Maxwell Traenor

USS Arrow
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Maxwell Traenor
Position Science Officer
Rank Commander
Species Human
Gender Male
DOB 234401.20
Age 56
Birthplace Alpha III
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1-year Member
3-year Member
Starfleet Academy Graduate Ribbon
Department Chief Ribbon
Prometheus Ribbon
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
UFP Medal of Freedom
Lifesaving Ribbon
Good Conduct Ribbon
Explorer's Ribbon
Captain's Commendation
Legion of Merit
Galactic War with the Borg Service Medal
First Contact Ribbon
Medical Science Ribbon
Peacekeeper Service Ribbon
Legacy Ribbon
Neelix Award
B-Plot Award
Pathfinder Award
Cochrane Award
Silver Palm
Khan Award
Strange Medallion
Boothby Award
Rising Star Award
Chief's Citation Award

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“Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.”

co-opted by Maxwell Traenor, currently serving as the Chief Science Officer on the USS Arrow


  • Full Name: Maxwell Gordon Traenor
  • Nickname: "Gordie"; colloquial version of middle name used exclusively by family members and close friends
  • Race: Terran
  • Date of Birth: 234401.20
  • Place of Birth: Alpha III
  • Age: 56
  • Gender: Male
  • Starfleet Serial Number: MK - 017 - 020
  • Academy Transcript
  • Medical Record
  • Photo Gallery:


Maxwell exercising jauntily on the holodeck.
  • Height: 1.85 meters (6 foot 1 inch)
  • Weight: 95 kg (210 lbs)
  • Hair Color: Brunette, greying
  • Length of Hair: Conservative cut
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Skin Tone: Medium light, warm
  • Birthmarks, Scars:
  • Build: Slightly endomorphic
  • Face: Angular, prominent forehead, deep dynamic lines around the mouth and eyes
  • Eyes: Hooded, bright, framed by deep dynamic lines
  • Mouth: Broad, medium lipped, framed by deep dynamic lines
  • Arms: Average
  • Legs: Former cruciate ligament damage and osteoarthritis of the right knee, slight limp noticeable after high exertion or other aggravating impetus
  • Carriage: Easy, unassuming movements and gait
  • Handedness: Right


Previous quarters on the Constitution.
  • Quarters:

Maxwell's personal space is sparsely decorated, with a few exceptions. Most of his personal mementos are stored at his family home on Alpha III. He is fond of the mountainous region of his homeworld, and hangs one or two landscape images around his quarters.

The private areas of his quarters are usually slightly unkempt, though rarely dirty. The bedclothes frequently remain rumpled and one or two duty uniforms may lie crumpled in a corner.

Maxwell prefers to keep muted lighting in his quarters, around 50 percent illumination. Also, he always has music in the background, usually instrumental or soft genres.

Cherished holodeck program, a recreation of a bar on Alpha III.
  • Favorite Room:

Personal - Holodeck. One program in particular, a meticulously detailed recreation of a bar from Alpha III, where Maxwell spent his formative years as a teenager and young adult. The recreation is complete enough to include copies of the original proprietors, as well as select regular patrons. It is a private holoprogram, normally only accessible by Maxwell himself. In 2392, the program was irretrievably damaged when the Darwin sustained massive computer core damage. While in the process of trying to source the original programming and rebuild the cherished locale, Maxwell received a copy of the program that had been archived by a friend.

Professional - Astrometrics lab. The majority of Maxwell's career has been spent conducting cartographic work in astrometrics labs of various sizes and layouts at a number of Starfleet installations. Though rarely the lead researcher, he was at times integral to ongoing studies and learned the value of teamwork and delegation during his tenures in such workspaces.

Personal memento.
  • Habits: Taps items in the palm of his hand when concentrating or distracted
  • Religion/Spiritual Devotion: Undecided
  • Hobbies and Pastimes: Playing lounge-style piano
  • Likes: Saurian brandy
  • Dislikes: Zero gravity, invasive surgery
  • Ambitions and Goals: To be published in a peer-reviewed journal
  • Achievements in Life: None notable
  • Disappointments in Life: His lack of focus and drive for the majority of his adult life
  • Temperment: Easygoing and slow to anger
  • Mental problems (complexes and phobias): None diagnosed
  • Physical Limitations: Former injury to right knee causes occasional discomfort and slight limping


