Ten Forward: In-character non-mission meetings.   Posted by Storyteller.Group: 0
Sialk
 player, 2 posts
Fri 13 May 2016
at 03:41
Re: Ten Forward: In-character non-mission meetings
Sialk entered Ten Forward. He had spent a lot of time working in this Starbase. Although he had learned a great deal about Starships here, the place had turned into a prison of bureaucracy. The words he had exchanged with his parents still echoed in his mind. He would likely not be able to settle down on Vulcan and raise a family like his parents did. The virtue of knowledge would be first and foremost, one of the noble pursuits for Vulcans and many other sentient beings. Sialk did not get any food or drinks and worked his way into the main area. The green skinned man stood out. Sialk quickly identified the species as Orion and would be part of the senior staff. Sialk could remember when his great grandfather had told him about his Starfleet voyages back in the early 23th century. A lot had changed regarding the relationship between Orions and the Federation. Sialk went over and sat next to Mavrik.
Chamille 'Shimmer' O'Connor
 player, 8 posts
 Chief Science Officer
 Fascinating!
Fri 13 May 2016
at 03:57
Re: Ten Forward: In-character non-mission meetings
Shimmer smirked slightly as she read a particularly amusing passage in her book, leaning slightly back as she continued to sip her Sunrise, and tap the glass to cause the colours to flicker and ripple. Her hand rose to gently toy with a lock of her hair in a thoughtless, casual manner, a common one humans displayed when distracted by something or concentrating. She had a peculiar feeling, like she was being watched, and her eyes flicked up suddenly, catching the Orion counselor sitting a few tables down glancing her way before looking back to the stars. She recognized him from the personnel files; the only Orion on the crew. In fact, one of only a handful she had met in her life.

The science officer was nothing if not approachable. She could tell that Mavrik had noticed her, or was curious -- many were when they saw her silver hair. It made for a good conversation piece if nothing else. Perhaps he was just shy? A peculiar trait for a counselor, but who was she to judge anyone? Maybe he was just the strong, silent type who liked to watch people before talking to them. A Vulcan entered then and sat beside Mavrik and she paused. However, they didn't seem to be talking...

She stood up and shifted forward toward the table, drink in hand and data pad under her arm. "Good evening, gentlemen," she said in a bright tone, smiling at the two of them and casually setting her drink down on the table, but didn't yet move to take the remaining seat. "Do you mind if I sit with you?"
Taeko Takamuko
 player, 13 posts
Fri 13 May 2016
at 04:10
Re: Ten Forward: In-character non-mission meetings

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Mavrik
 player, 8 posts
 Male Orion Counsellor
 How can I make you feel?
Fri 13 May 2016
at 05:40
Re: Ten Forward: In-character non-mission meetings
As first one then another person joined him, Mavrik felt a mixture of relief and nervousness. 'Sure.' he answered the silver-haired woman softly, gesturing invitingly to the seat. She was much younger than her hair made her appear, and beautiful. Mavrik took a last glance at the globe of the Earth, spending a moment to quell his anxiety, before shifting to face the others, leaning back in his chair in a relaxed, open posture. One was human, or human-like, the other Vulcan. And a commander, the XO of the expedition no less. 'Oh, good evening, sir.' he greeted Sialk. Adopting his social face, he introduced himself 'The name's Mavrik, counsellor for the Delta Outreach expedition.' He raised a hand, to wave or shake, whatever the custom they went for.
Zachariah Ebbens
 player, 6 posts
 Security officer
 Lt. Jr grade
Fri 13 May 2016
at 13:39
Re: Ten Forward: In-character non-mission meetings
Zachariah couldn't help but think the way his superior answered his question and that he hadn't read the personnel files yet was a bit strange. Zachariah had read all the personnel files of the heads of departments and a few other officers he might run into. "Well in place I've been all over Klingon and Federation space, there is something about the Klingon lifestyle I find enjoyable that I can't place my finger on." He paused a moment to take another sip of bloodwine. "In time, well I've been robbed of some, I'm a tad too young to have fought in the war and I barely graduated the academy." He appears a little agitated thinkng for a moment about his past. "As of emotion well, I am excited to begin the expedition. I hope we can find a Vulcan with a sense of humor while we are there." He joked before shifting his tone to a more serious one.

