Lieutenant JG Cailus Griffin


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Lieutenant JG Cailus Griffin

Name Cailus Griffin

Position Chief Security/Tactical Officer

Rank Lieutenant JG


Character Information

Gender Male
Species Human
Age 37 (125)

Physical Appearance

Height 5'11
Weight 70kg
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Pale blue
Physical Description Broad-shouldered and physically fit, but otherwise unimpressive. Cailus has dark hair with an accompanying beard, and always makes an effort to look like a proper officer.

UPDATE: Due to a curious incident involving a razor, cookies and a very stealthy toddler, Cailus has shaved his beard.

Cailus is an amputee, having lost his right hand from the wrist down in the line of duty, and now has a biomechanical prosthetic. This prosthetic offers twice the grip strength of a normal human hand with comparable dexterity. It looks organic, but this organic exterior merely coats a metal frame and as such is both cold to the touch and heavy. While Cailus can control his hand naturally, the limitations of late 23rd century technology means that the skin is purely cosmetic; he can not feel pain or any other sensation from it.

Furthermore, Cailus has a long, curved scar across his stomach as a result of a severe past injury, although he takes care to conceal the scar from any except those closest to him.

Family

Spouse Harriet Suzuki (deceased: 2367)
Children Victoire Griffin (deceased: 2367)
Father Alistair Griffin (deceased: 2349)
Mother Megan Griffin (deceased: 2345)
Other Family While Cailus has distant relatives through his wife, all of his biological family are now deceased.

Kalin "Shae" Brennan: Cailus is in a serious romantic relationship with Shae, and despite some problems following an incident with Mindo, has since moved in to live with her and her daughter, Aoife.

Aoife Brennan: Due to his presence in Shae's life for the entirety of the time that Aoife has been returned to her mother, Aoife instinctively sees Cailus as her father. Despite the pain this often causes as Aoife frequently reminds him of his own lost daughter, Cailus has (with considerable reluctance and difficulty) begun to step into a parental role.

Personality & Traits

General Overview Cailus, to a certain extent, can be considered dedicated to his profession beyond even the Starfleet norm. Especially since his recovery from hibernation, Cailus has had little else in his life to strive for. The result is a man who possesses a great deal of focus, as well as an overwhelming faith in the Federation and the principles it stands for. As Cailus' own mentor was Vulcan, a great deal of his mentor's mannerisms have been retained; indeed, many colleagues often compare him to Vulcans. While these comparisons tend to be favourable during crisis situations and in the heat of battle, Cailus' emotionless professionalism has nevertheless drawn criticism on occasion. He is neither friendly nor personable, and has never succeeded in portraying himself as a natural leader. He is a grim, sober man, rarely known to smile or laugh.

Cailus' career has been a hard one, forging a bright and eager young officer into a hardened veteran. He possesses an overwhelming instinct to protect, which intersects with an equally overwhelming belief in justice that often causes him to be overly confident in his own moral certitude. To Cailus, black and white are the only options, his principles sacrosant.

Since the Churchill's destruction and his long hibernation, Cailus has been diagnosed with severe Temporal Displacment Disorder. While Cailus is judged to have recovered sufficiently to return to active duty, several counselors have noted that he has yet to fully confront the deaths of his wife, daughter and shipmates.

UPDATE: During his most recent shoreleave, Cailus experienced two significant events. He was told the full story of what happened to his wife and daughter, and in so doing Cailus finally felt the grief that he had been repressing since his rescue from cryostasis. While Cailus' anger and frustration had been building to potentially dangerous levels, the catharsis of finally beginning to grieve has eased his anger. Furthermore, Cailus engaged in a romantic relationship with a colleague, Kalin Brennan. This relationship, based on mutual support between two broken individuals, had begun to encourage healing in both.

Moreover, Cailus' relationship with Shae has begun to warm his previously frigid personality. Her friendly and compassionate nature serves as a counterpoint to his sternness, even causing Cailus to occasionally joke and smile in her presence. Along with Shae's daughter, Aoife, the three of them are swiftly becoming a family despite Shae and Cailus having been together for only a couple of months.
Ambitions Unlike many officers Cailus has no intention of ever commanding a starship, owing to a personal belief that he lacks the fundamental instincts and ability to do so. While Cailus had hopes of earning a core system assignment before the Churchill's destruction to be with his family, he has since abandoned all ambition since returning to Starfleet.
Hobbies & Interests Cailus has a distinct fascination with Japanese martial arts, as well as the Japanese literary movement of the early 23rd century known broadly as "sci-anime". He also has a considerable fondness for various sports as well as some quite older books. He was also a collector of seafaring ship models before the incident, but has discontinued this practice after being recovered.

