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(21:17:22) CO_Capt_Harper: BEGIN SIM
(21:17:24) CO_Capt_Harper: BEGIN SIM
(21:17:26) CO_Capt_Harper: BEGIN SIM
(21:18:27) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: reclining with Kate on a fluffy blanket laid on a grassy meadow next to an alpine lake, the afternoon sun somewhat filtered by the stands of strange alien trees, their polyhedral foliage blowing in the wind, a large picnic basket and its contents spread out before them, the samples from this region already taken and stored safely in the shuttle that sits on the grass nearby ::
(21:19:27) CO_Capt_Harper: :: takes deep breaths, savoring the pristine air and the smells of this wonderful area ::
(21:19:53) XO_Cdr_Vallero: :: finds himself high up in the hills, still hiking away ::
(21:20:46) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: picks an odd bulbous flower and sniffs it before offering it to Kate, laughing :: CO: It smells like popcorn!
(21:20:53) CEO_LtQuinn: :: On that lake itself, lying on a great floating chez lounge chair, a fruity mixed drink with an umbrella at his side and a PADD in hand. ::
(21:21:35) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: digging in her bag for the tricorder that got buried at the bottom. So long as she's down here, she might as well run a few scans. ::
(21:22:21) CO_Capt_Harper: :: sniffs of the flower, then sneezes ::
(21:22:28) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: pulls back the curtain so Kuari can step into his yurt. Inside is a full-sized bed, a portable fireplace with a chimney poking out through the canvas overhead, a small sink fed by a reservoir hanging in a tree outside and even a wood floor. The light from outside is diffused by the tan canvas, creating a very softly-lit environment. ::
(21:22:51) CO_Capt_Harper: CSO: It does!
(21:23:58) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: somewhat surprised that Quinn happened to pick the same spot she did, but is fairly certain that the samples won't be contaminated... and it is a nice spot, so she can't blame him. ::
(21:24:01) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: takes in the contents of the yurt :: CTO: And here I thought I wouldn't be finding any trace of civilization out here.
(21:24:44) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: idly munching on a standard Marine ration from his pack, feeling no illogical need to make smalltalk ::
(21:25:16) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: finds the tricorder and heads out of the tent and a few meters away to begin a preliminary scan ::
(21:25:54) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: looks up to see what his unofficial charge is doing ::
(21:26:36) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: selects hunks of bread and cheese and nibbles on them happily :: CO: The next location will require some additional gear.
(21:27:51) CO_Capt_Harper: :: sipping at an iced tea :: CSO: Oh? What sort of gear?
(21:28:41) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: ::Is set up by the shore, mere steps from the high tide line. Sat in a collapsible seat, next to a small fire, and his simply built hide/hut. He smoked his pipe, for hours watching the stars and the moons, and eventually the sun again, as it slowly rose.::
(21:28:47) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: mumbles an answer evasively, which is easy to do around a mouthful of bread ::
(21:29:40) CEO_LtQuinn: :: Tapping away at the PADD, going through the readily available portion of Voyager's mission reports. :: I know it was here somewhere. Little snotty people, big on math...
(21:30:21) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: wanders a bit further away, scanning some more ::
(21:30:42) CO_Capt_Harper: :: picks up a bunch of grapes and plucks a few and eats them :: CSO: I did not quite catch that...
(21:32:11) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: gets up and checks to be sure he has his gear, then follows along behind T'Lira ::
(21:32:49) CEO_LtQuinn: :: Grins triumphantly. :: The Qomar! Oh yeah, they so need some Klingons to liven up the joint.
(21:33:04) CEO_LtQuinn: :: Picks up a second PADD and begins making some notes. ::
(21:33:40) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: catches sight of a cave and debates with herself whether to go into it or not, but then decides to go anyway, because what is the harm of a cave that looks to have some very interesting scientific finds within, like that fossil just outside ::
(21:33:58) XO_Cdr_Vallero: :: hiking along, having finally picked up a stick somewhere to balance himself with, and stops short when an animal ahead of him along the face of a hill catches his attention ::
(21:34:08) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: shrugs :: SEC: This is what I find relaxing. This and a book. Oh, and shooting targets with a .44 Magnum revolver from the twentieth century. :: gestures back outside where a paper target stands 100 meters away. ::
(21:34:16) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: is saved by the bell when her tricorder chirps, slowly picks it up :: CO: Proximity alert. :: scans the area and looks toward the shadowy treeline a few yards away, and spots movement :: CO: There. :: gestures with her chin ::
(21:34:52) CO_Capt_Harper: :: puts down her tea and grapes and looks at the indicated area ::
(21:35:20) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: closes the distance between he and T'Lira :: SCI: Lieutenant.
