Randal Shayne

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Randal Shayne
Position Helmsman
Rank Lieutenant
Species Human
Gender Male
DOB 236602.20
Age 28
Birthplace Chicago, Earth
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“Your past must not dictate your future.”

co-opted by Randal Shayne, helmsman of the USS Darwin-A



Lieutenant Randal Shayne is serving as chief helmsman aboard the USS Darwin-A.

After serving aboard the USS Triumphant as her primary HCO officer during a joint mission, Shayne was reassigned to the USS Darwin-A permanently. Due to the uncertain nature of life in Starfleet, his colleagues have often been transferred, reassigned, or given greater responsibility. Throughout his career, however, Shayne has remained steadfastly behind the helm, as is his preference.

The third generation of a Starfleet family, Shayne has, perhaps stereotypically, always desired to be an officer. After an eventful training history, he moved onto his first vessel, and from there, he found himself propelled into the stars and the treasures of knowledge beyond.

Basic Stats

  • Full Name: Randal Shayne
  • Preferred designation: Shayne
  • Race: Terran
  • Born: 236602.20
  • Place of Birth: Chicago, Earth (Sol III)
  • System of Origin: Sol System
  • Age: 27
  • Gender: Male
  • Starfleet Serial Number: EG- 166-768
Shayne's birthplace- Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, United Earth.
Sol System, circa 2366.


Appearance


  • Height: 5'11
  • Hair: Brown
Shayne's meditation robes.
  • Length of Hair: Dignified, clean cut.
  • Facial Hair: Clean-shaven
  • Eyes: Brown
  • Skin: Caucasian.
  • Tattoos/Body Modifications: None
  • Arms: Average length, with tanned forearms and decent musculature.
  • Legs: Decent musculature- nothing too impressive.
  • Weight: 121 kg
  • Scars/Body Marks: Small birthmark on lift-front of neck, deep scar on left foreleg, multiple scars on hands and arms, perpetual burn on back of left hand.
  • Build: Heavyset, muscular, but far from buff.
  • Preferred Hand: Right.
  • Carriage.: Practiced steadiness.
  • Taste in dress: Prefers to wear his uniform at almost all times. On the rare occasion that he does don something more informal, he prefers either the utilitarian simplicity of a t-shirt and jeans, or, during meditation, wears thick, heavy robes that seem to envelop him.
  • Shoes: Starfleet- issue boots, or meditation slippers.


Personality


For as long as anyone has known him, Shayne has exhibited the classic signs of an anxiety disorder. As a result, he is generally introverted, quiet, and unobtrusive, especially when it comes to crowded or foreign environments. Panic attacks have struck him without warning in the past, but he rarely seeks out counseling. Guilt and bouts of depression are common symptoms as well. Despite these problems, he is committed to Starfleet and the Federation, seeking to help both anyway he can. Additionally, when lives are on the line, he is able to, at least temporarily, suppress his fear in regard of his duty.

He is also an extremely sensitive person, sometimes bordering on nearly empathic. The moods and feelings of those around him greatly influence his own, despite his best efforts. He actively looks to improve people's feelings and moods however he can. Most times he is hard-pressed to produce a smile, but when someone is emotionally disturbed, nothing short of divine intervention will keep him from helping them.

Anger is another mostly unseen emotion, only present when his convictions are tested, or when his crew, his starship or his loved ones are threatened. Or when he hasn't had his coffee.

A copy of the Teachings of Surak, used in meditation.
  • Temperment: Shayne might be an internal maelstrom of self-doubt and anxiety, but years of experience with both have allowed him to create a shell of calm around those sensations. When not in the midst of a stress-provoking attack, he is subtle, easy to work with, and generally an all-around friendly guy. The shell is a modification of this persona. Peace, clarity and control are emphasized when he is in this state of mind. As a result, many do not realize he is having an anxiety attack at all. This comes in handy in situations where he is some sort of leader. While these occurrences are still rather infrequent, Shayne subtly dreads the day that he will be asked to take on greater responsibility. Quick with a joke or a witty retort, he might not be the life of the party, but he is far from dull.
The key to years of perpetual frustration.
  • Quarters: Sharing quarters for most of his Starfleet career has taught him the value of organization. His barracks at the Academy, as well as the quarters he now shares with his significant other, Isabel Pond, are relatively neat, with just enough mess to be "lived-in". His habit of meditation lead him to prefer softer, less harsh colors in the room. Souvenirs and personal effects, including his service medals and patch collection, line the wall. Shayne hopes to add many more objects to the wall in time.
  • Habits: Many of Shayne's habits are a result of his debilitative anxiety. Fingernails are picked and chewed with abandon, often resulting in their bleeding. A slight stutter can be heard when he is unprepared to speak, and when entering a strange environment, he attempts to locate the exits. Additionally, to help stave off his persistent anxiety, Shayne meditates regularly, using Vulcan disciplines picked up during his time on the campus of Starfleet Academy.
  • Hobbies and Pastimes: Shayne enjoys writing fiction, especially stories based at least partially on his own adventures in Starfleet. He also likes creating holographic programs, although he is never quite satisfied with his work. Literature, both from Earth and other Federation members, are also an interest of his. Additionally, he collects souvenirs from his travels, and is an avid patch collector. He focuses mainly on the patches of early space missions from Earth's first exploratory periods, and Starfleet assignment patches. Copies of important Federation documents are visible around the space. A flute is his instrument of choice.
  • Likes:
    • Solitude and Meditating
    • Kind People
    • Building friendships.
    • Starship design
    • Helping People.
    • Tri-dimensional chess.
 
