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

    » 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!!


    » Goals, Edition 1

    Posted on Monday 7 January 2019 @ 22:18 by Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D. in Sim Announcement

    Hey All,

    So, like I put out earlier, I have been working on some goals for Merlin. The biggest of those is better communication, something that I think has led to a few misunderstanding over the last little bit. To this end We are going to make a big push to get everyone to drop by the Discord server. In the past I know I have been really quiet there, however, I'm going to make a better effort to be active there myself.

    I have created a lot of new channels there-

    Command- Command team chat
    OOC Chat- For the crew to get together, chat, etc
    Round Table- Merlin lounge IC sim room. Here you can get together and have your characters just interact live in the ships lounge. This will not replace logging
    After 11- NSFW room, you’ll be a bit more free to chat, just keep in mind nothing extreme
    Tag Your It- Room to post tags
    Joint Post Ideas- Room to ask for JP’s, plan them, etc
    Briefing Room- Here we'll post plot updates and such
    Marine Country and Fighter Deck - These rooms are for those 2 specialized departments

    Also, modeling after another OF sim, I've split up everyone so their listed under their department label and color. In addition I've redone everyones nicknames to our character names, just so it is easier to identify who's who.

    Another thing we'd like to implement is getting a bot brought in that can post Merlin news items to Discord. This ones presenting a bit of a learning curve for me, so, I'm not above begging lol, if any of you guys can help me get that going please message me.

    That's it for now, but, expect more in the coming weeks!!!


    » Welcome Back!

    Posted on Monday 7 January 2019 @ 01:48 by Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D. in General News

    Hey Guys,

    I'm a day late, but, as of yesterday we're back!! I'm loving seeing everyone already writing and I'll get replies to tags here in a bit.

    I also want to welcome our new CAG Lieutenant JG James Parker!!! Welcome to Merlin.

    Lastly, with the start of the new year expect some announcements, including some goals I have for the sim.

    Now back to our regularly scheduled logging ;P


    » Merry Christmas!

    Posted on Tuesday 25 December 2018 @ 16:59 by Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D. in General News

    Hey Guys,

    I just wanted to take a moment and wish everyone a Merry Christmas. You guys are one of the best groups of people I've written with and, though we are all in different corners of the globe, you've become great friends to me. I hope you all have a happy and safe holidays with your families and I'm very glad to have all of you here :).


    » End Of Year Awards Fleet Awards - 5 Days Left to Vote!!

    Posted on Tuesday 11 December 2018 @ 20:50 by Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D. in General News

    Hey Guys,

    Just a reminder Obsidian Fleet is taking nominations for fleet level awards for the end of the year

    Obsidian Fleet
    This is just a gentle reminder that in five days time on Sunday 16th @ 9 pm GMT
    this year’s Commanding Officer, Executive Officer and Character of the year
    nominations will close to new entries. These awards celebrate the hard work of
    individuals not just on your own sims but fleet wide and is open for anyone to

    You can vote here for all awards.

    Just to remind you we have put together some quick tips on how to write your
    awards nomination in order to give your nominee the best chance:

    Don’t be ‘boring’ – we would prefer to read about the specific
    differences a Commanding Officer, Executive Officer or a Character has made to
    the ship, fleet or plot rather than generic phrases such as ‘they’re a
    really nice person’ ‘behind every great Co there is a greater XO’ or
    ‘they’ve made a difference’. How have they made a difference? How have
    they excelled the plot? How are they unique?
    Maximum of 150 words. The word limit is there to ensure every one of these
    receives consideration.
    Use plain English when writing your nomination.
    While there is no restriction on the number of nominations, please don’t
    just copy-and-paste nominations. Duplicates will be removed. If two or more
    people have done something similar, rather than submitting identical nominations
    for them you could think carefully about which specific aspects they have
    outshined in.
    And finally, make sure you proofread the final version of the nomination.

