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This is a small intro to a story I've been brainstorming, and I decided to share to see how the intro fairs... probably need to smooth it out a bit, but would love some feedback.
A bit of writing form that story idea I've talked about. Serves as an intro. Feedback is welcome. I did my best with detail and whatnot to help set up the crews and whatnot...

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Through the depths of space, a large sleek vessel glided through the vacuum. There was no hinderance as its mighty engines hummed, and guided it through the endless void. The stars dotted the blackness, and any cosmic dust was parted with ease as the ship glided through. This was the USS Rainier, of the Vesta Class, NCC-92604. An upgrade to the common Sovereign Class Starships of the Federation, though not as big. The Vesta was shorter, and thinner than the slightly larger Sovereign Class ships. But unlike the Sovereign Class Starships, the Vesta had some slight upgrades the Sovereign class lacked, such as the new integration of the Quantum Slipstream Drive. The Vesta Class starship was one of the few starships that could handle such a drive. And there weren't many ships of the Vesta class. Due to complex nature of the Slipstream drives. Even though the Vesta Class ships could withstand such a jump, they couldn't last in it very long. Unlike the newer and more advanced Odyssey Class Starships, who could better take Slipstream stress. But those ships were even fewer in number than the Vesta.
Aboard the Rainier, life was rather relaxed. The Rainier often did routine business in the Alpha Quadrant, assisting with efforts to rebuild the Cardassian Homeworld, that had been all but destroyed during the final stages of the Dominion War, 35 years ago. Of the worlds that had suffered in the Dominion War, Cardassia Prime had undoubtedly suffered the worst, with the Dominion attempting genocide in those last moments of the war. With it finally over, all Cardassians had to do was pick up whatever small pieces they could find, and start from scratch. Without the Federation, they likely would have failed. It was not uncommon for the Rainier to provide assistance and aid for Cardassians in their time of rebuilding.
Of course, assisting Cardassia Prime was far from the only thing the Rainier did. It at times had done long term exploring through the famous Wormhole into the Gamma Quadrant, and had at one point even assisted in relocating garrisons of the deadly Jem'Hadar soldiers that had been left behind, back into the Gamma Quadrant with their own kind. The Dominion, no longer a threat, mostly ignored any Federation ships that ventured into the Gamma Quadrant. The Rainier however, had not been inservice, without witnessing its fair share of combat. Though most Cardassians welcomed the aid of the Federation, many did not, and many, despite the betrayal of the Dominion, still thought that an alliance with the Dominion was in their best interests. It was not uncommon to find a Cardassian soldier who refused to believe the war was officially over. The Rainier had seen many skirmishes with these extremists.
Such combat could put the crew of the Rainier in a rather tense position, so it welcomed a little off-time in the Beta Quadrant. At that present moment, its captain, Captain Wayde Linton, was actually. In one of the ship's holodecks, in which he was swimming laps in the holographic environment; a common workout he enjoyed doing, even if swimming in the synthetic waters of the holodeck was not quite the same as swimming in an actual pool. It was still somewhat relaxing, and it gave him the workout he enjoyed.
Wayde had just reached the end of the pool, when the comm system chimed, and the voice of his first officer, Elisa Florres called, "Bridge to Captain Linton."
Wayde grabbed ahold of the pool's edge, and wiped his face once, before he acknowledged the call. "This is Wayde, go ahead Elisa."
"Sorry to disturb you sir, but we've just received priority one message from Starfleet Headquarters. We're being instructed to proceed directly to New Romulus, and rendezvous with the Vesuvius." Elisa's voice spoke through the comm system.
"Did they say anything else, Commander?"
"No sir. They replied we'd be given more details upon our arrival there."
"Very good then. Lay in a course for New Romulus at Warp 6, I'll be there shortly."
"Aye, sir. Florres out." And with that, the comm system chirped once to signal the end of her call.
Wayde sighed once and climbed out of the pool, water dripping from him. He went over to a nearby bench where his uniform sat folded. He picked up his shirt, and began to put it on, as well as his trousers, before he gave the command, "Computer, end program." Immediately, the simulated water pool was gone, and any drops of water that had been so realistically stuck to Wayde's body, were gone as well, rendering him completely dry. He put on his black trousers, and exited the holodeck. His uniform was like other officers of his senior staff. Black all the way up to his upper chest, which had a red stripe cutting across his chest. Above this red stripe, the uniform was white, a trait of the uniform that only members of the senior staff wore. All other officers had black shoulders above their stripes of red, gold, and blue. Officers that walked by him made sure to give him room as he walked towards the Turbolift. Upon entering, he gave the command to go to the bridge, and was taken there.
