AIM Chat with ltjgaaronmarkus, ltjgdellis.

7:29 PM

LtJGAaron Markus: Admiral on deck!

VAdm Blackthorne: No need for that, Mr. Markus.

7:30 PM

LtJGAaron Markus:  Been doing every time.

LtDougMcKnight has joined this chat.

VAdm Blackthorne: I know, but there's no real need for it.

VAdm Blackthorne: Hey, McKnight

LtDougMcKnight: Hey folks.

LtDougMcKnight: Admiral.

Lt TKirr has joined this chat.

LtJGAaron Markus: I just think you deserve some recognition...

LtDougMcKnight: Evening, T'Kirr.

Lt TKirr: Good evening.

VAdm Blackthorne: Everyone recognizes me already.

LtJGAaron Markus: Besides, I consider it a privelege and MY way of recognizing you.

LtJGAaron Markus: ::nudges slightly:: You've earned it.

VAdm Blackthorne: Well, if you must.

LtJGAaron Markus:

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: Oh, Hi peoples.. Sorry wasn't watcing the room I was putting this weeks x-comic on their sleeves

VAdm Blackthorne: Hey Ellis

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: Hello

Lt TKirr: Hi, Ellis. =)

7:35 PM

LtJGAaron Markus: Either I'm experiencing serious lag or noone's talking....

LtDougMcKnight: No one's talking.

LtJGAaron Markus: Okay.

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: sorry,

LtDougMcKnight: Starting to look like this is all we'll get.

Lt TKirr: Waiting to see if anyone else is coming..

LtJGAaron Markus: Must be a busy week.

LtJGNicoleWeis has joined this chat.

LtDougMcKnight: Ah, here's medical.

LtDougMcKnight: Hey Weis.

Lt TKirr: Hello, Weis.

LtJGNicoleWeis: hey guys, sorry i'm slightly late

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: had to finish reading X-Treame ::smiles:: They finally brought Rachel Summers back ::knows that no one has a clue what she's talking about::

LtDougMcKnight: Did Jean and that pansy have a kid?

7:40 PM

LtJGAaron Markus: ::definitely knows nothing about what Ellis is talking about::

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: in a future time line yes

LtJGNicoleWeis: is completelly with aaron

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: Rachel's powers make her mother's look like a chump

LtJGNicoleWeis: :: ::

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: I throught you were into X-Men Nicole?

LtJGNicoleWeis: is that what your talking about?

LtJGAaron Markus: I am some, but not the comics lately.

LtJGNicoleWeis: and i am, i love X-Men

Lt TKirr: I love the movies, but have never read a comic. =)

LtJGAaron Markus: I liked both movies...

LtDougMcKnight: See, I never liked the X-Men. Wolverine, I like. The others...meh.

LtJGAaron Markus: I used to read the old comics, but didn't really get into it.

LtJGNicoleWeis: i love the movies, comics, cartoons, action figures, i love it all

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: That's what I was taking about, X-Treame X-Men just brought Rachel Summers back at end of the last issues.. lol

LtJGAaron Markus: Nicole the X-Maniac.

LtJGNicoleWeis: hehe, i'm a dork

LtDougMcKnight: See, the introduction of mutants strikes me as a bad thing. It's a total cop out. These days, whenever it comes time to explain how someone got their powers, it's just "Oh, mutant."

LtJGAaron Markus: Aaaahhh, but I'm am the true geek....

LtJGNicoleWeis: how are you the true geek?

VAdm Blackthorne: Okay, looks like this is everyone for this wekk.

VAdm Blackthorne: week

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: now they can get back to the Rachel/Kitty story line, I was getitng sick of Gambit and Rouge all the time.. lol

LtDougMcKnight: Old school super heroes, they got their powers the hard way. Lighting strike, chemical spill, radiocative spider those were REAL super heroes!

LtJGNicoleWeis: lol

LtJGAaron Markus: My life is nothing but computers...that's how...

LtJGNicoleWeis: where is will tonight?

LtJGAaron Markus: I'm a true computer geek.

VAdm Blackthorne: Read email

LtJGNicoleWeis: ohh, i should do that more often

VAdm Blackthorne: It's up to you to hold down medical.

