Space the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Evergreen. Her mission. To explore strange new worlds. To seek out new lifeforms, new civalizations and new sources of peanut butter. To boldly go where no one has gone before.
Bert was a 23rd century male raccoon Starfleet Captain and commanding officer of the USS Evergreen. His parents are Bob and Dottie Raccoon. He also has a younger brother named Dennis.
Bert was born in 2262 in the Evergreen Forest of British Columbia, Canada. Ever since he was a kid he dreamed of exploring space and being like his hero James Tiberius Kirk. He spent many clear nights staring at the stars and imagining all the exploring there was to do.
He enjoys baseball, football, hockey, fishing, swimming and exploring the forest. He took an interest in music at age 13 and learned to play a guitar. His favorite music is rock and roll. He and his friends formed a band and still play together once in a while.
He applied for the academy at age 15, but failed the entry exam. He thought he'd never make it, but his father in law, Admiral George Raccoon told him about how he failed the first time he took the exam and told Bert not to give up and try again. Bert tried again the following year and succeeded. His parents were proud. He took the 5 year officer training course and served on the USS Donald. He was promoted to Ensign during his training and graduated with the rank of Lieutenant. It wasn't easy, but he stuck to it. He felt frustrated about failing the Kobyashi Maru test, but was told no one passes the test. He argued Kirk did, but was informed Kirk cheated and was told it's a test of character and a no win scenario is a challenge every commander must face. After graduation in 2283, he and his friends spent a year training on the USS Hawking. He often took command of the night shift and was assigned to Science station. During the second year on the Hawking, the ship was attacked by an unknown alien vessel, later determined to be Romulan, that was testing a new cloaking device and violated Federation Space. The captain and commanding officers were injured and unable to perform their duties as the Romulans caught them by surprise and attacked while the shields were down. Bert took command and assigned his fellow Lieutenants to their stations. Schaeffer was able restore the shields and warp drive and through a suggestion from Cedric Sneer, they used the phasers to locate the cloaked ship and disable it's weapons and propulsion, since a cloaked ship can't fire it's weapons or raise it's shields. The Romulan crew was held for trial and later returned to Romulas. Star Fleet looked upon Bert and his officers actions so favorably for preventing a war that Bert was promoted to Captain and his officers were promoted to Commander and Lieutenant Commander. The Hawking was in need of refit and Bert was transferred to a another ship. The USS Evergreen. She was a brand new design and Bert was given the option to choose a name. He and his officers settled on Evergreen, in honor of the Evergreen Forest, where they grew up. Bert holds the record for one of the youngest captains in Starfleet history.
After a year exploring the Alpha Quadrant, Bert became depressed, after he found out Kirk and his officers disobeyed orders by stealing the USS Enterprise and heading for the Genesis Planet. Bert couldn't believe his hero would do such a thing and destroy his career. 3 months later in 2286, the Evergreen was ordered to Vulcan to escort Kirk and crew home. Kirk had set the Enterprise for self destruct over the dying Genesis Planet. Kirk and crew had agreed to return to Earth aboard a captured Klingon Bird of Prey they named H.M.S Bounty. Bert didn't even want to look at Kirk. During the return voyage a lot of distress calls came through and the President of the Federation sent a message from Earth that a massive alien ship was orbiting Earth, evaporating the oceans and destroying the atmosphere, while directing a mysterious signal to the oceans. Kirk's first officer Spock was able to match it's ever strengthening signal to be the songs sung by Humpback Whales, which had gone extinct in the 21st century, due to over hunting and pollution. Kirk decided to travel backwards in time and Bert decided that despite his disappointment, he would follow Kirk into the past, as they'd need all the help they could get to solve this crisis. Upon arrival in the year 1986, 300 years in the past, they quickly located 2 Humpback Whales in San Francisco. While investigating Bert and Cedric were assigned work with Kirk and Spock. Kirk sold his reading glasses he received as a birthday present form Dr. McCoy and Bert sold an old pocket watch he found in the forest when he was a kid. They explored the streets of San Francisco and later found the whale song was coming from the Cetacean Institute across the bay in Sausolito, where 2 Humpback Whales named George and Gracie were kept in captivity. Bert began to get to know Kirk and slowly regain his respect for him.
Upon arrival they met a whale biologist named Dr. Gillian Taylor, who gave them a tour of the Institute and showed them George and Gracie. They agreed these 2 whales would be perfect. It wouldn't be a problem, since the institute was planning to release the whales back into the wild, due to a lack of funding to keep the whales fed. Spock performed a mind meld on the whales and explained the situation. He also found out Gracie was pregnant. The whales agreed to help, despite being unhappy with the way their species had been treated by humanity. Gillian was upset with Spock for intruding in the whale tank and ordered the 4 men to leave.
