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Mirror Wars (RP Thread)
edited February 6
I.S.S. Papela, Alpha Quadrant (MU red)
"Commander, take a seat" said Empress Iodokar.
"Majesty" replied Valdez taking his seat.
"Listen to this" answered Jodi as she played John Flores' message.
"Which version?" asked Valdez as he listened carefully and analysed the message.
"Red" answered Jodi.
"He uses the tactics of a coward" replied Valdez.
"How very Klingon of you" answered Jodi.
"How do you propose to find this petaQ? asked Valdez.
"I'm forming a hunting party, I'm offering Scythe a place in my hunting party" answered Jodi.
"Who else is in the hunting party?" asked Valdez.
"My sisters, Regent B'Vat of Qon'oS, the Hirogen and Solat has provided two fleets to the hunting party" answered Jodi.
"I'm in, he hurt my daughter. Put me in the queue to hurt him when we catch him" replied Valdez.
"Not before us" said Kestrella as she and Naynta entered the room and took their seats.
"No one hurts my sister and gets away with it" said Naynta.
"Mr Flores has made a very big mistake, he's makes war personal" replied Valdez.
It was at this moment, the rebels sent another hail,
"Let's see what they have to say" said Jodi as John Flores' face appeared on screen.
"Still no surrender from you, now look at all the innocent people who had to die because you won't do the right thing and kill this empire" said Flores as he rolled the footage of his crimes.
"Jodi, he's pushing buttons. Don't let him get to you" advised Kestrella.
"He knows you have anger management issues, he knows how to provoke that anger. You get angry, you make mistakes" added Valdez.
"Kestrella and Mr Valdez both have a point, Mr Flores is arrogant and thinks he's in control" said Naynta.
"Let's give your friend from the Federation a blast from the past" said Flores as he rolled the footage of the deaths of the U.S.S. Oudenarde crew.
"Now he's made me mad" said Valdez.
"Your daughter screamed for mercy, she begged for death" said Flores as he tried to provoke Valdez.
"Mr Flores, you anger one Valdez, you anger us all. I'll stand shoulder to shoulder with the Lots in stopping you, when we catch you, I will hurt you and you'll be the one begging for mercy as I let Admiral Lot have her fun with you. You are nothing more than a rabid dog that needs to be put down" replied Valdez.
"You Fedrats and their moral code, afraid to get their hands dirty" answered Flores.
"I no longer work for the Federation, you will be hunted down" replied Valdez.
"How about Kestrella, your screams of pain and torment were music to my ears. How about a blast from the past?" asked Flores to Kestrella before rolling the security footage of the assassination of Papela (red), "your mother had a blast" he joked afterwards.
"You're a dead man walking" replied Kestrella.
"I guess that another 250,000 citizens must die in reprisal" said Flores as he rolled the live footage of Imperial citizens being shot.
"Those deaths could have been prevented if you had just surrendered. Mongrel, if you don't surrender, I'll kill 100,000 every five days" said Flores.
"You've killed billions already" replied Jodi.
"One death is a tragedy, billions are just a statistic" answered Flores.
"He's insane" commented Naynta.
"Says the the one who should have been locked up in a mental hospital years ago" replied Flores.
"I'll have a booth with your name on it" answered Naynta.
"Got a genocide to plan, I'll leave you to blunder around in the dark trying to catch me" replied Flores before he closed the channel.
"Commander, that is the face of our enemy. Remember that face" said Jodi.
"I never forget a face, he'll get no mercy from me" answered Valdez.
"Then we stand shoulder to shoulder, welcome to the hunting party" replied Jodi.
"Majesty, I don't care what you do to him. He's an animal" answered Valdez.
"No moral code this time?" asked Kestrella.
"With Flores, I'm willing to make the exception" answered Valdez.
"After what you did to your red counterpart, I can well believe it" said Naynta.
"Too damn right" replied Valdez.
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I.S.S. Papela (MU red)
"We're going to need some specialised personnel" said Jodi.
"Who else have you got in mind?" asked Valdez.
"Leck, in you come" answered Jodi, Leck entered the room and was asked to sit down, he did.
"Leck, how would you feel about making life a misery for the traitors?" asked Jodi.
"Do I get to blow stuff up?" asked Leck.
"As much as you want, you'll have the time of your life" answered Naynta.
"But attempt to double cross us and we'll tear your ears off" said Jodi.
"My sister means it" added Kestrella.
"But if you help us, we could arrange for your criminal record to be erased from existence as long as you work for the Empress" said Naynta.
"So what do you say?" asked Kestrella.
"It's a fair offer, I suggest you take it" answered Valdez.
"What profit is there in it for me?" asked Leck.
"Your life" answered Jodi.
"In that case, you drive a hard bargain. A pleasure doing business with you" replied Leck.
"Leck, do what you do best" answered Kestrella.
Leck was then escorted out of the room by Naynta and Kestrella.
We have Leck, excellent" said Jodi.
"We're going to need some specialised help to capture enemy leaders" replied Valdez.
"Easily arranged. Ms King, come in please" was Jodi's answer.
Shade walked in and bowed to Jodi before taking her seat.
"Ms Roy, I know who you are. I've met your counterpart" said Valdez.
"I've been hearing rumours of ghost fleets operating, all attack sites leaving no survivors" replied Shade.
"Bad day to be a rebel" answered Valdez.
"Indeed, excellent work by the way" replied Shade.
"We still have a long way to go" answered Valdez.
"Commander Valdez, a pleasure to meet you" replied Shade.
"Ms Roy, your reputation proceeds you" answered Valdez.
"As does yours, a friend to the Empire" replied Shade.
"I don't like innocents being harmed, I may not like your methods but I'm willing to look the other way" answered Valdez.
"No prime universe morals?" asked Shade.
"I'm making the exception with the rebel leaders" answered Valdez.
"Good, you see things our way" replied Shade.
"As long as innocents are not harmed" answered Valdez.
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edited February 15
Gamma Draconis system (MU red)
There had been an uprising against rebel occupation as resistance forces and Imperial holdouts liberated the Gamma Draconis IV work camp, the resistance and Imperial survivors had infiltrated in and sized the camp in a lighting raid, killing all the guards before moving the survivors into a mine and barricaded themselves in. The rebel response was quick as they dispatched a division of troops to kill everything in the camp, the defending resistance and Imperial survivors frantically got a distress call call out as the rebels moved over 15,000 troops to lay siege to the mine entrance.
Inside, the defenders stockpiled whatever supplies they had taken from the rebel food and medical stores and awaited the first assault, it soon arrived as the first wave of 1200 rebel infantry launched themselves at the barricades. The barricades held up as the small defending force of 250 held their ground in an attempt to protect the 10,000 civilian survivors in the mine. The situation was desperate as the defenders had to hold out long enough for help to arrive. What the defenders did not know was that help was on the way.
The Allied hunting fleet had arrived in orbit with over 900 ships and soon cleared the small defending force out of orbit.
Aboard the I.S.S. Papela, Empress Iodokar gave the order to commence a rescue operation.
"To all Allied ships, those are Imperial citizens down there under siege. Let's get them to freedom" was the order.
The Allied fleet now landed their troops onto the surface, Valdez and Admiral Lot led their forces in person as they found a hole in rebel lines. Using the cover of darkness, Valdez and Naynta infiltrated the rebel lines with their troops and got in contact with the defenders at the barricades.
"Who's side are you on?" asked a resistance sentry from behind the barricade.
"We're the cavalry" answered Naynta.
The defenders' commander let them in upon recognising Naynta.
"Sorry about that" answered Lt. Owens.
"Who's highest ranking officer here?" asked Naynta.
"I am, as you can see, things are not looking so good at the moment" answered Owens.
"Lt, how many survivors?" asked Valdez.
"We have 10,000 give or take" answered Owens.
"Then we need to evacuate them, we've brought transporter enhancers. Show us" asked Naynta.