LtJGNicoleWeis: ohh no, umm, this is scary

VAdm Blackthorne: Alright, let's get started.

VAdm Blackthorne: Attention!

LtDougMcKnight: You ain't kiddin'.

LtDougMcKnight: ::AA::

LtJGAaron Markus: ::AA::

Lt TKirr: ::AA::

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::AA::

7:45 PM

VAdm Blackthorne: Alright, we left off last week in the middle of the battle at Starbase 22.

VAdm Blackthorne: Ten crystal ships, eight federation ships, and a starbase.

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::AA::

VAdm Blackthorne: Drilling ships has just penetrated the starbase, putting crystal troops on board, and Atlantis's marines are there to bolster starbase security.

VAdm Blackthorne: The diamond-tipped torpedo fire from five Federation ships had blasted a large enough hole in one of the crystals for the gamma ray tactic to work, blowing that one all to hell.

VAdm Blackthorne: The other nine crystals noticed this and have just started to focus their fire on Atlantis.

VAdm Blackthorne: Questions?

Lt TKirr: Um.. gulp?

VAdm Blackthorne:

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::decides to keep quiet for once::

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: why do they always have to pick on us?

Lt TKirr: 'Cause we picked on them. =P

VAdm Blackthorne: We're so dangerous.

LtDougMcKnight: Just keep out of the way, Markus.

LtJGAaron Markus: ::salutes:: No problem there.

VAdm Blackthorne: Alright, let's get to it.

VAdm Blackthorne: BEGIN SIM

VAdm Blackthorne: BEGIN SIM

VAdm Blackthorne: BEGIN SIM

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::in SB::

LtJGAaron Markus: ::at Helm/Ops::

VAdm Blackthorne: Evasive!

LtJGAaron Markus: Aye, sir. ::evades::

LtDougMcKnight: ::Hunkering down with the other Atlantis marines in the path of the crystal troop assault::

Lt TKirr: ::stares at the limited readings of her sensors:: Admiral, all ships are beginning to turn on us.

LtDougMcKnight: @Marines>::Open fire immediately::

VAdm Blackthorne: Take tactical and control your gamma rays from there, T'

VAdm Blackthorne: T'Kirr

7:50 PM

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::worries about what is going on up there but keeps doing her thing::

Lt TKirr: ::presses a few quick commands and hurries to Tactical::

VAdm Blackthorne: ACTION> Atlantis starts to take a pounding.

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::takes TKirr's place at Sci::

Lt TKirr: Shields at 74%.

LtJGNicoleWeis: freaking ::falls on the floor but gets right back up and keeps going::

Lt TKirr: And dropping.

VAdm Blackthorne: Markus, get some other ships in front of us to soak up some of this!

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::starts tagging the area of the next ship to focus the Torps. at::

Lt TKirr: ::reroutes weapons to shields::

LtJGAaron Markus: Yes, sir. ::sends messages to the other ships "HELP"::

LtJGAaron Markus: <<>>

VAdm Blackthorne: In the meantime, I want that next volley of torpedos coordinated and ready for the next available target.

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ( ::can hear the other ships laughing at us:: )

LtDougMcKnight: @::Waits until the first crystal troops press past where he left the first holographically camoflagued mines, and presses the detonator.::

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: Already in it, Sir

LtJGNicoleWeis: Hurt Crewmen> ::stumbles in:: need help, pain, lots of pain

LtDougMcKnight: @::The blast from the 2 mines fans out in an expanding conical pattern, and the two cones from the two mines at opposite sides of the corridor overlap::

Lt TKirr: Shields are dropping fast... 60%!

LtJGNicoleWeis: ohh gosh ::helps HC onto a bio bed:: what happened?

LtJGAaron Markus: ::dodges a few blasts::

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: We've got the next one pegged. ships standing by:: When ever your ready, Lt. ::looks at TKirr::

VAdm Blackthorne: Blackthorne to engineering! Keep those shields up or there will be hell to pay!

LtDougMcKnight: @::Flashes a sadistic grin as he watches the main body of the forward troops disintegrate::

LtJGNicoleWeis: HC> something hit my back

Lt TKirr: I won't risk raising weapons until more of these ships cease firing on us.

