History VideoGame / StarTrekOnline

23rd Jun '17 9:17:34 AM Gosicrystal
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* ShownTheirWork: During one of the Franklin Drake missions, you have to help calibrate a "cortical stimulator" based on tricorder readings of affected brain cells. The neuron factoids are basically spot-on.

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During one of the Franklin Drake missions, you have to help calibrate a "cortical stimulator" based on tricorder readings of affected brain cells. The neuron factoids are basically spot-on.spot-on.
** In ''Legacy of Romulus'' Romulan warbirds' death animation consists of them collapsing into the black hole they use to power the warp core in place of a matter/antimatter reactor. The black hole then explodes. Sounds like MadeOfExplodium and is really just a justification for the ship's death to damage surrounding ships, but [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2698034/Black-holes-EXPLODE-die-Galactic-phenomenon-burst-apart-white-holes-end-life.html research suggests]] that real-life black holes really do behave like this.
18th Jun '17 2:42:39 PM StarSword
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* ArtisticLicenseMilitary:
** Using rank as a synonym for CharacterLevel (from Lieutenant at level 5 to ''Fleet Admiral'' at level 60) results in a lot of OutrankingYourJob and means the player is frequently taking orders from people they outrank by several grades, as well as resulting in a ludicrous ''Fanfic/MarissaPicard''-like situation where you apparently went from junior officer to 5-star in ''eighteen months''. It also inconveniences the developers in the event they ever want to raise the level cap again: the increase in rank cap to fleet admiral resulted in jokes that the next expansion would make you President of the Federation.
** Miral Paris is a Starfleet security officer, which according to the game's conventions means she should be wearing a red uniform: red is for security and tactical personnel, as well as commanding officers and admirals. For some reason they have her in yellow, which is for operations and engineering specialties (though it included security personnel in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' timeframe, which was when her mother served as an engineering officer; this is possibly a misplaced use of GenerationXerox). Season 10 makes the same error in the opposite direction by putting Sarish Minna, Deep Space 9's operations officer, in a red security/tactical uniform. Possibly the devs confused the term "operations officer" with the post of "''strategic'' operations officer" held by Worf in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' (for which he wore a red uniform).



** The game borrowed bits of the worldbuilding done by Creator/DianeDuane for her ''Literature/{{Rihannsu}}'' novel series for the Romulan Republic in the ''Legacy of Romulus'' expansion. Unfortunately, [[http://sto-forum.perfectworld.com/showthread.php?t=884961 Rihan language geeks have noted]] that "''Mol'Rihan''", the in-game Romulan translation of "New Romulus", is grammatically incorrect: they just slapped "mol'" ("new", but it's supposed to be a ''suffix'') onto ch'Rihan (Romulus in Romulan, literally "of the Declared"). Among the more more accurate translations would be "''ch'Rihan'mol''". They also frequently try to use Romulan words for {{Meaningful Name}}s, only to misuse or misspell them (e.g. getting the 'a' and the 'e' backwards when they tried to use "laehval" ["shadow"] for Sela's flagship IRW ''Leahval''), and forgetting that Duaneian Romulans don't name ships or people after abstract ideas (RRW ''Lleiset'', meaning "freedom").

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** The game borrowed bits of the worldbuilding done by Creator/DianeDuane for her ''Literature/{{Rihannsu}}'' novel series for the Romulan Republic in the ''Legacy of Romulus'' expansion. Unfortunately, [[http://sto-forum.perfectworld.com/showthread.php?t=884961 Rihan language geeks have noted]] that "''Mol'Rihan''", the in-game Romulan translation of "New Romulus", is grammatically incorrect: they just slapped "mol'" ("new", but it's supposed to be a ''suffix'') onto ch'Rihan (Romulus in Romulan, literally "of "[homeworld] of the Declared"). Among the more more accurate translations would be "''ch'Rihan'mol''". They also frequently try to use Romulan words for {{Meaningful Name}}s, only to misuse or misspell them (e.g. getting the 'a' and the 'e' backwards when they tried to use "laehval" ["shadow"] for Sela's flagship IRW ''Leahval''), and forgetting that Duaneian Romulans don't name ships or people after abstract ideas (RRW ''Lleiset'', meaning "freedom").
9th Jun '17 4:28:59 AM Orca1_9904
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* PhysicalGod: Q, of course, who spends much of his time hanging around Earth Spacedock, dispensing boons to passing captains and occasionally [[BalefulPolymorph turning them into small housepets]]. It should be noted that this Q is not the rogueish Q we are most accustomed to, nor is it his [[Series/StarTrekVoyager lover, Q]]. Nor is it his [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration close friend Q]]. The Q in question is actually his son, [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Q]], who seems to have grown up much like his father, despite his aunt [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Kathy's]] influence.

