PROLOGUE - LEAVING EARTH
USS Swiftsure has left Utopia Planetia and started the 140 LY journey
to its new port of call: Starbase 123 is situated at the far end of the
Beta Quadrant beyond the Romulan and Klingon Empires. The Swiftsure makes
good of the 1.5 month journey to run drills in order to improve performance
- a much needed training program for a crew that is mostly 3 years out
of synch with the latest technology and protocols.
PART 1 - LOOKING FOR A GHOST SHIP IN THE AZURE NEBULA
Following the last and most extensive of 3 drills, the USS Swiftsure reaches the middle of her journey: Epsilon Oupost XI. The ship takes aboard some Outpost crew to be left at Starbase 234 for shoreleave and reassignement. Starbase 234 is slated to be the last stop on the ship's journey. However, while paying a curtesy visit to Benzite Commander Bren, CO of Epsilon XI, Capt. Chapman receives a surprising request. A space myth regarding a ship lost for decades in the nearby Azure Nebula has been an object of fascination for Master Chief Groggan. 22 years ago, intriguing pieces of ship debris were found in the nebula. About to be reassigned prior to retirement, Master Chief Groggan is asking for one last chance to survey the part ot the Azure Nebula where he calculated the lost ship could be.
Captain Chapman grants Master Chief Groggan his wish by having the Swiftsure search the Azure Nebula for 24 hours. Commander Mateo, Counsellor but also a treasure hunter with experience, is put in charge of the mission. Six probes are launched to establish a sensor net, and six shuttles depart the ship. Within hours, the Meridian shuttle is unexpectedly pulled in close proximity to gravity space mines and heavily damaged. When Commander Mateo finally finds them, it appears that the Meridian has found the "Regent's Pride". The derelict is dead and heavily damaged. With some further coaxing from the Counsellor, an away team is sent aboard to record and investigate for posterity before the useless ship is either dismantled or destroyed. To everybody's shock, a mysterious survivor is found in stasis. In spite of the XO's misgivings, Dr Paulsen decides to bring the Shengen aboard for ressucitation and the ship resumes its course towards Starbase 234.
PART 2 - SHANG UN AR
Master Chief Grogan abducts the child and Head Nurse Dubois. It is revealed
that Grogan was really a former Intel agent by the name of Geiger. Geiger
had disappeared 40 years ago, after the god-like Gensi had been massacred
on Shengen following a failed Starfleet diplomatic mission. The non allied
planet had cut all diplomatic ties with the Federation and plunged into
the chaos of civil war.
3 - EQUINOX AND REVELATION
- WHAT ARE GODS MADE OF
The Swiftsure leaves Shengen after the arrival of a Starfleet ambassador,
short of two dozen crewmembers become part of the life force. The mission
concludes with many unanswered questions as to the nature of Shengen's
last God and the Gensi's ability to use crystals storing psionic energy
born from prayer. As for the rogue Intel agent, widely believed to have
joined the move to a different plane, Captain Chapman suspects that even
a religious convert won't change his spots and that Geiger is in hiding.
- Captain's Log -
mission took place from end of March to mid June 2007. It was destined to
punctuate the long journey from Earth to SB 123. It ends with the first
of many shoreleaves to be held on Carthage Colony (np), formerly a sim created
in Hawking Fleet, with authorization from its conceptors. A link to Carthage
Colony can be found on the page for SB 123.
Next mission will be the "internship" of our XO... who was Carthage Colony's co-creator and XO for two years. His partner in crime is now our bartender while the crew roster looks more every month like an ex USS Liberty reunion, two Ferengis included. I want to thank here all the players who have kept faith in my ability to keep us entertained.