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    Star Trek: The Yorktown Chronicles

    Setup thread: http://www.mellophant.com/forums/showthread.php?t=10960

    It is October 19, 2269.

    Capt. James T. Kirk and the starship Enterprise completed their historic, and soon to be legendary, five-year mission just seven months ago.

    The United Federation of Planets is strong, expanding, and prosperous. Some fifty worlds are now represented in the Federation Council, united in their commitment to peace, democracy and mutual protection. The Federation’s longtime rivals, the Klingons and Romulans, are now loosely allied, but to date have not mounted a major, concerted challenge to Federation interests in the quadrant.

    Starfleet, the Federation’s exploratory, scientific and military arm, has grown in the past few years. Twenty Constitution-class heavy cruisers remain its backbone, but a host of other vessels – light cruisers, destroyers, scouts, couriers, tugs, research and other specialized craft – have more than tripled the size of the Fleet. Starbase 42, just established, demonstrates Starfleet’s commitment to extending its reach to every corner of the Galaxy granted to the Federation by treaty.

    It’s a good time to be a Starfleet officer, and those aboard the USS Yorktown will soon find themselves on the front lines of the major challenges facing the Federation.

    So prepare yourself for adventure where no one has gone before….
       

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    Mission #1: “On the Brink”

    Starfleet Command, San Francisco, Earth.

    Vice Adm. Heihachiro Nogura was notorious for keeping his own counsel. An Academy classmate, decades before, swore that the young ensign from Kagoshima “always had at least five aces up his sleeve,” and throughout Nogura’s career, it suited his purposes to be thought sly, even when he wasn’t particularly trying to be.

    His flag aide, Capt. Lori Ciana, had become almost accustomed to cryptic orders and curious queries from the Assistant Chief of Starfleet Operations. When he ordered the transfer of every one of the assistant department chiefs of the USS Yorktown, however, she could not help but ask him why.

    “Capt. Singh isn’t going to like it,” she said, standing before his massive desk in the Admiralty Tower, overlooking San Francisco Bay. She saw that it was slightly whitecapped that day by the fall breezes off the Pacific.

    “I suspect not,” Nogura said placidly. “But that is of no concern to me. Six months of starship command will have taught Singh that Starfleet sometimes moves in mysterious ways, if that estimable officer had not already learned that particular lesson many times over the course of a distinguished career.”

    Ciana pursed her lips. “May I ask….”

    He blinked at her. “You may ask, Captain, but I will not tell you, at least for the moment. I have a special project under development, and this reassignment is, I am convinced, necessary. Indeed it might, in time, be of utmost importance to the Federation. Please put the orders through at once, Captain.”

    “Aye aye, sir,” Ciana said, returning to her desk, wondering not for the first time, nor for the last, what Nogura was really up to….

    * * *

    The next day. A darkened, very secure room beneath a famous city.

    Three beings had met, two Human, one definitely not. They called themselves Walsingham, Sorge, and Gohh, respectively, but it hardly need be said that those were not their real names.

    Walsingham said, “The orders went through?”

    Sorge said, “Of course. Did you really doubt that they would? The plan is on track.”

    Gohh cleared its throats and said, “This is a delicate phase, though, a particularly delicate phase. With the new government on Altair VI, the arrest of Hale, and the fluctuations in dilithium prices in Sector 72, we must be careful.”

    “We will be. You worry too much.”

    Gohh almost laughed. “That is in my nature, as you have often pointed out, old friend. You would not entrust me with such great responsibilities if I did not.”

    “True. But in this case, I’m confident that all will go well.”

    “So you have said before, only to be proven wrong.”

    “Please. Only twice. And we all learned from those occasions.”

    “True again,” Gohh said. “Yes. But tell me, who will replace those departing from Yorktown?”

    Sorge called up a file on a datascreen. It was a file she had no right to see, let alone to share with the other two. All of them thereby risked a long and involuntary stay in Federation custody, but they had almost – almost! – moved beyond caring about such things. They looked over the file carefully. Walsingham said, “Interesting. Hmmm. Quite interesting. These are all excellent officers. I wonder, how is it that….”

    Sorge cut him off. “I suspect that Nogura felt some sense of… dare I call it guilt? Yes, that will do. Guilt, that he was taking Singh’s entire second echelon of officers en masse. Of course, by his lights, he had the best of reasons for doing so, but he is himself a former starship captain. He feels, I think, a residual loyalty to those who now bear the burden he once did.”

    Gohh nodded, or something close to it, given its species. “I see. So he let Singh pick their replacements?”

    “Without exception.”

    “Might that not… complicate matters for us?”

    She shrugged. “I don’t see how. Our operative is already aboard, and is both very well-trained and fully aware of what is expected next. These plans are well-advanced, sir. After all these years, I don’t have to tell you that, of all people.”

    Gohh was thoughtful. “No, indeed. Very well. We shall proceed, but I want it clearly understood that I reserve the right to postpone any aspect of it as events warrant.”

    Walsingham looked at Sorge, then back to Gohh. He said, “Within reason, of course. But come, let us discuss the latest developments on Andor….”

    * * *

    You are a young Starfleet officer. You were surprised and mystified but, all in all, gratified to receive these orders out of the blue:

    YOU ARE HEREBY RELIEVED OF YOUR CURRENT DUTIES, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY. YOU ARE ORDERED TO REPORT TO LAUNCHPAD 14A, STARBASE 7, AT 0600 HOURS LST ON STARDATE 5977, FOR DUTY ABOARD USS YORKTOWN, NCC-1717, FOR NOT LESS THAN ONE STANDARD YEAR. FURTHER ORDERS AND DETAILS TO FOLLOW. SIGNED CIANA, L.V., CAPT., FOR NOGURA, H., VICE ADM., ACSO, STARFLEET COMMAND. AUTHENTICATION CODE BLUE XC0665BRG. MESSAGE ENDS XXX.

    After making hurried arrangements and saying goodbye to friends and shipmates, you in due course find yourself on the arid, alkali plains of Starbase 7, the cloudless red vaulted sky seeming to sweep to infinity over your head. The base bustles around you, lost beneath the sky despite its own immensity.

    You see five other Starfleet officers approaching Launchpad 14A at the same time as you do. There, on the hot, windswept pad, sits a Class F shuttlecraft with “Steinmetz” boldly etched in red script across its bow, and “NCC-1717/1” in black on its flanks, over the long red Starfleet pennant.

    You introduce yourself to a slim, elegant young Englishwoman in a gold Command dress. She checks you off a list on the tablet she holds, smiling as you each board after stowing your personal gear in the shuttle’s cargo compartment below. “Welcome, everyone. I’m Lt. JG Cecilia Bennett, navigator of the Yorktown. We have a six-hour journey to the ship ahead of us. Please make yourselves comfortable, and we’ll take off shortly.”

    Once aboard, you see that Bennett came alone. Soon she is in the pilot’s seat, closing the door and turning up the cooling flow of air to the passenger compartment, much to everyone’s relief. She quickly but carefully runs through the preflight checklist and fires up the engines. With clearance from Starbase Control, the shuttle rises smoothly from the pad and swiftly ascends to the starry realm whence it came. She sets course and engages the autopilot as Starbase 7 drops behind you.

    “So....” Bennett says with another smile, “I’m glad to meet you all. I’ll be your New Crew Liaison officer for the next two months. Any questions you have about how to keep the Captain and First Officer happy, how to find a quiet corner on the ship, or even where the bodies are buried, feel free to ask. But first, tell me a bit about yourselves...!”
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    When Ens. Faraz Pourtash had laid eyes on his new orders, his heart had stopped. Oh, it turned out to be a blessing, but that first sentence had immediately sent his thoughts tumbling into paranoia. Had he done something wrong? Was Cdre. Wesley unhappy with him? Playing pranks on the newest ensigns on board was a time honored tradition and it wasn't his fault that they wasted three hours looking for a nonexistent deck when any idiot should have realized it didn't exist after thirty seconds!

    But, no, it wasn't any of that. It was, oddly enough, something good. And sudden.

    When asked to speak about himself, Faraz raised his head, looking to Bennet, then at the others he was apparently now assigned with. Oh, new people. He was really going to have to get used to this eventually.

    "Ens. Faraz Pourtash, helmsman," he told his new crewmates with a brief, tight smile. He had a faint accent, inherited from his parents' Earth home country though much weaker on the second generation. "I'm just coming off the Lexington."
       

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    Jim Delaney could not believe his eyes and good fortune when he saw the orders. He had been bucking for a transfer to the Federation’s best class. The Constitution class was the place for an engineer to be. This came sooner than hoped for and unexpectantly. He packed his bag quickly, hurrying so fast that he forgot some of his personal items but not his data cartridge library of tech manuals and science magazines. It was not until already on Starbase 7 that he realized he forgot the picture of his parents and sister Pam and brother Martin on his home the L5 Colony Heinlein. He also left his ancient and beloved paper copy of the Lord of the Rings. He sent a message for a friend to forward these belonging to the Yorktown.

    Delaney is 5’10” and wiry, with brown hair worn very short; dark eyes and light brown skin color. He is wearing a red engineering uniform and somehow already has the ship’s patch on it. He has an overstuff satchel for his belongings.

    His fellow Ensigns would have noticed that while waiting at the Starbase, Ens. Delaney disassembled and reassembled an archaic tricorder. He occasionally exclaimed to himself but it was hard to make out what he was saying. He was also consulting a pocket reader and changed data cartridges several time.

    He offers his hand and says, “I am Ens. James Delaney, though I go by Jim. I am reporting aboard the Yorktown as the Assistant Chief Engineer, Engineering Department and I am honored and overjoyed. I graduated with top marks in Engineering from Starfleet Academy Class of 2266. I am coming straight off a the USS Ganymede. The crew was small and I trained in all aspects of the ship systems and was working on my cross-training for other billets. I am a Earther by birth but raised on the L5 colony, the Heinlein. Ens. Pourtash perhaps once we’re settled in you can help me with helm skills, I’m afraid I am weak in this and navigation.

    After shaking hands with his fellow officers, he asks, “Who is the Chief Engineer and how soon can I see the Engine Room? Oh also what berthing will I be assigned too?”

    You notice he keeps glancing at the view screen, obviously eager to catch his first glimpse of the USS Yorktown NCC-1717. When it does finally come into view he will let loose, “There she is and she is a beauty! No glorified shuttle is the Yorktown. A worthy successor to Old CV-5.”

    Some of you will realize the USS Ganymede was a small fast scout could be considered a glorified shuttle in some ways.
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    The small ensign sitting primly in the last seat wears a science-blue minidress uniform. She is obviously of Japanese origin, with medium-length black hair tied back, black eyes and no discernible cosmetics applied. She watches the other officers with a nervous smile. A hint of recognition appears as Ens. Delaney speaks. After a several moments of silence, she says with a soft, firm voice.

    "I thought I recognized you," looking at Delaney, "I was also Class of '66. I think we were in some Ops course together."

    "I am Physics Officer Fujishiro, recently of USS Merrimac and earlier on the Hood."

    After waiting a bit, it's clear she doesn't intend to say anything more for now.
       

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    Bennett looks down at her tablet. "Yes, you were all in the Class of 2266, I see, except one. Mr. Delaney, our Chief Engineer and your new superior is Lt. Edgardo Cheverez. He's from the Philippines originally, and the Yorktown is his second assignment as Chief Engineer, after he held that post on the Potemkin. You should be able to see Main Engineering soon after coming aboard and reporting to the Captain, although you won't have to stand a watch until tomorrow, most likely. You'll each share quarters with another officer, who can be assigned randomly by the Ship's Computer, or you may pair up with each other now."
       

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    Ens. Jeremi Collins settled into her seat and closed her eyes to meditate. "Yes, yes," she thought to herself. "you recognize him, he recognizes me, blah blah blah." She chose some relaxing Peruvian Flute Music, and put her earbuds in. "From the Enterprise, the flagship! to this? No, no, must concentrate on my mantra".
    She stretched out her arms and legs slowly, seeming to double her 5'9", then pulled them in close to her body. She repeated this pair of actions several times as she breathed purposefully. Her curly red hair bounced gently with each movement.
    She had learned much during her stint as Deputy Provost Marshal on Starbase 11, a post she held for over two years right after graduation from the Academy, mostly about herself and her extremely short fuse. When a transfer became available, she applied, and was accepted, for a short term assignment on the Enterprise; Cmdr. Spock's ability to control his anger was legendary. She was hoping to learn some techniques from him. Unfortunately, she never got the opportunity, and resorted to reading up on every form of meditation, terrestrial and otherwise. She even developed a few tricks of her own. Unfortunately, with her mixed heritage of Irish, Italian, Cajun, and Jewish ancestry, she had yet to be as successful at managing her temper as she longed to be.
       

