|Position||Head of Infrastructure Development|
|Birthplace||Tropics of Aurelia|
Lieutenant Dekas is currently serving as Head of Infrastructure Development on Denali Station
(He was an Engineer aboard the USS Juneau before the move to the station, and still does Engineering as part of his job.)
- Full name: Dekas
- (Name's meaning: "Fire that Ignites the soul" or "Ardent Passion".)
- (His given name is actually Daekas, pronounced as a 3-syllable "Day-eh-Koss". New people tripped up on it enough that he altered it to Dekas early on. It's usually said like "Deh-koss", but he has introduced himself with "Day-koss" before and answers to that, too.)
- Place of Birth: Tropics of Aurelia
- Gender: Male.
- Race: Aurelian
- DOB: 236911.22
- Telepathic Status: E0+ / T0
(He has a small degree of ESP, most Aurelians do as an adaptation to better their communication needs. He can't read minds, and he can't fully interpret emotions every time, but he does have an easier time of it than someone without ESP. It is at its most effective when he's emotionally balanced as the interpretation of the ESP intake is heavily intuition-based. It does make him aware of energy out of the norm on occasion. Such as the concept of ghosts or spirits. It also makes him very in tune with the nature around him. He can often tell if a plant is unhealthy even if it doesn't look it to anyone else.)
- Height: 6'4 (1.95m) If his head feathers are pointed all the way up, he seems to be more like he's 6'10 (2.08m). But his feathers don't count toward his actual height exactly as feathers are more like hair growth comparatively, and he can rest them against his head a little bit to decrease height if he so chooses. They also fall out over time during molts and sometimes grow back shorter by an inch or two depending on the year. It gives him the appearance of much taller than he is, but it's not his base height.
- Weight: 146lbs (66.3kg)
- Wingspan: 17 feet (5.18m) when his wings are fully spread out. His wings are also sizable enough to reach down the majority of his back with the addition of long feathers. The top curve of his wings is a little above his shoulders when folded against his back.
- Feathers: In a word? Colorful.
- Eyes: Bright, icy blue.
- Build: Lithe. Svelte and elegant. Semi-athletic. He’s a lot stronger than he looks. But it's mostly lean muscle, so it makes any musculature more toned than big. Tall by humanoid standards. (Almost short by Aurelian standards. Most of his family stands closer to 7 feet or a little taller + head feather height.)
- Uniform (on duty): Basically the average uniform, but non-constricting on arms and wings, there are multiple style choices depending on his mood. He only binds his wings in EV suits and small spaces.
- Taste in clothing (off duty): His style is loose. Beautiful and tastefully colorful. Unabashedly feminine. He wears skirts when he can, and his shirts tend to be cropped a bit higher as it feels freeing, but still stylish. They always have some sort of open back to keep from cramping or chafing his wings. It has caused small amounts of confusion from some people due to a lack of comparison of his race. This doesn't bother him, he'll just shrug and correct it. Sometimes he'll even just shrug without correction, people figure it out eventually. The daily use of clothes in personal expression even without practical use is something his Aurelian family finds odd and quirky. It is the closest thing he has to a guilty pleasure.
- Voice: Formal, but whimsical speech patterns. Peppy energy. His vocal range is a little higher, and when he's really excited there is a noticeable increase in the musical intonations. His accent is indeterminately sing-songy.
- Notable details: Everything about him. He's tall by most standards, he's bright red, he's got a colorful head crest and a beak tattoo. He has large wings that are as expressive as the rest of him sometimes. He's very noticeable.
- Hobbies and Pastimes: Socializing, singing and/or whistling. He often finds things to do with Engineering specifically; small practical things. Learning new languages. If he needs time to himself, he reads (fiction and nonfiction). Journaling whether that's through personal logs, or physical writing. Fantasy holodeck programs.
- Likes: Helping people, learning new things, show-tunes and upbeat sounds, also punk music, whistling, dancing, art, has a particular fondness for things that glow, flowers, bats, engineering. Hugs. Affection. When people give him lil cheek and face scritches and tell him his feathers are soft (he is liable to make contented little cooing sounds about it.) Head scritches (Dear god, have mercy on him he will melt if you get that far.) Friendship. Science. Animals. Men.
- Dislikes: Unkindness. Dishonesty. Cardassian architecture and interior design. (To be clear: He doesn't dislike Cardassian people. He's never met a Cardassian. He just thinks their choices in architecture and decor make rooms less approachable.) The Borg.
- Positive traits: Extremely kind, loving, honest, enthusiastic, compassionate, encouraging, nurturing, well-educated, curious, fun-loving, passionate, helpful, good listener, has a good sense of humor about him, healthy levels of gratitude, not afraid to ask for help for most things.
- Negative traits: Naive, overachiever, very chatty, has a difficult time with the concept of "the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few" because he can't separate the few from being part of the many. Can be a little too personal with people. Somewhat impulsive. Usually not impulsive to his own detriment, but when it is, it's usually an impulse that borders on pridefulness. Most recently: Struggles with his own toxic positivity. He can tell people that he thinks they should be open with their emotions and talk to people about things so they're not bottling everything up. But when it comes to his own negative or extreme emotions, the idea of sharing them scares him now. He has an image and he doesn't want people to worry about him. It's a mix of a big trauma response after the Assimilation Incident and social mirroring of the humanoids around him over the years.
- Ambitions and Goals:
- To do what he can to continue to deserve his Lieutenant promotion, and any promotion he may get in the future. Also to do his best at his job as Head of Infrastructure Development, work on his leadership skills. He'd like to feel like he's contributing as much as he can, helping people in whatever way he's able, and doing what he can to make any place he ends up better than he found it.
- His other goal is one that came with the move to Denali Station. A goal of self-acceptance and a release of insecurities that he picked up over his years in Starfleet. He knows he can't go back to exactly who he was before the academy, and he can't go back to exactly who he was before the assimilation. He will always have quirks and possibly neuroses that align with those experiences now. But he wants to reintegrate things he thought he had to hold back. Weird Aurelian traits he enjoyed about himself before he started feeling like others were uncomfortable with them. Before he started feeling that if he didn't wear his closest approximation of a humanoid mask people would not want to be around him. And he wants to do that while accepting that he doesn't need to go back to anything that no longer serves him, even if that means Aurelians will also find him a little odd. He wants to truly love himself again. Weirdness and all. Which would perhaps put him in his most Aurelian state as there's nothing more Aurelian than love.
