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Alternate "The Return" part 1
Subject: Repost of Alternate "The Return" part 1
Date: 2 Apr 92 08:14:28 GMT
Follow on to The Return:
(based on parts 1-6)
Picking up at the moment the original script left off, the big E
is currently being held by the Death Star's tractor beam and is
being drawn inside it's main hangar bay.
Picard: Mr. Worf, re target phasers on the source of the tractor
beam. Fire when ready. Mr. Data, is that hangar the launching
point for the small attack craft that have been engaging us?
Mr. Data: I would surmise a large portion of them sir.
Picard: Mr. Worf, as soon as we're free put some torpedoes into
that hangar. It will prevent the launch of more fighters and may
deter them from attempting to use their tractor beam again.
Worf: With pleasure, sir.
<Worf has already re adjusted the firing controls and is
preparing to open fire when the Enterprise rocks and suddenly
surges backward, now free from the tractor beam.>
Worf: Another ship has appeared and has destroyed the tractor
beam emitters! As the ship swings around, I will use the rear
torpedo launcher to destroy the hangar.
Riker: Helm, bring us about to 268 mk 19 and give us some
distance. Mr. Data, what is the ship that joined the attack, and
why didn't we detect it earlier.
Data: Sensors no longer detect the other vessel. It appeared
momentarily and destroyed the tractor beam, and then re engaged
what must be a cloaking device of some type. However, the
configuration of the ship is not Klingon or Romulan. Perliminary
analysis of the sensor log shows the ship to be of an unknown
configuration, not matching anything in our records. The general
design methods appear to resemble Federation methods but the
design of the ship is radically different from any current known
Federation design. I am placing an image of the ship on secondary
viewer number 1.
Picard: Mr. Data, what..
<Picard is interrupted by a thunderous detonation as Mr. Worf's
torpedoes slam into the main hangar of the Death Star: Two slam
into the roof and back wall, wrecking three quarters of the main
cavern, but the third, skillfully aimed by Worf, managed to travel
a couple hundred meters down the main ferry way between the hangar
and the maintenance/storage facilities. The torpedoes detonation
sets off several secondary explosions among fuel and weapons
storage stations, disrupting power throughout
that sector of the Death Star.>
Data: The main hangar appears to be totally wrecked, Captain.
Numerous secondary explosions are occurring, and power distribution
has been halted in a 400 meter radius from the hanger.
Picard: Well done, Mr. Worf! That should hamper their offensive
capabilities for a considerable length of time.
<Worf is clearly pleased at how his honor has been increased>
Helm, how long till we are clear of the Imperial forces?
Helmsman: 14 seconds sir.
Picard: very well. Now, Mr. Data, what can you tell us about that
mystery ship before we reposition to attack.
Data: On secondary viewer, sir.
<the small screen comes up with an image of a sleek ship with only
one hull, elongated and with a prominent phaser emitter in the
nose. Small delta wings gracefully emerge from the sides of the
ship, also with phaser fairings. Two warp engines are slung
underneath the hull like on Nebula class starships. A weapons pod
that appears to be identical to the Nebulas also is mounted on top
of the hull, though not raised on stilts. A series of small
blisters appears in a line encircling the broadest part of the
Picard: You're right Mr. Data, it is similar to Federation
building style. It appears to be a Nebula class starship with a
different body. What are those blisters along the hull, Mr.Data.
Data: Unknown sir.
Worf: <interrupting> Sir we are now clear of the Imperial forces.
Their Star Destroyers were moving to engage Starbase 42 when we
Picard: Number One, recommendations.
<Riker is about to answer when there is a flash on the viewer and
Data: Sir, one of the larger Star Destroyers has suffered a
massive explosion in its engine area. The ship appears to be
crippled. Power emanations are falling rapidly and structural
integrity is significantly compromised.
Worf: Sir, the unidentified ship appeared for a few seconds and
fired a volley of torpedoes into the engines of the Imperial ship.
It is now cloaked again. The torpedoes appear to be like
Federation torpedoes, but from this distance scanners cannot tell.
<Another flash, and another Super Star Destroyer goes up in
Data: Sir, the attacking ship appears to be taking advantage of
the fact that Imperial ships cannot maintain effective shielding of
their rear areas when using their ion engines. The exhaust of
such engines precludes shields as we know them. The volatility of
the fuel and the ease of access place the Star Destroyers at a
Riker: If they shield, their own engines cook them, if not, that
Worf: Captain, we have received a brief text only transmission.
The transponder coding says it is from the USS Nirmod. I am not
familiar with that ship sir.
Picard: Nor am I, Lt. What does it say?
Worf: It says, "Enterprise, please rejoin the battle. I can hold
off the ships, you find a way to stop that base station. Mitzgar
Riker: Since when do any Federation ships employ cloaking
Picard: I think that this may be a special case, number one. If
this is the same Capt. Mitzgar I know, then I can well believe
that his ship would employ a cloaking device in battle.
