Conversation with #ussatlantis at 6/30/2009 9:55:42 PM on (irc)

(9:55:42 PM) The topic for #USSAtlantis is: Tonight our away team is investigating a derelict freighter that appears to have been attacked by every weapon system in the quadrant. T'Kirr, Carre, Case, Carter, and now Ulic are over there checking the wreck out.
(9:55:43 PM) mode (+o VAdmBlackthorne) by ChanServ
(9:55:54 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: OMG yer late!
(9:55:55 PM) VAdmBlackthorne has changed the topic to: omgpants
(9:55:59 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: I am not!
(9:56:04 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: Slacker
(9:56:32 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: Admiral Slacker!
(9:56:37 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :(
(9:57:28 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: Vent Adm Slacker?
(9:57:30 PM) RyanCarter [] entered the room.
(9:57:54 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Hiya Glenn
(9:58:03 PM) RyanCarter: Hey Jason
(9:58:07 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Yes Doc
(10:04:59 PM) Percy [] entered the room.
(10:05:18 PM) ColDougMcKnight [] entered the room.
(10:05:19 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Hiya
(10:05:24 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: To both of you!
(10:05:42 PM) Raknar [] entered the room.
(10:05:48 PM) Percy: Hoy!
(10:05:59 PM) Rubix [] entered the room.
(10:06:38 PM) TKirr [] entered the room.
(10:06:50 PM) Percy: Heya T'Kirr.
(10:06:56 PM) TKirr: Hey.
(10:07:02 PM) TKirr: I was here... really.
(10:07:10 PM) CdrHarper [CdrHarper@] entered the room.
(10:07:26 PM) LtThors [] entered the room.
(10:07:29 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Hiya Ulic
(10:07:50 PM) LtThors: Hey
(10:08:01 PM) LtSyvek [] entered the room.
(10:08:04 PM) Percy: Yo!
(10:09:18 PM) RyanCarter: yo what's up
(10:09:23 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: We'll give Charity and Case a couple minutes.
(10:12:57 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: OK then, let's get rolling.
(10:14:07 PM) Percy: 'Kay.
(10:14:45 PM) TKirr: ::TWEEEEEEEEEEEET::
(10:15:05 PM) TKirr: Attention!
(10:15:11 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: :: aa ::
(10:15:18 PM) CdrHarper: :: AA ::
(10:15:24 PM) LtThors: ::aa::
(10:15:29 PM) RyanCarter: ::aa::
(10:15:39 PM) Percy: ::AA::
(10:16:00 PM) ColDougMcKnight: ::AA::
(10:16:39 PM) VAdmBlackthorne has changed the topic to: Tonight, Atlantis is speeding farther and farther into unexplored space, gathering tons of data and refining the galactic map as we go.
(10:16:54 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: All's quiet at the beginning of the sim...
(10:16:56 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Questions?
(10:17:33 PM) Percy: Uh...perhaps this happened last sim, but why were we going into unexplored space again?
(10:17:37 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: To explore it. :V
(10:17:50 PM) Percy: ...Right.
(10:17:57 PM) Percy: 'Kay!
(10:18:06 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: OK then.
(10:18:07 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: BEGIN SIM
(10:18:07 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: We have supplies...we need to use them!
(10:18:09 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: BEGIN SIM
(10:18:10 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: BEGIN SIM
(10:18:15 PM) RyanCarter: woah... just like on Star Trek!
(10:18:31 PM) TKirr: (Because we have a shiny new space station and the back yard is unmowed and begging to be tramped around in!)
(10:18:51 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: in the Flag Office, reading the latest Third Fleet reports ::
(10:19:00 PM) CdrHarper: :: at helm, bored ::
(10:19:05 PM) Percy: (But there might be snakes!)
(10:19:19 PM) RyanCarter: ::in engineering writing code::
(10:19:22 PM) Percy: :: Running the day's diagnostics::
(10:19:34 PM) CdrHarper: :: oh right, isn't at helm, but is in fact in Carre's quarters with a laser-crowbar looking at a giant box ::
(10:19:52 PM) CdrHarper: What is that supposed to be.
