12 April 2174
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Tobias Naros is a celebrated Federation Starfleet officer, scholar, and diplomat serving throughout most of the twenty-fourth century. The highlights of his recent career center around assignments as Executive Officer of the USS Orlando and the USS Orlando-A as well as Commanding Officer of the USS Yorktown. In these roles, Naros not only witnessed major events involving the Elyshan Cold War, the Hobus Disaster, unrest in the Romulan Empire, and growing awareness of the Yang Zutal, but played a key role in them also. He currently serves as Commanding Officer of the Legacy-class USS Yorktown, the sixth starship to bear the name.
Tobias is a relatively young El-Aurian who, despite having lived for over two centuries, continues to display the youthful vigor characteristic of his race. He is slightly taller than the average human being and has always stood out from the crowd because of this, though he has never been one to boast of his appearance nor has he ever taken it for granted. When not in uniform, Tobias prefers to dress simply and casually, chosing to forgo a flamboyant wardrobe in favor of the more traditional tunic. Years of self-discipline have helped him to further maintain near perfect physical condition as well as emotional stability. All this has been a compliment to the warmth and understanding often conveyed by his expression which has made him seem very approachable.
Tobias is perhaps best known for his receptive attitude, calming presence, and dedication to others. He has always worked very hard to keep an open mind to the world around him and demonstrated himself to be someone others can readily rely upon. Many have credited him with helping to maintain order amidst even the most chaotic of situations simply through the calming effect of his demeanor. Years of experience have helped Tobias to develop a healthy sense of wisdom which he often applies when dealing with others in almost any situation. This has often given many people the impression of an approachable individual willing to listen without prejudice.
Strengths & Weaknesses
Those who have worked with Tobias often speak quite highly of his dedication and his ability to approach any situation with a calm demeanor. His attention to detail as well as his ability to blend efficiency while maintaining a personal interest in those with whom he serves has earned him the admiration of many. Many see him as having little difficulty interacting with others, a trait often attributed to the excellent listening skills common amongst those of El-Aurian descent. These abilities have helped him to instill confidence in his fellow shipmates even in difficult or life-threatening situations.
Despite what would seem like an open and sincere appreciation of people as well as the way they interact with one another, Tobias remains a conflicted individual. He has been known to be quite reserved in revealing his own innermost thoughts and feelings with others. Although he readily acknowledges the benefits of having opened up to certain individuals in his life, there remain many mysteries from his past which cause him to periodically lapse into moments of seclusion. The other extreme brings occasions in which Tobias has been known to sacrifice his own needs on behalf of others, even to the point of physical or emotional exhaustion. Experience has certainly brought Tobias some level of restraint when pushing himself in the service of others, though it is a struggle he continues to face in his life.
The life expectation for members of Tobias' species provides him with a more unique perspective when it comes to the establishment and achievement of life ambitions. He has always considered himself to be a life-long learner seeking to expand his knowledge through science, exploration, and listening. Tobias prides himself on having made a difference in the lives of the people he meets and hopes to continue sharing what he has with others for many years to come.
Hobbies & Interests
Tobias' personal hobbies and interests reflect the diverse personality of a man who is devoted to the improvement and preservation of all life. He continues to take advantage of the opportunities available to him as a Starfleet officer to pursue interests in the study of history and cultural science. Wilderness recreation such as camping, hiking, and horseback riding offer him the opportunity to maintain his own personal wellness. While Tobias does enjoy spending time in social observation and partaking in the occasional holonovel for personal entertainment, he also recognizes the importance of taking time to be with his own thoughts.
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|Father:||Erithus Naros (Deceased)|
|Mother:||Morticia Naros (Assimilated - Unknown)|
|Brother:||Kolan Naros (Unknown)|
|Family Friends:||Ambassador Mordred Ocal, Guinan|
|Close Personal Friends:||Jeff Greene (Deceased), Aaron Russell, Vice Admiral Quinn Androski|
A People’s Final Days
Tobias Naros was born to Erithus and Morticia Naros on 12 April 2174 on the El-Aurian colony of Silvian. He enjoyed the comforts of a warm family life and would frequently play with his brother Kolan along the hills overlooking the small colony where their parents worked as scientists.
