Welcome to the USS Firebird
Phoenix flying in the night sky. (The art style resembles a unit patch that gets sewn onto a military uniform.)

"Primum non nocere- First, Do no harm." -Auguste François Chomel

Welcome aboard. Whether you are here simply to admire the Firebird or are looking for a new assignment, we are glad that you have stopped by. Our mission is embedded into the very nature of the Sunbird class of ships. In the aftermath of the Cardassian War, the relationship between Cardassia and the Federation has fundamentally shifted. Cardassia continues to try to rebuild from the war's devastating effects. At the same time, the Federation has taken on much responsibility to ensure the stability of the quadrant. More resources were needed and the Firebird represents a manifestation of that need. The Sunbird class starship is an emergency response vehicle, like no other in the fleet. While relatively small, the class possesses powerful industrial replicators, a robust medical staff and the ability to move large stores of consumables. In short, the Firebird is a ship of action, responding to the most urgent and desperate cries for help. While she possesses weaponry enough to defend herself and more, she is intended to get where she needs to go faster than any other vessel.

Does the cry for help move you? Do you have the skills to save lives and repair what is broken? Do you owe a debt for your own life? Come aboard! And remember our motto, Primum non nocere- First, Do no harm.

Only a few can be at the tip of the spear.

Captain Malcom Llwyedd
Commanding Officer
USS Firebird NCC-88298


Latest News Items

» November 2018 Awards

Posted on Tue Dec 11th, 2018 @ 10:55am by Captain Malcom Llwyedd in General News

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[Captain's Personal Merit] Lieutenant JG Soto Gantt

This month I have watched Richard as he worked very hard to juggle responsibilities. He is writing in multiple JPs with both his own PC and NPC and also writing another character. He is on Slack throughout the day and healways has a positive impact on the community. I am impressed with his writing, especially with the depths of Commander Leed. I can't wait to see how Gantt continues to grow and deal with his upcoming revelation. Because of all of these things and many more, I award my personal merit to Lieutenant JG Soto Gantt.


[Crew's Choice Award] Petty Officer Third Class Gianna Djokovic

There were three very strong nominees this month but Gia ran away from the rest of the pack. The crew demanded that she be rewarded for her suffering and excellence.

"I thought Gia's interaction with the Seeker was fantastic and elevated her character over the others in this month. Really great job."

"I nominate: No Joy in Mudville This was a fantastic post with a well-built story narrative that kept me reading enthusiastically."

"Liam is a great presence in the JPs and Slack. He's been active in spite of many challenges this month. I think he deserves the award for his steady participation. I hope the award saves him from Cthulhu's terrible grasp."

"I make this nomination for a post still in progress. I approached Gianna with an idea for a backstory post for my character. I needed another writer to make the post more believable. Not only did they jump in with gusto, but their ideas have added to the post and the concept immensely. I am excited to get this side story completed, and with their assistance this will add a more believable side to Cyn."

"Because Liam continues to be dedicated to the sim despite his obvious and heavy curse. He also has managed not to spread the curse to the rest of us. Finally, because Gia has been wonderfully written for this whole mission with nuanced emotion and thought provoking actions. Eye see her!"


Runners-Up: Chief Petty Officer Arlan Harlan, Lieutenant Nora Morrison MD, Lieutenant Cynfor Rees, Petty Officer Third Class Kaya, Crewman Thomas Lopt


[Service Citation] Ensign Ashralle Sh’shrytral

Awarded for six months of outstanding service to the sim.




Congratulations to our winners!

Steady as she goes

Captain Malcom Llwyedd
Commanding Officer
USS Firebird NCC-88298

» October Awards

Posted on Tue Nov 13th, 2018 @ 10:15am by Captain Malcom Llwyedd in General News

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[Captain's Personal Merit] Lieutenant JG Murril Na

It is difficult joining an established crew, such as ours and even more so when you join right before a mission where you are split from the majority of the crew. John has really set himself apart for his willingness to dive in and embrace the Firebird. I'm not just talking about his writing either. He has been outstanding at providing feedback and support for others. In character, Murril Na is a unique member of the crew and one I, frankly, am impressed with. Writing with deftness and nuance, while portraying the Betazoid mental powers is something John makes look easy. I'm thankful that we have him as a member of our ship. For these reasons, I award him my Personal Merit Award.

"Murril rises to the top for me because he is patient when writing with me while I have up and down days where I'm excited to tag one day but then drained by responsibilities and just want non-creative escapism for the next few days. He's flexible when you talk things out in advance with him. I loved the Halloween art of his character! It's great to have a guy who likes to geek out about science write a science officer. And his character is genuinely interested in what is going on inside of other people's characters, which suits an empathic character well. He's a fun co-writer for exploring internal emotional ups and downs in your own character, analytical problem solving, and unarmed combat."

