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Building the crew of a Police Cutter -- crowd source project

 
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 6:59 pm    Post subject: Building the crew of a Police Cutter -- crowd source project Reply with quote

One of my silly little projects was to put a name to every crewman on a starship (with the intent to later write a series of fiction stories about said ship). Because that's just too much work for any one person, and also because I'm just not good at coming up with character names, I decided to "crowd source" the project. I'll get the basics posted and then open it up for others to post characters of their own creations.

I have the ship's name and service history drafted up, and the setting figured out. The ship in question, a police cutter, has just come out of depot repair right after the Organian Treaty stopped the Second Federation - Klingon War in Y156. The ship will be assigned anti-piracy patrol duty southwest of the Capital Zone, stationed out of planet Antares-IV (hex 2610). This will be the "flight leader" of the five or six cutters stationed in the general region (stationed out of other planets or bases), so the crew is padded with a few extra bodies.

I would like a reasonable well-balanced crew. They should not all be super stars, nor should they be a band of misfits. Think outside the box and don't go with the stereotypes -- not all Vulcans are science officer, nor are all science officer Vulcans.
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is the service history of the Police Cutter WPC Fletcher:

Official full name: The Federation Police Cutter Woman Police Constable Yvonne Joyce Fletcher

Name in hull markings: WPC Yvonne J. Fletcher

Also referred to as: WPC Yvonne Fletcher, Yvonne Fletcher, Y. Fletcher, and usually as WPC Fletcher, but never simply as Fletcher to avoid confusion with the Star Fleet ship(s) of that name.

Y137: Ship constructed, shake-down cruise, accepted into active service
Y138-142: Assigned convoy escort, resupply mission, military outposts along the Romulan neutral zone.
Y142: Systems Refresh (Out of service for six to ten weeks: upgrade computers, overhaul weapons and life support systems, service warp and impulse drive engines, and replace laundry/galley appliances and all furniture and bedding. Major crew restructuring at this point, anywhere from one-third to all of crew reassigned.)
Y143-147: Assigned colonial patrol & support, Northeast Region (Fifth Fleet zone), stationed out of Starbase 14
Y148: Systems Refresh
Y148-149: Assigned to Star Fleet Criminal Investigative Service, Seventh Fleet, stationed out of Starbase 8
Y150-153: Assigned colonial patrol & support, Northwest Region (Fourth Fleet zone), stationed out of Starbase 13
Y153: Upgrade from Masterson to Callahan class cutter (switch from small warp drive nacelles and straight pylons to swept-back pylons and larger fuel tanks in nacelles for better stability at High-Warp and more fuel efficiency, along with other minor improvements, resulting in greater endurance for longer patrols between resupply)
Y154: (Second Federation-Romulan War) Assigned to Star Fleet Special Operations Command, PRIME Team transport, location and missions classified
Y155: Heavily battle damaged (photon destroyed, one warp engine missing), stored in boneyard waiting for damage assessment and funding
Y156: Dry-dock for repairs, returned to service just after Organian Treaty
Y156-Y158: Assigned anti-piracy patrol, southwest of Capital District, stationed out of planet Antares-IV
Y158-162: (Four Powers War) Assigned anti-smuggling patrol, Klingon Border between Battle Stations K-5 and K-7, (Third Fleet zone), stationed out of Starbase 15
Y163: Systems Refresh
Y163-167: Assigned patrol zone between planets Paktar and Sheboygan-III, northwest of Capital District
Y168: System Refresh
Y168-Y171: (Klingon-Kzinti War / beginning of Great Galactic War) Assigned patrol zone, southern province on Klingon border, stationed out of planet Arctuia-II
Y171: Caught behind enemy lines as Klingons invade Federation space, managed to escape a pair of D-6 Battle Cruisers due to fact smaller ships have a higher acceleration rate (but lower top-end speed) and was able to dive into a "soupy" proto-planetary star system where it hid for over a month, surreptitiously reporting back to Star Fleet on passing Klingon ships. Eventually, it made a run to friendly territory. Along the way, it stumbled upon a small freighter convoy and attacked, causing enough damage to delay the Klingon operations for a few days (time Star Fleet desperately needed).
Y171: Upgraded with the "Plus refit", adding a defensive weapons suite and improving the power reactor
Y171-Y173: Assigned patrol zone, southeast region near Romulan neutral zone, stationed out of planet Sebelia-IV
Y173: Evacuated civilian refugees, barely staying one step ahead of Romulan invasion fleet
Y173-Y180: Assigned war-time duty under Star Fleet command, with the First Fleet, Capital Region defense, and later to Southern Region (Seventh Fleet zone)
Y180: Systems refresh (long overdue)
Y180-Y185: Assigned to reconstruction support and anti-piracy patrol, stationed out of the Western Worlds (Shiloh/Ponderosa/Big Valley)
Y185: Retired from service, stored in boneyard
Y186-Y189: Reactivated to service in response to ISC Intrusion, first assigned to planet Sebelia-IV, then to planet Vidalia
Y189: Retired from service, stored in boneyard
Y190-195: Reactivated to service in response of Andromedan Invasion, assigned to Capital Region defense
Y195-Y197: Assigned to Star Fleet Inspector General's Office, Star Fleet Headquarters
Y197: Systems refresh, determined the ship's hull was no longer space-worthy, permanently retired as ground-based museum west of London, England, about 25 miles from Stonehenge. The impulse engines and auxiliary reactor supply electrical power to the local village.

