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OOC: It should be noted that Thomas Lynx is the IC name of the character identified as ElGatoMalo... probably one of the more unique, and oddly-kept names of a character in this MUSE's history.
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Thomas Lynx was an Engineering officer straight out of Starfleet Academy. Academy Commandant Galinda Myron recommended the job placement for him in light of a severe shortage of Engineers amongst the fleet. After graduation, he was assigned to Starbase One, little more than a docking port of call for an extremely active fleet. Ensign Lynx was the base's sole active officer at the time and eventually received clearance to fly out with various crews as a backup engineer on their missions.
Noticing his proficiency in engineering, Lieutenant Commander William X. Abersol recruited Lynx to serve with him under his new command, the re-christened USS Ulysses, Starfleet's only forward scouting vessel at the time. It was only a few short weeks before he was promoted to Lieutenant, Junior Grade and another month or so until he was promoted to the full-grade of Lieutenant.
It was also at this time that he was given full command of the department in which he worked, receiving the title of Chief Engineering Officer.
The challenges of the Ulysses were apparent as the fast, but thinly defended starship scouted the far reaches of the quandrants. Under Captain Abersol’s command, and with a crew chiefly consisting of Chief Security Officer Scott Hall and Chief Medical Officer MacLeod (the Ulysses did not have a first officer for most of her tenure), achieving the much-coveted warp speed threshold, Warp 13. Lynx's abilities, combined with his crewmates, also made their vessel second only to the USS Excelsior in activities and achievements, though a case could have been made that they took second seat to nobody. While aboard the Ulysses, Lynx took part in the hunting of Orion criminals, the seige of Port Haven and the Ikaran conflicts. Near the end of his time aboard the Ulysses, Lynx was promoted to Lieutenant Commander and First Officer under now-Captain Abersol's steady guidance.
Starbase One, redux
During Lt. Commander Lynx's tenure aboard the Ulysses, Starbase One fell into disrepair and neglect. Needing to revitalize the base, Starfleet Command approached Lieutenant Commander Lynx with an offer: Accept the commanding officer duties aboard the base and receive a promotion to Commander. Ambition in his eyes, Commander Lynx assumed the Starbase's helm in 2397 (1997).
This was a period where Lynx's ambitions shone through and delivered. Within months, he had turned Starbase One into a hub of activity and integrated its operations more tightly into the fleet. He trained his crew extensively in base operations and procedures, expecting ships to adhere to the No Warp Zone and actively encouraged his crew to join operations with the fleet. Lynx operated the base as a stepping stone to the fleet, just like it was for him.
One of his prouder moments came when, during a period of Federation-Klingon tensions, the base, with Starfleet Command clearance, initiated a drill session during a conference to test the fleet's readiness. Within minutes - and much to the delight of the brass - Lynx and crew had coordinated departures and transmitted data to the fleet of a fictional cloaked vessel in the area... only to draw an excited response from an actual Klingon vessel under cloak as they fled from their unseen position next to the base! Within minutes, the fleet had disabled the IKV t'QatSo and took her in to study. As the cloaking device of the vessel was of particular concern to the Klingons, the vessel was negotiated back to the Empire in short order, but only after she was rechristened the USS t’QatSo in a parting shot to the Empire.
Shortly after the t'QatSo incident, Commander Lynx was promoted to Captain.
Recruitment and graduation rates at Starfleet Academy were down and the need to reorganize the command structure of the Academy was very apparent. However, because of the heightened tensions with the Romulans and Klingons, SFC refused to shift ship commanders or their immediate subordinates into the much-needed role. With Starbase operations running smoothly, Captain Lynx was eyed for this position and Command approached him with the assignment.
Against the advisement of many of his closer friends within the fleet, Captain Lynx assumed the role of Starfleet Academy Commandant in 2398 (1998). Recruitment and, especially, graduation rates, climbed steadily while Commandant Lynx instituted fleet mentorship programs, recruiting many officers within the fleet to take on part-time roles at the Academy to train prospective recruits. Lynx’s tenure also saw the marked departure from internship training to flight training that was wholly done aboard the Academy’s new training vessel, the fleet’s much revered former flagship USS Federation.
