|Position||Chief Science Officer/Second Officer|
|Birthplace||Collinsport, Maine, Earth|
Lieutenant Commander Quentin Collins III is a human male serving as Chief Science Officer and Second Officer aboard the USS Juneau, currently assigned to the Aavaro Wilds.
Though somewhat odd and uncomfortably verbose, he has a strong sense of duty and loves life aboard a ship, terrestrial or otherwise.
- Full Name: Quentin Jamison Collins III
- Current Rank: Lieutenant Commander
- Race: Human
- Date of Birth: 236310.31
- Place of Birth: Collinsport, Maine, Earth
- Gender: Male
- Orientation: Omnisexual/Xenosexual
- Telepathic Status: Low. Here recently, his mind started to produce a high level of Delta Waves even in a waking state. Time will tell how he can turn this toward something useful in his career and everyday life.
- Height: 6'1"
- Weight: 190lbs.
- Hair: Blonde
- Eyes: Green
- Quarters: U.S.S. JUNEAU - Deck 5, Room 257.
- Build: Almost hilariously lanky. He has strength in his arms and legs due to his time at sea, but they are trapped in a scarecrow like frame.
- Style of Dress: On duty, Quentin likes to keep his uniform in pristine condition. Though he sometimes will fiddle with it when he becomes nervous. Off duty, sometimes he will just undo the jacket of his uniform and various other relaxed variants of his uniform. When he changes however he prefers larger knit sweaters, khakis, comfortable boots, and oxford shirts. An almost utilitarian view on comfort. Lately he has also taken to wearing a watch given to him by his father; a silver linked banded timepiece.
- Glasses: On occasion Quentin makes use of a pair of glasses which he uses to sharpen his vision and take in fine detailing as his eyes are good at a distance, but slightly fail at closer ranges. His first pair (heavy black frames) have since been shattered. Quentin replaced them with a largish pair of horn-rims (also black), but wonders about their long term status as part of his look. Prior to the current mission, Quentin replicated another pair of chunky plastic frames, but at a much smaller, more metropolitan size and now uses those as his go-to pair for the moment.
|Father. CEO of Collins Cannery and former Captain of the Collins' fishing fleet.||A born fisherman and formerly infamous playboy. Quentin Jr. came back to Collinsport, shortly after the death of his father and made a life and family in the town that bares his surname.|
|Mother. Tenured Professor and Chair of the Parapsychology Department at Salem University, Bangor, Maine||A self-professed "seeker of truth", Angelique once came to Collinsport in search of power. Instead she found love and a home where he had none, leading to her life as an academic and mother.|
|Sister. Practicing Lawyer.||The middle child of the current Collins dynasty. Imbued with the work ethic of her father and thirst for knowledge of her mother. She entered law school shortly after Quentin shipped out to Starfleet Academy. Afterward she set up a practice in Collinsport, despite promising Quentin she would escape the orbit of their strange hometown.|
|Brother. Currently a medical intern at Collinsport General Hospital||The youngest of Quentin's siblings and something of a roustabout. Though he, like Quentin, struggles with their namesake, he is trying his best, having just recently graduated medical school and starting his internship under Dr. Hill in Collinsport.|
|Friend and fellow New Englander||Quentin wasn't sure he would meet anyone from his neck of the woods all the way out in the Wilds, but that's what make his connection with Dr. Foster all the sweeter. During a routine check-up, the two bonded over their shared background and found a fun, playful dynamic with one another. Here recently, Dr. Foster performed emergency surgery on his friend, saving his life from an attack by the Cam'Roon boarding party.|
|Friend and fellow "Blueshirt"||One of the first connections Quentin made on ship and one that has proven to be the strongest. Both bonded quickly over a shared love of Sciences and being Starfleet officers. Their relationship then deepened before an Awards Ceremony where Kayla helped Quentin with a make over of sorts, resulting in his new look and nickname; "Quentin 2.0". During a recent spacewalk as well, Quentin sacrificed life and limb in order to keep her safe, demonstrating just how deep their connection has grown. She then responded in kind by later keeping him stable after it was discovered Quentin was stabbed on mission. These two have grown into quite the pair.|
