"A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him."
— David Brinkley
Not everyone can come from privilege. Some must be forged in the fires of adversity, forcefully hammered until their resolve is tempered into something sharper and more resilient than the finest blade of Damascus steel.
Kal Trask is one such individual.
Enlisting at the age of 18, he left behind a hard knock life, determined to make something of himself. Doggedly resilient, the Mustang officer has a reputation for being a skilled electrical and aerospace engineer, an assault squadron ECO who's held his own in some of the worst pre- and post-Warday combat zones, and a facetious jerkass whose heart of gold is usually stowed amongst his copious personal baggage.
He's also damn proud of his callsign and the inheritor of this guy's EPIC pr0n collection.
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are very tiny compared to what lies within us."
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Although once a key part of Tauron's military-industrial complex, the conurbation known as the Black Country never economically recovered from the planet's withdrawal from the Colonial Civil War. Many factors were to blame for the disinvestment, deindustrialization, and depopulation in the region, including unionization and its subsequent corruption, the outsourcing of manufacturing to non-union facilities, and major contracts going to off-world companies. Civil upheaval was rampant throughout the colony and, soon enough, the jobless were adding to the unrest.
It was into this realm of minimal opportunities that Kal Trask was born. By the time he turned 5, unemployment in his hometown of Flint was at an all-time high. Unfortunately, his father was one of many to comprise that statistic. As proud and stubborn as the Taurian stereotype, Kevon Trask did not take well to feeling useless. That his wife, Colette, became the sole breadwinner was further emasculating. Unable to adequately provide for his wife and son, he sought solace in alcohol and violently unleashed his anger and frustration.
Being just a child, young Kal was in no position to protect his mother from the rage of his father's resentment. In the aftermath of these inebriated assaults, the boy sought to repair whatever it was that had been destroyed. Objects proved far easier to mend than people, and he manifested a real knack for fixing things that lacked thoughts and emotions. There was something deeply satisfying, even comforting, about getting something broken to work. It was a refuge and a distraction from just how irreparably damaged his family was — and how helpless he felt — and it became a coping mechanism that never went away.
Things would briefly improve whenever Kevon managed to find work, only to get much worse whenever he lost his job. Finances grew even more strained with the arrival of a daughter, whom the man often cursed. What little food that could be afforded on Colette's sweatshop seamstress wages was indeed very little. With another mouth to feed, it became not enough. So great was her husband's wounded pride, however, government aid was not an option — a point he made painfully clear with his fists. In these lean times, the Trasks often went hungry. Yet, somehow, Kevon managed to never lack liquor.
Regardless of their youth, Kal and his sister were not spared the abuse. Whereas Alyse withdrew, he started to act out. As he grew older, he started to fight back. The rows between father and son were brutal and bloody, for the lad learned how to hold his own and was determined to be the last one standing. As long as he was the primary target of his father's wrath, his mother and sister had some reprieve, and he resolved to give them as much as possible.
"We are face to face with our destiny and we must meet it with a high and resolute courage. For us is the life of action, of strenuous performance of duty; let us live in the harness, striving mightily; let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out."
