Welcome to the USS Columbus!

A prototype Galaxy-class Refit, the Columbus was originally scheduled for a ten year mission of exploration in the Delta Quadrant by way of the rediscovered Barzan wormhole. With this mission in mind, the ship had been rebuilt from the space-frame up: Bio-neural processors and circuitry, redesigned warp core and power distribution systems, prototype independent transwarp drive, state-of-the-art sensors, upgraded weapons, and an experimental axial phaser cannon. Near the end of her shakedown cruise, however, elements of Task Force 38 made contact with Starfleet Command via the Fourth of July nebula terminus of the wormhole known as the Epatha Gateway. Subsequently, Starfleet has a new task for the Columbus: resupply and reinforce Task Force 38. Now it's a race against time to complete her shakedown, test her prototype transwarp drive, resupply for her mission, and pick up the supplies and personnel for Task Force 38, all before the next 15 minute transit window to the Delta Quadrant.

Latest News Items

» Episode 1 is Active

Posted on Fri May 11th, 2018 @ 9:36am by Lieutenant Commander Sidonie Navarre Ph.D. in Sim Announcement

We're about to get under way at last! With final preparations for departure completed, the Pilot (Change of Plans) is now closed for posting. And as will be our custom at mission's end, we have handed out awards. In this case, the Plank Owner award given to members in good standing who are present at the time of the ship's launch.

Congratulations to Captain Milo Tora, Lt. Kevin Kilbane, Lt. Marcus Alexander, M.D., Captain Roland Hallowes, Ensign Jonathan Hollander, and Ensign Trey Landon. To see your awards, go to your bio and click on the link, See All Awards, located under your bio photo.

» Mission Update

Posted on Tue May 1st, 2018 @ 1:22pm by Commander Milo Tora in Sim Announcement

Due to my unexpected and unavoidable absence this weekend, there will be a slight change of plans. We will continue with the new mission as planned, but the current mission, Change of Plans, will remain open until Friday, May 4th. Please complete any open JPs in this mission by then. Any incomplete JPs remaining on Saturday will be labeled as Part I and posted as is and the remaining parts of the JP can be posted to the new mission. All new posts and JPs should be started in the new mission once it's up.


» Next Mission

Posted on Thu Apr 26th, 2018 @ 5:39pm by Commander Milo Tora in Sim Announcement

We will be concluding the current mission and starting the next one on Tuesday, May 1st. Please wrap up your JPs and any posts you want to have done before the Columbus leaves dry-dock by Monday night. Also, to better accommodate the story ideas we've been planning (cue the evil laughter), the XO is changing characters. Same writer, only now its Lt. Cmdr. Sidonie Navarre.

That is all.
Commander Tora

» Introducing our New Chief of Security

Posted on Tue Apr 17th, 2018 @ 9:48am by Lieutenant Commander Lucien St. Cyr in Sim Announcement

Everyone, please welcome our new Chief of Security, Lieutenant Kevin, Lord Kilbane of Sanquhar.

Good to have you here and looking forward to writing our way through the many adventures of this fine new ship -- where we get to scratch the paint, kick the tires, and create all sorts of mayhem.


Latest Mission Posts

» Bring the Fun (Part 1)

Mission: Episode 1: To Boldly Go...
Posted on Thu May 17th, 2018 @ 7:27am by Lieutenant Commander Sidonie Navarre Ph.D. & Civilian Sebastian Everett

The journals easily took up a half a shelf; worn leather with fraying edges, pages that hadn't lain entirely smooth and flat in more than fifty years. They should have been translated long ago; many had offered but somehow, she'd always been reluctant to part with them. Oh, she'd them…

» Reporting for duty

Mission: Pilot: Change of Plans
Posted on Wed May 9th, 2018 @ 9:06am by Commander Milo Tora & Captain (Marine) Roland Hallowes

Roland materialized in a transporter room aboard the Columbus the padd with his orders still tucked under his arm. "Permission to come aboard?" he asked the transporter chief on duty while stepping to the front of the transporter pad. So familiar and yet not he thought to himself while he…

» Something Wicked This Way Comes

Mission: Episode 1: To Boldly Go...
Posted on Tue May 8th, 2018 @ 7:11pm by Lieutenant Kevin, Lord Kilbane of Sanquhar & Lieutenant Commander Sidonie Navarre Ph.D.

Sleep had proven elusive and so, Sidonie retreated to the quiet of the after hours gymnasium. She had left a loose-fitting shift on top of her shoes near the entrance; she stood, hair done up in an untidy ponytail and dressed in a comfortable pair of black tights and midriff…

» Not a Surprise but Still, Surprising

Mission: Pilot: Change of Plans
Posted on Tue May 8th, 2018 @ 10:56am by Lieutenant Commander Sidonie Navarre Ph.D. & Commander Milo Tora

The deadline for departure was fast approaching and with it, momentum was starting to build. The ship was coming to life. She could see it in the faces of the crew members moving purposely past her in the corridors, some pushing grav sleds, others holding impromptu meetings as they stood…

» Guilty Conscience

Mission: Episode 1: To Boldly Go...
Posted on Tue May 8th, 2018 @ 4:40am by Lieutenant Marcus Alexander, MD & Lieutenant Commander Sidonie Navarre Ph.D.

Marcus strolled down the halls of deck 2 just before the Senior Staff meeting the day of departure. Part of his soul had been uneasy after the altercation with the new First Officer in sickbay the day before. 'I knew better' he thought to his. Like Commander Tora had told…