Anomaly on Long Range Sensors
Posted on Tue Jun 11th, 2019 @ 3:46pm by Captain Colby Drayton & Lieutenant Akaria Okan & Lieutenant Commander Zar & Lieutenant Marcus Alexander MD & Lieutenant JG Eza Bergen PhD
Edited on on Wed Jun 19th, 2019 @ 10:58am
Episode 7: Into The Fire
Timeline: Day 146 at 1935
"There it is again..." Mark Sochaski frowned as he looked at Lieutenant Harper beside him. The two officers were stood at the tactical console that surrounded the command area of the bridge, and were perplexed by what their consoles were showing them.
Eventually, the acting Tactical Officer looked at her counterpart and let out a sigh. Leaning on the rail, she looked down at the Commander. "Ma'am," she spoke to get the XO's attention, "long range sensors seem to be detecting something of concern," Harper told.
Eza was at the Science station and pulled up the long range sensors to see what the issue was.
Zar had arrived on the bridge quite some time ago, and had been managing his console, when he heard the exchange of conversation between the two officers. He slightly turned his head for him to get a clearer hearing on the situation at hand; maybe it was a random fluctuation on the long range sensors, but something was telling him deep down in his gut not to dismiss the feeling too quickly.
"Lieutenant Bergen?" Commander Neprem queried as she rose to her feet, "what are sensors showing?"
"I'm not positive, I'm getting readings that could be slipstream tunnels, but they're not quite right."
"Commander," Neprem gestured at the Bolian at the Ops station to join them at the science station. "Are you seeing what I'm seeing?"
With a deep breath and a smile, Captain Drayton smoothed out the creases on his uniform jacket as he took a step down from the transporter pad, having returned from Starbase Two-Fourteen and his meeting with the commanders of the Battlegroup. At first, he seemed oblivious to the person waiting for him, but then it clicked.
"Akaria! What the devil are you doing here?" he grinned, placing a gentle hand on her shoulder as they shook hands in greeting. "Don't get me wrong, it's lovely to see you, I just didn't expect to see you so soon," he laughed a little as he exited the transporter room with his friend at his side.
"The Captain gave me a bit of time to come and see a few people before you disappear into the Wastelands," the Cardassian officer grinned as she explained her reason for being aboard. The pair were in deep conversation, discussing a variety of topics (her new posting, her new CO, changes on the Nogura, their joint mission) when they were interrupted by a call from the bridge. "=/\=Captain Drayton to the bridge," the familiar voice of the XO called out, which caused him to exchange glances with Akaria. He lifted his hand and tapped his commbadge. "=/\=On my way," he spoke before tapping it and heading for the nearest turbo lift, gesturing for the Cardassian to join him.
A short while later, the turbo lift deposited both officers onto the command centre of the ship and Drayton walked over to the tactical rail, stopping to glance at the Commander. "Report number one," he queried.
"Sensors have picked up some worrying readings," the Trill told as she looked across at the science officer.
"Sir, I think they're transwarp conduits, I originally thought they were slipstream but the signatures are Borg." Bergen reported.
"Borg?!" Drayton exclaimed, looking at his XO in a concerned manner.
Tara simply nodded. "I've seen these readings before. They are the formation of the tail end of a transwarp conduit and, based on the sensor readings, I'd say it is one large conduit we have opening up," the Trill woman revealed.
That was enough for the Captain to hear. Her years of experience in various departments was one of the reasons he had kept her aboard. "Commander Zar," Drayton called out as he returned to his seat. "Hail the Roehampton."
Zar quickly moved his fingers over the console, first seeking out the Roehampton's comm frequency, and then linking the Nogura's directly with hers. Once the connection was made, he typed in a quick command that initiated the call. "Hailing frequencies are open captain."
"Captain," Desai-Scott nodded in greeting when she appeared on the viewscreen.
"Captain Desai-Scott," the commander of the Nogura nodded in response, "my team have analysed the data and we're confident that a transwarp conduit is forming, but we believe it to be in its infancy. If we can get to it in time, we may be able to close it," the leader of the Nogura battlegroup informed as he was passed a data PADD. He looked at it briefly before continuing. "Both the Adriatic and the Ulysses are forming up to our stern. We'll take the whole group; if we can't close the conduit, then we'll be the first line of defence against whatever comes through," he told, but more as an order than a simple suggestion.
Kayla looked off screen at her XO, then back to the main viewer. "We'll be right there with you," she smiled assuredly.
"Very well. We're sending you the co-ordinates now," he informed with a look to his Ops Chief. "Adriatic is somewhat slower than the rest of us, so we'll have to hold the line until she gets there. Good hunting, Captain." And then the channel was closed.
With the channel closed and the crew waiting for orders, the Captain relaxed back in his chair and glared at the viewscreen and the highlighted coordinates that were displayed. After a few moments of silence, he took a deep breath. Reaching down he pressed a single button on the arm of his chair.
"All hands," he paused briefly... "battlestations!"