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BigEd

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-USN Nike
  -Crew Logs
    -HELM

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I joined the crew on the USN Nike as a last resort.  Conditions on DS2 were getting hard to deal with.  I had to get out of there any way I could find.

The Captain was surprisingly friendly, especially considering all the things we'd heard about his escapades in the past.  

I was assigned Helm and sealed into my remote crew pod and awaited the flight.  As the ship prepared for launch my tension rose.  Would I have the right stuff?  Would I be able to pilot a ship this size?  Even though I'd watched the training vids multiple times, the real deal was more intimidating than I'd ever thought.  I couldn't even see where we were going as I had no windows or display other than my console.  I would be flying blind.

The roll call came over the coms and I gave the most confident "Helm Ready", that I could muster.  A few moments later the command to undock came from the station and the captain gave me my first command.

We cleared the station without any problems and I was given the command to come about to heading 240 and accelerate to warp 1.  I acknowledged the orders and took the ship about and pressed forward on the throttle.  The ship shuddered as power surged through the engines.  The inertial dampeners compensated for the sudden acceleration and the weight on my chest allowed me to breathe again.

As we cruised through the system, I began to gain some confidence.  Since I had taken my eyes of my main console to investigate my surroundings I didn't instantly notice the significant number of specs on my view screen.  Had I sneezed on my screen?  I tried to wipe them off, but they were getting larger.  "Oh crap", I thought to myself.  Asteroids.

"Calculate a path through the asteroid field and take us to heading 084" came the order from the Captain over the com channel.  I've never flown a ship this large and I was on my own to find an intricate path through an asteroid field.  I was beginning to hyperventilate a little.  I took the ship to starboard hoping to fly along side the asteroid belt while I searched the navi computer screens for a clear path through.  My palms were sweating.  My vision blurred.

And then, I blacked out...

As I groggily came to my senses, the com channels were full of radio chatter.  We were in a pitched battle with a Kralien cruiser.  No one was aware the ship was on its own hurtling through space with no one at the helm.  The USN Nike had plowed directly into an asteroid, which got the attention of the rest of the crew.  The collision had significantly damaged the ship and knocked out the front shields.  Detecting a wounded and easy target, the Kraliens had decided to attack.

I opened up a channel and sheepishly informed the Captain I was back at helm and ready for duty.  There was a reluctant sigh and an order to transfer Helm control to my console.  I'm sure they needed to focus on saving our necks and giving helm back would free up a more valuable officer.

My console flickered to life and the ship again responded to my commands.  The sector was full of enemy ships and we were in a desperate fight to the death.  As I began to grasp the seriousness of the situation the world began closing in around me.  "Not again!", I thought to myself.  It was too late.  The world went dark again as I slipped into unconsciousness, again.

When I came too, the ship was back at the station and the crew was disembarking, headed to the closest bar to drink away the memories of the battle and the lost crew below decks.  The captain was looking down through the portal into my crew pod.

"It appears we have a bit of an air leak in here, son.  Hope you don't have too bad of a headache.  We'll get engineering in here as soon as we can," said the Captain.

I wasn't going to be court martialed!  "Sir, yes sir," I said and climbed out of the command pod.


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del Pino

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It's alright, we don't hold people accountable for their internet connnections. What happened to you is not your fault, and when you were in control you did as well as expected from someone who never played online.

Hope to see you again in Liberty Station!

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BigEd

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I'm glad someone recognized the mission.  I had a lot of fun despite the problems.  I thought it made for a good short story too!  
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Haha awesome update. [biggrin]


I have crappy internet too so I know exactly how you feel.
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You know that's a fun idea, though not sure how you'd implement it exactly.
Time dilations for lag and unconsciousness/injury for players that drop out?
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that was a really fun read [smile]
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