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USS Amalthea / Re: S1M5 - O Other, Where Art Thou?
« Last post by Tess tLhoell on 17 hours ago »

NPC Ambassador Virahk Jarok - Romulan Free State
[USS Amalthea - Deck 5 - Executive Officer's office]

Commander Rayek tr'Lhoell
[USS Amalthea - Deck 5 - Executive Officer's office]

Rayek scoffed when the Ambassador suggested his people take lead in the investigation.  "No Ambassador.  It is one of your people that committed this act.  The Federation will work cooperatively with the Romulan Free State on this matter but this ship is our jurisdiction." Rayek stated firmly.

When Ambassador Jarok stated the obvious - that the Tal'Shiar wanted him dead, Rayek almost laughed.  Apparently, the man hadn't been paying any attention to his 'interview' the day previous when he admitted that fact to the Ambassador and his aide.  The only thing he hadn't said at the time was WHY he was wanted dead, or by who... though Tal'Shiar should have been an easy guess.

Now, with the Ambassador's direct questions regarding whether he had any ties to the Tal'Shiar, Rayek to decide whether to be honest, to lie or outright refuse to answer.   While Rayek considered the ramifications of each option, the Ambassador continued to answer his question about tr'Hei.

By the time the Ambassador was finished speaking, Rayek had made his choice.

"I say this to you only because you are the highest Romulan government official here in the Gamma Quadrant, and therefore when answering you, I am not breaking my oath by speaking secrets 'willy-nilly'.  Yes, I was a Tal'Shiar special operative.  My handler's name was Vandar, and I received missions on the order of the Praetor himself, because of my telepathic ability."

Now that the secret had been broached, Rayek opened up even more. "I served for a year and half, loyally despite constant threats and abuse from my handler, before being sent to Faicol-lhui for having failed to sabotage the first cooperative venture with the Federation since the Dominion War.  My father was arrested on trumped up charges because he also had the telepathic gene. 

After Hobus, those attempting to build the Free State government had me released to keep watch on Ambassador Kalavak during his tour of Federation worlds pleading our cause and gaining support for our refugees.  When the Ambassador died of illness, I received warning from a colleague that my former handler had risen to power in the Tal'Shiar, and had ordered my capture and execution.  Though I had done nothing to deserve such.  So I turned away from my own people to join Starfleet where I found acceptance. That is my story.  THAT is why I am on the Tal'Shiar's hit list."


His attention diverted at hearing a ping from his comm followed by the voice of the security officer on duty in the brig.  =/\= "Sir, the perp is awake." =/\=

Rayek immediately answered the call  =/\= "Acknowledged.  I'm on my way." =/\=

He stood up from his seat gesturing for the Ambassador to do the same. "I'm sorry, Ambassador.  I must attend this.  If you wish to assign one of your people to observe my interrogation of the perpetrator then I suggest you get on that promptly as I don't intend to wait for them."

Rayek ushered the Ambassador out of his office, physically if he had to, ensuring the door shut firmly and securely afterwards before starting on his way to the Brig.

For brief moment Jarok considered to challenge Rayek on his words and try and seize the lead in this investigation. But he also realizsed that his capacity was extremely limited in actually conducting it, and if Rayek in response to his action refused to offer him Starfleet's resources, the investigation would stall very quickly. So the Romulan nodded in agreement for him to lead the investigation.

Contrary to what he had assumed, Rayek answered his questions without exception. What he learned was very unexpected. Of course, he knew how telepaths were regarded in Romulan society. He was desensitized, for his diplomatic work he could not afford such extreme phobias. Nevertheless, this revelation was unexpected.
He memorized the name of the Tal'Shiar operator to do a background check on the man later. Perhaps something interesting would turn up.
Jarok realized that these attacks were more in the nature of a personal vendetta than an official hunt for a criminal. That would make it harder to get to the bottom of it.

Before he could ask any more questions, they were interrupted by news that the perpetrator had woken up. At Rayek's offer to send someone to observe the investigation, Jarok stood up. "I will come with you." With that, he left the office along with Rayek.

 







Latihk tr'Kheiin
[USS Amalthea - Sickbay - ICU]


NPC Riov Kemala t'Lhoell
and Tess t'Lhoell
[USS Amalthea - Sickbay - ICU]

Kemala couldn't contain her answering mirth at hearing Latihk's boyish competitive claim to have won.  She recalled so many such boastful comparisons growing up, having been watched  her brother and his one true friend compete during of her childhood.  It was reassuring that he did so even now.  Latihk was going to be alright.

And he was in good hands, which was proven when a short time later, Tess insisted that Latihk put back on his respirator and for him to rest.

Kemala smiled towards Tess when the doctor made it possible for her to have access to Latihk, even outside of normal visiting hours.    She inclined her head in a show of appreciation.

"I'll stay." Kemala stated, glancing to Latihk. "I'll make sure he rests and doesn't speak.  I'll read to him.  Last time we watched Fvienn, I discovered that reading Rayek's book of poetry puts not just Fvienn to sleep, but Latihk as well."

There were some muffled words coming from Latihk at that revelation but due to the respirator it was intelligable. Tess chuckled as it sounded a little bit like protest from Latihk.

"That sounds good." She smiled back at Kemala. "I have to leave for a while, you can call me anytime." With that she left to head to their quarters to briefly check on Fvienn and her brothers. After that she'd pay a quick visit to the bridge to make sure everything was alright there too.








NPC Lieutenant jg. Roberto Padrini (Medical)
[USS Amalthea - Deck 16 - Brig]

 

NPC Ambassadorial Aide 'Rhienn tr'Hei' (disguise of Telmuk tr'Lhoell, Tal'Shiar operative)
[USS Amalthea - Deck 16 - Brig]

When the doctor turned his back to him and called for his restraints to be removed, Telmuk realized that the doctor had no real training on how to handle prisoners.  That would make the escape of his cell so much easier.

He bode his time while the security detail considered the doctors orders. Telmuk noted one tapped the commbadge - obviously informing their Chief - his brother, Rayek - of his being awake.  He didn't have much time. 

After a moment, the guards seemed to be acknowledge the doctor's need to treat his patient and lowered the forcefield just long enough for one of them to enter before the field was raised again.  But during the process of doing so, Telmuk was in the mind of the guard working the controls, so Telmuk had the code to do so now.

The Romulan 'aide' maintained his timid demeanor while the guard unlocked his cuffs and stepped away.  Telmuk could see the guard being on the alert.  Taking him by surprise would be far more difficult than it would be to do so to the doctor.  So Telmuk held off on his attack until the doctor was nearly done palpating Rhienn's arm for injury.   

It was as the doctor reached his wrist that Rhienn gave a pained cry, as if in reaction to the palpation, to startle the Feds giving him few precious moments to complete his manuever.  Telmuk gripped onto the doctor's own wrist, twisting the joint to the point of near breaking, forcing the physician to move as guided. Telmuk drew him in closer and then spun the doctor around to stand in front of him as his shield against the guard who had pulled his phaser.   

Still holding onto the doctor's painfully flexed wrist, Telmuk now wrapped an arm about the doctor's neck tightly, locking his arm in position by tucking his hand into the tight collar of his black undershirt.  "Tell him to drop it.  Cause you and I both know in this hold if either you or I slump unconscious your neck is broken and you are as good as dead."

Roberto just thought that he had found the injured spot when suddenly his wrist was grabbed. A second later he cried out in pain as he felt his wrist at the joint being twisted into an unnatural position. The tricorder in his other hand scattering to the ground. Roberto groaned in agony at his twisted wrist, and in this position he couldn't do anything else but follow everywhere the other guided him to. Suddenly he was pulled closer and spun around. A moment later his neck was in a vice-like grip; his free hand automatically came up, grabbed a handful of Telmuk's sleeve and tugged at it in a desperate attempt to keep him from strangling him - because that's what it felt like to Roberto - or break his neck, or do whatever. Surely the Romulans knew a thousand ways to kill people.

His chest heaved heavily as he drew in a heavy breath, but it did nothing to alleviate the pain, or temper down the upwelling panic. Any attempt to free himself was in vain, the Romulan was just too strong.

"Do it", Roberto groaned hoarsely, his eyes fixated on the security guard who still had his phaser drawn and pointed it at them. "Drop it. Drop it!"

In the meantime, out of sight for those inside the cell, the other security guard pushed an alarm button and then decided to inform Rayek personally.  =/\= "Commander, the perp has taken Dr Padrini hostage!" =/\=

Inside the cell, the security guard didn't move, yet. "Leave him", he said firmly. "This is futile. You won't make it out of this brig, be realistic!" He needed to buy time. "What do you want? Perhaps we can talk."
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USS Amalthea / Re: S1M5 - O Other, Where Art Thou?
« Last post by Rayek tr'Lhoell on 22 hours ago »
Commander Rayek tr'Lhoell
[USS Amalthea - Deck 5 - Executive Officer's office]


NPC Ambassador Virahk Jarok - Romulan Free State
[USS Amalthea - Deck 5 - Executive Officer's office]

Jarok's face hardened and he gave Rayek a warning look. He would not sit here and be yelled at. Though instead of verbalizing his irritation he kept his composure. A moment later, Rayek was apologizing. Then he revealed a piece of information to him that the ambassador had not been able to get out of the Riov when he had questioned her about the reason for her presence here. Kemala t'Lhoell had been ... rather uncooperative in that regard. Now he knew why she was here. And he also learned that the man they were suspecting to be the assassin was a Tal'Shiar member. So Rayek's brother was. That didn't make it exactly easier, but the Tal'Shiar worked with the Free State and had lost most of its influence and power in the years after Hobus. So there might be a chance they would get to the root of the problem.

