Crossing The Border
Posted on Fri Nov 29th, 2019 @ 12:14pm by Captain Enalia Telvan & Petty Officer 2nd Class Ila Dedjoy & Az'Prel & Riov (Captain) Dalia Rendal & erei'Riov (Commander) Cho'ren Vara & Baroness 3rd Class Sarika & Commander Rita Paris & Lieutenant Commander Mnhei'sahe Dox & Lieutenant Commander Thex sh'Zoarhi & Lieutenant Commander Sonak & Ensign Fiona O'Dell & Jaeih Dox-t'Aan & Artan Pirate Helev t'Liun
Edited on on Sat Nov 30th, 2019 @ 2:43pm
Neutral Zone Neutrality
Location: Romulan Neutral Zone
They were finally there, ready to meet with their escort and cross the neutral zone. Of course, things weren't expected to go well and the Federation sensors had already confirmed that the U.S.S. Hera had already picked up a tail. Still, the ship and her crew had technical diplomatic immunity so from the regular Imperial Navy, as long as they were within the confines set forth, it would be fine. It was the Tal Shiar factions that disagreed with the direction the Empire was going that the Intel Starship had to watch out for.
And that was most likely exactly who was following them now, judging by the tachyon disturbances.
But Captain Telvan and her crew had planned for this, which is why the U.S.S. Persephone, The Golden Ghost, the Hera, and now their escort ship, the Sistus were now sitting in a small circle staring at each other. They were quite a sight to behold. A purple pearlescent modified nebula class, a lavender hulled modified intrepid class, what appeared to be a stock T'liss class warbird but updated to completely modern standards, and an antique T'varo class warbird that was retrofit with enough modern hardware to run on a standard Federation large-format starship fusion reactor and enough amenities to get by on.
"Captain, the observer from the Persephone and our team have begun the transfer over to the Golden Ghost," reported the Ensign at operations.
"Thank you," Enalia acknowledged as she monitored the status of all the transfers. "As soon as everyone checks in, we can get underway.
On the viewscreen was a clearly Asian human woman with tattoos and open cybernetics on her face and she looked none to happy. She wore the patched uniform of a Reman officer - obviously salvaged from somewhere. "You know I'm not fond of this plan, Captain... But considering the circumstances, we're going along with it. Maenek t'Luin speaks highly of you, which is the only reason I'm trusting you now."
Enalia nodded, giving the woman her full attention. "That's completely understandable, Commander Cho'ran. If I were in your shoes, I would likely refuse this entire attempt at diplomacy. There are a lot of people on both sides that wish to see it succeed, however."
The obviously augmented woman grunted disagreeably. "I won't argue that point, but my job is the safety and security of nearly four thousand souls. Don't make me take responsibility for yours as well."
"I wouldn't dream of it. We'll do everything in our power to assist in that defense as long as we're able, and if possible, bolster those defenses for once we're gone. And perhaps we can keep them from even figuring out where you live entirely?" As Enalia spoke, the comms chirped, signaling an incoming transmission from the Golden Ghost.
On the screen appeared the commander of the T'liss class Rihannsu Bird of Prey which served in the Artan fleet known as the Golden Ghost. She was an average height Rihannsu woman with short-cropped, dark brown hair, prominent forehead ridges and the stern expression common of 'Romulans'. Though Enalia knew the woman well enough to know that was a professional facade for the wry, slightly sarcastic, but fiercely loyal woman.
A doctor, or Maenek in her native tongue, Helev t'Liun was a Commander in title only, and it was a title she hated, preferring her medical moniker first and foremost. "Captain Telvan. Once again, you honor the Isahj’ey Aehallh... the Golden Ghost... by calling upon our services. And, as always, those services are at yours... and our Baronesses... disposal."
Nodding a slight but respectful bow, t'Liun used the Rihannsu name for the Golden Ghost, though she spoke in an accented Federation Standard and had the slightest of smiles, undetectable by anyone who had never met the woman, but clear as day to Enalia Telvan and the crew of the Hera.
"Maenek, it is good to see you again. I take it that everyone has arrived aboard safely?" Enalia asked with a soft smile of her own. On the other half of the viewscreen Commander Cho'ren's demeanor relaxed slightly now that she visibly saw that someone she was intimately familiar with was involved in the mission.
Noticing Cho'ren's change in posture from her own screen, t'Liun allowed herself the slightest of smirks as she responded to her Artan Queen and the Captain of the Hera, "Ie, Captain. Lieutenant Ayamo Oulette beamed over from the Persephone and is being taken to the conference room now. And Baroness Dox, Commander Paris, Lieutenant Commander Sonak and agent Az'Prel have just landed the Runabout Selune in the flight deck and are securely onboard."
"Excellent. Then I recommend we get underway," the spotted captain replied immediately, a smile spreading across her face. "Ladies, Good Journey. Commander Cho'ren, by your lead." With a final nod to the other two ship commanders, the viewscreen went dark.
Both Romulan ships cloaked, and while the Ghost was not sending out an IFF for the Hera to follow, the massive tachyon sensors immediately showed that it had gone to warp and vanished across the lightyear wide neutral zone. The Sistus, however, was emitting an encoded Federation IFF that the Hera could follow as it turned and entered warp, topping out at warp five point five.
Enalia couldn't help but chuckle at the antique ship. It was like something from out of a museum. "And that's going to make for a bit of a slow trip... Engage stealth plating and plot a parallel course, match speed, safe following distance. Keep an eye on our visitor as well. I want to make sure it's us that they're following..."