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(20:58:15) The topic for #ST_MissionRoom1 is: =/\= Star Trek: Engage Mission Room 1 =/\=
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(20:58:15) mode (+o VAdmBlackthorne) by ChanServ
(21:00:34) LCdr_Wolfe [] entered the room.
(21:00:38) TAC_2LT_Randen [] entered the room.
(21:00:39) Zaxiven [] entered the room.
(21:00:56) CSO_LCdr_Wright [] entered the room.
(21:04:21) You are now known as CO_VAdmBlackthorne
(21:04:35) mode (+vvv CSO_LCdr_Wright ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr LCdr_Wolfe) by CMO_Cmdr_Kymar
(21:04:39) mode (+v MED_Ens_DrSlade) by CMO_Cmdr_Kymar
(21:04:40) mode (+v SCI_LtJG_TLira) by CMO_Cmdr_Kymar
(21:04:42) mode (+v TAC_2LT_Randen) by CMO_Cmdr_Kymar
(21:04:44) mode (+v Zaxiven) by CMO_Cmdr_Kymar
(21:05:12) CAG_Cdr_Harper [] entered the room.
(21:08:46) XO_Capt_TKirr [] entered the room.
(21:09:45) CMO_Cmdr_Kymar is now known as XO_Cmdr_Kymar
(21:10:07) XO_Cmdr_Kymar is now known as XO_Overlord_Kymar
(21:11:03) XO_Overlord_Kymar is now known as CMO_Overlord_Kymar
(21:11:54) mode (+vv XO_Capt_TKirr CAG_Cdr_Harper) by CO_VAdmBlackthorne
(21:13:08) CMO_Overlord_Kymar is now known as CMO_Cmdr_Kymar
(21:17:17) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: BEGIN SIM
(21:17:19) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: BEGIN SIM
(21:17:20) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: BEGIN SIM
(21:17:52) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: :: leaning on the chair arm, watching the freighter ahead and above them on the main viewer :: Steady....
(21:18:34) CMO_Cmdr_Kymar: ::stands at the back of the bridge, watching the viewscreen with interest, his hands resting on the railing::
(21:18:38) SCI_LtJG_TLira: :: hears a faint tapping noise and realizes that her old unconscious habit has popped back up and forcibly still her hand ::
(21:19:23) NAV_2Lt_Suzuki [] entered the room.
(21:19:31) mode (+v NAV_2Lt_Suzuki) by CMO_Cmdr_Kymar
(21:19:33) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: ::Turns around from his console. Swears he can see Jinto and Dan'el, but they soon fizzle away into Randen and Slade. Rubs his eyes, maybe it's stress getting to him.::
(21:19:37) CMO_Cmdr_Kymar: CO: Let's hope they don't put the brakes on.
(21:19:41) CEO_Lt_Quinn [] entered the room.
(21:19:50) CAG_Cdr_Harper: @ :: at the controls of the Seraphim, also on approach to Earth, but a conventional one ::
(21:20:02) mode (+v CEO_Lt_Quinn) by CMO_Cmdr_Kymar
(21:20:11) NAV_2Lt_Suzuki: :: pilots the hell out of the ship, super-slick like ::
(21:20:22) XO_Capt_TKirr: :: next to Blackthorne, but busy with her eyes on readouts ::
(21:20:29) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: CMO: Heh, let's hope.
(21:20:32) TAC_2LT_Randen: :: Monitoring the vessel on his targeting sensors. Keeping a close eye on them. ::
(21:20:32) CEO_Lt_Quinn: :: Engineers all the things, like a boss. ::
(21:20:37) CEO_Lt_Quinn: :: Like a BOSS. ::
(21:20:38) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: NAV: Time until the freighter's course change?
(21:20:44) MED_Ens_DrSlade: ::Sits in the very small sickbay, finishing the report of the last inventory::
(21:21:10) CSO_LCdr_Wright: @ :: providing navigation info for the approach to Portland ::
(21:22:06) CAG_Cdr_Harper: @ *PDX* Portland Control, shuttle Seraphim requesting landing clearance. :: noses up for atmo entry ::
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(21:22:58) CAG_Cdr_Harper: @ :: obtains clearance, raises shields and enters Earth's atmosphere ::
(21:23:23) LCdr_Wolfe [] entered the room.
(21:23:44) Zaxiven1 [] entered the room.
(21:24:00) CSO_LCdr_Wright: @ :: eagerly looking out the window for a view of home... it's been a couple years since she was here last. ::
(21:24:48) mode (+v LCdr_Wolfe) by CO_VAdmBlackthorne
(21:24:51) mode (+v Zaxiven1) by CO_VAdmBlackthorne
(21:25:48) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: ENG: Stand by with the metaphasic shielding. :: watches Sol grow larger on the viewer ::
(21:26:29) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: CO: Aye, Admiral. I'm triple checking the calculations... but we wont know if they work until....