(10:20:04 PM) TKirr: :: in her chair, just as bored as whoever's at the helm but better at hiding it ::
(10:20:27 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: :: looking at Harper, looking at box :: No idea, Gramps sent it...I know what the description says but it doesnt make any sense.
(10:20:42 PM) RyanCarter: ::not bored writing code::
(10:20:51 PM) CdrHarper: :: shrugs :: Well, only one way to find in. :: starts prying at the box ::
(10:21:06 PM) ColDougMcKnight: ::Sits at his bridge station, attentive to his readings, but not SUPER attentive. No reason to expect trouble per se, but there ARE Machen Bren perhaps out this far.
(10:21:09 PM) ColDougMcKnight: ::
(10:21:42 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: puts down the 3F reports and looks over the data on a nebula they ran across yesterday ::
(10:21:51 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: Just remember, its probably expensive....
(10:21:52 PM) TKirr: :: taps into Science to look over the summary of the latest scans of the surrounding area as they speed by ::
(10:21:59 PM) Percy: :: Mildly bored going through the diagnostics, and mutters to Carter:: I spy with my little eye...something beginning with w.
(10:22:01 PM) CdrHarper: :: pries off the box lid ::
(10:22:27 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: :: peeks inside :: OH! :: starts laughing ::
(10:22:32 PM) CharitySuite [] entered the room.
(10:22:35 PM) CdrHarper: What is it?
(10:22:39 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: (Hi Charity!)
(10:22:44 PM) RyanCarter: Is it the Warp Core?
(10:22:49 PM) Rubix: :: Rocking back and forth on one of the data panels. Somewhere, someone is getting REALLY confusing texts::
(10:22:49 PM) TKirr: (Welcome!)
(10:22:49 PM) CharitySuite: (Hihi)
(10:22:58 PM) RyanCarter: (( Hey Charity ))
(10:22:59 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: I hope you have some riding gear... :: laughs harder ::
(10:23:00 PM) Percy: ...yes.
(10:23:10 PM) CdrHarper: Is it... alive? :: peers in ::
(10:23:48 PM) CharitySuite: ::zips into SickBay::
(10:23:49 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: Um...not so's you'd notice...thankfully no feeding or clean up.
(10:24:12 PM) CdrHarper: A simulated horse?
(10:24:29 PM) RyanCarter: hmm... I spy... with my eye... ::looking around:: something beginning with a.... j.
(10:24:35 PM) LtThors: ::commits himself to Iceland's most common pastime...working out::
(10:24:53 PM) RyanCarter: ::working out some math on a PADD for the program he's writing::
(10:25:08 PM) Percy: Is it a Jeffrey's Tube?
(10:25:12 PM) CharitySuite: :: sees the Boss isn't here to see her walk in late:: Phew
(10:25:19 PM) RyanCarter: ...yes it is.
(10:25:27 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: ACTION> HOLY SHIT there's a huge shockwave approaching on long-range sensors!
(10:25:59 PM) CharitySuite: :: watches the cup in her saucer start to rattle::
(10:26:01 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: Gramps wants me to keep up on my riding skills...
(10:26:08 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: ...what the?
(10:26:17 PM) RyanCarter: ::engrossed in trying to solve his math problem:: We're shaking...
(10:26:34 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: looks out the window :: What the -
(10:26:36 PM) CharitySuite: Uh-oh. Not a fan of the moving and the shaking ...
(10:26:43 PM) Percy: I spy with my little eye...something beginning with- :: She is cut off by the sensor's beeping an "avoid structural damage" alert quite loudly on one of the consoles:: Huh?
(10:27:08 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: runs out onto the bridge :: Report!
(10:27:19 PM) Percy: :: She then looks over and notes the shockwave.:: Oh...crap. ::And as fast as she can, she directs a lot of power to shields.::
(10:27:19 PM) TKirr: :: stands suddenly at the alarms ::
(10:27:22 PM) RyanCarter: ::glances at Percy's console:: Uh... huh?
