- Stardate 239009
With the Gateway Crisis of 2390 affecting nearly every corner of the galaxy, the Mercury is sent by Starfleet from its usual haven at DSX to the thoroughly unreputable Menthar Anchorage. Tol, the Ferengi owner of the Anchorage, has invited all manner of bidders and potential buyers to an auction he’s intending to hold for an Iconian gateway.
Cmdr. Melitta Herodion, Dr. Saveron, Lt. Jacen Fanel, Lt.(JG) Trel’lis, and Cmdr. Ari Capronne headed to the Menthar Anchorage to take part in the auction. On the ship, other teams attempted to discover where the gateway might be, and indeed if Tol possesses knowledge of a gateway at all. Ensign Alora DeVeau placed a call to her father, a galactic shipping magnate, and discovered that while theirs might not be, the Gateway Crisis itself was very real, and there was certainly more to the proceedings than meets the eye.
Meanwhile, Cmdr. Harry Ross was given command of the Mercury and promoted Lt. Cmdr. Roshanara Rahman to acting first officer as Captain Kells had been arrested on DSX during shore leave for his responsibility for the actions at 83 Leonis II and the potential violation of Starfleet General Order One.
- Stardate 239010
Dr. Saveron, with the assistance of Lt.(JG) Trel’lis and Cmdr. Ari Capronne turned from attending the auction announcement from Tol, the Ferengi owner of the Menthar Anchorage, to the monumental task of obtaining enough latinum to make a serious wager on the coordinates of the alleged Iconian gateway. Though an offer came by way of one Trayden Jora, the team was extremely apprehensive about taking the offer, as it came with a corollary: a message, from Jora, delivered to Lt. Cmdr. Isaac Bale.
Meanwhile, on the Mercury, Lt. Cmdr. Bale was himself overseeing methods for searching for the gateway under acting-XO Lt. Cmdr. Roshanara Rahman. Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Breeman, recently arrived R&D specialist from the USS Excalibur-A, assisted in the modification of several probes to search, while Ensigns Alora DeVeau and Kotir Arith attempted to trace the ship that had discovered the gateway in the first place.
On Deep Space 10, Captain Aron Kells attended his hearing over the incident at 83 Leonis II. Examinations were limited to only a few individuals, including Kells’s XO and the Mercury’s acting CO, Cmdr. Harrison Ross, who appeared via hologram. At the same time that Ross, back aboard the Mercury, ordered the auction team to return when it became clear they would not raise the necessary funds, Lt. Cmdr. Damos, Starfleet’s JAG prosecutor, abruptly dropped the charges against Captain Kells moments before Shyn, the presiding judge, offered her verdict. Kells was left to return to his ship, now seeking the gateway, as he attempted to seek his own answers.