The New Collective
Stardate 249509

The New Collective

Mission Day:
MD 3, Early
Academy Days


  • Vega Xu Colony

  • Speed:
  • Holdinng Position

  • Shields:
  • 85%

  • Hull:
  • 100%

  • Systems:
  • Impulse Down
  • Warp Drive Disabled

  • Search Engine Submission - AddMe

    Welcome to the Task Group 47-A Flagship USS Merlin!

    "Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen."

    It has been nearly a decade since the Hobus star exploded destroying Romulus and causing various factions, including the Klingons, to prey on the fractured empire. The year is 2395 and the USS Merlin has been launched at a time of great instability. The Merlin is an Excalibur class ship designed as not only a command carrier, but, as a deep space explorer as well (referred to by her crew lovingly as a warp capable starbase). The Merlin has been outfitted with everything she and her crew will need, from defense forces to the latest scientific equipment to the largest diplomatic area that could fit on the ship and even carries a compliment of civilian specialists. This beautiful giant has been given a twofold assignment; the first to protect an unknown area of space at the farthest borders of the Romulan Empire; recently acquired in the Federation treaties. The second to keep the peace, with a renewed focus on exploration and discovery.

    Here on the Merlin we strive for 1 thing: to have fun writing. We do this by making sure our stories and writing is the best we can make it. None of us are professional writers, however, we still reach for that excellence. As you look around and think about joining what has become our online family, remember, you won't be joining just the Commanding Officers sim, you'll be joining the crew's sim and it will become your sim too, because it is not just one person who makes a sim, but the simmers who make it a sim. So, look around and read our stories then slip into a uniform and jump in!

    Captain John Barstow
    Commanding Officer
    USS Merlin
    Commanding Officer
    Task Group 47-A

    Commander Kachiko Bayushi
    Executive Officer
    USS Merlin

    Lieutenant Commander Cale Llewellyn
    2nd Officer
    USS Merlin


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    Latest News Items

    » Muster Call

    Posted on Monday 22 October 2018 @ 16:40 by Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D. in Sim Announcement

    Hey Guys,

    In the last couple of weeks I have noticed a lull in posting. This isn't just single logs, but, lack of replies in joint posts as well and that kind of worries me. So, I need everyone to contact me with a status by Friday this week. I know we all have real life stuff, most of you know my own situation and just how aware of RL throwing curve balls is, however, it only takes a second to e-mail and say you're having to miss posting for a week. So, please contact me and let's get these waiting tags out.


    » Awards

    Posted on Sunday 30 September 2018 @ 16:49 by Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D. in General News

    Hey Guys,

    As you know I love having the crew involved with the sim, whether that be using crew posts in our recruitment ads, ideas for plot direction, etc. As part of that I'd like to start having you guys recommend awards as you see them for others. Awards still will be done at the end of each plot, however, this is a great way for you to recognize each other :). The command team will still be reviewing them as well as looking ourselves, but this gives you a voice too.

    The way you do this is log in and goto Recommend award in the menu on the left of the screen. After you do that just select the person and award and it'll let the command team know :)


    » Another Marine!

    Posted on Saturday 29 September 2018 @ 02:38 by Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D. in Sim Announcement

    Hey All,

    Please join me in welcoming 2nd Lieutenant Bilhana Karki, our new Company Executive Officer!! Welcome to Merlin!!!


    » Merlin Database

    Posted on Wednesday 26 September 2018 @ 22:59 by Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D. in Website Update

    Hey uys,

    In doing some research for our current plot I ended up finding and getting access to the old Obsidian Fleet Wiki, at least parts of it. So, what I've been doing is putting the major powers in our database. It isn't all the powers on the list, but, covers most of the the known ones. I'm on "T" but will add the rest over the next few days. You can find the listed under science here:

    So, if you need reference for them we got 'em :D


    » 6 Months!

    Posted on Saturday 15 September 2018 @ 20:04 by Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D. in General News

    Greets All,

    Normally I do awards once at the end of each plot. However, the exception to that is service awards, I try to give those soon as they come up. Today we have 3 simmers who have hit 6 months on the sim!

    Obsidian Fleet Service Citation

    Lieutenant Commander Save'ena (Sav) Tillatix
    2nd Lieutenant Cara O'Reilly
    Lieutenant JG Michael Ki

    Thank you all for your time here :D;D


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    » USS Nogura Rescued

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    » Starship Stolen

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    Latest Mission Posts

    » Reports

    Mission: The New Collective
    Posted on Saturday 20 October 2018 @ 18:19 by Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D.

