|Noel Edward Turner|
|Stationed:|| USS Cantabrian|
|Spouse(s):|| Daniel Santos (ex)|
|Mother:||Molly Turner (deceased)|
|Father:||"Jum" Turner (deceased)|
|Siblings:|| Robert (deceased),|
Anne Robson (deceased)
Childhood through early adulthoodEdit
Noel Turner was born to "Jum" and Molly Turner in Christchurch, New Zealand in November 1963. His father, an engineer, cultivated his interest in engineering and education, while his mother, a librarian and school teacher, nurtured his interest in gardening and reading. Eager to learn by nature, Turner completed two doctorates, one by the age of 21, through the University of Canterbury.
During the Eugenics Wars, one faction detonated biogenic weapons, rendering thousands of people on Earth unconscious and riddled with an incurable medical condition; Turner was one of the victims. The United Nations voted to place the victims in cryosatellites in orbit of Earth, but most of these sleeper ships mysteriously disappeared in the early 21st century.
- Starfleet later came to the conclusion the wake from the USS Voyager's trip to 1996 dragged these cryosatellities into the 23rd and 24th centuries, dispersing them throughout the Alpha and Beta Quadrants.
The cryosatellite Turner's body was stored aboard was discovered by a Starfleet starship in 2344, and he and the others aboard were revived. There, he met and was befriended by Salin Jonar, starting a friendship with the Jonar symbiont and its hosts lasting for over 20 years. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Catalyst, Part One")
Noel Turner lodged a successful application for Starfleet Academy in 2344. With his two doctorates under his belt, Turner found many options available to him. He graduated the Academy with honors in 2348.
Some of the starships Noel Turner has served aboard include:
- USS Fendalton
- USS Hillary (NCC-26291)
- USS Christchurch (NCC-18005) (aboard which he was first officer under then-Captain Zahara Hogan)
While aboard the Christchurch, he served with Samantha D'Angelo and Marie Senegal, both of whom he would select in 2372 to take on the vacant positions of first officer and flight controller respectively. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Catalyst, Part One")
He impressed then-Captain Zahara Hogan so much during his duties as her first officer on the Christchurch, that when she was promoted to admiral and given command of Deep Space 4, she promoted Turner to the rank of captain and gave him his own command.
- Whether this first command was the USS Cantabrian or some other ship is not known, although previous back story created for Turner included his command of the USS Christchurch previous to his Cantabrian command.
Aboard the Starship CantabrianEdit
Two members of his senior staff were security chief Ulitania Jonar and counselor Leslie Hernandez. He selected Jonar as one of her symbiont's previous host, Marjal Jonar, had served aboard the Cantabrian with then-Captain Thekla Lawless, and he had been a close friend with Jonar's previous host Salin. Ultania Jonar and he were close friends even before she served on the Cantabrian with him (see Jonar below for further information). He had tried to convince Samantha D'Angelo to take the first officer position, but she seemed determined to stay aboard the Christchurch to ensure it got to drydock in one piece: something Turner admired. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Catalyst, Part One")
Later in that same year, in a tense stand-off with the Wthaure, a subspace weapon detonated, severely damaging both the Wthaure battle cruiser and the Cantabrian. During the stand-off, Turner nearly lost his cool, but Leslie Hernandez ensured he remained calm and focused. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Catalyst, Part One")
Ship refit (2369 - 2372)Edit
When Starfleet Command decided to refit the Cantabrian, Turner oversaw some parts of the refit. During this time, he met Antonio Ramirez and Ethan Arden, both of who impressed him very much. Towards the end of the refit, he requested them as his operations manager/second officer and chief engineer respectively: a decision he felt Kwong Ju'an, their supervisor, would not be terribly happy about. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Catalyst, Part One")
Turner and a skeleton crew launched the Cantabrian from Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards and headed towards Starbase Expanse 4 to gather the remainder of the crew. With SE4 destroyed, and various other Starfleet ships and bases under attack, the mission became partially rescue and partially defense of the Federation. Despite personal losses and the feeling of being "always on the back foot", Turner maintained his strong leadership and helped defeat the Myhr'an planet killer and the other Myhr'an ships responsible. One Myhr'an ship escaped. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Catalyst, Part One")
