S'reena hurried after the captain, easily keeping up with his long strides. She was in generally fit condition, and worked out as frequently as was possible, between her duties and the care for her children. Auric remained perched on her shoulder, half-hidden by her hair, chirping in annoyance at being jostled so much. Yet the little creature didn't take flight, obeying the firm order to remain where she was.
When she heard him speak to the king, she remained silent. After all, her instructions had been not to speak up to the local royalty, and she wasn't intent on starting a diplomatic uprising. In silence, she listened to the exchange of pleasantries and only inclined her head in acknowledgement of her own introduction. She still had little idea on why she was here exactly, but with her tricorder activated, it was at least taking in the building as much as was possible.
Since she had no idea where exactly this king was located, she didn't turn to face him, having only the vague sense of Savot standing fairly close by. And thát she only knew, because of Auric, because her little companion knew the captain, and could identify him. Keeping her hands folded before her, she smiled serenely as she listened in concentration, keeping watch. The Romulan always expected trouble, no matter how peaceful relations were supposed to be. And despite being relatively unarmed, she wasn't defenseless, and she stood ready, though her outward appearance was of compliance and ease.
As there group broke up he stayed with Commander Jackson as O'Brian went with the captain's party to meet the king. He was never big on royalt so it was best for him to stay with commander Jackson. He followed closely behind her scanning the area as they went to meet there party.
Tapping his combadge "Mr. Andrus we have arrived and are meeting the diplomats now keeps scanning the area and monitoring our positions. If anything looks even the slightest bit strange no matter how small I want to know about okay. Oh by the way you lucked out not have to dress up. wolf out"
He followed there escort and kept quite the entire time, his job was to protect not make small talk. He still had to meet his counter parts and get a feel for them, alot could be said by the way they acted. So far everything was going to plan for the moment and in his heart he was hoping he was making a big deal over nothing. He could tell Commander Jackson seemed a bit nervous her first week on the job as FO and she was responsable for trying to make peace. Sometimes it paid not to be a command officer sometimes anyway as they apporached the group he came up a long her side to react if needed.
Post by SA. Stacey Jackson [Ret] on May 14, 2009 13:04:07 GMT
Stacey Jackson closely followed the young man who led her to the entrance that was for the President and her staff, Stacey could hear someone keeping pace with her just behind her. She didn’t need to look back to know it was Colonel Wolf… and after Wolf started conversing with Ensign Andrus who was monitoring the situation from the El Salvador she turned and gave him a small smile.
After the relatively short walk she stood in front of a relatively large metal door, the lights on the side of which started to glow before it slowly slid open, Stacey straightened her back and cleared her throat.
Seconds later a woman leading a large entourage of military and civilian personnel walked out of the door and stopped in front of Jackson and Wolf.
Stacey stepped forward and bowed her head slightly before saying.
“Madame President… I am Commander Stacey Jackson First Officer of the Federation Starship El Salvador.” Nodding at Colonel Wolf, she said. “And this is Colonel Wolf senior Marine officer he will be acting as Security liaison between your government and the Kings.”
The President stepped forward and despite her rather young age carried a sense of wisdom in her step. “Well now we have that done with Commander Let us go to the ridiculous wast of time lunch so we can get to what we are really here for.”
Stacey nodded and gave a curt smile before wondering if the Captain was having as much luck with the King.
*** The King and his entourage***
"Greetings, Your Highness. I am Savot of Vulcan, Captain of the Federation starship El Salvador. This is my Science Officer Commander S'reena Hope."
The King took a step forward and examined Savot closely; he gave a small nod and said. “It is a pleasure to meet you Captain.”
He turned ad pointed to the man who had stayed two paces behind him. “This is my Son the Prince.”
The Prince seemed to gaze at Commander Hope a little too long; he had a look of confusion on his face but not confusion alone fear as well. The King began to walk the short distance to the banquet hall not at all looking forward to meeting his counterpart.
Stacey, Wolf and the people from Democratic government arrived first and Stacey gazed around the rather large hall, the Flags of both governments adorned the walls and about twenty tabled were set up for people to eat and begin getting used to being in the same room.
It was not long before Captain Savot and Commander Hope, walked in from the other side. Stacey suddenly felt very nervous about being in the middle of the two groups, she was not afraid of a firefight but rather a war of words breaking out. Captain Savot was calm and collected as he always was and Stacey envied him at that moment in time. The President and her entourage slowly moved towards the group lead by the King and his people. Stacey noticed that the Deputy President she had met just minutes ago was no longer in the group she was escorting; she did not find it that odd she assumed he had important business to attend to.
As the two groups met in the middle, Stacey stepped between them and said. “Your Highness may I present the President and her staff… Madame President his Majesty and Captain Savot.”
Stacey was about to introduce her other fellow officers when she heard a loud pitched buzzing coming from the centre of the room, she turned in time to see a bright flash and then an explosion blow tables towards her and the main group of people.
Stacey felt her self get pulled down from behind as the heat seemed to cook her alive, the room was too filled with smoke for her to see anything when she finally managed to lift her head from the ground. She looked over next to her to see a young ensign whose name escaped her, Stacey moved to place her hands on the ensigns neck, she didn’t feel a pulse and when she removed her hand she saw it was covered in blood. She tapped her comm. Badge and yelled over the screams for help of injured people.
“Jackson to El Salvador… Medical Emergency… I need an emergency beam out.. right now.”
Seconds later the response came.
“Commander there is to much radiation in the building to get a lock on you and the away team… you need to get outside.”
Stacey growled before looking around as the smoke began to clear. “Captain?.... S’reena?... Wolf?..... We need to get out of here… can you hear me?”
<Tag Away Team… feel free to add anything you like… perhaps the two sides security start attacking each other because each side accuses the other?... Please don’t simm that the King or President are alive they are dead you may simm that if you wish>
Savot bowed his head politely as the King identified himself. His gaze then naturally went to the Prince when the King gestured toward him, and the vulcan couldn't help but notice the peculiar expression the Prince held while looking at Commander Hope. The captain's eyes narrowed imperceptibly in curiosity but the Prince's reaction alone was insufficient to assume anything was awry.
The vulcan and his Science officer followed the procession in through the East's designated entrance, and soon they'd entered the main chamber and spotted the other half of the El Sal's group again. As the two groups met in the middle, Stacey stepped between them and said. “Your Highness may I present the President and her staff… Madame President his Majesty and Captain Savot.”
Even as his name was spoken the vulcan's gaze became unfocussed, probably seeming rude to anyone paying close enough attention, as he concentrated instead on his sense of hearing that had seemed to pick up on a growing pitch somewhere in the room. However, not 2 seconds after Savot initially heard the sound, a powerful explosion followed it and the vulcan had barely enough time to take cover before being decapitated by debris from what would have been the negotiating table.
The captain's concern was for everyone present, but as a physical being with defined limitations he was only capable of pulling one person to cover during his dive, and the closest one happened to be Commander Hope. Diving so as to keep himself between his officer and the debris, the duo hit the floor and Savot caught himself on his hands and elbows so his own bodyweight wouldn't bludgeon Hope.
Listening first to ensure no firing was taking place before rising to his knees, Savot looked first to Hope then to her familiar to ensure it, too, had survived the incident. When he looked around the room Savot saw Jackson still alive through the cloud of still-airborne dust but saw the Ensign lying near her that hadn't escaped so unscathed. He also saw her tap her commbadge but her request and the ship's reply were lost to him amid the panicked shrieks of the crowd, but if she had called for beam-out something was apparently preventing it.
Savot wanted to contain the whole area and prevent anyone from leaving, but it was not only outside his jurisdiction to do so since this was the Merans' world, but his first priority was also to his own people first. Enough people had fled their immediate vicinity that Savot could now make out Stacey's calls, "Captain?.... S’reena?... Wolf?..... We need to get out of here… can you hear me?”
Savot called out to everyone, and they all rallied around the wounded, possibly murdered, ensign. Jackson quickly explained that they had to get outside to beam out and Savot nodded, "Jackson, you'll assist Commander Hope's egress through the debris and crowds. Colonel Wolf, recall the surviving security officers. You'll all need your arms free to cover us on the move so I'll carry the Ensign. Wolf is on point, Hope and Jackson just behind. The rest of our team will rendevous behind me en route and guard the rear; move!" Though raising his voice at the end, rather than carry any emotional tone it simply served to convey his instructions to focus and proceed as expeditiously as possible.
