Captain Tasha Yar

Name: Tasha Yar
Rank: Captain
Position: Commanding Officer USS Voyager
Age: 42

Starfleet History
2364: Assigned to USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) as Security Chief
2369: Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
2372: Reassigned to USS Challenger as Second Officer
2375: Promoted to Commander and reassigned to USS Lexington as First Officer
2379: Promoted to Captain and reassigned to USS Voyager as Commanding Officer

Personal History
Tasha was born in 2337 on the failed colony world of Turkana IV. Her sister, Ishara, was born five years later. Both of their parents were killed shortly following Ishara's birth, after which they were looked after for a few months by "some people" who later abandoned them, leaving Tasha to care for herself and her sister. Tasha had to avoid rape gangs and terrible violence just to scavenge for the bare necessities of life, such as food. One of the few bright spots in her life was finding a cat, which she attempted to protect while being chased by a rape gang. Drug use was also commonplace. Tasha apparently resorted to drugs as an escape at some point, but later remembered that they were of more harm to her than good. Although Ishara decided to remain on the planet and eventually joined the Coalition, Tasha managed to find a way off Turkana IV in 2352 by the age of fifteen. Ishara and Tasha never saw one another again. Tasha began to attend Starfleet Academy soon after her escape. She credited Starfleet with saving her from her previous life. She joined security because of the lawless environment in which she grew up. In 2363, while conducting a rescue mission, Yar rescued a colonist after traversing a Carnelian minefield. Captain Jean-Luc Picard's ship at the time was also present. Picard was so impressed with her bravery that he recruited Yar for duty on the Enterprise, as Yar's current commanding officer owed him a favor.

Yar piloted Picard to the Enterprise-D in the shuttlecraft Galileo for his first visit to the ship. She set out to Farpoint Station from Earth Station McKinley with most of the crew. En route, the Enterprise was intercepted and detained by the Q entity. Tasha wanted to fight him, but Picard refused her suggestion because of the tremendous power of the Q. While the senior staff was taken to the 21st century courtroom and put on trial by Q, Yar could no longer resist the urge to tell Q he was wrong for accusing humanity of "savage, childlike behavior." She was placed into a sort of deep freeze by Q as punishment, but was later revived. Later, Yar took part in several away teams which investigated Farpoint Station and the living station's mate, which returned to seek vengeance against the Bandi for imprisoning the other creature. While the Enterprise was negotiating at the world of Ligon II for vaccine needed on Styris IV, the Ligonian leader Lutan became impressed with Tasha's martial arts skills and her physical beauty. As a show of defiance and boldness in line with the Ligon Code of Honor, he kidnapped her and brought her to his planet. Picard needed to negotiate both for her safe return and for the vaccine. However, Lutan was determined to have Yar as his First One, the ceremonial title of his wife. The current First One, Yareena, challenged Lutan's decision, requiring Yar to participate in a fight to the death with Yareena. In order to satisfy the needs of the culture and return to the Enterprise, Tasha fought and killed Yareena. Fortunately, samples of the poison used on Yar's weapon was returned to the Enterprise by Data, allowing Doctor Beverly Crusher to develop an antidote and revive Yareena once they were brought to the Enterprise. Yareena stripped Lutan of his title and offered him to Tasha, but she refused, stating that there would be "complications." When the Enterprise was transported beyond the known universe by the Traveler, to a place where matter and thought were not distinct, Yar hallucinated that she had returned to Turkana IV and was being chased by the rape gangs. Because of the matriarchal nature of the society on Angel I, Yar took informal command of the away team while Commander William T. Riker negotiated for the release of survivors from the freighter Odin. When Riker put on one of the sexualized outfits worn by men on the planet, she and Deanna had a good laugh at the first officer's expense. During the Romulan Civil War Tasha was in command of the USS Endeavour as part of a blockade to prevent Klingon involvement.

In 2372, Tasha was stranded on the USS Prometheus which attempted to open an artificial wormhole and was sliding thru quantum realities. Upon her arrival in the Promtheus' home quantum reality Tasha was assigned to the USS Challenger to be the ship's Second Officer as well as Security Chief. After the Dominion War Tasha was reassigned to the USS Lexington in late 2375 when it's First officer was given his own command. Serving on the Lexington for almost four years she was offered command of Voyager after the death of Captain Chakotay. To say she was displeased with what she saw on Voyager was an understatement. While she did promote Commander Paris to full Commander since he was First Officer she transferred Lieutenant Kim off the ship as the beginning of many changes to the ship's personnel and culture.

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