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.
|The New Collective|
The newly refit USS Merlin sets out on her mission to explore the region of unknown space beyond the Romulan Empire borders. While en route they get distress signals from various colony world under attack. One word makes their blood run cold: Borg. Having been refit with the latest experimental technology the Merlin starts responding to the distress calls, expecting to find the colonies assimilated. However, on arriving they find nothing but destruction, no assimilation. Now the Merlin and her crew must figure out what the Borg have in mind before they move like locusts, destroying and killing every planet they find. Will the crew succeed or become just another ship lost to these cybernetic destroyers?
After retrieving the Merlin all crew has been granted a working shoreleave. The crew have been ordered to stay close by while Merlin is under repair and refit.
Everyone came to Starfleet for a reason, be it fame and adventure or just an insatiable curiosity about the universe. This is where we explore those pasts along with our time at the Academy and early assignments. These are the stories of what brought us to where we are and do not have bearing on the main plot.