Lieutenant T’Mia

Serene and placid, on the surface T’Mia is a typical Vulcan but deep down and unbeknown to her, some of the most intense, passionate emotions burn away ready to unleash themselves. Through years of teaching, T’Mia is certain in her belief that emotions are illogical. She spent six years going through the Kolinahr ritual by which all remaining vestigial emotions were demonstrated as purged, and the mental discipline whereby this state was subsequently maintained. The Vulcan is fiercely loyal to those she deems worthy of her ‘affection’ and to Starfleet. She firmly believes in the ideals of the Federation and would freely give her life to uphold them. Extremely intelligent, T’Mia defied her parents and their wish for her to learn the sciences.

History

The late 2290’s were seen as the beginning of Starfleets Golden Age, a time of peaceful exploration following the signing of the Khitomer Accords with the Klingons in 2293. In 2294, two Vulcans named Sitak and Vorek engaged in the mating ritual of pon farr and became married. At this time, they conceived their only child, T’Mia. One year later, the child was born on the Vulcan homeworld.

It was clear from very early on that T’Mia was highly intelligent. T’Mia was encouraged from an early age to undergo the Vulcan teachings that would bring about the purging of her emotions. As such, she underwent years of tutelage before actually beginning the Kolinahr for the first time in 2314 at the age of 21. Her attempt at the Kolinahr was interrupted however when she began the pon farr. During her pon farr, T’Mia bonded and ultimately mated with her husband to be, Sovaal. During her teenage years and her early twenties, a rift developed between T’Mia and her parents as they argued about her decision to attend Starfleet Academy (like her mother) rather than attend the Vulcan Science Academy. During her time at Starfleet Academy, T’Mia specialized in Engineering and starship operations, majoring in warp engineering, warp physics and subspace mechanics. She took a short leave of absence during her final year while she undertook the pon far and married Sovaal, eventually returning to conclude her training.

Upon the conclusion of her training, Ensign T’Mia was assigned to the Utopia Planitia Fleetyards and the Advanced Starship Design Bureau as a warp propulsion specialist. During her assignment at the ASDB, T’Mia and several colleagues became embroiled in an effort to develop a functioning transwarp drive, using the failed experiment on the Excelsior as a test bed and starting point for the new version. After a year and a half of simulations, the new system was fitted aboard the USS Trieste, another Excelsior class starship in 2319. T’Mia and the engineering team from the ASDB joined the vessel on its initial test flight. After overseeing the installation of the systems required, T’Mia and the team were quietly confident that this time, they could succeed. After several hours of final simulations, the team started the ships transwarp drive, a clear course plotted to the Klingon border. Initially, all seemed to be functioning well until the ship ground to a halt with all propulsion systems offline. After thorough investigation once the ship had been towed back to the Starbase it was revealed that the same ailments had affected the ship that had crippled the Excelsior during the ‘Great Experiment’ of the 90’s.

With the newest experiment deemed a failure, the team were disbanded. Ensign T’Mia was reassigned permanently to the Trieste as they converted her back to a vessel capable of standard warp flight. With the vessel functioning properly again by mid-2320, the ship began her own mission of exploration out into the depths of the alpha quadrant.

In 2321, and for a third time in 2328, T’Mia returned to Vulcan for a short stay to engage in the pon farr with her husband, Sovaal. During her time on the homeworld, T’Mia and her parents buried the hatchet and her father, Vorek, respectfully accepted her decision to follow her mother into Starfleet. After a few weeks, T’Mia returned to the Trieste and continued serving as a warp propulsion specialist. When off duty, the Vulcan continued her research and simulations into transwarp drive.

