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James Preston Harvey McCallister

Human Male

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Family

  • Mother: Francesca McCallister
  • Father: Jack McCallister
  • Brother: Conrad McCallister, Starfleet Captain of Starbase 378
  • Brother: Horatio McCallister, former Starfleet officer currently in prison
  • Wife: Karyn Reyas, Starfleet Commander of the USS Odyssey (NCC-80000)
  • Son: Theodore McCallister-Reyas
  • Son: Alfie McCallister-Reyas
  • Son: Henri McCallister-Reyas
  • Sister-in-law: Laura McCallister, Starfleet Captain of the USS League (NCC-74652) – married to Conrad.

Early Life

James Preston McCallister was born in Cape May, New Jersey, United States of America on Earth to Francesca and Jack McCallister on November 22nd, 2351. Ultimately becoming the middle child of three boys, James grew up in his family’s run hotel (The Red Lion) and shared his brothers’ taste for adventure among the stars. This was to the displeasure of their parents, who taught their boys to enjoy the simple things life with a little or less technology to help them. Being the middle son, James sometimes resented his other two brothers due to the more attention they received from their parents.

When his older brother, Conrad, left home to attend Starfleet Academy it caused quite a lot of upset for the family. Both Francesca and Jack were against their sons joining Starfleet, hoping they would remain closer to home and avoid the service entirely. Conrad’s departure gave James the opportunity to come closer with his younger brother Horatio. The two would often be seen around town together, sharing their interests with their friends. This included a number of sports they enjoyed doing together, including soccer, tennis, basketball and swimming. He and his brothers also went camping often when they were old enough not to have their parents supervising them.

During his secondary school education, James excelled in mathematics, computer science and physics. Without his parents’ knowledge, he attended a number of after-school clubs that included aspects related to engineering. He went on to become president of his school’s student body and followed in his brother’s footsteps when he graduated as valedictorian. Ending his schooling on a high was an impressive achievement for James, especially after he took second place at the state swimming championship tournaments. 

Once again when he made the decision to carry on following in Conrad’s footsteps and he planned to join Starfleet Academy, James’ parents were not happy. Further tension among his parents took place and James would eventually leave home never reconciling with them for many years.

Starfleet Career

Academy years

Entering Starfleet Academy was a dream come true for James. The constant academic challenges piqued his interest and his time among so many individuals built further confidence in him. At the Academy, James developed a curiosity in systems engineering, cybernetics and holography. His instructors encouraged him to pursue other areas of interests, one particular was his history and archeology professor; Rio Canção. The El-Aurian teacher took a shine to James and would encourage him to pursue this field of study as an alternative to the engineering areas he wanted to specialise in. She felt he had the potential to go far and even nominated him to go forward to attend command courses.

During his sophomore year, he entered the annual Academy Marathon and came in first place. Sports were something he was still keen on and a year later he would become the captain of the Academy’s soccer team. 

James graduated from the Academy as valedictorian of his class. He majored in systems engineering, and minored in combined holography and cybernetics. His first posting was on board the Intrepid-class vessel USS Audacious (NCC-74709). This was down to the intervention of Professor Canção who was an old friend of the Audacious’ skipper.

USS Audacious

Serving on the Audacious as its chief operations officer as an ensign, gave James the grounding he needed to develop as an officer.  He would subsequently rise through the ranks due to his excellent dedication to service. Impressing his commanding officer, Captain Brooke Fontana-Adelaide, he made his stamp on the brand-new ship in his first year.

The Audacious would go on to serve heavily during the Dominion War. Before the outbreak of war, James had learnt of the fact that his brother, Horatio, had gone AWOL shortly after his graduation from Starfleet and had joined the Maquis. The crushing news of his brother’s betrayal to the Federation upset James a lot. His parents blamed Starfleet for filling their youngest son’s head with so much. For some time, this caused further friction between James and his parents. The flip side to the news was that James became a lot closer to Conrad over their heartbreak of Horatio abandoning something they all wanted to do.

