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atpollard December 16th, 2016 04:31 PM

[CT Only] atpollard's PbP Traveller (1416.54 - Doc) Day 23
 
[Doc] - [Biter 1416.54.0230 IST (Day 53: 11:30 PM Local)] Inn (Lot 10), Nowhere
Doc and Jared discussed the patients and Patrick's home grown Engineered Antibiotics, as well as the Plague, vaccine and threat of a Pandemic. Jared informed Doc that vaccines are a little outside of his expertise, but it takes a while to go from possible vaccine to ready for distribution. He consults his HandComp and starting from your Day 52 announcement of a possible vaccine, it would typically take at least a week before the first batch of vaccine was ready to ship and two weeks before mass production and distribution made it widely available everywhere. That means something like 1416.59 before the first vaccine reaches anyone and 1416.66 before it is widely available. Both Doc and Jared fear the number of people who could be infected before a vaccine can protect them ... and currently, there was no treatment for those already infected. The vaccine would arrive too late for them.

With a heavy heart, Doc returned to the Clinic and his bed. His dreams were anything but sweet.




[Doc] - [Biter 1416.54.1030 IST (7:30 AM Local)] Great House / Medical Clinic (Lot 4), Nowhere

Doc woke and received several messages from the CDC that he had been copied on. Comms had been reestablished with the BDCR-E and the entire East Coast. The Tjanern Minst and his path had the support of about 80% of the East Coast population and were rapidly restoring vital services and order to the cities. Data has begun pouring in from cities and towns throughout the East Coast. Computer models at CDC Oregrund estimate that approximately 780 people are infected with the new strain and 380 people have already died from it. The total number of infected patients is projected to increase to over 1500 within 24 hours. Confirmed cases have been reported in every city on the East Coast as well as Valdstena and Hagfors in the Eastern Mountain Range. So far there are no reported cases west of the mountains, but only Tranas has regular communication with the CDC.

Spoiler:

Dr Vradok 'Doc' Joranger (Dr. Viggo Julin: Surgeon) - Term 2, Year 1 (UPP: 79*7B96) (age 22) (Navy - Lieutenant [O2]): Medical-4*, Electronic-1, Engineering-1, Admin-0, Blade Combat-0, Computer-0, Forward Observer-0, Gun Combat-0, Gunnery-0, Jack-o-T-0, Mechanical-0, Navigation-0, Pilot-0, Ship's Boat-0, Vacc Suit-0. - [Veteran (+2): AV 18, Lacar-8, short range = 150m, pen=7] & [SMG, 10mm HE, short range = 30m, pen=3, +4 Hit]
  • Mr. Jared Wilkins, PhD [M] (age 27*) - [495DCE] - (Dilettante): Medic (BioChemistry*)-2, Persuade-2, Art (metalworking)-1, Diplomat-1, Streetwise-1, Advocate-0, Broker-0, Carouse-0, Comm-0, Computer-0, Deception-0, Science (psychology*)-0 [*visited 'Sanctuary']

ACK December 16th, 2016 05:10 PM

[Doc] - [Biter 1416.54.1030 IST (7:30 AM Local)] Great House / Medical Clinic (Lot 4), Nowhere

Doc races to see Jared and brings him up to date with the spread of the virus and the news.

Doc cocked to his head to one put his on his chin thoughtfully and asked, "Have you ever thought about all the good you could do if you put your talents to use in trying to help synthesize a cure for the plague ravaging the planet?"

Doc pulled out his handcomp and the messages from Dr. Vaguer as well as presenting him the primrose, "Listen this little girl gave this as well all cryptically as only a psionic can and maybe along with your research in accelerated healing and the knowledge we have from Dr. Vaguer of what is being done to combat the virus can we put all of that together to help the effort. This is looking like a humanitarian crisis of an epic scale."

atpollard December 16th, 2016 06:31 PM

[Doc] - [Biter 1416.54.1200 IST (9:00 AM Local)] Great House / Medical Clinic (Lot 4), Nowhere
Quote:

Originally Posted by ACK (Post 554910)
"This is looking like a humanitarian crisis of an epic scale."