Before hefting the ensign's body Savot tapped his own commbadge, knowing that after he'd finished talking with the El Salvador they could close the channel on their end so he wouldn't need his hands, =^=Savot to Bridge. Away-team is preparing to exit from the building's East. Commander Jackson will signal you once we're clear at which point you will transport everyone but myself and Colonel Wolf directly to Sickbay. Savot out.=^=
The vulcan then called forward toward Jackson and Hope, tone neutral-per-usual but firm and louder than normal to carry over the remaining audio din of yells and footfalls, "Commander Jackson, Wolf and I will remain on the surface to cooperate with the local authorities in investigating what's happened. Once you're back aboard assume Red Alert posture and maintain raised shields until otherwise instructed. Commander Hope, have your department review the sensor logs over the past half-hour, we may be able to determine if a signal of any kind was transmitted towards the negotiation chambers that may have activated the explosive device if it was in fact an explosive that caused this."
A bomb was his personal choice for the culprit at present, but he had to admit there were several possible alternatives until more evidence had been collected to refine his conclusions. The vulcan brought up the rear until the surviving security had caught up with them, and the group continued making their way towards the building's exterior...
(As Jackson said any other input is still viable from the other Away Team members, I just started us on our way so there's still time before we get all the way out to have things happen if people have something in mind.)
He followed just behind Commander Jackson as she made introductions in the meeting hall. He thought it was very odd that the Deputy President was no longer with them. It gave me concern because of the nature of the talks it would only seem natural for him to be involved as well. He heard the high pitch noise that was building and getting louder. Instinct kicked in and he pulled Commander Jackson down to the ground and threw himself on top of her as the blast hit. He was trying not to crush her but want to make sure she was shield from the blast.
When it was over he felt Commander Jackson push him off and headed to the fallen ensign. She was trying to get intouch with the ship for beam out. He figure it wouldn't happen the explosion might have left radiation which would block the transport. " Commander Jackson we have to go now you can't stay here. I'm sorry about the ensign but there's nothing that can be done we got to get to the captain and leave."
He looked around he could tell the security details for the world leaders were already blaming each other. It was a question of time before it got nasty he heard the captains call. He grabbed Commander Jackson and started pushing her in the direction of the captains voice.
He could still tell she was worried about who else might be hurt. " Commander if we dont go now alot more people are going to get hurt. Right now you have to get out of here and prevent a war before both sides start blaming each other"
As they caught with the captain he heard the orders. He was on point and moving as quickly and safely as possible. He didn't want to run in to anything tapping his combadge " Alpha team excute wolf 2 provide rear security. El-Salvador one and two are on move, danger close. " Which informed his team there was a chance for a nother attack.
When they reached there destination he heard the captains orders for everybody else. He was not happy the captain was staying back to assist. He held his objection when the captain said he would be staying back as he watched the rest of the group beam out he turned to face savot
"Sir there's alot more going on here then meets the eye, that place was scanned by each security team and the device was not picked up. Its a little to advanced to be local if it could hide from federation scans. There is a chance somebody else who is not native to this world could be involved. I respectfully request pardon the expression sir but I be attached to your hip figuretively speaking of course." <Tag Savot>
S'reena too heard a soft whine, then the next thing she knew she was knocked over and felt a weight cover her, but not so much that it'd crush her. She heard Auric screech in protest, but since she didn't sense the little one attack, she knew exactly who had brought her down to cover. "Thank you captain," she murmured as she heard him move a little then felt a hand on her own.
Gratefully, she accepted the assistance to get up into a crouching position, knowing that getting back up was dangerous. She heard Auric chirp and chatter. "Yes I'm fine," she answered the little one's enquiry, glad that the creature had winked out of the area just in time.
Given the shouts around them and the feel of debris in her hair and on her face, S'reena presumed that there were many wounded. Her sharp hearing picked up a few stray conversations, as she was now fully pulled up to her feet.
Using Savot as a guide to get to the rest of the awayteam, she waited patiently for orders. There wasn't much she could do here, the terrain was just too dangerous for her to move around. Gracefully, she accepted the orders for her to keep with Jackson, who was to be her guide. Auric would also be of no use, the creature was too small to be able to guide her through rough terrain, or even near-impassable terrain. The risk of injury would be too great.
"Captain, I request permission to remain," she finally spoke up, "I can do more here, scientifically, than aboard the El-Salvador. As long as I have someone to guide me, I could take detailed scans, and perhaps find out who the explosive belonged to. I would need to be at the blast site, but if someone from security were with me, it would be safe enough. Perhaps even someone from the local population, to show that there still are open options for negotiations. We don't know who was behind this, and until then both sides need to be kept safe, and perhaps together. At least be kept here, until further notice."
She didn't want to be transported to sickbay, she wanted to do her job, which was what she had come down for in the first place. Grimfaced, she 'looked' around, while wiping the dust from her face, daring anyone to contradict her or enforce orders upon her.
As the group began to convene together outside the building, Savot saw his Science officer turn to address his general direction, "Captain, I request permission to remain," she finally spoke up, "I can do more here, scientifically, than aboard the El-Salvador. As long as I have someone to guide me, I could take detailed scans, and perhaps find out who the explosive belonged to. I would need to be at the blast site, but if someone from security were with me, it would be safe enough. Perhaps even someone from the local population, to show that there still are open options for negotiations. We don't know who was behind this, and until then both sides need to be kept safe, and perhaps together. At least be kept here, until further notice."
Savot nodded, conceding her individual points but in the end was undeterred, "I agree, though we have little jurisdiction here to dictate how each group responds to this incident. However, until we determine more specifics as to what has happened here I want as few crewmembers on the surface as possible. Once the situation here has been somewhat contained we can arrange for science personnel to examine the explosion site if we're granted permission to do, at which point you may personally lead them should you so desire."
He had begun gently lowering the bloodied ensign to the ground as he spoke, and was just setting the head down gently before rising to continue, "We're also uncertain as to the characteristics of the attack here. Though I deem it unlikely it's possible the explosion released some form of biological weapon and the medical facilities of the El Salvador are more likely to successfully confirm that or rule it out than the local hospitals. However, until the completion of our mission this is still a diplomatic situation and as such a suitable ship's representative must remain in contact with the leaders, and to present anyone other than the ship's captain would convey disrespect to the local governments."
As though an additional thought had occurred to him as he'd spoken, Savot turned to again address the group as a whole, "I intend to offer the services of our Sickbay to any injured Merans; as such any of you who don't feel specifically injured needn't be examined in Sickbay itself, but a medical specialist must examine you immediately upon beamup and certify each of you fit to return to duty. Commander Jackson, I'll send you a report as soon as possible when a clearer picture of what happened is available. In the interim, simply be prepared to receive casualties, send down what personnel and equipment Colonel Wolf requests for what I hope will be a joint investigation with the Meran authorities, and maintain an alert posture in case there is a Romulan presence in the system. That is all."
When Savot and Wolf remained, the vulcan listened to a much milder statement than he'd expected from the Marine, "Sir there's a lot more going on here than meets the eye, that place was scanned by each security team and the device was not picked up. It's a little too advanced to be local if it could hide from Federation scans. There is a chance somebody else who is not native to this world could be involved. I respectfully request pardon the expression sir but I be attached to your hip figuratively speaking of course."
Despite the severity of the situation Savot arched an eyebrow in possible amusement at Wolf's final words, "Barring either a medical miracle or hideous accident, it would seem that figuratively will have to suffice Colonel." Sleeves soaked with the blood of one of his crew, Savot re-entered the building alongside Wolf.
The situation inside was still frantic and chaotic, but on a smaller scale since anyone not directly involved with the expected proceedings had fled to avoid becomming additional casualties. The vulcan captain moved back towards the explosion site and addressed what he believed to be members from each of the 2 governments. Hands clasped behind him solemnly, Savot dipped his head as he spoke, "I am incapable of expressing sufficient condolences for your losses this day; but know I grieve with thee."