"We've stockpiled what we could and things are not exactly comfortable" replied Owens as he escorted Valdez and Naynta's troops to the main central chamber.
When they got to the chamber, the Imperials and Star Union troops were appalled at what they had seen.
"Defending these people is one thing, we need to keep them alive long enough for evacuation" said Valdez.
"We're going to have to beam them out in groups, I hope you are prepared for a siege" replied Naynta.
"Once we get these transporter enhancers set up, we can at least get supplies in" answered Valdez.
"We'll need to prioritise food and medical supplies, I suggest setting up a field hospital in this chamber. It's easily defensible" replied Naynta as she brought up a schematic on the mine.
"We'll need plenty of ammunition as well, I hope you don't mind but I asked your younger sister if she could look at mass replicating something called Bengali famine mix" answered Valdez.
"Anything too rich would make these people ill, wise choice" replied Naynta, "we need to secure this position, I wonder if you still remember your MACO days" remarked Naynta as food, medical supplies and demo charges were beamed in.
"If we demolish these passages on the flanks, it'll force the enemy down one path. The tunnels can turn the enemy's own numbers against them" answered Valdez.
"We can use the mine's own security to reinforce that central passage" replied Naynta.
"Reprogrammed ambush turrets and forcefields, good thinking" answered Valdez.
"My sister will have to see this camp, the whole galaxy needs to see this place" replied Naynta.
"Agreed, for now, let's just focus on defending these people" answered Valdez.
After a quick briefing, everyone got to their tasks. Corpsman Dawson was soon at work assessing and treating casualties, it would be the start of a long day as the scale of the situation dawned on him.
Meanwhile, engineers used the respite to set up remote forcefields and ambush turrets in the main mine corridor. The flanking passages were both rigged for collapse as Trianna yellow, Seisa and Leck set up remote operated demo charges in the flanking passages' walls and ceiling before running to the main chamber. At 1350 hours, two almighty explosions were heard as the flanking passages were collapsed. The defenders now took up position defending the main passage and the defences were activated.
Meanwhile in the main chamber, a field hospital was up and running as Imperial engineers set up the transporter enhancers. At 1400 hours, the first food and medical supplies were beamed in. They were soon followed by more troops who now reinforced the defenders bringing the numbers up to 900, supplies and troops would be beamed in while survivors were beamed out in batches. The Siege of Gamma Draconis IV had just escalated into a major ground campaign as Imperial Army and Star Union Marines were landed 30 km from the camp with orders to relieve the siege. In the mine, the Imperials and Star Union defenders quietly waited for the inevitable rebel assault, another rebel division had been redeployed to reinforce and to retake the camp. At 1600 hours, the rebels sent a wave of 3,000 infantry into the mine, they were soon picked off in the darkness by Betazoid and Reman troops manning the barricades.
The Liberation of Gamma Draconis IV has begun, Naynta and Valdez leading the defence of the mine while Jodi personally led the relief force. When Flores got news of the attack on Gamma Draconis, he ordered the executions of 100000 civilian slaves in retaliation. Across rebel held worlds, resistance groups and Imperial holdouts increased their guerrilla attacks on the occupying rebels. The news got worse as four more rebel fleets had defected to the Loyalists, Flores just gave one order,
"Kill every last civilian you see, liquidate the camps and leave no survivors"
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The Siege of Gamma Draconis IV (MU red)
In the mines, the power was restored and the forcefields activated after the defenders had repelled an enemy assault of 3,000 troops. In the tunnel, over 600 rebel dead and wounded were counted as they choked up the passage,
"ETA on evac?" asked Valdez.
"We've got 300 civilians out, good news is that ammo and heavy weapons have arrived" answered Admiral Lot.
"We'll need them here, it's time to rotate the fighting line" replied Valdez.
"Tunnel Rats, you're up" ordered Naynta as she tapped her combadge.
"Marines, go get some rest" ordered Valdez to his marines as the Imperial troops moved in to take the marines' place on the fighting line.
"Marines, on me" ordered Trianna (yellow) to her squad before they walked to the main chamber.
"Engineers, set the turrets on the barricade flanks, infantry in the centre" ordered Naynta to her troops.
"Ma'am" answered Lt. Owens before he took his position on the firing step.
"Seisa, once the turrets are set up, program their targeting scanners to provide enfilade fire" ordered Naynta after tapping her combadge.
"I suggest you hurry, we've got movement in the enemy siege lines" replied Seisa.
"Thanks for the warning, the engineers are nearly finished" answered Naynta.
"Turrets are on my system now, programmed and ready for enfilade fire. Ambush turrets primed" reported Siesa.
"Copy that, keep an eye on the perimeter" ordered Naynta.
"Ma'am" answered Seisa.
The defences were now active as the light in the main tunnel was lowered. In the main chamber, civilians were being being beamed out in groups of five every two minutes as medical staff assessed and treated those who need the most attention.
"What's your name?" asked Corpsman Dawson to an Imperial medic.
" Lee Brunswick" answered the medic.
"The name's Rick Dawson" replied Rick shaking Brunwick's hand.
"Let's get this group to the evac point" said Brunswick before him and Rick resumed carrying the stretchers of sick and injured to the beam out point, for the medical staff, it was a long day. When Valdez, Trianna (yellow) and the marines arrived back at the main chamber, they just collapsed and got whatever sleep they could. They were awoken by Rick four hours later who just passed Valdez and the marines some water and ration bars.
"Anna, well done to you and your squad" said Valdez to Trianna (yellow).
"We held the line, all my squad are accounted for and safe" answered Trianna (yellow).
"Being under siege is an odd choice of father/daughter bonding" joked Valdez.
"We're marines, we're never under siege" countered Trianna (yellow).
"Semper Fidelis" replied Valdez.
"Always faithful" answered Trianna (yellow).
"Indeed" replied Valdez.
Meanwhile, Empress Iodokar was racing across Gamma Draconis IV in the lead armored wedge. The advance soon found the rebel picket lines and the tanks and mechanised infantry breached the lines and pushed forwards through the position as the main Imperial line infantry began to clear the rebel trenches. Jodi was now 20km from the mining camp as the Imperial armor and mechanised infantry consolidated their positions for the night after setting up a perimeter. Jodi now activated Shade and her shadows,
"Remove the rebel commanders from my battlefield" was the order given to Shade.
"As you command" answered Shade.
Back in the mine, a new enemy assault went in and soon started to trip up over the the fallen of the first waves. Naynta keeping her cool was directing traffic as she kept the wall of phaser bolts up,
"Aim for their front ranks and keep chopping them down, make the enemy dead trip up and stumble through their own dead" ordered Naynta to the troops on the fighting line.
The order was obeyed as the front ranks of the rebel assault were mowed down by phaser rifle, ambush turret and phaser turret.
"Seisa, activate the forcefield behind the enemy vanguard" ordered Naynta via combadge.
"Forcefield up, they're trapped" reported Seisa.
"Fighting line, the enemy are trapped between us and a forcefield, kill them all, their gods will know their own" ordered Naynta.
What followed was a slaughter as the rebel vanguard attempted to rush the Allied barricades, once the firing had stopped, another 300 dead rebels choked the passage in front of the barricades.
Both sides now had to reorganise, after another day of fighting, the allies were still holding their positions as news filtered through that Jodi was on the way to break the rebel siege lines.
At 2200 hours, Naynta and her troops were relieved by Valdez and the marines who now rotated back into the fighting line as Naynta and her troops were rotated out. When Naynta and her troops got back to the main chamber, they were given some water and food by the medics and told to get some sleep. Naynta found somewhere with some privacy and got what rest she could.
"Mr Dawson, why do I never see you carrying a weapon?" asked Naynta to Rick.
"My job is to save life, not take it. Carrying a weapon goes against that" answered Rick.
"It takes a brave man to go into a war zone without a weapon, go get some rest. You've earned it" replied Naynta.
