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Out of the Shadows, Part 2

Posted on Sat Aug 12th, 2017 @ 4:41pm by Captain Jack Colburn & Lieutenant JG Astrid Nilsson & Crewman Peri Rolotea & Lieutenant Mirok & Lieutenant Commander T'Rhe

Mission: Episode 1: The Emperor's Throne
Location: Bridge, USS Kumari
Timeline: MD7 - 1645 Hours

Commander Jack Colburn studied the Cardassian ship on the view screen. Was this the other party that had been aiding Toral? He was sure they were about to find out. "Lieutenant T'Rhe, I want a full scan of that ship. Lieutenant Mirok, stay at red alert and have weapons on stand by but no weapons lock."

T'Rhe set to work. "It appears to be a Keldon-class design, modified to support a cloaking device, not to mention extra photon torpedoes. I wouldn't like to think what they might have done to their disruptors."

"Aye sir." Mirok said, "Probably stole tech from others and put that in there too."

Colburn nodded, "Let's find out. Lieutenant Mirok, open a channel."

"Channel open, sir."

"This is Commander Jack Colburn of the Federation starship Kumari." Colburn said after clearing his throat. "Please explain your presence in Klingon space and how you acquired a cloaking device?"

A few moments later an aging Cardassian males scarred face appeared on the view screen. "I'm Gul Maran of the new Obsidian Order. I don't need to explain our presence or my ships equipment. I believe you have something aboard your ship which belongs to my ally, please hand him over and I'll allow your ship to continue on course out of Klingon space. I'll give you 5 minutes to make up you mind.' He said before the view screen switched back to the Keldon Class which sat opposite them.

'Maran.' Thought Colburn as he tried to remember where he'd heard the name before. Then the penny dropped, Gul Maran lead the Cardassian fleet against the Dominion when they switched sides at the end of the war. Jack looked around his senior staff. "Thoughts? Options?"

"We can't out run them, sir, our top speed is still only warp 4 and will be for a few hours." Nilsson reported from the Engineering console.

Mirok cracked his knuckles. "Let me beam over?"

Colburn chuckled, "I doubt they'll let you. Plus they out man us 13 to 1."

"I think I should count as 2!" Mirok said defensively.

T'Rhe spoke up. "Captain, despite my... distaste for my father's people, I do speak the language. Perhaps I might speak to the Gul? I might be able to get information, and stall him at the same time. I'll tell him that the Emperor is not fit for travel."

'I think the only language they want to talk with is their weapons." Colburn replied.

"Worth a shot," replied T'Rhe. "Mr. Mirok, as you are currently doubling at Ops, would you like me to take tactical control, just in case we get into a tussle with that,"--and here she used a word that most Cardassians would have responded to with violence.

Mirok's jaw tightened, he didn't want to hand over weapons control, but he was struggling to handle everything he needed to do. "Yeah, go ahead."

"Sirs, we are no match for that ship." Nilsson interrupted. "I suggest we try and disable there warp capability and make a run for the border."

T'Rhe scanned her own console. "Agreed... I believe if we use our pulse phasers, there shields can be punched through, then their engines can be disabled with quantum torpedoes. We would need to be able to jump to warp as soon as the torpedoes are away however. Can we do that, Miss Nilson and Miss Perri?"

"I don't see a problem with that, as long as Crewman Peri keeps us out of their cross hairs." Astrid said with a smirk.

"I shall do my best." Peri added from the helm.

"Alright then, Lieutenant Mirok, transfer Ops to Lieutenant T'Rhe. You're going to have your hands busy with the Keldon. All stations stand by but don't lock weapons until I order." Colburn said.

Mirok switched around stations and he tried to find something near the Keldon to lock weapons onto now, itching for a fight.

"Alright, let's give them their answer. Lieutenant Mirok, lock weapons on the Keldons engines and fire at will. Crewman Peri, begin evasive maneuvers pattern Gamma." Colburn order as he adjusted his position in his seat before opening a shipwide announcement. "All hands, battle stations."

"Gladly sir!" Mirok said, firing a full volley of everything they had at them. "That felt good."

Nilsson shook her head, "Direct hit but its not enough. That ship has been heavily shielded."

"Looks like we're going to see how much of a battering this ship can take." Colburn said. "Helm, keep us in firing range of the Keldon's warp engines. Tactical, give them everything we've got. Engineering, keep us together and keep our warp engines online."

Another volley was released from Kumari's weapons, as Mirok smirked, "na ilaiir dhuil ssaed hnafirhn hwi ssiun hwi haein.*"

"Their shield compacity has been reduced, but not enough for us to punch through. One more time, Mr. Mirok, then lets blow ions."

The ship rocked hard and T'Rhe was nearly thrown from her chair. "Shields down to twenty-five percent! Now would be good, Lieutenant!"

The ship shook several times more causing some of the auxiliary consoles to explode. "I'm shutting down all non essential equipment to shunting power to weapon and shields. Warp power is fluctuating. I'm not sure how long I can keep them online."

"They're targeting sensors must have been upgraded, I've not known of a Cardassian ship to keep a weapons lock with these types of evasive maneuvers." Peri called out as she battled to keep Kumari from being hit.

Mirok let them have it, firing another round of everything. "Can I just beam over and shoot them?"

"Not with their shields up!" Astrid called as Kumar's failing shields were hit again. "Aft shields down to 16%!"

"Load Quantum torpedoes!" Colburn barked.

"Quantum torpedoes are away! And we have a hit." Mirok seemed even happier having gotten to fire the quantums.

"Enemy shields down! Engines hit --maneuvering power significantly reduced. Go, Miss Peri!!"

"Their Warp engines are also down!" Nilsson added.

"By all means crewman, set course for the bordered, best possible speed!" Colburn ordered. "Engage."

Peri nodded and a few moments later the Kumari flashed into Warp.

*The fire's fury will see you to your death


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