Michael Stout

Authored by James Sinclair
Biographic Information
  • Species: Human
  • Weight: 266 lbs.
  • Height: 6'4"
  • Age: 48

Character Biography

Parents: Dr. Michael Stout (Father); Moira Stout (Mother)
Siblings: Six brothers; Four sisters (Second to the oldest sibling)

Education:

Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Star Ship Design and Construction
Star Fleet Academy - Engineer Section Certified
Vulcan Science Academy - Warp Core Maintenance and Repair
Star Fleet Academy - Advanced Engineering Practices and Theory
Star Fleet Academy - Command School
Klingon War College - Advanced Combat Engineering
Zefram Cochrane Institute for Advanced Theoretical Physics - Star Ship Design and Construction

Languages Known (F = Fluent, no accent; PF = Partially Fluent, accent noticeable to native speaker; P = Passable, Can convey moderately complex ideas, Can read / write, accent discernable and minor errors in grammar; P2 = Passable, Can convey simple ideas and emotions, Can read /write with effort; P3 = Can convey simple ideas, cannot read / write without assistance; L = Limited, can recognize less than 25% of spoken words, cannot read / write):

Federation Standard – F
Chinese (Mandarin) – F
French – F
Vulcan – F
tlhlngan Hol (Klingon) - F
Cardassian - P2
Romulan - P2 (2 of 3 Dialects)

Service Record:
USS Magellan - Engineer, promoted Ensign; promoted Lieutenant Junior Grade
USS Matterhorn - Engineer, Promoted Lieutenant
USS Kirk - Chief Engineer
USS Puller - Chief Engineer, promoted Lieutenant Commander
Deep Space Ten - Chief Engineer, 2nd Officer
USS Thermopylae - Executive Officer, Promoted Commander
Space Station One - Chief Engineer
USS Visigoth - Commanding Officer
Star Fleet Academy - Faculty, Engineering Section Chair
USS Kirk - Commanding Officer
Serenity Station - Commanding Officer

Awards:

Magna Cum Laude - M.I.T
First In Class - Star Fleet Academy

Star Fleet Medal of Honor
Star Cross
Cochrane Medal of Excellence
Legion of Honor
Citation for Conspicuous Gallantry, Star Fleet
Star Fleet Extended Tour Ribbon, 3 awards
Bridge Officer Certification
Command Officer Certification

Physical Description:

Michael Stout stands just above the human average at six feet, four inches. He weighs two hundred seventy- six pounds. He is well muscled, tan, and has black hair that is graying at the temples. He sports a mustache and goatee, also black with gray streaks. He has multiple large scars across his chest and upper back, the result of injuries sustained during and after the destruction of the USS Thermopylae.

Psychological Profile:

Subject is in possession of an extraordinary willpower. He is meticulous in his tasks and despises disorganization. He has a keen intellect and an almost intuitive understanding of engineering systems. He possesses strong leadership abilities and is quick to garner trust. He is supportive of his staff, demanding of their time, but issues praise from the heart. The opposite side of this is that he lacks little patience for ineptitude and poor performance.

Biography:

Born on Earth, Stout is the second oldest of eleven children. His father is is a theoretical physicist; his mother the daughter of a Star Fleet Admiral.

Stout’s childhood was one of privilege, but his parent’s took pains to instill a strong work ethic in all their children. As a result, Stout was admitted to M.I.T. on a full academic scholarship at he age of seventeen. He matriculated three years later at the top of his class with a degree in Star Ship Design and Construction. Foregoing many lucrative and prestigious employment offers, Stout applied and was accepted to Star Fleet Academy at the age of twenty. He again graduated at the top of his class and was assigned to his first ship, the USS Magellan, a system patrol and emergency response vessel.

Stout designed a process for calibrating warp coils that increased efficiency by 3% and decreased the time to do so by 18%. This is the now the standard calibration process used by Star Fleet. He was promoted to Ensign and then Lieutenant Junior Grade in recognition of his work. He was also awarded the Cochrane Medal of Excellence for his process design.

Transferred to the USS Matterhorn, Stout again set himself apart by applying a newly discovered bio-based lubricant originally intended for use in culinary pursuits to the housing screws of the photon torpedoes on the ship. The new lubricant expanded as the housing was exposed to vacuum of space, thus allowing for the delivery of gas and fluid-based armaments. This garnered him a promotion to Lieutenant.