"The Firebird has a storied history of having an elite group of writers who are immensely talented at writing very science-based sci-fi and Murril Na is now among them. I particularly enjoyed the very sciencey spins that he has put on into his character's actions-- so appropriate for someone in his role! He joined the crew just before the ship crashed, so it doesn't feel like many people have gotten to know him but it is very clear that he throws himself into his character 100% with accompanying art work and costumes based on his Firebird writings. It is also clear that he is very thoughtful and puts a lot of time and energy into his both his fiction writings and his threads on Slack. He writes thoughtful comments to posts, which is nice to receive."


[Crew's Choice Award] Captain Malcom Llwyedd

You all know that I try to stay out of the award spotlight but the voices were too loud this month. I sincerely, appreciate your nominations and recognition of so many of my favorite characters. I couldn't do it without you.

"I would like to nominate the Captain for this award for his portrayal of Jack Cunningham the Marine CO. His writing has inspired me to branch out the persona of Robert Schiano and make him more of a believable person. I appreciate that in more ways than one. I also feel that anytime a writer can inspire another they should be recognized."

"This scenario has required an extensive amount of planning and work. He has been writing a lot of characters and has done a lot to keep this fun and engaging mission going!"

"The comedic value Potter brings to the table continues with his pod. The combo of Potter, Lopt, and Kaya is providing not only a fun adventure, but putting several of the comedic relief characters together adds that much more to it. I'm particularly a fan of the interaction between Potter and Lopt in this post. Well done."

"Kipp Lak stayed in character yet managed to add in something new without retconning."

"It's a pleasure to read the Marine professionalism and no-nonesense attitude while still keeping to Starfleet values and not killing people just because. Cunningham is a perfect Marine and I'm looking forward to reading more of him. I think this mission is actually great for developing such a character."

Runners-Up: Petty Officer Third Class Gianna Djokovic, Lieutenant JG Murrill Na, Chief Petty Officer Arlan Harlan, Lieutenant Nora Morrison MD.





Congratulations to our winners!

Steady as she goes

Captain Malcom Llwyedd
Commanding Officer
USS Firebird NCC-88298

» September 2018 Post of the Month

Posted on Fri Oct 5th, 2018 @ 1:15pm by Captain Malcom Llwyedd in General News

[WINNER]

Escape Pod 9 (1st Lieutenant Jack Cunningham Jr & Master Sergeant Robert Schiano & Private Mark Collins )

"Escape Pod 9 really stands out as an exemplary story line this month because these marine characters are so unique in their interactions compared to the rest of the Firebird crew. Their writers are doing a fantastic job getting into the marine mindset and conveying very nuanced and specialized personalities. I have been surprised at how captivating their stories and lives are and I can't wait to read more about them."

"I would like to nominate Jack for the Marine Pod post. It was enjoyable to read and showed how Marines can bond and stay on task."

[Runners Up]

Escape Pod 6 ( Emily Mox & Petty Officer 3rd Class Gianna Djokovic)

"Escape Pod 6: This was a treat. Gia being injured, and relying on the indefatigable Emily. Looking forward to seeing the next part."

Escape Pod 3 (Ensign Ashralle Sh’shrytral & Jillian Mox & Lieutenant JG Soto Gantt)

"Looks like I have to just choose one character, but everyone involved contributed to one of my favorite posts: Escape Pod 3. An exciting and diverse reaction to an existential disaster. All the writers seemed generous in reflecting and responding to other writers' work and that made it fun to read. Nice!"

The Past In Front Of Us (Captain Malcom Llwyedd & Lieutenant Cynfor Rees & Lieutenant Rhiana t'Aegis & Lieutenant Commander Yumi Han & Lieutenant JG Jackson Smith)

The decision was too hard so I pulled out my dice. Then I voted for "The Past In Front Of Us." Skating through this setup JP would have been easy with all the focus on the escape pods. Instead the writers did a very nice job of ending shore leave, building the tension, and unleashing the New Maquis on the Firebird. I think the pod JPs would have all been a little less interesting without this JP. It shows commitment to the whole story.


My congratulations to all of you!

Captain Malcom Llwyedd
Commanding Officer
USS Firebird NCC-88298


» September 2018 Awards

Posted on Fri Oct 5th, 2018 @ 12:55pm by Captain Malcom Llwyedd in General News

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[Captain's Personal Merit] Lieutenant Rhiana t'Aegis

Each month I give this award and I try to single out a person/ character who has embodied the things I am looking for in the best crewmember. Rhiana has been an outstanding addition to our crew since she joined. She's a unique character with a unique past. She has depth and intrigue and is a consummate professional in her duties as Chief Security/ Tactical Officer. I truly appreciate her personality. She is a Romulan. An incredibly believable Romulan. I love the way she is written on point all the time. Sometimes characters I write are not happy with Rhiana but that is a true response. I am excited to watch her grow over time. Additionally, Rhiana as a person is very active on Slack, despite our time differences. She is fun to chat with and is there for the early risers. Her stellar writing, interesting perspectives and outstanding contributions to our sim have earned her my Personal Merit for this month.

