Lennon Bio

(played by Emily)
Lennon was born Wu-Shen Ang on the Core world of Londinium. His family was distinctly middle class with a house in what would be described as the suburbs. They were neither rich nor important. He excelled in his studies at school not because he was particularly smart (he was average), but due to his unusual level of discipline and intense focus on the things that interested him. He was an athlete, preferring solitary activities like running over team sports.

By all accounts (including his own) Lennon’s “defining moment” occurred as a teenager when he first heard the Beatles’ “Across the Universe” at one of Londinium’s many Earth-That-Was culture museums.

Limitless undying love which
shines around me like a million suns
It calls me on and on across the universe

He quickly became obsessed with musical relics of Earth-That-Was, throwing aside nearly all other interests in order to travel to other Core World repositories of antiquities where he could listen and learn as much as possible. As such, Lennon only really has two areas of expertise: Medicine and the music of The Beatles, particularly the songs and compositions of John Lennon.

Lennon graduated from Londinium's Military Officers Training Academy (where he did better than expected) and entered Londinium's Army Medical Academy. During the final month of his medical and surgical residency, after his discharge from his Londinium Army commission, Lennon chose not to volunteer for newly formed the Alliance Military Medical Corps. Instead he bought a ticket on a transport to Shadow where he enlisted in the Independent Faction to fight the war against Unification. Though he was a doctor, Lennon did not have a license to practice medicine outside of a Core world academic hospital. The Independents didn’t care about that.

Though a doctor with military training was useful, as a core world ex-patriot, Lennon was initially greeted with some suspicion by the Independent forces. Though he proved himself during nearly six years of service, he was never promoted beyond the rank Surgeon Lieutenant.

Despite his training and natural aptitude for military life, Lennon wasn’t entirely prepared for the rigors of either combat or being a medical officer. He coped with the stress of his new life by keeping with what he knew: focus and discipline. For days at a stretch he threw himself into his new role, slowly becoming a competent leader and a skilled surgeon. The field medics under his command learned to trust his orders and the soldiers in his platoon came to rely on his skills. When he became too exhausted to work, Lennon would concentrate with similar single-mindedness on music; spending hours alone listening to his painstakingly collected Beatles’ library on the squakbox he carried in his coat pocket.

While not unfriendly, Lennon had few real friends in his platoon. This was partially because when he did socialize, his side of the discussion was so totally dominated by his hero that the troops dubbed him “Lennon”. Though it was meant to be a joke, he liked it more than he was willing to admit and never bothered to correct them. The rate of attrition was high and with the constant replacement of dead or injured troops, it wasn’t long before no one knew him by any other name.

Lennon’s one consistent companion was the 42nd’s sniper, Wilks. Since the two of them tended to spend most of their time well away from the front lines, they outlived most of their fellows and even several platoon leaders. Lennon liked Wilks for his brevity and no-nonsense outlook on the war. He counted on him to give a fast accurate assessment of what to expect in his infirmary after a battle. And while not a doctor or even a trained medic, Wilks knew enough basic first aid to be useful. Best of all, having little to say himself, Wilks was also a willing ear to Lennon’s occasional rambling dissertations about the life philosophies of his favorite Beatle. It’s been years since Lennon used his real name and has decided it’s not really that important now anyway.

He has the distinction of being one of the few surviving members of his platoon, a survivor of the Battle of Serenity, and one of the dedicated independents who continued to fight afterwards. He might have either been a war criminal or even a big, damn hero had he not been airlifted along with a few hundred others from Hera just before the Alliance made their final sweep of Independent forces. As it is, he is neither and that’s just fine with him.

Six years later, Lennon still flies on the same boat piloted by the same blackjack captain that picked him up that day. He has Wilks to thank for suggesting him as a competent medic and an all around good guy to Capt'n Sata after he recruited Wilks for the crew of his “brand new” Osprey class transport ship. Early on, Lennon so strenuously campaigned for a Beatles related name for ship that he unintentionally gave his new crew mates the erroneous impression that his nature was gregarious and even a little pushy. Even with this effort, Lennon had difficulty convincing his fellow crew mates, offering names such as “Lucy” and “Eleanor Rigby”. All were turned down until he sang a slightly altered version of the lyrics to “Yellow Submarine”:

“As we live a life of ease
Every one of us has all we need,
Sky of black and sea green,
In our yellow submarine”

After that, it was obvious.

Lennon is slow to warm up to people and spends most of his time alone or wearing headphones when the Yellow Submarine is enroute. He is most comfortable around Wilks, whom he has known longest, but is starting to warm up to Sata as well. For now, he rarely spends time with any of the other passengers or crew except for meals and when duty requires it.

Upon first meeting, Lennon’s serious demeanor and unusual obsession might give the impression that he isn’t entirely “all there” in the brain pan. But even his many quirks can’t hide that this couldn’t be further from the truth. He understands that even though the war is over, countless opportunities to continue his fight for freedom still exist. He knows that above all, he pledged to “first do no harm” and serve as a tireless advocate for his patients. He wears his brown duster with pride even though the war is long past. It is a symbol for the sacrifice he made; trading his white doctor’s coat and a comfortable future for the opportunity to try to make the universe a better place.

There's nothing you can know that isn't known.
Nothing you can see that isn't shown.
Nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be.

Song lyrics copyright Lennon/McCartney