Gillian later spotted them walking back to San Francisco, since they didn't want to spend what little money they had left at the moment. After Spock mentioned Gracie was pregnant, Gillian demanded to know how they knew. Kirk told her they could help the whales and prevent them from being hunted once they were released. After suggesting they go out for dinner, which Gillian gladly accepted and they went to her favorite pizza restaurant, Bert and Cedric contacted their wives Lisa and Sophia and invited them to come. Spock returned to the Bounty, since he doesn't care for Italian food.
The meal was cut short however when Gillian mentioned the whales were to be flown to Alaska at noon the next day and they hurried back to the Bounty. Bert, along with Cedric, Sophia and Lisa, beamed back to the Evergreen and discussed what to do. The whale tank would be finished by morning, but the Evergreen's power was low and Schaeffer was still working on restoring it for the return trip. Bert sent an engineering team to help with the tank.
The next morning, with power restored and the tank almost complete, a message was sent from the Bounty, that the whales had been flown to Alaska the night before and released. The Bounty was ready to retrieve them, but had to delay when Kirk's Navigator, Commander Pavel Chekov had been arrested abored a US Navy Aircraft Carrier the USS Enterprise, while collecting high energy photons from it's reactor to restore the Bounty's power. Chekov had been held as a Soviet spy, due to his name and Russian accent and while trying to escape, had fallen and suffered a serious head injury. Bert and Cedric decided to beam down to assist Kirk, McCoy and Gillian in rescuing Chekov from Mercy Hospital. They succeeded and beamed out while in the elevator. The Bounty took off and tracked the whales to the Pacific. They decloaked to scare off a group of whalers that tried to kill the whales. With the whales in the tank, the Bounty and Evergreen left orbit and successfully returned to 2286. The whales communicated with the alien craft and it left the Sol System. With Earth restored to normal, they headed to Starfleet headquarters where Kirk and his officers, except Spock, were to face trial. The president dismissed all charges, except disobeying orders. Kirk was demoted to captain and given command of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-A. Bert and his crew congratulated them on a fine new ship and told Kirk it had been an honor serving with them. The ships parted ways to continue their mission of exploration. Bert was his old self again and learned that sometimes disobeying orders may be necessary. He also realized there's more to being a captain than following every order given. He also realized Starfleet prefers officers that are original and resourceful thinkers, rather than those that blindly follow orders as this can often lead to disaster.
Cedric Sneer is one Bert's childhood friends and his best friend. They enjoyed exploring the forest together and often showed similar interests in exploring space. They were separated for a year, when Cedric also took the entry exam at age 15 and passed. Cedric often helped Bert with his studies and majored in Science. They often played sports and went fishing as kids and continue to do so when they get shore leave. They served together on the Hawking and Cedric helped Bert learn command skills during their time on the ship. This helped Bert in taking command of the Hawking when it was attacked and Cedric suggested using the phasers to locate and disable the cloaked Romulan ship that attacked them. Bert helped Cedric become more confident over the years and Cedric learned more leadership skills, so Bert made him his first officer and Science officer. He also encouraged Cedric to propose to Sophia Tutu and requested she serve as navigator on the Evergreen, so she and Cedric could be together.
Ralph is another of Bert's childhood friends. They often went fishing and played ball together. Despite that Ralph is afraid of flying, he showed a fascination for aircraft. Ralph majored in piloting at the academy and Bert requested that he be Helmsman on the Evergreen. Ralph likes to makes jokes about Bert during mealtimes and shore leaves. Bert usually rolls his eyes at Ralph's jokes, while others think he's funny, but knows that Ralph makes the worst jokes. Bert also made sure Ralph's wife Melissa served on the Evergreen, as she and Ralph married after graduating the academy and could stay together. Bert is hopeful they'll have a kid.
Melissa is one of Bert's childhood friends. She shares a maternal relationship with Bert, as she's kind of a mother to him. They often fished and played sports together as Melissa is rather tomboyish. She often provides council for Bert and their other friends. Bert wasn't surprised she majored in psychology at the academy and he requester her to serve on the Evergreen, so she could be with her husband Ralph and also serve as councilor on the Evergreen. The idea of a councilor was still a new idea at the time, as it was usually provided by the chief medical officer. Starfleet realized a separate councilor would help and Melissa was one of the first in the fleet. She was unable to cheer Bert up during his depression in 2286, but he later got through it after getting to personally know James Tiberius Kirk. She was happy Bert had learned some new lessons during his time with the former admiral and was back to his old self.