"Before you go reading my personnel file, let me give you the short and sweet version. I had instructors at the academy that I felt were too strict and we didn't get along. I got into a little trouble like most cadets and I believe they over reacted. To put things plain and simple just know that if I think you're doing something unethical, I'll be sure to let you know and I expect you to do the same for me. If it seems I don't like you during the expedition just remember I'll respect you for your rank and will obey your orders as much as Starfleet regulations require me to." Zachariah looked over to Mavrik and Chamille's table then to Taeko. "I think we're missing out on the rest of the crew meet and greet." The half betazoid got up from his seat and walked over to Sialk. "Greetings, Commander."Zachariah looked at who else he recognized from personnel files. "Hello, Counselor." He said to Mavrik looking him over. The security officer then looked to Chamille. "Hello Lieutenant."

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M'Norri
 player, 5 posts
 Head Doctor/Medic
 Caitian
Sat 14 May 2016
at 09:00
Re: Ten Forward: In-character non-mission meetings
M'norri, until now, had been quietly knitting in the corner. When she noticed Taeko, now suddenly all on his own, she moved over to sit with him instead. She generally didn't talk to security personnel, due to her dislike of violence, but this man seemed to be an okay person.

After a few seconds of observing him, her silence punctuated by the rhythmic clicking of her knitting needles, she finally spoke up.
"I don't believe we've met, have we? Well, we might have. My memory isn't the greatest..." She chuckled softly at that before continuing. "My name is M'Norri. I'm the head of the medical department on this ship. You're security, aren't you? I know the look of them. I've seen far too many in my career. Most of them were brought to me expecting a miracle, with things lost that I could never fix. They..." Upon noticing how her voice had taken over the conversation, she quickly cut herself off. "Sorry about that, I tend to ramble when I talk. If I get annoying, just cut me off, won't you, Mister... Oh, I haven't asked your name! So sorry about that. Pray tell, what is your name? I'm sure that in the files it began with a "T", right...?"
Taeko Takamuko
 player, 15 posts
 Lt Commander Takamuko
Sat 14 May 2016
at 09:26
Re: Ten Forward: In-character non-mission meetings
M'Norri:
M'norri, until now, had been quietly knitting in the corner. When she noticed Taeko, now suddenly all on his own, she moved over to sit with him instead. She generally didn't talk to security personnel, due to her dislike of violence, but this man seemed to be an okay person.

Pray tell, what is your name? I'm sure that in the files it began with a "T", right...?"</Goldenrod>

 Taeko lets the women speak, having risen slightly and bowed welcoming her to the table. He watches the needs fascinated at the action and the result.
Hearing the question he Bows slightly "Taeko Takkamuko".

He considers her words and then softly replies
"Yes it is with regret that we have to report to medical so many times" he answers softly.
"It is some times required to meet threat with force". "Though it is to be regretted that being can not live in peace".
"That is of course the logical decision of any rational being."

""M'norri only a fool seeks violence for violence's sake, you should study my people, we like many cultures are a contradiction. We produce things of great beauty, yet our combat close in martial arts match the best other worlds have developed".
"Then you come to our medical, and we taught acupuncture and healing long before the western civilisations crawled out from their caves."


"Please excuse my bad manors, but what do you make with the movement of the sticks"?