|Drunken "Confidant" and possible new friend||Slightly nervous before an Awards Ceremony, Quentin had a few. And then he ended up having a few more with Eagle XO Randal Shayne. The two then started to bond a bit with Quentin divulging his odd upbringing and Randal his genuine love of ship mechanics. Here recently the two shared another drink while Randal repaired Quentin's prized personal tricorder "Skeets". The men then continued to deepen their bond, discussing interpersonal feelings and Quentin letting his guard down once again with the superior officer, revealing more about his Academy years and allowing himself to be vulnerable in his company. Quentin is now honored and privileged to call Shayne his friend.|
|Karaoke Cohort||Mourning the death of their Chief of Security, Quentin was doing sad sing-a-longs by himself in the Eagle's Nest. But Gavin too was looking for connection, and so the pair started a set list for themselves and sang (and drank) the night away. Since then the pair have had a certain unspoken bond in friendship that has extended into their life on mission.|
|New Acquaintance/Arrival||Shortly after the mission facing the Kai of Guls, the ship was met with an influx of new arrivals. During the same karaoke session Quentin and Gavin bonded during, one Kano Risha also joined them, allowing Quentin the opportunity to introduce himself. The pair have a fun energy, but don't know each other to a deeper level just yet.|
|Companions in Trauma||Though Quentin and Chloe's relationship got off to a somewhat rocky start, the pair quickly found a common experience when they opened up to one another over a late-night chat in Chloe's quarters during her momentary confinement. The two shared with each other there personal childhood traumas and feelings of occasional helplessness. From there the officers now enjoy a sort of sibling like care for one another with Chloe using Quentin as a conduit for the outside world and Quentin trying to help guide the Helmsman into being more comfortable in herself. Here recently he oversaw the fabrication of "The Crown of Voices", a new translation device for Waters, which would allow for a greater range of expression for his friend.|
The eldest son of the Collins dynasty, Quentin was born into a strange, insular community. Raised in a town started by his family all the way back in the 1800s, on the back of a mighty fishing fleet, Quentin was the heir to their fortune but quickly grew to resent his station the more he aged. But early on, he found himself fascinated by the stories and legends surrounding his hometown, which his mother Angelique encouraged. Stories of ghosts and legends that stalked the woods, mountains, and seas around Collinsport. He immersed himself in them as a young child, which fostered a great love of reading that extended into his schooling.
Though the children of his hometown were very cruel, never letting him forget his legacy as a Collins. They took to calling him "Creepy Collins" due to his curiosity and somewhat unorthodox way of carrying himself at an early age. This nickname would follow him into Starfleet Academy, but it never once dampened his love of learning nor his drive to solve what he took to calling the "riddles of the earth".
Quentin had a rocky, but substantial schooling in his home town, graduation Collinsport High with honors and intentions to join Starfleet soon after. But his domineering mother had other plans for him. Having gained somewhat of a reputation through the state's academic community as an authority on the occult and spiritualism, she wished for her eldest to set the example for his siblings, Sara and David and follow in her footsteps. But terrestrial knowledge wasn't enough for Quentin and more so he wished to escape the town that bore his name in order to make a life for himself beyond Maine. Eventually his mother wore him down and he attended the college of her matriculation Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts, earning a degree in Parapsychology with a minor in Anthropology, which pleased his mother who wanted him to take a more "Traditional Route".
Though he enjoyed the research and the rigors of student life, he was still unfulfilled and struck a deal with his parents. If he could work one full year at sea, he would be allowed to join Starfleet and finally answer the call of the stars. They relented and Quentin was elated. Working as a deck hand on one of his family's fishing boats (The Josette), he found himself at sea, as it ignited a whole new love and respect for service and travel. He also saw something at sea that further fueled his need to understand the unknown and to to experience it any way he could and he knew the best place for that would be in space.
