Tahna Meru

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Tahna Meru
Position Chief Science Officer
Rank Lieutenant Commander
Species Bajoran
Gender Female
DOB 237510.10
Age 25
Birthplace Deep Space Nine

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Joint Meritorious Unit Award
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Purple Heart
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Innovation Ribbon
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“Somewhere in space hangs my heart, shaking in the void.”

Edith Södergran

Lieutenant Commander Tahna Meru is currently serving as the Chief Science Officer aboard the USS Gorkon.

Personal Details

  • Full Name: Tahna Meru
  • Date of Birth (Age): 237510.10 (25 years)
  • Species: Bajoran
  • Gender: Female (she/her/hers)

Appearance

  • Height: 5'5" // 1.65m
  • Weight: 132lbs // 60kg
  • Hair Color: Dark brown (almost black), shoulder-length and wavy. Usually braided when she's working, loose when she's off-duty.
  • Eyes: Dark brown
  • Build: Grudgingly athletic. Initially, she took up running as a "necessary evil," but she's grown to enjoy and even look forward to her morning jogs.
  • Voice: Gentle, soft-spoken. Her Bajoran is marked by a provincial Kendra accent.
  • Scars: Small scar on her right middle finger from a mishap on her uncle’s farm when she was 10.
  • Handedness: Right
  • Taste in Clothing (when off duty): Comfortable, loose-fitting "rustic" clothes in muted colors. Still dresses like she's out in the Bajoran countryside, probably always will.
  • Uniform: Always neat, at least at the start of the day. Has been known to wear both the pants and the skant variations, depending on what her work that day entails.

Personality

  • Habits/Mannerisms: Fidgets with things around her to stay focused.
  • Religion/Spiritual Devotion: Follower of the Prophets, but not the best at it. The Bajoran religious tradition means a lot to her, but she has less faith in the Prophets as deific beings than she used to.
  • Mental problems (complexes and phobias): Dyscalculia. Somewhat traumatized, decently adept at dealing with it.
  • Personality: Generally optimistic, or at least able to appear so. At her core, she's a deeply introverted person who struggles with being social enough to make many friends, but lately she's been pushing herself to be more welcoming.
  • Hobbies and Pastimes:
    • Reading: She has a growing collection of physical books she studies and rereads regularly, however she typically reads on her PADD for convenience’s sake.
    • Botany: She has time spent on her uncle’s farm growing up to thank for her love of plant life. She cultivates several species of native Bajoran flowers and other plants in her quarters.
  • Likes:
    • Flora and fauna: She grew up on a farm but was never allowed to have pets, so she's got a fondness for plants and animals that extends beyond her scientific interests.
    • Coffee: "Raktajino, extra sweet with kava." ...so maybe she doesn't actually like coffee, she just likes sugar, but there's nothing wrong with that!
    • Literature: Especially poetry, from all around the galaxy.
    • Bajoran folk music: In another life, she might have been a singer. In this one, her serenades are confined to the walls of her sonic shower.
    • Speed: Alieth took her racing once, and the experience was both terrifying and invigorating.
  • Dislikes:
    • Crowds: She's never been fond of them, she finds them overwhelming.
    • Public transportation: She was caught in a bus bomb on Darime IV, instilling an extreme distrust of similar public transit systems.
    • Loud noises: Surely this has nothing to do with all those explosions she's been caught in.

Quarters

Tahna's Quarters

Meru's quarters, located on deck 2, are homey and comfortable, filled with plants, holophotos of friends and family, and several shelves of antique books. Her desk is usually home to multiple PADDs, so she can work on her personal research or continuing education whenever the mood strikes. Other personal effects include:

    • A painting of her family's kava fields, as seen from her childhood home (painted by her father).
    • A Bajoran prayer candle.
    • An antique collection of Emily Dickinson poems, purchased on Ensign Tahna's first shore leave.
    • A chameleon rose, known to change color according to one's feelings (gifted by Meg Bendyn).
    • A small golden trophy of Jupiter Station that lists their record-setting trip from Earth to the station (a prize from Alieth).
    • A Tyrellian Stellarium, acquired by Meru and Ico Ena on Palanon.
    • A sketch of Meru by her friend, Ena.
    • A small painting of the Gorkon by Meru's father.

Background

Meru was born in 2375 and spent her early childhood on Deep Space Nine where her mother was posted with the Bajoran militia, though her family made frequent visits and eventually moved to her uncle’s farm in Bajor's Kendra Province to accommodate her father's progressing disability. Meru had no siblings so she cherished time spent with her two younger cousins on the farm. She spent her spare time reading about distant planets and pestering her mother into letting Meru shadow her on her visits to the space station, solidifying her desire to one day join Starfleet despite her parents' reservations.

