Welcome to the USS Pandora!
Trek Into The Dark
The USS Pandora is a Play By Nova Star Trek Simulation game. We are seeking bold explorers, curious scientists, brave warriors, and dependable officers for a deep-space mission into uncharted and dangerous territory. The Pandora welcomes all willing and passionate writers to join our long-standing community and contribute to our unique stories. After 4 years together, the Pandora has developed a fun, passionate group of writers and we're always looking for more!
We are a refurbished Luna Class Federation Starship travelling the dangerous and unknown territories of the Inconnu Expanse in the year 2390. Located in the far west of the Alpha Quadrant, well-past the borders of the Tzenkethi and Breen, the Inconnu Expanse is a large region that can only be accessed from Federation space through two, tightly contested corridors. We are a vessel designed for long-term, multipurpose missions into challenging new territories. On our journeys we will contact new species, establish a Federation presence in a hostile region, come into conflict with the known and unknown, and discover unique spacial anomalies; all while unravelling the secrets of the treacherous Expanse. We're a mix of Next Gen service with Voyager adventuring.
As a member of this crew, you are the audience, the writers, and the history-makers of the USS Pandora. Every Player onboard this ship can contribute to our missions, plot discussions, personal stories, and the legacy of this fine vessel.
Are You Brave Enough To Join Us?
Several positions are now open. We require:
- Chief Medical Officer
- Chief Tactical Officer
- Chief Flight Control Officer (Helm)
- Starfighter Commander
- Chief Research Officer (choose your own field)
- Chief Morale Officer
- Chief Communications Officer
We also have many departmental positions open. We especially are looking for:
- Assistant Chiefs (Medical, Science, Security, Ops, Engineering)
- Starfighter Pilots
Proud member of Theta Fleet.
Latest News Items
Posted on Thu Jun 24th, 2021 @ 1:04pm by Captain Nycolas Temple in General News
The milestones page tells me it's been just over one year since we came to this new site, which means it's been a year since we left the old fleet and chose to take control of our sim.
I am still immensely thankful for all of you for putting our history and community first; for choosing to keep us together as a family rather than allow the old fleet to tear us apart; and for remembering the true purpose of simming - to write and have fun! When others so clearly lost their values, we held true to ours. When an ultimatum was forced upon us, we chose to stay together. Anyway, I won't harp on too much about the old Fleet; I'm sure you all know my thoughts on those people by now. But I will say that I could not have asked for a better group of people to sim with. The only good thing that has ever come from being in that fleet is meeting all of you.
ALSO, we cannot forget the ginormous efforts of those behind the scenes who painstakingly saved all of our posts and bios, then transferred it to the new site. Post by freaking post. We would not be standing here today if it were not for you guys putting in that ridiculous effort to save our history and work. And for Mon in particular for hosting the new Pandora site and keeping us alive.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
In the past year we have seen some people leave, one sadly pass away, and other bright new faces join us, too. Through it all, the Pandora has survived and thrived. After a few months of independence, we are now in the stable, welcoming Theta Fleet - who actually recognises our writing and, especially, your amazing talents! It is such a thrill to see the sim and individual players being awarded for your work. Plus, Theta just lets us do what we do best - writing Trek RP! I'm grateful to them for giving us a soft place to land and letting us sim how we want to sim.
Speaking of Awards...
I have been absolutely terrible in posting the awards announcements here, but for those who don't know, we have received some wonderful recognition in the past few months:
Writer of the Month - March 2021
Lance joined us several months ago as Aenardha Sh'vastarth, and has been a bright addition to the crew. Aenardha is a unique, established character with a well-considered personality and unique traits that are fascinating to read. Lance is also a generous and courteous co-writer, and an eager participant in mission posts. His posts recently with another character, Qaraq, are detailed and genuine, they have a lovely rhythm and sense of character. Lance is an incredibly talented writer and a brilliant asset to the Pandora.
