Star Trek Adventures – Kage Hoshi Division, Episode 2: Find Your Bearings (Part 2)

Posted: February 26, 2019 in Roleplaying Games, Star Trek Adventures
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Greetings Fellow Star Trek and Roleplaying Game Fans!

 

This is the latest session from our adventures in the Star Trek Adventures RPG (by Modiphius). Whenever you see text in this reddish brown color, that was what was read to the players. I’ve also included Game Mechanic elements so that others can incorporate it into their games if they want to. Any GM notes are in this bright blue color.

Previous Episodes and Sessions:
Previously on Star Trek Adventures (Kage Hoshi Division):

The U.S.S. Mulgrew arrived at Ocampa and found that there was a substantial amount of interference that prevented them from getting accurate readings from the ship’s sensors.  There were two away teams assembled, one to stay below the mesosphere and relay messages to the Mulgrew, and the other to investigate the planet and its inhabitants. General K’orvo, Lieutenant Commander Dirnick, and Lieutenant Lorne were almost ambushed by a group of hostile Kazon-Ogla. They weren’t willing to negotiate for the Kazon-Nistrim and a firefight erupted. The crew subdued and detained the hostiles in their shuttle and sent Trenack, the Kazon-Nistrim, with Lieutenant Zhang on the second shuttle.

And now, the continuation…

Episode Two: Find Your Bearings (Part 2)
ACT ONE: Scene Two – Beauty Beneath the Surface

(If the players failed the previous scanning task, they may attempt it again. If they passed, they may review their findings)

Once the crew has successfully subdued and secured the attackers, they are able to fix the shuttle doors and secure the shuttle from potential scavengers. The crew looks over their scans once more. The caves that they detected are located a short distance away, but they run deep underground with winding tunnels and areas that the tricorders can’t get readings for. The crew picks up an opening on their scans, just on the other side of the large rock formation that the Kazon were hiding behind. The opening leads beneath the surface and into one of the tunnels. There are very faint readings of plant life and moisture throughout that tunnel, as well as a fluctuating life sign that’s not Kazon and could be in distress.

“Commander, I’m reading a life sign that may be in distress. It looks like we have to traverse a short distance into this opening to reach it.” Dirnick looks at K’orvo to gauge his potential response before continuing. When he doesn’t detect a hard resistance from K’orvo, he continues, “Starfleet protocols require that we lend aid to those that ask for it. Also, these life signs are not Kazon. It’s possible I could be reading an Ocampa life sign.”

“Well, whoever it is did not request aid, but in the interests of the mission, I think we should investigate. Can we safely navigate the tunnels to get to the being?” K’orvo asks Dirnick.

“I believe so, sir. There appear to be hazardous spots, but it’s very difficult to get accurate readings for the terrain below the surface from here. Not sure what’s causing it, but there is some minor interference.” Dirnick says, studying his scans.

“Gather the minimum amount of supplies we might need and let us venture into the tunnels to find this life sign then.” K’orvo sighs as Dirnick signals to Lorne and the trio prepares to venture beneath the surface.

The crew makes their way to the underground entrance and they can easily see the path that lies ahead is treacherous. The walls are rough and the floor is loose dirt. The tunnels do not look like they were created with precision or planning, more like they were dug out with crude tools. The rock is dark in color with hues of purple and burgundy splashed in. There are chunks of wall missing in several locations, like someone dug something out of the wall. The tunnels resemble a crude mining operation. There are no places to hang lights on the walls and there are no ceiling supports either. If this had been a mining operation at one time, it was not very well planned or executed. The crew must take care and not misstep.

“Commander, these tunnels are quite dangerous. My scans were accurate for the upper levels, but if go too deep, we could find ourselves injured if we don’t take care where we step.” Dirnick says, looking at K’orvo. The light from the surface peeks through a few cracks in the ceiling, as the dust they disturbed upon entering the area drifts lazily through the beams of light.

K’orvo surveys his surroundings and turns to Lorne, “Do you think you can safely navigate us through the tunnels? Your past experiences could prove useful here. Bajoran resistance fighters often used caves to hide in, correct?”

“Aye, Commander. I know how to read the terrain. Every planet is different, but some things never change. I can get us safely to the lower tunnels.” Lorne takes the lead, stirring up more dust with every step. The upper levels are easy enough to traverse, but once the crew begins to descend, they find that one small slip could easily leave them injured or worse. Lorne steadies himself and guides the other two around the dangers.

Game Mechanics
~ Extended Timed Task: Navigate the Tunnels
~ Time Intervals: 14 (1 Per Attempt)
~ Work Track:
12

~ Magnitude: 3
~ Resistance: 2
~ Base Difficulty: 2
~ Fitness + Command
~ Player Assist: Any Applicable Pairing with Explanation

The lower paths are indeed treacherous have many pitfalls and loose rocks that could easily cause someone to fall to their death, or at the very least, a life threatening injury. The walls are damp and a type of moss can be found clinging and hanging in the moistest areas. As the crew travels the tunnels, light from the surface peeks through cracks and crevices in the ceiling of the tunnels. Once the crew gets far enough beneath the surface, there is no more natural light and the crew must use their SIMs beacons. As the light from the crews’ beacons pass over patches of moss, the moss emits a faint blue glow for a brief time and then the light fades.

“Oh! That’s fascinating! Commander, if I may have a moment, I’d like to take some readings of this mossy substance.” Dirnick is already pulling out his tricorder before K’orvo has a chance to respond.

“Make it quick, Lieutenant Commander. We may be on stable ground for the moment, but I do not wish to linger here longer than is necessary.” K’orvo glances around with a look of concern on his face.

“All done! I just needed a moment. Thank you, Commander.” Dirnick holds up his tricorder to check the readings of the being he registered earlier.

