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USS T-Durant Mission TDRP16065: "Can't Tell a Book by its Cover" (181021)

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.
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Executive Officer: Evelyn Rieko

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USS TAYLORHOLIC DURANT
NCC 780304
LUNA CLASS
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Preamble: The USS Durant, having completed its mission to Sireny, was returning to Pinastri for resupply and crew exchange. The Captain ordered each department to undergo various diagnostics and inspections. On top of this, unscheduled drills occurred at various times during duty shifts, waking those off duty and making those on duty scramble. Perhaps everyone breathed a little sigh of relief when Science reported the detection of an anomaly at extreme sensor range.

The Durant changed course to investigate, naturally. Upon closer inspection, the anomaly was identified as being in close proximity to a red dwarf. Tons of cosmic debris swirled near it, appearing to be attracted by, or spilling out of, a spatial rift. Systems were going awry and warp was offline. Even worse, Captain Hode had spilled his tea. Just as the Durant, very wisely, decided to get the heck out of there, the ship was scanned. Several tractor beams latched on and began pulling the ship slowly towards the dust, debris, ancient space rocks and an event horizon which, once crossed, would make return most probably impossible.

Just then a ship hitherto undetected cleverly hailed the Durant and asked (and I quote):
=^= "BBS Blikik to vessel unknown. Need any helps?" =^=

Seeing the vessel on viewscreen, the Durant crew doubted very much that it could be of any assistance at all.
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They said:
=^= "Durant to Blikik. Stand by." =^=

Working as fast as they could the bridge crew attempted various methods to get away from the tractor beams, like reversing course with whatever engines were working, modulating shield frequencies, and pushing out ion particles from the deflector, all to no avail. The Blikik continued to hover nearby and occasionally made annoying remarks like:
=^= "That don't work." =^=
and
=^= "Why take not our helps?" =^=

Finally, Engineering reported the likelihood of a warp core breach.

The Captain, rather out of options, decided to hail the Blikik back and agree that the great Federation ship was in a spot of trouble and sort of rather required a modicum of assistance to avoid being squished into oblivion.

Came the quick reply: =^= "BBS Blikik to vessel Durant. Come we over." =^=

=^=

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USS T-Durant Mission TDRP16064: "Just another trip home" (181017)
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CAST OF CHARACTERS
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Rhys Careli Axel (FCapt), XO/medical ((Data Axel))
Nems Johari (Lt JG), Security ((Knightspet))
Stooaik (Blikik Tech) ((GreenLantern Excelsior))
Evelyn Rieko (Lt Cmdr), Chief Science
Quentin Foulsbane (LT), Security
Pogilo (Blikik Tech), ((Poison Toocool))

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Left to right: Rieko, Stooaik, Pogilo, Johari, Foulsbane, Axel

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RP NARRATIVE
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Rhys Careli Axel looks around as he enters Engineering, wondering how we can get the problems solves so we can get on our way out of here. Looking at the crew members working and nods a hello to them.

Nems Johari: Moving around as he steps inside Engineering looking around thinks to himself, how are we going to resolve and fix the issues today. Thinking of ways to get out of here he works hard as he looks to his crew members.

Evelyn Rieko knowing the Durant is being pulled closer and closer into the Event Horizon...she knows that they are being pulled closer to death. Her thoughts race to her family. Her thoughts like pebbles skidding and jumping across a pond....seeing her mother's tear streaked face, and worrying about the psychological affects on her mother after losing her husband somewhere, unknown in space and now her daughter. She sees her brother Miguel's angry face, angry at her for sure for not staying put somewhere like he'd suggested instead of 'exploring and flying around on a starship'...Her thoughts going from one to the other...her mother, brother, grandparents and Mikael. She loved them all and did not want to hurt them...so she had to live! No question about it, she had to!! They would repair the Warp Core, or die trying...literally.

Quentin Foulsbane observes for anything suspicious

<< Suddenly two creatures appear in Engineering.... even though the Durant hasn't lowered its shields! >>

Axel sees the two creatures appear, and looks over at Security to make sure they sees the same thing he does, and says "Security, intruders! I think?"