LtJGAaron Markus: ::is glad he's not in engineering::

7:55 PM

VAdm Blackthorne: ACTION> Discovery, Dauntless, and Endeavour cut off some of the ships pursuing Atlantis, giving us a bit of a respite

Lt TKirr: ::channels some power back into weapons::

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::has HC lay on his stomach and pulls out a tricorder to scan him::

LtDougMcKnight: @::Turns the grin to that handful of troops who were forward of the mines, and close the distance only to find their way blocked by a security force field from behind which marines massacre them with massed phaser fire::

LtJGAaron Markus: ::tries to stick behind the other ships::

LtJGNicoleWeis: HC> ::moans and is in pain::

Lt TKirr: ::sends off a volley of torpedoes into the closest crystal ship::

VAdm Blackthorne: ACTION> Discovery, Dauntless, Endeavour, and Mercury add to the torpedo volley.

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: :;watches the torpedoes::

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::finishes checking him out:: well....

LtJGAaron Markus: Sir, setting courses is a little slow. Request permission to use the manual helm...

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: We nailed'em, time to fry'em..

VAdm Blackthorne: Granted.

LtJGAaron Markus: ::hits the manual helm button and watches the manual helm stick rise up next to him::

LtJGNicoleWeis: HC> :;lays with anticipation::

VAdm Blackthorne: Fire.

LtJGNicoleWeis: well, you have no real damage, your just going to have a majorly big bruise on your back that is going to hurt and decrease your movement

Lt TKirr: <<Oh, I'm frying, aren't I>>

LtJGAaron Markus: Now this is more like it...::grabs the stick and maneuvers the ship with expert precision::

Lt TKirr: ::initiates the gamma beam::

VAdm Blackthorne: ACTION> The targeted crystal loses all power and is quickly blown apart by the nearby Starfleet ships.

LtJGNicoleWeis: HC> is that all?

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: Target is toast, Sir

Lt TKirr: ::sweeps around for the next best target::

8:00 PM

VAdm Blackthorne: ACTION> The eight remaining ships target Atlantis again and unleash.

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::nods:: yup thats all, your cleared to go back on duty

Lt TKirr: We're the main target again, Admiral.

Lt TKirr: ::dumps weapons back into shields::

LtJGNicoleWeis: HC> ::looks upset::

LtJGAaron Markus: ::evades::

VAdm Blackthorne: Markus.

LtDougMcKnight: +Starbase commander+ Sir, we have the boarding parties contained. Suggest you direct the bulk of your firepower to the enemy fleet.

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::turns away and moves back to a console to document the account::

Lt TKirr: ::rotates shields according to their maneuver::

LtJGNicoleWeis: HC> but, but, but, i think i'm coming down with something

LtJGAaron Markus: ::rolls ship to avoid a heavy volley::

VAdm Blackthorne: ACTION> The secondary hull takes a good solid hit, sending explosions and decompression across several decks as a large gash is cut in the side of the ship.

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: switching to a new group of ships, Sir, maybe if they don't know where the attack will come from we can confuse them

LtJGAaron Markus: ::curses under his breath::

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::turns and loks at HC:: your fine

Lt TKirr: Secondary hull damage on decks nine through sixteen.

Lt TKirr: ::checks her internal sensors:: Emergency shields holding, but that area of main shielding is down to twenty percent.

VAdm Blackthorne: Prepare the next target.

LtJGAaron Markus: ::ducks the ship behind the others::

LtJGNicoleWeis: HC> no i'm not, i can't go back onto active duty

LtJGAaron Markus: Let me know when to put us in the open for that shot.

Lt TKirr: ::routes power back into weapons, hesitantly::

VAdm Blackthorne: ACTION> The Starbase unleashes a huge storm of phaser fire into the fight, enough to certainly annoy the crystals.

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: the second string is targeting the third ship and Discovery is ready to lead a hand with the gamma rays..

VAdm Blackthorne: ACTION> Unable to focus on the Atlantis, the crystals turn their attention to the Dauntless.

LtDougMcKnight: ::Activates a photon grenade and sets it to maximum yield, before charging past the force field into the corridor now empty of enemies, and chucking the grenade deep into the crystalline drilling ship::

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::looks at him suspiously::

LtJGNicoleWeis: what rank are you?

