Lieutenant Raksha Chandra

Raksha is a loud and rather frantic woman from Calcutta, India. She has served in Starfleet since her graduation from the academy in 2381. In addition to being a proficient engineer, she is also a talented cellist and a great lover of music. She drinks Lapsang Souchong on a regular basis and has been known to leave endless numbers of empty mugs around her office. Raksha began her career in the Alpha Quadrant aboard the U.S.S. Journey as an engineering officer, transporter chief, and later assistant chief engineering officer. She later transferred to the U.S.S. Venture as it's chief engineering officer.

History

Raksha enrolled at Starfleet Academy at the age of 17 and studied in engineering fields. She specialized in impulse technologies and warp theory as well as EPS networking and transporter technology.

As extra-curriculum activities, Raksha joined the Academy’s orchestra as a cello player, eventually achieving a spot in the first section. She also took classes in shuttle piloting, which she proved to be at least proficient in.

She graduated in 2381 and was assigned to the U.S.S. Journey, a Century-class exploration cruiser operating in the Alpha Quadrant near the borders of the Ferengi Alliance, Breen Confederacy, and Cardassian Union, as an engineering officer.

To begin with, Raksha didn’t seem to make much of a name for herself. She was known to be an incredibly efficient and reliable officer though she seldom spoke to her other crewmen and was believed to be incredibly quiet and somewhat anti-social.

However, this changed at a live recital of Gustav Holst’s planets symphony in the ship’s function hall, a recital her Chief Engineering Officer had requested she play at, given that she was a first-section cellist in Starfleet Academy. He had been to one of her performances before at the Academy and was incredibly impressed with her talents as a musician.

Following the show, many of her fellow crewmen spoke to her at length about her playing and she quickly made friends with many of ship’s complement.

From then on, Raksha began to show her true self as a loud, chaotic, but ultimately decent individual. She became infamous for her dry wit and sarcastic and often cynical but overly apparent sense of humor.

She continued her service as a regular officer within the Journey’s main engineering section for the next two years, during which she saw her fair share of action.

In 2182, the Journey found itself in a sudden conflict with decenters from the Cardassian Union whom apposed their governments new regime and wished to see a return to their people’s more historical presence as conquerors and commanders within the quadrant.

The Cardassian decenters eventually brazenly made a push in to Federation space in a rather folly attempt at a surprise attack on Deep Space 12. The Journey was ordered to intercept and, upon arrival, found itself facing down the bow of a Galor-class Cardassian cruiser, an equally matched ship by all accounts.

However, as the battle began, the ship quickly threw several surprises at the Journey as many of its armaments and shielding systems had been adapted or replaced with Romulan modifications and the engineering crew of the century-class quickly had to think on their feet if they were to have any hope of outmatching their adversaries.

Collectively, they were able to modify their shield array to compensate for the volleys of both Cardassian and Romulan disruptor volleys being launched at their ship and were able to modify their phaser frequencies to combat their enemy’s shield modifications.

After the battle was over, the Journey began an investigation in to the origin of these modifications to the Galor-class.

Though most believed these modifications came simply from looted and adapted parts found aboard Romulan derelicts following the Dominion War, Raksha was among those that suspected a grander, fouler scheme afoot. She had always held a deeply-seated mistrust for the Romulans and was quick to jump upon the theory that the decenters were spurred on by the Tal Shiar in an attempt to destabilize the fragile relations between the newer Cardassian Union and the Federation.

In 2183, Raksha’s parents came aboard the Journey to visit during its standard maintenance cycle while it was docked at Deep Space 9. After giving them the tour of the vessel, Vivek and Hassana were personally greeted by Captain Bonha Prel, a joined Trill who had proudly served Starfleet for a combined symbiotic lifespan of over 60 years.

Captain Prel thanked Vivek and Hassana for blessing her vessel with such a wonderfully talented and skilled Engineering officer. The two parents were grateful for the Captains compliments, after which they were asked if they had any recommendations they could give Captain Prel regarding upgrades and modifications that could possibly be made to the Journey’s EPS network or transporter systems.

