It’s hard to put together a new crew, but taking care of a task helps bring everyone together and lets us learn each others’ strengths. While I generally prefer to control such tasks, when duty calls, we have no other option but to answer.
Our runabout held two security officers (a human and a Vulcan), two engineers (both Trill), an Andorian junior science officer, and me, all bound for the USS Tethys. On our way, we intercepted a distress call from Xerxes IV. Our helmsman, one of the engineers, was able to get us close to the planet, but an unexpected ion storm caused our landing to be less…graceful than it might have been. We had hardly left the runabout to assess the damage when we were surrounded by several beings in the remains of Starfleet uniforms. These beings displayed little intelligence and began throwing rocks in our general direction. While they managed to hit one of our security officers, both members of the security team performed admirably, knocking one out and scaring the rest off.
Together, our merry band made our way to the science station whence the distress signal came. On the way, our Vulcan security chief created a bridge across a deep ravine that would have been impassable otherwise. The various plant life on the planet interested our junior science officer, a keen young Andorian who discovered that one vine in particular would prevent our Trill crew from suffering from insect bites. However, some other plant life made several of our members, including me, suffer from uncomfortable levels of paranoia.
When we reached the science station, we found evidence of battle – the exterior had been damaged, and the interior looked as though wild animals had ransacked it. We could hear a muffled voice behind a closed and locked door, and the security team and I investigated while the Trill worked on getting the power running and the other science officer reviewed the research that had been done before whatever events had taken place.
We learned several things: the beings that attacked us were the members of the science team assigned to this station; they had begun devolving when the ion storm hit a little over a week prior to our arrival; and the scientists had just made a breakthrough in a potential cure for Irumodic Syndrome. Clearly, these people needed our help.
Working together, we were able to cure the devolution and produce the needed pieces to get our runabout going. Shortly, we were able to continue our way as the scientists made their way back to their station. For a first adventure, our team pulled together remarkably well. I can only hope that the rest of the crew of the Tethys works as well together as we happy few have.