Conversation with #ussatlantis at Wed Feb 26 20:59:19 2014 on (irc)

(20:59:19) The topic for #USSAtlantis is: Atlantis remains docked to the Telthis balloon station as shore leave continues for the crew up on rotation. All senior staff officers have been recalled, however, as we've received notification the Jarfa flotilla's arrival is expected imminently.
(20:59:19) Topic for #USSAtlantis set by ColDougMcKnight at 21:23:14 on 02/19/2014
(20:59:19) mode (+o VAdmBlackthorne) by ChanServ
(20:59:32) CdrTKirr: Greetings.
(20:59:41) VAdmBlackthorne: Hiya
(21:00:30) DoctorTav [] entered the room.
(21:00:39) VAdmBlackthorne: Evening
(21:00:45) DoctorTav: Good evening
(21:02:46) LtAlexisWright [] entered the room.
(21:02:56) LtAlexisWright: Mibbit is still borked
(21:03:57) VAdmBlackthorne: Yello
(21:04:25) DoctorTav: Gree? Blu? Orang?
(21:04:30) CdrHarper [] entered the room.
(21:04:35) CdrHarper: Works for me
(21:05:38) LtAlexisWright: I'm downloading a different client to see if I can do this without DCing
(21:05:55) CdrTKirr: I don't wanna go to inservice at 6:30 =/
(21:06:14) CdrTKirr: I hope it works, Wright
(21:10:00) ColDougMcKnight [] entered the room.
(21:10:12) LtWright [] entered the room.
(21:10:15) CdrTKirr: Hi Mike
(21:10:58) LtWright: Testing, 1, 2, 5
(21:11:09) ColDougMcKnight: Hey. Sorry I'm late. Took a little long to fix some dinner.
(21:11:20) LtWright: Everyone can see me, looks fine, etc?
(21:11:39) DoctorTav: Sof ar
(21:11:41) DoctorTav: So far
(21:12:00) LtAlexisWright is now known as lurk_connectioncheck
(21:12:41) LtWright: I wanna see if Pidgin disconnects and if so if this doesn't disconnect.
(21:13:12) LtWright: Is that okay?
(21:13:38) ColDougMcKnight: Fine by me.
(21:14:18) CdrTKirr: So you're using Pidgin now?
(21:14:36) mode (+o ColDougMcKnight) by VAdmBlackthorne
(21:14:40) LtWright: the lurk nick is logged into Pidgin, this nick is logged in with a different client.
(21:14:54) DoctorTav: What client are you using?
(21:14:59) LtWright: HydraIRC
(21:15:02) CdrTKirr: Ah okay
(21:15:15) CdrTKirr: And yeah, of course that's fine
(21:19:29) CdrTKirr: So...I got chocolate.
(21:20:29) DoctorTav: Quite a bit of it :)
(21:20:31) ColDougMcKnight: Hope you brought enough for everyone.
(21:20:44) LtWright: I have broccoli...?
(21:20:45) CdrTKirr: And...chocolate wine.
(21:21:32) DoctorTav: Broccoli is good.
(21:21:37) LtWright: special occasion?
(21:22:08) CdrTKirr: More like consolation.
(21:22:29) LtWright: I am missing something.
(21:22:30) DoctorTav: Rough day in Florida
(21:22:41) DoctorTav: <---- got canned
(21:22:48) LtWright: !
(21:22:49) CdrTKirr: Sacked.
(21:22:52) ColDougMcKnight: Oh, I'm sorry!
(21:23:08) DoctorTav: I am taking it in stride. I'm doing okay.
(21:23:17) CdrTKirr: I wasn't, so he got me chocolate.
(21:23:22) DoctorTav: T'Kirr is a bit... Yeah.
(21:24:00) DoctorTav: I've known it was coming. So I was getting ready.
(21:24:01) LtWright: Wow, I'm sorry to hear that.
(21:24:03) CdrTKirr: Makes trying to write all day a bit difficult. -_-
(21:24:30) CdrTKirr: But yeah, it'll be fine. =)
(21:24:41) VAdmBlackthorne: I got fired once. Best thing that ever happened to me.
(21:24:56) CdrTKirr: I remember
(21:25:07) ColDougMcKnight: Well, I know we're already a bit late on my account already, but I should ask, you want to do anything different tonight, or just proceed as planned?
