Valesha Sienelis

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Valesha Sienelis
Full Name Valesha ir-Jhianhre t'Sienelis
Species Romulan
Gender Female
Age Late Twenties
Birthplace Jhianhre Province, Romulus
T/E Rating 0+

Valesha Sienelis, a refugee from Romulus in the wake of the Hobus disaster, is currently wanted by the United Federation of Planets on charges of espionage, treason and murder.


  • Height: 1.78m (5' 10")
  • Build: Slim, boyish
  • Hair: Black, short
  • Eyes: Green

Valesha is a tall young woman, with a slim, boyish figure. Her skin is pale, crying out for a touch of real sunlight, and tinted ever-so-slightly by her copper blood. A long-standing practice of martial arts is visible in the defined outlines of lean muscle, and a languid, precise grace of movement. Emerald eyes are keen with a sharp intellect, sometimes distant if she drifts off into her busy inner world. Her dark hair is worn short, though she avoids the traditional, severe crops of her people. She uses few cosmetics, though she does have an occasional fondness for statement lip colour, and her only perfume is that of soap.



Dressmaking: Born into a house-clan of artisans and craftsmen, Valesha was encouraged to create by hand as much as possible, rather than replicate. Her brother was the cook and gardener in the household, while she turned her hand to clothes making and household maintenance.

Literature: With full access to the Federation's extensive libraries, she makes an effort to read seminal and classic works from across the known galaxy.

Martial Arts: On the insistence of her father, Valesha is a long-term student of Ch'Vashrek. Her lessons were focused on a variation that involves rapid, hard and direct assaults intended to incapacitate as swiftly as possible. Since leaving the Empire, she practises in holodeck programs, rather than against real opponents.

Swimming and Underwater Diving: With the luxury of rivers and a lake near the family home, Valesha enjoyed swimming and often spent hours in the water with her brother. As she grew older, her love of the water expanded to include snorkelling and scuba diving. Since arriving in the Federation, she has taken full advantage of holodecks and holidays to visit a variety of diving spots.


Valesha's quarters are generally quite sparsely decorated -- she has little in the way of personal belongings and doesn't seem particularly inclined to accumulate them, though her various hobbies are in evidence. Shells, corals and underwater pictures from her dives are on display, dotted about on shelves and tables. There are often rolls of fabric, sewing threads, needles, pins and scissors piled on her desk, accompanying the most recent garment she's creating.



Name Relationship Description
Llaiira ir-Jhianhre t'Sienelis
Valesha's mother was a no-nonsense woman; discreet, sometimes stubborn, firm but fair, and devoted to her family. She raised her two children to be independent and self-sufficient, eschewing many modern conveniences such as a household replicator. Llaiira was dedicated to her house-clan's craft of smithing, and Sienelis blades were prized among the upper echelons of Romulan society.

She died on one of the refugee ships fleeing the Hobus disaster, when life support failed in one of the cargo bays.

Taeval ir-Jhianhre tr'Sienelis
Brother (twin)
Missing, presumed dead
Younger than Valesha by a matter of minutes, the pair were inseparable as children and still close as adults. When in close proximity, the twins were able to share their thoughts with one another in a vestigial form of telepathy and even when apart, could often sense the other's mood.

They were separated in the rush to board the refugee ships as the wavefront of the Hobus supernova approached Romulus. She has not seen him since, and after several years of searching, she has come to accept that he died on Romulus with so many others.

Missing, presumed dead
The identity of Valesha's father is a secret she keeps closely guarded, allowing people to believe that he perished along with the rest of her family in the Hobus disaster.

Friends and Associates

Name Relationship Description
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Quinn Reynolds
Academy Sponsor
Quinn Reynolds was one of the first Starfleet officers that Valesha encountered, and the one that left a significant impression upon her. The pair first met during the USS Drake's mission to escort a refugee caravan after the destruction of Romulus. After being convinced of Valesha's genuine desire to serve in Starfleet, Reynolds sponsored her entry to the academy, and they kept in touch during her student years and afterwards. When the Gorkon was declared lost, it was her connection to Quinn that spurred Valesha's determination to see the ship rescued, whatever it took.
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Aron Kells
Friend and Mentor
Valesha and Aron first met when the Starfleet vessel he served on escorted a caravan of Romulan refugee ships into Federation territory. The then science officer encouraged Valesha to follow her own dream of a scientific career, vouching for her when she made her application. The pair kept in contact throughout her time at Starfleet Academy, and were briefly reunited during her time serving on the USS Invicta. Though they now serve in different regions of the galaxy, they still keep in loose touch.
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Caedan Nkai
It seems to Valesha that Caedan simply decided that one day they were friends, and that's how it's been ever since. His telepathic abilities are a frequent source of frustration and annoyance for her, but his easy-going and affectionate manner compensates, and she appreciates his care, company and advice. He has recently begun attempts to encourage her to socialise with his wider circle of friends, which she finds awkward and pleasing in equal amounts.
Chris Johns
Fast friends for many years in the dreamscape of the Maquis Raider Skarbek, they awoke to find that that had barely exchanged names in reality, their closeness in the dream a simple result of physical proximity when they were sent to sleep. Unable to shake off the sense of loss that came with the absence of one another's company, they decided to see how a friendship would work for real, and have quickly fallen into the same easy teasing and banter they shared in the dream.

