What follows is a summary of events leading up to the star of the Dominion War and through what will be "the present time" in game. This info was culled from a variety of sources (cited where possible) and, as such, isn't necessarily 100% complete.
Stardate 48058.2: Captain Benajmin Sisko, the Commanding Officer of Starbase Deep Space Nine, and the Ferengi Quark are captured by Jem'Hadar soldiers on an uninhabited world in the Gamma Quadrant. (DS9: The Jem'Hadar)
A task force, lead by the Galaxy-class starship USS Odyssey (NCC-71832) is dispatched from Deep Space Nine on a search and rescue mission to recover Captain Sisko. The taskforce is engaged by Jem'Hadar fighters, and Federation defensive shielding proves incapable of stopping Dominion polaron-based weaponry. Sisko is rescued, but a suicide run by one of the Jem'Hadar vessels destroys the Odyssey with all hands. (DS9: The Jem'Hadar)
Stardate 48213.1: USS Defiant (NX-74205), the first dedicated warship designed and fielded by Starfleet, is fitted with a Romulan cloaking device and assigned to Starbase Deep Space Nine. For its first operational mission, the Defiant is dispatched into the Gamma Quadrant to make contact with the Founders of the Dominion. During the course of the mission, the Defiant is captured, and later released by order of the Founders – the Changelings. (DS9: The Search, Parts I and II)
Admiral Leyton begins laying the groundwork for his attempted coup.
Changelings begin infiltrating many Alpha and Beta Quadrant governments.
The Obsidian Order and the Tal'Shiar form an alliance to oppose the Dominion. A fleet of Romulan D'deridex-class Warbirds and Cardassian Keldon-class battleships travel to the Gamma Quadrant and attack the Founder's homeworld in the Omarian Nebula. The leader of the Romulan force, Colonel Lovok, having been replaced by a Changeling, informs the Founders of the plot before the fleet leaves the Alpha Quadrant. When the Romulans and Cardassians arrive, the world was abandoned, and a Jem'Hadar fleet ambushes the combined force, destroying it. (DS9: Improbable Cause, DS9: The Die is Cast)
Stardate 48962.5: A Changeling spy, having taken on the form of Starfleet Admiral Krajensky, commandeers USS Defiant in an attempt to start a war between the United Federation of Planets and the Tzenkethi. The Founder is killed by Deep Space Nine's Constable Odo, who becomes the first Changeling in the history of their people who has ever harmed another Changeling. (DS9: The Adversary)
Stardate 49011.4: The Cardassian people rise up against the military government in the aftermath of the Omarian Nebula incident and overthrow it, installing a civilian government – led by the Detapa Council – in its stead. (DS9: Way of the Warrior, Part I)
The Klingon Empire invades the Cardassian Union, convinced that the change in power there has been orchestrated by the Dominion. Starbase Deep Space Nine Captain Benjamin Sisko orchestrates the evacuation of the Detapa Council into Federation space, and the United Federation of Planets condemns the Klingon invasion of Cardassia. In retaliation, a Klingon fleet lays siege to Deep Space Nine, and the Klingon Empire withdraws from the Khitomer Accords. (DS9: Way of the Warrior, Part II)
27 people are killed when a bomb planted at a Federation-Romulan joint diplomatic conference explodes in Antwerp on Earth. Admiral Leyton, Chief of Starfleet Operations, launches his coup in response, but he is thwarted by Captain Benjamin Sisko. (DS9: Homefront, DS9: Paradise Lost)
Stardate 49962.4: USS Defiant is dispatched into the Gamma Quadrant to locate the new homeworld of the Founders in an attempt to find a cure for a disease ravaging Constable Odo. Upon its return, Odo – stripped of his shapeshifting abilities – reveals that Chancellor Gowron of the Klingon Empire has been replaced by a Changeling. (DS9: Broken Link)
The Klingon Empire declares war on the United Federation of Planets. (DS9: Broken Link)
A covert team of Starfleet officers, lead by Captain Benjamin Sisko, infiltrate the Klingon military stronghold on Ty'Gokor to assassinate the Gowron changeling. It is revealed that General Martok, not Gowron, is actually the Changeling spy, and it is killed by a room filled with Klingon warriors. In appreciation, Gowron calls a cease-fire with the Federation. (DS9: Apocolypse Rising)
Captain Sisko and crew capture a downed Jem'Hadar Attack Ship. The information gained by this allows the Federation to develop a defense against Dominion weaponry. (DS9: The Ship)
Enabran Tain, the one-time Cardassian spymaster thought killed in the Omarian Nebula incident, is discovered to be alive in the Gamma Quadrant. Lieutenant commander Worf and Garak – Tain's son – are dispatched to investigate, but end up imprisoned with Tain, Klingon General Martok and Deep Space Nine Chief Medical Officer Julian Bashir, who has been replaced by a Changeling spy. They escape the facility in time to warn Deep Space Nine about the Bashir Changeling, who is destroyed while attempting to make B'hava'el (the Bajoran star) go nova with a trilithium explosive. (DS9: In Purgatory's Shadow, DS9: By Inferno's Light)