After the doors opened, Elisa immediately got up out of the Captain's chair, and said, "We should be arriving in the New Romulus System within the hour, Captain. We've been contacted by the Vesuvius as well, and they are awaiting our arrival."
Wayde nodded as he went down towards his seat in the command circle, and asked, "Did they give any details about what might be going on here? I thought we were meant to have a little off time for now."
Elisa looked at him and said, "Nothing you don't already know. The Vesuvius will be there, perhaps Captain Shon asked for our presence?"
Wayde took a breath in and exhaled. "Maybe. I wouldn't put it past him. Wish he'd give a bit more respect to our off-time though if that's the case."
"That's what happens when your best friend is in range of him." Elisa replied with a smile. "'Hey, my friend is over there. Surely he can help with this big crisis!'" Elisa said a bit playfully.
Wayde just gave her a bit of a look and said, "Knowing Va'Kel, he doesn't need my help, more than he just wants my company for whatever is going on."
"Or perhaps he's just trying to keep the old Starfleet belief alive that whenever one of our two respective ships is in need of assistance, the other ship will always be there." Operations Officer Reed Blake replied rather jokingly.
Wayde offered a smile at the joke before sitting down. Apparently there had been a small belief circulating Starfleet regarding both his ship, the Rainier, and Captain Shon's ship, the Vesuvius. It was nothing more than superstitious babble for the most part, but many Starfleet officers enjoyed to joke about how the Rainier and the Vesuvius very often found themselves at the aid of one another. It was no secret that Wayde and the captain of the Vesuvius, the Andorian Captain, Va'Kel Shon were indeed very good friends, and Wayde could count a numerous amount of times that he found himself offering aid to his friend, or the other way around, but unlike other Starfleet officers, he never paid much attention to it. He was just happy to assist his friend whenever it was needed.
The trip seemed much shorter than usual when his helmsman, a Cardassian by the name of Kovat Borvok spoke up, "Captain, we've entered the New Romulus System."
"Good job, ensign, take us out of warp." Wayde replied standing up. He rubbed his eyes and stood up. "Put us in a standard orbit around the planet, alert the Vesuvius that we're here and-"
"Captain, look!" Elisa suddenly spoke up.
Wayde too a glance to the viewing screen, and frowned in confusion. "Remans?"
Sure enough, outside his viewing screen was a large capitol ship of the Reman Resistance, the intimidating figure, very much resembling similar Romulan Warbird designs. Wayde did not feel much alarm, as the Federation was not on bad grounds with the Reman Resistance, but one could say that the Remans did not exactly share favorable views of the Federation. Wayde knew what they stood for, and very much supported their fight. Despite their rocky relationship with the Federation, the Reman Resistance had allowed some diplomacies with the Romulan Republic. So it wasn't exactly a surprise to see Reman ships now and then in this sector. But he couldn't help but wonder if the Remans were to be expected here. He was about to hail the Vesuvius, when there was a beep, and his Operations Officer spoke up, "Sir, the Vesuvius is hailing us."
Wayde nodded, and replied, "Then by all means, Lieutenant, put it onscreen."
At the command, the screen flickered once, and the familiar face of the Andorian Captain Va'Kel Shon appeared on the viewing screen, his trademark smile on his face upon greeting his friend on the Rainier. "Hello Wayde, it's been too long."
Wayde returned the smile, and said, "Funny, I recall seeing you not two weeks ago." This sort of banter was common between the two captains, especially since half of Starfleet knew about how much the Vesuvius and Rainier were known to aid each other. "You've managed to get our attention, despite our ship not being listed for active duty at the moment, so if I may ask what exactly is going on..."
"My apologies, friend, however this is a matter of great importance. Though even I am having a hard time buying this one. I'd have you beam over, however I''m afraid my conference room isn't the most comfortable at the present moment. I hope your conference room is available."
"Ready, and waiting." Wayde replied. "I'll have you beamed aboard immediately."
"More than just myself, Captain." Va'Kel replied. "I'm sure you've seen the Reman ship here." "You're telling me to have a Reman beamed over. There's not going to be a problem is there?" Wayde asked a bit cautiously.
"Relax, Captain. I think they're more interested in cooperation for this particular mission than you give them credit for. Prepare for the arrival of five, and we can get you up to speed."
Wayde was obviously unsure about this. Five visitors. There was Va'Kel, his first officer, and apparently three representatives of the Reman Resistance coming over. Wayde had half a mind to get a security team ready, but held back. The Remans might not have had his full trust yet, but Va'Kel did. "Very well, Captain Shon. We will prepare for your arrival immediately. Linton out." And with that, the transmission ended. Wayde took a deep breath in and exhaled before looking to his Elisa. "Let's see what this is all about."