Personal History

Valesha was born and raised in the Jhianhre province, in a small, quiet settlement some distance from the city of Tal K'shir. She shared the family home with her mother and her twin brother, Taeval. It is a time she remembers very fondly, growing up happy and healthy, with very few troubles. As the twins grew older and matured into adolescence, their father began to pressure both his children to take a career in the military, so that they might follow in his footsteps one day. Neither had much interest -- Valesha wanted to study science, while Taeval had already begun apprenticing with their mother to take over the family craft and trade.

The tug of war between father and children was never resolved. The Hobus star want supernova, the explosion propagating through subspace. At the last minute, their father secured a space on the refugee ships for his children and mistress. Taeval was separated from his mother and sister as they boarded, and the ship lifted off without him. Valesha has not seen him since, and officials consider him deceased along with the majority of Romulus' population.

Conditions in the refugee caravan were poor. Cramped and overcrowded, it was not unusual for vital systems to fail with little warning due. Valesha lost her mother when one of the cargo bays that served as sleeping quarters lost its inertial dampening, with catastrophic consequences for those inside.

Eventually, the Federation agreed to assist the refugees, allowing them inside Federation borders and rehoming them in temporary camps on Vulcan. It was during this journey that she met Quinn Reynolds and Aron Kells, two Starfleet officers who would change her entire future. Kells was a fellow scientist, and the pair bonded over their shared interests. It was he who encouraged her entry into Starfleet, Reynolds who sponsored her entry into the academy, and the three kept in contact throughout her training.

Frequently transferred around the fleet at the start of her career, Valesha found it hard to settle, and ran up against anti-Romulan sentiment more than once. When the USS Gorkon went missing, she took a leave of absence and was able to discover what had happened to the ship, but ignored by senior officers. This resulted in her bringing her findings to then Commander Walter Brunsig, and becoming a member of the Yarahla Nine, a group of Starfleet officers and civilians who stole the USS Yarahla from dock and used it to rescue the missing ship. Strong public opinion and private sympathies saw the Nine avoid any legal consequences, though her participation stalled Valesha's career and she remained an ensign for some time. After a brief time in limbo, she was posted to the Gorkon.

She served aboard the Sovereign-class vessel until spring 2396, when she was arrested on charges of espionage, treason and murder. With the aid of Orson "Bear" Marshall, she broke out of the brig and escaped from Federation borders.

Service Record

Service History

Service History
Insignia Rank Dates Posting Assignment
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Ensign 239207.16 - 239211.15 USS Invicta Science Officer
239211.15 - 239303.04 USS Darwin-A
239303.04 - 239312.10 Leave of Absence
239312.10 - 239503.31 USS Gorkon
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Lieutenant (Junior Grade) 239503.31 - Present

Commendations and Decorations

Awards and Service Ribbons
Service Ribbon Name Date/Assignment Citation
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Starfleet Academy Graduate Ribbon 2392
Starfleet Academy
Awarded to those who have graduated from Starfleet Academy.
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Joint Meritorious Unit Award 239211.13
USS Invicta
Awarded to a person who participates in a joint action with an allied or neutral force toward a common goal.
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Prometheus Ribbon 239211.13
USS Invicta
Awarded to a person who helped in handling the Prometheus Incident and ensuing chaos during 2392.
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Explorer's Ribbon 239301.05
USS Darwin-A
Awarded to a person who participates in the discovery of a new planet, region, or species.
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War of Shadows Ribbon 239401.21
USS Gorkon
Awarded to an individual who participates in a conflict against the Orion Syndicate.
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Orion Syndicate Service Medal 239401.21
USS Gorkon
Awarded to those who have graduated from Starfleet Academy.
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Explorer's Ribbon 239409.09
USS Gorkon
Awarded to an individual who participates in the discovery of a new planet, region, or species.
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First Contact Ribbon 239409.09
USS Gorkon
Awarded to an individual who participates in a successful first contact event.
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Explorer's Ribbon 239412.13
USS Gorkon
Awarded to an individual who participates in the discovery of a new planet, region, or species.
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Orion Syndicate Service Medal 239503.31
USS Gorkon
Awarded to an individual who participates in a conflict against the Orion Syndicate.
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Captain's Commendation 239503.31
USS Gorkon
Awarded to an individual for exemplary service and/or honorable actions performed in the course of his/her duties, when that service is deemed worthy of formal recognition by his/her commanding officer
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Purple Heart 239503.31
USS Gorkon
Awarded to an individual who sustains injury in the line of duty.
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Prisoner of War Ribbon 239601.27
USS Gorkon
Awarded to an individual who has been taken prisoner.
For award descriptions, see: Awards and Service Ribbons

Mission History


NPC Listing   ·   USS Gorkon Crew Manifest   ·   Crew History
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Quinn Reynolds
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Intelligence Officer
Trellis Vondaryan
Asst. Chief Sec/Tac
Samira Neathler
Chief Engineer
T. MacFarlane
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Chief Medical Officer
Genkos Adea
Science Officer
Kyrrha Tereen
First Officer
Jo Marshall
Mission Spec.
Cory Stoyer
Groznin Smith
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Corliss Fortune
Medical Officer
Caitríona Cayne
Research Coord.
Ayiana Sevo
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