Chasing Shadows (Veritas)
|Veritas Mission History|
|Year 1 (2393-2394)|
|The Forgotten Land · Rag and Bone · Aftershock · The Mother Road|
|Year 2 (2395)|
|The Irresistible Prize · Kallo Ver & The Hunt for the Lost Romulan Treasure Fleet · The Omega Paradox · Hope Lost · Flashpoint|
|Year 3 (2396)|
|Limbo · Dawn · Home · Sentinel · Play the Part · The First Colony · Tour de Ketar V · Charybdis · Lost and Found|
|Year 4 (2397)|
|E Pluribus Unum · Nadira · Free Flight · Pirates of the Quantum Realms · Forever and Always · Heartbeat · Home Is Where the Heart Is · Wandering Star|
|Year 5 (2398)|
|Here Kitty Kitty · Reunion · Chasing Shadows · Endeavour · Loopy · Fissure|
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- Stardate 239804-239805
The USS Veritas has traveled to the far end of the Shoals into the lawless Klingon territory to pick up a high-value prisoner for extradition back to the Federation. Upon arriving at the colony world of VoqmoH'tuq, Captain Rahman and her crew are dismayed to discover that their "asset" is none other than the rogue Kallo Ver, a known smuggler who has a talent for slipping away from arrest. Still, Kallo is not typically known as a dangerous criminal who would warrant such security for transport. As Veritas makes ready for the long journey back through the Shadows to Star Station Esperance, escorted by two Klingon vessels, Rahman wonders what is really going on.
The Shadows is a dangerous region of the Shoals, where tetryon field interference is so great that ships can only use short-range sensors. Raiders, pirates, and other nefarious types have used the Shadows over the centuries to hide amid the sensor echoes and attack freighters and other ships. The area is also home to the native Ohanze population, comprising five different tribes.
Two weeks into their journey, ships operated by one of the powerful cartels based out of the Klingon territories attacked the Veritas and the convoy. During the skirmish, an escorting Klingon vessel, the IKS T’Kuvma, commanded by Commander Ch'otonn Bagorgh, unexpectedly bombarded and destroyed the other Klingon ship. As the smoke cleared, the T’Kuvma turned on the Veritas, demanding Captain Roshanara Rahman and her crew hand over Kallo Ver.
Bagorgh, pronouncing herself a general, announced a revolution had begun in the Klingon territories of the Shoals. She and the Klingon separatists would establish a new Klingon republic to return to the “true teachings of Kahless” and the glorious days of aggressive Klingon expansionism.
While the betrayal from within the KDF was unexpected, such a possibility of an attack on the convoy was precisely why Starfleet sent Veritas, known throughout the region to locals and her adversaries as “the strongest ship in the Shoals,” to complete the mission.
After fending off the initial attack, Veritas fled deeper into the Shadows, seeking refuge in a nebula. There, they encountered the Black Sun Tribe of the Ohanze. Declining Rahman and her crew’s request for aid, the Ohanze gave Veritas a few hours to complete repairs as they were reluctant to involve themselves in “settler matters.” Bagorgh, however, launched an attack on the Ohanze, intending to draw Veritas out. Needing to ensure that the Ohanze weren’t further dragged into a conflict that could possibly jeopardize the Federation’s Treaty of Friendship with the Shoals natives, Rahman fired back at the T’Kuvma before getting the Klingon ship to follow her through another warp jump even further into the Shadows.
There, the two ships squared off in the last stand; Bagorgh determined to deliver Ver to the cartel and eliminate Veritas.
Aboard the Starfleet vessel, Lieutenant JG Ikaia Wong, Ensign Scotty Reade, and Ensign Lilith Thorne held off a Klingon boarding party thanks to some holodeck trickery. Meanwhile, engineering crews led by chief engineer Lieutenant Commander Wil Ukinix ensured the ship had enough fight left to withstand Bagorgh’s assault and deliver their own counterpunch.
