Commander Francheszka Braxton, née Mackelsen


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Commander Francheszka Braxton, née Mackelsen

Name Francheszka "Frankenstein" Braxton, née Mackelsen

Position Commanding Officer

Second Position CRAM Director

Rank Commander

Character Information

Gender Female
Species Human
Age 70
Date of Birth Earthdate: 07/02/2318; Stardate: 13955.87
Place of birth Medical Tent A-2, Primary Colony Site, Forlorn Hope
Cabin Assignment Cabin C0207

Physical Appearance

Height 6-1
Weight 182lbs (including prosthetics)
Hair Color Dull Grey
Eye Color Green (original) / Varies (prosthetics)
Physical Description A stern and gruff looking woman with a face worn down from age (and probably radiation). Eyes are visibly bionic, her hair is often short, but disheveled and she walks with a slight limp (psychosomatic from phantom limb syndrome mostly...her bionic limbs are actually up to full spec and properly neuro-sync'd).

Scars, burns, and other improperly healed injuries cover her body...all signs of a long career as an engineer operating in hazardous conditions, often without a sickbay or infirmary nearby and accessible.

She often wears an engineer's vest uniform variant or work jumpsuit, often with the sleeves rolled up and the vest or top of the jumpsuit, unbuttoned. She also prone to wearing her commbadge on her wrist, where it is more easilly accessible when working in the Jefferies Tubes or between the mainframe cores of the computers.

The widow Braxton maintains a lithe and athletic physique, as her physical therapy regimen is pretty extensive. This is in part, due to the amount of her body that has had to have been replaced over the years:

-She's on her second bionic heart.
-Both of her legs have been replaced, the left at the knee, the right just below the hip. In addition, since the left leg was first replaced, 3 toes and a portion of the foot have had to be regrown again.
-Her left lung.
-Three of her vertebrae have been replaced. A neuro-booster has been placed within, as a means of compensating for the synapse damage sustained there.
-Both eyes and most of her teeth, as well as part of her lower left jaw
-She's on her third neural-interface implants for the eyes
-Part of her rib-cage had to be regrown using advanced bio-generation coral-framing techniques.
-There are sub-dermal bolt-housings implanted into her skull around the left eye, left over from a Klingon Eyepatch job. She had the eye patch and it's bolts, framed and mounted on a placard after getting that damaged eye implant replaced.
-Left Arm, at the shoulder. This is a bit more recent, and is known to act up on occasion, prompting the temporary use of a compensating brace (and also one of the reasons she favors the Vest-variant uniform.) This cybernetic prosthetic limb was seriously damaged after the Second Gorn Assualt on XFY, and is being replaced.
-Right Arm and shoulder. Less prone to acting up. Because the synthetics on the right go all the way into her upper body, Frankie has done tinkering on this prosthetic more then the others, resulting in some...unusual, if rather dangerous, operating options.

Despite her moniker, none of her prodigious amounts of implants and body modification/reconstructions, include bolts coming out of the side of her neck.


Spouse SCPO Gregory Braxton (married 2352, divorced 2369, and deceased 2381, USS Miranda)
Children Henriette Walperga Mackelsen-Braxton (born, 2353)
Father Dr. Brian O'Daur, MD (Doctor, Colony of Forlorn Hope, retired)
Mother Veruka Mackelsen (Shierff, Colony of Forlorn Hope, retired)
Brother(s) Dr. Bernard Mackelsen, PhD (Researcher, Astrophysics Department, Vulcan Science Academy)
Other Family "Bloodbond Brother": HoD Q'Lang'h, Son of H'g'Hath, House of Qorr (Former Second Engineer of the Bar'tagh, now Captain of the IKS Jaj'wchaj)

Personality & Traits

General Overview Braxton is a veteran of 4 decardes in Starfleet, 4 wars, multiple smaller conflicts, 5 lost or abandoned ships, and a failed marriage...and has all the experience, wisdom and damage (physical, mental, and emotional) that comes with it.

