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17 June 2006 @ 10:37 am
It has been two weeks since the exodus of the Twelve Colonies. The prisoners are one day away from finishing their goal: tomorrow, water will happily be distributed to the fleet and the shortage will be over...

Suddenly, a serious epidemic has hit the Gideon -- one of the fleet's heavy hauler transport vessels.

A group of dissenters are [withholding water] from the rest of the passengers by sealing themselves inside the vessel's water tank cabin. They are dehydrating the ship on purpose, believing that quick death in there is better than life out here. Not everyone on Gideon agrees, but nothing will change the group's mind.

The dissenters, calling themselves The Wringers, have contracted [cholera] inside the cabin and may infect the rest of Gideon if not helped. Though their plan has backfired on them, The Wringers nonetheless refuse to vacate.

The Wringers are highly-skilled craftsmen critical to running the Gideon: they cannot be allowed to die. The press is demanding medical attention for these doomed souls. The Marines must be sent in to quarantine the ill and bring them vaccination. Those most sick will need to be transported back to Galactica's medical lab. Risking exposure, Galactica cannot afford to lose any more sick officers. This is causing paranoia, especially amongst pilots who share beverages.

Meanwhile, amongst the ill, a mysterious woman is identified as Ellen Tigh -- wife of Executive Officer Colonel Tigh. When she awoke from her coma aboard the Gideon, Ellen had no idea where she was. Neither was anyone willing to believe her relation to the much-disliked XO of the much-disliked Galactica. They have treated her as another miserable stowaway.

And now she's stuck on a diseased ship. Will the cholera kill Ellen...or will her own frustration?

There are many events... And you have a plan.

Note: The Gideon is the same ship where Marines shoot and kill a few civilians during a riot. Reporter D'Anna Biers will later refer to this event as the "Gideon Massacre". Most people aboard the ship do not approve of Roslin as president.

Events are explained in detail [here].

viper_instincts on June 19th, 2006 03:03 am (UTC)
Lee made haste to the C.I.C., but nonetheless was anteceded by his father and the XO. By the time he arrived on the scene, he already had a trail of questions on the brain. Given the tightly controlled hush of activity in the room, however, it seemed personal inquiries would have to wait until receiving orders.

Catching wind of the word 'cholera' nearly stopped Lee in his tracks. It had been on the lips of everyone he passed on the way here. Seeing the Commander busy on the phone, he defered to the XO and saluted, then was promptly given a briefing about the situation.

All the while, Lee was burning to ask if Colonel Tigh believed the stories, if he believed the woman on the reports really was his wife.

After the briefing, he gave Gaeta a passing glance and eyed the DRADIS contacts. It had been set to peer over the rear region of the fleet. Beano and Fireball, who were on CAP, had already wrangled the Gideon at the very posterior of the sixty or so ships in the fleet. Just like the colonial guard that was eventually going to be sent in on a relief mission (quarantine mission), it seemed the Commander was very literally seeking to isolate the Gideon.

"Beano and Fireball were closest to orbit," Lee explained to Tigh, which was why the two Vipers became the Gideon's unannounced babysitters.

"Fuzzy has skids prepped. I figured there might be raptor deployment needed to transport Marines for damage control."

He never arrived at the C.I.C. without a pre-empted understanding of his responsibilities.