(10:27:25 PM) LtThors: ::stops working out:: Uh oh.::heads to the bridge::
(10:28:07 PM) TKirr: Incoming shockwave, source unknown!
(10:28:21 PM) ColDougMcKnight: ::Immediately sounds a red alert, bringing up said shields:: It's, uh...a really big damn shockwave, sir.
(10:28:25 PM) CharitySuite: ::hears the alert:: Pig poopies! Batten down!!! ::presses the pad to lock the shelving and cupboards closed::
(10:28:28 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Shields, turn her into the wave!
(10:28:28 PM) RyanCarter: ::tosses the PADD aside and begins bringing up the ship's live monitoring systems and a sensor view of outside their ship:: Holy shit...
(10:28:34 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: All hands, brace for impact!
(10:28:45 PM) RyanCarter: Uh... everyone hold onto something...
(10:28:51 PM) CharitySuite: :: autorestraints clamp onto patients::
(10:29:04 PM) TKirr: :: sits again, gripping the armrests ::
(10:29:04 PM) CharitySuite: Seat belts, y'all!
(10:29:11 PM) CdrHarper: :: grabs onto the box ::
(10:29:19 PM) ColDougMcKnight: :: Braces for impact:: Everyone into impact positions!
(10:29:28 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: sits down in the center seat and holds on ::
(10:29:38 PM) ColDougMcKnight: (Crap, that was Percy, not McKnight)
(10:29:48 PM) TKirr: +Shipwide+ All hands, brace for impact!
(10:30:07 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: ACTION> The shockwave hits tossing us around like we're not even here, knocking the inertial dampeners offline and throwing everyone and everything all over the place. We're knocked out of warp.
(10:30:08 PM) RyanCarter: ::holding onto his console watches some engineers duck under their consoles::
(10:30:14 PM) CharitySuite: ( You two really should spring for a separate computer)
(10:30:32 PM) RyanCarter: ::knocked away from his console and goes flying::
(10:30:48 PM) CdrHarper: :: falls into the box and is covered in styrofoam peanuts ::
(10:30:48 PM) CharitySuite: Ow! Crap! Ouch! Damn! Blast! Ow!
(10:30:50 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: :: lands on the bed ::
(10:31:05 PM) TKirr: :: gets thrown from her chair and crashes to the floor ::
(10:31:06 PM) RyanCarter: : obligatory sparks fly out everywhere ::
(10:31:16 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: holds onto the chair and manages to stay in it ::
(10:31:16 PM) Percy: ::Grabs ahold of Rubix before holding onto her console, and manages to hold on by some stroke of luck::
(10:31:27 PM) LtThors: :: gets thrown in the wall bouncing his head off it in the process::
(10:31:39 PM) RyanCarter: :: crashes into the corner of a console, then the floor::
(10:32:06 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: ACTION> The wave passes, and we're out of warp and intact, albiet bruised.
(10:32:10 PM) CharitySuite: :: knows she'll be busy after they find out where upright is again::
(10:32:38 PM) Percy: :: Sees Carter go down, and immediately comms Sick Bay:: This is Busard, we need a med team in Engineering, STAT.
(10:32:53 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Damage report! ::Gets up and moves to T'Kirr:: Are you alright?
(10:33:01 PM) CharitySuite: :: sends a team to Engineering::
(10:33:10 PM) LtThors: :: stumbles into security and checks on things ::
(10:33:20 PM) TKirr: :: fights the spinning feeling and attempts to get up :: I believe so.
(10:33:23 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: Good thing that bed was there...well looks like this has to wait, I'm sure Sickbay will be busy. We'll set it up later...maybe.
(10:33:25 PM) CdrHarper: :: crawls out of the box, styrofoam peanuts in her hair, and a nice cut on her forehead, probably from a nail in the wood ::
(10:33:40 PM) RyanCarter: ::groans:: motherfucker... ::tries to move but it's painful::
(10:33:55 PM) Percy: :: She then whips out the sonic screwdriver and gets to working on the inertial dampeners:: +Bridge+ Sir, Shields have been knocked down to fifty percent, and warp drive and inertial dampener are both offline!
