Fitchel, Kenneth

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Kenneth Fitchel
Career Occupation
Commanding Officer
USS Gettysburg, CA-1863
Biographical Attributes
170 cm (5 ft. 7 in.)
65.8 kg (145 lb.)
Eye Color:
Pale Blue
Hair Color:
Short military-style cut on sides and back, top grown out longer in a vain attempt to cover up premature front to rear pattern baldness
Facial Hair:
Scratchy Tenor
United Federation of Planets
New Jamestown, Alpha Proxima II
Familial Relationships
Lee Fitchel Sr. (Age 57)
Mary Fitchel (Age 55)
Status of Parents:
Alive and well. Father is currently Dean of the School of Marine Sciences, University of Alpha Centauri, Mother is a Professor of Xenobiology also at UAC
Lee Fitchel Jr. (Age 31) – Attaché Federation Diplomatic Corps, Andrew Fitchel (Age 21) – Doctoral Candidate in Temporal Physics at the University of Alpha Centauri, Emily Fitchel (Age 19) – First Year Cadet at Star Fleet Academy
Marital Status:
Single -- UPDATE (Stardate 20705.17): Currently in a very serious long-term relationship with Commander Kathy Dega.

Personal History

Ken was born in the city of New Jamestown, Alpha Proxima II, the second child of Lee and Mary Fitchel. From an early age, the shy and introverted young boy felt the burden of being the younger son of a very demanding and unyielding father. His older brother Lee Jr. excelled in athletics and academics and was consequently his father’s favorite. Although he showed promise of his own, Ken always suffered in comparison to his older brother, the constant brow beating of his father only compounding his insecurity.

Despite the best efforts of his patient and loving mother, Ken was unable to escape his unhappiness at home and school, where the teachers would make frequent comparisons between him and his older brother. After awhile, he showed a general lack of interest in his studies and socializing with his peers, leading to many hours spent with school counselors trying to dissect his many problems. It was suggested that he be placed on a regimen of mild psychiatric drugs, but his mother vetoed that idea because she didn’t want to loose what she thought of as her ‘little boy’. To combat these demons in the absence of drug therapy, Ken developed an interest in working with computers because they satisfied his need for interaction with something that accepted him in a nonjudgmental way. He also spent many hours alone swimming and diving in the tranquil waters near his house.

As he grew into adolescence, Ken’s frustration with his father continued to mount. His mother tried to mediate between the two with limited success. Her advice to him was this, suffer your father’s wrath in silence and it will be over quicker. Ken followed this advice to the letter, but it only made things worse as his father interpreted Ken’s silence as belligerent apathy and piled on him even more.

At the age of 14, Ken met the first person he would come to call friend, a Tellarite about his age named Teraarg. The two took an instant liking to each other, Teraarg, because the human didn’t try to be polite with him, and Ken, because the Tellarite style of bellicose and argumentative interaction proved to be the perfect outlet for releasing the pent up anger towards his father. However, this friendship was not without its drawbacks. Under Teraarg’s influence, Ken began to engage in what could euphemistically be described as ‘shady’ activities. One business deal in particular, with a Ferengi named Brak, would prove to be a critical event in Ken’s life.

The deal with Brak went sour when he tried to take advantage of the young entrepreneurs by not paying them what he owed them. Ken, in what he considered an act of ‘justice’, hacked into Brak’s bank account and took the money he and Teraarg were owed along with something extra for their troubles. This proved to be a mistake as Brak turned out to be the local Chieftain of the Orion Syndicate. Ken and Teraarg were kidnapped and held by Brak’s Nausicaan henchman until they gave back the money they stole.

Returning the money would have solved their problem and the incident would have been over. But Ken, with his newfound confidence, was not about to back down even in the face of a group of especially ill-tempered Nausicaans. For five days, the Nausicaans tortured Ken and Teraarg in a small dark room until Brak ordered their execution. Ken watched in horror as they killed his friend by gutting him with a long knife. One of the Nausicaans then cut Ken’s throat and left him to die. Fortunately, he was discovered after he kicked down the door to the room he was being held in and made his way out into the street.

After a lengthy hospital stay, Ken was released and went home to his family. To celebrate his return, his mother planned a celebratory dinner at home. However, at the last minute, they went out instead and avoided being blown up by bomb planted by the Orion Syndicate. Ken, fearing for his family’s safety, left home at the age of 16 to escape the Syndicate’s wrath.

