|Rank:||Lieutenant Commander (suspended)|
|Played By:||Kenneth Marshall|
Michael Eddington was a Starfleet security officer assigned to station Deep Space Nine. Eddington became disillusioned with Starfleet and the Federation, and joined the Maquis. He was captured, but was killed during a special operation while serving his sentence. Eddington was born in Canada.
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")
- 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 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")
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, 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 Doctor Bashir, and had administered the screening test itself. (DS9: "The Adversary")
Eddington assisted 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")
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 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")
In late 2372, Eddington defected to the Maquis rebels 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 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 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 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. 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 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 Captain Sanders of the USS Malinche instead.
At relatively the same time as these events were transpiring, two Bolian freighters 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 humanoids but deadly to Cardassians. 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 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 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")
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")