Monday, September 25, 2023

StarPodLog #35

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Thursday, September 21, 2023

S01 E02: Chronicles of T’Avaya: Friends and Foes

S01 E02: Chronicles of T’Avaya: Friends and Foes


Section 31 Log. Stardate 45118.2. Agent T’Avaya reporting. I am on the Romulan colony planet Deitobakar on an undercover mission for Section 31. My orders are to locate a Section 31 informant, Niparam, who ceased reporting one month ago. I am to retrieve her at any cost. I have arranged transportation to the city of Alkez, Niparam’s last known location. This is my second mission for the covert organization Section 31. I am confident I can complete the mission successfully, as I did my first mission two years ago. I do not always believe in Section 31’s methods, but they do occasionally have worthy goals.

T’Avaya got off the public transport with the rest of the traveling Alkez citizens. She looked around. Alkez was a beautiful city. Deitobakar was one of the more well-off Romulan colony planets. The people had enjoyed fine art and culture ever since the colony was founded fifty years ago.

T’Avaya headed to the facility where Niparam worked as a neuroresearch scientist. She asked to speak to the facility manager. She told the manager she was Niparam’s landlord who has not seen her in a month. The manager looked suspicious of her. He told her that Niparam quit working there three weeks ago. Niparam had told him she had found another job in a neighboring city. He did not know what city or what job.

As T’Avaya was leaving, another Romulan walked over and whispered to her. “Why are you interested in Niparam?”

“I am her landlord. She is late on her rent, and I am concerned for her. She seems to have disappeared.”

The stranger said, “I think she was kidnapped. She was the leader on a secret project. After her disappearance, the project was canceled.”

T’Avaya asked the stranger to show her where Niparam had worked. The stranger, Melurov, led her to a nearby building. He said he had been Niparam’s assistant. The building  was locked but Melurov had a key. She asked him to show her on a computer terminal what Niparam had been working on. T’Avaya had always been interested in Romulan culture and was fluent in both speaking and reading in Romulan. T’Avaya saw that Niparam had been working on a neurogenic drug to help restore memories in people who had memory loss due to  traumatic shock. There were also notes that the drug could be used as a truth serum. Then she saw that Niparam’s last entry was “must go to Ecarad.” T’Avaya knew that “Ecarad” was Section 31’s code word for the Romulan homeworld.


Section 31 Log. Supplementary. Agent T’Avaya reporting. I have followed the trail of Niparam to the Romulan homeworld. I am in the capital city Ki Baratan. I need to make contact  with Reneel, a Tal Shiar double agent that my handler told me to contact if I ever found myself on Romulus. Reneel should be able to help me find Niparam. The citizens of Romulus are very different than the citizens of Deitobakar. The colony planet had people who were happy, who had fled the homeworld for a better life. On Romulus, the people tend to keep their heads down, and they have a beaten, depressed look in their eyes.

T’Avaya walked behind a building to a deserted area and transmitted an encoded signal to Reneel using a Section 31-issued subharmonic communicator. She went back to a crowded sidewalk and started walking, waiting on Reneel’s return call. A man in a hood and cloak walked up to her. She immediately put her hand in a position to pull out her disruptor. Then the man pulled down his hood and smiled. It was Kamrak, the Romulan Section 31 agent who had worked with her on her previous mission. “Hello, Dorva.” He knew to use her secret identity name instead of her Vulcan name. “Kamrak. It is agreeable to see you. How did you know I was here?”

“Our friend Mr. Medgett asked me to keep an eye on you. I followed you from Deitobakar.”

“Why didn’t you make contact there?”

“I was staying low in case I was being followed. But here it’s so crowded that I would have lost any follower I had.” He invited her to his home.


Kamrak and T’Avaya talked and drank tea. Then Kamrak said, “I want to give you something.” He handed her a small talisman. “A doleti,” T’Avaya said. It was a small figurine in the shape of an old-style Romulan god, representing the fallen gods. The relic held sentimental value, reminding Romulans of their past. “I am honored,” T’Avaya said. He replied, “You were invaluable in the mission to investigate the explosion here on Romulus two years ago. Just a thank you gift.”

