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Title: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: Zach on 08 January 2010 11:49 AM
Hailing Frequency is teaming up with Direct2Drive to bring you another great competition! 

We have 3 copies of Star Trek Online: The Digital Deluxe Edition to giveaway, each worth £49.99 ($79) and here is how you can enter for a chance to win one of them.

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The Prizes:

3 copies of Star Trek Online Digital Deluxe Edition which is the ULTIMATE digital version of Star Trek Online, with tonnes of extra stuff that is not included in boxed copies:

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How to Enter

All you have to do to enter is complete the following scenario.  The three most interesting entries, as chosen by the Hailing Frequency Team, will win, so get your writing hats on people.

E-mail your entries, along with your Name and Hailing Frequency Username, to "stocompetition@hailingfrequency.com". 

The subject line must read "STO Fiction Competition"

Maximum Word Count: 600 words

Entries are limited to one per person, and it is recommended that you only enter this competition if you have a high speed internet connection, as the digital download will be in excess of 8 gigabytes.

The competition is open worldwide, and will close on Sunday 10th January at 11.59pm GMT.  Winners will be announced shortly afterwards, though exact timing will vary depending on the number of entries recieved. 

Once the winners are announced, they will be contacted immediatly with a redemption code which can be use to download Star Trek Online from Direct2Drive.

Good Luck to all.

Here is the scenario you must complete:

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Captains Log Stardate 63555.1 - We have just entered a Star System that Long Range Sensor scans show was recently abandoned by The Borg.  It is not known why the Borg left the system, so we have come here to investigate. End Log.

Helm We are approaching the system captain!

Captain: Drop us out of warp and engage impulse engines.  Begin Scanning!

Science: Scans show that the system has 11 planets captain, The 3rd, 4th and 5th planets are in the stars habitable zone. The 6th planet is Class-L, the 1st and 2nd planets are very close to the Star and contain high amounts of heavy metals and the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th planets are all Gas Giants........Sir, I cannot get a reading on the 11th planet, something is interfering with our scans, some kind of directed interference from inside the system.

Captain:  Hmnnnn - 3 planets in the Habitable zone - thats very interesting. Helm - lay in a course to the 3rd planet, lets start there.

Helm: Aye Sir....Entering orbit in 15 seconds

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? You decide for a chance to win a copy of Star Trek: Online!


Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: Zach on 08 January 2010 03:45 PM
Somebody didn't read the post properly......
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: lenzio on 08 January 2010 04:46 PM
I'm so sorry I will take it down I was so happy when I read the contest I jumped the gun :(
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: Acyl on 09 January 2010 04:55 AM
Awesome contest. But I have a question:

What are the acceptable (or preferred) formats for our contest entries? Should we send them to you in the main body of the e-mail? Is a text file or RTF attachment okay?
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: Tyrannos on 09 January 2010 06:11 AM
Zach, is there any word count or any kind of limitations?
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: Zach on 09 January 2010 11:37 AM
Awesome contest. But I have a question:

What are the acceptable (or preferred) formats for our contest entries? Should we send them to you in the main body of the e-mail? Is a text file or RTF attachment okay?

In the main body, or in RTF format is fine
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: Zach on 09 January 2010 11:37 AM
Zach, is there any word count or any kind of limitations?

Maximum word count as of now is 600 words
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: skyflash on 09 January 2010 01:14 PM
Maximum word count as of now is 600 words

That means if I submitted before that it is ok if it is more than 600 words? Cause I did not count... but it's probably less anyway.
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: Zach on 09 January 2010 02:46 PM
Yes previous entries of more than 600 are fine.
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition
Post by: curtst on 09 January 2010 03:25 PM
I sent in an entry. I hope it is somewhat enjoyable.
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: Burgess on 10 January 2010 02:16 AM
Does the max of 600 words include the prompt?  Or is it 600 words after the prompt?
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: Tiberius Steele on 10 January 2010 03:13 PM
I too have sent in an entry :D
Good luck to everyone who has entered
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: Omega1 on 10 January 2010 03:27 PM


Post Merge: 10 January 2010 03:33 PM
i just sent an entry which i wrote up the other day and now i see its 600 word max:(
will it still count if its over? i can't imagine it being over by alot :)
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition
Post by: Galway on 10 January 2010 04:27 PM
I have my story ready but it is 685 words...  should I send it and a version cut to 600, or just the shortened one?   I feel that a lot of character is missing without those 85 words...  lol
 :startrek078:

Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: garm on 10 January 2010 06:02 PM
I have sent an entry as well, wait and see.

Anyway it was a lot of fun to write it.
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: kz31415 on 10 January 2010 09:23 PM
Even if I lose, which is highly likely, I look forward to reading the winning entries!
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: Mynerva on 10 January 2010 09:34 PM
Submitted one myself, I must admit I wished you had allowed 1000 words, I really struggled to fit what I needed into the 600 cap :(
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition
Post by: Aurangzeb on 11 January 2010 12:00 AM
I attached my story as a PDF file. I hope that is permitted? I figured it was more universally compatible than any given RTF version.
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: Treksplorer on 11 January 2010 12:06 AM
Can't wait to see the winning entries. :D *crosses fingers!*
Good luck to all who entered! ^_^
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: Leech89 on 11 January 2010 01:13 AM
I only found out about this yesterday... wonder how many entries were sent in?
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: kz31415 on 11 January 2010 01:19 AM
I am guessing more than anticipated. But it's just a guess.

I once asked an English teacher I had in college why she didn't occasionally assign creative writing assignments. She basically said she would have to read a lot of garbage.

So, they are probably reading a lot of garbage right now. Mine included, but I had to try.
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: Treksplorer on 11 January 2010 01:34 AM
They probably are reading a lot. So we may not see results until tomorrow. I kept mine a bit short mainly because I didn't want to go into a huge fanfic, and it easily could have with the premise I went by.

I am anxious to see though. Almost as eager for this as for Open Beta, lol.
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition
Post by: Galway on 11 January 2010 02:20 AM
I am super excited too!  I made mine into a campy TOS style episode...  lol...  I hope it translates well.
 :startrek078:
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: Treksplorer on 11 January 2010 02:34 AM
Thankfully they're accepting entries over 600 words if they were submitted before the edit. I emailed mine before they added a word limit and out of curiosity, I checked the word count just now. A little over 800! Wow! lol. Here I'd been afraid it was greatly under 600.
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition
Post by: Wulf on 11 January 2010 03:15 AM
So, any word on the winners?

Oops, scratch that. I didn't see there were more pages to the post.
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: Treksplorer on 11 January 2010 03:27 AM
Yeah, the page count really blends in with the background. x.x;
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: Zach on 11 January 2010 11:15 AM
The competition closed last night at midnight GMT and we are now in the process of filtering through over 200 entries, to find our winners.

Due to the high bulk, its probably going to take us a day or two to filter through all of them and narrow down our winners, so please bear with us :-)
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition
Post by: transrelativity on 11 January 2010 11:19 AM
Great way to increase traffic to the site and get new members. I'm so glad Massively did a story on this contest, or I never would have found the site. I hope the winning entries get posted for everyone to read!
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: Zach on 11 January 2010 01:45 PM
Oh I didn't know that Massivly had written about this - cool!
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition
Post by: Wulf on 11 January 2010 02:14 PM
Oh I didn't know that Massivly had written about this - cool!

That's how I came to be here.

Thanks for the update on the process!

Even if you're not ready to announce the winners, can you let us know when you've made your decisions? 

I only ask so that...  ...other people...  ...definitely not me, but others can stop obsessively checking to see if they're part of the 197 who didn't make it.

Much appreciated.  :startrek016:
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition
Post by: transrelativity on 11 January 2010 02:34 PM
Yeah, you can check out the article right here:

http://www.massively.com/2010/01/09/write-star-trek-online-fic-and-win-a-free-digital-download/ (http://www.massively.com/2010/01/09/write-star-trek-online-fic-and-win-a-free-digital-download/)

Nice bit of press coverage.
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: starbaseprime on 11 January 2010 02:43 PM
600 words?  Well nuts...I never expected the rules to change... 

Post Merge: 11 January 2010 02:51 PM
They probably are reading a lot. So we may not see results until tomorrow. I kept mine a bit short mainly because I didn't want to go into a huge fanfic, and it easily could have with the premise I went by.

I am anxious to see though. Almost as eager for this as for Open Beta, lol.

Next time they'll post them and have members vote on them - much easier for them.  ;-)

Speaking of which - will anyone post what they've written?  I am curious!  I'd post mine but it's +2000 words (rather than read the forums to find out about the rule change I was busy writing and rewriting) and its too long.
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: kz31415 on 11 January 2010 03:07 PM
Mine was 1800 words from what I wrote. And it is a pretty quick ready really. I don't see how anyone could of done much with 600 words.
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition
Post by: nerfherder on 11 January 2010 03:14 PM
Great way to increase traffic to the site and get new members. I'm so glad Massively did a story on this contest, or I never would have found the site. I hope the winning entries get posted for everyone to read!

same here...I had thought that HF was simply a podcast, but this site has a wealth of info. Thanks Massively and HF for a neat contest!
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: starbaseprime on 11 January 2010 03:22 PM
I don't see how anyone could of done much with 600 words.

