Conversation with #USSAtlantis
(8:59:58 PM) The topic for #USSAtlantis is: After following readings of a unique particle on long-range scans further into unexplored space, Atlantis approaches another planet. Time has passed, injuries have had time to heal, and science has been done.
(9:00:02 PM) DoctorTav [DoctorTav@90-43-96-75.res.bhn.net] entered the room.
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(9:00:30 PM) DoctorTav: Good evening
(9:00:32 PM) LtJGAlexisWright [Mibbit@w-11-876-382-46.hsd1.wa.comcast.net] entered the room.
(9:00:34 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Hiya folks
(9:00:41 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: Hihi :D
(9:00:42 PM) CdrTKirr: Hey.
(9:00:53 PM) mode (+o CdrTKirr) by VAdmBlackthorne
(9:02:42 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: Out of curiosity... would a Cardassian crew member be ill-advised?
(9:04:01 PM) DoctorTav: They put a Klingon on TNG
(9:04:05 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: Like, one who didn't support the occupation, of course.
(9:04:21 PM) DoctorTav: I would rather have a Cardassian than a Kardashian.
(9:04:29 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: Well that goes without saying.
(9:04:58 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: I would have hated it for Bajor if it had been occupied by Kardashians.
(9:05:35 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: To answer the question, I think it's too soon for a Cardie to be in Starfleet.
(9:05:35 PM) DoctorTav: Let me preface what I said with this: I know nothing about the Kardashians, except that when I hear their name I think of the Cardassians. I also know that lots of people enjoy talking about them. I feel I know enough.
(9:05:53 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: youtube SNL Kardashian Christmas
(9:06:33 PM) DoctorTav: I am okay with my current level of knowledge about them. That said, it is SNL.
(9:06:52 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: Did Cardies have, like, diplomatic contact with the Federation, prior to the occupation?
(9:07:28 PM) EnsUrist: I here
(9:07:55 PM) DoctorTav: Not finding it quickly
(9:08:25 PM) EnsUrist: the kardashians: a family of rich girls who are rich because their father is rich and because the oldest one made a sex tape with some rapper, I think was 50¢
(9:08:44 PM) EnsUrist: also they all have large bums
(9:09:34 PM) DoctorTav: And still more than I needed to know
(9:10:14 PM) CdrHarper [Mibbit@woaq-62-719-65-691.rcmdva.fios.verizon.net] entered the room.
(9:10:40 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: I've been going over all kinds of possibilities for the counselor. The Cardassian one was actually the one I found the most interesting, which is to be expected since it was the least probable >_<
(9:11:07 PM) DoctorTav: For what it's worth, even if it can't be done, I really like the idea
(9:11:21 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: unearths the Ancient Whistle of Earsplitting +5 :: TWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET
(9:11:30 PM) DoctorTav: :: AA and winces ::
(9:11:31 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: :: AA mostly ::
(9:12:06 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: Thanks, Tav. <3
(9:12:51 PM) CdrTKirr has changed the topic to: The second "ghost planet" appears as haunted as the first, but more recently so by initial scans of the mysterious "particle". Science leads the way through tests to determine defensive and offensive strategies against the phantasmic creatures, and the probe sample of the particles is being analyzed.
(9:13:24 PM) CdrTKirr: Questions?
(9:14:18 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: NEIN!
(9:14:36 PM) CdrTKirr: BEGIN SIM
(9:14:36 PM) CdrTKirr: BEGIN SIM
(9:14:37 PM) CdrTKirr: BEGIN SIM
(9:15:20 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: back in the ready room, waiting for new information ::
(9:15:28 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: as he goes over more reports from Third Fleet ::
(9:15:45 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: (( Actually yes question. Has time passed since the end of the last sim? How much? Have we actually brought the sample on board?))
(9:16:39 PM) CdrTKirr: (( However much you would like. Your research here is mostly driving the plot at this point. ))
(9:16:59 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: (No pressure or anything!)
(9:18:10 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: (( so it's safe to assume that bringing the particles on board didn't cleave through everyone's flesh like a hot knife through butter and that the containment fields are actually holding?
(9:18:51 PM) CdrTKirr: (( It's not particles related to the beings other than they were found orbiting the same planets...))
(9:19:10 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: (( ALEXIS IS A CAUTIOUS CAT OKAY ))
(9:19:19 PM) DoctorTav: :: sits in his office looking at the information that he was abel to gather while operating on McKnight, poring over the data and readings ::
(9:19:22 PM) CdrTKirr: (( They won't kill us. ))
(9:19:36 PM) DoctorTav: :: *able ::
(9:19:56 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: (no all of that totally happened and we're all dead!)
