Finished my assignment. 1600 words in the bag.
Basic sociology concepts and such, will be handed in tomorrow.
Name: Samantha Blade
Date of Birth: 31793.51 (Mar 10 2354)
Weight: 68 kg
Eye Colour: Brown
Hair Colour: Black
Place of Birth: New Providence Colony
Base of Operations: Starbase Valhalla
Marital Status: Unspecified (Suspected to be seeing her First Officer Commander June Melosia.)
Known Relatives:Clarice Renton (Deceased), Gerald Blade (Deceased)
Career: Engineering Officer
Ship: USS Albany
Ship Class: Excelsior
Current Assignment: 12th Fleet Engineering Division
Lt, U.S.S Sutherland. (Stardate: 53645)
Lt Cmdr/Chief Engineer, U.S.S Sutherland. (Stardate: 54061)
Commander, Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards. (Stardate: 59063)
Captain, U.S.S Albany, formerly Sutherland. (Stardate: 64060)
Admiral, U.S.S Albany & Eta Eridani Engineer and Support Fleet for Starfleet Corps of Engineers. (Stardate: 70647)
Lt, assistant engineer Utopia Planitia. (Stardate: 71808)
Lt Cmdr, 1st year warp theory lecturer Starfleet Academy. (Stardate: 79696)
Commander, Professor of Sheild Dynamics and SIF Engineering: Starfleet Academy. (Stardate: 84571)
Captain, U.S.S Albany-A (Stardate: 86953)
SIF Theory, Industrial Replication, Borg Tactics and Systems
Designed and upgraded sheilds for the entire line of Sovereign and Vesta Class starships.
Commanded Support Group for DS K7 and single handeldly enagaged and fought 3 borg cubes resulting in the loss of the starship ‘Albany’
PERSONALITY: Melancholy and Erratic, although at times capabale of asounding feats of engineering brilliance.
Reconstructing antique cars
Tea and Cooking
Extended Biographical History:
Her father Gerald Blade was an establishing member of the New Providence colony.Her mother Clarice Renton was Chief Engineer about the Federation Starship Alice, an oberth class starship assigned to the core worlds as a resupply vessel.
They met while the U.S.S. Alice was on route to drop off the colonists and which was used to ferry supplies back and forth.
Over many years they developed a relationship which they maintained long distance while still meeting for months at a time during resupply missions.
After Samantha was born, Clarice decided to move to New Providence to settle permanently and raise her daughter.
Tragically 11 years later the colony would be attacked and destroyed by the borg, both her mother and father were killed along with nearly all other members of the colony, her mother died while pushing the young Samantha into the only off world transport an ageing supply ship which managed to warp out while still trapped in the gravity well of the planet, due to the amazing talent of a young engineer named Jacob Melosia.
Samantha, alone on the ship was adopted by the captain Donald Rasmussen, a trader and prospector.
She grew up aboard his small ship the S.S. Stanley, during this time she learned the ins and outs of small ships as well as the hardships that come from lack of replicators which had never really worked properly on board the Stanely, which was a nearly 90 year old supply ship in barely working order.
During this time she became close friends with Jacob’s daughter ‘June’ a friendship that would continue when they both decided to attend Starfleet Academy together.
At 17 she decided to leave the Stanley, because although she wanted more with her life she grew increasingly pre-occupied with the fate of her parents and secretly harboured revenge on the ones who destroyed New Providence.
So she joined Starfleet academy to become an Engineer, having spent her formative years aboard a starship she found the environment to be comfortable and knew machines better than people.
However she was not totally saddened because June Melosia her best friend decided to go with her, as the two were nearly inseperable.
She excelled at industrial replication and designing structural integrity field systems, eventually learning the ins and outs of Starship shield mechanics as well as the design and construction of large scale replication systems.
In addition to this she went to tactical training school, and studied the borg heavily. The desire to meet them head on and face the enemies that killed her parents had never waned. Even after seeing the Battle of Wolf 359 on vids did little to stop her bloodlust.After 5 years at Starfleet Academy she was assigned as assistant to the Chief Engineer aboard the U.S.S. Sutherland, a ship that did service in the dominion war and had a long history of being assigned to famous operations.
