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There has been conflict on different levels between Lycia and Lilith from the very beginning. Lilith finds herself both enigmatically drawn to and repelled by Lycia. Since Lilith cannot figure this out she rejects all friendly gestures offered by the Deltan, and bristles at her come ons, her probes for a response. So, Lilith shapes up as Bones to Lycia's Spock. Or, actually, isn't it vice versa? But, similarly, they require some primary distinct Philosophical difference, but a little harder to define:
Lycia represents Kirk-like
audacity, and Lilith, subtlety.
They are, after all different species. Lilith, an adult, well versed in her field, experienced and proficient in her work. Then comes along this hot little Deltan 15 year old Lolita.
While Lilith is a mature and serious professional struggling with her issues conscientiously, while Lycia seems something of a natural adept in just actingout. Worse, it is Lycia who seems to get results. Especially among men, naturally.
And to make things worse, they become jealous over Lilith's brother Darius. Tension builds all around.
Lilith's work ethic is at odds with Lycia's provocation. The irony is that Lycia's Deltan neuro-sympathetic abilities might be helpful with Lilith's condition. Much as Lycia retreats from all behind her Deltan superiority, and her Oath of Celibacy, she still somehow responds to Darius, and somehow wants to reach out to Lilith, as her only intellectual equal in theoretical XenoMethodology.
Into this triangle come Diotima Mantinea and Sam Lassiter, as supporting cast, observers, to gossip with Lilith about Lycia, and speculate about her background. Lilith disdainfully strives for indifference. But Sam and Diotima egg her on to dig into Lycia's past. Lilith's nascent jealousy also slowly infects Diotima, seeing Sam respond to Lycia as well.
And this fuels the more, Sam
and Diotima's insecure bickering.
The 34th Rule of Acquisition: "War is good for business."
"Human children do not answer for the sins of
their fathers. And so, the progeny of USS Myriad are to be repatriated to to the
Kelvan colony. But her treasonous crew will stand court marshal! That is the
pressure I am given to bring to bear. Thumb screws are strictly forbidden.
But it is fellow Kelvan Lilith who appeals to the crew of Myriad to cooperate and explain why. Myriad tracked Anfortas in hopes of being lead to the whereabouts of the mysterious Apocalypse Fleet in order to capture the unidentified Starship designated 'War'.
Still, why would anyone expect USS Anfortas to lead them to the Apocalypse Fleet? -muses Sam.
Meanwhile, Freud discretely monitors the rising levels of Lycia's Deltan pheromone musk in the compartment, as Sam's remark escalates the conflict and dysfunctional sexual tension between Lycia and Lilith, that has been building from when they first boarded USS Anfortas.
The former ship's doctor of the destroyed starship Myriad complains of the stress his crewmates are being put through. Khakhor is unsympathetic, but Freud has his medical tricorder returned to the Kelvan doctor by Dr. Ptol from sickbay who first has the readings logged to establish that no one was really endangered unduly.
The Kelvan doctor notices some glitch in his tricorder, when he examines a pregnant Kelvan woman named Pandora. But the Kelvan doctor keeps his own council.
Then the the Kelvan doctor's medikit is returned to a storage drawer in the brig, as Lycia takes a break from interrogation to let the former crew of Myriad stew a bit...
Lilith regards Lycia's virgin cock teasing with dry distain, while Lycia harbors suspicion towards Lilith's clearly mixed sympathies as a Kelvan colonist herself.
nevertheless, Darius observes that Lycia cannot help but actually respect Lilith precisely for the integrity of her dual allegiance, while Lilith is clearly intrigued, despite herself with Lycia's brash intelligence and libido, the very indiscipline that gets under her skin.
No sooner said, but USS Anfortas finally intercepts the Apocalypse Fleet! The red alert sounds
The ship rocks under a direct weapons strike!
Fade. Music rises.
END OF TEASER.
The crew of USS Anfortas, coming under
attack, immediately realize that War, agile, powerful and quick, is clearly a
reproductive sapient starship, as first encountered in the Lesser Magellanic
Clouds by USS Anfortas and the exploratory diplomatic force.
In the Ready Room, the Senior Staff are finally briefed:
The starship War is not only deadly in combat,
but, just as in the Lesser Magellanic Cloud, for it's remarkable software as a sapient
vessel, War has become an object of contention that all powers fight bitterly to
posses exclusively and to deny their rivals, everywhere she goes. And lately, the Tholians and the Orion Pirates
have joined the attackers that starship War must continually fend off. The situation already threatens to destabilize
the entire space sector. Worse, should the starship War ever actually fall into
the wrong hands!
Soon afterward, Darius learns from survivors of the battle, beamed aboard Anfortas from their own wrecked vessels, all about the starship Famine, a Breen vessel acquired by Ferengi black marketeers and refurbished into the most lavish and opulent casino starliner!
