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Re: Episode 1.13: Vengeance, with Interest
« Reply #580 on: September 13, 2019, 04:38:55 PM »
Sorak's brows furrow in thought. "If we could get a good reading on the shield while it's operational, we might be able to determine the shield refresh frequency and utilize that window to beam in a team, perhaps Treyva and Cole?"
"Plus who is going to be consoling Sorak there?"

"The commander raises a valid concern," Sorak replied with his usual aplomb, "As you can see, I am beside myself with worry."

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Re: Episode 1.13: Vengeance, with Interest
« Reply #581 on: September 15, 2019, 02:37:20 PM »
I'm going to be head-down in a writing gig for a couple of days, so you guys feel free to hammer on some ideas.
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« Reply #582 on: September 15, 2019, 10:06:47 PM »
"If we can get through that shield, it gives us some options." Cole agrees. "Got to be worth a shot, sir"

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« Reply #583 on: September 16, 2019, 12:16:10 AM »
"Especially if we can determine the location of either shield control or central power," Sorak adds, "Which would give us the perfect location to beam the team into, and allowing us to shut down the shield and beam the rest of us down."
"Plus who is going to be consoling Sorak there?"

"The commander raises a valid concern," Sorak replied with his usual aplomb, "As you can see, I am beside myself with worry."

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Re: Episode 1.13: Vengeance, with Interest
« Reply #584 on: September 18, 2019, 04:02:19 PM »
"What if I actually went in?" Katarina offers, and all eyes turn on her.

Miruku blurts, "That's insane!" But Katya shakes her head in defiance.

"I'm serious," she counters. "I tell him I tracked him down to confront him for messing up my career in Starfleet. Papa will believe me, even if he otherwise wouldn't be inclined to. Put a bug on me, and I can get the entire interior layout and whatever information you need and bring it back."

"I don't know..." Mia's tone is dubious, though it seems she's considering the idea. She looks to Treyva, Sorak, and Cole, concern in her eyes.

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« Reply #585 on: September 18, 2019, 04:43:47 PM »
Sorak considered the young woman's words carefully, his eyes locked in her face as if to measure her dedication to their cause. After a moment, he raised a single eyebrow. "The idea is not without merit. However, I would be remiss in my duties of I allowed you to proceed without an escort if some sort. Therefore, I suggest we both go."
"Plus who is going to be consoling Sorak there?"

"The commander raises a valid concern," Sorak replied with his usual aplomb, "As you can see, I am beside myself with worry."

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Re: Episode 1.13: Vengeance, with Interest
« Reply #586 on: September 18, 2019, 10:50:09 PM »
"With all due respect, sir," Cole offers, "I'd be remiss in my duty if I allowed you to go in. That's on me."


He fixes his eyes on Katarina.


"If you wouldn't mind some company, that is."

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Re: Episode 1.13: Vengeance, with Interest
« Reply #587 on: September 19, 2019, 12:16:02 AM »
Treyva watched them silently, following the flow of the conversation with his eyes. Before Katarina could answer the security chief, he said, "I think Cole's right, Sorak. Schrep knows you too well; I find it very difficult to imagine a scenario where he'd believe that you'd abandoned Starfleet. He would probably just let Niro kill you out of hand."

He leaned back in his chair. "Katarina's plight, given the nature of his crimes against Starfleet and the Federation, is far more believable," he went on. "Cole is likely an unknown quantity; it probably wouldn't be too suspicious for her to turn up with him, whereas the two of us...."

He looked at Cole. "Unfortunately, we don't have a cover story for you that would hold water, and neither do we have time to construct one."

You know that Advantage we were talking about a little while ago? Could it be something along the lines of "Convincing Cover Story"?
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Re: Episode 1.13: Vengeance, with Interest
« Reply #588 on: September 19, 2019, 12:23:26 AM »
Sorak smiled faintly. "With all due respect, sir, I must disagree. Schrepfermann's knowledge of me plays right into our hands this time. He is cognizant of the fact that I would work to protect his daughter from going into a foolish or dangerous situation alone. He is also aware that, if I believed Starfleet's response to be without logic, I would err on the side of friends and family. It should be a simple matter to convince him that, while I do not trust him, nor do I forgive him for his actions, I am still willing to risk my own life to preserve his daughter's. Especially considering that, at least, would be the truth." He ended his oratory with his eyes once more on Katarina's.
"Plus who is going to be consoling Sorak there?"