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    All of that whatever that came out of Delaney's mouth made Faraz's eyes widen a bit, before his brows knotted together in consternation. Somewhere in all of that babbling he was fairly certain that he was looking at the Assistant Chief Engineer. He made a mental note to try to avoid asking the man any questions that couldn't be answered in "yes" or "no."

    "Yeah, I think I vaguely remember some faces from the Academy. Good to meet you. Delaney, Fujishiro." Faraz nodded to both of the other officers who had introduced themselves, before glancing toward the other three who had yet to speak.

    One dark eyebrow raised at the redhead zoning out on her earbuds. She looked as though she were trying to avoid social interaction. The urge to push some on her was nearly overpowering, like a cat having to climb in the lap of the one person in the room who hated all things four-legged.
       

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    Fujishiro ask Bennett, "Ma'am, who shall I report to once we're aboard? I do not have a preference of who to share quarters with."
       

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    "I'll take you all to report to the Captain first," Bennett says. "The First Officer will be off-duty when we arrive; otherwise, you would've gone to him first."
       

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    Delaney says rapidly, "Oh, as far as rooming I mostly spend my off time tinkering in the workshop or reading quietly, I do apparently have a bad habit though of making sudden exclamations apparently." After a very short pause and even faster, “I do not always realize I am doing this and I have come to accept pillows being tossed at me as only fair."
       

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    Bennett laughs and pretends to make a note on her data tablet. "Extra pillows to be issued from Ship's Stores for Mr. Delaney's quarters... check." Although she is your superior officer, the men aboard the shuttle can't help but notice her beauty and grace.
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    Delaney sheepishly, "Thank you Ma'am and sorry."
       

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    Jeremi awoke, having dozed off during meditation as she often does, confused and startled. She looked around at the passengers chatting with each other and remembered her new assignment. She swiveled her chair to face them. "So," she smiled, "what have I missed? Is there to be a pillow fight?"
       

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    Most of the eyes now turned to the lanky figure in the back of the shuttlecraft. Flaming red hair, green eyes, brows furrowed at the PADD he was holding.

    Silence.

    He looked up.

    "Oh, apologies! Nigel Brownlock at your service. New assistant CMO."

    Jeremi smiled and indicated the PADD. "And what do you find so fascinating?"

    "Oh, nothing fascinating, just puzzling. My surname, Brownlock, would suggest brown hair. I'm just researching back through my family's genetic history to see where the deviation point occurred, and why I should be stuck with this ridiculous color..."
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    Delaney says, slower than usual, "Nice to meet you Lt. Brownlock. Where do you hail from, it sounds like you're from Britain on Earth? What ships have you served on?"
       

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    Fujishiro glances at Collins, "I'm sorry, I missed your name ensign. We're to meet Capt. Singh upon boarding the Yorktown. And if you have any preferences for sharing your quarters, you should tell Lt. Bennett here."
       

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    Ens. Rachel Hayes sat quietly in the shuttlecraft, observing her fellow Starfleet officers with great interest. Tone of voice. Hand gestures. Facial expressions. All important ways to learn more about someone -- human or alien.

    Her reassignment had not disturbed her in the least. Intrigued, perhaps.
    New experiences could only enhance her Starfleet career. And Rachel loved anything new.

    Rachel cleared her throat to gain everyone's attention.

    "I'm Rachel Hayes, Xenosociology Officer." She smiled. "I look forward to serving with you."
       

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    Ens. Delaney greets Ens. Hayes as follows, "Did you say Xenosociology Officer? My brother Martin Delaney is training in xenosociology at the Academy now. A pleasure to meet you and I look forward to serving with all of you."
       

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    "Sorry about that. I'm Collins. Ensign Jeremi Collins, Security Specialist." She turned to Lt Bennet, "I have no billetting preferences, ma'am."
       

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    Ens. Hayes gave her new shipmate a nod.

    "Xenosociology is an exciting field. And Starfleet Academy has one of the best programs of study available."
       

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    "Very perceptive, Mr. Delaney. Yes, I'm from Yorkshire, up near Leeds."

    He chuckled. "Ironic, isn't it? I'm from Yorkshire, and here I am, going to the Yorktown. Name means about the same, really. I thought I'd never get away, and here I am, coming right back."
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    Faraz fell silent again for a few long moments, simply observing everyone else. Not out of any particular thoughtfulness or interest in people watching. Simply because he had nothing to say and had little use for politely socializing with strangers. Once he'd actually worked with them it might be different.

    His eyes refocused again on Ens. Collins curiously. "And what was your last assignment?"
       

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    "I did a stint aboard the Enterprise. Why?" Jeremi let no hint of emotion color that phrase, even though it had been the best six months of her career.
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    At a frightening speed Delaney blurts out, "The USS Enterprise? Did you meet Commander Montgomery Scott? He is more or less my idol. He knows more about the warp engines aboard a Constitution-class starships than the men who designed them. His white papers on them are among my favorite reading and in fact I was rereading them on the way to the Starbase. I mean Wagner and Ming* are brilliant but Scott really did amazing things fine tuning the engines and learning everything they could do." After a brief pause, "Oh, also did you meet the famous Captain Kirk? I understand he is likely to be the youngest Admiral ever soon."


    * Wagner and Ming are a pair of famous Engineers within engineering circles that designed the Warp Engines for the Constitution-class. Hopefully our Ref does not mind my unimportant creation
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    "Oh, the Enterprise; that must have been an interesting post," comments Fujishiro. And to Hayes, "this is certainly an excellent time for a scientist to be in Starfleet. Even routine missions regularly discover novel phenomena."
       

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    "I was given the honor of going on one routine away mission with one of the senior officers. So many of our away missions were not routine, though, and several of my shipmates never returned from them. I've been in Mess at the same time as Cmdr Scott, and passed the Captain and First Officer in the corridors many times. But I seriously doubt any of them would remember me," Jeremi amused herself with the thought that at least one of the junior officers would remember her quite well, but that story was not for the public, "except for that I was the only female security specialist on the ship"
       

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    "i agree," Ens. Hayes replied. "There's nothing routine about service in Starfleet."

    Rachel couldn't wait for her first mission. Though usually more patient and calm than a Vulcan, this duty assignment seemed different somehow. She wondered if her new shipmates felt the same way.
       

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    The hours pass by almost unnoticed as you talk, getting to know each other a little better. Eventually Lt. JG Bennett's piloting console chimes softly, and she turns back to it. She disengages the autopilot and taps a ship-to-ship comm key, saying, "Yorktown, this is Shuttlecraft Steinmetz. Request permission to approach."

    After a brief pause the reply comes back, "Acknowledged, Steinmetz. This is Yorktown Shuttlebay Control. You're right on time and cleared to approach; we're ready for you. Welcome back."

    "Thank you, Yorktown. Now approaching on course 210 mark 6."

    "Acknowledged. Docking clearance code Alpha Epsilon 99 Victor. Status nominal. Standard approach. Proceed."

    Through the three forward viewports, you can see a distant glowing object grow more distinct, gradually taking shape against the blackness of space and its rich backdrop of stars. Soon it assumes the distinctive form you know so well, the saucer-shaped primary hull emblazoned with the words USS YORKTOWN and NCC-1717, with long twin warp nacelles rising majestically from her secondary hull. With a grin back at you, Bennett brings the shuttle around and smoothly past the starship the long way, giving everyone an excellent view of your home for at least the next year, before lining up to approach the Shuttlebay at the stern of the secondary hull.

    The massive clamshell hangar doors open ponderously and Bennett guides you straight in, the starship now filling your field of vision. The shuttle eases over the fantail, past the small elevated control booths to either side, and settles, with hardly a bump, on the rectangular, red-and-yellow landing target painted on the deck. The hangar doors close behind you and you soon hear the shuttle's outer hull crackle slightly as breathable air rushes back into the bay.

    After a minute or so you hear over the comm system, "Steinmetz, this is Yorktown. Shuttlebay repressurization is complete. You may now shut down your engines, and are cleared to disembark."

    "Acknowledged, Control, and thanks again," Bennett says. "Steinmetz over and out." She taps the keys to shut down the shuttle and open the hatch. She precedes you out, and opens the cargo compartment for you to retrieve your gear. You see a maintenance crew already approaching to take charge of the shuttle. Bennett says to you, smiling, "So here we are. Welcome aboard the Yorktown, everybody. Got your things? Right then, follow me, please. The Captain asked to see you all as soon as you came aboard."
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    "The Captain wants to see us?" thought Nigel... "What's he want with a lowly blue-shirt like me?"
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    "It looks like we're ready, Ma'am," says Fujishiro.
       

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    Delaney gather's his belongings and stands up, "Aye, Aye, Ma'am and thank you again." He seems very eager to go in fact.
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    Jeremi stood up, straightened her red tunic, smoothed out her trousers, picked up her gear and joined the other disembarking the shuttle
       

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    Ens. Hayes grabbed her gear and followed the others.

    She looked forward to meeting the captain and learning more about her new assignment.
       

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    Bennett leads you out of the Shuttlebay. At the airlock doorway she greets an older Asian man in red overalls who is pushing an antigrav cargo sled. "Ah, Chief Nguyen, thank you. You're here for the baggage? Excellent. Right, everyone, put your gear on the sled, and it'll be distributed to your rooms. No berthing preferences, they say, Chief; random assignments, please."

    Thus unencumbered, you follow the navigator to a turbolift. Those who've been aboard Constitution-class starships before see that the corridors are much the same as on any other such vessel, with the ship's 430-some crewmembers going about their business. You get some curious glances but even more friendly smiles; several people greet Bennett, who seems to know everyone.

    The seven of you crowd into a single turbolift, with most taking hold of the chest-high bulkhead handles. Bennett says, "Captain's Office," and the turbolift moves smoothly horizontally before rising. The doors soon open and you find yourself on Deck 2. Ens. Delaney knows from his review of the Yorktown blueprints that the Captain has a suite that includes a conference room, private office, bedroom and bathroom, connected by narrow stairs to the service corridor surrounding the Bridge one deck above, permitting the commanding officer quick access even if the turbolifts fail.

    Bennett leads you to a door marked CONFERENCE ROOM 1 and activates the chime. "Come in," you hear, and you enter.

    Capt. Sundri Parvinder Singh puts down a tricorder and rises to greet you. A Sikh woman of late middle age, she is stocky but fit, dark-skinned, with a plain face, warm smile, and black hair just going to gray. She has a friendly, easy manner and bright eyes that miss nothing. The first woman named to command a Starfleet vessel wears a gold shirt with the two-and-a-half stripes of her rank, and black pants and boots. (It just occurs to Ens. Collins that probably half of the women you’ve seen since coming aboard were in uniform pants and not dresses).

    You stand at attention as Lt. JG Bennett introduces you. It's obvious the Captain has read your personnel files, and she has a few words for each of you as she shakes hands:

    “Dr. Brownlock, I’m so pleased to meet you. Dr. Villa, my CMO, asked for your transfer specifically. I expect your experiences on the Gunterman will stand you in good stead here.”

    “Mr. Delaney, welcome aboard. My sister used to live on the Heinlein L5 colony. Did you ever meet her? Jivani Singh? Perhaps before your time. I’m afraid I never had the chance to visit her there.”

    “Mr. Collins, it’s good to have you here. Security Chief Giotto spoke very highly of you. This isn’t the Enterprise, and I’m not Capt. Kirk, but I hope you’ll find plenty to challenge and interest you here.”

    She speaks in pretty fair Japanese to Ens. Fujishiro. “Your work on the Merrimack caught my Science Officer’s eye, Ensign. I think you may find our lab and research facilities are even a little better than you enjoyed there. Welcome.”

    “Ens. Hayes, I’ll be very interested to pick your brains on your service at the Federation Embassy on Andor. We have five Andorian crewmembers aboard and I know they’ll want to make you especially welcome, as I do.”

