Welcome to the 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 Melody Jones
Commanding Officer
USS Merlin
Lieutenant Commander Mathias McPhee
Executive Officer
USS Merlin
Lieutenant Nir’anyar
2nd Officer/Chief Medical Officer
USS Merlin


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» News update

Posted on Sunday 20 November 2022 @ 22:14 by Captain Melody Jones in General News

Hi all

Hope you're all ok. Just to let you know I plan to wrap up the current mission and kick off the new mission in the new year.

Our upcoming mission:

Where no one has gone before
The newly refurbished USS Merlin departs Deep space 21 fitted with some of Starfleet's latest technology for exploration including a brand new quantum slipstream drive and an experimental shuttle fitted with a revolutionary untested engine. The crew of the Merlin must now chart an unexplored star system using all the new equipment. Meanwhile, The Captain and chief engineer conduct a test flight in the experimental shuttle…. With unexpected consequences.

» Posting Levels

Posted on Tuesday 9 August 2022 @ 11:14 by Captain Melody Jones in General News

Hey all

I had a quick look at the posting activity and.... wel.... it's not looking too good... :-(

I'm not naming names at this point but we are supposed to post 1 JP every 2 weeks, I know things have been fairly relaxed latly and real life always comes first but only 2 players have posted this month so far. (I know this month has just started and I'm not having a go at any one writer, just bringing this to everyone's attention)

Last Post: Sunday 7 August 2022 @ 19:23
Last Post: Sunday 24 July 2022 @ 19:35
Last Post: Thursday 21 July 2022 @ 09:26
Last Post: Sunday 24 July 2022 @ 19:35
Last Post: Monday 18 July 2022 @ 12:12
Last Post: Sunday 7 August 2022 @ 19:23
Last Post: Tuesday 12 July 2022 @ 19:44
Last Post: Saturday 18 June 2022 @ 17:54
Last Post: Thursday 21 July 2022 @ 09:26
Last Post: Thursday 14 April 2022 @ 20:41
Last Post: Wednesday 15 June 2022 @ 07:48

If anyone has saved posts in progress could we have some posted in August please?

If anyone is stuck, please don't suffer in silence. The Command team and I are here to help you. Just drop us a DM, an email or send us a message on Discord.

A few more JP's this month would be nice :-)

Thanks to all for your time and effort in creating in-depth characters and really interesting story arcs.

If anyone would like to chat, my door is always open.

Captain Melody Jones

» New Mission

Posted on Wednesday 8 June 2022 @ 20:26 by Captain Melody Jones in General News

Evening all. The new mission has kicked off:

The USS Merlin is undergoing extensive repairs and upgrades at Deep Space 21. Meanwhile, its crew are enjoying some well earned rest and relaxation. Melody and Draxx have taken the newest members of their family to the nearby planet of Ba’Ku where the Federation has established a separate outpost on the far side of the planet.
While learning to be a mom all over again, Melody and Draxx are also learning new things about each other and themselves … As are all the other members of the crew.

I'll be starting a big JP shortly with all writers as we arrive at Deep Space 21.

» An Announcement

Posted on Sunday 15 May 2022 @ 10:16 by Captain Melody Jones in General News

I'm afraid that due to RL commitments, The writer of Commander Rejal has left the Merlin. We wish him all the best for the future. Lieutenant Commander McPhee is taking over as XO and Lieutenant Nir’anyar will be second officer.

Captain Melody Jones

» Welcome Back

Posted on Monday 4 April 2022 @ 16:45 by Captain Melody Jones in General News

Hello all

I'd like you to join me in welcoming back Hadir Prenar who will be writing Lieutenant Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, our new Chief Flight control officer. Some of you may remember Lieutenant Michael Ki MD who they wrote last time they were on board and who might be making a guest appearance. I hope they enjoy writing with us once again.

Captain Melody Jones

Latest News From Around The Fleet


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» Vesta and the Lost Colony

The USS Vesta pulls into Starbase 99, with news of a Federation shortcoming.


