Journey to the Lost Library (Mercury)
- Stardate 239005
As the Mercurys shore leave at DSX came to a close, the crew was stunned when Captain Aron Kells's accident of years prior aboard the Ring was repeated, and three different versions of Kells were combined into one: his sixty-year-old self. Though the crew, Starfleet Intelligence, and Temporal Investigations wanted to investigate further, the matter was put aside in favor of a larger mission: An installation had been discovered on an uninhabited M-class planet in the Beta Scuti system, some three weeks into the Menthar Corridor at maximum warp, that long-range probes believe to be a library of some sort, and one that may hold ancient knowledge about the dominions of races that once called the Corridor home — and, perhaps more relevantly, what happened to them. After their journey to the planet, second officer Isaac Bale took down an away team and discovered quickly that they weren't the only interested party. Aboard the Mercury, Lieutenants Alexander Richards and Mei'konda searched for patterns in the relics left behind by the Menthar and the other ancient races in the corridor.
Meanwhile, on DSX, Commander Melitta Herodion had newly assigned-investigator Lt. Cmdr. Msafiri Bakari look into some strange (and perhaps related) comm traffic while the Mercurys chief engineer Roshanara Rahman stayed behind by medical order and used the time to get the station’s systems fully online with the unexpected assistance of her attending physician Niccolò del Vedova.
- Stardate 239006
The mission to excavate and explore the ancient library at Beta Scuti proceeded smoothly right up until the away team discovered that they weren't the only party interested in the information the library had to offer: an independent group of mercenaries had also taken an interest. Meanwhile, back on the Mercury, the crew discovered the independents' ship when both ships suffered catastrophic power losses and the other required the Mercury's assistance to maintain her orbit.
However, the Mercury crew's efforts to save the other ship were in vain and, with the crew evacuated, the planet's manufactured interference cut through, and the away team returned, the Mercury returned to Deep Space 10 with a wealth of data regarding the history of the region to sort through. The crew took some leave time upon their return to DSX, though upon that return, Mercury and DSX COs Aron Kells and Melitta Herodion discovered that they would soon be joined by Federation Ambassador Lily Ventu, who had recently left StarBase 118 to begin her campaign for a seat on the Federation Council — though why she chose to stop over at the small and removed DSX was, as yet, unknown.