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Mission #254: The Case Against Piracy

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: 200406

Mission Name: The Case Against Piracy

Story Concept: Nora Gerhadsen

The following information is IN CHARACTER information.

Location: Heliocentric Orbit in the Tiratus Asteroid Belt, Sylleran Sector Block

Alert Status: red

USS Maxwell has had to move to the Tiratus Asteroid Belt in order to avoid engaging a superior force in battle. The pirate commodore Redek Upan has entered the system with three pirate vessels, apparently to retrieve our latinum that was stolen from Tiratus Station, when the artist Dende was abducted. We were unable to transport our Away Team from the surface prior to moving to the asteroid belt, and they are still on the surface. Our first priority is to retrieve our crew. For the moment, we have all systems powered down as far as we can go in order to minimize our power signature. We are likely to have to send a distress signal. Hopefully there will be nearby Starfleet vessels that can come to our aid. Even so, getting down there in the middle of a battle will take some fancy flying. We will not be able to beam the crew on board -- lowering the shields, even for a moment, is just too risky. We need to land the Maxwell on the surface of Tiratus IV.

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Commodore Nora Gerhadsen, USS Maxwell, Commanding


OOC Notes:

- This notecard was done after the fact. Thanks to our guests from USS Courageous, USS Sheppard, and elsewhere for coming out and participating! Thanks also to Rich Lombardia for playing a very effective Redek Upan!

- This is a bit of an interlude before we get back to the Hapke Cluster. If you are good at building, please talk to me! I've got a job... Uh... Better make that Jobs... For you!

* 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
Executive Officer: Captain Jayce Rebel

Ship's Culinary Director: Te'ellis (xxFadeIntoMistxx Schism)

Chief Engineer: Commander Jak Forcella
Engineering Officer: Lt. Commander Sandie Blackburn

Vice Chief of Security: Lt. Commander Sinbad Naiver (Nerfstriker2010)
Security Officer: Commander Ruaelle Lionheart Tairov (RuaelleLionheart Resident)
Security Officer: Lieutenant Talon Silvercloud

Chief Medical Officer: Lt. Commander Ariel Arrowmint

Science Officer: Ensign Drewski Northman
Civilian Scientist: Brad71 Mills

Guests:

Chief of UF Starfleet Operations: Commodore Kermie Mistwallow
Dende the Artist: Commander Kristoff Jameson
Guest Cadet: Jaina (rogue10sticks Resident)

USS Courageous
Commanding Officer: Commander T'Preea (MiriamNataliaKon Resident)
Executive Officer: Lt Commander Turak (Billdwire)
Security Officer: Varda (VardaSilver Spearsong)
Security Officer: Ensign Brooklyn Rose Phoenix (CynthyaRose Resident)
Medical Officer: Ensign Rowan Roundel
Cadet Lana Roundel (AllyF03 Resident)

USS Sheppard
Commanding Officer: Commodore Rich Lombardia
Executive Officer: Commander Fema Firefrick (firefrick)
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United Federation Starfleet
USS Maxwell
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Commodore Nora Gerhadsen recording
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Command Log:

Stardate: 200403

Location: Standard Orbit, Tiratus IV

Alert Status: green

USS Maxwell has managed to retrieve its missing stock of latinum, as well as the missing artist who was to build it into a diplomatic gift for the Subere. In the process we were obliged to participate in a space battle with a 'pirate commodore' by the name of Redek Upan. Upan was apparently involved with the original theft through a minion he bad placed in the Tiratus System. The manager of the mining concern on Tiratus IV, Ben Childress, was persuaded to use Redek Upan to move the latinum out of the system by an employee by the name of Kirthrrrz, a Karutak soldier, who secretly worked for Upan.

Redek Upan entered the system with a squadron of three ships, and used excellent formation discipline to maneuver through the asteroid belt to orbit Tiratus IV. The squadron would maintain this excellent formation discipline until nearly the end of the battle. In the meantime, USS Maxwell sent a distress signal. An Away Team was stranded on the surface: retrieval was impossible as long as Upan's three-ship squadron was in weapons range. We would not have been able to drop shields to beam the team out. Our only option was to land on the planet and retrieve them directly there, but we needed a distraction. USS Courageous, NCC-75469, and USS Sheppard, NCC-74679-A, responded to the distress signal and made best speed for Tiratus IV.

Battle of Tiratus IV: Order of Battle

Starfleet:

USS Maxwell, NCC-21873, Commodore Nora Gerhadsen commanding: Nova-class science/survey ship
USS Sheppard, NCC-74679-A, Commodore Rich Lombardia commanding: Odyssey-class heavy cruiser
USS Courageous, NCC-75469, Commander T'Preea commanding: Defiant-class escort/patrol ship

Federation vessels operated cooperatively as independent ships, without an overall squadron commander or established chain of command. Given the circumstances and limited time for organization, this command arrangement was the most practical.

