Teryn Vehk

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Teryn Vehk
Position Strategic Operations Officer
Rank Lieutenant JG
Species Cardassian
Gender Male
DOB 237310.30
Age 27
Birthplace Cardassia Prime
Writer ID O239303T10

Teryn Vehk is a Cardassian currently serving as a strategic operations officer on Starbase 118 Ops. Teryn specializes in fleet strategy and and tactical analysis.


Teryn is an extremely serious person, almost pathologically so. He holds himself to a nearly impossible standard of performance and professionalism - and holds others to the same high standards he holds himself, which means he is oft disappointed. On the whole, however, he might have excelled in Diplomacy. His manner is generally reserved and polite, and most recognize him as being of noble birth for his careful decorum and inbuilt sense of superiority. He makes a very conscious effort to be in control of himself at all times, and his physical manner has an odd intensity to it, a feeling of energy crackling just under his stern exterior. Teryn is usually seen as aloof and withdrawn, though the reality is that he sees overt displays of emotion as a weakness that others could exploit.

He has a somewhat justified fear of being manipulated, and tends to be suspicious of others who seem too fond of him. If there was anything he failed to master, it was acting - any emotional outbursts are dreadfully honest, and his typical response to anything he finds uncomfortable or embarrassing is to freeze up and then pretend it didn’t happen. He tends to be competitive, if only because being beaten means he’s failed the standards he sets for himself.

Teryn is quick to take command of situations - too quick, one might say, as he tends to assume by default that he should be in charge and be heeded. Teryn is not arrogant in the classical sense, however - to him, the fact he is better and should be seen as such is simply a fact of the universe, and his skillset is something anyone could gain if they simply put in the time and effort. He tends to automatically take charge when leadership is needed.


Despite his Cardassian heritage and his proud bloodline, Teryn is quite short, standing at 5’7 and so far having not grown another inch, much to his annoyance. He takes incredibly good care of his appearance, however, dressing carefully and carrying himself in such a way few realize he’s a bit short. Thankfully, heels for men are currently fashionable, and he often wears them.

Teryn out of uniform.
Teryn out of uniform.

Like most Cardassians Teryn has dark hair and off-grey skin. His forehead spoon is a bit slimmer and more delicate in appearance than is average for males. His eyes are his most notable feature, as they’re bright yellow and at times contrast his darker skin considerably. Like his father and uncle, he is able to grow facial hair, but carefully shaves it away. He has high cheekbones and dimpled cheeks leading to a small mouth with full lips - which are usually pressed together either in thought or concentration.

Teryn's voice is usually curt and carefully enunciated; he speaks with great care, his choice of words very formal. In moments of shock he slips into an odd sort of accent, a mix of Earth's German dialect and syllable pronunciations more common in the Cardassian language.

He takes incredible care of his appearance; never will you see a hair out of place, a uniform unpressed, a shirt wrinkled. When out of uniform he dresses rather fashionably, his clothes always somewhat formal. He prefers layered suits, long coats, and shiny leather boots in darker colors. His blazers are often rich velvet or made of hand-embroidered brocade, his ties and handkerchiefs of silk, his buttons and metallic accents made of true gold, silver, and jewels. Not a single piece of his wardrobe didn't originate from the galaxy's top brands, and much of it is handmade and hand tailored. Like his uncle, his favorite brands tend to be Earth-based companies.

