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    "Something came through, Spock? Is there anyway to narrow it down? A ship or a fleet, perhaps, capable of dimensional travel? Or a would-be god like Trelane? Perhaps a space creature lacking in physical nature, like Redjack?"
    Kirk had encountered a wide variety of strange and fantastic creatures in his travels. Of that, there could be no doubt.

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    Han isn't looking for too many people to help. He and Chewie can do quite a bit. But he needs a few people to set everything up. And some protection. He definitely needed a gunner if he was going to get anywhere.
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    "I have a unique perspective on things." He replies, in his calm, quiet voice. "And you speak English very well." He adds. Indeed the slightly overly formal way John Carter speaks would be right at home among any of the families.

    “One difficult to explain. Suffice to say that I see things before they happen, as they will happen. But to see the future is to be trapped by it.” He says, getting to his feet, and readjusting his torn shirt to cover his midsection.

    Then he looks over at John Carter’s followers and lowers his head respectfully, raising his hands to show he’s unarmed, although he has the poise and confidence of a warrior, despite his age, and wears a long knife on his hip within easy reach, allowing him to draw it in moments, and obviously knows how to use it.

    “This land of yours is rugged and beautiful. Since I will be here for a time, I would like to see more of it, if you will show me.”

    Mal
    Preem shows up to see the old design, looking like a cross between a bird and insect, or at least it had in it’s better days. Now it had been so rebuilt and repaired with temporary solutions that you can barely believe it holds together. It’s rounded to contain pressure better, and the engine is humming softly, which you take to be a good sign. There are nightmarish stories of losing the gravity or atmosphere control in space.

    The rest of the crew are currently in the process of loading it up with heavy steel crates into the interior of the cargo bay, stacking them as best they can. Mal hasn’t mentioned what’s in there, or where he’s taking them, but judging from what you see it’s nothing particularly interested.

    “All the songs have gone away.” Comes a quiet, lonely voice behind you. “Sometimes I sing them, but they never come back, and I just feel empty. Everyone else has forgot them. I have to, most of the time. But sometimes, I remember things everyone else has forgotten for ever and always. Does that ever happen to you?”

    You turn to see River Tam. She was the wild card. Literally. She looks young, withy a high forehead, a pretty face and a slim build, but something in her slightly too wide eyes makes you nervous.

    “That’s just River. She’s another of the passengers.” Says Mal, appearing behind her. He doesn’t look like your idea of a captain, even of a ship like this. His boots were scuffed, the blue of his denim pants had long ago gone gray, and his light brown shirt was covered by a ragged tan leather jacket that hung down to mid thigh, the right side of his coat was tucked behind the holster on his hip to keep his gun handy. He’s not made for civilization, Mal isn’t.

    "Anyway, get packed. We'll be leaving in an hour."
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    The captain of the Durandal gives a final snore before waking up and seeing that they are still in warp trying to get to their destination. Feeling impatient he calls out to Eisenhorn, "Hey, old man when are we getting to this planet of the Klingon's huh? If I wasn't the captain I would be down in the casino room right now."

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    Ratchet waves his hands at the local in a placating manner. Clank activates his built in universal translator just in case the language here was different from norm. "Whoa, whoa, whoa! Hey buddy don't worry, we come in peace. We just kinda crash landed here from a weird portal contraption. We were hoping that you or anyone else here really that you had a star map or could just give us directions to the nearest civilized planet." Piping up from his place on Ratchet's back Clank decides to add his two cents. "Ratchet based on this planets technology level they would not have planetary travel, let alone a star map or even know directions." "I know that Clank you said that three times over the course of this trek, it is at least worth a shot," his furry companion whispers back. "Fine, but when this fruitless endeavor fails do not blame me when I say, 'I told you so'."

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    Shevek heads to Abbenay Spaceport early, before the time for the second diplomatic meeting.

    A few cargo Dirigibles roar overhead. There are a few ships berthed on the landing pads. Mostly few opportunistic merchants (trading's a tricky thing in a non-currency society, but a bit of bartering, no tarriffs, and no government have made it a relaxing stop for free traders to take port at). Also on the one of the landing pads is a long, sleek, large and thoroughly antiquated craft:
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    One of the ten Ferry Ships, custom built to haul large amount of ore between planets, and then later to transport a nation's worth of idealistic revolutionaries to their promised land. Too large and too expensive to build more of with Annarre's scant resources, the Defense Organisation are the only ones who ride them into orbit these days (they're also the only set of spaceship they possess. As far as Shevek knows).

