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(21:15:53) CO_CaptHarper: BEGIN SIM
(21:15:54) CO_CaptHarper: BEGIN SIM
(21:15:54) CO_CaptHarper: BEGIN SIM
(21:16:53) CO_CaptHarper: ACTION> The planet's atmosphere is now filled with dust and ash, some debris from the meteorite, some from the massive volcanism it triggered, and some from the widespread fires.
(21:18:28) CO_CaptHarper: :: sitting in the center seat, half reading a PADD with reports on the impact, and half just looking at the planet on the main viewer ::
(21:20:03) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: stands at TAC1, observing the planet and the crew. It's interesting to watch, and he feels relatively sure that if anyone else had been in the area, they would have made themselves known by now. So he lets the sensors do the work of watching the surrounding area, while he watches the reactions. ::
(21:22:47) SCI_Ens_Jude: :: stares out of the viewer, reaching to the planet, trying to sense the large amount of life that was on the planet... and getting almost complete silence. The lack of connections is deafening to the Betazoid, as she stifles sobs ::
(21:20:17) CSO_Cdr_Wright: :: looking at the readings on her console :: Self: Mm, of course. CO/XO: As expected, the surface temperature is continuing to fall due to the atmospheric particulate concentration.
(21:20:52) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: ::Just watches the screen solemnly, not speaking, as the debris flies across the viewer.. ::
(21:22:15) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: lies on her seat next to Harper's, blinking solemnly at the main viewer. As with others, she has slept little, her sleep restless with thoughts of the planet below, like she's somehow missing something if not there to witness it firsthand ::
(21:22:48) TAC_LCdr_TLira: :: after many long minutes of indecision in her quarters, decides to stick with the science blue for now until she officially reports in. No need to be presumptuous. With a quick tug of her tunic, she makes her way out of her quarters and to the turbolift :: TL: Bridge.
(21:23:16) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: ::Waxes lyrical to himself as usual.:: Self: And from the ashes of this with world, like the phoenix, shall it rise renewed, to bring life to the four corners.
(21:23:30) CO_CaptHarper: CSO: Do you have a projection on total damage to the ecosystem? ::quietly ::
(21:26:22) CSO_Cdr_Wright: CO: The simulation models are coming up with a bit of a range of numbers, depending on various inputs... it's difficult to gauge with the variables that Sagittarius A* throw into the mix. I'll advise as soon as I have some results from these most recent models. :: also quietly::
(21:26:24) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: ::Stare over at ensign Jude, with a look of concern.::
(21:27:30) XO_Cdr_Kuari: :: looks from Wright back to Harper, taking in the news ::
(21:27:39) CO_CaptHarper: :: nods somberly ::
(21:27:51) ENG2_Ens_Razyn: :: looks over at the other ensign :: SCI: Are y-y-y-you ok-ok?
(21:28:43) TAC_LCdr_TLira: :: clasps her hands behind her back as the TL reaches the bridge and she steps out, hesitating for another moment, unsure of where she should go ::
(21:28:53) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: ::gives Jude a look of empathy, imagining how intensely she must be feeling all of this right now::
(21:29:17) CO_CaptHarper: :: sees T'Lira enter and hesitate, and gives her a little nod of encouragement ::
(21:29:31) SCI_Ens_Jude: :: she composes herself.. for one second, as she addresses the captain :: CO: Captain, can you excuse me for a minute?
(21:29:48) TAC_LCdr_TLira: :: tugs her tunic down again and steps over to Tactical :: CTO: Major Wolfe.
(21:30:52) XO_Cdr_Kuari: :: glances at Jude ::
(21:30:57) CO_CaptHarper: :: sees that Jude seems to be uncomfortable :: CO: Of course, Ensign.
(21:32:14) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: turns to TLira :: Lieutenn... Ah. :: turns back to his console.
(21:33:09) TAC_LCdr_TLira: :: lifts an eyebrow. If this is normal interaction, she'll likely have a lot to adjust to ::
(21:33:27) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: doesn't look up :: TAC: There has been a change?
(21:33:54) TAC_LCdr_TLira: :: the eyebrow goes higher :: CTO: Indeed. I have been reassigned.
(21:34:15) SCI_Ens_Jude: :: she walks into the turbolift, and allows the door to close, holding onto the handles, white-knuckled. she takes a deep breath, trying to prevent herself from unintentionally sending her emotions to the crew. ::
(21:34:32) CO_CaptHarper: :: listens in on the interaction between Wolfe and T'Lira ::
(21:35:05) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: looks down at Harper, who does not seem to be paying attention to the conversation behind her :: TAC: And for what role have you been transferred? :: grabs a PADD from the holder at the side of his console ::
(21:35:31) CSO_Cdr_Wright: :: doesn't look at T'Lira, as she's not sure what to say; focuses on the readouts ::
(21:35:49) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: ::Frowns to himself, wondering if he should have tried to communicate with the ensign; knowing how uncomfortable it can be without other telepaths to talk to.::
(21:35:50) XO_Cdr_Kuari: :: perks an ear backwards, towards Wolfe and T'Lira ::
(21:36:03) TAC_LCdr_TLira: CTO: Tactical.
