STARBASE 118 — In response to emerging threats in the Afehirr Sector, Starfleet has reactivated the USS Excalibur-A.
The Vesta class starship USS Excalibur (NCC-41903-A) launched under the command of Fleet Captain Kali Nicholotti and Lt. Commander Tyler Kelly on stardate 239202.16. The Excalibur’s crew compliment of 835 were taken from all over the fleet via voluntary transfer and mandatory assignment.
“Without me you are nothing. Without you I am nothing,” said Flt. Capt. Nicholotti to a stunned audience during a ceremony preceding the launch.
Although some questioned Nicholotti’s skills as a speechwriter, everyone looked forward to a new adventure.
The Excalibur’s first mission will take her to the Mercadian system in the largely uncharted Afehirr sector. An inhabited planet known only as Mercadia III lies directly in the path of strange waves of energy. The origin and intent of these waves remains unknown, however a mysterious force on the planet appears to be pulling the energy towards it like a magnet. The primary objective of the mission is to save the planet from total destruction by diverting the energy wave or, failing that, to facilitate an emergency evacuation operation. Needless to say, the crew will have their work cut out for them on what is sure to be a difficult first mission.
Meanwhile, the Excalibur herself is buzzing with less ominous activity. While the Captain faces her own lack of returning memories, the rest of the crew must find a way to trust her leadership. A Ferengi named Zogi is about to set up shop in the hope of making a fortune as the crew form new friendships while sharing a drink at the Black Hole bar. The relationship between LtJG. Aurora James and Major Irina Pavlova has moved to the next level, and they are preparing an engagement party after the conclusion of the mission, giving everyone something to look forward to.
While everyone aboard is fairly new to this particular Starfleet family, the crew is ready for whatever chaos the universe is ready to throw at them.