"If the Tal'Shiar is involved, it is even more important for us to work together. Perhaps it even would be better if my people take the lead in this investigation." He doubted Starfleet would be able to get past that wall of discretion surrounding the Tal'Shiar. It also seemed to Jarok that Rayek was emotionally compromised in this investigation of his own brother which wasn't a good foundation for a thorough investigation. "So, the Tal'Shiar wants you dead", Virahk reprised. "Why is that? As far as I know, you've been living in the Federation for over a decade now. Do you have any ties with the Tal'Shiar, currently or earlier? Have you yourself worked in the Tal'Shiar? If so, who was your handler?" Virahk was aware that Rayek most likely would be reluctant to answer those questions if he really had have any ties to the Tal'Shiar. Though if they wanted to find out the person responsible for this, those were very important questions.

At Rayek's question towards him, the ambassador answered readily. "He was assigned to me. That was shortly after I received my current - and my first - assignment as an ambassador. His record stated he had not long before started his career in ambassadorial service. At the time I was surprised that a man his age would be in this kind of position, but as I myself am an exception to the rule regarding my age I was rather pleased with it."

Rayek scoffed when the Ambassador suggested his people take lead in the investigation.  "No Ambassador.  It is one of your people that committed this act.  The Federation will work cooperatively with the Romulan Free State on this matter but this ship is our jurisdiction." Rayek stated firmly.

When Ambassador Jarok stated the obvious - that the Tal'Shiar wanted him dead, Rayek almost laughed.  Apparently, the man hadn't been paying any attention to his 'interview' the day previous when he admitted that fact to the Ambassador and his aide.  The only thing he hadn't said at the time was WHY he was wanted dead, or by who... though Tal'Shiar should have been an easy guess.

Now, with the Ambassador's direct questions regarding whether he had any ties to the Tal'Shiar, Rayek to decide whether to be honest, to lie or outright refuse to answer.   While Rayek considered the ramifications of each option, the Ambassador continued to answer his question about tr'Hei.

By the time the Ambassador was finished speaking, Rayek had made his choice.

"I say this to you only because you are the highest Romulan government official here in the Gamma Quadrant, and therefore when answering you, I am not breaking my oath by speaking secrets 'willy-nilly'.  Yes, I was a Tal'Shiar special operative.  My handler's name was Vandar, and I received missions on the order of the Praetor himself, because of my telepathic ability."

Now that the secret had been broached, Rayek opened up even more. "I served for a year and half, loyally despite constant threats and abuse from my handler, before being sent to Faicol-lhui for having failed to sabotage the first cooperative venture with the Federation since the Dominion War.  My father was arrested on trumped up charges because he also had the telepathic gene. 

After Hobus, those attempting to build the Free State government had me released to keep watch on Ambassador Kalavak during his tour of Federation worlds pleading our cause and gaining support for our refugees.  When the Ambassador died of illness, I received warning from a colleague that my former handler had risen to power in the Tal'Shiar, and had ordered my capture and execution.  Though I had done nothing to deserve such.  So I turned away from my own people to join Starfleet where I found acceptance. That is my story.  THAT is why I am on the Tal'Shiar's hit list."


His attention diverted at hearing a ping from his comm followed by the voice of the security officer on duty in the brig.  =/\= "Sir, the perp is awake." =/\=

Rayek immediately answered the call  =/\= "Acknowledged.  I'm on my way." =/\=

He stood up from his seat gesturing for the Ambassador to do the same. "I'm sorry, Ambassador.  I must attend this.  If you wish to assign one of your people to observe my interrogation of the perpetrator then I suggest you get on that promptly as I don't intend to wait for them."

Rayek ushered the Ambassador out of his office, physically if he had to, ensuring the door shut firmly and securely afterwards before starting on his way to the Brig.
 



NPC Riov Kemala t'Lhoell
[USS Amalthea - Sickbay - ICU]


Latihk tr'Kheiin
[USS Amalthea - Sickbay - ICU]

Latihk was relieved to hear that Kemala had come out of this unscathed. It satisfied him immensely. Similar as hearing that Rayek was well, too. When Kemala told him the minor injury he had contracted there was actually a little bit of a grin on Latihk's face as he huffed a hoarse chuckle. "A sprained ankle versus lethal poisoning ... I've so won", he murmured amused. It was this old game between them that they always tried to outcompete each other when they were young. Of course, that had not been the reason why he had saved Rayek. Not to 'win' the worse injury. He had seen his friend in danger and had acted to help him.

Latihk thought he saw something glistening in Kemala's eyes. She was upset. He wanted to console her, but felt restraint by his own state of condition right now and also he hated that Tess was there and would hear their private conversation. Perhaps he should just ask her to leave. Before he could verbalize any of those thougts, Tess herself interrupted them.



Tess had watched the quiet conversation between them silently from the corner of the room. She didn't try to eavesdrop but her focus was fully on the biobed monitor. As they talked, Latihk's oxygen levels continued to drop, his breathing rate increased, just as his pulse. It was time to interrupt there, as much as she hated it.

"I'm sorry", she said as she walked over to them. "But he really needs to put on the respirator again. And he needs some more rest." She looked to Kemala before she moved to put the respirator mask back on her patient. "You can stay if you want. I'll tell the nurses to grant you entry any time you want. But no talking for him for now. And it would be best for him to get some more rest."

Kemala couldn't contain her answering mirth at hearing Latihk's boyish competitive claim to have won.  She recalled so many such boastful comparisons growing up, having been watched  her brother and his one true friend compete during of her childhood.  It was reassuring that he did so even now.  Latihk was going to be alright.

And he was in good hands, which was proven when a short time later, Tess insisted that Latihk put back on his respirator and for him to rest.

Kemala smiled towards Tess when the doctor made it possible for her to have access to Latihk, even outside of normal visiting hours.    She inclined her head in a show of appreciation.

"I'll stay." Kemala stated, glancing to Latihk. "I'll make sure he rests and doesn't speak.  I'll read to him.  Last time we watched Fvienn, I discovered that reading Rayek's book of poetry puts not just Fvienn to sleep, but Latihk as well."


 

NPC Ambassadorial Aide 'Rhienn tr'Hei' (disguise of Telmuk tr'Lhoell, Tal'Shiar operative)
[USS Amalthea - Deck 16 - Brig]


NPC Lieutenant jg. Roberto Padrini (Medical)
[USS Amalthea - Brig]
 
Roberto looked up when he noticed the man moving. So he woke up now. Perfect timing. He watched in slight concern as the Romulan cried out in pain. Had he missed something? When he struggled to sit up, Roberto moved closer to help him with that but he then turned away, hiding his aching arm.

"Nobody tortured you", Roberto clarified. "It's possible you've sprained or contused your arm when you were stunned and moved here. I'm here to look after your well-being and to take DNA samples from you." He turned his back to Telmuk, regarding the guards. "Take off the cuffs for a moment so I can treat him properly."

There was slight hesitation but eventually one of them did what the CMO wanted and came in after deactivating the force field. He took off the cuffs and took a step back, remaining inside the cell while Roberto would treat him.

"Let me see", he said and reached his hand out to try and take hold of Telmuk's arm. If he let him, he'd start to palpate down his arm, squeezing slightly as he went until he reached the wrist so he knew where exactly he felt the pain.

When the doctor turned his back to him and called for his restraints to be removed, Telmuk realized that the doctor had no real training on how to handle prisoners.  That would make the escape of his cell so much easier.

He bode his time while the security detail considered the doctors orders. Telmuk noted one tapped the commbadge - obviously informing their Chief - his brother, Rayek - of his being awake.  He didn't have much time. 

After a moment, the guards seemed to be acknowledge the doctor's need to treat his patient and lowered the forcefield just long enough for one of them to enter before the field was raised again.  But during the process of doing so, Telmuk was in the mind of the guard working the controls, so Telmuk had the code to do so now.

The Romulan 'aide' maintained his timid demeanor while the guard unlocked his cuffs and stepped away.  Telmuk could see the guard being on the alert.  Taking him by surprise would be far more difficult than it would be to do so to the doctor.  So Telmuk held off on his attack until the doctor was nearly done palpating Rhienn's arm for injury.   

It was as the doctor reached his wrist that Rhienn gave a pained cry, as if in reaction to the palpation, to startle the Feds giving him few precious moments to complete his manuever.  Telmuk gripped onto the doctor's own wrist, twisting the joint to the point of near breaking, forcing the physician to move as guided. Telmuk drew him in closer and then spun the doctor around to stand in front of him as his shield against the guard who had pulled his phaser.   