  • Dislikes:
    • Loud situations.
    • Deceit.
    • Narcissism.
    • Violence.
 
  • Fears:
    • Assimilation by the Borg.
    • Telepathy and, to an extent, telepaths.
    • Betraying his uniform.
    • Children.
    • Becoming a coward again.
  • Favorite Food: Raspberries. It's an obsession.
  • Goals: While he'd like to have his own ship one day, he is more than content to remain in his current position for the time being, doing the most good where it's most needed. Helping as many people as possible before he dies is his lifelong ambition.


Shayne's Torturestick- that is, flute.
One of Shayne's most prized patches.
Opening statement of the Articles of Federation kept in his quarters.


Family and Friends.


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Eric Shayne - Father
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A retired Starfleet admiral himself, Eric has always had a strong bond with both of his sons. There is an implicit trust present, and though that might be expected for a father and son, events that have transpired between them have made them realize just how fragile a relationship can be. Regardless of the problems Eric and Randal have had, nothing could ever cause them to stop caring about one another.

Eric's concern for his son nearly prevented him from supporting Randal's admission into the Academy. Being a retired admiral, he understood the trials and dangers that lay with a career in Starfleet. But they shared a common dream of the stars, and Randal wouldn't have it any other way. In a sense, the service was an escape for both men.

Eric now works for a civilian-based institution working to create non-lethal weaponry for implementation on board Starfleet vessels, instillations and personnel. In his free time, he has begun recording his exploits and experiences in a historical anthology.



Heidi Shayne -Mother
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Heidi served as the chief medical officer of Starbase 912 for Eric's entire command. Originally an occupational therapist, her extreme competence and dedication earned her a position as CMO of the massive Starfleet instillation. With the change in position came the chance to expand her horizons and her practice. After years of hard work, she received her Ph.D in Psychology and Medicine. From there, the sky was the limit. Her experimental work regarding the Telurian Plague was instrumental in eventually finding a cure, although she never deigned to boast about the noteworthy achievement. Retiring later than her husband, she now resides with him on Earth, and is the co-author of Eric's historical book.



Zachary Shayne -Brother
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Unlike the rest of his family, Zak didn't desire to go to the stars. Surrounded by those who did, he gained a healthy appreciation for the ether. He is a well-known artist, recognized for his talents in creating subtle statements within blazing colors, and for integrating alien art forms into his work. A happy-go-lucky attitude and a ready smile are almost always present, and, unlike his older, more reclusive brother, is known as a social butterfly.

The brothers share a puzzling relationship. Zak is always overjoyed to see Randal. However, regardless of the circumstances, Randal is consistently embarrassed to with Zak. Randal never speaks of his brother, and has never discussed him outside of the strictest confidence. A terrible incident during their childhood is suspected by many people to be the cause of their problems, but neither Shayne will confirm it, something Randal is inexplicably grateful for. Both silently live for the day that Randal can forgive himself for the trespasses of the past.



Varaan -Friend
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Friendships developing between comrades is a common occurrence. But it is rare to find a pair of friends quite so mismatched. Where Shayne is neurotic, timid, and had difficulty containing his negative feelings, Varaan maintains excellent control of himself, as is expected of his people. Their friendship may not have come to be if not for a long, confining shuttle trip to their new assignments. Since it began, their friendship has slowly evolved, and Shayne is looking forward to many years of service together.


Isabel Pond - Signficant other
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One thing that Shayne never considered he'd find was an intelligent, beautiful woman who was interested in him. Nevertheless, that's what he has been fortunate enough to locate, without even attempting to do so. A shuttlecraft accident landed Shayne in sickbay, where a slight...overdose of a sedative compound led him to start mumbling. Indeed, at first sight of his attending physician, he commented on her abundant beauty. Dancing and dating resulted, and love bloomed in no time. Currently, he and Isabel share quarters. To say that he is excited to see what their relationship will evolve into is an understatement of criminal proportions. She is a constant source of strength, and he loves her boundlessly.