The crew notices that the life sign they detected has begun to move slowly and deeper into the tunnels. The crew carefully works their way through the tunnels and caverns until they finally catch up to the life sign. The crew rounds a divide in the tunnel to find a woman sitting on a rocky, flat protrusion. She’s startled and jumps up from where she was sitting. As she tries to run away from the crew, they notice an obvious limp. The crew calls to her but she only glances back, without stopping. She doesn’t get far down the tunnel before she trips and falls.

“Commander, the life sign is moving slowly, but deeper into the tunnels. We should catch up to it any moment.” Dirnick points out as they approach a divide in the tunnel. They move around it to find that the life sign is an almost human looking woman with ridged extensions on the tips of her ears. When she sees the dark figures of the crew, she jumps up from the rock she’s sitting on and tries to run away.

“Miss! Wait! We won’t hurt you!” Lorne calls out, but the woman is limping further down the tunnel. She glances back for a moment, which causes her to trip and fall. Lorne and Dirnick cautiously approach her and attempt to calm her down. Lorne holds his hands up so she can see that he isn’t pointing any weapons at her. “We just want to help. We noticed you were limping. Is everything okay?”

Game Mechanics
~ Task: Calm the Woman
~ Difficulty: 0
~ Insight + Command
~ Player Assist: Presence + Security
~ Opposed Task: Insight + Security

When the crew calms the woman down, they are able to get a quick scan of her leg and discovery the limp is caused by a minor sprain. The sprain is easily corrected with an osteogenic stimulator from a medkit or a dermal regenerator from a standard emergency kit. Once the crew has healed the woman’s ankle, she opens up a little more about who she is and her people.

“You should be good as new, but I would rest that leg when you get home.” Dirnick smiles quaintly at the woman as he finishes mending her injury.

“My name is Lorne, this is Dirnick, and that’s our commanding officer, K’orvo.” Lorne introduces everyone and the woman seems to be more at ease after getting a good look at the crew.

“My name is Tyla and my species is called the Ocampa. We’ve lived here on this planet for over 500 generations. Our planet used to be a beautiful place until “The Warming” happened. Bodies of water evaporated and the rains never fell again. Since then, the Caretaker had always provided for us, but he’s not now. My people learned how to develop a sustainable power generator that uses cormaline as fuel. We built it about a year ago, with the help of a human from the Alpha Quadrant. He was a crewmember of a Federation ship, called Voyager. I didn’t recognize your uniforms in the dark and that’s why I ran. The Kazon, who are brutal and war hungry, discovered that we had developed our engineering skills and they began attacking us. My people are in great danger from the Kazon. The generators that power our force field and all the systems in our society are failing. I was on a mission to recover parts that were stolen from us, but I’ve failed. Without those parts, or a way to repair the broken temporary ones, our force field will fail and the Kazon will invade my home and enslave my people.”

If the crew are worried about the Prime Directive, remind them of this; the Ocampa have a unique culture but they’ve already been assisted by a member of Voyager’s crew. Helping them now wouldn’t be in violation of the Prime Directive.

“If you will let us, we can accompany you on your way back, Tyla. We can take a look at the generators to see if we can assist you.” K’orvo says as Tyla stands up and brushes the dirt from her pants.

“I’m sure the Elders would appreciate any help, especially from Federation people.” Tyla says and motions for the crew to follow her. “This way.”

The crew will hopefully decide to help Tyla and the Ocampa repair their generators. Tyla can guide the crew through the rest of the tunnels with no trouble. Suddenly, they reach a dead end.

The crew follows Tyla through several tunnels, some of which look almost impassible but the dangerous spots are easily maneuvered with her help.

“Scouts, like myself, know every inch of every tunnel. We scout for potential new tunnels and new entrance locations too. We move our surface entrances often, so the Kazon have a harder time finding them.” Tyla explains as she helps the crew across a crack in the ground, big enough to trip over, but small enough to miss in the dark. “We don’t want to live on the surface, but it’s a place that’s rich with our culture’s archaeological history that we want to explore. It’s not much further now.”

The crew follows her until they approach a dead end in the tunnel. Dirnick instinctively scans the area, but his scans do not yield any significant results. “Excuse me, Tyla, but have lost your way home?”

“Don’t worry; it’s just the illusion of a dead end to hide the entrance.” Tyla touches a spot on the wall to her left and a panel opens up. She taps several buttons on what looks like an LCARS panel and the image of the wall begins to pixelate and fade away. There is now a wall of energy where the dead end once was, and the crew can easily see beyond the yellow glow of the energy field. The tunnel continues and not far from where the crew is standing, the rough walls become smoothly formed walls. The floor transitions from dirt to what appears to be a metal plating of some kind. “There are very few access tunnels that are safe to use, so we have to protect them in any way we can. These entrances can’t be moved. The energy signature of the force field is masked so the Kazon can’t detect it. Their scanners should show a magnetic fluctuation, which would deter them from trying to progress beyond the dead end. Cormaline is not magnetic and any cormaline that’s exposed to a magnetic field will change the composition of the mineral, making it worthless. Since the Kazon’s main interest is in the cormaline deposits, this is the best solution we’ve been able to come up with.”

Tyla smiles and presses a few more buttons on the panel. The force field dissipates allowing the crew to pass through the entrance. Once crew is on the other side of the force field markers, Tyla closes the panel and steps across the markers to stand near the crew. She touches another spot on the wall and different panel that’s almost identical to the other panel opens. She inputs several commands and the force field initializes, but the wall doesn’t appear to be visible from this side.

Dirnick watches with intense curiosity, memorizing her hand movements. Lorne steps up to the force field and looks into the tunnel that they just came from. “Is this some sort of two way mirror?”

“This is something we learned how to do on our own. The dead end wall appears normally on the other side of the force field, but we’re able to see through it from this side. We can see potential threats before they see us.” Tyla smiles and motions for the crew to follow her down the hallway.

“Sneaky and resourceful. The Kazon should be thankful that you and your people are a peaceful race.” K’orvo compliments Tyla and she smiles.

