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Lieutenant Commander Sky Blake is the Chief of Security aboard the USS Veritas. She also serves as a ranger for the Bajak Laut Sector.

Of Brekkian and Betazoid heritage, born on the Brekkian homeworld of Delos IV, Blake is the widow of Lieutenant Sabor, and mother of two children (Faith and Ayden Blake). She is related to the Eleventh House of Betazed through her mother Lila Cole, though isn't enthralled in the Betazoid politics surrounding the noble Houses.

History

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Early life

In January 2391, Sky Blake awoke in a Brekkian medical facility with no recollection of the previous 15 years of her life, or that of her husband Sabor and their two children - one of which had only recently been born. With nowhere else to go, she reluctantly accepts Sabor's offer to stay with him for at least a few days. As time passes, she grows more trusting of Sabor, as she begins to understand the telepathic bond between them.

The following four months sees Sabor update Blake on the current events occurring in the quadrant and her history and time in Starfleet as they rekindle their relationship. Though she re-accepts his proposal to marry him, she refuses to leave her homeworld, and Sabor is unwilling to force the issue. This choice ultimately results in Sabor's death, as the two become caught in a fire-fight between the Brekkian military and an extremist group attempting to destroy an Ornaran embassy. Sabor is mistakenly shot by military personnel, fatally wounded, and is pronounced deceased on stardate 239105.01.

Days later, still in shock and without an adequate support network, Blake chooses to leave her two children with her mother on Brekka, believing them to be better off without her - effectively abandoning them to live a solitary life on Ornara as she comes to terms with Sabor's death.

Starfleet

Blake was found residing on the Ornaran homeworld in 2392, working with law enforcement to rid her area of residence of further crime incited by black market drug trade. She is approached in a bar winding down from a days work by Commander Zhou Tai-Sheng - after some minor convincing on his part, she agrees to assist the USS Veritas with Brekkian drug cartels around Meridian, and was assigned to the Veritas as the ship's Strategic Operations Officer for the ongoing Operation Safe Harbor under the provisional rank of Lieutenant Commander. With no clear recollection of her Starfleet experience, she begins studying and receives on the job training by the Veritas crew.

After a few months with a provisional rank, she is granted the rights and privileges of Lieutenant Commander by Captain Rosa Carrero.

On stardate 239307.21, Blake was lent to Peaceforce Five, and posted to the USS Syracuse under the command of Roshanara Rahman following reports of suspicious activity involving Voreic Industries in the Menthar Corridor - given her intimate knowledge of a key player within the organization, it was believed her presence would be of benefit. The first week of her stay proves uneventful, but the Syracuse, assigned as a support vessel to the USS Invicta, is caught in conflicts surrounding Adovan territory, one involving Titus Vassily. After both crews resolve the incident, she ignores all requests to assist a small taskforce formed by Starfleet Intelligence to examine all records pertaining to Vassily with the intention of locating and capturing him, claiming an irritation of Starfleet's inattention to the Federation's local problems.

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She remains on Astrofori One during the Syracuse crewshore leave, and along with Zhou, assists the Syracuse and Invicta crews in refurbishing the USS Venture. On it's way home from a parade, the Venture is thrown into the mid-2200s, coming up against the Doomsday machine - during this period, Blake acts as the Venture's First Officer.

Safely returned to their home time of 2393, she was placed on a six month leave of absence to spend time with her family, of whom she'd been estranged from with little contact for over two years. Blake relocates her children's residence to Bintac, collecting Sabor's ashes from Brekka and returning them to his family.

Five months into her leave of absence, she returned to the Shoals and headed directly for Shadow's Edge to assist the small research settlement of Cakapunnual with ending hostile raids on their resources, working closely with colonial marshal Tydo. Shortly before being recalled to the Veritas, Blake took possession of a two hundred year old EM-33 plasma pistol, of which had been smuggled into the settlement illegally, with the intention of locating it's origin within the Shoals. When patrolling the main colony with Lieutenant Elena Sands, news of Carrero's death broke. Blake immediately contacted the Veritas, recalling the crew members on the planet back to the vessel, before it was recalled to Star Station Esperance for a new captain. Blake would arrange a memorial service for Carrero along their journey back to their pseudo home base.

Upon return to Esperance, Zhou was reassigned to the star station, while Blake was given the role of the Veritas First Officer, one of the few bridge crew officers not to be reassigned when Captain Roshanara Rahman took command. During this time, Blake worked with Counselor Raissa Moonsong and Chief Engineer Luna Walker during the transition.

