|In late 2392 the Federation News Service announced StarBase 118 would be the location for the Tribble Fanciers Association Annual Convention 2393. Due to the popular nature of tribbles and the high quantity of VIPs attending the conference, Commander Taybrim asked his senior staff to attend the conventions' opening gala as a show of support.
Tribbles and cocktails, popular together since 2285
The crew arrived in full dress uniforms, meeting a variety of important figures including Federation Secretary Thoris P'Trell, Fleet Captain Assia Hanno,and Dr. Erminio Fesk from the Federation bureau for animal control. The festivities were in full swing, with the tribble fanciers in high spirits but many of the tribble breeders indulging in underhanded insults and low-key rivalries. This included a spat between tribble biologist Fresk Sondarlon and his ex-wife (and convention planner) Lady Shali.
As everyone was seated for dinner, those at the head table noticed that keynote speaker Anseidora Dorfmann was acting very strangely. She arrived to the table late and was speaking in a slurred and sluggish manner as if she was drugged or very drunk. Dorfmann insisted that she was fine and waved off all attempts to assist her. She retreated to her dressing room early in the meal to prepare for her keynote address.
As dessert was served the lights dimmed and Anseidora Dorfmann made her dramatic entrance - complete with her signature stole that featured a carrier for a cascade of living tribbles on display. As the gentle purrs entered the auditorium Dorfmann spoke to an enraptured audience, only to collapse in a dramatic fashion which prompted a wave of shock in the attending crowd!
|The Tribble Starts
||Anseidora Dorfmann's shocking keynote speech and dramatic collapse
Act II: Who In Their Right Mind Weaponizes Tribbles?
"Want to tell me what's going on here...? Or should I just get the smelling salts..." -Dr. Mirra Ezo
|The first on the scene fell prey to the weaponized tribbles, succumbing to the same malady as Anseidora Dorfmann. With Starfleet personnel suddenly collapsing, the remaining guests started to panic. Lt. Commander Baylen Anders and Major Ishreth Dal both fell to the weaponized tribbles, with many others following. Dr. Liani quickly deduced that the tribbles had both a poisonous sting and a purr that depressed neural functions driving the afflicted into a deep coma. Meanwhile security and operations teams reported that the weaponized tribbles has gotten into the kitchen and were eating (and breeding) out of control!
The gala and convention center were quickly evacuated as the injured were beamed to sickbay and a tribble quarantine was put into place. Newly arrived Dr. Mirra Ezo and Counselor Zinna headed to sickbay to assist Dr. Liani in treating the tribble-induced comas while Marine Captain Tatash brought in his marines to help with tribble containment.
Dr. Liani was able to synthesize a Klingon pheremone that could effectively repeal and contain the tribbles while Drs. Ezo and Zinna crafted an antitoxin to the weaponized tribbles' poisonous sting. They then grouped together with neurosurgeon Theran Jos to correct the neurochemical imbalance (and resulting coma) caused by the tribbles' purr.
On the containment side, Commander Sal Taybrim returned to the Ops hub with Lt. Commander Kaitlyn Falcon and Lieutenant JG Cadfael Peters to meet with newly arrived Lieutenant JG Antero Flynn to work on a containment solution. They were able to erect a tribble containment in a cargobay and liaising with Dr. Liani were able to find a way to get a transporter lock on the tribbles so they could remove any weaponized tribbles from quarantine to the containment area. Assisting them, Lt. Commander Theo Whittaker and Lieutenant JG Rocko Stevens Headed to the StarBase 118 promenade, to carefully evacuated selected civilian areas to extend the quarantine as the weaponized tribbles moved through the station's air vents.
Meanwhile, Ensign Freya Andersen, Lieutenant JG Trellis Vondaryan and Lieutenant Trel'lis started questioning the various guests present at the Tribble gala. Ensign Andersen started an indepth investigation, tracking several major suspects including Tribble biologist Fresk Sondarlon, Tribble vendor Madame Lurtz and Tribble breeder Boris Malinov.
Act III: Bald Tribbles?
"He was the one I picked up from the banquet hall and was instrumental in ending the tribellious tribilations of tribblingly tribblesome tribbles, sir. :: She played this last line straight, even her antenna didn’t twitch in time to the words that tribbled off her tongue. ::" -Dr. Liani
last act summary
|Tribbles and Strife
||Respected Tribble Breeder
||Anseidora Dorfmann is a galaxy renowned tribble breeder and considered an authority in the field of tribble breeding and judging.
||Boris Malinov was a well known tribble breeder, who created a strain of weaponized tribbles unleashed on StarBase 118. He was found murdered on the streets of Anjunaar city on Tilanna V a few weeks later
||Aliyah Sereen is an accountant who used to work for Madame Lurtz and not has an independent practice on StarBase 118
||Fresk Sondarlon is an alcoholic biologist with an unpleasant personality and checkered past. He is a specialist on animal biology, including tribbles and has the distinction of being a Denobulan with a personality so vile that two of his wives filed for divorce.
||Trader and Merchant
||Madame Lurtz is a self-professed mercantile queen. Dripping with extravagance, she adores attention and money. While she had a curiously vast array of connections and wares no evidence could be found to connect her to any criminal activity in the area