"You paint some flames on the side, maybe like a rainbow unicorn, you got something." ― Gordon Malloy[source]The USS Orville, or ECV-197, is a mid-level exploratory vessel in Planetary Union service in the early 25th century.
- See also: Episode One: Old Wounds
By 2419, the Orville was one of the fleet's 3,000 ships. The ship had a crew of 300, and under Quantum drive was capable of speeds in excess of 10 light years per hour - over 87,660 times the speed of light.
When its commanding officer retired, Admiral Halsey offered Ed Mercer command. Mercer accepted, and was able to bring his own helmsman along. Under the previous Captain, the Planetary Union had already assigned John LaMarr as the ship's navigator and backup helmsman, Bortus as the Second Officer, Alara Kitan as the Head of Security, Isaac as the Head of Science & Engineering, and Claire Finn as the ship's physician. The Orville was then relaunched from the dockyard facility orbiting Earth. Their first mission under Captain Mercer was to deliver supplies to the science station on Epsilon II. A short diversion to another space station allowed the new executive officer and ex-wife of Captain Mercer, Kelly Grayson, to join the crew.
Arriving at Epsilon II, Doctor Aronov revealed that the request for supplies was a ruse to bring a Planetary Union vessel in order to protect the scientists against Krill aggression. Fortunately, the Orville's crew was able to repel a subsequent attack on the laboratory as expected. During the encounter, the Orville also defeated a Krill destroyer, but suffered damage to two of three propulsion rings. It subsequently underwent repairs in dock on Earth.
- See also: Episode 2: Command Performance
About a GirlEdit
- See also: Episode 3: About a Girl
If the Stars Should AppearEdit
- See also: Episode 4: If the Stars Should Appear
- See also: Episode 5: Pria
- See also: Episode 6: Krill
- See also: Episode 7: Majority Rule
Into the FoldEdit
- See also: Episode 8: Into the Fold
- See also: Episode 9: Cupid's Dagger
The Orville is one of 3,000 ships in the Planetary Union. It is classified as exploratory, a spacecraft within the Union's military wing with the purpose of exploring and charting the outer reaches of the Union's home quadrant of the galaxy. As a mid-level ship, the Orville is considerably smaller than a Union heavy cruiser. Like other Union vessels, it is directed by a captain and first officer from the bridge, and complimented by a medical bay, brig, engineering floors, residential quarters, and a mess hall.
The craft's propulsion system is based on a dysonium-powered Quantum drive. The drive configuration on the Orville provides the ship with a maximum speed of over ten light years per hour. The ship also features a tractor beam that can be reversed to push objects away from the ship. The ship has a shuttle bay, which houses multiple shuttlecraft. The walls of the ship are made of a synthetic fiber that is an artificial sort of plant system, taking in carbon dioxide breathed out by the crew, and expelling oxygen. In addition to this the ship also has a water recycling system that is completely self sustaining.
Personnel on the ship have access to directed-energy weapons that fire blue and white bolts of energy. These weapons come in the form of pistol-like side arms and long guns, both of which have a lethal and non-lethal setting. While the stun setting is lower and able to induce unconsciousness, the kill setting is higher and able to fatally burn through a target, while also potentially exerting enough force to break through metal or send targets flying . At the maximum kill setting, the weapon is capable of disintegrating or vaporizing people and most objects. The weapon's kill setting is indicated by a red light on the top of the barrel while the stun setting is indicated by a blue light.
Tasked with the exploration of space, the Orville is not built for combat or warfare, though she does have respectable armaments to deal with unexpected dangers.
- Deflector Screens: The Orville boasts a high capacity shield grid to protect itself from impacts and hostile weaponry. The ship was able to withstand a considerable beating from larger vessels, albeit not for very long before severe damage ensues. These shields can be optimized to deal with specific threats such as plasma storms, radiation, etc.
