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Re: XO Lieutenant Commander Vikram Baudin

Postby Vanessa Brinkman » Tue Jul 28, 2015 12:44 am

I completely agree, that one survivor is incredibly sketchy.
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Re: XO Lieutenant Commander Vikram Baudin

Postby Shawna F » Tue Aug 04, 2015 1:07 am

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Re: XO Lieutenant Commander Vikram Baudin

Postby Shawna F » Mon Aug 10, 2015 4:23 pm

Stardate 11507.27

Vikram sat in front of the screen, fully dressed this time, with a load of worry still on his mind. He was to go join a secretive operation to finally rid Sigma Rho of the Tzenkethi threat, and nothing about the president's assassination was going to stop that. There were still some preparations to make, but he watched the Federation emblem rotate blandly while he was on hold.

Until a familiar face appeared on the other end. She seemed older now, but no less graceful. Lines had begun to wear on her face, strands of grey pulled back with the rest of her dark hair in a loose bun. Her eyes went wide, and she put a hand over her mouth for a moment before attempting to compose herself. "Vikram?"

Tension ebbed out of him. He'd known she was still alive...or at least was under the impression that she was, given he'd received no messages otherwise. Still, in the ensuing chaos and upheaval, who would have missed an aide or two? "Mama."

Her French came as fluently as any Federation standard language. "My little boy, it's so good to see your face! I've been so worried, even though I knew you had to be fine--I kept watching the lists of ships--"

"I'm fine, mama. I even got a promotion out of it. Ship's XO now."

A hand went to her chest. "Second in command of one of the Fleet's best ships. In such a short time! No wonder you haven't called or written lately; you must have been so busy."

Something of a chuckle came out of his mouth. "Actually, we've been taking a well deserved shore leave." His look sobered. More than usual. "I just wanted to make sure that you were okay. You could have sent me a message, Mama--but then, you must have been so busy."

She nodded, eyes tired. "The Place has been a madhouse. Some of those people--" She cut herself off, looked away, and took a breath. "I knew some of those people, Vikram. Worked with them and around them and said hello to them every day. Trying to hire so many new people to fill in empty spaces for the people that really are the backbone of this place. And then the President, the Cabinet? To have them all...gone?" A shake of her head. "What is the quadrant coming to?"

He didn't trust himself to say some of his fears, predictions, potentially paranoid thoughts, or opinions on the channel. "It's been a long time since something this devastating has happened. I know it must be hard. Papa will give you all the support you need; you know he always does." Vikram let out a sigh. "Mama, I'm going to be very hard to reach very soon. I don't know how long it will be before I can send another message or receive one. Let's just say that it's extremely important, to me and to the Federation. But I'd like you to keep your eyes and ears open, and maybe send me a letter if something comes up."

Her face pinched. "'If something comes up', what does that mean?"

"In case you happen across something that doesn't add up. Something that doesn't make sense or gives you the wrong impression."

Her tone contained an enormous air of exasperation. "What sort of conspiracy theories have you been reading into? It was horrible, unconscionable, yes, but straightforward."

He sat back. Here he was, trying to rope his own mother into this quiet, unofficial investigation. Sure, she was at the centre of the Place, had access to a lot directly that he wouldn't be able to dream of. It was practical. But it was also...wrong. It was dangerous, and she only could do so much, not much at all without getting into serious trouble. "You're right," he conceded with a wave of his hand and a weary chuckle, "of course you are right. I'm sorry, I've been jumping at shadows lately. We've lost a lot of good people and entire ships. Hard to go from the battle of the decade to...Risa."

Her features softened. "If you need more time--if the job is getting too stressful--"

"I'm fine," he repeated more sternly. The last thing he needed was his own mother worrying about his mental health. He was a survivor, and he'd moved on from the guilt. At least, he thought so. He'd survived the battle, too, a whole war, however short history would think it later in the books. It was what Vikram Baudin did: survive. "I just...wanted to call and see how you were, in the wake of everything."

"You should call more often," she chides lightly, smile there, honest, if tired. "You know we love hearing from you. Make sure you talk to your father."

"Yes, Mama."

"And your sisters, you know they worry as much even if they don't say so."

