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Hellfire Part II
General Data
*Production number: 005
*Initiated: 071013
*Ended: 071014
*Year: 2382
Navigation
*Previous Mission: Hellfire Part I
*Next Mission: Hellfire Part III
Credits
*SIM Concept: Chase Quinnell
*Historian: MilesPrower Dagger


Captain’s log, Stardate 57109.7: We are trying to solve the mystery of the mysterious bombs that seem to blow up each of the Romulan ships we encounter. Problem is, the Romulans claim to know nothing about the 'bombs.' We are holding our position with the USS Valient, Miranda class here to help us out.

Prelude

The USS Redeemer has just blown up a number of Romulan warbirds. Some were under the command of Andorians, others on autopilot. Each of them seemed to have some sort of self-destruct 'bomb' aboard. The crew is in a process of attempting to solve this mystery, but things are going slow..

Events

Mission Logs

[13:10] Reina Beaumont: sir, I finished going over the reports that Engineering gave about the damage we took
[13:10] Chase Quinnell: Report.
[13:10] Reina Beaumont: the weapons used were modified disruptors, a combination of Breen, Andorian and Romulan
[13:11] Chase Quinnell: I see.
[13:11] Chase Quinnell: Any idea what those 'bombs' were?
[13:12] Reina Beaumont: not yet, sir, Science and Engineering are still going over the findings, Tactical sensors haven't had much luck
[13:12] Chase Quinnell: Well then, let’s hold position for now and finish our work here.
[13:12] Reina Beaumont: aye sir
[13:13] Reina Beaumont: ::Reads through the reports and PADDs, trying to find anything that could explain the bomb ships::
[13:14] Chase Quinnell: ::Three Rebel Andorian cruisers are detected on sensors incoming. Full armament and crew::
[13:14] Reina Beaumont: sir, we've got company
[13:14] Chase Quinnell: Great... just what we need.
[13:14] Reina Beaumont: raising shields, weapons charged
[13:15] Reina Beaumont: they're coming in hot, looks like it's not going to be a formal hello
[13:15] michaels Toshi: sir the ship is still being repaired so go easy on her
[13:16] Chase Quinnell: Understood.
[13:16] Chase Quinnell: Ops, hail them.
[13:16] Silkie Dagger: opening a channel, Sir
[13:17] Silkie Dagger: **bip** channel open, Sir
[13:17] Chase Quinnell: This is Ensign Chase Quinnell of the Federation Starship Redeemer, state the nature of your intercept.
[13:18] Andorian Ship> Bossy, aren't you Starfleet?
[13:18] Chase Quinnell: Considering we just were attacked by suicidal Rebel Andorians, yes.
[13:19] Andorian Ship> Aww, isn't that a pity? Lower your shields, your ship will make a nice addition
[13:19] Chase Quinnell: In your dreams.
[13:19] Chase Quinnell: Tactical, fire a warning shot, low yield.
[13:19] Reina Beaumont: Andorian Ship> Very well, you want to play rough
[13:19] Reina Beaumont: aye sir, firing
[13:20] Chase Quinnell: Cut the channel.
[13:20] Silkie Dagger: channel closed, Sir
[13:20] Chase Quinnell: Helm, evasive manoeuvres.
[13:20] Reina Beaumont: ::fires a warning shot after lowering the phaser power:: I don't think that's going to do anything to make them back off
[13:20] Blush Babii: aye Sir
[13:20] Chase Quinnell: ::the Andorian Ship fires at the Redeemer::
[13:21] Reina Beaumont: targeting them, sir, locked onto their engines, firing
[13:21] Reina Beaumont: ::opens fire, the phasers splashing against their shields::
[13:21] Chase Quinnell: Engineering, increase power to the shields.
[13:21] michaels Toshi: aye sir but I can’t give you much
[13:21] Chase Quinnell: Give it all you got, Mr Toshi.
[13:21] michaels Toshi: aye sir
[13:22] Reina Beaumont: sir, may I suggest we dump some of our waste from the engines? Give them a little heads up
[13:22] Chase Quinnell nods.
[13:22] Chase Quinnell: Do it.
[13:22] Reina Beaumont: aye sir, dumping the waste, timing a phaser blast
[13:22] Chase Quinnell: Helm, manoeuvre us so that the waste is tactfully placed on their nose.
[13:23] Blush Babii: aye Sir
[13:23] Reina Beaumont: we'll need to move fast, the explosion is going to be a shaker
[13:23] Blush Babii manoeuvres the ship
[13:23] michaels Toshi: I’ll try and reinforce the shields more
[13:23] Chase Quinnell: Understood, Reina.
