Lael As A Young Child
Lael was born two minutes before her twin brother Kellan on Stardate 236610.24 to Adelynn Rosek in Cedar Springs, Michigan. She never met her father and, due to her mother's silence, knew very little about him. From a young age, Lael showed a talent for mathematics and science, her curious nature leading her to a passion for taking things apart to see how they worked. She spent much of her younger years in fields, studying the local wildlife, even to the point of keeping a nature journal. This love of nature extended to the stars. Lael would often spend summer nights with her brother in her backyard studying them through a telescope. She would visit the nearby Carr-Fles Planetarium whenever she could.
At age 5, Lael joined her school's Daisy Girl Scout Troop and learned the importance of doing for others. It was also at this age that she first began taking jiu-jitsu lessons to combat bullying at school. Though she was bullied in her younger years because her Al-Leyan heritage, her easy-going and compassionate nature won her many friends. She loved to sing and participated in her school's choir.
Though Lael had always been keenly aware of her father's absence from her life, it hit hardest around the tender age of 9 when all of her friends were attending Father-Daughter dances and she was the only one who didn't have a father to go with. One particular year at age 11, she tried to talk her mother into contacting her father to see if he'd be willing to go with her. When her mother refused, Lael was disappointed and conceded that she'd ask her Uncle Thomas to take her. 
By age 12, Lael's confidence blossomed and she joined her school's Student Leadership Club (SLC). Her passion for active pursuits led her to join her school's cross country team in 6th grade. Her best friend was a boy named Nicholas Swett, who she remained close with throughout elementary and middle school. He was her first kiss at the tender age of seven. She’d dropped her sandwich at lunch wrestling with a boy named Blake Thomas for pulling her hair. She’d cried at first until Nicholas presented her with half of his and she'd pecked him on the lips to thank him.
As is typical for most young children, Lael had a vivid imagination and her play often involved fantastical adventures. One place, in particular, inspired many adventures: Mackinac Island, north of Muskegon, Michigan. She, her twin brother, and their friends would swim and explore the shores of the little island. On rare occasions, when her mother was planetside, they'd enjoy meals at the Mission Point Resort restaurant. Heaters would be set up on the outside patio to counteract the cold breezes coming in from the lake and the three would enjoy delicious mugs of rich hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmellows.
One summer, Lael put her building skills to use and constructed a boat, The Raven, for her and Kellan to take out on Lake Michigan. Having read about old Earth maritime traditions, she insisted on christening her new craft. Unable to obtain champagne on her own, she snuck into her Aunt's cabinet and retrieved a very expensive bottle. When her Aunt found out, she was furious. Lael spent the next month raking out the horse stalls to pay it back. 
Lael in Middle School
As she grew older, she sought more adventurous pursuits, chief among them sailing, cliff-diving, water skiing, rock climbing, and swimming in local ponds and lakes. When she wasn't hanging out with friends, she spent summers on her Uncle's farm doing chores and helping to care for the animals. She became skilled at riding horses and participated in several riding competitions as a young teen, winning second place in her first and second competitions and first place in her third competition. She also participated in her town's cattle roping event the year she turned 13. Animals became a passion for her and that same year, Lael joined her school's Future Farmers of Earth (FFE) club. At the Kent County Fair, she was awarded the Division 1 (grades 7-8) Agriscience Fair Award and also took home the second-place award for Outstanding Junior. Outside of her agricultural science interests, she loved sports and joined her school's girls' basketball team as a starting power forward. Her athletic talent helped her lead her team to the State Championships, where they unfortunately lost by three points. Lael was disappointed by the loss but continued to play basketball.
Lael in High School
Lael's mother was determined to train Lael in the feminine arts and when Lael was 15, Adelynn enrolled Lael in finishing school course she herself taught at the local country club. Lael learned social graces, various dancing styles, and how to play the piano. During the course, Lael became friends with a fellow classmate, Molly Dalinton, "who professed to hate it as much as she did".  The two would make faces and mock Adelynn's every move when her back was turned.
She was very active in both sports and clubs in high school. She was well-liked by almost everyone and always looked for ways to help others. She excelled academically and was a member of her school's National Honor Society. She participated in such school sports as Track, Cross Country, Basketball, Competitive Cheer, and Dance.
