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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!


**THIS IS AN 18+ WRITING COMMUNITY**










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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Latest News Items




» New mission

Posted on Sunday 8 January 2023 @ 22:23 by Captain Melody Jones in General News

Hi all

A Happy New Year to everyone :-)

I've kicked off the new mission "Where no one has gone before". I'll be starting a group JP shortly on MD1 for leaving Deep Space 21. We will be engaging the new quantum slipstream drive and exploring far beyond the borders of Federation space. This gives us some freedom to come up with new planets, species, and phenomena to encounter.

We've also got a lot of new tech (including the soon to be built shuttle) to play with.

So let's have some fun.


Sam
Captain Melody Jones


» Crew Signitures

Posted on Wednesday 4 January 2023 @ 11:13 by Captain Melody Jones in General News

Hi All

It seems that with the latest Nova update, every time the crew signatures are edited, the format of the display is altered so that the HTML code is no longer visible in the table, which stops you from copying it into JP's for signing off. For the moment, please do NOT update the crew signature page in the Merlin database.

I am trying to find a solution for this issue.

Sam
Captain Melody Jones


» Merry Christmas

Posted on Friday 23 December 2022 @ 22:40 by Captain Melody Jones in General News

Hello all

As another year draws to a close I'd just like to thank you all for your writing contributions to the Merlin this year.

I hope you've all enjoyed the plot threads and characters and I hope that in 2023 we will continue to explore strange new worlds and boldly go where no one has gone before.

From the Command team and myself, I wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and peaceful new year.


Sam
Captain Melody Jones


» 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.

Sam
Captain Melody Jones



Latest Mission Posts




» Taking Flight

Mission: Revelations
Posted on Wednesday 8 February 2023 @ 14:24 by Lieutenant Pete "Maverick" Mitchell & Lieutenant JG Nick "Goose" Bradshaw & Lieutenant JG Wintrow Paragon & Senior Chief Petty Officer Peyton Santos

Maverick had returned from his jaunt with Marjani the night before and he was exhausted. Of course as he made his way to the Flight Deck for what would be his first full day on duty, he told his old friend Goose all about it. "Goose I am telling you…


» Self Development

Mission: Revelations
Posted on Tuesday 7 February 2023 @ 19:27 by Lieutenant Nir’anyar & Lieutenant Gregor Morgan

ON

It was a quiet shift on the bridge, the ship still being in dry dock awaiting its launch window. Herself and Lieutenant Morgan the senior officers on the bridge. The lighting was low as the final system checks had been commenced on all systems. In truth, there was nothing…


» Surprises

Mission: Revelations
Posted on Friday 20 January 2023 @ 16:30 by Lieutenant Nir’anyar & Lieutenant Commander Mathias McPhee

ON

It was evening, and the ship relatively quiet, a message arrived for Anya upon her Padd, the message was from Mathias. The message read, Anya will you meet with me on the holodeck, I would like your opinion upon a program that I have been working on. It is…


» Lives Intertwined [Part Two]

Mission: Revelations
Posted on Thursday 19 January 2023 @ 02:30 by Civilian Avelina Morgan/Evelyn McPhee

(Continued)

==Later

After dropping off the items they had purchased,at the runabout, Avelina was ready for a soak in a hot spring. "I wonder if they will have a room for us so we can just spend a relaxing time there after our soak." Looking rather dreamily at her husband.…


» Lives Intertwined[Part One}

Mission: Revelations
Posted on Thursday 19 January 2023 @ 02:30 by Civilian Avelina Morgan/Evelyn McPhee & Lieutenant Gregor Morgan

The sunlight filtered through the front window of the runabout as Gregor got up out of the bed and stretched as he greeted the new day. He looked down at the stirring form of Avelina and smiled, they had just spent their first night together as husband and wife. Avelina's…



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

ON:

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…