<USS Banshee> "Stars and Fireworks"
- From: "Brad Ruder" <GroundZero@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: ussbanshee@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2003 02:02:54 -0700
"Stars and Fireworks"
The Shogun fighter command
conference room was busy with pilots conferring on notes, maneuvers,
exercises, and upcoming assignments. They?d all be called together
for some specific reason, but Lieutenant Asper had neglected to tell
them exactly what for. When he stepped into the room it was as if
Moses was parting the Red Sea and all pilots flocked to their
respected seats and gracefully came to order.
about surveying his pilots in their at-attention state. ?Very nice.?
He walked to the end of the table and glanced at his subordinates as
he strode. They seemed determined and on task for the most part, but
still with a seed of confusion that he?d so delicately planted. He
sat in his seat and met eyes with each and every pilot, meeting them
on a level far more personal and professional than just being their
?Lieutenant, if I may?? A young Lieutenant
JG stood just three seats from him. He?d known him only from his
personnel file that he received when he was posted on board just
before departing Earth a couple days ago. He couldn?t place the
name, but he knew he had skills and graduated somewhere in the top of
his class; Josh was horrible with details and specifics.
?Sure,? Josh said while nodding in the new pilot?s
?Rumor has it sir that we?re going to be running a
secret operation into Romulan territory to assess their tactical
advantages, or lack thereof, compared to the Federation and
Starfleet?s current position.? Flurries of laughter emanated from
his cohorts as he jeered back into his seat.
Josh tried in
vain to quench his rising fit of laughter, but chuckled as he shook
his head. ?No, actually we have been assigned to do some aerial
demonstrations for Ambassador Troi?s ceremony that she plans to have
in two days. Unfortunately, Romulans wasn?t on the agenda.? He felt
bad for the young Lieutenant just learning the ropes and having
succumbed to the first of probably many pranks played on him by his
?Understood, sir, my apologies.?
apologies necessary, Lieutenant, just next time don?t rely on rumors
until you are briefed by me. Or, if the situation calls for it, the
Captain herself.? A smirk tugged at his cheeks remembering the
antics he?d allowed himself to play in when he was younger. So many
good times, but so much more to look forward to in the future that
reminiscing wasn?t the best use of his time.
just nodded and returned to engrossing himself in a PADD, no doubt
the orders that said something about Romulans. ?Aye,
Standing and addressing his squadron, whose eyes seemed
filled more with ambition and littered with ideas, Josh could feel
the creative juices already. ?Any ideas on exactly what maneuvers
we?d like to do. I think we can make this thing go for about fifteen
to twenty minutes with the right selection of acrobatics.?
hand rose from the throng of pilots. ?A Tempera Arch.?
nodded, ?It was on my list of possibilities. Although, it takes
seven Shoguns to do something like that properly, and we have twelve
at our disposal. I don?t want excess fighters flying around doing
things that take away from the main attraction. It would defeat the
purpose of having the display in the first place.?
who suggested the idea nodded in agreement and went back to thinking.
The person next to him looked at Josh and raised a hand. ?How about
a Triton Ribbon? It takes ten fighters to accomplish completely and
it?s relatively safe. The other two fighters could fall back and
prepare to another show.?
?I?d never thought of that. What?s
the premise of the maneuver??
?You start in a somewhat of an
in-line formation. Then ever other fighter breaks up. This creates
a two-tiered formation. Each of the ships began rotating on their
horizontal axis in full rotations as they initiate their tractor
beams on the unit that is next in line behind them.? The Ensign
tapped the console in the center of the table as he accessed the
recreational and demonstration database for Shogun fighters. ?Then
they jettison controlled amounts of warp plasma down the length of
?And then the warp plasma reacts with the
tractor beam splattering on the shields of the fighters. This
creates sort of a chain.? His buddy chimed in picking up on the
idea, ?Then all ten fighters break hard left out of the ribbon and
the lead fighter phasers the first bubble of warp plasma that still
acts as if it?s colliding with a Shogun?s shielding. It creates a
chain reaction explosion.?