(21:36:34) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: lifts an eyebrow and turns :: SEC: Greetings, Lieutenant.
(21:37:25) SEC_1LT_Syvek: SCI: Are you certain that the doctor would approve of entry into a cave?
(21:38:00) SCI_Lt_TLira: SEC: It is not my intention to go very far within the cave. I simply wish to examine it for future reference. I do not believe he would mind.
(21:38:25) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: peeks outside at the target, then continues out of the yurt, not interested in being confined :: CTO: It's good to relax. There are so many smells on this planet, and I find it refreshing to occupy my mind with the natural world after being aboard ship so much. :: flops down on the grass ::
(21:38:36) SEC_1LT_Syvek: SCI: As you wish, Lieutenant. Please understand that I am certain he would insist I accompany you.
(21:39:20) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: turns her attention back to the tricorder :: SEC: Very well. :: continues walking towards the cave ::
(21:39:31) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: a smallish furry creature - labrador-sized at best - emerges from the shadows trailed by two smaller versions of itself, snuffling the air in the direction of the picnic :: CO: ...So cute!
(21:40:12) XO_Cdr_Vallero: :: stops and studies the animal, deciding it is some sort of alien mountain goat with frizzy purple fur staring back at him ::
(21:40:28) CO_Capt_Harper: :: whispers :: CSO: They really are! I hope we are not threatening.
(21:41:02) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: pulls a light, and rests his hand on his phaser ::
(21:42:15) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: ::Smoking his pipe, staring into the fire; he ponders what the crew is doing, what adventures they seek.::
(21:42:30) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: peers into the darkness of the cave and lifts the tricorder a bit higher to continue scanning as she stops by the fossil in front of the cave ::
(21:42:40) CO_Capt_Harper: :: watches the creatures in silence while remaining still ::
(21:43:09) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: the smaller ones frolic and play intermittently, swatting each other with their prodigious tails while the larger one edges closer and closer to the picnic, wary of the aliens but intrigued by the food smell :: CO: They don't look especially dangerous, but we may have to cut this picnic short... it would be unwise to give them access to alien food.
(21:44:15) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: pauses by T'Lira at the cave entrance, and flashes his light inside while she inspects the fossil ::
(21:44:55) CO_Capt_Harper: :: still whispering :: CSO: Yes, of course.
(21:44:58) CEO_LtQuinn: :: Takes a deep breath of the clear air and stretches out a little. He must say, while he enjoyed his work too much to feel especially burned out from his long stint without leave, it's nice to have a little time to devote to a long neglected hobby. ::
(21:45:08) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: steps into the yurt and back out with a small briefcase-type box. He sits down next to Kuari and lays the box down in front of him, opening it up to reveal the weapon. :: SEC: Have you ever fired one of these? :: The .44 Magnum has a polished silver barrel and mahogany handle. Wolfe holds it out to Kuari, using proper firearm technique for handing a weapon to another person ::
(21:45:40) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: moving slowly, starts to pack away the picnic - some of it into the basket, some into her mouth. the creature pauses at the movement and looks at its young, but does not flee ::
(21:46:19) CO_Capt_Harper: :: slowly starts putting things away, and sneezes again as she catches a whiff of the flower ::
(21:46:39) CO_Capt_Harper: :: a grape bounces off her bunch, unnoticed ::
(21:46:56) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: observes the fossil and makes note of various details about it and how it appears to be embedded in the dirt before turning her gaze to the interior of the cave, noting another fossil not too far within. Walking towards the new fossil, she makes sure to watch her footing ::
(21:47:21) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: ::Senses that same presence from his walk the night before. Its closer now; perhaps the water is tempting it, maybe it is indeed a predator, with blue blood on the menu. Perhaps merely a native inhabitant investigating what will surely be the first of many strange visitors.::
(21:47:30) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: starts to capture some video just before Kate sneezes, and at the sudden sound the creatures startle away back to the safety of the trees ::
(21:47:33) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: follows along, keeping a wary eye, and flashing his light around helpfully ::
(21:47:42) CO_Capt_Harper: CSO: I think I scared it.
(21:48:06) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: gives her a look over the now-useless imager :: CO: You think?
(21:48:31) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: lies on her side, arching her neck to look at the weapon. At first she's not curious, but then she finds herself getting up to sniff it more closely :: CTO: Is that...actually hand-made?
(21:48:38) CO_Capt_Harper: CSO: Sorry. The flower, I could not help it!
