Yeah, though, it seems to closer we get, the less I like to hear what they have to say.

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::nods:: Those damn things are starting to wear thin on the nerves

LtJGNicoleWeis: bartender> ::blinks then smiles:: one of those coming right up

MajorAZinthys: ...and they got it.

LtJGAaron Markus: My only hope is that we can avoid another situation like that. ::nods toward SB 16::

VAdm Blackthorne: Unfortunately, they did.

7:55 PM

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::sits at the bar, looking around, notices D and Doug and smiles at them before looking out at the stars::

Kiley Airell: The worse part was that we couldn't do anything to help . . . even though we were the ones who acted as the Trojan Horse

LtDougMcKnight: I understand we got close to putting them out of our misery with that gamma beam thing of yours.

WillFMarlowe: Nelson> ::taps the office door chime::

VAdm Blackthorne: Markus, summon senior officers to the conference room.

WillFMarlowe: Enter.

LtJGAaron Markus: ::gets report from Discovery:: Discovery reports that they don't have weapons yet. Aye sir.

LtJGNicoleWeis: bartender>::places the ice cream infront of nicole:: there you go miss

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::nods:: It was Lt. TKirr's idea but yeah we almost got them.. All I've manged to do is figure out a way to screw up their Screeing so that we just piss them off more

MajorAZinthys: <m> Great. We've got someone shooting blanks as backup.

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::smiles and digs in:: wow this is really good, thank you so much

LtDougMcKnight: Maybe we're onto something there. We just need to take the gloves off.

LtJGNicoleWeis: bartender> ::smiles and moves on to another customer::

VAdm Blackthorne: With our meager weapons, just count us lucky to have engine power. We would be completely ineffective with what we have left.

MajorAZinthys: Blind leading the blind...

LtJGAaron Markus: ::sets the computer summon the senior staff to the conference room::

WillFMarlowe: Nelson> Ensign Perry just reported in for her fourth regenerator treatment.

WillFMarlowe: ::nods::

MajorAZinthys: may I also remind the admiral that we've been fairly ineffective at full power.

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: I'm all for that.. At this point I just blast the stupid things and them fry'em

VAdm Blackthorne: ::taps on his chairarm a few times::

WillFMarlowe: Nelson> She'll be back tomorrow for the last one . . . ::looks up at the intercom::

VAdm Blackthorne: I had not forgotten, Major.

LtDougMcKnight: ::Looks up in disdain as the synthetic voice pipes in over the comm:: We need a program for that now?

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: Hopefully the new torpedos will help

MajorAZinthys: ::Sighs:: I know.

WillFMarlowe: ::stands and tugs on his jacket once more:: I'll be back.

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::hears the call for senoir officers but isn't sure she is one so keeps eating her ice cream happily::

VAdm Blackthorne: ::stand::

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: It Star Fleet, I think there's paper work to be done in tiplacte before we can blow stuff up now

WillFMarlowe: +Weis+ Doctor Weis, this is Marlowe. I've just been summoned to the conference room. You have sickbay until I get back.

VAdm Blackthorne: Markus, you have the bridge.

MajorAZinthys: ::Let's Ensign Random take over tactical::

MajorAZinthys: <<Lets*>>

WillFMarlowe: ::walks out of sickbay and down the corridor to the turbolift::

LtJGAaron Markus: Computer> ++All senior staff, please report to the Conference Room.

MajorAZinthys: ::Walks to the CR::

LtJGNicoleWeis: +marlowe+ understood sir

LtJGAaron Markus: Aye, sir.

VAdm Blackthorne: ::enters CR::

8:00 PM

Kiley Airell: ::heads to the Conference Room::

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::looks sadly at her half eaten ice cream and leaves it for sickbay::

LtDougMcKnight: ::Considers his 1st lieutenant's bars for a moment before he decides he's pretty sure that's technically a junior rank::

LtJGAaron Markus: ::gets up and sits at the "Big Chair."

