Obsidian Command

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Award Reason
Mission One - Emergence Mission One - Emergence
Awarded 09 Mar 2021 @ 3:49pm
Nominated by Commander Calliope Zahn
For participation in M1 - Emergence. Commanding Officer
Obsidian Fleet Spotlight Obsidian Fleet Spotlight
Awarded 10 Mar 2021 @ 10:56pm
Nominated by Commander Calliope Zahn
Awarded for the post— "A Walk Among the Stars"

For a satellite stationed in orbit, Obsidian Command has seen quite a bit of action. Having been recovered from a spacial void only one IC week before the events in this post, it's also now enduring an attack by a coalition of enemy forces who committed themselves to taking out the Federation outpost before it could be properly repaired, staffed, and defended. Its commander, Captain Corvus DeHavilland, has had the indignity of her command center being left disconnected from the rest of the station, and leads her mostly junior officers towards the safety of a Marine unit below decks. But to get there, they have to make their way past the most intense fighting between Marines and boarding parties in the Engineering levels. Rather than risk the engagement inside with their inexperienced staff, Captain DeHavilland elects to take a space walk along the hull outside while a ship-to-ship battle rages in the skies surrounding Obsidian Command.

The Captain of Obsidian Command went above and beyond in this composition, creating a gripping scenario with action, suspense, pain, and loss, and going beyond just GMing events for the sim by supplying a personal account from the Captain’s perspective in an intensely charged situation and paying off the entire set up as a major turning point in the story. It’s exemplary in characterization, in content, and in craft and demonstrates genuine investment in the story, the characters, the setting, and the sim as both a GM and a writer.
Medal of Character I Medal of Character I
Awarded 11 Mar 2021 @ 3:37pm
Nominated by Commander Calliope Zahn
Ribbon of Merit for both the growing sub plot between CO. and XO., before they started out on the same page and were friends but as time went on looking below the surface and as their respective roles came to the fore the differences appeared, what's expected of a CO. and what's expected of an XO. regardless of friendship. An enjoyable read to see where this goes. (nominated by Strazz)
Mission Two - Sanctuary Mission Two - Sanctuary
Awarded 23 Mar 2022 @ 11:30am
Nominated by Commander Calliope Zahn
For Participation in M2: Sanctuary as Captain DeHavilland, CO
Diversity Ribbon Diversity Ribbon
Awarded 05 Oct 2022 @ 7:15pm
Nominated by Commander Calliope Zahn
In a fictional world where it might be easy to water down our global heritages and create an average amalgamation of ‘human’, Sep maintains distinctive human characters, particularly surrounding their earth related roots and shares his love of ethnic expression. He has a high level of detail and respect in his portrayals with PCs and NPCs alike. There is nowhere a human lands in any of his posts where the spice of cultural variety isn’t at least sprinkled. If anything, Sep uses the fictional window into alienness and turns it back on Sol for us to reconnect with ourselves.
Sim Feature Post Sim Feature Post
Awarded 05 Jan 2023 @ 6:15pm
Nominated by Commander Calliope Zahn
In recognition of the post 'On your Toes' (12 Dec) as the best post for December '22. I really enjoyed reading it and it demonstrate what a great mission post can be. (Nominated by Spiral)
Sim Feature Post Sim Feature Post
Awarded 25 Apr 2023 @ 11:05pm
Nominated by Commander Calliope Zahn
For the Post “Change of Plans”
As a plot centric post on the Pathfinder mission, this piece carried a lot of important finer detail surrounding the conditions on the planet below, the spotty amount of knowable information, the lack of communications between the ship and the away team and much more. The reader is guided through this detail with the added complication of the personalities and compiled stresses of the various characters on the bridge as they take orders, give orders, and contradict orders. In many ways, Change of Plans helped to organize the multiple threads unfolding at once, while also complicating and increasing the stakes of the story, to great effect for the tension of the reader. A true work of organized chaos.
Wordsmith Medal for Narrative Voice Wordsmith Medal for Narrative Voice
Awarded 05 Jun 2023 @ 6:46pm
Nominated by Commander Calliope Zahn
for writing in- "A Shadow Revealed"
A compelling jp that describes what happens when a crew meets heroes who, for classified reasons, cannot be allowed to exist in the public eye. This leads to a series of emotions, from bafflement to awe as DeHavilland’s crew realises they are being rescued, but history won’t retain this momentous encounter. (nominated by Spiral)
Mission Three - Into the Deep Mission Three - Into the Deep
Awarded 06 Sep 2023 @ 12:35pm
Nominated by Commander Calliope Zahn
For writing during Mission Three: Into the Deep
Wordsmith Medal for Narrative Voice Wordsmith Medal for Narrative Voice
Awarded 09 Oct 2023 @ 3:32pm
Nominated by Commander Calliope Zahn
“The Past is in the Aft Torpedo Sights”