She had hoped this would end well for her.Unfortunately, June was assigned to the Fleet Yards at Utopia Planitia assigned to the construction of starship hulls.
6 months into Samantha’s tour of duty a routine survey missions turned haphazard when faulty navigation systems caused the Sutherland to warp into the centre of an asteroid belt, sustaining massive damage to the warp nacelles.
She managed to reroute power and control fires throughout the ship while helping the Chief Engineer, a Lt Cmdr Daniel Trent in stabilising the warp core and preventing a breech.However, the dithlithium crystal matrix fractured causing the housing to explode and kill Trent, the ship however was saved and a breech averted albeit with major warp core damage and the ship was required to be towed to nearby Deep Space Nine for repairs.
After this she received a field promotion to Lt Cmdr from the Sutherland’s Captain Kestaal the Half Vulcan captain commanding the Sutherland.
She served with distinction if relative obscurity aboard the Sutherland for the next 5 years.The Sutherland’s mission was not particularly impressive. After spending most of the ships early years fighting the Romulans and Engaged in the Dominion War, it had been assigned to astronomical survey duty, charting gaseous anomalies and star clusters, it seemed whether Samantha went in her career it was further away from conflict with the Borg, or any one for that matter.
At the end of the Sutherland’s Tour of Duty, she was promoted to Commander and assigned to the Utopia Planitia Yards, designing new shield systems for the Sovereign and Vesta Classes as well as to work on the next generation of Shield Systems for federation ships.
It was then that she was reunited with her childhood friend June, who was assigned as her second in command on the project. She had missed June a great deal, and seeing her again made her feel as if she had come home for the first time in many years.
She stayed at Utopia Planitia for another 5 years doing design and retrofitting, during this time she developed EPS taps that would eventually become integrated into the new covariant shield systems being rolled out for front line starships.
It was at this time she was struck amid controversy when she was caught fraternising with a member of her senior command staff, the aforementioned June. While relationships among ship’s crew are considered to be okay, they are frowned upon between high ranking members of command staff, particularly on high level outposts.
If that wasn’t enough, 4 months later on stardate 64142, a member of 8 members of a repair crew were killed by a fatal accident when a plasma conduit exploded while repairing the U.S.S Exeter.She was court martialled and charged with negligence, she was lucky to escape being drummed out of the service entirely.
Demoted to Lt Commander she was re-assigned back the to U.S.S Sutherland, this time again as chief engineer. After losing her command, she was devastated and continued to lose faith in Starfleet.
After 2 more years under the strict tutelage of Captain Kestaal, she would be involved in several minor skirmishes with Klingon’s as well single handedly designing new shield schematics for the U.S.S. Sutherland and carrying out the upgrades mainly in her downtime she was re-promoted to Commander and assigned as Captain Kestaal’s First Officer.
Although she missed her time as chief engineer, she learnt a great deal of lessons in the 3 years that followed.Keeping a low profile and studying intently with the end goal of one day getting assigned to a command on the outer edges of Federation space in the hopes of fighting the borg.
At the end of her 2nd 5 year mission aboard the Sutherland, she was assigned to oversee it’s retrofit and upgrade to ‘Magellan’ Class. As well as being promoted to Captain and given command of the Sutherland, now renamed The U.S.S Albany and assigned to duty providing science and engineering support to Starbase K-7 on the Klingon border.
Her performance was stellar and she quickly shone in this position, completely upgrading replicators for every colony world in the area of the course of 6 and half years, while also defending K-7 against Klingon incursion on a number of occasions.
During this time June had risen to the rank of Commander and finished her tour of duty at Utopia Planitia, as soon as Samantha heard of her availability, she asked her to be her first officer aboard the Albany.
She was at this time briefly promoted to Admiral and given direct command of support ships in the area to provide refit and science duties to the entire sector.
After what seemed an escape from a career fraught with problems and lacklustre performance with only a few significant achievements, which seemed bound for a desk job or teaching position back at the Academy, it was then that the unthinkable happened.
While on route to a small colony on the outer edges of the sector the Albany’s long range sensors detected the unmistakeable presence of a borg ship.
After reporting it to Starfleet Command the Albany was told to hold position and await reinforcements for 24 hours.