LtJGNicoleWeis: HC> ensign ma'am

VAdm Blackthorne: ACTION> A wave of injured hits sickbay from the huge gash in the lower decks.

Lt TKirr: ::matches the location of the enemy's hull with the other ships' target and prepares to fire once in range::

8:05 PM

Lt TKirr: Markus, get us in clear view.

LtJGAaron Markus: ::nods:: Aye.

LtJGAaron Markus: ::pushes the ship to full impulse and brings it into the open aiming square at the target::

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::looks from HC to the in flow of injured and leaves HC to handle the more hurt people::

Lt TKirr: ::unleashes the next spread of torpedoes::

VAdm Blackthorne: ACTION> Discovery, Endeavour, Columbia, and Challenger join in the torpedo volley as the crystals pound Dauntless.

LtDougMcKnight: @::The grenade explodes with devestating force, causing a breach in the outer hull::

LtDougMcKnight: @::The crystal ship's outer hull, of course::

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::breaks the nurses up into groups, one doing deathly serious injuries, one doing not so deathly but still serious injuries, one doing petty injuries::

Lt TKirr: <<Was gonna say, hehe>>

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: The target is open, Lt

Lt TKirr: I see it.

Lt TKirr: ::fires the fry ray::

VAdm Blackthorne: ACTION> The ray does its firing as the crystal is hit by both Discovery and Atlantis, and the crystal loses power.

VAdm Blackthorne: ACTION> Then of course, the crystal is blown apart.

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::perparing the pin points on ship number four?::

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::moves from one pateint to another, keeping them alive and kicking::

LtJGAaron Markus: That's for scratching the paint job!

Lt TKirr: Seven crystalline ships remain.

VAdm Blackthorne: ACTION> The seven remaining crystals ignore the destruction of their comrade and keep pounding Dauntless.

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::watches as more injured come into sick bay and begins to feel over helmed and um prepared::

Lt TKirr: ::aims at the ship closest to the Dauntless and transmits coordinates to the fleet::

LtJGAaron Markus: They're after the Dauntless...::sends a message to the Dauntless helm to evade::

VAdm Blackthorne: Tactical situation of the Dauntless?

Lt TKirr: ::readies torpedoes and sends them away::

VAdm Blackthorne: Dauntless's helmsman> ::replies with, "no shit"::

8:10 PM

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: Target pinned ::looks up to see the torps lunched already::

LtDougMcKnight: (I was gonna say. )

Lt TKirr: Shields at 40% and failing fast. Weapons down.

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::decideds to shut up now::

LtJGNicoleWeis: Nurse Otter> ma'am, ::in low voice:: just focus on one pateint at a time, us nurses will take care of the others while you fix one at a time, thats the way to do it, one at a time ::pats nicole's back::

VAdm Blackthorne: ::Frowns::

LtJGAaron Markus: ::sees message and sends back "so do it already."::

VAdm Blackthorne: DH> ::replies, "trying":

Lt TKirr: Dauntless has lost an impulse engine.

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::nods and moves to one pateint and with a smile starts helping to patch him up::

Lt TKirr: ::pounds another volley into the crystalline ship nearest Dauntless::

VAdm Blackthorne: They're more maneuverable, she can't shake them.

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::quietly working with the other ships to pin point where to hit the ships to get the best results::

Lt TKirr: ::sees the opening and initiates the gamma::

VAdm Blackthorne: ACTION> The gamma rays disable another ship, which is ripped apart, leaving six that are still focusing on the Dauntless.

Lt TKirr: ::works to maintain the target through all the weapon, debris, and other interference::

Lt TKirr: Dauntless shields at 22%! Life support minimal!

LtJGAaron Markus: Sir, should I put us between the them and the Dauntless? Try to draw their fire....

VAdm Blackthorne: They're sticking too close... you'll never get us in that gap.

Lt TKirr: Extend our shields? Have others try the same?

LtJGAaron Markus: Give the word and I'll get us there....::grips manual stick firmly::

VAdm Blackthorne: ACTION> Escape pods start peeling off of Dauntless.

