Corella Banfield is the current chief science officer and second officer of the USS Odyssey (NCC-80000). An expert in many fields and someone who has received numerous commendations and awards for her work, Corella has had a long and lengthy Starfleet carer. Though she is close to retirement, she has declined on many occasions to accept a promotion to captain her own vessel. Instead she has preferred to remain in the roles and assignments she has been fortunate enough to be a part of.
Her half-Klingon/half-Human genes are noticeable to anyone to see her mixed heritage. Corella was raised to be proud of the two cultures she hailed from, as such her forehead ridges are not an issue for her. Not one for keeping the same hairstyle, her black thick hair has gone through several transformations over the year. That said, in her more recent years, she has kept it a lot shorter compared to what she had when she was younger.
- Height: 5′ 4″ (1.63 m)
- Weight: 121 lbs
- Hair: Black
- Eyes: Brown
A blunt and tough woman, Corella is direct in her mannerism and rarely blinks twice over how she puts an idea out to those around her. She is dedicated to her work, as such her accomplishments have not made her egocentric or prideful, instead she tends to use her knowledge to empower and encourage those around her. Her level of professionalism is high, however she is known to ease up on this during social events. She has been married for many years and is devoted to her husband as well as their three children.
Strengths & Weaknesses
A quick thinker, Corella is someone who any Starfleet captain can depend upon to come up with a solution to any scientific problem she comes across. Her out-of-the-box thinking also compliments her problem-solving skills, her innovative solutions are what have made her an accomplished scientist and Starfleet officer.
Earlier on in her career, she was known for working perhaps a bit too hard instead of finding the balance between her work-life and her family, especially when her children were young. Though this caused some tension between her and her husband, since then she has developed the right equilibrium, but is known when undertaken a specific project she will spend as much time as she can on it.
In the past, her Klingon temper has brought her some issues when interacting with superiors and fellow comrades, but undertaking regular training has give her a different avenue to express her frustrations. Nevertheless her loyalty and compassion for others is what makes her popular with those she forms friendships with.
Wanting to always command her own department, Corella has been quite satisfied with the level of work that she has received over her career. Not wanting to sit in the captain’s chair, Corella has worked hard for over twenty-years to avoid any fast rise through the ranks. Starfleet have been keen to get her in the centre chair, but this is one step she feels she does not require anytime soon.
- Starfleet, United Federation of Planets
- Klingon Defence Force, Klingon Empire
- Mother: Lynkarisa, daughter of Lilrel (House of Lorkoth), Klingon Ambassador (retired)
- Father: Caleb Banfield, Starfleet Captain (retired)
- Husband: Carter Westerham, Starfleet Commander, Cadet Unit Training Lead, USS Odyssey (NCC-80000)
- Brook Westerham-Banfield, Starfleet Cadet
- Logan Westerham-Banfield
- Athena Westerham-Banfield, Starfleet Cadet
Born on the Klingon world of Khitomer in 2346, Corella’s parents were not officially together. Both of them were involved in the regular peace talks during this period of time that didn’t see much progression between the Federation and the Klingon Empire. Her father was a Starfleet captain and her mother was one of the Klingon diplomats, the two of them appeared to enjoy one another’s company during the many social events that took place after formal discussions were made. Her mother had raised her on Khitomer for most of her childhood until she became a teenager and soon realised after a sporting accident that she was not fully Klingon. A doctor had treated her and had let it slip that he was detecting human DNA. It took a year or so for her to truly understand her mother’s intentions as to why she had kept it from her, eventually Corella’s mother helped her track down her father. Meeting her father helped the young teenager come to terms with who she was and after discovering she held duel citizenship in both the Empire and Federation (thanks to the fact the alliance treaty was now signed), when she turned 16 she sought permission from her mother to be able to live with her father. Agreeing to the move, Corella moved in with her father who commanded one of the starbases along the Klingon-Federation border.
