Newly graduated Starfleet officers en route to their first duty station find themselves thrust into an unexpected situation when Nausicaan raiders capture and abduct the crew of their transport.
(Parts 1 and 2)
May 01, 2210
Ensigns Carlos Aceves, Arkady Berzinev, Darzen Dalis, Keung Mao, and John Roland are aboard the ECS VENTURE, a privately-owned transport that is carrying them and a class of Academy cadets to the NCC-36 USS TELEMACHUS. All five of the new ensigns are close friends, having met at the Academy and formed a team of Pure Awesome. Their assignment to Telemachus appears to be punishment for their actions that resulted in the expulsion of an admiral’s son from the Academy.
Several days from the rendezvous point with Telemachus a distress signal is detected. The five officers convince Captain Cambridge to deviate their course to investigate, whereupon they discover a derelict starship. After requisitioning supplies from the Venture’s stores, the five officers take the shuttlepod to the starship to investigate.
Once aboard, they quickly deduce that it was the victim of violence as carbon scoring is everywhere, as are other signs of weapons damage. There are curiously no bodies, however, which is troubling. As the ranking officer, John decides to dispatch Carlos and Darzen to the engineering deck to see about restoring power, while he, Arkady and Keung will seek additional information on the bridge.
As the three officers enter the command deck, they are startled to discover a quartet of Nausicaans who are equally surprised to encounter the trio of humans. A fierce firefight promptly ensues, with both John and Carlos abandoning any attempts at diplomacy while Arkady hunkers down and prepares to assist with the fallen. One of the Nausicaans promptly flees back the way they came while the others soon fall to the concentrated fire of the two Starfleet officers.
During the firefight, though, the hollow boom of nearby starship weapons fire precipitates Carlos and Darzen to turn back from their engineering assignment and try to get back to their shuttle. A NAUSICAAN RAIDER has mysteriously appeared and quickly disables the Venture before beginning to maneuver to dock. Thinking quickly, the five officers combine their talents and are able to bring the sole weapon system of the derelict starship online. Firing a perfectly aimed shot, they disable one of the Raider’s weapon systems which causes it to retaliate. A quick exchange of weapons-fire later leaves both the Raider and the derelict starship without weapons, and the five officers are unable to do anything as the Raider maneuvers to latch onto the Venture and then springs away at warp speed, leaving behind a Nausicaan shuttle piloted by the sole survivor of the bridge firefight.
Furious at having been left behind – and blamed for the Starfleet officers’ attack – the Nausicaan survivor angles his shuttle toward the badly damaged ship and attempts to initiate a ramming maneuver. Only by quick thinking and quicker jury-rig repairs do the Starfleet officers manage to evade the attack, and they combine efforts once more to deduce a method of disabling the shuttle by ejecting warp plasma into its path. After securing the shuttle, John displays a surprising viciousness when he shoots the unconscious Nausicaan; only Darzen observes this.
After some work, the officers deduce the destination of the Nausicaan Raider – secured to the Venture as it was, its range is quite limited – and they decide to repair the derelict starship (which they’ve since discovered is named Event Horizon) as best as possible. The comm array is totally destroyed, but they fashion a jury-rig that will allow them to send a burst transmission for assistance. Unfortunately, they have no way of determining whether their communication was received.
It takes them a week at low warp to reach the target which turns out to be an asteroid base patrolled by two Nausicaan Raiders. Seven days worth of work and planning is revealed, as the Starfleet officers abandon the Event Horizon and board the Venture shuttle to begin a stealth approach upon the pirate base. The Horizon has been modified to appear to Nausicaan sensors as a heavily armed warship. The captured Nausicaans have been heavily sedated and placed in an escape pod where they can be picked up by the victors.
The plan works. Both Raiders launch and begin making cautious approaches toward the Horizon, which gives the Starfleet officers a clear path. They evade the sensor sweeps of the asteroid, dock, and breach the airlock. Following the biosigns indicated on their tricorders, they proceed deeper into the mining facility to discover the abducted Academy cadets and Venture crewmembers pressed into harsh manual labor by Nausicaan pirates.
Initially, the Starfleet officers are able to neutralize a few of the Nausicaans without raising an alarm, but naturally, this doesn’t last long and soon, the entire mining complex is alive with phaser and disruptor fire. Into this mix comes an immense heavily armed Nausicaan wearing combat armor. He wades into the fray, but seems to retreat under concentrated fire. As John and Carlos bound forward to press the attack while Darzen and Keung flank, the massive Nausicaan returns to the battle, having abandoned ranged attacks in favor of wielding a vicious axe that looks to be carved from a starship hull. He and John exchange blows while Carlos finds that the stun setting seems ineffective against the man, but despite the danger, the two manage to drop him. Darzen and Keung are also mostly effective as they drop several Nausicaans, but they are unable to keep one of the Starfleet cadets from dying heroically.
Once they’ve established that the mine is clear, they gather the survivors together and formulate a quick plan. Carlos and Darzen quickly rig the station to auto-destruct while the cadets are pressed into dragging the unconscious Nausicaans into escape pods. The Nausicaan leader, however, is securely bound and taken with the crew as they make their way to the Venture, while Keung and a pair of the cadets recover the shuttle. With time running out and the flashes that denote the Raiders destroying the Event Horizon dying down, the crew bypass safety protocols to get the Venture’s warp drive online. They spring away at superluminal speeds moments before the station explodes.
Sometime later, they have rendezvoused with Telemachus and learn from CDR Donovan Ford that the flashes they saw were actually the Raiders being disabled by Telemachus. The commander is extraordinarily impressed with them and informs them that he’s put them all in for medals.
“Welcome to Telemachus,” CDR Ford says.