During his years at Starfleet Academy Attilio studied to become an engineer. He showed an affinity for command and was guided by his mentor to take additional command courses. After graduating he was posted to the U.S.S. Critius where he rose through the ranks and became their Chief Engineer. After multiple postings he was promoted to Captain and given command of the U.S.S. Chariot. Eventually he achieved the rank of Rear Admiral and received a post at the Corps of Engineers. Later he was detached to Fleet Operations. When threats to the Federation increased he realized there was a need for more ships and command officers to defend the Federation. He formed the STOA fleet and commissioned it's flagship, the U.S.S. Scientia.
|Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Fortitude NCC-87890||2410-|
|Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Scientia NCC 987890||2409-2410|
|Assignment Director, Fleet Operations||2406-2409|
|Chief of Engineering, Corps of Engineers||2404-2406|
|Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Chariot, NCC-92585||2395-2404|
|First Officer, U.S.S. Escorial NCC-40352||2392-2395|
|Second Officer, U.S.S. Hood NCC-42296||2390-2392|
|Chief Engineer, U.S.S. Hood NCC-42296||2389-2390|
|Chief Engineer, U.S.S. Critius NCC-43187||2389-2389|
|Engineer, U.S.S. Critius NCC-43187||2384-2387|
|Cadet, Starfleet Academy||2380-2384|
Medals and Awards
Throughout the Academy, James studied Starship Operations and Command in-depth, being posted aboard the U.S.S. Pharoah upon graduation, routing through the ranks to Lieutennant in his first few years. His move from Operations to Command was contentious with his superiors. Being promoted to Lieutennant Commander to work on Deep Space 5, James primarily commanded the operations teams rebuilding the colony on Ivor Prime following it's destruction by the Borg in 2373, for which he was awarded the Federation Citation of Honour.
Hastler found himself back serving on ships following his promotion to the U.S.S. February. Unexpectedly following the death of his Captain in a strange conflict with dissidents, James took command of the U.S.S. February, shortly thereafter commanding the U.S.S. Ferrigno. Retaining command of this ship, Hastler was detached to the Aldebaran Sector leading Forward Fleet Operations where conflict with the Klingons came to a fore. This led to increased co-operation between the Federation and the Empire during the resurgence of the Borg, where the U.S.S. Ferrigno was a featured proponent. Attilio petitioned Hastler to join the STOA Fleet, commissioning the U.S.S. Potentia.Assignment History
|First Officer, U.S.S. Fortitude NCC-87890||2410-|
|Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Potentia NCC 990159||2409-2410|
|Vice Admiral, Forward Fleet Operations||2404-2410|
|Starfleet Intelligence, Earth||2402-2404|
|Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Ferrigno NCC-97241||2399-2402|
|Commanding Officer, U.S.S. February NCC-942152||2397-2399|
|First Officer, U.S.S. February NCC-942152||2397-2397|
|Strategic Operations Officer: Deep Space 5||2390-2395|
|Operations Officer, U.S.S. Pharoah NCC-93791||2386-2390|
|Cadet, Starfleet Academy||2382-2386|
Medals and Awards
Commander May by most accounts had quite the standard rise through the ranks since leaving the academy, with a change of direction coming at the start of his career rather than later on, moving from Logistics on a Starbase, then to starships, and with a short spell on the famed U.S.S. Titan a short time after Captain Riker moved on from it's command. Commander May met Admiral Hastler whilst serving aboard the U.S.S. February, and in the throws of it's conflict with dissidents became Hastler's First Officer until moving to the Ferrigno.
The Commander had ample opportunity to prove himself aboard the Ferrigno, in it's plentiful bouts against the Borg and seconding as Captain while Hastler's career moved him back and forth the ship for in cause of Starfleet. Throughout this time, May became one of the most familiar officer's in the service with the Prometheus class starships, and was drafted to help develop and design the Hestia Class Advanced Escort. Now that the Hestia is in full use in Starfleet, the Commander has been reassigned to serve on the Fortitude at Hastler's request.Assignment History
|Operations Officer/2nd Officer, U.S.S. Fortitude NCC-87890||2410-|
|Hestia Advanced Escort Development Program, Sol System||2409-2410|
|Acting Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Ferrigno NCC-97241||2402-2409|
|First Officer, U.S.S. Ferrigno NCC-97241||2399-2402|
|First Officer, U.S.S. February NCC-942152||2397-2399|
|Operations Officer, U.S.S. February NCC-942152||2397-2397|
|Operations Officer, Starbase 384||2390-2397|
|Conn Officer, U.S.S. Titan NCC-80102||2386-2390|
|Logistics Officer, U.S.S. Derry||2384-2386|
|Logistics Officer, Earth Space Dock||2380-2384|
|Cadet, Starfleet Academy||2376-2380|
Medals and Awards
Camila Robinson was born in a Federation colony on Ivor Prime. During the Borg invasion of Sector 001 she was one of the many who were captured and assimilated by the Borg. Upon maturation she became known as Two of Five. Thirty-six years later her ship was part of the invasion of Vega Colony in the Vega System. Shortly after the invasion was repelled, the U.S.S. Scientia, under the command of Fleet Admiral Attilio Varrak, visited the planet to assist in the final efforts of removing the remaining Borg technology.
