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<tr><td class="odd">Name:</td><td class="even">Michael Eddington</td></tr>
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| imagecap = Michael Eddington in 2372
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<tr><td class="odd">Born:</td><td class="even">Canada</td></tr>
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| affiliation = [[Maquis]] (formerly [[Federation]] [[Starfleet]])
<tr><td class="odd">Died:</td><td class="even">[[2373]]</td></tr>
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| rank = [[Lieutenant Commander]]
<tr><td class="odd">Occupation:</td><td class="even">[[Maquis]]</td></tr>
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| occupation = Former [[security officer]]
<tr><td class="odd">Rank:</td><td class="even">[[Lieutenant Commander]] (suspended)</td></tr>
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| status = KIA
<tr><td class="odd">Wife:</td><td class="even">[[Rebecca Sullivan]]</td></tr>
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| datestatus = 2373
<tr><td class="odd">Played By:</td><td class="even">[[Kenneth Marshall]]</td></tr>
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{{aquote|I called him a traitor once, but in a way, he was the most loyal man I ever met. He was a Maquis, right up to the bitter end.|Benjamin Sisko|2373|Blaze of Glory}}
   
'''Michael Eddington''' was a [[Starfleet]] [[security]] officer assigned to station [[Deep Space Nine]]. Eddington became disillusioned with Starfleet and the [[United Federation of Planets|Federation]], and joined the [[Maquis]]. He was captured, but was killed during a special operation while serving his sentence. Eddington was born in [[Canada]].
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'''Michael Eddington''' was a [[Starfleet]] [[security officer]] assigned to station [[Deep Space 9]]. Eddington became disillusioned with Starfleet and the [[Federation]], and joined the [[Maquis]], becoming a leading member. Eddington was captured, but was later killed during a special operation while serving his sentence. Eddington was of [[Canada|Canadian]] ancestry.
   
==Starfleet Career==
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== Starfleet career ==
Eddington was stationed to DS9 in [[2371]] after first contact with the [[Dominion]]. This was done in part to increase Starfleet control of the station's security operations, as Starfleet did not have full confidence in the current [[security chief]], [[Odo]]. ([[DS9]]: "[[The Search, Part I]]")
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Eddington was stationed to DS9 in [[2371]] as the station's [[security chief|Chief of Starfleet security]] after first contact with the [[Dominion]]. This was done in part to increase Starfleet control of the station's security operations, as Starfleet did not have full confidence in the current security chief, [[Odo]]. ({{DS9|The Search, Part I}})
:''In the mental simulation created by the Founders, Eddington was presented as a tool of [[Admiral]] [[Alynna Nechayev]], rigidly enforcing the terms of the treaty between the [[UFP|Federation]] and the [[Dominion]], against the will of the [[Deep Space Nine]] senior staff.
 
   
Odo and Eddington worked closely from that point on, coordinating security operations aboard the station. When [[Commander]] [[Benjamin Sisko]] defied the direct orders of Admiral [[Toddman]] not to pursue the [[Tal Shiar]]/[[Obsidian Order]] fleet on their mission to destroy the [[Founders]], Eddington was ordered to sabotage the [[cloaking device]], a mission he completed. However, Eddington was not relieved of duty, as he ensured Sisko that he had been issued no further orders from Toddman, and intended to fulfill his duty to the Commander. ([[DS9]]: "[[The Die is Cast]]")
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{{bginfo|In the simulation created by the Founders, Eddington was presented as a tool of [[Admiral]] [[Alynna Nechayev|Nechayev]], rigidly enforcing the terms of the treaty between the Federation and the Dominion, against the will of the Deep Space 9 [[senior staff]].}}
   
On a mission to patrol the [[Tzenkethi]] border, Eddington was assigned by Commander Sisko be the personal guard for [[Ambassador]] [[Krajensky]]. It was subsequently learned that Krajensky had bee replaced by a [[changeling]] infiltrator. Eddington began an initial [[security]] sweep of the ''[[USS Defiant (NX-74205)|USS Defiant]]'', but the whereabouts of the [[shapeshifter]] remained unknown. Eddington also participated in the armed search of the ship, where the infiltrator was encountered by Sisko, who was wounded in the brief struggle. Blood tests of the crew were ordered, and one sample appeared to show that Eddington was an changeling as well. This was proven to be false when it was determined that the changeling had impersonated [[Julian Bashir|Doctor Bashir]], and had administered the screening test itself. ([[DS9]]: "[[The Adversary]]")
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Odo and Eddington worked closely from that point on, coordinating security operations aboard the station. When [[Commander]] [[Benjamin Sisko|Sisko]] defied the direct orders of Admiral [[Toddman]] not to pursue the joint [[Tal Shiar]]-[[Obsidian Order]] fleet on their [[Battle of the Omarion Nebula|mission]] to destroy the [[Founder]]s, Eddington was ordered to [[sabotage]] the {{USS|Defiant|2370}}{{'}}s [[cloaking device]], a mission he completed. However, Eddington was not relieved of duty, as he assured Sisko that he had been issued no further orders from Toddman, and intended to fulfill his duty to the commander. ({{DS9|The Die is Cast}})
   