Ken spent the next six years on the run from the Orion Syndicate. He made his living by trading his computer skills for passage on ships and engaging in minor theft, being careful to never leave any evidence that would implicate him. He was accused of breaking into the Central Bank of Lissepia, but no charges were ever brought against him. This life of crime would have continued indefinitely had Ken not finally been caught trying to steal a shuttlecraft from Starbase 189.

As was usually case, Ken managed to escape by bypassing the brig security systems, but he was quickly apprehended again and faced a lengthy prison term. However, fate once again smiled on Ken. The station’s COS, a joined Trill named Jorel Nix, interceded on Ken’s behalf and arranged for Ken to serve his sentence working on improving the security systems on the station. During the many hours they spent together, Ken and Jorel rapidly developed a very close friendship. The accumulated wisdom of Jorel and the four previous hosts of the Nix symbiont made a profound impression upon Ken. As he listened to Jorel’s fatherly perspective, Ken came to understand the root of his problems with his own father - that by leaving home, he was not only running away from the Orion Syndicate, but also his own personal demons.

After Ken’s sentence was complete, Jorel suggested that Ken would make a good candidate for Star Fleet Academy. Ken was hesitant at first, but finally applied and was accepted based on the recommendation and sponsorship of his mentor and friend Jorel. Ken spent a very focused and low-key four years at the Academy. He had a solid academic record, excelling in most subjects with the glaring exception of basic piloting, and as Captain of the swimming and diving team lead Star Fleet Academy to consecutive 2nd place finishes in the Federation Collegiate Swimming and Diving Championships. Although he was hardly a BMOC (Big Man On Campus), he was generally liked by his classmates and had a well-deserved reputation as a prankster and the bane of higher ranking officers for his occasional lack of respect for the chain of command.

UPDATE (Stardate 20705.17):

Upon graduation from Star Fleet Academy, Ken was assigned to the USS Drake under the command of Captain Kinziri Jal as a security officer. During his first mission to the Kessick IV system, the young Midshipman received a baptism under fire in the form of a Klingon boarding action. The Klingons were eventually repelled, but the vicious nature of the fighting decimated the team he was leading. He was also wounded on the Bridge while engaged in hand-to-hand combat – surviving only because of the last minute intervention of the Drake’s Marine commander, Lieutenant Colonel Haren Mormel.

The mission proved to be especially costly as both crew and senior staff suffered greatly - among the casualties was the Drake’s FO, Telsia Caer. Although Ken soon recovered from his physical injuries, the psychological trauma of his ordeal lingered as he felt a tremendous amount of guilt from the decisions he made – believing that they led to the deaths of his team members. An intense period of counseling followed until he managed to come to terms with this incident. He was awarded the SFCM for bravery and promoted to the rank of Lieutenant [Junior Grade], skipping the rank of Ensign, for his actions during the Kessick mission.

The Drake’s next mission, a routine rescue of a distressed super freighter, provided a different set of challenges for the young officer. The first was the arrest of Lieutenant Colonel Haren Mormel for the assault and attempted murder of CE, Lieutenant Commander Kathy Dega, and the new FO, Commander Alanna Treborn – whom he quickly ran afoul of. Rather than taking his pointed barbs in stride, the Commander interpreted them as a challenge to her authority. A series of increasingly volatile encounters culminated in her pulling a knife on him before they were to leave on an away mission to board the freighter.

Once on board the freighter, it was discovered that the Captain and FO were involved in some shady dealings with Orion pirates. While the Drake fought off several Orion raiders, the away team dealt with a group of pirates who had boarded the freighter – dispatching them with little difficulty and arresting the offending parties in command of the freighter. When the Drake was dealing with the Orion ships, Haren Mormel managed to escape from the Brig and steal a shuttle – disappearing without a trace and leaving Ken and the rest of security to look like fools.

A well-deserved shore leave came next. In a promotion and awards ceremony held at Starbase Alpha, Ken was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. In a realignment of command level officers precipitated by the commissioning of the latest incarnation of the venerable USS Enterprise, Captain Jal and the crew of the Drake were transferred to the USS Dauntless, the new flagship of the 3rd Exploration Group, en mass. Equally important to Ken was his increasing attraction to Kathy Dega whom he finally got up the nerve to talk to at the subsequent party.

The Dauntless’ first mission, a deep space escort of a colonization convoy to a planet known only as K-17, proved to be fairly routine – save for a tense standoff with a race known as the Tuvalaggio that fortunately was resolved without bloodshed. However, for Ken, it turned out to be an experience that would have a lasting effect on both his personal and professional lives. Early on, while investigating a potential act of sabotage in Engineering which later turned out to be a practical joke gone awry, he managed to secure a date with Kathy Dega – overcoming his glaring shyness in the process. The initial date, consisting of diner in Kathy’s quarters, eventually evolved into what would become the first of many nights of passion the two would share.

