• Following the planet Killer with the USS Andromeda and the USS Europa

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    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!

    Commander Melody Jones
    Commanding Officer
    USS Merlin
    Lieutenant Marbim Rejal
    Executive Officer
    USS Merlin
    Commander Caroline Miller
    2nd Officer
    USS Merlin


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    Latest News Items

    » News Update

    Posted on Sunday 12 July 2020 @ 23:55 by Commander Melody Jones in General News

    Evening all

    Keeping you all informed. The site was updated to the latest version of Nova.

    Also, a Word count has been introduced in Obsidian fleet. This is to level the playing field for posting numbers. You may have noticed a new entry on completed posts showing a word count followed by a value of standard post measure. A normal post is considered to be 500 words long.

    As a result of this please observe the following changes in ALL new posts:-

    1. Please DO NOT add signatures to the end of posts. This is now going to require planning and talking to each other in discord as to when a post is finished and ready to post.
    2. Please DO NOT use OOC comments in posts as this distorts the word count. ALL OOC must be done in either discord or via email.

    I know there will be a period of transition as everyone gets accustomed to the rule changes.

    If you have any question or comments, please let me know and I will feed them back to the Obsidian Fleet.


    Melody Jones

    » News

    Posted on Tuesday 30 June 2020 @ 21:59 by Commander Melody Jones in General News

    Hey guys

    I hope you are all keeping well. A number of posts have gone up recently without everybody getting a chance to sign off. This was to get the posts up before the monthly sim report was due. Apologies but time was of the essence.

    The New mission will start tomorrow (1/07/202) running at the same time as the current joint mission with the Andromeda and Europa. This is to make sure nobody is left out of the action. This new Mission is set after the current one.

    The number of posts and participation are a lot better than last month and thanks to all for making that so. Let's keep the momentum going and get more JP's in for this month.

    Keep safe


    » Upcoming mission.

    Posted on Wednesday 24 June 2020 @ 15:13 by Commander Melody Jones in General News

    Hi Guys.

    Here's a summary of the new mission:-

    A whale of a problem (We're going to need a bigger boat)

    The USS Merlin encounters a probe similar to the one that was sent to make contact with Humpback Whales and almost destroyed Earth in the process. This one however, is transmitting an old Starfleet signal, not heard in almost a century. The Merlin is ordered to investigate and finds a massive ocean planet inhabited by the Megapteraians, a telepathic race who contacted the whales. The Megapteraians are very similar to the whales, enormous, highly intelligent beings with extraordinary mental powers who live underwater. They use their mental abilities to grow organic technology (like the probe). They also have the Etheria. Another dimension that they created where their consciousness can interact as physical beings. They also find something else, the USS Darwin.

    The Darwin was a Constitution class ship that was sent to investigate the original probe and was never heard from again. The ship is abandoned so the Merlin turns it’s attention to the planet.

    The Merlin crew find a single island grown for a specific purpose, to house the crew of the Darwin. Their bodies were placed in suspended animation pods and their minds experience the Etheria so they could interact with the Megapteraians. The Megapteraians initially blamed them for the near loss of the humpback whales and punished them repeatedly in a virtual hunt for the last 100 years.

    An away team from the Merlin are captures and placed in similar pods, experiencing what the crew of the Darwin have gone through. They then must establish peaceful relations with the Megapteraians, convincing them humanity and whale lives peacefully together. They must also rescue the crew of the Darwin.

    I plan to put the new mission live on the 1/07/2020.

    » Joint Mission with the USS Andromeda

    Posted on Saturday 11 April 2020 @ 18:03 by Commander Melody Jones in General News

    Hello all

    I hope you are all keeping well in these strange and uncertain times. As some of you already know, we are starting a joint mission with the USS Andromeda (Task Fleet 72). For this mission, Merlin crew members have had their characters duplicated on the Andromeda for writing Jp's. Also, they have been added to the Andromeda discord channel. If anyone has not seen the link or would like to join in, just apply to the Andromeda and copy and past in basic information only about your character. Please select USS Merlin crew under Character Position. In your character's last name please also put their position on the Merlin (E.g. Science officer.) When Joint posts are complete, they will be copied on to the Merlin site.