Then T’Avaya got a call from Reneel. She spoke to Reneel over her subharmonic communicator. “Reneel, this is Dorva,” T’Avaya said, using her assumed name. “I was sent here by Agent Oliver Medgett to find Niparam, a citizen of the colony planet Deitobakar. I have reason to believe she is here on Romulus. She was working on a project to create a neurogenic drug. Both she and the drug have disappeared.” Reneel said, “I heard that a bioscientist was taken to the secluded Tal Shiar compound outside the city of Giwana’el. The compound is closely guarded.”

“Can you get me inside?” asked T’Avaya. 

Reneel said, “Yes. Meet me in front of the city park Branchel in two hours.”


Kamrak escorted T’Avaya to the park. They were approached by a woman carrying a small satchel. She motioned for them to follow her. She walked to a secluded area behind a cluster of trees.

“Dorva, I have arranged a cover for you to get into the Tal Shiar compound. You will be a new clerk assisting Commander Ruvin. He is ruthless and cunning. Watch yourself. I have learned that he has kidnapped Niparam and stolen the neurogenic drug.”

“Do you know why he wants the drug?” T’Avaya asked.

“My sources tell me he has also captured a human scientist, and he is using the drug to extract information. What kind of information I do not know,” Reneel said as she handed T’Avaya an identicard and a data rod. “Use this card to get into the compound. The data rod has the location. I must leave now.” T’Avaya took the objects and watched Reneel scramble off. She then exchanged farewells with Kamrak.

“Live long and prosper, Kamrak.”

“Peace and long life, Dorva.”

Kamrak, a native of this world, did not mind sharing the traditional Vulcan goodbyes with her.


Section 31 Log. Supplemental. Agent T’Avaya reporting. I have arrived at the secret Tal Shiar compound near Giwana’el. I had no problems with my identicard or with the guards letting me in. Reneel has been thorough in creating my cover. Now I must find not only Niparam, but also the human scientist, and get them out of Tal Shiar custody. I am one of the few Vulcans who has had Section 31 training in how to show emotions, rather than suppress them, for the purpose of undercover missions to Romulus. I will need to use that training so the Tal Shiar will not get suspicious and realize my cover.

As soon as she went into the building, she was escorted to a room with four computer consoles, three of which had a Romulan so busy at work that they didn’t bother looking up at her. The escort showed her to the one empty desk with a console. “This is your station.” T’Avaya sat down while her escort left the room. T’Avaya turned on the desk computer. It had a list of deliveries such as food, uniforms, chairs, tables, etc. She did a search to see if anything else useful was on her computer. She found a list of rooms in the building. Among the list, she saw “Commander’s Office” and “Interrogation Room”. She found a map of the building and quickly memorized it. She was wondering what the rules were about leaving her station, when her escort from before came back for her and said, “You are needed by the commander.”

She was taken to the interrogation room. She saw Niparam standing behind a human male. Niparam was holding a Romulan hypospray. The human was sitting in a chair with his hands tied behind him. He had been drugged. Ruvin was sitting behind a table in front of the human. Ruvin looked at T’Avaya. “Ah, you must be Dorva.” He waved his hand for the escort to leave. Then, addressing Dorva, he said, “I need you to record this session. Insert special tags on any scientific procedures. Then take the recording to Telak in the lab.” T’Avaya saw a computer console with a recorder. She sat down  at the console. She turned it on.

Ruvin started with the human. “What is your name?” The human looked weak and appeared to be only partway conscious.

“Henry Gaskell,” he said.

“What was the project you were working on for Starfleet?”

“Creating a new element that would increase starship energy output by thirty-eight percent with only four percent particle loss.”

“And how did you create this new element?” 

Gaskell began spouting a complex molecular structure. T’Avaya had a background in quantum mechanics and engineering, so she understood much of the structure and inwardly marveled at the power it could create. Ruvin’s next inquiry was, “And how did you create this element?”

Gaskell described a nanofabricator that could rearrange molecules.

Then, Gaskell suddenly stopped talking. He tilted his head back. His eyes were open, staring straight at the ceiling. Niparam said, “The drug is starting to wear off now.” Ruvin was not satisfied. “I need more specifics about how to create it. How can we make a nanofabricator?” Niparam did not know the answer, but she knew the human would say no more at this time.

She asked Ruvin, “Can I take the human back to his cell now?”

“Yes, yes, go.”

Niparam called for a guard and someone came in and untied the human and carried him away. Niparam left the room.