Eddington assisted [[Lenara Kahn|Dr. Lenara Khan]] of the [[Trill Science Ministry]] with her efforts to create an [[artificial wormhole]]. During the failed second phase of the experiment, Eddington was wounded in an explosion and fire that occured following a [[plasma]] leak in [[Main Engineering]] aboard the ''USS Defiant'', but he managed to save another injured [[crewman]]. Eddington could not reach Dr. Kahn, who was soon retrieved by [[Lieutenant Commander]] [[Jadzia Dax]]. ([[DS9]]: "[[Rejoined]]")
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On a mission to patrol the [[Tzenkethi]] border, Eddington was assigned by [[Captain]] Sisko to be the personal guard for [[Ambassador]] [[Krajensky]]. It was subsequently learned that Krajensky had been replaced by a [[Changeling]] infiltrator. Eddington began an initial security sweep of the ''Defiant'', but the whereabouts of the [[shapeshifter]] remained unknown. Eddington also participated in the armed search of the ship, where the infiltrator was encountered by Sisko, who was wounded in the brief struggle. and it was revealed that blood tests could reveal who was a changeling. Blood tests of the crew were ordered, and one sample appeared to show that Eddington was a Changeling as well. Eddington was to be placed into custody, but the test was proven to be false when it was determined that the Changeling had impersonated [[Doctor]] [[Julian Bashir|Bashir]] and administered the screening test itself, when the real Bashir attempted to burst out of a set of quarters he was apparently locked in. ({{DS9|The Adversary}})
   
In [[2372]], Eddington was left in command of the station when Captain Sisko, [[Kira Nerys|Major Kira]], Lt. Commander Dax, [[Miles O'Brien|Chief O'Brien]] and [[Worf|Lt. Commander Worf]] were absent. Upon their return, the [[Danube class|runabout]] [[USS Orinoco|''Orinoco'']] was sabotaged by the [[True Way]] organization and destroyed. However, the patterns of the five [[officer]]s were stored in the [[transporter buffer]] through quick action taken by Eddington, who wiped all [[computer]] memory to create the space necessary to store such a complex set of information. In order to maintain their integrity, the computer deactivated all non-vital systems, and stored the patterns in the [[holosuite]], where they appeared in the secret agent program being run by [[Julian Bashir]] and [[Garak]] at the time. Eddington assisted Odo, [[Quark]] and [[Rom]] in successfully rematerializing the four officers, despite the complicated and poor maintenance of the holosuites at [[Quark's]]. ([[DS9]]: "[[Our Man Bashir]]")
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Eddington assisted Dr. [[Lenara Kahn]] of the [[Trill Science Ministry]] with her efforts to create an [[artificial wormhole]]. During the failed second phase of the experiment, Eddington was wounded in an explosion and fire that occurred following a [[plasma]] leak in [[main engineering]] aboard the ''Defiant'', but he managed to save another injured [[crewman]]. Eddington could not reach Dr. Kahn, who was soon retrieved by Lt. Commander [[Jadzia Dax|Dax]]. ({{DS9|Rejoined}})
   
