Welcome to the USS Athena!





"You’ll lack neither courage nor sense from this day on.” - Athena (in Homer’s The Odyssey)


In ancient Greek mythology Athena was the Olympian goddess of wisdom and good counsel, war, the defence of towns, heroic endeavour, weaving, pottery and various other crafts.

All of those things are to be expected in the stories we want to tell. (Including even the part about weaving and pottery, if you’re so inclined!)





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The USS Athena is a multi award-winning member of Taskforce 72 in Obsidian Fleet

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CURRENT MISSION: SCYLLA AND CHARYBDIS



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A MISSING STARSHIP. EXPERIMENTAL TECHNOLOGY. A DANGEROUS SOLAR SYSTEM.

On a search-and-rescue mission to locate the USS Avalon, the crew find a solar system filled with hazards, and enemies that hunt both the Athena and her target. But what really happened to the Avalon? And will the same fate befall her would-be rescuers?





The USS Athena is run under a 15+ rating. Limited content is permitted. Please consult a member of the command team if you are unsure.
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Latest News Items

» End of Season Arc & Shore Leave

Posted on Thu May 26th, 2022 @ 11:30pm by Captain Jacob Kane in General News

Hello fine crew of the USS Athena.

As is tradition, at the end of a mission I do one of these summary news posts to rubber-stamp things. With the closing of the short mission "Ares Ascending" we officially end Season One of our storytelling. As first seasons go, I challenge any season of Trek to perform better (although SNW seems to be on track to do that...)

As a reward for your fine work, we're running a shore leave period where fun and games can be had. An opportunity for character development, and to welcome newer members of the crew to proceedings.

Once again I get to share my personal highlights of this last mission, which are likely to be briefer than usual:

- P'rel going a little bit crazy and melting 'herself'

- Mason not knowing which way is right and which is left during a shootout

- Cardassian torture scenes are PG-13 sometimes

- Obsidian Fleet...on your left


I'll never get tired of thanking you all for making Athena loads of fun. Kieran and I are taking on board all the feedback you've given in the response form (gentle nudge if you haven't already) and so any suggestions for building on our success will be listened to and acted upon.

In the meantime, enjoy the downtime, have some fun with each other, if you want to USS Loveboat things for a bit go right ahead, and in a little while we'll look at what awaits us in Season Two!

Peace Out

Paul
AKA Kap'n Kane


» Mission End...and Start

Posted on Thu Mar 31st, 2022 @ 2:37pm by Captain Jacob Kane in General News

With that, we come to the close of "With Gleaming Eyes". I realise things were a little rocky around the middle there, but we got it across the line which is what counts!

We'll be launching into our 'Series Finale' story, titled "Ares Ascending", almost immediately. In-game characters have about 24 hours between the instruction to head for Rondac and the ship arriving. As I've mentioned, this plot will be a tiny bit tighter and shorter than others, as there are a few threads I want to tie off - however, there's still plenty of scope to play around within that, and as always if you have ideas do ask!


Personal highlights of this last mission:

- Fun with eggs in a mine. If you'd had an easter bunny in there we might have let you keep going over Easter.

- Teyo. Just Teyo. I don't need to say anything else.

- The Transport Of Shame.

- Savin, as always, wandering off and getting into trouble (it's almost a meme at this point)


Following the end of "Ares Ascending" we'll be giving space for a break, character development arcs and a general breather. Out-of-character I'll also be looking to take the crew's temperature on a number of topics - the way missions are being run, how you feel about the sim, plans for the future, etc. Kieran and I would love to hear your feedback when the time comes, so please do engage with that.


AND FINALLY

The USS Athena is literally the best sim in Obsidian Fleet. We have the award to prove it now! Thank you to each and every one of you for making sure we made this game fun and engaging. I'll make sure I hang our 'Platinum Sim of the Year' sign somewhere everyone can see it. XD


As always, keep having fun.

- Paul
AKA Captain Kane


» Mission End and Important Changes

Posted on Sat Sep 4th, 2021 @ 1:35am by Captain Jacob Kane in Sim Announcement

Hi Everyone!

As standard when we finish an in-character mission, I do like to put together a summary such as this one with updates and, of course, the traditional post-mission awards.