(21:38:11) SCI_Ens_Jude: :: walks back onto the bridge to her station, still unsettled, but more in control, as she keeps from looking at the viewer ::
(21:38:30) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: looks T'Lira up and down :: TAC: Staying with Starfleet or are you gonna to join the Marines? :: the Scottish in his accent is really starting to show through his thick from-the-north normal sound ::
(21:40:02) TAC_LCdr_TLira: CTO: I was under the impression that the Marines are merely a segment of Starfleet, thus making the Marines Starfleet as well. Regardless, my intention is to remain in Starfleet.
(21:41:03) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: TAC: The Navy, I mean.
(21:41:30) CO_CaptHarper: :: smirks a bit at the conversation behind her ::
(21:42:16) TAC_LCdr_TLira: :: the eyebrow reminds up, but she lets it go :: CTO: As I said, I intend to remain in Starfleet.
(21:42:26) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: continues thinking :: TAC: Well, no matter. How are you with a phaser bank and torpedo tube?
(21:42:59) TAC_LCdr_TLira: CTO: Proficient. It is basic training at the Academy to be able to operate both with at least some skill.
(21:44:00) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: TAC: I see. We'll have to get you some time on the Holodeck. Very well. Take your station at Tactical 2.
(21:44:40) TAC_LCdr_TLira: :: inclines her head slightly and takes her station as ordered ::
(21:45:12) CO_CaptHarper: :: nods to herself as the interaction plays out, then looks back toward the viewer for a moment ::
(21:46:19) XO_Cdr_Kuari: :: checks Harper's face momentarily, aware of and already preparing for T'Lira's career move, then returns her attention to the main viewer ::
(21:46:43) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: ~SCI~: Are you alright, my dear? ::He turns and nods over at the ensign.::
(21:46:44) CO_CaptHarper: :: turns to Kuari :: XO: I think it is time that we quit this place.
(21:47:13) CSO_Cdr_Wright: :: clears her throat :: CO: The simulations are finished. :: quietly ::
(21:47:18) XO_Cdr_Kuari: :: nods back :: CO: I think so.
(21:48:45) CO_CaptHarper: :: stands and takes a few steps toward the front consoles :: CSO: What are the results?
(21:49:50) SCI_Ens_Jude: :: looks over at Ilaihr :: ~ENG: No... I can... feel the deaths. Nothingness from what once was there.~
(21:50:01) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: ::glances back briefly as she happens to hear part of the conversation between Wolfe and T'lira, giving her silent encouragement that she's found where she wants to be.. ::
(21:51:14) CSO_Cdr_Wright: CO: It will likely be millions of years before the ecosystems recover, but I project that approximately 10-15% of species will survive this event and propagate.
(21:52:46) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: CSO: That's.. encouraging, I suppose.
(21:52:51) CO_CaptHarper: CSO: And life goes on. The galaxy keeps on spinning.
(21:53:10) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: ~SCI~: I know. So do I. ::Throws her a reassuring smile, transmitting images of a garden, long since burnt, springing into life.::
(21:53:45) CSO_Cdr_Wright: CO: The data we've collected here will be an outstanding base for research.
(21:54:07) CO_CaptHarper: CSO: Would you like to leave a few probes in orbit to continue data collection while we move on?
(21:55:13) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: finds the order on the PADD and looks up slightly, his eyes boring into the back of Harper's head for a tick before returning his attention to what is going on around him ::
(21:55:34) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: CSO: I know this happened in the deep past on Earth, and other planets.. but it's still difficult to watch. Definitely scientifically interesting though..
(21:55:41) CSO_Cdr_Wright: CO: Yes... do you think a proximity warning in every known language that this world has been left untouched for scientific research would be too strong?
(21:55:44) SCI_Ens_Jude: :: silently nods, and looks up at the viewer ::
(21:55:56) CO_CaptHarper: :: suddenly feels like she's being stared at ::
(21:56:24) CO_CaptHarper: CSO: Not at all. Prepare it.
(21:56:54) CSO_Cdr_Wright: :: gives Kate a small smile and the sets to preparing the probes and proximity warning ::
(21:57:28) CO_CaptHarper: :: turns back toward the back of the bridge :: CTO: Major, prepare to launch three probes into polar orbits as directed by Commander Wright.
(21:57:56) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: begins preparations. :: CO: Aye, Captain. CSO: At your pleasure.
(21:59:11) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: ~SCI~: You must look beyond death, and see the life still within.
(22:00:57) CSO_Cdr_Wright: :: finishes configuring the probes and their on-board proximity beacons and calculates the orbits before transmitting the information to Wolfe :: CTO: Please launch those three probes into those orbits at will.
(22:01:46) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: CSO: Aye. Launching... now.