  Samuel Traenor
Age (at death): 75

Maxwell's father suffered from the advanced stages of Irumodic Syndrome in the last years of his life. Due to his increasingly violent and delusional behavior, he was moved from the family homeworld of Alpha III to a medical center on Earth in 2387, where his children could better care for him. His frail, temperamental nature contrasted sharply with the images of a strong, quiet, ever-smiling giant of a man that his family remembered. In early 2396, Samuel's condition deteriorated and his children took him home to Alpha III to live out the last few weeks of his life.
  Eden Traenor
Age (at death): 42

Maxwell's mother defined and refined his musical and compassionate nature. She was a major artistic influence on Alpha III, as both a patron of the arts and as an artist and musician herself. She succumbed to complications from a genetic disorder in 2365.
  Kirsten Eden Taylor
(nee Traenor)
Age: 51

Where Maxwell's personality came directly from his mother, his sister drew hers directly from their father. Strong, dependable, family-oriented, Kirsten is the backbone of the Traenor family. The two siblings have a strong relationship, though recent strains have left her exasperated with Maxwell's career choices and lack of devotion to family as of late. The late-stage sickness and care of her father, with the attendant familial strains, caused the end of her marriage. Kirsten maintains the family homestead and is currently caring for Maxwell's beagle.
  Eden June Taylor
Age: 24

Maxwell shares a close relationship with his niece, which continued only slightly tempered throughout her adolescence. Fearless, outgoing, and energetic, she is everything that Maxwell is not; though they do share an irreverent sense of humor that exasperates her mother. Showing a burgeoning interest in a Starfleet career, Eden entered Starfleet Academy and is on her way towards graduation.
Age: 8

Barque, a Terran beagle, was a gift to Maxwell from his niece Eden. Though Maxwell as a rule abhors the concept of pet ownership, the fact that Barque was a gift from his beloved niece and Barque's sweet, gregarious nature has warmed him to the exception. Generally well-trained and well-behaved, Barque still manages to be a handful sometimes. After Maxwell's return to duty in 2397 after his unauthorized absence, Barque remained with Maxwell's sister at the family homestead on Alpha III.
USS Darwin-A
Renos has a kind and gentle demeanor that has appealed to Maxwell from the first time they met, serving together on the Apollo-A. Through a series of social encounters, he has considered them to share a similar sense of trust and respect in each other. Their professional relationship transitioned into a personal friendship with romantic overtones, though a trying mission caused Maxwell to panic and withdraw.

Favorite Quote: In any case, I don’t think it’s right to sit here with 5 outstanding drinks and not try any of them, do you? It almost seems rude.
USS Apollo-A
Though a fledgling relationship, Maxwell had quickly come to rely on Liani's sharp intellect and impressive skill set. He was often wary of her social graces, but deep down was impressed and enamored with the contrast between his laid-back personality and her extroverted attributes. Starting to discover common interests with his colleague on the Apollo-A, he was certain that their professional synergy would translate into a strong casual friendship.

Favorite Quote: Understood.  :: pause:: You haven’t told me your name yet- should I make one up? - when Traenor apologizes and responds - You can make up for it by buying me a drink tomorrow.
  Kael Thomas
USS Darwin-A
When first meeting Kael, Maxwell found the First Officer to be intimidating, and avoided personal interactions with him due to preconceptions about the man. However, after a crisis of confidence that afflicted Maxwell was assuaged by kind and sage words from Kael, Maxwell reconsidered his erroneous opinions and has come to trust Kael and value his conversation.

Favorite Quote: The Commander doesn’t just pick anyone to be the Chief Science officer. This is a Science ship, you have a great responsibility. You aren’t the weakest link, so, can you stop pretending that you are?
  John Valdivia
USS Darwin-A
Through a shared affinity for their career fields, Maxwell and John have become a dynamic force in the Science department of the Darwin. With interests and personalities aligned, the two have fostered a friendship above and beyond their strong working relationship.

Favorite Quote: He is technically my superior officer. But he is also a good friend I have made aboard the Darwin.
USS Darwin-A
Lyldra has a kind, approachable nature that transcends her training as a diplomat and a counselor, and it draws Maxwell to her. With the addition of her husbands Hars Vlin and Brell, as well as their newborn twins, to the ship, Lyldra's family provides a surrogate family experience for Maxwell. Though their friendship has mostly been born out of professional interaction, they are expanding into a personal friendship outside of duty as well.