[Crew's Choice Award] Jillian Mox.

"My heart was aching for her when she was separated from Emily. Can't wait to see the (whole family?) reunion!"

"I think she has really excelled this month. The birthday post was fun and her pod post is riveting. The separation of Mom and Daughter has me on the edge of my seat. I can't wait for her next posts to see where this is going to go!"

"Jillian's emotional portrayal of a mother looking for her daughter and being sick with grief when they are forced to make an impossible decision to leave her behind gave me chills and caused a few tears as I read it. I think it was one of the more powerful pieces I have read on this sim and a beautiful story."

"It is hard to pour emotions into a character and have it come off as truly authentic. It takes craft and nuance and Jillian was written beautifully in her first escape pod JP. I am excited to see how her story continues."

Runners-Up: Petty Officer Third Class Gianna Djokovic, Lieutenant JG Murrill Na, Lieutenant JG Soto Gantt, Chief Petty Officer Arlan Harlan, Lieutenant Commander Jorgen Leed, Petty Officer First Class Kipp Lak, Petty Officer Third Class Kaya, Ensign Ashralle Sh’shrytral.

Meritorious Newcomer Award: Petty Officer Third Class Kaya

"Her first post was really a great introduction to the character in a very non-traditional first post. She seems very active on Slack and she seems like a great writer. Can't wait to see what she does with the character in the future."

"One of the newest members, but so far a great addition to the Crew. Looking forward to seeing more out of them."

"She has been a great addition and I enjoy her enthusiasm."

"Leapt in with both feet and is still swimming laps."


Good Conduct Medal Lieutenant Commander Jorgen Leed

"I feel like Leed keeps things together and gives a fresh perspective on what is happening. He also feels like a real adult on a ship of mostly young people, and it is nice to feel safe in those posts."

"I wanted to nominate Leed for all he has done to assist me with the POD posts. I hit a writer's block and he helped me smash it."

Non-Player Character Award Emily Mox

"Let's face it...everyone loves Emily. She keeps us all on our toes and she somehow has made her way into the hearts of everyone. Plus, she took over and helped Gia with the swimming. Yay, Emily"

Service Citation Awarded to a character after Six Months of service. Presented to:

Jillian Mox
Lieutenant Cynfor Rees

Service Silver Merit Presented to a character after ONE YEAR of service. Presented to:

Lieutenant Rhiana t'Aegis




Congratulations to our winners!

Steady as she goes

Captain Malcom Llwyedd
Commanding Officer
USS Firebird NCC-88298

» August Post of the Month

Posted on Tue Sep 25th, 2018 @ 10:25am by Captain Malcom Llwyedd in General News

[WINNER]

War and Consequences ( 1st Lieutenant Jack Cunningham Jr & Lieutenant Cynfor Rees & Lieutenant Rhiana t'Aegis & Lieutenant JG Soto Gantt & Lieutenant JG )

"War and Consequences has my nom for outstanding post. It allowed very different viewpoints from several writers about difficult ideas, stayed afloat when it could have nosedived, threw in some humor, and has great potential to spawn more conversations between it's writers in the future"

"The writers managed to do the impossible in this day and age: discuss war in a way that includes believable viewpoints and soul-tugging observations from various ages, experience, and tragedies. (This is how Thanksgiving dinners and Facebook are supposed to go.)"

"A wonderful collaboration that was a nuanced conversation about a difficult subject. The tones of each character was true to them and the combination was an interesting melody. Well done!"

[Runners Up]

Disengagement (Petty Officer 3rd Class Fhiri & Petty Officer 3rd Class Gianna Djokovic)

"Fhiri and Gia, both, make this post great. Unexpected, light, impish. And we see that members of Starfleet aren't always the good ones. Some are more grey than others and that's what makes this post interesting."

Shuttle Training (Lieutenant Laree Desai & Lieutenant JG Soto Gantt)

"There were so many good choices for outstanding posts but my mind keeps coming back to "Shuttle Training" with Gantt and Desai. I really enjoyed this post and the fun descriptions of the maneuvers and the interactions with the ship and peering through the windows into life on the Firebird. I loved Desai's reactions to the thrills and Gantt's family stories. Good balls!"

Return to Osaka (Petty Officer 3rd Class Gianna Djokovic)

This was such a joy to read. The descriptions of the environment made you feel as you were there. The emotions over the loss of a friend. The thoughts about unstated possibilities. Especially given the circumstances of Savin's departure, more specifically the writer's departure, this was a wonderful way to remember the character unsullied by the real world


My congratulations to all of you!

