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6:58:49 PM vadmblackthorne: what

6:58:54 PM cmdrshelev: no clue

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7:01:42 PM majdougmcknight: Evening, folks.

7:01:48 PM vadmblackthorne: Hiya, Doug

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7:03:25 PM lcdrtkirr: Ups =P

7:03:25 PM majdougmcknight: T'Kirr.

7:03:30 PM vadmblackthorne: Hiya, T'Kirr

Kiley Airell joined the chat (7:05:58 PM)

7:06:22 PM majdougmcknight: Hey hey, Kiley.

7:06:42 PM kileyairell: Hey all, sorry I'm late

7:06:42 PM vadmblackthorne: Hiya Kiley

7:09:22 PM lcdrtkirr: Using the little Vulcan room, be right back.

7:13:03 PM lcdrtkirr: We waiting on someone?

7:13:15 PM vadmblackthorne: No, let's go ahead and get started actually.


7:13:42 PM majdougmcknight: Kay.

7:13:45 PM lcdrtkirr: ::AA::

7:13:45 PM majdougmcknight: ::AA::

7:14:20 PM kileyairell: ::AA::

7:14:37 PM vadmblackthorne: Okay, we're in preparation for a declaration of martial law.

7:15:04 PM cmdrshelev: BOUT TIME

7:15:19 PM vadmblackthorne: A search is underway for Tagan's advisors, and marine preparations are underway for any troublesome ships.

7:16:22 PM vadmblackthorne: Further work on the cure for the hatchery ship problem is ongoing as a team applies a preventative medicine to the rest of that ship.

7:16:27 PM vadmblackthorne: Questions?

7:16:36 PM majdougmcknight: Nope.

7:17:20 PM vadmblackthorne: Okay then.

7:17:22 PM vadmblackthorne: BEGIN SIM

7:17:23 PM vadmblackthorne: BEGIN SIM

7:17:24 PM vadmblackthorne: BEGIN SIM

7:17:42 PM lcdrtkirr: ::stands at Science::

7:18:06 PM vadmblackthorne: ::in his seat, reading over a PADD with some reports from the fleet::

7:18:50 PM cmdrshelev: Admiral, I have four officers here that appeared to be part of Tagan's entourage. Short of one of them named Nar-da - a reptilian - I can't pronounce any of their names.

7:19:47 PM majdougmcknight: ::In his office, seated at his desk while a handful of his most senior officers sit facing him, going through an impromptu briefing::

7:20:01 PM vadmblackthorne: Can we verify their claims?

7:20:33 PM lcdrtkirr: EnsLogan> ::mills around, tapping on rear Bridge wall panels::

7:20:53 PM cmdrshelev: Claims of what?

7:21:07 PM kileyairell: ::in sickbay working on a way to cure disease::

7:21:30 PM vadmblackthorne: To be part of Tagan's inner circle.

7:21:33 PM kileyairell: (brb, kitties are getting ornery cuz they haven't been fed yet)

7:21:46 PM cmdrshelev: I haven't spoken to them yet, this is just the top four guys that spent the most time with him from security tapes and records of what's left of their government

7:21:54 PM vadmblackthorne: Okay, get them over here.

7:23:11 PM vadmblackthorne: I want to meet with them and you ASAP.

7:23:36 PM cmdrshelev: On it.

7:24:02 PM cmdrshelev: ::Heads to the conference room off the bridge to find the Ministers of Finance, Agriculture, and the other two officers.::

7:25:48 PM majdougmcknight: Now, the whole phase we're in now could adequately be described as pre-emptive damage control.  They want to make sure everything's ready before making the announcement, so I'm not expecting there's any danger of being caught off

7:27:38 PM majdougmcknight: guard here.  All the same, I want as many men as possible ready to mobilize quickly.  We can throw on the heavier body armor as necessary, but otherwise, I want every marine on duty geared up.