(9:20:00 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: :: in the lab, going over the latest data analysis ::
(9:20:05 PM) CdrTKirr: (( ZAP! ))
(9:20:25 PM) DoctorTav: (( Thank goodness for the infinite universes theory ))
(9:20:29 PM) CdrTKirr: :: on the Bridge, because Blackthorne's not ::
(9:21:08 PM) CdrHarper: :: monitoring the parameters of their orbit over the ghost planet ::
(9:23:41 PM) CdrTKirr: (( brb I really want tea o.O ))
(9:24:47 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: Okay, team, let's huddle. :: waits a few moments while lab monkeys assemble around her worktable ::
(9:27:03 PM) CdrHarper: :: looking at the raw data with interest that's come in from the probe ::
(9:27:30 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: Modeling team - how's your holo replica of the particle coming along?
(9:28:35 PM) DoctorTav: :: absentmindedly reaches into his desk, pulling out a very special box. He opens it, and pulls out a chocolate treat inside ::
(9:28:55 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: Modeling> We're making good progress, Loo. Another thirty minutes or so.
(9:29:35 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: Chemists - tell me what you're seeing.
(9:29:56 PM) LtKuari: :: perks up her ears, her head rising a couple inches ::
(9:31:03 PM) DoctorTav: :: slowly lifts the chocolate to his mouth as he reads the reports scrolling past on his screen, and places the chocolate in his mouth, biting into it once, and otherwise simply letting it melt ::
(9:33:31 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: Chemistry> We have determined with 99.9999% certainty that this particle is synthetic and is not directly related to the wounds of the away team. The particles themselves seem to be completely inert - it is likely that there was a chemical or thermal catalyst.
(9:34:03 PM) DoctorTav: :: absentmindedly takes another chocolate from the box and lifts it slowly into his mouth ::
(9:34:12 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: goes over another update on Discovery's progress, finds that it's coming along nicely :;
(9:35:08 PM) CdrTKirr: :: after looking over Wright's test proposals, finally lifts her eyes from her arm terminal :: Commander Harper, have further scans of the orbiting particle field yielded any new information?
(9:35:54 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: :: tapping this in with the rest of her notes :: Okay. Good work. Keep doing what you're doing... I'll be back shortly. :: goes to the weapons lab to get a last status report on the phaser modification ::
(9:36:16 PM) LtKuari: :: lying in the corner now with her head raised, stares at Tav and licks her lips, reminiscent of Om Nom ::
(9:38:13 PM) DoctorTav: :: continues working and studying, oblivious to anything else going on in his office or Sickbay. ::\
(9:38:41 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: :: after watching a few holograms die horrible hologram deaths, decides she's seen what she needs to see, and heads back to the main lab to do the final prep for her briefing ::
(9:40:11 PM) CdrHarper: :: looks up from the raw data :: Nothing that I can tell, Commander, but hopefully Lt. Wright's more in-depth analysis will prove more fruitful.
(9:41:05 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: + Bridge + Wright to Bridge.
(9:41:23 PM) CdrTKirr: +Wright+ Go ahead, Lieutenant.
(9:41:48 PM) DoctorTav: :: runs simulation after simulation, but nothing is satisfying his desire to find a solution. ::
(9:42:59 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: +Bridge+ Hello, Commander. I am prepared to give a briefing on our findings.
(9:45:16 PM) CdrTKirr: +Wright+ Very good, we're standing by for your report.
(9:46:25 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: +Bridge+ I'd like to give this report in person - some of this needs to be demonstrated. Shall I report to the Bridge, or conference room, or...?
(9:46:37 PM) CdrHarper: :: listens ::
(9:47:03 PM) CdrTKirr: +Wright+ Meet in the conference room in ten minutes.
(9:47:38 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: +Bridge+ Aye, Commander.
(9:48:32 PM) CdrTKirr: +RR+ T'Kirr to Blackthorne.
(9:48:59 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: +T'Kirr+ Blackthorne here.
(9:49:15 PM) CdrTKirr: +Blackthorne+ Meet in the conference room in ten minutes for Lieutenant Wright's report. She's on her way.
(9:49:45 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: +T'Kirr+ Thank you, Commander.
