|Member of Romulan Republic|
R'Val is an Ambassador for the Romulan Republic currently assigned to work with the Federation to establish peaceful relations between them.
- Full Name: R’Val i-Fellarian e-Tuella ei-Nequencia t’Davis
- Species: Romulan
- Gender: Female (she/her)
- Height: 1.76m (5'11")
- Weight: 162
- Hair: Black
- Eyes: Hazel
- Build: Athletic
- Handedness: Right
Mannerisms & Personality
- Mannerisms: R'Val is a very no-nonsense individual with little humor. While in the performance of her duties, she is all business and very single-minded. Very little changes when she is off duty, except that she allows herself the "luxury" of practicing her combat skills.
- Temperament: Like most of her kind, R'Val is very hot-tempered, especially if her honor is at stake.
- Habits: R'Val received a new honor blade from her brother as a symbol that her mnei'sahe had been restored. She now carries that blade everywhere. Additionally, R'Val has developed the habit of drinking coffee due to her long exile on Earth.
- Religion/Spiritual Devotion: Adheres to the Way of D'era and reveres the Elements
- Father: Taldar i-Vihellian e-Dari tr’Tuella, Former Governor of Talvath (Died in Hobus Supernova [2202 - 2387])
- Mother: khre'Riov (Commodore) Rhiella i-Galinar e-Holenal t’Tuella (Died in Hobus Supernova [2214 - 2387])
- Brother: Parthen i-Darellian tr’Tuella [226506.03 - present] (currently serving as khre’Riov (Commodore) in the Romulan Republic Fleet) Presumed dead following Hobus Supernova
- Spouse: Commander James Davis, Starfleet Intelligence (Retired)
- Children: Serala (Elizabeth Davis) [Serala has dropped these names order to more fully experience her Romulan heritage]
- Grandchildren: T'Saara (Granddaughter)
R’Val was born on Romulus to a prominent military officer and son of an Imperial Senator, and his wife who was quite successful as a ship commander herself. This enabled R’Val to be able to study at the Imperial Military Academy where she excelled. Her rise through the ranks of the military was quite fast, although others have progressed faster. She eventually assumed command of a B-type Warbird and commanded numerous missions for the Tal-Shiar (although she herself was never actually Tal-Shiar).
It was soon after that she was approached by a Federation agent whose intent was to subvert her. Of course, R’Val had no idea initially that he was human because he had undergone surgery to appear Romulan, even to medical scanners. It was always Davis’ intention to seduce the Commander, but what he didn’t expect was to actually fall in love with her. By the time he realized what had happened, he was in too deep to back out. R’Val, for her part fell in love with the “Romulan” that she believed was her Sub-Commander. A dangerous proposition, considering the consequences for fraternization should the Tal-Shiar ever learn of their romantic involvement. Naturally, the time came when Davis had to reveal himself to R’Val. Of course, she was angry, and hurt, and by all rights she should have executed him on the spot, but she couldn’t deny her feelings for him, despite his being Human.
It was about this time that the Tal-Shiar became suspicious of the two. Davis, through his intel contacts inside the Empire, learned of the investigation and warned R’Val. The two managed to escape into the Federation just minutes ahead of the Tal-Shiar Warbird that had been sent to apprehend them. An incident nearly followed when the pair was rescued by a Starfleet vessel, and Commander Davis explained his identity to the ship’s captain and the fact that they were being pursued by the Tal-Shiar. This resulted in the ship’s captain refusing to surrender either to the Romulan vessel (R’Val had requested political asylum). Unwilling to initiate a war, the Tal-Shiar Major in command ordered the ship back into Romulan space.
For R’Val, this was to be a hard choice. She had just sacrificed everything she believed in to be with a human. One she loved, which was a further smear on her mnei’sahe, her honor. By all rights, she should have committed suicide rather than live with such dishonor, but she just couldn’t bring herself to do so.
Commander Davis settled her just outside of Bogatá, in what used to be called Colombia in the South American continent. The climate was very similar to what R’Val was used to on Romulus, albeit slightly cooler. Still, it was acceptable enough. In time, she would come to have a child with James and they raised her together. Serala showed a disposition toward her Romulan heritage and James encouraged R’Val to nurture that and to teach her about her people. When Serala was 13, still young for a Romulan girl, James Davis was reported killed in action while on assignment. R’Val was now a widow with a young daughter and stuck on a world not her own due to the exile she had chosen for a man who was now deceased.
When the Hobus Supernova occurred, R’Val was devastated. She had always known that she would never be able to return home and that she would never see her family again, but the supernova made that a permanent reality. No longer could she hold onto the distant hope that one day, she might find her face and forgiveness from her people and be allowed to return. There was nothing to return to.