    Hope to see you all there. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact either myself or the USS Andromeda site.

    Keep safe everyone.

    Melody Jones

    » Mission Notes update

    Posted on Wednesday 4 March 2020 @ 10:25 by Commander Melody Jones in General News

    Hello all

    I hope you are all well. Communication has been very quiet the last month. If people are under the impression I've not been available I do apologize. I recently started a new job in RL and I'm still in the process of getting settled in. I'm including myself in this but there have been very few joint posts and at the moment there are only about 4 JP's saved for editing (Not including those by people who have left.)

    I've now updated the mission notes to hopefully give people ideas for each department during this mission These are meant as guides/suggestions to help with joint/solo posts. They are not set in stone :-). If one or more point is common across departments, they can be used in collaborations:-

    Command:- Getting familiar with upgraded systems, Testing new systems, readiness drills

    Strat Ops:- Getting familiar with upgraded systems, tactical reports on the new region of space, analysis of potential threats

    Security / Tactical:- Getting familiar with upgraded systems, Testing new systems, readiness drills, analysis of potential threats, tactical reports on the new region of space

    Operations:- Getting familiar with upgraded systems, Testing new systems, readiness drills

    Engineering:- Getting familiar with upgraded systems, Testing new systems, Troubleshooting problems.

    Science:- Getting familiar with upgraded systems, Planetary survey and cataloging astronomical phenomenon in Sector 715.

    Medical Counseling:- Getting familiar with upgraded systems, Physical and psychological crew evaluations, Dealing with bumps and bruises.

    Marines:- Getting familiar with new team members, Advance recon of Sector 715

    These are not exclusive and please don't let it stop people's own ideas for solo/joint posts/Personal logs.

    If anyone has any thoughts on what to include in this mission or how to proceed, I'm all ears. I'm assuming everyone is happy with the current mission idea as nobody has told me otherwise. I'm always willing to listen if anyone has problems, concerns or if you just want to chat. If I'm not on Discord at that moment, feel free to leave a message (I am trying to check in more regularly) or send a Personal message through the Merlin site or drop me an email. I'm also open to suggestions for new and upcoming missions.

    There could also be the possibility of a joint mission with another sim if people would be up for that. I'm not sure how it would work at the moment, the logistics haven't been finalized but it might involve wiring post by email or using google docs.

    Don't be a stranger :-)

    Commander Melody Jones

    Latest News From Around The Fleet

    » Vesta and the Lost Colony

    The USS Vesta pulls into Starbase 99, with news of a Federation shortcoming.

    » Diplomatic Accession Talks End in Failure

    It appears the anticipated accession of Paratus IV into the United Federation of Planets may not go ahead as planned. Following reports that the Federation Ambassador was attacked, it has now emerged that the diplomatic negotiations ended ubruptly with the outbreak of civil war on the planet, with forces loyal to the Queen were assaulted… Read More »Diplomatic Accession Talks End in Failure


    First, of our spotlights this month is one of our more unusual ships in the fleet – SS Fawkes over in Task Force 47. About the ship: The Fawkes is a Civilian freighter that’s crewed by those that have longed for the stars, but for some reason weren’t taking to Starfleet life. There?s those that… Read More »SIMM SPOTLIGHT- SS Fawkes

    » Task Force 29 Presents A Unique Sim

    It is with great pride that Task Force 29 welcomes another sim to our ranks. Task Group 29-B welcomes Star Trek: Starfleet Academy. This unique sim takes place in San Francisco on Earth during the Prime Timeline. The Academy will be running in congruency with the fleet timeline. There may be some opportunity to have… Read More »Task Force 29 Presents A Unique Sim

    » Task Force 72 Report ? May 2020

    Intro Wow, what a month! This month brought a lot of change to the Fleet. I know some people don’t like change, and change can be scary. However, I am very happy about the changes made and think they will be a positive move for all of Obsidian Fleet. As most saw, the Fleet opted… Read More »Task Force 72 Report – May 2020