Brunt confirms for Sam and Darius how the Ferengi black marketeers of the starship that has come to be known, appropriately, as Famine, are driving everyone into bankruptcy by vending and facilitating the unaffordable forbidden technology. Kelvan technology! -auctioned to the highest bidder for use in their desperate struggle and competition to capture the coveted Starship War, so Khakhor surmises.
It's simply because such a steep price is
charged for the technology, but mainly it's implementation that tends to be so
resource depleting. Lycia confirms that the Orion Syndicate is bleeding Rigel
dry to pay, and that the Tholians must be depleting their resources as well.
But Brunt and Lycia are preceded by Sigmund
Freud, observing and taking notes, quietly. Lilith is with him, waiting for her
turn to examine the purloined Kelvan technology on auction.
And, adds Lycia, the Binar are assimilating a very willing Federation, with Borg technology adapted to the demand. The trick of Binar Borg assimilation is that there is no trick. The competitive survival advantages of cybernetic interconnectivity sell themselves. No one can afford to do without.
Thus, Borg evolution is,
indeed, futile to resist!
-realizes Freud. The Binars
are just helping things along, in adapting the Federation to service the needs
of the Borg Collective through co-prosperity and cooperation. Which Freud only
finds more sensible and sophisticated than the constant pillage that has turned
the galaxy against the Borg, and gotten their Collective infested with all
manner of Trojan horse viri in acts or terror reprisal. Unless, of course,
Diotima is right, and Borg invasion is slated to follow.
at the manifest danger of greedy Ferengi playing with fire, signals USS Anfortas for
immediate retrieval of the Away Team.
Little do our heroes suspect,
however, that Pestilence is actually manned by Vidiians desperately attempting to utilize
Borg nano-technology to arrest the dreaded Phage. Suddenly, a desperate Vidiian raiding party
from Pestilence beams onboard Anfortas, straight into Sickbay to kidnap the
nervous and withdrawn Dr. Arsinoe Ptol, USS Anfortas's mysteriously healthy
and asymptotic Vidiian ship's surgeon.
Sam, operating the transporter, explains that he was unable to get a lock on Lilith and Lycia, because they where moving about onboard Famine, amid all of the exotic fields and materials onboard the Ferengi casino starliner, instead of standing still at the beam up point together with Freud and Brunt.
Indeed, On board Famine, Lycia
is lost amid the crowds of patrons panicked as, with Pestilence warping away, Ptol
captive, War is left free to attack Famine! Lycia is in pursuit of something or
someone that has caught her sight.
And so, Famine flees, with War in hot pursuit!
After all, Anfortas is clearly no match for War, but Famine stands a chance of outrunning War, at least for a good while. After completing retrieval of the Away Team, good riddance if War blasts Famine, and itís instigating and profiteering crews, straight to atoms! And good riddance as well to any of the amoral decadent patrons not quick enough to bail out when War first attacked!
Indeed, the escaped Kelvans are quite surprised to have received sanctuary onboard Death. They demand of Pandora: how did she accomplish this?
Just then, the Kelvan doctor notices that aboard Death, the unexplained glitch in his tricorder has mysteriously abated. And scanning Pandora, he discovers who and what Pandora really is! An Android. An Android pregnant with a Humanoid fetus!
Meanwhile, onboard Pestilence, the somewhat Borged Vidiian crew, secure in their escape, turn to their terrified captive Arsinoe, casting about her in desperation only to discover the ship's interior a great Vidiian/Borg laboratory chamber of horrors!
Meanwhile, back on board Famine, Lycia fights her way through the panicked casino crowds to catch up with an elderly Deltan male showing Lilith the sophisticated technology for sale by the Ferengi. "Father!" cries Lycia.
Meanwhile, Anfortas, warp engines back online, catches up with Pestilence in hot pursuit at high warp.
[As yet unwritten. You can help!]
aked in micro-gravity at home in their quarters on board Famine where Lycia learns from her long lost father, now in the employ of the Ferengi and how he has just been assisting Lilith as a prospective customer to inspect and test the purloined Kelvan technology on auction by the Ferengi. But Lycia realizes that all this has occurred even as the Vidiian raiders provided the diversion that facilitated the escape of the renegade Kelvan crew of Myriad.
And so, Security Chief Lycia begins to form the suspicion against Lilith of abetting the Vidiian attack and Kelvan escape using the Ferenge's forbidden Kelvan technology to compromise Anfortas's special Kelvan shields.
Lilith, however, only protests that the Vidiian raiding party simply must have beamed onto USS Anfortas when her shields where lowered for the return of the Away Team!