(10:34:19 PM) TKirr: :: looks around, checking for injuries ::
(10:34:56 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: helps her up :: Everyone alright?
(10:35:36 PM) ColDougMcKnight: ::Fortunately, sitting down means a lower center of gravity, and thus no flying about. Despite the circumstances, he breathes a sigh of relief as he looks at the readings.:: Well, we just got lucky. If the dampeners hadn't held on as long as they did, we'd be chili right now. Also, fine, sir.
(10:35:46 PM) EnsLogan [] entered the room.
(10:35:50 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: :: Pulls out her trusty "better than a bandaid" tool and fixes Harpers cut. :: There, ya might want to wash that blood off before you head out though.
(10:36:36 PM) RyanCarter: ::sits up against the console:: So much for hanging on... ::grabs the side of the console to pull himself up ::wincing::
(10:37:02 PM) CdrHarper: Thanks Doc. I'd better get to the bridge. :: picking peanuts out of her hair ::
(10:37:08 PM) Percy: :: Almost stumbles over Carter as she approaching the dampener's array:: Personal damage report, Lieutenant?
(10:37:59 PM) Percy: :: Goes to work on the array as she awaits a reply. Normally she'd be giving the injured her undivided attention, but no intertial dampeners meant that if the ship was shook like that again, almost everyone could die.::
(10:38:17 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: +Engineering+ Bridge to engineering.
(10:38:38 PM) Percy: +Bridge+ Yes, sir?
(10:38:56 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: :: heads to Sickbay :: Later Kate.
(10:38:57 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: +Percy+ How are we looking?
(10:39:01 PM) RyanCarter: My side hurts... and not the good kind... ::gets up on his feet with the help of another engineer and stands at the center console running a sweep of system checks::
(10:39:09 PM) CdrHarper: :: nods and enters the TL :: Bridge.
(10:39:31 PM) TKirr: We know the direction the wave came from. Full range scans, see if we can find its origin.
(10:40:32 PM) EnsLogan: Aye, sir... :: recovers from Science and starts configuring sensors ::
(10:40:37 PM) Percy: +Blackthorne+ Not too great. If I can get the dampeners back online we can at least use the thrusters with low risk, but that'll take a few minutes at least.
(10:41:16 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: +Percy+ Keep me updated. I'd like to find out what happened and head that way ASAP.
(10:41:17 PM) CharitySuite: ((<Ken, sorry Emily just got here so we're putting food together. AFKing for a bit))
(10:41:44 PM) CdrHarper: :: arrives on the bridge and relieves the random helm/ops NPC ::
(10:42:53 PM) Percy: +Blackthorne+ Will do, sir. ::To Carter, as she notes the arrival of a med team and nods towards him:: Need a systems update, Carter.
(10:43:21 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: :: enters Sickbay, doesnt see a huge amount of people :: Well hopefully we wont be too busy. :: Does a quick triage ::
(10:43:28 PM) CdrHarper: :: grimaces at the ops panel ::
(10:44:09 PM) RyanCarter: Power's fluctuating on several decks... I'm rerouting the power through temporary junctions to stabilize them
(10:44:39 PM) RyanCarter: and I think I need to sit down with that med team for a moment... ::grabs a padd::
(10:45:09 PM) RyanCarter: ::ambles over to the medical team, and they help sit him down to do their scans on him::
(10:46:09 PM) ColDougMcKnight: Good. Do that. :: Manages to reconnect the dampeners to their power supply, and pumps some extra juice from the food processors into them just in case. The crew can deal with their coffee being a little cold.:: +Bridge+ Inertial dampeners are back online sir. I'll let you know when we're warp capable.
(10:46:15 PM) ColDougMcKnight: (CRAP. Percy again)
(10:46:40 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: +Percy+ Acknowledged, Commander. :: To Harper :: Correct our list and hold position.
