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LTJG Luken - Unassigned

Lieutenant, JG (O-2)


I. Personal Data
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Full Name:              Luken, son of Bardek
Surname:                n/a
Given Name:             Luken
Nickname:               Lucky / Fluke / Fluken (usually pejorative)
Current Rank:           Lieutenant, Junior Grade (O-2)
Current Billet:         Helm Officer, USS REPUBLIC NCC-1371
Species:                Orion
Gender/Sex:             Male
Age:                    22 Terran years (approx.)
DOB:                    January 1, 2239 (approx.)
POB:                    Aboard Orion starship COLD COMFORT
Parents:                Bardek the Ruthless, b. 2206: Privateer
                       Guellara, b. 2216: 'Companion'
Siblings:               Lomesh (m), twin: present whereabouts unknown;
                       + numerous half-brothers and -sisters, cousins, first
                       cousins, second cousins, aunts, uncles . . .
Spouse:                 None
Children:               None

A. Physical Description
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HT:                     1.87m (6'1")
WT:                     79kg (175 lb)
EY:                     Blue
HR:                     Black
SK:                     Green
Blood Type:             Cu+
Religion:               Orion
Citizenship:            Rigel VIII
Languages:              High and Low Orion: native
                       Terran Standard, Klingon, Andorian: fluent
                       Romulan, Vulcan: passable
                       + a smattering of other languages, especially trade
                         and pidgin languages

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II.  Educational Background
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A. Academic Institutions Attended
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  -- Star Fleet Academy
        (Astrophysics)
  -
B. Service Schools Attended
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  -- Star Fleet Space Warfare Officers' School

C. Qualifications (MOS/MOCs)
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  -- MOC:  Helm
  -- MOC:  Navigation
  -- MOC:  Tactical / Weapons

D. Star Fleet Academy Record
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Honors:                 *Summa cum laude*
Academic Major:         Astrophysics
Professional Major:     Astronavigation
Class Rank:             1/350
Reprimands:             3: i. Accused of organising illegal gambling related to
                               the outcome of 1st year pilot's examinations;
                               charges dropped for lack of evidence (operator-
                               error led to accidental erasure of several data
                               files). An informal reprimand was issued.
                         ii. Causing a disturbance of the peace: was detained
                               by campus security in the act of scaling the
                               outer wall of the female cadets' dormitories
                               while energetically singing a serenade; was
                               found to be in possession of contraband, namely
                               a dozen red roses and a bottle of Romulan Ale.
                               Informal reprimand issued; no further disciplin-
                               ary action taken, at Commandant's discretion (he
                               had just heard that his wife was expecting their
                               first child and decided to be lenient).
                        iii. Accused of organising illegal shuttle racing;
                               charges were dropped when the principal witness
                               suddenly left the Academy after receiving news
                               of a death in the family. Informal reprimand
                               issued.
Commendations:          1: Commended for bravery after rescuing a fellow
                               cadet whose training shuttle clipped another and
                               was badly damaged during an exercise.
Athletics:              Climbing, long-distance running
Activities:             Rumoured to have been President of the Academy's Magic
                       Circle; however, since anonymity is one of the tenets
                       of that organisation's code of conduct, this cannot be
                       proven. He -does- have quite a talent for making things
                       disappear (even if he's not that great at making them
                       REappear . . .)
               

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III.  Biographical Notes
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A. Chronology (tabular form)
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0-18:           Lived with parents aboard COLD COMFORT; informally educated
               via subspace, computer programs, and on-the-job training.
18:             Entered Starfleet Academy.
18-22:          Attended Starfleet Academy.
22:             Cadet Cruise aboard USS TRAFALGAR NCC-3140. Commissioned into
                       Starfleet as Lieutenant, Junior Grade (O-2) due to exem-
                       plary performance.
22-Present:     Active duty in Starfleet.

B. Background Summary
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Luken was born in space, and fully expects to die there--but not just yet.
The son of a pirate with a fearsome reputation in the bad parts of Orion
space, Luken and his twin brother, Lomesh, were raised to take over the family
business when the time came for their father to retire (or -be- retired). But
all that changed the first time Luken got a close look at a Federation
destroyer, the newly-commissioned NELSON-class USS TRAFALGAR . . .

Mesmerised, Luken swore that one day he would be at the helm of a ship just
like that one--or even bigger. His father agreed to support his son's choice
of career, thinking--mistakenly--that Luken would prove a valuable source of
insider information from within Starfleet. However, as his studies progressed,
Luken found that the Starfleet sense of honour and thirst for exploration
were rubbing off on him. His father, increasingly disappointed, eventually
stopped calling, and they haven't spoken for some time; his mother does keep
in touch, but on the quiet.

Neverthless, Luken -is- an Orion, and he values a good time and a quick win
as much as any other member of his species. He has learned to rein in his
tendencies--at least when on duty--and has seen the rewards: his dream of
flying a big, powerful Starfleet vessel is now a reality.

