Biography for Crewman Shadow to-Sretalles, a Female Siaovan aged 19
who is assigned to the Starbase Geneva
Lorna updated this biography on 2010-02-21 14:52:29
Character Physical Description

Shadow to-Sretalles

Eyes : Green Weight : 135 lbs
Hair : Black Skin :

Fur

Height : 5' 9 Blood : Red
Shadow is a tall, felenoid with pure black fur and a prehensile tail. She has emerald green eyes and expressive ears.
History, Education and Skills
Family and Background :

Since Siaovo was brought into the Federation by Captain Kirk they and their cousins the Eeiauoans have become close associates. Children with a technological bent on Siaovo are sent to Eeiauo, children who wish to follow the old ways who are from Eeiauo are sent to Siaovo.

Having had Starflight for over three thousand years, the Siaovans as a whole don't have a lot of use for the Federation, but they welcome visitors from within and have the necessary ambassadors and attend the necessary meetings. After all, the children of Siaovo occassionally do join their Eeiauoan cousins in the stars.

The Siaovans have a ritual practice that when children are of age they take a "Walk". This right of passage involves going through the darkest, deepest jungles of Siaovo with naught but a knife, a spear and several usefuls [Waterproof blankets] and making it alive to the next camp [tent village]. The trick is all of the party who leave have to make it alive. There's a fine balancing act between taking enough to survive and taking too many to keep alive.

Not all Siaovan youths make it through the ritual the first time. It's about a fourty percent success rate the first time. The second time a youth "walks" it's almost a ninety percent success rate. Few children walk a third time. Most children, if they have failed twice, tend to have the stigma of being unlucky or incompetant or just not suited to being an adult.

Shadow was born Blackfur to Sretalles in a litter of four. She had a typical Siaovan childhood, learning to hunt along side astrophysics. Shadow's only real talents as a child was her meticulously organized mind and her bardic talents, showing great promise.

She was a fairly happy go lucky child, she had no real close friends but plenty of play mates. By the standards of her people she wansn't a particularly good hunter but it was long accepted she would become the camp's next bard when she passed her adulthood rights and as a bard didn't need to know how to hunt well.

She failed her first Walk when one of the party's members drowned in a flash flood. She failed her second walk when three of the seven of her party were killed by Slashbacks. She managed a third Walk, even though she was now called Shadow, a quiet and shy girl, and this too failed when Grabfoots maimed one of the party, causing them later to die of infection; They'd no healer along. There would be no fourth Walk. She was to be a child for her entire life with no responsibility, no knowledge of the secrets of society, never to be allowed to keep any children she herself bore, never to join the adult fire.

Shadow changed camps several times before she found herself keeping company with a young warrior who had just finished his Walk. A litter of three was born seven months later. The warrior took the children when he moved on to his next camp; Shadow being forbiddon to raise children as she was considered a child herself.

Many of the 'forever young' take the 'other Walk'. They commit suicide, unable to live with the stigma of being a child all their natural lives. Shadow was giving the other Walk serious consideration when an Eeiaioan counsin managed to draw out of her her story. The Eeiaioan told her stories of the Federation where you were considered an adult by age, not deed. Where everyone was accepted and treated equally. The Eeiaioan spun many fairy tales from Shadow's point of view, but what did she have to lose? She walked onto the starship two days later and turned her back on Siaovo.

Education

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Starfleet Enlisted Training

Pre-Starfleet History

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Reviewing her options once onboard the diplomatic vessel, Shadow quickly realized she didn't have a lot of ability for anything the "Federation" considered useful. She took the aptitude test the ship's counsellor offered her and scoring high in administration she signed up to Starfleet. She chose Starfleet over a private organization simply because she had been told "Starfleet takes care of it's own." She was a child, she wasn't allowed to take care of herself.

Starfleet History

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After training at the Starfleet Enlisted Corps Academy, Shadow found herself assigned to Starbase Geneva's administrative headquarters, sorting, organizing, processing and entering paperwork and data from all across the fleet. A job that kept her content, if not happy. She has been recently transferred to the USS Champlain to sort out the administrative centre.

Medical History

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There is concern written in Shadow's file in more than one place for her lack of motivation and ambition. More than one counsellor has tried to explain to her she is an adult, not a child, but Shadow doesn't feel she has done anything worthy of making her an adult. Instead, she tends to stick to the shadows, an action that earned her her renaming in the first place.

Shadow is scrawny. You can count her ribs by placing your hand on her fur. She barely eats enough to survive. She is still very much a shy, timid teenager who can go from being secure in her on the job role, to hiding under the desk if an officer yells at her.

Skills

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Shadow has a perfect memory and tends to store things in her brain rather than keep notes in the database. She is an excellent organizer and very good at sorting out red tape.

Her people are warriors, and Shadow also excels in battle. If she had a more aggressive and self confident nature she would have done well in Security. She is proficient with several melee weapons (dagger, quarterstaff, spear, etc), a few missle weapons (bow, phasor) and extremely talented with tooth and claw. She, however, will only fight if cornered.

Other Information
Hobbies :

Shadow plays harp, guitar, lute, mandolin, flute, whistle, recorder, and the harmonica with skill. She can pick up the basics of most instruments in minutes. She has a lovely singing voice when she can be coaxed into singing.

General Notes

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Like all Siaovans, Shadow can't stand the smell of alcohol. She is meticulously clean and is very unfond of water in general.

The Siaovans and their Eeiauoan cousins can be found in the novel Uhura's Song written by Janet Kagan and are used under her 'Just don't make money!' clause.

Awards :

Awarded Captains Commendation: For actions during and after the battle for the MDP, stardate 2407.07.09