Fleet Admiral Teylas Ramar
Teylas Ramar is a Federation Starfleet Fleet Admiral who formerly served as the Fourth Fleet Commanding Officer. Most prominently known for this position, he also gained prestige in his professional field by helping to develop such Starfleet starship classes as the Akira-class and the Defiant-class. Ramar also acquired a small stint in political office as Undersecretary of Starfleet Exploration. Professionally, Ramar has a notorious reputation for walking the line between being a by-the-book officer and, self-admittedly, somewhat of a cowboy on the frontier. The mix of the two has led him to a storied career and earned him cognizance which garnered his promotion to the admiralty ranks. He quickly earned prestige in his early career as a talented engineer and during his command years esbal
A young Teylas Ramar was born on the Bolian homeworld of Bolarus IX; his parents were a loving and close family. His father and mother were both modest teachers within the primary education system on the Bolian homeworld. When Ramar came of age he felt he needed direction in his life. He enlisted into Starfleet much to the disapproval of his parents who had hoped he’d follow in their footsteps as an educator of young minds. Ramar quickly came to find the life of an enlisted man more handicapped then what he was looking for. After a short stint as a shuttle pilot operating out of Starbase 12, he applied in quick order for a transfer into the main fleet hoping to some day a Starfleet officer.
In his quest to become a Starfleet officer Ramar applied for, and was accepted into, Starfleet Academy’s excelled program specifically attuned for enlisted personnel looking to advance. It wasn’t as long or tenuous as the normal four year program; it was a two year program starting in the junior year of the academy tuned to his specific needs for what he foresaw as his future in Starfleet. Ramar was generally seen as cocky and over confident by his professors in almost everything he did: a familiar trait for many Starfleet cadets. Many times his character traits helped boost his confidence in his ability to perform his duties. Although just as often it landed him in trouble. Taking a suggestion from one of his professors, Ramar decided to refocus his energy away from being in trouble and joined the Starfleet Academy track and field team. His newly placed energy in an extracurricular activity helped him place in generally above average standings compared to many of his fellow team members. Spending time on the track and field team also helped him garner friends, something he was unable to do while enlisted, helping him gain new hobbies like the ancient Earth martial arts studies of taekwondo. This newly found hobby helped him better direct his energy and frustration from the academy. As a student he was adequately successful in his main field of study in the engineering division with a major in warp theory. When he graduated from Starfleet Academy in 2335, cum laude, his most prominently familiar professors expressed a friendly warning to him to try and not let his over confidence get the best of him throughout his career.
Ramar was given a promotion to the rank of lieutenant junior grade for his previous time served in the enlisted ranks of Starfleet and assigned directly to the USS Hood. He served there for four years as an engineer. After the conclusion of this assignment as an engineer, Ramar was transferred to the USS Maryland as the assistant chief engineer. He eventually garnered a promotion to lieutenant for his work within the management of the engineering department as a whole. His overbearing confidence was still showing it’s colors in a much more tamed and controlled version; he would often put his name forward as a volunteer for away missions and some of the more dangerous assignments off ship. From his time on the Maryland he gained many friends, and an ability to let his career pace itself out consistently.
With his promotion however, he was temporarily reassigned to the Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards to help in the development of what would eventually become the Akira-class starship. After two years of adding his engineering expertise to the development of aspects of the warp engine that would later usher in a new era of warp design for Starfleet vessels, Ramar was given orders to report to the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt as it’s new chief engineer.
He took this time as a senior officer to also develop his skills in diplomacy, inter species relations and psychology in order to help prepare himself for the next step in his career: the bridge officer’s test, which he finally took in 2347. Until that point he had obtained his rank to lieutenant commander without fault, but Ramar knew it was time to expand his experience; the longer he put it off it would only harm his career more. He completed it on his second try and was promoted to first officer of the Roosevelt. It was also during his time on the Roosevelt that Ramar met his wife, a Bolian, who was a civilian chemist assigned to the ship. In a short period time they grew close and decided to wed, and even have a daughter, likely due to the deep space assignment of the Roosevelt and the closeness that forms on deep space assigned vessels.