7:28:05 PM vadmblackthorne: ;;goes back to the PADD, finds his speech in the trash and empties it::

7:30:02 PM vadmblackthorne: ::displays the tactical overlay of the fleet on the main viewer again:

7:30:04 PM kileyairell: (bak)

7:30:57 PM majdougmcknight: Sadly, we're going to need as many men ready as possible.  I'm not ready to sound general quarters over this quite yet, and with luck, we're hoping to get some reinforcements too, but for the moment, I'm ordering double shifts.

7:31:26 PM lcdrtkirr: ::watches the viewer::

7:32:26 PM majdougmcknight: Starting with this one.  Better start brewing the raktajino, people.  I'll let you know as soon as there's news on those reinforcements, but for now, that's it.  Dismissed.

7:32:39 PM vadmblackthorne: T'Kirr, is the fighter patrol ready to launch?

7:32:49 PM lcdrtkirr: Yes, Admiral.  All fighters standing by.

7:33:47 PM kileyairell: ::is notified by her team on the hatchery ship that they are almost finished::

7:34:41 PM vadmblackthorne: Excellent. ::points out a few ships:: I predict these to be the potential problem ships.

7:35:22 PM lcdrtkirr: ::squints where he points, nods to herself, then checks her console for their designations::

7:36:24 PM lcdrtkirr: ::downloads the updated information into the fighter mini-computers::

7:36:42 PM vadmblackthorne: ::wonders where the hell the Machen Bren have been::

7:37:35 PM cmdrshelev: ::Returns from the conference room.:: I found three of them. The fourth, an insectoid who was mayor of their capital city, is nowhere to be found. He was last seen on the March'ie, which is a hydroponics ship.

7:37:48 PM cmdrshelev: I'm ready to transport the other three. Tell me where we're meeting.

7:37:50 PM majdougmcknight: (Gotta step out.  be back in a few minutes.)

7:38:22 PM vadmblackthorne: Conference Room One.

7:41:53 PM vadmblackthorne: ::enters the conference room and prepares for this mess::

7:43:36 PM kileyairell: ::knows that the Mustangs are out flying, would almost rather be doing that right now::

7:43:48 PM cmdrshelev: Got it. I'll get some guards posted in there; we'll beam them over when we're all set. Direct point to point.

7:44:11 PM lcdrtkirr: <<We're not out yet, Kiley--you can come along when we do =P>>

7:44:26 PM cmdrshelev: +Security+ Security, Conference room one. We'll need two guards to look imposing.

7:45:52 PM cmdrshelev: Security> Aye, sir. Minter and Lex will be there shortly.

7:47:03 PM kileyairell: ((Not if I haven't found a cure yet ;)  ))

7:47:51 PM lcdrtkirr: <<I don't want to be the only one out there :-(>>

7:49:21 PM cmdrshelev: ::The two security guards enter, wearing light body armor and carrying phaser rifles. They assume guard position at the entrance to the room.::

7:50:00 PM vadmblackthorne: ::nods to the goons::

7:50:15 PM cmdrshelev: Shall we?

7:52:41 PM cmdrshelev: (( taptap ))

7:52:41 PM majdougmcknight: (Sorry about that.  Brother needed to use the computer.  Something school related.)

7:53:13 PM vadmblackthorne: (No worries.))\

7:53:53 PM cmdrshelev: ((do you need to catch up

7:53:55 PM cmdrshelev: ?))

7:54:41 PM majdougmcknight: (Just did.)

7:55:05 PM kileyairell: Ens Nolan P Carson>::finishing up his flight checks::

7:55:55 PM majdougmcknight: +Blackthorne+ McKnight to Blackthorne.  Got a second before you break the news?

7:56:44 PM kileyairell: NPC>::now just waits for everyone else to show up so he can go out and fly.  Still a little nervous, as this will be his first time on the team::

7:57:27 PM vadmblackthorne: +McKnight+ Go.

