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Kaia

Authored by Miriam W
Biographic Information
  • Position: Engineering Officer on USS Manhattan
  • Rank: Ensign
  • Species: Galdori (Raka)
  • Weight: 9 kgs
  • Height: 90 cm
  • Age: 16 yrs (~33)
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Character Biography

Appearance:
Just under three feet in height, Kaia is unusually tall for her species, and especially tall for a female. Being the height she is, is akin to a human female being something like 6 and a half feet tall.
She is built like all of her species, and appears to be a bipedal cat. Just think Puss in Boots from Shrek, and you’ve got exactly the picture.
Coloring and fur texture for Raka is rather varied, and Kaia herself is tan with lilac-point and short fur.
She is extremely agile, able to leap from the ground at least 5 feet into the air, and thus has no issue reaching consoles and such (she just perches on the edge with her incredible balance)
On her left wrist, she wears something known as an U.R.I., the Universal Remote Interface, which functions as many things, including data storage, a personal Universal Translator, communications relays (it contained the functions of a combadge), remote interface capabilities, a transport beacon for Galdori “Teleporters”, and a complex holographic projection system.
Her right arm stops halfway between the wrist and elbow, but she wears a high-tech prosthesis that imitates a real arm well enough that someone who doesn’t really understand Galdori anatomy wouldn’t tell the difference. The fur covering it is a ‘wig’ made from her own shed fur, which helps hide it.

History:
Kaia was born with only a left hand, but she grew up with a pretty calm childhood, enjoying life and tinkering with her Papa’s tools when she had the chance to, adapting herself to work with only one hand - often using her tail or her foot to help her manipulate tools. When she was 8, she applied to the University of Blackwood, a school known for their great engineering course, and graduated at the top of her class. When she was 10, she applied to StarFleet academy, and got in. Given her species’ short lifespan (just over half that of a human) she was put through an accelerated course of study, graduating in just over two and a half years. During her time in the Academy, Kaia was given a prosthetic hand, which she uses in her day-to-day work. She has spent about two years on the Manhattan, having joined when she was 13(25).
Family:
Kaia is the oldest of five siblings.
Her mother’s name is Alira, her father is Minx.
She has two brothers (Jiru and Toki) and two sisters (Asu and Hati).
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Medical and Psychological info:
Kaia was born without a right hand, and is therefore lefthanded. Her natural arm stops halfway between the wrist and elbow, and she wears a prosthetic arm that functions as a normal one under most circumstances.
Kaia’s brain chemistry works differently than that of most humanoids, making her behaviour resemble that of someone with Attention Deficit Disorder. This is perfectly natural for her species though.
Because the Galdori people are a Psychically Empathic species (but that sense is limited to people of their own world), Kaia experiences a chronic case of minor depression due to a lack of the emotional interactivity she is used to among her people. She can keep herself in what looks like normalcy most of the time, but sometimes the feeling of isolation crushes her for a few days and she can’t really function.

Species Information:
The Raka are one of five sentient species on their home planet.
Laleri- Lupine, wolf-like creatures. Human-level intelligence.
Raka- Small feline creatures, similar in size and anatomy to Rocket Racoon. Human-level intelligence, not great at language.
Hatriku- highly adaptable reptilian creatures, humanoid. Human-level intelligence.
Arwan- Bipedal deer/goat-like creatures, two to three feet in stature.
Pipini- aquatic creatures vaguely similar to dolphins. Low-level sentience.
These races grew up on a single planet together, and co-operate impressively. When the races gained space flight, it was the Hatriku in positions of command, Laleri in security, Arwan as science and medical officers, and the Raka as engineers. Those of the Pipini tend to prefer not to leave their oceans. They developed Warp roughly around the mid to late 1900s (earth time), and had warp about 1 warp factor higher than earth by the time they were encountered by a human vessel around 2250. The planet of Galdor is in an appropriate sector for them to have been discovered in the stated time period. After much deliberation and consideration, and after sending a group of officers to be a part of Starfleet on diplomatic loan, they finally joined the Federation around 2290.

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