Tierra is the Chief Engineer on the USS Odyssey. A native of Delta, she joined Starfleet and took an oath of celibacy shortly after her seventeenth birthday. A smart and caring individual, she is a talented engineer and is able to fix almost everything technical she puts her hands on. When she was twenty-seven she married her wife, Abbej, Odyssey’s former Boslic astrophysicist and senior assistant chief science officer. The two separated at the end of 2400.
Like all Deltans, Tierra is bald but has an almost symmetrical face. Her eyes are brown with a slight hint of what others believe to be gold when the right light hits them. Tierra jokes that this is simply the glow of the warp core when she is near one. Tierra enjoys playing Bajoran spring ball and is an avid amateur boxer, as a result, she keeps her figure in check. On some occasions, she is known to put a wig/hairpiece on if she feels it would help boost morale or break up a serious day. Her favourite is a purple mohawk.
- Height: 5′ 7″ (1.7 m)
- Weight: 150 lbs
- Hair: None
- Eyes: Brown
Tierra was a cool and calm person, someone that others could depend on and someone who would go out of her way to help others. Nevertheless, now she was part of the senior staff, she knew that she had to maintain a strong aurora of leadership. Confidence but not arrogance, stable but not a pushover, and certainly there for others. She isn’t someone who would shut someone down if they had an idea to contribute to a problem. Her ability to guide others to find a solution was something she had developed under Hunsen and is one of the cornerstones of how she leads. Alongside all of this, she has a wicked sense of humour and dry wit. She is known to tease those she is close to.
- Affiliation: Starfleet, United Federation of Planets
- Mother: Napella
- Father: Jahson
- Brothers: Niro & Rodda
- Sister: Zelle
- Ex-Wife: Abbej
- Son: Jameel
- Daughter: Lillia
Born and raised in the southern hemisphere of Delta, Tierra enjoyed her childhood immensely due to the fact she came from a large family. Both her parents worked, running their own hydroponics farm. It became a family business of which Tierra, being the middle child of four, enjoyed working on. During her studies, there would be many occasions when she was either fiddling with the farm’s equipment or repairing a broken tool. Wanting to take this interest and natural talent in mechanics, Tierra completed her studies and after some time went to Starfleet Academy.
Early Career – Starfleet Academy
Joining the Academy on its specialist annexe built on the third moon of Delta IV, Tierra enjoyed her first three years at the academy. However, in her fourth-year things changed as the specialist program on the Delta annex required that its students, all of whom were Deltan, would attend their last year at another base. This was to help them adapt to other cultures and enforce their oath of celibacy. Tierra was sent to the Beta Ursae Minor annexe, and while there she was slightly overwhelmed by the range of species that were studying there. Nevertheless, she excelled in adjusting to her new environment and went on to graduate, specialising in engineering. Fortunately for Tierra, her class was one of the first to graduate after the war with the Dominion had ended.
USS Bondar (NCC-71428)
Joining the Akira-class starship USS Bondar in 2376, Tierra first three years as an engineer had her heavily involved in a range of missions within the Federation. A majority of these were supporting Federation worlds and Starfleet bases with a range of technical difficulties. She excelled extremely well in this position and by the start of 2380, she was promoted to Lieutenant junior grade and given command of the delta shift in the engineering room.
Also in 2380, she became close to one of the ship’s science officers, Lieutenant junior grade Abbej. A Boslic woman who had the darkest purple hair that Tierra found extremely attractive. The two hit it off and nine months later they were engaged. As Abbej had no family of her own, they got married on Delta in front of Tierra’s family and many of the crew from the Bondar. While on Delta both women discovered that Tierra’s father was terminally ill. Wanting to remain with her father and help her mother out, Tierra resigned from her commission. Abbej, not wanting her wife to go at this alone, followed in her footsteps and the two settled down on Delta to run the family farm.
For the next decade, the two women enjoyed the delights of a simple life on Delta. By 2382, Tierra’s father passed away and the running of the farm fell onto Tierra’s shoulders with the support of Abbej. Seven years later and sadly Tierra’s mother passed away in her sleep one night. It was unexpected and by this time, Tierra and Abbej had become parents. Tierra was grateful that her mother had the chance to meet her grandchildren and spend some time before she died. Tierra’s oldest brother approached her and offered to take over the farm, knowing Tierra and Abbej deserved and wanted to return to Starfleet. Not wanting to admit it at first, the sudden realisation that he was right eventually caught them both off guard. After both of them took some update assessments and a crash course in getting to know the latest information about starship operations, the two requested postings on the same ship where their children could join them.
Second Starfleet Career
USS Odyssey (NCC-80000)
Both women joined the crew of the USS Odyssey in 2389, Tierra as its new senior assistant chief engineer and Abbej as its new exobiologist. The two would serve the ship for the next eleven years in these positions. In 2400, after the Blood Dilithium crisis was dealt with, Tierra and Abbej filed for divorce after Abbej wanted them to leave the Odyssey and start fresh elsewhere. During the crisis, Tierra had been overtaken by the effects of the crystals but also by a baby telepathic pitcher plant. The bioplasmic created had used a neurogenic field to manipulate the ship’s telepathic population and while under its effects, Tierra had lost control and had to be subdued. Abbej felt that remaining on the ship provided too many bad memories of the experience, she wanted to leave but Tierra wanted to remain and rebuild what she had lost. After trying for a month and a half, and countless rows, the two agreed to separate. By this time, their children Jameel (their son) and Lillia (their daughter) had grown up and were now considering joining Starfleet. Both remained with Tierra on the Odyssey so they could apply to the cadet training unit.
|2372 - 2373||Cadet First Year||Starfleet Academy - Delta Annex||
Cadet Freshman Grade
|2373 - 2374||Cadet Second Year||Starfleet Academy - Delta Annex||
Cadet Sophomore Grade
|2374 - 2375||Cadet Third Year||Starfleet Academy - Delta Annex||
Cadet Junior Grade
|2375 - 2376||Cadet Fourth Year||Starfleet Academy - Beta Ursae Minor||
Cadet Senior Grade
|2376 - 2380||Engineer||USS Bondar (NCC-71428)||
|2380 - 2381||Engineer - Delta Shift Lead||USS Bondar (NCC-71428)||
Lieutenant Junior Grade
|2389 - 2400||Senior Assistant Chief Engineer||USS Odyssey NCC-80000||
|2400 - Present||Chief Engineer||USS Odyssey NCC-80000||