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|The Plan Unfolds|
|*SIM Type: USS Veracruz Missions|
|*Production number: VERA-RP003|
|*Forum Thread: The Plan Unfolds|
|*Previous Mission: The Skellos Code|
|*Next Mission: Hide and Sneak|
|*SIM Concept: Kinney Randt|
|*Historian: Aryela Dagger|
The USS Veracruz crew continues their search for Skellos and the Orion's Sword group, and come across an old friend that provides some much needed answers.
Location: On the border of Voxxian Space
Alert Status: Yellow
We have arrived at the edge of Voxxian space, and found the station that Orion's Sword built just inside their territory. Commander Aryela led an away team to the station to download and locate any information possible on the group as well as the USS Proto. They were able to obtain several files when our sensors detected a Voxxian ship on an intercept course.
I ordered the Veracruz back into UFS space after beaming the away team back, and computer sciences began working on cracking the encryptions used to secure the files.
Sensors then detected a small unidentified scout ship coming into range. The ship was of federation design, but had no transponder, and would only answer our hails with a text message requesting one to transport.
After Lt Czavicevic and her team arrived in the transporter room, we beamed the passenger aboard. I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised to find Lady Byrna, who works with UFS Intel, beaming aboard.
She carries with her both knowledge and a warning; the alliance has been told a rouge federation starship is in the area, and one of their battleships is en route. Hopefully with her help we can make them realize we are not that rouge ship.
In service, Captain Kinney Randt-Rhode
When a Ju'day-class courier ship appears, the crew of the Veracruz is on edge, wondering if their attempts at remaining hidden have been for naught. However, the ship powers down its shields and weapons, revealing three lifesigns on board, one with Starfleet comms. Lieutenant Jamie Czavicevic goes to the transporter room and beams the one lifesign aboard, revealing none other than Lady Bryna.
When Captain Kinney Randt brings her to the bridge, Bryna reveals that the Galactic Alliance has involved itself in the situation. Evidently, they are under orders to destroy the Federation ship in the region. Presumably, it is the Proto, however, they might not be aware at the Veracruz is not the Proto itself. Bryna informs the crew that the Voxxians are paranoid of the Alliance. The Alliance is defensive and knows only that a Federation ship is where it should not be, namely Voxxian space. As the Alliance views itself as peacekeepers/bodyguards of the region, they will involve themselves when a threat is seen.
After a variety of theories are bounced around, the crew decides to hide in an ion cloud, which Commander Garethya Mongrain and Lieutenant Scottybrit Resident locate, a message is sent to draw the Proto out of hiding. The intent is to attack the ship and thus convince the Alliance that the Veracruz is on its side.