(21:25:14) DoctorTav: I am in sales. I am thinking Timeshare is not my product
(21:25:36) CdrTKirr: Move the plot along?
(21:25:46) VAdmBlackthorne: Ready to go, Mike?
(21:25:51) ColDougMcKnight: Yeah.
(21:26:43) CdrTKirr: :: TWEEEEEEEET :: Attention!
(21:26:53) DoctorTav: :: AA ::
(21:26:57) LtWright: :: AA ::
(21:27:01) CdrTKirr: All two of you.
(21:27:10) CdrHarper: :: AA ::
(21:27:56) ColDougMcKnight has changed the topic to: Well, jumping forward a little. As per checking with Jason, Admiral Blackthorne has agreed to try allaying some of the League of Xe concerns by simply releasing computer footage of the last mission, and letting them see it for themselves. The review is in progress.
(21:28:08) LtWright: I think we need more underlings. I'm tired of being the lowest-ranked person here anyway. >_>;
(21:28:27) VAdmBlackthorne: (You and Tav are of equal rank!)
(21:28:51) ColDougMcKnight: So, decide for yourselves if it's appropriate for your characters to still be present. We're still on the station, as with last time. Questions?
(21:28:53) LtWright: (either way, we both need some newbies to boss around, amirite?)
(21:29:23) LtWright: (I'm goofing off, in case that wasn't clear... shutting up now.)
(21:30:17) VAdmBlackthorne: BEGIN SIM
(21:30:18) VAdmBlackthorne: BEGIN SIM
(21:30:19) VAdmBlackthorne: BEGIN SIM
(21:31:05) VAdmBlackthorne: :: is present for the review, of course, offering commentary and answering Xeir questions ::
(21:31:18) LtWright: :: liaising technically with review of operational footage ::
(21:31:23) CdrTKirr: :: is with Blackthorne, naturally ::
(21:32:12) ColDougMcKnight: Dryskal> ::Scratching his chin in a gesture of...thoughtfulness? Confusion? Both? It fits. He's watching the final battle, in all its schizophrenic glory.:: What am I even looking at here?
(21:32:22) CdrHarper: :: thankfully has the bridge and doesn't have to sit through that ::
(21:33:09) LtWright: I have a number of different camera angles if you would prefer something different, but I'm afraid the event was rather chaotic.
(21:33:29) VAdmBlackthorne: During the course of that entire battle, propoganda was being broadcast from both side across all comm channels. Many ships switched allegiances multiple times.
(21:34:24) DoctorTav: :: has wandered off back to Sickbay to work on some experiments for a theory he hopes to publicize ::
(21:35:07) DoctorTav: MAGIC EDIT :: prove and publicize ::
(21:35:35) ColDougMcKnight: Dryskal> This is insane. It's an inexorable, if glacial army of fascistic drones we've had to contend with. And now, you tell me our neighbor systems are in the hands of utter madmen. I'm not certain what to find worse.
(21:36:05) LtWright: :: switches to a different viewpoint as the image on the screen suddenly displays a stuttering flash of light and then nothing, presumably having been destroyed ::
(21:36:40) VAdmBlackthorne: We certainly weren't heartbroken at the idea of leaving when we were able to.
(21:38:25) ColDougMcKnight: Dryskal> Well! For what it's worth, perhaps there is way, after all, to put all concerns to rest right now, and begin our association anew, on a harmonious note.
(21:40:05) CdrTKirr: :: observes quietly ::
(21:40:09) ColDougMcKnight: Dryskal> ::Waits, gaze glued on the screen as he awaits his moment...and then stabs his finger at the display screen, as Atlantis' weapons cut through a Red Sun ship as though it literally weren't there.::
(21:41:21) VAdmBlackthorne: :: really hopes this isn't going where he thinks it's going ::
(21:42:23) ColDougMcKnight: Dryskal> As one means of guaranteed security is imperiled, another presents itself! We've been aware of the unique properties of their star for some time, as you know, but actual scans from anywhere closer than several lightyears has proven a virtual impossibility. But if we could get a look at your sensor readings of how THIS effect here was produced?
(21:43:10) ColDougMcKnight: Dryskal> Spectral analysis, radiation signatures...circuit tests. Whatever might be relevant.
