Sep 1: Heart of the swarm

Martok's volunteer force strikes at the heart of the weakened Hur'q swarm in the Idran sector.


When: Saturday, Sep 1, Beta +1

Audience: Klingon

Event type: Bridge RP (structured) + an STF run

Starting point: Starship bridge

OOC point of contact: @gulremal

OOC: There will be no event on the Saturday 25th as I will be in transit home.
While the events of the Victory Is Life expansion are officially over, due to RL time constraints we are doing the time warp thingy for the next 2-3 events that will happen between the episodes of "Tenebris Torquent" and "Home".
Got a family trip this Saturday, so I'll likely have to miss this one. Sorry! Feel free to emote B'Atar or San'leth as an NPC if I don't make it and it makes more sense for the ship to be there!
No problem enjoy the family trip! :sunny:
Spoiler: Mission LogShow
Egzo@HF_Mudd enters Sadia's office, dark eyes sweeping the room out of habit and taking note of those already present.

Kul vav ghajbe'@XR-377 regards Egzo as he walks in, he then looks at Sadia and waits. Expectantly.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: *she's sipping raktajino as she checks the latest report. Room is spartan in furnishings, there's a small collection of different disruptor firearms, replica of a BoP and 3d holo of her younger self -

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: - with a bunch of other corporals (mostly klingon) graduating from the military academy. Her pet targ tusk is playing with a lone boot. Some from assault deck likely is cursing right now.*

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: *someone

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: *there is a tray with some foodstuffs on a side table, and by it is a barrel of bloodwine with some spare mugs*

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: *sets down her padd* Ah, everyone's here.

[Local] Egzo@HF_Mudd: "Hey, Boss."

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: *motions to the food and drinks* Don't be a stranger. Are you all doing well?

Lexi@crystyll licks her lips and moves for a mug of bloodwine, "In fighting shape, of course!"

[Emotes] Lexi@crystyll: tlhIngan maH!

Lexi@crystyll makes a toast.

Kul vav ghajbe'@XR-377 remains a stranger where the food and drink is concerned, but does try to be polite about it.

Egzo@HF_Mudd shrugs and takes some morsels and a mug for himself.

Egzo@HF_Mudd side-eyes Lexi. "No more funny feelin's in yer gut?"

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Councillor Lagos informed me that Martok was impressed by our performance against the H'urq. Destruction of H'urq auxiliary force and defense of Dosi colony has put a significant dent in the swarm in-

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: - the Idran sector.

Lexi@crystyll shrugs, "I think maybe I'm just growing accustomed to the motion sickness when we pull our stunts..."

Kul vav ghajbe'@XR-377 smiles.

Egzo@HF_Mudd addresses Sadia again. "So what's next?"

Egzo@HF_Mudd knows there's always a 'next' after news and/or praise like that.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Three days ago, Lagos and his own squadron stumbled upon the swarm "mothership", larger vesrion of the Vecrid battleship. They managed to deal some serious damage but it got away, sacrificing-

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: - majority of it's defenses. Scouts have tracked it to the uncharted system less than 2 LY from our position, where we are heading right now.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: It's trying to use materials from a local asteroid belt to repair itself. Since Lagos and his Woldan squadron took some serious hits themselves, we are given the honor of the final blow.

Egzo@HF_Mudd nods. "'Spect you'll want Hag'lhr to undock soon as we arrive."

[Local] Kul vav ghajbe'@XR-377: How much of an escort does it have left?

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: *nods* We will be heading in with weapons hot. Our sensors are detecting multiple Hur'q squadrons on the similar course - mothership has sent call for help.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: *to Kul* Three or four times the first Hur'q force we fought.

Kul vav ghajbe'@XR-377 crosses his arms, already thinking.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Half dozen Nekcrid cruiser, dozen Ravager destroyers and around 100 of the swarmers, plus whatever arrives in the meantime. We've got around dozen ship in good condition from Woldan squadron as -

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: - support.

Egzo@HF_Mudd does the mental math, and nods again.

[Local] Lexi@crystyll: "Sounds fun"

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Also, the mothership is really tough, Lagos had to use high-yield tricobalt projectiles to crack it's armor.

[Local] Kul vav ghajbe'@XR-377: What if we bypassed it? Would boarding it with explosives or something else more creative be possible?

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: *she takes a small holoprojector and drops it on the floor, it flickers to life and shows a projection of a large H'urq vessel*

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: We can't teleport anything in, as it has some kind of shielding to negate the transporter beam. Explosives would have to be set deeper at the vessel, and we have no internal schematic of the thing.

