Lieutenant Kivik is a J'naii Science Officer, currently serving as Chief Science Officer aboard the USS Kitty Hawk in the Delta Quadrant. Kivik is a PNPC simmed by Keegan (Kivik).
- Full Name: Kivik Altik-Nerun
- Race: J'naii
- Gender: Androgynous (ne/nem/nir)
- Place of Birth: Th'orem, J'naii
- Date of Birth: 236609.07 (31)
- Telepathic status: T0/E0
The majority of J'naii are ungendered or 'angrogynous' and do not experience or express any gender identity. As such, many prefer the use of gender-neutral pronouns.
While 'They' is a commonly-used gender-neutral pronoun within the Federation (and most J'naii would accept its use for themselves), when referring to an individual J'naii, it is considered polite to use the alternative outlined below.
As the J'naii language does include a unique gender-neutral pronoun scheme that is considered 'untranslatable,' an older Human scheme has been adopted for use in Federation Standard conversation: ne/nem/nir.
It should be noted that there are a large population of J'naii who do experience gender - the below guide is for Lt. JG Kivik's preferences only.
||He or She
||"Have you met Kivik? Ne is a Science Officer."
"Are they stationed on board the Kitty Hawk?"
||His or Her/s
||"Kivik isn't the same without nir coffee." / "I think that coffee is nirs."
"Oh darn. I think I accidentally took a sip of their coffee..."
||Him or Her
||"I haven't worked with nem in a while."
"Kivik and chocolate don't mix. Makes them crazy."
It should also be noted that the average J'naii's experience of gender is not equivalent to non-binary Humans. Most J'naii are not 'non-binary' but are 'ungendered' - meaning they experience no 'male/masculine', 'female/feminine', or any other gendered feelings of any kind. Individuals who express gender are persecuted on J'naii (including those who identify as non-binary), and so the two should not be conflated with one another.
- Marital Status: Unattached
- Parents: Nerun, Altik
- Siblings: Jasken (older), Weir (younger)
Presentation & Physical Features
- Height: 1.57 m (5'2")
- Weight: 55 kg (120 lb)
- Build: Slight, androgynous
- Hair Color: Brown
- Length of Hair: Short
- Eye Color: Hazel
- Handedness: Right
- Voice: Mid-Range, ungendered
Personality & Mannerisms
- Mannerisms: Curious, studious, excitable, nervous
- Temperament: Level-headed, non-confrontational
- Mental Difficulties: Lieutenant JG Ikaia Wong suggested that Kivik may suffer from Anxiety (undiagnosed)
- Habits: Habitual coffee drinker, lover of all things sweet
- Hobbies: Games (e.g. board games, holodeck, strategy)
- Musical Instruments: Cello (learning)
Beliefs & Attitudes
- Religion/Spiritual Devotion: Atheist
- Likes: Coffee, sweets, scientific discovery
- Dislikes: Danger, rudeness, unfamiliar social situations
- Ambitions and Goals: To change scientific and cultural consensus regarding gender identity on nir homeworld
- Achievements in Life: Advanced scientific training, one of few J'naii to leave home world and join Starfleet
- Disappointments in Life: Having to leave home in order to live in an accepting society
Fashion & Style
- Quarters: Kivik's quarters are typically fairly spartan, though ne has accrued some odd decor from nir Veritas roommate, Ensign Finsen
- Off Duty Dress: Typical J'naii garb (jumpsuit)
||Kivik and Wong have grown to know and respect one another as friends. Kivik also looks up to Wong as a role model.
||Scotty and Kivik have participated in several missions and personal adventures together and enjoy each others' company. |
When they transferred to Amity Outpost, they also shared an apartment.
||Lilith and Kivik have participated in several missions and personal adventures together, including a midnight snack on the USS Baikal.
||Kivik and Ukinix have gotten along well in the time they've spent working together and have conversed socially over drinks.
||Amicable Colleagues / CO
||Kivik greatly respects Ambassador Vataix as a leader and appreciates her positive, informal, and playful nature.
||Kivik bumped into Bec on the way to the Amity Festival and the two attended together. Since then, they've had some (mis)adventures together.
||Kivik likes Zal and looks forward to getting to know him better - though ne suspects he may be a bit of a troublemaker.
||Ariadust helped Kivik with some flying lessons to help the J'naii overcome nir childhood fear of small spacecraft.
||Counsellor Toliver has helped Kivik work through some of nir anxieties and become a more confident Starfleet Officer.
||Kivik has asked Dr. Orrey for diplomatic assistance with nir goals of changing attitudes on J'naii towards gender.
||While estranged for several years, Kivik has contacted Jasken about the possibility of collaborating to bring about change on J'naii.
||The two worked together and were romantically involved prior to Kivik leaving J'naii. Halin has since moved on and started a family.
||While at first Finsen's intense personality wore on Kivik, ne has learned to appreciate the excitable Denobulan as a friend.
