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August plot summary for Gemini

After the USS Gemini, NCC-80564, arrived at Rathos Prime, Commander Liam Frost approved a team to set up a mobile lab on the planet’s surface. The team, led by Lieutenant Commander T’Mar, arrived safely and began working on finding a cure. With news of the Federation assistance spreading, locals began rioting in the capital city. Concerned, Frost checked in with T’Mar and the team to stay alert. Major Ben Edwards, in charge of Security, then received an alarm that something or someone was approaching their position.

Meanwhile, on the Gemini, the crew continued their work as well and found increasing evidence that the pathogen was man-made. Also learning of the perimeter breach, Frost reached out to Rathosian authorities. To make the situation worse, some of the group that had approached the away team’s lab became increasingly violent, attacking the shuttle and the lab itself. While obviously a threat, the situation was made even worse when Lieutenant Driscoll accidentally infected herself with the lethal virus. The away team scrambled to secure the situation, while the Gemini prepared to fire a warning shot on the surface.

As more violent locals headed to the area, T’Mar allowed Lieutenant Commander Oliver Weston to separate from the group to secure the shuttle only for him to find that the shuttle had been grounded and he was pinned down. With the situation escalating and Driscoll infected, it is up to the crew of the Gemini to find a way to calm the riots and find a cure or risk violating protocols to beam the team to safety.


Top Sims Contest: Round 23 closes soon

The Top Sims Contest is accepting nominations for Round 23 of 2014 through Sunday, September 21. Every day, your crew mates write the kinds of sims that make our community one of the greatest of it’s kind — making sure they get the recognition they deserve is easy, and only takes a minute!

Just check the calendar to see which round we’re on, then start a new topic and paste the sim into the text field.

Nominating a sim is as easy as enjoying it, so don’t hold back. Each sim will go to our judges panel to determine which one goes to the next run-off round. One of the sims you read today could be the Top Sim of 2014, but only if you take the time to nominate it.

And there’s still time to vote for which sim will proceed to the finals from the third run-off round — less than 20% of the fleet has voted so far, so it’s still anyone’s game.


Donations thanks to Nugra

Cmdr. Nugra, CO of the USS Victory, began a recurring donation recently — many thanks to him for his generosity. Donations like this help keep our website ad-free and ensure that we’ll fulfill our yearly fundraising goals!

Can you donate $10, $25, or $50 today to help sustain our community?


August plot summary for Columbia

Aboard the USS Columbia, NCC-85279, Commander Livingston contacted the administrator of the Romulan base on Avronis’ moon. This Romulan official, whilst being rather deluded regarding Avronis’s prospects, granted the Columbia the right to investigate the planet.

Once the work on a modified shuttle had been completed, an away team was sent to the planet. It consisted of Lt. Commander Brek, Ensign Orsisius Kizito, 1st Lieutenant Cross and a team of Marines, plus a Romulan guide, named Kereth, (from the Rigelian Freighter that has imposed its nefarious presence in the vicinity).

No sooner had the team landed, that Kereth found traces on the ground, confirming that a Romulan shuttle had indeed visited this area recently. The team also found an archway structure that appeared to be activated.

Moments later, when Ens. Kizito picked up an energy signal, about one kilometer away from their present location, Lt. Commander Brek ordered the team to retreat to the caves. From there, on the horizon, they could see two lean silhouettes approaching their landing site. There was no time to investigate though, as somewhere in the cave, someone fired a disruptor at the away team.

Meanwhile, on the Bridge, Commander Livingston was confronted to a wave of misbehavior from several officers who disregarded basic protocols. The most serious of them involved a science officer who prevented the science station from receiving vital information. Ensign Tatash was sent to collect the stubborn officer and brought him to the Captain’s ready room.


Poll of the Week: Funniest Moments in Star Trek: Enterprise

Hello everyone and welcome to the next chapter in our comedy of Star Trek series, our focus on the ill-fated Enterprise.

