S01E01 - At the Brink of Night
Story by: Raymond Dale Artwork by Kim Finney
|Mission Group||Season 1|
|Start Date||Wed Dec 31st, 1969 @ 8:00pm|
|End Date||Mon Oct 30th, 2017 @ 2:34am|
After a skirmish with several Klingon D-7 battle cruisers goes awry, the Federation Ares class starrship, USS Musashi limps back to the Tellar Repair Yards for moderate repair work and some interior changes. Captain Donatella Figueroa is left to lick her wounds as she mourns the loss of several of her crew and bears the burden of command and subsequent responsibility and guilt for her poor command decisions. As the Captain works on finding a means to cope and heal internally, the Tellarites and other Federation Engineers continue repair work on her starship, making it battle ready for her next encounter with the Klingons of whom she personally blames for the losses. But even after the repairs are made to the starship Musashi, many begin to question if her Commanding Officer is ready?
Meanwhile, on the barren Federation protectorate Class-J gas giant world of Zaran II, a strange species called Zaranites have reached to the United Federation of Planets. Their membership of being admitted to the Federation is pending. A relatively peaceful people albeit peculiar to look at, the Zaranites have earned themselves some very unwanted attention from some alien visitors. Sending their sensor data to Starfleet Intelligence, it becomes quite clear that their alien visitors are Klingon battle cruisers which have been circling their star system for the past several weeks, making no attempts at communication until now.
The Klingons are putting the Zaranite's pending Federation membership at jeopardy. The Imperial Klingon Empire is demanding that the Zaranite Government rescind its request for membership in the Federation or face the full wraith of the Klingon Empire. An otherwise useless planet to either the Federation or the Empire, at the surface Zanar II and the Zaranites appear to have no strategic importance. However, their technology does. Their Scientist and Engineers developed sensor technology superior to that currently in service by Federation starships, even more advanced than the ship of the line Constitution class starships.
Zaranite sensor technology has been proven effective at detecting Klingon D-7 battle cruisers from substantial distances. If this technology were to fall into the hands of the Federation and be integrated aboard their starships, the Klingons would lose some their tactical advantages. This is something the Empire would do anything to prevent, even if it men the complete annihilation of the Zanar II. The Ares class Musashi under the command of Captain Figueroa is ordered to join the Federation's Constitution class starships Constitution commanded by Captain Eugene Augenthaler and the Enterprise commanded by Captain Christopher Pike at the Zanar system. It is the Federation's hope that the presence of these three starships will send the Klingons back from whence they came.