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Day 26 [0930 HRS] – A Freighter Alone
Stardate 57621.43
Day 26 - April 5, 2381
0930 hrs.

[Lt. JG Logan Hale, callsign "Wraith"| Cockpit | Shuttle Type-11 | Epsilon Mynos System ] Attn: @Elaurianpaladin
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And they thought it was a good idea to let him get back behind at helm. After what happened last time, Logan thought it was a brave decision to let him take control of a shuttle so soon. It was only right for him. Logan smiled as he piloted the shuttle towards the abandoned freighter, he had only recently discovered on a patrol flight. It took a short warp to reach the freighter in the asteroid field, but the journey there would remain relaxed. At least until they reached the asteroid field. Then it would get a little rough again.  But he was sure he could handle it. This time Logan was not only travelling in pairs, but with a complete away team. Then it would get a little rough again. But he was sure he could handle it. This time Logan was not only travelling in two pairs, but with a complete away team. With him were nine other men and women on board the shuttle. He had been told that the freighter might contain clues to experiments on the Gestalt, aldean clones, and this group here should find those clues. Logan knew from his last visit to the area that they probably would not meet much resistance, but the possibility still existed. That is why they had sent the patrols of his comrades in the fighters through this area. Logan was very sure that this shuttle trip would be much quieter than his last one.
"The scrambler works. We are cloaked," the pilot explained routinely. "Our path will take us first towards Epsilon Mynos V, then VI. From there it's just a short hop to our destination." He entered a few more parameters into his console before turning around to see how people were preparing for the job. Logan seemed to many people to be nothing more than a better cab driver. He turned to the man sitting next to him at the science station He was a tall man. Logan estimated his age to be between forty and fifty years. His bald head and the light, well-groomed goatee contrasted with his dark skin color.
"I'm Logan, by the way." He reached out his hand to the man, and as he introduced himself, the pilot went on to ask, "So? What will your job be when we reach our destination?"

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[Lt. Tyreke Okafor| Cockpit | Shuttle Type-11 | Epsilon Mynos System ] Attn: @Nero

The science officer looked up and nodded to Lt. Hale. "I'm here to ascertain if any of the equipment on the freighter can further our theories on the Aldean cloning or the Gestalt. I also want to take a metallurgical analysis of the hull to determine if there is anything of value to take back to Theurgy." It was good to get off the ship. While starships and space stations were deeply familiar friends to Okafor, there is nothing like leaving safety and going into the void.

The nightmares regarding the Borg had subsided, replaced with more pressing ones. Tyreke hadn't had a decent night's sleep in weeks, but that was to be expected. His work on the analysis of Borg components had taken much of his time. At this rate he'd need an engineering degree in order to continue his work.

He shook himself free of this thoughts. "Tyreke," he replied. "Good to meet you Logan."

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Re: Day 26 [0930 HRS] – A Freighter Alone
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[Lt. JG Logan Hale, callsign "Wraith"| Cockpit | Shuttle Type-11 | Epsilon Mynos System ] Attn: @Elaurianpaladin
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"Nice to meet you," Logan said. "That explains why you brought all those EV suits." He looked over his shoulder and saw some of the technicians preparing the suits. "It's certainly not a bad idea to wear them right from the beginning. Who knows if the atmosphere inside wasn't depleted long ago and if not toxic." When Logan discovered the freighter together with Zeke, the sensors of the Valravn could detect something like an atmosphere but could not analyze it further. They only knew that someone had been there at some time. How long ago that was, the fighter's sensors were unable to determine.

The pilot grabbed the console that was mounted above him and accessed the sensor data of his fighter. The superficial scans Zeke had made of the freighter were telling. They found some interesting metallurgical compounds on the hull of the freighter. It would certainly be worth investigating the hull of the freighter. But that's not why Logan accessed the scans. He was pointing to a spot on the underside of the freighter. "This is where I'm going to drop you off. As the scans show, you'll have to cut through the hull to get aboard the freighter." He enlarged the image and placed it on the monitor of the person sitting next to him. "This is the thinnest part of the hull. According to the scans, there's a space behind it that should be large enough for your team." Logan called up some of their equipment, which, when assembled, formed a mobile airlock. "You can place this there to keep the room pressurized. This will give me time to study the freighter from the outside with the shuttle's scanners." Logan was aware that Tyreke had heard this part of the briefing several times before, but there was no harm in repeating it.