It wasn’t until a few months later when the Audacious had been sent to investigate a hidden Maquis base in the Bajoran Badlands that they came across the cell that Horatio had been a member of. It was James who found his younger brother and even stunned him to prevent him from escaping. James had the regrettable duty of informing the rest of his family the fate of Horatio. The Audacious took the Maquis to a prison on Betazed where James said a final goodbye to his brother after feeling humiliated and betrayed for him committing an act of treason. Seeing the hurt and embarrassment on the young officer, Captain Adelaide took James under her wing in almost motherly fashion. 

As the Audacious joined many fleet engagements, the ship endured many losses, including several in the senior staff. With the shortage of experienced officers, Captain Adelaide made the decision to use the crew she had and handed out a number of battlefield promotions to fill empty spots to ensure the ship ran efficiently as she deemed fit. Even through their losses, the Audacious crew remained strong in its convictions and by the end of the war were all commended for their valiant service to the Federation. Noted for his continuous professionalism and impressive service to his fellow crewmates, Adelaide went on to make James a full lieutenant at the end of the war and her second officer.

It was during the war that James Preston began a romantic relationship with the ship’s stellar cartographer, Ensign Harriet Riley. The two became close and eventually moved in with each other after Riley’s quarters were damaged. However, when the Audacious served as part of the large allied fleet that invaded Cardassia in 2375, Stellar Cartography was hit badly by enemy fire. As such an EPS conduit exploded killing Harriet. After hearing the news of her death, James withdrew into himself for a little while until a pep talk from Captain Adelaide made him come out of himself again to live his life as much as Harriet would want him to.

It was ironic that even though the Audacious endured heavily during the war that her demise would occur during a mission to help with post-war relief efforts while in orbit of Betazed. The Audacious’ antimatter containment pods had become unstable due to a computer malfunction. James Preston along with the Audacious chief engineer, one Lieutenant Lyndsy Dawson, attempted to save the ship however a number of safety protocols were non-responsive and as such Captain Adelaide had to order her crew to abandon ship. In the same escape pod with his captain and its chief engineer, the three officers watched sadly as the Audacious exploded and went on to burn up in the atmosphere of Betazed.

Soon after a general enquiry found that none of the crew was to blame for the loss of the Audacious and her loss was blamed on a computer glitch based on a number of bio-neural gel packs becoming infected. After the destruction of the ship, James took four months of leave and spent it on Risa. He ignored every message from his parents, asking him to come home to visit them. 

USS Portsmouth

Captain Adelaide was adamant she wanted to keep her crew together when Starfleet offered her command of a new ship at the end of 2376. She was handed over command of the Akira-class starship, USS Portsmouth (NCC- 63749). Adelaide had James assigned to the Portsmouth when Starfleet granted her wish to have everyone return to her command. 

Eventually the Portsmouth was allocated to peacekeeper duties within the Federation and to carry on with post-war relief efforts. By 2379 the Portsmouth was assigned to the Beta Quadrant to bolster defence along the border with the Romulan Star Empire, this was shortly after the Shinzon coup d’etat. 

During a stop off at Starbase 611, a station that was on the far edges of Federation territory, the Portsmouth had to help defend the station against an attack by a rogue alien group. As the Portsmouth was one of only two Starfleet heavy cruisers docked, the aliens constantly hounded them causing severe damage to the ship. James devised a tactic that would reduce the number of enemy ships left to deal with. He was able to get enough power to the ship’s tractors to tow the last two warships out of the system. As the crew abandoned ship via the escape pods, Captain Adelaide, McCallister and a couple of others remained on board to implement his plan. The plan was effective and the Portsmouth ended up taking the two enemy ships with it as the auto-destruct system detonated. Once again Captain Adelaide had to watch with McCallister the loss of another ship from the confines of an escape pod. For his ingenious idea in saving his crew, the station and the lives of other Federation citizens, he was awarded by Starfleet with the Medal of Commendation. 

USS Trinity

During the middle of 2381 and after another well-deserved leave of absence (this time on Kovar Prime), James was promoted to the rank of lieutenant commander and given the assignment of being the chief operations officer on board the newly built Insignia-class USS Trinity (NCC-80421). Once again, he went on to serve under Captain Adelaide as second officer. 