In her youth, she was noted as being whip smart, eager, and curious. Now her wit is more laconic, her style more reserved, and her curiosity tempered by experience. Frankie is also pretty jaded and prone to bouts of sarcasm.

She tends to approach things logically and strategically, much like a vulcan, but without the calm that comes with the teachings Surak. Instead, she can become quite vocal if she thinks someone is about act foolishly, and many a junior officer out on their first tour has suffered under her cutting barbs and sharp quips.

While not the eager-go-getter she was in her youth, she is still tackling a problem head on, possessing an obsessive focus. Few officers younger then her have the patience to sit and review thousands of lines of code or whole grids of isolinear chips for hours on end. Give her a cup of coffee (triple strength, black, no sugar, with an ice cube) and let her sit down in front of a terminal or open access panel, and Veruka will spend her entire shift (and probably the next two shifts unless stopped), going over the issue in detail, debugging or finding the faulty chip.

She has a creative and innovative side too, applying that same obsessive focus and attention to detail to tinkering, model-building, or building holodeck programs.

Frankie is prone to moments of physical-disassociation disorder and phantom limb syndrome due to her various prosthetic, implants, and bionic replacement parts. When she feels personable enough to talk about this, it is often in a partly joking manner: "My body is only held together these days by mesh tape, spitshine, and literal elbow grease".

Little of any of that has changed since Starfleet Command slapped a commission, three officer pips, and (most recently) a red uniform on her...though she is prone to complaining about all three of those things with enough synthehol in her.
Strengths & Weaknesses Francheszka is a highly skilled engineer with specialties in damage control, computer and sensor systems, power-flow management, and holo-technology. She's served in the field extensively and has a survivalist's streak born out of her years of experience in combat repairs and jury-rigging.

These experiences are also the source of some of her most recognizable failings. She's almost half way to being a walking example of the "Ship of Thebes" thought experiment...despite being calibrated perfectly by her physicians and therapists, Braxton has not always adjusted well to all the "new bits" either, affecting a limp in her gait and the odd twitch or delay in her left arm. On one occasion, she caused her own heart to seize up for a full minute, suffering from a neural feedback loop in the heart's neuro-chemical processor.

Like many patients who have had replacement eyes or VISR systems, she is prone to migraines, headaches, and increases in neural pressure due to the implants.

All this does not help her usually surly mood, and though her nickname among her fellow engineers and crew mates, "Frankenstein", once referred to her ability to bring back "ship systems from the dead", it now refers to her habit of "looming" over junior officers and the "patchwork" nature of her body...a literary fallacy of a moniker, as these traits reference Frankenstein's Monster, not Dr. Frankenstein himself.

She has kept her emotional distance from family and friends as well, and hasn't talked to her own daughter in years.

Frankie has also acquired an intimate knowledge of Klingon cultures, customs, food and language, from her time serving on a Bird of Prey during Joint Operations in the Dominion War.
Ambitions Francheszka has had a lot of her old dreams and long-term goals pushed aside by war, and trampled on by her experiences since. She instead just focuses on the work in front of her in the moment, and has been moving from job to job, project to project, without really any overarching plan...

If she did have one long-term goal, it would be summarized as simply "keep your head above water."

...obviously and somewhat ironically, her recent transfer from the Starfleet Corps of Engineers to being the First Officer of the Devonshire, has put a type-3 Klingon bolt wrench in that idea. It remains to be seen how and if, "Frankenstein" will adapt to the new role and career.
Hobbies & Interests Prone to obsessive compulsiveness and easily enthralled by details, Frankie's hobbies are usually of the constructive sort. Her quarters are filled with model starships and figures that she has meticulous built and painted over the years, and her skills in Holodeck and computer programming are kept sharp by the list of programs that she has written, both for work and her own personal use.