"It gets a bit cold in here, this might help" answered Rick as he passed Naynta a blanket.
"Thank you, go and get some rest. That's an order" replied Naynta.
"Admiral" answered Rick before he went to get some rest.
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Ganymede Station (Ganymede Alternate Reality)
Today's a very depressing day since the defeat at Alpha Centauri. I'm dealing with the orphans of my fallen officers as well as mourning them. Tears fall down my cheeks like a salty river of melancholy as the pups pile on my lap and nuzzle me with their snouts in an attempt to comfort me. I hug all of them with my flippers and say, "
I don't know if I can do anything for you, but I will try.
" The pups snuggle into my chest for warmth as an anthro wolf enters the room. He says, "
Sapph, want me to raise them? I can handle 10 pups while the other 5 can stay with your mate's uncle.
Yes Void. Make sure they're given lots of love and cuddles.
Thanks Sapph. They'll be raised well.
" He leaves with 10 of the pups while the other 5 stay with me. I open the gold channel to my mate and say, "
Jerome, you've new orders. Blockade the Ajilon system with our conventional forces while your elite forces destroy J'Ula's supply lines to starve her out. Ambassador Worf and a fleet from the House of Martok will arrive in the system to bring her to QoNos to have her tried under KDF courts. Sapph out.
Jerome C. Ketchum-Chew (SAV Akela) Ajilon system AR
My elite forces are destroying J'Ula's supply lines and factories to starve her into surrendering. The time displaced Klingons seem to think the rest of the Empire will help them conquer the Sol system easily. My mate and I don't want to sink to her level hence our current plan. The conventional fleet led by the SAV
is blockading the Ajilon system as per my mate's orders. My tactical officer reports, "
High Admiral, intercepted communications from J'Ula's fleet have indicated serious infighting due to starvation and lack of supplies.
Good work Lieutenant. We just need to wait for Ambassador Worf's fleet to arrive and deal with the rest. After that, those Klingons are no longer the Sol Alliance's problem.
" I transmit via telepathy
Yes High Admiral.
" says my tactical officer. I use this downtime to send a note to my mate which says, "
Sapph, I'm sending you a message from King Simba and Queen Nala. It says, 'Sapph, you are ordered to return to the Pride Lands since you're emotionally compromised. That is a serious risk to your crew. Simba and Nala signing off.'
Worf arrives in the system with a massive fleet of 15 Birds of Prey, 20 Neghvars, 15 Raptors, 5 VoQuv carriers, and 18 Vorcha battlecruisers. I open a channel and say, "
This is High Admiral Jerome C. Ketchum-Chew of the Sol Alliance vessel Akela. Please state your intentions.
The aged ambassador says, "
High Admiral, I am here to take J'Ula and her time displaced fleet to QoNos to be tried under KDF courts. After that, they will no longer bother you.
Thank you Ambassador. Akela out
" I close the channel and order my fleets to transwarp back to Sol. The Klingons take J'Ula and her fleet back to Qonos to handle them so they're out of my fur. I beam into Ganymede Station and spend a lot of quality time with my family.
"Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder." (King Hamlet Act 1 Scene 5)
"Simba, you've forgotten me. You've forgotten who you are … you are my son and the one true king." (Mufasa)
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Gamma Draconis System (MU red)
In the mines on Gamma Draconis IV, there had been another fierce night of fighting as the defenders fought another mass assault,
"Any news on the relief?" asked Valdez to Seisa via combadge.
"They're nearly through the third siege line, ETA, seven hours" answered Seisa.
"How are we on the evac?" asked Valdez.
"Down to 6,000 left" reported Admiral Lot.
"Cavalry is due in seven hours, the enemy will try and overwhelm our line to prevent us from linking up with the relief force" replied Valdez.
"Then we make the relief force's job easier, we're in a position to tie down thousands here with a fighting force of a few hundred" answered Naynta.
"Then let's make the enemy pay" replied Valdez.
"I'll be with you on the fighting line" answered Naynta mobilising her troops.
"We'll need every able bodied soldier capable of operating a phaser rifle up here" replied Valdez.
"Copy that" answered Naynta as the rebels launched their final assault on the mine.
What followed was several hours of heavy fighting as the defenders stubbornly held on, each soldier and marine fighting knowing that rescue was on the way.
In the main chamber, Rick Dawson and the other medics kept people calm as the sound of the fighting in the passage was heard, then the call Rick dreaded came down the line,
Rick and Brunswick grabbed their med kits and ran towards the sound of the fighting as Trianna (Yellow) was laid against the passage wall with a phaser bolt burn to her right shoulder.
"Lt. Valdez, let's get you moved" said Rick.
"I can still fight, just patch me up here" replied Trianna (yellow).
"Not with the state of that shoulder, come on" answered Rick.
"I'm not going to win this" sighed Trianna (yellow) as a second phaser bolt hit her in the calf, she collapsed in pain as Rick got to work treating her. Rick then called,
Trianna (yellow) was soon carried off by stretcher back to the main chamber for treatment. She was lucky as her personal shield had kept the lethal damage out, since she could no longer fight, she started telling the youngest survivors a story to keep them calm as the screams of wounded on both sides echoed through the mine. Rick and the other medics were all on overdrive as they evacuated civilians and the most seriously wounded,
"Every time "Corpsman!!" was called out, Rick and a team of volunteers would race out of the main chamber, assess the casualty, stabilise them then evacuate them back to the main chamber while phaser bolts filled the air.
In the relief column, Empress Iodakar was manning the tank commander's position in the lead tank as the relief forces smashed through the rear positions of the rebel siege lines. Caught between the stubborn defence of the mine and the mobile armoured punch of the relief force, their infantry positions crumbled as thousands of shocked and dazed rebel infantry surrendered on masse.
Jodi now aimed her tanks at the rebel divisions attacking the mine, the rebel infantry divisions were now mercilessly wiped out as rebels fought a last stand rather than surrender.
At 1800 hrs, the battlefield fell silent. INN now arrived to record what the rebels had done as the defenders and the people they sheltered walked or carried out of the mine, of their original fighting force of 900, 100 were KIA with another 600 WIA. The survivors all walked out with their weapon shouldered while the medics were helping those who could not be walked out.
"Show me the camp, I want to see what happened to our citizens here" said Jodi to Naynta.
After a tour of the camp, Jodi had the officers in charge of the camp brought up and in front of the survivors of the mine defence and civilian survivors put the rebel officers on trial. They were found guilty of war crimes and high treason, the sentence of execution was swiftly carried out by Jodi herself.
The story was on INN as the defenders' wishes that happened at the camp be made public was honored, by 2400 hrs, all Allied troops had left Gamma Draconis IV with the people who had been liberated. The civilian survivors were then evacuated to Betazed, they got there four days later, all thankful to be alive.
Rebel leadership got the report of the loss of Gamma Draconis, Flores now prepared to deal with Jodi himself.
"I want only the loyal fleets, we're going to retake Gamma Draconis" said Flores to his commanders.
"All the troops and fleets we drafted have either surrendered or defected, we're down to our last 1800 ships. We're losing this war, we must surrender" reported Captain Ferris.
Flores just calmly shot Ferris and smiled before asking,
"Anyone else thinking about surrender?" as he returned to his seat.
No one answered.
"All ships, form up and set a course for the Gamma Draconis, it's time to end this war in one decisive blow" ordered Flores to his commanders.
Across rebel space, ships all left the systems they had occupied and followed Flores' order. On the allied side, Admirals Solat, West and Cage had ordered their fleets to link up the Royal fleet and Scythe, now both sides raced to complete their link ups as enemy fleet movements crossed Jodi and Valdez's respective desks. Aboard Harbinger, Trianna (yellow) was stubbornly trying to discharge herself from the sickbay,
"Anna, get some rest and recover. That's an order" said Valdez.