Relationships - Family

Portrait Name Relation Details
Noimage.jpg Gul Telok Vehk Father (Deceased, 2375) The Gul of the Ninth Order, one of Cardassia’s flagships, he was murdered in the last hours of the Dominion war by the Jem’Hadar. Considered thoroughly competent, Teryn has been raised to worship him and his lost potential, and any flaws his father may have had are either ignored, denied, or justified away.
Midia.png Midia Vehk Mother Midia was born into the Cardassian lower classes and into poverty. It was her artistic skill that gained her patronage into the higher educational ranks, where she was commissioned to build statues for house Vehk. There she met Telok in passing, and there was an immediate attraction; the two fell in love very quickly and were devoted to each other, and his decision to marry her was one his family disliked. Her status among her in-laws was only solidified when she gave birth to Teryn, but her happiness was short lived. Her husband and entire family died in the Battle of Cardassia, leaving her with only her son and remaining in-laws. She is an outsider in her own home, and her affair with Trevok is an emotional one; he and Teryn are her closest friends and family. Her gentle and artistic nature makes her easily bullied and cowed by her domineering family, and she has to fight to have any input as to her son's future.
Trevok.png Legate Trevok Vehk Uncle Younger brother of Teryn's father and the Cardassian Ambassador to the Federation. Originally a trade ambassador to Earth, he has risen through the ranks in the last two decades to become the prime Ambassador to the Federation and the head of the Cardassian Embassy in Paris. An enthusiastic art collector, he’s adapted very well to Earth - some say too well - and has a deep admiration for and need to recreate the lifestyle of Earth’s 20th century nobility. A cunning businessman, he’s made himself quite rich through careful investments and starting several businesses himself. He heads one of the larger art collectives and has bought and sold many valuable artifacts. Trevok’s influence on Teryn is evident in nearly everything Teryn does; he raised the boy under his strict tutelage, designing him to fit in the post-Dominion War world. Despite being married, he carries on a long love affair with his brother's wife, Midia.
Sigia.png Archon Sijia Vehk Paternal Grandmother A retired Archon. Sijia is an elderly Cardassian with a very powerful personality. She and Midia have never gotten along, and the two women often came into conflict over Teryn’s upbringing, as Sijia views Midia as unworthy of being a member of the family. She helped select Trevok’s second wife, Laluia. Like most of his family, Sijia has endeavored to steer Teryn's education, life, and career, and even at a distance she still seeks to undo the 'bad influences' of his mother.
Laluia.jpg Laluia Vehk Aunt A young lady from another of Cardassia's major noble houses, Laluia was selected by Sijia to marry into their family just a few years ago. While it was silently expected that she and Teryn would marry, Teryn resisted this and she ended up marrying to Trevok instead, as he was the family's head at the time. She is rarely seen apart from Sijia, and acts as the Archon's handmaiden. That Trevok ignores her is a silent rift in the family.

Relationships - Pets

Portrait Name Type Details
Teryn dog.jpg Rommel BFF Given to Teryn as a puppy, Rommel is a finely bred German Shepherd and Teryn's loyal companion. Travelling with him into space, Teryn is far more fond of the dog than he's willing to admit, even forgiving him for shedding on his expensive clothing and furniture. He might even engage in puppy talk, but no one has seen him do so and survived to tell the tale.
Teryn snake.jpg Liketl Snake Also a gift, Liketl was named for a legendary Cardassian war hero and has been Teryn's pet since he was a young boy. Liketl is quite content to wander his quarters. He feeds the snake mice quite casually and rarely understands how someone couldn't like snakes.
Scipio.jpeg Scipio Horse Teryn's horse, given to him by his uncle when he was 15. Scipio is a Hanoverian stallion with a centuries-long pedigree and fine training, with many a ribbon on his bridle. Teryn competed in three day eventing as a teenager and won many of the competitions, and he's missed having Scipio on hand. Thankfully, Starbase 118 has the facilities to house Scipio, so the two will likely be reunited in the near future.

Relationships - Professional

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2370 - 2375

Born the son of a Gul, Teryn’s family is an old bloodline on Cardassia and a well-established member of the Trelek noble class, with his family tree - as he is oft to both reflect upon and comment - containing many notable military and government officials, going as far back as recorded history. Teryn was born on Cardassia Prime in 2370, and his early childhood is, as far as he’s concerned, idyllic; he saw his father often, was raised in luxury, and began his education with a key social advantage. He remembers little of the dwindling resources or the concerns of the adults as the war turned against them - in fact, he remembers none of it directly.

All that changed in 2375, of course, when his world and childhood effectively ended. The bombardment of the Dominion and their overwhelming attack obliterated his first home and wiped out most of his close relatives, leaving only his mother and paternal grandmother where once there had been older cousins, servants, and bureaucrats. He awoke in the wreckage of the day room, saved only by being in a corner; all his cousins and their attendants died at his feet. He remembers a flash of light and overwhelming silence.

As the bombardment commenced, his father was murdered by the Dominion officers aboard his ship, never getting the chance to fight back. It’s a loss that’s defined much of Teryn’s life since.

His grandmother chose to take he and his mother to their remaining relatives - the household of his uncle, Trevok, at the time one of Cardassia’s ambassadors to the Federation. They traveled to Earth, and Teryn has never since returned to Cardassia and instead grew up just outside of Munich, Germany.

