|USS Doyle-A (NCC-80221-A)|
|Lieutenant (J.G) Bryan MacRae|
Writer ID: A239005BM0
<< Early Life & Education >>
Bryan Andrew MacRae was born in Roslyn, Earth, to Allison (Neé Leslie) and Duncan MacRae. His father is a retired editor and political correspondent for the Federation News Service and his mother is a museum curator and historian. The couple met when Allison was researching Cardassian history. He has a younger sister, Iona, who works as a chef in Geneva.
He enjoyed a comfortable upbringing in a small, quiet community on the outskirts of the capital. A marginally above average pupil at school, Bryan was quite shy and self-conscious – preferring to just keep himself to himself and let others take the attention. He wasn't particular popular and was bullied into his early teens. Looking back, he believes this is where his talent for discerning people’s true emotions and intentions began to manifest itself as a form of defence.
Despite this he strived to be a good student and was eventually rewarded with good grades in his final exams. He decided that he would like to continue his studies further but wanted to move away from home, partially due to the wanderlust of adolescence and partly to start afresh where he could discover himself away from the people who he grew up with. As this was more important to him than the subject of his study he started looking for degree courses and institutions where he thought he would find this chance.
He eventually chose the Europa Social Sciences Academy, based in London, to study psychology. One of the appealing features of the four year course on offer was that it included a one year placement program off-world. Bryan selected, and was approved, to spend a year studying on Betazed as he felt that he would benefit from studying alongside a telepathic race and learning about their approach to the subject.
Bryan, during his studies, had been thinking about what he would like to do to further his studies. His year off-world had given him a wanderlust and it was eventually to Trill he was to travel next to do a research project in non-verbal communication and body language.
He found the subject compelling and he found he had some degree of natural talent for personal observation. Following his sucessful submission of his masters, and missing Earth to some degree, he applied for, and was accepted, to an associate position at the Assulin Institute in Tel-Aviv. This organization offered several services in the field of psychological consulting and he was assigned to their investigations unit. During this period of work he was able to expand his knowledge of body language, voice stress analysis and microexpressions and put this into practice when called upon, typically by private corporations or media organizations, to assess news footage or observe/conduct interviews to assess subjects for signs of deception. He hoped that this blend of both research and commercial work would help him find avenues into further work in the field.
It was during his time at the institute that he was approached by a recruitment operative from Starfleet Intelligence with an offer to join the academy and begin training as an intelligence officer, specifically focusing in human intelligence. Having enjoyed his work over the last four years, but feeling that he was becoming a little frustrated with the same type of cases and this might finally be a chance to do something more constructive with his future, he accepted.
<< Starfleet Academy >>
Upon enrolling at the academy Bryan opted to combine his major in intelligence with a minor in operations and communications as he felt this was a fitting match for his future career. He did consider counselling, particularly when taking into account his background in psychology, but discounted it due to the potential conflict of interest that may arise between is role as a potential intelligence operative and his potential duty of confidentiality and trust as a counsellor.
His training was deeply intesive and competition was fierce between cadets, the initial year was almost exclusively centred on routing out unsuitable candidates. Like many other cadets in his field he had an extremely intensive study schedule but, as he was now a little older and wiser and finally had a sense of purpose and direction in his life he was able to balance his training with other pursuits – including rugby, which he had always enjoyed growing up. Bryan enjoyed the sport and played for one of the academy teams - the SFI Black Hawks – as a scrum-half during his second and third years.
He decided against playing for the team for a third year as it would be his last an he would have to focus on his studies as well as attend his cadet training cruise for the final half. His fourth year was merciless. The study became more intesive, the physical exams more demanding, particularly regarding one cadet named Mnheia (See Relationships & Persons Of Note). He resolved, however, that he would just do the best he could in the way he knew best, afterall if he was selected for graduation he may be required to opearte in areas where he needed to know his own mind and limitations.
MacRae chose to make his intelligence specialisation the Orion Syndicate. While technically not a governmental organization in the strictest sense he convinced his instructors that there was enough confirmed information about the group that it was a valid option. He also rationalised that, while governments may rise and fall, the Syndicate has an enduring and widespread reach, meaning his training may be of more use particularly in areas of galactic instability where the Syndicate hoped to capitalise.