In 2330, junior Lieutenant T’Mia transferred to the brand new USS Yamaguchi, one of the new Ambassador class starships. As a member of the Engineering detail on the ship and due to her experience with the ASDB, T’Mia was picked for the brand new vessel to manage and maintain the ships propulsion systems. Following successful shakedown cruises, the Yamaguchi travelled to the border of the newly discovered Cardassian Union, transporting an official Federation Ambassador to work on diplomatic ties with the grey skinned neighbors. During her ten year stay on the Yamaguchi, T’Mia experienced her first taste of command when leading an engineering team aboard a damaged Cardassian vessel and rendering assistance to get the ship working again. It was at this time that T’Mia first met a Bajoran, a lone man (battered and bruised) held captive on the vessel. Upon returning to the Yamaguchi, T’Mia brought the man’s plight to the attention of her commanding officer. Through their investigations the Captain uncovered the occupation of the Bajoran homeworld by the Cardassians. Despite a strong belief to uphold the Prime Directive, T’Mia struggled with her Vulcan conscience and the inability to help a people that were clearly suffering at the hands of others. In her typical, stoic and well considered way, T’Mia tendered her resignation from Starfleet and returned to Vulcan – at least according to Starfleet’s official records.

Unofficially, T’Mia had been travelling back to Vulcan when she again came across some Bajorans who were travelling to Earth. The devastation of their homeworld soon became apparent and this appalled the calm, considered woman. The engineering experience of this Vulcan was highly sought after and, with her new friends in tow, T’Mia travelled into Cardassian territory and helped maintain several Bajoran resistance fighters and transport vessels.

After working with the Bajorans for nearly eight years, T’Mia was travelling aboard a Bajoran transport when it was intercepted by a Cardassian cruiser. Taken prisoner, the Bajorans convinced their Cardassian captors that they had been holding T’Mia prisoner and forcing her to maintain their vessels, a complete fabrication but one designed to keep the Vulcan safe and hopefully ensure she could continue her work for the resistance. Whilst at the leisure of her Cardassian ‘rescuers’, T’Mia was forced observe several rounds of torture, stirring many an emotion inside her until she was released and returned to Federation space. Once back on Vulcan it became clear that the turmoil for the woman was far from over. Sovaal, her life partner, had died when a vessel he was travelling aboard had been attacked by Orion pirates. As her emotions threatened to bubble over, her mother (and now Admiral) Sitak convinced her to undertake the kolinahr again in an effort to purge all of her emotions and achieve pure logic.

For six years, T’Mia dedicated her life to the priests and priestesses at Mount Selaya and the Riakin Sanctuary in Zhial, listening to and adhering to their teachings and challenges in the pursuit of logic and in an effort to rid herself of the emotions that had plagued her. With the support of her father at the Science Academy (her mother had returned to Starfleet Command), T’Mia took part in the final kolinahr ritual. After an intense regimen of training, discipline, and tests, T’Mia was able to transcend all emotions to a heightened state of understanding, the final ceremony was conducted by the master and two other elders involved in the process, who act as witnesses. Since it was a private matter, there was no audience in attendance, and the ritual was conducted on sacred ground – in a place of stone, water, and fire. She descended the steps from Mount Seleya—carved out of stone and bearing ancient glyphs – and knelt upon the stone in the designated place. She waited, head down, with hands folded in meditation. At last the master spoke from the steps above and announced that she had achieved the purging of her emotions and the pursuit of logic. Her first act as the ‘new’ T’Mia was to visit the sacred Temple of Amonak and offer prayers for her Bajoran friends, a sign that she was still heavily invested in the justice of right and wrong in life.

With a new found sense of purpose and logic guiding her through life, T’Mia began brushing up on the technological advances that she had missed during her fourteen years away from Starfleet. She toured different science and engineering institutes around the Federation, eventually returning to her roots and where she had begun her career – Utopia Planitia. She joined the Engine design team led by Dr. Leah Brahms aboard the USS Enterprise as a civilian specialist. The team developed and installed the new warp core for the ship and were present during her shakedown in 2363. With the project a success, T’Mia used the success to support her application for re-admittance to Starfleet.

Assuming her previous rank of junior Lieutenant, T’Mia transferred to the Nebula class USS T’Kumbra, Starfleet’s only all Vulcan staffed vessel. The ship was undergoing final construction and eventually launched in 2366. Whilst the ship was on its first mission to patrol the Romulan Neutral Zone, the T’Kumbra was ordered to rendezvous with the fleet at the Wolf 359 system to repel a Borg incursion into Federation space. Fortunately, the ship suffered some slight engine trouble which prevented the ship engaging in the battle that cost the lives of some eleven thousand Starfleet personnel and seen the destruction of nearly forty starships. T’Kumbra arrived late and took on several escape pods worth of survivors, transporting them to Starbase 565.

