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|| T’Rya M’ni’rcheya ||

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Official Starfleet Name: T’Rya
Age: 43.42 standard years old
Birthdate: July 23rd, 2347
Gender/Sex: F
Orientation: Heterosexual
Play-By: Jada Pinkett-Smith

|| PHYSICAL PROFILE ||


Hair Color: Black
Epidermis or Exokeleton Color: Golden, with a slightly greenish undertone, according to some.
Eye Color: Brown
Unique Markings: None
Height: 1m78 = 5ft10
Weight: 86kg = 190lbs

|| PSYCHOLOGICAL PROFILE ||


Three Words They Would Use to Describe Themselves: Thorough, rational, patient
5 Personal Strengths: Curiosity, adaptability (for a Vulcan, that is), modesty, usually diplomatic, calm
5 Personal Flaws: Stubbornness, little patience with prejudice or bigotry, tendency to overthink things, strong reluctance to take the offensive, overly detailed
General Outlook on Life: When it comes to life, or at least her own life, T’Rya is the type who will seek to control each and every aspect of it, carefully planning and organising every step. Setbacks and unexpected events, while unavoidable, are to be properly handled to cause only minor interference.
Personality Type: The Logictician a.k.a. calm, rational, perfectionnist, stickler for rules, honest and reserved. But that is only the tip of the iceberg…

|| RELATIONSHIPS ||


Parents: Nesheh (father, 122) and T'Loran (mother, 121)
Siblings: Senor (brother, 71), Vyorin (sister, 62) and Aloran (sister, 56)
Significant Other(s): Senak (44)
Children/Grandchildren: None
Emergency Contact: Senak

|| BACKGROUND ||


Species: Vulcan
Birthplace: Vikyur, town of 275 654 inhabitants in the northern hemisphere of Vulcan.
Homeworld: Vulcan
Religion/Belief System: Teachings of Surak and IDIC
Culture: General dominant Vulcan culture, tinged with local/regional traditions and family-specific ones.

|| HISTORY ||


Childhood:

T’Rya was born as the youngest child of four in a small town of Vulcan’s northern hemisphere. Like in many such small towns, this means she was born into a tightly-knit community with its fixed patterns and traditions and its local subculture. One such fixed pattern being that the M’ni’rcheya were known to make excellent scientists in a wide variety of fields, but that is a topic for later.

As a small child, when she was not yet expected to control her emotions, she was very expressive, easily moved, fond of her family and not afraid of showing it. Only Aloran (sometimes Vyorin in a less pronounced way) would reproach her to be too demonstrative, not restrained enough. The reason for this was very simple: Aloran herself was only just managing to get some control over her emotions, and having a bundle of energy and wild emotions running around the house did not help her.

While the position of youngest in the family did not offer her any leniency compared to her older siblings (that would have been illogical, after all), it did mean that T’Rya had three additional targets to bully with questions. And bully them with questions she did — them or anyone else for the matter, and she would continue until her victim would divert her attention one way or another. Fortunately, Vulcans do not reprove cutiosity, which means that she was usually encouraged rather than told off when she was in such an inquisitive mood.

Then the toddler turned into a young child, and the stricter education began, mostly supplied by her parents and other qualified clan members. Emotional control, proper use of her psionic skills, meditation, finding her way through the complex structure of a Vulcan clan… All of it and more was treated. She also entered the first stage of the education system around this time. All in all, her progres was quick enough for her to be deemed bright, but not that fast that she would be considered a genius. She met the demanding standards she was expected to meet, sometimes slightly exceded them, and that was it.

One event should be mentioned, because it had a considerable impact on T’Rya. Vikyur, like many Vulcan towns and cities, was situated next to an old volcano. Said volcano had been inactive for so long a time that there were no eruptions to be found in recorded history, and volcanologists could only take an educated guess at the period of activity. That tends to give a population a dangerous sense of security, which means that the shields supposed to protect the city gradually became obsolete without anyone being bugged by it. When the volcano woke up at last, a part of them failed, 21.74% of the town was destroyed, and 17,538 people were killed. Understandably, both the event itself and its aftermath left T’Rya with vivid memories and a lot to process.