==Maquis Career==
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In [[2372]], Eddington was left in command of the station when Captain Sisko, [[Major]] [[Kira Nerys|Kira]], Lt. Commander Dax, [[Senior chief petty officer|Chief]] [[Miles O'Brien|O'Brien]] and Lt. Commander [[Worf]] were absent. Upon their return, the [[Danube class|runabout]] ''[[USS Orinoco|Orinoco]]'' was sabotaged by the [[True Way]] organization and destroyed. However, the patterns of the five [[officer]]s were stored in the [[transporter buffer]] through quick action taken by Eddington, who wiped all [[computer]] memory to create the space necessary to store such a complex set of information. In order to maintain their integrity, the computer deactivated all non-vital systems, and stored the patterns in the [[holosuite]], where they appeared in the secret agent program being run by Julian Bashir and [[Elim Garak]] at the time. Eddington assisted Odo, [[Quark]] and [[Rom]] in successfully rematerializing the five officers, despite the complicated and poor maintenance of the holosuites in [[Quark's]]. ({{DS9|Our Man Bashir}})
In late [[2372]], Eddington defected to the [[Maquis]] rebels by using his position within Starfleet to hijack a shipment of class-four [[industrial replicator]]s headed to the [[Cardassian Union]] from the [[UFP|Federation]]. He diverted the attention of [[Captain]] [[Benjamin Sisko]] by raising suspicions about the business activities of [[Kasidy Yates]], who was involved in supplying the Maquis with non-military supplies during meetings in the [[Badlands]]. Aboard the station, Eddington incapacitated [[Major]] Kira, and covertly assumed temporary command of the station with falsified orders from [[Starfleet Command]]. He organized a detachment of Starfleet [[security officer]]s who were to perform their tasks without the assistance of the [[Bajoran Militia|Bajoran security force]]. The replicators were transferred aboard a [[Vulcan freighter]] which was in Maquis service, and Eddington placed [[Lieutenant]] [[Reese (Lieutenant)|Reese]] in temporary command of the station. By the time the ''USS Defiant'' returned, Eddington and the replicators had disappeared into Maquis territory. ([[DS9]]: "[[For the Cause]]")
 
   
By [[2373]], Eddington had risen to become the leader of the [[Maquis]] rebels in the [[Demilitarized Zone]], and Starfleet continued to search for his wherabouts. [[Benjamin Sisko|Captain Sisko]] arranged to meet with an informant named [[Cing'ta]] at a Maquis settlement on [[Marva IV]] to acquire information on Eddington. However, the Maquis were able to uncover the activities of Cing'ta, and Eddington had him marooned on an inhospitable [[planet]] in the Badlands. Eddington then confronted Sisko on the surface and attempted to communicate the demands of the Maquis to be granted recognized autonomy, to no avail. Upon returning to his [[Maquis raider|raider]], Eddington initiated an attack on the ''[[USS Defiant (NX-74205)|USS Defiant]]'' that inflicted heavy damage because vital systems were disabled by a latent [[computer virus]] that Eddington had installed before his defection. Similar viruses were located aboard [[Deep Space Nine]] and deactivated by [[Constable]] [[Odo]]. Following this incident, [[Starfleet]] opted to remove Captain Sisko from the mission to capture Michael Eddington, and assigned it to [[Sanders_(Captain)|Captain Sanders]] of the ''[[USS Malinche]]'' instead.
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Several weeks later, Eddington was on [[leave]] from Deep Space 9 and Worf temporarily commanded the [[Starfleet Security]] detachment while he was gone. ({{DS9|Crossfire}})
[[Image:Eddingtonandrebecca.jpg|thumb|200px|left|Michael Eddington and Rebecca Sullivan on Athos IV in 2373.]]
 
At relatively the same time as these events were transpiring, two [[Bolian freighter]]s carrying several thousand tons of [[selenium]] and [[rodium nitrate]] were reported missing near the Badlands. With some chemical restructuring, these two substances could be used to create [[cobalt diselenide]], a nerve agent that is harmless to most [[humanoid]]s but deadly to [[Cardassian]]s. Eddington initiated a [[biogenic weapon]] campaign to poison the atmosphere of all [[Cardassian]] colonies in the [[Demilitarized Zone]], succeeding in doing so at his initial target, [[Veloz Prime]]. He was also responsible for an attack against the ''USS Malinche'' that left it adrift. The ''USS Defiant'' returned to the chase and pursued the Maquis, and accurately predicted the next targeted Cardassian colony, [[Quatal Prime]], which Eddington attacked instead of a more logical raid on [[Panora]]. The ''USS Defiant'' arrived at the location too late; the cobalt diselenide devices had already been detonated in the atmosphere. Eddington disabled a fleeing [[Cardassian transport]], and this action forced Sisko to look to the aid of the Cardassians before he could pursue the fleeing Maquis. Sisko, determined to prevent the destruction of further Cardassian colonies, detonated a [[trilithium resin]] device within the atmosphere of the [[Maquis]] colony on [[Solosos III]], and threatened to perform the same action on every Maquis colony in the Demilitarized Zone. In order to spare the other Maquis worlds, Eddington turned over the remaining biogenic weapons and surrendered to Starfleet for [[court martial]]. ([[DS9]]: "[[For the Uniform]]")
 
