Aaryn Sage McClain

Authored by Lori Miller
Biographic Information
  • Position: Counselor on USS Chimera
  • Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade
  • Species: Human
  • Weight: 120 lbs.
  • Height: 5'3"
  • Age: 33
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Character Biography

As far as Aaryn Sage knew, she was born to Vincent and Mara, at the time civilian merchants who did business frequently with Starfleet. Both parents said they grew up in blue collar families in Boston, but the only thing she was told was they left as soon as they turned eighteen to pursue better lives for themselves in California. Aaryn would come to learn pursuing a better life, to them, actually meant pursuing wealth and prestige, and renouncing the Italian Catholic values they had grown up with. She knows very little about her extended family even today, something that bothers her tremendously.

As an only child, Aaryn wanted for nothing growing up. She attended the best schools and hung out with kids from the most elite social circles. Her parents loved doting on her and showing her off, and outwardly, Aaryn was the perfect daughter: intelligent, cultured, and confident. Inwardly, however, Aaryn felt awkward and shy. While her tall, blonde, and tanned classmates participated in pageants and cotillions, short, red haired, paler Aaryn was more of a tomboy, preferring basketball and reading.

Compounding her uneasiness was the fact that her parents were almost always too busy working to spend time with her. Left to her own devices much of the time, she tried to rebel the way she had seen her peers rebel, but skipping school, using drugs, and drinking were not really her thing, and she imitated her classmates simply to fit in. Unfortunately, her peers sensed this uneasiness and her awkwardness, and she was never really accepted, truly.

Aaryn’s feelings of isolation and feeling out of place ultimately sparked her interest in human nature and psychology. She found a measure of peace in being able to make sense of why people acted as they did in a clinical sense. Aaryn enjoyed studying specific concentrations within clinical psychology, including trauma recovery and forensic mental health isues, and often day dreamed of doing this sort of work. As much as Aaryn tried to keep herself emotionally detached as a means to cope with her lonely childhood, however, it was her maternal and empathetic nature that fueled her desire to become a therapist.

Her parents were, at best, ambivalent about her interests. They didn’t understand what being a psychologist was all about, let alone why she wanted to be one, but they loved their daughter and wanted to be supportive in the ways they could. She graduated the Pacific Hills Middle School and Pacific Hills High School summa cum laude and immediately applied to Starfleet Academy. Her parents were perplexed at first, but then not so subtly eager about the opportunity they might have to increase their bottom line. Although Aaryn craved the approval and support, Aaryn stood firm.

Aaryn was pleased to discover the cliques she had faced in high school were not as prevalent at the Academy, and she thrived there, although she couldn’t help being a little insecure around so many others whose ancestors had been in Starfleet for generations. Her family’s status, on the periphery of Starfleet, but never part of the inner circle, gave her opportunities others did not have, but also made her an outsider and uncomfortable in her own skin.

She graduated from Starfleet Academy summa cum laude, focusing on psychology and pre-medical studies. She went on to pursue medicine at Starfleet Medical, specializing in trauma psychiatry and forensic psychiatry, taking the opportunity to study under the best psychiatrists Starfleet Medical had to offer. Building on the interests she first developed as a teen and young adult, Aaryn completed various internships which taught her more about criminal profiling, competency and forensic evaluations, and serving as an expert witness in court. As she learned more about these areas, she also became more exposed to victim’s issues, and providing counseling and advocacy to crime victims with PTSD and complex PTSD became a natural, and fitting, area of specialization given her interests and skills.

She has served as a psychiatrist and victim’s advocate for Starfleet JAG as well as a trauma and forensic psychiatrist aboard the USS Endeavor. While assigned to the Endeavor, she was frequently called upon to assist the ship’s intelligence and security departments in assessing people and in gathering information. This was quite different and more emotionally taxing than her usual work as a healer, but she enjoyed the challenge, and believed the experience complemented her skill set.

When she learned the Academy’s Adjunct ship, the USS Normandie, was looking for an Assistant Chief of Mental Health Sciences to oversee the psychological well-being of the crew and mentor cadets three years later, she decided it was the perfect opportunity to recharge her batteries. Aaryn spent two wonderful years aboard the Normandie, and she credits the experience with re-awakening her passion for her forensic and trauma work. Her experience and skills won the attention of the brass looking to staff the USS Nicholson, an emergency response vessel tasked with attending to a variety of medical, intelligence, and security based crises. Aaryn loved the variety the posting presented and was able to use her abilities in an entirely new arena.

Two years into its mission, the Nicholson was recalled back to Earth and Aaryn was once again looking for a new and challenging opportunity. Captain Bernard Davis of Starfleet Intelligence and the USS Viper was more than happy to oblige. At first, Aaryn wasn’t sure she was well-suited for intelligence work, but for four years, she found satisfaction using her psychological skills to help keep others safe, even if it was behind the scenes. Still, Aaryn knew she wouldn’t want to stay in intel forever, and when the opportunity to help people in crisis came in the form of the rapid response vessel, USS Chimera, she was excited to explore new horizons.

Personality & Traits

General Overview:

Aaryn prides herself on being easy to talk and relate to, even though her background might first suggest arrogance. She’s always been a hard worker and is happy to have the chance to devote her energy to tasks she really cares about.

Strengths and Weaknesses:

Aaryn knows how to relate to a variety of people, regardless of their station in life. She also has a passion for her work that transcends her place in Starfleet, which helps her to keep her objectivity, even when what’s right goes against Starfleet’s best interests. Although outwardly she appears to be a girl’s girl, deep down, she’s a bit of a tomboy, which often works in her favor.

She’s never completely gotten over the insecurities she felt in childhood, but she’s not ashamed of that. Her relationship with her parents has changed, thanks to her decision to enter Starfleet. Her parents, when they bother to notice the distance between them, chalk it up to disinterest and a desire for independence.

She’s a straight-forward, no-nonsense woman, and her compassion for people sometimes creates conflict with the rules and regulations associated with her work.

Ambitions: Aaryn’s greatest ambitions are personal ones. She would love to marry and have a family someday.

Hobbies & Interests: Federation law, political science, and women’s health issues.


Service Record:

Psychology and Pre-Medical Studies, Starfleet Academy, San Francisco, CA, Earth

Medical Studies (with concentrations in Forensic and Trauma Psychiatry), Starfleet Medical Academy, San Francisco, CA, Earth

Psychologist, Starfleet JAG Violent Crimes Division

Counselor, USS Endeavor

Assistant Chief of Mental Health Sciences, USS Normandie

Assistant Chief Counselor/Assistant Chief Medical Officer, USS Nicholson

Forensic Psychologist/Assistant Chief Counselor, USS Viper

Present: Ship’s Counselor, USS Chimera

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