» Diplomatic Accession Talks End in Failure

It appears the anticipated accession of Paratus IV into the United Federation of Planets may not go ahead as planned. Following reports that the Federation Ambassador was attacked, it has now emerged that the diplomatic negotiations ended ubruptly with the outbreak of civil war on the planet, with forces loyal to the Queen were assaulted… Read More »Diplomatic Accession Talks End in Failure



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Latest Mission Posts

» A night beneath the stars

Mission: Revelations
Posted on Saturday 3 December 2022 @ 17:45 by Petty Officer 2nd Class Pearl Bijoux & Chief Petty Officer Johnathan "Jack" MacGyver

A place was found, that Pearl liked very much for where she and Jack would be camping. She had a tent that was set up for gear and two people, but she fully intended on sleeping under the stars. However, it never hurt to have something just in case there…

» Through a mirror...

Mission: Revelations
Posted on Friday 2 December 2022 @ 14:46 by Civilian Sansa Draxx-Jones & Lieutenant Hamish Teague


After leaving their Cabin, Aurea led Sansa and Hamish back to her Cabin to pick up some items she required to create the portal as well as some provisions for the long walk ahead. Then she had led them on a hike into the mountains to the south of…

» Keeping a watchful eye

Mission: Revelations
Posted on Sunday 27 November 2022 @ 21:28 by Captain Melody Jones & Lieutenant Nir’anyar


Melody was back on DS21, having returned from her shore leave on Ba'Ku to be greeted by a stack of PADDs awaiting her approval. The refit of the Merlin was almost complete and a complete inspection of the ship was required before departure and she just so happened to…

» XO and Second Officer

Mission: Revelations
Posted on Sunday 27 November 2022 @ 19:13 by Lieutenant Nir’anyar & Lieutenant Commander Mathias McPhee

A check list, a checklist is what Mathias needed. Much he had to do now that he was an XO. Tapping on his combadge, he called Anya. =^=Lieutenant Nir'anyar are you free for the time being? I'd like to have a meeting with you."=^=

"I am free Commander... Are you…

» Soundboard

Mission: Revelations
Posted on Saturday 26 November 2022 @ 22:02 by Commander Caroline McPhee & Lieutenant JG Zirvell Khen

Though he understood the need for vacation, as a professional Zirvell also understood the importance of mental health. And right now he felt his own health was at stake if he didn't talk to someone about what had happened in the past few days. Adding to the fact he was…

Latest Personal Logs

» Not a good start

Posted on Monday 13 December 2021 @ 05:12 by Lieutenant JG Kevin Bacon

I've been aboard for several days now and all I have done is read over intelligence updates and catch up on the mountain of paperwork that was left over from the last Intelligence officer that was aboard. I was beginning to feel somewhat sleepy and stood up to go over…

» Mixed feelings

Posted on Saturday 9 October 2021 @ 16:52 by Captain Melody Jones


Captain's log: Mission day 3, 0700

It's with mixed feelings that I make this log entry. Sansa has just departed last night on the USS Santa Maria with Lieutenant Teague and Fay to help settle what hopefully will be the first group of Humpback whale colonists. I must admit…

» What now

Posted on Monday 4 October 2021 @ 23:03 by Lieutenant Marbim Rejal

"Well, she's gone. Who I thought was the love of my life, and who I wanted to spend my future with has left. We'd had no argument, no disagreements, all I found was a note and the promise items I'd given her. She has also blocked my ability to communicate…

» The Rams Head

Posted on Monday 4 October 2021 @ 02:16 by Lieutenant Gregor Morgan

By the Gods!! I am looking forward to begin construction on the Rams Head and get her up and running. It will be designed on a quaint English country side pub. Nothing to big or fancy, Just a place where one can go to unwind with a few friends and…

» A Moment of Helplessness

Posted on Saturday 17 July 2021 @ 16:42 by Gunnery Sergeant Alexander Beck

Personal Log, Gunnery Sergeant Alexander Beck.

Okay, shit just got real.

I just found out that Marika is involved in an away mission that suddenly went sideways. Granted, I taught my wife how to defend herself. It comes with being a mom, part of the territory. She's good with a…