Outside the shuttle, Logan recognized Epsilon Mynos VI passing them. He concentrated again on his controls and opened a channel to the rear of the shuttle. ,,Attention! Warp jump!"  Logan flipped the switch and the visible stars outside the canopy began to form white stripes. The planet beneath them also stretched to infinity. This was always a sight to behold. He loved it. The shuttle disappeared into warp, before it returned to its usual emptiness only a few seconds later. In front of them, however, was the Kuiper Belt, a huge collection of asteroids. Now the fun part begins, he thought.

Logan reached for the controls and entered the same course he had taken with his Valravn before. This would lead them straight to the ship.  But it was not so easy. Logan had to dodge some large stones again. But this time his vehicle was not as agile as his original fighter. The pilot had to avoid the rocks even more carefully. Eventually he succeeded and they reached, more or less unharmed, the calm sea in which the freighter had hidden itself.

"Ladies and gentlemen, we have reached our destination." Logan began the landing approach and prepared the docking clamps. Then he turned back to Tyreke. "There's the beauty we spoke of, Tyreke. Now it is your turn. If you need anything, let me know. Good luck."

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[Lt. Tyreke Okafor| Space | Freighter | Epsilon Mynos System ] Attn: @Nero

Tyreke nodded as he secured the helmet of his EVA suit. "Thank you, Logan." He turned back towards the hatch. "Team Alpha, prepare to disembark,"

After the group double checked their suits, they left through the airlock and walked the hull in magnetized boots. Tyreke pulled down the visor on the EVA suit as the freighter rolled slightly through space. The metal of the hull was strange. The metal looked different, as if it was smoothed past normal metal to almost a glass like sheen. This gave Tyreke pause. What actually happened to this ship?

The team engaged their phaser cutters and started to create an entry point on the hull.  After the first breach, sensor readings from the interior poured into Tyreke's tricoder.

"Lieutenant Hale. We've made entry. Even if we could have beamed over, it was a good call for the EVA suits. There is no atmosphere in there. I'm reading several power systems still online, but life support isn't one of them. We're going to proceed inside. How does it look from out there?
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Re: Day 26 [0930 HRS] – A Freighter Alone
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[Lt. JG Logan Hale, callsign "Wraith"| Cockpit | Shuttle Type-11 | Epsilon Mynos System ] Attn: @Elaurianpaladin
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Logan dropped the group of scientists and security personnel on the hull near the point of entry. Slowly, taking care not to catch anyone with the nacelles, he lifted off again and first made a simple visual inspection of the freighter's outer hull. The ship seemed to have been drifting in the area for some time, although it was surrounded by rocks weighing several tons. Either the ship was just incredibly lucky not to have been hit all this time, or something was preventing the asteroids from crushing the ship under their weight. What secrets are you hiding from us?

The surface of the ship seemed to be made of glass. Smooth and level. Almost as if it had been exposed to a constant stream of fine sand over the years. Logan watched as the group cut through the steel and took initial scans of the interior. He started his scans and kept the Type-11 in a stable position in front of the freighter. The first data flowed over the displays of his console. Metallurgical composition of the hull, types of wiring and slowly the structure of the freighter began to emerge.

Logan heard the radio message from the other lieutenant and nodded affirmatively, taking another sideways glance at the scans of the surroundings. "I'm getting the first results from the sensors, but nothing more precise. However, there is a lot of interference from the asteroid belt that will affect our communications," he checked some more data, "and it will prevent our transporter from targeting you safely.

Logan looked through the windows and saw people starting to enter the freighter.
"It looks like we're about to lose contact." Logan noticed an increasing static pop on the line.
"Fuck." he muttered as he realized that the connection was severed.
"Good luck in there, Tyreke."