The M’ni’rcheya being a conservative clan, they kept many of the ancient traditions, amongst others those of making children pass their kahs-wan and arranging bondings at a young age. T’Rya was no exception: she was bonded at age nine and passed her kahs-wan three years later. While she and her intended had no soulmate-like relationship, they had known each other before and got along fairly well, which means that the match was considered to be a success.

Adolescence:

As T’Rya got further in her studies, still dominated by sciences in accordance with her clan’s tradition, problems started to emerge. Whether applied or abstract sciences, she did not seem to have a good mind for them. Oh, of course, her Vulcan brain structure had gifted her with a flawless memory, quick calculation capacities and a good logical reasoning, but that was it. She lacked any true ease in that field, that seemingly innate understanding which her relatives shared. She tried hard, at first, unwilling to fail her family, but systematically fell short. Little by little, her progression slowed down and fell beneath the average for a Vulcan of her age. The reactions she received varied from concern to disapproval.

However, T’Rya was not dumb, far from it in fact. Her talents simply lay elsewhere and she owed that discovery to one of her teachers. He noticed the ease she had had to master the more subtle nuances of Standard, Golic Vulcan and High Vulcan and encouraged her to take up other language classes and the cultural modules attached to them. She did so, and thrived. Little by little, the primary focus of her studies slid from sciences to linguistics and cultural studies, until she made the decision to drop her last remaining science classes, causing a fair amount of commotion inside her family. For reasons as diverse as her family members were, her choice was perceived poorly, exacerbating the strain that had been building up during the last years. Arguments became a common occurrence at home, which means that moving out to study in a larger city when she was 21 came as a relief to her. It should be mentioned that she also had some allies throughout the whole happening, chief of them being her brother, her great-grandfather and her future family-in-law.

Adulthood to Current:

As mentioned above, T’Rya moved out when she was 21 to study in one of the province’s larger cities, which put her for the first time in a more cosmopolitan environment than her small hometown. She greatly appreciated the change and the new opportunities her new surroundings offered for her studies and for a little over a decade was perfectly content there.
However, after some time, she found she wanted to do more than study alien cultures from a distance, surrounded only by her own people. Of course her various teachers were brilliant and dedicated, and she respected them far too much to criticize them. But it just wasn’t the same as what learning with a native would have been. She wanted to actually use what she was being taught, to experience some strange and fascinating customs first-hand. Fortunately for her, more than one of her professors recognized the value of off-planet studies. With their advice, she applied for several alien universities. Two didn’t answer, one let her know that they had already met their quotum of alien students for that year, but that she was welcome to try the next one, the last one sent her an admittance letter. Princeton University, New Jersey on Terra.

And so, aged 32, she travelled to a blue, wet, cold planet so different from her homeworld. She would never openly admit it, but the excitement about this new horizon opening greatly disturbed her meditation for weeks before her departure from Vulcan. Well, she was still young and certainly nowhere near kolinahr.

As can be expected, the first weeks were quite a challenge, especially since she was expected to sort through an impressive amount of red tape on her own. She very quickly grew to strongly dislike said red tape, which was of course perfectly logical given its chronic lack of efficiency and clarity. Social interaction, too, proved to be anything but easy at first. It was one thing to learn about Terran customs, languages, idioms and quirks in an academical context, and it was something else entirely to see them put into practice. Fortunately, her fellow students were majoring in intercultural relations like her, which made it easier to reach understanding.

Slowly at first, then more confidently, T’Rya learned to understand and adapt to her new environment. She formed relationships with people she gradually came to see as friends, and even learned that sometimes it was acceptable to devy slightly from strictly Vulcan behaviour in order to humour her new companions. Of course she would never be a very extravert and outgoing person, but for a Vulcan she was making not insignificant steps.

