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Christene stayed standing, looking her boys over with a blank expression. But inwardly, she was nervous. Having been a Science commander, knowing the right thing to say wasn't in her forte. If you have a bunch of creative nerds, in her mind, you can let them loose on assignments...

But what about a whole ship full of people used to command? Used to assignments?

As Captain Denham entered the doors, a little later, she nodded. "Glad to see you've decided to join us, Captain." She spoke, before looking back to the assembly. "Now," She tapped her fingers. "I've already welcomed you to the Aegis, so please allow me to quickly introduce you to your fellow co-workers."

"Firstly, Lieutenant Commander James Colbert. My executive Officer, James is unfortunately my assistant with more menial tasks, such as going through paperwork to scope out loonies or keeping an eye on his fellow staff on board. Next is the Chief of the Boat, our senior Non-Com, Sergeant Major Eli Aarons," She spoke, taking a small breath. "Eli Aarons will help keep track of all non-commissioned officers aboard this vessel as well as the people assigned to them. Staff Warrant Officer Alexander Murphy is our Chief Engineer, in other words, he keeps us from blowing up. Generally a good thing, as we like our ship in working order. Captain Raiden McCallister, taking my former Pillar of Dawn position of the Chief of Science. His task is to analyze, discover, and pick apart all that we find on our travels. Lucas Bridger is our Chief Medical Officer. He stops you from dying, I think that's quite a useful task aboard that needs no more explanation." She smiled wryly, before continuing. "Jack Greene is our Chief Gunner and has the ability to arm and aim our weapons systems with the help of manual gunners at the batteries. Samuel Denham is our Navigational Officer, and he ensures we don't run into anything unpleasant such as a sun, black hole... Justin Bieber, you get the idea. And finally, Tobias Macqueen, Chief Security Officer, whose teams double as ground forces when the time arrives."

Christene let out a small breath, placing her hands together. "You all were put in this ship as the best of the best. In a small ship like this, we cannot afford to stay out of contact, to create fear or drama. I have a unique ability, as your Commanding Officer, to assist any of you or your respective crews personally. It will be my honor to." She leaned back, as she stood.

"But you must hold your own on my ship. You are not the best of the best, here, and not because of lack of ability. Ability does not replace experience. I am looking forwards to seeing the resourcefulness of this crew. So..." She stepped aside to the glass drawing board, where she tapped an O.C.P. (Officer Control Panel) next to it, the screen alighting with a smoky gray planet, the soft shards of what may once have been a ring showing clear signs of dissipation.

"I believe this planet may well test our survival skills. This is P43-332, a planet completely frozen, knocked off its orbit by an unknown force, leaving this iced-over planet between stars; between arms, in fact, of the galaxy. I will be taking a team down onto the planet for analysis, as this could be a massive source of fresh water for Earth... But we need to know that it's fresh, and safe to obtain." She pulled out her seat, which she gently sat in.

"The planet has a thin atmosphere--not that it'd matter, it being so cold--so there's the minimal potential there is life, especially deeper down, near the core. Average temperature dips below negative 300 Degrees Fahrenheit, every side."

Christene leaned back, taking a final breath, wherein she closed her eyes, smiled, and opened them again. "Any questions?"


Raiden listened as he sipped at his cut of dark coffee, the smell tickling his nose. Frozen planet? Awesome. Maybe. Setting the styro-foam cup down, he raised a closed hand. "How cold does it get? Durring the day, durring the night? Gotta gauge how much winter equipment to get in combination with my tablet, scanners and whatnot of course." He figured that was a question either of the senior leadership could answer, so he glanced between the XO and CO waiting a response. With so much ice, he'd likely have to bring an ax too, and a couple other tools as well. His mind stopped wandering and started thinking about what to pack. This was a new thing for him. He hoped to pack light, he wasn't used to these expedition either...


Will glanced back at the single queen side bed in the cheap motel. The blond women, Kandi, Katey, Kathy, something like that, it didn't really matter. Will had picked her up at the single sleazy bar in the small town a few kilometers from where the USS Aegis would be launching a few hours later. He stood by the window keeping an eye out for his cab. He saw it approaching and glanced back at the still sleeping women. He made sure he didn't leave anything and quietly stepped out making sure not to wake her.

Aegis Launch Ceremony

"Fracking cab." The Sergeant muttered, his cab broke down and by the time a replacement got him to the launch he was almost late. Luckily he'd put his uniform on this morning so he bolted across the parade ground, tossed his bag behind a table and running towards the formed up crew. He slowed to a march as he reach the edge and fell into the back rank, just as a grey haired officer in a USAF uniform took the podium.

USS Aegis - Enlisted Mess

Will sat at one of the tables sipping his coffee. He heard the announcement that they'd be taking off shortly and grinned. It would be good to get back into space.


