Welcome Aboard

The USS Cortana is an IRC Star Trek Simulation, primarily played through live IRC SIMming. Join our crew in our mission to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.

The USS Cortana is a Sovereign Class besides the standard Starfleet computer systems The Cortana has a pro-active computer entity known as "Cortie." Cortie is a progressive Artificial Intelligence using not only computer interface and voice analysis to operate the ship, but also image recognition and the aid of holographic projectors to give an entirely new level of interface to a Ship AI.

The Cortana is an interactive simulation for all levels of experience, from the newest to Star Trek SIMming to the most experienced. The Command team has ideas and ways to engage your character Just ask. Don't be shy.

Please take a look at the information provided on this website. If you are interested in joining; please contact the [Command Team at cmd@cortana dot ucip dot org]


Latest News Items

» Happy 8th

Posted on 241605.06 @ 7:58pm by Captain Stormy O'Brien in Simm Announcement

May 2016 marks the Cortana's 8th year as a UCIP SIM.

» Important Dates

Posted on 241605.06 @ 7:56pm by Captain Stormy O'Brien in General News

*Non-Mandatory SIM Nights:
May 8 – Mother's Day
May 29- Memorial Weekend
June 19 – Father's Day
July 3rd - Fourth of July Weekend
September 4th - Labor Day Weekend
October 30th- Halloween Weekend
November20th & 29th -Thanksgiving Vacation

December 25th- Christmas and other celebrations.
January 1st, 2017 -New Years

*Non- Mandatory means no excuse necessary for absence on Non-Mandatory Days.
A member of the Command Team will attempt to be here and have a short plot for those present.

» The Ten Basic Rules of SIMming

Posted on 241605.02 @ 9:51pm by Captain Stormy O'Brien in Out of Character

- a refresher course ;o)-

By L.Horatio Hawke

1. Creativity is key, creativity gives life to your character.

2. Pay attention to detail. Keep up with what others are doing and writing, it just might affect your character.

3. Be flexible, anything can happen in a SIM.

4. Remember the Golden Rule. Treat others in your logs the way you would want to be treated in theirs, with respect.

5. For every action there is a reaction. If you put a gun to your head and fire, chances are, you’re dead. Don’t do dumb stuff.

6. Words are powerful, use them carefully, and write so others understand what you’re doing.

7. Communicate. Talk out of character (OOC) with other crew members in email. It builds cohesion and can add to creativity.

8. Stay involved, you can’t always be the center of attention... but that doesn’t mean your character can’t do anything.

9. Develop your character. Make sure you use traits about your character in your logs. Don’t just write a bio and then play your character completely different.

10. Be consistent, that way others know what to expect of you. Overtime it can be like ESP.

» Congratulations Lt Chavanet & Ens. James Kaz

Posted on 241409.27 @ 11:53pm by Captain Stormy O'Brien in Simm Announcement

Please join the Cmd Team in congratulating Lt Lucas Chavanet & Ens James Kaz for completing several Academy Courses!

Lt Lucas Chavanet completed 3 Courses:
The Basic SimGuide Practical Course
The General Science Course
Senior Officer Training

Ensign James Kaz completed 3 Courses:
The Basic SimGuide Comprehensive Exam
The Security & Tactical Course
Senior Officer Training

Well done Gentlemen, Well done!

» Congratulations are due to Lt Chavanet (Wynter)

Posted on 241407.09 @ 9:20pm by Captain Stormy O'Brien in Simm Announcement



Course Completion Notification
Star Date: 241407.09

Be it known that Lieutenant Lucas Chavanet has completed Senior Officer Training by passing the Exam with flying colors. 

Rank/Name: Lt Lucas Chavanet
Position/SIM: Chief Science Officer

SCORE: 100%
AWARDED: The Senior Officer Course Ribbon
AWARDED: The Superior Performance Medal
By: Commodore Stormy O’Brien

Rank: Lieutenant
Name: Lucas Chavanet
E-Mail: charmed_by_water@yahoo.com
Position: Assistant Engineering Officer

SIM: USS Cortana
SIM CO: Captain Stormy Caitlyn O'Brien
CO's E-Mail: cmd@cortana.ucip.com
SIM XO: Commander Titanic MD
XO's E-Mail: cmd@cortana.ucip.org

Course Packet sent 241403.02
Exam Completed: 241407.09
Grade: 100%

COMMENTS: Lt Chavanet 's answers are exceptionally well thought out. I enjoyed grading his test. This officer is diligent in his studies. His attention to detail is superior. His commitment to the task at hand is to be admired.

A copy of the graded exam is available upon request.


