((Shuttbay - Section Alpha, Amity Outpost))
Wong: Ah! Aloha, everyone! I heard you needed medical here!
Reade: Aye, thanks for coming over Ikaia.
Iko: Stellae? is that what we are calling them now?
Ariadust: Makes sense, probably a scientific name.
Kivik: Odd. Normally a species should be properly scientifically described prior to being named… but I suppose that’s not important right now. At least that way we have something to call them other than “Angel” or “Mo-Mo”. Stellae it is.
Wong: Most circumstances, you’d be right. But these are unusual times. Just as long as no one uses “Mo-mo” in front of the Hawlat, we’re okay.
Reade: We do not need to offend them anymore to be honest.
Iko: ::Climbing into the pilot's seat of the Yosemite:: We are wasting time people...
Kivik: ::Clutching the bulkhead nervously:: Uhh - are you qualified to fly this thing, Bec? ::Looking to Ariadust:: We do have a former starship helmsman aboard…
Wong: However, I do applaud your enthusiasm, Ensign.
Reade: Ensign, that was quick! I do think Ariadust is a better fit to pilot the shuttle.
Ariadust: Are we? The wind leads into a ravine, as they say.
Iko: ::nervously, ducking to the back:: I-I'm sorry. Ariadust, I believe you should pilot the shuttle.
Kivik: ::Relaxing slightly:: Not to worry Bec… I had full confidence in your abilities, I just… ::deep breath:: don’t love shuttlecraft.
Wong: Are you okay, Ensign Iko?
Reade: I agree with Kivik.
Iko: ::Mildly startled:: Oh, I'm fine. Just got a little... uhh... impulsive, that's all.
Wong: I think we’re all a little eager to help out. It happens.
Reade: I was like that as an Ensign as well.
Kivik: Right, well, let’s just all do what we do best and hope for no more unwanted surprises, shall we? Bec, we can talk about this more whenever you want to.
Iko: I'll explain later. right now we need to take care of... ::getting sidetracked:: Kivik, is it just me or is that Stellae... a child?
Kivik: Judging by what I can make out here… yes, it appears to be some sort of ::thinking of the right term:: Calf, I suppose? Whatever the case, it may be particularly sensitive to sensor scans and more easily confused by the machinery of the mining rig… What’s worse, if it’s out here in distress, I can’t imagine its parents won’t come looking for it.
Wong: You can tell they’re a juvenile from the size as well as the speckles and stripes pattern along their body.
Wong: They’re not just caught. I see they’re tangled up in some cable as well. It’s likely pulling at them as they’re trying to escape. It’s going to cause injury if they keep doing that.
Reade: Agree, we need to free them from the cable as soon as possible, without causing anymore harm.
Ariadust: It certainly looks it. Hm. ::Ceciri thought through it.:: I've seen that pattern before, in the magnetic readings. It was where the Stellae were playing. ::taps some controls to forward it to Kivik:: Ensign Kivik, could you compare that to previous readings? Al-::A proximity alarm went off, and Ceciri moved to look at it, then .. groaned.:: There's a herd of Stellae coming in. Probably to 'rescue' their child. This could complicate matters.
((Shuttlecraft Yosemite, Poseidon Mining Rig))
Thompkins: =/\= Welcome back, friends! All right, what's the plan? =/\=
Kivik: =/\= Well, Mr. Thompkins… We’ve nearly arrived at the mining rig. It looks like you have a juvenile creature - a young Stellae - in your equipment. It’s likely confused and could be injured. There are also more on the way - If we don’t get it out of there quickly, we could be dealing with a swarm. =/\=
Iko: Get the little one out before their mum does
Reade: Aye, that does make a lot of sense.
Wong: =/\=Sir, I promise you that we’ll handle it and that we’ll get everyone out safely. We’re just going to need some time.
Thompkins: =/\= Response =/\=
Kivik: =/\= We’ll need to get in closer if we want to isolate the creature’s energy signature. That could give us a chance to beam it out - assuming we can get a lock on it. If that fails, Plan B is to use a prototype decoy drone to lure it out of the rig. Lieutenant Reade is working on that… =/\=
Reade: Plan B is ready and waiting on standby if needed.
Kivik: =/\= Plan C is to send someone in to retrieve the creature manually. We have our Chief Medical Officer, Lieutenant Wong, aboard since that could be dangerous. =/\=
Wong: Ensign Kivik, a word when you’re done?
oO Hmm, why is Wong asking for Kivik Oo
Thompkins: =/\= Response =/\=
Kivik: =/\= Understood. We’ll keep you up to date. =/\=
Kivik: Lieutenant Ariadust, how close do you think you can get me to the Stellae? There’s a lot of interference from the Nebula and from the benamite ore being processed in the mining rig. If we want to beam it out safely, we’re going to need a crystal clear signal.
Wong: We’re asking to beam something out the size of a small starship. Also, those cables tied around the Stellae are going to need to be cut carefully. But I need to----
Reade: Guys, we should listen to Ika…
Kivik: Bec, I hope it won’t come to this, but if one of us needs to go in there… you may be the most qualified based on your training. Are you up for that?
