USS Cygnus

Welcome to the USS Cygnus!

Welcome aboard the USS Cygnus.

A Nebula-class heavy cruiser, the USS Cygnus has been in Starfleet service for more than three decades. Having recently completed an extensive refit that saw every system upgraded and updated, she’s now as cutting edge and up to date as when she was launched.

The Nebula-class has become a workhorse of Starfleet, capable of performing a wide range of mission profiles, partly thanks to her interchangeable mission pods. Scientific exploration, diplomacy, anti-piracy operations, humanitarian aid, disaster relief, defense are just some of the mission profiles that the Cygnus has taken on during the course of her service.

Under the command of Captain Bane Plase and Lieutenant Commander Temerant Bast, the Cygnus continues her service manned by a crew of the best and the brightest that Starfleet has to offer. Almost fifteen years after withdrawing from the galactic stage, the Federation is once more beginning to turn her gaze outward and re-engage with her neighbors. The Cygnus and her crew are ready for this challenge and are eager to return to the Federation’s roots of exploration and peaceful co-existence. Once more they will explore those strange new worlds, they will seek out new life and new civilizations and go boldly where no-one has gone before.

The adventure continues. Will you join us?

Latest News Items

» A Very Happy Holidays

Posted on 09 Dec 2023 @ 11:36pm by Captain Bane Plase in General News

Hello Officers and Crew of the Cygnus!

We just completed our mission, Outbreak, today. Congratulations! Finishing a mission on games such as this are a huge accomplishment. Each and every one of you deserve a pat on the back and special recognition for this achievement. We started this mission on September 5, 2022, and ended it on December 9, 2023, a mission of more than a year! I admit I was very surprised that it had been that long, but there was so much to do, so many stories to tell, and so much fun to be had.

We will go on Shoreleave now, and will remain on Shoreleave until after the holidays. Feel free to post to your hearts content on either the ship, or the space station, or even Bajor or one of the systems moons! The world is your oyster. After the holidays, we will start our next mission, Enigma Variations.

A response to a distress call throws the Cygnus into the Underworld of the Federation and possibly the deaths of tens of millions of Federations citizens and the destabilization of the entire Alpha Quadrant!

During a routine survey of local space, the crew of the starship Cygnus detect a distress call from an independent freighter travelling through Federation space. When responding to the distress call, the Cygnus detects something that is, at best illegal, and at worst, could result in the deaths of untold millions and the destabilization of the Alpha Quadrant.

Sounds ominous!

In other news, welcome back to Sam, formerly Lieutenant Commander Larsen. He is bringing aboard Lieutenant Commander Stovek, a Vulcan officer, fulfilling the role of Chief of Operations. Also welcome aboard new character, played by Sandy, Lieutenant (jg) Kaelyth Solmarr occupying the role of Assistant Chief Engineer, and finally, welcome aboard Steven, who will be playing Ensign James Aznable in the role of Tactical Officer.

Exciting times lay ahead for us, and I am thankful I get to experience it with each of you!

Capt Bane Plase, Commanding

» 2023 Off to a Great Start!

Posted on 17 Jan 2023 @ 5:02pm by Captain Bane Plase in General News

Greetings one and all!

As the title so indicates, 2023 is off to a great start for the cast and crew of the USS Cygnus. We have a very compelling mission going on with First Contact of a new species, there is a very interesting side-story in play with one of our characters having a mental breakdown and questioning his place on the ship and in Starfleet and the characters and players of the ship have come together, closer than friends and colleagues and fellow writers. We have become important in each others lives, and been there to lift each other up when needed. This sim and ship is strong, because of the strong storylines, because of the strong connections between the players, and because of you individually.

I do encourage everyone to log onto the site a few times a week to make sure you are seeing all of the updated joint posts you are involved in, and to ensure that you have not missed a post that has come out from one of our amazing authors. I have heard that the emails are not coming to some of yours email inboxes. From the technical side of things, everything looks exactly right as near as I can tell, so the best way to combat this is to get into the habit of simply logging in and taking a look around.

Finally, I wanted to let everyone know that we are always looking for new people to write with us. If you know someone that likes to write, likes to play Star Trek Online, likes Star Trek, or likes Science Fiction, point them to this site. The worst they can do is not come look.

I look forward to seeing more of what you all come up with. I've never been so lucky to be a part of a crew like each of you, and hope we can continue this for many, many years to come.

