John Valdivia

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USS Darwin-A
John Valdivia
Position Science Officer
Rank Lieutenant Commander
Species Human
Gender Male
DOB 236305.25
Age 37
Birthplace New Berlin, Luna
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Lieutenant Commander John Valdivia is currently serving as a Science Officer aboard the USS Darwin-A.


  • Height: 1'88m
  • Weight: 82kg
  • Hair: Black
  • Eyes: Dark brown
  • Facial hair: Light beard


John Valdivia made good friends during his service, with whom he keeps in contact occasionally even if they don't serve together anymore.

John Valdivia served with Raj Blueheart during all the time he was aboard Discovery. They became great friends, and Blueheart was always the emotional part Valdivia barely had, between the two keeping the balance between rationality and emotion. During his retirement, Valdivia kept in contact with Raj Blueheart, who was the person that convinced him to go back to starfleet.

Eric Lundrigan was also from New Berlin, and although they had never talked to each other before, they remembered each other, and that brought them together quite easily. Since then, they were great friends during all their years on Discovery. After Eric retired, they kept occasional contact, and John Valdivia is sure to visit him whenever he comes near Earth.

During his service on the Darwin, specially during the construction of Outpost Unity on a Dyson Sphere in the Delta Quadrant, Valdivia worked closely for months with Varaan, the Vulcan that back then held the role of Chief Engineering Officer. That lead to a long friendship growing between them, one of those were they don't interact that often, but they know they will be there when needed.

A fortuitous encounter in the holodeck lead to a long friendship with the Laudean engineer, prolonged during the time they served together in the Darwin. When jhe retired, they lost contact, but Valdivia was very happy to find jheas again months later, back serving on the Darwin. Jhe helped him greatly on the construction of his pet robot.

When Valdivia joined the Darwin, he was back to ensign, after having retired and a short service on the Victory after his return. The chief science officer was then Maxwell Traenor, and they soon created a nice working relationship which evolved into a friendship, even after Traenor was moved to another department, and soon afterwards to First OFficer, and Valdivia took his former office as Chief of Science.


Due to his age and irregular career, Valdivia has never had a long love relationships, and all his stable relationships wenton just for as long as they stayed together. For the moment he is fine with that, and doesn't look for compromises, but he has also learned this is not something he can choose.

Sister Cruella was a "vampire" Reman the Discovery-B encountered and freed. She became part of the ship, taking over the bar, and both from interest and curiosity the two became closer. However, Valdivia knew their relationship was also bound to the ship, as neither was ready for a long term compromise, and the two separated when Valdivia retired.

  • Williams, Martha

During his time as a civilian on the Regulus III Science Academy, he became involved with the chief engineer of the Mainardi project. Their relationship blossomed from the long hours they spent together for work reasons, but it also ended when their work together was done, and Martha Williams took over the Mainardi project. They still keep in contact, and might see each other ocassionally, but they do not see this as a relationship anymore.


His closer family includes his parents, George Valdivia and Emmy Petersen, and his older brother Adam. They live in the outskirts of New Berlin, in Luna, where they have an hydroponic and fungicultural farm. Both George and Adam work in the farm, which now legaly belongs to Adam since he inherited it in 2388. His mother Emmy helps on the farm occasionaly but works as a journalist in New Berlin. Their family hoped John would also work in the farm. Even when he started studing mathematics, they still had the hope he would come back and use his knowledge to help the family with economy.

When he decided otherwise and joined starfleet, his father did not approve, and his brother understood but didn't like the idea. Only his mother supported him, but she would still prefer he came back. With all that pressure, since he joined Starfleet he has contacted them only a few times since they always end up arguing.

His grandparents, already dead, came to Luna from Earth, so he still has some living relatives back on Earth, in farms near Tarragona, in the Iberian Peninsula, but he doesn't know them and the two branches of the family have no relationship at all.

Personal History

His was a modest family in the lunar colony of New Berlin. His father had one of the artificial farms, which was owned by his family since almost the 22th century. Although he was supposed to become a farmer as his father and brother, the fact that Adam would inherit the farm allowed John to start studying at the academy.

His family did not understand him, but they accepted he liked studying, and wanted to be in Starfleet, and they helped him with no problems more than a little argument from time to time.

Now that he is finally doing what he wanted to do, his family is still sad that he did not want to work in the farm, but they are happy that he succeeded in what he wanted, and he keeps good relations with them.

Starfleet History

He joined Starfleet on 2386, and was posted on the USS Discovery-B. He served there as Science Officer, as Chief of Operations, and later as Chief Science Officer, post that he kept on the USS Discovery-C

On 239002.27 he retired from starfleet to lead the scientific project codenamed Mainardi (cf Academic History). He rejoined starfleet later on, in 2392, and was posted to the USS Victory. With the relaunch of the USS Darwin-A, however, he was transfered during the Prometheus incident.

An explicit service record can be found later on this page.

Academic History

He majored in mathematics, while also studying computer science and astrophysics, and while yet on Starfleet Academy he parallely started a PhD program on the Regulus III Science Academy, on Virtual Intelligence and programming algorithm for ship computers, advised by Doctor Tabris. He was posted to Discovery, where he continued his PhD studies with practical problems, and was finally granted the title of Doctor (cum Laude) on 238808.01.

After that, his research interests moved a bit, to the study of warp fields, and joined the research group on Differential Geometry. He used his skills on computer science to solve the problem of solving the Codazzi-Mainardi equations for different warp field configurations for a ship.

After two years on the project, Doctor Valdivia was offered the direction of the Mainardi program, focused on building an actual prototype, so he left Starfleet and stayed in Regulus III.

On 239201.11, after officially handing the Mainardi project to the engineering division, once the mathematical part was over and the rest was building the ship itself, he decided to return to Starfleet, while still being part of the Mainardi research group, from a distance.

Personality traits

He is introverted, and has a noticeable lack of social abilities, mainly because he loves speaking about mathematics or physics and that makes other people reticent to speaking with him. He often feels frustrated when someone doesn't seem to be able to follow his reasoning, but he accepts that he would not be able to follow a conversation about Earth politics, so he understands that everyone has his own field of excellence. He is an expert programmer, and has his own file of updated ship commands that he uploads for his personal computers.

Giving more importance to his academic career over his starfleet one, he prefers to use the "doctor" over his rank, whenever possible. For the same reason, he is not eager to ascend in ranks and take further responsabilities that would keep him away from his research interests.

Service History

Service History
Insignia Rank Dates Posting Assignment
Cadet First Class 238605.17 Graduated Starfleet Academy -
Ensign 238605.17 - 238610.26 USS Discovery-B Science Officer
Lieutenant JG 238610.26 - 238702.08 USS Discovery-B Chief of Operations
Lieutenant 238702.08 - 238808.27 USS Discovery-B Chief Science Officer
Lieutenant Commander 238808.27 - 239002.27 USS Discovery-C Chief Science Officer
Retired 239002.27 - 239201.21 - -
Cadet First Class 239201.21 - 239201.27 Graduated Starfleet Academy -
Ensign 239201.27 - 239202.23 USS Victory Science Officer
Ensign 239202.23 - 239204.20 USS Darwin-A Science Officer
Lieutenant JG 239204.20 - 239207.27 USS Darwin-A Science Officer
Lieutenant 239207.27 - 239209.15 USS Darwin-A Science Officer
Lieutenant 239209.15 - 239307.26 USS Darwin-A Chief Science Officer
Lieutenant Commander 239307.26 - present USS Darwin-A Chief Science Officer

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