Rear Admiral Ruth Ellsworth
Ruth Ellsworth is a human Starfleet flag officer, holding the rank of Rear Admiral. She spent much of the late 2370s and 2380s dealing with issues concerning the Delta Quadrant. Ellsworth has spent nearly a decade serving Bravo Fleet’s 38th Task Force in various leadership roles. More recently, she has temporarily held the positions of Task Force Executive Officer and Commanding Officer. She has noted that her years of service in the Delta Quadrant have been the most rewarding of her career; a place that she reveres as the true final frontier. Ellsworth continues to be a significant figure in Starfleet’s dealings in the Delta Quadrant, she holds a seat on the Delta Exploration Initiative Advisory Council and is a fierce advocate of Federation security in the quadrant.
Many would describe “Ruthless” Ruth Ellsworth as cold and calculated. Having served a lengthy career as a Starfleet Captain and Admiral she has always been known to convey calmness and confidence under pressure. Ellsworth is a born leader, someone who is perceived to always have the answers – a plan. She is highly ambition, competitive, and takes pride in holding positions of authority. She has a well-defined sense of right and wrong, which likely extends back to her years with the Judge Advocate General Corps. To this end, Ellsworth is fully willing to cross any line in effort to support a cause she truly believes in. This does not mean that she always plays by the rules – she has her own personal rule book and follows it to the letter. She is willing to bend the law when it is situationally just in her mind.
Ellsworth is willing to admit that she is not the smartest person in a room, willing to weigh other perspectives; yet, she consistently believes she is the wisest and once her mind is made up – few can sway her. This has given her the nickname of “Ruthless” Ruth Ellsworth. She is determined and never submits to any agenda which does not align with her own, regardless of rank or authority. This trait can sometimes alienate members of her staff. Ellsworth does not trust easily and only has a small network of very close confidants.
On occasion, Ellsworth has been seen as distant and impersonal. She does not shy away from confrontation and does not come off as endearing or motherly. Her decisions are largely logical, detail-oriented and rational. She is a renowned perfectionist. She sets extremely high standards for herself and is highly organized. She is obsessive about details and takes preparation very seriously. Each of her decisions are careful and well considered. She dependable, a ‘doer’ and feels her worth is measured by her stack of accomplishments. Even though she appears to make decisions quickly and lightly she feels the weight of all her choices. A fact that she holds very close to her chest. When she speak and takes action she does so with a great deal of thoughtfulness and clarity. From time to time she can be difficult to work with, controlling and intimidating to work with.
Ellsworth’s personality is occasionally altered by her health. Her once steady hand has become shakened by a condition known as Talzonic Disease. It has begun to attack her nervous system, resulting in the decay of frontal and temporal lobes. While she is in the early stages, progression is slow; but, the decay will become more rapid over time. It is rare, and in Humans it is nearly unheard. In all cases the deterioration has been painful, and there is no known cure. Ellsworth’s higher brain functions are beginning to be affected – intelligence, reasoning, and logic. When she is unfocused or tired her speech is affected – disjointed, broken, and slurred. Ellsworth’s moods can vary significantly from minute to minute and she has begun to experience mild hallucinations – these intense hallucinations are likely to become more intense over time. Slowly but surely, Ellsworth’s mind is becoming broken, and there is no treatment to help her distinguish between what is real and delusion. Depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts are very common and likely inevitable. In the third phase, muscle loss is eminent. Her skeletal structure will become rigid and fragile. Every inch of her will be attacked, memory and body. She will eventually be unable to carry out basic daily functions. She will lose her sense of self. Her mind will drift in and out of consciousness until death. Death is final. This truth has added an element of unpredictability, erraticness, and sheer weight to Ellsworth’s self. There is a darkness hovering over Ellsworth that not even she can grasp.
2311 – Ruth Ellsworth was born in New York on Earth to two high-achievers David and Margaret Ellsworth. David Ellsworth was a Judge Advocate within Starfleet and was assigned to a subsidiary branch of the Judge Advocate Office in New York, who advised Starfleet and administered courts martial, as well as worked to oversee legal matters and Starfleet personnel. Margaret Ellsworth on the other hand was a well renowned Starfleet surgeon which held an astonishing career at Starfleet’s Medical Facility in New York. Both of Ellsworth’s parents were born and breed in New York and rarely went off world. They had a deep connection with their roots and well established careers. David Ellsworth took great pride in constructing and maintaining their family home – a luxurious piece of property known as the Ellsworth Estate. Much of the estate was built by David’s own hands – fastened in a large part by wood and other natural materials.
2311-2328 – Ruth Ellsworth grew up watching her parents place their careers above all else. Very strict expectations were placed on her and her achievements were constantly assessed. Ellsworth as a young adult quickly realized that she was intelligent, strategic and was largely capable if she set sights, worked diligently and was prepared. Ellsworth quickly realized that while she might not be the smartest in the room she was very good at showing an admirable level of competence which shined through her growing level of confidence. During her schooling, Ellsworth took interest in the areas of strategic planning, intelligence, debate, medicine and the law. She quickly determined that she would never marry, and instead invest her fire, her soul, her passion into a career of her own choosing. Unlike her parents she looked away from Earth, and often romanticized about what sort of impact she could make beyond her solar system. She knew whatever she decides to invest herself into – she would dive into with unwavering determination and self-sacrifice. Her life would be her work, and her work would be her life; but, not here on Earth – out there amongst the stars. A place where her impacts could ripple to parts unknown.
