110408 - "Ruin" - SS Astraios Mission

Starfleet re-established its first Colony in the Gamma Quadrant on Astraios Prime on stardate 110111. SS Astraios is a space-station in high orbit above the planet Astraios Prime, to help with its protection and provide a base for the local fleet. UFS Astraios Colony and SS Astraios are tasked with the mission of ‘broadening horizons’ within the Gamma Quadrant, by exploring strange new worlds and seeking out new civilisations.

The opportunity for roleplay Missions is enhanced by the ready availability of a wide variety of locations. As well as the space station SS Astraios and on board NPC ships, including our flagship the Galaxy-class USS Neil Armstrong, there are locations on Astraios Prime (both within the Colony’s many Starfleet regions and on the rest of the planet) and more, both on 3rd Rock Grid and other Grids via the Hypergrid.

In addition to role-play, UFS Astraios hosts a weekly Starfleet Boogie each Tuesday and various events throughout the year.

Roleplay Times: Friday Noon SL
Commanding Officer: Alia Soulstar
Executive Officer: Ellemir Maven

Moderators: Ellemir Maven, Alia Soulstar

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Poison Toocool
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Posts: 4955
Joined: 101129.0557
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Ship/Station Posted: Denkiri Centre
Grid: 3rd Rock Grid
Location: Gamma Quadrant
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110407.1659

Sector Commander's Log
Stardate 110407

I have some grave concerns regarding recent events here. Continued and inexplicable instability in the stations systems despite a thorough analysis by one of Starfleets best engineers. An ion storm created in the middle of the galaxy by the unexpected collapse of a star, trajectory places SS Astraios and Astraios Prime directly in its path, while our shields are malfunctioning. Then a few days later, a ship infested with a parasitical creature appears on our dysfunctional sensors. How it came to be here we cannot say. The freighter was empty of cargo. Without the swift action of our Security officers we may have well been overcome by these creatures ourselves. We destroyed the vessel, but not before two of the insectoids had managed to beam to SS Astraios. Security teams have scoured the station and killed both of them. We are concerned that crew members may have been infected. A thorough roll call reveals four personnel have not responded to combadge signals. Either this is symptomatic of our continued issues with communications or they are in trouble. The computer reports that the transporter in the shuttle bay is in use, but internal sensors show no one in the area. Another glitch? As we begin a deck by deck search for missing crew, engineering reports that the communications array is finally back on line. Immediately we receive a distress call from the planet. An insectoid has been observed in a forested area approximately four kilometers from one of the major villages. A fully armed away team is quickly assembled to find and dispatch the creature before any further harm can be done.

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-Joint Chief, UF Starfleet Communications
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CREW MANIFEST

Ens Poison Toocool, CO
Ens Dolfke Barbosa, Security

Special Guest:
Junior Cadet Astro Balut, Dr Frank Swallow
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MISSION: RUIN

Security teams have scoured the station and killed two invading insectoids. A thorough roll call reveals four personnel have not responded to combadge signals. We receive a distress call from Astraios Prime. An insectoid has been observed in a forested area approximately four kilometers from one of the major villages. A fully armed away team is quickly assembled to find and dispatch the creature before any further harm can be done.

Reporting:
Rank, Name: Civilian, Doctor Frank Swallow
Position: Medical
Stardate: 110408

I was invited to SS Astraios by Sector Cmdr Toocool to see their operations. While the Cmdr showed me the facilities a distress signal from the planet was received, and the crew prepared to transport to the surface to deal with some parasitic insects. I offered my assistance and went with the team.

During the hunt for the insects on the planet surface I noticed that the Cmdr became pale and faint, but she said she was fine. Shortly after she fell behind and fainted. Everything happened fast, and we saw huge insects nearby. Before we got back to the Cmdr we were suddenly chasing parasitic insects; it was a matter of life and death for us all. We saw a HELP note in the sand, left by the Cmdr. I realized she was assimilated by the insect and we intensified the search for her, and the hunting of the insects. As we passed a breeding nest we used both phasers and medical drugs to kill the eggs, this seemed to be successful. Leaving the eggs alive would put the entire planet in danger of being overtaken by the insects.

We finally found the Cmdr shrouded in the insect body and beamed her up using bio filters, that way trying to separate the insect from the human body. As this did not seem to work I gave the Cmdr some strengthening medication and the insect some strong poison, hoping that the drugs would stay in the bodies they were injected into. After a long fight we finally succeeded getting the Cmdr back, and the insect was killed.