    John sat at his desk and rubbed his face with a tired sigh. The ship was back up to strength and they'd taken on a few new crew members, but, now he was sifting through reports of Borg attacks. The ship was currently en rout to the next closest Borg…

    » Pt 3 of 3: Quandary - Crew Seeking Exploding Consoles

    Mission: The New Collective
    Posted on Thursday 18 October 2018 @ 02:49 by Commander Save'ena (Sav) Tillatix & Lieutenant JG Marbim Rejal


    The computer now announced, ""Commencing simulation"". The surge hit into the causeway and flowed onto the next junction. The first buffer, now rated at spec, handled most of the surge but some got past. The next panel handed more and none made it to the third while the console…

    » Pt 2 of 3: Quandary - Crew Seeking Exploding Consoles

    Mission: The New Collective
    Posted on Tuesday 16 October 2018 @ 20:24 by Commander Save'ena (Sav) Tillatix & Lieutenant JG Marbim Rejal


    After the doors closed upon them, Sav let the way over to the workbench and the marked holographic flooring area. She activated it and a mockup of the bridge command consoles with their chairs appeared. She sat down in one and motioned for Miles to sit in the other…

    » Pt 1 of 3: Quandary - Crew Seeking Exploding Consoles

    Mission: The New Collective
    Posted on Tuesday 16 October 2018 @ 00:46 by Lieutenant JG Marbim Rejal & Commander Save'ena (Sav) Tillatix


    Sav followed Miles out of the Briefing room and towards the Turbolift. As she came up beside him, she said, "Actually, you wanted to see my console first, right? Scans of it, and then to the Engineering workshop."

    When they entered the turbolift, Sav touched the controls and the…

    » Requiem for a Kidnapping

    Mission: The New Collective
    Posted on Monday 15 October 2018 @ 15:07 by Lieutenant JG Stephanie O'Hara & Commander Kachiko Bayushi & Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D.

    "But they never did, ever lived, ebbing and flowing, Inhibited, limited.." - Imagine Dragons, "Believer"

    Stephanie stepped off the Turbolift, then walked across and rang the chime for the Ready Room, a PADD in hand. She stood, rocking on her heels as she waited for the answer.

    Kachiko had been…

    Latest Personal Logs

    » The Road So Far - Plot Summary (cue Wayward Sonby Kansas)

    Posted on Thursday 30 August 2018 @ 17:41 by Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D.

    Barstow was knocked out, however, that didn't mean his brain had stopped. He was looking down on himself sitting in the command chair. The ship was just out of space dock and Merlin had gotten a call from Vega Xu to stay away. So, what's a good Captain to do?…

    » Resistance is not futile..

    Posted on Thursday 16 August 2018 @ 03:05 by Lieutenant JG Stephanie O'Hara

    "I was angry when I met you. I think I'm angry still. We can try and talk it over, If you say you'll help me out" - Garbage,"Push It"

    Chief Engineer's Log, Begin

    Yes, I'm new here. I'm still gettin' settled in. Gettin' t' know th' crew, but most importantly…

    » Commander Bayushi Log #002

    Posted on Wednesday 15 August 2018 @ 23:55 by Commander Kachiko Bayushi

    "Computer begin log," was the first thing Kachiko said as she stepped into her new office on the rebuilt Merlin. After the computer chimed, she sat down, "So the Merlin is back online and in space. The Captain hasn't said where it is we're going just yet."

    "I'm going to…

    » On the Road Again

    Posted on Friday 10 August 2018 @ 20:56 by Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D.

    "Computer, start log," Apollo ordered as he sat down with a sigh, "Captains log stardate two-three-nine-five-zero-eight point oh-nine, we have finally left space dock after a six month refit, the third for the Merlin. The crew is excited to finally be off and I am too, but, remembering how long…

    » "Home For a Rest"

    Posted on Thursday 2 August 2018 @ 23:41 by Lieutenant JG Stephanie O'Hara

    "You'll have to excuse me, I'm not at my best. I've been gone for a week, I've been drunk since I left. These so-called vacations will soon be my death. I'm so sick from the drink, I need home for a rest." - Spirit of the West, "Home For A…