Lieutenant Commander Ciaran McIntyre
Name Ciaran McIntyre
Position Chief Security Officer
Rank Lieutenant Commander
|Physical Description||McIntyre's physique picks him out as a cliche of Starfleet Security. Standing at over six feet he is physically imposing while his eyes belie a naivete, heavily off-set by the deep scar which runs down his right forearm and onto the side of his hand.|
|Friends & Relationships||Considered Lieutenant (JG) Olivier Thiffault (KIA) to be a brother after the younger Lieutenant came to his aid during a crisis. Thiffault was killed when the USS Endeavour was destroyed by a Borg attack.
Developed a close working relationship with Horatio Hawke who went on to become first officer aboard the USS Highlander.
|General Overview||Psych evaluations have consistently placed an importance on McIntyre's predilection for humour (even in inopportune locations) as his most abiding personality trait. Different evaluators have suggested this both as a flaw and a strength but it is impossible to doubt that he has the best interests of his comrades at heart and will always consider the intricacies of an argument before offering an opinion.|
|Strengths & Weaknesses||• A strong will to succeed.
• A near sociopathic devotion to the completion of mission objectives.
• A dominant sense of humour and an ability to place comrades at ease
|Ambitions & Goals||While McIntyre does hope to progress up the chain of command eventually, he is currently comfortable to head up a thriving security department.|
|Hobbies & Interests||• Football (soccer)
• Shuttle racing
• The consumption and appreciation of alcohol.
Family & Relationships
McIntyre has never had the misfortune to run across his absentee father and has been overheard in many watering holes across the galaxy claiming to have a special bottle of whisky he can't wait to wrap around his face.
As a result of a lack of contact with his father, McIntyre has always had a strong bond with his mother, Roisin McIntyre. Travelling around with her aboard various Starfleet vessels, the young Ciaran developed a fascination with the security personnel whom his mother dealt with in her line of work (as a PTSD Counsellor).
McIntyre's personality revolves around his defensive desire to be quick to a joke which often leaves him at a loss in the romantic department. His response to stressful situations, be they personal or professional is to talk too much and attempt to back away from the situation before it escalates.
McIntyre makes as many friends as he alienates but remained firm friends with his "brother", Lieutenant (JG) Olivier Thiffault who once saved him from a particularly nasty incident with three Klingons and a splintered barrel of Blood Wine. Thiffault was lost in the Endeavour's encounter with the Borg, staying behind on the Scorpius Cube to detonate the charges which had been placed.
Early Life & Education
Born aboard the USS Carthage in 2355 to a single parent, it had been assumed that Ciaran McIntyre would spend his early years rolling around Federation starships irritating maintenance workers. However, the child was quickly packed off to his Grandfather's smallholding on the Isle of Arran in Scotland (on Earth).
For the first eight years of his life McIntyre was exposed to nothing but the heady aroma of fresh air and manure and attended a small school on the island which, at its busiest, had seven pupils. It was an idyllic life for a small boy and his Grandfather initiated him in the world of the hunt. For hours at a time the fledgling McIntyre would lie in wait, eyes straining down the scope of his elder's old hunting rifle waiting for the right moment to strike until BANG! the tin can crumpled and was sent spiraling to the ground.
At the age of eight, McIntyre was torn from his haven on the small island and dispatched to live with his mother on Aratis Colony in Galactic South. Her work as a counsellor had taken her there to work with Starfleet veterans who lived in a permanent convalescence home.
His childhood was as interrupted as it was enjoyable. McIntyre and his mother constantly moved from place to place, colony to colony, ship to ship and this left the young man with no real sense of identity. He clung to his Irish heritage (despite only his Grandmother, whom he never met, being Irish) and did his best to learn Gaelic during his time traveling.
His progression was predictable when, at the age of 18, he applied for admission to Starfleet Academy and was accepted with the sponsorship and tutelage of his mother.
From the moment he first arrived at the Marseilles Campus of Starfleet Academy, it was obvious to McIntyre that he was going to have a problem. No-one seemed interested in the freedom that being away from the authority figures in their lives gave them and being surrounded by conscientious and professional students was only ever going to go one of two ways for him.
Surprisingly, the young man did not buck against the trends around him and managed to settle nicely into a study regimen that worked for him. He became part of a number of extra-curricular societies ranging from chess to a sport that he could never remember the full title of but that always left him with some kind of laceration.
It soon became obvious that his calling was in the tactical field and at the behest of his tutors, he moved into a specialised course which removed many of the more general elements of the curriculum and allowed him to focus on military history and dimensional tactics.
He graduated from Starfleet Academy with distinction in 2377.
