A Star Trek Roleplaying Simulation
of the United Space Federation
"It is better to have a line drawn somewhere in the penumbra between
darkness and light, than to remain in uncertainty."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Justice, United States Supreme Court
Penumbra (noun, astronomy): a space of partial illumination (as in an eclipse)
between the perfect shadow on all sides and the full light.
"Penumbra" can thus be used to describe any "gray area"
where things aren't all black and white.
Penumbra is an apt name for a starship of the Eclipse class
(a Long-range Reconnaissance Cruiser) sent to gather intelligence on a
potentially devastating enemy with which we have had no contact or information
for over a decade.
It is also an apt name for the mission in which the crew of such a starship may be
asked to risk their lives to hinder such a potential enemy's operations with little
or no support from the Federation. We will be operating in that "gray area"
where things aren't all black and white, aboard the USS Penumbra.
The Penumbra is an experimental Starfleet
vessel intended to perform reconnaissance missions deep in the Gamma Quadrant in the
area known as the Aslan Heirate
and beyond into the frontier region claimed by the
While the United Federation of Planets has not (yet) declared war on the Kyrathian Swarm,
the Aslan Heirate has. While officially remaining out of their war, the Federation has agreed
to lend assistance to our allies in the deep Gamma Quadrant by utilizing the advanced
reconnaissance capabilities of the Penumbra to scout the area, identifying potential
threats, tracking the movements of the Swarm, and gauging their capabilities. This information
will be provided to the Aslans and transmitted back to the Federation as well.
Due to the extreme distance from Starfleet-controlled territories, reports will be transmitted
in secure packets utilizing advanced encryption through various Aslan and other allied vessels.
The Penumbra will be many days or even weeks out of any real-time communication with
Starfleet Command and the Federation Council. We're on our own out here.
In support of the Federation's allies, the Aslan Heirate, the Penumbra may be tasked with
disrupting or delaying the advancement or expansion of the Kyrathian Swarm by employing various
hit and run missions on selected targets.
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