Posted on Sat Sep 7th, 2013 @ 7:28pm by Captain Daniela Moreno
Location: USS Nimitz
"In the simplest of terms, it's a virus." Noa Felchick (NPC) had a wild look in his eyes and an equally wild tangle of hair on top of his head. He pushed the flaming red locks of hair out of his face and added to his analysis. "And a damned impressive one, too."
Noa was one of the people Daniela had hand-picked to come aboard when she took command of the Nimitz and a wunderkind who'd proven to be one of the valuable assets to her in recent memory. While he wasn't the baby-faced 16 year old she'd met 8 years earlier, he was still the smartest person in any room she'd been in since then. There wasn't a good position for him, so for now, she'd assigned him to Engineering and had him reporting directly to her. In the future, that position would probably change. He wasn't any good to her in a leadership role; he worked best when he was free-wheeling.
"So back up," she said, raising her hands to stop him, "you're saying the Nimitz computer has been infected with a virus and that's what's causing all the issues?"
He nodded. "It's a little more complicated than that, but at its most basic explanation, yes, that's what's happening."
"So then why don't we just isolate the virus and be done with it?" Her question showed her complete lack of knowledge of the engineering sector, but it wasn't something she'd spent much time learning over her career.
"Whoever planted this thing knew what they were doing," he explained. He spun in his chair and pointed to the monitor. "Most viruses have an epicenter. Once you work back to there, it's relatively easy to neutralize them. This doesn't have that. There are independent nodes scattered everywhere throughout the core."
"Why didn't diagnostics catch them?"
Noa's voice jumped up an octave in excitement. "That's where the genius of this thing lies. All these nodes," he said, pointing to a few red dots on the monitor, "started out looking like innocuous pieces of data to the computer, so it didn't raise any red flags. It all started with a single node, but this things is duplicating itself and spreading throughout the computer core. There's no way to tell what's real data and what's the virus until the node activates, and by then, it's already embedded itself so deep that it wreaks complete havoc with our systems."
"Is there any way to isolate critical systems?" Moreno asked quickly.
"There might be," he said with a quick nod. "I think I can make the Tier 1 systems totally paranoid about anything coming or going," he said, referring to the ship's most important systems: life support, weapons, shields and propulsion. "But I'll have to make root modifications system-by-system, so you'll have to let me know what's most important to you."
"Life support, propulsion, shields and weapons, in that order," she snapped. "If someone planted a virus, it stands to reason they did so for a reason, but we have an unstable planet below us, so I'm not interested in staying here any long than we need to. How long?"
"I can probably have life support locked down in a few hours. Propulsion is pretty far reaching, so it could take some time to lock those systems down."
"Keep on it and pull whoever you need to help," she said firmly. She started to leave, but turned back toward Noa. "How long has this bastard been in there?"
"Tough to tell, but I'm guessing over a year. I'll know more as I peel back the layers between us and them."
"Keep me in the loop." With that, she was gone. Noa pushed his hair out of his face again and began hammering on the console.
"Come to papa," he said with a smile.
TAG anyone who wants to have a little fun with our little virus!