[13:23] Reina Beaumont: almost, just a little more...there, have a nice day, boys
[13:23] Chase Quinnell: Do it, Mr. Toshi.
[13:23] Reina Beaumont: :;dumps the waste and waits to fire::
[13:23] michaels Toshi: aye sir
[13:24] Silkie Dagger keeps an eye on her controls as we fire
[13:24] Reina Beaumont: firing
[13:24] Reina Beaumont: ::opens fire as the ship reaches a good distance:: I recommend haste
[13:24] Chase Quinnell: Let’s get out of here.
[13:24] Blush Babii: aye Sir
[13:25] Reina Beaumont: shockwave in ten seconds
[13:25] Blush Babii: what warp Sir?
[13:25] Chase Quinnell: Set course for nearest Federation colony and engage warp 7.
[13:25] Reina Beaumont: the Andorian ships are crippled, I doubt they'll be moving anytime soon
[13:25] Blush Babii: course set
[13:25] Blush Babii: warp 7
[13:25] Chase Quinnell: Engage.
[13:26] Reina Beaumont: sir, my sensors are picking up two of those Warbirds headed on a direct course
[13:26] Chase Quinnell: I see.
[13:26] Chase Quinnell: Any thoughts on the self-destructive bombs?
[13:26] Reina Beaumont: nothing much yet, so far it seems to be a mix of trilitum and anti matter waste
[13:27] Chase Quinnell: ::The ship gets a hail from an unknown source::
[13:27] Reina Beaumont: they must want this ship pretty bad to be willing to mix those things together
[13:27] Reina Beaumont: incoming hail, sir
[13:27] Chase Quinnell: Onscreen.
[13:27] Reina Beaumont: channel open
[13:28] Unknown Ship> Lower your shields, now! Comply and we might be merciful
[13:29] Reina Beaumont: looks like Orions to me, sir
[13:29] Chase Quinnell: If you want us that bad... then maybe we will to just give it to you. Engineering, drop a bit of antimatter in our warp trail so those guys can see just how we handle thieves and crooks.
[13:29] Chase Quinnell: Cut the channel.
[13:29] Reina Beaumont: channel cut
[13:29] michaels Toshi: aye sir
[13:30] michaels Toshi: dumping antimatter....NOW!
[13:30] Reina Beaumont: maybe they missed the Starship Shopping Channel to be wanting our ship so badly
[13:30] Chase Quinnell: TV died out a long time ago, so yea, probably.
[13:31] Reina Beaumont: their loss, not like there was ever anything worth watching very often anyway
[13:31] Reina Beaumont: firing torpedo, that should slow them down
[13:31] Chase Quinnell: ::The ship drops out of warp at the colony::
[13:32] Chase Quinnell: Ops, has the antimatter package been received by the warships?
[13:32] Blush Babii: we arrived Sir
[13:32] Silkie Dagger: it looks like it has, Sir
[13:32] Chase Quinnell: Good.
[13:32] michaels Toshi: sir I suggest that some of the scans of the vessels are sent to engineering for more analysis
[13:32] Chase Quinnell: Now for a bit of peace.
[13:32] Reina Beaumont: sending the scans
[13:32] Chase Quinnell: Helm, put us in orbit over the planet.
[13:32] Blush Babii: aye Sir
[13:33] Blush Babii: orbiting planet Sir
[13:33] Chase Quinnell: Meeting room.
[13:33] Reina Beaumont: something about all this isn't right
[13:34] Silkie Dagger: you got any mints, blush?
[13:34] michaels Toshi: are they joining the meeting?
[13:34] Silkie Dagger: do we leave our posts?
[13:34] michaels Toshi: blush, silkie come in
[13:34] Reina Beaumont: I'm starting to wonder if there's something on the ship that they want
[13:35] Chase Quinnell 's face twitches at Reina's comment
[13:35] Reina Beaumont: when they attack, I've noticed they keep avoiding starboard
[13:35] Chase Quinnell: I doubt we have anything on board, Reina.
[13:36] michaels Toshi: well I’ve looked over the scans of the vessels and the bombs are placed where it is most likely to cause the destruction of their vessel
[13:36] Reina Beaumont: I don't know, sir, there's something not right about the pattern of the attacks, they aim always to lower our shields near to the starboard deflector array
[13:36] michaels Toshi: however they are not likely to cause a core breach
[13:36] michaels Toshi: so they are avoiding damage to us
[13:38] Chase Quinnell: Well, I think the fact the starboard side is ignored is ridiculous. The bombs, any idea why they are there?