Doc worked for an hour with Jared, Alda, Patrick and the data from the CDC. Finally Jared turned to Doc "Well, we have good news and bad news. The good news is that this plant is so unique that I think we will actually have a treatment for this latest plague in about two more hours. The bad news is that everyone who is going to die from the plague will already be dead before I can get it into mass production." Jared smiled "Fear not, we have a solution. You just need to get that Domici girl to send a transport to Ifningholm to bring Doctor Anna Ottoson and her equipment here so she can help us create an engineered mold to produce the same compound fast, cheap and everywhere at once. Then Ingalil just needs to figure out how to get it to all of her black market drug refineries throughout the Core" Jared laughed "At least the last part isn't our problem to worry about. We just need to send them a bill for our services and a contract for our royalties. What do you think we should call our drug?"

Spoiler:

Dr Vradok 'Doc' Joranger (Dr. Viggo Julin: Surgeon) - Term 2, Year 1 (UPP: 79*7B96) (age 22) (Navy - Lieutenant [O2]): Medical-4*, Electronic-1, Engineering-1, Admin-0, Blade Combat-0, Computer-0, Forward Observer-0, Gun Combat-0, Gunnery-0, Jack-o-T-0, Mechanical-0, Navigation-0, Pilot-0, Ship's Boat-0, Vacc Suit-0. - [Veteran (+2): AV 18, Lacar-8, short range = 150m, pen=7] & [SMG, 10mm HE, short range = 30m, pen=3, +4 Hit]
  • Alda [F] (age 50) - Herbalism-3, Medic-0
  • Dr. Anna Ottoson, PhD [F] (age 42) - (Research Geneticist): Science (Molecular Medicine)-3, Medic (Genomics)-2
  • Mr. Jared Wilkins, PhD [M] (age 27*) - [495DCE] - (Dilettante): Medic (BioChemistry*)-2, Persuade-2, Art (metalworking)-1, Diplomat-1, Streetwise-1, Advocate-0, Broker-0, Carouse-0, Comm-0, Computer-0, Deception-0, Science (psychology*)-0 [*visited 'Sanctuary']
  • Patrick Huss [M] (age 25) - [987A42] - (Warder Smuggler): Streetwise-2, BladeCbt-1 (butterfly knife), Bribery-1, Vehicle-1, Brawling-0, Electronic-0, Forgery-0, Gambling-0, GunCbt(Pistol/SMG)-0, Mechanical-0, Medical-0

ACK December 19th, 2016 11:33 AM

[Doc] - [Biter 1416.54.1200 IST (9:00 AM Local)] Great House / Medical Clinic (Lot 4), Nowhere

Doc looks at him a bit confused, "Shouldn't we go to them why is it best to do it the other way around?"

Despite his reservations he rushes to the Domici to ask for the transport conveying the nature of what is going and the lives that will be saved. The urgency is written on his face, panic and anticipation and for a second even a bit of hope. There is a moment when every man thinks he will make a difference. Sometimes that dream is deferred for family or for duty or even mundane routine of life. Doc saw for a second a chance to make a difference in a multitude of lives like the very purpose of being a doctor opened up like the flower the little gave him.

atpollard December 19th, 2016 10:40 PM

[Doc] - [Biter 1416.54.1205 IST (9:05 AM Local)] Great House / Medical Clinic (Lot 4), Nowhere
Quote:

Originally Posted by ACK (Post 555107)
"Shouldn't we go to them why is it best to do it the other way around?"

Jared seemed startled by the statement, looked confused for a moment, thoughtful, then burst into laughter. "Of course, you are right. I'm just so accustomed to paying the bills and summoning technical experts that it never occurred to me to go to them." He thinks for a moment, studying the work before him "Two hours. We should be ready to leave in two hours." He seems to ponder something for a moment Alda should come along, her knowledge of local plants might prove valuable. Patrick should remain here and continue to work on the antibiotics. They will be valuable for the Clinic."



[Doc] - [Biter 1416.54.1225 IST (9:25 AM Local)] Inn (Lot 10), Nowhere

Doc located Tala Domici at the Inn after some searching. Everyone at the Diner told you she had gone to powder her nose and snickered. Tala and Giselle were on the third floor and Doc knocked and waited only long enough to confirm they were dressed before bursting in.