There was one phenomenon, however, that was absolutely alien to her: popular newspapers and their penchant for sensationalistic articles and scandal. Stumbling upon them by accident caused a great deal of surprise. Reading their content added shock to surprise, which was starting to make a total of an embarrassingly high amount of emotions. The articles were far from what could be qualified as quality journalism (she even doubted whether some were worthy of being called "journalism" at all.) But the content of a fair number of them was quite disturbing. There, heavily reinforced by hyperboles and other kinds of exaggeration, she was confronted with poorly veiled (or not veiled at all) criticism of the Federation, relationships between Terra and alien worlds, Starfleet… All of it sometimes frankly bordering to xenophobia. When she mentioned her discoveries to her Terran friends in a discussion, they quickly laughed dismissed the matter. Some newspapers were known to look only for sensation and exaggerate everything they could find. They were just as likely to strongly attack a person or institution as to defend it with great pathos. In fact, it was not infrequent that one followed the other. Anything to sell.

This explanation should have eased T’Rya’s mind. After all, her friends had grown up on Terra, they knew its press better than she who was, even after ten years, still an alien in an alien world. But for some reason it didn’t. Perhaps because those articles seemed to echo the point of view of some of her family, the most tradition-bound of them still critical of her choice to "stray" from the career she should have pursued in their eyes. Kol-ut-shan, multiculturalism, the value had multiple names but was not shared by all. As much as T’Rya wanted to do something about it, there was little an obscure student in alien cultures could do. And so, she did the (in her mind) logical thing: she applied for Starfleet. Wide diversity of people? Check! Constant contact with newly discovered civilizations? Check! Attention of a very broad public in order to make her point? Check! Pissing off Vulcan-style her most conservative relatives because Starfleet was the very model of progressiveness and modernity? Well…it was not exactly her purpose, but check as well!

And that brings her where she is now, a little over two years into her studies at Starfleet Academy. Parts of her curriculum have been a challenge, others still are, but she is confident she will overcome any difficulties she will encounter. Overall, she finds the experience to be enriching, she has made new encounters and considerably broadened her horizons by stepping into an organisation as diverse as Starfleet and possessing at the same time its own set of rules (written and unwritten) and customs. In fact, the institution could even qualify as a subculture in its own right. As for her familial relationships…those have for the time being reached a stalemate, inevatiable when both parties are equally stubborn.

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Original Join Date: January 23rd, 2017
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Alpha Quadrant Cultures CSt 3000 REQ Grade:
The Modern Universe CSt 3500 REQ Grade:
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Personal log:

This is the personal log of T’Rya M’ni’rcheya, newly enrolled cadet at Starfleet Academy, majoring in cultural studies. Apparently humans often keep track of their daily life in this way to, I quote, « avoid going round the bend. » As for me, this log is meant for Caitleen Finnegan, who wishes to have a first-hand insight on the day-to-day life of an Academy cadet for her next paper. Caitleen, I trust you know that given that you will read everything I write down here it’s not much of a personal log at all? But if you think it may be relevant material despite that, I will oblige.

January 2390
New surroundings to explore
Morning walk - Soris Kelavan (Link)
The term has not yet begun, and I have already made the acquaintance of a fellow cadet. It was a chance encounter at dawn outside of San Fransisco. The cadet in question is a Bajoran named Soris and is majoring in psychology, so we will likely have some classes in common. The conversation was quite pleasant and informative.
FINISHED
February 2390
Getting settled in, first classes and first questions
New room smell - Rhydian Cainan, Reshar Lenek, Soris Kelavan (Link)
After having lost 1.23 hours in the administrative offices of Starfleet Academy, I am now officially enrolled as a cadet. I have been assigned to a room with three other cadets. One of them is Soris, whom you might remember from my previous log entry. The other two are a Cardissian and an Ullian. I wonder why the Academy put the only Cardissian attending its classes in the same room as a Bajoran… I entered the room last, and there seemed to be some kind of tension between the three others, although I am not sure what caused it. This term promises to be…interesting.
FINISHED

