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

» 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


» August 2018 Awards

Posted on Tue Sep 4th, 2018 @ 9:22am by Captain Malcom Llwyedd in General News

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[Captain's Personal Merit] Petty Officer Third Class Gianna Djokovic

August was a great month for Gia! She was all over the place, writing in a wide variety of JPs. I've also enjoyed watching Liam branch out into a new NPC in our new Dr. Oggt. His evolution has been a pleasure to read. I also had the pleasure of meeting Liam in real life at Gen Con and I hope to see him again next year. But this award is really for Liam's overall presence on the sim during the past month. He has been, as usual, quick on this tags, active in Slack and generally a great member of our community. I know that his positive attitude and care about every other crew member is sincere. Thanks for being here, Liam. You are a very important member of this ship and this community. For these reasons, and more, he has earned my Personal Merit award for August 2018.

"From thoughtfully saying goodbye to a friend via participating in a youth camp, fighting in a bar, helping a crew member with a not-quite-shady business contact and surviving a mean promotion, Gia has done and experienced a lot during shoreleave. The character is always interesting to read and very believable in any kind of scene. Gia posts are usually one of my favourites."

"Liam has been doing a great job with this character. Lots of posts, great in everyone, and is a strong presence on slack."

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

"Rhiana was everywhere this month. E Duobus Unum, War & Consequences, and the three-part Friends in High Places were all solid stories. Really great work."

"Rhiana wrote in six different JPs with at least eight other people. She did a great job writing really quality stuff. Plus, her involvement on slack is sometimes overlooked because of the timezone differences."

"I think Rhiana really did an outstanding job the last couple of months, hitting her stride with the character and being comfortable asserting herself with the crew. It's not easy having a character concept that constantly forces tension with every interaction but I think it is true to the Romulan personality and she does a spectacular job pulling it off."

"I really enjoyed learning about the resident Romulan this month. In the coming months I hope to learn more a develop a friendship. A very well written, well rounded character."

"The interlude and beginning of Mission 4 feel like Rhiana has really hit her stride and found her place here on the Firebird. I'm eager to read more about her and learn what makes her tick."

Runners-Up: Petty Officer Third Class Gianna Djokovic, Lieutenant JG Murrill Na, Lieutenant Laree Desai, Lieutenant JG Soto Gantt, Chief Petty Officer Arlan Harlan.

Meritorious Newcomer Award: Ensign Ashralle Sh’shrytral

"I just love that Ash has come in hot, guns blazing, with a great character backstory and odd-quirky-things that make her Andorian really shine. There's nothing vanilla about this assistant security chief and I can't wait until we see her in action more. I have been so impressed with her writing and so happy that she's with us."

"She may be the among newest crew-member, but she has jumped in with full fervor. Looking forward to her career here."

Library Excellence Award Lieutenant Rhiana t'Aegis

"Friends In High Places was so well written and it's only part of the reason for the nomination. Rhiana played a role in several of the most enjoyable JPs last month. She's really upped her writing and brought everyone along for the ride."

Rose Award Petty Officer Third Class Gianna Djokovic and Petty Officer Third Class Max Tragar

"I have enjoyed the budding relationship that is Tragovic (Tragor + Djokovic, see what I did there?) so much. I have appreciated Max's writer's openness to exploring an in character relationship in a way that is well paced for this sim, very reserved, very mature, but also reflecting some real feelings and emotions. It's been a nice way to acknowledge that there is more to living on a starship than just doing a duty and that has to be especially true for the enlisted characters, I would think. I think we see enough of them to believe the relationship is real and substantive, but not enough that we roll our eyes every time another post is put up. <3<3<3"


Congratulations to our winners!

Steady as she goes

Captain Malcom Llwyedd
Commanding Officer
USS Firebird NCC-88298


Latest Mission Posts

» Pod 12, Part 4: Facing the Lion in Its Den

Mission: Mission 4: Riding A Pale Horse
Posted on Wed Nov 14th, 2018 @ 4:26pm by Petty Officer 3rd Class Fhiri & Lieutenant JG Murril Na & Lieutenant JG Yikete Oggt

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Fhiri stood there, staring into the darkness inside the gash in the hull of the Klingon crash. It had all happened so fast. "Lieutenant?" She finally said, taking a precautionary step back and then turning to look at Oggt. "We need to talk." The wind was picking up, sending…


» Pod 5, Part 3 - Divide...

Mission: Mission 4: Riding A Pale Horse
Posted on Mon Nov 5th, 2018 @ 4:19pm by Captain Malcom Llwyedd & Lieutenant Rhiana t'Aegis & Chief Petty Officer Arlan Harlan

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They had been walking and riding for days. More walking than riding for the prisoners.

It had been Rhiana's fault, for initially, three horses were to have carried two riders each in order to progress faster. But it had become clear after only a few minutes that Rhiana was…


» Firebird Extinguished [PLOT]

Mission: Mission 4: Riding A Pale Horse
Posted on Thu Oct 25th, 2018 @ 8:42am by Captain Malcom Llwyedd & Lieutenant JG Jackson Smith

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When he regained consciousness, Malcom had no idea where he was. It was dark and the smell of burning plastic hung heavy in the air. There was a stillness about him that felt foreign right down to his bones. He wasn't at home. There were no sounds of the…


» Pod 4, Part 2: Over Hill and Over Dale [PLOT]

Mission: Mission 4: Riding A Pale Horse
Posted on Mon Oct 22nd, 2018 @ 8:42am by Captain Malcom Llwyedd & Kalstri Tenistion & Chief Petty Officer Zene Beddite

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In the three days since Kalstri and Zene had crashed, the two had fallen into a comfortable routine. They woke when the sun came up and walked at a relaxed pace most of the day, taking time to rest and examine the foliage and the terrain. Kalstri's knowledge of…


» Pod 13, Part 2: Raise the Hue and Cry

Mission: Mission 4: Riding A Pale Horse
Posted on Mon Oct 22nd, 2018 @ 8:42am by Crewman Thomas Lopt & Petty Officer 3rd Class Kaya & Crewman Keith Potter

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Kaya skirted along the treeline that bordered the meadow, careful to avoid the large herd beasts Lopt had identified as cows, a Terran herbivore. They seemed unconcerned by her presence: either they had no natural predators on this world, or they were domesticated. She hoped for the former -…


Latest Personal Logs

» To All My Mothers On Trill

Posted on Mon Sep 10th, 2018 @ 9:45pm by Petty Officer 3rd Class Kaya

“{{ I’nora, ja’kala }},” Kaya began her message to her mothers. She waved her fingers at the camera and sent a warm smile.

There was no homesickness in the traditional Trill invocation. Home is hard to define, said the old song, until you’ve left it behind. The longer her voyages,…


» A Close Call

Posted on Fri Oct 27th, 2017 @ 6:34pm by Captain Malcom Llwyedd

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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 @ 3:58pm 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 @ 6:36pm 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 @ 6:15pm by Chief Petty Officer Charles Stephens JR

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"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…