Sentience



The Golden Stars lurked in the shadows. The Consortium destroyed from within. The Dolmoqour used the best parts of yourself to betray your kin.

For the last two years, the crew of the Century-Class USS Black Hawk have been forced through the tumbler where rocks become precious gems. This ship and crew now are among the best and the brightest in the Gamma Quadrant. Some have started families, others have found love, and others find solace in the bottom of a bottle.

The USS Black Hawk is now returning to the unknown, no longer on missions to dig and investigate deep, dark secrets, but to boldly go where no one has gone before. Little do any of them know that what they will soon encounter will be their greatest test of all!

Are you among the brave, bold, and curious in the Federation? Do you want to be a part of a decorated sim that has received multiple accolades from the simming community at large, including being recognized as a 2018 Squiddie recipient? Then the Black Hawk is for you!



OPEN POSITIONS


-- Civilian Affairs Liasion
-- Assistant Chief Engineering Officer
-- Fighter Pilots
-- Junior Officers & Enlisted Personnel
-- Have an idea? Contact the GM!
WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING MEDICAL AND INTELLIGENCE APPLICATIONS AT THIS TIME

Applications for senior officers should be no higher than Lieutenant.
Applications for junior officers should be no higher than Lieutenant JG or Chief Petty Officer.


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Latest News Items

» Make Us Go

Posted on 21 Jan 2020 @ 6:57pm by Captain Harvey Geisler in Arrivals

Please welcome the newest member of our Engineering department, Propulsion Specialist Daniel Walsh! No, no relation to our XO. Welcome!


» The Blue Woman Cometh!

Posted on 09 Jan 2020 @ 8:30pm by Captain Harvey Geisler in Arrivals

Please welcome our new Assistant Chief Science Officer, Zayna Ryler!


» Awards, Announcements, and Promotions! Oh My!

Posted on 04 Jan 2020 @ 9:31pm by Captain Harvey Geisler in Sim Announcement

As teased several times over the last few weeks, Season 3 is officially at an end. The Black Hawk is finally free of the Convergence Zone, and the lives of our crew members can at last return to normal. (Or will they…)

I have many things to cover in this news item, so let’s start with awards. Out of the myriad of nominations, the winners are….

Purple Heart: Captain Geisler, Lieutenant Di Pasquale, Staff Warrant Officer Griffin, Doctor Abrams (Joey), Lieutenant Beckett (Terry), Ensign Khan (Camila), Ensign Mackie (Harvey)

Player’s Choice: Lt. Di Pasquale, & Senior Chief Rylan

Exceptional Teamwork: Captain Geisler, Commander Teixeira, Lieutenant Geisler, Lieutenant Di Pasquale, Lieutenant JG Akorem, Lieutenant JG Sorenson, Lt. Commander Djinx, Lt. Commander Kij, Lt. Commander Milo, Senior Chief Rylan, Lieutenant Stuart, Lieutenant Roshe, Lt. Commander Walsh, & Lieutenant Alexander

Departmental Distinction: Sciences: Lt. Commander Kij, Lieutenant JG Rhula (Teixeira), & Senior Chief Rylan for discovering methods to detect the Dolmoqour and methods to overpower them.

Bronze Star: Lieutenant Abrams (Joey) for heroic efforts in attempting to capture a Dolmoqour host.

Honor of Excellence: Lieutenant Geisler

Player of the Mission: Captain Geisler

Congratulations to everyone! All players who participated in Missions 11-17 will also receive a special award, ”Lousy Zone T-Shirt” for entering, and surviving, the Convergence Zone and the Dolmoqour. This award, and the others listed above, will be available to view on the website soon.

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Next on our order of business is a change in personnel. Commander Teixeira (Teix) and I have known each other for… 16 or 17 years now. We first met in the Alpha Quadrant Simulation Group way back when, and we were both on the Black Hawk when it originally launched in 2004. When I stepped up to run the sim a year later, Teix stood by my side as XO. We’ve been through a lot together, and words cannot express how thankful I am for his service and his friendship, even in this now six-year old revival which has far outpaced the sim’s previous incarnation.

Sadly, with this change in missions and seasons, Teix will no longer be continuing ahead as our illustrious Executive Officer. Teix will be remaining aboard the sim, and will be switching his primary character to Lieutenant JG Rhula. I feel the most sorry for Doctor Kij and Lt. Commander Djinx, especially since Rhula’s distaste for joined Trill is now legendary.

The void left behind in the command team will be filled by our Squadron Commander, Terry Walsh. Please welcome him in his new role as Executive Officer.

The void left behind on the Flight Deck as will be filled by Lieutenant Gemma Alexander. Please welcome her in her new role as Squadron Commander and Alpha One.

Both of these promotions will go into effect as our next mission begins, and won't be official until they occur in character.

