Testing a Theory
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

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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 Kachiko Bayushi
    Executive Officer
    USS Merlin

    Lieutenant Commander Cale Llewellyn
    2nd Officer
    USS Merlin


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    Latest News Items

    » Joint Logs

    Posted on Wednesday 7 November 2018 @ 21:04 by Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D. in General News

    Hey All,

    Let's get any plot related joint logs out by Saturday so we can finish up the attack 1 ;;D


    » Muster Call

    Posted on Monday 22 October 2018 @ 16:40 by Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D. in Sim Announcement

    Hey Guys,

    In the last couple of weeks I have noticed a lull in posting. This isn't just single logs, but, lack of replies in joint posts as well and that kind of worries me. So, I need everyone to contact me with a status by Friday this week. I know we all have real life stuff, most of you know my own situation and just how aware of RL throwing curve balls is, however, it only takes a second to e-mail and say you're having to miss posting for a week. So, please contact me and let's get these waiting tags out.


    » Awards

    Posted on Sunday 30 September 2018 @ 16:49 by Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D. in General News

    Hey Guys,

    As you know I love having the crew involved with the sim, whether that be using crew posts in our recruitment ads, ideas for plot direction, etc. As part of that I'd like to start having you guys recommend awards as you see them for others. Awards still will be done at the end of each plot, however, this is a great way for you to recognize each other :). The command team will still be reviewing them as well as looking ourselves, but this gives you a voice too.

    The way you do this is log in and goto Recommend award in the menu on the left of the screen. After you do that just select the person and award and it'll let the command team know :)


    » Another Marine!

    Posted on Saturday 29 September 2018 @ 02:38 by Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D. in Sim Announcement

    Hey All,

    Please join me in welcoming 2nd Lieutenant Bilhana Karki, our new Company Executive Officer!! Welcome to Merlin!!!


    » Merlin Database

    Posted on Wednesday 26 September 2018 @ 22:59 by Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D. in Website Update

    Hey uys,

    In doing some research for our current plot I ended up finding and getting access to the old Obsidian Fleet Wiki, at least parts of it. So, what I've been doing is putting the major powers in our database. It isn't all the powers on the list, but, covers most of the the known ones. I'm on "T" but will add the rest over the next few days. You can find the listed under science here:


    So, if you need reference for them we got 'em :D


    Latest News From Around The Fleet

    » Scientist Missing on Risa

    Dr. Adrian Monroe of the Daystrom Biological Institute, an expert in infectious diseases and xeno-viral genetics, was reported missing today at the Federation Bio-Medical Conference on Risa. Authorities on Risa have requested the aid of the security staff of the USS Nightingale in locating Dr. Monroe. The Nightingale is a medical hospital ship and a [...]


    » Launch of the Next Generation

    The USS Merian has launched! Once thought impossible, Quantum Slipstream has become a mass produced reality! With the launch of the Vesta Class several years ago, the advent of a new generation of Starfleet Exploration was just on the cusp of reality. With the unfortunate disappearance of the USS Vesta several years ago, the technology was [...]


    » USS Pioneer Returns

    On May 28 2394, Empok Nor recieved some of the worst news that one could think of. The USS Pioneer had disappeared without a trace among a temporal explosion. That explosion occurred deep in Cardassian space at the Choral Thia research facility. This facility ran by the Cardassian Science Council, Dr Tavik Zojal was in [...]


    » Fleetwide Notice: Starbase Reported Missing

    A state of alert has been raised in the Loki Sector as the fleet’s main starbase of operations, Obsidian Command, was reported as missing, believed possibly destroyed. Starships reported the sighting of a huge anomaly that appeared close to the starbase, pulling the station out of orbit before both the anomaly and the starbase itself [...]


    » 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. [...]


    Latest Mission Posts

    » Testing a Theory

    Mission: The New Collective
    Posted on Wednesday 21 November 2018 @ 20:44 by Commander Cale Llewellyn DSci & Commander Save'ena (Sav) Tillatix


    After he had received the message from Commander Tillatix, Commander Cale Llewellyn got up from his seat at the Strat Ops console and made his way over to the helm. The idea that Commander Tillatix had proposed was intriguing to say the least. It was a stroke of genius.…

    » Catching Up With New/Old Friends

    Mission: The New Collective
    Posted on Thursday 15 November 2018 @ 14:20 by Commander Cale Llewellyn DSci & Commander Caroline Miller


    Caroline tapped her glass with the spoon and watched the colours swirl and merge. She took a sip of the sumerian sunset, closed her eyes and sighed. Everything had happened a little too fast for her liking and although she was thrilled to be back on the Merlin, the…

    » Unusual Borg - Merlin entering 'Twilight Zone'

    Mission: The New Collective
    Posted on Tuesday 13 November 2018 @ 22:05 by Commander Save'ena (Sav) Tillatix & Commander Cale Llewellyn DSci & Commander Caroline Miller & Lieutenant Colonel Kachiko Bayushi & Lieutenant Michael Ki MD & Lieutenant JG Marbim Rejal & Lieutenant JG Stephanie O'Hara & 1st Lieutenant Cara O'Reilly MD & 2nd Lieutenant Bilhana Karki & Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D. & Chief Petty Officer Darleena Dunham


    The Merlin was on Red Alert as it approached a planet that had sent out a distress signal due to an attack by the unusual Borg encountered by the Merlin and her crew before.

    Sav and Kachiko arrived on the turbolift to the bridge. Sav was dressed in her…

    » Exploration of a Date Part 2 of 2

    Mission: The New Collective
    Posted on Tuesday 13 November 2018 @ 05:07 by Commander Save'ena (Sav) Tillatix


    Miles and Sav are enjoying a meal after working on ways to shore up the control consoles on the bridge. The meal has become more of a date as the two learn more about each other and their pasts.

    Sav managed to reply, "Thank you, sirrah. Umm, what race…

    » Exploration of a Date Part 1 of 2

    Mission: The New Collective
    Posted on Tuesday 13 November 2018 @ 05:06 by Commander Save'ena (Sav) Tillatix & Lieutenant JG Marbim Rejal


    Having completed their task of redesigning a command console to not explode and injure or kill its user during combat and other situations, Miles holds Sav up to her end of the bargain and follows her to the Officer's mess area with a view of the space nearby. Sav…

    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 Lieutenant Colonel 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…