It was only with great effort that Doc could calm himself enough to speak slowly. Doc, Jared and Alda had developed a potential treatment for the plague, not a vaccine to prevent the healthy from being infected, but a treatment to prevent those already infected from dying, and needed to arrange transportation leaving at 1400 IST to Ifningholm to work with Dr. Anna Ottoson to mass produce the treatment. Your most conservative estimates placed tens of thousands of lives at stake, with the exact number dependent on how fast you could distribute the treatment.

Tala and Giselle hurried with Doc to the Communication Building (Lot 2) and had Tyjon contact the Ingalil Government with an urgent message. For the first time, Tyjon and the Domici had trouble getting through to anyone in the government. Eventually Tala spoke with Johanna.

Doc listened as Tala explained what was going on. When Tala asked what was going on at Ifningholm that had everyone so busy, there was a long silence from Tala and she paled and sat down. Doc was slightly concerned as she terminated the call and just sat there. "Well, that will do it." she whispered.

Turning to Doc "The Confed Navy has arrived and is heading to intercept the Hofud Navy between 10 and 100 diameters of Biter. The Government is attempting to prevent a war."

Spoiler:

Dr Vradok 'Doc' Joranger (Dr. Viggo Julin: Surgeon) - Term 2, Year 1 (UPP: 79*7B96) (age 22) (Navy - Lieutenant [O2]): Medical-4*, Electronic-1, Engineering-1, Admin-0, Blade Combat-0, Computer-0, Forward Observer-0, Gun Combat-0, Gunnery-0, Jack-o-T-0, Mechanical-0, Navigation-0, Pilot-0, Ship's Boat-0, Vacc Suit-0. - [Veteran (+2): AV 18, Lacar-8, short range = 150m, pen=7] & [SMG, 10mm HE, short range = 30m, pen=3, +4 Hit]
  • Alda [F] (age 50) - Herbalism-3, Medic-0
  • Dr. Anna Ottoson, PhD [F] (age 42) - (Research Geneticist): Science (Molecular Medicine)-3, Medic (Genomics)-2
  • Mr. Jared Wilkins, PhD [M] (age 27*) - [495DCE] - (Dilettante): Medic (BioChemistry*)-2, Persuade-2, Art (metalworking)-1, Diplomat-1, Streetwise-1, Advocate-0, Broker-0, Carouse-0, Comm-0, Computer-0, Deception-0, Science (psychology*)-0 [*visited 'Sanctuary']
  • Patrick Huss [M] (age 25) - [987A42] - (Warder Smuggler): Streetwise-2, BladeCbt-1 (butterfly knife), Bribery-1, Vehicle-1, Brawling-0, Electronic-0, Forgery-0, Gambling-0, GunCbt(Pistol/SMG)-0, Mechanical-0, Medical-0
  • Giselle [F] (87A898) (age 25) - (Exotic Dancer)
  • Corporal Tala Domici (age 17) - [996B22-C] - (The Domici/Psion): Athletics(Dance)-1, Psion-0, CbtR-0, Demolitions-0, Survival-0 ... adopted by Marco

ACK December 21st, 2016 08:01 PM

[Doc] - [Biter 1416.54.1225 IST (9:25 AM Local)] Inn (Lot 10), Nowhere

Doc says, "Well the plague comes before the war in my opinion. I need to get Jared and myself to the Dr Vaguer or we will not have much of a populace to fight over if this thing keeps growing."

Doc turns, "I will say get the boys at the particle accelerator and the big gun over at Ifningholm ready. Lets see if Jozu can get the word out to them before Jared and I head out."

atpollard December 22nd, 2016 03:58 PM

[Doc] - [Biter 1416.54.1240 IST (9:40 AM Local)] Great House / Medical Clinic (Lot 4)
Doc left instructions for Tala to pass on to the Government and Military, and headed back to the Clinic. Tala could handle the transportation details, Doc had resolved to focus on the disease.

Jared was hard at work building on his earlier success with the flower.[1] Doc joined him and together they reached a major improvement [2] that all but guaranteed that they would be able to stop the uncontrolled bleeding. Jared should have been happier, but something was still bothering him. When Doc asked, Jared replied quietly "It will not be enough. We will stop the bleeding, but the disease will still ravage weak bodies. We need a cocktail. Something to really improve their odds." By 9:50 AM, Jared, Doc and Alda were working together on a plant based immunity booster.



