Posted Dec. 5, 2022, 12:18 p.m. by Lieutenant Lance Von Hellsing (Chief Engineer / Containment Architect) (James Gray)
Posted by Captain Iphigenia Henao (Captain) in From There to Here - The Arrival of the CO
Posted by Lieutenant Laural Corynn Witley, Ph.D., M.D. (Counselor) in From There to Here - The Arrival of the CO
Posted by Lieutenant Commander Adam Magnusson (Chief Intelligence Officer) in From There to Here - The Arrival of the CO
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Part 1 - The News:
It was the call she had been waiting on for the last five years of her career and she remembered where she was when she got it. She’d just returned from vacationing on Risa and had settled her luggage on the living room floor while she shuffled through it and pulled out various souvenirs she’d obtained from the planet. She was intending to sort and organize them so she could give them out as gifts. The commlink in her condo beeped reminding her that she had received one very important message while she was away.
It was enough to distract her from her current task that she stopped what she was doing, strolled over to the comm, entered the code to access the message, and listened to the standard female computer voice say:
*Commander Henao, you have…ONE…new transmission from…. Admiral Zachariah Webb. To access ….”, Iphi didn’t wait for the computer to finish it’s discourse, she immediately accessed the message. A pre-recorded video transmission appeared on the 10X12 monitor and a peanut butter-toned older man with long greying dreads appeared on the screen dressed in Admiral attire:
“Commander Henao, this is Admiral Webb.” He said in a very deep voice, “I have some news I’d like to share with you. When you get a chance, please contact me.” Just as quickly as he appeared on the screen, his image cut out and all that remained was an image of a circular star map on a blue background, framed by a wreath of two laurel leaves.
She instantly entered Admiral Webb’s contact code and almost immediately he answered her hail.
“Iphigenia, how are you?” he said showing perfectly white and aligned teeth.
“I am well, Zach, you asked me to contact you.” The Admiral briefly frowned at her sense of urgency.
“Yes, yes. Well, let’s get right to it. I have some exciting news for you. There was a suspenseful pause.
Iphigenia almost lost her mind, “Yes, Admiral, what is it?”
He pressed his lips together in a smile then finally said, “How would you like to command your own ship?”
Iphi’s eyes grew wide, a small gasp escaped her mouth, and then a huge smile spread across her face. “Are you serious? Yes! You know I have been waiting for this moment.”
“Ah yes, well no more waiting. It is here now. The former Captain of the Leviathan has retired and with her, the XO left as well. We want to partner you with Romulan Commander Jaieh Vrenek. She will be your new XO. I think…no, I am confident you two can really get the Leviathan in shape.”
“I am excited to work with her. I agree I think we both will be assets to the Leviathan, sir.”
The Admiral nodded and continued, “The Leviathan specializes in rescue and anomalous recovery missions. You will not be commanding a typical vessel. I will forward you a full profile of the ship. I have very little on the missions as they are so classified that I wasn’t able to get clearance in time to send them to you.” The man presented a smile before he asked, “Welcome to the center chair, Captain Henao, do you have any questions?”
“Just one, when do we start?”
“Soon. I will send you all the details for your new posting after it is officially arranged. Congratulations Lieutenant Commander Henao, before I go, I will leave you with this quote: “It’s not safe out there. It’s wondrous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross; but it’s not for the timid.”
Part 2 - Journey to the Leviathan:
As the tiny shuttle emerged from what seemed like oblivion, the Moljinar class starship came into view and grew ever so larger in the window. Iphigenia stared at the massive craft in awe. All she could think was how beautiful it was. It prompted an immense smile that showed almost all her teeth. The pilot who was an Asian man looked at her, smiled too, then said in a deep Irish accent. “I take it that you are happy to be approaching the ship, sir?” Iphigenia nodded, “Yes, I am. However, I am nervous too. This is my first and most important assignment, but I am ready.”