In any case, enough talk. I am satisfied that the new ship
is not hostile and may indeed be a new Federation design. We will
heed his advice for now. Mr. Worf, Mr. Data, we need to find a
weak point in that Battle STation's defenses. What can you tell
Worf: Their defenses are formidable if only because of sheer
quantity. The entire surface of the station is armored, and all
vital systems are buried so deep in the interior that we cannot
practically reach them.
Data: They present no known single source of propulsion that we
could destroy to render the station immobile.
Worf: We should concentrate on their primary armament. That is
what poses a threat to us and to Starbase 42. That is why we are
concerned about it at all.
Riker: Good point. Mr. Data, access computer logs to identify
their primary weapon. Mr. Worf, scan the battle station to
complement Mr. Data's research.
<Another flash, and Mr. Data reports: >
Data: Sir, a third Star Destroyer has been disabled. The
remaining ships are now redeploying in a Katella formation in an
attempt to protect the rear areas of each other. However, there
are not enough ships to complete the formation and fully protect
each other. Three of the ships are still exposed and..<sensor
bleeps> One of the exposed ships has been destroyed.
Worf: Captain, I have located what can only be an enormous
weapons emitter on the surface of the battle station. If we
damaged the emitter, it might render the weapon unusable long
enough for us to find a more..permanent solution.
Picard: Excellent, Mr. Worf, prepare to attack the emitter.
Number One, bring us in at a high deflection angle. Keep us out
of the path of that weapon.
Riker: Helm, come about, prepare to go to warp 2 and bring us on
an elliptical course to the weapon emitter on the battle station.
Mr. Worf,as soon as we're out of warp, hit the weakest part of the
emitter with everything we've got.
Worf: Ready, sir.
Riker: Helm, engage when ready. Computer, compute plausible
firing arc of the largest weapon on the enemy space station and
project on main viewer. Helm, under no circumstances will you
allow the Enterprise to come close to that firing arc.
Helm: Understood, sir.
Riker: lets do it.
<the Enterprise leaps forward, passing close to the surface of the
Death star, dropping out of warp right next to the Death Star's
main weapons cone. As soon as possible Worf fires torpedoes and
Phasers, but only the first torpedo hits, blowing a large hole in
one of the focussing clusters. The other torpedoes and the Phaser
beam are intercepted by the hastily raised shields around the
Data: One hit achieved, Captain. Moderate damage to what appears
to be a secondary component of the weapon. Strong shielding is
now in place around the weapon. Power emanations from several
reactors in the vicinity are increasing. We are not likely to be
able to break through.
Picard: Continue firing, Worf. Number One, if we are forced to
withdraw, we must find an undefended portion of the station,
destroy all weapons and tractor beams and then try to brute force
our way close enough to some vital system.
Data: Captain, attacks on the Imperial fleet have stopped. I
surmise that the Nimrod is now en route to assist us.
Picard: Good. Broadcast in her general direction that we cannot
defeat the local defensive systems alone. Mr. Worf, status?
Worf: We are having a marginal effect on their shields, sir, but
they appear to be diverting power to make up for that.
<The Enterprise is felt to move down and to the right>
Helm: Sorry sir, but I am compensating to the rotation of the
battle station. I am preventing them from bringing that weapon to
bear on us.
Riker: Well done.
Picard: Continue to do so, Ensign.
Worf: Captain, we received a brief reply from the Nimrod. It
said: "message understood".
Riker: what do you think they'll do?
Picard: Hopefully they will attempt to divert power away from the
defense of this area. Even with another ship I doubt we could
blast through this shield. Their power availablity is simply too
<External: The Enterprise is still plugging away at the Death
Star's main weapon when the Nimrod un cloaks on a high angle pass
to the side of the Enterprise. Torpedo launchers in each wing
root fire a stream of torpedoes which detonate off to the side of
the Enterprise. This area was not shielded and the torpedoes
repeatedly slam into the same are of the Death Star, boring a
deep hole into its side. At the same time the nose and both wing
phasers open up on another area, also concentrated on boring into
the interior of the station.>
Data: Sir, the Nimrod has appeared and is attacking the nearest
undefended energy sources. Sensors report 2 secondary explosions
and the energy output of the shielding facing us is down 12.396%.
Worf: Responding, sir.
<Worf redoubles his assault on the shielding of the main weapon.
The shielding begins to glow a sickly red as the Enterprises
phasers repeatedly pound it.>
Data: Sir, shield energy is down 17.3% now. The Nimrod has
destroyed a third reactor and is in the process of engaging a
fourth. The Imperial fleet is attempting to move into position to
defend the battle station.
Picard: Status of shields, Mr. Worf?