- Temperament: Ferociously loving. It doesn't take much for him to feel pure and genuine love for a person. He is forgiving, and he is kind. If he is not being kind, he is apologetic. He has a good sense of humor about things. He is outrageously gentle and thoughtful and strives to embody the essence of unconditional love, and also to embody the simpler meaning of his name "Ardent Passion." So he loves people and things passionately. Whether someone accepts it as truth or not, you can guarantee that he will never lie about anything that matters. It's unlikely he'd lie about small things either. He might hold something back on his own time until he's ready, and he might even brush it off a little bit if he's not ready. But if someone were to ask, he would be honest about his feelings. Including just saying he wasn't directly comfortable expressing his feelings on something yet. Because he sees no benefit to lying. He is extremely honest and communicative either on his own or with very easy prompting if he seems a little hesitant.
- Values: Love, compassion, gratitude, family/friendship, kindness, honesty, humor, generosity, and forgiveness. He does not expect everyone to share these values in the way he holds them, but he will always try to encompass those things and lead by example.
- Orientation: Dekas is super gay. He's always had a romantic interest in men and those with a certain type of masculine energy. However, he is not bound by his preferences and, as a hopeless romantic, slightly flirtatious sort, he's open to any love that could happen as a result. It would just take longer for the interest to form in that direction for others outside of that interest. But never you mind, he will be your best friend regardless.
- Spiritual views: He is a strong spiritual believer in The Great Pho'nix. A being he and most Aurelians consider a being made of warmth, passion, creation, and love in all She creates. He feels a strong connection to nature, the elements of air and fire, the sun, and the stars above. He has a necklace carved in the shape of a flame made out of a sunstone gem from Earth. It reminded him of his connection to The Pho'nix even so far from home. Like a fire of passion. At the end of the year 2398 he went through Borg Assimilation trauma. Prior to that event, he didn't believe in a devil at all. But he equates the Borg as Devil-adjacent. The "antithesis of everything he believes in". And it has left him with an odd subtle spiritual shift. Previous to that happening, he believed everything had second chances. The Borg became an exception. Not the people who were turned into drones, but whatever originated the Borg or continues to see fit that they aren't destroyed. It also means he's now more open to the concept that not everything is so deserving of unconditional love. Right now, it's only the Borg he feels it toward. But an exception leaves openings for other exceptions...
- Known Languages: Fluent in: Tropical and Formal Aurelian dialects, plus two other Aurelian dialects, and Federation standard. Conversational in: Three more flock dialects, and Vulcan. Has very basic beginner's understanding of: Klingon and sign language.
- Vocal tics: Prone to making clicking sounds. The clicks increase when he can't remember a word in the language he's speaking. He loves the word "Marvelous!" And says it often. A lot of his sentences have the filler sound, "ah" in the middle of them. And it's pretty common for him to end a sentence with a friendly, "no?" or "yes?" depending on the sentence. His laughter is generally self-contained, involves more of a physical beak clicking or a soft-humored snort. Unless you can get him really drunk, or busting up in hysterics.
- Dekas traits (ever-shifting and growing):
- The aforementioned "Marvelous!" It's not always exclaimed, but often it is. He will say things are going marvelously. It is simply his favorite terran word. He finds it feels natural in his voice to say it, and it accurately expresses how he feels about so many things. Because he thinks so many things are simply marvelous!
- Dekas has the quirk of being in love with everyone. He's platonically and familially in love with his friends and family. Sometimes he falls in love with someone's energy, or a little bit in love with them. Sometimes those people are near strangers. He's a hopeless romantic. Most often, his romanticism will fade, but his love will not. He might have started with a feeling of romantic toward a person, but unless it's cultivated, it will likely fade to platonic. And still, the love remains. It will always remain. Perhaps on occasion, it is loving the idealized version of someone in his head. But it doesn't change that he loves them. And it won't make him stop loving them if they show beyond the ideal. If they show the flaws or the insecurities. It will make him love the more real parts of someone. So yes, in some capacity, if he cares for someone, he's also mildly in love with them. He enjoys flirting. Mostly it's just for fun or to show verbal affection for friends. If it is more, he usually gets flustered and will apologize for coming on so strong. But he does love everyone. He's in love with everyone. It is related to his Aurelian sensibility of being loving, but the way it presents in him is very much a Dekas thing. Because not every Aurelian is that strong about the love giving.
- Tendencies to first name people. And introduce himself without his rank. As in he will say "I am Dekas." rather than "I am Lieutenant Dekas." And unless he's unsure of someone's preferences, they're the captain, or he considers a situation particularly formal, he will often switch back and forth between someone's rank and someone's first name because it personalizes people to him. He never wants to forget that above rank everyone is a person first.
- He is unafraid to approach people first. He enjoys making new friends. So if the timing is appropriate, he'll usually approach new people with ease that a lot of people don't have. He's an extrovert who adopts introverts into his friend group with reckless abandon.
- Extremely restless when he has free time. If he doesn't have anything to actively do he has a tendency to pace around a lot. Holds a tension in his body that he doesn't really know what to do with sometimes, and has trouble acknowledging it lest he acknowledges why the tension is there. And while it is a slight bit better with the move to Denali Station, he still has a hard time staying asleep in his quarters at night. The pacing is very prevalent when he can't sleep. The room is a lot bigger than the one on Juneau, and significantly emptier until he can figure out how he'd like to decorate it.
- Figuring out how to balance who he is now, with who he was before. He's taken on an inner challenge to allow himself to feel Aurelian again after so long of wearing his attempt at a humanoid mask to comfort others. And he is re-learning how to allow himself to be weird in an Aurelian way without the insecurity he's ended up with. It includes jumping off buildings and taking flight, singing more, and other such things. Possibly something akin to an identity crisis. It's a process.
- He takes secret delight in being the tallest of the senior staff. Because he is the shortest of his Aurelian family, and it's nice to feel tall sometimes.
- Aurelian traits:
- Respectfully bowing in greeting and other little scenarios. To everyone.
