Welcome to the USS Thunderbird!

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The armistice between the United Federation of Planets and the Cardassian Union was signed in 2367. Under the terms of the cease-fire agreement, both sides agreed to end major engagements and to open diplomatic channels. It wasn't perfect. Minor skirmishes continued on both sides, primarily over unresolved issues such as control of border planets and of course, the occupation of Bajor.

Negotations between the two sides continued and through their efforts the Cardassians left Bajor -- two years later. Finally free, the celebrations on Bajor lasted for days but, as it always happens, reality set in. Things were far from settled. The Bajorans faced a long period of recovery from a brutal, fifty-year occupation; many in the resistance were left with an all-consuming rage against Cardassians responsible for countless atrocities.

While some struggle to form a government, members of the Kohn-Ma, under the leadership of a former member of the resistance, Sayal Mazi, decides that the guilty cannot go unpunished and begins to lay plans of their own.

And they were not alone. Colonists on border worlds, fearing the loss of everything they've built, take inspiration from resistance fighters in World War II on Earth and form the Maquis. Operating in the demilitarized zone between the Cardassian Union and the United Federation of Planets, they seek to safeguard their way of life against all comers whether they be Cardassian or Federation.

Among the Cardassians, Gul Zelar, commanding the CDS Ocett, a Galor Class Type-III cruiser, emerges as an outspoken opponent to the peace. Politically savvy with familial ties to the Obsidian Order, Zelar lays plans of his own.

In the Federation, with the memory of Wolf 359 barely two years old, Starfleet looks to improve their ability to respond to threats. Pre-production testing is scheduled to begin on a ship designed for a combat role while still capable of patrol and exploration. Five vessels, Akira Class, are scheduled for launch and crews are assembled.

The USS Thunderbird is one of these five. The captain and first officer are experienced in combat having been at Wolf 359. They arrive at Uptopia Planitia, after surviving an unexplained explosion on their former ship, the USS Ark Royal, that cost the life of their captain and key members of the crew.

Newly promoted and fresh from the memorial, they arrive to take command of the USS Thunderbird and their patrol route will take them right into the heart of the conflict.

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Latest Mission Posts

» Trusk Has Arrived

Mission: Opening Moves
Posted on Mon Apr 15th, 2024 @ 6:45pm by Captain Rylan Gray & Chief Petty Officer Gildran Trusk

Lieutenant Commander Harrison Knox sipped his raktajino and looked at Rylan. "Next?" Knox echoed what Rylan had said as the Chief Engineer left. Before the First Officer could answer he heard commotion from outside the Ready Room and heavy footfalls of boots.

"I should leave you to get acquainted with…


» Weapon Certification

Mission: Opening Moves
Posted on Sat Apr 13th, 2024 @ 5:18am by Lieutenant Charlie Hart & Lieutenant Daegan Baas

[Deck 14 - Phaser Range]

Daegon and his staff had been either recertifying or conducting other weapons training all day. What with the ship heading into an unstable area he wanted to make sure every member of the crew knew how to not only handle both type 1 and 2…


» Oops

Mission: Opening Moves
Posted on Mon Apr 8th, 2024 @ 7:22pm by Captain Rylan Gray & Lieutenant Ayren Kelan

Her quarters were considerably larger than the guest quarters she lived in for the last few weeks. Ayren's belongings had already been transported there and stood neatly packed to the side. She had been looking forward to unpacking and started with the first container, her clothes.

The reminder tone startled…


» Arrival

Mission: Opening Moves
Posted on Fri Apr 5th, 2024 @ 7:13am by Lieutenant Ayren Kelan

It was hard to leave Ethan and Ayren could sense that he wanted to be brave for her. At eight years old, he had experienced more than he should have. After hugging her mother and her father again, she took Ethan in her arms and held him as if she…


» Arrival of Engineering

Mission: Opening Moves
Posted on Tue Apr 2nd, 2024 @ 3:29am by Captain Rylan Gray & Lieutenant Sarah Graesyn & Lieutenant Commander Harrison Knox

Sarah peered out the window of the shuttle craft as it moved toward the docking bay of her new assignment, inspecting every bit of the ship that she could see. Once the shuttle landed she took her time to walk around the ship as much as she could, though she…