|“||I'm a bloody ops manager, not an engineer.||„|
|— Charlie Morgan|
2409 ("Stranded in Space")
Charles Francis Morgan V was a male Human who lived during the 24th and 25th centuries. He served in Starfleet as transporter chief of the USS Vengeance and held the rank of petty officer second class as of 2410.
Charlie had a rather vulgar vocabulary. He would often use terms such as "bloody", "bloody hell", or "bastard".
Charlie was assigned to the USS Leviathan in 2407 as a non-commissioned junior officer. He spent most of the next two years "performing one random task after another" until he finally found a position that he enjoyed.
Klingon assault on the Leviathan
On 28 January 2409 (83164.0), after most of the senior staff were killed by a Klingon boarding party, Charlie was brought by Julia Cromwell to the bridge where he volunteered to fill in as operations officer temporarily. Jason Fredricks instead told him to take the tactical station.
- In an alternate timeline, Charlie accompanied an away team to the USS Khitomer, which had been attacked and boarded by the Borg. He helped Jason transport several Borg drones into space and destroyed some of the tech the Borg were installing in the ship on the way to engineering.[a]
Charlie helped coordinate evacuation efforts of the Federation colony on Vega IX, which was under invasion by the Borg. He had briefly objected to an away team beaming down to Vega to begin the evacuation as it would be in violation of their orders from Captain Vo'Lok of the USS Renown. Nevertheless, he went along with Jason Fredricks' decision. He and Lucas Wells brainstormed on what might be inhibiting transporter signals upon learning that they could not transport any civilians off the planet. Although Charlie named several possible causes for failing transporters, Lucas believed that the Borg were directly responsible. Charlie, along with the rest of the crew, was quite relieved when the main Borg forces were pushed out of the Vega system by Starfleet.
For the following week, Charlie tried to get accustomed to the beds on the Leviathan, but he found them to be rather uncomfortable. This even caused him to be late for at least one duty shift.
On 3 February (83180.5), Charlie was forced to oversee repairs on the EPS conduits after a power surge on Deck 4 ruptured numerous conduits and knocked main power offline. Tala Jones, who had been left in command, pressured him to meet a very short deadline, because the ship's away team was in danger and transporters were required to retrieve them. A young engineer named Leo Anderson offered to help, to Charlie's relief. The duo worked as quickly as they could, and after a slight mishap, power was restored. With the situation becoming more dire by the second, Charlie and Leo had to divert emergency power to the transporters so that the entire away team could be retrieved.
Undine infiltration and Klingon listening posts
Charlie was present during the mission to escort Ambassador Sokketh to P'Jem on 7 February (83189.1). He suggested weapons targeting attacking Klingon vessels in the P'Jem system as soon as they began to decloak in the hopes that their shields would still be inactive. This proved to be an effective strategy.
On 10 February (83195.9), Charlie accompanied an away team to a Klingon listening post in the Paulson Nebula. Along the way, he saved Jason from a Klingon's grasp during a close quarters fight in one of the corridors. When the team entered the main control room, they were ambushed by the remaining Klingons, and Charlie sustained a disruptor pistol blast to the leg. Though he was constrained to take cover near some crates, Charlie continued to provide cover fire for the rest of the team. He returned to the Leviathan with the rest of the away team once the mission was successfully completed.
On 15 February (83209.6), while running a computer diagnostic to improve sensor efficiency, Charlie, Ernie Hauser, and Elisa Flores discovered an unauthorized message had been relayed from inside the Leviathan to an unknown external source. He later helped locate a Klingon listening post in the Bomari system. This time, he remained on board the Leviathan. Tala briefly left Charlie in command while she attended to a disturbance caused by Lucas in the brig. Just before he took a seat in the captain's chair, he was informed that Jason had returned to the ship.
Gorn hostage crisis
Peace talks with the Klingons
During a mission to the Donatu system on 20 May (83446.1), Charlie was instructed to be ready to transport an away team back from the True Way vessel Axon at a moment's notice due to a Devidian presence on the vessel.
B'vat's planet killer
On 23 August (83685.3), Charlie was tasked with keeping a transporter lock on K'Valk while K'Valk piloted a shuttlecraft into the "mouth" of a planet killer. Charlie was unfortunately unable to transport K'Valk off the shuttle due to interference from the planet killer's neutronium armor, as well as B'vat's fleet.
On 21 October (83832.9), Charlie transported Jason's away team down to Nimbus III, just outside Paradise City. He later beamed emergency supplies, rations, and security teams to Paradise City on Jason's orders as a gesture of good will. After the Leviathan's battle with Hassan the Undying's dreadnought over Nimbus III, Tala told Charlie he could transport the away team back up.
Following the mission to Nimbus III, Charlie received a promotion to petty officer second class.
Shortly after 1 January 2410, Charlie reported to the USS Vengeance, his next assignment. He met Lieutenant Phan Quang Chí, who told him some of the history of the Vengeance. Chí then showed Charlie to his quarters.
Charlie did not seem to have many close relationships with his fellow crewmates on the USS Leviathan, but he got along with several of them.