(10:47:12 PM) CdrHarper: Yessir. :: rights the ship and stays put ::
(10:48:04 PM) ColDougMcKnight: ::Frowns thoughtfully at his console as he runs his own scans:: Well, I'm not picking up any of the usual radiation signatures associated with matter-antimatter warheads, gravitic charges...I'm pretty sure this isn't an attack, although the lack of a followup kind of helps there too.
(10:48:23 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Thankfully.
(10:48:29 PM) RyanCarter: ::sitting with the med team looking at diagnostic results on his padd while they work on this and shoot him up with all kinds of stuff from their hyposprays, a med tech finally takes his padd and tosses it aside::
(10:48:42 PM) RyanCarter: Thanks, I was reading that...
(10:49:07 PM) EnsLogan: :: crossly, and a little bit in awe :: We've got another problem, though.
(10:49:54 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: :: makes a line of the borderline patients and steers the easy fixes to Charity ::
(10:50:59 PM) TKirr: :: looks over at Logan ::
(10:51:07 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: What is it, Ensign?
(10:51:12 PM) EnsLogan: I haven't found the source, either, but well... :: swallows :: The space we're sitting in, right HERE... well, damage from the shockwave isn't the only thing keeping us out of warp.
(10:51:32 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: :: mutters about malpractice suit paperwork ::
(10:52:01 PM) EnsLogan: According to my readings, subspace itself isn't capable of supporting it.
(10:52:26 PM) EnsLogan: :: turns worried eyes up to Blackthorne's :: Subspace is damaged. We're not going anywhere.
(10:52:46 PM) ColDougMcKnight: What the hell are you talking about? We were warping along here just fine not ten minutes ago.
(10:52:55 PM) TKirr: :: looks to McKnight ::
(10:52:56 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: turns and considers :: I wonder.
(10:53:43 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: ACTION> As if on cue, every single computer screen on the bridge clears itself, displaying only the Greek letter Omega in large bold type.
(10:53:43 PM) EnsLogan: :: throws his hands up, not hearing Blackthorne :: Look at the readings yourself! We couldn't form a warp bubble if we tried!
(10:54:19 PM) RyanCarter: ::glances up to see the omega character on the screen::
(10:54:23 PM) CdrHarper: My panel's locked out.
(10:54:26 PM) TKirr: :: stands at the alarms, looking around at all the identical screens ::
(10:54:38 PM) EnsLogan: :: starts :: What the hell...
(10:54:42 PM) Percy: :: Looks at her display:: ...The hell?
(10:55:06 PM) TKirr: :: looks to Blackthorne, her eyes big ::
(10:55:11 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: turns around and sees Omega :: Secure all stations, maintain position. T'Kirr you have the bridge. :: exits to the Flag Office ::
(10:55:24 PM) Percy: +Bridge+ Sir, we've got a problem down here in the form of an Omega symbol.
(10:55:27 PM) CdrHarper: Damn computers. :: leans back ::
(10:55:52 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Computer unlock my terminal, authorization Blackthorne Omega Omega Omega One Two Six Alpha.
(10:56:27 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: sits down and looks over what the computer has to tell him ::
(10:56:38 PM) ColDougMcKnight: What is this? I don't have shield status, weapons...anything! ...And the Admiral didn't seem all that shocked, I notice.
(10:56:58 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: notes that the computer seals the FO Door after unlocking his terminal ::
(10:57:27 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: accesses long range sensors and frowns ::
(10:57:28 PM) TKirr: :: having watched Blackthorne leave, standing still in the relative silence, then :: You heard him. Secure your stations. :: moves to her chair ::
(10:57:55 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: :: notices the symbol on her screen but doesnt worry too much as most of the equipment being used is stand-alone ::
(10:57:55 PM) Percy: :: Notes the silence:: Well, ain't this just peachy. ::She then goes back to work on the warp drive, although she is somewhat confused to find that they're really not all that damaged, apart from some shaking up.::
(10:58:17 PM) CdrHarper: There's not much to secure.