8:15 PM

LtDougMcKnight: +Blackthorne+ Admiral, if I may suggest, you could bring the fleet in close to the starbase and they can extend their shields around you. The numbers are on our side now. We can just slug it out.

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: or we should start getting the pods out of harms way

LtJGAaron Markus: I can fly by the pods and we can snag them in tractor beams...if they're still working.

VAdm Blackthorne: +McKnight+ The starbase's shields aren't designed to do that, given their size. They'll be too weak.

Lt TKirr: If the crystalline beings had any intelligence, they would focus on the ships, the actual danger to them, not the pods.

VAdm Blackthorne: That remains to be seen.

LtDougMcKnight: @Marine> ::Produces a photon grenade launcher, and fires it into the same ship McKnight grenaded, producing another onboard explosion. The other 5 squads begin doing the same::

VAdm Blackthorne: And we don't have power to spare for tractor beams.

Lt TKirr: Agreed.

VAdm Blackthorne: Ready the next volley.

LtJGAaron Markus: Unfortunately they've shown nothing but malevolence....I don't trust them to leave the pods alone.

Lt TKirr: Ready.

VAdm Blackthorne: They're being beaten too badly to attack the pods.

VAdm Blackthorne: Fire.

Lt TKirr: ::launches the torpedoes at the next designated target::

LtJGAaron Markus: ::nods seeing the Admiral has given an order and heads towards the crystal ships::

VAdm Blackthorne: ACTION> The aforementioned five ships fire torpedos, blasting a huge hole, as before.

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: and if they decided that the best way to kill is to attach pods with no defeance?

Lt TKirr: ::gammabeams it::

VAdm Blackthorne: ACTION> BOOM goes another crystal.

Lt TKirr: Then we will last longer, and they will die faster.

LtJGAaron Markus: ::barely evades debri::

VAdm Blackthorne: ACTION> Escape pods still leaving it, Dauntless explodes.

LtJGAaron Markus: Little too close.....

Lt TKirr: Shields holding at 65%.

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::sheilds her eyes from the light of the blast::

VAdm Blackthorne: ::Frowns:: I'm sure Captain Morris was still aboard.

LtJGAaron Markus: ::sees the Dauntless explode and stares in horror::

8:20 PM

Lt TKirr: ::does her best to ignore the exploding vessel and targets the next ship::

VAdm Blackthorne: ACTION> The five remaining ships turn their attention to Atlantis again.

Lt TKirr: We're the enemy's target again. Rerouting to shields.

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::is sadened as she learns of the death of a few of the injured but keeps working on one at a time but supervisy everything::

VAdm Blackthorne: Prepare the next volley.

Lt TKirr: Not with them on us like they are, Admiral.

LtJGAaron Markus: ::shakes himself from the remaining pieces of the Dauntless and turns the ship toward the next crystal ship with determination on his face::

Lt TKirr: ::transmits the location to the other ships::

VAdm Blackthorne: You heard the order, Lt.

Lt TKirr: Our shields won't hold!

VAdm Blackthorne: Obey the order or relinquish the station.

LtJGAaron Markus: ::heads toward the crystal ship::

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::looking between the two::

Lt TKirr: ::dumps the power back into weapons and waits for the torpedo readiness, then fires::

VAdm Blackthorne: ACTION> The ship shakes dramatically as we take fire.

Lt TKirr: Shields at 45% and falling.

VAdm Blackthorne: ACTION> Again, the five ships from above fire their torpedos in sync and blast a hole.

Lt TKirr: ::hangs onto the console::

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::holding onto the console::

Lt TKirr: ::uses the gamma again::

LtJGAaron Markus: ::holds steady course::

VAdm Blackthorne: ACTION> And then there were four.

Lt TKirr: 36%.

LtJGAaron Markus: ::releases a breath::

VAdm Blackthorne: ACTION> Ready the next volley.

Lt TKirr: ::stares momentarily at Blackthorne, then does as she's told::

VAdm Blackthorne: <I've typed ACTION too much tonight, sorry.  >

LtJGAaron Markus: <<LOL>>

8:25 PM

LtJGNicoleWeis: ((lol))

LtJGAaron Markus: ::turns the ship toward the next target::

Lt TKirr: Torpedoes ready.

