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Dossiers / Rear Admiral T'Sai, Sileia
Last post by Brex - August 06, 2022, 10:57:28 PM

Sileia T'Sai
Rear Admiral
Executive Officer, United Sector Taskforce
VSF-012-578-87B 77
5th Fleet


N/A 04/04/2267
Married (Widowed)

Sileia T'Sai is a Vulcan Starfleet officer who joined Starfleet in 2289, serving throughout the latter half of the 23rd century, the 24th century and into the 25th. A skilled scientist, applied engineer and tactician, T'Sai has served multiple stations with distinction through a long and varied career in Starfleet. In 2420, T'Sai was placed as second in command of the United Sector Taskforce, a division of the 5th Fleet, now operating as part of the Khitomer Alliance, providing rapid response and aid throughout most of the Alpha and Beta quadrants.

Early Life
T'Sai took the then still rare choice of opting to enter Starfleet Academy as opposed to the Vulcan Science Academy, much to her peers chagrin. Despite initially focusing on scientific pursuits in her early academy years, she pivoted towards Navigation and Operations academy courses aiming to provide a well rounded bridge officer, taking an elective course on Starship weaponry in 2293, following the increased tensions expecting the projected collapse of the Klingon Empire, following the Praxis incident.

Academy Graduation and Early Career

Ensign T'Sai, 2293
T'Sai's first posting following the Academy was to the U.S.S. Drake, an aging Einstein-class vessel. The Drake was assigned to the Delta Volanis Cluster, carrying out stellar mapping and planetary surveys. The Drake was successful in cataloguing 47 star systems during her five year mission. Serving as one of the Drake's Astrophysicist's, T'Sai was responsible primarily for stellar research, of note, the 4449 Monocerotis star was reclassified as a M1 V red dwarf, long before thought to have been a Class K star.

In 2298, the Drake was reassigned to the Hromi cluster, taking supplies and materials from the decommissioned defence outposts along the Klingon border to build science and research stations to study the nebula of the region and establish a mining presence in a suspected former dilithium nursery, projected to supply a large portion of the Federation's dilithium for the next 20 years.

Following an Engineering incident leading to a ruptured warp plasma channel in 2304, claiming the lives of 12 crew, the Drake was slated to be decommissioned the following year. In 2305, T'Sai transferred with numerous junior crew to the U.S.S. Bennington, a recently constructed Excelsior class. As part of the Federation's second golden age of exploration, the Bennington was a frequent fixture in the Alpha Quadrant around the border of Federation and Tholian space.

  • 2271 - Enrolled to Gol Primary Institute
  • 2277 - Enrolled to Gol Institute
  • 2283 - Graduated from Gol Institute

  • 2289 - Joined Starfleet Academy
  • 2293 - Graduated Starfleet Academy as Ensign - Astrophysics (Major), Logistics (Minor), Astronavigation (Minor), Deflectors, Weapons and Security Systems Operations (Minor)
  • 2293 - Assigned to U.S.S. Drake (NCC-541, Einstein class), Junior Astrophysicist
  • 2305 - Assigned to U.S.S. Bennington (NCC-8147, Excelsior class), Junior Navigator
  • 2309 - Assigned to Operations Division, Boatswain
  • 2313 - Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade; Assigned to U.S.S. Kuiper (NCC-3836, Columbia class), Logistics Officer
  • 2317 - Assigned as Operations Officer
  • 2320 - Promoted to Lieutenant
  • 2323 - Assigned to Starbase 12 (Buckingham class), Logistics Officer
  • 2330 - Promoted to Lieutenant Commander, Assigned as Spacedock Operations Officer
  • 2339 - Assigned to Command Division, Senior Duty Officer
  • 2342 - Assigned to U.S.S. Livingston (NCC-34099, Excelsior class), Executive Officer
  • 2352 - Assigned to USS Excalibur (NCC-26517, Ambassador class), Chief Astrophysics Officer
  • 2357 - Assigned as Chief Science Officer
  • 2362 - Assigned to USS Honshu (NCC-60205, Nebula class), Chief Operations Officer
  • 2367 - Promoted to Commander
  • 2367 - Assigned to Advanced Starship Design Bureau, Akira class development project
  • 2373 - Assigned to USS Thunderchild (NCC-63549, Akira class), Executive Officer
  • 2378 - Promoted to Captain, Assigned to USS Devore (NCC-64088, Akira class), Commanding Officer
  • 2399 - Promoted to Commodore
  • 2399 - Assigned to Starfleet Logistical Command (Fifth Fleet) Chief Recoverable Resources
  • 2417 - Promoted to Rear Admiral
  • 2417 - Assigned to Starfleet Logistical Command (Fifth Fleet) Chief of Logistics
  • 2420 - Assigned to Starfleet Command (Fifth Fleet) Executive Officer

  • Starfleet Cross (x2)
  • Starfleet Silver Star
  • Starfleet Bronze Star (x3)
  • Starfleet Citation for Conspicuous Gallantry
  • Starfleet Decoration for Gallantry (x5)
  • Prentares Ribbon of Commendation (x2)
  • Grankite Order of Tactics (x3)
  • Zefram Cochrane Medal of Excellence
  • Starfleet Recognition Ribbon (x23)
  • Academy Graduation Award
  • Hur'q Conflict Campaign Medal (2416-2417)
  • Iconian War Service Medal (2414)
  • Undine Campaign Medal (2413)
  • Romulan Civil War Campaign Medal (2409-2411)
  • Klingon War Service Medal (2405-2413)
  • Dominion War Service Medal (2373-2375)

None on record.


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Short Stories / Re: Centaur: Tales From the De...
Last post by Planet of Hats - August 04, 2022, 11:38:48 PM
STARDATE 99585.8

"It's an unusually broad-ranging subspace transmission," Lieutenant Al-Absi reported from the operations console with a look up. "It's covering standard frequency ranges for linguacode and friendship messages as well as several other non-subspace bands."

"Can we clean up the signal?" Shifting in her command chair, Jadrys Itana crossed one leg over the other and propped her chin on her knuckles.

"I think so." The ops officer tapped his console rapidly. "I've isolated the source. It's a small object about 300 million kilometres ahead, bearing three three one mark three four nine. Mass... no more than two tons."

"On screen."

