Arking, Terra

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Terra Arking
Career Occupation
First Officer
USS Dauntless, BC-1553
Biographical Attributes
Trill (unjoined)
157 cm (5 ft. 2 in.)
59.9 kg (132 lb.)
Eye Color:
Sea Blue
Hair Color:
Shoulder length, tied up when on duty
Athletic, slim
United Federation of Planets
Terano Province, Trill
Familial Relationships
Status of Parents:
Alive and well on Trill
Brother Toran
Marital Status:

Personal History

Terra grew up with her parents, her brother being a lot older had already moved out and forged a career in the mining industry. She had an excellent upbringing, her parents being well off meant she could have anything she wanted. Although this made her a little spoiled she still appreciated what she had been given and from an early age was taught by her father the value of hard work. He had worked himself from the bottom up and wanted the same for his daughter, although with a bit more than him to begin with.

Terra excelled in school with most subjects and became a member of the junior science ministry from an early age. Her focus being the universe she slowly worked her way up from basic physics to particle and quantum physics by the time she had finished school. Her ambition for many years was to be a scientist on the home world, the Trill had some of the best research labs ever known but, on the day of her graduation she visited an Engineering seminar concerning warp mechanics and quantum theory. Normally a regular thing something was different about it now, the host; It was a Starfleet Officer. Who turned out to be Chief Engineer of a starship. Upon discovering this it got Terra thinking. What if she could do her research on a ship? What if she could be a Chief Engineer giving a seminar like this? It gave her goose bumps just thinking about it. Being a respected Starfleet officer and engineer. She knew the best Engineers came from Starfleet, their improvisational skills and imagination knew no bounds in the way they countered problems. From then on she knew what she wanted, she wanted to be a Starfleet engineer. The best Starfleet Engineer.

Her Father supported her as well as her Mother and she quickly enrolled into Starfleet Academy, although her Brother was a little disappointed; he had set up a position for her in his new mining business as a research consultant but he was proud all the same for her making the decision. At first she found it hard, especially in her quantum mechanics classes, she found she knew most of it and what she didn’t know wasn’t enough to stop her being bored until her third year when it became highly advanced and intensive. Her social life at the Academy didn’t suffer through all of this as she made many life long friends who would continue to correspond and meet up with her into her Starfleet career. She graduated top of her Major classes with honors and in the top 95 percentile of her Minors.

First Assignment

Her first posting from the academy was the destroyer Sun Tzu. This wasn’t her first choice however, the Gettysburg was, but she could live with the decision as her best friend was assigned to the same ship. Life couldn't have been better for the young Trill woman as she set out on her career. As a destroyer the ship was mainly focused on and assigned police duties, although nothing much happened it was a great chance for her to begin and continue her research into a more efficient warp system, utilizing subspace to a more higher degree than was possible now. As the years passed she made Lieutenant Junior Grade in no time and was well on her way to Lieutenant before the Romulan war began, the consequences of which would be good and bad for Terra.

During the war several of her friends died in their first engagement with Romulan forces, she quickly got over it (professionally) and stuck to her duties, fixing up the ship ready for the next engagement and a promotion to Lieutenant. It was the next skirmish with several Starfleet ships and Romulan vessels that really took its toll on her. Lieutenant Commander D’ran, her CEO was killed and she was next in line for the position. She managed to work through the pain of losing her mentor and several more friends and keep the ship together at all costs despite the emotional trauma that was developing. They lost the battle technically but it was ruled a stalemate, the Romulan forces were so badly damaged they needed to withdraw. The Starfleet task force only lost because of the amount of ships and hands they lost compared to the RSE. Limping home to the Sol system for a complete repair, gave Terra time to think about everything that had gone on through the last few months. How many friends she had lost. She took the hard decision, one of the hardest she had made, to transfer. She didn’t care where to but needed to be away from the Sun Tzu, there were just too many memories there. To her surprise she was given the Gettysburg, at least it made how she felt more bearable.

The Gettysburg

Service aboard the Gettysburg was anything but mundane for Terra who was given the position –unexpectedly- of Chief Engineer. She had only wanted a transfer out, to help get over the thoughts and feelings that still haunted her from the Sun Tzu but was thrown in at the deep end when the ships current CEO stepped down because of family issues. Although she accepted the position she always felt a little like a fish out of water and that, reasonably, the ACEO, Kiron Hunter, should have been given the post. He was gifted, intelligent and a fine officer, from what she had heard from Chris, her cauliflower and bloodwine breakfast, a practical joke from Hunter, seemed to prove otherwise.

