Eliaan Deron/Personal History
Growing up in a family of over-achievers, Eliaan harbors the deeply held belief that he does not match up. He has spent much of his life attempting to please his Father and older brother and desperately wanting them to respect him and treat him as a peer. He even followed in their footsteps and planned to become a surgeon before changing his specialty to trauma medicine in his second year at Starfleet Medical.
It wasn’t until medical school that he was able identify his own strengths and has slowly grown in confidence. He is very hard-working; eager to please and easily hurt when he feels embarrassed. In social situations, he tends to hold back and doesn’t like to be the centre of attention, preferring interactions with smaller groups. During his time on board the USS Resolution Eliaan developed confidence in his ability as a doctor and was eventually able to assert himself. A naturally caring person, he crew very close to his small medical staff.
When it comes to the non-medical aspects of Starfleet life, he can feel out of his depth and prefers the safety of Sickbay to the uncertainty of away missions.
Parents: Eliaan is the youngest of the four children of Professor Kalana Deron, a professor of xenobiology, and her husband Dr Farren Deron, a cardiac surgeon. He has a very close relationship with his mother but struggles to live up to what he sees as his father’s expectations of him.
Siblings: The eldest of the Deron children is Dr Ewar Deron. Like his father, Ewar is a cardiac surgeon and is widely expected to surpass his ability and standing in the medical community. However, like Eliaan, he feels great pressure to maintain the high standards expected of him.
The elder of Eliaan’s two sisters, Deone Deron, is the black sheep of the family. Deone bucked family tradition and didn’t become a doctor. She spent several years travelling before returning to Betazed to become a sculptor. The two regularly correspond and are particularly close.
His final sibling is his sister Dr Qara Deron, who is four years older than Eliaan. She is a research chemist, currently based on a Federation civilian science station
The baby of the Deron family, Eliaan had a happy childhood on Betazed. He was surrounded by loving family and older siblings who doted on him. As a child he was particularly close to his brother, whom he hero worshipped. His mother wrote a book on the development of children, which included many anecdotes about Eliaan and would embarrass him greatly as he got older.
Great things were expected from the youngest Deron. Despite being clever in his own right, he never quite matched the intellectual ability of his siblings. He worked incredibly hard to achieve top grades; although in later life he would recognise that in order to do this he missed out in a lot of normal experiences.
While on temporary assignment to the Napean colony, Vilar 2, Deron worked alongside a civilian doctor named Dyami Kwan. The two shared a mutual attraction which over time blossomed into a romantic attachment. They spent three months together on the colony and for a time Eliaan considered leaving Starfleet to remain at Dyami's side. Tragedy struck when Dyami fell victim to Viral Haemorrhagic Fever and died. Eliaan returned to medical school determined to qualify and become a doctor in honour of his lost love. He keeps a photo of the two of them on his desk in his quarters and often talks to it as if Dyami were still alive.
Eliaan had a complicated relationship with Kaedyn Tann, a nursing officer, when they were both first assigned to the Resolution. The attraction between the two men was evident at their first meeting but Eliaan struggled to reconcile his feelings for Kaedyn and the memory of the man he still thought of as his Imzadi. While acknowledging their mutual attraction, they decided not to pursue a romantic relationship right away and became friends.
After working together side by side, Eliaan came to realise how strongly he felt for the Trill and that he was allowing his grief to hold him back. They eventually began dating and spent several weeks of shore leave together on the terran colony of New Madrid where they were able to get to know each other out side of sickbay.