The viewscreen flickered, the backdrop of the Therionic Drifts zooming in sharply to illuminate a spindly shape against the blue-tinged molecular clouds. A single long mechanical boom and two rectangular sail-like structures radiated out from a long hexagonal body with a trailing thruster assembly, capped by an enormous toroid with a gently pulsing deflector-like lens at its heart.

"A deep space probe," Lieutenant Commander Fox surmised from the science station. "Probably no more than low warp-capable."

"The signal's clearing up," Al-Absi put in.

"Let's hear it," Itana ordered.

With a chirp, the comm system kicked on, and a soft, filtered female voice carried through. "--to share the call of the Prime Mover. You seek it within yourself even without knowing. We are moved through the universe by so many things, but at the heart of our existence is a power that moves us all. The first force. Come, contemplate with us--"

"That is not what I expected when I heard 'linguacode and friendship messages,'" Fox murmured with a blink.

In the seat to Itana's right, Commander Quispe scratched at the edge of the remnant Borg plating below her right eye. "These messages are incomprehensible."

Itana smiled faintly and shook her head. "No, not quite. It's not a friendship probe. It's a preaching probe."

"A preaching probe?"

"Think about it. Someone built this probe specifically to broadcast a wide message of religious significance."

Quispe furrowed her brows subtly. "It seems like an inefficient use of resources."

"Not to the ones who built it," Itana pointed out as she rose from her chair. Stepping towards the viewer, she laid one hand on the back of Fox's chair and the other on the back of Ensign Maksymowicz's at the helm. "Let it broadcast. See if we can pinpoint its system of origin."

As the bridge moved into a ripple of regular activity, Itana looked back to find Quispe squinting at the probe, nonplussed. She smiled lopsidedly to herself.


We left orbit a few hours later. About half the crew had-

The door chime again sliced through Itana's latest effort to make progress into Captain Picard's memoirs. Sighing, she laid the book aside, then tugged the hem of her tank top perfunctorily down to the beltline of her uniform slacks and rose from her couch. "Come in," she called.

With a hiss, the doors admitted the still-uniformed Yma Quispe, crisp as ever and with a PADD in hand. "Captain. I'm sorry to interrupt-"

"No no, you're fine," Itana assured with a wave of one hand. "The report on the probe, I take it?"

"Yes sir." She offered up the PADD; Itana took it and glanced down, though she knew the basics were coming by mouth. Her Number One didn't disappoint. "As suspected, it's a low-warp probe. We rate its maximum speed as roughly warp three. Our age and trajectory estimates confirm what we downloaded from their computer system: Its point of origin is a sector deep inside the Loop 1 Bubble. We haven't been able to pin down a precise star system, but astrometrics is working on it now. We were able to identify the senders as representing something called the Pyscillian Hierocracy."

"A priestly form of government," Itana mused. "Interesting. That explains the probe's mission."

Yma furrowed her brows slightly. "The translation and transmission systems aboard are quite sophisticated. The Pyscillians put a surprising amount of development into delivering this message widely."

Itana smiled mutedly. "And that confuses you, Number One?"

Yma pursed her lips, glanced away, then back. "Permission to speak freely?"

"Of course."

"It seems deeply unreasonable," she admitted with a frown. "I don't understand why anyone would hear the probe's message and be persuaded. Their philosophies make no sense."

Itana stroked the PADD with the edge of her thumb, scrolling through. "I'm not sure they do," she mused, settling to the arm of her couch and crossing a leg over the other. "It sounds like this Prime Mover is a sort of divine personification of the first cause - something they interpret as a source of cosmic order. A lot of what's here is about self-discipline and inner peace. I can see how someone would take interest in that."

"It doesn't seem rational to me." Yma looked to the window, again scratching the edge of her ocular plate. "I'm not sure I see the connection between divinity and the origin of the universe. It's a scientific phenomenon. And even then, the leap to self-discipline and peace seems... odd."

Lowering the PADD to her thigh, Itana tilted her head and paused for a beat. She offered a mellow smile up to the first officer. "Yma," she asked, "did you have much of a religious background? Before--"

"--before I was assimilated," she finished the sentence, lowering her hand self-consciously. "No, I don't think so. We visited a church once or twice, for relatives' sake. But I don't remember my family being religious. It wasn't that important to me."

"For some people it's the most important thing," Itana explained, touching the chain of her own earring. "You don't have to be a person of faith, of course. But for a lot of people it's a source of meaning. Not irrationality, mind you - there are those who carry it too far. But I'm reminded of growing up on Bajor. My family is religious. A lot of Bajorans are."

Yma tilted her head. "That always confuses me."


"You're an accomplished scientist. I would have thought science and faith would be mutually incompatible."

"Not at all. If you boil it down to pure logic, of course the Prophets are just sufficiently advanced aliens living in a wormhole. But that doesn't mean they didn't have a profound impact on Bajor in ways that matter to me." Itana smiled wryly, before letting the expression fade as she leaned forward. "There are dangers to being so lost in faith that it blinds you to reason, of course. But I think there's more than that. Philosophy. Moral guidance, for some. Ethics. Culture. Of course these things can exist without faith, but we all find our way to them differently, and faith can be one of those paths. For a lot of Bajorans, faith has been important for a long time - it was something the Cardassians couldn't take from them during the Occupation. It's as much a symbol of culture and a celebration of history as it is anything else."

The Commander tilted her head, quizzical. In the moment of silence that followed, Itana let her smile return, pensive. "...If you want to understand a little more," she invited, "think a little about the part of Earth you came from. Read about history. You'll find that history and faith are pretty closely linked. Who knows? You might learn a thing or two."

Yma opened her mouth a little as if to protest, but cut off before managing a faint, slightly bemused smile of her own. "...I will try, sir."

"Perfect." She reached for her book again. "Keep me up-to-date on the probe study. Let me know what else you find."
Short Stories / Centaur: Tales From the Deep C...
Last post by Planet of Hats - August 04, 2022, 11:35:52 PM
This thread will serve as the master thread for narrative from the Deep Centaurus Expedition and the voyages of Captain Jadrys Itana of USS Copernicus. Its ongoing mission: To explore beyond the farthest human-charted stars of the Local Bubble and push deep into the constellations Centaurus and Lupus, to the Loop I Bubble.
Reports / [DCE-2] Therionic Drifts and G...
Last post by Planet of Hats - July 22, 2022, 05:05:32 PM

Stardate: 99554.9
CAPT Jadrys Itana
Level 1 - Open

LOCATION: On approach to the Gould Belt

MISSION: Continuing Deep Centaurus Expedition initiative. ​

OUTCOME: Phase 2 of the Deep Centaurus Expedition to begin with arrival at the dark cloud and blue supergiant clusters of the Gould Belt, en route to the uncharted supershell beyond Antares.