She nodded and began to walk with Wayde out of the bridge, as Wayde tapped his combadge once and said, "Mr. Effrin'gere, please meet me in Transporter Room 3."
===
The doors to the transporter room opened and Wayde and Elisa walked in, seeing Effrin'gere standing there waiting for him. "Reporting as ordered, sir." The Jem'hadar officer spoke.
It had been a few years since Effrin'gere and Wayde had met. Originally a part of a battalion of Jem'hadar soldiers that had been left behind following the loss of the Dominion War, Effrin'gere and Wayde had grown close. Wayde had been ordered in the assistance of establishing comminications with the battalion, and efforts to relocate them back to the Gamma Quadrant. Effrin'gere, A former First of his battalion, he was formerly known as Totut'axut, but had abandoned that name when he ultimately made the decision to leave the Dominion ranks, and learn more about Starfleet. Getting him into the academy was a huge pain for Wayde, who had to do more convincing than he ever wanted to do again, but he liked to think that the academy had been beneficial to his Chief of Security. Even if his short temper still intimidated his crew.
Wayde nodded to the security officer, and replied, "How are you feeling?"
"Adequate." Effrin'gere responded. Wayde swallowed and said, "We have five people coming over here to discuss something of importance. We're...not going to have any problems, will we?"
"Captain, with all due respect, I wish you would give me more respect on the conditions of my physical state."
Wayde was about to object, but nodded. It was no secret that Effrin'gere was always battling his former addiction to Ketracel-white. Not a week went by that Wayde's Chief Medical Officer didn't dive into the work of Starfleet Doctor's when it came to searching for a cure of the drug the Founders used to ensure the loyalty of their soldiers, but it was still a very hard drug to combat. Effrin'gere was often supplied with various supplements which they only hoped could provide the nutrients Effrin'gere needed to survive. Sometimes they worked for a brief time period. Other times, they didn't. Effrin'gere still held a few cases of Ketracel-White in his quarters for numerous reasons. It was said that it reminded him of his goal to eventually be free of its burden. And there were times when Wayde would have to do the unpleasant duty of ordering him to take it. Neither officer enjoyed that last option, but sometimes it just had to come to that. While his supply of the drug was limited, his distribution system that was still hooked to him had been modified by Wayde's chief engineer to distribute the drug slower than other Jem'hadar soldiers, to make each dose last as long as possible.
Wayde wiped his face a bit and faced officer behind the transporter controls, a young ensign by the name of Carter Marks. "Mr. Marks, is the Vesuvius ready for transport?"
Carter nodded, and said, "Aye, sir. They've just signaled themselves ready."
"Energize, Mr. Marks." Wayde ordered.
At the command, the transporter pad glowed, and in a few short seconds, five figures materialized onto the transporter pad. Up front, Wayde recognized Va'Kel right away, and his first officer, Akira Sulu, the great-grandson of famed Starfleet Officer Hikaru Sulu. To their side were two Reman officers. Both unarmed, but both seemed to have a look of shared emotions that they weren't thrilled to be aboard a Federation Ship.
Wayde smiled and said, "Welcome aboard the Rainier. "Captain, you know my first officer Ms. Elisa Florres, and my Chief of Security, Mr. Effrin'gere."
Va'Kel nodded with a smile. "A pleasure as always. Allow me to introduce Captain Raikir, and his first officer, R'Veclek, of the RRS Wyvern."
Raikir offered a small nod to Wayde and simply replied, "Captain..."
Wayde returned the gesture and repeated, "Welcome aboard."
R'Veclek spoke up. "I was not aware that Starfleet had allied itself with the Dominion." He said, casting a glance at the Jem'hadar security chief.
Wayde spoke up. "The Dominion and Starfleet do not stand on diplomatic ground unfortunately. Mr. Effrin'gere joined Starfleet a few years ago on his own terms."
"He defected." R'Veclek spoke up.
"I did no such thing." Effrin'gere said, sternly, yet compromised. "I simply wished to see life through another perspective."
"How very uncharacteristic of a Jem'hadar." R'Veclek said in an amused tone.
"Gentlemen, I'm sure we have more important matters to discuss." Wayde responded before anything got out of hand. "I was told to be ready for five of you?"
"You're correct, Captain." another voice from the back said, and a Romulan officer in a Starfleet uniform approached. "My name is Mirok. Operations Officer aboard the USS Enterprise."
Wayde could help but smile at the first ever Romulan to join Starfleet. "Lieutenant Commander Mirok, I've read plenty about you. It's a privilege to meet you. I was not aware the Enterprise was in the area."
"It's not. I was off duty, and visiting my family on New Romulus when I was told about the matter at hand. I believe I may be able to lend my assistance in the matter."
"Well, it's a pleasure to have you all onboard. If you'll follow me to the conference room, we can get started..." Wayde said beckoning out of the transporter room.