A puzzling discovery - Areoi Reoffa (Link)
I have had my first class of the Betazoid language today, and I have found the important part of it that relies on telepathy to be rather…disconcerting. But Professor Areoi Reoffa has proved to be most helpful and welcoming of questions, even those not directly related to the initial motive of my visit to his office.
FINISHED

Friendly game - Rhydian Cainan (Link)
Apparently, one of my roommates is an adept of 3D-chess. The game method he used was one I had not encountered before: each player making a move whenever he (or she, in my case) had the time to, never sitting down at the table together. It took me some time to identify my opponent, but I can now be reasonably certain it was Rhydian Cainan. He is a skilled chess player, which made the game quite challenging.
FINISHED

Volentold - Erohg Rgkn (Link)
Although the Academy library is probably one of the most complete in existence, I have to gather informations for my next assignment from a native from another culture instead of the data available in the library. Fortunately, cadet Ehrog…something (my interlocutor did not manage to pronounce his last name) might be willing to help me for that. He is Talarian, and there is very little data about his culture in any Federation database, so this can prove very interesting.
Later addition to this entry: Talarian cuture is very far removed from what would be deemed acceptable by Federation standards. Gender equality is inexistant (women have, as a consequence, no place in society), the military dominates most domains of society and there seems to be a harsh repression of anyone voicing an opinion contrary to the regime's. Cadet Rgkn was a helpful interlocutor, but there were some noticeable moments of strain as certain delicate points were brought up.
FINISHED

Pretty woman, walking down the street... - Laxari Broixid (Link)
Finding a dress for Matthew's wedding has proved to be more difficult than I initially thought it would be. Not only is Terran fashion so diverse that it is difficult to determine which model would be appropriate and which one would not, but finding a dress that would be comfortable enough made the search only more difficult. Fortunately, a Betazoid woman offered her assistance.
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Oh that Freshman Fail - NPC, Soris Kelavan (Link)
Chocolate intoxication has made another victim tonight. I really fail to understand why some people cannot warn when there is chocolate in a dish. Aren't its consequences mentioned in enough basic intercultural relations courses and formations? If you find a way to make it fit in your paper, please stress this point. I assure you that the consequences of chocolate intoxication are in no way "funny" for the one who suffers from it. I believe I do not need to explain why.
FINISHED
March 2390
Physical training
Training time [OPEN] - Jeera Kell (Link)
My physical condition is improving steadily, which makes the comparatively light physical training those from my track need to attend easy enough to keep up with. My combat capacities, however, leave much to be desired. Apart from my knowledge of the bases of Suus Mahna, I have nothing to build on. I have met a cadet named Jeera Kell today, who apparently had been looking for a sparring partner for the same reasons. For several reasons, our sparring was...disconcerting. Aside from the circumstances of our meeting, cadet Kell has proved to be a most interesting, if cryptic person.
FINISHED
April 2390
A series of unexpected situations
A not so uneventful visit - Terry Samuel (Link)
A visit to Sol Station took an unexpected turn today. I was supposed to meet my brother Senor in the recreation area, but an intoxicated Human took me as a target and I had to render him unconscious. Which in turn led to having to make a statement and bring him somewhere he could recover. Fortunately a security agent called Terry Samuel was able to lend me assistance.
IN PROGRESS

Delays - Seklloch (Link)
Sol Station is definitely a place for strange encounters. Senor was delayed even more than I was, and on my tour of the recreation area of the station, I met a rather argumentative Acamarian. His apparent wish to cause as much offense as he could made the conversation quite tiresome.
FINISHED

