Location: In orbit of Jutus
Speed: Standard Orbit
Shields: Nominal
Hull: Nominal
Systems: All Systems Nominal

Bridging The Gap
Episode 11 - Family Matters
Stardate 73834.3
MD005 0900 hrs

Welcome to the USS Pioneer

"One equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will. To Strive, To Seek, To Find, and Not To Yield."
-Alfred Lord Tennyson-

(As inscribed on the dedication plaque of the USS Pioneer NCC-74757)

The year is 2396. In the aftermath of the Cardassian War, the relationship between Cardassia and the Federation has fundamentally shifted. Cardassia rebuilds as the Federation deploys Starfleet to serve and protect Cardassia and its colonies. Along with this rebuilding, came The New Maquis, and the Obsidian Order. These groups sought to destroy the peace in the sector.

Captain Tyler Malbrooke and the crew of the USS Pioneer have spent the past two years risking life and limb for this peace. They have travelled through time and back again. They have fought and bled for the preservation of their home, Empok Nor. Ultimately, the Pioneer emerged victorious. The Obsidian Order has fallen and the New Maquis has all but disbanded. That is when the new threat to Starfleet arose.

An old enemy begins to rumble. For quite some time the thought was that, the Romulans were no longer a threat. Since the Hobus star exploded the Romulan, empire has been in shambles. However, now they work on something they call the artifact, now they want to talk and now they come to the Federation open handed and for peace. What has changed? That is what the Pioneer is tasked with finding out.

This intrepid crew will learn all they can about the oldest and deadliest of enemies. The Pioneer finds itself in a battle between duty and honor. Exploration built the Pioneer, and molded the crew. However, the Federation and Starfleet wish to become more isolated to pull in on itself. This crew will have to prove to everyone what it means to seek out new lives, and civilizations. In short, their mission echoes their dedication plaque.

"USS Pioneer, To Strive, To Seek, To Find, and Not To Yield."

Can Tyler and the crew prove that there are more friends than foes out here or will Starfleet pull them and the rest of the fleet back to Earth? If you think you have what it takes to face the enemy in these dark times, and NEVER YIELD then join the USS Pioneer as it enters its third season with the darkest stories we have told to date.

Join Captain Malbrooke as he continues the legacy of the Intrepid Class of ships.


Browse the manifest to see what open positions interest you. Take a read of the crew posts and logs to see what we are made of. If this sounds like something, you might be interested in being part of, feel free to submit an application or alternative contacting Command through the 'Contact Us' button with any questions or queries you may have.

We welcome all writers. It doesn't matter if you have been role-playing in the Star Trek universe for less than a day or you are a veteran. All are welcome!

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Latest News Items

» February 2021

Posted on Tue Mar 2nd, 2021 @ 1:59am by Captain Tyler Malbrooke in General News

The month of February while being a short month was a great month here on the Pioneer. It showed a return to the posting levels and style of writing that we have shown we can do time and time again.

Check out the February Report...

February 2021 A Loving Month

Let's keep up the great storytelling...

For Now
Steady As She Goes,
Captain Tyler Malbrooke
Commanding Officer, USS Pioneer

» January 2021

Posted on Tue Feb 2nd, 2021 @ 12:21am by Captain Tyler Malbrooke in General News

Well the year has started anew and I hope that we are all coming out of the COVID doldrums. I know that this unprecedented situation has hit us all pretty hard. However, the new year brings new perspectives and new life. New tales to tell and stronger bonds. I am overjoyed that we have all made it this far. Below is the January Sim Report. Enjoy and lets keep reaching for bigger and better tomorrows.

USS Pioneer January 2021

The Obsidian Fleet End of Year Award Nominations are also out, and the voting has commenced. The Pioneer has been nominated in two categories as well as a number of other great sims. Now it is your turn to speak up on this. Get out there and vote.

Obsidian Fleet End of Year Awards: Rock The Vote

For Now
Steady As She Goes,
Captain Tyler Malbrooke
Commanding Officer, USS Pioneer

» New Home Same Wrap Up - Episode 10

Posted on Wed Oct 28th, 2020 @ 7:47am by Captain Tyler Malbrooke in General News

Before I say anything else I need to say Bravo! and Thank you, a million times thank you!

This mission not only saw an abundance of character development, but we set a personal record for most posts in a month during this mission. We topped out at over 300 posts for the month of September and that is saying something. Wrapped up in all of those posts is a lot of plot. We learned so much about this group of people who call themselves Pioneers.

