Star Trek - Section 31

Session 5

Thorus and Ramsey, disguising themselves as General Brax and ‘Ambassador’ Fe’zat beam down near the monastery/prison in the middle of the night. They approach the guard at the main door, announcing their arrival as a surprise inspection. When the guard seems overly nervous, Thorus strikes him and gets him to confess that he let a Cardassian woman (Peret) in to visit the engineer. (The guard says the woman insisted she was the engineer’s fiancée.) Thorus insists on speaking to the Cardassians at once and, while they make their way through the prison, Ramsey sets about disabling the transport inhibitors. Unfortunately, upon seeing the arrival of prison guards and ‘Brax’, the engineer puts a knife to Peret’s throat and tries to flee, using her a shield. Thorus sends a guard to lock all the doors, but the guard helpfully sounds the alarm as well. In in the ensuing mayhem, Thorus manages to injure the engineer but he gets away, killing a guard in the process. Peret realizes who ‘Brax’ and ‘Fe’zat’ really are and – after Thorus has the engineer beamed up to the Covington – she agrees to tell them the secret of disabling the Toren ships, if they’ll take her along. (She admits that Capt. Belor and company are only people she hired to bring her here, and not her normal crew.)

Amidst beaming Starfleet hostages to safety, they learn from Lt. Evans (the Springer engineer recruited by Ivers to repair the Covington) that Ivers was taken away via shuttle by a pair of Romulans. After arranging for the Ambassador and his guards to beam to the Springer, Thorus and Ramsey beam up to the Covington. There, along with Peret, they find themselves on the bridge with Capt. Ferenbach who endures a reprimand from the Springer’s captain (a call cut short by a mindful Covington officer). As the Toren ships approach, Peret explains how to disable them with verteron particles and Ferenbach offers Thorus and Ramsey a shuttle which they can use to pursue the Romulans. Lt. Evans volunteers to help and they leave. While the Covington and Springer depart, Ramsey puts out a call (in Romulan) and hears back from Myrun who, after some taunts and insults, agrees to meet in five days to exchange Ivers for the Cardassian engineer (whom they do not have, but Thorus proposes they disguise someone to serve as a decoy for the exchange).

Session 4

When the negotiation-recess stretches on far too long, Ramsey eavesdrops on some junior Toren officers and overhears something suspicious. After confronting them, he ends up speaking with General Brax who admits that there’s been an accident aboard the Covington and two Toren technicians have been electrocuted. After Ramsey assures him that no one in Starfleet would remotely sabotage a ship Brax asks for help ensuring that no one else comes to harm. Ramsey snaps up the opportunity to prepare what seems like a safety manual which will actually lead the remaining ship-side Toren into a confined area. Meanwhile, Thorus plays a game of Kal-toh with Consul Evius who invites him to share what he might learn of the Cardassian presence among the Toren (Evius hints that he, too, will share if he learns anything). After Corik contacts Captain Shirring aboard the Springer to explain the delay in negotiations, Brax invites the Ambassador and his aides to stay in the Hall for their convenience.

Thorus discovers and disables a camera and listening device in the suite they are assigned to but leaves a second bug to give the Toren a false sense of security. He also finds a hidden passage from one of the rooms to the shared lounge between the suites (currently they share the lounge with the Romulans). He finally hears from Ivers who explains that his engineer was discovered by two of the Toren who refused to be reasoned with. Ivers says he needs the inhibitors in the prison off-line as soon as possible, considering the extreme measures he’s taken and Corik’s admission that the negotiations weren’t going well. Afterward, Thorus then takes the opportunity to insult Evius’ assistant, Myrun, before accompanying Ramsey and Corik to the gardens where they can speak without being overheard. Ramsey explains his Toren-trapping safety instructions, Thorus relays Ivers’ information, and Corik proposes to have them return to the ship to implement their plans, saying that he will request Shirring send down replacement security for him. He tells them he’s certain that diplomacy will fail and only hopes that they can rescue the Covington and her crew without any further loss of life.