Archer turned and said to the colonel "Do we have any equipment to actually keep us close to warm on a planet that has no sun and a minimal atmosphere? This planet will be impossible to put someone on. Unless we somehow heat the atmosphere to something where winter survival gear and oxygen tanks can keep a person alive. We could heat the atmosphere with the asgard beam, the heat wouldn't last long. But if we kept heating the atmosphere with the beam we could maybe keep a person on the planet for two hours before we had to stop firing the beam before the beam would become damaged. It would take recalibration of the beam to fire in intervals where we could maintain a steady temperature in an area around the impact point of the beam. What do you think Colonel?"


Tobias listened to her speak as he sighed. He looked around at all the people in the room as he watched for their reaction then he just sighed again. Tobias just hoped that nothing went wrong as that would be very bad. Also he doubted that he was coming but that didn't mean that he didn't care for other members of the crew who was going to go with her so. Tobias wondered how long it would take and if they would actually find something or not. However, he did agree that they needed to go there either way just they also needed to be careful so. Even if that went without saying. Tobias couldn't wait until the mission started even if he was going to and even if not because he wanted to know if there was something to find on the planet or not, they had to know for sure. "When does the mission starts? And who are the ones that are coming with you?"


"How cold does it get? During the day, during the night? Gotta gauge how much 
winter equipment to get in combination with my tablet, scanners and whatnot of 
course."

She glanced at Raiden, letting out a soft sigh. "I told you, Captain, below negative three-hundred degrees Farenheit, and thin, THIN atmosphere. We're going to need suits."

"Do we have any equipment to actually keep us close to warm on a planet that 
has no sun and a minimal atmosphere? This planet will be impossible to put 
someone on. Unless we somehow heat the atmosphere to something where winter 
survival gear and oxygen tanks can keep a person alive. We could heat the 
atmosphere with the asgard beam, the heat wouldn't last long. But if we kept 
heating the atmosphere with the beam we could maybe keep a person on the planet 
for two hours before we had to stop firing the beam before the beam would 
become damaged. It would take recalibration of the beam to fire in intervals 
where we could maintain a steady temperature in an area around the impact point 
of the beam. What do you think Colonel?"

Her eyebrows raised, and she shook her head.
"That would be highly dangerous. First of all, we don't know what's on the planet, much less if the ice is water-based or something potentially dangerous to hit with something that could set the whole planet afire." She leaned back, rubbing her forehead.

"Not to mention, if you did melt the ice and make the planet warm, aside from potentially destroying any life or ruins that would be within the planet, you would be creating a completely unstable atmosphere with the sudden introduction of tons of moisture, rainfall, and ocean, and make it unexplorable. So, while a good suggestion, it would serve only to hinder us."

"As for protection, we're covered. We currently have a full stock of suits, including spares, for the whole crew, that should protect us--that being said, wear multiple layers underneath it."

"When does the mission starts? And who are the ones that are coming with you?"

"The Mission starts as soon as Captain Denham gives us the okay for FTL." Christene spoke, leaning forwards once more. "I'll want a medic, so, Captain Bridger, Captain Macqueen, I want you and three security members of your choosing. I'll also want my Chief of Science, Captain McCallister, and my Executive Officer, Commander Colbert. If you all have different suggestions, I'll hear them now. Sergeant Eli Aarons will have the deck."


Murphy listened the breifing carefully took some notes for himself. Damn cold planet, lucky I'm not going there, He though to himself and halfly smiled.

"If you all have different suggestions, I'll hear them now."

The Commanding Officer told at the end of the breifing and he didnt had any questions in mind nor any suggestions so he simply said nothing and waited for the briefing to end and go to his station.


"The Mission starts as soon as Captain Denham gives us the okay for FTL."

Sam's ears perked up at his name, of course he had been listing to the Colonel's brief, Sam said, "Well, Ma'am, to be honest we are fully FTL capable and all I need is your word as well as the relative position in space." Sam reposition his chair as he turned to face the Colonel eye to eye.


Lucas sat quietly thinking. Even with the cold temperatures it was still possible for all sorts of bugs and bacteria to grow on that planet but even so they would all be wearing protective suits to combat the cold. "Ma'am, due to the cold nature of this planet I would recommend limited exposure to the elements; no more than five hours at any given time." Lucas said.

While he knew the suits were designed to protect against temperatures that cold, it was still a good idea to limit the amount of exposure until they knew for a fact that no harmful bacteria existed on the planet.


Gunnery Sergeant Kurt Martin had arrived late to the launch because he had only recently been informed that his cousin was MIA. So Kurt had quickly flown to Indiana to see his aunt and uncle, to see how they where faring. On the way his plane had been delayed by storms so he had only just arrived in time of get on the Aegis before launch. Now Kurt was on his way to the mess to eat after putting his gear in his quarters.

