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"Five Star Trek" 3
Subject: Five Star Trek - 3
Date: 25 Apr 92 20:17:21 GMT
References: Robotech - Trek crossover
Followup-To: Five Star Trek - 2
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Enterprise briefing room.
Picard: Commander Data. Please brief us on your findings.
Data: This vessel conforms to no known design. As to it's purpose, there can
be only one.
Picard: And what is that?
Several nervous glances are exchanged.
Data: The surface of this ship bristles with weaponry. Some of it quite
impressive, Captain. In particular, note these circular disks along the 'top'
and 'bottom' of the craft: eight along each side, three hundred meters in
Picard: Their purpose?
Data: By my analysis, I believe them to be turrets. It is possible to
distinguish three long protrusions - roughly forty meters wide and two-hundred
meters long - in each disk. I believe these protrusions may be extended...
Picard: Giving the appearance of an ancient battleship...
Data: Yes, Captain.
Riker: A battleship with forty-meter guns?
Data: Yes, Commander. Our scans indicate the casing of each gun is five meters
in thickness, so to be completely accurate, the caliber of the weapon is thirty
Riker: Well, that makes me feel a lot better, Data.
Worf: Such a weapon would be very immobile. It could not possibly move with
the speed necessary to track any ship in the Star Fleet armada.
Data: I believe that to be correct. Such a weapon would most likely be used
against other very large vessels, or perhaps planet-based installations.
Picard: What is the power of these guns?
Data: Difficult to say, Captain. However, I can describe the power plant...
Picard: How so?
Data: Our scanners are not able to penetrate very far into the alien craft.
However, they were able to detect the tell-tale radiations of sophisticated
anti-matter reactors perhaps one hundred meters beneath the surface of each
Riker: Of each disk? You mean each turret has it's own anti-matter reactor?
Data: Yes. The power output of each reactor appears to be approximately half
that of the Enterprise's power output capability. Similar reactors have been
detected beneath the surface of the craft at irregular intervals throughout the
hull. Presumably, these reactors power the vessels other weapons batteries.
Each reactor appears to power approximately thirty smaller weapon banks.
Picard: Would the smaller weapons be able to track the Enterprise?
Data: Almost certainly, Captain. But their potential for devastation is much
less than the large turrets...
Riker: Obviously, Data...
Data: And the larger turrets would appear not to be the most devastating weapon
available to this craft.
Data: I believe this circular cavity at the front of the vessel - nearly five
hundred meters in diamter - is the surface sympton of a huge, spinal weapon.
Worf: A spinal weapon would only be able to fire in the same direction the ship
was pointing... It's only practical application would be against nearly
Data: Almost certainly, this weapon is intended for use against planets.
Riker: What could possibly power such a weapon?
Data: I do not know, Commander. All of the anti-matter reactors combined could
potential power a considerable blast, but I think that not likely to be the true
power source. We have not yet detected any means of propulsion, yet obviously
such means must exist. I think it likely some for of power plant - as yet
undetected - exists deep within the craft. That is all I have to report at this
Picard: Very good, Data. Worf?
Worf: The vessels has ignored all of our attempts at communication. Our scans
have not altered it's apparent indifference to our pressence. We ourselves have
been scanned nummerous times, with the majority of readings indicating scans
concentrated on enginnering levels...
Riker: Feeling us out?
Picard: Quite possibly, Number One.
Worf: Sensors indicate life forms exist, at least in those sections of the
vessel we are able to penetrate. No shielding has been detected...
Riker: So we could send an away team?
Worf: The thickness and density of the alien's outer hull would make use of the
transporter... dangerous, but not impossible.
Picard: Well, we certainly don't want to go snooping around until we have more
A member of the bridge crew interrupts via communicator.
Crew man: Sorry to interrupt, Captain. But the alien craft has generated a
After several startled glances, the meeting adjourns rapidly to the bridge.
Picard quickly takes his seat as the others move to their stations.
Data: The alien has, indeed, projected a warp field. However, we are unable to
detect any signs of increased energy output. Either her reactors are extremely
well shielded against radiation leakage; or, they are perfectly efficient.
The giant craft disappears in a flash from the Enterprise's viewer.
Data: Alien has dropped into sub-space. Moving at warp three.
Riker: Shall we pursue.
Picard: Yes. Make it so, Commander Data.
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