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Design Astrofori One Contest

UFOP: StarBase 118’s Graphics Contest and command staff of the USS Garuda are pleased to announce a new graphics challenge: Design Astrofori One!

This contest is looking for talented creators and graphics wizards among our membership to come up with a wholly unique station design for the Garuda‘s new base of operations, Astrofori One. A-One is, however, much more than a simple base. It’s a political and diplomatic experiment in the Menthar Corridor, and its mission is to bring together the major and minor powers in the Corridor under the banner of peaceful cooperation and collaboration.. In-character, the station was built by a coalition of races and powers, including the Federation, the Cardassian Union, the Breen, and the Kubarey. It’s definitely not your standard Starfleet station, and any winning design will surely have some fun with creating something that we’ve never seen before!

This challenge will be open through the end of April, at which time judges from the Garuda and the Graphics Contest will decide upon a winner. We look forward to seeing your entry, so please head over to the contest on the Graphics Contest forums to learn more!


March Plot Summary for the USS Garuda

Captain Egan Manno and her away team, following their successful completion of the Kubarey’s Trials, beamed to the Kubarey vessel and were reunited with much of the crew; all were allowed to beam back to the Garuda, now operating under her own power thanks to the work of Captain Reynolds’s cold restart and the resistence of the remaining Garuda crew.

The Garuda returned to Deep Space Ten for some well earned rest and relaxation, where Commander Ross and Captain Quinn Reynolds were reunited after being apart for the whole of the last mission, although Reynolds unwittingly got punched during a bar fight in Ten Forward. Fortunately Doctor McGregor and Lt. Cmdr. Bakari were on hand to assist.

Meanwhile, Lieutenants Mei’konda and Evan Delano spent some time together relaxing on the holodeck, while Leo Handley-Page and Ensign Frank O’Malley worked on a highly toxic blood sample, hoping to find a cure to a rampant infection on Leo’s homeworld of Byzatium, little realising that another sample had been stolen during the Kubarey’s assault and had fallen into unwitting hands. Lieutenant Jade Shryker had been badly injured during the Trials, and her recovery and subsequent physical therapy consumed much of her leave time.

Elsewhere, Lieutenant JG Trel’lis received an infusion from the mysterious Xelarian race, causing her headpiece to become part of her physical form and giving her a more youthful appearance and extended life span. It was during leave that Ensign Kenoi joined the crew as a medic, and Lieutenant JG Alora DeVeau was promoted to Chief Science Officer. The final crew change was the unexpected departure of Leo Handley-Page on a private quest, and the arrival of his half-sister Nia Calderan, who became the new Diplomatic Attache.


February Plot Summary for the USS Garuda

Captain Egan Manno and Commander Ross led an away team down to Rho Aurigae IV to attempt to contact the silent Kubarey, the race that had invited a first contact. Once there, they discovered some sort of cultural event and unknowingly interrupted it. To determine their worthiness to stay, the group was allowed to undergo the Kubarey’s trials of honor, beauty, courage, and wisdom, though this was not warmly received by all members of the away team and Commander Ross was unceremoniously removed from the group, leaving Egan Manno, Counselor Jolara, Lt. Shryker, and Science Officer DeVeau to undergo the trials with the Kubarey’s speaker, Ananja.

Meanwhile, the crew of the Garuda made further overtures to the Kubarey vessel in orbit and unwittingly provoked their wrath, which led to the Garuda’s disabling and boarding as members of its crew began to disappear. CEO and acting CO Roshanara Rahman led a group to the shuttlebay to try and access the power of one or more craft there, while chief of security and acting XO Leo Handley-Page marshaled the Starfleet resistance.


A Closer Look: The USS Garuda

To everything there is a season. Recently, two ships have come to the end of their seasons and two more have merely begun theres. One of these ships has included the Galaxy Class Starship, the USS Garuda.


January Plot Summary for the USS Garuda

The month began with shore leave aboard DSX as both captain and crew came to terms with the results of the last mission and their assignment to the Garuda, the Mercury’s Galaxy-class successor. However, while controlled chaos reigned behind the scenes — civilian astrophysicist J. Cowens disappeared during the Mercury’s firefight with the Cardassian warship Nok’Tan, and that disappearance precipitated a fierce but quiet manhunt, among other things — the majority of the crew enjoyed a pantomime of Peter Pan as brought by the United Service Organizations. Unexpectedly, though, many members of the senior staff were asked to participate in the panto when the USO’s full troupe did not arrive on the station. After a week of rehearsals, however, the crew was recalled on opening night for the Garuda’s first mission: A first contact with a powerful race deep in the Menthar Corridor.

Just before the Garuda departed DSX, however, it was approached by a Cardassian diplomatic shuttle with Detapa Council member Prianna and Federation Ambassador Lily Ventu aboard, both of whom were welcomed politely but guardedly as both openly mentioned complicating agendas that extended beyond the first contact. However, the trip to the meeting with the Kubarey, the new species, proceeded smoothly, at least up until the contact at Rho Aurigae IV: The Kubarey contact vessel did not respond at all to overtures from the Garuda, so Captain Egan Manno decided to take a diplomatic away team down to the planet’s surface to investigate in more detail while ordering her crew to probe the other ship in greater detail.


In Command: Captain Cassandra Egan Manno

I think most of us are familiar with Tony, the player behind that temporal magnet, Aron Kells. Recently, some events have taken place which took the USS Mercury out of comission and Aron Kells out of the spotlight. Not to worry, Tony isn’t going anywhere, and he’s brought on a whole new character – Captain Cassandra Egan Manno. I had the opportunity to sit down and get a little information about his new face.