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USS T-Durant Mission TDRP16066: "Bridge to Friendship" (181024)

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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USS TAYLORHOLIC DURANT
NCC 780304
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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." =^=

And indeed they did. And thus the crew of the USS Taylorholic Durant got a first-hand look at the Bluuaik Race. Oddly charming creatures, rather porcine in appearance. Annoyingly happy. Jumping, dancing. Walking through warp cores without a scratch. Hanging curtains. Stabilizing the warp core before breach could occur. Adding vases to consoles. Making banquet tables appear. And, eventually, freeing the ship from the tractor beams that were slowly pulling it to oblivion. A bit too late for comfort, as some of the crew pointed out. Still, Stooaik and Pogilo insist on a feast to cement bonds between the two peoples. So, as Durant slowly departs the anomaly, veers away from the red dwarf and leaves the spatial rift behind, the Captain and crew depart from all normal routines and allow a party atmosphere on the bridge. Just this once.

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USS T-Durant Mission TDRP16064: "Just another trip home" (181017)
http://forums.ufstarfleet.org/viewtopic ... 85&t=30868

USS T-Durant Mission TDRP16065: "Can't Tell a Book by its Cover" (181021)
http://forums.ufstarfleet.org/viewtopic ... 85&t=30898

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Kesri Hesse (Ensign), OPs/Helm
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Stooaik runs around the bridge twice and then sits on one of the consoles, panting a little. "Stooaik is interested in all of the pretty buttons. Is easier to control ship that way than using power of your mind like Bluuaiks do? Seems like fingers would get tired."

Kesri Hesse heard stories about this ship that helped rescue them and the strange looking race that are now their friends, but didn't really believe some of the stories until she stepped foot onto the bridge and saw the state it was in. As she walked to her station, she couldn't help but notice the decorations and such all over the place. Surprised that the Captain was allowing it, and grateful that they were helped, she just thought to herself 'If Admiral Toocool sees this, we'll never hear the end of it.' She hears one of them mention mental control of the ship, and had often thought that would make things a lot easier, but decides not to explain to them that most humanoids aren't telepathic, and realizing they must be, she keeps a mental block up to protect herself, and to avoid accidentally reading theirs.

Pogilo is VERY happy the Captain of the big silver ship decided to rest and relax. He saw some still worked at their stations, he frowned a little (well it was hard for a Bluuaik to frown he just mostly blinked), he danced a jig next to the helmsman, "Drink! Eat! Merrily be!" He pointed to the table in the middle of the bridge, which was groaning with food and wine. (No ham sandwiches.) For Captain Hode, he'd presented cucumber sandwiches cut in little triangles and (his own touch) stars. And cake. LOTS of cake. There was tea (boring beverage), red wine, white wine, and his own favourite, mugs of deep dark ale brewed in the casks of his own people from the grains they grew in the mountains of Bluuaik Prime. He wiggles an ear, and a foaming mug of it appeared in his hand. "Good health!"

Leni Steps onto the bridge looking somewhat aghast at the colourful new decorations strewn all over, and an enormous lavishly loaded table full of food! "OMG where did this all come from! .. and .. how? .. why?" Stops a moment to consider where she is and generally unpacifically enquires "Urmmm has the captain authorised all this?!" Sits down at the science station pulling up the duty logs to catch up on what happened since her last shift, keeping a watchful eye on the strange creatures seemingly accompanying all of this festival type of goings on and flying around the bridge. "Hmmmm flying pigs? Well I never who'd have believed that!"

Stooaik stands on top of the bridge console in the front, watching the lady's fingers move across the controls. "Would be much more happy-making if pretty lady would put console on automatic and eat delicious food. Maybe dance around a little, appreciate beauty of Pogilo's bridge decorations. Is boring celebration if everyone working still."