In her youth, she was a fan of strategy games like chess, strategema, and vulcan logic puzzles...after she had to abandon her last ship posting though, she has yet to reacquire any of these games and puzzles.
Languages Spoken Fluent in English/Federation Standard, Tellarite, and Klingon. Passing Cardassian, Dominion Lingua Franca, Vulcan, Romulan, Rigellian, Breen, as well as a smattering of Nausicaan, Orion, and Ferengi.

Personal History Franceszka Mackelsen was born on the Federation colony world of Forlorn Hope, to a colonial sheriff (her mother) and the resident doctor (her father). During her early teens, Frankie acquired a love of computers and also of how technical and mechanical systems functioned. After she was caught taking apart the Colony's primary geo-thermal capacitor, "just to see how it worked" (and causing the third worse blackout in the Colony's short history in the process), Frankie was: A. severely grounded, B. given a lot of community service time, and C. apprenticed to the Colony's lead engineer.

When she turned 17, she applied for Starfleet Academy but was beat out during the entrance exams, coming up just shy of the last acceptance slot. Though she was offered another shot in the following year, Frankie instead signed up as an Engineer's Mate on a civilian Merchantman-vessel, registered out of Tellar. She would go on to serve on 3 other vessels operated by the same company, including a civilian retrofitted decomissioned Miranda class, the SS Royal Fortune.

She worked her way up the ranks, and by the age of 20, was made Boatswain. By 23, she was Quartermaster (and acting Chief Engineer for a month, while the previous Chief Engineer recovered from a bout of Rigellian Flu.).

A year later, the SS Royal Fortune was attacked by Pirates (somewhat ironic, given the history behind the name, Royal Fortune) and was dead in space until the USS Dunkirk responded to the incident and drove off the pirates. It was during this fight that Frankie suffered the first serious injury of her career, loosing two finger and breaking the remaining bones in her left hand, wrist, and forearm, after a catwalk in the Fortune's environmental control room, collasped and fell on her, crushing her arm and pinning her for almost 3 minutes to the control console she was working at.

After the fight, the Dunkirk then helped with what repairs it could, sending over an engineering team while the Fortune was towed back to port via tractor beam).

It was among this engineering team, that the young Francheszka would find her future husband, (then) Petty Officer and Engineer's Mate-2nd-class, Gregory Braxton. The two bonded over fried circuits and blown EPS conduits while trying to bring life back into the Fortune's damaged systems.

Despite several initial heated arguments and debates over how to proceed over the repairs, both engineers were getting quite serious in the relationship by the end of the two weeks it took to return to port.

With her repair work noted as exemplary (if a bit unconventional), the Dunkirk's Chief Engineer and Captain both accepted her request to stay with the starfleet vessel, granting her the provisional rank of Acting Petty Officer and joining the Dunkirk's Engineering team as a provisional engineer while undergoing basic enlistee training through a correspondence course with Starfleet.

After two years (the training was somewhat delayed by the Dunkirk's return to deep space assignment), Frankie completed the course and was made full Petty Officer, 3rd class and assigned as a Damage Control Specialist.

A year later, she rocketed up to 2nd class and was engaged to Gregory. By the time of their wedding, both engineers had made Petty Officer 1st class.

Frankie took Gregory's family name, Braxton, at this moment. Their marriage was one of passion, shared interest, but also one of contention. Arguments would often break out, mostly over technical matters and Veruka's need for exacting precision for all things in her life and Gregory's habit of just "winging it".

Then Frankie became pregnant...and 10 months later, the Braxton's welcomed a healthy baby daughter, Henriette Walperga Mackelsen-Braxton. In an effort to be more supportive for the baby, both parents agreed to tone down their arguments and sought relationship counseling from the Dunkirk's Chief Counselor.

The end of the fighting though was also a death-knell to the passion in their relationship, and though both were supporting, loving parents, their love-live was effectively over.

A few years later, Francheszka suffered her first ship loss, when the Dunkirk was severely damaged at the battle against the Borg at Wolf 359. She also suffered damage to her heart and lungs after a cooling duct exploded, sending a shard of shrapnel through her back and some of the coolant was inhaled before she was evacuated.