(21:43:46) VAdmBlackthorne: Yes, that we can share. Unfortunately, the reverse effect was also true. Our defenses were similarly ineffective, until we modified them.
(21:44:23) LtWright: :: slides her gaze over to the Admiral, awaiting his orders ::
(21:45:06) ColDougMcKnight: Dryskal> Oh, let us worry about that.
(21:46:18) VAdmBlackthorne: Lt. Wright, please share all our sensor data on the star's effects.
(21:47:18) ColDougMcKnight: Miraak> If you're sending that over, maybe your engineering staff could also prepare a list of the parts you had to salvage for your repairs? We have some experience with Red Sun surveillance methods, and...
(21:47:48) LtWright: :: loves sharing scientific data, hates potentially aiding the perpetration of genocide :: Aye, sir. I will have the relevant data readied for transfer.
(21:48:02) VAdmBlackthorne: I doubt they could get anything aboard of that nature, to be honest.
(21:49:06) ColDougMcKnight: ACTION> Somewhere, further up in the structure, a muffled bang is heard. For a moment, confusion is as prevalent aboard the station as alarm, until several moments later, it's followed by the sound of tortured metal, and the deck lurches underfoot.
(21:49:08) LtWright: If I'm not mistaken, the entirety of our "salvage" was in raw materials, was it not?
(21:49:29) CdrTKirr: :: looks around, startled ::
(21:49:33) VAdmBlackthorne: :: looks at their hosts with alarm ::
(21:50:07) CdrTKirr: :: lurches? ::
(21:50:12) LtWright: :: stumbles and steadies herself on a bulkhead, looking up toward the sound ::
(21:50:59) ColDougMcKnight: Miraak> ::Wishes he could meet the looks with one of calm on his part. The swears he utters don;t all translate properly though, so there's that. After a moment, when it becomes clear that the entire structure has tilted several degrees downward and isn;t correcting, he grabs a hold of a bolted down table and drags his way to a console. ::
(21:51:21) ColDougMcKnight: (Yes, could have used a better word. Suffice it to say, this isn't supposed to happen.)
(21:52:08) CdrHarper: :: Atlantis is also forced into such a tilt by virtue of the docking bridge, which is probably quite strained by it :: +T+ Atlantis to away team!
(21:52:18) CdrTKirr: (( No it's totally fine, was more deciding if that's what I did ))
(21:52:43) ColDougMcKnight: ACTION> Aboard Atlantis, a much better idea of the nature of the problem is to be had. For whatever reason, several support cables have given way, and one of the great balloons keeping the station in place is floating away. On the downside, they have problems of their own. The sudden shift is exerting significant hull stress at the docking point.
(21:52:50) CdrTKirr: :: hangs onto something ::
(21:53:14) LtWright: :: watches Miraak cross the room while bracing herself against the fixed objects nearby, stowing her PADD - which was out to facilitate the data transfer - to free both of her hands ::
(21:53:15) ColDougMcKnight: Miraak> Office, report!
(21:53:26) VAdmBlackthorne: +Harper+ Blackthorne here!
(21:54:17) ColDougMcKnight: ACTION> As a panicked technician stammers the same problem over the comm, he has to shout as automated alarms kick in, complete with pre-recorded messages to the much disoriented crews aboard to make for the escape routes.
(21:55:46) CdrHarper: :: scans of the station coming up left and right :: Admiral, one of the support balloons has separated and the list is putting great strain on the docking connection. Recommend we undock and beam you all aboard.
(21:56:06) LtWright: +Transporter Room 1+ Wright to transporter room 1. Prepare to beam away team aboard. Stand by for Admiral Blackthorne's command.
(21:56:10) VAdmBlackthorne: +Harper+ Stand by.
(21:57:04) CdrTKirr: :: notes Wright's comm, so refrains from doing so herself ::
(21:57:05) VAdmBlackthorne: One of your support balloons has given way. We need to undock our ship because of the strain on the connection. Can we render assistance?
(21:57:34) ColDougMcKnight: Dryskal> ::Struggles to his feet, and casts a brief, suspicious lingering glance at the Federation officers present before shaking his head, evidently deciding to table that line of thought for now.:: I must return to my ship! Once clear, we shall render what assistance we can!
