24 May: Into the Maw, part 5

KDF and allies continue with their efforts to recover a powerful weapon, will more complications arise or will this be an easy score?


When: Sunday, May 24, Alpha-1

Audience: Klingon and allies

Event type: Combat RP

Starting point: Starship bridge

OOC point of contact: @gulremal

//OOC: Helping my brother move this weekend, so I'm moving the originally planned event date to 24th.
Spoiler: Mission logShow
[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <FX> Last time, the team successfully engaged the defense system for the large art installation in Nyberrite Alliance space. The defense drones are taken down fairly quickly, but the last drone -

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: - managed to activate and target the massive railguns of the Harr Lokk, the starship that is the centerpiece of the installation, and fire them into the battlezone. Most of the allied ship evaded -

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: - significant damage from the kinetic shrapnel, except for IKS Hor'cha, who took serious beating across wings and the main hull.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <FX> And now, the continuation...

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <FX> All the drones are down, and Hor'Cha is floating in the space, it seems it's engines are down, and main power is fluctuating...

B'Atar@anncarise | San'leth stabilizes its own SIF and movement first before moving to Hor'Cha, scanning to see if it's at any serious risk.

[Local] Egzo@HF_Mudd: <FX> Hag'lhr, similarly, recovers from its tumble and works on restoring shields.

[Tell] Sadia@gulremal: Hor'Cha seem to be holding together somehow, but they had to shut down most of the systems save SIF and life support

[Local] B'Atar@anncarise: <C> "San'leth here. Got a little close to one of the drones when it self-destructed, but we're operational. We might have a new problem though..."

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <C> Barut here, we're fine, moving in to assist Hor'Cha. Seems Old Man isn't going to die so easily...

[Local] B'Atar@anncarise: <C> "The explosion that took our shields down also took down two of the gravitic anchors holding the ship. We're gonna have to find another way or hold it or grab the guns very quickly..."

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <C> IKS Barut moves closer to Hor'Cha and catches the ship in a tractor beam, stabilizing it's movement and beaming over some techs.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <FX> Indeed, as the confusion from the surprise "attack" clears, everyone's sensors show that two out of four of the gravitic anchors holding the Harr Lokk have stopped working and are being sucked -

[Local] Egzo@HF_Mudd: <C> Pull it clear now, get some space between us and that hole. We can figure out what's next when we're not so deep in the well.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: - into the black hole. Harr Lokk lurches as two of the remaining anchors try to pick us slack, but both their positions and power do not seem to be fully up to the task...

[Local] Egzo@HF_Mudd: <FX> Hag'lhr swoops past the bow of the old starship, adorned with a painted humanoid skull and crossed bones, and prepares to latch on with a tractor beam.

Lorri@crystyll FX | Thana moves in to assist. Looming over the other ships as it also locks is tractor beams on

[Tell] Sadia@gulremal: you note as you pass so close that the ship's power is now fully down, aside from small generator near the main bridge of the vessel, that is still lighted up

B'Atar@anncarise | San'leth joins in, taking position on the other end of the ship to tractor it.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <FX> As the Thana Vaneri and San'leth close in on Harr Lokk, they are caught in stronger gravitic forces of the black hole, straining their engines...

[Team] Sadia@gulremal: Lorri, B'atar, piloting rolls plox

[Emotes] B'Atar@anncarise: rolls 29 (1-100)

[Emotes] Lorri@crystyll: rolls 95 (1-100)

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <FX> Thana's powerful engines and SIF field manage to keep up with the stress of the task ahead, and it projects the tractor beam over the Harr Lokk's starboard side, slowing down it's descent -

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: - by a fair margin. San'leth's engines were able, but it's SIF was unable to keep up with the stress and had to fall back into the safety of one of the two working gravity anchors. It's tractor beam -

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: - isn't as efficient as Thana's, but it helps reduce the overload of that gravitic anchor.

[Local] Lorri@crystyll: "We've got about 7 minutes before we have to ditch it into the event horizon"

[Local] B'Atar@anncarise: <C> "Okay, San'leth definitely isn't built for pulling things. Second time we've had trouble with this...we'll do what we can from here."

[Team] Sadia@gulremal: it's like the regular shuttle trying to tractor Galaxy

[Local] B'Atar@anncarise: <C> "That thing's probably too big for us. Think we can get the guns off in 7 minutes?"

Egzo@HF_Mudd growls in frustration, lurking over Shlaak's shoulder and watching the hull stress bars rise. "We gotta. Pulling the wreck clear isn't an option..."