Still holding onto the doctor's painfully flexed wrist, Telmuk now wrapped an arm about the doctor's neck tightly, locking his arm in position by tucking his hand into the tight collar of his black undershirt.  "Tell him to drop it.  Cause you and I both know in this hold if either you or I slump unconscious your neck is broken and you are as good as dead."
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USS Amalthea / Re: S1M5 - O Other, Where Art Thou?
« Last post by Tess tLhoell on December 04, 2022, 04:41:09 am »

NPC Ambassador Virahk Jarok - Romulan Free State
[USS Amalthea - Deck 5 - Executive Officer's office]

Commander Rayek tr'Lhoell
[USS Amalthea - Deck 5 - Executive Officer's office]

Of all the questions that could have been asked, Rayek was a little surprised and annoyed by the Ambassador's first choice. Surprised because there were so many other things of importance, and because he wondered the same thing.  Rayek gave out a huff before answering.  "Look - the last time I saw my brother or even had an image of him to look at... he was 18, and in that thin gangly youth stage.  When I met your aide, I still thought my brother was dead in the Hobus nova... so forgive me for not cluing in to why his pudgy face seemed oddly familiar!"  His tone was a tad frustrated and sarcastic as he asked for forgiveness.

Realizing that he was not being professional in his demeanor, Rayek took a slow calming breath and tried again as he continued to answer the rest of the Ambassador's question. "My apologies for my tone... it's been a bit of a trying night.  As I was saying, it's been 15 years since I saw him - from what I understand my sister video called him less than 6 months ago prior to leaving for the Gamma Quadrant, so his face is far more familiar to her.   As for why he wants me dead, I haven't had the opportunity to question him about that - though I suspect he's the Tal'Shiar officer that Kemala came here to warn me about."

When the Ambassador demanded to part of the investigation, Rayek's paranoia wanted so badly to tell him 'No', but he recognized that he had to play-nice with the Embassy representative or Ambassador Jarok could try to claim full jurisdiction on the case.

Rayek nodded in a placating manner. "Of course Ambassador, I'll have a copy of every relevant document sent to you.  In return, I'll like to ask you a few questions about your aide."

It was his turn to be asking the questions.

"When did tr'Hei first begin working as your aide? Did you select him yourself or was he assigned to you?"

Jarok's face hardened and he gave Rayek a warning look. He would not sit here and be yelled at. Though instead of verbalizing his irritation he kept his composure. A moment later, Rayek was apologizing. Then he revealed a piece of information to him that the ambassador had not been able to get out of the Riov when he had questioned her about the reason for her presence here. Kemala t'Lhoell had been ... rather uncooperative in that regard. Now he knew why she was here. And he also learned that the man they were suspecting to be the assassin was a Tal'Shiar member. So Rayek's brother was. That didn't make it exactly easier, but the Tal'Shiar worked with the Free State and had lost most of its influence and power in the years after Hobus. So there might be a chance they would get to the root of the problem.

"If the Tal'Shiar is involved, it is even more important for us to work together. Perhaps it even would be better if my people take the lead in this investigation." He doubted Starfleet would be able to get past that wall of discretion surrounding the Tal'Shiar. It also seemed to Jarok that Rayek was emotionally compromised in this investigation of his own brother which wasn't a good foundation for a thorough investigation. "So, the Tal'Shiar wants you dead", Virahk reprised. "Why is that? As far as I know, you've been living in the Federation for over a decade now. Do you have any ties with the Tal'Shiar, currently or earlier? Have you yourself worked in the Tal'Shiar? If so, who was your handler?" Virahk was aware that Rayek most likely would be reluctant to answer those questions if he really had have any ties to the Tal'Shiar. Though if they wanted to find out the person responsible for this, those were very important questions.

At Rayek's question towards him, the ambassador answered readily. "He was assigned to me. That was shortly after I received my current - and my first - assignment as an ambassador. His record stated he had not long before started his career in ambassadorial service. At the time I was surprised that a man his age would be in this kind of position, but as I myself am an exception to the rule regarding my age I was rather pleased with it."








Latihk tr'Kheiin
[USS Amalthea - Sickbay - ICU]


NPC Riov Kemala t'Lhoell
[USS Amalthea - Sickbay]

Kemala understood why Latihk would feel that way but it was difficult for her to hear her brother called such a derogatory term.  She glanced down to their clasped hands to avoid showing in her expression how much it bothered her. 

However, she looked back towards his face in concern when it seemed he was struggling to breathe again... but it seemed to pass before she could call Tess over.

She nodded when asked if she was alright.  "Yes. I'm fine. I wasn't in any danger," she assured him patting the hand that gripped hers lightly with her other.

"He's fine too. She answered with a smile, at his question about Rayek. "You saved him... though he did end up with a minor sprain from your shoving him out of the way of Telmuk's blade..." 

Her eyes shone with unshed tears as she realized... no matter... what she was going to lose someone she loved dearly. 

Putting on her best Riov face she continued answering.  "It's nothing serious.  He was walking on his own by the time I came here.  He wanted me to tell you that he'd be by as soon as he could."

Latihk was relieved to hear that Kemala had come out of this unscathed. It satisfied him immensely. Similar as hearing that Rayek was well, too. When Kemala told him the minor injury he had contracted there was actually a little bit of a grin on Latihk's face as he huffed a hoarse chuckle. "A sprained ankle versus lethal poisoning ... I've so won", he murmured amused. It was this old game between them that they always tried to outcompete each other when they were young. Of course, that had not been the reason why he had saved Rayek. Not to 'win' the worse injury. He had seen his friend in danger and had acted to help him.

Latihk thought he saw something glistening in Kemala's eyes. She was upset. He wanted to console her, but felt restraint by his own state of condition right now and also he hated that Tess was there and would hear their private conversation. Perhaps he should just ask her to leave. Before he could verbalize any of those thougts, Tess herself interrupted them.



Tess had watched the quiet conversation between them silently from the corner of the room. She didn't try to eavesdrop but her focus was fully on the biobed monitor. As they talked, Latihk's oxygen levels continued to drop, his breathing rate increased, just as his pulse. It was time to interrupt there, as much as she hated it.

"I'm sorry", she said as she walked over to them. "But he really needs to put on the respirator again. And he needs some more rest." She looked to Kemala before she moved to put the respirator mask back on her patient. "You can stay if you want. I'll tell the nurses to grant you entry any time you want. But no talking for him for now. And it would be best for him to get some more rest."








NPC Lieutenant jg. Roberto Padrini (Medical)
[USS Amalthea - Brig]

 

NPC Ambassadorial Aide 'Rhienn tr'Hei' (disguise of Telmuk tr'Lhoell, Tal'Shiar operative)
[USS Amalthea - Deck 16 - Brig]

Telmuk found the doctor's study, and comparison of his appearance to his brother, to be amusing; since he also never thought he looked anything like Rayek.  That the man had already noted his increased brain wave activity (his telepathy no doubt) was annoying.  He would need to distract the man before the doctor fully realized what the brain wave pattern truly meant. 

As Telmuk began to 'wake up', the idea came to play upon the doctor's ingrained sympathies to those that are injured.  The Romulan made a point of resuming his Rhienn persona moaning in discomfort before opening his eyes and looking about in confusion.  He kept his face winced in feigned pain as his eyes settled on the Federation doctor.   

"Wh-where am I?" Rhienn asked in confusion.  Then gave pained cry as he struggled to sit up.  "Ahh!! What have you done to my arm?" the aide questioned looking to the doctor in alarm.

Rhienn turned his body to block the doctor's view, as if protecting an injured limb from further attack. "Torture me all you want!! I won't tell you anything." the aide boasted in apparent falsehood since he couldn't stop talking.

Roberto looked up when he noticed the man moving. So he woke up now. Perfect timing. He watched in slight concern as the Romulan cried out in pain. Had he missed something? When he struggled to sit up, Roberto moved closer to help him with that but he then turned away, hiding his aching arm.

"Nobody tortured you", Roberto clarified. "It's possible you've sprained or contused your arm when you were stunned and moved here. I'm here to look after your well-being and to take DNA samples from you." He turned his back to Telmuk, regarding the guards. "Take off the cuffs for a moment so I can treat him properly."

There was slight hesitation but eventually one of them did what the CMO wanted and came in after deactivating the force field. He took off the cuffs and took a step back, remaining inside the cell while Roberto would treat him.

"Let me see", he said and reached his hand out to try and take hold of Telmuk's arm. If he let him, he'd start to palpate down his arm, squeezing slightly as he went until he reached the wrist so he knew where exactly he felt the pain.
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USS Amalthea / Re: S1M5 - O Other, Where Art Thou?
« Last post by Rayek tr'Lhoell on December 04, 2022, 02:14:31 am »
Commander Rayek tr'Lhoell
[USS Amalthea - Deck 5 - Executive Officer's office]


NPC Ambassador Virahk Jarok - Romulan Free State
[USS Amalthea - Deck 5 - Executive Officer's office]

Hearing that the blade - a poisoned blade - had been thrown in harmful intent only rose more questions. The ambassador opened his mouth to ask some of his questions, but was stopped with a hand gesture by Rayek, announcing he'd explain everything. Jarok nodded and gestured with his hand for the Commander to go ahead.

The story he was told was quite unusual, although he realized something unusual needed to have taken place to bring this evening's events together. He was surprised that he didn't know about any talks between Miss t'Raghaellh and his aide. Though on the other hand, it shouldn't be surprising given that it was a matter that surely was preferred to be treated privately. The story itself sounded reasonable from the progression of things, though there were some aspects that didn't make sense yet.

