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 Commander Marbim Rejal
Executive Officer
USS Merlin
Commander Caroline Miller
2nd Officer
USS Merlin


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» Return of a familiar face

Posted on Sunday 9 August 2020 @ 16:53 by Commander Melody Jones in General News

Hello all

I'm happy to announce the return of David Scarlet who will be assuming the position of Master at arms.

Please join me in welcoming him back and I look forward to seeing many joint posts.

Melody Jones

» Monthly Sim Report

Posted on Friday 31 July 2020 @ 21:12 by Commander Melody Jones in General News

Hi all

Today I published the monthly sim report and I'd just like to a big thank you say to everyone for contributing this month and let's keep the momentum of this mission moving forward.

Standard posts this month = 62.5
Number of mission posts – 18
Number of Personal logs - 2
Participation – 38
Word count – 31250
Number of NPC’s – 22
Mission posts pace - 18

Once again, thank you so much to all our writers.

Melody Jones

» Awards

Posted on Wednesday 29 July 2020 @ 20:47 by Commander Melody Jones in General News

Hello All

Just like to announce some awards that have been given out this month:-

To Lieutenant Commander Marbim Rejal - Most Improved Player of the Month:
This writer has shown continued improvement in their style and quality of their joint posts.


To Lieutenant Hayley Godding - Captains Personal Merit:
This writer has contributed significantly this month to both the main plot and personal subplots, writing interesting and detailed posts.

Congratulations to you both.

I will be trying to give out awards every month. If anyone has any nominations, please let me know. I would like everyone to know that their hard work and efforts are appreciated, especially during these uncertain times.

Melody Jones

» New Word count policy

Posted on Tuesday 28 July 2020 @ 17:03 by Commander Melody Jones in Sim Announcement

Just to advise there has been some changes to how posts are measured brought in by the fleet council.

Taken from the OF announcement:

Going forward the Fleet Council has voted that we will be measuring by words. There are many reasons for moving to this but the biggest one is simple some ships do massive posts of 5000 – 7000 words but they keep it together. It seems unfair as some Commanding Officers have different styles and that work should be recognised as they have spent weeks and weeks crafting something that they only have one post.

So going forward from August 1st 2020 every 500 words will act as a post so if you have a post of say 1500, it would class as three posts. What would not count under this change is signatures at the end of posts and posts used as a timeline.

We want to level the playing field and give everyone the same chance now as was requested in the survey from fleet members. We know going forward with the new version of Nova that we will have this ability at our fingertips but we have no idea how far off that all is or if everyone will be using Nova as we encourage other simming systems.

Please be aware everyone that each player is now expected to contribute a minimum of 1000 words a month.

» Crew member departure

Posted on Monday 27 July 2020 @ 19:37 by Commander Melody Jones in General News

Hello everyone

It’s my duty to inform you all that Howie who writes Doctor Michael Ki has decided to leave the Merlin due to real life issues. We wish him well and there is always a place for him should he decide to return.

In the mean time, until a new CMO is appointed, Commander Miller will cover sickbay as well as counselling for JP’s as she was the CMO originally.


Melody a Jones

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Latest Mission Posts

» Let's go for a swim?

Mission: A Whale of a problem (We're going to need a bigger boat)
Posted on Thursday 24 September 2020 @ 10:44 by Commander Melody Jones & Civilian Sansa Draxx-Jones & Commander Save'ena (Sav) Tillatix & Commander Caroline Miller & Lieutenant Commander Marbim Rejal & Lieutenant Hayley Godding & Lieutenant Kyhl Ch'rehron


Melody and the away team entered the shuttle bay and headed straight for the Danube class runabout, the USS Percival which was sitting near the launch bay doors.

"Commander Tillatix, take the helm and get us ready for departure. The rest of you, find a seat."

Sav grinned widely…

» A measure of last resort

Mission: Race against the machine - Joint Mission with USS Andromeda
Posted on Thursday 17 September 2020 @ 09:26 by Commander Melody Jones & Major Richard "Wolf" Johnson, Psy.D.


"Captain! The Europa has laid in a direct course for the mouth of the Planet Killer!" Someone relayed the exact same words that had just been uttered on the bridge of the Merlin.

The words took a while to permutate Jon's brain. It just didn't make sense. And this…

» A Hostile takeover?

Mission: A Whale of a problem (We're going to need a bigger boat)
Posted on Wednesday 16 September 2020 @ 20:17 by Civilian Sansa Draxx-Jones


Sansa was in their quarters, reading more on Humpback whales from the books she had borrowed from the ship’s library.
From out her window, she could see the vast, ocean covered planet. The Merlin appeared to be moving into orbit. “We must be there…” She said aloud to herself.…

» Arrival

Mission: A Whale of a problem (We're going to need a bigger boat)
Posted on Wednesday 16 September 2020 @ 20:16 by Commander Melody Jones & Commander Save'ena (Sav) Tillatix & Commander Caroline Miller & Lieutenant Commander Marbim Rejal & Lieutenant Hayley Godding & Petty Officer 1st Class David Scarlet


Melody was drumming her finger on her chair arm. Since they had lost contact with the recon shuttle hey had dispatched, she had a knot developing in the pit of her stomach. There was nothing to suggest foul play at this point, they had just lost contact. But no…

» Cammoflauge

Mission: A Whale of a problem (We're going to need a bigger boat)
Posted on Monday 14 September 2020 @ 03:13 by Lieutenant Breana Rathburn & Major Richard "Wolf" Johnson, Psy.D.

The Major stepped onto the lift and leaned on the back bulkhead of the car, "Shuttlebay," he called before crossing his feet and looking over, "before I tell you about the project, you may want to steer clear of security for a while," he said with a chuckle.

"Yeah, I…

Latest Personal Logs

» Beginning of a Journey

Posted on Sunday 20 September 2020 @ 04:49 by Lieutenant Mathias McPhee


After waiting for a few months and being on pins and needles wondering what sort of ship I would be assigned to, I know the name. It is the USS Merlin! Is it here I will find my destiny? Could the ships that I had served on have been…

» MEN ....

Posted on Sunday 9 August 2020 @ 21:41 by Commander Caroline Miller

Caroline could not wait until todays shift was over. And considering she was now effectively two department leads it had been a long day.

She stormed into her quarters and instead of going to the replicator pulled out a bottle of real stuff, pouring a large measure of liquer and…

» The mistakes of the past

Posted on Saturday 18 July 2020 @ 14:42 by Commander Melody Jones


Personal Log: Melody Jones

It seems our quiet and routine mission to sector 715 has taken an unexpected turn. As we were dealing with a Planet Killer before, now another face from the past has appeared. A probe, identical to the one that nearly destroyed all life on Earth…

» Captain's Log

Posted on Wednesday 1 July 2020 @ 11:49 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…