The I.A.V. Dortmunder was an Iskellian Technology Solutions Tohoku-class cruiser that served the Anglo-Sino Alliance in 2517. While on patrol in the Rim, the Dortmunder came upon a derelict Vanderdecken-class heavy cargo carrier. The wreckage of the ship was the target of an illegal salvage operation perpetrated by the crew of the Firefly-class transport ship Serenity. The crew, contracted by an individual named Badger, had been hired to steal cases of foodstuffs that had survived in airtight sections.
The commanding officer of the Dortmunder initially ordered the vessel's ASREV gunships launched to intercept and capture the transport. the Dortmunder then received a distress signal from a personnel carrier thirteen kilometers from their current location. The Captain countermanded his order to launch the gunships, setting course to aid the stricken ship. However, the call for help was actually a ruse perpetrated by the crew of the Serenity through the use of a cry baby—a piece of equipment rigged to transmit a fake distress call—to allow them to escape capture by the Alliance. (Read more…)