[13:38] michaels Toshi: they want to cripple us but cause absolute minimal damage so don’t cause the vessels core to breach
[13:38] Chase Quinnell: I see...
[13:38] Reina Beaumont: sir, I really think we should check out the section they keep avoiding
[13:39] Chase Quinnell: I think that would be inadvisable. Lost cause.
[13:39] Silkie Dagger shifts her eyes over at Blush
[13:39] michaels Toshi: sir I could dispatch an engineering team to at least check it out
[13:39] Reina Beaumont: I don't think so, sir, the pattern to their attacks doesn't fit with the pattern of rebels
[13:40] Chase Quinnell: I'll check the section with Lt Biedermann.
[13:40] michaels Toshi: aye sir
[13:40] Reina Beaumont: if they wanted the ship itself, they would be aiming directly for our engines, but they always aim for our primary power junctions
[13:40] michaels Toshi: if they hit power junctions they can completely cripple us
[13:40] Reina Beaumont: it's as if they have no intention on killing us, just disabling the ship and finding something
[13:40] Chase Quinnell: They might just want the ship.
[13:41] Reina Beaumont: if they did, they would have had her by now, those bombs would have crippled us
[13:41] Blush Babii: they definately want something on this ship
[13:41] Blush Babii: or someone
[13:41] Reina Beaumont: but they seem to be walking on egg shells with us, as if they're scared of hitting something
[13:42] michaels Toshi: I believe it would be prudent to target the core of their vessels it may scare them away from us
[13:42] Chase Quinnell: I think those ideas are good, but have no merit. *The CO's eyes appear to be telling a different story than he is giving*
[13:42] Reina Beaumont: we scare them, they just keep coming after us
[13:42] michaels Toshi: either way we get rid of them
[13:42] Reina Beaumont: sir, I don't care if it's against orders, I've been serving on starships since before your great, great, great, great grandparents were born
[13:43] Reina Beaumont: we really need to find out what they're after
[13:43] Chase Quinnell: I said I'd check it out with Lt. Biedermann.
[13:43] Silkie Dagger shifts a bit uncomfortably as she starts to wonder if there is more going on than meets the eye
[13:43] Reina Beaumont: aye sir, if you insist
[13:44] Reina Beaumont: sir, wait, the Lt is ill
[13:44] Chase Quinnell sighs.
[13:44] Reina Beaumont: he's been ill for a while, he hasn't been on the ship in a while because they feel he's best getting what rest he can
[13:45] Chase Quinnell: It appears you have gotten me. Yes, Lt. Biedermann is sick.
[13:45] Chase Quinnell: The reason for that is related to what I am about to tell you.
[13:45] Silkie Dagger raises an eyebrow
[13:45] Reina Beaumont: sir, I know it's the captain's perogitive to hide things from their crew if they feel it's for the best, but we are barely recovering from almost being destroyed and we were just attacked and chased
[13:45] Chase Quinnell: Now, everyone here is to keep this between us.
[13:46] Silkie Dagger: yes, Sir
[13:46] michaels Toshi: aye sir
[13:46] Reina Beaumont: aye sir
[13:46] Blush Babii: aye Sir
[13:47] Chase Quinnell: In the past month we have been receiving shipments of a bio-chemical known as Ardaxin-D. This is usually harmless, but in Lt. Biedermann's case, him being a completely unique species, he is affected by this.
[13:48] Reina Beaumont: because of where he's come from, I came from another universe as well, but I feel fine, though a little groggy sometimes
[13:48] Chase Quinnell: Ardaxin-D is a chemical that is used to enhance the reactor's capability.
[13:48] Reina Beaumont: if I remember correctly, it's very rare, only made in Starfleet
[13:49] Chase Quinnell: Reason for its secrecy is, the fact that the Andorians can use it to enhance their systems and become much stronger than we can.
[13:49] Silkie Dagger continues to listen carefully
[13:49] Chase Quinnell: Unfortunately someone aboard this ship is working for them.
[13:49] Reina Beaumont: and Starfleet didn't warn the rest of us?
[13:49] Reina Beaumont: who?
[13:49] michaels Toshi: do you know?
[13:49] Blush Babii looks suspiciously a Silkie
[13:49] Silkie Dagger: well, it isn’t me
[13:49] Chase Quinnell: I have my suspicions... one of them happens to be Andorian.