(21:49:51) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: stops by the fossil to scan it, again noting various details and how it is embedded in the dirt ::
(21:49:56) XO_Cdr_Vallero: :: just waits and stares at the goat, but the goat just stares back. Thinking he'll probably lose to this game and since the goat is blocking his path, Vallero turns around and walks back the way he came ::
(21:50:44) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: stands by unobtrusively ::
(21:50:52) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: SEC: Original. Built in 1962 on Earth. :: unlatches the cylinder, shows it empty, puts it back in place, takes aim at the target, and puts it back toward Kuari :: SEC: An absolutely beautiful machine.
(21:51:11) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: laughs :: CO: It's okay, we should get going anyway. :: packs up everything meticulously, including the dropped grape, and boards the shuttlecraft ::
(21:51:11) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: Self: What ever it is will have to get closer to get a better look at me. ::Talks to himself, possibly to spirits in the fire.::
(21:52:23) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: goes a few more paces into the cave, scanning a stalactite formation ::
(21:52:30) CO_Capt_Harper: :: grins and boards the shuttle with an armful of stuff ::
(21:53:13) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: stares at the gun in front of her nose, her eyes cross-eyed :: CTO: An actual projectile weapon using explosive powder. :: pulls her ears back reflexively :: I don't like loud weapons.
(21:53:49) CO_Capt_Harper: :: takes the pilot's seat and powers up, running through the checklist :: CSO: Where to next?
(21:54:04) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: pulls the gun back to himself considering it :: SEC: Do you have earplugs?
(21:54:25) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: checking the weather to find the perfect location :: CO: These coordinates.
(21:54:35) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: sits and thinks :: CTO: Uh...no. Sir.
(21:55:20) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: notes a stalagmite formation not too much further into the cave, only a few meters, and goes to scan that. The rock formation are quite interesting ::
(21:55:49) CO_Capt_Harper: :: notes the coordinates are near the south pole :: So that is why we needed extra gear, yes? :: lifts off and banks over the lake, and once they are pointed south, floors it ::
(21:56:25) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: follows along, adjusting the beam of his light to be wider to provide more ambient light ::
(21:57:02) CSO_LCdr_Wright: CO: Yep! Cold weather gear. I'll replicate you a set. I'll bet you look great even in a parka. But I promise I'll keep this brief, I have a treat for us after.
(21:57:18) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: his light falls on another, larger, fossil formation, which he pauses on :: SCI: Lieutenant.
(21:57:49) CEO_LtQuinn: :: Excitedly narrates to himself as he begins composing the rough outline of the short story to come. :: Kargan and Rodak, sons of Kodos, still riding the elation of their long awaited reunion and their combined victory over the Kazon Ogla, are nevertheless grown weary from their long journey and in need of supplies.
(21:57:53) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: SEC: Hmm. On your homeworld, how would you deal with loud noises if you expect them?
(21:57:55) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: turns and notes where his light is directed :: SEC: Ah. My thanks. :: walks over and begins to scan it, making the usual notes ::
(21:57:56) CO_Capt_Harper: CSO: As long as it is a flattering color! :: grins ::
(21:58:06) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: ::Looks around, towards the plains and along the forest border, checking for signs of life. He couldn't tell the exact number of creatures, but there were alot out there; including his farseeing companion.::
(21:58:41) CEO_LtQuinn: By chance, they detect distant communications, and tracing them back leads them to the Qomar homeworld! And...wait, crap. The Qomar are xenophobes. They don't take visitors.
(21:58:44) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: may not be a scientist, but is still a Vulcan, after all, and watches the work ::
(21:59:51) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: looks confused :: CTO: I have never heard of a Rucara putting anything in their ears for loud noises. We just...avoid them, I suppose?
(22:00:24) CEO_LtQuinn: :: Chews his lower lip in thought for a moment, before breaking out into a wide grin. :: The sons of Kodos come in anyway! And why not? They have a hold full of high grade dilithium! They can pay for everything! Those who would snub them out of hand are the churlish ones!
(22:00:42) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: stares at Kuari a moment before, without saying anything, standing up and walking toward the yurt ::
(22:01:09) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: blinks as Wolfe walks away and flops back over ::
(22:01:15) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: finishes her scan of the fossil and wanders a bit further into the cave, finding another fossil that seems to be partially embedded in a rock formation ::
(22:02:23) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: follows along, observing ::
(22:02:34) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: finishes replicating the gear as Kate sets the shuttle down, and quickly dresses to head outside ::
(22:02:59) CO_Capt_Harper: :: powers down the engines and begins putting on all the bulky gear ::
(22:03:12) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: goes into the yurt, comes out with his communicator and stands where he had been sitting, looking down at Kuari. :: *Sickbay* Wolfe to Sickbay.
