|Rank:||Petty Officer Second Class|
|Relatives:||Celes Tal (grandmother)|
- For other uses, see Celes Tal.
- According to the traditional Bajoran naming style a person's surname comes before their given name, hence Celes is the surname and Tal is the given name.
Celes Tal, the daughter of Celes Edon and Celes Meru and the grand-daughter of Celes Tal, was born in Dahkur, Dahkur Province, Bajor in 2350. Tal served in Starfleet as a crewman aboard the starship Voyager, from 2371 to 2378 and as a Petty Officer second Class on the starship Prometheus in 2379. While being addressed by rank Tal is properly addressed as Petty Officer second Class Celes.
- Celes Edon (Father Deceased)
- Celes Meru (Mother Deceased)
- Celes Tal (Paternal Grandmother Deceased)
- Joshua Gunn ("adopted" Father/Surrogate father-figure)
In the Academy, Tal had great difficulty with Starfleet training courses, and worked three times as hard as everyone else in order to keep up with her classmates. She believed that she got into Starfleet because she was Bajoran and that her instructors made life a little easier for her for the same reason, as having Bajoran officers in Starfleet was in the Federation's best interest. Despite this she still had to pull all-nighters every night, something that continued on Voyager.
During her time on Voyager, Tal was assigned to Astrometrics under Seven of Nine. By 2376, Celes was a grade three sensor analyst. While on Voyager Tal had severe doubts in her ability to perform her assigned tasks, and her work was being checked and rechecked by her co-workers and superiors due to her many mistakes. As a result, she often worked through the night in order to complete her duties. Her best friend on Voyager was William Telfer, whom she often helped with his hypochondria, he in turn helped her with her task aboard the ship.
In 2376, Seven of Nine singled out Celes to Captain Janeway as one of three crewmembers who were unable to meet their duties to the required levels. Since Voyager was unable to rotate these crewmembers to another starship with less challenging demands, as would normally be the case, Janeway decided to have the three join her aboard the Delta Flyer on a survey mission. When the Flyer came under attack, Celes helped determine the source and cause of the attack, and remained aboard the Flyer, rather than abandon the captain. (VOY: "Good Shepherd")
Later that year, the USS Voyager was accidentally boarded by an electromagnetic life-form, which caused many power outages. Seven of Nine accused Tal Celes of causing a power shortage in astrometrics by performing a flawed diagnostic. Later Tal was left wandering the corridors of the ship alone for "4 or 5 hours". While wandering alone in the dark she became paranoid and started to believe the ship had been taken over by hostile aliens. She eventually ran into Harry Kim whom she mistook to be either a Borg or a Hirogen. Kim calmed her down and the two of them walked to the temporary command post in main engineering. (VOY: "The Haunting of Deck Twelve")
In 2377, she was brainwashed by the Quarren after they irradiated Voyager and forced the evacuation of its crew. She, along with most of the rest of the crew, spent approximately three weeks in the largest city on Quarra, their memories were altered and they were unaware that they had been kidnapped. On Quarra she worked in a fusion reactor with Mulcahey, they did not know they knew each other from Voyager. (VOY: "Workforce, Part I")
Tal had promoted to Petty officer second class upon returning to the Alpha Quadrant and by 2379 had posted to the Prometheus, and assigned to the engineering department under the command of Lieutenant Commander Morlon. Under the tutelage of Master Chief Petty Officer Joshua Gunn Tal found that she had much more of an aptitude for engineering than she did for sensor analysis. Through her hard work, and in part do to the tutelage of Master Chief Petty Officer Gunn, Tal became a key member of Lieutenant Commander Morlon's engineering team.
While on the Prometheus Tal developed a close friendships with Ensign D4 Green and Cadet Erin Denali and came to regard Master Chief Petty Officer Joshua Gunn as a father figure, to whom she eventually revealed some of her past including her parents and paternal grandmother's names.