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"Please erect a level 3 force field to seal the breach, and let's see about getting life support going in here." Tyreke said to one of the engineers as he walked over to one of the command consoles. It appeared that they came out near the engine room, which served them well to getting main power and life support online. The consoles were smashed and the systems were a jury rigged mess. The engineering team would have a difficult job just getting marginal power activated.

The EVA suit restricted movement, especially when the artificial gravity was still working. He felt heavy and encumbered. "I'm getting some strange readings from the ship's engines. Some sort of dark matter seeping from the core. Doesn't fit any conventional engineering designs or principles."

The engines flared to life. "I'm getting a power surge in the engine core, we're starting to move. I'm trying to boost power to the communications. Lt. Hale, do you read?"


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[Lt. JG Logan Hale, callsign "Wraith"| Cockpit | Shuttle Type-11 | Epsilon Mynos System ] Attn: @Elaurianpaladin
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"Not good," Logan quietly noted when he saw that the freighter slowly began to revive itself and set off immediately. "Computer, analyze the course of the freighter."
He knew that was just a formality. As a pilot with years of experience, he knew the ship was headed straight for the asteroids. A collision would not be long in coming. Hell, even a blind man with a cane could see that. So, the Type 11 shuttle's computer gave him the same result.
Logan got up and moved to the communications console. His fingers slipped across the controls, trying to pierce the interference field. He tried various radio ranges, from the low-frequency range to the high-frequency band. Logan tried to find a suitable channel, but all he got was static in all directions. Frustrated, he punched the console. "I'm not going to get anywhere like this."
He switched back to the pilot's seat. "Computer, time to the freighter collision?" He put his hands on the controls.
"The freighter will collide with the asteroid field in six minutes, fifty-three seconds. Warning: Sensors show life signs aboard ship. Urgent action is recommended."
"You don't say..."
Logan steered his shuttle a little closer to the freighter. Again, and again he tried to reach Tyreke. Again, and again he had little success. "Computer, can we use a tractor beam to pull the freighter off its collision course?"
"Negative. The mass of this vessel is insufficient to divert the freighter from its course. Warning. Sensors show life signs aboard the ship. Urgent action is recommended."
"I thought so. Okay, something else..." Logan set his course parallel to the freighter. "Computer, armament status?"
"Phasers at full power. Torpedo bearings at one hundred percent capacity. Shields at full capacity if necessary."
"Very good. Computer, can we use the torpedoes to divert the freighter using targeted explosions?"
"Negative. This procedure is not recommended. Warning. Sensors show life signs aboard ship. Urgent action is recommended."
"Yes, yes, yes. I'm working on it."
Then, out of the corner of his eye, he saw a small cone of light from inside the ship. He steered the shuttle to the windows of the presumed bridge.
"Computer, send the following message in Morse code through the main front lights: This is Hale Stop freighter on collision course Stop. Message over. Then append current timer until collision and send message in continuous loop."
"Understood. Executing."
Logan looked out the window and saw the flash of his headlights. He hoped his message would get through and people would understand Morse code. Finally, a few precious moments passed, then the radio cracked and woke up again.
["Lt. Hale, do you read?"]
Logan started smiling. It was the voice of the scientist.
"Hell yeah. I can finally hear you. Did you get my message? The freighter is on a collision course with the asteroids."
He paused for a moment to ask the computer for the current timer.
"Four minutes and forty-one seconds."
"Four minutes to collision. Tyreke, If you don't pull your brakes soon, you're in trouble."

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[Lt. Tyreke Okafor| Space | Freighter | Epsilon Mynos System ] Attn: @Nero

color=limegreen]"Acknowledged." [/color]Tyreke replied as he started rushing towards the engine room. The various away team personnel started working on the various consoles and systems, in a vain attempt to get the engines offline.

Get to the port side of the ship and look for escape pods!" The LT said with a shout. The ship had a semi circular design, and small energize signatures were discovered on the port side. They could have been maneuvering thrusters or they could be escape pods. There wasn't time for a greater detailed analysis. They had to act.

