During the final year of the Dominion War, Cristoval Navarro passes over the oppurtunity to take command of the first Prometheus-class vessel to coast out of drydock, and instead chooses to take the worst command in the fleet...the USS Parkston...or the 'USS Pariah' as Officer Clubs throughout the fleet affectionately call it. A refitted Nova-class, the Parkston serves as something of a final proving ground. A ship crewed by the rejects and castaways of Starfleet. Men, women, and 'other' who would have been drummed out of Starfleet but for one saving grace. Someone, somewhere, with alot of influence thought they were worth saving...worth being given one last chance to prove themselves worthy of wearing a Starfleet Uniform.
The Parkston goes on to accomplish amazing feats, until a battle with a Dominion Supership results in Captain Navarro being grievously injured. Over the course of a touch-and-go surgery to save his life, the Parkston's doctor discovers Captain Navarro is geneticly augmented. The discovery effectively ends his career. As the Parkston returns to earth for Captain Navarro's court martial hearing, the Dominion makes an agressive push taking several sectors previously held by the Alpha Quandrant Alliance. Over the course of a single day's battle, the Parkston suddenly finds itself stranded deep behind enemy lines. Necessity demands Captain Navarro be released from the brig and retake command.
Forced to survive on salvage, wits, and balls the Parkston fights a guerilla war behind enemy lines for the Dominion War. As the war comes to a close, Captain Navarro finds himself disinclined to return to the Federation and face criminal charges for the crime of having been born. Those crewman who wish to return to the Federation are placed on shuttles and runabouts. The Parkston then turns around and heads for the border between Klingon and Romulan space, knowing that they can easily elude Federation or Klingon task forces by crossing the Romulan Border, and the Romulans would be too busy recovering from the toll the war had taken on them to be bothered with a lone renegade starship. The Parkston crew officially claims the title of Pariah as a mark of pride for their ship.
Over the years to follow the Pariah's crew forges a reputation amongst the fronteir worlds of Klingon and Romulan space. The Pariah serves as messengers, escorts, and smugglers. These worlds, largely populated by the conquered species'("Jegwuphi" in the Klingon tongue. 'Conquered People') of their respective empires are often all too pleased to shelter the Pariah crew from Klingon or Romulan reprisals. One day, inspired by his feirce reputation, a Klingon Warrior challenges Navarro to a duel and loses. Months later that warrior's bride...Brion... tracks Navarro down and forces him into a Disruptor-Wedding. Due to a bizarre quirk of Klingon Custom and Law, the only way for her to regain control of her House is to marry the man who killed her husband(Hey, it worked for Quark...).
Over the years to follow, Navarro slowly brings the newly dubbed 'House of Navarro' back from the edge of extinction by infusing it's ranks with Jegwuphi. Brion dies during childbirth, bringing two twins into the world who look like the Klingons of old due to their mixed parentage between a Klingon and Augmented Human. In the eyes of man her death delegitmizes Navarro's prescence on Kronos and his influence in Klingon politics. Though custom and law remain on his size, they want him gone. And Klingons rarely shy away from bloodshed.
What was once a federation ship of outcasts and rejects now stands as a Klingon Great House...of outcasts and rejects. Surrounded by Klingons who want them gone, the Dak'tagh's and the Bat'leths are being sharpened.
The Consensus seems to favor pursuing the "House of Navarro" aspect of the game. Those of you who wanted to focus on an earlier time period...suck it. Hah!
