An away mission was Ensign Serota’s first close-up view of the Hope One Dyson Sphere. She hoped to discover the cause behind flowing lava on the interior surface of the sphere. It was an unprecedented geological event. The humanitarian needs of a population that has never faced this kind of natural event was coordinated by Doctor Butler. A runabout touching down in a park within the Johvan capital was a spectacle to the technology-averse sphere inhabitants. Along with Johvan Selectman She’Guan Dondoan, the away team explored an abandoned set of buildings with access to the sphere’s interior.
Ensign Farley and Chief Eiwan examined the sphere from the exterior to compare with scans performed from the interior face by Serota. The lava was not consuming the material within the sphere. It was being generated in some way; adding content to the sphere’s interior. Eiwan was dropped off at the station to analyse the results while Farley set a rendez-vous with the away team in the sphere.
Doctor zh’Daeryn missed karaoke night and found Commander Mirel at the bar nursing a Kllingon blood wine which the latter exchanged for Terran wine. The commander’s unease in the presence of the stations counselor was par for the course. Mirel opened up a bit about her past during a social conversation with the station counselor but quickly ended the conversation.
Taura and Thev meet up for a late night dinner and realize quickly the menu options at the sushi bar that hosted karaoke night was not to their preference.
Mahlyk’s true purpose aboard Sentinel Station was revealed in a clandestine meeting in a holosuite in the middle of the night. An unknown subject chose to communicate via the holosuite to conceal his or her identity. DW 250 was the target of assasination. Once his program was located, a combination of computer hack and physical explosives would eliminate the latest assault on the Delta Quadrant by the Federation. DW’s origin within the Delta Freedom Alliance was no more than splitting hairs to Nal’Gaharay extremists. Mahlyk held a mechanic at disruptor point to lure DW 250. When that plan failed, he moved quickly through the station to USS Kilimanjaro with several of the crew dead or injured along the way. Once within the hangar bay, security fields sprung up and an explosive device was beamed into the hangar deck. Mahlyk, it seemed, was a fallguy. The assassin and the target must work together to disarm the device.
Lt. Commander sh’Zula and Commander Mirel discussed the latest from Starfleet Intelligence. The Nal’Gaharay have been generally quiet since the military actions against their bases some years earlier. OH1 appears to be a target but lack of infiltration and communications intelligence hampered sh’Zula’s report to the station commander. Mirel faced the fact that there was a Nal’G presence on the station and that more effort would be needed to counter the threat.
Commander Jeyan invited Commander Mirel to the holosuite for target shooting. Never able to settle down in one place for long, Jeyan contemplated his future. The two decided to expand OH1s capabilities by scouring the old Okuda Shipyards for something spaceworthy.
Pleg, a Ferengi entrepreneur, arrived on Sentinel Station with his wife Lirka and their son. His arrival was disrupted when his prime retail location had been assigned to another business. One more consequence of the massive systems failure was the loss of Mr. Pleg’s reservation. A chat with Mr. Pamél, Civilian Administration Assistant, resolved the mixup with a larger retail space as a few well-quoted Rules of Aquisition.
Lieutenant Gero joined a routine rotation to the Lighthouse, a subspace communications relay adjacent to the Geroch Wormhole with Ensign Orakix and Ensign Hondrick. Gero and Orakix bonded over their love of astronomy and the wormhole in particular.
The characters took a break from the action to celebrate with a hockey game, egg nog and an ancient Earth song sung by Ariana.
A few chracters congregated in a chapel for a more solemn discussion about faith. An ancient Japanese tradition of remembering names was shared between Taura and Farley. The religiosity of races like Bajorans and Klingons sparked a longing in Taura, an Andorian, to explore an inner curiourity.
Caleb is scaling back his involvement with OH1. He is the CO of USS Discovery and he’s been very generous with his time over the last few months. I want to thank him for everything he’s done including behind the scenes stuff that most of us don’t see. I’ve been lucky to have him as my XO. His intention to keep active, even if only in a guest capacity.
Player and Quote of the Month
Kait, hands down, is the player of the month. She has come back to OH1 with a lot of creativity and great drive. She is in the unique position of owning hard drives with OH1 and BL content going back more than a score of years. Some of it is on 5 1/2″ floppy disk. She proofread the entire website, offered suggestions and called me on my mix of American and British spelling. Canadian English has retained British spelling for the most part although a strong French-speaking culture and the dominant American entertainment industry has created a unique mix. I changed most of the spelling to American although I kept a few words; I love the spelling “maneouvres” and I can’t change it to the less interesting “maneuvers”.
“New?” Fran exhaled and smiled at Eiwan, “…and molten. That’s a hot combo!” So how is it we’re stuffing hot Szechuan Sauce into an old wonton wrapper like the Sphere?” hoping that Eiwan would understand the references.
–Lt (JG) Fran Farley, Engineering Specialist played by Kait