Fleet Captain Lloyd Edward Burton, BS, is a Starfleet officer and the current commanding officer of the starship Challenger (NX-03). Lloyd has gained his experiences through determination and pure professionalism. He is considered one of Starfleet’s gifted tacticians.
As a result of his work since commanding the Challenger, he has further expanded Earth’s influence and presence within its local area. His actions have further developed the relationship between Earth and the Andorian Empire. Burton was the first human who was an honouree member (with the rank of Commander) of the Andorian Imperial Guard; along with that, he was the first Starfleet officer to be promoted to the rank of Fleet Captain. He also holds high popularity among the general public of Denobula.
Lloyd has a muscular, athletic build. He keeps himself well-groomed and decent when on duty. He usually keeps his hair in a stylish short-combed way. Typically, he lets some stubble grow and hates beard; however, he has been known to grow it.
- Height: 5′ 11″ (1.82 m)
- Weight: 161 Ibs
- Hair: Dark Brown
- Eyes: Blue
Lloyd is a capable and faithful officer; as such, he loves the work he does. He enjoys his work immensely and is never afraid to lend a hand in helping out with taking on extra duty shifts if required. The Romulan War has changed his perspective on many things; as such, he appears to hold a grudge against the losses he has suffered at their hands. It has become a source of strength for him and a weakness.
Strengths & Weaknesses
Once a passionate man, Lloyd has had his sense of adventure, from which he once found strength, but over the years got knocked by the suffering he has had to endure. His relationship with Ros still sometimes haunts him in his dreams; nevertheless, he always does his best to keep it out of his working life. Since he started a relationship with Nicole Levesque after discovering she was pregnant with his children, some of his passion has come back.
Lloyd is an empowering leader and always willing to help those under his direction to improve. Many have noted him as a commanding officer who encourages his fellow crewmates to aspire to improve themselves.
Lloyd has always wanted to command his own starship. This was because of a competition with his older sister Madison to see who would reach the rank of Captain first and get their own command. Something she won a year before him; however, he feels he won the competition as he was given command of an NX-class ship.
Since becoming a captain, Lloyd has mellowed from this, and instead, the war with the Romulans has made him even more determined to do whatever it takes to win the war.
- Earth language of English
- Earth language of French
- Earth language of Spanish
- Andorian (partial)
- Denboulan (partial)
Hobbies & Interests
- Rock climbing
Lloyd was born on May 21st, 2118, in the British city of Canterbury. In his early childhood, he grew up with just his parents and his sister. Eventually, the family grew to include his younger brothers, Roman and, later on, Seth. The four Burton children were very close. Before the birth of his brother Roman, the family moved to Portsmouth due to the change in his father’s job.
As a teenager, Lloyd would enjoy the change of scenery from the historic city of Canterbury to the seafronts of Portsmouth. On many occasions, he would watch several ships from the British Royal Navy pass through the various yards of Portsmouth. Sharing his passion for adventure with his two brothers, they would head to the historic dockyards every weekend and walk along the seafront to see what ships they could see. The Burton family had a privileged life with many holidays taken abroad to other countries worldwide. By the time Lloyd was in his teens, he had also visited the Moon and the Utopia Planitia colony on Mars.
During secondary school, Lloyd developed a knack for sports and was noted by his teachers as highly talented. He was captain of the school’s rugby and lacrosse teams for four consecutive years. On the side, he also enjoyed sparring and joined a local boxing club, something both his parents disapproved of when they found out. This would not be the only thing his parents would dislike. By the time he finished secondary school at eighteen, he had followed in his sister’s footsteps and joined Starfleet. His father chastised him for his decision, believing he was being foolish and reckless. This caused a lot of tension between them, with Lloyd not speaking to his father for almost a year.
It was an exciting time to be at the Starfleet Training Command in 2136 due to the increase in Starfleet’s construction of survey-type starships. Lloyd studied hard for four years. He graduated top in his class and earned interstellar combat and starship operations degrees. He would graduate in 2140 with a posting on board the newly constructed Intrepid (NV-01) as an armoury officer.