A bit of writing form that story idea I've talked about. Serves as an intro. Feedback is welcome. I did my best with detail and whatnot to help set up the crews and whatnot...

===
Through the depths of space, a large sleek vessel glided through the vacuum. There was no hinderance as its mighty engines hummed, and guided it through the endless void. The stars dotted the blackness, and any cosmic dust was parted with ease as the ship glided through. This was the USS Rainier, of the Vesta Class, NCC-92604. An upgrade to the common Sovereign Class Starships of the Federation, though not as big. The Vesta was shorter, and thinner than the slightly larger Sovereign Class ships. But unlike the Sovereign Class Starships, the Vesta had some slight upgrades the Sovereign class lacked, such as the new integration of the Quantum Slipstream Drive. The Vesta Class starship was one of the few starships that could handle such a drive. And there weren't many ships of the Vesta class. Due to complex nature of the Slipstream drives. Even though the Vesta Class ships could withstand such a jump, they couldn't last in it very long. Unlike the newer and more advanced Odyssey Class Starships, who could better take Slipstream stress. But those ships were even fewer in number than the Vesta.
Aboard the Rainier, life was rather relaxed. The Rainier often did routine business in the Alpha Quadrant, assisting with efforts to rebuild the Cardassian Homeworld, that had been all but destroyed during the final stages of the Dominion War, 35 years ago. Of the worlds that had suffered in the Dominion War, Cardassia Prime had undoubtedly suffered the worst, with the Dominion attempting genocide in those last moments of the war. With it finally over, all Cardassians had to do was pick up whatever small pieces they could find, and start from scratch. Without the Federation, they likely would have failed. It was not uncommon for the Rainier to provide assistance and aid for Cardassians in their time of rebuilding.
Of course, assisting Cardassia Prime was far from the only thing the Rainier did. It at times had done long term exploring through the famous Wormhole into the Gamma Quadrant, and had at one point even assisted in relocating garrisons of the deadly Jem'Hadar soldiers that had been left behind, back into the Gamma Quadrant with their own kind. The Dominion, no longer a threat, mostly ignored any Federation ships that ventured into the Gamma Quadrant. The Rainier however, had not been inservice, without witnessing its fair share of combat. Though most Cardassians welcomed the aid of the Federation, many did not, and many, despite the betrayal of the Dominion, still thought that an alliance with the Dominion was in their best interests. It was not uncommon to find a Cardassian soldier who refused to believe the war was officially over. The Rainier had seen many skirmishes with these extremists.
Such combat could put the crew of the Rainier in a rather tense position, so it welcomed a little off-time in the Beta Quadrant. At that present moment, its captain, Captain Wayde Linton, was actually. In one of the ship's holodecks, in which he was swimming laps in the holographic environment; a common workout he enjoyed doing, even if swimming in the synthetic waters of the holodeck was not quite the same as swimming in an actual pool. It was still somewhat relaxing, and it gave him the workout he enjoyed.
Wayde had just reached the end of the pool, when the comm system chimed, and the voice of his first officer, Elisa Florres called, "Bridge to Captain Linton."
Wayde grabbed ahold of the pool's edge, and wiped his face once, before he acknowledged the call. "This is Wayde, go ahead Elisa."
"Sorry to disturb you sir, but we've just received priority one message from Starfleet Headquarters. We're being instructed to proceed directly to New Romulus, and rendezvous with the Vesuvius." Elisa's voice spoke through the comm system.
"Did they say anything else, Commander?"
"No sir. They replied we'd be given more details upon our arrival there."
"Very good then. Lay in a course for New Romulus at Warp 6, I'll be there shortly."
"Aye, sir. Florres out." And with that, the comm system chirped once to signal the end of her call.
Wayde sighed once and climbed out of the pool, water dripping from him. He went over to a nearby bench where his uniform sat folded. He picked up his shirt, and began to put it on, as well as his trousers, before he gave the command, "Computer, end program." Immediately, the simulated water pool was gone, and any drops of water that had been so realistically stuck to Wayde's body, were gone as well, rendering him completely dry. He put on his black trousers, and exited the holodeck. His uniform was like other officers of his senior staff. Black all the way up to his upper chest, which had a red stripe cutting across his chest. Above this red stripe, the uniform was white, a trait of the uniform that only members of the senior staff wore. All other officers had black shoulders above their stripes of red, gold, and blue. Officers that walked by him made sure to give him room as he walked towards the Turbolift. Upon entering, he gave the command to go to the bridge, and was taken there.
After the doors opened, Elisa immediately got up out of the Captain's chair, and said, "We should be arriving in the New Romulus System within the hour, Captain. We've been contacted by the Vesuvius as well, and they are awaiting our arrival."
Wayde nodded as he went down towards his seat in the command circle, and asked, "Did they give any details about what might be going on here? I thought we were meant to have a little off time for now."
Elisa looked at him and said, "Nothing you don't already know. The Vesuvius will be there, perhaps Captain Shon asked for our presence?"
Wayde took a breath in and exhaled. "Maybe. I wouldn't put it past him. Wish he'd give a bit more respect to our off-time though if that's the case."
"That's what happens when your best friend is in range of him." Elisa replied with a smile. "'Hey, my friend is over there. Surely he can help with this big crisis!'" Elisa said a bit playfully.
Wayde just gave her a bit of a look and said, "Knowing Va'Kel, he doesn't need my help, more than he just wants my company for whatever is going on."
"Or perhaps he's just trying to keep the old Starfleet belief alive that whenever one of our two respective ships is in need of assistance, the other ship will always be there." Operations Officer Reed Blake replied rather jokingly.
Wayde offered a smile at the joke before sitting down. Apparently there had been a small belief circulating Starfleet regarding both his ship, the Rainier, and Captain Shon's ship, the Vesuvius. It was nothing more than superstitious babble for the most part, but many Starfleet officers enjoyed to joke about how the Rainier and the Vesuvius very often found themselves at the aid of one another. It was no secret that Wayde and the captain of the Vesuvius, the Andorian Captain, Va'Kel Shon were indeed very good friends, and Wayde could count a numerous amount of times that he found himself offering aid to his friend, or the other way around, but unlike other Starfleet officers, he never paid much attention to it. He was just happy to assist his friend whenever it was needed.
The trip seemed much shorter than usual when his helmsman, a Cardassian by the name of Kovat Borvok spoke up, "Captain, we've entered the New Romulus System."
"Good job, ensign, take us out of warp." Wayde replied standing up. He rubbed his eyes and stood up. "Put us in a standard orbit around the planet, alert the Vesuvius that we're here and-"
"Captain, look!" Elisa suddenly spoke up.
Wayde too a glance to the viewing screen, and frowned in confusion. "Remans?"
