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Re: S1 M8: "By the Light of Helaspont"
« Reply #51 on: April 13, 2017, 04:06:50 AM »
[Ten Forward]

Seeing, and most definitely hearing, Galloway, S'Murr, and Solluk enter the lounge and take a table together, Jada chewed on her options. Galloway had annoyed her, but maybe she could settle things there, and she wouldn't mind talking to Solluk again after their sparring encounter. But did they even want to be interrupted? Even Jada preferred to avoid people most of time; she was used to hunting alone. Thousand Gods, making friends was hard.

At last, the Orion woman rose and approached their table, bearing a small carry-tank with a content-looking snake inside. 'Lieutenant Galloway. I hope my new transportation arrangement for Snake is to your satisfaction?' she asked formally, setting the snake in a box down on the table in front of him for inspection.

Ian looked at the snake and then up at Jada, took another long gulp of his drink before shrugging and smiling.

"I did say it needed ta be in an enclosure. I nae mentioned where the enclosure had ta be, so ya got me there. I still don't think a venomous pet is a good idea, but someone higher ranked than I am said it was okay, so it's nae my place ta try and countermand that approval. I don't know if ya have any aptitude fer flyin', but I have a holodeck program waitin' and ya are welcome ta join us, that is if any of ya aren't due fer duty in the next three hours."

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Re: S1 M8: "By the Light of Helaspont"
« Reply #52 on: April 13, 2017, 04:22:48 AM »
[Ten Forward]

Jada took a seat, saying 'On Thirat, sneks live in our homes and keep away rodents and spiders. Children play with them. The only risk is finding them in your boot in the morning when you put your foot in.' She took the tank back to her, opened a hatch, and tossed in a small chunk of dried meat from a pouch. Snake lunged and struck, catching it in her jaws.

'I only know how to fly a shuttle and a hoverbike, but I'll give it a go. I'm off-duty for a while.'

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Re: S1 M8: "By the Light of Helaspont"
« Reply #53 on: April 13, 2017, 04:27:03 AM »
[Bridge]

"In my defense shooting things is pretty gun," James replied with a slightly less awkward grin than his last one. James was glad to see his captain seemingly happy and exited. The Tempest and its crew had been through so much loss and war lately and while the crew was strong and didn't let it show he knew it had taken a toll on much of the crew and Julia was no exception. Even James still felt partially responsible for much of what had happened.

His thoughts were soon interrupted by K'izh's outburst. James had heard something going on from the Conference Room but figured it was all good. That was until K'lizh returned to the Bridge and soon had his outburst. James quickly stood up and faced the Caitian. "Leftenent K'lizh do you want to be demoted to Janitor Third Class? Get those probes launched and then clean that mess up," James said in a calm and collected tone. Such an outburst didn't belong on the bridge, certainly not from a Department.

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"They can be fun." Julia said acknowledging the point the commander had made. She chuckled along as James had some fun with K'lizh's replicator malfunction. It was nice to see everyone getting along so well and enjoying their time together.

[quote-Naga]
"And Launching Lateral Arrays."  Naga said, feeling sympathetic towards the Caitian.  She rubbed her claws over each other, making a sort of rasping noise.  She could hardly wait to see what information they could gather from this.  "And as to the weird replicated food, I had a 'steak' that was the texture of a 'hockey puck' and seemed to be made from gray oatmeal."[/quote]

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K'lizh was still coughing when the new First Officer stood up and snapped at him. His ears flattened and he sheepishly returned to his station. So much for feeling more at home amongst this crew. He found himself missing Commander Waring. The former First Officer would have been sympathetic toward's K'lizh's plight. That disgusting taste was still sticking to his tongue, like some kind of nasty slime.

A few minutes of programming configurations into the computer later, he said, "Drones launched," quietly. Then he activated the bridge's automated cleaning drone to clean up the floor around him.

"Good work. Let me know when we begin to receive telemetry." She said.
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Re: S1 M8: "By the Light of Helaspont"
« Reply #54 on: April 13, 2017, 05:30:02 AM »
[Ten Forward]

Jada took a seat, saying 'On Thirat, sneks live in our homes and keep away rodents and spiders. Children play with them. The only risk is finding them in your boot in the morning when you put your foot in.' She took the tank back to her, opened a hatch, and tossed in a small chunk of dried meat from a pouch. Snake lunged and struck, catching it in her jaws.

'I only know how to fly a shuttle and a hoverbike, but I'll give it a go. I'm off-duty for a while.'

[Ten Forward]

Ian pursed his lips as he thought before he answered.

"I do nae want ta call yer pilotin' skills into question, but the vehicle in question is a primitive atmospheric craft with manual controls and no computer of any kind. They are carburetorated piston engines that ya have ta roll inverted ta dive or the engine will stall. There is no emergency transporter if the thing takes too much damage ta keep flyin' ya have physically bail of usin' something called a parachute.