Commodore Stormy O’Brien
Command School Dean
Deputy Commandant

Latest Mission Posts

» SIM LOG 241608.28

Mission: A Diplomatic Mission -Cmdr Steck
Posted on 241608.29 @ 2:35am by Captain Stormy O'Brien

Cmdr Steck
Cmdr Kosuke MD/ Gerhardt
Capt O'Brien

Lt Cmdr Kendrick
Lt Kaz
CPO Solom
SWO Beckerson

Cmdr Titanic MD

-------------------------------------SIM LOG 241608.28----------------------------------------------------->

[18:16] !attn
[18:16] =/\=Attention On Deck!!=/\=
[18:16] ::Attention::
[18:16] We brave few are at attnetion ::attn::
05[18:18] Thank you Cmdr Steck... Thank you Cmdr…

» SIM LOG 241608.20

Mission: A Diplomatic Mission -Cmdr Steck
Posted on 241608.29 @ 1:28am by Captain Stormy O'Brien

Cmdr Steck
Cmdr Kosuke MD
CPO Solom

Capt O'Brien
Cmdr Titanic MD
Lt Cmdr Kendrick
Lt Kaz
SWO Beckerson

--------------------------------------------------SIM LOG 24160820------------------------------------------------>
01[21:15] !attn
[21:15] =/\=Attention On Deck!!=/\=
[21:15] :: Attention::
[21:15] ::attn::
03[21:15] * COps-CMDR_Steck sets mode: +o [CMO]-Cmdr_Kosuke
03[21:16] * CEO-CPO_Solom…

» SIM LOG 241608.14

Mission: A Diplomatic Mission -Cmdr Steck
Posted on 241608.29 @ 12:26am by Captain Stormy O'Brien

Cmdr Steck
Cmdr Kosuke MD
CPO Solom
Capt OBrien

Cmdr Titanic MD
Lt Cmdr Kendrick
Lt Kaz
SWO Beckerson

* the Mission name TBA

----------------------------------------------------SIM LOG 241608.14--------------------------------------------->
[18:05] !Attn
[18:05] =/=Attention On Deck!!=/=
[18:05] :: Attention::
[18:06] Crew has come to attention

» SIM LOG 241606.12

Mission: The Third Law
Posted on 241606.13 @ 2:16am by Captain Stormy O'Brien

Cmdr Kosuke MD
Cmdr Steck
CP0 Solom
Capt O'Brien

Cmdr Titanic MD- E
Lt Cmdr Kendrick -U-
SWO Beckerson - U-
Lt Kaz -U-

------------------------------SIM LOG 241606.12--------------------------------

[18:24] =/\=Attention On Deck!!=/\=
[18:24] :: Attention::
[18:24] ::attn::
[18:25] The crew has come to attention ma'am ::attn::
01[18:25] Thank you,…

» SIM LOG 241606.05

Mission: The Third Law
Posted on 241606.06 @ 3:00am by Captain Stormy O'Brien

Cmdr Kosuke MD
CPO Solom

Dr David King

Cmdr Titanic MD-E-
Cmdr Steck -E-
Lt Cmdr Kendrick -U-
Lt Kaz -U-
SWO Beckerson -U-

-------------------------------- SIM LOG 241606.05-------------

01[18:24] Quick Briefing: The Cortana came under attack just after the away team beamed into the sick bay, Dr…

Latest Personal Logs

» 241708.Duty Log, Cmdr H Kosuke, CMO, Cmdr Steck, COps

Posted on 241709.02 @ 12:57pm by Commander Hoshiko Kosuke

***Duty Log***
Cmdr H Kosuke, CMO
Cmdr Steck, COps

Chief Medical Officer's Office>

Late in the evening, the main doors softly swished open at the Chief Medical Officer's approach. Her duty shift had ended several hours ago, and she'd planned to finish unpacking, but her absence during the refit…

» 241708.29 Personal Log, Cmdr H Kosuke, CMO, Civ N Chardan

Posted on 241709.02 @ 11:01am by Commander Hoshiko Kosuke

Nathanial stood in the arboretum looking over the rail at one of the gatherings of plants and flowers. He'd gone to his assigned quarters and changed clothing into something more of this period so he didn't stand out as much. He didn't go to a populated part of the vessel,…

» Settling In

Posted on 241401.22 @ 4:54pm by Lieutenant Lucas Chavanet

=/\= SD 241401.22 =/\=

Computer, begin recording personal log. [@*^#]

After spending some time getting to know Commander Titanic, or technically him getting to know me, I returned to my quarters to get settled in. The quarters I was given were located on Deck 4 and while they aren't as…

» A Welcoming Sight...

Posted on 241307.02 @ 12:51am by

Computer Begin Personal Log *^$%

_// Chief Tactical Officer's Log, Lieutenant Tallok Barns, Stardate: 241307.02_\\

I am on my way to join up with the USS Cortana, traveling in a Danube class runabout, the Cortana is a ship that I have learned to call my second home. I heard that…

» Zetari RnR

Posted on 241210.27 @ 9:14pm by Commander Hoshiko Kosuke

RJ stomach growled and decided to go on a field trip to the Promenade instead of having a meal in his office. While his kitchen staff was exemplary, sometimes, he wanted to get out of the office altogether. He headed to Rosemary’s. He’d grown to like the place and the…