"But Dad...." complained Trianna (yellow) before she was cut off mid sentence by Valdez,
"Lt, You've been shot twice, you're lucky to be alive. As of now, you're off rotation so you can recover. Once you're fully recovered, I will put you back into rotation."
"Not fair" answered Trianna (yellow).
"Rick, keep an eye on your sister" said Valdez to Rick.
"Dad, my sister is not going anywhere" replied Rick.
"Good man" answered Valdez.
"Anna will not be going anywhere" replied Rick.
"Anna, get healthy" ordered Valdez.
"Yes dad, I'm not going to win" answered Trianna (yellow).
"Both of you, good job. Rick, I think you've finally turned into a man. Anna, you're tough, you fought well" said Valdez to his children.
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Gamma Draconis System (MU red)
The Allied fleet had formed up ready for battle, Admiral Lot and Valdez held the right flank with orders from Empress Iodokar to maintain their position with Jodi and Solat holding the centre with Admirals West and Cage on the left flank.
"Hide our transport ships in polar orbit of Gamma Draconis III, the rest of the fleet will engage the enemy on the system's edge here at Gamma Dracons VIII" ordered Jodi to the fleet.
The Allied fleet of 1900 warships moved to the edge of the system and prepared their defences for the rebel onrush.
Aboard Harbinger, reports came in from the destroyer pickets of a large rebel fleet inbound, the destroyers then withdrew back to the main fleet and took up position in the skirmishing lines.
Aboard the I.S.S. Inquisitor, Flores gave the order,
"All ships, target the royal fleet, leave none alive."
The rebel fleet obeyed the orders and charged headlong at Jodi's fleet, Jodi and Solat now gave the signal for the centre to pull back, slowly pulling the rebels in in. Flores watched the move and stopped his reserves as the the rest of his fleet kept pushing in to the centre of the allied lines.
"Give our ground slowly" ordered Jodi to her captains, "Flanks, be ready to move on my mark" she ordered afterwards.
"Flanking forces report ready, the bulk of the enemy fleet has been isolated away from their reserves" reported Solat.
"Left flank, wheel round and engage, right flank is to engage the enemy reserves" ordered Jodi.
"Lot here, right flank copies that" reported Naynta aboard the I.S.S. Athena.
The entire Allied right flank now advanced on Flores' reserves from two sides, at 0600 hours, the Allied right flank decloaked and commenced their attack on Flores and his reserves. In the centre, the Allies now had the bulk of the rebel fleet on the verge of being encircled as the Allied left swung round and linked up with the centre right, the bulk of the rebel fleet now only had one way to go, backwards into their own advancing forces.
"Two thirds of the enemy fleet are surrounded on three sides, permission to deploy our reserves to cut the bulk of the enemy off?" asked Solat.
"Granted, once the enemy in our centre has been destroyed, reinforce the attack of our right flank" ordered Jodi.
"West, Cage, both of you deploy your reserves and keep the bulk of the enemy trapped in our centre" ordered Solat to the Imperial forces on the left flank.
By 0900 hours, the bulk of the rebel fleet was now completely encircled as they could not blast their way out without hitting friendly ships.
In the right flank's assault, they were facing stiff resistance as the rebel reserves refused to give up their ground.
"Target the enemy secondary command processors" ordered Valdez to his ships.
"Captains, have our tactical officers coordinate with the Star Union tactical officers. Target secondary command processors, weapons and engines" ordered Naynta, "Reserves, swing round the enemy rear and cut off any possible retreat" she ordered afterwards.
Aboard the Inquisitor, Flores looked at his tactical chart and soon saw that not only were the bulk of his fleet encircled by the Allied centre and left, he now saw that his group was now completely encircled.
"This is Admiral Lot to to the traitors, you are surrounded and unable to fight back. You are ordered to stand down and prepare to be boarded" said Naynta over a open channel to the trapped rebel reserves.
"I'd rather die than surrender" was Flores' response.
"Have it your way" was Naynta's reply as she beamed Flores off his bridge and into an agony booth.
"Admiral Lot to Flagship, we have the enemy commander" said Naynta to Jodi afterwards via subspace.
"Shade, you're up. Shut down the enemy life support systems on all their ships" ordered Jodi to Shade via secure subspace.
"Consider it done" answered Shade, "Sun, please take away the enemy's ability to breathe, vent their ships into space" she ordered afterwards.
It did the trick, the encircled rebels in the centre capitulated to Jodi at 1100 hours. Their ships were then boarded and the crews detained, the senior officers were separated away from the rest of the crew and put into agony booths for interrogation.
With the centre secured, the Allied fleets now converged on Flores' reserves who still refused to surrender.
"Mr Valdez, you may stir the cauldron" said Jodi to Valdez by secure subspace.
"Naynta, make sure the traitor sees this" said Valdez to Naynta via subspace.
"All Allied ships, mark your targets and interlock your fields of fire" ordered Valdez.
"All ships report ready" answered Nydon.
"Traitor, watch this" said Naynta to Flores as the rebel reserves came on screen.
"All Allied ships, witch's cauldron" ordered Valdez.
The entire Allied fleet now opened fire, by 1130 hours, it was over. In seven hours of hard fighting, 1800 rebel ships were either destroyed or captured at the cost of 400 Allied ships. Scythe had taken losses of 50 ships damaged or disabled while 350 Imperial ships were either damaged, crippled or destroyed. 200,000 rebels were either captured or killed while Allied personnel losses were of 12,000 dead or wounded.
With the system secured and the news of Flores' capture made public, the rest of the rebels asked Jodi for terms. Jodi gave them two choices,
"Unconditional surrender or be hunted down and executed."
The rebels had no option but to surrender, their leaders were made to publicly sign the document of surrender before they were thrown into the agony booths for interrogation.
The Allied fleet then headed for Betazed, they arrived five days later and paraded Flores and the other rebel prisoners through the streets, Flores' life was about to be more painful as he was to be remorselessly interrogated by Naynta.
"Naynta, he's yours" said Valdez after he looked Flores in the eye, "do whatever you want to him" he said afterwards.
"Inquisitor Seisa has been questioning him, all I heard were the screams" replied Naynta.
"As much as I want to hurt him, he's not worth the expenditure of energy" answered Valdez.
"More fun for me" replied Naynta before she and Valdez left Flores in Seisa's care before leaving the room.
"How's Anna?" asked Naynta.
"Cranky to say the least, you're lucky, you don't have to deal with a cranky daughter who hates being stuck in sickbay" replied Valdez.
"Lucky you" joked Naynta.
Valdez just smiled.
"Your children did well, you should be proud of them both" said Naynta.
"I am" replied Valdez.
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Betazed (MU red)
Valdez was questioning John Flores as Naynta just looked on smiling,
"Where are the billions of civilians listed as missing?" asked Valdez.
"One death is a tragedy, Billions are mere statistics" gloated Flores, "judging from your face, you already know that answer" he said afterwards smiling.
"Every death is a tragedy, now I'm not the one you should be worried about. Admiral Lot over here is working out all sorts of ideas and they are not the prettiest of ideas. Where are the missing billions?" asked Valdez.
"What time is it by the way?" asked Flores.
"2300, why?" asked Naynta.
"Because you are about to find out" answered Flores as the reports from the newly liberated worlds came in.
Valdez and Naynta read the report and they both just glared at Flores,
"All dead, all the worlds we lost to the opening attacks that were "spared" are now mass graveyards. Not a single life sign" said Naynta.
"Naynta, correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't death the punishment for genocide?" asked Valdez.
"It is" answered Naynta.
"What about the labour camps?" asked Valdez.
"You cannot have war without workers, who said anything about them having a choice in the matter?" joked Flores.
"We're not laughing" said Naynta.
"Why start a war then kill most of the Empire's population?" asked Valdez.
"The Empire had to die screaming, the citizens had to be punished for their treason" answered Flores.