- Rambling about life, history, or interests for extended periods. Aurelians are taught to appreciate and reflect on history and passions and the history of passions sometimes. Their rite of passage is to recall and recite their entire family and flock history in extensive detail. It often takes many hours, up to a few days. So he can be chatty. On the plus side, he'll listen to the things you say and never feel like it's too much. He thinks people's idea of "long-winded" is child's play.
- Very in tune with nature and elements. He feels more at home in open spaces with fresh air and trees. He is especially fond of rainforests and tropical climates. (Being raised in a tropical rainforest on Aurelia does make him less inclined toward snow, but he's still not opposed. He prefers rain and thinks rain is good luck.) He loves trees. And flowers. And knows a lot more than you'll originally think he will. But it's a part of life on Aurelia to know how to care for plants and the environment so he's quite aware of things. He has an insanely high ability to tell if a plant is unhealthy and get a feel for why and what it needs because of the way he grew up.
- Expletives/exclamations referencing fire, feathers, or the Pho'nix. Most common ones being, "Feathers / My Feathers", "Flame in the sky", and "Six flames." Or "For flame's sake/For Phoenix' sake!" if he's feeling uncharacteristically extra annoyed. There are others, but those are the ones he uses the most. He can also be known to utter affectionate phrases with those themes, too if he feels strongly enough about it. Such as, "I love you from ashes to return." It's a lot like "to the moon and back" but involves Phoenix and fire imagery.
- He has a surprising appreciation for the typically creepy and macabre aspects of nature and life (or death).
- Currently, he's damn near impossible to offend for any significant length of time. Aurelian communication skills are instilled early. They communicate so effectively that they've never had a conflict that couldn't be resolved amongst themselves. Usually, a family conflict is solved within a day or two. And any conflict that lasts longer is worked on to find a good solution whenever it's possible. He will give anyone the benefit of the doubt even if that's naive, even if what someone has said to him is harmful. If you insult someone he cares about he's far more likely to bring it up instantly to make sure it's sorted out as something that isn't okay. But even that's done politely whenever it can be. He's also very willing to take accountability for his own misgivings and mistakes.
- As a result he struggles with interpersonal situations that aren't as easily resolved. He does his best to handle them if they come up. But he struggles with the concept of things not being able to be talked out, even if at the end things don't end on the most positive note. He doesn't need an end goal where everything is happy-go-lucky and people are in each other's lives. But he still wants closure. He finds situations without closure something very difficult to handle.
- Direct honesty. One of the biggest things taught is to first be honest with yourself, and then anyone it might affect. Aurelians don't believe that dishonesty serves them in the long run, least of all toward other Aurelians. Due to the openness on his planet, he's never really had any reason to lie to someone. So he never learned. He is a terrible liar. It's unsure if that's a Dekas specific thing or an Aurelian thing as a whole. But the honesty factor back home has not lent well to his ability to say things that aren't true. Not even for safety. He tries his best when he needs to, but you can't expect it to come out smoothly, and you should not rely on him to come up with a lie if you don't absolutely have to. Surprisingly this doesn't carry over into situations where he's acting. Acting is creative. As such, if he's given enough time to know a lie needs to happen, he does try to consider it like "acting." His acting skills are definitely affected by the level of pressure of such situations because he knows what he's doing and it makes him nervous to think about messing up at the wrong time. But it's far better than if he doesn't consider it acting. He's also learned some humanoid mannerisms. So he has picked up the occasional habit of having a little bit of extra privacy, tendencies to brush things off more than usual, or sometimes getting nervous about saying things when he wasn't before. Not all the time, but it hits him sometimes. A learned self-consciousness that he never had growing up. These social behavior mirrors show up the most when talking with humanoids, but it could happen around anyone.
- Eye pinning. He can dilate and constrict his pupils at will. Usually a sign of excitement about something or someone he enjoys (platonic dynamics included). Can also signify anger. He doesn't do this one around humanoids as often as he does back home with other Aurelians who understand what it means in context. But if he does do the eye pinning around someone, or toward the warp core and someone happens to catch it, it's on purpose 95% of the times it happens. It's different than natural dilation or constriction with lighting, and it's easy to tell the difference because the pupil movement is a lot quicker if he's pinning. This is something he can do on command, he either makes for great fun at parties or weirds people out with it. On accident. It's not his fault if humanoids don't know it means he wants to be friends.
Dekas was raised in the tropics of Aurelia. He is the youngest of 13 children hatched by Zuka and Daf. It is a lot to live up to, but he's doing his best to make a name for himself in the universe.
Dekas is a clear byproduct of his planet's culture and that culture's lack of conflict with his people and other peoples. He's cautious, but he will give anyone the benefit of the doubt until he no longer can. He knows not every person or group has good intentions. A noticeable majority of the still missing Aurelians can be traced back to his flock and similarly unique flocks. (There is, after all, a reason that most Aurelians seen these days are of yellow or golden-toned feathers.) He sometimes wonders if they're still out there, or if their descendants are, and if they'll ever be found. But much like the rest of his people, he tries to move past it and not look at other races as people who'd do the same as the Orions.
He’s extremely friendly, and always willing to help. Family is important to him, so he tries to find family in the friends he has around him.
He was drawn to Starfleet from the moment he knew about it. And his interest in it only increased when he learned about Aurelia's well-renowned historian Loom Aleek-Om, who left and got the chance to experience the Guardian of Forever by doing so. He wanted to have his own once-in-a-lifetime experience. Despite that, he didn't instantly apply. He didn't know Federation Standard yet, and while he was learning that, he was also expanding his education in the fields of history and linguistic sciences, which is what he thought he'd go into. Even after he had a decent grasp on Standard speech, he felt inclined to at least finish the base education he'd already started and basically earned the equivalent of a Bachelor's degree in History and Linguistics on Aurelia. He had plenty of time to do so. When he applied, he was accepted easily into Starfleet Academy. But he was almost talked out of going during a fight with his sister Koori. In the end, he followed his intuition and his heart and chose to go. Most of his family encouraged this and were supportive. Curious. Excited for him. Koori was supportive enough to not fight him on it again, though she didn't say goodbye when he left. (As of current, their relationship is still a little distant. Better than when he initially left, and she saw him off the second time after his Leave of Absence. But it's not where it could be. They're still working on a new balance.)