During her freshman year, she sang in the choir, performing a solo at the final concert that year. As a sophomore and a junior, she was an active member of her school's Athletic Leadership Club (ALC). It was during this time that she acknowledged her attraction to both men and women, becoming a member of the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA). The summer following her sophomore year, she spent a good deal of time on Lake Huron with then-girlfriend Angie Reed, learning how to sail from Angie's brother, Joel. 
As a senior, she developed a brash streak and used her exceptional intellect and talent in mathematics to hustle billiards games. With a fake ID supplied by her friend Aiden, she entered bars and earned herself a number of enemies. On one occasion, her competition found her out and was threatening bodily harm until the bar owner stepped in. She was elected Class President and nominated for Homecoming Queen and lost by only three votes. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and was chosen as valedictorian of her high school class.
The idea of Starfleet had fascinated her since she attended a camp there at age 14. She spent most of her adolescence dreaming of a career as a Starfleet Officer. Prior to her high school graduation, she took the Entrance Exam. She was accepted and began her first day as a cadet on Stardate 238508.07 set on following the Command track.
- Kellan Rosek: Despite having many friends, her twin brother was always her greatest ally and her strongest advocate. To this day, they are quite close and communicate often. He often comes to her for relationship advice and she, in return, leans on him in times of emotional difficulty.
- Adelynn Rosek: Lael's relationship with her mother is extremely strained due to her mother's high, and at times, unreasonable expectations of her.
- Thomas DeMarcus: Lael had a close relationship with her uncle spending many of her summers until she turned 15 on his farm helping him care for the animals.
- Louise Rosek-DeMarcus: Lael view's her Aunt Louise as "the fun aunt" and enjoys time in her company.
On her first day of classes, Lael struggled to find her way around campus. Along the walkway headed toward her Birth of the Federation class, Lael literally ran into Ivina Genestra, a Betazoid scientist studying on Earth. The woman had been on her way to meet up with a friend, who was an Associate Professor in the Academy's Xenobiology department. The Betazoid took the whole incident in stride, even offering to help Lael find her first class. An attraction existed between the two from the moment they met and they were always flirting. Lael finally found the courage to ask Ivina out and was surprised when the older woman said yes. Through Ivina, Lael meet friends Michael Zola and Aidia Carter. The four friends spent weekday evenings enjoying Michael's legendary cooking skills and talking about the latest science and engineering developments, going out to bars and dance clubs on the weekends.
During her first year, Lael did well academically, but the holovideos and graphic descriptions of torture caused nightmares and PTSD to the point that she very nearly developed a split personality. As a result, she was dropped from the Command track, and ordered to undergo mandatory medical check-ups and weekly counseling. Lael almost quit the Academy to go in search of her biological father, but her twin convinced her to pursue her true passion: fixing and build things.
During her second year at the Academy, Lael began studying Communications/Operations, Engineering, and Physics. She did well in most of her classes, but the most memorable for her was her Engineering class during her first semester. The instructor for that class preferred teaching through experiences and she enjoyed the challenge immensely. While most in her class complained about his unconventional teaching style, she came to respect him for it. Seeing how the simulations he threw out barely fazed her, he made it a personal mission to come up with a scenario even she couldn't solve. In the end, he wrote a letter of recommendation that secured Lael's place on the USS Victory following her graduation. 
At the end of her second year, Lael experienced disappointment when her first serious relationship of two years with girlfriend Ivina Genestra ended, albeit by mutual agreement. Though there was an attraction between them, they didn't feel anything for one another beyond friendship. Heartbroken, Lael went rock climbing with her friends that summer to get her mind off the break-up. However, due to her distraction and the foolish choices made by her climbing partner, she fell, resulting in a severe spinal injury that paralyzed her. She was told she'd never walk again.
About a month following the accident, she was contacted by Doctor Gibbons. He was experimenting with the use of nanotechnology to treat otherwise untreatable spinal conditions. The procedure was highly controversial and hadn't yet been approved for Humanoid testing. Despite the risks, Lael agreed to be the first Humanoid subject to receive the procedure. Following the procedure, Lael completed extensive physical therapy to regain her mobility. It was during this time that she met Elina Kincade, who supervised her care and therapy. Through Elina, Lael also became friends with Rebecca Hollendale and with Dassa Alexander, one of Elina's students and an aspiring Starfleet medical officer. Prior to the beginning of her third year, Lael had an intimate liaison with Dassa, leaving the two permanently connected via an unintentionally-formed psionic bond.
