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Post by Tony » Wed Mar 13, 2019 12:18 am

Durandal Star System
3/13/3019
IAS Lief Ericsson


The Ericsson entered the Durandal star system with minimal effort. The main hyperdrives had charged and activated with no fuss. All major systems were operating at peak capacity. For her first extra Solar jump, the Ericsson had performed to specification. With the jump sequence complete the ship came to life. Main power kicked back on, and the hyperdrive core spooled down to begin cooling. The ship's crew began bustling throughout the ship attending to their duties.

Ericsson's first mission, to her bridge crew, must have felt like something of a disappointment. All the press behind the ship's mission, coupled with Command's desire to see the mission through meant that the first mission was rather anti-climactic. Ericcson had been dispatched to the Durandal system to record the star system's solar forecast. The purpose for which was to ensure a much more efficient trade lane into alliance space.

Long range sensor's pinged the system and revealed that the Durandal system was not very traveled by starships. The system sported a good sized white star, and three worlds locked in the star's orbit, along with a rather thin asteroid belt. Already the system had the planet's orbit of the star recorded.
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Post by Ray_Of_Meep » Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:19 pm

An elf toils away on coarse soil of Gavreau's plateaus, underneath its blue and purplish skies, with a couple of destroyers from the 11th fleet orbiting far above, overhead. In the distance, rivers cut the brown and grey plateaus into distinct chucks, with cities hugging the cliff walls and skirting the waters.

His homestead was a rather simple one. Barbed wire was strung along metal poles to keep the grazing livestock off his crops. A rather cheap farmer's helper droid followed alongside him to spray the crops with water and took samples of the soil. He himself resorted to something terribly archaic: a hand plow, albeit well made with the best metallurgy in the province. Not that it mattered; the seeds he used could've grown by themselves, he just enjoyed the labor. The elf wipes off some sweat and looks at his shack, the same one that his parents lived in. The building itself was a patch work of recycled hull plating of decommissioned spacecraft, with a coat of paint thrown over it. For all intents and purposes, it worked, and it was simple. Just the way he liked it.

Seizon's tranquility was interrupted by the buzzing of his watch. The elf gives an audible lament, tapping on his watch. Then, he watches hopelessly as his world disintegrates around him, into darkness.

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The captain wakes up to his medical pod sliding his cybernetic legs on, docking them onto the two metal stubs that have replaced his fleshed limbs. With an ambivalent beep of the electronics, Seizon opens up the pressure hatch and enters his office, setting towards gearing himself. On one side of the wall is mounted a battle-worn rifle, scratched, with quite a bit of the paint scraped off of it. Nonetheless, a fresh set of ammo clips rest next to it, in a clear case. On another wall is a battered and torn banner of the Shouwei forces, though still bearing its striking gold and black colors, protected by transparent aluminum. Underneath it is a polished, gold-plated plaque, etched on it simply the Taianese characters: "卧薪尝胆,wo'xing'chang'dan". Seizon stares at the banner for a minute in silence, before moving on to a clear cabinet, in it a pair of decorative shin guards for his cybernetic legs, and a silver-visored, blue helmet, complete with its own respirator that can be attached to a belt. It took six months, more paperwork than necessary, for the Alliance Navy to approve him to wear such a thing as a captain. All the restrictions and regulations that he had to agree to just so he can have peace of mind.

Seizon puts on his uniform, navy blue with a dash of grey, complete with his IA Naval badge, captain's badge, but also two smaller, foreign emblems, that of a lion and of an eagle. He puts on the helmet, hearing his own breathing beneath the helmet as he waits for the darkness to fade. "Initiating biometric recognition... confirmed. Good dawn, Captain Seizon. Activating optics now." "Thank you, O'Boet." He remarks flatly as his vision returns, feeling and checking the grip of his hands, adjusting his metallic footing. Going through his equipment once again--- just his pistol at this point --- the captain steps out his private quarters as the airlock unseals, then reseals itself, marching on to Ericsson's deck.