The Borg first arrived at Silvian while Tobias was still very young. His family was one of only a few which managed to escape before the colony was assimilated, but it was only the beginning. Over the next several years, his family, along with other El-Aurian refugees, found themselves being chased from planet to planet by the seemingly relentless advance of the Borg. It wasn’t until they finally settled on the El-Aurian homeworld that they managed to find some semblance of peace.
For a time, the Borg invasion seemed to have lessened to such a degree Tobias found himself with an opportunity to study the culture and history of his people. He and his brother remained quite close, though the two of them began entering different fields of interest. Kolan felt the future of the El-Aurian race lay in themselves and their own culture. Tobias realized the first Borg invasion now required the El-Aurian people to look to other races as friends and not outsiders.
An armada of Borg vessels arrived in orbit of the El-Aurian homeworld without warning just as things seemed to be going well. Fear and panic erupted as thousands of drones began materializing in every major city. Tobias rushed home to warn his family and try to get them aboard a transport. He arrived to find his father dead and his mother already partially assimilated. Terrified, he fled the building and was nearly assimilated himself before being rescued by his brother, Kolan.
The two brothers struggled to make their way toward the transports and soon became separated from one another amidst the bustle. Many transports departed the doomed homeworld and set off in different directions in hopes of evading pursuit by the Borg. It was the last time Tobias ever saw his brother.
Soon, the transport Tobias was aboard reached the borders of the Federation. They had heard of El-Aurians wo had visited a place called Earth and were trying to reach that world when they encountered a strange astronomical phenomena known as the Nexus. Unable to break free, they sent out an urgent distress call which was answered by the USS Enterprise-B under the command of Captain John Harriman while on her shakedown cruise. Tobias was one of only thirty-five survivors beamed to the Enterprise. For a fleeting moment, he had felt the irresistible pull of the Nexus.
Tobias spent his first few years on Earth exploring the planet and hoping to figure out what path his life would take. Eventually, he enrolled at Starfleet Academy in San Francisco and was accepted as a cadet into the flight control program. Though he was no longer amongst El-Aurians, he found he could still venture out into the stars and encounter new civilizations. His performance impressed many of his instructors and earned him top honors amongst his Academy flight.
Early Starfleet Career
Upon graduation in early 2300, Tobias was assigned to the USS Orlando, a new Excelsior-class vessel patrolling the Klingon border, as a shuttlecraft pilot. He quickly distinguished himself by performing above and beyond the call of duty during a tense negotiation with the Klingon House of Duras. A Federation negotiator and the Orlando’s commanding officer had beamed to the planet’s surface to discuss terms for a prisoner exchange, but were immediately kidnapped and held hostage by the Klingons. Tobias volunteered to pilot the shuttle which was to carry a team to retrieve the hostages, but lost contact with the Orlando en route and was forced to choose between continuing on or turning back. In the end, he decided on the former and successfully slipped past the Klingon defenses to land the rescue team, retrieve the hostages, and return to the ship.
After nearly twenty five years of service aboard the USS Orlando, Tobias was transferred to the newly comissioned USS Ambassador, the first in the Ambassador-class line, where he continued to fly shuttles for another six months before being reassigned as a flight control officer. He continued to serve as a member of the Ambassador's flight control department for another four years before resigning his commission and embarking on an extended leave of absence from Starfleet.
A Natural-Born Explorer
Nearly thirty years passed in which Tobias spent most of his time travelling across Federation and even beyond its borders into the territory of other galactic states in hopes of experiencing other cultures in a way not easily accessible to him as a Starfleet officer. He returned to Earth in 2332 to witness the launch of the Ambassador-class USS Enterprise-C, but then settled down on one of the Federation's outer colonies where he continued to remain quite withdrawn from the events which were beginning to transpire on the galactic stage.
Return to Starfleet
Tobias finally returned to Starfleet in mid-2357, accepting a reduction in rank and assuming the position of flight control officer aboard the Excelsior-Refit-class USS Lantru. It did not take Tobias long to earn himself a regular posting to the bridge night watch and could often be found helping to facilitate flight training with other personnel when not manning the ship's helm. He quickly impressed his superiors with the way he was able to connect with his fellow shipmates across departmental divisions and how he used those connections to help improve performance.
