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Re: S1M5 - O Other, Where Art Thou?
« Reply #135 on: October 30, 2022, 10:01:13 am »
Captain Tess t'Lhoell
[USS Amalthea - Holodeck]

It took everything in Tess as she hid in the weapon's room not to reply to Rayek's affectionate words over the comm. She was touched and proud that, while he of course was concerned, he trusted her.
She heard her hologram outside and Taheen signalling their readiness and it sounded like the aide's voice who told them to begin. Tess couldn't risk to peek out through the door, but she did move towards it and lay her ear at the door to listen to try that way to gauge what was going one.



The hologram Tess, upon Rhienn's starting signal, began to move slowly, with her eyes fixated on Taheen. Her movements were smooth and light and she inched closer to her opponent, waiting for a good opportunity to make a first move, but still careful not to miss it should Taheen be the one to attack first.
Tess moved closer and closer and finally made her first move which was a quick kick against Taheen's side to try and throw her off balance.
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Re: S1M5 - O Other, Where Art Thou?
« Reply #136 on: November 04, 2022, 01:56:48 am »
Commander Rayek tr'Lhoell
[USS Amalthea - Holodeck]

Rayek didn't reply back to the aide after his not so unwarranted comparison between Romulan and Federation combat training.  Certainly a Sec/Tac officer would be on par with your average Romulan officer, but Tess had been in the Medical Department for years and then had a child and now was a Captain.  Add onto that the fact that she wasn't at her peak physical condition, mostly due to lack of sleep and he could understand the aide's judgement.   

However, what the aide didn't know was just how paranoid Rayek was of Tess being unprepared for any sort of violence against her or their son.   The Dosi, and the Drecacon had proven that he couldn't always be there to protect her.  So he'd been giving Tess additional combat training for the past two years.

He watched as the two women circled, each looking for an opening.  Rayek was surprised that it was Tess who attacked first.   It wasn't that he doubted her combat skills   It was just he knew that most Federation officers had it ingrained  in their mind that their combat training was defensive only.   That Tess was on the offensive was a good sign that she could and would win this.   

Rayek thinking his wife might prefer him to show his support, cheered her strike. "Nice one! Don't give her a moment to recover!"


(Telmuk as Rhienn)
Telmuk looked at his brother in annoyance, at Rayek's cheering.   No proper Romulan would demean the solemness of the Challenge with such antics; yet here his older brother was doing exactly that, but with Rayek's attention on the fight, he missed seeing Rhienn's eyeroll.



(Taheen)
Tess' kick knocked Taheen back a foot but the Romulan kept her balance.  She was determined and moved back to just out of striking distance, pulling her blade so that it was in hand and she weaved it before her in a display of proficiency before moving in to strike.   A quick slash towards the Ba'ku woman's hands.  She couldn't hold a blade if her hands were injured.
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Re: S1M5 - O Other, Where Art Thou?
« Reply #137 on: November 08, 2022, 08:23:00 am »
Captain Tess t'Lhoell
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Tess jumped back as Taheen sprang forward to try to strike her hand with the blade. She narrowly escaped and even felt the breeze of the movement on her skin. She immediately switched back to attack, taking advantage of the moment of instability Taheen's step forward inevitably brought. Quick as a flash, Tess charged forward, lifting her foot with momentum as she spun, aiming to kick the weapon out of Taheen's hand while she would still be busy regaining her balance after her attack.



In the meantime, the first visitors were trickling into the holodeck. Among them were Roberto, and also Tess' brothers Rahul and Tamonar. The doctor found himself on the sidelines watching in confusion, not sure what was happening. Why did Tess have a knife in her hand and seem to be fighting the Romulan woman??

Rahul, with Fvienn in his arms, followed by Tamonar, immediately rushed toward Rayek. "What's going on here?!" he asked, horrified.
« Last Edit: November 08, 2022, 11:53:13 am by Tess tLhoell »
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Re: S1M5 - O Other, Where Art Thou?
« Reply #138 on: November 10, 2022, 03:52:41 am »
Commander Rayek tr'Lhoell
[USS Amalthea - Holodeck]

Rayek could 'read' from Taheen's stance that she was about to attack and it took a conscious effort not to leap into the midst of the two to intercept the slash before it happened.  As it was Tess just narrowly avoided the blade.   This was hard for Rayek to watch.  His cheers faded and he merely focused on the combatants.

Tess' spin kick connected with the blade and sent it clattering to the floor several feet away.  Though it wasn't a 'win', it certainly bettered Tess' overall chances.  Rayek fist-pumped in silent reaction. 


(Telmuk as Rhienn)
Telmuk on the other hand, was disappointed that Taheen hadn't landed her first strike and that Rayek's wife had managed to retaliate so swiftly.  She was a better melee-martial arts fighter than he would have suspected for a Federation Captain.

His attention to the fight was diverted when the holodeck doors opened to allow entrance to three others... well four technically, if the infant was counted.   The doctor, and two of Tess' siblings along with Rayek and Tess' son.  What were they doing here?!

In the guise of Rhienn, Telmuk answered the Ba'ku's question.  "A ritual combat Challenge that Captain t'Lhoell agree to.  Any interference on her behalf will result in her immediate forfeiture.  Do not interrupt."

Rayek looked towards Rahul with a worried expression.  "He's right.  We can't interfere." he confirmed the aide's answer before expanding on the why.  "The situation is too involved to explain fully but the sum of it is that Tess is fighting to keep our marriage intact." 


(Taheen)
Tess' kick had knocked away her blade but Taheen was confident that she didn't need a weapon to defeat the Federation Captain.  She resettled into a fighter' stance and then moved in to attack again this time with her bare hands. 

She was slightly distracted by the arrival of Tess' family and her medical colleague.  These were not the ones she had hoped would arrive to witness your defeat of Tess.  Where were Kemala and Aefau, who would understand the meaning of this Challenge and be able to put pressure on Rayek to abide by its ruling?

As if on cue the holodeck doors opened once more.
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Re: S1M5 - O Other, Where Art Thou?
« Reply #139 on: November 23, 2022, 05:44:01 am »
Captain Tess t'Lhoell
[USS Amalthea - Holodeck]

"A ritual combat challenge?!", Rahul echoed, incredulity in his voice. He watched back to his sister and he couldn't believe it. The Ba'ku were such a peaceful people, how was it now that he had to watch his sister fight like that? "What if she gets hurt?!", he asked bewildered as he looked back at Rayek. He really didn't understand a thing.


The hologram Tess was solely focused on the combat. She didn't take her eyes off Taheen for a second but watched every move of hers carefully. That the weapon was out of reach for her opponent now was good. Did she really plan on fight her with her bare hands?

