Cpt. Isadora Lyn
Level 3 - Restricted
MISSION: Gather additional intelligence on Species 2492
Commander Nils retained as a contact.
Faus, a Species 2492 refugee recovered.
Cpt. Emery Quint
Cpt. Isadora Lyn
Dr. Cyrene Mavil
Cpt. Isadora Lyn
Dr. Cyrene Mavil
Captain Quint and I were again dispatched with the salvager Piett to make contact with Commander Nils. The objectives were to gather additional intelligence on Species 2492 culture, society, military capabilities, and attitudes towards the Federation. Secondary objectives were to complete the trade deal we previously reached regarding Species 2492 weapons technology samples and attempt to open a dialogue with either Nils or another member of Species 2492.
After landing, we were able to conclude the trade deal without incident. Several crates of heavy weaponry were loaded aboard Piett’s ship. Of interest is that Commander Nils was extremely cautious to avoid detection of this trade. The crates were sealed to avoid particle leakage and we were allowed only momentary access to the weapons. The Commander also had little interest in data concerning military hardware and expressed greater interest in data regarding Federation logistics. During conversation, he also confirmed the planet’s name as Kacam and revealed that his species shares the name of the planet.
Afterwards we discussed future trade agreements with the Commander. He appeared interested in acquiring more food supplies in addition to the intelligence but showed little interest in other technology. Our negotiations were prematurely terminated by the imminent arrival of a 2492 fleet. Nils assured us that we would be in danger, so we departed the planet at that time.
While inspecting the cargo on the way home, we discovered that a Species 2492 stowaway had been taken aboard in one of the crates. The individual, who called himself Faus, was in somewhat poor condition and appeared to be fleeing the Confederacy for crimes against their governing body. During questioning, Faus was able to supply us with intelligence regarding Species 2492 or more properly the Azed Confederacy.
According to Faus, the Confederacy is currently composed of six distinct species in what appears to be a theocratic government centered in principle around the deity Azed, although its members possess varying degrees of religious motivation. His own species, the Frith, were allegedly the first worshippers of Azed and founders of the Confederacy. Faus described the Kacam we previously contacted as the industrial base of the Confederacy and mentioned that the Kacam maintain no capacity for agriculture. This is consistent with intelligence gathered from Nils, although it does not explain his need for rations.
Faus then gave some details about his crime of speaking out against the ruling body and his subsequent flight from the Confederacy. He mentioned receiving aid from elements within the Confederacy, indicating dissenters or potentially an organized criminal element. Given that Faus’ intel correlated with what we had previously obtained, we decided to bring him back to DS13 and also reveal our affiliation with Starfleet.
At the Starbase, Faus’ underwent a full medical examination by Dr. Mavil as well as treatment for various injuries. Capt. Quint continued to question him and Faus appeared quite cooperative. Combined with his previous statements, we now have a working knowledge of the Azed Confederacy. As previously stated, the Confederacy’s current membership consists of six species: Kacam, Ralin, Viggo, Frith, Citali, and the Ikmore. Each race appears to have a given role in the Confederacy. The Ralin appear to serve as the agricultural base, the Citali as scientists and technology development, the Kacam as the industrial center, and the Ikmore as the medical base. The Frith role was not explicitly detailed, but they most likely serve a religious or leadership role as the founders. The Viggo’s function was also not detailed, but going by Faus’ description of their attitude they most likely serve in a military capacity.
With respect to the Confederacy’s attitude towards armed conflict, Faus indicated that the species are not unified. He named the Viggo, Kacam, and Citali as most likely to support open warfare while the other three oppose it. He also suggested that the Kacam and Citali support might be based on economic rather than political or ideological grounds. When asked about historical conflicts, he stated that membership in the Confederacy had grown and shrunk throughout its history with several members being ‘purged’ from its ranks. Of these purged members, he recalled the Junayd and the Diaderi. At this point, Doctor Mavil called a soft medical stop to the questioning and we left to allow Faus time to rest and recover.
The encounter with Faus has yielded a vast amount of intelligence on the Azed Confederacy. My recommendation is that we attempt to contact one of the species named by Faus as moderate: the Frist, the Ikmore, or the Ralin. In addition to the intel, Faus has also opened possible avenues for this contact:
1. Formal diplomatic overtures by Starfleet directed at the Confederacy. With improved understanding of the Confederacy’s structure, this is now a more viable option.
2. Make use of whoever aided Faus in his escape. Whether criminal or dissident elements, these individuals may serve as a direct or indirect channel to making contact.
3. Commander Nils. His actions do not appear to be officially sanctioned by the Confederacy and his motive is not yet clear. However, through continued contact he may become a valuable ally within the military structure of the Confederacy. This is obviously complicated because we have maintained cover in our dealings. However, I believe it is worth maintaining this relationship.
In the meantime, Faus has indicated that the strikes against the Federation were likely retaliatory and a response to territorial violations. I advise that we suspend fleet movements near the Confederacy border, although response units in those areas should remain in a state of readiness. On the tactical front, every effort should be made to study the weaponry obtained from Cmdr. Nils.
The possibility remains that Faus may be a plant. I suggest that he be made comfortable but his access to potentially sensitive information limited.
Commander Nils motive is still an unknown. While I suggest maintaining the relationship, I also advise an ongoing intel gathering and threat assessment.
Piett still serves a function as partial liaison between us and Nils. However, his antagonistic attitude is a potential liability to our operations and his value as a source of intelligence is exhausted. If and when the relationship with Nils reaches a point where he is no longer needed, I recommend we remove Piett as a part of our interactions.
OOC: This is the AAR for short RP run by Kermit/Dandin. Please notify me if there are details I am missing for your character. Also note that Faus is now on base and available for RP. Please contact @dandin384.