Sunday, March 20, 2011
The past month has been tough. As you all know I am a university student who is trying to complete pre-medical coursework for PA or if I decide to, medical school. I am very busy with my curriculum but not only that I also volunteer extensively in my local community both in terms of animal rescue and people who are down on their luck. Because of all of this I am insanely busy and the sim has suffered. I originally intended to step down however after speaking to some of you and I-Chaya I have decided instead of take a three month hiatus from simming and put the sim in I-Chaya's complete care during that time period.
I urge you all to work with her and bring the sim back to it's strength. During this time period I will remain in an administrative (website, forums) capacity as well as try to develope the sim universe a little more when I do have free time.
When the three month hiatus up I will reevaluate whether or not I can commit in the long term. If not we will collectively decide on the future of the Charon when that time comes.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
//--Training of Specialist Smith: attached to Biology lab-//
The team continued to prepare probe planning for the six systems of study. Assisting Ensign Blande and the biology team was specialist Smith. She had been selected to watch over and observe a team in action as part of her management training program.
"Specialist Smith, Glad you could join us today. We will be selecting two of our planets in question to accumulate biological, geological, and ecological data. If you'd have a seat next to one of the stations, I am certain you'll find yourself useful." Ensign Blande said starting run some calculations.
Specialist Smith took a seat next to one of the consoles. She had a good feeling that today would be a good day to watch the bio guys at work.
"Team let's get started!" Blande said calling up the search criteria. "First probe: Atmospheric planetoids within one of the systems deemed uninhabitable." Blande called out.
"Searching…" one of the crewman called out.
"Searching…" Specialist smith said aloud after she entered the program specifications in.
The team continued to enter in the data and read through system after system after the list of planetoids was pulled up. After about an hour, specialist smith was feeling rather tired of looking at the thousand of nearly insignificant planetoids the computer brought up, but she pressed on anyway.
"I think I've got one." Ms. Smith called out. "It was nearly picked last time a science ship came this way. It has a nitrogen oxygen atmosphere, but no water on the surface. There are several sub-terrainal caverns that vent open to the atmosphere where the probe could sneak in…"
"Interesting," Ensign Blande said. "I suppose that's one, we should gather a few more before we make our decision. "How about some coffee or tea?" Blande said looking at the time. They'd been at it nearly an hour and half now, but the drudgery of searching made it feel like the shift had gone by.
"That sounds good. Can we omit the no food or drink rule for the day?" the crewman asked.
"I guess so, were only doing computer assisted searching anyways." Blande replied.
Most of the team got up and got hot beverages from the lab replicator and began to search away again. After the shift was over the team had narrowed down the selected systems for the probe from over a thousand to a dozen. The next shift for the study would bring that number down to two, where two of the probes destinations would be locked in.
After the session Ens. Blande walked over to Specialist Smith. "You did pretty good." She started. "Too bad your going after the botany position. We could use an assistant lab manager… but then I suppose that's true of most of the sciences. Good luck" She said as she turned off most of the equipment and went to lower the lights.
//Science Report – USS CHARON – Star Date:241103.07//
C. Smith| Botany| Specialist| Plant Care and harvest|
1) OFF| 2) Plant Care| 3) Office/OFF
|Total Science Personnel: 24 (max 29/min 17/skeleton 3)|
A) Biology: Biology mixes with a lot of the other fields, but the lab is utilized for a majority of the ships biological research including microbe study, cellar study, animal and space creature study, the study of Life, how it works, and how it continues to function today and in yester year.
Biology Officer in-charge: M. Blande |OFFICE HOURS: 1st shift
CURRENT STUDY SUMMARY:
Lab 1: Local Life Forms – threats, cautions and general study
Lab 2: Edible plants identification (works with botany)
Lab 3: "Extract of Gouranni Herb for toxic identification"
Progress Update: Biology lab assignment #3 is completed for the most part. Additional labs for further sample extraction are being completed this week. Team will continue to research other edible plants of the nearby star systems and look for biological life forms that could pose a threat to away teams. The team will launch several planetary probes to accomplish this task, selecting the most likely planets for the ships destination and then account for research friendly.
B) Chemistry: Chemistry studies the physical nature of life, the study of chemicals and elements how they react and work together with each other. Chemistry often works with biology and physics to come to a closer understanding of what we explore on the ship.
Chemistry Officer in-Charge: T. Yin |OFFICE HOURS: 2nd Shift
CURRENT STUDY SUMMARY:
Lab 1: Toxins and Chemical benefactors of Local Area
Lab 2: local medicinal secrets (joined with medical)
Lab 3: "Extract of Ka'al root"
Status update: The Extract from the Klingon root has nearly been completed. All that remains is to continue to mix the root with the Gouranni Herb for toxin neutralization. Once completed the Ka'al roots will be continued to extracted and placed on reserve for the ships chef should the need arise to visit the selected Gourrani planetoid where the conference is being held.