- Obviously. Plenty of humans were part of the original Pariah crew, or might have been rescued by the Pariah during the period of time during the Dominion War when the ship was trapped behind enemy lines. And it's certainly not impossible that there could be plenty of human criminals hiding out in the rough and tumble borderlands between Klingon and Romulan space. Most any Federation species in general would fit under those guidelines, though i'll probably specify some of the more popular choices further down the list. Vulcans/V'Tosh Ka'tur
- Another no brainer. Plenty of Vulcans in Starfleet so they could have been original Pariah crew or rescued. What's that? This is Elliquiy and you don't want to play a stodgy emotionless Vulcan who never wants to get laid? NEVER FEAR! There is in fact a small sect of Vulcans known as "V'tosh ka'tur" who allow themselves to experience emotion while still maintaining control over their baser instincts. Considering Vulcans are usually such perfectionists, if any kind of Vulcan would find themselves assigned to the Pariah it would likely be one of that sect.Andorian/Aenar
- Generally an aggressive, combative species Andorians are also one of the founding members of the Federation so they make sense as former Pariah crew/rescues. Aenar are a psychic albino subdivision of Andorian who usually don't leave the homeworld but there are occasional exceptions. Augments/Neo-Augments
- Somewhat outlawed in the Federation, it's not necessarily a crime to be an Augment(although it's very much a crime to create one). But as an augment in Federation space you're pretty much banned from Starfleet, Politics, certain kinds of science, and most other career choices worth pursuing. Augments who are psychologically stable enough often head as far from Federation Space as possible to escape the stigma of their birth and find a place where their ambitions can be acheived. Captain Navarro is an Augment himself, or more specifically a Neo-Augment. His mother and father were geneticists who wanted to prove that modern genetics technology was as far beyond the genetics of yesterday as a Sovereign class starship was compared to a Constitution class. Their son was the first of the new breed of augments, and they created a few dozen others for select co-conspirators and allies who helped them gain the resources they needed to enhance their son. Captain Navarro has made a point of trying to find and recruit augments, both the old and new breed and give them the oppurtunities snatched away from him when his augment status was discovered. Ferengi
- this takes place some years after the events of Deep Space 9. Nog may have been the first Ferengi in Starfleet but it's entirely possible his example could have inspired others. Especially after all the social reforms Rom instituted as the new Grand Nagus. And of course Ferengi always go where the money is...and Klingons will put up with Ferengi for top quality Bloodwine and other merchandise. So there's plenty of business in both Klingon and Romulan space to exploit. Romulans
- Very tricky. Keep in mind that much of the storyline unfolds in Klingon space, and more than any other race in the galaxy the majority of Klingons violently hate and loathe Romulans. The same would be true of Romulan halfbreeds. That said i won't reject a romulan idea. The Romulans are currently in the middle of a Civil War however. Their homeworld was destroyed and factions are now fighting it out to see who will rebuild the Romulan Star Empire from the ashes. Keep in mind it wouldn't be impossible for a Romulan to masquerade as a Vulcan...Orions/The Orion Syndicate
- Under Melani D'ian(who is available for play if someone wants her), the Orion species has been recently reunited and reassumed majority control over the galaxy-spanning criminal organization "The Orion Syndicate". We've seen Orions in Starfleet, Orion Pirates, and now they're actively in control of a major crime syndicate which has forged an alliance with the Klingon Empire. So Orions, or members of the Orion Syndicate(of any species) would easily fit into the game. Cardassians
- Again this takes place some years after the Dominion War. Many Cardassian civilians remember how the Federation saved them from the Klingons, and then saved them from the Dominion. But the Pariah would have left the Federation before Cardassians began applying to Starfleet. Still it's not impossible that some Cardassians could have been liberated from Klingon prisons by the Pariah during the Pariah's time as a smuggler ship. Or that some Cardassians could have come to Klingon space looking for payback for what Klingons did to Cardassia prior to(or even during) the Dominion War. Gorn
- Recently conquered by the Klingons, the Gorn are the newest unwilling members of the Klingon Empire. However they did sufficiently impress the Klingons during the war to be granted a rare honor. Gorn are allowed to join the Klingon Defense Force(Klingon Military). Naussicans
- Naussicans remain an agressive, violent, thuggish people found in all corners of the galaxy, usually as pirates and enforcers.Soong-Type Android
- rare but not impossible. You wouldn't have been an original member of the Pariah crew unless you could pass for human(or any other race Soong decided to pattern you after), but we're probably not gonna allow too many of these. That said there are other non-Soong Android choices out there. Hologram
- there is at least one fully sentient race of extra-dimensional photonic beings out there, so this would be tricky but not impossible. Voyager's Doctor hologram also spearheaded an effort to win civil rights for Holograms throughout the Federation so it's not impossible. The Pariah in fact DOES have a Female EMH(Emergency Medical Hologram). PM me if you'd like more info on her. Species 8472
- Or "The Undine" as they call themselves. They come from another dimension all together where space is "Fluidic". their natural form is quite "monstrous" by the standards of most Alpha Quandrant races, but they can take smaller humanoid forms. They require regular treatments in their humanoid forms. The Undine would be a bit tricky to play in that the Undine are planning a longterm invasion of this dimension. Any Undine currently in the game would be a Deep Cover operative/spy/saboteur. Of course sometimes such deep cover operatives have been known to go native... Hirogen
- A few hundred Hirogen have recently arrived in their never-ending pursuit of worthy prey to Hunt. They've allied with Commander Sela's faction in the Romulan civil war, but at the end of the day the Hirogen go where the best hunting can be found.
More to come....when I damn well feel like it. Maybe if I really wanna showoff i'll even add example pictures of each race.