Sophia Tutu/Sneer has always been a good friend to Bert. They met at the academy and Bert introduced her to Cedric. She majored in Navigation and often has her at the conn when he and Cedric are on away missions. She's athletic and tomboyish like Melissa. She and Bert sometimes go jogging in the Recreation Room. Bert also hopes she and Cedric have a kid soon.
Lisa Raccoon is one of Bert's childhood friends. Bert has had a crush on her since they met. They spent little time together as kids, since Lisa spent most of her childhood on the USS Edwards, when her father George was a captain. They usually only saw each other when George was on shore leave. They kept in touch by letter and sometimes through messages. Bert was always shy around her and it didn't take his other friends long to realize he had feelings for her. They finally spent more time together at the academy and Bert finally worked up the courage to ask her out. She accepted and after he few dates, he got his first kiss from her. Lisa majored in Xenolinguistics. She also played for the basketball team. They were separated again 2 years later when Bert graduated. After she graduated, Bert proposed and she gladly accepted. He also convinced Starfleet to let her serve on the Evergreen as communications officer. They enjoy candlelight dinners and often play half court and jog in the Recreation room. She can sing and joined the band as the lead singer. Although growing up on the Edwards was hard, she still made some friends with the few kids on the ship. A few months after returning from 1986, Lisa discovered she was pregnant. She gave birth to their daughter Cindy 9 months later.
Schaeffer is a good friend of Bert's who he met at the academy. Schaeffer majored in engineering and served under George, before George was promoted to admiral. George had Schaeffer transferred to the Evergreen, as he wanted a good engineer to maintain the ship his daughter, son in law and granddaughter were serving on. Bert often talks to Schaeffer when he needs someone to talk too and Schaeffer is always prepared to listen and help in any way he can. Bert sometimes wonders why Schaeffer didn't become a councilor, but knows Schaeffer can fix any problem with the Evergreen. Schaeffer sometimes helps in the galley, as he has a knack for cooking.
Dr. Canard is Bert's chief medical officer, who also grew up in the Evergreen Forest. Bert met him a few times as a kid when he took shore leave.
Nurse Peck is a good friend of Bert's, who he met at the academy. She majored in medicine and hopes to become a chief medical officer someday. Bert expects her to achieve her goal and possibly replace Dr. Canard when the time comes. She speaks with an Irish accent.
M'Ress is a commander who served on the USS Enterprise, during the last 2 years of Kirk's historic 5 year mission. She was transferred to the Evergreen and was assigned to tactical. She misses her time on the Enterprise, but is getting adjusted to life on the Evergreen. Bert is glad to have her at tactical and chief of security. She sometimes substitutes as communications for Lisa, like she did on the Enterprise. Bert expects she'll be promoted to Captain and get her own ship soon.
Cindy Raccoon is Bert and Lisa's daughter, who is confined to a wheelchair. She loves her parents dearly and enjoys basketball like her mother. Bert takes her fishing during shore leave. She was diagnosed with the rare and incurable Iverson's Disease as a toddler and the doctors speculate she'll be in a wheelchair for the rest of her life. She doesn't many friends and doesn't get to see her grandparents very much, but is happy growing up on the Evergreen. She is one reason Bert hopes Ralph and Melissa, along with Cedric and Sophia will have kids soon, so she'll have someone to play with.
George Raccoon. Bert first met George as a kid, when George was the captain of the Edwards and came to the forest to visit during shore leave. Bert has a good relationship with him and is grateful that his kids have Bert for a friend and makes them happy. George is glad to be an admiral and living on Earth, so his son Bentley can have a more normal life. He feels bad that Lisa didn't grow up on Earth, but Lisa has assured him she's not upset.
Nicole Raccoon is George's wife. She is rather fond of Bert and has always thought of him like a son. She was transporter chief on the Edwards and has since retired. She too is grateful that her kids have a friend like Bert. She speaks with a French accent.
Bentley Raccoon idolizes Bert and looks up to him like a big brother. He hopes to enter the academy someday. He is in his teens and is not old enough to go into the academy yet. Bert goes fishing and plays Baseball with him during shore leave. They keep in touch by letter and messages. Bert hopes to have him on the Evergreen when he graduates. Bentley is glad to be living in the forest, but misses being in space and not having much time to be with Bert.
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