When tasked with finding evidence and potentially provide a list of suspects, Blake was involved in a minor confrontation with Tydo upon her teams entrance into the Governor's residence. With Walker, Kessa T'Dara, and Carter Greyson, they found wiped security logs and cut power lines - evidence Blake initially thought the Coalition Marshals of Shadow's Edge had tampered with. T'Dara is injured when exposed to an electrical current, and the team reconvenes on the Veritas. When Sky is unable to contact Captain Rahman and her team on the surface, she pulls the crew back to the ship, concerned for the captain's wellbeing.

Blake was part of the team that boarded what was left of the cargo vessel Falcon. When clues regarding the party responsible for the Falcon's demise arose, Blake and Evan Delano spoke of the known exploits of the Kos'karii, a large band of Klingon pirates that operated within the Shoals, also supplying the crew with information of the Kos'karii leader known as Jilor. Later, Blake would speak to Mei'konda about her frustration with the Federation Security and Starfleet Administration, believing that Delano's information would have assisted the Veritas and its operations, and was angered that instead of working as a unit, Starfleet, Federation Security, and the Colonial Marshals, continued to knock heads against each other. She would go on to assist Mei'konda in interrogating the Falcon's survivor Sov, a Klingon who was once a crew member of a Kos'karii vessel.

Blake, along with crew members from both the Veritas and Star Station Esperance, crewed the shuttle that transferred Rosa Carrero's to her transport home.

In mid-2394, Blake steps down from her position as First Officer, instead recommending Mei'konda as her replacement, and takes a position with the Starfleet Rangers. Required to complete what is essentially a 'crash course', she is sent to the Embassy of Duronis II, where she undergoes weapons checks and hand-to-hand combat assessments by the Embassy's marines (namely Hannah Martinez). She is confronted by Hannibal Parker, whom served with her prior to her amnesia, and though she remembers next to nothing about him, she re-establishes a friendship with him. After three days and a successful training course, she sets off back to the Shoals as a regional support officer.

Upon arrival at Star Station Esperance and awaiting a connecting transport ship to take her back to Shadow's Edge, Blake is asked by Elis Nacubaq to check on Brandon Cormac, their old colleague, whom at the time is stationed on Outpost 3 as mission security, and had missed coms check. Upon arriving, Blake finds the outpost crippled almost beyond repair, with Cormac being the only survivor after ten days alone after the attack. She takes him back to Shadow's Edge, where he resigns from Starfleet, and Blake continues to work with him when he becomes a Coalition Marshal.

By 239409, notified by a Starfleet Intelligence officer that two suspects of a murder investigation handed to her by a Marshal official, she is urged to return to the Veritas in hopes that the ship's resources may assist her with tracking them.

The Veritas comes across Outpost 3 to check on Tristam Core's progress in repairing the outpost after the Klingon attack. Stashes of felicium are found hidden behind bulkheads, and after weeks analyzing and about to destroy it, Blake along with Nikki Ryan, Sepek, and a civilian engineer are arrested by the Klingon crew of the IKS Dennas, and incurs "minor" injury. Captain Rahman has them released shortly after, and the crew are required to work with the Klingons for the duration of their time at the outpost.

In late 239412, Blake's son (Ayden Blake) is escorted to the Veritas by Zhou Tai-Sheng, whom remains onboard for a ride back to Esperance.

After the crew of the Veritas rescue the USS Astraeus, a Galaxy class vessel that banked in the Shoals, Blake arrests it's captain, Victor Yeager, for violating general order three and the travel legislation of the Bajak Laut sector, having been forbidden to to so earlier by Kelrod.

She joins Roshanara Rahman and Lael Rosek aboard the USS Atlantis, reuniting with Parker, and meets Kamela Allison and Boris Hendon of the Duronis II Embassy.

When Blake returns, she suffers a minor seizure, resulting in the loss of memory (including most of the events aboard the Atlantis), and is placed on a week's medical leave and light duties for a following fortnight. During this time, Kallo Ver is arrested and held in the Veritas brig, having destroyed his civilian vessel mere kilometres away from the Veritas and Star Station Esperance. She's asked by Rahman to join them as they interrogate Kallo, and he reveals that he had located a lost Romulan treasure fleet.

On stardate 239506.01, Rahman reassigns Blake to be the Chief of Security for the Veritas, the first time Blake had ever held a department head position (not including her brief period as her First Officer). However, when the ship encounters the Borg, she fails to properly lead her department, resulting in multiple Borg drones managing to infiltrate the Veritas and assimilate certain parts of the ship. When giving her report to Evan Delano, she expresses feeling inadequate for the position - to which the man responds with his first mission as Chief of Security aboard the USS Garuda, leaving her feeling a little better.