Soon after his year at sea was up, he joined the Academy and though it was precisely where he wanted to be, it was still a difficult road for him. He was quite a bit older than the rest of his class and his unorthodox style of problem solving resurrected his nickname and he found himself the target of a certain amount of bullying. But all the same he carried on, hardened by his hometown and the sea, to forge himself into a capable Science Officer with a focus on Xenology (with special classes in alien folklore and myths) and furthering his studies in Anthropology, building on his minor in college with a broader scope of cultures, species, and empires. He also took very well to his basic level flying classes, but never pursued a track as a Pilot. He attributed it to his time on Earth's oceans, telling instructors that he would rather "scan than sail, but a good deck hand should always be well rounded."
After graduating and completing his cadet cruise, Quentin has now joined the crew of the U.S.S. Eagle, aiming to forward his research and contribute to his post in any way he can.
Quentin is a bit of a space case, but he is truly happy to be serving on a ship again. He is focused, inquisitive, and loves to talk out problems with either a team or just to the air around him if no one is around. As a child he never really learned the proper way to make friends, so he is very earnest and open with most people, usually in the form of warmth or humor, but he knows how to read a room when it comes to the way he comes across (most of the time). He is very respectful of superiors and the structure of rank, but will often go out of his way to try to ingratiate himself to fellow crew members. Not in a sycophantic way, but in a way that could possibly boost morale or the general working attitude of the ship, which is something he learned was very important during his year at sea.
Though he is known to go through sort of Byronic turns of melancholy at times should he not feel like he is contributing, he is usually a good natured man who is trying his best to learn and be of use of his ship, his crew, and the universe overall.
*The works of Patrick O'Brien and C.S. Forrester
*Electronic Music of the 19th Century (in particular bands like King Crimson, YES, and Devo)
'*Ancient terrestrial filmed photoplays
- (AKA: "tv shows" and "movies". Specifically too many to name. Examples include "The Prisoner", Akira Kurasawa's
7 Samurai, and something called the Playhouse 90 for Air.)'
*Collecting outdated media.
- SKEETS: Quentin's personal modified tricorder. Provided to him during his time at the Academy, Quentin, lacking any real friends during training, took to personifying his tricorder. Named after the robotic sidekick of one of his favorite comic book heroes, this standard issue tricorder is upgraded slightly with a higher scan width/range and internal sensor nodes re-skinned in palladium in order to make it more acute to organics.
- Pen & Paper: An ancient leather bound notebook. Though Quentin isn't adverse to using consoles and PADDs at times he prefers to physically write out ideas and theories in a smallish notebook he keeps on his person at all time (unless it has been stolen by Crewman Tolar, who enjoys giving him a hard time about his tactile obsession). Of note, the ink pen he uses was given to him by his father the day he shipped out to San Francisco.
U.S.S. Eagle NCC-74659
The Following is Taken from An Average of Several Performance Reviews LTCMMD. Collins Continuously Runs on His Current Exploits.
Quentin's career on the Eagle didn't get off to the most auspicious of starts. After reporting to the wrong statuesque Bajoran woman on the Bridge upon his berth, to say he got off on the wrong foot would be an understatement. To make matters worse the Eagle was still wrapping up a fraught first contact with the Mithgiln, natives of the Aavaro Wilds, the Verellians, and the Aggregate, a techno-organic species making their home in the Aavaro Wilds. The latter having introduced a deadly virus into the Mithgiln population in order to grow their ranks.
*Mission #1: Encounter with The Heart
Soon after Quentin and his fellow crew were tasked with aiding the Cardassian Democratic Union in retrieval of an artifact known as The Heart. After a rocky start to the mission, in which Quentin impeded the treatment of an injured member of the away team (Counselor Hal Mika) due to his incessant curiosity, Quentin himself was injured. He was able to carry on with his duties and complete the mission, living to apologize to his fellow crew. The experience rattled Quentin, reorienting his priorities and sense of self for the betterment of his ship and fellow crew.
*Mission #2 The People's World
The following mission found Collins and his crew facing down a mysterious planet known as The World, populated with a eugenicist focused society known as The People. The People abhorred imperfection, so much so even the slightest fault or imperfection could wipe out their fragile, yet highly attuned biology. Quentin acquitted himself much better during this endeavor. Though certain members of the crew were abducted, Collins worked in tight conjunction with the ship's Chief Science Officer, Kayla Drex, in order to protect the ship, rescue the rest of the crew (including Captain Oddas Aria), and repel an attack by the People's unhinged Minister of Health. Due to his focus on "the problem" and not so much his own intellectual gratification, his actions here were much more productive and altruistic. The officer has often referred to this in logs as "the turn".
