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: ARES ASCENDING



HAVING GATHERED EVIDENCE THAT THE SUPPOSEDLY ABANDONED DOMINION CLONING FACILITY IN THE RONDAC SYSTEM MAY HAVE BEEN REACTIVATED, THE USS ATHENA SETS A COURSE TO UNLOCK THE FINAL PIECE OF THE PUZZLE THEY HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR.

BUT WHAT MYSTERIES AWAIT THEM? AND WORSE STILL - WHAT THREATS WILL THEY FACE?


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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

» Casino Toram

Mission: Shore Leave
Posted on Tue Jun 28th, 2022 @ 10:04am by Captain Jacob Kane & Commander N'Garzi Zora & Ensign Charlotte (Charlie) Washington & Petty Officer 2nd Class Henry Washington

It was important, Kane was learning, to invest time in relationships with his crew. Especially having wrestled with the loss of Lt P'rel, whom he had treated as a close counsel, it was starting to feel like something he shouldn't put-off. That was why he had made sure to invite…


» The Vacation

Mission: Shore Leave
Posted on Mon Jun 27th, 2022 @ 11:34pm by Petty Officer 2nd Class Henry Washington & Ensign Charlotte (Charlie) Washington

"Henry isn't this gorgeous?!" Charlie threw her suitcase haphazardly on the bed in their room and made a beeline for the balcony. Their casino resort happened to be nestled right in between a stunning beach and a soaring mountain range. Exotic birds danced along the skyline and the breeze made…


» The Things that go Bump in the Night

Mission: Character Development
Posted on Fri Jun 24th, 2022 @ 5:10am by Lieutenant Commander Savin & Lieutenant Didrea Zade

After two nights in a row of the same memory resurfacing, Zade figured it was time to have a chat about it with someone. She didn't like the idea of... exposing another side of herself to someone, but she knew that counselors would at least keep it private. Whatever was…


» cadere a' gratia, Part Five

Mission: Ares Ascending
Posted on Wed Jun 22nd, 2022 @ 9:21pm by Lieutenant P’rel M.D

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USS Warspite. The day of the briefing. Two weeks ago.

"...and with the seventh fleet heading to Tyrus, we should be able to bottleneck the Dominion advance for at least the short term..." finished the Tellarite Captain she'd come to know as Grick. He was some kind of Strategic…


» Possible solutions

Mission: Character Development
Posted on Tue Jun 21st, 2022 @ 1:16pm by Lieutenant Commander Savin & Jerant van Rijn

Seeing Savin was busy at his desk and obviously had not noticed him coming in, Jerant made a point of tossing a small ping-pong ball he had taken from his quarters at the counselor. Certainly a direct approach might startle the man, and Jerant didn't really want that on his…


Latest Personal Logs

» 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