— Theodore Roosevelt
- Tours of Duty
- Mission History
- Special Assignments
- Personnel Notes
- Medical Record
|2026 AE||Enlisted||Recruited on Tauron||Enlisted on his 18th birthday|
|2 years||Engineering Technician
|Flak Frigate Theatron (CF-1163)||Concurrently enrolled in a part-time, distance-learning program for an accredited undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering|
|4 years||Engineering Technician
|Battlestar Chimaera (BS-81)||Concurrently enrolled in a part-time, distance-learning program for an accredited undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering|
|4 years||Engineering Technician
|Battlestar Chimaera (BS-81)||Concurrently enrolled in a part-time, distance-learning program for an accredited undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering (graduated in 2033 AE)
Concurrently enrolled in a part-time, distance-learning program for an accredited undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering (graduated in 2036 AE)
|2 years||Engineering Technician
(Avionics & Mechanics)
|Battlestar Aegean (BS-104)||AE Lead and deputy Deck Chief; front-runner to become Deck Chief aboard Heavy Cruiser Ponos (CHC-1177) but instead opted for OCS|
|14 weeks||Officer Candidate||OCS: Colonial Fleet Academy, Picon||Upon review of his service record, Trask was granted the 48-month age maximum waiver and accepted into OCS; enrolled at the rank of Chief Petty Officer; graduated at the age of 30|
|18 months||ECO-in-Training||Flight School: Colonial Fleet Base Athenos, Virgon||Granted the 48-month maximum age for admissions waiver; previous experience with ECM, avionics, and ordnance resulted in accelerated pipeline completion
Advanced Electronic Warfare: 1st of 50; Basic Gunnery: 4th of 50; Basic Raptor Piloting: 44th of 50
|1 year||ECO: VAQ-136 "Cavaliers"||Assaultstar Victory (CA-33)||Some hardcore Black Hawk Down type stuff went down|
|31 Jan 2041 - 22 Jun 2041||ECO: VAQ-141 "Harriers"||Battlestar Cerberus (BS-132)||Transferred from the Victory with Quinn upon her appointment as new SL of the VAQ-141|
|22 Jun 2041 - 23 Jan 2042||'Interim' Squadron Leader
ECO: VAQ-141 "Harriers"
|Battlestar Cerberus (BS-132)||Promoted when Quinn was relieved of command and made LSO due to medical reasons|
|23 Jan 2041 - 07 Jul 2042||Squadron Leader
ECO: VAQ-141 "Harriers"
|Battlestar Cerberus (BS-132)||Officially given formal command of the Harriers|
|07 Jul 2042 - Present||Squadron Leader
ECO / Pilot: VAQ-141 "Harriers"
|Battlestar Cerberus (BS-132)||Obtained Raptor pilot certification|
"Family quarrels are bitter things. They don't go according to any rules. They're not like aches or wounds; they're more like splits in the skin that won't heal because there's not enough material."
— F. Scott Fitzgerald
Trask doesn't discuss his family. Ever.
Someone with access to his Military Personnel Records Jacket (MPRJ) would find mention of a younger sister named Alyse and that his parents, Kevon and Colette, were still married at the time of his enlistment. It is also documented that he has never been married, nor has he ever listed any known children or claimed dependents.
Apart from whatever information that is acquired during a standard Colonial military background check and periodic reviews, there are no further details.
Since late 2040 AE, Maggie "Jugs" Quinn has been his designated next of kin. On 25 Jan 2042 AE, any doubt that she is truly considered family was dispelled when she and her infant daughter, Kallistei, were added to the man's achyddiaeth as sister and niece, respectively.
"Every stress leaves an indelible scar, and the organism pays for its survival after a stressful situation by becoming a little older."
— Dr. Hans Selye
|Several years past 30 in age and two inches shy of 6 feet tall, Kal Trask manifests the paradox of being both weathered and spry. A long history of arduous physical labor has forged his lithe form into a wiry athleticism that is diligently maintained. Particularly well-defined are his Ta Moko adorned arms and shoulders, and his strong hands show telltale signs of being a mechanic. Augmented by a short tousle of dark hair, there is a boyish appeal to him that contrasts the weary quality of over-torqued, Dakar Rally, desert-of-the-soul mileage. Assorted faded scars mark his naturally light tan skin, although his devil-may-care attitude belies the source of their origin. Even so, no amount of facetiousness can fully conceal the emotional turbulence that lingers beneath the surface of his large, expressive brown eyes.||
"A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials."
— Chinese proverb
"[T]hat's not congruent with the underpinnings of anger and self-loathing that support your façade of strutting ego."
"Some people use their fists to abuse the people around them. You… you just use your mouth."
"I don't want to. You'd happily let me swig your piss, or take a swig at all just so you can be mad at me again. I know that's easier for you, and after being all domestic for a few days where I actually relied on you, it's high time you have another break and let your disdain and distrust for mankind bubble up and ruin something you've got going for you other than work. Go ahead. Have at it, but I'm not going to give you the fodder."
"The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win."
— Roger Bannister
On the Grid
"Chaos is inherent in all compounded things. Strive on with diligence."
— Siddhārta Gautama
Evidence of Antics (Logs)
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Trask has been in 268 posted RP logs
"The mind has exactly the same power as the hands; not merely to grasp the world, but to change it."
— Colin Wilson
Mélange of Multimedia
"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music."
— Aldous Huxley
Songs that encapsulate the essence of Trask
"Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"
"Kid On My Shoulders"
"Photography deals exquisitely with appearances, but nothing is what it appears to be."
— Duane Michals