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Fri Dec 14th, 2018 @ 11:28am
Lieutenant Nathaniel Winters
Name Nathaniel Thaddeus Winters PhD
Position Chief Science Officer
|Physical Description||Winters looks at a glance much as one might expect of a Starfleet scientist. He’s fairly tall, but wiry and thus not especially imposing, though examination will show a physical fitness necessary for a line of work that may face all manner of obstacles. Dark hair is kept tidy and presentable, as are his uniforms and off-duty clothes, all of which selected to show off culture and affluence. If he’s in the depths of research or study this will fall apart, with hair mussed and collars loosened, a tell-tale sign of fixation upon a problem. His features are rather narrow, sharp without being too pointed, with bright, intelligent eyes that tend to dance about and pick up any detail. When he speaks it is with an assured drawl of a colonial accent, low, measured and perpetually confident.|
|Spouse||Lorraine Wilson (divorced)|
|Children||Daughter: Jamie Winters|
|Father||Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) Joseph Winters|
|Mother||Doctor Abigail Thraves|
|Brother(s)||Marine Captain Robert Winters|
Personality & Traits
|General Overview||Nate Winters has been called many things by those who know him well: a genius, a trailblazer in his field, arrogance personified, a pain in the neck. None of them are particularly unfair. While at first he may present as unfailingly polite, this all holds an undercurrent of self-assuredness, and will last so long as his words and opinions are given the weight he feels they deserve. Then the veneer of the gentleman scholar is liable to fade and in its place comes superiority and sarcasm.
Worst is that he deserves his confidence; he is truly excellent in his field, one of the best well-rounded science officers Starfleet has to offer. He has a genuine passion for his work, and is a proven quick-thinker, ready to plan out of the box and develop practical solutions and approaches. That he is accustomed to difficult environments helps round off the common weaknesses in his line of work; he’s survived war, disaster, and exploration on a hundred mysteriously dangerous worlds, and has the discipline of both mind and body to endure this.
If one has earned his respect, which usually requires him to have been given respect in turn, he can be an excellent friend and confidante, eager to share and take on thoughts, impassioned in his engagement. Although he demands recognition of his own talents, he does not denigrate those of others, even if they are outside of his interest; everywhere, he values excellence. Exceptions come only if that excellence is with disregard of intellectualism, and he has repeatedly clashed with any security and marine staff whom he suspects to be dismissive of the primary mandate of the Federation and Starfleet of diplomacy and exploration.
In his personal life he has a fondness for the finer things, including a snobbish preference for non-replicated produce in decoration, food, and lifestyle. Widely-read and well-cultured, it is impossible to interact with his hobbies or living space without this being shown off at every possible opportunity.
|Strengths & Weaknesses||With particular talents in xenoanthropology, xenoarchaeology, and astrophysics, Winters is every inch the well-rounded scientist. With years of experience, he has enough competence in the various fields often required of science officers to handle being the first point of contact with a problem until it can be brought to a lab and a specialist. Despite his confidence, he is keenly aware of where his expertise begins and where it ends. He is a specialist of a hundred worlds and cultures, a leading researcher in archaeological findings, and a seasoned veteran of modern Starfleet service. He knows how to work with and lead a team, within an existing chain of command or independently, and has enough experience of anthropology and inter-governmental cooperation to be an able, if informally trained, diplomat.
His arrogance can make him off-putting to work with, and if he takes a dislike to someone it is near-impossible to change his mind. He has continuously sabotaged his personal life, running to his career instead of his family, and has remained isolated in his private life ever since. With the blow dealt to his academic reputation by reports of bad practice, he remains resentful of his current station and yet eager to demonstrate how hard he can bounce back. Although no stranger to warfare or conflict, he still views Starfleet as primarily an organization of peaceful diplomacy and exploration, which can make him on occasion less respectful of the chain of command.
|Ambitions||To recover his reputation and return to a position of superior academic and scientific prestige than the slumming in which he presently finds himself.|
|Hobbies & Interests||History, sociology, politics, classical music, literature, art, chess and games of strategy, hiking.|
|Personal History||Nathaniel Winters was born in a well-to-do family on Alpha Centauri, descendants of the original colonists who owned extensive swathes of land in a comfortable estate. Even by the standards of the core worlds of the Federation, Nate was brought up wanting for nothing and with every opportunity. It was the wish of his father he follow in the family tradition of service to the Federation, though the Winterss before him had been Marines. This held little interest for the wiry, bookish youth, more interested in travel, history, and anthropology. He considered it a result of parental pressure that he applied for Starfleet Academy, and attempted to sabotage his own interviews by offering a scathing critique of the increased militarization of the organization in the aftermath of the Federation-Cardassian War. This backfired, recruitment officers impressed by his apparent idealism and academic acumen, and he was offered a place.