Tess immediately took advantage of the moment Taheen was distracted. She lunged forward, slashing the woman in a way that would injure here severely enough but not kill her.
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Re: S1M5 - O Other, Where Art Thou?
« Reply #140 on: November 24, 2022, 04:13:57 pm »
Commander Rayek tr'Lhoell
[USS Amalthea - Holodeck]

[USS Amalthea - Holodeck]

"A ritual combat challenge?!", Rahul echoed, incredulity in his voice. He watched back to his sister and he couldn't believe it. The Ba'ku were such a peaceful people, how was it now that he had to watch his sister fight like that? "What if she gets hurt?!", he asked bewildered as he looked back at Rayek. He really didn't understand a thing.

Rayek understood Rah'ul's disbelief.  At his question about injury to Tess, Rayek tried not to let his own worry take over.  "Then it's good thing that you brought Padrini with you.  But there is no way Tess will fail." he stated confidently looking to the fight once more.  "She's already disarmed Taheen." Rayek pointed out proudly just as Tess made her attack.  He was so damned proud of his wife in that moment, though he suspected she might have a bout of guilt afterwards for having harmed another.  He silently promised to be at her side to hold her comfortingly through the tears.


(Telmuk as Rhienn)
The challenge bout and Rayek's presence beside him had distracted Telmuk from reacting immediately to a silent alert notification, a vibration, he'd received on his Romulan PADD.  Weeks ago he'd set a proximity alert to warn him when his sister's bio-sign was within 50 meters of him on the same deck.  He'd done so with the intention of making sure he could avoid encountering her; and it had been a quite successful so far.  But when it had vibed a short while ago, he'd dismissed it. 

That was a mistake he realized - after a second stronger vibration was felt.  Kemala was getting closer.

He felt the vibration intensify as the trio of men moved to stand with them and Rayek answered more of their questions.  Being the officiant of the challenge, there was no opportunity for Telmuk (in the guise of Rhienn) to 'slip away' as he would have liked.  Instead Telmuk stood with the onlookers, so that he was partially hidden from view of an others arriving. 

His caution could not have been better timed, as Kemala and the annoying Aefau tr'Dhael arrived.  Telmuk recognized now what Taheen had done on her borrowed PADD earlier, she'd invited Rayek's friends and family to watch the Challenge thereby making it's ruling more binding on his brother.  He had to hand it to Taheen, she was smart.

However, her summoning the other was problematic for him.  His disguise might not fool his sister, who knew his facial features and voice all too well.  He made a point to keep his head lowered and facing towards the fight. If he'd still had the robe on, he would raised the hood but as it was all he had presently was the black unitard, typically worn under the tradition fighting robe.



(Kemala t'Lhoell)

The high priority message Kemala had received stated that a Challenge had been issued between Taheen and the Captain of the Amalthea and that witnesses to the bout were needed immediately.   While Rayek's sister had no clue what the Challenge was about, she couldn't ignore the summons.   

And it seemed she arrived at just the crucial moment, for as she looked towards the Coliseum fighting grounds she saw Tess deliver a serious strike with her blade.  Emerald flowed from the laceration and Kemala saw Taheen stagger a few steps back, one hand pressed to her wound in an attempt to staunch the bleeding. 

She noted Taheen's other hand though held up defensively, lacked any weapon. 

"Who is officiating here?" Kemala called out towards the cluster of men standing on the side watching. She noted one head looming above the others - her elder brother's. 

"Rayek, is this Challenge to First Blood or to the Death?" she questioned him as she looked towards the combatants once more briefly to see if Taheen would retaliate. 

Kemala was torn as to who she was hoping to win.  She'd known Taheen since before attending Military College together.  She'd grown close to the woman over the months of traveling together on this search for Rayek - or so she thought; but nothing Taheen had shared with her explained why Taheen would attempt to Challenge Tess.  Kemala felt a slight obligation to side with Taheen out of loyalty to a longstanding friend, and fellow Romulan

Yet despite her loyalty to the Romulan Republic's ideals of a Romulan government governing without Federation aid,  Kemala found that individually she liked many of the Federation Starfleet officers she'd met on the Amalthea - Tess most of all.  She was a strong Captain much like herself.  Kemala had no desire to see her harmed.

Rayek, not looking away from the fight himself, answered her question. "To First Blood. Though it is clear who the winner will be at this point." Then he stepped aside, clearing Kemala's line of sight to the portly officiant dressed in black. "tr'Hei - the Free State Ambassador's aide is officiating."

Kemala's attention was drawn to Rayek's movement as he stepped aside, then fixed her gaze on the figure that had his head lowered and turned partially away.  There were several distinct differences in him since she'd last seen her brother - lighter hair, a more chiseled jaw that was hidden by obesity, but the shape of his features hadn't changed any since their last face-to-face video call.

"Telmuk?  What are you doing here?" In her surprise, Kemala had completely ignored the fact that Rayek had named him differently.



(Taheen)

Captain Tess t'Lhoell
[USS Amalthea - Holodeck]
The hologram Tess was solely focused on the combat. She didn't take her eyes off Taheen for a second but watched every move of hers carefully. That the weapon was out of reach for her opponent now was good. Did she really plan on fight her with her bare hands?

Tess immediately took advantage of the moment Taheen was distracted. She lunged forward, slashing the woman in a way that would injure here severely enough but not kill her.

No. NO. NO!!   She couldn't be losing to this woman!  Taheen kept a hand pressed to her wound as she tried to continue to fight but the shock of her injury kept her from thinking clearly and she staggered uncoordinatedly rather than circle her opponent like she had been intending.   "I won't concede!"
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Re: S1M5 - O Other, Where Art Thou?
« Reply #141 on: November 25, 2022, 03:37:30 pm »
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Roberto, who stood nearby, listened to the conversation between Tess' brother and Rayek. It was beyond him how a man who claimed to 'love' Tess, let his wife fight in a combat like that and have her potentially injured or worse. "Barbarians", he spat with his rolling 'r' Italian accent and a disparaging look towards Rayek. How backward could a culture be?



At Rayek's reply Ra'hul stared at him in disbelief. How could he dismiss Tess potentially being hurt so casually?! As the anger about the whole situation welled up inside him, he felt a hand on his shoulder. He turned his head and looked into his older brother's face.

"It's a rule stemming from hundreds of thousands of years of cultural development", Tamo'nar said calmly. "We need to respect that. Just like you want others to respect the Ba'ku rule of no technology when visiting our planet. If Tess agreed to it willingly." It wasn't that he approved of this, but he thought it was important to respect other culture's traditions and rituals. It was clear to him, that his Ba'ku brother might not have any understanding of it, since the Ba'ku culture is pretty much the only he knew.

