Lieutenant Commander Sky Blake serves as the executive officer for the USS Veritas.
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.
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 home world, 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 leaves her two children with her mother on Brekka, believing them to be better off without her—abandoning them to live a solitary life on Ornara as she comes to terms with Sabor’s death.
Zhou Tai-Sheng finds Blake living 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—after some minor convincing, 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 studies and receives on-the-job training by the Veritas crew.
She clashes continuously with special operations officer Brandon Cormac, as their two positions are suspiciously similar. The two reconcile their differences, however, and move their offices on Veritas closer together on deck 6, branching off from the ship’s CIC. Later that year, she accidentally walks in on Cormac with Elis Nacubaq during an intimate moment, though she's not fazed by the incident, going so far as to even laugh Elis off when he apologises.
After a few months with a provisional rank, Captain Rosa Carrero grants her the rights and privileges of Lieutenant Commander.
On stardate 239307.21, Blake is 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. 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 task force formed by Starfleet Intelligence to examine all records pertaining to Vassily intending to locate and capturing him, claiming an irritation of Starfleet’s inattention to the Federation’s local problems.
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|Crash-course (w/ H. Parker)|
She remains on Astrofori One during the Syracuse shore leave, and along with Zhou, assists the Syracuse and Invicta crews in refurbishing the USS Venture. On its 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 moves 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 takes possession of a two hundred-year-old EM-33 plasma pistol, of which had been smuggled into the settlement illegally, intending to locate its 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.
Blake is involved in a minor confrontation with Tydo when tasked with finding evidence and potentially provide a list of suspects. 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 cannot 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. Angered that instead of working as a unit, Starfleet, Federation Security, and the Colonial Marshals continued to knock heads against each other. She would 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, who at the time is stationed on Outpost 3 as mission security, and had missed comm 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, have since escaped Shadow’s Edge, Cormac urges her to return to the Veritas, hoping 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, Zhou Tai-Sheng escorts Blake’s son, Ayden Blake, to the Veritas—and remains aboard.
Early in 2395, Blake is asked to assist with the development of Bupirninyirring on Kidman I. Just three days into it's life, the settlement is attacked by a minor faction of pirates—Blake suffers minor cranial injuries during the skirmish, though among the stolen items was the H.A.N.N.E.Z.—Rodulan technology that was meant to be implemented into the Shoals' new "3G" communications network, used to power com signals through heavy tetryon interference. Core treats her injury as they follow the pirates.
The pirates realizing that the two Starfleet officers followed them only for the H.A.N.N.E.Z., Blake and Core are lured into a malfunctioning escape pod with the large component, and ejected out into space. They are eventually rescued by a civilian vessel. and taken back to Kidman I, were the component is properly installed.
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.
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.
Blake is among those present when Jhalib Ekal introduces himself. Though she is personally unsure as to why, Blake trusts the time-traveler without question, and stays nearby when he assists the crew in locating potential sabotage from the Temporal Integrity Commission of the 25th century. During this time, she accompanies Evan Delano, G'var and Alora DeVeau to the USS Artemis, which had been rendered mostly inoperable, and discovered that it was indeed missing portions of it's cargo. The Veritas faces a stand-off with Tholian forces, but the situation is ultimately resolved peacefully.
However, shortly after this encounter, the Temporal Integrity Commission's efforts to disable the Veritas prove successful when the ship mysteriously loses all deuterium stores, forcing the crew to abandon ship to a small planetoid. Upon landing, Tristam Core encourages Blake, whom is second officer, to take command of the crew from three escape pods nearby, and they name their small but growing settlement 'Macropus'.
After two weeks, Blake grows uneasy when those gathered in Macropus have still not located their commanding officers. Blake leaves the small encampment and goes scouting, locating a signal fire set by Delano on a nearby beach, kilometres away from the Macropus encampment. Here, she runs into their captain and XO, much to her relief. It takes a few days, but they manage to move the crew to the beach.
At 85 days past since landing on the moon now dubbed "Limbo", Tristam asks Blake to scout a small clearing and ensure there aren't any 'deadly animals'. It's noted that she's actually enjoying herself significantly more than the rest of the crew, possibly attributed to her love of the outdoors and the fortunate temperature (which suits the Brekkian Betazoid). During day 100, she is present during crew promotions.