(Ship's data created by Garth L. Getgen, using information from ADB's Star Fleet Universe Timeline.)
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Modified Crew Roster:

Code:
1 ..... Commander  / Ship's Captain ........ Cmdr
2 ..... Exec Officer  / First Officer ...... LtCmdr Dennis Albert Hammerstrom 
3 ..... Operations Officer ................. LT (SF)
4 ..... Quartermaster (Helm) ............... PO1
5 ..... Quartermaster (Helm) ............... PO2
6 ..... Quartermaster (Helm) ............... PO3
7 ..... Quartermaster (Nav) ................ PO1
8 ..... Quartermaster (Nav) ................ PO2
9 ..... Quartermaster (Nav) ................ PO3
10 .... Transporter Technician ............. PO1
11 .... Transporter Technician ............. PO2
12 .... Transporter Technician ............. PO3
13 .... Tractor Beam Technician ............ PO2
14 .... Tractor Beam Technician ............ PO3
15 .... Crewman - Operations ............... E-3 (SF) Lorelei Pixie Everhart
16 .... Crewman - Operations ............... E-3
17 .... Intelligence Officer ............... LT Yvonne Elsa Christensen
18 .... Signalman/Linguist ................. Chief
19 .... Signalman/Crypto Tech .............. PO2
20 .... Signalman .......................... PO3
21 .... Sensor/Scanner operator ............ PO1
22 .... Sensor/Scanner operator ............ PO2
23 .... Sensor/Scanner operator ............ PO3
24 .... Crewman - Intel  (BP) .............. E-3
25 .... Crewman - Intel  (BP) .............. E-3
26 .... Legalman ........................... PO1
27 .... Yeoman ............................. PO3 (SF) Suzette Clarabelle (DuBois) DeLuca
28 .... Storekeeper ........................ PO2
29 .... Science Officer .................... LT-jg
30 .... Scientist -- Astrophysics .......... Civilian / GS-11
31 .... Scientist -- Planatary Studies ..... Civilian / GS-9
32 .... Forensics Tech ..................... PO1
33 .... Lab Tech ........................... PO2
34 .... Computer Operations Tech ........... PO2
35 .... Crewman - Science .................. E-3
36 .... Crewman - Science .................. E-3
37 .... Weapons Officer .................... Ensign
38 .... Chief Fire Control Tech ............ Chief
39 .... Gunner's Mate - Phaser ............. PO1
40 .... Gunner's Mate - Phaser ............. PO3 (SF)
41 .... Gunner's Mate - Phaser ............. PO3
42 .... Gunner's Mate - Torpedo ............ PO2
43 .... Fire Control Tech  (Phaser) ........ PO1
44 .... Fire Control Tech  (Phaser) ........ PO3 (SF)
45 .... Fire Control Tech  (Phaser) ........ PO3
46 .... Fire Control Tech  (Photon) ........ PO3
47 .... Ordnanceman  (T-Bomb) .............. PO3
48 .... Crewman - Weapons  (Photon) ........ E-3
49 .... Crewman - Weapons  (Photon) ........ E-3
50 .... Chief Engineer ..................... LT
51 .... Assistant Engineer ................. LT-jg
52 .... Warpdrive Reactor Chief ............ Chief
53 .... Warpdrive Reactor Tech ............. PO1
54 .... Warpdrive Reactor Tech  ............ PO2
55 .... Warpdrive Reactor Tech ............. PO2
56 .... Warpdrive Reactor Tech  ............ PO2
57 .... Impulse Drive Tech ................. PO1
58 .... Impulse Drive Tech ................. PO2 (SF)
59 .... Auxiliary Reactor Tech ............. PO1
60 .... Auxiliary Reactor Tech ............. PO2
61 .... Engineer (DamCon) .................. Ensign (SF)
62 .... Boatswain's Mate  (DamCon) ......... PO1
63 .... Machinist Mate  (DamCon) ........... PO2
64 .... Data Systems Tech  (DamCon) ........ PO2 (SF) Geovanni Raphael DeLuca
65 .... Hull Maintenance Tech  (DamCon) .... PO2
66 .... Electrician  (DamCon) .............. PO2
67 .... Impulse Drive Tech  (DamCon) ....... PO3
68 .... Auxiliary Reactor Tech  (DamCon) ... PO3
69 .... Boatswain's Mate  (DamCon) ......... PO3 Joseph Michael "Mike" Martinez
70 .... Crewman - Maintenance  (DamCon) .... E-3
71 .... Crewman - Maintenance  (DamCon) .... E-3
72 .... Tactical Officer  (BP) ............. LT-jg
73 .... Master at Arms  (BP) ............... Sr. Chief Stoan
74 .... Boatswain's Mate  (BP) ............. PO2
75 .... Boatswain's Mate  (BP) ............. PO3
76 .... Crewman - Tactical  (BP) ........... E-3
77 .... Armorer  (BP) ...................... PO2 (SF)
78 .... Boatswain's Mate  (BP) ............. PO3 Nathaniel "Nate" James Wright
79 .... Boatswain's Mate  (BP) ............. PO3
80 .... Crewman - Tactical  (BP) ........... E-3
81 .... Master at Arms  (BP) ............... PO2
82 .... Boatswain's Mate  (BP) ............. PO3
83 .... Boatswain's Mate  (BP) ............. PO3
84 .... Crewman - Tactical  (BP) ........... E-3
85 .... Personal Equipment Tech  (BP) ...... PO2
86 .... Boatswain's Mate  (BP) ............. PO3
87 .... Boatswain's Mate  (BP) ............. PO3
88 .... Crewman - Tactical  (BP) ........... E-3
89 .... Doctor ............................. LT
90 .... Nurse .............................. LT-jg
91 .... Nurse .............................. LT-jg
92 .... Corpsman  (BP) ..................... PO1
93 .... Corpsman  (BP) ..................... PO2
94 .... Messmate ........................... PO3
95 .... Messmate ........................... PO3
96 .... Chief Shuttle Pilot  ............... LT-jg
97 .... Shuttle Pilot ...................... Ensign
98 .... Shuttle Maintenance Chief .......... Chief (SF) Robert David Carpenter
99 .... Shuttle Engine Tech ................ PO1
100 ... Shuttle Engine Tech ................ PO2
101 ... Shuttle Electrician ................ PO2
102 ... Shuttle Ordnanceman ................ PO3
103 ... Shuttle Systems Tech ............... PO3
104 ... Shuttle Structural Tech ............ PO3
105 ... Shuttle Fuels Specialist ........... PO3
106 ... Crewman - Shuttle Deckcrew ......... E-3
107 ... Crewman - Shuttle Deckcrew ......... E-3


Regulations allow a limited number of Star Fleet personnel to be cross-assigned to Police Force units. On this particular ship, these are noted with (SF) after the rank. The doctor and nurses do not count against the limit, so one or more of them may also be Star Fleet.