(9:50:38 PM) LtKuari: :: after watching Tav's every move, gets to her feet and slinks over to Tav's desk, sitting down and continuing to stare ::
(9:51:06 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: :: accepts a small metal case from the weapons lab tech and departs for the conference room ::
(9:52:30 PM) DoctorTav: :: runs another simulation, gazing intently into his monitor, still not finding any information he likes. Finally, in frustration, he sits back in his seat, throws his hands up and lifts his eyes out and away, noticing Kuari for the first time ::
(9:52:48 PM) LtKuari: :: licks her lips ::
(9:53:06 PM) DoctorTav: :: blinks in confusion, then realizes what she wants ::
(9:53:25 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: :: arrives at the conference room early, taking the opportunity to do some last setup and gather her thoughts while she waits for the others to arrive ::
(9:53:39 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: closes out the minutiae of leading a fleet and exits to the bridge ::
(9:53:47 PM) DoctorTav: Here, come over here. You know you're always welcome to these. :: lifts a chocolate out of the box and holds it out for Kuari ::
(9:53:57 PM) CdrTKirr: +::relays similar message to Tav::+
(9:54:12 PM) LtKuari: :: opens her mouth for him to drop it in, making an audible sound as she does so ::
(9:54:55 PM) DoctorTav: :: gently places the chocolate morsel onto her tongue and pulls his hand out ::
(9:55:28 PM) LtKuari: :: makes it disappear, chewing exaggeratedly ::
(9:55:35 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: turns to look at the dead planet on the viewer for a moment ::
(9:55:50 PM) DoctorTav: +:: acknowledges the summons ::+
(9:56:58 PM) DoctorTav: :: looks back to Kuari :: Looks like I need to go. Want any more?
(9:56:58 PM) CdrTKirr: :: looks at Ian, having seen the viewer for some time ::
(9:57:14 PM) LtKuari: :: nods vigorously ::
(9:57:28 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: looks back to T'Kirr :: I hope the lieutenant has a lead for us.
(9:58:21 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: :: adjusts the slim metal case's position on the table, fussing over moving it this way and that, vaguely reminiscent of a teenage girl trying on 4 different outfits 15 times before a big date ::
(9:58:26 PM) DoctorTav: :: chuckles to himself :: Alright. Just don't make yourself sick! :: tosses three pieces of chocolate into the air, one after the other, and all on different trajectories, but toward Kuari ::
(9:59:17 PM) LtKuari: :: catches them all, her motions bird-like, her focus quickly returning to Tav once her task is complete ::
(9:59:48 PM) CdrTKirr: :: nods to Blackthorne and moves towards the CR ::
(10:00:07 PM) DoctorTav: :: runs one more simulation, then shuts down his workstation at his desk before getting up and leaving Sickbay for the TL :: Want to come along for the walk?
(10:00:31 PM) LtKuari: :: nods and follows ::
(10:00:35 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: walks along with T'Kirr:
(10:01:01 PM) DoctorTav: (( timewarp to in line with everyone else ))
(10:01:05 PM) CdrTKirr: :: enters CR with Blackthorne ::
(10:01:38 PM) CdrTKirr: :: nods to Wright :: Lieutenant. :: takes a chair ::
(10:01:41 PM) DoctorTav: :: is dropped off on the bridge and walks across to the conference room, right behind Blackthorne and T'Kirr. ::
(10:02:03 PM) LtKuari: :: stops just inside the Bridge and looks around ::
(10:02:11 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: takes his usual seat at the head of the table ::
(10:02:32 PM) CdrHarper: :: takes the bridge after the CO and XO depart ::
(10:03:16 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: :: looks up as people enter, coming uncertainly to attention as the Admiral enters the room. Makes a mental note to study Star Fleet Protocol more better... ::
(10:03:50 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: At ease, at ease.
(10:04:01 PM) DoctorTav: :: pulls out a chair and has a seat ::
(10:04:41 PM) CdrTKirr: :: finds Wright's obvious nervousness slightly amusing and hopes she gets over it soon ::
(10:04:56 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: :: smooths her uniform :: Thank you all for coming. If you're ready for me to begin...?
(10:05:06 PM) CdrTKirr: This is everyone. Begin when ready.
(10:06:56 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: sits back and lets T'Kirr drive the meeting, since it's more sciency anyway ::
(10:07:28 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: Computer, dim lights. Activate holo-emitter. :: the lights dim, and a basketball-sized hologram of the particle appears about a foot above the center of the table :: This is a complete 3D model of the atmospheric particle that we sampled.
(10:07:54 PM) DoctorTav: :: leans in a bit for a better look at the particle ::
(10:08:11 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: eyes the particle ::
(10:08:35 PM) CdrTKirr: :: turns her eyes towards the luminescent image ::
(10:10:21 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: :: swipes her fingers to make the hologram enlarge and begin slow rotation :: We have determined with a .0001% margin of error that the particle is synthetic, and they all seem to be completely identical in every way. They are inert and have no energy residue.
(10:10:26 PM) LtKuari: :: spots Harper ::
(10:11:54 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: We are confident that some kind of catalyst activated the particles - to what end we are unsure, but it is possible that the result was the destruction of organic life on these planets - but that they have done whatever they were meant to do and are now expended and slowly dissipating.
