Missions & Shoreleaves
The Commanding Officer will start and end the missions and everyone gets to fill in the bits in between!
Mission 24: Off the Hooke
Scientific discovery has been a focus for Kepler Station, dating all the way back to the original station's construction in 2324. So what better way to celebrate the next phase in a long history of research and exploration than with an exposition displaying all the wonders and breakthroughs being made in and around the Expanse?
Experts and enthusiasts alike have gathered from all corners of the Alpha and Beta quadrants to take part; sharing in their mutual love of science and technology while enjoying the state-of-the-art facilities that the shining symbol of Starfleet's rededication to the sector has to offer.
Mission 23: Take It or Leavitt
Having worked around the clock for just shy of two months, the Starfleet Corps of Engineers are ready to unveil the brand new Midway-class station which will be calling the Expanse home. As the crew and residents of Kepler Station make the transition, and prepare to bid farewell to the soon-to-be decommissioned Regula-I station, a privately run Ferengi prison transport arrives with need of urgent repairs. But is everything as copacetic as it appears or does trouble await anyone who sets foot aboard the vessel?
Shoreleave: Graduation Day
Having discovered that their ordeal on Beta Herculis I was actually an examination on the holodeck, the Endeavour returns the Cadets to the station where the Fourth years are ready to graduate and become fully-fledged Officers.
Epilogue: Much Ado About Nelwas
New information has been brought to light, by the Romulan intelligence operative known as Ilia, which reveals that Nelwas somehow survived the asteroid collision months ago, and was in fact been held against his will in a Ferengi institution all this time. With supposed philanthropic motivations behind revealing this information, Ilia provides a dossier on a Federation scientist turned defector, named Doctor Heinrich Baumgärtner, and a family who are being held under 'protective custody'.
Bypassing as much red tape as possible, and calling in the last of his favours, Captain Nikolas G. Bakyr manages to arrange an unofficial transfer of custody for the family to Lieutenant Maya Takagi. Setting out with a small team aboard the former pirate vessel Vengeance, the plan is to deliver the family members to Ilia in exchange for the necessary details to perform a rescue.
Mission 22: Lewis' Bond
As the wedding of Sarah Martin and John Reynolds rapidly approaches and their siblings arrive on the station, a more positive atmosphere envelopes the somewhat haggard residents of Kepler Station. Not everyone is able to attend the nuptials however; with two graduations looming the Cadets are tasked with a training mission that will test their resolve and determine whether they have what it takes for a career in Starfleet. But will a terrifying discovery threaten the safety of not only the Cadets but every Federation citizen in The Expanse?
Mission 21: The Scopes of Justice or Fine Jung Cannibal
As charges stack higher and higher against Lieutenant Maya Takagi there is seemingly nothing her defence team, lead by the station's currently inactive Commanding Officer Captain Nikolas G. Bakyr, can do to stop a Court Martial. With tensions wearing thin between the station's staff, the Expanse Oversight Advisory and Rear Admiral Jeremiah Holden himself, it appears as if those people lurking in the shadows to facilitate Maya's fall are on the precipice of success.
Interlude: Nora and Judith's Excellent Adventure
While their friends and co-workers deal with tragic events on Kepler Station, Nora Reagan and Judith Pond continue their holiday to Earth for Nora's brother's wedding blissfully unaware that anything has happened back home.
Mission 20: Piazzi's Penance
Three weeks have passed since the asteroid strike that literally tore Kepler Station to pieces. While the crew mourn their lost colleagues and recover from their injuries, Lieutenant Commander Hank McAllister has taken command and envisions a new, brighter future for the station under his leadership. His first major act as CO is to authorise an expedition into the structures discovered by the USS Tokyo during their attempts to avoid the catastrophe.
Mission 19: Boy Who Cried Wolf
Debris of a long dead planet have been drifting towards The Expanse for thousands of years but now there's one small problem... Kepler Station is right in their path. Now the crew scramble to protect themselves from this onslaught or face the prospect of the complete destruction of their home. Choosing to exploit this moment of distraction, tr'Rot makes his reappearance within the Expanse. This time the Romulan psychopath has been hired by a mysterious client who have arranged for the kidnapping of Doctor Cassiopeia Yale and the unborn Andorian/Human hybrids she carries. What could these mystery clients want with the infants and why has tr'Rot agreed to help?
Mission 18: Faradays Gone By
For some people their childhood and early teen years were something to treasure. For others they were times best left forgotten. In both cases though they were long since passed... that is until they woke up this morning to discover a strange occurrence. How exactly did the years melt away and will they ever return to normal?
