Seff Tiernan O'Rourke was a Human Starfleet Officer serving in the 24th century.
Born in 2346 to one of the Keltic Confederation's powerful ruling clans, The O'Rourke's, where he grew up wealthy and privileged on New Ireland. Unfortunately his mother died in childbirth and the career of his father Richard kept him away most of the year. He was a michievous and rebellious child, mainly raised by the household staff until 14, when he was sent to a prestigious military academy.
(RECORDS SEALED BY KELTIC CONFEDERATION HIGH COURT)
In 2365 he was arrested on Vulcan as he landed a cargo shuttle containing disrupter rifles believed to be enroute to the Vulcan Isolationist Movement at the Shir'Kahr spaceport. While awaiting trial the USS Thomas Paine arrived at Vulcan for shore leave. Captain Rixx visited the court and arranged a deal: O'Rourke signed a confession as to what he knew of the cargo's origins and enlisted in Starfleet.
The next day a shuttle carrying O'Rourke, Rixx and two security officers left Vulcan for Tellar.
Upon arriving to Tellar's Recruit Training Center O'Rourke was processed in, and trained as an enlisted member of Starfleet. High test scores and his natural ability for piloting would have seen him sent on to Starfleet Officer Candidate School if not for the circumstances of his enlistment. Instead he next headed for Shuttlecraft and Flight Training on Andoria. While there he also attended Artic Survival School and learned to wield the chaka.
After training on Andoria he was assigned to the courier USS Tybalt in 2367. After a year serving aboard the courier he was admitted to Starfleet Officer Candidate School, then was assigned to the USS Cario as a Flight Controller.
Coming aboard as a replacement for Michael Garrett and a suitor of Mala Corwin earned him quite a bit of bad feelings from several of the ship's junior officers.
He shared quarters with Meridian Janos, the Lionheart's External Tactical Operations Officer. The two would often duel with swords and knives, play out war games and drink together during shore leave. When the Alcoynes attacked the Tarella System upon the Tarellians return and annoucnemnt of their cure, their ship was pressed into service for the battle under the command of O'Rourke. With the vessels' limited weapons he was able to disable an Alcoyne frigate's engines. "("Homecoming")
While the Lionheart participated in a humanitarian mission on Naussica, O'Rourke would get his first taste of intelligence work when he, Deict, Corwin, Meridian and SI agent Jobe posed as traders aboard a merchantman to track down a Tal Shiar spy. ("Meltdown")
When several officers from the Lionheart went mission near Collapsar 49 O'Rourke piloted the shuttle Yellowjacket in a serach and rescue mission. Upon arrival it was revealed the blackhole was acting as a dimensional portal. Very reluctantly andy under threat from Tachion and Decit, he took the shuttle through the blackhole and into the Mirror Universe. ("Shattered Images")
He would once again go undercover with Jobe later that year in order to rescue kidnapped Vulcan scientist Sarok from within the Romulan Star Empire. ("Armistice Parts I & II")
Once again he was undercover with Jobe in 2372. The pair transferred to the USS Vander in order to supress a mutiny. It was on this mission that he would first meet Jack McCall. ("Spacejacking Prefix")
Later that year he piloted the runabout Cua Lau from the planet Adelphous IV to Starbase 234 in order to retrieve the Lionheart's new CMO. Her foster brothers, Nikolas and Spencer Stone were also onboard. Once meeting Lieutenant Susanne Flame he was immeidately infatuated. he would later say he fell in love with ehr at the moments. Instead she acted cool and aloof, ignoring his advacnes. After passing out of Outpost Epsilon 11's sensor range they were attacked by a B'rel class Bird of Prey. O'Rourke managed to hide the vessel in the Grelit Asteroid Belt, which in addition to interfering with sensors also disabled shields. Luckily Spencer Stone was able to fine tune the runabout's sensors to allow O'Rourke to beam onto a transporter pad on the Bird of Prey. He used the ship's own transporter system to beam its crew into space. After landing the ship inside a cavern on a large asteroid he faked its destruction and ejected himself in an escape pod. He shortly thereafter was picked up by the Cau Lau and reported the Bird of Prey destroyed. He was later awarded the Grankite Order of Tactics for his actions. ("Roadtrip")
When Nikolas Stone assumed command of the Lionheart and Christoffer Willaims resigned his commission, O'Rourke was promoted to Lieutenant Commander and Executive Officer. ("Trial of Deict")
After being severely injured and laying ona bio bed, Flmae asked O'Rourke if there was anywhere he didn't hurt. he rasied his eblow which she kissed before injecting him sedatives adn painkillers. Flame seemed to warm to O'Rourke after that, and the two began spending time together.
