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Lower Decks: Lieutenant Artinus Serinus

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 Lieutenant Artinus Serinus playing a male Magna Roma Security Officer assigned to the USS Arrow.

DeVeau: Would you be willing to tell us a little about yourself, the writer?  Where are you from and anything else you’re willing to share?

Serinus: Sure! I’m Joseph. I hail from a small town north of Amarillo, Texas. But I currently reside in Austin.

I am a disabled Army veteran that is trying to draw a pension. I served as a Combat Medic(68W) and spent most of my four years in Germany, doing one tour in Iraq.

My hobbies outside of SB118 include D&D and other TTRPGs, as well as various other online roleplaying venues.  I share a love of strategy games with my character. I was an active member of one of the bigger “boffer” L.A.R.P.s both before and after my time in the military.

Other passions include listening to music, singing, drawing, political activism, and spending way too much time on social media.

I currently serve in the Publicity and Social Media task forces.


Poll of the Week: You’re the Captain now! Decision in the Silence Zone

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


February 2021 Post Counts

February 2021 saw a decrease in the overall number of posts – down to 1,616 a trend we have seen in previous Februaries.  The average per ship also fell slightly to 180 posts.

The Resolution led the fleet with 289 posts for the month, followed by Ops with 203, the Gorkon with 199, and the Chin’toka with 193. Following the Chin’toka was the Juneau with 182, the Arrow with 153, the Constitution with 149 and the Thor and Veritas with 124 each.

With February behind us it will be great to see what March and the upcoming year holds for the fleet!

Check out some of the highlights of this past month’s simming through our 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!


Odd Jobs: Marine Captain Kiran Han, USS Juneau

In “odd jobs” we examine some less traditional posts and the characters and writers behind them to inspire you to investigate potential for your own character.

Today we have the pleasure of speaking to Marine Captain Kiran Han playing a Trill Marine CO assigned to the USS Juneau.

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

HAN: I grew up in Rochester, New York but moved to the Boston, Mass area after college.

Your character is the Commanding Officer in the Marines Department, could you tell us what that posting looks like on a day-to-day basis?

It’s an interesting balancing act.  Finding where a Marine can shine without stepping on the toes, or the writing, of the security department.  I tend to push my character in a more formal, typically Military, tone.  The marine unit on the Juneau is small and designed to be blended into the other departments based on secondary skill sets.  So a lot of the writing is about that interface, providing the Captain and the departments additional options that may not normally be available.

Your current character is the new host of the same Han symbiont as your previous character.  Can you tell us what it’s like to play two different Trill tied by the same host?

It’s an interesting way to write.  I had taken a break from the game for a while, about a year and a half, give or take a month or two, so when I got approval to come back, I knew I’d be dropping some in rank, and would need to explain the absence.  I also happened to be watching the end of DS9, so the Ezri/Jadzia plot line was sitting in front of me.  I knew I was coming back to the Juneau, with a couple of characters that Delan had written with at the Embassy and the Eagle.  So getting to play that ghost of a dead friend card was, and is fun.

One of the things that it does is help force you to think about your characters and what makes them different and what the previous host brings to the table.  Delan was a scientist, so his view of the world is pretty opposite of Kiran’s.  Kiran isn’t nearly as smart as Delan was, but he has all of these memories of what it was like to be the brain in the room, so there is a little inferiority complex going on when the Blue Shirts start talking.

I think it’s also a good thing to do, one of the defining characteristics of the Trill is this lineage of hosts connected by a single symbiont.  Bringing that to the front is the same as leaning into the logic for Vulcans or honor for Klingons.  It’s been, and will be, a lot of fun to play with the psychological aspects of that transition, especially with Delan’s former friends and comrades around to bounce off of.

Do you have any memorable moments from this character you could share with us?

So I’m still getting back into things, I got back just as a mission started so I’ve only had one downtime to really do some deep character development, but so far the most memorable moment has been Kiran’s arrival, introducing himself to Oddas, Delan’s former CO on the Eagle, where Delan was the XO.  That emotional scene of Oddas finding out that Delan had died, kind of, but maybe not because the guy with all of Delan’s memories is standing right in front of her.  I’m looking forward to realigning those relationships as we go.

Are there any challenges that you face playing a Marine that might be different when writing for another duty post?

