Moving right along within Star Trek Online, character has finally made it to the rank of Captain. This is thanks in large to the new Duty Officer system, which is kinda fun to mess with. As usual, the promotion comes along with a new class of starship. Using the last of my C-Store points, I opted to purchase the Bellerophon Class Refit Long Range Science Vessel. The only modifcations to her design were to use the nacelle pylons of the Discovery Class, and then a different Aztec pattern. She is christened the U.S.S. Sojourner, NCC-94360. She has been upgraded to include the Prototype Red Matter Capacitor, Enhanced Plasma Manifold, Photonic Displacer Module, Subspace Field Modulator, and the new Nadeon Detonator Module.
I love this design. The game designers even went so far as to include the variable geometry aspect into the warp nacelles. Whenever you go to warp, they rotate up into position. I have included here numerous shots of this awesome new ship.
Last night as I was online completing few missions, I thought it would be fun to take a quick snapshot of Commander Ableman and his command crew. You might notice that they are wearing TOS style uniforms. Was feeling a bit retro once we ranked up to Commander. Ableman himself is actually wearing the TOS Mirror Universe jacket. Behind him, from right to left, we have Six of Nine (Cheif Engineer, liberated Borg), Kel Orum (Chief of Security, unknown alien race), Thyris (1st Officer and Tactical Officer, Andorian) , and Zedere (Chief Science Officer, Trill). This shot is from oneof my favorite missions during which the crew gets to use the Guardian, from the TOS episode “City on the Edge of Forever“, to travel back in time and thwart a nasty Klingon‘s plans to alter history. During the mission you get to assist the original Enterprise in battle against Klingon D-7 battlecruisers. As an added bonus, you receive a couple of communications from Spock himself, voiced by Leonard Nimoy.
With the new Duty Officer System up and running, and a 400 day bonus modifier on skill points, I have been able to advance my Star Trek Online character to Commander rank pretty quickly, more quickly than I was expecting actually. But, it has afforded me the opportunity to comman one of my favorite starship classes: the Research Science Vessel. Commander Ableman has christened her the U.S.S. Perseus, NCC-92939. She has been engineered using the components of all three types of Research Science Vessels: the Hope Class, Olympic Class, and the Horizon Class.
Cmdr. Ableman also had her outfitted with the Prototype Red Matter Capacitor, the Enhanced Plasma Manifold, our Photonic Displacer, and our newest acquisition: a Subspace Field Modulator. As a necessity, she’s armed pretty well too.
Having progressed to Lieutenant Commander within Star Trek Online, and enjoying the newest additions that came out today, I thought I would take this opportunity to show off our current starship: the Federation Science Vessel U.S.S. Rembrandt, NCC-93276. Her design consists of a combination of components from the Aurora Class, the Quasar Class, and the Rhode Island Class starships. We also outfitted her with my Prototype Red Matter capacitor, Enhanced Plasma Manifold, and the new Photonic Dsiplacer Module.
The only Tier3 specialty vessel currently available in the Star Trek Online C-Store, comes the Thunderchild Class. The first U.S.S. Thunderchild was an Akira Class starship that fought the Borg at the Battle of Sector 001 in 2373. The Heavy Escort Refit: Thunderchild Class pays homage to the brave men and women who served aboard that vessel. This ship comes equipped with a Point Defense System. This console activates an automated Phaser Turret Point Defense System designed to defend the vessel from small craft, mines and targetable torpedoes, but that will also target larger vessels as well. This console can be equipped on any escort in any console slot.