CAPT Jadrys Itana, USS Copernicus
CAPT Ahash Ysec Harsk Laa, USS Vehaxein
CMDR Aienna Soin, USS Haida
NARRATIVE: This report serves as an update on our current progress over the past week or thereabouts.

Upon reaching the landmark star of Eta Centauri, we entered Phase 2 of our mission, the approach to the broader Upper Centaurus-Lupus stellar association. The constellation Lupus has long been considered in Earth mythology to be an asterism associated with Centaurus, and this phase of the expedition will see us explore stars mainly in both Centaurus and Lupus en route coreward.

As of present, Antares is the most coreward known star system with connections to the Federation, but lies significantly closer to the quadrant divide than anything we are about to explore. While Antares is associated with the Loop I bubble - like our own Local Bubble, a supershell believed to have been largely cleared of heavy cases by supernovae - it remains more closely associated with the large band of dark clouds separating our bubble from Loop I. This spatial bubble has yet to be explored or even effectively surveyed due to both its distance from the Federation core and the difficulty of penetrating both the luminosity of the associated Scorpius-Centaurus OB star association (Sco OB2) and the densities of the dark clouds in the region (see also the song "Beyond Antares"). This region forms one part of the 3000-light-year-long Gould Belt, a significant star-forming region characterized by young luminous stars and dark clouds.

As we leave behind Ustavan space, we anticipate soon entering the broader Sco OB2 grouping. This is a region where we anticipate finding very little by way of new life and civilizations: We are passing through the Upper Centaurus-Lupus moving group, where most stars are about 15 million years old, far too young for intelligence as we know it. The large and short-lived B-type and O-type blue supergiants in this moving group are fairly well documented through long-range observation, though we anticipate finding smaller stellar types along the way and making ongoing observations of star formation within the existing dust cloud complexes. Nevertheless, Copernicus will maintain a relatively high rate of speed through this sector, anticipating a course through the Lupus Tunnel, an area where stellar dust intensity is lower.

Our approach to the moving group has brought us into increasing contact with "bands" of low-magnitude stellar dust being ejected from the moving group by solar winds. We have identified these dust streamers as the Therionic Drifts, consisting mainly of ejected dust blown out of Lupus-Centaurus by novae associated with the earlier novae of O-class stars within the moving group. The drifts have to date not impeded our progress, but resolution past them is impeded by their tendency to obscure and reflect sensor beams to some extent.

The difficulties associated with dark clouds and comm transmission largely explain why so little is known about the Loop I bubble. As we have approached, we have continued to take readings in the hopes of preparing charts in as much detail as possible. We have some comparables for what we might find - our own spatial bubble is highly populous and home to many older stars of ages and spectral types amenable to sentient and non-sentient life, and it is likely that these sorts of spatial cavities are generally favourable to life. We believe we have an opportunity, once we successfully pass through the Gould Belt, to explore what could very well be an entirely new complex of worlds, species and complexes. Observations from Antares and Starbase 91-Lyonesse have been very limited, but we will rely on what information is available to assist us.

We have formed up with CAPT Harsk Laa of the Vehaxein and CMDR Soin of the Haida for this leg of our journey. We will also deploy three subspace amplifier beacons as we pass through the Gould Belt to assist in communication.

RECOMMENDATION: Continue to monitor our progress.

Reports / [DCE] Mazraga System
Last post by Planet of Hats - July 18, 2022, 06:43:19 PM

Stardate: 99544.1
CAPT Jadrys Itana
Level 1 - Open

LOCATION: Mazraga star system

MISSION: Continuing Deep Copernicus Expedition initiative. ​

OUTCOME: The Copernicus makes contact with the Mazragans and discovers the source of the body ring in System J79.


CAPT Jadrys Itana
CMDR Yma Quispe
LT Elyxia Sudet
NARRATIVE: This report serves to follow up on our discovery of a ring of corpses deposited around a brown dwarf in the FGC-J79 system.

After witnessing a drone barge dump more than 3,000 live beings into vacuum, and rescued as many as possible, we set course to follow the drone's energy trail. The vessel's course took it to the red dwarf system FGC-J77. This is a star system with seven planets and a mid-system asteroid belt. Our scans from range revealed substantial subspace radio traffic and signs of regular warp field usage.

As we approached the system, Copernicus analyzed a selection of comm traffic from the system. We discovered a few key points:

* The local species are known as the Mazragans and are endemic to the system's third planet, Mazraga. They form a single polity known as the Mazragan Consulate.
* The Mazragans are a broadly humanoid species distinctive for semi-aquatic traits - they have long stands of varying number of tendrils rather than hair, with complexions based on scales in shades of pale to dark silver, with various mottling colours along the tendrils. These colour variations denote regional phenotypes.
* Mazraga is a predominantly tropical-oceanic planet, with most population concentrated in a series of large archipelagoes and "coastal habitats" built in island shallows.
* The Mazragans have colonized at least two other bodies in their system on a large scale. Mazraga has a population of approximately 9.4 billion, while a gas giant moon around the fourth planet is home to 1 billion people and another moon orbiting the fifth planet is home to about 250 million.

Aside from entertainment broadcasts and routine communiques, we identified two recurring types of broadcast that stood out. The first consisted of what appeared to be political advertisements supporting the Consulate's political leader, one Consul Zeba Nulsh. These advertisements focused largely on the Consul's personal attributes and sloganeering of a nationalist character. The second category of broadcast consisted of a repeating border patrol alert advising that refugees "don't come" to Mazraga.

Upon arrival, we issued standard hails and were met with initial hostility by a border patrol ship, whose command staff appeared to assume we were transporting migrants. We clarified that our visit was of a diplomatic nature. While our intention was to investigate the evident genocide in FGC-J79, we opted for a diplomatic approach here, hoping to build channels to the Mazragans rather than alienating them initially. In any case, these overtures appeared to succeed: The border patrol officers accepted that we were on a diplomatic mission of contact and rapidly changed to a welcoming attitude, placing us in contact with a diplomatic team led by one Envoy Pelizal Deen.