By the beginning of Romulan reemergence in the early 2360s, Ramar had obtained a command of his own in the USS Omaha. The tiny Miranda Class Refit was a small, over worked, and under staff ship but Captain Ramar made the most of it. He often took their assignments along the Romulan Neutral Zone with full pride. While stationed along the Neutral Zone he was able to also build his diplomatic abilities having to deal with Romulans on a daily basis, and Romulan incursions into the Neutral Zone at least once a month. It was also during this time that the Omaha gained a certain amount of reputation among the Romulan vessels on the other side of the Neutral Zone, even gaining a mutual respect between Ramar and several Romulan warbird commanders. These experiences also gave Ramar a chance to help train his crew in the ways of diplomacy, exploration and tactical prowess as he learned, and improved upon, these skills himself. They were the next generation of Starfleet captain’s and needed just as much experience. It was also during this time that Ramar grew a certain fondness for the Romulan people, culture, society and cuisine. In late 2367, Ramar was reassigned to Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards to help take part in the new anti-Borg starship, the Defiant-class, while the Omaha underwent repairs at the same facility. This assignment lasted a little over a full year, in conjunction with the Omaha’s extensive repairs, where Ramar was assigned primarily to helping develop the weapons systems on board the Defiant-class.
At the beginning of the next decade the conflict with the Dominion was beginning to escalate. Originally the Omaha was scheduled to be decommissioned in 2371, however with the new Dominion threat Starfleet decided to refit many of it’s older vessels and reactivate the decommissioned ones. After a years worth of refits and repairs the Omaha was thrust back onto the front lines in the full fledged war with the Dominion, and Ramar was put in command of an entire task force along the Federation-Klingon boarder to repel deep striking Dominion attack wings. Along with his promotion to task force commander, Ramar earned a battlefield promotion above commodore and straight to rear admiral.
Accepting command of the 12th Task Force within the Fifth Fleet put Ramar directly on the front against the Dominion. He decided to drop his wife and daughter off at Starbase 397 where he decidedly knew that they would be relatively safe against the Dominion. Heading back out onto the front lines the combat continued against the Jem’Hadar and Cardassian forces. After fighting on the front lines against the Dominion for almost eight months, Ramar’s ability as a Starfleet admiral, scientist and diplomatic envoy was to be tested. The Omaha was ordered to report to Starbase 375 to help broker military treaties with both the Romulans and Klingons and their ship dedications towards the Dominion War. He was successful and both empires dedicated 15% more ships to the war effort; the Omaha returned to the front lines and pressed the Dominion fleets. As the Allied forces grew closer to the heart of Cardassia the news had spread that the Breen had joined the Dominion, and thusly, the Dominion War. During one of the first engagements against the Breen, the Omaha was critically damaged and the crew was forced to abandon ship. As the escape pods made their way out of the main battle field Ramar was able to watch as the Dominion forces finished off the destruction of the Omaha, his first and most loved command.
After being rescued by a Romulan warbird the crew of the Omaha were brought back to Starbase 397 where Ramar underwent a routine court martial hearing for the loss of a starship. Being found not guilty due to extenuating circumstances of the Dominion War, he was instead promoted to the rank of vice admiral and given a new command. Assuming command of the USS Templar, the admiral brought his staff from the Omaha on board. He took the new Akira Class starship into the very brink of the conflict, leaving his family “safely” behind on Starbase 397 again; safe being a relative term at this point during the war. With his promotion in rank to vice admiral, Ramar was assigned to command a division of task forces within the Ninth Fleet. As the fleets began to press towards Cardassia the Templar was in the main hold of the fleet as the looming final battle approached. Surviving the war, and the battle, the entire crew of the Templar was decorated along with many other Starfleet officers as valiant, honorable heroes of the Dominion War.