"If he is your brother, how is it possible that you didn't recognize him?", he asked with a frown. "Your sister recognized him, why didn't you? And, forgive me if this is touching private affairs of yours, but why does your brother want to kill you?" He thought about it for a while longer. It now made sense why tr'Hei ... or tr'Lhoell if it was true what the Commander said had suggested for him to leave Katra and travel all the way out here to speak to the Romulan people. He might have waited until they return to Katra or speak to them via video transmission, but it had been his aide who suggested to go and see them in person. Which sounded reasonable from a diplomatic point of view, but now there was this other side to it all.

"As the Free State's representative I have to demand to be part in this investigation and to be apprised of your findings in this investigation Starfleet might obtain."

Of all the questions that could have been asked, Rayek was a little surprised and annoyed by the Ambassador's first choice. Surprised because there were so many other things of importance, and because he wondered the same thing.  Rayek gave out a huff before answering.  "Look - the last time I saw my brother or even had an image of him to look at... he was 18, and in that thin gangly youth stage.  When I met your aide, I still thought my brother was dead in the Hobus nova... so forgive me for not cluing in to why his pudgy face seemed oddly familiar!"  His tone was a tad frustrated and sarcastic as he asked for forgiveness.

Realizing that he was not being professional in his demeanor, Rayek took a slow calming breath and tried again as he continued to answer the rest of the Ambassador's question. "My apologies for my tone... it's been a bit of a trying night.  As I was saying, it's been 15 years since I saw him - from what I understand my sister video called him less than 6 months ago prior to leaving for the Gamma Quadrant, so his face is far more familiar to her.   As for why he wants me dead, I haven't had the opportunity to question him about that - though I suspect he's the Tal'Shiar officer that Kemala came here to warn me about."

When the Ambassador demanded to part of the investigation, Rayek's paranoia wanted so badly to tell him 'No', but he recognized that he had to play-nice with the Embassy representative or Ambassador Jarok could try to claim full jurisdiction on the case.

Rayek nodded in a placating manner. "Of course Ambassador, I'll have a copy of every relevant document sent to you.  In return, I'll like to ask you a few questions about your aide."

It was his turn to be asking the questions.

"When did tr'Hei first begin working as your aide? Did you select him yourself or was he assigned to you?"




NPC Riov Kemala t'Lhoell
[USS Amalthea - Sickbay]


Latihk tr'Kheiin
[USS Amalthea - Sickbay - ICU]

His train of thought was a little bit slow and scattered. Only gradually did his thoughts and memories sort themselves out. The last thing he had thought about before he passed out had been Telmuk and the attack. Now his thoughts turned to Kemala and Rayek. Was he okay? Was she okay. His eyes scanned her body for any obvious signs of recent injuries. The squeeze at his hand directed his gaze up to her face. Her beautiful face. At the mention of Tess, Latihk glanced over to her. "Thank you, doctor."

He looked back at Kemala and nodded his head once when she told him that Telmuk was locked up. "May he rot there, ryakna", he growled. For a moment he closed his eyes, his chest heaved as he tried to take a deep breath - but somehow it felt like his lungs couldn't take that much. When his eyes opened again, he looked at Kemala again. "Are you alright? He didn't hurt you, did he?" His grip at her hand tightened at the mere thought of it. "And Rayek? Is he okay?"

Kemala understood why Latihk would feel that way but it was difficult for her to hear her brother called such a derogatory term.  She glanced down to their clasped hands to avoid showing in her expression how much it bothered her. 

However, she looked back towards his face in concern when it seemed he was struggling to breathe again... but it seemed to pass before she could call Tess over.

She nodded when asked if she was alright.  "Yes. I'm fine. I wasn't in any danger," she assured him patting the hand that gripped hers lightly with her other.

"He's fine too. She answered with a smile, at his question about Rayek. "You saved him... though he did end up with a minor sprain from your shoving him out of the way of Telmuk's blade..." 

Her eyes shone with unshed tears as she realized... no matter... what she was going to lose someone she loved dearly. 

Putting on her best Riov face she continued answering.  "It's nothing serious.  He was walking on his own by the time I came here.  He wanted me to tell you that he'd be by as soon as he could."


 

NPC Ambassadorial Aide 'Rhienn tr'Hei' (disguise of Telmuk tr'Lhoell, Tal'Shiar operative)
[USS Amalthea - Deck 16 - Brig]


NPC Lieutenant jg. Roberto Padrini (Medical)
[USS Amalthea - Brig]


Roberto had to thumb a PADD to be registered in the visitor's log. In the background no doubt there was running a general check of his authorization. He passed the checkpoint without any problems before he was granted access to the brig itself - a large room with a handful of holding cells, secured by force fields. Currently all of them were empty except one. Roberto took a step towards the cell's entrance and regarded the prone figure for a moment before he briefly spoke to the guards in front of the cell, explaining why he was here and asked them to let him in. One of them deactivated the force field and the doctor stepped in. Behind him, he heard the quiet buzzing sound of the force field being activated again, making the frame glow teal.

Roberto took out the tricorder while he watched the still unconscious man. Even as he focused on it, he couldn't really make out a resemblance to Rayek - the nose, perhaps. Taking out the tricorder's probe he stepped up to Telmuk until he stood right beside the bench he was lying on and started to take a thorough scan, the device whirring quietly. They must have had the phasers on heavy stunned if he was still out. His brain wave activity was rather lively for an unconscious person. Though then again, everything was different with Romulans ...

Turning to the side he opened the medical kit to take out the instruments he needed to take a DNA sample.

Telmuk found the doctor's study, and comparison of his appearance to his brother, to be amusing; since he also never thought he looked anything like Rayek.  That the man had already noted his increased brain wave activity (his telepathy no doubt) was annoying.  He would need to distract the man before the doctor fully realized what the brain wave pattern truly meant. 

As Telmuk began to 'wake up', the idea came to play upon the doctor's ingrained sympathies to those that are injured.  The Romulan made a point of resuming his Rhienn persona moaning in discomfort before opening his eyes and looking about in confusion.  He kept his face winced in feigned pain as his eyes settled on the Federation doctor.   

"Wh-where am I?" Rhienn asked in confusion.  Then gave pained cry as he struggled to sit up.  "Ahh!! What have you done to my arm?" the aide questioned looking to the doctor in alarm.

Rhienn turned his body to block the doctor's view, as if protecting an injured limb from further attack. "Torture me all you want!! I won't tell you anything." the aide boasted in apparent falsehood since he couldn't stop talking.
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USS Amalthea / Re: S1M5 - O Other, Where Art Thou?
« Last post by Tess tLhoell on December 03, 2022, 12:29:00 pm »

NPC Ambassador Virahk Jarok - Romulan Free State
[USS Amalthea - Deck 5 - Executive Officer's office]

Commander Rayek tr'Lhoell
[USS Amalthea - Deck 5 - Executive Officer's office]


Rayek studied the Ambassador's reaction to his statement.  It seemed genuine - but then he'd also been fooled by someone who'd had the intent to kill him.  He was disappointed in himself for not having seen this coming -  and morally Rayek was divided. 

He'd had the means to see through the aide's deception this entire time with his telepathic ability; if only he'd used it.  But to suspiciously search through another thoughts and memories without permission was a violation of their mental privacy.  Rayek knew this.  Still, he considered doing exactly that as he listened to the Romulan Ambassador claim that this was a misunderstanding.

"There is little to misunderstand about a poisoned blade being thrown towards another with harmful intent.  There were several witnesses."

Rayek raised his hand to forestall any questions.  "Allow me a moment to explain the prior situation further, then at the end if you have question.  Those that I can answer, I will."

He waited for the Ambassador's acceptance before beginning.

"Earlier this evening, your aide and Miss t'Raghaellh came to my quarters so that Miss t'Raghaellh could issue Challenge to me.  It appeared that my father had arranged an engagement between her and I without my knowledge and she stated she wanted ritual battle to restore her honor.   It was stated at the time to be to First Blood, so I convinced my wife to allow the Challenge to go ahead." Rayek tried to relate the events leading up to the incident clearly and without opinion but given his personal involvement it was difficult.

"When we arrived however, it was your aide that was dressed for participating in the Challenge.  He was wearing the traditional robes and had the honor blade on him."  This fact, Rayek realized then, was key.  The man had intended to strike him down with the poisoned blade during the Challenge all along.  Taheen had disrupted the plan with her change of heart and Challenge to Tess. 

Hidden from the Ambassador's view by his desk, Rayek clenched his fist in anger at how close it had come to Tess being the one struck down by the poison blade.  Had she not kicked blade away who knows what might have happened.  Rayek took a moment to compose himself before continuing.

"When we questioned her reason for choosing a substitute to fight in her place - Taheen changed her mind again and Challenged Tess instead of I.   Against my wishes, Tess agreed.   It was to this Challenge that you and, to my understanding, every other Romulan on the ship, received an invitation to watch.  I believe, Taheen felt a witnessed Challenge would pressure me to abide by her conditions which I had stated outright that I would not agree to - regardless of the outcome."

"Taheen took the honor blade from your aide and faced my wife in combat.  During which Tess, managed to kick the blade out of Taheen's hand and win the Challenge."

But that wasn't the end of the story. "As I was celebrating my wife's success, your aide walked over and picked up the blade that had been kicked out of Taheen's hand - the blade that he had initially worn to face me.  It was that blade that he threw towards me;  but which struck...Captain Aefau instead - who immediately afterward showed signs of severe poisoning."

