CAPT Morton, Coby
Level 2 - Confidential
LOCATION: 6750 Hydrae, Ba'aja Sector.
MISSION: The U.S.S. Endeavour picked up an unusual signal that was emitted from a system deep in the Ba'aja Sector.
Captain Bishop headed a team to investigate the possible origin and purpose.
OUTCOME: A number of Borg drones, as well as Borg vessels, were detected and engaged in orbit above 6750 Hydrae, Ba'aja Sector.
NARRATIVE: I was a guest aboard Captain Bishop’s vessel, Endeavour, having an informal inspection of the vessel for comparison purposes when the vessel detected an unknown signal traced deep into the Ba’aja Sector. Captain Bishop headed a small Task Force into the origin of the anomalous reading with vessels Akagi, Kassandra, Saraswati and Melqart. I’d begun making my way from engineering to the bridge as soon as I’d heard word we’d arrived on course, passing Lieutenant Visynth as they made their own way to Engineering. From my initial perception of the bridge it became apparent that the Endeavour had lost contact with the other vessels within the Task Force due to heavy interference, however vessel sensors and further equipment was still fully operational. Regardless of the diagnostics to communication systems, the Saraswati began blinking her running lights, transmitting a positive status. The other vessels within the task force followed suit and we had established basic communication.
It was decided the task force evacuate the area of interference and the vessels regroup and re-establish standard comms. The Kassandra launched a Class 4 Probe just prior, and the vessels task force soon regrouped outside of the system. Kassandra's probe managed to localise the source of the interference, pinpointing it towards the second planet within the system. With holo-communication restored between ships, Captain Bishop, myself and the other commanders with a presence on the bridge discussed possible movement forward and it was suggested by Captain Nimitz we take a shuttle in to further investigate the planet. As an evolution of the plan, Captain Bishop authorised the use of the Endeavour's auxiliary support craft Bark to be launched.
Caution was heavily advised by Captain Derix due to the planet being discovered to be of M-Class with life forms present, as well as changing mission parameters appropriate where concerning possible Prime Directive breach.
Aboard the Bark a brief discussion was held to ponder the situation. I'd suggested the possibility of the interference being related to some form of defense mechanism, while other suggestions of a similar nature were considered equally. Captain Bishop was to stay behind aboard the Endeavour and asked me to lead the away mission aboard the [/i]Bark[/i], however I felt in the current situation that Captain Nimitz might have been a more sound choice, and allowed him to take the center chair as he had his own vessel deployed. Captain Amburg-Lars also remained aboard his vessel with the Endeavour in vicinity as rear support.
Captain Derix detected three more possible areas of interest, similar readings were coming from two objects appearing to orbit the planet - with a further object within the local asteroid field. It was, however, discovered that the communication's interference was definitely emanating from the planet.
Captain Nimitz ordered our launch once we'd been cleared by the Endeavour and we were quickly underway towards the planet. As soon as we reached the threshold, communications were unsurprisingly cut off once again. We were on our own from this point forward.
While Captain Nimitz and Lieutenant Muirgen were discussing possible landing zones, Captain Draz suddenly discovered alarming readings of Borg energy signatures. While a Red Alert was immediately called, Lieutenant Commander Laski began scanning for Borg vessels within the system, but found no trace. We were still some distance from the planet and it was suggested we attempt to remain undetected, lowering our signature to the minimum. With the interference, we didn't take the scanners by word, and proceeded with extreme caution. We managed to receive a communication from Captain Bishop, requesting us to return. I was a little uneasy ignoring the Captain's request, but under the circumstances I believe we had to go with our gut to investigate further.
Lieutenant Muirgen prepped the vessel for landing and took us down to the surface. The Bark sustained minimal damage from a minor landing incident. The Lieutenant reported one of the port aft dorsal retro-booster's had a sticky actuator. Always a nuisance, those.
We received a hail from the surface, a member of an amphibian race was on-screen. Assimilated, they opened the conversation by exclaiming that we should vacate the system immediately, stating we should run. Captain Nimitz tried to wish for further details, asking about the Borg, the interference coming from the surface, but the Captain was only able to obtain some minor information before what appeared to be a Borg drone breaking into the room of the amphibian- the feed was cut quickly. What were able to get from the individual, was what follows.
CAPT A. NIMITZ: We are from the United Federation of Planets, we are here to help.. are the Borg a threat to us?
AMPHIBIAN: You...Federation? The same Federation of Wolf 359?
CAPT A. NIMITZ: That was almost fifty years ago, but yes, the Borg collective has since been all but destroyed now.
AMPHIBIAN: They came. We tried to fight them. We fired the Array!
CAPT A. NIMITZ: The array, it's to keep the borg from contact other Borg?
AMPHIBIAN: Yes! To prevent them from contacting everyone else. It... destroyed everything we worked for...
CAPT A. NIMITZ: How long have the Borg been present on this planet?
AMPHIBIAN: A few days? When we learnt of their goals, we fired the array...They've enslaved us all! - - - They're here!
It was during this conversation that a group of land vehicles were detected heading for the [bark[/i], we attempted to get a transporter lock on the individual and any other non-Borg life signs however we were unsuccessful. Captain Nimitz quickly ordered the take off of the ship and we began our voyage back to Endeavour. Before leaving the system, it was discovered an array of Borg vessels, or atleast Borg-assimilated victims, were taking off from the planets surface. I was confused how these were able to be hidden from our sensors at such a range, but with the heavy interference we didn't have time to question it. We engaged the vessels, with Endeavour arriving soon to take off the remainder of the attacking Borg.
RECOMMENDATION: We've alerted Task Force Omega to the Borg presence and I'm to believe they are already enroute and setting up an exclusion zone. It's to be noted that command should keep an eye on the situation, Task Force Omega have expressed their interest in keeping us informed of the operation and may request further support from the 38th Fleet.
OOC: This is my first AAR in a looooong time, and I'm sure I've missed some details out so please shoot me a PM and I'll make those edits ASAP! Sorry in advance. Thanks so much to Sam for running the event, can't wait for the next one, was a great bit of fun that got everyone involved.