I ordered a diplomatic team assembled to meet with Envoy Deen on one of the starbases orbiting the planet, while leading CMDR Quispe in command of Copernicus with orders to gather further data. While we docked at the starbase and the away team disembarked, the Copernicus continued to analyze sensor data and both comm and ship traffic, identifying a few more key points:

* The population of Mazraga and the other inhabited areas of the system are not uniformly Mazragan. No less than 47 orbital habitats were identified around the planet, of which 30 were dedicated almost exclusively to non-Mazragan lifeforms. The most common lifeform represented on these 30 habitats was consistent with the predominant species in the body ring.
* These 30 habitats demonstrated conditions unsuited to regular habitation: They appeared at first glance to resemble large-scale internment camps.
* Our scans identified the destination of the drone barge as one of these 30 stations. Further investigation revealed that each station had at least three such barges.
* The Mazragan border authority maintains an extremely regimented traffic control system. Visiting vessels are sorted into tourist and migrant vessels, with the former welcomed and the latter directed to one of the control stations. Further, the population of the planet itself was over 99% Mazragan. These factors spoke to an intention to segregate non-native species from the Mazragan population.

The away team's conversation with Envoy Deen was largely welcoming, but when we raised the issue of the drone transport, the Envoy explained that they were intended as transit vessels to assist "alien illegals" in "traveling to the settlement colonies." Per the Envoy's explanation, Mazraga has experienced significant inflows of interplanetary immigration following various crises in the region, including from Ustavan attacks on neighbouring worlds. The Envoy claimed that these migrants are transported to out-of-system colonies to homestead, in order to diminish strain on Mazragan land availability and public services. When we explained that we witnessed the drone barge dumping bodies into orbit along with 100 million others, he expressed what Coun. Sudet described as legitimate confusion.

Coun. Sudet's Betazoid insights proved crucial here: She identified that Envoy Deen genuinely believed what he was claiming and was as shocked as we were to hear about the mass deaths. The dinner was quickly wound down as the envoy professed to seek a response from upper levels of government. We returned to the Copernicus for the time being.

At this time, we received word that one of the rescuees from the drone barge had regained consciousness. Myself, Coun. Sudet and Dr. Zvizdaryk spoke to the individual, who identified himself as Teshon, of the Pharathian species. Teshon explained that his homeworld had been conquered by the Ustavans years ago, prompting a mass exodus of hundreds of millions ahead of a devastating orbital bombardment. Many of these refugees, finding no welcome on other worlds, fled to Mazraga beginning about 40 years ago. While initially welcomed, the election of Nulsh about 30 years prior led to growing crackdowns on immigration and the eventual forced relocation of most "alien illegals" to the orbital habitats. Evidently Nulsh maintained power through subsequent elections predominantly through xenophobic rhetoric and scapegoating of other species for various Mazragan social ills, while promising to "restore Mazraga's glory" by "sending all the xenos home." Teshon explained that they were promised resettlement on an outlying colony, but those resettled are never heard from again.

Shortly thereafter, we discovered several hundred people congregated at the Copernicus airlock, most of them Pharathians and other aliens living in the lower quarters on the starbase, but also a handful of Mazragan officials. Representatives of this group requested asylum and ferry away from the system.

We are deeply cognizant of the Prime Directive and our duty to not interfere in the normal functioning of a civilization. However, we are dealing with a warp-capable civilization in the Mazragan Consulate, one which clearly maintains contact with other species. We are also deeply cognizant of our humanitarian duty to preserve life where possible. Ultimately, I judged that it is within the spirit of Starfleet regulations and codes of ethics to err on the side of mercy, particularly given that it would make no material difference to the Mazragan cultural makeup whether the individuals in question travelled away from the system by starship and lived, or whether they travelled away by drone barge and died. I therefore agreed to extend asylum to these refugees and ordered space be set aside for them in the ship's cargo areas.

The Copernicus was thereafter contacted by the office of Consul Nulsh, who proceeded to deliver a rambling monologue berating us for "playing make-believe" and "demonizing the Mazragan people," punctuated by various braggartry about his own track record. When we explained that we had agreed to grant asylum to several refugees, he offered to "give you all of them, if you want" and claimed they "bring drugs and crime."

Following this discussion, I agreed to meet with Consul Nulsh in person. With his staff's authorization, I transported to the Consul's office and explained that we would not be able to accommodate millions of refugees. During this conversation, Nulsh conceded that he and a handful of senior figures in his government were aware that no "outlying colony" existed, but claimed that "nothing of value is being lost" by killing "alien illegals" by the millions. Our discussion was brief before I returned to the Copernicus and ordered a course set out of the system.

I am deeply troubled by what we witnessed in this system. While it is my hope that Consul Nulsh will come to see the error of this approach, I am not particularly confident in that hope, and I am cognizant that it is not the place of this ship to foment political change on Mazraga. I can only hope that the natural and normal development of this system will move towards coexistence with non-Mazragan species. Judging from comments made to us via subspace pessage by Envoy Deen and by some of the Mazragan officials who requested asylum, it appears there are those in the Consulate who strongly disapprove of the politics of Nulsh.

We are currently en route to transfer our asylees to USS Hurutam for transport to Starbase 91. Mr. Teshon has asked to remain aboard as a civilian specialist in the hopes of learning more about the Federation and Starfleet, and I have agreed for the time being.

RECOMMENDATION: Monitor Mazragan comm traffic to determine if the ongoing genocide of migrants continues, with respect given to Prime Directive boundaries.

If encountering migrant transports in this region of space, advise them to avoid the Mazraga system.

Reports / [DCE] System FGC-J79
Last post by Planet of Hats - July 13, 2022, 08:17:38 PM

Stardate: 99530.5
CAPT Jadrys Itana
Level 1 - Open


MISSION: Continuing Deep Copernicus Expedition initiative. ​

OUTCOME: The Copernicus encounters a brown dwarf with an orbital ring consisting entirely of millions of bodies.


USS Copernicus crew in general
NARRATIVE: This serves to update Command on our recent discovery in the Jindal 79 (FGC-J79) system.

