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 Diligent 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

» May 2019 Outstanding Post

Posted on Sun Jun 2nd, 2019 @ 8:01am by Captain Malcom Llwyedd in General News

Winner! Keeping Up With The Harlans (Lieutenant Commander Yumi Han, Warrant Officer Arlan Harlan, Petty Officer 3rd Class Gianna Djokovic)

"Keeping Up With the Harlans was well-written to the point that I was outright surprised to learn how improvisational the actual collaborative writing of it was. (and this month was a tough one to pick just one Outstanding Post, mind you.) For a bunch of new characters who I had never seen before and might never see again, their dialogue and motives seemed more like those of a multigenerational North vs. South saga than the typical walk-on cameo roles of standard non-recurring NPCs. Keeping Up With the Harlans couldn't have been easy to write, but the writers made it look easy and inspiring."

"Keeping Up With the Harlans A very entertaining look into the life of a great character."

"There were several standout posts in the interlude, but meeting Harlan's family was a revelation into how he came to be who he is and how much of that is rooted in where he came from. I like to see a piece of every crew member's family at least once, and this was a surprising one."

"It is hard to take a character, a long-established character, and show a new aspect that is fresh and surprising. Harlan's family was completely unexpected, in a good way. This interlude really brought out a lot in Harlan's background. The reactions of his family and the obvious impact it has had on his life were revealing. Well done!"

My congratulations go out to the authors.

Captain Malcom Llwyedd
Commanding Officer
USS Firebird NCC-88298

» Outstanding Post For Mission 4

Posted on Sun Jun 2nd, 2019 @ 7:45am by Captain Malcom Llwyedd in General News

The Runners Up:

10) Pod 8, Part2: Go West Young Man
9) Escape Pod 12
8) Pod 13, Part 3: Hard Times
7) Going Down With The Ship
6) Pod 9, Part 2: Roughriders
5) Pod 5, Part 5:...And Conquer?
4) Escape Pod 6
3) Pod 7, Part 2: A Bitter Field
2) Escape Pod 3

WINNER And A Child Shall Lead Us (Lieutenant Kedra Nema, Lieutenant Commander Rhiana t'Aegis, Lieutenant JG Soto Gantt, Petty Officer 3rd Class Gianna Djokovic, Emily Mox)

In order to come up with this list, I had to first winnow the entire mission down. Please do not take it to mean that the other JPs were not outstanding. They were. I was forced to pick out very small differences just to be able to come up with a reduced list of ten. After that, I reread all of the ten again and ranked them myself. I then reached out to members of the crew who were interested in helping and asked them to do the heavy lifting of reading them all again and giving me their list. Special thanks to Richard and Howie for their thoughts and efforts. Finally, I read through their notes and tried to find the order that reflected our combined appreciation for all of these magnificent JPs. Any other sim would be fortunate to get ONE JP like these in a mission. We are more than forturnate.

You all know that Emily Mox is really a special character and the beginning of this JP is her taking on the encouraging friend. It was great to write with Gia, as she was still suffering through her trauma. Their escpape, unexpected encounter with lost friends, and continued flight, is truly a rollercoaster. The descriptions are excellent all around and the tension is high. And then... our Romulan friend showed up and showed out. Rhiana's ending to this JP really put it over the top.

Many congratulations to the authors of this JP. Your hard work and creativity are top notch and truly deserve this recognition, as do all of those who wrote for any JP on this top ten list.

Well done!

Captain Malcom Llwyedd
Commanding Officer
USS Firebird NCC-88298

» May 2019 Awards

Posted on Sun Jun 2nd, 2019 @ 7:15am by Captain Malcom Llwyedd in General News


[Captain's Personal Merit] Lieutenant Laree Desai

I think we can all admit that when she's writing with us, the sim is better. I know that her real life is hectic and stressful but her decision to come back and participate a little in Mission 5 has been a wonderful thing. She and I discussed the mission in detail, in regards to the scientific aspect, and she was able to come up with a background logic that makes everything work together better. Desai is outstandingly written and engaging. I know we won't have her involved as much as I would like but real life is more important. I am thankful for her and look forward to seeing her write in our sandbox again. For these things and more, I award my Captain's Personal Merit to Lieutenant Laree Desai.

[Crew's Choice Award] Lieutenant Cynfor Rees

"I must say, there were a good number of very strong writers in the last period, but Cynfor really grabbed my attention with their recent plot line. Really fantastic stuff."

"Cyn had several excellent posts and wrapped up a great personal development arc over the last month or two. It was really nice to see that seed planed in his character history mature and come to fruition across several posts with many different characters."