Epilogue: Faradays Yet To Come
Life has barely had a chance to return to normal when various residents of the station begin seeing flashes of possible futures. With no way to know if these glimpses are real, and will indeed come to pass, each must come to grips with the various paths their life could take and decide whether to hide from the future or embrace it.
Mission 17: Rosen To The Occasion
In his debut role of Away Team leader, Lieutenant JG Noah Slater is sent out to survey a Nebula cluster detected by the station's long-range sensors. However upon closer inspection the team realises that there's something strange about this particular field of proto-stars. What could be causing the strange readings and where did that ship come from?
Mission 16: Maxwell's Dozen
Since the creation of the Holodeck there has been one constant throughout Federation space; they will malfunction. And given the complete overhaul being performed by InfoDyne on the antiquated systems offered by Kepler Station it comes as no surprise when holograms begin popping up at random throughout the station.
Shoreleave: Vakil's Speciality
Valentine's Day has come to Kepler Station and the chubby cherub has his work cut out for him with this lot!
Side Event: Hunting Party
Mission 15: The Cabinet of Doctor Cuvier
People have been acting strangely since they returned from Oratt IX. They have been seen wandering the corridors of Kepler Station without any recollection of leaving their beds. Could this behaviour have something to do with the strange aquatic life forms that were brought back from the ocean planet or is something more sinister going on behind the scenes?
Mission 14: Curieosity Killed The Cat
A rich deposit of strange minerals has been discovered, on the uninhabited planet Oratt IX, so a research team from Kepler Station has been sent to investigate. Upon arrival though the team soon discover that the uninhabited status of Oratt may have been an exaggeration when definite signs of civilization and possibly even space capabilities are detected. Trouble with their Runabout and sightings of Orion Syndicate Slave ships can only serve to make this seemingly routine exercise anything but.
Side Event: A Tiny Oversight
Rear Admiral Holden has established the Expanse Oversight Advisory to oversee Starfleet endeavours within The Expanse and offered up Kepler Station as base of operations for the new committee.
Mission 13: Schwann-upmanship
With the United Federation of Planets now having a presence in The Expanse the balance of local powers has shifted. New agreements must be drawn up before nerves fray and any confrontations begin. To this end, a number of Diplomats, private companies, and independent merchants from around the region have been invited to Kepler Station to take part in formal negotiations. Under the watchful eye of Captain Bakyr and a team of Diplomats from within Task Force 92, this frontier sector must be organised into an efficient trade route that benefits all parties involved whether they be the major players in the area or small independent people trying to make a living.
Mission 12: Fleming's Stratagem
With the sudden disappearance of Commodore Gregory Blake and the damage from the past few months mounting up it falls to Captain Nikolas G. Bakyr, the new sheriff of these parts, to bring together this weary crew and make the Station a hub in The Expanse worthy of representing Starfleet's interests.
Mission 11: The Fibonacci Man
It has been a week since Kepler arrived in its new area of operations and since personnel transferred from USS Endeavour. In that time a good amount of repairs have been completed, although the station is still not anywhere near being whole anytime soon. Kepler's denizens begin to pick up the pieces and continue on with their lives. But one particular person's life is about to expand - five times...
Side Event: The Donkey's Brahe
The cadets are getting underfoot so the Chief Security / Tactical Officer and the Intel Chief take the rugrats out in Harbinger, for a cadet cruise. Taking bets on how many cadets will make it back alive :P
Shoreleave: Honey, I'm Holm!
The crew of Kepler, in the midst of licking their wounds after a terrorist attack, suddenly find themselves transported to the other end of the galaxy. They are found by TF92's flagship and Rear Admiral Jeremiah Holden immediately transfers over some of his crew to help Kepler rebuild.
Mission 10: Long Walk off a Short Planck
The station is lacking power in some areas, bereft a whole module and is overall in a very sad state. So are its denizens who are left to pick up the pieces after the terrorist attack. Approximately twenty-four hours after it ends the Commodore is relieved from active duty by the XO and CMO due to his injuries and supposed alcoholism. A Memorial Service is scheduled to be held to remember and farewell those who have perished and then just when things look to be quieting down, the shit hits the fan once more >.<
Side Event: To Boldly Go...
The USS Endeavour is en route to The Expanse to begin their new assignment as Flagship of Task Force 92.
