|Birthplace||Suraya Bay, Risa|
Ensign Charlena Vanlith is an engineering officer aboard the USS Veritas.
- Full name: Charlena Vanlith
- Date of birth (Age): 237309.29 (22)
- Species: Risian
- Gender: Female
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- Height: 158 cm (5'2")
- Hair colour: Brunette, just beyond shoulder length in tight curls
- Eye colour: Brown
- Appearance: Athletic build
- Father: Charlie Vanlith, a hotel owner
- Mother: Skye Vanlith, an artist
- Siblings: Oliver Vanlith (younger, age 6)
Born and raised in Suraya Bay Charlena, named after her father, is used to the typical quiet serenity except for the one time a year where tourism spikes drastically for Lohlunat. It was during these celebrations and her upbringing around tourists that lead to her fascination as to what else was out there in the universe. Despite her intrigue she never truly wanted to leave home as she had fallen in love with the flowers, and had a particular soft spot for sea turtle that as a child her mother used to always point out as they were so difficult to spot with their impressive camouflage.
Charlena had always had a love of nature and animals. This came from the beautiful nature around her but also from watching her mother paint and seeing the colours and complexity to create it on canvas from what she could see. Charlena absolutely loved exploring the jungle near the beach she grew up on and finding new flowers and birds to tell her parents about every night.
When Charlena wasn't exploring nature she could be found practicing singing. As a child she would sing around the house none stop until her mother finally sent her to a teacher and at the age of 10 Charlena was a strong singer with a focus on historic musical theatre (20th/21st Century) and Opera (18th/19th Century).
As time went on, and she helped around the hotel her father ran more, she became more intrigued by the technology that existed on other planets due to what she saw of the tourists. She spent hours of her time reading and tinkering with objects to create something new.
At the age of 16 she was so heavily invested in technology she started to read into technology-driven species such as the Borg and especially found interest in understanding the system that allowed her to live on Risa with its complex weather modification. She felt disgusted by some of the things the Borg did and what they seemed proud of. After reading about this Charlena wasn't sure that she wanted to work in a field so open to abuse and misuse no matter how interesting she found it. She kept working on her singing and poetry finding joy in the creations of music and the thought processes it created instead of being stuck in the negatives that can come from engineering.
At the age of 17 however, this all changed. Due to severe complications her younger brother was born without the ability to move or use his arms or legs. In this moment of seeing her mother motionless in hospital and the realisation of the basic abilities her brother lacked her drive for engineering began in much a different light to before. She was driven to create fr her brother as normal a life as possible. A life where she was able to be there for him as much as possible. She wanted to engineer for the greater good and that was something she could no see as possible. Her first creation and as a result her favourite was a self-rattling rattle so he would stop crying as he was unable to grip and shake one for himself.
Whilst she had never massively excelled at school she knew she wanted to be a part of Starfleet once she had fallen in love with technology and managed to get into the academy where she hoped to develop her engineering into more than just tinkering with objects.
Despite her typical averageness at school she put so much work and focus into engineering she past one of the top of her class and she couldn't be happier about it. She left with an engineering major with an extra minor in xenobiology. She was finally going to start the job she had dreamed of. And she was going to start on USS Veritas as an engineering officer working for the greater good.
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