A beautiful post where we follow DeHavilland and Zhan, while they are off duty and meet in a Klingon restaurant. As they speak of Zahn’s recent break-up, we are treated to the vibrant atmosphere that Chef KevaQ imposes around him. We also witness what, surely, must be the most magnificent cake that exists on this side of the galaxy :).
Obsidian Fleet's Silver Star Obsidian Fleet's Silver Star
Awarded 09 Oct 2023 @ 3:36pm
Nominated by Commander Calliope Zahn
Our GM Sepandiyar (also variously known as Markus and PCing captain DeHavilland) Has been recognized by our Task Force CO, Minawara.
This is the text shared in the monthly division report:

Silver Star – Obsidian Command

Captain Corvus DeHavilland

When it comes to group level awards, it is rare that I will receive a recommendation for award from anyone but the CO. This recommendation instead comes from the Executive Officer.

From the XO:
“Sep was already a talented writer by the time we were introduced. His writing reflects years of personal development and honed craft. He loves his characters, not in such a way as to make them too precious to tell their stories, but in such a way as to do them the honor of telling their stories, for better or for worse, but always for the best effect to the reader. He’s true to his characters, true to himself, and so his work can only ring true to anyone who follows along.

His primary character on the station is DeHavilland, and over the course of the past three missions since opening the sim, she’s been tested and tried, and her flaws are surfacing as she attempts to live up to her first command under the pressure of so many expectations in her service to Starfleet, and challenges in her personal life. But the reader can anticipate that these tests— great and small, internal and external— will produce character and DeHavilland will persist.”

For those of you who are unaware, Captain DeHavilland is played by our own Admiral Sepandiyar. I have written with him for nearly a decade at this point, and would say that I wouldn’t have to pause to question if he was a skilled writer. But still, when it is called out, I go digging. And I have found, as is always the case, a treasure trove of short stories that I could read for hours on end. This is a very much deserved award. Cheers to you Sep!
Obsidian Fleet Spotlight Obsidian Fleet Spotlight
Awarded 01 Jan 2024 @ 10:42am
Nominated by Commander Calliope Zahn
For M3 - "Shadow Games"
This is the dramatic and suspenseful introduction of the USS Alabama crew. The reader discovers little by little a new crew faced with the presence of a Starfleet vessel where it shouldn’t be. It is the Alabama’s mission to save the day. As the crew does so, we discover who they are and how they cope with the fact that they must operate in absolute secrecy. An intense description of what it’s like to serve the fleet from the ‘dark side’. (retroactively entered, Awarded June '23)
Obsidian Fleet Spotlight Obsidian Fleet Spotlight
Awarded 01 Jan 2024 @ 10:48am
Nominated by Commander Calliope Zahn
For M3 - "A Tiki Wake"
Ptolemy Cumberland’s wife, Minka Mazur, has died in child birth (as was revealed gut-punch style in a post spotlighted previously! See "Medical Report") And he gathers with some old friends at a beloved bar where emotions and memories stir. A heartening read by a skillful writer. (Retroactively entered. Awarded July-Aug '23)
Obsidian Fleet Spotlight Obsidian Fleet Spotlight
Awarded 01 Jan 2024 @ 11:07am
Nominated by Commander Calliope Zahn
M3 - "Homecoming"
This is the post that sees the USS Pathfinder back to Obsidian Command. There is a sense of relief, the return to safety and a place they call home. For Major Porter Wallace and Chief Petty Officer Ibis Xeri it’s a moment that signals the end of their ordeal. There is however, one more hurdle to go through: an official reception by the Marine Corps, and no one is going to escape this honour.