Sure enough, outside his viewing screen was a large capitol ship of the Reman Resistance, the intimidating figure, very much resembling similar Romulan Warbird designs. Wayde did not feel much alarm, as the Federation was not on bad grounds with the Reman Resistance, but one could say that the Remans did not exactly share favorable views of the Federation. Wayde knew what they stood for, and very much supported their fight. Despite their rocky relationship with the Federation, the Reman Resistance had allowed some diplomacies with the Romulan Republic. So it wasn't exactly a surprise to see Reman ships now and then in this sector. But he couldn't help but wonder if the Remans were to be expected here. He was about to hail the Vesuvius, when there was a beep, and his Operations Officer spoke up, "Sir, the Vesuvius is hailing us."
Wayde nodded, and replied, "Then by all means, Lieutenant, put it onscreen."
At the command, the screen flickered once, and the familiar face of the Andorian Captain Va'Kel Shon appeared on the viewing screen, his trademark smile on his face upon greeting his friend on the Rainier. "Hello Wayde, it's been too long."
Wayde returned the smile, and said, "Funny, I recall seeing you not two weeks ago." This sort of banter was common between the two captains, especially since half of Starfleet knew about how much the Vesuvius and Rainier were known to aid each other. "You've managed to get our attention, despite our ship not being listed for active duty at the moment, so if I may ask what exactly is going on..."
"My apologies, friend, however this is a matter of great importance. Though even I am having a hard time buying this one. I'd have you beam over, however I''m afraid my conference room isn't the most comfortable at the present moment. I hope your conference room is available."
"Ready, and waiting." Wayde replied. "I'll have you beamed aboard immediately."
"More than just myself, Captain." Va'Kel replied. "I'm sure you've seen the Reman ship here." "You're telling me to have a Reman beamed over. There's not going to be a problem is there?" Wayde asked a bit cautiously.
"Relax, Captain. I think they're more interested in cooperation for this particular mission than you give them credit for. Prepare for the arrival of five, and we can get you up to speed."
Wayde was obviously unsure about this. Five visitors. There was Va'Kel, his first officer, and apparently three representatives of the Reman Resistance coming over. Wayde had half a mind to get a security team ready, but held back. The Remans might not have had his full trust yet, but Va'Kel did. "Very well, Captain Shon. We will prepare for your arrival immediately. Linton out." And with that, the transmission ended. Wayde took a deep breath in and exhaled before looking to his Elisa. "Let's see what this is all about."
She nodded and began to walk with Wayde out of the bridge, as Wayde tapped his combadge once and said, "Mr. Effrin'gere, please meet me in Transporter Room 3."
===
The doors to the transporter room opened and Wayde and Elisa walked in, seeing Effrin'gere standing there waiting for him. "Reporting as ordered, sir." The Jem'hadar officer spoke.
It had been a few years since Effrin'gere and Wayde had met. Originally a part of a battalion of Jem'hadar soldiers that had been left behind following the loss of the Dominion War, Effrin'gere and Wayde had grown close. Wayde had been ordered in the assistance of establishing comminications with the battalion, and efforts to relocate them back to the Gamma Quadrant. Effrin'gere, A former First of his battalion, he was formerly known as Totut'axut, but had abandoned that name when he ultimately made the decision to leave the Dominion ranks, and learn more about Starfleet. Getting him into the academy was a huge pain for Wayde, who had to do more convincing than he ever wanted to do again, but he liked to think that the academy had been beneficial to his Chief of Security. Even if his short temper still intimidated his crew.
Wayde nodded to the security officer, and replied, "How are you feeling?"
"Adequate." Effrin'gere responded. Wayde swallowed and said, "We have five people coming over here to discuss something of importance. We're...not going to have any problems, will we?"
"Captain, with all due respect, I wish you would give me more respect on the conditions of my physical state."
Wayde was about to object, but nodded. It was no secret that Effrin'gere was always battling his former addiction to Ketracel-white. Not a week went by that Wayde's Chief Medical Officer didn't dive into the work of Starfleet Doctor's when it came to searching for a cure of the drug the Founders used to ensure the loyalty of their soldiers, but it was still a very hard drug to combat. Effrin'gere was often supplied with various supplements which they only hoped could provide the nutrients Effrin'gere needed to survive. Sometimes they worked for a brief time period. Other times, they didn't. Effrin'gere still held a few cases of Ketracel-White in his quarters for numerous reasons. It was said that it reminded him of his goal to eventually be free of its burden. And there were times when Wayde would have to do the unpleasant duty of ordering him to take it. Neither officer enjoyed that last option, but sometimes it just had to come to that. While his supply of the drug was limited, his distribution system that was still hooked to him had been modified by Wayde's chief engineer to distribute the drug slower than other Jem'hadar soldiers, to make each dose last as long as possible.
Wayde wiped his face a bit and faced officer behind the transporter controls, a young ensign by the name of Carter Marks. "Mr. Marks, is the Vesuvius ready for transport?"
Carter nodded, and said, "Aye, sir. They've just signaled themselves ready."
"Energize, Mr. Marks." Wayde ordered.
At the command, the transporter pad glowed, and in a few short seconds, five figures materialized onto the transporter pad. Up front, Wayde recognized Va'Kel right away, and his first officer, Akira Sulu, the great-grandson of famed Starfleet Officer Hikaru Sulu. To their side were two Reman officers. Both unarmed, but both seemed to have a look of shared emotions that they weren't thrilled to be aboard a Federation Ship.
Wayde smiled and said, "Welcome aboard the Rainier. "Captain, you know my first officer Ms. Elisa Florres, and my Chief of Security, Mr. Effrin'gere."
Va'Kel nodded with a smile. "A pleasure as always. Allow me to introduce Captain Raikir, and his first officer, R'Veclek, of the RRS Wyvern."
Raikir offered a small nod to Wayde and simply replied, "Captain..."
Wayde returned the gesture and repeated, "Welcome aboard."
R'Veclek spoke up. "I was not aware that Starfleet had allied itself with the Dominion." He said, casting a glance at the Jem'hadar security chief.
Wayde spoke up. "The Dominion and Starfleet do not stand on diplomatic ground unfortunately. Mr. Effrin'gere joined Starfleet a few years ago on his own terms."
"He defected." R'Veclek spoke up.
"I did no such thing." Effrin'gere said, sternly, yet compromised. "I simply wished to see life through another perspective."
"How very uncharacteristic of a Jem'hadar." R'Veclek said in an amused tone.
"Gentlemen, I'm sure we have more important matters to discuss." Wayde responded before anything got out of hand. "I was told to be ready for five of you?"
"You're correct, Captain." another voice from the back said, and a Romulan officer in a Starfleet uniform approached. "My name is Mirok. Operations Officer aboard the USS Enterprise."
Wayde could help but smile at the first ever Romulan to join Starfleet. "Lieutenant Commander Mirok, I've read plenty about you. It's a privilege to meet you. I was not aware the Enterprise was in the area."
"It's not. I was off duty, and visiting my family on New Romulus when I was told about the matter at hand. I believe I may be able to lend my assistance in the matter."
"Well, it's a pleasure to have you all onboard. If you'll follow me to the conference room, we can get started..." Wayde said beckoning out of the transporter room.

