Lieutenant Commander Linshara Thannis
Linshara is not as open or approachable as most Betazoids. Due to the nature of her work, she tends to be focused, controlled and very calculated, having to watch her words, her tone, her mannerisms, she often finds it difficult to relax and just be a Betazoid woman in her prime. While she is good company once one gets past the exterior, Linshara is not one for pointless, silly small talk. preferring instead deeper, meaningful conversations and directness, openness. She also prefers the same in people, not being overly fond of people who talk too much or with little meaning. A good, pragmatic leader, Linshara stands behind her team and is not afraid to bear the burden of responsibility.
Lishara is a member of the Ninth House, known as the House of History and Learning. She is the second child of Varos and Alshira and sister to Lanos (younger by three years). Born into a very learned family, the kids were raised in a very aware and open environment, especially due to the chosen specializations of the parents. Contrary to the wishes and suppositions of the parents however, both children showed aptitude and interest towards the technical aspects. In the later years the parents started claiming it was a genetic skip from the father’s side of the family, whose parents were from the House of Perseverance (the Tenth House) and both in the technical fields focused on software.
Linshara did show a love of history and sociology as she grew up, always interested in learning about other worlds and other species as well as their histories. Lanos on the other hand was always more family and Betazed oriented. Varos and Alshira while supportive of their children’s choices regardless of their own personal desires for them, did however want to keep family tradition and genetically bonded their children (when they were very young) to members of other houses they felt their children would benefit most from. Lanos was bonded to the first daughter of the Twelft House (House Of Balance) whom he married later in life, while Linshara was bonded to the third son of the Sixth House (House Of Poetry).
The young woman however had different plans in life than staying on Betazed and leading a family life and spending her days writing code. She wanted more and she wanted off of Betazed to achieve it. So, after finishing standard schooling and mental training, she started preparing for Starfleet Academy Entrance Exam when she was old enough. After sitting the exam and passing it in the first go, Linshara dissolved the genetic bonding liaison with the third son, much to her parent’s initial chagrin. However the chagrin didn’t last long as they finally saw that their daughter was meant for exploration and space travel, rather than being homeward bound like their son.
Her Academy years were spent in academic pursuits and discovering all the mixed social life had to offer. Linshara enjoyed the diversity of peoples and species, usually making friends with ‘aliens’ rather than her own species. Along with her studies, she finally felt free to explore aspects of herself and her species without the self perceived shadow of her parents and her brother. So Linshara explored, in all aspects of the word.
With the heat of the war approaching, Linshara keenly felt the toll on the Academy minds the very thought of it brought. Her graduating class had received improved combat training and drills as well as arms use. In the later years she would consider herself lucky to have had at least one year to live as a graduate in peace before the war irrevocably changed them all.
Her first posting was as a transporter operator aboard the USS Falkirk, a Korolev class vessel. With the Falkirk’s assignments in various theatres of the war, her crew quickly gained experience and mileage. Lin switched through various posts during the war, mainly participating in field operations to fix relays and communications hubs on key planets and engagement areas.
One of the most impactful events in her service on the Falkirk was actually one of the earlier engagements during the war. She and Lieutenant Commander Semrik, the Falkirk’s Chief Science Officer, had been returning from Berengaria, to the USS Falkirk, which was waiting for them just on the outer edge of the Toloth System. As the system was contested territory, skirmishes would break out every so often with neither side gaining too much ground which was why the shuttle being used as the go-between was considered a better idea than the while ship going through.
The two were in a shuttle, trying to use the asteroid field to mask their trail and not lead them directly to the Falkirk. Unfortunately it didn’t work, the shuttle was detected by a Dominion Scout ship and fired upon. Unable to escape and taking heavy damage they crashed on a small asteroid mining complex.
Taking refuge with the civilian crew, the duo were safe…for a time. Dominion forces soon arrived and began interrogating the miners. With their time short and little progress made with the brave civilians, the Jem’Hadar began to murder the crew, hunting each and every one of them down. It was pure luck Lin and Semrik weren’t found; declared overdue the Falkirk had been combing the system for their lost crew. Stumbling across the astroid, the Falkirk was able to drive the Dominion ship away and rescue the pair. Much to Lin’s dismay, they were too late to save any of the miners.
Linshara was never the same after that event, having so keenly felt the miners dying, their emotions, the emotions of the Dominion forces. Gone was the bubbly, open young woman. In her place a more distanced, calculated, detached woman. It was only thanks to Semrik’s aid, albeit through a forced mind meld that she managed to regain control. It had turned out later on that that act had saved them both and saved what shreds of sanity she’d had left. He’d began teaching her how to shield and isolate herself in the later years. She’d found it helpful back then, when her mind was still raw and bruised, recovering from the torrent.
The Falkirk was decommissioned after the war, her crew split up on various other assignments.
With the decommissioning, Linshara was approached by Starfleet Intelligence in 2377 with an offer to join their ranks. Her work with electronic warfare, countermeasures and communications had landed her on their watch list. So, with the promise of something new, exciting and most importantly the ability to do some good and channel her new state of mind from the war productively, she accepted.