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IV. Official Star Fleet Record
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A. Promotion History:
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2256.214: Entered 1st Year, Starfleet Academy
2257.213: Entered 2nd Year, Starfleet Academy
2258.213: Entered 3rd Year, Starfleet Academy
2259.213: Entered 4th Year, Starfleet Academy
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2261.064: Commissioned as Lieutenant, Junior Grade (O-2)

B. Service History
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2256.214: Entered 1st Year, Starfleet Academy
2257.213: Entered 2nd Year, Starfleet Academy
2258.213: Entered 3rd Year, Starfleet Academy
2259.213: Entered 4th Year, Starfleet Academy
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2260.214: Graduated from Starfleet Academy; assigned to
               cadet cruise aboard USS TRAFALGAR NCC-3140
               [NELSON-class Destroyer]
2261.064: Commissioned as Lieutenant, Junior Grade (O-2) due to
               exemplary performance during cadet cruise;
               assigned as Helm Officer, USS DEFIANT NCC-1764
               [CONSTITUTION-class Cruiser]
2262.349: Assigned as Helm Officer, USS REPUBLIC, NCC-1371
2263.103: Relieved as Helm Officer, USS REPUBLIC, NCC-1371

C.  Medals and Commendations
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None at this time.

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V.  Skills Profile
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Luken is a natural pilot, combining extraordinary reflexes with exceptional
spatial awareness. These traits serve him well in hand-to-hand and ranged
combat, both with personal and starship weapons. He is also a skilled navigator.

Having been aboard starships most of his life, he is intimately familiar
with most shipboard systems; he may not be able to fully repair or upgrade
them, but he can use them like an expert, and can usually jury-rig a temporary
fix that will get damaged systems back into action.



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VI.  Recent Fitness Report
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I'm loath to admit it, but he can fly rings around me, and I've been senior
flight instructor here for ten years. Being born in space and raised on an
Orion pirate ship--sorry, I mean 'free trader'--clearly helped, but there's
also such a thing as natural talent, and this kid has it in spades.
-- LCDR Peter Ferris
       Senior Flight Instructor, Starfleet Academy

               - - -

Luken? The Orion? Yeah, that green-skinned guy. I remember 'im well. He's
quick, real quick, and stronger than he looks. Never seemed to pay that much
attention during my class, but during full-contact practice nobody could
lay a hand on 'im. Real handy with that wicked little curved knife he always
seems to carry, too.
-- SSGT Mick Dodge
       Personal Combat Instructor, Starfleet Academy

               - - -

Physically, Orions tend to be a little stronger and tougher than Humans;
Cadet Luken fits this broad stereotype. I've never seen such high scores
for reflexes, either. Passed for active duty.
-- Dr. Avraham ben Ezra
       Chief Medical Officer, Starfleet Command HQ

               - - -

I have no hesitation in awarding Cadet Luken the highest grade I can give
for his performance while aboard the USS TRAFALGAR. Most new graduates can
follow orders, but not many can anticipate them; Luken is one of the few.
His flying skills saved every life on this ship three times over in our
encounter with a Klingon cruiser in the Corrigan Rift. If any of his
legendary luck has rubbed off on me, Starfleet Command will post him back
to my ship for good.
-- CDR Ewan Cole
       Commanding Officer, USS TRAFALGAR NCC-3140


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VII.  Psychological Profile
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Cadet Luken is perceptive and resourceful, adapting to new situations with
ease. For example, soon after entering his first year at the Academy, he
began to grow his hair rather than following the traditional Orion practice
of shaving. He explained to me, with what I like to imagine was a twinkle in
his eye, that he'd noticed Human girls tended to prefer a man with a fine
head of hair! I think it might've been the first time I've blushed during
a counselling session for some time. If I were ten years younger . . .
-- LT Lita de Marco
       Counsellor, Starfleet Academy

               - - -

I'd describe him as easy-going, even 'happy-go-lucky'. In fact, that phrase
fits the bill in more ways than one! Many of his fellow cadets consider Luken
to be abnormally, even supernaturally, lucky; hence the nicknames he's been
given, such as 'Lucky Luken' or 'Fluke'.

They may have a point: despite having been accused of breaches of Academy rules
on three separate occasions, he escaped with nothing more serious than an in-
formal reprimand each time. As far as I can tell, each 'lucky escape' was due
to nothing more than good fortune--on Luken's part, anyway.

His 'unfair lucky streak' has been 'blamed' by jealous peers for his excellent
performance in examinations. "The right questions came up" was his explanation,
and his instructors indicate that he did work hard. Maybe a case of sour grapes
on the part of other cadets?

When the cadet cruise assignments were posted, it seemed Luken's luck made
another appearance: he ended up on the very starship which had been his
inspiration for joining Starfleet in the first place, USS TRAFALGAR. More
good luck? Pure chance? In any case, it makes for an interesting chat over
coffee in the staff psychologists' lounge!

I suppose we'll see if his luck holds when first postings are made public.
-- LT Ayline Purcell
       Staff Psychologist, Starfleet Academy

               - - -

"Apparently, Cadet Luken's excuse for missing his psych evaluation this morning
was that he was at the local medical centre doing magic tricks for sick chil-
dren. I was somewhat sceptical, so I checked with a friend who works at the med
centre, and it turns out the Orion was telling the truth all along.

"We've just finished his final appraisal, and it was with mixed feelings that
I've signed him off as suitable for service in Starfleet. Prejudice is a power-
ful thing, and it seems I'm as guilty of it as the next man: I admit I was
looking for a reason to fail him, after my previous experiences with Orions--
that green-skinned b**** took me for everything I had! But it seems I was
wrong about Luken. He's a good kid. End recording.

"Darlene, delete any previous references in my notes to my suspicions of an
advanced case of kleptomania. I guess I was allowing my preconceptions to
colour my--dammit, where's my replica of the T'PLANA-HATH?! It was right here
on my desk! That sneaky little Orion ba#####RECORDING TERMINATED#####
-- From the audio records of LCDR Manuel Luis Ramone
       Senior Staff Psychologist, Starfleet Academy



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VIII.  Current Recreational Interests
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When not socialising, Luken can often be found practising or performing
conjuring tricks, illusions and other feats of sleight of hand.

He strenuously denies any connection with the poker games, etc. which tend to
go on quietly aboard most ships in the fleet.


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