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"Captain on the bridge!" A marine announces as Seizon silently walks up to the command table, at best as he can, anyways, as his boots clak on the metal floors with every step. Underneath his yellow visor, the captain surveys the crew of the bridge. Briefly looking over the post-jump status report, he remarks in a robotic voice. "Good work, everyone." He then looks at the current survey of the Durandal star system's geography. "Detach surveyors to high orbits around the planets. Send one into helio-centric orbit, and two into the asteroid belt. Priority are the gravity conditions and material composition." Buried under the robotic tone emitted through his helmet, there's slight tinge of boredom coming through.
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Post by Ham » Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:38 pm

Christoph was on the helm, having been one of the six helmsmen assigned to the ship. He was an odd one, an outlier that extended throughout the entire officer's corps of the fleet. He may have been the sixth helmsman of the Lief Ericsson but he was only the twelfth Reichmann to enter service with the Interstellar Alliance, and of only three still in service. His pointed, elf-like ears always gave the effect that he was an Elf rather Reichmänner and it was something that he sometimes took advantage of. It was an odd thing for a son of the Kaiserreich to serve in an alien world's military, and even more strange as his parents had willed it. Diplomacy between the Alliance and the Bundesdeutsche Kaiserreich had sunken lower than it had before in recent years, but open hostility was far from apparent. This didn't keep him down, he was happy where he was.

Upon Seizon's entrance onto the bridge, he turned and gave his report. His accent was thick, but still managed to sound silky-smooth and eloquent like many of his father's kind.

"Herr Captain, Hyperspace travel is successful. We are maintaining course until your word."

All of his 'W's' were 'V's' and he spoke with extreme diction. He wore a smile on his face like he enjoyed driving a multiple-thousand ton starship around even this pale mission. He was a man that enjoyed his work.
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Post by Mike » Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:39 pm

Commander Yuan stood also, ceding the watch. The XO had been conning the ship, port and starboard with the Captain, and had been on the bridge for most of the initial sensor surveys. She had not been particularly impressed. A warrior in the strictest sense, Yuan would not have commanded this sort of vessel in the Empire's fleet, and had in fact never Captained one, though she had stood the watches as she stood them now. Yuan did appreciate that the computers did most of the work aboard Alliance vessels. It allowed enough time for people to go about their other business - such as the Captain had been doing, when she had pinged him. Yuan still wasn't comfortable with the amount of free time she had, even with the duties and responsibilities she now bore. She suspected that they expected her to pursue hobbies. She had gone back to her studies instead. It wasn't quite as refined as the Empire, but from what she could tell, humans still had some worthwhile history and she had a lot of catching up to do.

The change of captain had been a little jarring to her, and she hadn't had time to meet the elf who walked onto the bridge in the old captain's place. Yuan had been uncertain of the proper social etiquette with a human. Now, she just felt dubious. Did it matter? Could the elf do the job? And, how much slack would Yuan have to pick up to make up for this inferior race's shortcomings?

It was an old way of thinking, and she realized it, and softened her expression somewhat to her usual blankness instead of letting any of her distaste show through. This was not the Empire. And it stood to reason, if it accepted ex-patriots with open arms, it would accept all of them.

The imposing Taianese tigress added to the report by saying, "The preliminary sensor scans are already prepared. We can go into more detail, if you wish, Captain."
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If Yuan could see Seizon's face right now, which he has kept masked by his helmet, partially for situations like this, it was one of similar doubt as the tigress. The Taianese, unlike the Alliance, have done nothing for his people, save for taking the opportunity of the Black Out to impose their rule wherever they could. At least the Alliance, for all its human preaching of morality, actually acted upon them and helped evacuate them, late as it may have been. The captain taps on his helmet to access Commander Yuan's profile. Ex-Taianese. Discharged from service for classified reasons. Now why is that?

... She is competent though. Things... will have to wait, as they always do. He glares at Yuan underneath the safety of his visor. Nothing. Hmmm. Perhaps they CAN work together. Seizon's eyes turn to the monitors displaying visuals of the entire Durandal system. "Please, proceed, Commander." He replies in his usual robotic tone. Was it his own indifference, or was it the side effect of his suit's audio output?
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Post by Yoshi » Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:14 am

Sitting at the communications station Freyja Yawned a bit too loudly. She hadn't slept well since she had arrived on board. While it wasn't her first posting, it was the first aboard a ship, and even holding tightly onto Mr. Waffles couldn't keep the strange sounds of the ship to keep her from truly deep sleep. Instead she had been substituting the lost of sleep with caffeine of various types, along with eating any and everything she could get her hands on. She had heard somewhere that one could substitute calories for sleep for a short period of time.