Ra'hul opened his mouth, wanting to retort anything to that that would invalidate what he said, but he couldn't. So he swallowed his anger and looked back to his sister in concern.




Latihk tr'Kheiin

At the time when Kemala had received the notification, Latihk had been with her. In fact, over the past month, there had barely been a night they had not been together. He had been there to comfort Kemala about the loss of her betrothed, Jaron Man'dak. Once that period was over, there was no stopping them. Even at this point, Latihk wasn't sure what exactly it was between them - if it was merely a physical thing with a strong attraction or if there was the intention of something more serious behind it. In any case, he didn't dare bring this up. He feared if he would, Kemala might start to think and realize there was no future for them and start distancing herself from him. He expected for this affair to be over by the time they returned to Romulan space and Kemala to her ship. But he didn't want to think about that yet. Right now, he just wanted to make the most of his time with Kemala for however long it might last.

People who would see them interact during the day, might not suspect that these two were actually lovers. Latihk preferred to keep his (and Kemala's) privacy. It was only in the evening that they met either in his quarters or hers.
Tonight, they had been in Kemala's quarters. Latihk and she had been resting together in bed after the first round of their activities for the night when an urgent message had come in on ther PADD. Latihk was surprised when Kemala told him what it read. Why would Taheen fight Tess?? The only conclusion that could be made was that there was something going on between Taheen and Rayek neither of them was aware of.

After dressing up quickly, Latihk accompanied Kemala to the holodeck. He was a little overwhelmed by the setting he found himself in. But what surprised him even more was to see the tame little Fed's doctor fight fiercly with a knife. Honestly, his money certainly would have been on Taheen.

While Kemala demanded to get to know the details of this combat, Latihk crossed his arms over his chest and observed the scene. The focus soon was on the Romulan aide, by whom he'd been interrogated. He stood quite awkwardly, turned away from them. Suddenly, Kemala addressed him as her brother, Telmuk. Latihk blinked and had to look twice. What was she saying? Telmuk? He hadn't seen the youngest Lhoell son in forever, even longer than Rayek. There was no way he would know what he looked like now. How could Kemala assume this was her brother? The implication was bizarre.

"Kemala?", he asked quietly, as he stepped close to her side. "What are you talking about?", he murmured into her ear.




The hologram Tess had to force herself not to get distacted by what happened back there, or she might end up in Taheen's position. Though, she had an advantage now. As Taheen staggered, stubborn to give into her defeat, Tess realized she'd have to make it more clear. Fixating her gaze on her, Tess waited for the right opportunity, hooked her foot into Taheen's ankle and with a forceful pull tried to send her down on the ground. If she was successful, she would then swiftly bent down and press the knife's blade to Kemala's throat; not cutting it, but making it clear that she is the one in the position to kill her - and thus, the winner.
« Last Edit: November 25, 2022, 04:04:39 pm by Tess tLhoell »
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Re: S1M5 - O Other, Where Art Thou?
« Reply #142 on: November 26, 2022, 01:24:48 am »
Commander Rayek tr'Lhoell
[USS Amalthea - Holodeck]

With his attention on watching Tess' assured victory, Rayek only distantly heard Padrini's judgement of Rihan customs. It didn't surprise him at all that the man didn't understand or respect his people's ways.  Once more, reality fell short of Federation ideals for tolerance of diversity.   

But then the Romulan heard Tam'onar words to Ra'hul.  Rayek looked over towards the Son'a a bit surprised, but  acknowledged the older man's words with a nod.  "Thank you.  I did attempt to dissuade her, but she choose to accept the Challenge that Taheen issued..."

It was just after Rayek had pointed out tr'Hei to his sister that Tess made her move - hooking Taheen's ankle and taking her down.  Rayek's attention was drawn and riveted to his wife as she placed her blade against her opponent's neck.   He was oblivious to all else.   Tess has won!

"It's over!  She won!  Tess won!  Way to go, e'lev!"


(Telmuk as Rhienn)
The moment he'd tried to avoid was unavoidable.  Kemala had recognized him and called him out.  He glanced briefly towards her in alarm and then to their elder brother.  But judging from Rayek's excited shouting, the traitor hadn't heard their sister's question to him.  This would be Telmuk's last opportunity to fulfill his mission.

Without answering, Telmuk quickly strode into the fighting area - to a casual observer it might seem that he as the officiant was moving toward the pair to announce the winner; but he stopped before reaching them and bent down to retrieve Taheen's dropped honour blade.  The blade that he had laced with poison earlier.


(Kemala t'Lhoell)
It was Telmuk.  She was certain of it.  He'd looked right at her and then Rayek briefly before striding off towards Tess and Taheen.

She didn't look away from him even when Latihk murmured at her ear quietly.  "I don't understand how he's here... but that's my younger brother.  The officiant that Rayek named tr'Hei - that's Telmuk.  I'm positive."



(Taheen)

Taheen couldn't comprehend how this had happened.  She was the stronger and more trained of the two of them, right?!  How had she ended up like this? 

She felt the press of Tess' blade against her neck and knew she'd lost.  Her heart felt heavy at hearing the cheers from Rayek.  It seemed this was the will of the Elements after all. 

Taheen let out a sigh of defeat as she heard Telmuk's footsteps approaching, obviously to make the announcement official.   

No.  She would announce it herself!  Taheen lifted her head to expose her neck more in show of submission, then spoke out clearly the proper words to end the Challenge. "I am defeated.  Tess, you have the blessings of the Elements upon you.  Our issue is no more."
« Last Edit: November 26, 2022, 02:00:04 am by Rayek tr'Lhoell »
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Re: S1M5 - O Other, Where Art Thou?
« Reply #143 on: November 26, 2022, 05:53:32 am »
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Tess heard Rayek cheering behind her and she couldn't help but let out a happy grin, even as she was still bent down, holding the blade to Taheen's throat. When she then annoucned her the winner officially, Tess immediately dropped the blade and let out shaky breath of relief. Her first thought was to rush to Rayek and celebrate their victory with him. She looked up, searched his eyes and gave him a beaming smile. But before she could actually do so and get to him, Tess in the weapon's room had summoned the hologram back as soon as she had heard her win being announced through the door. She was nervous that Telmuk or Taheen might discover the cheat. So with just a grin back to Rayek hologram Tess disappeared into the weapon's room. Allowing herself a moment in which the others might believe she changed back into her normal clothes, she eventually emerged again with the hologram gone. Of course, she headed directly towards Rayek while she noticed in the corner of her eye Rhienn walking towards Taheen, but didn't stop there but bent down to pick up one of the weapons. Not thinking much of it, she looked back to where Rayek was standing. She noticed her brothers bar Ben'jin there as well, Rah'ul even cheered along with Rayek with Fvienn in his arms; Kemala and Latihk were there too and even Roberto. Hopefully they hadn't noticed anything either!




