USS Magellan

Ensign Solomon Keppler

Name Solomon Nicholai Keppler

Position Engineering Officer

Rank Ensign


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  • 3 Mission Posts

Last Post

Thu Dec 12th, 2019 @ 9:44pm

Character Information

Gender Male
Species Human/Borg
Age 23

Physical Appearance

Height 6'2
Weight 230 lbs
Hair Color Brown (Has none)
Eye Color Hazel
Physical Description A tall human with a strong jawline, his Borg implants usually the first thing people notice about him.

Family

Spouse None
Children None
Father Dr. David Keppler (61)
Mother Lt. Commander Sarah Keppler (Deceased)
Brother(s) Jonah Keppler (28)
Jason Moore (Half Klingon, adopted, 24)

Personality & Traits

General Overview When Solomon Keppler arrived at Starfleet Academy he was painfully idealistic and determined to do his part to better the galaxy. After graduating his enthusiasm was tempered a bit but Solomon is quite passionate about making a place for himself in Starfleet. Undeterred by bad experiences, he treasures the good ones and continues to move forward. Solomon possesses a deep love of learning and experiencing new things.

Solomon doesn’t like to talk about his time as a Drone. There is some guilt over having served the collective as well as the fact that not all of his memories from that time are negative. It was a period of time when he didn’t know sadness, anxiety, stress of any kind. Life outside of the Collective can sometimes be chaotic, and while he sometimes misses the order and impossibly strong sense of purpose, he would never go back. It’s an uncomfortable and complex topic for Solomon.

On the other hand, Solomon is happy to talk about life in the cooperative. Despite having left Riley’s Planet, Solomon believes that the Cooperative is idealic and he hopes to one day return there when he’s done with his Starfleet Career. He misses home but feels that what he’s doing is both important as well as necessary.
Strengths & Weaknesses Like many liberated Borg, Solomon still carries a number of small implants in his body that aren’t visible to the naked eye. He does still carry several obvious cranial implants that give him a bit of an advantage on engineering tasks. They are as follows:

*Cranial Transceiver (modified) - Originally meant to keep him in contact with the collective, this modified transceiver allows him to connect to the cooperative. Solomon possesses a signal booster that he can connect to inorder to contact the Cooperative while he’s away.

*Neural Processor - Holds his memories as well as the memories that were shared with him in the Cooperative.

*Occipital Implant - It is capable of detecting a wide visual spectrum as well as providing advanced spacial and geometric perspectives.

Solomon also has a prosthetic arm that replaced his armature. It’s completely lifelike and other than a slight seam just below his elbow, nothing would give away that it wasn’t his own arm.
Ambitions When he first learned of Starfleet’s presence in the Delta Quadrant his goal was to simply make it into Starfleet. When he was accepted into the Academy, his goal was to graduate with honors. Now, his goal is to one day be chief engineer on a Federation starship. Maybe even one day become a captain of his own starship. Solomon has been very career focused despite his shore time outside of the Academy.

Beyond his career, Solomon also hopes to serve as a bit of an ambassador for the Cooperative. He fully appreciates peoples feelings for the Borg and hopes that one day the collective will be entirely replaced by the Cooperative.
Hobbies & Interests Solomon is a talented amateur cook, having elected to do most of the cooking for the last year that he lived at home. Even now, he likes to experiment and build on his skills as a cook when he gets the opportunity. Thus far he has learned a great number of human dishes but also knows some klingon as well as vulcan dishes.

To stay in shape, Solomon enjoys Greco-Roman wrestling, rock climbing, and distance running.

When he wants entertainment, Solomon likes to relax with horseback riding on the holodeck when he gets the chance. Recently he’s also discovered kayaking in the holodeck and hopes to do some real world kayaking as soon as the opportunity presents itself. Also a fan of old stories of the American west, he’s been known to indulge in western holo-novels. Solomon relates to tales of the old frontier, feeling that life on Riley’s Planet wasn’t all that different. As a result he’s recently been getting into poker and a game called Horse Shoes.

Personal History In 2374 the Borg Cooperative liberated a Scout Ship in the Delta Quadrant and began helping the drones on board regain their independence from the collective. Among those being liberated were a Starfleet medical officer named David Keppler and his two sons Jonah and Solomon.

Solomon’s older brother had been five years old when the Borg had attacked the ship their parents had been serving on. Solomon had no memories of the attack or the time before the attack but his brother had some memories of both. Both boys were placed in maturation chambers and matured into adults. They were quickly put to work as drones and worked for years to further the advancement of the Borg. Luckily the doctors in the Cooperative had become quite skilled at counseling newly liberated Borg and helped Jonah deal with the trauma of his capture and servitude. Solomon had to be deprogrammed, having no memories outside of his life as a drone.

All in all, Solomon transitioned well to life in the Cooperative and made himself useful fixing things around the colony. His father had gone back to practicing medicine and had adopted a half klingon orphan. Jason was accepted into the family as though he had always been a part of it. Living in the Cooperative, familial lines tended to blur and soon everyone felt like family.

The three brothers were treated to stories about their mother and life in Starfleet during their dinners together each night. Solomon learned that his parents had been serving on the USS Knowlton, a science vessel that operated along the Neutral Zone when a Borg Scout had attacked them.

There were two other former Starfleet officers who would often come over for dinner that Solomon thought of as cousins, who would share their stories of life, traveling the stars. Solomon’s imagination ran wild with thoughts of a life of exploration, learning, and discovery. From time to time Solomon’s father would also share stories of New Jersey where their family was from.

When word made it to Riley’s Planet that the Federation had found its way back to the Delta Quadrant, Solomon knew exactly what he wanted to do with his life. To voyage among the stars, discovering new cultures, new life… For too long had the image of the Borg been one of a plague, sweeping into a system and taking everything with it that was unique or special.

With no guarantees, Solomon hitched a ride with a merchant and effectively hitchhiked all the way to his first Federation outpost where he caused a bit of a stir when he first arrived. After explaining where he’d come from and what his intentions were, he found a mentor in a vulcan Starfleet officer who was willing to assist him in applying to Starfleet Academy and provide him with a letter of recommendation.

After being accepted, he traveled to Earth, the first of his family in a generation to actually make it back to their homeworld. Solomon excelled academically and his enthusiasm was noted by his instructors. Solomon did find that his implants were a social obstacle, especially for those who could only see him as Borg and not a member of the Cooperative. As a result he was rarely invited to social gatherings and those that he did receive an invitation to he was often seen as a novelty. Despite all of this, Solomon graduated with honors and was assigned to his first ship.
Service Record 2380-2384 Cadet: Starfleet Academy
2384-2388 Ensign: USS Republic (training ship)
2388-Present Ensign: USS Magellan