“Captain’s Log, Stardate 49853.3. We have been ordered to Omicron Eta a colony in the Beloti Sector, in response to an automated distress signal intercepted by the subpace relay network. Starfleet Command has little information to offer about what is transpiring on the colony, leaving the Pendragon flying in blind.”
After recieving the Priority One message from Starfleet Command, Captain Matthew Hardwick called for a meeting of he senior staff. Converging in the conference room, Hardwick explained the situation: an automated distress beacon from a colony world outside the Federation’s borders. The Chief Science Officer, Lieutenant (JG) Miranda Marcus, accessed information on Omicron Eta in the LCARS database, and detailed the following to the rest of the staff:
- The colony was founded in 2190 by civilian deep-space colonists from Earth. It was a prime source of dilithium during the Federation’s early years.
- The planet sits in an unclaimed area of the Beloti Sector, near both Federation and Cardassian territory.
- The colony cut off communication with the Federation in 2344; no reason was given in the computer files.
- The colony’s population at last count (in 2344) was 30,122.
The Pendragon’s Chief Medical Officer, Doctor Aphix, requested scans be completed on arrival to look for any pathogens in the atmosphere (theorizing that the signal could be in relation to an epidemic of some sort). Lieutenant Marcus agreed, and made plans to run her own scans. Doctor Aphix made plans to have Cargo Bay Three converted into an emergency ward. The meeting ended with Captain Hardwick ordering the vessel to proceed at maximum warp (ETA 6 hours).
Upon arrival to the <planet> System, the Chief Security Officer (Lieutenant (JG) Andrew Malone), began running scans of the immediate area, while Lieutenant Marcus focused her efforts on the planet. The following were the results of the scans:
- No pathogens or other biological agents were found in the atmosphere; instead a large amount of smoke and ash were present. (Sci)
- Further scans indicated a large amount of damage across much of colony’s primary settlements; entire villages had been decimated.
- Humanoid life signs located on the surface; 2236 Human, 1004 Cardassian (Sci)
- Weapon traces were present in orbit; analysis of traces indicated Klingon weapon signatures. (Tac)
- 3 ion trails were located in orbit; analysis of traces indicated Klingon warp signatures. (Tac)
Captain Hardwick ordered Commander Sardak (Executive Officer) to take an away team to the surface to check on survivors, while the Pendragon would work to trace the Klingon vessels. Commander Sardak instructed Doctor Aphix, Lieutenant Marcus, Lieutenant Malone and two security noncoms to report to the transporter room.
When the team arrived in the main settlement, they found a city in near ruin. Most of the buildings showed damage or were completely destroyed. They had materialized in a plaza near the capitol building, and after making contact with nearby citizens they made their way inside. There they made contact with Jonas Quinn, the colony administrator.
From him they learned the population of the planet had been over 300,000 before the attack; Commander Sarkak bluntly informed him of the Pendragon’s scan results. In shock he described how the attack had come out of no where. The Klingons had began with an orbital bombardment before sending down their warriors; they had then proceeded to steal the dilithium stored in the warehouses before leaving. It was over as quickly as it had begun.
Commander Aphix asked if she could be of assistance in any of the colony’s medical facilities, and was escorted to the nearest clinic. She arrived to find chaos in the small facility; she immediately pulled out her own gear and jumped in to help, taking the worst cases first.
Lieutenant Malone asked to see the warehouses from which the dilithium was stolen. He was escorted there, accompanied by two colony peace officers. There he began investigating the area, finding traces of Klingon transporter signatures and transport tags. More solid evidence of Klingon involvement.
Back with Administrator Quinn, Sardack and Marcus continued to question the civilian leader. They learned that the colony had cut off ties with the Federation for politcal and economic reasons, deciding back then to do business with the Ferengi instead; the Ferengi picked up the stored dilithium ever 4-6 months in exchange for latinum (the next pick-up was scheduled for 6 weeks out).
When Commander Sardak asked if anything else unusual had happened prior to the attack, they learned that a prospecting team had discovered a small grouping of structures on the far side of the planet while hunting for dilithium veins. When Lieutenant Marcus pulled up the location of the facility from the Pendragon’s scans, she discovered that the location had been hit during the attack.
In fact, it had been the only place on the far hemisphere that had suffered damage of any kind.
Believing it to be no small coincidence, and with the Pendragon chasing down the warp signatures, Commander Sardak asked if the away team could use the colony’s scout ship (intending to visit where buildings had been located). Administrator Quinn agreed, and Sardak requested that all away team parties rendezvous in the small hangar facility immediately.