Johari looks over his shoulders stops what he is doing, Taps his combadge "This is Lt jg Johari, We have intruders in Engineering, I repeat we have intruders in engineer, Ltjg Johari out." Holds his phaser close to his body as he looks at them.

Stooaik looks at the tall people. "Hello and greets to you. Name is Stooaik, Engineer on ship BBS Blikik. So you have problem. Can describe to me?"

Rieko sees a movement out of the corner of her eye...turns and does a double take! "What!?" There are 2 creatures in Engineering suddenly....She tilts her head and says , "The shields were not lowered, so how did they get here?" She looks at the one introduced as Stooaik, "Greetings...I'm Lt. Cmdr. Evelyn Rieko, this is Dr. Axel, Lt. Foulsbane and Ensign Nems"...she pauses.. Ensign Nems..check the shields integrity and report please....then to Stooaik, "It's our warp core... it's losing power..maybe a plasma leak.. maybe the warp coils.. we are trying to find out."

Foulsbane readies himself to deal with the intruders if necessary

Pogilo: "Intrude we not! Invited we are! Two, and both be peace!" in a singsong voice, blinking as he looks around. "Rudimentary, but nice it be." Waves a hand at the cait with the phaser, "Me Pogilo. You need helps or ship goes bang, yes?"

Axel raises an eyebrow as he hears Pogilo and Stooaik speak. "Indeed, help is needed so that we may not be destroyed. Do you know how to help us by any chance?"

Johari Looking over the shields as he shakes his head. Looking over to Lieutenant Commander Rieko, "Sir the shields are not doing well at all, we have 40 percent in power losing power rather quickly Sir."

Stooaik looks at the warp core. "This problem thing here? See no problem on outside but see bit of trouble inside. Take quick look, be right back." He steps over the safety barrier and walks into the warp core itself. His voice projects back into Engineering. "Yes yes, slight blockage here. One-two-three blockage now gone, inside of big tube now clean like new." He steps out of the warp core and leaps over the safety barrier back into Engineering. "Is a pretty system, very symmetric, not like ours. Also prone to problem and explosion, also not like ours."

Rieko finds herself smiling as she listens to Stooaik's and Poglio's way of speaking.... they were so child like and energetic...it was like having children running around Engineering. Could they really help? "What?!!" She looks around at the crew, "Did he just walk into the warp core!? " She looks to Stooaik, "You've fixed it? Just like that? The blockage is gone?" She blinks..once..twice.. trying to get a clear head about what just happened.

Foulsbane relaxes to a calm yet ready stance in case something happens

Pogilo does a double back flip onto the Engineering console that depicts the Durant. "Pogilo always helps!" He begins to strut around, humming something offkey in a high pitched voice. "Too hot the core is," he lifts his arms in a smooth move, "Stooaik easy fix it. Pretty or not." He looks around as he moves: "Beige and red and grey. Boring!"

Axel tries to keep a serious and worried face from it all, but starts to slowly laugh and moves away and pretends he is coughing.

Johari starts to cough like something in his throat but covers his mouth tries not to laugh, stands guard watching this creature intensely never know what might happen.

Stooaik looks around at the wall mounted systems displays, then turns to the humans. "Offering Bluuaik wisdom, maybe is needed. Learn many long ago about trouble from too many input to brain. Brain only capable to receive so much, too many inputs cause overload. Example. Your walls show all numbers from all systems. But no need show numbers where are no problems. Need only show numbers where systems not running right. Less input, no overload, brain happy, body happy. You see now." He turns back toward the displays, and suddenly curtains appear on the walls, covering the displays. Ornately carved tables and chairs appear. On the tables are two vases of breathtaking beauty. Stooaik turns back to the humans. "See? Pretty curtains, no beeping no flashing, brain happy now." He points to the tables. "Have seat, take load off, rest feet. Contemplate beauty of art, make brain happier." He sits in a chair and focuses his attention on one of the vases.