Chancellor Gowron of the Klingon Empire, in the face of the Dominion threat, is convinced by Captain Benjamin Sisko to re-enter the Khitomer accords with the United Federation of Planets. The war between the two powers ends. (DS9: By Inferno's Light)
The Cardassian Union, under the leadership of Gul Dukat, joins the Dominion. (DS9: In Purgatory's Shadow)
The Dominion begins a military buildup in the Alpha Quadrant, dispatching numerous ships into Cardassian space. (DS9: In Purgatory's Shadow, DS9: Call to Arms)
Starfleet Command orders Captain Benjamin Sisko to prevent further Dominion reinforcements from reaching Cardassian space. Captain Sisko decides to mine the entrance to the wormhole with self-replicating, cloaked mines. In retaliation, the Dominion Alliance attacks Deep Space Nine, but not before the minefield is completed and cloaked. Starfleet then abandons the station to the Dominion. (DS9: Call to Arms)
A joint Federation-Klingon task force crosses the Cardassian border and destroys the Dominion shipyard on Torros III. The Dominion War begins. (DS9: Call to Arms)
Battle of Rumarda: Starfleet's 4th Fleet is pushed back from the Federation-Cardassian border, but is pushed back in heavy fighting; 54 starships and 13,200 Starfleet personnel are lost. (Dominion War Sourcebook)
Battle of Tyra: The 7th Fleet takes up position 12 light years inside the Federation border at the Tyra system. Consisting of 112 starships, the 7th Fleet was pitted against 248 Dominion and Cardassian warship; in the ensuing battle, 98 Federation starships and 24,000 Starfleet personnel are lost. (Dominion War Sourcebook, DS9: A Time to Stand)
Battle of Kumarek: The Starfleet 20th and 21st Fleets, with Klingon support, halt the Dominion advance on Bolian territory. (Dominion War Sourcebook)
Operation Blue Room: Starfleet launches a counteroffensive in the Kumarek system against entrenched Dominion forces in an effort to force them to retreat from Bolian territory. After a four hour battle (and destruction of a supply convoy carrying Ketracel White for the Dominion's Jem'Hadar troops) the Dominion is finally forced to retreat several light years. (Dominion War Sourcebook)
First Battle of Vulcanis: The Starfleet 13th and 31st fleets launch a counteroffensive to force the Dominion back from the border of the 40 Eridani system. In eight weeks of fighting, the Dominion is forced to withdraw to a front two light-years distant; Starfleet loses 127 ships and 20,000 personnel. (Dominion War Sourcebook)
Using the Jem'Hadar Attack Ship captured in 2373, Captain Benjamin Sisko leads a strike against the main storage facility in the Alpha Quadrant for Ketracel White. The facility is destroyed.
Destruction of the Argolis Array: USS Defiant (NX-74205) is dispatched into the Argolis Cluster to destroy a Dominion sensor array capable of monitoring all Starfleet/Klingon ship movements -- even those undertaken by cloaked vessels. The mission is successful. (DS9: Behind the Lines)
Stardate 51721.3: The Dominion conquers Betazed after the annihilation of the Starfleet 10th Fleet. All Starfleet personnel, government officials, and civic leaders – a total of nearly five million people – are executed. Vorta with psionic abilities are used to monitor the Betazoid use of telepathy; those found doing so are executed. A small group of surviving Starfleet personnel along with Betazoids form a resistance. (DS9: Tears of the Prophets, Dominion War Sourcebook)
Operation Return: Starfleet receives word that the Dominion at Deep Space Nine is on the verge of bringing down the minefield keeping the Dominion from receiving reinforcements from the Gamma Quadrant. Elements of the 2nd and 3rd Fleets are assembled at Starbase 375, then launch the assault against the Dominion lines under the command of Captain Benjamin Sisko. Starfleet forces are outnumbered during the battle at a ratio of almost two to one, but the tide is turned by the surprise arrival of the Klingons, under the command of General Martok. USS Defiant, Sisko's flagship, is the lone vessel to slip through the enemy lines and arrives at Deep Space Nine just in time to witness the destruction of the minefield. With no other choice, Sisko moves to engage the Dominion fleet within the wormhole (a force of some 2,800 vessels), intervening upon the grace of the Bajoran Prophets to eliminate the Dominion fleet. As a result, the Dominion lines crumble and Deep Space Nine is retaken by Starfleet forces, while Gul Dukat is captured by Starfleet as well. (DS9: Favor the Bold, DS9: Sacrifice of Angels)
Gul Dukat, former leader of the Cardassian Union, escapes from Starfleet custody after the destruction of the Nebula-class starship USS Honshu. (DS9: Waltz)
Write up your bio, etc, with rank at Lt Commander or thereabouts.