"I'm an experienced helmsman and these P40s are difficult fer me ta control. I crashed five times before I figured out how ta take off and land right, and that was before the Japanese started shootin'. This program might be too much for both you and S'Murr, but if ya like the challenge of meldin' pilot and machine ya are welcome ta try. I can tell ya one thing fer certain, ya master the Tomahawk and it will make ya a better shuttle pilot. The computer has the pattern fer the gear ya will need ta replicate. My set is in my quarters, so I will meet whoever is up ta the challenge in thirty minutes at holodeck four."

Ian then finished off his drink and headed for the door.

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Re: S1 M8: "By the Light of Helaspont"
« Reply #55 on: April 13, 2017, 09:35:46 PM »
[Ten Forward]
S'Murr gave Ian a sideways glace. "Flying Tigers?" he said... Hard to fly? S'Murr was already thinking of modification to the program to make it more "novice tolerant". In the midst of his engineering revelry, Jada joined the group and began talking about her snake. S'Murr calmly extended a claw and stabbed a scrap of fish. He held it over the tank.

"Does Snake eat fish?" he asked.

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Re: S1 M8: "By the Light of Helaspont"
« Reply #56 on: April 14, 2017, 02:59:44 AM »
[Ten Forward]

'Yes, she can, but not too much, it makes her scales oily... We just have to wait until she's swallowed the last chunk.' Jada advised. In the tank, a distinct bulge slid down Snake's body and finally disappeared, after which the serpent reared up, looking expectantly around for more with bright beady eyes. Snake seemed all too much like a cat. 'Okay, now she's ready. But maybe drop it in, rather than let her take it off you...'

With one eye on S'Murr and Snake for safety's sake, Jada turned a teasing eye on Galloway, remarking 'If it's just a primitive aircraft, how hard could it be?' She smirked, showing she was joking. 'Okay, I'll have the computer put the training wheels on.'
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Re: S1 M8: "By the Light of Helaspont"
« Reply #57 on: April 14, 2017, 03:52:47 AM »
[Ten Forward]

'Yes, she can, but not too much, it makes her scales oily... We just have to wait until she's swallowed the last chunk.' Jada advised. In the tank, a distinct bulge slid down Snake's body and finally disappeared, after which the serpent reared up, looking expectantly around for more with bright beady eyes. Snake seemed all too much like a cat. 'Okay, now she's ready. But maybe drop it in, rather than let her take it off you...'

With one eye on S'Murr and Snake for safety's sake, Jada turned a teasing eye on Galloway, remarking 'If it's just a primitive aircraft, how hard could it be?' She smirked, showing she was joking. 'Okay, I'll have the computer put the training wheels on.'

[Ten Forward]

Ian shrugged as he replied.

"Given ya have never seen a P40 and have only flown a heavily automated shuttle, ya might want ta dial down the overconfidence, but I figure the Tomahawk will do that to ya just find. Just know that ya will have ta deal with Chennault when he flays yaer hide fer wreckin' one of his birds. See ya at holodeck four."

Ian bounded bounded out of the crew lounge and made haste to his quarters. It took only a few minutes to change into period dress, complete with a silk scarf patterned on his clan tartan. He made his way to holodeck four and stopped outside.

"Computer. Begin Flyin' Tiger simulation. Date, old calendar 22 December 1941. The airfield at Kunming, China."

It took only seconds for the computer to reply.

"Program ready."

Ian entered the holodeck with a massive grin as he made his way to an olive drab fighter plane with the distinctive shark's mouth painted on the nose and the name 'Highland Gal' under the cockpit canopy.


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Re: S1 M8: "By the Light of Helaspont"
« Reply #58 on: April 14, 2017, 04:35:09 AM »
[Deck Ten, Forward]

Solluk began to up at Jada when she arrived, but his smile froze half-way on when she plopped a snake-in-a-box in front of them all.  From the ensuing dialogue, he got the impression that there had been some kind of disagreement between her and Ian regarding the creature.  He was not sure if the situation was now resolved or not.  But Ian invited her- with cautions- to a flight simulation, and that suggested whatever had cropped up between them was in the past.

He thought back to his own civilian flight training on Vulcan, which had included a class on atmospheric craft.  Ian was right that such vehicles were a world apart from shuttles.  Most shuttles didn't even have a wing or lifting body.  With the exception of crafts like the Waverider or Aeroshuttle on the Nova and Intrepid classes, the majority of modern vessels used antigravity and vectored thrust apparatus that were 95% computer controlled.  Modern pilots inhabited the other 5%.  They could make magic happen in that sliver of control, but it bore little resemblance to winged vehicles.    Even Solluk's atmospheric flight trainer had been fly-by-wire.  A truly mechanical craft would be an interesting experience, as daunting in its own way as the glider he'd operated earlier.

"I'd be happy to join you," he said to Ian before the man departed to prepare the program.

His eyes returned to the snake.  He didn't say so aloud, but the creature reminded him of the ship's Chief Medical Officer, whom he'd joined on a runabout on the way to this new assignment.

"I have sometimes considered getting a pet," he mentioned to Jada once Ian was gone, "but I was never sure whether the comfort of companionship provided by such a creature would outweigh the anxiety of being responsible for the care of another living thing."