Eventually, Serala joined Starfleet and R’Val was now alone on Earth, a world not her own, amongst a people that had traditionally been her enemy. Oh, she had had run-ins with the Federations from time to time about that, but it never mattered. Now it did. Why should she remain here? There was nothing for her. James had died years ago and Serala was following in her father’s footsteps and her mother’s teachings. But where could she go? Romulus was gone, and even if it wasn’t she would have been executed the minute she set foot on the planet. It was likely the Vulcans would accept her, but she had found them to be annoying over the years with their preaching about logic and their denial of their true natures. No, Vulcan was out.
As she was pondering these things, one day someone showed up at her doorstep. How he managed to find her, how he managed to even get inside Federation space, much less to Earth, she did not know, nor did she ask. But he was Romulan, from the new Romulan Republic, bearing a message that he claimed was from her brother, her only surviving family member, who was now a khre’Riov [Commodore] in the Republic’s Space Fleet. He claimed that Parthen was offering her amnesty for her crimes against the Empire, which he no longer recognized, and was willing to instate her as a Commander of a Warbird if she would simply return and serve. She would have to publicly swear loyalty to the Republic over and above all other loyalties, and publicly renounce her Federation citizenship (granted at the time she married James). R’Val was extremely tempted to jump and run right that moment. However, she still loved Serala and was concerned about what such an action might do to her career. Therefore, she contacted Serala and explained what had happened, excluding the part about Serala’s uncle being alive, and asked her what she thought. After several days, Serala replied that according to her CO, what R’Val did had no bearing on her career. Taking that as license, R’Val hastily packed the few things of value to her that wouldn’t cause questions about her loyalties and headed straight for the capital of the Romulan Republic, Mol’Rihan, or New Romulus.
R’Val was offered a command on a Warbird, as promised, and her mnei'sahe restored. The Republic Fleet Command assigned her to diplomatic duty for an ambassador being assigned to a region of space previously occupied by the Romulan Star Empire several years prior. The Par'tha Expanse was being considered as a source for potential political association and they wanted a diplomat in the region to establish trade and other agreements. Arrangements were made for the Embassy to be placed on Deep Space 26. Shortly after their arrival in the Par'tha Expanse, the Ambassador was recalled to Mol’Rihan, leaving her in charge of the diplomatic affairs in the region. A year later, she was recalled to Mol’Rihan herself, but upon arrival was named Ambassador and reassigned to the Par'tha Expanse. Deep Space 26 had recently been moved through the act of hijacking and was now located in a more centralized area of the region. Ambassador R’Val immediately set about making a name for herself and changing the opinions of the locals about Romulans in general. Her goal: Convince them that the Romulan Star Empire is not the ultimate authority on all things Romulan; that there are better alternatives.
The fact that her daughter is now the First Officer of the Federation starship assigned to the region is also a benefit to her as she is often able to glean small pieces of information from some of the smallest conversations. Not to mention that on occasion the crew turns to her for assistance of one kind or another. Small debts that she is keeping tally of for the time when she might need to call in those debts for her own purposes.
Recently, R’Val learned from Serala that her supposedly dead husband was in fact alive and had been in hiding on a remote world in, of all places, the Par'tha Expanse. Serala then brought James to her office and the ensuing confrontation was just short of epic. Like her daughter, R’Val refuses to acknowledge James is alive as it would cause yet another blow to her honor, whatever his intentions had been when he decided to fake his own death. (James had claimed he had been forced to fake his death in order to protect his wife and daughter from some enemies he had made over the course of his career in Starfleet Intelligence.)
Most recently, R’Val was an attendee at the first Freeworld's Trade Conference which ended in a series of attacks, espionage, and a failed assassination attempt.
After a few years of service in the Par'tha Expanse, the Romulan Republic recalled the Ambassador to Mo'Rihan. R'Val returned as instructed, and her daughter decided to take some built up leave time to join her. They took this time to rebuild their relationship, and R'Val also took this opportunity to bond with her granddaughter. R'Val was assigned to some minor diplomatic talks, mainly in Federation territory, but mostly just spent time learning the stance of the Romulan Republic on various issues. In time, Serala was recalled to active service and took T'Saara with her, leaving an emptiness that R'Val hoped to fill in other ways. She would never admit it to her daughter, but she was proud of Serala and her accomplishments in Starfleet. Of course, that occasionally put her at odds with her daughter since her duty to the Republic had to come first, but that sort of relationship was nothing new for them, and R'Val secretly felt that this helped build Serala into the strong, confident officer that she was today.
Currently, R'Val has been asked to represent the Romulan Republic in talks with the Romulan Free State, though she can really see little point in it, since the Republic Council has made it quite clear that they will not agree to anything that would bring the Republic under the leadership of the RFS. They were free from those tyrannies and they were not eager to return.
- "The Romulan Way", Diane Duane and Peter Morwood, Pocket Books, August 1, 1987
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