M'Norri
 player, 6 posts
 Head Doctor/Medic
 Caitian
Sat 14 May 2016
at 20:13
Re: Ten Forward: In-character non-mission meetings
She laughed softly. "I knit. Wool comes together in knots, which link continuously into a fabric, like a silk or cotton, but larger knots and larger holes. I make blankets, hats, clothing... anything really, But I spend most of my wool making blankets and clothes for those in the sickbay. Sure, you can get insulated tri-woven fancy stuff from any locker, but there's something about a soft, warm wool blanket, knowing it's been made specially for you... it's touching. Besides, wool has a warmth all of it's own that no silly science-blanket can match." She hummed softly. "Would you like a hat, or a jumper? I imagine you'll be going offship sometimes, and many planets out there are terribly cold..."
Taeko Takamuko
 player, 16 posts
 Lt Commander Takamuko
Sat 14 May 2016
at 20:26
Re: Ten Forward: In-character non-mission meetings
M'Norri:
She laughed softly. "I knit. Wool comes together in knots, which link continuously into a fabric, like a silk or cotton, but larger knots and larger holes. I make blankets, hats, clothing... anything really, But I spend most of my wool making blankets and clothes for those in the sickbay. Sure, you can get insulated tri-woven fancy stuff from any locker, but there's something about a soft, warm wool blanket, knowing it's been made specially for you... it's touching. Besides, wool has a warmth all of it's own that no silly science-blanket can match." She hummed softly. "Would you like a hat, or a jumper? I imagine you'll be going offship sometimes, and many planets out there are terribly cold..."

Taeko watches for a long moment, he has no wish to be off putting and many people find him so.
Carefully he says
"I have always found the Star fleet issue garments to be well suited to the jobs we undertake".
"I wonder though, if you are wiling and please do not think I am insulting your craft"
"I have two young Sand cats in my cabin". "Would you make them two of your soft garments for them to curl into when resting?"

Sialk
 player, 3 posts
Sun 15 May 2016
at 03:23
Re: Ten Forward: In-character non-mission meetings
Sialk shook Mavrik's hand an unusual gesture for a Vulcan. After a few awkward seconds Sialk returned his to his side. He nodded at Chamille "greetings". Soon after Sialk repeated this gesture to Zachariah. Sialk pulls out his PADD accessing the specific files with ease. "My apologies Mavrik, for the introduction. It seems to me that small gestures outside of ones norm creates a certain kind of respect in others". Sialk returned his gaze to the screen.
Chamille 'Shimmer' O'Connor
 player, 11 posts
 Chief Science Officer
 Fascinating!
Sun 15 May 2016
at 04:00
Re: Ten Forward: In-character non-mission meetings
Chamille sat as she was invited and cocked her head slightly as she watched Sialk shake Marvik's gand, noting how awkward it seemed to him. "Oh? You believe as such, sir?" she asked when the commander stated that he believed small gestures outside of someone's cultural norm inspired respect, and took the queue. She smiled, but only slightly, respectfully, and raised her right hand, the thumb extended and her fingers paired and pulled inyo a split down the middle.

"Dif-tor heh smusma," she said in perfect Vulcan. She couldnt speak Vulcan, at least not fluently, but her multicultural studies had lead her to at least learn proper greetings for the many of the races that belonged to Star Fleet or allies of. She chuckled at Marvik, clearly quite social. "My apologies, Councelor. I dont know a greeting for Orions. I hope a simple Earthen handshake and 'Hello' will suffice." She reached over the table to in fact shake the man's hand.

She looked up as Zachariah approached and greeted them by rank, and gave a friendly chuckle. "Oh no, none of this rank nonsense when we are off duty. We are going to be spending an awful lot of time in deep space together and it's going to crawl by if we arent all friends. Chamille, but please call me Shimmer. And that goes for all of you, if you please." Another friendly smile as she raised her hand to shake Zachariah's.
Mavrik
 player, 9 posts
 Male Orion Counsellor
 How can I make you feel?
Sun 15 May 2016
at 05:43
Re: Ten Forward: In-character non-mission meetings
Bemused, Mavrik waited until Sialk released his hand. 'Ah, of course.' he agreed once the Vulcan explained the awkwardness of the unfamiliar gesture. That was a common routine in interspecies and intercultural exchanges across the galaxy.

