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The Strange Case Of The Jem'Hadar In The Wrong Universe, Part Two

Posted on Sat May 13, 2017 @ 10:13pm by Captain Garridan Rismore & Lieutenant Commander David Stross Jr. & Lieutenant Tehja Oldan & Lieutenant Brendan Dernah & Lieutenant Arnulf Keistler & Lieutenant JG Ren Kannu & Lieutenant JG Yusei Makimura

Mission: The Fruit Of Tantalus
Location: Deck 1 - Bridge
Timeline: MD2 - 1215 Hours

The Jericho dropped out of warp about one hundred thousand kilometers away from the altercation between the Jem'Hadar and the Lumenites. It was a perfect distance from which the crew could get a good look at what was transpiring between the two ships. The Jem'Hadar battle cruiser was firing its weapons erratically, just as Lieutenant Oldan reported moments ago. Even though that was the case, it was quite evident from the breaches on its hull, that the smaller Lumenite starship was in a bad way.

"What's the status of both ships?" Rismore asked aloud.

Brendan Dernah sat at his console studying both his panel and the viewscreen. He was trying to make sense of what he was seeing. First, he saw odd energy spikes on his own ship as well as energy fluctuations on the Jem'Hadar ship. He turned his sensors to the Lumenite ship and saw a great deal of damage on that ship even due to the obviously impaired Jem'Hadar vessel.

"I'm reading energy fluctuations on the Jem'Hadar ship as well as strange power moves on there as well. From what I can see and a caveat, without knowing much about the Lumenite's technologies, that they are in a bad way," Dernah spoke up first.

"Confirmed Sir." Tehja chimed in, "The Lumenite's shields are barely holding on, a couple more blasts and they're going to be toast." she added, her hand twitching over the console as she poised herself to join in the battle at Rismore's order.

David was once more leaning over the shoulder of the officer at the engineering station. "Normally I would not be optimistic when facing a Jem'Hadar battle cruiser but with the energy fluctuation they are experiencing we just might have the upper hand. As for that Lumenite ship looks like they are about to lose life support and weapons systems," David said.

"Mister Dernah, try hailing the Lumenites," Garridan requested. With the way that things were developing, it was possible that the Lumenites could get out of this situation without suffering major casualties.

"Aye Sir," Dernah said as his fingers moved over his console and he said, "Hailing frequencies open, Captain. This is the U.S.S. Jericho. Lumenite ship, do you read us?"

The image of the two ships on the forward viewscreen was replaced by the visage of a Lumenite. "Jericho!? Th---nk ----ness you're here. We'-- --der attack."

Garridan stood up from his seat and nodded in acknowledgement of the Commander's words, even though they could be barely made from the static. "We are aware," he replied. "The ones who are attacking you are referred to as the Jem'Hadar. They are from our universe."

"We -----vered a rift -- ---space. Came --re -- in---tigate. --ey attacked us!" the Lumenite explained.

Curious, the Elaysian thought. Did the Jem'Hadar enter the protouniverse on their own accord? "Try to get your ship to safety. We are going to try to disable them so that we can all get some answers."

The Lumenite nodded and the viewscreen returned to its previous scene. Garridan returned to his seat and began to issue his orders. "Kannu, put us in between the battle cruiser and the Lumenite ship. Rotate us to starboard so that our saucer section is in the path of their weapons. Tehja, increase power to dorsal shields. Lieutenant Dernah, I don't care how you do it but we need to get through to the Jem'Hadar."

A few taps of the buttons on her console and Tehja ensure that the dorsal shields had all the power they needed to withstand a volley from the Jem'Hadar ship before the maneuvered into position.

"Aye sir." Ren replied, before slowly moving Jericho into position.

"Aye, Captain, hailing the Jem'Hadar again. "And again no response, Sir. Wait, Captain, I'm getting something on one of the lower subspace frequencies. It's coming from the Jem'Hadar ship. They wish to speak to you, Sir."

"Put them up," the Elaysian requested.

"On screen, Sir," Dernah replied. And the starscape switched to show a Vorta. So there was a Vorta with them after all. Curiouser and curiouser, he thought to himself.

"I am Captain Garridan Rismore of the Federation Starship Jericho. To whom do I have the pleasure of speaking with?" Garridan asked. He wasn't very surprised to see a Vorta as they almost always commanded the Dominion's starships. It did make him wonder, however, if there was any chance of a Changeling being aboard it as well.

A female Vorta appeared on the viewscreen, with a Jem'Hadar just behind her. "I am Mauna, the commander of this vessel. This is Meteg'talok, the Jem'Hadar First. I must say Captain, I'm very surprised to see a Starfleet vessel here. Am I right in assuming you've been here a while as that class of ship is now considered obsolete." She said with a chilling smile.