"What was that treason?" asked Naynta, "Or is it a self perceived treason?" she asked afterwards.
"Shut up vermin" answered Flores, "You're vermin, your sisters are vermin especially the mongrel and your mother was vermin" he said afterwards.
"Naynta, go knock yourself out" said Valdez before he got up and left the room, Flores was then thrown into an agony booth as the door closed behind Valdez.
Later in a meeting with Jodi, the full scale of the destruction caused by the rebellion was pieced together,
"What a pointless waste of innocent life" lamented Valdez.
"We'll recover from this, too much was lost. 65% of the Empire's population wiped, Bajor and Betazed's history and cultural heritage wiped out but we'll pick ourselves back up much stronger" replied Jodi.
"Feels like a Pyrrhic victory, a hollow victory" answered Valdez.
"In the long run, this may benefit the Empire, with refugees now returning home, we can start to rebuild" replied Jodi.
"A bright future" answered Valdez.
"I understand that your daughter was wounded" replied Jodi.
"She's in sickbay aboard Harbinger and really cranky at being stuck in there" answered Valdez.
Jodi just smiled,
"Both of your children have been put up for commendations by Naynta, your son caught her attention. Your son repeatably risked his life carrying wounded soldiers and marines to safety through enemy fire, what my sister noted was that he never once carried a weapon on him" she said to Valdez.
"He's not a fighter, he's a healer" replied Valdez.
"Takes a special kind of courage to go into a combat zone unarmed in order to help others" answered Jodi.
"The lad stepped up" replied Valdez.
"Your daughter also caught Naynta's attention, Anna showed natural leadership and courage throughout the fighting right up to being wounded twice while keeping her squad of marines fighting" answered Jodi.
"I'm proud of them both" replied Valdez.
"As you should, you and your troops are welcome to spend some RnR on Betazed" answered Jodi smiling.
"Thank you, they'll be on best behaviour" replied Valdez.
"The people of the Empire will never forget their friends" answered Jodi.
"This may have saved the peace between realities, we now have to work on keeping that peace" replied Valdez.
"The Terran Empire will be working together with our allies and neighbours" answered Jodi.
"Don't let all those deaths be in vain" replied Valdez.
"After much deliberation, I've decided on something special for Inmate Flores" said Jodi.
"I have no sympathy what so ever for him, I really don't care what happens to him" replied Valdez.
"He'll die for his crimes" answered Jodi.
"He's too dangerous to be allowed to live" replied Valdez.
"Agreed" answered Jodi, "You seem preoccupied" she commented afterwards.
"Anna, she's not taking this well" answered Valdez.
"Mr Valdez, go and spend some time with your daughter. She needs her father now more than ever" replied Jodi smiling.
"I'll be going to see Anna after this meeting" answered Valdez.
"I won't keep you any longer" replied Jodi smiling.
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Betazed (MU red)
Valdez was checking up on Trianna (yellow) in the military hospital,
"Dad, I hate being stuck in here, I've been told to not to put too much weight on the calf" said Trianna (yellow).
"Heed that advice, how's the shoulder?" asked Valdez.
"Stiff, at least it's not broken" answered Trianna (yellow).
"Hard to keep a marine down, you want an update on your squad?" asked Valdez.
"Did they all make it out?" asked Trianna (yellow).
"They did" answered Valdez smiling.
"I have to make sure they're all accounted for, I owe them that" replied Trianna (yellow).
"All those times I passed you over for promotion was for a reason" answered Valdez.
"I know, I was not ready" replied Trianna (yellow).
"You proved yourself, you have that natural leadership in you" answered Valdez as he got a black box from his jacket pocket.
"What's in the box?" asked Trianna (yellow).
"Open it" replied Valdez after passing Trianna (yellow) the box.
"These are Centurion chevrons" answered Trianna (yellow) after opening the box.
"You're ready for them" replied Valdez.
"Dad, why have you got my dress uniform with you?" asked Trianna (yellow).
"Can't say" answered Valdez, "just trust me on this" he said afterwards smiling.
"Can you get me an orderly to assist?" asked Trianna (yellow).
Valdez got up and asked a Vulcan nurse if she could assist a patient,
"Thanks dad" said Trianna (yellow).
"I've got to get ready and make sure Rick is ready" replied Valdez.
"I'll be ready" answered Trianna (yellow) before Valdez saluted her and left for the Harbinger.
Later at the palace, Valdez, Trianna (yellow) and Rick were greeted by Naynta and Kestrella,
"Commander, good fight" said Naynta smiling
"Well fought" answered Valdez.
"Anna, how has your recovery been?" asked Naynta.
"Still feeling the discomfort, boredom has been the worst enemy" answered Trianna (yellow).
"Rick, only someone totally insane would do what you did. Who inspired you to selflessly put yourself in harm's way unarmed in order to save others?" asked Naynta.
"A human war hero from Earth's WW2, Private Desmond Doss. Due to his upbringing, he joined the army as a medic and refused to carry a weapon. Everyone called him a coward for not carrying a weapon and the army tried to force him to carry a weapon, even putting him in military jail on his wedding day but he proved you can still do good even without a gun. He won his nation's highest honor for rescuing 75 wounded soldiers on his own despite the risk to his own life" answered Rick.
"A brave man" replied Naynta.
"A personal hero of mine" answered Rick.
"Not every hero goes out looking for greatness, some have greatness thrust upon them" replied Naynta.
"Just doing my bit" answered Rick humbly.
"Commander, I hope my sister was not a pain" said Kestrella.
"Quite the opposite" replied Valdez smiling.
"You and your family will be in the front row with me and Naynta, just follow us" said Kestrella. They were led to to the gardens where all the veterans of the Gamma Draconis IV rescue mission were gathered.
Jodi stepped up to the podium and everyone bowed in respect as INN started broadcasting live.
"All of you are here today to be honored, all of you showed selfless courage in risking your own lives and safety to help others. Courage like that cannot go withot recognition, Admiral Lot and Commander Valdez, please make your way up" said Jodi.
Valdez and Naynta walked up to the podium and were awarded the Star of Terra for their leadership and courage,
"Thank you Majesty" said Valdez after the medal was pinned onto his uniform.
"Ma'am" said Naynta before they returned to their seats after shaking Jodi's hand.
"Corpsman Richard Dawson, please make your way up" said Jodi.
Rick walked up to the podium and stood to perfect attention,
"At ease, Richard Dawson, you are awarded the Star of Terra. Courage takes many forms, running into enemy fire armed with nothing but a medkit to save others is a special kind of courage" said Jodi as she pinned the medal onto Rick's uniform.
"Just doing my job" replied Rick after shaking Jodi's hand.
"The people you helped save are here, they would see it differently" answered Jodi.
"Not an experience I'll ever forget" replied Rick.
Jodi then walked with Rick down from the podium before Rick too his seat.
"Centurion Anna Valdez, you are awarded with the Star of Terra and the Wound Badges 1st and 2nd class" said Jodi pinning the medals to Trianna's (yellow) uniform.
"I will never forget what we did" said Trianna (yellow).
"Take strength from it" advised Jodi.
"I will" replied Trianna (yellow) shaking Jodi's hand.
Every veteran of the mission was personally decorated by Jodi on INN. Afterwards, they met the people they had saved who all saluted the veterans calling them "Heroes beyond measure".
Everyone who was at Gamma Draconis IV never forget their experiences.
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Brea III, Two weeks laters (Prime)
"Have you told Mom we're coming home?" asked Trianna (yellow) to Valdez.
"I'm leaving it a surprise" answered Valdez.
"Hopefully Oreada won't glare at me" said Rick.
"You mean over that fan club you've got?" asked Trianna (yellow).
"Talk about temptation but I'm already spoken for" answered Rick smiling.
"Then you have nothing to worry about, Oreada will be happy to see you" replied Trianna (yellow).
"Sis, I'm not the same immature person I was before. I grew up" answered Rick as the Valdez family home came into view.