Our initial survey of the system revealed a relatively ordinary star system consisting of a red dwarf primary and an outlying T-type brown dwarf, with a C-class planet on the outer edge of the habitable zone and a super-Neptune in the outer system, along with several minor bodies and asteroids. We detected no sign of life. However, sensors detected an unusual concentration of organic matter forming a ring around the brown giant. Further review revealed no sign of rocky material.

We quickly discovered that this ring was composed entirely of the corpses of no less than 47 species of aliens. Our current estimates note more than 100 million bodies orbiting the star, many of them having been present for at least three decades. We consider this figure to be an immense underestimate; it does not account for bodies broken down with time by radiation from the star, pulled into its gravity well or otherwise lost to spatial figures. The number is nevertheless sufficient that the bodies and exuded biofluids have formed a loose ring around the brown dwarf.

No natural phenomena on record would be capable of causing this. We proceeded to gather as much data as possible, including bringing several bodies aboard for analysis. Medical scans revealed that those we retrieved died from a combination of vacuum exposure and irradiation, suggesting they had been simply transported or dumped into space alive.

This was confirmed within six hours of our arrival in the system. While gathering readings, sensors observed a large craft drop out of warp at the farthest edge of the brown dwarf's gravity well. The vessel appeared configured as a cargo barge and did not respond to hails, and subsequent scans would confirm that it was in fact an automated vessel. Before we could move closer, the transport entered orbit and opened its cargo bays, depositing no fewer than 3,000 live individuals into stellar orbit before veering away and re-entering warp.

I ordered the recovery of as many people as the Copernicus could muster, including bringing all shuttles and flyers online to try and increase transporter capacity as quickly as possible. However, the ranges and volumes involved made it impossible to rescue more than a small number. We anticipated a window of perhaps 90 seconds before the individuals would die of asphyxiation, based on typical humanoid physiology. I regret to report that of those we beamed aboard, we have just fifteen survivors, the majority of them with serious decompression injuries and various stages of inoperable brain and physical injuries.

Of the survivors, we have hopes that three individuals will make a full recovery, two of them adult men and one a female child. They are of humanoid species we have not encountered, but are broadly consistent with the most frequently-encountered species among the ring bodies. This species makes up approximately 70% of all orbiting bodies.

We are continuing to treat the survivors. In addition, though the drone transport rapidly re-entered warp and attempted to engage a scattering field to mask its ion trail, we have isolated its trajectory and detected a faint energy trail that has allowed us to triangulate a course to a nearby red dwarf system. I have ordered a course set for this system to further investigate.

It appears that we are dealing with a genocide of immense scale. We are cognizant of the Prime Directive and Starfleet policies concerning non-interference in the internal affairs of other species; however, as we are clearly dealing with a warp-capable species, we feel it pertinent to investigate why living beings are being dumped around a star in such horrifying volumes. To date, our only conclusion is that this does not appear related to either the Ustavan or Garshaan civilizations: The drone ship we identified was of significantly different metallurgical and power-signature configuration than either we have encountered, and we detected neither species among the ring dead.

RECOMMENDATION: Continue to monitor the situation and await further report on the cause of the ring deaths.

Ship Records / Hetman-class Starship
Last post by Planet of Hats - July 12, 2022, 07:39:45 PM

Hetman-class Starship
Fast multi-mission cruiser

Starship Specifications: ShowHide


Fast multi-mission cruiser
Hull Duration
100+ years
Time Between Refits
25 years for major replacementss
Time Between Resupply
5-7 years


Enlisted Crew
Evacuation Limit


751 metres
~90 metres
~225 metres
24 (22 habitable)


28x shield grids generating 13,600 MW
Weapon Systems
16x Type XIV phaser beam array
Torpedo Armament
4x multi-purpose photon torpedo tube, 2x forward-firing, 2x aft
1x twin-bore rotary quantum torpedo turret, ventral mount


Sensor Systems
56x tactical sensor systems
20x multipurpose interchangeable sensor pallets
Scientific Laboratories
30x multipurpose laboratory facilities
1x stellar cartography bay
Probe Systems
Class I through X probes available


Engine Configuration
-- 1x Yoyodyne SSWR-40 M/AM warp core powering 2x Mitsubishi-Thylliash MAM-9900 warp nacelles
-- 1x Ares Dynamics Challenger-5F adaptive impulse drive
-- 1x Yoyodyne SSWR-45 M/AM warp core powering 2x Yoyodyne Swallowtail nacelle assemblies
-- 1x Ares Dynamics Challenger-7B adaptive impulse drive, dual-outlet configuration
Cruise Speed
Normal: Warp 7.5
Maximum: Warp 9.5 (launch), warp 9.6 refit
Maximum Sustainable Speeds
Launch: Warp 9.977 for 6 hours
Refit: Warp 9.968 for 12 hours; slipstream 27 in short bursts
Emergency Speed
Warp 9.977


Medical Support SystemsStandard infirmary facilities (10x standard beds, 2x advanced biobed)
2x intensive care units
3x surgical suites
1x null-grav therapy ward
1x dental care office
Full-deck emergency medical hologram infrastructure
Recreational Systems4x standard holodecks and 8x holosuites
1x weight room and physical activity space
1x forward lounge area
Crew QuartersCapacity for up to 750 regular crew


Shuttlebays2x standard shuttlebay in saucer, capacity for six shuttles
Small Auxiliary Craft6x Type 11 shuttle
4x shuttlepod or work bee
Large Auxiliary Craft1x captain's yacht

The ships of the Hetman class were commissioned between 2400 and 2405 as part of a program of up-armament in preparation for an anticipated conflict with the Klingons. They represent an early venture into modern Starfleet design principles as well as an evolution of the more combat-focused Sovereign-class fleet cruisers, designed with an eye towards acting as a "fast Sovereign" in 25th-century conflicts.

Procurement for the class began in the late 2380s under Starfleet's Cruiser, Multirole (CMR) competition. Program finalists were rapidly winnowed down to Austal Galactic, offering an unusual "space whale" design that would lead directly to the bulkier star cruisers of the Klingon War era, and Koenig-Prax-Nelok Star Dynamics (KPN) offering a highly streamlined "hot rod" design with linear similarities to the Sovereign and Regent classes. Prototypes of each ship were holotested at Utopia Planitia, with the Austal design being rejected on grounds of inferior defensive coverage. KPN was allocated yard space at Utopia Planitia to begin construction as of 2395, with the first ship of the class entering service in 2401. The class name - a Ukrainian term for a leader of Cossacks - reflects the class's clear Sovereign lineage.

