- Full Name: Eliaan Deron
- Race: Betazoid
- Date of Birth: 235810.30
- Place of Birth: Cataria, Betazed
- Age: 30
- Gender: Male
- Telepathy: E4
- Height: 1.8 meters
- Hair: Dark brown
- Eye color: Black
- Skin Tone: Pale
- Build: Slim
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 center 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 traveling 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 worshiped. 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 recognize 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 realize 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.
Eliaan was accepted to Starfleet Academy on his first attempt and began study with a major in exobiology and a minor in astrophysics. He greatly enjoyed his time as an undergraduate, making a close group of friends and finally feeling free of the expectations of his family. A good, rather than exceptional student, he graduated in the top ten percent of his class and was accepted to the Starfleet Medical post-graduate program.
Starfleet Medical: The transition from undergraduate to postgraduate study was not an easy one for Eliaan and in the first year he struggled to maintain his grades. As all of his friends had accepted commissions and were on their first postings, the support network he had built up over the previous four years was gone.
Although not on his official record, for a time he was using stimulants in order to stay focused and study. He became depressed and was close to washing out of the program. His dramatic change in attitude was spotted by one of his professors who, in an attempt to help him decide whether he wanted to be a doctor or not, arranged for him to volunteer in the field during a planet wide outbreak on the Napean colony Vilar 2.
He spent three months working with Starfleet Medical colleagues and Napean doctors during the outbreak. This was a truly life changing experience for the young Betazoid. He discovered that he truly loved medicine but was more suited to trauma medicine than surgery and switched specialties. With a new sense of purpose, he completed medical school.
Following a final cadet cruise aboard the USS Centris-A and graduation, Deron was assigned to the USS Resolution under the command of Commander Toni Turner. During his first mission, the Resolution was sent to Lavon, the homeworld of the newly warp-capable Zalinians who were in the middle of an unexplained outbreak. Deron was assigned to an away team assigned to discover the cause and potential treatment for the mysterious illnesses. Deron discovered that the Zalinian government had banned the use of their telekinetic powers, which had an unforeseen effect on their immune systems and caused them to be susceptible to disease. Following this discovery, the Zalinians began using their telekinesis again and the illness stopped.
As this mission was wrapping up, a number of Resolution officers were attacked by Hirogen hunters. Deron was forced to perform life saving surgery on two of his colleagues. Following the transfer of Dr Brenna Parker to Starfleet Medical, Commander Turner offered the position of Acting Chief Medical Officer to Deron.
Almost immediately following the mission to Lavon, the Resolution was assigned to Duronis II. Eliaan was assigned to an undercover team, was altered to look Laudean and took the Laudean name Finn Torrin. He was assigned to a team, which was sent to infiltrate pro-Romulan guerrillas. During this away mission, Eliaan struggled with the dangerous mission and was very affected by the plight of the native population.
Following the mission, Eliaan and Kaedyn spent their shore leave together. Upon returning to the Resolution, Eliaan's surgical abilities were once more required as Major Heath West was beamed aboard the ship partially assimilated by Borg technology, which had been implanted in him prior to assignment to the Resolution. In the midst of the crisis, Eliaan temporarily relieved Commander Turner of command of the Resolution. The surgical removal of his Borg components was successful and Major West made a full recovery and Commander Turner returned to duty the following day. Eliaan was promoted to Lieutenant (junior grade). A few weeks later, the USS Resolution was recalled.
Following temporary assignments on the USS Independence-A and the USS Discovery, Eliaan was assigned to Starbase 173 as the Chief Medical Officer.
Leave of Absence
During his year long leave of absence from Starfleet, Eliaan took a medical research position on Betazed.
Eliaan returned to Starfleet in the unfamiliar role of Assistant Chief Science Officer on the USS Victory under the command of Captain Andrus Jaxx and alongside many other friends from his time on the Resolution.
Final Academy Psychological Evaluation – Cadet Eliaan Deron
Evaluation conducted by Lt Kaleena Arda
I have had the pleasure of several meetings with Cadet Eliaan Deron during his time at Starfleet medical and I have found him a pleasant, personable young man. A major facet of Cadet Deron’s personality that I noticed immediately during our first session is his eagerness to please those around him. He believes that if he is able to impress others (particularly superiors) with his actions or, it will make them like him.
I believe this is a result of his family life. From his own description, Cadet Deron grew up in a home where worth was measured in achievements. His difficult relationship with his father has left him terrified of disappointing anyone. He therefore places a great deal of pressure upon himself to match up to the achievements of his family, especially his older siblings and the expectations that he assumes others have of him.
I have found a dramatic difference in Cadet Deron since his temporary assignment on Vilar 2. In many ways, he seemed considerably younger that his age before this time. He returned from this assignment, more mature and surer of his own abilities.
Having engaged in his first serious relationship, Cadet Deron suffered a very traumatic loss while on Vilar 2. In general, he remains reluctant to talk about this and I have seen benefit when trying to press him on the subject. He has reported bouts of depression, which I believe are a normal part of the grieving process. I would hope that in time, he is able to discuss this more freely with a Counsellor he trusts, accepting that he may not wish to discuss such issues during an Academy psychological evaluation.
At several points during our discussions, I wondered who was evaluating who. Cadet Deron has an interesting habit of making it seem like you are talking about him but in fact he’s not giving anything away and is steering the conversation back to how you feel or think. He is very reluctant to give too much away, although in my own experience he became more engaged during our later sessions.
While the issues described above are pertinent to Cadet Deron’s psychological well being, I believe they will have little effect on his ability to act as a Starfleet officer or a physician. I hereby certify that Cadet Eliaan Deron is mentally fit for duty and wish him well in his future endeavors.
Murdoch J, T'Pir, Kawn D, Deron E, Tarla. "Outbreak of viral haemorrhagic fever (VHF) among Napeans in a mid-sized colony caused by a novel VHF virus." Napean Journal of Epidemiology. 2384;82(10:5007-20.
Deron E. “Resolution of a planet wide immunosuppression-related outbreak among a telekinetic humanoid species”. Federation Medical Journal. 2386;293(26):1350-2
Deron E, Tann K, Aena B. "Successful treatment of partial Borg assimilation: a combination of microsurgery and omicron radiation therapy." Federation Journal of Surgery. Publication Pending.