Mission 25: Masque of Reality Dec 25, 2013 23:29:14 GMT
Post by Carl Torek on Dec 25, 2013 23:29:14 GMT
~ Mission 25 : Masque of Reality ~
Three months ago, the USS Sagan vanished without trace. Now, the USS Emeritus has been missing for over a month. Several vessels began a search, but to no avail. New information has come to light that the Intrepid Class Emeritus has been seen, adrift, and lifeless. The ship, in a degrading orbit around an M-Class body, known only by its official designation:
A moon within a system considered unremarkable in every sense. The USS Raven-B has been assigned to investigate the ship and the loss of the entire crew before reporting back to Star Fleet Command ...
On arrival, the Raven scans the ship thoroughly before approaching to within one thousand meters. Admiral Torek orders the tractor beam be used to halt the ships’ rotation. Once satisfied, he orders an away team to beam aboard to investigate. Meanwhile, the duty Tactical Officer has been scanning the nearby moon and locates two shuttle-craft. But the close proximity of the parent body, a massive gas giant, interferes with transporter function. With no other option open, Torek asks his Chief Engineer to get the Emeritus ready for flight, Blakus sends his Assistant Chief to the ship and joins the away team to the barren, desolate moon aboard the medical shuttle Piper. The quartz-like surface revealed no clues as to the disappearance of the ship, but that would change as the crew open the rear air-lock door !
Stepping out of the Piper, the away team suddenly find themselves in Star Fleet Command Headquarters in San Francisco … Music, dancing, and flamboyant costumes seemed to be the order of the day. From Roman centurion, to American Indian, to Viking hordes, to sixteenth century May Queens, a troglodyte dragging his mate across the floor, Tibetan monks, and countless other manifestations from history. But two things stood out above all the theatre; the first was the lifelessness of those participating, the second, they would realize soon enough, and that was the fact that all those participating in the ball, were members of the missing vessels’ crews ! …
Can the Raven solve the mystery, before they, or yet another ship vanishes without trace ?
Hope you enjoy
Adm. Carl Torek
Adm. Carl Torek