The New Collective
Stardate 249509

The New Collective

Mission Day:
MD 3, Early
Academy Days


  • Federation Colony

  • Speed:
  • Standard Orbit

  • 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 Melody Jones
    Executive Officer
    USS Merlin
    Lieutenant Marbim Rejal
    2nd Officer
    USS Merlin


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    Latest News Items

    » Finding Balance

    Posted on Friday 17 May 2019 @ 01:37 by Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D. in General News

    Hey All,

    I just wanted to let you know why my discord availability has been limited. I have started a Masters degree program and the classes take up a lot of the day. I'm finding my balance between here and school still, but, I will reply to messages left on discord when I'm free and will reply to e-mails/site pm's. I will start getting faster with stuff, just give me another week or 2 to get used to being in school again :D


    » Ever Changing World

    Posted on Tuesday 30 April 2019 @ 16:34 by Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D. in General News

    Hey All,

    The last 2 weeks have had a lot of changes happen, so, I wanted to let everyone know what they are with so many. First, Cale has decided to leave the sim, his pips will be found in the ready room and he'll just be gone, a mystery that will not get solved. With that we've had a bit of a shuffle. Cdr Melody Jones will be taking on the mantle of XO once more and Ltjg Marbim Rejal will be taking on 2nd officer. With these changes we have also decided to add Chief of The Boat. This is because we'd like to develop the enlisted swimming a bit more, the enlisted are the backbone of Starfleet and having played enlisted characters I can tell you they are fun to play. We have given that mantle to MCPO Harris Zim, who will be played by Ki. That rounds out the command team, congrats to Rejal and Zim!

    We've also gotten 3 new simmers, Ltjg Spork who will be taking on chief tactical and security and 2 simmers I've simmed for a long time with and am happy to have on Merlin, MCapt Adam Towers who comes to us from the former Obsidian Colony and will be taking up our Marines and Ens Breana Rathburn coming from Centaurus who will be our newest engineer. Welcome to all 3 of you, we're glad to have you here!

    That's all for now :D


    » Tidy posts

    Posted on Thursday 18 April 2019 @ 11:00 by Commander Melody Jones in General News

    Hey Guys

    Could we please all check that any OOC’s and unanswered TAGS are deleted before a JP is posted. Just makes it look neater.



    » Signing Off

    Posted on Monday 15 April 2019 @ 20:39 by Commander Melody Jones in General News

    Hi all

    Just to make sure we're all on the same page in regards to signing off posts.

    When you are happy with a JP all writers involved need to sign off at the bottom before it is posted. Don't sign off if you intend to add more to the post.



    » XO

    Posted on Sunday 14 April 2019 @ 17:06 by Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D. in General News

    Hey Guys,

    Cdr Llewellyn has decided it was time to leave the sim and we wish him well in his future endeavors! With that, however, we had been left with the spot open and I have asked Cdr Melody Jones to take on the XO mantle once again. OOC this takes place immediately and IC this will be done at the end of the plot.

    For now Cale's departure will be handled as if he never came back from the Ready Room after his last log. Also, we will be starting recruitment to fill some of the extra posts we have open, however, if you see an open post that may interest you that you want to transfer your character to let us know!!


    Latest News From Around The Fleet

    » Commodore Stripped of Command and Ship

    FNN Breaking News – The fallout continues for the former Commodore Adamya Ryon today as he was rather unceremoniously stripped of his command and rank today. It was the latest development in what this reporter has described as a severe dereliction of duty. The former Commodore, and commanding officer of the USS Rhea, is accused […]

    » Citizens mourn victims of Starbase 122 bombing

    Federation News Network – Special Report “Residents of Starbase 122 gather to pay tribute this evening, one month after a bomb went off in the station’s residential section. FNN reporter Jennifer Dellum has more on the story.” Scene changes to a news anchor, standing in a seemingly random corridor, with many people gathering around, holding […]

    » Bombing on Starbase 308

    ?News just coming in that there has been an explosion on Starbase 308. The Starbase was hosting several dignities for a celebration of it being 20 years since the reunification of the Ba?Ku and So?Na races. It was also serving as a bon voyage party to the three new Starfleet exploratory ships being sent out […]

    » Task Force 72 Monthly Report -April 2019

    Intro I think it?s safe to say that April was a month of big changes for Task Force 72. As most of you know, Jake stepped down from the position of Task Force Commanding Officer and I was promoted to take his place. But, I am not sure that is a fair assessment. Jake was […]

