Starbase 109: The Sentinel

Starbase 109 is rated PG-13.

Although the Spacedock series of stations proved highly successful, by the 2330's Starfleet faced a problem with its latest ships. The trend had been for ever larger designs, and all projections were that this trend would continue for the foreseeable future. It was decided to build a small number of new, much larger facilities which could easily handle not only repair but also construction of significant numbers of the largest starships at need.

Construction of Starbase 74, the first of the new facilities, began in 2342. Despite many technical problems the project kept to its projected build time of sixteen years and the Starbase came on-line in 2358. Since this time two further facilities have been completed, including Starbase 109, and two more are currently underway.

During the terror of the Dominion war (Officially, 2373-2375), as the Founders' military forces devastated the Federation and resources dwindled, Starfleet handed Starbase 109 over to the Federation Civilian Defense Authority. The base was far from the front, and personnel were desperately needed elsewhere. For almost two decades, the FCDA and the local population struggled to keep the base running.

Then Hobus went supernova, destroying the Romulan homeworlds. Civil war erupted in the once mighty Star Empire. Meanwhile the Klingons, tired after decades of occupying Cardassia, faced increased internal pressures as well, drawing them away from old alliances. The space bordered by the two Empires and the Federation, known as the Triangle, began to grow in unrest. Raids on neighboring planets increased, and piracy, once a distant memory, erupted again. Starfleet reactivated the near-dormant Starbase late in 2390 to stand as a sentinel against chaos.

For almost six years, they've grown until the base is a thriving city with Starfleet, civilians and diplomats from across the galaxy. It is now coming up on 2397, and the base is well-inhabited, a crossroads for the sector. It has become a business and entertainment center, a retirement option with Tivoli Gardens and the more moderate Perry Gardens, and a playground for those who like to travel. It is also of great interest to the criminal element in space, and has a large refugee population in Brown Sector.

Starbase 109 is a cooperative writing game of Theta Fleet. If you like what you see, feel free to send us a character application! If you don't see the character you want to play in our starbase, then shoot us an e-mail and the Command Team will consider how you might fit into what's happening in this unique environment.

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Latest News Items

» September 2023 Sim Report for August Activity

Posted on Thu 7th Sep, 2023 @ 5:08am by Commander Paul Graves PsyD in General News

Theta Fleet Sim Report for August 2023 Activity
Date of submission: September 6, 2023

Sim name: Starbase 109
URL for website:
Name of commanding officer: Captain Gordon Francis
Task Group: 51-A

Number of members at beginning of month: 13
Number of members at end of month: 13
Names of characters/players departed during month: 0
Names of characters/players added during month: 0

Title of current mission: O’The Cardiff Rose
Description of current mission: Introduce new command staff. Deal with an uptick in pirate activity.

Number of posts (as shown on the stats page in Nova): 25
Post per player (user) average (as shown on the stats page in Nova): 1.92

Noteworthy changes/events on your sim during the preceding month: We began a new mission and became acquainted with our new commanding officer, Capt. Gordon Francis, and our new executive officer, Commander T’Venderath. We also have a new crew member, Xelphia Arrackis. To go along with the new CO, we have begun a new mission.

Noteworthy Milestones this Month: Lily (Dr. Cadence Marshall, MD): nearly 11 years. Lt. Rico Shephard, seven years. Congratulations, Lily and Brandon!

Problems (if any) that the command staff should be aware of: We are back on solid footing now and looking forward to writing with the new crew members.

Post of the Month nomination and reason: To Mike, Bret, Susan, Austen, and CF, for Too Close for Comfort, Part 1 - A joint post about a pirate attack on a medical ship. Our crew are getting off the starbase and hunting weplicants--I mean, pirates!

Player of the Month nomination and reason: Honestly, the entire crew, excluding me because I was out sick for much of August. They kept the sim going, and they did it magnificently.

Writer of the Month nominations and reasons: To Austen, for Kr’Togr: Ballad of the Half-Human Hero - This is a series of five posts (so far), which I believe Austen wrote while he was on leave earlier this year. Austen consistently produces some of the best writing I have seen on SB-109, and I always enjoy reading his posts. The way he gets into the Klingon way of thinking, in the bits between Partha and Kr’Togr in this first post impressed me.

Respectfully submitted

Chantal/Cmdr. Paul Graves
For the SB-109 Command Team

» CF's July Report

Posted on Tue 1st Aug, 2023 @ 4:11am by Criswell Sandbags in General News

Hi all! I thought I'd give some of my thoughts on our progression as a sim, the new command characters, and a little of July in general. Chantal has been taking it easy for a little while, so I'm sorry you have to put up with me instead.

So, just one post for the month of July. At least we didn't have zero! It's been a difficult and/or busy summer for a lot of people, what with work, vacations, illness, and heat to name a few main factors. I think it would have been far more tragic had that been the case. If anyone in the next four hours or so wants to churn out a little something, by all means go ahead!