The Lantru was ordered to proceed to a region of unexplored space near the Black Cluster in early 2362 where she came under attack from two Breen warships while investigating a binary star system. Tobias was at the helm when the warships managed to disable the Lantru's warp drive and cause significant damage to numerous other systems. He set a course directly between the two stars and managed to escape the pursuing Breen long enough for the chief engineer to restore warp power. This allowed them just enough for a short jump before they lost all warp capability and were sent hurtling through space. Tobias managed to stabilize the ship and eventually bring them to a halt, but the damage sustained from their engagement had been too great and they were forced to abandon the Lantru.
Tobias received a promotion to the rank of Lieutenant JG and was offered the opportunity for reassignment aboard the Excelsior-Refit-class USS Achilles along with a majority of the surviving Lantru crew. At the recommendation of his supervisor as well as Captain Kevin Hatterson, Tobias accepted an appointment to the position of assistant chief flight control officer aboard the Achilles.
Another Encounter With the Borg
The arrival in Federation space of a single Borg cube in 2366 brought back a flood of memories Tobias had spent many years trying to forget. It had been almost a century since he had last heard any reference to the cybernetic menace which had reduced his species to a few bands of refugees scattered throughout the galaxy. Now it seemed as if the same fate was about to be unleashed upon the members of the Federation.
An official summons was issued by Starfleet Command for all available ships to muster a defense at Wolf 359 while the crew of the USS Enterprise-D attempted to slow the cube's progress toward Earth. There were many aboard the Achilles, including Tobias, who felt it was their duty to respond to the summons with all haste. Captain Hatterson made it perfectly clear the Achilles would not be altering course as they were too far from the rally point to lend any assistance. Tobias spoke with his commanding officer in private and attempted to persuade him otherwise, but the order remained unchanged. The captain reminded Tobias everyone had a desire to defend that which they loved and sometimes that meant staying away from the front lines.
Seven years later, a second Borg cube entered Federation space on a direct course for Earth where the Achilles had just completed a six month overhaul to her command and control systems. Tobias was on the bridge when the Borg entered visual range and he was again reminded of the dark memories from his past. The cube proceeded forward with relentless purpose toward its target as the men and women around him prepared to engage perhaps the most fearsome enemy they had ever faced.
The Achilles was immediately battered by numerous assaults from the Borg cube and the chief flight control officer was killed when a section of his console overloaded during the onslaught. Tobias took over and began trying to maneuver the Achilles out of range to allow them some respite, but the controls were too sluggish. Captain Hatterson ordered the ship evacuated and Tobias complied without protest. He was one of the few senior officers who managed to make his way to one of the escape pods, somehow avoiding detection by the Borg amidst the chaos of the ongoing battle.
War & Peace
The outbreak of the Dominion War saw Tobias assigned to the Defiant-class USS Antigo as assistant chief flight control officer where he saw considerable time serving as armed escort for Federation and Allied convoys serving the front lines. As distant as the Antigo seemed to be from the primary action against Dominion forces, Tobias could still see how the ongoing conflict was affecting both Starfleet and civilian alike. Extended deployments, limited resources, and constant attacks were taking their toll on those aboard vessels all across the field of combat including the Antigo. It wasn't until the Romulans declared war upon the Dominion and Alliance advances began pushing the enemy back into Cardassian space that morale finally began to improve.
Following the Treaty of Bajor and the end of open hostilities with the Dominion in 2375, Tobias accepted a position as flight instructor at Starfleet Academy. A new generation of cadets had been shouldered with the burden of filling the void left by those who had perished during the war and he felt obligated to pass what he could of his own experiences to those who would soon be venturing into the unknown. Tobias found simple pleasure in teaching his cadets, even if it went beyond the basic technical knowledge necessary for starship maneuvering. These young men and women needed to know they would be serving with countless others who would support them.
Starfleet Command approached Tobias in early 2378 with an opportunity to participate in an officer exchange program with the Klingon Defense Force aboard the IKS Korath. Tobias took advantage of his twelve months as the ship's assistant flight control officer to not only represent the Federation, but to better his understanding of Klingon culture through an active involvement in whatever the crew happened be doing. His participation earned him the respect of his Klingon shipmates as well as his commanding officer.