Two years of being with her father helped her build a strong relationship with him. Though her Klingon temper was fierce, this did get in the way of them being able to start their relationship on the right foot. Her anger was more directed towards her mothers for not sharing with her about her father. With help from her father’s trusted XO, a Vulcan, she was able to control her emotions which helped her make a good relationship with her father. The two would spend a lot of time together which resulted in him showing her his world, especially his love and passion for the sciences. This influenced Corella a lot, she started to enjoy school more and thanks to many of her father’s staff providing extra tuition she finished her schooling with good grades, good to allow her to join Starfleet. Her mother visited the station, as part of a liaison project in 2367. Initially, she was not pleased about her daughter’s wishes to join Starfleet, so instead, she made a deal with Corella. She gave her the blessing she wanted to join Starfleet in return if she considered later serving in the Klingon Defence Force. Corella agreed to it and soon left her home to attend Starfleet Academy on Earth. Before she left though, she was able to witness her parents reconcile their relationship, she finally felt like she had a full family.
Though she was one of the first Human-Klingon hybrids to attend Starfleet, Corella was able to keep her temper in check which surprised many of her professors and instructors. This was thanks to her father’s Vulcan first officer who had taught her many Vulcan meditations when she first moved in with him. She would start her day out doing them as such she was able to focus on her studies and follow in her father’s footsteps in the sciences. Her four-year course saw her take a double specialism in quantum mechanics and astrophysics. She graduated in 2371 and was posted back to her father’s station.
Her father had pulled in several favours for Corella to be posted to his starbase and she ended up serving under one of the finest science officers, Lieutenant Commander Andrahl. The Bolian woman had been like a mentor to Corella when she was a teenager and automatically when she returned to the station, Andrahl took Corella under her wing. Though Andrahl’s specialism was in other fields of science, she was extremely knowledgeable. Corella would spend the next four years enjoying her assignment and rose through the rank to lieutenant junior grade, eventually leading a sub-department on the station (stellar cartography) for almost a year.
During this time, Corella witnessed her parents finally get married. This was a great day for her and the station celebrated their wedding.
USS Merrimac (NCC-61827)
In 2374, war was declared against the Dominion and at the time Starfleet had conducted a huge review of personnel to ensure there were enough people in the right places to help with the war effort. When the USS Merrimac was pulled from its duties from the Archanis Sector it stopped over at Starbase 212 for a brief overhaul before being sent to the frontlines to join the Ninth Fleet. Starfleet decided to assign several members of Starbase 212 to join the Merrimac, Corella was one of them. Her mother, proud her daughter would be off fighting in glorious battles gave her the mek’leth her mother gave her. She went on to hand to her the baldric she had worn when she had served in the Klingon Defence Force. It was a reminder of the promise that Corella had made in joining the KDF at some point. On the other hand, her father was not too happy but understood why she was needed. Her talents in the sciences would help the Merrimac. Fortunately for her, Andrahl would be going along with her and joining the Merrimac as its new chief science officer as well as second officer. Andrahl had made Corella her new department deputy.
The Merrimac‘s first battle was to assist in Operation: Return – the battle to retake Deep Space Nine. During the battle, the ship was boarded by Jem’Hadar and this was the first time she had been involved in hand-to-hand combat. Using her mother’s mek’leth she was able to save Andrahl from being stabbed in the back while on the bridge. Corella was recognised for her bravery after the battle.
For the rest of the war, the Merrimac was assigned to a range of missions which tested Corella in a range of experiences. By mid-2375, Andrahl had been made the first officer (after the promotion of theirs to another ship) as such Corella was made chief science officer. The responsibility of running a whole department was one she was ready for, however, her staff was pretty small compared to the norm expected on a Nebula-class starship. Nevertheless, she continued to excel in this new role. When the war eventually ended, she made a request to return home to Starbase 212 to see her parents. Her father had decided to retire and she wanted to be there to celebrate this with him.
Taking a runabout with Andrahl, who was joining her, on their way back their runabout encountered a temporal anomaly that threw them back almost a decade in time. On their re-entry into normal space, the runabout’s warp core became unstable. They sent out a distress call on Starfleet frequencies and then abandoned the ship via the use of EVA suits. Unable to return to their own timeframe, they were eventually picked up by the USS Berlin (NCC-14232). The Excelsior-class ship ended up turning both women over to the Department of Temporal Investigations.