C) Geo-sciences: The Geo Sciences department works with anthropology, Stellar Cartography, biology and other fields of science to grab a basis of the physical relationship of ecosystems, glaciations, gravitational pulls, tectonics, and seismic behavior of planets, moons, asteroids, and planetoids.
Geo-Sciences Officer in-Charge: I. Castillo |OFFICE HOURS: 1st Shift
CURRENT STUDY SUMMARY:
Lab 1: Study of Ecosystems and Geological stability (localized area)
Lab 2: Development of celestial objects (localized area)
Status Update: Team will work with biology to gather planetary data through the launch of six recoverable probes to be designed by cybernetics. Team hopes to gather from a flyby… the ecosystems and geological stability of the six chosen planets.
D) Physics: Physics assists in astrophysics, quantum physics, bio-physics, standard physics. The Physics team answers question in gravitational effects, trajectory, and other physics challenges. Often Physics will work with geology or stellar cartography.
Physics Officer in-Charge: S. Ronsett|OFFICE HOURS: 2nd Shift
SUMMATION OF CURRENT RESEARCH:
Lab 1: Trajectory/masses/make up of celestial objects in sensor range
Lab 2: Tri-Probe method
Status Update: Tri-probe data is still being collected in a nebulous region of ionized gases. The nebula contains several asteroids. Although the largest of these is planetary like, it has no atmosphere and is not in rotation around any central star. The team will continue to collect data until probe no longer has uncharted area to cover. Although most of the probe will self destruct or act as a hazard beacon… the logic unit of the probe will be ejected and rendezvoused with at a later date.
E) Stellar Cartography: Stellar Cartography works with Astro-metrics to provide maps of the galaxy and studies the stars themselves mapping inner corona and outer solar system alike.
Stellar Cartography Officer in-Charge: Y. Beindocoff/B. Roberts |OFFICE HOURS: 1st shift/2nd shift
SUMMATION OF CURRENT RESEARCH:
Astro-metrics: Star chart review and update (works with helm/navigation)
Lab 2: (Partnered with physics) Study of Celestial objects
Status Update: Team continues to assist the helm and astronavigators with star charts, while updating, collecting and maintaining the stellar maps. It is likely that team will be able to assist both geo-sciences and physics department again this week. The three teams have worked together on much of the classification and telemetry of celestial objects for several months now.
F) Cybernetics: The team plays a part in science cybernetics and robotics. Together the team assists in probe assembly, repair, research, and equipment programming. These guys play a major role in research set up, and develop new ways to keep us busy and tooling our research.
Cybernetics Officer in-charge: Ollanda |OFFICE HOURS: 3rd shift
SUMMATION OF CURRENT RESEARCH:
Lab 1: Probe repair/construction/re-programming
Additional task: Maintain science equipment (works with engineering)
Additional task: Tri-probe assembly.
Status Update: Team is assisting engineering with repairs to science equipment, station, performing pre-diagnostics and diagnostics, assisting with calibration of lab equipment and putting together probes for science teams study. In addition the team is devising the probe assembly of the three probe method being devised by Physics.
G) Anthropology: Part of the anthropologies job is to find out what humanoid life is like in surrounding solar systems. They are basically a historian, but also provide an in-depth analysis in to cultures, societies and the way people live now, then… and on many worlds flourishing, dying, or since perished. A lot of the teams focus is providing a guide for officers to use when approaching a world on or off duty.
Anthropology in-charge: G. Yellin |OFFICE HOURS: 3rd shift
SUMMATION OF CURRENT RESEARCH:
Lab 1: study of local cultures, archeology, and developing peoples (works with ships counselor)
Lab 2: The study of the Gourrani
Status Update: Team is analyzing record banks of all local civilizations and past civilization of passing inhabited or once inhabited celestial objects, natural or artificial. In addition, team is helping to assist ships counselor with current peoples in area's customs, laws, and traditions, and economics. Team adds study of Gourranni for science team enrichment.
SUMMATION OF CURRENT ASSIGNMENT:
Lab: Care of plant and fungi specimens/care of harvest of edible specimens
Status Update: Volunteer teams are maintaining the lab, Specialist Chris A. Smith is working on lab management training. Upon completion rank grade of Petty Officer 3rd class will be issued. Administrative team congratulates Specialist Smith.