As Doctor Gibbons had promised, Lael passed all of her Academy physicals with flying colors, the nanotechnology offering the added benefit of increasing her already beyond-Human agility and strength as well as marginally increasing her senses; in particular, her sense of smell. She started classes again in the spring following her accident and moved into an apartment off campus with friends Dassa and Elina. The three friends lived together until Lael left for Starbase 118 to begin her Engineering internship at the beginning of what would have been her fourth year.
Year Four, Cadet Cruise, and Graduation
In her fourth year while completing her Engineering internship aboard Starbase 118, she met Jensar Berel. The two had a passionate relationship. Six months following their meeting, the two eloped on Risa. Neither of their families were supportive of the marriage. Six months into their marriage, Jensar's older brother was assassinated, forcing him to return home to fill his brother's role on the Betazed council. Jensar tried to convince Lael to come with him, but she wasn't willing to give up the Starfleet career that she'd fought so hard to keep. Her dreams were in the stars. Lael was devastated and jumped into a rebound sexual relationship with an unjoined Trill woman, Alva Tigan. But this relationship inevitably ended when Alva was selected for Joining.
Lael finished her internship in January 2391, then completed her cadet cruise aboard the USS Centris-A and graduated with a double major in Engineering and Helm/Communications/Operations as well as a minor in Physics. Her maternal grandfather, Adric, was always supportive of her Starfleet aspirations and gave her a special cross upon her graduation to reward her efforts. He unfortunately passed shortly after her graduation, the sudden loss devastating Lael. She'd never really been that close with her maternal grandmother and contact with her all but ceased after Adric's death.
Supplemental Data File: Academy Transcript & Degrees
- Ivina Genestra: Despite their chemistry, Lael realized that she loved Ivina, but wasn’t in love with her. They’re now friends.
- Aidia Carter: The two were in a couple of classes together and met through Ivina.
- Michael Zola: The two met at the Academy and would often go rock climbing together. He was killed in the same rock climbing accident that paralyzed Lael.
- Elina Kincade: She and Lael met at Starfleet Medical when she was helping Lael with her physical therapy and recovery. The two have been close ever since with Elina becoming a strong female role model for Lael.
- Rebecca Hollendale: Lael and Rebecca met through Elina. Though the two often disagree on certain issues, they're good friends nonetheless.
- Dassa Alexander-Dalton: The two met through Lael's friend, Elina Kincade, and had a one-night stand that resulted in a psionic bond. The two remain friends and have served on multiple ships together. Dassa has provided emotional support and a steady, loyal presence in Lael's life even when they were lightyears apart.
- Jensar Berel: She and Jensar were together for six months before they eloped despite protests from both families. They were married for six months until they chose to divorce when Jensar’s older brother died and he was forced to return to Betazed to take his brother’s post with the Council.
- Alva Tigan: Lael’s relationship with Alva was purely sexual and lasted for a period of six months.
- Orson Marshall: The two met during Lael's Engineering internship aboard Starbase 118. After a fight with a Klingon who'd spilled her drink and refused to pay for it, she shared her victory drinks with Bear. Both single and unattached, they engaged in a flirtation that turned into what Lael intended to be a one night stand.  But the chemistry between them was undeniable and the two kept in touch, meeting up when time allowed, resulting in a series of one night stands. Ironically, the two had a good deal in common and became good friends.
|POST-ACADEMY: USS Victory
Upon graduating on Stardate 239202, Lael was assigned as an Engineering Officer aboard the USS Victory and arrived aboard just after the ship had been severely damaged by the events at Luxis II. Her first tasks as a green ensign were focused on repairing the damage to the ship.
Before the repairs could be completed, Captain Nugra and the crew were given new orders that resulted in them temporarily being assigned to the USS Achilles with the mission of hunting down a missing vial of the Skyfire Virus in conjunction with the Romulan Republic. However, the mission didn't go as planned and while chasing a young woman her colleague, Ensign Janel Tarna suspected of having the missing vial, both she and Tarna were captured and tortured by an organization called Sicarius. The two were eventually rescued, but not before both received severe injuries with Tarna's being life threatening. After retrieving the vial, they returned to the Achilles for treatment and counseling.