He allowed a moment's pause to be respectful before getting to the heart of things, "I ask that you forgive my directness but we must determine exactly what has happened here and who is responsible. Though I offer my assurances that my crew and I have no desire to harm your population in any way, understandably my word is insufficient to remove us as suspects since we were in fact present at the time of the explosion. Likewise, as Captain I am responsible for the actions of those under my command and as such I am willing to place myself in your custody for the duration of the investigation."
He raised his bloodied, though not his own blood, right hand to forestall any response until he had finished, "However, I will only do so to a joint investigation team comprised of an equal number of personnel from both governments, with my own crew sharing in the investigation as well led by Colonel Wolf here. Someone is responsible for this, and this act itself should show you how crucial peace is for your two people's. The party responsible felt sufficiently threatened by the prospect of your peace to perform this despicable act. Rather than waste the efforts you've already made you should use this pursuit of justice as a rallying point for mutual cooperation."
Lieutenant James Fire had spent the last several hours flying the class nine shuttle at its highest possible warp in order to return to the El'Salvador. Only when he pulled it back out of warp did he see the ship. He smiled as he executed his command to open the bay doors after making sure the navigation department knew of his arrival. Carefully he edged it inside the shuttle bay and lowered it watching as the bay doors came to a close and the chamber repressurized.
It felt good to finally be back on the ship and away from Earth and his family members. The loss of anybody's family member is enough to be nerve racking. But, nevertheless he was back on board to take his spot as the Chief Navigation officer, and he wouldn't talk much to others why he had been away for so long.
He walked up towards the first officer noticing that it just happened to be Lieutenant Kelley, "I'm back from my extended leave." His reasons for being gone were still unknown, but Starfleet had returned him to his old ship with a fresh set of orders.
"Ahh, Lieutenant Fire. Welcome back the Captain and some of the other senior officers are currently on the surface. Take them to the bridge I am certain you are most needed there at the moment."
The lieutenant nodded, "Thanks." He said stopping by his quarters to drop off his bags before going towards the turbolift and entering. He would speak quickly, "Bridge." Instantly the turbolift would take off until finally stopping and the doors swung open. James stepped out and walked quickly to the helm and took over for the ensign that had been filling the seat. "Your relieved Ensign." He would say and watch as he walked away towards the turbolift and would vanish.
((If I am the only senior officer on the bridge I will take the Captain's chair but I'm just getting into the groove of things.))
He was a little uneasy witht the captain still on the surface but at least he was with him. As they went back into the building to start assesing the damage. He listened to the captain and was caught off guard when he offered to be taken into custody. He didn't say anything openly about this he would not embarce his captain. The only reason he kept quite was because the captain had a homing becan under his skin which meant he could be tracked.
While the captain was talking he quitely tapped his combadge. " El-Salvador please beam down a fresh uniform for the captain and one for me. Have my gunney bring them to you he will know which one's to bring. Aslo make sure the captain's contain nothing but standard issue gear. I also want tricoders and a portal computer tied to Commander Hope's Science station. All information gathered must be fed straight to her computer for her to get a head start on identify the explosive used."<Tag Fire>
" Andrus go through the scans leading up to the exploison see who was in this room. I dont care how brief it might have been, also I want complete scans of this whole world see if there are any life forms that dont belong to this world." <Tag Andrus>
As the captain finished he wasn't happy about the whole thing but thought something should be added " Sorry for the inturpting captain, I would also add that having a Vulcan's point of view on the investigation would help all concerned. His emotions will not cloud facts and his observations will be as we say to the point and the trueth. I ask that while in your custody that he be allowed to help with the investigation. I will make no attempts to beam him off word or hide him from you. You may assign your security details to follow him I simple ask that he be allowed to remain unconfined during the investigation. You have my word of honor I will do my best to solve what happened hear"
Turning to face his captain " Sorry sir but your logic on this matter is as importan a tool as any scan. While I may be able to figure out the who, what and the why your thinking will prevent us from jumping to conclusion. It will also ensure that the findings are not clouded with any emotion from any side."
A few secounds later a package was brought to them while waiting for the response from everybody. It had the gear he asked for as well as a standard issue uniform for the captain to change into along with some water and rag's to clean themselves with. " Captain I took the liberty of asking the El-Salvador to send down some gear along with a fresh uniform for you as well sir" <Tag Savot>
Lieutenant James Fire had assumed the command chair shortly after checking the current situation with the ship and the rest of the senior staff. Being one of the junior senior staff officers he hardly got to sit in the chair. He had been replaced by Lieutenant Kelley at the helm and he had gotten rather comfortable at the moment until the comms activated and he heard Colonel Wolf's voice over it.
While the captain was talking he quitely tapped his combadge. " El-Salvador please beam down a fresh uniform for the captain and one for me. Have my gunney bring them to you he will know which one's to bring. Aslo make sure the captain's contain nothing but standard issue gear. I also want tricoders and a portal computer tied to Commander Hope's Science station. All information gathered must be fed straight to her computer for her to get a head start on identify the explosive used."
He would reach down and activate his own comm, "This is Lieutenant James Fire glad to hear from you sir hope everybody down on the surface is okay." <Tag Runningwolf>
He looked behind him towards the science officer, "You heard him tie their tricorders into a science station."
Then he would look towards the tactical officer, "Please contact his Gunney and have him follow through with the Colonel's request for new uniforms. And, the captain's uniform is to contain no more then standard issue gear." He watched as the officer began working on that part of the request.
"Sir, I have a station linked up with their tricorders so that Commander Hope can analyze the data."
"Thank you." He then looked at his helm officer, "Scan a two hundred kilometer radius around the blast zone, and transfer all data to the same station."
He reconnected the commlink to Wolf, "Colonel some fresh uniforms are on their way. A science station has been linked, we are also scanning a two hundred kilometer radius of the blast zone from the ship. Lieutenant Fire out." <tag Runningwolf>
Hiding her disappointment, and refraining from voicing her disagreement with the denial of permission, S'reena nodded once, then allowed herself to be transported back to the ship. She felt her hand being taken, and though the person in question didn't say a word, she knew exactly where she was going. The last place she wanted to be, but needed to be. She realised Savot had left the order open for her, to interpret as she wanted to, but she thought it wiser not to test his patience too much.
Vulcans, of course, were the most patient species she knew, but even S'reena knew theirs wasn't endless either. She walked into sickbay, allowing herself to be checked over for a wide variety of things. Radiation was dangerous, but who knew what had been in the air before. The previously visited site, where they'd erroneously been transported to, had been dangerous.
After being cleared for duty, and a few scrapes on her hands being treated, she was on her way back to the bridge within minutes. "I need all the help I can get," she announced, for once not too proud to do something herself, "I have scans of the surface and I was scanning when the explosion occurred. I need someone to tell me what they see, as they're visual scans. The computer can't accurately interpret for me, I need assistance."
Too bad Ian wasn't on duty, but she hoped anyone else would be able to assist. "I'm in somewhat of a hurry," she added, "the captain is still down there, with Colonel Wolf. Both may be in danger. Also, we need to locate the members of the Royal Family, ensure they're still alive." Then she fell silent, abruptly, realising that she was taking on Jackson's job. She sat at her station, frozen in place, waiting for the first officer to speak up.
Post by SA. Stacey Jackson [Ret] on May 18, 2009 11:21:25 GMT
Stacey nodded as the Captain gave her the order to return to the ship, she couldn’t believe this had happened and couldn’t believe she was still alive. She had not seen the leaders and feared the worst for them… if they were dead the chances for peace would be severely crippled.
Stacey left before Commander Hope did as she was trying to convince Savot to let her stay on the surface. She made it outside and was immediately beamed back to the El Salvador.
She skipped going to sickbay, even though she had a slight pain in her leg, she needed to be on the bridge. The young crew operating the bridge needed reassurance that everything would be okay.
She walked onto the bridge and immediately locked eyes on the person in the command chair. “You are relieved Lieutenant.”
She walked to the middle of the bridge and sat down as she said. “Mr. Fire bring us into a closer orbit…. Ensign Andrus keep the shields up and weapons hot.”
She turned to see Commander Hope enter the bridge Stacey shrugged as she guessed that Hope had been denied the request to stay.