   
When Starfleet uncovered communiques indicating that the Maquis had initiated a devastating attack against [[Cardassia]] shortly before the organization was destroyed by the [[Dominion]], he was released into the care of [[Captain]] [[Benjamin Sisko|Sisko]]. The two men journeyed to the small planetoid of [[Athos IV]] in the Badlands, the supposed launch site of the [[missile]]s. It was learned that the attack was a ruse engineered to allow Eddington to rescue the survivors of the Maquis, but the Dominion had previously uncovered the location. The [[Jem'Hadar]] had located the base and captured it, inflicting significant casualties on the Maquis survivors. A dozen prisoners were kept under surveillance, but Sisko and Eddington were able to gain entrance to their cell and liberate these few Maquis survivors. Included among the prisoners was [[Rebecca Sullivan]], the wife of Eddington whom he had married two weeks before his capture. Unfortunately, the couple were once again sundered, as he was killed by Jem'Hadar soldiers while covering the escape of Sisko and the other survivors. ([[DS9]]: "[[Blaze of Glory]]")
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== Life with the Maquis ==
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[[File:Maquis Raider 2373.jpg|thumb|Eddington's [[Maquis raider]]]]
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In late-[[2372]], Eddington defected to the Maquis by using his position within Starfleet to hijack a shipment of [[Class-4 replicator|class-four]] [[industrial replicator]]s headed to the [[Cardassian Union]] from the Federation. He diverted the attention of Captain Sisko by raising suspicions about the business activities of [[Kasidy Yates]], who was involved in supplying the Maquis with non-military supplies during meetings in the [[Badlands]]. Sisko led the ''Defiant'' into the Badlands personally to arrest Yates. Aboard Deep Space 9, Eddington incapacitated Major Kira, and covertly assumed temporary command of the station with falsified orders from [[Starfleet Command]]. He organized a detachment of Starfleet security officers who were to perform their tasks without the assistance of the [[Bajoran Militia|Bajoran security force]]. The replicators were transferred aboard a [[Vulcan freighter]] which was in Maquis service, and Eddington placed [[Lieutenant]] [[Reese (Lieutenant)|Reese]] in temporary command of the station. By the time the ''Defiant'' returned, Eddington and the replicators had disappeared into Maquis territory. ({{DS9|For the Cause}})
   
==Interests==
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By [[2373]], Eddington had risen to become an important leader of the Maquis rebels in the [[Demilitarized Zone]], and Starfleet continued to search for his whereabouts. Captain Sisko arranged to meet with an informant named [[Cing'ta]] at a Maquis settlement on [[Marva IV]] to acquire information on Eddington. However, the Maquis were able to uncover the activities of Cing'ta, and Eddington had him marooned on an inhospitable [[planet]] in the Badlands. Eddington then confronted Sisko on the surface and attempted to communicate the demands of the Maquis to be granted recognized autonomy, to no avail. Upon returning to his [[Maquis raider|raider]], Eddington initiated an attack on the ''Defiant'' that inflicted heavy damage because vital systems were disabled by a latent [[computer virus]] that Eddington had installed before his defection. Similar viruses were located aboard Deep Space 9 and deactivated by Odo. Following this incident, Starfleet opted to remove Captain Sisko from the mission to capture Eddington, and assigned it to Captain [[Sanders (Captain)|Sanders]] of the {{USS|Malinche}} instead.
Eddington was particularly fond of the novel ''[[Les Misérables]]''. He saw himself as the hero, [[Valjean]], pursued by the inflexible policeman [[Javert]], whom Eddington envisioned his former commander, Benjamin Sisko. ([[DS9]]: "[[For the Uniform]]")
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[[File:Eddingtonandrebecca.jpg|thumb|Michael Eddington and Rebecca Sullivan on Athos IV in 2373]]
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At relatively the same time as these events were transpiring, two [[Bolian freighter]]s carrying several thousand tons of [[selenium]] and [[rhodium nitrite]] were reported missing near the Badlands. With some chemical restructuring, these two substances could be used to create [[cobalt diselenide]], a nerve agent that is harmless to most [[humanoid]]s but deadly to [[Cardassian]]s. Eddington initiated a [[biogenic weapon]] campaign to poison the atmospheres of all Cardassian colonies in the Demilitarized Zone, succeeding in doing so at his initial target, [[Veloz Prime]]. He was also responsible for an attack against the ''Malinche'' that left it adrift. The ''Defiant'' returned to the chase and pursued the Maquis, and accurately predicted the next targeted Cardassian colony, [[Quatal Prime]], which Eddington attacked instead of a more logical raid on [[Panora]]. The ''Defiant'' arrived at the location too late; the cobalt diselenide devices had already been detonated in the atmosphere. Eddington disabled a fleeing [[Cardassian transport]], and this action forced Sisko to look to the aid of the Cardassians before he could pursue the fleeing Maquis. Sisko, determined to prevent the destruction of further Cardassian colonies, detonated a [[trilithium resin]] device within the atmosphere of the Maquis [[colony]] on [[Solosos III]], and threatened to perform the same action on every Maquis colony in the Demilitarized Zone. In order to spare the other Maquis worlds, Eddington turned over the remaining biogenic weapons and surrendered to Starfleet for [[court martial]]. ({{DS9|For the Uniform}})
   
