Day One: Departure.   Posted by Storyteller.Group: 0
Storyteller
 GM, 46 posts
Fri 17 Jun 2016
at 19:10
Day One: Departure
The Hyperion dropped out of warp in an unremarkable system near the Neutral Zone.  The star had already collapsed into a white dwarf star.  There were no planets and only a thin ring of frozen asteroids that orbited around the star.  There was nothing at all remarkable about this system that would catch any attention.

Except for the large, octagonal-shaped artificial structure that was in stationary orbit close to the star.  The material was nothing the ship had registered before and the energy readings were non-existent.

A federation ship, small by comparison, is almost indistinguishable near the starboard side of the structure.  The ship appears heavily modified and there are numerous cables running between it and the structure.

Approximately thirty seconds after arrival, the Hyperion is hailed from the ship.

--USS Hyperion, this is the Iron Horse. We are finalizing preparations to get you underway. Are you ready to proceed with the mission?--
Walter Peterson
 player, 29 posts
 Human Lieutenant
 Head Conn USS Hyperion
Sat 18 Jun 2016
at 00:54
Day One: Departure
The last half hour, Walter had gotten the final details of the Iron Horse project.  It made him frown; he had thought it had been something else, not this gate.  Maybe they'd run into a similar one back in the Delta?  But he quickly put his frustration aside in not being able to replicate the technology and put it towards getting the ship ready.  He ran a few more tests, coordinated with Meg, so the ship would be able to withstand whatever method the Iron Horse used to catapult them across the galaxy.  He let out a soft sigh, coming up on the Neutral Zone.  This was the last familiar piece of space they'd be seeing forever; only two ships had been known to be in the Delta and they'd be different from the slice they were going to explore.


"Coming up on the Iron Horse now," he announced to the captain.  He began to start dialing in the preparations, activating the stellar cartography suite that would do its best to track their journey.  He tilted his head to hear the captain's orders once they were hailed.
Sialk
 player, 19 posts
Sat 18 Jun 2016
at 01:28
Day One: Departure
[Observation Lounge]

After many hours of mental exercises, reflections of morality and analyses of the crew records the ship was finally about to leave. The adventure that Sialk signed up for was about to begin. Using his his PADD he was able to get the main viewer and audio from the bridge. "Lt. Commander Yeager I am currently in the Observation Lounge however, if you need my assistance during the jump I will meet you in Main Engineering". Sialk closed the communication channel and returned to the bridge feed.
Bianca Ssussunriyh
 player, 29 posts
 El-Aurian
 Ambassador / Diplomat
Sat 18 Jun 2016
at 01:55
Day One: Departure
[Observation Lounge]

Elsewhere, Bianca was giving a briefing on what she knew of the Delta Quadrant to anyone who was interested. For those whose duties kept them from attending, a recording of the briefing was being made. And of course she'd be aboard the Hyperion to answer any further questions.

"My people, the El-Aurians, originally hail from a planet that was located about here," she pointed on a star chart, to a point about halfway out from the galactic core, near where the Delta Quadrant bordered on the Beta Quadrant. "I refer to it in the past tense, because in 2265 by the Federation calendar, the Borg attacked and destroyed our homeworld and assimilated its population. Only a handful of us managed to escape. Of course, there are others who were fortunate enough to be offworld at the time, but we estimate that there are less than a thousand of our species remaining in total.

"In 2293, two Federation transport vessels, the SS Lakul and the SS Robert Fox, were bringing a group of El-Aurian refugees to Federation space, when they were caught in the Nexus and destroyed."
According to the Federation database, the Nexus was a destructive ribbon of temporal energy that swept across the Milky Way galaxy every 39.1 standard years. "The USS Enterprise-B managed to rescue 47 survivors, including myself." Captain James T. Kirk had been lost when the Nexus breached the Enterprise-B's hull.

"Like the other survivors, I was caught up in the Nexus, then yanked away by the Enterprise-B's transporter beam. A unique set of circumstances that resulted in my existing both here in normal space-time, and in the extra-dimensional realm of the Nexus where space and time have no meaning. Neither here nor there, to coin a phrase, yet both here and there simultaneously.

"It may be that I maintain a subconscious link with my doppelganger inside the Nexus, and that my other self can sometimes communicate with me subliminally. Since she exists throughout all of time and space, she may possess knowledge that my mundane self ordinarily would not. It's difficult to explain, since I don't really understand it myself. And it's just a hypothesis, with no means of proving or disproving it,"
Bianca shrugged.