(21:26:37) SCI_LtJG_TLira: :: gazes at the viewer and wondering just how close they'll be getting ::
(21:26:57) NAV_2Lt_Suzuki: CO: Any minute now, sir.
(21:27:08) CAG_Cdr_Harper: @ :: as the heating phase of entry passes, she noses the Seraphim down for descent to PDX ::
(21:28:39) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: ACTION> The freighter makes its course change and we're alone heading toward the Sun.
(21:28:48) CEO_Lt_Quinn: CO: Aye, sir.
(21:28:54) NAV_2Lt_Suzuki: CO: There they go, sir.
(21:29:39) CSO_LCdr_Wright: @ :: looks down at the green forests and the Willamette and Columbia rivers growing larger ::
(21:29:57) CEO_Lt_Quinn: :: Doesn't bother to point out he has no way of making that particular step particularly stealthy if they aren't already sufficiently drowned out by the sun's own radiation output. There ARE priorities. ::
(21:30:39) MED_Ens_DrSlade: :: Feels it getting much warmer in sickbay::
(21:31:01) XO_Capt_TKirr: :: looks up as it's just them and the sun ::
(21:31:30) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: NAV: Set our perihelion to five million kilometers.
(21:32:28) NAV_2Lt_Suzuki: CO: Five million kilometers, aye. :: tappity input stuff, minor course corrections ::
(21:33:35) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: ENG/CEO: Engage the multiphasic shielding. Our approach is conservative enough that we can react if it does not work.
(21:33:43) TAC_2LT_Randen: :: Watches the freighter veer off and everything around them. ::
(21:34:19) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: ::Activates the metaphasic shields.::
(21:34:48) CAG_Cdr_Harper: @ :: swoops down over the PNW on PDX approach ::
(21:34:56) NAV_2Lt_Suzuki: CO: Where would you like the aphelion?
(21:35:21) SCI_LtJG_TLira: :: decides to distract herself by opening up with the passive sensors and getting as many scans as possible ::
(21:35:22) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: NAV: Course correct at perihelion to send us toward Earth.
(21:35:29) CSO_LCdr_Wright: @ Kate: Isn't it beautiful?
(21:35:57) CAG_Cdr_Harper: @ Lexy: It is! Lush and verdant.
(21:36:03) NAV_2Lt_Suzuki: CO: Course correct at perihelion to Earth, aye.
(21:36:05) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: ::Watches and listens as the emitters modify to themselves to metaphasic frequencies.::
(21:36:25) CSO_LCdr_Wright: @ :: beams with pride at the beauty of her homeland ::
(21:37:07) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: ACTION> Sol looms larger on the viewscreen...
(21:38:02) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: TAC: As soon as we clear the Sun, I want you to try to get target locks on that beacon. It will be atop Starbase One.
(21:38:33) TAC_2LT_Randen: CO: Aye Sir.
(21:38:35) NAV_2Lt_Suzuki: Bridge: Approaching perihelion in four minutes.
(21:39:50) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: NAV> Stand by for orbital adjustment.
(21:40:11) NAV_2Lt_Suzuki: CO: Standing by.
(21:40:14) CAG_Cdr_Harper: @ :: glides into a gentle landing at PDX and powers the Seraphim down ::
(21:40:28) CEO_Lt_Quinn: :: Chuckles :: Any objection to me turning down the thermostat a tad, sir? Not gonna make any difference as far as our observability now.
(21:40:45) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: ::Keeps an eye at how the shields are holding.::
(21:40:47) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: CEO: Too hot for you, Lieutenant? :: chuckles ::
(21:41:42) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: ACTION> Sol grows rapidly larger on the main viewer, noticably brightening the bridge.
(21:41:42) XO_Capt_TKirr: :: feels fine ::
(21:41:46) CEO_Lt_Quinn: CO: They didn't tailor these uniforms to breathe, sir!
(21:41:57) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: CO: Probably is for me. Andorians and Aenar are meant for stars.
(21:42:07) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: <aren't>
(21:42:15) SCI_LtJG_TLira: :: notices a slight tick up in temperature and finds it rather comfortable ::
(21:42:16) LCdr_Wolfe: :: keeps Sol on sensors and prepares to scan past once it is out of the way
(21:42:32) NAV_2Lt_Suzuki: Bridge: One minute to perihelion.
(21:43:02) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: CEO: Kick on the air conditioning then, because it's about to warm up even more!
