Abyss Station - Ancient Artifact.   Posted by Starfleet Command.Group: 0
LCDR T'Lara
 player, 89 posts
 Vulcan Counselor
Sat 9 Jan 2021
at 18:12
Re: Abyss Station - Ancient Artifact
T'Lara didn't know what this 'super weapon' was capable of, only that its effects were probably bad, and tantamount to a war crime. For the first time since they arrived in the station, she felt anger, not fear:

"Dr. T'Lah, using this weapon would be betraying the Federation's ideals.  How can we ever make peace with the Klingons, or any other species, after this?"

The doctor looked adamant.  Convincing her to change course after she's already willingly sacrificed her entire career didn't look very promising.  Worryingly, she gave ch'Pertha a sidelong look.

three successes, with momentum.  Four if one of T'Lara focus applies.

LCDR D'rala Vex
 player, 21 posts
Sat 9 Jan 2021
at 21:15
Re: Abyss Station - Ancient Artifact
"Listen to them, Commander," D'rala says, still referring to the woman as such out of long formed habit. "Listen to me. The people down on that planet are going to die. You have to let us complete our mission." Her voice is tightly controlled, throat taut with adrenaline, anger, and desperation.
"You've always been a good Starfleet officer--by the book all the way. You know this is against everything we stand for."
LCDR Christopher Decker
 player, 231 posts
 Human CSO
Sun 10 Jan 2021
at 07:28
Re: Abyss Station - Ancient Artifact
"And everything the Federation stands for. It will never tolerate "peace" established like this. You'll have to use this weapon against it. You'll destroy it far more effectively than the Klingons ever could."

Given that Dr. T'Lah appears to have control over the station, whereas they don't have the slightest idea about how to interface with the computer, the fact that she's monitoring them, and that there are murderbots present to step in should they even try, Decker can't think of anything they can do to actually stop her.
CDR Naryss ch'Pertha
 player, 232 posts
 Andorian CTAC
 Current Stress: x/16
Mon 11 Jan 2021
at 08:16
Re: Abyss Station - Ancient Artifact
ch'Pertha was an experienced espionage expert ... and while Dr T'Lah was speaking with D'rela and T'Lara, he slipped stealthfully from the room.
Using the coordinates discovered by JavKer and Decker he ran like a man possessed.

If he could stop ... even distract ... T'Lar and her thugs, just maybe his people could work their magic.


- rolled 19,20,9.  Fitness+Security(16) +1 Momentum.
ARE YOU freaking kidding me, Dice Roller?

Is there any mechanic I can use to reroll this shit?

LCDR Christopher Decker
 player, 232 posts
 Human CSO
Tue 12 Jan 2021
at 09:43
Re: Abyss Station - Ancient Artifact
In reply to CDR Naryss ch'Pertha (msg # 412):

OOC: If you have a value that applies to the situation, you can spend a point of determination to re-roll all the dice. That assumes you haven't spent the point we all start with. I believe I'm the only one who has.
CDR Naryss ch'Pertha
 player, 233 posts
 Andorian CTAC
 Current Stress: x/16
Tue 12 Jan 2021
at 11:09
Re: Abyss Station - Ancient Artifact
Thank you, Decker.   You endlessly prove yourself more fluent with the rules than I.  I appreciate the help.

I shall use the value 'Fortunes favour the Bold', please, to use my point of Determination (I have not used it) to reroll that mess.
- rolled 6,3,18.  Fitness+Security(16) +1 Momentum.
as I have the Focus 'Espionage', and Security rating of 5, perhaps that '3' can count twice?

Either way, the intend of my actions is to slip away unnoticed by T'Lar ... and get to her location as swiftly as possible.

Dr. T'Lah
 NPC, 5 posts
 Vulcan scientist
 CO, Abyss Station
Mon 18 Jan 2021
at 03:51
Re: Abyss Station - Ancient Artifact
T'Lah regarded Tsolo, her chief COMMS officer, cooly. "Logical, Lieutenant," she said, "But irrelevant when one has the ultimate weapon.  None will dare attack the Federation after we've destroyed the Klingons."

"Vulcans prefer the path of peace but Tal-Shaya* exists for a reason; sometimes to kill is the only logical alternative to extinction or death."

