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Bridge - Getting Underway

Posted Jan. 15, 2021, 10:37 a.m. by Gamemaster Wookius Furrius (Gamemaster) (Gene Gibbs)

Posted by Captain Freja Andreassen (Commanding Officer) in Bridge - Getting Underway

Posted by Gamemaster Wookius Furrius (Gamemaster) in Bridge - Getting Underway

Posted by Lieutenant Commander Braxton Harris (Executive Officer) in Bridge - Getting Underway
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A couple of minutes later the doors opened and three figures emerged. Two were in security red and one was definitely civilian, dressed in a similar well tailored suit. The ‘Magnus Corp’ pin was subtle, but still prominent on his lapel. He carried his slim briefcase in hand. He paused just inside the doors to get his bearings, his balding head showing up harsher in the overhead lighting. When he spotted the Captain with a flicker of recognition he approached. The security took positions to either side of the doors.

“Captain, thank you for seeing me.” He glanced at the viewscreen. “I didn’t realize we were that close.” His eyes squinted as he studied the nebula. “I imagine that you have questions for me, and I have an Intel briefing for you about the planet and it’s operations.”
- Mason Larden

“Alright, do you want to go over that with just me or with my senior staff?” Freja asked.

~Freja Andreassen~

“My two colleagues are working to have a meeting with some of your other staff for a more focused briefing to their expertise. My hope was to discuss things with your senior people - counselor, executive officer that are specific to help you understand the region and situation. That is not to say that some of the information will not overlap here - the individual meetings are more to allow focus in the particular disciplines.”
- Mason Larden

“My Counselor is also my Chief of Security, so I imagine he’ll already be partaking in that meeting?” Freja asked, “If so, Commander Harris and I can meet with you in my ready room right away. If you’d rather he be present, we can do it in the Briefing Lounge which is a bit larger.”

~Freja Andreassen~

“If he is at that meeting then all the better he remain there. We can convene to your ready room,” Mason replied, shifting the thin case from one hand to the other. “You have a very expansive operations center here,” he commented. “Makes a bridge look squalid.”
- Mason Larden

“It took some getting used to, but I quite like it,” Freja nodded, “If you’ll follow me, we’ll head over to the ready room now. Commander Harris, shall we?”

~Freja Andreassen~

“Yes, Captain.” Braxton followed behind the Captain.

Harris, XO

Freja lead the way to her ready room, entering inside, she made her way to her desk, “Have a seat,” she indicated the two chairs in front of the desk, “Can I get you anything?”

~Freja Andreassen~

Mason moved to a seat but didn’t immediately sit down but instead worked at his small case and opened it. It opened up into a kind of data screen. Once had things fired up he sat. “No, thank you, Captain. I ate well this morning.”

He paused before beginning. “What I’m about to say is .. sensitive. I’d use classified however that is more in your language. After the Dominion War there was a study done on ship construction and how they fared during combat. Some of the earlier ships for example that had been recommissioned for the war actually fared better than some of the newer ships in sustaining physical damage. That was, in experimentation, found to be that replicated metal was not as durable over time than forged metal. This was the case over much that was replicated, even clothing. It was not noticed particularly as it took significant stressors such as disruptor or other fire to break down the subatomic structure of the metal. Thus, in the recent decade Starfleet has been seeking out natural resources for their hull construction. Hence, areas such as Plouton 9 is significant.”
Mason Larden

“Are you asking us to scan and test for natural resources related to this project?”

Harris, XO

Mason shook his head. “No, planetary surveys have been done in the edges of the Scar and three mining operations have been established. Plouton 9 is just one of them. That is not to say that should you venture farther out that stellar surveys are not welcome. That was part of the Shogun’s orders from Starfleet, apart from patrol and escort duty. Outside the Cloud is a transfer station. It is a small station on a free asteroid where the refined ore is transferred to larger, more interstellar craft. The Shogun escorted these convoys out to protect them from Groyim pirates who prey along the flight corridors in the Cloud between the Station and Plouton 9.”