As soon as this stupid combat was over, Roberto grabbed the small medical kit he had brought with him and rushed to Taheen. To be honest, he was a little disappointed in Tess that she lowered to such a level to participate in something like this. But probably it was Rayek's putting pressure on her or even manipulating her with his telepathy to make her do this. It was disgusting.

Reaching Taheen, he crouched down and opened the medical kit. "Don't move. Let me take a look at the wound", he said and pushed the top of her combatant's gown upward to reveal the deep slash at the woman's side, green blood oozing out freely. He'd have to suture it quickly. So he grabbed the laser device for it and moved to treat the wound.





Latihk listened as Kemala confirmed her belief that this portly aide of the Romulan ambassador was her brother Telmuk. Okay. Perhaps it was Telmuk, who worked for the Freestate's ambassador and for some reason chose to work under an alias. These kind of things weren't unheard of among Romulans. In fact, he himself used an alias all the time. Telmuk might have thought it better not to make known that he was the former Proconsul's son - and avoid all of the probable consequences attached to it. He now recalled the interrogation and wondered if he had known his real name all along. He found the thought of having been so unaware of the other's probably having an advantage of knowlege in that way very unpleasant.

He quickly glanced over to Rayek to gage if he knew this was his younger brother. But he seemed to have only eyes for Tess at the moment. With his good eye he observed as the Romulan walked into the fighting area and picked up the blad. His eyebrows twitched into a slight frown as he stood there with his arms still crossed over his chest.
« Last Edit: November 26, 2022, 09:15:13 am by Tess tLhoell »
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Re: S1M5 - O Other, Where Art Thou?
« Reply #144 on: November 26, 2022, 11:32:02 pm »
Commander Rayek tr'Lhoell
[USS Amalthea - Holodeck]

[USS Amalthea - Holodeck]

Tess t'Lhoell
Tess heard Rayek cheering behind her and she couldn't help but let out a happy grin, even as she was still bent down, holding the blade to Taheen's throat. When she then announced her the winner officially, Tess immediately dropped the blade and let out shaky breath of relief. Her first thought was to rush to Rayek and celebrate their victory with him. She looked up, searched his eyes and gave him a beaming smile. But before she could actually do so and get to him, Tess in the weapon's room had summoned the hologram back as soon as she had heard her win being announced through the door. She was nervous that Telmuk or Taheen might discover the cheat. So with just a grin back to Rayek hologram Tess disappeared into the weapon's room.


Latihk listened as Kemala confirmed her belief that this portly aide of the Romulan ambassador was her brother Telmuk.

He quickly glanced over to Rayek to gauge if he knew this was his younger brother. But he seemed to have only eyes for Tess at the moment. With his good eye he observed as the Romulan walked into the fighting area and picked up the blade. His eyebrows twitched into a slight frown as he stood there with his arms still crossed over his chest.

Rayek was a bit bewildered when after her beaming smile towards him, Tess turned away and headed straight for change room.  He reached out towards her with his mind to convey his pride at her win and to be certain she was alright, but once more it was as if he blocked from her.   This earned a worried frown and Rayek took a step or two towards the change room intending to check on Tess, but he was stopped by a hand laid on his shoulder.   It was Tamo'nar.  Rayek looked towards the wisened face of the former Son'a.  "Give her a minute to process.  That fight couldn't have been easy on our sister."

Rayek hesitated a moment, wanting to be there to help her through this moment - but if her brother felt she needed some space, perhaps it was best he wait.  The Romulan husband eventually nodded but kept his eyes glued to the change room door.


(Telmuk as Rhienn)
With poisoned knife in hand, Telmuk was all to aware of how many witnesses there would be to this poorly planned attack.  There was no way he would be able to hide his intention and he didn't have an escape route planned.  There was no where to go.  This was likely to be his last act as a Tal'Shiar operative. 

He heard Taheen's admission of defeat and Telmuk wondered how she could sound so noble and calm, while everything she desired came to naught.   When Tess turned and walked away leaving her injured opponent, Taheen, on the floor, Telmuk was honestly surprised.  Everything he'd learned about the Captain both on Katra and on the Amalthea suggested that she was caring and compassionate.  But that didn't seem the case at the moment. 

Perhaps it was the shock of harming another that had the former doctor out of sorts.  Hurting others was not an easy thing to do.  As Tess disappeared into the change room, Telmuk glanced down to the dagger held in his hand.  This was going to harder on him than even the shuttle explosion.  He would have to look his brother in the eye as he struck with the knife, and watch as the poison took hold. 

Telmuk came out of his morbid thoughts as he heard rushing footsteps approach.  He tensed, knife held ready to strike if it was someone coming to capture him.  But it was just the other doctor - Padrini - hurrying to Taheen's side.   

Telmuk frowned seeing the deep slash that Tess had inflicted.  It was no wonder that Taheen had to admit defeat.  Any deeper and it could have been lethal.  For a moment, Telmuk watched in concern as the doctor began treating the wound.  He was glad that the knife used to inflict that would hadn't been the poisoned blade or the medics efforts would be in vain. 


(Kemala t'Lhoell)
Kemala continued to stare gape-mouthed at the portly figure of her brother as he stood unmoving on the arena floor.  He seemed fixated on the blade in his hand and only looked away from it when the doctor ran past to treat Taheen's injury. 

His presence on the Amalthea made no sense to Kemala, until she recalled Rayek's mentioning of clones used by some of the Federation's enemies.  Was this a clone of her brother? 

Without looking away from the 'officiant' - who hadn't officiated at all after the Challenge ended - Kemala spoke quietly to Latihk.  "Could it be a clone? Like the ones Rayek had told us about"



As soon as this stupid combat was over, Roberto grabbed the small medical kit he had brought with him and rushed to Taheen. To be honest, he was a little disappointed in Tess that she lowered to such a level to participate in something like this. But probably it was Rayek's putting pressure on her or even manipulating her with his telepathy to make her do this. It was disgusting.

Reaching Taheen, he crouched down and opened the medical kit. "Don't move. Let me take a look at the wound", he said and pushed the top of her combatant's gown upward to reveal the deep slash at the woman's side, green blood oozing out freely. He'd have to suture it quickly. So he grabbed the laser device for it and moved to treat the wound.