Eddington had a family heirloom in the form of a two hundred year-old [[Canada|Canadian]] one dollar coin he called his "lucky loonie". ([[DS9]]: "[[Blaze of Glory]]")
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When Starfleet uncovered communiques indicating that the Maquis had initiated a devastating attack against [[Cardassia]] shortly before the organization was destroyed by the [[Dominion]], he was released into the care of Captain Sisko. The two men journeyed to the small [[planetoid]] of [[Athos IV]] in the Badlands, the supposed launch site of the [[missile]]s. It was learned that the attack was a ruse engineered to allow Eddington to rescue the survivors of the Maquis, but the Dominion had previously uncovered the location. The [[Jem'Hadar]] had located the base and captured it, inflicting significant casualties on the Maquis survivors. A dozen prisoners were kept under surveillance, but Sisko and Eddington were able to gain entrance to their cell and liberate these few survivors. Included among the prisoners was [[Rebecca Sullivan]], the wife of Eddington whom he had married two weeks before his capture. Unfortunately, the couple were once again sundered, as he was killed by Jem'Hadar soldiers while covering the escape of Sisko and the other survivors. The last thing he did before he died was call out his wife's name. ({{DS9|Blaze of Glory}})
   
==Appearances==
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== Interests ==
*[[DS9]]: "[[The Search, Part I]]"
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Eddington was particularly fond of the [[novel]] ''[[Les Misérables]]''. He saw himself as the hero, [[Valjean]], pursued by the inflexible policeman [[Javert]], whom Eddington envisioned as his former commander, Benjamin Sisko. ({{DS9|For the Uniform}})
*[[DS9]]: "[[The Search, Part II]]"
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*[[DS9]]: "[[The Die Is Cast]]"
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Eddington had a valued family heirloom in the form of a [[Canada|Canadian]] one dollar coin he called his "[[looney|lucky looney]]", which had been in his family for over two hundred years. ({{DS9|Blaze of Glory}})
*[[DS9]]: "[[The Adversary]]
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*[[DS9]]: "[[Rejoined]]"
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*[[DS9]]: "[[Our Man Bashir]]"
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==Appendices==
*[[DS9]]: "[[For the Cause]]"
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== Appearances ==
*[[DS9]]: "[[For the Uniform]]"
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*[[DS9]]: "[[Blaze of Glory]]"
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**{{e|The Search, Part I}} (Season Three)
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**{{e|The Search, Part II}} (simulation only)
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**{{e|The Die is Cast}}
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**{{e|The Adversary}}
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**{{e|Rejoined}} (Season Four)
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**{{e|Our Man Bashir}}
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**{{e|For the Cause}}
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**{{e|For the Uniform}} (Season Five)
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**{{e|Blaze of Glory}}
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=== Background ===
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Eddington was played by actor [[Kenneth Marshall]]. [[Ronald D. Moore]] named the character after Paul Eddington, a character played by {{w|Kirk Douglas}} in the 1965 film, ''{{w|In Harm's Way}}''. Douglas' character is one of the heroes of the movie, but is an extremely unpleasant individual. (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'') According to Ronald D. Moore, Eddington's character was not developed initially with a Maquis affiliation in mind. {{AOLchat|Ronald D. Moore|ron012|1997}}
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On Eddington's actions in {{e|The Die is Cast}}, Kenneth Marshall commented: "''[Eddington] was doing what he felt was right. He was following orders. This is a place where Eddington can grow as a character. Sisko, Kira, Dax and the rest have been together for years; they're a unit. If the rules have to be bent, they'll bend them - they know what they have to do to get a job done. But Eddington comes from the outside and is used to having things done a certain way. He's less inclined to take things into his own hands; he prefers to go by the book. That's as good source of conflict. After 'The Die is Cast', we weren't sure where they were going to take my character. Were they going to give me a chance to redeem myself in future episodes? Or would I continue to be a problem?''" (''[[The Official Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Magazine]]'' Vol. 15)
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Kenneth Marshall considers Eddington's Maquis arc to show that the character was: "''duplicitous but not diabolical. He did what he did for a cause he believed in. He had to be clever because of the nature of what he was doing, but it wasn't with malice. Down through history, there are lots of people who became misguided in their zeal for their causes, but in many cases their original motives weren't malicious''". Marshall found it appropriate that Eddington saw himself as Jean Valjean, commenting: "''It showed that Eddington's obviously well read. He was a thinker and like Sisko said, a romantic. I loved working with [[Avery Brooks]] and the way Eddington brought out this dark side to Sisko. In many ways they're flip sides to the same coin. After all, how many times has Sisko broken the rules to do what's right? It gave the audience a chance to see them both in different terms''". ("Marshall Decree", ''[[Dreamwatch]]'' issue 37)
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After Eddington's death in {{e|Blaze of Glory}}, Marshall hoped that he might get the chance to return due to how much he enjoyed playing the character. He commented: "''You could say I'm still in denial. I'll never give up hope. After all, we know how incredible medical science is on ''[[Star Trek]]'', they wave these little things over parts of your body and you're healed. I can think of three or four ways they could get around Eddington being shot, but the producers and writers will decide what they choose to do. I enjoyed playing this character, especially now that they've fleshed him out so much. Heck, he was just given [[Rebecca Sullivan|a wife]], and we didn't get much time to develop that angle''". ("Marshall Decree", ''[[Dreamwatch]]'' issue 37)
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=== Apocrypha ===
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Eddington appeared in the [[novels|novel]] ''[[Time's Enemy]]''. Alternate versions of Eddington appear in the comic "[[The Looking Glass War]]" and the novel "A Gutted World" in ''[[Echoes and Refractions]]''.
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Eddington's [[mirror universe]] counterpart was depicted as a senior member of the [[Terran Rebellion]] in the novels ''[[Saturn's Children]]'', ''[[Fearful Symmetry]]'', ''[[The Soul Key]]'' and ''[[Rise Like Lions]]''.
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Michael Eddington in 2372

