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|*SIM Type: USS Shogun Missions|
|*Production number: SHO-RP105|
|*Forum Thread: Critters|
|*Previous Mission: Survivors|
|*Next Mission: Eddies and Extermination|
|*SIM Concept: Ulrich Bechir|
|*Historian: Teresa Firelight|
Running low on shipboard replication materials, the USS Shogun sets out to explore an F/G class planet to see if they can safely mine the minerals they need to fuel their replicators.
Location: 195.21 LY Trailing Pinastri System
Alert Status: Green
Log entry: After doing what we could to help Marinda VI, we continued upon our way. For several weeks we have been plagued with two issues, first has been our transporters, which LT Edenbaum has worked diligently to repair, but still seem to be causing continual issues. Second is our lack of material used for shipboard replication, etc. While we have not been at critical levels in the past, we seem to be swiftly approaching them now and thus far scavenging attempts have proven to yield less than optimal results. For that reason we have sought out a planet transitioning between Class F and Class G as it should be mineral rich enough to supply our various needs.
We believe we have found a planetoid that will suit our needs, however, we are also very cautious about the possibility of the eruption of single celled life on this planet at so late a stage. For that reason, it is necessary for us to survey the planet before we begin mining procedures to ensure nothing will be overly disrupted in this planet's development. The hope is that it is not far along enough yet to truly have comprehensive single cell development in terms of life forms. Of course, as per Starfleet regulation,, we will have to visually inspect the planet. The crew will not be pleased, as with the high temperatures and low oxygen involved, this will mean hard suits.
The USS Shogun was low on the materials needed to fuel their replicators, so they began searching for a planet rich in minerals that they could mine to replenish their dwindling supplies. They found an F-Class planet that was well along in it's process of evolving into a G-class planet, and they set course for it. They arrived and ran initial scans, which confirmed what they already expected: the environment was very hot (ranging from 150 degrees Celsius to 1000), that there was a rich supply of the minerals they needed, and that there did not appear to be any signs of sentient life.
Captain Ulrich Bechir sent down two teams to mine the minerals and also to gather scientific data on the developing planet. The teams beamed down to the surface in heavy EVA suits, and began to search for the materials they needed to mine. They came across a life form that resembled large beetles. The creatures did not appear to be sentient, and they were not hostile. They seemed to be drawn to the mining effort, and it appeared that they ate the materials the crew was mining. Captain Beshir ordered the teams to not mine to much form any one location, so as not to deplete the creature's food supply. The team moved out and found an underground cavern with a great number of passages in it. There were multiple passages and a very rich supple of the desired minerals. The teams were able to mine all they needed and returned to their ship. It was a very uneventful and successful mission—or so they thought.
They ran a few more scans and then left orbit to continue the pursuit of the Snakeman. Operations officer Teresa Firelight noticed a small power spike on the left nacelle, and LTCMDR Moonprince Rhode went to investigate. Other systems began to fail even before he could return, the failures happening at an alarming rate. The LTCMDR returned holding a deformed bioneural gel pack and reported the presence of some type of spores in it. Then power failed to the tactical station and shortly after that to the primary science station. Then the warp core began to act up and had to be emergency shut down so it would not breech. At that point, power was lost to most systems on the ship. The failures continued and were so catastrophic that Captain Bechir ordered the bridge crew to transfer control to main engineering and shut down and lock off the bridge. The captain also ordered a repeating encrypted distress call on Federation-only frequencies. He had command protocols transferred to the computer in his quarters.
The captain set up a command center in his quarters. The bridge crew relocated to engineering, where they preformed support roles to assist engineering in stabling the ship. They were able to divert some axillary power to life support and some to main engineering in an attempt to restart the warp core. After some very creative work, they were able to get the warp core up to 15% of it's normal levels, and spare a bit of power to the science lab, so that science could try and determine the nature of the spores and what needs to be done to counterman their negative effects on ship systems. Other than life support, engineering and science, very little else is powered. The ship is in catastrophic failure mode, and without the replicator, supplies and food rations are running low. The condition is very serious and the entire crew is working hard to rectify the situation.
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Captain Ulrich Bechir sent the following subspace message to Starfleet headquarters:
To: CMDR Valerius Swansong, Command Headquarters
From: CAPT Ulrich Bechir, CO USS Shogun
In order to restore our ship's supplies <static> the visit to the planet was uneventful and extraction seemed succ<static> however upon return sporelike <static> that we have not been able to excise. <static> causing catastrophic failures, the bridge has been abandoned. <static> working around the clock. <static> help. We estimate we have one week before <static>.