The crew follows her as she leads them down a long hallway. There appear to be several retracted bulkhead doors installed in the hallway. It appears that the Ocampa have been reinforcing their home in such a way that they could repel any Kazon invaders. The crew can easily assume that the generators power these doors and all the other safeguarding systems, so without the generators, the Ocampa will be at the mercy of the Kazon.

“It seems you have some serious security measures already in place.” Lorne says as they continue down the hallway.

“We can remotely close these doors, but we need the generators to power them. If we close the doors, we won’t likely open them again and they’re made to withstand any phase pistol the Kazon have. We can also collapse the hallway, rendering it completely useless.” Tyla says with a grim tone.

“I take it that’s a last resort though?” Lorne asks.

“If the Kazon make it beyond the fake wall, the doors are here to prevent them from advancing. When we clear them out of the tunnel, we collapse the ceiling rendering the tunnel unusable.” Tyla doesn’t seem to want like talking about this particular subject.

When the crew and Tyla reach the end of the hallway, it opens up to a great cavernous area that has artificial sunlight beaming down onto miles of city-scape. The architecture of the buildings looks as though it was inspired by the ancient Romans, with domed roofs and massive columns on almost every building. The roads and walkways are very rigid and sharp in appearance with hard angles and no curves, much different than the look of the buildings. Accents of what appears similar to bronze and gold metallic decorations adorn the buildings and walkways. There is a sparkling river calmly flowing down the center of the cavern, from one end to the other. Hanging over the river, at various locations, are planting boxes for a variety of crops and other plant life. There are decorative trees and potted plants placed all around the city. It’s a vast difference from the world above the surface.

“This is my home. The Ocampa live here and wish to be left alone. We study art, literature, music, gardening, and a variety of other life enriching topics. We have no taste for conflict. Follow me and I’ll show you to the generators.” Tyla says as she motions for the crew to follow her.

Dirnick begins scanning the area and his curiosity gets the better of him, “I assume that the crops are not a necessity, but more of a hobby? And what of the river; is it naturally occurring? It’s so still, it’s almost like glass. I’m very interesting in your irrigation techniques as well.”

“Lieutenant Commander, you will have time to discuss plants later. We need to assess the situation with the generators first.” K’orvo says, almost cutting Dirnick off mid-sentence.

“Yes, sir. Sorry about that. I just find horticulture and botany to be of great interest. We may also need to incorporate some of their methods to use on the Mulgrew. We should think about saving energy by using the replicators less and eating fresh food when possible.” Dirnick says.

“I do not have any issue with your personal pursuits. I think it is a good idea, but let us complete our mission first.” K’orvo explains.

“We have replicators, but their main function is to replicate nutritional supplements when we need them. We mostly eat freshly grown food, right from our crop boxes. You will find them interesting. We would be more than happy to show you all of our botany and horticulture projects later, Mr. Dirnick. We’ve arrived at the generator building.”

You enter a large building, which isn’t a building at all. The building face is only for decorative purposes, as far as you can tell. When you walk through the doors, you enter a huge area that’s been roughly carved into the side of the cavern. It looks like they’re still working to smooth the walls, and the floors are mostly dirt with alloy floor panels surrounding massive pieces of machinery. They machines are making a steady humming sound, but every so often the power is interrupted and one of the machines shuts down. The moment it happens, one of the Ocampa monitoring the machines jumps up and quickly tinkers with some settings and changes out a part or two and the machine restarts and begins humming again.

“We have to use temporary stabilizers to keep the generators running. We never know when they’ll shut down, so we have to keep shifts of maintenance workers watching them non-stop. The parts the Kazon stole are too complex for us to replicate, and we’ve got technicians working on rebuilding them, but our parts just aren’t like the originals. They took all of the conversion sustainers from the machines. Now we have to manually swap the temporary sustainers, but that will only work for so long. We will eventually run out of the temporary sustainers and be left defenseless.” Tyla explains with a look of concern and fear on her face.

“They run by converting cormaline into energy. Just a pebble sized piece of cormaline can convert into enough energy to power the city for a month or more. The conversion sustainers make it possible for the machines to use the energy from the converted cormaline. The Kazon invaded our planet and want the cormaline to sell to other races for weapons most likely. If the Kazon mine it all, we’ll have to find another energy source or we’ll be taken as slaves of the Kazon.”

(If asked how the Kazon stole the parts, she hesitates to explain, but will if asked politely. She explains, “We were told that they wanted to extend their hand in peace. We allowed a ‘diplomatic’ party to join us in the city. We thought everything was working out and we were giving them a tour and then everything changed when we came to this room. As we led the party around one of the generators, the Kazon diplomats ambushed us and started to remove parts from the generators.”)

“So, how did the Kazon steal the parts in the first place?” Lorne crosses his arms and looks at Tyla with suspicion.

“We were told that they wanted to extend their hand in peace. We allowed a ‘diplomatic’ party to join us in the city. We thought everything was working out and we were giving them a tour and then everything changed when we came to this room. As we led the party around one of the generators, the Kazon diplomats ambushed us and started to remove the parts from the generators.” As Tyla explains what happened, two more of the generators malfunction and the technicians rush to repair them.

K’orvo sighs to himself and looks at the away team. “We need to get an engineer down here. I do not want either of you mucking about the machinery.”

“You’ll get no argument from me, Commander. I’m happy to avoid it if possible.” Dirnick says as he wipes his index finger across a flat surface on one of the machines. He rubs his thumb and index finger together and makes a disgusted face. “This equipment is somewhat primitive compared to our technology. I wouldn’t know what to do with it anyway.”

“Commander, what about Ensign Cross? Isn’t he more familiar with primitive technologies?” Lorne asks, as he studies some of the moving parts on the closest generator.