She was kept alive long enough to undergo surgery at a Starfleet Medical Facility in orbit of Earth and recieved a prosthetic heart and artificial left lung (the right lung was able to respond to regenerative therapies).

Both Gregory and Henriette were able to make it out safetly as well, with Gregory suffering only a minor concussion and minor burns from an exploding console, and Henriette acquiring a twisted ankle after a power surge caused the Dunkirk's artificial gravity to briefly, and sharply, triple in intensity.

In the aftermath, Gregory and Francheszka both agreed that a starship was no place for their daughter, and since neither was willing to give up their career, nor leave space for a planetary job, Henriette was sent to live with Francheszka's younger brother, who at the time, worked as a Astrophysics Researcher at the Science Academy on Vulcan. Bernard had already been looking after Henriette during both her parents recoveries and physio-therapies (especially Francheszka's).

The Braxton's, sans their young daughter, returned to work a few months later, this time on the USS Sarpedon. Despite their daughter's abscence, they continued to avoid their fighting, seeing each other as somehow much more fragile then before.

Their relationship and marriage continued to languish.

Finding that she still needed passion in her life, Francheszka at first threw herself farther into her work, barely noticing her husband's existence. He seemed content enough to follow suit as well. Soon though, Francheszka found this to provide an inadequate stimulus and started having an affair, finding what she had been missing in the arms of another.

As it turned out, Gregory had again, followed Francheszka's suit...which was made clear to them by the crewmate they were both having their separate affairs with (the crewmate herself, only just piecing it together a few days prior).

Needless to say, at this point, both of the Braxtons realized that their marriage was officially over. There was nothing left to salvage, nothing left to solder back together. They divorced and after feeling somewhat lost with himself, Gregory Braxton resigned from Starfleet as a Chief Petty Officer, and found a new cause in fighting for the new Maquis.

Francheszka kept the Braxton surname as a memory of what she saw as her own failure, and returned to her work.

As time moved on, Francheszka suffered more on the job injuries, including having her heart replaced after it was overloaded by the magnetic-based weaponry of an alien race she encountered during an away team assignment. She later got exposed to a dose of radiation during a technical investigation into the hazard materials dumping practices of a civilian starbase near the Triangle area of space. Though a prompt decontamination process managed to prevent any major cellular damage in her organs, she did under go a few skin grafts and her hair lost pigment, becoming ghost white.

During her convalescence, she began investigating the subsequent reports on the Starbase's practicies, and also the incident in which she was dosed. Francheszka then wrote a holodeck program from her ICU biobed, and when she was cleared to walk around again, used the program to forensically recreate the incident in exacting detail and run several scenarios of how it occurred.

With the help of the Sarpedon's Chief Engineer and Security Chief, Francheszka was able to prove that while the incident itself was accidental, the nature of how hazardous materials were handled on the station were grossly negligent, resulting in charges being leveled against the Station's Administrator and Operations Chief.

Francheszka gained her Chief Petty Officer pip for this, and after her recovery period was official over, she returned to duty as Chief Computer Systems Analyst.

From there on, Francheszka's career was pretty average...right until the Klingon War started during the Dominion Crisis, and Francheszka suffered the loss of her eyes.

The Sarpedon was in the process of evacuating a freighter of Cardassian Refugees, which was suffering from a destablization of their warp core systems. To counter, or at least, stall this destablization, the Sarpedon was doing a power transfer to the damaged vessel when an unexpected feedback surge in the transfer beam caused a massive overload in the Sarpedon's engineroom, blowing out several ODN and EPS conduits...including the one behind Francheszka's workstation, sending debris and energy discharges straight into her face and destroying her eyes amongst other serious injuries.

With the help of her fellow crew, Francheszka was evacuated along with all other surviving members of the Sarpedon and the freighter's crew and passengers, to lifeboats and shuttles, as the feedback turned into a full cascade failure that consumed both ships in a warp core breach.