"The commander raises a valid concern," Sorak replied with his usual aplomb, "As you can see, I am beside myself with worry."

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Re: Episode 1.13: Vengeance, with Interest
« Reply #589 on: September 19, 2019, 02:16:48 AM »
"I don't know Schrepfermann well, and I know this mission is very personal for many of us," Tobin says, hesitantly, "but that seems like an awfully large gamble.

"What if Katarina's 'escort' was someone completely unknown to Schrepfermann?" he asks, looking to Katarina. "If you brought them with you, would he believe you had hired someone to help you track him down? If the objective is simply to scout out his hideaway, then someone who elicits the least suspicion would be the prudent choice, would they not?"

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« Reply #590 on: September 20, 2019, 01:00:18 PM »
"I understand, sir," Cole replied, his expression tight, "But I can roll with it if it's what we need to get close."

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Re: Episode 1.13: Vengeance, with Interest
« Reply #591 on: September 20, 2019, 03:02:40 PM »
Katya shrugs at Tobin's suggestion. "I don't see why not. If someone came along with me, I'd prefer it to be someone Papa doesn't know," she says, casting an apologetic glance towards Sorak.

"Hang on a second," Mia interjects. "We need to exercise a little caution. One possibility we haven't considered is whether your father still maintains some kind of Starfleet access. Protocol requires that he retains his rank until removed through a court martial, and, even though Starfleet has been diligent about restricting his access, we can't discount the idea that he may have a way to get information. That would include the fact that the three of you are now assigned to the Drake.

"You're his daughter, Katya; if he does have access, we must believe he'd at least follow your movements and Ernst's."

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Re: Episode 1.13: Vengeance, with Interest
« Reply #592 on: September 20, 2019, 03:28:56 PM »
Treyva sat back in his Deep Thinky posture. "Just because she's assigned to the Drake doesn't mean her career in Starfleet isn't already in tatters because of his actions," he said. "Miral tells me that Ernst's having a tough time of it at the Academy, and scuttlebutt has it that Heinrich's authority on the Toronto took a serious hit after Starbase 11. I've known Katya since she was 9; my asking for her aboard my ship met with some resistance, but it ultimately showed nothing more than me trying to be fair and give a woman I've known most of her life a fair chance."

He sat up, leaning against the table, and looked at the young woman. "Mia's right, though. We don't know what kind of access or spies Dieter might have back at Starfleet. If he's following you at all, and I think it's likely, he probably knows you're TDY to Starbase 24 while the ship is being repaired." He fell silent for a few long moments, contemplating things. "Are you sure you're up to this? It's not going to be as easy as you seem to think."
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Re: Episode 1.13: Vengeance, with Interest
« Reply #593 on: September 23, 2019, 09:24:09 PM »
OOC: If I keep working on this, it'll never get done.

Katya straightens up. "Yes, sir. It's important to me."

"All right, then," Mia pipes up. "Tobin and Cole, you two can go with her. I'll draw up a quick cover, something that doesn't require you to remember too many lies."

The next several days are quiet as the Christopher Robin traverses the Triangle Sector on its way to Jouret. Along the way, Mia briefs the crew on the New Providence Colony.

Founded by the New Providence Company in Narragansett, Rhode Island, in 2246, it was one of the first colonies established during the Federation’s exploration directive of the 2240s. One hundred sixteen colonists landed on Jouret IV in late 2246 and established the settlement of New Providence in an arable region they named Tockwatten Valley in the planet’s southern temperate zone.

A second wave of 93 colonists arrived in 2249, and the colony grew into a small, but productive, high-tech agricultural and textile exporter, serving Federation interests in and around the Triangle Sector. New Providence’s population is approximately 250, growing at a steady six percent rate. The colony is governed by a council of nine “stakeholders,” who are the original charter signatories or their direct descendants.

(Jouret IV is an ecologically diverse world with a 50% hydrosphere; it hosts a variety of climate regions, and is a little warmer than Earth (but not by much). New Providence Colony lies near a lake and two rivers, and is within a humid continental climate zone.)

