Captain's ready room Why are there no weapons in the armory when we go on away missions

Posted Sept. 18, 2019, 12:04 a.m. by Captain Kelly Bordeaux (Commanding Officer) (Kate O'Neill)

Posted by Lieutenant Commander Gravel Mardusk (Chief of Security) in Captain’s ready room Why are there no weapons in the armory when we go on away missions

Posted by Captain Kelly Bordeaux (Commanding Officer) in Captain’s ready room Why are there no weapons in the armory when we go on away missions

Posted by Lieutenant River Styxx (OIC Marine) in Captain’s ready room Why are there no weapons in the armory when we go on away missions

Posted by Captain Kelly Bordeaux (Commanding Officer) in Captain’s ready room Why are there no weapons in the armory when we go on away missions

Posted by Captain Kelly Bordeaux (Commanding Officer) in Captain’s ready room Why are there no weapons in the armory when we go on away missions

Posted by Lieutenant Commander Gravel Mardusk (Chief of Security) in Captain’s ready room Why are there no weapons in the armory when we go on away missions

Posted by Captain Kelly Bordeaux (Commanding Officer) in Captain’s ready room Why are there no weapons in the armory when we go on away missions

Posted by Lieutenant River Styxx (OIC Marine) in Captain’s ready room Why are there no weapons in the armory when we go on away missions

Posted by Lieutenant Commander Gravel Mardusk (Chief of Security) in Captain’s ready room Why are there no weapons in the armory when we go on away missions

Posted by Lieutenant River Styxx (OIC Marine) in Captain’s ready room Why are there no weapons in the armory when we go on away missions

Posted by Captain Kelly Bordeaux (Commanding Officer) in Captain’s ready room Why are there no weapons in the armory when we go on away missions

Posted by 2nd Lieutenant Dan Vladar (Marine) in Captain’s ready room Why are there no weapons in the armory when we go on away missions

Posted by Lieutenant River Styxx (OIC Marine) in Captain’s ready room Why are there no weapons in the armory when we go on away missions

Posted by 2nd Lieutenant Dan Vladar (Marine) in Captain’s ready room Why are there no weapons in the armory when we go on away missions

Posted by Lieutenant Commander Gravel Mardusk (Chief of Security) in Captain’s ready room Why are there no weapons in the armory when we go on away missions

Posted by Lieutenant River Styxx (OIC Marine) in Captain’s ready room Why are there no weapons in the armory when we go on away missions

Posted by 2nd Lieutenant Dan Vladar (Marine) in Captain’s ready room Why are there no weapons in the armory when we go on away missions

Posted by Captain Kelly Bordeaux (Commanding Officer) in Captain’s ready room Why are there no weapons in the armory when we go on away missions

Posted by Captain Kelly Bordeaux (Commanding Officer) in Captain’s ready room Why are there no weapons in the armory when we go on away missions
OCC: Attention Security and Marines. I have joked privately with a few of you about how we had some fun playing who can hide the weapons the best. In the main sim several of you were armed far more than needed and I really enjoyed reading the sections where the customs table looked like a weapons cache from a drug cartel raid. Anyway, I thought it might be fun to have a thread where the security officers recant a time where that zeal for weapons saved the day and that is why on the surface each team member has only a phaser visible but in their shoe, around their waist, up their sleeve, any place you can find a spot to hide a weapon it is their thread and why this saved the day. Anyone can join in with a story. Be as creative as you like and anyone can join. If you have questions reply to here and we can split the thread if needed to keep the story in one area.

Kate

IC:
Kelly sat at the table sipping her coffee waiting for her staff to arrive. While she could appreciate the enthusiastic zeal to which the away teams suited themselves up for away missions she did have a few questions. Hopefully, the officers attending would shed some light as to why everyone seemed to be preparing or a small invasion every time they left the ship.

Captain Kelly Bordeaux

Dan walked into the Captain’s office. “Captain Bordeaux. You have some armoury related questions?” His left instep seemed slightly heavier than his right.

-2nd Lt Dan Vladar

River entered next “Yes hopefully we can help” she said nodding her head in respect to the captain “Captain, Lieutenant” she said greeting the two other people in the room. She was interested to see why such a meeting had been called, after all she figured that captian already knew how important weapons for defence where.

Lieut Styxx (Marine OIC)

The door slid open and the Security Chief ducked his way into the room. “Skipper. Jar-heads.” he said with a nod of acknowledgement to the Marines. He produced a very large thermos and said “This is coffee. Strong stuff.” while setting it on the table. “Andorian friend of mine hooked me up. Thought I’d share.” nd he took a seat at the table, eliciting a protesting groan from the chair, which in turn elicited a glare from Mardusk.