Rayek fixed his gaze on the Ambassador.  "You claim that tr'Hei has worked for the Ambassadorial service for several years.  Perhaps that is so, however, my sister claims that he is our younger brother, Telmuk tr'Lhoell.   I've ordered a full medical work-up and DNA testing to determine who exactly he is - and will be questioning him as to what his true purpose is here in the Gamma Quadrant and on the Amalthea."

Hearing that the blade - a poisoned blade - had been thrown in harmful intent only rose more questions. The ambassador opened his mouth to ask some of his questions, but was stopped with a hand gesture by Rayek, announcing he'd explain everything. Jarok nodded and gestured with his hand for the Commander to go ahead.

The story he was told was quite unusual, although he realized something unusual needed to have taken place to bring this evening's events together. He was surprised that he didn't know about any talks between Miss t'Raghaellh and his aide. Though on the other hand, it shouldn't be surprising given that it was a matter that surely was preferred to be treated privately. The story itself sounded reasonable from the progression of things, though there were some aspects that didn't make sense yet.

"If he is your brother, how is it possible that you didn't recognize him?", he asked with a frown. "Your sister recognized him, why didn't you? And, forgive me if this is touching private affairs of yours, but why does your brother want to kill you?" He thought about it for a while longer. It now made sense why tr'Hei ... or tr'Lhoell if it was true what the Commander said had suggested for him to leave Katra and travel all the way out here to speak to the Romulan people. He might have waited until they return to Katra or speak to them via video transmission, but it had been his aide who suggested to go and see them in person. Which sounded reasonable from a diplomatic point of view, but now there was this other side to it all.

"As the Free State's representative I have to demand to be part in this investigation and to be apprised of your findings in this investigation Starfleet might obtain."








Latihk tr'Kheiin
[USS Amalthea - Sickbay - ICU]


NPC Riov Kemala t'Lhoell
[USS Amalthea - Sickbay]

Kemala was overjoyed when Latihk first opened his eyes.  She smiled so happily.  Her smile turned a bit wry when the first thing he did was pull off his respirator mask - thankfully with his other hand.  She agreed with Tess that it was probably best to leave it on, but Kemala wasn't about to pester Latihk with such advice.  He had survived so much already - he knew how to look after himself.

There was so much she wanted to say to him - things that she'd been able to whisper to him while he was unconscious but that now that he was awake she found it so much harder to speak.   She was uncertain about what it was that they were to one another.  While she was silent, his first words upon waking were not quite what she would have expected. 

While she had sat the Latihk holding his hand, Kemala had purposely avoided thinking about what her younger brother had done, and how she'd ordered him incarcerated.  All her focus she kept on Latihk, otherwise the stress of worrying over two would have made her ill. 

Latihk's first words however, open the flood gates of her thought. Telmuk's attack made no sense to Kemala.  Why would he try to kill his own brother? Obviously on the order of the Tal'Shiar... but why would he agree to such a thing?  She wouldn't have believed it possible if she had not witnessed herself. 

She swallowed back the feeling of nausea as it rose in her throat, and gave Latihk's hand a squeeze.  "Do not dwell on it.  You are receiving treatment from Tess herself," Kemala pointed out.  In the month they have been aboard the Amalthea, Rayek couldn't say enough about his wife's talents and skills.  "...and he - is locked up."

His train of thought was a little bit slow and scattered. Only gradually did his thoughts and memories sort themselves out. The last thing he had thought about before he passed out had been Telmuk and the attack. Now his thoughts turned to Kemala and Rayek. Was he okay? Was she okay. His eyes scanned her body for any obvious signs of recent injuries. The squeeze at his hand directed his gaze up to her face. Her beautiful face. At the mention of Tess, Latihk glanced over to her. "Thank you, doctor."

He looked back at Kemala and nodded his head once when she told him that Telmuk was locked up. "May he rot there, ryakna", he growled. For a moment he closed his eyes, his chest heaved as he tried to take a deep breath - but somehow it felt like his lungs couldn't take that much. When his eyes opened again, he looked at Kemala again. "Are you alright? He didn't hurt you, did he?" His grip at her hand tightened at the mere thought of it. "And Rayek? Is he okay?"









NPC Lieutenant jg. Roberto Padrini (Medical)
[USS Amalthea - Brig]



NPC Ambassadorial Aide 'Rhienn tr'Hei' (disguise of Telmuk tr'Lhoell, Tal'Shiar operative)
[USS Amalthea - Deck 16 - Brig]

Telmuk's return to consciousness had come swiftly but he made certain almost immediately that those watching him were unaware.   He kept his breathing rate slow and steady as if in unconsciousness, while he used all his senses to take stock of where he was and his situation.   From the minds of his two guards, he gleaned that he was in the Amalthea's brig, being held while an investigation was underway to determine if he had accomplices. 

A slight shift of his body position, informed Telmuk that he was bound and lying in a semi- prone position on a hard cot or bench.  It seemed that prisoner standards were the same throughout the galaxy.

The sound of a door opening drew his attention and he brushed over the mind of the newcomer.  Ah!! The doctor come to do DNA testing at Rayek's bidding.  So his brother had doubts that it was really him. 

What was even more interesting to note from the man was that he held a deep-seated hatred for his brother - and pretty much all things Romulan because of that.   That could be useful.

Roberto had to thumb a PADD to be registered in the visitor's log. In the background no doubt there was running a general check of his authorization. He passed the checkpoint without any problems before he was granted access to the brig itself - a large room with a handful of holding cells, secured by force fields. Currently all of them were empty except one. Roberto took a step towards the cell's entrance and regarded the prone figure for a moment before he briefly spoke to the guards in front of the cell, explaining why he was here and asked them to let him in. One of them deactivated the force field and the doctor stepped in. Behind him, he heard the quiet buzzing sound of the force field being activated again, making the frame glow teal.

Roberto took out the tricorder while he watched the still unconscious man. Even as he focused on it, he couldn't really make out a resemblence to Rayek - the nose, perhaps. Taking out the tricorder's probe he stepped up to Telmuk until he stood right beside the bench he was lying on and started to take a thorough scan, the device whirring quietly. They must have had the phasers on heavy stunned if he was still out. His brain wave activity was rather lively for an unconscious person. Though then again, everything was different with Romulans ...

Turning to the side he opened the medical kit to take out the instruments he needed to take a DNA sample.
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USS Amalthea / Re: S1M5 - O Other, Where Art Thou?
« Last post by Rayek tr'Lhoell on December 02, 2022, 08:31:53 pm »
Commander Rayek tr'Lhoell
[USS Amalthea - Deck 5 - Executive Officer's office]



NPC Ambassador Virahk Jarok - Romulan Free State
[USS Amalthea - XO's office]

Jarok looked up from his mug when the doors opened and Rayek arrived. He nodded his head when Rayek apologized for the lack of uniform which of course was something noticed immediately upon his arrival. "Of course, Commander, I quite understand."

He observed the Amalthea's First Officer as he sat behind his desk. He seemed extremely stressed. Before Jarok could pose any of his questions, Rayek spoke first to say he was aware of it and also that he had questions of his own for him. That caused the ambassador to frown in surprise, which only escalated more on his face when Rayek revealed to him that his aide had been arrested for aggravated assault and attempted murder.

For a moment, Jarok couldn't speak.  "I don't think I understand what you are saying, Commander", he finally said. "It must be a misunderstanding. Mr tr'Hei has been working in his position in ambassadorial service for many years. As far as I am aware, he passed all internal and external checks without objections, ever." He really was completely surprised by the mere notion. Rhienn, who always was so soft-spoken, calm and prudential, was accused of committing an aggravated assault and attempted murder? Surely, Jarok wasn't naive enough to believe a man wouldn't be capable of such perfect deception, but he always thought he was a good judge of character. Besides that, an aide in ambassadorial service who was charged with these kind of offenses was a big problem for the reputation of the Freestate's diplomatic department. That concerned Jarok greatly, as it could potentially destroy the work of many many months.

Rayek studied the Ambassador's reaction to his statement.  It seemed genuine - but then he'd also been fooled by someone who'd had the intent to kill him.  He was disappointed in himself for not having seen this coming -  and morally Rayek was divided. 

He'd had the means to see through the aide's deception this entire time with his telepathic ability; if only he'd used it.  But to suspiciously search through another thoughts and memories without permission was a violation of their mental privacy.  Rayek knew this.  Still, he considered doing exactly that as he listened to the Romulan Ambassador claim that this was a misunderstanding.

"There is little to misunderstand about a poisoned blade being thrown towards another with harmful intent.  There were several witnesses."

Rayek raised his hand to forestall any questions.  "Allow me a moment to explain the prior situation further, then at the end if you have question.  Those that I can answer, I will."

He waited for the Ambassador's acceptance before beginning.

"Earlier this evening, your aide and Miss t'Raghaellh came to my quarters so that Miss t'Raghaellh could issue Challenge to me.  It appeared that my father had arranged an engagement between her and I without my knowledge and she stated she wanted ritual battle to restore her honor.   It was stated at the time to be to First Blood, so I convinced my wife to allow the Challenge to go ahead." Rayek tried to relate the events leading up to the incident clearly and without opinion but given his personal involvement it was difficult.