Indeed, Lilith reflects and begins to experience an increasing twinge of resentment at the ongoing suspicion she has been treated with as a Kelvan colonist, and even begins to question and regret all the sacrifice that she has made for the sake of loyalty to the Federation and Starfleet. (As seen in the six part miniseries introduction to 'Star Trek: The Ship of Fools')
But suddenly, a Tholian fleet approaches, ensnaring both Famine and War in the famous Tholian web. But, just as suddenly, the Orion Pirates arrive to attack the Tholians, and Famine escapes. However, Famine and War have both been delayed just long enough for Anfortas to begin catching up after being diverited pursuing Plague. War likewise escapes the Tholian web to rejoin the pursuit.
And when War finally attacks Famine, Lilith and Lycia are stripped naked and taken hostage by the panicked Ferengi, demanding and receiving protection from War by Anfortas.
But Lycia manages to hide her dek'tagh in the opulent furnishings.
Meanwhile the rogue Kelvans discover that they are aboard a time ship from the future!
The Kelvan doctor responds that it is whispered that Star Fleet, through Section 31, is said to have established plausibly deniability of dealings with the ominous starship whispered of as Death.
How, then, has Pandora brought them here? How is it that she knows how to operate the timeship?
It is already clear that Pandora is not whom she seemed.
But why has she deceived them?
Pandora explains that she has joined forces against the Borg threat, in a covert black ops enlisting the aid of the most dangerous pariahs in the quadrant in the development and manufacture of the very worst of forbidden weapons.
But while the Orion Syndicate succeeded in reverse engineering the Tholian chroniton missiles into a technology more accessible to Humanoids, the Orion Syndicate reneged upon their contract to deliver the technology to section 31 when the Ferengi Daemon of Famine offered them a more tantalizing proposition, the opportunity to capture the starship Death!
(Of course, the Ferengi black marketeering of the crew of Famine, and indeed their acquisition of a used Breen Starship to begin with, is also only fall out from the Temporal Cold War machinations of the rogue Starship and Section 31 in the first place. For not only has Section 31 supported every outlaw faction they could exploit in their schemes, leading to a surging growth in the armaments black market, but actively instigated the rush to acquisition of the sapient Starship technology.)
So, Pandora herself infiltrated the Kelvan Nationalist Movement to use the renegade Starship Myriad in the ill fated attempt to capture an Orion Syndicate chroniton missile for Section 31!
And, naturally, the former crew of Myriad are incensed to discover themselves pawns of the Federation Section 31!
But Pandora reminds them that she could have escaped on her own, far sooner and more easily.
Would she have brought them here if she was only betraying them?
No, the Kelvan Empire in Andromeda is to have a pivotal role in dealing with the Borg. A secret that she has kept even from Section 31...
Meanwhile, onboard Famine, now in hiding from War in a dangerously electric and radioactive debris field from recent conflict, still stalked by the relentless starship War, the Ferengi suspect some relationship between Lycia and their own Deltan sales associate, actually her father, which he and Lycia both offhandedly deny. The manipulative and controlling Sexist Ferengi also feed into Lycia's suspicions and against Lilith, and into Lilith's ambivalence toward Lycia towards whom she is both so drawn and repelled.
The conflict between Lycian and Lilith mounts until finally, Lycia loses her temper and takes her dek'tagh to terrified Lilith's throat!
But in the heat of the moment, with skin contact, Lycia connects to the nervous system and psyche of Lilith.
Thus Lycia has violated her Deltan oath of celibacy to Starfleet in the worst way, because Lilith is Kelvan, and Kelvan colonists are considered particularly sexually immature, having, after all, been seduced by their prisoner James Kirk, despite their own vast superior intelligence!
Which condescension infuriates Lilith!
But Lilith soon discovers the true reason for the Deltan Oath of Celibacy in Starfleet. (Madness, catatonia and death being only the worst case exaggerations.)
For, being held hostage in the seraglio of the Ferengi on board the opulent, decadent and debauched is not without it's compensations, including fabled, rare and exotic sexual opportunities.
However, Lilith finds that she has simply lost all interest. Normal Humanoid sex now seems empty and meaningless. Realizing this, Lycia grows mortified with guilt.
[Numerous scenes and plot developments missing. You can help!]
Eventually, with the help of the Binars, Lycia's father, sensing something amiss, schemes to meet and talk with Lycia, in secret.
Lycia's father then persuades the Binars to engineer Lycia and Lilith's escape, as it turns out, to a planet where Lycia and Lilith detect the escaped crew of Myriad who have beamed down from the cloaked Starship Death in orbit.
[As fate would have it? Not likely! Way to much of a coincidence. Any ideas for plausible rationalization?]
Lycia resolves to apprehend the escaped crew of Myriad, but, instead, Lilith turns upon Lycia and takes her by surprise, to run away and join her fellow Kelvan colonists instead!
Only later on, among the former crew of Myriad, Lilith begins to glean an inkling that her neurological condition has improved because of contact with Lycia, when Lilith has to multitask at the controls of the Starship Death, and discovers somewhat improved coordination and better mastery of her consequent seizures.
To be continued?
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