ROMAN EXPANSE, NEAR ROMULAN SPACE – After a catastrophic slipstream drive failure, the USS Gorkon has been stranded inside a deadly, unmappable nebula.
The quantum slipstream drive aboard the USS Gorkon, NCC-82293, suffered catastrophic failure on return toward the Tyrellian Sector. After a short, rough ride the ship was light years off course in an area known as the Roman Expanse, a notoriously dangerous nebula known to be nearly impossible to map, difficult to navigate, filled with plasma and electrokinetic storms, and electrodynamic turbulence.
Shortly after arrival, the Gorkon discovered a small graveyard of derelict, mostly Romulan, ships. Propulsion specialist Petty Officer Grixx Marcix said, “Those things are old. Some have been here for more than 200 years.”
The Gorkon has also been infiltrated by at least three intruders who apparently have the ability to shapeshift and do not appear on sensors, all of whom have set about sabotaging ship’s systems.
As players in any roleplaying game we’re drawn to certain character classes and types. Some like the strong fighter-type, some like the sneaky information handler. In this feature, we highlight different players around the fleet in various positions to show how they approach their particular duty post. What drives them? What do they like most about the post? Have they discovered anything interesting in their duty? This month we turn our attention to Medicine, with Lieutenant JG Anath G’Renn of the Andaris Task Force ship USS Blackwell.
Trellis Vondaryan: To start, tell us a little about the writer behind the character — what is your name and where do you hail from?
Anath G’Renn: I normally just go by my first initial, J, and I am from Northeast Texas.
What first drew you to the Medical post?
I’ve always loved the sciences and was originally considering between science and medical. I generally tend to enjoy writing and reading about science, so I wanted to give the other blue shirt duty post a try and give myself a little extra challenge. On a more personal note, I have always found the medical officers on Star Trek to be some of my favorite characters in each series.
We’re in the final days of our final Top Sims Contest! Now’s your last chance to vote to help crown the writers of the Top Sim of 2017.
Participating is simple: Just read the sims below to get started.
Once you’ve read the sims, head to the forums to register your vote. But don’t delay: Voting closes on Sunday, October 15 at 11:59pm Pacific time.
Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the UFOP: StarBase 118 fleet: Kyso Nohx, T’Bel, Rev’ya Ward-T’vete, and Baylen Anders!
ANTOR II – Following a period of intense emergency activity, the USS Veritas has departed the Antor II colony, which is no longer issuing evacuation alerts.
Following a period of emergency repairs and medical intervention across the Antor II Federation colony, the colony’s leader, Governor Carolyn Blackhurst, has announced that their environmental domes are safe and that groundquakes have ceased, in part due to very hard work by the colony’s residents, and intervention by the Federation Starship USS Veritas, NCC-95035, led by Captain Roshanara Rahman.
It has been confirmed both through independent investigation and by the man himself that the Klingon Jilor, leader of a pirate fleet in the Shoals, was responsible for the attacks.
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They’re one of the most recognizable species in Star Trek, and one of the most misunderstood. Breaking away from the peaceful, enlightened philosophy that began to sweep through Vulcan a thousand years ago, they founded a new world, upon which an empire would be forged, and begin its growth into a galactic civilization. Despite their commonly shown brutality, xenophobia, and mysterious, overwhelming power, the Romulan people are one of the most diverse, complicated, and iconic parts of the Star Trek universe.
It is this diversity that has allowed so many unforgettable Romulan characters to take the stage. Who could forget the unnamed Romulan commander who lead the attacks against Earth Outposts 2, 3, 4, and 8 along the Neutral Zone, and then against the Enterprise herself, in the classic Original Series episode “Balance of Terror”? What of the sinister Commander Tomalak, the sly rival of Captain Picard, played by the famed Andreas Katsulas? And certainly, the treasonous, principled Admiral Alidar Jarok, who sacrificed all that he had on a futile mission in the pursuit of peace, must be mentioned in such an illustrious list.
This Poll of the Week asks you to name your favorite Romulan, and to explain why you chose him/her. Did you find the strong female commander Toreth appealing? Or were you more a fan of Sela, the skilled manipulator of entire civilizations, and one of the biggest surprises of The Next Generation?
Click here to head to the forums and register your vote. Then reply to the forum thread and let us know your thoughts!
The staff of UFOP: StarBase 118 would like to take a moment and recognize the following officers on their recent promotions. Please be sure to say congratulations if you see them around the forums!
- Jarred Thoran to Lieutenant
- Colleen Bancroft to Lieutenant JG
- Sera zh’Aella to Lieutenant JG
Every month, the Academy staff works to compile the statistics about our recruiting and training for the fleet’s informational purposes. Let’s take a look at how we did as a fleet in September.
This first graph depicts the number of applications that we have received each month this year. During the month of September, the fleet saw 12 new applications. This equates to roughly one new application every two and a half days and sets a record for number of applicants in one month for this year.
The following chart shows how our new members found us, according to their application:
This final graph shows how many people graduated from the Academy during the month of September. As a fleet, we had seven Academy graduates in September which includes one graduate who applied during the month of August. We also had four applicants who applied in September, but whose training did not start until October.
These new recruits are the lifeblood of our community. Without them, it becomes difficult to keep our ships fully crewed and even more difficult to grow the fleet. If you’d like to help us recruit more members and grow our fleet, you can join the Publicity Team using this form.
The march to Halloween has begun. Be on the lookout for this year’s Halloween Avatar Contest! But before we don our costumes, let’s take a look back at September’s sim totals. The StarBase 118 Fleet finished last month with a total of 1,183 sims produced.
Leading the fleet in sim numbers for September was USS Constitution with 240 sims. StarBase 118 Ops finished with the second highest number of sims at 179, and USS Veritas finished third with 169 sims.
Check out some of the highlights of this past month’s simming through our new Appreciations forum, where you and your fellow members can nominate sims, great quotes, and other memorable moments for the rest of the fleet to enjoy!