|A rogue Romulan warbid is attacking Klingon border colonies. The Romulans deny any connection to the attacks, and the Klingons are actively hostile, seeing this as an act of war. In the middle of this tense standoff Captain Sal Taybrim gets a call from Commodore Allan Kinney. Kinney reveals that and old friend, Haz Arrhimen, has commandeered the D'deridex class IRW Sienov and he is the one behind these attacks.
The Klingon colony Thosis is the next target for the IRW Sienov
Kinney's orders are firm, placing Captain Taybrim and the USS Albion firmly under the direction of Captain L'Trena and the USS Avalon. Taybrim privately expresses deep concern as to this set up, believing Captain L'Trena to be inexperienced in ship combat and an unwise choice to face a Romulan Warbird, especially since both the Albion and the Avalon lack the firepower to win a straight up fight with the Sienov.
Captain Taybrim quickly mobilizes the USS Albion and they enact an expedited launch with full battle preparations. Teams across the ship prepare for battle, while Lieutenant Taelon, Major Tatash and Lieutenant Beyett start preparing some creative solutions to deal with the Sienov to compensate for the lacking Armaments on both the Albion and the Avalon. Major Tatash proposes that everyone be aware that they need to use lethal force to take Arrhimen down, something Captain Taybrim agrees with; but which causes pain to Doctor Ezo and Counselor Zinna.
Before they can rendezvous with the USS Avalon, Captain Taybrim takes a coded message from Councillor Dempok of the Klingon Empire. Dempok has his Vor'Cha class cruiser the IKS S’Tarahk cloaked and on standby to engage the Sienov. The two share information and strike an alliance to fight the Sienov together.
As the Albion nears the rendezvous point with the Avalon, they hail Captain L'Trena who tells the Albion that he intends to break cover and send some fighters to investigate a disturbance. Captain Taybrim implores L'Trena to not break cover and wait for them to arrive, but Captain L'Trena brushes him off and closes the commline. The Albion speeds towards the rendezvous with an increasing sense of dread.
Act II: A Grave Error In Judgement
::Phrik nearly exploded, it took almost all of his self-control to not shout the medic into a perforated ear-drum:: Forgive my lack of Engineering knowledge, but aren’t the engines usually the most EXPLOSIVE part of a ship?! ::He let out a long rattling breath and shook his head. This wasn’t worth the effort:: Just tell me where on this Godsforsaken death trap I need to be to do my damn job without dying.
| En route to the USS Avalon, the Albion's sense of dread only gets worse when Lt. Commander Whittaker and Ensign Aitas uncover a coded communique from Commodore Kinney to Captain L'Trena that clearly tells L'Trena to consider the Albion expendable. Feeling that they are going into a suicide mission the Albion makes preparations for an all out assault from the moment they find the Sienov.
The USS Albion rushes to the aid to the USS Avalon
Major Tatash and Lieutenant Taelon come up with a plan to focus every offensive array the Albion has on a single weak spot of the Sienov - a move that Tatash labels as a 'glass cannon' which should weaken the warbird enough to allow the S'Tarahk and Avalon a chance to do some damage. With everything prepared, the Albion speeds towards the Avalon before L'Trena can do something stupid.
Unfortunately L'Trena has already poked the bees' nest and the Sienov moves to attack the Avalon in the nebula it was hiding in before either the Albion or the S'Tarahk can get close. The Avalon spills the fighters she is carrying into battle, but they quickly panic and are routed. The Albion and the S'Tarahk blaze in at red alert to take some of the heat off, doing considerable damage to the Sienov, but it's too late. The USS Avalon loses warp containment and blows apart with only a handful of survivors left in its saucer section. The shockwave does heavy damage to both the Sienov and the Albion - but the warbird recovers much faster than the aging Excelsior class ship.
On board the Avalon death surrounds the survivors, who are mainly contained in sickbay. Ensign Phrik is tending an injured Captain L'Trena when the Avalon's engines blow and the ship is plunged into darkness. Along with the CMO and a tiny handful of survivors, the group makes its way out of sickbay and to a place where they can send out a distress signal. The Albion gets the signal and asks the S'Tarahk to provide cover while they rescue the survivors - but the Sienov won't let up. Lt. Commander Kelly proposes taking an armored shuttle over to the Avalon to enact the rescue. The shuttle is launched while the S'Tarahk and Albion continue the offensive against the Sienov. Finally the Sienov is beaten back and it limps out of the nebula badly damaged. Unfortunately the S'Tarahk and Albion are equally damaged and resources are running low.
The fighter squadron from the Avalon has fallen and is in shambles. Major Tatash offers to take out one of the fighters in the ALbion's shuttlebay to rally what is left both to give Commander Kelly cover in rescuing the survivors and to rally some last-minute support. He launches and rallies the fighters just before Kelly's team makes their dangerous trek.
Act III: The Ultimate Sacrifice
::The Negh'var continued to float around the Albion like a guardian angel before she turned, belching out a string of torpedo's into the Sienov which twisted in response, explosions covering part of the swept wing and main body leaving her looking like she was literally wincing in pain. A solid, painful hit that took out one of her green engines, breaches pockmarking the formally invulnerable surface.
She turned, limping back towards the purpleish cloud she'd emerged from like an angry spider heading back to it's web.::
|Act 3 summary
A shot fired in the darkness
|Rendezvous at Raskor Characters
||Former Commodore Allan Kinney was the sector commander for the Trinity Sector. He was removed from duty and stripped of rank following the discovery of his ties to the Orion Syndicate
||Dreva Nan was an Orion Syndicate assassin sent to silence Commodore Kinney and the crew of StarBase 118 Ops