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Re: S1 M8: "By the Light of Helaspont"
« Reply #59 on: April 14, 2017, 06:58:20 AM »
[Ten Forward]

Jada wasn't too concerned about the difficulty. She knew she was a poor pilot (even in shuttles) and completely inexperienced with such crude aircraft (Orion aviation had begun with the hovercar, having skipped wings and the wheel), but there was no shame in failing something she'd never done before, in competition against experts. Galloway had invited her regardless. She didn't even really care for the aircraft simulation. She was only interested in the experience, both of flight, the Earthian history, and hanging with fellow crew, and would be content just to ride along. Even jumping out with a parachute or just crashing the thing would be fun. Jada's thrill-seeking nature liked her danger much closer to hand. Nine Hells, just the look on Galloway's face would be worth it.

When Galloway left, she leaned in to the other non-humans. 'Is it me, or is the universal translator sounding faulty?' She cocked a head meaningfully at where Galloway had gone. Meanwhile, she helped herself to his leftover fried fish and root vegetables, loving it a lot.

She listened carefully to Solluk's question, then thought carefully about her answer. 'I think it would. Companionship reduces anxiety, and it's good to care for others.' she explained thoughtfully. 'Among Orions, the highest ideal is to care for others, and to be successful enough to do it. I might not be rich or lead a clan, but I can take care of a snek. And I take care of my family back home, and of my crew here, so I feel successful.'
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Re: S1 M8: "By the Light of Helaspont"
« Reply #60 on: April 15, 2017, 06:17:31 AM »
[Bridge]

Julia watched on a PADD as the telemetry began to come through. She wanted to take the ship deeper and begin to discover the secrets of Helaspont, but for that she knew she would need a more skilled pilot.

=/\="Lieutenant Galloway, please report to the bridge."=/\=

Closing the channel she stood up and moved to the back of the bridge, taking a position behind Naga and watched intensely as the data came through. "I think we're going to have to wait for the probes to get deeper." She surmised.
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Re: S1 M8: "By the Light of Helaspont"
« Reply #61 on: April 15, 2017, 12:49:49 PM »
[Ten Forward]
When Galloway left, she leaned in to the other non-humans. 'Is it me, or is the universal translator sounding faulty?' She cocked a head meaningfully at where Galloway had gone. Meanwhile, she helped herself to his leftover fried fish and root vegetables, loving it a lot.

"It is neither," said S'Murr dropping a bit of fish into the enclosure. "It's just the way he speaks. I've looked into it, and it is technically Earth Standard, but an odd dialect."

He thought for a moment. "Solluk, Jada," he said, "I'm going to take a beginner's Hang gliding simulation in the holodeck. I found my little adventure today quite enjoyable, but do not with to end up in the ocean again." He stood and began to leave, then stopped.
"You are, of course, welcomed to join me."

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Re: S1 M8: "By the Light of Helaspont"
« Reply #62 on: April 15, 2017, 02:46:29 PM »
[Holodeck Four]

Ian sat in the P-40 with "Highland Gal" Stenciled below the cockpit while working his way through the primitive aircraft's start up sequence, absently talking to himself as he went along.

"Mixture Control. Idle cut off. Check."

"Propeller Control. Full increase RPM. Check."

"Generator Switch. On. Check."

"Battery Switch. On. Check."

"Carburetor air" Set ta Ram. Check."

"Fuel Boost pump. On. Check."

Ian was just about to energize the starter which would actually bring the powerful Allison engine to life, when he heard the comm system of the Tempest.

=/\="Lieutenant Galloway, please report to the bridge."=/\=

"Mo Chreach! He snarled in Gaelic before reaching up to press the throat microphone of the P-40 into his neck to respond.

=/\= "Aye Ma'am! On my way." =/\=

Ian quickly exited the cockpit of the Tomahawk and as soon as his feet hit the ground, he spoke.

"Computer. End program."

Feeling a sense of urgency, Ian immediately headed for the turbolift and was on the bridge in less than two minutes. It wasn't until he walked to the Conn station and the on duty helmsman gave him a funny look that he realized what happened.

In his rush to get to the bridge immediately in response to the captain's order, he had not changed into his Starfleet uniform. He was instead wearing black half-boots, khaki slacks, a khaki shirt, a dark brown leather jacket with a very distinctive red and white "blood chit" written in Chinese on the back, a leather pilot's helmet with goggles sitting on the top of his head, and a dazzling silk scarf patterned on the Galloway clan tartan.

Sheepishly, Ian turned to face the captain with cheeks showing an obvious blush.

"Uh. Lieutenant Galloway reportin' as ordered Ma'am."











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Re: S1 M8: "By the Light of Helaspont"
« Reply #63 on: April 16, 2017, 09:15:22 PM »
[Holodeck 004]
As S'Murr walked up to the entrance to the Holodeck he tapped the panel.
"Computer," he asked, "is anyone currently using the holodeck?"
=/\="Holodeck Four is currently being used by Ensign Galloway"=/\= S'Murr grunted, remembering the "Flying Tigers" simulation Galloway had planned to run. Harder than hanggliders... no thanks. He was about to walk away when the door opened and Galloway stepped out into the passage.

"Leaving so soon?" he asked. "How much time do you have remaining?"

 

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