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|*SIM Type: USS Sheppard Training Mission|
|*Production number: SHEP-RP004|
|*Forum Thread: Precious Cargo|
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|*SIM Concept: Mulgrave Dwi|
|*Historian: April Coswell|
In this training mission prior to the Sheppard's launch, the ship is en route to meet with a high-level Intelligence informant when it encounters a distress call from a shuttle - the investigation of which drastically changes the nature of the mission.
All missions are currently training missions. They occur in the holodeck until the Sheppard is launched.
Captain's log, Stardate: 100220
Today's mission will involve the USS Sheppard meeting with and picking up a Starfleet Intelligence informant and bringing him or her back to Pinastri. We know nothing of the information the informant is carrying, only where and when to meet this informant.
The area the informant has chosen to meet is several days' distance from Pinastri and is plagued by ion storms as well as dense nebula gases. A perfect area to have a quiet meeting, it's also a perfect area for an ambush.....
Computer, end log.
En route to meet the informant, the Sheppard picked up a distress call from a shuttle caught in the trailing edge of an ion storm. After the shuttle was "scooped" up into the shuttlebay, an investigation revealed traces of weapons damage, as well as DNA which proved that the informant the Sheppard was sent to meet with had actually been present, at some point, in the recovered shuttle.
In the shuttle's computer, the crew found a set of coordinates which matched the original rendez-vous point with the informant. Proceeding to this location, they found a small and storm-damaged science station. An away team was sent to gather information and attempt to download the contents of the station's computer. As the download neared completion, a secondary system kicked in and raised the station's shields, trapping some members of the away team. The Sheppard managed to break through and recover the away team shortly before the station imploded. The ship then set a course away from two seemingly well-armed incoming vessels on a pursuit course.