Meru has dyscalculia and as a result, failed the math portion of the Starfleet Academy entrance exam the first time she took it. She retook it the next year after more intensive study and passed, entering the Academy at age 19. At the Academy, she was a bit of an overachiever (and more than a bit of a troublemaker). Initially, her track was pre-med, and she planned to continue on to Starfleet Medical Academy and become a doctor. In her final years at the Academy, she realized she was too impatient to stay planetbound for another four years. She did not apply to the medical academy, and graduated with specialties in exobiology and astronomy, before taking her first assignment on the USS Gorkon.

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Mission History

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Upon graduation from Starfleet Academy, Ensign Tahna Meru was posted to the USS Gorkon as a science officer.

Her first mission on board the Gorkon, she was ordered to stay with the shuttle and keep an eye out. What could go wrong? Theeda. Theeda could go wrong. After being drugged and spending a brief stint as a prisoner of war, she was rescued (and further drugged) by Lieutenant Commander Jocelyn Marshall and Ensign Sarah Phillips. Their attempts to distract Theeda from the Latinum Beluga resulted in the first of many explosions that would haunt Tahna's career. Her capture and feeling of relative uselessness on this mission caused her to begin questioning her decision to join Starfleet.

Waking up in a Cardassian prison cell, Tahna "Greenhorn" Meru joined her maquis compatriots in finding a way out and back to the Skarbek. Her team retrieved manual actuators, attempted to remedy a problem with the power supply, had the floor cave in on them following an explosion, and eventually befriended a sentient slime they named Roomba (after an old folk character) before they were rescued. Upon waking to reality, and learning of the Gorkon's history of shared Skarbek delusions, she joined many of the crew in seeking mental health treatment on Deluvia IV. She struggled with guilt and post-traumatic stress, and considered resigning her commission after two terrible experiences in one year. Her therapist and superiors convinced her to give it another go before leaving.

Ensign Tahna Meru, Commander Samira Neathler, and Lieutenant Cory Stoyer joined Agent Lynas to investigate when Bisul, a Pelian religious leader, was found murdered in his study. They discovered a hidden grotto, mysterious scrolls, and a forbidden love triangle. During their investigation, they were caught in a bus bombing, before they uncovered and put a stop to a massive conspiracy. Meanwhile (unbeknownst to her) Tahna's best friend, Cadet Ico Ena, was trapped in a cave under the very same planet. The successful completion of this mission convinced Tahna to retain her commission in Starfleet, as she realized that she was really in Starfleet to help others, not to help herself.

The USS Gorkon picked up garbled distress signals from the USS Triumphant with their last known location attached, located deep within a subspace bubble—possibly a Tyken's Rift. Lieutenant J.G. Tahna Meru joined Lieutenant Commander Samira Neathler's team to investigate a drifting escape pod for clues, but she and her team were thrown around the cargo bay by a mysterious force that forced them to confront their fears. She was first reassigned to Commander Jona ch'Ranni's team, which attempted to fix the power drain in engineering. They were reassigned to a search and rescue mission and joined by Ensign Bryce Tagren-Quinn when a hole was blown in the side of the Gorkon. Despite extensive damage to Deck 8 and unreliable sensors, her group was able to rescue several survivors, including Ensign Tzim-Shah, Lieutenant JG Vorin, and Lieutenant Valesha Sienelis.

A rogue moon mysteriously appeared in the Tyrellian system, on a collision course with Palanon. Freshly-promoted Lieutenant Tahna Meru joined Admiral Quinn Reynolds's team on the Bridge in investigating the rogue moon and its origins. They were investigating the possibility that the moon might be sent back through a transwarp conduit via a series of tachyon pulses when the USS Kerla returned to the Gorkon with inconclusive lifesigns. Admiral Reynolds, Lieutenant Commander Ayiana Sevo, and Lieutenant Gnaxac were investigating the runabout when they were thrown back in time to the Gorkon's time "Over There." They devised a plan to inject the ship's bio-neural circuitry with a chroniton-infused serum in order to return to the present. Upon their successful return, were able to send the tachyon pulses necessary to send the rogue moon home, while shielding the inhabited planets in the system from further damage.

TBA. Skarbek!

TBA. Newly promoted Lieutenant Commander Tahna Meru is having a Bad Time leading her first away team.