Random event: Nightly visitor - Nelas Aelean (Link)
I do not usually need to stop by the scientific buidlings of the campus. However, for once, I did, because I needed to study samples of semi-precious gems from Andoria which are frequently used in Andorian architecture and orfevry. The same day, an airborne pathogen dangerous to copper-based species infected the premises. The Academy staff only discovered this during the night, and as a result I was fetched out of my room to be quarantined at 0227. The problem with such a quarantine, is that there is little to keep one productively occupied. « Light reading », as you well know, holds little appeal to me. During my first night of quarantine, the presence of professor Nelas Aelean (the one who came to bring me to quarantine) offered the possibility for a conversation, and an interesting one, which is remarkable given the late (or early) hour. The next days, however, proved much less stimulating. I must say it is gratifying to be out of quarantine again and that my contamination was light enough for the quarantine to be of short duration.
FINISHED

A matter of interpretation - Nelas Aelean (Link)
The most problematic aspect of researching lesser-represented cultures is the lack of sources. Isolationism on the part of such cultures is another factor of difficulty. It is therefore fortunate that Professor Aelean (the same mentioned in my previous entry) is quite obliging when it comes to answering questions about Drayan culture and society. He did, however, not let the conversation dwell solely on this topic and rather effectively diverted it. I must say I let it derail when my stance on engaging offensive actions became a topic… Further reflection will be necessary.
FINISHED
May 2390
Chance encounters with fellow cadets
Who needs food? - Jussori Zaydier (Link)
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IN PROGRESS

The Angels are snoring - Alice Yggdrasil (Link)
It keeps surprising me how little Humans tend to take account of their physical limitations when they dedicate themselves to a project. Today, an engineering cadet fell asleep on one of the tables of the student centre after having seemingly exhausted herself studying. Because she risked physical discomfort if she remained too long in an inadequate position, I woke her up. During the conversation that ensued, I must say I found her hard to follow on some points, but I do not know if that was caused by her own sleep deprivation or poor comprehension on my part.
ABANDONED
October 2390
Homework (not her own) and discussions
Shelter from the storm - Soris Kelavan (Link)
Today successfully proved the limits of word-for-word translation. The text Jonas requested my help to correct was not merely filled with linguistic errors, it was simply incomprehensible and caused my roommate and myself some thought, until informed that correction of the text was not necessary anymore. It did, however, raise interesting points for further discussion about superstition and its impact on language or culture in general.
IN PROGRESS
December 2390
Tourism
Hottest place on earth - Rael Vaz (Link)
The break between the Academy's two terms in the year offers an excellent opportunity for travelling. Death Valley has the considerable advantage of a more hospitable climate than the other places on Terra I have visited, although a woman I met there would beg to differ.
IN PROGRESS
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PERSONALITY

General Personality Description:
The keywords when it comes to describing T'Rya's personality are "curious", "open-minded" and "passionate", all of it held together and kept tightly under Vulcan control. She is eager to learn all she can about a wide range of topics and eager to make new encounters. She herself adheres strictly to the Teachings of Surak (although she sometimes deviates from them in form but not in substance in order to communicate with other species), but unless you do something really serious, she is quite accepting of differences in culture and behaviour. T'Rya does nothing half-heartedly: she devotes herself entirely to everything she does, be it her studies or her relationships with those close to her. It takes time for a friendship with her to form, but once it has, you can be sure that you will always be able to count on her. With people she does not (yet) consider friends, T'Rya is helpful and not unpleasant, but can be seen as a bit distant. Her enmity is hard to cause, but if you do it will take a loooooong time for her to reconsider her judgement of you (if she ever does.) She is, however, capable of working with someone she dislikes if it is needed: to refuse would be illogical and she is capable of making abstraction of her emotions.

Pronunciation of their name (phonetically):
/tRia/

Names/Nicknames they like being called:
She has a name, and anyone wishing to address her can use it. She has by now abandoned the idea of commonly using her last name because the incapacity of most to pronounce it was only slowing communication.