James had developed an extremely close relationship with his captain who he looked to as a close mentor and a role model for himself in developing as an officer and a leader. After the launch of the Trinity at the Proxima Maintenance Yards, the ship was assigned to exploration duties within the Beta Quadrant. The ship was assigned to a two-year deep space exploration mission. On this assignment James developed more than he had previously done due to the fact he was doing what he joined up to do: to explore the stars and live the adventure in the true unknown. As part of the Trinity’s crew he met a number of new species and explored a number of new systems. James also became close to the ship’s chief engineer, Lieutenant Commander Lyndsy Dawson. This eventually led to them beginning a romantic relationship. In 2384 the Trinity docked at Deep Space 19 to receive general repairs and refits after its two year long exploration mission. While the ship was docked James asked Lyndsy to marry him, however she said no and turned him down. A month later the two broke off their relationship and remained friends.

The ship was ordered to help in the eradication of the Beta Cartel, a criminal organisation, who were bent on causing problems for the Federation with its allies in the Klingon Empire. During an engagement against three of Beta Cartel ships, the Trinity was hit hard and several systems exploded on the bridge. One of them killed the first officer and injured Captain Adelaide. In an attempt to save his captain, James applied the limited first aid knowledge he knew while medical teams were called for. Adelaide knew she wouldn’t survive the trip to sickbay and after hearing her first officer had died, she transferred the command codes to James and gave him command of the Trinity. Dying in James’s arms, she told him to save the ship whatever the cost. He went on to lead the ship in destroying two of the enemy ships and captured the third. For his valiant actions, Fleet Admiral Luke Duncan decided that the young commander had earned a field promotion to the rank of captain and gave him full command of the Trinity. The Trinity went on to help finish off what elements remained of the Beta Cartel by the end of the year. Once the mission had ended, McCallister had to lead his crew in the funerals of Captain Adelaide and Commander Morgan Cole (the Trinity’s former executive officer). It was a tough time for the crew to adjust to the changes in the command structure. Deciding to follow on what he had learnt from Adelaide, McCallister chose within the ship’s senior staff for who would be his first officer. Eventually he picked on the ship’s Betazoid counsellor and diplomatic officer, Romen Corbin. It took them, along with the rest of the senior staff, some time to help the crew adapt to the new changes but eventually morale returned to the way Captain Adelaide and Commander Cole would have wanted.

At the start of the new year, James, along with the rest of the Trinity’s crew, was stuck in the Abyss with DS-19, the Kovar system and a number of other Starfleet ships and stations. The Trinity was one of the few ships who were able to restore power after they were transported to the enclosed subspace region. Captain McCallister was able to coordinate with Fleet Admiral Duncan relief efforts to help the rest of the Starfleet crews in repairing their ships and preparing for what lay ahead of them. McCallister would go on to help the admiral’s agenda in forming a strong coalition between a number of alien ships in the Abyss to find a way out. Eventually they did escape and were returned to their original places before their displacement.

Eager to return to their explorative legs, McCallister petitioned Fleet Admiral Duncan to let the Trinity explore the Hellian Expanse. After persuading the admiral for only a few minutes, McCallister prepared his crew for their new two-year joint-mission with the USS Iliad (NCC-74658) to explore the Expanse.

When the Trinity and the Iliad were coming to the end of their mission, they came across high concentrations of neutrinos and gravimetric readings within a class nine nebula in the last uncharted region of the Hellian Expanse. Even though long-range scans had indicated that the region was only filled with gaseous formations, Captain McCallister felt the unusual readings deserved to be investigated in case there was a wormhole present, especially as all the clues pointed to the possibility. It was agreed between McCallister and Captain Jurot (of the Iliad) that the Trinity would go in first to investigate in case there were any risks they were unsure of. The Trinity flew in and shortly after dropping to impulse was sucked into a subspace corridor. As the crew quickly worked to find out where they were, they passed through a circular metallic structure. Straight away the crew realised where they were as the sensors registered the structure as Borg in origin. It was a Borg transwarp conduit manifold that was heavily damaged. Not willing to take any chances Captain McCallister armed the Trinity’s torpedoes and destroyed the manifold. Eventually the transwarp conduit began to collapse around them and the Trinity was shoved back out into normal space. The ship’s re-entry caused heavy damage ship-wide to the point the ship’s structural integrity field was collapsing from all the stress. After a few minutes of trying to save the ship at all costs McCallister knew there wasn’t much else they could until they landed the ship, he ordered for the warp core to be dumped and once a planet was found the ship changed course to land. The planet was an icy Class L. The Trinity’s hull began to buckle and without having the time to launch any escape pods, the ship crash-landed on the ice planet. Once the ship was down the crew attempted to repair what systems they could to keep them alive while they awaited rescue. It took two weeks for Starfleet to find them. After the entire crew were safely on the rescue ships, they began to salvage what was left of the Trinity. The entire clean-up operation took another three weeks. Eventually all that was left on the Trinity were the damaged systems that weren’t salvageable. On orders from Starfleet Command, Captain McCallister activated the ship’s auto-destruct sequence and watched from orbit as his ship destroyed herself to prevent others from attempting to take what was left of her. The destruction caused the remaining parts to break under the glacier the ship had landed on. In the end what was left sunk to the bottom of the planet’s deep cold ocean bed. 