On paper the Hetman ships are classified as "fast multi-mission cruisers," but in practice they were fielded as fast battlecruisers with amphibious assault capability. The baseline Hetman was a highly streamlined ship designed to produce a low-profile, elongated warp bubble, driven by a high-powered, wide-aperture deflector. This geometry minimizes Cochrane deformation even at extremely high warp speeds but also draws more heavily on the ships' power reserves. In its initial configuration, the ship was propelled at superluminal velocities by high-powered Mitsubishi-Thylliash MAM-9900 nacelles. This configuration was intended to deliver high burst speed for extremely fast response times.

At launch, the Hetmans were among the fastest ships in Starfleet at their top speed. However, their top speed could be maintained for no more than six hours, with cruising speeds being more in line with those expected of ships such as the Sovereign. This suited Starfleet fine at the time: It allowed the ships to act as fast offensive platforms, warping rapidly into combat zones and striking fast with heavy phaser and torpedo armament. The Hetmans were designed "for but not with" laboratory facilities, a euphemism designed to obscure that significant open space was left inside the hull for boarding troops and weapons: The ships were designed to carry up to 250 MACOs and their associated equipment. A single Hetman was theoretically capable of capturing and holding a major starbase with only the troops aboard.

The Hetmans served effectively in their role throughout the Klingon War, appearing prominently in a number of major battles and fleet actions. In particular, USS Tlatoani spearheaded a major operation against Klingon positions in the Dorala sector, successfully destroying a major shipyard and forestalling a campaign against Federation worlds in the nearby Alpha Lyncis Sector. However, the high power and acceleration stresses involved in frequent ultra-high-warp bursts resulted in the ships suffering significant nacelle pylon stresses. These problems were made horrifically apparent by the loss of USS Cacique in 2413: The ship was destroyed with all hands when her starboard pylon broke off at maximum warp. A subsequent investigation revealed all ships of the class were experiencing pylon microfracturing. The class was drydocked pending a complete pylon and nacelle replacement. The Starfleet Corps of Engineers recommended the replacement of the MAM-9900 nacelles with the more efficient Yoyodyne Swallowtail. This replacement reduced the ships' extremely high top speeds somewhat, while prolonging cruising duration and reducing stress on the pylons to levels easily accountable for by nominal adjustments to the structural integrity field.

Alongside these modifications, a transition to dedicated carrier ships like the Presidio class of command cruisers led Starfleet to order the MACO facilities removed from all ships of the class, to be replaced with science and sensor analysis facilities. This was largely seen as a political directive from the Federation government, recognizing the need for explorers following the wind-down of conflicts with the Iconians and the reduction of ongoing war efforts to task force-level engagements. Further computerization modifications reduced the overall crew complement needed for regular operation.

The remaining Hetmans continue in service as well-balanced cruisers capable of carrying fairly solidly-equipped science missions into dangerous regions of space. The ships are fairly popular with their crews and considered to have excellent high accommodation standards: The crew reduction associated with removing the MACO contingent has allowed even junior crew to have individual rooms.

Known ships in class: Hetman NCC-96550, Cacique NCC-96551 (lost), Tlatoani NCC-96553, Khanzada NCC-96557
Reports / [DCE] New Cappadocia
Last post by Planet of Hats - July 08, 2022, 04:03:17 PM

Stardate: 99516.4
CAPT Jadrys Itana
Level 1 - Open

LOCATION: New Cappadocia

MISSION: Continuing Deep Copernicus Expedition initiative. ​

OUTCOME: The Copernicus encounters a crew of sensor-evading corsairs while exploring a rugged moon.


CAPT Jadrys Itana
LCDR Rena Fox
PO2C Sturik
PO2C Aidan Makur
PO3C Eral Nywythe
NARRATIVE: In view of continuing risks of travel within sectors adjacent to Ustavan Starleague space, the Copernicus has, on approval from RADM Quistra at Starbase 91, diverted spinward to survey key star systems on a line roughly towards the blue star 3 Centauri.

The HD 124595 system was a priority target for our survey of this region because of its potential for life-harbouring planets. The Lyonesse Observatory identified seven planets in this system, with the star itself being about 3.4 billion years old with a spectral type of G1. Our initial surveys identified additional planets: Three smaller rocky inner worlds, a very large N-class "Super Venus" on the nearer edge of the habitable zone, a K-class world at its outer edge, two major gas giants and two more outer worlds missed by long-range scans. While none of these worlds initially appeared to harbour life, our investigation of the large I-class supergiant planet, HD 124595 VI, revealed an extensive system of no less than 29 moons, four of them large enough to qualify as planets.

We identified the ninth moon of HD 124595 VI as an L-class inhabitable moon with predominant surface conditions akin to rugged badlands and mountains. The topography was compared by PO2C Ghukasyan in the Sciences department to landscapes predominant in Earth's Anatolian region, and the moon HD 124595 VI-i has since been given the appellation "New Cappadocia." Atmospheric conditions are suitable for human habitation and complex life exists mainly in the form of sparse foliage and non-sentient fauna, though we initially discovered no signs of habitation.

Cognizant of atmospheric readings indicating significant storms in parts of the planet, I ordered away teams to regions with no intrusive weather. Four teams were dispatched by Delta Flyer to gather samples and explore the surface. I determined that transporters would be inadvisable in the event of weather or radiative interference from the planet.

Analysis has revealed that New Cappadocia's core composition allows for the generation of a sufficiently potent magnetic field that much of the radiative energy from HD 124595 VI does not reach the surface. It does, however, create complex atmospheric auroras and energy patterns that must be compensated for by both transporters and vessels. These auroras appear intermittently depending on the interactions between the atmosphere and the energies from the planet and can create unpredictable disruptions. Following a disruptive aurora event, I ordered the away teams to return to the ship until a solution could be found that would allow free transit between the ship and the surface without turbulence or communication loss.

