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Ginger Dorian, who was known almost from the moment of her birth as “Johnnie,” grew up in the mountains of West Virginia in North America on Earth.  Physicians and midwives in her family had taken care of generations of coal miners before the mines were shut down during the twenty-first century.  Even after, medicine remained the family business, as well as their way of life.  Friends and patients were never clearly separate categories.  Visitors dropped into the clinic, above which Johnnie and her parents lived, for a cup of coffee as often as they stopped by because of a medical complaint. 

The Dorians were proud of what they considered their “old fashioned” practice within the more traditional way of life they and their neighbors had managed to preserve.  Even as a young child, Johnnie went along on house calls or to deliver children.  She never questioned the idea that she would become a physician someday or that she would join her parents at the clinic and take over when they were gone.

Nevertheless, her parents recognized a restless dreaminess in her and a curiosity about the world that they believed suited her to something other than reliving their lives.  As a child, she was always drawing pictures of spaceships and strange planets.  As an adolescent she read every novel about spaceflight she could find and ran through every space-related program in the town holotheater.  At any rate, the way of life that had remained so constant, against all odds, for so long, was changing.  The clinic’s patients were almost exclusively in their early 40s or older.  Growing numbers of young people were leaving the area.  Those that remained tended to seek out medical care in larger urban centers, easily accessible via shuttle or transporter.

Johnnie’s parents thus encouraged her to think more broadly about what she wanted to do and where.  Her desire to become a doctor never wavered, but when the time came to choose a medical school, she selected one at DeForest University in San Francisco, California.  While there, Johnnie struggled with bouts of homesickness, but she also loved meeting new people and experiencing new things.  She was often the life of parties, sometimes singing her favorite folk songs, sometimes teaching everyone the venerable art of line dancing.  After her residency, she approached her parents with an idea that had been growing in her for several years—joining Starfleet.  Her parents believed this was a wonderful choice and, though Johnnie vowed to return in several years, told her to live her life free of any such promises.

Johnnie enjoyed her time at the Academy.  San Francisco was already familiar, but she delighted at rediscovering her favorite places with new friends.  She appreciated the top-notch medical education she received as well, but her true skills had never been in cutting-edge research or therapy.  She saw medicine as about more than drugs or devices, but rather founded on personal relationships.  Though she worked hard to master the new material, she repeatedly expressed her skepticism about “shiny new medicine” and represented herself as just a “simple country doctor.”

At the same time, Johnnie often daydreamed about her likely adventures among the stars.  Her cadet cruise turned out to be her first.  She earned a special commendation from the Starfleet Surgeon General for her actions during a genuine emergency—a breach in the impulse pile shielding.  After graduation, she considered an offer to join the Surgeon General’s staff, but declined, feeling that she would “wither away behind a desk.”  Instead, she chose active duty.  Her current assignment is on board the USS Ardent as chief medical officer.

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Darial Adzian was born in Leran Manev, the planetary capital of Trill, to a prominent and well-connected family.  Many generations of Adzians had joined with symbionts, and Darial and her older brother were expected to excel in order to uphold the family tradition.  With the benefit of the best private tutors available, they were both on the fast track to becoming hosts.  Darial took a particular interest in science, winning the Trill Science Ministry’s annual young scientist competition.

When Darial’s brother was selected as a host, Darial expected to be close behind.  She passed all the required tests, but after several years with no word from the Symbiosis Commission, she began to lose hope.  In frustration over what she perceived as her failure and much to her family’s dismay, she abandoned her scientific training.  Instead, she entered the world of high-fashion modeling.

In addition being a celebrated center of scientific work, Trill is also the home of one of the more active, artistic, and cutting-edge fashion communities in the Federation.  Darial’s youngest uncle—the family’s black sheep—was also a well-known designer.  Darial herself had often been complemented on her striking features, and before long, found herself much sought-after.

Soon, however, she lost interest in modeling, which seemed too limiting, and began to miss the exploration made possible by a scientific life.  She decided that a career in Starfleet offered her best chance of following her scientific interests and the opportunity for both the change of scenery and the independence that she desperately needed.  Returning to her childhood habits, she devoted herself to studying for the Academy entrance exam, passing it on the first try.