Concurrently with this budding relationship came his promotion to COS – a move vigorously opposed by the FO. In an attempt to forge a better working relationship with Commander Treborn, Ken started to make amends with his greatest adversary – beginning with an accidental meeting in one of the holodecks where they had a heart to heart talk and developed a basic level of understanding about each other. They weren’t quite friends, but they were no longer enemies.

Things progressed along as Ken adapted to the changes taking place in his life. The slow pace of the mission allowed him to spend plenty of time with the new love of his life, Kathy – a situation that brought much joy into his previously lonely existence. It also allowed him to settle into his new role as COS as he began to implement his own ideas of how things should be run.

However, not long after these changes took place, Ken found himself facing the first real test of his command abilities. Following his return to the Dauntless after an inconclusive murder investigation aboard one of the colony ships, he discovered that Commander Treborn had ignored protocol by not informing him of a matter directly related to his department. In the midst of mediating a dispute between the various civilian factions involved in the colonization effort, she accidentally discovered that an old adversary, Haren Mormel, was smuggling contraband. Acting on this information, she took a security team and attempted to apprehend him – failing to do so, but still managing to seize his cargo of illegal drugs and weapons.

Commander Treborn returned to the Dauntless after the raid – only to be pursued by Mormel and his mercenary cohorts who had managed to infiltrate the ship and avoid detection through the use of individual cloaking devices. In what could only be described as a stroke of good fortune, their presence was revealed in one of the cargo bays. The FO and the accompanying security team once again attempted to capture Mormel, but he managed to escape after severely wounding her.

Now fully alerted to the threat on board, Ken and a security team entered the Cargo Bay and found the grievously injured Commander Treborn there along with the remnants of the mercenary group. After having her transported to Sickbay, he went about finding the psychopathic ex-Marine Colonel – deploying his officers in a ship-wide manhunt. Acting on instinct, he, Lieutenant Angino De VIncenzo and Midshipman Shelbrick made their way to Sickbay for what would prove to be a final showdown with the man who had been a pebble in his shoe for far too long.

The trio arrived in time to find themselves in the middle of a vicious firefight. Already, Mormel had killed all but one man of a reinforced security team. The remaining officer, Crewman Ted Kluszewski, desperately tried to protect Commander Treborn before being knocked unconscious. Lieutenant De Vincenzo pulled out a short sword and began dueling with Mormel in hand to hand combat. With Midshipman Shelbrick providing cover fire, Ken rushed the burly Marine and attempted to kneecap him with his PR-1, but failed instead. Mormel’s full fury was directed against him and in short order, the left side of his face was caved in, his eye socket crushed, his ribs broken and he started to bleed internally from a collapsed lung. Only his body armor prevented further injury.

While Ken was down, Mormel went back to fighting Lieutenant De Vincenzo – taunting him as the two squared off and matched blows. Midshipman Shelbrick was felled by a well-placed blade to the chest. Mormel, thinking he had the battle won, went to kill Commander Treborn, but was surprised when she briefly regained consciousness and stabbed him in the hand. Using the distraction to his advantage, Ken shot Mormel with his back up phaser and finally killed him.

In the aftermath of the bloody encounter, Ken made a slow and painful recovery from his injuries after multiple surgeries. On the return trip from K-17, he spent most of his time in his quarters resting – turning the day to day running of the Security Department to his shift leaders and his trusted senior NCO, Master Chief Bob McFadden. By the time they returned to Starbase Alpha, he was well enough to return to normal duty status and looking forward to spending shore leave with Kathy and his introducing her to his family starting with his sister Emily whom he hadn’t seen in person in ten years.

However, shore leave was cut short when the Dauntless crew, lead by it’s new FO, Commander Kathy Dega, was recalled after the kidnapping of Commodore Jal by a man named Fabian working for the Orion Syndicate. Hoping to extract some measure of revenge against the Syndicate and possibly garner some leads as to the whereabouts of the Ferengi Brak, Ken worked tirelessly to bring about his friend and mentors freedom. The end results were mixed – Kinziri Jal was reunited with her ship and crew, but Ken failed to gain any useful intelligence that would help him in his vendetta against the Orion Syndicate.

Ken has continued his meteoric rise up the ranks – having recently been promoted to Lieutenant Commander. Along the way, he has garnered multiple medals for meritorious service and valor in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. With Kathy Dega’s promotion to FO, he is now confronted with the difficult task of balancing their personal relationship with their professional one. It is the first serious test their partnership has had, but one that so far has not caused any problems.

