A Sitting Duck

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A Sitting Duck
General Data
*Production number: AST-RP070
*Initiated: 120722
*Year: 2387
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*SIM Concept: Poison Toocool
*Historian: Poison Toocool


Prelude

Commanding Officer Poison Toocool - Log, Stardate 120824:

Location: Class L Planetoid, 6 ly trailing SS Astraios -- Our mission is to rendezvous with USS Huitzilopochtli, on route from the Pinastri system, and escort her to Astraios Sector. We estimated 3 to 4 weeks travel time to meeting her. Signals have been intermittent, but that is to be expected given the Astraios effect and the proximity of the Takaar Nebula.

We have made First Contact with Vexnu, leader of the ShoValla - people of the moon. They seem to only appear in moonlight, something to do with a different sort of photosynthesis. Apparently when the shield began to grow weaker, this planet was visited by Zhieela or others of her ilk, and the secret was out. The low tech population was at the mercy of the well-armed thieves and slavers. We've said we will help them, what remains is to pursuade them to trust us. We need to disable the shield so we can launch the probe we've prepared, to dangle the carrot in the form of a bogus distress call... and to quietly let Starfleet and the Task Force know our intentions.

Crew participation

Captain - Cptn Poison Toocool

2nd Officer/Chief Science - LT David7 Bravin

Medical/Science - LTcmdr Breydon Lane

Helm/Ops - Acting Ensign CaptainPicard12012 Million

Chief Engineer - Cmdr Karl Quar

Chief Security - LTcmdr Dolfke Barbosa

Medical - LTjg Fire Springflower

Intel/Tactical - Ensign Saraleah Sands

ShoValla Leader, Vexnu - Poison Toocool

Events

Reporting: Captain Poison Toocool, USS Argonaut, Stardate 120826 - Location: 6 ly trailing Astraios

We are ready.

Away Team lead by Cmdr Quar made contact with the ShoValla leader, Vexnu. He was told his wife (Vessa) was likely aboard the pirate vessel. This motivated him to help us. The team was able to access the shield generator chamber and disable the shield so the ship could fire the probe into orbit.

The rest of us were kept busy preparing for what is to come. The Away Team returned, I decided we should set up a shuttle to "look like" the Argonaut, as a decoy. Meantime we moved the ship to the south pole region. Long range scans show a vessel approaching, likely a Klingon Bird of Prey. We were able to alert the Task Force to our plan, they are also on their way, however the lead ship is some distance away.

Battlestations.


Supplemental

The laboratory came back with the results of LTJG Springflower's tests. Her cortisol levels are low. This would explain why she had dizzy spells when she came back from the mission. I am not sure why her cortisol levels are low but I have a plausible explanation. During the away mission, the male ShoValla was inviting the female members to be "wives". Since we do not know much about this race, it is possible pheromone was secreted during this particular encounter. Pheromones can cause hormonal disturbances. ENS Sands was also concerned at the time but I did not take a blood sample from her. I will need a blood sample from her and the other members of the away team.

In Service, LTcmdr Breydon Lane Medical Officer, USS Argonaut