Stranded for 101 days, Blake is bitten by a snake whilst out scouting. Affected by venom and with no means of communication with the crew, she starts hallucinating, seeing and talking to Sabor. She admits to him that she is still affected by his choice that led to his death - to save others from danger, which cost him his own life. Alone and with no crew nearby to simple stumble upon her should she fall unconscious, "Sabor" suggests using her stun weapon with her flashlight, which will hopefully make enough noise or cause a fire to attract attention. Though she initially rebuts this suggestion, she realizes she has very few other useful ideas. With his encouragement, she successfully sets a fire, though passes out before anyone locates her. She is treated successfully by Cole Maxwell.
The USS Veritas is successfully pulled out of the time bubble it had found itself in and is towed back to base for the 2396 new year, though the crew had still spent approximately six months on Limbo. As such, the crew was given time for shore leave away from Veritas.
Blake receives a letter from Rivi Vataix, asking her to come to Betazed so to make a case with Betazed Immigration regarding Faith's status. With Zhou in tow, she is introduced to the Eleventh House of Betazed, and it's ruling family, the Vataixs - though she suffers somewhat of a culture clash, and feels uncomfortable with the free use of telepathy commonly experienced on the Betazed homeworld.
She meets with Aagan Eislas, Faith's father, for the first time, and the two discuss Faith's options for when she is brought to Betazed—however, with a long wait between news, Blake chooses to leave Betazed to await court proceedings. She returns to join Rivi's small gathering on Betazed, and again discusses Faith with Aagan, learning that Brekka is dragging it's heels politically. She thanks him for the information.
She is called back by the Starfleet rangers to accompany Rairen Caide, the Shoals division's new managing officer, to assist with the search for Lieutenant Kehive na-Soldim, who had gone missing the year before. On their journey, Caide requests to stop by smaller settlements to check in with them and learn about the area in general. They arrive in Bupirninyirring and are greeted by settlement manager Keyri Largew, who explains that the water reclamators Tristam Core designed the year before have been having ongoing maintenance problems, and fears foul play—Caide offers to take a look at them. The next day, the two are assisting with menial tasks and learning about the settlement when Caide is involved in a minor accident with Pierce Macnamara's horse and carriage. The following evening, Blake locates the water reclamator saboteur, a colonist who wishes to move the minor settlement away from the Tholian border, and takes them to Largew.
Unable to treat Caide on Kidman, the two Rangers leave the area for the nearest outpost with medical supplies. They begin a tour down the Tholian border once Caide is healed and cleared for duty, and after four months, end up in the Roxburgh sector with no lead on Kehive's location. Blake receives a request to return to the Veritas following the death of another Starfleet officer on Ketar V, and she leaves Caide to continue the search in the system to re-join her crew.
Blake is of calm and collected temperament, receptive to criticism, and is a cool-headed thinker unwilling to take unnecessary risks. She relies often on her crewmates counsel for most matters, but is a fast learner and typically relies upon her own lack of experience to give her a different perspective when in conflicts. Blake will ask questions and press for more information when she feels she does not have all the answers she requires, though admittedly becomes frustrated if others refuse to provide them.
Blake takes her job and learned mannerisms within the Shoals seriously, thoroughly believing in the rules of engagement set for the area. If irritated, she becomes cold and blunt, but if Blake is known for one thing, it’s that she hardly ever raises her voice to others. Because she spends a significant amount of time as a long Starfleet Ranger, she becomes incredibly frustrated when her crew breaks what she believes to be simple rules established for operation in the Shoals (such as Kelrod discharging a phaser to stop an escalating physical conflict in a Ketar V establishment, which ultimately lands he, Wil Ukinix, and their captain Roshanara Rahman in Colonial Coalition Marshals holding cells).
Blake is strict upon herself and tries her best to abide by the social norms, rules, and laws of other cultures or colonies, even when doing so may directly contradict her duty as a Starfleet officer. This has been known to sometimes cause friction with her Starfleet crew, as she will place the requirements of a Coalition colony above that of her ship, and become perplexed when others don't choose to do the same.