Personality Profile

Academy Major(s): Security Officer Basic Course, Computer Systems Design and Engineering, Security Systems Design and Engineering
Academy Minor(s): Xenolinguistics, Criminal Psychology, Advanced Interrogation Methods and Practices
Hobbies and Pastimes: Strategy games and puzzles, swimming, skin and scuba diving, spear fishing
Short-Term Goals: Make a good showing as a security officer in my first shipboard assignment. -- UPDATE (Stardate 20705.17): Continue to grow into his leadership role as COS and maintain the high level of trust that Commodore Jal has shown in him by promoting him so rapidly, fully explore his relationship with Kathy Dega.
Long-Term Goals: Attain the position of COS on a ship or Starbase. -- UPDATE (Stardate 20705.17): Since becoming COS of the USS Dauntless, Ken now has his sights set on becoming a starship FO
Personality: Quiet, high-strung, comes across as always being nervous, but easy to get along with, prefers a cerebral approach to solving conflicts, but is not above using force to resolve a dangerous situation in an expedient manner, excellent at judging personalities and moods (strongly empathetic, but not telepathic despite his very remote Betazed heritage)
Sense of Humor: Sly, with a dry and sarcastic bent, enjoys playing practical jokes on species known for their lack of a sense of humor like Klingons and Vulcans
Phobias: Bladed Weapons
Likes: A good glass of orange juice or a mug of Tellarite lager, reading spy and detective novels, listening to Earth jazz and Bajoran choral music
Dislikes: Klingon food, people who aren’t direct in their words and actions or are slow to grasp a situation or concept, Nausicaans and Ferengi
Pet Peeves or Gripes: People who aren’t direct in their words and actions or are slow to grasp a situation or concept
Achievements: Captain of Star Fleet Academy Swim and Dive Team
Disappointments: Not being able to lead the Swim and Dive Team to a championship
Illnesses: Long-term stay in hospital as a result of injuries sustained when 14 (See incident in Personal History). -- UPDATE (Stardate 20705.17): During the mission to Kessick IV, Ken suffered multiple wounds as a result of hand-to-hand combat during a Klingon boarding action – a disruptor hit in the right arm and an abdominal stab wound from a mek’leth. The wounds themselves were not serious and quickly healed, but the psychological effects were more profound. In the aftermath of the mission, Ken attended regular counseling sessions to cope with the guilt he felt over the loss of the men under his command. For the most part, he has come to terms with this, but occasionally, he feels phantom pains where he was wounded

During the colonization escort mission to K-17, Ken had his ribs broken and left eye socket and cheek smashed in along with suffering a collapsed lung while fighting Haren Mormel in the Dauntless’ Sickbay. His injuries required extensive surgery and a long period of convalescence, but he managed to make a full recovery.
Strengths: Excellent judge of people and situations, a “renaissance man” with the ability to excel in a variety of skills
Weaknesses: Unable to grasp the fact that his success in life shouldn’t be based on the impossible and often conflicting standards set by his father, not particularly social, at best a mediocre pilot of smaller spacecraft
Fears: Failure
Prejudices: Intense, pathological hatred of Naussicans and Ferengi
Off Duty Clothing Tastes: Well-tailored clothing appropriate to the occasion
Distinguishing Features: Deep horizontal scar across throat, approximately three inches long and dark pink in color
Pets: None
Friends: Lt Brom ‘Bojay Jazik – Academy Roomate and Acting Chief Engineer, USS Dauntless, BC-1553

Personal Paradigm Shifts

Most Painful Experience: Making the decision to leave home at the age of 16. Ken wasn’t able to explain that he had to leave because he loved his family and feared for their safety. As a result, he hasn’t seen them in person since – a fact that causes Ken constant sorrow as he is very close to his mother and two younger siblings
Best Time: His years at the Academy because they gave him a sense of clarity and purpose that had been lacking in his life up to that point. -- UPDATE (Stardate 20705.17): Because of his and Kathy’s deep and unequivocal love for each other, he can’t imagine anytime in his life when he was happier
Most Crucial Experience: His involvement with the Orion Syndicate as a teenager and the subsequent death of his friend Teraarg and his near death
Role Model: Jorel Nix – who is more of a father to Ken than his real father

