The BortaS.   Posted by Capt. Delilah Samson.Group: 0
Capt. Delilah Samson
 NPC, 32 posts
 Human female
 CO Dyson Base
Fri 18 May 2018
at 04:05
The BortaS
SD 53108.12, 0800 hours, February 8, 2376, Flight Briefing Room, Freeman's Island

LCdr. M'Rel has just finished the day's flight briefing when Capt. Samson strides into the Flight Briefing Room and assumes the podium. "Good morning, Ladies, Gentlemen and Nivran. Lt. Swann will be working a detached mission with Lt. Talbot and the USS Seine. The USS Thames will ferry Dr. Keh'lef and Emissary Klaang to the IKV BortaS crash site in veng BortaSBortaS City. You will all be armed with Phasers Mk II, worn openly since Klingons expect all military personnel to be armed." She raise a hand in admonition, "Yes, technically Starfleet is not military, but these old-style Klingons don't see the difference as meaningful—to their eyes, Starfleet officers are warriors and warriors go armed. All weapons will, of course, remain on heavy stun cycle and used only as necessary." She taps her PADD and a standard map-hex appears on the wall-screen. It depicts a mediæval walled city with a river running past it.


"You will note that in the past century and a quarter The surviving crew of the BortaS have grown into a pocket kingdom consisting of the City and a network of towns and villages encompassing several thousand square kilometres. They have conquered a couple of nearby races whom they consider kuve, or servitor races. They do not use tlhIngan Hol, but an archaic dialect called thlIngan Hubbeq. Those who speak daHol will find it incomprehensible save for a few shared words, so please rely on you commbages. We want no miscommunications.

"Note in the centre of the city is the IKV BortaS' command boom, which managed to soft-land intact and more-or-less upright. Klingons being relatively good civil engineers, they managed to restore it to level and built a fortification around it."
The scene changes to an ærial view of the command boom.


This message was last edited by the player at 02:15, Fri 25 May.

Lt (jg) Jonathan Clare
 player, 51 posts
 Human male
 Planetologist
Sun 20 May 2018
at 02:04
The BortaS
In reply to Capt. Delilah Samson (msg # 1):

[OOC: When are we with respect to the previous thread? How much time has passed?]
Relic GM
 GM, 634 posts
Mon 21 May 2018
at 03:02
The BortaS
In reply to Lt (jg) Jonathan Clare (msg # 2):

[OOC: It's the next morning.]
Lt (jg) Jonathan Clare
 player, 52 posts
 Human male
 Planetologist
Fri 25 May 2018
at 11:56
The BortaS
In reply to Capt. Delilah Samson (msg # 1):

Jon raises a hand. "Are the crew members of the Thames, then, just playing the part of an armed escort for the Emissary and Dr. Keh'lef? Do we have any other duties? Who is the senior commander for this mission?"
Capt. Delilah Samson
 NPC, 33 posts
 Human female
 CO Dyson Base
Sun 27 May 2018
at 22:36
The BortaS
"A good question, Mr.Clare. The Thames will transport the Emissary and Dr. Keh'lef to the city, where Lts. Nivran and Merawdr will be detached to act as their bodyguard and staff officer while the rest of you will liaise with our embedded SI agent, Cdr. K'Pok. As cover, he will pose as a local warrior acting as your guide." She indicates the screen.


"The commander is a Klingon Starfleet Intelligence officer who has been surgically altered to resemble the so-called fusion Klingons. Please review your briefing materials on the relevant Klingon physiological history. K'Pok's team is in BortaS City undercover and has been here for about a month establishing their bona fides. The crew of the Lena, led by Cdr. M'Rel, will be at the BortaS' command boom as the public face of Starfleet, while the rest of you will assume the guise of Klingon traders from out of town. Your commbadges will be programmed to use the appropriate regional dialect and accent. For the next two days, you will undergo intensive training in acting the part. Your overall mission will be that of reconnaissance, feeling out the attitude of the populace to the Federation presence and the mission to find a cure for the Augment Virus and apply it to the city's inhabitants. Lt. Swann has been detached to Cdr. K'Pok's team and may be working with you at K'Pok's discretion." She signals to switch off the viewer and asks, "Are there any questions?"
Lt (jg) Jonathan Clare
 player, 53 posts
 Human male
 Planetologist
Wed 30 May 2018
at 10:35
The BortaS
In reply to Capt. Delilah Samson (msg # 5):