The cutter is a mixed-gender ship, so figure somewhere between 1/3 and 1/2 or the crew will be females. Also, humans dominate the Police Force, but again figure that probable 1/3 to 1/2 of the crew are non-humans. Half-bred characters are still very rare.
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To explain a few terms and roles, for any reader that might not know:

Commander / Ship's Captain: Position normally held by a Lieutenant Commander (LtCmdr / O-4), but about 20% of cutters are the "flight leader" and have a full Commander (Cmdr / O-5) in charge. This person is responsible for everything that happens on the ship, good or bad.

Executive Officer (Exec Officer, Exec, or X.O.) / First Officer / old titles = Vice Commander or Deputy Commander: Position normally held by a senior Lieutenant (LT / O-2) but sometime by a junior LtCmdr. It's said that the Captain runs the mission while the Exec runs the ship. Reports to the Captain.

Operations Officer (Ops Officer): Position filled by an experienced Lieutenant, this person "runs the front of the boat" and is considered the Second Officer / third in command. Supervises bridge crew, transporter and tractor-beam techs, and support personnel (Yeoman/Legalman/Storekeeper); often supervises Intel and Science departments; usually supervises Weapons and Shuttlecraft departments. Reports to the Exec Officer.

Navigators: Star Fleet ships have three or more Navigators whose primary duty is to stand Bridge Watch during routine operations-- a job that is "beneath" many starship captains (although you need a crowbar to get some out of that chair). Police Cutter do not have Navigation Officers; therefore a cutter's Captain, Exec, and Ops Officer can all expect to spend time in the center seat, as can the Intelligence Officer, Weapons Officers, and even the Shuttlecraft Pilots.

Intelligence Officer (Intel Officer): Position held by a less-experience Lieutenant or a Lieutenant Junior Grade (LT-jg / O-2). Supervises the communications and sensor technicians; catalogs and analyzes intelligence reports received from higher headquarters; writes reports to send up to headquarters; advises Captain the threat assessments. Normally reports to the Ops Officer, but may report to Exec depending on relative rank and experience levels.

Science Officer: Position normally held by LT or LT-jg, often filled by Star Fleet officer or even a government-services civilian scientist. Well versed in general science and advises Captain on such matters; primary duty is to oversee the forensics laboratory; supervises lab technicians and any specialists that may be temporarily assigned to the ship. Normally reports to the Ops Officer, sometimes to the Exec.

Weapons Officer: Position is rated for a LT-jg but is often filled by an Ensign (O-1). Supervises weapons crew; responsible for photon, phasers, and T-bomb. Normally reports to the Ops Officer, sometimes to the Exec.

Chief Engineer: Position held by LT or rarely by LtCmdr. This person "runs the back of the boat". Oversees the engine room and general maintenance of the ship; supervises all engineering and damage control personnel; manages Tac-Team personnel performing maintenance duties. Normally reports to the Exec but may report directly to the Captain.

Assistant Engineer: Position rated for a LT-jg, may be filled by LT or Ensign. Typically oversees damage control teams and general maintenance of the ship. Reports to the Chief Engineer.

Tactical Officer: Position rated for a LT-jg, may be filled by LT or Ensign. Supervises Tac-Team operations; leads boarding party mission; oversees security of the ship. Normally reports to the Exec, but may report to Ops Officer.

Doctor / Ship's Surgeon / Chief Medical Officer: Position held by LT (minimum rank for a medical doctor) but may be filled by LtCmdr. Supervises all medical personnel and also the Messmates, as food service is important to the crew's health. Reports directly to the Captain.

Nurse: Position rated for a LT-jg (minimum rank for Registered Nurse) but may be filled by LT. Assists doctor with patient treatment. Sometimes this position is fill by a Physician's Assistance. Reports to Doctor.

Chief Shuttle Pilot: Position rated for a LT-jg, may be filled by LT. Supervises shuttle bay deckcrew; flies shuttle craft; stand Bridge Watch during routine patrols. Normally reports to the Ops Officer, sometimes to the Exec.

Shuttle Pilot: Position rated for a LT-jg, often filled by Ensign. Flies shuttle craft; stand Bridge Watch during routine patrols. Reports to Chief Shuttle Pilot.


EDIT TO ADD: The "reports to" comment shows the chain of command structure for purposes of writing annual fitness reports and the like. This can be modified based on the relative rank/experience of the officers in question and also the whim of the captain / exec officer. For example, the chief engineer would normally fall under the exec, but if you have a "young" exec and a seasoned engineer, they may be of equal rank (or even the engineer having more time-in-grade) and so makes more sense for the captain to be the direct supervisor.


Enlisted job titles:
Quartermaster = Navigator / Helmsman
Signalman = Communications Technician
Yeoman = Administrative Clerk / Secretary
Master-at-Arms = Military Policeman
Boatswain's Mate = General deckhand sailor
Storekeeper = Supply Clerk
Messmate = Cook / Chef
Corpsman = Medic / EMT

Chief of the Boat (CoB) == the senior-ranking enlisted member of the crew, is the captain's right-hand man when it comes to dealing with the crew. On a small ship like this, the CoB is an additional duty on top of the person's regular job.