Starfleet Academy

As soon as the inquest into the loss of the Trinity had completed and no charges were made against the captain and his crew, McCallister was offered a position at Starfleet Academy. Approached by his former mentor, Professor Rio Canção, was eager to have him as a member of her faculty. Convincing the Academy Commandant that he would be an asset, he was given a special guest lecturer status on a temporary basis. James spent his time taking small classes in command, tactical, diplomacy and starship operations. Almost repeating what Canção did for him many years ago, he became a mentor to many cadets. He enjoyed tutoring so many and sharing his own experiences.

While at the Academy he went through final training to become a fully qualified First Contact specialist. This was an area he felt he needed to improve on. James also became close friends with fellow lecturer Karyn Reyas. The two eventually moved in together after dating for some time. Even though he joined his teaching job, Karyn convinced James he was better suited to be on the bridge of a starship instead of behind a lecturer’s podium or grading papers. When the spring semester came to an end, James requested to be put back on active starship duty. Even though it appeared he would need to wait for an opportunity, he continued to work hard at the academy. During the last parts of the academic year, he developed a good working relationship with a fellow instructor, Cambil Bexa. The Bajoran woman was in a similar teaching position as he was, being a mentor to a small unit of cadets and leading them in a range of subjects. Karyn and James would often join Bexa and her husband Naprem for meals at their home in San Francisco.  

At the beginning of 2386 James was ordered to Starfleet Command Headquarters to receive his new orders. He would be given command of the Luna-class starship, USS Triton. Before his departure from the Academy though, Professor Canção gave him a verbal cold splash of water and told him to realise that life was more than just serving in Starfleet. Having a similar conversation with Bexa, James knew what he wanted to do next with his relationship with Karyn. On their four-month anniversary he asked her to marry him. Saying yes to his proposal, the two got married in a quiet wedding on Earth before they left for the Triton.

USS Triton

James was giving command of the Luna-class starship USS Triton. She had been sitting at Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards for twelve months receiving a number of extensive upgrades in particular on her warp drive and computer core. Starfleet ordered him to oversee the last of the refits and select his new crew. The last of the updates would take up to two months, giving the new captain plenty of time to select his crew. Deciding he wanted a diverse crew, similar to the other Luna-class ships that were in service, James found himself handpicking everyone to serve on his ship. 

With only two weeks before its upgrades were complete, Triton was rushed out of drydock by Starfleet when McCallister was ordered to head up a relief force to Starbase 378 in the Alcor Sector in anticipation of the collapse of the Amorgia star. After arriving in the sector, the sun had collapsed, and millions of Federation citizens were being evacuated due to their planets being affected by the collapse of the star. James was given the task of dealing with a crisis with a nearby nation, the Hayde’nk Commonwealth, that was a Federation protectorate but who had taken hostile action against refugee ships and Starfleet forces too. The Federation Council wanted the threat to Federation interests to be removed at once and to know exactly what the Hayde’nk were playing at. While trying to get to know his new crew and ship, James had to help a deposed crown prince deal with possibly losing the rest of his family whilst attempting to open diplomatic channels with the new leaders. Eventually James and the rest of the Triton discovered that a dissident movement had manipulated military and political leaders against each other. The captain also discovered that this rebel group was being supported by a Ferengi Daimon and his crew, who themselves were captured by their business partners and later killed. In an attempt to prevent an all-out war with the Ferengi Alliance and in hopes of restoring peace in the sector to help with the collapse of the Amorgia sun, James mediated a peace settlement between the Hayde’nk military leaders, its royal family and civilian elected officials. The talks themselves were interrupted by the dissident movement, where its leader decided to reveal himself however was killed by another dissident who was part of the military leadership. Eventually James was able to get all sides to reach a compromise and restore peace and order to the Hayde’nk Commonwealth. James went on to report to Ferengi representatives what had happened and how those Ferengi who had supported the rebels had been killed by their own business partners. No repercussions came from the Ferengi government over the situation and James, along with the rest of the Triton’s crew, was commended for their efforts and successes in finding a peaceful endgame to the crisis.  During everything though, James led the Triton and other Starfleet ships in engaging rebel ships when they attacked Federation ships. James was noted for his tactical thinking in preventing the loss of life on both sides in hopes of a peaceful resolution.