(22:03:18) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: the complete night of winter near the pole is crystal-clear, still, and extremely cold, snowpack extending for miles in every direction, the layer of white tinged with color by the spectacularly dramatic curtains of aurora floating in the sky above, with truly vast numbers of stars shining beyond, more than enough light to work by as Lexy pulls out the equipment necessary for ice core samples ::
(22:03:20) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: Tav> *Wolfe* This is Sickbay, go ahead.
(22:03:23) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: ::The unknown creatures goes beyond his senses' range further into long grass, but he hears a faint and distant call from the forest, bigger fish out there it seems.::
(22:03:36) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: *Tav* Doctor, do you have scans of Kuari's head?
(22:03:47) CO_Capt_Harper: :: looks about as she emerges from the shuttle :: CSO: This is breathtakingly gorgeous!
(22:03:51) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: Tav> *Wolfe* Sure. We have full scans of everyone on board Atlantis. Why do you need scans of Kuari's head?
(22:04:15) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: *Tav* I need earplugs for Kuari. Do you think you can make that happen?
(22:04:19) CO_Capt_Harper: :: hands jammed firmly in her pockets, not really suited for this sort of weather coming from a tropical climate ::
(22:04:25) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: continues walking and scanning ::
(22:04:38) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: Tav> :: confused look before realizing Wolfe can't actually see him ::
(22:05:01) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: grins brilliantly, feels saliva beginning to freeze on her lips, stops :: CO: I hoped you would like it!
(22:05:17) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: Tav> *Wolfe* Major, we can do that. But... But why?
(22:05:42) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: starts in on the ice cores :: CO: This will just take a minute. Do you think you can manage the imager with those gloves on?
(22:05:44) CO_Capt_Harper: CSO: Yes, it is not a problem.
(22:05:45) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: *Tav* Because we're about to do something kind of... loud. And on that thought, I could use some for me as well.
(22:05:57) CO_Capt_Harper: :: watches her breath freeze with some fascination :: CSO: It is not really my preference, given where I come from, but I can appreciate it. And the rarity makes it all the more interesting.
(22:06:00) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: Tav? *Wolfe* Uh, you can get those from the Quartermaster.
(22:06:48) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: Tav> :: gets to work pulling up the plans and putting the design into the replicator ::
(22:07:35) CO_Capt_Harper: ACTION> A strong quake hits the area in which T'Lira and Syvek are spelunking.
(22:08:10) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: staggers, restraining a particularly nasty Bajoran curse as she tries to keep her footing, which is especially difficult ::
(22:08:12) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: instantly alert as the ground starts to shake :: SCI: Move! ::points to the exit ::
(22:08:18) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: sniffs the air and gets up, following her nose to a tree ::
(22:08:48) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: ::He thought to himself. Slightly lower than Earth gravity, could potentially make for larger animals in general, but the lower oxygen level could hamper maximum size a bit.::
(22:09:31) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: heads for the exit, wondering what could have triggered this quake or if it's just natural tension release. She starts to regret having wandered that far into the cave, the exit is farther away than would be preferred. ::
(22:09:48) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: the ground below him gives way into a cavern below, and he slides down the new cliff and jams a leg against a rock, unable to avoid crying out from a flash of pain ::
(22:10:01) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: sliding the first ice core into a specially-prepared cryo-tube, starts on the second ::
(22:10:10) CEO_LtQuinn: Ooooh, oh, oh, that's good. The Qomar dismiss the sons of Kodos with their characteristic arrogance. They may be a lifetime removed from the Empire, but they remain Klingon, and their honor shall not be trammeled upon! Though the enemy is highly advanced and their prospects uncertain, the flotilla prepares for battle!
(22:10:45) CO_Capt_Harper: :: wanders a little around the area, taking pictures while Lexy sciences, boots crunching on the undisturbed snow, marveling at how stark and serene everything is ::
(22:10:46) CEO_LtQuinn: A spirited war song begins at the aft bridge damage control console, and soon picks up energy, like a tsunami nearing shore!
(22:10:52) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: Tav> :: pulls large foam earplugs out from the replicator and walks them to Transporter Room 5 to send them to Wolfe's location. He muses to himself how strange a fellow Wolfe is as he hands the giant earplugs to the transporter tech and tells her where they need to go ::
(22:11:09) CEO_LtQuinn: :: Pauses :: Oh, hell yeah. Totally need to use that. Tsunami. Shore. Bitchin'.
(22:11:18) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: ignores that her eyelashes are freezing to her face ::
(22:11:29) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: sees Syvek slide down and realizes that she isn't exactly on stable ground, either. She tries to stop her forward momentum so she doesn't slide, too ::
(22:12:20) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: Tav> *Wolfe* Sickbay to Wolfe.