7:58:04 PM majdougmcknight: +Blackthorne+ Just got notification of the security assignment to deck one.  I realize no one likes a party crasher, Admiral, but mind if I sit in on this one?  I've got my men on hot standby, and I'd like to give them a sitrep 

7:58:09 PM majdougmcknight: with the least delay possible.

7:58:13 PM kileyairell: (Alright, ya'll, gotta get going to work)

7:58:21 PM vadmblackthorne: +McKnight+ That's fine, come on up.

7:58:21 PM majdougmcknight: (Night, Kiley.)

7:58:29 PM vadmblackthorne: (Night Kiley)

7:58:45 PM lcdrtkirr: <<Bye, Kiley!>>

7:58:50 PM majdougmcknight: +Blackthorne+ Yes, sir, and thanks.  McKnight out.

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7:59:32 PM vadmblackthorne: +T'Kirr+ Blackthorne to T'Kirr.

7:59:53 PM lcdrtkirr: +Blackthorne+ This is T'Kirr.

8:00:10 PM cmdrshelev: ((popular guy))

8:00:37 PM vadmblackthorne: +T'Kirr+ Report to CR1.

8:00:51 PM lcdrtkirr: +Blackthorne+ On my way.

8:01:08 PM lcdrtkirr: ::glances at Logan, who, fills her spot as she walks off the Bridge::

8:01:36 PM lcdrtkirr: ::enters CR1::

8:03:25 PM majdougmcknight: ::Steps off the lift, and crosses through the bridge, just in time to sart through the door before it closes after T'Kirr::

8:03:31 PM majdougmcknight: (dart)

8:03:51 PM lcdrtkirr: ::looks about before standing to the side, hands clasped behind her::

8:04:12 PM vadmblackthorne: Take a seat. Our guests will be ere shortly.

8:04:25 PM lcdrtkirr: ::steps forward and swings out a chair::

8:05:00 PM majdougmcknight: ::Nods and settles down in a seat that gives him a view out the windows.  He always has to have a window seat::

8:05:29 PM cmdrshelev: ::Grabs a seat as far from the door as possible.::

8:07:06 PM cmdrshelev: Shall I let our guests in?

8:07:43 PM majdougmcknight: No sense leaving them waiting if we're counting on these to be the cooperative ones.

8:08:04 PM cmdrshelev: Admiral?

8:08:17 PM vadmblackthorne: Bring them.

8:08:59 PM cmdrshelev: +Transporter room one+ Transporter room, Conference room one. Please beam the aforementioned individuals to the room, please.

8:10:32 PM cmdrshelev: ACTION> Three Xindi are beamed into the room. One, an insectoid, looks around confused. The second is the former Minister of Finance, Nar-da, a reptilian.

8:10:45 PM vadmblackthorne: Gentlemen.

8:10:56 PM vadmblackthorne: As you well know, I'm Vice Admiral Blackthorne. Welcome to the USS Atlantis.

8:11:00 PM lcdrtkirr: ::watches the fully-materialized arrivals with an indifferent expression::

8:11:18 PM cmdrshelev: ACTION> The final visitor is Lar'ni'a'shala'dor, the abbreviated name of the Xindi minister of Agriculture

8:11:28 PM cmdrshelev: ((Had to chop that into two bits because of the name ))

8:11:46 PM lcdrtkirr: <<rofl>>

8:12:31 PM majdougmcknight: Nar-da>::Shimmers into existence in what passes among the Xindi for a well-worn suit, intended for presenting some shred of order and respectability to his people amidst this crisis::  Yes, we've met I believe.  Perhaps you'll be

8:12:58 PM majdougmcknight: able to clarify the purpose for this meeting.  Somehow, I doubt you're going to be able to tell me anything I'll enjoy hearing.

8:13:20 PM vadmblackthorne: I brought you here because of Tagan's death, which I assume you are aware of.

8:14:07 PM cmdrshelev: ::Lar'ni gasps.:: ...Dead?

8:14:20 PM vadmblackthorne: Unfortunately, yes.