A little too smug at his own competence to refuse, Winters attended with the express intention of serving in the sciences. Taking extended courses at the Academy, he emerged with a doctorate in xenoarchaeology and premier distinctions in xenoanthropology and astrophysics. He attempted to secure a research position as an archaeologist for his first posting, but the outbreak of the Dominion War changed his opportunities. Winters was assigned as a science officer on the USS Ganymede, entrenched in the front lines of the conflict.
The posting also brought him into contact with fellow Science Officer Lorraine Wilson, one of the few on staff who could put up with his overbearing nature and meet him blow-for-blow in intellect and forthrightness. Friendly rivalry turned to a whirlwind romance, aided by the continuous life-and-death threats of the war, and before its resolution they were married, despite the recommendation of friends and family to wait.
Aftermath of war might have brought them both to their senses as the Ganymede proceeded on humanitarian missions along the old borders, leading extensive aid projects to both Federation and Cardassian worlds. It was in-depth work that again challenged Winters to develop beyond his present skillset, but less frantic. Even as he and his new wife fought like cats and dogs without a war to keep them together, they wound up with a daughter instead of a divorce.
Within years of the war’s end, Winters was offered a posting on a dedicated science ship where he could pursue his true passions, and transferred to the USS Pioneer as the Anthropology and Archaeology Officer. This left his wife and daughter behind, which for a time suited the not-so-happy couple exceptionally well – though they would be divorced within a couple of years, Lieutenant Wilson taking research assignments to indulge her true scientific passions and raise their daughter alone. Again, everyone seemed happier with this arrangement.
Winters from there could throw himself whole-heartedly into his career. Research projects led to a slew of published papers and a blossoming professional reputation such as he couldn’t avoid an eventual transfer to the USS Gideon, a Galaxy-class ship with vast resources and obligations. He clashed repeatedly with the Gideon’s captain, an eminently more practical man who dared to on occasion not treat Winters’s opinion as gospel. The ship’s exploration missions only deepened this, as Winters encouraged the most peaceful practices on any diplomatic undertakings and the captain, a product of the modern, more dangerous galaxy, preferred to keep a metaphorical phaser more tightly in hand. This was only worsened by the fact that both were right as often as they were wrong.
When he was headhunted for an archaeological project for the Daystrom Institute, he jumped at the chance to lead it. With new borders opening up under the changing diplomatic arrangements amongst the major powers of the Alpha and Beta Quadrants, the Daystrom Institute sought to take advantage of new access to previously unavailable avenues of research. The project also took part in arrangements to share this information with the other great powers, in conferences and research opportunities.
The veracity of the claims which brought the Twilight Project to an abrupt end are unknown. Certainly it was the Cardassian Union which first ejected Winters and his people under claims that the project was a smoke-screen, or at least an opportunity, for covert espionage. It took another year before protests stirred from the Romulans, and the rising tensions with the Klingons ended their involvement separately. The Daystrom Institute, and Winters himself, claimed they had been made the scapegoats of political pressures, but the fact remained they had lost too much trust for the project to continue.
Winters sought a fresh exploration or archaeological opportunity, but with a tainted reputation, Starfleet took him away from research work. He was still a highly-qualified science officer, with sufficient experience on board starships to have him returned to such a post. A major exploratory vessel such as the Yorktown proved perfect for everyone’s needs; it utilized and harnessed Winters’s skills, and it kept him out of the sphere of research politics for some time.
|Service Record||2367 – 2374: Starfleet Academy
2374 – 2377: USS Ganymede; Science Officer (Ensign)
2377 – 2380: USS Pioneer; A&A Officer (Lieutenant JG)
2380 – 2383: USS Gideon; Chief Science Officer (Lieutenant)
2383 – 2386: Twilight Archaeological Project, Daystrom Institute; Project Director (Lieutenant)
2386 – Present: USS Yorktown; Chief Science Officer (Lieutenant)