He was then selected to be the Chief Engineer of the USS Kirk, a dreadnought based on the border of Romulan space. It was here that he was recognized for his actions against a Reman insurrectionist group that had infiltrated the ship with the intent of destroying it and starting hostilities between the Federation and Romulus. Stout discovered the sabotage, evacuated the Engineering section, and stayed behind to disarm the charges and reprogram the computer core. He came out of the section in time to see Security escorting a visiting Star Fleet Commander who had been identified as the inside contact for the insurrectionists. Stout walked directly up to the officer and punched him in the face, breaking his nose and fracturing his orbital socket. In his disciplinary hearing, Stout was asked why he struck the officer. He responded “Because I didn’t have a phaser and the airlock was too far away.” He was officially reprimanded and transferred to the USS Puller.

His time on the Puller was uneventful, but his dedication to duty and the crew was cause for him to be promoted to Lieutenant Commander.

He was then transferred to Deep Space Ten at the request of the Commanding Officer. He was made 2nd Officer of the station and completed many of his advanced studies during this time. He was also instrumental in the saving of the Federation Star Ship Bu’Thol, and passenger liner that became stranded in a ion storm and was without life support for over twelve hours. Stout boarded the stricken vessel and, by jury-rigging umbilicals and fittings to draw power from the stations runabout to the passenger ship. He stayed in the engine room for forty-nine hours straight as the two ships limped their way back to the station. He was awarded the Citation for Conspicuous Gallantry for his actions.

Having finished Command School, Stout was then named as the Executive Officer of the newly-commissioned USS Thermopylae, a posting that would become the defining moment of an already stellar career.

The newly commissioned vessel, a Deep - Space Exploratory vessel, was to attempt to cross into the Delta Quadrant via a recently discovered trans-warp conduit. After a six-month shakedown, the vessel was deemed fit to make the journey. They entered the conduit and successfully made the crossing, but the ship was ejected into a debris field. As the ship was unable to have their shields up during the crossing, they were unable to protect themselves. Massive hull breaches on all decks were immediately sustained; including an explosion in the bridge itself resulting in the death of half of the senior staff, including the Commanding Officer. Stout sealed off what compartment and sections he could, unfortunately trapping many of the crew in spaces now exposed to space save for the emergency breach shields and bulkheads. He then had to make the call to divert power from some of those systems back to the damaged engines in order to get the ship clear of the debris; a decision that would cost the lives of an unknown amount of the crew. Looking at the remaining bridge officers, he didn’t say anything… he simply tapped the commands and the ship moved clear of the debris field.

This was only the first part of the saga. The crippled vessel was in unknown space and had very little power. It was barely holding together when they found a class M planet within range of the engines. Stout took the ship to the planet and began prepping the crew to abandon the ship. Unfortunately, the planet possessed an unstable gravitational pull, and the Thermopylae was dragged to close too the planet to escape.

Stout knew that they didn’t have enough time to evacuate, so he took action. He cleared the bridge and sent all remaining crew to the innermost section of the saucer section of the vessel. Rather than diverting power to engines or helm control, he sent all power to the inertial dampeners and forward shields. He then detonated the emergency saucer release charges and allowed the saucer to fall to the planet. He remained on the bridge for the duration of the decent. He was severely injured in the ensuing impact, and was found unconscious several hours later.

As Stout lay in a coma, there was an argument between the crew. Some wanted to let him die. Some wanted to use what medical resources they had to help him. The argument lasted days, and escalated almost to the point of violence when Stout’s voice cut through the yelling. He was reported to have said “I’m not dead yet. So shut up and let’s get to work.”

For the next eight months, the small surviving crew wrestled a subsistence-level existence from the uninhabited world. In this time, Stout maintained command and halted several mutiny attempts. He spent the majority of the time salvaging equipment, repairing what he could, and trying to figure out how to establish communications outside the planet. He finally was able to transmit a simple message off planet and bounced it off the hulk of the remainder of the Thermopylae. He had no idea that at that time a salvage vessel of Akritirians had found the remains of the ship. They landed a shuttle nearby, and Stout negotiated transport for the most injured and in need of medical help. It took two more months for the vessel to get help and get all of the crew off the planet. Stout was the last to step foot off the planet. He and his crew were ferried back and forth through several species vessels and worlds, refugees from a far away organization of planets.

It was almost a year to the day when another Star Fleet vessel made the journey, and the crew was reunited with their own. Of the original three thousand eight hundred crew, two hundred and eight remained. Stout was credited by both Star Fleet and the crew for saving those that remained. He was awarded the Medal of Honor upon his return to the Alpha Quadrant.

He spent the next five years moving from duty station to duty station, refusing the offer of retirement or a cushy position on Earth at Star Fleet Headquarters. Everywhere he went, people spoke about the “Shepard of Thermopylae” as he was called in news feeds and even in a massively popular vid of the event.

He most recently was named Commanding Officer of the reactivated Serenity Station.

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