Welcome to the USS Firebird


"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
TF47, Obsidian Fleet


Latest News Items

» October Outstanding Post Award Winner

Posted on Mon Oct 30th, 2017 @ 9:09pm by Captain Malcom Llwyedd in General News


Traditionally this award as been named Post of the Week. However, after a lot of thought, I have decided to move this to a more flexible time frame. We might end up having one every month but we also might not have one for multiple months. (Although I seriously doubt it). During every award nomination period, the crew is allowed and encouraged to nominate any person for Outstanding Post Award.

This award is to recognize a post for outstanding achievement in character development, plot continuance, etc. There is no requirement beyond the fact that the post made you feel amazed. Perhaps it made you reread the post. Perhaps the description was haunting or lyrical. Perhaps it made you laugh or cry or feel something else. Truly this award represents the achievement of the heights of writing that we all aspire to.

[Honorable Mention]

Plus One? (Han, Soto, Stern)

"This is for the delightful and emotional story Plus One? It really caught my attention when I was trying to catch back up with things here and I thought all the character moments were great. Good job!"

Restoration Complete (Emily Mox, Desai, Soto, Stern, Th'Kharia, Tragar, Jillian Mox)

"Sorry guys, gotta go with this one. This post was the culmination of what, a *five* post cycle, that involved coordination among a huge number of writers. The entire cycle is something of a marvel, not just on a logistical writing front - the writing itself is top-notch. Restoration Complete is the high-point - the different characters added interest and depth to this post that contributes not just to our celebrating the resurrection of HALP (so what level cleric is Sarah? Like, 20th?), but also to the bonding of the crew. There were lots of good posts in this batch, but this one stands out."

Food For Thought (Smith, Kalstri)
" I can't get over how perfect this JP was for Jackson. There were several great JPs this month, but I feel like Jackson's character would not be the same without this one."

When Push Comes to Shove, Sometimes We Fall Down (Djokovic, Tragar)
" This was a lovely post to read, and the image in the post gave it just that little extra which actually had me scroll back up to see if I could find the skull and the dove in the picture"

[WINNER]

A Rough Landing (Llwyedd, Smith)

"Rough Landing was a culmination of Jackson's story. Finally becoming a full fledged member of the crew and almost not having to keep any secrets from the rest of the crew. As his new job might give him some new ones to keep."

"Rough Landing was a really compelling piece of work and Jackson has a super interesting thing going on with his character history."

"A Rough Landing Loved it. The suspense. The Twist. Really good work."


» October Awards

Posted on Mon Oct 30th, 2017 @ 8:42pm by Captain Malcom Llwyedd in General News

[Captain's Personal Merit] Lieutenant Savin Psy.D

Every month I put a lot of though into this award. I think that is important because giving this award out is a way for me to highlight the person who I believe has stood out the most in many areas. Savin is very active in both Slack and in multiple posts with multiple people. I personally found his two posts with Kipp (not yet released) to be a lot of fun to write. I also think that Savin as a character continues to grow and expand beyond the niche that many counselor characters fall into. His relationships with other characters have been wonderful to watch expand and grow. For his hard work, ever present willingness to participate in JPs, encouragement of other players/ characters, and dedication to making the character and story more robust, I award Lieutenant Savin my Personal Merit. Congratulations.

[Crew's Choice] Crewman Gianna Djokovic.

"I've had very little posting time with liam. But I hope to have a lot more. Already from the lowest rank on the ship he's made such an impact with his characters. I look forward to more and more posts with him."

"Gia is memorable in every JP she is in. A bright and fresh personality. In addition to a well-written character, she also adds descriptions of her surroundings."

"Liam has no issues playing with as low of a rank as you can and really accepts the 'I am as green as they come' moniker and runs with it. The posts for Gia are very well thought out and descriptive. And has a early Wesley Crusher feel where yes even the lowest rank on a ship still has a story to tell. Great job."

