I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

Cutting the Cord

Today’s was a Saturday, and a great Saturday it was — the final Feature Episode in this STO’s most recent series was released. I just started playing STO again, and haven’t yet gotten around to playing through the new series (or any of the series, for that matter). But that didn’t stop my fleet members in the Federation News Service from inviting me along!

In practice, this meant that my humble NX-class light escort was dwarfed by Admirals Bryn Aev and Tipa D’zoph’s warships (both, coincidentally recently promoted to ambassador)…

Also: Tippa's ship was a little more Borgified than mine. eep!

… but STO‘s level-matching system really came through, and even though I had many fewer abilities than BlueKae and Tippa, I was able to stay alive and contribute some damage to the team. Furthermore, when Kae and Tippa had played it earlier, they hadn’t been able to find an engineer — thanks to my unique Fast Hacking Skillzzz, I earned them (and me) an Engineer-specific Accolade.

The mission itself was hectic and tons of fun. I haven’t played the preceding missions, so the plot was a little lost on me — as best I could figure out, a fragment of the Romulan Star Empire, acting under orders from the Iconians, had started enslaving Remans. This precipitated a Reman revolt, and as the Romulan Star Empire descended even further into civil war, we chose to side with the Remans.

Or something. The nuances of our mission were lost on me, in part because I got to do things like this…

You may fire at will, ensign.

.. and this.

Yes, that's right -- my NX-class is helping a fleet of Reman warships repel a Romulan fleet led by Empress Sela. Awesome.

I had a great time, and I’m glad that Kae and Tippa invited me along — and that I was able to contribute something to the team. It’s a shame that this was the last Featured Episode for a while, but there’s always the Remastered Episodes coming out, not the mention the fact that the Foundry should drop any day now. Exciting!

EDIT: And GeeCee should enjoy this — apparently a Horta growing/crafting daily is in the works! (Links here and here.)

4 thoughts on “Ozymandias

    • Glad I could be of assistance! I hope you enjoyed the mission — I plan to try to play through the whole series within the next two weeks, so that I can get the special reward at the end. Reman officer FTW!

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