As S’reena sat down she announced she needed help, Stacey pointed at one of the young ensigns at the back of the bridge and motioned him to S’reena. She continue on to announce what they should be doing first.
Stacey looked over at her with slight frustration and said in a curt tone. “Thank you Commander… just concentrate on the scans…. Mr Andrus I want you to run an intensive scan of the captains position I want to know how many people are there with him and I want to know the very second if they start shooting at each other”
She hoped it wouldn’t happen but it was almost a certainty that the governments would both accuse each other of the bombing.
She tapped her comm. Badge and said. “Jackson to Captain Savot… do you have any information on the leaders?”
As the captain found a place to change he explored the damage it was still being hauled away in a effore to look for suvivers. Walking around he found where some of the bodies had been moved to in the coner scanning to see if he had know anybody, he saw one covered with a flag thinking it was a little odd he bent down and pulled the flag back a little. He was hoping it wasn't the king but after pulling the flag back he realized the king was dead. Quitely he got up and checked the rest of the bodies his fear was confirmed when he found the body of the president.
Not body seemed to notice what he was doing he walked back to a coner tapping his combadge " Commander Jackson I need to talk you, can you please secure the channel"
He could tell Commander Jackson was a little stressed and he wasn't about easy her stress in fact he was going to add to it. She came back on line informing the channel was secure and sounding a little worried that he asked for a secure channel.
" Commander Jackson I will inform the captain of my finding when I can secure some of his time privately. Also you should know the Captain has offered himself as a prisoner until this matter gets cleared up. So far he's only being taken into supervised custody I'll leave that matter to you. I have found 2 bodies that I have identified on as the president, the other I can't be certain I'm sending the images now to Commander Hope but the other was covered with a flag. I can't be certain but I'm reasonable sure its the King. Commander Hope will have to confirm my findings"
"Commander I do not need to say how this is going to complicate things even more so with the Captain offering himself to be taken into custody. When this hits the air waves things are going to get a lot worse. I however do need something in point two things, I would like Commander Hope to join me on the surface. Her skills and knowledge would make finding the device and figuring out its design and make go faster. The last Commander its just a feeling but I find it very odd that the Deputy President left before this happened. I"m not implying anything yet but it would be nice to know where he went and why. If you could figure out away to get those answers it could go along way of either confirming my gut or eliminating a possible suspect." <Tag Jackson>
He waited for a response he was hoping that she would at least give him Commander Hope. She would be a real asset right now and give him someone else to trust and watch his back until they figured out what was going on.
" Also Commander if you could see if the goverments would allow a shuttle to land. We could use it as a base and it would allow us to access information a lot quicker a science shuttle would not raise to many worries I believe if we grant both sides access to the findings as we go through them."
Savot blinked slightly surprised at Wolf's monologue on the virtues of logic as applied to criminal investigations, then bowed his head toward the Marine slightly in appreciation, "While I agree with your points Colonel and appreciate your faith in my objectivity, being non-vulcan does not by definition preclude one's ability to use logic."
He turned slightly then to address the Meran personnel and dipped his head forward again, deferring to whatever decision they chose to make, "I am certainly willing to participate in the investigation under your supervision should you so desire, but if not I have full confidence in my crew's capability to help you determine the truth of what occurred here."
At that moment Wolf's requested uniforms package arrived, "Captain I took the liberty of asking the El-Salvador to send down some gear along with a fresh uniform for you as well sir." Savot nodded, already beginning to shrug out of his dress uniform overshirt. The rest of the uniform would have to get changed later, this entire mission was bound to be dirty both literally and figuratively.
As Wolf stepped aside and seemed to be speaking through his commbadge, Savot rolled his dress jacket up and knelt to place it under a survivor's head to serve as a makeshift pillow until everyone could be moved to a medical facility. In truth, there weren't very many injuries... at least not very many that hadn't proved instantly fatal.
Shortly after Wolf stopped talking, apparently having finished his conversation, Savot's own badge chirped and Jackson's voice came to him, =^=Jackson to Captain Savot… do you have any information on the leaders?=^=
Reaffixing his badge to the standard uniform overshirt he now wore, the vulcan tapped it before speaking, =^=Unfortunately Commander both the King and President were killed in the blast. I am not sufficiently familiar with the President's council to identify who among the staff were also killed, but I can confirm the East's Prince is not among the deceased. Also, though I cannot be certain it has bearing on this situation, said Prince seemed rather taken aback upon my introduction of Commander Hope outside the East entrance.=^=
Unaware of how much, if anything, Wolf had told the ship about his agreement to enter Meran custody, Savot continued, =^=As we were present at the moment of the explosion, we are potential suspects in the matter and while we're certainly aware we weren't involved with the bombing the Meran authorities cannot afford to take our word for it. As such I have volunteered to remain under their supervision should they so choose until evidence gathered concretely clears us of any culpability.=^=
=^=Assuming the explosive was not simply set at random, the targets were clearly each government's topmost leader. If this hypothesis holds true, someone had to be monitoring the room to ensure both were in close enough proximity to the bomb to be killed by the blast, which leads me to believe the bomb was triggered remotely by some form of signal. Clearly this is not the only possible explanation, but the one I believe most likely at present.=^=
=^=I don't believe I'll be at risk should they choose to take me into custody, since desiring the continuation of a planet-bound war is quite different from a willingness to instigate a conflict with the Federation by intentionally harming a command-grade officer. If I cannot remain in contact with you, Colonel Wolf will be the direct liason on the surface for our investigation team. I've recommended both governments form an equally-staffed investigatory unit though of course I cannot say whether they will choose to do so. What is the status of Ensign Sontes and the rest of the Away team?=^=, Savot listened for a medical report on his people, but held little hope that Sontes had survived...
James Fire had come off the El'Salvador for a lot of time off due to the recent loss of a very close friend of his Mark Riley. The two had grown up together even crashing a few shuttles, which in a lot of ways got them in a lot of trouble with their parents. They graduated the Academy together and he had been assigned as an engineering officer at Planetia Utopia that was where the accident took place. His friend had been declared a hero as he had saved everybody and that was his ultimate sacrifice.
James had gone to his funeral and been one of the casket bearers as requested by Mark's mother. It was the hardest thing he'd ever had to do, but he did it with great pride as he saluted the casket on its way into the ground. Mark had always said, "James when I die I want to be buried like my ancestors of ancient Earth." And, that was precisely what his family and friends did for him. He wasn't the only Starfleet member there, others had arrived as well. He was wearing his dress uniform recently promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and wearing his pip proudly. Mark was a Lieutenant Junior Grade when he was killed...
The Lieutenant remained deep in thought for a moment occupying the center seat on board the ship that he'd been reassigned to once he had come off his extended leave. In his lap was his orders, and another PADD that he'd been contently reading it was a letter of appriecation from Susan Riley his friend's mother.
James looked up and began watching as the junior officers worked on the tasks that he'd assigned to each of them his eyes would fall on each one of them then back at the planet on the viewscreen when the doors behind him swooshed open and he turned to see Commander Jackson and as he had already read she had been made the first officer for their ship. He started to stand up so that she could take the seat from him.
“You are relieved Lieutenant.”
James nodded, "Yes ma'am." He would reply and walk to the helm taking back his seat behind the controls and look over the scans that had already started when Commander Hope would walk onto the bridge. "Commander Hope we have begun sensor sweeps over the surface at a two hundred kilometer radius from the blast site. The data is being sent to your console with the data from the tricorders on the surface." <tag Hope if any reply>
“Mr. Fire bring us into a closer orbit…. Ensign Andrus keep the shields up and weapons hot.”
James nodded, "Yes ma'am." He would acknowledge the order and input the command into his console then slowly bring the impulse speed up lowering the ship to a less then standard orbit around the planet. "We are now three hundred kilometers closer to the planet's surface. And, continuing the sensor sweeps of the blast site."
Sickbay was a flurry of activity, and Firestorm was relieved that Deis had allowed him to help out. The poor woman was having hands in short, wanted at several area's in sickbay at once. "Go," he told her, when she was called away yet again, "I'll tend to the wounded."
There were many wounded on the surface, reports said, and Firestorm was already packing up the needed equipment. No need in risking the chief medical officer into a dangerzone, when there were more expendable - and probably adaptable - people around. Of the senior staff that had returned, only the science officer had reported in for check-up.