"Have we received any preliminary reports from Cdr. K'Pok?" asks Jon. "I am just wondering if we know how stable the current ... um, political situation is in BortaS City."
Capt. Delilah Samson
 NPC, 34 posts
 Human female
 CO Dyson Base
Wed 30 May 2018
at 22:03
The BortaS
"Yes, Jon. To make a long story short, Cdr. K'Pok says that up 'til now, the political situation has been stable, but in the last few days there have been rumblings of discontent with the idea of the so-called Imperials interfering with the rightful destiny of the nuvpu', or the People. This rhetoric sounds suspiciously like that of the Imperial Klingon State, a small polity in the Triangle which sealed its borders a hundred and fifteen years ago to prevent the Empire's spread of the original cure to the Fusion Virus," she replies.

"We have, however, no indication that the IKS even knows that the BortaS Klingons even exist. This is one of the things he wants you to assist with.  Unfortunately, Argent, several of the inhabitants of the City are familiar with Cdr. M'Rel, otherwise we would have you pose as a kuve, or a member of a servitor species from elsewhere in the Sphere. Likewise, Nivran is sufficiently similar to Caitians that we feel it risky to use this stratagem with hir. Thus they will openy identify themselves as Starfleet officers. If only we had some of the new holographic disguises being developed at the Daystom Institute fo the Intel types, but they're a couple of years away from being deployed in the field."
Lt Zedrick Sloane
 player, 90 posts
 Centauran Lieutenant
 Flight Control
Sun 10 Jun 2018
at 20:07
The BortaS
In reply to Capt. Delilah Samson (msg # 7):

“Captain, if we are going to liaison with K’Pok, what is the premise of our visit.  Obviously the crew of the Lena are acting as the prime contact with the BortaS.  Are we supplying aid, are we investigating a location in space we didn’t expect to find Klingons.” Sloane asks.

As he starts flipping through the briefing material Sloane adds “And what is the primary purpose of our mission?”
Capt. Delilah Samson
 NPC, 35 posts
 Human female
 CO Dyson Base
Mon 11 Jun 2018
at 15:46
The BortaS
"The mission, Zed, is to locate the origins of the "resistance" to the overall plan of curing the Augment Virus. It may be indigenous or it may be fomented by one of the radical Houses within the Empire. It may even be fomented by an outside polity—the least likely being the Imperial Klingon State." She sighs and continues.

"The problem is, we simply have no idea who's causing this sedition. If it is indeed indigenous, then the Klingons will deal with it internally under Section XVI of the Prime Directive: Regarding Cultural Non-intervention and the 22nd Clause of the Khitomer Accords as a Klingon colony. If, however, it is an outside polity, it falls under the Federation's sphere of responsibility."
Lt (jg) Jonathan Clare
 player, 54 posts
 Human male
 Planetologist
Tue 12 Jun 2018
at 14:39
The BortaS
In reply to Capt. Delilah Samson (msg # 9):

"I presume we start our training now, or at least as soon as this briefing is over," says Jon. "And that we are leaving in 2 days. Once  deployed, is there a deadline or time limit for us to discover the information that we are looking for? Or is it 'as long as it takes'?"

"I'd like to get started as soon as possible," Jon continues. "It sounds like we have a lot to learn!"

Jon is trying appear calm, but he is both excited and anxious about this mission. This is exactly the sort of on-the-ground adventure he's been dreaming of since he joined Starfleet (up until recently, most of his assignments have been tedious at best, and definitely not dangerous). Now that he is faced with it, however, he's feeling butterflies in his stomach.
Lt Zedrick Sloane
 player, 91 posts
 Centauran Lieutenant
 Flight Control
Tue 12 Jun 2018
at 15:19
The BortaS
In reply to Lt (jg) Jonathan Clare (msg # 10):

“Understood, so we will go on the premise the Prime Directive is in place until we have proof otherwise. Knowing the BortaS has been trapped here for some time what appearance of uniform and technology can we use.   I would think they were accept that the outside world advanced while they were trapped here. But would think for a comfort level we should use old style uniforms.” Sloane says.