In the canon prequel series, we see humankind for the first time traveling out into the stars at Warp 5, the holy grail of interstellar travel. However, they find out quickly that, even in their own little corner of the wide wide galaxy, there is a lot to be feared: a shadowy Temporal Cold War, hostile alien empires, wars between friends that need serious mediation, and other stuff hitherto unimagined. Throughout it all, even when the Earth itself is on the brink of being destroyed, the crew manages to keep their spirits up!

Come see how and share your favorite funny moments of Archer and the gang!


New Academy Graduates

Please welcome our newest Academy graduate to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Marcus Drake!


Fleetwide OOC Chat Today!

Join us today at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern (US) / 6pm GMT (UK) / 3am Monday UTC+11 (AUS)! (Always check your time zone for accuracy/DST if applicable!)

To participate, simply head to our online chat room, at: http://www.starbase118.net/chat — if you have problems connecting, use the instructions listed below the chat box.

We’re also now hosting voice chat! Instructions are available here.

Our fleetwide chats are a space for all the members of the StarBase 118 group to get together and talk in real time about everything that’s happening within the group. Come by and see what goings-on are happening off your ship. Chats are always held on the second Sunday of every month, but you can head into the chat room at any time to see who else is there.


Featured Bio Contest winner: Evan Delano

Lieutenant Evan Delano is the strategic operations officer of the USS Garuda. Lieutenant Delano’s prowess in martial arts has awarded him first place at two Starfleet Academy martial arts tournaments and second place at two more. His career has previously seen him stationed aboard the USS Tiger-A with a reassignment to the Garuda after a medical LOA.

From his early days growing up in Albany, New York, he entered Starfleet Academy over the objections of his parents. First he started out as an engineering student, then decided it wasn’t for him and went forth to major in security with minors in helm and operations. He has served as an HCO officer, security officer, and a security chief prior to taking up the post of strategic operations.

Congratulations to Lieutenant Delano! His bio will be displayed on the wiki’s front page for the month of September. Our Featured Nominee this month is Ensign Nicole Fullmer of the USS Victory.

As always, you can find out more about the contest at its wiki page or in its forum. The next round is now open, so be sure to drop by and submit your nominations today!


Goodbye Excalibur, hello (again) Constitution

Fleet changes are afoot, as we reach what is hopefully the end of a volatile summer in our fleet. FltCapt. Cascadia Rainier has been forced to step down from her roles as the commanding officer of the USS Excalibur-A, and Captain at Large for the Executive Council, due to real life workload. We wish her the best as she continues her pursuits in higher education. (She will remain a member of the group and will likely be around the forums occasionally, so say hello if you see her!)

As the Excalibur crew was without a commanding officer, we’re relaunching a vessel — the USS Constitution-B, which you can read more about on our wiki — under the command of Commander Shelther Faranster, by the writer who formerly played the first officer of the USS Apollo-A now with a new character. The crew of the Apollo and Excalibur were mixed together before we relaunched the Constitution, to rebalance both crews and make them stronger.

The Constitution is a vessel with a long history in our organization, going back among a half-dozen captains and crews. We look forward to the exciting new tales to come out of this reorganization, and we’re certainly hope for a more stable autumn among our fleet! Members of the Excalibur can keep in touch on the special thread for their crew on the forums.


Promotions for August, 2014

The staff of UFOP: StarBase 118 would like to take a moment and recognize the officers — please be sure to congratulate these folks when you see them in the corridors of your vessel!

Apollo

  • Sundassa Faranster to Commander

Atlantis

  • Guinevere Gardener to Lieutenant JG
  • L’Ral Rai’ow to Lieutenant JG
  • Tarsii Asmara to Lieutenant JG
  • Rendal Rennyn to Lieutenant
  • Tamaiti Scott to Lieutenant

Victory

  • Avery-Walker to Lieutenant JG

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Inspiration

The tears that you spill, the sorrowful, are sweeter than the laughter of snobs and the guffaws of scoffers. -Kahlil Gibran, “A Handful of Sand on the Shore”