(10:58:27 PM) ColDougMcKnight: Yes, ma'am, loud and clear. My shiny new paperweight is nice and secure.
(10:58:35 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: tries to open an subspace channel and fails ::
(10:58:36 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Damn.
(10:59:13 PM) RyanCarter: ::patched up, still in some pain but is able to get back to work::
(10:59:35 PM) TKirr: :: attempts to look at something that isn't an Omega symbol, thinking furiously ::
(11:00:04 PM) RyanCarter: that's what my algorithm needed... omega.. :;snaps fingers:: I knew it was one of those...
(11:00:42 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: thinking, trying to find a way not to violate the Directive ::
(11:00:49 PM) EnsLogan: :: grumbles unintelligably from Science, staring at his console, as if it will wake up just to suit him ::
(11:00:56 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: No subspace communication or warp drive, and the shockwave's damage goes at least a day behind us....
(11:02:32 PM) Raknar: :: Stands silent among the chaos in security, seeming oddly apathetic to the questioning glances toward him, his thoughts elsewhere:: Calm yourselves. If this is simply a computer problem, then it does not fall to us to correct it.
(11:03:47 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: makes a decision and stands, exiting the room :: T'Kirr, assemble the senior staff in conference room one.
(11:04:07 PM) TKirr: :: stands, eager for answers :: Aye, sir.
(11:04:49 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: walks back into the FO and seals it ::
(11:05:17 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Computer, remove Omega Directive lockout on all systems, authorization Blackthorne omega omega omega 1 5 gamma.
(11:05:30 PM) TKirr: +Shipwide+ All senior staff, report to Conference Room One immediately.
(11:05:31 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: ACTION> The Omega symbol disappears and systems return to normal.
(11:05:48 PM) TKirr: :: blinks ::
(11:06:05 PM) EnsLogan: :: grins :: Now that's more like it! :: begins tapping away ::
(11:06:10 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: :: heads to conference room one ::
(11:06:16 PM) CdrHarper: :: starts checking out the ship's systems again ::
(11:06:28 PM) Percy: +T'Kirr+ Acknowledged. Carter, if you have enough drugs in you, you have engineering. ::Heads up to the conference room::
(11:06:44 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: :: pauses in doorway :: Suite, take over.
(11:07:22 PM) RyanCarter: Yes ma'am... I think I can handle this.
(11:07:56 PM) RyanCarter: ::gets to work, albeit somewhat slower than usual::
(11:08:40 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: exits to the bridge and crosses to the CR ::
(11:08:53 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: :: arrives in CR1 and takes a seat ::
(11:09:21 PM) TKirr: :: milling around the Bridge waiting for people to get up here, decides she can't wait any longer when she sees Blackthorne and follows him in ::
(11:09:24 PM) Percy: :: Arrives shortly after Carre, and takes a seat opposite her::
(11:09:33 PM) CdrHarper: :: enters the CR and sits ::
(11:10:38 PM) TKirr: :: sits next to Blackthorne's chair opposite Harper and follows his every move ::
(11:11:05 PM) LtThors: :: enters the bridge::
(11:12:16 PM) Percy: ::Hands off his newly working console to the replacement as soon as he arrives, and follows after T'Kirr, taking his seat immediately:: Okay, someone here obviously knows something. I hope this is sharing time.
(11:12:34 PM) Percy: (Damn, sorry. Same problem in reverse.)
(11:12:36 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: sitting and thinking as he waits for everyone to arrive ::
(11:12:56 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: That's everyone. Computer, seal this room.
(11:13:27 PM) LtThors: :: takes over tactical ::
(11:13:30 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: What I am about to tell you is normally knowledge privileged to Captains and above. The details will not leave this room.
(11:13:39 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Is that understood?
(11:13:53 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: :: nods ::
(11:13:57 PM) ColDougMcKnight: ::Arches an eyebrow. Even when Blackthorne convened the secret conference about his abducted family, he wasn't this paranoid.::
(11:14:08 PM) CdrHarper: Yessir.