“Like the Lt. once done here I’m eager to start the training.”
Capt. Delilah Samson
 NPC, 36 posts
 Human female
 CO Dyson Base
Tue 12 Jun 2018
at 15:51
The BortaS
"There won't be any need for uniforms. Only the Hod's staff at the BortaS fortress wear the old Klingon uniforms—the SuvwI' wear armour based on that of Kahless's time, and the populace at large wear simpler mediæval clothing, albeit with a Klingon twist," replies Samson. "Cdr. K'Pok will provide clothing. You're all baseline humanoids, so the disguises will be very simple—mostly a skin dye and hair colour. As to Jon's question about mission duration, that'll be up to K'Pok."

She waves to M'Rel to turn the viewer off. "Your full briefing materials have been downloaded to your PADDs. You have the rest of the morning to go over them, and training starts at noon sharp in the main holodeck. I hope you like authentic Klingon food."

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Relic GM
 GM, 635 posts
Wed 13 Jun 2018
at 19:40
The BortaS
09:00 hours, February 8, 2376.

The crew has three hours to give the briefing a quick once-over before their 12:00 hours meeting at the holodeck. The notes give a brief history of the IKS BortaS's history detailing its final mission as reconstructed from official Klingon records and files copied by M'Rel and company from the BortaS's main computer.

The Klingon D7 Battlecruiser BortaS is the very stuff of legends within the Klingon Empire. Lost over a century and a quarter ago, its name has lived on, lending itself to a popular series of vids and holonovels translated into Federation Standard English as "Battlecruiser Vengeance".

Under her commander, HoD Qor'tathl, the BortaS had a sterling record in war and cold war against both the United Federation of Planets and the Romulan Star Empire. During the Four Years' War, the BortaS fought in over a dozen battles and was responsible for the destruction of several Starfleet vessels.

In the year 2250, she undertook a secret mission to Romulus, where her crew stole the Tokath, a Vulcan artifact dating back to the time of Surak, before the Romulans left Vulcan. Romulan Birds of Prey pursued her, damaging her severely. To avoid capture or destruction by the Romulan task force, the BortaS entered Federation space and encountered the Dyson Sphere. When the Sphere's docking beams seized the ship, its warp core finally gave out and the surviving crew crowded into the command boom, which was drawn into the Sphere.

The BortaS's command boom was of standard Klingon design and thus could manoeuvre independantly, therefore the crew were able to land the boom relatively safely. Over the course of the next few decades, a fortification and then a city grew up about the boom. Today, the boom sits at the centre of BortaS City, surrounded by stone walls. Its systems are kept at standby, power provided by hydrogen cracked from local H2O sources. The engineering crew has maintained its numbers at a skeleton crew level using the tutorials and manuals in the ship's library computer. Although poorly trained by modern military standards, they have kept the ship's systems in reasonable working order for over 125 years, an astounding feat by any measure.

BortaS City is a thriving metropolis of several thousand Klingons, descendants of the original survivors. With little in the way of technology, they have created a society reminiscent of their primitive pre-space forebearers in the time of Kahless the Unforgettable. At the centre of the walled city is the central plaza and the BortaS's command boom, flanked by statues of Kahless and HoD Qor'tathl.

The city is surrounded by 15 metre tall stone walls with a number of guard towers spaced more-or-less evenly along them. The city is roughly round in plan, with radial avenues leading from the central plaza. Buildings are typically Klingon; blocky, slightly tapered masses of stone, wood and stucco with buttresses at the corners. External staircases lead to flat roofs on many of the residential buildings, where much of family life is conducted in the open air. Much of the city uses a relatively low level of technology, comparable to that of 14th century Europe on Earth.

The descendants of the surviving crew of the IKV BortaS are genetically modified Klingons from the mid 23rd century, victims of a runaway experiment which affected all Klingons in the Empire for over a century until a cure was found in the late 2260's. They are, therefore, identical to the smooth headed Klingons of the 2260's. and the modern Imperial Klingon State in the Triangle. They have, however, rejected the neo-fascist ideology espoused by Klingons during the Klingon/Federation Cold War, and have returned to an idealised version of their ancestors. They worship the classical Klingon gods and live in a manner they imagine their ancestors did—rather closer to the romantic ideals of Klingon honour than existed in ancient times or, for that matter, in modern times. Like Worf, they have been raised on stories and folklore, and have taken it to heart.