When the Lelari demanded Dakota Caldwell's extradition to face charges of attempted mass murder and attempted genocide, Turner lodged a protest with Admiral Hogan, wondering if one man's life was less important than relations with a reclusive race the Federation barely knew. Despite his objections, Starfleet ordered him to comply with the Lelari requests: a measure he followed through on. He reviewed Dr. Marie Bourget's defense evidence to help Caldwell's case. Turner, as well as his fellow officers, were surprised by the Lelari verdict all "offworlders" were deported off Lelar Prime and forced aboard the Cantabrian, seeing Klingons, Romulans and various other alien races hitching transport with the ship to the nearest port. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Dakota")
While checking up on isolated Federation colony Caldea IV en route to Starbase Expanse 7 to drop off those deported citizens and facilitate repairs on the Cantabrian, Turner was stricken with a variant of the incurable Caldean Acute Cardiopulmonary Syndrome (CACS) upon beam-up. With the isolation bays on the Cantabrian damaged and the colony still fragile from a different medical outbreak, Turner's and Scott Fack's transporter signals were deflected to a derelict orbiting station (housing a make-shift isolation bay). During this time, Turner was stuck in isolation, and, when scuffles and nearly all-out war between various civilian parties aboard the Cantabrian broke out, forcing the ship to proceed to Starbase Expanse 7, Fack remained behind to keep Turner company. As he accepted his imminent death, Turner spoke about his life and confided in Fack. Near death after massive systems failure, he was rescued by a remedy formulated by Helena Bourget, raising her in his opinion and quelling his suspicions about her allegiances. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Isolation")
Turner was the first Starfleet captain to make first contact with the reclusive and mythical Renai'i after discovering the fate of the missing USS Eagle. Despite his efforts for a peaceful outcome, he and his crew squared off against the Renai'i, a warrior race, only escaping narrowly after the Renai'i retreated to regroup. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "The Eagle")
With limited Starfleet resources in the Typhon Expanse region, Turner and his crew attempted to hold Canaileus Prime from succumbing to a Myhr'an invasion and occupation force. Reluctantly, he sent the majority of his crew to the surface to stave off the attack, resulting in moderate losses, including the death of his long-time friend, Ulitania Jonar. The rage at his losses propelled his determination to win the battle and keep Canaileus Prime as Federation territory. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Oh, What a Lovely War")
Orders and his conscience clashed again when Starfleet demanded no interference with a pre-warp planet affected by a subspace rupture caused by the triggering of Samantha Delaney's booby-trapped folded space drive at Dante Station. Turner agreed with Tony Ramirez's conclusion to collapse the anomaly and save the planet's inhabitants, and, when Ramirez stole a shuttlecraft to collapse the rupture, after asking his crew to step aside if they objected to his direct violation of an order, Turner piloted the Cantabrian to stall the USS Auckland (NCC-65201) from stopping Ramirez. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Salvation")
Learning to accept Helena Bourget more and more as part of the Cantabrian team despite his initial concerns about her and her loyalties, Turner's trust was nearly fully destroyed when Helena showed her true colors, betraying the crew and her mother. After Helena's escape, Turner vowed to hunt her down and bring her to justice. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Daughter's Keeper")
Near the end of 2372, the Myhr'an approached the Federation with a truce. Turner and the Cantabrian were assigned to meet with the Myhr'an but quickly found it was a trap. A Myhr'an boarding party kidnapped Turner, Fack, Caldwell and Elizabeth Singh, and the Myhr'an super battle cruiser retreated. While the Cantabrian confronted the Myhr'an later, Turner and the others escaped with Helena Bourget's assistance, with Turner and Fack confronting the Myhr'an commander. With the super battle cruiser's imminent destruction, Turner and Fack were beamed out before the Myhr'an commander could kill them. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Deceptions")
Months into 2373, the Cantabrian was still under repair at Deep Space 4 and Turner was facing a court martial for disobeying a direct order during the events of "Salvation". A Treaty Killer attack disrupted the trial, and he was forced to strongly urge Scott Fack to leave with Liam de Gaillimhe aboard the USS Aotearoa. With his quick thinking, Noel Turner modified the station to emit a graviton pulse, disrupting the Treaty Killers' ship's warp drive, buying the Aotearoa precious time. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Repercussions")
When Aumil Killan and members of the Trill Symbiosis Commission came aboard Deep Space 4 on a "witch hunt" against Tawana Jonar in an attempt to remove the Jonar symbiont from Tawana (as some Trill saw a Trill-hybrid hosting a Trill symbiont as impure), they met fierce opposition from Turner, who took every action available as a Starfleet captain to protect not only a subordinate under his command but also a close friend. His fierce and logical arguments brought Aumil Killan to his senses, and the latter called off the investigation immediately.
