EPISODE 01: Outbreak [Prologue] May 10, 2011, 02:11:42 PM EPISODE 01: Outbreak [Prologue][The USS Theurgy, Main Bridge, 2200 hrs]"This is your Captain speaking," said Jien Ives, the deep voice of his male Chosen Form unmistakable to the harried crew. "May I have your full attention, please."His voice echoed down the flickering corridors of the severely damaged ship, and the crew raised their hollow eyes to listen. They could hear the undercurrents of emotion in the pause that Jien made, and it gave them pause as well. Pause, ironically so, given what they all had been through the last couple of months - hunted across the galaxy by their own. Jien waited for almost half a minute, thinking over what words his First Officer had suggested he might say to boost morale. Good advice, in the worst of times."We have been betrayed," the Chameloid began and while his blood ran hot, he did not pace the floor of the bridge. He stood perfectly still in front of his chair. "...outlawed and alienated by Starfleet Command. Yet in times of war and uncertainty, there is a special breed of warriors ready to answer the urgent call for truth, justice and freedom."Another pause, and while the statement was hollow, a shallow phrase in their bitter aftermath, the next four words were cast in iron. "We are that crew."Now, when force gradually built in the Commanding Officer's statement, he began to pace the Bridge, locking eyes with his Senior Officers while he spoke. "Our ship is a symbol of honour and heritage... bestowed upon us by the Federation before the unknown enemy began to replace and impersonate our leaders, and she embodies the trust of those we are sworn to protect. By serving her, we accept the responsibility of our chosen profession... and it is a privilege that we must earn every day." Jien's dark eyes were haggard, yet his sense of duty stronger than his spirit had been the last weeks. He placed his hand over his chest as he continued. "It is a trial for the heart - to be alone," he said, because that was what they were, "...yet only until we have accomplished what we mean to do: To expose the true nature of Starfleet Command by whatever means necessary. For our loyalty to Starfleet and Federation is beyond reproach. We will always stand ready to defend those who are unable to defend themselves. We do not advertise the nature of our work or seek recognition for our actions. We voluntarily accept the inherent hazards of our profession, placing the welfare and security of others before our own." He came to a stop, and all that was heard were the cries of their damaged ship, the hiss of broken monitors and the groan of the hull. "We serve with honour... on and off the battlefield."Silence again, while Jien let those words linger in the hearts of his crew. Honour was a word that at least he had forgotten in the midst of all that had happened. "We will never quit," he said, almost a whisper. "We persevere and thrive on adversity, exemplified but not limited to our ignorant sisters and brethren in Starfleet. Brave men and women of all species known to the Federation have fought and died building the proud fleet we once belonged to, and we will be damned if it was all for naught, and they died in vain!" The Captain took a deep breath, and soon, when the echo had faded, finished his statement with his chin held high. "In the worst of conditions, the legacy of our predecessors steadies our resolve... and silently guides our every deed."He turned his head to his XO, as if in contemplation of what else there might remain to to be said at this worst hour of their voyage. In the end, he delivered the Dedication upon their plaque, because no other day had it been a better day to voice those old words. "Courage is fear, when it has said its prayers."Then, he spoke no more, and retreated to his Ready Room - the XO giving the Bridge to the Second Officer before following.Throughout the ship, activity gradually picked up again - a long night ahead of them all.OOC: This thread is open for everyone to post whatever they may in reaction to their new mission statement - a chance for you all to introduce your different characters before the the plot begins. The Theurgy have yet to reach the M-Class planet, heavy repairs are underway, Sickbay is full of patients, yet the ship is in the clear - finally underneath the Federations radar (so to speak). Feel free to foreshadow the discovery of the planet which they will soon come to orbit around! It might be spotted by their semi-functioning sensors during the night.