(22:12:27) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: *Tav* Go ahead.
(22:12:35) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: manages to stop in time, but the ground is still clearly unstable ::
(22:13:22) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: takes stock of his situation, knows his leg is broken, and looks up the cliff face :: T'LIRA! Get out of here!
(22:13:22) XO_Cdr_Vallero: :: finds a fork in the path and takes the way not yet traveled, hoping it will take him around the blockage. It's not that he has anywhere he needs to be so he doesn't stress about it, but he is curious ::
(22:13:28) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: Tav> *Wolfe* Be advised, I've dropped the earplugs off at the Transporter room and you should have them shortly.
(22:14:17) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: turns toward the yurt to see two very large earplugs sitting on the deck in front of the yurt :: *Tav* Thank you, Doctor. Wolfe out.
(22:14:23) SCI_Lt_TLira: SEC: You are injured. It would be illogical to leave you in a position where falling rocks could harm you further.
(22:14:29) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: notes that some local creature has relieved itself on this tree near Wolfe's yurt, but they are guests here and decides not to do anything about it and sniffs around elsewhere ::
(22:14:48) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: Tav> :: turns away from whatever he was facing at the abruptness of Wolfe's thanks ::
(22:15:32) SEC_1LT_Syvek: SCI: And another quake could collapse this cave completely, killing us both. Logic dictates that you must go.
(22:15:50) CSO_LCdr_Wright: CO: Okay, all finished! Ready? :: has three full cryo-tubes and her equipment all packed up ::
(22:16:11) CO_Capt_Harper: CSO: I would like a picture of us here too.
(22:16:14) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: walks back to the yurt again and picks up two sets of earplugs - the large ones for Kuari and another set that he called the Quartermaster to send down as well... along with a small box. He brings all three items over to where Kuari is :: SEC: Here. :: hands Kuari the earplugs ::
(22:16:50) CSO_LCdr_Wright: CO: Okay! :: sets her gear down next to the shuttle and tromps over in the snow, adjusting her parka ::
(22:17:12) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: narrows her eyes for a moment before looking around for something that might act as a rope :: SEC: Quite frankly, I find the possibility of abandoning someone to die to be far less logical.
(22:17:35) CO_Capt_Harper: :: sets up the imager and sets her hair out in a flashing contrast to the parka's white hood lining, and poses next to Lexy, beaming ::
(22:17:58) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: wanders back over at Wolfe's call and takes the earplugs, assuming she's supposed to stuff them in her ears :: CTO: Why not just use a quiet gun? I've never put anything in my ears before.
(22:18:29) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: quickly does the same with her hair and grabs Kate's mittened hand, also beaming ::
(22:19:02) CO_Capt_Harper: :: the imager captures them, and she leans in for a snuggle :: CSO: This place is divine, but now I am ready to go. Cold does not suit me!
(22:19:48) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: ::His companion has returned. Is slightly closer than he was before even the last time. It's movements seem spooked, yet determined.::
(22:19:51) SEC_1LT_Syvek: SCI: It would seem that I am in not in a position to argue.
(22:19:54) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: laughs :: CO: I picked the next place just for you. Let's go. :: boards the shuttle with her gear and sends the coordinates to the helm, and they're off ::
(22:20:21) CO_Capt_Harper: :: keeps her parka on while she warms up and flies ::
(22:20:39) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: nods and searches for something resembling a rope, because climbing down there would not end well ::
(22:21:13) SEC_1LT_Syvek: SCI: If you lean over and reach down as far as you can, perhaps you can help me off the leg. Then I can climb the face on three limbs.
(22:21:38) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: a little while later, they've exchanged cold weather gear for warm weather gear, and the shuttle settles down on a stunning beach with cobalt-blue sand, the late morning sun glistening on the waves crashing ashore at high tide, the tropical jungle just yards away, gargantuan plant life exploding with color and the cacophony of small creatures heard but unseen in the canopy ::
(22:21:58) SCI_Lt_TLira: SEC: Very well. :: calculates exactly how this is gonna happen, considering that she can't exactly lie on her front and do this. Laying on her side it is. ::
(22:22:51) CO_Capt_Harper: CSO: This... this is more me!
