Episode 4: Shelley's Monster
|Description||Finally locating the USS Shelley and the creature that has plagued the Volan Expanse, the Defiant crew must find a way to stay alive while working to stop the menace that has destroyed entire worlds.|
|Mission Group||Season 1|
|Start Date||Wed Dec 31st, 1969 @ 5:00pm|
|End Date||Thu Sep 28th, 2017 @ 12:11pm|
The Defiant is dispatched to investigate the remains of the lost colony of Lena V, the last major attack by the Entity of the Volan Expanse. Upon arriving, they find several things amiss with the system. The atmosphere is much colder than it should be, the orbital satellites destroyed.
An away team beams down to the surface to investigate one of the crashed satellites, while Defiant itself investigates the last intact one in space. The away team successfully retrieves the logs, but is quickly attacked by the puppetted bodies of the former colonists. Meanwhile in orbit, the Defiant has encountered a strange orange webbing on the satellite. After removing the panel with the webbing, they begin to remove the data file.
Defiant then detects something approaching at high warp, and suddenly everything goes black. Every star, including the Lena sun, disappears. In orbit, the team retrieving that datapad beam back aboard, but Crewman Miles is encased by the orange substance, which came aboard with them. On the surface, the sun goes out, plunging the escaping away team into total darkness. Captain James is beamed aboard, while the rest of the away team seeks refuge in a bunker.
After finding valuable research that could help combat the entity, the away team escapes aboard their shuttle.
A few days later, the Defiant determines that they have been isolated in a pocket universe of sorts. Soon, they detect an increase in the pocket's size and numerous long lost vessels appear. One of which is the USS Shelley.
An away team boards the vessel, retrieving the log information and bringing online what systems they can. Some time later, another set of vessels appear, including two active Hydran ships which engage the Defiant. Through the use of the USS Shelley and a remotely hacked Romulan scout ship, the Defiant was able to hold to defeat the Hydrans.
The Entity finally appeared, quickly dispatching the USS Shelley and pursuing the Defiant. While a firefight ensued in the halls of the Defiant, the vessel was trapped by the entity which began devouring its hull. Sacrificing the now crippled Shelley, the Defiant wounded the creature and managed to escape the pocket universe. The USS Aldrin towed them back to Starbase Arcadia for repairs.