Title: The Adversary Within
Suggested Era of Play: The Next Generation era
Suggested Spotlight Role: Operations Officer or Science Officer
Synopsis: The USS Enterprise has received a distress signal from a remote research outpost on a planet in the Neutral Zone. Upon arrival, the crew discovers that the research team has been infected by an unknown pathogen, causing them to display violent and erratic behavior. The crew must find a way to contain the outbreak and prevent it from spreading to the Enterprise, while also uncovering the source of the pathogen and discovering who or what might have unleashed it on the outpost.
Arriving at the research outpost and discovering the infected crew members Investigating the cause of the pathogen and discovering clues that suggest sabotage Dealing with an infected crew member who has become violent and dangerous Finding a way to contain the outbreak before it spreads to the Enterprise Confronting the source of the pathogen and stopping them before they can cause more harm
The research team has been studying a mysterious alien artifact found on the planet A group of Romulans have been spotted in the area, raising suspicions of sabotage A member of the Enterprise crew is also infected, adding urgency to the mission The pathogen is revealed to have been intentionally created as a Bioweapon
Key Non-Player Characters:
Dr. Helena Kim, the leader of the research team Lieutenant Commander T'Vor, a Vulcan science officer who is infected with the pathogen Commander Rokor, a Romulan operative who is responsible for the pathogen's creation Admiral Nechayev, who provides guidance and support to the Enterprise crew from Starfleet Command
The crew is able to contain the outbreak and neutralize the source of the pathogen, but not before discovering that the Romulans were behind the attack. The mission ends with the Enterprise heading back to Federation space, preparing to report their findings to Starfleet Command and begin the process of diplomacy with the Romulans.
Adding This Mission to Your Campaign:
This mission can be incorporated into an ongoing campaign by linking it to a larger story arc involving tensions between the Federation and the Romulan Empire. It could also be used as a standalone adventure to showcase the abilities of the Operations Officer or Science Officer characters.