Welcome to the USS Merlin!

"Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen."

It has been nearly a decade since the Hobus star exploded destroying Romulus and causing various factions, including the Klingons, to prey on the fractured empire. The year is 2393 and the USS Merlin has been launched at a time of great instability. The Merlin is an Excalibur class ship designed as not only a command carrier, but, as a deep space explorer as well (referred to by her crew lovingly as a warp capable starbase). The Merlin has been outfitted with everything she and her crew will need, from defense forces to the latest scientific equipment to the largest diplomatic area that could fit on the ship and even carries a compliment of civilian specialists. This beautiful giant has been given a twofold assignment; the first to protect an unknown area of space at the farthest borders of the Romulan Empire; recently acquired in the Federation treaties. The second to keep the peace, with a renewed focus on exploration and discovery.

Here on the Merlin we strive for 1 thing: to have fun writing. We do this by making sure our stories and writing is the best we can make it. None of us are professional writers, however, we still reach for that excellence. As you look around and think about joining what has become our online family, remember, you won't be joining just the Commanding Officers sim, you'll be joining the crew's sim and it will become your sim too, because it is not just one person who makes a sim, but the simmers who make it a sim. So, look around and read our stories then slip into a uniform and jump in!


Captain John Barstow
Commanding Officer
USS Merlin

Commander Melody Jones
Executive Officer
USS Merlin


Commander Caroline Miller
Chief Medical Officer / Second Officer
USS Merlin


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Latest News Items

» Joint Post

Posted on Tuesday 18 July 2017 @ 12:31 by Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D. in General News

Hey All,

Let's try to reply to that jp. I want to get it finished up this week! :)


» Issues and Moving On

Posted on Monday 10 July 2017 @ 23:52 by Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D. in Sim Announcement

Greets All,

So, I'm sure you saw what happened earlier today. This has led to Jones, Miller and Tan leaving the sim. I am not going to discuss the situation beyond that and I wish and I wish all 3 well.

Now, that said, we need to continue to move forward and move on. IC Sav will have the bridge, OOC I'll direct things until Barstow returns. As far as XO, I haven't decided anything just yet, but will be soon. Let me know if you have any questions.


» Mission Update

Posted on Sunday 9 July 2017 @ 21:09 by Commander Melody Jones in General News

Hi Guys

The next part of the mission will begin this week, "Arrival at Ceylon 6". As previously stated, the atmosphere of the planet prohibits main transporter function so the 1st away team will be going down by shuttle.

This first away team will consist of Operations officer, Medical personal and a consignment of Marines as escort. Sav will pilot the shuttle.

Melody will be unable to join the away team at first, much to her disappointment as she is in command.

On the surface, the away team will find a shanty town made of ancient modern Starfleet technology. They will be then captured by a tribe of locals.

These locals will be written by myself.

As always, any questions please don't hesitate to contact me :-)

Commander Melody Jones

» Updates, Updates, Updates

Posted on Saturday 8 July 2017 @ 23:51 by Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D. in Sim Announcement

Hey Guys,

Over the last couple of days I have done a few updates. Some, such as upgrading to the Nova update, you may not really notice. However, I have also updated everyone's SF ID's in their profiles and updated the Merlin video to reflect current crew [now that I have a computer that can run the video software].


» 1 Year Mark

Posted on Saturday 8 July 2017 @ 18:44 by Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D. in Sim Announcement

Greets All,

I am 2 months late, but, Merlin is a year old! There have been ups and downs but we have kept the sim strong. With the sim turning a year old I also want to give a shout out to all those that hit theit 1 year milestones:

Obsidian Fleet Merit of Time Served

Commander Melody Jones, 1 Year, 2 Months, 1 Week, 1 Hour ago
Commander Caroline Miller, 1 Year, 2 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 1 Hour ago
Lieutenant Commander David Tan, 1 Year, 2 Weeks, 22 Hours ago



Latest Mission Posts

» New CFO - Assistant Position Accepted

Mission: Escape from Dark Ventures, Sav's Tale
Posted on Tuesday 18 July 2017 @ 18:31 by Lieutenant Commander Save'ena (Sav) Tillatix


===== Deck 39, CAG Offices ====

Early in the morning, after her promotion and duty change, Sav arrived in the CAG Offices. She smelled the coffee brewing in her personal Coffee set as well as seeing the rosters set out for the day. She moved around to see Wyn…

» New Arrivals

Mission: Escape from Dark Ventures, Sav's Tale
Posted on Friday 7 July 2017 @ 13:45 by Lieutenant Colonel Kachiko Bayushi & Commander Caroline Miller


The double-hatch into the Sickbay opened, the spritely Lieutenant Colonel and entourage entering the large compartment.

