Out of Her Head
The New Collective
Stardate 249509

The New Collective

Mission Day:
MD 3, Early
Academy Days


  • Research Station

  • Speed:
  • Full Impulse

  • Shields:
  • 100%

  • Hull:
  • 100%

  • Systems:
  • Operational

  • 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 Cale Llewellyn
    Executive Officer
    USS Merlin

    Commander TBA
    2nd Officer
    USS Merlin


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    Latest News Items

    » Updates and Secure Link

    Posted on Monday 11 February 2019 @ 17:48 by Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D. in General News

    Hey Guys,

    I'm going to be taking the site offline in 15 minutes, 1100 AM CST, to run a quick update. This should take less than 30 minutes.

    Also, for those that had trouble accessing the site due to it being blocked. I set up security certificates [and forgot lol] last year to fix this issue. You can access the secure site with:



    » Site

    Posted on Wednesday 6 February 2019 @ 19:10 by Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D. in General News

    We're back!! :D

    » Wow

    Posted on Thursday 31 January 2019 @ 20:54 by Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D. in General News

    sHey All,

    I'm doing my sim report for this month and wow! We jumped from 21 logs last month to 76 from 11 players!! That is an awesome jump, keep it up!


    » PSA - Actions Have Consequences

    Posted on Thursday 24 January 2019 @ 15:00 by Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D. in General News

    Hey All,

    I'd like to put out a Merlin Public Service Announcement ;P. I know this' a game where we fly around in spaceships saving the universe, however, part of the game is the realism angle too.

    So, Newtons 3rd law of motion says "every action has an equal and opposite reaction." I use that because it outlines actions have consequences. If you put a phaser to your characters head and press the button your characters dead, no reset button. I know that's an extreme example, however, it's one from a basic sim guide when I first started simming in the internet dark ages that stuck with me ;P. Please, as we write, keep in mind all actions have consequences, if you take extreme actions expect reactions that can be just as bad.

    Ok, getting off my soap box :D


    » Goals, PT 2

    Posted on Saturday 12 January 2019 @ 21:07 by Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D. in General News

    Hey All,

    This is the last of the goals we'd like for Merlin to reach. Now, these include the command team, this isn't just dictating terms ;). So, without further adieu:

    Logging- Command team should be getting at least a log a week. At least 1 CT should be using the log as an event summary
    Crew- At least 1 log every 2 weeks
    Joint Posts- Should not take more than 2 weeks to complete
    Discord Bot in main room- This’ll be so we can have news and sim announcements put in the main room for everyone to be able to see
    Crew Plot/Subplot Ideas- I’d like to start getting ideas from the crew for plots or subplots
    Academy Days- I’d like to see this start getting used a bit more. Stuck for a plot log? Have a flashback to the Academy

    My goal is to meet these in the next 6 months, these'll help the sim run a bit smoother. Also, don't forget, come on discord!!


    Latest News From Around The Fleet

    » Task Force 47 Report ? January 2019

    So, February’s here. Actually, it’s more than a third of the way gone, but that’s not the point. Okay, it’s not my point but hey, isn’t that the point we always make when making a… Point? Is the word point sounding as weird to you as it is to me? Yeah, point proven. Mandatory pun […]

    » Task Force 72 ? January 2019 Report

    HA! Take that Task Force 47! New year new me! 72 shall reign supreme in the reports! With that out of the way, let’s dive into the report. 2019 is shaping up to be an interesting year for the Task Force, and while we look forward to what lies ahead it’s not without challenges or […]

    » Sim Spotlight ? Deep Space 7

    This months sim spotlight is another new ship that joined us very recently is Deep Space 7 in TF47. @911ghostrider had this to say about her sim and the exciting things they have planned: ?Things are not always the way they seem?? ? Robert Hanssen Inspired by the infamous 20thCentury American double agent Robert Hanssen, […]

    » News Roundup 2018

    As we have started a new year I wanted to take the time to reflect on the achievements of our ships over the last year. There have been many successes and highlights over the year and we should be proud that we have made many positive changes and grown as a community. I have listed […]

    » Borg Advance, Merlin Attempting to Stop It!