Francheszka spent the rest of the Klingon War and the early months of the Dominion War, on Earth at Starfleet Medical, recovering and relearning how to see through an installed neural-interface and VISR prostethic...and part way through that, switched to the new cybernetic replacement eyes, after agreeing to be part of the beta-test sample.

During this time, Francheszka recieved permission to assist on several R&D projects, working as a program debugger for Projects Hypathia, Somme, Changdao, and Anwar. She also worked on the development of new holodeck training programs for Starfleet personnel engaged in tactical operations, a much needed resource given the sharp increase in hostilities.

A year into the Dominion war, Francheszka suffered the severing of her left leg by a Jem'hadar poleblade and recieved a bio-enhanced prosthetic. How this occured was a mystery, as Jem'hadar had not reached Earth, where (officially) Francheszka was still stationed for recovery and light desk duty.

7 Months later, Francheszka was hospitalized for the loss of most of her teeth and a portion of her jaw, wounds consistant with recieving a klingon bat'leth strike to the face. Again, this incident was mysterious, as Francheszka was still supposed to be in convolescence.

In both these cases, the exact details remain classified by Starfleet Intelligence.

When Francheszka finally (officially) returned to duty, almost 3 years into the war, She was assigned to work an Starfleet Corps of Engineers (SCE) combat team, setting up defenses, recovering enemy materiel, and salvaging what could be salvaged from destroyed/disabled ships along the frontlines.

On one such assignment, Francheszka's team was assigned to assist with the continuing siege-defense of outpost AR-558, countering Jem'hadar cloaked mines, building defensive positions, turrets. and forcefield barricades. While surveying out a position for a new sensor emplacement, Francheszka lost her right leg and right foot to a cloaked mine that the most recent scans had missed. Her partner for that job checked on her and cauterized the wounds, before leaving her to run back to the outpost and get help (communications were jammed at the time).

She then, while waiting for help, suffered a break to her ribcage, after recieving a shattering blow from the stock of a Jem'hadar scout's rifle in an attempt at field interrogation. This Jem'hadar recon force was quickly killed off when the rescue team from the Outpost returned...and Francheszka was shipped off to Starbase 241 for surgery and recovery on the next resupply transport.

Fitted with a replacement leg and foot, Francheszka returned to the front and served as a member of the engineering team assigned to crew the Klingon Bird of Prey, IKS Bat'tagh, in a series of joint operations. She ended up as Acting Chief Engineer during one of these ops, after the actual Chief Engineer was slain while defending against a Jem'hadar boarding action. Francheszka managed to lead the surviving engineers in errecting a particle field that scattered the Dominion boarding transporter beams, buying time to get the shields back up. This was all without proper depth perception, as one of her own prosthetic eyes had been cut out by a thrown knife.

For her actions, the KDF gave her a field commission with the rank of Lieutenant and became the new Chief Engineer of the Bat'tagh.

Later, she would have to have all of her visual interface implants replaced, after a residual discharge from a Breen dampening weapon shorted the system out. She avoided assassination/mercy-killing by the klingons of her fellow crew, by still serving effectively as the primary engineer, using her klingon deputy as her eyes and hands.

She recieved a new interface after that mission and returned to duty after a week. Within a month though, she was back in surgery, this time recieving replacement vertebrae and a neuro-syncrinizer to bypass damaged tissue after being caught under debris from battle damage that left the Bat'tagh dead and adrift in space.

Despite being paralyzed below the waist, Francheszka continued doing her job, after verbally dressing down a klingon warrior into carrying her around so she could keep what remained of the Bat'tagh's systems alive until they were rescued by the USS Archiemedes.

This time, her injuries would take Francheszka out of the war completely, placing her in heavy physio-therapy for a substantial time at the Queensland Medical Centre on the Australian continent on Earth.

A year after the Amristice, Francheszka returned to light duty as a computer systems analyst on the USS Diomedes. Within another year, the USS Diomedes's Chief Engineer would retire, and the Assistant Chief Engineer would be killed by members of a Pro-Dominion Cardassian extremeist group, who managed to smuggle bombs into a relief site and refugee camp that the Diomedes was setting up.

