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."

Mission Summary


Act I: It's Never a Simple Drink

"I've drank every backwater swill, fine liquor, homemade ale, and expensive wine this side of the Gamma Quadrant. And I have never heard of Golden Dew." -Lt Commander Udas


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.

ActII: An Explosive Combination

"Science and engineering have come up with reason to believe the goods the Lament was carrying were used to form an explosive combination; and it looks like it was sabotage." -Sal Taybrim


The mysterious stowaway Zel Rohan
The investigation into the destruction of the Annabelle's Lament pushed forward with Dr. Solok finding that they are short one corpse - the freighter's first officer a Flaxian named Drin Jerol is mysteriously missing. The mystery deepens when Ambassador Nia Calderan and Diplomat Trel'lis call Drin Larel to inform her that her husband died and she informs them back that her husband has been dead for seven years. She tells them he was killed while gambling at Spaceport Miranda VII, which raises many suspicions for the crew of StarBase 118 Ops.

Science and Engineering teams are finding their own mysteries. After Commander Taybrim meets with Professor Nathanius Strekk to discuss the apparent evils of Gold Dew, he finds that the alcohol can be combined with certain chemicals for an explosive reaction. Turning over this information to the science and engineering teams, they quickly find that Gold Dew could be combined with one of the terraforming fertilizers - calcium trisulfanese - the Annabelle's Lament was carrying to form 'sticky bombs' - a form of plastic explosive that can be detonated by a phaser beam, disruptor blast or energy surge. Further investigation reveals the sabotage was intentional, as the Gold Dew and the calcium trisulfanese would not have been able to freely mix with standard cargo containment (and even if it did the explosion would have been debilitating but not total destruction). Chief Engineer Kellan Joran theorizes that some of the sticky bombs were planted on critical engineering junctions which would activate as soon as the Lament cleared the cargobase and jumped to warp.

Intelligence immediately starts to investigate the evidence found on the Lament, and what they find spells danger for both StarBase 118 and the Trinity sector. A corporation called Emerald Dragon Enterprises has been buying large quantities of both calcium trisulfanese and Gold Dew. Emerald Dragon Enterprises is run by a wealthy Romulan merchant named Lhara Khota. At first glance it appears to be a completely legitimate company, but with deeper digging the crew finds that Khota and Emerald Dragon Enterprises have ties to the Ralaaram Ocala. An immediate plan is put into place to dig out this weapons dealing, before it puts tons of hard to track explosives into the hands of Romulan terrorists. All evidence point to the Miranda VII Spaceport being the site of the next trade.

Lt Commander Falcon decides to head to the brig where Counselor Ashley Yael, Dr [{Pon Pon]] and Ensign Lucien Landau are questioning Zel Rohan to little avail when an unexpected power surge rips through the security section and all power fails. Zel immediately mobilizes, but instead of trying to flee he dives for cover as several deadly disruptor shots tear through the darkness and the security guards try to locate the assassin. They are hampered by panic in the civilian section outside of security where an entire zoo full of animals have gotten out of their cages at the exact same time the power surge went off. Finding themselves dealing with an experienced - and well planned - assassin, security forces connect with Lt Commander Falcon and try for a pincer attack. It works, and the assassin - a human named Seth Ralston - is seriously injured and taken to sickbay.

Power is quickly restored and security moves out to do animal containment while Falcon tries to press information out of the shaken Zel Rohan. The two have a history together - before Falcon joined Starfleet both were 'suicide runners' - pilots that specialized in making dangerous runs to deliver profitable cargo, frequently through restricted airspace. After a bit of bantering and gentle threats Zel reveals that Drin Jerol, the first officer of the Annabelle's Lament is not only alive (Zel saw him on the MIranda VII Spaceport several days after the destruction of the Lament) but Zel firmly believes Jerol is actually Nacien Rixx, an ex-Orion Syndicate crimelord, and head of the criminal Jenatris Confederation. It seems Rixx has been putting out assassin's contracts on anyone who had information about the Annabelle's Lament and Zel was the only one to make it off Miranda VII alive.

Falcon leaves after giving Zel concessions to help him recuperate in a far more comfortable arrangement than his former cell before making a beeline for the Ops hub. If Nacien Rixx is involved, the weapons deals need to be stopped quickly.

~*~

Falcon: Don’t you ‘Katie’ me! I’m still mad at you. Do you have any idea how many holes James and I had to patch up in Nova’s hull while you went merrily prancing off on your way?!

Zel: ::He fixed her back with an even gaze:: I'm guessing about nine. Six from the Orion pirates taking pot shots, two from the busted warp manifest fritzing out - again - and one from Crewman Lazarus throwing his desk through the wall. ::he punctuated that with the faintest smirk.:: But I'm not the one who allowed a Nausicaan weapons officer onboard.

ActIII: Let's Blow This Joint

"Watch your back. They said they eradicated the Syndicate - which was about as effective as trying to rid the swamps of Arspin VI of mosquitoes with one bug bomb. All they did was cull the weak and foolish so ten years later they can come back stronger." -Zel Rohan


The Miranda VII Spaceport
Kaitlyn Falcon gathered a team of Lieutenant Richard Matthews, Lieutenant R'raika Voss and the newly posted Ensigns Braylin Winters and Trellis Vondaryan to head with her to the Miranda VII Spaceport. They commandeered the abandoned small craft ISV Valor in plainclothes to pull off a hopefully covert mission.

Meanwhile Engineer Cadfael Peters and Dr. Pon Pon struggled to clear the last of the escaped zoo animals from the Starbase, fending off a groups of enraged wildcats, and sickbay had its own struggles as a wounded Lieutenant Trel'lis was delivered to sickbay after her own investigation into the Jenatris Confederation went horribly awry, and Ambassador Nia Calderan had to make the difficult call on whether or not to spare Seth Ralston's life knowing the assassin suffered brain damage from close range phaser fire and disruptor overload in his attempt to escape or to let him pass away. In the end she ordered Dr. Theran Jos to complete brain surgery and spare Ralston, pending psychiatric incarceration and review.