We also saw the crew come to terms with a more isolationist Federation and Starfleet. A relocation and new mission directive. A new enemy has revealed himself, and he is close to one of our own.

Our stories into the Romulan Empire now begin. We will meet a new race of beings known as the Jutrai. However, first we will have to save a member of our family. As Vaebn's sister Lyie is kidnapped from Earth and brought home to what is left of the Romulan Empire. Can the Pioneer get there in time or will Lyie return to the fold of her people. All that an more in Mission 11 - Family Matters.

I am as always humbled by your writing and your friendship. Without every single one of you this sim would not be possible.

So that is enough of that... Suffice to say you all rock, and I am humbled to write in your presence.

So without any gilding the lily and no further ado I give you the one, the only, awards... taps mic


To start things off we have a few promotions. These are earned through hard work and I am proud to hand out the extra pips when warranted.

Sofia Cipriani - Sofia has been a great asset to this sim, as every good Yeoman should. She has assisted me in exploring the character of Captain Malbrooke. Something that I have been wanting to do for sometime. I also love the way that among the grizzled space veterans that is this crew she can look at everything with wide eyes and wonder. For her strong contributions I am proud to promote Sofia Cipriani to the rank of Petty Officer Third Class with all of the rights and privileges therein.

Jayden Robertson - Jayden's contributions to this mission did not go unnoticed. His development within the story adds a depth that makes the world of the Pioneer seem a bit more real. It is refreshing to see the adventures of those who are not always on the bridge. For all they have done to better the Pioneer I am proud to promote Jayden Robertson to the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade with all of the rights and privilages therein.

After a number of successful missions the Pioneer's Marine Detachment known as The Cure gets some much needed promotions.

Flarn - Flarn has been the backbone of the Cure for sometime. Even going as far as getting himself in a coma. So it goes without saying that he deserves this promotion. He earns his extra stripes and the rank of Gunnery Sergeant. Along with this promotion is a new position. That of First Sergeant.

Azure Thompson - Azure is promoted to the rank of Sergeant for her service to the unit. If she did not keep patching these Marines up there would be none left to go on.

Rairror Thoran - For exemplary service to the Pioneer and The Cure Rairror Thoran is promoted to the rank of Corporal.

Adélaïde Moreau - For exemplary service to the Pioneer and The Cure Adélaïde Moreau is promoted to the rank of Corporal.

Shayla Kunadt - Shayla Kunadt is hereby granted the rank of Sergeant as befitting a pilot of the Corps.

Aiden Pearce - Aiden Peacrce is hereby promoted to the rank of Private FIrst Class for meritorious service to both the Pioneer and the Cure.

Gaagii - Gaagii is promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant for proven valor in the line of fire.


Commander Quinn O Flannagain - Captain's Personal Merit Award -"What can I say about Quinn. He is my right hand man and very often my conscious. This mission would not have been successful if it were not for his cheering, his pushing, and his spreadsheets. I am forever in his debt and there is no one more deserving of this award for this mission. Thanks for being a part of this community and assisting in making the Pioneer one of the top sims in Obsidian Fleet and on the net."
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-

Captain Tyler Malbrooke - Executive Officer's Merit Award - Captain Tyler Malbrooke truly deserves this award. He personally lead his crew, in the efforts of our September 200 challenge. He is an incredible character, and his writer is fun to work with. And motivates his crew to give their best!

Lieutenant Ameri O Flannagain - Second Officer's Award of Merit - "In the past session, Ameri has been active leading her department and even taking part in a Marine mission. She's entertained us all with her writing and helped push Pioneer to win our recent contest. Well done."
-Captain Cornelius Tremble-

Lieutenant Ameri O Flannagain - Crew's Choice Award - "I am finding this hard every time to choose. Everyone on the pioneer deserves a place in the spotlight. I love how Ameri comes up with all those ideas for posts and such. She is very engaging and active."
-Staff Warrant Officer Jennifer Masters-

"Ameri has been very busy this month. She's been involved in family relations, in helping with a wedding, and in a good number of posts. She's great about involving people and in keeping involved in the doings of the sim."
-Warrant Officer Mira Jayna-

Lieutenant Ameri O Flannagain - Friendship Ribbon - "Ameri is the glue that holds the ship together. She is a great character. Her interactions with Clarissa Rockwell, are wonderful to read."
-Commander Quinn O Flannagain-

