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

    » 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


    » Hot Off The Press!

    Posted on Tuesday 4 September 2018 @ 17:28 by Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D. in General News

    Hey Guys,

    I just wanted to share this from the Task Force CO's report :):

    Silver: USS Merlin: “Commander Barstow has done phenomenally this month, getting his post count way up there with the likes of Archimedes and Pioneer in previous months. He runs a tight ship with some really fun plots, and it’s with great pleasure that I take this opportunity to not only award his sim with the silver UoM but also announce his promotion to Captain. Well done.” (Rear Admiral Oliver Lancaster, TFCO, TF47)

    That for the silver unit of merit this month, well done guys :D :D


    » Outstanding Month!

    Posted on Monday 3 September 2018 @ 01:27 by Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D. in General News

    Hey Guys,

    We had an outstanding month!!

    95 Total Logs
    7.31 Avg Entries / User

    I love reading the logs, y'all are awesome, lets see if we can keep it up this month!!


    » New Engineer!

    Posted on Wednesday 15 August 2018 @ 03:57 by Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D. in General News

    Hey All,

    Please join me in welcoming our new assistant engineer:

    Ensign Riv O'Malley

    Welcome to Merlin!!


    » IFS2

    Posted on Tuesday 14 August 2018 @ 18:09 by Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D. in General News

    Hey All,

    I touched on this a little bit ago and wanted to touch on this again since we're growing :). The Merlin has an entry on Obsidian Fleets main site:

    Now, if you look at the views since June that has had 128 views :D. Now, why do I mention this? I need to ask everyone to go there if you haven't already and register/create your character for me so I can add them to the crew manifest there. I know that may seem like double work, however, all I ask there is fill in the character basics then you can paste a link to your bio here and never have to update anything but maybe age on IFS unless you move sims :).

    Doing this will help with recruitment, visibility, tracking your awards if you switch sims or have to leave and come back and (when they add it) keep track of what posts we have open.

    This IS NOT mandatory, merely an ask to help me make thing run a bit smoother on the backend of things :).

    Thanks guys, y'all are awesome and it's great seeing how everyones coming together!!!


    Latest News From Around The Fleet

    » USS Nogura Rescued

    Limping back to Starbase 1, the search for the USS Nogura was called off today.  Not long after a general distress call was sent out on all channels, Captain Anders of the USS Phoenix was rumored to have found the Nogura almost adrift, and under the command of her Operations Chief, Lieutenant Commander David Miller. […]


    » Black Sun Raiders Srike Again!

    Bolan Colony (FNN) – FNN has just learned of a strike and theft here on Bolan Colony by the organization calling themselves Black Sun. Black Sun, as you know, first came to light fifteen years ago and now rivel the Orion Syndicate. Today they broke into a Starfleet base here on the colony and managed […]


    » Starship Stolen

    Starship Stolen! Yes you read that right. The USS Elysium, powered down at DS9, on Station power for upgrades has been stolen under the nose of DS9 security staff and the Elysium?s own crew! The Commanding officer, one 26 year old Captain Phoenix Lalor is said to be livid and was seen swearing at a […]


    » Task Force 72 August 2018 Report

    Welcome Well another month has come and gone, and we are getting closer and closer to the holiday season; a little too close if you ask me. But, alas here we are. So a run down of updates for the month of August. First off, for those who haven?t heard our Commodore Farragut is taking […]


    » Task Force 47 August 2018 Report

    So, I’m a little early with my report this month. That’s down to me flying out to Lanzarote 14 and a half hours after I’m sitting down to write this report up. So, it’s going to be a short and sweet one, a bit more punchy, a bit less punny. So, let’s start with the […]


    Latest Mission Posts

    » Foreboding

    Mission: The New Collective
    Posted on Thursday 20 September 2018 @ 01:30 by Civilian Mysterious Figure

    "Hey!" a man shouted as he was roughly dragged through a doorway, the wooden door slapping shut behind them. The hulking man dragging the shouting human shoved the human, whose arms were bound behind his back with rough rope, to his knees before a figure shrouded in shadows.

    The man…

    » Bridge Control Specialist - Offerin' help

    Mission: The New Collective
    Posted on Thursday 20 September 2018 @ 01:11 by Lieutenant JG Stephanie O'Hara & Lieutenant Commander Save'ena (Sav) Tillatix

    "Work it harder, Make it better, Do it faster, Makes us stronger.More than ever, Hour after, Our work is Never over" - Daft Punk, "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger"


    Sav left the turbolift in a humorous mood. She had a nap, a meal, and was in a clean uniform, courtesy…

    » The Final Resistance - The Calvary Arrives: Act III

    Mission: The New Collective
    Posted on Saturday 15 September 2018 @ 20:22 by Lieutenant Commander Cale Llewellyn DSci & Lieutenant Commander Save'ena (Sav) Tillatix & Lieutenant JG Marbim Rejal & Lieutenant JG Saren Barel & 1st Lieutenant John Kayhill & Commander Kachiko Bayushi & Chief Petty Officer Darleena Dunham

    As there was an almost an audible sigh of relief from all the crew on the bridge, one of the communications officer said, "We are being hailed by the Agamemnon. Do you want it on screen Commander?"

    Kachiko looked over and nodded silently, before turning back to the viewscreen, waiting…

    » Information Dump

    Mission: The New Collective
    Posted on Friday 14 September 2018 @ 23:19 by Lieutenant Commander Cale Llewellyn DSci & 1st Lieutenant John Kayhill

    John walked into the TIC, escorted by a Bajoran corpsman. He had been let out of sickbay under the rule that he would return after a very short meeting with the Chief of Strategic Operations. Although his cuts and bruises had been fixed with a dermal regenerator, his left arm…

    » Escape from New Sydney, Act 1

    Mission: Academy Days
    Posted on Friday 14 September 2018 @ 16:45 by Lieutenant JG Stephanie O'Hara

    "Walk away me boys, Walk away me boys, And by morning we'll be free. Wipe that golden tear From your mother dear, And raise what's left Of the flag for me." - Flogging Molly, "What's Left Of The Flag"

    "It's time, O'Hara!" A Tellarite built like a wooden barrel announced…

    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…