T’Avaya stopped the recorder. Ruvin told her, “Well, what are you sitting there for? Take it to the lab.” T’Avaya obeyed. She removed a data rod from the computer and took it to the room next door. She saw the Romulan Telak there. She handed him the data rod. He took it and motioned her out. She asked him what he was working on. He said he was trying to recreate Henry Gaskell’s elemental energy source. Ruvin had had two previous sessions with Gaskell, and he had not revealed enough to recreate a working elemental prototype. T’Avaya was glad to know that. Maybe she could rescue Gaskell before he revealed too much. She tried to gain this Romulan scientist’s trust.

“Humans. They are so weak,” she said.

“Yes. That Romulan lady scientist, though. She is something.”

T’Avaya asked, “What do you mean?”

“Her uncle is Senator Endain. He was caught trading political secrets with the Cardassians and sent to prison. Did you know that? Niparam thinks she can use this neurogenic break through drug to convince the Tal Shiar to restore her uncle’s position in the senate.”


That night, T’Avaya went to her assigned quarters inside the compound. When she turned on the lights, she saw a human male sitting on her couch. It was Oliver Medgett, her Section 31 contact. She was at a loss as to how he could so easily get to Romulus and then sneak inside a secret Tal Shiar compound.

T’Avaya told him, “I found Niparam. She seems to be here of her own free will. She wants to use the drug to restore her uncle’s position in the senate.”

“Let her try,” Medgett said. “I don’t think the Tal Shiar is very interested in the drug. It seems to have limited effectiveness.”

T’Avaya’s eyebrows raised. “Did you know she didn’t need rescuing?”

Medgett nodded.

“Then why am I here?”

“We needed you to spy on Ruvin for us.”

“Ruvin? Why?”

“We think he is a double agent for the Orion Syndicate.”

T’Avaya raised her eyebrows again. “That seems highly unlikely. He is a high ranking official in the Tal Shiar. They screen their members thoroughly.”

“Nevertheless, just keep an eye on him for now.”

“You do want me to rescue the human, don’t you?”

Medgett walked across the room and stood in front of the door. “Of course.”

T’Avaya took this opportunity to tell Medgett, “There was no need to have Kamrak follow me. I know how to watch my back.”

Medgett glared at her. “Kamrak? I haven’t spoken to him since your mission two years ago.”

Then, a dark shadow came over his whole body, and he was gone.


Section 31 Log. Supplemental. Agent T’Avaya reporting. Section 31 has changed my mission directive. Instead of rescuing Niparam, they want me to rescue the human Henry Gaskell and spy on Tal Shiar Commander Ruvin. Ruvin has scheduled another drug-induced interrogation for the human today. I don’t know if Gaskell will make it through in his weakened state. Section 31 is also concerned that Ruvin is involved in the Orion Syndicate. I have seen nothing to support that theory.

T’Avaya was back in the interrogation room with Ruvin, Niparam, and Gaskell. She was sitting behind the recording console, apprehensive. Gaskell was in the same chair as yesterday with his hands tied behind his back. Niparam held the hypospray, but had not yet administered the drug. She walked over to stand next to Ruvin behind the table. She told him, “I’m going to adjust the amount. I don’t think he needs as much in his weakened state.” “Fine--”, Ruvin started to say.

Then suddenly, Niparam pushed the hypospray into Ruvin’s neck. He struggled, reached to put his hands around her neck, then his hands and head fell limp. T’Avaya stood up and ran towards Niparam.

“What have you done?!” T’Avaya yelled.

Niparam dropped the hypospray and said, “He’s the one who exposed my uncle to the authorities. He must pay!”  She pulled a dagger from under her lab coat. She hadn’t planned on killing Ruvin, but the rage had been building up inside her. T’Avaya grabbed Niparam’s arm.

Just then, Agent Medgett ran into the room, holding a disruptor. “Hold it right there. Both of you!”

Both women turned around and faced Medgett, startled.

“Drop the dagger,” he told Niparam. She dropped it on the floor. “Who are you?” she queried, aghast.

“Agent Medgett.” T’Avaya turned back around and faced Ruvin, for it was HE who had called Medgett’s name.

“Jolan tru,” said Ruvin, smiling in his drug-induced state.

