Star Trek PBEM Sim / Star Trek RPG
OUR STAR TREK PBEM STORIES: REMEMBRANCES PAST
Title: Remembrances Past, Part Seven
Location: Pandora's Box, CO's Stateroom
Flashback Setting (Saldar/Kamranov): Takharesh X
--------------- The Forest of Narenradahr, Tescahdehn ---------------
Hours later, Saldar reached his destination, the Darashevi Caverns. These caves
had an important strategic location for the Starfleet Intelligence Sector Chief
trying to get all of his people out and complete the mission of rescuing the
crown prince. The caves bordered the Taharin and Jadesch mountain ranges. If he
could get through in time, he could get the boy to the shuttles waiting on the
Still disguised as Saldar, he scanned carefully to make sure there weren't any
people or monitoring devices around. His exit plan out of Tunnai controlled
territory was very dangerous.
Satisfied that they were safe for now, Saldar ran some equipment and
other checks for the next difficult part. The immediate interior of
the caves had toxic fumes from the guano of the very large, bat-like population
that resided there in colonies on the stalactites and ceilings. Below them was
rife with poisonous reptiles and insects crawling and slithering on the ground
among the stalagmites. Saldar was hoping that all of these and the caverns'
legendary curses would help prevent any random contact with other people and
deter any pursuers.
Fortunately, he had used these caves several times before and not only knew his
way around, but had a few of the chiropterans that would perch on him and eat
the fruit and insects that he brought for them.
The extraction specialist checked the air tank that he and the boy
would be sharing again. ~Good,~ he thought making sure that they had
enough air as he scanned the prince once more. The child's health was too poor
to risk sedating him. He hoped the boy would sleep a long time and not wake up
in the beginning.
Saldar took his last breath of the sweet forest air, put on a full mask for
himself, reactivated the sharing feature on the tank and tucked the little
prince back under his robes and entered the cave. He watched where he was
putting his feet very carefully. He didn't want to slip in all the droppings and
the squirming, heaving, pulsating, swarm of maggots and vermin living off the
bat droppings. Most of all not upset any poisonous vipers or lizards.
While bats were regarded as "evil" creatures in many cultures and this planet
was filled with such stories similar to Earth's, Saldar knew that they were
really very nice, intelligent, friendly animals and very curious creatures. If
you were near them for a while, they would come and check you out and get to
know you. As he had been through the caves many, many times, the bats had gotten
used to him and would either ignore him or greet him. This time was no different
and the "three ambassadors" as Saldar jokingly called them came to him, got a
few scratches and a big piece of fruit. One of them perched on the top of his
uncomfortable head covering as was the native custom to wear for men of his
Thirty minutes later, worn and exhausted, but in much better air
having cleared the guano from the large colonies near the entrance, Saldar took
a short break and sat down. The bat that he had named Edgar left his roost and
went to chase and play with the others.
The lack of movement seemed to wake the prince. Saldar felt him wriggle and
quickly activated a dim light. He opened his overcoat like
exterior robe and picked the prince up and set him on a nearby rock.
"Don't take the mask off yet, please. I have to check the air to make
sure it is safe for you, your highness. Please just shake your head
to reply. Water?" he said still speaking the Rahndii language
The little prince shook his head yes.
Saldar checked the scanner. All the colors were in the safe range. The
air was good and free of ammonia and other toxic fumes. He took off
his mask first and tested the air with his own lungs. It seemed fine,
so he told the boy to remove the mask and gave him the water. The boy drank it
up quickly, as if it was the last drop he'd ever have and as if it were to
suddenly evaporate from the cup.
Noticing how thirsty Prince Rahdemi was, Saldar removed the stopper
from the bag of water again. "Carrying the water is very heavy," he
said. "Would you like to help me by drinking some more?" he asked
hoping the boy was too young to know that wouldn't change the weight
of the load for him. Saldar was trying to be careful of the delicate
cultural situation in which he placed himself. The prince would have
every expectation that he should be stomping around giving orders to
the beggar from the unclean caste before him. While the disguise of
Saldar the beggar was great for going unnoticed and being avoided, it
was not so good for situations like this.
The little prince shook his head yes again. Saldar poured some more and put he
stopper back and the sling like bag of water back over his shoulder.
"I have some pahnen (bread) and legasfrei (dried fruit and nuts)," he
said, taking them out carefully.
Having sensed the food, the bats returned, landed and bobbed
expectantly awaiting some more fruit from Saldar.
The little prince shook his head affirmatively for some food. Saldar set the
food out for him on the rock. The young heir to the throne stared at him with
big, dark, emotion laden eyes.
Saldar tried to reassure him as he tossed pieces of fruit to the
bats. "They don't look pretty by our standards, but they are very
nice and won't hurt you. You just have to look past what is said
about them and take the time to find out what they are really like,"
he said motioning to the bats.
"Like you. You look like a beggar, but yet.." the Prince started to
say. He was very wise and observant for such a young boy.
More to come for our Star Trek role playing game!
Next Post for our Star Trek PBEM RPG - Pandora's Box!!
Previous Post for our Star Trek PBEM RPG - Pandora's Box!!
Contact NouriKemat@aol.com to join in on the Star Trek adventure!!
Visit the main page for our Star Trek PBEM RPG - Pandora's Box!!
Visit the main page for all our Star Trek RPGS
CO, Captain Nikolai Kamranov
CMO, Commander Vilotanzia Bounlutay
ACEO,Lieutenant Commander Piper Chayton
COMMO, Lieutenant Llewellyn Moreau
AIO, Lieutenant Peel
VLO, Sublieutenant Yunarra
AIO, Ensign Molly Ferweiler
Pandora's Box...Some things are best left unopened...
Pandora's Box, SI: Our Star Trek PBEM RPG on Yahoo Groups