Kul vav ghajbe'@XR-377 nods, gears turing a different direction now while the briefing continues.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: If we manage to breach it with assault transports, that is. We could use the "holes" in the armor, unless it fixed them already. But considering it would have zounds of troops inside and no way to -

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: - extract in a hurry, such assault would be a one way trip.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: I suggest we stick with what worked last time. I'm authorized to supply you with limited amount of tri-cobalt projectiles for this operation.

[Local] Egzo@HF_Mudd: "'Limited'. Like... one each?"

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: There's one problem - those things are slow and swarmers can easily ram them. *shakes head* You'll all get 3 torps, use them well.

Lexi@crystyll nods her understanding

[Local] Egzo@HF_Mudd: "Riiight. So we gotta clear the swarmer cover, /then/ hit the carrier."

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: This means you need to get close - very close - and make your getaway quick.

Egzo@HF_Mudd blinks as Sadia talks of hitting point-blank, instead.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: There's also idea of using local ateroids to provide more targets.

Kul vav ghajbe'@XR-377 arches an eyebrow, dangerously.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: *to Egzo* Daramar and other bigger ships will provide cover fire and try to clear out as many swarmers as possible, plus tractor some asteroids for distraction.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: It's up to you to judge when and how to deploy the tricos.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Personally, I don't want any of you to take crazy risks. This is just one swarm and there'll be more to fight, so no need to rush into the death.

[Team] Sadia@gulremal: we'll be using sinister gathering gamma quadrant stf for this one. those projectiles you make from asteroid parts will represent tricobalts, and us breaking asteroid will represent creating distractions.

[Team] Kul vav ghajbe'@XR-377: Neato

[Local] Kul vav ghajbe'@XR-377: We're fighting our ancient enemies who are known to digest their spoils. Every fight with them is a "crazy risk"; you just don't want any foolish ones.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: *nods to Kul* At this point "crazy risk" missions seem to look like a norm.

Egzo@HF_Mudd snorts and nods.

Kodon@Nitroglycerin salutes Sadia as he enters, then slaps Egzo on the back instead of the shoulder. He already learned THAT spikey lesson.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Ah! Glad you could join us, Kodon! Right before we hit the swarm's mothership.

Egzo@HF_Mudd is jolted forward at the slap, then grins over his shoulder. "Yer LATE, Old Man."

Kodon@Nitroglycerin grins, "I wouldn't miss it."

Kodon@Nitroglycerin looks around, "I don't see any battle yet... I must be on time!"

Kodon@Nitroglycerin grins at Egzo, "HAW!"

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: How are you handling some tri-cobalt projectiles, Kodon?

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: *with handling

[Local] Kodon@Nitroglycerin: "Had to get a bit creative in their storage. We typically only carry transphasic and photons on the Hor'Cha. We're stocked and ready, though!"

[Local] Kodon@Nitroglycerin: "Ought to make a pretty explostion, eh?"

[Local] Kul vav ghajbe'@XR-377: You missed the lecture about foolish stunts and trying to engineer a good death, Old Man.

[Local] Kul vav ghajbe'@XR-377: We will need you to tell this story to the Cowards who didn't come with us.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Well, you'll be getting some torpedoes, the mothership is a tough customer, even while damaged.

[Local] Kodon@Nitroglycerin: "If I was any good at engineering a good death, I wouldn't still be around!"

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: I considered using the Final Argument, but it would be too clunky using it in the asteroid field. Besides, we can save it for the maximum destructive potential in the future battles.

Kodon@Nitroglycerin nods, "Too much chance of debris setting it off early."

Egzo@HF_Mudd nods also.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: As I said, Daramar will provide covering fire. We need to clear as many swarmers as possible to deploy the tri-cobalt projectiles.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: *Sadia's wrist-comm beeps*

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: *taps her comm* Cynis here.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <C-Bridge> ETA 15 minutes to the target, captain. It seems we will arrive before most of the Hur'q reinforcements.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Understood. Start distributing the tri-cobalt torpedoes to the ships. Cynis out.

[Local] Kul vav ghajbe'@XR-377: We best be getting back to our ships.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: All right, any questions before the shooting starts?

Egzo@HF_Mudd shakes his head. "Just... don't get in the way of any of those shots."

Egzo@HF_Mudd looks to the others, impressing how Bad that would be.

