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 Ras th'Zaanaq
Executive Officer
USS Merlin
Lieutenant Nir’anyar
2nd Officer/Chief Medical Officer
USS Merlin


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Latest News Items

» New Writer

Posted on Saturday 2 September 2023 @ 15:43 by Captain Melody Jones in General News

Hello all

I'd like to introduce our new Chief flight Officer, Ensign Arthro Tridi. I hope they enjoy writing with us.

Captain Melody Jones

» New Mission

Posted on Saturday 2 September 2023 @ 12:37 by Captain Melody Jones in General News

Hello all

So we're kicking off a new mission on the Merlin:

The Search

In their previous mission, the USS Merlin suffered some extensive damage to their beloved Excalibur class ship. Luckily they managed to get to Deep Space 21 for some repairs and upgrades and some much needed rest and relaxation for the crew. A must for the crew they found themselves laughing and finding new ways to enjoy themselves so they could go back to work recharged and refreshed.

It has been a while since they departed DS21, their mission one of exploration. However a faint call cut short has led to the Merlin being detected adrift, their power dangerously low and in need of assistance. The ship itself devoid of life, where are the crew? Why is the ship adrift? What happened?

Can you be the one that makes the discovery that finds them? The officer that saves the day and the crew from the unknown? Time might be running out, you’ll just have to join and save them before it's too late!

» welcome aboard

Posted on Saturday 2 September 2023 @ 12:35 by Captain Melody Jones in General News

Hello all

I'd like to introduce our new XO, Lieutenant Commander Ras th'Zaanaq. I hope they enjoy writing with us.

Captain Melody Jones

» Crew Signatures

Posted on Wednesday 28 June 2023 @ 15:44 by Captain Melody Jones in General News

Hi all

I've moved the crew signatures to a shared Google document. Click on the link on the page to see the crew signatures. If any need updating, please let me know.


Captain Melody Jones

» Update

Posted on Tuesday 27 June 2023 @ 14:16 by Captain Melody Jones in General News

Hi All

Just to let everyone know what's happening on the Merlin at the moment so you can join in with or start JP's

So, after a successful first test of the Quantum Slipstream drive, the Merlin has arrived in an uncharted area of space about 300 lightyears away from Federation space. We have begun exploring the nearby star systems and have discovered a derelict ship. The Merlin has intercepted and an away team is beaming over to investigate.

Meanwhile, in engineering, an investigation is underway after an incident caused the plasma stream to heat up to dangerous levels. Sabotage is suspected but is this just paranoia taking over or is someone in engineering not who they appear to be?

Various systems around the ship can also fail/require repairs for no apparent reason.

Work on the experimental shuttle is continuing.

The plan is that upon the return of the away team, we will conclude mapping the system and then engage the quantum slipstream drive again for further exploration.

If anyone has any personnel subplots they want to develop please feel free and as always, I'm available for JP's with my main characters and NPCs

Also, there is an issue with the crew signature page at the moment. I don't know if it has something to do with this latest version of Nova but every time I update it, it removes the htlm script so this cannot be copied and pasted into Jp's. I'm trying to find a solution but it might be that the crew signatures have to be put into a document and then put on a google docs drive or Dropbox. I will keep you all updated.

Please don't hesitate to contact me or the command team if you have any questions.

Captain Melody Jones

Latest Mission Posts

» Rescue Mission

Mission: The Search
Posted on Wednesday 6 September 2023 @ 15:56 by Admiral David Jackson & Lieutenant Commander Ras th'Zaanaq


The Admiral was sitting in his office going over the latest duty roster when the comm channel beeped. "Sir we're receiving a distress signal on the Starfleet emergency channel. It's very weak. It could be from the Merlin."

"Pipe it through down here and have Commander th'Zaanaq report to…

» Red Alert!

Mission: The Search
Posted on Tuesday 29 August 2023 @ 20:30 by Captain Melody Jones


Besides the gentle beeping of the consoles and the intermittent flashing of the red alert status indication, the bridge was silent and deserted.

There was a faint buzzing noise as the ECH materialised in the empty room. The ECh was a new program on the Merlin and the kinks…

» An Unexpected Arrival

Mission: Where no one has gone before
Posted on Wednesday 23 August 2023 @ 14:53 by Captain Melody Jones & Commander Caroline McPhee & Lieutenant Ricardo Draxx


The young Lieutenant at tactical who was monitoring the away team spoke up as something else caught her attention. "Captain, I'm reading a subspace disturbance roughly 5000 KM off Starboard aft. It looks like a ship is coming out of slipstream velocity."

Melody while still concerned with the away…

» Growing suspicions

Mission: Where no one has gone before
Posted on Tuesday 22 August 2023 @ 21:02 by Commander Seklar & Ensign Charlie Cooper

Charlie was working hard at her terminal, trying to pick her way through the minefield that was the engineering computer log file. Whatever or Whoever had caused the misalignment of the magnetic constrictors had covered its tracks well. The engineering log wasn't being much help either.. wait! Wait what's that?…

» Evening Drop In

Mission: Where no one has gone before
Posted on Tuesday 22 August 2023 @ 20:57 by Lieutenant Nir’anyar & Lieutenant Ricardo Draxx


Her stint on the bridge had been a short one and uneventful. Perhaps just the medicine she had needed for being able to sit in the command chair once again and she did feel taller, however silly that may be, and she felt happy at the way her own…

Latest Personal Logs

» Not a good start

Posted on Monday 13 December 2021 @ 05:12 by

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

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…