Lieutenant Alyssa Maren

Name Alyssa Maren

Position Chief Science Officer

Rank Lieutenant


Awards


Character Information

Gender Female
Species Human/Betazoid
Age 32

Physical Appearance

Height 5' 4"
Weight 117 lbs
Hair Color Dark Brown
Eye Color Black
Physical Description Alyssa is petite with a natural beauty of which she is generally unconscious. She is vibrant in her dress and her personality. She prefers bright colors when off duty, primarily reds, yellows and greens.

She smiles and laughs frequently and has a bright, engaging smile.

Alyssa is toned and curvaceous. Her primary forms of exercise are dancing, hiking and swimming. She was a competitive swimmer in college and still likes to spend time in the water as often as she can.

Family

Father Vigo Maren
Mother Anna Roca

Personality & Traits

General Overview Alyssa is generally warm and friendly. She's a tactile person who likes to touch people when she talks to them and will often hug her friends and family. She genuinely cares about others and does what she can to make her work environment a pleasant one.

She loves music and has been known to play it in the lab if she has to work late. She prefers classic rock from the late 20th century Earth when she can. However, there are times when she's in a more contemplative mood and listens to classical music.

Growing up, she had a series of pets, many of them strays she adopted. She has a pet monkey that travels with her and spends time in the arboretum when the botanist allows it.

While on Viper, with no arboretum, she added netting and several small trees to her quarters for Mozart to climb. It worked well as she did a lot of her work there due to the lack of science labs. When she has no arboretum, she will keep Mozart in her quarters.
Strengths & Weaknesses Alyssa is smart, cheerful, loving, considerate and can be a bit of a do-gooder. She tries to do what she feels is right. Once or twice this has put her at odds with her superiors. She generally won't break the law, but she has been known to bend it.

She is stubborn and willful. On occasion she has a temper that can lead her to mouth off -- which also gets her in trouble.

She tends to get too involved in her work and occasionally has to be urged to leave work in order to make her eat or sleep. When she works on an archaeological site, she has been known to keep a bedroll with her and sleep where she's at.

Alyssa is not a fighter. Whenever possible, she will look for a way to get out of a fight, or to disable an opponent without throwing a punch or kick.
Ambitions Alyssa has a thirst for knowledge and wants to explore the galaxy. Eventually she wants to settle down on a colony with lots of ancient ruins she can excavate. She would also like to write, when she has more time.
She is not against the idea of falling in love and getting married, but she has yet to find anyone who can compete with her job.
Hobbies & Interests Swimming, camping, fishing, hiking. She loves deserts and occasionally paints them. She's done some social dancing and occasionally goes dancing on the holodeck where no one can see her. She sings and plays the guitar. She loves to read fiction and hopes to be a writer when she stops exploring. She enjoys writing poetry.

Alyssa is adept at programming and fixing computers. Mostly, she uses this to set up databases and do research.

Languages Spoken:
Standard, Spanish, Vulcan, Romulan, Bajoran, Betazoid, hieroglyphics (Egyptian, Mayan, etc.)

She recently took up using a blowgun, at which she has become quite adept.

Personal History GO OVER THE INSERTED FOUR PARAGRAPHS NEAR THE BOTTOM

Alyssa was born on Betazed, but moved to Earth with her parents when she was still a child. She grew up in New Mexico and fell in love with the desert and would often go out hiking or horseback riding to explore. On one occasion she found an Ancestral Pueblo cave dwelling with paintings on the wall. She was fascinated with them and took several images. When she got back home she went on her computer and looked up information on the dwelling and the painting to see what they meant. This started her fascination with history and ancient cultures.

Her fascination with the Ancestral Pueblo Indians spread to other ancient inhabitants of North America, and then to Central and South America where she fell in love with the Mayan and Incan civilizations. She spent much of her free time reading and exploring.

Her parents supported her interest by taking her on trips to various ancient sites during vacations. Alyssa, in turn, would study up on the area and tell her parents about the civilizations and the ruins they visited. She would always take time to talk to museum curators and archaeologists about the artifacts, architecture and people of the ancient sites to learn more.

She and her family would also make a point of going camping every summer to various scenic areas of the region to hike and enjoy the outdoors. It was her parent’s way of making sure Alyssa didn’t spend all her time studying.

As a student, she did well academically and got good grades, but she would often spend her free time reading rather than socializing with the other students. At home, she would study about other civilizations and cultures on Earth. She loved seeing how the different cultures interconnected and how they progressed on a global scale.

She learned Spanish and how to read hieroglyphics and pictographs. She took several college courses in history, archaeology and language while she was still in secondary school. Her parents, eager to support her thirst for knowledge, helped her get on several archaeological digs during the summer as an intern.

She also became fascinated with Vulcan due to its rich heritage and millennia of history. On a dig in Central America before her senior year she had the opportunity to work with a Vulcan and spent a good deal of time in the evenings talking to the other woman about Vulcan, its language and its history.

