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STORY WORKSHOP 2019
STORY WORKSHOP - EPISODE 01, SEASON 2

Now, it is time to plot our story for Season 2. I may have plenty of stuff for the main storyline, ideas for what the next Episode will be, but I bet all of you may have ideas for the storyline ahead as well, so I would like to start a second workshop where we pool our minds into paving the path forward.

This time, we have a lot of material already, and not just from the last workshop, but the replies in the sim poll! :) Here's the summary of suggestions we have right now that we can bring with us for this session if we so wish, but I am marking those we've already handled in Episode 05 or in the Aldea Prime Anthology green and cross them out.

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Theurgy stopping at a neutral port (Aldea)

Nopefish (Seen when at aperture exit)

Answer a distress call (Cayuga in Ep 05, could be done again though)

The Theurgy encounter a previously unknown ancient species with exceptionally powerful weapons. New allies/enemy. (Savi, please see Hide & Seek in the Beyond)

A large pod of space faring life forms similar to Earth's whales (Aperture exit)

Turn an unfriendly people into our ally (Klingons, perhaps also the Savi)

Time Travel

Stop for resupply and then see Garak (Aldea, Garak to come)

The Theurgy inside a Voth Fortress Ship

Character-centric plots:
- Crew could come visit Efros
- Kzinti alliance with rogue Klingon house (a la House Duras)
- Mariposa & Pakleds

More: Fate of the Cayuga, social commentary, visions of victory. Less: Cult of Morali (Cayuga fate settled, Morali cult disbanded)

Allies, Theurgy needs to get a group of steadfast allies and NEW PILOTS, we got like 10 left! (Klings, perhaps Savi, and we have pilots)

More: "classic Trek"; science and engineering curiosities, some diplomacy, some stuff that isn't directly related to fighting the Big Bad. Less: dread grimness; a degree of feeling a threat is good, even a degree of "we're so fucked".  But I feel we've spent too long at too high a level of grimdark, and it needs to be backed down from, and modulated a bit better.

I can't believe that I'm going to say this...but less 'splosions, maybe? A bit of intrigue and tension, perhaps, with some sneaking around mixed in with politics and espionage? Bah, I don't know. The one thing I'd be really interested in is something rather different to Episode 1 in terms of the overall theme. Episode 2 is an opportunity for something different, a chance to use our toys (characters) in new and innovate ways. Then maim, brutalise and kill them in new and innovative ways. Because that's we do.

More counseling sessions. These poor sods are legit, every one of them, suffering from horrid PTSD. Also, needs more Garak.

More interpersonal relationships and exploration/development of characters, Less being hunted and having to be on the run, that should be saved for Season 2. (Aldea)

More of a feeling of progress towards saving the galaxy. So far it feels like all theurgy has done is been knocked back. Less Asurians. I want them to come back for a redemption arc, but not during season 2 (or at least not until the end)

Maybe tie in elements of bigger Star Trek mysteries?  Iconians?  Breen (Ives wanna go home?), etc?  Can we use some of these things to aid our mission?  Who originated the Savi?  What's going on with Section 31?  The Tal'shiar?  Has the Obsidian Order reassembled? etc.

I would love to see more being a Starfleet ship, despite everything else and their situation they dont forget who or what they are. Less quick starts, sudden booms of danger. I am looking at this as a place to slow down a little and recuperate, with a slower build to the next big step? (I say this as someone whom only experience the last part of our journey so far.)

I honestly can't think of anything right now but based on what I've read from the start till now in my short time here so far really just a nice balance and continuation of the main story mixed in with side stories that are different. Much like how in The X Files you had the core mythology episodes about the Alien Conspiracy but you also had the stand alone monster of the week episodes, or in Theurgy's case we have the parasite infestation as the main story but we throw in some Borg stories as well occasionally, that would be nice.

New encounters will be fun but there's nothing I can really think of to change!

More weird shit in the vastness of space, fewer dead allies.

Again, as listed above, I think it will be fun if we can do more Trek things like explore, do diplomacy, and not always have to fight in every adventure.

Like, let there be moments or scenes where we were able to talk someone down from violence.