He repeated it more easily with Chamille; his hand was naturally warm compared to the human's, and he had a gentle grasp despite his strength. 'The traditional Orion greeting is whatever the other person uses.' he decided with a soft smile. It was true, more or less; Orions had been space in thousands of years, and were old hands at interspecies exchange, not to mention cultural piracy. 'It's very... handy.'

He greeted Zachariah in the same way, shaking hands. More people. He felt nervous, he didn't do well in large groups, but he fought it down. Well, he'd sat down alone, and had been engulfed in fellow crew. He took that to be a good sign.
Zachariah Ebbens
 player, 7 posts
 Security officer
 Lt. Jr grade
Mon 16 May 2016
at 01:03
Re: Ten Forward: In-character non-mission meetings
Zachariah gave Chamille's hand a firm shake before saying"My name is Zachariah Ebbens, I prefer just being called Zack. In case you haven't read my personnel file I am the half betazoid security officer." He couldn't hide a hint of judgement in his eyes when he looked at Mavrik as they shook hands. Zachariah was unsure if Mavrik would a better counselor then if the ship had a full betazoid instead. He took a seat at the table before taking another sip of his klingon bloodwine.
Mavrik
 player, 10 posts
 Male Orion Counsellor
 How can I make you feel?
Mon 16 May 2016
at 08:19
Re: Ten Forward: In-character non-mission meetings
Mavrik didn't have to have empathy well, okay, he had empathy, like any being who wasn't a total psychopath, and quite a lot of it; he just didn't have tele-empathy to recognise Zack's concern. It was in the emphasis on "betazoid", in his judging eyes, in the dominating handshake and stance. Security officers were obvious, and he'd heard such concerns before. He briefly wondered whether to address this, then decided: of course he should. 'Like Commander Troi? I've read her case-studies and manuals, and was fortunate enough to study under her in a training workshop last year.'

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Zachariah Ebbens
 player, 8 posts
 Security officer
 Lt. Jr grade
Mon 16 May 2016
at 10:28
Re: Ten Forward: In-character non-mission meetings
"Yes just like the famous Deanna Troi." He said between drinks of his wine. The name seemed to follow half betazoids around.
Chamille 'Shimmer' O'Connor
 player, 12 posts
 Chief Science Officer
 Fascinating!
Tue 17 May 2016
at 07:43
Re: Ten Forward: In-character non-mission meetings
Shimmer slightly cocked her head as she took note of how much warmer Mavrik's hand was compared to a humans. It was quite unexpected but hardly unpleasant. After all, humans generally associated warmth with comfort. She smirked and bit back a chuckle at his description of essentially copying another species greetings as handy. "Yes. I imagine it often is," she said, obviously catching the joke. "That, and I imagine it helps prevent potential awkwardness. At least most of the time."

The scientist took the moment to busy herself, picking up her drink as she tried rather valiantly not to laugh at Zachariah as he showed clearly his irritation at being compared to the famous Troi. If she was honest, it was the first thing that had come to her mind as well, and she looked to Mavrik with a silent smile and glimmer in her eye of amusement.

She had absolutely no intention of irritating Zachariah or getting herself into a situation where the security guard could eventually have it out for her, and thus would not say her thoughts aloud... However, she did think that if he was so unkeen to be associated with a famous half betazoid, he should not immediately identify himself as a half betazoid as part of his introduction to himself. It was like saying you were English with zero lead up or context and then being irritated that someone mentioned Shakespeare was an English author they'd heard of. It was just irrational.

But that was neither here nor there. For now, she eyed his drink, and now she had something to truly judge him for. "Oh my... how have you developed a taste for Bloodwine? I've tried it before and it made me extremely ill."