I tend to agree, what they provided was nearly 200 words alone.  But, perhaps I just lack the skill to do that.

Certainly I'm irritated at having put so much time into it only to be disqualified as the rules changed half way through.

They're just screwed now though.  Who do they offend?  Those that slogged their guts out crafting a real story and never knew the rules changed? Or, those that slogged their guts out trying to make a story fit with a word cap?

Which is why you never change the rules after a contest has started.  If you're irrated about having wasted so much time, show your dagger  :startrek017:, perhaps they won't do it again!  :)

Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: Mynerva on 11 January 2010 03:27 PM
I definately struggled with fitting what I had in mind into the 600 words limit, it reads...wrong. I'm not at all happy with how it turned out but... can't do anything about it now. I am however busy writing up the follow on from this fic :D I will post it here if anyone is interested in reading it!
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: Wulf on 11 January 2010 03:33 PM
Uh, guys...  Before we break out the  :startrek017: s &  :startrek002: s...  Do keep in mind the following from the first page of this thread:

Yes previous entries of more than 600 are fine.

I highly doubt they're going to disqualify someone for being too verbose, especially with the rules changing after the fact.

Post Merge: 11 January 2010 03:39 PM
This is what I was able to toss together in two hours and with 597 words:

Ensign Gaire's Log Stardate 63562.4 - This will be my first and final entry.
We never saw it coming.  We should have known better.  With all the raw resources available in this star system, why would The Borg leave?
 
Two minutes after entering orbit, there was a shipwide power fluctuation.  Not trusting the transporters, the first officer and a security detachment took a shuttle down to the planet.  She relayed back horrific images of half-formed Borg, in what appeared to be various states of decomposition, as if cybernetics could decompose.

The away team returned to the ship, bringing samples of dead and dying Borg with them.  Yes, some of them, though rapidly deteriorating, were still functioning. 

We remained in orbit for two days, as the science and medical teams poured over the information gleaned from their testing and experimentation.

They believed what they had discovered was an organism that fed on the specific bonds within cybernetics, leaving the biological portion of an assimilated Borg to die a slow death as they were cut off from the technology that maintained them.   

Much like the maggots on Earth would only feed on dead flesh and leave healthy structures alone, these would only break down the merged biological and technological materials.  Once they reached living flesh, they moved on to the next implant.  They were literally dismantling The Borg from the inside out.   

This was touted as a discovery which could possibly mean the end the war with The Borg.  A doomsday weapon, one The Collective obviously feared.

We never could have imagined how adaptable this lifeform was.  The portion of sickbay that had been used for research was quarantined and the microscopic organism placed into stasis.

It wasn’t long before the ship’s systems started malfunctioning.  The computer seemed to be having very human-like memory problems.  Commands would need to be repeated two or three times before they were executed, it was sluggish to respond or wouldn’t respond at all and alerts would be triggered, with seemingly no cause.  This was not supposed to be possible with modern bio-neural systems.

So, we set course for the nearest starbase to have a full systems diagnostic performed and repair operations started.

We never made it.

It was Jonas in security who fell first.  Violent mood swings, loss of control of limbs, incoherent speech.  In the end, it was a mixed blessing that there wasn’t enough of him left to understand what had happened.

That started the panic amongst the other hundred-some crew members.  The captain tried to maintain order and sanity on his ship, but when the malaise took him, the crew lost all hope.

For some, the lucky ones, the devouring of their neural paths was graciously painless, as they’d already been rendered numb or comatose.

Others weren’t as fortunate.  Their screams still echo within the remainders of my mind.
Four of us decided on self-preservation.  Full biological and anti-microbial sweeps were run on the shuttlecraft.  We thought we could escape it.

It’s been almost two weeks.  We almost made it.  We thought we had, until the shuttle’s systems started failing.  A very small number of the organism had been brought along, but that’s all it took.  It multiplies rapidly when food is abundant.

I can no longer feel anything below my sternum, and even that is fading now.

Please, if you find this, destroy the shuttle and the USS Hawkins.


Golson: Hey, uh, Commander?
Cmdr North: Yes, crewman, what is it?
Golson: You remember the science vessel that was towed into starbase 571 a couple days ago?
Cmdr North: Yes, why?


Post Merge: 11 January 2010 03:48 PM
Quote from: starbaseprime

I tend to agree, what they provided was nearly 200 words alone.  But, perhaps I just lack the skill to do that.

I may be mistaken, but I believe Zach meant that your entry needed to be a maximum of 600 words, not including the seed.
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: starbaseprime on 11 January 2010 03:58 PM
Uh, guys...  Before we break out the  :startrek017: s &  :startrek002: s...  Do keep in mind the following from the first page of this thread:

Yes previous entries of more than 600 are fine.
Now admittedly, I'm American, so our English isn't the same.  However, via the sentence mechanics the modifier "previous" should refer to entries submitted before his post and therefore exclude those that came after.  This is also reinforced by the "as of" clause in the earlier post.  Had he meant to say submissions over 600 were fine, there would be no need for the word previous.
IMHO, those of us that were slogging our little brains to the last hour are entitled to at least one  :startrek017: 

The bit about the first 200 words being included or not was never clarified, but I doubt its a problem.  Good story!  Thanks for posting it!
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: Wulf on 11 January 2010 04:25 PM
Uh, guys...  Before we break out the  :startrek017: s &  :startrek002: s...  Do keep in mind the following from the first page of this thread:

Yes previous entries of more than 600 are fine.
Now admittedly, I'm American, so our English isn't the same.  However, via the sentence mechanics the modifier "previous" should refer to entries submitted before his post and therefore exclude those that came after.  This is also reinforced by the "as of" clause in the earlier post.  Had he meant to say submissions over 600 were fine, there would be no need for the word previous.
IMHO, those of us that were slogging our little brains to the last hour are entitled to at least one  :startrek017: 

The bit about the first 200 words being included or not was never clarified, but I doubt its a problem.  Good story!  Thanks for posting it!

It is true that it did reference previous entries, I was simply referring to what I would hope to be a compassionate and common sense flexing of the rules, by the organizers, to allow for a bit of wiggle room due to extenuating circumstances.

Thanks!  I haven't written anything in close to a decade.  I have no idea what prompted me to do this, but it felt good to stretch the creative muscles again.
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: Zach on 11 January 2010 04:34 PM
I'm sorry if some of you feel that adding a 600 word limit part way through the competition was unfair.  It became clear after the first 12 hours that we would need to impose a limit, otherwise we would have a hard time getting these all read and winners chosen.  We received a couple of entries well over 3 pages long!

While we normally do not change rules after a competition is launched, i'm sure you realize its sometimes nessesary.  In fact, I believe that even Cryptic have done this a few times in the past.

As demonstrated in the posting above, it is possible to devise an interesting narrative in under 600 words, so this limit shouldn't not have restricted you folks too much.

Anyways - we are still trawling through all of the entries that were recieved, so its going to be a while longer before winners are announced.
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: starbaseprime on 11 January 2010 05:12 PM
I'm sorry if some of you feel that adding a 600 word limit part way through the competition was unfair.  It became clear after the first 12 hours that we would need to impose a limit, otherwise we would have a hard time getting these all read and winners chosen.  We received a couple of entries well over 3 pages long!

While we normally do not change rules after a competition is launched, i'm sure you realize its sometimes nessesary.  In fact, I believe that even Cryptic have done this a few times in the past.

As demonstrated in the posting above, it is possible to devise an interesting narrative in under 600 words, so this limit shouldn't not have restricted you folks too much.

Anyways - we are still trawling through all of the entries that were recieved, so its going to be a while longer before winners are announced.

I don't think anyone said that it was "unfair".  Fairness is defined by the contest organizers; and that's you all.

It's just unfortunate that those who were busy writing with a short deadline never knew there was a change and ended up being disqualified for it.  On the other hand, it's a good Klingon lesson:  Survival isn't a right.

I don't think you gain respect by agreeing with someone else regardless of what they say/do, but rather by encouraging them to do good and explaining when you think they made a mistake.  I'm also not calling for you to "unmake" the rule as that wouldn't be right to those under the 600 limit.  So far only I'm the only one to put the symbol up, and if its just me it should be easy to ignore as one person radically different from the crowd is often wrong.  ;-)

But, we learn by doing.  I'd encourage you to do more contests, but perhaps next time include the word limit from the get-go.  Short stories under 600 words are an art form, but I also know they're incredibly hard to do well and might not have attempted it.
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: Acyl on 11 January 2010 05:24 PM
I think the point folks are making is...if there was to be a word limit, this is something that ideally should have been clear from the very beginning.

As it is now, no matter what you do now, some people will be upset about the competition's outcome. This is very unfortunate, because you guys are trying to provide a cool service to the community, and shouldn't have bitterness directed your way.