    FNN, Deltu Colony: Breaking news from the starship Merlin today. We have learned of numerous Borg attacks on colonies throughout the sector! As you may know, a Task Force from Obsidian Fleet struck a mortal blow against the Borg in the mid 2380?s. The Borg were have thought to no longer be a threat. However, […]

    Latest Mission Posts

    » Out of Her Head

    Mission: The New Collective
    Posted on Friday 22 February 2019 @ 22:54 by Lieutenant Michael Ki MD & Commander Caroline Miller & Lieutenant Colonel Kachiko Bayushi & Lieutenant JG Stephanie O'Hara

    "Free your mind, and the rest will follow." - En Vogue, "Free your mind"

    Nearly two hours later, Stephanie found herself laying on a biobed in sickbay... and it was just her. She didn't know what was going on. She remembered pain. She knew what she had done... What she…

    » Caught Unaware

    Mission: The New Collective
    Posted on Thursday 21 February 2019 @ 21:32 by Commander Melody Jones & Commander Caroline Miller

    She drives me crazy like no one else. She drive me crazy and I can't help myself
    Fine young cannibals covered by Draxx and the Spinney fish!


    The computer terminal beeped "Connecting subspace communication. Standby...."

    Melody had come back from sickbay and now sat and drummed her fingers on…

    » A visit to Sickbay

    Mission: The New Collective
    Posted on Wednesday 20 February 2019 @ 20:52 by Commander Melody Jones & Lieutenant Michael Ki MD


    Melody entered Sickbay and waited near a bio bed. She hadn't been in here since coming back onboard but she had been summoned. Melody was still reserved around doctors, and counselors for that matter but it was something she was overcoming. Caroline was helping her with that.

    As things…

    » They grow up so fast.....

    Mission: The New Collective
    Posted on Wednesday 20 February 2019 @ 19:50 by Commander Save'ena (Sav) Tillatix & Commander Melody Jones


    Melody rushed into her quarters still pulling a bemused Save'ena behind her. On the table lay the remains of what could only be called a feast that could have easily fed 3 people. Melody called out "Sansa!"

    Sav slowed down and stopped beside the table. She remembered her early…

    » Biding His Time

    Mission: The New Collective
    Posted on Wednesday 13 February 2019 @ 15:06 by Commander Cale Llewellyn DSci

    Dr. Cale Llewellyn was in his office reading the days' reports and getting caught up with his new/old friend Melody Jones' life after he left the ship and even before the two even joined the ship. He was learning things he never knew before and it only tantalized his thirst…

    Latest Personal Logs

    » Daily Routine.

    Posted on Sunday 3 February 2019 @ 05:09 by 2nd Lieutenant Bilhana Karki

    Karki had already run her normal laps and done her push up and sit ups. And had moved on to her favorite part of her hour long work out, a climb up the gyms rock wall. It had been there when she had arrived on the ship. But she had…

    » Take the Time

    Posted on Saturday 26 January 2019 @ 17:24 by Commander Cale Llewellyn DSci

    "Computer, begin Executive Officer's log, the first, once more," Llewellyn said.

    "Well Captain Barstow has done it to us again. He's offered me the XO's position and Melody Jones the 2O's position. I haven't even spoken with Melody yet. We have much history to discuss; like our music, our lives…

    » Getting back into the swing of things

    Posted on Saturday 26 January 2019 @ 15:15 by Commander Melody Jones


    Commander Melody Jones personal Log:-

    Well, here we are again. Back onboard the Merlin. It feels good to be back and nothing really has changed much. Captain Barstow is still the same as I remember, dropping Second Officer and CSO on me almost as soon as I'd set foot…

    » 23950828 - Timelines and Friends

    Posted on Wednesday 23 January 2019 @ 18:29 by Commander Save'ena (Sav) Tillatix


    Sav was in her quarters in getting ready to go check out the Research Station's commissary for some supper. She decided now would be a good time to get a log in to catch up on what was happening, which was a lot for her, and the Merlin, right…

    » Destiny

    Posted on Tuesday 15 January 2019 @ 16:55 by Commander Cale Llewellyn DSci

    "Computer, begin log," Llewellyn said as he rose from his chair, walked across the expansive bridge, stopped by the helm and sighed heavily.

    "I'm worried for our new Chief Engineer and her mind. I was able to glean another personality residing within her mind. Though I'm no telepath, I was…