"Liam has really bought into the whole mythos behind the Firebird. His writing shows that any person in the crew, regardless of rank, can have an important and substantive impact on the story and the ship. Well done!"


[Library Excellence Ribbon] Lieutenant Laree Desai

This award goes to Lieutenant Desai and is very well deserved. Every one of her posts are incredibly well wrought. Her descriptions, dialogue and use of multiple senses, make reading JPs with her a joy. Additionally, her knowledge of science makes the character incredibly believable. While we had to wait a while for her to join the ship, we certainly are a richer crew for her involvement. Congratulations!


Obsidian Fleet Service Citation - 6 Months

Presented to:

Lieutenant Commander Karen Myles- Congrats XO!


» September Awards

Posted on Fri Oct 6th, 2017 @ 4:33pm by Captain Malcom Llwyedd in General News

Hello everyone! After a hiatus in August, for which I apologize, we are back with a few awards for September. All of these are well deserved.

[Captain's Personal Merit] Lieutenant Yumi Han- This award is going to the character but it is also going to Sarah herself. She has really been a great asset to me as the captain. She manages the trello boards, makes sure the continuity is in order and generally obsesses over the JPs in a helpful way. She also has been a wonderful sounding board for me with the current mission. She is creative and supportive, even through her own person challenges in real life. I am so thankful to have her as a part of this sim. For these reasons and more, I select Lieutenant Yumi Han as the winner of my personal merit

[Crew's Choice] Lieutenant Yumi Han. Generally I try to NOT hand out these two awards to the same person. However, the overwhelming majority of nominations were for Yumi and I bow to the will of the crew.

"I loved the twist of her being the mole and want to see where this leads for her character!"

"Her storyline was central to several important posts and they were enriched by the care she put into creating arcs between them. Also for often encouraging others on slack in spite of her own problems."

"Yumi is steady. I am pretty sure that I have nominated her before, but I will do so again. This last month has seen great development, and interesting storylines developing. She is constantly pushing us to write better. Reflecting on the plots and character developments that we are all working on. Her incarceration is a plotline I am very interested in seeing resolved."

"I've really enjoyed Yumi's character portrays these last few months. She's such an excellent story teller."

"Yumi's character is written with such nuance and dedication. I love reading about her."

[Recruitment Award] Ensign Luka Stern

"Luka successfuly lured L'Nel, Yumi, and Desai to join the ship, and the first two have been here 6 months! (And I hope Desai will stay for a long time, too.) Somehow Luka has a knack for finding people who want to play and welcoming them when they do. Thanks, Luka!"

Obsidian Fleet Service Citation - 6 Months

Presented to:

Captain Malcom Llwyedd
Lieutenant Ina Nici
Lieutenant Nora Morrison
Lieutenant Rhesha Th'Kharia
Ensign Jackson Smith
Lieutenant M'ndi M'rron
Ensign Luka Stern
Chief Petty Officer Arlan Harlan
Ensign Soto Gantt
Lieutenant L'Nel Haadok
Lieutenant Yumi Han

My sincere thanks to all of you who have made the Firebird a home. Thank you!


» July Awards

Posted on Mon Jul 31st, 2017 @ 4:45pm by Captain Malcom Llwyedd in General News

Greetings, crew! I am here to announce our July 2017 Award winners. There were almost 40 nominations for this month, and I thank the crew for those. It is important that we continue to recognize the excellence on our sim

[Captain's Choice]: Liuetenant Yumi Han- As always, this award is challenging to decide. I picked Yumi for a number of reasons. She has become known for her detailed, interesting posts as she interacts with many of the crew. Her attention to detail in those posts is of the highest caliber. Additionally, she has been a wonderful collaborator as we worked together to outline Mission 2 and discuss how Fantome would play out. Finally, her work with Trello has been a welcome addition to helping the sim run better.

[Crew's Choice]: Ensig Luka Stern

"So many good stories with deep character insights. A real treat to read her Stern's thoughts and introspections."

