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The Quarterdeck

Anyone who has worked with me knows that, given the choice between sitting and standing, I often prefer to stand. I’m effectively a bipedal horse –– though far less handsome than an equine, obviously. I’m not sure how my strange habit came about, but wherever it began, it clearly influenced the bridges of Defense Command warships.

I’m still digging through old files as background work for Black Sun, and I just came across this magnificent mock-up produced by Wes Prewer in 2007. If you’ve ever wondered what a DC bridge looks like –– its open space, three banks of consoles, and massive screens –– here you go. A tiny version of this image used to be on, but it was never posted at full resolution.

Notice that commanding officers are expected to stand, and only to use their chairs (almost invisible in the picture, just in front of the Operations consoles) when absolutely necessary. Officially, this is because Defense Command adopted some of its naval doctrine from the Nelsonian tradition –– Captains were ‘walking their quarterdecks’, not ‘sitting on their bridges’.

In reality, it’s probably because I prefer to stand and pace, particularly when I’m under stress. And apparently, if I’m standing, everyone has to be. Because I’m petty.

Helm and Navigation section to the left, Sensors and Communications section to the right, and Operations section to the rear (note the disapproving air around Matt Baxter). Confusingly, Beckett Lupus seems to be the face of WolfNet… crossover? Nah, surely just coincidence.