Rieko tries to stifle a giggle as she sees Pogilo jump on the engineering table and starts to strut around and dance...but it is all too funny..the way they appeared, the way they sppeak, the way Stooaik just casually walked into the warp core and came out unharmed. and having repaired the core..and now Pogilo's strutting and dancing..it was just too much.. she was giggling. ..a giggling Lt. Cmdr.. She took out her tricorder...and scan the warp core... while giggling

Foulsbane does background Security Extra stuff

Pogilo: "Be cheer! Bluuaik's here!" He chortled, pointing to the curtains: "Good, good, GOOD," he laughs. "Pretty, nice! Stooaik!" Dances around the console one more time, heedless of any controls he might stomp on, waving to the Durant crew... "Sit, rest!" He notices Quentin is still working, so he takes a huge leap off the console and goes dancing around the security officer, "Rest! Contemplate art! Happy brain!"

Axel looks at the two of them: I do not need to sit so but thank you anyway. Also do we have the problems fixed so we can get away?"

Johari watches the alien circle him as he does not get dizzy, clears his throat he does not need rest at all. He looks back down at the shields as the power is coming back up we are now at 50 percent he thinks to himself maybe if Pogilo danced more on the console might be able to get full power back but thats just a thought. He doesn't think that is really possible.

Stooaik turns his attention from the vase back to the humans. "Bluuaik spatial conduit had big problem. Was made to move hazard waste from Bluuaik worlds to empty sector, dump into star. Controller at dirty end of conduit was Level One AI. Not smart enough to see life forms on ship. AI now upgraded to Level Five, not make same mistake again. Need bring second Level Five AI as companion to first. One AI all alone get bored, go crazy. Bluuaiks sorry for cause trouble. Offer coupon for free stay at luxus resort on Bluuaik Prime. Many fine mud bog for wallow, much happy."

Rieko looks at the curtains and the table an chairs...but does not sit. Her Starfleet training telling her not to take everything at face value...their could be more going on here, than they realized. She says to the crew.. "the warp core is in working order..100%!!" She looks to Stooaik and Pogilo. "Thank you both so much for your assistance...that was amazing!" You mentioned your ship's engineering being superior to ours..would you share your knowledge with us..maybe even help with upgrades..with the Captain's approval of course," Excuse me..she steps away a bit and taps her combadge =^= Rieko to the bridge.. Captain, the warp core is now working..lets get far away from this Event Horizon!!"

Foulsbane says to the creature in a cold, stern, and somewhat annoyed voice "I am resting."

<< The Durant shudders as it comes into contact with some debris as it inexorably approaches the spatial rift >>

Pogilo notices that other than the laughing, they don't appear very relaxed. He feels the ship shake. "Uh oh." He jumps into the air. "Stooaik! Warp core nice, good fix. Their ship caught still? Too early for fine mud bog!" He stopped dancing and looked to Evelyn, "Where your bridge be? We go, help fix."

Axel hears Pogilo's question: "That depends if our Captain approves your presence on the bridge." keeps looking at the table and decoration very confused yet amused by it all even though he knows the ship is still not in safe space yet.

Johari feels the ship shake thinking to himself this is not good, wondering what has happened. He starts to run his scans to figure out what made the ship shake like it did. Watching the shields power go back up to where it needs to be but it still doesn't explain why the ship shook the way it did.

=^= Hode to Rieko: Quite good news. Still not free of the tractor beams here. Return to the bridge with your team and our guests. =^= *in the background helm is heard reporting 'Captain, ETA to rift thirteen minutes'

Stooaik looks worried in Bluuaik terms. "Hard to fix bridge problem from here, cannot see where you going or where you come from. Should go to bridge."

Rieko: =^= Rieko to bridge.. Aye, Captain! We're be right there.=^= "Stooaik, Pogilo...the Captain wants you to join us on the bridge...this way.. come along team." Glancing around at the regular engineering crew and nods..She walks out of Engineering.

Transporter: Calling lift. Please wait...