"The story arc to wrap up Rees' past was really well done and an interesting read. I also like how he manages to make his children appear "alive" and not just names in his personnel file."

"Cynfor's subplot added a ton of angst and intrigue to the interlude! It is such a gift when one of the crew crafts a story around their character and invites others to join in the fun. I can't wait to see what Rees gets up to next."

"It is always a pleasure to see someone take an interlude and really turn it into something special for their character. Cynfor's history made for a great group of JPs and will have an effect on the character's future. Great stuff."

Runners Up: Lieutenant Commander Yumi Han, Lieutenant JG Soto Gantt, Cadet Junior Grade Jacob Lenert

[Creativity Award (Level 2)] Lieutenant JG Murril Na

"I would like to nominate Murril for the trio of posts titled Holodeck Halloween. I truly enjoyed these posts and feel that it was an exceptionally creative flair on an old post concept, that of spending time in the holodeck. The way that the writer spins the Betazoid empathic feeling of fear is original and reminds me of my favorite Voyager episode titled The Thaw. Both these posts and the episode show how people deal with and handle fear. I would love to see more of these where Murril brings others into the holodeck and runs the program to see how it affects them."

[Ribbon of Compassion] Lieutenant Commander Rhiana t'Aegis

"I know that the description of this award says that it is for those in the Counseling Field and that my nominee is not a Counselor, however, I hope that you will hear me out. I would like to nominate the post "Unnecessary Roughness" for this award. In Star Trek as in real life very often those who counsel us best are not actual counselors. This post shows a young woman who is mentally torn up by what she saw and did, and an older wiser woman who counsels in her own way. As I said in my comment on the post I suffer from PTSD and this post hits close to home. I know that a lot of times I do not wish to talk about it. Sometimes it is best to simply hit things. The exchange at the end of the post where Gia finally admits what is in her head "I did everything I could..." Rhiana offers words of consolation and perhaps absolution. I feel that even though Rhiana is not a Counselor this post showed us the compassionate side of the usually stoic smarmy Romulan."

[Service Gold Merit] Commander Yumi Han, Cadet Jacob Lenert

Thank you to Sarah and Seth for being with the Firebird for over two years! I can't tell you how much it means to me and how much the sim needs and appreciates you.

[James T. Kirk CO of the Year (Level 3)] Captain Malcom Llwyedd

"I have been a simmer for nigh on 20 years now. I have seen Commanding Officers come and Commanding Officers go and I have never seen a CO so dedicated to everything. Captain Llwyedd is dedicated to his crew (writers) and ensures that the stories are solid and involve everyone in some way. He is also dedicated to a word, and that word is community. He ensures that we are not just here telling a story, but we are here as friends and as a community. This is something that I try to emulate in the sim that I am CO of. Most of all Captain Llwyedd actually makes you want to succeed, to write something that is truly exceptional. There are few people that I have met that give you that want, that drive to do well. I am not only happy to be a part of this sim, but I am happy to call Captain Malcom Llwyedd friend."

"Fred goes to great lengths (in terms of tags and in terms of behind-the-scenes and in terms of the community) to keep multiple interconnected storylines and Slack and Firebird membership moving right along. (He has demonstrated this commitment often enough that it's not just a one-hit wonder sort of thing.)"

"Captain has been the real best in the years we've been doing this sim. I wouldn't have pushed Harlan nearly as much without Captain behind me encouraging and inspiring my writing. He is truly deserving of this award as not only a great commander, but one of the best people."

"Fred is doing an outstanding job with running the game. He's not afraid to run apparently dozens of NPCs to both, gently steer events/posts in the right direction and, more importantly, make sure everybody is included and has something to do in a mission. He's like the glue that holds the ship together, which is rather well proven by Slack statistics: participation drops when he's on vacation."

"My Captain, My Captain. Fred has been an excellent leader and a phenomenal story teller. We as a crew have been blessed to have Fred at the helm of this exercise. Thank you Fred, not only for your work as the leader of the sim, but also your friendship and genuine interest in us and our lives. Thank you."

"Few sim captains could handle such a large crew or so many comings and goings, but Fred handles it all with impressive patience and inspiration. He can improvise or carefully plan out a story arc with the best of them! We are always hungry to come back for the next space adventure he's cooked up. He is a friend to us all both inside and outside of the sim. We are lucky to have such an amazing person as the Firebird captain."

(Thank you, friends. I appreciate your kind words.)

Runners Up: Emily Mox!

Congratulations to our winners!

