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Riel, Lan Rennan
Position Counselor
Rank Lieutenant
Species Betazoid
Gender Male
DOB 236704.13
Age 34
Birthplace Jarkana, Darona, Beta Zeta System

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Medical Record

Lieutenant Lan Riel is currently serving as a Counselor at the Embassy of Duronis II and aboard the USS Thor.


  • Height: 1m88 / 6'2"
  • Weight: 77kg / 170lbs
  • Build: Wiry
  • Face: Gaunt-ish
  • Hair: Brown, crew cut, disciplined with hair gel
  • Eyes: Betazoid black, roundish-almond, deep set
  • Birthmarks and scars: Cauliflower ear (left, courtesy of his first encounter with k'Tah)
  • Voice: Baritone
  • Handedness: Right-handed
  • Clothing:
    • Lan wears combat boots while on duty, finding them more comfortable than the standard-issued shoes. Tired of being thrown around the bridge like an extra in an old holovid show whenever the ship was damaged, he has tried wearing magnetic boots for a while, but ended up deciding that having his body thrown one way while his feet stayed firmly in place was even worse.
    • Out of duty, he adopts a conservative-casual style, with a fondness for gey or black high-collared shirts, and leather oxfords.
    • He wears a lozenge-shaped crystal pendant representing the Four Deities tucked under his clothes, whether in or out of uniform, and owns an old-fashioned wristwatch.
  • Body language:
    • While on bridge duty, Lan maintains a composed and by-the-book attitude, standing straight with his feet slightly apart and his hands clasped behind his back.
    • During one-on-one talks, he tends to lean forward towards his interlocutor, and steeple his hands in front of his mouth when he listens with attention; sometimes he forgets to remove them from this position when he speaks, making him somewhat inaudible.


  • Quarters: Tidy and sober, feature a betazoid chime, two tassas (one of which he often stores in his office), some books (cooking, art, fiction and academic topics). No personal picture on display. He grows a few chameleon roses in a pot by his desk.
  • Favorite Room: Arboretum, Observation Lounges or Gymnasium. On Starbase 118: 8x8 or Subspace Cafe.
  • Habits: Meditates in private at least once a day.
  • Religion/Spiritual Devotion: Silent Path. Keeps his devotions mostly private, prays silently before meals, when waking up and before going to sleep.
  • Hobbies and Pastimes: Martial arts (kata only), small talk, playing chess or cards against other mind readers, cooking, hiking.
  • Likes: Caffeinated beverages (double or triple strong coffee, raktajino), likes music (Betazoid, Tao-classical, Andorian blues, Earth 20th century punk rock).
  • Dislikes: Vulcan mocha (with a passion), holodeck sims, most subspecies of cats, physical violence, lifts.
  • Berserk button: Witnessing what he perceives as physical or telepathic abuse can send him into a fit of rage.
  • Ambitions and Goals: Has joined Starfleet in hope of preventing a new equivalent of the Dominion invasion. At the time of his posting on the USS Apollo-A, has begun to consider a career in Command.
  • Achievements in Life: So far, graduating from Starfleet Academy.
  • Disappointments in Life: Himself, during most of his childhood.
  • Temperament: Introvert, analytic, honest sometimes to the point of bluntness. Practices deadpan humour (sometimes as a means of defense). Tends to align on his interlocutor’s mood and temper due to unchecked empathy.
  • Mental problems (complexes and phobias):
    • While growing up, he often felt that he was disappointing (read: betraying) his parents by not living up to his predestinations. Since then, he feels compelled to prove his usefulness constantly.
    • Afraid of rejection due to common prejudice against mind-readers.
  • Physical Limitations: Reacts poorly to alcohol (even synthehol). Has switched to coffee as a social lubricant and developed a mild addiction.
  • Mental Limitations: Poor sense of direction.

Telepathy and Empathy

Lan has a telepathic and empathic rating of T4/E4. He's a natural telepath raised in a very traditionalist Betazoid household. As a result, he tends to remain quiet instead of voicing his thoughts, and would actually have trouble holding a spoken conversation in Betazoid.

  • Telepathic/Empathic Limitations: : Empathy gating dysfunction condition. Lan has difficulties screening out the emotions coming from other people’s minds. While it takes only a minor effort from his part to shield his mind in a controlled and professional environment where people keep the worst of their emotions in check, it can become a major problem in situations where he is confronted to violent emotions and/or cannot afford to divert a fraction of his focus to blocking outside influences. To ward against this, he likes to have an emergency supply of psilocynine inhibitors ready at hand.


  • Manta Riel and Algar Riel ne Ailes

Lan's parents are both merchants, powerful empaths and telepaths and devout Silent Way practitioners, traditionalists to the point that Lan can't remember having heard their voice more than a handful of times. Lan is their only child, and had been predestined to be a worthy heir for them, which he started to demonstrate when developing his powers at an early age. The discovery of his disability has hit them hard, and they have always considered it as an ordeal sent to test their worth. This resulted in a somewhat stricter training regimen than usual for Lan. In the long term, this stern treatment helped him master his abilities and adjust to everyday life, but of course the young Lan begged to differ. Later in life, Lan strayed further from his predestinations, to the point of joining Starfleet. This soured the relationship between the Riels, and during his last visit on Darona, Lan's mother bid him farewell vocally instead of using telepathy, something that she had only done in the past in the few occasions when she had to interact with aliens.

