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TDRP020: 161111-161116 "Hidden Danger"

The USS Taylorholic Durant is considered to be the Flagship of the UFS Fleet. We are honoured to have Admiral Mike Calhoun as our former CO and as a current crew member, as well as other luminaries. We support UFSA as much as we can and we provide mentorship to the JOOP & CGSD graduate programs.
We roleplay in-world on a drop-in and scheduled basis. We also add to our history and environment by writing RP Narratives, Mission Logs & Personal Stories for the UFS forum.
Inspired by the ship's namesake, the late Admiral Taylorholic Durant, crew members work to exemplify the behaviour, actions & vision of United Federation Starfleet in everything they do. Our first rule: to be kind to one another. And have fun.
Please note we practice Post Order (P.O.) and One Post in our Roleplays. For further info, contact the C.O.!

Roleplay Times: Sundays 11:15am SLT
Commanding Officer: Poison Toocool
Executive Officer: Evelyn Rieko

Moderators: Greenlantern Excelsior, Poison Toocool, Evelyn Rieko

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USS TAYLORHOLIC DURANT
RP NARRATIVE 161111.123
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On the bridge, a few minutes before 1230 hours, Commodore Toocool rises from the Command chair. "Mr Spet, you have the conn." She moves towards the left exit, making for the conference room deck one, where she is expecting to meet with Medical and Operations. She enters to find the Chief Medical Officer waiting.

Captain Data Axel smiles and nods: "Greetings Commodore."

Toocool: "Ah, Doctor Axel," she sits comfortably in the middle seat, waving the Captain to a chair. "How are things in Sick Bay?"

Axel looks at the Commodore: "So far, it is going alright. Making sure we got the needed supplies." Walks over to the table and sits down.

Toocool: "As soon as we leave our study of the comet we will make course for Nassordin. There is a Federation world there which we will visit for resupply."

Axel: "Understood. I will have a list ready by then with what is needed."

Commander Russell Sprout enters the room. He nods, "Sirs," and takes a seat.

Axel: "Commander." *smiles and nods*

Toocool: "Excellent Doctor. Good morning Mr Sprout." Toocool examines her PADD. "I see we have entered Sector 012F. Tell me, Doctor, have you had any reports of unusual symptoms due to our proximity to the comet's ion gas tail?"

Axel: "So far I have only a few reports that some are feeling sick, but nothing major than that to this point luckily."

Toocool nods, and sits back. "I should report to you that I have felt an... unusual sense of what you might call sadness... that certain memories that never come to mind have.. resurfaced. Would the ion particals have any effect on synaptic patterns or brain neurons?"

Axel: "Synaptic as well as in form of low-level radiation wave, so it can be that the ions have a certain effect. People can react different to it."

Toocool glances to the Operations officer and back to the Doctor. "It may be that I am more sensitive than others. Would you check with our Betazoids and other similar humanoids to see if they report the same?"

Axel: "Of course. I will get to it right away."

Toocool: "Do you think there is any danger from this low-level radiation wave? Our shields are obviously not protecting us from it."

Axel: "It should not be any danger. It mostly only causes behaviour irritation when relaxed for longer periods of time. But it is always good to ask Science to keep an eye on the levels to make sure they do not go above recommended levels."

Sprout: "Would it have any effect on our power systems? I have noticed a slight fluxutation in the output of our plasma packs."

Axel: "Not an engineer, but I would not think so. Must be something else affecting the systems from the trail."

Toocool: "Commander, let's hear your report."

Sprout: "We have crossed the intersecting border of Sector 011G and 012F, rimward of Pinastri. We are matching speed to the comet, currently impulse .892. Course four two seven mark three. If we continue in this direction we will move towards 011E as the comet appears to be heading in that direction. Possibly due to the tri-system on the border."

Toocool: "I have a report here from Astrometrics. Lieutenant T'Prain suggests we continue our study for five more days in order to observe the effect of the tri-system on the comets behaviour. However she also advises as we move towards it, the size and strength of the ion tail will increase." She looks towards the doctor. "That would likely also have an affect on the amount of low-level radiation we might experience due to our close proximity to the tail. What would you recommend?"

Axel: "The entire crew who is able to get effected, should get inoculated to be on the safe side."

Sprout: "Sir, if, as the Doctor suggests, something other than the ion particals are affecting our power systems, we should be concerned. I suggest we perform a class four diagnostic."

Toocool: "Won't that mean taking some systems off-line?"

Axel: "I just find it curious that a comet ion trail effect both humanoid and machine. That I am not very used to happening."

Sprout: "I agree with the Doctor, Sir. It does seem unusual, however, in looking over the reports from Science and reading the LCARS, I would say that there have not been many ships which have stayed within 50,000 kilometers of a comet tail for an extended period. If we do the diagnostic, we can reroute through secondary systems."

Toocool frowns. "Doctor, what kind of scan might show this low-level radiation? Should we move a further distance?"

Axel looks at her padd and taps a few while thinking: "Only thing I would think of would be to scan for the normal radiations, alpha, beta, or theta, to see if something shows up."

Sprout: "Sir, long range sensors are intermittent. We do have short range, but they are also affected by the dust and particals in the tail. Our standard scans do seek for radiation, but perhaps we need to set the parameters for low level, perhaps increasing to 20x. Also, it's possible I can access the data Science has been gathering and run it through the computer." He pulls his PADD towards him and punches the keyboard.