I have a suggestion, though: given that you have three copies, you could always award them as prizes for different categories. Best long story, best 600 word story, best overall story... I don't know.

I guess it depends on whether most of the entries you guys received were actually 600 words, or not.

I trust you guys to make the best decision. I just wish the situation weren't so awkward for you folks. It ain't fair, to the contestants, or the organisers.

I think at the end of the day, we gotta remember...Zach and the Hailing Frequency guys are just, y'know, community folks trying their best to do stuff for the community. It's not like they're getting paid for this. Take it in that spirit.
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: garm on 11 January 2010 05:51 PM
if I had to solve the problem I would:

- give a box to the best long story (more than 600 words)
- give the other 2 to the shorter stories (600 or less words)



Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: kz31415 on 11 January 2010 06:04 PM
I would think that if someone was working on their story before the 600 word limit was put into place, but didn't finish until after the 600 limit was set, a polite email explaining would convince HF to accept the submission. It is not like we are dealing with City Hall.

I would think 600 words into the story they would now if it is even up for consideration anyway.

Then again, that is a lot of reading.
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: starbaseprime on 11 January 2010 06:09 PM
Personally I think one rule change was enough.  Changing after the fact is really bad form (which totally disqualifies my 2000+ word nine page opus ;-)
That's life.  Life isn't fair. 

As demonstrated in the posting above, it is possible to devise an interesting narrative in under 600 words, so this limit shouldn't not have restricted you folks too much.

Well yes and no.  The story is just under the 600 words (not including the intro), but it doesn't use the script-style you started with and it doesn't address the oddity of the 11th planet or build off the characters you introduced.

I don't want to take away from the poster's story.  Given the word limit it would be difficult to incorporate all of that.

I believe that even Cryptic have done this a few times in the past.
I'm sure that didn't bother anyone then either.  Well, you know what they say about not learning from history.  ;-)

Seriously though, it's a contest, there was a rule change.  It's not the end of the world.
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: Wulf on 11 January 2010 06:49 PM
Quote from: starbaseprime
Well yes and no.  The story is just under the 600 words (not including the intro), but it doesn't use the script-style you started with and it doesn't address the oddity of the 11th planet or build off the characters you introduced.

I don't want to take away from the poster's story.  Given the word limit it would be difficult to incorporate all of that.

No offense, whatsoever, was taken.  It was a creative writing exercize, so I took what was given and used it as a basis and a resource, rather than a template.

I integrated the captain as much as the narrative allowed.  The initial introduction of 'characters' gave no life and no names to them, so I treated them as the ancillary characters they were portrayed as.

As for not addressing the 11th planet, I'd say the crew of the USS Hawkins had a few more pressing matters to attend to, which were spurred by entering the orbit of the third planet, before exploring further.

With the narrative being a monologue, following the initial 'script-style' didn't make much sense.  I followed it, inasmuch as starting with the log entry, and setting the Stardate approximately 2 weeks later.
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: starbaseprime on 11 January 2010 06:56 PM
No offense, whatsoever, was taken.  It was a creative writing exercize, so I took what was given and used it as a basis and a resource, rather than a template.

I integrated the captain as much as the narrative allowed.  The initial introduction of 'characters' gave no life and no names to them, so I treated them as the ancillary characters they were portrayed as.

As for not addressing the 11th planet, I'd say the crew of the USS Hawkins had a few more pressing matters to attend to, which were spurred by entering the orbit of the third planet, before exploring further.

With the narrative being a monologue, following the initial 'script-style' didn't make much sense.  I followed it, inasmuch as starting with the log entry, and setting the Stardate approximately 2 weeks later.

Thanks!  I hate being critical of any form of good writing and I enjoyed your story. But, it was the only example at hand...  I suspect had they realized the volume they'd get they'd have made the intro simpler.

Also, a word of thanks is certainly in order for HF going out of their way to bring us this contest.  If anything, it must have been a very difficult decision.  Consider they must have had a good idea what the reaction to changed rules would be.  That had to be carefully weighed against their ability to get a timely prize awarded out.  I'm glad it wasn't me making that decision.

I much prefer an organization that continually tries new things and occasionally stumbles, than one that does nothing for its community.  So, just as I called for  :startrek017: if you weren't happy, let me now call for a  :startrek021: symbol in your post to show your support that they continued to bravely go where no other StarTrek source has gone before!

:startrek021:
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: Zach on 11 January 2010 07:09 PM
This is going a little off topic here, but I just got the word from Direct2Drive that they want to provide DDE's for at least one more competition.  So as soon as this one is sorted out, we will be launching another.
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: Wulf on 11 January 2010 07:11 PM
This is going a little off topic here, but I just got the word from Direct2Drive that they want to provide DDE's for at least one more competition.  So as soon as this one is sorted out, we will be launching another.

Good to know.  Many thanks to HF & D2D for organizing and sponsoring these.
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: Mynerva on 11 January 2010 07:43 PM
This is going a little off topic here, but I just got the word from Direct2Drive that they want to provide DDE's for at least one more competition.  So as soon as this one is sorted out, we will be launching another.

Do you know whether it will be another fan fiction competition? I really hope so I would love another shot at it. I literally had six or so hours to submit one because I learned about this site through massively :)
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition
Post by: Galway on 11 January 2010 09:33 PM
I suggest an art contest next!

;)

Or a Star Trek Haiku off...
---->

What would Star Trek be
if not for the simple joy
held in one catch phrase

Beam me up Scotty
Fascinating, He's dead Jim
Most Illogical
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: Treksplorer on 11 January 2010 09:57 PM
But to confirm though, the rules changed on the 9th, so those of us who submitted prior are fine with our longer entries and weren't disqualified, whatever the outcome?
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition
Post by: transrelativity on 11 January 2010 10:15 PM
Personally, I just wish I'd seen the first version of the contest rather than the second before I started writing. I ended up with almost 1000 words, and that's when I had already axed half the story to try to fit within the limit! It's a fun challenge, though, to convey a story in such a short space.
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: Treksplorer on 11 January 2010 10:21 PM
So mine came in at just under 900 words, submitted prior to the added in word limit. ^.^; Since Wulf posted his, thought I'd do the same. ^_^
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Tactical: Captain, we are being scanned...
 
Captain: From the planet?
 
Tactical: I can't tell, Ca--
 
Suddenly the ship lurches, nearly knocking everyone from their stations. The Red Alert sounds throughout the ship and the Captain turns to look back at his Tactical officer.
 
Captain: What the HELL was that?!
 
Tactical: We've been locked in a tractor beam and it's pulling us away from the third planet.
 
Captain: Where is it coming from?
 
Science: The...11th planet, sir.
 
The ship lurched again when the tactical officer managed to free the ship, the officer at the helm beginning to move the ship forward.
 
Captain: The 11th planet?
 
Science: Aye captain...but I can get...
 
Tactical: CAPTAIN! Massive energy readings coming from the 11th planet! It's powering up a huge weapon!

Captain: Motherfu---HELM! Evasive maneuvers! NOW!
 
Tactical: Planet is firing!
 
Helm: Evasive maneuvers!
 
The helm officer worked frantically as the planet's beam cleaved its way through space...and through the end of the port nacelle. Explosions raced along the nacelle and sparks flew from consoles over the bridge. The captain gripped the arms of his chair as other bridge officers held tight to their consoles in an attempt to keep from being thrown.
 
Tactical: The weapon hit our port Nacelle! It went straight through our shields!
 
Helm: Warp is offline!
 
Ops: Engineering is reporting casualties, sir. Our port nacelle has taken massive damage.
 
The Captain grit his teeth. This was not what he had expected when he came in to explore the system.
 
The Captain rose to his feet. "Hail the habitable planets!"
 
Ops: Channel open, sir.
 
Captain: This is Captain Christopher Hale of the Federation Starship Liberty! We mean you no harm! Planet please respond, we are a science vessel on a mission of mercy! Repeat...we mean you no harm! Please stand down your weapons!
 
The seconds ticked by. The Captain was on edge, he wasn't sure whether they were going to get their answer in words or with another attack. The Tactical officer continued to monitor the 11th planet while the crew watched the viewscreen with baited breath.
 
Ops: Captain...we're being hailed.
 
The Captain exhaled slowly and sat back down in his command chair. "On screen."
 
The alien that appeared on the screen stared at the Captain. The alien had a dog-like muzzle with a ridge of sharp spines running along the center of its face and up along the middle of its head. The alien was covered in short fur. Two large horns rose from its head and curled down and around its pointed ears to point forward.
 
Alien: We are the Arriak. You are in our space!
 
Captain: We meant you no harm. Our sensors picked up the Borg and we came to investigate and see if we could lend aid if needed.
 
Alien: We have repelled the Borg.
 
"I can see that," the captain said wryly. "We mean you no harm. We are from the United Federation of Planets. We are not here to conquer or assimilate. We aim to live peacefully with other species."
 
Alien: We have disabled your vessel. You could not conquer us.
 