“K’orvo to Shuttle Spiner.” K’orvo waits for a few moments and when he doesn’t get a response, he tries to hail the shuttle again. “Lieutenant Zhang, respond.”

“You may not be able to communicate with your shuttle because of the interference field we have in place. We created it to make it more difficult for the Kazon to communicate with anyone on the surface. You’ll have to leave the tunnels to reach them.” Tyla explains as she assists one of the technicians with a different part on a nearby generator.

“Alright, we will all go back up to the surface and assess the situation.” K’orvo says. “They may have somewhat primitive technology compared to ours, but it can still disrupt our operations. That means the Kazon will also have a harder time. I feel confident in the Ocampan defenses, once their generators are fixed.”

“I definitely agree with you, Commander. I think our passive friends here can defend themselves adequately. The captain will be happy to hear it.” Dirnick says as Tyla rejoins the away team.

“We’ll guide you through the tunnels.” Tyla says and the group begins to make their way back towards the tunnels.

Once on the surface, the crew makes several personnel changes to better accommodate the current state of things. Lorne returns to the Mulgrew to monitor security for the Kazon-Nistrim aboard the ship and Cross ventures out to join the away team on the planet’s surface. Ensign Castle is assigned to monitor the Kazon-Ogla in Shuttle Dorn as well as keep a lookout for any signs of danger.

K’orvo, Cross, and Dirnick make their way to the tunnels. Once they have re-entered the tunnels, a crew of Ocampa begin collapsing the entrance and are making plans to open a new one nearby. The away team makes their way safely back to Ocampa with the aid of several scouts. When they enter the generator room, Cross’s eyes grow wide with excitement and he rushes to inspect the closest generator.

“Ah, yes, I see that this doomaflatchy here shouldn’t be acting this way. Oh, never thought to use this thingy-ma-jig in this manner, but it seems to be useful. If you were to swap the attachment here with this do-hicky, then it should increase the output by fifteen percent… maybe more if you add a what’s-it….” Cross’s thoughts and ideas uncontrollably spill from his mouth as he mumbles to himself and instantly jumps into the task at hand.

“Is he okay?” Tyla asks as she watches Cross skirt around the corners of the generators, pulling at wires and tubes.

“This is how he works. It’s… unconventional, to say the least. But he’s effective and efficient. Sometimes I wonder if it’s intentional or accidental.” Dirnick raises an eyebrow as he watches Cross trip over several components and then scold the pieces for getting in his way. Dirnick looks at Tyla with a smile and says, “But they say that genius and insanity go hand in hand.”

Tyla’s eyes grow wide as she now has a look of uncertainty about their choice of aid.

Game Mechanics
~ Extended Task: Engineer a Solution
~ Work Track: 8
~ Magnitude: 3
~ Maximum Attempts: 5
~ Base Difficulty: 3
~ Insight + Engineering, Reason + Engineering
~ Player Assist: Any Applicable Pairing with Explanation

You are able to successfully adapt the machinery and the temporary conversion stabilizers, but only enough that the Ocampa can now predict with extreme accuracy when they’ll need to replace them. You were also able to extend the life of the temporary stabilizers, but again, not enough to be a sustainable solution. The Ocampa need their parts back.

Cross finishes his work in a matter of minutes and walks back over to the rest of the away team. “Hey, um, so I kinda fixed the parts, but they really need the actual pieces back. I’m not sure how the others are made so I can’t duplicate them without having one in my hands.”

“We were just discussing the Kazon compound with Tyla. We figured we were going to need to get those components back, regardless of your success or failure. We can not leave technology like that in the hands of the Kazon.” K’orvo says as he studies the faces of the away team.

A male Ocampa walks in, just as you complete your task, and Tyla addresses him. “Elder Quim, these are officers from a Federation ship, just like the Voyager Federation ship. They’ve found a way to extend the life of the conversion stabilizers and also found a way to predict when they’ll fail. This will buy us the time and the manpower we need to get the main conversion stabilizers back.”

“This is good news. Thank you, Federation officers, for your help. We can help supply you with plants to help you grow food on your ship, but we have little else to offer. If you will excuse me, I need Tyla to accompany me. We must put together a rescue effort.” Elder Quim seems genuinely grateful, but also concerned.

(If the players ask who is in need of rescue, Quim does not hesitate to respond. If the players don’t ask, then Tyla will ask in front of the crew.)

“I’m sorry to impose, but if you don’t mind me asking, who is in need of rescue?” Dirnick asks coyly.

“The Kazon have captured our scouts. Only one of them returned, and he was badly injured. It seems that the Kazon are also to be credited for the community members that have gone missing over the past few weeks. Our people are presumed alive, but being held captive. We must try to assemble a rescue team with the people we have left, and also try to retrieve our stolen generator components if possible. The Kazon have become bold because of their new compound manager, Cabrok. If he thought we had powerful allies, it might discourage him the Kazon under his command. You have already done so much for us, but may I request your help in rescuing our people and putting a stop to the Kazon’s embolden attempts at locating the entrances to our home? Please, help us.” Elder Quim pleads with the crew, as the door flies open and wiry young boy bounces in.

The boy takes one look at the away team and his eyes grow wide with excitement when he sets his sights on the Starfleet comm badges the three are wearing. “Starfleet! Federation! The rumors are true! You’re really here! I’ve only heard tales about you! Are you real Starfleet?!”

“Why, yes, we are.” Dirnick begins to respond but the doors open once more as a young woman bursts in and sets her sights on the boy.

“Tus! I told you to stay away from here. Elder Quim, I’m so sorry for the disruption.” The woman says.

“It’s fine, Iriam. Tus, you should be in school right now.” Elder Quim looks at Tus as he scolds the young boy.

“I’m sorry, Elder Quim, but I’m almost two! I wanted to see them before they left. I may never get another chance!” Tus looks the away team over with excitement.

“Wait, did you say, two? As in, you’re only two years old?” Cross looks at the boy with disbelief.

