ENG Ens Zhett Okiah

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Re: ENG Ens Zhett Okiah

Postby Andrew James » Sun May 17, 2015 9:58 am

Ensign Zhett Okiah, 11505.11

After growing up in an asteroid belt guarded by the surrounding rocks constantly spinning and colliding outside every window, the dark of outer space felt empty, uncomfortable and unprotected by comparison. Thankfully, Zhett had no time to let the thought overwhelm her.

At the Academy, Zhett had heard endlessly how Captain's and Engineer's had special relationships. The Captain would ask the impossible, the Engineer would say it was impossible, the Captain would push the matter, the Engineer would say it will take so long to complete, the Captain would give them a new arbitrary estimate… and so on. "How many engineers does it take to change a light bulb? Three - one to hold the ladder, one to hold the bulb, and one to argue with the Captain that it can't be done." The Engineer's version often went, "How many Captain's can change a light bulb?" followed by a shrug.

The topic had quickly worn thin, and Zhett had dismissed it as poor humour. Yet here she was, literally less than an hour into her first duty shift and the Captain had asked for the impossible. Zhett could hear the worry in Danann's voice. If a high ranking officer, Chief Engineer, with years of experience was worried…

At the end of the day (whenever that would arrive, her shift now going on 18 hours) it was fun. The equipment on her parent's mining colony had been fun when she was young, but lost a lot of their appeal as she grew older. That's why she'd joined Starfleet, and here she was working on a top of the line warp core on a Prometheus class vessel, pushing the technology beyond the limit and having to creatively come up with new ways to keep it running. Getting carried away with the challenge meant she hadn't even thought of the reasons why they were doing it in the first place; the thoughts of war hadn't surfaced for hours.

Of course, as a new officer, she had no real idea of what war was going to be like, and how it was going to impact her. At maximum warp, it wasn't going to take long to find out.

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Re: ENG Ens Zhett Okiah

Postby Einar S » Sun May 17, 2015 6:00 pm

great log Andrew :) love it
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Re: ENG Ens Zhett Okiah

Postby Andrew James » Wed May 20, 2015 12:36 pm

ENG Ensign Zhett Okiah 11505.18

The Bremen reminded Zhett of when she had just turned 8 years old. There had been a malfunction with one of the ore collectors. Spiralling out of control, it had collided with a small mining vessel. Once the ship had been recovered, she'd snuck inside despite all the warnings. It had been a jungle of bulkheads and wreckage strewn across the floors.

Her parents decided the damage was too great and they were better off simply buying a new vessel. Even at that young age, Zhett had shown a great interest in Engineering. She spent the next month trying to convince her father to let her have the wreckage, and 14 more months repairing it. It had no warp drives, inertial dampeners were not perfect, the mining arms were lost, the artificial gravity was intermittent, and the reverse thrusters could only ever hit 80%, but she did it.

Her scratched and torn cockpit was her own. It wasn't much to look at, and it took a 'finesse' (as she called it) to control it, but she loved her little ship (which, even now remained in a shuttle bay back home). She'd learnt to fly in that ship, zipping around (and sometimes through) the asteroids that surrounded her home.

When they repaired the Bremen, she'd have to walk away from it. There was no falling in love with it this time. But the challenge brought out the child in her, the curious determined girl who'd ached for countless hours over a small one-person vessel. She relished every moment.

It took her 5 hours, but finally she managed to restore some semblance of main power on the Bremen. She allowed herself a satisfied grin, high-fived the engineer who'd been helping her, and then sought out the next item that needed repairing. There were a lot to choose from.

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Re: ENG Ens Zhett Okiah

Postby Chris Esterhuyse » Wed May 20, 2015 1:08 pm

Nice log, Andrew. Great to get insight into her past :)
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Re: ENG Ens Zhett Okiah

Postby Einar S » Wed May 20, 2015 1:49 pm

agreed :) great backstory and a good log!
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Re: ENG Ens Zhett Okiah

Postby Andrew James » Wed May 20, 2015 2:16 pm

Thanks chaps!

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Re: ENG Ens Zhett Okiah

Postby Andrew James » Thu Jun 04, 2015 7:55 am

ENG Ens Zhett Okiah 11506.01

It had been going fine. Zhett had been doing a great job. All the systems were functioning properly, the repair work she'd been involved in on the Hyperion had gone perfectly, she'd been determined, pushed through the exhaustion and the fear, done everything asked of her, all the while trying to settle in. And after all that she'd been undone, not by the intricacies of a quantum slipstream drive or an oncoming Tzenkethi fleet, but by coffee.

People on the Hyperion took coffee very seriously. It was like a religious ritual, and you don't mess with people's rituals. They didn't even clean the coffee they spilt onto the floor.

Stood in front of the replicator, Zhett hesitated. It was just a drink, right? "Caramel cappuccino, hot," she finally said. It materialised in front of her, and she inwardly nodded at her choice. Coffee wasn't just coffee. It represented more than that, it represented a conscious choice to join these people, settle into the family of the Hyperion. But the caramel... that meant she'd still do certain things her own way, she wouldn't lose herself.

What the fuck are you on about, Zee? Just drink the damned coffee.

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Re: ENG Ens Zhett Okiah

Postby Aoibhe Ni » Thu Jun 04, 2015 10:10 am

Hahaha!
"just coffee ", yea, right!

I have the distinct impression that Okiah is gonna be trouble...

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Re: ENG Ens Zhett Okiah

Postby Einar S » Thu Jun 04, 2015 11:09 am

coffee isn't just coffee, it's the liquid of life
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