Since entering the Academy, she feels that she is finally discovering her true self on her own terms.  Darial has regained hope that she may someday join with a symbiont, though this is no longer her only end in life.  She has chosen to pursue her scientific work because it interests her, not to impress the Symbiosis Commission.  She also remains interested in art.  Her primary area of research is in cross-species studies of perception, particularly related to the theory that it involves latent telepathic exchange.  She is hopeful she will find important answers to many questions among the stars.

Her current assignment is on board the USS Ardent under the command of Lt. Patrick O’Kennedy.

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Rodney Aariak was born on Earth’s moon.  He grew up in a number of underground installations—his parents were both structural engineers who specialized in repairing and restoring aging structures dating back to humans’ first lunar colonies.  Rodney’s lineage was particularly diverse—he proudly counted at least 15 different Native American and European ethic groups in his family tree—but he primarily identified as Inuit.  His father’s family had, in fact, arrived on the moon in one of the large waves of Inuit colonists who settled there during the late twenty-first century. 

Rodney’s early academic performance was stellar.  He applied to and was accepted at Oxford University at 14.  His original intention had been to pursue physics, but he found himself increasingly interested in technology and soon switched to the school of engineering science.  He considered returning to the moon after graduation, but instead, opted to join Starfleet.  This came as no surprise to his parents or close friends, who had always suspected that he found life on the moon closed in and claustrophobic. 

Rodney carried his excellent academic skills with him to Starfleet Academy.  One of his engineering instructors believed he was the best student ever to enter the Academy.  He was intensely serious about his studies.  Unfortunately, while he made a few friends, he was often seen as overly dour and bookish.  Though he was friendly, he rarely joked with other cadets in class or when on duty.  He also frowned on drinking alcohol (or even synthahol) and so excused himself from many of social gatherings, particularly among the younger cadets.  His behavior earned him a number of nicknames, including “Rod in the mud.”

However, assessments of Rodney’s true character from his behavior at work were seriously inaccurate, and a close circle of friends knew what he was really like.  He had, for instance, developed a passion while at Oxford for Monty Python.  He could recite any line from any program, movie, or performance the comedy group had ever done, in the appropriate voices and with excellent timing.  He had in fact performed in a Python-esque troupe while in Oxford and contributed a well-reviewed paper on Python to the Journal of Humorology while in his junior year at the Academy.  He was also an expert at mixing non-alcoholic drinks and knew recipes from every corner of the known galaxy.

Rodney graduated the Academy with distinction and stayed a year to teach a year-long course on advanced warp mechanics.  He is currently serving as chief engineer aboard the USS Ardent.

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 Saisei was born Deena Nagayoshi.  In 2402, she was an engineering ensign on board the USS Traveler, a deep space survey vessel, when it was attacked by the Borg .  She was assimilated, along with the rest of the surviving crew.  Seven months later, she was liberated by the USS Alameda.  Though not a Borg for long, Deena suffered significant long-term memory loss because of the nature and precise locations of the implants she received. 

Though Deena’s personality was remarkably unchanged by assimilation, the loss of her past has deeply affected her.  During an extended stay with her family in Kyoto, she turned to meditation and to Shinto rituals to find peace and to begin to accept her often-intense memories of assimilation.  She has also become determined to reclaim the one thing she saw as truly hers: her humanity.

She decided to select a new name that reflected the new future she hoped to create: Saisei, meaning “rebirth.”  She also chose to return to Starfleet.  Like some other liberated Borg, she had to overcome fears about returning to space and, during a refresher cadet cruise, struggled with regular nightmares.  But, slowly, she began the rediscover some of the excitement and enthusiasm that led her to space travel in the first place.

In her personal relationships too, Saisei seeks out new experiences and new opportunities to feel alive.  She is outgoing and friendly.  She loves to laugh and to indulge her whimsical side.  At the same time, she still suffers from occasional flashbacks and bad dreams, and continues to struggle to find a sense of acceptance about her assimilation. 