8:15:30 PM majdougmcknight: ::Frowns as he takes an empty seat::  This fleet is hardly the picture of order, despite our best efforts.  Still...the explanations for his absence had been dwindling.  What in particular have you discovered?

8:15:47 PM vadmblackthorne: This creates a problem for the stability of the civilian population of the fleet, of course.

8:16:34 PM vadmblackthorne: Tagan's body, presumably killed by an energy weapon.

8:17:58 PM majdougmcknight: ::Eyes narrowing to dangerous slits::  I presume no Primate or Arboreal would have perpetrated such an act.

8:18:16 PM vadmblackthorne: We have no leads on the identity of the assassin.

8:18:30 PM vadmblackthorne: The focus, right now, is on the safety of the civilian fleet.

8:20:35 PM majdougmcknight: ::Coughs softly::  If I may interject, it was my squad that eventually found him, aboard the Matis.  As the admiral says, we have no idea who did the actual shooting, but his body was being guarded by Reptilians.

8:20:53 PM vadmblackthorne: That is why, in the absence of civilian leadership, I will be declaring martial law. I brought you here as I would prefer the remainders of the civilian government to support this in interest of the fleet's safety.

8:23:00 PM majdougmcknight: Nar-da> ::Breaks off questioning about the nature of the discovery to gaze at Blackthorne with some measure of suspicion::  I see.  And precisely what form were you envisioning this support would take?

8:25:59 PM vadmblackthorne: Public cooperation, for a start. This would minimize the strife of the changeover.

8:26:59 PM vadmblackthorne: We are taking efforts to make this bloodless.

8:27:21 PM cmdrshelev: If- if I may ask... what efforts would these be?

8:27:25 PM vadmblackthorne: And public support from the remaining civilian government would almost ensure that.

8:28:10 PM lcdrtkirr: ::sits straight, eyes lingering on the reptilian::

8:29:01 PM vadmblackthorne: Some of these efforts I can not divulge.

8:31:19 PM majdougmcknight: Nar-da> Admiral Blackthorne, I know that I may speak for this cabinet in expressing our appreciation for what would seem a sincere commitment to the safety of our civilization...the remnant of it anyway.  That said...

8:31:50 PM vadmblackthorne: ::nods to Nar-da::

8:32:49 PM majdougmcknight: There is more to this fleet than a handful of tired politicians.  Conflicts arise among our ranks, and ignorant as you are of our culture as it has evolved these past two centuries, it may, and will be said by many that you are

8:34:08 PM majdougmcknight: neither knowledgable, nor qualified to intervene in those disputes directly.  It's hard enough when such disputes are mediated by fellow Xindi.  How do you propose, assuming I was so inclined, that I and my associates would sell

8:34:20 PM majdougmcknight: the replacement of Xindi in that process by outsiders?

8:35:40 PM vadmblackthorne: That's why I will be counting on your assistance for advice in such matters.

8:37:24 PM cmdrshelev: We asked for aid and assistance, not to be conquered.

8:37:35 PM cmdrshelev: ((whoops that was $long_named_xindi talking

8:37:52 PM vadmblackthorne: This is not a matter of conquering.

8:38:11 PM vadmblackthorne: We are in extremely hostile territory, with a large amount of civilians to protect.

8:38:56 PM vadmblackthorne: The civilian leadership is dead, and I intend to ensure safe passage of these people to your new home. This is how I believe it will happen.

8:39:34 PM vadmblackthorne: Once you are there, you will of course, transition to your own government again.

8:39:55 PM majdougmcknight: Nar-da> ::Fixes Whatsisname with a glare before turning back to Blackthorne::  My colleague speaks with undue impudence, but he nevertheless presents an undeniable point, Admiral.  Advice can be ignored.  Beyond question, it is

8:40:54 PM majdougmcknight: vital that policy must be obeyed under the circumstances, even if the means brought to ensure this may be seen as...heavy handed.  The question is who makes this policy.

