USS Excalibur-A, FO's Quarters

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Lt. Commander James

The First Officer's Quarters located on Deck 2 of the USS Excalibur-A consist of a large bedroom, a large living area and a bathroom. James keeps the room slightly darker, however this is usually turned up when he has guests. Most of the time music suiting James' eclectic tastes can be heard playing in the background. Of course, out of the interests of politeness this is usually paused when he has guests.

Main Room

James has chosen to set up the living area in much the same way as he did his apartment on Starbase 118 and in fact, were possible, has removed the furniture he used during that time from storage.

This is an open plan Living room / Dining room. Facing the room's door is a L-shaped sofa with a oval, glass, coffee table in the gap the L creates. In front of that (to the left of the door) is a tall, thin cabinet. Directly opposite, on the other side of the room, lies the replicator and in front of that a small, rectangular dining table. The side opposite to the entrance is taken up by a large panoramic window. Next to the entrance, with a small shoe rack in-between, is the door to the bathroom. Past the replicator is the door to the bedroom. Several picture frames hang on the walls.

Coffee Table

James tends to keep this table as free from clutter as he can. Generally, the only object on it will be his Desktop Viewer.


Unlike the book case in his bedroom, this one is mostly used for display. On the top shelf (which is also the tallest) lies a vase of flowers. Under that, is a photo his parents in one frame in the middle and then frames with pictures of his grandparents either side. Underneath is a frame with James' Stafleet Academy Diploma on the left and the graduating year photo on the right. The penultimate shelf contains a framed photo of James, Telice and Kieran from their horse riding trip on Sigma Iotia. The last shelf contains small models of all the ships he has served on - the USS Discovery-C, USS Drake, Starbase 118 and the USS Victory and finally the USS Darwin-A. The rest of the space is taken up with a cupboard where James stores his Thermin when not in use.


Like many pedantic people, James has set several personal choices on his home replicator. For starters, instead of having to specify Tea, [variety], Hot, James has set his replicator to assume that he wants all beverages in the Tea category as Hot (with Hot being specified as 318.45 Kelvin - of course whether it is actually delivered at this temperature is a different story.), correcting one of James biggest pet peeves with the system. Additionally, he has set the system up to deliver a set of pre-set menus for each day and meal, when requested. It is also set up to deliver a random menu (of the appropriate time) when asked, although once again whether it gets the right meal time is a different story.

James tends to have different tableware depending on the replicate food items heritage. For instance, while Earl Grey tea is served in a China Tea Cup, Vulcan Spice Tea is served in a Vulcan monek. This part, at least, seems to work without hitch.

The Walls

Across the wall to his bedroom five large frames dominate the wall. On the top left is the Deck Plan schematics for the USS Drake, while underneath is the Deck Plan schematics for the USS Discovery-C and underneath the two is the Deck Plan schematics for the USS Darwin-A. To the right of them all (and taking up the full height of them) is the Deck Plan schematics for Starbase 118. On the other side of the wall is a painting of the USS Darwin-A's Warp Core, complete with the full spectrum of emissions it gives out, gifted to him by Aigle Phos upon leaving the Darwin. Above the shoe rack there is a dual-panoramic frame containing a panorama of Lake Ashi on the top and the Great T'Kala Sea on the bottom.


A standard wash room equipped with a sink, sonic shower and toilet.


On the same side as the panoramic window in the main room, is a small observational window over the bed. Because of the curvature of the ship, James can just about see the stars as he sleeps. A small bedside table fills the gap between the bed and the entrance wall. The door opens at just past the foot of the double bed and opposite the bed is a bookcase and not far from it is a entrance to a small walk in closet. As opposed to picture frames, James has chosen to hang posters in this room.

Bedside Table

The table acts as an induction charger for James' PADD, so it is usually placed here. James will also have whatever the book he is reading here (if it is a paper copy rather than just being read off the PADD).


James has divided his bookcase into three sections:


This section takes up the top three shelves. Notable titles from this section are 'The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy' by Douglas Adams, 'Brave New World' by Aldous Huxley and "The Complete Dixon Hill, Private Detective Collection".


This section takes up the top next two shelves. Its contents is mostly devoted to old History books on pre-21st century Earth, Mostly concerning the industrial revolution and the 20th century. There is also a paperback copy of the teachings of Surak (replicated from Vulcan cultural archives).


This section takes up the bottom shelf. It contains engineering documents that are of interest to James, from the position of his profession, that he either can't - or is unwilling - to get in a digital form. For example, various bound copies of schematics for things ranging from the first (successful) warp drive (a modern reproduction of Zefram Cochrane's notes) to the modern EPS conduit. There are also reproductions of important scientific papers from both Earth and Vulcan's past. He has also recently added a series of biographies of famous Star Fleet First Officers as well as several guides with titles such as 'Morale Building for Clinically Inept' and 'Everything you Wanted to Know About Maintaining Working Relationships But Were To Awkward to Ask'.


James ensures that his wardrobe is stocked with at least one weeks worth of fresh Uniforms, two different kinds of casual clothing (for different situations) and one set of Dress Uniform. The clothes he wore to Sigma Iotia are also hanging up, partially due to sentimentality and partially due to the fact that they have already come in handy more than once.

The Walls

By the side of James' bed (on the side flush to the wall) is the full album art for Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' and an advert for the Atari 1040 ST. On the door are posters for Blondie and Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of The Worlds.