LtJGAaron Markus: ::

WillFMarlowe: ::steps off the lift and onto the bridge, then enters the conference room::

Kiley Airell: ((BRB))

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::walks into sickbay whistling

MajorAZinthys: ::Sits in chair to the right of the head::

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::

LtDougMcKnight: We got new torpedoes?

VAdm Blackthorne: +Science+ Blackthorne to Science.

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: I added, hold on +Blackthorne+ Yes Admiral?

LtJGAaron Markus: I don't know...did we?

VAdm Blackthorne: +Ellis+ Lt, you're needed to represent Science in the conference room.

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::calls up the images of the torpedoes with the diamond tips and hands it to McKnight:: +Blackthorne+ On my way, Sir

LtJGAaron Markus: ::watches his replacement take the Helm...and sighs...::

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::sees that there are no patients to be taken care of and puts on some music before starting inventory::

VAdm Blackthorne: ::walks to the head of the table and sits::

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::cuts the comm:: Thought that might help get us though easier.. And now I have to go play sci officer ::heads for the door:: Maybe next time we'll acturally get to have a beer.. ::walks out::

8:05 PM

MajorAZinthys: <<::Wonders why sickbay's records are so poor that the doctors are always doing inventory::>>

Kiley Airell: <<LOL>>

LtJGNicoleWeis: ((::sticks out tongue:)

LtJGAaron Markus: ::shifts in the chair uncomfortably::

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::walks into the CR and takes a seat::

Kiley Airell: ((bak))

VAdm Blackthorne: Well, then.

LtJGNicoleWeis: ((hi))

Kiley Airell: ::looks around the Conference Table::

LtDougMcKnight: ::Nods at Ellis as she leaves before going back to his unbearably grim and angsty contemplation, waiting until the staring out into space displaces anger with boredom::

VAdm Blackthorne: The loss of 16 was a definite blow to the Fleet.

WillFMarlowe: <<Laugh it up, Kiley--blaming one's predecessor is a tried-and-true tactic for CYA.>>

VAdm Blackthorne: Every Third Fleet ship within range is en route to rendezvous with us at Starbase 22.

MajorAZinthys: ::Raises eyebrows::

Kiley Airell: ((LOL, I know. Funny thing is I used to do a lot of inventory too . . . must have been my predecessor's fault, eh?))

MajorAZinthys: <<Jordan?>>

LtJGAaron Markus: Status on Discovery?

VAdm Blackthorne: Starfleet has decided that this matter is to be taken far more seriously.

Kiley Airell: ((LOL, HER predecessor!))

MajorAZinthys: <<::laughs::>>

VAdm Blackthorne: Quite the stroke of genius on their part.

VAdm Blackthorne: ::looks irritated::

LtJGNicoleWeis: ((;;is so comepletely lost:: ))

LtJGAaron Markus: Ensign Somebody> They're still maintaining speed with us and they've got most of their weapons back online, sir.

VAdm Blackthorne: Anyway, this means I have finally been given authorization to use all resources at my disposal to end this threat, and that means Third Fleet.

Kiley Airell: ((I used to play Jordan Toreek . . . she WAS CMO until I killed her))

LtJGNicoleWeis: (( oh i see))

MajorAZinthys: 'Bout time.

LtJGAaron Markus: ::nods::

8:10 PM

Kiley Airell: ::nods::

VAdm Blackthorne: The gathering of this fleet will mean one of two things. We make peace through a show of force, or we enter all-out war.

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::starts singing::

WillFMarlowe: If I may?

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::thinks someone finally got all the paperwork done::

VAdm Blackthorne: Certainly, doctor.

WillFMarlowe: Wouldn't a show of force provoke them further?

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::wishes she had some company::

LtJGAaron Markus: ::begins to twiddle his thumbs::

LtJGAaron Markus: ::stops himself and looks at the stars pass by::

VAdm Blackthorne: We haven't provoked a fight since the first accidental incident. They keep escalating this, first with Newer Jersey and now with 16.

Kiley Airell: EnsKorni>::limps into sickbay, favoring one leg, looks around for a doctor::

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::starts dancing around while singing and doing inventory (women can multitask)::

VAdm Blackthorne: Our hand has been forced.