    “Welcome aboard, Ens. Pourtash. I understood you’re a keen soccer player. Cricket is my own favorite sport, I confess, but we have occasional pickup soccer games in the Shuttlebay, and I’m sure there’ll be a place for you.”

    How do you respond to the Captain?
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    "Thank you Captain," Jeremi smiled as she shook Cpt Singh's hand. To herself, she thought "no, you're definitely not Kirk. Thank goodness."
       

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    Ens. Hayes smiled as she shook the captain's hand.

    "It's an honor to be here, Captain," she replied. "Andorian culture is a topic I look forward to discussing with you."
       

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    As Fujishiro shakes Singh's hand, she gives a slight bow and says in Japanese, "It is an honor to serve with you, Captain." And then in English, "I am eager to report to my duty station."
       

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    Ens. Delaney shakes the Captain's hand and answers, "If she is the Jivani Singh that did the break through research is degenerative eye disease surgery in low gravity conditions, I have heard of her but not met her, though my mother has and speaks highly of her. I did not realize she was your sister. I am most honored as one of my boyhood friends on the L5 station Slayton had his eyesight restored by her procedure. He was one of the earliest patients in fact." He pauses, "Oh sorry Ma'am, I am told I am prone to being too effusive."
       

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    Brownlock tried not to frown - first impressions and all...

    "I was not aware Dr. Villa knew of me. But I am flattered. And glad to be aboard, sir."
       

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    Faraz looked mildly surprised by the greetings, but smiled. The personalized comments to each individual impressed him more than what the captain said to him specifically.

    "Thank you, Captain. I look forward to serving with you...and that occasional game."
       

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    Singh invites you all to have a seat around the large conference table, the top of which is a single gleaming slab of Theban marble. She sits down as well, and Bennett takes a chair along a bulkhead. The room is painted the standard Starfleet interior light gray, unremarkable but for a large framed reproduction of what Ens. Hayes at once recognizes as Trumbull’s famous painting of the British surrender at Yorktown in 1781.

    The Captain says in her cultured, New Punjabi-accented voice, "You’re all here because you are, I believe, the best of the best among Starfleet’s officers of your age and experience today.” She smiles wryly. “Vice Adm. Nogura, in his infinite wisdom, took your predecessors on very short notice, but at least had the generosity to let me pick their replacements. Each of you has done very well in Starfleet already, and each of you, I’m convinced, could eventually rise to the highest levels of the Fleet in your respective specialties.”

    She grows serious. “Now, as Mr. Bennett will attest, I am not a flatterer. I tell you all this not to swell your heads, but to let you know that much is expected of you. The First Officer and I expect much of you, and so does Starfleet. You will each, in coming days, be taking on responsibilities commensurate in most cases with that of assistant department chiefs. You are almost all on the cusp of promotion anyway, and I expect that it will come to each of you in relatively short order, if you excel as I know you can, as I know you will. But it will not be easy.”

    She looks you in the eye and speaks to each of you in turn.

    “Ens. Collins, my First Officer, Cmdr. Vargas, is also the Yorktown’s Chief of Security. You may have the toughest job of everyone here, as Mr. Vargas is… demanding. His command style is different from my own; not wrong, just different. He expects excellence in his subordinates, he demands results, and is accustomed to getting his way. But you’ll learn and grow under his direct supervision, and I know that you’re up to the challenge. He may or may not recommend your formal appointment as Assistant Chief of Security; for the near future I will leave that to him.”

    “Dr. Brownlock, you’ll join Dr. Villa and her staff in ensuring the good health and fitness of a large and diverse crew, far larger than you have been responsible for up to now. With her blessing, you are this ship’s Assistant Chief Medical Officer, effective immediately.”

    Ensigns Fujishiro and Hayes next draw her appraising gaze. “One of you will become Assistant Science Officer, but quite frankly, I don’t know which yet. Either of you could, I’m sure, handle the job, but Lt. Cmdr. Roble, my Science Officer, will advise me in the next few weeks as to which he believes would be more suitable for the post. It may be that you will decide between yourselves who ought to do it, and if so, the person who steps back should not fear that her career will thus suffer. I expect truthfulness and a rigorous self-awareness from my officers, and I know that you’ll always keep the best interests of the ship at heart. The decision as to who becomes ASO will, of course, be mine alone.”

    She smiles again. “Mr. Pourtash, of everyone in this room, you and Mr. Bennett are going to be most directly under my supervision, of course, because you’ll sit in front of me on the Bridge. She’s an excellent navigator, maybe the best in the Fleet, and I’ll expect you to keep up. Ens. Horst Leventhal has been my primary helmsman in the week since your predecessor left, and he’d love to have the job back. You should do your very best to prove to me that you deserve it instead.”

    She folds her hands, and to Ens. Delaney says, “Last but not least… Lt. Cheverez has already asked that I name you Assistant Chief Engineer, and I’ve done so. Starfleet Command has already approved it. Consider yourself such on a probationary basis, however, Ensign. You’re going to have to work very hard to hang onto that job. There are many of your colleagues who also have their eye on it, and if Mr. Cheverez decides that you’re not up to it, he will most assuredly let me know.”

    Singh leans back in her chair and looks around. “So that’s how things stand. Any questions? Comments? Concerns?”
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    Delaney with what can only be described as a sharp verbal salute, "No questions Ma'am and thank you, I will not let you, Lt. Cheverez or the Yorktown down. I look forward to starting."

    The Ensign looks like a kid on Christmas morning about to tear into the presents under the tree.
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    Fujishiro listens attentively and queries when the Captain's gaze returns to hers, "I'm ready to fulfill my duties and certain that Lt. Cmdr. Roble will fill in the details for me. Can you tell us about the missions we can expect soon for the Yorktown?"
       

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    Ens. Hayes glanced from the captain to Ens. Fujishiro.

    Hayes, though not competitive by nature, would accept the ASO position if offered. She wondered how Fujishiro felt about it.

    She was anxious to meet Lt. Cmdr. Roble and begin her duties.
       

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    "Just one question, sir" Jeremi's needs were relatively simple, "How long before my first shift starts? I'd like to get in a workout after that long shuttle ride."
       

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    Brownlock seemed lost in thought. After a moment, he felt the Captain's gaze on him.

    "I do have one question, sir. I haven't been on many ships, but I'm pretty sure new crew members aren't normally taken straight to the Captain. Is there something about this particular mission we should know about?"
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    Rachel Hayes frowned. The doctor had a point. Was something going on here out of the ordinary?

    Rachel's abrupt reassignment hadn't raised any red flags with her at first. The doctor's question certainly did.

    She'd just received an excellent performance review aboard the Kongo. There had been no indication of a change for any reason.

    Rachel focused her attention on the captain. What would Singh's answer be to Dr. Brownlock's question?
       

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    "Those are all fair questions," Singh says. "Mr. Fujishiro, we're in the midst of a charting mission in this and the adjoining two sectors; no Starfleet vessel has been out that far before. I expect it will take us at least another month. After that, Starfleet hasn't told me yet what we'll be doing. So far, most interestingly I'd say, we've discovered two Class M worlds, both of which may be suitable for colonization, and intensively studied a Class 9 nebula. Mr. Collins, your first watch - all of your first watches - will be tomorrow morning. You'll find your schedules online in your quarters, to which your gear should already have been taken...?" She looks questioningly at Bennett, who nods. "And Dr. Brownlock, ordinarily you would've reported to the First Officer upon coming aboard, but he's off-duty at the moment. I was glad to have the chance to meet with you all first, however. Please don't read more into the situation than you should. So. Any other questions?"
       

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    Ens. Hayes stifled a yawn. She could use a bit of rest before her first watch aboard the Yorktown. And she was eager to view her schedule and her quarters.

    Also, who would she be sharing quarters with?

    And, if the captain had anything to hide, she surely did not show it. Cool and calm as a Vulcan. Rachel had to admire that.
       

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    Ens. Delaney will report to Engineering as soon as his gear can be stowed. He always knows that Engineering is at Deck 19 and requests his quarters be somewhere close to Engineering if at all possible. Perhaps deck 18 has an opening?
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    Ens. Pourtash considered all of that, becoming more excited by the moment at the prospects before him. Of course he did his best to remain looking calm and professional, but the eagerness was clear in his eyes. "I have no further questions. I'm just eager to find my quarters and begin duties, Captain."
       

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    Fujishiro seems happy with the discussion and looks ready to go.
       

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    "Understood, sir," Brownlock said. "No other questions."

    But he wasn't convinced - not totally...
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    Singh says, "Very well, then. Lt. Bennett, have quarters now been assigned to them all?" The younger officer looks down at her data tablet and nods. "Please take them there, then. You might want to have a bit of lunch, everyone, and have a look around the ship. We'll have a welcome-aboard dinner with the senior officers in the Wardroom at 1700 - that's in five hours, just across the corridor. Dress uniforms, mind you. See you then."

    Your baggage has already been delivered. Everyone is assigned quarters on Deck 6 except Delaney, whom Bennett takes to Deck 18, close to Engineering. His cabinmate is Ens. Sasok, an Engineering warp field specialist and the first black Vulcan Delaney has ever seen. Despite his people's characteristic reserve, Sasok is cordial. "Perhaps you would like to have lunch, Ensign, and then a tour of the ship...?"

    Hayes and Iota are assigned quarters together, convenient to a turbolift and just down the corridor from the ship's Communications Center. They play Rock-Paper-Scissors to decide who will get which bed.

    Collins's quarters are just a minute's walk away from Hayes's and Iota's. She meets her new cabinmate, Ens. Euterpe Terezis, a young, quiet, rather shy Greek woman who is also a Security specialist, assigned to the Photon Torpedo Launch Bay. She has just returned from lunch, but offers, "I'll go with you to keep you company if you're hungry; I don't mind."

    Dr. Brownlock's cabinmate is Dr. Giancarlo Bucci, a plump Italian man with a bone-breaking handshake. Like Brownlock, he is also a Starfleet lieutenant, but is a researcher with a specialization in virology. He greets Nigel warmly but soon turns back to the Library Computer terminal in your quarters, saying, "So sorry, Doctor, but I'm working on a research paper for the Starfleet Medical Journal on a damnably tight deadline."

    Pourtash is assigned to share quarters with Ens. Mikhail Trigorin, a friendly, slightly older Engineering officer, assigned to impulse drive maintenance and deuterium fuel management. Without prompting, he proudly shows you pictures of his wife and four kids back on Ekaterina III, and says, "Tell me about your family, Faraz!"

    You each get settled into your quarters, unpack and make sure that your dress uniforms are ready for later. What would you like to do next?
       

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    Delaney responds, "I would be DE-lighted to join you if you can spare me about four minutes to unpack and layout my dress uniforms. I would especially like to report to engineering as soon as possible after lunch. To be honest, I am very eager to see them though I know they are not going anywhere. Thank you very much. Warp Field is a fascinating study, my own studies tie into as I have been involved with the development and then operation of faster and more efficient warp engines. I look forward to working with you." He is quickly and efficiently stowing his gear through the fast monologue. "Please call me Jim if being informal is acceptable for you." He offers up a Vulcan hand symbol, not the best form but quite reasonable for a young human.
       

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    Ens. Hayes inspected her dress uniform for the third time. She turned to Ens. Fujishiro.

    "Think I'll head to the mess hall for a bite to eat, then check out the science department. You're welcome to join me."
       

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    Fujishiro happily replies, "Of course! On both courses of action. I'm eager to see what they have in the labs here."
       

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    "Actually, Mr Terezis," Ens Collins paused a moment, "may I call you Euterpe? Please call me Jeremi. I was on my way to the gym. I felt cooped up and cramped on that shuttle. I need to stretch and get some cardio in before getting ready for dinner." Jeremi made a motion with her arm indicating an invitation for Ens Terezis to join her. "I'll grab a protein bar when I'm finished."
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    Brownlock sat on his bed, trying to decide how to decorate his precious few square meters of personal space. He took a sidelong glance at Bucci's area - hmm, no diplomas or medical certificates. Ok, strike that idea. His roommate had a few pictures on the shelf above his bed - a pretty young girl among them. "Sister, perhaps?" Brownlock wondered. "Little time for a girlfriend in Starfleet, much less a wife." He vowed to inquire - discreetly - when the opportunity arose.

    Thirty minutes later, the area was decorated with the half-dozen items he managed to pack on short notice. All uniforms were hung neatly in the small closet, with special attention to the perfection of the dress uniform he would be donning in a couple hours.