Hesse takes note of all the important updates, given the nature of their race, she double checks that no one has replicated any pork products, and temporarily locks them out of all shipboard replicators, then secures her station to go look at the food options. She's going to be very busy assigning clean up crews for these decorations after they leave, she might as well enjoy herself and get something to eat for now.

Pogilo sighs a bit, watching these odd creatures be so serious. He drinks down his ale, and then begins to sing in a reasonably good tone, "All work they are, work for all hours, wonder whyyyyyyyy they look so worried!" He stops singing for a moment and says, "Worry not. All will be well. Here WE are!"

Leni Finishing reading the duty logs Leni sits back and audibly breathes a sigh of relief "Phew that was a close one! … or not as the case may be! .. but… how do they do all of those things?" Her 'sciencey' brain going into overtime on the appearance of décor and organic matter out of thin air, the walking through Luna class starship shields and warp cores the remarkable similarity of their appearance to other creatures found on Earth yet different it seems in very crucial ways. Looking at the one called Stooaik and smiling "Alright Just give me a minute and I'll be right there ok?" Nodding in firm agreement with Kesri's decision to redact the food menus whispering over "Good idea Kesri!"

Stooaik looks up at the blue lady. "Stooaik recommends the green fruit thing here. Put in mouth, slight heat inside melts skin, releases flavor of inside juice, very tasty. Also liquid in glass is mind expanding fluid made to increase sensory pleasure and color range of oculars. Very entertaining."

Hesse hears Leni comment on the replicator lockout and isn't sure if she just happened to see it from over there or what, but leans over and smiles, "thank you, it seemed prudent." She looks at the table, cucumber sandwiches, curious, she'd heard about something like this on Earth too but had never tried it, now seemed a good of a time as any. As one of them offers her a green fruit, she decides to try it and tastes it, She's taken aback a bit as it's quite spicy, like a pepper, but then also sweet, as a fruit. She decides she likes it.

Pogilo looks to the two crew who seem to be most receptive and says gravely, "Once like you we were. Work, work. Must work to get credits. Get credits, buy more. Work more. No good, many Bluuaik gets sick. Even my family too. Then we got smart, like Stooaik," he giggles, "Stooaik is Bluuaik genius! He make things go!" He picks up a star shaped cucumber sandwich and pops it in his mouth. Whispering to Stooaik: "Boring their food, no wonder they skinny."

Leni Somewhat surprised the captain was permitting all of this on the bridge, decides not to look a gift horse … or pig for that matter …. In the mouth and smiles broadly as her taste buds awaken at the thought of all of this what looks like REAL FRESH NON-REPLICATED food!! Walking from her station to the table and scanning the spread eagerly devouring each tasty morsel in her mind at first before reaching out and taking what looks like a beautiful crimson red strawberry, and just as she's about to bite into its soft ripe flesh she pauses, the echo of 'mind expanding fluid' ringing in her ears and looks at Kesri "have the medical staff already checked all this stuff is safe for us to consume? I mean we don't know where it came from or how it got here do we?"

Stooaik sips a few milliliters of fluid from the glass and looks around the bridge. "See, this drink is make happy as well as make useful. Looking around bridge, can see several areas where infrared sources shine more. Indicates overheat of components. Drink can help troubleshoot problems. Stooaik always think like engineer but also hedonistic all time. Fun combination like all Bluuaiks."

Hesse hearing Leni's question, shrugs. "I'm not sure", she states. She probably should have asked that same question herself, but while she's blocking actual telepathy, she can still sense emotion and feels nothing negative about these people. Still, Leni has a point, even if by accident, it could be harmful, but then, it's also a little late as she's started sampling stuff. Andorians have a much less sensitive stomach than a human anyway, and porcines theoretically should be pretty close to humans in many ways, so theoretically anything they can eat, humans should be, at least ok with.

Pogilo tilts his head at Leni, "Food not safe?" He shakes his head, "Make most sense, yes. Save we your ship and lives, fix everything for you, and now we make you eat bad foods." He nods wisely, "Suspicious peoples for strange new world explorers. Seek out new civilizations, make sure weapons ready." He dances a bit more but seems a bit deflated: "Infinite diversity, infinite distrust?"