Names/Nicknames they hate being called:
She doesn’t hate any nickname (such a reaction is simply too strong for a detail like that), but she does not see the point of people deviating from her given name to refer to her. The only useful information she is able to derive from such a habit is that, usually, a nickname reveals how a person thinks of her. If she does not like how you address her, she will make sure to let you know quite clearly.

Preferred Pronouns:
Feminine personal pronoun or the closest approximation of it that a given language possesses.

Sexual Orientation:
Heterosexual

If they could describe themselves as any color, what would it be and why?
She would be thoroughly puzzled as to why and how anyone could identify with a particular colour.

If she was a musical instrument, which one would it be?
She would be a cello: deep, melodious and peaceful on the surface, but capable of enthusiasm and passion beneath it.

Their 5 favorite anythings:
Learning new things, meeting new people, discussing a topic she’s interested in with someone equally interested, certain types of music, the people she cares about. (Not necessarily in that order.)

Their 5 least favorite anythings:
Bureaucracy, burdensome tradition for the sake of it, narrow-mindedness, exaggerated noise, intrusive telepathy. (Not necessarily in that order either.)

List 1 surprising thing about them:
She has a good singing voice. But good luck trying to convince her to sing: it’s difficult in private, and close to impossible in public.

What inspires them?
The ideal of kol-ut-shan, also known as Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations.

What is their favorite aspect of their own culture?
The ideal of kol-ut-shan (now she would appreciate if some people put it into practice as well as respecting the idea of it). She used to look forward to the traditional gathering of her family every seven years, but she is not so keen on them anymore, for obvious reasons.

What is the one thing they never tell anyone about themselves:
That her reasons for joining Starfleet may not have been only logical after all. It’s a bit embarrassing, really.

How would they spend a perfect day?
In the company of people she cares about, doing something interesting, enjoyable or both.

If they had to lose one sense, what would it be?
Again, she would wonder why exactly she has to answer such a question. It would probably be the sense of smell, because any other would compromise her ability to interact with others and with her environment.

If not taken, are they looking for love or single and loving it?
T’Rya was bonded when she was a young teenager, but is not yet fully married. That will come later, when her future mate enters pon farr. For now, her romantic life is very low on the list of things on her mind.

Fight or Flight?
Fight as long as there is sufficient reason to do so. Otherwise she will give the offensive party a blank stare and walk on.

Romance or Action?
Neither, since T’Rya does not look for sensation for sensation’s sake. Like said before, her romantic life is not something she devotes a lot of attention too, and she is perfectly satisfied with calm, as long as it means she can satisfy her curiosity.

Sunshine or rain?
Rain fascinates her because of how rare it is on her homeworld...but is also very uncomfortable to be caught under.

Sweet or savory?
Too sweet food quickly tastes sickly to her. She prefers her food and drink to be spicy, although if asked about it, she would say that preferring one food because of its taste is illogical.

Healthy food or junk food?
Healthy food, she does not understand why someone would prefer to deteriorate his or her health.

Fancy clothes or casual?
A combination of both: she dresses in clothes she finds comfortable, but except in exceptional circumstances she is always dressed impeccably. But she has to wear her cadet uniform most of the time anyway, and then the question becomes irrelevant.

RELATIONSHIPS


Parents:
Nesheh (father, 121) and T'Loran (mother, 120)

Siblings:
Senor (brother, 70), Vyorin (sister, 61) and Aloran (sister, 55)

Children:
None

Closest Friend:
She has made a few friends, but does not rank them. Each friendship is unique and has taken years to develop. But that aside, the person she is closest to and she would turn to the fastest if she needs help is her brother, Senor.

Significant Other:
Senak (future bondmate, 43)

PAST


Birthplace:
Vikyur

Where were they raised?
Vikyur

What was their home life like?
During her early childhood, she was a curious, open and happy Vulcan toddler (and definitely too young to control her emotions.) She was very fond of her brother (and he of her) and only a little less fond of her sisters (who were quicker to remind her to moderate her energy.) As she grew up, she went to primary school, was initiated to logic, learned control... A perfectly normal Vulcan childhood (well, apart from the volcano part, see below.)