When she graduated from school she chose a university that would allow her to continue with the studies she’d begun earlier. She chose history, archaeology and language. The way she saw it, the three were interconnected. History and archaeology went hand in hand and to truly know a culture you had to study it in its native language. She added classes on anthropology and social science to help with her overall learning.

Her father, a prominent architect, had friends in Starfleet Command who were happy to help her get a hands-on education. When she graduated, they sponsored her into Starfleet Academy. As she already had degrees in history, archaeology and several languages, she took the opportunity to expand her learning and studied computer science, mathematics and astronomy. She was quite interested in how ancient cultures used math and astronomy, so to her they seemed a natural addition to her other areas of expertise.

In the Academy, she was teased a lot about being a bookworm, but Alyssa didn't mind as she knew it was true and she much preferred learning to some of the after-hours activities of the other students, which reminded her a little too much of some of the college pranks she'd seen in her earlier years. But as she’d never been much of a social person, she was quite happy with the status quo.


Her first assignment when she graduated was on Vulcan in the city of Shi'kahr. She took the opportunity of being close to a major Vulcan University to study Vulcan and history from a Vulcan perspective. She especially enjoyed learning Terran history from a Vulcan. She loved the city and the culture, but between her work, her studies and her cultural explorations, she had no time for a social life yet again. She was able to get an advanced degree while learning how to be a more effective science officer.

Shortly after she finished her studies she was transferred to the USS Dominguez, an explorer that spent much of its time along the galactic fringe. Most of the time they found little of interest, but she had several opportunities to discover new ruins and work with Starfleet to set up future excavations. The major down side to her discoveries was that she couldn’t stay behind to supervise the various digs. But she made sure she knew who was in charge and kept in contact so she could follow the excavation from a distance.

Alyssa was next transferred to the USS Shiloh, a very different ship with a very different mission. There was very little exploring and she focused much of her work on science in general. She also had several opportunities to work with the XO on assignments where her knowledge of computers and her ability to speak “geek” was needed. Three times she was part of a team posing as a maintenance crew. Once she was tasked with “repairing” a communications malfunction while creating a back door into the database to find a report written by one of the scientists about a secret experiment while the rest of her team focused on the ship itself and its crew. Another time, she had to insert a program into the waste reclamation system that would slowly break down the ship’s emissions and allow them to track it. The third time, the team was sent to steal a scientific experiment and return it to the Federation without letting the pirates know they were there. As the only scientist, she made sure the experiment was safely transported and that all the data was deleted from the other ship’s computer.

She found that she actually enjoyed this type of work and was asked to go along with most of the away teams.

When the Shiloh was decommissioned and the Captain retired, she accepted what was to have been a two-year assignment heading up a dig on Persis II. She gladly accepted the sabbatical as a chance to get back to a dessert environment and to spend time working the entirety of a project.

Her stay on Persis II was interrupted by an order to work on the USS Viper, a top-secret Intel ship. It gave her a chance to work with Intel again and a chance to show the other officers that geeks could hold their own in an Intel.

Her former CO recommended her for the job and the Viper was in need of a good science officer. The fact that she had been doing field work and thus considered of little consequence added to her being chosen for the position.

When a chemical meltdown lead to the destruction of a Federation ship, she was the one who examined the evidence and the radiation and discovered that it was Omega Radiation caused by the attempted weaponization of an Omega Particle. She informed the Captain and the Viper was put on quarantine until a medical team on the USS Sedgemoor found a treatment for the radiation. She later used her knowledge of the Omega Particle to find a Borg facility inside a cave system and destroy the computer being used for the research.

The Viper was instrumental in stopping a rebel Borg group from using the Omega Particle to destroy the Earth.

It was on the Viper she taught herself how to use a blowgun and created several specialty darts to knock out anyone from a human to a Borg. Her blowgun has come in handy on many occasions where it is more subtle and often more effective than traditional weapons as it can be disguised far more easily than a traditional weapon.

While on the Viper, Alyssa’s parents became gravely ill and were not expected to live. She asked for – and was granted – emergency leave. But what was expected to be a few weeks turned into months while her parents went through a series of treatments. Alyssa was replaced on the Viper and given the time she needed to take care of her parents. When they wer fully recovered, she returned to Starfleet.

All of her work on the Viper, including the existence of the Viper, is classified.

Her next assignment was aboard the USS Alexandria where she had a more 'normal' assignment.

With each assignment, Alyssa has found ways to develop as a scientist and to use her skills in often-unorthodox ways. Unfortunately, it has not managed to keep her from spending most of her time alone with a computer. But so far she continues to be happy with her life and her career.
Service Record Starfleet Academy
Shi'Kahr, Vulcan, Historian, Alien Archaeologist
USS Dominguez, Assistant Chief Science Officer
USS Shiloh, Chief Science Officer
Took time off to work on an archaeological site for Starfleet on Persis II.
Subspace Relay Maintenance (USS Viper, Chief Science Officer)
Chief Science Officer, USS Alexandria.
Chief Science Officer, USS Falchion
Chief Science Officer, USS Pioneer