Ranks:
Master Chief Petty Officer = E-9 (none on a Cutter) ... 14+ years in service
Senior Chief Petty Officer = E-8 (normally one per Cutter, but sometimes none) ... 11 to 27 years in service, average promotion to next rank at 23 years
Chief Petty Officer = E-7 (four to six on a Cutter, including the Sr. Chief) ... 8 to 25 years in service, average promotion to next rank at 20 years
Petty Officer First Class (PO1) = E-6 ... 5 to 20 years in service, average promotion to next rank at 16 years
Petty Officer Second Class (PO2) = E-5 ... 3 to 16 years in service, average promotion to next rank at 11 years
Petty Officer Third Class (PO3) = E-4 ... 1 to 12 years in service, average promotion to next rank at 6 years
Crewman First Class = E-3 ... up to 6 years in service, average promotion to next rank at 3 years
Crewman Apprentice or Able Crewman = E-2 (few if any on a Cutter because the get promoted to E-3 quickly) ... up to 4 years in service, average promotion to next rank at 1 year
Crewman Recruit = E-1 (none on any ship, promoted to E-2 upon graduating technical school, if not before)

EDIT TO ADD: The "years in service" comment denote the minimum and maximum limits per regulations for that rank. Example, the regs allow someone to make Chief in 11 years, but most make it in 20 years give or take. Just like in the USAF, the regs allow someone to make CMSgt in 14 years, but the fastest that I have personally seen anyone do it was 16-1/2 years. On the top end, if someone doesn't make the next rank before the cap, they must get out of the service. If they get in trouble and are busted down a rank putting them above the cap, they are on probation until the next test cycle and get ONE shot at making the rank back.
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And now for some of the crew. Please use this format. I know some of you would rather use GURPS or D20 character sheets, but for this topic, these data sheets will work just fine.

Name: The character's name. Please try to make it pronounceable.
Rank: Military rank of character
Rating: For enlisted, their job-specialty rating (i.e., what Army calls the MOS)
Duty Title: Position number and duty title from the crew roster in the earlier posting.
Character created by: Of course, you get credit for your character!

Height: Both feet-inches and centimeters, please.
Weight: Both pounds and kilograms, please.
Age: In Earth years. Calculate it to the rank / time in service.
Species/Race: From SFU, not Trek (no Bajorans or Cardassians), but if you what to make up a new race/species, fine by me.
Gender: Male / Female
Appearance: Short description of what the character looks like.
Languages: For our purposes here, English == Federation standard

Career history:
Time in service: Calculate based on age and rank
Time in grade: Calculate based on rank and time in service
pre Y156: As specific or generic as you want. If you make up names for Police Cutters / Police Flagships previously assigned to, my rule was to use names of police officer killed in the line of duty for Cutters and high-ranking police chiefs / commissioners and attorneys general for Flagships. Or just you can make up a name out of thin air. I didn't use the official name registry much to avoid locking a certain ship to a place/time and end up conflicting with official ADB publications.
Y156-: Assigned to Police Cutter WPC Fletcher ..... this is where we pick up the story for the ship and crew.
Decorations: No need to get too specific here. Base it on the experience and time in service listed above. Remember that police boats are first-responders, so a few life-saving rescues and/or boarding party action combat medals aren't at all out of line. Also, the Federation recently fought two wars, so again there were many opportunities to be decorated for gallant action. Service medals are common but not automatic at the end of a tour before transferring to another ship / assignment.

Family status: Just a few lines about this person family life. Divorce is all too common for service members, but a fair number of marriages do work out.

Personality / mannerisms: What's this person like? Are they a loner, a follower, or a leader? Are there little quirks that may seem strange to others? Do they have a "button" no wise person should ever push?

Hobbies/Interests: All work and no play makes Johnny a dull boy. What does this person do in his/her down time?

Background: No need to write a book, but please do tell us about this person. Everyone has a story to tell, and some have secrets they'd rather not tell. This is where all the interesting story-plot hooks are hidden. Don't need a book written here, just a paragraph will do fine. If nothing else, tell us what prompted them to join the Police (even if "just looking for a job to pay the bills").
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: Dennis Albert Hammerstrom ....... Don't ever call him "Hammer Storm"!
Rank: Lieutenant Commander (O-4)
Duty Title: # 2 -- Exec Officer
Character created by: Garth L. Getgen

Height: 6'4-1/2" / 194 cm
Weight: 240 Lbs / 110 kg
Age: 36
Species/Race: Human (African)
Gender: Male
Appearance: Towering, body-builder's physique, "dark as night", hair black but starting to turn silver, baritone
Languages: English (native), Korean (conversational), Klingon (basic commands)

Career history:
Time in service: 12 years
Time in grade: 2 year
Y141-Y145: Police Force Officer's Academy
Y145-Y146: Tactical Officer, Police Cutter Elliot Ness
Y146-Y150: Weapons Officer, Police Cutter Raymond Kelly
Y150-Y152: Instructor, Police Force Officer's Academy
Y152-Y154: Operations Officer, Police Flagship Sir Thomas Inskip
Y154-Y155: Star Fleet Institute of Advanced Studies, awarded Master's Degree in Criminal Justice
Y156-: Exec Officer, Police Cutter WPC Fletcher
Decorations: Six medals for heroic lifesaving action, four for valor in combat action, three for meritorious service

Family status: Father, grandfather, two brothers, three uncles, and several cousins serve in Federation Marines, most as officers. Two sisters married Marines. Ergo, Dennis is the black sheep of the family for joining the Police Force. He never explained why he did so, and may not know for sure himself. He and his wife, Grace, have been married for nine years and have two sets of twins, all girls. They also foster care children of fellow servicemen who are deployed to ships. Grace works as a para-legal assistant to a family court judge.

Personality / mannerisms: Jovial, loves a good joke, loves to laugh. Even tempered, takes a lot to push him into anger, but has little tolerance for crewmen who fail to meet duty performance expectations, particularly those who break safety or security protocols. He is, however, somewhat lenient to those who simply get into bar fights and the like during shore leave, as long as no one is seriously injured and no other laws were broken.

Hobbies/Interests: Building projects with hand tools, reads mystery / detective novels, teaches hand-to-hand combat. Loves to box, but Senior Chief Stoan is the only sparring partner that can stand in the ring with him.