"As for memory... there's an old Earth saying... 'History is written by the victors'."

Her eyelid twitched slightly and she said, "My thoughts have never been more clear."


T'Lah straightened and regarded the others through the viewer.  "Do not fear," she said calmly, wavering only slightly as she met D'rala's eye.  "The planet will no longer be in danger.  This artifact will take the Black Hole, the thing threatening the planet, away.  It will then set it to a high rate of spin and drop it where it can do the most good: the Qo'nos system."

As T'Lah spoke, she failed to notice that ch'Pertha had slipped out of the room...

OOC: ch'Pertha is on his way to T'Lah's location. Undetected so far, as far as you know...

*Tal-Shaya is a Vulcan technique for snapping a neck, discussed in TOS "Journey to Babel".

**Trellium-D is a radioactive mineral that causes mental instability, a suppression of emotional control, and eventually, insanity, in Vulcans. - Ed.

This message was last edited by the player at 03:55, Mon 18 Jan.

LT Tsolo Kloshe Saghalie
 player, 26 posts
Mon 18 Jan 2021
at 07:25
Re: Abyss Station - Ancient Artifact
Tsolo tries once more. And what happens when you die? And what happens when another race develops this same weapon? What one can do, another can.
LCDR D'rala Vex
 player, 23 posts
Mon 18 Jan 2021
at 16:28
Re: Abyss Station - Ancient Artifact
D'rala saw the way her commander wavered when she spoke to her and stepped closer to the view screen.

"T'lah," she said, trying for a more intimate approach, "I know you're better than this. It's not too late until you pull that trigger. You can stop this."
LCDR T'Lara
 player, 90 posts
 Vulcan Counselor
Wed 20 Jan 2021
at 21:17
Re: Abyss Station - Ancient Artifact
T'Lara pursed her lips. She doubted there was anything she could say to convince T'Lah to change her mind.  Even if she raised the most well thought, compelling arguments NOT to kill billions of people, it would likely be rejected by the Vulcan's deranged mind.  The only thing she could do then was distract T'Lah for a while longer, and hope their Commander could overpower her, the Ithik, and whatever other defense measures she's set up.

"T'Lah; had you the chance to study the radiation seeping out of the black hole? It is not too dissimilar from the one emanating out of Trellium-D"
Starfleet Command
 GM, 342 posts
 Dammit Jim
 I'm a GM, not a Goldminer
Mon 25 Jan 2021
at 03:29
Re: Abyss Station - Ancient Artifact
T'Lah blinks, seemingly nonplussed by the barrage of arguments and questions thrown her way. She hesitates, perhaps uncertain?  The two dark and pitted-skinned Ithik behind her stir ominously.

Meanwhile, CDR ch'Pertha dashes down the hall like a bat out of hell.  He narrows in on the location scanned by Decker and T'Lara... to find a familiar situation:

The same kind of door.

And a pair of the same kind of guardian robots.
Starfleet Command
 GM, 343 posts
 Dammit Jim
 I'm a GM, not a Goldminer
Tue 26 Jan 2021
at 13:56
Re: Abyss Station - Ancient Artifact
As Dr. T'Lah wavers...
LT Tsolo Kloshe Saghalie
 player, 27 posts
Tue 26 Jan 2021
at 22:35
Re: Abyss Station - Ancient Artifact
Tsolo looks earnest, honestly inquiring, and open to persuasion.

14:32, Today: LT Tsolo Kloshe Saghalie rolled 18 using 1d20 with rolls of 18.  Assist, perhaps.

[Being new to Star Trek, and seemingly dense, how the rolling works is "Greek to me".]
LCDR D'rala Vex
 player, 24 posts
Wed 27 Jan 2021
at 05:42
Re: Abyss Station - Ancient Artifact
D'rala sees Dr. T'lah waver, and takes the opportunity to appeal to her better nature once more. She knows there must be something left of the woman she's worked under and respected, that it can't have all been a facade.

"T'lah, you and I both know this isn't the way. It's not too late to stop. You've relied on my council before as your second in command--rely on it now," she says emphatically. "You've always done right by your position, so do right by it now!"

OOC:

00:38, Today: LCDR D'rala Vex rolled 9 using 1d20 with rolls of 9.

