Once You Know the Problem...
Mission 1: Unscheduled Madness
Location: USS Orion, Conference Room
Timeline: after Breakthrough
"...and as the simulation shows, when we attempt to form a warp bubble, this subspace layer further destabilizes causing the tendrils of interphasic subspace to penetrate other sublayers and collapse the warp field. The tendrils then fall back into the sublayer, but grow, further permeating the region, which may be the cause of the increasing incidents of hallucination and psychosis," Vriha concluded, looking around the conference table for reactions, comments or questions.
"Fascinating." Nokomis answered first. "If it weren't causing all of us these . . . issues," She avoided looking at Logan. "And so, how do we get out of here and make it stop?"
"It is unlikely that we can 'make it stop' in the sense of dissipating the interphasic regions, at least not without risking the creation of a subspace rift," Vriha explained. "We should be able to get out of it however. To escape this region of space, we have two options. One is to allow our momentum, possibly assisted by thrusters, to eventually carry us through to a point where we are free of its influence. I estimate this would take approximately 57 weeks. The other..." she glanced at Eilaea, "...is only theoretical. It would require phase-matching the deflector shields to create a pocket in subspace that would allow a warp field to form long enough to propel us out of this region."
Nokomis raised her eyebrows, thinking of the possibilities. "How soon could you be ready to test this . . . theory if we asked it of you?"
Vriha glanced again at Eilaea. She would not necessarily being revealing anything classified. Both the Federation and RSE knew of Klingon experiments, and there were records from Voyager's encounters in the Delta quadrant of other species that had experimented with interphase cloaks. Nevertheless, she would have to walk a thin line here. "With help from LT Ral and engineering, I believe we could develop a working system within the next 48 hours."
Eilaea's eyes met Vriha's in a subtle side glance, before oh-so-briefly blinking closed for a moment as her chin tipped--barely--forward in assent; trusting that the younger woman had considered the necessary information and the ways to manage the situation. It would be both of them held accountable if not.
"If we wanted to mitigate the risks to the ship, we could have a shuttle try it first." Ozzie suggested. Most of the inter-phasic-sub-layer talk was over her head, but experience and academy instructors had both taught her there was no end of unknowable things that could go wrong when you tried to make the theoretical work in reality.
"It would require significantly enhancing to the shuttle's power systems..." Vriha tipped her head to the side, thinking. "...though there is a risk that if the phase energy is not balanced correctly, the attempt could generate a subspace vortex. Which could also provide a means of escape, but would crush a shuttle unless its structural integrity was significantly enhanced..."
Varina had listened in on the whole conversation. It had been nice that they finally had enough information to come up with ideas for getting out of this area, but until now, the doctor had had very little to contribute to the conversation. "Will we be able to keep a lock on anyone in the shuttle to transport out, if necessary?"
"I would say this is..." Vriha glanced around at the other scientist and engineers, reading the same realization in their expressions. "...unlikely."
Ozzie glanced around. "If engineering can boost structural integrity enough to be a viable chance, I volunteer to pilot the shuttle. If it's smooth sailing, the Orion can catch up and scoop me up a minute later. If not... at least everyone will still be safe while you work on another plan. Don't get me wrong. I trust our science people with my own life." Ozzie smiled at Dayna and Vriha. She liked the scientists, geeky as they were they kinda grew on her. "But if there's understandably a lot of fudge factoring, the Orion's safety comes first."
Vriha inclined her head respectfully, acknowledging a Romulan level of devotion to duty and crew in the Starfleeter, but otherwise remaining silent. She would work with engineering in anyway she could to maximize the chances of success, the decision of accepting this course could only be made by the CO.
"Let's do it." Nokomis said looking at Logan, not waiting for a response, she was already getting to her feet.
Lieutenant Commander Nokomis Diza
Executive Officer, USS Orion
Lieutenant Varina Hightower
Chief Medical Officer, USS Orion
Sublieutenant Vriha t'Ehhelih
Science Officer, USS Orion
Lieutenant Junior Grade Ozanna Isuri
Chief Security/Tactical Officer, USS Orion
Lieutenant Eilaea t'Keirianh
Operations Officer, USS Orion