With the close of the war, and the resumption of the scientific doctrine of Starfleet, Ramar finally brought his wife on board the Templar with his daughter beginning her tenure at Starfleet Academy. The Templar began scientific missions and Ramar went back to his pre-war grassroots as an explorer and scientist, which are two things he considers himself first and foremost within his Starfleet career. Trying to put the past behind him, the admiral began on a three year deep space assignment in the Beta Quadrant to begin to explore areas of space near the Romulan Empire which were previously unexplored. With a good portion of Starfleet helping the Cardassians rebuild, and the Romulans allowing scientific missions through some of their systems into unexplored, neutral territory following the war, it proved to make the pickings for exploration ripe for the crew of the Templar. The Templar returned with full data banks to unload for Starfleet Science. The Templar was refitted and repaired after it’s long journey then reassigned along the Cardassian-Federation boarder for Admiral Ramar to take up leadership in helping the Cardassians rebuild their lost empire. The progress in building ended up being a lot quicker and tenfold more efficent then the Federation ever expected, and by 2383 the Cardassians had asked that all aid vessels be ejected from Cardassian space so that the Union may support itself. The Templar was one of the last starships to leave Cardassian space as the boarder was sealed back up by the now in control Detapa Council.
In the beginning of 2384, with the transfer of Admiral Viran back to Starfleet JAG due to extenuating circumstances, Ramar was asked to oversee operations in the area temporarily while Starfleet began to dismantle it’s Omega Antares Colony and deep space station in the area, Deep Space Thirteen. With a Borg threat looming in the area, the prime directive absolutely forced the hand of Starfleet to withdraw from the area to help save the people of the Ratarian Republic from a possible war with the Borg. While Starfleet had pressed that they were rightfully allowed to explore the area as long as they did not interfere in the affairs of the ancient Ratarian empire, the Ratarians had claimed that they were the rightful owners of that area of space for the past several millennium unchallenged; the Borg, however, forced the issue in favor of the Ratarians. Ramar accepted the assignment, bringing the Templar and his crew with him to help oversee a clean and efficient clean up of Starfleet forces in the area. As the last of the Starfleet vessels left the area, the Templar, USS Ares, USS Cerberus and USS Hathaway quickly made their way back to Federation core territory. The small group of ships stopped off at the Nesrun Fleet Yards in orbit of Andoria to drop off the Ares for major repairs suffered at the hands of the Borg, the crew offloaded onto the Hathaway, and the entire task group continued onto their new assignment: Deep Space Twelve.
Ramar was then promoted to a full admiral and asked to take up the position of Fourth Fleet Executive Officer. He accepted and stepped down as captain of the Templar, handing over command to Deep Space 13’s former commanding officer, Captain Amanda Toddman. In an unorthodox move Admiral Ramar placed his flag of operations on board Deep Space Twelve, whereas most Starfleet admirals would be found deeper into the core territories of the Federation; Ramar refused to forget where he “came from” and what made him into the man he was. Only a year later he was promoted to Fourth Fleet Commanding Officer after Admiral Christopher Pike stepped down.
In 2386 after bringing sweeping reforms to the Fourth Fleet, Admiral Ramar entered retirement at the height of his career. His reforms, well embraced by the officers and chain of command serving under him, were already well into implementation and he felt his work was done. Ramar’s retirement ceremony was attended by nearly all flag officers within the Fourth Fleet. Upon retiring he became one of the chief military and exploration advisors to the Federation president, as well as the new fourth fleet commanding officer Admiral Barak Aubrey.
Within a few months, with the assistance of the Federation President, some political favors and some political upheaval throughout the Fourth Fleet in the first couple months of 2386 after stepping down, Ramar was asked to return to active duty within the Fourth Fleet. Personally requested by Admiral Aubrey to take up the position of Fourth Fleet Executive Officer, Ramar agreed. Reactivating his old rank and resuming a position he held before, Ramar looked to return to the Fourth Fleet to assist in calming the seas of political uncertainty and continuing to help see the extensive reforms he instituted go to good work.
Ramar finally retired from Starfleet in January of 2387. Two months later, following the devastation of the Hobus star and the chaos it threw the Romulan Empire into with the destruction of Romulus and Remus, Starfleet reactivated thousands of officers to help with Federation efforts to help stabilize and provide humanitarian aid. With the death of the at-the-time Fourth Fleet Commander, Admiral Reytan Grax, Teylas was brought back into fill the position and given a promotion to Fleet Admiral.