Covering her mouth with her hand to hide yawn, she went back to scanning the various communication channels looking for anyone who might be trying to reach the ship, or even better maybe picking up a long range entertainment station with some good music.
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Post by CadetNewb » Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:52 pm

The figure that entered the bridge was a striking one, and one that was not a common sight in The Alliance. Tall, lithe and fit, the woman's black furred feline ears twitched as though to dissuade an annoying fly or errant thought while her tail held itself high, its end curling itself into a question mark as she stood. Having just one full blooded, true Taianese Tiger as part of one's crew was like a shining unicorn on board, but in this case, the Ericsson had two. And the second one was now here.

"Permission to enter the bridge Captain," Yuan Qi Shōen spoke aloud. "I wish to observe."

"Hello sister. Am I bothering you at this time?" the 'younger' of the two asked, her words touching against the Commander's mind. As always, she could feel Shōen's brash desire to speak, and given where they were, there as a lot to talk about. After all, this just wasn't The Empire. Humans simply did things differently.
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Post by Mike » Sun Mar 17, 2019 12:45 am

The XO turned back away from the Captain, but not before glancing over her sister with a bit of tamped-down worry. That, too, had been an unexpected change. Yuan had been forced to leave. Her sister, on the other hand, had walked away for…

Yuan cleared her throat.

“Take us into orbit of the third planet, Mister Christoph. Sensors, prepare a directed sweep, sixty degree cone as deep as the center, please. Catch it all at once, if you can.”

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Seizon turns to the tigress, bringing up her portfolio underneath his helmet. Yuan's sister, right. "Permission granted, Ensign. Welcome to the bridge." The captain remarks through his helmet, before turning back around to look at the monitors, hands behind his back. She's overqualified to be a medical ensign. Why then? No coincidence that she and her sister ended up on the same ship. How many hoops did she have to jump through to reach this point? ... Drive, they both have that.

The captain eyes the higher ranked of the two sisters, silently noting her worried expression. Right, she does deserve far more than a meager medical position. Familial ties go a long way to make people act irrationally, do they not? Upon that though, the captain chuckles at his own hypocrisy, said chuckle coming through his helmet as only fragments of static. "Thank you, Commander Yuan."

He then opens a channel to the comms station. "Scan for intelligent emissions on all frequencies. Prepare First-Contact protocol."
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Post by Noodles » Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:54 pm

Another joined those who were on the bridge- an elephant in the room, though in uniform rather than in species. The lab-coat adorned officer took her place out of the way, but well within view of the action. It wasn't her job to deal with the Ship's instruments, but it was likely that the results would find their way over to her within the near future.

"It's unlikely we'll need to concern ourselves with the rules of first contact, Captain." The dark haired woman said with a shrug, "Ah, pardon me, Captain. I hope my presence on the bridge isn't considered an intrusion. I wanted to be present in case there was any peculiar weather phenomena. I find instrument readings are best when paired with live visuals." She explained quite nonchalantly, as if she already knew the answer she was going to recieve.
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The Captain stares at the officer nonchalantly walk up onto the bridge, a somewhat annoyed face growing under his helmet. First the medical ensign, and now the science officer. First-born, the bridge isn't some market place!

... Well, it might as well be one, given how uneventful these exploration missions are in comparison to diplomatic missions, or better yet--- Never mind. No, this is quite the good change of pace. Seizon's annoyance soothes over as he continues looking the CSO. "Arachne Pana... giotopoulou, was it? Welcome to the bridge." Quite the mouth full, that name. Wait... "Arachne" means "spider" in the human dialect, does it not? Odd.

He goes back to looking over the central command table at the readings coming in. "Let us hope you're right, doctor. I'd rather not have to deal with diplomatic contact with natives." True. Seizon would probably scare them off and start a war before any agreement can be made. "Truth be told, I'm more curious what Durandal's asteroid belt has to offer; gravity wells are not of our concern, given the intended purpose of this system for the Alliance." Also true. Trading outposts like what Durandal is meant to be aren't for comfortable, high-g living space; for those, Eden, Pacifica, Hawking, any of the Wangdiao colony systems, in past-tense, would've sufficed. For trading outposts, a large asteroid or two to put shipyards on and reservoirs of metal, water, and gas in the vicinity will suffice. Location is more important than anything otherwise.
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Post by Yoshi » Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:28 pm

Nodding and responding to the Captain, Freyja brought up a screen on a secondary monitor that listed out the First Contact protocols. She was still hoping for some good music to help past her shift with. Sure watching the whole of the bridge work out scans of a new planet was cool, but if she could do that AND have some good tunes she would be a happy clam.