Lloyd served aboard the Intrepid for three years, slowly making his way through the ranks and becoming the ship’s assistant chief armoury officer by 2143. During his three-year tour on the Intrepid, he was part of many of Captain Ramirez’s landing parties on other worlds. On nine occasions, he was commended for his bravery in defending his fellow crewmates and even saved the captain’s life twice. Once was during a contentious negotiation with a group of Rigelians and the other when Nausicaan pirates took the captain hostage.
While on the Intrepid, Lloyd developed a relationship with one of the engineers, Ros Noble. The two became extremely close, and Lloyd considered asking Ros to marry him. Nevertheless, tragedy struck in 2143 when the Intrepid was helping defend several Earth Cargo ships from pirates. Ros was injured during the firefight and was taken to the ship’s sickbay after a power conduit overloaded in main engineering, pushing her off the top level and hitting the deck below her. Ros recovered after being in a coma for two weeks. When she awoke, she suffered from complete memory loss due to her head trauma. This meant she couldn’t remember anything of her life, including her relationship with Lloyd. Following numerous attempts to help her regain her memory, Ros told Lloyd to leave her. She resigned her commission and decided to live on Earth to see if she could find herself. Heartbroken, Lloyd requested to transfer off the Intrepid. The daily reminder of what he had lost was too much to deal with. Captain Ramirez reluctantly agreed to Burton’s transfer request when the ship returned to Earth for re-supply and minor refits at the end of 2143.
Starfleet finally accepted Lloyd’s request to transfer off the Intrepid, and he was assigned back to Earth to help with the NX-Project. He dealt with the research and development of tactical systems. He was part of the team under Captain W.M. Jefferies that enhanced polarised hull plating and plasma cannons. Lloyd remained with the NX-Project until construction began on the first class, the Enterprise.
Once construction on the Enterprise began, Burton was offered the position of joining the Daedalus-class explorer Charlton as its chief armoury officer in 2148. Under the command of Captain Pavel Rednic, Lloyd developed further as a field officer over the next five years.
During one of the missions, Lloyd led a landing party to help rescue a crashed civilian freighter. While saving the survivors, an avalanche occurred, trapping the landing party and some of the civilians. Lloyd led the group to a safe set of caves; however, tension began to rise between several colonists, forcing him to resolve the difference between the different sides. Eventually, everyone was freed by rescue teams from the Charlton. For his outstanding work, Lloyd was commended for his leadership. Later in the year, he was made the ship’s Second Officer once the position became vacant.
When the Charlton returned to Earth in 2152 for a brief refit, Lloyd was offered the position of joining the crew of the Republic, an Intrepid-class ship, as its first officer and chief armoury officer. Willing to progress his career, he accepted and joined the crew as it continued to explore territories close to Earth and patrol the trade routes between the many Earth colonies.
In 2155, after two years of serving on the Republic, Lloyd was forced to face his past when Ros was appointed as the ship’s chief engineer. Part of her memory had returned, allowing her to re-join Starfleet. Starfleet needed experienced engineers and officers due to the Xindi crisis. They were eager to reinstate her and send her to an active field assignment. She still couldn’t recall any memories of their relationship; however, the two would somehow reconnect over the next year and become close friends.
Eventually during a mission on Alpha Centauri, Ros began to recall her feelings for Lloyd, and the two decided to take the next step in their relationship. Fate played a cruel game, and only a month into their relationship, Ros died in Lloyd’s arms. They had saved a group of trapped orphans on a Denobulan colony after an earthquake had devastated the world. A support beam holding up one of the main walls of the building the orphans were in collapsed on top of her. The fallen wall crushed her spine. As she took her final breath, she told Lloyd she was sorry she wasted time finding him again. Unable to deal with losing Ros for a second time, Lloyd requested an immediate transfer off the Republic. Captain Jennings understood the need for Lloyd to leave; she had lost her husband in the Xindi attack and didn’t want Lloyd to suffer and not enjoy his work.
