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Mission #242: Claus and Effect, Part II

USS Maxwell, NCC-21873, is a Nova-class science and survey vessel based out of Pinastri Colony on the Second Life Grid. We are currently a mission of exploration in the Hapke Cluster, an open star cluster of some 10,000 star systems. We are open to new crew! Please inquire with Captain Nora Gerhadsen or with Commander April Coswell. We are particularly interested in Science, Engineering and Operations officers.

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Stardate: 191230

Mission Name: Claus and Effect, Part II

Story Concept: Nora Gerhadsen

The following information is IN CHARACTER information.

Location: Deep Space, enroute to the Onongren System

Alert Status: green

While enroute to the Viragen System for a diplomatic visit, USS Maxwell encountered a curious alien spacecraft that had collided with our subspace contrail. That spacecraft, from an as-yet unnamed species, had a single occupant, who identified himself as 'Santa Claus,' and whose appearance conformed to the mythologies of many different species (as described by Hodgkins' Law of Parallel Planetary Development), including on Earth. 'Santa' explained that he was on his way to the Onongren system to deliver 'presents,' and warned us that the pre-warp species there, consisting of two opposed factions, the Nord and the Geran, would go to war if Christmas were derailed. Onongren II is at a high level of pre-warp development, and has developed very high-yield nuclear weapons. They are capable of wiping themselves out in a nuclear war.

Since 'Santa's' ship collided with our subspace contrail, USS Maxwell is currently risking interfering with a pre-warp culture, in the sense that we could disrupt 'Santa's' interference, which so far has kept that culture safe. It has been determined that we will help 'Santa,' and are currently carrying his 'presents' to Onongren II, where we will assist in their distribution. But we need to be wary for further developments.

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Commodore Nora Gerhadsen, USS Maxwell, Commanding


OOC Notes:

- We are going to be Santa's elves! So for tonight, dress the part as best you can. Pointy shoes are a must if you can manage them! Of course, they might not be available for furry avatars. IC, USS Maxwell has turned her hull red and green, and is all gussied up for Christmas.

* These duties are very general ideas, feel free to add to them and fill things in.

--> We are a science and survey ship. That means we find weird stuff sometimes. Create! Let's see what we all can come up with!

* Please allow people to do their jobs and be thoughtful of the fact that people join departments and divisions to do their jobs. Try not to step on their functions. If you have something to help someone (advise that they may or may not follow) instead of saying something publically, it might be more useful to IM them and discuss it with them.

* Departments should be working together. There should be enough possibilities for everyone as long as they all work together and cooperatively. Do not be afraid to do OOC planning in IM.

* This is more or less freeform, but please don't have it as "Q did this". We need to get ourselves out of our own jams (not that this has ever been a problem with this crew).

Remember that the point of all this is to have fun! Good luck and have at!
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*Crew Roster*

Commanding Officer: Commodore Nora Gerhadsen

Chief of Operations/Second Officer: Commander Jayce Rebel
Ship's Cook: Te'ellis (xxFadeIntoMistxx Schism)

Security Officer: Lieutenant Talon Silvercloud

Chief Medical Officer: Lt. Commander Ariel Arrowmint

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'Santa Claus': Read Admiral Kinney Randt
Subere Lieutenant Sir Harald FitzHubol Guvadris Porpington, Viscount Tweeton: Commander Kristoff Jameson
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United Federation Starfleet
USS Maxwell
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Commodore Nora Gerhadsen recording
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Command Log:

Stardate: 191230

Location: Deep Space, enroute to the Viragen System from the Onongren System

Alert Status: green

USS Maxwell has completed the impromptu mission of assistance for the 'Santa Claus' entity at Onongren II. In the end, Christmas for the Nord and the Geran was indeed saved, and war has once more been averted. However, in the process, USS Maxwell was involved in a space battle against another member of the 'Santa' species. This new entity identified itself as Krampus. Krampus sought to turn Maxwell and 'Santa' away from the mission of 'saving Christmas,' and to that end attacked. USS Maxwell was forced to defend. 'Krampus's' ship was destroyed, but the 'Krampus' entity escaped.

Arrival in-system; encounter with the 'Krampus' entity

Maxwell dropped out of warp on schedule and went to impulse to arrive at Onongren II. However, we found a ship of unknown origin blocking our way. Shortly, we were hailed by the sole occupant of the ship -- an entity that identified itself as 'Krampus,' and informed Maxwell and 'Santa' that it would prevent Maxwell from carrying out its mission. The justification for this was that the Nord and the Geran were 'naughty,' and deserved to be destroyed in a self-generated nuclear war. After some discussion between 'Krampus,' 'Santa,' and Maxwell crew, which included unproductive threats by 'Krampus,' USS Maxwell refused to be put aside. The 'Krampus' vessel charged weapons and raised shields, causing Maxwell to go to red alert. A tactical evaluation by Lieutenant Silvercloud identified disruptors and phasers as weapons, but did not indicate a technology in excess of our own. The decision was made to press on despite the risks. Sensors indicated that the life signs of the 'Krampus' entity were a match for the 'Santa' entity. It seems a certainty that 'Santa' and 'Krampus' are members of the same species.

Battle with 'Krampus'

The battle began when 'Krampus' penetrated Maxwell's shields with an energy beam that immobilized 'Santa,' Further, 'Santa's' life signs began to fluctuate. It was clear that he was in imminent danger. 'Krampus' then opened fire. Maxwell adopted a strategy of attempting to access the ventral side of the 'Krampus' vessel. Many broadsides were traded, but in the end, we were successful in penetrating the 'Krampus' vessel's ventral shields and hull. In the meantime, Dr. Arrowmint-SpiritWeaver attempted various treatments for the 'Santa' entity. In the end, she attempted a highly unusual treatment of putting 'Santa' in Engineering, next to our singularity core. Our ship's cook, Te'ellis, accompanied her as an impromptu medical assistant. Together they got 'Santa' situated next to the singularity core. The energy signatures from our singularity interfered with the 'Krampus' ship's energy beam, and alleviated 'Santa's' symptoms, stabilizing his life signs.

Some time after 'Santa's' life signs were stabilized, Maxwell was able to finally penetrate the last of the 'Krampus' vessel's defenses and cause substantive damage. The beam discontinued. Eventually, the 'Krampus' vessel suffered catastrophic failure. However, 'Krampus' managed to escape in a warp-capable escape pod.

Having no further concern with the 'Krampus' vessel, USS Maxwell returned to Onongren II to commence 'operation Christmas,' being a full distribution of the cargo 'Santa' was carrying. This was done with full knowledge (and even contact with) the Nord and the Geran. 'Santa' identified USS Maxwell personnel as 'Santa's Elves.' To that end, a special uniform of the day had been ordered: Christmas-themed clothing, with predominant colors of red and green.

Outlook

The situation in Onongren II is obviously unstable over the long term. USS Maxwell was obliged to get involved with the interference by the 'Santa' entity with a pre-warp species because of the pre-existing nature of that interference, and Maxwell's role in disrupting it. It seems likely that over the long term, this interference will fail: it almost failed in this instance. If the Federation is concerned about the continued existence of the Onongren native species, then a more stable solution must be found. A follow-up mission to Onongren II is strongly recommended.

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Commodore Nora Gerhadsen, USS Maxwell commanding
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