While three landing parties returned to the ship with little difficulty, the away team led by LCDR Fox, aboard the runabout Ptolemy, experienced an issue when they discovered three humanoids attempting to extract components from the warp nacelles. While these beings carried modern tools and weapons, they did not register to sensors until the crew got within five metres of their position. A firefight was exchanged, during which the away team stunned one of the aliens and forced the other two to retreat, but not before they struck the Ptolemy with a disruptor and damaged its flight systems, preventing takeoff. We attempted to extract the away team via transporter, but worsening atmospheric auroras and storm turbulence scrambled pattern locks sufficiently that a beam-up could not be safely achieved.

As communications degraded, I ordered LCDR Fox and her away team - security officer PO2C Sturik and science team members PO2C Makur and PO3C Nywythe - to remain in place and attempt to repair the damage to the Ptolemy. While none of the four are certified engineers, PO3C Nywythe proved to have had past experiences maintaining recreational flitters for short-track races on Betazed and demonstrated the ability to affect basic repairs. These were made more difficult by the worsening weather conditions, which manifested as a large dust storm with high winds.

During the storm conditions, the team remained alert for another attack by the humanoids. This came approximately two hours later by four hostiles armed with disruptor-type rifles. PO2C Sturik was wounded in the encounter, but the away team again successfully repelled the attack.

At this time, the first prisoner regained consciousness. Under questioning from LCDR Fox, the individual confessed that their group - identified as of the Garshaan species, of Shalgarsh in a nearby system - were "corsairs" utilizing New Cappadocia as a hideout from which to conduct raiding activities. He revealed that their invisibility to sensors was not intentional, and LCDR Fox was able to confirm that this was mainly an artifact of an unusual life structure: Garshaan blood is thallium-based, an element known to obstruct sensors. The prisoner revealed the initial party was attempting to extract engine components from the Ptolemy to repair their own vessel, which had suffered damage in a prior raid, and that future raids would be likely.

With assistance from PO2C Makur, PO3C Nywythe was able to affect a jury-rigging of the RCS systems that would theoretically allow the Ptolemy to lift off, albeit with risk of failure. LCDR Fox judged that the risk was worth taking despite the severe weather conditions, particularly given the severity of the injuries to PO2C Sturik, which could not be fully treated planetside and ran serious risk of fatal complications. With significant effort, the Ptolemy made liftoff and entered the storm system. Exceptional piloting by LCDR Fox and PO3C Nywythe resulted in the Flyer exiting the storm-aurora system with minimal damage, and the team's shuttle reappeared on our sensors aboard Copernicus in the midst of our planning an emergency away mission to try and retrieve the shuttle.

It became apparent at this time that the corsair ship had launched in pursuit of the Ptolemy. The vessel - approximately the displacement of a Bird of Prey - rapidly caught up to the Flyer, which exited the storm system just in time for us to beam it directly to the shuttlebay. The corsair ship proceeded to strafe the Copernicus with disruptor-type weapons en route to trying to break past our coverage and escape into open space. Our scans, however, revealed the ship had sustained preexisting damage to her secondary power coils, coupled with overall displacement and tactical capacity significantly below that of Copernicus. We disabled the vessel with no loss of life and took it in tow.

I am pleased to report that PO2C Sturik will make a full recovery. In the interim, we have transferred 27 crew from the Garshaan corsair to USS Firebreak to be ferried to Starbase 91 for investigation. The corsair vessel itself will also be towed to starbase and impounded pending charges. While we expect much of the crew to be extradited to the Garshaan homeworld, at least some of them will be tried for direct assault against Federation property.

In view of his performance planetside, I have filed a letter of commendation for PO3C Eral Nywythe. This officer's ingenuity resulted in the away team escaping a potentially lethal situation with no casualties, and is all the more remarkable in that he was able to render assistance well outside his normal field of duties.

RECOMMENDATION: Pursue relevant charges against those corsairs implicated in direct action against the Copernicus crew and extradite others and their vessel to the Garshaan government.

Reports / [DCE] Ustavan Starleague Dispu...
Last post by Planet of Hats - July 05, 2022, 05:26:36 PM

Stardate: 99508.2
RADM Taegan Quistra
Level 2 - Confidential

LOCATION: DCE field of mission

MISSION: Continuing Deep Copernicus Expedition initiative. ​

OUTCOME: Unit commander's summary of previously-ongoing matters concerning interactions with the Ustavan Starleague.


CAPT Jadrys Itana, USS Copernicus
CAPT Ororo Mbane, USS Tereshkova
CAPT Firuzah Khamidouline, USS Hurutam
CAPT Selai Kainihewe, USS Bayajidda
CMDR Vesek, USS Vainamoinen
NARRATIVE: This report shall serve as a summary to Starfleet Command of recent incidents involving contact with the Ustavan Starleague during the Deep Centaurus Expedition.

SUBJECT ORGANIZATION: The Ustavan Starleague, heretofore "the Starleague," is a warp-capable civilization based in the Tel Ustav system (HD 130779). This is an advanced humanoid civilization operating along sociopolitical lines best classified as eco-fascism. Ustavan waste management and replication technology have not progressed at rates comparable to the Federation, in large part due to strong pressure from multiplanetary resource extraction conglomerates protecting their economic share. The Starleague, in an effort to control pollution, has implemented substantial climate controls on its major and semimajor inhabited worlds, where the Ustavan species operates as a privileged racial group above a small collection of species minorities considered to occupy classes ranging from service workers to near-slavery. The bulk of heavy industry has been outsourced to outlying worlds. The Starleague sanctions resource conglomerates to conduct "acquisitions" of new star systems, essentially annexations and in some cases invasions with semi-private armies. Typical Starleague policy involves large-scale ethnic cleansing of their conquests, enslavement of survivors and environmental devastation of the planet for resource exploitation. While this policy results in Ustavan core worlds remaining environmentally pristine, it incentivizes an ever-expanding economic war machine that routinely exterminates entire pre-warp civilizations in its drive for raw resources.

THE SITUATION: Formal contact with the Starleague was made by CAPT Jadrys Itana, CO USS Copernicus, as part of the Deep Centaurus Expedition.

Relations worsened when the Copernicus visited Lytax, a planet which had recently won a lengthy insurgency against the Starleague and achieved independence. As per Starfleet's humanitarian principles, the Copernicus provided relief of medical supplies to assist populations struggling with respiratory conditions attributable to large-scale atmospheric pollutions, but to provide no tactical or political assistance, as per the Prime Directive.

