“Brother vs. Brother”
Captain's Log, Stardate 56259.18.
The Swiftsure is currently exploring a large debris field, all that is left of the USS Kuniper
and the small ships that attacked and destroyed it. The science and
engineering departments are conducting experiments on sections of the debris
in hopes of learning something about the ships that destroyed the Kuniper. Once we have completed our scans and analysis we
will be heading to Vanderia V to continue our
Captain's Log Supplemental Stardate 56262.18
The Swiftsure is enroute to the Vanderia system at maximum warp.
We have discovered the source of the attacks on the Ferengi Merchant
Convoys and the party responsible for the destruction of the USS Kuniper.
A Vanderian warship, the Varinox, under the command of a Commander
Jorax Ket is responsible. The Commander agreed to a meeting aboard the
Swiftsure to discuss the events.
He claims the the Merchant ships are really smuggling weapons into his system and
arming the Vanderians that inhabit the Sixth planet of the system. Apparently a civil war
is about to break out among his people and he is attempting to stop it via a one ship
blockade on the system. He seems honest and believable, but I need hard evidence as
to what he is saying.
In reagards to that aspect we are enroute to the fifth planet in the system. The home
of the central government of the Vanderian people. We hope to find more answers to
what's going on and to avert another attack on a merchant convoy. Commander Ket
gave us until the next convoy to discover what is going on.
In other matters there was an explosion aboard ship that knocked out most of the
secondary power qrid. This has deprived us of half of our defensive capabilities. Our
chief engineer has discovered a chemical compound that was coating the inner lining of
the conduit and appears to believe that an act of sabotage was attempted on this
vessel. I have assigned Lt. Villant to investigate the matter and to coordinate his efforts
with Admiral Loren's Chief of security aboard Starbase 285.
Captain's Log Supplemental, Stardate 56265.36
The Swiftsure currently orbits Vanderia
VI, the so called colony world of this system. We have found both of the
inhabited planets in this system to be over-populated and basically laid out
in the form of one giant city. The space lanes and atmospheric lanes are
extremely congested with craft of all sizes. Upon entering the system we met
with a Deputy Undersecretary to the Prime Minister, Howlan,
on Vanderia V. While being very polite, he
basically gave us the brush off.
First Officer's Log, Supplemental, Stardate 56268.5
Our mission to the Vanderian system has concluded. An old enemy, long
thought to be dead, was found to be alive and well. The Cardassian
L'Mek, once a powerful Gul,
and known as the Butcher of Betazed, was found to
be at the root of all the problems that the Swiftsure
was undergoing. It appears that his plan was to lure the Swiftsure
to Vanderian Space and to destroy the ship, via a
series of hidden booby traps. They apparently were installed during the Swiftsure's recent refit by workers under the employ of L'Mek. The destruction of the Swiftsure
in Vanderian space would lead to an investigation
by Starfleet and possibly bring it into the Civil War that is sure to break
out in that system.