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Throwback Thursday's Resurrection Jukebox

You guys have pushed the Resurrection Jukebox over 11,000 followers. I already wrote out a thank you for you all, so I won't repeat that, but I will say again, it means a lot, even if you're not actively rating these or whatnot, that I have an audience listening weekly to a single song from back in the day. It means a lot to me, and therefore, this one's for you guys. Let's talk about Joe Cocker.

Cocker's main musical influences growing up were Ray Charles and Lonnie Donegan. Cocker's first experience singing in public was at age 12 when his elder brother Victor invited him on stage to sing during a gig of his skiffle group. In 1960, along with three friends, Cocker formed his first group, the Cavaliers. The Cavaliers eventually broke up after a year and Cocker left school to become an apprentice gasfitter while simultaneously pursuing a career in music. In 1961, under the stage name Vance Arnold, Cocker continued his career with a new group, Vance Arnold and the Avengers. The name was a combination of Vince Everett, Elvis Presley's character in Jailhouse Rock (which Cocker misheard as Vance); and country singer Eddy Arnold. The group mostly played in the pubs of Sheffield, performing covers of Chuck Berry and Ray Charles songs.  In 1964, Cocker signed a recording contract as a solo act with Decca and released his first single, a cover of the Beatles' "I'll Cry Instead". Despite extensive promotion from Decca lauding his youth and working-class roots, the record was a flop and his recording contract with Decca lapsed at the end of 1964. He dropped his stage - name shortly afterward, and formed the short-lived Joe Cocker's Blues Band.

In 1966, after a year-long hiatus from music, Cocker teamed up with Chris Stainton, whom he had met several years before, to form the Grease Band. Like the Avengers, Cocker's group mostly played in pubs in and around Sheffield. The Grease Band came to the attention of Denny Cordell, the producer of Procol Harum, the Moody Blues and Georgie Fame. Cocker recorded the single "Marjorine" without the Grease Band for Cordell in a London studio. He then moved to London with Chris Stainton, and the Grease Band at that time was dissolved. The new touring line-up of Cocker's Grease Band featured Henry McCullough on lead guitar, who would go on to briefly play with McCartney's Wings. After touring the UK with the Who in autumn 1968 and Gene Pitney and Marmalade in early winter 1969, the Grease Band embarked on their first tour of the United States in spring 1969. Cocker's album With a Little Help from My Friends was released soon after their arrival and made number 35 on the American charts, eventually going gold. During his United States tour, Cocker played at several large festivals, including the Newport Rock Festival, the Denver Pop Festival, and the famous 1969 Woodstock Festival. Cocker would later say that the experience was "like an eclipse ... it was a very special day." Directly after Woodstock, Cocker released his second album, Joe Cocker! Recorded during a break in touring in the spring and summer, the album reached number 11 on the US charts and garnered a second UK hit with the Leon Russell song, "Delta Lady." At the end of the year Cocker was unwilling to embark on another US tour, so he dissolved the Grease Band.

Despite Cocker's reluctance to venture out on the road again, an American tour had already been booked so he had to quickly form a new band in order to fulfill his contractual obligations. It proved to be a large group of more than 20 musicians, including pianist and bandleader Leon Russell, three drummers – Jim Gordon, Jim Keltner, and Chuck Blackwell, and backing vocalists Rita Coolidge and Claudia Lennear. Denny Cordell christened the new band "Mad Dogs & Englishmen," after the Noël Coward song of the same name. Cocker's music evolved into a more bluesy type of rock, compared to that of the Rolling Stones. During the ensuing Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour (later described by drummer Jim Keltner as "a big, wild party"), Cocker toured 48 cities, recorded a live album, and received very positive reviews from Time and Life for his performances. However, the pace of the tour was exhausting. Russell and Cocker had personal problems; Cocker became depressed and began drinking excessively as the tour wound down in May 1970.

In early 1972, after nearly two years away from music, Cocker went on tour with a group that Chris Stainton had formed. He opened with a performance in Madison Square Garden which was attended by about 20,000 people. After touring the United States, he embarked on a European tour where he played to large audiences in Milan and Germany. He then returned to the United States for another tour in autumn 1972. During these tours the group cut the songs that would be part of his newest album, Joe Cocker. A mixture of live songs and studio recordings, the album peaked at number 30 on the US charts. In October 1972, when Cocker toured Australia, he and six members of his entourage were arrested in Adelaide for possession of marijuana. The next day, in Melbourne, assault charges were laid after a brawl at the Commodore Chateau Hotel, and the Australian Federal Police gave Cocker 48 hours to leave the country. This caused huge public outcry in Australia, as Cocker was a high-profile overseas artist and had a strong support base, especially amongst the baby boomers who were coming of age and able to vote for the first time. It sparked hefty debate about the use and legalisation of marijuana in Australia, and gained Cocker the nickname "the Mad Dog." Shortly after the Australian tour, Stainton retired from his music career to establish his own recording studio. After his friend's departure and his estrangement from his longtime producer Denny Cordell, Cocker sank into depression and began using heroin. In June 1973, he kicked the habit but continued to drink heavily. At the end of 1973, Cocker returned to the studio to record a new album, I Can Stand A Little Rain. The album, released in August 1974, was number 11 on the US charts and one single, a cover of Billy Preston's "You Are So Beautiful," which reached the number 5 slot. Despite positive reviews, Cocker faced problems performing live from his alcohol abuse. In January 1975, he released a second album that had been recorded at the same time as I Can Stand a Little Rain, Jamaica Say You Will. To promote his new album, Cocker embarked on another tour of Australia, made possible by the country's new Labor government. In late 1975, he contributed vocals on a number of the tracks on Bo Diddley's The 20th Anniversary of Rock 'n' Roll all-star album. He also recorded a new album in a Kingston, Jamaica studio, Stingray. However, record sales were disappointing; the album reached only number 70 on the US charts.

In 1976, Cocker performed "Feelin' Alright" on Saturday Night Live. John Belushi joined him onstage doing his famous impersonation of Cocker's stage movements. At the time, Cocker was $800,000 in debt to A&M Records and struggling with alcoholism. Several months later, he met producer Michael Lang, who agreed to manage him on the condition that he stay sober. With a new band, Cocker embarked on a tour of New Zealand, Australia and South America. He then recorded a new album with session work by Steve Gadd and Chuck Rainey, and a new, young bassist from Scotland, Rob Hartley. In the autumn of 1978, Cocker toured North America promoting his album, Luxury You Can Afford. Despite this effort, it received mixed reviews and only sold around 300,000 copies.

