Pieces of Eight

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Pieces of Eight
General Data
*Production number: AST-RP078
*Initiated: 120722
*Year: 2387
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Credits
*SIM Concept: Poison Toocool
*Historian: Poison Toocool


Prelude

Executive Officer Genny7 Markus - Log, Stardate 121026:

Our original mission was 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 were intermittent, but that was to be expected given the Astraios effect and the proximity of the Takaar Nebula. Unfortunately the Huit was drawn into our ongoing battle with the vicious pirates who have been operating in the Astraios Sector and beyond. She came to our aid when we were ambushed by 3 Klingon warships, took heavy damage and was destroyed on stardate 120908.1243; fortunately we were able to rescue the majority of the crew, but most of the bridge officers and Captain Libre are among the fallen. While investigating a war bird on the planet ShoValla, Captain Toocool was kidnapped. In the battle that followed, we killed the Pirate Queen Zhiella Bruxxls and captured her ship, the "Maj", however the Argonaut was badly damaged. We have left her behind on ShoValla with the bulk of the Huit crew, for repair. Logs on the "Maj" indicate Captain Toocool was beamed off the "Maj" prior to the battle, we are now following the trail. The Huit's Second Officer, Commander Konora Meth, has been seconded to us for this Mission. The data we have on the pirates show they are from a variety of species, but their ships, weapons and equipment seems to be overwhelmingly Klingon, albeit out of date.

Disguised as pirates, operating a known pirate vessel, using a bio-emitter to trick anyone looking into thinking Pirate Captain Zhieela Bruxxls is in stasis in our sickbay, we pretended to limp into spacedock at the pirate base, an old rusy Klingon space station. The pirate fleet has gone to raid a planet unknown to us, and we have neutralized the two pirates left behind.

We have begun to analyze the data we were able to download so far. Much of it is encrypted, LTcmdr Bravin and Cmdr Meth are trying to break the code. Cmdr Quar and LTcmdr Barbosa have been assessing the stations' tactical systems and state of repair. LTcmdr Lane has been in their medical bay with me, gathering data on the Sho'Valla genetic experiments and the crews that have come and gone. Other officers have been searching the station. We will have a short briefing at noon to assess the situation and discuss the options... but it appears this station, orbiting an uninhabitable planetoid, might be a crucial base for their operations in this area.


Crew participation

Cmdr Genny7 Markus - XO & Acting Captain

LTcmdr David7 Bravin - 2nd Officer, Chief Science Officer, Mission Leader

Cmdr Karl Quar - Chief Engineer/Helm

LTcmdr Dolfke Barbosa - Tactical

LTcmdr Breydon Lane - Medical

Cmdr Konora Meth - 2nd Officer, Huit; Seconded to Argonaut (Cptn Poison Toocool)

Soraklna (SpaceStation Overseer) - LTcmdr Breydon Lane

Events

Reporting: LT Commander David7 Bravin, Second Officer, USS Argonaut, Stardate 121104

We are aboard the pirate space station, and have placed both Klingons who were left to guard the station in to the brig. In the stations control room we exchange reports but the one piece of information which pleases me is that we have found some of Captain Toocool's DNA on a bio bed in their medical unit. The one thing which we do not have is the code to the computer on the station, but I think that I can obtain it by mind melding with one of the prisoners. While I am doing this the rest of the Officers have been set their tasks to make us as ready as we can be before the pirates return.

I have asked for all valuables from the station be loaded on to the Maj and that engineering make any last minute repairs to the Maj for a quick get away if we need it.

I walked to the brig and talked to the prisoner I was to meld with, he was as expected going to fight me all the way so in the end I stunned him and performed the meld any way. He did not give up the code without a lot of fighting but I did get it. I returned to the Science unit where Cmdr Meth and LTcmdr Bravin were working and gave them the code and with that all the stations information was ours.

LTcmdr Barbosa reported that the station was not well armed but that she had found some weapons and a space canon and I asked her to supervise the placement of said weapons around the station. Doctor Lane also discovered the experiments that the pirates had been running on the Shovalla people and it proves that their diet is what makes them invisible.

With every one working well the time went very quickly and suddenly Cmdr Meth reported that the Maj was picking up messages from the pirates who were returning to the station and were only an hour away.

With all the loading done weapons and charges set and the Maj ready to go, I asked Cmdr Meth if it would be possible to get a message through to our Task Force with all the information about our situation, she said that she thought it would be possible to send that message on a secure channel. I also asked her to send a message to the lead ship of the pirates telling them that we were holding their station hostage in return for Captain Toocool . I also advised them that if we did not get our Captain back I was prepared to destroy their station- their answer "Today is a good day to die".

With everything set and communications set through to the Maj I ordered everyone to return to the Maj.....

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