STAR FLEET PERSONNEL COMMAND FILE
|Position:||Senior Research Scientist|
|Assignment:||Star Fleet Science Institute|
|Height:||183 cm (6 ft. 0 in.)||Weight:||77.1 kg (170 lb.)|
|Hairstyle:||Short, but wavy|
|Physique:||Broader of shoulder, but not by any means large|
|Complexion:||Light; spends most of his time indoors researching|
|Voice:||Tenor, but with a deeper tone|
|Affiliation:||United Federation of Planets|
|Birthplace:||Rignus, Alpha Centauri|
|Status of Parents:||Alive, currently doing archaeological research in the Klingon Empire|
|Marital Status:||Married, Samantha Hart Colso (8 years)|
Personal HistoryAitrus was born on Alpha Centauri, though he doesn’t remember ever having been there. Anna and Gehn Colso were archaeologists, and went wherever the funding for their digs took them. Three months after Aitrus’ birth, they were off again to another planet.
Much of his early life was spent that way, traveling from planet to planet. As a result, he got to see the stars without an atmosphere in front of them far more often than a normal child, and was always fascinated by them. Every planet would bring new constellations and new patterns to learn, every trip would bring some new element of warp travel to the forefront. With the scientific mind his parent’s had given him, it was no wonder that he was so enraptured with what he saw. While they were disappointed that he was only tacitly curious about their chosen profession, they grew more and more proud of him as he learned more and more about the stars.
Finally, when he was about eleven, the Colsos got a long-term assignment. They were going to study the ruins of the First Republic on Bajor, and so Aitrus finally entered a traditional school there. He made friends easily, and while he was lacking somewhat in the arts, his teachers were stunned by his aptitude for the sciences and math. He quickly advanced, but his parents kept him at his true grade level, believing that social interaction was just as important as academic achievement.
Unfortunately, most of this was put on hold when the First General War broke out. Bajor, being situated on the Cardassian border and maintaining the only stable connection to the Gamma Quadrant, was quickly overrun by RDC forces, and occupied by a joint force. The Cardassians and Dominion, remembering the last time they had held this planet, were inclined to treat the population well, so as to avoid the uprisings that had occurred last time. The Romulans, however, were not so enlightened. They were restrained somewhat by their allies, but they still managed to commit some of the oldest sins in the newest of ways.
All of this was best summarized by one night, when Aitrus and his parents were asleep near the dig site, where the Romulans came. They destroyed several of the ruins that the Colso’s team were studying, and set fire to many of the buildings surrounding. Several of the other scientists went missing that night; some were killed in the fires, others just disappeared. As the four years of the occupation drew on, sights like this became more and more common, until the planet rose up against them as the Federation fleet came to drive them back out. To this day, Aitrus cannot abide Romulans, and while he knows somewhere within him that not all of them are like those that destroyed so many lives, he still cannot get past that sentiment.
After the end of the war, Aitrus tried to get on with his studies. He went to the Vulcan Science Academy in the first class accepted after the war, at the age of 16, but soon grew frustrated with it all. The images he had seen, the deaths he had witnessed, had impacted him far more than he knew, and he couldn’t just ignore them. With his parent’s agreement, he left Vulcan after only two years and transferred to Star Fleet Academy, still pursuing science, but knowing that now he would be able to help people in ways that he would never have been able to had he stayed on Vulcan.
While there, he met another cadet named Arthur Flynn, a tactical cadet. They were roommates early on in their careers, and while their class loads soon took them apart, they spent time together whenever possible.
After graduation, he was assigned to the USS Philadelphia under Captain Raymond Gage. Here, he met another longtime friend, his first Department Head then-LCdr Quill Dramar, along with his wife, then Ensign Samantha Hart. He fell for her at first sight, and they were inseparable from that point forward. He served briefly in the Second Federation/Romulan War, due to its subsequent termination by the Borg Invasion. Under the command of Captain Ysiadina Lanael, the Philadelphia was thrown to one of the far reaches of the quadrant, there finding an artifact that greatly enhanced the latent abilities of a psychic. During this, however, Aitrus and Samantha grew closer together. Finally, on the darkened ship, which was orbiting lifelessly above a planet, he proposed to Samantha, who agreed then and there. It was perhaps born in the isolation sooner than it might have had the Philadelphia stayed in known space, but their attachment was no less real for that fact.