*Mission #3: The Spyglass and The Shrine
Collins and the Eagle then set about testing their brand-new Warp engine, a mighty prototype from the Starfleet Corps of Engineers said to allow them to break the current Warp record at Warp XV. Again working in conjunction with CSO Drex, Quentin readied the ship for data collection at the new speed, attaching sensor pods to the underside of the ship in a spacewalk.
Having paired the sensor pods to the data feeds of the main Bridge Science Station and the "Spyglass" (Quentin's nickname for the Sci-Lab 1 Astrometrics array), Quentin took his station, alongside Petty Officers Second and First Class (respectively) Terumak and Tolar to monitor the surrounding space of the warp corridor while the Eagle underwent testing of the new XV Warp Core*. After achieving the vaulted Warp 11, the ship was suddenly wretched from it's warp corridor, deposited into outside space. The ship was then caught in a powerful magnetic field, thrown off by a free-floating celestial body designate "The Shrine". After landing on its surface, the Science Team quickly sprang to action.
Ordering Tolar and Terumak to prepare a Probe, Quentin held his station, supported by Crewman Jorus. Communications and turbolifts were rendered inoperative during the landing, so Jorus acted as a capable and brave "runner" of sorts between Sci-Lab 1 and the Bridge. After receiving orders to continue monitoring the object, the looming alien ship to their bow, and launching a probe, which detailed a alkaline, ferrotic substance that made up "The Shrine", Quentin and Jorus were then attacked by a boarding party.
Jorus was, unfortunately, stunned in the melee, while Quentin fought them off as long as he could before himself becoming captured. Shortly after he was rescued by LT Commander Irina Pavlova, who then enlisted his help to confine his attackers and transfer them to the ship's Brig. Making the transfer without incident, the Commander then released Quentin to return to his post to continue monitoring. Unbeknownst to both of them, however, was the injury Quentin had sustained, and unknowingly made worse, during the initial melee. It seemed one of the boarding party had stabbed Quentin with a sort of tissue bore. When it was discovered, it was transported away to the looming ship above them, for some unknown nefarious purpose no doubt. Though he kept his post, he was quickly rendered unconscious due to blood loss.
He then woke up in Sickbay, having been stabilized by Eagle's holographic crew member Mark Two, and transported quickly after the ship broke back into normal space. Doctor Foster and Mark Two had performed emergency surgery on the officer, patching his wounds and stemming his bleeding. While the mission came to a bloody end for Quentin Collins, this analysis find his exploits here continuing his upward trend in productive actions. His staying at his post, even after a volley of attacks from an unknown raiding party shows a respect and premium for duty and orders. His willingness to assist LTCMMD. Pavlova shows a flexibility in high-pressure situations and propensity for defending his ship and crew when called upon. The officer's knack for improvisation in problem solving also was featured here, thanks to his use of more low-fi workarounds with CSO Drex.
*Mission #4: The Bombing of Lightside Station
Soon after the affair with the Shrine, Quentin and the rest of the Eagle crew engaged in shore leave aboard Lightside Station (AKA "THE SPIKE"), primary commercial hub for the Aavaro Wilds. As the crew's award ceremony on the Station's Central Mall concluded, an explosion tore through one of the upper walkways on the decks above. Quentin had been speaking with Captain Oddas and LT Commander Pavlova when the catwalk came apart and the latter of the pair shielded the two officer's from the wreckage.
Disoriented and sporting superficial injuries, it is of the opinion of this analysis that LTCMMD. Collins was suffering from shock, which is what fueled his then feverish pursuit of the culprits. Though he then aided rescue efforts and coordinated with the Station staff to secure evidence for later study, his mental state was, to use a somewhat harsher term, frayed and panicked; a state in which LTCMMD. Collins fluctuated between for most of this mission. After collecting remaining evidence, scans, and vendor testimony (including one of Quentin's personal contacts, shop owner Worker Wexn Dnbro, Mithgiln proprietor of COSMINI CURIOS), Collins returned to the ship with the rest of the crew, having received orders to keep up a presence in the Wilds and possibly pursue the attackers.
