<Flashback: 2373 Late July, Just outside the Hromi Cluster, Gamma Hromi III, Chakah Settlement, Mendev’s Bar, 1700>
Because the Chakah Settlement was exactly that, a settlement, most of its bars were still in the rough stages. Mendev’s, on the other hand, had achieved some level of civility when Tanner Gallal, a Farian businessman, bought the place and renovated it. There were still a few rough-necks around, but not as many as there used to be. Tanner kept the hardiest around for security and paid them well. Gone were the showgirls and slave girls.
Tanner also had a little work to do in personnel management. He transferred Martok, the Ferengi barkeep, as soon as he took over. He put him a newly opened position within his financial department. Martok was the new Overseer of A.R.E., Acquisition, Redistribution, and Exploitation, although no one really knew about the new position or what his job was. The responsibility of tending the bar was given to a long-time associate of Tanner’s, Lianna Alaran. She had a listening ear and was not afraid to use it, whether or not she was in on the conversation. If not for the distinctive rising ridge from her nose to the top of her forehead, one might think she was El-Aurian. She was also pretty good at defending herself. Another addition was Caline Navrras, an Orion female. Unlike all the other Orion females, Caline was no slave girl. Years ago she expressed a sincere desire to Tanner that she leave that life behind. Tanner put all his power into play and obliged. Caline was free from the typical life of an Orion slave girl. Knowing no one else, she clung to Tanner. He introduced her to Lianna, who took Caline under her wing. Caline is now one of the waitresses at Mendev’s.
As the months rolled by, Tanner and Lianna became good friends and associates with Caline. Good enough, that Tanner brought her into the family. Mendev’s eventually became a decent place to go get a drink and not end up in a brawl. As such, Federation types began frequenting the establishment. A handful of solemn-looking Romulans would darken the doors on occasion. And loads of civilians working in the mines in the nearby city would stop in on their way home. About two years later, a few Starfleet personnel started filtering in. This was the kind of business Tanner was looking for.
<Current Mission Date: 2376 Late July, Just outside the Hromi Cluster, Gamma Hromi III, Chakah Settlement, Mendev’s Bar, 2045>
Tanner Gallal stood in his second floor office looking out over the scene. His private office was situated over the actual bar and inset so that he could have a full view of what was happening. The concave observation windows reminded a person of those found in a Galaxy class Lounge. He’d brought Mendev’s a long way since he’d acquired it two and half years ago. He cast his gaze to the southwest corner. The expansion had gone well and was completed faster than he’d first hoped. Martok’s latest reports agreed with that.
Down on the floor, Caline was taking orders and refilling glasses when Lianna motioned her over. “They can wait a minute. Mr. Gallal ordered this. I want you to take it to him right now.” She placed a napkin with scribbles on it on Caline’s tray and immediately set a big glass of dark liquid down on it.
“When did he ever develop a taste for this?” commented Caline.
“Some Federation civilian gave him a bottle of it once. He liked it and decided to have a few containers shipped in to sell. The humans drank it all and asked for more. That’s the story.”
Caline nodded and left for the boss’s office.
Tanner noticed her coming up the stairs and had the door already opened. “Just set it on the desk, Caline. Thanks.”
“No problem Mr. Gallal,” replied Caline.
Tanner turned and grinned, “Now how many times do I have to tell you it’s Tanner, not Mr. Gallal.” Caline smiled and winked at Tanner as she closed the door. He shook his head and went over to his desk. Tanner hadn’t ordered a drink, so he moved the glass over and picked up the note. It read, ‘New Starfleet Sovereign class ship assigned to SB 24. ETA two weeks.’ He sat down and said, “Well, looks like the big boys are sending out the big guns to bring law and order. Huh, guess they don’t know there’s already law and order out here. Ah well, I’d better pass this along to the boss; the ride’s about to get bumpy.” He took a long drink of his bourbon. “Ahhhh, this stuff is good.” Tanner then tapped a console on his desk. A soft chirp indicated that the communication devices implanted near Lianna and Caline’s jawbones was active. “I want you two to find out the name and mission of this new ship.” Both women acknowledged the order. Tanner sat back and enjoyed his bourbon.
Tanner Gallal (NPC)– Farian Male, one of the Sector Bosses, Orion Syndicate (Black Market, Intel Trading, money laundering, and the occasional smuggling mission. He also has his fingers in the planet’s mining operations)
Lianna Alaran (NPC) – Farian Female, Assassin, Orion Syndicate
Caline Navrras (NPC) – Orion Female, Minor Operative, Orion Syndicate
Martok (NPC) – Ferengi, Exploited Employee
All NPC’s Played by:
Major Terry Walsh
Fighter Wing Vice Commander