    And as it happens, one of the bell nozzles of the towering craft is being worked on by a sweaty, swearing mechanic wearing the Defense armband.

    Shevek walks up to the woman in question, waving a hand in greeting. "Shevek!" He calls out. "How goes it?"

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    It was time for Legato to get personal with his work. The psion found a quiet place at the docking station. After setting a psychic barrier against any vermin that might come in from outside, he concentrated. His psychic energy spread out, like a fungus on the roots of a tree. All he needed was a name, a face, somebody thinking about the outlaw. Then all he would have to do is follow the trail.

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    Shevak
    Silvia Tolby turns and waves, leaning her ironite staff (A metallic walking stick and badge of recognition among the Defense Organization) against the ship. She's young, barely out of adolescence, and dresses practically. Waving back to you, she stands up and walks over. She's pretty, but not feminine. Quite the contrary, even her walk is strong and masculine.
    "May I help you?" She asks. She's been in the process of removing most of the machinery from the now decommissioned ship. An emergency meeting that night had come to the subject of planetary defense, and it had been agreed that, upon seeing the Federation ship, the defenses wouldn't do any good anyway., and could be put to a better purpose.

    Picard
    You stand at the bridge, the entirety of your senior staff standing before you, waiting for you to explain what's going on. Worf has pointedly kept what he knew to himself, trusting you to explain it for him.
    Though nothing has explicitly been said yet, there is a feeling of tension, as everyone feels your

    Bebop
    You arrange transport on an Axiom class Star-liner, normally far out of your range, but given Nadrek was a very wanted figure for the next while you can look forward to being as affluent as you want.
    Ed has managed to find their ship. It's currently orbiting Pandora, and has a new location programmed into it, setting for the edge. The uncharted far reaches of space.

    Kirk
    Spock shrugs. "It depends on too many factors. Based on the radiation trails and our attempt to determine power output, it could be one extremely efficient ship the size of a moon, one incredibly inefficient one no larger then a Federations ship, or anything in between. It could be a fleet." He pauses. "Of course, we can use these trails to follow it."

    Solo
    There were plenty of people like that here. Pick one. (Yes, you have complete freedom to decide on any such character you want, from any bit of science fiction you want.)

    Ratchet and Clank
    The catlike humanoid turns and vanishes into the foliage, gone in a moment, and leaving you alone with no idea whether he understood or even heard.

    Legato
    Gene Hunt is currently resting in a non-personnel building to the east of the camp. The building is almost empty, you could take him out and almost all his crew before anyone even knew you were here.

    Gene Hunt
    You got a job. Your to find Leto Atreides' son. Apparently he went mad, took a ship and vanished into uncharted space. There is a considerable reward offered. Enough to go totally legitimate and pay all your debts, then retire.
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    Captain Jean-Luc Picard

    There isn't any acknowledgement of their presence; Picard launches straight into the briefing with little time for pleasantry.

    "I have just been informed that Q has appeared on the Enterprise. For those who have encountered this being before, you already know the implications of his arrival. For those who do not, I will be brief. Q is, as far as we know, an extremely powerful being, claiming to represent a group known as the 'Q Continuum,' who has seemingly made it his purpose in life to attack, provoke, and otherwise endanger the lives of this crew, this ship, and humanity itself. It was Q who was responsible for the Federation's encounters with the Borg; time and time again, he has attempted to destroy humanity with a series of what he claims are 'tests,' but in reality, are little more than exercises built to amuse his own ego."

    Near the end, the Captain's voice speeds up a tad, loses its usual professionalism. He notes this, pauses for a moment, regains control.

    "All crewmembers are to travel in pairs, and are to report any and all unusual activity to the senior staff at once, and without delay. Guinan, should you feel Q's presence on this ship, I want to be alerted immediately. There is no telling what Q's purpose here is yet, and if you should encounter him, you are to contact me immediately, and do nothing to provoke him. Nineteen people were killed the last time he was provoked. Are we clear?"

    It isn't a question.