Korten Research Institute on J'naii homeworld.
Kivik was born, like all J’naii, from a fibrous husk which combined and nurtured nir parents’ genetic material, in 2366 - the second child sired by Nerun and Altik. While the ritual may seem odd to some humanoid species, it is quite normal on J’naii.
Kivik’s family lived in a recently-established city on the planet’s southernmost continent, Th’orem. Recent technological advances had made this possible, as the region’s climate had previously been considered uninhabitable. As such, the city was a hub for scientific pursuits - research, development, and education.
Nerun studied planetary science - geology and climate - and Altik worked as an administrator for the local chapter of a global scientific academy, Korten Research Institute. Kivik’s older sibling, Jasken, had travelled to the J’naii capitol, on J’naris (the planet’s smallest, but most-resource-rich continent) to work in politics.
The 'Enterprise Incident'
The USS Enterprise-D over the J'naii homeworld
In 2368, when Kivik was only two, the USS Enterprise visited J’naii following the discovery of a nearby Null Space pocket. The situation quickly became a global sensation, as the Federation found themselves embroiled in a scandalous incident involving Commander Riker and a J’naii pilot. Jasken was present for the trial of Sorel (the pilot), working as a junior secretary for Chief Minister Noor. In the years following, as Kivik grew up, Jasken would often recount the story when visiting. Kivik was fascinated by the tale of the visiting aliens, their strange ‘gendered’ society, and how the J’naii responded to the incident.
Education on J'naii
Once Kivik had completed nir secondary education, in 2382, ne continued with their studies at the Korten Institute, following in nir parent’s footsteps. Ne studied Biology and, over four years, attained a Principal Degree (equivalent to a Masters) in the field. Ne worked for a few years, travelling around the planet, as part of a research team studying local organisms.
While travelling, Kivik developed an interest in the differing regional cultures of the J’naii and, upon returning to Th’orem, enrolled once again at Korten Institute, studying Ethnology - a niche subject on J’naii and completing nir second Principal Degree in 2390. After a few more years working on J’naii, a unique opportunity was presented.
Research & Backlash
Along with nir research partner, Halin, Kivik conducted a years-long study of the effects of gender on J'naii psychology and physiology. The study's controversial hypothesis suggested that there may, in fact, be no mental or physical illness component to J'naii gender expression. The study was conducted using a variety of measures, including neurological and genetic testing - overseen by Halin - as well as interviews, surveys, and other cultural data aggregation - overseen by Kivik. The identities of the study's subjects was kept strictly confidential to avoid any social backlash towards them.
Ultimately, Kivik and Halin determined that their research conclusively demonstrated no statistically significant link between gender and any other mental or physical illness within J'naii and, further, that individuals who were allowed to express themselves were generally happier and healthier than repressed counterparts. The J'naii government strictly forbade the researchers from publishing their findings without making significant alterations that would undermine the legitimacy of the research. Under the pressure, Halin and Kivik were split on what to do. Kivik opted to publish the unchanged findings on nir own and took an opportunity to leave J'naii in hopes of finding a new home with the Federation.
The Federation & Starfleet
While the J’naii had refused offers to join the Federation, citing overwhelming cultural discrepancies, the Federation still maintained relations with the J’naii and a research vessel was returning to J’naii space to study the long-term effects of the Null Space pocket
Kivik met with the lead Federation scientist and arranged to come aboard as a civilian scientific consultant, familiar with J’naii customs and the local area. Following this, Kivik utilised this position to stay aboard the Federation vessel, travelling back to Federation space and applying to the Starfleet Academy, in hopes of attaining a Science Officer posting aboard a Federation vessel to learn more about the myriad species and cultures inhabiting the wider galaxy. While ne did not receive a direct recommendation from a Starfleet Officer, the head scientist from the expedition put in a good word for Kivik with a local Starfleet Commander, who added their own stamp of approval - allowing Kivik to apply to the Academy.
|Starfleet Service Record
||Cadet, 4th Class
||2393 - 2394
||Cadet, 3rd Class
||2394 - 2395
||Cadet, 2nd Class
||2395 - 2396
||Cadet, 1st Class
||2396 - 2397
||239806.21 - 239809.21
|239809.22 - 239812.16
||239812.16 - 239905.28
|239905.28 - 239909.07
||USS Kitty Hawk
||Acting Chief Science Officer
||239909.07 - Present
||Chief Science Officer
Awards & Achievements
Kivik excelled at the Academy - particularly in program areas related to the Sciences, though ne struggled somewhat in classes related to combat, survival, and piloting.
