|Birthplace||Rakantha province, Bajor|
Ensign Arion Merin is currently serving as a Engineering Officer aboard the USS Constitution-B
- Height: 1.8 meters (5.8 feet)
- Hair: Dark blond
- Eyes: Blue
- Parents: Regoss (65) & Dauzah (deceased)
- Siblings: Yadzin Mal (33)
- Spouse: -
- Children: -
- 237706.07 – Born on Bajor, Rakantha provincial capital hospital.
- 238201.03 - Mother killed during humanitarian mission to Cardassian space.
- 238803.12 – Family returns to Trill for sister’s initiate training.
- 239204.21 – Yadzin is joined with the Mal Symbiont and leaves for the DMZ.
- 239211.19 – Arion joins a solar surfer gang known as the “Etherium Current.”
- 239402.01 – A rival gang sabotages Arion’s engine leading to his friend’s death.
- 239506.07 – Arion passes the academy entrance exams and begins his training.
- 239802.09 – Arion spends a semester of field training on Bajor and DS9.
- 239910.12 – Arion graduates from Starfleet academy and joins the Constellation.
Arion was born on Bajor during his parents’ service as humanitarian volunteers on the planet and in Cardassian space. His mother, while originally a paramedic and rescue worker, gradually started teaching science as the humanitarian situation in Bajor improved so she could spend more time with her children. His father was sent to Bajor as an agricultural consultant and also gained a reputation for his music, though his vital skills for the reconstruction efforts often drew him away from his family for long periods of time. His sister had developed a knack for martial arts by the time Arion was born and the two shared a close bond despite their age difference.
Arion was an unexpected though not unwelcome addition to his family and spent much of his childhood on Bajor. In early 2382, his mother was killed by Cardassian extremists during an otherwise routine humanitarian mission to their space. While his memory of her steadily faded, the loss left an enduring impression on Arion and increased his dependence on his sister as a parental figure, though his father did his best to step in as Yadzin's Starfleet training and duties drew her away. The family returned to Trill with Bajor’s admission to the Federation. His sister had by then graduated as a security officer and used the opportunity to apply to be joined.
Life on Trill was quite the culture shock for Arion who had grown accustomed to at least the concept of equality between sentient beings that simply wasn’t plausible in a society boasting a social elite with centuries of experience. While at first taking matters in stride, spending much of his time shyly tinkering with technology, his sister’s joining changed the course of his life. A previously close companion and idol seemed to become a stranger to him, though how much of that perception was down to changes in her behaviour or Arion's fears of losing out to the Symbiont in her estimation is difficult to say. The experience left Arion suspicious of the joining.
Yadzin Mal continued to climb the ranks of Starfleet combining her training as a security officer with her diplomatic experience as a DMZ officer. Arion took the growing distance between them because of her isolated demanding posts as confirmation of her rejection brought on by the joining and grew to resent it. When his father was likewise recalled for emergency duties in the reconstruction of ruined agricultural sectors on other worlds, Arion was left with his extended family largely to his own devices. He turned his tech talents and desire for new friends towards solar surfing. By the time Yadzin realized what had happened between them, it was too late.
Solar surfing had developed across the Federation as a Bajoran-inspired counterculture to advances in technology. It consisted of a board or small ship equipped with basic shielding and a life support suit propelled by a solar-powered engine capable of attaining high speeds ad manoeuvrability in sub-orbital conditions. The dangerous sport largely petered out on most Federation worlds by the time Arion got into it, but it remained very popular as part of a larger radical sub-culture of anti-joining Trill youths. An overzealous crackdown from the mostly joined-Trill-led authorities only encouraged it as an act of rebellion against a perceived clique of out-of-touch elders.
While Arion mostly competed in the races as an independent racer at first, he soon discovered he was particularly good at assembling and maintaining the engines of the craft. His skills soon gained the attention of one of the bigger gangs winning him a supporting role in their operations as they sought to illegally enable and expand the sport. Speed steadily became his main obsession as he took primitive technology to its limits, and sometimes, even beyond them. When one of his friends died during a race because of an engine failure, Arion turned himself in but was conditionally released when it emerged the engine had been sabotaged by a rival gang.
Though his release was conditional on refraining from further solar surfing, the death of his friend had already ended Arion’s passion for the sport. He felt responsible regardless of the sabotage, realizing how reckless his aggressive design philosophy had been. Arion spent a short stint in an educational program for troubled youths but was soon deemed to be reaccumulated and returned to the general education system. Yadzin took a leave of absence as soon as she could to try and help her troubled sibling, and while they couldn’t reconnect entirely, Arion came to admire his sister’s successful career and discipline and sought to emulate it.
While at first resisted entry due to his past troubles with the authorities. Arion worked hard to prove himself through volunteer work and a newly discovered zeal for his studies. When he turned 18, he entered and passed the academy entrance exam. Arion was naturally drawn to engineering as his major, particularly to the courses on impulse propulsion, warp theory, and alternative FTL tech. He also chose to minor in helm/nav and become a licensed pilot. The return to an alien environment such as Earth also removed him from his last links to his checkered past on Trill and helped him realize that he was more at home away from Trill as part of something bigger.
After his third year, Arion spent a semester on DS 9 and Bajor as part of the field training program where he helped in the construction of lightships for the celebration of the 10th anniversary of its admission to the Federation. At the height of the event, Arion co-piloted one of the ships through the Sol system as part of an exhibition of Bajoran technology on Earth. The ship suffered an unexpected failure of one of its sails as it passed by Saturn but Arion was able to overcome the damage allowing the ship to successfully reach Earth. This feat proved to be the deciding factor in assigning him to engineering onboard the USS Constitution upon graduation.
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