CAST OF CHARACTERS
Evelyn Rieko (Commander), XO/Chief Science
Erad Soleus (The Arbitrator) (Hal Jordan) ((GreenLantern Excelsior))
Leni (Lieutenant Commander), Science ((Leninah))
Texa Osa (Cadet) ((gailahorn)), Tactical/ Security (Guest -Cadet ridealong)
Captain Rusu (CO of the Orius ship Kerr) ((Evelyn Rieko))
Left to right: Osa, Rieko, Leni, Erad Durant RP 191201
photo by GreenLantern Excelsior
[Cmdr. Evelyn Rieko]: looks at Erad Soleus, he has been on the ship for 6 days, so only 4 more days before we arrive at Pinastri. The dinner party we had for him was very nice and we had a chance to chat with him, but it seemed that he was doing more listening than chatting and everyone that conversed with him was telling him about themselves. She realizes he knows more about some of the crew than any of us knows about them. Also, other than his reputation as a famed Arbitrator., and that he is El-Aurian, she does not know much about Erad Soleus. "Mr. Soleus, do you realize you've caused a sought of mild chaos aboard this ship? I will have to limit your contact with the crew. You will only have contact with the bridge crew for the rest of the journey." She looks around the bridge, "reports everyone."
[Erad Soleus]: stood on the bridge next to the Ship Commander, inspecting the different stations. Of course the El-Aurians and the residents of Orius had warp capable spacecraft, but nothing like this. He was impressed by the cleanliness of the ship, the complexity of its controls, and the friendliness of the crew. For some reason he couldn't understand, the crew tended to open up when he was around, stating their deepest feelings and wishes, even if those were hurtful to others. He brought out honesty in everyone, which was why he was in high demand as an arbitrator. It's too bad that his "honesty field" had no OFF switch. He turned to the Commander. "I apologize for being the cause of disruption on board your ship. People are normally honest and forthcoming when they are near me. I don't know how to stop that other than not having anyone near me. And please, call me Erad, because Mr. Soleus is my father."
[Cadet Texa Osa (gailahorn)]: *Texa continues her sector scanning for alerts to any non-Federation ships in the area, better safe than sorry and have a friend of Erad's sneaking up on them. Not that there were many El-Aurians anymore. "Nothing on tactical sensors, sir." The feeling she got from Erad seemed harmless and well meaning enough but you never knew.
[LTCmdr. Leninah]: Takes her station running the usual diagnostics looking around at the two new faces as she does. The new cadet looks to be adjusting well, but the El-Aurian has already causes something of a stir as it were, and she can feel the ‘vibes’. Some of the reports were concerning and it does just prove there are somethings about your colleagues it is better not to know! She sighs and has a look that says its going to be a long trip! Then turns down and continues with the diagnostics finishing her status report for the CO then looks up “All science systems performing optimally Sir, and all available at your command!” Feeling a little relived hearing the CO restricting the El-Aurian’s scope to do further disruption though, even if it did exclude the bridge crew.
[Evelyn]: "Erad, considering the arguments I had to settle and the reprimands I had to give, limiting your contact is the best decision I can make. Did this happen while you were on Orius? It seems being an El-Aurian can be a blessing and a curse. Is it that you can't control your affect on others?" She looks to the bridge crew. Good Cmdr. Leni, and Cadet Osa continue scanning. The war with the Romulans is over but there may be a few rebellious ships out there.
[Erad]: looks around the bridge. No fights or arguments yet. That was good. "My specific combination of qualities has this effect on almost everyone. People tell me things in private that I would not dare reveal in public. I have no way to control it, and it even happens when I am asleep, or so I am told. I have no problem with being isolated from the crew if my presence is causing disciplinary problems for you. It is best for all of us if we have a smooth and uneventful journey."
[Texa]: does as she is commanded, setting the scans to revolve after completion and adding multiple processes so she could also scan multiple wavelengths. "Aye, sir." After a few moments of beep booping, she speaks up. "Commander, I'm picking up a ship on short-range sensors. They are 956 kilometers out. It appears to be an Orius ship."