Michael Eddington in 2372
Gender: Male
Species: Human
Affiliation: Maquis (formerly Federation Starfleet)
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Occupation: Former security officer
Status: KIA (2373)
Died: 2373
Marital Status: Married
Spouse(s): Rebecca Sullivan (widowed)
Played by: Kenneth Marshall
"I called him a traitor once, but in a way, he was the most loyal man I ever met. He was a Maquis, right up to the bitter end."
– Benjamin Sisko, 2373 ("Blaze of Glory")

Michael Eddington was a Starfleet security officer assigned to station Deep Space 9. Eddington became disillusioned with Starfleet and the Federation, and joined the Maquis, becoming a leading member. Eddington was captured, but was later killed during a special operation while serving his sentence. Eddington was of Canadian ancestry.

Starfleet career Edit

Eddington was stationed to DS9 in 2371 as the station's Chief of Starfleet security after first contact with the Dominion. This was done in part to increase Starfleet control of the station's security operations, as Starfleet did not have full confidence in the current security chief, Odo. (DS9: "The Search, Part I")

In the simulation created by the Founders, Eddington was presented as a tool of Admiral Nechayev, rigidly enforcing the terms of the treaty between the Federation and the Dominion, against the will of the Deep Space 9 senior staff.

Odo and Eddington worked closely from that point on, coordinating security operations aboard the station. When Commander Sisko defied the direct orders of Admiral Toddman not to pursue the joint Tal Shiar-Obsidian Order fleet on their mission to destroy the Founders, Eddington was ordered to sabotage the USS Defiant's cloaking device, a mission he completed. However, Eddington was not relieved of duty, as he assured Sisko that he had been issued no further orders from Toddman, and intended to fulfill his duty to the commander. (DS9: "The Die is Cast")

On a mission to patrol the Tzenkethi border, Eddington was assigned by Captain Sisko to be the personal guard for Ambassador Krajensky. It was subsequently learned that Krajensky had been replaced by a Changeling infiltrator. Eddington began an initial security sweep of the Defiant, but the whereabouts of the shapeshifter remained unknown. Eddington also participated in the armed search of the ship, where the infiltrator was encountered by Sisko, who was wounded in the brief struggle. and it was revealed that blood tests could reveal who was a changeling. Blood tests of the crew were ordered, and one sample appeared to show that Eddington was a Changeling as well. Eddington was to be placed into custody, but the test was proven to be false when it was determined that the Changeling had impersonated Doctor Bashir and administered the screening test itself, when the real Bashir attempted to burst out of a set of quarters he was apparently locked in. (DS9: "The Adversary")