The Marines are an interesting duty station.  They are probably the most out of canon posting of the not typical departments.  We’ve got something on screen for most of the other postings, but Marines are really a creation of the fandom.  So I don’t have a lot of reference material to work with when figuring out just what a Starfleet Marine is.  So as a writer I need to do a lot of figuring out where the boundaries of the role are myself.

And lastly, if anyone was wanting to write for this duty post, what advice would you give them?

Talk with your CO and XO, and potentially the Security/Tactical Chief.  Figure out the interface between the Marines and Security.  Every ship and station that has Marines uses them slightly differently so don’t assume that because you know how Ship A uses them will be the same as how Ship B does.  Because there is such potential for overlap, you really want to lean into the collaborative nature of the game.

Also, if you can give your character some secondary skills, combat medic, some kind of engineering background, you will likely find it useful.  Not every mission can be full of combat, so having something else to fall back on during missions will help make sure you can always be in the thick of things during less combat focused missions.

Thanks for your time, Marine Captain Han!

You can read more about Marine Captain Han on the wiki.

 


Listen to the New Episode of the SB118 PADDcast!

The rechristened SB118 podcast – PADDcast – is once again ready for your commlines.

They say good things come in threes but Laz & Geoff are here to prove them wrong with Episode 3 of your 118 Paddcast! This month we chat about the flavors of antagonism, from hilarious mustache twisting villains all the way to the feather’d hair of the questionably legendary Roga Danar. Tune in for insights, writing tips and a partially aspirated beverage, all part of this months episode!

Thanks for listening 118!

Click here to listen to the new PADDcast now. And be sure to subscribe to get notified of new episodes!


New Academy Graduates

Please welcome our newest Academy graduates to the StarBase 118 fleet: Cassandra Mason!


THOR

Distorted distress call lures the USS Thor deeper into Gamma Quadrant

NEBULA BOUNDARY, GAMMA QUADRANT — After answering a cry for help, the USS Thor (NCC-82607) has found itself embroiled in a deep-space rescue with a previously undiscovered, technologically advanced species known as the Zet.


Federation News Service Briefing: Stardate 239802

The Federation News Service is a spinoff of the StarBase 118 Star Trek PBEM RPG, reporting news headlines from across the United Federation of Planets to Federation citizens, along with other reader-submitted stories from other RPGs and fan works. Here are the latest stories published by the FNS:

Scandal as Matteo Barana leaves Trinity City Eagles Stardate 239802.06
BETA ANTARES IV — The Trinity City Eagles have cut off talks to re-sign Matteo Barana, their former star Centre.

Fire on Haldon IV Engulfs Forest– Stardate 239802.12
HALDON IV — A devastating forest fire on the rural world of Haldon IV has destroyed many trees in the Grizon Forest. Police are investigating a potential lead on the possibility of a consciously lit fire.

Standalone Holonovel From Orion Author Jayssi: Colonist Horror In Gothic FictionStardate 239801.19
SAN FRANCISCO, EARTH — An eerie short holonovel by the superb horror writer Jayssi pitches an unassuming colony on its head in an intriguing case of a murdered Governor and suspicious holorecordings surface.

Burger Nagus Expands As It Opens Another Franchise – Stardate 239801.26
DEEP SPACE 224 — Expanding enterprises across the galaxy, Burger Nagus launches yet another franchise; it’s first in the Borderlands, aboard the space station.

Interested in keeping the public updated on the latest developments across the Federation? The Federation News Service welcomes both one-time and regular story submissions.

Enjoy a creative avenue for simmers, role players, and fan fiction writers to develop the larger prime Trek universe. What’s going on in the entertainment world of the Federation? What’s happening back home on Earth, Vulcan, Andoria, and beyond? You can help shape life in the 24th century! Learn more at fednewsservice.com.


USS Arrow works to prevent debacle of colonists, while investigating odd energy emissions

THETA 122 — With peace on the horizon between the Sheliak Corporate and the Federation, the USS Arrow (NCC-69829) contended with a Sheliak vessel that fired on Theta 122 without provocation.


Poll of the Week: All the Love – Most Memorable Smooches

Love is in the air since Valentine’s Day, everywhere we look around, and over the vast years since it first aired, this space opera in our hearts has given us plenty of on-screen love to wrap our hearts around.


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