"Karen is great. She works hard, writes well, and encourages and supports others. The Firebird would not be as great without her."

"Great job on shore leave posts with wonderful interactions with the rest of the crew!"

"Luka is, in many ways, the heart of the crew. She isn't the best fighter, highest ranked or most socially adept. But she does represent the connections that make a diverse crew a family. She is the type of character that shows anyone in an position can be important and loved."

[Rose Award]: Ensign Gantt Soto and Ensign Luka Stern

"Maybe it is too early for this. I'll understand if it is not approved, but I think Gantt and Luka's slow-burning relationship is wonderful to read. Unrushed but not forgotten--this takes dedication. Their trip to Bajor was fantastic."

"I have to agree that the relationship between these two characters is such a treat. The writing during their encounters, sometimes awkward, sometimes touching, is so well done. While the relationship is still in the beginning stages, I can't wait to see how it develops."

[Meritorious Newcomer]: Chief of the Boat Charles Stephends

"This was the most agonizing decision among: Stehpens, Desai, and Savin. (I think Gia counts as a newcomer for August, pretty much?) In the end, I tip towards Stephens for his leadership role on the ship and bringing a new dimension to the lives of all our enlisted crew."

"We had three outstanding new players join this past month and it is hard to select just one. They all have proven themselves to be outstanding writers and are active on chat. However, the enlisted crew is a large part of the ship and the COB has already begun to bring out those story lines for the rest to read. I look forward to that emphasis bringing good change to the ship."

[Geordi LaForge Obstacle Citation] Lieutenant Savin

"Savin has done a great job writing from the deaf perspective."

"I was a little hesitant about the character and how he would interact with the crew as a deaf counselor but Savin has been amazing. The way he functions with his aide and how insightful and interesting he is, have vastly exceeded what I thought possible. The consistent nature of how he deals with his obstacle is so well done."

[Post of the Week]: Relclamation by Lieutenant Yumi Han and Lieutenant Laree Desai

(As a side note, we had 8 different nominations for this award and every member of the crew wrote on one of them.)

"Laree and Yumi wrote a great post in Reclamation. Their face-off crackled and it gave us insight into each character with deft personal touches."

"This post was all about character development and it was superb. The emotions and descriptions were top notch, allowing us insight into each of their minds and a deeper understanding of them. Congratulations and well done."


Thank you once again for your outstanding efforts.

Captain Malcom Llwyedd
Commanding Officer
USS Firebird NCC-88298











» June Awards

Posted on Mon Jul 3rd, 2017 @ 2:36pm by Captain Malcom Llwyedd in General News

Hello, everyone! I am really pleased to announce our winners for our June Awards. While our post count was down from previous month, our quality was as high as I can remember. We wrapped up Mission 1: Cardassian Storm and returned to our home port of Empok Nor. I want to compliment you all on the complex JPs that you wrote. They are so well crafted.

[Captain's Choice]: Ensign Jackson Smith- This was a clear one to me this month. Jackson participated in so many of the Mission 1 posts and has been crucial in so many relationships. Add in his developing backstory and the emotional rawness that Brian writes him with, AND how much he has brought to Mission 2 with his story and he is my choice for June 2017. Well done! I expect more of the same from him in the future.

[Crew's Choice]: Captain Malcom Llwyedd - Thank you for this. It is much appreciated.

"For maintaining quality storytelling while keeping a crew stay through a hard month."

"For doing such an outstanding job running the sim! Thank you for all your hard work to create an enjoyable experience for so many people! We really appreciate it!"

[Most Improved Player of the Month Award]: Lieutenant M'ndi M'rron:

"M'ndi has been really kicking butt lately--very much enjoy reading her doing the science."

"It's great to see M'ndi get more active in posts. I can't wait to see her character develop with us."