Foulsbane reports to his bridge station

Pogilo appears on the bridge. He looks around. The bridge crew stop and look at him. "Me Pogilo," he bows. "Boring place. Me fix." As the team from Engineering arrive, they see him wave a hand. Suddenly there are curtains on the view screen, a vase with some green bits sticking up in front of it, and a picture on the wall. "Better!" he laughs, "Stooaik! You like?" He seems oblivious to the fact the ship will soon enter the rift and be destroyed.

Axel walks onto the bridge and over to the medical chair to check up on the console to see if there any injuries onboard yet or if we're cleared. Looks back up and sees the decoration here too, feeling a bit uncomfortable as he is not used to having such things on the bridge. "Able to help us before you start decorating our ship with things so that those of us who are alive can stay that way for a few more years?"

Johari reports quickly up to the bridge station as he takes his station in security. Looking up to the Captain, "Sir ETA to the rift is 10 minutes." Looking up noticing bright green curtains something he has never seen on the bridge don't think that will do us any good but shrugs its nice to look at.

Stooaik runs around happily near the humans. "Pogilo bring beauty to your bridge. Well done, many thank. Bluuaiks learn many long time back about making happy. Was once like you, hurry hurry never stop. You work same way today as ancestors long ago and children in far future. No time to enjoy life. We slow down, happy life more, surround by beauty, live longer now. BBS Blikik good example. Not look so fine from outside, but inside is beauty and happy. AI and Bluuaik live together in harmony, happy, peace."

Rieko walks onto the bridge and looks astonished to see the 2 Bluuaik engineers already on the bridge, and one waving.. Her hand rises slowly in a limp wave back. She stops at the Science console,, her fingers flying across it and tapping... She says, "even with the upgrades to the scanners.. it is difficult to see what is pulling us... where are the tractor beams coming from?!" She looks to Pogilo, and shakes her head, feeling like this is all some mad, crazy dream as she sees he is decorating the bridge to look like a Victorian Parlor on earth! "Stooaik...Pogilo.. can you help repair our shields!? and find away to release the ship from those tractor beams? She runs her fingers through tendrils of her hair..."We can discuss decorating tips later." She smiles.

Foulsbane continues tweaking and adjusting systems on his console while thinking about how his breakfast isn't agreeing with his stomach.

Pogilo goes up to Helm. He can barely see over the console. He looks at Russ. "Worried you look. Need rest. Need peace." He looks to the other consoles. "Make pretty." He dances a jig and *poof* suddenly vases of flowers appear on consoles. A bucket of sunflowers by tactical. And even blinds over the doors to the conference room! He chortles. "Better! Enjoy life, yes!" Both the Bluuaik's seem to be ignoring the seriousness of the situation. "Hurry not, slow down, slow down!"

Axel looks at Pogilo a bit annoyed now: "How can we relax and slow down when we are fairly close to being destroyed?" raises an eyebrow hoping the plants disappear, making it more work friendly to avoid having the botany department coming up to water plants daily.

Johari looking down at his console as he looks back up to the Captain, "Sir ETA to the rift is now five minutes." Looks up over at Pogilo just shakes his head as he focus on the issue at hand. Whispers over to Lieutenant Quentin "Sir make sure you get to sickbay today to get your stomach looked at you never know you could have eaten something bad."

Stooaik sits in the air near one of Pogilo's plants. "Pogilo increase beauty on bridge, looking much fine now. Bluuaiks wish teach you to see beauty. Look close at spatial rift, see beauty of many colors and particles. Maybe bring you close enough now, rift fill viewscreen." He turns his head and speaks into thin air. "AI Camnaik, release tractor beam now."

<<The tractor beams release the ship>>

Rieko walks over to Stooaik, where he sits in the air above one of their plants...She hears him say 'release tractor beam now', her mouth opens to speak..then closes...then opens to speak..then closes , her lips pressed together showing agitation. She glances from him to Pogilo.."You did THIS!" She looks around at the crew and points at Stooaik and Pogilo" They did this!!" She looks at the 2 Bluuaik, angry..."how could you scare us this way.. we thought we were going to die!" She shakes her head.. "Is this all a big game you're playing? We were afraid... How could you?" Then suddenly it dawned on her... and she said "You're trying to teach us something..but what a terrible way to do it."