On one occassion, Charlie was put off by Lucas and another crewman speaking in Spanish on the bridge. He did not seem to hold any resentment despite his assumed prejudice, however, as he later enthusiastically agreed with Lucas on a comparison he made between the behavior of the Klingons and the Gorn.
The two had a working professional relationship; they both brainstormed on what could be preventing the Leviathan's transporters from working at Vega IX when the Borg attacked the Federation colony.
Charlie and Ernie had a good relationship. On one occasion, they worked together to improve sensor efficiency on the Leviathan. This led to them discovering an unauthorized transmission that was sent from within the ship to an unknown location.
Charlie and Dylyp met when Dylyp came to relieve Charlie from his position as operations officer. Charlie immediately commented on how "proper" Dylyp spoke, comparing him with a Vulcan. Charlie began acting very casually around Dylyp shortly after, seemingly showing he had already warmed up to him. He also believed that Dylyp had a "good head on his shoulders".
During a crisis, Charlie bonded a bit with Leo. Because the chief engineer was off the ship, Charlie was tasked with repairing EPS conduits that had been damaged by a power surge. Leo offered help to Charlie since he was more familiar with the engineering systems on the ship. Charlie happily obliged, and was very impressed by how efficiently Leo worked, stating that he had a "bright career" in front of him. He later complimented Leo again after it seemed the damage to the Leviathan had been repaired, and once more when power was fully restored.
Background and trivia
- Charlie did not have a first name in the original draft of "Khitomer Crisis". He was added to the chapter as simply an extra member of Jason Fredricks' away team to the USS Khitomer. CaptFredricks liked him enough to keep him as a recurring character and again included him in "Stranded in Space".
- Chronologically, Charlie's first appearance is in "The Price of Liberty" (chapter 1), but by publish order, he first appeared in "Stranded in Space" (chapter 3). This discrepancy was caused by the 2014 rewrite of chapters 1 and 2.
- Charlie was originally meant to be from West Virginia, but CaptFredricks decided to make him British instead.
- Charlie originally introduced himself as an ensign in "The Price of Liberty". This was changed in a 2020 revision of the chapter. He now holds the rank of crewman first class. He is still referred to as an ensign in "Khitomer Crisis".
- Charlie didn't appear in "Treasure Trading Station" until a 2021 revision of the chapter.
Notes and references
|v - e - ?||USS Vengeance|
|Senior officers||Jason Fredricks • Tala Jones • Ernie Hauser • Dylyp Azeli • Julian Bashir • Lenerea Mendel • Elisa Flores • Lucas Wells • Vance L'eher|
|Junior officers||Phan Quang Chí • Jessik Cameo • Jessik Zaji • Kevin Briggs|
|Other personnel||Unnamed personnel|
|v - e - ?||USS Leviathan|
|Senior officers||Masc Taggart^ • Jason Fredricks • Ernie Hauser • Jhael Onika† • Vance L'eher • Lucas Wells • Henry Fuller† • Marvin Pierce† • Koja Nara† • Mars Lionel† • Mercedes McMary† • Travis Murray† • Julia Cromwell • Tala Jones • Phil Schrader† • Elisa Flores • Dylyp Azeli • Lenerea Mendel • Jarek Davis^ • Th'vol Olethla|
|Junior officers||Hannah Freeman • Kevin Briggs • Jim O'Donnell† • Leo Anderson • Will Darrow • Thom Leiden† • Don Leffler† • Walt Bozeman • Délia Molnár† • Jessik Zaji • T'mar • Qadir • Jessik Cameo|
|Enlisted||Charlie Morgan • Nathan • John Palmer† • Rendek† • Jonah Willis|
|Specialists||Blaise Moreau^ • Vincent Petráš†|
|Civilians/Pets||Crusoe • Hercules|
|Other personnel||Laarkan† • Weller|
|Rooms||Transporter Room 1 • Guest Cabin 5 • Science Lab 6|
|v - e - ?||United Federation of Planets|
|Colony administrators||Willa Post|
|Ambassadors||Jiro Sugihara • Sokketh† • Spock?|
|Researchers||Ghee P'Trell • Amar Singh^|
|Vulcans||T'Pela • Savin • Saalar • Solak|
|Humans||Keith Wells • Michael Jones • Martha Jones • Robert Jones† • Mr. Jones • Jason Fredricks' grandfather† • Remus Wells • Veronica Wells • Maria Fredricks • Mack • Amanda Wells • Sidney Wells • Cassidy • Micha Hauser • Gerry Collins • David Hauser† • Benjamin Wells • Ayesha L'eher|
|Other civilians||B-4 • Crusoe • Danna Brott† • Thoros Azeli • Nessha Azeli • Ziphla Azeli • Nara Mendel • Loran Ziratt|
|Government||Federation Council • Federation Medical Council|
|Facilities||New Zealand Penal Settlement|
|Schools||Chaparral High School • Silver State Charter School • Tycho City Secondary School • Leran Manev School of Linguistics|
|Starships||SS Azura† • SS Rome • VS T'Pau|