Tobias returned from his year aboard the IKS Korath and was immediately assigned to the Olympic-class medical ship USS Cadillus where he served within the flight control department from 2379 to 2384. Having kept an eye on the new Luna-class development project, Tobias requested a transfer to the USS Proteus as assistant chief flight control officer in early 2384. His time aboard the Proteus was short lived when Commander Coran resigned his command of the vessel and Tobias was transferred back to the USS Orlando, bringing his Starfleet career full circle.
Return to the Orlando
During his first mission aboard the Orlando, Commander Quinn Androski saw fit to promote Tobias to the full rank of Lieutenant and assign him the additional responsibility of Second Officer. Tobias took to his duties with dedication and what one might almost consider to be enthusiasm, for an El-Aurian. When the Orlando was thrown into the Mirror Universe, Tobias was captured by agents of the Romulan Star Federation because they believed him to have information relating to the mysterious race known as the Preservers. The El-Aurian knew that if the Romulan Federation managed to get its hands on Preserver technology, there was no telling what events would result. Although he underwent mind probing and torture at the hands of his captors, Tobias survived to be rescued by the crew of the Orlando.
Tobias played an integral role in helping to expose Commander Millstone and her involvement in covering up the use of Omega in an attempt to power an experimental slipstream drive. Later that year, he was one of the few Orlando crewmembers who did not fall prey to the illusions of anaphasic lifeforms that had managed to get into the Orlando's systems. Tobias had his first encounter with the entity known as Q shortly afterward. He had heard much about Q from others of his species as well as in his review of the logs of those Starfleet officers who had previously encountered the entity. Despite his attempts to keep an open mind, he did not seem too thrilled by Q's seemingly random antics amongst the Orlando crew. Q managed to strike a chord when he pointed out to Tobias that, though the El-Aurians are master listeners, perhaps their greatest weakness is that they are unable to confide in others.
Shortly after the Orlando helped to diffuse a tense standoff between Elyshan and Federation forces at Starbase 386, Tobias was approached by the now-Rear Admiral Androski to serve as the new first officer of the Orlando. Given his experience, especially aboard the Orlando, and his desire to serve his ship and crew to the best of his abilities, Tobias accepted the position. He continued to serve as the admiral's executive officer during the investigation into the assassination of Romulan Praetor Tal'aura. In early 2387, he was promoted to the rank of full commander for his dedicated service to both ship and crew.
Part of a Legacy
The year 2387 brought about a great deal of upheaval throughout the Alpha and Beta Quadrants which threatened to drastically alter the balance of power even moreso than the Elyshan Cold War ever had. Although the Elyshans had retreated within their own borders following defeats at Starbase 386 and Starbase Gatekeeper, political unrest within the Romulan Empire had been thrown into chaos by the disastrous effects of the Hobus Supernova. Growing concern at Starfleet Command and the Federation Council prompted a renewed effort to formalize many of the diplomatic ties that had been established during the Dominion War.
One way in which Starfleet sought to address these growing concerns was through the introduction of several new starship designs including the Legacy-class. Starfleet Command initially requisitioned five Legacy-class starships to be constructed by three of the Federation's most prominent shipyard facilities: the Utopia Planetia Fleet Yards, the Beta Antares Fleet Yards, and the San Francisco Fleet Yards. By the time the USS Yorktown completed her space trials at the Sector 001 Flight Test Range in early 2388, the Eighth "Horizon" Fleet admiralty had already begun looking for candidates to command Starfleet's newest Legacy-class starship. Vice Admiral Quinn Androski did not hesitate to recommend Naros for consideration due to Naros' extensive experience and dedicated service. His recommendation was soon echoed by Vice Admiral Iluvar, giving Starfleet Command sufficient reason to officially tap Commander Naros as the most likely candidate. Commander Naros began the process of reviewing potential candidates for senior staff positions and communicating with Lieutenant Warrington regarding the Yorktown's progress while still carrying out his duties as Executive Officer aboard the USS Orlando-A.