The Captain just barely stopped himself from making a face or making a sarcastic remark. The last thing he needed was to piss this alien off.
 
Captain: We are interested in coexisting peacefully. Please, give us a chance.
 
The Alien regarded the Captain suspiciously.
 
Alien: We have never trusted outsiders. We do not like them. But I will give you a chance, Captain. Just remember...we can easily destroy you, and we will not hesitate should you give us cause.
 
Captain: Thank you. I will need to contact my people. They will send someone to speak with you and to aid our vessel. Will you allow another vessel to aid us?
 
Alien: I shall allow it.
 
The Captain nodded. "Thank you. What may we call you?"
 
Alien: I am the leader of this planet. You may call me Ruler Arriak.
 
The Captain nodded slowly. "Again, thank you, Ruler Arriak. We shall be in contact...
 
The Arriak ruler nodded and the viewscreen went blank. The Captain slumped in his chair and let out a loud breath.
 
Helm: Well, he was just a great big ball of sunshine wasn't he?
 
The Captain laughed wryly and rubbed the bridge of his nose.
 
Captain: Ops, contact Starfleet Command and apprise them of our situation. Get damage and casualty reports from all decks. And tell them to send only ONE SHIP. One. Last thing we need is for these people to feel threatened.
 
Tactical: No 'censored'.
 
Ops: Aye, sir.
 
The Captain shot his tactical officer a look. But he was thinking the same thing so he let it slide.
 
Captain: We can't do anything until we hear back from Starfleet and they arrive. Cancel Red Alert. If anyone needs me, I'll be in my Ready Room. Number one, you have the conn.
 
Ops: Aye, sir.
 
The Captain rose and went to his Ready Room. They could do nothing until Starfleet arrived, and once they did it would be in the hands of the diplomats. Hopefully...they wouldn't piss the Arriak off. He didn't want to die a sitting duck.
 
Though, he made a promise to himself: if the Borg went running from another star system, he sure as HELL wouldn't be the one going to investigate why.
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition
Post by: Wulf on 11 January 2010 10:22 PM
Personally, I just wish I'd seen the first version of the contest rather than the second before I started writing. I ended up with almost 1000 words, and that's when I had already axed half the story to try to fit within the limit! It's a fun challenge, though, to convey a story in such a short space.

It really is.  That's why I took the aftermath/memory approach. 

Most people don't have a eidetic memory, so you can skip a lot of the detail and minutia and the minute to minute events. 

When you're reminiscing, you don't remember what colour the hair was on the crewman you passed in the hall.  It's all about big ideas and big events.
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition
Post by: transrelativity on 11 January 2010 10:33 PM
Good strategy, Wulf. In hindsight, I wish I'd gone for humor rather than a serious story. I think humor is easier to get across than pathos in a short format, and it stands out more in a crowd. Nothing to be done about it now, though!
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: nerfherder on 12 January 2010 08:59 AM
I think it's funny how great minds think alike...

With over 200 entries, I thought I'd post mine as well so it didn't feel like a wasted effort :)

Captains Log Stardate 63555.1 - We have just entered a Star System that Long Range Sensor scans show was recently abandoned by The Borg.  It is not known why the Borg left the system, so we have come here to investigate. End Log.

Helm: We are approaching the system captain.

Captain: Drop us out of warp and engage impulse engines.  Begin Scanning...

Science: Scans show that the system has 11 planets captain, The 3rd, 4th and 5th planets are in the stars habitable zone. The 6th planet is Class-L, the 1st and 2nd planets are very close to the Star and contain high amounts of heavy metals and the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th planets are all Gas Giants........Sir, I cannot get a reading on the 11th planet, something is interfering with our scans, some kind of directed interference from inside the system.

Captain:  Hmmm - 3 planets in the Habitable zone - that's very interesting. Helm - lay in a course to the 3rd planet, lets start there.

Helm: Aye Sir....Entering orbit in 15 seconds.

Communications: Sir, I'm picking up high levels of radio frequency transmissions coming to and from the planets surface. They are transmitting in the ultra-high frequency range and I should be able to pick out...

The ship suddenly comes to a full stop

Captain: What's going on!

Helm: Sir! We've just lost power to the engines!

Science: We've also lost sensors, sir.

Captain: Engineering! Status report!

Engineering (over comm): Something interfering with the main systems. Looking to reroute power now, but systems are unresponsive.

Captain: What's our position?

Science: Given we have no scanners, I can only estimate that we had just entered the system.

Captain: Comm, what's the status on that signal?

Comm: Sir, It's a UHF frequency but something is embedded- I can't separate the signals without the main systems up.

Captain: We still have long range comm?

Comm: ...No sir. Only short range channels are still open.

Captain: I don't like this. We're sitting ducks here...Get me a visual on the main screen.

On the screen, a graveyard of Borg ships surrounds the 11th planet. It's surface gleans like metal.

Captain: what the...

Science: If I had to guess, that planet is of artificial construct sir. Whatever is shutting down our systems also affected the Borg ships the same way. Hopefully our captors can designate friend from foe.

Comm: Incoming transmission sir.

Captain: Put it on.

(over the speakers): Federation vessel, you have entered peaceful space. For that, you cannot be allowed to leave with your vessel of war.

Captain: This is Captain Farrell of the USS Adalaide. We were investigating the Borg presence in your system. If you have the means to...

(over the speakers): We have the means to maintain peace. Soon we will bring peace to all.

Captain: Peace to all?

Helm: Sir, on screen! Look!

On the screen, the telltale streams of missiles head toward the Federation vessel

Captain: Shields Up!

Helm: No response sir!

Captain: Brace for impact!

(over the speakers) We bring peace. We are peace...
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: Treksplorer on 12 January 2010 09:11 AM
Chilling ending.  :startrek012:
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: Mynerva on 12 January 2010 11:01 AM
here's mine also, narrative is not really my style - so I stuck with what I know, that being 3rd person :)

Hope it goes down well!

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Captain McKenna turned to his First Officer Slade Williams. “You’ll be beaming down there at your first available opportunity. Choose your Away Team and assemble in transporter room three.”

“Aye, captain.” Williams stood, tugging his shirt straight he made for the turbo-lift calling his team together as he went not hearing the conversation that began once he was gone.

“Sir, are you sure Commander Williams-”

“I will not hear this kind of talk about my second in command so publicly, Ensign.”

“Apologies, Captain. I meant no disrespect, it’s just that the closer we’ve gotten to this system, the more erratic his behaviour.”

“I am well aware you all know the Commanders rather unusual back-ground, but that is not enough to doubt where his loyalties lie. Commander Williams has fought and won many battles against the Borg.” The Ensign who raised the issue nodded and turned back to her post but still the ill feeling remained.

---

Upon a deserted field a warm wind blew but it did not affect the particles of light that twinkled, slight vibrations filled the immediate area with the now common sound associated with the arrival of the Away Team.

As soon as they had fully materialized Commander Lewis was scanning the area, Tricorder in hand. Lieutenant Commander Lo’gahn followed close to Williams. An effeminate looking alien who possessed neither male or female reproductive organs yet seemed to have a fondness  for the male members of the crew. He was well versed in the arts of combat and was the ships Chief of Security. The other three consisted of two members of security and an engineer, Lieutenant McCoy.

While most of the team went about their duties, Williams simply stood there, eyes closed. The inactive Borg device above his left brow itched and his hand went to it in a futile attempt to soothe the skin beneath. Whispers he heard before while fighting the Borg collective, filling his head.

“But…there‘s no Borg…” He muttered doubling over. Lo’gahn was still there now hailing the Gallant. In a spilt second he and the security chief were back in the transporter room. The sound was gone, he could think clearly again and somehow he possessed new information, though more likely it was information long since buried when he had been saved from the collective.

“Captain, we need to leave.”

“Report, Commander.”

“There’s no time!” The lights flickered, the effect was ship wide. While McKenna didn’t know the full story he trusted Williams.

“Ensign, you heard the Commander.”

“Aye, sir.” Although she tried, warp was not possible. “Sir the interference from before is now affecting our engines.”

The Captain stood to check the helm. “Commander, do you know what’s causing this?”

“I’m afraid I do sir. It’s the civilization who granted the Borg their technology, I don’t know how I know but…“

“But what can we do?”

“Nothing, sir. Not even the Borg can stop them. They had to leave or be wiped out, but, they’ve sensed me sir. They think we’re in league with the Borg. Their enemy!” The ship began to buckle and tip, the engines keeping the Gallant in orbit failing and the gravity of the planet below was slowly pulling her down. But the more immediate threat was the swarm of ships cascading past the crippled vessel. All one-tenth of the size of the Gallant but their collision was like shrapnel tearing through flesh.

They were blown out of the sky every scrap was salvaged and used within the swarm as it now started the long journey into federation space.

Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: Phantomraptor on 12 January 2010 12:14 PM
I had emailed in my story just after the date turned to the 9th, I hope they took my story because I had no clue they added a word count.  Either way, I'll post mine as well for, I hope, a good read for you all.
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Captain: Begin scans of the planet.

