Captain Peter Gardner
Captain Peter Gardner has served as the Commanding Officer of the USS Excelsior for the last 2 and half years. He previously served as an Intelligence Operative in Starfleet Intelligence for the majority of his career.
Peter was born in 2353 to loving parents, who were still, unlike some married couples, very much in love. A year later, his brother was born, Daniel and 2 years after that, his sister, Karissa was born. The Gardner children were raised in England, their parents working at Starfleet Headquarters for the the entirety of their children’s childhood.
Peter was incredibly academically talented, consistently achieving average grades, until he entered his Secondary Education. Over the last 300 years or so, the Education system had been renovated to take into the account the wider knowledge base that was available. Secondary School children were taught extra things such, the study of aliens, languages (including basic Klingon, Andorian and selective, such as a Vulcan or Romulan). He excelled in these classes, which prompted him to take more an interest in his other classes. This resulted in him achieving above averages grades consistently throughout his time in Education.
The benefits of having Parents who worked in San Francisco, meant they were home every evening, they could enjoy family time, family events and family meals as a Family. This was a definite positive in any family household as proven by years of psychological research into attachment between parents and their young.
As a family, they had regular holidays every year. By the time Peter was 15, he had traveled round most of the Earth, visiting Africa, America, Australia, Europe, Greece and many others. It was when he was 11 years old, he has his SCUBA dive, a sport he instantly fell in love with. Peter found that he was quite proficient at this sport, taking the classes. As a family, they did this every year, even after Peter and his siblings had graduated from Starfleet Academy. This ensured that the family remained very close to each other.
His parents death in 2387 rocked him to his core and his sister. Daniel seemed to have his moment of grief, said his goodbyes and appeared in fine. For Peter and Karissa however, this took some getting used to. They both took an extended Leave of Absence.
Peter applied to Starfleet Academy in 2369 and in 2370, he was accepted. His years at the Academy were some of the best in his life as he wasn’t always the model student. Like any typical student, most nights were an excuse to get drunk and walk into class late. By midway through his second year however, this was totally out his system and his grades increased. His Instructors noted how good his physical and mental aptitudes were. He excelled from the mid 2nd year, to his 4th year. Focusing on his skills to become a Security and Tactical Officer, he engaged in various extra cirriculars, including becoming one of the masters of Starfleet’s Wing Chun Association, a very old style of Kung Fu.
In his 3rd and final year he was given some tutelage by, what he original thought to be an Academy Instructors, but when he graduated in 2374, he discovered that were Intelligence Operatives. He had already been ear-marked and this additional training was to save time later on.
After the ceremony, he was immediately approach the ‘Instructors’, who told who they were and their intentions. He agreed to go with them. Much to his familys despair, he had to leave immediately.
Without the time for further training, he was immediately sent out with a specialist veteran team into the Gamma Quadrant, disguised as Ferengi Traders. At the beginning of the mission, they seemed annoyed at his presence. However, when his knowledge of Dominionese came to their rescue, they saw how valuable he was and the mission was a success.
When he returned from this mission in 2376, he was enrolled on the Fast-Track Special Operations Trainee program, incorporating leadership, first contact, diplomatic studies, advanced weapons training and advanced espionage training. By the end of the program in 2377, he was a fledging young operative.
From 2377 to 2382, he worked on various operations classified under the ‘Special Operations’ section, becoming a valuable asset to the section and to Starfleet Intelligence. It was during these years that he met several people, including Kasin Koll and Angharad Milok.
It his fateful meeting with Captain Milok that saw him assigned to Diogara Station as First Officer in 2382.
In 2382, Angharad Milok requested Peter to become her First Officer. She promoted him immediately on his arrival to Commander. Peter settled in fast as Angharad had known he would. He took over the majority of the running of the Station, leaving Angharad to deal with the political side, although Peter generated a good relationship with the people in the political arena.