Throughout this first mission, James was dealing with getting to know his new crew which wasn’t easy as it should have been. Lieutenant Commander Lyndsy Dawson, the Triton’s new Chief Engineer had been James’ ex-girlfriend and they both had ended their relationship on a bad note. Both Lyndsy and James tried hard to put their past behind them to work together, especially to have Triton ready to be launched to help in the Alcor sector. During the mission both appeared to be able to return to an amicable relationship, especially as Karyn was also on board and was made Triton’s third officer above Lyndsy. 

When the Bajoran colony on Olbari II was threatened by a massive snowstorm, McCallister volunteered for Triton to help with the colony’s evacuation. Once the ship arrived in the Olbari system it quickly responded to the emergency relief efforts that were under way. Captain McCallister led an away team to meet with the colony’s governor to discuss the evacuation procedure. Between McCallister’s crew and the colony’s government agencies, the civilians of Olbari II were slowly evacuated to temporary shelters on Olbari III. During the mission, James and Karyn took his yacht to visit scientists in the Arctic regions of Olbari II. They had been studying the rapid changes happening to the planet and when they explained there was nothing they could do to stop it the captain insisted on their evacuation from their research base. Even after receiving multiple protests from the lead scientist, James was successful in getting the team off Olbari II and in return for their cooperation he allowed them to monitor the climate changes from the Triton

During the mission, the ship was joined by other Starfleet ships to help speed up the evacuation process. James took command of the relief efforts however their hard work had hit a brick wall when they discovered the colonists were becoming infected by a virus that had laid dormant in the deep arctic ice. With the climate changing, and many parts of the polar regions ice plates melting, the virus had entered the colony’s water systems and was now infecting those who drank it. James had the difficult choice to make in suspending the evacuation process and place a quarantine around the planet. The relief effort became a blockade, preventing anyone from leaving or entering the planet while the medical personnel worked hard to find a cure. As time progressed and casualties began to pile up, James was confronted by a Bajoran Militia relief force that had been sent from Bajor to bring its citizens home. The Bajoran ships attempted to by-pass the Starfleet blockade, believing McCallister wouldn’t give the order to fire. However, the Starfleet ships were ready based on a plan devised by Captain McCallister. They were able to set up a probe network that blocked all transporter signals around the planet. The Bajoran crafts would be unable to land either due to the extreme weather making it difficult to do so safely. The loss of lives on both sides was not acceptable. McCallister found an adversary in the Bajoran task group’s commanding officer; Colonel Lin Kelsi. Colonel Lin was bent on rescuing her people under the orders of Governor Marstar Petrisha. Luckily though a cure was found before any more conflict erupted between McCallister and Lin’s ships. Together they were able to work in evacuating and curing the last of the colonists.

Triton remained in the Olbari system and the Alcor sector for several more months. James led a number of missions within this time frame which ranged from simple search and rescue to dealing with political matters. James, along with the Triton were invited to return to the Hayde’nk homeworld to witness the marriage of Crown Prince Rehys to his new husband, while there James strengthened the Federation relationship with the Hayde’nk Commonwealth by setting up a permanent agreement where the Hayde’nk Royal High Guard were involved in joint missions with Starfleet in protecting and developing the worlds within the Alcor sector. His efforts were commended by Starfleet and the Federation Council, by making inroads to setting up talks in bringing the Hayde’nk into the Federation as full members. 