WillFMarlowe: We've had no luck communicating with them?

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::looks at the ensign:: hi, let me help you

VAdm Blackthorne: Perhaps Mr. Ellis would like to comment on that.

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::starts to look for her father and then realizes he means her::

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::goes over and gives him/her an arm to lean on to hellp move him/her to the biobed::

Kiley Airell: EnsKorni>::gives the doc a weak smile, she leans against the doctor::

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: We've tried repeatedly to talk to them, the last time we made some progress but it didn't seem to do more then tick them off more

LtJGNicoleWeis: what happened?

LtJGAaron Markus: ::gets a padd from an ensign:: Thank you...::nods::

VAdm Blackthorne: Their language is so inherently different from anything we've ever seen.

8:15 PM

LtJGAaron Markus: ::reads padd that has Engineering's report::

LtDougMcKnight: Ensign Expendable:: Comes sprawling into sickbay, holding a hand against his gut, blood streaming from a gash to his forehead::

LtDougMcKnight: EE>::Falls to his knees in agony:: It hurts and stings!

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::nods:: there are more levels to it then I had first thought

Kiley Airell: EnsKorni>::looks embarrased:: I fell out of bed and landed on my hip on something sharp and pointy

WillFMarlowe: It's a shame that we're contemplating war with a species before we can understand what they're saying. We're certain that further communication is not a possibility?

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::smiles but doesn't laugh:: you sound like me, at the academy, i had a lofted bed that i feel out of all the time

LtJGNicoleWeis: here ::helps ensign onto the biobed and has ensign lay down on ensigns good side::

VAdm Blackthorne: We will continue our attempts to communicate, doctor. It's just that when they've failed, so far, we've been defeated.

MajorAZinthys: Another problem with that idea is that they may still be hostile.

VAdm Blackthorne: We can not afford to let that happen again.

LtJGAaron Markus: ::hands padd back to the Ensign:: Very good...can I get a report on our structural integrity?

Kiley Airell: EnsKorni>::smiles to the Doc, then looks to the door at the person who just entered::

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::nods:: It's clear they don't feel like talking, it was evedent that we were trying to talk to them, they had to see that, yet they still attacked

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::looks at the door, wondering who entered::

LtJGAaron Markus: Ensign Peabody> Sure, sir...I'll be right back.

VAdm Blackthorne: It is conceivable that we said something offensive.

MajorAZinthys: Judging from what I saw last time contact was attempted, before the stranger noises occurred, there were still not terribly interested in talking.

WillFMarlowe: ::sighs and hesitates for a moment before continuing:: Which is why, sir--if I may--I would recommend a defensive, rather than offensive, posture. If we've been defeated in every hostile encounter so far, it would seem that . . .

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::sees the person:: ohh gosh ::runs to them::

Kiley Airell: ::listens to the room::

WillFMarlowe: . . . communication should be our first priority. If they do turn out to be hostile, at least we know that diplomacy isn't an option after all.

LtDougMcKnight: EE> Aughhh! Delayed reaction much?

MajorAZinthys: <<LOL!!>>

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: :;rolls eyes.. healers are such wussies, always trying to get out of the down and dirty::

Kiley Airell: EnsKorni>::lays on the bed, waiting, seeing as how the other patient seems much worse off::

LtJGNicoleWeis: dude, sorry, i was in my own world, climb up on the biobed ::helps the person::

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: If they turn out to be hostile? ::blinks::

VAdm Blackthorne: Doctor, would you not agree that a gathering of ships to defend our people is, in fact, a defensive posture?

LtJGNicoleWeis: ((i see how it is, will leaves and i get the bleeders ))

LtDougMcKnight: Did your parents let you watch too much Pokemon as a child?

8:20 PM

LtJGNicoleWeis: what's pokemon?

Kiley Airell: ((LOL . . . you said you were lonely . . . look what happens!))

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::takes out scanner:: what exactly happened?

WillFMarlowe: But you're proposing a show of force. Doesn't that imply an offensive confrontation?

LtJGNicoleWeis: ((note to self, never say your lonely))

VAdm Blackthorne: So you would then advocate continuing our present course of action?

