Born on Argus I towards the end of 2451, Gu'Tanoth's childhood was not particularly noteworthy. He attended primary and secondary schools and appeared to favor history and social studies. Gu'Tanoth elected to attend the StarForce Officer Candidate Course for the latter half of his formative years, graduating with honors in 2469 and enlisting in StarForce with the rank of Flight Marshal. By 2481 Gu'Tanoth had secured a promotion to Taskgroup Director with the Fifth Fleet, accepting command of Taskgroup Two. Gu'Tanoth received his first taste of combat command in 2486 at the Battle of Kalrec's Chance, and led S5F2 to distinguish themselves during the battle by successfully disabling multiple Val'Turri vessels with relatively few losses. The battle was ultimately lost, however, and Gu'Tanoth was forced to withdraw S5F2 alongside the other survivors of the battle.
Gu'Tanoth would be shifted in early 2488 to the Seventh Fleet and placed in command of Taskgroup Nine. Gu'Tanoth's old unit, S5F2, would be destroyed later that year during the battle of Toval, where the combined remnants of the Fourth and Fifth Fleets would make their famous last stand. Gu'Tanoth would not see combat again until 2490 at the Battle of Keldar's Bounty. Early in the battle the Fleet Command Carrier was destroyed by hostile fire, and Gu'Tanoth quickly assumed command of the Fleet. He would lead the Seventh Fleet, alongside the Sixth Fleet, until orders were downloaded through the AnchorNet calling for a full and immediate withdrawal from the system.
When Sixth Fleet commander Jokoru Savakis famously refused to retreat, Gu'Tanoth ordered the Seventh Fleet to break contact with the enemy and withdraw to the orbit of Korashi, the system's Primary Colony. After contacting the Local Authority and informing them of StarForce's retreat orders, he ordered the docking crew of his Command Carrier to jettison its entire complement of Strikecraft to make room, while attached LandForce dropcraft began round-the-clock flights to and from the surface in order to collect refugees. Unfortunately, the Val'Turri would eventually finish off the Sixth Fleet and move on Korashi. After fighting for another hour, Gu'Tanoth called off his evacuation efforts, and the Seventh Fleet quickly escaped the system, altogether carrying nearly a million refugees. Gu'Tanoth's valorous actions would earn him a promotion to Fleet Commandant overseeing the Third Fleet.
In 2492 Gu'Tanoth led the Third Fleet to the first major victory of the War. The Battle of the Bulwark saw Gu'Tanoth undertake the unprecedented and unthinkable action of appropriating civilian mining equipment from the local Erolan-Buulas Mining Corporation -- primarily asteroid shunts and catapults, which were essentially giant mass drivers. Occupying the Bulwark, a large asteroid belt in the Peace River system, Gu'Tanoth weaponized the Bulwark, smashing asteroids into the invading Val'Turri to devastating effect. His actions not only spared the colony of Eloras but caused incalculable damage to the Val'Turri, resulting in their retreat from the system.
In 2499, reinforced with the Supercruiser Haedana'Sabarok as well as the new Sa'Drujj and Gal'Boarn starship classes, Gu'Tanoth led the Third Fleet to a resounding victory over the Val'Turri, with nearly 80% of their fleet confirmed disabled or destroyed before the surviving Val'Turri escaped.
For over twenty years since the end of the Extinction War, Fleet Commandant Gu'Tanoth has shepherded both the Third Fleet and, indirectly, the Federation as a whole towards its uncertain new future.
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