Eddington assisted Dr. Lenara Kahn of the Trill Science Ministry with her efforts to create an artificial wormhole. During the failed second phase of the experiment, Eddington was wounded in an explosion and fire that occurred following a plasma leak in main engineering aboard the Defiant, but he managed to save another injured crewman. Eddington could not reach Dr. Kahn, who was soon retrieved by Lt. Commander Dax. (DS9: "Rejoined")

In 2372, Eddington was left in command of the station when Captain Sisko, Major Kira, Lt. Commander Dax, Chief O'Brien and Lt. Commander Worf were absent. Upon their return, the runabout Orinoco was sabotaged by the True Way organization and destroyed. However, the patterns of the five officers were stored in the transporter buffer through quick action taken by Eddington, who wiped all computer memory to create the space necessary to store such a complex set of information. In order to maintain their integrity, the computer deactivated all non-vital systems, and stored the patterns in the holosuite, where they appeared in the secret agent program being run by Julian Bashir and Elim Garak at the time. Eddington assisted Odo, Quark and Rom in successfully rematerializing the five officers, despite the complicated and poor maintenance of the holosuites in Quark's. (DS9: "Our Man Bashir")

Several weeks later, Eddington was on leave from Deep Space 9 and Worf temporarily commanded the Starfleet Security detachment while he was gone. (DS9: "Crossfire")

Life with the Maquis Edit

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Eddington's Maquis raider

In late-2372, Eddington defected to the Maquis by using his position within Starfleet to hijack a shipment of class-four industrial replicators headed to the Cardassian Union from the Federation. He diverted the attention of Captain Sisko by raising suspicions about the business activities of Kasidy Yates, who was involved in supplying the Maquis with non-military supplies during meetings in the Badlands. Sisko led the Defiant into the Badlands personally to arrest Yates. Aboard Deep Space 9, Eddington incapacitated Major Kira, and covertly assumed temporary command of the station with falsified orders from Starfleet Command. He organized a detachment of Starfleet security officers who were to perform their tasks without the assistance of the Bajoran security force. The replicators were transferred aboard a Vulcan freighter which was in Maquis service, and Eddington placed Lieutenant Reese in temporary command of the station. By the time the Defiant returned, Eddington and the replicators had disappeared into Maquis territory. (DS9: "For the Cause")

By 2373, Eddington had risen to become an important leader of the Maquis rebels in the Demilitarized Zone, and Starfleet continued to search for his whereabouts. Captain Sisko arranged to meet with an informant named Cing'ta at a Maquis settlement on Marva IV to acquire information on Eddington. However, the Maquis were able to uncover the activities of Cing'ta, and Eddington had him marooned on an inhospitable planet in the Badlands. Eddington then confronted Sisko on the surface and attempted to communicate the demands of the Maquis to be granted recognized autonomy, to no avail. Upon returning to his raider, Eddington initiated an attack on the Defiant that inflicted heavy damage because vital systems were disabled by a latent computer virus that Eddington had installed before his defection. Similar viruses were located aboard Deep Space 9 and deactivated by Odo. Following this incident, Starfleet opted to remove Captain Sisko from the mission to capture Eddington, and assigned it to Captain Sanders of the USS Malinche instead.

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Michael Eddington and Rebecca Sullivan on Athos IV in 2373

At relatively the same time as these events were transpiring, two Bolian freighters carrying several thousand tons of selenium and rhodium nitrite were reported missing near the Badlands. With some chemical restructuring, these two substances could be used to create cobalt diselenide, a nerve agent that is harmless to most humanoids but deadly to Cardassians. Eddington initiated a biogenic weapon campaign to poison the atmospheres of all Cardassian colonies in the Demilitarized Zone, succeeding in doing so at his initial target, Veloz Prime. He was also responsible for an attack against the Malinche that left it adrift. The Defiant returned to the chase and pursued the Maquis, and accurately predicted the next targeted Cardassian colony, Quatal Prime, which Eddington attacked instead of a more logical raid on Panora. The Defiant arrived at the location too late; the cobalt diselenide devices had already been detonated in the atmosphere. Eddington disabled a fleeing Cardassian transport, and this action forced Sisko to look to the aid of the Cardassians before he could pursue the fleeing Maquis. Sisko, determined to prevent the destruction of further Cardassian colonies, detonated a trilithium resin device within the atmosphere of the Maquis colony on Solosos III, and threatened to perform the same action on every Maquis colony in the Demilitarized Zone. In order to spare the other Maquis worlds, Eddington turned over the remaining biogenic weapons and surrendered to Starfleet for court martial. (DS9: "For the Uniform")