(21:58:09) LtWright: TR1> +Wright+ We have you locked on. Ready to energize upon command from Admiral Blackthorne.
(21:58:29) CdrHarper: :: moves from her previously relaxed position in the center seat to the helm and begins the undock process before she even gets the order ::
(21:58:45) ColDougMcKnight: Miraak> We'll take whatever help you can give, Admiral! We need to hurry, but the good news is we do build significant safety redundancies in. So long as nothing else suddenly goes wrong, we can-
(21:59:28) ColDougMcKnight: ACTION> You guessed it! Muffled bang, twisting metal, grab on to something.
(21:59:34) ColDougMcKnight: Miraak> ...fuck.
(21:59:49) LtWright: :: drops to a crouch, keeping her center of gravity low ::
(21:59:50) CdrTKirr: :: hangs on tighter ::
(22:00:51) ColDougMcKnight: ACTION> Outside, the first of the ships begin the break away from the increasingly stricken station, along with a second balloon.
(22:00:51) LtWright: :: somewhat breathlessly, fear creeping in at the edges of her voice :: Admiral, Transporter Room 1 is ready to energize at your command.
(22:01:29) CdrHarper: +Blackthorne+ Sir, I-
(22:01:34) VAdmBlackthorne: :: as he grabs onto the table and looks at T'Kirr :: +Harper+ Cut Atlantis loose now!
(22:02:07) CdrHarper: :: as the ship pitches ass up even more :: You do not have to tell me twice.
(22:02:25) CdrTKirr: :: assumes sabotage has taken care of redundancies, and it won't stop with two balloons ::
(22:02:49) CdrHarper: :: rushes through the undock sequence, cutting connections and blows the hard seal, pushes Atlantis away with 1/16th reverse impulse ::
(22:02:51) LtWright: :: manages a small smile at Harper's possibly inadvertent but appropriate idiom usage ::
(22:03:38) ColDougMcKnight: McKnight> ::Despite my difficulty actually getting to him, he's here too, if slower on the vocalization than T'Kirr.:: This is NOT an industrial accident. Permission to wait until you're away, then make my way to the upper levels. We're not going to even get our own people clear in time otherwise.
(22:04:04) LtWright: TR1> +Wright+ Lieutenant? We're still standing by, are you ready to energize?
(22:04:22) VAdmBlackthorne: :: nods :: Get our people ready for transport, Colonel.
(22:04:54) VAdmBlackthorne: :: looks to Miraak :: Once we're free and clear we'll be ready to assist in whatever way necessary.
(22:05:20) LtWright: +TR1+ Stand by, Transport 1.
(22:05:21) ColDougMcKnight: Miraak> ::Struggling a little more with the obvious:: You mean...but why? We just do freighter fuel!
(22:05:22) CdrHarper: :: backs off and waits, watching the station on scans and the main viewer ::
(22:06:40) LtWright: :: looking at T'Kirr and Blackthorne for instructions, anxiety filling her eyes ::
(22:06:57) ColDougMcKnight: ::Slaps his comm badge with his free hand as he holds on to a door frame.:: +Security+ O'Grady, scramble the rapid response unit! I want a squad over here, mag boots on, to help with evacuation and...God knows what else.
(22:09:42) CdrTKirr: :: just holds on, waiting for whatever Blackthorne decides to do ::
(22:11:01) LtKuari [] entered the room.
(22:12:08) ColDougMcKnight: Miraak> Okay...okay. I need to get to the main office. I can coordinate things from up there. Contact...someone when you're clear and we'll try to have a guess where we need your help most.
(22:12:26) VAdmBlackthorne: We will. Wright, have us beamed home.
(22:12:47) LtWright: +TR1+ Transport 1, *energize*.
(22:13:08) ColDougMcKnight: Miraak> ::Opens the door, grateful that the problem seems entirely structural, and staggers out.:: And someone tell me what the hell is happening up in A deck!
(22:13:54) ColDougMcKnight: ::Nods to Blackthorne and co as the shimmering lights take hold. ::
(22:13:55) CdrTKirr: :: having paused for dramatic words, is finally beamed back aboard Atlantis with the others in an understandably strange pose ::
(22:14:54) VAdmBlackthorne: :: looks first to ensure T'Kirr is OK, then to the rest of the pile of people on the transporter pad ::
(22:14:57) LtWright: :: the finely balanced crouch on the station almost becomes a faceplant on the transporter pad, but manages to get herself upright with only minor embarassment ::
(22:15:55) VAdmBlackthorne: Is everyone alright?