Mission 9: Freud's Hostage
A few weeks have passed since the events on Anticulo IV and the sudden appearance of Lieutenant Bradley Halifax. Things have quieted down once more on the station, Hippocrates is currently in the corridor doing some routine stuff while Harbinger is out on escort duty until it is needed for a science excursion. The civilian vessel FMS Mayfair has just arrived at Kepler, bringing with them some new personnel and a few civilians to take up residence with us. Unbeknown to us all, they also deliver something that will bring destruction, danger, torment and terror to us all...
Side Event: Attack of the Giant Orange Floaty Thing
A careless act sees a temporary rift torn in space and a strange creature escapes into our universe.
Mission 8: Tombaugh's Garden
The science colony on Anticulo IV invite Kepler's science nerds down for a meet and greet. They also take a few engineers with them to check up and tune the colonists equipment and fusion reactor, which provides the power for the colony. Meanwhile those on Kepler are ordered to attend Violet's party in the arboretum. It's the perfect opportunity for the stressed crew to unwind and get to know the newer members of the crew in an off duty and peaceful setting...
Side Event: Eat, Drink and be Merry
The commanding officers of Task Force 47 join Commodore Gregory Blake for a boys' night out with gambling and drinking. This party is sadly gatecrashed by women including a CO's wife, the Commodore's little sister and Admiral Elizabeth Bassenthwaite.
Side Event: Adventures on the Mayfair
The SS Mayfair has docked at Kepler Station for a brief period of time.
Shoreleave: Arrival of the Eclipse
Two months after the the events of Maynard's Fright, new crew and civilian contractors arrive on Kepler. Meanwhile life carries on for the Keplerites.
Mission 7: Maynard's Fright
A week after their strange arrival, Kepler receives a distress call from SS Dalliance, a civilian transport ship. They claim to have been attacked by a Starfleet vessel and are in dire need of assistance. The XO saddles up Harbinger and goes to help. Meanwhile those on Kepler warily keep watch on Romulan space, because if there is going to be a threat, then that is where it will come from. Right? Ernh! Wrong!
What the hell is that out the viewport...
Mission 6: Herschel's Kisses
The few remaining crew of Kepler Station settle back into their home, albeit with a new backyard, while they await their fate. In the meantime there is plenty of work to do, fixing systems, securing science experiments and ensuring the health and safety of all. Everyone realises they'll have to pitch in and maybe do jobs they weren't trained for, but so long as everyone is all right and our Romulan neighbours don't get shifty, we should be fine.
Until that is someone bakes some special muffins...
Mission 5: Schrodinger's Station
During the wee hours of the morning, the self destruct sequence suddenly initiates and counts down from five minutes. Pajama clad, half asleep denizens of Kepler Station are forced to abandon their homes with no idea why.
Mission 4: A Lovelace Ordinary
A month after that pesky comet passes by, the denizens of Kepler prepare the station for the imminent arrival of the Task Force Commanding Officer. The woman not so fondly referred to as the Ice Queen will be conducting an inspection and torturing the senior staff with a tedious formal event.
Mission 3: Halley's Complaint
A pesky comet passes close by Kepler, intermittently affecting the station's power supply. It also strands some of Kepler's marine fighters in space, having completely fried their systems. Rescue is imminent, while back on Kepler mayhem, hilarity and snogging ensue.
Side Event: TF38 Black Tie Event
Captain Blake and his Acting XO Lieutenant Isis Rae, attend a black tie event to meet the new Task Force Commanding Officer. Both Isis and Greg receive unwanted promotions, mingle with their peers, dance, get accosted by a reporter and wonder if everyone is crazy.
Interlude: Rutherford's Spork: The Finish Line
During this interlude those who had been off station for missions or leave return to Kepler.
Mission 2: Rutherford's Fork
Having lost a nacelle to the Tiddleoffs, USS Discovery limps to Kepler Station. A swarm of new staff, crew and their children make themselves at home, leaving engineering to clean up the big mess. A team of scientists, protected by marines, go planetside to Acheron and investigate a crystal city, while those left on station wine and dine the Havians a species that have a perverse idea as to what is fun...
What could go wrong...
Mission 1: Darwin's Malady
The Tiddleoffs are coming! We have no idea who these beings of the Delta Quadrant are but they're coming. Other fun filled activities on Kepler include a murder mystery, a real whodunnit with a candlestick in the Orchids & Jazz lounge. And holy borgsicles! We've just found a real live (see deactivated) Borg Drone in one of our science storage stasis chambers.
This will not end well...
Mission 0: Hello, my name is Kepler...
Typical meet and greet introductory mission. Crew arrive via the Iconian gateway on the assigned support vessel, or dropped off by other vessels already in the area.
Then some idiot flips a switch, pushes a button and all hell breaks loose...