TI/D01 - Bridge
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== Mission time ==

The repairs done, Titania's systems were green and she was ready for duty again. The crew was making preparations for departure from Chi Herculis when an incoming signal was picked up on bridge comms. The communication was intermittent and hard to understand but it sounded like a distress call. It was so broken-up that it was not immediately clear where or whom the signal was transmitting from.
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Keir had spent the better part of the time since s/he arrived in and with the Engineering department. It had been explained to hir that the First officer had been doing double duty and while Keir's experience was similar the sheer difference in numbers made the experience similar in only the most superficial of ways.
S/he was impressed. Commander Ameen was an outstanding officer and Keir was aware of just how big the shoes were; however, s/he too was an experienced officer and was determined to see that there was no diminishment in the standards that Captain Fields no doubt expected of hir Engineers.
The engineer on duty on the bridge had informed his superior of the signals and the degradation thereof, and before Keir arrived on the bridge s/he had already ordered a team to do two things. Extend and improve the reception of the signal, and another pair of specialists to attempt to work with the message already received and see if they could clarify any parts of it.
Crossing the bridge Keir activated the Engineering interface and then turned in the direction of the Captain; addressing her in an official fashion.

"Captain, I have a team of my engineers attempting to boost the signal gain to see if we can hear it better. I also have two specialists working to try and clean up what we have, I will report their findings when I have them. Ma'am. Is there anything else you require at this time?"

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GM Input Do either team have any positive results to report?=
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Southwick did not delay when he heard the call. He was getting used to his new room. He had a few personal items but he did not need much.
He was actually in the middle of attempting to speak with his wife when he heard the captains announcement.

He quickly made his way to the bridge when he saw Commander Kier was there he made his way to his station.

He waited for the Captain to respond to Kier then he called out.

"Captain, I will begin security checks." He simply reported then tapped his com.

"Sothrick to Commander Nira, Commander have teams on each port to complete full crew count insure all is on board. Direct our personnel to cargo hold and weapons to do full load in checks and send reports to bridge station. I will be down once we launch." He gave sharply and closed the channel.
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Amila sat at her post at the science station taking note of the situation. She was about to make a suggestion to assist the engineering teams with Commander Sothrick stepped onto the Bridge. Amila waited somewhat anxiously for the commander get through his orders to security before speaking up.

"Captain, Commander Kier 77, if the signal boosts are unsuccessful, I recommend we deploy a series of subspace buoys equipped with communication arrays out in different directions from the Titania," Ra'an suggested. "It might assist in determining what direction the signal is coming from if one of the buoys hits on a stronger signal."

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Joining his college onto the Bridge Keti went to the secondary science station, and was paying attention to everything going on. There were a few good theories going around, and Keti didn't want to add to it. The question they were asking themselves was how can we improve the communication, but not why it needed fixing.

While using the sensors at his disposal, Keti attempted to find out if there was interference to the signal. The easiest of answers was degradation due to distance, if they went the right direction the signal will clear up. The first question that Keti was searching for was where it was coming from? Followed by if there were barriers between the signal and them to cause the disruption. The last scan he started was if there was something his equipment can do to enhance their communication, it also might be enough to get a clear signal.. 

==GM input on what Keti can find? Please ==
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Jane was perusing department readiness reports when they received a comm out of the blue that appeared to be a distress call. This was the second time they had been in the vicinity of some unexpected incident in recent times, the last one being the sudden appearance of the anomaly in 99 Herculis, picked up by a Federation listening post and which they were sent to investigate. That had turned out to be a subspace rift from which appeared a very unusual vessel, extremely advanced in technology and possibly from another time or universe. It had been hostile and attacked them but fortunately they had managed to close the rift and send it back, presumably where it had come from. The nature of the rift was still unknown but the shockwave in closing the rift had hit Titania causing a lot of damage and done something very strange - transporting the ship in a matter of seconds across several star systems, coming to rest in Chi Herculis. It certainly suggested they had passed through some spacetime tear. Fortunately, readings from 99 Herculis and their present location showed no anomalies present now. Nonetheless, here they were about to depart and now receiving a broken up distress call. Their tour of duty in this region was certainly proving to be eventful.

The new CEO immediately got to work on the signal: “Captain, I have a team of my engineers attempting to boost the signal gain to see if we can hear it better. I also have two specialists working to try and clean up what we have, I will report their findings when I have them. Ma'am. Is there anything else you require at this time?"

“Do what you can to clear it up.” She added.

Sothrick confirmed security checks where in place.

“Acknowledged.” She replied.

Ra’an, who had proved herself to always be ready with technical suggestions, recommended launching buoys.

Jane nodded eagerly. “Make it so.”

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The signal already received could be cleaned up to reveal more information. It was coming from a ship called The Ceryneian Hind. They were sending out an urgent distress call but it was not evident in the message what the problem was or their location. The message was very intermittent, so only some parts were decipherable. It wasn't that there seemed to be any barriers or interference with the communication - it just kept cutting out. The strength of the signal suggested, in fact, from far being distant, it was very close...
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As Sothrick waited for the report from Nira he listened again to the message and looked over the information he could of the message.

He was not communication officer but he was confused by the message as it were.

"Captain the signal strength would suggest the ship is actually not that far perhaps they are experiencing power issues." He began.

"Ensign Keti, is there any major power fluctuations in the area? Are you seeing any thing on your scans?" The Chief of Security asked.
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Starting the process to clean up what they had, it was possible that they had a lot of the message. Even a part of the message could be helpful, it might also help understand what happened to the message. There had to be some reason like a problem with the communication array or something.