(21:43:23) CSO_LCdr_Wright: @ :: unbuckles herself and pops out of her seat, excited to see her father ::
(21:43:31) MED_Ens_DrSlade: :: Sweating in sickbay, considers going to the bridge to see why. Then rememebrs where CDR Kymar is::
(21:43:46) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: ::Notes that the bridge is starting to feel like equatorial Vulcan.::
(21:43:46) CAG_Cdr_Harper: @ :: opens the side door and grabs her bag ::
(21:43:56) CAG_Cdr_Harper: @ Lexy: I wonder if I get to keep this shuttle.
(21:44:22) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: ACTION> Sol fills the screen as we get to our closest approach, making the bridge quite orange.
(21:44:25) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: :: puts on sunglasses ::
(21:44:38) CSO_LCdr_Wright: @ :: shoulders her bag as well and hops out, planting her feet on terra firma before responding :: Kate: I won't tell if you don't.
(21:44:44) CMO_Cmdr_Kymar: ::mutters to himself as he watches the viewscreen, his eyes flicking from there to T'Lira with a touch of concern:: Self: Probably likes the heat.
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(21:45:09) CEO_Lt_Quinn: CO: Will do. I, uh...took the liberty of writing up a little subroutine to sync the environmental controls to the heat rise. Should keep us level around 72 degrees.
(21:45:11) SCI_LtJG_TLira: :: looks away from the screen, to avoid having to deal with that level of brightness ::
(21:45:31) Zaxiven [] entered the room.
(21:45:41) CEO_Lt_Quinn: CO: Or, uh...22 and a quarter, if you prefer.
(21:45:43) TAC_2LT_Randen: :: Blocks the light from hitting his eyes. :: CO: You polerized the screen right?
(21:45:44) LCdr_Wolfe left the room (quit: Connection reset by peer).
(21:46:06) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: :: sunglasses :: TAC: Ah, yes, do that.
(21:46:11) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: ::Takes off his spectacles, enjoying the slightly diminished vision::
(21:46:16) Zaxiven left the room (quit: Quit: Leaving.).
(21:46:26) NAV_2Lt_Suzuki: CO: Perihelion. Initiating course correction.
(21:46:40) CMO_Cmdr_Kymar: TAC/CO: It's alright, I'll just hand out prosthetic eyes like candy when we get back to Atlantis.
(21:46:45) CEO_Lt_Quinn: :: Silently adjusts the display's limiter filter a bit as well. ::
(21:46:48) LCdr_Wolfe [] entered the room.
(21:46:50) Zaxiven [] entered the room.
(21:47:00) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: ACTION> Aquarius makes the maneuver to put herself on course for Earth as Sol dominates the screen.
(21:47:07) mode (+vv Zaxiven LCdr_Wolfe) by CO_VAdmBlackthorne
(21:47:09) TAC_2LT_Randen: :: Polerizes the view-screen. ::
(21:47:14) SCI_LtJG_TLira: CMO: Prosthetic eyes cannot be handed out like "candy", they must be implanted. :: totally doesn't get this ::
(21:47:42) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: All: Oh... has it gone darker? ::Puts specs back on.::
(21:48:12) NAV_2Lt_Suzuki: :: watches the course projection make a nice swing around Sol to approach Earth ::
(21:48:25) CAG_Cdr_Harper: @ :: laughs :: If only. So, where to?
(21:48:32) CMO_Cmdr_Kymar: ::rolls his eyes slightly:: SCI: I'll bear that in mind, Lieutenant.
(21:48:45) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: Bridge: Halloween is coming, we could use some candy eyes.
(21:49:30) SCI_LtJG_TLira: :: silently wonders why they need candied eyes. That does seem rather... repulsive to her ::
(21:50:38) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: ::Laughs at T'lira's Vulcanisms. Reminiscences about Solir.::
(21:50:46) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: SCENE> Space ahead passing Mercury/Venus orbits is predictably crawling with Starfleet patrols, but less than beyond Earth on the other side.
(21:51:13) CSO_LCdr_Wright: @ Kate: You coming? :: heads for the ground transportation ::
(21:51:54) CAG_Cdr_Harper: @ :: follows along ::
(21:52:27) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: TAC: Work out a way through their flight patterns, remembering the Z axis, and transmit to the helm.
(21:52:50) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: ENG: Good job on the shields, since we seem to be not very roasted.
(21:53:07) CSO_LCdr_Wright: @ :: they catch a cab and are whisked away toward Lexy's childhood home, Lexy pointing out sights out the window as they go ::
(21:54:07) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: CO: It's quite a relief isn't it
(21:54:10) TAC_2LT_Randen: CO: Aye Sir. :: Taps the commands into his console. ::
(21:54:25) CAG_Cdr_Harper: @ :: looks out at the sights as they're pointed out to her ::
(21:55:01) NAV_2Lt_Suzuki: :: receives the information from Randen, and plots a sneaky course accordingly ::
(21:56:05) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: ACTION> A comm comes through, suddenly.