(11:14:22 PM) Percy: :: Looks vaguely confused, but nods her head:: Understood, sir.
(11:14:23 PM) TKirr: :: nods slowly once in agreement ::
(11:15:04 PM) EnsLogan: :: looks over at Thors out of the corner of his eye ::
(11:15:11 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: I am sharing this knowlege because our current situation precludes the actions I am required to take by the Omega Directive.
(11:15:55 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: The symbol you all saw indicates that our sensors detected what has been termed the Omega molecule.
(11:16:25 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: It is a molecule so energetic that even a few could, in theory, power an entire civilization.
(11:17:11 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Unfortunately, it can not exist in a stable form in nature, and the side effects of its destablization could destroy subspace in the entire quadrant.
(11:17:26 PM) EnsLogan: :: towards Tactical :: Hey, psst.
(11:17:36 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: I am normally required to immediately contact Starfleet who will send a team to destroy the molecule.
(11:17:43 PM) LtThors: yeah?
(11:18:08 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: But, we were caught in the explosion, and the damage to subspace goes back at least a day's travel. Without subspace, we have no warp or communcations.
(11:18:23 PM) EnsLogan: :: looks around nervously and whispers loudly :: What do you think's going on?
(11:18:33 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: I am therefore making a decision to press forward and discover the source of the Omega molecule to destroy it.
(11:19:14 PM) TKirr: :: sits stiffly motionless as she listens ::
(11:19:20 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: I can not do this alone and without knowledge being shared with all of you.
(11:19:29 PM) LtThors: The only idea I can even conceive of is that the shockwave and the omega symbol are related but beyond that your guess is as good as any.
(11:20:22 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: taps on his PADD and projects a holographic image of the molecules ::
(11:21:03 PM) EnsLogan: :: rolls his eyes :: Well yeah. Maybe it's just the computer glitching from something the shockwave did to it? Maybe some sort of reboot screen. I mean, why else would every console do that?
(11:21:26 PM) TKirr: :: looks up at the holographic image ::
(11:21:59 PM) RyanCarter: ::running diagnostics and ensuring that power is stable throughout the ship::
(11:22:14 PM) Percy: :: Examines the image, interested in how a molecule could possess such energy::
(11:22:15 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: This Directive has only been invoked once before, by Captain Janeway aboard Voyager in the Delta Quadrant. From her logs, gravimetric torpedoes can destroy Omega.
(11:22:34 PM) LtThors: ::whispers:: Maybe, But the only reason you call an emergency meeting of senior staff is if something serious is happening or about to happen
(11:22:36 PM) ColDougMcKnight: ::Raises his hand::
(11:22:41 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Colonel?
(11:23:12 PM) ColDougMcKnight: You said this stuff will inevitably destabilize in nature, yes?
(11:23:20 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Yes.
(11:23:32 PM) EnsLogan: :: accesses the scan log immediately before the "system crash", frowning :: Scans don't show anything special to trip it... maybe they're just meeting 'cause the Admiral doesn't know what to do after the shockwave.
(11:24:06 PM) ColDougMcKnight: So, given that subspace doesn't get destroyed like this on a daily basis, would it also follow that Omega can only be created in the first place by artificial means?
(11:24:08 PM) EnsLogan: We're dead in the water. Maybe he's never seen subspace do this before and needs their advice. :: grins to himself ::
(11:24:14 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Correct.
(11:24:43 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Though it is hypothesized that it existed at the moment of and shortly following the Big Bang.
(11:25:05 PM) TKirr: :: lowers her eyes to her clasped hands on her lap ::
(11:25:14 PM) ColDougMcKnight: So, there's a strong likelihood that this was done on purpose, by a civilization with appreciable technology who might not be too thrilled to see us when they learn why they're there.
(11:25:43 PM) TKirr: (coughHuoncough)
(11:25:58 PM) LtThors: ::shrugs:: It could be, then again it may not. I always try to imagine the worst and prepare for that.