Ne majored in Anthropology, continuing the educational and career path ne had been on prior to leaving J'naii for the Federation. Ne minored in Diplomacy, as ne felt it was a logical extension of nir interests and competencies.
Kivik's most memorable class was ANTH114 - Avoiding Imposition: Recognizing and Mitigating Cultural Assumptions in Archaeology.
During nir Cadet Cruise aboard Starbase 118, Kivik served as Science Officer under the training of Commander MacKenzie and Lieutenant Commander ch’Ranni.
The 'Cruise' consisted of a holodeck simulation set on a new Federation colony with joint Betazoid / Klingon colonists. The Betazed settlers had arrived first and, before the Klingons could land, began contracting a mysterious illness. Additionally, anomylous seismic readings - and the team's discovery of underground tunnels - revealed the involvement of some local burrowing fauna or entity.
As the team split up, Kivik accompanied Commander MacKenzie and the training's Medical Officer, Cadet Taylor, to the colony where they discovered the Betazoids were experiencing rapid and unusual cell mutation. Kivik was able to determine that unusually high levels of typically-weak alpha radiation. The team suspected the colony's water supply may have been deliberately tampered with and set to investigate.
At this point, the Cruise came to an end - the trainers evidently seeing all that they needed by that point to submit their evaluations. Following nir completion of the Cruise, Kivik was assigned to the USS Veritas as a junior Science Officer.
Arrival & First Mission
Kivik was posted to the USS Veritas in 2398. Ne came aboard during shore leave, via shuttle, and met with Captain Rahman and the ship's Operation's Officer, Lieutenant Commander Parker - who welcomed Kivik aboard and assigned nir quarters. During the briefing, Kivik was also assigned to the Endeavour Five mission - an archeological away mission aboard the shuttlecraft Baikal to find the remnants of a lost NX-Era shuttle (the Endeavour Five) and its crew.
Before leaving, Kivik received a medical examination from the ship's Physician's Assistant, Lieutenant JG Wong, and Security Clearance from the ship's Chief of Security, Commander Kelrod. The Away Mission's crew consisted of Captain Rahman, Commander Parker, Lieutenant Wong, and three Ensigns: Scotty Reade, Lilith Thorne, and Kivik.
During the mission, Kivik began to learn more about nir crewmates - spending time working one-on-one with Ensign Reade and attending an evening 'around the campfire' hosted by Lieutenant Wong. Ne particularly connected with Ensign Thorne, as the two of them had been assigned to share a room. The pair stayed up late one night eating Thorne's homemade apple pie and discussing their unique histories.
The mission ended abruptly, and earlier than expected. Unbeknownst to the Veritas' team, an unfamiliar race of energy beings (who called themselves Kerenians) lived on the Moon they were investigating and had tried to possess the crew of the Endeavour Five. When the Baikal arrived in orbit of the moon, the mission quickly went sideways as Captain Rahman found herself possessed by some other spirit and compelled to destroy the crashed vessel from orbit.
Unknown to the crew, one of the energy being entities managed to 'stowaway' on the Baikal and would turn up later as an invasive entity in one of the ship's Holodecks. The intruder attempted to trap several crewmembers, including Kivik, within the Holodeck and kill them - perhaps as a ploy to lure and possess the Captain. This plan was foiled by the trapped crewmembers and their valiant shipmates and the intruder was destroyed.
For nir participation in the Endeavour Five Mission, Kivik was awarded the Scientific Discovery Ribbon by Captain Rahman on 239809.20.
Kivik's first proper mission aboard the Veritas took nem to Antor II - capital of the Shoals' Colonial Coalition. The mission began as a diplomatic effort to strengthen ties with the people of Antor II and its separationist government by demonstrating the value of Starfleet's (and by extension, The Federation's) presence in the sector.
During the mission, there was a minor earthquake that collapsed part of the Russel River Dilithium Mine, trapping nearly 100 miners, as well as Ensign Scotty Reade and Lieutenant JG Ikaia Wong within. Kivik was designated to the Search and Rescue (SAR) Team under the command of Chief Engineer, Commander Wil Ukinix. In a joint operation with Antor II's Emergency Response Division, the SAR team managed to rescue most of the miners as well as the two Starfleet Officers.