2329 – Ruth Ellsworth made an easy decision, and joined Starfleet Academy. Ruth had always admired her father, decisions seemingly came easy for him, he was well respected, and he had this unwavering sense of identity and morality. She attributed this to his training as a JAG officer, and soon her Academy years were consumed with Starfleet law. She quickly excelled in other fields, Strategic Operations, Tactical, Diplomacy, and Sciences (namely Medical); but, her sights were set; she wanted to become a JAG officer – travel the galaxy and spread justice to the undiscovered countries and beyond.
2334 – Ruth Ellsworth graduated Starfleet Academy with the rank of Ensign, as a JAG officer. Due to her altitude in her field she was recruited to the Judge Advocate General’s Office. During her first year, she quickly got a name for herself; she was well-composed, well-versed and an assist to her superiors. She began to look for any opportunity to leave Earth and travel with her JAG superiors to distant worlds, starships, and space stations to rule and follow various portfolios. It was here that she got her nickname, “Ruthless” Ruth. She was quick to judge and strongly encouraged her superiors to act to the fullest extent of the law where policies allowed. Every bone she chased, a strong advocate for the law, her own righteousness and ruthless in her preparation and dedication to her field. Even her superiors realized that she was someone not to be messed with.
2335-2365 – Over the next three decades, Ellsworth remained with the Judge Advocate General’s Office. She had received a plethora of posts, her career took her to nearly every corner of the Beta and Alpha Quadrant. She had also received a number of promotions and one case after another earned her worth and was finally promoted to Admiral. During her stint as she was involved in a number of high-profile courts martial and single handedly removed corrupt offers through the Fleet – at all levels of leadership. Toward the end of her thirty-year career as a JAG officer she began to report directly to the Judge Advocate General of Starfleet.
2365-2370 – In 2357, Starfleet created Detachment 38 (“Avalon”) as part of an effort to return to Starfleet’s original mandate following the end of the bloody Cardassian Wars. Dedicated to first contact and diplomacy, Detachment 38 was responsible for negotiating the first treaties with Altair VI and Aldea, the Peace of Donatus, the admission of Balarus and the Cairn into the Federation. It also instituted and oversaw the Officer Exchange Program between 2359 and 2366 until the program became a function of the Federation Diplomatic Corps. In an effort to write a new chapter in her Starfleet career, Admiral Ellsworth took leave from the JAG Officer and took command for the first time of a Galaxy-class starship, the USS Redemption. Ellsworth took a keen interest in Detachment 38 and its function of the Federation Diplomatic Corps., and went to maintain the first treaties with Altair VI and Aldea, the Peace of Donatus, the integration of alarus and the Cairn into the Federation. Ellsworth made a seamless transition into starship command; her diplomatic skills, strong moral compass, leadership skills, and strategic mind all an asset to her.
2370-2375 – As Admiral Ellsworth carried out various missions aboard the USS Redemption she quickly got a sense of how unguarded and fragile the Federation had become. She became a strong advocate for the Defense Force Delta. In the early 2370’s, Detachment 38’s mandate changed. Under the moniker Defense Force Delta, Ellsworth and her crew aboard the USS Redemption served with other ships of the line as an attack wing for Task Force 58, patrolling the Klingon border. A new set of Admiral Ellsworth’s skills were tested as her successful combative missions piled up. This was another arena that she excelled at, her was cold, calculated, and a force to be reckoned with.
This was further tested when the USS Redemption saw action like no other in the Battle of Sector 001 and the First Battle of Union. It was here that Ellsworth really got the taste for battle, and became ever more motivated to strengthen Starfleet’s accents and improve security. It was Ellsworth’s honorable service in these major conflicts which granted her the well deserved promotion to Rear Admiral.
In the early days of the Dominion War, Ellsworth under a new command, the USS Xavier, another Galaxy-class, continued to patrol the Romulan border. Once the Romulans entered the Dominion war in September 2374, Ellsworth and Defense Force Delta was retasked to the front lines where she and the Defense Force served until the end of the war. Read Admiral Ellsworth continued to provide that she was a admirable opponent even among the Dominion.
2376-2383 – Soon after the end of the Dominion War, and Voyager’s return home in 2378, Defense Force Delta and the USS Xavier and her commander Ellsworth would find new purpose after an experiment with an Iconian Gateway on Union III which created a wormhole connecting it to an Iconian gateway far across the galaxy in the F’hoca Sector of the Delta Quadrant. In the wake of this discovery, the cross-functional diplomatic and tactical unit was rebranded Task Force 38 and assigned to exploring and charting the F’hoca Sector under the Delta Exploration Initiative. An Initiative that Rear Admiral Ruth Ellsworth was thrilled about. After hearing of the reports from Voyager’s time in the Delta Quadrant she began to romanticize about what dangers lurked out there – in this final frontier – ready to be tamed.