Toocool: "I am concerned about these reports. Perhaps I was not feeling so much sadness, but a sense of.. depressed energy. Tell me, are you certain that this low level radiation is indeed coming from the comet's tail? Could there be another anomaly near us that we have not been able to detect due to our system malfunctions?"

Axel listens to her CO and nods since she didn't think about that..

Sprout: "Sir. This is a... radical idea, as our current data doesn't support it, but our ability to obtain data is limited. I am remembering a report I read about a trinary star system that included a black hole."

Toocool: "You're suggesting our current course has us moving towards a black hole? That would account for the increase in ion particals?" She muses. "Doctor, how long would it take to innoculate everyone on the ship against the radiation?"

Axel: "Depends if we got anyone allergic to hyronalin, lectrazine or serotonin. If we do not then I can do it easy and use the air systems to dispense it by. Dispense it in the turbolift for an example, small place and people get to inhale it more quickly without the injection."

Toocool: Sprout: "I can assist with the turbolifts. We can designate the aft lifts for innoculation purposes, Sir." He looks ernestly to the Captain. "If there is a black hole, with our sensors down, we cannot pinpoint its location nor determine where the event horizon might be. It would have a huge gravitational field. My first assessment of the data was that the pull of the three suns was increasing the size of tail, as per normal. But if, as I suspect, there is an additional power at work here, then the ship will certainly be affected more and more if we continue on this course."

Axel: "As well as psychologically on the crew as we already can see on the reports."

Toocool: "Agreed. Doctor, have your staff check to see who has allergies. How can they be protected? Mr Sprout, have Operations work with Medical to set up the aft turbos as you suggest. Make an announcement to the crew once you are ready. Doctor, any idea how long this will take?"

Axel: "As this ship is bigger than the last I was on, I am not sure. But if the crew is efficient to get to turbolifts it will take an hour or so. I also got a new report of another crew member got ill now, so he is resting in sickbay." She looks down to her padd again and sends msg to sickbay to get the dosage packed for airborne.

Sprout: "Operations can isolate the aft turbos within fifteen minutes Sir, and prepare the life support emitters in those shafts for the distribution of the medication. Perhaps Sir, it might be wise to send a probe ahead. Although communications are intermittent, it might be able to gather telemetry, and return to the ship with it, instead of transmitting it."

Axel: "The drug is easy put together, so if Ops starts now we can start in less than 20 minutes." *nods while calculating in head*

Toocool: "Prepare a Class Seven probe, Mr Sprout. Work with Engineering to ensure it has proper shielding for this deployment. Also prepare a Class Six with data and messages for Starfleet Command. All Federation ships to avoid the border of sector 011F and 010E until safety recommendations can be made."

Sprout: "Aye Sir. Doctor, I have Operations working on the turbo shaft now. We should be ready for you by 1330."

Axel: "Sounds good, ma'am."

Toocool: "Doctor, is there any data on the effects of black holes on humanoids?"

Axel: "Depends on what kind of black hole. Some can cause irrational behaviour, agitation, radiation poisoning, list is not small."

Toocool: "In that case, I think we should change course." She consults the star chart on her PADD and then taps her combadge. =^= "Mr Spet, change course to two five eight mark seven. Report when comet is 100,000 kilometers behind us." =^=

SPET: =^= Two five eight mark seven, aye. Course set. =^=

Toocool: =^= "Engage." =^=

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Medical Log
Stardate: 161111.133
Report submitted by: Captain Data Axel
Subject: USS Durant Medical Status
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A comet's ion tail is effecting the crew onboard. Some having their emotions heighten and some are feeling ill. Apparently some of the ship systems are effected by it so I need to find out what this is. For the time being I am inoculating the crew to try counteract what is going on with:
*Hyronalin 2,5 cc dose
*Lectrazine 2 cc dose
*Serotonin 2,5 cc dose

We will use the Hyro-Lectra-Sero dosage airborne by use of turbolift as it is smaller and more compressed so it distributes quickly to the crew.

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CMO's Log:

As doctor I am worried, normally crew and ship should not both be affected. I am suspecting that it might be some underlying cause that is impacting people. The captain suggested it might be an anomaly near us that we do not see due to system malfunctions. At 1312hrs I got a new message on my PADD that another crew member became ill and currently in sickbay.

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Science Log
Stardate: 161115.303
Report Submitted by: Ensign Evelyn Rieko
Subject: Black hole
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My data analysis indicates the USS Taylorholic Durant is caught in the gravitational pull of a black hole. The ship's sensors have been down and we could not determine why the ship could not move away from the comet. The gravitational field of the black hole is so strong that it even traps light. I am trying calculations to find out how we can disengage the ship from the gravitational forces.

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Science Report
Stardate: 161115.545
Report Submitted by: LT T'Prain
Subject: Gravitational Forces
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I evaluate the data provided by Ensign Reiko. The ship is caught in gravitational force exterted by a singularity we can be indentifying as a black hole. Astrometrics sensors this range are intermittent. Examination of telemetry gathered by our probe indicates the black hole is absorbing the closest star in the tri-system located at sector border.

Orbits of tri-system suns indicate we approach a supermassive black hole. Astrometrics calculations are prelimary. Possible size to be approxiamately 3.6 solar masses.

Concern for our ship is gravitational forces exterting on us, yes. Also too the bending of spacetime at the point of entry to the event horizon.

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