Early in his time in the Academy, he got a little antsy taking the Science track courses knowing as much as he did already. Even the more advanced classes were becoming a little too easy. So he jokingly took more intensive Engineering and Ops classes beyond the base requirements, thinking it would be something he didn't do much with after the fact save for minor help on rare occasions. It took a total of two of those Engineering courses for him to realize he truly loved it. Enough to suddenly switch tracks entirely after a semester and a half in the science track without much of a second thought. Four years of prior education were put aside for it. He could be a scientist, he more than has the qualifications. He just prefers the Engineering side of it and would like to stay there. But he can uniquely offer input based on his prior qualifications that not every Engineer can offer.
He is part of the Juneau's crew as one of the ship's Engineers. He took a brief leave of absence in the middle of 2398 due to some personal stressors. And stayed away longer than intended because of a rare Aurelian medical concern that came up unexpectedly. But he is back on board the Juneau, once more in the Engineering department, and is learning how to take things as they come.
- Behavior notes: From day one, Dekas was excellently well mannered and well researched. He is reported to have been an excellent student, exceedingly friendly and thoughtful. Respectful. Good humor about any social mishaps. And, as one of his teachers once said "Very good at remembering people. Like scarily good. I swear he knows the name of every member of the Academy, and at least one obscure detail about them. He could tell a clone apart if they stood next to their counterpart. I'm both scared and in awe. What have I said that he remembers that I don't? If not for his inability to lie I might have questioned why he didn't go into some part of the Intelligence track with skills like that. Really nice guy, though."
- Grades: The lowest he ever got on anything was a B+, and that was only on things he really struggled to understand. He was all too willing to ask questions for clarifications and get help from classmates he knew understood something better to retain information with understanding. He could have graduated top of classes if he wanted. But it wasn't his priority to be at the top. He was also there to experience what a new place had to offer and to practice understanding and expressing humanoid social cues better.
- Majors, Minors, & Specializations: Majored in Engineering; Specializations in: Propulsion Systems & Components Engineering. Minored in the Programming specialization, and technically minored in the HCO career track. (The only thing that kept him from outright double-majoring in Engineering and HCO fields was his lack of interest in taking classes in advanced battle strategies. He essentially took all of the other classes required for the major, although technically it is considered a minor. He can be considered something of an honorary double-major and can fill in at the HCO station when requested. Because save for a more intensive understanding of battle strategizing, he basically majored in HCO as well just for fun.)
- Misc. things:
- Started in the Science career track with the goal of specializations in History and Linguistics, had possible goals of extending it into linguistic xenoanthropology a little bit. This is because he had roughly 4 years of extended education on those subjects back on Aurelia prior to joining Starfleet. He thought he'd breeze through, learn new things for the slight extension into the xenoanthropology side of it, and the things he was required to know outside of those things to graduate the academy, then take a lot of extra time getting a better understanding of humanoid social cues and culture. But after about a semester, he started getting a little understimulated since he already knew as much as he did. He was learning new things, but not to the extent he would have liked. As some sort of in-joke with himself, he decided to take more intensive Engineering and Ops classes because he "might as well learn something new." It was an accident that it ended up being his passion, and somewhat impulsive that he so quickly knew that he'd be happiest in the Engineering track since Aurelians aren't well known for being Starship Engineers. He still loves the sciences he has a degree in, but his passion for Engineering shockingly overpowered his desire to go into those sciences as a career for the time being. His family doesn't quite understand where it came from since he studied the sciences he did with such vigor back home. But they are mostly supportive of their sweet Engineering boy.
- He still took some of those extra science classes on the side, is still extremely qualified for a science role if he wanted one, and can happily talk with scientists. Especially about history, linguistics, linguistic xenoanthropology, and in turn related subjects like archeology, and a little bit of sociology due to their frequent overlaps. He doesn't get a whole lot of chances to talk about the fact he knows these things, and it would likely surprise his crewmates who don't know him well yet to know that he's uniquely educated in that way.
- Other courses he took for fun include: Multiple levels of Vulcan language classes, One level of Klingon Language, and a few other language classes for common Federation languages, and learns more about them with some of his free time when he's in the mood. He's taken various classes from the Material Engineering specialization in the vein of nanotechnology and sustainable energy. He's also taken a good number of psychology courses for the sake of curiosity and keeps up to date on basic first aid training because you never know when you'll need it in a crisis.
- Side details: He was in the academy for 5.5 years. He stayed in the academy an extra year and a half purely because he wanted to give a few extra things the old college try before being placed somewhere. That year and a half was also the time he took the most opportunity for more in-depth social things since he'd taken those intensive Engineering classes over his original plan to take the social time during his brief stint in the science track. Plus he already knew he was good to go once he was ready.
- Overall review: "Smart, friendly, vibrant, and lovable... But definitely a huge nerd."
|Friends & Crewmates|
|Oddas Aria, Fleet Captain|
Captain Oddas is someone that Dekas deeply admires and respects. He strives to emulate her strength and leadership in his own ways and wishes to do well enough at his job on the ship to make her proud. Dekas also considers her a friend. More than she realizes, most likely. He's very smart and does recognize why someone might label her as 'stand-offish'. But in his mind, it is less 'stand-offish' and more 'stoic and serious'. She is a Captain, and she's gone through a lot. Because of that, he understands the degree of separation from most officers. He takes into account the need for professionalism first and is always sure to follow it as one of the first means of interacting with her under regular circumstances. But not-so-deep-down he hopes to one day gain a level of bond with her that is both professional and simultaneously a genuine friendship from both sides. Not that he doesn't already act that way when given the opportunity, of course. His love for those he considers his friends is pure and unconditional. So as it stands, there is no condition that requires someone to feel the same level of friendship for him to already consider someone a good friend. The Captain included.
|Kalia Qinn, Station's XO|
Dekas implicitly trusts Commander Qinn due to her helping to save him from the horrific fate of becoming a Borg drone. She has also only ever shown him kindness. Given the value he places on kindness and compassion, he finds her to have a lot of both and has nothing but good things to say about her. He also spent some time with her and her daughter on Ring 42 during a Shore Leave camping trip and he finds the presence of a well-adjusted family comforting, so that's an extra set of brownie points for Qinn.