Writer of the Month - May 2021
Kim - aka Ensign Fick. Kim was an incredibly gifted, gracious writer. She was a close friend of so many on board the ship and part of our crew for four wonderful years. She hadn't been able to write much in the previous few months but she has typically been a force of energy, ideas, and enthusiasm onboard the Pandora. Her characters were a joy to write with because Kim was such an amazing writer and player. I would like to nominate her in honour of her many years of hard work and contributions to not only the Pandora but to so many sims across Theta Fleet and others.
Admiral's Choice Award
Kim was an excellent player who wrote with everyone. She was a vibrant and vital part of her sims. She was frequently nominated for awards, and deserved them all. She was also a good friend to many. She passed away recently and will be sorely missed by those who care about her, respect her, and write with her. We honor her memory, and her contributions.
Executive Officer of the Quarter
The best XOs are good team players, writers, and go above and beyond to help the CO with missions. A good part of the Nash success is due to Pendragon.
Unit of Distinction - Bronze
Unit of Distinction - Silver
OUR FIRST SILVER UNIT OF DISTINCTION!!!
Task Group CO Award of Merit
WOW! What an amazing few months we've had. Congratulations to Lance/Aneardha for the Writer of the Month Away and to Nash for XO of the Quarter!!! It was also so nice to see Kim being honoured and recognised for her years of contributions to not only the Pandora, but to the simming community as well. Finally, congrats to EVERYONE for the multiple Unit of Distinction Awards and the Award of Merit!
Let's keep up the amazing work and keep doing what we do best!
Posted on Fri Jun 4th, 2021 @ 5:03am by Captain Nycolas Temple in General News
To the Pandora family,
For those of you not on Discord or already aware, the Pandora has lost a member of our crew.
Tragically, our fellow player, Kim - who primarily played Ensign Vecon Fick, Chief Flight Control Officer - was involved in a car accident in real life. Though she was taken to hospital and placed on life support, she could not recover and has passed.
Kim was an incredibly gifted writer, a beacon of energy and ideas, a respectful player, a genuinely passionate RPer. There are many here who knew Kim from other sims and ships, and those who have played with her over several years. To those of us who have not just lost a crew member but also, a friend - my heart goes out to you during this sad, awful time. The Pandora sends our sincere condolences to her family and friends.
Kim joined this version of the Pandora on July 13th, 2017 - having previously served on the original Pandora with many of our players as well. During the past four years, she brought to life the vibrant, earnest character of Vecon Fick, whom she played with energy, honesty, and depth. Fick was a delight to interact with because Kim was such an amazing player to write with. She has won the Player of the Month award, Post of the Month award, and been nominated for awards many times over because of her kind nature and collaborative skills.
We can remember Fick and Kim through the work she did on the Pandora and her other ships. Please have a read of Fick's posts at your choosing. Personally, I think the 6-part series where K'Laus and Fick return to Risa was a compelling, personal storyline and well-worth the read. She also brought us Tisar Zemel, the Cardassian with a passion for music, and the loving couple of Lieutenant Eiri Ashshy and Ashshy Ayan. In Theta Fleet, Kim was writing for the USS Wolff and USS Standing Bear. The Pandora joins with the Wolff and Standing Bear in this time of loss.
We will make a decision in due time about how to respectfully deal with the IC departure of these characters.
Though we may just appear as names on a screen writing for fictional Star Trek officers, that doesn't take away the sense of loss we should feel from Kim's passing. She was a part of this crew for 4 years and for many years with others in the RP community. This loss is real. I encourage anyone who requires time away from writing to please take as much time as you need to process this in your own way. I also encourage you to seek assistance from professional counselling services if you require it. Please ask for help if you need it.
Rest in peace, Kim. It was an honour to have served with you on the Pandora and a joy to count you as a member of this crew.
You will be missed.
Posted on Wed Mar 24th, 2021 @ 1:09pm by Captain Nycolas Temple in General News
It's Awards time once again and the Pandora has received some amazing honours this month.