Leni: nodding at the re-assurance from Kesri "All makes sense yes but just to be safe!" Scans the table with her tricorder frowning at Pogilo "no offence intended just being safe and following protocol, I'm sure you wouldn't want to accidentally harm us would you?" checking her tricorder and finding nothing other than pure fresh grub! Decides it must be ok and besides if not we were all going to be in the same boat! Sinking her teeth into the strawberry like fruit her eyes almost roll in her head at the juicy zingy fresh sweet taste explosion happening all around her taste buds "OMG this is delicious! I've never tasted a berry like this ever!" munching happily on it feels the need to share the sensation with everyone and blurts out table manners aside with a "Its like a strawberry, raspberry and cherry all combined! I can taste all three at the same time! Mmmmmmmm" Tries to get Pogilo or Stooaik's attention "What is this called?" waving the half of the berry in explanation of what she's referring to.

Stooaik sips more of the liquid and walks over to a console. "More drink, better vision. Can see more spectrum. Much radio waves coming from 'ENS Tim Berners' console here. Indicates faulty component in comm system. Ruins stealth mode if trying to elude pursuers, to transmit radio beacon. Maybe can fix." He twiddles what passes for his fingers in the air. "Okay all fixed. Had to create new component, now work better than before. Maybe other things on ship need help too?"

Hesse decides to try a little of the beverage that she presumes is alcoholic. While it's unlikely to have the kick of Andorian Ale, and Andorians certain have more of an alcohol tolerance than Humans or the Betazoids she grew up with, she's never been much of a drinker anyway and doesn't want it to affect her ability to do her job should she have to. She hears one of them speaking of seeing radio spectrums, and wonders what their telepathy would be like, still, she doesn't want the crew to find out yet and decides it's better to not know than to risk exposure at this point. She smiles a little and tells the one speaking about repair, "maybe they do.", that should keep that Andorian Engineer busy for a while.

Pogilo looks down at the helmsman, who is clearly focussed on driving the ship, "Where you go?" he leans over, "What's that button for?" Russ quickly covers the button, 'Not good to touch that, Sir.' Pogilo laughs, "SIR... I am Pogilo." Not wanting to upset the man, he finally gets down from the Helm console. "That berry we call Sweeiak. It is good." He runs to the table to take one, and then takes another, waltzing over to the man on comms, he offers one of the Sweeiaks in his little porcine hand. "Eat, be good!" Tim takes the berry gingerly and looks to the senior officers for permission. Pogilo looks to Stooaik: "You fix fine! Good job!"

Leni Enjoys the flavours but politely avoids the mind expanding drink. Catches Pogilo's eye "mmmmm Sweeiak! Do you grow these yourselves on your homeworld? Any chance of me getting some to go?" Nudging Kesri and pointing at the new berries "try those!" Whispering just after out of earshot of the guests "urmm should they really have free run of altering all of the equipment? I remember the captain not being too happy about that when the Serosians just wanted to upgrade the sensors! Might he be really mad if we let them do that? Can we stop them without causing a major diplomatic incident on the first date so to speak!"

Stooaik looks at the humans enjoying their celebration food. Everything was working exactly as they had planned. "All food and drink here created from same component base, called 'schmoo.' Not living material but contains all components needed for nourish and sustain life. Can use to create anything grown by plant or animal, like delicious Sweeiak berries or Mind Expanding Nectar Fluid. Similar to replicators here but food generated by mental control. If you remember a taste, can reproduce it using system. All high tech and fun."