|John Kendrick, crewmate|
Dekas thinks that John Kendrick has absolutely marvelous vibes about him and would like nothing more than to gain his friendship as time goes on.
|Karise Indobri, CMO, friend|
He's run into Karise a few times and finds her very calming to speak with. Very understanding. Something she said at the beginning of a mission hit him as true; he doesn't need to be sick to say hello. However, given a recent counseling session, it's likely she will be seeing him a lot more if only because there's going to be a frame of time where he's sleeping in Sickbay until he has better coping mechanisms for handling the trauma/anxiety of sleeping in his own quarters alone. Hopefully, she doesn't get too tired of him.
|R'Kala, Ship's Counselor, friend|
Prior to his LOA, and while she was still in a science position, he did meet her. But he didn't get much of a chance to know her, then. Since she came back from her own LOA, and took up the Counselor's position, he finds that he very much likes her and considers her a friend in his own mind. He's not scared of a Klingon Counselor, in fact, he found it refreshing after the session he had with her to know that in the event he does feel angry, she's not overly uncomfortable with that. Not that he's a particularly angry person by nature. But knowing there is someone who won't take it personally if it happens is comforting in its way. To him, there's something very Aurelian about a race of people who generally speak their minds without too much issue when they so choose, even if their means of speaking their minds can sometimes be abrasive. Plus she offered him the counseling couch to nap on in the event the sickbay isn't available for one reason or another while they're sorting out the anxiety coping mechanisms for him to eventually sleep in his own quarters, and that's a huge plus in his book.
|Kiran Han, Former Marine Major, current Commander, friend, and someone to coax a smile out of|
There is a fondness there for Major Han that he's not sure how to describe. Prior to his assimilation crisis, it was simply that Major Han was someone he felt safe around and found pleasant to talk to. Things that are still true to now. But there was something about the surprising gentleness that he showed toward him while in the midst of his assimilation, that the fondness did increase. Even wearing literal Marine Armor, he risked himself before it was fully sure the anti-assimilation medicine would work completely. It's a different flavor of fondness than what he has for the medical staff about it, but just as strongly rooted. A personal goal for Dekas that came out of it is the desire to make the very serious Han smile around him at least once in a while. Really smile. He understands that the seriousness is as much a natural thing as it is something of an element to being a Marine. But he also wants to be someone that he can remove some of his metaphorical Marine armor for. Because Kiran Han is his friend. He wants him to feel like he can be Kiran Han, and not just Major Han all the time.
|Katrina Pelley, Nurse, Instant friend, someone special and worth knowing.|
Nurse Katrina Pelley was there when his assimilation happened, and there when she absolutely saved his life from that assimilation (alongside Doctor Vihn). He adores Nurse Pelley. He would help her with anything that she needed if she asked. He's also planning on giving her a massive, full-winged hug once he's healed. Because as much as the doctor helped as well, he wants her to be aware of how big of a role she played too, how deserving she is of his gratitude. And how amazing she is to him. He has trusted her with his life and would do so again in a heartbeat.
|Tomas Falt, Holodeck buddy, Chief Hug Officer, "Oh no, he's hot", crush|
His first real interaction with Tomas Falt was in a fantasy holodeck adventure where Tomas played a Barbarian called "Varg." And every single time Dekas has talked to him since, he's never failed to find him really attractive. He likes the sound of his accent. He thinks he's exciting and kind. He likes the science background, and the anthropology and subsequent appreciation for history as a result. He recently went on an away mission with him and respects his leadership. Dekas has the biggest bird crush on Tomas. He's not used to getting crushes on humans, however, and does not know what to do with it considering the cultural differences, so he's in a phase of denial and is very flustered when he thinks too hard about it. But above his urge to take Tomas to dinner and tell him he's handsome, he'd really just like to get to know him and be good friends with him. But he does find Chief Science Officer Tomas Falt ridiculously hot. Tomas drunk-hugged him during the Award's Ceremony where they were told they would officially be moving down to Ring 42 on Denali Station. Honestly. It made his heart soar. Just a little bit. He tries not to daydream too much about hugging him more often.
|Ashley Yael, Counselor, new friend, very easy and pleasant to talk with, hellaciously cute|
He met Ashley Yael during a the "Web Unbound" mission and were on the same team. But he really started to find him lovely when they had a good chat in the Replimat. Dekas finds him quite attractive as a person, but also delightfully easy and pleasant to speak with. And they planned future friend dates to hang out. Dekas is a bit nervous to speak to him in a professional sense, because he's afraid of his own problems. But he does enjoy talking to Ash in general and would like nothing more than to talk to him many more times.
|T'Lea, Science officer, friend|
Originally Chief Science officer on the Juneau. He helped rescue her after she and Karise Indobri got kidnapped. Then properly got to know her better during the following Shore Leave in the aptly named "Mega-Deck" on The Spike where Dekas, T'Lea, and Engineer from the Grace Hopper Nyka Wyss, got stuck in a Western simulation that started to have thoughts. They sorted it out, thankfully. But he enjoys T'Lea's presence. He thinks she's fun and would like to get to know her better now that she's on Denali Station after an LOA.
|Sera, Good Friend, Fellow Engineer, trustworthy confidant|
Dekas officially met her when she showed up to an invited fantasy adventure in the holodeck where she played a ranger. He thinks she's funny and is very excited to get chances to interact with her more. He's never been deterred by the idea of Vulcan logic which she seems to exude a lot of. He values her opinions and input. He also thinks she's fun. After they moved to Denali Station they finally found the chance to bond, and with a very simple gesture of taking his hand when he felt vulnerable, Sera gained Dekas' trust in a way many people don't even try to gain. So regardless of what she thinks of him, he considers her a good friend and hopes to make even better friends with time.
|Kettick, Friend, and fellow Engineer|
Dekas thinks Kettick is a profoundly skilled engineer, and admires the work that he does. He trusts his input. He also thinks Kettick's sense of humor is marvelous. On top of that, he finds a certain kinship with Kettick seeing as they are both people who stand out as "different." Neither of them would ever really be able to pretend they were anyone else. He wants to learn more about him.