When the Lionheart put in for shore leave on Risa, O'Rourke was part of a Starfleet Intelligence mission to locate an arms deal where classifed experimental shield technology was to be sold to Klingon Defense Force members. He was forced to draw Flame, Meridian and Jobe into the mission. Due to their shore leave being disrupted, Flame suggested the pair christian his private quarters aboard the ship as the Lionheart left orbit. ("Risan Holiday")
When Stone took shore leave on Ivor Prime, O'Rourke was left in command. During this time the Lionheart repaired a subspace relay and engaged a Borg Cube along with the USS Rapier and USS Jupiter. ("First Contact")
Along with Ensign Janet Picard, O'Rourke manned a modified warhead module, dubbed the Declaration and equipped with tricobalt warheads, for the Starfleet raid on the Torros III Shipyards. Before leaving on the mission he asked Flame to marry him and she said yes.
After the warhead was launched from the Lionheart the pair piloted it through the battle and into the shipyard's Operatations Center. They escaped via an emergency transporter and flaoted in space waiting for rescue by the IKS T'jog. Unknown to them the T'jog had been destroyed. As their EVA suits were runnign low on power, the pair infiltrated a nearby dry-dock adn attempted to steal a shuttle. Unfortunately, the Vorta Br'enn was aboard along with twenty Jem'Hadar. Picard was killed and O'Rourke captured. ("Declaration")
O'Rourke ended up in a Dominion Prisoner of War Camp along with Tachion, Stacey Decker, Coloneol Nekrot and Commander Sela. While a prisoner, O'Rourke fought in gladatorial bouts against Jem'Hadar and Cardassians in exchange for extra supplies for the prisoners. While imrprisoned there he made peace with Tachion over his absence during Deict's trial and execution. Elements of the Sixth Fleet liberated the camp shortly after Operation Return. Along with the other former prisoners he was taken to Starbase 311. ("Familiar Faces")
After being cleared for duty he accompanied Tachion to Paxil V where the latter assumed command of the 26th Marine Exepditionary Unit's Special Operations forces. During a field mission witha Force Recon team O'Rourke broke off from the unit in roder to escort four orphaned children back to frinedly lines. When Starfleet abandoned the planet he adopted one of the children. ("Battlefield Lullaby")
Upon arriving at Prophet's Landing he met with now Commodore Stone, who infomred him he did not have a shipboard postion for him in the Sixth Fleet. Instead he was paired with UFMC Major Peter Madison as a Strategic Operations Officer. After leaving the office he encounter former shipmate Williams, who had compiled the evidence against Deict, then married O'Rourke's fiancee and adopted his son while he was a prisoner of war. He ended up in the stockade after beating Williams senseless.
In early 2375 O'Rourke was placed in command of the USS Lionheart.
HIs first mission was to rescue a Cardassian spy from ####, home of the Cardassian Central Command's military academy.
When the Federation allaince finally moved to take Cardassia, O'Rourke used the Lionheart's warhead module to destroy a Dominion battlecruiser protecting surface artillery positions on Cardassia V. The Lionheart would spend five weeks as a patrol vessel in the system until a new module was delivered.
After The War
In 2376 the Lionhearth was tasked with aiding Maquis survivors and former colonists from the Demilitarized Zone resettled several of their worlds. Unfortunately a group of Maquis decided the Lionheart would make an excellent flagship for thier fleet. Led by former Starfleet Officer Thomas Riker they violently hijacked the ship and left the majority of the crew stranded on Dorvan V. They only kept O'Rourke and Corpsman ### aboard until they were at the edge of the Badlands. Once there they put the pair in an escape pod and set adrift.
O'Rourke was court-martialed over the loss of the Lionheart. He was convicted of negligence of command and sentecned to five years at the Jaros II Stocakde. After several violent encounters with both guards and inmates O'Rourke was put in solitary confinement.
While an inmate, his friends leaked information about his exploits during the war and he achieved a folk hero status among officers throughout Starfleet, many of whom felt he had been unjsutly accused.
After serving fifteen months evidence gathered by Nikolas Stone, Jobe and Peter Madison showed that rouge elements beleived to be the mysterious Section 31 had given Thomas Riker command codes enabling him to tkae command of the Lionheart. O'Rourke was released with an apology, his commission and rank restored.
O'Rourke arrived on Earth two weeks later for a meeting with NIkolas Stone at Starfleet Command. It was the first time he had ever set foot on the planet. Turning down several assignments O'Rourke took an extended leave of absence.