A scholarship at the Nelson Military Institute followed in which McIntyre was allowed free reign to theorise on the creation of new tactics for ship-to-ship combat. His time at the Institute was mostly spent locked in a room surrounded by PADDs and, while it served him well in his future career, is not a time that he remembers with any fondness.
His potential as a tactical officer was initially realised by Lieutenant Stanley who was the Chief Strategic Operations Officer aboard the USS Buchanan. He insisted on the appointment of the young Ensign as a tactical officer and set about moulding him in his own image.
Unfortunately for Lieutenant Stanley, McIntyre didn't take too kindly to being moulded in anyone's image and the Lieutenant quickly realised that he had bitten off more than he could chew with the fast-talking, fast-thinking graduate. The position of Chief Strategic Operations Officer became open elsewhere and the Lieutenant was packed off to the Northern Rim and the young ensign was allowed to continue his work under a different officer.
The ensign was reprimanded after he wandered away from a maintenance group assigned to a Klingon outpost and was beaten to a pulp by a group of Klingon smugglers and their pet Ta'arg. It was only through the intervention of then-Ensign Thiffault, who communicated the Ensign's plight to the Klingons in their own language that he was saved.
McIntyre is unlike many Starfleet officers in that he managed to maintain the same ship during many subsequent tours of duty. While many are forced to move on to different ships and areas of the fleet, McIntyre was able to forge a career on the USS Buchanan, eventually rising to the position of Chief Tactical & Security Officer and becoming a trusted confidant of Captain Tyrrel.
However, time doesn't hold on forever and after twelve years aboard the outdated Excelsior class vessel, it was decided that she was to be scrapped. McIntyre and his crewmates held on with bated breath to see if they would be given one Starfleet's greatest honours- a wholesale transfer to a new vessel but the order never came and one-by-one, the crew were reassigned to different vessels operating in different parts of the galaxy.
During the waiting period, many of the crew were assigned to Starbase 332 on temporary secondment to their Academy Adjunct and McIntyre found himself teaching some of Starfleet's best and brightest about tactical systems and advanced manoeuvres. It was here that McIntyre developed a taste for alcohol. The assignment was acceptable to him but the mundanity of the day-to-day bored him to tears, meaning that he would often find himself in Warp-12 after the end of his teaching day.
Eventually his reassignment came through and McIntyre found himself drafted in as a replacement following the death of Lieutenant Lianna Vanders, Chief of Security aboard the Sovereign-class USS Endeavour.
McIntyre found that he fitted in well despite the obvious trauma that the crew had been through, losing so many of their colleagues in an encounter with an unknown insectoid species. Initially the crew were suspicious of him but he quickly ingratiated himself with the crew when Captain Byrne and Lieutenant Kessel were kidnapped by the Borg.
During the incident Mac lost his one true friend, Lieutenant Olivier Thiffault, but began to make another in the form of Horatio Hawke, the ship's erstwhile pilot. Both were taken off active duty for two months along with the rest of the Endeavour's crew while decisions were made about their future and psychiatric evaluations carried out. Hawke and McIntyre used this time to become intimately familiar with every bar on Cestus III.
Thankfully for many of the Endeavour's crew they were taken on by the unorthodox captain of the USS Highlander, Captain Tim Williams.
The Highlander was initially assigned to assist in colonisation efforts on Dreyas IV but quickly found their efforts hampered by a series of vicious animal attacks. These escalated until a group of Cardassian military arrived claiming that they were seeking a rogue scientist. McIntyre was part of the group that located the Entek's facility and brought him to justice.
McIntyre was involved when the Highlander located an NX-class vessel, the DeSalle. He was taken ill early in the mission and was unable to participate fully in the salvage operation.
As his tour was just beginning in earnest, McIntyre was among a number of Highlander crew who were reassigned at the time of the ship's redeployment to the Delta Quadrant. McIntyre, along with a number of his security personnel, were thought of as lacking 'frontier' experience and were moved around to accommodate a new cycle of crew.
Faced with a return to teaching aboard Starbase 332, McIntyre began looking for a space assignment, any space assignment...
Arran Primary School: 2359-2363
Various Starfleet Shipboard Institutions: 2363-2372
Starfleet Academy: 2373-2377
Nelson Military Institute: 2377-2378
2378 - 2389: Assigned aboard USS Buchanan, Excelsior Class.
2389 - 2390: Temporary seconded to Starfleet Academy adjunct on Starbase 332 as a tactical systems instructor
2390: Assigned aboard USS Endeavour, Sovereign Class.
2390: Taken off active duty for psych evaluation.
2390: Reassigned aboard USS Highlander, Intrepid Class.
2391: Reassigned when USS Highlander was attached to the Delta Quadrant