Josh leaned against the chair,
adding the explain action to his list of possible things to try. He
had nearly twenty different moves planned for testing, but he wasn?t
going to do anything until his crew decided whether it would be worth
attempting. ?Not bad, anything else that I might have
Another person stood up and walked to a viewer,
attracting everyone?s attention as he activated the scenario on the
screen that all could see. ?It?s called Bloodwine. It?s named after
the Klingon drink because of it?s red color and difficulty to
perform, but it?s spectacular if pulled off
Halting him before he continued, Josh brought up
the matter of safety, ?How dangerous is this to do??
incredibly hard, Lieutenant, there is a 77% survival
?Correct.? The man nodded and
pointed to the screen. ?Starfleet hasn?t lost a member to this
action in nearly two decades. I wouldn?t have bought it up if I
didn?t think we were capable of doing it safely. We are all well
aware of your dedication to the safety of the ship, the Shoguns, and
?That I am.? Josh nodded quickly. ?How does it
?It?s simply. It only takes two fighters to accomplish
it, so we could expand the procedure and end up with six smaller
displays all tying together for one gigantic effect. It would send
the ambassador back to Betazoid wondering what the hell we had done.?
Scattered laughter and snickers escaped the crowds as the Lieutenant
continued. ?It is all about phaser fire and mixing some well-placed
chemicals in the plasma emission port.?
He was intrigued, to
say the least, but he was still weary about the danger factor. ?OK,
?Two fights start chasing each other around in
circles, much like a dog chases his own tail. They merge their
shields. Around and around until they become just one blur to the
viewing crowd. Then they fire their dorsal phasers outward.
Creating a spiraling laser beam in two different directions.? He
tapped the console and advanced it some frames. ?Then they both
release the plasma that passes through the emission port tainted with
Strontium to give it a red glow.?
Josh raised a finger. ?They
ignite warp plasma inside the shield bubble? Explain to me how that
doesn?t vaporize them into a million little fragments of space dust??
He narrowed his eyes out of habit.
The man nodded, but
continued. ?I forgot to mention that before they go inverted with
each other they magnetize the hulls. Yes, it doesn?t protect them
completely, but it pads the blows. Plus, the magnetism between the
ships keeps the two clouds from merging. It?s just enough to look
like a red cloud with phasers coming out.?
Adding the idea to
his PADD, Josh listened intently.
?Then the two ships jet out
from the center and the two gas clouds react and explode because of
the heat from the phasers. It travels up the phaser beam, or where
it used to be, and spins because the atmosphere inside the shield
bubble that should be there is spinning. Creating a freeform
movement of a red cloud and flurry of particles in a circle.? The
man concluded his presentation and deactivated the viewer and
returned to his seat.
?Swirling around? Like a Klingon
hangover?? One person commented.
Another uproar encompassed
the table and then fell silent. Josh stood there waiting for them to
finish when he got hit with an idea. ?What about a Kolvoord
Starburst?? Josh activated the same memory banks that the young
Lieutenant just exited. ?It?s good and it?s a show.?
only takes five fighters, Lieutenant.?
?Well, we could do
two and then combine it with a Bloodwine demonstration between the
two. That would utilize all twelve fights and create a finale that
would rival most nobility parades.? Josh was getting into the fact
that he was performing for so many people.
The group nodded
and imagined the two acts overlapping and the possible applause that
they wouldn?t be able to hear. Someone chimed in, shattering Josh?s
concentration on his envisioned finale and planting him back in the
room with the rest of his pilots. ?What about the rest of the show
that we have to do? I mean, what small things do we do to keep
people glued to the windows in the lounge??
around on his heel, ?Simple things, really. Firing photon torpedoes
into other torpedoes, and blow up single ones with phaser. We can
color the detonation subroutines with barium and other chemicals for
desired colors.? He clapped his hands together. ?To the
simulators.? The group stood in unison and walked out into the
corridor, leaving Josh alone. He looked around at the empty chairs,
the safety of his crew slowly trickling back into his head.
?Let the show begin.?
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