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“Alert, Alert … All hands, prepare for emergency away mission. Volunteer Adventures and All Available Colonial Defense and Emergency Services personnel report to the Hanger Deck for Immediate Briefing and deployment. This is not a drill, set condition one throughout the colony.”
The priority alert while drilled regularly was still a surprise to visitors and new colonists. As personnel rushed to the marshalling area, Ranger Commander Ilyanna Kell took command and control of the Task force as it became organized, the Hengeyokai had received a distress call from a far distant world, and they intended to respond. beginning her briefing to the assembled Rangers, Colonial Officers, Medics and other assembled adventurers.
“Refugees from the Non-aligned wold of Stirling Prime have made their way to the Hengeyokai Outpost of Harman’s Hope via Astria Portia. The refugees report a catastrophic outbreak of the Solanum Virus on their home world. Reports of planet wide outbreak of walkers. The System’s survivors held up in a government facility outside of the capital until supplies began to run out. The group made a break for their worlds’ recently discovered, but inactive Astria Portia (star gate). The Gate was located in a commercial/industrial research facility in an industrial sector of the capital.”
“Walkers descended on the survivors in the tight confines of the industrial sector. Casualties were heavy and only this small group of survivors made it to the gate, and were able to activate it due to the efforts of the surviving research team. Unfortunate the gate lost power after the first few survivors were though the portal, it appears power was lost to the gate.”
“Those survivors left behind, were leaders of their people, artisans, and possessed the cultural and historical records of their people on several data cubes.”
The Task Force’s Mission:
Task Force Stirling Walker will deploy via slip capable long range shuttle to the Stirling Prime system. The teams will make a suborbital drop to avoid still active automated orbital defense systems. Once on the landing zone, in vicinity of the astria portia’s reported location. The Task force will secure the gate, reestablish power via portable naquadah generators, search the industrial area for survivors and the data cubes. All survivors will be evacuated to the astria portia’s location. Once all teams report back, the Task Force will evacuate via the Astria Portia to Botany Bay.
The Task force was quickly organized into two teams, one lead by the Colonial Rangers and consisting of the available Ranger SRU, CRASH medics and a visiting Starfleet continent. The other, consisting of Beowulf Salvage, The colony’s RAM continent, and other volunteers.
On the clock, the team rapidly deployed to the shuttle, completing this planing en route, the shuttle, thanks to IRIS’s slipgate, made good time to the far distant world and approached the designated drop zone. Completing Last Minuet checks, the ramp dropped, and the teams launched themselves into the thin upper atmosphere. Deploying their Chutes, and drifting down into the dark, misty streets of the industrial park.
The teams set up a rallypoint near the center of the industrial park on an overpass, until they could find a secure building to set up in. The teams then spread out, with Team 2 moving to the East and Team 3 Moving to the West to begin the search and sweep of the area.
At first, the streets were dark, quiet and deserted, then weapons fire filled the quiet of the nigh as Commander Kell called calmly over the com-net, chirp.. “we have walkers … contact grid 160 186 ”
Walkers, commonly refered to as ‘zombies’ are the result of lethal exposure to the solanum virus, which kills the host by destroying all higher brain function, mutates the cells, and ‘reanimate’ the host body.
The weapons fire seemed to draw the walkers out, setting the teams into a running gunfight with an ever increasing number of walkers. Casualties began to mount, not only from the walker’s attacks, but by ‘friendly fire’ incidents.
Teams were forced to return to the rally point, where CRASH medics set up a casualty collection point. Though the tireless efforts of the medics, who were equipped with the GaiaGen Antiviral Solprov, an effective treatment against solanum if administered before systemic infection.
The sweeps turned up several survivors who were also returned to the rallypoint, but long hours passed before, acting on intelligence gained from one of the survivors, the Astria Portia was located in an underground Lab.
The Task Force prepared to move the survivors though the now infested streets, fighting their way from the center of the industrial area, to the lab on the norther outskirts. encumbered by the wounded and survivors, the teams checked in after the dangerous ‘run’.
As the techs began to hook up the portable generators to power the gate, elements of team 2 became cut off from the gateroom. “Team two pinned down 43,97 with one immobile survivor. Get us help.”
The remaining rangers, along with Chief Palo and several others rushed to their aid. By now the continued combat had brought walkers from several Kilometers to the battle site, where they began to descend on the task force in waves. Team two managed to make their way to the bunker, which was itself the scene of heavy combat. Walkers, sometimes, several deep, surrounded the entrance. The few defenders found their weapons overheating from the continued combat, having to rotate back much like ancient warriors, forming a phalanx of firepower to force the wave of walkers back.
This fire made it difficult of the cut of team to approach, and in the resulting crossfire and confusion of the desperate battle, several were hit by friendly fire, but all were dragged back to the safety of the bunker.
When word came that the last team was inside, the gate dial the alpha site. The walkers pressed in, by their sheer weight, forcing the defenders down the ramp as the doors were long compromised.
The defenders fought though the Astria Protia itself, rushing the survivors, wounded and the rest of the Task Force though, with Commander Kell being the last to back though the event horizon.
The Task force spend little time in closing the gate, and dialing home. Medical and Security forces me the returning teams, scanning for Solanum infection or contamination then moving the wounded to the Medical Bay.
Survivors are being housed at the colony and given humanitarian aid. The Task force managed to recover much of the cultural data, and saved the lives of several refugees from the doomed world.
Khan Jubilynn extends her gratitude to the Task Force members, and compensation has been forwarded to those who participated. An awards ceremony and dinner is expected to be scheduled in the near future.
Further Images and details to follow as they become available.
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