Session 3

Following the banquet, Ivers rejoins Corik, Thorus, and Ramsey for the shuttle trip back up to the Springer. Ivers has secured a map of the prison and Corik reminds everyone that no rescue attempt must be made until after the negotiations. He feels there is some slim chance for diplomacy to prevail. Back aboard the ship, Ramsey contacts a friend at Starfleet who agrees to send him the command codes that will let them access control of the Covington. Ivers beams over in secret with an engineer from the Springer’s crew to begin surreptitiously repairing what they can while evading the six Toren who are on board. Ivers hopes to have the ship in working order so that he can beam Captain Ferenbach and a skeleton crew aboard for escape, if (or likely, when) the negotiations fail. The prison map reveals 28 Starfleet hostages, 10 Toren guards, an extraneous and seemingly human prisoner, plus 5 Toren support staff. Ramsey receives a cryptic message on his comm unit requesting a call. When he responds it’s Peret, claiming that she has some interest in a prisoner the Toren have taken, and that in exchange for Ramsey’s help she’ll give him vital information on thwarting the Toren ships. Ramsey declines.

The following day, Thorus, Ramsey, and Corik return to the surface. Though there by invitation and welcomed to tour the prison, at the last minute the head guard refuses to let Ramsey in. They also bar Peret, who has shown up unexpectedly. Left out of the tour, Peret tries again to win over Ramsey but fails. In the prison, Corik speaks at length with the guards and staff while Thorus takes account of the Starfleet hostages. He speaks with Ferenbach who asks him specifically to check in on officers Hobbes, Brooks, Gatan, Blake, McKenzie, and Idrani. While making these rounds, Thorus gains entrance to a shielded portion of the facility and discovers a Cardassian there with a small workroom full of tools and technology. Thorus and Corik apologize for the ‘accidental’ breach of this apparently off-limits room, and the trio return to the reception hall to begin negotiations. The negotiations are attended by Toren officials and some of the ‘galatics’ from the reception, including Consul Evius who trades insults with everyone he can. General Brax says that he’s been advised by Evius to stand firm on Toren demands because the Romulans insisted that Federation diplomats must see how serious the Toren are. Corik and Brax agree to a recess. Corik tells Ramsey and Thorus to let Ivers know that it’s not off to a great start.

Session 2

Following their success with the Tynari reactor assignment, Ramsey and Thorus accompany Ivers to Starbase 153 where they meet Ivers’ boss, Boqin Tian. Tian assigns them to join the USS Springer on its diplomatic mission to deliver Vulcan Ambassador Corik to the Toren system. There the science vessel Covington has been seized and its crew taken hostage by the culturally-and-technologically-juvenile Toren. Tian also tells them that, additionally, the Covington was testing a newly developed subspace telescope array, the Cobra Meridian. It’s the most powerful portable telescope developed by the Federation and, if the Toren discover it, they will make greater ranson demands. Tian and Corik hope to recover the Covington and its crew without resorting to either violence or the scuttling of the captured ship. Tian believes that the Covington’s captain (James Ferenbach) deserves a second chance if they can spare him the potential embarrassment of not being able to stop such a backward people from being the cause of the Covington’s loss. Ivers, Thorus, and Ramsey are assigned to accompany Corik and free the Covington and its crew if Ambassador Corik is unable to persuade the Toren to release the ship and hostages.

Once at Toren, Ivers goes on a one-man reconnaissance mission while Thorus and Ramsey escort Corik to a reception, the evening before the negotiations are scheduled. They navigate the treacherous waters of a banquet attended by Toren officials and ‘galactics’ (the Toren’s quaint term for Klingons, Romulans, Cardassians, and any other non-Toren visitor). While there, they meet three Ferengi traders, a wanted Klingon criminal, two Romulan officials, an Andorian arms’ trader, and Cardassian merchant captain Aamen Belor and his all-female crew. One of Belor’s entourage, a woman named Peret, steals Ramsey’s personal communication device while dancing with him. Ivers makes a point of contacting his fellow agents to ask that they alert him if Peret leaves the gathering. Thorus recovers Ramsey’s comm unit and has a gift (earrings) delivered to Peret as if from Ramsey.

Session 1

After rescuing a well-known scientist during a supply-delivery job, former Starfleet officers Thorus and Ramsey get invited to have a celebratory drink at Quark’s bar – on the house no less. After arriving, however, they learn that the invitation was arranged by Section 31 agent Cameron Ivers who offers them both jobs with his organization. Their first assignment is to temporarily join the crew of the USS Sakarya and escort a freighter to the Tynari system. The freighter is to deliver a much-needed reactor to Tynara but ships in the region frequently fall prey to Orion pirates and smugglers. Though the Sakarya gets diverted by a false distress signal and engages in a brief fight with enemy ships, they eventually arrive at Tynara and not only thwart a sabotage attempt but also help install the reactor.

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