Their arrival and transit into the system goes smoothly, and Jouret IV grows steadily in the viewscreen. Miruku is able to expertly maneuver her approach to give the passive sensors the best possible look at Schrep’s compound in a semi-arid region east of the colony, and the experts begin to pore over the data to glean useful information.

In addition to what Kainiss gave the crew, they find a few more buildings on the compound; it’s not immediately apparent what those buildings are, but Garav mentions the possibility of servants quarters, given their placement and proximity...and that it reminds him of similar-looking buildings at the Andorian Defense Secretary’s official residence.

Two other buildings sit on the grounds. One sizeable structure (450 sq. meters) is sandwiched between what appears to be a pair of tennis courts and an Olympic-sized pool. The other sits out on the southwest quarter, between the landing pad and the main house (and no closer than 300 meters to either location). A 2-meter-high wall surrounds the perimeter of the grounds, with 175 shield emitters evenly spaced along the entire 6.2km long wall (the smaller emitters require less power and replace the need for a deflector dish). The perimeter has three security gates; one along the northwest wall, one along the east wall, and one along the south wall.

This place is truly an expansive and expensive estate; Schrep was compensated very well for his treachery.


OOC: The basic idea is a palatial modern mansion at the center of the vaguely L-shaped estate (which doglegs east to north...ish). I’ve put together a rough map, just to show how big the whole place is.

(The main house is two stories above ground, for a total of 3,900 sq. meters (nearly 42,000 sq. ft.); the three “servants quarters” buildings are each two-story, 400 sq. meter facilities.)

Do you folks have any specific questions you want to ask about the facility? (I’ll determine if the answers can be gleaned from the passive sensor data provided, and if a task roll is necessary.)

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Re: Episode 1.13: Vengeance, with Interest
« Reply #594 on: September 24, 2019, 02:43:36 PM »
Are we able to detect any energy signatures or power generation plants? We saw the shields, do we see weapons? I think that's about it for me now...
"Plus who is going to be consoling Sorak there?"

"The commander raises a valid concern," Sorak replied with his usual aplomb, "As you can see, I am beside myself with worry."

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Re: Episode 1.13: Vengeance, with Interest
« Reply #595 on: September 24, 2019, 03:32:47 PM »
Can we tell how good their sensor capabilities are?
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Re: Episode 1.13: Vengeance, with Interest
« Reply #596 on: September 24, 2019, 03:42:41 PM »
OOC: Passive sensors can detect energy emissions, but a device must be producing waste energy (i.e., heat), a transmission of some kind, or a magnetic field detectable by the passive sensors. Beam weapons would need to be charged to emit detectable levels of energy; the fusion plants of large missile/torpedo weapons may be detectable, if they're not shielded.

That said, you can see the compound has a few household fusion plants, underground between the main house and servants quarters. You're also picking up faint sensor beam scattering, the quantity of which would indicate no more than a dozen small emitters, likely placed along the perimeter. You see no other signatures that indicate the presence of vehicle or shipboard-scale weapons.

The minute amount of emissions indicate a short-range terrestrial sensor suite. Capability varies wildly (from as little as tens of meters to units that can scan to the horizon), and it would require an active sensor sweep to determine range and quality of his sensors.

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Re: Episode 1.13: Vengeance, with Interest
« Reply #597 on: September 24, 2019, 09:15:22 PM »
OOC: Any sign of a ship on the landing pad, or anything to suggest an underground or hidden hangar of some sort?

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Re: Episode 1.13: Vengeance, with Interest
« Reply #598 on: September 25, 2019, 02:19:49 PM »
Okay, since we're going through with the Katrina plan, I'll make it formal. Spend two Momentum (the Momentum I had floating from a task or two ago that we never spent, and one from the pool) to create an Advantage to strengthen the cover story Mia's constructing.
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Re: Episode 1.13: Vengeance, with Interest
« Reply #599 on: September 25, 2019, 04:02:16 PM »
OOC: I forgot about the yacht. :) There's a yacht on the landing pad, and it's at minimal power, based on emissions. The yacht's configuration exactly matches the small ship that escaped from the Drake and the schematics the crew uncovered on Carraya IV. One of the survivors of the courier called her the Shield. The plans simply identified her by her code "YY."

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