The job was very involved, as it meant he not only had to run the station, but he was incharge of the training of the Diogara Military personnel, which involved regular meetings with the leaders of the Diogara Military. He quickly learned tactful ways of managing potentially critical situations.
In 2383, he met Lanniefelysa Merefica, the woman that would become the love of his life. At the time, she served as Diogara’s link to Starfleet and dealt with any of the crossover. However, in March 2383, they developed a relationship, which when Angharad found out in August 2383, ordered Peter to discontinue. She told him that it was deemed a Conflict of Interest and Peter could potentially of ruined his entire career. The romantic relationship ceased in August.
However during October 2383, Angharad to resolve this issue, as this created a tension on the station, that made Peter and Lannie uncomfortable when they were around each other. By November, Angharad had found the correct solution. Lannie became a Starfleet Officer, which meant they could resume their relationship. One of the many things about Diogaran’s, they very rarely have more than 1 mate in their life time and are extremely long lived.
For the longest time, this worried Peter for two reasons. The first, because he had no idea if this was what he truly wanted for the rest of his life and the second, she would live, naturally, longer than he would (so he believed at the time) and he did not want her to grieve without him.
Angharad was extremely pleased with how little effort she had to put in to run the station, which allowed her the freedom to work on the political side, although involving Peter as much as possible to prevent such a sudden change if anything was to happen to her. It during these years, that Peter learnt that being a Command Officer was not just about the duties put on you as a Starfleet Officer, there was always more, especially in a situation like this.
For the next 4 years, Peter excelled in his job role, passing up several Command opportunities, believing one day that Command of Diogara Station would fall to him. However in 2387, news of his parents death reached him. Angharad granted him an immediate LOA and he was returned to Earth without saying goodbye to anyone, including Lannie.
Upon his return to Earth, his brother and his sister had arrived prior to him. The weeks leading up the funeral were the worst as the final report was released into the cause of death. The fault lay with faulty equipment reacting to a change in sub-space. Peter and his three siblings grieved for an entire month, shut off from the world completely.
After 6 months on Earth, the final affairs had all been completed, funerals and transfer of ownership had fallen to the three siblings. Peter had spent the majority of his time with his family in the country in England. However, one lunch time, sitting in a restaurant in the village, a Starfleet Officer presented Peter with orders to take Command of the Excelsior, to take charge of the Developing Situation on Diogara(The Old and The New).
His first mission on the Excelsior was extremely personal to him and he struggled to maintain his professionalism, which resulted in an incredible learning experience for him. When Vice Admiral Dowd brought him up to speed, Peter immediately felt guilty for actions that were totally out of his control. His mentor, Captain Angharad Milok, had been kidnapped by the Dissident movement that was spiralling out of control in the Diogara Sector.
This mission held 2 reunions for Peter, one more difficult than the other. Prior to his extended leave of absence, he was unsure about continuing his relationship with Lanniefelysa, but during his time at home, he realised just how much he did love her. When he saw her, they shared a moment in the Station Commanders office, where he confessed his true feelings for her.
The crew of the Excelsior were successful in retrieving Captain Milok, but resulted in the injury of several members of his Crew, that had to return back to Earth for treatment.
He spent the next few months, allowing the Excelsior to receive some much needed repairs and replacements, and assisting his fianc√©e in running the new Immense Class Diogara Station. However it wasn’t long before the newly promoted Rear Admiral Milok gave him new orders.
However, during the mission briefing he was giving to his crew, the dissidents launching a daring offensive, crippling the ship and knocking out the main power grid on the station. Peter received a head wound, but was easily healed by the ships medical staff. The crew then fought to regain control of the ship.
After the crew regained control, the Stations returned after suffering their own problems of sabotage, tugged the Excelsior back to the station and work began to repair both the Excelsior and the Station.
A few days later, Peter was promoted to Captain and he married Lanniefelysa.
Cadet Freshman Grade
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Cadet Sophomore Grade
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Cadet Junior Grade
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Cadet Senior Grade
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|Field Agent||Starfleet Intelligence|
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