Task Force 38 operated in the F’hoca Sector from 2376 until 2383. Except for several run-ins with the Borg, the early years in the F’hoca Sector were mostly a return to the sort of exploration and diplomacy at the center of Detachment 38’s original founding two decades earlier. This all changed in 2381 when the Borg unexpectedly attacked and destroyed Starbase 911, the headquarters of Task Force 38 at the exit aperture of the F’hoca Gateway. For the next two years, Task Force 38 had to deal with hostile incursions by the Borg culminating in the Omega Crisis of 2383 when the F’hoca gateway was destroyed, along with Starbase 900, the replacement to Starbase 911. This was a difficult loss for Rear Admiral Ruth Ellsworth; but, she refused to allow the setback to take hold. She denounced the Borg, and refused to allow them to cripple their stake in the Delta Quadrant. She was ever more empowered to bring new stability and security to the region. Over the next few years she worked toward this end.
2383-2388 – Following the loss of the F’hoca Gateway, it appeared at first that the Delta Exploration Initiative was over; however, to the surprise of all, the Union Gateway unexpectedly reactivated and connected with another Iconian gateway, this one in the Solaria Nebula of the Round Table about thirty thousand light years away from the F’hoca sector. Task Force 38 used this Iconian gateway to continue the work of the Delta Exploration Initiative, now focused on the Round Table. Rear Admiral Ruth Ellsworth worked diligently to secure their new foothold in this unforgiving place. In 2386, she was a huge supporter of replacing the unpredictable Iconian gateway with the Federation’s first transwarp gate. An act that she felt would add a new layer of security to the region.
2388 – Until this time, Ellsworth had lead various tactical missions in the region. For a brief time she returned home to New York, Earth. She had concerns with her health and soon discovered that she had a condition known as Talzonic Disease. Starfleet Medical had been studying it for the last few years, but there is no known cure and Ellsworth’s days are numbered. Ellsworth was placed on various medications and treatment regimens. She refused to make her condition known – refused to taint her character, her career by some illness; she would not be pitied. She would not go down like that, no matter what protocols it breached. The hallucinations, her trailed thought, fatigue, mood swings, shaking hands, and trouble with speech were all things which were difficult to mask. She found mornings better, and thus many of her meetings were at the crack of dawn.
Ellsworth refused to die on some alien planet – her last breath would escape her cold lips as an Admiral perched in a command chair – she would make sure of that. Within days she had assumed the command of the USS North Star back in the Delta Quadrant, on deep assignment with sister ship the USS Nomad near the border of the Perenalthorias Union of Commonwealth.
The Borg first attacked the Task Force not with the apparent assault on Starbase 900, yet some weeks prior. Ellsworth’s two vessel team picked up Borg activity a light year from the border of the Perenalthorias Union of Commonwealth. Her team located a Brog exit aperture, which was connected to the galactic network of transwarp conduits. She determined that several Borg ships had already exit and moved toward Starbase 900. She sent many distress calls and tried to contact alien factions that could warn command of the pending danger with no success. With her hands tied, she couldn’t warn Command, and couldn’t catch the Borg fleet, and if able unable to stop them alone.
Over the next few days, Ellsworth refocused her attention. She lead two crews, mainly comprised of scientists and diplomats, to do the only thing the could. She directed their attentions to destroying the exit aperture. She felt that they had to end the Borg flow into the Round Table. After engaging a Borg sphere, both, the exit aperture and Borg vessel was destroyed, at the cost of the USS North Star and too many lives.
The survivors, Ellsworth included, boarded the Nomad. Some 600 souls found home crammed aboard the tiny Intrepid and crippled their way back to The Round Table. It took them 72 days. 600 people on an Intrepid, gave Ellsworth and the surprivers new perspective, and much time to hypothesize about what might lay in the wake of the Borg.
When Ellsworth reach The Round Table she quickly discovered the devastation left by the Borg and the events of The Battle of The Round Table. She quickly moved through the leadership ranks and served as Task Force XO and later CO, at a point when the Task Force needed strength. With other surviving admirals and civilian leaders she sanctioned an active Advisory Council. She worked diligently to repair the Task Force; recalling all vessels in the region, securing Helios Station/Colony, building the Persephone Colony-Helios Colony Relationship, and taking the risk to explore the Ghemawat wormhole which revealed a semi-stable gateway to the culture and resource-rich Gradin Belt.
In time, being Task Force Commander had brought about unwanted attention – everyone looked to her for something – all those eyes made her ability to hide her medical condition more difficult. When the Borg attacked, the rebuilt was a welcome distraction from her condition known as Talzonic Disease, symptoms had seemed to dispel the harder she worked – more recently this had reversed and her condition was back with vengeance. She needed some distance from it all, she needed an escape goat – someone to redirect the eyes of the Task Force. Maintaining her seat on the Advisory Council she nominated her replacement, and Admiral Michael Drake was officially sworn in.