(10:12:02 PM) CdrHarper: Hello, Kuari. ::smiles ::
(10:12:22 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: This... was a weapon?
(10:12:54 PM) CdrTKirr: Fascinating.
(10:13:25 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: :: shakes her head :: I cannot say that is the case at this point, sir. Destruction of organic life may have been the result of this, but it may not have been the intention.
(10:13:46 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: It's a possibility, but one of many.
(10:14:30 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: frowns, thinking of the Genesis device ::
(10:15:36 PM) CdrTKirr: Spanning at least two planets, and those are just the ones of which we've found a connection. :: looks to Ian :: It seems we're looking for a ship.
(10:15:44 PM) DoctorTav: :: leans back in his seat and steeples his fingers :: So have you figured out how it works?
(10:15:49 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: nods :: Agreed.
(10:15:52 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: We have not yet been able to uncover the nature of the relationship between this chemical and the energy beings on the surface. It remains possible that they are not related, but laws of probability makes it unlikely.
(10:17:57 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: :: looks at Tav :: Because we're only seeing it in the depleted state, we can only postulate - we believe that this chemical is used to heavily saturate the surface and atmosphere and then a chemical or thermal catalyst causes them to do whatever they were meant to do, but we have only guesses at this point as to what that might be.
(10:19:18 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: Warfare is one theory, Science Gone Wrong is another, Terraforming, pest control, act of God... we can't really say right now.
(10:19:26 PM) DoctorTav: :: turns his eyes from the hologram and his eyes meet Wright's :: Do you have any clues how it is able to pass through inorganic materials and bone? In McKnight's case, his burns were all the way to the bone.
(10:21:07 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: Well, we were able to determine that this particle is physically dissimilar to whatever wounded McKnight. Whatever the energy beings used to cause physical damage, it wasn't this chemical.
(10:21:17 PM) CdrTKirr: An act of God is unlikely as the particle is synthetic. According to the younger state of the particles orbiting this planet, it's logical that we are moving in the same direction as whoever released it.
(10:21:26 PM) DoctorTav: (( MAGIC EDIT: I DIDN'T SAY ANY OF THE MEDICAL STUFF ))
(10:21:44 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: (( MAGIC EDIT: ME NEITHER, THEN ))
(10:21:47 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: So we need to pick up the trail.
(10:22:20 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: :: nods at T'Kirr :: That was my interpretation as well.
(10:23:57 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: Now that we are more intimately familiar with this chemical, I can scan for it with much higher accuracy. Include probable isotopes and so on. My team is already configuring those scans and should be at your disposal within the hour.
(10:24:40 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Get them to Commander Harper as soon as possible.
(10:24:50 PM) CdrTKirr: :: nods her approval and looks to Blackthorne ::
(10:24:55 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: If there are no other questions about the chemical at this time, I'd like to move on to our research into the energy beings.
(10:26:01 PM) CdrTKirr: :: remains silent ::
(10:26:28 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: nods and listens ::
(10:26:29 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: :: looks around and sees no objections :: Computer, lights to normal. :: stands as the lights come up ::
(10:28:20 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: As I said a few moments ago, we have so far been unable to make any progress into the origin and nature of the energy beings. We do not have enough data to determine whether energy shielding will be of any use. We did, however, make progress on the Colonel's suggestion for possible offensive weaponry.
(10:29:28 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: :: unlatches and opens the slim metal case, lifting out a modified phaser :: This is a prototype based on the energy disruption research that was thought to be effective against holograms.
(10:30:00 PM) CdrTKirr: :: cranes her neck to look over the phaser for any signs of outward modifications ::
(10:30:37 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: furrows his brow, looking at it ::
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(10:40:46 PM) DoctorTav: Testing
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(10:50:21 PM) The topic for #USSAtlantis is: The second "ghost planet" appears as haunted as the first, but more recently so by initial scans of the mysterious "particle". Science leads the way through tests to determine defensive and offensive strategies against the phantasmic creatures, and the probe sample of the particles is being analyzed.
LtJGAlexisWright: The idea is that the beings seem to require a greater organization of their energy patterns to effect physical damage, thus disrupting those patterns would theoretically work to prevent them from reaching that level of organization. :: hands the phaser to the Admiral, pointing out the subtle modifications ::
LtJGAlexisWright: The appearance is very similar to standard phasers. But if you set this phaser to the lowest setting and fire it up at the hologram, you should see a substantial disruption in the pattern. Try it, if you like.
LtJGAlexisWright: :: takes a moment while everyone is looking at the pattern disruptor to put Commander Harper in direct contact with the team that is working on setting up the chemical scans, trusting that they will update her on what she needs to know ::