Eventually Triton was ordered to Farpoint Station under the pretext of gaining its new mission orders to begin its deep space exploration mission of the Alpha Quadrant. James was informed that the ship’s mission would be a joint one with the USS Odyssey. Together the ships would investigate the possible and unexpected arrival of the Kovar system and Deep Space 19 along the Breen border. Kovar and DS-19 had been reported being destroyed by Iconian technology that had ripped a massive subspace shockwave in the Beta Quadrant earlier on in the year. The mission was led by Admiral Luke Duncan, the man responsible for making James a captain. While en-route, James and Karyn were told the good news that Karyn was pregnant and was expecting triplets. Overjoyed of becoming a father, James and Karyn began to prepare themselves for parenthood. Finally, after almost two weeks of travelling the ships arrived at its destination to find the entire Kovar system along with Deep Space 19 present at the location they were believed to be at, however they were not alone. Along with them was a group of sixteen Breen warships. Obviously the Breen had detected the arrival of the new system and sent a group of ships to investigate its sudden appearance from no-where. The Breen task force was able to damage the station and overwhelm the colony’s defence network, but at a cost. Triton detected a debris field that belonged to at least fifteen other Breen ships. The remaining Breen ships were unable to send in troops to occupy the colony or station as they would be outnumbered; instead they planned to hold the system until help arrived from the Confederacy. McCallister with Admiral Duncan hatched a plan to send a small covert away team down to the colony in bid to make contact with its militia and government in hopes to determine the situation and if they would be able to re-take back the system. Unfortunately, the runabout was detected by the Breen and within a matter of moments James’ life was flipped upside down when Triton received heavy damage during the fight with the Breen to save the runabout. It resulted in the loss of several members of the crew and a number of them being injured. This included the death of his first officer and his security chief was placed into a coma to recover from a series of traumatic injuries. Not willing to lose to the Breen, James developed a plan to use the ship’s already damaged warp core in a manoeuvre to defend the ship. The core was ejected, and enough power was routed to fire a tricobalt device at the core. The shockwave from the breaching core caused significant damage to the Breen ships, including the destruction of several of them. Sadly though Triton was severely disabled, as such James ordered his crew to abandon ship and take refuge on Kovar. Eventually a heavily damaged Odyssey, with the aid of three Klingon ships and a repaired nadion-pulse cannon on Kovar III, was able to drive the remaining Breen forces out of the systems and back to the Breen Confederacy. James was forced to deal with the loss of his first officer, chief engineer as well as several other crewmembers for the first time since taking command of Triton. This was a difficult point in his career as he had never lost so many individuals under his command, in particular those on his senior staff. James had decided to promote a number of his crew into those roles that needed to be filled, with support from Admiral Duncan. Meanwhile Triton docked at Deep Space 19 and received repairs while the crew helped with relief efforts on the colony.

Once Triton was fully repaired the ship began its exploratory mission. In three months, James led the ship in making first contact with four new warp capable species. On all occasions they left these races in the hopes of developing relations further with them. James enjoyed Triton’s opportunity in exploring unknown spaces and the ship had mapped eleven systems by the time they returned to port. During their return home James was able to avert a disaster with the Breen involving a pre-warp society. Together with a good friend of his, Captain Rio Canção, James was able to stop the Breen from gaining their hands on an omega molecule. This mission itself was classified however it did cause some tension between James and the rest of his senior staff as he was unable to share with them the information about omega and why Triton was involved in such a highly secretive mission.

By the end of the year, the crew of the Triton discovered how the Iconian technology that had moved DS-19 and Kovar from the Beta Quadrant to the Alpha Quadrant. Working with their colleagues on DS-19 they were able to return the space station and colony back to their original position in the Beta Quadrant. Sadly though, during the process the Triton was heavily damaged and the Odyssey was destroyed.

USS Odyssey

While the Triton was taken to the Beta Antares Shipyards for major repairs, the entire crew were re-assigned elsewhere. McCallister, on his return to Earth was informed that he would be giving command of a brand-new ship. The prototype USS Odyssey NX-80000, Odyssey­-class. This experimental type of ship was one of the biggest explorers that Starfleet had built. Starfleet Command gave him full authority to crew the ship with whoever he wanted. Pulling in a number of favours, he recalled the entire former crew of the Triton and those who had survived the destruction of the previous Odyssey.