    That done, he waved a silent goodbye to Bucci and strode out into the corridor. Left... no right, to the turbolift. A quick peek into Sickbay, perhaps, then maybe some lunch. Not that he was hungry. He seldom was. Just a quick sandwich, and maybe some fruit. Wonder if the replicators on this ship were as bad as those on his last one...
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    Sasok smiles politely at Delaney's attempt at a Vulcan hand salute. He agrees to call you Jim, and says you're welcome to call him by his name, as well. After lunch in the nearest Mess Hall - good food, you notice - he takes you to Engineering, where he introduces you to Chief Engineer Cheverez, a small, stoop-shouldered older man with a ready smile and a booming laugh. He welcomes you aboard and invites you to look around, although he reminds you that you're not on duty until tomorrow morning. Sasok told you over lunch that Cheverez would tolerate some non-regulation things if the job got done well and if you showed initiative. The Chief Engineer is a highly knowledgeable troubleshooter who's not afraid to delegate.

    Hayes and Fujishiro have a pleasant lunch together. Several other people in the Mess Hall, including some Sciences staff, come up and introduce themselves, making you feel welcome aboard the Yorktown. Brownlock comes in soon afterward, sees you and, at your invitation, joins you for lunch. You then visit your respective labs and offices together, and like what you see.

    Terezis declines Collins's invitation to go to the Gym, but gives you directions on how to get there before turning back to her old book, which you notice is Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
       

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    Delaney thanks Sasok and Cheverez and can't help himself but starts pouring over the engine tests, reports and performance logs. He pays special attention to the repair log. It is a large task and so Delaney starts with the Warp Engines of course. Delaney will end up getting engrossed in his work and will just barely make it to the dress function that night. The only saving grace is that he knows himself well enough and his uniform is ready though surely not as neat as his fellow new crew.

    Delaney is looking for one thing in particular while studying the warp logs. There is a little tweak Cmdr. Scott detailed in one of his white papers to auto-tune the harmonics of the dilithium crystals that has resulted in longer life and more importantly to allow for faster power flow demand in emergencies. It is fairly new and not Federation SOP yet and Delaney is looking to see if the Yorktown has implemented it yet. If not it will be his first recommendation to the CHENG.
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    Ens Collins finds a locker, and hangs her tunic in it, leaving a black tank top tucked in to her trousers. She goes over to the punching bag first, and begins a routine she has developed over the years designed to keep her reflexes at maximum.
    After thirty minutes of that, she moves over to the mat where she works her way through a series of T'ai Chi moves, and finishes off running several loops around the perimeter of the Gym. Pleased with her heart rate, Ens Collins returns to her quarters and gets ready for dinner.
       

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    "These replicators are definitely a step up from my last assignment," Brownlock thought. "Crispest apple I've ever had from one."

    "Oh, and Sickbay isn't bad either."
       

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    Cheverez is impressed by Delaney's gung-ho spirit, and will be interested to hear more about your proposed dilithium autotuning procedure; he had heard just a rumor of it on the Starfleet grapevine.

    Just as Collins is about to start her workout, she's approached by a muscular young man who introduces himself as Ens. Ben Cooper, a shuttle pilot. He shows you where you can get exercise clothing for use in the gym (so as to keep your uniform clean), and the laundry dropoff for when you're done with it. "Hope I'll see you around again, Ensign," he says with a smile as he leaves.

    Dr. Miriam Villa, the CMO, wasn't in when Brownlock visited Sickbay, but Dr. Helen Noel was. A beautiful, very smart brunette, she is the ship's psychiatrist, formerly assigned to the Enterprise. She's glad to show you around, and expects to be at the senior officer's dinner later.
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    Fujishiro carefully looks over the available equipment and other resources in the physics lab. She picks a less-used area as her workspace and organizes the tools to her liking. She makes sure her data files are uploaded to the computer and easily accessible from the local terminal. Once things are in order, she heads back to her room to prepare for the evening.
       

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    Ens. Hayes had grown used to wearing her dress uniform while serving at the Federation Embassy on Andor and the USS Kongo Parties and dinners with high-ranking officers and diplomats was second nature to her.

    While diplomacy was important, Rachel longed to explore the vast expanses of space. To discover new aliens and their worlds. Perhaps she would have that opportunity aboard the Yorktown. She hoped so....
       

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    Brownlock was a little disappointed he wasn't able to meet the officer who had personally requested him. Where did she know him from? Did he, in fact, have a reputation in Starfleet? Nah, couldn't have. Unless... oh, he hoped that wasn't the case...
       

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    The six of you appear in the Wardroom on Deck 2 for dinner at the appointed hour. Stewards are already circulating with trays bearing appetizers, glasses of wine (Hayes sees a bottle as it’s being poured and notes with approval that it’s a Chateau Picard ‘50) and other refreshments. You meet the rest of the senior staff, all of whom, like you, are in dress uniform.

    Cmdr. Pablo Echevarria Vargas, First Officer and Chief of Security, is a tall, balding Peruvian with an aquiline nose and an aristocratic air. He greets each of you politely but without any noticeable warmth. He stands near Capt. Singh but seems to exchange only an occasional quiet word with her. Both have an impressive array of small, triangular Starfleet decorations on their left breasts.

    Lt. Edgardo Cheverez, Chief Engineer, says a few words to each of you, but is soon deep in conversation with Delaney about the new shipboard food replicators, and the occasional but persistent difficulties in changing over from the old protein resequencers.

    Dr. Miriam Villa, Chief Medical Officer, is a petite, middle-aged American woman with a friendly smile and black, spiky hair going to gray. She walks in with Dr. Helen Noel, and it’s obvious that they’re good friends. They both greet Brownlock, and Dr. Villa is quite definite in her appreciation of all she’s heard about him. “This is a big ship, Doctor,” she says, “and I’m very glad to have you here. You come very highly recommended. Your predecessor, Dr. Peterson, was an excellent physician, but I’m sure you’ll fill his shoes admirably.” Drs. Brownlock and Villa are soon talking shop, but Noel is eager for the latest Enterprise news from Collins.

    Hayes and Fujishiro are glad to finally meet Lt. Cmdr. Abdi Roble, Science Officer and Second Officer. He is an older Somali man, grave in his manner, almost gaunt in form, with a quiet voice but also, you soon learn, a puckish sense of humor. An astronomer by specialty but an excellent all-around scientist, he discusses the ship’s current charting mission with you both, and asks many questions about your backgrounds and interests.

    Lt. Thalen, the Yorktown’s Communications Officer, is a youngish Andorian male, his pale blue skin and antennae unavoidably clashing with his red dress uniform shirt. He greets you all in turn, but spends most of his time talking to and laughing with Lt. JG Bennett about a particularly memorable shore leave on Wrigley’s Planet. Pourtash finds himself drawn to Bennett and has soon joined the conversation.

    Who would you like to speak to? What do you say to him or her?
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    Ens. Hayes was impressed with Lt. Cmdr. Roble. She appreciated his interest in her background and interests. She looked forward to working with him.

    Rachel excused herself and mingled amongst the dinner guests, chatting for a few moments with everyone.

    She particularly enjoyed her conversation with Lt. Thalen. Lt. JG Bennett was also a pleasure to talk with.

    Rachel couldn't help but notice the distinct differences between the captain and first officer. Very interesting.
       

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    Thalen, who you soon learn is a bit of a gossip, tells you - with a cautious glance at the First Officer - that the scuttlebutt is that Vargas has already twice been passed over for a command of his own. Bennett, frowning, says she's heard it only happened once, but she concedes that Vargas's mood has not been good recently.
       

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    Delaney really enjoys his conversation with Lt. Edgardo Cheverez and feels he has really landed in the right place at this point in his career. Cheverez is clearly not just a Department Head but someone that knows his systems and knows his engineering. Delaney remembers a piece of advice given to him on on the USS Ganymede to ensure he expands his horizons beyond merely the technical.

    He strikes up conversations with the other diners and asks questions about the career and life and sits back and tries hard to pay attention and ask a few more questions along the way. If anyone talks science or systems he off course get far more talkative.
       

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    Jeremi would have liked to exchange more than introductions with Cmdr. Vargas, but it was clear that he would not have been receptive. She moves casually through the crowd, listening mostly, munching an occasional morsel, content with being among the crowd. That is, until Dr Noel approached her. Jeremi was reluctant to spread the myriad rumors she'd heard during her last assignment, but there were one or two harmless tales she was able to share.
       

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    Throughout their conversation on the latest diagnostic technology upgrades, the newer, more virulent strain of the Omega IV virus and Brownlock's interest in DNA research, he was dying to ask why Dr. Villa had requested him. However, he decided to address that subject when, if ever, it came up naturally in conversation.

    After a while, Dr. Villa excused herself, citing an early duty schedule, and Nigel was left standing by himself, unable, and perhaps unwilling, to engage in conversations with the others. What did he know about warp fields, or phaser banks or celestial navigation? He couldn't wait to get down to Sickbay and be in his element.
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    Ens. Hayes invites Lt. Thalen and Lt. JG Bennett to join her in the near future for a glass or two of Andorian ale. If she wants to know more about the "culture" of the ship, these two officers are the ones who would know.

    Rachel notices that Dr. Brownlock is standing by himself. She walks over to him and says, "Mind if I join you?"
       

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    The Captain buttonholes Dr. Villa at the door and says, "Now, now, Doctor. All work and no play, as you know. I'm sure Nurse Perry will let you know if you're needed in Sickbay. Please stay." Villa shrugs, smiles and complies, helping herself to a glass of Dorwinion cider.
       

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    Delaney's ears perk up at the overheard Dorwinion Cider. He has never heard of it but the name intrigues him due to his love of a certain ancient book known as the Lord of the Rings. He makes his way over, "Captain, forgive me, did you say Dorwinion cider? If so could you tell me something about it?"
       

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    While they spoke, Jeremi started to sense something familiar about Dr Noel. She began to study the doctor's face carefully, all while without missing a beat in their conversation, hoping to recall what that something familiar was.
       

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    Singh tells Delaney, "Dorwinion is a Class M world that, if I remember correctly, was colonized about a decade ago and has a very good climate for orchards and vineyards. I bought several cases of wine and cider from there earlier this year. I don't know about the source of its name; I'm sure the Library Computer could tell you."
       

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    Fujishiro cheerfully flits from conversation to conversation, intent on befriending all. She talks a fair bit with Cheverez and Delaney, trying to steer the conversation toward her interest in sensors, but gives up when they start plumbing the technical depths of replication. She speaks with Villa, Noel and Brownlock a while; her secondary education was in part medical, certainly enough to keep up with the light conversation here.

    She of course spends longer with Roble and Hayes, eagerly discussing the latest science papers and reports. It's clear she is extremely focused on science in general and her projects in specific, mostly involving various types of radiation and novel applications of them. She seems more concerned about access to lab resources and the ship's computer and sensors than rank or position.

    An astute observer will notice that Fujishiro eagerly tries the different beverages as they are served, but hardly tries more than a sip of each. Water seems to be her drink of choice.
       

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    When Dr. Brownlock didn't answer her right away, Ens. Hayes tried once again to engage him in conversation. He seemed a bit uncomforable with this whole dinner party thing. Some Starfleet officers were more suited to social activities than others.

    "Have you been to Sickbay yet?" Rachel asked, hoping that would get the conversation going.

    She watched Ens. Fujishiro making the rounds and chatting with everyone. And Dr. Villa attempting an early exit.
       

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    Brownlock blinked and realized someone was speaking to him. "Oh, sorry Ensign. I guess I was a little distracted. Yes, I had the grand tour. Quite a step up from the last ship I was on. I'm really looking forward to working down there."

    "And you? What kind of facilities does a Xenosociologist have on this ship?"
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    Ens. Hayes chuckled and took another sip of wine. She was very rarely asked about her work -- a growing field in the Federation and Starfleet.

    "Mostly a huge computer database with every well known and obscure piece of information on alien cultures."

    Rachel paused for a moment. She didn't want to overwhelm the good doctor with too much at once.

    "I'm currently working on a research project involving xenophobia."
       