While the crew at the Ops hub worried about the state of the away team, Lieutenant Peters cut through with a disturbing discovery - someone had planted sticky bombs in the maintenance conduits in Ops. They would have never found them if they hadn't been chasing escaped zoo animals. Ops went on yellow alert, assembling bomb teams led by newly stationed marine {{nQuintus|Lucius|Raisillius]] and returning officer Lt. Commander Ian West. Security, including newly arrived Ensign Freya Andersen set out to find out who had planted the bombs, but the undercover agent T'Val showed her hand when she tried to take sickbay hostage. Quick action by the bomb teams and Lieutenant Trel'lis liberated sickbay and saved the station from any undue explosions. Commander West was able to synthesize a material that would render the sticky bombs inert, allowing secondary teams to sweep the station, deactivating any further traces of the sticky bombs.

On Miranda VII Spaceport Commander Falcon's team was successful in busting a major bomb materials deal between the Jenatris Confederation and Emerald Dragon Enterprises, resulting in almost a dozen arrests, including Lhara Khota. They also captured a Flaxian calling himself Drin Jerol; but investigation quickly proved he was Dakra Ledds, an underling of Jerol's who had been set up. The team returned home with all of the impounded cargo and arrested criminals as station security confirmed the end of the bomb threat and returned the last of the wild animals to their cages.

Dramatis Personae


Never Mix Your Drinks: Mission
Name Species Status Created/Simmed by Bio
Zel Rohan Bajoran / Cardassian Accepted into Starfleet Sal Taybrim A mysterious stowaway with a colorful past...
Gij Arrhimen Antaran Deceased General NPC Gij Arrhimen was the Captain of the SS Annabelle's Lament. He was lauded as an excellent freighter captain who ran a tight ship. His death and the loss of his ship have raised many questions in the mind of Starfleet, and an inquiry has been prompted by his older brother Starfleet Captain Haz Arrhimen.
Drin Jerol Flaxian Presumed deceased General MSNPC The first officer of the SS Annabelle's Lament, who may have escaped the freighter's destruction...?
Nacien Rixx Rodulan Unknown Sal Taybrim The shadowy head of the criminal group the Jenatris Confederation
Seth Ralston Human In psychiatric care Sal Taybrim The Jenatris Confederation assassin sent to kill Zel Rohan. He suffered severe brain damage while trying to escape
T'Val Romulan Unknown Sabina Tiam An undercover operative during the Crash of the Cerberas, T'Val had been a sleeper agent for the Ralaraam Ocala on StarBase 118 for over 6 months until her undercover identity was threatened by Seth Ralston


Never Mix Your Drinks: Mission
Name Class/Type Status Commanded By
Geneva VI Cargobase Civilian Cargobase Active Unknown
Geneva VI is a neutral cargobase in the Trinity sector. It has a wide variety of trade from several major powers and many unaligned species. It is the location where the Federation freighter SS Annabelle's Lament was destroyed less than fifteen minutes of out dock.
Miranda VII Spaceport Civilian Starbase Active Vintam Dalreth
Miranda VII is an unaligned civilian starbase, commercial center and trade route. Known for both profitable and illicit commerce, it is run by suspected crimelord Vintam Dalreth. Miranda VII was formerly under the control of the Orion Syndicate before the Federation started attacking the Syndicate some 10 years prior.
RO 14-Alpha Federation Research Outpost Active Lt. Commander Rila Nanjor
Research Outpost 14-Alpha is one of a string of small Federation owned, Starfleet run outposts along the neutral zone. Many of these were built up from remaining Earth Outposts that acted as watchtowers against the Romulans. They have since been converted into scientific research stations. Outpost 14-Alpha concentrates on terraforming research and the gaseous emissions of the Jenatris cloud.
ISV Valor Independent Space Vessel Active Lt. Commander Kaitlyn Falcon
The ISV Valor was an abandoned independent spacecraft in the StarBase 118 longterm storage hangar. It was commandeered by Lt. Commander Kaitlyn Falcon for the undercover mission to the Miranda VII Spaceport

Crew Participating in the Mission


Officers taking part in the Mission
Name Position Notes
Leo Handley-Page Commanding Officer On Sabbatical to Earth
Sal Taybrim First Officer Promoted to Commander 239210.29
Ian West Mission Specialist Transferred in from the Duronis II Embassy 239209.21
Kaitlyn Falcon Chief of Helm/Comm/Ops
Rocko Stevens Comm/Ops Officer
Braylin Winters Tactical Officer Joined from the Academy 239208.27; Took LOA 239209.22
Freya Andersen Security Officer Joined from the Academy 239210.01
Kellan Joran Chief Engineering Officer Left the fleet 239208.27
Cadfael Peters Engineering Officer
Solok Chief Medical Officer Took LOA 239208.27
Pon Pon Medical Officer Retired secondary character 239209.18
Aexon Raxopa Medical Officer Joined from the Academy 239209.02; Took LOA 239210.02
Ashley Yael Counselor Went AWOL 239209.07
Anastasha Broi Counselor Transferred in from the Duronis II Embassy 239209.21
Richard Matthews Chief Science Officer
Udas Science Specialist Transferred from USS Doyle-A; Left the fleet 239208.27
Trel'lis Diplomatic Officer
Trellis Vondaryan Intelligence Officer Joined from the academy 239208.27; Promoted to Lieutenant JG 239210.29
Clayas Ellat Formerly Clayas Vell, took LOA 239209.07


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