After a well-earned shoreleave, the crew of the Victory returned to their ship. Once out of dry dock, they encountered Captain Harrington James of the SS Lady Adventure who shared information about the USS Arrow, a ship that had been lost in the 23rd century. While the away team was aboard the lost ship investigating, the Victory encountered a group of hostile Tholians who demanded the Victory leave their space, forcing the crew to work quickly to retrieve the stranded away team. The Tholians attacked with webs and caused radiation leaks on decks 5-7. Lael was a part of the team that evacuated those decks, first getting sick from the radiation and then seizing from an allergy to the inoculation. She was treated in Sickbay and made a full recovery.
Supplemental Data File: Victory Service Jacket.
|POST-ACADEMY: USS Gorkon
Following the decommissioning of the Victory on Stardate 239207.17, Lael transferred to the USS Gorkon. While adjusting to life aboard her new ship assignment, Lael experienced lingering nightmares from the Tholian incident and went to Sickbay, where she met Doctor Jansen Orrey, who she felt an instant attraction to.
Shoreleave soon wrapped up and the Gorkon crew responded to a distress call from the USS Tharsis, which was caught in a gravity well. Lael beamed over with a team led by Commander Chen in an attempt to free the trapped ship and save the crew. Little did the away teams know a flying creature had accidentally been set loose that bit the crew, causing them to hallucinate and become violent. While trying to escape those hunting them, Commander Chen was rendered unconscious by a phaser blast, forcing the remaining members of the team to carry him to safety. While the away teams and some of the Tharsis crew were safely retrieved, the Tharsis and all remaining hands were lost when the gravity well tore the ship apart.
Following the Tharsis mission, the crew was prepared for the awards dinner, a masquerade theme set on Astrofori One's Holodeck 666 in a creepy Victorian mansion. But they soon found themselves in the midst of a very real murder mystery when the body of the deceased Cardassian envoy, Kotan Jara, was discovered in the library and attempts to shut down the program led them to realize they were trapped in the simulation. They began their search for clues and the culprit, leading them to a creepy basement with remnants of what they suspected to be blood. Lael and Jansen were then separated from the group when Jansen accidentally triggered a trap door. They tumbled down into an underground labyrinth and searching for a way back to their team. As they went, they found evidence that someone had been living there and that the holodeck systems were failing. At last, they escaped and rejoined their team only to find that Commander Walter Brunsig had been shot by a bullet meant for Captain Reynolds. When they moved him back to the mansion, they found Commander Vess wounded as well. Once they had successfully found a way to deactivate the program, both men were beamed to Sickbay for further treatment.
After the mission, while being treated in Sickbay, Lael asked after Brunsig. Once she was cleared, she returned to her quarters to catch up with her friends and her brother. In pain and scared, Lael finally confessed to Jansen the complications with her spinal injury and he offered his help. The day after, they went on their first date on the holodeck.
With shoreleaave over, it was back to work. What started as a standard mission scanning a nebula soon turned disastrous as some unusual readings led to them being pulled into an alternate universe ruled by the Dominion where the Federation didn't exist and its former officers were hunted by Dominion solders and loyalists. They spent months on the run, keeping a low profile as they repaired the damaged Gorkon and returned to their own universe. They were led by a man named Connor Lucas to a group of Romulans who offered the parts they needed in exchange for the rescue of a Romulan crew taken prisoner by Erik Jansen, Vess's evil alternate universe counterpart. The team managed to lie their way aboard Deep Space Ten where the prisoners were being held and they split into two groups to locate the prisoners. Once their mission had been completed, they returned to the Gorkon aboard Lucas's shuttle, but Lael was injured in the process, the intense pain of her spinal injury, exacerbated by a collision with a bulkhead, had caused her to pass out. She was taken to the Gorkon's sickbay for treatment.
About a month after the DSX incident, she encountered Chythar Skyfire in the Sto'vo'kor Lounge and, despite resenting him for the pain the Skyfire Virus and subsequent Skyfire Cure had brought into her life, the two quickly became friends. Not long after, the crew found a way home via a Romulan deflector array used to open another fissure like the one they'd been pulled through months ago and managed to evade Erik Jansen's ships to find the USS Yahrala, under the command of Commander Brunsig waiting on the other side to tow them back to Earth.
