|StarBase 118 Ops|
ATH... that abominable abbreviation that seemed to crop up in every meeting he'd attended for the last several weeks. A new drug, predictably appearing out of the blue with not a single shred of history, any other investigation stalling to a halt as the tendrils of the corrupt brought the gears of justice to a shuddering halt.
- Street Drugs Complicate Murder Investigation on Neutral World (TILANNA V — The officers of Starbase 118 Operations have uncovered a web of corruption on Tilanna V during a joint investigation with local authorities.)
- With Starfleet Help Tilanna Fights Back Against Corruption and Drug Trade - (TILANNA V – After battling against corruption and terrorism, investors are now turning their eyes once more to the former mining planet.)
- Starbase 118 Ops shuts down crime syndicate; battles holographic Klingons. - (TILANNA V - The crew of Starbase 118 Operations returned home this week after putting an end to one of the most dangerous drug cartels on Tilanna V.)
Act I: A Suspicious Murder
|Tilanna V. Tilanna is an ex-Andorian colony, that was a haven for Cardassian refugees after the Dominion war. It is a neutral world along the Federation-Klingon Border, plagued by crime and corruption. Anjunaar City Police Department officer Senior Inspector Gilora Jemet fears that her investigation will be hampered by corrupt officers and agrees to Starfleet assistance after speaking to the planetary Governor, Al'Akir. Al'Akir contacts StarBase 118 to petition for help in solving the crime as Malinov is clearly connected to the base.
Commander Sal Taybrim readily agrees to send aid, and his senior staff starts preparations. Tilanna V has strong atmospheric interference that prevents the use of transporters in most areas; and Starfleet presence is not especially welcome. Commander Taybrim orders Lt Commander Theo Whittaker to prepare an undercover, plainclothes away team. Lieutenant JG Antero Flynn heads to impound to select a suitable shuttle to be used for the mission. He selects the MFT Maximum Thrusters, and prepares the shuttle for launch. As the USS Albion is still in repair dock after the beating she took against the USS Stormcrow, the crew readies the USS Aegis for launch.
The Aegis arrives at Tilanna V without incident; however in the time it takes to make the journey to the planet the criminal forces on Tilanna have gleaned information that Al'Akir has called in Starfleet reinforcements. A massive riot breaks out in the capital, focused on the Governor's offices and other major governmental establishments. This includes a well-armed criminal militia fueled by combatants who are drugged up on All Time High. By the time the Aegis arrives, violence on the surface is at its peak. Major Tatash readies the Paladins for deployment and containment duty. They will be followed by the Archangels and a mobile sickbay unit that includes Lt Commander Baylen Anders and Dr. Mirra Ezo. Commander Whittaker's team boards Maximum Thrusters as the marines are deployed and the fight for Tilanna V begins.
Act II: Corruption Lies Deep
Theo Whittaker's team landed in Anjunaar and rendezvoused with police inspector Gilora Jemet. From there two teams broke off: Lt Commander Tyler Kelly took Counselor Zinna and Lieutenant JG Freya Andersen to investigate Malinov's murder scene. There the team found evidence and an eyewitness account that Malinov was lured to the alleyway by an Orion female; but murdered by a dirty cop. Lieutenant Trellis Vondaryan took Lt Commander Rilem Danoel and probationary Ensign Zel Rohan to the Cardassian section of the city to investigate possible leads. They found that the criminal boss Janker runs his business out of a club called The Factory in the rich part of town. Their contact also led them in the direction of a dirty cop.
Lt Commander Whittaker headed to The Factory with Lieutenant Flynn and Inspector Jemet, searching for clues. However Janker and the Jenatris Confederation took notice of the intrusion. Janker sent Mespha - the same Orion woman who lured Boris Malinov to a dark alleyway - in to lure the Starfleet officers into the back warehouse area of The Factory to be disposed of.