"Yes, Mama."

"Don't you 'yes, mama' me, I mean for you to do it."

"Yes, Mama."

She was distracted for a moment, whether by a new memo or stack of something or other, or another aide, or something else happening, he had no idea, but she nodded off screen. "I have to go, Vikram, but I'll send you letters even if you're away. Please talk to us more often. Love you."

"Love you, Mama. I'll see you again."

The screen went dark. He sagged in his seat.

Two minutes is all he gave himself. Back to work. Or play. Or something that wasn't this. Much to do, and always better to stay busy.
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Re: XO Lieutenant Commander Vikram Baudin

Postby James Greenman » Mon Aug 10, 2015 5:42 pm

That was amazing, I absolutely love how much depth Vikram has gotten lately with everything that's going on, he's really finding his own and I love it. I'm glad his Mama was okay too :allears:
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Re: XO Lieutenant Commander Vikram Baudin

Postby Shawna F » Tue Jan 19, 2016 12:19 am

Stardate 11601.18

This was going to be interesting. And it was going to be just as interesting to observe the reactions of the crew. Maybe the Vulcan scientist would agree with him and Intelligence, but the others might end up invested.

Captain Walsh was, by all signs, an exemplary officer up until two weeks ago when his behaviour became erratic. And then stole an experimental escort ship and quantum slipstreamed himself in their direction. Vikram wasn't about to suggest just killing the man and taking the ship, but he had no qualms about doing so as per their mission orders if that was what was necessary, and that was the part that he knew was going to rankle some of the crew. There were too many unknown variables to come up with a straightforward plan--was it even Walsh in there? What made him erratic? Why the Beta Quadrant? Evaluations earlier had come up with nothing out of the ordinary. Maybe if they could figure out in what way the man had been erratic, if there was anyone who had gotten under his skin, if he had secret meetings, if he had contact with anyone or anything--but then, that might have been sent to them if anyone knew.

If he wasn't answering hails, well, they had a few options if Walsh (again assuming it was him in there) continued to not respond once they did find him. A boarding party might get them the most answers, and besides the fact that someone would have to help pilot the ship back (or tow it all the way, but a shiny new redacted-information ship? who was going to pass that up?), but failing that, maybe if there was a way to flood the ship with a burst of something deadly to humans that would pass through the hull without harming the ship...

And in this area of space, he had to wonder if it was coincidental that this was happening around the time of their T'kon incident. But what could have triggered something in a random captain that far away? Was it paranoia or covering all the bases just in case?

He had to laugh to himself, internally, at the name--Project Lazarus, really, because nothing terrible ever happens when something has that name attached. That was as prophetic as naming something Icarus. Though he doubted they would get any details about it through Admiral Meek.

If only they had more information.
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Re: XO Lieutenant Commander Vikram Baudin

Postby James Greenman » Tue Jan 19, 2016 1:30 am

Yisssssssssss

Dig dig dig until all of the mysteries are visible. I think this is going to be a fun one...Nice log, Shawna!
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Re: XO Lieutenant Commander Vikram Baudin

Postby Shawna F » Tue Jan 19, 2016 1:37 am

DID WALSH DIE AND GET RESURRECTED :colbert: AND THEN HE STARTED DETERIORATING AND GOING CRAZY AND STOLE A SHIP

don't let the people on the bremen know if that happens to somehow be the answer
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Re: XO Lieutenant Commander Vikram Baudin

Postby James Greenman » Tue Jan 19, 2016 1:40 am

You'll never know unless you start digging :colbert:
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Re: XO Lieutenant Commander Vikram Baudin

Postby Shawna F » Mon Mar 07, 2016 5:23 pm

Stardate: Classified

"Get as much intel out of your target as possible," was the order given by their direct superior in their brief, "and dispose of the evidence."

Seemed straightforward. But Vikram glanced over at his partner after they were on their way with a look of consternation. "No evidence, Samuel. What about the target?" Easier to think of a living person as a target.

Samuel smirked. It almost looked like a grimace. "Oh, Baudin. Sometimes I forget you're still a kid to this stuff. What do you think it means?"

The frown deepened. "We are authorised to kill?"