The blacked out uniformed Lieutenant Colonel looked up at the first person she encountered, "Good afternoon. Is Doctor Miller in?"

Kevin, the receptionist looked up from his desk. "I can find out for…

» CAG - Fighters and Friends

Mission: Escape from Dark Ventures, Sav's Tale
Posted on Thursday 6 July 2017 @ 22:27 by Lieutenant Commander Save'ena (Sav) Tillatix & Commander Melody Jones


Sav looked over her fighter craft, the Valkyrie Venita, as it rested in its maintenance frame. She knew there were the new fighters on board, but had not had a chance to fly one yet due to her surgery and recovery during shore leave. She didn't even know what…

» Rifleman's Creed

Mission: Escape from Dark Ventures, Sav's Tale
Posted on Thursday 6 July 2017 @ 01:43 by Lieutenant Colonel Kachiko Bayushi

Cai frowned.

She was expected to graduate from Starfleet Academy at the conclusion of this Cadet Cruise of sorts. Yes, she was the only Cadet aboard, but it qualified as her Cadet Cruise since she had challenged almost every course from her first two years of Academy classes, which jumped…

» Let the Games Begin

Mission: Deep Cover, Uncovering Corruption
Posted on Tuesday 4 July 2017 @ 22:51 by Captain John "Apollo" Barstow, M.D.

Captain John Barstow stepped off the shuttle dressed in his MCU (Marine Combat Uniform), with camouflage to match the snowy terrain and the insignia of a Colonel attached. He had been called away from the Merlin just as she had started her mission and ordered to stable first. Once he…

Latest Personal Logs

» Limbo

Posted on Saturday 8 July 2017 @ 23:21 by Lieutenant Commander David Tan

Personal Log :: SD 239407.08 - 22:50 hrs .....

We have been at the location conducting tests on the Star for some time. This is causing no hardship to the Merlin or the crew in general, we are more than equipped to carry out the task ahead and are now…

» Surprises, in a good way - Life is looking up

Posted on Thursday 6 July 2017 @ 18:15 by Lieutenant Commander Save'ena (Sav) Tillatix


==== Save'ena's Quarters ====

Sav sat there in her quarters. She rarely did personal logs, yet, this one seemed... appropriate. Several things had happened, all of them rather joyous, well, for her.

She touched the interface panel.

===== Lieutenant Commander Tillatix Personal Log =====
===== Direct Access Initiation Mode…

» Proud

Posted on Sunday 18 June 2017 @ 15:44 by Lieutenant Commander David Tan

Personal Log :: SD 239406.18 - 14:20 hrs ...

A couple of hours ago my Daughter, Mackenzie, told me about her dream from the night before:

I was absolutely astonished to hear she had carried out a landing of an Intrepid Class Starship, not only once but twice, then carried…

» A new beggining

Posted on Saturday 17 June 2017 @ 12:02 by Commander Melody Jones


It's with mixed feelings I start this.....

Begin Commanders Personal log Stardate 239406.5

Someone once told me "You're used to winning, and you're not truly a leader till you've lost."

Well, today I feel like a leader. I've personally contacted the families of all eight who lost their lives.…

» Dreams and Promotions

Posted on Sunday 11 June 2017 @ 21:59 by Lieutenant Commander David Tan

Personal Log :: SD 239406.11 - 16:00 hrs ...

Following our return from the derelict, now confirmed to be the USS Merlin ... 'Our Merlin' ... Shortly before a self-destruct was accidentally activated, unfortunately resulting in loss of life, I had been suffering from, hallucinations, for want of a better…