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Old June 17th, 2005, 09:21 AM
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After a few rounds of Tonk, Dorotea has lost a bit more than she's won. Someone taps her shoulder - Jame says, "I just called Harold. Apparently he's up on the First Class Observation deck having a "party" with several youngsters."
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Old June 17th, 2005, 11:22 AM
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Let's all go. I'll buy the first round of drinks with my current winnings!
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Old June 17th, 2005, 11:26 AM
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Ref says: CPO Sawer can you tell me why the engines seem not to working up to standard? A preliminary diagnosis shows me that something is clogging up one of the intake values? When we cast off from spacedock, why wasn't this dealth with before the jump?

Right now we have a few dozen passengers who a bit jumpy. All we can tell them is that the situation is under control. Heads will roll from the Master Engineer downwards if this problem is not solved within 3 standard hours.

As far as the crew coms, the engine takes priority we don't want corporation to look bad when we break out at Far Point, do we now? Get on to it. Dismissed.

At that moment, the ship goes through an involuntary shutter before normality is restored. The Captain storms out of his ready room and turns to the Command Crew and barks out: "Report!"
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"Whoa"???

"I did not like the feel of that and I have'nt even had my first drink yet! Someone ask a steward what happened"
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Ref. says: The steward looking ever more distressed, says, "Nothing to worry about. Please have another drink." And promptly leaves his post.

As the group pursues him. They overhear the following conversation with the Steward and one of the maintance crew...

"I tell, there up to no good. There pushing the ship to the limit. It was a rushed job, you know to get it out, so that it could impress the Zhodani."

"Nah, its just routine engine troubles, just 'em being saying all the time."

"Maybe, it has to do with what their doing up there on the Upper Observation Deck. Some pretty weird stuff was carted up there before cast off, a mate of mine in Cargo told me.

[A third voice unrecognizable] "Oi, what you scabs doing back to work before I make a formal complaint to the Captain."

"Yessir, Mr. Reynolds. Right away."

Moments later, both crew members emerge but no sign of a third person.
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Usssep rises and turns to Matt: "I think that more is wrong here than a slight drive inefficiency.
I also think that armoured marines do not normally serve as bouncers ..."

"I am going to the observation deck. Will you come with me, new-seeker Matt Jeffers? "

He turns to survey the lounge: "Perhaps there are others who also seek answers ..."
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Old June 17th, 2005, 03:27 PM
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CPO Sawer can you tell me why the engines seem not to working up to standard? A preliminary diagnosis shows me that something is clogging up one of the intake values? When we cast off from spacedock, why wasn't this dealth with before the jump?
Sawter let's the name slip slide without a trace of visible contempt. "The thrusters were within operational parameters until the jump drive was engaged. In fact up till then all ships systems were operational."

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Right now we have a few dozen passengers who a bit jumpy. All we can tell them is that the situation is under control. Heads will roll from the Master Engineer downwards if this problem is not solved within 3 standard hours.


As far as the crew coms, the engine takes priority we don't want corporation to look bad when we break out at Far Point, do we now? Get on to it. Dismissed.
Ignoring the dismissal and interruption Jeff continues, "As I was going to add sir, while the loss of the crew commnet seems minor it was the first in what the Master Chief sees as a cascading failure related to stresses in an uneven jump entry. What's more with the crew comms down the integration of the artificial crew is also offline. We are doing the best we can but without the robotic assistance we are understaffed for all but routine monitoring of engineering. The Chief suggests you move your command to the auxiliary bridge adjacent to engineering, there's little you can do here that can't be done there while we're in jump and she suspects the main bridge will be cut off from ship systems shortly."

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At that moment, the ship goes through an involuntary shutter before normality is restored. The Captain storms out of his ready room and turns to the Command Crew and barks out: "Report!"
Jeff is left alone in the ready room. So it begins, time for part two of the plan. Moving quickly to the wall between the ready room and the bridge he removes a panel. Reaching in he pulls several nodes from the junction box and pockets them. Through the open door he hears reports from the command crew as their terminals report the loss of computer feeds. He restores the panel and quietly steps onto the bridge.