Kiley Airell: I think offensive would be seeking them out to destroy them. Just building up ships is defensive.

VAdm Blackthorne: Exactly, Counselor. We're not staging an invasion of their space.

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::thinks to herself.. Sure and we all know how well the whole "Lets try talking to them first" ideal worked out when the Cardassins first showed up on Bajor::

WillFMarlowe: Building up ships is a reasonable precaution. But looking for a confrontation in an implicitly offensive fashion? Contemplating war with a species with whom we cannot communicate on even a basic level?

LtDougMcKnight: ::Pukes dramatically from the sheer pain of it all:: Whoever makes our...consoles...deserves death by fire ants...

MajorAZinthys: We are concentrating forces, Doctor.

VAdm Blackthorne: So far, they have communicated their intentions quite clearly!

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::is grossed out kinda:: what happened to you?

MajorAZinthys: At the moment, it seems the most prudent course of action, unless you like seeing broken Starfleet vessels drifting across space.

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::starts to clean the blood off EE's forehead::

VAdm Blackthorne: Third Fleet is charged with protecting the citizens of the Federation in this area of space, among other tasks. A threat has emerged to this area, and we will respond.

LtDougMcKnight: ::Weakly drops his hand from his abdomen, revealing a far more serious wound::

LtDougMcKnight: ((EE did that, right.)

WillFMarlowe: And I'm not suggesting that marshalling our forces isn't prudent. What is not prudent is looking for a confrontation when we don't know why they're doing this.

LtJGNicoleWeis: what the world?

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::wishes there was a nurse around::

LtDougMcKnight: Tell my dog I love her...

LtDougMcKnight: ::Flatlines::

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: They're doing it cause they're pissed off and hold a grudge..

WillFMarlowe: And as you pointed out, they are a formidable opponent. Why risk war with them if we're progressing in our attempts at communication?

LtJGNicoleWeis: ah, no, not cool, not cool, you ain't doing this ::works on getting his heart started and smiles when she does::

8:25 PM

VAdm Blackthorne: Have we looked for a confrontation since this whole thing began?

WillFMarlowe: No, sir, but it seems as if that's what you now propose.

LtJGAaron Markus: Ensign Peabody> Here, sir. ::hands a padd showing Discovery's report::

VAdm Blackthorne: Of course not. That's not what we do. However, they keep bringing confrontations to us, and logic would dictate that they will continue to do so after their resounding victory.

MajorAZinthys: May I point out that, on no occasion, have they attempted contact with us.

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::immediatly goes to work on the stomach while watching the vitals to make sure EE doesn't flatline again::

VAdm Blackthorne: The Major is correct.

LtJGAaron Markus: ((oops)) ::*and the structural integrity of Atlantis::

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: They seem to be agressive creaters.. Perhaps being agressive back is just what we need to do

Kiley Airell: EnsKorni>::watches what's going on with the other patient::

WillFMarlowe: ::sighs and sits back in his chair:: I strongly oppose any offensive action when the means of--at the very least--understanding their language, and hence their intentions, is within our grasp.

VAdm Blackthorne: They have made their intentions crystal clear, doctor.

LtJGAaron Markus: Thank you, Ensign. Nice work on bringing the Discovery's report as well...

VAdm Blackthorne: Mr. Ellis, how are those torpedos coming along?

LtJGAaron Markus: Ensign Peabody>::walks away with a big smile::

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::gets EE's belly fixed and starts on the forehead::

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: With the help of a couple of engineers we have about quarter of the alloted torpedos done..

WillFMarlowe: ::folds his hands in front of him and clenches his jaw::

VAdm Blackthorne: Coordinate with Markus and get the plans of that disseminated to the fleet.

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: Aye Sir

8:30 PM

LtDougMcKnight: EE> ::Flatlines again, dead from organ damage and internal bleeding sustained before the patch up work began::

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::curses and works harder::

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: (test)

LtJGAaron Markus: ::looks over the reports he's been getting:: I'm so glad there's work going on...otherwise, I think I'd be bored.

