Part of Starbase Bravo: Q2 2400

Warped Core

Starbase Bravo Space Dock 5, USS Victoria "Ole Vic"
2400
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LT Commander S’Lone tr’Khellian, the commanding officer of the USS Ole’ Vic, was staring at the warp core diagnostic readings for the fifth time in an hour. The ship had been docked at Starbase Bravo for the past two days, and they had already encountered four overheating incidents. He couldn’t figure out what was causing the problem. He ran his fingers through his hair and sighed heavily. “Computer, display the warp core temperature readings for the past 24 hours.”

The computer beeped, and the readings appeared on the screen. S’Lone studied them closely, but nothing seemed out of the ordinary. Suddenly, the door to his office swished open, and in walked his first officer, Commander J’rak.

“Commander, what brings you here?” S’Lone asked, not looking away from the screen.

J’rak walked over to S’Lone’s desk and leaned against it. “I was just wondering if you had made any progress with the warp core overheating issue.”

S’Lone shook his head, frustration etched on his face. “No, nothing yet. I’ve gone through every diagnostic imaginable, but I can’t seem to pinpoint the problem.”

J’rak frowned. “Have you considered that it might be a problem with the power grid?”

S’Lone’s eyes lit up. “No, I haven’t. That’s a good suggestion. I’ll have engineering look into it right away. Thank you, Commander.”

J’rak nodded. “Anytime, sir.”

S’Lone watched as J’rak exited the room, feeling a small sense of relief. Maybe they were getting somewhere now. He picked up his communicator. “Engineering, this is Commander S’Lone. I need you to run a diagnostic on the power grid. Check for any anomalies that might be causing the warp core to overheat.”

“Acknowledged, Commander,” came the reply.

As S’Lone waited for the results, he couldn’t help but wonder what was causing the problem. It wasn’t like they were using the warp drive at the moment, so there shouldn’t be any reason for it to be overheating. A few minutes later, his communicator beeped, and he answered it.

“Commander, we’ve found something,” the chief engineer said. “There’s a power surge happening in the power grid that’s causing a feedback loop to the warp core.”

S’Lone breathed a sigh of relief. “Can you fix it?”

“Yes, sir. It’s going to take a bit of time, but we’ll get it done.”

“Good work, Chief. Keep me updated.”

S’Lone sat back in his chair, feeling a sense of satisfaction. They had finally figured out what was causing the problem.

Comments

  • It's so satisfying to read about the return of S’Lone tr’Khellian, intelligence officer extraordinaire. Such a shame he's been grounded by warp core troubles, the likes of which even La Forge couldn't fix in an hour. Now that the Dominion have returned in the new Starbase Bravo mission, "The Homefront", I have to imagine S'Lone will have plenty of new exciting adventures to embark upon within that mission!

    May 11, 2023