Captain Smith received command of his starship after Captain (now Admiral) Shadis retired to the Starfleet training academy. Smith had been making waves even before his promotion, employing several new and unconventional strategies for exploration.
Upon receiving command, some of his first appointments were placing Lieutenant Commander Zakarius as Security Chief and Commander Hange as Chief Science Officer. Despite their reputation as eccentrics, the three of them brought new methods and ways of thinking to Starfleet and made a name for themselves. Commander Hange in particular developed several new technologies for the study of alien life with a single-minded determination.
The arrival of Lieutenant Levi however, was somewhat of a controversy. Before Captain Smith recruited him, he had worked as a smuggler and hitman in areas around the edge of the federation. He received a pardon for his crimes upon his enlistment and soon gained a reputation as one of the finest soldiers Starfleet had ever seen.
So I finally got around to listening to the Beka Cooper series and did a quick drawing to try and remember how markers worked. Didn’t quite capture my mental image of her but I thought it was worth sharing.
The Protector of the Small quartet were some of my favorite books as a kid, and I finally read them again for the first time in a couple of years, and I’m glad I did because it was just what I needed right now.
In any case, it’s been a decade since I first picked the series up, and Kel is still my hero.