Star Trek: Apollo

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Commander Cælestis Everett

Name Cælestis Everett

Position Executive Officer

Rank Commander


Character Information

Species Betazoid
Gender Agender/Non-Binary
Sexuality Queer
Age 45
Character Summary Cal Everett is a level-headed Betazoid with an androgynous appearance. Cal exclusively uses they/them/theirs pronouns; they respond to "sir" and "ma'am" but prefer to be addressed as "Commander." Although they have no telepathic abilities typical of their species, Cal's empathy is all-encompassing. They began their career in Starfleet in Medical, but when a viral plague killed nineteen souls under Cal's watch caused them to develop a severe phobia of touch, they made a hard shift into science. Now as Executive Officer, Cal hopes to be a guiding force for their new Captain as well as a beacon of calm and stability for their crew.

Physical Appearance

Height 6'5''
Weight 180lbs
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Black
Physical Description Cal is a very tall individual with curly, medium-length brown hair. They have a tendency to diffuse their height by hunching their shoulders and widening their stance to not loom over their fellows and subordinates; this body language tends to make them seem more approachable and occasionally unprofessional. Their eyes are black. Their skin is brown with a touch of color across their nose and cheeks.
Avatar Tre Samuels

Family

Father Unknown
Mother Unknown

Personality & Traits

Strengths & Weaknesses Everett is deeply empathetic and emotionally intelligent. They are very capable of managing high-stakes, charged situations without faltering. They are open, welcoming, and can make even the most nervous feel comfortable around them.

Everett is incapable of touching others without wearing gloves or immediately washing their hands afterwards due to a mild-to-severe case of mysophobia. This has incapacitated them in the past, and they will go to extreme lengths to avoid touching others with their bare skin.
Ambitions Cal was once a deeply ambitious person who desired to become the Surgeon General of Starfleet. Now they're perfectly content as an Executive Officer and desire no further promotions for the rest of their career. The only things they strive for now are connection, self-improvement, and completing good work for those they serve.
Hobbies & Interests Although they don't often have time to indulge, Cal enjoys building miniature models of starships, houses, and landscapes. The finicky and delicate work suits them when they want to wind down.

Cal also enjoys meditating and playing cards.

Personal History Cælestis "Cal" Everett grew up on the frontier, human colony Cygnus II. The Dominion War remained a peripheral concern to the mining colony, as they barely saw even a day of fighting in their isolated and difficult-to-reach position orbiting twin planets near Ronara. The residents of Cygnus considered themselves lucky to avoid the bulk of the fighting.

Everett grew up as one of the children of the community; nobody quite knew who their parents were, or how they ended up on the ship headed for the dangerous, outlier moon. But what the community did know was Everett’s vast capability for kindness and empathy that included the many animals of Cygnus to the oldest of colonists. As an orphan, Everett sought mentorship in the colonist’s medical office, which was run by an ex-Starfleet medical officer, Joell Yieng.

Joell Yieng, as a human that served aboard a Vulcan science ship, was quick to teach Everett to hide their emotions and control their open feelings from a very young age. Her teachings proved foundational to Everett’s beliefs about their emotions and empathy: both are to be kept under wraps, beneath the diversion of a smile.

Joell’s guidance in Everett’s life eventually led them to Starfleet at the age of eighteen. It was at the Medical Academy, as a cadet, that Everett learned the truth about their heritage: they were, in fact, a full-blooded Betazoid that somehow entirely repressed their telepathic capabilities in childhood. After thorough testing, it became obvious that while they have strong and controlled empathic abilities, their telepathic abilities are less powerful than even psionically inadept races. It is unknown if Everett is capable of any form of telepathy—that is, if their powers are smothered by a mental block or if the abilities are completely void.

Everett’s race was completely unknown to them in childhood, and because of the human-only population of the isolated colony, none in the community suspected Everett to be anything but a particularly sensitive human child. However, looking back, Everett believes that Joell recognized Everett’s black eyes for what they were (especially after children that were Cal’s known bullies came to the medical center with telepathic bleeding and injuries) and trained them in a form of telepathic repression to prevent their powers from developing fully. Everett took to her teachings so well that instead of dulling their abilities, they smothered them entirely. To other telepaths, Everett’s mind feels like a sink, an absence.

After graduating the Academy, Everett struggled with the knowledge of their race and the complications it created around their arrival to Cygnus. However, despite this confusion, Everett quickly excelled in Starfleet and was promoted from a junior medical officer all the way to CMO, in two different posts. However, it was after their emergency promotion aboard the Immortal during which nineteen souls were killed during a viral plague that Everett pulled themselves away from medicine and transferred into science. It was a difficult transition, but after the events aboard the Immortal, Everett could not bear to practice medicine any longer. They served as a science officer and CSO aboard the Immortal and Diligent respectively for a combined total of seventeen years.

Everett's service aboard the Diligent was not unnoticed. After ten years serving as CSO, they were promoted to Commander and offered a position aboard the USS Apollo as Executive Officer. They accepted, eager for the change while also feeling bittersweet over leaving their home on the Diligent.

The lingering effects of the Mosca Prime Virus, which struck the Immortal over eighteen years ago, still haunt Everett to this day. They’re hyper-diligent about the spread of disease and find it nearly impossible to touch others without gloves or immediately sanitizing their hands. But despite their fears and hesitation, they believe the shift into the sciences—and now into Command—was the best for them and they can’t imagine being anywhere except on a Starfleet vessel.
Service Record 2376 – Cadet
Graduated Starfleet Medical Academy

2376-2380 – Ensign
Physician’s Mate aboard the USS Independence

2380-2381 – Lieutenant Junior Grade
Head Nurse and Field Promoted Chief Medical Officer aboard the USS Immortal

2381-2382 (6 months)
Personal sabbatical - location unlisted

2382-2388 – Lieutenant
Science Officer aboard the USS Immortal

2389–2399 – Lieutenant Commander
Chief Science Officer aboard the USS Diligent

2399-Present – Commander
Executive Officer aboard the USS Apollo