At the start of 2387, the ship was launched from the San Francisco Shipyards from Earth orbit. The crew were fortunate enough to have on board retired Fleet Admiral Duncan and Captain McCragg (who had recently retired too). Both men had commanded the two previous ships named Odyssey and were special guests during the launch ceremony. McCallister’s first mission was to test his new ship and take the retired admiral home to Kovar. Joining McCallister’s crew would be Admiral Duncan’s son, Max, who would be one of the ship’s counsellors.

Several months later James became a father to three healthy boys. Karyn and he named them Theodore, Alfie and Henri. Raising a young family on a ship that allowed for civilians was a bonus and he soon found fatherhood to be more of a challenge then being a Starfleet captain.

After a successful shakedown cruise, the Odyssey was kept within the confines of Federation space. This was partially due to the destruction of Romulus as well as Starfleet still recovering from the synth attack on Mars. Becoming restless at the work Starfleet gave the Odyssey, James started to become quite disheartened for a while. On a few occasions, he would challenge some of the admirals back on Earth for their approaches in keeping so many ships within the confines of Federation territory.

In 2388, Starfleet had decided to reassign James, temporarily. He left the Odyssey in the capable hands of his first officer until he returned.

USS Avenger

Starfleet wanted him to work closely with Starfleet Intelligence in observing and monitoring the Cardassians, however he could not do it from the bridge of the Odyssey and its smaller support craft, the Aquarius had recently crash landed on a moon during an away mission. Instead they gave him command of the USS Avenger (NCC-74206), a Defiant-class ship. A smaller, stealthier ship was needed for this mission and one that could throw a punch if required. On loan from the Klingon Empire was a cloak too, in return Starfleet Intelligence would share James’ work with them on the status of the Union. James was able to select his entire crew, but Starfleet would not let him take his wife with him, fearing it would cloud his judgement (even though there was no evidence this had happened on the Triton or Odyssey). Leading a mixed team of officers from the Odyssey, James started a year long patrol near to the border. Even though his mission took him away from his family, he was certain to prove to Starfleet that this reassignment was not going to change his opinion on matters. James knew that this move was a way of keeping him quiet, he wasn’t the only captain in the fleet who was not happy with how things were going on.

By the end of 2389, his mission came to an end and the entire Avenger crew returned to the Odyssey, while the Avenger herself was sent off to Devron Fleet Yards for a major overhaul and refit.

USS Odyssey

For the next decade, James remained in command of the Odyssey. Starfleet eventually gave him a number of exploration assignments inside Federation territory in the Beta Quadrant. In 2395, after years of social, economic and political decline within the Romulan factions, Starfleet decided to assign the Odyssey to the former site of the Neutral Zone. Their mission was simple: support Federation interests along the border and fly the flag for Starfleet. The mission remit was pretty sparse and broad, so McCallister decided to base Odyssey out of Deep Space 19. With help from the station, they assisted those worlds that had not succumbed to civil unrest and aided those who became refugees.

Before the end of the century, James had not only become a well-decorated and awarded Starfleet captain but a well-grounded family man too. Also he was fortunate that only a few of his crew left him for new assignments. 

In 2399, he had become known for his direct dealings with the Fenris Rangers. Many in the organisation felt that McCallister was Starfleet’s poster boy for their lack of involvement in supporting what was happening in the neutral zone. As such in 2399, he made the bold move to rescue two Fenris Ranger ships from being attacked by rogue Romulan vessels. He had hoped that this action would change some views, but it appeared his efforts were futile. 

Shortly after this, James Preston received news from Deep Space 19 that Fleet Admiral Duncan had passed away in his sleep. At the time, the Odyssey had been on patrol. He ordered the ship to turn around and to return home at once. One week later, a memorial ceremony was held on board DS-19 for the former flag officer and his body was laid to rest on Kovar Prime. McCallister was asked to make remarks on the man that had originally put him in the centre chair and whom he had succeeded in carrying on the legacy of the Odyssey.