Freja leaned back in her chair, waiting for Mason to respond to her XO. It was a rather interesting discovery to be sure, she suspected this likely was related to everything they were being sent to investigate as well. She filed that nugget of information away for the time being, waiting for Mason to proceed.

~Freja Andreassen~

“The murder is the principle trouble. There are few security resources at the mine even though the mine itself employs workers with .. varying reputations. The concern is that of the the situation on Plouton 9. There are two principle races there. The Cree and the Rill. One is dominant, Insectoid and a hive mind. The other is mammalian. You will meet the ambassadors of each at the mine. The Magnus position is that we do not trust either of them. Starfleet on the other hand has attempted to further diplomatic relations.”
Mason Larden
OOC: Post interrupted so kinda halted at this point .. grrr .

“Have you contained the crime scene?” Being a former Security chief, this was in his wheelhouse of expertise. Looking at the Captain “Captain I have previous experience in the Security department as Security Chief, I’d like to spearhead the investigation along with the local authorities.”

Harris, XO

Mason made a face that was half thoughtful and half wry. “That question was asked. They said yes. Do I believe it was done well?” He shrugged. “The ranking security deputy is Terrence Crew. His CV records him as having law enforcement experience on Alpha Centauri, though it was more a private investigations focus. It appears to be entirely cut and dried. The first deputy was found holding the murder weapon, blood on his hands and knife, the body nearby, the deputy, to use a colloquialism, stoned and barely aware of his situation but that he thought something bad had happened.” He looked at everyone. “Magnus Corp doesn’t entirely buy that. The deputy was a boy scout compared to most there and whose stimulant use was virtually non existent. This doesn’t fit his bill.”

“You and Lt Hugo can focus on that, unless he’d prefer to focus more on the missing starship. I can lead that search, part of my wheelhouse as a former fighter squad leader was finding things that didn’t want to be found. What do we know so far about the missing starship? If anything?”

~Freja Andreassen~

“The Shogun. Captain Hirohitu Tanaka. Veteran captain as is much of the crew. She is a Pendragon class ship. Her mission was patrolling the space lanes and escorting ore freighters to the transfer station just outside of the Scar. Captain Tanaka was responding to a report of a stalled transport that was traveling to Plouton 9 from one of the other mines. That condition is not uncommon for older transports that may pick up sediment from the cloud that requires a kind of .. degaussing effort. There was nothing heard from either since. Starfleet suspects an ambush by pirates but parties found no debris.”

“Seems a bit more organized than pirates normally are,” Freja mused out loud, “I’ll need to see any sensor records taken of the area around the time or shortly thereafter. I’d also like to see specs on the transport if that’s possible so that we can start to piece together a likely series of events.”

Braxton nodded. He was curious as to how and what precipitated such a heinous action as murder. Working with Lt. Hugo is another opportunity to see how he handles a difficult situation.

Harris, XO

“As soon as we’re done here, I suggest meeting up with Lt. Hugo and coming up with a strategy as best you can,” Freja nodded to her XO.

~Freja Andreassen~

Braxton nodded “Aye Sir.”

Harris, XO

Mason Larden

~Freja Andreassen~

“The Cree sent two of their ships when it was ascertained that the Shogun was unduly late. They took some scans, saw that ships had passed into the cloud and returned home. The group leader there had no stomach to pursue further.” Mason sighed. “They are allies, but only so far, as we learn.”
- Mason

“Major do you have anyone in custody or person of interests?”

Harris, XO

“For the Shogun? That is a mystery. We’re not Starfleet but a private corporation. One of the analysts said that ‘if’ the pirates managed to ally they may have been able to ambush the Shogun and maybe take her. The Cree didn’t say they had detected debris or weapons fire.” He paused. “If you mean for the murder, we have the Sheriff’s deputy in custody awaiting your arrival.”
- Mason Larden

“I’ll see what intelligence reports are available for the area,” Freja nodded, “Perhaps there’s some indication of pirate organization that Starfleet Intelligence might be aware of and willing to read me into if I can convince them that I do ‘need to know’. Thank you Mr. Larden. I think that about covers my questions, Commander do you have any others?”

~Freja Andreassen~

OOC: If nothing more I’ll get us to the relative destination next week .. Gene


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