Hesse tries one of the Sweeiaks along with her drink and finds it delightful. She smiles at Leni, and nods, realizing that she's correct. "Yes, you have a point, I just wanted to see Capt. Allen squirm", she says quietly and giggles. Then louder she says to the guests, "You have done so much for us already, we couldn't dream of asking for more, but thank you for the kind offer", trying to be a diplomatic as possible, which is hard for an Andorian, especially one raised on Betazed. As the one nearest her spoke, she got a strange feeling from him, perhaps she could describe it as mischief? She starts watching him a little closer, but does find the idea of a telepathic replicator intriguing.

Pogilo nods to Leni, pleased she's asking, "Stooaik knows, he tells that. Fun high tech way to make foods. Once big warrior clan, now we relax and leaves others alone. Here for peace, not war. We evolve. Maybe like you? Your computer has much history, not all nice, many war many death. Bluuiaks think all should live in peace, be helps to each other not try take or conquer. Yes? Federation is for peace, yes?" The fact they could control a spatial rift and fix Durant systems in a wink of an eye showed the Bluuaik people had amazing abilities. He says to Stooaik: "Maybe they not ready our type peace. This ship not made for fun."

Leni Smiles at the guests making all sorts of satisfied sounds as she munches "Oooooh these are all really good! I haven't found anything I don't like to bits! I don't know how we'll go back to replicator rations after this!" Giving a convincing joyful laugh but starts watching the Bluuaik more closely. Again turning in private to Kesri and whispering "can you read them? I'm just getting a bit nervous about this, maybe a quick telepathic peek and see that their intentions are as they claim maybe? I know its not really done but maybe this situation is an acceptable exception? I just feel something is 'off' I hope I'm wrong but …… just in case" Turns back to Pogilo "Oh no the Federation is all about peace! If you get to know us better you'll realise that I promise!"

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Stooaik saunters over to the helm position and stands looking at the Helmsman for a few seconds. "Detecting problem here inside 'CDR Russell Sprout,' still working so serious not enjoying food. Human has internal blood problem, main pump contains imperfection allowing small leakage. Can fix with permission, really need approval for repair living being. Or can eat delicious food, will repair problem same as now repairing all problems inside you two. Glad you decide to celebrate with us."

Hesse continues to enjoy the food, knowing there well be much cleanup later. She looks blankly at Leni, as if she's unsure what she's talking about. "Commander Sprout is ok, just really focused.", she smiles at him, still curious about what she sensed off him.

Pogilo grins at Stooaik: "Everyone who eat or drink feel better soon. Bluuaiks healthy..." he looks down at Tim with a tilt of his head, "you would say 'like a horse'? You ate the sweeiak, now fixed, that problem with right knee always had pain from joint. No rheumatism now!" He danced again, "Soon Bluuaiks go, helps over. What you need, ask us now! Maybe meet again in some many years."

Leni Concerns and internal conflict growing, on the one hand she doesn't want to upset these creatures who seem so friendly and could easily be upset and they were being helpful, they could have destroyed us already if they wanted to yet on the other hand the Sireney were all playful and friendly happy too and they were almost about to eat us! So appearances can be deceptive. Noticing Kesri's surprised looks at her request and wonders whether she made a mistake and mixed her profile up with someone else's "Oh darn! Now we have no way to verify this other than blind trust !" Some measure of relief though as Pogilo announces their imminent departure. Maybe it will be ok after all?

Stooaik looks at the two Starfleet officers standing at the table, checking their internal organs and watching the schmoo molecules spreading and working within them. "Is happy time for you. Schmoo is genetic engineered product adapting to any alien life and optimizing operation of body. Is big reason all Bluuaiks looks so handsome, soon you look handsome too like us. Schmoo also spread through recycling system, soon be part of all ship food, replicator rations, all delicious. We give this amazing gift then we go."

Hesse is a little embarrassed to ask, but decides to anyway, "could we scan some of these berries to add to our replicators? We don't yet have the technology to replicate by remembering the taste.", she asks, then pauses a moment. "With your clear abilities, I know it's unlikely, but is there anything we can do to assist you?", she bluntly asks, just deciding to see if there is something they want seems easier than trying to figure it out. Hearing him say something about genetically engineered products, she has to bring up an objection. "While we appreciate the help, we certainly don't wish to be genetically engineered, and would prefer if you didn't", she says bluntly, but not rudely (yet), realizing that with their mental control of technology they could likely stop it from happening by just thinking about it.