This all changed when she broke with implicit family tradition, which was interpreted as defying her Elders. The atmosphere inside her family deteriorated gradually, and arguments became a common thing. Vulcans do not shout or have outbursts, so all of them were carried out with deadly calm and icy voices, which was just as bad. Obviously, that part of her home life (stretching from her mid-adolescence to her early adulthood) is not one she regrets having left.

Any close bonds with friends/siblings/peers?
She made a handful of close friends during her childhood and she still treasures and nurtures those relationships, even though she is now light years away from them. But the one person she has always been the closest to is her brother. Despite the age difference, they understand each other perfectly and trust each other implicitly. He has stood at her side during every argument she has had with the rest of her family, and she would do the same for him.

Favorite thing about their childhood?
The gatherings of her entire family (extended relatives included) every seven years and feeling the presence of all of them through the familial bonds.

Least favorite thing about their childhood?
When she chose to be stubborn in following her personal interests and her relationship with her family became increasingly strained and distant (by which I mean she disliked the strain in her family, not her choice.)

One thing they would do differently as a parent than their parents/guardian did:
If she ever has children, she will let them follow their own interests instead of trying to make them fit into a mold created by tradition.

Describe their childhood memory that had the most impact on them:
The eruption of the volcano at the foot of which Vikyur is built. It had been asleep since long before the Time of Awakening (the exact date of the last eruption is so ancient that it is not known with precision), and the shields supposed to protect the town were simply not strong enough to hold when it at last woke up. A part of them failed, and the eruption destroyed 21.74% of the town, killing 17,538 people. T’Rya keeps a very, very unpleasant memory of that event and of the grief that struck her hometown, and she is still very careful when she goes anywhere near a volcano, asleep or not. It is only logical to take all the necessary precautions, right?

Describe their late teen/adult memory that had the most impact on them?
Leaving Vikyur to study, first still on Vulcan but in a larger city, then on earth. The amount of freedom and diversity were a radical change from her small hometown. It was refreshing and very welcome.

PRESENT


Where are they living?
Room 2001, Uhura Hall, Starfleet Academy, San Fransisco, Terra

What is their place like?
The term has only just started, so if any of her roommates is of the messy type, it has not yet had a chance to show. T’Rya’s own belongings are always neatly in their own place.

Current Occupation:
Cadet at Starfleet Academy

Current closest friend:
Not much has changed since her childhood. She has made additional friends (Vulcans and aliens), but still does not rank them. Her brother is still the person she will turn to the fastest if she needs help, because he knows her the best and she knows him the best.

Current relationship with their family:
It goes from very strained to very close, depending on the family member. T’Rya is close to Senor and also has the support of her great-grandfather, Sunvar. The family member she has had the strongest clash with is her grandmother, T’Sey, who has very precise ideas of what one of her family should and should not do. Aloran is very like T’Sey in personality and opinions and very close to Vyorin, so T’Rya’s relationship with her two sisters could certainly be better. T’Loran is not as critical of T’Rya as T’Sey, but she deems her daughter’s choices to be illogical, and she thinks T’Rya will come to see that with time. Nesheh has so far managed to stay relatively neutral because he does not want to poison the situation further. T’Rya’s relationship with her other family members varies from general indifference to mild antagonism. The problem is that stubbornness is a family trait, so this situation can go on for a very long time. But if anything were to seriously threaten her family, T’Rya would probably react quickly as if those disagreements had never existed, and the reverse is true for many of her family members.

What, if anything, are they currently working toward?
Her current goal is to graduate from Starfleet Academy and get a posting, preferably on a starship. She wants to help cooperation and understanding between peoples and counter racism, speciesm and bigotry in various forms.

