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Riker: You're saying an entire base has already been established there?
SETAL: In forty-eight hours, the reactor core will be online.
Riker: So the Federation sensors that monitor the Neutral Zone just missed it?
SETAL: It would seem so. In two days, a fleet of Romulan warbirds will be within striking distance of fifteen Federation sectors.
Worf: The Federation will not permit that!
SETAL: Then it is war that we're talking about, isn't it? Destroy the base now and the threat is over.
Picard: Well, I'm sure that you're fatigued by your ordeal and you require Medical Attention. Lieutenant Worf, will you conduct SubLieutenant Setal to the sickbay. We will attend to your quarters.
SETAL: No doubt you will wish to question me further.
Picard: No doubt.
(Worf, Setal and guard leave)
RIKER: He tells a hell of a story.
Picard: You don't believe it?
RIKER: The Empire knows that we'd never allow them to maintain a base within the Neutral Zone.
Data: Commander, that would not be an atypical Romulan ploy. In their long history of war, the Romulans have rarely attacked first. They prefer to test their enemy's resolve.
RIKER: I think he's a plant to draw us into the Neutral Zone. Then we'll look like the aggressors.
Picard: And the Romulans would have legitimate excuse for responding in force.
Data: That would also not be an atypical Romulan ploy, Sir.
PICARD: It's always a chess game with them, isn't it?
La Forge: Well, at least he's given us the chance to get a look at some Romulan Technology close up.
PICARD: Mister La Forge, you will lead the away team over to the scout. Commander, you and Counsellor Troi will conduct Setal's interrogation.
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