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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 27th, 2006 09:51 am (UTC)
"I'm inclined to agree, but that'll be the President's call."

Lee's jaw tightened and he checked his anger. He didn't like his father's tone any more than the Commander probably appreciated his split loyalties at the moment. The captain swallowed the bad taste in his mouth. He wasn't sure if it was frustration or disappointment that he was feeling -- disappointment, perhaps, that his decision to serve Roslin was beginning to wedge a divide between himself and his father. Could have certainly been both.

"We've got a lot of desperate people out on the fleet. I want to know fast if we have a potential security problem."

"Starbuck's already on detail," Lee replied curtly. "She's speaking with Cottle."

He chose to ignore the Baltar pursuit for now. There were bigger fish to fry and he explained that he would sync up with the lieutenant as soon as the briefing was over. Lee needed as much help as possible, but the colonial guard was under-staffed like the rest of them. He and Starbuck were going to be wearing several hats on this mission. Kara had sniping abilities that he didn't. It was Lee's responsibility to make sure the situation didn't turn ugly.

"An aide aboard the ship claims the bacteria has mostly been contained the past day or so to the insurgents within the cabin. The ship's water supply may need to be replaced or filtered entirely. Only a few other civilians who've been in contact with the Wringers reported in sick. The captain of the ship is playing hide and seek. No one has seen him since the outbreak happened. Their crew chief has also abandoned his post; Raptor landing may be a harrassment so a Marine will stay behind to dissuade hijacking."

Several people aboard the Gideon already tried to flee, but thankfully the CAP hadn't identified any escaping planes since the shut-in.

Lee tightened his jaw uncomfortably and eyed the XO.

"There's something else. Combat picked up more rumors from the alternative press. Passengers are claiming they've run into a woman named Ellen Tigh. The press is making a ruckus about it more than the civilians are."