Another big factor that has made things difficult here is another change in command. We have two entirely new senior officers in Captain Francis and Commander T'Venderath, both of whom are primed and ready for JPs and mini-adventures as we transition into the first all-player mission SB-109 has had in years! We're also trying to bring new players aboard to help make things even more interesting. We have openings everywhere!

Right now, there are twelve of us. It would be great to see everyone contributing to the sim in some way in August and the rest of the year to come. If you feel stuck, don't be afraid to reach out. Writer's block seizes everyone at some point, so don't be... don't think you can't... um... I can't think of the rest. But in the immortal words of the Beatles, I will try with a little help from my friends and fellow players!

An exciting bit of news: Lieutenant Kiara Lena is going into year five here on the sim in a matter of days. Congrats and thanks for being here!!! I myself am finishing year two in a few days as well. So great to be here!

I'm looking forward to a great future for the sim, filled with exciting character arcs and some fun stories and plots. We were the Sim of the Year in 2022, according to Theta Fleet Awards. Let's go for 2023 too!

Best to all of you,

» Last Day of Current Mission

Posted on Sat 8th Jul, 2023 @ 7:11am by Commander Paul Graves PsyD in Out of Character

Hello, all--MD-16 will be the last day of the current mission, "Neither Yours nor Mine." It is the day Captain Navarra receives her transfer orders to the USS Samurai.

Please figure on one week elapsing between the end of the current mission and the beginning of the next one. I am trying to find a solution to the confusing way our transitions from one mission to the next have worked until now. I hope putting a week's in-character space between them will help.

A mischievous part of me wants to name the next mission "A New Hope." Somebody, smack me before I do! :)

For the command team

» July 2023 Sim Report

Posted on Thu 6th Jul, 2023 @ 7:45am by Commander Paul Graves PsyD in General News

Theta Fleet Sim Report for June 2023 Activity
Date of submission: July 5, 2023

Sim name: Starbase 109
URL for website:
Name of commanding officer: Acting CO Commander Paul Graves
Task Group: 51-A

Number of members at beginning of month: 12
Number of members at end of month: 11
Names of characters/players departed during month: 1
Names of characters/players added during month: 0

Title of current mission: (Love Is) Neither Yours nor Mine
Description of current mission: Trying to resolve a couple of romance plots and keep action moving forward, if illness will permit.

Number of posts (as shown on the stats page in Nova): 34
Post per player (user) average (as shown on the stats page in Nova): 3.09

Noteworthy changes/events on your sim during the preceding month: Various crew members have suffered from illness this month—pneumonia, severe neck pain, and covid. I am grateful to Susan for stepping in and keeping posts going in the interim. The biggest news, however, is that Brandon, player of Captain Elena Navarra, has made the USS Samurai into its own sim in Theta Fleet, and he will be leading it in TG 51-B. Congratulations, Brandon! I know you will lead Samurai well!

This leaves Commander Graves as acting CO, a fact that does not make him happy. That's what you call plot fodder! Fortunately, replacement staff are on the way.

Noteworthy Milestones this Month: In about a week, Austen, as Renato Solis and many others, will have been with Starbase 109 for three years. Congratulations, Austen!

Problems (if any) that the command staff should be aware of: We sought and have found people to take over as CO and XO of Starbase 109, but I’ve been sick for two weeks and haven’t read the sheets yet. I am talking to the applicants and will give them answers ASAP.

Post of the Month nomination and reason: To Austen, for Betwixt the Old and the New - I thought this was a beautifully written piece about a man dealing with demons, trying to overcome them, and dealing with the cusp of a new chapter in his life.

Player of the Month nomination and reason: To Susan for organizing several joint posts: poker night at Orchids and Jazz, and Jade Lantz’s farewell. You have my eternal gratitude, my friend, for teaching me the ropes of leading a sim. I will do my best to ensure that your advice is well taken and acted upon.

Writer of the Month nominations and reasons: CF, as Qaraq and Criswell Sandbags, for keeping things lively during various posts that he didn’t necessarily start: Tetraball from the Sky Box - and Criswell and Purulence’s Excellent Breakfast and the poker game posts.

Respectfully submitted
By the SB-109 Command Team

» Sudden Departures and Continuations

Posted on Sun 25th Jun, 2023 @ 7:26am by Commander Paul Graves PsyD in Sim Announcement

Dear Crew--As you may have noticed if you've seen our crew manifest, Captain Navarra is no longer CO of SB-109. This is a friendly departure, as Navarra/Brandon will now be commanding the USS Samurai, which is fully repaired and will be leaving drydock. We wish him well and hope he has much success in his new venture! The Nomad, as Brandon's creation, will be working with Samurai from now on. Brandon, I believe, intends to keep one character on SB-109. I have hopes that we can do joint missions in the future with Samurai's crew.