|Zaaia Leix, Current leader of the Marines on Denali station, new friend|
He doesn't know Major Leix very well yet. But based on the few interactions he's had with her, she is yet another Marine that Dekas enjoys. She's showed herself to be very kind and in good humor. Enthusiastic. Someone he'd like to get to know better over time.
|Gwen Kingsley, CWO of the Marines on Denali Station, possibly the coolest person|
He's worked with her on two missions, including the one where he got assimilated. And he finds her skills and specializations so cool, and her demeanor so cool, that whether Gwen realizes it or not, Dekas considers her a friend. He enjoys her presence. He doesn't know how he got to like so many Marines the way he does, but he does really like the Marines, and Gwen is absolutely one of his favorites.
|Zuka, Historian and Philosopher|
Dekas' Mother. As can be expected of Aurelians in general, he has an excellent relationship with his mother. She is someone he trusts deeply and wholeheartedly. She is one of his biggest supporters and one of the people who helped him the most during the few months he had to take a Leave of Absence, and during the height of his medical diagnosis around that time. She is supremely loving and forgiving, and an example to many. She's a well-known historian and philosopher in their flock and has many a time left Dekas awake just thinking. She is the more extroverted of his parents, and because of it, she is the leader of their family. She is laid back and sweet, but she is also a strong personality and does not take people's crap. She will call someone out if they're making excuses. Politely, but firmly. She is frequently the one who initiates things with others. She will also offer gentle guidance if someone needs help with a decision or a problem. As well as being very comforting when someone is struggling.
Dekas' Father. An equally excellent relationship with his father. Daf is a very shy, introverted man in comparison to his mother. But once you get to know him, or if you see him around his family or students, he's an extremely kind, laid-back person. He was the parent who was more likely to let little things slip under the radar. Always affectionate when someone needed comfort. Dekas does his best to emulate his father's patient compassion with new people and does also have the same habit of occasionally getting very fluffy feathered in the face when people compliment him or show him affection, as that was definitely a trait he inherited from Daf. (Note: You wouldn't necessarily think that Daf would be a perfect match for someone as confidently strong-willed as Zuka, but his parents are deeply in love with one another and constantly show it if they are in a room together. Besides... she pursued him first and thought the shy return of the feelings was extremely cute and still does. She is constantly doing everything she can to get the fluffy face reaction from him because of finding it adorable. It has never once stopped even after a little over 50 years of being bonded to one another. It works very well for them. After all, there is a reason they have 13 kids together.)
Dekas' Eldest sister. She was already an adult by the time Dekas was hatched, so while they do know each other well, and get along just fine, they aren't as close as they could be due to the 20 year age difference. But he does look up to her. Has two bondmates and three children, all of which are only 4 years younger than Dekas is.
One of Dekas' eldest sisters. She's Rha's twin. And in a similar way, he's not as close to her as he could be because of that same 20 year age difference. However, he's slightly closer to Ruri than to Rha. She jokes a little more often. He looks up to her. She has a bondmate and 4 children who are only about 7 years younger than him.
|Irik, Biology Professor|
Dekas' eldest brother. Their age difference is 16 years. Again not the closest relationship due to the gap, but they get along swimmingly. Irik likes to playfully rib Dekas for things as older brothers sometimes do. Dekas does his best to have good comebacks but isn't always successful. It's their form of friendship and they have fun with it.
One of Dekas' eldest brothers. He's Irik's twin. 16 year age difference. Keso liked to go out a lot while Dekas was growing up, so they don't have the closest relationship based on lack of frequent interaction, This has especially true since Keso found a bondmate, and started having Fledglings of his own. (He has six of them and they're roughly 12 years younger than Dekas.) But they do get along when they're in a room together.
|Sukki, Ecologist, and singer|
One of Dekas' older sisters. 13 year age difference. Dekas and Sukki can be known to spend a significant amount of time together when Dekas is on Aurelia. They are good friends and like making up little songs together. They fly together as well. He has very fond memories of that with her. She is currently unbonded, but has been a surrogate for same-gender bondmates before and is thrilled to give those Aurelians that joy. However, her day job is as a notable ecologist, and on the side, she also sings because she loves it.
One of Dekas' older sisters. She's one of the triplets along with Sukki, 13 year age difference. She was a lot like their father in her gentle compassion, and like their mother in her specific passion for history. He looks up to her in similar ways.
One of Dekas' older sisters. She's one of the triplets along with Sukki, and Mars, 13 year age difference. She was always a little quieter, but he enjoys spending those quiet moments with her. However, when she wasn't being quiet, she was the one daring him to do mischievous things here and there.
One of Dekas' older brothers. 11 year age difference. He likes to goof around with Gura, they have a good, very playful bond. He also enjoys listening to Gura talk about the science things he's been part of. He has a bondmate and two fledges.
One of Dekas' older sisters. She's Gura's twin. 11 year age difference. She and Gura were nearly inseparable growing up, so they both went into similar fields and often work closely together. As such, Dekas enjoys hearing her talk about her science career as well. Has a bondmate from a different flock of Aurelians with Blue and gold feathers, and one fledge called Zhia'Qi whose feather colors are significantly different from both parents with green, blue, and orange feathers from the mix. Dekas is quite fond of Zhia and finds he relates to the fact that people often double-take when they see her. She's his favorite niece.
One of Dekas' older sisters. Triplets with Koori and Ura. 5 year age difference to Dekas. They're decently close because of the closeness in ages, but he did have a clear preference for Koori, so it never reached that level. However, he loves Daffa dearly and thinks her music is awesome.
|Koori, Spiritual, and Intuitive Energy Healer|
One of Dekas' older sisters. Triplets with Daffa and Ura. 5 year age difference to Dekas. The sibling that Dekas feels closest to. When Dekas hit about 6 years old, and Koori was 11, they started realizing that both of them felt different from other Aurelians somehow. And they bonded through that. Koori was his confidant and best friend within the family. They did, however, have a distinct and unexpected point of disagreement. Dekas wanted to join Starfleet. Koori didn't think that it was right for him, worried that he'd become a self-fulfilling tragedy like his namesake. When he told her that he'd been accepted into the academy on Earth, they got into their first real fight. The disagreement didn't get solved before he left because the only way she was going to be happy with any of it was if Dekas stayed where it was safest, and the only way Dekas was going to be happy was if she'd just be happy with him. She didn't see him off when he left. For a while, this led to rather awkward communications over long distance since both of them considered it a conversation to have in person. They had a few chances to talk it out when Dekas took his Leave of Absence in mid-2398, but neither of them wanted to get into another fight. Dekas' rare Aurelian medical diagnosis ended up postponing it again since he had to deal with that first, and then he planned to leave again. Something they already knew would be the case. She seemed to understand a little better since she did say goodbye the second time. But given the time that has passed, and the way their lives have changed... it's not anywhere close to what it was. It's hard to say that it ever will be. They're not sure what that means for the future.