After his court martial resumed with the return of Captain de Gaillimhe to the station, Turner was found guilty of disobeying a direct order, but, in light of his contributions to the Myhr'an effort and an otherwise clean record, Hogan and the others gave him no penalty but an official warning on his record. Turner felt betrayed by this, and it would continue to haunt him in his service to Starfleet and the Federation. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "The Betrayed")
Turner and his crew were assigned to find Samantha Delaney after she was linked to the dark starship that sent Liz Singh into an alternate reality. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Stranger Than Fiction", "Bitter Sweet") Delaney's destructive and vindictive nature, demonstrated by her going back in time to severely cripple Dakota Caldwell's mother's starship, convinced Turner she was a serious threat to the Federation, and Hogan concurred, instructing him to stop her at all costs. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Bitter Sweet")
Turner hosted Marjal Jonar's memories during Tawana Jonar's zhian'tara ceremony. He felt he could not host either Salin or Ulitania due to his association with them and the deep pain their sudden deaths caused him. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Finding the Edges of Who She Is")
Turner and his crew tracked Delaney down, and a cat-and-mouse fight erupted. Believing she was calling his bluff, he ordered the Cantabrian to back her Dark Starship into a corner with the Aotearoa assisting: the wrong move to make. Turner later expressed deep remorse, as he felt responsible for the Aotearoa's disappearance as a result of the Dark Starship's temporal weapon. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Best Served Cold", "I Who Have Nothing")
A temporal displacement wave threw Turner, Ramirez and Jonar back in time where their shuttlecraft crashed on an uninhabited planet. Studying the caverns and attempting to find any resources to help repair the shuttle, Turner and his team bumped into Captain Thekla Lawless and an away team, including then-Lieutenant Marjal Jonar. Turner spent time with his idol, eventually coming clean about him and his crew being from the future. Lawless, on the other hand, admitted she felt Starfleet's mission of peace and exploration was being detracted from by scuffles with the Klingons and Romulans; something Turner expressed would pass. Lawless's encouragement of Turner and vice versa helped the other discover why they were in Starfleet in the first place. When a storm on the surface prevented the original Cantabrian from beaming Lawless up, Turner and his crew, in the repaired shuttlecraft, left the planet and transported Lawless back aboard, then finding the temporal rift to return back to their original time. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "The Fire In Which We Burn")
The final showdown between the Cantabrian and Delaney's Dark Starship was brutal, with Captain Anne Cobry sacrificing her ship in an attempt to stop Delaney's push towards Earth; it didn't succeed. Three days before his birthday, Turner ordered the Cantabrian into range to stop Delaney at any cost, and the Cantabrian was severely crippled in the process. As he gave the abandon ship order, Turner, Cobry, Fack and several other Cantabrian senior officers beamed over to the damaged Dark Starship, confronting Samantha Delaney and her crew. In a showdown on the Dark Starship's bridge, Noel Turner and Samantha Delaney fought a spectacular battle. At one point, Delaney triggered the temporal weapon in an attempt to escape, but Turner captured her before she could. With the temporal weapon overloading, Turner exchanged a tearful good-bye to Fack before throwing himself into the weapon, losing him in time and space. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "By All Means Necessary")
Midway through 2374, the new USS Cantabrian-A's captain, Patricia Graves, found a time portal on an unexplored planet leading to ancient Egypt on Earth. Exploring the portal, Graves discovered Noel Turner living in ancient Egypt, attempting to quell an alien threat. Previous to his arrival, he believed Nefertiti had been killed by the aliens. Graves begged to not only swap places with Turner to restore the timeline, taking her place as Nefertiti, but also agree to a cease-fire, to which the aliens concurred. In accordance with the agreement, Turner was returned to the 24th century and assumed command of the Cantabrian-A. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Where There's A Man Who Has No Voice, There Ours Shall Go Singing")
Turner was still in command of the Cantabrian-A in 2384. A task force under his command staved off a Romulan attack on a Romulan shuttle carrying his husband Scott Fack (disguised as Tal Shiar operative Tovath and the comatose Corey Aster). (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Dream a Little Dream of Me")
Excerpt from counselor's reportEdit
Profile by Counselor Leslie Hernandez. Stardate 49008.3
Captain Noel Turner instills confidence in his crew through positive praise, constructive criticism, open-mindedness to suggestions, approachability and dedication. He delivers praise where deserved and criticism to learn from. Senior staff meetings often consist of freely exchanging ideas, fostered by Turner, and he seems willing to attempt the most promising theories in the most dire of situations. Turner welcomes crew members to approach him with problems or concerns he or she feels he or she can't approach anyone else about. One trait paramount to Captain Turner's success as a leader remains to be his dedication to his crew and his ship. On many occasions in the past, he's demonstrated this dedication, especially in his dealings with races like the Zmakians, Fralkoni, and Wthaure, all of whom threatened the lives of his crew.
