Lieutenant Junior Grade Akoni Kapulé

As some might consider unusual for a Risian, Akoni is somewhat reserved. This isn’t because he doesn’t like to have fun, or that he doesn’t like people, it comes from having a strong and natural inclination of reflection. Because of this, he can sometimes struggle with the balance of ‘living in the moment’ verses considering the moment. However, when focused he is very much ‘in the moment’. His entire attention, for example, can be on the person he is talking to, and he actually cares, which makes him a great listener, a thoughtful friend.

History

Akoni was born in Nuvia, the capital city of the Risa. As a child he got to see the full glory of living and working in such a diverse area. Thousands of visitors flowed through the market district where his parents own an ocean art and souvenir shop. As the oldest, he had his younger brother and sister always on his heels. He complained at times, but never failed to look out for them as they roamed around their parents shop and the marketplace. All the other sellers knew them and, as their parents did for the other sellers, they looked out for the three children like they were their own.

Akoni learned much in these times, and one of his favorite activities was to people watch. He learned a great deal about negotiations and people because of it. Exposed to so many sights, sounds, and smells was a great opportunity to soak up the information.

He always had an interest in the ‘why’ of things, driving his parents a little crazy with questions, such as “why are there so many stars?” “What are they made of?” and “What are other worlds like?” They were happy as artist and merchants, but wanting to support their children in their own interest as much as they could, they focused Akoni on his schooling so his teachers could help answer the many questions he had. He did well in all subjects, but since his favorite thing, his strength, was understanding the nature of something, science became his best subject. His parents influenced him in their love of the ocean.

As he grew he learned that times weren’t always good, that life wasn’t always easy. Young and quiet, his presence was sometimes overlooked, and so he would often overhear adult conversations and their concerns when it came to certain off-world visitors. One group of them in particular was the Orion Syndicate, and from what Akoni could gather, after many years, the rumors were coming true, that they were beginning to regain their control of Risa’s gambling establishments, much more than the current control they had over the workers’ unions, and the under-the-table business partnerships they had already going on for years.

One time, when Akoni was a young teen, he was walking home on an strangely empty road from a friend’s house when he saw two men trying to hustle another one into a waiting hover car. The man looked panicked and struggled, but just before they got to the car, two stun beams came out of nowhere and hit the two men. Three individuals in black, followed by two Risian Police in their gear, came out of the shadows. One of the police officers hustled the confused man the other two had been trying to kidnap away, as two of those in black secured the prisoners. Having been hiding in the shadows, Akoni learned from listening to a conversation between the remaining two that the ones in black were Intel from Starfleet, and while the Risian police were thankful, they were concerned about retribution against any Risian civilians. They were assured that Starfleet would handle it, that’s what they were there for.

Both stunned and intrigued by what he had witnessed and overheard, Akoni hurried home, his mind full of questions. Those questions, along with a near personal tragedy, eventually lead him to Starfleet Academy at the age of 22. Advised to where his strengths were and what could put him on a path to Intel, Akoni studied in Science as his Primary Degree, specializing in Exolinguistics, Xenology, and Biophysics. He has a secondary degree in Com/Ops.

Before the Academy, Akoni studied Oceanography at the University of Risa. Meanwhile, the Orions were leaning on merchants more and more for protection money and were so effective, they were getting away with it, up to a point. His dad didn’t want to play ball, and ended up hospitalized after taking a beating, with no proof on who did it. This nearly pushed Akoni to do something out of character. Angry, he wanted to go after those he felt were responsible, causing his mother and another merchant to keep him from going out the door, possibly getting himself and/or others killed.

Calming himself and wanting to do something effective that might help his dad and people like them in the gray areas where normal law couldn’t reach, Akoni made the decision to apply at the Academy, to finally leaving his homeworld, with the goal of someday joining Intel.

Service Record

Start End Rank Role Assignment
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Cadet Freshman Grade
CadetAttended Starfleet Academy at San Francisco, Earth. Primary Degree area in Science, specializing in Exolinguistics, Xenology, and Biophysics, minoring in Communication/Ops. Continued for another year in Communication/Ops, majoring, and Command school.
23832386
Ensign
Linguistic OfficerUSS Lakota (NCC-42768)
23862387Lieutenant Junior GradeTraineeSearch and Rescue Training, The Pipeline Course.
23882389
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Intelligence RecruitStarfleet Intelligence training
2389
Lieutenant Junior Grade
HUMINT Covert Agent/Communications Intelligence OfficerCrystal Fruits