Background: Hammerstrom was in the service less than two weeks when he had an incident that nearly derailed his career. During an after-action meeting with the tactical team, one of the men complained they were beamed into an ambush, the third time in four months. Ensign Hammerstrom made an off-hand comment that he would prefer to have his weapon at the ready when beaming over to an unknown situation. A few weeks later, one of the troops accidently shot an unarmed civilian upon beaming onto a freighter for a routine inspection. During the subsequent investigation, the crewman said they were told to beam over with weapons drawn. The inspector concluded that Hammerstrom's remark was "an order that was contrary to standard practices and safety regulations", which was reflected as a negative comment in his annual Performance and Fitness Evaluation, which in turn caused a six-month delay in his first promotion to LTjg. He was passed over for promotion to full Lieutenant but won an appeal based on the fact that the Standard Practices and Policies changed a year after the event in question: Tac-Teams would now beam over with weapons drawn (with safeties ON, of course) when boarding any ship. How could he be faulted for an "order" that the Police Force subsequently embraced? With his career back on track, he was promoted to LtCmdr at the average time-in-service, and was selected to attend Star Fleet Institute of Advanced Studies, a good sign that future promotions will be ahead of average.
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Name: Lorelei Pixie Everhart --- she hates her middle name
Rank: Crewman First Class (E-3) -- Star Fleet
Rating: Quartermaster (Helm/Navigation)
Duty Title: # 15 -- Bridge Operations Crewman
Character created by: Garth L. Getgen

Height: 5'1" / 155 cm
Weight: 95 Lbs / 43 kg
Age: 19-1/2
Species/Race: Human (Three-quarter Caucasian / one-quarter Japanese)
Gender: Female
Appearance: Petite, reddish-blonde hair, green eyes, much stronger than she looks, "girl next door" cute
Languages: English (native)

Career history:
Time in service: 1-1/2 years
Time in grade: 3 months
Y155: Star Fleet Basic Training and then Quartermaster School
Y155-Y156: Crewman Apprentice, Star Fleet Destroyer USS Hiawatha
Y156-: Cross-service duty assignment, Crewman on Police Cutter WPC Fletcher
Decorations: One medal for heroic action (saved ship and entire crew)

Family status: Born and raised on New Savannah, she is the oldest of three children (two brothers). Her home is a small Earth colony of about 250,000 people on a high-gee world (130% normal gravity) about 75 parsecs away from Earth, and has vast forests and large prairie grasslands with abundant wildlife. Her parents run a tourist resort and are very involved in community events.

Personality / mannerisms: Bubbly, effervescent personality; always has an infectious smile; a bit of a tomboy but is starting to explore her girly side; in no hurry to find a boyfriend; sees the world with wide-eyed wonder; overly naive, perhaps dangerously so; a little shy in one-on-one or small group settings; still troubled by events on USS Hiawatha; raised as an agnostic, she recently converted to Fundamental Baptist

Hobbies/Interests: Wants to try anything new, fun and exciting; good at most outdoor sports including hunting & fishing; outstanding marksmanship with rifles and handguns alike (owns several of both, including an antique Desert Eagle .44 Magnum handgun); excellent rock climber; competent at hand-to-hand combat; can solve complex mathematical problems by hand with pen & paper or even in her head; found out the hard way she is not good at poker

Background: When Lorelei was 14, her father was critically wounded while attempting to stop an illegal logging operation. The Light Cruiser USS Alaska responded to his distress beacon and saved his life (as well has capturing the log poachers). Lorelei decided she would repay her family's debt by joining Star Fleet, which she did the day after her 18th birthday. She was an Honor Graduate from both Basic Training and Technical School, and was assigned to the Destroyer USS Hiawatha. A year later, that ship hit "something" (possibly a cloaked ship, but more likely a dark comet) and was severely damaged. The bridge bubble was crushed, and many systems were disabled. With the ship heading for a collision with a large moon, Crewman Everhart forced her way through the rubble to reach the Auxiliary Control center and piloted the ship into a safe orbit. With the navigation computers off-line, Everhart manually calculated a course back to Starbase Twelve. The USS Hiawatha lost thirty-three crewmen that day, including seven listed as missing-in-action, and many more of the critically injured would have died had the ship not reached Starbase when it did. The ship went into space dock for several months, so all her crewmen were reassigned to other ships. For her heroic actions, Everhart was given the option to choose her next assignment. Senior Chief Stoan met with her and talked her into volunteering for duty onboard the WPC Fletcher. She agreed, but only after taking an extended leave to go home and talk it over with her parents. On the trip home, a fellow passenger taught her how to find solace in religion.
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: Yvonne Elsa Christensen
Rank: LT (O-3)
Duty Title: # 17 -- Intelligence Officer
Character created by: Garth L. Getgen

Height: 5'11" / 180cm
Weight: 130 Lbs / 60 kg
Age: 26
Species/Race: Human (Scandinavian)
Gender: Female
Appearance: Tall and slender, blonde hair and blue eyes, soft soprano voice, very pretty
Languages: Swedish (native), English (fluent), Klingon (tourist/conversational), Orion (tourist/conversational)

Career history:
Time in service: 4 years
Time in grade: Newly promoted
Y148-Y152: Star Fleet Academy; transferred to Police Service during final year.
Y152-Y154: Shuttle Pilot, then Weapons Officer, on Police Cutter Sam Franklin
Y154-Y156: Staff Officer / Commander's Executive Assistant, Police Station Cygnus
Y156-: Intelligence Officer on Police Cutter WPC Fletcher
Decorations: One medal for heroic lifesaving action, two for meritorious service

Family status: Parents both alive, living in Sweden; second of four siblings. Married (Wilhelm Muller), one eight-month-old son, planning to have three or four more children. Yvonne was diagnosed as unable to carry a child to full term (second attempt almost killed her), so her husband became a "seahorse" -- that is, he had an artificial womb implanted into which the baby was transferred within the first four to six week after conception. Craig was a professional rugby player and gave that up to join Star Fleet. He suffered a career-ending injury his six months into his first tour of duty, and now works for a local high school on planet Cygnus.