“Aye, I can tell that you are. I have no doubt that you will excel in this and any future endeavors.”
Iphigenia placed her hand on the man’s shoulder, a silent show of appreciation for the support and encouraging words. When the shuttle entered the shuttle bay, it came to a smooth and uneventful landing. “Here we are! A full half hour early, too!” Iphigenia stood up from the co-pilot’s seat and turned to the pilot. “An attestation to the efficiency of your piloting skills, no doubt. I am sorry, but I didn’t get your name.”
The man grinned and said, “Lieutenant Commander Harris O’Brien, sir. Please to meet you, Captain Henao.” He held out his hand and Iphi shook it.
“Thank you for getting me here safely. If you are ever looking for something different. Contact me and we can get you a position here on the Leviathan. We could use a shuttle pilot.”
“I just might take you up on that offer.” He said with a wide smile.
“Please do,” she said returning a friendly smile, “Now I will leave you as it’s time for me to get to work.” Iphigenia walked to the exit and waited for it to open. Afterward, she walked down the ramp, dressed in her red jumpsuit uniform, boots just below her knees and covering her calves, her black hair was fixed in two neat braids that swooped the side of her head and were strategically fixed in an intricate bun that sat at the nape of her neck. She looked around, lifted the PaDD in front of her eyes, and reviewed the ship specifications as she thought to herself, Sickbay, XO, Counselor, Science, Operations, Food, Quarters….… “Two sickbays. Which way to Alpha sickbay?” she said out loud to no one in particular as she headed for the nearest lift.
OOC: Hello Everyone! Again so excited to be here on the Leviathan with you all. Take this opportunity to bump into the CO and introduce yourselves!
As the doors to the Turbolift open, there was a man there reading a pad. He had khaki BTUs on a black polo and a white lab coat on. He had glasses on his face on the lab coat. You can see the rank of lieutenant on it. The man was on his way to Containment. He look up as Henao entered the lift “ new arrival ….captain Henao right. You’re going to scare people with you being an hour early. He said jokingly, I would love to see the look on their faces.” He said as the lift moved.
Lt. Lance Von Hellsing (CE/CA)
She presented the man with an amused smile as she stepped into the lift. “I assume you are not a telepath and you saw the pips on my uniform?” There was a slight pause as she said, “Alpha sickbay!”
After speaking destination to the lift she continued. “I hope they are not too surprised or scared as I was hoping for a more....um…overjoyedish reaction.” She offered her hand to the man and said, “And you are Lieutenant.....?”
The man took her hand “Lt. Hellsing the chief engineer and containment architect of this pleasure cruise” he said shaking her hand “ and in case, if you’re wondering, yes, we do have a unicorn in containment, and please do not feed it” he said jokingly.
Lt. Lance Von Hellsing (CE/CA)
Jaieh rushed in, clearly aware she was a couple minutes behind. “Ah. I see Lt Hellsing has already welcomed you aboard, Captain. I’ll be your XO, Commander Jaieh Vrenek.” She paused to gauge the COs response to a Romulan XO.
Iphigenia smiled at the woman and said, “Yes, Commander Vrenek! Admiral Webb told me you were chosen as the XO. I am glad we finally have an opportunity to work together.” Iphigenia didn’t care that the woman was Romulan, although it was not lost on her that the Romulan Empire was an issue for the Federation. She didn’t suspect her for being a spy or traitor but mentally noted that she keep an eye on her until some trust between them had formed. In any case, Iphi was just glad that Commander Vrenek had arrived roughly the same time she had so they can begin planning all the logistics of the ship. “I happen to be a little early, did you also arrive ahead of your ETA as well? Don’t you think they should have pinpointed a meeting spot where we could have rendezvoused and then placed us on a shuttle so we could arrive together?
“Perhaps the Chief and I can take you on a tour of the ship?” She offered.