    Preem Palver

    He blinks at her statement. The First Speaker knows there is a deeper game; he's one of, if not the smartest man in the 'verse. Has to be, due to his profession.

    "Hell, girl, I'm getting old. Happens way too much, nowadays."

    He doesn't answer, not directly. Within the part of his mind that is shielded from any prying eyes (has to be shielded, given that the Second Foundation has a great deal of telepaths), the part that isn't Preem Palver, protein farmer, he allows a single surface thought to bubble up.

    If you can hear this, we shall talk later.

    He slaps Mal jovially on the shoulder. There's nothing military or hostile about the gesture; it's just a way of saying hello.

    "She looks like me old tractor. And that's a compliment, you can bet your bottom credit on that."
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    "Sir, he made a point to direct us to Mars. While he is dangerous it would be foolish to completely ignore his warning." Doggie adds towards the end of Picard's orders.

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    Bebop

    "How did he get out here?" Jet asks as the Bebop breaks off from the carrier and flies towards the Outlaw Star.

    "I don't know he said he was broke. He couldn't even afford another drink for himself. I had to poison him out of my own pocket." Faye says.
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    Shevek holds up his hands. "Peace, Ammar: I merely wished to ask how your day was going. If you're busy, I'll be on my way."

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    "My crew was as carefully chosen as the disciples of Christ." He says to the gathered men, an inspiring sight in his red uniform, his handsome, square jawed face and clean-cut good looks. "Each of you is the best Earth and the Federation have to offer, and we stand here ready to make history, and change the universe. This, gentlemen, is the future."

    Riddick
    He doesn't say a word or make a movement. He just allows himself to be taken bellow to the prison, silent and still, staring at the place with a weary expression on his face, as though wishing he could just get this over and done with. His goggles hide his milky white eyes that don't need light to see, and his massive limbs speak of primal power and quickness. He's a barbarian enslaved by civilization, akin to those of the Hyborean age, and he shows disdain in his face to this entire institution. He's broken out of worse then this before.
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    Flash Gordan
    Your immediate officers (Captain Janeway is the captain of the ship, while you are the Federations representative and in charge of everything, and Commander Adama commands the military units) are all on the bridge to make their reports. So far, everything seems ready.

    John Stalver
    The crew has secured the quarters from flight status. Bunks have been folded down, each alcove personalized with photographs and pin-ups.
    You, the highest ranking NCO, move around the cabin, checking the crew's radiation badges and profiles to ensure everything is as it should be.
    Most of them have acclimatized fairly well. A pair sit on their bunks, tossing a handball across the cabin. A few others look over a "Watchman" video unit, and Johnny Rico is sitting at the back reading a novel that, in defiance of modern convention, is printed on paper.
    Then there is a call, and you are ordered to the bridge to make the final report before take-off, and to give them a warning about the demons you know are coming.

    Riddick
    You are escorted to your cell, and sealed in the cooler. Air-tight, you note. They must have heard of your propensity for escape. You note you have a cell-mate, a figure in a containment suit, his body swirling gas within.
    “You’ll do.” Nadrek says, looking you over. “You’ll do nicely.”

    Doggie, Captain Jean-Luc Picard
    Riker steps forward. "Might I assume you intend to return to Earth directly, sir. Might I suggest that we first take an hour to have the people here decide upon a representative, or at least a delegation. They can be dropped at Earth to continue negotiations, while we deal with the problem at hand." Riker doesn't like leaving jobs half-done, and more to the point just offered you his support.

    Shevak
    “We can hope for peace. But that’s all we can do.” She replies, sighing, and most of her bitterness is expelled with the air. You suppose you can sympathize. It must be maddening, to devote yourself to one task with all your abilities just as your father did before you, only to find out it’s been utterly irrelevant all along. There was absolutely nothing Annares as it now was could do to defend itself from an aggressor. And it’s hit her harder then most.
    She looks up at the ship as though wishing she could take her staff and demolish it in one blow. Then her face falls a little, and instead she simply waves you over to help her remove part of the engine.
    “What do you think? Of the captain, I mean?”

