Ryland’s parents were freighter pilots who spent most of their lives traveling from starport to starport. Though he is registered as being born on the Janus VI colony, it was little more than a layover during his mother’s 18 hours of hard labor. He has never set foot on the colony itself.
After his parent’s freighter, the SS Prevalence, was set upon by pirates, the teenage Ryland turned his affections from the harrowing adventures of being a freelance boomer like his father to becoming a Starfleet starfighter pilot. With the family venture being in disarray, his older brother Maximilian took up smuggling and eventually piracy himself.
The Dominion War came to an end just before Ryland graduated from Academy. Consequently the demand for starfighter pilots plummeted just as his career began. He still distinguished himself in several combat missions, eventually earning squadron leader and then wing commander.
Ryland was unprepared for the politics of a command position. As a cavalier officer more accustomed to planning and running flight mission than playing quid-pro-quo with flag officers, he gained the dislike of more than one member of admiralty. His disposition did not play to his favor when he ran afoul of misconduct charges related to his brother’s criminal activity. Rather than face summary court-martial, Ryland deserted his post and took sanctuary with the Nyberrite Alliance while proving his innocence.
After three years aboard the NAF Aegis serving as its gunnery chief, Ryland received word that his court-martial had been rescinded and expunged from his record. While his desertion had been downgraded to an unapproved absence, that was still deemed insufficient to regain his commission. Ryland returned to Starfleet as a senior enlisted non-commissioned officer. Naturally, he burned through his good graces and nearly found himself court-martialed again. This time, however, Memory Theta snatched him up as a disposable “redshirt” with a desirable skill set, though he was given a junior commission for the distinction of Most Likely Not to Make It Home.
2384: General Court-Martial, Tried in absentia for — REDACTED:
Misconduct and Desertion— Unauthorized Absence
2384-85: NAF Aegis – Gunnery Officer, Frigate-Lieutenant
2385-87: NAF Aegis – Chief Gunnery Officer, Captain-Lieutenant
2387: Reinstatement to Starfleet, expunged court-martial
Character Service Record
|2374 - 2375||Starfighter Pilot||Starbase 375 (4th Squadron)||
|2375 - 2377||Starfighter Pilot||Starbase 375 (4th Squadron)||
Lieutenant Junior Grade
|2377 - 2380||Fourth Squadron Leader||Starbase 375||
|2380 - 2383||Deputy Wing Commander||Starbase 375||
|2383 - 2384||Wing Commander||Starbase 375||
|2387 - 2388||Shuttle Bay Manager/Relief Shuttle Pilot||USS Vindex||
Senior Chief Petty Officer
|2389 - Present||Lead Flight Control Specialist||Memory Theta||
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Ryland is tall, dark, and handsome with a medium build. His cocksure smile seldom leaves his face. Ryland is never in doubt whether wrong or right. As a hopeless flirt and nonconformist, he is never out of the spotlight, though he never fails to take the chain of command or his duty seriously. Ryland is a braggadocios man, though his tactical skills, whether behind the stick or a phaser battery, are more than enough to back it up. He is a competent brawler despite the majority of his combat experience being in the air. He will perform his duty in his own way. Though he has never disregarded a direct order, he is more than free with his mouth. His short-term goals are to kick ass and chew bubblegum, and eventually to marry into wealth or royalty.