TRI #38: And the head smacks the desk.

Spent past two hours outlining the history of the Renegade storyline, starting with the the Black Guard. So far it details of the forming of the crew of the Stovas, including Davis Varamir, and led by a man named Bishop; and ends with the beginning of the infamous Galaxy Planet mission. In case you aren’t caught up on the Black Guard story, here is the first chapter in the first novel (do note this is not the final version):

Star Trek: Black Guard
#1 The Dark Winds
by Greg Stitz

A crew’s ongoing mission…to save or destroy the Federation.

In the 23rd Century, the United Federation of Planets had established itself as a exploration and peace keeping organization. Within the confines of this resolve, a task force was formed to assist and defend the Federation from any threat, whether it be from outside invading forces, or from within the Federation itself. This organization operated outside the confounds of the laws and regulations established by the Federation. As such, they had no boundaries, able to go and come as they pleased. Some say they are a band of hired murderers, ex-cons, and the unlawful law men. Outcasts to the very government they served, yet bound to it. They are called…

…the Black Guard.

Authorized to use any force deemed necessary, they fight mercilessly to defend the Federation from dark forces. However, a dark past will come to haunt their very dreams and drive them to madness. Something or someone is tearing apart old wounds and deepening fresh ones. Someone is intentionally causing upheaval and is trying to demolish the Federation, not to just cripple, but to ultimately destroy the it. The Black Guard has been reestablished, with a former member tasked with getting together a ship and crew to fight and defend the Federation from this threat. However, learning to work together won’t be their hardest mission…

…it will be learning to survive against each other.