Science: Sir, all I'm reading is Borg technology, everywhere.  There's enough vegetation other planetary requirements to
sustain an atmosphere, but no life-forms, not even Borg life-signs.

Captain: Tactical, raise shields.  That would explain why we approached the planet with no resistance, but why?  How can
there be no Borg life-signs? 

Science: There is no apparent explanation that I can give with the data present.

Captain: Speculation?

Science: Something, or someone, has killed the Borg on this planet.

Captain: I need a better answer then that T'Nor. Commander Samuels, prepare an away team.  I want you to go down to the
surface and see what you can find.  T'Nor, is the technology still active?

Science: Yes sir.

Captain: Good, Samuels, you should be able to access their data nodes, take Yuree from engineering.

Commander: Aye sir, we'll figure out what is going on.

Science: Captain, we're still receiving interference from somewhere in the system.  I've been able to determine that it's
not coming from either of the planets here in the habitable zone. It must be on the other side of the system closer to the
11th planet.

Captain:  Break through that interference T'Nor, I want to know what is out there.  Commander, report.

***On the surface of the 3rd planet***

Commander: This is the best find the federation has come across in a decade, sir.  With the information and technology down
here,we could make our fleet strong enough to keep both the Romulans and Klingons at bay.

Captain: I'm sure R & D will agree with you, though, we have more to fear from the Klingons at the moment.  The Romulans are
still split in half.  Has there been any indication yet as to the cause of the Borg deaths?

Commander: According to Engineer Yuree and Medic Lokar, they appear to have been killed by a nano-virus.  One similar to the
one Janeway used just before she returned from the Delta Quadrant. 

Captain: How? There has been more than enough time to assimilate and adapt to that virus.

Yuree: It's different somehow, sir.  I just need more time to analyze it.  This could be an even bigger find than the technology
left down here.

Captain: Agreed, secure a sample, and bring it up to the lab, you'll have all the science and engineering personell support you
need to figure it out.

Yuree: Aye, sir!

Captain: Commander, keep looking around and see if there's anything else going on.

Commander: Aye, sir. We're heading towards the central chamber, Samuels out.

***Back on the ship - The captain is now helping T'Nor deal with the interferance at the science station***

Science: Captain, I think we are getting somewhere.  The interference is not gone, but I have been able to establish its source.  Apparently there is a set of artificial satelites around the 11th planet generating a scattering field.  I can not tell you exactly what they are, but they appear to be of Borg origin.

Captain: Dead Borg down here, Borg tech out there, and a Federation ship sitting in the middle of it all.  How are we not being
assimilated as we speak?

Science: I can not give you a logical answer, Captain.  This is quite a-typical of natural Borg behavior; it seems their
priorities have changed.

Con: Sir!! Borg scout ship approaching, passing the 4th planet!

Captain: Red alert!  Hail Commander Samuels, tell him to be ready to beam up in a hurry on my signal.

***The Captain takes his chair and watches the Borg ship creep closer, expecting the typical "greeting"***

Con: We're being hailed, Captain.

Captain: On screen.

***A singular drone appears on the screen, speaking in a singular, Borg like voice***

2 of 3: State your intentions, this is not Federation territory.

Captain: I am Captain Dillon of the USS Trinity, who are you?

2 of 3: I am designated 2 of 3.  State your intentions.

Captain: We are investigating why the Borg appeared to have left this system, though, apparently we were wrong, you are here. 
Why have you not attempted to assimilate us?

2 of 3: We are no longer "one" with the collective.  Our thoughts are our own, we have no desire to assimilate.

Captain: But...how...why?

Science: Captain, this may be part of the group of Drones that Seven of Nine and the USS Voyager helped free from the
collective, though the dream state of Unimatrix 0-1.

2 of 3: The Vulcan is correct. We are free.

Captain: Can you tell me why all the Borg on the planet are dead?

2 of 3: They are "one" with the collective, we destroyed them.

Captain: How? Surely your vessel is not powerful enough to take on an entire planet of Drones and the ships they would have had.

2 of 3: We are not alone.

***Suddenly the Science officer detected that the interference dissapeared***

Science: Captain! The interferance is gone.  I am now detecting the 11th...no, wait!  The planet is breaking up, all I
am detecting are Borg ships.  A massive fleet of ships!

***Hail from the surface***

Commander: Captain, we have the information we came for, and some souveniers for Starfleet.  Ready to come aboard.

Captain: Stand ready.

***Speaking again to 2 of 3***

Captain: I trust you will not try to destroy us too if I lower my shields?

2 of 3: Your existance is irrelevant.  You are not a threat.

Captain: Transporter room 1, we're lowering the shields, beam up the away team.  Tactical, lower shields.

Tactical: Aye, sir.

2 of 3: Remain where you are, my brothers call for me.

***The viewscreen goes blank...Commander Samuels walks on to the bridge a moment later***

Commander: Sir, what we found on that planet is incredible, and one thing very strange.  According to the data we collected
the primary communication node to the collective was destroyed, not long before the drones began to die.

***The Captain hears his words, and only points his arm to the view screen, which now shows a trail of cubes and spheres
heading towards the planet***

Commander: What is going on, Captain?

Captain:  Meet...the Borg resistance.  They are the ones responsible for the death of the drones on the planet. 

Commander: I thought the virus was responsible.

Captain: Probably their doing, these are no ordinary drones.  The one we talked to even said "I".

Commander: "I"? Fascinating.

Captain: Now you sound like our resident Vulcan.

Science: He sounds nothing like me, Captain, he is too....emotional.

Commander: You are only a quarter Vulcan yourself T'Nor.

Science: But I still have the ears...

***The bridge crew begin to laugh at T'Nor's remark, but are interrupted by the reappearance of 2 of 3***

2 of 3: Humans, your existance is threatened.  Leave this area immediately, or you may become assimilated.

Captain: I thought you were no longer interested in assimilation, and that our existance was, how did you put it..."irrelevant"?

2 of 3: My words are the truth.  The collective is coming to retake their solar system.

Commander: Red alert! Conn, set a course out of the system.

Captain: Belay that order.  2 of 3, we can help you fight.

2 of 3: We have scanned your ship, our technology is superior to yours.  The Collective is superior as well, you will be
assimilated.

Captain: There is one weapon we have not activated that you missed.

2 of 3: Clarify.

Captain: Tactical, bring the trans-phasic torpedoes online.  2 of 3, you were separated from the Collective when they learned
we had this weapon, but I assure you, one or two will destroy any Borg vessel we target.

2 of 3: That is not possible, your technology is inferior to ours.

Conn: Sir, dozens of trans-warp conduits have opened up just outside the system!  More Borg on the way!

Captain: I will prove it to you, and then maybe you will see we are not as "inferior" as you assume.  You never know, both your
resistance and our Federation may benefit if we became friends. We have our own enemies, but there are a lot of Borg coming this
 way, learn to trust us.

2 of 3: Perhaps.

***2 of 3 ends transmission and the view returns to space again, and the resistance fleet moving to intercept the Collective
force.  Captain Dillon's entire bridge crew waits, looking at him for his next order***

Captain: If ever there was a time to find a friend in all of this conflict, now is as good as any.

Commander: Aye, sir, I don't think you'll hear any resistance from us.

Captain: That would be futile Commander, that would be futile.  All hands, this is the Captain, battle stations, I repeat,
battle stations!

***The USS Trinity speeds after the Resistance fleet.  The star of the solar system slowly peaks over the top of the 3rd
planet just as the USS Trinity fires a spread of trans-phasic torpedoes, entering a battle for freedom that may just change
the galaxy...forever.***
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: xyber_matrix on 12 January 2010 12:22 PM
Summary

Upon the arrival on the 3rd planet, the U.S.S. Avalon scans revealed heavy residual weapons signatures. The away team found only destroyed Borg infrastructure and several dead drones, there was no clue as to what had caused such destruction to the Borg.

Further scans from Avalon revealed a dampening field around the 5th planet, and thus the away team was sent to investigate. Due to the dampening field the away team was forced to take a shuttle down to the surface.

Upon landing, the away team was ambushed by a group of what seemed to be a technological advanced race of humans, but they seemed worn and tired... perhaps they were the ones who defeated the Borg? The Alien humans were aloof and paranoid, accusing the away team of being allied to the Borg, and threatened them unless they were willing to be restrained and scanned.

Once the locals completed their scans, they became friendly, introduced themselves as the Nephirim and apologized profusely for their hostility. They asked the away team to stay for dinner and a night, as it was the least they could do after such harsh treatment.

The away team stayed for dinner, and after dinner the locals performed a ritual song. One of the away team member mention it sounded like it came from a holo novel, but was too tired... and all of the away team fell asleep during the ritual song.

The next day, the away team returned and reported in with the Captain on the U.S.S Avalon. They told the Captain of their encounter with the Nephirim people. They however seemed distant to the Captain, each question required a few seconds pause before it could be answered. Following his instinct, the captain went to sickbay and asked for a modification of scans, and crafted a trap for one of the away team members to get her picture taken by a holo imager.