Steady as she goes

Captain Malcom Llwyedd
Commanding Officer
USS Firebird NCC-88298

» April 2019 Awards

Posted on Tue Apr 30th, 2019 @ 10:20am by Captain Malcom Llwyedd in General News


[Captain's Personal Merit] Lieutenant JG Jackson Smith

Not everyone on the ship is an outgoing extrovert. Brian is our resident lurker who surfaces from time to time on Slack and in our Friday meetings to say something important. He is always around and has been so since our inception. I am thankful for his willingness to write and explore some of the corners of our growing setting. His interactions with Zulg are fun for me and I think they let us look into parts of the Star Trek universe that aren't seen much. He is quick with his tags and helps keep us all from dying with his superb flying skills. Brian is a great crewmember and writing partner as well as just an all around great person. I am glad to have him as a member of our Firebird community. For these reasons and many more, I award him my Personal Merit.

[Crew's Choice Award] Warrant Officer 1 Arlan Harlan

"Doug does a great job of being active, writing lots of posts and chatting on slack. Despite having a character that is older and set his ways, its cool to see his character grow. He has done a great job this last month!"

"Definitely Harlan for me. Harlan developed from Jeffries Tube hermit to Chief Jeffries Tube hermit in Warrant Command school. His character developed, he finished 3 JPs, and he's been a constant on Slack in spite of his busy work schedule. This is the kind of involvement that keeps ships going."

"It has been really great to see how Harlan has changed over the past few months. He has stepped up to a role that I don't think most people would have pinned on him when he first came aboard the ship. And while he retains his curmudgeonly, tubes loving persona, he is also a leader in engineering."

"I expect to see great things out of Harlan in the future. I am excited to see how things go for him. Great job!"

[Heart of the Tiger] Awarded to the crew member who writes supreme battle posts, making their posts enjoyable and exciting to read in the heat of battle.

Captain Malcom Llwyedd
Lieutenant Cynfor Rees
Lieutenant Commander Rhiana t'Aegis
Lieutenant JG Murrill Na
Lieutenant JG Jackson Smith
Lieutenant Commander Jorgen Leed
Lieutenant JG Yikete Oggt
Master Sergeant Robert Schiano
Chief Petty Officer Zene Beddite
Crewman Kieth Potter

"I am submitting this nomination under the Captain's name, however, I would like to nominate the whole crew for this award. I feel that the Crescendo series of posts, as well as the post titled "Call In The Calvary", are great examples of what this award is supposed to represent. I know that the whole crew has contributed to those posts. The amount of suspense, combined with the action make the posts a joy to read over and over again."

Congratulations to our winners!

Steady as she goes

Captain Malcom Llwyedd
Commanding Officer
USS Firebird NCC-88298

» February Award Winners

Posted on Tue Mar 5th, 2019 @ 11:25am by Captain Malcom Llwyedd in General News


[Captain's Personal Merit] Lieutenant Murril Na

This award goes to our illustrious Assistant Chief Science Officer for a number of reasons: I am very impressed with the skill and thought that goes into Na's posts across all of his JPs. There is a dedication to clarity, nuance and thought provoking language that is hard for most people to sustain. I also appreciate how well the character's Betazoid heritage is integrated into the writing without being overbearing. It has also been a treat to see him interact with different characters, having come onto the ship right before the mission started. Finally, for all of the wonderful comments that he leaves on our mission posts. It is a pleasure to have him on board the Firebird and for these reasons and more, I award him my personal merit.

[Crew's Choice Award] Lieutenant Commander Rhiana t'Aegis

"We are blessed with a plethora of well written, well rounded characters on the Firebird. Rhiana is certainly one of those. However, she is more than that. She's a Romulan. Alone in a crowd, trying to find a place that she feels at home and not quite getting there. But she doesn't let that push her into giving up. She keeps doing her job. She brings unique perspective and dialogue. She makes decisions that are true to her background and somehow keeps surprising us. Her JPs are always a treat."

"First off in the simming community in general it is a fairly popular concept, a Romulan in Starfleet that is. But Rhiana handles that basic concept in a very unique way. She is not a fish out of water or Romulan simply biding time until the Empire can come back. She is a person who has embraces the Federation, but does it on her terms. Once more it seems that everyone on the crew has a unique respect for Rhiana both in character and out of character."

"Rhiana really dazzled me this month and has been a consistently great writer in this mission. She manages to keep herself in that strict alien mindset with very alien ideals and motivations, but so well adapted for our timeline and circumstances."

"This last mission was a great example of her writing. Her character is engaging and adds a lot to the story. Plus she is active on slack and always willing to be a part of the community."

"I wish there was a badass award. Rhiana just keeps hitting it out of the park."

