USS VINDEX - NCC-2474-A

Major Storr Garlake

Name Storr Ingleson Garlake

Position Marine Commanding Officer

Rank Major


Stats

  • 69 Mission Posts

Last Post

Fri Aug 18th, 2017 @ 8:42pm

Character Information

Gender Male
Species Human
Date of Birth 2352
Age 36
Place of Birth The Garlake Estate, "Verlos" (Outside Lephalale, South Africa)
Languages Federation Standard, Afrikaans, Swahili
Sexual Orientation Heterosexual

Physical Appearance

Height 6’2’’
Weight 225
Hair Color Brownish-Blonde
Eye Color Blue Eyes
Physical Description Storr is a sparkplug with features easily belying his Dutch Afrikaner heritage: Thick, broad shoulders; a square face and jaw; and a sinewy frame. He keeps his full beard closely trimmed and wears his hair in the stereotypical Marine high-and-tight (though usually longer on the top). Storr always endeavors to have his uniform crip, boots shined and be well groomed, as he feels his outward appearance is the first (and oftentimes only) impression one is able to give of their inward professionalism.

Family

Spouse Jaya Maera-Garlake
Children None
Father Kevin Garlake
Mother Dorothy (Andrews) Garlake
Brother(s) Altus (UFP Marines: USS Constantinople)
Sister(s) Odele (Bulawayo, Rhodesia, Earth)
Other Family Various (extended)

Personality & Traits

General Overview Storr is an odd mix of brooding/introspective and gregarious/chummy; he seems to be trying to embrace the former while fleeing the latter. He fills up a room when he enters (both figuratively and quite often literally) but is trying to move away from the limelight that he once reveled in. He has a penchant for details and cold eye for disrespect towards authority, whether it be his own, the Captain’s, or Starfleet in general. He holds family ties very closely and to him, blood is indeed much thicker than water.
Strengths & Weaknesses +The Afrikaner is loyal to a fault and will go-to-bat for anyone under his supervision that has earned his allegiance, whether it is deserved/necessary or not.

+Storr’s large size and personality are often quite useful in…other than diplomatic solutions.

-The lure of good drink, smoke, women and song is a powerful siren to Storr, a legacy of a life he is desperately trying to leave behind but continues to stalk him in the present.

-Given his physical aptitude and the ease at which it comes to him, he is very impatient with those that struggle in that realm or have trouble with self-discipline in general.
Ambitions Having recently wed, Storr feels that he has summited one of the highest peaks that he could achieve. Outside of this, most things fade into the background other than continuing to rack up personal bests in the gym, be liked by most everyone he meets and take care of many Marines as he can as he climbs each leadership rung.
Hobbies & Interests Storr is attempting to reboot his character, so more times than not you might find him nose-in-book listening to baroque Earth music (never mind the book might be upside down). He spends at least an hour a day in the gym lifting heavy things and putting them back down again, as well as practicing Greco-Roman wrestling/sparring, small-unit tactics, and personal marksmanship. In his weaker moments, he also greatly enjoys large cigars, pints of beer with boerewors (farmers' sausage), and shooters of witblits (South African grape-fermented amateur brandy).

Serial Number 11025874735
Security Access Level Level 8
Command Access Authorisation Code Storr-Garlake-Sierra-2-Foxtrot-5
Voice Authorisation Code Storr-Garlake-Bravo-Zulu-2
Duty Shift Alpha (08:00-16:00)
Shift Assignment Marine Commanding Officer
Location of Quarters Deck 25
Personal History The Garlake family harken back to the first Dutch explorers to southern Africa, his descendants settling across the regions variously known as Nambia, Botswana, South Africa, and Rhodesia/Zimbabwe. The Garlakes, while originally farmers, quickly found themselves masters of martial skills; men of the family fought in many notable (and many not-so) conflicts across the continent to include the Boer Wars, various wars of independence, the Angolan and Sierra Leone civil wars, the Rhodesian bush war, through the Eugenics war and beyond into the stars. Their service to various regimes and factions earned them land and Garlakes across the region were known as yeoman farmers on their substantial acreage though warriors first.

It was to this legacy that Storr was born and he embraced both heartily. The young man took to animal husbandry quickly, his size allowing him to ride larger horses than others his age, as well as seemingly tireless treks into the jungle with a large pack upon his back and rifle in his hand. While he had no silver spoon in his mouth, his parents were of some means and after having a rather carefree upbringing, was educated at Sandhurst in Britain where he gained his love for rugby. Rather than returning home immediately upon graduation, Storr stayed on the English isles and played amateur and then near-professional rugby, his days filled with scrumming and nights with drunken carousing. This took its toll in many forms, however, as his intended back in Pretoria grew sick of his inability to sustain a long-distance relationship and broke off the engagement. Storr was devastated and in a night of complete despair, landed in the brig at Dover.

While the night of incarceration in the local drunk tank was bad enough, he had two new tattoos and was summarily hauled to the local Starfleet embarkment point, as he had somehow managed to convince the local fleet recruiter that he was one, not drunk and two, really really wanted to join Starfleet. Still nursing a crushing hangover, Storr made his first trip into space and ended graduating number three in his cohort, selecting to cross-enlist into the Starfleet Marines. The Afrikaner excelled at his follow-on training there and went on to serve at various positions before becoming a “Mustang” and commissioning as an Ensign and working his way to his current position on the USS Vindex.
Service Record 2352 – Born
2352 to 2370 – Earth (Farming/Military training)
2370 to 2374 – Sandhurst (Graduate education/Military theory)
2374 to 2375 – Starfleet Boot/Marine Basic
2375 to 2377 – Rifleman (Deep Space Three - PFC)
2377 to 2380 – Fireteam Leader (Benthari Prime)
2380 to 2384 – Platoon Sergeant (USS Ticonderoga –Staff Sergeant)
2384 to 2386 – Platoon Commander (USS Dauntless – 2nd Lt)
2386 to 2388 – Marine Executive Officer (USS Agamemnon – 1st Lt)
2388 to Current – Marine Commanding Officer (USS Vindex – Marine Captain)