Upon investigation, scanning revealed nothing, but a holo image recreation revealed something horrifying and shocking, they were Borg Robots with holo-technology nanites which gave of false bio readings. The doctor pointed out that while they were similar to Borg, their lack of flesh made them vulnerable to EM energy.

The captain took this information to Engineering and asked his Chief Engineer to modify proton torpedoes to emit EMP. One of the away team members over heard this conversation and ambushed the captain in his ready room. The captain was however prepared and successfully thwarted their attack. The EMP was successfully deployed and the Robot Borgs were disabled and the captain saved his captured crew from the planet's surface.

The EMP also knocked out the directed interference which blocked scanning of the 11th planet. There scans detected a huge Borg complex, and Avalon set a course to destroy it. However, because the directed interference was disabled, many Borg ships began converging on the Star System, the Captain asked his Chief Engineer to reprogram and refit the Robot Borgs quantum torpedoes and have them self destruct within the complex. Avalons sheilds and hull began to fail from the Borg ships onslaught, but were able to successfully transport the Robot Borgs into the complex, warp drives were engaged, and the complex exploded, though no one knows the extent of the damage. Was it destroyed, disabled? We must be prepared! An old enemy is on the rise.


The end.


______________________________________________________________________________


Captains Log Stardate 63555.1 - We have just entered a Star System that Long Range Sensor scans show was recently abandoned by The Borg.  It is not known why the Borg left the system, so we have come here to investigate. End Log.

Helm1 (Ensign Akira): We are approaching the system captain!

Captain (Captain Sydney): Drop us out of warp and engage impulse engines.  Begin Scanning!

Science1 (Lt. T'kal): Scans show that the system has 11 planets captain, The 3rd, 4th and 5th planets are in the stars habitable zone. The 6th planet is Class-L, the 1st and 2nd planets are very close to the Star and contain high amounts of heavy metals and the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th planets are all Gas Giants........Sir, I cannot get a reading on the 11th planet, something is interfering with our scans, some kind of directed interference from inside the system.

Captain (Captain Sydney):  Hmnnnn - 3 planets in the Habitable zone - thats very interesting. Helm - lay in a course to the 3rd planet, lets start there.

Helm1 (Ensign Akira): Aye Sir....Entering orbit in 15 seconds.

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Helm1 (Ensign Akira): We've successfully established an orbit around the 3rd planet sir.

Captain (Captain Sydney): Scan for signs of Borg activity on the planet's surface.

Science1 (Lt. T’kal): None to report sir. There are however residual weapons signatures, Borg and Unknown. The planet's surface also shows significant signs of Borg ruins.

Helm1 (Ensign Akira): Who or what did this to The Borg?

Captain (Captain Sydney): That's what we're here to find out Lieutenant. Prepare an away team to investigate. Commander Scott, you're in charge.

First Officer (Commander Scott): Lt. T'kal, Ensign Akira, you're with me. Meet me at Transporter Room 1 in 20 minutes.

*Away team beams down to the planet's surface and begins exploring the scorched planet.*

First Officer (Commander Scott): Captain I'm afraid we haven't found anything besides a few dead drones and destroyed Borg Infrastructure, whatever or whoever did this didn't leave anything behind.

Captain (Captain Sydney): Very well, prepare to beam back to Avalon. Ensign J'tal (Science2), scan for any signs of vessels or communication in the area, and keep continuous scans of the region.

Science2 (Ensign J'tal ): No ships in the area, and sensors do not pick up any signs of communication... Wait... I'm detecting something, increasing sensor resolution. Captain, I'm detecting what appears to be a dampening field on the 5th planet. The field will make transporters unusable Captain.

Captain (Captain Sydney): Good work Ensign. *Taps comm badge* Commander Scott.

First Officer (Commander Scott): Yes captain.

Captain (Captain Sydney): Slight change of plans, bring your team to shuttle bay 1, you're going to explore another planet.

First Officer (Commander Scott): Right away captain.

*Away team takes shuttle down to the 5th planet, and lands successfully on the surface. Upon exiting the shuttle, the team was ambushed by what looked to be technologically advanced humans. They however looked worn and tired*

First Officer (Commander Scott): Please, we mean you no harm.

Local 1: Unarm yourselves... NOW! *In a growling and threatening voice*

*First Officer  nods at the rest of the team, slowly removes the phaser from its holster and puts it on the ground. The rest of the team follows.*

Local 1: Why have you come here?

First Officer (Commander Scott): We are here to investigate the disappearance of The Borg from this Star System. We scanned and explored the 3rd planet in your system, The Borg we're annihilated, are you the ones responsible?

Local 1: We ask there questions here not you! *waves his gun menacingly*

Local 2: Alrid, there's no need to be so hostile, these people don't look like they're related to The Borg, and haven't we seen enough bloodshed to last a lifetime?

Local 1 (Aldrid): Quiet old man! I'm protecting our well being! Can't you see that? After 300 years The Borg's tactics might have changed! These creatures may be allied to them!

Helm 1 (Ensign Akira): We are definitely NOT allied with The Borg.

Local 2: Aldrid you're being paranoid, The Borg would never ally themselves with anyone. They're only goal is perfection, and they achieve that by assimilation.

Local 1 (Aldrid): NO! Take them and tie them up! We will scan you to ensure you and your friends are not Borg.

First Officer (Commander Scott): Wait, we have to report in to our ship first.

Local 1 (Aldrid): No, you can contact your ship after we've examined you.

First Officer (Commander Scott): Please, our Captain will send more down if we do not report back.

Local 1 (Aldrid): Very well, make it quick! One false move and we open fire.

First Officer (Commander Scott): *Taps on Comm Badge* Avalon do you read?

U.S.S. Avalon: ...

First Officer (Commander Scott): Avalon do you read?

Science1 (Lt. T’kal): The dampening field must be interfering with the communication signal.

First Officer (Commander Scott): I don't suppose you have a communications device?

Local 1 (Aldrid): *Sigh* I will allow you brief usage of our communications device.

First Officer (Commander Scott): Thank you.

Local 1 (Aldrid): Now, restrain them.

First Officer (Commander Scott): Do as they say.

Helm1 (Ensign Akira): What?! *In a loud whisper*

Science1 (Lt. T’kal): Remain calm Ensign. Having a panic attack will serve no one.

Helm: I don't need to hear that from someone with suppressed emotions. *In  an annoyed voice*

*The team is escorted blindfolded to the local's encampment*

Local 1 (Aldrid): Here's our communication's outpost, make it brief!

*U.S.S. Avalon*

Science Replacement: Captain, we're receiving a transmission from the planet's surface. Starfleet frequency.

Captain (Captain Sydney): This is the U.S.S. Avalon.

First Officer (Commander Scott): Captain, this is Commander Scott reporting in, we're alright. Give us a few hours and we'll report in again.

Science Replacement: The transmission has ended captain.

Captain (Captain Sydney): Keep me informed.

*Planet 5*

Local 1 (Aldrid): The scans are conclusive, you're not Borg.

Helm1 (Ensign Akira): Gee thanks, I feel so relieved. *Rolls eyes*

First Officer (Commander Scott): *Glares at Ensign Akira* Forgive him. He's not always like that.

Local 2: Ah to be young. Your friend in some ways is much like Aldrid *laughs*.

Local 1 (Aldrid): *Glares* What I did was for the survival of our people.

Local 2: Of course, of course.*laughs*

First Officer (Commander Scott): I am Commander Scott of the U.S.S. Avalon, this is Lt. T'kal *gestures hand to the left*

Science1 (Lt. T’kal): *Nod*

First Officer (Commander Scott): And Ensign Akira

Helm: *Casual salute*

Local 2: And we are the Nepherim, my name is Kalric, please forgive our hostility we've recently been though a great ordeal as you know.

Helm: So you we're the ones who destroyed The Borg?

Local 1: Yes.

Local 2 (Kalric): But at great cost to ourselves.

Ensign T'kal: I would like a chance to examine these weapons of yours.

Local 2 (Kalric): I'm sure that can be arranged, but let's not delve into that right now. Please stay with us for a night, and have dinner with us, its the least we can do after what we put you through.

First Officer (Commander Scott): We'd love to, but we're due back on Avalon.

Local 2 (Kalric): You can use our communication outpost to report back to your ship. We won't allow you to leave after only seeing the bad side of our culture. Please stay a night, we insist.

First Officer (Commander Scott): Very well, but I'll have to check with my Captain first.

Local 2 (Kalric): Of course, Aldrid, show Commander Scott to the communications outpost. Ensign Akira, Ensign T'kal, please follow me.

*U.S.S. Avalon*
Science2 (Ensign J’tal): Another transmission from the planet's surface Captain.

First Officer (Commander Scott): Commander Scott reporting in Captain.

Captain (Captain Sydney): Good to hear from you commander, we were getting worried.

First Officer (Commander Scott): Nothing to worry about Captain, we just had a little misunderstanding, everything's alright now. The locals call themselves the Nephirim, and they are cause of the Borgs disappearance.

