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Cold Calculations

Posted on Thu Apr 15th, 2021 by Captain Neela Izal & Captain Iazil Naadel [Engstrom] & Commander Chelsea McDanielson [Moneaux] & Commander Jeffery Washington [ch'Theseski] & Commander Yvanka Dravex [Hayashi] & Commander Stephen O'Malley M.D. & Lieutenant Commander Gredrol Son of Osham & Lieutenant Commander Tolam Pizal & Lieutenant Commander S'Toriin & Lieutenant Commander Jordyn de Planca & Lieutenant Commander Kara Stevenson Ph.D. & Lieutenant Commander Reid Hoseki & Lieutenant Pobrin Izar Ph.D. & Chief Petty Officer Merissa Reade [Gelo]

Mission: Episode 13 - Degrees of Separation
Location: Conference Room 9, Starfleet Medical Center
Timeline: Day 1 at 1830
1705 words - 3.4 OF Standard Post Measure

The last thing that Neela wanted to do was call for a major staff meeting towards the end of the day when the entirety of her crew were exhausted. Mostly, it was for the more senior officers, directors, and a couple additional personnel who were there mainly as experts on certain matters. She stood at the end of the table and waited for them to file in and get themselves comfortable before sitting down.

Neela was still debating where she wanted to start the meeting off when she looked towards her Exec for a moment. Then as if an idea came to mind, she began to speak, “I suppose we should begin by discussing what was discovered by the runabouts.”

Iazil took this as an indication that either Commander de Planca or Commander Dravex should be the ones to speak. She looked at the Captain for a short while then addressed the two scientists, “Whoever wants to start.”

Yvanka nodded, “I can start us off,” She said and brought up the holographic image that filled the center of the table for all to see. “The runabout London was able to locate a small planetoid at the very edge of the system. In orbit of this planetoid we found a derelict space station.

“Our scans indicated that it was made of some sort of unidentified metallic alloys and we were not able to penetrate its internal workings. We were able to map the station and determined that it should be safe for an away team to visit it.” Yvanka told the others.

“Are you sure there’s nothing dangerous?” Stephen asked the Commander. “We probably should attempt to make certain that there aren’t any microbes that could be dangerous.”

“I agree,” Pobrin spoke up.

Yvanka let the two of them say their piece before she continued, “The initial plan is to send in a small away team to make certain of that Doctor.” She expressed.

Gredrol had been on the runabout when it was discovered. He leaned forward and folded his hands in front of him, “If there isn’t anything inherently dangerous about it then we certainly need to go and see it for ourselves. It could give us a tactical advantage.”

Iazil looked at Gredrol, but her question was directed towards Yvanka, “So you were able to confirm that we are in the Delta Quadrant?”

Yvanka nodded slowly, “We confirmed that. And, we’ve been able to confirm what our chronometers were saying once those systems came back online.”

Reid sighed heavily, “Well that certainly complicates things now doesn’t it?” He asked rhetorically, “The first thing we need to concern ourselves with is the current state of the planet and our affairs here.”

“And we are,” Iazil reassured him.

“The situational reports from Akorem Village and Javelin City are pretty bad,” Jeffery admitted as he leaned forward. “However, there may be useful resources on the station and it could be used for other purposes as well.”

“Nobody is arguing for or against how we manage our time,” Neela told her officers calmly. “We are simply weighing our options. Commander de Planca,” She said and looked at the other scientist sitting there, “What were you able to find?”

Jordyn happily answered the question, “There are deuterium rich planets in the system. And, the fourth planet in the system is inhabited. But, they are pre-warp from what we were able to gather.”

“So essentially,” S’Toriin started, “They aren’t of much use for us and we cannot use their planet for resources that we may otherwise need.” He crossed his arms immediately.

Kara raised her hand, “No we cannot, and it complicates our situation further because it restricts our ability to move ships through the system.”

“Not necessarily,” Jordyn said, “There is some sort of ionic interference in their atmosphere that appears to be preventing them from having any knowledge of our presence here in the system. Also, they aren’t past the industrial age.”

“Well that’s something at least,” Tolam said.

Chelsea had been quiet for much of the meeting so far because she had not been asked for an opinion. It wasn’t until that moment that she felt it was necessary to chime in anyway, “If we are going to rebuild the fleet yards in this environment it will certainly complicate the matter.”

“That’s assuming Starfleet orders us to do so once we’ve regained contact.” Merissa said, “We don’t even think they know we may be alive. For all they know we all were killed four years ago when the Ivaldi System exploded.”