    Bebop
    Spike shrugs. "Yeah, well do they know that?" He asks, taking a long pull at his cigarette. Somehow, the luxury accommodations seem to have made him more agreeable, though you doubt it will hold. “Maybe they didn’t realize his check bounced until he was long gone. That’s how it normally goes. Or hell, maybe someone owed him a favor, he’s much better at getting owed favors then making actual money. Hell, maybe he even went as far as piracy. Really, who cares?”
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    "Captain Picard? He's a good person." Shevek says after some consideration. "The which of for I'm quite grateful. If he came from an Anarchist society like ours, I wouldn't worry."

    He meets her eyes. "But that's the terrifying thing of it. He doesn't come merely as himself: he is part of a greater authority that tells him what to do, something monolithic and large. And we don't know what they intend."

    And then, perversely enough, after that bit of doom and gloom, he smiles.

    "But don't despair or some such nonsense." Shevek amends. "Time is cyclic as well as linear. Events occur in seasons. When a storm comes, we pass through it soon enough, especially if we work together...Owww!"

    He just stubbed his foot on a toolbox.

    "Right then. Enough idealistic proverbs for one day."
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    She rolls her eyes. "So if I suffer, I shouldn't worry because in the future I might not?" She says. "Physicists. Always probing the infinite but never touching the definite."
    She sighs. "But that's exactly what worries me. Have you considered that, given the tremendous size of the Federation, they probably sent someone they knew we’d open up to, in order to get us to trust them. We probably can trust Picard. But can we trust the next man they send? Or the man after that?”
    Then she stops and faces you squarely. "And if we can't, then what? Our only course of action lies in hoping they believe their own ideals enough to let us live as we choose. We either surrender or throw ourselves on the mercy of people we've never met who will mostly likely only consider us for moments."
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    The old Firefly-class transport was rusted and faded, what little paint she claimed being chipped and marred by hundreds of thousands of micro-meteor impacts and the occasional bullet scar. Despite that, there is something comforting about the ship, not reliable exactly, but not far from it. Something that makes you feel you can rely on it, no matter what shape it's in.

    Mal takes the shoulder slap with good humor and leads you in, adjusting his coat to cover his gun as he does, and leading you in a way that doesn't let you see the rather hurt expression on his face at the mere implication that he could be somehow ashamed or needing approval about his ship.

    “Anyway, you’ll have to settle on a room and a bunk, I’ve already leased out my two shuttles, and they get seniority. There’s one of them now.” He lifts a hand, and waves at a tall dark man leaning on the doorframe, who waves back and smiles up at you as you pass. It’s a genuine smile, lighting up his face and wearing off the hardness, making him look a decade younger. If not for his pale brown bombardiers eyes you quite imagine you could be smiling back.

    The ship’s unofficial chaplain and occasionally inspired cook, Shepherd Book was an enigmatic man who had let little of his past become known by the rest of the crew. Why he still stuck around, Mal had no idea. None of the crew were overtly religious (barring, perhaps, Inara Serra, a registered Companion who had left Serenity in her shuttle/home before they landed to meet a client).
    Mal had long ago eschewed any faith in the Divine having any particular interest in his success or failure in life. And while he could not make himself go that last step, towards a total atheism, he did place a lot of stock in Luck. He never tried to depend on it – though circumstances often forced the issue – but it was always there.

    As he entered the corridor outside the crew quarters, Kaylee was just stepping off her ladder. She was wearing a smile bigger than her cutoff tank top and shorts combined. Mal averted his eyes – it was like seeing a little sister in a state of undress – just not right.
    “This is our engineer. Kaylee, say hello to the new guest. He’ll be staying a week or two.” Kaylee manages to smile even wider and bounces past.

    At last you get to your room, where Mal pushes the little two-wheeled cart that contains your stowed belongings. “We’re launching in an hour and a half, once everyone gets back. Get comfortable.”

    River, meanwhile, was standing outside, lost and forlorn. She heard him alright, and doesn’t know what to do now. Thanks to losing her amygdala she isn’t all that good at impulse control, and usually acts on her first idea. But he had told her not to, and she trusted him. He was like her. But so had been the people who cut her…

    River Tam was a huge mess of tightly wound issues and emotional damage all wound up in the addle-minded body of a moody seventeen-year old super genius. Her ability to control her own life was limited.