Foulsbane thinks to himself how annoying it is that some races can read peoples minds without permission and comment on those thoughts publicly

Pogilo flips up to the operations console, almost seeming to hover above it rather than touch it. He jumps up and down, and dances around, making Russ look to him with concern in case he initiates a power transfer or fires a torpedo. He sees Evelyn is upset. He stops and sings softly: "Durant people sad still. Too much worry. Maybe need eat! Drink! Merry be! Good things make feel better!" He does the twist and *poof* a table full of food appears in the middle of the bridge.

Axel sees the tractor beam disappear, and a feast table appear in the middle of the bridge, making him even more annoyed at the piglets running around being jolly but stays silent and just goes to sit down not being amused. Just looking at them hoping they would just disappear after teaching us a lesson that gave us panic.

Johari Looking up at the view screen notices the tractor beam has disappeared and of all things a table full of food has appeared in front of his eyes. His stomach grumbles thinking he needs to eat lunch soon. The piglets think everything is just peachy making everyone worry and get scared. It seems they don't have a worry in the world. Maybe after they eat they will fall asleep and we can beam them home.

Stooaik looks at the food, beginning to salivate. "Pogilo bring fine food, much flavor, high texture, good color. Artistic talents rewarded on home planet. Stooaik merely egghead engineer. No need for fear now, rift AI will protect from danger. Now time for celebrate, get to know new friends. Let's eat!"

Rieko listens to Pogilo saying, Durant people sad still..too much worry..eat, drink, merry be! Suddenly the anger drains out of her. She realizes these child like beings that resemble pigs on earth.. She marvels for a few seconds about how the same types of DNA are found throughout the galaxy, and formed in different ways. She looks at the 2 Bluuaiks, and realize they are far more advanced than Starfleet and if they wanted to kill them or take over their ship, it could be done in the blink of an eye. She smiles at them, and says, "You seem to have learned the art of relaxation and fun and it seems to be something very important that we should learn." She looks at the crew.."Okay everyone , you heard Stooaik, " time for celebrate, get to know new friends. Let's eat!" She grins and picks up a fruit and bites into it!

Foulsbane taps away on his console

Pogilo leaps off the console and runs to the table to one of the colourful fruits. "Eat now, out of danger. Relax!" He giggles to Stooaik: "Egghead expert, fix everything! Fine work too. AND make pretty engineering! Much award for this! Now we be friends. Even Captain Hode will be friends. We make him English Breakfast tea!" He wiggles his ears.

HODE: Mr Sprout, get us out of here.

<< Russ nods to himself and lays in a course back the way they came... glad the engines are back online. "Engaging at warp five, Sir." >>
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MISSION IMAGES
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Pogilo (Blikik Tech), ((Poison Toocool)) and Stooaik (Blikik Tech) ((GreenLantern Excelsior))

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Rhys Careli Axel (FCapt), XO/medical ((Data Axel))

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Evelyn Rieko (Lt Cmdr), Chief Science

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Nems Johari (Lt JG), Security ((Knightspet))

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Quentin Foulsbane (LT), Security

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Pogilo (Blikik Tech), ((Poison Toocool))

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Stooaik (Blikik Tech) ((GreenLantern Excelsior))

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Engineering as it looked in the Before Time

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Engineering with curtains and relaxation tables provided by Stooaik

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Beautiful artwork for gazing in Engineering

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The bridge made beautiful by Pogilo

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Durant logo with matching sunflowers

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Data contemplates the beauty of the flowers

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Flight Control Officer enhanced by floral array

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Evelyn Rieko observes Stooaik

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Pogilo takes a flying leap

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Celebratory banquet provided by Pogilo

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Evelyn Rieko smells the delicious food
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