Personality / mannerisms: Likeable, good sense of humor. Maintains a professional work environment but allows a modest amount of lighthearted camaraderie. Rarely swears or loses temper; when angry, she will clamp down her emotions and will listen to a reasoned argument, but is known to "unleash with both barrels" if pushed too far.

Hobbies/Interests: Plays tennis and racquetball, avid team-sports fan (soccer/rugby/football/etc.), occasionally attends church services (Revised Lutheran Orthodox).

Background: While Yvonne was at academy, her younger sister Ashley (then 16 years old) ran away with her much-older boyfriend. They intended to go to Sherman's Planet, but the ship they were on was run by smugglers and was captured well into Klingon territory. The Federation diplomatic service arraigned for a prisoner swap to recover the crew of the ship, but did nothing for the passengers. Christensen tried all official channels to rescue her sister, but Star Fleet Command refused to get involved in the touchy political situation. Yvonne's roommate, a prior-enlisted cadet who had served on a police boat, had a contact within the Klingon Internal Security Service and was able to call in a favor to have the passengers released. Yvonne was already enamored by the many war-stories her roommate told of her time attached to the police force, and this incident prompted her to transfer services. Naturally, Christensen has little love for Klingons, Orion smugglers, diplomats, or bureaucrats. Her first assignment was on the Police Cutter Sam Franklin, where she impressed Senior Chief Rinehart, a man known for making-or-breaking junior officers. The captain also recognized Ensign Christensen's potential and advanced her from Shuttle Pilot to Weapons Officer well ahead of schedule. He arranged for her assignment to Cygnus Station, a move that put her on the fast-track for future promotions.
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: Suzette Clarabelle (DuBois) DeLuca
Rank: Petty Officer Third Class (E-4) -- Star Fleet
Rating: Yeoman (Admin Clerk)
Duty Title: # 27 -- Yeoman
Character created by: Garth L. Getgen

Height: 5'5" / 165 cm
Weight: 120 Lbs / 64 kg
Age: 23
Species/Race: Human (Mostly French, some German on mother's side)
Gender: Female
Appearance: Sandy-blonde hair, blue eyes, soft spoken, average looks -- not a head-turner
Languages: French (native), English (fluent), Italian (conversational)

Career history:
Time in service: 4 years
Time in grade: 6 months
Y152: Star Fleet Basic Training and then Yeoman School
Y152-Y156: Yeoman, Star Fleet Light Cruiser USS Alaska
Y156-: Cross-service duty assignment, Yeoman on Police Cutter WPC Fletcher
Decorations: One medal for meritorious service

Family status: Recently married to Petty Officer Geovanni DeLuca. Born and raised in a town near Bordeaux, France, her family has been in the wine industry for generations. Both her mother and mother-in-law have made pointed inquiries about grandchildren, but as a non-practicing Catholic, Suzette feels no obligation to submit to their wishes at this time. She does want children, as does her husband, just not yet. The couple discussed this matter at length during their second date and many times since, but they still haven't agreed to a number: she said "four" but he thinks six or more is fine.

Personality / mannerisms: Very methodical, very organized; has a quiet way of playing mediator to resolve personality conflicts; knows how to navigate social events but really doesn't like cocktail parties and prefers non-formal group settings.

Hobbies/Interests: Enjoys the escapism of a good book or a well thought-out fantasy/sci-fi role-play game campaign, but never runs said campaign. Loves her husband dearly, of course, but schedules girls-only time with her female friends one night per week or so. She loves to explore by hiking or biking whenever possible. Appreciates a good glass of wine with dinner (sadly, not allowed on a Police Cutter) and is a really good cook, even better than her husband. However, she doesn't like K.P. duty but will volunteer to help out for a big event, such as a VIP visit.

Background: When Petty Officer DeLuca reported aboard the USS Alaska, Yeoman DuBois processed his paperwork. An off-hand remark about wine led to a lengthy conversation over dinner, and she discovered they had a lot in common. The couple quickly became inseparable and married after three years of dating. Star Fleet was not able cut joint-spouse assignment orders on short notice, so they were offered a choice between ground station duty on Saturn's moon Titan (too close to Earth and the in-laws for comfort) or serving on separate ships in the Seventh Fleet. Through a chance encounter with Chief Carpenter, the newlyweds learned of openings on the WPC Fletcher and jumped at the opportunity to serve on the same ship together. Although not required by regulations, she had a two-year birth control device implanted. Her first enlistment was for six years, and she hasn't made up her mind whether or not to re-enlist.
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: Geovanni Raphael DeLuca
Rank: Petty Officer Second Class (E-5) -- Star Fleet
Rating: Data Systems Technician
Duty Title: # 64 -- Data Systems Technician / Damage Control Team
Character created by: Garth L. Getgen

Height: 5'10" / 178 cm
Weight: 140 Lbs / 64 kg
Age: 25
Species/Race: Human (Mostly Italian)
Gender: Male
Appearance: Lanky build, brown hair, brown eyes, close-trimmed beard (shaving waiver), average looks
Languages: Italian (native), English (fluent), French (conversational)

Career history:
Time in service: 6 years
Time in grade: Frocked, becomes effective in 4 months
Y151: Star Fleet Basic Training and then Data Systems Technician School
Y151-Y153: Data Systems Technician, Base Station F-2
Y153-Y156: Data Systems Technician, Star Fleet Light Cruiser USS Alaska
Y156-: Cross-service duty assignment, Data Systems Technician on Police Cutter WPC Fletcher
Decorations: Two medals for meritorious service

Family status: Recently married to Petty Officer Suzette DuBois. Home town is Teramo, Italy, about 150 miles east of Rome; born into a very Catholic large extended family that has owned some of the best vineyards in the region for centuries.

Personality / mannerisms: Friendly and rather outgoing, but a little too geeky for some people. Has been chastised more than once for saying something insensitively, he never means to be rude -- he just tends to engage mouth before brain. Used to be socially awkward, but his girlfriend/now-wife has helped him learn to adapt to group settings better. Much to his family's dismay, he is a non-practicing Catholic.