The three Chandras all chimed in at once, forcing Prel to stop them and escort them all to Main Engineering where they could all explain their suggestions in a little more detail.

Following their demonstrations and proposed theories, Prel escorted Raksha’s parents and the ensign to the air lock, where they parted ways as Hassana and Vivek returned to Deep Space 9.

Following this, Prel called Raksha to her ready room, where she revealed that the current transporter chief, lieutenant Dann, was retiring and returning to his home planet of Sauria once the ship’s maintenance cycle was complete. She requested Raksha take over as the new transporter chief, given her and her parents history and expertise in such matters, a request Raksha was reluctant to accept as she considered the assignment ‘dull’ but ultimately agreed to.

Raksha served as transporter chief for a year aboard the Journey, during which she got to work implementing her and her parent’s modifications to both the transporter buffer and long-range systems as well as the Journey’s EPS grid.

Almost exactly a year after Raksha’s assignment as transporter chief, the Journey docked at Deep Space 12 to take on new crewmen and relieve itself of those either retiring, resigning their commission, or transferring to new posts aboard other vessels or stations.

Ensign Chandra was called to the station, where she was greeted both by Captain Prel as well as two other members of Starfleet Command. There, she and several other crewman were granted promotions for their continued exemplary service to Starfleet. Having reached the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade, Prel once again assigned Raksha to Main Engineering, where should would now serve as Assistant Chief Engineering Officer under Commander Morem.

For the next four years, Chandra served under Morem both complimentary and antagonistically. Though she was a loyal and dedicated Starfleet officer and devoted and willing to carry out her duties as Morem’s second-in-command, lieutenant Chandra and the Vulcan Chief Engineer often came to blows due to disparate differences in personality and command style.

Being a Vulcan, and a traditional one at that, Morem commanded with great calm and organized efficiency but could sometimes be seen as somewhat conservative and even slow, ‘playing it safe’ a little too often.

Raksha however was as fast and as adaptive as she was erratic and over-excited. Where Morem spoke in soft, slow, and impersonal tones, Raksha was prone to shouting and becoming incredibly invested in her work. She was hurl insults and demands as loudly as she would compliments and jokes regarding jobs well done.

Despite these great differences in command style, commander Morem and lieutenant Chandra held a seldom-spoken but deep-seated respect for each other, both appreciating the value of the other’s talents and style in the department, even if they were themselves conflicting approaches.

Raksha felt, after her time aboard the Journey, that she was ready for something more however. She wanted to get to the bottom of the incident that occurred along the Cardassian border, as well as uncover the truth of other rumors circulating that suggested that the Romulans were once again reaching out in to the wider galaxy, surreptitiously manipulating events occurring beyond their borders, and whether there was any truth to this situation. The heart of Romulan interaction with the Federation, and a current hotspot for Starfleet, was the recently formed Raeyan Transit Corridor, a small expanse of space under the control of the Federation that passed precariously between Romulan and Klingon space.

Within that region of space, the famed U.S.S. Venture, one of the remaining Galaxy-class vessels, was currently operating. Chandra set her sights upon that ship, and leaped at the chance to finally have a command within engineering of her own once news of Lieutenant Allaway’s transfer from the vessel reached the Venture.

Service Record

Start End Rank Role Assignment
23772378
Cadet Freshman Grade
CadetStarfleet Academy
23782379
Cadet Sophomore Grade
CadetStarfleet Academy
23792380
Cadet Junior Grade
CadetStarfleet Academy
23802381
Cadet Senior Grade
CadetStarfleet Academy
23812383
Ensign
Engineering OfficerU.S.S. Journey
23832384
Ensign
Transporter ChiefU.S.S. Journey
23842388
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Assistant Chief Engineering OfficerU.S.S. Journey
23882388
Lieutenant
Chief Engineering OfficerU.S.S. Venture