Personal Log, Stardate 96450.4.
It’s with a certain amount of trepidation that I accepted our current assignment. After all, I have not been near Cardassian space for a number of years-and I’m a different man now than I was when I left. Of course, I was on the threshold of adulthood when I left…and now I’m a captain of a Starfleet vessel. Captain Kurland of Deep Space Nine has been welcoming, but…this posting has been an uncomfortable one. Decades have past since Cardassia occupied Bajor and effectively enslaved its people…but they have not forgotten. I wasn’t even born when the Dominion War ravaged the quadrant, but they remember that Cardassia was a willing partner of the Dominion at that time. There are some who believe Cardassia got off lightly when the Dominion finally turned its power against it.
I’m not saying that I have a constant feeling of pressure centered on my back above my heart, but I’m not not saying it. I don’t honestly believe that a Bajoran would try to murder me in retaliation for crimes I had nothing to do with; but the feeling remains.
It’s probably for the best that Vedek Krin at Hathon kept quiet my…experience…at the temple there. If word got out about that, it could create unrest for almost all of the Bajoran people.
I hope that Starfleet assigns me to another location soon. Away from the madness that has afflicted some of my people-away from this “True Way” that wants to send us back to the bad times. I want very much to be better than that.
I have to be.
Computer, end log.
Thanks to the magic of “streamlining”, I’ve arrived at the Cardassian Struggle arc of Star Trek Online with my character of Selak. The Foundry is still down, but I decided that I could skip ahead on missions in the official storyline to bring us to Deep Space Nine and bring my Cardassian captain to more familiar territory. Thanks to the pruning that’s gone on over the years, though, it covers a mere five missions. Man, I remember when there were lots of missions involved with the Cardassian/Bajoran region. That’s dev logic for you: let’s add by removing things.
It was during this little spree that I discovered an extremely unwelcome revelation. I knew that the really big DS9 related arc, the return of the lost Dominion ships from the wormhole, was no longer a part of the main storyline, but was now considered a “side mission”. I’d been assured that the missions could still be accessed in the character journal in a separate tab. What nobody mentioned, though, was that you had to be freaking max level to access them! That makes NO sense whatsoever. Whoever made that decision must have either been drinking or taking some serious hallucinogenic drugs. This, incidentally, also impacts other of the old Feature Episodes, like the Devidian arc and possibly the Breen arc (I haven’t looked into the Breen one yet). Nimbus, at least, can still be accessed early; I don’t know about the Kobali arc, but you had to be fairly high level to get there in the first place anyway.
I could honestly see the Breen arc being higher level restricted (although max level is again extreme-particularly in light of the fact that the Iconian War makes reference to the big reveal in the Breen arc!). But the Devidians were fairly early in the careers of a lot of captains, and it made sense for the “Lost Dominion” arc to be during your time in the DS9 region. This level restriction is idiocy, and it throws off the timing of the storyline missions. I was already unhappy about the streamlining to start with, and this does not help matters.
So it looks like Selak is going to be put back in the cooler for now, until the Foundry missions are up again (always an extended period, it seems), or until the devs return to their senses and properly place more sane level restrictions for the “side mission” arcs.