Mardusk, CoS

Dan’s eye roll may have been audible. More of the Starfleet/Marine rivalry. Why they were ever stationed together was a mystery.

2nd Lt Dan Vladar

River also rolled her eyes “You know, one day you’ll need us ‘jarheads’.” she said coldly. “So maybe cut the names and show a little respect. I respect your officers and don’t call then names. so respect mine” she said her tone still cold but with an undercurrent of warning.

Lieut Styxx (Marine OIC)

It was Mardusk’s turn to roll his eyes, which he did both openly and with great amounts of over-acting. “For Freya’s sake, Styxx. Pull your head out and relax. Last time I checked the term wasn’t a slander against the Corps.” and he slid the thermos further away from River. “Maybe you should stick with decaf…”

River stood up and looked at Mardusk then turned on her heel and headed over to the replicator “Coffee, black extra strong” she ordered. the drink appeared and river grabbed it before sitting down again and placing it on the table. “Maybe one day i’ll relax. but that’s not today. I’m on duty, one shouldn’t be relaxed on duty” she said simply.

“One should relax whenever one can, or one is bound to get splinters from the stick up one’s backside.” Mardusk replied. He found it odd that the Marine always assumed the worst about people. “Rough way to live.” he thought to himself.

From Dan’s personal experience, he had less prior contact with Starfleet but it was more confrontational, ‘Jarheads’ seemed almost affectionate compared to what some officers had prepared.

-2nd Lt Dan Vladar

“Hit me,” Kelly slid her mug across the table as if it were a wooden slab and they were in an 1880’s saloon. This group was going to be tough. There were enough chips on shoulders here to start a bonfire. Her intent with the staff meeting was to get to know the staff better. The first five minutes showed her more than she expected.

Kelly looked at the room and took a long draw on her coffee. Part of her wondered what was exactly in the large Orion’s thermos. With her hand on the bible, she could not admit to never bringing a coffee plus to a staff meeting especially when dealing with certain admirals. Either way, Mardusk was one heck of an officer so she had no reason to doubt anything. “So the reason I brought you all here today is to discuss the armory situation,” Kelly said looking at her crew. “I am not saying we don’t need it but can anyone shed some light on why we need to have every concealed weapon in every hidden spot on every away mission. I mean I applaud your desire to be prepared but were all of you boy scouts,” she leaned forward on the table.

It was not that Kelly cared but more that she was curious. Security always had the best stories of why they did what they did. Heck all her best stories were from her years in the security department. She was just interested to hear theirs. “So are we putting up potatoes and counting off or does someone want to go first?”

Captain Kelly Bordeaux

River looked around the room “I have over 376 000 reasons, why i carry as many weapons as i do” she said. It might seem like an odd number to say. However if anyone had read the official report on Acheron they would know it was close to the official casualty figures there. The actual figure was 376 412 killed or wounded civilians, marines, Klingon, Romualn and star fleet officers. with another 2000 missing and 250 institutionalised. It was clear to see River was trying to make up for the losses, maybe she felt a sense of remorse or anger that she lost so many. Either way she was difficult to read. River thought that it probably wouldn’t be seen as a good excuse but it was the truth, she had seen enough and lost enough. to make her make sure she wouldn’t be caught out or unarmed ever again.

Lieut Styxx (Marine OIC)

Mardusk spoke up. “Power cells fail. Crystals get hit outta alignment. Never hurts to have a back up or two that someone may miss in a search of you. And blades? Blades don’t have to be reloaded, Skipper.” he said matter-of-fact- ly.

Mardusk, CoS

“For once we agree on something. It’s always good to have at least one back up, but the more the merrier” River added.

Lieut Styxx (Marine OIC)

“Dan,” Kelly looked at the third officer in the room. She assumed it would be the same answer as Mardusk and Styxx but she would give him a chance to reply.

Clasping her hands on the table Kelly looked at all the officers around her table. “The Darkest Places In Hell Are Reserved For Those Who Maintain Their Neutrality In Times Of Moral Crisis. Anyone knows who said that,” Kelly asked the group

Captain Kelly Bordeaux

“Dante. The Inferno. One of the best reads I ever had, Skipper. He was spot on with that one, too.” Mardusk said.

Mardusk, CoS

“I was an Ensign,” Kelly started her story. “We were attempting to help a colony that was being attacked by pirates. We found the leader hiding in a corner. The smug arse actually came out smiling and told us to arrest him. He knew that he would live out some cushy existence being reformed by a string of counselor’s until he saw the light and then was released as being rehabilitated,” the words were icy and the disgust was apparent on her face. “That was my first experience with morality and being able to to sleep at night. I did sleep well by the way,” Kelly left off most of the details. It was so long ago and she was so young yet that night did define and shape the how she would come to see the actual world and the Federations role in it.