Starfleet officially commissioned the USS Yorktown (NCC-88288) on 26 June 2388 and she set out for the Eighth "Horizon" Fleet Patrol Zone. Her initial shakedown cruise followed a carefully planned route observed by the Starfleet Corps of Engineers so as to ascertain the vessel's performance under more realistic operating conditions. The Yorktown arrived at Starbase 386 on 14 August 2388 to take on final crew and supplies whereupon Commander Tobias Naros officially assumed command of the vessel. Roughly two weeks later, the Yorktown received her first official orders and departed Starbase 386 on course for the Cardassian border.
Vice Admiral Quinn Androski is perhaps one of Naros' oldest and closest friends in Starfleet. The two first met around late 2375 when Naros began teaching flight lessons at Starfleet Academy, though the two did not often interact with one another as the then-Lieutenant Commander Androski was teaching several courses in the fields of history and engineering. The two met again in 2384 when Androski was searching for helmsman candidates and came across Naros' file. Androski finally made the offer of a position aboard the Excelsior-Refit-class USS Orlando to the then-Lieutenant JG, who accepted and came aboard with the new rank of Lieutenant.
Though the two officers never spoke directly of Naros' personal past during the course of those early days, the foundation for what would become a rather significant friendship was being laid. They would often find themselves taking advantage of the ship's lounge at some late hour for conversation over current affairs as well as mutual concerns. Androski quickly came to rely on the counsel of this experienced El-Aurian officer while Naros learned to appreciate having someone he could talk through things with and the friendship between the two men grew along with their respect for one another.
Naros was honored When Androski approached him shortly after a stand-off with Elyshan forces at Starbase 386 in 2385 with an offer of serving as the Executive Officer aboard the Orlando. Their late night conversations continued to provide both men with a source of counsel and inspiration over the next several months as they worked side-by-side to face growing unrest along the Federation's core-ward frontier. It came as no surprise when Naros was among the majority of former crewmembers who sought transfers to the Legacy-class USS Orlando-A in 2387 following the destruction of the USS Orlando while engaging an alien entity near Farpoint Station.
When the Eighth "Horizon" Fleet admiralty began looking for candidates to command the newly commissioned USS Yorktown, the now-Vice Admiral Androski did not hesitate to recommend Naros for consideration, a decision which was soon echoed by Vice Admiral Iluvar.
There are relatively few who have managed to look past Naros' personable exterior to see glimpses of the more personal individual within and Quinn Androski may certainly be counted among them. The two men have remained in close contact since Naros assumed command of the Yorktown and often spend what little time they have comparing their respective command experiences. Naros fully recognizes the significance of the time he served as the admiral's right hand through many changes and considers Androski to be both respected superior as well as close personal friend.
Naros was among the first to encounter young Jaden Androski when an away team from the USS Orlando discovered the boy amidst the ruins of Paris after having been thrown five years into the future to the year 2389. Assuming the boy's parents had been killed in the devestating attack and unwilling to leave the boy to this particular future, then-Commander Quinn Androski made the decision to assume custody for the boy which meant bringing him back to the Orlando's original time. This caused quite a stir with Starfleet Command and more specifically the Office of Temporal Investigations as there was some concern over the effects such actions might have on the timeline. Only through the tireless efforts of Androski as well as several members of the Orlando crew did Starfleet finally grant their approval.
Shortly afterward, Androski asked if Tobias would be willing to be the young boy's godfather. The El-Aurian considered it a great privilege and personal honor to have received such a request and accepted without hesitation. Naros took it upon himself to help keep Jaden occupied, especially when Androski found himself overwhelmed with the added responsibilities being a member of the admiralty brought. It was yet another opportunity for Naros to help shape someone of a younger generation through his own experience.
It became more difficult for Naros to interact with Jaden when he assumed command of the USS Yorktown in mid-2388, though the two still manage to keep in contact with one another. They often spend what little time they have sharing stories, trading jokes, and even working through Jaden's studies. Naros fully recognizes the significance of his status as role model and mentor for the young boy and considers Jaden to be like family to him.
The late Jeff Greene is another rare individual who may be caounted amongst the few to have known the more personal side of the mysterious Tobias Naros. Although the two men never officially met until 2384, Naros had enjoyed a long association with members of the Greene family since he was first assigned to the the Excelsior-class USS Orlando as a shuttlecraft pilot in early 2300. The Orlando's White Star Lounge had just been established by Greene's grandfather and quickly became one of the El-Aurian's favorite places to spend off duty hours. It was through this relationship that the younger Greene would come to know the famous lounge patron quite well by the time Naros returned to the Orlando over sixty years later.