The Sivaoan had been quite surprised to even see the Romulan walk in, knowing full well from his academy days that the woman had an uncanny fear of the place. If he hadn't had his hands full with medical equipment, and trying to stow it into a case, Firestorm would've tended to her himself; at least it would've been a familiar face. Of course, the woman was blinded, so that was a moot point.
Shaking his head, the Sivaoan returned to the task at hand, scowling at himself for letting his thoughts wander. When he was packed, he slung the case across his shoulder, keeping the medical tricorder in his paw. Such, he found his way to the bridge, where he just overheard the last statements coming in from the people who'd remained on planet, namely Colonel Wolf and Captain Savot.
"Merrow, request permission to accompany Commander Hope," the feline spoke up, the purr in his voice clearly audible, his tail lashing in the excitement of a prospect away mission. "I'll guide her along, but I'll tend to the wounded with a small medical team. Doctor Irae will stand by here in sickbay, we can't risk her down there, she's too vital for the ship. I volunteer to go, I have the knowledge and expertise necessary."
Ears perked up, his whiskers arched backwards, he stared at Jackson with wide eyes. The tip of his tail was twitching, occasionally catching Lieutenant Fire across his hand. Firestorm didn't notice, his attention was on the first officer. From behind him, he could hear S'reena talk quietly to the computer, finishing her data analysis. "S'reena?"
The Romulan turned in her seat, nodding. "There are many wounded, and I can't complete my scans from up here, there is too much radiation, and something else is disturbing our sensor sweep. I cannot confirm the captain's report, on the missing of the Eastern Prince. I must get back down there, but I shall keep an open comlink with the ship, for emergencies."
She still felt the sting of being told off, but she could understand. Jackson was in command, not she. She would not ever be in such a position, nor had she any desire to be put there, as she had made quite clear to the captain. In silence, she stood beside the tall Sivaoan, waiting for permission to rejoin Wolf on the surface.
Andrus was sutdying his console when he heard Lt Col running Wolf request " Andrus go through the scans leading up to the exploison see who was in this room. I dont care how brief it might have been, also I want complete scans of this whole world see if there are any life forms that dont belong to this world."
"Iam in the process of doing just that olonel" Andrus replied. "It will take me a few minutes Sir" he added.
<tag Running Wolf> It seemd to ANdrus things had taken a decidedly diownward trend. His initial readings of the scans indicated a few oddities. He scrunched his lue face into what eathers would call a grimace and muttered out loud "hmm."
----------------- Lt (jg) Andrus CTSO USS El Salvador-B
Post by SA. Stacey Jackson [Ret] on May 20, 2009 3:53:54 GMT
Stacey ran her hands through her hair as she listened to Savot tell her the rather tense situation on the planet, Stacey didn’t like it one bit.. so much was happening that she was having trouble form a clear picture in her mind.. she glanced over at Commander hope who now had Firestorm standing next to her. Stacey briefly considered taking her aside and apologizing for snapping at her but she dismissed the idea she knew that she did what she had to… she needed to take command as was her job.
She turned back and sat back down in the command chair and sighed a little as Savot asked the condition of the young ensign who was with them when the explosion occurred.
“I am sorry to report Captain.. Ensign Sontes is dead and two other members of our security detail are in critical condition.. sickbay doesn’t hold out much hope for them sir but they are trying their best.”
She closed her hand into a fist and gently tapped the side of her leg with it, she turned to S’reena and said. “S’reena you and Firestorm go back down to the surface… take any equipment you need… Firestorm take as much medical supplies as possible and treat as many people as you can.”
She turned back to S’reena and said. “Something about this does not add up… our sensors should have been able to pick up the bomb before it went off… and as the Merans neither have to technology to transport it in or hide it from our sensors.. it makes me believe neither are responsible… keep those facts to yourself on the surface please don’t discuss your findings with any of the government officials if they think we had something to do with this.. they may very well execute the captain and our people for assassination.”
<tag Hope and Firestorm>
She watched Firestorm and Hope leave the bridge and she sighed heavily the words of Captain Savot and Wolf still buzzed around in her head… the leaders were dead and that meant it was only a matter of time before someone broke the cease fire out of nervousness or revenge either way it would leave the federation stuck in the middle.
**Government Transport shuttle**
The deputy President, sat behind the desk normally used by the president but as he had now learned she was dead he had no reservation about using it. He looked up to the dark corner of the small office. “Can the explosion be traced to us.. because if it can…”
The man standing in the shadows didn’t move he only said in a voice that carried with it some sense of foreboding. “You have nothing to worry about Mr. President… the device we used is beyond the technology of this world… very soon you will be able to proclaim to your people the Federation are in a deal with the Eastern Monarchy and you can win this war like your predecessor couldn’t.”
The Deputy President Maxers didn’t look convinced. “The Federation is powerful you think they will sit back while we brand their people criminals?”
The man stepped out of the shadows revealing his pointed eyebrows and ears. “So are we… once they see the bomb was made out of federation technology their vaunted Prime Directive will leave them no choice but the respect your laws and punishments.”
Maxis smiled as pressed a primitive communications panel and said. “Get me the generals… we have a retaliatory strike to prepare.”
Unknown the President on the Royal Transport was a very similar conversation taking place with the Prince regent soon to be proclaimed king.
*** Conference Hall – Bomb Site***
Two men both dressed in different styles of uniform walked up to the Vulcan Captain who was talking to what seemed to be thin air. They placed their hands on their weapons and said.
“You are under arrest for assassination… our scientists have discovered the bomb was the same technology as your hand weapons.. you are now a Prisoner of the Royal Army.”
The officer standing next to him didn’t seem to like the idea very much and replied. “No he is a prisoner of the Democratic Government for the assassination of our President.”
They both seemed to stare each other down for a few moments before from each door soldiers from both governments arrived with their weapons drawn at each other.”
They Royal officer said. “I guess we wait and see which of our armies gets here first.. you had better hope it is yours because if it is mine… you die along side the assassins.”
S'reena allowed Firestorm to take her arm and guide her to the transporterroom. It was better to allow it and not waste time arguing, for time was something they had precious little of. People were dying on the planet, and medical aid was essential. "Watch your step," Firestorm warned, as he helped her up the transporter pad. "Energise."
She felt herself being transported, not quite liking the sensation, even after several years of service she still found it unsettling. She felt Firestorm steady her and she nodded in thanks as she felt her boot slip off something. The feline's arm felt tense under her touch and both stiffened as they heard harsh voices.
“You are under arrest for assassination… our scientists have discovered the bomb was the same technology as your hand weapons.. you are now a Prisoner of the Royal Army.”
“No he is a prisoner of the Democratic Government for the assassination of our President.”
"What do you see?" S'reena whispered, while flipping open her tricorder. This one was slightly modified, giving her an instant relay of what it recorded, trough a sensor which she had placed in her right ear. Firestorm had opted for an IHADSS, with medical upgrade, and anyone seeing him would know instantly what his profession was. He was carrying a medical kit and had his own tricorder open as well.
"The captain is being held under weapon's threat," the Sivaoan reported, "both governments are claiming him as prisoner, presumably for assassination of their figureheads." He listened, while watching the soldiers approaching, their own armaments leveled at both guards and Vulcan. "They claim the Federation is responsible."
The Romulan nodded, moving carefully through the rubble, occasionally slipping but managing to catch herself in time. Frowning, she kneeled besides what appeared to be a fragment of the explosive, listening as the tricorder feed rendered the data into audio. "We have a problem," she stated flatly, rising back to her feet. "The explosive is of Federation design and origin. We can't despute their claim."
She looked almost defeated. "I'll need more time for thorough analysis, and need engineering assistance. But for now it seems the captain will be held responsible, as the highest ranking Federation official present. We can't dispute their laws on this, and I doubt he'll try." She shook her head. "For all we know, the captain did arrange this." Her words sounded damning, even to herself, but it was the truth of the matter. And she knew he could be capable of it, if the situation demanded it, that was the sour part of it all. Naturally, she doubted he had, but without scientific proof, he did appear guilty. Hadn't he given himself over into custody already? If he'd been innocent, would he have done so? YES! S'reena convinced herself. He would have. She believed to know the Vulcans she knew well enough to know he would.