(22:16:29) LtWright: Yes, sir. :: tugs at the bottom hem of her uniform top in Picard fashion in an attempt to regain some dignity ::
(22:16:48) ColDougMcKnight: (Is Kuari on the ship or the station?)
(22:17:09) LtWright: :: nods a thank you to the transporter tech watching them from behind his console ::
(22:17:15) CdrTKirr: :: stands, straightening her uniform :: Yes.
(22:17:34) VAdmBlackthorne: Let's get to the bridge and figure this out.
(22:17:35) CdrTKirr: (( Assumed she would be on rapid response team, did I miss the beam over? ))
(22:17:55) VAdmBlackthorne: :: has returned to Atlantis in more dignified fashion, but also in less ::
(22:18:41) LtWright: With your permission, sir, I'd like to get to the bridge and start looking at scan data to determine the cause of the problem.
(22:19:01) VAdmBlackthorne: That's what I just said. C'mon. :: heads into the TL and waits for everyone ::
(22:19:16) LtWright: :: scurries along behind ::
(22:20:11) ColDougMcKnight: (No, no. Just wasn't sure if she was still perusing the drunks. We've got a whole shore leave rotation onboard, after all.)
(22:20:54) LtWright: :: sheepishly, so that only Blackthorne and possible T'Kirr can hear :: Sorry, sir. I was already thinking through possible causes and not paying full attention to what was being said. That's a mistake a senior officer shouldn't make. I won't let it happen again.
(22:20:57) CdrTKirr: :: doesn't have to be waited on ::
(22:21:38) VAdmBlackthorne: Bridge!
(22:22:03) CdrTKirr: (( Oh right, assuming you fast-forwarded, though, we'll say Kuari's ready to go with the team ))
(22:22:03) ColDougMcKnight: (But in that case...)
(22:22:05) VAdmBlackthorne: :: the TL arrives on the bridge ::
(22:22:21) VAdmBlackthorne: Kate, report.
(22:22:36) CdrTKirr: :: marches to her station, eager to read up ::
(22:22:56) ColDougMcKnight: ACTION> The first squad of six black EV capable suit clad marines are beamed over into the main habitation area as the next squad lines up behind.
(22:23:01) CdrHarper: A second balloon detached. Atlantis was able to successfully undock and get clear.
(22:23:07) VAdmBlackthorne: Any damage to us?
(22:23:30) CdrHarper: Deck ten may be a little bent, but aside from that, no sir.
(22:23:41) LtWright: :: upon being so obviously rebuffed, spends the rest of the TL trip in silence and, feeling very small, picks at her fingernails until she gets to her station ::
(22:24:32) LtWright: :: once there, immerses herself in SCIENCE, first running molecular scans on the broken connection pieces ::
(22:24:46) VAdmBlackthorne: :: half-smirks :: Jack won't be happy about that.
(22:25:04) VAdmBlackthorne: Lt. Wright.
(22:25:21) CdrTKirr: (( You want Kuari in squad? ))
(22:25:24) LtWright: Aye, Sir? :: turns in her seat ::
(22:25:49) ColDougMcKnight: (Yeah, I was going with that.)
(22:27:15) VAdmBlackthorne: First of all, don't be so hard on yourself. I need you to look at possibilites to help stabiliize the station, using Atlantis's capabilities as a stopgap if necessary. Coordinate with engineering.
(22:27:24) LtKuari: :: is beamed over in Squad One, immediately adapting to the shifted gravity once fully materialized, and takes in the surroundings otherwise ::
(22:28:58) ColDougMcKnight: ACTION> The flight of ships big and small continues, slowed by the shifting deck, but making the best of the relative lull while it lasts. And time's a'wastin. With the balance of support versus gravity disrupted, the massive station is already beginning to lose altitude.
(22:29:00) LtWright: :: blushes faintly at that first remark being made in front of everyone :: Aye, sir. :: turns back to her console, running a new structural stress analysis on the support cables for the remaining balloons ::
(22:29:48) LtWright: (( is there someone in Engineering I can coordinate with? ))
(22:30:11) CdrHarper: The station has already dropped in altitude, and will continue to do so.