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Reporting:
Rank, Name: Ensign Dolfke Barbosa
Position: Security
Stardate: 110408

Dr. Frank Swallow, a civilian Doctor, was asked by our Cmdr P. Toocool to visit us on SS Astraios. Then a distress call from the Planet came in, and the Commander formed an away party of 6, the Doctor, Ens. Barbosa, She, and 3 Security CrewMen.

On the surface, the commander got caught by the Insect, and we tried to save her. We found her, struggling with the insect at a weird place, that we figured out to be the breeding place of the insects. Security Crew destroyed all the eggs with Phaser Fire, and tried to beam up the Commander and the Insect in a try to separate them using the biofilters of the Station.

After the commander struggled for her life, the Doctor finally managed to save her and the insect cells were burned.

As many systems on the Starbase are not working properly, and after the failure to use the bio filters to separate our Commander from the insect, many of us are beginning to think there is a saboteur on the Station. I will suggest to my Chief that we ask Intelligence to help us with this issue, as it's threatening to the future existance of the Colony.

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MISSION: RUIN

Reporting:
Rank, Name: Ensign Poison Toocool
Position: Command
Stardate: 110408

Despite our concerns over the invasion of SS Astraios by what seems to be sentient insectoid life forms, I welcomed a civilian Doctor from the Colony to the Station as relations between UF Starfleet and the greater community is of paramount importance. I was hoping Dr Soulstar could discuss some of our general concerns with him, however, she was fully occupied dealing with some gruesome remains found in the shuttle bay. At this time four of our crew had not responded to repeated hails.

In addition, the communications array was once more off-line. Engineering teams were using workbees to check the external components while the computer core was undergoing a diagnostic. The work was successful, and we were able to reestablish signals to the Academy and to the Colony as a whole.

Almost immediately we received a distress call from the planet. One or more of the insectoids had managed to beam down to the surface. I suspect the shuttle bay transporter was used. We quickly assembled an away team, three security personnel under the direction of Ensign Dolfke Barbosa, myself, and Dr Swallow. He suggested that he accompany the team, he was familiar with the transport location. I agreed, although concerned for his safety, the information he had about the area would be extremely helpful and time was of the essence.

We beamed into a forested location surrounded by meadows and a waterfall. At any other time this would be an idyllic place to visit. The shadowed areas under the trees did not attract us, as they could harbor one or more of the creatures we knew to be dangerous. Our tri-corders registered faint signals and we began our search. I admit to feeling faint as we moved along a path towards a grassy area. I did not understand this feeling at the time as I was sure I was in good health again. In fact I felt better than I had in some time. We spotted one of the creatures near the waterfall and the team moved to surround it and dispatch it. I fell behind. I felt very odd at that point.

I remember leaning against a tree, wiping my hand across my face and looking down to see the perspiration on my fingers. After that, most things are a haze. One of the creatures had me. Somewhere in my mind, however, I saw the face of Ensign Barbosa. I struggled to call to her but… There was no conscious thought, just impressions. Flashes of sun and shadow. I was submerged like in deep water. The insect part of me was gaining control. It moved across the landscape at great speed. At one point it halted by some long grass in the sand. I struggled to push my mind to the surface. I could hear Dr Swallow calling my name. I moved one of my legs, spelling out “help”. The effort of taking control of my own mind exhausted what will I had left.

I remember very little after that until I woke up in Sickbay on the Station. I still felt very odd, and was in great pain, but I was aware that Dr Swallow was attempting to assist me. I could hear Ensign Barbosa in the background, instructing Engineering to boost power to the biofilters. Eventually I was able to sit up and speak with them. Through great ingenuity they were able to separate the insectoid cells and membranes from my body. I still hear the creaky thoughts of the creature in my mind sometimes. It makes me shudder.

We have scoured the station and the planet to ensure no more of the insectoids have escaped. Nests were destroyed by phaser fire. They are cunning and seem to be able to avoid our sensors. I fear, without our presence and advanced weaponary, this invasion of an alien lifeform may well have led to extermination of humanoid life and the ruin of the planet Astraios Prime. I have permitted Medical and Science to keep samples for study. Further reports will be made to Starfleet Command when their research is complete.

Now I must undertake the sad duty of informing the families of the crew we lost during this encounter. I commend Ensign Tom Smythe, LTjg Alice Sanders, LT Sam Smithers, and LT Cmdr John Fields for their sacrifice.

*Sighs*

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