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    You are asked to take your seats, and the stewards serve dinner at the Wardroom’s large, long table, which is covered by a crisp white linen tablecloth. Well-polished silver, fine china bearing the Starfleet arrowhead, and fluted Rigellian crystal glassware show that the Yorktown senior staff knows how to entertain when the occasion arises. After the meal – a crisp salad, baked Pacifican shad, and green beans – is cleared away, Saurian brandy is passed around, although some of you choose other beverages. Then Singh nods to Delaney, the junior officer present. The young Assistant Chief Engineer rises, glass in hand, to propose the traditional first toast of a shipboard dinner: “The United Federation of Planets!”

    You all stand and repeat “The Federation!,” and drink.

    The Captain then offers the traditional second toast: “The ship!”

    “The ship!” say all.

    After a round of other toasts, you sit and Singh says, “This is an auspicious day on which to welcome our newest officers. It is October 19. On this day in 1781, the British forces under Lord Cornwallis surrendered to the combined American and French forces commanded by Gen. George Washington, bringing an end to the siege at Yorktown, Virginia, the last major battle of the American Revolution. This ship – your ship – is the latest in a long and distinguished line named after that great victory, so I’m glad that you’re all here, today of all days.”

    She takes a sip of her Saurian brandy. “Now that you have joined our crew, perhaps our new officers would like to know more of what is expected of them, and so I will tell you. You will, of course, attend all senior staff meetings – and speak up! Rank and seniority are no guarantee of wisdom; the First Officer, department chiefs and I will, I’m sure, have as much to learn from you as you from us. If you have an idea or an opinion, let’s hear it. You will hereafter form the nucleus of the Yorktown’s landing parties. Don’t be afraid to use your brains and to take the initiative. You will regularly stand watches on the Bridge. Those of you other than Dr. Brownlock who don’t already have your Bridge Command Duty Officer qualification will earn it in the next few months, and the First Officer will give you each a training schedule. Mr. Pourtash, I know you already have your BCDO, so you may be taking a turn in the big chair sooner than you thought.”

    She looks around. “All right. Any other questions or comments?”
       

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    Delaney, "I look forward to the BCDO training, I was part way through in on the USS Ganymede and hoped for a chance to complete it on the Yorktown. Thank you for the welcome and opportunity to work on this great ship. I know little of the battle but will read up on it. I already have a book on the aircraft carrier by the name that helped to turn the war in favor the US. Is there any other interesting history on the name worth looking into?"
       

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    Collins smiled and raised her glass "The Captain!" BCDO training already? she thought, I'll have my own ship before I'm 33!
       

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    Ens. Hayes couldn't wait for her first landing party as a member of the Yorktown crew. This is why she joined Starfleet. To explore the unknown and discover anything and everything!

    She took a few sips of brandy and sighed. BCDO.... Not her cup of tea, but she'd do her best. Perhaps Lt. Thalen could be of some help in this area.
       

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    "Not from me, Captain. Thank you for the fine meal and the chance to meet so many officers socially," thanks Fujishiro.
       

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    "Landing parties, hmm?" pondered Brownlock. "Nice change of pace from the sterile walls of Sickbay. This posting is looking up every day."
       

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    Fujishiro grins at Brownlock's bit of humor.
       

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    "Sickbay isn't all that bad," Dr. Villa protested, but Brownlock could tell from her expression and her mock-serious tone that she was laughing along with him.

    Singh smiled and said, "Mr. Delaney, there've been several good books about the Battle of Yorktown, and the ships named after it, written over the centuries. I'll get you a short reading list, if you like. But I suspect that the First Officer and the Chief Engineer will be keeping you a bit busy otherwise."

    "That is true, Captain," said Vargas, lifting his glass to her. He turns to you six and says quietly, "I will see you all at 0745 hours tomorrow, just before you begin your first watch. Meet me in Conference Room 1 at that time, if you please." You all of course agree.

    By now it is almost 2200 hours (10pm). The dinner party soon breaks up, and people begin drifting out with murmured farewells and quiet laughter. The Captain and First Officer sit down for a last brandy together. As you leave, you find that the lights in the corridors are already dimmed for shipboard "night." Bennett and Thalen are sharing a private joke near the turbolift doors. The ship seems quieter, although you know that, as always, at least a third of the crew is on duty.

    Do you want to do anything else before turning in for the night?
       

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    Ens. Hayes, much too excited for sleep, heads for the Arboretum on Deck 22.
       

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    The Arboretum is a long compartment about three times the size of the Bridge; no one else is there at the moment. A variety of flowering or edible plants from Earth and about a dozen other worlds grows there. There is an herb garden maintained by crewmembers who prefer to cook their own food, and the Captain has a small plot of rose bushes that she maintains. Full-spectrum lighting (now dimmed) and overhead water and nutrient dispensers ensure a healthy yield. There are several benches for those who prefer just to sit and enjoy the smells and sights; it is a very pleasant place to visit.
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    The prospect of going back to his room and potentially being subjected to more friendly questions leaves Faraz a bit queasy for a variety of reasons, but he wants to get his sleep, so simply goes back to his quarters.
       

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    Delany says his goodnights, takes a quick trip to the engine room to check on the tracking of the current harmonics of the dilithium crystals that he set up earlier and heads for bed. He goes to sleep reading about the Battle of Yorktown from the ship's library as just a way to gain some familiarity.
       

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    All's well in Engineering when Delaney drops by. Sasok is studying when you return to your cabin; he asks how your evening went.

    Pourtash's cabinmate, Ens. Trigorin, is out when you return; he comes back about an hour later and soon goes to bed himself, trying to remain quiet so as not to wake you.
       

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    Fujishiro, with her science lab station more or less ready to go, simply heads back to her quarters for a nights rest.
       

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    Collins heads down to the Gym, hoping to run into Ens. Cooper again, and later returns to her quarters. She enters quietly so as not to disturb Ens. Terezis' either sleep or reading, and gets ready for a restful sleep.
       

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    Fujishiro falls asleep before Hayes returns from her visit to the Arboretum.

    Collins doesn't see Cooper in the Gym or other rec areas, unfortunately. Terezis arrives back at the same time as you. She asks if you had a good time at dinner, and if you now want to get a nightcap.
       

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    Collins politely declines the invite, and asks for a raincheck. It has been a very long day and Jeremi is exhausted
       

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    Ens. Hayes is quite impressed with the Arboretum. She takes a deep breath and lets it out slowly.

    Rachel is usually so calm and cool. Ever since she learned about her reassignment, though, she's been nervous and on edge. She vows not to let her crewmates witness any of this.

    The Arboretum will definitely be a place where Rachel can regain her center.

    She heads back to her quarters. Fujishiro is asleep. Rachel quietly prepares for bed.
       

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    After a quick peek into Sickbay to see if there was anything he needed to attend to (there wasn't), Brownlock strode back to his quarters (with only one wrong turn this time) and called it a night.
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    "Nighttime" passes aboard the Yorktown and you all get a decent rest, although some toss and turn more than others.

    You meet First Officer Vargas at the appointed time the next morning, well-scrubbed and ready for anything. He is aloof but polite with you, and distributes watch schedules, saying, "Until further notice, each of you will stand a watch from 0800 to 1600.* You will each serve on the Bridge at least four out of every seven days; otherwise you'll stand watches in your respective departments - Mr. Delaney in Engineering, Dr. Brownlock in Sickbay, and so forth. The rest of your time is your own for study, training, recreation, mess and sleep, but let me emphasize that you are on call at all times. Your department chiefs may make what you consider unreasonable demands." He smiles thinly. "That is entirely their prerogative. If there is either a Yellow or Red Alert, you will report to the Bridge at once unless otherwise ordered."

    Vargas looks at each of you. "To become certified for Bridge Command Duty will be a challenge, given the deadlines I am setting. The Captain expects the best from you, and so do I. I'm sure you won't let us down. Any questions?"

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    "No, sir" said Ens Collins, eager to get started.
       

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    "Yes sir, I do have a question," Delaney goes on to ask, "After my standard watch, may I stand additional partial watches on the Bridge?" He manages to be brief for a change and actually cut himself off from a long winded explanation.
       

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    Fujishiro looks over the schedule. "Is Bridge Command Duty training on watch or off?"
       

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    Vargas says, "With the approval of the Chief Engineer, you may stand additional partial watches on the Bridge, Mr. Delaney; mind that you don't burn yourself out, however. Mr. Fujishiro, BCDO training will be both on- and off-watch, as necessary. You'll hit the books on your own time, but have hands-on Bridge time while standing watches."
       

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    "I assume, sir," Brownlock said, "that all my watches will be in Sickbay, and not on the Bridge?"
       

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    Ens. Hayes frowned slightly. Bridge Duty was not something she enjoyed. She would endure the Bridge, however. Just part of Starfleet life.

    Rachel wondered how long it would be until her first landing party. She looked forward to it very much. She hoped it would be soon -- very soon....
       

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    The First Officer says, "No, Doctor, you'll stand Bridge watches just like the others, although demands on your time in Sickbay may mean you're on the Bridge a bit less often than your colleagues. When possible, the Captain likes the Life Sciences station to be manned, and to have a doctor available on the Bridge in case a medical emergency arises."
       

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    "No questions, sir." This was all along the lines of what Faraz had expected, at least for himself.
       

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    It is now almost 0800, and Vargas leads you to the Bridge.

    Most of you have been on the bridge of a starship before, and some have not, but it's always a special experience to step out of the turbolift and into the command center of a new ship.

    There is the customary background hum, of course, the murmur of voices belowdecks reporting over the comm channels, the blinking of displays and the multicolored panoply of all the controls spread across so many gleaming consoles. Several of you immediately have the somewhat daunting sense of being in the very nerve center of a huge and powerful ship, knowing that others will soon be relying on you to help keep its intricate mechanisms at peak performance.

    Lt. Cmdr. Roble rises from the center chair when he sees Vargas. Just ahead of Roble are the Helm and Navigation stations, manned at the moment by Leventhal and Bennett. To starboard (right) along the outer bulkhead as you enter is the Communications station, manned by Lt. Thalen. He smiles at you absently, a small comm transceiver in his ear as he listens to an offship transmission. Going around the circumference of the Bridge from there are the primary and secondary Sciences stations, then Life Sciences, a general-purpose station, and the main viewscreen, which at the moment shows the bejeweled black starfield passing by and ahead of the ship. Next, beside the viewscreen, continuing now to port, is a sliding door to the service corridor that rings the Bridge, then the Security station and the Engineering station. A number of unfamiliar officers are at the various stations; they yield their posts at Vargas's nod.

    Some of you notice the ship's dedication plaque, mounted on the bulkhead in the alcove just to your left as you emerged from the turbolift. It reads:

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    CIRDAN FLEET YARDS

    Delaney remembers reading that the plaque's alloys include small scrapings from American, French and British cannon still at the original Revolutionary War battlefield, as well as from the hulls of several of the United States, United Earth and United Federation ships which in years past also proudly bore the name Yorktown.

    Roble shows Fujishiro and Hayes the Sciences stations and asks, "Who would like to take the primary station, and who the secondary, today?"

    Vargas shows Collins to the Security station and briefly explains its functions, but she is already quite familiar with it.

    Dr. Brownlock looks over the Life Sciences station, finding it much as he expected. There are controls for the ship's multiply-redundant life support and waste reclamation systems, a direct comm link to Sickbay, a storage compartment for a medikit and medical tricorder, and other features.

    Delaney settles in at the Engineering console and likes what he sees, too.

    Horst Leventhal stands at the Helm console and, without much obvious enthusiasm, thrusts his right hand out at Pourtash. "Welcome aboard, Ens. Pourtash. I stand relieved, if you wish." Pourtash is aware that Vargas is watching.

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    Collins takes her place at the security station. With one eye on the panel in front of her and the other eye on the bridge as a whole, she feels at home. Outwardly stalwart, inside she is smiling like a child on Christmas morning.
       

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    Ens. Hayes took a deep breath and let it out slowly. This did little to calm her rapid heartbeat. The Bridge seemed to embrace Rachel like a mother gently hugging her child. She'd never felt this sensation aboard the Kongol . This vessel was different somehow. Rachel smiled.
    Perhaps she'd learn to enjoy Bridge Duty.

    Roble's question brought Rachel back to the present. Always the diplomat, Rachel nodded to Fujishiro. "Either station is fine with me, sir."
       

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    Delaney pulls up the Yorktown Engineering Console's EOP*. He checks the power levels and balance, sees what is online and what is ready and most importantly looks for any unanswered alarms and recent alarms and resolutions.