(22:30:22) ColDougMcKnight: (Just call up Quinn.)
(22:30:35) LtWright: +Quinn+ Wright to Quinn.
(22:32:02) LtKuari: (( We evacuating to Atlantis, or assisting with local evacuation procedures? ))
(22:32:12) ColDougMcKnight: ::Making his way up the decks as best he can.:: +RR1+ was you on the rotation, right? Make your way to the main recreation deck, and begin organizing our people into groups. We'll just use the cargo transporters. Crude, but it'll do the job.
(22:32:45) VAdmBlackthorne: :: to T'Kirr, quietly :: Any idea how many people we still have over there?
(22:32:46) ColDougMcKnight: Quinn> ::In the middle of a structural analysis of his own, admittedly of the ship.:: +Wright+ Go ahead!
(22:32:52) LtWright: +Quinn+ Need your help. Sending relevant data to your PADD. These two support cables are under extreme stress and will fail, one in 2 minutes, the other 3. Ideas?
(22:33:29) CdrHarper: :: flies a slow circle around the station ::
(22:34:48) CdrTKirr: :: having been going through the leave reports :: Twenty-three still aboard.
(22:35:09) LtWright: +Quinn+ Can we tractor the station even a little to relieve some tension on the cables while we figure it out?
(22:35:57) LtKuari: (( Oh evacuating our own people, got it ))
(22:36:09) LtKuari: +McKnight+ Understood, on our way.
(22:36:22) CdrTKirr: (( Maybe a few more than 23 then =P ))
(22:36:56) ColDougMcKnight: Quinn> +Wright+ Oy. Um...well, with that kind of time frame, any effort to reinforce the supports themselves will just be a gigantic waste of time. The tractor beam...should hold up okay as is, at least as far as slowing the thing down. But be advised, given the mass of that station, it will not hold up to a repeat of sudden shearing forces like we've
(22:37:04) ColDougMcKnight: been monitoring.
(22:37:24) LtWright: +Quinn+ Or can we attach a tow cable and use our engines to provide upward motion? Better or worse idea than tractor?
(22:37:41) ColDougMcKnight: +Wright+ Uh...worse. Much worse.
(22:37:56) ColDougMcKnight: (^Quinn)
(22:38:38) LtWright: +Quinn+ Okay. Is it okay with you if I run lead on tractor beam operations just so I can get this started?
(22:39:32) LtKuari: :: makes her way with Squad1 to the rec deck and finds their people ::
(22:40:07) ColDougMcKnight: Quinn> ::Tapping away as he talks:: I'm allocating power from the weapons grid right now. Things seem to be blowing up on their own today. You know where to find me for the next crisis.
(22:41:07) VAdmBlackthorne: :: watching the station on the screen :: Start beaming them off one at a time if necessary. That just does not look good.
(22:41:10) ColDougMcKnight: +Bridge+ McKnight to Atlantis. Come in, Atlantis.
(22:41:18) VAdmBlackthorne: +McKnight+ Blackthorne here.
(22:41:25) LtWright: +Quinn+ Thanks. Start brainstorming ways to stabilize the station's atmospheric buoyancy and strengthen the intact cables, because this is just going to be a temporary reprieve I'm afraid. Wright out.
(22:42:21) LtKuari: You, you, and you! Group up together! It doesn't matter that you're sideways. You'll all end up in a pile on the transporter pad anyway. You guys there, squish up.
(22:42:41) LtWright: :: sees that Blackthorne is occupied :: Commander, I recommend immediate tractor beam usage to slow or stop the descent of the station while we try to come up with a more permanent solution. Permission to proceed?
(22:43:48) ColDougMcKnight: +Blackthorne+ I've reached the level where their support cables used to be docked, and I wish I could tell you something different. Judging by the scorch patterns, this was definitely some sort of crude incendiary device. If I had to guess, plasma combined with a decaying containment field for a timer. The locals are looking for more like it now, but
(22:44:20) ColDougMcKnight: frankly, I think they're more in their element breaking up brawls. In short, be prepared for more surprises.
(22:44:57) CdrTKirr: :: hears Wright's request, checks the scan at her station, then looks back to Wright :: Granted. Target the balloon supports, as they're designed to take the load.