Her current assignment is chief engineer aboard the USS Ardent under Lt. Patrick O’Kennedy.

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TheVala zh’Ras grew up in extremely modest circumstances on an out-of-the way Andorian mining colony. While still very young, she became determined to leave. After feeling unsupported and frustrated in her early hopes of becoming a dancer or a visual artist, she turned to more practical careers. Because of regular contact with traders, she first decided to join the merchant marines. But when a Federation survey ship made a rare visit, she began to think of nothing else than enlisting in Starfleet.

Vala did not have the resources of most aspiring cadets. The colony’s library archives contained large gaps. None of the Vala’s family or friends had ever been members of Starfleet, nor did they have much interest in it. She had to hitch a ride on a freighter to make it to her first attempt at the test, arriving three days early. Nevertheless, her experiences away from home made her even more determined to find her own way in the world.

Unfortunately, she did not pass her first exam. She did learn that while she lagged in many areas, she excelled in geometric thinking. Vala had always thought in terms of vectors and angles and loved to move and to watch movement. When not studying or working, she was flying the colony’s shuttles. She took the exam three more times, passing on her fourth attempt. (A few years before, Starfleet had abolished the cap on the number of tests an aspiring cadet could take, largely because of those, like Vala, who did not have the luck of growing up on a starship or of having relatives or friends who had served in Starfleet.)

While at the Academy, Vala sometimes struggled. She had a difficult time deciding which career track to follow, ultimately settling on security partly because it was the choice of many Andorians and partly because neither of the other two alternatives really interested her. She was not especially fond of ground combat, but she became skilled at starship flight simulations. During her cadet cruise, her primary station was at the helm. Though she graduated in the lower half of her class, she was the best pilot in her cohort and one of the best at the Academy.

Vala’s major disappointment as a cadet was that none of her instructors took a sustained interest in her. She felt similarly overlooked during her first assignment on board the USS Khitomer. She was regularly called on to pilot shuttlecraft, but never made it to the bridge to pilot the ship. During the Battle of Vega, she was transferred to the USS Kilkee under Acting Captain Patrick O’Kennedy.

Though on a much smaller ship, Vala is hopeful about her new assignment and the responsibilities it brings. She heard of O’Kennedy while at the Academy and is enthusiastic about joining his bridge crew. She hopes to find in him the encouragement and mentorship that she has not found elsewhere and the recognition she feels she deserves.

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Patrick Guinness Donal O’Kennedy (or, in the more Gaelic form he sometimes adopts, Paidraig Guinness Domhnall O’Cinneididh) was the child of Kathleen O’Kennedy, a descendant of the legendary Arthur Guinness and a chemist at the St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin, and Timothy O’Kennedy, the director of the adjacent Guinness Institute for Advanced Study (GIAS), which was founded after World War III. (Synthahol was actually invented at the GIAS by accident. It is still regarded as a mistake there.)

Patrick entered Starfleet Academy somewhat later in life. He spent his early years traveling around Earth and throughout the solar system, often working odd jobs on shuttles and orbital rigs. For eighteen months, he also served as an engineering mate on the SS Death Star, an aging interstellar freighter.

While at the Academy, Patrick earned a reputation. Because of his personal charm and his air of self-confidence, he was sometimes compared him to a young James Kirk. True to the comparison, he also displayed what some instructors felt was a contempt for authority. As a teaching assistant in advanced engineering II, he instructed his students how to make beer with spare parts from the demonstration warp core, leading to a now-famous remark by the Academy commandant that a starship is not a brewery. Rumor also had it that he was responsible for a prank in which the Academy’s transporters began reversing the gender of everyone who used them.

Though many of his instructors also complained about his lack of effort, in the end, he excelled in both theoretical and practical work. When the USS Khun Bulom experienced a freak collision with a micro-singularity, Cadet O’Kennedy saved the ship from a warp core breach by increasing the matter-antimatter mix ration to 2:1, clogging the injectors with particle build up—a practice that he learned aboard the Death Star called “flash freezing.”

After leaving the Academy, Patrick was assigned to the USS Kilkee.  He is now in command of the USS Ardent.

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