VAdm Blackthorne: ACTION> Another gash is ripped across a small part of the saucer.

VAdm Blackthorne: ::holds on as the ship shakes::

LtJGAaron Markus: Damn it....

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::begins to panic as more injured rush into sickbay::

Lt TKirr: Decks three through five penetrated. Emergency shields holding.

VAdm Blackthorne: Fire.

Lt TKirr: ::fires::

VAdm Blackthorne: ::watches another hole open up on the viewscreen::

Lt TKirr: ::again directs the beam::

Lt TKirr: Shields at 20%!

VAdm Blackthorne: ACTION> After the ensuing crystalline explosion, the remaining ships break away from Atlantis and charge the Voskhod.

LtJGAaron Markus: ::flies the ship past the debris::

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: moving civies and non-essentials to safe zones, the saucer is geting torn up like an old towel

LtDougMcKnight: @Marines>::Have by now put all 6 driller ships out of commision, enabling starbase 22 to direct its full firepower at the 3 remaining crystalline ships::

Lt TKirr: Weapons power down to 40%.

LtJGAaron Markus: ::chases one of the ships after the Voskhod::

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: we could use a little more back up here...

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8:30 PM

Lt TKirr: ::concentrates the next volley on the fleet's designated target::

VAdm Blackthorne: ACTION> Two of the crystal ships ram the Voskhod and self-destruct, the same trick they used on Atlantis in the first encounter,

VAdm Blackthorne: destroying the Voskhod instantly, and sending the third crystal ship, along with any nearby Federation ships, careening backwards from the shockwave.

Lt TKirr: ::grabs the console in a deathgrip::

VAdm Blackthorne: ::does the same to his chairarm::

LtJGAaron Markus: ::flies up and out to use the shockwave to push the Atlantis::

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::is tossed backwards into the wall::

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::just falls down hard on the floor and hits head::

LtDougMcKnight: @::Feels only a slight tremor. The starbase is a bit more distant, and too well shielded::

Lt TKirr: <<and too friggin' fat to budge =P>>

LtDougMcKnight: (Right, that too.)

LtJGAaron Markus: Damn that was close....

LtJGAaron Markus: <<LOL>>

Lt TKirr: ::recovers and reads the mad sensor readings::

VAdm Blackthorne: ACTION> The shockwave from the simultanous destruction of three ships scatters the fleet as ships are sent in all directions.

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::mutters:: freaking, what are they doing up there?

VAdm Blackthorne: Damage report.

LtJGAaron Markus: ::tries to maintain some sort of control over the ships course::

VAdm Blackthorne: That was unexpected.

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::gets to her feet holding her arm across her middle, cursing in Bajoran::

Lt TKirr: Voskhod and two crystalline ships completely destroyed.

VAdm Blackthorne: She didn't even have a chance to launch escape pods.

Lt TKirr: All other fleet ships have endured the shockwave.

VAdm Blackthorne: ACTION> And the people in the escape pods from Dauntless just got the surfing ride of their lives.

Lt TKirr: It was a... desperate move..

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: These things are carzy as hell! ::flinchs that hurt::

LtDougMcKnight: ::Listens to the humming of the starbase's many weapons arrays as they throw everything they have at the last crystal ship::

LtJGAaron Markus: Bastards....::wants to jump out and beat the crystal ships with his bare hands::

Lt TKirr: One crystalline ship remaining.

VAdm Blackthorne: ACTION> The third crystal ship is hanging in space, listing badly.

VAdm Blackthorne: ACTION> The last crystal hails Atlantis.

LtJGAaron Markus: ::stares intently at the screen, if looks could kill::

Lt TKirr: It looks to be somewhat disabled. We're too far to get a clear reading with compromised sensors.

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: We're bing hailed

Lt TKirr: We're being hailed.. by the crystalline ship.

Lt TKirr: <<Jinx!>>

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: Now they wanna talk?

VAdm Blackthorne: ::blinks::

8:35 PM

VAdm Blackthorne: ::Stands and straightens his uniform:: Put it on screen.

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: The tranlastion program is upgraded in the UT and ready to go.. I hope..

Lt TKirr: <<Go ahead, Ellis>>

VAdm Blackthorne: May all your hopes come true.