Worf: Holding, sir. The only weapons other than the primary one
on this section of the battle station appear to be merely small
anti fighter emplacements and are having a negligible effect on our
shields. Their rate of fire has been decreasing, presumably as
their power is siphoned off to defend the main armament.
Data: Concur, captain. Enemy shielding now down 29.92%. Our
phasers are beginning to have some break through effect. Sir,the
Nimrod has cloaked and ceased firing. All imperial ships now
taking sustained evasive maneuvers.
Riker: At least the Star Destroyers won't be bothering us. Did
the Nimrod damage the defenses enough to allow us to finish alone?
data: Possibly sir. I cannot tell at this point. Sir the Nirmod
has re-appeared and has resumed attacking the battle station's
Picard: That cloaking maneuver was probably just a ruse to
disperse the Imperial fleet. How clever!
Riker: I can just imagine those Star Destroyer's captains as they
thought they were about to come under attack again.
<Both chuckle, Worf shakes his head in contempt.>
Worf: No warrior would ever panic like that.
Worf: Captain! Enemy shields now down 52% We are breaking
through. Firing torpedoes. <console bleeps> Their shields are
Data: The Nimrod has succeeded in severing power couplings to
several of the shield emitter dishes and we are now breaking
Picard: The Status of the Imperial Fleet?
Data: They have formed a formation Similar to a Tyrosian Wedge,
captain and are closing in on us. estimated interception time, 1
minute, 42 seconds.
Picard: Just enough time. Number One, prepare to get us out of
Riker: Helm, on my signal come to 147 mark 214 and bring us close
to Starbase 42.
<As preparations are being made, the Enterprise is joined by the
Nimrod in assaulting the shielding. With 4 bright orange beams of
energy pounding on the same spot on the now badly weakened
shields, they collapse, and the phasers now bite into the immense
emitter cone of the Death Star's main planet killing weapon. Now
that the shields are down, torpedoes are added, quickly
demolishing the cone.>
Data: Star Destroyer formation now 37 seconds from weapons range,
with fighter squadrons now coming within range.
<The Enterprise begins to shudder ever so slightly as the TIE
fighters try to mount a concerted attack on the two Federation
Worf: Sir, another Text -only message: "Enterprise, withdraw and
reposition on left flank of enemy fleet. We can finish up here."
Picard: Agreed, Helm take us out of here.
<The Enterprise turns and moves off, while the Nimrod fires
another spread of torpedoes into the dish, then turns to leave.
It's shields shimmer for a fraction of second when no TIE fighters
are in a position to fire at it at the moment, and then the ship
banks down and moves to a position under the Imperial fleet at
Data: Sir, recording a series of 4 explosions inside the battle
station. It appears that the Nimrod took advantage of a momentary
lull in the fighter attack to use its transporter to transport
explosive devices into the interior of the battle station. The
explotions are in a linear path inward from the weapon emitter so I
surmise that the explosions were in some kind of energy conduit or
Picard: Did we manage to damage their primary weapon enough so
that it is inoperable?
Data: Insufficient information sir. The ports on the perimeter
of the dish appear to have been primarily for focussing, with only
a secondary function of delivering energy. All of them have been
destroyed. However, the main power source was not damaged and it
is possible that the weapon could be fired at a decreased
effectiveness, and that would still put Starbase 42 in jeopardy.
Helm: we are now clear of the Imperial fleet sir, they are
holding position between us and the battle station and are
deploying only one third of their fleet against us. The other two
thirds are deployed to face the Nimrod.
Worf: Sir, I am picking up heavy communications activity between
the battle station and the fleet ships. They are probably
attempting secure communications to plan out their next attack.
Riker: Either that or deciding whether or not to withdraw. They
have already suffered heavy losses and if that super weapon is
out of commission they don't have a chance against us and Starbase
Picard: Agreed. Mr. Worf, keep an eye on the Imperial forces.
Also, open a channel to the Nimrod. It is time we had a
discussion with her captain.
Worf: They are responding, sir.
Picard: On screen.
<The screen changes to reveal a short but stocky human male in his
40's. His hair is short and black and his face is in a satisfied
grin. He is sitting in the captain's chair of a bridge that is
much like the Enterprise's battle bridge.>
Mitzgar: Hello, Enterprise, we can save the greetings and
explanations for later. If that super battle station's main
weapon is out of operation for a while, they will probably
withdraw. They can't protect themselves from behind and they
don't have the numbers or the maneuverability to keep either or
our ships out of position.
However, if we still have to fight more, then you concentrate
on the battle station. I can keep the warships off of your back.
This cloaking device that I had to work so hard to get authorized
is proving to be quite useful. The result is that they are very
wary of me and I can have a disruptive effect on their
deployments. I'm running low on torpedoes though, and phasers
take longer against those enormous things. Do you agree with my
Picard: I agree that the battle station is the highest priority.