[13:50] Reina Beaumont: there are at least 40 Andorian crew members serving on this ship, sir
[13:50] Chase Quinnell: Aye.
[13:50] Chase Quinnell: But there is one particular one.
[13:50] Chase Quinnell: She was assigned to the Redeemer 2 weeks ago.
[13:50] michaels Toshi: what department?
[13:50] Chase Quinnell: Medical.
[13:51] Reina Beaumont: I'm sure I could get the information from her, sir, I learned all the Andorian weaknesses a long time ago
[13:51] Silkie Dagger racks her brain to think of an Andorian in Medical.. oooh.. that one, yes
[13:51] Chase Quinnell: Reina, I know how much you love interrogations, but you sometimes let your temper go overboard.
[13:51] michaels Toshi: with access to the ships science station she could relay messages to the other ships
[13:52] Reina Beaumont: well a gal's got to have fun sometimes and the holodeck isn't perfect, not since the Cardassians got battered almost to dust
[13:52] Reina Beaumont: I really miss their 'recreation' stories
[13:52] Chase Quinnell: I'll be interrogating each of the suspects.
[13:53] Reina Beaumont: and what will we do about the attacks? We can't hold them off forever
[13:53] michaels Toshi: I agree
[13:54] michaels Toshi: we should ask if the colony can help
[13:54] Chase Quinnell: I will be contacting UF Starfleet Command and informing them that we may need the other ships in the fleet.
[13:54] Reina Beaumont: I doubt they'll be able to help, the rebels aren't picky on their targets
[13:55] Reina Beaumont: sir, I've got an idea
[13:55] michaels Toshi: they might be able to help with supplies and equipment
[13:55] Chase Quinnell: Go ahead Reina.
[13:55] Reina Beaumont: what if we rig up a shuttle to show the readings of the chemical, make it look real and as if we've left enough of it there by accident
[13:55] Chase Quinnell: Hmm....
[13:56] Chase Quinnell: I believe that can be done...
[13:56] Chase Quinnell: Engineering, can you handle it?
[13:56] michaels Toshi: we could rig the shuttle to collect data
[13:56] Reina Beaumont: when they go in to examine it closely, we set the shuttle off, disabling them and leaving them a message that we'll be on our guard
[13:56] michaels Toshi: aye sir I’ll get to it straight away
[13:56] Chase Quinnell: Tactical and Engineering, you will need to work together on this.
[13:56] Reina Beaumont: aye sir
[13:56] michaels Toshi: aye sir
[13:56] Chase Quinnell: For now, we will stay in orbit over this colony.
[13:57] Blush Babii: aye Sir

Interrogation Log

[15:04] Chase Quinnell: Hello, Eilish.
[15:04] Eilish Flanagan: Greetings, sir
[15:05] Chase Quinnell: I've called you here on suspicion that you are a possible spy for the Crimson Rebellion.
[15:05] Chase Quinnell: You have the right to keep silent, as per the Federation laws.
[15:06] Chase Quinnell: Are you a spy?
[15:06] Chase Quinnell: Did you relay any information to the Crimson Rebellion regarding our 'cargo'?
[15:06] Eilish Flanagan clenches her fists and jaw, listening before nearly spitting out a single word: NO!
[15:07] Chase Quinnell: Calm, calm. I've seen your record, it's clean.
[15:07] Chase Quinnell: Outstanding grades in all your classes.
[15:08] Eilish Flanagan lowers her shoulders, breathing a few moments before, slightly calmer repeating: No, sir, I am No spy
[15:08] Chase Quinnell: Unfortunately, sometimes even the best officers fall for lies and deceit.
[15:08] Chase Quinnell: Would that be the case with you?
[15:08] Chase Quinnell: Or did they by any chance...force you?
[15:10] Eilish Flanagan tilts her head, silently, looking straight at the commanding officer... looking, silently, as seconds stretch before whispering softly: I did say I am no spy, sir
[15:11] Chase Quinnell: I see.
[15:12] Chase Quinnell: Well, if you do turn out to be a spy, and we find out that you are and lied, there will be heavy consequences.
[15:13] Chase Quinnell: Treason is one of the highest offences in the Federation and is not taken lightly.
[15:14] Eilish Flanagan nods softly: I know that, sir. I am aware of.. Federation laws
[15:18] Eilish Flanagan lowers her eyes down to the desk, silently standing
[15:18] Chase Quinnell: You seem...disturbed.
[15:19] Eilish Flanagan looks back up, nodding briefly, pausing before speaking softly: I was just accused of being a spy.. I am disturbed sir
[15:20] Chase Quinnell: I have to follow all leads, the security of the Federation is at stake.