While Firestorm moved off to tend to the wounded, S'reena waited to see if any of the guards would acknowledge her words, and grant her the freedom to investigate further. The comlink to the El-Salvador was still open, and she could be transported back if the situation demanded it. She needed to talk to the chief engineer, and soon. Two would know more than one, and Firestorm was of little aid while he tended to the wounded.
He was walking up to where Commander Hope was doing her scan and heard the interaction going on. The captain was no offical a prisoner but of which goverment was still in question. When heard the weapon was a federation design and Commander Hope agreed with the assement after her scans he saw things going from bad to worse.
Even thought things were getting worse a question had been answered, not something he was willing to share just yet. Walking over to Commander Hope he thought it best to keep his idea's quite and not share with the locals. " Commander Hope can I have a word with you for a moment" He touched her wrist so she could use his arm as a guide for a privat meeting.
Looking around he lowered his voice he knew she could hear him. " Commander while this does cause us problems it does give us some answers as well. After all the scans that were done prior to the meeting it now makes sense why it wasn't picked up. Standard procedures dont have us scanning for federation weapons. Which means depending on what you find that it has to be outsider. I will forward all security reports and intell about stolen or missing federation weapons." puasing for a moment
" Commander I'm going to trust you with this, I'm going to get you access to classified reports involving any incidents of federtaion weapons being used by other races. I dont know if it will help but it might provide some leads if you find any patterns forming. I would suspect that some of the information might be helpful more importantly I would focus on reports that put mission in danger or the federation in a bad light. With that being said I trust any information that does not prove of use you will keep to yourself. I have favors owed Commander use your judgement on whats of value but keep the access to your self. I have no desire to get my friends into trouble not to mention this will cut through a lot of red tape access will be waiting for you in a pesonal message if you choose to use it"
Looking aroung waiting for Commander Hope's response " You know Commander something still bugs me the deputy president left befor the explosion, I can't be sure yet but I think the prince left to. Just a little strange such importan talks would not involve the 2nd in command"
S'reena placed her hand on his arm, allowing him to guide her away a little. She listened with interest, but could not find the logic in his reasoning. "The explosive was of Federation design and origin colonel," she explained softly, "I have yet to discover any false traces, but as I stated, I need engineering to confirm what I find. Whether I have access to alien devices is of little consequence. It is only useful if ever we do find some trace of alien devices. Until then, we must do all we can to work with the locals, and keep our captain safe."
She turned to face the marine officer. "In case you also hadn't noticed, all seconds in command were present. Commander Jackson is El-Salvador's first officer, and she was a key element in the negotiations. While the captain met with the royals, the first officer met with the democrats. Insofar I've been able to determine, they've not left eachother's company, before arriving here. That leaves me to conclude that the explosive was planted just prior to our arrival. I'm sure you noticed we were transported to a faulty location at first. Between transits, anything could have happened."
She turned to look over her shoulder, listening attentively to the voices behind them. The tug of war over who had the captain as prisoner was still continuing, and she wondered when he captain's patience would finally run out. "For now, we must find a neutral ground, before both sides get impatient and tear us all apart. I'm sure you agree? And transporting him to our own brig is not an option. As he represents the Federation in this, a Federation vessel is not neutral ground. I suggest that we declare this place as neutral, and we remain here until we're told we can leave. Lieutenant Firestorm is tending to the wounded, as was offered by the captain. Surely, if he wanted these people dead, he'd not offer medical care? A tyrant would let them suffer, or would have killed them afterwards."
The Romulan shook her head. "I strongly urge you to return to your own investigation, and let me tend to mine. We both have the same goal colonel, the safety of these people, and our own."
Savot's discourse with the ship was interrupted by armed personnel from either government, both of which seemed particularly upset at the vulcan personally. The captain's brow furrowed in both slight surprise and instant computational explanations when he heard the stated charges, “You are under arrest for assassination… our scientists have discovered the bomb was the same technology as your hand weapons.. you are now a Prisoner of the Royal Army.”
The officer standing next to him didn’t seem to like the idea very much and replied. “No he is a prisoner of the Democratic Government for the assassination of our President.”
They both seemed to stare each other down for a few moments before from each door soldiers from both governments arrived with their weapons drawn at each other.
They Royal officer said. “I guess we wait and see which of our armies gets here first.. you had better hope it is yours because if it is mine… you die along side the assassins.”
Action needed to be taken quickly to avoid a complete bloodbath ensuing within the building. Savot moved, albeit calmly and with both hands hanging quite visibly at his sides, to stand equidistant between the lead officers of both forces, "Gentlemen I understand the charges and you have the right to detain me as a suspect. But neither of you can argue that the topmost leader of each of your governments were killed here today, and as such jurisdiction on this matter must be shared if justice is to be achieved."
Angling his head towards the Royal officer, the vulcan began his initial defense, "Assuming the explosive was Federation in origin, that is still insufficient evidence to conclude we were the attackers. As you know, the Federation consists of hundreds of worlds and cultures and among them technologies are compared and contrasted to better the technologies of all involved. As such, though we strictly prohibit the release of potential weapons technology it is far from impossible for a non-Federation entity to come into possession of such equipment."
He clasped his hands in front of him as he expounded on his reasoning, "For example, if I were to acquire a weapon made by the Eastern Government, and kill someone, clearly the Eastern Government would not be the murderer. One could argue there should have been more security measures to prevent the theft in the first place but at this juncture that is, as they say, neither here nor there."
He then turned his head towards the democratic officer so as to equally respect and distribute his arguments among both parties, "Likewise, the Federation not only has many allies such as the Klingon Empire but also is constantly involved with the seizure and impoundment of technologies from criminals, and with that in mind, if the Federation had bombed your leaders it would have been much more sensible to do so with an explosive that couldn't be recognized as standard Federation technology."
The armed forces of each group were rapidly approaching the building's center where the vulcan and his inquisitors were gathered, so the vulcan rapidly moved on to what was still the most central issue, "Each of you has a motivation behind apprehending me: the pursuit of justice for your wronged leader; but this attack claimed both and as such there can be no monopoly on grief or justice. Also, your people honor their ancestors; you look to those who've gone before you for guidance."
Savot looked to West and East in turn as he went on, "Your President and your King have gone, but their very presence here shows that each of them was willing to pursue peace. They would not want you to dismiss a goal they were willing to risk their lives for, and indeed if you do abandon peace their sacrifice will have purchased nothing but continued bloodshed for their people."
"You, also, will be ancestors in the future, and your children, your grandchildren will look to your memories for guidance. What you all choose to do in the next few moments will irrevocably guide their lives and all the lives thereafter", Savot let his hands fall open once again to his sides as he looked squarely at both lead officers, "What do you think they would ask of you...?"
James continued to work watching the scans that were coming through as well as watching their telemetry making sure that the ship didn't sink too low or too high in its stationary orbit around the planet. He moved his hands without watching the viewscreen, flying blind as it was sometimes called. The best pilots in Starfleet who multitasked would do it going straight from feelings alone and ignoring the viewscreen instead watching the data stream that came through while in flight and making manual adjustments where it was needed.
James had turned to see another sweep with the scanners throw information towards the science station, when something caught his eye. He selected it as it was a report from Starfleet Intellegence, "Commander Jackson..." He would start to say as he read through the reports, "Intellegence is reporting a breach in security six days ago they just caught it two days ago and are sending it to all ships. It's not very...wait a second."
He looked a little deeper, "Some information was discovered to have been leaked regarding something of high class in nature. I am transfering the report to you right now." <Tag Jackson>
James continued to read through the report though some of it was blurped out and required a passcode to read. "Ma'am you may want to take this to the Captain's Ready Room." <Tag Jackson>
Lt Fire and ANdrus worked together to try sand make sure things didnt get more out of hand.
"Sir," referring to Fire, "I am sending you my locational scans and sowe other data- thought they might help" Lt (jg) Andrus said.
