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The more they overtake the plumbing, the easier it is to stop up the drain

Posted on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 @ 12:54pm by Lieutenant Commander Vorix t'Rennikh

530 words; about a 3 minute read

Mission: The Kriresian Gambit
Location: USS Haida
Timeline: M1 - 1000

Six grueling hours. That’s how long it had taken the computer experts to scrub the scrap code from the main computer core. Vorix had, almost from the beginning, declared the main core the priority and to isolate and SHUT DOWN the secondary core. Initial investigations had shown that both cores had been tampered with, and recovery would be far easier with only the one to go through. The other could be used for forensic analysis.

Vorix scrolled through the PADD in his hands, leaned back in the chair in his small office just off of the Main Engineering compartment. On the screen was his updated ship status report, which when completed would be sent out to the Captain on a secured line. The Haida was a mess, and would require at least a full week in dock for repairs. While the physical damage was of a far simpler nature than the initial round of misalignments, the extent was vastly greater. Over half of the plasma conduits would need replacement, either due to direct overload, proximity to an overloaded segment, or damage from other sources. Consoles, displays, and a number of other systems across the ship, on every deck, would similarly need repair or replacing from the sabotage efforts.

The Good News, however, was encouraging. The ship herself was in good shape. Once the computer scrub was complete they had been allowed to hook up to the dry dock umbilicals, and Vorix at that point had prioritized Life and Crew Support systems for the limited stock of on-hand parts. All crew quarters, sick bays, and recreation facilities were at full power and proper function, and the aquatic habitats restored to proper form. Sensors and communications were likewise operational, and special care had been taken in ensuring the accuracy of the shipboard transporters.

Everything else was on the bottom of his priority list. The health and safety of the crew was Vorix’s first; preservation of the ship the next. All others would be reached as time and resources permitted.

At the bottom of the report he included his personnel review. While the pointy eared engineer could and would continue to be a harsh task master, he was not without praise. Cadet Rhokin, for example, had performed above and beyond what was expected of a trainee. Certain others of his officers and enlisted engineers likewise deserved recognition commendations. All were included.

Finally, a personal message for the Captain. Vorix had discovered no accomplices. Any and all evidence pointed to this being a solo operation by his predecessor, and a sloppily executed one at that. While clearing the computers, his engineers had discovered a code to override the lockdown of the shuttle bay doors, which would have allowed him to make an escape using one of the Haida’s small craft, all of which were otherwise unaffected by the emergency. Vorix surmised that egress would be made either just before or during the emergency. After that, his only limit would be the operational range of the shuttle he chose.

Satisfied with his report, Vorix saved and sent it on its way.

Lieutenant Commander Vorix
Chief Engineer, USS Haida NCC-42063,


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