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Dedication Plaque - U.S.S. Warden
Displayed prominently in a position of pride on the bridge of every Starfleet vessel is the ship's dedication plaque. Not only acting as the "birth certificate" for a ship, naming the senior officers involved in designing and building the vessel as well as where and when she was launched, the plaque also contains a motto - a quote or saying that the ship's initial "plank-owner" crew suggest and the captain selects as a reminder of the ship's overarching mission statement. Famous examples include the motto of every Starship Enterprise since Kirk, a paraphrasing of part of a speech by Zefram Cochrane that was replayed at the launching of Earth's first deep-space explorer, Enterprise NX-01: "To Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before..."  - or, more recently, that of the U.S.S. Titan: "Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combination."

For the crew of the Guardian-class cruiser U.S.S. Warden, the motto was a reminder for a crew just coming out of a grinding conflict with the Klingon Empire and unknowingly soon headed for conflicts with the Iconians and the Na'kuhl. Captain Johnathan MacReynolds explained it that he meant it to remind the crew that, even while the Federation attempted to return Starfleet to it's primary standing mission of exploration and discovery, that while that mission never would end, neither would the hazards that could appear from that ever-new frontier.


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James Stephens
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United States
Former U.S. Army, current Rebel Legion, current STARFLEET International Marine Corps, complete and utter nerd.
Nope, I'm not dead. Just been busy looking for work, finding work, and then actually working. Woo steady paychecks!

But anyway, I've had a plot bunny for a cross-over fanfiction rolling around in my head, and I've actually decided to start commiting bytes to files on it. It's going to be an STO-timeline Federation starship crossing into some point in the Mass Effect timeline. I'm kinda thinking ME3 or just prior, but I'm not 100% sure. But here's where I'm starting to think a bit.

Originally, I was going to rip my STO main character, Captain Johnathan MacReynolds and his Odyssey-class starship, the U.S.S. Kearsarge, and slap them in. But then, I kind of got to thinking. The Odyssey-class is huge, coming in with 2,500 crew and about a kilometer in length. Size-wise, we're talking about a peer to the Destiny Ascension, the flagship of the entire Citadel fleet and one said to be roughly four times the size of the largest Systems Alliance dreadnaughts. With all that space and crew, there's probably not a lot that they couldn't do, given time, resources, and energy to run industrial replicators.

And... I'm not entirely sure that that's an entirely good thing. A good chunk of the drama in a story like this can come from the fact that the extra-universal ship doesn't have sources of parts, munitions, and materiel from home and needs to adapt. Which would tend to indicate that a smaller, less-capable ship would be better from a story standpoint. But at the same time, I have plans (MUAHAHAHAHA mine is an evil laugh) that could threaten both a ship the size of the Kearsarge and negate the superior technology found on a Starfleet vessel when compared to those of a Citadel race.

So, here's my current thoughts on various classes, and I'd like to hear folks' opinions on the subject. Please leave a comment, and feel free to toss up ideas for a different class of ship if I don't mention it.

  • Odyssey-class: I know the ship. It's easily recognized as a Star Trek ship, though perhaps not as easily as others for those that haven't done anything with Star Trek Online. Massive size needs major threats. Citadel races will probably find it easier to swallow as extra-dimensional, as there'd probably be no way the Systems Alliance could build something that size with that much new technology without someone finding out.
  • Defiant-class: Complete opposite end of the size scale, and has the dramatic advantages (and disadvantages) of same. If equipped with cloaking device, pretty much Starfleet's version of Normandy, which would be kind of appropriate. Plus the Pimp Hand of the Emissary-class -- I mean, Defiant-class is just a damn awesome little ship. Recognizable from TV/movies.
  • Galaxy-class: Little smaller than the Odyssey. That said, they have plenty of space to use for making parts and so on, so there's some of the drama-reducing elements there. Given that this is the class of the Enterprise-D, most folks likely to read the story will know it well.
  • Intrepid-class: Same class as Voyager, so recognition will be high as well. Also, given Voyager's history, it'd be a bit easier to swallow that an Intrepid could survive on its own for extended periods. Something of a happy medium between a tiny escort ship like a Defiant and a huge cruiser like a Galaxy or Odyssey.
  • Exeter-class: Sexiest original ship designed by Cryptic and put in STO to date, IMHO. (For those that don't play STO, think a Constitution-class general hull geometry given a 25th century makeover.… ) 400 crew, 20-odd decks, and so on. Would be easy to imagine for those that haven't played STO, but I think can be written to give the air of a new starship. Like the Intrepid, a happy medium between the Defiant and a superheavy cruiser.
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GSDavisArt Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the watch! :D We Trekkies need to stick together! :D
lockett730 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014
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ImperatorAlicia Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heya! I finished your awesome Christmas gift! Hope you like it!
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Broadshore Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey Kent! Long time no see!! Saw you visited my dA! How yeh been?
thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
Thank you for the fav!
Felox08 Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
greetings :wave:
Sheikahchica Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't know you were on here! *adds to deviantwatch*
Kant-Lavar Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't know you were here either until I started poking around on the Legion group. So fair's fair. :-P
Sheikahchica Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha, indeed!
Zeamay Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
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