Tala Violet Jones was a female Andorian who lived during the 24th and 25th centuries. She served in Starfleet as executive officer of the USS Vengeance and held the rank of lieutenant commander as of 2410.
Tala had a slightly muscular build, standing at a height of 175 cm with a mass of 64 kg. She had blue eyes, and, like most Andorians, white hair, which she kept in a ponytail. She wore a standard issue black Starfleet uniform with a grey collar and command red trim. She wore a silver command division combadge.
Tala was typically level-headed, but her violent ancestry sometimes reared its head in tense situations.
Early life Edit
Tala was born on 6 April 2386 (ca. 62214) in Laikan, Andoria. Her biological parents abandoned her at a very young age, and she had no memory of them. She was adopted by Michael and Martha Jones, a Human couple, at age four. They raised her as their own daughter.
Starfleet Academy Edit
Tala's primary studies at Starfleet Academy included weapon tactics and systems, history and religion, and music.
She graduated summa cum laude with the Class of 2408 on 14 May 2408 (82513.9) and attended the graduation ceremony in San Francisco. She chided fellow cadet Daniel Harvey for speaking over Jason Fredricks' valedictory during the ceremony.[a]
Early Starfleet career Edit
Service on the USS Leviathan Edit
On 28 January 2409 (83165.2), Vo'Lok sent her to the USS Leviathan to fill the vacant tactical officer position there. When introduced to Jason, she snapped to attention, but he told her that she didn't need to be so formal since he did not outrank her. Instead, all he asked was that she dedicate herself to her duty. She complied and took her station.
After assisting another Starfleet vessel in distress, the Leviathan and Renown crews discovered that the Borg were mounting an invasion on the Federation. Vo'Lok ordered the Leviathan to go to the Vega system where the Borg were congregating, but only to conduct surveillance on their activities. Once in the system, however, Jason decided that they should assist the colony. Tala warned him that it would be in violation of their orders, but Jason decided it was worth facing the potential consequences. Tala then destroyed multiple Borg ships as they made their way into orbit of Vega IX.
Tala, Jason, and Ernie Hauser transported down to the Vega colony (though she advised that Jason remain on the ship) and proceeded to locate the colony's administrator, Willa Post. Administrator Post volunteered to round up survivors while Tala and the others went and destroyed Borg devices that prevented the transporters from functioning.
As they approached one of the Borg devices, they came under fire from turrets placed by the Borg in the area. Tala and Ernie provided cover fire for Jason as he disabled the device. A heavy tactical drone then emerged from an alcove and tried to assault them. The trio attempted to halt it with their phasers, but it was only after Jason hit it with a photon grenade that they defeated it. Jason then shut down the Borg interference network with a feedback pulse.
Upon returning to the Leviathan, Tala resumed her station. The Leviathan met up with a Federation fleet, led by Admiral Quinn, and Tala coordinated the Leviathan's attack vector with the rest of the fleet. Luckily, the Borg were beaten back enough that they were forced to retreat.
Later, Tala attended a memorial service for all of the officers who had lost their lives during the Klingon assault on the Leviathan as well as in the Battle of Vega. She comforted Jason, who was still distraught over the loss of Captain Masc Taggart.
On 3 February (83180.5), the Leviathan responded to a distress call sent out by the SS Azura. When they arrived in the area the Azura was, they encountered Orion pirate vessels. Tala attempted to disable the vessels to no avail. After a bit of strategic maneuvering through an asteroid, the Leviathan managed to outsmart her opponents – destroying all but one of them, which retreated. Tala tried to volunteer to accompany Jason on his away team to the Azura, but he told her he needed her to remain in case the Orions returned.
After Jason's away team transported to the Azura, an EPS power surge left the Leviathan without power. Tala immediately began coordinating repairs, placing Charlie Morgan in charge of fixing the damaged systems. Luckily, Charlie and the engineering staff were able to get the ship's systems back up and running just in time to save the away team. As soon as all of the away team members were aboard, Tala gave the order to move the Leviathan out of range of the Azura, whose warp core was in the midst of breaching.
On 7 February (83189.1), Tala learned from her mother that her cousin, Robert Jones, had been killed during a Klingon raid of the Azha system. This caused her great distress, as the two were very close during their youth. Jason later tried to comfort her over her loss, even offering to give her time off duty to grieve, but she refused.
After a brief confrontation with hostile Klingon vessels in the P'Jem system, where the Leviathan was escorting a Vulcan ambassador to, Tala beamed down to P'Jem along with Jason, the ambassador, and a small security team.
On the surface of P'Jem, Tala and the others fought multiple groups of Klingons on the way to the abbey at the top of a nearby hill. Tala overheard Jason talking to Hannah Freeman via comm channel about Ambassador Sokketh, who had just been found out to be an impostor. Tala and the away team then tried to subdue him, but he revealed his true form: an Undine shapeshifter who had replaced the real ambassador. Eventually, the away team forced the Undine to retreat, but he escaped by posing as a Klingon officer.