After the funeral, McCallister would lead his ship in undertaking its first exploration mission in almost eight years. He was ordered to take the ship back to the Hellian Expanse, an area he had once taken his first command through. Starfleet ordered the Odyssey to update their records by remapping the area. The mission was a success, thanks to the ship’s impressive science and exploration capabilities that at the end of it they detected a distress call from the USS Holt. The Holt was James’ former first officer’s ship and soon they discovered what remained of the Elysion-class ship. After investigating the events that had led to the destruction of the ship, the crew discovered that a natural soliton wave had pushed the Holt across the quadrant at excessive speeds that it could not survive in. The elements of the Hellian Expanse were able to stop the soliton wave in its path, depositing what was left of the Holt into normal space. Sadly none of the crew survived and McCallister led his crew in a memorial for their former first officer and their fallen comrades.

Later on in the year, the ship was ordered to head to Guardian Station (starbase 90) so it would use the Barzan Wormhole to enter the Delta Quadrant. Starfleet had decided to send the Odyssey to the Delta Quadrant to begin a deep space exploration mission. Excited at undertaking such a mission, James was eager to begin this mission. However he and Karyn did consider if they wanted to take their sons to the Delta Quadrant. After discussing it they agreed they felt it was the right thing to do. 

En-route though the ship’s mission was postponed as the ship was reassigned to the Archanis sector. Starfleet Command had decided to assign elements of the fourth fleet to the Federation-Klingon border after the House of D’Ghor, a rogue element from the Empire, were attacking Federation assets. Known as the Hunters of D’Ghor, these Klingons did not follow normal Klingon honour or customs, as such their raids were ruthless and barbaric (even for Klingons). Sent to assist the Andorian colony on Haydorian, the Odyssey was sent to begin operations in assembling the Archanis Array, a large sensor array that would assist in detecting ships along the border. After entering the Haydorian system the ship was attacked and James was seriously injured the Hunters of D’Ghor refused to surrender and rammed their final ship into the Odyssey. James was not the only one injured, Karyn was along with a number of others. Spending several days recovering meant that James and Karyn’s sons were looked after by their godfather (James’ yeoman and chief of the boat) along with other members of the crew. When he was fit to return to limited duty, James resumed command of the ship with the aid of his third officer, Commander Max Duncan. With Max’s help, they assisted the fourth fleet’s efforts in removing the D’Ghor threat from the area and secured the Haydorian system. The array was successfully assembled and used. 

Eventually Odyssey resumed its course to the Barzan wormhole to begin its mission in the Delta Quadrant.  

Character Service Record

Date Position Posting Rank
2367 - 2368 Cadet First Year Starfleet Academy
Cadet Freshman Grade
2368 - 2369 Cadet Second Year Starfleet Academy
Cadet Junior Grade
2369 - 2370 Cadet Third Year Starfleet Academy
Cadet Junior Grade
2370 - 2371 Cadet Fourth Year Starfleet Academy
Cadet Senior Grade
2371 - 2373 Chief Operations Officer USS Audacious NCC-74709
Ensign
2373 - 2374 Chief Operations Officer USS Audacious NCC-74709
Lieutenant Junior Grade
2374 - 2376 Chief Operations Officer & Third Officer USS Audacious NCC-74709
Lieutenant
2376 - 2381 Chief Operations Officer & Second Officer USS Portsmouth NCC-63749
Lieutenant
2381 - 2384 Chief Operations Officer & Second Officer USS Trinity NCC-80421
Lieutenant Commander
2384 - 2386 USS Trinity NCC-80421 Commanding Officer
Captain
2386 - 2386 Special Guest Lecturer Starfleet Academy
Captain
2386 - 2386 Commanding Officer USS Triton NCC-80106
Captain
2386 - 2388 Commanding Officer USS Odyssey NX-80000
Captain
2388 - 2389 Commanding Officer USS Avenger NCC-74206
Captain
2389 - Present Commanding Officer USS Odyssey NCC-80000
Captain

Character Summary

James Preston Harvey McCallister is a Starfleet officer and the current Commanding Officer of the Federation starship USS Odyssey. James Preston is one of many Starfleet officers who rose through the ranks quickly during the Dominion War and during an unfortunate event was given a battlefield promotion to captain at an early age. He has commanded three ships previously to the Odyssey and has taught at Starfleet Academy too.

Current Assignment

Commanding Officer
USS Odyssey