Ensign W'Liam Drake
Name W'Liam Drake
Position Chief Engineering Officer
|Physical Description||W’Liam Drake can be easily described as short and stocky, but he is much more. Underneath that rough and strong exterior is a creative engineer. He is much shorter than the average Tandaran. This was one of the reasons for him leaving his home world and wanting to be treated fairly in Starfleet. His hair is a few inches long so that the dark curly locks show. Tandaran anatomy is very close to human anatomy. One obvious difference it the V shaped skin wrinkle between the eyebrows. He has body art on his left inner forearm. It resembles 2 concentric circles, and 4 lines at right angles; all pointing toward the center, but not touching each other.
|Brother(s)||W'Resk Drake, older by 2 cycles
|Sister(s)||Sarin Drake - younger by 2 cycles. Currently attending Starfleet Academy with her expertise in plant biology.
|Other Family||Uncle V'Nosh Drake
Grandfather Dice'Ahn Drake - Grandpu
Personality & Traits
|General Overview||Tandaran society had taught W’Liam to not trust others. Casual touching of others is considered unnecessary and inappropriate. Only in a marriage relationship is this accepted. Yet, even after 4 years of being away from that society and being part of the association in Starfleet and another year in service to the same, W’Liam still has issues with personal contact. Tandarans do not use contractions in their speech. This has lead other to question at times if he was part Vulcan.
Drake is normally very calm, controlled, and focused; always thinking through situations. He is very careful about whom he trusts... and with what task or information. He is usually cheerful. He loves his work and enjoys spending his extra time monitoring the warp core. He leads by example when on the job, yet is very much a follower in a social setting. He had a dry sense of humor.
|Strengths & Weaknesses||Drake has a broad knowledge of Engineering systems, having tinkerer with things since he was big enough to poke a fan with a stick. He strives to be excellent in his duties, is a quick thinker under pressure, and an excellent pilot of small vessels. He is a 'follow the book' kind of officer, and therefore lacks the ability to see things out of the box. He has a very low tolerance for people he considers ignorant.
The Tandaran societal restriction of casual contact with others causes W’Liam problems at times. Yet, he is capable of getting his work done when contact with others is necessary, but does shy away from gatherings and events where closeness or touching would be involved. He prefers to work alone or with small groups when possible. He does not trust easily and keeps his private life very private. Some people have considered him arrogant or uncaring, because of him keeping a distance from others.
|Ambitions||Ens. Drake is a young officer who strives to be good at this job and to earn his way into a position of leadership; as an Engineer and as an officer of Starfleet. He is on the fast track to be Chief Engineer of a Starship and possibly his own command one day.
|Hobbies & Interests||W’Liam enjoys listening to music from his home world of Tandar Prime. Many people that he has come across describe it as somber or something like ‘soft jazz music’, from Earth.
As a youth W’Liam enjoyed running. He found the freedom of running to be exhilarating, and focusing. He later applied this enjoyment to free climbing massive rocks or mountain faces. In the last year or so of his secondary education, before graduation, W’Liam traveled a great deal on Tandarr Prime to find these locations with massive climbs. He even had the opportunity to go to other planets in their sector to climb new and unique locals.
With his size and strength, gymnastics became natural for him. He learned to fight, but prefers gymnastics for his daily workouts.
Tinkering with gadgets and machine parts is a favourite pastime, as well as building little contraptions that adorn his quarters shelves. This is complemented by his collection of energy storage devices from different worlds and eras. He finds that there is so much history and understanding of a culture based on how they stored energy.
|Personal History||William had a fairly normal life growing up on Tandar Prime. He and his older brother, Warresk, didn't fight, yet didn't do much with each other. He and his younger sister, Sarin, usually fussed at each other, constantly teasing each other. Yet, they had a great bond between them that no one could break.
William's father was a technical instructor to tradesmen in the field of power and engineering. He could have requested a more prestigious position, but preferred to being able to be home in the evenings and spending that quality time with his wife and children. William's father was truly his best friend.
Because his family has the honoric of a Basque, at age 12, on the Day of Ascension, William Drake received his Basque and honoric title. For the honoric his first name was shortened to W’Liam. He also received the mark of his family Basque. On his left inner forearm a permanent design was imprinted. Their family Basque resembled 2 concentric circles, and 4 lines all pointing toward the center, but not touching.
The Family Basque was initially received by his Grandfather, Dice'Ahn Drake, for taking charge during a major catastrophe and brought power back to the people. This important recognition is allowed to be passed down for 2 generations. That meant that W’Liam’s children would not have the opportunities and luxuries that he was privy to.
W’Liam’s low stature had always been a problem, but he had tried to compensate for that with being stronger and faster than the other boys. He would run and found the joy in it. As a youth, he did not cultivate a social relationship with girls like the other guys. His interests always led him to work benches and history books.
At times W’Liam found that the honor of a Basque to be limiting. He felt that he was not allowed to challenge himself enough. After reading of several Tandarans, who had successfully completed Starfleet Academy, W’Liam considered that training and avenue for his live to be a greater leveling factor, compared to remaining in the Tandar Sector.
|Service Record||2384-2385: Starfleet Academy - Year I, General Studies
2385-2386: Starfleet Academy - Year II, Technology studies
------ 2386: USS Marshall - Junior Cadet Cruise
2386-2387: Starfleet Academy - Year III, Engineering Syst.
------ 2387: USS Einstein - Senior Cadet Cruise,
--------------------Personal Assistant to Chief Engineer
2387-2388: Starfleet Academy - Year IV, Engineering
2388-2388: USS Chesapeake - Engineering - Warp Core Spec.
2388- present: USS Hope - Chief Engineering Officer