Pirate Forces

First Squadron

Dawn Reaver, pirate 'commodore' Redek Upan commanding (also overall fleet command): indeterminate class, but comparable to a light cruiser
Bhurital, pirate 'captain' Vaska Akadrun commanding: Krendiji-class former Krenim destroyer
Red Hound, pirate 'captain' Dej Prandal commanding: Tarandep-class former Krenim destroyer (older class than Krendiji-class)

Second Squadron

Iron Scar, pirate 'captain' Krrgh commanding: Karutak vessel, unknown class, consistent with a light cruiser
Krtipal, unknown commander: Tarandep-class former Krenim destroyer
Urandep, unknown commander: Tarandep-class former Krenim destroyer

The Battle

USS Courageous entered the Tiratus System ahead of USS Sheppard, and immediately engaged the pirate squadron. USS Sheppard followed soon after and joined the fight. At this time, USS Maxwell went to warp in the asteroid belt. We dropped out of warp at an altitude of approximately 200 km above the rendezvous point for the Away Team on Tiratus IV. Hypersonic atmospheric flight heated the hull, but we managed to set down on the surface without damage to the ship and retrieve our Away Team. While we were on the surface, a second pirate squadron entered the Tiratus system and joined the battle. Shortly thereafter, Maxwell re-entered the orbit and joined the battle.

Even prior to the second pirate squadron entering the battle, the pirates had taken their first major loss with the destruction of the 'Red Hound,' an aging former Krenim destroyer. Bhurital, a Krendiji-class former Krenim destroyer, had already taken hits, along with Dawn Reaver, Redek Upan's ship. The second squadron was commanded by a Karutak Alpha by the name of Krrgh from a not-previously-encountered Karutak vessel type, which was called the Iron Scar. It was surmised to be roughly the Karutak equivalent of a light cruiser. The other two ships in that squadron were two Tarandep-class destroyers that had ostensibly been released or stolen from Krenim service.

The combined fire of the three Federation ships discouraged Redek Upan from further combat; after firing several broadsides and incurring damage on all three Starfleet vessels, he turned and ran, leaving the other four extant ships. It is unclear whether he issued a direct order for the others to fleet, but the Bhurital did attempt so -- the vessel, however, lost warp power. They suffered a catastrophic failure resulting in the destruction of the vessel and the loss of all hands. At no time did the Bhurital attempt to strike colors: she exploded while trying to flee.

With the destruction of the Bhurital and the Red Hound, and with the flight of the Dawn Reaver, only the second squadron was left. The two escort destroyers, Krtipal and Urandep, fled at this point, leaving the Karutak vessel, Iron Scar, as the only pirate combatant. Their commander, Krrgh, broadcast defiant messages, and directly attacked USS Maxwell. Apparently aware that this would be a suicide mission, the crew of the Iron Scar attempted to ram their vessel into the Maxwell. They were unable to reach the Maxwell as an intact vessel: fire from all three Starfleet vessels caused the Iron Scar to have a warp core breach. She was destroyed with all hands; the Maxwell ended up impacted by the resulting debris field, but managed through skillful piloting to avoid any significant impacts.

Damage on all Starfleet vessels was relatively light, though there were some instances of substantial damage. One example is the failure of a shield emitter on USS Maxwell. We were able to replace the damaged parts, however. After the battle, and after USS Courageous and USS Sheppard had warped back out of the system, much of the missing latinum was found to have been transported back to the ship in the gold-lined fur of Mister Auranum. However, the bulk of the latinum was still on the surface, and an Away Team was dispatched to retrieve it. They found that Ben Childress, the mine operator who had masterminded the operation, had been murdered. No sign was found of Kirthrrrz, the Karutak who worked for Redek Upan on Tiratus IV. Having no further concerns on Tiratus IV, Maxwell returned to Tiratus Station, where we returned the artist Dende. He was deemed to have been a victim of the crime, not its instigator.

Current status

USS Maxwell has resumed course to the Suban System in the Hapke Cluster. We will have to find another way to fabricate our cabinet for the Subere library gift. The whereabouts of Redek Upan and the escaped pirate vessels is currently unknown.

Analysis

Redek Upan must be considered as a highly dangerous pirate. He is able to command multiple squadrons of ships, including crew from different cultures. The presence of no fewer than four former Krenim warships in his pirate fleet is unsettling, and might indicate cooperation between the pirates and the Krenim to destabilize the region. A protest should be filed with the Krenim government through diplomatic channels. Furthermore, the participation of a Karutak vessel is disturbing for similar reasons. Though our understanding of Karutak culture is still incomplete, it seems unlikely that the Iron Scar and its Alpha, Krrgh, were there with Karutak governmental sanction. They may well have been renegades.

It seems likely that we will meet Redek Upan and his Krenim allies again. Next time, it seems like he will be less friendly than this time.

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Commodore Nora Gerhadsen, USS Maxwell commanding
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Commanding Officer, USS Maxwell NCC-21873
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