Tournament of Simulations - Outstanding Star Trek
A wonderful panel of judges from OngoingWorlds has chosen the Pandora to receive one of their Outstanding Star Trek Award for 2020. The panel is made up of a prolific group of highly respected and experienced RPG writers, who looked at many, many sims from several different groups. We share this honour with the USS Wolff of Theta Fleet, and Memory Theta of 22nd Fleet. The award is given to sims on a points systems judged on a fresh concept, interesting plot developments, original characters, and the readability of the sim. It is a high privilege to be recognised by our peers and a reflection of the incredible work you all have done to build the USS Pandora into a remarkable, fun, and creative sim.
Congratulations to each and every one of you for making the Pandora such a great place to write.
Theta Fleet: Post of the Month Feb 2021
"Paradise Or Bust" - Aenardha and Qaraq
This is an interesting post because of the gentle conversation between a Starfleet Ensign and her new-found friend Qaraq and the two having a discussion of deep understanding. I think the post is very Star Trek, in that it's an exploration of cultures and different people coming together; two strangers connecting in the name of a larger goal. Both characters are very well thought-out and realised, so there's a reality and authenticity to the scene that is sweet and genuine. Also, the ending where Katya sees the Pandora safe and sound at Paradise is nice.
Theta Fleet: Unit of Distinction, Bronze - Feb 2021
We have once again received the Unit of Distinction for Area 51. Congratulations everyone!
Posted on Wed Feb 10th, 2021 @ 2:52am by Captain Nycolas Temple in General News
It's that time again as Theta Fleet announces the Monthly Awards and I am pleased to announce that the Pandora has been graciously recognised once again. Here are our winners:
Unit of Distinction - Bronze
The Pandora has received the Bronze Unit of Distinction for the Area 51 Task Force. This is the second time we have received this honour and I have to say, it comes after an incredibly strong month here on the sim. We had some of our highest activity in quite some time, a lot of mission and personal story progression, and truly remarkable, entertaining, moving, exciting posts. We started 2021 with a BANG and I am excited about the direction we're heading and the stories we're telling. And most importantly, the community feel of the sim has continued as always, and I'm so thankful for the professional, courteous, and kind culture that we have here on this ship.
Congratulations crew! Let's keep making 2021 awesome.
Writer(s) Of the Month!
It should come as no surprise that we have a tied win for Writer of the Month for January. Our two amazingly talented OG players, Monoui and Suliac, burst back onto the sim with a series of posts that I believe has been some of their best work to date. Many of you agree as well, given the comments in OOC chat and the private nominations I received for them to be recognised for their posts. Their storyline has been terrifying and thrilling to read in equal measure and I'm so grateful they continue to be part of our sim.
I feel like I summed it up best in the nomination, so here it is:
"I know this is a double nomination but that is mostly because these two consistently write as a pair and could easily share the prize. They are both as good as the other and it would be unfair to award just one, when together they are a power house team of writers. Their posts have always been spectacular - emotional, honest, exciting, funny. Their "Aoife" storyline this month has been moving, action-packed, raw, and truly some of the best work they have ever done. They take risks, they push their characters, they explore deeply personal and interesting issues. They don't pull their punches. The Pandora is better for having them onboard and I think they deserve recognition for that."
Congratulations to Mon and Griffo for their award!
I'd also like to point out that this is our third successive Player or Writer of the Month Award since joining Theta Fleet. I'm super proud of the work that you guys put in week after week but I'm especially proud of the fact that your posts are being recognised so consistently. One of the reasons I wanted to leave BF was because they stopped caring about our ship and they blatantly ignored all of your fantastic writing and hard work. I am so grateful to now be part of a Fleet that is giving you the recognition and awards that I know you all deserve. We accept them humbly with full respect to the vibrant, passionate writer community we are now part of.
Posted on Sat Jan 16th, 2021 @ 10:25am by Captain Nycolas Temple in General News
The good folks at Theta Fleet have just announced the award winners for December, the last quarter of 2020, and their Yearly Awards.
You can view the announcement here!