LtDougMcKnight: (pass)

VAdm Blackthorne: By the time we reach 22, I want every ship there armed with these things.

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::gets him back to life again::

LtDougMcKnight: EE>::Dies again::

MajorAZinthys: Admiral, we have not yet tested the new torpedoes.

LtJGAaron Markus: ((How many times is this guy gonna die?))

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::curses:: +will+ umm, sir, i have a small problem

VAdm Blackthorne: I wager that they will work.

LtDougMcKnight: EE>::Dead. Finito. Taken the great journey, the big ole swan dive. At this point, consider taxodermy::

LtJGAaron Markus: ((LOL))

MajorAZinthys: ::nods::

WillFMarlowe: ::blinks and slaps his badge, speaking quietly:: This had better be important.

Kiley Airell: ((LOL))

LtJGNicoleWeis: +will+ i have a dead guy that keeps dying and i can't get him alive

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::tries to bring him back::

VAdm Blackthorne: ACTION> He's dead, Weis

MajorAZinthys: <<LOL!! He keeps dying... ::dies::>>

Kiley Airell: ((LOL))

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::must have been a crewmen with a bad HMO::

LtJGNicoleWeis: ((NOOOO!!!!!!!))

LtJGNicoleWeis: +will+ nevermind sir, he's gone, sorry for interupting you

8:35 PM

WillFMarlowe: ::eyes widen:: What? ::still preoccupied with the conference, is obviously blind-sided by this turn of events::

VAdm Blackthorne: Major, have you gleaned anything from their attack strategy?

MajorAZinthys: From what I can see, they prefer to stay cloaked until we've let our guard down.

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::looks about to cry::

Kiley Airell: EnsKorni>You okay Doc?

WillFMarlowe: Nelson> ::puts her hand on Weis' shoulder:: There was nothing you could do.

LtJGNicoleWeis: no ::wonders what to do::

LtJGNicoleWeis: i know, but this was my first....

WillFMarlowe: ::stands:: If you'll excuse me, I believe I'm needed in sickbay.

VAdm Blackthorne: ::nods to Marlowe:: Go ahead.

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::is kinda standing there in a sorta shock::

MajorAZinthys: Then they attack and concentrate on one target until it's eliminated.

Kiley Airell: EnsKorni>::tries to forget about her own pain::

WillFMarlowe: ::nods and exits, striding quickly across the bridge and into the lift::

LtJGAaron Markus: ::notices the doc heading through and looks puzzled::

MajorAZinthys: Of course, with they're advanced cloaking technology, they can use this at their leisure.

VAdm Blackthorne: Does there seem to be any way to make them change targets?

LtJGAaron Markus: ::wonders if they're done in the Conference Room::

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: :;watches Marlowe go and thinks.. this is why healers and kai are not allowed in war counsels::

LtJGAaron Markus: ::watches for the rest to come out::

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::doesn't know what to do:: ::has the dead mans blood on her::

LtJGNicoleWeis: ((kai? she's my girl on the meridian))

MajorAZinthys: In the last fight, a couple of the ships fired on the Atlantis after we began to use the gamma ray weapon.

VAdm Blackthorne: Yes, we got their attention with that.

WillFMarlowe: ::growls a series of utterly despicable oathes until the lift stops and the door opens, at which time his face returns to its professional calm and he walks into sickbay::

WillFMarlowe: What's going on?

Kiley Airell: EnsKorni>::tries to hop off the bio bed, lets out a small cry of pain::

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::nods:: but we need to beable to get the gamma rays inside of them

MajorAZinthys: Even then, the majority concentrated on the station. They were more worried about keeping us off them.

VAdm Blackthorne: Hence the use of the torpedos.

WillFMarlowe: Nelson> Doct--We've lost a patient.

MajorAZinthys: Right.

8:40 PM

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: (a kai is a Bajoran holy person)

MajorAZinthys: I think the best thing for us to do at present is to have multiple ships target their ships with the gamma rays.

VAdm Blackthorne: Estimate their tactics in a large scale battle with multiple capital ships on each side?