“Jolan tru, old friend,” said Medgett as he pointed the disruptor at Niparam. “I think we caught our target.

Ruvin said to Niparam, “You thought we would reward you for the drug by putting your uncle back in power. But the drug is too limited for our use as a truth serum. I am sending the human, Gaskell, back to Federation space with Dorva. You, Niparam, are under arrest for being an informant for Section 31 and the Federation. You, your uncle, and your entire family name will be disgraced.” Ruvin was still smiling.

“But I can expose you,” exclaimed Niparam. “You’ve been working with the Federation too.” “After my many years with the Tal Shiar, who would believe you? I am a trusted Tal Shiar agent. You are nothing more than a disgruntled worker.”

T’Avaya knew Ruvin was right. Romulan justice was always in favor of the state. Then T’Avaya interjected, “So my whole mission was to expose Niparam, not rescue her.”

“That’s right,” said Medgett. “As an erstwhile informant, she had become a liability. This way, the Romulan justice system will take care of her for us.”


T’Avaya made one more trip to her quarters to get her overnight bag for the trip back to Space Station Tyrellia.  All she could think about was how she had been duped by Section 31. She pulled out the doleti that Kamrak had given her. Speaking of being duped, she suspiciously broke it open, and found a tiny silver chip inside. Of course, the thought, a listening device.

“Have a safe trip home.” She looked up and saw Kamrak standing in front of her.

Kamrak. What was your part in this?”

He laughed. “Well, I was sent here by another branch of Section 31 that was looking for Henry Gaskell. It seems our organization is so secretive that it even keeps secrets from itself.”

“But you didn’t have to give me the bugged doleti. I could have assisted you in your mission.”

“I do apologize for that. I always use whatever resources I have. And you were a resource.”

“You used me.”

“Well, my dear, isn’t that what Section 31 does? Uses people to their own ends? After all, the mission comes first; even before friends. Though I hope we can still be friends.”

T’Avaya did not reply. She picked up her bag and left, leaving the broken doleti behind.


Personal Log. Supplemental. Dr. T’Avaya reporting. I am back on Space Station Tyrellia. Henry Gaskell was taken to Starbase 234 where he will be nursed back to health and returned home. As far as Section 31 is concerned, the mission was a success. I find it ironic how many Romulans are working with Section 31. It seems a perfect pairing. I feel a certain anguish toward Kamrak. When I first met him two years ago, I thought he understood friendship in the way Vulcans do; that friends trust each other and never have false pretenses toward one another. It is disappointing to realize that I was wrong. Some Romulans cannot overcome their heritage, it seems.

Thank you for reading my Captain’s Log story. Captain’s Log is a solo roleplaying game by Modiphius Entertainment.

 -by the Honorable Kavura

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

S01 E01: Chronicles of T'Avaya: Captain’s Bounty

 S01 E01: Chronicles of T'Avaya: Captain’s Bounty

Engineer’s Log. Stardate 45113.5. Chief Engineer Dr. T’Avaya reporting. I am leading the engineering team on a project to install an upgrade to Space Station Tyrellia’s external communications array, using specs that I designed myself. The array was built to enhance communication through the class 3 gravitational waves that are prominent in this sector due to a class G star that went supernova three years ago.  The upgrade will increase our ability to send and receive subspace communications by fourteen percent. The upgrade is complex and must be done in three stages. We implement stage 1 today. Even though this is a civilian station, it is in Federation territory, and the Federation has taken considerable interest in the outcome of this project.


Chief engineer Dr. T’Avaya was at the communications array with her team. She took the shuttlecraft Kal-toh Xi directly to the array’s command center on the outer edge of the array. The Vulcan was thankful that the array was built with a small docking port, since gravimetric interference may sometimes render beaming over to be impossible. She exited the shuttlecraft and entered the command center. Other team members were outside in space suits installing external modulators to the array. T’Avaya, for her part, worked quickly and efficiently. She had been planning this for months. It would take three hours to install her new harmonic shift modulator and program the main computer to accept the changes.

Upon finishing, she was about to take the shuttlecraft back to the station to run tests on the array, when the console beeped. T’Avaya checked the readings on the console. There was a message from an unknown source. She ran the new harmonizer and buffered out the gravimetric interference. Then she saw that the message came from subsector 142, the uninhabited side of the sector. She played the message. “This is the merchant ship Captain’s Bounty. We are trapped in a plasma eddy. We are on a collision course with a nearby star. Need help. Repeat we are on a collision course. Need help immediately!” T’Avaya immediately hailed them. “This is Dr. T’Avaya of the Space Station Tyrellia to the Captain’s Bounty. Do you read me?”