The T’Kumbra returned to the Romulan Neutral Zone and patrolled a section of it during the Klingon Civil War. She was on hand to intercept three Vulcan transports that were due to travel across the border and to Vulcan but turned out to be a Romulan invasion force. Luckily for the crew, the Enterprise beat the T’Kumbra to it and intercepted the invasion force. T’Mia continued to serve the T’Kumbra until 2370 when she was due to transfer to the USS Odyssey as Chief Engineer. She had been due to rendezvous with the ship at DS9 but the Galaxy class starship was called on to travel to the Gamma Quadrant and locate the missing Benjamin Sisko and sons. The mission resulted in the loss of the Odyssey with all hands, meaning that T’Mia would instead transfer to the USS Venture under the command of Admiral Hastur.

The Venture explored a vast area of the alpha quadrant during her 5 year mission of exploration between 2367 and 2372. During the time she was aboard, T’Mia quietly went about her business, confidently earning the respect of those she worked closely with, keeping the ships engines and other systems running at peak efficiency and even above. In 2372, at the end of the Venture’s 5 year mission, the ship was assigned to Deep Space 9 and the Bajor System at the outbreak of the Second Federation-Klingon War. It was during a battle with two Vor’Cha Attack Cruisers that the ships engines ceased to function, leaving the ship stranded against two highly maneuverable enemy ships. Thanks to the efforts of T’Mia and her assistant, Nathan Hunter, propulsion was restored and the ship managed to pick up enough speed to evade its attackers. As a result of their efforts in the heat of battle, and with the recommendation of the ships XO, both officers were given special commendations. Peace with the Klingons was also restored in a bid to strengthen the alpha quadrant against a possible Dominion Invasion.

In the year 2373 the Dominion War broke out and the Venture prepared for an assault on Dominion territory. However, before the 4th Fleet could launch its attack, the Dominion commenced theirs. They invaded places as far into the Federation as Betazed, killing thousands of Starfleet personnel in the process. In 2374 the USS Sitak (named after T’Mia’s mother) was destroyed by a torpedo to a direct hit to the saucer after being disabled by a particle weapon strike to the port nacelle, claiming the lives of many more officers. Thankfully, the Venture was able to respond and rescue several escape pods. The Venture fought in every major engagement before the Dominion War was ended with the signing of the Treaty of Bajor in 2375, finishing all hostilities between the two major forces. The long rebuilding process began for both sides, with many memorial services being held throughout the Federation.

At the conclusion of the hostilities, the Venture put back to Earth for a major refit and T’Mia was given her choice of postings. She opted to return to the ASDB for the third (and ultimately final) time as part of the team developing the Diligent class starship. Equipped with the latest technology, including bio-neural circuitry, new sensor suites and propulsion systems, at the expense of being somewhat larger, the Diligent represented an overall improvement over the smaller Defiant Class in terms of non-combat mission interoperability, while still maintaining nearly the same combat potential. She later began work on the Legacy class starship in 2380. During her time leading the teams at ASDB, T’Mia was recommended for a transfer to the command track. She applied for a position at Starfleet Academy for the Advanced Tactical Training and Advanced Command Skills courses to prepare herself for the bridge officers exams. She spent the better part of two years honing her command skills at the Academy before eventually graduating again in 2383.

Upon leaving the Academy, T’Mia transferred to the Defiant Class USS Mikhail Kalashnikov based out of Starbase 611 in the Beta Quadrant as Executive Officer during the Cold War with the C’hakilians. T’Mia excelled in her duties as XO of the Mickey K. right up until she departed Starfleet for a period of seven months. It is unknown what she did during these seven months, but upon her return she assumed the role of Second Officer and Flight Controller aboard the USS Sentinel.