"When we arrived however, it was your aide that was dressed for participating in the Challenge.  He was wearing the traditional robes and had the honor blade on him."  This fact, Rayek realized then, was key.  The man had intended to strike him down with the poisoned blade during the Challenge all along.  Taheen had disrupted the plan with her change of heart and Challenge to Tess. 

Hidden from the Ambassador's view by his desk, Rayek clenched his fist in anger at how close it had come to Tess being the one struck down by the poison blade.  Had she not kicked blade away who knows what might have happened.  Rayek took a moment to compose himself before continuing.

"When we questioned her reason for choosing a substitute to fight in her place - Taheen changed her mind again and Challenged Tess instead of I.   Against my wishes, Tess agreed.   It was to this Challenge that you and, to my understanding, every other Romulan on the ship, received an invitation to watch.  I believe, Taheen felt a witnessed Challenge would pressure me to abide by her conditions which I had stated outright that I would not agree to - regardless of the outcome."

"Taheen took the honor blade from your aide and faced my wife in combat.  During which Tess, managed to kick the blade out of Taheen's hand and win the Challenge."

But that wasn't the end of the story. "As I was celebrating my wife's success, your aide walked over and picked up the blade that had been kicked out of Taheen's hand - the blade that he had initially worn to face me.  It was that blade that he threw towards me;  but which struck...Captain Aefau instead - who immediately afterward showed signs of severe poisoning."

Rayek fixed his gaze on the Ambassador.  "You claim that tr'Hei has worked for the Ambassadorial service for several years.  Perhaps that is so, however, my sister claims that he is our younger brother, Telmuk tr'Lhoell.   I've ordered a full medical work-up and DNA testing to determine who exactly he is - and will be questioning him as to what his true purpose is here in the Gamma Quadrant and on the Amalthea."




NPC Riov Kemala t'Lhoell
[USS Amalthea - Sickbay]


Latihk tr'Kheiin
and
Captain Tess t'Lhoell

The warmth started to travel from his hand up his arm, reaching his heart. For a moment he cherished that feeling of inner warmth before it continued to travel up up neck and finally reaching his face. The heat coming from the firefalls increased, becoming more intense by the second. He turned towards the mighty cliff, lifting his hand up to shield his eyes from the intensifying brightness of the fire. It felt like if he didn't move, he'd burn up, but he couldn't. His feet were planted to the ground. He took in a deep breath ...


Latihk's eye fluttered open. There was no fire. No firefalls, no heat. No home. Instead a sterile room lit by cold white light. The contrast couldn't have been starker. Finally he registered the warm hand cupping his face. He turned his head slightly and was rewarded with the most welcome sight he could have wished for. The area around his mouth felt disgustingly moist and without taking his eyes off Kemala, he reached his hand up to pull the respirator mask off his face. It became notably harder to breathe, but not so bad that it would concern him.

"It would be better to leave that on for a while longer."

He tried to come up with something to say, but his mind was racing as he recalled the last moments he remembered. The challenge. Rhienn; no, Telmuk. Rayek. The blade. He still didn't understand what had brought him down. Had he been struck so bad?

"That bastard", he brought out hoarsely.



Tess had been watching from a distance even as Kemala had brought to her attention that Latihk seemed to wake. She kept her eyes on the biomonitor. As long as there didn't show up anything harming she would let him wake up. She watched as he opened his eye and it seemed he needed a moment to register where he was.

"It would be better to leave that on for a while longer", she said gently when he pulled the mask off his face. She glanced up at the monitor, the readings immediately showing a slight dip in his blood oxygen levels, breathing frequency and pulse. He ignored her. Tess stayed calm and left them alone for a bit, though she kept an eye on the readings.

Kemala was overjoyed when Latihk first opened his eyes.  She smiled so happily.  Her smile turned a bit wry when the first thing he did was pull off his respirator mask - thankfully with his other hand.  She agreed with Tess that it was probably best to leave it on, but Kemala wasn't about to pester Latihk with such advice.  He had survived so much already - he knew how to look after himself.

There was so much she wanted to say to him - things that she'd been able to whisper to him while he was unconscious but that now that he was awake she found it so much harder to speak.   She was uncertain about what it was that they were to one another.  While she was silent, his first words upon waking were not quite what she would have expected. 

While she had sat the Latihk holding his hand, Kemala had purposely avoided thinking about what her younger brother had done, and how she'd ordered him incarcerated.  All her focus she kept on Latihk, otherwise the stress of worrying over two would have made her ill. 

Latihk's first words however, open the flood gates of her thought. Telmuk's attack made no sense to Kemala.  Why would he try to kill his own brother? Obviously on the order of the Tal'Shiar... but why would he agree to such a thing?  She wouldn't have believed it possible if she had not witnessed herself. 

She swallowed back the feeling of nausea as it rose in her throat, and gave Latihk's hand a squeeze.  "Do not dwell on it.  You are receiving treatment from Tess herself," Kemala pointed out.  In the month they have been aboard the Amalthea, Rayek couldn't say enough about his wife's talents and skills.  "...and he - is locked up."




NPC Ambassadorial Aide 'Rhienn tr'Hei' (disguise of Telmuk tr'Lhoell, Tal'Shiar operative)
[USS Amalthea - Deck 16 - Brig]


NPC Lieutenant jg. Roberto Padrini (Medical)
[USS Amalthea - Sickbay]

There wasn't much that needed to be done for Taheen. Padrini soon finished treating her. Just as he nodded at the Security guards to take her back to her quarters now, he overheard the call coming in at the reception desk. He only paid extra attention to it, because he recognized Rayek's voice.

"I will take care of that", Roberto said quickly to the nurse. He was curious to know what exactly was going on there. Grabbing a medical kit he headed straight out of the sickbay and to the brig.

Telmuk's return to consciousness had come swiftly but he made certain almost immediately that those watching him were unaware.   He kept his breathing rate slow and steady as if in unconsciousness, while he used all his senses to take stock of where he was and his situation.   From the minds of his two guards, he gleaned that he was in the Amalthea's brig, being held while an investigation was underway to determine if he had accomplices. 

A slight shift of his body position, informed Telmuk that he was bound and lying in a semi- prone position on a hard cot or bench.  It seemed that prisoner standards were the same throughout the galaxy.

The sound of a door opening drew his attention and he brushed over the mind of the newcomer.  Ah!! The doctor come to do DNA testing at Rayek's bidding.  So his brother had doubts that it was really him. 

What was even more interesting to note from the man was that he held a deep-seated hatred for his brother - and pretty much all things Romulan because of that.   That could be useful.
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USS Amalthea / Re: S1M5 - O Other, Where Art Thou?
« Last post by Tess tLhoell on December 01, 2022, 05:55:30 am »

NPC Lieutenant jg. Roberto Padrini (Medical)
[USS Amalthea - Sickbay]


Commander Rayek tr'Lhoell
[USS Amalthea - Holodeck One >>>> Deck 5 - Executive Officer's office]

Rayek left the Holodeck after he'd spoken to his wife.   On the walk to the turbolift, Rayek made a call to Sickbay.  He called Reception since he didn't want to disturb his wife and her care of Latihk.  =/\= "I want a full medical scan and DNA work-up of the individual being held by Security in the brig." =/\=

Rayek wanted DNA confirmation that the aide known as Rhienn tr'Hei was actually his biological brother, Telmuk tr'Lhoell, as Kemala claimed.  He also wanted the aide tested against any known Thinker-clone detection methods.

During the turbolift ride, Rayek checked in on the Brig, but their detainee was still unconscious.  The Security on shift assured him they would call the minute he woke.

There wasn't much that needed to be done for Taheen. Padrini soon finished treating her. Just as he nodded at the Security guards to take her back to her quarters now, he overheard the call coming in at the reception desk. He only paid extra attention to it, because he recognized Rayek's voice.

"I will take care of that", Roberto said quickly to the nurse. He was curious to know what exactly was going on there. Grabbing a medical kit he headed straight out of the sickbay and to the brig.









NPC Ambassador Virahk Jarok - Romulan Free State
[USS Amalthea - XO's office]

All too soon Rayek was standing outside his office.

The moment that he stepped into his office to meet with the Ambassador, Rayek recognized that he should have taken the time to change into his uniform proper befitting his position as the Amalthea's XO as well as her Chief of Security.  Instead, he was in his casual wear.  The fact that he'd not thought of it before then, highlighted to him just how off bothered he was about the whole situation.  He had yet had a moment to himself to let the events of tonight sink in.

With a nod towards the security escort, who had fortunately had the wisdom to offer the Ambassador a comfortable seat and a refreshment, Rayek dismissed the man to wait outside while he moved to take a seat behind his desk. 

"Please forgive my lack of uniform, Ambassador, events have conspired to interrupt my family time and there has not been opportunity to rectify my attire." he explained, as he looked over the young ambassador. 

"I understand you have questions, Ambassador Jarok.  I have a few of my own for you, as this situation has become a criminal investigation, with your aide currently being held in custody for aggravated assault, and attempted murder.   I will do my best provide you with what details I can but please understand... our investigation is still ongoing."

Jarok looked up from his mug when the doors opened and Rayek arrived. He nodded his head when Rayek apologized for the lack of uniform which of course was something noticed immediately upon his arrival. "Of course, Commander, I quite understand."

He observed the Amalthea's First Officer as he sat behind his desk. He seemed extremely stressed. Before Jarok could pose any of his questions, Rayek spoke first to say he was aware of it and also that he had questions of his own for him. That caused the ambassador to frown in surprise, which only escalated more on his face when Rayek revealed to him that his aide had been arrested for aggravated assault and attempted murder.