Pogilo stands proudly on the comms console: "Great gift we give of friendship to your peoples. Schmoo for you, make you look and feel great, like Bluuiak! Happy time!" He looks to Kesri, "You don't like this amazing gift?"

Leni Looks sharply at Pogilo and Stooaik in turn raising her voice a little and adopting a firmer tone "Wait! What? You've contaminated our food systems with this genetic engineering compound?! Oh no you really can't do that, I agree with Kesri, you must reverse that or tell us how to ourselves we aren't allowed to accept such gifts we will get into tremendous trouble if you don't take it back really!" Looks in shock at Kesri "How are you feeling? Anything odd yet? I don't like the sound of what they call 'handsome' I'm quite happy with my ears as they are!"

Stooaik looks at the blue lady, confused. "Not want schmoo? Desire to live with internal problems, grow old, die soon? Not want to look handsome like us? We can take back, but...problems will return."

Hesse looks at the one called "Pogilo" and responds, "We do appreciate the generosity and spirit in which you're trying to give us this 'gift', but we are quite happy with our genetics, flaws and all, and as you can already mentally search our database, you'll find that if you look about genetic engineering, that we have very strict laws against it and against tampering with our genetics. So, yes, we must respectfully decline.", she says as calmly as she can. Looking back at Leni she replies, "I'm still ok, I think.."

Pogilo waggles his head at Leni: "Contaminate? No no no! We fix, make nice, make pretty, make healthy. Not contaminate." He looks to Kesri and back to Leni, "What trouble make? Tell us, we fix them too." He stops dancing and just stands.. "Silly law." He nods at Stooaik, "They like not fix?" his voice sounds both confused and amazed.

Leni smiles at Pogilo and Stooaik "Yes we do have 'problems' as you call them but it's the way we are we can't have our very being and nature altered for us by another species we do appreciate the thought and offer its just not something we are ready to accept yet. If you could take it back that would be the best gift you could give us right now"

Stooaik raises one hand and passes it slowly from left to right across the two crew members. "We bring help and fun, fix things, make more pretty, but if not want then we take back. All schmoo gone now, both you back to imperfect mode." He turns to Pogilo. "You were correct. These life forms are not prepared for our type of peace and fun. Perhaps it would be best for us to depart and remove our enhancement items from their vessel. We may be able to interface with them more successfully in a few hundred years."

Hesse: "It may seem like a silly law to you, but if you review our history there are reasons for it, look up "augments" and "Khan" and you'll see some examples where it has gone badly for us, and why we have such laws." She looks to Stooaik, realizing that it's quite possible he's correct, their way may be better but we're just not ready for it yet. "Thank you, perhaps in a few hundred years.", she smiles at them.

Pogilo, looking rather sad, lifts a limp arm and *poof* all the decorations on the bridge disappear. The curtains around the viewscreen, the vases on consoles, the sunflowers, the blinds, and the table with schmoo food and drink on it too. Even the crumbs. Look at the bridge and you would never know a party of any kind had happened there. "Return to boring and unhappy," he said softly.

Leni Smiles at Pogilo and Stooaik "Thank you for your assistance and good intentions its very much appreciated, maybe we can visit you on your home world sometime and continue building our bridges?" Looking a bit sad at the loss of the curtains though, maybe that's something we are ready for? Makes a mental note to suggest it to the captain on one of his better days. Coughs and catches her breath looking alarmed as she thinks she heard an 'oink' in there somewhere! "oh oh!"

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Kesri Hesse (Ensign), OPs/Helm

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Leni (LTjg), Science ((Leninah))

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Stooaik (Blikik Tech) ((GreenLantern Excelsior))

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

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