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Albion, on Ice!

Posted on Wed May 31st, 2023 @ 2:56pm by Captain Dick Sprague

Mission: Albion, on Ice!
Location: Various
Timeline: Current


New mission time! Please do jump in and add to the story below...


USS Albion flying through space.

{USS Albion, Bridge}

Sprague: (With our forward phaser array mostly rebuilt, we're almost home. Yet I feel uneasy and I wonder why. Perhaps it's the emptiness of this vessel. Most of our trainee crew has been reassigned, along with the Hydra Gammatian recruits now at Star Fleet Academy. Indeed, Ensign Score is even conducting an infiltration mission on the USS Sunfire. And Albion feels like a house with all the children gone. No, more empty than even that. The death of Ensign King is like an open wound. It seems that I have left the noblest part of myself back there... on that planet called Hydra Gamma II.) "Status, Mr. Key?"

Key: "On course, Captain. Estimating Spacedock in one point two hours. Actually--" ::steers ship in a different direction:: "On course now, and make that two point one hours."

Sprague: "Very well. Mr. Mack, I'll need pre-approach scan. Take the science station, please."

Mack: ::already there:: "This is my regular station, Sir."

Sprague: "Of course. Mr. Florian, any response from Starfleet on our next mission?"

Florian: "No sir, there is no response."

Sprague: "That's very odd."

Genno: "Captain, this is not possible."

Sprague: "Ms. Genno?"

Genno: "I have an energy reading from Deck 13... from inside Ensign King's quarters."

Sprague: "I ordered King's quarters sealed!"

Genno: "Yes sir, I sealed the room myself. Nevertheless I am reading a lifeform there."

Sprague: "This entire crew seems on the edge of obsessive behavior concerning Ensign King."

Andrews: "Captain, security reports the door to King's quarters has been forced."

Sprague: "I'm on my way. Commander--" ::looks to Andrews seated next to him, then toward the helm:: "--Key, you have the conn."

(USS Albion, Ensign King's quarters}

Sprague: ::enters the darkened room::

Figure in the Shadows: "Dick... Help me. You left me on Hydra Gamma II. Why did you do that?"

Sprague: ::rushes over and grabs the figure, revealing it to be Townsend:: "Master Chief Petty Officer Townsend!?! What the photon torpedoes are you doing? Have you lost your mind?"

Townsend: "Help me, Dick. Take me home."

Sprague: "Master Chief Petty Officer Townsend, we are. We are home."

Townsend: "Then perhaps it's not too late. Climb the steps, Dick. Climb the steps of Mount Gammatia."

Sprague: "Mount Gammatia? Master Chief Petty Officer Townsend, Mount Gammatia is on Hydra Gamma II! We're home, on Earth, or at least we almost are."

Townsend: "Remember..." ::collapses::

Sprague: =/\=Grexx, get the medics down here. Get them now!.=/\=

Grexx: =/\=On their way, Captain.=/\=

{USS Albion, Bridge}

Sprague: ::enters::

Andrews: "Captain on the bridge."

Key: "I'll handle that, ole' Jackie boy." ::clears throat:: "Captain on the bridge."

Sprague: "That was perfect, Don. Great voice inflection."

Zh'raallir: "Captain, we're being hailed... from Star Fleet."

Von Haeften: ::reading the latest edition of Star Fleet Intelligence Weekly:: "I think it has something to do with our next mission."

Sprague and Key: ::simultaneously:: "On screen."

Gage: ::appears on screen, still with a black eye from being punched by Voomy, but now in an Admiral's uniform:: "Good morning, USS Albion. And before you ask, I know you're a little surprised to see me again so soon. Star Fleet was very impressed with my outing of Brad James as a washed up hack... hence the the promotion." ::motions to his new uniform insignia:: "But that's besides the point... As you probably know, Star Fleet has struggled with recruiting for years. To fix that, I've just signed a deal with Banana Productions to produce a brand new original musical: Star Fleet on Ice!"

Sprague and Key: ::simultaneously:: "That sounds amazing."

Gage: ::on screen:: "I know. The Producer, Director, and two Stars will meet you as soon as you dock. Your job is to serve as technical advisors to the production."

Sprague and Key: ::simultaneously:: "Awesome!"

Gage: ::on screen:: "I know. The possibilities are endless for Star Fleet... streaming rights, merchandising, theme parks, you name it. Once people see Star Fleet on Ice, we'll have more recruits than we'll know what to do with."

Sprague: "I can't wait!"

Key: "Me neither!"

{USS Albion, Recreation Deck}

Janeway: ::throws Nabarati across the room with a karate move::

Nabarati: ::gets up:: "That's a great move, how does it work again?"

Janeway: "It's easy, you just--""

Unknown figure: ::appears on the screen:: "Marines, you have three days to produce the goods or I will blow up the Albion."

Janeway: "What, who are you?"

Unknown figure: ::on screen:: "Sprague is incompetent, but I know you Marines will deliver." ::disappears::

Nabarati: "That was weird, so how does the move go again?"


Have at it! Add to the story, and feel free to introduce the 4 mission NPCs that I mentioned. Three main aspects to the mission (so far):

- What's going on with Townsend?
- Star Fleet on Ice production
- Who contacted the Marines and why?

Captain Dick Sprague
Commanding Officer
USS Albion NCC-3020


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