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    Brownlock looked over the controls in front of him. Pretty standard stuff - just like his training. He smiled, bemused. Eight years of medical training, and here I am, checking to see if there are the proper amounts of nitrogen, oxygen, argon and the dozen other gases coursing through the ship's ventilation systems. Though, he supposed, there would be plenty of chances for him to perform life and death medical procedures. Be patient, he thought. You'll probably long for this kind of tedious duty before long...
       

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    Pourtash shakes Leventhal's hand, says, "Thank you, Ensign. I relieve you." He takes his seat at the Helm and settles in with a sidelong grin at Bennett.

    With a shrug, Fujishiro takes the primary Sciences console; Hayes obligingly takes the secondary. Science Officer Roble watches with approval as you each show your familiarity with the sensor and Library Computer controls. Collins and Brownlock are also soon confident of their ability to handle Bridge duty. Your first watch together ends without any significant problems.

    Five days pass.

    Cmdr. Vargas has set an aggressive training schedule for each of you, and you find most of your free time taken by studying or running simulations on the Auxiliary Bridge on Deck 6. You each get to know your cabinmates a bit better and can now find your way around the Yorktown with ease. Vargas keeps a sharp eye on you, living up to his reputation as a stern taskmaster, and from time to time you have the benefit of Capt. Singh's supervision, as well.

    One afternoon you are each again on the Bridge at your respective stations. This time Hayes is at the primary Sciences station while Fujishiro is at the secondary. The ship is approaching a previously-uncharted binary star system when Hayes notices an energy signature on long-range scanners.
       

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    Delaney continues his routine checks.
       

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    ...as does Brownlock.

    An energy signature... finally something other than tedium...
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    Ens. Hayes remains totally focused on the energy signature, ready to report even the slightest change to the captain.

    It could be nothing, she reminds herself. Or -- it could be something significant.
       

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    Collins compares the energy signature's pattern to the database, twice.

    a) she double checks because she cannot believe what she has found

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    b) she double checks to make sure she didn't miss anything the first time through the database
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    The energy signature appears to be that of a warp drive-equipped vessel. Either Hayes or Fujishiro, or both, may do further scans, compare the signature to those in Starfleet records, make a recommendation to the Captain (who, like Collins, is as yet unaware of what you have found), or do something else.
       

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    Fujishiro first checks to see if the energy signature matches any Starfleet vessel (allowing for some variance due to engine modifications or damage), then opens the search to any Federation vessel (again allowing for variances), and then, if no matches are found, a full library search and comparison.

    Once she has a match (or none), she'll glance over to Hayes for confirmation, giving her first chance to report to the Captain, since she detected it first.
       

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    Fujishiro finds no exact matches to vessels of any species in the Library Computer's vast database, although it is similar to some. Hayes confirms her findings, and they speak briefly before Hayes runs a more intensive scan. Then she turns and says to Singh, "Captain, sensors indicate a warp signature just outside of the outermost planet of the star system ahead. It appears to be a small vessel; I'm picking up three reptilian lifesigns."

    Singh says, "Thank you, Ensign. Run a full sensor sweep of that system. Find any habitable worlds or other artificial objects. Mr. Pourtash, increase speed to Warp 3, and take us in." She turns to Thalen and says, "Scan the EM spectrum for any localized signals, but don't hail the ship just yet."

    There is a chorus of "Aye, sir"s.

    Delaney, Brownlock and Collins can all access the incoming sensor data from their consoles.
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    Ens. Hayes does a full sensor sweep, then reports to the captain.

    "One habitable world, sir. Nothing else detected at this time."

    Hayes continues to scan the sensors, watching for anything new.
       

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    Delaney does a quick check to ensure proper power is available for Warp 3 and the engines are working fine.

    He begins to analyze the energy signature to see if it is a Warp signature or something else. If it is a Warp sig, which ships it most resembles.
       

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    Hayes adds, "There are 11 worlds in the star system, 14 moons, an asteroid belt, and numerous smaller planetoids. The two stars are both yellow dwarf G-type main sequence stars. There appear to be three small stations in orbit around the sole habitable world, which is fourth out from its star."

    Delaney sees that the Yorktown's engines are running smoothly. He runs a comparison of the warp signature and sees that it most closely resembles those of early Gorn or Saurian warp drives, according to historical records.

    Thalen reports, "It's still faint at this distance, Captain, but there are appear to be several hundred broadcast signals in the EM bands originating from the fourth planet or its immediate vicinity."

    Singh nods. "Very well. Route the signals to Ens. Hayes for a xenosociological analysis. Mr. Fujishiro, take over on long-range sensors."
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    Delaney reports, "Captain, it is indeed a warp signature and most closely resembles those of early Gorn or Saurian warp drives. I will continue to monitor and look for velocity changes."
       

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    In addition to the standard sensor sweeps, Fujishiro will double-check for possible communication or sensor beams emitted by the unknown vessel.
       

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    Fujishiro finds that the spacecraft is broadcasting on several wavelengths, both what appear to be communications directed back at the inhabited world, and sensor beams in the ultraviolet bands. Thalen confirms this, and further reports that the comm signals are encrypted. Singh orders him to attempt to crack the codes, and he begins to do so, tying in the Universal Translator.

    As you scan it, the spacecraft's warp drive stops and then, a few minutes later, starts again, now moving in a different direction.

    Your character need not repeat what I tell you in dialogue to the rest of the Bridge. We'll assume everyone's reporting aloud as they learn things, as was done by the characters on ST:TOS and other ST shows.

    Also, any non-story stuff in this thread should appear in green, as this does, or (better still) go in the setup thread. Thanks.
       

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    Fujishiro will attempt to identify the class or function of the ship. How maneuverable is it? Does it appear to be a sentry or scout? Any signs of weapon systems or shields? She will send any relevant data over to Collins for threat evaluation.
       

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    It appears to be a primitive starship, probably capable of going only slightly faster than Warp 1. It is perhaps a scout, but probably not a sentry, as it does not seem very manueverable, has only a low-powered navigational deflector shield, and is apparently unarmed. Collins soon realizes that it poses no military threat to the Yorktown.
       

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    Fujishiro opines, "Captain, the data is consistent with the unknown vessel being a prototype warp vessel. This may be this system's early attempt at achieving warp capability." She silently wonders what the Prime Directive implications are.
       

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    Vargas, looking over Collins's shoulder at the Security station, says, "I agree with Mr. Fujishiro, Captain. It appears we're about to make First Contact with a newly-starfaring society."

    Singh leans forward in her chair, smiling. "I believe you're right, Mr. Vargas... and each one is different. Opinions, options, anyone?"
       

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    "I recommend approaching in a shuttlecraft at impulse speed," Collins was hoping to crew it, "and keep the Yorktown at a respectable distance. We don't want to intimidate them."
       

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    Delaney feels a little out of his depth but suggests, "The shuttle idea is dangerous unless the Yorktown is a visible presence to allow the new contact knowledge we are extending an olive branch but pack some major fire power. You know, that we speak softly but carry a big stick. If we go aboard I would like a chance to go along and get a closer look at their systems to make a detailed report."
       

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    Ens. Hayes does a thourough analysis of the broadcast signals and reports her findings to the captain.
       

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    Brownlock feels a little useless on the bridge. While he can monitor all the readings the others are taking, they're just gibberish to him. Though a quick and easy quadruple bypass would probably feel the same to them, so he takes a little comfort.
       

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    Fujishiro analyzes whether or not their sensor will have been able to detect USS Yorktown yet. "Captain, I am trying to determine if they have detected us yet. If they have not, what are the standing orders for contacting civilizations that are still developing warp capability? Perhaps it is better to leave a sentry probe to covertly monitor this system."

    "Have we deciphered their communications?"
       

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    Hayes and Thalen are still reviewing the many simultaneous broadcast signals from the system; that takes some time. The Universal Translator is soaking them all up and should soon establish a linguacode idiomatic vocabulary program.

    Given the distance and the apparent tech level of the alien spacecraft, Collins and Fujishiro decide that it's unlikely that the Yorktown has been detected yet.
       

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    Ens. Hayes continues to review the broadcast signals with Thalen's help while listening to the suggestions of the Bridge crew.

    "Captain, I believe we should continue to monitor the situation, listen in on their communications if we can, then decide whether actual contact or perhaps just a sentry probe would be best."
       

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    Inwardly, Collins rolls her eyes and thinks "what a wimp"
       

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    Singh asks the Science Officer to come to the Bridge. Roble is briefed by Hayes and Fujishiro on what they've learned, and looks over the data gathered so far. He says, "Captain, as you know, since this civilization has achieved warp flight, we're permitted under the Prime Directive to now make First Contact. What form that contact takes is up to you. Typically, where an alien starship is just outside of its apparent system of origin, as this one is, we would establish communications directly with it. Starship crews for societies taking their first steps outside of their home systems are usually - although not invariably - chosen from among the elite of their people, and are, by the nature of their work, more prepared to at least entertain the possibility of life forms other than their own species."

    The Universal Translator has by now established a baseline communications matrix, and Thalen and the others have broken the code and translated much of what is being said between the spacecraft and its homeworld. From her quick review Hayes reports, "The aliens are called the Banij. The ship is the Venture. It appears to be the first of its kind for the Banij, and has been undergoing testing for about two weeks."

    The Captain grins at Vargas. "The First Officer has always said that I tend to take the direct approach. I don't want to disappoint him now. Dr. Brownlock, please scan the astronauts themselves. I want to know more about their physiology and biology. Mr. Thalen, hailing frequencies, if you will."

    He taps at his console, then nods. "Hailing frequencies open, ma'am."

    She hits a button on her chair arm. "Greetings, Banij ship. This is Captain Singh of the USS Yorktown, representing the United Federation of Planets. Our ship is not far from yours. We come from a peaceful, multispecies interstellar society. Now that you have taken your first steps towards the stars, we take this opportunity to make contact, and to ask for permission to meet with you. We know that we have much to learn from you, and hope that you will find something useful in what we tell you. We await your response."
       

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    Brownlock runs his scans and does some quick analysis. "Bio readouts from the Venture coming in, Captain."
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    Ens. Hayes hopes the reply from the Banij is a positive one. She also hopes to be a member of the first landing party.
       

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    The good doctor's bioscans indicate that the Banij are coldblooded, bipedal, sentient reptilians. He runs a computer comparison of the two species' biosigns, physiology and anatomy, and finds that they are quite similar, perhaps even of the same genotype, although he cannot determine that without tissue samples.

    After a few moments, a response comes back from the alien ship, in the slightly slurred accent common to reptilians: "Thank you, Capt. Singh, for your message. This is Ren Gh'vaill'fan, Commander of the Venture, second starship of the Na-Banij. We are very pleased to have made peaceful contact with others from beyond our own system. We hope that this will serve as an inspiration to all of the peoples of our world. We would welcome your visit to our ship. May we dock with you?"

    Singh looks at Vargas and then replies, "Thank you, Commander. Our scans indicate that our docking mechanisms wouldn't be compatible with yours. Instead, as it happens, we have a means of sending people from place to place by using energy beams, so docking will not be necessary. Please clear a space within your ship and several of us will beam over shortly."

    Brownlock now runs a more detailed atmospheric scan of the alien ship and determines that, although its oxygen content is slightly less than Earth-normal, suggesting the injected use of a tri-ox compound, there are no obvious biological hazards and spacesuits will not be necessary. He shares his results with the others.

    Singh says, "Very well. I will lead the boarding party." She smiles. "Who else would like to go?"
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    Collins immediately stands up. "I volunteer, sir" then realizing her eagerness may be inappropriate, she adds "if Cmdr Vargas will allow".
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    The good doctor's bioscans indicate that the Banij are coldblooded, bipedal, sentient reptilians. He runs a computer comparison of the two* species' biosigns, physiology and anatomy, and finds that they are quite similar, perhaps even of the same genotype, although he cannot determine that without tissue samples....
    *My mistake. Meant to write, "Saurians and Banij."
       

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    Fujishiro suggests, "Captain, although I would be thrilled to accompany you, Hayes is clearly the best science officer for a first contact situation."
       

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    Delaney says, "I would like a chance to go and check out their systems. There is always a chance of learning something useful and of course to deduce much about their technology by doing a historical comparison to known engineering tech tracks."
       