*Mission #4 (cont.)
Collins and the ship received little rest as they were soon hailed for aid by a Mithgiln merchant vessel, under attack by what looked to be a Maquis raider in disrepair. The Eagle dispatched the vessel easily, but took in a strange, highly advanced drone ship control node, which Quentin dubbed "The Gumdrop", due to it's odd, bell like shape. After tapping into the node's control feeds and signal transmitter, Quentin was able to steer the ship deeper into a nearby nebulae. Thought to be the staging area for the drone ship.
Upon breaking through the ringed nebula, the ship faced more drone ships (more Maquis raiders and an ancient Vulcan cruiser class), which were also easily dispatched. But the real threat was the molding Cardassian space station at the ring's center. Karek Tor, a lost outpost and reliquary of the Dominion War. The ship was then contacted by the station's inhabitants, a fanatic and large Bajoran adjunct known only as Kosst and his handler, a Cardassian "holy man" calling himself the "Kai of Guls" (AKA. Major Kreid Jabt, AWOL Cardassian field marshal during the occupation of Bajor). Promising an attempt at negotiations, Jabt offered to host a "delegation" from the ship to discuss the recent bombings and their operation as a whole.
Quentin was assigned to the away team, led by XO Shayne. The team also included SEC Officer Hontru, MCPO Michael Ness, and Archaeological asset to the Eagle, Professor Sotia Dano. Upon arrival to the station, the team was separated with CMMD. Shayne being escorted to a one-on-one meeting with Jabt. The rest of the team was escorted by Kosst, to led them to a sort of attuned worship chamber containing the source of the cult's madness; a cracked, negatively charged Bajoran Orb. Kosst then attempted to use the Orb on the team. Quentin tried to escape, but was captured by Jabt's other agent, known only as The Web. Though she was, herself a Cardassian woman, she was more machine than person having augmented herself with various control cables and bio-electrical interfaces with which to control the fleet of drone ships earlier encountered and the rest of the logistics of the station.
Quentin was then restrained by The Web, leading to his Brain Event* (*SEE APPENDIX.1 FOR FURTHER*). After recovering from the Event, the situation had become untenable. Unbeknownst to the away team, but the Eagle had come under attack by the last of the drone ships (a molding, but still powerful Galor class warship) and was now attempting to fire upon the station to disrupt the Orb's necrotic pisonic influence. Quentin, Hontru, and Chief Ness also attempted to fire upon the Orb's housing, but simply charged it for more ill. Then Chief Ness was overtaken by the Orb's influence and almost made to fire upon his crew mates. But in a stunning, heroic display of willpower, Ness threw off the control at the last minute, sacrificing himself to save the rest of the team.
*Mission #4 (conclusion)
Suddenly, when all seemed lost for the remaining team and Quentin, XO Shayne, now with the support of embedded Starfleet Intelligence Officer Commander Ash MacKenna, came to their aid, distracting Kosst at a vital junction, allowing the team to finally regain their bearings and fight on. Unfortunately, Jabt had other plans, breaking through into the scene in a rage and killing his adjunct in cold blood. The team then attempted to take custody of Jabt, who slipped through their fingers in the chaos of the attack. Using First Officer Shayne's point-to-point localized transporter, the team was then returned to the ship, Orb in tow thanks to some quick hands by Professor Dano.
The team returned to a ship in disarray as weapons fire had crippled vital systems on top of a group of sudden fanatical boarders who had taken lives already. Quentin was then ordered by Shayne to accompany Hontru and Dano to secure the Orb in Science Lab 1, hoping that once it was secure, it's negative effects would be thwarted. But Jabt had also made his way to the ship, and after being disarmed by some quick phaser play by Quentin, he tried to hole himself up in Science Lab 1.
Fortunately, CSO Drex and new officer Ensign Kettick subdued the maniac and allowed Quentin time to bypass a smashed door control unit, finally reuniting the away team with their shipbound counterparts. Jabt, of course, tried one last time to wrest control from the Eagle's staff, but the immense power of the Orb and its perverted use by his cult burnt out the would be battle priest, sundering the Orb into still dormant chunks of crystal.
