Having followed the conversation with the intruder ship, nenothtu's mind started going over the options. None of them ended well for the NI ships
arrogantly making threats against what was alleged to be the most powerful ship in the fleet. As he was stepping through option 7 1/2, the captain
issued a series of orders, only one of which was of immediate concern to neno.
Originally posted by mf_luder
Security Chief Nenothtu, load Horkos and one of the other prisoners onto an albatross and set it on a delay timer to go
reactor-critical as soon as she is on board their ship.
Slayer, prepare your teams for damage control, this ship needs to be combat ready in fourteen minutes.
Badger, prepare every flying machine we have stowed on this ship and get them ready for a fight. They need to launch in twelve
Then Luder pointed at Asher.
"Keep our weapons and shields powered down until just before the explosion. I don't want them to get any ideas and jump the gun on us. As soon as
the reactor goes critical on that shuttle, bring us to Full Alert Code 1 and launch every fighter we have."
Blow it up? Aboard the NI flagship? Taken with the other commands the captain issued, neno thought he had a glimpse of the captain's plan. Give 'em
what they want, then choke 'em with it. It looked like things were about to get interesting.
Nenothtu opened a channel with Sergeant James. "Nenothtu to Sergeant James. Things are about to get very active aboard Penelope. Security and the
Marine contingent are on full combat alert, as of right now. Secure all possible points of entry. Organize the Marines into rapid reaction forces, and
station them at regular intervals on the ship, per SOP. They know where their assigned posts are. Two of the Marine reaction forces are to secure the
docking bays for possible boarders. They've worked with the flyboys, and know to stay out of the way. There's about to be a LOT of activity there.
You go to the security center, and direct movement from there. I have another job to do at the moment. Nenothtu out."
Next, he called the brig desk attendant. "Nenothtu to the brig. Get Horkos and one other random NI agent, and make sure they're sedated and on
gurneys. Make it a double on the sedation. They're not gonna care 20 minutes from now. As soon as they're prepped, have an eight man escort team
take them to the docking bays, and I'll meet them there. Nenothtu out."
Having put his boys in motion, nenothtu took off at a trot towards his quarters. Blowing things up had been somewhat of a hobby for neno, and he
thought he might just have the right trick stashed there. Rounding a corner, he trotted up to his door and slapped the access panel with his full
Racing inside, he rummaged around amongst the odds and ends of parts for a moonshine still he kept in his closet, and came up with two little black
boxes connected by a rather longish cable. "Timer my Great Aunt Fannie!" he mumbled. "This'll go one better for this occaision!". Snatching up
the parts, he took off for the docking bays.
When he reached the docks, somewhat out of breath, he located the Albatross dropship and went to work. Nenothtu disconnected one of the black boxes,
and wired it into an external harness for external sensors beneath the Albatross. That part was a "proximity switch", which would trip when it was
within 24 inches of the NI ship's docking bay deck. Double checking to make sure it was "off", neno went inside the Albatross and located the other
end of the wiring harness, and wired the proximity switch into the input terminals of the other box, which was a standard timer. He then wired the
output terminals of the timer to the coolant relays of the dropship's engines, disabled the failsafe shutdown overrides, and set the timer for 15
The entire apparatus would first sense when the dropship landed, and send a 'start' signal to the timer. The timer would count out 15 seconds, then
shut off reactor coolant. When the failsafes failed to kick in, the reactors would go critical, and 30 seconds after that, 45 seconds total after
landing, there'd be just the prettiest mushroom cloud that you ever saw emanating from the NI flagship docking bays.
Just as he was finishing the wiring, the security detail with Horkos came up. "Alrighty, boys," nenothtu growled "strap 'em in to the flight
The security lead looked at him skeptically. "They're under heavy sedation, boss, no way can they fly this thing" he said.
"I know that, you misbegotten whelp of a Eridanii Swamp Skimmer!" he roared. "Who do you think ordered the sedation? I ain't got time to argue the
point. Just strap 'em in like I told ya. Let ME worry about the flying. After you strap 'em in, duct tape 'em too. Wrists and ankles to the seats,
and a patch across the mouth for good measure. Wouldn't want 'em to spoil the ride if they was to wake up."
The security detail jumped to their job, and nenothtu set about finishing his. He set the autopilot for an automatic launch, flight, and docking
sequence to be command initiated from the flight deck console. Then he shunted the comms console and manual flight controls to the captain's bridge
station via an encrypted relay.
When the job was complete, he called the captain. "OK, Cap'n Luder. The packages are safely tucked in for a peaceful ride. Automated launch, flight,
and docking sequences have been set for initiation from the docking bay console, and you have manual override dropship controls at your bridge station
in case anything goes wrong with the autopilot. Comms have been redirected to your console as well, Through an encrypted relay, so you can speak and
appear to be speaking from the dropship. There's a proximity sensor rigged in to the detonation train, so any delays won't cause a premature
fireworks display. she won't blow until she's safely tucked in THEIR docking bay, but 45 seconds after that, Katy better have barred the doors. Once
she's launched, activate the dropship sensor arrays to activate the proximity sensor, BUT NOT BEFORE! We wouldn't want any mishaps HERE. Nenothtu
When nenothtu was finished with the transmission, he ushered the security detail, who were looking a mite pale, out of the dropship, and made double
sure the sensor arrays were deactivated, then he snapped the switch off.
Bailing out of the dropship, he sealed the hatch, and rolled under it. From there, he turned the proximity switch power "on", so that it would
activate when the sensor relays activated through the sensor wiring harness, rolled back out from under it, and started sprinting for the bridge.
This was gonna look like the 4th of July. But with mushroom clouds.
[edit on 2009/6/30 by nenothtu]