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    "A doctor might be useful in a first contact situation, but I will defer to the CMO on this, if she's interested," Brownlock replied.
       

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    Hayes smiles and nods a silent thank you to Fujishiro.

    "Captain, with Lt. Cmdr. Roble's permission, I would very much like to join the boarding party."
       

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    Singh says, "Thank you, Mr. Fujishiro. Remain here and continue to run sensor sweeps. I'll take five with me: Mr. Collins, for security. Dr. Brownlock, to learn more about the Banij's biology, and Mr. Delaney, for their technology. Mr. Hayes, for her xenosociological expertise, and finally Ens. Sathev, for whatever insights he might offer." Delaney knows that Sathev, the ship's only Saurian, is an Engineering expert on environmental systems. Pourtash remains at the Yorktown's Helm.

    Singh says, "Mr. Vargas, you have the Bridge. Just don't--"

    "Break anything, aye, ma'am," Vargas says, rolling his eyes a little at what is obviously an old joke between them. He hits an intercom switch and orders Sathev to report to the Transporter Room on the double.

    Singh and those in the boarding party take the turbolift down to the Transporter Room, and are issued hand phasers and communicators by the Transporter Chief, Bill Harrison, a white-haired man with a craggy face and heavy build. Brownlock has brought along his medikit and medical tricorder, of course, and both Hayes and Delaney are issued tricorders, as well.

    Sathev soon arrives, and Hayes briefs him. The purplish-skinned, bulbous-eyed alien is clearly interested in the prospect of meeting a possibly-related race.

    Singh asks, "Are we ready to proceed?"
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    Collins nods affirmatively, steps onto one of the transporter pads, and stands at the ready, one hand on her phase, the other behind her back.
       

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    "Aye, sir," Brownlock replied.
       

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    Delaney replies, "Aye, Aye and thank you."

    He does a quick check on his tricorder. He offers to system check Ens. Hayes's. "Better safe than sorry", he says.
       

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    Ens. Hayes hands her tricorder to Delaney. "Thanks."
       

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    The Captain looks at Brownlock and raises an eyebrow. "I think you said something about tri-ox compound, given the reduced oxygen in their atmosphere?"
       

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    Delaney does a diagnostic test on the tricorder and does a basic scan of things he knows, himself, the door and the control panel for the transporter. "All is in order" as he hands it back to Ens. Hayes.
       

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    "Aye, sir," Brownlock replied. He patted his medkit. "Injection is ready. Since we don't know how long we are going to be on their vessel, I thought it best to wait until everyone is up on the platform and ready to beam out."
       

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    The Captain's eyes dance a bit at Brownlock's explanation, but she says solemnly, "Good thinking, Doctor. Let's plan on spending at least an hour over there. Please administer the injections now." He does so with his hypospray. Sathev looks at Hayes's tricorder to see the sensor data of the Banij ship's atmosphere, and declines a shot. "I'll be fine," he says.

    Vargas reports on the intercom from the Bridge, "We're stopped, Captain, 200 kilometers off the Venture's bow. Ready when you are. Good luck."

    "Thank you, Mr. Vargas," says the Captain.

    Chief Harrison says, "They've provided coordinates for beamover, ma'am. It's not a big ship, about five times the size of one of our shuttlecraft, but there's a space in the forward third of the ship that's big enough for you all to go over at once."

    "Let's go then, Chief." Singh leads the boarding party up onto the transporter platform. "Energize."

    "Energizing." Harrison snaps some switches, checks the console's display screen and slides three levers down. The distinctive whine of the transporter fills your ears as the room brightens for a moment and then dims, fading to pitch black and leaving you each with a very brief sense of vertigo and tingling all over your body. At once, your vision clears and you see another room snap into existence around you, maybe half the size of the one you just left. Three aliens, resembling Sathev but slightly taller and distinctly bluer than him, are there, wearing off-white coveralls. To your untrained eyes, they look completely identical to each other. They are staring at you.

    Singh steps forward and smiles. "I am Captain Sundri Parvinder Singh of the USS Yorktown. Thank you for the invitation to visit your ship." With a gesture, she introduces you each by rank, name and assignment.

    The aliens just stare... and then stare some more. What do you do?
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    Brownlock glances down at his medical tricorder, which he activated just before the beamout.
       

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    Hayes checks her tricorder readings. She is in her element. Much better than the Bridge.

    She awaits the captain's next move and will follow her lead.
       

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    Delaney stays towards the back, trying to remember all of his first contact study. He does do a passive scan of the compartment and the ship.
       

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    After what seems an awkwardly long pause, one of the aliens finally steps forward and says, "Capt. Singh, I am glad to meet you in person. I am Ren Gh'vaill'fan, Commander of the Venture. On behalf of the Na-Banij people, I welcome you and your officers here. This is Heg, my engineer, and Pev, my navigation and helm officer. May we show you around? Our ship is not large, but it has been our home for some weeks now, and we are fond of it." Your communicators, the Banij language matrix preloaded back aboard your own ship, quietly provide an ongoing translation.

    Singh says, "Thank you, we'd like that. Where shall we start - on your bridge or control center?"

    "Certainly," Ren says, adding in a different tone and directed at the Saurian, "Ens. Sathev looks like he could almost be one of us. Tell me, are you or your people of the Banij?"

    "Not as far as we know," the Starfleet officer says. "I am a Saurian, and I have never heard of our kind making their way out to this part of the Galaxy."

    "I see." Ren stops and seems to tremble, as do the other two aliens. After an even longer pause he says, "It occurs to me, Captain, that our control room is probably too small to accommodate your entire party. Perhaps we might split up and show you around in smaller groups? You and I could proceed together to our control room first, of course, with perhaps one other of your officers."

    Singh says, "That would be fine." She tilts her head and raises an eyebrow as she looks at you. What would each of you like to see or do?
       

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    Delaney of course says, "Perhaps one of your crewmen could show me your engineering section?"
       

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    In fashion, Brownlock queries, "Is there a sickbay or infirmary on a ship this size?"

    He makes a mental note of their seemingly involuntary trembling, but decides not to mention it at the moment.
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    Collins volunteers, "For security purposes, Captain, I suggest I stay with you"
       

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    Ens. Hayes doesn't like the idea of the boarding party splitting up. She feels uneasy for some reason. The Banij seem harmless, but.... Their trembling could signify fear or nervousness -- which would make sense under the circumstances. She is glad Collins will stay with the captain. And Rachel trusts Singh's leadership and experience in first contact situations.

    "Is there a research or science lab on board?" Hayes asks.
       

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    Singh nods at Collins's suggestion; from the Captain's expression and eye contact it seems to you that she would have suggested the same. The control center is indeed cramped, but Ren seems proud as he explains the instrument panels that arc over and around the three cushioned crew seats. An odd, intermittent gulping sound underlies the tones of the machinery.

    Heg, the ship's engineer, sounds just like Ren. She (a female, you soon learn) offers to take Delaney and Sathev to the engine room, just aft of the compartment where you arrived. It, too, is packed, and ducting, conduits and wire trunks seem to run every which way. It looks vaguely familiar to Delaney from engineering and technological history books he's viewed; Sathev says quietly that it bears a slight resemblance to historical Saurian ships. The two of you agree that, if you are reading the weird gauges correctly, the Venture is capable of at least Warp 1.3.

    Pev, the navigation and helm officer, shows Hayes and Dr. Brownlock the Venture's tiny astrophysics lab. As he explains (in a voice that is, to you, identical to that of Ren's) its contents, it becomes clear that the Banij starship's instrumentation is almost entirely geared towards supporting its warp drive testing. There is no infirmary, although Pev shows you what seems to be the Banij equivalent of a first aid kit mounted on one wall.

    You also see the single cabin that the three crewmates share, and a small but apparently efficient galley, wardroom, storage area, airlock, and so forth. The entire ship is clean, lit by distinctly yellow lighting, and unmistakably alien, with fluted structural supports, spiky Banij lettering on the controls and ovoid hatches, and a persistent smell of something unidentifiable... not necessarily unpleasant, but different. Hayes tries to figure out if it's the Banij themselves or just the ship's atmosphere, but can't be sure.

    Those with tricorders continue taking readings as you go.

    Singh takes a moment to check in with Vargas via communicator, and assures him that all is well.
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    Collins tries to focus in on the gulping sound. It sounds vaguely like large bubbles rising through and bursting from a viscous liquid.
       

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    "Glad I'm not Banji," Brownlock thought. "I'd be out of a job."

    Still, their sudden trembling and blank expressions troubled him. Was it just some natural part of their physiology we don't yet understand? Or could it be something more - perhaps they were being controlled by some outside force, or... "nah, that's your imagination running away from you," he thought.
       

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    If Delaney notices anything simple to improve the efficiency or safety of the engine room without helping them to higher tech, he will quietly ask some leading questions of Heg to help. He also asks many questions about the various components of this "magnificent" engineering feat. Specific questions, "How much of the design were you involved in Heg? It appears quite marvelous. We of course built on the shoulders of many others and had help from other spacefarers. This is remarkable to develop on your own."
       

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    Collins can't figure out the gulping sound. It almost, but not quite, sounds organic, or even something like bubbling lava.

    Dr. Brownlock's tricorder readings tell him nothing about the Banijs' trembling or blank expressions.

    Heg tells Delaney, "I was one of the many designers of this ship, but among the younger of them all, so I joined the crew when many of my older colleagues could not... or would not. It's been my life's work. I'm glad you like it. I suppose it is quite primitive compared to the systems aboard your ship." He seems grateful for any suggestions you and Sathev have to offer.

    Back on the Yorktown, Fujishiro maintains a careful eye on the sensors trained on the Venture, but with Cmdr. Vargas's approval, also runs broader scans on the Banij double-star system using the lateral sensor array.

    Pourtash has little to do at the Helm console, as the ship is at rest relative to the alien spacecraft; Lt. JG Bennett, to his right, is similarly underemployed. She asks you, "How are you liking life aboard the Yorktown so far, Mr. Pourtash?"
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    Hayes would love to ask Pev many questions, but doesn't want to overwhelm him. She wonders what her fellow officers are learning elsewhere on the Banij ship.
    She maintains a neutral facial expression and body posture. "Thank you for showing us the lab," she says.
       

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    Brownlock tries to observe every movement and facial expression of the Banijs - while doing his best not to stare.
       

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    Hayes is impressed with Dr. Brownlock and how he's handling this situation. First contact can easily turn sour with one wrong move. Rachel feels comfortable with Brownlock by her side.
       

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    Pev says, "I'm glad to show you whatever you'd like to see. Tell me, how long has your race been capable of starflight? And are there many people like Ens. Sathev aboard your ship?"

    Heg asks Delaney, "How fast can your ship go? How many others like it do you have? Do you think our people might join the Federation of which your captain spoke?"

    Brownlock's tricorder readings show that the Banij are physiologically and anatomically very similar indeed to Saurians. You know, however, that there is no substitute for actual tissue and circulatory fluid samples for fully understanding the biological processes of another race. Do you ask to take them?
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    Delaney replies, "Our ship is not the fastest but can handle warp 6 with ease. We have hundreds of ships of all sizes and purposes. We have dozens similar to our ship, the Yorktown. I believe joining the Federation is a strong possibility but I am but an engineer and not a diplomat. Races working together for common safety and safe trade is a big part of what the Federation is about. We are mainly an exploration ship but one also ready to defend the Federation. We are celebrating humanity's 300th year of space travel based on when man first stepped on another off-planet body. But many members of the Federation have been in space longer than us."
       

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    Brownlock ponders whether to ask for tissue and circulatory fluid samples. Being fairly new to first contact situations (okay, this is his first actual first contact), he decides to speak privately to Sathev before making a decision. Since their species are similar, he assumes (hopefully correctly) that their belief systems might be similar as well. In any case, he'll judge Sathev's reaction before he proceeds further.
       

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    "Thank you, Pev," Hayes replies. "Ens. Sathev is the only Saurian on board our ship, but there are other 'people' who serve as crew members of theYorktown .
    I believe the Federation's strength is found largely in its diversity," Hayes says. She allows herself a slight smile, eager to observe how Pev reacts. A bit of a risk, but first contact is always an unknown. And Pev seems willing to talk, share and ask questions. From Rachel's experience, all good signs.
       