Chapter 1: The First Opportunity

Stardate 2266.03.04 – Colony Blackmoore

A deathly air hung over the bar that night, “Ooby Dooby” playing from the old record machine. Drunk patrons swindled their Romulan ale, singing sweet songs of hardships and bounty. Pirates and wanted criminals. His kind of scum, but not the ones who would be interested in helping the Federation. No, they would rather baulk at it and draw themselves to whatever corner they hide. They were opportunists, but not the caring kind. No the man he wanted was sitting in here, all he had to do was find him.
Bishop moved among the drunk patrons, scanning the crowd. Andorians, Klingons, Terrans, Loftites. None seemed to notice him. Bishop noticed a lone Terran sitting at the bar, his head slightly down, ignoring the Orion slave woman staring approvingly at him. Bishop pulled up his modified tricorder and scanned the man. Thirty four years of age, six-foot-one, and two hundred and ten pounds. Name: Davis Varamir. Bishop smiled slightly to himself. Davis Varamir: neither wanted man nor good samaritan. Known to the galaxy as a mercenary, one haunted by a past neither women nor liquor could repress. Davis looked exactly like Bishop imagined him. A deep, dark brooding man who never stayed anywhere too long, taking jobs where he could find them, then to disappear into the night.
It’s a wonder Section 31 hasn’t tried to recruit him yet, Bishop wondered. He sat down next to Davis and ordered a Budweiser classic. Davis took no notice of him, or if he had, he just didn’t care. Bishop watched Davis from the corner of his eye, Davis still oblivious. Bishop looked towards the Orion bar keep.
“Busy night?”
“It’s always like this here. The scum of the universe come here to where there’s the only source of hope. To them, everyone in this room is family, a close knit group of thugs and criminals. Get’s stressful when they get really into the drinking. However, I get off in a few hours. If you want to show a girl how to relax…”
She handed Bishop a holocard. The Orion walked away as Bishop pocketed the holocard into his jacket. He glanced towards Davis, who now was staring at him. No. He was staring pass him. Bishop turned to see three Gorns walk into the room. The room got deadly silent fast. The tallest and most powerful looking of the trio strode forward. Bishop noticed they had their hands on their phaser rifles. He turned forward, loosened his shirt, laying a hand on his phaser, his index finger slightly stroking the trigger. The tall Gorn walked forward and stopped at Davis.
“You shouldn’t be here Terran. This bar is for non-Terrans only.”
Bishop took a swing of his Budwiser. He felt a large claw come down on his shoulder.
So the giant lizard was talking to me, Bishop thought as he turned.
The Gorn leaned forward, his nostrils just inches from Bishop’s face. The smell of flesh and saliva filled Bishop’s nose. Bishop casually pushed the claw off his shoulder and stood up, coming face to face with him.
“Says who? As far as I’m concerned, this bar doesn’t have your green scaly ass on it.”
Tension filled the room as the Gorn raised his clenched fist.
“That will be enough Savir.”
The Gorn turned to Davis. Davis did not turn back.
“This Terran reaks of Federation wrench. I should kill him now for setting foot inside here.”
Davis turned to Savir and slid off his chair. Davis was taller than the Gorn, and he showed an alpha like dominance over Savir.
“Federation officers wouldn’t dare set foot in a place like this, let alone beam onto this planet. As far as I can tell, he’s just another ghost, passing through like the rest of us.”
Savir looked from Davis to Bishop. He paused for a second, then brought down his arm. He looked backed at Davis and said something in Gorn. He turned to the other two Gorn and left the bar. Bishop hid his phaser back under his shirt.
“Insulting a Gorn is not a good idea. They can tear you in half with just one arm. I reckon you wouldn’t last one minute in a fight with Savir.”
“He’s a got a temper that’s quick to flare up,” Bishop said, sitting back down.
“Savir is trustworthy, but sometimes he lacks patience and understanding. Now,” Davis said grabbing his drink,” what brings a Fedi all the way out to this corner of our humble galaxy?”
“For one, I don’t actually work for the Federation or am apart of Starfleet. As for why I am here, I’m on business.”
“I’m looking to recruit some for a job.”
“I assume this job is dangerous?”
“Dangerous, suicidal. Rash and what Vulcans call illogical. It’s all that and more.”
Davis turned towards the bar and set down his drink.
“I assume the job pays well?”
“My associates have agreed to pay in latinum bars. 50 for every week we are on the job.”
Davis let out a whistle.
“Fifty gold nuggets. The are only two governments who have the ability to afford that kind of salary. One are the Gorn, the other…the Federation.”
“Are you interested?” Bishop asked intently, noticing a Klingon and Andorian taking interest in the conversation.
“Maybe I am, but here is not he place to discuss such things. I think you see our two friends at the table taking notice in our conversation? They belong to a little group of thugs who take every chance to earn a little cling. ‘First Opportunities’ they call it.”
Bishop stood up and motioned towards the front door.
“Perhaps we should take this somewhere a little more private?”
“Yes, but not that way. In about thirty seconds, thirteen thugs are going to run in here and phasers will be glowing red hot.”
“Shouldn’t we tell everyone else?”
“No. It’s a common occurrence here. The thugs out there aren’t that smart. This is a ‘family’ bar, and the patrons here won’t like anyone disturbing that.”
Davis led the way out of the bar, Bishop taking a quick glance back before leaving the bar. They walked between the narrow alleys as phaser fire erupted from the bar. They walked for several minutes, pass homeless men and women, huddling together for comfort and warmth. Bishop notices some shadows mover overhead.
“Probably our two friends from before. I had hoped they would have been smart and stayed at the bar. Now it will cost them their lives.”
At that moment, Davis pulled out a phaser from his jacket and fired at the pipes over them. There was a spark of light and the piping above them exploded. The pipes fell apart and the two shadowy figures came down in front of them. Blood splattered on the streets, both the Klingon and Andorian dead. Davis looked towards Bishop, who had a surprised look on his face.
“Trust me, it’s better than what they would of done to us.”
Davis ripped off the coats of the two dead bodies, startled expressions on their faces. He walked towards a homeless alien couple and wrapped the coats around them. They thanked him as he continued walking. They walked on for several more moments before approaching a large valley. In the center laid a rundown DY-500 starship. The ship looked like it had been put together with scrap metal parts and whatever else someone could find. Sounds of engines reverberated, indicating the ship was still be able to fly. They approached the ship, workers going over the hull of the ship and repairing it.
“This is the last transport out for the night. It’ll take us up to the station. Unless you have any objections?” Davis asked.
“Son, I have piloted ships in worse piss-poor shape than this through bloody asteroid fields and emergency landings. A few loose bolts and floorboards don’t bother me.”
Davis smiled slightly. They boarded the ship as it rumbled to life. Bishop found himself at a window seat, looking up at the massive roof of the cave. Large metal bay doors opened up, letting the sunlight penetrate the underground valley. The ship rose slowly off the ground, then the power went out. The ship fell to the ground, shaking the frame, metal groaning under the impact. A crew member ran past him towards the back. Bishop heard a large metallic noise, as if someone was banging machinery with a large mallet. The ship roared to life, and the crew member ran by again. Bishop looked out the window as the ship rose into the air. Davis just shook his head and bent his head down.
No one spoke in the dark cabin. Lights constantly washed over the passengers, illuminating from the lights of other vessels, none interested in their transport. The ship approached the eerie and grim looking station, and Bishop took notice of a Federation Destroyer leaving the station.

The duo found themselves being escorted into a station stateroom, with the complementary service. Bishop threw his coat onto a chair and began pouring a glass of water.
“So this job…I assume is more than just go somewhere and shoot a bunch of bad guys and then return home?” Davis asked intently.
“More than that. My associates want me to find and recruit anyone, be it mercs, thugs, criminals, or just the desperate, for a mission of great importance.”
“And this mission of great importance… what would it be?”
Bishop turned towards Davis, pausing for a moment before speaking.
“The mission is to save the Federation from being destroyed.”


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