[Doc] - [Biter 1416.54.1300 IST (10:00 AM Local)] Great House / Medical Clinic (Lot 4)
Jared was able to identify a compound common to several immunity boosting herbs [3] which allowed the team to perfect a super immune-booster that should dramatically improve natural survival rates from this and a variety of diseases. [4]



[Doc] - [Biter 1416.54.1330 IST (10:30 AM Local)] Great House / Medical Clinic (Lot 4)
From the data on the latest patient autopsies, the bleeding was only the most visible damage. This plague was also causing severe damage to lung tissue that would require very long hospitalization. Both Doc and Jared were concerned about the ability of Biter to provide critical respiratory care on a massive scale and for a long duration, so the decision was made to invest in one more treatment. This time Alda selected plants and Jared optimized the mixture to speed tissue regeneration. [5] There were commercial products on the market in common use by most militaries, but this would be something for civilian mass production. Practice made perfect and Doc led the charge to optimize and detail the treatment regimen. [6] His calculations suggested that with this treatment regimen, the survival rate should increase from less than 1% to close to 90%.

The remaining question was can they mass produce it in time?



[Doc] - [Biter 1416.54.1335 IST (10:35 AM Local)] Great House / Medical Clinic (Lot 4)
Just as you finished boxing the samples, the entire building trembled slightly. Tala popped her head in "Your ride's here. You might not want to keep THEM waiting." Doc noted the strange emphasis.

Stepping out of the clinic, a 200 dTon Biter Navy SDB was hovering over one of the lots blasted clear. A man in a Navy uniform whose insignia suggested that he was a Gunner, stood by the ship. Someone pointed towards you and the Gunner jogged over "Need a hand carrying anything?"



[Doc] - [Biter 1416.54.1340 IST (10:40 AM Nowhere)] Biter Navy SDB flying to Ifningholm (ETA 1410)
Doc, Jared and Alda boarded the ship with minimal welcome. The crew didn't seem unfriendly, just in a hurry. There was no real security inside the ship, it was not on active alert status. The blast doors that could slam shut and compartmentalize the hull were obvious, but they were all open and Doc had easy access to the Pilot Lieutenant in the front as well as the Chief Engineer in the back. In addition to your little band, there were two passengers, plague victims flown directly from Nora on the East Coast, in isolation life support chambers. Both seemed to be awake but heavily sedated.

Spoiler:

[1] 1210 IST = Jared (10+) = roll (9)+2
[2] 1240 IST = Doc (10+) = roll (8)+4
[3] 1250 IST = Jared (8+) = roll (7)+2
[4] 1300 IST = Doc (8+) = roll (12)+4
[5] 1320 IST = Jared (6+) = roll (7)+2
[6] 1330 IST = Doc (6+) = roll (7)+4

Dr Vradok 'Doc' Joranger (Dr. Viggo Julin: Surgeon) - Term 2, Year 1 (UPP: 79*7B96) (age 22) (Navy - Lieutenant [O2]): Medical-4*, Electronic-1, Engineering-1, Admin-0, Blade Combat-0, Computer-0, Forward Observer-0, Gun Combat-0, Gunnery-0, Jack-o-T-0, Mechanical-0, Navigation-0, Pilot-0, Ship's Boat-0, Vacc Suit-0. - [Veteran (+2): AV 18, Lacar-8, short range = 150m, pen=7] & [SMG, 10mm HE, short range = 30m, pen=3, +4 Hit]
  • Alda [F] (age 50) - Herbalism-3, Medic-0
  • Dr. Anna Ottoson, PhD [F] (age 42) - (Research Geneticist): Science (Molecular Medicine)-3, Medic (Genomics)-2
  • Mr. Jared Wilkins, PhD [M] (age 27*) - [495DCE] - (Dilettante): Medic (BioChemistry*)-2, Persuade-2, Art (metalworking)-1, Diplomat-1, Streetwise-1, Advocate-0, Broker-0, Carouse-0, Comm-0, Computer-0, Deception-0, Science (psychology*)-0 [*visited 'Sanctuary']

ACK December 31st, 2016 07:17 AM

[Doc] - [Biter 1416.54.1340 IST (10:40 AM Nowhere)] Biter Navy SDB flying to Ifningholm (ETA 1410)

Doc looked over to Jared and said, "I hope we can save people just like them very soon," he nods solemnly at the patients in the isolation chambers.