As a result of his intelligence and communications cross-training, Bryan speaks, reads and writes several languages in addition to Federation standard.
<< Starfleet Career >>
Following his graduation Ensign Bryan MacRae, as a result of an overabundance of intelligence assets in the region, received his first posting as an HCO officer aboard the USS Avandar under the command of Captain Della Vetri.
Arrivial In The L'heia Sector
Bryan's first duty as an officer was to transport his new Captain from Deep Space Six to the frontier region known as the L'heia Sector by way of of anomaly refered to by the Avandar crew as 'The Rabbit Hole' that was discovered by the USS Aurora in 2388.
Initially unsure about his posting, given his training and background, he handled the journey through the Rabbit-Hole without too much incident. This came as a plesant suprise as, despite the role he was to assume, his flight training was of a minimal level. The journey also allowed him to get to know some of his new crewmates before active deployment in the field; something which many newly graduated officers would not have the benefit of.
After rendezvousing with the Avandar, then in orbit around the planet Dullimar, MacRae was thrown into active duty almost immediately. The exisiting crew, including his new supervising officer Lieutenant Commander Alleran Tan, were on deployment to recover lost technology following a viral attack on the ships computer core by the Xomite Captain Challno in an attempt to accquire Alr'n technology. Assisted by Lieutenant Kilis, a security officer from Dullimar, the situation was diffused but it did not escape Bryan that this sector of space was largely unknonw and that Starfleet had an extremely small pressence in the region; the only other ship being the USS Halo, a Galaxy class vessel under the command of Captain Candice Khaine.
Gateways & Dream Spinners
<< Personal Notes >>
Quarters: MacRae occupies quarters on deck five and enjoying being close to both the gym and the library located there. Generally sparse they contain the usual mundane items such as clothing and minor personal items, including a framed flag of Saint Andrew adorning one wall. Several PADDs sit on the desk typically history books from various culture as well as psychological texts. A family picture sits on his desk, taken at his parent's home.
Office: Bryan can usually be found on the bridge or within the operations suite aboard the Doyle. This allows his to get a good overview of what is going on on the ship. Generally he uses the duty officers office for this purpose. He can also be found attending to various issues in person as he doesn't want to feel too disconnected from his crewmates.
MacRae tries to maintain a good level of physical fitness and enjoys running, swimming and tai-chi. He played both rugby and soccer while at starfleet academy having enjoyed both in his youth. He is also an accomplished swordsman having fenced since an early age.
He enjoys the taste of whisky and always tries to ensure he has a genuine, non-replicated, bottle of single malt available in his quarters – his personal favourites being the peaty whiskies of Islay. These are typically drunk from a set of four orion glass tumblers which were given to him as a gift from S'Lone tr'Khellian the then intelligence liason aboard the Avandar as a leving present when he was reassigned to the Embassy of Duronis II.
He enjoys games that involve thought, memory, tactics and bluffs and is particularly fond of poker and liars dice – although his skills at observing microexpressions and spotting lies mean he seldom finds people who are prepared to play him for long...and certainly not for money.
MacRae counts among his favourite books; The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli, Leviathan and Behemoth by Thomas Hobbes and the Shakespearian play – Othello. He also has a keen interest in Earth history, specifically the Three Kingdoms era of ancient China.
Bryan enjoys the work of the nineteenth century human painter, engraver and illustrator John Martin and has several of his paintings loaded into a holo-image projector in his quarters.
MacRae enjoys classical music, of both earth and off-world cultures, together with theatre – but not opera…particularly of the Klingon persuasion.
<< Family >>
Father - (B: 232909.14) (Age: 70) - Duncan is a former political correspondent and currently an editor for the Federation News Service (FNS). He began his career at the bottom of the pile as a runner and technician working under a full news team. Lacking any substantial formal training her tried to gain as much information as possible from working under them. He found that he gained a lot of information while working and was often called upon to practice interviews with the journalists, asking their own questions back to them so they could practice second guessing the answers they would receive. Over time and with this practice he became quite adept at finding the right tone and inflections to conduct interviews of his own. His skill with second guessing the answers a subject would give meant his interview technique typically involved manipulating the conversation to a specific end without the interviewee being aware until it was far too late, gaining him a reputation for skill and integrity but also for being unforgiving in his questioning.
