Queen of the Arboretum

Posted Nov. 28, 2020, 2:29 a.m. by Lieutenant Junior Grade Sharah Fayth (Chief Science Officer) (Jennifer Ward)

Posted by Lieutenant Miz’uki (Chief Engineer) in Queen of the Arboretum

Geoff was enjoying the extra room for her roots to spread in the fertile soil, a far cry from the pot she had lived much of her life in while accompanying Tabris on his adventures. As much as the old tree could she was starting to settle in. By far the oldest specimen in the arboretum Geoff let off an aura of dignity, an elder statesmen amongst junior senators. She felt as though she was holding council with those around her, royalty of some sorts maybe a princess? No. Geoff was a Queen worthy of her status. She had been doing her best to communicate now that she knew she wasn’t alone and was able to be sensed and, in so much as a plant can, ‘spoken’ to. Her song was that of a regal nature today as she sung it proudly, the first few figs beginning to come in. Pure thought as it where was something Geoff had to get used to as she had, for centuries now, been singing to a silent crowd.

Geoff- CFP

From her location with Miz’uki near the frost lily Sharah could clearly hear Geoff. Usually all the plants were like different sections of an orchestra playing a symphony, but Geoff had obviously taken it upon herself to direct that symphony and be the star soloist. Sharah hid back a grin. She wasn’t willing to reach out to Geoff until she was closer and had a tricorder to see what was going on. She’d never actually had a conversation with a plant just ‘heard’ the emotions flowing around and interpreted. When she was done she’d make her way over to Geoff to see how she was doing.
Lt. jg Fayth, CSO

The Frost Beatle Lilly had since Geoff arrived had gotten even more Cranky often even when no one was around snapping and thrashing in Geoffs Direction Geoff might sense the sourness and just vile Hate and hunger from the plant and its icy section of the Arboretum

Frost Beatle Lilly

Sharah raised a brow silently to herself. Oh now…this was a problem. She was going to have to spend some extra time back where with....oh man this one needed a name. Pure instinct and emotion, but it was strong. Hmmm…Frosty. Probably not the best name and not her place to name him. Well it felt like a ‘him’ to her and she didn’t like thinking of it as an it or by it’s species. So Frosty it was until the original owner told her otherwise. Hopefully with any luck Frosty and Geoff didn’t end up in a battle of … something. Oh my this got complicated. She wondered if Tabris would be willing to move Geoff for her safety…but she was doing so well in here. Sharah shook her head. She had enough problems without her plants fighting each other. She rubbed at her temples…she sounded crazy to herself…she was…her mind was snapping. Joseph would get here and she’d be in the looney bin.....

She turned to the CE. “I’m afraid I haven’t actually made any of the solvent myself yet. But I can give you the paper work on it. From the looks of it it is okay to use as long as you follow the protocols and guidelines.”
Lt. jg Fayth, CSO

The hostile symphony being cast towards Geoff was disturbing to the elder fig tree, it was something that she had not heard in quite a long time, yet it was familiar in a way that she could not ignore. It was violent, aggressive, a hatred that seemed to permeate the atmosphere at certain times. And it was growing louder. Geoff’s branches shivered in the wind, nothing that would appear to have intent but Geoff would shake those leaves if possible. A creeping sense of disgust rose through her roots as Geoff’s own song grew more sour, an ichor spreading through the capillaries of her trunk towards her beloved gifts. This had to stop. This would stop. Geoff sang out a request loud and clear towards two individuals, the Lilly and Sharah. Geoff would offer an olive branch so to speak, although a fig branch might be more apt. She wanted to share her figs with the Lilly, hopefully to help calm that pure unadulterated hatred and anger.

Geoff, CFP

Sharah was a little confused. There was way too much going on at the moment. She excused herself from the CE for a moment and made her way over to Geoff. She pulled out a tricorder and scanned Geoff the the soil around her. She’d felt upset a moment before and Sharah was afraid that something in the soil was making her sick, but there wasn’t. She felt a sense of helpfullness from Geoff but she wasn’t sure what Geoff wanted to help. She had to sit quietly for several moments sifting through all the information she was receiving. Anger…Geoff wanted to stop the anger…okay, but how? She was afraid to delve deeper. There was no one else around to pull her out if she went too deep in trying to figure out these crazy sentient plants she had to look after. And then a feeling of hunger. Sharah sighed, okay Geoff wanted to help with Anger....Oh Bad Boy was angry. Okay…but hunger? She sat there in silence again staring Geoff. The figs were ready to be picked and maybe if Tabris was okay with it…OH! Okay she sent out a little thread of laughter to Geoff. She got it now. Geoff wanted to let Bad Boy have a fig. He was hungry. Sharah chuckled and pulled a couple of ripe figs off the tree very carefully.