00:38, Today: LCDR D'rala Vex rolled 8 using 1d20 with rolls of 8.

00:38, Today: LCDR D'rala Vex rolled 7 using 1d20 with rolls of 7.

00:38, Today: LCDR D'rala Vex rolled 4 using 1d20 with rolls of 4.

Needed to be under thirteen, so success!

I think negotiation or composure could work as a focus.

LCDR T'Lara
 player, 91 posts
 Vulcan Counselor
Wed 27 Jan 2021
at 20:06
Re: Abyss Station - Ancient Artifact
"..and T'Lah," T'Lara followed in her soft voice "you would be killing ALL Klingons.  Children.  Those who oppose the policies of their government.  How could you justify the murder of people who have never done you harm, and pose no threat to any of us?  It is one thing defending ourselves from a Klingon warbird.  Quite another to to kill innocent civilians.  Even your 'villains' are nobler than this"

OOC: That would be seven successes, with one momentum, and one determination spent.

This message was last edited by the player at 20:07, Wed 27 Jan.

LCDR Christopher Decker
 player, 233 posts
 Human CSO
Wed 27 Jan 2021
at 23:51
Re: Abyss Station - Ancient Artifact
While the other officers are attempting to talk the station commander down and ch'Pertha races in her direction, Science Officer Decker scans the instrumentation in front of him, trying to work out how to either cause a distraction or hinder Dr. T'lah's efforts if and when the XO arrives and tries to take a more direct approach.
CDR Naryss ch'Pertha
 player, 235 posts
 Andorian CTAC
 Current Stress: x/16
Thu 28 Jan 2021
at 00:50
Re: Abyss Station - Ancient Artifact
Starfleet Command:
Meanwhile, CDR ch'Pertha dashes down the hall like a bat out of hell.  He narrows in on the location scanned by Decker and T'Lara... to find a familiar situation:
The same kind of door.
And a pair of the same kind of guardian robots.

As his destination came close, ch'Pertha slowed.  And seeing the two warbots ahead, he took a 'confident' gait.  After all, 'look like you are meant to be there...'

Besides, he was banking on the fact that the warbots were still on the same standby/watch mode that those outside that other room were ... and that if he presented himself in the same manner, they would respond in the same way.

So as he walked towards them, he pulled out his tricorder, and pulled up the same 'single burning icon' and instructions that T'Lah had given him ... which had gained them entry past the other warbots.
Dr. T'Lah
 NPC, 6 posts
 Vulcan scientist
 CO, Abyss Station
Sun 31 Jan 2021
at 17:06
Re: Abyss Station - Ancient Artifact
T'Lah hesitated, a look of confusion flashing across her normally placid Vulcan features.  Then her facade crumbled and an expression of extreme grief took over her face.

"What have I done?" she wailed.  "I... we... have to stop this..."

Suddenly her eyes threw wide.  She staggered backwards and looked down at a blade emerging from her stomach, near where a human's liver would be.

And then she collapsed, revealing the Ithik standing behind her looking down, green blood on his hands.  And for a moment, nobody was mucking with the controls.

This message was last edited by the player at 17:14, Sun 31 Jan.

Starfleet Command
 GM, 344 posts
 Dammit Jim
 I'm a GM, not a Goldminer
Sun 31 Jan 2021
at 17:08
Re: Abyss Station - Ancient Artifact
Meanwhile, Decker can see that, while the controls were being manipulated at extreme speed, there is a pause as T'Lah falls away from the controls.  This might be his chance...
Starfleet Command
 GM, 345 posts
 Dammit Jim
 I'm a GM, not a Goldminer
Sun 31 Jan 2021
at 17:10
Re: Abyss Station - Ancient Artifact
As ch'Pertha strode forward and presented the same glyph on his tricorder that had worked before, the two guardian robots regarded him silently.

Unfortunately, these two were operating on direct command.  And there was a hum and a whir.  Ch'Pertha's keen senses and security-minded nature gave him the briefest of warnings: they were about to attack.