Hobbies/Interests: Has been a computer nerd since he was a kid, and is into comic books and fantasy/sci-fi role-playing games. He spends most of his gym time on the Tour de France bicycle simulator. Appreciates a good glass of wine with dinner (sadly, not allowed on a Police Cutter) and is a fairly good cook. In fact, he volunteers for K.P. duty.

Background: DeLuca's tour of duty on Base Station F-2 was cut short when he discovered some irregularities in the computer logs and brought it to the attention of his leadership. The subsequent investigation led to the court-martial of three mid-level officers for illegally passing convoy schedules to a competing civilian company. DeLuca was transferred out, to the USS Alaska, for his own safety. During his in-processing to the ship, Yeoman DuBois made an off-hand remark about wine, which led to a lengthy conversation over dinner, and he discovered they had a lot in common. The couple quickly became inseparable and married after three years of dating. Star Fleet was not able cut joint-spouse assignment orders on short notice, so they were offered a choice between ground station duty on Saturn's moon Titan (too close to Earth and the in-laws for comfort) or serving on separate ships in the Seventh Fleet. Through a chance encounter with Chief Carpenter, the newlyweds learned of openings on the WPC Fletcher and jumped at the opportunity to serve on the same ship together.
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: Joseph Michael "Mike" Martinez
Rank: Petty Officer Third Class (E-4)
Rating: Boatswain's Mate
Duty Title: # 69 -- Damage Control Petty Officer, certified as Tac-Team member
Character created by: Garth L. Getgen

Height: 5'8-1/2" / 174 cm
Weight: 165 Lbs / 75 kg
Age: 25
Species/Race: Human (Multi-ethnic)
Gender: Male
Appearance: Average build, brown hair & hazel eyes, olive complexion
Languages: English (native), Spanish (native)

Career history:
Time in service: 7-1/2 years
Time in grade: 1 year (demoted from PO2)
Y149: Police Force Basic Training and then Boatswain's Mate School
Y149-Y152: Crewman, Tac-Team, on Police Cutter Elliot Ness
Y153-Y156: Boatswain's Mate, Damage Control and Tac-Team, on Police Cutter Carabinieri
Y156-: Boatswain's Mate on Police Cutter WPC Fletcher
Decorations: Three medals for heroic lifesaving action, two for valor in combat action, one for meritorious service

Family status: Divorced, one child (son) with ex-wife's sister -- hence the reason for the divorce. Mother passed away when he was a teenager, but he stays in close contact with his father. He has a large extended family in which siblings and cousins were raised together, making it hard for outsiders to keep track of how each are related to the others.

Personality / mannerisms: His motto is "work hard, play hard". Good natured and kind hearted. Not one to start a fight, he won't back away from one either. He will always have a crewmate's back, no matter what. Doesn't often drink, but if you hand him a beer, you'd better have another five (or ten) ready. Mike thinks of himself as a lady's man, with enough success to validate the claim.

Hobbies/Interests: Plays basketball and soccer; plays hard-rock on electric guitar. He loves poker, which has caused him no end of problems. He's actually pretty good at chess, but doesn't play very often.

Background: Martinez enlisted in Star Fleet at the age of 17, but due to quota cuts was told he'd have to wait a year or longer before going to Basic Training. As the Police Force was able to take him sooner, he switched over. By enlisting for six years and then being a Distinguished Graduate from technical school, he was automatically promoted to Petty Officer Third Class. He married his high school girlfriend before leaving, and she followed to his first assignment. As his cutter was stationed out of planet Meva, they made port every four to six weeks, giving the young couple a somewhat normal married life. Two years later, his sister-in-law visited, and one thing led to another, which led to a divorce. After his wife left him, Mike threw himself into his work and became, while not a model crewman, a respected member of the crew. He earned an early promotion to Petty Officer Second Class in just four years, but a couple years later was reduced in rank due to a bar fight. Mike picked up a girl who, as luck would have it, was a Marine, and her fellow Marines took exception to his advances. Martinez always gave more than he got in a fight, and put three of the Marines in the dispensary. The commander of the Base Station wanted him court-martialed, but he avoided this by accepting a punitive demotion. As his probationary period is up, he is now eligible to take the promotion test and perhaps get his Second Class rank back.
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: Stoan (Often misspelled as "Stone". Full name is virtually unpronounceable.)
Rank: Senior Chief Petty Officer (E-8 )
Rating: Master-at-Arms (aka Military Policemen)
Duty Title: # 73 -- Tac-Team Chief, additional duty Chief of the Boat (CoB)
Character created by: Garth L. Getgen

Height: 6'2" / 188 cm
Weight: 220 Lbs / 100 kg
Age: 68
Species/Race: Vulcan
Gender: Male
Appearance: Think "Tom Selleck, sans the mustache, with pointed ears"
Languages: Vulcan (native), English (fluent), Andorian (conversational), Rigellian (tourist/conversational), Orion (tourist)

Career history:
Time in service: 36 years
Time in grade: 3 year
8 years: Construction laborer, brick/block layer
6 years: Vulcan Security Service, Immigration & Customs Inspector
4 years: Star Fleet Marines
32 years: Federation Police Force
-- 6 years: Boatswain's Mate
-- 26 years: Master-at-Arms
-- Served in original crew of the Police Cutter Masterson, the first cutter in service
-- Served on more than a dozen different ships
-- Command rated, certified to stand Bridge Watch, may be assigned as skipper of small boat (skiff or courier)
Decorations: 20+ medals for heroic lifesaving action, 12+ for valor in combat action, 12+ for meritorious service

Family status: Stoan and his wife, T'Fae, of 45 year have seven children (a large family by Vulcan standards) spaced about four or five years apart. It was an arranged marriage, but he and his wife truly love each other deeply (not that a Vulcan would admit such emotions).