At noon, the crew proceeds to the main holodeck, where they are confronted by Worf, Klaang and Keh'lef in a dimly lit pseudo-mediæval hall with Klingon sculptures and banners around the walls.

This message was last edited by the GM at 05:40, Thu 14 June.

Lt Zedrick Sloane
 player, 92 posts
 Centauran Lieutenant
 Flight Control
Thu 14 Jun 2018
at 18:01
The BortaS
In reply to Relic GM (msg # 13):

Sloane walks into the surroundings in the holo deck and looks around to see who is there and wait for the rest of his crew.  He had fully versed himself prior to the meeting on the briefing info and did preliminary review of Klingon history.

He looks over to everyone and says “Once everyone is here I’m ready to begin, looking forward to this mission.

After his time in the Dominion war Zed is looking forward to something different to sink his teeth into.
Ambassador Worf
 NPC, 1 post
 Klingon male
Sun 17 Jun 2018
at 04:11
The BortaS
Worf stands and says, "Lieutenant, you're the first to arrive. Please be seated while we wait for the others."

Emissary Klaang picks up the briefing, "Lt. Sloane, in the past eighty-one DIS, [a Klingon year (DIS) lasts 564 Klingon days, or 567.38 Earth days, so 81 DIS equals 126 Earth years] the crew of the may'Duj Bortas [Battlecruiser Vengeance] have had to adapt their cuisine to local flora and fauna. The command boom of the ship contained a thriving colony of food-grade gargh, which they have maintained and cultivated so that they have a sufficient supply of the serpent worms to meet their needs, but their small herd targhs did not thrive and became extinct, so they found a local beast which is similar to, but inferior to the original.

"Your Federation palates are not used to our more robust cuisine, so for the duration of your orientation training, you will be consuming the same victuals as the BortaSngan Is that understood? You will answer 'lu' qaH' [yes, sir]."


Worf looks up as the others arrive. "You are late," he barks. "Lt. Sloane has been here for three minutes and thirty seconds. Further instances will be rewarded with an oy-naq." He holds up a Klingon pain stick. "Tonight and for the remainder of your orientation, you will be receiving hypnogogic lessons in thlIngan Hubbeq as native speakers will note something amiss if you use the universal translators in your commbadges. Specifically, the training will teach you the dialect an accent from the HuSnang province from which you will ostensibly hail. This may result in a headache for a few days and analgesics are forbidden. From now on, you are Klingons! Do not forget that. Today, we will speak Federation Standard English, but starting tomorrow at 07:00 sharp, all communication will be in thlIngan Hubbeq."

This message was last edited by the player at 19:02, Sun 17 June.

Relic GM
 GM, 636 posts
Thu 21 Jun 2018
at 20:42
The BortaS
[A note on Klingon dates:

Klingon Calendar
The Klingon day "jaj" lasts 1.006 Earth days, or 24 hours, 8 minutes and 38 seconds. A Klingon year "DIS" lasts 564 Klingon days, or 567.3 8 Earth days. The Klingon year is divided into eleven months or "jar". A Klingon day "jaj" is specifically measured from dawn to dawn (rather than from midnight to midnight). "Day" referring to the period when it is light is a completely different Klingon word, "pem". The book also makes it quite clear that Klingon "days," "months" and "years" are not identical to the same periods on Earth. From this, it doesn't seem unreasonable to assume that "jaj" refers to the time it takes the Klingon homeworld KronoS to rotate once on its axis (a day), "jar" at least approximates the time it takes the Klingon moon Praxis to travel once around KronoS (a month; at least, it was before Praxis blew up) and "DIS" refers to the time KronoS takes to complete one orbit of its sun (a year). The Terran year 2373 corresponds to the Year of Kahless "qeylIS DIS" 999. The current Klingon DIS is qeylIS DIS 1001.

Month       Klingon Days Long
a'qeylIS    51
jo'voS      51
maqtaH      51
So'jen      51
nay'poQ     52
lo'bral     51
mer'utlhIj  51
batlh       52
tlha'laH    51
do'qat      51
QuSten      52


Thus, the BortaS was destroyed in the year qeylIS DIS 920.]