Career History

Position Assignment Date(s) Event
Cadet Star Fleet Academy 20101.14 – 20507.13 Star Fleet Academy Graduate Ribbon Star Fleet Academy Graduate Ribbon
Security Officer USS Drake, CL-2509 20507.13 – 20508.01 Midshipman Midshipman
Security Officer USS Drake, CL-2509 20508.01 – 20510.01 Ensign Ensign
Security Officer USS Drake, CL-2509 20510.01 Star Fleet Commendation Medal Star Fleet Commendation Medal
Security Officer USS Drake, CL-2509 20510.01 Role Player of the Month Role Player of the Month
Security Officer USS Drake, CL-2509 20510.01 – 20602.01 Lieutenant Junior Grade Lieutenant Junior Grade
Security Officer USS Drake, CL-2509 20602.01 – 20603.20 Lieutenant Lieutenant
Security Officer USS Drake, CL-2509 20603.01 Role Player of the Month Role Player of the Month
Security Officer USS Dauntless, BC-1553 20603.20 Transferred
Security Officer USS Dauntless, BC-1553 20605.01 Role Player of the Month Role Player of the Month
Chief of Security USS Dauntless, BC-1553 20607.01 – 20708.18 Promoted
Chief of Security USS Dauntless, BC-1553 20608.01 Command School Graduate Ribbon Command School Graduate Ribbon
Chief of Security USS Dauntless, BC-1553 20608.01 – 20801.01 Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Commander
Chief of Security USS Dauntless, BC-1553 20609.01 Role Player of the Month Role Player of the Month
Chief of Security USS Dauntless, BC-1553 20611.01 Diamond Star Diamond Star
Chief of Security USS Dauntless, BC-1553 20612.01 Federation Space Post of the Month
Chief of Security USS Dauntless, BC-1553 20705.01 Star Fleet Commendation Medal Star Fleet Commendation Medal
Chief of Security USS Dauntless, BC-1553 20708.01 Role Player of the Month Role Player of the Month
Acting First Officer USS Dauntless, BC-1553 20708.18 – 20801.01 Lieutenant Commander
Acting First Officer USS Dauntless, BC-1553 20712.01 Gold Star Gold Star
First Officer USS Dauntless, BC-1553 20801.01 – 21005.01 Commander Commander
First Officer USS Dauntless, BC-1553 20805.01 Star Fleet Distinguished Service Globe Star Fleet Distinguished Service Globe
First Officer USS Dauntless, BC-1553 20807.01 Purple Heart Purple Heart
First Officer USS Dauntless, BC-1553 20809.01 Gold Star Gold Star
First Officer USS Dauntless, BC-1553 20811.01 Role Player of the Month Role Player of the Month
First Officer USS Dauntless, BC-1553 20903.01 Diamond Star Diamond Star
First Officer USS Pulsar, BB-100 20903.27 Transferred
First Officer USS Pulsar, BB-100 20909.01 Second Romulan War Campaign Medal Second Romulan War Campaign Medal
First Officer USS Pulsar, BB-100 20910.01 Star Fleet Distinguished Service Globe Star Fleet Distinguished Service Globe
First Officer USS Pulsar, BB-100 20910.01 Purple Heart Purple Heart
Commanding Officer USS Gettysburg, BC-1863 21002.01 Transferred
Commanding Officer USS Gettysburg, BC-1863 21005.01 Captain Captain
Commanding Officer USS Gettysburg, BC-1863 21011.01 Gold Star Gold Star
Commanding Officer USS Gettysburg, BC-1863 21112.01 Gold Star Gold Star
Commanding Officer USS Gettysburg, BC-1863 21210.01 Gold Star Gold Star
Commanding Officer USS Gettysburg, CA-1863 21306.01 Star Fleet Commendation Medal Star Fleet Commendation Medal
Commanding Officer USS Gettysburg, CA-1863 21403.01 Star Fleet Achievement Medal Star Fleet Achievement Medal
Commanding Officer USS Gettysburg, CA-1863 21404.01 Gold Star Gold Star
Medals Tally:
Service Medals Awarded
Image Description Qty.
Star Fleet Academy Graduate Ribbon Star Fleet Academy Graduate Ribbon 1
Command School Graduate Ribbon Command School Graduate Ribbon 1
Star Fleet Achievement Medal Star Fleet Achievement Medal 1
Star Fleet Commendation Medal Star Fleet Commendation Medal 3
Gold Star Gold Star 6
Diamond Star Diamond Star 2
Star Fleet Distinguished Service Globe Star Fleet Distinguished Service Globe 2
Purple Heart Purple Heart 2
Campaign Medals Awarded
Image Description Qty.
Second Romulan War Campaign Medal Second Romulan War Campaign Medal 1
Achievement Medals Awarded
Image Description Qty.
Role Player of the Month Role Player of the Month 6

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Characters Tally:
Name Type Status
Emily Fitchel Alternate Player Character Lieutenant Junior Grade

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