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* PermanentlyMissableContent:
** To celebrate the 25th anniversary of ''Star Trek: The Next Generation'' in July 2012, players could claim a unique Klingon baldric costume piece. This promotion ran for a week and the item was a per-character unlock, so there was no way for new players who started playing after the event to gain access to the baldric. Not even new characters made after the event by players that took part in it could get it.
** The Phoenix Prize Pack has partially subverted this trope to a degree, as it allows newer players to gain access to otherwise unobtainable items such as event ships and other limited-time items. The only catch is that the prize pack itself is only available for a limited time and only when Cryptic sees fit to run an in-game promotion including it.
* PhysicalGod: Q, of course, who spends much of his time hanging around Earth Spacedock, Spacedock during the annual winter and anniversary events, dispensing boons to passing captains and occasionally [[BalefulPolymorph turning them into small housepets]]. It should be noted that this Q is not the rogueish Q we are most accustomed to, nor is it his [[Series/StarTrekVoyager lover, Q]]. Nor is it his [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration close friend Q]]. The Q in question is actually his son, [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Q]], who seems to have grown up much like his father, despite his aunt [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Kathy's]] influence.
25th May '17 5:07:05 PM Mikedem2
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* ArcNumber: 47 has always been an in-joke in Trek productions. STO turns it into this with a subtle and easily missed WhamLine in the Romulan Faction mission "Sleepers." [[spoiler: 47 is the Borg Designation for the Iconians]]. There's also the main deck on Earth Spacedock (deck 47), the Borg's Unimatrix 0047 command ships, and the default registry for the Federation's NPC Galaxy-X dreadnought is NCC-170147.

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* ArcNumber: 47 has always been an in-joke in Trek productions. STO turns it into this with a subtle and easily missed WhamLine in the Romulan Faction mission "Sleepers." [[spoiler: 47 Species 0047 is the Borg Designation for the Iconians]]. There's also the main deck on Earth Spacedock (deck 47), the Borg's Unimatrix 0047 command ships, and the default registry for the Federation's NPC Galaxy-X dreadnought is NCC-170147.



** It turns out the entire Temporal Cold War was triggered by the [[spoiler: events of [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E19CaptainsHoliday "Captain's Holiday"]]. Kal Dano, creator of the Tox Utaht, is a 31st century time traveler and the dead time pod pilot from the Enterprise episode [[Recap/StarTrekEnterpriseS02E016FutureTense "Future Tense"]]. The player is the one helping Kal evade the Tholians and Vorgons trying to steal his device, but is too late to stop the Tholians from destroying the Na'Kuhl star and triggering their StartOfDarkness. The player eventually buries it on Risa in the 22nd century where Captain Picard will eventually dig it up.]]

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** It turns out the entire Temporal Cold War was triggered by the [[spoiler: events of [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E19CaptainsHoliday "Captain's Holiday"]]. Kal Dano, creator of the Tox Utaht, Uthat, is a 31st century time traveler and the dead time pod pilot from the Enterprise episode [[Recap/StarTrekEnterpriseS02E016FutureTense "Future Tense"]]. The player is the one helping Kal evade the Tholians and Vorgons trying to steal his device, but is too late to stop the Tholians from destroying using it to destroy the Na'Kuhl star and star, triggering their StartOfDarkness. The player eventually buries it on Risa in the 22nd century where Captain Picard will eventually dig it up.]]
25th May '17 4:59:32 PM Mikedem2
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** The Iconians and their Gateway technology, introduced in the Next Generation episode "Contagion" as an extinct precursor race[[spoiler: end up being the main force behind the events of the game's storyline, with the Iconians themselves being the BigBad and ManBehindTheMan for most of the events post-Star Trek Nemesis. Their servitor races include the Elachi (The unnamed alien raiders from the Enterprise episode "Silent Enemy", the Solanae (the Solanagen-based aliens from the TNG episode "Schisms"), the Vaadwaur (from the Voyager episode "Dragon's Teeth), and even the [[PuppeteerParasite neural parasites]] from "Conspiracy". The Tal Shiar also ally with the Iconians, tying the Legacy of Romulus arc into the larger Iconian conflict.]]
** The Future Proof and Yesterday's War episodes also [[spoiler:tie together the Temporal Cold War and the Xindi story arcs from Series/StarTrekEnterprise via time travel, and the player is present at several key events like General Vosk's escape to the alternate-1930s from "Storm Front" and the Battle of Procyon 5 from "Azati Prime".]] The player's allies during these events include [[spoiler: Temporal Agent Daniels, a 29th Century Starfleet Timeship crew, and Scotty and Chekov from The Original Series.]]
** It turns out the entire Temporal Cold War was triggered by the [[spoiler: events of "Captain's Holiday" Kal Dano, creator of the Tox Utaht, is a 31st century time traveler and the dead time pod pilot from the Enterprise episode "Future Tense". The player is the one helping Kal evade the Tholians and Vorgons trying to steal his device, but is too late to stop the Tholians from destroying the Na'Kuhl star and triggering their StartOfDarkness. The player eventually buries it on Risa in the 22nd century where Captain Picard will eventually dig it up.]]