Kurt entered the mess and looked around. He grabbed his face in his hands and rubbed them over his head to stop himself from analysing the room for exits and tactical points. He made his way over the food and started to grab some, before he walked through the tables and chairs to a secluded table, from which he could observe the entire room, and started to eat.


Adelaide Hawk, Adel for short, was one of the Australians on the ship, a Mechanical Engineer. She had been a little earlier than some of the other personnel on this ship, and she hadn't been called to the briefing for obvious reasons, so she had decided to get herself acquainted with the ship and took the grand opportunity to unpack. She hadn't been called for anything and after checking in like she was supposed to, she was now on her own.

Now that she had progressed through the ranks a little, Adel wandered into the mess hall, listening to some music in her head phones. She was a bit spacey at times, but she could buckle down and get to work as demands established themselves. Adel hummed a song to an old rock group, half prancing into the mess hall with out realizing that others were around.

Getting a tray consisting of the meal of the day which was a fairly simple recipe. Grabbing a Coca Cola, she wandered away from the main line and 'unplugged' one of her ear buds as she surveyed the room again, looking for a place to sit.

Then she found Martin, just one of the random operatives in the room, doing what everyone else was doing in here - eating.

Approaching the table, she smiled, and her thick Australian accent probably changed the dynamics of the room considerably. "Hello, Sergeant. May I join you?" she queried politely, not sitting down just yet.

Raiden McCallister - Briefing Room

"My apologies, ma'am, that little bit of information flew right over my head." Raiden replied as he then briefly made an airplane noise as he flicked his hand over his head in exaggeration. Negative 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Frak! And he thought Alaska was cold?! He sipped at his coffee again.

"Let's not ignore the fact that we need to wear layers lightly. Having used to live in Alaska, I can swear by them. Arctic gear does only so much good without layers." He knew he didn't have to explain how they worked, but it was still something they should not ignore. "I gotta say though, this will be the friggin' most coldest place I've been to now." he shook his head. "I just hope our equipment doesn't freeze." he added, knowing bringing his data tablet to record information was quite obviously out of the question.

"Briger, sir, you have a good point. Ma'am, I suggest you consider how it goes the first few hours, we shouldn't push it since the planet won't be going anywhere." Raiden reaffirmed.


Kurt heard someone approach but didn't looked up, He took his left hand off the table and placed it on his M-45 MEUSOC.

"Hello, Sergeant. May I join you?" she queried politely, not sitting down just yet.

Kurt looked up when he heard the Australian accent and gave a smile before replying in his cold deep voice, "Sure.” He waited until the woman was seated before removing his had from his weapon. “I see you’re an Australian. I’ve met quite a few Australians from Special Forces and all of them are great soldiers. But I’ve never met an Australian woman, so to me it’s funny hearing that accent coming from a woman. But I like it, it shows that your nation is still separate from the US no mater what your Politicians try to do. But enough of that, tell me who are you and what do you do?”


Adel had noticed how Kurt had put his hand on his weapon. She regarded this observation curiously, but didn't show many signs of her hint of confusion. They were all allies on this ship, why would he want to do that? What would she have against a stranger. But never mind that, he looked like he was an all around serious guy.

Adel sat down and took a quick sip of her drink before speaking. "I'm one of the engineers on this ship, Mechanical mainly. I also used to do Autobody work, as well as some painting before a lot of my training went underway." she replies, pausing to take a bite out of her sandwich. Not that bad of one, either. "What about you? Name's Adelaide Hawk by the by, Adel fer short."


After Adelaide sat down Kurt resumed eating while he listen to her talking.

"What about you? Name's Adelaide Hawk by the by, Adel fer short."

Before replying Kurt made a mental note of Adels' name and appearance so he would remember. He tried to do that with everyone involved when he worked on security. "Good to meet you Adel, I'm Kurt Martin, Assistant Chief of security. You can call me Kurt or Martin, it doesn't matter to me. But tell me how long have you been involved the Stargate Program?"


Tobias watched as he listened to her and nodded in understanding. He had no idea whom to pick from the security members but he had no idea then before leaving he would make up his mind finally. Tobias doubted that it would take to long to decide. Then again it better not because they didn't have to long until they went on the mission that much he knew. Tobias so far only seen 4 of his security members which was strange but he hoped that it would change soon. However, it didn't help him pick but he figured that he might as well pick from the ones that he could see.

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Mission #1: "Cold Shoulder of the Galaxy"
Chapter 1: "Midnight Blue" | Chapter 2: "Getting Settled"
Chapter 3: "Briefs..." | Chapter 4: "Liek, Zoinks" | Chapter 5: "Marble"
Chapter 6: "Stars Apart" | Chapter 7: "We are going in!"
Chapter 8: "The Black Spire"
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