Captain's Log, Weekly Digest 46

A summary of the past week of posts to my in-character Star Trek Online Tumblr, chronicling the adventures of E.N. Morwen, a science-loving and thoughtful young woman trapped in a galaxy of warring space giants.

  • Closing the Circle: The Inverse goes on a covert mission for Temporal Investigations. (Original)
  • Background: During my couple of weeks of semi-hiatus, I posted little essays based on the background notes I use to keep the details straight. Here’s what I’ve posted so far:
    • Starfleet Command Structure: Discusses civilian oversight of Starfleet command and how the fleet itself is organized, from top-level divisions down to individual ships and starbases.
    • Starfleet Ranks and Roles: Lists enlisted, line officer, and flag officer ranks from lowest to highest, and discusses the shipboard and fleet roles commonly performed by each. Also gets into the internal organization of a Starfleet vessel.
    • Warp and Transwarp: The history of warp drive, how it differs between the TOS and TNG eras, what “transwarp” actually means, and the three different scales used to measure warp speeds (TOS, TNG, and STO eras).
    • The Federation Council: A little bit about Federation politics, briefly explaining the stances of the three major parties.
    • The Alizar: Notes on Alizar biology, culture, and history.

As the flag officer of a fleet or tactical group, Starfleet regulations also require Morwen to provide a Fleet Status Report briefly summarizing the current status and mission of all ships under her command, every Stardate that’s a multiple of 10. But I’m on semi-hiatus, so there isn’t one.
I am still trying to get an RP-focused fleet together! Contact me in-game at Morwen@froborr if you’re interested.

4 thoughts on “Captain's Log, Weekly Digest 46

  1. Well, it looks like they’ll answer some of the questions posed about the Tholians before this is over. Their absence from the Iconian war, after they tried so desperately to get at the Tau Dewa gateway, was curious to me. Tying into the Temporal Cold War means all the background is stuff we won’t know because we didn’t watch Enterprise – I can only guess that the named MacGuffin was introduced in that show.
    It’s notable that they bring up that thing, whatever it is, and not the Krenim tech.
    I caught the simple Doctor Who reference from Future Guy, but from what I can tell it was just a throwaway line.
    The major open question is whether chasing the stolen MacGuffin will occupy all of the episodes this season, or whether there will be a division of time between exploration & crises of the weird and the A plot. Thus far STO has, to my knowledge, not introduced any new thing, only recalled and elaborated on established stuff from the TV shows. I would guess that even the new species in this episode was in Enterprise.

    • You know, I never thought about it, but the lack of Tholian involvement in the Iconian War IS interesting. The other thing that’s interesting to me about them is that they are a potential bridge between the Temporal Cold War stuff and the seemingly unrelated Mirror Universe queues introduced in the same update as this episode.
      The Tox Uthat is actually from TNG! It is an ancient legend of a device able to destroy stars, which turns out to be a weapon stolen from the future.
      Other than the vaguely TARDIS-y layout of his ship’s interior, yeah, pretty sure it was a throwaway gag.
      I’m hoping we get some exploration and weirdness mixed in. STO has introduced a handful of new things, but AFAIK the Lukari (the new species from this episode) and the Herald are the only entirely new species introduced in the game. (And the Herald are a bit of a stretch, they’re pretty much just the Iconian version of the Jem’Hadar, but with less characterization.) There’s a few other little things that are new (ship designs, mostly), but you are right that the game has either hewed closely to prior worldbuilding or in some instances functioned as a fix-fic. (Especially in regards to the 2009 movie, VOY, and ENT.)

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