Personal History Cailus life is one marked with pain and joy in equal measure. Born in 2264 on Mars, his life was originally quite ordinary. At a young age he moved to Paris, joining the ranks of the local law enforcement institution, Le Corps de la Paix. Superb ongoing performance earned him an assignment as a guard at the Palais de la Concorde, protecting the central government of the Federation, where he eventually met his future wife, the political attache to the Martian Councillor. At her urging, he then enlisted in Starfleet. For his time, Cailus was a typical officer; capable and experienced, with more battle experience than most, but not on the command track. Cailus lost his right hand in the line of duty early in his career, as well as surviving the brutal events on Menelax in 2297. A few more years of service likely would have seen him assigned as Chief of Security on a front-line starbase or at Earth itself, where he could enjoy life with his wife and daughter.

Instead, fate intervened. In the year 2300, while exploring a relatively unknown part of space in the Beta Quadrant, Cailus' ship, the USS Churchill, was attacked. Off-duty at the time, Cailus was halfway to the bridge when the order was given to abandon ship. He and two other crewmen made it to an escape pod, and as the pod launched, watched as the the Churchill was pummelled by a far larger alien ship until finally the Churchill was ruthlessly destroyed. For unfathomable reasons the alien ship then began destroying the escape pods and shuttles that had evacuated the Starfleet vessel. Pure chance saved Cailus' escape pod...but tragically, it was the only escape pod to avoid the alien's wrath.



With no warp drive and stuck in a star system with no inhabitable planets, or indeed any terrestrial planets at all, the three survivors were forced to utilise emergency cryostasis technology to survive. It was in this form that they survived for eighty seven years before being discovered by a Romulan science ship on a routine exploration mission. After a few weeks, the three crewmen were returned to the Federation eighty eight years after they had left.

Upon his return and after four months of counseling and self-reflection, Starfleet offered Cailus a choice: return to the Academy for a year to catch up and return at his old rank, or accept a demotion and immediate assignment to an active-duty station. Having been forced to accept the loss of his family and his displacement in time, Cailus requested the latter.

Newly demoted to the rank of Ensign, and now utterly alone in a new time, Cailus requested an assignment on the USS Tornado at the Klingon border as he struggled to force past his grief, never truly addressing it. He threw himself into his duty with renewed vigour, from battles with the Klingons to hunting rogue Starfleet officers, determined not to think about his losses. Ultimately it was one of those rogue Starfleet officers who began to draw him out of his shell: Kalin "Shae" Brennan. Despite arresting her for awful crimes when they first met, the truth of Shae's circumstances succeeded in drawing Cailus out of his self-absorbed coldness, reaching out to the woman to help her reassimilate with a distrustful crew. As the weeks passed and the stress of the Tornado's missions and battles accumulated, their friendship blossomed as both of them began to recover from their pain.

When Shae and Cailus spent their shoreleave together on Earth and Mars, their lives changed once more. Romance sparked to the surprise of both, and moreover, they chose to move away from war and bloodshed to a new, exciting life on the USS Pandora, exploring the Inconnu Expanse far from the Federation's borders. Quite unexpectedly, along with Shae and her daughter, Aoife, Cailus found himself blessed with a second life.
Service Record 2264: Born in Watney on Mars.
2281: Enlists in the Peace Officer Academy in Paris.
2282: Begins active service as a Peace Officer in Paris.
2284: Superb test scores and ongoing service earns Cailus an assignment as a guard at the Palais de la Concorde, protecting the government of the Federation.
2286: Marries Harriet Suzuki, political attache to the Martian Councillor. Enlists in Starfleet Academy.
2290: Graduates as a security officer. Assigned to USS Churchill.
2291: Loses right hand in line of duty, awarded Purple Heart.
2292: Cailus' daughter, Victoire Griffin, is born.
2293: Promoted to Lieutenant (j.g.) and re-assigned to USS Independence.
2295: Promoted to Lieutenant. Qualified from the Joint Training Initiative. Re-assigned to USS Churchill as Chief of Security.
2297: Fights in the Menelax War against rogue Tholian forces. Promoted to Chief Tactical Officer in addition to Chief of Security.
2300: USS Churchill disappears in deep space.
2303: Starfleet officially declares USS Churchill and all her crew Missing In Action.
2306: Starfleet officially declares USS Churchill and all her crew lost in space with no expectation of recovery.
2367: First Borg Invasion: Cailus' wife, Harriet Suzuki, and his daughter, Captain Victoire Griffin, are assimilated by the Borg. They are both believed to perish during the destruction of the Borg Cube in battle with the USS Enterprise, in orbit of Earth.
2387: Lieutenant Cailus Griffin, Ensign Svarek and Ensign T'Zen are discovered in an escape pod by Romulan science ship Aidoann and returned to the Federation. All other USS Churchill crew confirmed dead.
2388: Re-certified for active service with a voluntary demotion to the rank of Ensign. Assigned to USS Tornado as Deputy Chief of Security. Reassigned to USS Pandora as Chief of Security. Promoted to Lieutenant (j.g.)