Commander Peter Gardner
Commodore Peter Gardner presently serves as the Commanding Officer of Diogara Station and by default, the Commander of the Starfleet Forces left in the Delta Quadrant. He is formerlly the Commanding Officer of the USS Excelsior and a Starfleet Intelligence Specialist Field Operative
Peter was born in 2285, 20 years after the destruction of El Auria. His brother was born 2 years later in 2287 and his youngest sibling, his sister, was born in 2288. The Gardner children were raised in England, their parents working at Starfleet Headquarters for 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 account the wider knowledge base that was available.
Secondary School children were taught extra things such, the study of aliens/anthropology, languages (including basic Klingon, Andorian and selective, such as a Vulcan, Orion, or an alternative Earth Language ). He excelled in these classes, which prompted him to take more interest in his other classes. This resulted in him achieving above averages grades consistently throughout his time in Education.
He was extremely close to both of his siblings, even as children they rarely thought or had the traditional sibling rivalry. They went to school, studied together and played together. His Father was over 500 year’s old and had been to Earth before, as had many El-Aurians, where he travelled and learned the culture of the Human population.
One of the many things he learnt was a martial art whilst in China called Wing Chun. What surprised his Father was how focused his teacher was and how many years of practice. He eventually told the man his secret, who accepted this truth far easier than what he believed was possible. He studied under his teacher for 30 years, when he died at the age of 80 before he later returned to El Auria. When he arrived back on Earth in 2266 after the Borg Invasion, Tollud had returned to China, settling here for the next 20 years and again studying the art of the Wing Chun.
When his children were born, Tollud taught his children from an early age at their new home in England, teaching not only the martial art itself but the values that underpinned it and made it what it was, one of the few things that had survived the passage of time. This had a significant influence on Peter, his siblings, influencing them and the people they later went on to become.
Peter began craving knowledge, more and more even after he left the compulsory education of his youth. He spent the next 50 years studying and training in a variety of different subjects
Peter first attended the University of Earth, where he obtained several undergraduate and masters degree, choosing the subjects on the basis of what interested him, which were Xeno-Linguistics, Computer and Genetics. After obtaining both undergraduate and master’s degree’s in these subjects, he spent time considering what he wanted to with these newly found qualifications. In truth, there were lots of things Peter could do with them, Starfleet Academy he knew would offer him a placement.
Peter still felt like he hadn’t found his ‘calling’. He enrolled to be a Physician, qualifying not only as a General Practitioner but also a Surgeon of considerable skill. He completed his residency within Starfleet, but as a civilian Doctor at one of the many hospital facilities on Earth. He excelled as a Doctor, he enjoyed helping people, he enjoyed being able to make them feel better and he got pleasure out of it.
Being at a global university, Peter’s classes were varied and diverse, the different races that attended were something that fascinated Peter, culture and sociology was another subject area that Peter hoped to be able to explore further someday. He often started his day in Australia then ended up somewhere in Europe as the day went on.
But this still wasn’t enough for Peter. There were underlying conditions in some of his patients that he was neither able to diagnose or treat and this troubled him. He applied and was successful in applying for several programs at the University of Betazed.
Betazed was an entirely new experience for Peter. It was here, whilst studying he met his first love Kivre Deilun, a native Betazoid, studying for her Psychology undergraduate and masters, at the same time Peter was. They had a whirlwind romance, but it soon ended with Kivre choosing to go to Starfleet Academy and when Peter decided that he wasn’t yet ready to attend the Academy, Kivre then decided she wasn’t going to have a long distance relationship. Peter very nearly decided to give up his studying so that he didn’t lose Kivre.
After completing his undergraduate and postgraduate in Psychology, he completed his Doctorate program in Psychology. Before he left Betazed for the last time, he studied for an extra 5 years, to achieve his Psychiatric qualification. He interned on Betazed, working with various people in various stages of mental illness.
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 travelled around 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.
Peter applied to Starfleet Academy in 2353 and was later 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. including becoming one of the masters of Starfleet’s Wing Chun Association, the form of Kung Fu his Father had taught him.
The experience of the Academy was one of Peters defining moments. Starfleet was everything he had been looking for. It put the people element at the heart of what it did and at its heart it wasn’t a military organization, it was an organization of peace and peaceful exploration. He believed in the principles he was being taught, maybe that made him an idealest, but he felt he had found his calling.
In his 3rd and final year he was given some tutelage by Instructors he originally thought to be an Academy Instructors, but when he graduated in 2357, he discovered that they were Intelligence Operatives. He had already been ear-marked and this additional training was a further test of his aptitude. Upon graduation, he was invited to join Starfleet Intelligence.
He was sent out immediately on his first mission, his variety of skills made him an excellent field operative, but for the majority, he remembers just ‘winging’ it. The mission was being a gardener on Romulus for a Senator. Peter later found out this was more a test of his abilities, as Starfleet had many more operatives in much higher places than a lowly gardener who would hear much more than he was ever able to.
When he returned from this mission in 2359, he was enrolled on the Fast-Track Special Operations Trainee program, incorporating leadership, first contact, diplomatic studies, advanced weapons training, and advanced espionage training. He was given field-based assignments under more experienced operatives to supplement his training. He was signed off as qualified in 2365.
From 2365 to 2369, 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.
In 2369, the discovery of the Bajoran Wormhole and later in 2370 first contact with the Dominion changed a lot of Starfleet Intelligence’s focus. The Special Operations section was tasked with intelligence gathering on the Dominion and Peter spent the next 3 years running covert operations into Dominion Space to learn about Starfleet’s newest enemy. But in 2373, open war was declared by the Dominion on the Federation.
The Dominion War began in earnest and Peter was pulled from his field operations to serve aboard a starship as a Chief Security and Tactical Officer of the USS Galaxy. He later served as the First Officer aboard the Galaxy. When he was given his field promotion, he was also informed that he was being earmarked for a special mission in case the war didn’t go the way that Starfleet planned.
The Galaxy was crippled during the Battle of Betazed and he was assigned to the Snowdon, under Captain Angharad Milok. Angharad was a stern, hard-faced and expected the best. She wasn’t Peter’s idea of a great Commanding Officer at first. However, throwing the two together tempered both of them. Angharad become the Commanding Officer that people followed because they respected, not because she was a totalitarian, she became the mentor that Peter was lacking.
He served under Milok until the end of the war in 2375. Peter’s life was reclaimed by Starfleet Intelligence.
Due to his experiences with the Dominion, his knowledge of their culture and language, Peter was placed undercover, replacing a Vorta during the Treaty of Bajor. Starfleet Intelligence wanted to find out if they were sincere about ending the war. He spent 7 years undercover before Starfleet Intelligence were satisfied that their intentions was of peace.
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 in charge 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 Niagara’s link to Starfleet and dealt with any of the crossovers. 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 have ruined his entire career. The romantic relationship ceased in August.
However, during October 2383, Angharad sought to resolve this issue, as this created 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 lifetime 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 parent’s death reached him. Angharad granted him an immediate LOA and he was returned to Earth without saying goodbye to anyone, including Lannie.
His parent’s death in 2387 rocked him to his core and his sister. Daniel seemed to have his moment of grief, said his goodbyes and appeared to be fine burying himself in work. For Peter and Karissa however, this took some getting used to. They both took an extended Leave of Absence
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 youngest sibling 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 lunchtime, 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 returned 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 fiancée 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 Excelsior returned after suffering their own problems of sabotage, she was tugged 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.
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