She walked over to the enclosure and stepped into the airlock. She used the nasal treatment first. Then she donned the suit that was covered in the Lily’s nectar. It was supposed to protect her. The airlock also had the materials she needed to collect the nectar with. After the airlock pressurized to the right temperature she stepped into the enclosure. She began the set up to collect the nectar. Once that was done, Sharah stepped back and pulled the figs out a container. She wasn’t the best at this but she threw the figs up into the air and across hoping to make the Lilly work for it a little bit, and then she waited to see what would happen.
Lt. jg Fayth, CSO

That would be…” Miz’uki started then was cut off as Fayth excused herself to tend to these two plants a fig tree and this giant carnivorus flower Which once the Lilly sensed the Figs flying grabbed them it seemed to gum on them a moment before suddenly spitting them out in the direction of Geoff as if spitting it back ad Geoff in protest The Plant continued to radiate Hatred and hunger towards everything except for Fayth and that was only because she was in the suit and thus to the Lilly a part of itself

Miz’uki watched from outside “Who in their right mind would try to raise one of these things!?!?” she asked in shock “This thing is dangerous!” she said in exclamation

Miz’uki and AFBL

Sharah stepped back out of the enclosure shaking her head. “Carnivorous plants are always so angry.” She shook herself and was glad that the suit prevented the smell form sticking to her clothes. “Sorry about that Lt. And as for who would raise that was a Commander Tralla Sh’Zoarhi, form CE of Ark Angel. I’m not sure what to do with the thing though. It’s dangerous and if the locks on the bio chamber fail a child or someone just very foolish could wander in there and get hurt. I was actually going to see if someone from Engineering could help me regulate the chamber to match the seasons on Andoria. Apparently the thing is supposed to hibernate in the warmer months. That’s relative though because the warmer months never get above freezing.”

Sharah shook her head. “I’m sorry Lt. I’m rambling. Let’s take care of what you need first.”
Lt. jg Fayth, CSO

I will get a team in here maybe we can improve the safety measures as well adjust the environmental controls I have seen her notes on repairs and such” she said simply following the Scientist


Sharah took the canister of nectar into the storage room and made sure it was sealed properly. Then she sent a quick comm down to the chemistry lab to come get it so they could start on processing the solvent. Then she turned back to Miz’uki. “Alright all done with that, and a plan in place to ensure the crew is safe from the Lily. What can I help you with?”
Lt jg Fayth, CSO

“Like I said I need more information about this Solvent where it comes from what kind of hazards are we dealing with concerning this stuff?” she asked simply


Sharah nodded and reached into the storage room for the binder that contained what they knew. “This is everything I know about it.”

Andorian Frost Beetle Lily:

Planted by: Commander Tralla Sh’Zoarhi (Pilot, Chief Engineer, XO)
Canivorus Andorian arctic plant. Large enough to eat a humanoid whole.
Large Sign must be maintained outside enclosure. Plant is dangerous and will kill.
Plant must be kept in secure and locked enclosure. No exceptions

Equipment for care: Bio suite covered in plants nectar. Ensures plant recognizes handler as part of itself and will not attack. Recommend use nasal blocker as the smell can cause one to pass out. Perfume and chemical mixture: FBL support. Large orange bottle kept on top self of storage closet. Chemical burn kit and standard Med Kit.

Uses: Nectar while usable as a solvent requires processing in order to make the risk acceptable. Bio suit required to collect. If you were to get a drop of raw nectar on you it would probably burn away the skin like Acid. Everything about this plant is designed to Harm/Kill but if taken care of properly and processed correctly it is a very handy thing to have around. Process for making nectar safe can be found in the Chemistry Lab. Even after processing the Engineers need full on Gloves and chemical resistant suits to use the stuff otherwise its off to sickbay with third degree burns

Lt jg Fayth, CSO

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