While the USS Gorkon was docked at Starbase 234 he snuck aboard, hiding in the quarters of his childhhod nanny, who was providing the same surface for Damion O'Rourke. Once they were within eight light years of the Grelit Asteroid Belt he walked onto the bridge and requested use of a shuttle. Following a nervous Williams, the vessel's commadner, itno the ready room he said he was on a covert operation and needed the shuttle immeidately. Williams relented after O"Rourke told him to check wtih Admiral Stone but by then it would be too late. Having left with a type 7 shuttle O'Rourke took a three week leisurely and winding path to the steoid where years earlier he'd hidden a B'rel class Bird of Prey.
He next turned up on Starfleet's radar aboard the gambling ship #####. Madison's Wolf Pack team was on a mission to capture a Genesis like device that was beign used as a grand prize in a high stakes game of Tongo. Agreeing to be sponsored covertly by Starfleet Strategic Operations he entered the tournament. While he did not win, his presence was enough of a distraction that Madison and his team members captured the device. In exchange for his help he recieved a list of pasrt and ordance for his ship. ("Casino Royale")
After leanring of the loss of these tatcial weapons O'Rourke agreed to continue helping gather them, especially when he learned one was in the possession of Thomas Riker, who'd renamed his stolen vessel Patriot.
After the Genesis devices were gathered, he stayed on as an agent, partnered with Cazzanri Muller.
In 2385 he was on a mission to infiltrate the Romulan's Earth Embassy when he fell ten feet from a balcony. The fall resulted in amnesia, though he managed to fihgt his way out fo the compund. Due to no contact or knowledge fo his condition, Starfleet Intelligence disavowed him and his actions.
When his memory returned and finding himself on the run, O'Rourke retireved his Bird of Prey and fled to the Keltic Confederacy. Once there he claimed the mantle as Chieftain of the O'Rourke Clan. When Starfleet demanded he be turned over to them the Kelts instead declared war on the Federation. While no actual hostilities occurred, thirty-two Starfleet vessels blockaded the Federation-Keltic border.
Agreeing to meeting aboard the USS Gorkon with Muller and a Starfleet JAG officer, O'Rourke was instead setup and arrested. He was held until eight Keltic vessels decloaked among the blockade vessels with tricobalte tropedoes locked onto eight captial ships' warp cores. He was released and returned to the Kelts.
Eventually Starfleet JAG agreed to his permanemt exile from Federation space. This kept him from seeing either of his sons graduate from Starfleet Academy.
In early 2376 O'Rourke took the Lionheart into the newly formed United Maquis Confederacy on a humanitarian mission. During the mission the ship was hijakced my the Maquis military and the majority of the crew were marooned on Devix IV. O'Rourke and MD3 Gayle Hendricks were tortured and eventually set adrift in an escape pod.
After four months new evidence was declassified by Starfleet Intelligence and his conviction was overturned.
The Bolian command officer pulled O'Rourke's future out of the fire at the right moment, and continued to look in on him throughout his career.
Jellico mentored O'Rourke when came aboard the Cairo as a freshly commisioned Ensign. The two discussed his career over drinks after the Cairo's memorial service aboard Starbase 372.
He got his first glimpse of the engineer when Deict retireved Meadows and Garrett from Starbase 315's brig. Later he would be taken under his wing aboard the Lionheart.
After assuming command of the Lionheart Stone reluctantly made O'Rourke his first officer, stating he was out of better options.
Returning to duty after being a prisoner of war the two
He met the Marine shortly after returing to the Sixth Fleet in 2374. The two were paired together by Nikolas Stone to run Special Operations missions agaisnt hte Dominion. Many adventures were had by the duo, including crashing a Talon class scout onto the USS Eowyn's hangar and leading the assault force that siezed Geltrik Nor.
The first meeting between the two ended with harsh and a target lock of the USS Vander's rear photontorpedoes locked on a shuttle O'Rourke was leaving the ship on until it was out of range.
Later meetings were tense between the two, though O'Rourke considered McCall one of the finest officers he knew.
When O'Rourke renounced his Federation citizenship in 2385, he left a majority of his possessions to McCall.
While the Lionheart was being constructed at the New London Fleet Yards Corwin went on a date with O'Rourke. I ended in a braw between hi, MEadows who ahd stood the young lady up and his best friend Michael Garrett.
After O'Rourke transferred to the Lionheart the two spent some more time together but devided toremain friends.
When the Starquest rescued O'Rourke from a Dominion prison camp in 2374 the two spent several nights together.
It was love at first sight when the physician came aboard a runabout piloted by O'Rourke, at for him. After a rocky courtship the two would convieve a child, Damion. At the time of his presumed death after the Starfleet raid on the Torros III the two were engaged.
O'Rourke was a master of many weapons, including swords, knives, the Andorian chaka, firearms, phasers and disrupters.
During the Dominion War he became intimately familiar with a vareity of weapons, both shipboard and hand held through use and training.