(Taheen)
Taheen gratefully complied with the order not to move.  She glanced down to look at the wound when the doctor revealed it then squeamishly looked away.   Her eyes met with Rhienn's.  The aide was standing a short distance away watching her and the doctor.  He looked worried.   Taheen found that kind of sweet.  She made an effort to offer a weak smile towards Rhienn.   "You don't have to worry.  I'll live." Then because it seemed that he might be blaming himself for her condition, she added. "Thank you, for aiding me in resolving this, even if it wasn't the outcome I hoped for.  My mnhei'sahe is satisfied."

Tess t'Lhoell
Allowing herself a moment in which the others might believe she changed back into her normal clothes, she eventually emerged again with the hologram gone. Of course, she headed directly towards Rayek while she noticed in the corner of her eye Rhienn standing in the arena watching Taheen, in hand one of the weapons. Not thinking much of it, she looked back to where Rayek was standing. She noticed her brothers bar Ben'jin there as well, Ra'hul even cheered along with Rayek with Fvienn in his arms; Kemala and Latihk were there too and even Roberto. Hopefully they hadn't noticed anything either!


(Telmuk as Rhienn)
Taheen's mention of mnhei'sahe, reminded Telmuk of his own.  Hard as it was for him, he had a job to do.   

But first... he acknowledged Taheen's words with a nod. "I'm glad.  I enjoyed our talks together."  The two had met several times over the course of the month discussing Taheen's options and making plans.  "I will miss them."

Telmuk then turned away from Taheen and the doctor, and headed for where Rayek stood surrounded by his friends and family.  He had one shot at this.  He didn't know why his sister hadn't raised the alarm at his presence, but it gave him this opportunity to succeed in his mission.

As much as he would have preferred to be less conspicuous - approaching with a dagger in hand -  it was too risky to attempt to hide the blade on his person without its sheath.  One nick and he would be poisoned rather than Rayek.  Instead, Telmuk strode with a purposeful gait towards cluster of people with the blade held cautiously down at his side. 

Telmuk noted that his brother's attention seemed intent on the approach of his wife.  Good.  It was less likely that Rayek would notice the attack until it was too late.  Telmuk needed to be sure he didn't miss.


(Kemala t'Lhoell)
Kemala had watched in growing concern as Telmuk (or was it a clone?) strode towards Rayek with intent, the knife partially hidden at his side.   Her face paled in realization "He's the assassin." she whispered in horrified disbelief.  Then raised her voice in warning.   "Rayek!  Watch out! Telmuk has a knife! He's the assassin!"


(Telmuk as Rhienn)
Telmuk grimaced at Kemala's warning.  But what was done was done.  He was committed to the action now.  Picking up his pace, Telmuk charged towards his brother who at the warning had done a quick glance around before fixing his sharp gaze on him.  Rather than attempt to flee, Rayek charged forward as well.  Perfect.  Telmuk could use Rayek's new position to his advantage.


Commander Rayek tr'Lhoell
Knife combat so close to his brother-in-laws and Fvienn was too risky.  It was better to face his opponent without endangering others, Rayek thought.  As he ran forward, Rayek tapped his comm badge.  "Security to Holodeck One"

But Rayek belatedly, realized his mistake as his opponent stepped to the side and threw his dagger from about 10 meters away.  While Rayek could dodge at that distance, if he did the blade's trajectory would be directed towards Fvienn and the others.   Steadfast, Rayek didn't move from its path.
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Re: S1M5 - O Other, Where Art Thou?
« Reply #145 on: November 27, 2022, 01:56:16 am »
[USS Amalthea - Holodeck]

Roberto Padrini
While Roberto worked on Taheen's wound, he heard the brief conversation going on between her and the Romulan aide. Although his knowledge of Romulan words and phrases was practically non-existant, he recognized the word for honor. Tess had once tried to explain it to him in regards to Rayek. He didn't understand it now better than then.
He glanced up briefly when Rhienn said he will miss his talks with Taheen. It sounded oddly like a fare-well, though Roberto was puzzled as to why. He saw Rhienn then walk off with the dagger, hopefully to return it to the weapon's room. But that was not his concern at the moment, Taheen was. The wound was now closed and he just now adjusted the dermal regenerator's settings.




Latihk tr'Kheiin
Latihk still stood cross-armed next to Kemala and watched Rhienn now exchanging words with Taheen. Although his hearing was excellent, the sound didn't travel so far that he would be able to understand what they were saying. But he did hear Kemala whispering to him. At her words he turned his head a little to be able to look at her with his good eye. His first reaction was to dismiss it, but they did have Rayek. So they knew he had a brother and if their technology was as advanced as Rayek had told them it was possible they knew what Telmuk looked like and would be able to recreate him.

While Latihk was pondering about that, due to his limited field of view, he had missed Rhienn now approaching - with the dagger in hand. Kemala's shocked whisper of realization made him jerk his head back to look at Telmuk, only in time to see him throw the knife from a distance in Rayek's direction. No! That couldn't happen! It was only split seconds in which he made his decision, it wasn't even a conscious one, it was one of an ingrained impulse - to protect his friend. He had a wife, a baby child. A sister he just reunited with. Latihk lunged forward, pushing Rayek hard out of the way of the approaching knife.

He felt the impact. Pain exploded in his shoulder. Through the white noise in his head he heard the knife clattering to the ground. His vision blurred instantly and suddenly he started shaking. His knees gave out beneath him. Something wasn't right. It was as if something was spreading through him that sucked the life out of him. He couldn't speak, just groan as it became harder and harder to breathe ...




Tess t'Lhoell
Tess' happiness that the threat to their marriage was gone was filling her. Though she did feel a slight twinge of guilt for having injured Taheen. Though, strangely, since it wasn't really her who had done it, the feeling of guilt or the upsetting nature of it didn't get as much to her. Was that a good or a bad thing? She wasn't sure.

For now, she was just looking forward to be in Rayek's arms and take care of their little son. She almost reached the group around Rayek, when in her periphery she noticed Rhienn striding towards the group as well. Just as she noticed the dagger at his side, Kemala suddenly shouted out that Telmuk had a knife and that he was the assassin. For a second, Tess froze in shock and in confusion. Her eyes kept darting back to Rhienn, but Kemala said Telmuk - was she missing someone else?! Rayek called security and then suddenly the knife was already thrown. Latihk moved and a second later broke down. It all happened to so quick it was hard to process it all.

"Hold him! Don't touch the knife!", Tess shoutet as she herself rushed to Rayek and Latihk. She heard Fvienn starting to wail loudly, but a second later it was gone when Tamo'nar left the holodeck with the infant.





Roberto Padrini
Alarmed by the shouting, Roberto looked up and saw what was transpiring. Grabbing the medical kit he left Taheen's side and rushed towards Telmuk. "Tess!" He slid the medical kit towards her before he then tried to subdue Telmuk from behind and so push him to the ground.





