Craig Porter

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Craig Porter
Species Human
Alignment Starfleet
Born North Carolina, Earth
Appearances
Features in TRK (10), WAY (73), VEX (1)
First Appearance Star Traks 3
Last Appearance All's Well That Ends
Created by Alan Decker
Career
Position Science Officer
Assigned to USS Secondprize
Till 2373
Position Science Officer / Chief of Operations
Assigned to Waystation
From 2373
Till 2382
Position Commander
Assigned to Temporal Physics Department, Starfleet Sciences
From 2382

Craig Porter's parents were terraformers, and he spent most of his childhood going from barren planet to barren planet and making them habitable. During this time, he developed an interest in science and building things. Once of his proudest achievements was a small hut he built at the edge of a lake when he was twelve years old.


Having grown accustomed to a nomadic life, Porter applied to Starfleet Academy and was accepted. While there, he had a difficult time deciding where to focus his energies. While his roommate, Sean Russell, was content to study security procedures and tactical operations, Porter divided his time between engineering and sciences. During an Academy training scenario, he also learned that he had a real aversion to being captured. An Academy counselor attributed it to a fear of being kept in one place. Porter didn't have to worry much about that. After graduation, he was posted to eight different ships in two years. These transfers weren't due to any problem with his work; he was a sold, dependable officer. But he didn't really excel in either engineering or sciences, so he was tops on the transfer list when people who stood out more became available.


The constant moves did cause him to develop a healthy level of sarcasm, though. He finally ended up on the USS Secondprize, where he served under Jaroch in the science department. Here, he was reunited with Russell and formed a friendship with Lisa Beck, since the two of them were often left on the bridge while the command officers went on various missions. This also meant they were usually stuck bailing the command officers out when they got into trouble. Porter's friendship with Beck didn't mean he was above helping Scott Baird in the revenge prank he played on Beck, Emily Sullivan, and Claire Webber. (Star Traks 3 [TRK])


Porter and Beck found themselves in a more serious situation when Myna attempted to destroy the Secondprize. With the command officers all out of the picture, Beck and Porter disobeyed the false ambassador's direct orders in an attempt to rescue Patricia Hawkins and Travis Dillon from the holodeck. (Star Traks 4 [TRK]) During the Secondprize's first encounter with the Multeks, Porter manned the science station and helped assess the capabilities of the Multek ship. Immediately after this, he was transferred to Waystation along with Beck, Russell, Tina Jones, and Lt. Cmdr. Walter Morales. While Beck stayed at Starbase 219 to supervise construction of the station, Porter went to Bracktia Prime with the other officers to pick up Dr. Amelia Nelson. There, Porter was forced to insert the Midon symbiont into Nelson in order to save the symbiont's life from Hinaree terrorists. Porter and Nelson were taken hostage by the Hinaree, which just thrilled Porter. When Russell and Jones rescued them, Porter went after the Hinaree leader himself to thank her for the hospitality. After finally getting to Waystation, where Porter was posted as the Science Officer/Chief of Operations, the crew soon found themselves under attack from both the Multeks and the Romulans. Porter was able to remotely take control of Bradley Dillon's ship and fly it into the Romulan Warbird, seriously damaging the attacking vessel. (Star Traks 5 [TRK])


As life on the station settled down, Porter discovered that several components were disappearing from around the station. He traced the thefts to Russell, but he was arrested by Russell's creation, Compucop, before he could do anything about it. After Morales and Jones freed the crew, Porter and Russell destroyed Compucop. (House Arrest [WAY]) When Colonel Martin Lazlo became sick of Beck's command style, he asked Porter to find a habitable planet he could take his Federation Marines to. Porter recommended Ridalis Two, which turned out the be populated by dangerous squirrels. (Send The Marines [WAY]) While on a scouting mission on Stardate 50357, Porter and Beck were captured by the Multeks, another event that made Porter oh so very happy. Fortunately, they were soon rescued by Morales, Russell, and Nelson. Nelson noted that bad things seemed to happen to people who went on missions with Porter. (Field Trip [WAY])