“Ocampa age much more rapidly than other species. We mature by age four and we die around age ten or eleven. Tus is almost two and Iriam just turned five. I think the equivalent ages in human years would be around eight and twenty, respectively.” Tyla explains.

Dirnick pulls out a tricorder to scan Tus and Iriam. “This is quite extraordinary. Are the two of you related as well?”

“Yes, sir. Tus is my younger brother. Our parents have passed and I’m in charge of his care, but he makes it difficult when he doesn’t want to listen to me.” Iriam, standing behind Tus, squeezes her brothers shoulders and he gives an awkward smile.

“I can’t help it. It’s more fun to explore the surface than stay down here.” Tus says, as he stares curiously at Dirnick’s tricorder.

“Oh, I almost forgot! I found something!” Tus says excitedly. “I know where the Kazon have our people AND the generator parts!”

The away team, Elder Quim, Tyla, and Iriam all look at Tus with shock and surprise. But K’orvo is the one that speaks first. “Well, speak up boy! Where are they?”

Tus explains how he overheard one of the patrol guards at the compound discussing the captives and where they were being held as well as the new parts for their equipment. The crew realizes that they need to move quickly and recover the Ocampa prisoners and the components in one attempt. He also overheard them talking about a control room that contains all the controls for all the force fields and security protocols of the compound.

ACT TWO: Scene One – Forceful Diplomacy

Nightfall has come and the crew is scouting the outside the Kazon encampment where the Ocampa believe their people and stolen components are being kept. There are a few Ocampa with the crew: Tyla, Iriam, and Tus. They are crouched on a ridge just on the outskirts of the compound.

Cross stayed behind to study the generators more closely and Lorne returned from the Mulgrew to assist the away team with the upcoming mission.

The crew visually surveys the compound, looking for signs of the Ocampa captives. The compound is not well secured. There are rundown buildings being used as makeshift shelters and there are Kazon sleeping in the open, on the ground. There is one larger building that looks like it’s fortified with locked doors and alarms, a stark difference from the surrounding structures.

Game Mechanics
~ Task: Scan the Encampment
~ Difficulty: 1
~ Reason + Science, Reason + Security, Control + Engineering
~ Player Assist: Opposite Attribute + Discipline used by player attempting the scan.

Success: You’re reading several Ocampa life signs in the fortified building. You are also getting readings from equipment with an energy signature that’s very similar to the one produced by the temporary conversion stabilizers. It also appears that there are Kazon life signs spread throughout the building. You can’t get a clear enough reading at this distance to pinpoint the location of the control room.

Momentum Spend: Spending one extra momentum will give the players details on what they’ve scanned. For instance, how many Ocampa (15) are in the building and where they’re located (left front area of the building). Spending another momentum will give the players details on where the equipment is located (right front of the building) and also that’s it’s hooked up to some machinery that’s causing unusual fluctuations in the stabilizers’ energy signatures. Another point of momentum will give the players details on the Kazon. There are about a dozen Kazon spread throughout the building, but only two near the Ocampa and three near the equipment and all appear to be in motion around those areas.

(Give the players time to work out what they want to do. If the players look lost as to what their options are, give them some suggestions: They can attempt to quietly infiltrate the camp, bypassing the sleeping Kazon; or they can go in by force, ambushing the sleeping Kazon as they go.)

“A smart warrior knows that the wind does not respect the fool.” K’orvo whispers. Dirnick and Lorne look at each other and Lorne shrugs at Dirnick.

“Commander, what does that mean exactly?” Dirnick whispers back.

“Only a fool would try to take on that many enemies at once. Choose your battles wisely. A foolish death does not gain you entry into Sto’Vo’Kor.” K’orvo looks at the two, both still obviously confused. “It means that we can sneak in and then sneak out without being seen.”

“Ah, espionage! Isn’t that a dishonorable tactic?” Dirnick asks, eyeing K’orvo.

“Not when the end result is more honorable than the dishonorable act. It is an honorable mission to aid the civilians and retrieve their stolen property… at least in the eyes of Starfleet.” K’orvo says, studying the layout of the area.

“Well, we should carefully make our way to the entrance, where I can get a better scan of the building’s interior and look for that control room location.” Dirnick says. “I can’t get a clear reading out here.”

“Alright, let us advance upon the enemy territory. Do not speak and make your feet as silent as the mess hall at midnight.” K’orvo says as he leads the team down the side of the hill. One by one, they fall in behind him and move silently and swiftly across the sandy ground.

Game Mechanics
~ Task: Infiltration (Each player must attempt this Task).
~ Difficulty: 2
~ Fitness + Security, Control + Security

(If the players choose to ambush the Kazon, they simply approach and attack them while they’re sleeping. There are three Kazon (Minor NPC) between them and the entrance to the building. Attacking any one of them will stir the others. They can attempt to sneak up on them, using the Infiltration Task above, but attacking one will still stir the others. Guards will be alerted by the disturbance and two Kazon Guards will join with the other Grunts.)

There is a moment where Tus loses his footing and almost falls onto a sleeping Kazon. Lorne reaches out and grabs the collar of Tus’s shirt, steadying the boy. He turns to thank Lorne, but Lorne puts a finger to his own lips and shakes his head. Tus nods and steps silently and carefully up to the doorway with the rest of the crew.

(The crew may scan the building from the doorway without disturbing the sleeping Kazon, and they may perform a Task with Difficulty 0 for this if they need Momentum.)

Once the crew has (slipped past or subdued) the Kazon and made it to the entrance of the large building, a quick scan of the building shows that the door opens to a hallway that goes to the right and left. The Ocampa are to their left and the components are to their right. The scan also reveals that the equipment the stolen parts are being used for are actually some form of ground to air weapons.

The crew can see through their scans that there is a crude alarm that triggers each time the door is opened. There is a keypad on the wall opposite from the door, which appears to be tied into the alarm system through primitive electronics. The crew is still having trouble locating the control room through scans, but is confident they can locate it once the door is open.