Captain Kelly Bordeaux

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“The galaxy is full of people like that. Thinking they are more important or better than everyone else. Arrogance and smugness are two of the worst traits in all sentient life.” River said simply “I think all of us have bumped into someone like that at least once. That’s why when you get one up on someone like that, or get to wipe that smug look off their face it’s all the more satisfying. I was captured by someone like that, he was a general and he had taken my rifle, my side arm and my knife off me. However they missed my concealed throwing knives.” River paused fro a moment her tone was some what cold and very chilling.

“I’ll never forget the look on his face when i wiggled free and took his two senior officer out. His smugness faded away and was replaced with anger and hint of fear. I walked out of that room he did not” She said with a soft chuckle “Smugness and arrogance are shields for people to hide behind. once you take those away you see who they really are.” she added.

Lieut Styxx (Marine OIC)

Kelly one hundred percent agreed with Styxx’s action and reaction in her situation. Taking down the bad guys meant the good guys made the world a safer place for those that could not defend themselves. It was people like River that made it so the average person did not live in fear; however, as Captain this was the point she had to address. “And that is what I’m talking about,” she looked at River a bit exasperated. She then scanned the room looking at each officer. “We can’t just be going around carrying concealed knives or,” she paused again looking at Mardusk and then Vlader wondering if they would sound off their weapon of choice to tuck away in spots even a prison search might not find.

Mardusk mumbled something about grenades, but kept mostly quiet.

When people said ‘you don’t want to know’ after being asked where the weapon was hidden Kelly never pushed for an answer. “I mean I am always gonna lie and back you guys up but,” she leaned back in her seat, “maybe just give me a heads up. Something simple like ‘yo boss I am secretly packing a micro pulse rifle’. I’m good with that and will fully expect you to extract it and fire when the situation calls for it but you gotta let me know. I mean do you know how hard it is to not have my face match the dude’s who you just pulled the Houdini weapon on?” Kelly’s voice was not angry nor playfull. It was more slightly sarcastic with a hint of fun all rolled up into a tortilla of warning covered in a thick sauce of loyalty. “I really hate when the other captain’s play my men are better than yours so make sure I have a few ‘boom’ cards to toss down but not enough to get nine hundred people tossed in the brig for,” she paused long enough to retrieve the exact wording she wanted. “Radical independence. That, by the way, was Admiral Perkin’s words not mine,” she shrugged taking a long sip of her coffee.

Captain Kelly Bordeaux

Mardusk spoke up. “Skipper, I don’t think we need to give you a heads up. No offense or anything, but the fact that we are all sitting here right now let’s us know that you know that we carry some extra… motivational aides… when we go out into the wild and untamed wilderness. Or Chicago, depending on where we are at the time.” and he looked at River and Vladar, then back at Kelly

“And the fact that you haven’t keel-hauled us for doing so goes to show that our secondary precautions against Ze Germans aren’t all that bad, right? Now, if you want us to give you a full armament checklist before we go out, say the word. But remember that once you know definitively that we are carrying no-so-nice party favors, you lose the ability to say you didn’t know. And it’s a helluva lot easier for you to shake your finger at us and smack our nose with a rolled up paper and send us back to the ship for ‘punishment’ once we have got the job done then it is for us to look at you in the middle of a crap storm and say ‘Should would be nice to have some grenades right about now.’ I mean, if I’m outta line here -” and he looked back at the Marines for agreement or chastisement “- correct me. But if not, then let’s figure out what exactly you want and need to know so we can protect you as well, Skipper. Plausible deniability is a wonderful thing, sometimes.”

Mardusk, CoS

Kelly looked at Mardusk with a perplexed expression and then rolled her eyes. “Touche,” she fought to keep the smirk at bay. Not knowing officially gave her plausible deniability that Kelly could then use to defend her men pointing out that if they hadn’t had the extra goodies, the mission would have failed. “So unless anyone has anything else to add we can wrap this up with the meeting summary of I explained to you all that we should not carry anything extra on away mission but I am not requesting any form of paperwork before or after an away mission as long as when we pull away from port we have everything we left with?” Her statement was rhetorical but as the CO sometimes you just had to say something even if fell on deaf ears and right now she hoped her men had a sudden hearing loss only grasping the words, when we pull away from port we have everything we left with.

Captain Kelly Bordeaux


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