- Pulse Cannons: Pulses of energy or particles (exact nature has yet to be established). More precise than the torpedoes, able to make precision strikes against strategic points on an enemy ship, but not powerful enough to immediately penetrate the deflectors of a capital ship.
- Plasma Torpedoes: The Orville has six torpedo tubes, two are near its shuttle bay and four on its main hull. Capable of rapid fire, the Orville can also launch its entire torpedo inventory in a single volley if necessary. Torpedoes are more powerful than the energy pulse cannons, more effective against more powerful deflectors, but not as precise.
- Cutter beam: The Orville possesses a cutting beam capable of slicing a multi-kilometer long asteroid in a matter of seconds. The nature of the beam has not been established though given its power it is likely some kind of heavy particle beam as pure directed energy would not be able to affect an asteroid as shown.
The Orville is equipped with at least two Shuttlecrafts:
- ECV-197-1 : Six-seat Shuttle
- ECV-197-2 : Back-up Shuttle
|Position||Rank||Person||Species / Type||Service period||Notes|
|Commanding officer (CO)|
|Unnamed PU officer||-2419||At episode 1, a CO is sought for Orville|
|Captain||Ed Mercer||Human male||2419-||Joins in episode 1|
|Executive officer (XO)|
|Unnamed PU officer||-2419||At episode 1, an XO is being sought for Orville|
|Commander||Kelly Grayson||Human female||2419-||Joins in episode 1|
|Second officer (2O)|
|Lieutenant Commander||Bortus||Moclan male||-2419-||Was already assigned prior to episode 1|
|Chief security officer|
|Lieutenant||Alara Kitan||Xelayan female||2419||Was already assigned prior to episode 1|
|Chief medical officer (CMO)|
|Unnamed PU officer||-2419|
|Lieutenant commander||Doctor Claire Finn||Human female||2419-||Requests assignment to the Orville, possibly to help the inexperienced CO|
|Chief science officer (CSO)|
|Isaac||Kaylon individual||-2419-||Was already assigned prior to episode 1|
|Unnamed PU officer||-2419||At episode 1, a helmsman was being sought for Orville|
|Lieutenant||Gordon Malloy||Human male||2419-||Joins in episode 1|
|Lieutenant||John LaMarr||Human male||-2420||Was already assigned prior to episode 1, was promoted away in episode 11, to become Chief Engineer.|
|Steve Newton||Human male||-2420||Was already assigned prior to episode 1, left in episode 11, to become a space station designer.|
|Lieutenant Commander||John LaMarr||Human male||2420-||Was previously the Chief Navigator. Was assigned in episode 11.|
|Position||Rank||Person||Species / Type||Service period||Notes|
|Engineering crew||Yaphit||Jelly||-2419-||Was second ranked in Engineering, as of Episode 11.|
|Shuttlebay controller||Ensign||Brooks||Human male||-2420-|
|Engineering crew||Lieutenant||Dann||?||-2420-||Came with the idea of adding music in the elevators|
|Medical crew||Nurse||Henry Park||Human male||-2420-|
|Engineering crew||Lieutenant||Harrison Payne||Human male||-2420||Childhood friend of Chief Engineer Steve Newton; died while working|
- Unnamed crewmembers of various species
- Klyden, spouse of Bortus
- Topa, child of Bortus
- Ty Finn, child of Claire Finn
- Marcus Finn, child of Claire Finn
- Captain Mercer mentions that the ship can go ten light years per hour. Since the International Astronomical Union defines the light year as the distance light travels in one Julian year (365.25 days), that translates to 87,660 times light speed.
- The items listed on the future releases section of the Fantastic Plastics Models includes a 1/1400 scale resin model kit of the Orville.
- Episode 1: Old Wounds
- Episode 2: Command Performance
- Episode 3: About a Girl
- Episode 4: If the Stars Should Appear
- Episode 5: Pria
- Episode 6: Krill
- Episode 7: Majority Rule
- Episode 8: Into the Fold
- Episode 9: Cupid's Dagger