Department of Temporal Investigations
Forced to accept they couldn’t return back to their own time, both Corella and Andrahl had to be debriefed and investigated by the Department of Temporal Investigations to validate who they were. Once this was complete they were told they had to avoid making changes to the timeline. With everything, they knew about the Dominion War and other conflicts, both women agreed to go into some sort of seclusion. Not willing to sit around and do nothing for ten years, Corella agreed to join the DTI and trained to become a field agent to assist those who found themselves in a similar predicament to herself. Though her duties were light, she also found the time to complete her master’s degree in history and eventually a doctorate in xeno-archaeology and xeno-anthropology. Watching events of the Dominion War unfold, Corella found it hard to sit by and do nothing, so in 2374 with permission from the DTI, she volunteered to join the Klingon Defence Force. Though DTI was able to adjust her records, she was given a battlefield promotion in the KDF, after she was placed on detached duty from Starfleet, with the rank of lieutenant.
Her time on the Vor’nak was brief and she served on the ship for two years. Fortunately for her, she was able to carry on her duties as a science officer and she found herself enjoying the time with her fellow Klingons. Their countless battles invoked the inner warrior in her and she continued to feel that her time with the crew was a breath of fresh air. When the war came to an end, she requested to transfer back to Starfleet so she could complete the journey she had started almost ten years.
Returning to her home, her parents were surprised to see that she had aged but after she was able to briefly share with them what had happened, she decided she wanted to remain on the station for a lot longer than originally planned. Thankfully the station was in need of a new chief science officer, so with his last authority, her father appointed Corella to the position. She remained in this role for the next four years, enjoying the ability to lead a range of teams to undertake numerous scientific endeavours.
Her mother was extremely proud of the work she did in joining the KDF and attempted to persuade Corella to join her own staff in becoming the Klingon liaison to the station. Her mother was planning to retire and she needed to appoint a successor. Tempted by the offer, Corella filled in on a temporary basis until the Empire was able to appoint someone else permanently. By 2382 she held this role for three years.
USS Oberon (NCC-80103)
Feeling the need to leave Starbase 212, especially after her parents had both retired and were now living on Khitomer, Corella was approached by Andrahl again to join her on a new ship: the Luna-class vessel USS Oberon. Andrahl would be serving as the first officer and the ship needed an experienced chief science officer as it was going to start exploring regions in the Alpha Quadrant that had been difficult to visit during the Dominion War. Almost agreeing to the idea, she packed her belongings and left Starbase 212.
For three amazing years, Corella served the Oberon as it explored parts of the Alpha Quadrant, previously unexplored on the other side of Cardassian space. Making first contact with three new species and exploring a vast amount of space, made Corella feel alive again. She enjoyed working in such a diverse crew that came from so many planets across the Federation. During this time she met Carter Westerham (the ship’s chief engineer). The two got on well like a house on fire and within two years of being together, they got engaged. Wanting to undertake an almost official Klingon wedding ceremony, the two were married by the end of 2385, just as the ship was returning to Federation space.
When the Oberon returned to Earth in 2385 for a computer upgrade at Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards, both Corella and Carter had departed beforehand to take their honeymoon on Risa. While en route to the pleasure planet they received a call from their commanding officer, Captain Zack Marshall-Bennet. Bennet informed them that they were the only surviving members of the crew after the rogue Synth attack had taken place on Mars. Eventually, they did arrive on Risa, the attack on Mars spoilt their honeymoon and Corella, couldn’t handle the fact she had lost Andrahl, her good friend and mentor.
USS Westminster (NCC-70499)
Captain Bennet had requested that both Carter and Corella join him on the Westminster, the ship he had taken temporary command of to help rescue those after the attack on Mars. Both of them agreed as they felt it was one way of honouring their fallen comrades, plus they both liked Bennet a lot. Being on a Parliament-class ship, Corella had the chance to expand her scientific knowledge further, during her tenure on the Westminster she was recalled by DTI to assist with several temporal anomalies as well as a few displaced officers. Eventually, both she and Carter decided they wanted to start their own family. In 2393, Captain Bennet was offered to take command of a newer ship. He had offered both Corella and Carter to join him but they declined due to the fact she was pregnant. Instead, they decided to take a long leave of absence and made a home for themselves on Mellstoxx III.