NPC Rahul Skuyanhjin
It all happened so fast. Kemala shouted a warning to Rayek, the scarred Romulan moved into the trajectory of the knife and broke down. When Tess told them to hold the attacker, Ra'hul didn't hesitate as he felt a surge of adrenalin pumping through him. He passed Fvienn to Tamo'nar who thankfully realized that it was better to get the baby out of this and left the holodeck. Ra'hul ran towards Roberto to help him holding the attacker.





Tess t'Lhoell
A moment later Tess reached Rayek, Latihk and Kemala. Her eyes first went to her husband, scanning him for any outward injuries. "You okay?", she whispered before the wheezing Latihk caught her attention. His skin was a very unnatural grey. What the heck was that? That wasn't the result of a 'normal' knife wound. She heard Roberto calling her name and a moment later she found the medical kit bumping against her feet. Quickly opening it she found a medical tricorder in it and started scanning. Immediately she saw that there was a poison in his body that caused the blood not being able to take up oxygen and the blood starting clumping. Her heart froze in realization that this had been intended for Rayek.

She called out to the computer. "Medical emergency! Site-to-site transport to the sickbay!"
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Re: S1M5 - O Other, Where Art Thou?
« Reply #146 on: November 27, 2022, 12:47:04 pm »
Commander Rayek tr'Lhoell
[USS Amalthea - Holodeck]

Unexpectedly Rayek was shoved hard from the side, out of the path of the incoming blade, just a second before he anticipated its impact.  The shove had been so sudden and forceful that Rayek didn't have the reflexes swift enough to adjust his footing to compensate, and instead ligaments tore.  Pain flared in his ankle and it gave way; unable to support his weight, Rayek found himself collapsing to the ground.  His head struck the arena floor with a dull thud and his vision darkened for a second or two.   

When it cleared, Rayek looked about in a semi-daze to see where the new threat had come from.  What he saw chilled him. 

Latihk stood shaking where Rayek had been but moments ago.  An emerald green stained his friend's shoulder where the thrown knife blade had struck.   The wound itself was positioned in a rather unconcerning area. It was something that any doctor on the ship could deal with; but the shaking that seemed to overtake Latihk almost immediately was what filled Rayek with dread.   "Poison." he tried to forewarn but his words was barely audible even to himself.  The fall had knocked the wind out of him.

Around him, everyone was in movement while he tried to assess the scene.  Tess ran to his side, but with a waved hand he urged her to see to Latihk first.  Kemala had rushed to Latihk and was cradling his friend's head in her lap urging him to breathe.  Ra'hul, who had passed off Fvienn to Tamo'nar was rushing to aid Padrini with holding down the struggling aide who had thrown the poisoned knife.   

Was that really Telmuk!?   Rayek stared uncomprehendingly towards the pinned Romulan. 

To his relief, Tess had called for a site-to-site transport and within a heartbeat both she and Latihk were gone. 



(Telmuk as Rhienn)

The moment he let fly the dagger, he spotted the blackmarketeer, Aefau, moving to intercept.  No. NO. NO!!  Fvadt!  Why did it seem everyone was willing to sacrifice themselves for his brother?!  It was like the Elements were conspiring to keep Rayek alive.

Telmuk watched, with mixed feelings, as his brother was shoved out of the way.  Aefau was struck with the blade in the shoulder.  What a waste.  But maybe all was not lost.  Rayek's head had struck the ground hard and for a moment he didn't move.  Maybe it would be enough to do the job?

With his attention focused on the two Romulans in front of him, Telmuk only had a moments warning of the doctor rushing him from behind when he heard the man shouting Tess' name.   The movement of the medkit passing by him on the floor, drew his suspicious attention - thinking it some sort of weapon - and kept him from turning to face the doctor.  The attack came from behind and Telmuk was shoved to the ground. 

Tal'Shiar training should have made it easy for Telmuk to get loose from the human, but in his fall he too had struck his head on one of stone blocks that made up the fighting arena.   He tasted coppery blood in his mouth and it seeped down into his eyes blinding him.  Dazed, he silently cursed the Elements for their favoring his brother. 

A moment later... and another was aiding the doctor in holding him down.  Telmuk struggled for a minute trying to throw them off but combined they had the advantage.  He continued to try until Security arrived.  Fvadt!  He was out of time.

There was only one thing left for him to do. Follow Tal'Shiar protocol and end his life before he could be captured. 



(Kemala t'Lhoell)

Kemala had wasted no time in getting to Latihk's side after he was struck by the blade.  She was concerned by how quickly he had collapsed afterwards.  His shaking and difficulty in breathing wasn't normal and though no one said it, Kemala suspected the blade had been poisoned.  It was the only think that made sense. 

She lifted his head onto her lap and stroked at his head as she fought back worried tears.  "You have to keep fighting to breathe.  Don't give in.  I need you to keep breathing."  she encouraged even as Tess arrived beside them.   She looked to Rayek's wife pleadingly. 

Kemala watched as the Captain and former doctor scanned Latihk with a medical tricorder.  The call for a site-to-site transport to Sickbay was a relief.  But that unfortunately didn't include her.  She was left sitting on the arena grounds covered in Latihk's blood.

She looked around.  Telmuk was effectively pinned down by Rayek's brother-in-law, Ra'hul, and the doctor who had treated him after the shuttle explosion, Padrini.  Rayek, on the other hand, hadn't gotten up from where he'd been shoved down and his gaze looking about seemed slightly unfocused.   With a shaky sigh, Kemala rose to her feet and moved to her elder brother's side.   

"You can't stay out of trouble for a moment, can you?" she joked, trying to use humor to deflect the overwhelming seriousness of the situation.  Their younger brother had just tried to kill Rayek.  How was that possible!?   "Come on.  I'll help you up.  You need  to get to Sickbay as well."

With Rayek doing his best to assist, Kemala managed to get him to his feet, just as the doors to the Holodeck opened.  In rushed a team of five Starfleet security.  Kemala smirked.  Better late than never.  That seemed to be Starfleet's motto.

She pointed towards where Telmuk was still struggling pinned by Ra'hul and Padrini.  "Take that man into custody.  He attempted to kill Commander tr'Lhoell but instead has poisoned Captain Aefau.  His name is Telmuk tr'Lhoell and he's our younger brother."  Then realizing the implications of what that meant, she added a warning.  "I would stun him and check him for a poison capsule.  He's likely a Tal'Shiar agent with orders to suicide if captured."

As if her words were the prompt for action, she saw her younger brother bite down in an exaggerated snap.  "Telmuk! No!"