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Mavrik
 player, 11 posts
 Male Orion Counsellor
 How can I make you feel?
Wed 18 May 2016
at 01:10
Re: Ten Forward: In-character non-mission meetings
Better he be thought a fool than incapable, Mavrik reflected ruefully, though he wasn't sure the comparison really worked. Oh well. He sipped his drink, a potent Orion ale, and listened to the others speak. He'd always wondered if bloodwine contained actual blood, but wasn't about to ask.
Zachariah Ebbens
 player, 9 posts
 Security officer
 Lt. Jr grade
Wed 18 May 2016
at 01:47
Re: Ten Forward: In-character non-mission meetings
The security officer smiled. "Well I've traveled around the empire a tad and befriended a klingon or two. When you're a partier like myself you learn to copt with the taste." He stuck his tongue in his cup to wet it before saying "Though this replicator version doesn't have the same kind of kick."
Meg
 player, 3 posts
 Communication Officer
 Lieutenant
Sat 21 May 2016
at 11:16
Re: Ten Forward: In-character non-mission meetings
OOC: I assume this thread is still alive and operating simultaneously though at a different time than the main story-thread? I'll delete this if not.

Though Meg was often enough the relief crew for just about anyone and everyone, she did need a break now and again. Even an artificial mind could suffer performance degradation without a bit of change in routine now and then. Though the comms officer wasn't a big drinker, she enjoyed the atmosphere in the 10 forward lounge. There were quite a few senior officers present today, which made it all the more interesting. Or potentially instructive. Or enjoyable. Definitely one of those three.

Meg walked toward the replicator and ordered her usual. "Lubrication cocktail Meg six nine." The drink materialized as expected - it looked like a tomato soup almost. One might even confuse it with a bloody mary if one didn't look too closely, or smell it.

In truth, she didn't really need anything at the moment. But it felt more natural to have something in her hands as she looked for someone that might like to chat. She was big on chatting. Which was good for a comms officer.
Taeko Takamuko
 player, 23 posts
 Lt Commander Takamuko
Sat 21 May 2016
at 11:32
Re: Ten Forward: In-character non-mission meetings
Meg:
In truth, she didn't really need anything at the moment. But it felt more natural to have something in her hands as she looked for someone that might like to chat. She was big on chatting. Which was good for a comms officer.

Taeko looks up as the Lt enters quietly observing her entrance and drinks order. he says nothing but his eyes express the interest, in the being as he watches.
idly he wonders what it is like to be alone the sole member of a race.
Taeko smiles to him self he must remember the Star fleet and  federation ruling on Commander Data that ruled that Data was not the property of Starfleet.

Taeko takes a sip of his drink and continues observation
Meg
 player, 4 posts
 Communication Officer
 Lieutenant
Sat 21 May 2016
at 17:53
Re: Ten Forward: In-character non-mission meetings
Meg smiled at Taeko as she noticed him watching the gynoid enter and order her drink. She took it as an invitation to join the conversation he was having. When she approached Taeko and M'Norri, Meg first bowed to the level she believed appropriate for one of Taeko's rank and age, slowly bending her upper body nearly 45 degrees while sliding her hands down the front of her thighs. She then fully returned to full height. She then turned to M'Norri and inclined her head politely toward the feline doctor. "Commanders, do you mind if I join you in conversation?" She paused and flashed a smile at M'Norri. "Or knitting?"
Taeko Takamuko
 player, 24 posts
 Lt Commander Takamuko
Sat 21 May 2016
at 18:35
Re: Ten Forward: In-character non-mission meetings
Meg:
"Commanders, do you mind if I join you in conversation?" She paused and flashed a smile at M'Norri. "Or knitting?"

 Taeko rises and returns the bow acknowledging the compliment and courtesy flawlessly.
"Please do Lt, you will please forgive my bad manors, but I was surprised to actually see a being that I have only read about". "Up to now I have only met one artificial life form before and that was a very brief encounter indeed."
"I find I have so many questions, that I have no idea of where to start."