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Third on our list are promotions in rank. These promotions have been based on time on the sim, advancement in position, as well as involvement in our missions and adventures.

Terry Walsh, Commander
Jayla Kij, Commander
Camila Di Pasquale, Lt. Commander
Joey Geisler, Lt. Commander
Gemma Alexander, Lt. Commander
Jennin Rhula, Lieutenant

These changes will soon be reflected on our manifest. In Character, these promotions will occur in early January 2390.

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Regarding our next mission, I originally planned to start this on Monday. Since the last two weeks kept me hopping like mad and prevented me from doing some necessary writing of my own, I'm going to delay this mission start for another week. please continue to write for your characters in this wacky time in between the Zone and January 2390.

Finally, I want to thank each and every one of you. Since December 2013, we have published 1,345 posts in 20 different adventures (18 missions plus 2 interludes). Each one of these posts have enhanced the universe created by Gene Roddenberry. 2020 is going to be an amazing year for Star Trek as we all continue to body go where no one has gone before.

Live long and prosper, and happy simming!

-Andrew / HG


» Time Flies When You're Having Fun

Posted on 12 Dec 2019 @ 4:43pm by Captain Harvey Geisler in General News

I can't believe I missed this! I really, really can't!

This past Saturday, December 7th, we hit a milestone. The Black Hawk is now 6 years old!

I am honored that not only have we made it this far, but that you all continue to make it fun to write with all of you. Let's CeLeBrAtE!!!!!


» Epilogue now open!

Posted on 06 Dec 2019 @ 3:41pm by Captain Harvey Geisler in Sim Announcement

By now, all players should have received the notes for our next mission, Epilogue, which is also now open. This is a completely freeform mission where character development is the focus. Please follow the provided timeline for instruction on where characters could be.

Truth and Justice will remain open until the last major posts are out the door, which shouldn't be much longer.

Those of you bringing on new PCs or NPCs, feel free to bring them on board the ship anytime following June 1, 2389. Captain Geisler will be sticking close to the Black Hawk/New Bajor. Also connected to New Bajor is Gamma Command where our good friend, Admiral O'Connell, will be stationed. Both characters are available for JPs in that timeframe.

There will be other news, awards, and more coming to the Black Hawk starting next week. Those of you who haven't submitted your nominations for awards, please do so by Monday, December 9th.

As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to me via PM here or on Discord.


Latest Mission Posts

» Blood and Thunder

Mission: Sentience
Posted on 29 Jan 2020 @ 12:34am by Lieutenant Commander Joey Geisler & Lieutenant Commander Tivan

"Commander," Joey called once she was clear of Engineering Lab Three. Her tone was neutral, giving no indication what her current frame of mind was. In reality, a storm raged within her like the turbulent waters of the ocean crashing against the hull of a ship. The waters wanted nothing…


» Shakedown Briefing

Mission: Sentience
Posted on 28 Jan 2020 @ 4:19pm by Captain Harvey Geisler & Commander Terry Walsh & Commander Jayla Kij & Lieutenant Commander Joey Geisler & Lieutenant Commander Gemma Alexander & Lieutenant Commander Camila Di Pasquale & Lieutenant Commander Arjin Djinx & Lieutenant Commander Tivan & Lieutenant JG Charles McCullen & Lieutenant JG Damian Akorem & Lieutenant JG Lina Sorensen & Master Chief Petty Officer Kai Mazen & Holographic Assistance and Support Avatar HASA

Camila had to wonder why she and the other senior staff had been called the Engineering Lab instead of the Ready Room or Conference Room, but she would know soon enough. With a PADD in one hand and a cup of strong Klingon Ratkajino in the other, the ombre haired…


» Long John Silver

Mission: Epilogue
Posted on 27 Jan 2020 @ 4:55pm by Commander Jayla Kij & Senior Chief Petty Officer Alexander Rylan

Since her arrival, Jayla had spent every lunch sitting near the little fox. Slowly, she began gaining his trust. After only two weeks, he trotted up to her as soon as she walked into the cafeteria and stuck to her heals until she left. Soon after, she started calling him…


» Hello!

Mission: Epilogue
Posted on 27 Jan 2020 @ 2:20am by Lieutenant Commander Gemma Alexander & Lieutenant Commander Tivan

Alexander leaned back. Her own back to the wall of the saloon her eyes staring deadpan at the three men at the table. One tightened his mouth around a cigar as another took a drink from his glass nervously. Gemma, dressed like an 1800's cowboy like the rest of them,…


» In Your Head

Mission: Epilogue
Posted on 25 Jan 2020 @ 4:54pm by Lieutenant JG Lina Sorensen & Lieutenant Commander Tivan

The doors to the officer's mess opened with the usual hissing sound and Lina entered. She hadn't been able to sleep - again. So before she would lie awake in her bed just staring at the wall, she had decided to go to the mess.
At that time of night,…