Yawning again Freyja switched her main audio feeds over to light based and started scanning for laser or other optic based communications.
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'Oh no, the stupid appears to be spreading,' Shōen replied to her sister, simultaneously speaking out loud. "Thank you captain."

Moving out of the way of the elevator, she stood at ease in front of a vacant wall, staying out of the way of operations. 'Though they are capable of intelligence, I find that they do not bother to adhere to it as consistently as we do,' she began. 'Already, I have been 'hit on' three times, with the most recent being persistent enough that I had to bring out sterilization tools to dissuade his advances. How has your day been sister? I hope that you have fared better,' Shōen asked. In Tai Pan, the Taianese walked in lanes, did not speak all that often, and worked like droids. But within their minds, seated in the privacy of virtual realms, they were far more lax. Some human scientists even argued they had created a form of eudaemonia humanity couldn't hope to achieve in its current state, but that wasn't a popular opinion in the slightest of course.

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Yuan folded her arms, flexing her shoulders to ease the tension there. It was a habit that she knew people found intimidating, but which she had never quite had the wherewithal to train herself out of. Her sister didn’t annoy her, precisely, but her own interactions with the crew hadn’t been nearly as licentious as her sister’s had. Yuan was a higher officer, and a foreign enough person that nobody had tried. That was against propriety.

The casual way in which this ship interacted galled her. The sudden flood onto the bridge, like the normal ship operations were some sort of circus, annoyed her, too. This sort of job was so trivial, but it seemed to bring everybody out in force. She supposed that it must be out of the ordinary, though she couldn't see why.

She had given orders. While she waited for them to be carried out, she addressed her sister.

You don’t exactly deter them, Shoen.
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Post by CadetNewb » Fri Mar 22, 2019 5:35 am

Being from the same pack, Shōen flexed her shoulders to relax as well, but otherwise stayed at ease. The thought that she wasn't deterring the human crew members was a disturbing one, to say the least.

'Having a vasectomy as a prerequisite to dating me is insufficient?' she asked her sister, shocked. 'I will have to do better in combating the humans' sex-drive then,' the younger Tigress resolved. 'This won't be easy though. I suspect that a strange phenomenon has occurred with my physiology since arriving in the Alliance,' she admitted, a hint of troubled worry in her transmission. However, she didn't elaborate further on it. Clearly, this was not something Shōen was willing to say easily, even though it were the logical course of action.
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Post by Ham » Fri Mar 22, 2019 6:00 pm

As Christoph plotted a course and waited for the course line to plot, he nodded. "Plotting course ma'am." The bridge seemed to be growing popular. The Yard Captain had not allowed a single soul over the numbered watch to stand on his bridge. He guessed it was because he'd been on line ships since the beginning of time. He looked back to his console to see a slight glitch in the system: The course line was split where it wasn't supposed to be. A simple readjustment fixed it, and it was probably to blame on either his or the computer's fault. He didn't acknowledge either.

"Course laid in, going half speed ahead." The helmsman replied, his stalwart gaze flat against the screen in front of him as he visually drove the ship across the projected course line towards the third planet's orbit point. He felt the ship's engines beneath him, the slight vibration they gave off and the sluggish response from the throttles to the individual engines. He tuned the ship's trim as the ship began to settle into its acceleration, the maneuvering thrusters locking on to the course line like a bloodhound on the hunt.

"On course, Commander. No Faults."
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Post by Gunsight1 » Tue Mar 26, 2019 11:59 am

Main Engineering Control


Chief Engineer Commander Ramsay Sinclair stood at the master control board, observing power levels and systems at work as the hyperspace driver spooled down from their jump. The engineering computers chirped as they automatically redirected power flow from the now in standby FTL drive unit back to the ships main sub-light drives.

Ramsay nodded and tapped some information into his datapad, making notes on the ships post FTL transition, then glanced out the thick protective window into the main reactor bay, where the ship's fusion reactor thrummed.

