PROLOGUE: Under the Bludgeonings of Chance [Part I] March 26, 2014, 07:36:11 AM EPISODE 03: Unconquerable Soul | Prologue: Under the Bludgeonings of Chance | Part I[ USS Theurgy | Main Bridge | Deck 01 ]"Jesus Christ," said Winterbourne, eyes wide. "We are dead...""Red Alert!" proclaimed Jien, hands made into fists by her sides where she stared upon the viewscreen. "Can we get away?""I might have a minimal chance to escape," said Thea, referring to herself as a ship, "Yet the Harbinger is not fast enough, even if the repairs on the Akira-class starship had been completed. Furthermore, the Valkyries are not in the Fighter Assault Bay, and their Warp engines are inferior to the task of outrunning this fleet. The time it would take for all Valkyries to dock with me would be two to three minutes as best." Winterbourne supplied the death sentence. "ETA for the fleet to reach Theta Eridani IV. Seventy-two seconds.""I want ideas, and I want them now," said Jien in her cutting voice and turned away from the sight of the fleet. She took her seat in her chair, and listened to what her Bridge crew could suggest."I recognise more than half of the ship names. We know this adversary," said ThanIda zh'Wann hurriedly where she stood at the control panels at the back of the Bridge. Her blue fingers had pulled up the Starship signatures from their sensors. "This is Task Force Archeron, led by Admiral Sankolov. We fought the USS Archeron and several of these ships just before we managed to escape to the Mahéwa System and the planet Niga. As you may remember, we barely managed to get away. We lost many people.""Sankolov..." mused Jien, leaning forward with her arms upon her knees. "Speak up people. We don't have much time."[ USS Harbinger | Main Bridge | Deck 01 ]Her arms folded underneath her breasts, T'Rena looked dispassionately upon the view screen - seeing the same image that the Theurgy was most probably looking at.Below her unruffled surface had blossomed a fickle flame of actual concern. The greatest chance of escape would be to leave their ship behind and beam aboard the Theurgy. Even greater was the chance if the Harbinger could delay the pursuit - sacrificing itself for the sake of the Theurgy. This was not what she had hoped for, since she had yet to convince Captain Vasser that he may not decide upon self-sacrifice. His import was paramount to their mission, and in loosing him, they would be forced to rely upon the suicide mission which Captain Ives and his crew had set out upon. They had witnessed the strength of the parasitically joined people they were up against, and it had left no room for doubt in T'Rena's mind that they had but one - perchance extreme - option. This development had forced her to a silence born from dilemma.Should she openly advocate the survival of her Captain and herself - so that she may enlighten him - by recommending that they beamed aboard the Theurgy, or should she recommend the most logical solution; that the Harbinger stayed behind to fight the fleet any buy the Theurgy the time it needed to get away? The Valkyries were a resource too, but they were inferior to this fleet by themselves. The fickle flame of concern turned to anger, for she thought it too soon. Captain Vasser had to know. Had to learn what had to be done. Now, it may be too late.All she could do, was to wait for her Captain's orders.OOC: The following characters are present on the Main Bridge of the two starships:USS Theurgy:Captain Ives, First Officer Rez, Ship A.I. Thea, Helmsman Winterbourne, Chief Tactical Officer Sjaandin Fedd, Deputy zh'Wann, Chief Engineer Tatiana Marlowe, Chief of Operations Natalie Stark, Chief Science Officer Simon Tovarek, and Holographic Specialist Lin Kae.USS Harbinger:Captain Declan Vasser, First Officer T'Rena (tactical), Helmswoman Aisha S'Ithi, Acting Chief Eng/Ops Selena Ravenholm.Red Alert has been issued on both ships. Current status for the departments are as follows:Security: On the Theurgy, Security is preparing to guard key areas of the ship in case of being boarded. On the Harbinger, the last surviving Security Officer - PO3 Dyan Cardamone - may be ordered to oversee Transport of the high priority prisoner to the Theurgy depending on Captain Vasser's orders.Tactical Conn: Both the Theurgy's Lone Wolves Squadron and the Harbinger's Dor'GhItlh Squadron are escorting the two starships, pending new orders from the Squadron Commanding Officer and the Wing Commander.Medical/Counselling: Over a hundred injured to treat in the Sickbay areas. Everyone with medical expertise is expected to assist in saving the body count from rising.Engineering/Operations: Addressing issues that may have arisen because of the volcanic tremors before leaving the ground and the high degree of ash in the air on the planet. People that in the last minutes were Transported to the transport buffers are to be freed into the Transporter Rooms. Further orders are pending from the Chief Engineer and Chief of Operations respectively.Science: Orders are pending from the Chief Science Officer.Don't forget to read the Epilogue on the previous board!Final note: The encounter with this fleet will be quite brief, do not worry. The focus will be on the main plot between the Harbinger and the Theurgy from this point on.