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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].

dualla on June 21st, 2006 12:42 am (UTC)
Dee made a mental note of Adama's orders and gave the Commander a nod. It wasn't that hard of a job, they had a few techs who'd be able to handle it. She covered the mouth piece of her headset and said a quick, "Yes, Sir."

Then it was back to the calls. Dualla had gotten good at stonewalling people. It was a necessity sometimes. Information was all well and good, but there were times when it could do a lot of harm. Her only goal now was to stop people from panicing until a plan could be put in affect.

"Yes, Ma'am. I understand." She was talking to someone from the Kestral Star. "Ma'am, no. That doesn't match the reports from the Gideon, it sounds like you have a few people with a cold." She rolled her eyes as she listened to the reply. "No, I'm not trying to be rude. But your ship has had no contact at all with the Gideon, and....Ma'am, I don't think that language is called for. As soon as more known, you'll be notified. Galactica out." She disconnected the call before the woman had a chance to respond.

Before she moved onto the next call, she allowed herself the brief hope that the arrival of the President would mean the arrival of Billy. It wasn't like they'd have time to really do anything, but it'd be nice just to see his face.