Correspondence: Commander Bujold to Captain Merula Re: Recent Events


With due consideration, given the escalation of events on Arkanglesk and the shift in policy the dramatic discoveries made there will no doubt cause, I have chosen to compose my orders in person and in writing. I believe you and your crew handled yourselves with exceptional skill and fortitude given the circumstances, and should be recognized as such. I will be organizing the proper rewards and medal ceremonies forthwith, and dispatching your letter to Marine Private Weaver’s family. I must extend my sympathies to security division for their loss, but I also must congratulate them on preventing much worse losses of civilian authority and citizen lives.

In light of that, and the station being returned to some kind of order under the command of Administrator Katrina (which I do not believe will be countermanded by the planetary government as currently she is a media darling) I am instructing you to continue your inspections for the time being, with the administrators approval of course, and suggest that you and your crew take advantage of the stations facilities for the time being. I intend to come to the station aboard my personal corvette to negotiate with the planetary government and Administrator Katrina, the assignment of a semi-permanent detachment of marines (which will be under her and her security chiefs authority) to assist in protecting the station against any further military threats.

Given that, I will brief you on your next assignment when I arrive in eight days. if your first officer is recovered by then, I would like her present for the briefing. In the meanwhile, I will be rendezvousing with a ship from the Ore Mining Guild which is carrying military grade fuel that the guild managed to salvage after arresting some of their external dock worker crews based on information that one of their captains forwarded to them following the battle on the station. The guild has donated the fuel to us in payment for discovering the saboteurs that were working amoung them; it will be use to replenish your ship for its next mission.

Yours Sincerely

Cmmdr. Bujold

Mission: Reconnaissance and Armed Salvage
Echo-Alpha-Green Actual

Date: Federation Standard Calendar: 481452.61.23

Captain Merula

I apologize for the suddenness of your change in orders, but this matter requires your urgent attention in my opinion. Your ship and crew are the only military vessel we have in the region and I do not feel comfortable sending the system fighters to deal with what may become a very hostile situation very quickly.

As of thirty days ago a silhouette of artificial origin was picked up by the systems long range asteroid survey and orbit guard satellites. The shape appears to be similar to a badly damaged slaver wasp cruiser, possibly left on a long orbit after the battle here during the war. Sky Survey have been keeping track of it and faint heat traces have been seen in the region, registering on the themographs as between 275 and 291 degrees above absolute, suggesting a habitat module of some kind, specked for low power human needs.

If the heat signature ghost is a habitat module then the likelihood is that scavengers have come to pick the ships bones. i do not want to risk the possibility of reactivated slaver wasp weaponry and technology in the region, but I also do not wish to pass up the opportunity for the technological discoveries that could be made. With this in mind, I am sending the Valour along with two tugs and a single system fighter escort to investigate the ship, secure it if possible and return it to Echo-Alpha-Green. Should the ship prove to be too dangerous to return, you are authorized to use all means at your disposal to destroy it. Nuclear armament codes have been agreed for this mission on my authority; your ship carries a armory of six anti-surface charges. a single one detonating within the ship should be enough to neutralize it if the ship proves too dangerous to handle.

The mission is of paramount priority Captain; I cannot stress enough the danger that even a few escaped wasps could prove to the system. With luck, I’m overreacting, but as it stands I’d rather be safe than sorry. I apologize I cant give you more resources on this one captain, and I wish you the best of luck.


Commander Bujold


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