Captain (Captain Sydney): That's good. You always had a way with diplomacy.

First Officer (Commander Scott):  To be honest Captain, I really didn't do much. The locals call themselves the Nephirim, and they are cause of the Borgs disappearance. They have also requested for us to stay a night.

Captain (Captain Sydney): Permission granted. We don't want to give them a bad first impression do we?  Do however try to learn more about their culture, where they've come from. First contacts are always very memorable and exciting.

First Officer (Commander Scott): Of course Captain.

*Planet 5- Dinner*
Ensign Akira: Food, at last! I'm starving.

First Officer (Commander Scott): *Elbows Akira* Where are your manners?

Science1 (Lt. T’kal): Ensign Akira seems to be very lacking in that department. When we head back to Avalon, I can teach you some Vulcan meditation techniques which will help overcome these emotional outbursts.

Helm1 (Ensign Akira): Outbursts? You call that an OUTBURST?

First Officer (Commander Scott): Control yourself Ensign!

Local 2 (Kalric): We are gathered here today to give thanks to the universe for in all its infinite wisdom has brought us together. Let us pray, pray for those we have lost and pray for those we have gained....*

Helm1 (Ensign Akira): Doesn't this sound like it came out of a holonovel? *In a hushed whisper to Cmdr. Scott*

First Officer (Commander Scott): *whispers as loud as he can without disturbing the prayer* Quiet!

Local 2 (Kalric): We give thanks... Please everyone, let’s have dinner! Enjoy!

*Dinner comes to an end*

Local 2 (Kalric): Now that everyone's full, we will sing to our guests  a song of our tongue, sang to us by our forefathers and the forefathers before them.

Locals: *Begin Chant* A beutiful yet sorrowful melody was sung.

Helm1 (Ensign Akira): I swear I've heard this song on a holonovel before... *Yawn* I'm really tired... Can't stay awake... *falls asleep*

Science1 (Lt. T’kal): You should spend less time on such... frivolous pursuit’s ensign. *Attempts hard to stay awake, but finally gives in to slumber*

First Officer (Commander Scott): *zzzzz*

*Next day, on-board the U.S.S. Avalon*
*The First Officer (Commander Scott) explains the meeting with the Nephirim, the misunderstanding they had, and the friendship they now have, elaborating on their 300 year revenge on the Borg. Something seemed odd, however, he seemed distant, and paused for 2-3 seconds each time the Captain asked him a question*

Captain (Captain Sydney): So how did you enjoy your time Scott?

First Officer (Commander Scott): *Pause* Fine, thank you Captain.

Captain (Captain Sydney): Did you manage to find anything interesting about these Nephirim?

First Officer (Commander Scott): *Pause* No, nothing to report Captain.

Captain (Captain Sydney): Are you alright Scott? You don't seem to be yourself

First Officer (Commander Scott): *Pause* No, I'm fine Captain. Please do not concern yourself.

Captain (Captain Sydney): I think you should report to sickbay.

First Officer (Commander Scott) *Pause* No, I'm fine Captain, I just need some rest. Permission to be excused, sir.

Captain (Captain Sydney): Very well, dismissed. Oh and send Ensign Akira in.

Helm1 (Ensign Akira): *Pause* You wanted to see me Captain?

Captain (Captain Sydney): I was just wondering if everything went well yesterday. How are you feeling?

Helm1 (Ensign Akira): *Pause* I'm feeling well, Captain.

Captain (Captain Sydney): Did anything unusual happen?

Helm1 (Ensign Akira): *Pause* No, nothing of significance happened yesterday

Captain (Captain Sydney): *Eyes Akira curiously*

*Science2 (Ensign J’tal): Captain please report to the bridge*

Captain (Captain Sydney): Get some rest Lt.

Helm1 (Ensign Akira): *Pause* Yes, sir.

Captain (Captain Sydney): Dismissed.

Captain (Captain Sydney): Ensign, you called?

Science2 (Ensign J’tal): Yes Captain, I've been running continuous scans as you ordered, and I reviewed them this morning, at first I thought the scans were picking up background noise or subspace echos, but every hour there seems to be a data stream that lasts for a micro second. I've increased the sensors resolution to it's maximum but, the clearest reading I can get is the stream originates somewhere from one of the habitable planets to an unknown location. I've tried to intercept the data stream, but have had no success.

Captain (Captain Sydney): No problem J'tal, you did well. Keep monitoring the scanners, and keep me updated on any changes.

*Sickbay*

Captain (Captain Sydney): Doctor, I need your help.

Doctor: Of course Captain.

Captain (Captain Sydney): Did the away team report for their medical when they returned?

Doctor: No, but surface scans found no pathogens on the planet's surface, I'm sure they're just tired.

Captain (Captain Sydney): That maybe the case, but my instinct is telling me something's wrong.

Doctor: Captain?

Captain (Captain Sydney): Can you modify the ships sensors to conduct a bio molecular scan on Commander Scott, Lt. T'kal and Ensign Akira?

Doctor: That's highly unethical Captain.

Captain (Captain Sydney): It is my decision and I will bear the responsibilities. Can you do it or not?

Doctor: I suppose I can try. Give me 1 hour.

Captain (Captain Sydney): Inform me as soon as the modifications are done.

*In the meantime Captain Sydney wasn't going to sit around idle, while he waited for the modifications to complete, he places a holo-imager in between some books in the bookshelf at the side of the ready room*

Captain (Captain Sydney): Computer, use the holo-imager to take a picture as soon as someone enter's the room. And computer, maintain a continous proximity scan on Commander Scott, Lt. T'kal and Ensign Akira, 10 meter radius, all sensor parameters.

Computer: Acknowledged. Beep Beep.

Captain: Lt. T'kal please report to my ready room.

*Lt. T'kal enters room*

Captain (Captain Sydney): Lt. T'kal.

*Holo-imager turns on and takes a picture*

Science1 (Lt. T’kal): *Pause* Yes captain.

Captain (Captain Sydney): If I remember correctly this is you first, First Contact mission.

Science1 (Lt. T’kal): *Pause* Yes, you are correct Captain.

Captain (Captain Sydney): How was it?

Science1 (Lt. T’kal): *Pause* It was educational.

Captain: Surely you feel it was more than educational.

Science1 (Lt. T’kal): *Pause* Vulcans do not have emotions

Captain (Captain Sydney): Oh if you insist Lt., very well, you are dismissed.

*Lt. T'kal exits room*

Captain (Captain Sydney): Computer display proximity scan on Lt. T'kal for the past 5 minutes. Hmm... Nothing seems wrong, and Lt. T'kal seems normal for the most part except for the weird pauses, unlike Scott and Akira...

*Doctor: Captain, please report to sickbay at once.*

Captain (Captain Sydney): On my way.

*Sickbay*

Doctor: The modifications are complete sir. I must however, object to you using this.

Captain (Captain Sydney): I'll note your objections in my logs. Proceed with the scans.

Doctor: *Begins scanning* They all seem perfectly healthy. DNA is a 100% match. They seem to be emitting a small amounts of photonic energy... Weird the scans say they're in perfect health.... There shouldn't be any anomalies.

Captain (Captain Sydney): Proximity scans failed to reveal anything as well. Try using this holo-imager to create a 3d representation of Ensign T'kal.

Doctor: Yes sir.

*The image begins to build... To the Captain and Doctor's shock and horror, it was not organic but mechanical...*

Captain (Captain Sydney): What was that? Run a complete scan.

Doctor: Why didn't my scans detect that? *Presses console buttons frantically*

Captain (Captain Sydney): Calm down doctor, one step at a time, what was that we saw?

Doctor: *Takes deep long breaths* Lets see... The skeleton is composed of Borg type metal and the skin are Borg nanites programmed to emit photons and forcefields to create a holographic skin, the nanites also seem to be emiting false bio readings... That's why the scans didn't work.

Captain (Captain Sydney): Can we take them out? Are there any weaknesses?

Doctor: Hmm these machines are very similar to the Borg, yet they aren't Borg. They're all machine, I think an EM pulse would disable them.

Captain (Captain Sydney): Thank you Doctor. And doctor, ask everyone except Commander Scott, Lt. T'kal and Ensign Akira to come in to get their holo image taken. Explain to those who have a successful result of our findings.

*Ready room*

Captain (Captain Sydney): Ensign J'tal, report to the ready room.

Science2 (Ensign J’tal): Sir.

Captain (Captain Sydney): Any updates on the data stream?

Science2 (Ensign J’tal): Not much, but I've been able to isolate a more precise location of the data stream's origin, it seems to be coming from the Nephirim's planet.

Captain (Captain Sydney): As I expected.... How long till the next data stream update?

Crewman: 5 minutes sir.

Captain (Captain Sydney): Thank you, and please head to the sickbay to get your holo image taken.

Crewman: Understood.

*Engineering - 10 minutes later*

Captain (Captain Sydney): Lt. Salvatore. May I have a moment?

