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Captain Devin Hadenbeer
Name Devin Hadenbeer
Position Commanding Officer
|Physical Description||Devin is an attractive human female with a head of thick auburn hair seldom worn down in public, but kept in a tight or loose bun depending upon mood. Her demeanor is one of someone full of barely restrained energy and would rather stand than sit, would rather pace than stand. These days she is often seen with a cane, a curious affectation developed during a period when she required one to walk.|
|Spouse||Jorge Straum (divorced)|
|Brother(s)||Ulfrice and Hereward (both older)|
|Other Family||Dare (niece), Elfin (sister in-law)|
Personality & Traits
|General Overview||Devin had once been a warm, friendly whose ordeals have given her a more acerbic outlook on life and a desire to keep most at their distance. She has a strong sense of duty and of right and wrong, and is quite willing to put both life and career on the line to support friends, family, crew and principles. Devin Hadenbeer can be a fierce ally or a terrible enemy.|
|Strengths & Weaknesses||+highly intelligent and creative
+flair for tactics
+loyal to a fault
+/- ruthlessly tenacious
-hides behind an eccentric façade
-can easily form and hold grudges
-reluctant to form close bonds
|Ambitions||Devin’s two chief ambitions were to attain command of a starship, and the other was to earn her PhD in musical composition. Now that she has attained both goals she finds herself curiously looking for another mountain to climb.|
|Hobbies & Interests||Devin is a talented composer and skilled pianist and keyboardist, she is also a decent violinist and can play a few chords on a guitar. She also possesses a strong singing voice but is not eager to show it off. Over the past year or so she has been learning various cane fighting techniques. Despite her focus on tactics Devin is still a competent engineer.
Recently Devin has taken up the cello in an effort to find another "mountain" to conquer
|Personal History||Born to medical doctors Robert and Hannah, Devin was the youngest of three siblings and like her older brothers took an instant interest in music. But after a field trip to the moon at the tender age of ten thoughts of exploration and adventure filled her head and led her straight to Starfleet. There she showed a talent for engineering and considered taking that rout, but her instructors saw her potential for command and steered her in that direction. Her tour on the Montgomery had her shunted from various departments as she was taught how things worked on a starship from the keel up. It was quite an education and it was further enhanced when Kate was reassigned to Earth to care for her dying mother and placed on Admiral William Connagher’s staff. During this time also took the Advanced Tactical Training course at Starfleet Academy. After the death of her Mother Connagher had her reassigned to Damocles where she excelled as a tactical officer and was then later assigned to the USS Grant where she was transferred to Operations with the ultimate goal of grooming her for a command of her own. She rose in rank to executive officer and things seemed to be going well for her career.
And then she fell in love. His name was Jorge Straum and he was the Grant’s chief engineer. They were married and soon she became pregnant, and this temporarily quashed her chance at command. She was reassigned to Starfleet Academy until her child came to term, but then Admiral Alynna Nechayev came calling. A couple years earlier Devin had impressed the inhabitants on Angel One and the Federation was engaging in negotiations to have the system join the Federation. Nechayev wanted Devin to head the delegation. Devin reluctantly agreed. Violent separatists had set explosives near the transporter landing site and Devin was caught in the blast. She survived, but her unborn child died. Crushed, Straum could not handle the death and their grief subsequently resulted in their divorce. Counselors at Starfleet kept an eye on Devin and after a year or so believed she was ready to handle the responsibility of command once more. Her brief tour on the Lionheart-a simple task to bring the wounded ship and crew as well as various personnel slated for rear echelon duty-was to determine if she still had what it takes to command a ship of her own.
Things did not go as planned, however. Lionheart was attacked by a ship from an alternate future. According to logs found the Lionheart had inadvertently delivered a computer virus that allowed a physical virus to go undetected by Federation medical, sensor and transporter equipment. This resulted in the death of over ninety percent of all humans, allowing the Dominion to win the war. Lionheart was drawn into the future, where it was discovered her escort ship Terminus was the true carrier of the virus. Linking up with this future's rebellion, Lionheart's crew found a cure for both viruses and a way home by using the rebellion's Romulan warbird to slingshot around Earth's sun, as the crippled Lionheart could not withstand the trip on her own. Upon their return, the entire episode was classified and Devin was temporarily assigned to Starfleet Academy.
