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Award Poll: The Researcher's Medal 2019

This is dedicated to a writer who mines Stark Trek canon for technical or cultural details, or built an species that truly stand out in originality. To read posts from this writer is to feel as if one is walking in the shoes of a real person in the Star Trek universe. Details should have long-lasting effects on the Theurgy story as a whole.

The poll will run for 3 days, in which those who cast their vote should take a few minutes to read the linked scenes first. The nominee(s) who get the most votes will receive the Researcher's Medal. If you are a Nominee, you may not vote on your own scene.

Here are the nominations, with more information on the nominated writers & threads, which has been complemented by private nominations of additional writers in nominated threads:


Forum Name of Nominee: @Brutus
Reason for Nomination: A solid knowledge of the Star Trek universe
Motivation & Links:
Brutus' posts are consistently peppered with Trek facts, lore and technobabble, all of which add an extra level of depth to interactions with him. It takes both a solid knowledge of the Star Trek universe, as well as a good deal of time spent on google and memory alpha, to consistently add such detail to one's posts, and the nominator think he ought to be commended for it.

Furthermore, the nominator is sure he' s read every novel and comic book about Trek, and if he has not read everything edited about star trek he is quite close to it. Are you wondering about a obscure starship that only is featured in a novel? Brutus knows about it and can provide additional information. This species that...? Brutus knows about it. What happens in 2384 in....? Brutus knows. Best of all, he usually doesn't brag about that knowledge, but gives it to help those in need in a humble and eager to help way. And he deserves all praise for it.


Forum Name of Nominee: @Top Hat
Reason for Nomination: Development of the Hermat species & knowledge in Trek lore
Motivation & Links:
Hermat Wiki Page
Top Hat's knowledge of Star Trek canon is pretty great all round. He was invaluable when the nominator joined the sim, unfamiliar with Trek, and Top Hat's help and advice regarding writing an engineer was wonderful. I still badger him with technical questions all the time and he always has a helpful and reliable answer. More than all of this, though, his development of the Hermat species (an underdeveloped species in Beta canon) is fabulous, with a lot of thought going into their culture, biology, and history all while keeping it in-line with Trek canon and flavour. He also writes this very alien species super well, with all their oddities coming across in his posts. For a link, see the Hermat wiki page.

Top Hat also has a deep knowledge of Trek technology and an excellent technobabble competence. You just need to read some of his post with T'Less or Nator on duty: you have no doubt that what the characters are saying has full significance and has a depth and extreme complexity that perhaps escapes to someone more clueless, but that has full relevance in context. When you read a 'technical' post from Top Hat you don't get the feeling that it's telling you that the character finds the conduit A in the B, there's a much greater complexity behind and a deeper tech significance. Reading TH really makes you feel in the future and brings a very deep dimension to the plot.


Forum Name of Nominee: @Numen
Reason for Nomination: Species knowledge and flavour
Motivation & Links:
1) Far From the Tree
2) bISolnISbe'taHmeH yIyep ma'rIch Ides
Numen writes three alien characters and has extensive knowledge about each of their species, cultures, and languages. She includes a lot of Klingon and Vulcan language in her posts, as well as going diving for obscure rituals, events, and objects from the cultures to include. She also references the biology of these species, using lots of tiny details so that these characters always feel both alien and part of their own rich culture. She's my go-to for knowledge about Klingons, Vulcans, or Cardassians, and so much of the Vulcan flavour in my own posts is down to Numen helping me with information or links on the topic. For links, see the Vulcan language and cultural events & items referenced in 'Far From the Tree', as well as the Klingon language and cultural references in 'bISolnISbe'taHmeH yIyep ma'rIch Ides'


Forum Name of Nominee: @Arista
Reason for Nomination: His deep rendering of the Cardassian culture
Motivation & Links:
1) Breakfast Club
2) Lizards of a Scale
His online inquiry to contact the creator of a Cardassian conlang to enrich the lore of Cardassian writers (or those with characters natives in Kardasi)

There are very few of us who write Cardassian characters or with a Cardassian background and Arista is a true guide on how to do it. His knowledge in canon (alpha and beta) about the species and his endeavour to make it even more complex and realistic is praiseworthy. It is not easy to take a race that has been used in the show as antagonist almost 100% of the time and give them the complexity and depth that allows us to see the greys of their actions, the good of the culture, the bad and the greys. It is worth mentioning the threads that he wrote with FT where both gave were extraordinarily outstanding. (link & link )


Forum Name of Nominee: @Stegro88
Reason for Nomination: For his development of Reman wiki page
Motivation & Links:
Reman Wiki Page
The Remans are a canon species about which we know very little. They has been featured in a single film and although there is material about them in beta there is very little to work on. Stegro has managed to give it a consistent form and build a great character upon it.

A lot of work was put into making them work in relation to the Romulan species, and explain the dynamics between the two, which has been detailed in his writing of Lorad and Samala since he joined. Remans being in the centre of the Romulan Civil War, and the role they played between the Praetor, Donatra and Martok in that conflict might have lasting effects in the story as well.

Thank you in advance for your voting in this award category!

Best Regards,

Auctor Lucan

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