Mission #5: The Admiral and The Spy
Soon after the cult and it's leadership were dealt with, the ship was soon tasked with what seemed like a simple cargo mission. The first Federation colony of the Aavaro Wilds, nestled on a planet called Saldhana, required a delivery of bio neural gel-packs as the planet's constant ion storms and erratic weather made conventional power sources useless.
Holding the Science Station on the Bridge alongside Kayla Drex, Quentin expected the mission to go smoothly. Upon arrival he and Drex caught sight of a large, but unpredictable storm pattern about to bare down on the colony. Needed to ascertain the storm's path, Quentin and Kayla joined the loadout team and placed a few atmospheric scan pylons to amp up their readings. But things quickly turned sour as simultaneously the storm changed course, an intruder was detected on board, and a massive wave of plasmatic energy started to burn across the equator of the planet.
Heading inside to shelter, Quentin and Kayla returned to the Bridge just in time for a very rough and harrowing takeoff. One that injured Kayla Drex, leaving Quentin the only senior ranking Science Officer on board. After checking the planet for damage and scanning for remaining life signs, which curiously were present in the colony's "support sites" of a nearby farm and starting stages of a trading post, the ship was hailed by one Admiral Byrn Valcose, Commanding Officer of the nearby Starbase 821. The Admiral called Captain Oddas to the carpet, blaming her for the destruction of the colony and loss of life. He then went a step further, suggesting that the recent loss of her wife and impulsive way she dealt with the Cardassian Pah-Wraith cult made her unfit for duty. He then ordered her remanded to the Brig, an action Quentin stanchy protested alongside Commander Shayne. He also curiously ordered them to return to SB821 and not to speak with the intruder; a man by the name of Francis Sikes who claimed to be a colonist.
In transit, Kayla Drex was injured, making him de facto Chief S.O. throughout this mission. Upon arrival to the 821, Quentin suggested a slight subterfuge to allow them to dock externally, keeping their systems locked away from the computer control of the 821 main dock. Working in conjunction with Gavin Kinnear, the pair isolated the main computer core from the Starbase, allowing them more time to investigate and clear The Captain's name. When the Admiral again hailed them, angry that they haven't fully docked, the crew claimed a warp core breach was possible and conveyed concern as to docking where the base could be vulnerable.
In actuality, this was all part of Quentin and the crew's "stalling for time". In order to successfully fake the breach, Quentin planned to irradiate a chunk of reactive metal taken in a recent mineral survey along with efforts from the rest of the ship to convincingly sell the emergency. Supported by his Science Staff (mainly Petty Officers Tolar, Terumak, and Jorus), he started to "charge" the metals with a hand phaser, protected by a clean suit. But unbeknownst to him, Sikes, now revealed to be working against them, had smuggled a crate of Altirian Spider-Birds onto the ship and released them to multiply and cause additional havoc on the ship.
But Quentin held his ground, fighting off a great deal of the Spider-Birds and surviving long enough to return to the Bridge. It was then Quentin was given Command, as Commander Shayne suddenly remembered a ballistic and effective way of disposing of the pests. Though Quentin didn't hold the conn for long, he acted with honor as he and the rest of the Bridge Crew prepared for an attack. Then relieved of Command and joined by new Science Ensign Noa T'Nessa Levinson, Quentin and the new Ensign set about trying to prove The Captain's innocence and defend the ship.
It all came to a head when Sikes was forcibly teleported by Valcose in order to cover his tracks. But down below, the ship's Security force and a dispatch of Marines, led by the no nonsense Vulcan CO Major Statis, had uncovered hard proof as to the Admiral's wrongdoings, as he was responsible for the destruction of the colony and frame up of Oddas. All in the name of revenge for deeds done by the Oddas family during the Cardassian/Bajor conflicts and to undermine the Starfleet Admiralty.