[Local] Kodon@Nitroglycerin: "First round of celebratory bloodwine is on me."

Lexi@crystyll cracks her knuckles, "Let's get this show on the road"

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: *nods* See you here after the fight.

[Local] Kodon@Nitroglycerin: "Qapla'!"

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Strength and Honor. Fight well!

[Emotes] Kul vav ghajbe'@XR-377: Qapla'!

Kul vav ghajbe'@XR-377 performs a traditional Klingon salute.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: *merches out to the bridge and shouts* BATTLE STATIONS!

[Fleet] Sadia@gulremal: <C> Daramar here, all ships report.

[Fleet] Egzo@HF_Mudd: <C> Hag'lhr, ready for action!

[Fleet] Kul vav ghajbe'@XR-377: <C> Qib Quj Standing by.

[Fleet] Kodon@Nitroglycerin: <C> Hor'Cha ready!

[Fleet] Sadia@gulremal: <C> Did everyone get the tri-cobalts ready for deployment?

[Fleet] Kul vav ghajbe'@XR-377: <C> "Locked and loaded" as the Terrans say.

[Fleet] Lexi@crystyll: <C> QanwI' all set!

[Fleet] Egzo@HF_Mudd: <C> Got ours in the bay, but regular photons loaded for the opening volley.

[Fleet] Kodon@Nitroglycerin: <C> "Even had time to paint a few curses to the Hur'q on the sides!"

[Fleet] Sadia@gulremal: <C> Good. Sensors show bit larger enemy force than projected, but we can handle them. May your weapons strike true, warriors!

[Fleet] Sadia@gulremal: <C> Damn, more enemies incoming! Prepare to intercept, we can't let it excape!

[Fleet] Kul vav ghajbe'@XR-377: <C> Understood.

[Fleet] Sadia@gulremal: <C> Okay folks, repel reinforcements and refocus on the mothership!

[Fleet] Sadia@gulremal: <FX> With a final hit of tri-cobalt torpedo, the mothership finally caves in and detonates...

[Fleet] Sadia@gulremal: <C> Daramar here, that's it, seems that the swarm is out of the action. See you at my office!

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: *the office and the bridge are a bit worse for the wear, ship did take some beating while drawing the attention and taking the shots. Small parts of the wall are broken and some wires are sticking out

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: - but it's still operational*

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: *nods to the people gathered* That was a tough fight, bastard was more resilient than predicted.

Kodon@Nitroglycerin looks around, "The Hor'Cha took substantial hits as well. I scrambled damage control team before beaming over."

[Local] Kul vav ghajbe'@XR-377: I have no idea how our ancestors fought those things, even if they do get stronger every... cycle.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Well, it's up to us to make this cycle their last. However, they won't be having Founders hiding their resting places this time.

Kodon@Nitroglycerin frowns, "Can we be sure of that?"

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: But I'm getting ahead of myself, as it would imply we failed to stop them. Good job, we will haad back to the firebase for repairs and resupply before we get new orders. Idran sector is safe for now,

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: - thanks to our efforts.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: *to Kodon* I know what you mean, and I believe Lagos will meet with us to discuss the Dominion issue soon.

[Local] Kul vav ghajbe'@XR-377: I doubt they will find being "reserved" in their intelligence sharing to be conductive to the long term existance of the Dominion...

Kodon@Nitroglycerin nods.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Rest of the alliance puts too much trust and faith into that Odo. We must make sure our interests are served while we have the opportunity...

[Local] Kodon@Nitroglycerin: "From the stories I have heard... Odo was quite honorable during the Dominion War. However, who knows how his time within 'the link' has changed him? The other Founders have proven to be..."

[Local] Kodon@Nitroglycerin: "...dishonorable."

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: It's only the matter of time before another Female Changeling starts messing around.

Egzo@HF_Mudd folds his arms over his chest and scowls.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: I doubt we'll have the option to finish what Obsidian Order and Tal Shiar started, but we must use this opportunity to hamper any similar Dominion projects that can lead to some other Hur'q.

[Local] Kul vav ghajbe'@XR-377: Agreed.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: However, councillor Lagos will have more details in a couple of days. For now, we lick our wounds and sharpen our blades.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Get some rest, you've earned it. We'll talk more later. Dismissed.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: *salutes everyone*

Lexi@crystyll salutes and returns to her ship for celebrations

[Emotes] Kodon@Nitroglycerin: Qapla', Sadia!

Kodon@Nitroglycerin salutes Sadia with respect.

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