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::calls it up:: On screen, Sir

VAdm Blackthorne: Giant Diamondy Thing> SCR-::program kicks in:: Your weapons are too strong... will destroy us...

LtJGAaron Markus: ::takes the opportune moment to check helm systems and plan out an attack sequence just in case::

VAdm Blackthorne: You don't have to continue this fight.

VAdm Blackthorne: There can be peace between us.

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::thinks.. or we could just finish kicking your asses::

VAdm Blackthorne: GDT> It is too late.... SCREEEE aws demand death...

LtJGAaron Markus: ::doesn't believe what he's hearing from the Admiral....::

Lt TKirr: ::stares at the screen::

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::jaw drops::

VAdm Blackthorne: If you continue to fight us, you will die. You and any other ships you send.

LtJGAaron Markus: ::thinks "damn right"::

VAdm Blackthorne: If you stop fighting, there can be peace. We are not a war-loving people.

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::thinks.. yeah we're not Klingons and Cardassins.. We have better complections, just don't look at my nose::

VAdm Blackthorne: GDT> Our laws... and our SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEECCCHHSHREEEE... demand justice... and sacrifice...

Lt TKirr: ::the console beeps incoming damage reports, but she has a hard time concentrating on them::

LtJGAaron Markus: ::doesn't like the sound of the word 'sacrifice'::

VAdm Blackthorne: GDT> And they demand the return...

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: return of what?

8:40 PM

Lt TKirr: <<Do I hear... asylum? LOL>>

VAdm Blackthorne: ACTION> The diamond rotates on the screen, as if to turn its "back" to the viewer, then the comm goes dead and the last crystal ship silently self-destructs on the viewer.

Lt TKirr: ::holds onto the console as the ship rocks::

Lt TKirr: ::slightly::

VAdm Blackthorne: Now what the hell does that mean?

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: That it would rather die then be defeated, Sir

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ?

LtJGAaron Markus: It's over.....

VAdm Blackthorne: I don't think it is.

LtJGAaron Markus: ::looks up::

VAdm Blackthorne: This battle, yes, but...

VAdm Blackthorne: Final damage report?

Lt TKirr: ::looks down quickly::

LtJGAaron Markus: ::checks helm::

LtJGAaron Markus: Well considering the damage we took, helm is doing pretty good...

Lt TKirr: Decks four through six, and nine through sixteen have sustained secondary hull damage. Casualties still coming in... seventeen found dead so far. Emergency shielding is holding.

VAdm Blackthorne: Size of hull breach?

Lt TKirr: The saucer breach is not critical. The ventral aft...

Lt TKirr: Sizable.

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: yeah like the size of Texas

8:45 PM

Lt TKirr: ::raises a brow at Ellis:: Considerably smaller, actually.

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::rolls her eyes:: I was.. Nevermind..

VAdm Blackthorne: And the rest of the fleet?

Lt TKirr: It's widest, deepest point is seventy meters deep.

VAdm Blackthorne: ::winces::

Lt TKirr: ::taps a few buttons::

LtJGAaron Markus: ::looks down::

Lt TKirr: Most have sustained minimal damage, as most of their shields held.

Lt TKirr: We took most of the brunt, of the surviving ships.

VAdm Blackthorne: +McKnight+ Blackthorne to McKnight.

LtDougMcKnight: +Blackthorne+ McKnight here, sir.

VAdm Blackthorne: +McKnight+ SitRep, Lt.

LtDougMcKnight: +Blackthorne+ We took their lunch money, sir.

Lt TKirr: ::frowns::

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::snorts::

VAdm Blackthorne: +McKnight+ Excellent. You're welcome back on board if and when we have power to use transporters or open airlocks.

VAdm Blackthorne: ::turns to look at the bridge crew:: Excellent work, everyone. Your methods of penetrating their defenses worked perfectly and I'm proud of all of you.

LtDougMcKnight: +Blackthorne+ Acknowledged, Admiral.

8:50 PM

Lt TKirr: ::taps away busily, organizing reports and diverting resources::

Lt TKirr: ::looks up::

LtJGAaron Markus: ::thinks "it wasn't enough"::

VAdm Blackthorne: With our current damage, it doesn't look like we're going anywhere for a while. There's no way we can go to warp with such hull damage.

