!jxrVRQy2To 10/01/10(Fri)16:56 No.12291293
Limited read only interface with ship computer system due to hardcoded restrictions. Upgrade to direct interface requires overhaul of operating system. Projected time for self modification: 2 years, 54 days, 9 hours. +/-.6%
You are currently on patrol in the Ortiza system, a quiet backwater of little interest. While calculating the odds of a successful engagement with pirate forces with your current resources, your ship receives a distress call. The communications officer tells you it's sent from Rumi's Star, a neighbouring system. Audio only.
"... of the Strike Cruiser Ephemera to all Loyalist ships. We are under attack by Exigent... heavy damage. Request immediate..."
There is a long pause of static, then the woman's voice comes back.
"... back online right now! We're not going anywhere without it. Stabilize the aft..."
The signal cuts out. Somehow you think you weren't supposed to hear the second part. Commander Vosk, your executive officer, furrows his brow in thought.
"Whoever they are, it sounds like the Exigency's gunning for them hard. Either their drives or their nav-com has taken a hit. Captain, a rescue mission may not be feasible."
"Cruiser attempting jump to hyperspace." You vocalize.
Vosk agrees, "Yes sir. If they make the jump while we're rushing in, we'll end up flying right past each other and we'll be in the ones getting ambushed. Most likely the ship will have escaped or lost the fight by the time we get there."
Rumi's Star is a hypergiant surrounded by intense solar winds. There's no other patrol nearby. A skilled captain might be able to outmaneuver their enemies in that environment for the entire two hours you'd need to reach the system, but it's definitely a long shot. Action?