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Commander Abernathy Rice

Name Abernathy Eugene Rice PhD

Position Executive Officer

Rank Commander


Character Information

Gender Male
Species Human
Age 47

Physical Appearance

Height 5'10"
Weight 185#
Hair Color Grey
Eye Color Blue
Physical Description Unlike the rest of the Rice family, all of whom are Starfleet Officers, Abe doesn’t have the typical command-style presence. He gives off more of a father-figure vibe instead of a superior officer. Abe appears fairly tall and physically well built by most human standards. He tends to have to carry a more serious look on his face, and some might even call his face stern. Perhaps his most striking feature is that he wears glasses due to a severe allergy to Retinax V. Abe is confident that there are modern treatments that might fix his vision, but he rather enjoys wearing glasses. He feels it gives him a connection to the past.

Family

Spouse
Children
Father Senator Charles Rice, 82, Earth
Mother Capt. Nancy Rice 79, Earth (R)
Brother(s) Commodore Thomas Rice, Sector Commander, Poseidon Station
Captain Jacob Rice, USS Wrangell, Commanding Officer
Commander Matthew Rice, JAG Office, Earth
Sister(s) Lieutenant JG Megan Sarrat, Communications Officer Starfleet Command
Other Family

Personality & Traits

General Overview
Known as Abe to his closest friends, Abernathy Rice is somewhat of an odd duck. He’s confident in his decision and understands how to manage people. However, at times his approach might be considered unorthodox. Abe was born with a small birthmark on his left cheek. He suffers from a mild case of asthma due to his premature birth. Abe also has a slight eyesight problem; rather than corrective surgery, Abe has opted to wear glasses when needed. Abe is a very confident person and very determined. He knows what he can do and always pushes his limits to improve himself.

After hours he can typically be found in the lounge with a good book. While he enjoys being around people, his awkward personality has made interpersonal relationships quite challenging.
Strengths & Weaknesses Abe is a person who must remain in total control over everything. He does not seem to enjoy chaos or the struggles of daily life. On paper, Abe appears very knowledgeable, highly educated, and intelligent. In practical terms, Abe tends to be somewhat naïve and struggles with relating to people in the real world. He seems to lack the real-world application of his chosen career, and perhaps getting out of an office would do him good.
Ambitions Abe has no desire to move up any further in the process; he's comfortable where he is. He enjoys the solitude of the lab, and leaving the lab would take him out of his comfort zone. Over his career, as he has moved up in command, he still enjoys the solitude of the lab but has learned to adapt to his new job. Once a lab rat, always a lab rat.
Hobbies & Interests Abe likes chocolate and peppermint tea. In his free time, he reads books, a trait he picked up from his mother, who was an avid reader. He also enjoys chess, and games of chance and games of mental challenge seem to give him a high of sorts when he is winning. Oddly Abe loves Earth Opera. He’s been known to play opera when he is deep in work; it seems to help him stay focused.

Personal History Abernathy Rice was born May 12, 2350, to Charles and Nancy Rice. Abernathy was the second of seven children, a gifted and bright child who never fit into the rest of the Rice family. Growing up in the heart of Willamette Valley wine country, Abernathy found a passion for the great outdoors and a love for reading. As a young child, he was known to follow his mother into the kitchen, where he would assist her in prepping the family dinners. To this day, Tom is still passionate about his cooking and insists that a real working kitchen be installed in all his quarters, none of that replicated crap.

Life in the Rice family was normal to most; most who looked in would see a functioning family, complete with a mother and a father. However, life in Starfleet had taken its toll on Charles and Nancy. Both parents provided for their children but were genuinely unable to express true love and affection. For the Rice family, their place was to provide home, shelter, and food. Consequently, all the Rice children have struggled to form long-term relationships with anyone. Most have been divorced and struggle with necessary attachments, opting to live solo lives within their careers.

From a young age, Abernathy took an interest in Science. He enjoyed working in his mother's clinic but found the lab work far more interesting than working with the actual patients. While he could sympathize with the clients, he found it hard to relate to them on a more personal level. In 2368, Abernathy was accepted into the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he focused on earning his Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a minor in Sociology.

After receiving his Bachelor's degree, Abernathy enrolled and was accepted to Boston University, with a focus on earning his Master's Degree in Physical Anthropology. Opting to stay in the Boston area, Abernathy continued his education while working part-time at the university as a Fellow. While at Boston University, Abernathy earned his Ph.D., in Physical Anthropology, with a focus on forensics. After earning his Board Certifications, Abernathy now focused his attention and sights on Starfleet moving to the California bay area.

Having grown up with a family in the service, Abernathy was already prepared for the lifestyle and decisions that came with a commission. Enrolling in Starfleet Academy, Abernathy looked now to the stars. He was certain that to further his career, he had to look behind Earth, the planet he had called home for his entire life.

Commissioned as a Lieutenant Junior Grade, due to his education, Abernathy started her path down his chosen career. Convinced he would always stay in Science, Abernathy was challenged once again in 2397. Rear Admiral Declan Ford had offered Abernathy the Executive Officer position on the USS Artemis. The Artemis presented Abernathy with a unique challenge, a blending of both his career in Starfleet and his passion for the sciences while continuing his service at Starfleet HQ in the Starfleet Criminal Investigations Unit. Convinced this was the next step on the ladder, Abernathy transferred to the Artemis awaiting his first assignment.

Abernathy is aware of the fact that he doesn't have a lot of ship experience, so he expects some pushback but hopes in time that he can learn from the crew just as they can from him.
Service Record May 12, 2350 - Born
2368/2372 - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, BA in Anthropology with a minor in Sociology Program
2372/2374 - Boston University, Master's Degree in Physical Anthropology Program
2374/2379 - Boston University, Ph.D. in Physical Anthropology, with a focus on forensics
2379/2382 - Fellow at Starfleet HQ, Science Division
2383-2387 - Starfleet Academy
2388 - Commissioned at a Lieutenant Junior Grade
2388 - Assigned Starbase 1 Science Division
2392 - Assigned USS Pathfinder, Assistant Chief of Science
2392 - Promoted to Lieutenant
2394 - Took Bridge Qualification
2396 - Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
2397 - Assigned USS Artemis, Executive Officer
2397 - Promoted to Commander