    She should talk to Simon. He’d know. He looked after her. He always did.
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    Serenity
    Hoban 'Wash' Washburn, the spiky haired blonde pilot, came down from his lair wearing a hideously ugly orange and blue Hawaiian shirt. Wash cast an earnest, boyish look at the Captain, and wiggled his eyebrows. "Oh, sweet chubby Buddha, sometimes I wonder how I let my life lead me places like this." He says.
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    Captain Picard

    He rubs his chin, ponders his options.

    "I believe, Number One, we can use Q's game as an opportunity. He always delights in testing humanity, and while we have given him our measure, shown him our potential, like a stubborn and petulant child, he cannot help but continue long after reason would dictate him to stop."

    He spreads his arms.

    "What beter way, then, to show the Anarrans our good intentions? I propose that we allow a small delgation-no more than five-to accompany us to Earth and Mars to see what Q is planning. In the meantime, so that negotiations do not grind to a halt, we will need a replacement for ourselves. I think...Captain Sisko should be a good candidate. A fine officer, and he does have quite the resume when it comes to dealing with new cultures and civilizations. Any thoughts?"

    This one is a question; he's willing to consider any objections or arguments, knowing that ultimately, the final decision rests with him. One of the reasons why Picard was chosen for the Federation's new flagship.
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    Doggie and Bridge

    "Sir, I do not think bringing anarchists on a mission of this sensitivity is a good idea. While they may mean well they do not see eye to eye with Federation policy, to see it force so soon may well jeopardize both the mission and further negotiations." Doggie starts to say.

    "Actually. I agree with Picard and Riker. Our biggest fault in these negations thus far is that they have all the cards. We know how they live and what they want but all they know is what we want and see the Federation as a big scary boogie man. To see it's policies enacted to defuse a crisis may lessen their fears of us and what we represent." Bridge explains.

    "You sure about this, kid?" Doggie asks with a slight sniffle growl, the kind that suggests while he is insulted by Bridge countering his statements he is willing to concede defeat to his former squadie.

    "Well I can't say for complete certainty but I am mostly sure that this will work out for the betterment of both missions. Besides Q selected us for this in the middle of negotiations, he probably intends for them to be part of his test."

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    "No I've tried leaving the system before. They wouldn't let me anywhere near a half decent shuttle without a couple million up front." Faye sighs before trying to hail the Outlaw Star.
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    Riker pauses, considering, then nods. He's annoyed that there will be yet more people to take care of on board the ship, but he can't really complain since it was his idea. And, of course, like most of the crew, he thinks of you as an almost perfect Socratic philosopher-king, so tends to side with you no matter what conclusioon you come to.
    "Agreed. He can take care of the situation, although he does have a tendency to intimidate people. They might find him threatening."

    Bebop
    "Then maybe he took out a loan and offered that hunk of metal he calls a ship as collateral." He pauses. "If he did, we're probably not doing him any favors saving his life." He adds, given the state the Outlaw Starr was in.
    "Have you tried the pool? It's great."

    Kirk
    So there you have it. Decision time. You are in hostile space looking at something so big, dangerous and beyond your ability to influence it reminds you of those horror stories Admiral Archer talks about when he's had too much to drink, about giant organisms in the outer rim of the galaxy, creatures out of the nightmares of insane gods that eat stars. There is nothing as such you can do to close the wormhole, given it’s stabilized. If you drop a metric tonne of antimatter in there it will be exactly one tonne heavier. If you try to blow it up, you’ll do exactly the same thing.
    So you have two choices. Your first is to go through and take a look at the other side. It’s a tremendous risk, you have almost no chance of making it through, given it’s so hot it glows in x-rays, but if you took certain provisions it might be possible to make it through, though whether you could ever make it back and whether it was advisable to try are certainly worthy of consideration.
    Your other choice is to turn around and follow whatever came through, and leave the wormhole for the Romulans to deal with. The thing is heading towards the federation, and if it’s hostile that could be quite a problem. And you are the only one who can give a warning, or find it.
    And the Wormholes not going anywhere.

    Solo
    Your new crew load up on the ship, the second most diverse and strange group you've ever had on board at one time. Then you take off, heading towards the sun, where you will land on the most important Planet in the Federation to take something that could either make or destroy you from an old moisture farmer.
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    Not making a sound she opened the door wider and padded across to the other hallway, unseen and unheard, passing through the corridor like a ghost.

