SB118Ops Mission Logs/Sal Taybrim/Never Mix Your Drinks

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"Rixx. A Rodulan crimelord, and a smooth operator in the Orion Syndicate. Notorious for living by the rules of profit and murder. He was supposedly killed when the Syndicate was targeted by Starfleet years ago. But the body was never found, and Rixx was never confirmed as arrested or dead."

Act I: It's Never a Simple Drink

The SS Annabelle's Lament

After a series of harrowing missions, the crew of StarBase 118 enjoys an extended shore leave while Captain Leo Handley-Page takes a sabbatical to look into the bizarre mutations affecting his family and Byzallian friends. Executive officer Lt. Commander Sal Taybrim is relaxing off duty in Keal's Pub with Lt Commander Kaitlyn Falcon and Lieutenant JG Rocko Stevens when they are introduced to Gold Dew - an unusual and expensive new liquor that has the unique property of enhancing any flavor it is paired with. The bartender at the pub says that the liquor is a hot commodity and it's hard for him to get shipments in because so many people are buying it up.

What starts as a simple drink becomes a major conspiracy when the Federation freighter SS Annabelle's Lament explodes just out of the Geneva VI Cargobase killing all 65 passengers and crew onboard. It was carrying a full shipment of Gold Dew, as well as various terraforming chemicals.

Meanwhile, the merchant freighter NGV Fortune's Determination docks at StarBase 118, and immediately sets off an unauthorized lifeform alert. The Fortune's Determination's Captain Darold Tashina denies any knowledge of an illicit passenger while cargo control hunts for a stowaway. They find Zel Rohan, a battered Cardassian/Bajoran drifter hiding in a silk crate. The bedraggled hybrid collapses from dehydration and malnutrition shortly after being uncovered, and is taken to security. The mystery quickly deepens as Starbase crew discover that Zel Rohan was the last person to deliver cargo to the SS Annabelle's Lament before the ship took off on it's delivery route; meeting with the ship at the Miranda VII Spaceport. When Zel wakes, he quickly denies that he had anything to do with the explosion of the Lament - that he merely delivered a load of the valuable alcohol Gold Dew. Security suspects that Zel knows far more than he is letting on, but the hybrid refuses to talk, insisting that he'll be hunted down and shot if he does.