For nir participation in the Antor II Mission, Kivik was awarded the Innovation Ribbon (for participating in the multidisciplinary MST modification project) as well as the Joint Meritorious Unit Award (for working in tandem with the local SAR team) by Captain Rahman on 239809.20.
In 2398, Kivik - and many other members of the Veritas crew - were re-assigned to the Amity Outpost installation in the Delta Quadrant.
En route to the Delta Quadrant aboard the USS Thor, Kivik was fortunate to meet some of nir colleagues - including Ambassador Rivi Vataix, whom ne attended a spa day with (along with Ikaia Wong).
Aboard the Outpost, Kivik was quartered with nir friend and colleague from the USS Veritas, Scotty Reade. The two of them enjoyed living together and purchased some custom furniture from Lorqui Kansatsu-sha's shop - including a custom-made table with a USS Veritas centerpiece.
During nir first few days aboard the station, Kivik came down with an unexpected case of Levodian Flu. Reporting to Sickbay with unusual thoughts and behaviour, CMO Ikaia Wong and Dr. Falina Suribana quickly realized that swelling in the J'naii's sinuses was putting pressure on nir brain and affecting nir ability to think and communicate clearly. Once the initial symptoms wore off, the medical professionals were able to synthesize a vaccine for the flu which they dubbed, 'Kivik's Strain'.
Kivik would later meet Rebecca Iko early in the young Security Officer's time aboard Amity. Together, they attended the Festival held in honour of the station's new posting.
Shortly before their first mission, Kivik met with Wil Ukinix over drinks to discuss nir first impressions of the Commander and share some rumours ne had heard. The two agreed to both put in some time researching each others' backgrounds and the lands they came from.
During nir time posted on Amity Outpost, Kivik participated in the following missions:
USS Kitty Hawk
In 2399, Kivik was asked to take on the role of Acting Chief Science Officer in Zhanyt Lafizatar's absence by nir former Captain, Roshanara Rahman - now Captain of the USS Kitty Hawk. Accepting the position eagerly, Kivik quickly began to realize that ne wanted to serve under Rahman aboard the Kitty Hawk more permanently. A few months later, ne requested consideration for the role and received an immediate field promotion from Rahman to the rank of Lieutenant, along with the posting of Chief Science Officer.
During nir time posted on the USS Kitty Hawk, Kivik participated in the following missions:
A 'Mood Board' with Kivik's preferred colours, instrument, and other elements that represent nir history, interests, and personality.
Lt. JG Kivik aboard Amity Outpost, 2399
Ensign Kivik aboard the USS Veritas, 2398
Ensign Kivik in the style of Lower Decks
- ↑ J'naii do not use surnames, but may use their parents names, conjoined in alphabetical order, to identify between individuals of the same name.
- ↑ "Learning Opportunities", Ikaia Wong, USS Veritas
- ↑ The Outcast (episode) - https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/The_Outcast_(episode)
- ↑ "JP - A Face From The Past" | Part 1 & | Part 2, Kivik & PNPC Halin, Amity Outpost
- ↑ "JP - A Face From The Past" | Part 1 & | Part 2, Kivik & PNPC Halin, Amity Outpost
- ↑ Ambassador Rivi Vataix: New Year, New Chapter (Part 2), 24001.20
- ↑ "Expectation", Kivik, USS Veritas
- ↑ "Greetings", Kivik, USS Veritas
- ↑ "A Good First Impression", Kivik, USS Veritas
- ↑ "Questions & Concerns", Kivik, USS Veritas
- ↑ "Slumber Party", Kivik, USS Veritas
- ↑ "Better Left Unsolved", Kivik, USS Veritas
- ↑ "Let's Get Out of Here", Kivik, USS Veritas
- ↑ "New Horizons", Kivik, USS Veritas
- ↑ "Time To Shine" | Part 1, | Part 2, & | Part 3, Kivik, USS Veritas
- ↑ "New Horizons", Kivik, USS Veritas
- ↑ "A Little R&R Never Hurt Anybody", Kivik, USS Thor
- ↑ "Surprise Redecorating", Kivik, Amity Outpost
- ↑ "JP - How To Make Friends and Influenza People" | Part 1, | Part 2, & | Part 3, Ikaia Wong, Falina Suribana, & Kivik, Amity Outpost
- ↑ "Welcome Wagon", Kivik, Amity Outpost
- ↑ "JP - Chocolate Confessions" | Part 1 & | Part 2, Wil Ukinix & Kivik, Amity Outpost