Just as the situation seemed to grow dire, Veritas received an unexpected ally. The other four tribes of the Ohanze answered a call from the Black Sun Tribe and arrived behind Veritas, ready to defend the Starfleet vessel.
Faced against overwhelming numbers, Bagorgh retreated, and the Ohanze escorted Veritas for the rest of her journey out of the Shadows.
Mission-specific PNPCs (MSPNPCs)
- played by Ukinix
- Klingon Female
- Age: 38
General Bagorgh was born and raised in Qo'nos, and until 2395 spent all of her life living there. She was a decorated general in the Klingon Defence Force, and was a rising star destined to eventually leading the KDF - much to disgust of several more traditional houses.
During a major KDF military exercise, her battle tactics were leaked by a member of her crew to opposition forces. As a result her Battle Cruiser was ambushed and she suffered a heavy loss - her ship was the first to be eliminated from the war game within twenty minutes of the exercise starting. Her honour and reputation as a warrior, and that of her entire family, was brought into question. Under pressure from several houses, the fractured Klingon High Council narrowly chose to re-assign General Bagorgh to The Shoals as punishment for her embarrassing loss.
Ch'otonn is proud to be a Klingon but is disillusioned with the current state of the Klingon Empire. Since living in the Shoals she longs for the "old days" where the Empire was feared by the Federation. Ch'otonn is known for using offensive language (even by Klingon standards).
K'jul, son of Mo'tuk
- played by Parker
- Klingon Male
- Age: 40
Born on the Klingon homeworld, K'jul wasted no time in becoming a warrior. He fought against the Federation during the brief Federation/Klingon War in 2372, but deep down, he felt it was the wrong war for his people, but his Houses' support for the Chancellor at that time made him question his presence in his house. He once tried to make the case that this was the wrong war, for the wrong reasons, but his father would not hear of it, and told him to never speak of such again. His father made sure he fought as much as possible against their former Federation allies, with him personally leading a boarding party on board the USS Wasp, killing or wounding several Starfleet personnel before being forced to transport off the ship.
With the cessation of hostilities against the Federation, the Dominion War gave K'jul just what Klingons felt they needed...a full out war. He distinguished himself in several campaigns, and his ship was present at the liberation of Cardassia. His ship, the Bird Of Prey B'Rakh, was eventually given him to command...but because of his initial reluctance to fight the Federation, his father had arranged for him to be assigned to the Shoals, far from the Empire, but allowing him to "regain" his honor by his service to the Empire, which he has done. He was soon to be reassigned to a sector much closer to home, and this mission was to be his last in the Shoals.
Cartel Member Uyahlazeka Iqhawe
- played by Kelrod
- Ferasan Female
- Age: 28
Uyahlazeka don't really know where she's originally born, but she'd spent many years in Maranga IV, before entering the service of the KDF. As a Ferasan living in a Klingon world, she'd learned to be tough, loyal and quick to act. Her skills and attitude called the attention of some ranking officers from a young age and she made her way up until she's caught in a failure to aprehend a escaping refugee that was wanted for questioning and as a consequence she's assigned to a far region of the Klingon empire, in the place known as the Shoals.
There, she did her best to maintain herself in the good eye of the ranking officers, but she didn't like the way the Klingon empire was dealing with the other species adn powers on the zone. That attitude called the eye of a Klingon woman who take up under her wing and taught her about more ancient Klingon ways and history, that making sense for her as a way to behave, like the original empire, She forged a realtionship with her benefactor and quickly gained her trust, introducing her to new ways to keep the empire strong, even in such an abandoned by the empire colony.
She feels that there's a bond between her and her benefactor and made an oath to serve her and has kept her promise so far.
R’tur Son of Mon’Ti
- played by Wong
- Klingon Male
- Age: 30
Growing up with the stories of great Klingon warriors and heroes, R’tur seeks to become one of these heroes himself. He dedicates himself to honourable and heroic acts with the hopes of eventually becoming immortalized in legend. It’s a shame that he could be so easily tricked into backing the wrong cause because of this. Because of his code of honour, he is unable to tell a lie and believes in keeping one’s word.