Captain Malcom Llwyedd
Commanding Officer
USS Firebird NCC-88298


Latest Mission Posts

» Pod 2, Part 3: Two If By Land

Mission: Mission 4: Riding A Pale Horse
Posted on Wed Dec 5th, 2018 @ 10:34am by Captain Malcom Llwyedd & Lieutenant Kedra Nema & Lieutenant JG Soto Gantt


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Nema sat at the table trying to enjoy the meal. These people had been kind enough to take them in, and their cuisine wasn’t bad, but the preacher was still having trouble even addressing her.

The meal was simple, consisting largely of variants of mushrooms. The conversation thus far…


» Pod 3, Part 2: Survival Instinct [PLOT]

Mission: Mission 4: Riding A Pale Horse
Posted on Wed Dec 5th, 2018 @ 10:24am by Captain Malcom Llwyedd & Ensign Ashralle Sh’shrytral & Jillian Mox & Lieutenant JG Soto Gantt

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Turning from the narrow slot canyon, Gantt peered around the monotonous landscape. Not monotonous in that it was lacking features but so crowded with the same feature that the image. Dull red stones and soil were heaped in squat domes like the ancient temazcal--sweat lodges. The tops were nearly…


» Call in the Cavalry [PLOT]

Mission: Mission 4: Riding A Pale Horse
Posted on Thu Nov 29th, 2018 @ 11:01pm by Captain Malcom Llwyedd & 1st Lieutenant Jack Cunningham Jr & Lieutenant JG Jackson Smith & Master Sergeant Robert Schiano & Private Mark Collins

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When they left the little watering spot Schiano quickly realized that he was the best rider of the three. So he ran ahead as a scout. Over time he became disheartened as the trail let them back into an area where their technology failed them again. Without the tricorder…


» Pod 6, Part 3: No Joy in Mudville [PLOT]

Mission: Mission 4: Riding A Pale Horse
Posted on Thu Nov 29th, 2018 @ 10:58pm by Emily Mox & Petty Officer 3rd Class Gianna Djokovic

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Gianna Djokovic had finished her pre-dawn jog through the surrounding countryside and changed into oversized denim pants and a similarly-oversized cotton button-down shirt, both pieces that Kevin had lent her from his (almost alarmingly, to Gia) spartan trunk of clothes. She cinched the leather belt down as far as…


» Worn, Weary and Wary [PLOT]

Mission: Mission 4: Riding A Pale Horse
Posted on Thu Nov 29th, 2018 @ 10:57pm by Captain Malcom Llwyedd & Lieutenant Rhiana t'Aegis

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With a noticeable effort, the woman stood, holding out her right hand up in a V. "Welcome, Rhiana t'Aegis of Romulus. Live Long and Prosper."

Once more, Rhiana was painfully aware of just how unprepared and underdressed she was for this encounter. Not to mention physically exhausted and spending…


Latest Personal Logs

» Extract of Rhiana's Diary, Age 24

Posted on Tue Nov 27th, 2018 @ 6:25pm by Lieutenant Rhiana t'Aegis

Equivalent of January 2

I have finally been assigned to a warbird for my last year of the Great Duty. I have of course studied the schematics and deck listing, but it is even more impressive when one is aboard. It is more difficult to navigate than a space station…


» Extract of Rhiana's Diary, Age 20

Posted on Mon Nov 26th, 2018 @ 2:32pm by Lieutenant Rhiana t'Aegis

Equivalent of January 1

Last night, I went to bed still a boarding school pupil.
This morning, I and my entire age group swore the military oath that marked the beginning of our Great Duty. I am now for the first time wearing the uniform of a Galae crewman recruit…


» Extract of Rhiana's Diary, Age 15

Posted on Sun Nov 25th, 2018 @ 2:10pm by Lieutenant Rhiana t'Aegis

Equivalent of February 3

The first month of phi'bresalsam (rough equivalent of high school) was gruelling to say the least. I have more classes than ever and they all seem to be twice as demanding as during phi'deltasam (rough equivalent of junior high school). Only five more years... if I…


» Extract of Rhiana's Diary, Age 12

Posted on Sat Nov 24th, 2018 @ 5:25pm by Lieutenant Rhiana t'Aegis

Equivalent of March 15

They all hate me. Even the masters and mistresses. Even more so now than before. There is a new pupil, Havraha. He was sent to boarding school after his father was arrested for fraternising with the ennemy. I do not know what that is and when…


» Extract of Rhiana's Diary, Age 10

Posted on Fri Nov 23rd, 2018 @ 7:25pm by Lieutenant Rhiana t'Aegis

Equivalent of October 5

I ran away from my parents. I slipped out a few minutes before the Ferengi closed the airlock. I am hiding in an old shop. It is really dusty in here. But I do not think they will find me even if they come back to…