Glad you liked the intro, etc... most posts will not be that long, I'm sure.
If anyone needs more detailed info, has questions, needs help with character creation, etc, just let me know. Our illustrious webmaster is working on getting our nifty "Trek Tools" back up and running so, sooner or later, we'll have a nice organized spot to keep track of all of this.
((Hmmm... must be something in my eye... I winked alot there. ))
Posted on 2007-11-12 at 15:23:12.
Edited on 2007-11-12 at 15:24:00 by Eol Fefalas
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Back in the day, we had discussed Rrowl coming aboard as Jack's SEC/TAC... if you are still interested, the Rug would love to join.
I'm tempted to bring Arevaci aboard. I think his particular talents might make him uniquely suited to the diplomatic corps on a warship... Not that he'd like an assignment like that, but sometimes you just don't get a choice in the matter - especially in a time of war. What do you think?
Those of you who have submitted bios (or at minumum, pithy concepts) have been added to the players list for the game thread. Feel free to post an intro of your own, if you wish (getting your assignment to the Cerberus, etc) but don't feel as if you have to rush... I've got to get Mac to actually assume command of the ship before her crew actually boards, I think.
Once I get a little more than "I wanna be [insert dept/position of choice]" from the rest, I'll tack you on, as well.
I've PMd DragonMistress on this one and, in doing so, though it might not be a bad idea to post these thoughts here, as well.
There will be a small contingent of Romulans on board the Cerberus and, overtly, they are there to oversee and safeguard the cloaking device that is on loan from the Romulan Star Navy for this mission. Are there other agendas up some Romulan sleeves though, I wonder?
I'm happy to have players assume the Romulan roles, too, but, forewarned being forearmed and all that, here's a clue: Mac doesn't trust fargin' Roms farhter'n I c'n toss a Warbaird! Yer tour on this boat is going to be vera interestin'.
After a few back and forths with DM, though, I think we've nailed down a right interesting concept for her to run with. Pointed ears an' all!
I know it's not listed above, but I was thinking of taking on the role of "manager" of the Lounge.
I'm envisioning a husband and wife team, with kids?!? Are kids allowed on ships of war?
I'd handle all the "characters" in this family (like Brom did with the XO and his wife). I'm hoping the role will be somewhat less demanding and crucial, and more of a behind-the-scene, comedic relief, ambiance-setting kind of role.
I think the Lounge manager could be a very handy role. I know in Voyager Kneelix played a rather interesting and crucial part of the story. However I can't bring myself to believe that we would allow kids on a war ship.
Posted on 2007-11-12 at 19:31:25.
Edited on 2007-11-12 at 19:31:59 by JenthLiadon
I don't know about kids being allowed on ships of war - especially not one that's being sent deep into enemy territory... Notice that I said allowed. If you can conivnce me through a concept write up as to how this man and his family managed to get aboard the Cerberus (mayhaps whilst it was laid over at DS9, even) *hinthint*, I'd surely entertain it...
Who am I kiddin'? Write me up the character and keep in mind the "I snuck myself and my family aboard a warship bound for the Gamma quandrant" business and get in here! That should make for some very interesting RP opps there.
You suggested that the character(s) could have boarded at DS9? Yes?
Help me flesh that out a bit more...
Did the Cerberus just get back from DS9? If so, perhaps my character and his family boarded there (perhaps as refugees from Bajor) and the guy had a knack for the food and hospitality trade. They don't have anywhere else really to go, he and his wife are really great at working the lounge and improving the crew morale, and the kids grew up on war-torn Bajor... so, you know, they're use to growing up in a war zone.
Yes? What were you thinking?
Posted on 2007-11-12 at 19:43:12.
Edited on 2007-11-12 at 19:48:31 by Ayrn