(The crew can attempt to disable the alarm, but it uses a Task during the upcoming Timed Task. They can destroy the keypad or try to decipher the buttons which will take much longer. Closing the door behind them will close the circuit and shut off the alarm, but this information is only available on a momentum spend if they performed a scan task.)

Dirnick makes a frown and whispers to K’orvo, “Commander, there is an extremely primitive electronic type security system in place. There is no way to disable it or stop if from sounding when we open this door.”

“Can we shut it off after we enter?” K’orvo whispers back, studying the door frame, which appears to be solid stone like the walls.

“I believe so, but it’ll take some time and that’s time we won’t have.” Dirnick whispers back. “The control panel is a primitive keypad device on the wall across from the door. We would need time to decipher their language and then determine the security code.”

“What if we just broke it?” Lorne whispers as he strokes his chin with his index finger and thumb.

“Well, that would work. I don’t see any reason to not break it. Commander?” Dirnick looks at K’orvo for orders.

“Do it. When we enter, break the keypad. Scan for the control room as soon as possible. I will move toward it with Iriam, Tus, and Tyla. Lorne and Dirnick, you two will move toward the room with the parts and retrieve them as soon as I lower the force field. I will retrieve the captives and lead them out. If we do not meet each other while exiting the building, we will meet up on the ridge. Understood?” K’orvo whispers to the away team and the Ocampa. Everyone nods to signify they understand and then K’orvo signals Dirnick to open the door. Lorne slides a knife out of a sheath in his boot.

Game Mechanics
~ Timed Linear Task: Compound Troubles
~ Time Intervals: 16
~ Time per Task:
2
~ Difficulty:
1

ONE – Locate the Control Console
~ Task: Tricorder Scan
~ Reason + Science, Daring + Security
TWO  – Open the Cells and the Generator Room
~ Task: Use the Control Console (Two separate Tasks – one for each goal)
~ Reason + Science, Insight + Engineering, Control + Security
THREE  – Rescue the Ocampa and Retrieve the Components
~ Task: Lead the Ocampa Out
~ Insight or Presence + Command (Diplomacy) – OR – Daring + Security (Forceful)
~ Opposed Task: Presence + Command (Diplomacy) – OR – Daring + Security (Forceful)
~ Task: Remove the Components

~ Control + Engineering, Reason + Science

The door slides open and an alarm sounds inside the building. The nearby sleeping Kazon don’t seem to be stirred by the sound. Lorne rushes toward the keypad and pops the cover off with his knife, while Dirnick scans the interior of the building. The corridors are dark, with sparse shafts moonlight shining in from holes in the ceiling.

“Commander, the control room is to the left and around the corner on the right.” Dirnick says as he turns to the exposed guts of the keypad. He scans the wiring and then cuts several of them, making the alarm go silent.

K’orvo and the Ocampa have already begun walking towards the control room by the time Dirnick silences the alarm. As K’orvo approaches the corner, he hears several voices. The group pauses at the corner of the wide hallway and as he attempts to get a look at the source of the voices, one the Kazon notices his dark figure.

Tyla whispers to K’orvo, “You look like a Kazon in the dark because of your ridges and hair. I bet they won’t know the difference. We can sneak by unnoticed, just keep going.”

K’orvo steps out and walks in the direction of the Kazon, who are guarding the Ocampa locked up behind a force field. The one that noticed him returns to his conversation with the other guard and they completely ignore K’orvo and never notice the Ocampa sneaking around his feet. The group comes to the open doorway of the control room and they slip inside without incident.

Meanwhile, Dirnick and Lorne are making their way to the room where the parts are. They come to the corner of the hallway and peer around it. The wide hallway is empty and the two approach the doorway to the room, but the force field blocks their way. Dirnick looks at it and back at Lorne with a look of concern on his face. “I hope the Commander doesn’t run into trouble. I don’t think we have the equipment to bypass that force field.”

“Aye. At least we’re in position and ready to move when that force field comes down.” Lorne says as he studies the layout of the room through the force field.

Back in the control room, K’orvo is studying the control panels trying to figure out how to lower the force fields without accidentally alerting the Kazon to their presence. K’orvo hears voices headed toward the control room from the direction of the Ocampa captives.

“Those guards are headed this way. Hide!” K’orvo instructs Tyla, Iriam, and Tus, but they’re already hidden. K’orvo looks toward the doorway and watches as the two Kazon pass by, leaving him unnoticed. He overheard them discussing their shift change, and K’orvo realizes this is the perfect opportunity to accomplish their missions and get out before they’re discovered! He works with the control panel as quickly as possible. Tyla is standing at the doorway and signals him the second she sees the force field drop. K’orvo activates a few other controls, hoping those are the ones that drop the force field on the other room. K’orvo, Tyla, Iriam, and Tus make their way back down the hallway towards the captives. As K’orvo enters the room, several of the captive Ocampa startle and scurry to get away from him.

Tyla steps in behind K’orvo and addresses the captives, “Wait! Don’t be afraid! He’s not a Kazon. This is K’orvo from the Federation, and he’s here to rescue you.”

K’orvo looks down at the Ocampas’ hands and sees that they’re bound together with a cord made of some metallic compound. “I need you all to trust me. I have an idea. Tyla, I want you to walk in the back and keep watch. Iriam and Tus, I want you behind me, guiding the bound Ocampa. We do not have time to deal with the binding right now. Everyone walk in a single file line and follow me.”

Meanwhile, Lorne and Dirnick watch as the force field dissipates and they immediately spring into action. They move with lightning speed from one machine to the next, carefully removing the stolen components. Once they have all the components, they make their way to the door and peer out. When they see that the hallway is still empty, they make a break for the compound’s entrance. As they round the corner, they see K’orvo walking down the hallway as though he belongs here, with a line of bound Ocampa behind him.