|Ura, Crystal sculptor|
One of Dekas' older sisters. Triplets with Daffa and Koori. 5 year age difference to Dekas. They were fairly close given their closer age range, but because of his closeness to Koori, it wasn't quite as close as it could have been. But neither party is bitter because it's not like it's unusual to have favorites. She supports his goals and loves him dearly, and the sentiment is returned.
|Zhia'Qi, Niece, Youth|
Zhia'Qi or "Zhia" (pronounced like "Zjaw", Full name is: "Zjaw-key") is Dekas' favorite child of his siblings. She's the daughter of Eris and Eris' bondmate Khess'Qi. She stands out with a very different color of feathers to both of her parents as she is a mixed bird from two differently feathered flocks. She is 19 years old now, and only a few months from Aurelian social adulthood. He'd like to be there for that ceremony.
|Zaraleek-Om, Childhood friend, Traveler, Psychologist & Sociologist, Unrequited love|
Zaraleek-Om “Zara” is the great-grandson of Aurelia's late renowned Historian Loom Aleek-Om. He's about a year older than Dekas. They met through their mothers being well-known historians within their respective flocks, and good friends. Zaraleek was Dekas' best friend that wasn't family. At some point, Dekas found himself very in love with Zara. He told him so and considered courting him. But Zara is a free spirit and before anything could be acted on, Zara was given permission to study psychology and sociology on Vulcan and left Aurelia for it. Dekas put his focus on getting into Starfleet once he left. During Dekas' recent LOA, Zara was back home for a little while coincidentally, which was nice since it’d been at least eight years since he’d really talked to him. Dekas still loves Zara deeply. But Zara is somewhat emotionally unavailable and has unintentionally toyed with his feelings. He’s always had odd tendencies to return his affections for a short time before cutting him off without warning. They promised to keep in contact this time and he plans to try. Dekas prefers to focus on things in his present situations and relationships. But there are unrequited, unresolved feelings about Zaraleek-Om nonetheless.
|Commander Collins, Chief of Science on the USS Arrow, new friend, Kindred spirit, Friend Crush Friday Candidate.|
Dekas met Commander Collins while he was visiting for Captain Oddas' promotion to Fleet Captain. And the way Collins spoke and acted hit Dekas with such a sudden and profound dose of serotonin that he was slightly enamored and considering what color to use for a best friend bracelet for him somewhere deep down. Quentin effortlessly revitalized his already high vibrational energy, and Dekas liked the way it made him feel. Essentially he views Quentin as a kindred spirit at first sight somehow, and he can't explain exactly why, just that he feels it. Something about him just speaks to his soul and he wants to be best buds with Commander Collins.
|Commander Serinus, Chief of Security on the USS Arrow, new friend|
Dekas met Serinus during a walk in the corridors during his visit for Captain Oddas' promotion to Fleet Captain. Serinus was walking his very adorable miniature Targ. Dekas thinks the Targ is adorable, and that Serinus is very kind. Really he's finding himself endeared to the crew of the Arrow and he's only met two of them... so far.
Missions & Shore Leaves
|Visitors in the Night (239801-239802):|
Dekas came in at the end of this one and doesn't have all the information for it, but he did find it altogether fascinating to be in the presence of a living vessel, and also the quasar.
|The Brave Ferengi (239803-239804):|
Dekas took to the surface with some of the away team and helped to sort out some of the issues with the Jem'Hadar and the Ferengi Damon who'd claimed ownership of the planet.
|Return to the Ring (239805-239806/239807):|
He was really only there for a short piece of this one, but he helped at the engineering station on the Grace Hopper to figure out what was going on with the crew below who'd been taken and used to help the last surviving alien of the Ring.
|LOA: Dekas takes a brief LOA home to Aurelia 239807-239811 (Roughly. Give or take a few weeks.)|
|The Silent Monster (239811-239812/239901): As the Juneau is surveying the planet Anadasa, an M-class world inhabited by a pre-industrialized civilization, the Tactical Department detects a crashed Borg ship deep within the planet’s ocean. Dekas is assigned to an away team on Anadasa's moon to search through an old Cardassian base. A base which has unwittingly started to become infested with Borg tech, and is quickly becoming more Borg than Cardassian influence. It is here that Dekas gets jabbed with an assimilation tube and partially assimilated. Only saved thanks to the existence of a nanoprobe vaccine of sorts.|
|Finders Keepers (239902-239904.20): Just hours after the Juneau ends their shore leave to move onto their next mission, they’re called back to Ring 42 to help the USS Grace Hopper, which has been unexpectedly attacked by pirates looking to steal an artifact of unknown properties, then were gone into The Wilds just as fast. The kicker? The pirates mysteriously beamed right through the ship’s shields at will to get it.|
|A Web Unbound (239906.15-TBA): Shore Leave on Denali Station is recalled after a sensor in the operations department picks up strange, possibly dangerous readings from somewhere within the Market District. Simultaneously, a door opens on the ominous spired building that doesn't look like any of the other buildings in the City.|
|Shore Leave 1: Kidnapping with a side of friendship (239802-239803):|
Dekas checks in with, then XO, Commander Orrey. He also gets his first medical check done by Doctor Rel Cassi and is in fine health. He gets the chance to visit Lightside Station and finds himself making friends with Isabelle Deveaux, Vitor Silveira, and Kalos Fiorr in the floral boutique. Dekas also gets the chance to help rescue Kidnapped and stranded officers T'Lea and Indobri from the uninhabitable planet below the station. Followed by an awards ceremony to finish the Shore Leave off.