"Excuse me Captain but this is probably more of the cascade failure the Master Chief predicted. The shaking was probably a stutter in the Aw Gee Icy, sorry the Artificial Gravity Inertial Compensators, when the extreme forward area of the jump field collapsed. There is probably a large portion of the forward ship hangers missing and exposed to jump space and vacuum if the simulation is accurate. Fortunately that area is not supposed to be populated so there should be no loss of life yet. Unfortunately the loss of more of the jump grid is likely, beginning forward and progressing aft. The main observation decks and bridge will be the next to be flooded by jump space. How long is just a guess at this point, probably hours at most. I should join the damage control party at the forward airlock sir."

Sawter salutes and exits the bridge, thinking the Captain has a lot more to worry about than how things are going to look to corporate IF they come out at Farpoint with minor thruster problems. And no one in engineering is the least bit worried about losing their job so much as surviving this trip.

Too bloody big. A ship this large, built on the lowest bid and fastest completion, how could they not see it being a disaster. And putting the main bridge as far as possible from engineering, well at least they had the foresight to put the computer and auxiliary bridge in engineering. And thanks to his pulling the circuits the bridge crew has no reason to stay on the main bridge.

Coming to the first tube station off the bridge Sawter enters a shuttle ball and selects a tube station nearest the lower midship communications center for his destination. Alone, the shuttle glides aft and Jeff pulls a small autoinjector from a pocket, checks his watch and injects a small dose into one temple and then the other. The redness fades almost immediately and he blinks away a tear.
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Old June 17th, 2005, 04:16 PM
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"Hey Lord Jame. Does it look to you that there is an unusual amout of activity and ship personnel going forward?
Perhaps we should stay here and have our drinks brought to us?"
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"Yeah. But I think one of us should go to the Observation Deck and get the good Dr. Calis - Howard."

Dorotea finishes her second rum-in-cola, puts the glass down and says "I'll go. Maybe a visit from the "boss" of the group will do him good."

She gets up and leaves.

Jame goes up to the Steward, befoe he has a chance to go further, and says, "My good man, just to be sure, there are escape vehicles nearby, right?"
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Sawter mentally reviews the general ship stats once more while en-route to the comm center. One megaton of luxury with full Jay six and high agility thrusters to speed the rich on the way in Jay Space and En Space. In fact the ship could be a major combatant. Well protected by a top level meson screen and full battleship level hull plating, not to mention the best spinal mount meson gun for "protection" and the many smaller defensive bays and turrets. Jeff again wonders if this ship is really a warship disguised as some cruise liner. Except for the fact that the hull is gracefully streamlined and the interior furnishings are gaudy and expensive it could easily be a warship. He imagines this thought must have crossed a few minds.

Then too there's the hundred ship hangers, the smallest capable of carrying a 100tons of ship. And even with all that they managed to include enough fuel reserves for an extra Jay two and four more weeks of powerplant output. Granted the power plant is marginal. That "quaint" jump dimming custom was no affectation for the idle rich aboard.

Further the passenger capacity, while phenomenal with sixteen thousand luxury staterooms and amenities, and twenty thousand tons of freight in addition to baggage allowances, seems more suited to transporting an entire army.

The shuttle slows and pauses briefly, a quick check of the screen shows it's not at a junction or due to traffic, probably another power re-routing. The shuttle resumes it's speed and Jeff wonders again why he keeps going over the ship specs. Is it just to keep his mind off why he is here? Not that retirement was what he'd expected, a Navy pension just isn't much, but why did he jump at the chance to go to space again after nearly four years of dirt and sky?

Fortunately the shuttle slows for his destination and he is spared wondering further what ifs, time to worry about what next.
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