"We're going to kill. The target. When we're done interrogating her. And then we make up a plausible story about it that'll get sold to the brass and her family and all the right people." Samuel finally looked over, looking very unimpressed. "That doesn't bother you, does it?"

He had to consider it for a moment. Then shook his head. "No. Those are our orders. We will abide by them. Looking at her record, there won't be many to miss her."

"And it'll disrupt the activities of a radical Andorian sect. The last thing we need is them causing some new shit with the Vulcans or literally anyone. Keep up, Baudin."

"Sorry if all of this clandestine trouble is still new to me."

"Get used to it." Still, Samuel looked tired. Vikram didn't know much about his partner's record, but it had been heavily implied several times that he'd had a lot of partners. In not a very long span of time. It meant Samuel didn't have a whole lot of hope for Vikram sticking around.

"I will." He'd show Samuel what-for.

Stardate: Classified

Some people couldn't take the lack of recognition for the Section's actions. For Vikram, a lack of attention was a welcome change. He passed his portable decontaminator over the rifle before hefting it up for a little practice, in down time. They didn't get stories on the news about their deeds. They got no news, which was good news. They got to see that attacks, disruptions, incidents, terroristic incidents, never happened, never got reported on. Stopped before they could happen. Trade routes stayed open. A conference could go on as scheduled...and a result could go the way Starfleet wanted it to go. He hit a few targets, the healing facial wound stinging with a developing sweat as he moved around from cover to cover. What they did was quiet, and it sometimes wasn't clean, but it didn't need to be clean. It just needed to make room for the up front movers and shakers to do what they did without something else happening.

A few people had asked him questions about his previous assignment when he first joined. It was what he was known for, in the wake of the Kensington disaster, even as it faded from the public's memory. Now it almost never came up. Now Vikram was known for the work he could do, did do, here.

He squinted at the floating target around a corner and pulled back. His eye hadn't been damaged by the blade, or so he was told. Just came awfully close. Still, it seemed to blur. Was it in his head? Samuel had told him to get things more thoroughly checked out. Get that injury healed up. "Scars aren't actually as attractive as the movies make them out to be," Samuel suggested smugly. "They're just an awkward conversation piece." But Vikram was determined to get the least possible care for his injuries. And if he got scars, he got scars. That group of Caitians got what was coming to them, especially the one who had decided to try and take his eyes. Vikram had seen to that much.

He didn't think himself a ruthless killer. Killing was just something unfortunate that was sometimes sanctioned, sometimes ordered, and sometimes a matter of self-defense. Any Starfleet officer had the capacity in them to kill, and many had, even indirectly if not with their own hands. It wasn't like he was going to let his face get mauled and do nothing, and now those in the disgruntled group--now a few mines in the area wouldn't be bombed, would not disrupt economy, would not disrupt trade, and workers rights or whatever else could be discussed in a peaceful manner--who were left alive would be dealt with by people who were not Vikram. He did his job. And now he was resting. Or supposed to be.

Samuel had scoffed, but Vikram found it particularly applicable when he brought up the old Vulcan axiom. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.

Stardate 11603.07

After the chat with the captain, he could see they were still on different sides regarding the matter of "Walsh". But he could see, too, that their sides were closer together than polar opposite. They wanted the same thing, in the end, and could both concede that his view was more fatalistic, even paranoid. Still. He knew he was right. They were given the right to kill him, and they should have taken it.

Now that they haven't, if (if) they made it back unharmed and untampered with (now seeming very unlikely), then he would be given over to other authorities. He suspected authorities he was all too familiar with. And someone else would do the job, after getting intel out of him if they could, and make up a story. And everyone back home would be able to sleep soundly, never knowing the truth.

The truth was dangerous. Better that nobody know the things that went on behind the scenes. Maybe the captain would see that...and maybe they would all blow up along the Romulan neutral zone and cause and even bigger incident than a secret stolen ship.
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Re: XO Lieutenant Commander Vikram Baudin

Postby James Greenman » Mon Mar 07, 2016 6:09 pm

That was an absolutely fantastic read, Shawna! And I think an absolutely perfect description of the Section's idiom - the needs of the many. Nicely done!
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