2375 - 2387

Teryn’s childhood after that was, all things considered, incredibly privileged. His uncle - considered a bit eccentric - took quickly to the boy and they grew very close, Trevok effectively becoming a new father. Trevok had made himself many friends on Earth and grown rich with his clever investing, and he used his money to gather art, and emulate a noble’s lifestyle.

Schloss Nymphenburg
The restored Schloss Nymphenburg and its parklands.

Before his family arrived, Trevok had purchased the then-decaying ruins of the Schloss Nymphenburg, a German palace damaged heavily during the Eugenics and World Wars. In the centuries after, its vast parkland had been returned to nature, but under Trevok's ownership, much of the palace and original fixtures have been returned, rebuilt, and restored. Teryn thus grew up in a home of almost unthinkable luxury, but also a very public place; the palace is open to tourists, hosts grand parties, and full of people. As a small child he learned quickly to respect material things from a distance - especially after shattering two mirrors.

Schloss Nymphenburg
The restored Nymphenburg Palace Hall of Mirrors.

But this new life came with plenty of tensions. Aside from the obvious ones encountered by a Cardassian child on Earth, his family continued his Cardassian education - his uncle adding other subjects to it - and it meant that compared to others his age, Teryn was never away from schoolwork. He had no choice but to excel at every skill he was told to learn, no matter if others might consider them unnecessary - languages, history, literature, tactics, strategy, music, shooting, swordplay, even horseback riding and other things most would consider hobbies were treated as a part of the curriculum.

The household was hardly ideal, as well - Trevok was unmarried and began to resent his mother’s insistence he become otherwise. Teryn’s mother Midia was from the lower Ti’alek class, a stranger to the nobility and one considered largely unwelcome by her husband’s family. There was constant conflict between his mother and grandmother, and things only got worse when Trevok agreed to marry - yet, once his wife Laluia had moved in, Trevok turned and began an affair with Midia, the two swearing Teryn to utter secrecy on the matter.

His uncle, grandmother and mother all struggled to be the one in charge of Teryn, which only made things worse. His new aunt Laluia soon joined the fight on his grandmother’s side, and in the end the only thing it convinced Teryn of was that he was never, ever going to let himself get married.

When his education ended at the age of 17, the expectation had been that he would return to Cardassia to begin his service to the military there. His uncle had, he decided, a better idea - and he pushed Teryn to apply to Starfleet Academy instead, seeking the permission of the Orders. It was a political ploy, of course. Teryn had few illusions that such a gesture would have been anything but, but he obeyed his uncle and family, and the application was finally accepted a year later in 2387.

In the Academy, Teryn excelled at his courses, pushing himself to be perfect in his records. It took a toll on his health - too many long nights, too much exertion, too little proper food and drink. He struggled in the Academy's culture, focusing entirely on his coursework and struggling with social interactions. He was deemed outright dull by his classmates, with a family too quick to visit and glare at people.

He's only recently been assigned and it remains to be seen what he will turn into now that he's on his own and in a world beyond tests and simulations.


After serving for several months aboard the USS Constitution-B, Teryn is on temporary assignment with Starbase 118 Ops, assigned to assist with anti-terrorist tactical strategy.

StarFleet Academy Record

Starfleet Academy Tactical Division

Major: Tactical
Specializations: Tactical Analysis, Battle Strategy, Diplomacy

Service Record

Service History
Insignia Rank Dates Posting Assignment
Cadet First Class 239407.04 Graduated Starfleet Academy Tactical Cadet
Ensign 239407.04 USS Constitution-B Tactical Officer
Lieutenant JG 2394010.31 Starbase 118 Ops Strategic Operations Officer

Awards & Service 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 2394
Starfleet Academy
Graduated from Starfleet Academy.
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Joint Meritorious Unit Award 2394
USS Constitution-B
Awarded for away team work during Blind Spot (Constitution).
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Diplomacy Ribbon 2394
USS Constitution-B
Awarded for away team work during Blind Spot (Constitution).
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Silver Lifesaving Ribbon 2394
USS Constitution-B
Awarded for away team work and assisting in the evacuation of the injured Cmdr. Saveron during Blind Spot (Constitution).
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Silver Star 2395
Starbase 118 Ops
Awarded for infiltration work
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Purple Heart 2395
Starbase 118 Ops
Awarded for injuries sustained during infiltration work
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Silver Lifesaving Ribbon 2395
Starbase 118 Ops
Awarded for away team work and retrieving crashed crew members.

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