(22:45:36) VAdmBlackthorne: +McKnight+ Not good. How long until everyone is back aboard?
(22:46:11) LtKuari: :: mag-boot-walks down the deck towards someone plastered to one of the big windows ::
(22:46:11) LtWright: Aye, Commander. I'm targetting the base of the supports to minimize the stress on the cables as much as possible. Commencing tractor. :: pshyoom ::
(22:46:14) ColDougMcKnight: ACTION> As the station continues to sink, those in the vicinity of the lounge from last time will note a great metal sheet beginning to lower over the great window, even as hidden openings begin to open all over the interior hull, and massive duranium cross-braces begin to deploy.
(22:47:22) CdrHarper: :: flies into position to maximize the tractor's effect ::
(22:48:20) LtWright: :: watches the indicator show the rate of descent gradually slowing... slowing... ::
(22:48:33) LtKuari: :: lowers her tail to the crewman and walks him back up towards a group hanging onto a pillar ::
(22:48:35) ColDougMcKnight: +Blackthorne+ I have Lieutenant T'Kirr in charge of that project, sir. She's corraling the main groups. In the meantime, I suggest you have the transporter rooms look for stragglers. She's certainly not going to get to anyone taking the mail room tour in time.
(22:49:03) CdrTKirr: (( Pretty sure you meant Kuari ))
(22:49:12) ColDougMcKnight: (Maybe, maybe not!)
(22:49:41) VAdmBlackthorne: (Two of them?!)
(22:50:10) CdrHarper: Engines are straining. A lot.
(22:50:36) LtWright: :: lips curve into a thin smile of satisfaction as the indicator shows the rate of descent creeping ever more slowly toward zero ::
(22:51:05) LtWright: How much time do I have?
(22:51:15) CdrHarper: A few minutes at most.
(22:51:28) CdrHarper: She is not designed to tow something this large.
(22:51:39) LtWright: :: scans show significantly less stress on the remaining cables ::
(22:52:01) LtWright: Commander, do you think we can get some help from any of these other vessels? The League of Xe?
(22:52:15) LtKuari: :: gets the crewman to the group and looks over the room at the rest of the squad's work ::
(22:52:34) CdrHarper: :: managing power to coax a bit more out, and to the engine cooling as well ::
(22:53:08) CdrHarper: :: watching the impulse temp rise worryingly ::
(22:53:29) LtWright: +Quinn+ Wright to Quinn. How about generating a structural integrity field around the cables? Is that possible?
(22:53:53) LtWright: :: rate of descent finally ticks over to 0 :: Cut the engines for a minute.
(22:54:01) VAdmBlackthorne: +McKnight+ We have stabilized things temporarily using the tractor beam, but that's only bought a few more minutes. Recommend you get your ass back home.
(22:54:56) LtWright: (( they're certainly not swimming ))
(22:55:44) LtWright: (( which is a shame, because that mental picture is WAY more funny! ))
(22:55:52) VAdmBlackthorne: (Five minutes!)
(22:56:28) LtWright: Commander Harper, have we cooled enough to go again?
(22:57:11) ColDougMcKnight: +Blackthorne+ Negative, sir. Just found a project over here.
(22:57:26) LtWright: :: watching the rate of descent start to increase. .1 ... .2 ... .4 ... .7 ...
(22:58:26) LtWright: :: can't wait :: re-initiating tractor.
(22:58:37) ColDougMcKnight: Quinn> +Wright+ Ran the simulation. Our structural field just isn't designed to extend like that. At least, not alongside the power drain already in progress.
(22:58:44) CdrHarper: :: didn't see that so never cut the engines! ::
(22:58:55) LtWright: (( /bonk ))
(23:00:05) CdrHarper: :: starts fighting against the anchor again, watching the temperatures rise :::
(23:00:29) ColDougMcKnight: :: On one knee, attempting science. :: +Blackthorne+ Be advised, I've found a third device. The good news is I know my bombs. The bad news is that the containment field has almost collapsed. I'm trying to shore it up using a power cell from my pistol, but...let's just say I'mn really wishing I was an engineer right about now.
