Episode Number: 2×08
Written by: Jim Johnson
Directed by: Jon Crew
Transmission: 25th February 2023
- Captain Akul: Commanding officer of the I.K.S. MupwI’.
- Chief Petty Officer Adorr Rogon: Bolian operations NCO on Lexington.
- Captain Pyanfar: Commanding officer of the U.S.S. Thunderchild.
- Assorted officers from S.S. Bann, S.S. Berbice, S.S. Corazon, S.S. Cowslip, S.S. Felicidade, S.S. Gerba, S.S. Jahde and S.S. Londonderry.
Finally, we are back in action!
The repairs took over two months, but we are able to resume our mission. Admiral Hebert has wasted little time in giving us the means to test those repairs—we’ve been tasked with shepherding a supply convoy to Array 3–5, one of the joint Federation-Klingon research posts deep within the Expanse.Captain’s Log: Stardate, 48612.9
Plot: Escorting a supply convoy through an anomaly-filled region of space, Lexington and her charges are attacked by pirates.
The ‘A’ Plot: Lexington is cruising at warp 5, shepherding a convoy of 8 transports, and accompanied by the I.K.S. MupwI’, traveling with the group under cloak.
When sensors show they’re entering an area rich in subspace anomalies, the newly-promoted Lt Cdr Zepht begins constant sensor sweeps, expecting trouble of some sort. He also amuses himself by fine-tuning the sensors to pick up MupwI’s exact location. Konin aks him to put a marker on the main screen, but just as he does so, there’s a very visible explosion at that position. MupwI’ suddenly pops into view, before tumbling out of warp and falling behind. At the same time, Lexington experiences an abrupt energy surge through all the bridge consoles, causing a number of minor overloads.
Konin orders the convoy to drop out of warp, and they emerge into normal space surrounded by colourful streamers of energy, chaotically popping in and out of existence. The captain requests a damage report as messages from the transports come in: many of them have also experienced damage, including energy overloads, engine failures, gravity disruptions and minor explosions.
As engineering teams are beamed to the damaged transports, a channel is opened to MupwI’: Captain Akul appears on screen while snarling in Klingon at his crew. Apparently, they suffered a major explosion on their warp drive and his engineers are doing little more than proving their incompetence. Konin offers the assistance of one of his teams and Akul accepts, noting that maybe they can show his people what a work ethic is. Zepht volunteers to take the engineering team in a shuttle for the hour-long trip back to the Klingon cruiser (which is already a light day behind them), as they can’t risk leaving the convoy undefended.
Not long after he leaves, two large freighters and a dozen small fighter-craft of various classes emerge from behind a colourful knot of energy streamers. One of the freighters immediately heads towards MupwI’, and the other vessels head towards the convoy. As Konin calls the bridge to red alert, Boone reacts quickly, disabling 4 of the incoming fighters with phaser fire. The freighter fires disruptors at Lexington, penetrating her shields and causing damage to a number of her systems.
Quinn brings Lexington closer to the fighters, and another volley of phaser fire leaves 4 more dead in space, but as Chief Rogon juggles the ship’s power reserves and shields, the freighter fires again, causing significant damage to the engines. Boone returns fire, opening up breaches across large parts of the attacker’s hull. Meanwhile, the remaining fighters open fire on the convoy, to little effect.
The ‘B’ Plot: When Zepht admits to insubordination in his report on the Susquehanna mission, Konin finds he needs to establish what actually happened, especially since Zepht is due for promotion. Meetings reveal that Zepht believed the Romulans were not going to respond to Quinn’s attempts at negotiation, and would have left the landing party in danger of capture. Boone, meanwhile, was concerned for the safety of the Starfleet medical personnel trailing behind them. Both judged the situation was already beyond peaceful resolution when they chose to disobey orders and open fire. Quinn is of the opinion that, as a first offence, this was a minor incident and not worth reporting, but notes that if it happens again, he will be more likely to make a formal charge. Konin decides to let the matter rest for the moment, making it known to both Zepht and Boone that it cannot happen again.
The ‘C’ Plots: Captain Konin sends the crew of the MupwI’ a barrel of bloodwine and a targ-carcass as thanks for retrieving the crew of the Zambezi. In return, Konin and the aforementioned personnel are invited to join a party with the Klingons. Konin politely declines, but the others attend, many of them living to regret it. The only person to escape unscathed is Doctor Conners, who denies using any kind of pharmaceutical assistance to evade the effects of alcohol poisoning.
Konin also visits The Eyrie, a bar restricted to command-level staff on Narendra Station. Chatting to Captain Pyanfar from U.S.S. Thunderchild, he tries to get her opinions on convoy escort duty in the region and the dangers of piracy. While she has led plenty of escort missions, she believes the rumours of pirates in the Expanse are greatly exaggerated.
Observations: The Klingon member of the squadron finally makes an appearance. I.K.S. MupwI’ is a K’vort-class battlecruiser, shaped like the classic bird-of-prey, but almost as big as Lexington. Captain Akul, a somewhat aggressive commander, has been throwing his weight around at Narendra Station, and is not popular with the engineering crews there. He is somewhat favourably disposed towards the Lexington crew, after Konin’s gifts.
Starfleet and the K.D.F. are establishing small research outposts throughout the nearer portions of the Shackleton Expanse, with the aim of gathering data on the anomalies common to the region.
The Eyrie is a small bar on one of the upper levels of the Diplomatic Ring of Narendra Station. By tradition, access is restricted to commanding officers of Starfleet vessels, plus others of the rank of Captain and higher, giving them a chance to let off steam away from the lower ranks.
Questions: Why did the pirates choose this place to attack?