With the Borg signal only 9 hours away at maximum warp, Admiral Samantha Blade would disobey Starfleet orders and the protests of her crew and engage the Borg ships.
Her years of seething and blind rage at the destruction of the colony had never receded and over the years she had seen the federation continue to do nothing to take the fight to the Borg.
After engaging a single borg cube it managed to drain away all the Albany’s shields as well as leave her crippled in space the Borg boarded the ship and kidnapped 17 members of the crew including the first officer, Commander June Melosia.
After managing to get the warp drive operational while fighting off the remaining Borg, Samantha warped the Albany away to a safe distance, after managing to clear the ship of Borg and getting the shields and weapons back online the Admiral would do the unthinkable. Again.
In a blind rage and loss of perspective she locked out command functions evacuated the bridge and took the brand new, top of the line Magellan Class Starship Albany back into combat with the Borg.
When the ship warped back in the single cube had been joined by two more, leaving the ship facing off against 3 fully operational Borg cubes. Samantha set the ship to autopilot and set a collision course with the cube they had first encountered.
She then used the site to site transporter to beam aboard a runabout and conducted a successful if not foolhardy rescue of her former crew members. Only June had survived, not yet fully assimilated, but her body crawling with Borg nanoprobes.
The Albany with it’s shields this time completely dented and taking heavy fire, the crew on board would evacuate and begin the self destruct countdown.As soon as June was beamed aboard the runabout, Samantha chose to warp out leaving the Albany to her fate.
She returned to Earth and received a summary court martial and demoted to the rank of Lt.June in horror at what she had done returned to Earth where she would begin a series of medical treatments that would save her life, and perhaps allow her to one day return to duty.
At this stage Samantha was shattered, she had seen the folly of what she had done, and all that she had thrown away in an act of spite, revenge and self destruction, it would take her 16 years to work her back up to the rank of captain and she would never again be asked to command a top end front line starship.A brilliant engineer and tactician, her career thrown away for nothing.
She nearly left Starfleet all together.
In 2408 after years of pleading, hoping and desperation, she was finally assigned a new command.She arrived at Utopia Planitia full of hope; desire to rebuild to find a ship worth commanding again.To show her ability as a Starfleet captain and to prove that she had changed.What she got, well…as the shuttle pulled into the shipyards she would approach a huge new Sovereign Class vessel, a truly beautiful ship, a worthy command of any captain. The shuttle continued on, past this ship , and then past 19 others to the back of the naval yard. Where hanging in orbit in the dry dock furthest from the fleet yards was an ageing Excelsior Class. NCC-940319-A U.S.S. Albany.
Aboard this ship she found a ragtag crew of Starfleet misfits and unwanteds a crew of truly dismal reputation, only fit to be commanded by a captain Starfleet afforded the same level of trust.The ‘new’ Albany was horrendous.
An insubordinate female Half Romulan, Half Vulcan tactical officer named Vilelel, with a history of smuggling Romulan ale into federation space.
An ageing Klingon assigned as Chief Engineer, dishonoured, houseless and kicked out of the KDF for turning tail and running during a pivotal battle his name? K’Hugh.
Millard a prototype EMH designed as the beginning of the ‘Vinci’ Series, defective and forever turning himself off and failing basic morality protocols.
He is assisted by T’lim a vulcan medical school Starfleet intern, who’s medical experience is dubious at best.
Ishpi a female Ferengi with rap sheet longer than nearly anyone else in Starfleet, and Samantha began to wonder how she even got into Starfleet.
And then there is Beyol a joined trill and lifelong Starfleet engineer who is assistant to the chief engineer, he probably would have been chief engineer had he not failed Warp Field Mechanics 9 times.
The only bright spot? June Melosia, the only remotely capable among the lot of the, despite being offered her own command asked to serve once more under Captain Samantha Blade as her first officer.
The year is now 2409, and it’s Samantha’s mission to turn this ragtag bunch of misfits and ne’er-do-well’s into a well rounded, competent crew and do their damndest to re-earn Starfleet’s trust and make a name for themselves.
[OOC] I’m new to the fleet but I have a lot of interest in roleplaying, so I will be hanging around here for awhile. As soon as I have the energy I’m going to write up and submit something to March of the 12th.