(Age of Discovery)
The DSC Starfleet is one of the playable factions in Star Trek Online. Not a faction in true sense of the word, the DSC Starfleet presents an alternate starting experience for Starfleet Captains before taking them into the regular Starfleet storyline. Created as part of a new streamlined starting experience, players are given the ability to create a new captain in the Star Trek: Discovery-era and are set on an adventure featuring new storylines running parallel to the show, including locations, celebrities, and era-appropriate starships.
Starfleet is the United Federation of Planets' military, defensive, and exploratory branch. Note that "Starfleet" is not the Federation; it is only the military branch of a civil government, similar to the United States of America's naval branch.
- For more details, see Starfleet#Background
Starfleet, now around 100 years old, has pushed the boundaries of exploration to the edge of known space leading to a further expansion of Federation's territory. This caused increased tensions between the Federation and the Klingon Empire which ultimately led to a war in 2256. Starfleet did what it could to avoid the conflict, but once it began it struggled to hold its own against the Klingons. Starfleet of this era is one questioning its principles in the face of annihilation.
While the faction loading screen uses a blend of the Starfleet and Federation emblems. The central, arrow-shaped delta in the center forms Starfleet's formal emblem.
In 2256, Starfleet's uniform is the dark blue Discovery design.
Starfleet ranks roughly mirror those of the U.S. Navy, with crew being given ranks of Cadet, Lieutenant, Lieutenant Commander and Commander. Ship commanders usually hold the rank of Captain, but sometimes a commander is referred to as Captain even if they are of a different rank. Senior officers hold the ranks of Vice, Rear and Fleet Admiral.
Upon starting a new DSC Starfleet character, players must choose a career (analogous to a 'class' from other MMORPGs) and a species (or race). The career determines the character's native abilities, and the race determines the character's innate traits and, in certain cases, special abilities. In combat, the career choice and racial traits affect the gameplay and strategies used by the player. When the player completes (or skips) the tutorial, a Malachowski-class starship is assigned to them.
In Star Trek Online, players may choose which career they wish their character to adopt. Players are able to choose from the following three career paths:
Each profession has its own advantages (and disadvantages) in the gameplay of Star Trek Online.
With the launch of Season Fifteen: Age of Discovery, there are only three race choices available to choose from: Human, Vulcan, and Alien. More races are expected to added, including Discovery-themed versions of Andorians, Tellarites, and Saurians. A player's choice of race is important and cannot be changed, so it is advisable to choose carefully.
|Free||No species trait, instead Alien captains are given one extra trait slot each for ground and space|
After “Downfall” has been completed, DSC Starfleet players can use any starship available to the 25th century Starfleet players. Several new starships featuring designs straight from Star Trek: Discovery, were added to the Zen Store and are also available from the Discovery Lock Box. However, these starships are not available to players until after joining the main Starfleet timeline.
There are three main types of playable Starfleet vessel, each with numerous sub-types for different ranks and styles of play, and each of those sub-types may have a number of cosmetic variants. The types of vessel are generally biased towards a specific class, but players of any class can captain any type of vessel.
|Tutorial: Graduation Day|
|The following Episode Arc cannot be replayed.|
|"Graduation Day" • “Routine Maneuvers” • “Trial by Fire” • “The Shadow Knows” • “Children of War” • “Reporting In”|
|Age of Discovery|
|The Federation stands on the brink of destruction against a newly reunited Klingon Empire.|
|“The Plausibility of the Possible” • “Impossibility of Reason” • “Secrets” • “Downfall” • “Welcome to Earth Spacedock”|
Once “Downfall” has been completed, player is sent to 2409 and integrated into the standard Starfleet storyline. DSC players have some specific dialogue to reflect the events they were part of in the past and, to differentiate the two factions, they retain the 23rd century effects and animations (e.g. the transporter effect).
- Starfleet at Memory Alpha, the Star Trek Wiki.
- Starfleet at Memory Beta, the non-canon Star Trek Wiki.
Factions by Quadrant
|α||Breen Confederacy • Cardassian Union • Deferi • Drantzuli • Federation (Starfleet) • Ferengi Alliance • Kentari Union • Lukari Concordium • Na'kuhl • Tholian Assembly • True Way Alliance • Tzenkethi Coalition|
|β||Federation (Starfleet • DSC Starfleet • TOS Starfleet) • Gorn Hegemony • Iconian • Klingon Empire (Klingon Defense Force) • Klingon Empire Rebels • Klingons (2256) • Nausicaan • Orion Syndicate • Romulan Republic • Romulan Star Empire • Reman Resistance • Son'a • Vulcan|
|γ||Dominion • Fek'Ihri Horde • Hur'q|
|Δ||Automated Personnel Unit • Benthan • Borg Collective • The Cooperative • Bluegill • Hazari • Hierarchy • Hirogen • Kazon • Kobali • Krenim • Malon • Ocampa • Octanti • Talaxian • Turei • Tuterian • Vaadwaur Supremacy • Voth|
|Others||Creatures • Devidian • Elachi • Terran Empire • Undine (Species 8472) • Vorgon|