She sat down and toyed with her cane idly. "Anyway, that's all ancient history. USS Voyager's logs can give you a much more up-to-date picture of what the Delta Quadrant is like today. And I gather that we'll be venturing even beyond the Ocampa homeworld and the former site of the Caretaker's Array. Focusing our attentions outward rather than homeward, as it were."

This message was last edited by the player at 14:40, Sat 18 June 2016.

Mark Fontaine
 player, 21 posts
Sat 18 Jun 2016
at 07:55
Day One: Departure
[Observation Lounge]

Mark listened to the briefing. Since his only duty station at the moment was on his shuttle and that was under lock down he had nothing else to do. He had been briefed on the mission and had herd of the ribbon but had not expected to ever meet anyone who had seen it.

"Thank you Ma'am" he said as he filed out.
Taeko Takamuko
 player, 82 posts
 Lt Commander Takamuko
Sat 18 Jun 2016
at 08:21
Day One: Departure
In reply to Storyteller (msg # 1):
[ Bridge ]
Taeko stands at his duty station keeping an eye on the surroundings.
" So where did they find this device"? he asks generally. "I have not come across any thing like this before"
He runs the tactical sensors across the area, again.
and turns back from his studies, awaiting orders

This message was last edited by the player at 18:13, Sat 18 June 2016.

Mavrik
 player, 50 posts
 Male Orion Counsellor
 How can I make you feel?
Sat 18 Jun 2016
at 12:29
Day One: Departure
[Observation Lounge]

Some hours later, having dropped out of warp, the Hyperion appeared to be actually, finally due for departure to the Delta Quadrant. Mavrik found himself wishing it would just leave already, before he got second thoughts, doubts, and all the rest. Throwing yourself into the unknown was not something one really wanted to sit and wait for.

He returned to the Observation Lounge, finding it a bit more populated now, people talking and waiting together. Through the viewscreen, he saw they'd come to some kind of space station or ring structure; he figured it was some kind of artificial portal. That was a surprise; details of this mission were scant and cryptic to one of his rank.

Ambassador Ssussunriyh was speaking on the Delta Quadrant, so he elected to listen in, hearing of Listener history and the Nexus anomaly. He surprised to hear of her apparent, dual existence. How would that be, he wondered, to be in two places at once, and worse, to to be everywhere and everywhen at once. How would he give counsel for it? There were no psychological guidelines for that, no previous case-studies to consult. But counselling a person in space, with all kinds of species and unexpected extraordinary situations, was mostly a matter of working it out as you went, together.

'The Delta Quadrant is a quarter of the Galaxy, though, a vast area.' Mavrik noted. 'It may be we'll never encounter anything from Voyager's logs.'
Bianca Ssussunriyh
 player, 30 posts
 El-Aurian
 Ambassador / Diplomat
Sat 18 Jun 2016
at 17:42
Day One: Departure
"Indeed," Bianca nodded to Mavrik. "On ancient Earth seafaring maps, it would be the sort of place labeled: Terra Incognita Here there be Dragons and other Strange Beasts. Still, it's better than venturing forth completely uninformed. At least we're aware, for example, that standard Federation shuttlecraft are too slow, too fragile, and too lightly armed to be of much use."
Mark Fontaine
 player, 22 posts
Sat 18 Jun 2016
at 18:25
Day One: Departure
Over hearing Mavrik and Bianca Mark interjected "I think we have that covered this time Ma'am, The two Mako class we have have in the Main Hanger should handle anything Delta can offer." Given the Admirals orders to lock down the ship this did not seem like another time to bend his orders, Marines were one thing but Bianca was an Ambassador and he did not know how by the book she would be.
Richard Jericho
 player, 29 posts
 Commander
Sun 19 Jun 2016
at 00:14
Day One: Departure
---Iron Horse this is Hyperion everything is in order and we are ready to proceed, we are in your hands. Please advise on were we need to position.----

"Okay Peterson, when they forward the necessary information, move us in to position."


Mavrik
 player, 51 posts
 Male Orion Counsellor
 How can I make you feel?
Sun 19 Jun 2016
at 03:51
Day One: Departure
[Observation Lounge]

Terra incognita it sounded like the Outer Dark of his people. He might have brought it up, though conversation soon moved on to shuttlecraft. 'I don't think it's the quadrant or the shuttle craft. Space and interstellar societies should be more-or-less the same throughout the Galaxy. It's more the situation Voyager was in: exploration in unknown or hostile territory without support would require vessels that can operate independently.'