Personality / mannerisms: Stoic/somber, unflappable. Occasionally displays a dry sense of humor, sometimes a wry sense of humor, and then feigns ignorance to the joke. Never swears or yells (although he has perfected the Drill Sergeant's projected voice technique, useful in a combat scenario), but effectively conveys his displeasure for crewmen who require such attention. He has come to see that the world is not black-&-white, and sometimes problems require colorful solutions. Almost never uses stereotypical phases such as "logic dictates ...."

Hobbies/Interests: Plays classical music (Beethoven, Mozart, Vivaldi, and Handel are among his favorites) on violin and piano; composes music in the same style. He has found that Dennis Hammerstrom is a worthy sparring partner for boxing and other martial arts hand-to-hand combat. He has taken a fatherly interest in a few of the younger crew, especially Lorelei Everhart.

Background: Stoan had little interest in academic pursuits, although he was a good student, and took a job in housing construction. After his first child was born, he looked for a better paying job to support his family and found one with Vulcan Security Services. Through his work as a customs inspector, he was troubled by the increasing amount of criminal activity invading his home world. He joined Star Fleet Marines in an attempt to stem the tide of black market goods and illegal emigrants. After his first term in the Marines, he debated between extending his service, switching to Star Fleet, or going back to Vulcan Security. He heard of the then-new Patrol Cutter program and so switched services to the Police Force, as that would logically be the best way to combat organized crime within the Federation and by extension crime on Vulcan. He has had a long and storied career, with many good years ahead of him.
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: Robert David Carpenter
Rank: Chief Petty Officer (E-7) -- Star Fleet
Rating: Shuttle Systems Tech
Duty Title: # 98 -- Shuttle Maintenance Chief
Character created by: Garth L. Getgen

Height: 5'7" / 170 cm
Weight: 155 - 180 Lbs / 70 - 82 kg
Age: 42
Species/Race: Human (Multi-ethnic)
Gender: Male
Appearance: Average build with a bit of a spare tire, dark-tan/light-brown complexion, brown eyes/hair
Languages: English (native), Tellarite (tourist), Orion (basic commands)

Career history:
Time in service: 22 years
Time in grade: 6 year
2 years college, majored in mechanical & electrical engineering, dropped out
22 years: Star Fleet
-- Many assignments in Star Fleet, both on ships and base stations / star bases.
-- Has worked on every type of shuttle craft ever used by Federation agencies
-- Pilot rated, certified to fly shuttlecraft and other small boats (skiff or courier)
Decorations: Seven for meritorious service, four "I was there" medals.

Family status: Never married, no children; many failed romances -- few lasted longer than three or four months, longest lasted three years. Born on Luna (Earth's moon) into a family of five children, but he doesn't stay in contact with his siblings. Parents both died at a relatively young age (mid-fifties).

Personality / mannerisms: Laid-back, friendly. Great technical skills and loves to teach, but he's too easy going to be a good leader if the troops aren't self-motivated. Has an explosive temper but quickly calms down and later apologizes for his outbursts. Has perfected the art of making a short story long, and has a TON of war-stories.

Hobbies/Interests: Spends a lot of time in the gym trying to fight his yoyo weight problem. Loves watching old movies, reading books, and playing computer games. Always willing to join a poker game, usually breaks even.

Background: Carpenter moved up through the ranks to Chief at a better than average pace but knows he'll never make Senior Chief. He was assigned to the busy Star Base Ten and volunteered for duty on the WPC Fletcher expecting an easy duty assignment to close out his career. Little does he know: the Police Cutter has one of the highest ops-tempo of any ship in space!
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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: Nathaniel "Nate" James Wright
Rank: Petty Officer Third Class (E-4)
Rating: Boatswain's Mate
Duty Title: # 78 -- Tac-Team Member, certified in Damage Control
Character created by: Garth L. Getgen

Height: 5'10" / 178 cm
Weight: 175 Lbs / 80 kg
Age: 25
Species/Race: Human (Caucasian)
Gender: Male
Appearance: Average to slim build, brown hair and eyes, fair complexion, facial scars from acne
Languages: English (native)

Career history:
Time in service: 5 years
Time in grade: 2 year
Y151: Police Force Basic Training and then Boatswain's Mate School
Y151-Y156: Boatswain's Mate, Damage Control Team, on Police Flagship Sir Patrick Hasting
Y156-: Boatswain's Mate, Tac-Team, on Police Cutter WPC Fletcher
Decorations: One medal for heroic lifesaving action, one for meritorious service

Family status: Single / unattached. Only child; parents live in Baltimore, Maryland, and run a regional cleaning company specializing in crime scene clean-up and bio-hazard disposal. They are by no means rich, but they have built a comfortable life for themselves.

Personality / mannerisms: Friendly but not much of a talker, soft-spoken, a bit of a loner but will participate in social settings. Rarely drinks, only drinks beer and never more than two.

Hobbies/Interests: Plays most any sport, recently earned his black-belt in multi-discipline martial arts, tinkers with electronics, working on cross-rate certification in data systems repair.

Background: Nate joined the Police because his father said he would be written out of the will if he didn't "do something productive with his life." Except, his parents are dead, and his name is not Nathaniel Wright. His birth name is long forgotten, and he was raised under the name Shawn Culp. His mother was kidnapped and enslaved by Orion pirates when he was an infant, so he grew up as a slave himself after his mother was beaten to death by their master. As an adolescent, he was bought by Captain Jarrett Culp, who provided him with an education and filled all his worldly desires. Nate/Shawn speaks Orion (native), English (fluent), Klingon (conversational) and Romulan (conversational), but is well trained to mask in ability to understand anything other than English. He is fairly adept with mechanical and electronic engineering and well versed in covert communications. The Orion "Pharaoh" Cartel built a bullet-proof back story to create Nathaniel Wright -- the real Wright family is well paid and well threatened to maintain the ruse -- and ordered him to enlist as part of a deep cover mission. The biggest threat to such long-term covert missions is not that the cover will be blown, but rather that the agent will lose his sense of identity and allow his loyalties to shift.
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