It is a post that shows Starfleet at its best, and what happens when two heroes finally make it back home. (entered retroactively. Awarded Aug '23)
Service Marker - 3 years Service Marker - 3 years
Awarded 01 Jan 2024 @ 2:19pm
Nominated by Commander Calliope Zahn
Our stalwart Captain, Three Years running as of August 2023. Lead on.
The Chorus Medal The Chorus Medal
Awarded 02 Jan 2024 @ 7:34pm
Nominated by Commander Calliope Zahn
For a great post which, on top of describing a ruthless enemy, also serves as a reminder that politics is a complex and nuanced field, and that even in the most dangerous of situations, the deep state is likely to show its face. Reference Post: Testimonies: Parnell & the USS De Grasse
Nomination Commendation Nomination Commendation
Awarded 03 Feb 2024 @ 11:00pm
Nominated by Commander Calliope Zahn
Captain Corvus DeHavilland- Obsidian Command
Is anyone ever prepared for Command? Or is it truly a case of rising to the occasion? Having ironically made her mark as a pilot, Corvus was chosen to head up the Stardock Class Station, Obsidian Command, at a time when the region is in disarray and hundreds of thousands rely on her. In each scenario that arises, sometimes acting may lead to dire consequences, and yet hesitation can be just as deadly. It’s not surprising that a new Captain would struggle with the hot seat. Answers rarely come easily and Corvus turns inward, afraid of losing control of any situation. But when she’s forced to rely on others, she’s reminded what leadership is about. She still talks out of turn with Admirals and can be dense with her friends, but there’s hope for her yet as she learns to trust, personally and professionally.
(Unelected Nomination for OF’s Character of the Year 2023)
Nomination Commendation Nomination Commendation
Awarded 03 Feb 2024 @ 11:01pm
Nominated by Commander Calliope Zahn
Markus / Sepandiyar Obsidian Command
Markus is ever reliant as a GM and centered on what matters most for a game- providing a haven for writers and leading by demonstrating the craft of writing, quality characterization, and strong storytelling himself. This year especially saw him collaborate extensively with the sim’s active contributors, and simultaneously provide central plot while accommodating many player led story developments.
He maintains an informative, clean, and pretty nova site, manages setting and timeline with clear documents and is always available for communication. When it comes to his scope of activities and responsibilities, he puts his sim first and it shows in the quality and number of posts the players are inspired to write, thanks in fair part to the environment he’s cultivated.
(Unelected Nomination for OF’s Game Master of the Year 2023)
The Vulcan Medal of Comedy The Vulcan Medal of Comedy
Awarded 04 Mar 2024 @ 5:36pm
Nominated by Commander Calliope Zahn
For “Corvus’ No Good Rotten Day”. An act in three parts, Markus’ post demonstrated a day in the life of Captain Corvus DeHavilland, showing her morning managing administration work (including the capture of a loose Gila-Koala), her interrupted lunch break (the dance of awkward communication surrounding her love life), and her answering of a ‘distress call’ in the cargo bay (Over a vat of peanut fry oil). A day full of minor headaches and follies.
Sim Feature Post Sim Feature Post
Awarded 04 Mar 2024 @ 5:54pm
Nominated by Commander Calliope Zahn
Corvus' No Good Rotten Day
An immersive post, written in three parts, that depicts the sort of things that can only happen on a Station. What happens, for instance, when a wild animal escapes from an Antican freighter and a group of civilian chefs argue over a vat of peanut oil? Chaos is the answer :)