It was during the initial few years that Linshara in her new state of mind gained several life long friends, like Valerie, Alexander and Sinara, all the while keeping the new occupation hidden from her family. While they had supported her decision to join Starfleet and dissolve her genetic bonding, she was absolutely certain they would never accept her new, extremely dangerous profession.
While her official cover was that of an analyst, Linshara was assigned all over the quadrant, often working in tandem with either Valerie, Sinara or Alexander after the latter transferred to the Alpha Quadrant Powers Section of Starfleet Intelligence and Linshara soon following.
Linshara polished her tradecraft in the following years, working along seasoned professionals, rising through the ranks to becoming a case officer, having built her own network of assets and confidential informants, often directing minor missions for the younger officers.
In 2382 Linshara was reassigned to the Counter Intelligence Section of Intelligence, working most often with the senior field agent and friend, Commander Valerie Locke. It was with Valerie that Linshara further honed in her skills in interrogation and profiling, helping the elder agent bring key foreign personnel to work for the Federation. The two became best friends during their years of working together.
When Valerie was injured on a long running mission in 2385, Linshara was extremely concerned. She hadn’t felt a sense of loss akin to the worry for the human woman in a very long time. Luckily Locke managed to recover, but not to the point of being able to return to field operations, so the woman took up an administrative and directorial role within Counter Intelligence by taking over as Head of the Field Operations. While their professional relationship changed to that of handler and field agent rather than partners, their personal relationship grew even stronger, especially with Locke opening up to Thannis about her long term girlfriend, Nicolette Levesque. Linshara grew to care about the woman nearly as much as Valerie in the subsequent years, the three women becoming as close as sisters, while Locke and Levesque married.
Linshara took over Valerie’s role and become one of the senior field agents within the section.
In 2388 she was assigned to the USS Venture under the pretext of the Chief of Operations, Lieutenant Hela Riis. With the Venture’s assignment to the Raeyan Transit Corridor, and the possibility of infiltration/interference from Romulan Intelligence Agencies, Starfleet Intelligence felt it prudent to send an agent of their own to be present aboard the lead ship assigned to the volatile area of space. With Linshara’s expertise with the Romulans, she was the best choice for the undercover assignment. Naturally, Intelligence being Intelligence, they also wanted information on certain other things, namely the frowned upon liaison of her Captain with a former Maquis operative.
The possibility of interference soon became a reality as implications of Tal’Shiar involvement were discovered and Linshara was tasked with confirming or disproving the circumstantial evidence…alone. Backup would not arrive until several weeks later. While on a diplomatic mission to Ruhoka, a planet within the Raeyan Transit Corridor, the location of the suspected Tal’Shiar involvement, Linshara quite literally walked into the Tal’Shiar’s agent trap. Accused of murdering the pro-Federation minister of Education and attacking the agent and his aides, a planet wide chase ensued, both by Romulan forces and the officers aboard the Venture in hopes of getting to her first. It was through a series of lucky shots and calls, that the crew of the Venture managed to reach Linshara first and assist her in taking down the Tal’Shiar operation on the planet.
One problem still remained, even after the crisis was over. The Tal’Shiar agent knew of Linshara’s presence on the Venture and on the planet. This clearly spelled out one thing. There was a mole within the circle of people who knew of the long term operation. Someone who knew of Linshara herself and the identities of the two agents who were sent as backup, who were held up by a sudden ‘trade inspection’ while the crisis was taking place.
Thannis was detained to custody on the Venture until the truth of things was determined. Starfleet Intelligence sent an Internal Affairs agent to the Venture to conduct an investigation on that field, while several other agents were sent to the Counter-Intelligence Section and to the Romulan Section under whose purview the Raeyan Transit Corridor lay.
Linshara and the Romulan Section were subsequently cleared of suspicion though the search for the mole continued. Instead of an apology, she was offered the position of Chief Intelligence Officer aboard the Venture and a promotion to Lieutenant Commander. Lin agreed to accept the position in order to help prevent such critical failures in the future in the sector and only if the Venture crew agreed to have her remain onboard, having lied to them and pretended she was someone else for more than six months.
Now, having accepted the spot and being allowed to stay o the Venture, Linshara faces a whole new sets of issues. Will the crew, especially those she grew close to in the last six months ever trust her again?
Cadet Freshman Grade
|Cadet 1st Class||Operations / Engineering Track - Starfleet Academy|
Cadet Sophomore Grade
|Cadet 2nd Class||Operations / Engineering Track - Starfleet Academy|
Cadet Junior Grade
|Cadet 3rd Class||Operations / Engineering Track - Starfleet Academy|
Cadet Senior Grade
|Cadet 4th Class||Operations / Engineering Track - Starfleet Academy|
|Operations - Various||USS Falkirk|
Lieutenant Junior Grade
|Starfleet Intelligence Cross Training||Trainee|
Lieutenant Junior Grade
|Junior Field Officer||Starfleet Intelligence, Romulan Section|
Lieutenant Junior Grade
|Case Officer||Starfleet Intelligence, Alpha Quadrant Powers Section|
|Senior Field Officer||Starfleet Intelligence, Counter Intelligence Section|
|Undercover - Chief Of Operations, Lieutenant Hela Riis||USS Venture|
|Chief Intelligence Officer||USS Venture|