As soon as K’orvo sees Dirnick and Lorne, he speeds up and they meet at the doorway. They open the door and survey the surroundings. When they don’t see the patrolling guards, the group makes their way around the sleeping Kazon, to the ridge above the compound.

Once the group is safely atop the ridge, K’orvo orders a partial retreat. “Tyla, Iriam, and Tus, I want you three to lead your people away from here. Once you are at a safe distance, try to break the restraints. We will meet you at the entrance to the tunnels once we have completed our mission here. Take the components with you. If you do not see us in a few hours, seal the tunnel and get the components to Ensign Cross. Ensign Cross can find us later. Understood?”

“Yes, K’orvo. We’ll see you soon. And thank you.” With that, Tyla and the rest of the Ocampa disappear into the darkness.

The crew has successfully liberated the Ocampa captives and retrieved the components for the generators. Now all that’s left is to track down Cabrok and try to ‘convince’ him that he needs to leave the Ocampa alone. The crew is faced with a tough decision. They must decide how they want to locate Cabrok. The only method of identification that the crew has is a blurry picture on a PADD that the Ocampa got from one of their security cameras. Scans will only reveal the location of Kazon and not a specific one without an identifying marker. There are several Kazon guards patrolling the perimeter, but none of them resemble Cabrok.

(If the players aren’t certain, you can give them several suggestions: Scout visually for Cabrok, or try to interrogate one of the guards.)

“Now we need to find this Cabrok and see what we can do about the Kazon problem.” K’orvo says as he turns his sight back to the compound. “Lieutenant Lorne, I want you to scout the perimeter. Do not engage the guards unless necessary.”

“Aye, Commander.” Lorne quietly slips into the darkness, back toward the compound.

Game Mechanics
~ Task: Visual Scouting
~ Difficulty: 4
~ Fitness + Security
~ No assisting on this Task.

Success: You overhear one of the guards talking to another. He says, “I don’t think it’s fair that Cabrok gets to pick up supplies all the time. Why should we suffer this planet without a break?”

Momentum Spend: The only other information you can hear is something about Cabrok taking a shuttle to meet a cargo ship for supplies and he’s not supposed to be back for several days.

Lorne returns after a few minutes and relays the information he overheard from the guards’ chatter. “Commander, it seems Cabrok is off planet retrieving supplies from a cargo ship. He’s not scheduled to return for several days.”

“Commander, it seems our ‘conversation’ with Cabrok will have to wait. We could cripple them further, maybe try to push them off the planet with force.” Dirnick says.

“Is that a good idea? More violence could cause the Kazon to bring in reinforcements.” Lorne counters.

“Like intimidating Cabrok won’t?” Dirnick snaps back.

As the crew is discussing the information that’s been gleaned from the guards’ conversation, a shuttle approaches and lands a few hundred meters away. The crew watches as none other than Cabrok exits the shuttle, looking quite irritated. He has three guards with him, and he’s barking orders at them. The rest of the Kazon in the encampment don’t seem to have noticed Cabrok has returned.

“The light of Kahless is shining on us today! Our target has presented himself for us to capture. The rest of the camp does not know he has returned. We should take this opportunity to strike!” K’orvo says with excitement.

“Aye, Commander!” Lorne jumps to action.

“Wait! Commander, Lieutenant, should we rush into this? Why don’t we wait and be sure they aren’t going to signal for others to help unload supplies?” Dirnick says cautiously.

“While I appreciate your caution, Lieutenant Commander, this is an opportunity we should not let slip away. We will strike now. Incapacitate the guards first, then Cabrok. Move out!” K’orvo orders and the three sneak up to Cabrok’s landing sight.

When they get within range, the away team opens fire on the three guards, who return fire and rush towards the away team. Several blasts from the Kazon’s phase pistols streak toward Lorne, striking him several times.

“Lieutenant!” Dirnick calls out to his fellow officer. Dirnick fires back at the Kazon with a look of frustration and anger on his face.

“I’m okay, Lieutenant Commander. It burns a little, but I can shrug it off.” Lorne stands back up and begins firing once again. Not all of the Kazon guards are able to span the distance between them and the crew before they are knocked unconscious by the away team.

An infuriated Cabrok rushes blindly into battle against them. He takes a few phaser hits, but continues his advancement. He rushes K’orvo, who lands a hard punch to Cabrok’s gut, knocking him to the ground.  Dirnick approaches Cabrok and with one swift motion, lands a hard kick on the side of Cabrok’s face, knocking him completely unconscious.

“Disgusting. I didn’t tolerate the way my people treated the Bajorans and I won’t tolerate the Kazon’s behavior either.” Dirnick says as he stares at Cabrok.

“Lorne, disable this shuttle. We do not want them using it to escape or to come after us. Loosely restrain those guards as well and leave them in the shuttle.” K’orvo says as he stares at Cabrok, who is laying unconscious in the desert sand. “I think I have an idea, but we’ll need the captain’s permission. K’orvo to the Spiner.”

“Lieutenant Zhang here.” Her voice comes across K’orvo’s comm badge with a bit of static.

“We need a lift.” K’orvo replies.

Once the crew has managed to capture Cabrok, they attempt to convince him to leave the Ocampa alone.

Aboard the Shuttle Spiner, Cabrok is securely locked away behind a force field while Lorne, Dirnick, and K’orvo stare menacingly at him.

“We, the Federation, want you to leave Ocampa. We want you to take all your people with you and do not ever come back.” Lorne says as he stares up at Cabrok. Cabrok stands at least a foot taller than the Bajoran.

Cabrok laughs at Lorne and asks, “Now why would we do that? You won’t be here forever. Just like your Voyager, you will leave too.”