Starfleet was keen to return Lloyd to the NX-class project. This time he was responsible for overseeing the installations of the new weapon systems on board the Columbia NX-02. He even turned down the position of Chief Armoury Officer under Captain Hernandez because his brother was already serving on the ship as one of its engineers. Instead, he was offered to help oversee the final stage of construction of the third NX-class ship, the Challenger.
Lloyd took a few months of leave from Starfleet after returning to Earth in December 2154. He stayed with his parents and helped his mother set up her charity to help families who had to relocate after the Xindi attack on Earth in 2153. After she was appointed as a Dame within the British Commonwealth in the New Year’s Honour List, she offered Lloyd the opportunity to become the Chief Executive Officer of her charity. After some soul searching, Lloyd gracefully turned his mother’s offer down and returned to Starfleet to continue his new job by mid-January 2155.
Lloyd oversaw the final stages of Challenger’s construction in orbit of Earth until it was finally completed. Tragedy struck the ship when its commanding officer, Captain Rani Karim, died in an accident when a transport collided with her shuttle, forcing both vessels to crash into the English Channel. Karim was killed on impact. The loss of Challenger’s new CO devastated the crew, especially Lloyd, who was to be the ship’s first officer and chief armoury officer. Starfleet Command decided that with Lloyd’s combined field experience alongside his intimate knowledge of the Challenger and its crew, he would be Karim’s replacement. Finding the decision difficult to digest, the newly promoted Captain Lloyd Burton took over directing the final stages of the Challenger’s construction and preparations for its first mission.
The first year of commanding the Challenger was eventful for Lloyd. He escorted Coalition delegates to Denobula on his first mission in a bid to convince the Denobulan government to sign the Coalition Compact. During the mission, the Challenger’s convoy was attacked by Orions, and some of Lloyd’s crew were captured. Lloyd led the mission to retrieve his kidnapped crew, working with their new allies. The mission was a success, and the delegates arrived at Denobula without further incident. Lloyd got to know the Andorian Ambassador Margerit well during this assignment when she was forced to take command of the Andorian cruiser assigned to the convoy.
While at Denobula, the Challenger responded to a distress call from two Earth colony ships heading to the new colony in the Archer system. Lloyd decided to escort the colonists to their new home; it was fortunate he did, as when they arrived, they discovered that the Romulans were attempting to annex the system. Lloyd led a small combined allied fleet against the Romulans and was able to force them to retreat from the system. From here, Starfleet ordered Challenger to begin its exploration mission.
This mission was partly interrupted when Challenger was invited to Andoria by its new elected leader: Chancellor Margerit. Margerit wished to discuss with Burton the possibility of strengthening ties between Earth and Andoria. After observing him in their last encounter, she felt he would understand her more. Their talks were interrupted when Malurians and Nausicaan mercenaries invaded the Andorian colony on Docana. Lloyd rallied several Starfleet ships in the area to provide relief aid once the Andorian fleet repelled the invasion force. Unfortunately, almost the entire Andorian task force was obliterated by a minefield. Lloyd was promoted within the Andorian Guard as an honouree member with the rank of Commander. He was ordered to assume command of the fleet and take back the fallen Andorian world. He felt uneasy in this position, especially as it was an Andorian matter. Chancellor Margerit told him and Earth leaders that if he refused to undertake the mission, it would severely damage relations between their worlds. Admiral Gardner ordered Lloyd to do whatever it took to remove the Malurian and Nausicaan threat from Docana without bringing Earth into an interstellar war. Lloyd planned a well-developed operation that saw Docana liberated. Still, the Romulans (the masterminds behind the Malurian-Nausicaan alliance) bombed the world after the last Malurian-Nausicaan invasion force retreated. The crew of Challenger discovered that they hoped to destabilise the local area through the use of manipulating other powers against the Coalition, similar to their attempts the previous year with their drone attacks.