(11:26:30 PM) ColDougMcKnight: (we're there. Sorry.)
(11:26:43 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: You are correct.
(11:27:24 PM) Percy: So...the intention is to go in anyway, regardless?
(11:27:25 PM) EnsLogan: :: shrugs indifferently and turns to his readings but mutters under his breath :: Pessimist.
(11:27:25 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: We are to destroy the Omega particles and all equipment used in their synthesis at all costs. The Omega Directive supercedes all other Starfleet regulations, even the Prime Directive.
(11:27:56 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: A chain reaction of Omega particles could end all faster than light travel in this galaxy. That can not be allowed to happen.
(11:28:05 PM) LtThors: :: smiles :: Kept me alive this long
(11:29:07 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: So, our direction is clear. We're about a day from the epicenter of that shockwave.
(11:29:44 PM) Percy: (that last one was McKnight too)
(11:29:49 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Colonel, rig the ship for silent running as best you can. I really don't want to broadcast our presence, at least as much as we can avoid it.
(11:30:06 PM) Percy: :: Percy nods:: And what are we to tell the rest of the crew if they get curious, sir?
(11:30:08 PM) TKirr: :: frowns at Thors and snorts :: I'm betting your Vulcan-like hearing has helped, too.
(11:30:14 PM) RyanCarter: (( you guys seriously need two computers :) ))
(11:30:14 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: T'Kirr, work with Science and Engineering to modify our torpedoes to destroy Omega.
(11:30:29 PM) TKirr: ( Sorry last one was Logan )
(11:30:37 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: ( Or use IE for one of you and Firefox for the other! )
(11:30:39 PM) Percy: (Yeah, well, when we have access to them, that's what we'll do. Unfortunately, Mike's died almost two weeks ago.)
(11:30:49 PM) RyanCarter: (( T'Kirr you seriously need two computers ))
(11:30:59 PM) Percy: ( with it? Not the biggest inconvenience ever)
(11:31:16 PM) TKirr: :: looks up, as if being caught sleeping, and nods quickly ::
(11:31:42 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: We may end up with a large fight on our hands.
(11:31:53 PM) RyanCarter: (( buy a netbook? cheap computer! ))
(11:32:02 PM) LtThors: :: laughs :: I guessed. See it does work.
(11:32:09 PM) Percy: (Yeah, because we have money to spare for that. Thanks)
(11:32:26 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Any questions?
(11:32:48 PM) EnsLogan: :: shakes his head, but can't stop from grinning widely ::
(11:33:07 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: to Percy :: "That's classified," will do for an answer, for now.
(11:33:46 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: I've already broken the rules by sharing knowledge of the Directive with all of you. Let's not spread it further.
(11:34:18 PM) TKirr: :: looks down at her lap again ::
(11:34:23 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Commander Harper, as soon as tactical preparations are complete, have a course set and ready at full impulse to the center of the blast and have the Mustangs standing by.
(11:34:32 PM) CdrHarper: Yes Admiral.
(11:34:33 PM) ColDougMcKnight: No questions, sir. Plenty of misgivings, but no questions.
(11:35:05 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: I have my own misgivings, but this is the highest Order Starfleet has to gives. There's no questions or remorse, we just do it.
(11:35:17 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Dismissed.
(11:35:24 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Computer, release the seal on this room.
(11:35:53 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: :: looks thoughtful as she heads back to sickbay ::
(11:36:07 PM) TKirr: :: stands, having plenty of work ahead of her and ready to get to it ::
(11:37:19 PM) EnsLogan: :: notices people leaving the CR and watches them for any clues ::
(11:38:06 PM) CdrHarper: :: takes back HOps and gets the course and speed programmed in ::
(11:38:51 PM) LtThors: :: Stands and begins to head back to security ::
(11:40:00 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: PAUSE SIM
(11:40:03 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: PAUSE SIM
(11:40:04 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: PAUSE SIM
(11:40:13 PM) TKirr: :: pauses ::