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USS Thor Enjoys Extended “Thorleave” Among New Friends On New Bajor

NEW BAJOR, GAMMA QUADRANT — With the ecological situation on the planet finally under control, the crew of the USS Thor got a second chance to enjoy New Bajor’s hospitality while the ship remained in orbit.

It’s time to chat! Join us today for our monthly fleetwide party.

Join us in the chat room for our monthly OOC chat today (Sunday, January 17th) at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 6pm London / 5am, January 18th, Sydney (AUS). (See your timezone here.)

Click here to join the chat on Discord. It’s fun and easy, and only takes a minute to get set up if you’ve never signed up on before.

Our monthly chats are a place to meet other members of the fleet, catch up on current fleet events, share stories, and talk about Star Trek.

Love Potion Number Nine Sweeps Through Starbase 118, Affecting Crew And Civilians Alike

STARBASE 118 Ops — The station hosted a festival and the welcoming of Vedak Lova; a celebration of life, blessings, though quickly turned sour as a pheromone-based malady swept through the station.

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Lower Decks interview: Ensign Maria Alvarez, USS Arrow

We’re here with another interview with a newer member of our community. The title of this column is “Lower Decks,” hearkening back to the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode titled “Lower Decks,” in which junior officers aboard the Enterprise-D speculate on the reasons for recent unusual actions taken by the command crew near the Cardassian border.

This month’s interview is with the writer behind Ensign Maria Alvarez playing a Human female Operations officer assigned to the USS Arrow.

Taybrim: Tell us a little about the writer behind the character — where in the world do you hail from?

Alvarez: First off, thank you for reaching out!  It’s a pleasure to give back to this community however I’m able.

I live in Colorado, where I work in tech.  I really feel writing here has been a way to explore and express a creative side I don’t always get to flex at my job, and I’ve been really enjoying that aspect of it.  I have loads of other hobbies, including games, hiking, and music.

What duty post are you playing, and how did you choose it?

So Maria is an operations officer, and that duty post is a combination of what I, the writer, feel comfortable writing, and what I have pictured in my head as the sort of job she’d gravitate towards.

Operations is sort of a curious duty posting, perhaps the most generalist and nebulous space-job aside from ‘mission specialist’.  The best two examples in canon are Data and O’Brien, and the second one is really in engineering.  The cool thing is that it lets me define a very unique role for Maria, and explore a side of trek we haven’t seen much on screen.

From the start, I wanted to write someone that approaches problems differently than the average officer.  So, instead of being a crack engineer (which is already a little too close to what I do in real life), I decided to make Maria a little lax when paying attention to those pesky details and more interested in the big picture of how stuff works together.  This led me to giving her an interest in logistics and supply.  Next I decided if she were an unconventional officer, she’s probably getting in trouble a lot, so she’ll need to get really good at law and interpreting it in a different way than usual so she can get herself out of trouble.  I continued in this way, trying to build out a sensible, if disconnected tapestry of skill sets that fit her personality.  From there, I realized operations was by far the most sensible choice with the flexibility it offered, and fortunately there was a slot on the Arrow to fill this niche.

Honestly, now that I’ve gotten into the operations role, it’s hard to imagine playing another posting where there’s more rules, but that might just be my taste in writing.  I know some writers struggle with too much freedom, and that’s not a bad thing – just different.  I’ve really enjoyed writing a sort of midfielder who’s good at a lot of things, but great at very few.  Someone who gets to be the eyes and ears of the ship.  She’s eventually going to grow into the role that simply greases the whole ship along, and kind of have her work slip into the background a little (when it isn’t preposterous shenanigans).  Of course there will be rerouting power, amplifying sensors, so on and so forth, but honestly I take joy in some of the little things in the trek universe, and I feel this posting lets me explore that.

Poll of the Week: New Year’s Resolutions

So, we’re now two weeks into the new year, be that 2021 for the writers, or 2398 for our characters. We’ve shrugged off the festive coma, started working out to get rid our beer bellies, eaten the last of the Christmas chocolates, and polished off the last of the port.

Now is the absolute perfect time to look at some good old fashioned New Year’s resolutions (and not the New Year Resolution, which is to do with one of our ship’s current missions); what are your Starbase 118-related resolutions and goals?

Perhaps you’d like to get yourself a shiny new pip for your character, or make a Department Chief position (even if that comes with a buttload of extra PADDwork)? If you really like paperwork, perchance you’d like to embrace it and become a member of our beloved staff? Maybe you have a personal storyline that you’d be looking to expand upon, draw to a close or open up for the first time? What about relationships? You could forge new friendships, reopen old rivalries or maybe you want to make that special love connection?

Or is it possible you’ve got a more out of character goal? Maybe you’d like to join a taskforce (or even facilitate one) and ensure that our community continues to grow and grow! Might you just want to continue to learn and develop as a writer (I know this is arguably my most consistent goal); do you have action steps you want to take or do you just learn by doing and reading other’s work?

This week, we want to know…

What are your Starbase 118 related resolutions and goals for 2021?

Click here to head to the forums now and vote in this week’s poll on which you would choose, or let us know your own! Be sure to leave a comment in the thread!

USS Resolution Embarks On Search For Missing Freighter Andalucia

CELENDI NEBULA — Arriving at the Celendi Nebula, the crew of the USS Resolution (NCC-78145) began locating the disappeared freighter, Andalucia.

Join us for the fleetwide chat this coming Sunday, January 17th!

We invite all members of our community to join us in the Discord chat room on Sunday, January 17th at 10:00 am Pacific, 6:00 pm UTC.