However, I believe that if we work together to destroy the fleet,
then we will save time in the long run. It took both of us to
damage the battle station as much as we did. You must not make
the assumption that the damage we have caused will prevent them
from re establishing their local defenses. We should both attack
simultaneously. If we both penetrate through the formations
facing us, we can attack the rear areas of the formations on the
other side. They do not appear to have developed a way of
countering a high warp speed pass to flank them followed by an
attack on their rear.
Mitzgar: Sounds good. At least for this battle, it should work.
But afterwards we will have much to talk about. I'll see you
afterwards at Starbase 42.
Picard: I'm certain that we will have a great deal to discuss.
Good luck. Picard out.
<Worf closes the channel.>
Riker: Is that the same man who requested to be stationed at
every trouble spot in the Federation for the last 10 years?
Picard: The same. He is a fine asset in combat, but his
diplomatic skills are poor. But at least he knows it, and that is
why he requested postings to spots where his military skill would
be useful but he would not be called upon to exercise the finer
points of diplomacy.
<Cut to the bridge of the Death Star: It is still during the
battle and The Enterprise has just broken free and destroyed much
of the main hangar bay.>
<Alarms sound from a number of consoles and the bridge crew
struggles to gain control of the situation>
Vader: Report, captain.
Captain: My Lord, another ship that has an invisibility device
has appeared and has damaged the tractor beam. When the cruiser
was released it fired its weapons into the main hangar bay as it
made its escape. The attack causes a tremendous ammount of damage
and several of the secondary hangars were destroyed. Fuel depots
were also ignited, rendering the hangar unusable. Both the
cruiser and the new arrival have escaped. I suspect that another
of those bird like vessels has arrived. We do not detect it on
our scanners, though the cruiser is there. We still cannot detect
them when they are using that strange propusion of theirs, but
that cannot account for the added ability of these ships to remain
Vader: That is not acceptable, captain. I want the technical
divisions to find an answer to both their invsible propulsion
system and their invisible camaflouge. Tell them that I take a
personal interest in it. It makes it all the more imperative that
we capture one of their ships.. or perhaps that starbase would
provide the information we need. <pause as Vader turns to the
view screen, watching the Fleet maneuvering francitally in its
attempt to counter the Nimrod's attacks.> Captain, imform the
fleet that the enemy ships are now to be destroyed if they cannot
be captured easily. However, the Death Star will capture their
starbase. Adjust the anti-proton weapon to a minimum power
output. We will disable their defensive systems and take what we
want from their base. See to it captain.
Captain: Yes, My Lord.
<The Death Star begins the labourious adjustment of its main
armament: an enormous anti proton emitter capable of desroying
entire planets using the very natural workings of the universe.
It would take time, but no one on that death Star had even the
slightest inclination to question one of Lord Vader's orders.
Meanwhile the Imperial fleet is being whittled down by the
Nirmod's relentless exploitation of their defensive gap, and the
Enterprise has resumed its attack on the Death Star.>
Captain: My Lord, the cruiser has resumed its attack on us. It
is concentrating its attack on the anti proton emitter mechanism.
If they succeed in damaging it we will be unable to use our
weapon. Our defensive shields are holding, but I am diverting
extra power to them just in case.
Vader: Use the beam against them, captain. <To the command crew>
Adjust our orientation and prepare to fire as soon as we have the
Captain: We've already tried that, Lord Vader. They keep
adjusting to remain out of our firing arc. We have only a few
weapons within range of them and they are small anti-fighter
emplacements that are having no effect on their shielding.
Vader: Recall the fleet and launch all availble fighter craft for
an attack on the cruiser.
Captain: I'm sorry my Lord, but the main hangar is totally
unusable. Most of the fighters destroyed in the earlier combat
were launched from the secondary hangars, an the rest were sent to
the fleet by the Fighter command because it was felt that they
would be more useful there. We currently cannot launch any
fighters. However,the fleet is being recalled, but that is being
slowed by the attacks of the other vessel. Our Star Destroyers
are unable to use much of their engine power without making
themselves extremely vulnerable to attack. The new warship is
concentrating its attacks on the rear areas of our ships. If we
use our engines, we cannot maintain strong shields to our rear and
their weapons easily penetrate the defenses and explode their
engines. We've already lost 6 ships, My Lord, including 2 Super
Star Destroyers. At present, it will take them almost 20 minutes
to come to our aid.
However, our shields are holding up against the weapons of
the cruiser. We can easily maintain shields in the local area of
their attack long enough for the fleet to arrive. If they move
away from the emitter cone, they will be able to penetrate the
shields, but the damage will be inconsequential. It would take
them weeks of continuous fire without any resistence on our part
to seriously damage the death star.
Vader: I hope so, for your sake, captain. Has the anti-proton
weapon sustained any damage?
Captain: None, my Lord. Shall we continue to recalibrate it to
disable the starbase?
Vader: Yes. I still want a prize to take back to the emperor.