(21:56:19) SCI_LtJG_TLira: :: wonders what could possibly happen next? ::
(21:56:46) CMO_Cmdr_Kymar: ::tilts his head slightly, hearing the comm beep:: CO: Think we should answer that?
(21:56:58) XO_Capt_TKirr: :: turns her head in surprise at the comm ::
(21:57:21) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: ACTION> Admiral AC Zuriyev, Director of Alpha Quadrant Operations, comes over the comm without us answering it.
(21:57:48) CMO_Cmdr_Kymar: All: Guess that answers that - literally.
(21:57:49) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: Zuriyev> *Aquarius* I see you Ian...
(21:58:01) SCI_LtJG_TLira: :: no, that's not creepy at all ::
(21:58:09) CEO_Lt_Quinn: :: After a moment of surprise, turns back to his station and checks to see if they've been tagged by an active scan. ::
(21:58:38) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: ::Checks the incoming comm, checking whether it is a direct transmission or a wide band comm.::
(21:58:42) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: Zuriyev> *Aquarius* It was a valiant effort, but you may as well go ahead give it up. We have you targeted.
(21:58:53) LCdr_Wolfe: :: lifts his hands off his console in surprise ::
(21:58:54) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: Bridge: Don't respond.
(21:59:10) CSO_LCdr_Wright: @ :: they are dropped off in front of a pleasant-looking house with a wide, neatly kept lawn. As they exit the cab, the front door opens and an average-looking older man steps out onto the stoop, smiles, and spreads his arms wide :: Bill: DADDY! :: runs up the sidewalk and throws herself into his arms ::
(21:59:25) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: CO: They don't see us sir. It's a wide band comm.
(21:59:37) CAG_Cdr_Harper: @ :: can't help but to smile widely at the reunion, stands back and watches :::
(21:59:52) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: ENG: Just like Alexi to try that.
(22:00:22) XO_Capt_TKirr: :: raises eyebrow at Ian ::
(22:00:28) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: CO: It's a bluff Starfleet have used on the Romulans for many years.
(22:00:40) CSO_LCdr_Wright: @ Bill> Lexy: Rosie, mon bijou, I'm so happy to see you too! :: laughs and kisses the top of her head ::
(22:01:01) CAG_Cdr_Harper: @ :: wonders, Rosie? but stands there smiling ::
(22:01:15) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: XO: He's exasperated at not finding us yet.
(22:01:34) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: NAV: Time to Earth?
(22:02:17) CSO_LCdr_Wright: @ :: pulls away and beckons to Kate :: Bill: Daddy, there's someone special I want you to meet.
(22:02:52) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: Zuriyev> *Aquarius* Nyet, Ian? I should have known that would not work on you. But we'll have you soon enough once you dare to approach Earth.
(22:03:20) CEO_Lt_Quinn: CO: Confirmed. We've not been painted by any active scans. And we're sure not showing up on passive.
(22:03:47) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: CEO: Can't blame him for trying.
(22:04:15) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: Self: Perhaps we have something on board that can scramble sensors, like nadeon charges...
(22:04:38) CAG_Cdr_Harper: @ :: approaches :: Bill: Hello!
(22:04:48) NAV_2Lt_Suzuki: CO: We'll be entering Earth's gravity well in 8 minutes on our current somewhat circuitous course.
(22:05:25) CEO_Lt_Quinn: :: Glances over at Ilaihr. :: I wouldn't. That might confuse sensors in our general proximity, but it'll give everyone else a much smaller search grid.
(22:05:33) CSO_LCdr_Wright: @ Bill> :: looks at Kate appraisingly but with a smile, then back at his daughter ::
(22:05:38) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: Bridge: I wonder if he does actually have something planned at Earth. Passive scans.
(22:05:48) LCdr_Wolfe: :: continues scans of the sector, feeding Suzuki readings when he finds Starfleet vessels, and when they are actively scanning in their general direction ::
(22:05:49) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: ::Starts scrolling through the ship's inventory.::
(22:05:57) MED_Ens_DrSlade: :: Readys 4 different hyposprays for the crew who come in for motion sickness because of the serpentine pattern flying::
(22:06:05) SCI_LtJG_TLira: :: kicks up the passive scans, looking for anything and everything ::
(22:06:32) CSO_LCdr_Wright: @ Kate: Kate, this is my daddy, Bill Wright. :: clasps her hand posessively :: Bill: Daddy, this is... my Kate. :: smiles at both of them ::
(22:06:48) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: SCI: We wouldn't have any nadeon charges... or any verteron particles on-board would we?