  • Annella Hestol

Lan's genetic bondmate, daughter of one of his parent's closest friends and trading partners. Lan and her have always had a chemistry, are good friends and write each other often, but have yet to develop any romantic feeling. She is now an associate in her parent's business, and fears their rejection if her genetic bonding with Lan doesn't lead to a marriage as expected. In this respect, she sees Lan's decision to join Starfleet as pure egoism, and their relationship has grown notably colder with Lan's wirtual disowning.

  • Ania and Barim Ailes

Lan's cousin on his father's side. The three kids grew up together, Ania being two years older than the two boys. Barim is now the captain of a freighter ship, the Flanarian, while Ania works as an agricultural engineer offworld. They are the last remaining contact Lan still has with his family.

Important Relationships

  • First Lieutenant k'taH, Starfleet Marine Corps

Lan's best friend outside of his family, and former romantic interest. Their relationship has been rather rocky at the start, with the two of them sending each other to infirmary during a sparring match, but they have overcome their differences later on, to the point of becoming physically intimate during their academy years. They have since maintained a cordial, if rather turbulent friendship.

Lan and Loleh literally bumped into each other during Lan's first day on the USS-Gemini, and have enjoyed a real chemistry even since. Both enjoyed each other's presence and sense of humour, which helped them greatly since their dates were almost systematically interrupted by catastrophic events of system-wide magnitude.

(Background/Career History)

[In progress]

236713.04: Birth in Jarkana, capital of the Darona colony, Beta Zeta system.

237004.18: Genetic bonding with Annella Hestol.

2374-75: Invasion of Betazed by the Dominion.

238508.02: Fails Starfleet Academy entrance exam.

238608.03: After enrolling in StarFleet Academy Preparatory Program, passes the entrance exam and joins Starfleet Academy (Betazed campus).

239107.07: Completes his Cadet Course at Starbase 118. Assigned as a counselor on the USS Gemini under Captain Liam Frost.

239109.30: Fellow crewmate Vanessa Driscoll dies during a mission.

239202: Participates in the hunt and destruction of the rogue ship USS Spartan.

239204: Participates in the boarding and subsequent destruction of Prometheus Station.

239207.13: Assigned as a counselor on the USS Apollo-A under Captain Kalianna Nicholotti.

239212: Participates in a First Contact mission on planet Neutronia.

239302.15: Assigned as an Intelligence officer on the USS Doyle-A under Captain Selene Faranfey.

239307.04: Demoted for Conduct Unbecoming, following the death of Ensign Michael Tonston during interrogation.

239307.13: Assigned as an Intelligence officer on the USS Athena under Captain Selene Faranfey.

Service History

Service History
Insignia Rank Dates Posting Assignment
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Cadet First Class 239107.07 Graduated Starfleet Academy Counselor/Intelligence
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Ensign 239107.09 - 239110.08 USS Gemini Counselor
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Lieutenant JG 239110.08 - 239202.28 USS Gemini Counselor
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Lieutenant 239202.28 - 239207.13 USS Gemini Counselor
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Lieutenant 239207.13 - 239212.20 USS Apollo-A Counselor
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Lieutenant Commander 239212.20 - 239302.15 USS Apollo-A Counselor
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Lieutenant Commander 239302.15 - 239307.04 USS Doyle-A Intelligence Officer
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Lieutenant JG 239307.04 - 239307.13 USS Doyle-A Intelligence Officer
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Lieutenant JG 239307.13 - 239402.14 USS Athena Intelligence Officer
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Lieutenant 239402.14 - Present USS Athena Intelligence Officer

Awards & Service Ribbons

For award descriptions, see: Awards and Service Ribbons
Awards and Service Ribbons
Award Name Date/Assignment Citation
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Silver Palm 2392
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Scotty Cross 2394
USS Athena
Service Ribbon Name Date/Assignment Citation
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Starfleet Academy
Awarded for graduating from Starfleet Academy.
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First Contact Ribbon 239212.20
USS Apollo-A
Awarded for establishing First Contact with the previously unknown early-Warp civilisation of planet Neutronia.
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Explorer's Ribbon 239402.14
USS Athena
Awarded for exploring the Raytas Sector.
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First Contact Ribbon 239402.14
USS Athena
(Second citation) Awarded for establishing First contact with the Dryary Confederation.
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Innovation Ribbon 239404.28
USS Athena
Awarded for coming up with unconventional battle tactics during a space skirmish against three Agragon ships.
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Peacekeeper Service Ribbon 239408.06
USS Athena
Awarded for bringing the Natural Order terrorist organization to join peace talks with the Dryary Confederation.
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Department Chief Ribbon 239408.06
USS Athena
Awarded for serving as Chief of the Intelligence Department of the USS Athena for more than half a year.
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Maiden Voyage Ribbon 239408.06
USS Athena
Awarded for participating in the maiden voyage of the USS Athena.


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Commanding Ofc.
Toni Turner
Executive Officer
Geoffrey Teller
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Krindo Pandorn
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Dar Elandra
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Hannibal Parker
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Ben Garcia
Chief Medical Officer
Addison MacKenzie
Medical Officer
Quen Deena
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Chief Counsellor
Alexander Brodie
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Lorian Lovar
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Tara Wilkins
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