For a moment, Jarok couldn't speak.  "I don't think I understand what you are saying, Commander", he finally said. "It must be a misunderstanding. Mr tr'Hei has been working in his position in ambassadorial service for many years. As far as I am aware, he passed all internal and external checks without objections, ever." He really was completely surprised by the mere notion. Rhienn, who always was so soft-spoken, calm and prudential, was accused of committing an aggravated assault and attempted murder? Surely, Jarok wasn't naive enough to believe a man wouldn't be capable of such perfect deception, but he always thought he was a good judge of character. Besides that, an aide in ambassadorial service who was charged with these kind of offenses was a big problem for the reputation of the Freestate's diplomatic department. That concerned Jarok greatly, as it could potentially destroy the work of many many months.








Latihk tr'Kheiin
and
Captain Tess t'Lhoell

(Kemala t'Lhoell)
[USS Amalthea - Sickbay]

Kemala looked away from Latihk's haggard looking face briefly when she felt Tess' hand at her shoulder giving a comforting squeeze.  She didn't smile but gave a nod of appreciation.

As she turned back to watch his face, that's when she felt his hand move.   A moment more and it seemed as it he were trying to wake.   "I think he's coming out of it." Kemala whispered to Tess uncertain if that was a good thing or not.  "Thank the Elements! He had me so worried."

While she kept hold of his hand with her own, her other hand stroked up and down along his arm, progressing slowly up towards his bicep, then shoulder and neck, until finally her hand cupped his face, fingers resting lightly on his beard - hoping that the sensation would draw him more awake.   She needed to know that he truly was out of danger from the poison.

The warmth started to travel from his hand up his arm, reaching his heart. For a moment he cherished that feeling of inner warmth before it continued to travel up up neck and finally reaching his face. The heat coming from the firefalls increased, becoming more intense by the second. He turned towards the mighty cliff, lifting his hand up to shield his eyes from the intensifying brightness of the fire. It felt like if he didn't move, he'd burn up, but he couldn't. His feet were planted to the ground. He took in a deep breath ...


Latihk's eye fluttered open. There was no fire. No firefalls, no heat. No home. Instead a sterile room lit by cold white light. The contrast couldn't have been starker. Finally he registered the warm hand cupping his face. He turned his head slightly and was rewarded with the most welcome sight he could have wished for. The area around his mouth felt disgustingly moist and without taking his eyes off Kemala, he reached his hand up to pull the respirator mask off his face. It became notably harder to breathe, but not so bad that it would concern him.

"It would be better to leave that on for a while longer."

He tried to come up with something to say, but his mind was racing as he recalled the last moments he remembered. The challenge. Rhienn; no, Telmuk. Rayek. The blade. He still didn't understand what had brought him down. Had he been struck so bad?

"That bastard", he brought out hoarsely.



Tess had been watching from a distance even as Kemala had brought to her attention that Latihk seemed to wake. She kept her eyes on the biomonitor. As long as there didn't show up anything harming she would let him wake up. She watched as he opened his eye and it seemed he needed a moment to register where he was.

"It would be better to leave that on for a while longer", she said gently when he pulled the mask off his face. She glanced up at the monitor, the readings immediately showing a slight dip in his blood oxygen levels, breathing frequency and pulse. He ignored her. Tess stayed calm and left them alone for a bit, though she kept an eye on the readings.
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USS Amalthea / Re: S1M5 - O Other, Where Art Thou?
« Last post by Rayek tr'Lhoell on November 30, 2022, 10:57:34 pm »
Commander Rayek tr'Lhoell
[USS Amalthea - Holodeck One >>>> Deck 5 - Executive Officer's office]

Rayek left the Holodeck after he'd spoken to his wife.   On the walk to the turbolift, Rayek made a call to Sickbay.  He called Reception since he didn't want to disturb his wife and her care of Latihk.  =/\= "I want a full medical scan and DNA work-up of the individual being held by Security in the brig." =/\=

Rayek wanted DNA confirmation that the aide known as Rhienn tr'Hei was actually his biological brother, Telmuk tr'Lhoell, as Kemala claimed.  He also wanted the aide tested against any known Thinker-clone detection methods.   

During the turbolift ride, Rayek checked in on the Brig, but their detainee was still unconscious.  The Security on shift assured him they would call the minute he woke.

All too soon Rayek was standing outside his office.


NPC Ambassador Virahk Jarok - Romulan Free State
[USS Amalthea - First Officer's office]

Ambassador Jarok sat in one of the comfortable chairs near the replicator unit as he waited for Rayek to arrive. Only belatedly he had become aware of the invitation to a ritual Romulan combat taking place in the ship's holodeck. To his utter surprise, the combatants were Taheen and the ship's Captain, Tess t'Lhoell. Of course, he was surprised for several reasons.
That had not stopped when he arrived at the holodeck - somewhat late, unfortunately - and found it guarded heavily by Starfleet security. Not only that, but they refused to allow him to enter. It rose many questions and suspicions.

So now after he was offered and provided with a drink, Jarok waited, ready to pose his questions and demand explanation.

The moment that he stepped into his office to meet with the Ambassador, Rayek recognized that he should have taken the time to change into his uniform proper befitting his position as the Amalthea's XO as well as her Chief of Security.  Instead, he was in his casual wear.  The fact that he'd not thought of it before then, highlighted to him just how off bothered he was about the whole situation.  He had yet had a moment to himself to let the events of tonight sink in.

With a nod towards the security escort, who had fortunately had the wisdom to offer the Ambassador a comfortable seat and a refreshment, Rayek dismissed the man to wait outside while he moved to take a seat behind his desk. 

"Please forgive my lack of uniform, Ambassador, events have conspired to interrupt my family time and there has not been opportunity to rectify my attire." he explained, as he looked over the young ambassador. 

"I understand you have questions, Ambassador Jarok.  I have a few of my own for you, as this situation has become a criminal investigation, with your aide currently being held in custody for aggravated assault, and attempted murder.   I will do my best provide you with what details I can but please understand... our investigation is still ongoing."


(Kemala t'Lhoell)
[USS Amalthea - Sickbay]

Captain Tess t'Lhoell
[USS Amalthea - Sickbay - ICU unit]

Turning back around she approached Kemala at Latihk's side, clutching his hand. It took but one glance for her to see that she seemed to be quite shaken. She didn't speak but just gently squeezed her shoulder as a gesture of support.



Latihk had slipped into a deep dream. In that dream, he was at his favorite place - the firefalls. It was a place of good memories for him. A place he used to feel safe and content. He almost thought he could feel the warmth of the fire plunging off the cliff on his skin. At the same time, though, it felt like he had to fight off a coldness that tried to engulf him.

Suddenly he felt something at his hand. In his dream he lifted his hand to see what was causing the sensation. He stared at it in concentration, trying really hard to spot what was wrong with his hand but it was as though it constantly slipped out of his mental grasp. It wasn't an unwelcome sensation, though. It was warm. And soft.


In the sickbay, Latihk moved his hand slightly as if trying to hold Kemala's hand as well. His breathing quickened a little as he started to stir slightly.

Kemala looked away from Latihk's haggard looking face briefly when she felt Tess' hand at her shoulder giving a comforting squeeze.  She didn't smile but gave a nod of appreciation.

As she turned back to watch his face, that's when she felt his hand move.   A moment more and it seemed as it he were trying to wake.   "I think he's coming out of it." Kemala whispered to Tess uncertain if that was a good thing or not.  "Thank the Elements! He had me so worried."

While she kept hold of his hand with her own, her other hand stroked up and down along his arm, progressing slowly up towards his bicep, then shoulder and neck, until finally her hand cupped his face, fingers resting lightly on his beard - hoping that the sensation would draw him more awake.   She needed to know that he truly was out of danger from the poison.
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USS Amalthea / Re: S1M5 - O Other, Where Art Thou?
« Last post by Tess tLhoell on November 30, 2022, 04:41:13 am »
Captain Tess t'Lhoell
[USS Amalthea - Sickbay - ICU unit]

Although Rayek spoke in his normal voice, Tess was able to pick up the tenseness and agitation he tried to withhold. It certainly was tough for him. It was for them all. Tess discreetly glanced over to Kemala who quietly spoke to the unconscious Latihk. Turning her back to them again she answered Rayek.  =/\= "Thank you, ciccino." =/\= There really wasn't a reason for thanks in her opinion. If you could save someone's life of course you'd do it. How much more than she who was a doctor. But she was glad she'd been there to help. She would have hated for his friend to die so shortly after Rayek had reunited with him.

Their conversation was interrupted by a call coming in from one of the security team, informing Rayek that Ambassador Jarok was outside the holodeck and wished to speak to him. Oh dear. That would require some explaining. But she knew Rayek would clear this up as quick as possible.

 =/\= "Alright", she acknowledged the end of their call, "we'll speak after." She lowered her voice a little. "I-jol au, amore mio." =/\=

Turning back around she approached Kemala at Latihk's side, clutching her hand. It took but one glance for her to see that she seemed to be quite shaken. She didn't speak but just gently squeezed her shoulder as a gesture of support.