Lt TKirr: ::nods::

VAdm Blackthorne: Mr. Markus, get clearance for docking and enter the spacedoors once they're opened.

LtJGAaron Markus: Aye sir.....::looks sadly at his console and sets course toward the SB::

Lt TKirr: ::thinks, "Get in line."

VAdm Blackthorne: Instruct Discovery to follow, as I'm sure she needs the repairs after the battle at 16.

LtJGAaron Markus: ::nods::

LtJGAaron Markus: ::sends message to Discovery to follow us in::

VAdm Blackthorne: All other ships are Captain's discretion.

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::feels the panic lessen as the amount of injured decrease and go on their way

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::

LtDougMcKnight: ::Reports the presence of 6 crippled ships still more or less attached to the starbase, and advises the CO to send some security men aboard to search for survivors or computer records::

VAdm Blackthorne: Have the Endeavour pick up escape pods.

VAdm Blackthorne: T'Kirr, you're in charge of using the Starbase and any necessary ships to irradiate this area to the point that those crystals can't regenerate.

LtJGAaron Markus: Yes, sir. ::sends message to Endeavour::

Lt TKirr: Yes, sir.

8:55 PM

VAdm Blackthorne: Oh, and make damned sure there aren't any of the bastards on our hull.

Lt TKirr: ::collects sensor readings of entire battlefield::

Lt TKirr: ::looks up under her brows at Blackthorne::

VAdm Blackthorne: Starbase 16 will not be repeated.

Lt TKirr: ::after scanning:: Hull is clear.

LtJGAaron Markus: ::pilots Atlantis into the SB::

VAdm Blackthorne: Contact the dockmaster with the procedure and be sure that any other ships are scanned.

Lt TKirr: Aye, Admiral. Alerting Discovery.

Lt TKirr: <<as well>>

VAdm Blackthorne: Slide us on home over there, Mr. Markus. ::points to one of the repair berths::

VAdm Blackthorne: +Sickbay+ Blackthorne to sickbay.

LtJGAaron Markus: ::nods::

9:00 PM

LtJGAaron Markus: ::parks the ship in the good spot::

VAdm Blackthorne: Engage mooring clamps.

LtJGNicoleWeis: +blackthrone+ sickbay here sir

LtJGAaron Markus: Aye sir....::pushes a few buttons and waits for the green light::

VAdm Blackthorne: +Weis+ Give me the bad news, doctor

LtJGAaron Markus: Mooring clamps engaged. We're docked.

VAdm Blackthorne: Transfer to Starbase power.

LtJGNicoleWeis: +blackthrone+ it;s a good thing you want bad news b/c thats about all i got, we have a ton of casualties, i have not had time to count them all, but those who are still with us are badly injured sir

Lt TKirr: ::watches the switch, finally relaxing her pose a little::

LtJGAaron Markus: ::tranfers:: Transfer confirmed. We're on Starbase juice....

VAdm Blackthorne: +Weis+ Have a report ready as soon as you can. Blackthorne out.

VAdm Blackthorne: ::Frowns::

LtJGNicoleWeis: +blackthrone+ yes sir

LtJGNicoleWeis: ::goes back to stitching up a patients side::

VAdm Blackthorne: Shoreleave will be granted in limited shifts. Markus, prepare rotations for leave. All other efforts will be focused on repairs.

VAdm Blackthorne: A lot of people died today, but the victory was decisive.

LtJGAaron Markus: Yes, sir....::doesn't look forward to this::

9:05 PM

VAdm Blackthorne: T'Kirr, Ellis, your techniques were invaluable. Prepare a report for Starfleet with the information, including the language database, and get it out there for everyone.

LtJGAaron Markus: I don't feel like a victor sir....and yet I'm glad that we pulled through...some of us at least...::looks at viewscreen::

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: ::nods:: Aye sir

Lt TKirr: ::nods::

VAdm Blackthorne: PAUSE SIM

VAdm Blackthorne: PAUSE SIM

VAdm Blackthorne: PAUSE SIM

Lt  jg  D  Ellis: pasued

Lt TKirr: ::pauses::

LtJGAaron Markus: ::paused::