Amongst Captain Turner's most notable achievements remain a successful first contact and on-going relationship with the Ukaldians and the discovery of unique subspace eddies supporting primitive life, leading to the establishment of a Federation task force dedicated to protecting the life forms, relying primarily on Turner's findings.
Starfleet stands confident in the abilities of Captain Noel Turner and tout him as one of Starfleet's up-and-coming officers.
Noel Turner held a keen interest in gardening, even going so far as to cordon off a section of the Cantabrian's arboretum for his own personal use (called the Captain's arboretum). One of the flower types he grew here was dahlias, and he also grew native New Zealand plants there such as manuka and Pōhutukawa. He claimed gardening helped him relax. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Catalyst, Part One")
Turner also enjoyed music of various types, including classical. He found more mellow, soothing music and a nice cup of green tea helped calm his nerves after a hard day. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Catalyst, Part One") He was also an avid fan of Cole Porter. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Isolation")
His first doctorate was in classical English literature, a passion of his, and so, in his ready room, he kept works by Shakespeare, Dickens and others. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Catalyst, Part One")
Noel Turner also was a keen amateur Egyptologist, absorbing as much information on ancient Egypt as possible. Some of his favorite works on the subject were authored by Arman Ronserd and Dr. Kenneth Lillington-Hughes.
Memorabilia and traditionsEdit
His family Bible was returned to him, and he kept this displayed in his ready room, being of significant importance to him as one of his brother's descendants had taken the time to calligraph the names into the book. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Catalyst, Part One", "Catalyst, Part Two")
Before being transported to the 24th century, Turner had a piece of the Berlin Wall. Once in the 24th century, a friend gave him another piece of the Berlin Wall, which he kept in his ready room. He told Scott Fack once the piece of the Wall reminded him of humanity's ability at social injustice and repression, and the attempts in the past of a few people trying to control the masses from their own free will, and how the fall of the Wall symbolized so much to him, that the mistakes of the past should not be repeated. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Catalyst, Part Two")
Turner also had several photos of things important to him in his ready room. This included a picture of the Ambassador-class USS Hillary he served on once, and reminded him of when he met Sir Edmund Hillary during his childhood. Another picture had him, Ulitania Jonar and former partner Daniel Santos enjoying a holiday together. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Catalyst, Part One", "Catalyst, Part Two")
In his ready room, Turner had his family's tartan, Clan Lamont displayed, and, on some formal occasions, would wear a replica with his formal officer's dress uniform. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Catalyst, Part One", "Oh, What a Lovely War")
He kept the tradition of ANZAC Day alive aboard the Cantabrian -- a tradition started by Thekla Lawless -- and, in 2373, he led a commemoration on the holodeck attended by dozens of crewmembers, including Ethan Arden, Elizabeth Singh and Scott Fack. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Finding the Edges of Who She Is")
At Fack's request, in 2372, he and Fack celebrated Christmas, even having a Christmas tree. We assume they celebrated it as Fack asked Turner if he moved in with him, if he could have a Christmas tree for Christmas. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Deceptions")
Turner and Hogan both found a blossoming friendship when they started serving together aboard the Christchurch. Hogan liked Turner's no-nonsense approach to command, and the two at first held a mutual respect for each other, but, after several events where they learned to trust one another (and where commanders were separated from the crew because they gave the hard orders), their friendship grew rapidly.