Game Mechanics
~ Task: Convince Cabrok to Abandon Ocampa
~ Difficulty: 2
~ Reason + Command (Diplomacy) – OR – Fitness + Security (Forceful)
~ Opposed Task: Reason + Command – OR – Fitness + Security

Success: He says, “Fine. There are other places to mine for cormaline, for now. But I know you won’t be in this sector forever. I’ll be back when you leave!”

K’orvo steps forward and looks Cabrok directly in the eye and says in a very stern voice, “We will not be gone forever. We have a stable wormhole here. There will be more Federation, more Starfleet, and more of my Klingon warriors coming here very soon. If the Federation does not want to sully their uniforms, my warriors will be more than happy to do so instead.”

A security officer steps up to Dirnick and hands him a PADD. Dirnick looks up with a wide grin on his face and addresses K’orvo, “General K’orvo, you have an message from the Mulgrew. The ships should be here within a 24 hours.”

“Excellent. Thank you, Lieutenant Commander. Well, Cabrok, it looks like you do not have long before this area of space is crawling with Starfleet ships.” K’orvo grins slyly at Cabrok who looks a bit more concerned now.

“Fine. I’ll get my people off the planet, but I’ll need a few days to get a ship here.” Cabrok says. “We can’t stand against the might of your ships. We concede control of the planet Ocampa.”

K’orvo, Lorne, and Dirnick walk to the front of the shuttle, out of earshot of Cabrok. Dirnick whispers to K’orvo, “Captain M’Kora says that the probe should be ready in 24 hours.”

“I got your meaning in the ‘message’ from the Mulgrew, Lieutenant Commander. But it is good news. With the probes in orbit, masked by the interference from the planet’s atmosphere, the Kazon will see Federation signals and avoid Ocampa.” K’orvo says.

“Oh, I thought that was all part of the act. He’s good, Commander. But then again, he’s Cardassian and they’re all good at deception.” Lorne says, as Dirnick cuts him a sharp look of disapproval.

“Regardless, our goal has been achieved. We should retrieve Ensign Cross, if he’s completed his task.” Dirnick says, still eyeing Lorne with sharp glances. “We also need to get back to Tyla and the others before they believe we’ve run into trouble.”

K’orvo nods and directs Lieutenant Zhang to drop them off between the Kazon compound and the tunnel entrance. “Do not release him until we have left your visual range. Make sure he heads back to the compound.” K’orvo finishes his instructions to Zhang and the away team disembarks from the shuttle in the direction of the tunnel entrance, where Tyla and the other Ocampa await their return.

The crew makes their way back to the Ocampa and we fast forward to the crew’s return to the Ocampa city.

The crew and the liberated Ocampa are met by groups of cheering Ocampa, and joyous reunions for those that were once captives. There is a group of engineers that approach you and ask, “Were you able to recover the components?” The crew turns over the components and they’re thanked by the engineers as they rush the components to the generator room.

Ensign Cross is in the generator room and greets the engineers with an enthusiastic smile when he sees the components in tow. “This is perfect! I can easily adjust your replicators to make the component’s individual parts and show you how to put them together. Shall we get started?”

The engineers smile with anticipation and watch every move that Cross makes with looks of curiosity and amazement.

Elder Quim approaches the crew and says, “Well, you officers of the Federation are quite capable and skilled in many areas. The Ocampa should aspire to be like you. What of Cabrok?”

“He will not be bothering you any longer. We will have devices in orbit around your planet that will make them believe we are still here, with more of our ships. This will stop them from returning and your people will be free to live your lives.” K’orvo says.

“I would still take all the necessary precautions, and continue to develop your force field technology as well as your energy masking capabilities. I’m sure there are beings out there that are far worse than the Kazon. And the Kazon may not fall for our deception forever.” Dirnick says as he takes a basket full of what appears to be fruit or vegetables from a young Ocampa woman.

“We can give you a tour now, Mr. Lieutenant Commander Dirnick, if you’re still interested in our horticulture.” Tyla says, smiling at Dirnick. The young woman that brought him the basket also smiles at him.

“Why yes, my dear Tyla. I would love that. Commander?” Dirnick looks to K’orvo for permission.

“Go ahead, Lieutenant Commander. We have to wait for Ensign Cross to complete his work. We have time.” K’orvo nods and continues his conversation with Elder Quim.

(If the crew was successful): Elder Quim says, “This is truly a joyous day! We can’t expect him to uphold his word, but he’s scared now. This will give us enough time to complete some of the work we want to do on the tunnels and then they will never be able to interfere with us again. Deepest gratitude. You may stay as long as you like, to study our society. We also have a variety of plants and seeds ready to be taken to your shuttle. Safe journeys to you all.”

To Be Continued…

Next Time:
ACT THREE: Scene One – On the Rocks

Roll Credits!
  • Travis – Lieutenant Zynes/Lieutenant Commander Dirnick
  • Wednesday – Doctor Zylas/Commander K’orvo
  • North – Ensign Cross/Lieutenant Lorne
  • Kat (Dice Dice Kitty) – Captain M’Kora
  • Supporting Character – Lieutenant Zhang
  • Supporting Character – Ensign Castle

“These are the voyages of the starship Mulgrew. We go where other Federation starships cannot. We blaze a path in the stars for fellow explorers. We don’t just boldly go, we go boldly and silently into the black.”     ~ M’Kora

Qapla’!

GM Notes

I noticed that several of the Tasks were still a little too easy and the threat of failure didn’t loom the way I would have liked it to. I don’t want the tasks to be too difficult, but I want them to be challenging and make my players think about what they’re doing. There was lots of RP in this session on their parts as well as mine and the Tasks worked perfectly for the players. When I edit this module, I plan to add in some increased complication ranges. That’s because they’re on an alien planet, in alien space, and dealing with alien technology or modified alien/Starfleet hybrid technology. I don’t think increasing the difficulty further would be appropriate as it’s already difficult. As long as the players are storing their Momentum (which is relatively easy to do), there shouldn’t be too much concern over the difficulty settings.

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