While there, the Fleet Admiral discovered Two of Five wandering the wilderness seemingly disconnected from the collective. He returned her to the ship where the medical staff assisted in her liberation. It was difficult for her to acclimate to her knew life, but after a while she realized the importance of her individuality.
Learning about her family's history gave her motivation. She decided that she needed a new identity to reflect the person she had become but also honor who she could have been. She decided to combine her Human name and Borg designation. Replacing "Cam" with "Tw" (for two) and "Rob" with "V" (the roman numeral for 5), Twila Vinson was born.
Requiring an expert in the field, the Fleet Admrail gave Twila a battlefield commission to assist in fighting the Borg. She held a special position on the ship (denoted by the color green in her uniform) and worked her way up to Lieutenant. Eventually her role evolved into studying a variety of enemies, from the Undine to the Iconians, providing considerable tactical reports on them. Due to her vital role in the Fleet Admiral's crew, he assigned her to the U.S.S. Fortitude after the loss of the U.S.S. Scientia.Assignment History
|Chief Security Officer, U.S.S. Fortitude NCC-87890||2410-|
|Tactical Intelligence and Strategist, U.S.S. Scientia NCC 987890||2409-2410|
|Liberated from the Borg||2409|
|Assimilated by the Borg||2373|
Medals and Awards
Lieutenant Logel quickly found himself becoming one of the most respected pilots to ever come out of the Academy. With commanding Nova Squadron and winning the Rigel cup 3 years in a row without having to perform a Kolvoord Starburst to do it.
Logel graduated from the Academy, but found himself grounded from serving on starships. Despite his impressive piloting, that did more to get him into trouble than it did with success - regularly making unauthorised launches to force Cadets into racing him and other visitors to Earth that he stumbled across.
On the off-chance of noticing this, Admiral Hastler ordered a phsycological evaluation of the young graduate to determine the reasons why - He missed Nova Squadron, and not being at the Academy anymore meant he couldn't fly competitively.Hastler decided he could use a second chance, and with a rare promotion to full Lieutenant to sit at the Conn of the Fortitude, Logel has another opportunity to fly and earn his stripes.Assignment History
|Conn Office, Commander, U.S.S. Fortitude NCC-87890||2410-|
|Suspended from Active Duty||2409-2410|
|Cadet, Starfleet Academy||2405-2409|
Growing up, V'Tash was always keen to show her adeptness to the sciences. Coming of age she was quickly accepted into the Vulcan Science Academy, before making the decision against her family's will not to attend, and instead enlisted in starfleet.
With Vulcans rarely seen to be holding any form of grudge, such a controversial decision threw more waves than most and V'Tash made what she deduced as the logical decision, to do as she wished.
After the academy in an odd move, V'Tash left for Medical school, and worked at Starfleet Medical for her entire career before being posted to the U.S.S. Absolute with James before the Iconian War. Earning the Star Cross during the conflict, James forced V'Tash on to the Bridge Officer's test as a hidden pre-requisite for being assigned to the Fortitude.Assignment History
|Chief Medical Officer, Commander, U.S.S. Fortitude NCC-87890||2410-|
|Chief Medical Officer, Lieutenant Commander, U.S.S. Absolute N.C.C. 85235||2409-2410|
|Cadet, Starfleet Medical Academy||2386-2400|
|Cadet, Starfleet Academy||2382-2386|
Medals and Awards
Kidax, nicknamed "Kid" by those closest to him, grew up on Ferenginar. Not wanting to live a life of opportunity according to the Ferengi's rules made it difficult for Kid. In his early teens, he left his home to work on freighters and transports around the quadrant, learnign the ropes. During the Federation-Klingon conflict, his freighter had been attacked by Klingon marauders. Petitioning the Captain and impressing him with his engineering prowess, he was given a letter of recommendation to join Starfleet Academy - a necessity for members of planets outside the Federation.