On the USS Aegis the bridge crew is sifting through the records of Tilanna V, looking for further clues as to the core of the criminal corruption - and they turn up a mother lode of information. The current Police Commissioner of Anjunaar suddenly resigns and skips off Tilanna V due to the investigation and they are able to provide governor Al'Akir detailed evidence into several other corrupt officials. The investigation becomes interesting when the Vor'cha class IKS S’Tarahk approaches Tilanna V, beaming down a small diplomatic party. The Aegis soon learns that Governor Al'Akir has petitioned the Klingons for membership in the Empire, and in return the Klingons will help clear the corruption from the planet. However, Al'Akir has conveniently forgotten to tell them about Starfleet's presence and vice-versa.
Fortunately when Commander Taybrim speaks directly to the leader of the Klingons, Ambassador Dempok, they find that Starfleet and the Klingons have little conflict over the system. The Federation denied Tilanna V membership some years ago, seeing it as a 'welfare case' - but the work Starfleet is doing to clean up Tilanna V will benefit Dempok by making the planet viable for annexation. In turn, the Klingons will put focused effort into cleaning up the rooted criminal elements on Tilanna V; removing much of the spread of drugs and illegal weapons from the area which will greatly increase the safety of both Klingon and Federation territory. Taybrim and Dempok come to a mutually beneficial agreement, and form the beginnings of an alliance.
Down on Anjunaar the marines retreat under threat of more violence to the civilian community if they continue to have a presence there. The criminals are certainly rattled by Starfleet involvement. The medical teams are marked as non-combatants and stay to find All Time High bonds with the brain chemistry, becoming a surrogate for many neurochemical processes. This means that addicts must be weaned off slowly in order to reteach their bodies how to do basic functions without the ATH in their system. This makes recovery very difficult. Arden Cain, a civilian consultant on the Aegis is able to create a special nannite that will cleanse the body of ATH in a greatly reduced time. Doctor Ezo starts implementing this treatment finding that it will be a successful cure; but again it will take time - the authorities on Anjunaar will need to see the process through to completion without Starfleet's help.
Act III: An Explosive Conclusion
Knowing that they cannot simply beam the away team out because of the atmospheric interference, Major Tatash proposes a new solution - a HALO jump. If Lt Commander Kaitlyn Falcon can maneuver the Aegis low enough into the atmosphere and Lieutenant JG Cadfael Peters can boost the transporters a small strike force of marines can get beamed into the atmosphere below the shuttle lanes and orbital defenses, but above the atmospheric interference levels; allowing them to parachute into the area where the away team is with transporter enhancers and additional firepower. It is a risky maneuver; but Commander Taybrim supports it. The preparations are put quickly into place as the Aegis moves into the atmosphere and the Marines gather on the transport pad. A few seconds later Major Tatash and his small strike force are sailing through the atmosphere of Tilanna V in an adrenaline-spiking thrill ride to save their friends.
On the planet Lieutenant Vondaryan's team arrives at The Factory. By now the building is being evacuated of civilians and something is definitely wrong. Zel Rohan takes a gamble in climbing to the roof where the shuttles are parked, and gets lucky enough to retrieve Maximum Thrusters. They are able to launch the shuttle and provide cover fire until the marines arrive. Sweet Maxinne gets a bumpy ride back to the USS Aegis, landing safely.
The Paladins are able to clear out the warehouse and set up transporters enhancers. A medical team from the capital, led by Dr. Ezo, is beamed in to immediately tend to the wounded while transporter connection with the Aegis is established. Once established the away team is beamed directly to the Aegis' sickbay. The Archangels break down the mobile sickbay and retreat, but Commander Anders notices that one injured orphan boy is left behind. He decides to bring the child with him to the Aegis; and quickly discovers that the boy - Mason - lost his family to the criminal street wars a short time before the Aegis arrived. Unable to find next of kin, Anders decides to bring Mason with him to StarBase 118 where he petitions to adopt the boy.
The USS Aegis pulls away from Tilanna V, leaving the evidence of corrupt officials and the cure for ATH with governor Al'Akir and Ambassador Dempok. Several days later the Klingon empire officially announces the annexation of Tilanna V, while the crew of StarBase 118 Ops enjoys a well-deserved shore leave.
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