Some of their new technology would prove very useful in crushing
the rebels. We must also be able to counter it should the rebels
obtain posession of it. I particularly want that drive system.
It seems to allow them to accelerate far more quickly than our
ships. <Vader turns to stare at the view screen showing the
Enterprise valiantly attempting to weaken the shielding around the
emitter cone on the surface of the Death Star. The emitter cone
had a diameter at least twice that of the Enterprise, reminding
Vader of how a lone Sarthian tunnel-rat would, when cornered, make
a ferocious stand against even an Imperial Storm Trooper. The rat
lost, just as the Enterprise would. He studies the lines of the
Enterprise. It definitely was not built as a warship: It was
much too spread out. Also, it had dozens of windows dotting its
surface, which made effective armor plating impossible. Still, it
did posess impressive weapons and other defensive systems, and had
proven to be able to withstand even a Star Destroyer in single
A bright flash distracted his attention. He shifted his
attention to another set of monitors, one of which showed a
tactical layout of the star system. The icon for the Super Star
Destroyer Malice was flashing and then disappeared. There were
now 7 fewer icons representing Imperial Star ships than had been
there when they entered the system. This was intolerble. The
Imperial Star Fleet had not suffered such losses in all of its
Vader: <going over to the main command area> Captain, I find the
losses we are sustaining in this battle unacceptable. I also grow
tired of allowing that cruiser to continue to fire at us with
impunity, even if it cannot damage us appreciably. Tell the Fleet
commanders to do what is necessary to expidite their arrival.
Tell them to destroy that other warship and proceed with all
possible speed to cure my annoyance.
Captain: My Lord, the warship continues to elude us. It is far
more maneuverable than our fleet and is using its undetectable
drive system to prevent us from mounting an effectve attack. It
is only on our scanners long enough to open fire and then it
escapes before we can mass an attack against it. Their shielding
is better than ours and we must attack it with several ships at
once if we are to be able to damage it. The fleet was attempting
to deploy in a Zirthian Star formation to guard against its
attacks, but there are now too few ships to do this. My Lord, I
urgently recommend that we install rearward firing weapons on all
our ships in the future.
Vader: This is proving to be a serious annoyance to me. I will
have my revenge on this Federation for the trouble they have
caused me. Increase our speed to intercept their starbase. I
will conduct the capture and the prisoner interrogation
<At that moment the Nimrod, which had just broken off and executed
a high warp jump to join the Enterprise, arrived and opened fire
on the weakly protected secondary power reactors that were
supplying the shields guarding the emitter cone.
Alarms sound on consoles all over the bridge as Vader and the
captain turn to see.>
Technician: Captain! The new ship has arrived and has destroyed
reactor A421. Power levels to the deflectors are now down 8%.
The ship is now attacking recactor A47 and it appears it will be
Captain: Divert power from level B reactors to compensate for the
loss. How did it manage to penetrate deep enough to damage those
reactors? They are deep inside the station. Also,how many more
reactors are within its range.
Techinician: One, Captain: A419. We have diverted power from
B517, 18 and 27. That will compensate even if A419 is lost. Sir,
the warship is using a sustained energy beam in conjunction with
some type of torpedo all aimed at the same spot to bore a small
hole deep enough to damage the reactors. Their torpedoes appear
to be very effetive against our armor. When the first one struck,
I lost contact with monitor stations in a 200 meter ratius from
Vader: Is this the ship that was attacking the fleet?
Technician: Yes, Lord Vader. The fleet is now accelerating under
full engine power and will arrive in 3 minutes.
Vader: In the future I will see to it that there are better
defenses against large ships on this station.
Captain: Thank you, My Lord.
Vader: Don't thank me yet, captain. I still hold you responsible
for the outcome of this battle.
<Vader ignores the suddenly pale captain and strides to the main
viewing window. He observes the Nimrod attacking one of the main
power couplings supplying the sector 6 deflector shields.>
Vader: Captain, that is not one of the ships that opposed us
previously. It is not one of the bird like vessels nor is it like
the vessels we defeated 3 days ago.
Captain: My Lord, it appears similar to the cruiser, but designed
mor for combat than the larger vessel. Its weapons are the same
and the long extensions on both ships appear to be the same as
well. I would guess that it is one of their smaller warships. It
is smaller than the cruiser.
<Just then the main power coupling under attack explodes, ripping
a long hole in the Death Star and smashing the shields in the
upper section of the emitter cone.>
Technician: Captain, the shields are partially down and the enemy
ships are damaging the upper half of the emitter cone! Focussing
elements 23-34 have been damaged and are now inoperable!
<The captain frantically orders the fleet to make all possible
speed when there is another explosion and another technician
reports that the primary emission conduit in the center of the
emtter has been damaged. Alarms are sounding throughout the
entire bridge, and the captain orders them all shut off, which is
impossible to do: The programmers of the sytem never envsioned the
need to silence these alarms in the midst of battle so they never
included the feature.