Acquaintances.


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Maxwell Traenor -Fellow Officer
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Maxwell Traenor, before his transfer, served as First Officer of the USS Darwin-A. Traenor and Shayne were efficient colleagues, and the helmsman was confident that a friendship was in the making. A particular incident during a mission, however, all but ruined their relationship. While investigating the possibility of sentient Borg nanites on the planet PR-652, Shayne's away team, lead by Commander Traenor, discovered a lone surviving drone. The drone's individuality was beginning to resurface, and her implants were being rejected. Out of compassion, both Shayne and Lt. Brell, another member of the team, wanted to bring the drone aboard the Darwin-A. Traenor, out of concern for the rest of the crew, denied their requests. Shayne protested as best he could, but the order stood, and against his better judgement, he left the poor girl on the surface. Mere hours later, the planet was sterilized of any residual Borg presence. Shayne eventually confronted Traenor about his decision, and tried to come to terms with it, but Traenor was reassigned before any real progress could be made.


Christopher Lambert -Fellow Officer
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Shayne welcomed Lambert aboard the vessel, along with everyone else. While Lambert is a proficient officer, he seems to have an unhealthy romantic fixation of Shayne's girlfriend, Isabel Pond. Shayne's overprotective and- where his loved ones are concerned, jealous- nature led him to angrily confront Lambert, and the situation has increased in severity ever since. It is unclear where this escalation will lead.

Personal History


Shayne was born on Earth, but spent much of his childhood in space, specifically Starbase 912. His father and mother, both high-ranking station personnel, were often quite busy with the administration of the base, but made sure that they had time for him, something neither Randal nor his brother ever forgot. Zak was born 6 years after Shayne, and was considered far more normal, if slightly more troublesome. His parents taught him to accept other life forms and people even sooner than most parents, and brought him up to appreciate what the Federation provided and stood for. As a result, Shayne recognizes the Federation as one of the most astonishing organizations ever devised. Eric, their father, tried to maintain an active presence in their lives, but active duty aboard a starship during a time of war made things immensely difficult. Weeks or months sometimes past without word of his fate. As a result, Randal was beyond relieved to hear that his father would be taking command of the starbase. Despite his mother's wishes and his father's concerns, Randal attempted to join Starfleet at age 18, and was delighted to be accepted, despite his comparatively paltry mathematical skills.

Shayne's original medical text.

Intent on helping people, Shayne enrolled in the pre-med program at Starfleet Medical. To his horror, the curriculum proved almost impossible to follow, and what he did understand made him sick to his stomach. It was almost too embarrassing to admit, but he was too squeamish for the work. At least, this is what he tells himself. While studying, he was ordered to temporarily supplement a medical division on the front lines. The terrible things witnessed there, he could handle, but he didn't want to have to do so again. He managed to stick it out for the first year before deciding to switch career paths, to something a little more conventional. Engineering had always been a pastime of his, and with an attitude of "What could go wrong?", Shayne entered the Engineering college of Starfleet.

During this longest part of his time enrolled in the Academy, Shayne had few friends. His behavior, while never out of line or dangerous, was termed as erratic by his councilor and instructors. Often finding unconventional solutions to problems posed in curriculum, Shayne excelled at classes such as temporal logic, problem solving and ethics, but often struggled with more concrete subjects like physics and mathematics, specifically subspace calculations. With this in mind, Shayne began to look at even more possible career choices.


Shayne's Racing Shuttle

Two years later, Shayne was poised to become a decent engineer, but an Academy instructor, and a certain groundskeeper, had noticed both his phenomenal reflexes and his decisive abilities in the field of command, and suggested that flight might be a more suitable. Against his better judgment, Shayne agreed, and found himself enrolled in the flight team. Several of the few friends he made over the Academy were members of the team. The sense of camaraderie among them was fantastic, and Shayne often wished he had joined earlier. An incident during a flying event nearly scrapped the team permanently, as it was not the first time the flight team of the Academy had been implicated. But the matter was closed, and no one on the team was punished. While it is not classified information, Shayne speaks of it somewhat reluctantly.

After graduation, he was assigned to his first starship, and he was on his way.