Engineer (Lt. Salvatore): Yes, of course Captain, what can I do for you?

Captain (Captain Sydney): Can you modify several photon torpedoes to emit an EM blast?

Engineer (Lt. Salvatore): Uhh, yes sir I can. But may I know why?

Captain (Captain Sydney): I'll explain later, also I need you to initiate an emergency shutdown on the ship so the em pulse wont knock out our systems as well. How long will it take to get the modifications done?

Engineer (Lt. Salvatore): I can have them done in 15 minutes

Engineer (Lt. Salvatore): I'll get it done right away.

Captain (Captain Sydney): Please keep this to to a low profile.

*Silhouette moves out of Engineering*

*Ready room*

Door: Beep Beep

Captain (Captain Sydney): Enter

*Commander Scott, Ensign Akira and Ensign T'kal enter the room*

Captain (Captain Sydney): To what do I owe the pleasure?

First Officer (Commander Scott): *Pause* Why are we still in this Star System Captain?

Captain (Captain Sydney): We found a strange reading, and I'm investigating.

Helm1 (Ensign Akira): *Pause* Why weren't we informed of this reading?

Captain (Captain Sydney): I saw you were tired and didn't to burden you with extra duties.

Science 1 (Lt. T'kal): *Pause* That is not logical. I am not tired. Why were you in Engineering.

Captain (Captain Sydney): My aren’t we curious today, but this is my ship, I can be whereever I want to be. Who are you to dictate where I can or cannot be?

*Nanite skin begins to morph*

Borg Drone 1: WE ARE THE BORG. YOU WILL BE ASSIMILATED. YOUR BIOLOGICAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES WILL ADD TO OUR OWN.

Captain (Captain Sydney): Security to ready room.

*Captain Sydney was prepared for this and takes phaser from drawer, aims and fires at the Borg that took on the appearance of Commander Scott*
*The phaser beam burned a hole through the Borg Drone, but immediately regenerated.*
*Captain Sydney continues to fire phasers, but to no avail, the Borg kept advancing.*

Captain: *Taps comm badge* How are those modifications coming along Salvatore?

Engineer (Lt. Salvatore): They'll be done in 5 minutes sir.

Captain (Captain Sydney): We don't have 5 minutes! I need them now!

*Captain Sydney attempts to circle strafe around the drones but to no avail*
*At the very last moment, when the Borg we're only a few feet away from Captain Sydney, the security team came in to the ready room and began firing at the drones*
*The drones did not seem to take any damage, but were distracted for the moment*
*Captain Sydney took the opportunity to run past them and out of the ready room*

Captain (Captain Sydney): Everyone out!

*Security team exits*

Captain (Captain Sydney): Computer, erect a level 10 force field around the ready room.

Computer: Beep Beep

Captain (Captain Sydney): *Taps comm badge* How's it coming along Salvatore?

Engineer (Lt. Salvatore): All done sir.

Captain (Captain Sydney): All hands, prepare for emergency shutdown. Tactical, fire the newly modified EM torpedoes at the Nephirim's encampment.

*EM torpedoes launch*
*Borg Drones Tear through the door and walk though the force field*
*Some of the Bridge Crew begin to panic, and suddenly the lights go off*

Borg Drone: WE ARE THE BORG. RESISTANCE IS FUTILE.

Captain (Captain Sydney): Everyone remain calm!

*A hand grabs Captain Sydney. He struggles,  but feels a needle poking against his neck, almost piercing his skin.... but suddenly the grip loosens and the needle disappears as he hears crumbling sound*

Captain (Captain Sydney): Get emergency power back online.

*Lights come on to reveal 3 skeletal robot bodies covered and surrounded by metallic powder-like substance.*

Captain (Captain Sydney): Nice timing there Salvatore.

Captain (Captain Sydney): Take these Borg bodies to engineering. Salvatore, try and figure them out

Engineer (Lt. Salvatore): Right away Captain.

Captain (Captain Sydney): Security team 1, you're with me. J'tal is the dampening field still online?

Science2 (Ensign J’tal): No captain, the dampening field has been disabled.

Captain (Captain Sydney): Good, you have the bridge. Security team 1, follow me to transporter room 1.

*Nephirim's/Robot Borg's planet*

*Huge Borg Infrastructure looms above the away team.*

Security 1: How did the away team miss this?

Captain (Captain Sydney): *Surveys the ground to see the same metallic powder* They probably used nanites to project a false image to the earlier team. *Takes tricorder and scans environment* 3 life signs ahead. Ensign Curaj you stay here and make sure no one else goes in or out without my permission. The rest of you follow me
 
Security 2,3 and 4: Yes sir.

*Enters the infrastructure*

Captain (Captain Sydney): Almost there

*Enters a room, 3 pods were there, and in each held one of Avalon's missing crew*

Captain (Captain Sydney): Open the pods, quickly!

Security 2,3 and 4: Sir.

*Exits infrastructure and meets up with Ensign Curaj*

Captain (Captain Sydney): 8 to beam up.

*Engineering*

Captain (Captain Sydney): How's our friend doing?

Engineer (Lt. Salvatore): You won't believe this captain, the Borg robot's neural-matrix is based on Starfleet holo-technology

Captain (Captain Sydney): What? That's disturbing news...

Engineer (Lt. Salvatore): Yes sir, while that may be the case, because of this I can easily access the matrix and configure them to our specifications.

Captain (Captain Sydney): Well at least that's some good news.

*Science2 (Ensign J’tal): Captain the EM torpedoes we fired at the planet have disabled the directed interference. I'm reading a massive Borg Infrastructure on the 11th planet... Captain I'm reading multiple transwarp signatures 5, 8, 12, 19... 26 Borg vessels are converging on our position.

Captain (Captain Sydney): They must have been alerted when the directed interference from the planet was disabled. And the infrastructure must be important for them to send so many vessels. How long till they arrive?

Science2 (Ensign J’tal): Approximately 12 minutes.

Captain (Captain Sydney): Helm full impulse to the 11th planet, what's our ETA?

Helm2: 10 minutes Sir.

Captain (Captain Sydney): That gives us 2 minutes to try and destroy the infrastructure... Salvatore, program those Borg robots to disable and destroy the infrastructure, and equip them with Quantum torpedoes.

Engineer (Lt. Salvatore): Yes sir.

*Planet 11*

Helm2: We're approaching Planet 11.

Tactical: Sir the infrastructure is charging weapons.

Captain (Captain Sydney): Red Alert, shields up!

Tactical: Shields down to 82 percent.

Captain (Captain Sydney): Rotate shield frequency and return fire

Tactical: Direct hit, minimal damage.

Captain (Captain Sydney): Salvatore, are those robots ready?

Engineer (Lt. Salvatore): They're ready.

Captain (Captain Sydney): Transport them

Science: The Borg shields are preventing Transport! Captain! Borg ships are emerging from Transwarp.

Captain (Captain Sydney): Evasive maneuvers, Target the infrastructure's shield generators! Fire phasers, and Quantum torpedoes full spread.

Tactical: Shield generators are at 30% and falling. Borg Cubes are arming weapons... Direct hit, shields down to 43%.... 31%, losing hull integrity, breaches in decks 3, 6 and 11.

Science: I've established a lock on the transport site, energizing.

Captain (Captain Sydney): Emergency power to shields, and hull integrity, Helm get us out of here.

*Infrastructure explodes from the inside*

Helm: Initiating warp drive...

*Avalon goes into warp*

*Sickbay*

Captain (Captain Sydney): How are they doing?

Doctor: They've ingested a strong paralyzing agent, but I've developed a cure for them. They'll just have to be in sickbay for a week.

Captain (Captain Sydney): That's a relief.

Doctor: There's one other thing, when i was scanning them, they had a neural net in their brain composed of nanites.

Captain (Captain Sydney): So that's why the clones took a while to answer my questions, they had to transmit and receive the data before they could reply. But it seemed they couldn't access much of the individuals personality, the three of them seemed out of place after they returned. Well they we're prototypes I suppose...

Doctor: I shudder to think what a perfected version would be capable of.

Captain (Captain Sydney): Indeed

Captains Log Stardate 45651.3 - We've encountered an old enemy in a new form, Borgs using holo-technology to alter their appearance. They're now changelings attempting to infiltrate the federation. I am unsure if my attempt to destroy the Borg Infrastructure was successful but at the very least we've crippled it, hopefully enough to stop the project. But we must not forget, they're more dangerous than ever. We must be on the highest alert. We must be prepared. We will not and cannot falter. End log.


Star Trek End Theme Song comes on.

The End.
Title: Re: Competition - Win one of 3 copys of Star Trek Online: Digital Deluxe Edition!
Post by: Zach on 12 January 2010 02:47 PM
OK - I have winners selected and will be making a topic announcing them in just a moment.

I'd like to request that if anyone else wants to post their entries, that you create a thread in the following forum section to post it:

http://hailingfrequency.com/boards/index.php/board,41.0.html (http://hailingfrequency.com/boards/index.php/board,41.0.html) (Writers Den)