“Yes. We read you Tyrellia.”

“What is your status?”

“We are stuck in a plasma eddy. Our propulsion drive won’t come online. Impulse drive is also down.  We are on a direct collision course with a class F star. We will be in the star’s gravity well in 18 hours.”

“Stand by. We will try to send assistance.”

Dr. T’Avaya relayed the message back to her station. She sent it as urgent, so that it would be routed directly to the station director, Tab Nilo. The director looked grave. The station’s assigned starship, the science ship USS Prophecy, was too far away, delivering a vaccine to a colony planet in subsector 547. The station didn’t have another ship they could send to help the Captain’s Bounty. T’Avaya offered to take a runabout to the ship in distress. She convinced Nilo she could use her engineering skills to get their propulsion system back online and steer them out of the eddy and away from the star. She sent a message to the merchant ship letting them know she was on her way. She took her assistant engineer with her, a Bolian female named Luruwa Layin.

        On the runabout Tongo Eta, T’Avaya and Luruwa made it to the vicinity of Captain’s Bounty in one hour. Luruwa said, “Scanning ship. It is a retired Starfleet ship, Oberth class. Standard Starfleet crew complement, 180. Scanners show the ship currently has twenty lifeforms.” T’Avaya knew that merchant ships typically had much smaller crews than Starfleet ships, so there was no need to assume at this point that the ship had had any casualties. They both noticed the colorful designs on the outside hull of the ship. Surely Starfleet doesn’t use such garish outward designs. They had obviously been added by a post-Starfleet owner of the ship. T’Avaya asked Luruwa, “Can we beam over to the ship?” “Negative. Too much interference from the plasma eddy. And it would not be wise to try to beam into a moving ship.” T’Avaya determined that the merchant ship was being carried by the eddy at a speed that was slow enough that they should be able to land the runabout in the ship’s shuttlebay. She hailed the ship and asked them to lock a tractor beam on the Tongo Eta. Both engineers felt the tractor beam would be safer than trying to manually land on a moving ship.

        Once they were in the merchant ship’s shuttlebay, the two women exited the runabout and were met by a Bolian who introduced himself as Captain Opam Ovbe. He was wearing lavish bright blue iridescent robes and a red feathered hat. Not the way you would picture a ship captain. But then, perhaps it did somewhat match the painted design of the ship’s outer hull. The captain and Luruwa both flinched at each other. “I don’t believe it,” said Captain Ovbe. “YOU have come to rescue ME? I think I’d rather die in space.” Luruwa addressed T’Avaya and said, “We grew up on the same colony. I haven’t see him it eight years. Apparently, he hasn’t changed.” T’Avaya dismissed them both. “We don’t have much time,” she told the captain. “Please escort us to engineering.”


Engineer’s Log. Stardate 45113.8. Luruwa and I are aboard the merchant ship Captain’s Bounty. The ship’s captain seems to be a man of lavish tastes. Also, he seems to have some kind of quarrel with Luruwa. I am at a loss to explain this, as Luruwa has always shown herself to be friendly and well-adjusted. As for the situation on the ship, I am optimistic that when I see the engine room, I will be able to fix the engines in minimal time. There are twenty lives on this ship who are depending on me.


The captain bowed his head and led the way. As they were walking, he explained that they had an engine failure that generated the plasma eddy and sucked the ship into it. In engineering, Ovbe introduced them to his engineer, an Andorian named Th’Thanetelali. “Call me ‘Netel’ “, the Andorian said as Ovbe excused himself to go to the bridge. T’Avaya asked Netel to explain exactly what had caused the plasma eddy. He seemed reluctant to talk. “There was an…imbalance in our…propulsion system.” “What kind of imbalance?” The Andorian turned to what would normally be a warp core on a Starfleet ship, but it was not a warp core. T’Avaya recognized it immediately. “That is a Romulan propulsion system.” Netel did not volunteer any information on the Romulan system. He told them the EPS conduits had ruptured. Both T’Avaya and Luruwa knew that it was very odd to use EPS conduits with a Romulan quantum singularity drive, but somehow Netel had connected them and made it work…at least until recently. Luruwa examined the contraption. The Romulan drive system was connected to a plasma manifold, which had EPS conduits connected to the ship’s power systems. “I think we can replace these conduits with the spare EPS conduits we brought on the runabout. It looks like there were loose connections that caused a plasma leak.” The two station engineers excused themselves to make a quick trip back to the Tongo Eta.