[15:21] Chase Quinnell: If the Rebels get their hands on this chemical, they could enhance their ships enough to cause a lot of damage.
[15:22] Eilish Flanagan slowly unclenches her fists, nodding briefly: I realise that sir. The rebels... have to... be stopped
[15:22] Chase Quinnell: Is there something on your mind?
[15:24] Eilish Flanagan: I just know the rebels are an offense for.. Andorian beliefs... and a threat to Andor.. and to the Federation sir
[15:24] Chase Quinnell: I sense that there is more here than what you're telling me.
[15:26] Chase Quinnell: Have the Rebels done anything to hurt you or anyone you know?
[15:27] Eilish Flanagan: The Crimson Rebellion have... hurt my quad sir... my... *thinks a moment* family. I have no reason to love them, no desire to help them
[15:28] Chase Quinnell: That is unfortunate. Did they use that to influence you in any way?
[15:29] Chase Quinnell: If there is any way to help, the Redeemer crew is here for you.
[15:30] Eilish Flanagan stands motionless, silent, looking up at the ceiling, breathing slow, cautious
[15:32] Eilish Flanagan: I do not know of any help the crew could give, sir.
[15:32] Chase Quinnell: There's always a way.
[15:33] Chase Quinnell: Remember, you and the whole crew here want to defeat the Rebellion.
[15:34] Eilish Flanagan nods softly: Yes sir.
[15:35] Eilish Flanagan looks around the room, thoughtfully, hesitating, jaw again clenched before locking eyes speaking, softly: Yes.
[15:36] Chase Quinnell: Did they force you to send them reports on our ship?
[15:38] Eilish Flanagan nods her head, curtly: Yes, they did. I was sent a message... That they have taken my q.. my family... That I'd have to.. cooperate if they are to live... I contacted someone on Andor and it is true, they were taken.
[15:39] Chase Quinnell: I see, well, we will try everything in our power to get them back.
[15:41] Eilish Flanagan nods softly, reaching up removing her combadge from her chest, extending it on an open hand: I would.. appreciate that if it is possible, sir
[15:42] Chase Quinnell: You're resigning?
[15:43] Eilish Flanagan tilts her head: I did tell the truth on one thing... I know federation law... and how treason is regarded sir. I cannot expect to be kept in duty
[15:44] Chase Quinnell: Eilish, these are circumstances that were never accounted for when the laws were written.
[15:45] Chase Quinnell: Besides, we need a capable medical officer to handle the injuries resulting from our battles.
[15:46] Eilish Flanagan speaks softly, hoarsely: Sir... they hold my quad
[15:46] Chase Quinnell: Yes, and your expertise with Andorian culture and Medical background will be needed.
[15:47] Chase Quinnell: The Rebellion has been getting stronger and more dangerous as time goes on, I'm not too sure the Redeemer will even be able to solo it much longer.
[15:48] Eilish Flanagan shakes her head: How could you even... begin to trust me sir? *pauses before, continuing, matter of factly* They hold my Quad.
[15:49] Chase Quinnell: I know, but I have an idea...
[15:50] Chase Quinnell: If they contact you again, send them word that the Redeemer has been told to stand down its investigation.
[15:50] Chase Quinnell: If I know them, they will try and verify that.
[15:51] Chase Quinnell: We will send a decoy ship to the UF Starfleet base.
[15:52] Chase Quinnell: While they are busy monitoring that ship, the Redeemer will slip away with most of the systems on low power.
[15:53] Chase Quinnell: They won't even notice us on scanners.
[15:53] Eilish Flanagan nods softly: But eventually they will find it is a decoy ship
[15:53] Chase Quinnell: Once they find out they've been duped, the Redeemer will be attacking their base of operations.
[15:54] Chase Quinnell: I'm working with UF Starfleet Command on getting some of the fleet rallied for a full scale attack.
[15:55] Eilish Flanagan looks down, a look of concern on her face
[15:56] Chase Quinnell: Don't worry Eilish, this will work out just fine.
[15:57] Chase Quinnell: By the time they figure out they've been duped, we will be attacking their base of operations and retrieving your Quad.
[15:57] Eilish Flanagan nods: assuming my Quad is there... not somewhere else... A big... and dangerous assumption
[15:58] Eilish Flanagan sighs, clutching her combadge: But I see no better plan...
[15:58] Chase Quinnell: Agreed.
[15:58] Chase Quinnell: Dismissed.