Supplemental Data File: Gorkon Service Jacket.
|POST-ACADEMY: USS Za
Shortly after her spinal replacement surgery, Lael followed her transfer orders with her friends Dassa and Chythar to the USS Za where Alex was already waiting. Not long after her arrival, she reported for her first duty shift on the bridge where she was a part of the first contact with a bear-like race called the Hocktin. Lael was assigned to Alex's team to help with setting up a ship to ship network to exchange information. However, the mission quickly went sour when a crewmember was bitten by a flea-like creature and was exposed to a deadly virus.
To make matters worse, Lael and Alex were bitten while aboard the Hocktin vessel, and Captain Rhani her team were taken hostage by a militaristic faction. The situation was further exacerbated when Hocktin scientist Professor Mindor beamed aboard without following proper quarantine procedures and exposed the whole ship to the virus. Lael and Alex learned that the Captain had been taken and had to they fight against time to get a blood sample from the immune Hocktin to save the crew and locate the Captain before the disease reached its final stage. The energy they expended in their efforts took a severe toll on them both and they barely returned to the Za in time to receive the cure the Medical team had synthesized.
Supplemental Data File: Za Service Jacket.
|POST-ACADEMY: USS Veritas
Lael transferred to the USS Veritas on Stardate 239407.07 after the decommissioning of the USS Za. When she, Chythar, and Alex beamed down to New Macau, the Antor II capital, they were shocked at the devastation they found. When they beamed aboard the Veritas, they checked in with Captain Roshanara Rahman where they learned that rifts in space had caused disastrous earthquakes that had damaged many of the planet's dome environments and made them uninhabitable on top of leaving many people dead.
Lael was assigned to work with Alex and Luna Walker, the Veritas Chief Engineer, to repair the domes. While they determined a more sustainable, longer term solution, they beamed down to establish temporary housing in some old mines that would protect the inhabitants from dangerous levels of tetryon radiation. However, they became caught in a cave-in. While Lael and Alex escaped unharmed, Luna and Anjar Thoran became trapped.
Lael, Alex and the Search and Rescue (SAR) Team led by Commander Kelrod and Lieutenant, Junior Grade Carter Greyson worked desperately to free the two trapped officers. At last, they were able to safely retrieve Luna and Anjar and transport them to Sickbay to be treated for their injuries.
Supplemental Data File: Veritas Service Jacket
|POST-ACADEMY: USS Montreal
The Veritas was scheduled to meet with the Montreal to transfer Lieutenant Commander Sky Blake. However, the vessel arrived early at the rendezvous badly damaged with Commander Zhou Tai-Sheng seriously injured. Lael was ordered to gather a team to aid with repairs and Commander Mei'konda, unknown to Lael, was instructed to take command of the vessel.  Not long afterward, Mei'konda invited Lael to his ready room and offered her the position of first officer.
Their first mission as a crew was one of the more memorable ones of her career. News reached her in the Montreal's Engineering from Commander Mei'konda that the Tholians had destroyed Astrofori One, a rather large Federation outpost. It stunned her that the Tholians would do something so bold and brazen. She ordered Lieutenant Thoran to take a team down to the torpedo launchers and help load them since their autoload was still offline. Before heading to the bridge, she gave Ensign Jacob Harkrow an encouraging pep talk. 
Once she arrived on the bridge, she took her place at Commander Mei’konda’s side. Not long after she sat down, Lieutenant German Galven detected a temporal rift. Concerned, Lael instructed Ensign Mesda Chatva to keep them well away so they didn’t get pulled in like the ‘’Gorkon’’ had during one of their missions.  Commander Mei'konda contacted the Veritas to warn them about the rift as well as to advise that Tholians were closing in on their position. Once the comm was cut, he ordered helmsman Ensign Chatva to move them toward the Veritas. Once they were in range, Lieutenant Galven and Ensign Esbrun Vardai began to work on closing the rift.
