Star Trek Hunter
Episode 19: The Ivonovic Commission
Scene 2: The I.K.V. 'Iw Hov
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The I.K.V. 'Iw Hov
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Commander David Pepper had transported into the cargo hold of the bird of prey, phaser rifle in hand. The emergency escape transporter in his interceptor included a replication circuit, which had created and sealed an EVA suit around him as he beamed in. Eleven dead klingons, a dead romulan and a dead gamorlan were in this room. It was a good thing Pep's EVA suit was sealed; something poisonous had been released in the hold and its atmosphere was thick with wisps of acrid gasses. The romulan had been shredded, her chest cavity opened and her organs splayed. The klingons had also suffered tremendous violence - their armor clawed off, bite marks all over their faces. Disrupter blasts had damaged nearly everything in the room, including a canister of drive plasma, which had been punctured. The tiny, sad looking gamorlan appeared to have died of asphyxiation.

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"Mlady," Pep said softly. The communicator embedded in his chest sent the signal tuned to her signal frequency.

"Pep, are you on board?"

"Where are you?"

"I beamed myself into the brig to get away from the gamorlans," Mlady responded. "They're not just killing the klingons - they're tearing this ship apart."

"Prepare to hold your breath," said Pep. He walked to the back of the cargo bay, magnetized his boots, and opened the cargo hatch. He stood to the side as the bodies and pretty much anything not tied down was blown out of the cargo bay along with the atmosphere. Once the atmosphere was gone, he deactivated his magnetic boots, strode across the room and reactivated them before opening the door into the hallway. Atmosphere began venting continuously. He used his phaser to deactivate the shield emitter near the cargo hatch, then again the emergency shield emitter over the door into the cargo bay.

Pep made his way to the bridge. He stepped to one side before opening the bridge door. A klingon with a gamorlan attached to him - tearing its way in to his chest, blew out into the hallway. The tiny alien turned its unbelievably cute face and big sad eyes toward Pep, then opened its mouth impossibly wide, displaying a mass of fangs. It launched itself toward Pep at incredible speed, only to be eviscerated by Pep's phaser, cutting the little monster nearly in half.

"Mlady, do you still have air? Is there anyone else in your area?"

"I have air. A klingon left just as I was beaming in. This compartment is sealed."

"Good, hold tight."

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Pep waited four minutes before walking onto the bridge. When he entered the bridge, he found two gamorlans gasping for air - one was under the pilot's station, entangled in wires and receiving continuing shocks as it continued to dismantle the wiring. The other launched from the chest of a klingon toward Pep. If the creature had sufficient energy, it might have reached Pep – but starved for oxygen, it was unable to close the distance in a single leap. Pep cut the gamorlan down with a phaser blast.

Six dead klingons were scattered about the bridge, their armor torn aside and their organs eviscerated. Pep rolled one of the bodies over, drew the dead klingon's jej'taj (throwing knife), hefted it appreciatively, then hurled it into the skull of the remaining gamorlan. The tiny alien jerked, turned over, then finally was still. A large, broken parnel fell out from underneath the pilot's console and landed on its freshly dead body before sliding, still sparking, to the deck.

The klingon captain, her head at an odd angle and her neck evidently broken, had died in her command chair. Pep unhooked her from her restraints and shoved her body out of his way, then squeezed into the command chair. He closed the door and repressurized the bridge, then opened his helmet and activated a control on the arm of the command chair. The comm system opened a shipwide channel with a low end hum. Pep spoke:

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"ja' ghop Hoch"

"brakk Udrus Rorger," responded one female voice.

Another female voice replied, "brakk Avor Firshok."

"Udrus, Avor, according to the internal sensors, you are the only surviving members of your crew. This is Star Fleet Commander David Pepper. I am assuming command of the…" Pep looked around the bridge until he found the ship's nameplate: "the I.K.V. 'Iw Hov. Remain at your stations until I close outer doors and repressurize. Then I will need for you to begin repairs."

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ja' ghop Hoch (All hands, report) brakk Udrus Rorger (Crewmember Udrus of the House of Rorger, reporting) brakk Avor Firshok (Crewmember Avor of the House of Firshok, reporting) 'Iw Hov (Blood Star)

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