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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!

    Captain John Barstow
    Commanding Officer
    USS Merlin
    Commanding Officer
    Task Group 47-A

    Commander Cale Llewellyn
    Executive Officer
    USS Merlin

    Commander Melody Jones
    2nd Officer
    USS Merlin


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    Latest News Items

    » 1 Year

    Posted on Thursday 28 February 2019 @ 18:22 by Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D. in General News

    Hey Guys,

    As of 26 February Merlin has been back 1 year!! I'm excited for that and excited to see what else we have to come!


    » GMail

    Posted on Wednesday 27 February 2019 @ 17:54 by Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D. in General News

    Hey Guy's,

    I'm using this as a test, it looks like Google unblocked our e-mails. Please let me know if you get this, but do so through the site! This' important because the Merlin email address is not monitored, so, do not hit reply :).

    Now, I am back and caught up, all injuries better :). I'll be moving us forward this next week. You guys did awesome keeping things going while I was out! I am giving you guys the Captains Personal Merit for keeping things moving, I couldn't ask for a better group! :D


    » 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!


    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

    » Draxx is back and he’s here to stay

    Mission: The New Collective
    Posted on Sunday 17 March 2019 @ 23:02 by Lieutenant JG Ricardo Draxx & Commander Melody Jones


    Melody was sat on her sofa feeding Nibbles. It had been a long day. Sansa walked in smiling happily.

    “Hey mom, hey Nibbles.”

    Melody looked up “Well, you’re in a good mood. How did the visit to Doctor Ki go?”

    “All good and that’s not the best part. Dad’s…

    » Scientists' Pow Wow

    Mission: The New Collective
    Posted on Sunday 17 March 2019 @ 10:57 by Commander Cale Llewellyn DSci & Lieutenant JG Artis Lomar

    Commander Cale Llewellyn was in his office going over the new crewmembers that they had picked up recently when he notice they had acquired a new Chief Science Officer to replace the Romulan science officer. This Artis Lomar was an unjoined Trill and had spent most of his time on…

    » Mild Shock

    Mission: The New Collective
    Posted on Wednesday 13 March 2019 @ 18:02 by Commander Caroline Miller & Commander Melody Jones


    Caroline was finally sipping a large cup of Caramel hot chocolate after spending hours submitting the requested urgent reports to Starfleet command on the recent events involving the Borg, O'Hara's possession and Colonel Bayushi's intense telepathic contact with an unknown entity. She had only been onboard the ship what…

    » The Impaitent patient

    Mission: The New Collective
    Posted on Wednesday 13 March 2019 @ 03:14 by Lieutenant Michael Ki MD & Commander Melody Jones


    Sansa had finally managed to replicate a new dress that fit her and made her way down to sickbay. Her mom had told her the Doctor wanted to give her a quick examination. She entered sickbay and went over to one of the nurses. "Excuse me, I'm looking for…

    » Medics Down

    Mission: The New Collective
    Posted on Wednesday 13 March 2019 @ 01:42 by Lieutenant Michael Ki MD & Commander Caroline Miller & Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D.

    John stepped into sickbay a few minutes after leaving the Bridge. The battle had seemed long and he'd known there were bound to be injuries, however, what he walked in on made his stomach knot up. The scene before him were just as many medical staff as other officers and…

    Latest Personal Logs

    » 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 Lieutenant JG Stephanie O'Hara

    "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…

    » 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…