With his experience in variable mission profiles and sensitive assignments, Anen was drafted to serve on the newly relaunched USS Excalibur-A under the command of his former Commanding Officer, Fleet Captain Kalianna Nicholotti. Upon arrival, he and the 700 odd crew of the Excalibur witnessed a rousing speech by the Fleet Captain, where Anen noticed that she had obviously changed physically since their last encounter. Just after the ceremony he was introduced to Dian Iskandar, another Doctor aboard the Excalibur who had served on it previously until its decommissioning. Dian informed Anen of the apparent death and rebirth of Captain Nicholotti, which piqued Anen's interest. Given just an hour to organize everything, Anen pushed his curiosity aside and immediately went to work organizing Sickbay, taking a position as 'first among equals' of the present Medical Staff.
Finding Sickbay under stocked and a bit out of date, Anen tried to hurry the process of reactivating the Excalibur's Sickbay in under an hour, not a herculean task on paper but certainly near impossible given the time frame. During this hectic process Anen performed his first official duty as one of the Excalibur's Doctors by giving a quick scan and clean bill of health to Ensign Claryx Vahl. Reaching topics of mutual interest like art and the planet Betazed, both Anen and Claryx were called away to other matters just after completing her physical.
Receiving cryptic but explicit orders from the Captain, Anen was tasked to preform a physical, off the record and off the networked systems, of Major Irina Pavlova. Discovering the breadth of the Major's backstory, like her time on Ketja II, her escape on board the Discovery and her belief that she was being hunted down by rogue elements of Starfleet determined to get their hands on whatever data they could from Irina's body. Doing as he was told, Anen falsified his records and kept everything he truly learned off the record, keeping up the illusion that Major Pavlova had been in stasis the entire 217 years on the Columbia. Having just been transferred from Til'ahn, the conversation naturally turned towards Anen's involvement with Starfleet and his own people's turbulent politics. Anen remained cryptic but he got along well with the Major who revealed her intense desire to return to her own time and her love for her fiancé Aurora James.
Upon taking the Major up on her offer of a drink, Anen became near comatose when the bottle of vodka she shared with Anen produced an extreme allergic reaction. This led to a series of treks and minor incidents in Sickbay, which occurred without his knowledge. Eventually Doctor Dian Iskandar and the rest of the Sickbay staff were able to bring him out of it. This is when Doctor Sonbef first met Doctor Nikki Ryan and was clued into just what his earlier meeting with Counselor Rune Jolara meant. Counselor Jolara was suffering from a pre-mature Season, the Al-Leyan mating cycle and after some detailed analysis, they discovered this was done intentionally but not the culprit.
Another mystery abounded by the end of the mission to Mercadia, but the mission was cut short before all questions could be answered.
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