"I like the ways that Rhiana surprises me as a character while staying true to herself. It's a good touch that Mel has handled well, and Mel as always is a steady presence on Slack."

Runners-Up: Lieutenant Nora Morrison MD, Lieutenant Cynfor Rees, Petty Officer Third Class Gianna Djokovic; Emily Mox; Master Sergeant Robert Schiano

"Gianna's two flashback posts were awesome. I love the tension and emotion in the scenes with the "doctor". Absolutely compelling stuff."

"I've been impressed more than once over the past several months how Liam makes it look easy to write a believable character of the opposite gender. Also, not to point out the elephant in the room, but he ice-picked his main OC's eyeball and even had unflattering-and-realistic psychological reactions from that character. THAT type of writing is really, reeeeeally hard to do IMO. It requires self-confidence, patience, and faith that your readers won't put the novel permanently back on the shelf while in mid-page of Chapter Two. It's the equivalent of reaching the final boss in a video game and letting your main character die because it would tell a more memorable story."

"Everyone has done some fantastic writing this mission, as always, but I wanted to nominate Emily for crew's choice this month. It's been great to read how our resident precocious child is coping with this fish out of water situation. There's just the right blend of childlike naïveté with the humor we all love. :-)"

"For both, the current mission and the background story. Both types of post show a different person than what one has seen aboard, someone who is more than just jovial and friendly and good-natured. The grief and problems arising in both series are well portrayed and I really like how he remains a Starfleet officer through and through."

[Service Gold Merit] For 2 Years of Service:

Captain Malcom Llwyedd
Lieutenant Commander Nora Morrison
Lieutenant JG Jackson Smith
Chief Petty Officer Arlan Harlan
Lieutenant JG Soto Gantt

I would like to sincerely thank those who have been with me since the beginning. The sim wouldn't have been successful without you.

[Unsung Hero Medal] Lieutenant Nora Morrison MD

"On the planet of Far Wanderer, Nora has been consistently written in a way that demonstrates how to properly write a character who doesn't want the spotlight, the medal, or top billing. She's not portrayed as a wallflower, victim, loser, nor comic relief. She IS portrayed as being the sort of person you'd want in your escape pod while the ship is blowing up."

[Air Medal] Lieutenant JG Jackson Smith

"He's a great pilot. And he managed not to entirely crash the Firebird. He even managed to "fly" those hoverboards. I especially enjoy how it's obvious that the character absolutely loves to fly anything that can possibly defy gravity."

[Library Excellence Ribbon] Petty Officer Third Class Gianna Djokovic and Lieutenant Murril Na.

"No matter the character Liam portrays, they are all distinct personalities. They each have a different style, different actions, different ways of speaking. I admire when someone is capable of doing that. In addition to that, they characters are all interesting and it's always a pleasure to play with any of them. He makes it easy to write with him, being open for suggestions and always having interesting suggestions of his own. He never hogs a post or storyline, allowing others to express themselves."

"John has been such a wonderful addition to the crew. He's brought more diversity to our JPs and has done so with aplomb. Every sentence he writes feels like it is well thought out. Master wordsmith indeed."

[Non-Player Character Award] Lieutenant Commander Jörgen Leed

"I've never really seen much of Leed. Often, it happens that rarely played NPCs have a tendency to be two-dimensional. Not so with Leed. I really enjoyed reading his interaction with Rees and the others. It made one forget that he's "only" an NPC and it made me curious to read more of him in the future."

[POW Ribbon of Sacrifice] Petty Officer Third Class Gianna Djokovic, Lieutenant Commander Jörgen Leed, Crewman Thoma Lopt, Crewman Keith Potter, Emily Mox, Kalstri

"I'm going to be lazy. There were plenty of people in this mission who deserve this award. I'm just hoping that I don't forget anyone: Rees Leed Beddite Kaya Lopt Potter Gia Emily Kalstri I'm not sure Emily and Kalstri qualify, since they're civilians, but they went through the same hardship as the others. They all survived being in the hands of Seekers more or less unharmed, which is already an achievement in itself. If I remember well, though, Llwyedd and Smith were captured by hostile Techlons, so they would qualify as well."

[Civilian Commendation Medal] Ms. Jillian Mox

"The perfect proof that you don't have to be a member of Starfleet to be great at your job - and that civilian characters /can/ have a place on a Starfleet vessel and be an active part of the crew and not merely a guest star. Also, it's so great to see an actual, active family relationship aboard. It adds depth to the character and also to the Firebird. I'm glad Jillian is a member of the crew!"