This means there will be changes in the command structure. I will likely be taking over as official CO if we don't get an applicant in very short order. If I do, Paul Graves will depart, as it wouldn't be right for me to be CO and hold a department head position, AND be second officer. Not cool.

We are now officially accepting applications for XO and second officer. I'll need a couple of days to decide whether I will take on the CO role or keep Paul as Chief Counselor. In the meantime, Paul will be acting CO.

If you have any questions, please ask!

for the command team

Latest Mission Posts

» Mentoring

Mission: O' the Cardiff Rose
Posted on Tue 26th Sep, 2023 @ 9:16pm by Lieutenant Ricardo Shepard & Greg Decker

Greg Decker stood next to his new mentor, Lieutenant Shepard. He was nervous, but trying not to let it show. He'd been trained by several people over the years, but no one from Starfleet, and no one of the knowledge and quality of Shepard. He decided maybe he should put…

» To Ease Temptation

Mission: Neither Yours Nor Mine
Posted on Sun 24th Sep, 2023 @ 2:02am by Maiek s'Ethien & Mary Elizabeth Gregory

Continued from "Appropriately Chapperoned."

Only then did Maiek begin to thread the ribbons that hold up the outer skirt through the sheath's gaps, and he did caress her skin as he did so, and tied it in the back. The lace jacket layer would come next.

"That looks quite lovely,…

» Appropriately Chaperoned

Mission: Neither Yours Nor Mine
Posted on Sun 24th Sep, 2023 @ 2:01am by Maiek s'Ethien & Mary Elizabeth Gregory

Maiek swayed with the tune playing on the overhead speakers whilst he meticulously placed the last of the tiny rhinestones on the nearly transparent material of the veil. It would fall just over her face and would add an iridescent sheen to the neckline of her dress. It was a…

» Acres of failure.

Mission: Neither Yours Nor Mine
Posted on Sun 24th Sep, 2023 @ 1:14am by Lieutenant Claire Minelan & Jaeih Havraha

It was the third time that the flame redhead had walked around the farm that was designated for the romulan enclosure. Muttering to herself under her breath the botanist took samples of the soil and the water being given to the farm plants and took smaller samples of leaves that…

» More Meet and Greet

Mission: Neither Yours Nor Mine
Posted on Wed 13th Sep, 2023 @ 4:49am by Lieutenant Commander Lanis Dhuro MD & Lieutenant Commander Cadence Marshall & Khellian s'Siedhri MD & Makila i'Hartelhai

Previously, on Starbase 109:

"I'm sure the LCARS will have a record," Lanis said. He tapped his PADD and studied it as he scrolled through "Baby Doe" and the admission date. "Jadar Kharee, 18 months old. Went missing the day before admission." Lanis shook his head. "His parents must have…

Latest Personal Logs

» Prodigal Outlaw

Posted on Mon 4th Sep, 2023 @ 8:26pm by Renato Solis

-Renato Solis: Personal Log entry-

{Civilian RT Hauler “OllyOxenFree” ~16 hours to Ullia~}

I can’t say the word without it making me feel ill. “Home.” The word chokes me every time. Where is home, not down the path by which I am now dragged inexorably screaming. Who is there, do…

» Cello Disaster Averted

Posted on Fri 25th Aug, 2023 @ 6:54am by Lieutenant JG Kellian Michaels

Kellian Michaels came in from work and flopped down on his sofa. He could never understand why running lab tests all day could make him this tired, but he was glad to be out of the forensics lab.

"Computer, check personal email," he directed.

Working, the computer said. Letter from…

» A Captain's Personal Log

Posted on Mon 3rd Apr, 2023 @ 5:04am by Commander Zed

It was late and Zed was having a hard time trying to sleep. She had meditated for two hours and was unsuccessful. She relaxed her grip and sighed. She opened her eyes reluctantly and uncrossed her legs and stood up. Walking over to her desk, she sat down and activated…

» ... Or am I losing my mind?

Posted on Wed 31st Aug, 2022 @ 11:44pm by Commander Mikaela Locke

"Personal log, Mikaela Locke. Stardate seven-four-three-four-seven point nine.

My conversation with Doctor Addams seemed to confirm what I had feared. My memory is somehow degrading. To what extent, she doesn't know. Nor does she understand the reason behind it. Neither of which was particularly helpful. In fact, I'm more than…

» Happy New Years!

Posted on Sun 2nd Jan, 2022 @ 8:56pm by Renato Solis

Happy New Year to all and to all glad tidings for 2022!

It's been a long holiday, my whole family (who are anti-vaccination) got COVID, but they are now on the mend and the new year harkens a new perspective. My resolution has become to focus on those things in…