Returning to Federation Space, the Philadelphia was placed in orbit of Vulcan by their new psychically powerful friends, and he and Samantha were married there, before the Philadelphia headed back to Sol for the final battle with the Borg. In the flush of success afterward, Quill was promoted to XO and transferred to a new ship, while Aitrus took over as Department Head. The next few months were a whirlwind, as he and Samantha didn’t even have time for a honeymoon, instead being shipped off for a new mission.
Finally, on the planet Pangar some months later, Aitrus had some of the most difficult times of his life since the end of the General War. With Federation citizens clamoring for either protection or independence, Aitrus was caught in a struggle with an enemy which wasn’t is enemy, and froze. Somehow, he made it through safely, no doubt due to the efforts of the security forces the Philly had brought with them. But Aitrus wasn’t the same after that. He and Samantha requested a transfer to SFSI; it was granted, and Aitrus was given command of a small research station on the fringes of Federation territory. Unfortunately, Samantha was caught aboard the Philadelphia, and couldn’t join him for some months.
They finally reunited when Aitrus was temporarily assigned as CSO on the Dauntless, having been on shore leave at Starbase Alpha when their CO was kidnapped, and he was required as a stand-in for the duration of the emergency.
After they left, however, Samantha finally voiced her frustrations. She was tired of being ignored, which was happening far too often. When he was there, he was the model of a husband; but when he was doing his research, he was gone completely. And she wanted him to be there. He hadn’t been aware of the problem, which just goes to show how deep it went. Knowing what was at stake, however, he put in for a three month leave of absence for the both of them, and went on a worlds tour with her. Their first stop was Earth, as he had seen little of it beyond San Francisco, where they stopped to see her parents. Pent up anger between her and her father, however, turned what could’ve been a wonderful homecoming into a shouting match, as he berated her for first joining Star Fleet and then not even seeking permission or even introducing her new husband for nearly three years. Angry and hurt, Samantha left, followed quickly by Aitrus.
Trying to make things better, he took her to Bajor. Their first date, while on the holodeck, had been to the beaches of Bajor, and so he took her there for the first time. They had a wonderful time. Until a group of Maquis, knowing of his scientific work, kidnapped him so that he could turn the project to their uses. After three months being there, Aitrus and Samantha finally escaped, and after a much needed rest, this time on Betazed, the Colsos were ready to get back to work, their strength renewed, and their bond stronger than ever.
Personality ProfileAcademy Major(s): Astrophysics, Gravitational Physics
Academy Minor(s): History, Archaeology
Hobbies and Pastimes: Chess, reading the latest scientific journals, musicals on occasion with his wife, biographies
Short-Term Goals: Get back on a starship, doing something meaningful
Long-Term Goals: A command, but mostly retirement and settling down with Samantha somewhere
Personality: Laid-back, but not a pushover. He’ll go out of his way to help you, but will also defend you with his all if that’s required.
Sense of Humor: Hit or miss and situational. He tries, though.
Phobias: None, in general.
Likes: His wife, his research, people who help him, people who are generally good
Dislikes: Someone who’s in the way, someone who is attacking others, Romulans
Pet Peeves or Gripes: Off-key singers, people who just can’t take a hint
Achievements: His marriage, served as CSO on the USS Philadelphia
Disappointments: That he gets so distracted that Samantha suffers sometimes
Strengths: Strong analytical mind, fierce devotion to his friends and allies
Weaknesses: Can get sidetracked easily, sometimes becomes very engrossed in his work
Fears: That he’ll get so caught up in something that he’ll miss out on something important
Prejudices: Romulans, mostly, due to his experiences behind the lines in the First General War
Off Duty Clothing Tastes: Earth tones, greens and khakis mostly, although reds and the like are not uncommon. Usually just slacks and a comfortable shirt
Distinguishing Features: His eyes, mostly
Friends: Cdr. Arthur Flynn, an old friend from the Academy
Personal Paradigm ShiftsMost Painful Experience: Seeing his wife come home drunk and angry because he had zoned so far as to miss their anniversary dinner, knowing he could have prevented it
Best Time: Samantha and his first date; he can still feel the wind in his hair and the sand between his toes from that beach, even though it had been the holodeck. Just the thought brings him joy and strength
Most Crucial Experience: Being stuck behind enemy lines in the First General War, leading him from the path of the scientist to the path of Star Fleet, so that he could help prevent cruelties like that from happening again
Role Model: His father, who showed him strength and courage in all that he did.
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