[Leni]: contemplates the overheard discussions between Erad and the CO and mulls them over. It was indeed strange that he was unable to control the effects of his talent and that it had never come up before. She looks at Erad with as blank an expression as she can muster hiding a somewhat suspicious feeling, which she had no justification for. The idea that we just continue uneventfully was highly impractical in her mind, even restriction to the bridge was a liability probably a bigger one that restricting him to quarters, but the CO was striking a balance between the crew and the El-Aurian's needs, she could appreciate that much, no matter how much she felt maybe even the brig would be safer still! … and hoped he wasn’t picking that up! Hearing the cadet identify a ship taps into the scanners to verify it’s origins and type. “Confirmed Orius vessel Sir!”
[Evelyn]: lifts her brows as Erad mentions he can effect others even while he is sleeping. "Erad, so you effect others even when you are sleeping? How can that be? If someone is with you they talk to you even when you are trying to sleep?" Then she hears the two reports of an Orius vessel pursuing them and she turns to Cmdr. Leni frowning. "We just left there a few days ago...why would they pursue us? She slowly turns and gazes at Erad..."Do you know of any reason the Orius would follow us?"
[Erad]: listened to the Tactical and Science officers reporting about the ship from Orius that they detected. A cold wave of uneasiness washed over him, and he began to worry. He reached down and brushed his hand across his right jacket pocket. It appeared to be fairly flat, with no unsightly bulge that would reveal that it wasn't empty. He tried to catch a glimpse of the information from the Tactical station, but he was in the wrong position to see it. "People don't talk to me when I am asleep but I have heard reports of arguments and rude behavior in the vicinity of my quarters." He looked at the viewscreen, hoping they would project an image of the ship so he could be sure. "A vessel from Orius? The space around that planet is full of ships and satellites and space debris. They are probably just traveling in the same direction we are, not following us. But it might be prudent to speed up, so we get to our destination sooner."
[Texa]: keys in to raise the shields at a moments order. It was clear that the CO didn't trust Erad and perhaps that extended to the rest of his people so she was prepared to take on any order thrown her way. "Should I raise the shields, Commander?" Texa scrutinized Erad closely as he responded to Commander Rieko's questioning, trying to feel if he was being truthful. It seemed a little suspicious that he didn't want that ship to catch up. She couldn't tell but she could tell that he was a little worried.
[Leni]: scans the Orius vessel and responds to the CO “I don’t know why they are there Sir, what I can say is they are armed, weapons not activated though and are not a match for the Durant anyway, Shields may be taken as provocative.” Pauses for a moment and a glance at Erad. "Perhaps Erad is correct and they are just more traffic in a busy area of space?” Notices him fiddling with his pocket which arouses even more suspicion, but no definite justification all just feelings.
[Evelyn]: Looks at Erad through narrowed eyes, he seems uneasy , almost like he does not want the ship to reach us. She turns to the cadet, Cadet Osa, good job, stand by...we will not raise shields yet..it may give a sign that we expect a fight.. stand ready though." She looks to Cmdr. Leni, "Commander, no match for us hmm? That's good to hear. That means if they start anything, we'll finish it! Probably nothing serious though."
[Erad]: looked around at the bridge crew and their commander, trying to gauge whether his emotional distress was "leaking" through to them. They were all concentrating on their work in a professional manner, but who knew what was going on inside? He fidgeted a bit and then had a brilliant idea. "If you will excuse me, Commander, I need to return to my quarters and unpack a device from my luggage. I believe I may have left it energized, and I don't want to run down its power cell. Do I need an escort, or will the ship's elevator respond to my voice?"