Lieutenant Paul Michael - Non-Player Character Award - "For Lieutenant Josh Randall, whose interaction with my character has me thinking about aspects of her character I didn't expect to, and inspiring as few new ideas of how I pay her, and future responses."
-Lieutenant Elen Diari-

Lieutenant Ameri O Flannagain - Departmental Service Badge: Service - "These awards are typically nominated by the department heads. However since she is the department head I stepped in. Ameri really raised the bar this mission. She wrote multiple characters and plots while volunteering for more. Sometimes she had a hand in everything and if that doesn't exemplify Operations I'm not sure what does. Thanks for all the great work."
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-

Lieutenant Ameri O Flannagain - Library Excellence Ribbon - "Simply put every post that Ameri touches is a joy to read. There is little evidence of where she stopped and a writing partner began in jps. To top it all off she has a mind full of ideas for posts. A shining example of what this award is for."
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-

Crewman Sofia Cipriani - Departmental Service Badge: Command - "Not since the time of Janice Rand has there been a Yeoman that keeps the command team of a ship running. Sofia is a breath of fresh air that shows us what it is like to be young and serving in Starfleet. Most of what she does is in the background, however, soon we will bring her to the forefront and really see what she can add to a story. I want to say thank you to Sofia for assisting the Command Team at every turn."
-Captain Tyler Malbrooke-

Lieutenant Commander Hermia O'Rourke, Lieutenant Junior Grade Kara Li, Lieutenant Richard Ballston, Ensign Howard Goldberg, Chief Petty Officer Leslie Calhoun, Private Aiden Pearce, Captain Larta Daughter of Shog, Lieutenant Elloma Essu - Bronze Posting Pip - Awarded for contributing three or more posts to the Race for 200 Challenge.

Sergeant Gaagii, Crewman Sofia Cipriani, Staff Warrant Officer Jennifer Masters, Ensign Eleanor Raine, Colonel Loval - Silver Posting Pip - Awarded for contributing five or more posts to the Race for 200 Challenge.

Captain Tyler Malbrooke, Commander Quinn O Flannagain, Captain Cornelius Tremble, Ensign Kalina Solwick, Lieutenant Ameri O Flannagain, Ensign Jayden Robertson, Lieutenant Junior Grade Clarissa Rockwell, Ensign Zaire Byrne, Enya O Flannagain - Platinum Posting Pip - Awarded for contribution 15 or more posts to the Race of 200 Challenge.

This was quite the shore leave. We have learned a lot about our Pioneers, our family. We even had a wedding. However, now we move onward to bigger and better things. Badder bad guys etc... Welcome to Romulan Space. Let's see whats out there... Punch It...

As always I am humbled by your writing and your faith in my stories. I am ever appriciative of your friendship.

For Now
Steady As She Goes,
Captain Tyler Malbrooke
Commanding Officer, USS Pioneer

» More Accolades for the USS Pioneer

Posted on Tue Aug 11th, 2020 @ 2:00am by Captain Tyler Malbrooke in General News

I would like to congratulate Crewman Sofia Cipriani for assisting in writing the post titled Hope And Fear Cannot Occupy The Same Space. This post was entered into the fleet wide writing competition for the month of June. The theme was hope. It seems that the post has won the competition.

Congratulations Crewman keep up the great work.

To view the official announcement click the link:

June Writing Competition Winner

We should all be proud of this win as it keeps showing what we can do. Let's keep up the great work and great stories.

If you would like to enter any of the future Writing Competitions let me know.

Until Then
Steady As She Goes,
Captain Tyler Malbrooke
Commanding Officer, USS Pioneer

» A Tip Of The Cap...

Posted on Thu Aug 6th, 2020 @ 6:29am by Captain Tyler Malbrooke in General News

On August 1st 2020 Obsidian Fleet held its annual Obsidian Day celebration. It was a fun filled day with some really good discussions. The highlight of the day was probably the guest appearances. Click the links to see who stopped by.


Chancellor L'Rell

One of the events was the announcement of various awards. I am proud to say the the Gold Unit of Merit Award for the second quarter was awarded to the USS Pioneer. You guys have worked very hard to earn this. We continue to tell the stories we want to tell in the universe that we all love. I am humbled by your writing and your friendship. Thank you for allowing me to run this game.

Keep up the great work, Next stop Platinum Sim of The Year

Until Then
Steady As She Goes,
Captain Tyler Malbrooke
Commanding Officer, USS Pioneer