Latihk had slipped into a deep dream. In that dream, he was at his favorite place - the firefalls. It was a place of good memories for him. A place he used to feel safe and content. He almost thought he could feel the warmth of the fire plunging off the cliff on his skin. At the same time, though, it felt like he had to fight off a coldness that tried to engulf him.

Suddenly he felt something at his hand. In his dream he lifted his hand to see what was causing the sensation. He stared at it in concentration, trying really hard to spot what was wrong with his hand but it was as though it constantly slipped out of his mental grasp. It wasn't an unwelcome sensation, though. It was warm. And soft.


In the sickbay, Latihk moved his hand slightly as if trying to hold Kemala's hand as well. His breathing quickened a little as he started to stir slightly.





NPC Ambassador Virahk Jarok - Romulan Free State
[USS Amalthea - First Officer's office]

Ambassador Jarok sat in one of the comfortable chairs near the replicator unit as he waited for Rayek to arrive. Only belatedly he had become aware of the invitation to a ritual Romulan combat taking place in the ship's holodeck. To his utter surprise, the combatants were Taheen and the ship's Captain, Tess t'Lhoell. Of course, he was surprised for several reasons.
That had not stopped when he arrived at the holodeck - somewhat late, unfortunately - and found it guarded heavily by Starfleet security. Not only that, but they refused to allow him to enter. It rose many questions and suspicions.

So now after he was offered and provided with a drink, Jarok waited, ready to pose his questions and demand explanation.
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USS Amalthea / Re: S1M5 - O Other, Where Art Thou?
« Last post by Rayek tr'Lhoell on November 30, 2022, 12:04:46 am »
Commander Rayek tr'Lhoell
[USS Amalthea - Holodeck]

[USS Amalthea - Holodeck]

NPC Rahul Skuyanhjin
Ra'hul was relieved when Rayek confirmed that he could leave. Though, before he could do so, his brother-in-law held him there a moment longer along with the doctor to direct words of thanks to them. It was an almost solemn moment which made the Ba'ku pull himself together a little and take a moment to recognize the words. "That really went without saying", Ra'hul replied and lowered his head briefly in a gesture of accepting his thanks.

A short moment later, he was then accompanied by a young man and brought back to his quarters.


NPC Lieutenant jg. Roberto Padrini (Medical)
Roberto caught Rayek's fierce glance towards him in response to his question. Finally a reaction the medic was able to relate to. Who wouldn't be furious about what just had happened? He knew from the tricorder reading that the other tr'Lhoell was okay except for being stunned so he had no reservations to leave him in security's custody.

While Rayek issued orders to the security team about how to handle Telmuk and spoke to his brother-in-law, Roberto returned to Taheen who was flanked by two security officers by now. He checked her once again with the tricorder to make sure the suture was holding since he had to interrupt his work so suddenly. It needed some more work which could be finished in the sickbay.

He was just about to leave when Rayek held him up, together with Tess' brother. He listened to Rayek's words and felt sickened by them. What a hypocrite! Feigning thankfulness when he could have prevented this whole ordeal in the first place. It was disgusting. "There's got to be somebody who acts like a sane person around here", was Roberto's blunt reply. Without really waiting for Rayek's reaction to this he turned away to add some information to the different tricorder readings he had taken. That would make the paperwork later easier and quicker.

Just as he was done, Rayek asked him to inform him of Captain Aefau's condition. He nodded briefly at that, overhead that Rayek's sister seemingly was about to head to the sickbay, too, so he waited for her to walk with her together. Though, he left her before they reached the main sickbay, to do some work in the medical lab.

The stark difference between the two men's reactions and replies highlighted to Rayek just how much the physician despised him.  Even when Rayek was trying to be grateful and appreciative of the man and the things he did, it was thrown back in his face in spite.  Padrini's attitude was abysmal but the man kept his position because he was an excellent doctor - and could be relied on in any situation regardless of his personal feelings.  Today proved that.

After the others left, Rayek and his Security team continued to gather evidence.   One of the first things that Rayek did was call on the Beta shift Science lab techs to run intensive scans on the blade to determine the exact poison that was used, and had them forward all information on the poison and its effects to Sickbay.  Maybe something in there would help in Latihk's treatment.

Then with the exact make-up of the poison now know, Rayek sent the ship's rover security teams to do a deck by deck intensive scan for any other trace of the substance.  Lastly the holodeck program was saved and uploaded to Rayek's PADD for review. 

Surprisingly, several times throughout the investigation, a number of the ship's Romulan complement arrived at the Holodeck, being stopped at its entrance by the Security securing the scene.  They inquired about the Challenge.  The first to arrive after the incident was Phara t'Movel. 

Rayek questioned the woman himself as to how she even knew about the Challenge. Phara pointed out the message she and every Romulan received from Taheen.   When asked how she knew Taheen,  Phara denied knowing her at all and remarked how she'd come to give her support to Tess. 

To be honest, Rayek was operating almost on automatic throughout most of it.  His mind still churned heatedly every time he thought about the incident.  It was only when Tess commed to give him an update on Latihk that the red haze lifted from his mind temporarily. 



(Kemala t'Lhoell)
[USS Amalthea - Sickbay]

[USS Amalthea - Sickbay]

Captain Tess t'Lhoell
Tess was made aware of the Romulan Riov demanding to be given information on Aefau's condition. She exited the CMO's office she'd been speaking to Tamo'nar in for a moment to ask if he and Fvienn were alright, and noticed not only Kemala had arrived but also Taheen - accompanied by two security guards. No surprise.

"I will take care of this matter", she told the nurse who rightly had refused to give any information on the patient. Tess wouldn't fault her for that. "Thank you." She then turned to Kemala, just as Roberto entered the reception area.

"Do you need assistance?", he asked Tess.

She shook her head. "I'm fine. I'd be grateful if you'd see to Ms. t'Raghaellh."

Roberto nodded. "Sure. Commander tr'Lhoell asked to be informed of Mr. Aefau's condition."

"I will take care of that." She then turned to Kemala while Roberto walked over to Taheen. "Riov t'Lhoell", Tess spoke, addressing her formally since they weren't alone. "If you will follow me, please."

She waited for Kemala to join her and then led her away from the reception area, down a slightly curved hall way to one of the separate ICU bedrooms. Tess opened the door and went inside. Latihk still was connected to the ventilator. His skin didn't look as pale and grey anymore but had regained some color. He had his eyes closed and his chest was heaving slowly.

"He will be okay", Tess assured her. "He was very lucky he was able to receive immediate medical attention." A minute or two later and the damage to his organs, especially his heart and brain, would have been extensive. Her gaze wandered up to the biobed monitor. The poison was now completely gone from his system. The blood flow was almost back to normal and the oxygen levels neared normal as well.

Kemala followed the Amalthea's Captain through the Sickbay reception area and into a private ICU room where Latihk was hooked up to a ventilator.   She immediately moved to his side and covered his pale grey hand with hers giving it a slight gentle squeeze as if doing so might let him know that she was there with him.

Kemala listened to Tess' comment of how lucky he was, and nodded in agreement and understanding.  She didn't say a word, merely held Latihk's hand trying her best not to show the true depth of her worry in front of the doctor that had just said that he would be okay.

As much as she liked Tess, Kemala was grateful when the Captain stepped away to give her some privacy.

"You idiot.  When saving someone, you aren't supposed to take the hit yourself - that's just stupid." Kemala offered her wisdom quietly.

She sniffled then, fighting the tears that stung at her eyes.  She was scared by how weak and sickly he looked.  "Don't you dare do something so reckless again.  I can't lose you." she whispered, still holding onto his hand.



Tess gave Kemala a moment with Latihk and stepped away into the far corner of the room. She used that moment to contact Rayek.  =/\= "t'Lhoell to Commander tr'Lhoell. Rayek, I'm here with Kemala and Latihk. We've stabilized him for now. He will be okay. Are you alright? And Ra'hul? I've spoken to Tamo'nar a couple of minutes ago. Fvienn is fine." =/\=

While she spoke she glanced over to Kemala, signalling her availability should she ask her any questions or make other comments.

Commander Rayek tr'Lhoell
[USS Amalthea - Holodeck]

Rayek was relieved to hear that Tess had been able to stabilize his friend.  Rayek distanced himself a few meters from the remaining security that were finishing up on site with him.

=/\= "Thank you, e'lev - for saving his life.  I am quite familiar with the poison that was used.  That you were able to stabilize him..  is nothing short of remarkable.  I know that being practicing physician is not your position anymore, but it remains your true calling." =/\=

Then to express his sincerity Rayek thanked Tess in Rihan=/\="Hann'yyo hwiiy." =/\=

Anything more Rayek might have wanted to share was interrupted by an overlapping comm from the Security at the door.

=/\= "Security Team Beta Three to Commander tr'Lhoell.  Ambassador Jarok is here outside the Holodeck. He's here about the Challenge invitation and is wanting to speak to you, sir." =/\=

Rayek grimaced. Of course, Taheen would have especially sent an invite to him.  Rayek sighed, before tapping his comm in a sequence that kept Tess' comm open while answering the new comm. =/\= "Have the Ambassador escorted to my office.  I'll meet him there in five minutes. tr'Lhoell out." =/\=

He closed the comm to the security team then continue his comm with Tess. =/\= "It seems. I have to go explain the current situation to the Ambassador and then see if he's willing to answer a few questions about his aide.  I'll check in when I'm done." =/\=
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