Firstly, however, I do have some important sim news to deliver: John/Emu, also known as Commander Taeler Santu, has decided to step down as Athena's XO due to an overwhelming amount of RL things he wants to focus on. It goes without saying that as Athena's longest serving XO I owe a lot to him for his input, guidance, and experience. We're poorer for his loss, but wish him all the best and hope to write with him again one day.

This naturally leaves a gap in both in-character and out-of-character sim leadership, which Kieran has graciously agreed to fill. It was not a decision either of us jumped into without thought and discussion, but we both felt that it was right for the sim to have him assume the role and step-up to fill that space. He's already been doing some of that during my sporadic absences anyway so he's got the chops! Expect to see the in-character implications of all this in the coming weeks.




With that out of the way, just to say another big thank you to everyone for making "By Artemis' Bow" a good bit of fun! I know we meandered a bit here and there, but you all kept going and I'm grateful for that. And we're still winning sim awards left and right so we must be doing all right...

In time-honoured tradition, a few deeply serious and considered awards are to be given:

- The "You can't put me in a box!" award for Lt JG FalenvralLi Zh’kyhrihr for a creative way out of a sticky situation in a cargo container. Hope that headache clears soon...

- The "You don't smell like mud..." award is issued to Lt P'rel for one of the most hilarious posts I've seen in a long time. And she probably deserved to be covered in space cow poop just for being so prickly. ;)

- A "Tell me about your mother" commendation should also go to Lt Commander Savin for taking the opportunity to connect with so many of your crewmates during this last mission. It doesn't matter if we're shooting up pirates - you need to talk to your counsellor!!

- Finally, the "John McClane was probably Betazoid" award goes to Lt Xavier Leiko, who had his true badass moments in this mission. Climbing through vents, beating up bad guys, and saving the day. And he did it without needing to strip to just his vest...




And with that I sign-off for this rather chunky one. Do get in touch with myself or Kieran via Discord if you have any questions, suggestions, or issues. We want to continue making this the best sim in OF and that requires all of us.

See you out there!


Paul

AKA Captain Kane


» Mission Two Close

Posted on Tue Jan 26th, 2021 @ 9:07pm by Captain Jacob Kane in General News

Hi everyone!

Been a while since we've had a full Sim announcement, but with Mission 2: Shadow of Arachne drawing to a close I felt I would put something out to formally bracket things and do some out-of-character admin.

Firstly, with the in-character promotion of Kane to Captain, that does leave scope for some further in-character promotions to take place. I'll be doing these in a series of JPs in the coming few days, but for formality's sake:

XO Taeler Santu is promoted to the rank of Commander

Lt JG Finnley Keating is promoted to Full Lieutenant and will take the role of Chief Engineer

Due to length of service on board, Lt Savin is promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander


Thank you all for making Athena the award-winning, ass-kicking, fun place to sim it is today. It goes without saying that the multiple sim awards we've won in the last 12 months is down to all of you and your willingness to get stuck in and write together. Long may it continue!

We're going to spend the next week enjoying a period of shore-leave/downtime for the crew as Athena herself has a new lick of paint. Soon we'll be kicking off Mission 3: "By Artemis' Bow" - details to be revealed!

Thanks


Paul

AKA

Captain Kane


» Mission Close & Awards!

Posted on Sun Jul 12th, 2020 @ 10:51am by Captain Jacob Kane in General News

Hi everyone!

Well, I'm officially closing our first mission: In the Family. No doubt there are a couple of JPs still going that we can certainly backpost, but there's also time for some character development to happen here too.

I'm genuinely very happy with the way this has gone, despite having fairly minimal guidance pre-written I am super happy with the way it progressed and wrapped. Indeed, with real-world events going the way they have, some of the themes have been fairly topical, too; Star Trek has always been a place for those kinds of social commentaries, so it's great we've managed to touch on them sensitively as a group.

Most sims have an awards ceremony after a mission ends, and while I'm not ready to officially promote anyone just yet, I think there are definitely some acknowledgements to make. So, on with the (mostly comedy) mission awards!


- The "Say YES to the dress" award goes to...Lt Commander Taeler Santu, who said 'yes' to the elegant ballgown and totally owned that dance floor. Nobody in that Gala was going to touch you, baby!