Tala checked on Jim O'Donnell, one of the away team members, after he had been struck by the Undine, but unfortunately he didn't survive. Jason, Tala, and Kevin Briggs – the other away team member – then tried to reason with the remaining Klingons and inform them that their captain had been replaced by the Undine, but they refused to listen. The away team managed to capture one of the Klingons, however, and they brought him to the Leviathan with them.
Jason and Tala then returned to the bridge, where the crew came face to face with an Undine dreadnought, the Plok'tau. The Undine refused to negotiate and began a vicious assault on the Leviathan. Luckily a small group of Starfleet vessels warped in just in time to save the Leviathan from certain doom.
Tala's adoptive cousin, Robbie, was nine years older than her. He served as a medic on a cargo freighter that frequented the Federation-Klingon border. He was killed in early 2409 by a Klingon raid in the Azha system, likely one of the freighter's many stops. Feeling as though he was like an "older brother" to her, Tala took his loss quite hard. According to her, Robbie "loved to laugh", and he'd likely tell her not to cry over his death.
Jason Fredricks Edit
Lucas Wells Edit
Dylyp Azeli Edit
Background and trivia Edit
- Tala originated as a bridge officer of CaptFredricks' Star Trek Online character, Jason Fredricks, in 2012.
- Her first appearance in Star Trek: Federation Legacy was "Khitomer Crisis", in which she was a junior officer on board the USS Khitomer who came aboard the USS Leviathan to assist its crew following the death of Captain Taggart. When the chapter was rewritten, her first appearance became "Stranded in Space", though chronologically her first appearance is the Class of 2408 graduation ceremony in "The Price of Liberty".
- Tala's appearance is based off of actress Ellen Page.
- Tala is one of only four characters to appear in every chapter of Federation Legacy so far (the others being Jason Fredricks, Lucas Wells and Ernie Hauser). This includes the two chapters in Volume 0.
- Until a 2020 revision of "War Is Good for Business", Tala incorrectly refers to herself as both tactical officer and security chief. The latter position is held by Vance L'eher as of "Stranded in Space".
Notes and references Edit
|v - e - ?||USS Vengeance|
|Command crew||Charlie Morgan • Jason Fredricks • Tala Jones|
|Duty officers||Phan Quang Chí|
|Other personnel||Unnamed personnel|
|v - e - ?||USS Leviathan (NCC-93151)|
|Command crew||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 • Charlie Morgan • Tala Jones • Phil Schrader† • Elisa Flores • Dylyp Azeli • Lenerea Mendel • Jarek Davis^ • Th'vol Olethla|
|Duty officers||Hannah Freeman • Kevin Briggs • Jim O'Donnell† • Leo Anderson • Nathan • Laarkan† • Will Darrow • Thom Leiden† • Don Leffler† • Walter Bozeman • John Palmer† • Délia Molnár† • Rendek† • Andre Leeman • Jonah Willis • Weller • T'mar • Jessik Cameo|
|Specialists||Blaise Moreau^ • Vincent Petráš^|
|Civilians/Pets||Crusoe • Hercules|
|Other personnel||Unnamed personnel|
|Rooms||Transporter Room 1 • Guest Cabin 5 • Science Lab 6|
|v - e - ?||USS Renown|
|Command crew|| Vo'Lok|
Tactical officer • operations officer • communications officer
|Duty officers||Tala Jones^|
|v - e - ?||USS Khitomer|
|Command crew||Jay Yim • Jarek Davis^|
|Command crew||Davis • Pim Dalel|
|Duty officers|| EMH • Thelis • Tala Jones^|
officer (unknown position)
|v - e - ?||Starfleet Academy, Class of 2408|
|Summa cum laude||Tala Jones|
|Magna cum laude||Dylyp Azeli • Jason Fredricks (valedictorian) • Lucas Wells|
|Cum laude||Ernie Hauser|
|Others||Leo Anderson • Elisa Flores • Hannah Freeman • Daniel Harvey • Vance L'eher • Lenerea Mendel • Charlie Morgan • Norrg'k • Jhael Onika† • Jeff Philips • Serov • T'Vrell • Raltha Trebor • Sofia Wenner • Zarva|
|v - e - ?||Starfleet|
|Leadership||Kathryn Janeway • Owen Paris • Jorel Quinn • T'nae|
|Officers|| Reginald Barclay • Vana Aleksandrov^ • Alcott* • Rhet Dioni† • Crista Vlædos† • Gregory Yates† • Stefan Marz • T'Vana • Thiral • Jack Mendel • Ezri Dax|
USS Enterprise-E • USS Leviathan
|Utopia Planitia personnel||Thomas Fredricks • Sofia's mother|
|Unnamed personnel||Earth Spacedock • Starfleet Academy|
|Agencies||Starfleet Intelligence • Starfleet Command • Section 31*|