Nin Yen Ke's particular set of differences from
the basic human pattern is noticeable but harmonious. Her ears are slightly
bigger than the human model but thin and very close to her skull. No body
hair except for her skull (eyebrows made of minuscule scales, also bordering
eyelids). A light pattern of scales goes from her neck down her back.
The eyes are almond-shaped, the tip of the nose is rather flat. With her
contralto voice comes a deep laugh, performed with head thrown back. This
and the Sheem "smile of death" are the only circumstances in which a Sheem
should show their teeth (canines slightly longer, sharp incisors).
Sheems are somewhat hedonistic and fastidious about body care. Body painting
and tattoos, unless executed by a renown artist, are second best to skin-embedded
jewelry and decoration. As a concession to Starfleet regulations, Nin's
only visible jewelry is a set of small stones encrusted in her skull (following
the line of her ears) but mostly hidden by her bandana. The right side
is for cast and birth, the left side for personal beliefs, history and
Sheems used to live below the surface of the ground.
They eventually turned to the exploitation and colonization of the inhospitable
surface very much like other worlds start exploring neighbouring moons,
by building environmental domes that came to shelter cities and cultural
infrastructures. Consequently, most of the problems linked with space
exploration were already known and solved by the time they set to travel
beyond their own planet. As a result of their evolution Sheems have agoraphobic
traits fed by a number of legends and tales about the dangers lurking
at the surface of worlds.
A strong system of casts endured until very late in their history, as
did death penalty. As for cannibalism, ever-present in their early civilizations,
it subsided into ritualistic cannibalism and was still occasionally performed
when Sheem applied for Federation membership. This, as well as discrimination
based on birth cast and inequitable treatment for married males, remains
the subject of endless and heated debates among Sheems as their Government
strives to compromise with Federation guidelines and requirements.
Nin Yen Ke grew up on a world full of prejudices
not only towards men but also towards inferior casts. A Three-Name Sheem,
she had to fight for recognition and when this didn't come, she took her
life in her own hands and decided to join Starfleet. The Academy and her
first assignments (among which the USS Protostar) were one long painful
apprenticeship. For several years, she strove to find her place among
the Federation community and its lifestyle without losing her own values.
The choice had to be made when Nin Yen Ke discovered, during a shoreleave
on a Federation world, that a Five Name Family, the highest cast on Sheem,
kept in use old customs to hold Nameless servants in a state of slavery.
Though outcasting is supposedly no longer in use, her actions and testimony
made her a virtual outcast among Sheems. Living in disgrace, Nin Yen Ke
is keeping her chin high and bidding her time until she can create her
own Clan, a feat not accomplished since Naan the Builder showed the way
to the inhospitable surface and built the first dome there, claiming new
It was in these circumstances that she met the Human called Sir Alan Alleyn.
He became her First Husband and together they adopted a Trill child. Their
daughter is named Shoyah Dar Yen Ke Alleyn (aged 7 as of 2384). Lt Commander
Laura Rivers, her former superior officer at the San Francisco shipyards,
has become a family friend and served as witness to their wedding ceremony.
Nin Yen Ke served on a variety of assignments. First
an Engineering Officer with the SFCE, she transferred as Operations Officer
then Chief Operations Officer (USS Protostar) before getting an assignment
to the San Francisco Shipyards, where she remained several years.
Position: Construction Master Chief
Race / Gender: Amerindian Male
Place of Birth: Miramanee's Settlement, Mira
Date of Birth: 2334
Tattoo of crescent moon around outside of left eye, plasma burn scar on
right arm from elbow to fingers
Likes: Tinkering, Reading (anything)
Dislikes: Weapons, People eager to fight
Strengths: Innate sense of direction, Inventing/improving designs
Weaknesses: Due to his heritage he is often viewed with curiosity by others,
he refuses to speak of his people.
Abilities: Low-tech survival skills, Crafting/playing simple musical instruments
Interests: Gardening, Collecting any Maps & Charts (planets, star
Ambitions: To welcome his people into the Federation.
Motto: "It is happier to save life than to allow it to perish, nobler
to rescue from distress than to abandon others to their fate."