"Lieutenant Ra'an let's hold off on the probes idea for five minutes, I believe we have something, I can also use a hand at cleaning it up." Two people working on the same problem could produce better results. There could be a number of reasons why this was happening, however the important part was to find out what the message said. "From what I can tell it's an urgent distress call, they must have serious equipment malfunctions to cause this." 

"Ensign Keti, is there any major power fluctuations in the area? Are you seeing any thing on your scans?" The Chief of Security.

"Commander there is no interface,that has been detected, the signal is coming from the Ceryneian Hind." He stopped what he was doing, and started to figure out how far away they really were. "Captain preliminary scans have detected that the vessel isn't that far away, I am attempting to figure out their location." Using what he had, Keti was looking for where the ship was located.

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"I don't know where you got probes, but the buoys are already out, put the Captain's orders," Amila responded dryly not taking well to being told to contradict the Captain's orders by someone who was her equal. Not to mention their probes had different entirely different functions.

"The buoys are equipped to assist with the problems we are having - like cleaning up the message. Each one has a communication array. The idea is that the one with the strongest signal will not only assist in cleaning up the message, but will also give us an inkling in what direction we need to look in order to find the ship," Amila explained to her counterpart.

==Tag Keti==

== GM Input, Do we figure anything out about where the ship is, or more of the message? ==
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Sothrick nodded to Keti as he was working with the other Science Officer to get some answers.
He wasn't sure how he could help. He also was waiting for Said to answer with a report. He figured once she reported back he would give her direction on preparing for a distress call.
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Sothrick announced security checks.

Keti reported back that they had the ship name and that the location was nearer rather than distant.

Jane's brow creased. "Have the buoys been deployed?"

She was aware of the discussion between the science officers.

I hope they're not treading on each other's toes already...

"Let's try to narrow down the location of the comm."

Apparently it was close but how close is what she wanted to know.

"Someone do a search for any information we have on ships named Ceryneian Hind." She ordered.

It sounded familiar, but she wasn't sure why.

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The buoys helped to narrow down the location of the comm. - it was in this very star system, somewhere between the first and second planet. This was strange since passive sensors hadn't been picking up the presence of any other ships in this system before.

No more of the message could be deciphered and now it had stopped altogether.
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Jane's brow creased. "Have the buoys been deployed?" The Captain asked.

"Yes, Captain," Ra'an acknowledged. "Two of the buoys were receiving a stronger signal the the others. By triangulating the signal from the azimuths of the buoys, it appears that the the signal was originating from somewhere in between the first and second planets in this system," Lt. Ra'an responded.

From her station, Ra'an pulled up the holoimage of the map of the solar system. She used her hand to wave it to one side, and then brought up the communication arrays that were receiving the signal showing the two spherical 180 degree angles that had the strongest reception of the signal. With another swipe of the hand an orange band appeared, showing a potential origination field.

"At least this is where it might have been when we last received it. We just lost the signal, Captain," Ra'an added. "One possible theory is that if the ship is in orbit, it could have simply moved into a position on the far side of the star, or..." Ra'an paused. "We clearly don't have enough information, but if it is the result of orbital decay, we would need to move quickly if there are people on board."

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Really impressed by her work Keti never would have had that idea, using buoys for a short range. It was even possible that they might pick something up the ship wouldn't, or both together could complete the picture. They were in the same area, and passive scanners wouldn't really look for much.

"Good work Ra'an I would never have thought about using the buoys like that, perhaps they can be used to find information that we can't pick up right now." He was positive that she might have some other ideas, or have ideas about how to make it better.

"I am going to look for ion trails, or any other traces of travel in the area. Let's also eliminate the possibility of something being out there we can't see, let's keep ourselves out of danger." He was impressed by her, and hoped she felt the same.

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The Captain raised an eyebrow at the information that the signal had come from within the system. They had been here for over a week and no ships had been detected on sensors. Was it a cloaked ship or were they hiding out here. perhaps on one of the planets?

"At least this is where it might have been when we last received it. We just lost the signal, Captain," Ra'an reported. "One possible theory is that if the ship is in orbit, it could have simply moved into a position on the far side of the star, or..." She paused. "We clearly don't have enough information, but if it is the result of orbital decay, we would need to move quickly if there are people on board."

Jane nodded.

"Yellow alert. Helm: take us to the approximate location of the signal. I want active sensor sweeps of the area. Send out a repeating comm that we have received their distress signal and are standing by to help."

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Powl finished his ride on the turbolift unceremoniously.  With a look of self sufficiency, he appeared on the bridge wearing his new pip. 

Quite a distance more for my former Lieutenant Commander rank, but let's take one step at a time.

The ship had come alive quite suddenly on shift change that he had hurried his typical morning routines that he had always practiced.  Although, it seemed he arrived just on time for the beginning of something fascinating.

"Yellow alert. Helm: take us to the approximate location of the signal..."

Without delay, Powl hurried his way to his station to begin preparatory checks before proceeding.  

"Aye, Captain.  Homing in on the coordinates from the triangulation, courtesy of Lieutenant Ra'an."

Torock paused has he had several more keystrokes to finish his checklist and also program the flight path.  

"Captain, course plotted and ready to engage.  What speed?"

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There were ion trails in the approximate location of the signal. Unless something was amiss with the sensors, the path of the vessel seemed to take it right through the middle of the second planet.
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