And more happy moments, more good endings, more fulfilling sensations where we actually accomplished something we set out to do and even if there are hair-raising moments, we get by, and succeed, against all odds.

Unsure, I felt that season 1 was quite well balanced. Perhaps in season 2 we could have a 'peaceful' mission or two, where the crew have the chance to be proper Starfleet officers again, surveying planets and stars, and rendering aid to nearby colonies.

I'd like to see more peaceful exploring rather than being under attack constantly. Other than that, I'm open to anything!

For season two, one of my biggest asks would be for us to explore different methods of having the ship encounter danger. Spatial anomalies would give us a different element of danger to explore, and will give us all a good chance to practice our technobabble.

Threats from within as well, with a crew so wracked and troubled as they are, it would be interesting to explore some of the strife and tension that the characters would no doubt be experiencing by now. Just a few more troubles for the crew to face that are slightly different threats to what they are used to. (Cult of Morali was an effect of inner strife and tension)

I have an idea, so the Borg were trying to use tears in subspace to try and take over the galaxy rapid pace, and we put a stop to that. Well I was reminded that the Iconians were a thing, an empire that built gates that had the ability to travel between worlds. I feel like if plan A had failed, the parasites would seek out a more risky plan B, aligning with an ancient malevolent species with extremely advanced technology would be a good idea for them. Plus when we need to seperate everyone we could use the gates to send people to different planets across the beta, and alpha quadrants, with a skeleton crew on the ship we would have a new opportunity to explore old settings in new ways. Also time travel... just always time travel.

I would love we found more gray moral dilemmas, more investigation, more situations that can't be solved with a battle and need diplomacy.

I think that, even on the run, even with the Starfleet against them, the characters need to remember WHY they are in the Starfleet, what they defend, and why they must keep fighting.

There must be a little hope at the end of the dark times, something that make them keep with the mission.

A little victories, fun times, etc that allow both of the characters and the writers relax a bit  and don't fall into a dark mood.

More story downtime between high-energy events & threads would be nice, just to allow characters some breathing room to develop and plan ahead.

Also perhaps more of a focus on one or two enemies per episode rather than multiple all at once, just because it's so narratively satisfying to build up & then deal with a single enemy over the course of an arc.

Less bad guys!  More hope!

- Oh, during the Discord Voice Chat sessions, one firm idea put forth was helping Martok when flying through Klingon space, perhaps against a competitor in the Empire, and this competitor being an Infested.

- Also, a new guest ship in form of a Steamrunner-class ship, perhaps through the help of Rear Admiral Andersson. Half-baked idea, not ironed out, just like the Klingon one above.

Just like in the last workshop, I realise that some might have more than one idea for an Episode, and unfortunately, I will be asking you all to only pitch one Episode plot each. I very much would like to avoid everyone throwing as much stuff on the wall as the can just so that something might stick. That won't be constructive at all. No, instead, I want you all to pitch one story premise or Episode each, and only one. That way, only the plotlines you really believe in will end up in the workshop, and we go from there.

So, have at it and put forth your ideas! :)

Best,

Auctor Lucan

Re: STORY WORKSHOP 2019
Reply #1
Well, I just had an idea which is a tad extreme. For all of Season 1, the focus for the Theurgy was very much on the crew's immediate circumstances. Everything was driven by either the Theurgy crew themselves, or by people who wanted to use/kill them. This changed a little bit during Battle of the Apertures, but even then, events happened purely within the Azure Nebula.

By now, the Parasites have to be concerned. The Theurgy has survived everything and, even worse, has now seemingly vanished. Their plans for a Borg invasion have failed, while they have lost their agents within the Klingon and Savi leadership. The risk of detection and destruction has increased, while they have no way of striking back at the Theurgy.

Instead, the Parasites retaliate using a different method. They do control Starfleet and have a presence on Earth, so that's where they direct their retaliation. The Parasites detonate gigantic antimatter munitions throughout Europe and northern Africa, devastating both continents, triggering a nuclear (antimatter?) winter and killing hundreds of millions. It's a full bore apocalypse. Evidence suggests involvement by a foreign power (Klingons, Romulans, Cardassians, Dominion, take your pick), but the Theurgy crew knows that the attack must have happened because of their insurgency.