Favorite Quote: Have you thought of having children yourself, Maxwell? - When Traenor demurs and describes his niece - I see, what an uncle you must make!

Personal History

Maxwell mugging for the holoimager, as he is wont to do at any time, anywhere.
Maxwell at a family party, circa 2388.

When asked to describe himself, Maxwell Traenor would dryly remark that he is a wholly unremarkable person, and happy to be considered so. He is a genial, easygoing person, quick to laugh and hard to anger. As a young adult, he had no particular ambitions, save a reasonable interest in stellar cartography. He was able to secure a position, first as a civilian contractor, then as an enlisted crewperson, in the Astrometrics department of a large outpost, Starbase 20. He plodded through the ranks, and across a couple large stations, until he found himself stuck in career limbo at Specialist, 3rd class, working on mundane charting tasks. He started to yearn for more, and managed to secure the recommendation of a bemused and sympathetic former commanding officer in order to enlist at Starfleet Academy.

Although he still prefers to remain out of the limelight, and has been chided for having a plodding, methodical nature, Traenor managed to maintain competent, if middling scores throughout his tenure at the Academy. Yet within him, he felt a spark of desire for personal growth and gain that had eluded him before. That spark drove him forward and pushed him to the edge of his comfort zone as he strove to better himself, and has managed to use the middle-aged renaissance to segue into a successful and driven career in Starfleet.

A colorful career in Starfleet ensued, with a rapid rise in ranks and a quick segue into Command. Maxwell faced strong trials and tribulations, and has since reverted back into his comfort zone as a scientist.

Service History

Insignia Rank Dates Posting Assignment
Student 236609.07 - 236906.04 Regulus III Science Academy - Graduated Bachelor of Astrophysics
Civilian Contractor 236910.14 - 237501.13 Starbase 20 Astrophysics
Recruit 237501.14 - 237511.26 Starfleet Academy - Graduated Enlisted Training
Crewman 2nd Class 237511.27 - 237808.25 Starbase 20 Astrophysics
Crewman 1st Class 237808.26 - 238203.03 Outpost 17 Stellar Cartography
Specialist 3rd Class 238203.04 - 238801.24 Starbase Meta
Insignia Rank Dates Posting Assignment
Cadet Fourth Class 238801.28 - 238811.04 Starfleet Academy 1st Year Science Major in
Physics, Astronomy

Comm/Ops Minor

Cadet Third Class 238901.14 - 238911.19 Starfleet Academy
2rd Year, 3rd Year
4th Year - Graduated
Cadet Second Class 239001.17 - 239011.10
Cadet First Class 239101.07 - 239111.23
Commander 239704.20 - 239704.27 Final Examination Return to Duty Assessment
Insignia Rank Dates Posting Assignment
Ensign 239111.24 - 239201.08   Science Officer
Lieutenant JG 239201.08 - 239202.17 Chief Science Officer
239202.23 - 239204.18  
Lieutenant 239204.18 - 239206.14
Lieutenant Commander 239206.14 - 239207.26
239207.26 - 239209.08 Acting First Officer
239209.08 - 239209.22 Chief Science Officer
239209.22 - 239210.11 Chief HCO Officer
239210.11 - 239307.18 First Officer
239308.07 - 239402.06   Chief Science Officer
239402.06 - 239404.12   Scientific Specialist
239404.12 - 239408.26 First Officer
239411.20 - 239501.20 Bridge Officer
239501.20 - 239506.15 First Officer
Commander 239506.15 - 239508.17
239508.17 - 239601.11 Starbase 104 Strategic Science Liaison Officer
239601.11 - 239601.24  
Civilian 239601.24 - 239704.28 Earth/Alpha III AWOL (Family Obligations)
Commander 239704.28 - 239706.29   Science Officer
239706.29 - Present   Science Officer