- (Richard Bach, "Curious Lives")
** Ke'nar'ek is exiled from his family and tribe on Mira
Father: Ak'kar'ek (status unknown)
Mother: Mara'lani (status unknown)
Relatives: Many among his tribe, the People of Mira
Ke'nar'ek received his education on Miramanee, consisting primarily in
tribal ways; rituals, stories, hunting, and planting. When Ke'nar'ek was
8 a Starfleet vessel accidentally crashed near his village, he was near
the site and was one of the first to arrive at the site. Seeing a pulsing
glowing light he reached for it and received a severe plasma burn on his
right arm from his elbow to fingers. He recovered with the assistance
of a Starfleet officer who survived the crash, but it left him with many
unanswered questions when the survivors departed. Ke'nar'ek began a search
for answers and studied any books and papers he could get. He developed
primitive flying machines, and mechanical tools. His tribal leaders tried
many times to prevent his attempts to alter traditional ways, but he persisted.
the age of 16 he located a piece of the Starfleet ship that had crashed
8 years before. He hid it and began to perform tests on the metal, and
after working for 2 years he found a substance on the planet that, when
refined, resembles the metal from the ship. He began to make tools from
the new metal for his people. The tribal leaders again stopped his activity,
and now since he was of age, they brought him before the council. He was
ordered to follow the traditions of his people and stop going against
the old ways, but he refused. The council had no choice but to exile him
from the tribe.
packed up his belongings and left to seek his future. After several months
he observed an odd light from the sky strike the surface. Supposing it
to be a meteor, he went to investigate and take samples. When he arrived
at the site he was surprised to find numerous people in odd clothing busily
working. He crept nearer but set off a proximity alarm and the people
quickly vanished in a blue light. He called after them pleading for answers
to his search for truth, but there was no reply. He began to investigate
the site, and found many alien tools and devices which he began to collect
items began to disappear from his campsite he began to suspect that the
people were returning as he slept to retrieve their tools. He set a trap
for them and late one night captured one of them. The alien removed his
cloak-suit and spoke to Ke'nar'ek, saying they were friendly visitors
who had been observing his planet for centuries. The alien answered many
of his questions, then after contacting his ship in orbit agreed to allow
took him to Vulcan where he began his advanced studies in engineering,
and helped him fit in to Federation life. When his studies were complete
he joined Starfleet as a non-commissioned officer. After several years
of service he retired to Deridous IV to manage a Music Store for an old
friend he knew from his years on Vulcan.
late 2384 he was recalled by Starfleet as an emergency to expedite the
construction of the Perseus Complex.
The Amerindian race was first contacted by the USS Enterprise in the 2260's.
The inhibitants opted to remain isolated and as a response the Federation
imposed restriction law number 976 Alpha/Gamma which prohibits contact
or study except by remote/covert (cloaked) methods. The Amerindian race
has been left to their own development.
2334 - Birth
2342 - Received plasma burn on right arm
2352 - Exiled from his tribe
2353 - Granted asylum, traveled to Vulcan, began studying Engineering
2354 - CR Enlisted in Star Fleet as a Non-Commissioned Officer
2355 - CA Assigned as Technician at Shuvinjaalis Warp Technologies, Vulcan
2356 - CMn-PO3 Assigned as Warp Specialist at San Francisco shipyards,
2358 - PO2 Warp Specialist, Galaxy Class Project, Utopia Planetia shipyards,
2361 - PO1 Structural Engineer, Paine Class Project, Utopia Planetia shipyards,
2365 - CPO Structural Specialist, Norway Class Project, Utopia Planetia
2369 - SCPO Engineer's Mate, McKinley Station, Earth
2370 - SCPO Construction Master Chief, Starbase Tango (overseeing final
stages of base construction)
2373 - MCPO Quartermaster, Starbase Tango, Alcyone system
2380 - Retired from Star Fleet to Deridous IV Colony
2384 - Survived the distruction of Deridous IV, resettled on New Deridous
2384 - MCPO Recalled to Star Fleet as Construction Chief of the Perseus
Refused dermal regeneration of old scar from plasma burn. Numerous history
of broken bones and soft tissue damage from Engineering mishaps, fully
healed. Age has somewhat diminished his agility, but he is fit for duty.
-Capt. R.S. Crispus M.D., Star Fleet Medical. June 2380 (4 months prior
Suffered from cultural shock in youth after discovering highly advanced
technology, adapted to new life with help from Vulcans. Refuses to speak
about his tribe and past life on Mira, in time he may open up. Harbors
some mistrust of Security & Marine Officers, possibly due to influence
from Vulcan pacifism.
Lt. Commander A.M. Brand, Counselor, Star Fleet Medical. June 2380
(4 months prior to retirement)
Date of Birth:
Place of Birth:
City, Deneva Colony
Science Institute, Department of Stellar Cartography
but greying at the sides
Eye color: Grey
Spouse: T'sham - (deceased)
Son: Sudak (48) - Finishing Kohlinar training
Daughter: T'para (41) - Historian at Memory Alpha
Studying star charts, repairing computer systems, discussing either with
Dislikes: Weapons and violence of any kind.