[Local] Egzo@HF_Mudd: "We'd either rip it apart or get dragged in with it."

[Local] Lorri@crystyll: "Maybe we should. Rip it apart I mean..."

[Tell] Sadia@gulremal: you did have that plan on how to dislodge one of the turrets with a modified tractor beam...if all goes as planned, you'd have just enough time to remove one of the gun turrets

B'Atar@anncarise laughs, "Now that's the way I like to think! What if we cut off a piece of it with the gun and just take that?"

[Local] B'Atar@anncarise: "Or do we need more of the stuff inside for the gun to work?"

[Local] Egzo@HF_Mudd: "The /plan/, ha! was to dismount the turret with the tractors... that was back when we had all the anchors and time we needed."

[Local] Egzo@HF_Mudd: "Be tight now, but... right, we're on that. Rest a' you, figure somethin' out."

[Team] Sadia@gulremal: egzo gimme an engineering roll

[Emotes] Egzo@HF_Mudd: rolls 22 (1-100)

[Team] Egzo@HF_Mudd: Imma reroll that.

[Team] Egzo@HF_Mudd: Risky I know, but. We need better.

[Emotes] Egzo@HF_Mudd: rolls 57 (1-100)

[Team] Egzo@HF_Mudd: And that's better.

[Team] B'Atar@anncarise: Yay!

Egzo@HF_Mudd starts snapping out orders to his crew again. "Rritt, get us in position! Ready tractors - just like we went over."

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <FX> Hag'lhr emits a modified tight tractor beam, targeting the edges of where the first gun turret connects with the rest of the ship. Soon, you can see one of the powerful mag-sealed bolts that is -

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: - holding the turret pop out, still attached to the plating of the turret...5 more to go...

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <FX> Hag'lhr's tractor beam moves to another location along the seam, and repeats the process...

[Local] B'Atar@anncarise: "How're we looking for time?"

[Local] Egzo@HF_Mudd: "Come on, come on..." His eyes move to the bright-rimmed disc of black nothing in one corner of the screen, then back to the second mag bolt and the shimmering blue beam working it loose.

[Local] Lorri@crystyll: "We aren't going to get them all at this rate. Those seals are problematic"

[Local] Egzo@HF_Mudd: "I KNOW! TWO! NEXT!"

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <FX> Hag'lhr's tractor beam moves onto 3rd seal...

[Local] Lorri@crystyll: "We're under strain, but I can try splitting our tractor beam or completely turn it to unsealing the bolts if you want"

Egzo@HF_Mudd paces his bridge, eyes darting again and again to the viewscreen as he raises a clenched fist to his brow, almost literally cudgeling his brain for ideas.

[Local] Egzo@HF_Mudd: "You cut the beam, we're gonna lose it faster... but we're losin' it anyway."

Lorri@crystyll nods and relays the orders across her own bridge

[Local] B'Atar@anncarise: "We're losing it faster anyway. Looks like one of the other anchors is failing too..."

Egzo@HF_Mudd wastes a second wishing for more time to make the decision, but there is none. "Do it! Yank 'em!"

[Local] B'Atar@anncarise: "We'll try and keep the rest of the anchors working!"

[Team] Sadia@gulremal: Lorri's if you wish to assist egzo, gimme a tech roll

B'Atar@anncarise | San'leth sends its techs to try and keep the anchors online to buy more time.

[Emotes] Lorri@crystyll: rolls 48 (1-100)

[Emotes] B'Atar@anncarise: rolls 79 (1-100)

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <FX> Thana refocuses it's tractor beam on one of the seals, and together with Hag'lhr, they unseal bolts 3 and 4. Bolts 5 and 6 remain.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <FX> Without Thana's tractor to hold the Harr Lokk, the massive battleship lurches with it's fore towards the abyss of the black hole. It is barely seconds away from oblivion, but San'leth's techs -

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: - manage to stabilize the second gravitic anchor as it reasserts it's grip on the massive ship - buying the team a minute of time...

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Shlaak: 54 seconds left!

[Local] B'Atar@anncarise: "You sure we can't just shoot the bolts...?"

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <FX> Hag'lhr's and Thana's tractor beams move to the last two magnetic bolts holding the turret...

B'Atar@anncarise continues supporting the anchor that was failing by reducing some of the load with its own tractor.

Egzo@HF_Mudd shakes his head. "That armor's too tough. We'd never... FOUR! LAST TWO, MOVE IT!"

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <FX> Seconds tick away as the tractor beams unseal the magnetic locks on the last two bolts, Harr Lokk falls even closer to the event horizon, and pull of the black hole can now be felt even through the gravitic anchor's protection...