Vader can see the fleet now, bright halos of engine exhaust
illuminate them as they rush to intercept the Enterprise and the
Nirmod. Vader can sense the apprehension in the minds of their
captains. They know who will be held responsible if they fail to
protect the Death Star. Vader also senses something from each of
the two ships attacking the Death Star: From the cruiser, he
senses relief, but from the warship, he senses amusement. Someone
on that ship was quite pleased with themself. How dare someone
mock the Empire, and Him that way! If he could focus in on that
impression, he would teach that person the price of defying Darth
Vader. Even as he settled down into himself to better sense the
impressions of the one he wanted to crush to dust, the Enterprise
turned and vanished, escaping the battle. The warship, however,
remained behind a few moments longer, firing twice more with each
of its 3 main weapons before also turning on its heels. It did
not leave immediately, as for brief moment the image of it
shimmered and then it shot away, quickly followed by a large
series of explosions within the Death Star that caused the decking
below Vader's feet to tremble shightly. Vader did not notice. In
the moment that the ship's image had shimmred, he had caught a
somewhat clearer sense of the minds on board, but that lasted only
a moment before he lost the newfound clarity. Now the ship was
gone an the impressions were as well.>
<Vader turned back to the bridge, his anger deferred somewhat by
the puzzling thing he had witnessed.
The bridge crew was frantically trying to gain control of the
situation. Vader could both sense and see the desperation of the
Death Star's captain. That told him clearly that the Death Star's
main weapon was now inoperable and that this battle, for all
intents and purposes, was lost.>
Vader: Captain, tell the fleet to deploy itself to protect this
station while we asses the damage caused. If the damage can be
reapired soon, we will continue the attack.
Captain: <Obviously greatly relieved at the unexpected chance to
save his skin> Yes, my Lord. I will personally see to the damage
Vader: You had better be more successful in this endeavor,
captain. <The captain leaves and Vader returns to the window.>
<The fleet quickly deploys to guard against further attack from
the Federation shis, currently to the left of and under that
battle station's front. He tried to sift through all the
impressions he was receiving, but could not isolate the mind he
was interested in. He turned and strode to the command station.>
Vader: Technician, how long before the anti-proton beam is
Technician: My Lord, it appears that it will be a number of days.
Both the emitter cone and the primary accelerator conduit have
been damged. If only the cone had been damaged we could still have
fired, but with less effectiveness. But the last attack was
directed against the main accelerator and it is severely damaged
at several places in the last kilometer to the surface of the
station. We are now unable to contain the anti-proton beam as it
travels from its source. If we fired now we would damage this
station severely due to anti-proton leakage. We still don' know
how they managed to get the explosives they used into the interior
of the conduit, but however they did it, it effectively
incapacitated the weapon for this battle.
Vader: <Turning to the Captain> Withdraw the fleet and the Death
Star captain. We will remove to a safer place and adjust our
defenses so that any weaknesses have been corrected.
Captain: Yes, My Lord. At once.
<Vader watches him scurry back to issue the proper orders, and
surveys the bridge crew. None of them were known to be as capable
as their superior, and Vader wanted someone with experience in
command just now. He decided to give the Captain a reprieve and
decide his fate after the battle was rejoined and decided a few
days from now.>
<The Fleet and Death Star halt their forward motion and reverse
their course, with the Star Destroyers being compelled to execute
a complicated position sitching maneuver to avoid leaving their
forces exposed when the retreat began. The Enterprise and the
Nimrod hovered in position watching them but not attacking>
Picard: They appear to finally be retreating. Let us hope that
they will not be back to fight anytime soon.
Riker: I'm temporarily satisfied that they've had enough for now.
Troi: They'll be back, Captain. I know that much from my
impressions of them.
Worf: This is a true victory for us. We faced superior numbers
and drove them back decisively!
Picard: A victory, Mr. Worf, but will it be a lasting one?
Worf: I will be ready for them, should they ever wish to
challenge us again.
Picard: <Sigh> I appreciate your dedication, and your skill, Mr.
Worf, but I hope that they will not be necessary again in this
<A comm panel beeps>
Worf: Sir, the Nimrod is hailing us.
<The bridge of the Nimrod appears>
Picard: It appears that we have enticed them to withdraw, Capt.
Mitzgar. Thank you for your assistance. When this Empire's
forces are sufficiently out of range, I suggest that you transport
over to Starbase 42 while the Nimrod remains undocked to guard
against another attack. Until such a time as we learn to detect
their ships in their hyperspace transportation mode we are
Mitzgar: That sounds workable, except I need more torpedoes. I
can dock and have them loaded in 20 minutes. Then Nimrod can
disengage and patrol while I field the ten thousand questions I'm
sure you have. Commander Stone I'm sure is just as curious as you
Picard: Agreed. We have much to discuss. When the Imperial
fleet is gone, Enterprise will allow you to dock and reload.