"We all went through what can be described as a horror, Dad had to make some tough calls and so did we. We're alive, so be positive at least " advised Trianna (yellow) as she, Valdez and Rick entered the garden.
"We got the monster but was the cost worth it?" asked Rick to Valdez.
"I cannot answer that, it's a matter of point of view. That is something you have to find the answer for" answered Valdez as they opened the door and entered the villa.
When they entered the living room, the family welcomed them home,
"Nathan, you and the kids look like you've been through a horror I cannot ever understand" said Joanna as she gave her husband a kiss.
"They both stepped up despite the cost to them. Rick ran through intense enemy fire just to treat wounded soldiers and get them to safety unarmed and Anna led her squad with distinction, even taking two phaser bolts during the fighting" replied Valdez.
"Luke, get a round of teas for your father, sister and brother" said Joanna to Luke.
"Granddad!" chorused Teanna Jane and Ablim jnr.
"I've missed you all" said Valdez as he sat down in his armchair and just relaxed with his grandchildren.
"Rick, what's this about a fan club?" asked Oreada.
"Not guilty" joked Rick.
"You're forgiven, you did not give into temptation" said Oreada as she passed Rick a cup of tea.
Trianna (prime) and her husband arrived home from hospital with the newest member of the family,
"Everyone, meet Elizabeth" said Trianna (prime).
"I'm sorry I could not be there" said Valdez.
"Dad, no need to apologise" replied Trianna (prime).
"Tri, congratulations" answered Valdez.
"Thanks Dad" replied Trianna (prime).
"Say hello to more sleepless nights" joked Ablim snr.
"Very true" answered Valdez smiling as Zoe Maria woke up from her nap.
"Nathan, someone wants to see you" said Joanna as she passed Zoe Maria over to Valdez.
"Joanna, how were things here?" asked Valdez.
"The usual chaos, how's Anna?" asked Joanna.
"She'll be not very mobile for a while, it may take weeks or even months for her physical injuries to fully recover. The mental scars however, I don't know" answered Valdez.
"She's with family, that's all that counts" replied Joanna.
"I'd keep an eye on Rick as well" answered Valdez.
"Forget about the war, think about peace. Let's get those medals mounted in the display cabinet, you, Rick and Anna are heroes so be positive" replied Joanna as Isoisa got home and sat down next to Trianna (yellow).
Soon the rest of the family arrived and over dinner later that day, they made a toast,
"To honor and family" chorused the family before they had dinner.
"This came through today, we have to go to the swearing in ceremony tomorrow, we've got citizenship" said Joanna to the family.
The family smiled and celebrated.
"Here's to a bright future" said Valdez to the family.
The next morning, the family sat down to breakfast.
"Rick, this came through for you" said Joanna passing a PADD to Rick.
"This is a medical school scholarship" said Rick smiling.
"You've earned it" said Valdez.
"You see what happens when you put your mind to it?" asked Joanna.
"I won't disappoint" answered Rick.
"Make the most of it, you have a promising career ahead of you" advised Oreada.
"I will" replied Rick, "I've been thinking, how about we cement our relationship?" he asked Oreada afterwards.
"You two practically are a married couple" said Trianna (yellow).
"Oreada, would have the honor of taking my hand in marriage?" asked Rick kneeling in front of Oreada and proposing to her.
"Rick, I will" answered Oreada before Rick put an engagement ring on her ring finger.
"Marriage is about compromise, remember that and treasure your time together. Congratulations both of you" said Valdez.
"Rick, Oreada, congratulations. If you both need any help, just ask us" said Joanna.
"Congratulations to both of you" said Trianna (prime).
"Welcome to the family" said Trianna (yellow).
"Rick, well done bro" said Luke.
"Thank you, this is the only family I have" said Oreada.
"All of you, thank you. I won't ruin it" said Rick.
"I know you won't" replied Oreada.
"Nathan, this came through this morning" said Joanna passing a PADD to Valdez.
Valdez read it and smiled,
"I've been promoted to Admiral and to the head of Alliance Combined Operations" said Valdez.
The family congratulated Valdez on his well earned promotion.
Later that day, the family made their oaths of citizenship in a Citizenship ceremony.
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Brea III (Prime)
Valdez was sat at home watching a movie with the family when a call came in, Kestrella appeared on screen after Valdez accepted the call,
"Mr Valdez, have I caught you at a bad time?" asked Kestrella.
"It's alright, I'm assuming this is not a social call" answered Valdez.
"There's some people who want to speak with you, we found your late wife and crew" replied Kestrella.
"Please don't joke about that, they died nearly three years ago, I saw it happen" answered Valdez.
"They were taken to one of your counterpart's camps, we recently found the camp. If you don't believe me, maybe your late wife can explain" replied Kestrella before she called Teanna (prime) in.
"Nathan, you look like you've seen a ghost" said Teanna.
"You could say that, this is going to be awkward" replied Valdez.
"How so?" asked Teanna.
"I saw you all die, I buried you all. I moved on and remarried last year" answered Valdez.
"What you buried were genetic clones, I had to make a tough choice to save the rest of the crew" replied Teanna.
"I won't ask" answered Valdez.
"Nathan, I had to sign a divorce from you or they would have started executing the crew. It was a tough call" replied Teanna.
"You did the right thing even if it hurt you" answered Valdez.
"Nathan, I'm not mad at you for moving on. You respected my wishes" replied Teanna.
"Are you all being released?" asked Valdez.
"We were given our freedom a week ago, we're coming home" answered Teanna.
"Things are different over here, I'll have to bring you up to speed when we meet" replied Valdez.
"The hand over will be at DS9 in three days" answered Teanna.
"I'll be there" replied Valdez.
Deep Space Nine, Three days later (Prime)
Valdez, Trianna (yellow) and Rick were stood by the airlock on the promenade. Outside the station, an Odyssey class starship docked and her crew walked out of the airlock onto the promenade,
"Captain?" asked Krasnova.
"Adrienne, been a long time" answered Valdez as his emotions got the better of him.
"We thought you were dead" said Flores (prime).
"Likewise John" replied Valdez.
"How did you get out?" asked Flores.
"Rescued, I got Trianna out as well" answered Valdez.
"Captain, is that you?" asked Galazia.
"Galazia, welcome back" answered Valdez as Solat (prime) and Teanna walked out of the airlock.
"Nathan, it is agreeable to see you again" said Solat (prime).
"That it is old friend" replied Valdez.
"Nathan, you've turned grey" said Teanna.
"Blame our darling daughter" answered Valdez.
"How is Trianna?" asked Teanna.
"She's doing well, she does not know you are all coming home" answered Valdez.
"Dad, she looks like my mom but is not my mom" said Trianna (yellow).
"Teanna, meet Anna, she's our yellow counterparts' daughter but I took her in after her family were wiped out" said Valdez.
"Anna, how's Nathan been?" asked Teanna.
"Dad's been busy" answered Trianna (yellow).
"Good things I hope" replied Teanna.
"We helped save over 10,000 people from certain death and helped catch a war criminal" answered Trianna (yellow).
"We heard. Anna, since you and my daughter are counterparts, I'll treat you like a daughter, technically you are" replied Teanna.
"Dad, this could be awkward with Mom" said Rick.
"Teanna, this is my son Rick, he's from my current marriage. To prevent any awkwardness, how about we become friends?" asked Valdez.
"Less painful that way, we have to be civil with each other for our daughters' sake" answered Teanna.
"Agreed" replied Valdez.
"Where are you living these days?" asked Teanna.
"Brea III" answered Valdez.
"Let's go, how did you get here?" asked Teanna.
"Runabout" answered Rick.
"Well, it's time we reunited Nathan with his ship" said Teanna before the crew, Valdez, Teanna, Trianna (yellow) and Rick boarded via the airlocks.