8:42:25 PM majdougmcknight: Nar-da> Let me put it bluntly.  Gratitude only extends so far, and if this is to be accepted, the image of our authority must remain...what is your word?  Sacrosanct?

8:42:47 PM vadmblackthorne: That would be true were circumstances less dire.

8:43:36 PM vadmblackthorne: I will however retain authority during the trip.

8:43:59 PM vadmblackthorne: It is not a responsiblity I take lightly, but I believe it is what must be done.

8:45:02 PM majdougmcknight: Nar-da> And, evidently, something you feel you may require our help to accomplish.  Tagan gave you overall command of this fleet, Admiral, and to that agreement, I am prepared to hold. 

8:45:49 PM majdougmcknight: Nar-da> However, that is the macrocosm.  As for how the residents of our many ships govern their own affairs...if you wish this transition to occur smoothly, in that our voice must be heard.

8:47:34 PM vadmblackthorne: Rest assured that your advice will have much weight in my decision making.

8:48:06 PM vadmblackthorne: But absolute authority will retain with Atlantis and her command in this time.

8:48:23 PM vadmblackthorne: I prefer your input in decision making, but I am prepared to go without if need be.

8:48:46 PM lcdrtkirr: Supporting Admiral Blackthorne in endeavor will help to secure your respect with your people as the authority when Atlantis has left them.

8:48:58 PM lcdrtkirr: <<in 'this' endeavor>>

8:50:47 PM vadmblackthorne: Authority will presumably fall to you on your new world.

8:50:54 PM vadmblackthorne: So my Commander is indeed correct.

8:52:09 PM majdougmcknight: Nar-da> Truth be told, I have no ambitions to lead this people one solar day longer than necessary.  I'm a banker, and a banker I would remain.  Whether or not you can grasp it, my only concern is the continued

8:52:52 PM majdougmcknight: unity of this fleet, so long as that unity is crucial to our survival.  In that light, I tell you this now.

8:53:54 PM vadmblackthorne: ::nods::

8:54:34 PM majdougmcknight: Nar-da> What cooperation you have received from this fleet thus far, you have received because of the impression that you lead by the mandate of the civilian government.  So it was presented by Tagan, and so it is understood now. 

8:55:31 PM majdougmcknight: Nar-da> If a smooth transition is indeed what you want, the "understanding" must remain that though the means have grown harsher, the force you bring to bear is for the enforcement of our policies.

8:55:44 PM vadmblackthorne: PAUSE SIM

8:55:46 PM vadmblackthorne: PAUSE SIM

8:55:48 PM vadmblackthorne: PAUSE SIM

8:55:50 PM lcdrtkirr: ::pauses::

8:55:54 PM majdougmcknight: ::pauses::

8:56:11 PM cmdrshelev: :pause:

8:56:14 PM vadmblackthorne: We'll have to continue this later, as we're running way late. :)

8:56:20 PM cmdrshelev: well that's a change

8:56:28 PM lcdrtkirr: Mm... alien politics...

8:56:32 PM majdougmcknight: Ah, so we are.  Nuts, and I thought we were finally getting somewhere.

8:56:54 PM majdougmcknight: Wow, I haven't yapped like that since DSG1 ended.

8:58:01 PM vadmblackthorne: That was fun though. The politics is interesting.

8:58:37 PM lcdrtkirr: Hey guys, if you want a laugh, my husband just found this cute little thing:<!--EndFragment-->

8:58:42 PM majdougmcknight: Indeed.

8:58:47 PM cmdrshelev: ok

8:59:20 PM vadmblackthorne: So we'll continue this next week, or maybe even in a log.

8:59:21 PM lcdrtkirr: Yah, I thought it was interesting to listen to.

9:00:14 PM vadmblackthorne: Good job as always and I'll see you next week. :)

9:00:20 PM cmdrshelev: ta-ta

9:00:21 PM majdougmcknight: Alrighty. 

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9:00:24 PM majdougmcknight: Later, folks.

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