I) General Science Lab: The General Science lab will be available at request, but is currently on standby for mission specific research. The lab has holo-emitters for research and is shared with other departments as per request; departments can make use of the lab if unused by the science team. The General Science lab is the ships state of the art science laboratory capable of housing six differing experimentations from any science department. The lab assistant is charged with set up and preparing the lab for each team utilizing the lab. Additional assistants can be utilized if necessary from other labs.
GENERAL LAB SCHEDULE: (CURRENT SCHEDULE – one shift open)
Shift 1: Morning coffee: Inner-Department Guest speaker (Science)
Shift 2: Lab prep/clean up
Shift 3: -Open for study-
REQUESTEE|REQUEST DURATION|REQUEST SHIFT(s)|SUMATION OF REQUEST
Commander Arcos Darye| Chief Science Officer| 1st Shift
NOTE: The Bridge team is charged with gathering scans for the science department, requesting launch of science probes, and monitoring data for bridge operations. All scans and data can be made available to other departments and teams on request. The science lab teams may also monitor their portion of the scans from the bridge at their request, but is limited to lab masters and the science department officers.
All Labs Functioning
All Stations Functioning
Function in standard norm
Officer injured: 0 (0 major – 0 minor – 0 Severe)
Enlisted injured: 0 (0 major – 0 minor – 0 Severe)
Training: TRAINEE|POSITION (BYà) TRAINER|POSITION
(WEEK 3)Spc C. Smith| Botany | (BY->) | Cmdr Arcos Darye | CSci
VI. Science Commanders comments
+Lab Assignments: If you come up with a good research assignment, just begin the process in character by developing a Pre-Lab report. I have attached a request form, just fill it in, and write something in character above about your character putting the report together.
+Training: If you are looking to advance in rank and you are a non-commissioned officer we will develop a role-play training month on in differing lab assistant positions. Once completed you might be promoted to Technician, after you master a lab for another month we should be able to promote you to specialist… at which point you'd be specialized to an inner department. As for leading a lab, we might be able to get you to work on your petty officer rank requirements and start training you on lab set up/and running the lab… not sure on the time requirement on that one, but we should be able to get you working on a story line in character.
Lab study request form:
Name and rank:
I. Pre Lab report
Hypothesis of result:
II. Safety/Hazard Report
For seen Hazards during lab:
General safety rules:
1. Wear eye protection
2. Know location and operation of safety equipment in lab and emergency devices
3. Never work in laboratory alone
4. Do only the experiment approved for the lab
5. Do not wear personal clothing that is not pre-approved for lab use
6. Report all accidents to Lab Master.
7. Do not make oral contact with objects in lab
8. Be mindful of the appearance of strange odors
9. Keep the Laboratory clean. Clean up spills immediately
10. Check lab equipment prior to lab and only use equipment in good condition
11. Check temperature reading on all objects in experiment before reaching. Avoid physical touch of hot objects.
12. Read reagent listings on any known reactions for reagents used in experiment.
13. Clean hands thoroughly prior to leaving lab to avoid oral contamination and optical damage.
III. Authorization Request
Time/shift research is done: Additional Days of study:
Lab requested: Personnel requested:
Estimated Set up time required: Estimated take down time required:
Science team member requesting:
Landon raised an eyebrow, "THAT's why I haven't been sleeping?"
Landon looked off to a random corner of the room. His eyes moved from an active participant in the conversation, to the dull and half-closed eyes of someone not all the way there. His reaction was almost callous, like he didn't care how his body was. "Any permanent damage."
"...anything so I don't dream."
[USS Warrior, Sickbay, Morgue]
"Is this it?" Shiarrael asked. Her fingers touched the black plastic film that covered the corpse. The cold trickled through her fingers and into her spine. Sadness enveloped her- while she had many disagreements with Enor she had come to respect the Admiral. His death was certainly a shame and only added to her recent feelings of emptiness.
Captain Isaiah Pope nodded. His light brown eyes looked down at the tarp as he ran his ebony hand casually through peppered hair "this is Jolias. However- Enor is missing."
Shiarrael peeled the film away only to find a cold, pale, lifeless reflection of the trill admiral. His eyes were closed and he appeared serene in his state. She frowned and looked at Pope "what do you mean? Enor is right here."
"No." Pope clarified "the Enor symbiont. The symbiont is missing. My men have scoured the compound with the Romulans for any signs of the symbiont but there is nothing. The Admiral did not sustain any injuries in the abdominal cavity where the symbiont would have been stored. My chief medical officer discovered a deep knife wound that pierced the Admiral's heart and also seemed to have been used to cut out the symbiont."
"So Enor was not killed in the explosion?" Shiarrael glanced at the corpse "so the questions continue to mount. Were you able to gather any evidence?"