(OOC: Ch'pertha is up first. Actions?)
LCDR Christopher Decker
 player, 236 posts
 Human CSO
Mon 1 Feb 2021
at 00:07
Re: Abyss Station - Ancient Artifact
Decker blinked in shock at the sudden violent attack, but hesitated for only a moment. He dived at the controls, pausing only to point at another nearby bank of instruments, "Jav'Ker, see if you can disable or hamper the security protocols - I'm going to try and shut this thing down."

His hands move rapidly across the instruments, clearly driven, but leveraging every bit of focus and discipline his adopted home world had taught him.

OCC: Then he drains the entire momentum pool and shoots for the moon.
16:06, Today: LCDR Christopher Decker rolled 21 using 5d20 with rolls of 1,7,3,1,9.  Taking control of the drive. 6 momentum = 3 bonus dice. Reason (12) + Science (5). Focus: Computers.
That'll be 8 successes, thank you very much.

LCDR D'rala Vex
 player, 25 posts
Tue 2 Feb 2021
at 06:14
Re: Abyss Station - Ancient Artifact
D'rala covered her mouth in horror as she watched the blade cut through her commanding officer, and as the woman subsequently collapsed in death. For a moment, the world seemed to slow. She should have known that would be the end result of convincing T'lah to stop her plan; but what else could they have done?

D'rala pressed down those thoughts crowding her mind. She couldn't allow herself to dwell in her shock and grief; they couldn't afford it.

"While you're working on the system here, I'm going after your XO," D'rala said. She was no tech expert, but someone needed to follow ch'Pertha, so it might as well be here.
CDR Naryss ch'Pertha
 player, 236 posts
 Andorian CTAC
 Current Stress: x/16
Thu 4 Feb 2021
at 02:03
Re: Abyss Station - Ancient Artifact
ch'Pertha had few options at his disposal right now.
The Warbots had already seen him, and he didn't have the momentum to hide.

And so he simply allowed him momentum to continue: racing forward and attempting to leap right between the two and into that room before they could target him and fire.
- rolled 20 using 2d20 with rolls of 8,12.  Fitness+Security(16).

If it worked, he hoped to get past them before they could react, and be in the room with the humanoids that he needed to deal with.
The bonus might be that the Warbots would then have trouble targeting him moving among those they were programmed not to shoot.
Starfleet Command
 GM, 346 posts
 Dammit Jim
 I'm a GM, not a Goldminer
Sun 7 Feb 2021
at 18:25
Re: Abyss Station - Ancient Artifact
There is a hum and then audible depowering sound that reverberates through the control room as Decker seizes upon the momentary distraction and shuts down the power buildup of... whatever it was the Ithik and T'Lah were doing.  According to them, taking the black hole to Chronos and setting it a'spinning.

On the viewer, the party can see the Ithik standing over something that they know is Dr. T'Lah's fallen form, but their attention is on her for a moment.  Behind them, the doors swish open, and ch'Pertha barrels into the room at full tilt, nimbly dodging between the two deathbots and placing himself inside!

In the room, ch'Pertha can see the Ithik turn to face him, one of them with a knife in hand, smeared in green blood.  T'Lah's form lies unmoving in front of the control panel.

And a menacing hum comes from behind him as the two deathbots turn to face the open doorway!

Sprinting through the hallways, D'rala races to his aid, but will she be in time?  A blazing bolt of death emits from one of the warbots, but between the other warbot being in the way and the close proximity of the Ithik, all it does is scour a gorge in the metallic floor.

OOC: Actions? D'rala is spending her round getting to the scene, ch'Pertha has acted, along with one of the warbots, and Decker has worked his miracle. A PC is up next!
LCDR T'Lara
 player, 92 posts
 Vulcan Counselor
Tue 9 Feb 2021
at 16:45
Re: Abyss Station - Ancient Artifact
T'Lara stood in complete shock after witnessing the Ithik disembowel the Vulcan doctor before her very eyes.  Murder.  It was murder, and the fact that the Ithik committed it not in a fit of passion but as if T'Lah was an insignificant insect that got in its way, unsettled T'Lara to her core.

"I..." she stammered, trying to hold back the tears.  Crying now will not serve any purpose (not that it ever did); she HAD to do something, even if that something would be to run after Ch'Pertha so she could present the deathboots with another target.

OOC: lets all get murdered together!!  ;)