Even better news - members of the Pandora crew and the sim itself have received some awards as well. Here are our winners:
Unit of Distinction: Bronze - the USS Pandora
Monthly award given by the Theta Fleet Command to the sim in a Task Force that shows the third highest level of activity and participation in a given month.
December 2020 Player of the Month, Area 51 - Janet/Kaleri
Janet, aka Lieutenant Kaleri, has consistently been a generous, active, invested player for almost three years now. She's one of those players that always has a post or two going, always up for a joint post at any time, and will react realistically to anything happening in-character. Kaleri has had a very interesting journey during her time on the Pandora and Janet has given her a strong voice in the sim. She's a kind and dedicated member of this family and I always look forward to seeing what comes next.
Executive Officer of the Quarter - Commander Nash
Nash is a big part of why the Pandora has been around so long. He is an excellent first officer in and out of character, always there to tag or talk with someone. He is involved with the sim and the players. Since joining Theta Fleet, he’s taken an active role in online discussions and in helping build the Theta Fleet community.
Congratulations to our winners and to the USS Pandora for continuing to thrive and have fun.
Latest Mission Posts
Mauricio was feeling better after a few courses of treatment from the Pandora's medical team. His chat with Captain Temple and Ensign Sh'vastarth had buoyed his spirits after his near-death experience on the Fire Queen; and he had even agreed to stay onboard to help the Pandora get back…
It was the end of her duty shift on the Bridge and Aenardha relinquished her station to her boss. She was not hungry and was certainly too restless to return to her quarters to rest. She made her way to Engineering. With much of the crew scampering about their…
Nyx stood pensively at the end of Nash's bio bed, watching as an Ops crewman installed a PADD on a stand onto the bedside table. The comatose Nash was lying peacefully, monitors gently beeping indicating his slow but steady heart rate. On the wall behind his bed, a small…
Nyx sat in the Chief Medical Officer's office with Lt. JG Jameson, leaning back in a chair with a PADD in his hand. He was reading the report on Commander Nash's shocking injury; which had occurred during the fire fight between the Alrakis Pact and the Resistance. The Commander…
Heat. Intense, stifling, dry heat. The Bridge of the Fire Queen was burning hot as Katya continued to use her canon against the Breen. The room was red with emergency lights and the fiery glow from the Ultra-Plinian weapon below.
Mauricio could feel the oxygen in the room drying…
Latest Personal Logs
Posted on Wed Jun 24th, 2020 @ 3:12am by Lieutenant Yasmin Cortez
[Personal Log - Lieutenant Yasmin Cortez]
[Location - Quarters, USS Pandora]
[Date - After "Nouveau Roman"]
I met the Captain today. He wasn't exactly what I expected but I feel perhaps that I am being biased by my past experiences with Captain's. If I put aside the formality of the…
Posted on Wed Jun 24th, 2020 @ 3:10am by Lieutenant Yasmin Cortez
[Personal Log - Lieutenant Yasmin Cortez]
[Location - USS Palatine]
[Date - Belated]
I’m sure everyone has the same feeling when first seeing their new ship - the awe of the occasion and today is no different. I got my first glance of the Pandora from the outside. She is…
Posted on Mon Jun 22nd, 2020 @ 3:02am by Lieutenant Krysia Kaleri-Smith
Wow what a change, I meet the man of my dreams and find out by some twist of fate that I appear to be the spitting image of his dead wife! It's strange because I feel as though I've known him my entire life when I haven't & I feel…
Posted on Mon Jun 22nd, 2020 @ 12:30am by Lieutenant Krysia Kaleri-Smith
I gave up trying to sleep, my head aches again and it doesn't seem to want to go away for very long these days. Maybe it's the stress of settling into a role of responsibility or whether it's me losing control of my abilities I'm not really sure. There are…
Posted on Sun Jun 21st, 2020 @ 5:00pm by Commander Owen Nash
Sending this to Griffin and Nash as well so everyone knows what the general plan will be:
Pithos facility will be underground, so an Away team will head down to find it. This will likely be Griffin (leader), Smith, Alves, Brennan, and possibly Ashshy. They will find a small group…