(22:02:50) CO_CaptHarper: ACTION> Three probes arc away into high polar orbits.
(22:03:02) CSO_Cdr_Wright: :: watches the probes go out and triggers their activation as they begin their long vigil, noting the proximity warning with satisfaction ::
(22:03:27) SCI_Ens_Jude: :: she tilts her head, feeling something odd from Wolfe's direction, and looks his way ::
(22:04:28) CO_CaptHarper: :: watches the probes depart, then walks ahead of the front consoles and turns to face the bridge ::
(22:05:54) XO_Cdr_Kuari: :: looks from the viewscreen to Harper, giving her her full attention ::
(22:07:30) CO_CaptHarper: Bridge: While we witnessed a mass extinction, remember that they are a part of the story of life. From this ruin, new life will be born, filling ecological niches left vacant. A strike such as this gave rise to the entire human race.
(22:08:02) CO_CaptHarper: Bridge: Life finds a way, they say. And it will again, here.
(22:08:21) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: does not see Ensign Jude looking at him ::
(22:08:50) CO_CaptHarper: Bridge: And do not forget that we carry some of the life from this place with us. :: smiles :: But enough melancholia—it is time that we move on.
(22:10:12) CO_CaptHarper: NAV: Set a course for the nearest x-ray binary star/black hole pair. I am certain you will find no shortage of them in this area.
(22:10:15) XO_Cdr_Kuari: :: smiles in return, encouraged ::
(22:11:29) NAV_LtJG_Navarro: :: queries the charts and finds such a place, lays in a course :: CO: Ready, capitana.
(22:12:06) CO_CaptHarper: :: approaches her chair and sits :: NAV: Engage.
(22:12:31) NAV_LtJG_Navarro: :: wasn't given a speed, so he improvises at warp six ::
(22:12:46) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: ::is thinking about the eggs they brought back with them.. what they might develop into if they manage to be successful..::
(22:12:59) SCI_Ens_Jude: :: feels an annoyance set in the longer she pays attention to Wolfe, then she shakes her head, looking back to the main viewer ::
(22:13:30) CO_CaptHarper: ACTION> Atlantis streaks away from the ruinous planet, on to her next target.
(22:13:59) CSO_Cdr_Wright: :: mentally attempts to move on ::
(22:15:39) CO_CaptHarper: NAV: Take us up to warp eight.
(22:15:57) NAV_LtJG_Navarro: CO: Warp eight, aye. :: guns it :
(22:16:26) CO_CaptHarper: ACTION> Several hours later...
(22:17:53) NAV_LtJG_Navarro: CO: Approaching our destination. Dropping out of warp in ten seconds.
(22:19:00) XO_Cdr_Kuari: :: looks up from her console at Navarro's announcement, her mind eager for a distraction ::
(22:19:24) CSO_Cdr_Wright: :: prepares a long-range, comprehensive scan to begin on orders ::
(22:19:38) CO_CaptHarper: ACTION> Atlantis drops out of warp to witness one of the hundreds of smaller black holes near Sagittarius A* devouring material off its binary companion star. A swirl of stellar matter connects the star to the black hole.
(22:19:41) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: scans the area for threats once they drop out of warp ::
(22:22:29) CO_CaptHarper: :: stands to take in the sight on the main viewer ::
(22:22:50) XO_Cdr_Kuari: :: blinks at the viewscreen, trying to understand what she's seeing ::
(22:24:10) CSO_Cdr_Wright: :: initiates both short and long-range scans ::
(22:24:32) CO_CaptHarper: CSO: Are you gettng this? Tell me you are getting this.
(22:25:06) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: gets no readings on any nearby threats save for the black hole. ::
(22:26:02) SCI_Ens_Jude: :: looks at the viewer, and starts her own scans ::
(22:27:58) CSO_Cdr_Wright: CO: I am completing scans of the area to determine exactly what it is that we are getting, Captain, if that's what you mean.
(22:31:27) CO_CaptHarper: :: sits back down, in awe at witnessing a star being ripped apart ::
(22:33:48) XO_Cdr_Kuari: :: watches the scene on display, wide-eyed :: CO: That's...incredible.
(22:35:43) CO_CaptHarper: :: doesn't turn away from the viewer to answer :: XO: I have never seen anything like it. The giant black hole is amazing enough, but to see this one ripping a star apart... incredible indeed.
(22:36:58) CSO_Cdr_Wright: :: a bit mechanically, perhaps having not yet moved on from Long Shot yet emotionally :: CO/XO: This appears to be an X-ray binary system. The positron flow from the donor star is intense, to say the least.
(22:41:44) XO_Cdr_Kuari: :: while others may be disturbed, Kuari watches the magnificent sight before them, and is encouraged by the seemingly endless variety of chaos and order throughout their universe. Chaos naturally reigns supreme in this part of their galaxy, but she's reminded of all the other places that thrive in contrast ::
(22:45:35) CO_CaptHarper: PAUSE SIM
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(22:45:37) CO_CaptHarper: PAUSE SIM