Like his grandfather before him, Greene never allowed his position as owner and host of the White Star Lounge to come between himself and the people who frequented his establishment. He would often find the El-Aurian musing over his own thoughts well into the night while standing before the lounge's large viewports and it was not uncommon for Green to keep a frosted mug of root beer, birch beer, or sarsaparilla on hand for his most frequent customer. Their relationship extended well beyond one of commercial hospitality, however, as evidenced by those occasions when the two men would engage in recreational activity on the holodeck as the opportunity presented itself. The two men sometimes enjoyed sitting down after a long day and sharing details of their current personal lives, further developing their growing friendship.
Greene's death during the destruction of the USS Orlando in 2387 impacted nearly every member of the Orlando's crew including Naros. The latter was quite honored when he was invited to the reading of his friend's last will and testament shortly after returning to Earth. It was also around this time that Naros began developing a more personal relationship with Greene's nephew, Aaron Russell, thereby continuing his association with the Greene family to a new generation.
Naros' relationship with Aaron Russell begain in much the same way as any other member of the Greene family line. Each knew of the other through their mutual relationship with the late Jeff Greene. It was Greene who passed on stories of the El-Aurian's relationship to their family stretching back to the earliest days of the twenty-fourth century when young Russell would come to visit Greene's establishment in Chicago on Earth. Greene also spoke often of his nephew during his conversations with Naros while living aboard the USS Orlando. Through Greene, Naros and Russell came to know of one another well before either of them actually met the other in person.
The tragic death of [[Jeff Greene] in 2387 proved the catalyst which would eventually lead Naros and Russell to meet face-to-face. Having been ostracized from his own family, Aaron found his uncle to be one of the only people who could even begin to understand him. It was not at all surprising that Greene's death affected this young man so deeply at such a critical point in his life. He had just been accepted into the school of his dreams, only to lose the one person who had meant the world to him.
Naros first encountered Russell during the memorial ceremony for Greene and again only a few days later during the reading of Greene's will. There was a clear sense of conflict within the young man which Naros knew was only being exacerbated by the loss of his uncle as well as the distance from his remaining family. The fact Russell was now faced with the difficult responsibility for taking charge of his uncle's legacy did not help much either. It was during this time of need, however, that Naros chose to reach out to this young man attempted to guide him through the difficult process of discerning his own path for the future.
Since Russell took over management of the Starlight Lounge aboard the Legacy-class USS Orlando-A, he and Naros have continued to build upon their unique relationship. It certainly became a little more difficult for Naros to interact with Russell on a regular basis after assuming command of the USS Yorktown in mid-2388, though the two still manage to keep in contact with one another. They often spend what little time they have sharing stories, trading jokes, and talking about Russell's latest musical project.
|Cadet (First Year)|
|Cadet (Second Year)|
|Cadet (Third Year)|
|Cadet (Fourth Year)|
|2300 - 2325||USS Orlando||
|2325- 2329||USS Ambassador||
|Flight Control Officer|
|2329 - 2357||Extended Personal Leave||
|2357 - 2362||USS Lantru||
|Flight Control Officer|
|2362 - 2373||USS Achilles||
|Assistant Chief Flight Control Officer|
|2373 - 2375||USS Antigo||
|Assistant Chief Flight Control Officer|
|2375 - 2378||Starfleet Academy||
|2378 - 2379||IKS Koroth (Exchange)||
|Assistant Chief Flight Control Officer|
|2379 - 2384||USS Cadillus||
|Assistant Chief Flight Control Officer|
|Assistant Chief Flight Control Officer|
|2384 - 2385||USS Orlando||
| Chief Flight Control Officer|
|2385 - 2386||USS Orlando||
|2386 - 2387||USS Orlando||
|2387 - 2388||USS Orlando-A||
|2388 - Present||USS Yorktown||
|Commanding Officer of USS Yorktown
2388 – Present
|Executive Officer of USS Orlando-A
2387 – 2388
Lieutenant Commander Marcus Rockwell
|Executive Officer of USS Orlando
2385 – 2387
None - Ship Destroyed