In the search for a new CEO, the Diomedes's captain found out about Francheszka's war record on the Bat'tagh, and after talking with some of the Bat'tagh's surviving crew, offered the position to Francheszka. She accepted hestinantly at first, and then accepted "under protest" after the Captain informed her that the position would come with a field promotion to "Acting Lieutenant", followed by an Officer's exam, and then a full commission as a Lieutenant Commander to reflect her experience and authority over the Diomedes's sizeable engineering department and various technical projects it conducted.

Francheszka completed the exams and earned her promotion to Lt Commander, though again, "under protest". An officer's position offered her some more time for personal interests, and Francheszka began to take some sub-space courses from the Academy on subjects like bio-mechanics, cybernetic systems, and some minor medical and science courses. Since the Lieutenant Commander rank and the CEO position put her rather up high in the ship's Chain of Command, she also underwent the Bridge Officer's examination and brushed up on her tactics and strategies.

In 2380, the Diomedes was destroyed under circumstances that remain classified by Starfleet Intelligence, during which Francheszka had her right arm and most of her right shoulder, replaced with bionics. Once again, she remained busy during her convalescence, this time at Utopia Planitia, where she advised as a consultant on various projects: primarially, expanding the design ideas behind moduluar system vessels like the Nebula, Ronin, Luna, and the almost completed Insignia project.

After her completion of her therapy and healing, Francheszka returned to active duty, this time assigned to the SCE itself, moving from project to project where her expertise and experiance would be an asset.

In this time she was awared several merits for technical achivements and promoted to Commander, along with command of the SCE team that came with it.

Not much more would change for Frankie until she was called to head up the refit and module installation of the USS Devonshire, an Insignia-class starship at Providence Fleet Yards. At the conclusion of that project, the Devonshire was to launch without a full crew complement do to a combination of beuracratic mixup and the need of a ship to reinforce the wounded Xavier Fleet Yards....this missing crew included a first officer, a situation that both the then CO of the Devonshire and Braxton felt was unacceptable. After raising her concerns to the captain, Braxton found herself being roped into the roll of Executive Officer, and for the first time in her long career, into an actual red-shirt (for the Command division).

Not even three weeks into that assignment, the Devonshire's Captain, Michael Wilcox, took an extended leave of abscence from duty to handle the fallout of his family's recent tragedies at XFY. Francheszka Braxton took command, albeit with some reluctance and some vocal protestations to the Admirality.

Despite this, Braxton started to settle into the role of Commanding Officer, using her background in logistics and some unusual back-channels to get the Devonshire back up to full strength...before this happened however, she participated in the Second Gorn Assualt on Xavier Fleet Yards, teaming up with the USS Hawaii to stop an experimental Gorn battlecruiser from destroying the station. During the pursuit of the fleeing Gorn vessel (to extract a marine boarding party that had been sent aboard), the Devonshire suffered mass systems damage after being knocked violently out of warp, and Braxton was injured: Her left prosthetic arm had it's circuitry fried and rendered inoperative, and she suffered a concussion.

Fortunately, the relief force sent by Starfleet arrived in short order, and she made a full recovery on the USS Tegetthoff, before returning to the Devonshire to assist in the repairs of her vessel.

It was not to be her vessel for long though, as Starfleet had finally chosen an actual command replacement for Captain Wilcox and assigned one Commander David Braddock to replace Francheszka as Commanding Officer...despite her earlier protestations at her assignment, this news hit Frankie hard, though she did not allow it to show at the time. Instead, she accepted assignment to the greater Task Force's Canterra Relief and Aid Mission (CRAM) as Director and SCE Project Lead.

This was technically a promotion, but it didn't stop the feelings of being "cast aside" by Starfleet Command...and it also didn't stop her from stealing the chair from the USS Devonshire's Ready Room on her way out.