Fourth Fleet

Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light,
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.

– ‘The Old Astronomer to His Pupil,’ Sarah Williams

The first of her class, the USS Pathfinder has finished her shakedown cruise and received her first orders: to proceed to the former borders of the Romulan Neutral Zone. The region is rife with political instability, competing local factions, and some of the most desperate and dispossessed people of the quadrant, but Pathfinder’s mission is not one of security. The fall of the Romulan Star Empire has opened new opportunities for exploration, granting access to stretches of space no Starfleet ship has ever reached.

While the Pathfinder is a sophisticated science vessel capable of uncovering all manner of astronomical mysteries, stellar sciences are only her secondary priority. Her crew’s primary operations are missions of archaeology and anthropology: recovering knowledge lost with the Empire’s fall, helping displaced peoples regain connections to cultures left behind, and uncovering histories of territories once ruled by those with no interest in discovery.

With a crew of scientists, historians, diplomats, and explorers, Pathfinder must navigate these challenges – be they scientific, physical, or even political.


Endeavour Squadron

USS Endeavour | USS TriumphUSS Nighthawk | USS Independence

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RPG Rating 2 2 2for content, which equates to roughly a 16+ rating

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