4.8.14

Spin-off 3E

Forged in Something, Part V

The Vorcha-class IKS B'Cnah entered the atmosphere of Dalor Prime and parked in a hover in the sky over the Klingon outpost. An away team beamed inside the command centre and stepping over dead Klingon Defence Force officers, Menchez deactivated the planetary defence systems that were firing into space.

Menches: "Menchez to B'Cnah. What is the status of the ship?"
#Ch'Tong: "We took heavy damage, but we have survived. Five to eight hours until we can restore main systems to full capacity."
Menchez: "Very well. It is never a good day to die by your own people."
#Ch'Tong: "Unless those people are traitors!"
Menchez: "We do not have any information to base that on. Continue repairs. We will follow up with you when we have more."
#Ch'Tong: "Qapla'!"

Stepping into the outside yard, behind the facility, a few Klingon bodies were found on the ground. 

Derok: "This makes no sense! There are no wounds. How did they die?"
Terek, scanning: "Just like the others; their molecular structures have been altered somehow."
Kent: "What do you think, Captain?" 
Menchez: "General Verticon is back on the ship, watching everything we do. We must be successful or his trust in us, the crew he gave his ship to, will waiver."
Walking further out, the away team suddenly approached an odd visual disturbance, hovering off the ground. Terek scanned it.
Terek: "It's a tear in space and time."
Derok: "What is that even supposed to mean? Didn't you hear how important this mission is from the Captain??"
Terek: "Perhaps your patience needs to be adjusted, Derok. An investigation takes time and focus!"
Menchez: "Derok, he's right. You need to calm down."
Derok: "Maybe so. But Terek is too much of a thinker. He refuses to act when the time comes!"
Kent nodding, outward: "Looks like Beta team has arrived."
Everyone glanced over to see another group of Klingons in the distance, at the other end of the grounds. Another distortion could be seen there as well.
Menchez: "Verticon must have sent them down. It is his style to send multiple teams at once."
They watched as the team in the distance scanned thier distortion as well. The officer scanning suddenly tripped forward and fell into the distortion-- suddenly, a shock wave was produced, slicing through the team and knocking them to the ground.
Derok: "By the sword of Kahless!" 

Minutes later, the group approached the fallen warriors and began scanning them.

Terek: "They're dead! Same as the other Klingons."
Menchez, Derok and Terek glanced at each other and nodded. They knelt down, placed their hands on the dead bodies and cried out to Stovokor. Kent, being a Human-Starfleet exchange officer, just watched.
Kent: "Do you have to do that every time?"
Menchez: "Indeed. I am often surprised that Humans don't have a cry of their own."
Kent: "It's more for when we're in pain."
Menchez: "Crying in pain? Seems odd. Anyway, the way these warriors died does not explain why planetary defenses were online. The question is, what is causing these distortions?"
Terek: "They could possibly be naturally occurring. Temporal distortions have been known to exist in space."
Kent: "I'm reading more of them out west."
Menchez: "According to the schematics of this area, there is a manufacturing facility in that location. Let's take a look."

As the group approached another building, the area all around it was seemingly littered with the distortions.

Terek: "Seems odd for something naturally occurring."
Derok: "How do we get through them? We have to check out the facility."
Terek: "Perhaps we can transport in?"
Derok: "Impossible! The close proximity of the distortions would interfere with the confinement beams."
Menchez: "If we risk maneuvering them, we could end up like the other away team."
Kent, examining readings: "According to this, the distortions have a 0.008 phase variance. I think we could modify our disrupters with phase discriminators and disrupt the distortions by firing into them."
Menchez: "Very well."

Derok contacted the B'Cnah and had the devices transported down. He then affixed them to everyone's weapons. Menchez took the first shot, crippling the distortion, as hypothesized-- but moments later, the distortion reaffirmed itself.

Terek: "Perhaps they are permanent. There is nothing we can do to eliminate them."
Menchez: "No, but we can subdue them for a few seconds. Kent, you will fire on the distortions, sequentially, creating a path to the facility for the rest of us."
Kent nodded and aimed his disrupter. The other Klingons prepared themselves. 
Menchez: "We must work together once we are inside. Verticon is just one factor in this mission; we are the other."
Terek and Derok glanced at each other, hesitantly. They then looked over to Menchez who peered into the distortions.
Menchez: "vaj tagh maH!"