While performing a sensitive calibration on a transporter, Porter accidentally opened a breech into the Happy Universe, which allowed the Happy denizens to briefly kidnap Yeoman Jones. (Close To Home [WAY]) His life got even more eventful when Karyna arrived on Waystation. He identified Karyna's Q nature and found himself left in command after Karyna took Beck. Lazlo took the opportunity to seize control of the station, beating the living hell out of Porter in the process. He threw Porter and Nelson in the brig, where they remained until Russell rescued them and the three were able to make their way to ops. Before the chaos started, Porter had asked out Dr. Nelson and been rejected, another in a long series of rejections that had marked his relationships with women. (That Sinking Feeling [WAY])


During the renovation of Waystation, Porter went with Jones to survey the saucers of the USS Exeter and USS Cheever that were being used as the base of the new station saucers where she was kidnapped by the Phantom of the Exeter, a.k.a. Nurse Jim. (That's The Spirit [WAY]) Porter's continual problems relating to women caused him to seek the help of Counselor Ray Miller, who informed Porter that his problem was that he was seeing women as some sort of alien species rather than people. Porter quickly got to put Miller's advice into practice when Jaraan, a potential investor in Bradley Dillon's Starfleet Suites Hotel, arrived at Waystation Village and took an interest in Porter. He fell for her quickly and went so far as to agree to become her Drulik and return to her homeworld with her where he could work on the ship he had designed. After finding out that Drulik was basically equivalent to harem boy, Porter changed his mind and stayed on Waystation. His confidence with women did increase slightly, though. (Relationship Jitters [WAY]) During the Starshine Kids' take over of the renovated station, Porter stayed aboard the USS Orleans, which went to convince the Multeks to help them take back the station. Porter tricked the Multeks into helping and ended up in command of the Orleans when Captain Jack Woodall was injured. (Lip Lock [WAY]) Soon after this, he had a brief romance with Lt. Ariel Tilleran of the USS Explorer. (Worlds Apart [WAY])


Porter was on the scouting mission that first encountered the D'Ceti. Despite an initial misunderstanding, Porter was able to make contact with the D'Ceti captain and convince her that the Federation was peaceful. He transported the D'Ceti back to Waystation only to learn that a Multek fleet was on the way to destroy the station. Disobeying Beck's order to evacuate and to set off Waystation's self-destruct mechanism, Porter borrowed a cloaking device from two Romulans visiting the station for a science conference and hid Waystation from the Multeks, who left without incident. For his actions, Porter was promoted to lieutenant commander. (The Way We Were [WAY]) Porter was also on a later scouting mission that first encountered the Collectors. After analyzing a Collector's mind-control helmet, Porter was able to devise an electromagnetic pulse weapon that would short out the helmets and free the being imprisoned within. (Everything Must Go! [WAY]) When causality had ceased to function on Waystation due to an energy wave that had affected the station on the quantum level, Porter found a way to reverse the effect and averted the destruction of Waystation. During this crisis, he felt the ire of his Society for Creative Anachronisms group, since he was forced to shut down the main power core, preventing the group for battling in the holodeck. (Waiting For The Other Shoe [WAY])


When it appeared that Commander Morales had killed Phillip Harper and was subsequently attacked by Captain Beck, Porter was left in command of Waystation and also refused to accept that either of his friends were capable of such actions. He was eventually able to determine that both officers had been co-opted by an alien entity, exonerating Morales, who immediately left the station in pursuit of Beck, who was still under the control of the being call the Selvan. With Morales gone, Porter was left in charge again, and immediately he was forced to deal with Bradley Dillon's attempt to buy the station's naming rights. Bradley was stopped by a telethon hosted by Yeoman Jones, but it was all a financial trap for John Simms, Jr., who, rather than allowing Bradley to have his name on Waystation, drained his own fortune to add to the funds raised to counter the offer. (A Door Is Ajar, State Of Confusion, The Devil You Know, Acts Of Desperation, A Bridge Way Too Far [WAY])