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. On duty, however, 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 most of her potential suggestions or outcomes leave openings for others to provide significantly better counter-proposals.
Ever since leaving Brekka in 2391, Blake considers herself a nomad. Though having technically served aboard the same vessel for four years, she struggles to set down roots, constantly finding another purpose off-ship. As such, her quarters are often sparse, and Blake is seemingly ready to take off on her next mission at a moment's notice. Despite her concern that her never-ending wandering across the galaxy to find her preverbial place may affect her children, she has yet to provide herself stability, or attach herself to one place. Curiously, however, Blake does form attachments with her fellow Starfleet officers, and seems to consistently cling to the security they (as individual people) provide. Such forms the base of her relationship with Zhou Tai-Sheng.
Blake still wears three rings denoting her marriage to Sabor, her Vulcan bondmate who was killed in 2391, on her right-hand thumb, second, and fourth fingers. Though she is protective of her children and their privacy, she frequently entrusts others to watch over them when she is not available -- such is often the case with Ayden, who has had countless guardians over the last two years alone.
Blake is a humanoid of Brekkian and Betazoid descent, sharing emerald green eyes with her Brekkian father, but lacks of any notable Brekkian features. She is 5'10 (one of the taller officers on the Veritas crew) and sports short blonde hair, just long enough to be tied back. She wears three rings on her right hand, denoting her marriage to Sabor, placed on her thumb (a plain copper band), second (a plain gold band), and fourth (a stainless steel band with emerald gemstone) fingers, respectively. Though she is not totally aware of its origin, there is a two-inch long scar at the base of her lower back seemingly from a dagger-inflicted injury.
Because she is part Brekkian, Blake's body temperature is higher than that of the average humanoid. Her skin is surprisingly warm if not hot to touch. She often wears layers when operating aboard Starfleet vessels, adding additional pieces to her uniform so to remain warm in what are otherwise regular temperate environments. She may even go so far as to wear thick thermal clothing to replace parts of her uniform, or add more layers underneath it. That said, she thrives in hot climates and returns to a casual getup when working in warmer environments. She ditches uniform jackets, prefering to wear shorts and singlets where possible.
Unless she is in her quarters, which tend to be set in the 30-degree Celsius range, she will wear comfortable form-fitting clothing when dressing outside of duty. The most skin she exposes is generally that of her collar bone and above (as well as her hands). She will also consistently wear brightly coloured, but otherwise plain clothing.
On duty, she will also be equipped with a Type 2 Mark VIII NL Aquila when she deems necessary and disagrees with Starfleet's standard practise of carrying phasers.
Blake considers her quarters to be much too large for just herself and her son to inhabit. Despite the possessions of her toddler now being present, Blake's quarters feel seemingly bare to visitors when they enter, with few personal items on display. 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.
Comparatively, her office is described as having been deliberately cluttered with items of various origin, though none are truly personal to her. The door is programmed to remain open unless privacy was required 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 be located 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 updates whenever the ship passes by a data buoy.
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.
"A new hair cut and colour it seems, hair only reaching the top of her neck and now a more "platinum" kind of blonde."
"New winter uniforms - which, if she was honest, were downright cozy."
|NPC Listing · USS Veritas Crew Manifest · Crew History
- At some point before joining Starfleet initially, Blake was a gymnast.
- 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.
- 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".
- The sim "A New Year" was written during and referenced Melbourne's 2018 New Years celebrations (of which was televised).
- 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".
- 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" and without any active signs of life, 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. Given her history in wide open spaces and combat, it is entirely possible Blake is uncomfortable in wide open spaces.
- Blake's middle name is "Serrella", taken after her father's personal assistant - whom she claims her father would have been nothing without.
- "Feet off the dash.", LtCmdr T.Core, USS Veritas, SD 239603.06
- "Delayed reaction.", LtCmdr S.Blake, USS Veritas, SD 239511.27
- "Cakapunnual.", LtCmdr S.Blake, USS Invicta, SD 239311.20
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "Rip-off.", LtCmdr T.Core, USS Veritas, SD 239504.01
- "From nothing to something." (Part 2), LtCmdr S.Blake, USS Veritas, SD 239601.11