Awards & Commendations

Awards and Service Ribbons
Award Name Date/Assignment Citation
TOSMA 239112.15
USS Apollo-A
This award is given to members who show great dedication in their behavior, and simming abilities.
Design Astrofori One Runner Up 239205.04
USS Darwin-A
Runner up in a graphics competition to design Astrofori One.
Multispecies Initiative Winner 239206.15
USS Darwin-A
Winner of the first round of the Darwin's Multispecies Initiative competition.
Neelix Award 239212.17
USS Darwin-A
For extra, out of character, simming devotion. This includes, helping fellow officers who are in need of simming aid, running OOC sims, upkeep of wiki pages, etc.
B-Plot Award 239212.17
USS Darwin-A
For those simmers who manage to show a good portion of the character's life despite the demands of the main plot.
Pathfinder Award 239212.17
USS Darwin-A
Given to those who have shown great care in the mentoring of fellow members.
Cochrane Award 239212.31
USS Darwin-A
Awarded to those science officers who have contributed greatly to the advance of science in the midst of their Starfleet career, by staying knowledgeable about their field, participating in the community of science, but most importantly, by placing their knowledge at the service of their ship and its mission.
Silver Palm 239306.21
USS Darwin-A
Awarded to a simmer who has consistently boosted the morale of his/her crew. The recipient will be known to be able to add that spark to a plot whenever it may be lagging, or may be able to consistently bring enjoyment or a bit of humour to the sim, whilst keeping such sims relevant and realistic.
Khan Award 239306.21
USS Darwin-A
Awarded to a simmer who thoughtfully develops a three-dimensional villain over the course of a mission or more.
Strange Medallion 239306.25
USS Darwin-A
Named after Commander Sally Strange, widely known as one of the most creative and dedicated First Officers in the fleet's early years, this award is given to those who perform above the call of duty in the position of First Officer.
Boothby Award 239306.26
USS Darwin-A
For trainers who go above and beyond their Academy Training Requirements. These trainers display an outstanding example of dedication to bringing new cadets to our community.
Chief's Citation Award 239506.28
USS Constitution
Starfleet history is much more liable to recognize the triumphs of its notable officers, and while non commissioned and enlisted personnel occasionally receive recognition, the NCO backbone of a starship is likely to go unremarked upon. So that our integral support staff don't similarly slip through the cracks, the Chief's Citation recognizes those essential staff members whose determined work has benefited the group, IC and/or OOC, even while their primary service was not as the commanding officer of a starship or other simming installation.
Rising Star Award 239506.29
USS Constitution
For members of lieutenant commander rank or higher who show great promise in many facets of their participation in the group, and to whom we look to as a future leader.
Service Ribbon Name Date/Assignment Citation
Starfleet Academy Graduate Ribbon 239111.24
USS Apollo-A
Awarded to those who have graduated from Starfleet Academy.
Prometheus Ribbon 239204.18
USS Darwin-A
Awarded to a person who helped in handling the Prometheus Incident and ensuing chaos during 2392.
Joint Meritorious Unit Award 239206.14
USS Darwin-A
Awarded to a person who participates in a joint action with an allied or neutral force toward a common goal.
Joint Meritorious Unit Award 239207.26
USS Darwin-A
Awarded to a person who participates in a joint action with an allied or neutral force toward a common goal.
UFP Medal of Freedom 239207.26
USS Darwin-A
Awarded to a person who shows conspicuous heroism in the defense of a UFP member world.
Lifesaving Ribbon 239207.26
USS Darwin-A
Awarded to a person who has saved a life in the line of duty.
Department Chief Ribbon 239209.22
USS Darwin-A
Awarded to a person who has held the title of department chief for no less than 6 months. This ribbon signifies the important achievement of being in charge of a ship/installation's department for a period of time.
Good Conduct Ribbon 239209.22
USS Darwin-A
Awarded to a person who shows conspicuous gallantry in the line of duty.
Prometheus Ribbon 239209.22
USS Darwin-A
Awarded to a person who helped in handling the Prometheus Incident and ensuing chaos during 2392.
Explorer's Ribbon 239212.07
USS Darwin-A
Awarded to a person who participates in the discovery of a new planet, region, or species.
Explorer's Ribbon 239301.05
USS Darwin-A
Awarded to a person who participates in the discovery of a new planet, region, or species.
Captain's Commendation 239301.05
USS Darwin-A
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.
Legion of Merit 239304.13
USS Darwin-A
Awarded to an individual who has distinguished himself or herself by exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements.
Explorer's Ribbon 239304.13
USS Darwin-A
Awarded to a person who participates in the discovery of a new planet, region, or species.
Galactic War with the Borg Service Medal 239304.13
USS Darwin-A
Awarded to an individual who participates in a conflict against the Borg.
Joint Meritorious Unit Award 239310.29
Awarded to a person who participates in a joint action with an allied or neutral force toward a common goal.
First Contact Ribbon 239310.29
Awarded to a person who participates in a successful first contact event.
Medical Science Ribbon 239404.30
USS Constitution
Awarded to an individual who participate in, and successfully find a cure to a deadly, infectious disease which threatens to infect an entire planet or crew. This ribbon will serve as recognition for a job well done in saving the lives of others through scientific research, determination, and personal risk.
Peacekeeper Service Ribbon 239404.30
USS Constitution
Awarded to an individual who participates in, and successfully completes, a mission where keeping the peace is the primary goal.
Legion of Merit 239505.16
USS Constitution
Awarded to an individual who has distinguished himself or herself by exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements.
Joint Meritorious Unit Award 239505.16
USS Constitution
Awarded to a person who participates in a joint action with an allied or neutral force toward a common goal.