- The "Chaotic Evil" award goes to...Lt Dessame Sar, whose random acts of plot twisting certainly made this mission a lot of fun! Let's hope starting a revolution isn't a running theme for you though...

- The "Just one more question..." award goes to Lt Savin, who decided that it was a good idea to drop an impromptu deep and personal counselling session on the questionably amoral Queen of Parataus IV. At least you didn't end up in a dungeon!

- Finally, the "Prejudice? I'll show you extreme prejudice!" award goes to the undercover shenanigans of Lt P'rel, who it can be safely said takes zero prisoners. Ever. And watching that relationship with the XO deveop is going to be reeaaaally interesting...


Thanks to everyone that's participated in this mission. I know there are others who have played their part too - hopefully you'll get more of a chance to do so in our next mission "In the Shadow of Arachne", which will let us have just as much fun while staying mostly all together this time.

As always, the XO and I are proud of all of you, and very open for any ideas and JPs you want to run.


Thanks

Paul

- AKA Cmdr Kane -


Latest Mission Posts

» Space Walk

Mission: Scylla and Charybdis
Posted on Sat Nov 26th, 2022 @ 11:24am by Lieutenant Xavier Leiko

Xavier could tell that Finn wasn't happy about being made to leave with the others back to the Athena but she couldn't argue with his logic. She was way more valuable than him right now and she was needed back in engineering An experimental ship, a Romulan attack, a radiation-filled…


» A Fun Time With Ghosts

Mission: Scylla and Charybdis
Posted on Fri Nov 25th, 2022 @ 6:53pm by Commander N'Garzi Zora & Lieutenant Commander Michael Ki & Lieutenant Didrea Zade & Lieutenant Anthea "Thea" Mariatis & Ensign Vivienne Conrad & Senior Chief Petty Officer Thral Skrit

"Duly noted," Zora replied as she positioned herself closer to Zade and the door panel, "but we need to know what's happening Doctor and the answers are on the other side of this bulkhead." She keyed in her command codes but stopped short of completing the sequence. "Prepare yourself," she…


» Engineering Away Team

Mission: Scylla and Charybdis
Posted on Tue Nov 22nd, 2022 @ 5:11pm by Lieutenant Kevan Dash & Lieutenant Commander Finnley Keating VII & Lieutenant Myra Sh'rillil & Lieutenant Xavier Leiko

The quartet materialised in the lower mid-section of the Avalon's main engineering section. It was dark. The normally thrumming warp core was completely silent and lifeless; in shut-down mode. The air was still.

"Huh." Kevan was the first to make a noise as he trained a hand-lamp around the open…


» Waving Through a Window

Mission: Scylla and Charybdis
Posted on Wed Nov 16th, 2022 @ 6:17am by Jerant van Rijn & Ensign Ziahli Lorel

Honesty, above so many other things, formed the building block of most telepathic societies. No matter the cultural norms around psionic entitlement and the expectations of non-intrusive interaction, there was still often very little denying that any incessant amount of false expression was likely to cause a migraine eventually. It…


» Target that explosion and fire…

Mission: Scylla and Charybdis
Posted on Wed Nov 9th, 2022 @ 12:24pm by Lieutenant P’rel M.D

“Status?” Admiral Teth asked her tactical officer, thumbing over the new rank insignia she had awarded herself only last week. No longer content to sit within the rank structure of the deceased Empire and it’s pitiful offshoots, she instead would lead a new Romulus, right from the bridge of the…


Latest Personal Logs

» Better to have loved and lost???

Posted on Sun Aug 7th, 2022 @ 8:41pm by Petty Officer 3rd Class Sam Saghir

TIMELINE: After finding out about the Finn clone, after the date.

"Computer, begin log...

Fuck sake!"

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Log Ends.


» The Intelligence Officer's New Clothes

Posted on Thu Sep 3rd, 2020 @ 10:15am by Lieutenant P’rel M.D

MD-01. After leaving the bridge.

Entering her quarters, P'rel undid her duty jacket and placed it on the back of a nearby chair, her boots came off next followed by her trousers and duty undershirt, although all were heading straight for replicator recycling programme, they were still neatly placed. Standing…


» Counselor's personal log

Posted on Wed Jun 24th, 2020 @ 2:53pm by Lieutenant Commander Savin