The two dealt with each other on a first name basis in 2372 even though Hogan outranked Turner. He also felt comfortable enough to challenge her when he did not agree with orders. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Catalyst, Part One", "Dakota", "Salvation")
When Turner was rescued in 2344, Salin Jonar was a crew member who took Turner under his wing. The friendship between them grew as Salin acted as a mentor to Turner. Salin Jonar was killed in 2353, and the Jonar symbiont was transferred to Ulitania Aujan. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Catalyst, Part One")
Turner was reunited with Salin's personality (using Dakota Caldwell's body) during Tawana Jonar's zhian'tara ceremony in 2373, after rejecting the opportunity to act as either Salin or Ulitania's host during the ceremony. He admitted meeting with Salin again helped him close the wound left by Salin's sudden death. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Finding the Edges of Who She Is")
Ulitania Jonar first met Turner when she contacted him to inform him of Salin's death. She claimed it was difficult, because part of her was now so familiar with him and the other part was not. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Catalyst, Part One")
Despite being younger than Turner, Jonar continued her role as Turner's mentor, evolving into a trusted friend and adviser when she came aboard the Cantabrian as security chief. He found this friendship closer and deeper as the two dealt with one another on a day-to-day basis. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Catalyst, Part One", "Catalyst, Part Two")
- There is a 16 year period where Ulitania Jonar and Noel Turner were not aboard the Cantabrian together but we assume she worked with him aboard the Christchurch sometime during those 16 years, explaining why he chose her to join his crew once he was given command of the Cantabrian.
Ulitania's death in 2372 hit Turner extremely hard, and he channeled this anger to defeat the Myhr'an at Canaileus Prime. He openly grieved at the funeral service for her and the other Cantabrian crew, over which he presided. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Oh, What a Lovely War", "An Innocent Time")
In 2373, during Tawana Jonar's zhian'tara ceremony, he was briefly reunited with Ulitania's personality (embodied by Yh'ahni), before Yh'ahni reacted unexpectedly during the telepathic link. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Finding the Edges of Who She Is")
- We would assume Turner was not present for Ulitania Jonar's zhian'tara ceremony as he does not let on that he had been reunited with Salin's personality after his death.
They played Euchre together, a game at which she was "excellent" at, in his opinion.
When Tawana Killan was not joined to the Jonar symbiont, her relationship with Turner was more of one seeking guidance from an experienced officer. Once she was joined to the Jonar symbiont, this relationship flipped, with Tawana, holding the memories of Salin and Ulitania before her, stepping into the mentor role. Turner found this change initially somewhat unsettling. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Oh, What a Lovely War")
Late in 2372, Turner sought Tawana Jonar's advice on when to ask Scott Fack to move in with him. In typical Jonar fashion, she gave the ambigious, but correct, answer he would know the right time to ask. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Deceptions")
When Tawana's father, Aumil Killan, and members of the Trill Symbiosis Commission came to Deep Space 4 on a "witch hunt" over the Jonar symbiont in early 2373, Turner protected Tawana as best as he could. He even went so far as to tell Killan he should be ashamed of himself for antagonising his own daughter. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Thicker Than Water")
Turner agreed to host Marjal Jonar's memories during Tawana's zhian'tara ceremony a few months later. He felt he couldn't host either Salin or Ulitania's memories as their sudden deaths were too painful for him and therefore would not do them justice. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Finding the Edges of Who She Is")
All members of his family were not injured or killed in the Eugenics Wars and therefore lived out their lives in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Noel Turner's long term relationship with Daniel Santos started in 2352 and ended in 2366. He described Santos as "the love of his life -- at the time", but, as time went by, they grew apart. Santos wasn't a Starfleet officer, and he sometimes made Turner feel he was sacrificing so much by following Turner and his assignments. When they split up, Santos attributed his "sacrifices" as one of the reasons why he was leaving. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Isolation")
Turner grew closer to Scott Fack as a result of Fack staying behind while Turner was ill and in isolation. The two shared some very personal and private memories and information, drawing them closer. After Turner was cured, he asked Fack to his quarters for dinner and champagne: something Fack agreed to. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Isolation") While they had had dinner together on previous occasions, the two decided to start dating. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Two Hit, One Stone") Their relationship grew so serious that Turner considered asking Fack to move in with him but didn't know when the appropriate time would be, and he sought Ulitania Jonar's advice on the matter (to which the response was he would know when the time was right). After nearly being killed by the Myhr'an commander, an exhausted and beat-up Turner, freshly transported to the Cantabrian, asked Fack if he'd move in with him; the counselor said yes. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Deceptions")
- "Are fragile relations with a reclusive race we’ve had very little to do with and know even less about worth more than one loyal officer's life and liberty?"
- — Turner to Zahara Hogan, about the request to turn Dakota Caldwell over to the Lelari for trial, in "Dakota"
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