(22:06:59) CAG_Cdr_Harper: @ :: extends her hand :: Hello, sir, I am Kate Harper. :: offers a charming smile ::
(22:07:06) SCI_LtJG_TLira: :: lifts eyebrow :: ENG: Not that I am currently aware of.
(22:07:47) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: SCI: Ah, probably too much to ask for really...
(22:08:20) CMO_Cmdr_Kymar: ::leans forward on the rail, eyes still glued to the viewscreen:: ENG: I think we'd like up on their scanners once we start launching payloads, might be best just to play this one close to our chests.
(22:08:33) CSO_LCdr_Wright: @ Bill> :: shakes her hand firmly with a warm smile :: Kate: Well well! This is the first time my little girl has ever brought anyone special home. I'm very pleased to meet you, Kate Harper.
(22:08:48) CEO_Lt_Quinn: CO: It depends just how determined he is to catch us, sir. Theoretically, with enough time and resources, and focusing on just one particular planet, it's possible he could have rigged up some sort of gravitic sensor grid that even a dead rock couldn't pass through un-noticed.
(22:08:51) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: ACTION> Earth is buzzing with ship traffic, both Starfleet and civilian, but nothing looks out of the ordinary.
(22:09:41) NAV_2Lt_Suzuki: CO: Are you wanting to enter orbit, sir? Or is there a specific target location in mind?
(22:09:46) CEO_Lt_Quinn: :: Judges that unlikely, but scans for gravitational distortions all the same. ::
(22:10:05) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: CEO: Alexi dislikes losing, intensely, but I don't think he'd go to quite that length. Not to mention it wouldn't prove or disprove this tech.
(22:10:16) XO_Capt_TKirr: CO: Perhaps he merely said what he did because he wishes to stall us.
(22:10:25) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: NAV: Right for Starbase One.
(22:10:38) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: XO: That's my guess. He's out of ideas to find us.
(22:10:49) NAV_2Lt_Suzuki: CO: Aye, setting destination to Starbase One.
(22:11:04) SCI_LtJG_TLira: :: continues monitoring Earth orbit, looking for any patterns or odd details ::
(22:11:33) CAG_Cdr_Harper: @ And I am pleased to meet you, sir, and... to be someone special as well.
(22:12:32) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: TAC: Time until you can hit that bouy? And I mean reliably, because you'll probably only get one try.
(22:12:54) CSO_LCdr_Wright: @ Bill> :: smiles :: Both: Why don't you girls come inside and set your things down? I have fresh lemonade and sugar cookies waiting for us in the living room. :: turns and leads them inside ::
(22:13:20) CEO_Lt_Quinn: :: Frowns, and mutters. :: But how did he know WHEN to send that transmission?
(22:13:31) CAG_Cdr_Harper: @ :: follows along ::
(22:14:17) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: CEO: Timing. They probably calculated when we'd be in the system from when we first boarded the ship.
(22:14:47) TAC_2LT_Randen: CO: About 3 minutes...
(22:15:27) CSO_LCdr_Wright: @ :: drops her stuff inside and has Kate do the same, then leads Kate into the living room and sits down with her on the couch across from Bill, again grabbing Kate's hand and twining her fingers into it ::
(22:15:57) CEO_Lt_Quinn: ENG: You realize how many specifics they'd need to nail in order for that to work? Our course, our means of approach...
(22:16:08) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: CEO: And the communication could be picked up from across the system... factoring in any discrepancies.
(22:16:31) CSO_LCdr_Wright: @ :: all around the room there are framed photographs of the family, including pictures of Lexy at various ages ::
(22:17:19) CEO_Lt_Quinn: :: Starts thinking. He may be over-thinking this, but if they can calculate something like that, it wouldn't hurt to try and disrupt things a little further. ::
(22:17:31) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: :: overhears :: CEO/ENG: The shipping lanes. They must have seen our decoy beacons and looked at the schedules out of Alpha Centauri since it was obvious we didn't come through Wolf 359.
(22:18:17) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: Zuriyev> *Aquarius* Oh, come now, Ian, you know that it's only a matter of time. One little ship versus all of mine? You will not make it!
(22:18:32) CEO_Lt_Quinn: CO: Sir...what if we slowed down a little? Built a few more minutes into our approach? If they've deduced some sort of time table, maybe we could at least randomize it a little more.
(22:19:13) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: CEO: Plausible. NAV: Cut speed to 3/4 impulse.
(22:19:26) NAV_2Lt_Suzuki: CO: Aye, reducing speed.
(22:19:43) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: CO: Or do the opposite and use the Picard manoeuvre to close the distances faster.