Heck, just for giggles, we could have the Parasites send a message (somehow?) directly to Captain Ives and hir crew. They remind the Theurgy crew that the attacks on Earth happened as a direct result of the Theurgy's interference, while also taunting them. Ya know. For funsies. This could happen through Nicander's telepathy, I suppose, although that would lack a certain menace compared to a proper video transmission.

This, then, sends the Theurgy on a desperate mission to try and stop the Federation from going to war, which is the episode.

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Re: STORY WORKSHOP 2019
Reply #2
The Theurgy could get reliable intelligence that a Romulan leader (or the Romulan Praetor) has become Infested and is suddenly making major moves in consolidating power and putting a decisive end to the Romulan Civil War in preparation to conduct an invasion of either Federation or Klingon space. This could easily enough feature other powers working clandestinely to support or resist the Infested leader, including one of the High Houses in the Klingon Empire. Martok could ask for the Theurgy's help in neutralizing the Klingon leader and that ultimately leads the crew into the larger spider web of the Romulan's version of Game of Thrones.

So you can involve elements of other suggestions (the Klingon Infested, but a weaker version than one required to have a full episode dealt with - perhaps he was previously compromised and Martok just needs an official pretext to dispose of him, which the Theurgy can supply) and stopping the Federation from going to war (Romulan saboteurs and infiltrators attempt to spark an official Federation response into Romulan territory somehow). The season could be spent on pulling threads of the intricate spiderweb around the Infested leader until the big showdown.

Bonus: the Theurgy could be seen by Federation observers as actively in Romulan (or Federation) space in the company of Romulans, seemingly confirming the official story put out by Starfleet. Andersson would still know the truth about why they're there, but it still sets up conflict down the line.
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Re: STORY WORKSHOP 2019
Reply #3
Hello everyone!

Well, a month has passed and we have two awesome suggestions on how to start off Season 2 and the first Episode(s) in our story! :) I would love more input and suggestions, but I'll comment on these two first, and perhaps build/combine them a bit.

I think we could use the scourged earth plotline of @Griff 's as an over-arching theme for Season 2, in that not just the Earth is threatened by the retaliation of the Infested now that the Theurgy has thwarted their Plan A. I am not against the Infested detonating a big bomb on Earth to make a statement, but with the emphasis on the singular a bomb. I would love if the Theurgy and her allies on Earth could start working actively to prevent further retaliations, and not just on Earth, but through the whole of the Federation. With the the Federation worlds being threatened by domestic terrorist acts on behalf of the Infested, one of the major themes could be to have the Theurgy try and prevent this from happening. Moreover, one objective could be to try and provide evidence that it was Starfleet Command who detonated that first bomb.

This would be really cool if we also combined it with @patches ' suggestion, in how we could start off Season 2 with showing how the Praetor is an Infested, and throws out the rule book in order to put an end to the Reman threat as well as Donatra's fleet. I would love some input on how this could be illustrated, since I only have half-baked ideas for that. It makes a lot of sense, also, that the Praetor would turn on the Federation as well as the Klingons. The former, because Captain Ian Hawthorne on Starbase 84 made sure to arm Donatra's rebel fleet with high-end Starfleet weaponry - selling out the coordinates of Starfleet's weapons research facilities (like the Black Opal). Moreover, the Praetor would justify declaring war on the Klingon Empire because Martok decided to not just recognise Donatra's rebels, but provide sanctuary for the fleeing Remans inside Klingon space.

It makes further sense that there would be a Klingon challenger to Martok, which has been and will be corroborated during the Aldea Prime Anthology since a couple of writers have been working on a plotline where some Klingons don't like what Martok did when he sided with the Theurgy. Stay tuned for this development since it's yet to fully play out. :)

Of course, I almost forgot to say, with the Praetor being an Infested, she could actually officially confirm that the Theurgy defected to her, which would make the Infested in Starfleet Command maintain some leverage in their loyalty within Starfleet.

Please, if you have further - or completely other - ideas, weigh into this workshop with them! :)

Best,

Auctor Lucan
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