Lorian, to put it simply, is not your average Vulcan. While he does have the classic Vulcan intuition and work ethic, he takes his time to enjoy himself. His work is his passion, his plants are more to him than mere lifeforms, they are his life's work, and he treats them as such. This passion, due to him not following the teachings of Surak, has manifested into more of an obsession due to his emotions being more extreme than most other humanoids. His sense of humor is also allowed to thrive due to his lifestyle, making the Vulcan, at least of the surface, seem jovial and upbeat at most times. In the face of reality, however, his hardships, losses, and history of running away has driven him to persistent alcohol usage as a coping mechanism. Like his passion turning to obsession, his enjoyment has turned to addiction, for the alternative is a deep sadness that he fears has turned into something worse.
As a child, Lorian was always a strange Vulcan. He had always made attempts at humour. His parents tried to stop him from doing this, but it just came naturally to him. Instead, they focused on his study of science. From a young age he was always interested in plants. He could often be found in his family’s garden studying the intricacies of the different organisms, or in the library reading up on the latest plant facts. His mother, being in the field of xenobiology and knew a small amount about botany, taught him all she could. He had a special interest in cacti.
Lorian was a fast learner in the Vulcan Learning Academy, but the other children were quick to pick on him, for he acted the most human out of all of them. His attempts at comic relief or a funny anecdote always ended in logical defeat. He eventually gave up his humour, deciding it was better to be normal than controversial. He passes with high marks in all his classes, not enough to be top in the school, but still enough.
He graduated in 2385 and later that year started studying botany at the Vulcan Science Academy. The people there didn’t accept the way that Lorian lived, but they did agree that he was a brilliant botanist, so logic dictated they let him stay. After six tedious years at the academy, Lorian finally decided he was done. He packed his things and left his old life behind. He applied to join Starfleet and was accepted soon after. He began his long journey to becoming a Starfleet officer.
Soon after joining Starfleet, he realized he could finally use his humor without being shunned. This realization changed Lorian’s life. He began to lax his emotional control, he became more human-like mentally. He didn’t fit in with the Vulcan cliques at the academy, instead he mostly had human friends. He also took various cooking classes, attempting to master the culinary arts. On stardate 239209.26, he was walking past a dorm room when suddenly it's door opened. A human male was walking out with a small kitten. He promptly told him how his cat had a litter by accident and he was giving away kittens and was wondering if Lorian wanted one. He happily accepted and Captain Patches entered his life. After majoring in science, specializing in botany and xenobiology, as well as minoring in command, specializing in diplomacy with hostile species, he graduated Starfleet with the flying colors expected of a Vulcan.