Lloyd commanded the Challenger to Delta IV to make official first contact with the Deltans and their government. The mission was going well until the Deltans’ bitter rivals, the Carreon, launched many unprovoked attacks against the peaceful Deltans. Lloyd was forced to leave Delta to remove their presence from the conflict, but several of his crew were stuck on the planet below. As the ship left orbit, it was attacked by the Carreon yet could defend itself before it received heavy damage from the Carreon armada. For the next three months, the ship was under constant attack by the Carreons; luckily, their technology was not on par with Starfleet’s, meaning they could swiftly deal with any aggressive vessels. Lloyd was forced to order his remaining crew to abandon ship when it was heavily damaged and could no longer sustain them. He remained behind with Commander Stanton and Sub Commander T’Plau to make repairs and to try to retrieve their missing crewmembers on Delta IV. During their attempt, they encountered a Romulan vessel using a telepresence capturing system to control the Carreon armada. They successfully stopped the Romulan ship and gained evidence to prove to both the Deltans and Carreons that the Romulans were manipulating them. When Lloyd returned to Delta with a badly damaged Challenger, a conflict between the two races was in full swing. The Deltans offered to help repair the ship, and in return, Lloyd agreed to assist them in finding a way to stop the fighting.
When the last remaining Carreon forces approached the Deltan homeworld, Lloyd took the ship in a bold attempt to make contact with the Carreons to find a diplomatic solution. Unknown to him and his crew, the Deltans had rigged the ship’s warp core to explode in a final bid to destroy the bulk of their enemy’s forces. The Challenger crew discovered the sabotage, and Lloyd ejected the ship’s warp core in time to save his ship. Lloyd and the others were rescued by their Andorian allies from the Andorian battlecruiser IGS Avenkerev. Eventually, they retrieved their entire crew and were towed back to Earth by the Avenkerev to discover they were at war with the Romulans. Lloyd developed a good relationship with his counterpart, Commander Anthi, from the Avenkerev. The two ship captains decided not to tell their crew about the war until they crossed into friendly territory.
Before Challenger arrived in Earth’s orbit, Doctor Ben-Ami informed Burton that he was to become a father. Due to a transporter accident that involved him and Commander Levesque during the Deltan-Carreon conflict, somehow, she had become impregnated. It turned out they were to have triplet sons. Finding out he was about to become a father was a welcome surprise for the young captain.
Shortly after Challenger had arrived in the Sol System, Burton was told by his superior officer that his father had been killed during a shuttlecraft accident. As the entire crew were given two weeks of R&R, Burton returned to his family home to be with his mother and siblings. During this time, he was approached by Fleet Admiral Moira Hathaway, Starfleet’s Commander-in-Chief. She did not believe the evidence behind Burton’s father’s death. Having the skills to explore the circumstances behind his father’s death, Lloyd launched his own personal investigation. It ended with him being joined by his siblings as they tried to work out why the admiral was suspicious. Ultimately, they discovered that Hathaway’s instinct was right. Their investigation led them to uncover that their father’s death was faked. It was a cover-up for him to go underground to work on Earth’s project to build a warp seven engine. A group supported him within the security and intelligence branches of Starfleet that had been working to protect the lives and interests of the United Earth Commonwealth. What made this more challenging for Burton to deal with was the fact this group was being led by Captain Karim, Challenger’s original skipper, who Burton had believed had died too.
While on Mars, he and his siblings had uncovered a plot by this group to build a large fleet of ships that they would use against those that threatened Earth. Once the Burton siblings had exposed their plans, most of the officers working for this section of Starfleet Security and Starfleet Intelligence fled Mars (Captain Karim being one of them), leaving Burton’s father and other scientists behind. His brother called this group Section Thirty-One because they recited this part of the Starfleet Charter to justify why they did what they did. Nevertheless, it was suggested by Burton and his brothers and sister that the work their father had started should continue as it would help the war effort. Fleet Admiral Hathaway ended up classifying the whole ordeal and, with United Earth Defence Secretary Anthony Stark, also discovered that Admirals Gardner and Black were supporting this group. Hathaway re-assigned them both and took direct control over Starfleet’s efforts with the war effort. Burton left his father on Mars and agreed with his siblings not to share a word about their father’s existence with anyone, including their mother.