    She was reeling, inside, and despite her own internal protests she was lighting up those areas of her mind that ‘They’ had put there. The ones she hadn’t wanted, or known about. The special knowledge that seventeen-year old girls shouldn’t know. The ones ‘They’ wanted her to have when they crafted her into a tool.

    She knocked on the door, then came in, and sat on the bed. And started crying, choking out sobs. Simon didn’t know what to do, but sat down and did his best to comfort her. At last, she stopped crying and started talking. And Simon listened, an older brother taking care of his little sister. But rather then the problems he wished he was dealing with in regards to her, he was trying to make sense of something he really wasn’t ready to understand.

    River was a surgically created paranoid schizophrenic with all manner of additional alterations to her brain. She’d been pumped full of advanced drugs and nanotech, told all sorts of painful lies, and had the very fabric of her reality challenged on a daily basis for her secondary formative years. Sometimes she seemed able to tell things happening in places there was no conscious way she could perceive, even be precognizant to an extent. Other times, she hallucinated. And it was seemingly impossible to distinguish the two. But he had to do his best.

    “I think you should talk to him. He might be able to help you.” He says, in his soothing, quiet voice, stroking her hair the way they had before everything had gone to hell, doing his best to calm her down.

    “And I think I should go and talk to the captain.” He added, getting to his feet.

    Mal and Wash
    “Love of a beautiful woman has been the downfall of better men then you, Wash.” Mal replies. “I take it there is a reason for this self pity? One that involves you doing your job, which is flying the ship? Because if not, I want to say that I got it covered, you do your job and I’ll do mine.”

    River Tam
    Preem Palver gets a knock at his door moments after settling in. He can guess who it is.
    'C'est la vie' - Such is life.

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    "Well, Commander..."

    Picard chooses his next words carefully. It would not do at all for him to criticize a fellow captain.

    "I have absolute confidence in Captain Sisko's abilities. And one thing the Anarrans will have to learn is that while the Federation is composed of many people, with their own nuances and interpretations of our principles, ultimately, we are all committed to those principles. They will be able to compare my character with his, and hopefully, come to a better understanding of the Federation."

    He clears his throat.

    "Anyone in disagreement, please see me after this meeting; your concerns will be duly noted."

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    "Please. Enter."

    His belongings are sparse; a framed picture of his "wife," a half-empty pack of cigarettes (he doesn't smoke but it's a useful fiction), one or two hardcopy books (a compilation of Abrahamic mythology, and The Once and Future King). Since his room is small, and is little more than a bed and enough space for two people to sit on the floor, there isn't really any need for more.

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    “How about that the destination you just decided on is in the Core.” Wash warned. “You know, where some of us are wanted fugitives with really high prices on our head, and others have embarrasingly low prices on our heads for abetting said fugitives? I mean, if some bounty hunter turns me in to cover his beer tab, I'll never get respect in prison no matter who I shiv.”

    Captain Picard
    "Very good, sir." Riker notes. "I'd best go down and explain the situation to the natives. Do we have a scheduled time of departure?"

    Hober Mallow
    You have a meeting to get to with the board of directors of the CHOAM corporation, regarding your proposed expansion efforts. If it paid off, you could look forward to making a large sum of money, and gaining a great deal of influence you can turn to your favor. The hard part will be convincing these old gargoyles that it's in their interest to assist you.

    Earth
    In that fuzzy, indefinable space between the Rim worlds and the Central planets was a lone brown dwarf star, scarcely more than a big jovian that hadn’t quite made it to stellar greatness by igniting a robust fusion reaction. It was called Leda. And it was the last stop before coming back to the Sol system, heart of the Alliance, and jewel of the Federation, or at least that’s what they said. A ship had passed it a week ago, unknown and unsensed, but nonetheless, it's pressence was being felt, like a lone, lunitic cell coming into an organism and looking for a mate in order to raise a cosy tumor.
    The Alliance was the epitome, the cornerstone of human civilization. The Core worlds, Earth, Mars, Venus and the others, they were the foundation of the Alliance. They were where the roots of the civilization arose. All the technological marvels they boasted, all the high culture and society, all the wealth, was concentrated there. All the Rim world economies put together were less than the annual economic activity of, say, Mars alone, indeed roughly ten percent of the Federations industry occurred on that red world.
    But power is vulnerable.
    On earth, a new cult had sprang up, that promoted harmony and what they called free-love. And it spread rapidly, so fast if you blinked you’d have missed it rise. And it was all centered around a man who nobody seemed to have heard of before, or have any records of whatsoever.
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    "Yes." Shevek reluctantly agreed. "It was a forced analogy at best. So I'll just say this: my gut feelings tell me that Optimism is still warranted, and that the Great Experiment is far from over. There's a good solution to our problems, if we think things through, work hard, and stick to our principles."