Starfleet Academy – Mellstoxx Campus
Not wanting to lose either of them, Starfleet offered Corella and Carter the chance to teach at the Starfleet Academy campus on the Betazoid colony. Both of them would only work part-time as they prepared for the arrival of twins. When Corella went into labour she was in the middle of a lecture and thanks to several helpful cadets she got to the medical facilities in time to give birth to Brook and Athena. Honouring her fallen friend, she gave her daughter the middle name of Andrahl. As her children got older, she discovered that due to her trip through the temporal anomaly their ageing process was slightly increased. Returning to the DTI, she was able to use their resources to slow both Brook and Athena’s speed of development. By 2395, both of them were teenagers when the process was slowed down, even though they were only three years of age. In the same year, she discovered she was pregnant again and before her next son was born she underwent a procedure to ensure he didn’t go through a similar thing to his older siblings. Unlike her mother hiding her heritage, Corella was open with Brook and Athena about what was happening to them and both Carter and she was able to get through the difficult process with their children together as a family. Deciding to remain at Starfleet Academy, Corella enjoyed her teaching and eventually, Carter retired.
In 2398, after her second son (Logan) was settled she decided to carry on with her career and undertook the advanced bridge officer’s exam. This resulted in her gaining a promotion to commander. Starfleet was eager to offer the command of her own science research vessel shortly thereafter, but she turned them down. Instead, she remained on Mellstoxx III.
USS Odyssey (NCC-80000)
After the USS Odyssey had undergone a temporal paradox, Banfield was assigned to the ship to debrief its crew and to determine what damage maybe have been sustained to the timeline. After her investigation she concluded that what the ship had endured had not caused any impact on the timeline, instead, she recommended that certain crew and the ship be prepared for the future timeframes that the captain and its operations officer encountered. By doing this, they would avoid any further paradoxes. Reluctant to agree with this, the Department of Temporal Investigation was concerned about the Temporal Prime Directive being maintained. To assist with this, as well as to bring some further strength to his senior staff, Captain McCallister offered for Banfield to join his crew. She would join as Chief Science Officer and Second Officer. Along with these duties, she would be pivotal in overseeing the ship and its crew’s preparation for the possible alternate future that awaited them. Her assignment ruffled some feathers with some of the crew, and her years of experience in the sciences and her time while teaching proved to be valuable.
|2367 - 2368||Cadet First Year||Starfleet Academy||
Cadet Freshman Grade
|2368 - 2369||Cadet Second Year||Starfleet Academy||
Cadet Sophomore Grade
|2369 - 2370||Cadet Third Year||Starfleet Academy||
Cadet Junior Grade
|2370 - 2371||Fourth Year Cadet||Starfleet Academy||
Cadet Senior Grade
|2371 - 2373||Science Officer||Starbase 212||
|2373 - 2374||Chief Stellar Cartography Officer||Starbase 212||
Lieutenant Junior Grade
|2374 - 2375||Assistant Chief Science Officer||USS Merrimac (NCC-61827)||
Lieutenant Junior Grade
|2375 - 2375||Chief Science Officer||USS Merrimac (NCC-61827)||
|2365 - 2374||Displaced Officer||Department of Temporal Investigations||
|2374 - 2375||Chief Science Officer (Detached Duty)||IKS Vor'nak||
|2375 - 2382||Chief Science Officer||Starbase 212||
|2382 - 2385||Chief Science Officer||USS Oberon (NCC-80103)||
|2385 - 2393||Chief Science Officer & Second Officer||USS Westminster (NCC-70499)||
|2393 - 2398||Professor of Science||Starfleet Academy - Mellstoxx Campus||
|2398 - 2400||Senior Professor of Science||Starfleet Academy - Mellstoxx Campus||
|2400 - Present||Chief Science Officer & Second Officer||USS Odyssey (NCC-80000)||