Iko: ::jumping up:: Aye sir! ::sitting down again, looking down:: oO I did it again...Oo
Wong: Ahem! Ah! Okay! Listen. This is no ordinary rescue. While we are well aware of the cultural significance of the Stellae to the Hawlat people, the last I saw of them, they weren’t happy. They’re keeping a VERY close eye on the situation we have with our trapped friend here. Depending upon what we do, diplomacy hangs in the balance.
Iko: nooo pressure... ::her eyes widened purposefully for a moment::
Kivik: While that does add pressure to the situation, the goal remains the same. We need to remove the creature as safely as possible - for us and for the Stellae.
Reade: I agree with Ikaia 100%, we are going to be under major scrutiny here, we need to perform this safely and effectively.
Wong: I’m going to suggest an amalgamation of Kivik’s plan with a bit of a twist. I’m assuming the drones are designed for the Stellae, correct? If they can be programmed to leak vented plasma to our juvenile, it should have a calming effect on them and we may be able to use the drones to lure our new friend back. I’m going to suggest that Lieutenant Reade as our resident engineer be on drone duty. That leaves our shuttle out running as a rather large distraction for the rest of the Stellae pod. It’s big, can vent out a lot of plasma, and very attractive to the Stellae.
Iko: that will hopefully buy us some time, however I think those Stellae's main goal right now aint gonna be feeding…
Kivik: Actually - Lieutenant Wong may be onto something. If the creature is, as we suspect, a juvenile, then it may actually be more food-motivated than a mature Stellae. This plan makes sense to me - so long as everyone can handle it.
Reade: That can be done, I just need to change some minor things on the drone, so it can vent some plasma.
Wong: This brings us to the last part. As much as I don’t like option C, we’re going to have to consider it for cutting the cables and to show the Hawlat that the health and welfare of the Stellae matter to us. I’m aware that option C is dangerous which is why I’m suggesting that we don’t send Ensign Iko out alone. Some of us will have to go with her for not only the safety of the Stellae but for the safety of our crew. This is going to require a surgeon’s touch.
Iko: ::quietly:: And someone to make sure I make rational decisions…
Scotty fully agreed with Ikaia, it was too dangerous to complete a transport of the animal.
Kivik: As much as I hate to say this, Lieutenant - I think I should come along as well. If I can get close to the creature, I might be able to place some pattern enhancers that will allow us to safely transport it out of the rig once we free it from the cabling…
Reade: I have completed modifying the drone, it should be good to go
Wong: If we go through with this plan, I know this is tense. Especially for a first mission. Ensign Iko. However, I can come with you to help. Just know that we will have your back.
Iko: Just don't trust everything I say ::nervous chuckle::
Kivik: You’ll do fine, Bec. Just remember your training and you’ll be fine.
Reade: You got this Bec, just remember we are all here. If you need help please ask.
Iko: How close are we to the mining rig?
Kivik: About as close as we can get.
Reade: All ship systems are good, this is the close we can get her
Iko: can we get a lock?
Kivik: There’s simply too much interference to beam it out if it’s caught up in anything. We might end up incorporating other materials into the transporter pattern - and that’s a whole mess we don’t want to get into, least of all with the Hawlat watching our every move. This is going to take a gentle touch.
Reade: I agree, we have not even tested our transporters on these creatures before, so I am not sure if it would cause some issues with the buffer or pattern, we really need to play it safe.
Iko: ::sigh:: plan B?
Kivik: Unfortunately, I have to agree with Lieutenant Wong’s directive. We’ll attempt to calm the creature by feeding it with the drone - Reade, do you think you can get it close enough? Meanwhile, Lieutenant Ariadust can keep the rest of the Stellae swarm at bay. oO I hope. Oo Wong, Iko, and I will take EV suits and.. ::feeling slightly short of breath:: ..go free the creature from the rig.
Reade: Aye, I can get the drone in pretty close. I will radio you guys once I have got its attention.
Kivik: ::Nervously:: Okay, then… Time to shine.
Kivik: ::To Wong: Lieutenant, I’m sorry if I spoke over you. Was there anything else you wanted to discuss?
Kivik: I’ll keep that in mind.
Reade: Alright, the drone has been deployed. Waiting on you guys.
Reade: Good Luck all!
Scotty watched as the crew left the ship. He was going to stay onboard with Araidust and control the drones remotely.
Reade: =/\= Scotty to away team, the drone is in place and leaking plasma. What is your status =/\=
Iko/Wong/Kivik: =/\= Response =/\=
Reade: =/\= Acknowledged, the drone is moving to where requested. =/\=
Iko/Wong/Kivik: =/\= Response =/\=
Reade: I hope this works, how's the horde of them coming in?
Reade: Ah, that was quicker than expected
Reade: =/\= Away Team, the horde of Stella have come faster than we expected, be prepared to see some slight resistance. =/\=
Iko/Wong/Kivik: =/\= Response =/\=
Lt. JG Scotty Reade