Ullians are a humanoid species. They have grey mottling at their temples which, along with pronounced hairless bulges, is indicative of their race. Alex, however, has had extensive cosmetic surgery to reshape his facial structure in order to cover up the bulges and hide the grey mottling…all permanent. He is professional while on duty and comfortable while off. He is muscled and well toned, but not a body-builder. His brown hair is slightly longer than normal on top and his facial hair shows evidence of premature graying.
Zander was the lead archivist for his sector. His job was mostly supervisory, but that allowed him to choose which particular assignments he wanted to sit in on. His sons were following in his footsteps. Alex, the youngest of all his siblings (2362), hadn’t yet decided what he would do. His older sister, Tesha, had already started with the ladies in their area to catalogue the memories of those older Ullians who were on their deathbed.
Alex Rho was born to one of those archivist families who sought to use their abilities to keep histories. Growing up the youngest of four children had its advantages. He was the baby, the one that did no wrong. Or so his parents thought. Alex was a mischievous little boy who got into everything! He eventually grew out of that as most children do. His father, Zander, led the research team for his sector. He could choose any assignment he wanted and usually took those that would keep him close to home. He is a family man and his was a very close, tight-knit family growing up…until that dreadful evening, just two days before Alex’s fourteenth birthday.
Some members of Ullian society still practiced telepathic memory invasion. Most of those were usually the criminals. On the night in question, the Rho family was walking home from their evening meal out when a four men attacked them telepathically. The men demanded all the valuables. Zander and his two oldest sons held them off long enough for his wife to grab the two younger ones and run. Rianna found a hiding place nearby and was able to save Tesha and Alex. They were well hidden, but could still see the fight. They watched as Zander, Kendal, and Milan were physically and mentally beaten. After toying with them for some time as a cat does a mouse, they killed them and left. They never found Riana, Tesha, nor Alex. Once the attackers were captured, the reason they gave was to get money and valuables and to watch their weak counterparts suffer.
For months afterwards, Alex wept. No matter how hard he tried, he could not block the memories of that horrific night. He just couldn’t understand how his father and brothers allowed those men to beat-up on them. They were powerful telepaths. They could’ve defended themselves easily. He then realized that there must be more he could do with his natural abilities than archive. He lost part of his family because they refused to use their telepathic powers for anything besides archiving. He started studying his abilities, experimenting on what he could do, and eventually learned a lot more about himself.
Over the next two years, Alex began to grow distant. He didn’t spend much time around Rianna and Tesha anymore, and they noticed. The archivist ways and philosophy had taken his father and brothers. At least that’s how he saw it. Finally, Riana and Tesha approached him. Alex was surprised. He thought that if anyone understood him, it would be his mom and sister. After all, they had seen the same things he had. It was here, when Alex began to question motivations. Everyone had a hidden agenda, a secret they didn’t want known.
Angry and frustrated, he feigned a month-long retreat to one of the moons as a cover for his extreme cosmetic surgery. Alex had the grey mottling removed and his facial structure reshaped to hide the bulges of his skull. They weren’t removed, only hidden. After being ostracized by his own people for neglecting his heritage and “the archivist ways,” he left his home-world. Earth and Starfleet was his heading.
Alex joined the Academy and majored in Intelligence. For his government/species study, he chose both the Ferengi and the Orions. For his minor, he selected Communications. Cadet Alex Rho took all of the core classes that was required of him as well as his Intel classes. It was during his Freshman year at the Academy that his Hostile Species professor talked with him about seeing a counselor to help deal with his anger and other issues that resulted from seeing his father and brothers tortured. It took regular visits during all four years, but the counselor was able to help Alex overcome most of it. There were still the issues of paranoia, questioning everyone’s motives, and believing that everyone had a hidden agenda. The counselor realized that those personality quirks are what would make him an excellent Intelligence operative. He completed Starfleet Academy in 2384 and was promoted to Ensign upon graduation.
After graduating the Academy, Ensign Rho, went on to receive further extensive training by Starfleet Intelligence. The initial exam and interview, not to mention his telepathic abilities, put him as a Psionics Specialist. Ensign Rho was then sent to Tellar for Intel Ops training. He was informed that Intel training for new recruits would only last one year as opposed to SFA’s four years. However, they were expected to return when their work allowed. This made no difference to Alex. The first part of his year consisted of a basic curriculum; covert communications, interception of enemy agent’s communications, message encryption and decryption, employing counterintelligence techniques, intelligence gathering, and recruiting. During that first part of the year, an unusual event occurred; Alex made friends with a couple of the Andorian students. The remainder of the year focused on Alex’ specialty, Psionics. Life at Intel Ops School was rigorous to say the least. Discipline was even stricter than it was at SFA and students were rarely allowed off campus for entertainment. Alex graduated from Intel Ops training and remained an Ensign.
Cadet Senior Grade
|Intel Ops Student||Starfleet Intelligence Operations training|
|Psionics Officer||USS Bretonia|
Lieutenant Junior Grade
|Intelligence Officer||USS Kusari|
|Starfleet Intelligence Department of Internal Affairs||Starbase 656|
|Chief Intelligence Officer||USS Triumphant|