Meg
 player, 6 posts
 Communication Officer
 Lieutenant
Sat 21 May 2016
at 19:53
Re: Ten Forward: In-character non-mission meetings
Meg smiled and shook her head, her blond hair shaking about her face slightly. "I never consider curiosity bad manners, Commander, particularly when I could be considered a walking, talking curiosity. Perhaps we can start with you telling me something about yourself that I wouldn't find in your service record. A story from your childhood perhaps? And then about your other encounter with a, er, being like me. And then we can start with whatever questions you might have for me. I expect origin, design, intended function, and capabilities would be first on your list?"
Taeko Takamuko
 player, 25 posts
 Lt Commander Takamuko
Sat 21 May 2016
at 21:57
Re: Ten Forward: In-character non-mission meetings
Meg:
Meg smiled and shook her head, her blond hair shaking about her face slightly. "I never consider curiosity bad manners, Commander, particularly when I could be considered a walking, talking curiosity. Perhaps we can start with you telling me something about yourself that I wouldn't find in your service record. A story from your childhood perhaps? And then about your other encounter with a, er, being like me. And then we can start with whatever questions you might have for me. I expect origin, design, intended function, and capabilities would be first on your list?"

Taeko smiles this promises to be interesting.
2let me see I was born as my service record shows in Japan on earth." "My family is old even as earth records show it, Coming to Japan in the 6th century."
"My family still hold the lands the divine emperor granted us then".
"I was raised both seeing the traditional and the Modern before entering star fleet".
"I like western folk music and old 20th century country and western music and play instruments of the era for my own satisfaction"

Meg
 player, 8 posts
 Communication Officer
 Lieutenant
Sat 21 May 2016
at 23:46
Re: Ten Forward: In-character non-mission meetings
Meg's eyebrows lifted slightly at the mention of Taeko's heritage. "You are descended from Takamuko no Kuromaro, the famous diplomat? That is an old Japanese family indeed. Thank you for sharing that with me - I hope I don't seem like I'm prying, but I am interested in the people with whom I am to serve. Knowing a little of your family provides me with some context. Thank you again. I'm certain understanding the traditions of your ancestors has served you well since joining Starfleet."

She nodded at the comment about music. "I, too, enjoy playing music of all sorts. I do not know exactly why, but I suspect it's because of the creative nature of the endeavor. You see, creating a machine to replicate known processes was the first step in creating useful robotic allies." She said the last slowly, as if searching for the right words.

"Creating machines that can learn was the next step in the evolution of useful artificial intelligence. Organic species begin to learn naturally, and very early in their lives. It is something that is almost taken for granted - or it was until organic life tried to replicate the process. And perhaps I am using the term too generally, learning information is easy, but learning to deal with new circumstances is very difficult. At least for beings like me."

Meg continued. "Still, teaching a machine intelligence to be able to observe circumstances and respond appropriately was eventually done, if not done well. Improvements in this process still continue, though, so it hasn't been perfected."

The gynoid nodded, seemingly at her own words. "And then there is the ability to be creative, Commander. Something that is very difficult to replicate in a machine intelligence. Thinking of new ways of doing things. Dealing with problems that have never been seen before. And creating art in all its forms." A pause. "I was designed as a creative automaton, Commander. In hopes that I could be useful in situations where creativity was needed - not just returning to tried methods of the past."

She gestured to M'Norri's needlework. "I know the method for knitting. But could I create something new and different with those needles than something that's already been done? One goal of my creators was for me to be able to create something new in order to allow me to be a useful member of an exploration crew. Or more useful than I would be otherwise, I suppose. So the hope is that I can learn to write music that touches the soul. To design art that is not a replica of what I see or that has been previously done. To write books that are fresh and enjoyable." She paused. "If you're ever bored, I have quite a collection of books I've written over the years. All of it fictional." Another pause. "Stay away from the one that is supposed to be a science fiction comedy. I've gathered it didn't turn out well, in spite of polite responses to the contrary."

This message was lightly edited by the player at 23:48, Sat 21 May 2016.