[Departmental Service Badge: Service] Chief Petty Officer Arlan Harlan

"Harlan continually goes above and beyond. He is a professional, if a cranky one. But he is also one of the glue guys that keeps things going when they are looking bad. He helps the crew function and is the lovable grumpy bear."

[Friendship Ribbon] Petty Officer Third Class Gianna Djokovic and Emily Mox/ Kalstri Tenistion and Chief Petty Officer Zene Beddite

"I think that Gia and Emily started out as semi-antagonists to each other. But during the course of the mission, they grew closer. They shared hardships and suffering and each was the rock when the other was low. They took care of each other and buoyed each other up. They became like sisters, although it is sometimes arguable which is the older sibling in this pair. Emily certainly thinks that Gia is one of her very best friends."

"Another duo that started out as virtual strangers but through the course of the mission, became friends is Beddite and Kalstri. Alone, neither would have had a very successful time. Their personalities meshed so well that they were able to overcome and care for each other."

[Recruitment Award] Petty Officer Third Class Gianna Djokovic

"For recruiting me. I'm still very grateful for Liam harassing me to join the Firebird. :)"

[Departmental Service Badge: Support] Chief Petty Officer Charles Stephens JR

"Because he has struggled with many things but never gives up. Because he is a key component of our sim. Because we are all better when he is around. Because he has many stories left to write."

Congratulations to our winners!

Steady as she goes

Captain Malcom Llwyedd
Commanding Officer
USS Firebird NCC-88298

Latest Mission Posts

» Reporting For Duty [FLASHBACK]

Mission: Interlude 4
Posted on Thu Dec 5th, 2019 @ 3:25pm by Captain Malcom Llwyedd & Ensign Brittany Carver & Lieutenant Commander Rhiana t'Aegis


The Firebird's chief of security and tactical was standing behind a standing desk in the security office. It was an open space with several work stations only one of which besides the chief's desk was occupied. The entire crew was busy with getting things in order after the reparations…

» Mind the Hull [CD]

Mission: Academy Days
Posted on Thu Dec 5th, 2019 @ 10:55am by Captain Malcom Llwyedd & Commander Hansel (Hans) Friedrech & Ensign Jinto Temo


Ensign Jinto Temo sat aboard the Runabout USS Amazon from Deep Space Nine to Empok Nor. He had asked no less than five times to get on the controls, but the Lieutenant shot him down each time. As Empok Nor came up on the main view screen. Temo looked…

» Security Standards

Mission: Academy Days
Posted on Thu Dec 5th, 2019 @ 10:48am by Captain Malcom Llwyedd & Commander Hansel (Hans) Friedrech & Lieutenant Commander Rhiana t'Aegis


Commander Hansel Friedrech had finished painstakingly placing the final model of his 67 ship collection on a shelf in his quarters. It was the model of the Andorian Battle-Crusier Kumari, Hans had recently been to Andoria and was impressed by the ship that was docked in a space museum.…

» New Ship, New Color [CD]

Mission: Interlude 4
Posted on Thu Dec 5th, 2019 @ 10:46am by Captain Malcom Llwyedd & Commander Hansel (Hans) Friedrech


~ Officer's Quarters, USS Belmont ~

It had only been a couple of hours since some crewman had taken the last of Hansel Friedrech's things. He stood there staring at his empty quarters as he caught the flash of red in his peripheral vision. He had never gotten used…

» Out of the Fire [PLOT]

Mission: Mission 5: Arising From the Ashes
Posted on Thu Dec 5th, 2019 @ 10:43am by Captain Malcom Llwyedd & Petty Officer 2nd Class Fhiri & Petty Officer 3rd Class Thomas Lopt & Lieutenant Jackson Smith & Poc & Lieutenant Commander Rhiana t'Aegis & Lieutenant Commander Jörgen Leed


Malcom eyed the turbolift, sighing when it didn't immediately open. He wanted Commander t'Aegis on the bridge for a couple of reasons. He trusted her instincts when it came to tactical matters and he wanted to know anything further about the possible Romulan threat that had just landed in…

Latest Personal Logs

» Cadet Field Report 1

Posted on Mon Jul 1st, 2019 @ 9:21am by Cadet Junior Grade Jacob Lenert

Cadet Jacob Lenert Field Report 1

I have been assigned to the USS Firebird for a year long training cruise. This log, in addition to other methods of keeping record will be a way for the faculty to evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of this year, and hopefully help me…

» Extract of Rhiana's Diary, Age 24

Posted on Tue Nov 27th, 2018 @ 6:25pm by Lieutenant Commander 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 Commander 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 Commander 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 Commander 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…