    Latest Mission Posts

    » The Security Chief who loved me

    Mission: A Whale of a problem (We're going to need a bigger boat)
    Posted on Wednesday 15 July 2020 @ 22:54 by Lieutenant JG Hayley Godding & Civilian Sansa Draxx-Jones


    Hayley had been looking forward to this evening all day, having been tied up a lot lately which had prevented her spending much time with Sansa. Add to that, Sansa herself had been busy with her own things so tonight was important to the both of them. In honesty,…

    » An unusual homecoming

    Mission: Race against the machine - Joint Mission with USS Andromeda
    Posted on Tuesday 14 July 2020 @ 22:22 by Major Richard "Wolf" Johnson, Psy.D. & Commander Melody Jones


    Wolf had left his bag on the shuttle and had hurried through the ship towards the bridge. He knew things couldn't be good after seeing the three starships chasing the planet killer. The Marine Commander paced in the small lift space until the doors opened. He took a breath…

    » When Amelia met Melody

    Mission: A Whale of a problem (We're going to need a bigger boat)
    Posted on Sunday 12 July 2020 @ 16:38 by Commander Melody Jones


    Amelia’s eyes narrowed as she looked at her attackers. A human male, a Bolian female and a Boslick male started back at her, one with an already bloody nose from where she had punched him hard. What had started off as a friendly poker game in a bar had…

    » To KO a Planet Killer attempt 1 (Phasers)

    Mission: Race against the machine - Joint Mission with USS Andromeda
    Posted on Tuesday 30 June 2020 @ 21:47 by Commander Melody Jones


    The weapon had stopped and they had witnessed first hand it destroy and consume a planet. Jon had kept everyone at a safe distance not knowing what it would do and as the planet in question, in fact, the whole system was uninhabited, he had allowed himself to be…

    » Avengers Assemble!

    Mission: Race against the machine - Joint Mission with USS Andromeda
    Posted on Tuesday 30 June 2020 @ 16:05 by Commander Melody Jones


    The transporter effect dispersed leaving Melody and her party now in the transporter room of the USS Andromeda.

    Zim materialized with the rest of the party. A small amount of excitement welled up in his stomach. Harris had not been on a Galaxy Class in some time.

    The door…

    Latest Personal Logs

    » Captain's Log

    Posted on Wednesday 1 July 2020 @ 12:49 by Commander Melody Jones


    Captain's Log:

    Having Completed our Mission with the USS Andromeda and USS Europa, we are resuming our course back to 715. The ship and crew have dealt with the last mission with their usual dedication and valour and we are ready to face whatever the galaxy has to throw…

    » New Beginings

    Posted on Saturday 14 March 2020 @ 20:29 by Commander Melody Jones


    Personal Log:- Commander Melody Jones

    The Merlin is now en route to sector 715 for a routine patrol as well as exploration and planetary survey mission. To be honest, it seems like a long time since we undertook a purely scientific and research mission It will be a welcome…

    » New Beginnings

    Posted on Monday 6 January 2020 @ 14:09 by Commander Melody Jones


    Personal log:-

    We have returned to the Merlin after shoe leave on Risa to find that most of our key systems have been upgraded and or replaced. Engineers! They love to change things. Let’s hope these changes are for the better. Draxx and I finally tied the knot. It…

    » Internal Musings

    Posted on Tuesday 10 December 2019 @ 17:54 by Lieutenant JG Hayley Godding


    Personal Log; Lieutenant JG Hayley Godding

    Well, I'm on Risa, and true to my usual form, I've managed to land myself into a situation.

    I thought I'd finally gotten to get some rest and relaxation by coming to the one place in the galaxy that you're guarenteed to have…

    » First Log

    Posted on Thursday 5 December 2019 @ 19:49 by Lieutenant Commander Rionuj ch'Anidem

    Chief Strategic Operations Officer log,

    This is my first entry since accepting my reassignment to the USS Merlin. In my three days aboard I have been working on retrofitting the Tactical Information Center on decks 4 and 5. I've met with the chief of security and the heads of the…