Andurs noted some abberations and thought a mystery party might be down on the planet. He routed his assessments to Lt Col Running Eolf who would look at them as he had time ------------------ Lt (jg) Andrus CTSO USS El-SAlvador B
Looking at Commander Hope she was right of course about many things but some she didn't seem to grasp she was a science officer and dealt with facts. " You of course are quite right Commander we should focus on are own parts of the investigaton. I'll leave you to continue but please keep 2 things in mind only because of some past personal experience. One I wont be shocked if you confirm with out a doubt the device is really federation technology. If I wanted to blame some body else to cover my tracks such as for instantce klingons then I would make sure I got my hands on a klingon device to use. Lastly the deputy president was not in the room he left me and Commander Jackson before entering and never returned. If during your investigation you should come across anything concerning that please let me know and Commander you are quite right the bigger issue is to prevent a war"
Turning around he saw the 2 represenatives guard fighting on who was to take custody of there captain. Commander Hope suggestion of netural ground was ring in his head he touched her wrist and offered his arm to lead her back to where the captain and the guards were fighting. " Commander Hope please follow my lead for a moment okay for the safety of the captain and because it was your idea"
Approaching the group he saw the two guard fighting about who's army would get there first. "Excuse me gentlemen while at the moment there is some evidences suggesting a federation attack I ask you to think for a moment and consider something else. As you take the safety of your leaders personally and would do anything to protect them so do I. While there some evidence to say it was a federation attack I ask why. I take my captains protection as seriously as you take your duties. I would never place him in harms way look at the damage it was just luck that more people weren't killed. Why would I risk my captains life on such an attack if there was a chance he could be killed futhere more why would I risk my team life on such attack for what purpose. I suggest in order to figure out whats going on here we make this spot netural ground for all parties. Since you both want to hold the captain then I would suggest you both hold him here one guard from each side to provide security. This way all sides are represented and to stop any possible in fighting until the investigation is over. Why risk so many lives over one person neither side should fight over one person with so many lives at stake. Why not simple share the responsablity after all your leaders were working on peace why not honor there sacrifice and let peace start in a small part here. I will not interfer with or try and help my captain escape. Everybody has a stake in this lets work together and follow where the evidence leads us. If both sides share custody of Captain savot then both sides win with no loss of life."
He waited to see what the outcome would be also to see if Commander Hope could add anything to get them to accept his idea of shared custody and netural ground. After all it was her idea and a good one which might just work.
S'reena drew herself up to her full height, wiping her hair from her face. In the process she drew a smear of dust across her cheek, since her fingers were sticky and dusted from poking in the rubble to get clearer scans of fragments. Blind eyes settled somewhere between the captain and one of the guards, giving a first direct indication to the aliens that the science officer was sightless. For all they had known, Wolf had simply guided her as a means of courtesy offered to any female.
"I am in agreement with Colonel Wolf's statement," she spoke up, her voice strong and certain, "aside from the fact that it would possibly be safer for the guards of both sides. A neutral ground may avoid another army from attacking as neither would have an upper hand."
The Romulan paused a few seconds to allow her words to sink in. "Captain Savot would not fight you, as he had already offered himself into your custody before you made your arrests. Furthermore, if he had wanted to flee, he would already have done so. He is a skilled fighter, and you would not have survived. This clearly indicates his willingness to co-operate with you."
Again, she paused, wondering what they were doing now. Was the captain restrained in any way? She couldn't tell without using her tricorder, but to make a visible scan of him, could be considered suspicious and endanger him, rather than keep him safe. The other issue was, what if the armies did attack? What would happen if either side gained control? Offering the El-Salvador's brig was not an option, she still wouldn't consider it as one.
"I promise you that we will take this investigation seriously, and we will share our findings with you. With both governments, so we may all come to a satisfying conclusion and find the real attackers."
Post by SA. Stacey Jackson [Ret] on May 21, 2009 23:02:30 GMT
Sitting in the captains chair Stacey began to feel like a caged animal unable to do anything, she was forced to listen as S’reena’s comm.. badge transmitted her words which struck at her like a blow to the head.
"The explosive is of Federation design and origin. We can't despute their claim."
If Stacey hadn’t been sitting she would no doubt have fell backwards.. the situation had gotten from bad to worse… the peace talks were as good as over and now the Federation was being accused of assassination.
She could hear Commander Hope say she needed and engineer but Stacey shook her head, not that it made any difference S’reena Could not see her anyway nor was the visual communications open. Stacey wasn’t willing to send anymore people down to the surface not when there seemed to be evidence of their guilt.
She stood up and turned to the back of the bridge where Andrus and his second in charge stood. She had a look of both determination and concern in her eyes as she said.
“You two I want you to go through the ships manifest of weapons… I want every single offensive weapon accounted for.”
she turned back to James Fire who seemed intensely concentrating on the helm and said. “Bring us back up into standard orbit… and keep constant sensor lock on the captains position.. I want to know the second any aircraft or military force get within twenty kilometres of the island.”
She turned and began to pace the bridge, she was hoping something popped into her mind that would help the situation in some way, but she was forced for now to yield to the evidence that they were guilty and as such the Prime Directive tied her hands from helping Savot directly.
Moments later she was heard James Fire speak up about a report from Starfleet intelligence, he mentioned that most of it was above his security level and she should take a look for herself. She doubted it would help the current situation but she decided to look non the less.
She walked into Savot’s ready room as she said. “Mr Fire you have the bridge… call me the second anything happens.”
The two opposing guards continued to eye each other while casting Savot the occasional look. It seemed they were not going anywhere.
However Savot broke the tension when he began to talk about the logic in the situation, most of this went over the guards heads and they looked confused at Savot… Klingon Empire? They thought.
However when he began to talk about their ancestors this was something they could understand the democratic officer lowered his weapon about five inches and thought about what the young President would have wanted were she here now. No doubt she would have broken into a headache inducing speech on the need for peace as she had often given her generals.
The Royal officer however looked unmoved and just as angry as he did before if not more so. “Shut up prisoner don’t presume to lecture us on our religion.. or my King whom you have been charged with killing… our laws demand you are punished… and when the Prince orders as much you will be.”
They turned their heads slightly as the Starfleet Marine approached them guiding the woman along with him.
He mentioned that it was unlikely that they were behind the attack due to his need to protect his captain.. this rung true for both officers but before they could respond they were spoken to by the blind woman whom the royal officer eyed suspiciously.
Her speech was thankfully for both of them less long and not as preachy, however a sentence caught both of their attentions, this Savot was a skilled fighter, they both in unison stopped pointing their guns at each other and levelled them at Savot. As the royal officer said. “Stop talking… we are not in charge here and you shouldn’t waste your time giving me a headache… I have my orders and unless changed by the Prince there is nothing you can say that will change the outcome.”
**Five minutes later**
The device on the belt of the Democratic officer beeped and a deep voice coming from it said. “This is General Markest… a fleet of Chynech flyers are close to your position… when the lead flyer lands take the Federation officer on board.”
The democratic officer smiled as he looked to his Royal counterpart and said. “You were right my army gets here first.”
<Tag All- Captain feel free to NPC the guards and your own removal to the Democratic continent>
The vulcan captain stood quietly while his officers spoke. He applauded Wolf's attempt at reason but didn't hold much hope for its success since for all the locals knew Wolf could be the head chef disguised as a Marine. Savot's brow rose in slight surprise at Commander Hope's comments as to the vulcan's combat prowess, and while he could understand the line of reasoning she was attempting to draw with such an argument he imagined the more emotionally keyed up local officers might interpret it differently.
The refocussing of weapons towards him confirmed his suspicions scarely a heartbeat later. The royal officer said, “Stop talking… we are not in charge here and you shouldn’t waste your time giving me a headache… I have my orders and unless changed by the Prince there is nothing you can say that will change the outcome.”
Sensing that silence was the wisest course at the moment when involved with persons in possession of potentially itchy trigger fingers, Savot patiently waited for the arrival of the first army, and allocated a not-insignificant portion of his mental faculties to pondering the likelihood of things like 'fate' and 'karma'. Shortly thereafter; however, fortune had seemed to smile on the captain who rarely had a smile of his own, in that he would be taken into the custody of the democratic government whose officer had been the one partially swayed by the vulcan's words.
Savot instantly turned his back to the democratic officer-in-charge and presented his hands behind his back for cuffing. Then, with no more concern apparent on his countenance than if he simply held them back there of his own volition, Savot walked over to Wolf making direct eye contact with the Marine, "Colonel Wolf you are hereby ordered not to interfere with this in any way. As of this moment I am personally shifting the focus of your duty from my protection to that of Commander Hope and Lieutenant Firestorm. If I do return to the ship it will be with the full permission of the democratic government or not at all do you understand?"