Her words were echoed by Rayek who also shouted "Telmuk! Don't do it!"  and another voice who encouraged him to live  - much like how she had encouraged Latihk earlier. 

Rayek tried to hobble towards the pinned Romulan, but would have collapsed again if not for her steadying him. Kemala watched her younger brother with baited breath for any sign of reaction to the poison he'd just tried to use.

Security was quick to respond to the man's sudden action.  With precise aiming, they stunned Telmuk, who was still held down by Padrini and Ra'hul.  But had they managed to stun him in time?  Or was poison coursing through his body even as he lay unconscious?
 

(Taheen)
Taheen watched the chaos unfold in the coliseum as she struggled to sit up after the doctor left her side to tackle down Rhienn.   She didn't understand what was going on. 

It was only as security arrived and Kemala briefed them on the situation that Taheen got any sort of explanation.   Rhienn was actually Telmuk??  And he was the Tal'Shiar agent sent to assassinate Rayek??  His own brother?? 

Taheen heard the loud clack of teeth as Rhienn bit down hard almost immediately after Kemala gave her warning to the security team.  That he was trying to take his own life, filled Taheen with panic.  No!  What he'd done was wrong, but he didn't deserve to die.  She wanted him to live!   Taheen called out in an attempt to get him not rethink his suicide attempt.

"No! Rhienn... I mean Telmuk... Don't! Spit it out! We have so much still to talk about. You can't die on me yet!"

For a moment, before the whine of phasers stunned him, Taheen saw Telmuk turn his head to look towards her.  He opened his mouth, as if to speak but fell unconscious from the combined effect of three phaser shots before he could speak a word.
« Last Edit: November 27, 2022, 01:04:16 pm by Rayek tr'Lhoell »
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Re: S1M5 - O Other, Where Art Thou?
« Reply #147 on: November 28, 2022, 08:50:27 am »
Captain Tess t'Lhoell
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As soon as Tess arrived in the sickbay with Latihk she issued her orders. First, she wanted Latihk's blood oxygenated to make up for the deficit caused by the poison. Then he was given two medicines: one that would dilute his blood and dissolve clots, and a second to neutralize the poison itself. Latihk was put on a ventilator because by the time they arrived here his breathing had become dangerously shallow.

With these initial measures initiated, the initial stress fell away from Tess, though Latihk was still in critical condition and was closely monitored by her. She gave him a decent shot of an analgesic and then started to see to the wound at his arm. While she did that she finally had a moment to process the events. Telmuk ... Was it really Telmuk?! He was after his brother's life? Only now did she realize that her life had also been in danger. After all, Taheen had used this knife in their fight. Was Taheen involved in this? The two seemed extraordinarily close the last few weeks.

As shocking as the notion of Telmuk being the one that had been trying to assassinate Rayek, the relived she was now that they seemed to have caught him.

Her thoughts wandered back to Rayek, wondering how he coped with the fact that his brother tried to kill him. That his best friend's life was in mortal danger. As she thought that her gaze briefly flickered over Latihk's unconscious form.



[USS Amalthea - Holodeck]

Roberto Padrini
Roberto gasped and groaned in an effort to hold Telmuk down. Even with Ra'hul's help, they barely managed it. The revelation that this was Rayek's brother only ticked more boxes for his prejudice towards Romulans. Treacherous, ruthless individuals with no sense for loyalty or decency, even towards their own family members. What else was supposed to happen? What if some of these Lhoell maniancs tried to harm Tess? It made him angry.

Suddenly, there was excited screaming towards them about something that Telmuk was doing. Roberto spotted the Romulan trying to bite down on something; the poison capsule! Releasing one hand, Roberto tried to force his fingers into Telmuk's mouth to keep him from swallowing the poison, while Taheen pleaded with him as well not to do it. Roberto didn't feel any sort of capsule, pill or otherwise as far as he had been able to check, if at all. A second later, Telmuk's body became limp after the security team had stunned him.

Still crouching beside him, Roberto carefully lifted Telmuk's head and opened his mouth. He saw blood. But no remnants of a bitten capsule or otherwise. "I don't see anything here. I don't think he swallowed it!" He let go of the face and moved to fetch the tricorder Tess had left here and quickly started to scan him. "Confirmed. No poison." He turned to Rayek. "Do you want me to wake your brother up?"




Ra'hul Skuyanhjin
As soon as Telmuk was stunned, Ra'hul let go of him. The Ba'ku looked utterly distraught by all of what happened. For a moment he just stood there, as if trying to figure out what to do with himself. He took a step here and there, but he was rather disoriented at the moment. Where was the exit? It all looked the same.
His only point of reference was Rayek, so he turned towards him, looking rather pale. "Are you alright?", he asked with wide eyes. His gaze flickered over to Kemala and her blood-stained clothes. There was blood on the floor. On the knife.

"I ... Do I need to stay here?", he asked shakily.




Brian Chase
While the others of his team handcuffed Telmuk, a young security Ensign picked up the knife with gloved fingers and carefully put it into a sterile container so this piece of evidence wouldn't become contaminated or important traces be destroyed.

He took a couple of steps further while scanning the floor with a tricorder. Suddenly, he spotted something. Bending down, he picked up a single tooth. Though it felt like something was wrong with it. It seemed to be way too light.

"Sir", he said, turning to Rayek as his DH and commanding officer. "I have found this over there", he gestured behind him near Telmuk and showed him the tooth in his palm.
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Re: S1M5 - O Other, Where Art Thou?
« Reply #148 on: November 29, 2022, 03:08:05 am »
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[USS Amalthea - Holodeck]

Roberto Padrini
Roberto gasped and groaned in an effort to hold Telmuk down. Even with Ra'hul's help, they barely managed it. The revelation that this was Rayek's brother only ticked more boxes for his prejudice towards Romulans. Treacherous, ruthless individuals with no sense for loyalty or decency, even towards their own family members. What else was supposed to happen? What if some of these Lhoell maniancs tried to harm Tess? It made him angry.

Suddenly, there was excited screaming towards them about something that Telmuk was doing. Roberto spotted the Romulan trying to bite down on something; the poison capsule! Releasing one hand, Roberto tried to force his fingers into Telmuk's mouth to keep him from swallowing the poison, while Taheen pleaded with him as well not to do it. Roberto didn't feel any sort of capsule, pill or otherwise as far as he had been able to check, if at all. A second later, Telmuk's body became limp after the security team had stunned him.

Still crouching beside him, Roberto carefully lifted Telmuk's head and opened his mouth. He saw blood. But no remnants of a bitten capsule or otherwise. "I don't see anything here. I don't think he swallowed it!" He let go of the face and moved to fetch the tricorder Tess had left here and quickly started to scan him. "Confirmed. No poison." He turned to Rayek. "Do you want me to wake your brother up?"