In 1982, at the behest of producer Stewart Levine, Cocker recorded the duet "Up Where We Belong" with Jennifer Warnes for the soundtrack of the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman. The song was an international hit, reaching number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and winning a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo. The duet also won an Academy Award for Best Original Song, and Cocker and Warnes performed the song at the awards ceremony. Several days later, he was invited to perform "You Are So Beautiful" with Ray Charles in a television tribute to the musician. In 1983, Cocker joined a star-studded line-up of British musicians, including Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Steve Winwood and Bill Wyman for singer Ronnie Lane's 1983 tour to raise money for the London-based organisation Action for Research into Multiple Sclerosis, in particular because Lane was beginning to suffer from the degenerative disease.  While on another tour that year, Cocker was arrested by Austrian police after refusing to perform because of inadequate sound equipment. The charges were eventually dropped and Cocker was released. Shortly after the incident, he released his ninth studio album, Civilized Man. His next album Cocker was dedicated to his mother, Madge, who died when he was recording in the studio with producer Terry Manning. The album eventually went Platinum on the European charts. His 1987 album Unchain My Heart was nominated for a Grammy Award, although it did not win. One Night of Sin was also a commercial success, surpassing Unchain My Heart in sales. Cocker would continue touring through the 80's.

Cocker kept recording and touring through his later years. 2012's Fire it up, which would turn out to be Cocker's last studio album, was followed by an extensive tour, consisting of a US leg in 2012 and a European leg in 2013. Cocker died from lung cancer on 22 December 2014 in Crawford, Colorado at the age of 70. Tributes to the artist came pouring in, Billy Joel even nominating him for entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Known for his gritty voice, spasmodic body movement in performance and definitive versions of popular songs, Cocker really was the definition of "one of a kind" in more ways than one. Such personality and performance is likely what ranked him at number 97 of the Rolling Stones best music artists of all time.

Let's take a trip back to May, 1969. Off the album of the same name, this is "With a Little Help From My Friends", as made famous by the Beatles, and performed by the one and only Joe Cocker. Please feel free to voice your thoughts and opinions on the artist and song down below, all ratings, shares, and comments are very much appreciated, feel free to request any artists or songs you'd like to see featured, and as always, enjoy the listen.

#ThrowbackThursday #tbt #JoeCocker #WithALittleHelpFromMyFriends #Beatles #ClassicRock 

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Throwback Thursday's Resurrection Jukebox

You guys have pushed the Resurrection Jukebox over 11,000 followers. I already wrote out a thank you for you all, so I won't repeat that, but I will say again, it means a lot, even if you're not actively rating these or whatnot, that I have an audience listening weekly to a single song from back in the day. It means a lot to me, and therefore, this one's for you guys. Let's talk about Joe Cocker.

Cocker's main musical influences growing up were Ray Charles and Lonnie Donegan. Cocker's first experience singing in public was at age 12 when his elder brother Victor invited him on stage to sing during a gig of his skiffle group. In 1960, along with three friends, Cocker formed his first group, the Cavaliers. The Cavaliers eventually broke up after a year and Cocker left school to become an apprentice gasfitter while simultaneously pursuing a career in music. In 1961, under the stage name Vance Arnold, Cocker continued his career with a new group, Vance Arnold and the Avengers. The name was a combination of Vince Everett, Elvis Presley's character in Jailhouse Rock (which Cocker misheard as Vance); and country singer Eddy Arnold. The group mostly played in the pubs of Sheffield, performing covers of Chuck Berry and Ray Charles songs.  In 1964, Cocker signed a recording contract as a solo act with Decca and released his first single, a cover of the Beatles' "I'll Cry Instead". Despite extensive promotion from Decca lauding his youth and working-class roots, the record was a flop and his recording contract with Decca lapsed at the end of 1964. He dropped his stage - name shortly afterward, and formed the short-lived Joe Cocker's Blues Band.

In 1966, after a year-long hiatus from music, Cocker teamed up with Chris Stainton, whom he had met several years before, to form the Grease Band. Like the Avengers, Cocker's group mostly played in pubs in and around Sheffield. The Grease Band came to the attention of Denny Cordell, the producer of Procol Harum, the Moody Blues and Georgie Fame. Cocker recorded the single "Marjorine" without the Grease Band for Cordell in a London studio. He then moved to London with Chris Stainton, and the Grease Band at that time was dissolved. The new touring line-up of Cocker's Grease Band featured Henry McCullough on lead guitar, who would go on to briefly play with McCartney's Wings. After touring the UK with the Who in autumn 1968 and Gene Pitney and Marmalade in early winter 1969, the Grease Band embarked on their first tour of the United States in spring 1969. Cocker's album With a Little Help from My Friends was released soon after their arrival and made number 35 on the American charts, eventually going gold. During his United States tour, Cocker played at several large festivals, including the Newport Rock Festival, the Denver Pop Festival, and the famous 1969 Woodstock Festival. Cocker would later say that the experience was "like an eclipse ... it was a very special day." Directly after Woodstock, Cocker released his second album, Joe Cocker! Recorded during a break in touring in the spring and summer, the album reached number 11 on the US charts and garnered a second UK hit with the Leon Russell song, "Delta Lady." At the end of the year Cocker was unwilling to embark on another US tour, so he dissolved the Grease Band.

Despite Cocker's reluctance to venture out on the road again, an American tour had already been booked so he had to quickly form a new band in order to fulfill his contractual obligations. It proved to be a large group of more than 20 musicians, including pianist and bandleader Leon Russell, three drummers – Jim Gordon, Jim Keltner, and Chuck Blackwell, and backing vocalists Rita Coolidge and Claudia Lennear. Denny Cordell christened the new band "Mad Dogs & Englishmen," after the Noël Coward song of the same name. Cocker's music evolved into a more bluesy type of rock, compared to that of the Rolling Stones. During the ensuing Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour (later described by drummer Jim Keltner as "a big, wild party"), Cocker toured 48 cities, recorded a live album, and received very positive reviews from Time and Life for his performances. However, the pace of the tour was exhausting. Russell and Cocker had personal problems; Cocker became depressed and began drinking excessively as the tour wound down in May 1970.

