Heartbeat (Veritas)

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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 239708-239709

Blake commands Veritas as the ship investigates a Tholian station that has drifted across the silent border.

Plot Summary

The Colonial Coalition Marshals Service ordered USS Veritas to investigate the appearance of an unmanned Tholian station. An initial investigation determined the station had drifted into the Shoals of its own volition, powered down and lacking weapon capabilities. It was reported by civilian traders making their way through the Thura system to Havley’s Hope.

While Captain Roshanara Rahman undergoes an investigation over a recent terrorist attack on Betazed, Veritas is under the command of Commander Sky Blake. Marshals sent the USS Veritas to investigate and quietly ‘push’ the station back into Tholian space. Meanwhile, the CCMS prepares for the possibility of a large scale Tholian conflict.

The Thura system sits on the border between the Shoals and the Tholian Assembly and is notorious in the region for the mysterious disappearance of Starfleet Ranger Lieutenant Kehive na-Soldim in 2395. Though the Colonial Coalition has a dedicated line to mark the edge of Shoals space, there is no information regarding where the Tholians believe their territory begins. This prompted local conspiracy theories suggesting Tholian scouts had kidnapped na-Soldim.

The tension between the Tholians and the Federation has been high since the destruction of Astrofori One in 2395. To ensure merchants can travel through the region safely, the Coalition instituted a noise restriction in the area, requiring all vessels to travel through the Thura system with minimal power to avoid attracting the attention of the Tholian Assembly. Since na-Soldim’s disappearance, any ship with mechanical failures of significant calibre has been abandoned in the area.

A team from Veritas boarded the station and discovered that its environmental conditions supported the habitation of most Federation species. This was in contrast to the much higher temperatures than would be required to support Tholians, who have an average temperature of 257 degrees Celsius. Onboard, the crew discovered Kehive na-Soldim, the missing Starfleet Ranger, in a distressed state.