While taking a very hands-on approach to Academy training, Lynx had been afforded the time to study many aspects of the fleet that were oft-neglected by other commanders. He tried these new tactics and techniques aboard the Federation while in training runs to great success.
Many things still in the Academy today saw maturity during Lynx’s tenure, but one area where he failed to make much progress was in seeing the full realization of Starfleet Command School. While courses were written and the Luna campus constructed, the fleet could not budget the resources to run the school and the entire project was subsequently scrapped.
Captain Lynx, a well-known and liked commander at the time, won the admiration and praise of any doubters when he oversaw the recovery of the USS Federation from her Romulan captors while in temporary command of Captain Hall’s Ulysses. The Federation, temporarily transferred back to naval command, was taken during the fleet’s withdrawl from Starbase Omicron during a dastardly Romulan assault. Further information on this achievement is archived in The Omicron Incident.
Starfleet Base Command
Shortly after the Omicron Incident, Lynx was transferred back to the Starbase as it’s commanding officer under the oversight of Starfleet Base Command, Stephen Hansen, and given the promotion to Commodore. This arrangement, while producing many fruits that were beneficial to the fleet, saw Lynx become frustrated with what he saw as the base - his base – being given second fiddle. Starfleet Commander-In-Chief, Bruce Ingram never saw eye-to-eye with Lynx and their animosity for each other was always apparent and Lynx bristled at the idea that the younger Ingram was promoted over the seasoned, accomplished, and always-willing Lynx. This irritability translated directly into his relationship with Admiral Hansen and his situation subsequently was not a good one. After Ingram’s untimely and early retirement (an event that Lynx shed no tear at), Hansen assumed the Commander-In-Chief duties and Lynx was promoted to overseeing the entire fleet’s base operations as head of Starfleet Base Command. With this new responsibility, Thomas Lynx was promoted to Rear Admiral and made a permanent member of Starfleet Command.
Rear Admiral Lynx’s tenure as SFBC was filled with disputes within the command ranks over allocations and priorities. With the fleet mobilizing for an impending conflict with the Romulans over Tholian territory (which to this day has not yet come), the base was seeing a diverting of crew and resources for these purposes. While Lynx saw a strong base as being part of a strong fleet, the fleet had a different philosophy in mind. Starfleet Base Command was given oversight of the USS Banneker, a scout vessel that was to supplement the fleet’s activities.
It was during this time that he began to mentor one of the soon-to-be greater commanders of the fleet, Robert Tagrith. While at SFA and later at SFBC, Lynx began to teach tactical training to a new breed of officers. He saw it as his duty to pass along the skills and insights that led to his successful career so that others could replace him and officers like him in the future. Lynx imparted everything he knew about navigation and tactics to young Ensign Tagrith and found the young, rapidly rising officer to his favorite. He and his protégé would spend hours discussing and debating tactical situations and techniques, presenting new ideas and honing their own command styles in the process. This mentorship quickly turned into a solid friendship that lasted through the later years of Lynx’s life. Lynx’s cavalier, never-say-die style toward combat was tempered with a quiet understanding of the inner workings of a starship, what you could expect from them, and how to best raise a crew to do what you need them to do. This was impressed upon young Tagrith and it was a style that suited him as well. Lynx’s most enduring legacy can be found in the exploits of his close friend and confidant, the torch bearer to whom the flame had been passed.
Lynx also worked intimately with a peer of his from his Academy days, Jeremiah Banks. By this stage in Lynx’s career, he had ingrained in himself the traditions of the fleet and had become decidedly old school about his beloved base. He eschewed the integration of the scout Banneker into the base’s resources as an infringement upon what made a base what it was… a base. In his later years, Lynx would come to realize that his narrow-mindedness was incorrect, but at this point, he had remanded the operations of the Banneker to Banks, a career naval man up to that point. What Banks subsequently did with that scout could possibly only be shadowed by Captain Abersol’s explorations aboard the Ulysses.
