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Commander Ash Randall

Name Ash Randall

Position Chief Engineering Officer

Rank Commander

Character Information

Gender Female
Species Tuansee
Age ~50


Personal History Tuansee - Species Profile
Home System: CS+776-912
Spectral Class: K2 V

Planet: CS+776-912-b
Class: M Densely forested; 60% ocean. .95g
Federation Survey: 2420

Location: The Coal Sack - Federation Space - Beta Quadrant
Tech Level: Stone Age
Status: Protected.
Population: 3 Million

General Appearance: Bipedal, humanoid with feline and lemur-like traits. Fur covered, prehensile tail. Coloration varies; white, brown, black and tan with stripes or rosettes having been noted. Juveniles are uniformly grey with no markings.

Major Traits: Arboreal; prehensile tail, superior senses of sight, smell and hearing. Light sensitive. Long lived. Omnivores. Psionic capabilities of varying types and degrees have been observed but not studied in depth.

Government: Matriarchal units. Coloration and markings appear to play a role in status from one matriarchal unit to another.

Language: Tuansees have a complex language that incorporates vocalizations and subtleties of body language; ears, eyes, tail and posture in general. At least a portion of their communication is thought to be telepathic in nature.

Religion: Tuansee life revolves around trees, their cultivation, care and general well-being. Their lives are tied to the trees. They spend little time on the ground.

General: The CS+776-912 system consists of 6 planets; 4 gas giants and 2 rocky worlds. There is considerable evidence that the Tuansee species was, at one time, space faring with the remnants of dozens of destroyed facilities scattered across the system on asteroids and moons. It is unclear what events transpired, war amongst themselves or an external enemy. Preliminary study suggests the ruins date from 10 to 12k years ago. Mounting evidence suggests that the Tuansee modified and customized the planetary system to suit their needs including the movement of the inhabited world to its current orbit and the placement of its moon. CS+776-912-b is a colony.

Character Description

Name: Ash Randall
Species: Tuansee
Gender: Female
Born: 2380 (Approximately)

Hair: White W/ black rosettes
Eyes: Green
Height: 5'0" to the tips of her ears
Weight: 100 Lbs

Unusual Traits: Ash has a prehensile tail that is nearly as long as she is tall. The tail seems to have a mind of its own, is 'grabby' in close quarters, and can easily support her full weight. She has demonstrated varying degrees of low level psionic capability and has perfect recall. Ash has acute hearing, eye-sight and sense of smell. She is stronger than her size would suggest and is a very capable combatant.

Personality: Ash enjoys a challenge and is generally upbeat, chipper and an eternal optimist. However, when asked the question by a third year engineering student from Star Fleet Academy, "Is anything impossible?" The reply made it into her official record as, "Nothing is impossible. But, is it a good idea?"

Ask Ash to 'think outside the box' and she will immediately ask, "What box?" In her estimation, the manual on anything is merely a guideline with tolerances and specifications meant to be tweaked and massaged, systems pushed to their theoretical tolerances and beyond. This is neither a good thing nor a bad thing, simply a fact.

She maintains a cheerful and positive demeanor with her fellow officers and enlisted personnel and has been dubbed 'crazy cat' for her willingness to tackle the seemingly impossible. Most seem to like her but she has few friends and only one close friend to whom she has been observed to have become very attached to.

General Observations -
Ash engages in a daily fitness regimen to compensate for her relatively small stature. She is small by the standards of most species and she tries to stay as physically fit as possible. Commander Randall likes to tinker in her free time, make gizmos, and 'personalize' standard issue equipment to suite her. She is also an avid surfer and has a number of holosuite simulations of various breaks on Earth and other worlds. She has, recently, begun a study of several artifacts recovered from the CS+776-912 system and discovered some interesting and unsettling revelations.

Ash was found aboard an Orion freighter, a smugglers vessel, by a Federation boarding party. Ash was a pet, of sorts, and unofficial mascot of the vessel. She was about the size and developmental age of a 5 year old, human child and, quite obviously to the Federation boarding party, sentient even if of an unknown race. Being small, agile. bright and in her element, Ash lead the boarding party a merry chase around the freighter before a frustrated security officer had her simply transported into containment aboard the U.S.S. Rhode Island.

The primary mission of the Rhode Island was survey and exploration but interdiction of smugglers was not outside her mission parameters. She rendezvoused with the U.S.S. Drake, freighter in tow, after a week and turned over her prisoners except for Ash, who was kept aboard for further study.

Ash was not cuddly. Not to say she wasn't cute. there was just nothing cuddly about her for that first week and for a few more afterward. The Orion freighter was the only home she could remember and the crew, such as they were, the only 'family' she had known. She had been aboard the freighter for 3 years, knew the ways of the crew, understood their language even if she couldn't speak it, and they had taken care of her in a fashion. The care she received aboard the Rhode Island was lightyears better but the strange, vaguely bland, environment unsettled her and she didn't like the way the crew smelled.