During his time on board the freighters and in the Academy, Kidax wrote the "Rules of Engineering", a play on the "Rules of Acquisition". He attributes his success to memorizing and following these rules. Graduating at the top of his class, he has a deep understanding of starship technology, and started climbing the ranks. Fleet Admiral Attilio Varrak took notice of this engineer and rewarded his hard work with an assignment on the U.S.S. Fortitude as Chief Engineer.Assignment History
|Chief Engineer, U.S.S. Fortitude NCC-87890||2410-|
|Starship Engineer, Utopia Planetia||2408-2410|
|Engineer, Starbase 39-Sierra||2407-2408|
|Cadet, Starfleet Academy||2403-2407|
Medals and Awards
Lieutenant Anitra is a product of the post-conflict politics that arose after the Cardassian occupation with the Federation's involvement in the planet's rebuilding. As a cadet, Anitra was made an Ensign when the Dominion resurfaced in 2409 and invaded DS9, making Bajor a base of operations for Starfleet. With Majors in Astrophysics and strides made in stellarcartographical research, the Lieutenant started turning heads. After the Dominion invasion had been dealt with Anitra returned to Earth to finish her final year in the Academy, before moving back to work as Science Officer on Deep Space 9. Being noticed for her remapping of sectors of the Alpha Quadrant surrounding the infamous station, Captain Kurland recommended her to the Admiral for her new assignment. Assigned to the Fortitude as Science Officer, the Admiral's want to see those same heads turn as the search for new life continues.
|Science Officer, U.S.S. Fortitude NCC-87890||2410-|
|Science Officer, Deep Space 9||2409-2410|
|Cadet, Final year, Starfleet Academy||2409-2409|
|Science Officer - Stellarcartography, Bajor||2409-2409|
|Cadet, Starfleet Academy||2406-2409|
|Bajor School of Science||2402-2406|
Coming together to bring our new flagship to life feels like nothing short of a feat of strength. Ironically, the fortitude it took was enormous. With all the ideas that we had (and the money that was spent to do it), the finished product is something that has taken nearly 2 years to bring about, from when we first started to talk about replacing our ageing flagships.
With the onset of Delta Rising and the Tier 6 ships that were brought with it, a new flagship (or the upgrading of the ones current at the time) was always going to be a discussion to be had – we just didn't realise the fun we would have doing it.
From the stories we wrote, to the redesigning of ships, what we wanted for everyone in the fleet was something truly unique to really belong to everyone. And thus, the Fortitude came to be.
Picking the name was arduous in itself, with reams of ideas being thrown left right and centre. But Fortitude stood out, as by definition, it encompassed not just what the process of choosing the flagship took, but everything that everyone has been through in the fleet together.
But to truly make the Fortitude unique, we thought – why not make a new class of ship? The first of her line!
We went from looking at the Command Cruisers, to the new Tier 6 Star Cruisers, and when the Archon was released, we knew that a Fortitude Class Assault Cruiser was the ship for our Armada. As the majority of the STOA's player base uses the Federation as their primary character, it seemed only right to use a Federation Starship as the Armada's flagship. Cutting 4 ships down to 1.
Writing the stories of the destruction and re-purpose of our previous flagships was a great journey, and something special as we really wanted to feel a connection with these ships. In hindsight, we didn't do with them what we really intended to, and making the U.S.S. Fortitude has given us a new opportunity to give this ship its own, proper journey with everyone in the Armada.
We really hope you enjoy the Fortitude as much as we do!
The STOA's first flagship, the U.S.S. Scientia took it's name from the first part of the STOA's motto, "Scientia est Potentia," or "Knowledge is Power." Destroyed in an engagement at the end of the Iconian War, the Scientia served as the fleet's first line of defense against threats to the quadrant.
The U.S.S. Potentia, commissioned at the same time as the Scientia took it's name from the second part of the STOA's motto, "Scientia est Potentia," or "Knowledge is Power." Destroyed in a conflict with the Terran Empire at the height of the Iconian War, the Potentia acted as an auxilliary to the U.S.S. Scientia in the STOA's engagements when required.
As the STOA's reach extended to the Klingon Empire, a ship was commissioned to represent the interests of the fleets that fought with it. The I.K.S. veS baqto' thus became a vessel worthy of it's name. At the precipice of the Iconian War the ship was retired as new ships were built that were more capable of facing the threats to the Empire.
With the Government of the Romulan Republic officially recognised by the Federation and the Klingon Empire, the Republic commissioned ships to represent it's interests across the Alpha Quadrant as it struggled against the uprising of it's own forgotten Empire. Serving these interests the Mol'Lates was detached to the services of the STOA. The ship was later repatriated with the end of the Iconian War as the Republic sought to rebuild it's fleet.