"We've been here for some time," Garridan confirmed. "You'll find, however, that in your ship's present condition that we are more than able to hold our own against you if the need arises. I kindly ask that you cease your attack on the Lumenites. They are of no threat to you."

"Do NOT underestimate us, Captain, I can assure you that in our current condition we are still more than a match for you." Mauna replied. "Why do Starfleet feel they have to interfere with everyone else's business?" She said ignoring what the Starfleet Captain had asked.

"And they're NOT here to interfere in someone else's business?" the Counselor muttered under his breath to no one in particular.

Yusei approached the captain handing him a PADD and stated "Engine's report, Sir." and saluted crisply. Then he turned away. The PADD read: "Captain, we might take precautions for beaming the Lumenites aboard. I have a feeling the Jem'Hadar will not let them get away uncontested and I get severe damage readings from the Lumenite ship. Their safe escape might be questionable."

Garridan quickly glanced over the information that was written for him by the Lieutenant and he nodded to Makimura to assure him that he understood.

Yusei interpreted his captain's nod as affirmation of his proposal and now his fingers swept over his console as he began scanning the Lumenite ship for lifeforms and transmitted their coordinates to the transporter room. If there were answers to questions regarding the rift and the Jem'Hadar, the Lumenites would have some. Also he glanced at the analysis results as he had scanned the hostile Jem'Hadar ship for ionized particles and their radiation decay on the hull indicating the transition of the rift. They have not been here for long as his readings on Manganese-56 isotopes on their hull indicated. That isotope had a half-life time of a day and about thirty-five percent had decayed already so he estimated roughly more than a half day after they made the transition.

"Mauna," Garridan started to speak calmly. "I would hate for the conflict between our two peoples to recommence over such a trivial matter. The Lumenites are in need of our assistance following the evident misunderstanding that has taken place. If you permit us to aid them, I will do everything that I can to arrange a cordial meeting between the two of you when matters have settled."

"I suggest Starfleet stays out of matters which don't concern you." Mauna replied angrily before cutting off the comm.

"Sir, the Jem'Hadar ship has started to position itself so it can get a clear shot at the Lumenite's ship. Would you like me to continue blocking their line of sight?" Ren said from the helm.

"Stay with them," Garridan responded as he returned to his seat.

"All weapons stand ready Sir." Tehja chimed in, eager for them to show their strength.

"Full power to shields and weapons, Captain," Brendan said in response to the tactical officers' statement.

The Captain looked to his First Officer and the Counselor. "Here's hoping that their tactical systems don't suddenly start functioning."

"From the readings we have of their systems I would not expect that, but then again I would not have expected to see a Jem'Hadar ship here." David said.

"Me either," Dr. Keistler agreed with David.

It was unexpected, to say the least. Hopefully they could find out how they got here once the Vorta decided to cooperate with them. "Lieutenant, disable their weapons," Garridan finally ordered.

"With pleasure Sir." Tehja smiled as she programmed the phaser banks and fired, hitting the Jem'Hadar weapons arrays with ease.

The attack was shown on the viewscreen. Small explosions emanated from the battle cruiser as each of Lieutenant Oldan's phaser strikes hit at various locations. Garridan nodded, pleased at how easy it was done. "Mister Dernah, any message from the Vorta?" he asked.

"Nothing as of yet, Sir," Dernah said somewhat let down by the experience. Brendan set to the task of monitoring the lower subspace bands for any sign of communication from the Dominion ship either to them or the Lumenites. Brendan turned to the Captain as if to ask something but couldn't say anything.

"What is it, Lieutenant?" Garridan prodded him further, having seen the questioning look on his face.

"I realize I'm not trained for this but I was wondering if you wanted me to try my telepathy to try and speak to them?"

Garridan considered it for a moment. There was no harm in trying, especially if there was no way for the Vorta to back out on the conversation. "If you think that you can do it, then try," he told the Betazoid.

"Aye aye, Captain," Brendan said with a smile and got up from his station to go prepare for the 'procedure'. He knew it would be an invasion but he felt that it would be more helpful to his crewmates to do this. He closed his eyes and began to center himself. Since he wasn't trained for this he would use the techniques that Saalok taught him back at the Academy.

First he would open his mind to the crew allowing their thoughts and feelings to be come one with his. This might prove to be difficult since there were so many people on board. Next he would attempt to open his mind into the ether and try to contact the Lumenites but that failed he assumed to their minds being so alien to him. And at last he was ready to begin. "Captain, I am ready to begin when you are," Brendan said aloud.


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