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Posted: Jan 9th 2010 6:46PM dudemanjac said

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I don't know if I want to get my feelings hurt again. I really didn't like those names they picked for the contest. I tryto tell myself it isn't sour grapes but Destiny and Emissary stink. Especially Emissary. How is that a name for a giant ships killing cruiser? Oh well.

I wonder if this is a ploy to get a lot of srtory ideas for missions into the game. Hey, maybe some ppl can write some diplomatic exploration type missions.

Posted: Jan 10th 2010 12:19AM (Unverified) said

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Dude, they didn't pick my name either but it didn't hurt my feelings.

Also, who's to say that this scenario couldn't lead into a "diplomatic exploration type mission"?
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Posted: Jan 10th 2010 12:37AM (Unverified) said

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If I had to guess...
as in, weasel it into canon

Emissary would look pretty to the Bajorans. Since it caters to their religion. It would also be a recognition of Sisko's importance to the Federation.

Destiny seems pretty standard for Federation naming.

Dervish is the one that doesn't make sense to me. It doesn't really sound like anything else, that I know of.
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Posted: Jan 10th 2010 3:13PM dudemanjac said

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Holy cow Rambie, I'm not serious about my feelings being hurt. I hate the names, but I pretty much accepted that it was gonna be a lottery situation. Hell they probably didn't even read the names. Truth is my names probably required too much thought. They looked at names and said, "oh i like that" and moved on.

And I hope it does lead to diplomatic missions. In fact everyone complaining that there aren't any should be busy writing right now.

Posted: Jan 10th 2010 3:17PM dudemanjac said

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So I've spent hours of my beta testing time making up what I think is a pretty cool scenario. I don't know if it really counts as a diplomatic mission, but it's not all about killing the bad guys. That 600 word limit made it a little difficult. I had to yank out a lot of dialogue and detail. I suppose I should have read the criteria before I started, but then I think I would have spent too much time worrying about the limit then. Good luck everyone!

Posted: Jan 10th 2010 9:35PM Lionhearted said

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Win, lose or draw, I had a lot of fun writing mine. It took exactly 600 words.... I had a little trouble getting rid of the last 30 or so words I went over by on my first edit without managing to sacrifice the caliber of my story, but I think I managed to do it well. I'd post it, but I don't want anyone to steal it =p

Maybe when Massively writes about the winner, I'll post mine then.

Posted: Jan 10th 2010 11:19PM dudemanjac said

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Well I'll post mine now. I think the contest deadline was midnight. And this is the 800+ word version.

Your ship arrives in the sector after the borg have left. The area is littered with destroyed Orion ships including a damaged Orion battleship commanded by a high ranking female officer. "Federation ship, you have one minute to leave this system or you will be fired upon. Do not be fooled by your scans. We are still more than a match for you in our current state."

Your science officer performs a scan of the area and finds something interesting. "One of those destroyed cruisers still has Orion life signs on it. They are weak, but they still have people alive there. There's also some other life sign onboard that can't identify. It seems like Borg but something just isn't right. Could be damaged or possible interference from the ship. It's a real mess over there."

You alert the captain that you came to the area because of supposed Borg activity, but she dismisses it. "And you see they are no longer here. We destroyed them. Now leave before you share their fate."

The science officer reports, "I'm picking up enough Borg debris to substantiate maybe one or two destroyed Borg ships. But I also show that there are plenty of Borg warp trails leading out of the system. More than enough to take on this battleship. If they left, it's because they wanted to. It's not like them to leave survivors, but this wouldn't be the first time we saw strange activity from the Borg. Wait! That cruiser's warp core is failing. I'm detecting a cascading failure in the containment field. It'll take a while, but unless they get a team working on it, their gonna breach."

You tell the Orions that you notice that they are in distress and are willing to help them if they need assistance. She laughs at you. "Of course, our sworn enemies would be more than willing to come to our aide. We need nothing from the Federation." They fire a disruptor beam at you but it misses. "That was your final warning." But at the same time there is an explosion aboard the Orion battleship.

"Their disrupters seem to have overloaded," says your tactical officer. "It has knocked out a number of major systems. Weapons are completely out. Impulse is gone. Defense screen is faltering. They're running mostly on emergency power. Any threat they posed has been completely neutralized." You tell the Orions that since they are unable to save their men, you will beam aboard and do what you can to stabalize their ship. The Orion makes an objection but is quickly cut off by more explosions behind her.

Aboard the cruiser, you run into some injured Orions. When you scan them, you find that they are suffering from something that resembles Borg infection. When you try to administer treatment to slow the spread of the infection, the Orion attacks you, and you have to destroy him. But it doesn't happen the same way everytime you scan the injured. Sometimes they thank you for the tratment, other times they attack. The ones you are able to save you beam aboard your ship dierctly to the brig.

You work your way to the warp core where you find a hulking Orion who is covered with Borg implants. "Please help me!" he cries. "I can't control it anymore!"

"This must be the Borg signature I picked up," says the science officer. "Why would they try this? Borg tech is dangerous. You can't just slap it on and expect it to work for you."

"We know that. We thought we had found a away to reprogram the nanites so that they would lose their link with the collective but still enhance us. But it just malfunctioned and we can't control it. It just made us psychotic and agressive. I'm wearing the prototype. It was designed so that we could remove it if needed but... Aaaah! Get out of my mind!"

The Orion attacks you, but instead of killing him outright, you target the various pieces of hardware on his body. After a tough fight, you are able to sedate him and teleport him to your ship. "The nanites in his body seem to be disentegrating. It may have something to do with not having the hardware to support them, a fail-safe of some sort. We should probably destroy their research. They may actually be on the virge of something and the last thing we need is for them to make a breakthrough that makes them more of a threat." You run over a computer terminal and download their entire database before destroying the files.

There is a computer warning reminding you of the warp core breach. Under the circumstances, you decide that it would be better if this ship and all of its contents were not allowed to survive, so you immediately beam off of the ship and get away from it before it explodes. Then you maneuver over to the still disabled battleship and beam the captured Orions over. "Don't think that you have accomplished anything here," says the Orion captain. "Your heroic deeds today will not be remembered next time we meet." You leave the system and report your findings to Starfleet.



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