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Shlaak: 24 seconds!

[Team] Sadia@gulremal: gimme rolls folks!

[Emotes] Lorri@crystyll: rolls 4 (1-100)

[Emotes] B'Atar@anncarise: rolls 74 (1-100)

[Team] Lorri@crystyll: eugh

[Team] B'Atar@anncarise: Awww

[Team] Lorri@crystyll: reroll

[Team] B'Atar@anncarise: Fingers crossed it's not a 1...

[Team] B'Atar@anncarise: (I jinxed it didn't I)

[Emotes] Lorri@crystyll: rolls 38 (1-100)

[Team] B'Atar@anncarise: Yes!

[Team] B'Atar@anncarise: At least it's an improvement!

[Tell] Sadia@gulremal: roll plox

[Emotes] Egzo@HF_Mudd: rolls 57 (1-100)

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <FX> As Shlaak goes into the last 10 second countdown, Hal'ghr unlocks the 5th bolt...3 seconds later followed by the Thana unlocking the last bolt. As both ships refocus their tractor beams to -

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: - the turret itself, it creaks in protest as it comes loose from the ship, first time in the dozens of years after it's installation.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Shlaak: Five...

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <FX> San'leth's crew abandons the second gravitic anchor and refocus the tractor beam on moving the last gravitic anchor to cover the 3 ships and the turret.

[Local] Egzo@HF_Mudd: "That's it, it's free, it's moving... come on, come ON!"

[Team] B'Atar@anncarise: Got mine out before you did your thing for the roll!

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Shlaak: Three...

[Local] Egzo@HF_Mudd: "Belay that count, lizard, I got eyes! MOVE YOU MOTHERLESS--"

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <FX> With an unaudible POP the turret goes fully loose and is hauled up as the front of the Harr Lokk finally hits the event horizon.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <FX> Front of the massive ship twists and starts unraveling as it is sucked into the black hole, followed by the rest of the -

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: - ship. As the once mighty vessel moves past the team, you can see still alight main bridge, encased in crystal with an ornate coffin at the centerpiece.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <FX> Second later, rest of the ship is gone, and only Hal'ghr, San'leth and Thana with their prize protected by the gravitic anchor are left...

[Local] B'Atar@anncarise: "Let's get out of here! The last anchor'll give out soon too."

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Shlaak: Yesss, in 30 ssecondss.

Egzo@HF_Mudd shoots a glare at his science Gorn, who returns the look with imperturbable calm.

[Team] Sadia@gulremal: piloting rolls plox

[Emotes] Egzo@HF_Mudd: rolls 45 (1-100)

[Emotes] Lorri@crystyll: rolls 36 (1-100)

[Emotes] B'Atar@anncarise: rolls 88 (1-100)

[Team] B'Atar@anncarise: Yes! Actually a good roll for what San'leth does well hehe

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <FX> All ships manage to escape the gravity well of the black hole in time, before the last gravitic anchor's power system fails and it joins the rest of the installation in the maw of the black hole.

Egzo@HF_Mudd sags and wipes a hand across his face.

[Local] Egzo@HF_Mudd: "needafraggindrinkOKAY! That's done."

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <C> Barut here. We've stabilized the Old Man's ship and enable their warp drive...you guys got the gun?

[Local] Egzo@HF_Mudd: <C> Yeah. Yeah, we got it.

Egzo@HF_Mudd looks again, out of superstitious fear the damn thing may have found a way to fall out of the tractor.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <FX> The massive turret, almost the size of an Vor'cha battlecruiser, is firmly in grip of both Hag'lhr's and Thana's tractor beams.

[Local] Lorri@crystyll: "It won't be easy, but if we want to get this thing back to base within our lifetimes, we'll have to merge our warp fields to encompass it"

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <C> Good. For a moment I was worried you'd all end up in the black hole, and I'd be stuck with explaining that to the Legs.

B'Atar@anncarise nods, "Yeah, that's a big gun..."

[Local] Egzo@HF_Mudd: "Good. I wanna punch a hole right through that smug cutter's base, and give him a moment to know it before we fire the second round through his command center."

Egzo@HF_Mudd finally sits down again, with that happy thought in mind.

[Local] Lorri@crystyll: "Yes, we've run the numbers and it should be doable. Should be able to hold warp 8.5 and be home in a metter of days"

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <C> Great, let's get going then!

Egzo@HF_Mudd nods. "Let's make it happen."

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: -- SCENE END --
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