This is the mission for posts that don't always have anything to do with the current mission. They can be backposting, character development, or creative in nature.
The USS Orion is scheduled to arrive in the Derotha system to meet up with the transport ship Flying Spirit that has crew transfers aboard. However, the ship doesn't make the rendezvous and the trail leads to a planet with a relentless old enemy to the Federation.
Lt. Cmdr. Logan Barrett assumes command of the U.S.S. Orion following his captain's untimely demise at the hands of unknown forces near the Romulan border. Having spent several weeks back at Earth for shore leave, the new crew transfers are leaving their families behind and reporting aboard as the Orion heads back to Romulan space...
Captain's Log, Stardate: 72414.8
The Orion has arrived at the Rolstac system for a resupply stop at the planet Nixica enroute to the Romulan border. Nixica has a large orbital base where we will be picking up deuterium and a few new crew members. Shore leave has been granted for what is expected to be a three day stop. It is also a key opportunity for the science departments to investigate a "Macro-Warp Spiral" on the far side of the solar system. It is a very rare phenomenon that disrupts warp travel and poses a travel advisory in the region.
Enroute to the Romulan border to begin their olive branch of peace and cooperation, the USS Orion experiences an unexpected propulsion failure. As the crew investigates the cause and tries to effect repairs, they begin to experience personal nightmares and horrors that might not be simply imagined.