The real problem was of course mass producing anything they came up with and in the middle of a war zone as well no less. He worried that he was not addressing the immediate problem with the war getting hot in the skies above but the idea of postponing work on the plague cure is horribly irresponsible.

atpollard January 5th, 2017 01:12 AM

[Doc] - [Biter 1416.54.1350 IST] Biter Navy SDB flying to Ifningholm (ETA 1410)
Quote:

Originally Posted by ACK (Post 555959)
He worried that he was not addressing the immediate problem with the war getting hot in the skies above but the idea of postponing work on the plague cure is horribly irresponsible.

The transport climbed to an altitude high above any normal transport and cruised at hypersonic speeds towards Ifningholm Downport. Doc stared out the window at the snow covered mountain tops far below and the dense forests that separated them.

"These patients are probably being transported to test our treatment" suggested Jared. "This is all theoretical at this point since we had no plague victims to test it on. If we break quarantine now, we can start the test treatment with some of the supplies we brought and get a 20 minute head start over waiting until we reach Ifningholm." Doc thought about the options. The safest move was to wait to reach Ifningholm and a Level 4 Quarantine Center, but starting treatment now posed a minimal risk and offered a head start on verification of the treatment. It was a difficult decision.

Doc rose, made his way to the bridge, and slid into the empty navigator seat next to the Biter Navy Pilot. He came to get an update on their ETA and feedback on the proposal to open the isolation cases. The pilot barely seemed to notice your arrival, his attention fixed on the tactical display of the Thorin System being forwarded to all ships from Biter Naval Command (Nora). Doc stared at the Nav screen and identified 434 Biter SDBs within 10 to 50 diameters of Biter. There were 27,000 Hofud Warships just beyond the Biter 100 Diameter limit and 19,000 unidentified Warships at 19 AU at the Thorin VIII Gas Giant. "That's a heck of a lot of warships." whispered Lieutenant Harrel. "HQ reports that the unidentified fleet is refueling and appears to be comprised of ships in the 1000 dTon to 5000 dTon range with heavy ECM defenses."

Lt. Niel Harrel seems to finally notice who he is talking with "Sorry about that. So what can I do for you, Doc?"

Spoiler:

[1] 1250 IST = Doc's Navigation-0 skill (no roll) yields important data.
Note: The planet Biter is in the 3rd orbit of the star "Thorin" of the Thorin-Gondolin Binary star system.

Dr Vradok 'Doc' Joranger (Dr. Viggo Julin: Surgeon) - Term 2, Year 1 (UPP: 79*7B96) (age 22) (Navy - Lieutenant [O2]): Medical-4*, Electronic-1, Engineering-1, Admin-0, Blade Combat-0, Computer-0, Forward Observer-0, Gun Combat-0, Gunnery-0, Jack-o-T-0, Mechanical-0, Navigation-0, Pilot-0, Ship's Boat-0, Vacc Suit-0. - [Veteran (+2): AV 18, Lacar-8, short range = 150m, pen=7] & [SMG, 10mm HE, short range = 30m, pen=3, +4 Hit]
  • Alda [F] (age 50) - Herbalism-3, Medic-0
  • Dr. Anna Ottoson, PhD [F] (age 42) - (Research Geneticist): Science (Molecular Medicine)-3, Medic (Genomics)-2
  • Mr. Jared Wilkins, PhD [M] (age 27*) - [495DCE] - (Dilettante): Medic (BioChemistry*)-2, Persuade-2, Art (metalworking)-1, Diplomat-1, Streetwise-1, Advocate-0, Broker-0, Carouse-0, Comm-0, Computer-0, Deception-0, Science (psychology*)-0 [*visited 'Sanctuary']
  • Lieutenant Niel Harrel [M] (age 42) - (Biter Navy (retired) - Pilot):

ACK January 6th, 2017 01:29 PM

[Doc] - [Biter 1416.54.1350 IST] Biter Navy SDB flying to Ifningholm (ETA 1410)

Doc thought about Jared and all the lives to be saved. He felt the tug of duty calling to him.

Doc says, "I think you and this screen," pointing at all the activity on the sensors, "have already helped me a great deal."

He wonder out loud, "Is it possible to get a message out to Nowhere from here or will we have to wait till we get to Ifningholm? Those are a lot of warships but I think we might have a surprise or two up our sleeves."


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