"It was great to see M'ndi really get involved this month, from saving a planet from meteorological disaster to visiting a spa with the gals. :)"

"M'ndi was outstanding this month. We are really getting to know her character. I can't wait to read more!"

[Deforest Kelley Humour Award]: Chief Petty Officer Arlan Harlan:

"Haha! Harlan did a great job making me laugh this month. Awesome sense of humor and I love that craggy old crewman. More Harlan! Huzzah!"

"Arlan is coming into his own. I love his gruff exterior and his... gruff interior. He is funny in a different way from other characters and that makes him unique."

[Professional Merit]: Ensign Luka Stern:

"She weaves character background, family history and multiple flashbacks to previous JP's to create engagement on personal and professional levels."

"Karen has really made Luka the heart of the otherwise downtrodden crew. She brings everyone together in a way that only Luka can and she is truly a joy to write with."

"I think that Luka is the definition of this award. She is well developed with considerable talent and she is a joy to interact with."

[Civilian Commendation Medal]: Kalstri Tenistion:

"Kalstri has been adding a lot of, forgive the pun, flavor to our posts. Brian's doing a great job bringing him to life and I look forward to including him more."

"Not every character has to be front and center to change the story dynamic. Kalstri has been an excellent addition to the crew and his presence is nuanced and adds an incredible "spice" to JPs involving him."

[Non-Player Character Award]: Petty Officer 2nd Class Kipp Lak:

"A wonderful NPC that has been extremely useful to break the intense moments with all of the subtlety of Rowin Atkinson. He can take about any intense scene to one that feels less stressful and sometimes just plain outright awkward. I look forward to many more Kipp posts."

"Kipp is the most fantastic NPC--after Emily Mox, of course. He's a fully developed character who doesn't bring his own drama to the ship the way we PCs love to do, lol."

[Library Excellence Award]: Lieutenant Yumi Han:

"Dang, Sarah is a great writer. I love reading Yumi's posts--she takes the careful time to craft them so each one is a joy of sensation, character development, and story structure. Her awesome metaphors keep coming back to mind again and again. Well done."

"Sarah's writing is so well scripted. She takes her time, edits with a keen eye, and also gives recommendations to others on how the JP can more smoothly. She's a real collaborator and we are lucky to have her. She makes the ship better."

[Post of the Week]: Honor the Fallen

"Honor the Fallen was an awesome post with lots of great interaction from many characters. Nice job, all!"

"Honor the Fallen. This was a nice post to see how each person dealt with the death of one of their own. It showed a lot about each individual character."

"Honor the Fallen. A touching post with lots of brushes of character from everyone. "

"I feel that this post displays the very heart of Firebird. The coming together of a disparate group of entities to mourn the loss of a member. The connections that have grown between characters reflecting the connections between the players. If it is necessary to choose one person for the award, then I choose Luka who in her character has taken on the joys and sufferings of the crew in a singular person. As the Linguist she bridges the gaps between characters and gives the ship a central focus."

I'd like to add a little to this as well. I went and re-read this JP and it really has an emotional impact. The fact that the NPC who died was really an unknown before his death, makes it all the more powerful. Everyone added their part to the JP and it is incredibly emotional. I thank all of you for your efforts on this post. It really does represent each of us and the Firebird well.


Thank you once again for your outstanding efforts.

Captain Malcom Llwyedd
Commanding Officer
USS Firebird NCC-88298











Latest Mission Posts

» A Measure of Control [PLOT]

Mission: Echoes of the Dominion
Posted on Tue Nov 21st, 2017 @ 6:38am by Captain Malcom Llwyedd & Lieutenant Commander Jörgen Leed

[ON]

Admiral Aubrey Jesreo's office looked nothing like an office, something that he found to be satisfying. He was one of the senior diplomats in Starfleet, recently returned from negotiating with a pocket of extremist Romulans. The Romulan Empire's swift fall from grace had resulted in some fascinating opportunities. From…


» Checking In [CD]