When Starfleet uncovered communiques indicating that the Maquis had initiated a devastating attack against Cardassia shortly before the organization was destroyed by the Dominion, he was released into the care of Captain Sisko. The two men journeyed to the small planetoid of Athos IV in the Badlands, the supposed launch site of the missiles. It was learned that the attack was a ruse engineered to allow Eddington to rescue the survivors of the Maquis, but the Dominion had previously uncovered the location. The Jem'Hadar had located the base and captured it, inflicting significant casualties on the Maquis survivors. A dozen prisoners were kept under surveillance, but Sisko and Eddington were able to gain entrance to their cell and liberate these few survivors. Included among the prisoners was Rebecca Sullivan, the wife of Eddington whom he had married two weeks before his capture. Unfortunately, the couple were once again sundered, as he was killed by Jem'Hadar soldiers while covering the escape of Sisko and the other survivors. The last thing he did before he died was call out his wife's name. (DS9: "Blaze of Glory")

Interests Edit

Eddington was particularly fond of the novel Les Misérables. He saw himself as the hero, Valjean, pursued by the inflexible policeman Javert, whom Eddington envisioned as his former commander, Benjamin Sisko. (DS9: "For the Uniform")

Eddington had a valued family heirloom in the form of a Canadian one dollar coin he called his "lucky looney", which had been in his family for over two hundred years. (DS9: "Blaze of Glory")

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Appearances Edit

Background Edit

Eddington was played by actor Kenneth Marshall. Ronald D. Moore named the character after Paul Eddington, a character played by Kirk Douglas in the 1965 film, In Harm's Way. Douglas' character is one of the heroes of the movie, but is an extremely unpleasant individual. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion) According to Ronald D. Moore, Eddington's character was not developed initially with a Maquis affiliation in mind. (AOL chat, 1997)

On Eddington's actions in "The Die is Cast", Kenneth Marshall commented: "[Eddington] was doing what he felt was right. He was following orders. This is a place where Eddington can grow as a character. Sisko, Kira, Dax and the rest have been together for years; they're a unit. If the rules have to be bent, they'll bend them - they know what they have to do to get a job done. But Eddington comes from the outside and is used to having things done a certain way. He's less inclined to take things into his own hands; he prefers to go by the book. That's as good source of conflict. After 'The Die is Cast', we weren't sure where they were going to take my character. Were they going to give me a chance to redeem myself in future episodes? Or would I continue to be a problem?" (The Official Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Magazine Vol. 15)

Kenneth Marshall considers Eddington's Maquis arc to show that the character was: "duplicitous but not diabolical. He did what he did for a cause he believed in. He had to be clever because of the nature of what he was doing, but it wasn't with malice. Down through history, there are lots of people who became misguided in their zeal for their causes, but in many cases their original motives weren't malicious". Marshall found it appropriate that Eddington saw himself as Jean Valjean, commenting: "It showed that Eddington's obviously well read. He was a thinker and like Sisko said, a romantic. I loved working with Avery Brooks and the way Eddington brought out this dark side to Sisko. In many ways they're flip sides to the same coin. After all, how many times has Sisko broken the rules to do what's right? It gave the audience a chance to see them both in different terms". ("Marshall Decree", Dreamwatch issue 37)

After Eddington's death in "Blaze of Glory", Marshall hoped that he might get the chance to return due to how much he enjoyed playing the character. He commented: "You could say I'm still in denial. I'll never give up hope. After all, we know how incredible medical science is on Star Trek, they wave these little things over parts of your body and you're healed. I can think of three or four ways they could get around Eddington being shot, but the producers and writers will decide what they choose to do. I enjoyed playing this character, especially now that they've fleshed him out so much. Heck, he was just given a wife, and we didn't get much time to develop that angle". ("Marshall Decree", Dreamwatch issue 37)

Apocrypha Edit

Eddington appeared in the novel Time's Enemy. Alternate versions of Eddington appear in the comic "The Looking Glass War" and the novel "A Gutted World" in Echoes and Refractions.

Eddington's mirror universe counterpart was depicted as a senior member of the Terran Rebellion in the novels Saturn's Children, Fearful Symmetry, The Soul Key and Rise Like Lions.

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