Joshua Wardell Underwood (born June 5, 1987 in Sacramento, California), alias Joshmaul or the Admiral, has been involved in various roleplaying storylines, especially Star Trek, since 1999. His longest-standing concept (albeit with a great deal of changes) has been the Reydovan Empire storyline he created in 2001, and has maintained ever since in various forms.
A native Californian, Underwood currently lives in northern San Diego County. He is involved in working at sports car racetracks in Southern California, writing for his roleplaying, and playing RPGs such as World of WarCraft.
After the collapse of the Star Trek: Fragile Peace room on SilverCrossings.net, Underwood became co-host of a new room starting where Fragile Peace left off, entitled "Star Trek: Alliances". That room subsequently collapsed in August 2006, and Underwood was forced to make the transition to the "Star Trek: Revelations" room. After a period of inactivity in Revelations, Underwood left again for the Venture/New Worlds storylines on HiddenCorridor.net.
Underwood has worked in the Sound Control specialty for the California Sports Car Club, a region of the Sports Car Club of America, since 2003. He became the specialty chief in 2004. While the nature of his duties has incurred the ire of many a driver during his ongoing tenure as Sound chief, Underwood is a well-respected member of Cal Club's entirely-volunteer workforce. At 19, he is also the youngest of the region's chiefs. In addition to being the regional chief, Underwood is a prospect to become the Division Administrator for Sound Control in the Southern Pacific Division, which includes Cal Club.
Cal Club used to give dashboard plaques to workers to denote their participation in Cal Club events. When the 2006 season began at California Speedway in Fontana, Cal Club began using pins instead. Underwood collects his pins with great pride, wearing them almost like medals. His first two pins were from the Long Beach Grand Prix in 2005, from both Cal Club and Champ Car, the franchise that owns the Grand Prix. In 2007, Cal Club began a set of pins that would include featured drivers of the weekend.
Josh's Awards and Race Pins, In Chronological Order
- Cal Club Chief of Specialty for 2004 Season, 2005
- Long Beach Grand Prix Participant (Cal Club), April 8-10, 2005
- Long Beach Grand Prix Participant (Champ Car), April 8-10, 2005
- California Speedway, January 21-23, 2006
- Cal Club Chief of Specialty for 2005 Season, February 11, 2006
- 100% Attendance for 2005 Season, February 11, 2006
- Willow Springs Raceway, February 25-26, 2006
- Buttonwillow Raceway, March 18-19, 2006
- Long Beach Grand Prix Participant (Cal Club), April 7-9, 2006
- Long Beach Grand Prix Participant (Champ Car), April 7-9, 2006
- Buttonwillow Raceway, April 29-30, 2006
- Buttonwillow Raceway, May 6-7, 2006
- California Speedway, June 2-4, 2006
- Buttonwillow Raceway, September 2-3, 2006
- Willow Springs Raceway, September 30-October 1, 2006
- Buttonwillow Raceway, October 28-29, 2006
- Buttonwillow Raceway Enduro, November 18-19, 2006
- California Speedway (featured driver: Mike Miserendino), January 27-28, 2007
- Cal Club Chief of Specialty for 2006 Season, February 17, 2007
- 100% Attendance for 2006 Season, February 17, 2007
- Willow Springs Raceway (featured driver: Rob Walker), February 24-25, 2007
World of Warcraft
Underwood began playing Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft in September 2005. His first character, Saavedro - named after the protagonist of Myst III: Exile, portrayed by Brad Dourif (who, much earlier, was the inspiration for Kiran Joshmaul) - is a level 68 human paladin who was created on the Medivh (US) server. However, frustrated by lack of raiding and desiring to join his stepfather on another server, Underwood transferred Saavedro to the Khadgar (US) server) in August 2006. He was transferred again, this time to the Gnomeregan server, on January 19, 2007.
Underwood's other characters include Joshmaul (level 62 orc warlock, named for his Star Trek character, who is in turn named after Underwood himself), Nyssha (level 22 human rogue), Ordevaas (level 21 blood elf paladin), Arrhae (level 28 night elf druid) and Sekhesmet (level 17 undead priest). With the exception of Saavedro, all of Underwood's major characters can be found on the Medivh (US) server.
Beta Testing Burning Crusade
For Underwood's perspective in Outland, see Saavedro of Stratholme: Beyond the Dark Portal.
Underwood won a beta test key for the expansion pack, World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, on November 29, 2006. Burning Crusade introduces two new races, the blood elves and the draenei (the latter of which being what Underwood based his Gorak'nar Commonwealth on) and their starting areas, as well as opening the Dark Portal to the mythic world of Outland.
Underwood was very meticulous with his approach to the expansion. In addition to exploring Outland, he also wished to get every detail possible about the new races. Completing every single quest from both the draenei and blood elf perspectives, Underwood was able to gain an insight into future gameplay in World of Warcraft. The Dark Portal officially opened to the public on January 16, 2007.
- The Reydovan Empire, Josh's main faction; most of the relevant information is here
- The United Federation of Planets
- The Romulan Star Empire
- The Gorak'nar Commonwealth