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|*SIM Type: USS Sheppard Missions|
|*Production number: SHEP-RP047|
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In a dead star system, the crew of the Sheppard investigates an asteroid where miners died... or went mad.
Location: Border of Pinastri/Midgar Sector
Captain's log, Stardate 110108
I've decided, before we intercept these ships detected by Starfleet Command, that we need to make sure the ship is fully operational. As a result, I've set course for System BF 986, a small system composed of a red dwarf which has nothing but a large asteroid belt in it and a few dead planets. Perfect for some weapons practice.
It also happens to be a system directly in the path of that oncoming flotilla, and so will allow us to remain undetected while we conduct some scans of the approaching ships. Our orders are to investigate and report back; however, those are fairly vague as to what that exactly encompasses, so before I decide to approach those ships, im going to get more data on their composition and type before we proceed.
Computer, end log.
As it neared BF 986, the Sheppard crew ran scans to determine whether this system presented any signs of life. None were found, and the Sheppard assumed a position in the asteroid belt to conduct tests of the weapons systems. At some point, however, a metallic object was detected within the belt . It turned out to be a sort of mining ship - which, an away team led by Executive Officer [[Pedlar Blaisdale discovered, had been operated by Orions. The remains of one crew were beamed back to Sheppard while the away team worked to download the ship's logs. Operations officer Teresa Firelight managed to ascertain that the mining vessel had been attacked and fired on approximately three weeks before that time.
Once back on Sheppard, the away team, augmented by Chief of Security Jess Hamelin and Chief of Operations April Coswell, beamed down to an asteroid where tunnels seemed to have been created. Indeed, the away team found the remains of an Orion miner half-crushed by a rock fall, as well as a few abandoned recording units which contained the miners' logs. Those told a frightening tale of miners going either hungry and/or mad and/or being stalked by something terrifying.
In one of the lower caves, the away team found two survivors, which seemed quite insane - to the point of resisting their rescue and, rather than let themselves get "captured", detonating some charges and injuring Lieutenant Hamelin. The away team managed to subdue the miners long enough to set transport enhancers and beam back to Sheppard.
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