    Good luck to everyone

    So, go vote!! :D


    Latest News From Around The Fleet

    » 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, […]

    » Task Force 47 Report ? December 2018

    Right, before I start on December, I’d like to just say Happy New Year! Good, now that’s done, let’s get down to business. So, here’s the break down of the TG as it stands right now. Total Sims: 18 Ships with CO’s: 13 Active Ships: 13 Open Commands: 5 We’ve dropped an open command due […]

    » USS Cassiopeia Gone missing Near Hundari Void

    FFN, Starbase 582: We are currently live on the scene at Starbase 582 where we have just learned that the USS Cassiopeia has gone missing! The Cassiopeia was dispatched to the Gavorn system 2 days ago to study an anomaly which only appears once every 200 years. This system is near what we have learned […]

    Latest Mission Posts

    » Reverie

    Mission: The New Collective
    Posted on Sunday 20 January 2019 @ 15:30 by Commander Cale Llewellyn DSci

    After Cale Llewellyn returned to the bridge, he entered and asked for a status report, in the not so normal British inflection. Yee Gods and little fishes, it was coming back despite all of his efforts to cut it out of his life. He wanted to forget about Britain and…

    » A tour for Sansa

    Mission: The New Collective
    Posted on Saturday 19 January 2019 @ 23:51 by Commander Melody Jones & Commander Save'ena (Sav) Tillatix


    Sansa was still stood next to the helm station on the bridge,watching the ensign on duty. Melody had told her to wait here and someone would be there shortly to escort her round the ship.

    Sav had just finished up with the duty roster for getting some newbie ensigns…

    » The Hunt For Red O'Hara - Act II

    Mission: The New Collective
    Posted on Saturday 19 January 2019 @ 19:26 by Lieutenant JG Stephanie O'Hara & Commander Cale Llewellyn DSci & Commander Save'ena (Sav) Tillatix & Commander Melody Jones & Commander Caroline Miller & Lieutenant Colonel Kachiko Bayushi & Lieutenant Michael Ki MD & Lieutenant JG David Scarlet & Lieutenant JG Marbim Rejal & Lieutenant JG James Parker & 2nd Lieutenant Bilhana Karki & Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D.

    "And I want but have not, Bad dreams, lust thoughts. In here with no pain, you hurt me again. And I want but have none, I should beat the alien. But here I'm no one, a Cosmic Castaway." - Electracy, "Cosmic Castaway"

    Wha' th' feck'r we doin' on Deck Nine?…

    » Catching Up Friendship.. and more

    Mission: The New Collective
    Posted on Tuesday 15 January 2019 @ 17:43 by Lieutenant Galeraz Zephyr Dr. XMD & Commander Caroline Miller


    As through the whole borg situation they had managed to not bump into each other, it seemed fate had decided this would have to be personal. Caroline was nervous, had this been in sickbay there would be others around. Now as she had to come to him directly she…

    » Save'ena - Speed Run Best Time Ever part 2 of 2

    Mission: Academy Days
    Posted on Tuesday 15 January 2019 @ 09:15 by Commander Save'ena (Sav) Tillatix & Lieutenant Colonel Kachiko Bayushi


    ===== Secure Meeting Room 5 =====

    PO1 McGraff noticed the feed to Tillatix's room went down. He turned and called out, "Warrant Reynard, feed from Cadet Tillatix's room just went down."

    WO4 Reynard turned sharply and barked out, "What occurred?"

    PO1 McGraff motioned to the dead screen on the…

    Latest Personal Logs

    » 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…

    » At the feet of the world

    Posted on Tuesday 15 January 2019 @ 14:27 by 2nd Lieutenant Bilhana Karki

    Bilhana stepped out onto the holodeck with her Niece right behind her, before them stretched out mountains, he tallest one's on earth, her native land. She appreciated the holodecks attention to detail. But she also resented it's safety features. "It's not cold enough..." Her niece flanked her giving her a…

    » ...Not in our Stars

    Posted on Tuesday 1 January 2019 @ 02:36 by Lieutenant JG James Parker

    The soft thump of the Starfleet issued duffel bag barely echoed in the barren quarters as it hit the bed. James' hand came up to run through his hair slowly as he walked away from his belongings and towards the mirror and faucet. His eyes scanning the light brown, gruff…

    » After Missiin Follow-Up

    Posted on Thursday 27 December 2018 @ 19:39 by Commander Cale Llewellyn DSci

    "Computer begin Strategic Operations Officer's log now."

    "Though I wasn't part of the mission to infiltrate the Borg ship, I would like to add my own viewpoint for the official record: I feel the mission was a complete and absolute success. Though there were some blunders during said mission, I…