LtJGNicoleWeis: ((ohh))

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::is still just standing there in sorta shock kinda almost crying::

WillFMarlowe: ::sighs and tugs his uniform to straighten it, then walks over to Weis:: Let's get that off your hands.

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::looks at him::

MajorAZinthys: I don't suspect that they would change tactics an awful lot. Use overwhelming force on the stronger offensive targets, likely us, to encourage retreat.

WillFMarlowe: ::puts his hand on her arm and leads her over to a small basin built into one wall, then holds her hands under the blue-green light; the blood runs off and is vaporized in seconds::

Kiley Airell: EnsKorni>::figures they have more worries then her, starts to end out of sickbay::

VAdm Blackthorne: ACTION> Ten full-size crystal ships appear on long-range sensors, closing on Atlantis slowly.

LtJGAaron Markus: ::continues looking at all the reports the Ensigns keep handing him::

MajorAZinthys: I could see them using flanking ships, destroyers if you will, to keep us off their big ships, but that's all I can estimate at present.

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::looks from will to hands::

WillFMarlowe: That's better. ::looks at Nelson, then meaningfully at the corpse on the biobed::

MajorAZinthys: <<Que lastima...>>

WillFMarlowe: Nelson> ::nods and quietly coordinates the corpse's disposal::

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::in low voice:: i'm sorry sir

LtJGAaron Markus: Ensign Somebody> Sir, we've got something on long range sensors.

VAdm Blackthorne: Alright. By the time we get to 22, I expect battle readiness.

LtJGAaron Markus: What is it?

MajorAZinthys: ::Nods:: Yessir.

WillFMarlowe: If there was any way to save him, doctor, I'm certain that you would have found it.

LtJGAaron Markus: Ensign Somebody> I think it's them, sir.

LtJGAaron Markus: On screen.

LtJGAaron Markus: Ensign Somebody> ::puts on screen::

LtJGAaron Markus: Magnify.

LtJGNicoleWeis: i'm not so sure sir

LtJGAaron Markus: Ensign Somebody> ::magnifies::

LtJGAaron Markus: Oh shit.

WillFMarlowe: I am, and I'm your damn boss. ::offers a smile::

MajorAZinthys: The problem is, I'm not quite sure how to counter it.

LtJGAaron Markus: +Admiral+ Admiral, the crystal ships are chasing.

8:45 PM

VAdm Blackthorne: Same goes for Discovery, and help them out if you have to. IF she can't fight by the time we get there, she retreats.

VAdm Blackthorne: ::looks up suddenly::

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::tries to smile back but kinda fails::

VAdm Blackthorne: +Markus+ Red alert!

MajorAZinthys: Aww, shit.

VAdm Blackthorne: ::stands and bolts out to the bridge::

MajorAZinthys: ::Dashes out of the CR::

LtJGAaron Markus: Red Alert!

MajorAZinthys: ::Relieves Ensign Random::

Kiley Airell: ::sighs:: I had hoped it wouldn't be so soon. ::heads out to the Bridge::

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::heads for the bridge taking the Sci station::

WillFMarlowe: ::he stops smiling then, his expression still soft and reassuring:: Every doctor loses a patient, sometimes. We are not gods.

VAdm Blackthorne: ::looks at the viewscreen::

VAdm Blackthorne: Report

MajorAZinthys: Sir, I have no less than ten ships

LtJGNicoleWeis: i know, i was taught that in school, it's just, he was my first

MajorAZinthys: Apparently they want us dead and bad.

LtJGAaron Markus: Long range sensors just caught sign...::takes back post:: They're gaining, sir.

VAdm Blackthorne: Rate of gain?

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::sends a message to the boys in the Torp. storage bay to get them ready for use:: Well you wanted a try out on the new tips, Major.. Here ya go..

MajorAZinthys: Make sure we have enough for all of 'em if they do work.

MajorAZinthys: I wouldn't want any of 'em to feel left out.

WillFMarlowe: ::looks up as the red alert takes effect:: But sometimes, we're expected to act like them . . . ::shakes his head:: The first is always the hardest. I'll tell you about mine sometime--later. Now I need you to do your duty . . .