In early 1972, after nearly two years away from music, Cocker went on tour with a group that Chris Stainton had formed. He opened with a performance in Madison Square Garden which was attended by about 20,000 people. After touring the United States, he embarked on a European tour where he played to large audiences in Milan and Germany. He then returned to the United States for another tour in autumn 1972. During these tours the group cut the songs that would be part of his newest album, Joe Cocker. A mixture of live songs and studio recordings, the album peaked at number 30 on the US charts. In October 1972, when Cocker toured Australia, he and six members of his entourage were arrested in Adelaide for possession of marijuana. The next day, in Melbourne, assault charges were laid after a brawl at the Commodore Chateau Hotel, and the Australian Federal Police gave Cocker 48 hours to leave the country. This caused huge public outcry in Australia, as Cocker was a high-profile overseas artist and had a strong support base, especially amongst the baby boomers who were coming of age and able to vote for the first time. It sparked hefty debate about the use and legalisation of marijuana in Australia, and gained Cocker the nickname "the Mad Dog." Shortly after the Australian tour, Stainton retired from his music career to establish his own recording studio. After his friend's departure and his estrangement from his longtime producer Denny Cordell, Cocker sank into depression and began using heroin. In June 1973, he kicked the habit but continued to drink heavily. At the end of 1973, Cocker returned to the studio to record a new album, I Can Stand A Little Rain. The album, released in August 1974, was number 11 on the US charts and one single, a cover of Billy Preston's "You Are So Beautiful," which reached the number 5 slot. Despite positive reviews, Cocker faced problems performing live from his alcohol abuse. In January 1975, he released a second album that had been recorded at the same time as I Can Stand a Little Rain, Jamaica Say You Will. To promote his new album, Cocker embarked on another tour of Australia, made possible by the country's new Labor government. In late 1975, he contributed vocals on a number of the tracks on Bo Diddley's The 20th Anniversary of Rock 'n' Roll all-star album. He also recorded a new album in a Kingston, Jamaica studio, Stingray. However, record sales were disappointing; the album reached only number 70 on the US charts.

In 1976, Cocker performed "Feelin' Alright" on Saturday Night Live. John Belushi joined him onstage doing his famous impersonation of Cocker's stage movements. At the time, Cocker was $800,000 in debt to A&M Records and struggling with alcoholism. Several months later, he met producer Michael Lang, who agreed to manage him on the condition that he stay sober. With a new band, Cocker embarked on a tour of New Zealand, Australia and South America. He then recorded a new album with session work by Steve Gadd and Chuck Rainey, and a new, young bassist from Scotland, Rob Hartley. In the autumn of 1978, Cocker toured North America promoting his album, Luxury You Can Afford. Despite this effort, it received mixed reviews and only sold around 300,000 copies.

In 1982, at the behest of producer Stewart Levine, Cocker recorded the duet "Up Where We Belong" with Jennifer Warnes for the soundtrack of the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman. The song was an international hit, reaching number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and winning a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo. The duet also won an Academy Award for Best Original Song, and Cocker and Warnes performed the song at the awards ceremony. Several days later, he was invited to perform "You Are So Beautiful" with Ray Charles in a television tribute to the musician. In 1983, Cocker joined a star-studded line-up of British musicians, including Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Steve Winwood and Bill Wyman for singer Ronnie Lane's 1983 tour to raise money for the London-based organisation Action for Research into Multiple Sclerosis, in particular because Lane was beginning to suffer from the degenerative disease.  While on another tour that year, Cocker was arrested by Austrian police after refusing to perform because of inadequate sound equipment. The charges were eventually dropped and Cocker was released. Shortly after the incident, he released his ninth studio album, Civilized Man. His next album Cocker was dedicated to his mother, Madge, who died when he was recording in the studio with producer Terry Manning. The album eventually went Platinum on the European charts. His 1987 album Unchain My Heart was nominated for a Grammy Award, although it did not win. One Night of Sin was also a commercial success, surpassing Unchain My Heart in sales. Cocker would continue touring through the 80's.

Cocker kept recording and touring through his later years. 2012's Fire it up, which would turn out to be Cocker's last studio album, was followed by an extensive tour, consisting of a US leg in 2012 and a European leg in 2013. Cocker died from lung cancer on 22 December 2014 in Crawford, Colorado at the age of 70. Tributes to the artist came pouring in, Billy Joel even nominating him for entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Known for his gritty voice, spasmodic body movement in performance and definitive versions of popular songs, Cocker really was the definition of "one of a kind" in more ways than one. Such personality and performance is likely what ranked him at number 97 of the Rolling Stones best music artists of all time.

Let's take a trip back to May, 1969. Off the album of the same name, this is "With a Little Help From My Friends", as made famous by the Beatles, and performed by the one and only Joe Cocker. Please feel free to voice your thoughts and opinions on the artist and song down below, all ratings, shares, and comments are very much appreciated, feel free to request any artists or songs you'd like to see featured, and as always, enjoy the listen.

#ThrowbackThursday #tbt #JoeCocker #WithALittleHelpFromMyFriends #Beatles #ClassicRock 

Man. I will never understand the thought process of certain fans of Trek. I understand fandom is what it is, and that we're all passionate about what we love, but... when I hear some of the things I do, I wanna grab them by the shoulder, and recite the MST3K Mantra at them....it's been one of those nights...

Have a good one guys. LLAP

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