The Admiral then tried to fire on the ship via an illegal TAC console hardwired into the SB's very power network. But thanks to some quick scanning from Quentin and even quicker phaser work by newcomer LTjg. Melody Delri'ise, the attack was over before it began. Major Statis and his team then beamed off and attempted to arrest Valcose, now revealed as a Cardassian spy along with Sikes. Unfortunately "The Admiral" was killed in the altercation and Sikes tried to escape via another nasty site-to-site teleport and a rickety runabout. He was soon captured and then turned over to Starfleet JAG officers to await trial.
It is of the opinion of this program(s) that Quentin Collins has finally seemed to come into his own as an officer. Though he still tends to let emotions dictate his actions, LTCMMD, Collins kept his cool, offered up ideas and support when could, and acted decisively throughout this mission. It is also of the opinion of this program(s) that even though his time in Command was short lived, he displayed an aptitude for using his crew to the best of their ability and a willingness to defer to people who had the better plan instead of allowing his ego and id to rule. His recent promotions to LTCMMD and Chief Science Officer are a testament to how hard Quentin Collins has worked to becoming a more effective and valuable officer.
Mission #6: The Rings of Dialran
Quentin's next operation found he and his crew discovering a millions of years old Nivian Ring set. Tasked with fixing the inner rings' skewed orbit, Quentin Collins started with a set of routine sensor scans and deflector pulse bursts. While The Captain dispatched a disguised Away Team to the surface of the affected biome, led by First Officer Randal Shayne, Quentin and the rest of the Bridge Crew continued to work from orbit.
Their efforts were stymied however by the arrival of the Acen, a sort of custodian race that claimed ownership of the Nivian set and the vast amounts of salvage that surrounded the Rings. As the Captain attempted to negotiate with the Acen Captain, Captain Ojrea, the Acen ship fired upon the Eagle with broadsiding tetryon cannons. Blasted with tetryon interference, the ship then teetered close to the Rings' superstructure, activating a massive and powerfully draining security field that played further havoc with the ship's systems.
Repositing, Quentin worked in conjunction with the ship's new TAC officer, LTjg. Melody Delri'ise, to reveal the power junction that fueled the tetryon cannons. Allowing Mister Delri'ise a firing solution, the ship knocked out the Acen's cannons and then swept their captain up in a bold beaming gambit overseen by Captain Oddas, despoisting the officer in her Ready Room. The Captain then ceded Command to Quentin as she entered "conference" with Captain Orjea, backed by Messrs Risha and Delri'ise.
Lieutenant Commander Collins then attempted to tackle the ship's problems one by one. First, he set Commander Fiorr and new Engineering Ensign Rid Harris to balancing the ship's disrupted power flow. He then asked Helmsman Chloe Waters to "keep them aloft", keeping them far enough away from the Rings' superstructure as to not reactivate the security field but with enough room for evasive action should the Acen vessel attack again. Lastly, burned for a third time by the ongoing tetryon interference, he and Commander Adriana Morgan, on duty Ops/Comms officer, worked to counteract the tetryon interference pestering the ship. The pair planned to do it with a "static charge", clamping off the relay junctions to the EPS conduits and building enough of a charge to pulse through the ship and render the tetryons inert.
But they were again stymied. But this time by a much bigger threat. The looming hulk of a Klingon D-7 drive section that was bearing down on them. And without the use of impulse engines or shields, the hulk would tear through the ship in a matter of minutes. Helmsman Waters suggested a bold plan. She would lead a wing of shuttlecraft, largely unaffected by the tetryon interference, and act as a sort of buffer between the ship and the wreck, allowing them time to effect repairs and restore impulse control.
Though worried for his "friend" and "colleague", Quentin gave the Helmsman leave to attempt the buffer. The Bridge Crew worked feverishly as Waters' wing flew into position, throwing the buffer with the shuttle's tractor beams in sync with the Eagle's own tractor array (working despite compromised power levels). The gambit worked and allowed the ship precious moments to restore impulse engines and purge the tetryons, allowing Quentin and Commander Fiorr to then pilot the ship to safety (barring some scratches to the paint job).