What, if anything, are they currently working ON?
Apart from her assignments and the many topics she studies out of personal interest, she is currently trying to write a translation software to gain a deeper understanding of how those work. And she is helping a human friend with a paper by writing down her own evaluation of life as a Starfleet cadet.

FUTURE


What is their ultimate goal in life?
Bridge gaps between cultures, discover as much as she can and use this knowledge to help people(s) understand each other.

What is their ideal career?
Anything that involves regular contact with other cultures and satisfies her curiosity.

Where do they see themselves in 10 years?
Assigned to a starship, probably.

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Age //43.42

Height //1m78/5ft10"

Bday //Jul. 23rd

Position //Cadet Class II Cultural Studies

Species //Vulcan

Homeworld //Vulcan

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Studies and knowledge so far
(organised thematically and alphabetically, INCOMPLETE, TO BE CONTINUED)


Founding members of the Federation
The ones who set the bases of society as she knows it. Obviously, because of this these four peoples are the ones best documented in the databases she had access to, and as a result amongst the cultures she is most knowledgeable about.

Andorian
The not always smooth history of Vulcan-Andorian relationships and the strong military tradition of Andorian society caused T’Rya to approach this people with a certain degree of prejudice. However, the more she learned, the more she outgrew said prejudice. She has taken a particular interest in Andorian art (more specifically, music), a domain so rich she may very well never see the end of it.

Human (focus: earth)
She has studied Human (mostly Terran) culture and history when she was on Vulcan, but obviously having spent a little over a decade on earth has broadened her knowledge considerably. She speaks Federation Standard, but has learned some typically Terran languages as well to be able to consult certain sources in the original language. For example, she has learned old English when researching information about First Contact. As well as the mass of information she was able to gather by studying various sources (which, on the Human homeworld, are about as extensive as you can get), she has over the year accumulated some more day-to-day, trivial knowledge from interactions with her peers (some of them even friends now.)

Tellarite
She has had an in-depth overview of Tellarite history and culture, before focusing on Tellarite language and rhetoric. The fondness of Tellarites for arguments makes this particular subject extremely broad, so she’ll be occupied with it for a while.

Vulcan
No need to say anything here: she’s Vulcan herself, so obviously she’s knowledgeable about her own language, culture and history. Her native language is an obscure dialect from her hometown and the region surrounding it, but Golic Vulcan was the language used at school and later at university, so she speaks it as well as any native speaker. She is also proficient in High Vulcan, given that a significant portion of the sources she had at her disposal were written/recorded in that language. She has a faint regional accent that someone familiar with the language may detect, but she’s working on suppressing it. She is also very proficient in different types of Vulcan calligraphy.

Alpha quadrant

Bajoran
A culture she has ben wanting to study for a long time, but she never found an opportunity to do so. This has changed recently, when Soris gave her some first sources she could use. She is studying the culture and history on an individual basis and progress is slow (especially because the topic is huge) but, given her lifespan, time is not what she lacks. She has also started learning the language (also individually), but has not yet gotten further than the basics.

Betazoid
One of the language classes she has started attending upon joining the Academy, and she has consequently also started studying the people’s culture and history. Her studies are progressing well, but she has some culturally-induced difficulties to come to terms with the idea of telepathy as a normal form of communication.

Caitian
One of the first alien cultures she has started to study, and one that fascinates her to this day. She has learned the language to be able to study the original sources, and through an intercultural exchange programme she has found a Caitian correspondent (also a major in the cultural field.) The two women have been writing to each other for about 15 years and continue to do so on a regular basis. Thanks to R’Mrael’s input and her own thoroughness, T’Rya is now very knowledgeable about Caitian culture, history and customs.

Talarian
The only information she has about this culture comes from the military archives of Starfleet (at least those she has access to) and a discussion with cadet Erohg Rgkn. Obviously, she’s not too fond of a culture that revolves around military and oppresses women. She knows the language’s alphabet, because Erohg has written it down for her, but that’s it.

Beta quadrant

Gamma quadrant

Delta quadrant

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