Service History

Service History
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Science Major
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Science Officer
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Lieutenant Commander 2340009.02 -
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Chief Science Officer

Awards and Ribbons

For award descriptions, see: Awards and Service Ribbons
Awards and Service Ribbons
Service Ribbon Name Date/Assignment Citation
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Starfleet Academy Graduate Ribbon 239801.20
Starfleet Academy
Awarded for graduating from Starfleet Academy.
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Operation Safe Harbor Service Medal 239802.10
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Awarded for work in Ma no Umi against insurmountable odds, and a few pirates, while facing off against not only the Orion Syndicate, but members of several factions. Operation Q-Ball [1]
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Intelligence Star 239802.10
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Awarded for quick thinking, resourcefulness, and determination while maintaining cover. Operation Q-Ball [1]
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Good Conduct Ribbon 239802.10
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Awarded for the many acts of gallantry performed during the infiltration of Nassau. Operation Q-Ball [2]
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Joint Meritorious Unit Award 239802.10
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Awarded for working with an allied party to achieve their common goals. Operation Q-Ball [2]
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Prisoner of War Ribbon 239802.10
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Awarded for bravery in the face of danger, and reacting calmly under pressure following capture by Theeda. Operation Q-Ball [1]
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Purple Heart 239812.28
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Awarded for the physical sacrifices we make while performing our duty, our willingness to risk our own wellbeing in the service of others. The Pelian Brief [3]
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Starfleet Investigation Ribbon 239812.28
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Awarded for using their knowledge, skills and problem-solving abilities to conduct an investigation; in so doing, solve crime, defuse threats and resolve dangerous situations. The situation on Darime required those skills in abundance, and our officers tracked down murderers, saboteurs and butchers. The Pelian Brief [3]
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Silver Lifesaving Ribbon 239907.20
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For exemplary bravery and quick-thinking in a tremendously dangerous predicament. Shadows of the Rift [4]
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Purple Heart 240001.21
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For injuries sustained in during the Rogue Planet mission. It represents personal sacrifice, the strength of character to endure injury in the line of duty and in service to others. Rogue World [5]
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Innovation Ribbon 240001.21
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For "quite some ingenuity and quick thinking" in devising a plan to return to their own time. Rogue World [5]
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"When tossed into a—for them—unknown time zone, where materials and equipment were scarce, that did not stop Lieutenants Tahna Meru and Gnaxac, who came up with some splendid ideas to return their team to the present." Rogue World [6]
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UFP Medal of Freedom 24001.21
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For acts of gallantry and heroism in an attempt to safeguard every single planet in the Tyrellian system and its inhabitants. Rogue World [6]
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Recovery Ribbon 240103.06
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"Serving in Starfleet is not without a risk, especially when you have a knack for being around explosive events. When one of our crew presented herself at Sickbay, it didn’t take our medical officer long to discover that this Bajoran had suffered long lasting physical damage. Thanks to the good care and immediate reaction of our medical staff, this person had a complete recovery." [7]
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Prisoner of War Ribbon 230103.06
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For enduring and escaping capture by the Eye of Infinity Cult on Sargasso IV. Shadows in the Temple [7]
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Good Conduct Ribbon 240103.06
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"Sargasso V came with a unique set of challenges, not least the nature of its inhabitants. We all encountered some degree of hostility, but two of our teams resisted capture; escaping their would-be prisons and using their freedom not to retreat, but to learn more and pursue the mission goals." Shadows in the Temple [7]
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Leadership Excellence Ribbon 240103.06
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For successful leadership of an away team on Sargasso V. Shadows in the Temple [8]
Award Name Date/Assignment Citation
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Genesis Award 239806.26
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Awarded for showing conspicuous effort in improving their simming skills.
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Nebula Bar 239906.27
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Awarded for making "a particular effort to pump lifeblood into the locations we've visited, filling in the gaps where the travel guidebook descriptions leave off."
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Russ Bar 239906.27
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Awarded for broad and deep knowledge and understanding of Trek’s lore and mythology, particularly of Bajoran people and culture.
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1-year Member 239906.29
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A length of service award given to those who have been members continuously for one year.
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B-Plot Award 240007.04
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Awarded to simmers who, despite the demands of the core storyline, illustrate a substantial portion of the character's life. Their sims convey the journey of their character while bringing their fellow crew members along for the ride, allowing for collaboration and making their world feel as though their fellow writers are a part of it.
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Neelix Award 240007.04
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Awarded to officers who go above and beyond the call of duty by displaying additional, Out of Character commitment. This includes assisting fellow officers in need of simming assistance, facilitating Out of Character discussions with the crew, maintaining wiki articles, and more.


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