When that is accomplished, we can begin discussions. I look
forward to that meeting, Captain.
Mitzgar: You know how I love question and answer sessions. <he
grins> Hopefully this one wont be too long on questions and we
can plan for when these aliens return as I'm sure they will.
I shall see you soon Captain Picard, Mitzgar out.
<The screen returns to the scene of the Imperial fleet, now
completed their about face and accelerating away. In seconds,
they jump into hyperspace and are gone.>
Data: Sir, the Nimrod is executing a fast docking approach and
will engage the moorings in 2 minutes.
Riker: Same old Mitzgar, always wants things done yesterday.
Data: From the brief time I have spoken with Captain Mitzgar, he
appears to be capable but single minded.
Worf: When talking about a warrior, single mindedness is
admirable. One cannot fight honorably without focussing on the
battle at hand.
Picard: We can discuss Captain Mitzar's personality
characteristics later, gentlemen. Number One, deploy us so that
if the Imperial forces return from any direction we will be able
to engage them as far away as possible from the Starbase. Pay
particular attention to maintaining warp speed, as the appear to
have difficulty tracking us while we are using it.
Riker: Helm, bring us to 270 Mk 19 and place us at 120 Megameter
from Starbase 42. Then execute a Terellian patrol pattern at Warp
1.6. Be prepared to compute interception vectors at any time
should the Imperial forces reappear.
<20 Munutes later Picard and Commander Stone are seated at
a conference table inside Starbase 42 with Captain Mitzgar with
the Enterprise docked and the Nimrod on patrol.>
Picard: Captain Mitzgar, I believe that it would be best if you
simply told us what your general situation is first. That may
answer many of our questions before we ask them.
Mitzgar: All right, here it goes. Starting right after the
massacre at Wolf 359 I began lobbying Starfleet Command and key
members of the Federation council to allow construction of ships
for Starfleet designed solely for militry purposes. The ships
would be built with the best conventional technology availiable
but be designed to be able to easily incorporate new systems as
they emerged. While I was lobbying on Earth, I sent my frist
officer with the Nebula on a gathering expedition. Our first stop
was Minos, where the Drake and almost you were destroyed by that
automated defense system. The time spent there was most
beneficial and much of the High Definition phaser array ideas come
from what we found there. We also garnered some nice shield
improvements but the biggest prize, in my opinion, was a cloaking
device that not only works with our ship design and shield
methodologies, but draws about 20% less power than we estimate
Klingon cloaks to require. Our next stop was the planet XXXXX.
You remember that planet dont you, Picard?
Picard: Of course, that is where Cmdr. Riker was wrongly accused
of murder and we had to go to some very elaborate measures to
prove his innocence.
Mitzgar: Correct, but that is beside my point. What was so
special about Dr. Apgar's work?
Picard: He was attempting to harness Krieger waves for energy
purposes, but he covertly changed his research to develop...
<Recognition dawns on Picard's face>
Mitzgar: Exactly. I took the plans for the Krieger wave beam
weapons that he was working on and had them finished into a usable
weapon. Each one is only 1/4 as powerful as a standard Galaxy
class phaser blast but the firing can be mantained as long as the
focussing elements are within the Alpha wave field. Furthermore,
the number of weapons is limited only by the ability to place them
on a ship. Nirmod has 27 of them. We didn't get to use them this
time, but next time we'll be ready. Enterprise or the Starbase
could maintain the required 1000 Km distance and generate the
Alpha wave field for us, and we could blaze away on them forever.
This is particularly important when dealing with the Borg, where
you have to incapacitate them with the first thing you have that
can penetrate their shields, or now with this moving piece of
armor that these aliens have. Collectively, we can generate
tremendous firepower and maintain it far longer than any other
The techinical stuff was the easy part. The primary difficulty
was political. The idea of building warships again, especially
with cloaking devices was repugnant to many influential people
whose approval I needed. It was only the disaster at Wolf 359
that tippe the balance in my favor. Even though getting
authorization for the cloaking device was very diffcult.
Picard: I can imagine. However, it seems to have been not
difficult enough. Have we been pressed so hard as to adopt the
tactics of our enemies? One thing that has separated us from
other societies is that we back up our declarations of peaceful
intent by not gearing up for war. Don't protest, Captain, I know
that you do not agree, but I had to say it. I mean no disrespect
to you, but I for one believe that if we allow our principles and
way of life and methods to be altered by the actions of an
aversary then the adversary has already gained some measure of
victory over us.
Stone: Jean-Luc, I feel as you do, but when faced with dedicated
enemies as powerful as the Borg, I see no loss in doing what ever
is necessary to stop them. True military vessels might have fared
better against the Borg. They..
Picard: Not so, Robert. You saw the re-enactments, we were
slaughtered! Our current means, even employed to the extreme,
will not be enough to stop the Borg.