"Unfortunately the Romulans forcefully secured the area before we could get down any teams and by the time we did there was very little left. But I think things speak for themselves. It's pretty obvious that the Romulans attacked the embassy to prevent the Ambassador and Admiral from speaking with the Praetor." Pope said, pulling the plastic covering back over Enor.
"Is it so obvious?" Shiarrael asked "you have not gathered any meaninful evidence. You have allowed the Romulans to tamper with the crime scene- a place they should not be because it is rightfully Federation territory. So Captain. please enlighten me as to how you have come to this conclusion. Perhaps I am naive or simply stupid."
Pope activated the stasis field around the Admiral's covered body "I didn't mean any offense Captain but it is what the Romulans do. I wouldn't be surprised if it was the Tal'Shiar. To get through such security it had to be them."
"Tal'Shiar? Do not be silly. The Tal'Shiar are ruthless indeed but they are not sloppy. Enor and the Ambassador would have been dead long before they stepped off your ship. No, it was something else. I also doubt the Galae would have moved in a manner that would have killed the Praetor. The agency would also have not stood for such treason." Shiarrael licked her lips deep in thought.
"Well, we honestly don't know if the Praetor actually died. No one saw her body. She was long gone before our rescue teams got there but it was chaotic." Pope said.
"My people are excellent at subterfuge. It would not surprise me if she was alive." Things were getting too complicated even for Shiarrael "I am having someone come get the Admiral's body for delivery to the Charon immediately."
"What?" Pope looked surprised "Captain- this is where he belongs. He used to command this ship."
"He's dead. I assure you he will not rise up in protest. I want a thorough autopsy conducted. Since the Charon is in charge of this matter it will conducted aboard my ship. Someone will be here shortly to collect the body." Shiarrael said.
Pope grimaced but nodded his head "but my CMO should be present."
"If you wish." Replied nonchalantly as her commbadge chirped. She pressed the device "Shiarrael here."
"Captain the Romulan government has approved that flitter and driver you requested."
Finally, I can get to the root of these matters. "Good, inform them I will be down shortly and inform the CMO that she can expect the Admiral's body soon."
The light of Eisn's cold morning gaze was filtered out by a haze that also turned the city's towers into dark silhouettes. From the sky several bright search lights shimmered through the thick air before focusing on the burned out remains of the Federation Embassy. Following the lights were five shuttles that simultaneously extended their landing struts and made their way towards the debris filled embassy courtyard.
The first shuttle touched down next to a blown out column. It's rear hatch immediately extended. As soon as the hatch fully opened Shiarrael walked followed by heavily armored security personnel. She inhaled deeply, seemed to glance off into the obscured distance, and then made her way down the small gangway towards the charred building in front of her. Several dozen Romulan soldiers had made a parameter and raised their weapons to meet her. She glared at them disdainfully "hanadra yytaera, mnean ihir na aerhii ninte solaere." [Please Leave, we do not require your help].
The lead soldier returned her glare- and then turned to his subordinate and smirked "susse aelhe-a susse-a Rihannsu ssuy." [She thinks' she is Romulan still] He chuckled and threw a nasty glance her way. The line of soldiers chuckled at the insult.
The movement was so sudden that it even stunned her own security escort. Shiarrael stepped forward, grabbed the Arrain by his uniform's collar, and shoved him back causing him to backpedal behind the line soldiers until he finally tripped over his own feet and fell when she released her hold. His weapon banged loudly across the concrete as it jarred from his grip on impact. Fury spread into his expression but the Captain's icy return froze everyone to silence. She kneeled down- examined the Vrelnec latched onto his utility belt before looking at him "This is Federation territory by interstellar law. Withdraw or we will remove you forcefully. No matter how much your handlers may detest me- I doubt even they would want another incident. We appreciate your assistance but it is no longer required. Now leave." She stood up and then held out her hand.
The Arrain brushed it away and stood up collecting his weapon. "denae arhva!" He shouted at his men and briskly marched towards the compound's exit. Shiarrael watched him leave and then turned to her attention to the Marines that were making their own way down to the take the position the Romulans had once occupied "Aria" she addressed the leader of the contingent "try not to kill anyone. You have your orders so I will leave securing the area up to you." She nodded at the woman and then made her way into the charred remains of the embassy.
Glass and other debris crunched between her boots. She studied the soot covered interior- ran a finger across a black and melted window frame. Glanced at her stained digits wondering who could have been responsible for the attack. With a tired sigh she pressed her commbadge "Savant, I will leave organizing the investigation teams up to you Captain. Please monitor the Romulan communication network for any sign of the Ambassador. In the meantime I will speak with the Captain of the Warrior and begin working my sources on the planet."
With one last glance at the damaged hulk she pressed her commbadge again "Warrior- this Captain Rehu. You may beam me up now."
[To be continued...]