(22:23:25) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: heaves to on the rock that's jammed against his leg and rolls it away, freeing him ::
(22:24:08) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: lies on her side and reaches down as far as she can, trying to reach him ::
(22:24:33) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: reaches up as far as he can, and with as much of a lunge as he can, manages to clasp her forearm ::
(22:24:40) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: SEC: This is a different experience. There's a lot of power. It's not just light. So, to put the earplugs in, you want to roll them like this, and insert like so. :: pockets the small black box and demonstrates with his own earplugs ::
(22:25:07) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: the air is warm, the breeze is light and fragrant, there's a little arthopod scuttling across the sand - Lexy offers Kate a sample case or an imager or both :: CO: Hope you don't mind a little work while were here?
(22:25:09) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: quickly returns the grip, rallying her strength to pull him upwards ::
(22:25:32) CO_Capt_Harper: CSO: Of course not! :: takes the case and camera ::
(22:25:56) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: rolls one of the Rucara-sized earplug, inserts it, and makes faces for a few moments ::
(22:26:28) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: strains and claws against the wall, managing to find purchase as she helps give him some upward momentum ::
(22:26:40) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: notes Kuari's face :: SEC: They are a little bit to get used to at first. Are they uncomfortable like they're too large?
(22:27:24) SEC_Lt_Kuari: CTO: I wouldn't know. It doesn't hurt, it's just strange. :: inserts other earplug ::
(22:27:51) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: tries to help Syvek get a bit further up the new cliff ::
(22:28:30) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: is finally able to get his good leg under him, and pushes up, digging his fingers into a fresh handhold ::
(22:29:00) CSO_LCdr_Wright: CO: Beach first, or jungle hike first? :: grabs some samples of wet sand while she's standing here ::
(22:29:18) CO_Capt_Harper: CSO: Relax on the beach after the jungle?
(22:30:03) CSO_LCdr_Wright: CO: Naturally. :: double entendre intended ::
(22:30:43) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: straining and finds purchase with his good foot ::
(22:30:48) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: SEC: Knowing medical, depending on who made them, they're probably pretty exact for what you need. :: picks up the case, puts his hand on Kuari's shoulder and begins walking a bit closer to the target so he's only 50 meters away. There, he opens the case, pulls the gun back out. :: SEC: Now obviously, this does not have a "stun" setting. If you point it at something, plan on destroying that thing. Keep your fingers out of the
(22:31:02) XO_Cdr_Vallero: :: is walking along his new path when he hears a noise behind him. He stops and looks back to find...the purple alien frizzy goat has followed him ::
(22:31:22) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: struggles to hoist Syvek further up the cliff, as this cave still doesn't seem like the most stable of places to be ::
(22:31:45) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: SEC: the trigger guard until you're ready to fire.
(22:32:10) SEC_Lt_Kuari: CTO: :: yells :: WHAT?
(22:32:13) SEC_1LT_Syvek: SCI: There is no place for my left hand. I must continue to use you if you can hold out. Back away from the cliff as you can.
(22:32:49) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: sighs with slight exasperation and repeats himself a good bit louder ::
(22:33:15) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: thinks something along the lines of "easier said than done", with maybe a bit more profanity, but complies, carefully leveraging herself onto her knees to help him climb up the cliff ::
(22:33:37) CO_Capt_Harper: CSO: Sounds perfect, then. Lead on!
(22:34:01) SEC_Lt_Kuari: CTO: OKAY.
(22:34:01) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: lunges up again with his good leg, using her arm as a hold, and finds another grip for his right hand ::
(22:34:29) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: adjusts her hiking boots and then blazes a trail into the jungle, heading for something interesting she picked up in a tricorder scan :: CO: Onward! :: occasionally stopping to collect samples ::
(22:34:46) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: pulls the gun to himself, keeping it pointed downrange, opens the case, pulls out six bullets and inserts them into the chamber before closing it, doing it all slowly so that Kuari can observe. Keeping the gun pointed downrange he looks over at Kuari. :: SEC: GOT ALL THAT?
(22:35:05) XO_Cdr_Vallero: :: grins to himself, watching the goat for a moment before turning and leading the way ::
(22:35:30) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: winces slightly and risks grabbing his arm with both hands so she doesn't dislocate her shoulder ::
(22:35:42) CO_Capt_Harper: :: takes some beetle-looking things and puts them in sample cases designed to lightly kill them ::
(22:36:16) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: uses the additional stability from the double grip she provided to lunge again, making another handhold ::
(22:36:39) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: nods back to Wolfe, hoping she doesn't fumble too much with the small bullets when she gives it a try ::
(22:37:31) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: then finally spies a grip for his left hand, breaks free from hers, and takes it, followed by a few quick lunges to new hand and footholds ::
(22:37:39) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: Self: I wonder how many days we get to stay here? This does seem rather nice. Perhaps I should go back to Alpha camp, see how the youthful fair. I really do wonder what that creature is, don't you? ::Relaxes into his chair.:: Perhaps a nap in the hide.... ::Yawns.::
(22:37:46) CSO_LCdr_Wright: CO: The tricorder is showing some caves just over here. Wanna go take a look?
