Commander Hawke really got off on the wrong foot here. Undermining the captain, who’s also his friend, was a terrible way to support his commanding officer and the goals of their assigned mission. Here’s hoping Dan doesn’t let his relationship troubles influence the performance of his duties. The last thing Wilcox needs in the middle of this mission is an undependable XO.
It seems Nightingale
is significantly outgunned by any Gorn warships they may encounter, which doesn’t bode well if the big lizards were responsible for Brave’s
disappearance, or if they simply run across Wilcox’s ship while in a particularly bad mood.
Your descriptions of the senior staff and their dismal morale at the outset of the mission was nicely rendered.