The Chief Science Officer aboard the Rhode Island, Lt. Edward Randall, took to calling her Ash after a day or two based upon her coloration. She presented a quandary of sorts: Feline-like, bi-pedal, arboreal with some lemur-like qualities, and unlike anything in the Federation Registry that should have been found on an Orion smuggler. She had no markings, keen senses, a prehensile tail, the teeth and claws of a hunter, was sensitive to bright light and totally comfortable in complete darkness. He had no clue where she had come from and the Orion crew members didn't either, only that she'd been given to one of them as part of a deal with a Ferengi, the master of a vessel called the Taberis.

Ash would later discover she was found, in stasis, aboard a ship of unknown design and origin, found adrift, that was claimed by the Taberis as salvage. Several other stasis pods aboard the vessel were empty. The technology of the ship was far advanced of anything the Ferengi had ever heard of and, largely, unfathomable, from the operation of its systems to the composition of its materials and the fact it had no discernable weaponry, defensive systems, propulsion systems, engines, etc. The vessel is under study on Ferenginar.

Ash had been rough and tumble enough to be amusing to the Orion's. That rough and tumble nature wasn't nearly so amusing to the human crew aboard the Rhode Island. There were a lot of bites, nothing too serious but always extremely painful and a ton of scratches in those first few weeks. To his credit, Lt. Randall persisted in trying to win over Ash and finally gained a measure of trust from her after a month. By then, Ash could understand most of what was being said and was beginning to respond in what was recognizable speech.

Ash remained aboard the Rhode Island for nearly 2 years and was, on an unofficial basis, adopted by Lt, Randall and his wife, Irene. Edward and Irene Randall were reassigned from exploration duty on the Rhode Island to postings on Earth in time for the birth of their first child, William. Ash was officially adopted by the couple at that time and went with them to reside on Earth.

Ash was home schooled by Irene Randall, who had retired from Star Fleet with the birth of William. Edward and Irene Randall thought it best that Ash be schooled at home to limit her interaction with other children. While she had long ceased to scratch or bite when threatened or frightened, they were concerned with how she would fit in socially and with how she would play with other children. Oddly enough, they had no concerns with how she would interact with William, as an infant, or as he got older. Just other children, those who were not part of the family unit. The concern wasn't that Ash would injure another child, it was, the opposite. They were afraid another child would hurt Ash. A dozen or so supervised interactions over several months were enough to convince the Randall’s that Ash could safely interact with children without supervision and the little Tuansee learned, very quickly, how to fit in.

After 3 years on Earth and being home schooled Ash attended a conventional school to become acclimated to a more institutional environment. Ash already knew she wanted to join Star Fleet and was focused on the singular task of being accepted to the Academy. A goal she pursued with dogged determination. As an unknown species, getting into Star Fleet Academy would be very difficult. As one of his last acts as a Star Fleet officer, Lt. Randall, in 2390, added Ash to the Federation Registry as a Caitian variant to facilitate her eventual acceptance to Star Fleet.

Service Record 2396-2400 Star Fleet Academy.

Class Rank: Top 10%; Honors *magna cum laude*
Academic Major: Warp Systems Engineering
Professional Major: Engineering
Qualifications: Engineering Officer, Science Officer
Rank: Ensign

2401-02 Attended Engineering School - Warp field Specialist - Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade.

2402-04 Daystrom Institute - Exotic Propulsion Systems Study and Design. Participated in the Livingston Experiment and is the only survivor.

2404-05 Star Fleet Space Warfare Officer School - Promoted to Lieutenant

2405 Star Fleet Counter-intelligence School (4 month accelerated course - assignment specific)

2405 USS Lexington - Detached duty as a subject matter expert to test a sensor designed to detect cloaked, Romulan Vessels. The Sensor test was a cover to draw out and identify a Romulan spy aboard the Lexington. Ash was chosen for this assignment because she was the designer of the sensor and the only one who could operate it effectively. In the course of this mission, Ash achieved her goal and then took the opportunity to steal a Romulan War Bird. Promoted to Lt. Commander and sent to courts marshal for the same incident. Courts marshal suspended pending a psychological evaluation that was never completed.

2405-16 Chief Engineer for fit and finish cruises on newly refitted ships to work out the kinks. The assignments and destinations were generally to provide cover for covert work of varying kinds, forty-six times in all for the, now defunct, Group Seven. Group Seven consisted of several members of the Starfleet Admiralty and those loyal to them. Ash had no knowledge of Group Seven and all her covert operations came to her through normal intelligence channels.

2416-17 Chief engineer USS Enterprise.

2417-18 Chief Engineer USS Pegasus
2418-20 Executive Officer USS Pegasus.

2420-21 Chief Engineer USS Enterprise.

2421-22 Captain USS Phoenix.

2422-24 Extended Leave of Absence.

2424 -25 Chief Engineer USS Enterprise.

2425 – Present XO USS Hippocrates