The Captain then relieved Quentin from Command and retasked him. It seemed the Acen were in need of a critical resource, the Grunn Fern, a sort of superplant that fueled their economy and industry. Working from Main Engineering, supported by Crewman Terumak and Ensign Ferentis of the Engineering Department, and escorted by Mister Risha, the group worked for a solution. The group then moved into Science Lab 4 in order to make use of the compartment's horticultural equipment and hydroponics lab. Quentin proposed a hybridization of the Grun and an inert dilithium crystal. Sewing the shard into the stalk of the Grunn, the group then planted it and attempted to speed up its maturation with energy saturations.
But Quentin grew impatient with the lack of results and provided the hybrid a mighty growth catalyst; a low-power shot from a hand phaser. The unconventional fix worked and the hybrid of the plant and propulsion method was born. After a second successful test and a sharing of their methods and findings with Acen, Quentin was stood down, hopeful at the prospect of another strong alliance in The Wilds.
It is of the opinion of these program(s) that LTCMMD. Collins continues to display a readiness for the work of an officer and willingness to stick to a problem for as long as possible in order to find a more lasting, responsible solution for the common good. It is also of the opinion(s) of this program that he continues to show an aptitude for Command situations, maximizing his time on the Bridge and deferring to his fellow officers in order to find the best possible action for the moment at hand.
However, Quentin Collins continues to waste precious seconds considering the impact of his actions and commands on his "friends" and "colleagues", thinking far more with his heart than a true Commanding Officer should. He also continues to show a recklessness that is unbecoming of a Science Officer and could very well lead to deadly consequences and miscalculations should he continue to act impulsively. It is of the opinion(s) of these program(s) that should he sever his emotional connections and adopt a more practical and utilitarian mindset, he would bloom into a fine, functional Commanding Officer.
Quentin Collins is now engaged in LEAVE and awaits transfer to a new vessel.
U.S.S. Juneau NX-99801
Further Input is Required for Further Analysis. *END OF LINE*
- ((see attached for technical specification of S.C.O.E's Project XV))
*APPENDIX.1 - BRAIN EVENT*: This program still as little information about the officer's Delta Wave prognosis, but what follows is a preliminary overview of the event as to how it relates to the officer's current mental state.
- -After resuscitation during the Shrine Mission, it was discovered that LTCMMD. Collins' frontal lobe now produces a measurable amount of Delta Waves. Even in a waking state, Quentin's mind now produces 6x's the normal amount.
-It was theorized that due to the overproduction, Quentin Collins was now more susceptible to extra-sensory input, psychic transmissions, and "remote viewing", being the act of mentally focusing on an object or person in order to attune oneself to the aura and vibrations of the object/person's self. This theory has yet to be fully tested, but it does speak to the officer's claims of recently "hearing voices" and "seeing The Dude" again.
-On Kerak Tor, LTCMMD. Collins says he experienced a sort of "vision", conjuring images of his home in flames and the possible results of failure to stop the cult. He then speaks of a sort of "pulse" which allowed him to cast off his bonds and served as semi-inoculation from the Orb's effects for a limited time. Further experimentation is required to suss out the veracity of these claims.
-Prior to the "Brain Event", LTCMMD. Collins was examined by multiple Starfleet physicians, as well as the Academy's Chief Medical Officer and given clean bills of health by all. He also carries little to no genetic pre-existing conditions from his family, leading to the prognosis to stand out among his relatively benign medical history.
-Quentin was working in conjunction with former Eagle Chief Medical Officer Doctor Solok to gain a more academic understanding of his condition. The pair plan to do so with a running log and echogram of the wave activity in order to discern more about the condition. Little came of the findings, but Quentin remains hopeful he can gain an understanding and possible mastery of his new "skill"*
|Cadet First Class||239512||Graduated Starfleet Academy||Science|
|Ensign||239512.11 - 239605.27||USS Eagle||Science Officer|
|Lieutenant Junior Grade||239605.27-239611.19||USS Eagle||Science Officer|
|Lieutenant||239611.19 - 239702.06||USS Eagle||Science Officer|
|Lieutenant Commander||239702.06 - 239704.28||USS Eagle||Chief Science Officer|
|Lieutenant Commander||239704.28 - Present||USS Juneau||Chief Science Officer/Second Officer|
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