Mission: Echoes of the Dominion
Posted on Tue Nov 21st, 2017 @ 6:33am by Captain Malcom Llwyedd & Lieutenant Kedra Nema

[ON]

[Starfleet Headquarters - San Francisco]

Kedra had been recalled to Earth a few weeks ago. Starfleet was apparently looking for a new assignment for her. She had passed most of the time at a local Wing Chun tournament being hosted in Kyoto. She had placed well enough. When she…


» The Steel Thoroughly Tested [CD]

Mission: Echoes of the Dominion
Posted on Tue Nov 21st, 2017 @ 6:31am by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kipp Lak & Lieutenant L'Nel Haadok & Lieutenant Savin Psy.D

[ON]

The past two days had been intense, yet for some reason Savin felt like he hadn't been more alive than the past two days. Exhausted, sore and bleeding all across his body, yet very alive. Like a constant adrenaline rush. "This was...interesting," he told Kipp, as he straightened his…


» New Job Offer [CD]

Mission: Echoes of the Dominion
Posted on Tue Nov 21st, 2017 @ 6:30am by Captain Malcom Llwyedd & Lieutenant Rhesha Th'Kharia

[ON]

Rhesha and the Admiral walked away from the meeting hall that the conference had taken place in. They rounded a corner and the Admiral indicated a door, stepping through it they found themselves in a small office.

"They let me use this little spot while I was here for…


» Searching for Echoes 2 [PLOT]

Mission: Echoes of the Dominion
Posted on Tue Nov 21st, 2017 @ 6:27am by Captain Malcom Llwyedd & Lieutenant Yumi Han & Admiral Amarante Lebel

Continued from Searching For Echoes 1

[ON]

“Lieutenant Han, your intel team turned up evidence of a network of compromised officers within Starfleet," Admiral Lebel said. "What ties them together? And are you close to identifying the ‘Benefactor’ in charge?”

Yumi cleared her throat. The fatigue that swept over her…


Latest Personal Logs

» A Close Call

Posted on Fri Oct 27th, 2017 @ 7:34pm by Captain Malcom Llwyedd

[ON]

Captain's Personal log. Well, that went about as perfectly as I could have hoped. I've had a couple of hard days here on Earth. First I had to endure the Board of Inquiry, which is usually less about inquiring and more about placing blame on someone for something. I…


» The Beginnings of Peace

Posted on Thu Jul 27th, 2017 @ 4:58pm by Lieutenant Rhesha Th'Kharia

Computer begin personal log.

Personal Log, 26th March, 2100 Hours. Lieutenant Junior Grade Rhesha Th'Kharia.

I met with Counselor Savin today. Strangely enough I feel better than I have in a long time. I was able to come to a better understanding of my feelings about Rhemna, and his loss.…


» Sins of Omission

Posted on Thu Jul 20th, 2017 @ 7:36pm by Lieutenant Laree Desai

Personal Log, Lieutenant Laree Desai, Chief Science Officer
Star date 25 March, 2394

This is a story my father told me…

I was working as a contract geologist on Tymor 7, and hostilities broke out between the two major powers on the planet. The minor powers asked me to help…


» To Catch a Firebird

Posted on Thu Jul 20th, 2017 @ 7:15pm by Chief Petty Officer Charles Stephens JR

ON:

"Personal Log 2300 Hours, 24 March, 2394. Audio Only. Agent Stephens, Charles 3317" Charles sat at a corner table at some dive bar on Empok Nor. He had just gotten in the day before and was enjoying some downtime. "This is my first log in almost a year. It…


» A Job Well Done

Posted on Mon Jun 5th, 2017 @ 4:50pm by Captain Malcom Llwyedd

Captain's Personal Log Stardate 71184.7

If this is what all of our missions are going to be like, I'm going to need more therapy and more shore leave. I've already been in touch with Starfleet and they have approved some shore leave time when we get back to Empok Nor.…