  1. 239111.24: Almost Home - First sim aboard the USS Apollo-A
  2. 239112.08: Figure It Out - Introduces Maxwell's extended family
  3. 239201.04: Chocolate - OOC entry awarded Nov/Dec 2014 Writing Challenge Runner-Up on the Starbase 118 Forums
  4. 239201.09: But... - Promoted to Lieutenant, Junior Grade; assigned Chief Science Officer of the USS Apollo-A
  5. 239201.26: Acquisition - Discussion with family about recent promotion
  6. 239202.17: Priority Message - Receipt of transfer orders to the USS Darwin-A; last sim aboard the USS Apollo-A
  7. 239202.24: Youthful - First sim aboard the USS Darwin-A
  8. 239204.08: Fly On The Wall - News about his father hits particularly hard
  9. 239204.19: A Round of Recognition - Promoted to Lieutenant; receives the Prometheus Ribbon
  10. 239206.04: Max - Dubiously makes a new acquaintance
  11. 239206.17: Awards and Rewards - Promoted to Lieutenant Commander; receives the Joint Meritorious Unit Award
  12. 239207.18: Introspection - Reflects on family when faced with a sobering situation
  13. 239208.04: New Responsibilities - Temporarily promoted to Acting First Officer
  14. 239208.04: New Perspectives - Hands out awards to the senior staff; receives the Joint Meritorious Unit Award again, the UFP Medal of Freedom, and the Lifesaving Ribbon
  15. 239208.08: Nice Try Buddy - Admits a fondness to a friend
  16. 239209.20: Sweet Music Part 1 and Part 2 - A virtual Maxwell acts in an unexpected way
  17. 239209.23: Department Head - Becomes Chief of Ops; receives the Department Chief Ribbon, Good Conduct Ribbon, and Prometheus Ribbon (again)
  18. 239209.30: This Isn't Goodbye - Says farewell to a dubious friend
  19. 239210.12: Walking In Circles - Is instated as the Darwin's First Officer
  20. 239210.17: Point of View Part 1, Point of View Part 2, and Pain of View Part 3 - A grievous misunderstanding strains a treasured relationship
  21. 239212.04: Barque - A visit from a favorite family member results in a new pet
  22. 239212.07: Decorations - Receives the Explorer's Ribbon
  23. 239212.10: Gaze Upon the Heavens - Finds meaningful purpose on a primitive world
  24. 239301.05: Honors - Receives the Captain's Commendation Ribbon
  25. 239302.26: Just Reward - Orchestrates and participates in a surprising celebration
  26. 239304.09: Moral Conundrum - Facing the hard choices of command
  27. 239304.11: Nightmares - Dealing with the psychological fallout of the previous mission
  28. 239304.14: The Conscience of Good Men Part 1 and The Conscience of Good Men Part 2 - Dealing with the social fallout of the previous mission
  29. 239305.09: On The Line - The disappearance of the captain puts Maxwell in the hot seat
  30. 239306.13: Mad With Worry - The strain of responsibility and personal fears start to affect Maxwell's leadership skills
  31. 239306.22: Redi ad Regim - Reflecting back on all his personal failings during the past mission
  32. 239307.18: Farewell for Now - Fate pays Maxwell back for his actions during and after the previous mission

NPC Listing   ·   USS Arrow Crew Manifest   ·   Crew History
Commanding Officer
R. Shayne
First Officer
C. Adyr
Mission Specialist
C. Waters
Helm Officer
B. Zabi
Chief Engineer
C. Dewitt
Engineering Officer
N. Hobart
Security Officer
Ops Officer
A. Orsalen
Medical Officer
T. Ohnari
Medical Officer
H. Berry
Science Officer
J. Ayemet
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