The chat starts this Sunday, January 17th at 10:00 am Pacific, 6:00 pm UTC. Click here to see the start time in your zone, and add this event to your calendar.

This chat is open to all and casual, so feel free to come and go as you please. See you there!

Juneau Establishes First Contact With New Species

AAVARO WILDS — Arriving back in their patrol region, the USS Juneau (NX-99801) encountered an unknown species of space-borne cephalopod, however at the time they did not realise that the ship had ventured too close to the creature’s hunting ground.

Poll of the Week: You’re the Captain now! Crisis in the Eta Sector

As part of a new series in the Poll of the Week, we’re bringing you into the centre chair. When presented with a situation, how would you react? What would you do?

Your ship, the Steamrunner class USS Âu Cơ, is on a routine diplomatic visit to the world of Ferinoat IV, in the Theta Sector. Newly allied to the Federation, this world is known for its raw material shipments for what cannot be replicated, and there is a diplomatic push to get it as a full trading partner of the Federation. It is also a paradise world, with half of it’s 1.4* Earth sphere given to extreme low impact business and eco-friendly tourism.

Upon arriving, the ship is hailed by the Chief Executive Officer of Ferinoat, Arcturan Nadarion, with an urgent request for aid against a paramilitary movement committing actions of insurrection and terrorism, the Independence For Kel-Mora Republics. An officially proscribed organization since 2367, the organization had a political wing gathering power, unhappy with the allotment of resources and power given to non-favoured component republics.

Investigations by the Chief Tactical Officer reveal that the reason is an upcoming plebiscite that there is some doubt is entirely free – from either side, and the ship is contacted by one of the IFKR members, disguising themselves as an animated fox-girl. They claim that the Chief Executive’s party has been subverting their contractual rights to free expression, free movement, and the right of the licensed press to print the truth.

Two days later, your senior staff assemble to pool the information gathered, revealing the following:

  • The Ferinoat system produces 45% of all raw tarsonium, a material used in starship construction.
  • Reports have been filed by Federation and Starfleet Intelligence supporting both claims.
  • The contract granting the Ferinoat IV Colony, KSLC rights to incorporate by the Satikail Corporate Nations, also guarantees those rights, but also states that the planetary corporation must allow for severability and spinning off.
  • While there have been few deaths so far, it is the opinion of your tactical officer and counsellor that this will soon end, as there are clear signs of escalation on both sides. However, throwing your support behind either side would likely end the conflict without any more escalation.

However, the time for debate ended abruptly with the arrival of a Satikail Battlecruiser. While they permit you to stay in orbit, you are warned in no uncertain terms not to interfere. After a trial back on Staikail Secundus (in absentia, which is legal under their laws), they intend to send down a management team and corporate security assets and perform mass arrests of anyone on either side.

What do you do?

Click here to head to the forums now and vote in this week’s poll on which plan you would choose, or let us know your own! Be sure to leave a comment in the thread!

Counselor Troi talks with a member of the Enterprise-D crew while in her office

Lower Decks Interview: Meidra Sirin, USS Resolution 

We’re here with another interview with a newer member of our community. The title of this column is “Lower Decks,” hearkening back to the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode titled “Lower Decks,” in which junior officers aboard the Enterprise-D speculate on the reasons for recent unusual actions taken by the command crew near the Cardassian border.

This month’s interview is with the writer behind Ensign Meidra Sirin playing a Vulcan/El-Aurian hybrid  female Counselor assigned to the USS Resolution. 

GALVEN: Thank you for allowing me to interview you! Could you tell us a little about yourself for our readers out there?

SIRIN: I grew up in a household where my dad was 100 percent Italian and mom was not. I saw how two different cultures coexisted without one overshadowing the other, and I think that is why I chose a hybrid for my character here. I love psychology and history, and it’s been fun creating someone with some of my traits, yet really different in other ways (I don’t get into drunken brawls with Klingons)

What has been your favorite moment writing with UFOP:StarBase 118?

Being allowed to help create a new species for our game. I worked with another writer, who is an amazing talent. We took a germ of an idea, and built on it to form an entire new world that hopefully will be put into play again someday,  It was sad for me to say goodbye to them, and hopefully others enjoyed the Da’al too.

Do you take any inspiration from movies/TV/books when writing for your character? 

I’ve seen pretty much every incarnation of Trek made, even if it was only a few episodes here and there. I think of how I’d act as a real counselor, and then try to incorporate it into my sims. I’m an avid reader, and love Douglas Adams, so also try to put a bit of the absurd into my writing. Depending on who you ask, I’ve succeeded.

What are your thoughts on what you’ve learned in the Academy as you look back compared to now?

I was terrified that I wasn’t a good writer when I was going through the Academy, until I realized that to really succeed here, you need to let go of your preconceived ideas on what makes a good writer. We are all constantly learning. My mentor has been such a great help to me, and I’ve grown more confident in my contributions.

What is your process for ideas regarding character development?

For Meidra, I thought about why a fifty year old Vulcan hybrid would be in StarFleet. It’s a bit older than the usual cadet, and I slowly built a backstory for her that explained it. I gave her enough flaws that she has a long way to go to become the person I believe she’s meant to be. So far, it’s been a long road, but she’ll get there.

And lastly, what kind of advice would you give those who would like to sim in your specific duty post?

Have fun with it, but research a bit about the role you are taking on, you can learn so much that will help you create a strong, vital member of your crew. Ask questions, everyone here is very helpful and if you’re asking a question, the odds are, someone else has wondered about it. 

Thanks for your time, Ensign Meidra Sirin!

You can read more about Ensign Meidra Sirin on the wiki

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