On the way, T’Avaya told Luruwa, “Whatever your history is with the captain, I trust you can put it behind you; at least until the danger has passed.” “It won’t be easy.” Luruwa stated. “We both started working at Tremen Blue Corporation at the same time, both of us as apprentice engineers. When I got promoted after one year and he didn’t, he simply couldn’t take it. He left the corporation, and quit the engineering field. I still think he’s doing pretty well for himself, being captain of this ship and all. But he still can’t get over being jealous of me. He always has to be the one with it all.” T’Avaya started to reply, but then they both saw something in the corridor. It was some type of mosaic of colored lights. At first glance, they thought it might be some concoction of the captain’s, showing off his taste for bright colors. But then T’Avaya pulled out her tricorder and ran a scan. “The tricorder reads chroniton energy. The area around the anomaly is fluctuating. The energy is going in and out of time and space.”  

All of a sudden, T’Avaya was home, on the frontier colony planet Sa’idi 3. Her mother, a long-time politician, looked at her with those probing eyes that T’Avaya would never forget, and uttered the words she would always remember, “True success comes from being compassionate.” T’Avaya stared in wonder. Her mother had died of the Vulcan disease Husimza ten years ago. “Have you seen this before?” T’Avaya turned around, and she was back in a corridor on the Captain’s Bounty with Luruwa and someone else of an alien species she had never seen before. The unknown alien introduced himself as the ship’s pilot, Ginsa. He softly said, “No” in response to Luruwa’s question about the bright chroniton energy mass. Then they saw the energy mass disappear into the bulkhead. T’Avaya regained her composure and continued to the shuttlebay, as time was of the essence. As Luruwa and Ginsa followed her, she asked Ginsa if there was a scientist aboard the ship that might know something about the energy mass, and Ginsa again said no.

When T’Avaya and Luruwa returned to engineering with the spare conduits, they saw the energy mass again. Ginsa and Ovbe were also present. T’Avaya walked to the engine console, and the energy mass seemed to follow her. T’Avaya froze. Luruwa recognized the look on the Vulcan’s face and stated, “She’s sensing something telepathically.” T’Avaya let out a gasp of emotion: “The energy mass is a living being, and it is trying to communicate with me. The only thing I can sense is that it is frightened.”  The captain pulled out a phaser and started to shoot at the energy mass. Ginsa dived for the phaser and screamed, “No! Firing a phaser in engineering could kill us all!” Ginsa gripped Ovbe’s arm. Ovbe tried to pull his arm away as T’Avaya went behind Ovbe and neatly applied a Vulcan neck pinch. Ovbe was out cold.

As the two space station engineers set about to replace the EPS conduits, Ginsa went to the bridge so he could be at the helm once the engines were back in working order. The engineers finished their task and rerouted the main power coupling. Finally, Ginsa was able to slow the ship down and steer her out of the plasma eddy.


Engineer’s Log. Stardate 45114.1. Doctor T’Avaya reporting. We were able to repair the engines so the ship could be steered out of the plasma eddy. We are taking the ship to Space Station Tyrellia. I do not know why the entity made me have a vision of my deceased mother. I do not know how it got here, and I have yet to determine if it is ill-intentioned. There is also the strange pilot named Ginsa. He is of an unknown alien race. Though he acts friendly, my instincts tell me that he is hiding something.


Now out of danger,and the captain locked in his quarters, T’Avaya and Luruwa went to the bridge. Ginsa told them the truth: “Ovbe made Netel install the Romulan artificial quantum singularity drive, even though Netel knew it could be disastrous installing on a ship that wasn’t designed for it. Some of the crew mutinied, but the captain had enough followers to put the mutineers in the brig. He kept Netel because he needed an engineer and me because he needed a pilot.” “Why did he want the Romulan device?” asked Luruwa. “Because he was smuggling rudathite to the Romulans. That’s why we were so close to the Neutral Zone. He thought the drive system would make us harder to identify by Romulan sensors in until we could make contact with our buyers. He bought it from a Pakled trader in the Hobar system. And a cloaking device would have been too expensive.” Rudathite is a rare metal that is used in Romulan weapons. Luruwa was shocked, “So this ship is a smuggling vessel?” Ginsa shook his head. “I’ve only been here a week, but from what I’ve heard, most of their operations are legal. This was just a deal too good to pass up.”