Valdez then took the command chair for the first time in nearly three years and ordered Krasnova to set course for the Brea system at maximum warp.
When they arrived at Brea III, Valdez took Teanna and his former senior officers to meet Trianna (prime).
When Teanna saw Trianna (prime) playing with the little ones, tears began to run down her face.
"Mom?" asked Trianna (prime).
"Trianna, you've grown up" said Teanna.
"Married as well, Mom, meet your grandchildren" answered Trianna (prime) before she called Teanna Jane and Ablim Jnr over, "and meet Elizabeth" she said afterwards as she was getting Elizabeth settled.
"Trianna, I'm proud of you" said Teanna.
"Mom, meet my husband" said Trianna (prime) as Ablim Snr got in from the greenhouse before Trianna (prime) introduced him to Teanna.
"Nathan, is this going to be awkward?" asked Joanna.
"Teanna, meet Joanna" said Valdez introducing Joanna to Teanna.
"Me and Nathan are friends, thank you for being there for my girls" said Teanna to Joanna.
"Your girls and my boys paired me and Nathan up to force us to move on, Teanna, any friend of Nathan's is a friend to me" replied Joanna as Teanna Jane grabbed Joanna's leg.
"Teanna Jane, who's that?" asked Joanna.
"Grandma" answered Teanna Jane.
"Luke, can you get our guests a round of teas?" asked Joanna as she was feeding Zoe Maria with a bottle.
"Yes Mom" answered Luke before he went into the kitchen.
"Joanna, congratulations to to you and Nathan" said Teanna.
"Thank you" replied Joanna.
That evening, the family had diner with Valdez's former officers,
"Any idea what you'll all be doing?" asked Valdez.
"Since we cannot trust the Federation anymore, we've decided that we're safer here. We would like to pursue getting Star Union citizenship by volunteering for the system defence forces, we've got a ship and crew" said Solat.
"You all got anywhere to stay?" asked Joanna.
"We're staying aboard ship until we can settle down" answered Solat.
"I feel that I failed you all" said Valdez.
"Starfleet failed us, nearly three years in captivity and left to rot" replied Teanna.
"The Admiral who ordered that mission is in prison for a very long time, the people you should be mad at is Section 31, they were the ones who set us up" answered Valdez.
"Then we do it without violence" replied Teanna.
"We expose Section 31 to the press" suggested Krasnova.
"More people need not get hurt because of them" added Flores.
"We have to be logical about this" said Solat.
"After what we endured, we're angry" said Townsend.
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Brea III (Prime)
"Let's just forget S31 and the Federation, captain, what turned you grey?" asked Clemens.
"Jane, blame the girls and the grand kids" answered Valdez.
"No comment" replied Trianna (yellow).
Trianna (prime) just smiled.
"Rick, what do you do?" asked Teanna.
"I'm a corpsman, tomorrow I start medical school" answered Rick.
"I'm proud of him" said Oreada as she put her arm around Rick.
"Saved my life" said Trianna (yellow).
"You were cranky the entire journey back to Betazed red, why are marines so stubborn?" replied Rick.
"You ran through enemy fire repeatably armed with a medkit getting wounded out, you're crazier than me" answered Trianna (yellow).
"Anna, being stubborn is not always a good thing" advised Teanna.
"Mom, I was shot through the shoulder and calf helping others. Don't get worried" replied Trianna (yellow).
"Teanna, Anna tried to sign herself out of sickbay" explained Rick.
"I was bored" replied Trianna (yellow).
"I wonder how Starfleet took 2498 resignation letters?" joked Krasnova.
"Not well most likely" answered Townsend.
Trianna (prime) glared at Teanna Jane and Ablim Jnr. It was followed by a
"Both of you, don't even think about it." Ablim Snr just found it amusing as Trianna (prime) fed Elizabeth.
"Nathan, your turn to feed Zoe Maria" said Joanna as she passed Zoe Maria over to Valdez followed by a bottle of milk.
"Joanna, Nathan was like that with Trianna when she was that age" said Teanna.
"Why Zoe Maria?" asked Krasnova.
"Zoe is Greek for life and Maria was the name of my late mother" answered Valdez as Isabella (prime) came in with her boys.
"All quiet on the Western Front?" joked Valdez.
"The usual chaos, Marius tried taking the remote off Julius while Andreas has been acting up" answered Isabella.
"We may have upset mom" said Marius.
"Marius Valdez, dropping the F bomb in front of your little brother is not setting a good example" replied Isabella.
"He would not share the remote" complained Marius.
"Boys, you're both in the wrong. Julius Valdez, when your TV viewing time is up, you share the remote. Marius Valdez, swear in front of me again and I will ground you for 24 hours" answered Isabella.
"But mom" chorused Julius and Marius.
"It won't work with me" replied Isabella.
"Boys, listen to your mother" said Valdez.
"But Uncle" chorused Marius and Julius.
"That does not work with me" answered Valdez.
"Nathan, did not realise you had a house full" said Isabella.
"Meet my sister, Isabella" said Valdez introducing his former senior officers to Isabella.
"Older or younger?" asked Teanna.
"I'm the eldest" answered Isabella.
"Nathan rarely spoke of his late parents" said Teanna.
"Teanna, did he ever tell you what happened?" asked Isabella.
"Nathan did, he explained how it split his family apart" answered Teanna.
"I was not old enough to look after him legally and we were separated and put with different foster families. Nathan went to Betazed and I went to Bajor, we recently reunited after 30 years" replied Isabella.
"Congratulations" answered Teanna.
"Thank you, being able to spend lost time with my brother has been a big help for both of us" replied Isabella as Isoisa walked in and sat next to Trianna (yellow).
"Remember, you've got a hospital appointment tomorrow" reminded Isoisa to Trianna (yellow).
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Brea III, 2434 (Prime)
Valdez was sat in the garden when Zoe Maria walked over and took a seat next to him,
"Hey Dad" she said to Valdez.
"How's retirement?" asked Zoe Maria.
"Peaceful, no more fighting and at least I got to be there for my baby girl growing up" answered Valdez.
"Dad, I'm 21" replied Zoe Maria.
"You're still my baby girl no matter what age" answered Valdez as Teanna Jane, Ablim Jnr and Elizabeth walked into the garden and took a seat.
"Granddad, need some advice" asked Teanna Jane.
"How can I help?" asked Valdez.
"I'm thinking about applying for the Marines" answered Teanna Jane.
"Think about this carefully, being a Marine is a full time commitment" replied Valdez.
"I spoke to Anna about it, she said don't rush in to something like this" answered Teanna Jane.
"Your aunt is correct, what's Trianna said?" asked Valdez.
"Mom's against it, she mentioned the state you, Rick and Anna were in when you returned home from the last Terran Civil War. Mom advised me that war changes a person, how she lost her right leg and got her fused spine. I see Mom struggle everyday in that wheelchair" replied Teanna Jane.
"It's a fair point, listen to that wisdom and make up your own mind. The reason your Mom is against it is she does not want to see you in that same position, she was 20 when she lost her leg and fused her spine. I saw what state she was in and it upset me though I persisted and did my best for her" advised Valdez.
"Thanks granddad. Why have you, Mom and Dad have been hiding something from me?" asked Teanna Jane.
"It was to protect you, your mother was once Empress of the Terran Empire. You were placed with us because your mother did not want to see you get hurt and she wanted you to have a normal life" answered Valdez.
"Where is she?" asked Teanna Jane.
"She died when you were a baby" answered Valdez.
After taking all this in, Teanna Jane's answer was,
"Thanks granddad for being honest with me. You, Mom and Dad had your reasons and the thought of being an Empress of an empire is not really my thing. I like the simple things in life"
"You're a smart girl, don't waste that" advised Valdez.
"Thanks granddad" answered Teanna Jane.
"So, if you are rejected by the military, what other options are you looking at?" asked Valdez.
"Civilian engineering sounds like an interesting career" answered Teanna Jane.