In 2358, the Cardassian government, still involved in hostilities with the Federation, allowed certain off-world news and information agencies the opportunity to visit the occupied Bajor to see the "fine efforts Cardassia was making to shepherd and guide the primitive Bajoran people". Duncan was able to secure not only information, but was able to use this visit to discover more information about the Bajoran Resistance to bring back to Earth. Upon his return he was approached by Allison Leslie, a researcher and historian, who was interested in the relationship between Cardassian government and the citizenry. He was flattered to be asked and, while not being an expert, offered any information he had. The two had several meetings both at the museum and at the FNS offices and a chemistry began to build.
Mother - (B: 233110.11) (Age: 68) - Allison MacRae (Neé Leslie) is a historian and museum curator at the Caledonia Museum Of Cultural History. Born in a small agricultural community she was raised in a fiercely patriotic home environment, brought up to believe that the Federation was an infallible institution that always put the needs of citizens first. During her teenage years, what Allison refers to as her 'anarchist phase' she began to question what made the Federation so special? Much to her parents disgust she began to look into the past of the Federation - trying to find proof that it couldn't be beyond question or reproach. She found her evidence in the form of the Khitomer Conspiracy. The details were somewhat unclear but what was obvious (at least to her) was that if institutions were organized and controlled by people, and people were capable of anything to further their own goals, then it wasn't possible to trust them implicitly. While the tensions with her parents did subside she had found that she had enjoyed her research and study and elected to take it further and study history.
She found it fascinating - all of the different aspects of state, religion, politics all moving together to form a complete picture of a nation and his people. Following her graduation she began working in academia. She started studying periods of earth history but she eventually found herself drawn to other species throughout the galaxy, particularly those that were just emerging onto the galactic stage. It was while she was looking into the history of Cardassia, and the influence of State on cultural development, that she met her husband to be.
She and Duncan currently reside in a comfortable but modest home on the east coast in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, an iconic natural landmark just to the south of Edinburgh.
Iona Louise MacRae
Younger Sister - (B: 236406.19) (Age: 35) - Iona is a sous-chef at a restaurant in Geneva that specializes in ‘Xeno-Fusion’ cuisine. She, unlike her older brother, left academic education at sixteen to follow her passion for cooking into the real world and began her training as a kitchen porter at a hotel/restaurant close to the family home. Working in the tightly knit group within the kitchen she was often used by the staff as a taste tester for their new dishes and it was through this that the head chef discovered her excellent palette. He encouraged her to attend catering college as this would open up more opportunities for her. She moved to London to study and excelled in her first two years. During this time she showed a particular aptitude for not only pastry and deserts but also blending unique flavours together. She was offered a training position in kitchen in Paris for her final apprenticeship year and, based on her attention to detail and work ethic, was offered a full-time position within the restaurant as a full-time chef. She stayed in this position for three years, broadening her repertoire and skill set before she, attracted by the additional challenge and the unique nature of food being produced in the restaurant, moved to Geneva. Her current position allows her the freedom to try new things with some of the finest ingredients from around the galaxy and she hopes, one day, to be chef-patron of her own restaurant.
Bryan and Iona have a typical sibling relationship and, despite their minor personal differences and approaches to life, they have a good bond and a respect for each other to live their own lives their own way.
<< Relationships & Persons Of Note >>
Mnheia Thieurrull-Orpheus Khellian & Kaitlyn Falcon - Members of the same cadet cruise assignment and graduating class (239004.30). Mnheia was also a fellow intelligence cadet during MacRae’s time at the academy and is currently serving as a security officer aboard the USS Avandar. Falcon was assigned as an HCO officer aboard the USS Vigilant.
<< Education & Service Summary >>
|Civilian Employment History
|Starfleet Career History
<< Awards >>
<< Mission Logs >>
'The Nomad Pursuit'
(Mission duration: 239005.01 (Mid-Mission Deployment To USS Avandar) - 239007.14)
'Hells Gate' (2390 Cross-Fleet Arc)
(Mission Duration: 239007.24 -)
The Dream Spinner
See also USS Avandar Mission Archive
<< Sims >>
We Control The Horizontal... - MacRae arrives in the Operations Centre of the USS Avandar.
...We Control The Vertical - MacRae continues to settle in to his new duties as an HCO officer.