Stranded in the future

Her first mission however has since proven one of great consequence to her life. Stranded in the future and even further from the place she once called home, a series of events had led up to a transporter accident that completely wrecked her body and mind. It took a while but after a successful procedure developed by a fellow Trill, in tough conditions, she pulled through with no memory of the accident. Her future now undecided and an unwillingness to take over in engineering, having never been secure in the job in the first place, She needed to find a place in this universe they could all someday call home. Despite everyone’s best efforts she felt they were never going to return.

Her fears were unjust however. She was quickly transferred to the U.S.S. Apparition under the command of Admiral Grant who had decided to take leave of the Gettysburg to find a way home. His reasoning being that if they split up a way home could be found faster. He was right and after a tense mission a way home was found; by detonating the cores of the Apparition they could cause another space/time anomaly and send themselves home. This would also hopefully stop the damage being caused in the alternate universe by the Gettysburg’s and Apparitions arrival. Transferring to the Gettysburg the Apparition was sent under the control of Kiron, T’Kir and Tess to complete its mission.

The transfer completed Terra made her way to main engineering and found Schwicker absent but with standing orders, she proceeded to prepare the ship for the resulting special anomaly that had first crippled the ship on its way to the alternate universe. They made it through safely but encountered another problem, Romulans. With no knowledge of the war being over a confusing course of events unfolded that led to the Gettysburg again being heavily damaged at the hands of the Romulans but also allied with them.

Return to the present

The battle over, they were escorted from Romulan space by the Shadowhawk and then proceeded to Earth and Starbase Alpha where she was reunited with her friends and family. This reunion was short lived however as she was extensively debriefed and then quickly transferred to oversee final preparations of the USS Nova, the Federations newest battleship.

The Nova

To her surprise once this was completed she was reassigned to the Nova, back under the command of Grant. It was odd to say the least. She wasn't sure if she wanted to go back into service aboard a star ship, let alone with the crew. It wasn't anything negative about them but the fact that they all knew about her accident and she found it a little embarrassing. But, with an attitude of facing her fears, she decided to press on and go where she was assigned. A positive out of it was once again being able to work with Chris, Stell and of course Grant who she felt was the best CO she had ever worked with.

The first of the Nova's assignments was being called to Ecurai for a conference with many other ships from Starfleet as well as the Klingon and Romulan empires. By the end of the conference ,Terra, found herself conflicted, she had hated Romulans for a long time and now it could all becoming to an end for the empire. She found herself happy at the thought but closer scrutiny revealed a weakness in her perceptions. Millions of people, innocent Romulans, would die. Children who knew nothing of conflict, citizens who had not participated in the war against the Federation, those officers and crews who defied the Romulan government. Silently and covertly plotting against it. To this day Terra is now conflicted on how she should feel for them.

After the assignment to Ecurai the USS Nova was dispatched to investigate the appearance of a new star system that had appeared from no where and was thought to contain intelligent life. The journey to the system was long and boring with a fungal infection the only thing to keep the Nova engineers busy. That was until an apparent computer malfunction resulted in the severe injury of one of her personnel and the death of her close friend Estella Losada. Shortly after this Terra was called to see Grayson, the replacement for Derrick Grant, as he had left to pursue the situation with the Romulans. While still yet to grieve for her friend she was ordered off of the Nova to the Dauntless to begin her career as First officer. A position she did not want nor ask for.

It was after this announcement she shamed herself, her temper, mixed with grief and confusion, lashed out at Grayson, cursing him and Starfleet. Almost on the verge of being forcibly removed from the Admirals ready room she packed, informed Chris of the situation and left the Nova on a transport bound for Earth and her new position.

The Dauntless

Terra’s posting aboard the Dauntless was unwelcome, the posting as First Officer even more so. She wanted to stay aboard the Nova. Both Grayson and Mike when he first met Terra knew this. However after some coercing and understanding they came to an agreement. Terra would stay and give the job a go if she had a bathtub installed in her quarters.

Mike agreed and so began the learning curve of not only her new rank and position but also a new ship and new crew. A crew that might not respect her as much as Julia Nielson, the previous First Officer but Terra hoped, being a woman, that at least she had something in common with her.

However, Mike made it clear, if Terra did not want to be there he would, without question, put her ashore and get her transferred elsewhere.

First Mission

The first mission aboard the Dauntless was a simple one, take a party of diplomats, both Vulcan and Romulan to a planet in the Amazonia system and to collect an ancient relic and the on to Romulus to drop off the party.

However once they had reached Amazonia and the away team consisting of most of the senior officers, the diplomatic party and a couple more officers arrived on the planet a cell of Vulcan terrorists initiated an insurgent attack aboard the Dauntless and took the crew hostage.

Meanwhile on the planet, Terra and Lieutenant Commander Khayri were both affected by some sort of debilitating infection that literally brought them to their knees, however swift intervention by Doctor Hawkens and Commodore Wong himself saved their lives.