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** The Iconians and their Gateway technology, introduced in the Next Generation episode "Contagion" [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS2E11Contagion "Contagion"]] as an extinct precursor race[[spoiler: end up being the main force behind the events of the game's storyline, with the Iconians themselves being the BigBad and ManBehindTheMan for most of the events post-Star Trek Nemesis. Their servitor races include the Elachi (The unnamed alien raiders from the Enterprise episode [[Recap/StarTrekEnterpriseS01E12SilentEnemy "Silent Enemy", Enemy"]], the Solanae (the Solanagen-based aliens from the TNG episode "Schisms"), [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E5Schisms "Schisms"]]), the Vaadwaur (from the Voyager episode [[Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS6E7DragonsTeeth "Dragon's Teeth), Teeth"]]), and even the [[PuppeteerParasite neural parasites]] from "Conspiracy".[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS1E24Conspiracy "Conspiracy"]]. The Tal Shiar also ally with the Iconians, tying the Legacy of Romulus arc into the larger Iconian conflict.]]
** The Future Proof and Yesterday's War episodes also [[spoiler:tie together the Temporal Cold War and the Xindi story arcs from Series/StarTrekEnterprise via time travel, and the player is present at several key events like General Vosk's escape to the alternate-1930s from [[Recap/StarTrekEnterpriseS04E01StormFront "Storm Front" Front"]] and the Battle of Procyon 5 V from [[Recap/StarTrekEnterpriseS03E18AzatiPrime "Azati Prime".Prime"]].]] The player's allies during these events include [[spoiler: Temporal Agent Daniels, a 29th Century Starfleet Timeship crew, and Scotty and Chekov from The Original Series.]]
** It turns out the entire Temporal Cold War was triggered by the [[spoiler: events of [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E19CaptainsHoliday "Captain's Holiday" Holiday"]]. Kal Dano, creator of the Tox Utaht, is a 31st century time traveler and the dead time pod pilot from the Enterprise episode [[Recap/StarTrekEnterpriseS02E016FutureTense "Future Tense".Tense"]]. The player is the one helping Kal evade the Tholians and Vorgons trying to steal his device, but is too late to stop the Tholians from destroying the Na'Kuhl star and triggering their StartOfDarkness. The player eventually buries it on Risa in the 22nd century where Captain Picard will eventually dig it up.]]
7th May '17 4:47:43 PM LordInsane
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** In "Time and Tide", Noye steals the Krenim temporal weapon ship from the TimePolice and naturally tries to cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt in succeeding missions. Said TimePolice are remarkably clueless about the possibility of simply time-traveling themselves to before the weapon was stolen in the first place and disabling it entirely.

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** In "Time and Tide", Noye steals the Krenim temporal weapon ship from the TimePolice and naturally tries to cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt in succeeding missions. Said TimePolice are remarkably clueless about the possibility of simply time-traveling themselves to before the weapon was stolen in the first place and disabling it entirely.entirely[[note]]this ''would'' be explainable by another piece of phlebotinum, temporal shielding, which would keep the Krenim ship unaffected by temporal interventions... ''except'' that by the rules established earlier that would mean that the moment the temporal weapon ship's shields were knocked down it would integrate with the established timeline and be disabled[[/note]].
7th May '17 2:52:30 PM Mikedem2
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* EnemyCivilWar: Halfway through the Delta Quadrant story arc the [[spoiler:Vaadwaur split into two warring factions; the main force led by Gaul and his parasite-infested commanders, and a rebel faction led by Captain Eldex.]]


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** The Romulan PC goes from being a simple farmer on the backwater world of Virinat to a Romulan Republic Fleet Admiral who discovers and founds the New Romulus colony, takes down the Tal Shiar, and saves the galaxy several times.
7th May '17 11:32:11 AM Mikedem2
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** The genocidal [[spoiler:Tzenkethi]] in Season 12.
30th Apr '17 8:39:59 PM Mikedem2
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** Tony Todd plays General Rodek (Worf's mindwiped brother Kurn from TNG/DS9) in Season 12.

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** Tony Todd plays General Rodek (Worf's mindwiped brother Kurn from TNG/DS9) [=TNG/DS9=]) in Season 12.
30th Apr '17 8:39:14 PM Mikedem2
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** Tony Todd plays General Rodek (Worf's mindwiped brother Kurn from TNG/DS9) in Season 12.



* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: At the Battle of Procyon V, the future Federation is under attack by a grand coalition of time-traveling enemies. [[spoiler: Terran Empire forces from the Mirror Universe]] bug out after the player thwarts a boarding attempt on the ''Enterprise-J'' personally led by [[spoiler: Admiral Leeta]] and beats that leader into the ground.

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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: At the Battle of Procyon V, the future Federation is under attack by a grand coalition of time-traveling enemies. [[spoiler: Terran Empire forces from the Mirror Universe]] bug out after the player thwarts a boarding attempt on the ''Enterprise-J'' personally led by [[spoiler: Admiral Leeta]] and beats that leader her into the ground.
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