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|*SIM Type: USS Shogun Missions|
|*Production number: SHO-RP145|
|*Forum Thread: Following Breadcrumbs|
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|*SIM Concept: Ulrich Bechir|
|*Historian: Teresa Firelight|
The USS Shogun intercepts a strange signal that may be Hirogen, and she goes to investigate.
Location: 61.02 LY Trailing Pinastri System, Sector 004F
Alert Status: YELLOW
We are continuing our journey back to Pinastri in hopes of stopping whatever the Hirogen Assembly has planned. As we have entered the farther reaches of this sector of space, communications has started picking up a 'strange' signal, which we believe to be Hirogen in origin. Any disruption to the Assembly helps us, so as a result, we have cautiously moved in to investigate.
The USS Shogun picked up some interesting comms that appeared to be Hirogen in origin, but were different than what they are used to receiving. However, after significant effort, operations was able to determine the signal's source, and Captain Ulrich Bechir ordered the Shogun to set course for it. When they arrived, they found a series of small communication probes that appeared to be networked together in some sort of redundancy/failsafe manner. They tried to lock on to one and beam it on board, but that was not possible, as something interfered with the lock. In fact, that same “something” prevented science chief Moira Kelberry from taking in depth scans of the device. Ops and science worked together to try and analyze the signal and transmission device, but only had limited success. They determined that there were two signals intertwined in each transmission burst. The dominant signal was the message itself, and the other was some type of control/coordination signal for the devices.
The captain asked Cmdr Niclaus Teichmann of tactical to work on taking down the devices' shields, and asked Ops to work with science to sort out the system's authentication protocols. His desire was to tap into the system unnoticed so they could ease drop on them. Once they determined the authentication codes, the captain dispatched three teams to go by shuttle and space walk to work on the devices themselves.
Two of the three teams worked on accessing the devices so they could tap into them and be able to “listen in” on Hirogen transmissions, and also to attempt to access the encryption codes. The third team was a support team for the other two, consisting primary of science and medical personnel. Cmdr Moonprince Rhode-Randt was injured during the mission and rushed to the support shuttle, where doctor Demina Dyrssen worked to stabilize him.
The devices became active as the teams were finishing off, and began emitting dangerously high temperatures. The teams returned to the Shogun and Cmdr Rhode-Rant was transferred to sickbay, where he is still currently in a coma.