ENG Cadet Maalku Afiza

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ENG Cadet Maalku Afiza

Postby Meghann Ashpool » Sun Jul 17, 2016 10:45 am

Afiza was only barely aware of her surroundings as she walked along the corridor, small bag of personal possessions slung over her shoulder. Her attention was focussed almost entirely on the PADD in her hand as she went, brief glances whenever a figure appeared in her peripheral vision to avoid collision was the sole reason she looked away from the screen. Two days ago she was prepped and ready to join a Miranda Class crew and yet here she was walking to her quarters on a Prometheus Class, studying up on the technical specifications she needed to know before she started her first shift.

On reaching her new quarters she unpacked the smaller bag, taking out her small shrine to the Prophets and placing it carefully on a suitable surface. She muttered a quick prayer of thanks before turning her attention to putting her hairbrush in the bathroom and a couple of clothing items in the closet. She’d arrived a little earlier than anticipated and decided to kick back and put her feet up with the PADD for ten minutes before she had to head out to her CEO and report in. Then there was the dreaded medical, not that there was anything wrong but the fact there might be and she didn’t know it always played on her mind.

The more she looked at the PADD the more she wondered exactly how much bodging – the specialist skill of using items in odd ways to fix important things that have broken - would even be possible on such a technologically advanced ship like this, hopefully she wouldn’t have to find out any time soon.

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Afiza’s first duty shift wasn’t especially taxing but did provide her with a good hands-on experience with her new ship. One of the transporters had flashed up a warning about its Heisenberg Compensator, not something you want going wrong. She had been assigned to assist in the replacement of the device in the transporter and then the examination and refit of the one that had gone faulty.

Getting in around the guts of a ship was her absolute joy, it’s why she had become an engineer. There was nothing quite like the feeling of taking something apart and putting it back together better than it had been.

The joy was marred ever so slightly by scuttlebutt suggesting there were Cardassians in the vicinity. Afiza had been born in the year after they had left her homeworld but she had seen the results of their occupation and heard the stories. It would be a long time before her people would fully get through the healing process and whilst she had nothing against them herself, she’d never even met one, it was still an uncomfortable feeling to know they were around.

Still, focussing on the task at hand helped hugely and took her mind off the ambivalent feelings threatening to distract her. The replacement had gone smoothly enough and she and the engineer she was assigned with had returned to main engineering to work on repairing the removed device. She became so engrossed in what she was doing that she didn’t even notice the subtle shift in atmosphere amongst some of her colleagues. The engineer supervising her work was called away to work on something else but she carried on with her assignment. Until she was asked to do something else this was her job, she was only a Cadet on her first duty shift out of the Academy after all and there were more experienced people around to do the worrying about more important things.

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Re: ENG Cadet Maalku Afiza

Postby James Greenman » Sun Jul 17, 2016 4:43 pm

That was an absolutely fantastic bit of writing, Meghann. We got an insight into Afiza's personality, her spirituality, and her opinion on Cardassians all wrapped up in a neat little piece of her first duty shift.

Keep it up, that was a great read. :)
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Re: ENG Cadet Maalku Afiza

Postby Babette C » Sun Jul 17, 2016 9:22 pm

Great first log Meghann! Don't worry about the medical... you only have to do it if we survive the fight with the grey goo.. :D
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Re: ENG Cadet Maalku Afiza

Postby Einar S » Mon Jul 18, 2016 11:17 am

a thoroughly enjoyable log Meghann! Good to see Afiza settling in already :)
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Re: ENG Cadet Maalku Afiza

Postby Meghann Ashpool » Tue Jul 26, 2016 8:12 pm


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Postby Meghann Ashpool » Sun Jul 31, 2016 5:17 pm

Was there a course senior officers took before being promoted that made them give obnoxiously difficult tasks to engineers? If there was, Afiza concluded, they needed to stop it. Did they think engineers just twiddled their thumbs until something went wrong? The latest was asking her to find out why long-range sensors wouldn’t work while in Quantum Slipsteam.

It wasn’t used all that often the QSD was used so the two jumps they were making were an ideal time to gather more data. This wasn’t really her forte, hers was more the hands-on type of engineering rather than the theoretical but the problem had been set, the question asked, and she could hardly say no to her new command team. The two jumps did bring in plenty of data, the usual patchy and disjointed data that made no sense. She had a quick read through the technical manual on the drive and how it worked, a skim read at best, just looking for the idiot’s guide to how it squished everything together and fired the ship across the gap.

With the basic knowledge fresh in her mind she looked at the data gathered by the sensors during the two events. It was a mess, still nothing made sense. She sighed and thought about how the drive worked, squishing everything down into a single point. The problem was she was more of a visual thinker, she needed to see it. Afiza headed to a terminal, “Computer, show visualisation of QSD jump.” The computer complied and as she watched Afiza saw something, but she needed proof.

“Computer, for each of the data points gathered from the long-range sensors in QSD jump one identify location of the ship,” she spoke with a hint of excitement as the computer tweeped its acknowledgement. “Computer how many ship locations are there?” she asked. The response took her one step closer, “There are two locations.”

“Computer, separate datasets for the two locations and provide a visual picture for each,” Afiza looked at the screen on her console again as the two images appeared side-by-side. Neither were complete but both were recognisable as discrete locations. It seemed as though the long-range sensors were struggling to distinguish the two points in space as the ship occupied them simultaneously. If this was the case then this could be the reason for the problem. She needed confirmation, someone else to look at this with more scientific eyes… and she knew just who to ask.

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Re: ENG Cadet Maalku Afiza

Postby Einar S » Sun Jul 31, 2016 5:34 pm

amazing log Meghann! you took a problem and you made a scientific step to solve it. This is a real issue with QSD in game and hopefully you can help fix this issue for us! Very good read and I can't wait for the next installation :)
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Re: ENG Cadet Maalku Afiza

Postby Chris Esterhuyse » Mon Aug 01, 2016 9:27 am

Very nice log - loved your solution.

I giggled at the opening line of your log too. Yes, there is a special course we take. It's required.
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Re: ENG Cadet Maalku Afiza

Postby Einar S » Sun Oct 23, 2016 9:47 am

I heard she made Ensign! ;)
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Re: ENG Cadet Maalku Afiza

Postby Meghann Ashpool » Fri Nov 25, 2016 12:11 pm

The best description of what she was currently being made to do was the human word 'schmoozing' and she didn't like it. Afiza had always been far more comfortable around machines and it was only the prospect of new and interesting food that was keeping her here. Between Goodman and herself they had tasted just about everything edible in the room, some of it was fantastic and on the list for exploring in more detail later, some of it had been surreptitiously removed into a napkin and a mouthful of the first drinkable liquid used to cleanse the palette.

She had managed to avoid speaking to pretty much everyone in the process and aimed to be on the other side of the room to wherever the Admiral was, Captain was a scary enough rank to be dealing with, Admiral was just terrifying. The overactive imagination of the Engineer placed Hill as some tyrannical beast who could blast Engineers, particularly those with the propensity for answering questions with the truth regardless of whether someone wanted it or not, out of the nearest airlock on their merest whim.

If she had known it was going to be like this today she would have set Jordan up to call her back to Engineering with some techobabbly problem at a specific time. Maybe one day she would be better at this peopley stuff but it wasn't today. She wondered if they would consider running a cake-and-conversation class at the Academy for those like herself who were hopeless at it. Yes it was a great honour to be chosen as the ship for this ceremony and yes it was a very solemn occasion and she did feel for all those who were lost on this day but she would still rather be in a Jefferies tube with a phase decompiler and honouring them by doing her best work than this.

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