Only days later from this, Lloyd had to deal with an incident that involved Section Thirty-One targeting Commander Levesque and their unborn children. Levesque, who had been attending Tel Aviv University to uncover more information about her abnormal pregnancy, had been injured when rioters (a splinter group of Terra Prime) had attacked the university during an anti-war rally. The demonstration had turned violent, and they ended up smashing through the offices and research labs where Levesque was. Thankfully she had been saved by Starfleet Security, who had been alerted to Levesque being targeted. Burton and his siblings had discovered Levesque’s medical files on Mars and were able to get a message, with the help of Admiral Hathaway, for Levesque to be protected. After dealing with this matter, Burton accepted Levesque’s request to remain on Earth to see her pregnancy through and leave Challenger. Saying yes to her request was simple as Burton knew that she would be safe on Earth due to Hathaway assigning an undercover security protection team to Levesque as she took up her new post as Deputy Director of Starfleet Science. Burton went on to ask his chief engineer, Commander Stanton, to succeed Levesque as his first officer, which he did. The two joined the rest of the Challenger crew to celebrate the wedding of two other crew members.
Once the engineers at the Obama Repair Facility had repaired Challenger, Burton was promoted to the new rank of Fleet Captain by Fleet Admiral Hathaway. She wanted him to take a more active role in the war and soon sent him and the Challenger crew to investigate the whereabouts of their sister ship, the Discovery. Fearing that he had lost his brother, who served on the fourth NX-class ship, Burton was eager to find the ship. Burton and his crew found the Discovery, and the two ships worked on a plan to deliver a crippling blow to the Romulans.
The mission was a success but ended on a sad tone. Burton had to deal with losing three senior staff members after their daring raid against the Romulans. The deaths of Lieutenant Conrad, Major Yu and Commander Stanton affected him greatly. Fortunately for him, Stanton’s husband had requested to join Challenger as his new first officer and chief pilot. Burton went on to use his new authority further and promoted Lieutenant Masuko to chief engineer. Eventually, General Casey, the head of the MACOs, provided Burton with Yu’s replacement before Challenger was sent back to the frontlines.
Sent to lead an assault against a Romulan forward supply base as well as a critical military target, Burton had prepared himself for what awaited him. His strategy was planned down to the smallest detail; however, when they discovered that the Tholians had taken matters into their own hands and defeated the Romulans at Burton’s intended target, Burton was forced to turn back home. When they encountered a distress call from the Kriosian flagship, Burton was eager to help them. On some sort of mission that was based around redemption, especially when he and his crew determined that the Romulans were once again using their ship-capturing device to manipulate a conflict between the Kriosians and Klingons, Burton took it as his own mission to reveal the truth in a bold attempt to turn the Klingons and Kriosians against the Romulans. Though he could convince the Krioisians, he was not entirely successful with the Klingons. The conflict between the two powers became out of hand and resulted in Krios being conquered by the Klingon Empire. An action that Burton went on to blame himself for.
|2136 - 2137||First Year Cadet||Starfleet Training Command||
Cadet Freshman Grade
|2137 - 2138||Second Year Cadet||Starfleet Training Command||
Cadet Sophomore Grade
|2138 - 2139||Third Year Cadet||Starfleet Training Command||
Cadet Junior Grade
|2139 - 2140||Fourth Year Cadet||Starfleet Training Command||
Cadet Senior Grade
|2140 - 2143||Armoury Officer||Intrepid (NV-01)||
|2143 - 2148||Tactical Engineering Specialist||NX-Project||
Lieutenant Junior Grade
|2148 - 2150||Chief Armoury Officer||Charlton (NCC-134)||
|2150 - 2152||Chief Armoury Officer & Second Officer||Charlton (NCC-134)||
|2152 - 2154||Chief Armoury & Executive Officer||Republic (NV-02)||
|2155 - 2155||Deputy Construction Manager||NX-Project||
|2155 - 2155||Commanding Officer||Challenger (NX-03)||
|2155 - Present||Commanding Officer||Challenger (NX-03)||