(22:20:17) SCI_LtJG_TLira: :: still notices nothing odd, but that could change at any moment if someone detects them ::
(22:20:33) CAG_Cdr_Harper: @ :: looks around the room, taking in the pictures, and then focuses on one of a teenage Lexy :: Oh, is that you in school? You are so cute!
(22:21:01) CSO_LCdr_Wright: @ :: blushes ::
(22:21:24) CAG_Cdr_Harper: @ Lexy: Graduation, yes?
(22:21:53) TAC_2LT_Randen: :: Targets the bouy. :: CO: I have a target lock, Sir.
(22:22:12) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: TAC: Stand by. Let's get a little closer since we only get one shot at this.
(22:22:31) TAC_2LT_Randen: CO: Standing by, Sir.
(22:23:38) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: Zuriyev> *Aquarius* Do not even try a gravity assist from Venus!
(22:23:54) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: Wolfe: With all due respect to the Admiral, will you shut him up?
(22:23:55) CEO_Lt_Quinn: :: Studies the fleet deployment around the target zone. He's no tactician, but maybe they've left some angle of attack a little more open as an enticement? ::
(22:24:03) CSO_LCdr_Wright: @ Bill> Kate: Yes, that's our girl at her high school graduation! Only 15 at the time. :: beams proudly, ignoring Lexy's slightly embarassed expression :: So Kate, Rosie hasn't told me much about you... you're Risan, if my guess is correct?
(22:24:09) SCI_LtJG_TLira: CO: Were we planning on a gravity assist from Venus?
(22:24:29) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: SCI: We were not, but I have an idea.
(22:24:36) LCdr_Wolfe: CO: Aye, sir. :: goes to mute audio and finds that it doesn't seem to work. He tries something else, but still no dice
(22:24:40) LCdr_Wolfe: ::
(22:25:02) NAV_2Lt_Suzuki: :: looks back at the Admiral, anticipating a possible course change ::
(22:25:19) SCI_LtJG_TLira: :: does not even want to know what this idea could possibly be ::
(22:25:23) CAG_Cdr_Harper: @Bill: I am, yes! She is quite cute in that picture at such an age!
(22:25:39) LCdr_Wolfe: :: continues trying different things, finally gives up and crawls under his console and takes off the cover ::
(22:25:40) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: ::Is curious.::
(22:25:46) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: Bridge: He'll be expecting us to approach from space, logically.
(22:26:12) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: CO: You wouldn't be suggesting...
(22:27:24) CSO_LCdr_Wright: @ Bill> Kate: I've always thought so, but she never listens to me because I'm biased. :: To Lexy :: See, mon bijou? You should listen to your old dad. :: chortles ::
(22:27:43) CAG_Cdr_Harper: @ Bill: May I ask, sir.... Why do you call her Rosie?
(22:27:59) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: ENG: I am. Atmospheric entry would light us up, but there is already lots of shuttle traffic to the surface.
(22:28:19) LCdr_Wolfe: :: digs around under the console ::
(22:28:34) CSO_LCdr_Wright: @ Bill> Oh, that! It's an old family nickname. We've all called her Rosie since she was just a baby.
(22:28:46) CSO_LCdr_Wright: @ :: explaining :: Kate: My middle name is Rozenn.
(22:28:48) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: CO: I have all kinds of new appreciation for you Admiral.
(22:28:53) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: Zuriyev> *Aquarius* Not even trying Venus? How disappointing. Mars, perhaps, but then again, that's a bit circuitous even for your style.
(22:29:17) CAG_Cdr_Harper: @ Ah, en francais? Breton, actually, yes?
(22:29:34) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: TAC: Find us a shuttle to follow in on the opposite side of the planet.
(22:30:03) CSO_LCdr_Wright: @ Kate: Oui. My mother was French.
(22:30:10) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: Zuriyev> *Aquarius* Regardless, old friend, please do try soon, I grow tir-
(22:30:14) LCdr_Wolfe: :: finds a good wire and pulls it with an audible snap ::
(22:30:46) LCdr_Wolfe: :: crawls out from under the console :: CO: I think that did it, sir.
(22:30:53) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: Wolfe: Thank you.
(22:30:56) MED_Ens_DrSlade: :: Wonders where the comm voice went::
(22:31:20) CAG_Cdr_Harper: @ :: smiles :: Rozenn. It is a lovely name, fitting. :: notes who in the pictures must be Lexy's mother :: And that makes sense, because she was beautiful...
(22:31:33) SCI_LtJG_TLira: :: is more than a little grateful that the comm was cut. It was becoming rather distracting ::
(22:31:58) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: NAV: Change course for the opposite side of the planet from the Starbase.