Following an easy-going shore leave, Detective Sidney Ripley joins the Veritas when a group of miners on Havley's Hope go missing. Blake is sent down with Delano and Lorian Lovar to talk with the missing peoples' families and colleagues and investigate where they lived and the surrounding area. They turn up very little, though Sky provokes a mother missing their partner to encourage the group of victims to assist them and have hope that those missing will be located. Following this, they return to the ship.

An away team go missing mid-transport with all immediate efforts to locate or diagnose what happened to them failing. Upon realization by the Engineering crew that they may have been beamed away with a subspace transporter, Blake is ordered back to the Bridge to scan for Lael Rosek, the only Al-Leyan known to be in the area.

Personal information

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Personality

Blake is of a calm and collected temperament, receptive to criticism, and is a cool-headed thinker unwilling to take unnecessary risks. As evidenced by discussions with her crew mates Kelrod (about how to proceed when arresting a higher ranking Starfleet officer) and Chythar Skyfire (regarding her more recent seizures and memory loss), she is willing to follow the instructions of others even when she's not entirely convinced of their merits. In fact, she relies on her crew mates counsel for most matters, as despite having served in the Shoals for longer than her fellow senior staff members, the reality is she has the least amount of experience as a Starfleet officer, due to retrograde amnesia. She will ask questions and press superior officers when she believes more information is required for herself and or the crew, though never usually does so guns-blazing.

Blake is occasionally referred to the 'doom and gloom' character by her fellow crew, and has been heard verbalizing worst case scenarios sometimes to a point of fault - though she is not without positivity. She surrounds herself deliberately with colour, having subscribed rather heavily into Ornaran colour psychology, and is considerably bright and charismatic when faced with relaxed social settings that don't involve her Starfleet uniform. Off duty on a colony world or civilian station and with no prior commitments, Blake can usually be found in a bar, chatting up locals and becoming suspiciously cozy with the bartender.

It is evident that Blake takes her job and learned mannerisms within the Shoals seriously, as she thoroughly believes in the rules of engagement set for the area. Because of this, she is considered by her fellow crew to have a particularly 'sharp' demeanor. When irritated, she becomes considerably cold and blunt, but if Blake is known for one thing, it's that she hardly ever raises her voice to others. She dislikes speaking of her personal life whilst on duty, though is still mildly uncomfortable doing so off-duty (though this seems to occur more with those who knew her prior to her retiring Starfleet service aboard the USS Vigilant).

Her bond-mate, Sabor, was reportedly killed during domestic terrorism attacks on Brekka four months after their son's birth - this has left its mark on Blake's psyche, and while she is doing well and moving on with what remains of her family, she is still not ready for a committed romantic relationship. Despite engaging in many casual relationships, she still wears three rings denoting her marriage to Sabor - located on her right hand thumb, second, and fourth fingers.

Physical appearance

Blake wearing the new duty uniform introduced in 2395.

Blake is a Brekkian/Betazoid hybrid, standing at 5'10 with shoulder-length blonde hair. Identifying features include emerald green eyes and a two-inch long scar on her lower back. Remains of her original medical file seem to indicate that she was once capable of telepathic abilities, but scans will show that her telepathic lobe is no longer active.

When working within the Shoals, Blake is often equipped with a Type 2 Mark VIII NL Aquila, rather than standard phasers. Though Starfleet officers wear a uniform at all times, Blake tends to return to a casual getup when working as an independent Ranger, unconnected to the ship - she has also been known to ditch her uniform jacket when possible, or add additional pieces when the environment is too cold for the Brekkian hybrid. She will also be found wearing a copper ring on her thumb, believed to be associated with her deceased husband.

Off duty, two other rings from her marriage to Sabor will be placed back on her second and fourth fingers. She tends to wear form-fitting clothing, though her choices of such pieces depend on the climate. Due to the environmental support aboard many Starfleet vessels, the most skin she would allow exposed is from her collar bone and above (as well as her hands) out of pure necessity to remain comfortable in what she considers to be colder temperatures - compliments of her half Brekkian physiology. When ill, she will go so far as to wear thermal clothing to replace parts of her uniform (or as an aditional layer underneath it). To that end, Blake's skin is surprisingly warm, if not hot to touch.

Personal spaces

Blake considers her quarters to be much to large for just herself and her son to inhabit - despite the possessions of her toddler now being present, Blake's quarters feel seemingly bare, with few personal items on display. However, where she has added items, they are colourful and eye-catching, and by no means match the starchy feel of standard Starfleet quarters - a sunshine yellow blanket is draped over the couch; her glassware for some strange reason, a bright green colour; and there is a false plant on her coffee table featuring a neon blue flower. The lights are generally on 90% illumination or higher, and are warmer than the rest of the ship by ten degrees.