[Texa]: was not convinced, mostly due to the reaction from the El-Aurian on the bridge. She kept a close eye on the readings to make sure they weren't closing in or charging weapons. She looked up from her console, however, when he asked to be excused. Texa respected the CO's own authority so she said nothing of course but she did have to resist the urge to stop him right where he stood! He was becoming more and more fishy by the moment. Her suspicion was disrupted, however, when a little blip came up on her console screen. "Commander Rieko, the Orius ship has neared and they are hailing us."
[Leni]: Nods an acknowledgement to the CO “I doubt they would pick a fight with us they will have heard of our recent exploits and won’t be that hasty to even threaten us I suspect.” Looks up as Erad suggests he return to quarters and then back to the CO with concern written all over her face. Did he not hear the CO’s instructions he should be confined to the bridge? Her attention quickly snaps back to the approaching vessel and runs a few more scans to determine any threat level change or suspicious signs the CO may need to know before we communicate with them.
[Evelyn]: looks at Erad, even more suspicious of him now. What is it that has him so fidgety? One moment he was cool, relaxed and charming , then a mention of an Orius ship and he seems on edge. " No, Erad you will remain on the bridge as you've been instructed. A power cell running down in a device is not a tragedy!" She looks to the cadet, and Cmdr. Leni.."Thank you Cadet...Commander, accept the hail...on screen!" She sits in the Captain's chair as the Orius CO appears on screen.. "Greetings Orius...I'm Cmdr. Evelyn Rieko of the starship Durant... how may I help you?"
[Erad]: walked casually around the bridge, looking for the elevator doors. He couldn't recall where he came in. He returned to his place beside the Commander and casually looked over his shoulder at the "TAC 1" console behind him. He approached it from the side, making it look as though he were quietly admiring the technology. The console appeared to be offline, but was definitely the Tactical position, with control of weapons and shields. In two steps he could be close enough to activate the console and fire the weapons. But what was the activation code? "Commander, I would advise caution when speaking with those people. They can be quite deceptive, and I might also note that they are beyond the range where my presence compels them to be truthful."
[Texa] Perhaps she should offer to go and get the device for Erad herself, she would bet he would decline that offer right quick. Texa glances from her console readout to the man in question, trying to feel him out a bit more but doesn't take more than a moment.
[Leni]: looks up from her console with a last firm tap into the screen, "Nothing to suggest hostile intent from their actions, stance or anything else detectable, Sir." As the CO accepts the comms. The appearance of the CO of the Orius vessel on the screen at least means they want to talk, and her eyes widen at the possibilities of what they might learn from some further dialogue with them. She notices the El-Aurian’s movements predicting his intentions and turns towards him with her hand covering her hip where her phaser was usually positioned, and she looks straight at Erad and commands authoritatively, "Stand down Sir!” glancing back at the CO for confirmation.
[Evelyn]: listens to Erad's suggestion that the Oriuns may be untrustworthy, and deceptive. She hears his movements behind her and sees Cmdr. Leni stand and order him to stand down. "Good work Commander. Keep him covered, I don't trust him." She gives her attention back to the view screen.
[Captain Rusu]: The Orius CO looks almost apologetic when he nods , but then his expression turns stern as he says "Commander, I'm afraid you are harboring a thief on-board you ship!" He frowns, "That...that... El-Aurian, Erad Soleus is a thief ..he has stolen a very important and precious item from Orius, and we will have it back!!! "Uh...with your kind assistance of course."
[Erad Soleus]: opened his mind a bit more, trying to measure the emotions of the bridge crew. The Science officer shouts at him and approaches the TAC 1 console. No special empathic link was needed to determine that she would not allow him to approach the Tactical console. He turned to look at the viewscreen, placing one hand on the back of the Commander's chair where she was sitting. Maybe there was some way he could influence her responses to the Orius ship commander. He was not confident in that possibility at all, because misdirection was his talent, not direction. He looked at the Science officer. "There is no need to shout at me, young miss. I was merely looking at the console." He turned back to the viewscreen. "That person is lying, Commander. It is most likely that they misplaced their item. Their housekeeping is notoriously sloppy!" /More