"Alright, team two, start your post jump diagnostic of the hyperspace driver" he said into the comm pickup on his panel. With the ship so new out of the yards, she was still in her breaking in period and all major systems remained under intense scrutiny to ensure everything settled in properly as the Leif Ericsson began it's career in the Alliance Navy.

"Understood" came a reply over the speaker as the team went to work farther aft in the hyperspace drive bay.

The deck began to vibrate a little differently an the thrum of the fusion reactor changed pitch as power was called upon by the bridge. Ramsay glanced at the status board which showed the sublight engines being set to half power, the reactor responding accordingly to supply the greater power flow needed by the three large VASIMR engines at the ships stern.

Ramsay smiled as he settled back into his chair and went about monitoring the performance of the ship's power and propulsion systems.
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The Ericcson traveled through the system with no controls or issues. Enlisted personnel throughout the ship calmly attended their duties. Engineering diagnostics was chattering off routine reports and requests. Internally the Ericcson was running to Alliance specification and standards without a hitch.

Yuan's console pad pinged. Scanners had detected something. Then another ping. Then more. The high pitched noise silenced as the information began being processed and relayed to the XO's console and Helm. Scanners were detecting biological signs. It was strange, however, because the biological signatures were not coming from the third planet. The signature was coming in open space, only a short right turn away. When the long-range scan completed, 323 biological signatures had been detected, drifting through space.
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Post by CadetNewb » Fri Apr 19, 2019 2:15 am

Connected together, both of the Yuan sisters could take a look at the data streaming in together, and though Lien was not specialized in biology or the medical field, Shōen was. Pouring over the raw data streaming in out of curiosity, the almost computer-like capacity of her mind quickly worked to form a conjecture as to just what they were dealing with. However, this was not standard procedure, and she likely did not have access to all the relevant data. Still, the science officer on board the bridge should be the one to do this, as well as say something, were they not? On the other hand, she wondered, how long would it take for them to figure it out as well?

But more importantly, was this really what it looked like?
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Post by Ray_Of_Meep » Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:51 am

Well, there goes any hope for peaceful survey mission, potentially. Quietly, Seizon checks the ship's arsenal himself through his mask's HUD. Laser hard points and missile tubes ready to go. Gotta love a bloated Alliance military budget, arming a survey ship as if it were a frigate. The Shouwei would've been lucky to have this sort of load out on an actual military vessel. How long would it take for them to get the ship ready for a potential encounter? A minute, two, maybe? Maybe they should make a preemptive strike against these potential xenos, defenitley don't want to take any chances. Not another ---

The captain knocks on his own mask to bring himself back to reality, then brings his hand down. "Commander, send a couple of probes towards the cloud, minimal radar signatures, if you will. Ecrisson will continue its course towards the inner system." He then turns to Arachne. "Doctor, what are we looking at here? Do you think they're intelligent? Would we need to initiate First Contact procedures?
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Yuan, who had been considering the issue in a fairly logical manner, simply nodded her assent. Then, because she realized after the fact that the Captain wasn't looking at her, she added, "Yes, I think that's wise."

She sent the orders to the bay areas, to send the probes out, and for directions she forwarded the coordinates.

After a few moments, though the sound wouldn't have been audible on the bridge, the little silver probes sped past the edge of the viewscreen, careening off over their view of space like a pair of loosed darts, picking up speed as they went.

She lashed her tail slowly, holding her panel loosely, but firmly. Unlike the Captain, the ship's bridge did not allow a chair, or a fixed panel, for the XO. After a while, she walked over to the tactical station herself and, displacing the officer who manned it and sending him aft, she commandeered his seat and took account and control of their weapons and combat capabilities personally. Silently, she set about to bring up a visual of the area of space where her own mobile panel, now set aside, had told her that the biological signs should be, pulling up the visuals of the probes as they went in a corner. Finding the sector from trajectory, she began to magnify it. Twice. Five times. Ten times. Twelve. And in increments after that, as she squinted at the screen with her discerning eyes.
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Post by Yoshi » Sat Apr 20, 2019 1:57 pm

As the news of the sensor readings came in, Freyja switched off long rang channel crawl windows, and brought up a few more short in system windows, each working a different section of the energy spectrum that her communication systems could transmit and receive in. She was pretty sure she hadn't missed anything as of yet, but with more of the spectrum being scanned at any moment she had a better chance of receiving anything that might be being said out there.
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