Despite protesting the action, Blake inevitably moved into the Chief of Security's office, though the room makes her feel physically uncomfortable due to what she considers it's "large" floor space. In reality, it is an averaged size located nearby the CIC. The office is described as having been deliberately cluttered with items of various origin - though none of them are hers of a personal nature. Due to her personal feelings for the size of the office, the door is programmed to remain open unless privacy was required - this is generally to encourage walk-ins, and is a deliberate attempt at forgoing a formal feel. Blake attached a bar to the ceiling of the room of which is used for exercise, an accompanying safety mat can also located for this within the office. Shelving with various PADDs can be located to the right of the room when walking in - on the left, a display connected to the Colonial Coalition Marshals Service database which updates whenever the ship passes by a data buoy.

Other information

She's proficient in the Brekkian language of Seritonian (her mother tongue) and is also surprisingly fluent in at least two Ornaran and Vulcan dialects. Blake is a Federation citizen by marriage - as is her son by birth. Her daughter, however, is currently considered a dual citizen of Brekka and Ornara - because of this, relocating Faith to Federation space continues to face complications.

Records of Blake's personal history have been removed from the Starfleet personnel database due the deceptive request of her mother upon false news of Blake's death, but her service record and partial medical reports remain intact. Blake was required to undergo a full review upon her return to service, and is required to attend monthly check-ups by the ship's medical officer.

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Commanding Ofc.
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First Officer
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Chief of Sec/Tac
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SAR Team Leader
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Science Officer
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Science Officer
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Medical Officer
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Diplomatic Ofc.
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Engineer
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Security Ofc.
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Trivia

  • At some point before joining Starfleet initially, Blake was a gymnast.[1]
  • When Zhou Tai-Sheng shows up at the Ornaran bar Blake frequents, he orders a Xarantine ale. Blake's first mission in the fleet was USS Challenger-A's Between a Rock and a Hard ?, where the Challenger was tasked with mediating a dispute between the Klingons and the Xarantine.
  • Blake remembers piloting techniques from a helm officer she served with, but not his name.[2]
  • The sim title "Grey-blue distance" is a low-key reference to iconic Australian poem My country by Dorothea Mackellar. In the sim, Blake even utters the line "I love a sunburnt country".[3]
  • The sim "A New Year" was written during and referenced Melbourne's 2018 New Years celebrations (of which was televised).[4]
  • Blake's quarters being located on Deck 4 is a running gag, as deck 4 of the USS Challenger-A and the USS Ronin was constantly destroyed/flushed out into space.
  • As she's assigned to the Bajak Laut sector, Blake's title is technically "Bajak Laut Ranger" - which literally translates to "Pirate Ranger".
  • According to Tristam Core, Blake is rich in latinum thanks to her father's involvement in the continued development of felicium before his death. Core wasn't sure exactly how much she has, but supposedly she could "fund a semi-united Brekkian government for five years and still enough left over for a nice little retirement with her kids on Ferenginar".[5]
    • However, due to her father having earned it through decades of exploitation of the Ornarans, she has only accessed these funds whilst living on the Ornaran homeworld, using them to house her daughter (and her caretakers) and funding Bintac LE's anti-felicium operations. She also accessed the account to pay for Zhou's drink when they first met, but this was refunded to her.
  • Blake is uncomfortable in areas or rooms she understands to be particularly "large", which is why she prefers working in a small office.
    • Her temporary housing in Cakapunnual when she worked on Shadow's Edge was no bigger than a shipping container. Cakapunnual itself is a small clearing surrounded by jungle, one side facing a cliff edge. It's possible Blake is afraid of wide open spaces.

References

  1. "Cakapunnual.", LtCmdr S.Blake, USS Invicta, SD 239311.20
  2. "Running out of paddles.", LtCmdr S.Blake, USS Invicta, SD 239309.27
    What could only be described as an excellent yet batty warp jump (rivalling some pilot skills from a man whose name she couldn't possibly remember for the life of her), she'd almost fallen off her chair.
  3. "Grey-blue distance.", LtCmdr S.Blake, USS Veritas, SD 239411.02
    Blake: I love a sunburnt country. Where I grew up on Brekka wasn't exactly a desert or a tropical jungle, but it's definitely warmer than this.
  4. "A New Year.", LtCmdr S.Blake, USS Veritas, SD 239501.01
    She moved around from behind the counter, the new years celebrations with some very tall, very colourful people wearing large clogs singing something about surviving on the view screen in the background.
  5. "Rip-off.", LtCmdr T.Core, USS Veritas, SD 239504.01