(23:01:27) VAdmBlackthorne: PAUSE SIM
(23:01:28) VAdmBlackthorne: PAUSE SIM
(23:01:30) VAdmBlackthorne: PAUSE SIM
(23:01:30) LtWright: Admiral, Commander, unless we get assistance from one or more of the other vessels, I think our only option may be to evacuate the station before it reaches crush depth. I don't think it's possible for Atlantis alone to save it. I'm not even sure how much longer we can keep it above crush depth.
(23:01:38) DoctorTav: :: pauses ::
(23:01:43) LtWright: :: || ::
(23:01:50) VAdmBlackthorne: dun dun DUNNNNNNNN
(23:02:18) ColDougMcKnight: And that begins our disaster movie phase of the plot! Next week, more of the same, plus WHodunit!
(23:02:48) LtWright: And I will wear this moustache! :: twirls end of moustache ::
(23:03:05) LtKuari: :: pauses ::
(23:03:36) DoctorTav: This is a pretty crazy storyline that has come together. I can't wait to see what comes next.
(23:03:42) LtWright: So for next sim, did my stuff right after PAUSE SIM make it in, or do I need to say it again and the beginning of next time?
(23:03:52) CdrTKirr: Pssh of course it did.
(23:03:54) ColDougMcKnight: We'll remember she said it.
(23:04:16) LtWright: Because the suspense music was playing with it, right?
(23:04:25) VAdmBlackthorne: Right.
(23:04:31) LtWright: :: sage nod ::
(23:04:35) ColDougMcKnight: Well, that and the chatlog.
(23:05:02) LtWright: Joykill. ;)
(23:05:44) VAdmBlackthorne: He's a Marine, that's his job.
(23:06:06) LtWright: Mister McKnight, this plot is starting to kick ass. If it was an episode of something on Netflix, I'd be like "play next episode must see what happens!"
(23:06:12) DoctorTav: Kuari'
(23:06:22) DoctorTav: Kuari's not a joykill. Anything but.
(23:06:48) LtKuari: WHat.
(23:06:53) LtWright: What I'm saying is that I would binge-watch this plot on Netflix.
(23:06:55) DoctorTav: :: agrees with Wright ::
(23:07:50) DoctorTav: Kuari is a joy... defibrillator
(23:08:09) LtWright: I need an alter-ego named LtRong.
(23:08:29) DoctorTav: Speaking of defibrillators... I think I want one of these:
(23:09:24) LtWright: "Wright, Rong, you're with me."
(23:09:32) ColDougMcKnight: Well, come back next week, and we'll see what we can do.
(23:09:45) ColDougMcKnight: Not exactly uinstant streaming, but it's still free.
(23:09:48) ColDougMcKnight: *instant
(23:10:29) ColDougMcKnight: Which...Netflix is not, actually. Okay, so it's nothing like Netflix. But come back anyway.
(23:12:14) DoctorTav: But Netflix is awesome
(23:12:18) VAdmBlackthorne: It's like Netflix, except not instant, but free!
(23:12:19) LtWright: "I have the bridge?" "Right" "No, I'm Rong." "I just said you were right. Why do you think you're wrong?" "No, I'm not wrong, I'm Rong. You're sure you want me to have the brigdge?" "Right." "But I thought Wright was on the away team..."
(23:12:35) VAdmBlackthorne: :: goes crosseyed ::
(23:12:45) DoctorTav: Which is on second?
(23:12:56) VAdmBlackthorne: What?
(23:13:05) DoctorTav: Or is He on first?
(23:13:10) VAdmBlackthorne: Who?
(23:13:19) LtWright: Who's on first, what's on second.
(23:13:29) DoctorTav: Ugh... I Don't Know.
(23:13:30) ColDougMcKnight: "Have them killed. Activate their clones." "But they're not-" "Silence!
(23:13:55) VAdmBlackthorne: He's on third.
(23:15:41) LtWright: Right... Wright writes Rong's rite wrong.
(23:15:44) ColDougMcKnight: Well, okay! I'm off to feed cats. See you all next weel.
(23:15:59) LtWright: Ciao Meow!
(23:16:31) VAdmBlackthorne: Good night everybody!
(23:16:32) DoctorTav: Next week it is! Until then, warp speed!
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(23:16:51) ColDougMcKnight: Enjoy the chocolate.
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(23:17:07) DoctorTav left the room.