Tyreke didn't follow. He rushed to the main deflector array. Unlike a Starfleet ship, this freighter has an integrated array attached to the main engine superstructure. It made for an effective grounding, but made it very difficult to get to in a crisis, of which this definitely qualified.

"The engines are stuck open and we are rolling in a spin." Tyreke said to himself. "The engines and the navigation deflection are on the same EPS conduit. If enough power is released, it should trigger a skip in the engine array... halting the power and allowing main engine shut down."

He found the main engine cut off. If he pulled this, the energy wave might just cook him in his suit, but that was preferable to just slamming to a planetary body and near c.

"Initializing main deflector power up sequence. Boosting to full... over clocking to crash levels."

A faint hum cackled. The window was discovered. "Pulling the main engine shut off."

There was an explosion, but the freighter stopped its forward motion. There was static on the line.

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[Lt. JG Logan Hale, callsign "Wraith"| Cockpit | Shuttle Type-11 | Epsilon Mynos System ] Attn: @Elaurianpaladin
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Logan could hear the tension in the field team's voices. His eyes kept wandering from his displays to the timer and back. It was an oppressive feeling. A feeling of helplessness. The freighter was far superior to the shuttle in terms of mass. Yes, his shuttle could stop the freighter, but it would take time. Time, they did not have. The pilot increased the distance to the freighter. Not because he wanted to be out of the path of any debris, but to give the people on board the freighter room to maneuver. If they wanted to maneuver, the shuttle should not be in the way.

Three minutes, twelve seconds left.

Logan continued to track the course of the freighter on his displays. They were still relentlessly heading for the asteroids. By now, the freighter had entered a rotational movement. Logan saw the different alloys of the hull reflect in the sunlight. A dark grey play of colors. He listened spellbound to the radio and when Tyreke mentioned that the ship's deflector and the main engine were hanging on the same EPS line, he had the same idea as the synthetic specialist: Overloading the deflector systems would cause a catastrophic drop in energy in the EPS system, which would allow the engine to regulate itself and shut down.

One minute and forty-eight seconds left.

From his observation point, Logan agreed with the scientist. They had to act, and they had to act fast. Logan would rather go home with a few burns if he were in his place, than not go at all. Tyreke was starting the deflector power-up sequence.

Thirty-six seconds to go.

The scientist unloaded the deflector. Logan could detect a violent shock wave consisting of volatile energy leaving the freighter's main deflector. It caused some of the smaller rocks in the asteroid belt to be thrown off course and pushed deeper into the void The pressure wave was reflected back by the large boulders, which counteracted the freighter's inertia and caused it to actually come to a halt. Logan cheered and raised his hands. "Yes, damn it. You did it, Tyreke."

Then the shock wave hit the shuttle and knocked Logan out of his seat. The pilot's head hit an unlucky ledge and sent him into the land of dreams for a moment. The shields and inertial dampers could not resist the shock wave much, so the shuttle was thrown around like a plaything and Logan felt like the inside of a child's surprise. Slowly he came back to his feet. He felt violently shaken. Everything was hurting as he lifted himself back into his seat. He briefly checked his position, then that of the freighter. Both were unchanged. "Good news. You stopped, Tyreke."

Logan went through the shuttle's first-aid kit to find the medical tricorder. After a quick scan of himself, he noticed lots of bruises and a slight contusion of his shoulder. The small, bleeding wound on his head was nothing worse than a scratch. He did not have a concussion. All in all, he had gotten off pretty well. The pilot applied the hypo spray and the pain was quickly forgotten. The contusion would last maybe another day or two, but it would not stop him from working. Logan grabbed the dermal regenerator out of the box and looked for a reflective surface. The scratch was deep, but the device had closed it within seconds.
"What a ride," he sighed as he dropped back into his seat once again.
"Tyreke, do you hear me? Anybody?"
Static noise.
"Great." Logan cursed softly. "Here we go again."
The pilot assumed that the discharge had fried the radios on the freighter. He hoped that the boys and girls on board were okay and that they were just shaken up like he was.
"Come in, please."