Nora Macaria Skinner was born in a small mining town on the coast of the Bodmin peninsula in rural Virgon. Her family struggled to get by, but they did better than some, and learned to pitch in and make do. Nora showed an early aptitude for academics, particularly science, and through her participation in science fairs and competitions she won a scholarship to attend a prestigious boarding school for secondary school. She spent four difficult years at Hambledon Academy discovering that while she was certainly very smart, she was only a genius prodigy by the measures of her substandard rural school, which had not prepared her very well for the rigors of an elite academy.
By the end of it she had caught up but was eager to escape the cutthroat upper crust and the prospect of further debt, but knew her family was counting on her to follow through with the dream of completing university. She enrolled in the Virgan Naval Academy and while there discovered the possibility of flying. She attended Flight School after graduating, was funnelled into the Viper pipeline, and finished in the top quarter of her class. She volunteered for a couple tours with the ICJPK for the hazard pay, but also spent time on patrol in Virgan space nabbing the occasional smuggler or pirate.
Nora was promoted to Lieutenant on schedule in 2235, and was taking a celebratory vacation on Leonis when the Cylon uprising began. Caught unprepared behind enemy lines, she was lucky to survive long enough to fall in with a budding resistance group. She spent almost two years fighting with the human resistance factions before she and a group of others were able to escape to a human-controlled rural zone that Cylons hadn't overrun. She was picked up by Task Force Manticore in May 2237, and transported back to Virgon. Technically her five years of service had expired, but she chose to renew her commission, and after several months of rehabilitation, in August she was assigned to the Timber Wolves.
Of only average height and with a lean, wiry build, Nora's most distinguishing feature is her red hair, especially in contrast to the pallor of her skin. Her cheekbones are high, her chin pointed, and all over is a liberal scattering of freckles. Blue eyes are quick and sharp, her wide mouth marked by faint smile-lines around it. A tattoo depicting twining stems of asphodel curls up her left shoulder. She appears to be in her late 20s or early 30s.
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2237-09-30 - A Place To Think
Nora prays. Calliope drifts. They talk about this and that in the chapel.
2237-09-29 - Let Them Eat Cake
After a rather successful mission under his command (!), Alain sees to it that some of the Wolves have themselves cake in the Mess while they discuss the mission, possible tactics for the mountains, and what they want to do the next time they get leave. Also discussed: Whisper and her part in the bar fight.
Calliope, Irene, Alain, Addison, Astraea, Faye, Nora
2237-09-15 - What's In A Name?
A trip to the firing range results in questions not quite being answered.
Eva, Alain, Emrys, Nora
2237-09-14 - Patience And Patients
Just your typical day, when there are Wolves running the infirmary.
Jacob, Nora, Sarita, Tove, Aidan
2237-09-03 - Gym Chatter
A few of the officers of the Dauntless discuss a night out while exercising.
Calliope, Paige, Irene, Verity, Faye, Nora
2237-09-02 - Fresh Scented Tensions
Everyone's gotta wash their clothes. Not everyone has to agree.
Alain, Verity, Astraea, Nora
2237-08-27 - How To Sleep Standing Up
That and other pieces of wisdom passed in the Alert Lounge between strikes over Delphi.
Calliope, Paige, Paquette, Nora
2237-08-20 - Competitive Yoga
Several Timber Wolves socialize in the gym.
Paige, Geoff, Gabriela, Nora
2237-08-19 - Good Neighbors(?)
Nora picks out a bunk. Calliope will not be an annoying neighbor...probably.
2237-08-19 - Don't Feed The Marines
The lineup at the ship's canteen proves to be the place to meet new and returning officers, and agree upon repayment plans and tour schedules.
Paige, Irene, Gabriela, Gage, Nora
2237-09-29 - Canyon Dance
A wing of Timber Wolves go on patrol in one of the mountain ranges in the Sadah province of Sagittaron. They encounter a group of Raiders. It goes -- for the Wolves -- surprisingly well, considering the difficulties of flying (and fighting) in a canyon.
Calliope, Irene, Alain, Addison, Astraea, Faye, Nora, Ines
2237-09-16 - Surprise(?) Attack
The Cylons launch an all-out attack against Caprica City, but the colonials seem more prepared than one might have expected.
Isolde, Van, Calliope, Eva, Irene, Kell, Alain, Addison, Gabriela, Astraea, Stirling, Emrys, Faye, Nora, Elena
2237-09-01 - Transports Away
In the final battle for Delphi, the air wing tries to prevent the Cylons from fleeing in transports.
Finn, Calliope, Eva, Paige, Delilah, Irene, Kell, Alain, Astraea, Stirling, Emrys, Micah, Faye, Nora, Elena
2237-08-31 - Uncovering The University District Secrets
Marines and Pilots of the Timber Wolves utilize a distraction to investigate Cylon activities in the University District and why Dradis and Communications aren't working in the Area. What they find requires explosives and an epic escape to let Command know what they have found.
Paquette, Charlie, Lyn, Marina, Nora
2237-08-26 - Baker's Dozen
The air wing takes a beating from a slew of Raiders while providing air cover over Delphi.
Isolde, Van, Calliope, Eva, Paige, Irene, Kell, Alain, Aubrey, Addison, Verity, Gabriela, Astraea, Stirling, Emrys, Micah, Nora
2237-08-19 - Tower Assault
The pilots attack a Cylon fortification.
Calliope, Eva, Paige, Irene, Kell, Alain, Aubrey, Addison, Gabriela, Stirling, Emrys, Micah, Faye, Nora