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

» November Award Winers

Posted on Tue Dec 5th, 2017 @ 8:10pm by Captain Malcom Llwyedd in General News

[Captain's Personal Merit] Chief Petty Officer Charles Stephens JR, Chief of the Boat

It is with great pleasure that I award my personal merit to our very own Chief of the Boat. Since his return, the Chief has been active on all of our platforms and has really jumped into a lot of great stories. I especially enjoyed his participation in Interlude With Family and I think his interactions with our new marine contingent was outstanding. Finally, the sim is just better with him around. He gives our enlisted members a much needed avenue to become more involved with the story. Well done, chief!

[Crew's Choice] Lieutenant Yumi Han

"Yumi has played a large role in character, and out of character she has done outstanding work filling in for me while I was away. I appreciate her hard work."

"Sarah shines--she helps track everything on Trello but also gives great advice during JPs for future directions. She's considerate and supportive. Her writing is a pleasure to read and she has some of the best metaphors I've ever seen. She breaths life into NPCs and is one reason this SIM is a joy."

"Without Han, I never would've been able to explore a specific counseling side of Savin's character, and the player seems very knowledgeable on the subject. She is a joy to write with."

"Yumi is one of the bedrock characters on the ship. She is involved in making the plot better every time she takes the stage. We are lucky to have her. I look forward to much more from our craft intelligence chief."


[Unsung Hero Medal] Ensign Soto Gantt

"Gantt was in a lot of JPs this month as a supporting character, and he contributed a lot to each post he was in. His engineering wizardry during battle adds depth to scenes and makes the shootout sections stand out that much more."

"Gantt is one of those glue guys. The person who isn't often at the front of the action but without whom the entire situation would go sideways in a hurry. He is a good friend to others and a willing and able away team member. He proves that you don't need a high rank to have a huge impact."

[Enlisted Commendation Medal] Chief Petty Officer Arlan Harlan

Every family has a rough old codger who is at the same time embarrassing and beloved. I think that sums up Harlan. He grumbles about everything... almost everything, but he makes things happen. He is the backbone of the ship and his outstanding work as Assistant Chief of Engineering is worthy of recognition.

[Meritorious Newcomer of the Month] Lieutenant Rhiana t'Aegis

What a wonderful addition to the crew! We have a superb new Chief of Security and Tactical. Lieutenant t'Aegis has quickly become familiar to the crew, jumping into 11 JPs over the past month. She also has built a solid identity that is interesting and will be very important to Mission 3. Thank you for coming to the Firebird!

My sincere congratulations to all the winners.

Captain Malcom Llwyedd
Commanding Officer
USS Firebird NCC-88298




» 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











Latest Mission Posts

» Dressed For Success [CD]

Mission: Echoes of the Dominion
Posted on Mon Dec 4th, 2017 @ 4:54pm by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kipp Lak & Lieutenant Commander Jörgen Leed

[ON]

The doors opened to admit Jörgen to to bay four where the Firebird squatted. Dress shoes clicking on the hard floor, he was exactly on time in a spotless and expertly tailored uniform. He tasted the faint savor of tulaberry wine on his lips. The glass had been raised…


» Counselor's Creed [PLOT]

Mission: Echoes of the Dominion
Posted on Mon Dec 4th, 2017 @ 4:54pm by Captain Malcom Llwyedd & Lieutenant Savin Psy.D & Lieutenant Commander Yumi Han

[ON]

Slowly exploring the Normandy Class vessel, Savin found himself searching his counterpart. He was alone, and he was certainly taking his time. Getting to know the ship, getting the feel of the people even if he wasn't going to be dealing with them. He understood that each ship, and…


» Do You Have This In Human Sizes? [CD]

Mission: Echoes of the Dominion
Posted on Mon Dec 4th, 2017 @ 4:50pm by Captain Malcom Llwyedd & Lieutenant Commander Yumi Han & Crewman Gianna Djokovic

[ON]

The Promenade clothing shops were unlike anything on Earth. Sure, San Francisco had it's boutiques and Milan and Paris and New York had fashion galore, but there was nothing quite like bobbing between alien cultures while soaking up the en vogue. It made Gianna Djokovic radiate a smile that…


» A Joint Operation [PLOT]

Mission: Echoes of the Dominion
Posted on Mon Dec 4th, 2017 @ 4:44pm by Lieutenant Commander Yumi Han & Captain Malcom Llwyedd & Lieutenant Commander Karen Myles & Lieutenant Rhiana t'Aegis & Lieutenant Laree Desai

[ON]

Captain Vikk Stern fidgeted in his seat. He hated meetings. All meetings. He would much rather be sitting on the bridge of the Creed planning some kind of combat operation with his XO. That was something worth his time. He was the senior captain of this mission, one that…


» A Doctor for All Seasons [CD]

Mission: Echoes of the Dominion
Posted on Mon Dec 4th, 2017 @ 4:43pm by Captain Malcom Llwyedd & Lieutenant Jennifer Richardson M.D.

[ON]

Kipp looked down at the PADD and then looked up. He stood at his normal spot on the bridge, near the Captain's Ready Room door but there were many crew at work getting the ship ready to depart. He looked down at the PADD and made sure he had…


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.…