History of Status


Starfleet Academy Transcript

Full Article: Shayne's Academy Records

Starfleet Assessments and Records

Full Article: Shayne's Starfleet Records

Starfleet Medical History

Full Article: Shayne's Medical Records
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Presented to those to decide to inflict injury on their character, and then dive into the resulting emotions and choices in a realistic manner.
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B-Plot Award 2393
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Awarded to those simmers who manage to show a good portion of the character's life despite the demands of the main plot.
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For those who have been members continuously for one year.
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Awarded to a person who participates in the discovery of a new planet, region, or species.
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Lifesaving Ribbon 2392
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Awarded to a person who has saved a life in the line of duty
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Captain's Commendation 2393
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Awarded to a person for exemplary service and/or honorable actions performed in the course of his/her duties, when that service is deemed worthy of formal recognition by his/her commanding officer. (For actions on the surface of Turisan II.
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Explorer's Ribbon 2393
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Awarded to a person who participates in the discovery of a new planet, region, or species. (Turisan II)
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Purple Heart 2393
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The Purple Heart is a general service ribbon awarded to anyone who sustains injury in the line of duty.(Broken nose X 2)
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The Legion of Merit is a gallantry & heroism service ribbon awarded to a person who has distinguished himself or herself by exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. (For actions during the incident on Planet PR-652.)
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The Galactic War with the Borg Service Medal is a campaign service ribbon awarded to a person who participates in a conflict against the Borg. ("Awakening")
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The Explorer's Ribbon is a general service ribbon awarded to a person who participates in the discovery of a new planet, region, or species. (Nanite Swarm in "Awakening".))
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Good Conduct Ribbon 2393
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Awarded to Shayne for piloting the Darwin in extremely hazardous conditions.
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First Contact Ribbon 2393
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For being part of the team that discovered the "Space Whales" indigenous to the Raikenoff's Folly Nebula.
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Explorer's Ribbon 2393
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For discoveries made in the Raikenoff's Folly Nebula area.
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For attempting to save Talaxian lives while imprisoned onboard Raikenoff's ship.
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For surviving imprisonment onboard Raikenoff's vessel.


Promotion History


Service History
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Cadet 4th Class 238808.08-238906.21 Starfleet Academy Medical Cadet
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Cadet 3rd Class 238908.08-239006.21 Starfleet Academy Engineer
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Cadet 2nd Class 239008.08-239106.21 Starfleet Academy Engineer
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Cadet 1st Class 239108.08-239106.21 Starfleet Academy Helm Operations
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Ensign 239202.03 - 239206.02 USS Gemini HCO
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Lieutenant JG 239206.02 - 239207.11 USS Gemini HCO
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Lieutenant JG 239207.11-239209.23 USS Apollo-A HCO
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Lieutenant JG 239209.23-239212.17 USS Triumphant HCO
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Lieutenant JG 239212.17-239302.10 USS Darwin-A Helmsman
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Lieutenant 239302.10-239401.12 USS Darwin-A Helmsman
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Lieutenant 239401.12- USS Atlantis Helmsman

The Shayne Maneuver


Fresh out of the Academy, Shayne was assigned to the Starship Gemini. Arriving during a crisis, the brand new ensign was required to take the helm of an unfamiliar ship at the worst of times. The Gemini was in pursuit of the rogue USS Spartan. The Spartan had started to attack vessels and instillations belonging to the Klingon Empire. While the Gemini was tracking the Spartan to deliver the Captain to authorities, a Klingon vessel, the IKS Su'wamh hunted the rogue vessel, intending to destroy it. Eventually both ships arrived near the Spartan, and a transporter tug-of-war began. The Gemini and the Su'wamh simultaneously activated transporters targeted at Captain Clarkson of the Spartan. Both were equally matched in power, and neither vessel was willing to let their captive go to the other side. The two transporter beams on Clarkson began to kill him. Still neither ship let go.

As both starships wrestled for control over the traitorous Clarkson, it became abundantly clear that one starship would need to release their quarry, or Clarkson would perish. That's when Shayne got a flash of inspiration. By sending a modified stream of antiprotons through the Gemini's angular confinement beam and then using Clarkson as a jump point, Shayne was able to lock onto the transporter room of the Su'wamh and literally rip it out of the ship. The explosive decompression that resulted from the violent removal of the transporter pad rendered the Su'wamh powerless as Clarkson was beamed aboard the Gemini, which then retreated to Federation space. The term "Shayne Maneuver" was given by Engineer Konstava when Shayne explained exactly what he had done. Due the unconventional and dangerous nature of this strategy, it has not been tried again since.


Diploma


Randal Shayne
Engineering
Commissioned on 239202.02
Andrus Jaxx Tyler Kelly
Academy Commandant
Starfleet Academy
Training Officer
Starbase 118 Campus
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Notable Sims


Stardate 239202.24: Ensign Shayne: Confidence Afterglow

Shayne attempts to explain his unorthodox strategy to the chief of engineering.


Stardate 239211.18: Lieutenant J.G Shayne: Decompression

A recent mission to save a Talaxian colony has been carried out with lackluster results. Shayne must cope with the emotional blowback resulting from the affair.


Stardate 239208.16: Lieutenant Shayne: Not-Quite-Feelings

Returning safely to port after a strenuous mission, Shayne attempts to explain his feelings to his father, for the first time in years.


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