    He shrugs. "Not terribly compelling, but there it is. Peace and plenty to you, Ammar."

    With that, he makes his leave to the meeting.

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    You arrive at the spaceport to find Riker, Picard's number two, standing at the spaceport with his hands clasped behind his back, in full dress uniform, his face stern and thoughtful enough to make you worry, although it doesn't seem directed at you.
    "There has been a crisis." He says, deciding not to go over the problem in too much detail. He really should have discussed with Picard exactly what to say, but there just wasn't time.
    "And unfortunately, we will have to cut this particular meeting short. Unfortunant, particularly in these early stages, but we don't have much in the way of choice, I'm afraid." He sighs.
    "If you are still interested in the discussed reunion, then we're more then happy to escort a delegation to earth in order to continue this. And if that's not to your liking, another ship should be here in a little under two weeks."
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    "Set a course to follow it's trail then. Maintain stealth and, if possible, increase the power of the long range sensors to try and give us an early warning if we run across anything."

    Solo, Arris, Magnoda, & Jack.
    Solo looked over the team he'd recruited as he heads back to the Falcon, fighting to keep from drawing his pistol-

    So, Lev, you were just finishing up that thing about your brother?

    Yeah. It doesn't really get interesting after that, though. Just politics. Little brother whining about mommy. Squishing his brain. Usual reunion.

    I hear that. Last reunion I had, ended in an arrest, and a falcon losing it's coat.

    I don't think falcon's have coats, Mag.

    Whadda you know about anything that doesn't involve tiddlewinks, captain?

    He would not turn his pistol on himself. But on them...He kills that notion as he leads them into his ship, ignoring the jokes Lev cracks about it's condition. He attempts to open a channel to talk to Lando.

    "You there, Lando? I got us a crew."
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    First he tells the marines to have their guns close at all times just in case some of them are zombified or imps teleport in or something, he then sprints up to the bridge like a train, seriously no one should be able to sprint this fast this long, while wearing armor, and comes to a dead stop in front of Flash. He says to him,"The marines are in fine condition physically and mentally, all equipment checks out and is in working order, all-in-all, everything is okay with the Roughnecks." He then shifts his eyes about and shouts," HOWEVER I BELIEVE IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE ARE ALL READY AT ALL TIMES WITH GUNS AND STUFF BECAUSE I THINK THAT THERE WILL BE DEMONS! WE MUST BE READY TO FIGHT THE DEMONS!"

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    Shevek blinked.

    Some sort of political tactic? ...No. Probably not.

    "What is the crisis? And how long do we have to make our decisions?"

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    "Not long. And we will keep you informed as we learn more. For the moment, we know next to nothing ourselves." He replies, in the by rote way of an officer with an unfortunate job who just wants to get it done and leave it at that.

    John Stalvern, Flash Gordan
    "...He's a highly skilled soldier, sir." Jaenway says to the captain as everyone else looks at you, horrified by your outburst and sheer insubordination. It's very fortunate indeed you come so highly decorated indeed, or you might lose your position on the vessel, and your chance to make history.

    Kirk
    "Right away, sir." The ship turns, and begins to make it's way back to the Federation.
    Spock taps his fingers, a sign that he's thinking as the ship follows the faint trail through the black of space. "Any theories as to what this might be, sir?" He asks. He usually doesn't approve of mere speculation, but one way or another you'd have to make preparations and there is no way to scientifically to determine what you're following given your lack of data. If you were going to make preparations, you had to make a decision.

    Solo, Arris, Magnoda, & Jack.
    "I can see that. How is it that when there are only two cops in this enture place you mannage to pick them both up? Really says something terrible about my choices, doesn't it pirate?" He says, then smiles.
    "Well, don't let me hold you here. Get going!"
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    He's got a point. Why don't I arrest the three of you now, and uh, save some trouble?