Mitzgar: Quite true, Captain. That is one reason that the Nimrod
class was designed to be eaily modifiable. The intermim solution
is to push conventional military technology to the limit and wait
for other methods. The Nimrod can also, for instance, fire
disruptors. They aren't as powerful as our Phasers, but they were
included in case the Borg adapted to the Phasers. We estimate
that they would give us at least some extra time against them.
Stone: Gentlemen, we can talk about this topic later. Captain
Mitzgar, please inform us of the Nirmod's capablities.
Mitzgar: All right, we carry the prototype High Definition Phaser
array, and 3 arrays on the Nimrod. Each array giving us 27% more
phaser output than Enterprise's main array..
Picard: We have upgraded to the Improved Definition standard.
Mitzgar: Ok, then that reduces Nimrod's advantage to to 15%. We
also have disruptors comparable to an old K'Tinga class bird of
prey. Not impressive, I admit, but the best we could do with what
was on hand. We'll improve that at the first opportunity. We
also Have 3 forward and one rear torpedo laucher, and 27 Krieger
wave blasters, all independently targetable, with at least 12 of
them able to be brought to bear on any point on the horizon. Our
last offensive surprise is the first fruit from the Borg Defense
projects, and is a shield draining weapon. It is a highly energy
absorbant plasma/proton combination that remains on the shield of
the target and leaves a residue inhibiting the reformation of the
shield in the affected area. It doesn't drain a shield like the
Borg weapon does, but it's still useful. It would take standard
Federation shields about 12 seconds to recover from the effects
of a hit.
The cloaking device, as I already described, is both effective and
energy-efficient, as cloaks go. With the right equipment, we
could outfit Enterprise in about 2 days, though I doubt you would
like that. Our shields also benefitted from our trip to Minos, but
you probably have those improvements by now if you have the phaser
upgrade. Anyway, we power all of this stuff with TWO Mk 87
reactors like Enterprise has, except we incorporated all of the
field tested improvements invented since Enterprise was built. In
spite of that we managed to save space by not including a civilian
crew and maximum possible automation. We've only got about 10%
space for extra systems, but all follow on Nimrod class vessels
wil be larger. You may have noticed, but Nimrod is not even
comissioned yet. We were undergoing weapons trials when we were
ordered here. Initially we were to use our cloak and scout
around, but our sensors picked up the battle and we diverted over
Picard: You arrived here from Earth that soon? How fast were you
Mitzgar: Not from Earth, from Chalandy VI. We implemented an
energy conservation protocol and cruised at Warp 9.62 to get here.
Another design feature of the Nimrod is that most every system on
the ship is designed to handle huge amounts of power. Our warp
drive can sustain long periods of near peak output and with both
reactors we were able to do it without too much sacrifice.
Picard: Well, it seems that you finally have the type of ship
that you wanted, don't you?
Mitzar: Yes, I do. If you give me a chance to prove how useful
this ship can be I think your attitude will change.
Stone: I hope that that will not be necessary.
Mitzgar: Sooner or later that ship will be needed.
Picard: So far we have almost avoided that need and I will do
everything in my power to see that you are NOT needed.
Mitzgar: Captain Picard, I do not relish combat, but that is
where my abilities lie and I believe that at our current level of
capabilities we cannot afford to sit back without giving proper
thought to defense. With our current fleet with its secondary
military mission we have been faring successively worse in each
miltary encounter in the last half decade. The Romulans have some
advantage, so do the Borg, and even the Children of Tamar nearly
defeated the Enterprise. If trends continue, we won't be able to
adequately defend ourselves.
Picard: But do we have to transform Starfleet from a peaceful to
a miltary fleet? Must we change ourselves so?
Mitzgar: Captain, Starfleet has been primarily non-military for
only half a century. And in any case, we are simply augmenting
the exploration arm of Starfleet with some purely military
defensive forces for contingency purposes. Current plans call for
them to be kept in reserve at strategic places within the interior
of the Federation and only called on when truly needed.
Picard: Changes of this nature seldom take place all at once. We
must constantly be on our guard or we will all wake up one day in
a Federation that we don't recognize. I see this as a step that
could possibly used to fundamentally alter the structure of
Starfleet to something I profoundly disagree with. I shall not
agrue our intentions or justifications, Captain Mitzgar, but I see
a Pandora's box standing before us. Have we yet opened it or is
there still time to shut it tight.
Mitzgar: If that is the case, then I'm glad that you are still
around, Capt. Picard. You can help keep us all honest.
<He passed over flat screen computers to each of them>
Mitzgar: Here is a full report on Nimrod's capailities,
classified level 8 clearance or above only. We don't want word to
get too far as to our capabilities. What I've said is essentially
that, minus the philosophy. May I suggest that we turn to more
pressing matters, such as what to do about the "Empire"?
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