Simon Starr was born in Exeter, England to Ryan and Amie Starr. His accent not as harsh of a southern accent as is typical for that area, but still noticeable to the untrained ear. He was the younger of two brothers, Thomas being his older brother, by 3 years. When they were younger, they used to play out in the fields, mostly Cops and Robbers and games like that. They also used to help toil the farm. They were a tight family unit. Until five years ago, when Thomas left to go trading in interstellar space.
At first, everything was OK. The distance started becoming a strain on Amie, but at the time, they were happy for him to see the stars. The first Starr out in space. They were proud. Then the first year went by.
A year without contact, Simon’s parents started worrying about Thomas, worrying if something had happened to him. They hadn’t heard anything in a year. On the anniversary of his leaving day, the mood was very different. They started making Simon work more on their farm. As Simon got older, he got more worked and weathered from the outdoor work he had been conducting. There were times when he would look up at the sky, day or night, and wonder himself if he would ever see Thomas again.
Another year goes by, and Simon told his parents that he was going to join the Academy. “We’ve been training you for the farm, someone will need to keep it when we get older” they said in response to him. This didn’t sway him, and he rebelled against his parents wishes. They weren’t happy about it, but they could tell that Starr had made his decision, along with a promise. That he would not do what Tom did, and will always be in contact. Their disappointment at that moment was replaced with concern. But they decided it best to support him in what he had chosen. The discipline he showed on the farm showed he would make a good Starfleet Officer.
Simon then got on the shuttle not long after that, entering the beginning of the third year since he had heard from his brother. He was a little nervous, and like all sons at his age, started worrying about what would happen if his parents won’t survive until he finished. As the only other Starr still alive, would he have to give up everything he fought for? His parents weren’t old, approaching the latter half of their 40’s each of them. But he worried, nonetheless.
Simon is just shy of six foot tall, making him a little above average for a human size. He was always one of the taller members in the academy, but that wasn’t always an advantage.
The first year in the academy was made easier now that he wasn’t the first British member of Starfleet, his accent still troubling a few people and certain colloquial terms that meant something only to people on a British farm. But he adjusted and not to long after was fitting in with everyone else, a lot easier to do thanks to the Federation.
During his time in the first years of his academy, the physical side of Starr was helped mostly by his height except in one way: cover behind anything other than a wall. He didn’t let that stop him as it was clear he was of a tactical mindset. As his major subject in the academy, Starr chose to take Interstellar law. Not a popular choice, and apart from Command Staff, Starr was the only one intrigued by how other culture’s law worked. This gives him an upper hand during tactical negotiation, not only knowing their cultural laws, but also the military laws of many cultures also. He found it helps when working out if someone might be a tactical threat, or a potential ally.
In the third year of the academy, Simon focused more on starship tactics, still continuing to learn more about the different laws of different species. He excelled in this class almost as much as his other, though was a couple of marks off from the same score. He knew his strengths, and his weaknesses. His height made enclosed combat very difficult. He also started thinking more about Thomas, and maybe one day finding him out in space to see how he was doing. He didn’t want to call it “checking up on him” as Tom would always say.
Coming up to his fourth-year ship assignment, Simon was placed on the USS Challenger to complete his training in tactical and security positions. His time there was filled with experiences, lessons and even the things they did when Starr told them about his history. He also got to know a lot of his fellow cadets while aboard and made some lasting memories that he would never forget. One moment that he remembers fondly was the day the cadets were in the Mess Hall at the meal the executive officer set up for the cadets to welcome the new CO. But what he remembers even more fondly was him and his fellow cadets guessing how the ship’s counsellor got his food aboard his ship, and it wasn’t via a replicator. It was one of his favourite moments of his whole experience in the Academy and reminded him of how even when things are quiet, he is not being idle, but he may be able to spend his free time on finding out more about his brother, and hoped he would be able to speak about it more comfortably than he had when he began at the academy.
During is time on the Ark Angel, he was made Chief of Security before heading into the Beta Quadrant for what would be his longest mission yet. It didn’t take him long to make the transition, as he had been having to make a lot of decisions from the outset. The first mission in the Beta Quadrant was a distress call, where the crew met a group of Gurdians who were looking for something that would change the views of their race. His concern was firstly the prime directive but the orders were clear. They were to meet a Vulcan scientist named Shanok who had been studying at some ruins where the what they were looking for was located. Simon, as a security officer, was instantly suspicious. He had met multiple vulcans both during his time as an officer, but also at the Academy. His father worked with a Vulcan, and everything seemed wrong. Simon thought he was far too emotional for a vulcan, and his first thought was maybe it was a Romulan in disguise. It wasn’t until he got told by what the Engineers found aboard Shanok’s ship that his opinion changed.
His mind had been altered by some sort of grave ooze that Simon had a close encounter with before. There was definitely some form of sentience to the ooze, and when Shanok was appreciative that he didn’t harm it, Simon’s suspicions grew. Just as he was about to apprehend the man however, Shanok decided to try and blow the away team up, having narrowly escaped. Simon was angry at himself, wishing that he could have got to Shanok, but knew that the situation could have been much worse.
Though Shanok didn’t make it the mission parameters with the Gurdians was met and the Ark Angel was able to bring about a peace between two subcultures of the race. As a result of their actions and what happened during their time on the away team on the planet, Simon was awarded his first medal of Bravery, and promoted on the field to become the Executive Officer of the Ark Angel.
After having dealt with Shanok, the USS Ark Angel was on the way into deep space when they picked up a distress signal from a station. On the way there, Simon received intelligence regarding his missing brother. He discovered Tom was wanted for activity in relation to the Orion Syndicate. While on the station and thinking about that, it was discovered that the station was suffering from a power drain for the last few weeks. It began when an artefact was brought to the station and began causing issues both on the surface of the planet and in the station. Simon met Shanok, the chief engineer of the station. He was also responsible for taking the artefact to the station. The artefact turned out to be an egg for a creature that resembled a dragon from Earth. When Simon arrived, the dragon was transported to the cargo bay where it went to fly the roost.
His final mission on the Ark Angel began when a damaged federation vessel was picked up on sensors. Rendering aid, Simon took Lieutenant Codem, the person who seemed to be in charge of the shuttle, to meet with the captain. He was then given his own orders to transfer to the Asimov, where he would be the new captain himself. Having spent his time on the Ark Angel since his academy, this was a big transfer for him, as it was his first command.
Starfleet Medal of Bravery
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