Also during this time, Lynx joined Rear Admiral Gavelin Brody and Captain Deanna Kalouri in an excursion into Tholian territory aboard the USS Excalibur and was promptly chased off by two Romulan vessels. While the destruction of the FSS Sebring was the crescendo of that battle, an often-eclipsed fact of this mission is that Excalibur almost did not make it back at all. If it were not for the engineering prowess of Brody and Lynx’s skill at navigation, the vessel would have been lost. The Sebring’s loss, as unfortunate, untimely, and ultimately avoidable as it was, may have been the sole reason the Excalibur made it back in one piece, as it bought Lynx and Brody time to regroup and drive off the Romulans.
It was the closest Lynx came to death at that point. This event, combined with the earlier death of his close friend and mentor, Captain William Abersol aboard the USS Excelsior, began to numb Lynx to the excitement of military life and the leveling out of relations between the empires led Lynx’s last days to be filled with tedium.
Lynx held a brief stint as Starfleet Naval Command and helped oversee a small restructuring of its ranks. Fleet Captain Hall was his assistant. Commodore Banks replaced him at SFBC.
Because of decreasing tensions with a less-active Romulan empire and an almost dead Klingon empire, nothing of interest occurred at this time.
In 2399, Lynx was given a promotion to Admiral and was appointed Starfleet’s Commander-In-Chief. Unfortunately, at this time, the Federation was experiencing severe political crisis, with many council members resigning and seats left vacant. Funding and mandates for exploration diminished and external military threats were non-existent. Admiral Lynx was given a telescope with nothing to view and a sword with nothing to cut. Because the day-to-day operations of the fleet were left up to his immediate subordinates, Rear Admiral Banks at SFBC and Commodore Hall at SFNC, Lynx increasingly went out with vessels on patrol to oversee their conduct. This was something that CinC’s did not do with the regularity that Lynx did it, but to those close to him, they knew what he missed… but they also knew that he had fulfilled his job expectations and at this time, being CinC was as close an active retirement if there ever was one.
The mysteries surrounding Lynx’s death have still not been resolved. While aboard the USS Ulysses on a standard operation, Lynx was investigating a power surge inside a transporter room for the understaffed bridge crew. What transpired once he got inside is up to speculation, but a transporter buffer malfunction occurred and Lynx was… gone.
With no body and no biological residue left behind, Admiral Thomas Lynx, Starfleet Commander-In-Chief, was declared dead due to transporter malfunction.
One of the more player names to have been allowed on TOS, Lynx’s player went by the handle “ElGatoMalo”. ElGatoMalo, or “EGM” for short, found out about MU* while reading a book on the history of the Internet. Just by chance, on his first night with a client, he happened upon TOS TrekMUSE and was hooked. To this day, TOS TrekMUSE has remained the only MU* he has ever played. While a big admirer of Brody’s creation, OtherSpace, stubbornness born out of disagreement over The Great Defection kept him from playing on a MUSH where many of his disenchanted TOS friends had gone.
While he hung around for a few months assisting with various plots and what-not with lower-level Admin, the man behind EGM left TOS about five years ago.
EGM was solely responsible for recruiting players Hall and Kodiak to TOS and spent a great many evenings with them discussing the intricacies of its operation. He believes that at that point in his life, there was no greater hobby or community to have belonged to than TOS and does hope that one day in the future, it will reach the levels of glory and achievement it once had. He believes that enough time has passed that old-timers should start coming back and re-invigorate what was the premier example of a genre that is fading fast into obscurity amid graphical MMRPGs and their brainless user base.
To that extent, there are rumors that he has returned to the MUSE in recent months, but confirmations of this rumor are uncertain and his reasons for returning unclear.
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