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    Pev thanks Hayes, and Heg thanks Delaney, for their information, and invite any questions they might have in turn. They seem friendly and willing to talk.

    Soon, the Yorktown boarding party gets back together to compare notes. Sathev tells Brownlock that Saurians have no particular objections to providing biological samples for legitimate medical or scientific research, but he doesn't know if the Banij have the same outlook. He doesn't think it would do any harm to ask; the Captain agrees before checking back in with the ship.

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    Hayes is, of course, most interested in the Banij culture and history. What do they eat and drink? Do all Banij look alike? Questions that would require a lot of time to answer. Rachel hopes they will be invited to the planet. She would love to experience what daily life for the Banij is like.
       

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    Brownlock asks Sathev to be by his side as he asks one of the Banij for the samples...
       

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    Fujishiro is prepared to stay on station until the away team gets back. Besides monitoring the planet and nearby space, she collects as much information as possible with passive scans of the Banij vessel. Ideally, she'll gather sufficient data to confirm anything learned by the away team.
       

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    Hayes may ask questions now, or wait for later. She realizes from her training that there's no particular reason for delay.

    How does Dr. Brownlock phrase his request for biological samples? To whom does he direct it?

    Fujishiro knows from earlier scans that there are 11 worlds in the Banij double-star system, 14 moons, an asteroid belt, and numerous smaller planetoids. Upon looking further, you locate and track five comets. The three small stations in orbit around the Banij homeworld (fourth out from its star) appear, on closer examination, to each be in different polar orbits, and each is about the same size - half again the size of the Venture - with some design differences. You make a mental note to discuss these with Delaney. The homeworld has a single small moon with a single smaller base on its surface; the moon has a highly elliptical orbit. There are seven spacecraft currently moving in the vicinity of the homeworld, two quietly in orbit, and none beyond it. The homeworld also has several dozen artificial satellites.

    Thalen is continuing his analysis of the extensive local comm traffic and says he's eager to discuss what he's found so far with the Captain and with Hayes.
       

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    Brownlock takes Sathev aside and whispers (politely, out of sight of the Banij), "what do you think of my asking like this -- 'My Banij friends, we would like to learn more about our new neighbors in space. I have learned much from my tricorder device, but my knowledge would be more complete if you would allow me to take a few tissue samples from you -- it will not be invasive, and will be completely painless...' -- would that be an acceptable request for one of your species?"
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    Collins, still at the Captain's side, continues to observe the Venture crew, watching particularly for any threatening movements.
       

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    Delaney asks about the engines, the power sources, cabling and power lines but most especially about the power plant.
       

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    Hayes decides to start with a simple -- she hopes -- question that connects all cultures.

    "Pev, I am very curious about what the Banij eat and drink. Could you tell me something about that? What is your favorite food?"
       

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    Sathev tells Brownlock, "I think that would be an appropriate way to ask the Banij for biosamples. I'm sure no Saurian would object to such a request, phrased that way. But how can you ensure that it will be painless? Would you administer an anesthetic?"

    Ren and Singh talk animatedly about starship command and navigation. Collins sees no sign of danger from any of the Banij, although she notes that the boarding party is nearing the end of the hour for which Dr. Brownlock gave everyone their tri-ox compound injections.

    Heg seems happy to explain the details of the Venture's engineering systems. The ship seems well-designed, all in all; its main power source is a small but highly efficient fusion reactor. It is roughly comparable to Saurian and, oddly enough, Tellarite designs from the early days of their own interstellar travels.

    Pev tells Hayes, "To save space, and since we didn't expect to be out here more than a month, we have a relatively limited variety of pre-prepared food and drink aboard ship. We can eat much better at home. Here, the emmera tubules aren't bad, I suppose." He gives a gurgling kind of laugh. "No one goes into space for the food. At home, my favorite dish is yenin stew, with vegetables and chopped korel meat in a spiced sauce made from the milk of the binsoli, an herbivore common on Banij Prime. What do Humans like to eat?"
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    Collins opens her communicator and signals Dr Brownlock. When he answers, she asks if he brought extra tri-ox with him.
       

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    "Yes," Brownlock replied, "I'd use an anesthetic. Though I'd wager their skin is pretty tough."
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    Hayes really likes Pev. He seems open and honest.

    "Humans enjoy a wide variety of foods," she replies. "We eat stew, too. We consume lots of fruits and vegetables. We also spice our food."

    Rachel chuckles. "My favorite food is something called pizza. It's made from bread, cheese and tomato sauce."
       

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    Pev asks, "I would like to try a pizza sometime, if it would be edible to my people, but what is a tomato? We have our own kinds of bread and cheese, but 'tomato' does not appear to translate."

    Although Brownlock has additional doses of tri-ox compound in his medikit, Capt. Singh decides that the boarding party should return to the Yorktown for now to compare notes. Does Brownlock ask for biosamples before beaming back?
       

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    "Captain," Brownlock asks, "would I have time for a few biosamples, or would you rather I do that on our next visit?"
       

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    Delaney hopes he has enough readings for heavy analysis upon return to the Yorktown. "Thank you Heg, I look forward to seeing you again soon and hopefully giving you a tour of the Yorktown."
       

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    Fujishiro prepares a report on the data she's collected on the system and Banij ship and her analyses of them.
       

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    Singh gives Brownlock permission to ask for biosamples before the party beams back.

    Heg thanks Delaney, whose tricorder is now crammed with data on the Banij ship.

    Fujishiro's report comes together nicely. She also notices a sensor anomaly over Banij Prime, and an unusual amount of metal and plastic debris in orbit around the homeworld.
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    "A tomato is related to the potato, but is classified as a berry. It comes in a variety of shapes and sizes." Rachel pauses a moment, trying to explain the tomato to Pev while not boring him with too much detail. "It can be eaten raw or cooked." She smiles. "Or as a sauce for tasty pizza."
       

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    Brownlock approaches Pev and politely addresses him. "My Banij friend, we would like to learn more about our new neighbors in space. We have learned much from our tricorder devices, but our knowledge would be more complete if you would allow me to take a few tissue samples from you -- it will not be invasive, and will be completely painless..."
       

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    Pev stands still, stares at you and then appears to tremble a little, as he and his shipmates had earlier done. Then he says, "You may remove tissue samples from me, Doctor, if you wish. And may our doctors do so from your people as well, especially Sathev, when we return to our homeworld?"
       

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    Brownlock replies, "I cannot speak for Sathev, but I am willing to give you biosamples myself..."
       

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    The Captain is a little taken aback by Pev's request. She rubs her chin and says, "I hadn't thought of a reciprocal tissue exchange, but... I suppose it makes sense. Any of my crew who wish to voluntarily provide tissue samples may do so, unless there's a good medical reason not to." This is acceptable to Pev and his shipmates. Brownlock then removes tiny but sufficient circulatory fluid and tissue samples from all three of them, using a light anesthetic that is approved for use on Saurians and that your tricorder readings indicate would be safe and effective for the Banij. They say they felt no pain. Sathev agrees to provide samples in due time; does anyone else from the boarding party?

    Singh then bids farewell to the Venture's crew, expresses her hope that one, two or all of them will soon visit the Yorktown, and calls Chief Harrison for beamout. In moments the transporter whisks you back to your ship. What would you like to do now?
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    Brownlock will take the samples to Sickbay's lab and begin his analysis. He also suggests a quick check of the landing party to make sure there are no ill effects from the tri-ox or anything from the Banij ship.
       

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    Everyone says they feel fine, and a quick sweep with your medical tricorder's detachable scanner confirms that no one has suffered any ill effects from the mission.

    Like so: http://www.filmjunk.com/images/weblo...babble55_8.jpg
       

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    (he doesn't look like he feels fine)
       

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    Ens. Hayes agrees to provide tissue samples for the Banij to study. Hayes will first report to Lt. Cmdr. Roble and give him a brief report. She will then take her tricorder readings and add them to the library computer's database for further analysis. And, after all that talk about pizza, she'll head to the mess hall for a few slices.
       

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    Quote Originally posted by ds9writer View post
    (he doesn't look like he feels fine)
    That's ol' Jimbo for you. What a drama queen!
       

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    Collins thinks about volunteering for a tissue sample, but stops herself.
       

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    Fujishiro reports to the Captain as to what she's found in her sensor sweeps. Singh asks you to make more detailed scans of the orbital debris, and the unexplained sensor anomaly. Singh also posts the Banij request for biosamples to the ship's daily orders, which are posted to every crewmembers' comm account. Participation is strictly voluntary, she emphasizes. Those who wish to contribute are asked to report to Sickbay for the extraction of small samples - blood and tissue, or their equivalents - by Drs. Villa and Brownlock.

    Roble thanks Hayes for her work on the boarding party. He will review your tricorder records while you have lunch.

    Ens. Terezis bumps into Collins near the Transporter Room. Your cabinmate is very interested in hearing what the Banij ship was like, and if you had any trouble over there. She mentions that she'll be providing biosamples, and asks if you'll do so, too.
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    Delaney will check in with Lt. Edgardo Cheverez and suggest, "I think I should upload the data from my tricorder and begin a detailed analysis of the engineering scans if there is nothing else more pressing. I think it would be good if Mr. Sathev worked with me on this."
       

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    Collins tells Terezis what she observed while on the Venture - that the Banij seem friendly and genuinely interested in off world cultures "But, no," Jeremi continued, "I think I'll pass on the tissue sample donation. You go right ahead, though. Maybe we can meet later in the lounge for some gaming?"
       

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    Terezis frowns. "I hope I'm not prying, but... why don't you want to give a sample? They gave samples to us, didn't they?"
       

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    "Yes, they did," Collins answered "and I'm sure we'll have more than enough volunteers. It's just one of my quirks - I don't like being poked and prodded." Jeremi hoped her roommate would accept this at face value and drop the subject.
       

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    After lunch, Hayes heads to Sickbay to provide biosamples for the Banij. She then returns to the Science Department to see if Lt. Cmdr. Roble has any further questions or comments about her tricorder readings from the boarding party.
       

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    Terezis accepts Collins's explanation with a shrug and a smile, and then asks, "Want to go grab a bite?"

    Hayes has a good meal, sharing a table with Lt. Lars Dahlquist, a handsome Engineering officer originally from Sweden; Ens. Oscar Rico, a impulse drive specialist; and Lt. JG Gral, a Tellarite botanist. Dahlquist definitely catches your eye. Later, in Sickbay, Nurse Sarah Perry takes your biosamples quickly and painlessly while Dr. Villa is helping an Engineering tech with a badly sprained ankle. Roble is not yet done reviewing your work, but likes what he sees.

    Pourtash is still at the Helm when Ren, commander of the Venture, signals that they will now be returning to Banij Prime, as he believes that first contact with the Federation is far more important than the current round of tests. Capt. Singh acknowledges this, telling you and Bennett, "Match their course and speed; we'll accompany them back home." She repeats her invitation for any or all of the alien crew to visit the Yorktown.
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    Collins smiles "Love to - I just have to check in with my CO first and file my report first"
       

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    "Yes, Captain," Pourtash promptly responds to Capt. Singh before following the orders, rather intrigued by this turn of events.
    So now they are just dirt-covered English people in fur pelts with credit cards.
       

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    Brownlock continues to study the samples from the Banij - he's still puzzled by their sudden "freezing up" and trembling...
       

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    Collins and Terezis have a nice lunch together.

    The Chief Engineer approves Delaney's recommendation to review tricorder scans of the Venture with Sathev. There are no particular surprises among the data. Are you looking for something in particular?

    Brownlock's research indicates that the Banij are indeed very similar to Saurians. More interestingly, however, all three of the Venture's crew are genetically identical; upon closer examination, you also see slight indications of replicative fading. You find no physiological explanation for their trembling or staring.

    Within a few hours, 89 Yorktown crewmembers have provided biosamples, including the Captain, First Officer, Chief Engineer, Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Brownlock, Ens. Sathev and Ens. Hayes.

    Singh asks the senior staff - which, as you know, includes you - to meet her in Conference Room 1 immediately.
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    Brownlock files his data, straightens his uniform, and heads for the Conference Room
       

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    Once Pourtash is relieved from the helm, he reports himself to Conference Room 1.
       

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    As usual Delaney is just being thorough when it comes to engineering. He is hoping for some technique they used new to the Federation to add to the Federation's knowledge.

    He reports to Conference Room 1 swiftly.
       

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