(22:37:59) CO_Capt_Harper: CSO: Sure! That could provide some excellent science.
(22:38:15) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: carefully watches his progress :: SEC: Not much further now...
(22:38:46) CSO_LCdr_Wright: CO: Caves always yield awesome science. Plus I haven't really gotten many fungus or mineral samples yet!
(22:39:39) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: finally scrambles over the cliff's edge, a bit out of breath, he drags himself away a bit :: SCI: I climb for exercise in the holodeck. But usually have four limbs. That was... inefficient.
(22:39:50) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: steps two paces closer to the target so that Kuari is well behind him, takes aim and fires, feeling as the concussion waves over and through him. He continues through the other five rounds. Finally, with a dry fire he turns and places the gun between himself and Kuari so she can see as he opens the cylinder and drops the casings into a leather bag to recycle them later. :: SEC: Your turn!
(22:40:12) CO_Capt_Harper: CSO: Sounds like a plan then.
(22:40:31) SCI_Lt_TLira: SEC: Considering that you made do with three limbs, I would not say it was entirely inefficient. :: manages to get into a sitting position for the moment ::
(22:40:50) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: it's slow going through the jungle, and even slower while doing science along the way, but after about 20 minutes of walking they reach the area indicated by the tricorder and, after clearing away some vegetation, find a nice opening in a rock wall and slip inside ::
(22:41:11) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: is built like a brick shithouse :: SCI: Less than ideal, in any case. :: feels a tremor :: We must go.
(22:41:28) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: flinches as Wolfe fires the magnum, having known it would be loud but still seemingly wasn't prepared for it :: She doesn't really have interest in wielding such a loud violent instrument, but when he turns and smiles at her, she takes the gun ::
(22:42:07) SCI_Lt_TLira: SEC: I will require assistance to stand, and then we will most certainly depart.
(22:42:34) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: pushes himself up onto one leg, then offers a hand ::
(22:43:01) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: ::Feels the earth tremble beneath his feet, as the lapping water suddenly goes flat.::
(22:43:20) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: accepts his hand and thankfully stands. :: SEC: Will you require assistance walking?
(22:43:45) SEC_1LT_Syvek: SCI: I will. My leg is, unfortunately, useless.
(22:44:22) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: ::Taps his commbadge.:: *Atlantis*: Ilaihr to Atlantis... Do you read me?
(22:44:22) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: carefully and slowly drops the bullets into the revolver one by one ::
(22:44:51) CO_Capt_Harper: :: takes several pictures of the plants as they go, both wide and zoomed ::
(22:45:07) SCI_Lt_TLira: SEC: Put your arm around my shoulders.
(22:45:11) CO_Capt_Harper: :: then enters the cave and takes out a light ::
(22:45:12) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: once the tricorder scan shows no immediate hazards, turns on her light and proceeds to shimmy into the crack ::
(22:45:31) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: does so ::
(22:46:04) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: starts to move slowly forwards, making sure that nobody is in danger of tripping, because that'd make it much harder to get out ::
(22:46:59) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: leans on T'Lira as he limps forward ::
(22:47:07) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: closes the chamber and mimics Wolfe's stance, aiming at the target and, taking a moment to find the trigger, fires and misses the target, spazzing as it kicks ::
(22:47:24) CO_Capt_Harper: :: the crack was narrow, but not a tight squeeze ::
(22:48:32) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: smiles at Kuari's reaction, noting just how far off from the target the bullet hit :: SEC: Good! Do another! :: pulls the little black box out of his pocket ::
(22:48:33) CO_Capt_Harper: :: immediately sees a fungus-covered rock and scrapes some into a container ::
(22:49:27) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: emerges into a larger room with another narrow passage on the other end, rather mundane-looking fungus, sees Kate collecting a sample :: CO: Let's keep going, see if we find anything interesting a little deeper.
(22:50:09) CO_Capt_Harper: CSO: Alright. ::: gets up and follows along ::
(22:50:35) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: tries to pick up the pace a bit, wanting to get out of this cave ::
(22:50:46) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: ::No one is answering. The bridge staff must have pottered off. Taps his badge again.:: *Anyone*: Did anyone in the nearby vicinity of Alpha site feel a tremor?
(22:50:49) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: as they approach the entrance, there's another rumble :: SCI: If possible, we should go faster.