Months later the USS Grant went missing in the Kuala Cluster. Devin was given command the Lionheart A, an Akira class vessel. Her mission: find the Grant. Devin’s old ship had been disabled when an away team had triggered an alien artifact on a moon, and the rescue mission turned into a pitched battle with the Gorn, who using an incursion into their space by a Federation vessel stolen by Klingons attempted to invade the Federation and take Korus IV by landing marines and colonists on the world. In what became known as The Lion’s Den Hadenbeer evacuated the Grant and turned her into a “fire ship” driving it into the lead Gorn battleship and detonating her warp core, destroying both vessels. While Lionheart weathered the attack from Gorn cruisers her fighters disabled the engines of the colonist ships, leaving them adrift. The Gorn had a choice; tow the ships to the planet and risk being sitting ducks for Lionheart, or take them home. The Gorn reluctantly chose the latter course.
Lionheart’s second mission was to test a new drive that would allow a ship to travel between dimensions. What was supposed to be a simple test turned into a nightmare as Lionheart spent three years attempting to get home, along the way encountering numerous wonders and horrors, all the while the wear and tear of dimensional travel slowly tearing the ship apart. A final mission resulted in Hadenbeer being exposed to a lethal flesh eating virus as her first officer, Marta Wallan, sacrificed herself to insure her ship could make that last jump.
That last jump broke the ship nearly in two. Warp nacelles sheared away as did her quantum torpedo “roll bar”. The ship spent weeks tumbling through space, her remaining crew barely surviving on low power and rations, all the while Hadenbeer suffered horrific pain from a ruined leg. By the time the vessel was found she was half mad. Doctors almost removed the leg but she insisted she keep it, which meant months of surgeries to replace lost bone, muscle and nerves, meaning too terrible pain. During this time Captain Hans Adenaur was placed in command of the newly christened Lionheart-B and sent on a mission to another dimension to find vessels believed to have been abducted by an alien intelligence. Devin was understandably reluctant to go but when she discovered Jack Sunbear, friend and crew-mate, was one of the abducted, she agreed to come along as an advisor. What was found was an alien species called The Black Tide who literally ate other sentients, using giant alien beings as their ships by controlling their brains and bodies. Adenaur opted to return to Starfleet to report their findings rather than attempt a rescue. He was not persuaded by Hadenbeer’s arguments.
Hadenbeer then knocked him unconscious with her cane and staged a mutiny. Her months on board ship had earned some small measure of regard among the crew and no one was willing to leave hundreds of living beings in the Tide’s larder. Hadenbeer crafted a rescue plan; while Lionheart distracted the alien living vessels a pair of runabouts would sneak onto the facility, free the prisoners and use the captured vessels to escape, leaving one behind to be detonated to destroy the station. The plan was successful. Lionheart’s engineers using data collected from encounters with the creatures, crafted weapons to give the ship a fighting chance. Lionheart escaped back home. Hadenbeer faced charged of mutiny but the fact she had saved Starfleet personnel and deprived the enemy of intelligence, as well as coming up with weapons to fight them, earned her a small measure of clemency.
In the aftermath it was revealed Lionheart’s executive officer was given her own orders; if it was determined at some point that Adenaur was unsuitable to the task at hand she was to take over. Hadenbeer’s rather drastic solution had not been taken into consideration. Adenaur was given command of the Sovereign class Monarch and Hadenbeer received Lionheart. But it was understood she would never achieve a rank higher than captain.
But Devin Hadenbeer, who had survived pains and hardships most of her superiors could barely conceive, was strangely at peace with that.
|Service Record||2358-2362 Starfleet Academy
2363-2364 Ensign, lieutenant j.g., USS Montgomery, assigned to Engineering, Helm, Operations and Tactical
2365 Lieutenant JG, assigned to Admiral Connagher’s staff, Earth
2366-2367 Lieutenant, Tactical Officer, Chief Tactical Officer, USS Damocles
2368-2372 Lieutenant, lt. Commander, Commander, Chief Tactical officer, Executive Officer, USS Grant
2373-2374 Commander, Starfleet Academy instructor
2375 Captain, USS Lionheart, later resumes post as Starfleet Academy instructor
2376-2378 Captain, USS Lionheart-A
2379 Medical leave
2380-2382 Captain, USS Lionheart-B