With that done, the crew then turned their attention to locating the Tholian ships. Ensign Vardai reported three Meshweaver class frigates. Not long after they'd visually confirmed the presence of the ships, Tholian Commander Taroka hailed the Montreal and demanded their immediate surrender. When Commander Mei'konda didn't comply with the Tholian Commander's demand, the Tholian vessel opened fire, forcing the Montreal to defend themselves.  Commander Tel-ar was successful in damaging and driving off one of the Tholian ships, leaving two for them to deal with. Both Lieutenant Galven and Ensign Vardai had possible options for disabling the ships. After weighing the risks of both plans, Commander Mei'konda ordered them to proceed with Ensign Vardai's plan to use a reverse tractor beam to set off the Tholians' torpedos, therefore disabling both ships. In the end, the ship closest to them was destroyed and the second ship was disabled. The battle won, the Montreal rejoined the Veritas. 
Supplemental Data File: Montreal Service Jacket.
|POST-ACADEMY: USS Astraeus
After Captain Mei'konda's promotion ceremony, the crew settled into a new routine aboard their new ship, the USS Astraeus. The vessel began its maiden voyage on stardate 239607.02, launching from the station in orbit of Cait.  Their first mission serving on the new vessel began with a request from the Bajoran government. The Astraeus crew was provided a list of names whom the Bajoran government claimed had been missing since the Occupation of Bajor. The Bajoran government asserted that these individuals had been taken and had not been returned to their homes following the war. The Astraeus crew would be part of the investigation and the talks in seeing these individuals returned. As part of their arrival at Deep Space Nine in orbit of Bajor, they'd be taking on new personnel and during the briefing, Captain Mei'konda tasked her with seeing to the crew transfers. 
When they arrived in orbit of Bajor, they discovered a mysterious buoy containing numerous Cardassian records that they hadn't detected before arriving in the system. Some of the senior staff had their suspicions regarding its origin, but Captain Mei'konda had it beamed aboard for careful examination by the Engineering, Science, and Security departments. Meanwhile, Lael along with Captain Mei'konda and Lieutenant Riley Delar, the Astraeus's mission specialist were to meet up with Bajoran minister Dalen Martov. 
Supplemental Data File: Astraeus Service Jacket.
|POST-ACADEMY: USS Atlantis
Lael received her transfer orders for the USS Atlantis shortly after the conclusion of its recent mission. The crew was in the process of transferring to their new ship, the USS Chin'toka where they would serve while the USS Atlantis underwent repairs and upgrades. Not long after her arrival, she and other members of the USS Atlantis crew attended an awards ceremony where Commander Jarred Thoran was promoted to the rank of Captain. However, he collapsed suddenly in the midst of the ceremony and passed not soon after.
Supplemental Data File: Atlantis Service Jacket
|POST-ACADEMY: USS Chin'toka
Despite the sudden loss of her captain, a man she had come to highly respect, Lael was pleased to again be working with Captain Mei'konda. Following its launch, the Chin'toka was ordered to resume the Atlantis's previous edict to explore the Par'tha Expanse.
The crew of the Chin'toka was invited to a diplomatic dinner in their honor by Valcarian Grand Admiral Lorrein Dels’an. However, upon their arrival, they discover that the Grand Admiral had an ulterior motive. Dels'an had reason to believe the life of her newly appointed aide, Dehan Strin, was in danger and she wanted the crew's assistance in protecting him as well as to help prevent a civil war. While the away teams worked on the surface, Lael remained aboard with Lieutenant Commander Serala and Ensign Varik Tal'Aura to keep an eye on the situation from orbit. The ship was later attacked by a Valcarian cruiser and was forced to defend itself. They are able to successfully disable their attacker with the Chin'toka sustaining only minimal damage. Having thwarted the assassination attempt on the Grand Admiral's life, the away teams returned to the ship and left Dels'an to deal with the fallout as she saw fit.
Supplemental Data File: Chin'toka Service Jacket
Notes & References
- He Who Is Faithful In A Very Little Thing
- Surreal Conversations, Part I
- Anchors Aweigh
- System Reboot
- A Different Kind of Responsibility
- An Offer Too Tempting To Refuse
- A New Perspective
- Sneaky, Sneaky
- Reference to the Gorkon missions, Annus Horribilis & Annus Horribilis, Part 2
- Not The Ending I Would Have Preferred
- Almost Unbearable Excitement
- The Proof Is In The Records, Part I
- No Way We Got That Lucky