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"Death found me when I was a child, so, yeah, I knew what I was getting into."
"I don't think I did, not really. Does that make me naïve?"
"It makes you optimistic."
In 2242, when Tilly was nine, she worked out how to make her food synthesizer produce only spumoni ice cream by calculating the exact protein concentration and small particle dispersion of emulsifiers required. (ST: "Runaway")
Tilly described her fourteen-year-old self as a weird kid, who didn't have a lot of friends and with no one who believed in her, including herself. (DIS: "An Obol for Charon") That year, in 2247, Tilly attended the Musk Junior High School for six months, where she befriended May Ahearn, who gave her the nickname "Stilly". (DIS: "New Eden") She transferred schools when her mother got another posting. (DIS: "Point of Light", "An Obol for Charon")
In school, her mother remembered a particularly painful time when she had more trouble climbing a wall than the other children, where Tilly chose to run away rather than confront the challenge. (ST: "Runaway")
USS Discovery Edit
Although often socially awkward, Tilly came out of her shell in certain settings, such as the party held on Discovery; even showing aptitude in 20th century beer pong. During the event, Tilly rebuked romantic advances from Lieutenant Rhys. (DIS: "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad") Paradoxically, Tilly also became a social mentor of sorts to Michael Burnham and facilitated her introduction to future romantic interest, Ash Tyler. (DIS: "Lethe")
In 2257, in recognition for her role in ending the Federation-Klingon War, Tilly was awarded the Starfleet Medal of Honor. She received her officer's commission as an Ensign and was placed on the command track. (DIS: "Will You Take My Hand?")
Personal relationships Edit
Michael Burnham Edit
Upon meeting Michael Burnham, who at the time was an inmate being assigned to share quarters with Tilly temporarily, Tilly was delighted at the thought of having a roommate, stating "A roommate is like an automatic, built-in friend." While Tilly's offer of friendship was initially rebuked by a cold Burnham, and returned later in engineering, Tilly soon found herself admiring Burnham's courage. While still lacking confidence, Tilly shared her closely held dream with Burnham: that she would be a starship captain some day. Burnham, admiring Tilly's optimism, took her under wing, engaging in physical and dietary training together. (DIS: "Context Is for Kings", "Lethe")
Personal interests Edit
Tilly had read everything there was available on Captain Philippa Georgiou, and was exceptionally excited at the prospect of meeting her after her presumed death. (DIS: "Context Is for Kings", "Will You Take My Hand?")
Memorable Quotes Edit
"What the heck… heck… hell? What the hell! Hold your horses!"
- "Context Is for Kings" (First appearance)
- "The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry"
- "Choose Your Pain"
- "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad"
- "Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum"
- "Into the Forest I Go"
- "Despite Yourself"
- "The Wolf Inside"
- "Vaulting Ambition"
- "What's Past Is Prologue"
- "The War Without, The War Within"
- "Will You Take My Hand?"
- "New Eden"
- "Point of Light"
- "An Obol for Charon"
- "Saints of Imperfection"
- "The Sounds of Thunder"
According to StarTrek.com, Sylvia Tilly was born with laryngotracheal stenosis. This condition was described as "an abnormal narrowing of the central air passageways that can cause chronic snoring and a dry throat."
Tilly is the focus of the novel The Way to the Stars. Her grandmother on her mother's side is revealed to be named Adèle, while Tilly's father is named Iain and serves as a lieutenant specializing in xenoarcheology on the science vessel Dorothy Garrod since a year before Tilly's sixteenth birthday.
Tilly appears in the "Age of Discovery" expansion to Star Trek Online, voiced by Mary Wiseman. In the tutorial for Discovery-era player characters, set shortly after the Battle of the Binary Stars, Tilly is a third-year cadet at the Academy whose engineering aptitude allowed her to be chosen as chief engineer for the cadet cruise aboard a Malachowski-class vessel. When the player character, a fourth-year cadet, unexpectedly becomes the captain, Tilly remains as chief engineer until the ship returns to Earth after rescuing the miners of Corvan II, after which she parts ways with the player just before her eventual assignment to the Discovery.