    » Task Force 72 ? March 2019 Report

    March! What a month. Now between you and me I had to let Lancaster have this one – I’d hate to keep beating him to the punch. Truthfully, I apologize for the lateness of this report. Late March and Early April have been a bit of roller coaster for me (fortunately all is well). With […]

    Latest Mission Posts

    » Groundfall

    Mission: The New Collective
    Posted on Friday 14 June 2019 @ 23:05 by Commander Melody Jones & Lieutenant Michael Ki MD & Lieutenant JG Marbim Rejal

    Backstory: The Merlin had been attacked by the Borg. Trying to determine why the Borg were being so aggressive Chief Engineer O'Hara hooked herself into a captured drone. A being calling itself the "Puppet Master" took her over and attempted to blow up the Merlin. Both were stopped. Having found…

    » Watching from above

    Mission: The New Collective
    Posted on Friday 14 June 2019 @ 23:04 by Commander Melody Jones & Commander Save'ena (Sav) Tillatix & Lieutenant Michael Ki MD & Lieutenant JG Marbim Rejal & Master Chief Petty Officer Harris Zim


    Melody was pacing in the area just in front of the viewscreen. The away team has just beamed down and there was a knot forming in her stomach. She had a gut feeling something was..... wrong but she tried to push that feeling aside.

    Normally, such an action would…

    » Shock factor

    Mission: The New Collective
    Posted on Saturday 8 June 2019 @ 20:38 by Commander Caroline Miller & Lieutenant Michael Ki MD


    Caroline just needed to lock herself somewhere. Bairstow was dead. O'Hara was waging war on her both professionally and personally which was just getting tedious, and that bridge experience of command had been stressful and thanks to O'Hara downright humiliating. She could have got to her office directly but…

    » Interrogation

    Mission: The New Collective
    Posted on Saturday 1 June 2019 @ 21:06 by Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D.

    Captain John Barstow paced in the darkened cell and looked around the room waiting for the next visit from the Borg drones and the Puppet Master. His flight suit was ripped to shreds and he was covered in dirt and blood. His hair and beard were so long that none…

    » An unexpected development

    Mission: The New Collective
    Posted on Tuesday 28 May 2019 @ 21:04 by Commander Melody Jones & Ensign Breana Rathburn


    Melody sat at the Captains desk. There was a PADD sat in front of her. She had read it several times before deciding on a course of action. She pressed her comm badge.

    "Ensign Rathburn, please report to the Ready room. Immediately."

    "Yes Commander" Bree responded, keeping the Well…

    Latest Personal Logs

    » The First Rule of Fight Club

    Posted on Thursday 16 May 2019 @ 22:35 by

    "Everything you say to me brings me one step closer to the edge and I'm about to break. I need a little room to breathe, 'cuz I'm one step closer to the edge" - Linkin Park, "One Step Closer"

    Stephanie stepped onto the turbolift on the bridge and growled "Deck…

    » Clarifications

    Posted on Thursday 14 March 2019 @ 23:56 by Commander Cale Llewellyn DSci

    Cale walked back into his officer after he and Melody Jones had their pow wow with the Captain and he was pleased with his decision as he thought the Captain had responded the way predicted. So he turned his attention to the new CSciO and the blowout with Lieutenant O'Hara.…

    » Hale's Personal Log - Evolutions

    Posted on Thursday 14 March 2019 @ 14:27 by Master Chief Petty Officer Elizabeth Hale

    :I hope you're somewhere prayin', prayin'. I hope your soul is changin', changin'. I hope you find your peace Falling on your knees, prayin'..." - Ke$ha, "Praying"

    "Blonde roast." Hale placed her usual coffee order from the replicator. The mug whirred and flashed into existence. As she took it up,…

    » It withers quicker than the rose......

    Posted on Saturday 2 March 2019 @ 14:07 by Commander Melody Jones


    Personal log supplemental. Commander Melody Jones.

    It never rains, but it pours.

    Sansa has another growth spurt. My little girl looks so beautiful, well she always did. Now she looks about eighteen. Draxx has decided to transfer to the Merlin to spend time with her. That’s good but I’m…

    » It's my Pity Party and I'll cry if I want to...

    Posted on Wednesday 27 February 2019 @ 02:43 by

    "Lying in my bed I hear the clock ticking and think of you. Caught up in circles, Confusion is nothing new
    Flash back, warm nights, Almost left behind. Suitcase of memories... " Cyndi Lauper, "Time After Time"

    Stephanie was currently relieved of active duty. She stepped into her quarters for…