While tinkering with the remains of Dr. Derrick Azar's time pod, which had exploded on the station two years earlier, Porter was accidentally transported 120 years into the future. On the future Waystation, known as Waystation Prime, Porter encountered Rosalyn Bain who took the time pod's temporal generator away from him in return for returning him to his proper time. She also wiped his memory of the incident. (Prime Of Your Life [WAY]) He soon found himself stumbling into a relationship with Joan Redding, the star reporter for the Associated Worlds Network. Redding was very particular and also tended to get angry when Porter had draws on his time other than her, such as when Dr. Nelson called upon him to reimplant the Midon symbiont into her before it could be taken away by the Bracktians. (9/10ths Of The Law [WAY])


Through the publication of several papers on temporal mechanics, Porter became regarded as something of an expert in the area. This drew the attention of Dr. Kathy Beck, the sister of Captain Lisa Beck, who visited Waystation to speak with Porter about time-drive designs with the goal of eventually building a time-ship to rescue her parents, who had died several years previously. Porter, whose relationship with Captain Beck was already awkward after the two spent a drunken night together three weeks prior, decided not to inform Beck of Kathy's plans in an attempt to avoid causing Beck more pain. (Estrangers In The Night [WAY]) Kathy returned a few months later with what she claimed was a working time ship. After Beck left with Kathy and did not return, Porter discovered that the time ship was actually just a ship fitted with a cloaking device and capable of releasing chronitons. Kathy had actually turned her sister over to the Romulans in exchange for the Romulans' research into temporal mechanics. Porter mounted a rescue with the help of the Federation marines and was able to capture Kathy and retrieve Beck. (Just Undo It, Pomp And Circumstances [WAY])


The following year, Porter created a data storage unit hidden in a pair of pants, which Banyon Kovacs used in an attempt to retrieve the Doc hologram from the Dillon Enterprises complex. After Banyon was captured by the Special Secret Section, Porter refused to sleep until he found the missing man. He eventually discovered a secret Dillon Enterprises Research & Development facility on Deck 97 and went with Beck and Ensign Tina Jones to rescue Kovacs. (Can Your Camel Hold One More Straw?, Going My Way? [WAY])


By the time of the Forever incident, Porter had been promoted to commander and was working as the head of the Temporal Physics Department at Starfleet Sciences. He went to Forever alone to scout out the situation and was captured by Morticent. Rather than get upset as he usually did when captured, he decided to take advantage of the situation and accept Morticent's offer of lots of sex. When the opportunity presented itself, he sent a warning message to the Secondprize about Morticent's presence at Forever and managed to sabotage Morticent's ship. He was about to be killed by Guardian #492 when Rydell stopped Forever, making his death completely unnecessary. Porter then returned to Earth with the others. (Please Hold For Oblivion [TRK]). Porter was present on Waystation at the decomissioning of the USS Explorer, by which time he'd been promoted to Captain (All's Well That Ends [VEX]).


Star Traks: The Original Series

Stories

List of Stories

Senior Crew

Alexander Rydell - Travis Dillon - Jaroch - Scott Baird - Patricia Hawkins - Emily Sullivan - Monica Vaughn - Rebecca Singer - Lisa Beck - Claire Webber - Andrea Carr - Elizabeth Aldridge - Trinian

Recurring Crew

Craig Porter - Sean Russell - Kristen Larkin - Tina Jones

Recurring Villains

Joegonots - Zero - Next Federation

Ships

USS Secondprize - Doorprize - Consolationprize - USS Hudson

Star Traks: Waystation

Stories

List of Stories

Starfleet

Lisa Beck - Walter Morales - Craig Porter - Sean Russell - Tina Jones - Amedon Nelson - Diantha -

Marines

Martin Lazlo - Stephanie Hodges - Daniel O'Neal

Civilians

Bradley Dillon - Leximas - Ih'mad - Baughb - Auditmi - Wuddle - Phillip Harper - Banyon Kovacs

Recurring Villains

Multeks - Collectors - Kathy Beck - Selvan

Ships

Waystation - USS Mongoose - USS Wayward - USS Cumberland - USS Roanoke - USS Yadkin