The energy mass appeared and started expanding and moving toward T’Avaya again. Then, Ginsa took a device out of his pocket. It was round and silver, with a silver ring on tip. He rotated the top part of the device, and the energy being started to get brighter. Now T’Avaya was able to telepathically sense words in her mind from the chroniton energy being. “It calls itself Umeri. It is in pain.” T’Avaya glanced at Ginsa. “Your device is causing it pain. Stop!” Ginsa slowly held up his palm. “I am only trying to help it. It is stuck in space and time. This device helps to mobilize the space time continuum in Umeri’s immediate vicinity. The pain is only temporary.” He is my friend, T’Avaya heard Umeri speak to her in her mind. Luruwa looked back and forth between Ginsa and T’Avaya, confused. T’Avaya finally spoke up, “Yes. Umeri knows Ginsa. Umeri got stuck on the ship when they activated the quantum singularity drive. It just happened to be at that space and time when the drive was activated. Ginsa is a time traveler, and he knew this creature would be trapped on this ship because he had seen the future. He came to set it free. He couldn’t do anything until the ship was out of the plasma eddy.” Ginsa replied, ”Something is wrong. My time space mobilizer should allow Umeri to go back into its own time and space, but it’s still here.” T’Avaya knew he spoke the truth. She could sense Umeri becoming tense again.

As Ginsa tried to figure out what to do about Umeri, he continued to pilot the ship to Space Station Tyrellia. He knew the captain would face charges for using an illegal Romulan device and for smuggling and endangering the lives of his crew, and the rest of the crew would be charged with aiding and abetting. The crew did not resist being taken to the station. After having been trapped in the plasma eddy, they were just glad to be alive. They knew they had to suffer the consequences of their actions. The singularity drive and the rudathite in the cargo holds would be turned over to the proper authorities.

On Space Station Tyrellia, the Vulcan engineer obtained her quantum scanner, which was more powerful than a common tricorder, and went with Luruwa back to the Captain’s Bounty. Umeri was still there, unable to leave the ship. T’Avaya ran the quantum scanner over the entity. “I am reading some strange quantum filaments. The being is made of chroniton energy, but these quantum filaments have a different particle feedback than the chroniton energy. I think the quantum filaments are not a natural part of the entity.” Then she realized it. “My upgrades to the comm array caused a small amount of quantum filaments to be emitted into the subspace field. It should not be harmful to any beings that we know of.” Then Luruwa picked up on it. “Except that this being is different.” “My upgrades caused this,” T’Avaya said regretfully. Luruwa tried to console her friend. “In all the years I’ve known you, you have always tried to treat all life forms with compassion. You couldn’t have known about this.” T’Avaya whispered, “True success comes from being compassionate.” T’Avaya thought about it. It was what her mother had always told her.

Chief Engineer’s Log. Stardate 45115.7. My team and I have uninstalled all of the upgrades on the comm array. The array was taken offline and then rebooted. Umeri has now gone back to its home. Before leaving, it communicated to me that it considered me a friend. I am very grateful. I asked why it made me see my mother. It said that it did not make me, but rather, that is where my mind wanted to go. I was fortunate that as a telepath, the entity was able to reach out to me and make me realize that my  mother had always been my true guiding force in life. I will now be more careful with my engineering designs. Ginsa also thanked me before he left. I still do not know what species he is or where he is from, but I wished him safe travels. I assured director Nilo that I could make a new design that would not emit quantum filaments. It should be a matter of readjusting a few modulators. Estimated time to completion is one month at most. I  am now going to my weekly Suus Mahna sparring session with Luruwa. She has always been a worthy sparring opponent. I value her friendship.

Thank you for reading my Captain’s Log story. Captain’s Log is a solo roleplaying game by Modiphius Entertainment.

 -by the Honorable Kavura