(22:32:11) CSO_LCdr_Wright: @ Bill> Kate: She was very beautiful. :: notes Lexy grinning at Kate :: Lexy: Ah, your mother would be so happy to see you with someone that makes you smile like this.
(22:32:25) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: CO: How fast are you planning on going in sir?
(22:32:34) CSO_LCdr_Wright: @ :: wobbly tears spring to her eyes ::
(22:32:47) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: ENG: Think you can handle some more atmospheric warp?
(22:32:52) NAV_2Lt_Suzuki: CO: Aye, changing course.
(22:33:04) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: TAC: Any shuttle traffic we can follow down yet?
(22:33:43) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: CO: She should be able to handle it. ::Pats the ship.::
(22:33:57) TAC_2LT_Randen: CO: I think this one will do... :: Sends the data to the NAV console. ::
(22:34:11) CSO_LCdr_Wright: @ :: swipes them away and smiles ::
(22:34:13) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: NAV: Accelerate and get behind that shuttle.
(22:34:18) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: TAC: Shields up for atmospheric entry.
(22:34:53) CAG_Cdr_Harper: @ :: leans against Lexy ::
(22:35:07) CEO_Lt_Quinn: CO: You know we'll need to make this fast. It's a lot of data to go through...but if it were one of my people watching that board, they'd know something was wrong.
(22:35:08) NAV_2Lt_Suzuki: CO: Immediately, sir. :: hits the metaphorical gas and rides the shuttle's rear end as close as she dares ::
(22:35:32) CEO_Lt_Quinn: :: Coughs:: Um, sir. Sorry.
(22:35:48) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: CEO: Yeah, we're not wasting any time in atmo. Just a matter of getting his ships out of position to respond once they do see us.
(22:36:41) SCI_LtJG_TLira: :: atmospheric warp? That could be potentially dangerous ::
(22:36:42) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: ACTION> Aquarius approaches the night side of Earth and gets behind a shuttle. Atmospheric heating begins and we're mostly shielded from it by the shuttle's wake, causing an only slightly-larger-than-normal entry effect.
(22:37:19) CSO_LCdr_Wright: @ Bill> :: smiles at both of them :: Kate: What else can you tell me about yourself? Forgive me, but I'm curious about the woman my little girl seems to have her heart set on. I can't approve of her seeing just anyone, you know. :: grins ::
(22:38:11) CAG_Cdr_Harper: @ :: returns the grin, seeing that he's playing :: Bill: Well, I started in Science in Starfleet.
(22:38:31) CSO_LCdr_Wright: @ Bill> Kate: Ah! A fellow scientist! I knew I liked you.
(22:38:46) CAG_Cdr_Harper: @ Bill: I am but a mediocre scientist.
(22:39:01) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: NAV: Are we clear? :: notes the heat dying down ::
(22:39:18) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: TAC: Angle shields for atmospheric warp.
(22:39:23) NAV_2Lt_Suzuki: CO: Aye, sir. Your orders?
(22:39:59) NAV_2Lt_Suzuki: CO: We're ready to 'punch it', if you will, at your command.
(22:40:04) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: NAV: Warp one around the planet. Make damn sure your course is clear of traffic.
(22:40:08) TAC_2LT_Randen: CO: Aye Sir. :: Alters the shields accordingly. ::
(22:40:14) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: Bridge: This will be bumpy by the way. Atmospheres aren't meant to be warped in.
(22:40:45) TAC_2LT_Randen: CO: Shields are up, Sir!
(22:41:19) NAV_2Lt_Suzuki: :: plots her course with extreme care, making triple sure the course is clear :: CO: Ready to engage at warp one as long as no one decides to wander into our path.
(22:41:29) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: NAV: Punch it.
(22:41:36) NAV_2Lt_Suzuki: :: punches it ::
(22:41:41) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: ::Holds on.::
(22:41:42) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: ACTION> Aquarius tears through Earth's sky flying halfway around the world in seconds.
(22:41:46) SCI_LtJG_TLira: :: does not even remotely like this ::
(22:41:47) CEO_Lt_Quinn: :: Grimaces as he listens in to the local comm traffic. :: Their hackles are also up.
(22:42:06) TAC_2LT_Randen: :: Hangs on to his console tightly. ::
(22:42:14) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: ACTION> It's bumpy, but manageable.
(22:42:21) MED_Ens_DrSlade: :: Falls out of chair and hits the floor< wondering what just happened::
(22:42:29) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: NAV: Climb to orbit... now.
(22:42:50) CSO_LCdr_Wright: @ Bill> I've never met any scientist of any skill level that didn't end up having a love for it in their blood. That's all that matters, really.
(22:42:55) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: TAC> Stand by, dummy torpedos!
