Welcome to the USS Firebird

Welcome to the USS Hinotori NCC-71298. A brand new Akira class ship, the Hinotori is beginning an unprecedented mission for Starfleet. The ship will transit through the Bajoran Wormhole, into the Gamma quadrant and begin a deep space exploration that is scheduled to last at least six years. Because the ship is heading into unknown space, shore leave and recuperation will be hard to come by. Because the quadrant is home to the Founders, Starfleet selected the Akira class for maximum defensive capabilities. The ship has all of the newest technologies and is led by a veteran, Captain Gabriel Lucas.

The crew has been carefully selected for their ability to adapt to hard circumstances and their ability to think creatively in all things. This voyage will challenge them in ways that cannot be foreseen. Are you one of those people?

Captain Gabriel Lucas
Commanding Officer
USS Hinotori NCC-71298


Latest News Items

» Mission 6 Starting Now!

Posted on Wed Jul 22nd, 2020 @ 8:35am by Captain Malcom Llwyedd in Sim Announcement

Greetings, All!

The USS Firebird is beginning our Mission 6 and we are looking for a few new writers. We are a long running sim, over three years of active duty. We are fortunate to have some top quality writers and an outstanding crew. We currently are looking to add dedicated, creative Star Trek fans. We are willing to help you learn how to write in our format and to guide you as you expand your Star Trek knowledge. We have a very active Slack and are happy to greet you. If you are looking for a different type of challenge and want to seek out some new adventures, submit an app today or contact me at fred.lloyd@gmail.com or Ilien#4049 on Discord.

We hope to see you soon!

Steady As She Goes

Captain Malcom Llwyedd
Commanding Officer
USS Firebird NCC-88298


» 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

[ON]

[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

[ON]

[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


Latest Mission Posts

» Where Will I Walk

Mission: To Boldly Go
Posted on Wed Mar 3rd, 2021 @ 12:13pm by Captain Gabriel Lucas

[ON]

Gabriel sat on the stone bench, his rough, worn hands dribbling seeds onto the perfect flagstone. The seeds were small and when they hit the stone, they scattered in a surprisingly large circle. He'd arrived early and had brought a large bag of seed. As a result, he had…


» Do No Harm [Flashback]

Mission: Mission 6: To Your Scattered Bodies Go
Posted on Sat Jan 16th, 2021 @ 5:21am by Lieutenant Jamia Kaar

Dr. Kaar led the small group into sickbay, still wondering just how the ship had been boarded in the first place, let alone secured by a hostile force. She wasn't even sure who the hostile force was either, though the large green brute escorting her made her suspect the Orion…


» [Flashback] A bold bet

Mission: Interlude 4
Posted on Tue Jan 12th, 2021 @ 2:47pm by Poc

[ON]

"I think you're not going to win" said Grok with his usual irritating smile. "How much did you bet on Stormy Turnip, already?" asked Grok before laughing while slapping the stomach

"Actually, I think you're going to loose. Badly" he added in between two laughs.

Poc looked at the…


» [Flashback] The Burden

Mission: Interlude 4
Posted on Sat Jan 9th, 2021 @ 1:08pm by Lieutenant Jackson Smith

Jackson knelt beside the lifeless body. He watched the blood flow from the multiple slash and stab wounds across the chest and throat. The crimson liquid pooled on the grey cold stone seeping into the cracks as if the very ground were nourished by the sacrifice of life. He closed…


» Turning in a Circle [FLASHBACK]

Mission: Interlude 4
Posted on Fri Jan 8th, 2021 @ 7:32pm by Lieutenant JG Tybek

"If I had to define man it would be: a biped, ungrateful." - Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground

[ON]

Some time in 2393, at the Academy...

First he thought it was the bad dreams getting worse - more vivid, visceral to the senses, shocking him awake every hour or so in…


Latest Personal Logs

» Home is Where You Are

Posted on Fri Jan 8th, 2021 @ 7:31pm by Lieutenant JG Tybek

ooc: Trying to get back into the Tybek mindset. I'm going to tie this into a short, solo JP but I felt like I needed to do this first. Changed the POV to 1st person because that feels right for a personal log, right?
_______________________________________________________________________________

[ON]

My dreams are always…


» Rebuilding [FLASHBACK]

Posted on Fri Jan 8th, 2021 @ 6:31pm by Lieutenant JG Soto Gantt

[ON]

There had been no way to fix it without breaking it first. Gantt brushed back his long hair that fell like a hood around his face. He fingered the broken guts of the old console he’d found in a junk heap on the space station. It was the same…


» 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…