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

» April 2019 Awards

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

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[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
Kalstri
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

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[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


» 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


Latest Mission Posts

» The First Lesson [FLASHBACK]

Mission: Interlude 3
Posted on Sat May 18th, 2019 @ 12:39pm by Captain Malcom Llwyedd & Warrant Officer Arlan Harlan & Master Sergeant Robert Schiano

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Well the ship was space born, and that god forsaken planet quickly became a thing of the past. However, there was just about nothing for the Marines to do. As such Lieutenant Cunningham had ordered them all to make themselves available for anything the ship would need. Schiano had…


» Tinkering in the Mirror Universe [MIRROR]

Mission: Interlude 3
Posted on Sat May 18th, 2019 @ 12:33pm by Captain Malcom Llwyedd & Warrant Officer Arlan Harlan & Lieutenant Kedra Nema & Petty Officer 3rd Class Gianna Djokovic & Petty Officer 3rd Class Max Tragar

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"Ah!" exclaimed Harlan "What a great day to revisit the transporter room." he said as he entered the room to find the despondent crewman responsible for maintaining the equipment. He had taken over for the fellow that had allowed the opposite universe invaders to escape; the previous operator had…


» Kindred Spirits [CD]

Mission: Interlude 3
Posted on Sat May 18th, 2019 @ 12:31pm by Crewman Thomas Lopt & Cadet Junior Grade Jacob Lenert

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Thomas had really enjoyed his leave time. He'd spent three months finishing up an advanced engineering course that he'd been wanting to take and then had spent two months assigned to the USS Liberty. The Liberty was an aging Galaxy class ship that had needed a complete overhaul of…


» Reporting for Duty, At Least for a Week [CD]

Mission: Interlude 3
Posted on Sat May 18th, 2019 @ 12:31pm by Captain Malcom Llwyedd & Lieutenant Commander Rhiana t'Aegis & Cadet Junior Grade Jacob Lenert

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Jacob stepped off the turbolift and turned towards the Security Office. He didn't start his first shift until the morning, but he decided to get the introductions out of the way first. The door slid open and he stepped into the room. There was one officer working at a…


» The Dreaded Physical [CD]

Mission: Interlude 3
Posted on Sat May 18th, 2019 @ 12:30pm by Captain Malcom Llwyedd & Lieutenant JG Yikete Oggt & Cadet Junior Grade Jacob Lenert

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Jacob stepped through the door to Sickbay. He had reviewed his notes on the procedure for onboarding after his conversation with the Captain. His assignment to Security would begin officially the next day, and so he decided to try and get the physical out of the way early.

Looking…


Latest Personal Logs

» 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…


» Extract of Rhiana's Diary, Age 10

Posted on Fri Nov 23rd, 2018 @ 7:25pm by Lieutenant Commander 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…