Iphi looked at the man and said, “I’d like that. I do hope you were not joking about the unicorn,” she said with one teasing eyebrow raised. “I would place my father’s entire fortune on the line to see one.”
Hellsing smiled “that will be fun we can start with containment I have to feed our guests there anyway,” he said he turned to the XO “ I have placed new protocols for the containment decks. Only authorized personnel, are allowed to enter a few lieutenants, and those above Can enter. I was hoping maybe I can talk to you about having a containment security team in the containment area. Mainly to deal with anything that breach containment” he said.
“What type of guests do we currently have in containment?” Iphigenia asked.
“ in cell 01 we have ARU-8151968 know as a hell horse but most people call it a unicorn. We have ARU-7568867 in cell 2 that is known as a gremlin, he is harmless Just don’t get him wet don’t put them in bright light And it never feed after midnight. We also have a lot of small ones that I can show you that takes some care.” He said as te left was moving.
“I would love to see them. What are the consequences of any one of them escaping? Could they wipe out the whole crew? If so what steps are you taking Dr. Hellsing to ensure that doesn’t happen.” she asked as she walked with him and the XO.
Lt. Lance Von Hellsing (CE/CA)
“I’d take the Doctors word on that, there have been issues with the Gremlins as I understand” A deep voice came from a nearby shadow, a man stepped out as if from nowhere, a habit of this particular officer. He wore a yellow Starfleet Uniform with the rank pips of a Lieutenant Commander. He was a human and short for a man, about the same height as the two Command officers and a good fifteen centimeters shorter than the Chief Engineer “Lieutenant Commander Adam Magnusson, Chief Intelligence Officer” He introduced himself to the two senior officers. He’d been planning on being there when they arrived but the combined early arrival and his own duties had delayed him. fortunately Hellsing had managed to delay them so he could play his shadow trick again, one of his few sources of entertainment.
The man’s stealth appearance out of nowhere startled Iphigenia. Her eyes widened as she turned in the direction of his voice. “Lieutenant Commander Magnusson,” Iphi said after she gained her breath, “Are your entrances always so… surprising?” Then she presented her hand to him. “Nice to meet you.” She had expected him to be much taller however the beard alieved any disappointment she had as it made his appearance, in her opinion, more appealing. “Will you accompany us on the tour? I would love to hear any insight you might have on our containees.” She knew that wasn’t a real word, but was proud of herself for coming up with it on the spot.
“The ship continues to surprise me,” a voice from behind Magnuson replied. Sitting in her grav chair, Laural wasn’t especially tall, but she carried herself with dignity. Even so, she wasn’t terribly formal most of the time and her eyes often sparkled with mirth. She regretted she hadn’t had much of an opportunity to interact with the former CO and XO before their departure, but she knew she was being given a second chance now. The counselor hadn’t expected to find them where she had, but having caught up and seen the welcoming committee, she offered, “Laural Witley, chief counselor. It’s a pleasure to make your acquaintance.”
~Dr. Laural Witley, chief counselor
Iphigenia looked past Mr. Magnusson and saw a woman in a gravchair. She smiled and said, “Dr. Witley!” she went to shake the woman’s hand. “I am so glad you are here. FYI there was a delay in my psychiatric records from Starfleet. Apparently, my name was atrociously misspelled and the files could not be accessed.” Iphigenia shook her head, “One has to wonder how such things can happen with all the technology we have. Technical errors should be a thing of the past, but I guess that will never be the case. Will you join us? Dr. Hellsing is about to give us a do and do not do tour of the containment area.”
Lance was listening to the questions “ as for one of the guests escaping that is not 100% but the cells are reinforced deposit fiber steel. This metal is very hard to make and is stronger then most ships hulls. On top of that the B.A.M keeps them clam enough to not what to leave but if by any chance that does happen the containment deck will go into lock down with force fields and the air will be pumped out” he said removing his glasses cleaned them then putting them back on. “The smaller ones you just need to let them know who is boss and most of them can be talked to like a child”
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