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Down the Rabbit Hole

Posted on Monday February 10th, 2020 @ 10:03pm by Ensign Nisha Kedam & Lieutenant Commander Javorian Travis & Petty Officer 3rd Class Robin Jackson

Mission: Twist in the Tale
Location: USS Ulysses - Stellar Cartography
Timeline: Day 4 at 1025

Javorian left his office, PADD in hand, and a determined look on his face as he moved down the corridor towards stellar cartography. He'd called his team together and requested a meeting, and then he'd spent almost an hour trying to figure out exactly what he was going to tell them to prepare them for what they were going up against. He'd finally decided the truth was the best option. Striding through the doors to the lab he noted that the team was gathered, and waiting. Nodding to Nisha and Robin both he then glanced around at the handful of others he had on hand, and began.

"This morning, at oh-eight-hundred hours I and a select group of other officers were called to the holodeck and given a glimpse into the mission we are undertaking. There are aspects of that I cannot share with you, and I ask only that you trust me in the same fashion you have always trusted me before. Nisha, please pull up the star charts for Xendi Sabu," he said, looking to the Cardassian woman.

"Of course Lieutenant," the Cardassian Ensign nodded as she moved to the side console and tapped away, bringing up a display of the Xendi Sabu system on the edge of Federation space, somewhere near the Ferengi and Cardassian borders. She stepped aside then and looked at her senior officer.

"This is our destination," Javorian said as he approached the display. "As the Captain stated during her address there has been an attack on Federation soil, namely this particular bit of Federation soil. There were, apparently no survivors, and no clear clue as to who the attacking party might have been. Our task is to investigate and come up with some answers."

Turning to face them all again he began assigning tasks. "Nisha, you will be my second in command when it comes to this, so I'm going to need you to take command of a few teams, I'm thinking along the lines of biology and geology, see if you can find anything that could have invited the attack. Think mineral wealth, biological specimens of high value, things of that nature."

The one thing that Cardassians prided themselves on the most was their loyalty to their people and, in this case, Nisha's people were the Federation that had so graciously welcomed her family after the Dominion War. "You've got it," she nodded in acceptance as she looked around at a few of the assembled people and made a note of who it was she would need to work with.

Turning to his Alien A&A officer Javorian spoke again, "Robin, I want you to start analyzing anything and everything you can get your hands on about the attack, cross reference anything you can think of that might correlate with any species known to the Federation. Every species has certain things they leave behind, and if we can track something down maybe we can get some answers faster."

"Yes, sir. I'll get right on it," Robin replied, his deep, heavily accented voice fairly booming in the large room.

Javorian nodded and turned his attention back to the rest of the teams, "The rest of you, I'm going to be giving you some more information as it becomes available, but I want you to align yourself with one of the three of us, and let's get down to business. You are all dismissed, be ready to join any team you are pulled for, and get to work. You two, stick around, let's discuss this a bit more before you get started."

There was a smattering of chatter around the fleeing crewmembers as they left stellar cartography in an effort to get to work, but they all had a great many questions that they hoped to get answers to. As they filtered out of the room, Nisha made her way over to the Chief Science Officer and awaited the start of their discussion.

Once everyone else had left and it was just the three of them Javorian spoke, "Look, this is not going to be an easy assignment. Even if they've done some cleanup by the time we get there it's still going to be horrifying. I want you to understand that right off the bat. Now, this is what I can tell you. Xendi Sabu is gone. There is no sign of any survivors anywhere on the planet. Every settlement was attacked, and all of the citizens were butchered. Starfleet has put the Ulysses in charge of a task force to investigate the attack, and do everything in our power to figure out who it was. That's where we come in.

"When we arrive we will be joined by a task force of other ships, and their crews, but Ulysses is heading that task force, so we take point on this work. I'm going to want to use every tool at our disposal to get this done and get it done fast. The longer it takes, the more chance the people responsible for this are going to get away with it. I'm going to be overseeing the science teams across the task force, and so I'm going to be relying on the two of you to keep things running smoothly here. Do you both think you are up to that?" he asked.

Robin had a bit of a surprised, possibly even scared look on his face, but he stood up a little straighter, and nodded, "Yes, sir. You can count on me, and my team. Do we have any information available that we can start running through the databases?" he asked.

Javorian nodded, "Yes, we do. I'll get it sent over so you and your team can start analyzing. Once we get there I'll want boots on the ground, though. The data we can provide is going to be less useful than the data you can gather in real-time, so be prepared to take a team down and start doing some digging."

"Understood, sir," Robin replied.

Nisha listened to the exchange between the two other occupants of the room, staring blankly at the animated schematic of the planet which currently filled the large, interactive wall. "It reminds me of Cardassia, after the war..." she spoke quietly, almost absent-minded and without any recognition of who she was with.

Javorian felt a sudden pang of remorse for having to drag the woman into this situation. It truly did mirror much of the carnage left behind by the Dominion when they finally left Cardassia, and for that, he truly regretted having to have her as part of this team. The fact that she was one of the best scientists on the ship made it impossible not to, but still, given the circumstances, that felt like a cop-out. Turning his attention to her he nodded, "Yes, it does bear similarities. I am sorry I had to bring you into this, but from what I've come to know about you I doubt you'd have been willing to stand idly by anyway."

"No," Nisha shook her head furiously, "don't be sorry. It's the fact that this reminds me so much of Cardassia that I am one hundred percent behind you, and the Commander."

Robin nodded emphatically, "I agree with her, I'm with you guys one hundred percent as well. Whoever did this has to be found."

"Good to know, from the both of you. I won't keep you any longer, both of you will find the necessary data already uploaded to your private partitions. I'd suggest you give it a read over and then come up with a plan on how best to utilize your teams. If you need anything at all, please don't hesitate to ask," Javorian replied, giving them both a slight smile that did not reach his haunted eyes and then turning to leave.

Nisha watched the Lieutenant exit and then shared a concerned glance with her enlisted colleague. What they had heard was a lot to take in, but she was certain there was more waiting for them on their data PADDs. "How about we grab our stuff and meet in The Traveller in, say, fifteen? We can try and make sense of this stuff together?" she suggested to Robin.

"Sounds great! I'll meet you there!" Robin replied with a smile. He picked up his PADD and took off at a quick walk to get his things together for the meeting.


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