Shortly afterwards they away team found two shuttles of ancient Romulan origin which, after a lot of work, Terra and Khayri managed to get functional and managed to get the ship into orbit and follow the trail left by the Dauntless until they found them in space and quickly came under fire.

However with quick thinking and improvisation the away team managed to over ride all command functions aboard the Dauntless and release a gas that rendered not only the insurgents but the crew unconscious. Using the same code they were able to transport aboard and begin reviving the crew, transporting the surviving insurgents to the brig investigations began as to how they got aboard and also their motives for such an attack against a Federation vessel.

With the mission wrapped up, Terra, and the rest of the crew must now mourn the dead and try to carry on as they can as the insurgents face hard time in a Federation penal colony.

Personality Profile

Academy Major(s): Advanced Level Starship Engineering and theory
Academy Minor(s): Warp Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics
Hobbies and Pastimes: Socializing, since the incident on the Gettysburg she now only studies further when she can be bothered and prefers to be around people more than ever now.
Short-Term Goals: To get through the death of her Friend Stell and succeed on the Dauntless, making new friends in the process.
Long-Term Goals: Currently undecided, the last few months have made her question everything she has wanted.
Personality: Bubbly and strong willed, but cautious
Sense of Humor: Very sarcastic and enjoys a good joke
Phobias: Being buried alive
Likes: Work and play, her motto is “work hard, play harder.”
Dislikes: Doing nothing, she finds it hard to find time to actually relax and do nothing, preferring instead to be doing anything rather than nothing.
Pet Peeves or Gripes: Crews that ignore her recommendations
Bad Habits or Vices: Chewing her nails when nervous
Achievements: Living through the alternate future and bouncing back from her transporter accident. Being promoted to First Officer, and Commander, of the Dauntless, despite the circumstances that will forever surround it.
Disappointments: Having to leave the Gettysburg for the Apparition after her accident, she now fears she won’t command the same respect she once did.
Illnesses: Standard, Transporter accident causing major physical alterations however those were rectified.
Strengths: An obsessive view to work
Weaknesses: Can get emotional in certain situations but can still function.
Fears: Losing another close friend.
Prejudices: Romulans, she won’t be able to forgive them for the war, ever.
Off Duty Clothing Tastes: Anything that shows off her figure
Distinguishing Features: Distinctive Trill spots
Pets: None
Friends: Nadine Spears, Currently CEO of the Sun Tzu

Personal Paradigm Shifts

Most Painful Experience: Watching several of her closest friends die on the Sun Tzu
Best Time: Starfleet academy
Most Crucial Experience: Her transporter accident, it has scarred her psychologically
Role Model: Her old CEO on the Sun Tzu

Career History

As Isaac Bohr- Stardate 20607.01 - Graduated Starfleet Academy, Starfleet Academy
Stardate 20607.01 - Promoted to Midshipman, USS Gettysburg BC-1863
Stardate 20609.01 - Promoted to Ensign, USS Gettysburg BC-1863
Stardate 20701.01 - Promoted to Lieutenant (Junior Grade), USS Gettysburg BC-1863
Stardate 20701.01 - Awarded RPGer of the month, USS Gettysburg BC-1863
Stardate 20709.01 - Awarded Diamond Star, USS Gettysburg BC-1863
Stardate 20709.01 - Transferred to Engineering department, USS Gettysburg BC-1863
Stardate 20709.01 - Promoted to Chief Engineer, USS Gettysburg BC-1863
Stardate 20910.01 - Promoted to Lieutenant, USS Gettysburg BC-1863
Stardate 20912.25 - Killed in action, Romulan Neutral zone
As Chris Eaglestone- Stardate 20712.28 - Promoted to Chief Engineer, USS Gettysburg BC-1863
Stardate 20804.01 - Awarded SFCM, USS Gettysburg BC-1863
Stardate 20807.01 - Awarded Purple Heart, USS Gettysburg
Stardate 20808.01 - Awarded SFAM, USS Gettysburg
Stardate 20809.02 - Promoted to Lieutenant Commander, USS Gettysburg
Stardate 20907.02 - Awarded SFCM and Purple Heart, USS Gettysburg BC-1863
As Terra Arking- Stardate 21002.03 - Awarded Star Fleet Commendation Medal, USS Gettysburg BC-1863
Stardate 21002.02 - Transferred to Starbase Alpha Construction facility to complete the USS Nova, Starbase Alpha
Stardate 21002.03 - Awarded SFCM, USS Gettysburg BC-1863
Stardate 21007.21 - Promoted to Commander, USS Nova BB-106
Stardate 21007.21 - Assigned First officer, USS Dauntless, USS Nova BB-106
Stardate 21009.03 - Awarded SFCM, USS Dauntless, BC-1553
Stardate 21105.01 - Awarded Diamond Star, USS Dauntless, BC-1553

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