"You're a natural engineer, I remember you and your uncle Luke dissembling and reassembling the replicator in the kitchen when you were 13" replied Valdez smiling.
"You and grandma were none too happy about it" answered Teanna Jane laughing.
"Quite the opposite actually, you showed a natural talent" replied Valdez.
"It was fun" answered Teanna Jane.
"Ablim, how's the academy?" asked Valdez.
"Challenging, it's really tough" answered Ablim Jnr.
"Struggle is part of life" replied Valdez.
"Yep, best part is friends and family" answered Ablim Jnr.
"It's what you do that counts, make a positive impact" advised Valdez.
"I will granddad" answered Ablim Jnr.
"Good lad" replied Valdez.
"Granddad, I like what you've done with the garden" said Elizabeth.
"Ongoing project" replied Valdez.
"So this is what you are doing with your retirement, nice work" answered Elizabeth.
"Still got a way to go" replied Valdez.
"If you need some help, just ask" answered Elizabeth.
"Even as a little girl, you helped. I'll set you aside a flowerbed if you want" replied Valdez.
"Thanks granddad" answered Elizabeth, "happy anniversary" she said afterwards passing Valdez a box with seeds.
"Are these Talosian singing plants?" asked Valdez, "thank you Elizabeth" he said afterwards.
"They are, I got them on a botanical survey of Talos IV" answered Elizabeth.
"Did you meet the natives?" asked Valdez.
"I did, though I had to share my memories of growing up in exchange for the seeds and soil needed to grow them" answered Elizabeth.
"That's how they understand others, you showed them respect by sharing those memories" replied Valdez.
"The Talosians are an interesting people" answered Elizabeth.
"That they are" replied Valdez.
They were all called inside, when they got in, friends and family were all sat around the table and soon all raised their glasses to Valdez and Joanna on their wedding anniversary,
"22 years, here's to another 22 years" said Joanna to Valdez.
"Indeed" answered Valdez smiling.
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Draidus system, 2414 (MU yellow)
The I.S.S. Teanna, I.S.S. Winston Duarte and I.S.S. Tikal had been detached from Omega on a colonial rescue operation, the colony on Draidus III had dispatched a distress call after experiencing severe seismic activity,
"This is Captain Isabella Valdez of the I.S.S. Tikal" said Isabella (yellow) in her hail to the colony governor.
"Governor Micheal Emden here, we've been experiencing severe seismic activity coming from the ground below us. It's rising" answered Governor Emden.
"Lt, run a scan of the ground beneath the colony" ordered Isabella to her science officer.
"This is the valley the colony is in from the last survey and this is that same ground today" reported the Tikal's science officer as the land charts were displayed on the viewscreen.
"Not only has that land risen, but so has the land for 1500 miles around" noted Isabella to her science officer.
"I did some checking on Draidus III, the colony was built there to take advantage of the geothermals. The colony is built into a caldera" replied the Tikal's science officer.
"How powerful would the blast be?" asked Isabella.
"Toba" answered the Tikal's science officer.
"If the Toba evolutionary bottleneck theory is true, how much damage would this blast cause?" asked Isabella.
"An extinction level event" answered the Tikal's science officer
"Captain Valdez, Captain Seisa, prepare to take evacuees" ordered Isabella via subspace, "Governor, you need to evacuate the entire colony" she said to Governor Emden.
"Ma'am, reading harmonic echoes. Magma is beginning to break through to the surface" reported Lt. Baker aboard the I.S.S. Teanna.
"Tikal, you reading harmonic echoes on your sensor screen?" asked Trianna (red).
"We are, Duarte and Teanna put yourself in geosynchronous orbit above the colony and prepare to receive evacuees" replied Isabella. The Duarte and Teanna followed the order as the Tikal now became the command ship for the evacuation.
"Medical, prepare to receive evacuees, transporter room, lock onto all lifesigns in the settlements" ordered Trianna (red).
Aboard the Duarte, the same order was issued by Seisa (yellow) as both ships got into position.
It was now a race against time as the three Imperial ships began beaming up the colonists, aboard the Teanna, Governor Emden came to the bridge,
"How many?" asked Governor Emden to Trianna (red).
"With all transporters operating, we've got another 250 to go out of 700 colonists. The garrison has been evacuated as well" answered Trianna (red).
"Duarte here, all colonists have been evacuated from the surface" reported Seisa to Isabella.
"The colony has been successfully evacuated" reported the Tikal's operations officer as all eyes then all three ships turned to the viewscreens as probes were then sent down to document the approaching eruption. An hour after all colonists and garrison were evacuated, the entire valley rose up and exploded as rock and ash rose into the air. The crews and evacuees all watch in horror from orbit as pyroclastic flows race from the eruption destroying everything in it's path for hundreds of miles around. Science stations on all three ships lit up as probe data came in.
The crews and evacuees all monitored the eruption for three days before it ended. Since it was deemed too dangerous for a ground team to go down, probes now recorded the devastation as the first pictures were transmitted back to the ships.
"The whole valley has collapsed in on itself, what was once fertile land is now a 1500 mile wide crater. Everything for 500 miles around has been totally destroyed and ash has now suffocated the planet" reported the Tikal's science officer.
"At least there were no casualties" answered Isabella.
"But Draidus III will be uninhabitable for years" replied the Tikal's science officer.
"It could have been a lot worse" answered Isabella.
"Agreed" replied the Tikal's science officer.
"This is the Tikal to all ships, set a course for Betazed. Maximum warp" ordered Isabella to her group, all three ships then left the system and went to warp, when they arrived at Betazed (yellow), the evacuees were offloaded while Isabella went to be debriefed by Regent Lot.
In her office, Papela (yellow) read the reports carefully,
"Quick thinking captain" said Papela to Isabella.
"Evacuation was the only option, no time to try and deflect the blast due to the sheer scale of the caldera" answered Isabella.
"Explain the Toba Evolutionary bottleneck theory" asked Papela.
"Toba is a volcanic lake on Terra, it's so big you can see the lake from space. Around 74,000 years ago, it erupted wiping out 90% of all life on Terra, the Terrans according to the theory were reduced to 10,000 breeding pairs as a result. Everything in the blast zone was destroyed and the ash caused vegetation to die all over Terra followed by a climate drop as a result of fine ash particles blotting out the sun" explained Isabella.
"Draidus III, would you call that a Toba scale disaster?" asked Papela.
"More powerful judging from the blast damage" answered Isabella.
"No casualties, Governor Emden has reported to me that your crews behaved professionally. Make sure they get my regards" replied Papela.
"They will" answered Isabella.
"Captain Valdez, I spoke with Admiral Dawson about having one of Legio Omega's groups as a dedicated colonial support group. Your name came up to command that group" said Papela.
"May I ask why?" asked Isabella.
"Because a level headed commander is required, a commander with a scientific mind not a tactical mind" answered Papela.
"Ma'am" replied Isabella.
"You can choose what ships and captains go with you" answered Papela.
"I'll take the Duarte and Teanna, their captains have always worked well together. I may need a list of suitable captains for the rest" replied Isabella.
"I'll have the list sent to the Tikal, Captain, you're also out of uniform" answered Papela passing over a box to Isabella, "open it, that's an order" she said afterwards.
Isabella opened the box,
"For your loyalty and service to the people of the Empire, I hereby promote you to the rank of Commodore and commander of the 1st Colonial support group" said Papela replacing Isabella's captain's rank with a commodore rank before shaking her hand.
"Thank you ma'am" answered Isabella.
"Commodore Valdez, congratulations" replied Papela, "Isabella, you have children?" asked Papela.
"Three boys" answered Isabella.
"How old?" asked Papela.
"9, 12 and 15" answered Isabella.
"Those boys need time with their mother, take some time off and be with your little ones. You're on leave for a month while your ship is refitted" replied Papela.
"Ma'am" answered Isabella.
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