(22:43:04) NAV_2Lt_Suzuki: :: wrenches the ship into orbit ::
(22:43:16) CAG_Cdr_Harper: @ Bill: You are right about that! I did enjoy it, but more as a hobby and less for a job.
(22:43:23) TAC_2LT_Randen: :: Orders dummy torps loaded. ::
(22:43:32) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: ACTION> People are pushed back in their chairs as we climb to orbit.
(22:43:40) CSO_LCdr_Wright: @ Bill> Kate: So, what is your chosen profession then?
(22:43:56) TAC_2LT_Randen: CO: Dummy Torps loaded, Sir. Standing by.
(22:44:00) SCI_LtJG_TLira: :: clearly, internal dampeners are not a priority here ::
(22:44:09) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: ::Laughs in a gentle yet maniacal manner.::
(22:44:14) CAG_Cdr_Harper: @ Bill: I am a fighter pilot and helm officer, the Commander, Air Group aboard Atlantis.
(22:44:44) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: ACTION> Aquarius rises from Earth's atmosphere within easy range of Starbase One, but two ships are moving to intercept.
(22:44:58) LCdr_Wolfe: :: feels his seat seamlessly transition to have properties more like an acceleration couch than normal :: Self: Well, that's impressive. :: keeps scanning for ANYTHING that could cause this maneuver to fail. ::
(22:45:31) CSO_LCdr_Wright: @ Bill> :: whistles :: A fighter pilot and Air Group Commander? Lexy: I think you picked a firecracker, Rosie.
(22:45:51) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: TAC: Fire!
(22:45:56) CSO_LCdr_Wright: @ :: grins broadly at her father ::
(22:46:14) SCI_LtJG_TLira: :: her quiet finger tapping resumes ::
(22:46:15) MED_Ens_DrSlade: :: Stands up and returns to his seat::
(22:46:22) TAC_2LT_Randen: CO: Yes Sir! :: Grins as he fires the dummy-torps. ::
(22:47:08) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: ACTION> The USS Sovereign herself comes about, along with the Concorde, and targets us.
(22:47:10) CSO_LCdr_Wright: @ :: oblivious to the drama her crewmates are going through a scant few kilometers above her ::
(22:47:37) TAC_2LT_Randen: CO: We are being targeted, Sir...
(22:47:54) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: ACTION> And we're being hailed from the Sovereign.
(22:48:19) SCI_LtJG_TLira: :: unless they pull a miracle, this could be over soon ::
(22:49:17) LCdr_Wolfe: CO: Incoming communication from the Sovereign.
(22:49:28) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: Wolfe: On screen.
(22:49:36) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: :: stands, tunic tugs ::
(22:49:49) LCdr_Wolfe: CO: Aye, sir. :: opens communication ::
(22:50:11) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: Zuriyev> :: appears on screen :: Good try, old friend! You almost-
(22:50:51) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: *Zuriyev* Check the bouy, Admiral. While you have targeted and destroyed us, we managed to get two shots away before our destruction. If they hit, we still win.
(22:51:22) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: Zuriyev> :: looks over at the Tac officer on the Sovereign's bridge ::
(22:51:45) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: ACTION> The bouy explodes when the dummy torp hits it! The other dummy torp gets caught in the explosion.
(22:52:10) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: :: looks at his Tac officer as well ::
(22:52:31) SCI_LtJG_TLira: :: ah. there is the miracle ::
(22:52:42) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: ::Laughs that gentle maniacal laugh some more.::
(22:52:55) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: Zuriyev> Matyeryebyets, you did it!
(22:53:03) TAC_2LT_Randen: :: Nods to his CO. :: CO: Target destroyed.
(22:53:16) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: TAC: :: whispers :: Nice shooting, Tex.
(22:53:49) TAC_2LT_Randen: :: Makes his hand into a gun shape and blows on his webbed fingers. ::
(22:53:59) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: Zuriyev> Well done, all of you!
(22:54:44) LCdr_Wolfe: :: stands down as he sees the ship coming to a more normal speed to travel around a planet and relaxes a bit. ::
(22:54:49) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: *Zuriyev* Thank you, Admiral. It was a pleasure.
(22:54:50) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: Zuriyev> Bring the Aquarius into port and we will see what we can do to reward you all.
(22:55:08) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: *Zuriyev* Aye, sir. Aquarius out.
(22:55:13) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: NAV: Take us into the Starbase.
(22:55:15) SCI_LtJG_TLira: :: well, not the mission is over. And that means an awkward conversation is to come... ::
(22:55:41) NAV_2Lt_Suzuki: CO: Aye, sir. :: takes us in to the Starbase ::
(22:55:44) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: PAUSE SIM
(22:55:45) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: PAUSE SIM
(22:55:45) CO_VAdmBlackthorne: PAUSE SIM
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