Ra'hul Skuyanhjin
As soon as Telmuk was stunned, Ra'hul let go of him. The Ba'ku looked utterly distraught by all of what happened. For a moment he just stood there, as if trying to figure out what to do with himself. He took a step here and there, but he was rather disoriented at the moment. Where was the exit? It all looked the same.
His only point of reference was Rayek, so he turned towards him, looking rather pale. "Are you alright?", he asked with wide eyes. His gaze flickered over to Kemala and her blood-stained clothes. There was blood on the floor. On the knife.

"I ... Do I need to stay here?", he asked shakily.


Brian Chase
While the others of his team handcuffed Telmuk, a young security Ensign picked up the knife with gloved fingers and carefully put it into a sterile container so this piece of evidence wouldn't become contaminated or important traces be destroyed.

He took a couple of steps further while scanning the floor with a tricorder. Suddenly, he spotted something. Bending down, he picked up a single tooth. Though it felt like something was wrong with it. It seemed to be way too light.

"Sir", he said, turning to Rayek as his DH and commanding officer. "I have found this over there", he gestured behind him near Telmuk and showed him the tooth in his palm.

With Kemala's support, Rayek hobbled closer even as he watched Padrini sweep his brothers mouth and come away with nothing.  A moment later and the tricorder confirmed no poison in Telmuk's system.  There was a moment of relief before a swell of anger took hold. 

Why the Areinnye should he care if Rhienn... Telmuk suicided?!  His brother had just tried to kill him!... May have killed Latihk!!.. Could have struck Ra'hul, Tamo'nar or even Fvienn - who had been directly behind him!!!  Rayek's fury burned fiercely.  Though it was targeted at his brother presently, Rayek blamed himself for not recognizing the threat.  How had he not known?!

Rayek glanced with a fierce gaze towards Padrini as the doctor asked if he should wake his brother.  "No." Rayek's answer was nearly spat.  "Leave him to Security."

He turned to address the pair of Security officers who were securing the unconscious Romulan.  "Use every precaution with him.  He is to be under double guard at all  times.  Keep him in restraints even when in the brig.  Do not underestimate him, and call me the moment he shows signs of waking.  I'll deal with him then.  Also assign double guard to keep watch on Ms. t'Raghaellh in Sickbay and thereafter.  She will be confined to quarters while this incident is investigated." Rayek couldn't be sure that she wasn't working his brother all along.  She was fortunate he wasn't throwing her in the Brig as well!

Only after issuing these orders did Rayek turn to face his brother-in-law, who looked visibly shaken and pale.  That Ra'hul would ask after his well-being in the midst of everything was a bit of a surprise that it shook the Romulan out of his anger momentarily. 

"Yes. I'll be fine." he answered the Ba'ku male's question even as Ra'hul asked if he needed to stay. 

Rayek glanced about - more security personnel were arriving, as were a team of medics - likely called by one of the first Security team members at seeing Taheen and himself injured.  While Security personnel would need to get Ra'hul's statement of the incident, Rayek realized that his brother-in-law would probably fare better answering those types of questions away from the scene of such violence.   "No.  You don't need to stay."

Quieter and with his head lowered slightly, Rayek spoke sincerely towards both Ra'hul and Padrini. "Before you leave, I want to recognize what you both have done."  Rayek wouldn't say outright that they had saved him personally - that was reserved for Latihk's stupid action - but he could acknowledge their aid.

"Your swift reactions, kept the situation contained, and ensured the safety of those around us.  So I thank you, as the ship's Executive Officer and as a father, and a husband"  Rayek lowered his head once more in an acknowledging bow.

It was just afterward that Ensign Chase approached with a poison capsule that he'd found.  "Thank you, Ensign."  Rayek nodded approvingly at the find, then had an idea.   "Bag it, tag it - and then if you would, please escort Mr. Skuyanhjin to his quarters and get his statement - once he's feeling more collected."

Rayek knew he could trust Tamo'nar to look after Fvienn until this whole ugly mess was dealt with. 

Amalthea's First Office then turned to Padrini.  "My duties require me to remain here for a while yet.  I suspect you are headed to Sickbay to assist Tess... please inform me of La... Captain Aefau's condition once it is known.  Until we complete our investigation " 

He then cautiously took a step away from his sister, freeing her from needing to be his crutch.  "Go.  Be there for him.  I'll head there once I am done here."




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

Kemala, though worried about her brothers - both of them, couldn't deny that she felt she needed to be in Sickbay, closer to Latihk, ensuring he knew that he had reason to fight for his life.   "Okay." she agreed with little hesitation.  "Don't be long." 
 

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

As soon as Tess arrived in the sickbay with Latihk she issued her orders. First, she wanted Latihk's blood oxygenated to make up for the deficit caused by the poison. Then he was given two medicines: one that would dilute his blood and dissolve clots, and a second to neutralize the poison itself. Latihk was put on a ventilator because by the time they arrived here his breathing had become dangerously shallow.

With these initial measures initiated, the initial stress fell away from Tess, though Latihk was still in critical condition and was closely monitored by her. She gave him a decent shot of an analgesic and then started to see to the wound at his arm. While she did that she finally had a moment to process the events. Telmuk ... Was it really Telmuk?! He was after his brother's life? Only now did she realize that her life had also been in danger. After all, Taheen had used this knife in their fight. Was Taheen involved in this? The two seemed extraordinarily close the last few weeks.

As shocking as the notion of Telmuk being the one that had been trying to assassinate Rayek, the relived she was now that they seemed to have caught him.

Her thoughts wandered back to Rayek, wondering how he coped with the fact that his brother tried to kill him. That his best friend's life was in mortal danger. As she thought that her gaze briefly flickered over Latihk's unconscious form.]

There was brief commotion in the main Sickbay area as the nurse on duty at the time politely refused to give Kemala any details on 'Captain Aefau's' condition when she asked about him.

"Well, I'm not leaving until I know he's okay!  Where's the Captain?  She'll give me some proper answers!"




(Taheen)
Having been beamed to sickbay along with her security escort, Taheen was laying on a biobed waiting for a doctor to become available to finish up treating her wound, and wondering what was going to happen to her... and to Rhienn.. or rather Telmuk, Kemala came in to the room and made a ructus, demanding to know his condition.

Taheen had suspected the two had grown 'close' on the long journey to the Gamma Quadrant through Federation space.  Seems she was right after all.
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Re: S1M5 - O Other, Where Art Thou?
« Reply #149 on: November 29, 2022, 10:25:19 am »
[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.



[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.

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.
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