|Shore Leave 2: Mega-deck, and a mega spa day (239804-239805):|
Dekas visits Nyka Wyss' new size upgrade to Lightside Station's holodeck (affectionately dubbed The Megadeck). He is also there with T'Lea, and Doctor Indobri. They all find themselves stuck in it as it malfunctions and the holographic people in this Old Western setting process him as he is and they are starting to think for themselves. In the end, Indobri uses her telepathic abilities to make them go to sleep, while Dekas figures out the Engineering side of things. Once sorted, they find that it's related to an Iconian artifact that was connected to it that was giving them something akin to sentience. Nyka Wyss and Dekas become friends, and she gives him a cowboy hat as a gift. This is also the Shore Leave where Dekas spent a little time in the spa with Captain Oddas and their new Intelligence officer Alexander Williams. Dekas also visits Counselor Tierney to talk about the previous mission and some little family issues back home on Aurelia.
|Shoreleave 3: Return from The Leave (239811):|
Dekas returns from his LOA at the tail end of the Juneau's Shore Leave on DS9 and Bajor. He gets a quick chance to explore the station, get a little acquainted, and get a good view of the marvelous Bajoran wormhole. He then checks in with their very new XO Kalia Qinn, who asks him while he's there what his opinion is on if the awards ceremony should be casual or formal, and he answers with casual. Then follows it up by later going to the casual awards ceremony where he gets a chance to talk with Captain Oddas and Stelek in the process.
|Shoreleave 4: Vampires, Pickles, and Promotions. Oh my! (239901-239902):|
After a traumatic mission of getting assimilated on Anadasa's moon, Shore Leave is set on Ring 42. Dekas has a conversation with Major Han after the whole incident. Dekas also plans a holodeck situation to help decompress and make friends and is joined by Sera, Tomas Falt, and Motor Vihn, where they play as D&D classes in a fantasy setting and slay some holodeck vampires. Dekas finds he has sleeping issues and talks to Counselor R'Kala about that and his Borg Trauma. He goes camping with Qinn and her daughter Tashi. He, Sera, and Kettick sort out a pickle in Engineering. Not long after, the Juneau has a Masquerade-themed Award's Ceremony, in which Dekas flirts with Falt just a little bit, and receives a Purple Heart, the Recovery Ribbon, and the Unity Ribbon along with getting promoted to Lieutenant JG.
|Shoreleave 5: New home, who dis? (239904.20-TBA):|
Not long after the events of Finders Keepers, Captain Oddas Aria gets assigned to be the commanding officer of the newly established Denali Station on Ring 42, and along with it, she gets a promotion to Fleet Captain by the visiting Cmdre. Rahman of the USS Kitty Hawk. (As well as visitors Quentin Collins, and Artinus Serinus of the USS Arrow.) During the actual award ceremony Dekas along with the rest of the crew are awarded the Starfleet Investigation Ribbon and the Operation Safe Harbor Service Medal. Dekas along with Qinn, Indobri, Falt, and Kettick is awarded the Intelligence Star. And Dekas is promoted to Full Lieutenant, much to his surprise. During the move, Dekas takes note of some infrastructure concerns, flies for the first time, finally reaches out to his family, takes a walk on the "beach", and explores a little bit of the Market District with some friends (Sera, Tomas Falt, Zaaia Leix, and the visiting Commander Collins.)
|Shoreleave 6: Expansion. (239908): |
After "A Web Unbound" the crew takes the time to help in expanding the station to allow for more people. Dekas bonds with Sera over a sleepless night, pranks Chief of Security John Kendrick by sound mimicking the combadge chirp, talks with new counselor Ashley Yael and finds he thinks he's a lovely person, and gets stuck in an elevator with hilarious misanthrope Naomi Frayley by accident. And plans the award's ceremony with the help of Major Zaaia Leix.
Mission specific important sims
- Title of SIM - (Stardate and brief description of what happens)
Shore Leave important sims
- "Sibling Rivalry" - (239806.13, Dekas has a counseling session with Counsellor Airik Tierney about the mission on Aturn VII, and his current relationship with his sister back on Aurelia.)
- "In Fine Feather" - (239811.13, After an LOA, going through a rare Aurelian health diagnosis that kept him away longer, he returns to The Juneau to find he's struggling more than he thought. But he keeps his head up and meets with the new XO.)
- "Looks like I owe a lot of people a drink." - (239902.10, Ensign Dekas gets graciously promoted to Lieutenant JG Dekas.)
- "Watch as this JG becomes a full BLT! (Not Clickbait)" - (239905.07, Lieutenant JG Dekas gets shockingly promoted to Lieutenant.)
- "The Right Person" - (239905.10, Lieutenant Dekas gets the opportunity to be Head of Infrastructure Development on Denali Station.)
- "To be a 'normal person'" - (239905.14, Dekas flies for the first time in months in the newly minted Denali Station and makes a decision to be more Aurelian.)
- "Strike the Ground" - (239905.21, Dekas contacts his family after months of silence on his end, and has a nice chat with his mother.)
Dekas' Assimilation Arc.
- "The Careless Version. Part 2" - (239812.21 On an abandoned Cardassian base that's being rewritten with Borg specs and blocking transporters to the ship, Dekas gets jabbed with a Borg injection tube and starts the beginning stages of assimilation.)
- "Threshold." - (239812.24 Dekas' Assimilation escalates to a peak. And at the moment where he thinks it's all over, and that resistance really is futile, hope arrives in the form of Commander Kalia Qinn.)
- "Not if. When." & "Be Honest." - (239812.30 With the anti-assimilation drug administered, and the base taken down, Dekas is beamed into sickbay in the care of Doctor Vihn and Nurse Pelley. Dekas goes through the ebb and flow of fear and hope.)
- "The end of a really long day." - (239901.01 Vihn and Pelley find a solution to the problem and give Dekas a successful dose of anti-assimilation medication and he's finally able to go to sleep.)
- "The Pit." - (239901.02 Dekas dreams, and buries the pain with the shade of himself in said dream.)
- "Sleepless in Space: Part I" & "Sleepless in Space: Part II" - (239901.24, Dekas goes to Counselor R'Kala about his sleeping problems, to figure out what to do about them.)
Awards & Service Ribbon Citations
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