(22:51:28) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: gives Wolfe wide eyes, having not expected the gun to react in such a way when fired, but at his encouragement aims again for the target ::
(22:51:32) SCI_Lt_TLira: SEC: Agreed. :: works on moving at a bit of a faster clip, because it just wouldn't do for another new cliff to appear in front of them ::
(22:52:14) CO_Capt_Harper: ACTION> As T'Lira and Syvek approach the cave's entrance, the quake's aftershock hits, triggering a rockslide from the wall next to T'Lira.
(22:52:35) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: they proceed through a few more rooms, stopping to look at some interesting mineral formations and collect samples, until they spot a faint purple glow from a tunnel :: CO: I'm not sure what it is. Tricorder shows biomass, but nothing specific. Should we check it out?
(22:53:03) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: pushes Syvek away instinctively ::
(22:53:07) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: smiles broadly at Kuari's reaction and awaits the next firing ::
(22:53:33) CO_Capt_Harper: :: looks at her, then the glow :: CSO: Absolutely.
(22:53:37) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: shoots, misses ::
(22:53:53) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: falls and is partially covered in the slide ::
(22:54:27) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: SEC: More to the right. Use the sights on top. Line up the three dots.
(22:54:51) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: is covered by the rocks and loses consciousness ::
(22:55:32) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: grins and drops to all fours to crawl through the tunnel, the glow becoming more and more intense, until she's finally standing in a tall cavern with lacy patterns of bioluminescent fungus arching gracefully across the walls and ceiling :: CO: Whoa. :: switches off her light and gestures for Kate to do the same ::
(22:55:49) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: SEC: Look at the dots, focus on them. Let the target blur in front of you. You're doing well.
(22:55:55) CO_Capt_Harper: :: does likewise ::
(22:56:16) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: once the rocks stop, he coughs and yells :: T'LIRA!
(22:56:25) SEC_Lt_Kuari: CTO: I'M USING THE SIGHT. :: moves a bit right ::
(22:56:40) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: the glow becomes even more bright when the lights are doused, almost light enough to read by. :: CO: WHOA.
(22:56:51) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: SEC: Alright. You'll get this. Now you know what it feels like.
(22:57:02) CO_Capt_Harper: :: eyes wide in the purple light, she looks around the cavern :: CSO: Amazing!
(22:57:29) CSO_LCdr_Wright: CO: Nature is capable of such incredible artistry.
(22:57:44) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: gets no answer and pulls himself out of the debris, thankfully not pinned by anything :: T'LIRA!
(22:58:00) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: still has a tricorder on his belt, pulls it and scans, finding her covered ::
(22:58:26) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: ::Grabs his stick and his hat, tapping his commbade a third time.:: *Atlantis*: Computer, site to site transport to Alpha site, please.
(22:59:16) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: begins quickly digging for her head, working efficiently and fast, but not panicing ::
(22:59:43) CO_Capt_Harper: CSO: It is indeed. :: leans against her in the not-darkness ::
(23:00:00) CO_Capt_Harper: :: then remembers the imager and makes sure to get some shots of this place ::
(23:00:09) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: fires a third shot fromt he magnum, finally hitting the white of the target :: YAY!
(23:00:28) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: smiles more broadly :: SEC: Good!
(23:00:33) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: reciprocates the lean, wondering how to capture a sample of the fungus without damaging the large organism ::
(23:01:15) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: ::Teleports off to Alpha site.::
(23:01:35) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: moves one more flat rock and scrapes away a lot of dirt from around her face, freeing up her nose and mouth to breathe ::
(23:02:39) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: fires the rest of the chamber, hitting the white once and the black once, then turns with the gun pointed downward to offer it to Wolfe ::
(23:03:52) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: SEC: That was great for your first time with a Magnum! Fantastic! :: takes the gun, placing it back in the case, and continues to hold the small black box in front of him. ::
(23:04:24) SEC_Lt_Kuari: :: eyes the box, then looks up at Wolfe intensely curious and expectant ::
(23:05:07) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: follows Kuari's eyes down to the box and back to meet hers :: SEC: This has been a long time in coming.
(23:05:53) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: taps for his commbadge, gets no answer, and looks to the nearby entrance, realizing that he has no option but to get help since he can't excavate her completely in his condition ::
(23:06:06) ENG_LtJG_Ilaihr: ::Starts looking around for someone he knows the moment he materialises.::
(23:07:50) SEC_1LT_Syvek: :: places a hand on her face, engaging a brief meld to let her know that help is on the way, then starts crawling on his hands and one good foot toward the entrance ::
(23:08:05) CO_Capt_Harper: PAUSE SIM
(23:08:05) CO_Capt_Harper: PAUSE SIM
(23:08:06) CO_Capt_Harper: PAUSE SIM