Strengths: Computer Science and Astrometrics, Record keeping.
Limitations: Will refuse to hold a weapon even if his life depends on
Special abilities: Vulcan nerve pinch, mind meld.
Talents: Increased strength, hearing and endurance typical of Vulcans.
Can play the Vulcan Lyre and related instruments.
Ambitions: To develop an artificial stable wormhole.
Quirks: Able to state distance to any Federation system if current location
is within Federation Space. If location is outside the UFP Sobel can study
star patterns and determine precise location within 5 LY.
Hobbies/interests: Collects old maps, star charts, navigation tools/artifacts,
and stringed musical instruments.
Languages: Vulcan, Terran, Cardassian, Klingon, Romulan
Pre-Starfleet 2267-2280: Deneva Colony School
2274-2280: Project Genesis - Science Intern
2280-2286: Daystrom Institute - Computer Specialist
2286-2292: Vulcan Science Institute - Astrometrics Researcher
2292-2296: Kolinahr Training
2296-2300: Starfleet Academy - Science Cadet
2300-2304: Stellar Cartographer - SB 400 - Ensign
2304-2309: Stellar Cartographer - SB 400 - Lt. JG
2309-2315: Astrometrics Dept. Head - SB 400 - Lieutenant
2315-2320: Chief of Science - SB 400 - Lt. Commander
2320-2336: 1st Officer - USS Nova, Constellation Class - Commander
2336-2350: Commander - USS Faulkner, Clarke Class - Captain
2350-2370: Astrometrics Instructor - Starfleet Academy - Captain
2370-2379: Science Dept. Chair - Starfleet Academy - Captain
2379-2380: Base/Sector Commander - Starbase Tango/Pleiades - Commodore
2380: Retired from Starfleet
In 2261 the Deneva colony was extinguished by an infestation of flying
parasites. The USS Enterprise under command of Capt. Kirk eliminated the
parasites, and Starfleet teams were sent to ensure that no trace of the
infestation remained. In 2262 Colonists were allowed to return to the
system, and the Deneva Colony was reborn. Sobel was born to the new Colony
Governor, Subay and his spouse T'ran.
2274, a new research lab is established on Deneva, and an 11 year old
Sobel is accepted as an intern during his school studies. Over the next
10 years the lab developed what became the Genesis Project, but Sobel
left the Colony for the Daystrom Institute in 2280 - 6 years before the
project was relocated to Regula 1.
the Daystrom Institute Sobel specialized in Computer Design. He graduated
with a Masters degree in 2286 and continued his education at the Vulcan
Science Institute studying Astrometrics. He applied his knowledge of computers
to the field and helped to develop what would become stellar cartographic
labs which became standard features on Federation ships in the late 2300's.
Sobel graduated in 2292 with a 2nd Masters in Astrometrics, then underwent
the Kolinahr. After 4 years on Vulcan he succssfully
completed the purging of emotions and joined Starfleet.
his 4 years at the academy, his first assignment was to Starbase 400 near
the Deneva Colony to create a full study and chart of Murasaki 312 discovered
by the shuttle Galileo in 2260. He remained at Starbase 400 for the next
20 years in various research projects, rising to the rank of Lt. Commander.
completing training as a Bridge Commander he was accepted as 1st Officer
on the newly commissioned USS Nova. The Nova's mission was primarily charting
the ever growing Federation rimward border. After 16 years as 1st officer
Sobel was given his own command. The USS Faulkner, an old Gagarian design
refit as a Clark Class courier. For the next 14 years the Faulkner transported
ambassadors and dignitaries for diplomatic negotiations and meetings.
During the 1st Cardassian War the Faulkner made
several trips to Cardassian space for talks. Sobel found discussions with
the Ambassadors very insightful, though a peculiar Trill named Dax proved
the Faulkner was recalled for refit he was nearing 90, and had spent much
time away from his family so he transferred to Starfleet Academy to teach.
After the Dominion War ended, Sobel was again transferred to the Pleiades
Cluster as Sector Commander at Starbase Tango, but within a year his wife
died in an accident on Vulcan.
such a life-changing event Sobel retired from Starfleet and returned to
Vulcan. It took several months to adjust to living without the
telepathic link to his mate and move on. He took a position at the Vulcan
Science Institute within the Stellar Cartography department. When learning
about the new base established in the Outer Perseus arm, Sobel submitted
a proposal to chart the stars in the area, and study the intergalactic
void from the outer rim. The Institute accepted the propsal and Sobel
was given approval for his study.