    Vacation, Magnoda. And besides, we're way outside your jurisdiction.

    "Besides, my debtors will shoot me before you could get me in a cell, Harkness would leave, and nothing would still to Arris. So let's avoid the unpleasantness, eh?"

    With that, Solo punches in coordinates.

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    "Perhaps the Dominion? Another traveler from the Mirror Universe?" Kirk shudders at the second one.
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    "No, Number One. But I want to be off once the Anarrans understand our mission, and if they decide to come with, to leave, shortly after they arrive."

    Hober Mallow

    "Ladies and Gentlemen of the Board."

    He's wearing his best suit, and he's totally, completely relaxed. He's a salesman, first and foremost.

    "I know that there has been a lot of concern about what what folks like me have been doing by the Core. Undercutting your profits. Giving out goods of better quality and at a cheaper price than you can compete with. A strange new religion that you don't want at all."

    He pauses, spreads his hands.

    "Is my assessment correct, so far?"
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    Spock considers for a moment, then shakes his head. "No. They haven't the capability, which if I may say is most fortuitous. Actually, I’ve been considering the matter, and cannot help but feel that we ourselves are under observation. Perhaps their intentions are not aggressive, and we are about to make contact with some advanced race with capabilities far beyond ours.”
    “Oh, you have that right.” Says a voice, as the helmsman turns, and you start. That’s not Chekhov. He vanishes in a flash of white light and reappears a few inches for Kirk, apparently with no concept of personal space at all.
    “Well if it isn’t the wild man blazing a trail on the wide frontier for the light of civilization to follow behind and illuminate the galaxy. You look well. Yellow suits you. Do you know who I am?”

    Solo & Friends
    Akkaris is a sixteen day voyage. In the meantime, you'll have to put up with your guests.

    Captain Picard
    "I'll certainly do my best to illustrate the magnitude of the threat, though I think we should keep the actual situation to ourselves, as the existence of beings like Q isn't something we want everyone to be aware of." He pauses. "It would only encourage him."
    That said, he steps out to explain the basics of the situation to the people they were meant to be negotiating with.

    Hober Mallow
    The CHOAM corporation was the only way to expand interests as a method of controlling expansion. It was fairly benign for the most part, it certainly prevented an excess and shortages, however it could also be extremely obstructive. And given that there was no appeal process, a man had to content himself that these old men had the final say in his interests, whatever his own say in the matter. They had interests consisting of entire worlds, now, and assets in the theoretical numbers, however most of this was invested.
    It was the casual sort of meeting, the kind where the real deals were made between moguls before things were turned over to lawyers and financial officers. The stars were out, and a glorious night’s ocean breeze wafted in from the wide windows over the bay. On the Inner worlds, land was power. Less so in the fringes, but in a world of nine billion like Earth, owning this much choice and developed land was an almost unspeakable display of power.
    The centerpiece of the room was an ancient-looking brass telescope. But along the periphery of the round room were chairs, coffee tables, lamps, and a fireplace hologram, which had been programmed on low. A tasteful array of beverages was ready at the bar, and two trays of hors d’orves were laid out on a convenient table. There was tasteful background music – Holdt’s Tripudio Astrum suite for violins and bells – because it had a hopeful, optimistic character and a soft base that would be persuasive. The lighting was likewise soft, a warm pink glow that was just dim enough to cause the pupils of the eyes of the group to dilate.
    You would have preferred the imposing power and dignity of a boardroom then this semi-formal environment, but you keep that to yourself. It’s there way of putting you at ease, of telling you they consider you a like mind, and so despite it you force yourself to go along with it. Just the same, the meeting was not going well.
    That bears repeating. The meeting was not going well.
    “Far from it. We accommodate every conceivable need in some form, it is not your proposition or methods of business we feel is at fault. Furthermore, we have no concern of competition, as long as it meets the standards.” Says the grim, bald headed figure of Mitch Courtenay, who’s face that could have been chiseled from obdurate stone. He was a man with a past, who was a rising star in the corporation, with a history of picking investments others had passed up, turning them into fortunes orders of magnitude larger than forecasters ever dreamed. “It is you yourself. We do not believe you have the interests of either the Alliance or the Federation at heart. And while we cannot all be patriotic, the fact is that it’s not your success that is suspect, but you yourself.”
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