Steve Brown, Game Manager, USS Cygnus

» Cygnus: An Update

Posted on 09 Oct 2022 @ 1:12pm by Captain Bane Plase in General News

Hello everyone!

I had been sitting on this news item for a bit now, excited to send it out, then got busy and the time slipped away from me! Without further delay, I'd like to announce to each of you that just over a month after we went independent, we are going extremely strong. Just over a month into our new mission, and we are almost exactly to the halfway point in terms of published posting numbers that we were with our entire previous mission! Those are extremely strong numbers, and we haven't even left Deep Space 9 in story yet! With at least half a dozen more posts in different stages of completion in the pipe, this is turning out to be a record mission for the Cygnus. You should take incredible pride in that accomplishment. I know I personally feel the love, admiration, respect, and most importantly, the friendship from each of you. Without those qualities from you all, I know for certain the Cygnus would not be what it is. I've been writing Star Trek now for 22 years (almost a quarter century!) and I have never felt as good or as strongly towards a ship and as strongly towards the people that write with me to make this dream come alive a I do with each of you, and with the Cygnus.

Keep up the outstanding dedication to each other and outstanding writing, bringing this project we all work on to life (at least in our imaginations)!

» A New Dawn

Posted on 04 Sep 2022 @ 1:02am by Captain Bane Plase in Sim Announcement

They say the night is the darkest right before the dawn, and we have certainly seen our darkest night recently. However, today is A New Dawn, full of promise, full of hope, full of excitement and full of amazing and wonderful stories that each of us, together, will come up with and enjoy, together.

The New Dawn is bright, and the new day is here, this Fourth day of September, 2022. May the Cygnus last for years to come, with her crew, her people, her players boldly going where only our imagination dares take us.

All Hands, old and new, welcome aboard!

Latest Mission Posts

» Monitoring

Mission: Enigma Variations
Posted on 20 Jun 2024 @ 2:25pm by Lieutenant JG Kaelyth Solmarr

Kaelyth Solmarr was not a small man by build. Thus, it seemed incongruous for him to be stuffed into a crawlspace rerouting power relays. Yet here he was. He had been monitoring power flow between the many systems of the Cygnus when he noticed the beginnings of an overload in…

» Searching

Mission: Enigma Variations
Posted on 19 Jun 2024 @ 1:59pm by Lieutenant Maralen Seitha

Maralen had been prowling the freighter. He had moved away from everyone else and searched places where one would not expect to find either people or traps. He had expected a ship like this to have a number of small spaces for hiding contraband, but he was surprised at just…

» Captain's Log: Supplemental

Mission: Enigma Variations
Posted on 10 Jun 2024 @ 2:37pm by Captain Bane Plase


Captain's Log: Supplemental

Shortly after leaving Deep Space 9 and enroute for a routine scanning mission, the Cygnus picked up a distress signal of unknown origins. The signal did not include video or audio information, only an automated distress call noting a ship in distress and the location it…

» Repairing the Freighter - Part 3

Mission: Enigma Variations
Posted on 08 Jun 2024 @ 1:56pm by Lieutenant JG Christina Hartley & Captain Bane Plase

With the problem of the self-destruct sequence now fixed, Christina led the way back to the main engine room. A part of her wanted to shoot Lisald Vaat for messing around with a computer system when he wasn’t focused on his work, but that didn’t matter right now. She’d speak…

» Haylp!

Mission: Enigma Variations
Posted on 05 Jun 2024 @ 8:21pm by Lieutenant JG Lisald Vaat & Lieutenant JG Christina Hartley

Freighter Bixilfiz

Lisald wasn't sure why Commander Bast wasn't answering him. The readout on the display panel now read 415. Lisald wondered if whatever it was that was counting down (he was 100% sure it was a self-destruct program, but refused to admit it to himself). He turned and…

Latest Personal Logs

» Sign-Off

Posted on 08 Dec 2023 @ 5:11pm by Lieutenant Commander Elodin Devan MD

Chief Medical Officer's Log, Supplemental.

This will be my final entry to the USS Cygnus, as I am taking an indefinite leave of absence from Starfleet. It has been my honor and privilege to serve as the primary physician for this fine crew. I leave them in the very capable…

» The Beginning of the End

Posted on 11 Nov 2023 @ 10:32pm by Captain Bane Plase


Bane, sitting in the Aide's office of the Tashi of Antioch III, the one that had used to belong to Hadrea, one of the very first on this planet to die from the disease that he and his shipmates brought here, looking at report after report of The Great…