The vulcan captain's voice held no tension for his own circumstances, but carried an emotionless ferocity nonetheless as he gave his final instructions for the time being, "What we do here will have direct ramifications on the status of these warring peoples, and regardless of my rank my individual safety is sorely insufficient reason to risk inciting a continuation of their war that could cost millions of lives. My duty is to both the mission and the well-being of the El Salvador and her crew, as I shall be unable to safeguard the crew under the current circumstances I must place that responsibility upon you so I can focus on the former."
"I assure you Mr. Wolf I should be quite capable of looking after myself under these conditions. It is fortuitous I'm being taken by the democratic government. While the Prince of the East could have me decapitated on a whim, the new president will have a harder time justifying such an action under a democratic system", Savot looked around the room once more quickly, glancing at S'reena and Firestorm, before turning back to Wolf.
"It is my recommendation that if the situation degenerates any further on the surface that all personnel return to the El Salvador and that Commander Jackson depart immediately for the nearest Starbase to report on what's happened and request instructions. However, as I will shortly be under duress my orders shall have no direct bearing on her final decision. Carry on, Mr. Wolf", Savot gave a firm nod to the Marine, and to Firestorm and Hope as well though only the Sivaoan could see it, and then became the center of a 3 by 3 square of democratic guards.
Moments later he was aboard one of their flying craft and en-route, presumably to the West's center of government where he would face the official charges stated by the guards.
On the El Salvador's bridge, Chief Athgar's scaly face furrowed in irritation as the events unfolding below were carried through Commander Hope's still-active communication link. The Gorn felt like smacking the face of the collective vulcan community at large because you had to be that kind of insanely logical to just hand yourself over to some backwater mammals that can't even stop killing each other without someone to hold their hand through the process.
Thankfully his sensation of having to stand by and wait uselessly was quickly snuffed out as Jackson started going to town on the situation, directing orders towards himself and Andrus, “You two I want you to go through the ships manifest of weapons… I want every single offensive weapon accounted for.”
Nodding first towards Jackson, Zak then turned and slapped Andrus on the shoulder, "I'll go below boss; you ssstay here at tactical in case there are any ships hiding around out there. I'll start with the anti-matter warheadsss for the torpedoes to make sssure they're all accounted for. We'll visually confirm each and as we do you can check them off on the ship's inventory database in the computer recordsss."
The hulking reptilian quickly made for the turbolift and descended towards the ship's armaments, but given that a bomb could be pieced together from a wide variety of components, even confirming the presence of all the ship's weapons wouldn't completely clear them. He made a mental note to have replicator logs checked to see if any components capable of forming a bomb had been replicated by anyone aboard since the El Salvador got this latest mission assignment.
“Mr Fire you have the bridge… call me the second anything happens.”
"Yes Ma'am." James would reply and stand up walking over to the central point of the bridge, and yet he avoided the chair as he turned to face the helm which had been once more taken by a junior flight officer. He watched as Commander Jackson vanished in order to take the message and would look towards Ensign Andrus, please keep a transporter lock on Captain Savot. I want him pulled out at the slightest chance that he is in danger." He would say. <tag Andrus>
He then faced the helms officer, "Helm as Commander Jackson already said standard orbit. Continue to scan the area around the blast site. Your all doing great." He would say the last part reflecting it towards all the bridge officers shortly before he would proceed to sit down in the center seat and stare longingly at the planet's surface out the viewscreen.
Lieutenant Kelley Belanna had decided that it was time that she headed off towards the shuttlebay to go inside the office and set up the duty roster for the next month. As busy as what Lieutenant Fire had been he wouldn't probably get around to it and she knew who was best where anyway. She only hoped that he would reply to her message and desire to speak about matters pertaining to his departure of the the ship three months ago and his sudden return...
Post by SA. Stacey Jackson [Ret] on May 22, 2009 5:22:11 GMT
Jackson sat not behind Savot’s desk rather the couch in his ready room as she read through the largely boring Starfleet intelligence file, she read through a quarter of it before deciding the file had no relevance to her current situation nor that of Savot’s.
She stood back up and looked around Savot’s ready room and promised herself she would do everything within the laws of the Merans and Federation to get him back in it.
Walking back onto the bridge her attention was immediately caught by the beeping emanating from the science station, the young man sat in the chair turned and said. “Commander we have aircraft landing at the peace conference site.”
She walked over with a feeling of heavy concern. “Can we tell from which government they came?”
The young man looked back at his console and seemed to press a few buttons before turning back and saying. “Democratic government Ma’am”
For the first time in the last hour she felt a measure of relief, she had studied enough of the laws of both governments to know the judicial system of the Democratic government required an in depth investigation and trial before punishments could be enacted. Unlike the monarchy where if the King or Queen said you were guilty that was it no appeal.
She turned and faced the front of the bridge and said. “Hail the democratic government I want to speak to whoever is in charge.”
A few minutes later the view screen showed the darkened and tired prone eyes of the Deputy president who sat behind a desk that had paper piled upon it and an advisor visibly standing behind him, the advisor wore a military uniform and Stacey recognised it as a Chief of one of the armed forces which one though she couldn’t tell in the poor light.
“Mr. President please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of life, I understand your military has Captain Savot in custody… You have my personal assurance we will not interfere in your investigation.. However I seek permission to hold our own investigation.”
The Deupty President now President seemed to think for a moment before he took a breath and said. “Commander… I understand your need to hold your own investigation and I can respect that.. however I will be more inclined to believe my own experts over those of yours who are desperate to save your officer.”
Stacey moved closer to the view screen and took a deep breath of her own and said. “I give you my assurances if our investigation reveals that one of my crew was responsible then we will respect your laws and punishments in your charges against Captain Savot… and We will take no action to free him from any charges or Punishments your justice system demands.”
He nodded and seemed to show a slight amount of relief. “I understand this is hard on the Federation and your crew… if we find him guilty you have my promise his punishment will be quick.”
Stacey smiled but not one of satisfaction or joy but one of concealing her true feelings of disgust. “I must tell you though if I find evidence that proves we had nothing to do with it… and you refuse to listen.. I will use all the advanced technology at my disposal to retrieve my Captain and you know as well as I that our technology far outmatches that of yours….I also want you garuntee non of the other officers of mine on the planet are in danger”
He shifted in his chair before looking back at his advisor and then said. “Commander if evidence is found that proves without a doubt that the federation is free from guilt it will not need to come to that but as a leader of men myself I understand your need to protect your people non of your crew is in danger from my men… safety be with you Commander.”
The comm. Channel closed and again the view screen showed the grey atmosphere of the planet and Stacey turned and looked at the bridge crew and said. “Now we find our proof…. Transport Colonel Wolf and Commander Hope directly to the bridge.”
Moments later both officers were standing on the bridge.. she took a moment to think over what had happened before she said. “Mr. Fire… Andrus please join Hope and Wolf in the briefing room.”
She herself walked over towards the briefing room and she didn’t bother to sit down instead she stood just inside and said to the assembled officers.
“I have been given permission by the President of the Democratic government to hold our own investigation… I also have been given a promise that our people are safe from harm… I want thoughts, ideas, gut feelings on what happened down there… obviously I am not about to accept anybody on this crew planted that device.”
<tag Fire, Andrus, Hope, Wolf>
Stacey listned to the flurry of thoughts and suggestions before she said. “Commander Hope take whatever personnel you need to the bomb site find out where it came from and if it is actually Federation technology.”
She turned and looked at Wolf. “Wolf I want you down there too keep an eye on our people.. any sign of danger get yourselves back to the ship… I understand our need to free Captain Savot from suspicion but I want a fair minded investigation hide nothing no matter how damning… I know you all know that Captain Savot would want nothing but that… no matter the consequences to himself… Mr Fire please join them provide any assistance they need.”
She could understand the senior staff needed to be doing something.. and if it was possible she would have gone down herself.. but she knew the crew needed her on the ship providing whatever comfort her presence provided
Stacey Jackson Section Admiral (Rtd)
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