LtJGAaron Markus: Faster than we can go at the moment....They should have us in about 2 hours...

VAdm Blackthorne: Increase speed.

WillFMarlowe: . . . as a doctor and a Starfleet officer.

VAdm Blackthorne: Warp five.

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::nods:: yes sir

VAdm Blackthorne: We must beat them to 22.

LtJGAaron Markus: ::increases:: Aye, sir...Warp five...

VAdm Blackthorne: There, with the rest of the fleet, we stand a fighting chance.

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::straightens up and moves away from the basin::

MajorAZinthys: Lieutenant Ellis?

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::nods as she starts brings up specs:: Markus I'm sending you a file that needs to go out to every ship in the third..

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::looks up:: We'll have enough sir..

Kiley Airell: ::sits in her chair watching, knowing that the crew is very apprehensive::

MajorAZinthys: Did T'Kirr perfect the method of detecting the cloacked ships?

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::starts looking:: Unsure Sir..

MajorAZinthys: <<cloaked*>>

VAdm Blackthorne: ETA to 22?

LtJGAaron Markus: ::checks time to reach 22:: We won't make it sir...We'll reach 22 in 2 hours 20 minutes...And their still increasing speed.

VAdm Blackthorne: Warp seven.

VAdm Blackthorne: ::hopes the ships can take it::

WillFMarlowe: ::watches her go for a moment, concerned, then turns to Nelson:: The situation will not improve anytime soon. Staff the Triage Center to capacity, and assemble double the usual number of gurney teams.

VAdm Blackthorne: Signal ahead and let them know we're coming in hot.

8:50 PM

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::sends the file to Markus while looking for TKirr's logs::

Kiley Airell: Admiral, can you inform the ships at 22 that we are company? Maybe some of them can meet us.

LtJGAaron Markus: ::tries warp 7:: It won't go...the best we have right now is 5.5

WillFMarlowe: Nelson> Yes, doctor.

VAdm Blackthorne: I said warp seven, Lt.

LtJGAaron Markus: ::signals ahead::

LtJGAaron Markus: ::tries warp 7 again::

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: And send that while your at it Markus

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::opens a file she found:: I think she did Major.. Adjusting the sensors now..

LtJGAaron Markus: ::it doesn't go:: You blasted........::hits console and engines go up to warp 6::

VAdm Blackthorne: Get that file of Ellis's to all of Third fleet, now.

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::doesn't look the biobed::

LtJGAaron Markus: Aye sir.

VAdm Blackthorne: Including 22 herself.

VAdm Blackthorne: The starbase's weaponry should be useful.

LtJGAaron Markus: ::sends the file and request for help forward on all starfleet channels::

VAdm Blackthorne: I wasn't planning the confrontation to be there, but this is a fortuitous turn of events. They don't know what they're walking in to... if we can just make it there.

WillFMarlowe: ::walks over to Weis:: Have you taken inventory today?

MajorAZinthys: Perhaps they do.

MajorAZinthys: What if they're headed for 22?

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::nods:; yes sir, i did that before...earlier while you were in the meeting

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: We should be about to tell if they're on the hull

LtJGAaron Markus: ::checks with Discovery:: Sir Discovery is only able to go 5.9...

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: Still working on anything more..

VAdm Blackthorne: They can't expect an entire fleet to be waiting on them.

VAdm Blackthorne: Tell Discovery that she'd better keep up with us or we'll see them in hell!

LtJGAaron Markus: And we're going 6.1 now...slowly increasing...structural integrity at maximum.

WillFMarlowe: What's our situation there? Consumables? Are the instruments fully charged?

MajorAZinthys: I don't like this. They always sprung a trap, they never attacked head on. Why the different tactics?

LtJGAaron Markus: Aye, sir.

VAdm Blackthorne: PAUSE SIM

VAdm Blackthorne: PAUSE SIM

VAdm Blackthorne: PAUSE SIM

Kiley Airell: ::paused::

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: paused

LtJGAaron Markus: ::paused::

WillFMarlowe: ::paused::