“To walk quietly in the grey areas, to do the things that must be done, and to embrace pragmatism in order to save idealism.”
Since its formation, Starfleet has reached out into every quadrant of the galaxy with an idealistic mandate to explore strange new works, to seek out new lives and new civilizations, and to boldly go where no man has gone before. Unfortunately, reality has not always matched the vision. There have been crises and wars, catastrophes and massacres, times when the definitions of right and wrong have been tested.
As the 2380’s draw to a close, tension on every frontier stands to test the Federation’s resolve. Emboldened after years rebuilding its strength, the Cardassian Union has begun to flex its muscles, invading the Breen Confederacy and continuing its push into the Gavarian Corridor. In response, its neighbors have mobilized, threatening a decade of peace along the Federation’s Alpha Quadrant border. Meanwhile in the Beta Quadrant, aggression from the Klingon Empire has reached a new high, the Gorn Hegemony has invaded and annexed a portion of the Canterra sector, and the Romulan Empire, still in seclusion following the Hobus disaster, appears to be moving again in the shadows. Even at home, conspiracy threatens to rock the core of Starfleet.
It is out of this darkness that the Intelligence Support Activity draws its mandates. Based off the USS Bellona, the benignly named unit has one purpose: to walk quietly in the grey areas, to do the things that must be done, and to embrace pragmatism in order to save idealism.
The USS Bellona is a collaborative narrative, often called a “simm”, telling the story of an intelligence outfit, the Intelligence Support Activity, operating within the expanded Star Trek universe of Bravo Fleet.
Our story is set in the year 2388, thirteen years after the end of the Dominion War and a year after the Romulan homeworld was destroyed by the Hobus hypernova. For more information about the general setting, check out the Bravo Fleet Infobase.
The Intelligence Support Activity (“The Activity” or “ISA”) is an interdisciplinary operational unit comprised of four units: Tactical Operations (TACOPS), Science & Technology Analysis (SCITECH), Humanoid Intelligence Operations (HUMINT), and the 72nd Special Aviation Wing (SAW72).
The men and women who serve on the USS Bellona and make up the Intelligence Support Activity hail from a wide range of backgrounds, serving in Starfleet Operation, Intelligence and the marine corps, as well as Federation postings like the Daystrom Institute and the Diplomatic Corps.
The USS Bellona is an Insignia-class starship, a modular space frame in this case specifically outfitted for the Intelligence Support Activity’s mandate with specialized sensors, weapons, training facilities, interrogation and holding cells, research facilities, etc., at the expense of some basic amenities.
Theory versus Practice
Lieutenant Commander Jeanne Lacroix, Master Sergeant Alex Ryan and Lieutenant Commander Tom Brooks
With most of the plan seemingly going as planned they still had to work out how exactly they were going to push ahead once they did make it to Sentek. Jeanne had already made her team study Breen design and systems a lot more in depth but they needed to be prepared for everything. Deciding […]
The Point of No Return
Commander Jake Lewis, Lieutenant Garrett Bennett, Major Soya Renota, Lieutenant Commander Sam Moss, Lieutenant Jennifer Matthews and Lieutenant Commander Kretorg
Darkness hung over the ready room, its lone occupant sitting in quiet contemplation staring out at the stars as they raced by. Looking forward down the bow, it looked no different than the starscape aft, but he knew that, on account of an arbitrary line on the map, they’d soon pass the point of no […]
Only Time Will Tell
Gil Senik Alket and Jot
Sentek. What a wretched place. Only a Cardassian could ever call it home, but given its rich dilithium reserves, the Breen took it several decades past while the Cardassians were distracted in their war with the Federation. Now they were back. Peering out the window of his cell, Jot watched a Hideki-class patrol ship on […]
We Need Ideas
Commander Jake Lewis, Lieutenant Commander Tom Brooks, Lieutenant Commander Kretorg, Lieutenant Commander Jeanne Lacroix, Lieutenant Commander Sam Moss, Major Soya Renota, Lieutenant Jennifer Matthews, Lieutenant Lisa Hall, Master Sergeant Alex Ryan and Lieutenant Garrett Bennett
Positioned aft on deck 1, the briefing room offered the best view in the house, save the bridge itself. Lieutenant Hall, hands clasped behind her back with a cold and sharp expression on her face, barely noticed the beauty of the stars streaking by her as she looked out the rear window. Staring into the […]
Two flies with one swat, have a whiskey and work
Lieutenant Commander Kretorg and Major Soya Renota
Even though it was quite late, Kre was anxious to get going even though he would have to wait around the station for what felt like forever. That was all he had been doing day in and day out since his journey began four months ago.. He hesitated to tap his badge, but then decided […]
At least he has good taste in weapons.
Lieutenant Commander Kretorg and Lieutenant Commander Jeanne Lacroix
After meeting with Ryan, Kre made his way to his office on deck 2. He wanted to meet the rest of the senior officers as soon as he could, so he decided to meet with Lt Commander Lacroix and check out his office at the same time. Once he grabbed something to eat to still his […]
If there is a leak, it will be plugged…
Lieutenant Commander Kretorg and Master Sergeant Alex Ryan
If there was one person that could assist Kre in finding his feet on this ship, it was the COB. There may be officers, but the enlisted crew ran the ship. Without them and the COB, they would go nowhere and go there fast. =^= “Kretorg to Ryan, please respond” =^= Kre said tapping his badge. […]
Lieutenant Commander Kretorg and Commander Jake Lewis
With a mixture of relief and elation, Lieutenant Commander Kretorg stepped onto the boat. As soon as his identity was verified, the security officer directed him to the bridge at his request. As he stood for a few moment and took in the layout of the bridge, it was hard not to notice the Captain […]
Effect Before Cause
Commander Jake Lewis, Lieutenant Commander Tom Brooks, Rear Admiral Michael West and Leon Rice
It had been a busy day for sure. Sixteen hours ago, they’d just been starting the interrogation of the Mind Burner. Since then, Commander Lewis had been incapacitated by a black ops hit squad, stormed into Starbase 141’s Command and Control Center, debriefed his operators, blackmailed a Commodore, met some new staff, and worked a […]
Master Sergeant Alex Ryan and Major Soya Renota
Alex had seen in the transfer list there was another Marine onboard, finally! Sure there were a few in the TACOPS teams, but he’d been the only one in a senior position, well technically two since he was also Chief of the Boat, but so far no one had come to him with any problems […]