Gredrol groaned, “That just makes the situation that much worse,” He said.

Iazil calmly raised her hands, “Once we’ve been able to regain our ability to communicate with Starfleet using the Pathfinder project we will be fine. In the meantime we need to learn all that we can about this system,” She looked at Jordyn, “Continue please?”

Jordyn didn’t hesitate, “The asteroid fields are rich in duranium deposits and other valuable metals. Much of the dilithium on this planet is also still intact so at least we seem to have maintained our resources.”

Neela leaned back in her seat and realized just how uncomfortable it had become in the last few minutes. “All right,” She said suddenly, “So we’ve established that there is an inhabited planet and an alien space station. We can work with these things, but first we need to find a way to get the deuterium before our reserves run dry.”

S’Toriin waved his hand, “I believe we can refit our runabouts to function as mineral scoops. We can also use them to mine the duranium that we need to rebuild. We can establish mining facilities at some point as well.”

“How long will it take to have orbitals in place?” Iazil asked.

Chelsea had already run the figures, “It would take us at least three months to have the facilities built and that’s presuming that nothing goes wrong.”

Iazil nodded, “All right then we best get that started. Lieutenant Hoseki how long will it take to get two of our runabouts retrofitted?”

Reid considered the question, “Three hours at the most sir.” He said, “Once they are retrofitted they wouldn’t be able to maintain a large crew, but that shouldn’t be a problem. We can restore our fuel reserves in a few trips.”

Iazil grinned, “Excellent,” She said, “I give the green light on that with the Captain’s approval of course?” She looked towards Neela.

Neela was nodding slowly, “I would recommend doing that with at least four of our runabouts. We can use the others to shuttle personnel to that station in order to explore it. Commander S’Toriin I want your focus to be on getting some sort of base of operations set up on the planet.”

S’Toriin had already been drawing up plans for that with the assistance of Chief Reade, “We’ve been working on that already haven’t we Chief?” He asked.

Merissa nodded, “Yes, that is a work in progress as we speak sir.”

“Great,” Neela said. “How are we medically and psychologically?”

Stephen looked at the two counselors before speaking, “Medically people are still recovering. We are analyzing the radiation pockets across the planet and have determined that most of them will dissipate within the next few days. We will have to use artificial methods to remove the one over Akorem Village though.”

“I heard it’s pretty bad,” Kara said with a frown, “They evacuated didn’t they?”

Stephen gave her a nod, “The last of them left for Stratham and Barcombe an hour earlier. Luckily we have resort housing for a lot of people who have been evacuated from the affected areas. I understand that Operations is working on building homes for people affected as well?”

S’Toriin nodded, “We have enough materials to get makeshift homes constructed across the planet. It will take time to get all of them constructed, and so people have opened their homes to those affected as well.”

“Keep me informed,” Neela told her husband while already knowing he would. She looked at Kara and Pobrin, “The psychological side?”

Pobrin spoke, “People are clearly out of it, but we’ve not had the opportunity to do a full assessment because we are trying to help Starfleet personnel out first. We need everyone at their best of course.”

Kara gave a nod, “People are slowly starting to accept our situation, but there still remains a few who aren’t. I think that may be causing the spike in criminal activity across the planet.”

“I agree,” Jeff said, “It’s getting bad and Security teams are having a hard time keeping ahead of it. I’m afraid that not all of these crimes will be fully investigated within an ideal timeframe. And, there’s the problem of punishment for the offenders.”

Neela knew that it had been bad from the reports she’d read over the last few days, “Just try your best, but don’t overwork your people. We need them in case something more serious hits the fan. We’re stuck out in the Delta Quadrant and we don’t quite know where just yet.”

She looked at Chelsea, “Where are you using engineering personnel?” She asked.

Chelsea bit down on her bottom lip a little harder than she had intended, “We are pretty thinly spread across the planet attempting to repair buildings in the hardest hit areas. And, we’re going to start working on the orbital platforms once the mining operations get started.”

Tolam looked at Chelsea since he’d been pretty quiet during the meeting, “I can have my people focus on getting the duranium we need?” He asked.

Chelsea smiled, “That would be appreciated,” She said.

Neela nodded, “Good,” She said slowly before finally standing up. “I think for the time being we all know where we’re at. We need a new starbase at the very least on the planet so that needs some attention as well. Keep me updated on your departmental progress please.” She took a deep breath, “Dismissed.”

 

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