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Posted July 29, 2021, 2:15 p.m. by Fleet Captain Drudoc Andone (Commanding Officer) (Robert Archer)

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The second idea is Graviton Slingshot gates it would require us to stop every now and then to build a new one every now and then and it would be tedious the third Idea is to modify the ship with a Quantum Slipstream drive we would need to stop and take breaks to do maintenance and let the drive cool down however it would be the lest labor-intensive and simplest option” she said going into her ideas for all those gathered

Miz’uki

Caelian blinked at the chief’s verbal barrage. Had she said that all in one breath? The engineer frowned at the ideas, rolling them around in his mind. He had very little experience with the Ark Angel‘s flea’tan modifications, only enough to make sure the ship wouldn’t explode from their use. While each had their merits, they all had one very glaring flaw that concerned him.

“Not that I want to put a intoppo into our plans to get home,” Caelian offered carefully, “but I feel obliged to point out that we’ve absolutely no idea where we are, or the intervening space between this sector of space and home. Not only would we have to guarantee that we’d have the resources to build each of these devices as we go—save for the slipstream drive, which is going to be a nightmare of an overhaul—we have to consider what we’d be leaving behind that other species might find someday.”

He stopped himself for a moment, took a steadying breath. Caelian felt the need to return to more-familiar territory as keenly as the next officer, but he was also concerned with their safety and security. It was true enough that they could limp and jump their way home, but that would present a potential difficulty each time they stopped. They weren’t operating in a vacuum; as they’d already discovered, there were other lifeforms in just this one region of space they weren’t certain of how to deal with. Every stop would mean a chance for another encounter, and another, then another until they were home.

“The last time an entity like Q took an interest in a Starfleet vessel, it nearly brought the Borg to our doorstep. And that was without technology left behind like breadcrumbs pointing our course back to Federation space.” He let that thought sink in a moment. “Maybe we can throw caution—and the Prime Directive—to the wind for the sake of getting us home and let other species fend for themselves, but we have to consider that our actions may bring more than we mean to home with us if we don’t play our cards right.”

Caelian looked to V’alura, then back to Miz’uki. “Given those options, I’d agree that the slipstream drive would be our best option of proven technology. However, I have a theory that we may be able to use the protoform energy in a similar manner to get us home. It will take some time and study—I don’t want to even discuss the idea if it involves what amounts to murder—but it could provide a viable option that could get us home in less time. Or, at least, with less stops.”

And then there’s the matter of why we’re here in the first place, he mused to himself. While they seem to be as whimsical as any mortal human, the Q always have a reason for why they do what they do—even if it’s capricious or selfish. And it’s not the first time Starfleet’s been put on “trial”. Is this a test of morality?
—Caelian Weir, Engineer—

GM CockRoach

“Goodness!” A freaking Flea’tan Array??? V’alura didn’t even want to think about all the planning and time that would go into such an undertaking. It would be a logistics and diplomatic nightmare. The Chief Engineer certainly knew how to come out swinging. Go big or go home she supposed. At least the other suggestions were far more reasonable if problematic in their own ways.

Caelian spoke next, measured and thoughtful. Though he contributed to V’alura’s second and more worried, “goodness!” By mentioning the Borg. And the whole potential can of worms they could be opening for everyone back home. Now wasn’t that a scary and intimidating thought. Though, his idea of using the protoform energy to return home was intriguing. . . except the potential murder part which did not spark a lot of confidence it her.

V’alura spoke, “Thankfully we know where we are. GN-z11.” She activated her console box, showcasing a simplified map of the galaxy with two blinking dots to represent their current location and pre-Q location. “The slipstream drive is the safest option and is, what I feel, the most viable. I can start running the simulations to find the best possible route home and an estimated arrival time. It will be a start, at least.”

Ensign Belmont (Science)

Caelian nodded at V’alura’s suggestion, then turned his attention back to the chief. “It’s not a bad plan, sir. We could leapfrog our way home, use the time that it takes for the slipstream drive to cool down to scan the next run of space to make sure we won’t hit anything before our next jump. I’d recommend coordinating with the science teams to have all hands ready when we do, though—no one we know has ever passed through this section of space, and it would be a shame not to collect as much data as we can as we go.”

With his stomach in a bit of a knot and the grip on his PaDD tightening a bit, the engineer cleared his throat. “I-If it’s all right, sir, I’d like permission to put together a small team to explore my theory into protoform energy.” He quickly looked at V’alura with a flush. “N-Not to say that the slipstream idea isn’t our reliable bet, but again we’re not going to be back here a while and—succeed or fail—I’m not going to have a chance to study them again.

“I’m prepared to work in my off-hours so as not to impact my duties while we undertake modifications for the slipstream drive,” he continued, nodding assuredly to the chief. “I can also work small-scale, maybe one of the runabouts? Though I do have a bit of starship design under my belt if we have the resources to come up from scratch. Think of it as a Plan B.”
—Caelian Weir, Engineer—

[Worked my link magic to help with readability. Hope that’s okay!]

“So just a note here people The flea’tan array and the gates would yes have to remain behind however given that one would need to already have interstellar travel as an option to even find what we leave behind I do not see a problem concerning the Prime Directive and the Flea’tan array we can link to the one in Andromeda then hop back through their Array to head back home and it would allow us or another Starfleet ship to come back someday to do more study” she explained “However I see you guys all think the Slipstream is the way to go so I will be taking your input to the captain and she will have the final say Weir go ahead and do some experiments though please be careful you don’t cross any lines that should not be if you need an example of crossing those lines so you can make sure you yourself do not Look to the example of the Equinox in the Voyager files” she said gathering up the notes and opinions of everybody so she could go report to the captain

Miz’uki

=^=”Computer where is the captain Currently?”=^= she asked ready to take what they had talked about to the Captain so a path could be decided on with the captains input

Miz’uki

=/\= Fleet Captain Andone is in her Ready Room =/\= The computer replied.

GM CockRoach


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