This assistance was viewed by the Starleague as a provision of material assistance to "known terrorists" and treated as cause to deny the Copernicus entry to Starleague-controlled space. The Copernicus heretofore endeavoured to avoid the Starleague border and continued on her expedition until stardate 98668.9, upon reaching the HD 126485 system.

The Copernicus conducted standard observations in-system of a pre-warp civilization on the second planet. During this observation, several Starleague vessels entered the system at high warp and opened fire with no warning. While the Copernicus was able to gain separation from the attackers and withdraw to the outer system, damage was sustained and her slipstream capability was temporarily lost. Long-distance scans revealed that only two of the arriving ships were combat-capable warships, with another eleven being factory ships and orbital bombardment platforms. Prior to loss of sensor resolution, Copernicus recorded footage of the vessels commencing orbital bombardment of the planet. Later probe scans by USS Jaleyi would reveal a loss of life of 99% of the indigenous population and the establishment of orbital platforms for atmospheric molecule harvesting.

Upon receiving report of the encounter, I dispatched USS Tereshkova and the support cruiser USS Hurutam, along with the scout frigate USS Bayajidda, to link up with the Copernicus and the nearby tactical escort USS Vainamoinen. Prior to the ships' arrival, Copernicus, regrouping into an inversion nebula, was approached by three Starleague vessels, accusing them of providing weapons and technology to the indigenous species of HD 126485. Despite offers of sensor logs to the contrary and attestations concerning the Prime Directive, the Ustavan flotilla demanded the surrender of the ship with intent to impound and dismantle it, which CAPT Jadrys reasonably refused. In the ensuing encounter, Copernicus acquitted herself well and destroyed one of the ships before losing shields and regrouping. The fortuitous arrival of Bayajidda and Vainamoinen ahead of the main fleet proved sufficient to disable a second ship's tactical systems and force the Starleague flotilla to withdraw.

With assistance from Hurutam and the transport ship Fable Nook, Copernicus and Vainamoinen were able to replace damaged systems and resume their mission, albeit in convoy. At this point, I ordered CAPT Mbane of Tereshkova, in her capacity as 103rd Exploratory Unit flag vessel, to set course for a key Ustavan border outpost in the NGC 3847 system with intention to open negotiations.

Tereshkova proceeded as ordered, broadcasting an open message of parley, and held position one light year outside of the nearest posted Starleague customs buoy. Hails were ignored for a period of 96 hours until intercepted by five Starleague vessels. These ships did not open fire but demanded the return of the Copernicus for trial as well as compensation in the form of currency for "damages to Starleague astral stock" and "reparations for assistance rendered to known enemies of the Starleague." In the ensuing talks, CAPT Mbane provided assurances and data that Federation personnel offered no military or political aid and are bound to policies of non-interference. The Starleague representatives seemed to accept these claims grudgingly, and agreed to end active pursuit of the Copernicus, but insisted that any relations with "potential enemy entities" or "interference in future economic expansion" would be viewed as hostile acts.

As the Starleague appears to practice a policy of at-will border expansion, it is impossible to judge who they consider future targets. For that matter, it is not the policy of the Federation to allow our diplomatic entreaties to be conducted only at the sufferance of militaristic third parties. Ultimately no satisfactory conclusion was reached beyond the end of active pursuit efforts, and Tereshkova withdrew from NGC 3847 following the negotiations.

Subsequently, Copernicus has visited several systems in the region broadly "east" of the Starleague and has sought to avoid encounters with their ships, but has experienced no fewer than four attacks by Starleague ships. None of these attacks were serious enough to cause major damage, consisting mainly of single-ship encounters with overly aggressive corporate prospectors.

It is likely that any diplomatic efforts we undertake in star systems proximal to the Starleague will be viewed negatively, but it is also my assessment that the Federation should not allow our mandate of exploration and peaceful first contact to be held hostage by the anti-social behaviour of what is manifestly a rogue authoritarian state with a track record of officially sanctioned genocide. I have ordered the Copernicus to continue her expedition as planned, while remaining cautious for further Starleague aggression.

TECHNICAL NOTES: Starleague vessels are capable of relatively high warp speeds but lack slipstream or transgating capacity. Their tactical capabilities are characterized by extremely heavy duritanium-polyalloy and rodinium hull armour, rugged and compact design that keeps vital systems protected within the ship's main bulk, and armament predominated by high-warp solid-state projectiles of a "Rods From God" tungsten-boride kill-vehicle type, supported by smaller numbers of heavy tetryon beams designed to degrade shielding. Observed tactics of the Starleague tend to centre on "slugfest" battles that make the most of their vessels' heavy shielding and durability. Of note is their use of projectile tracking systems and vertical launch cells, allowing their full projectile armament to be deployed against targets from any angle of approach.

In initial encounters, these tactical approaches presented challenges. Starleague tungsten kill vehicle projectiles have very little effect on shielding, but are significantly more effective against even heavy armour than photon or quantum torpedoes. They are more likely to deeply penetrate the hull and disable vital systems. Initially this proved difficult to counter because of the tendency of the Ustavan beam weapon to steadily degrade shield effectiveness in a prolonged encounter. However, the Copernicus crew were able to identify a rotating shield modulation that significantly diminishes the effectiveness of the Ustavan beam weapon. Their beams degrade the shield envelope by creating "flickers" in the overall coverage through which kinetic kill vehicles can be launched, a weakness which further stresses the shield generators through automated compensation; this can be countered by running the shield envelope at half strength and alternating between generator cores every few seconds, allowing one generator to project a refreshed and uninterrupted bubble while another reboots.

RECOMMENDATION: Maintain a state of no less than silent yellow alert when passing through space known to be proximal to the Ustavan Starleague.
Implement alternating modulation of shield systems when passing through space known to be proximal to the Ustavan Starleague.
Explore the viability of a diplomatic mission to Tel Ustav in the hopes of normalizing relations.

General Discussion / Re: Greetings, new user here....
Last post by BLTrrn - November 14, 2021, 02:18:41 AM
If the fleet is inactive, I'd recommend leaving...if the fleet is closer to "dead", then I'd use whatever services are available & then remove yourself (and find a new fleet).

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