STAR FLEET PERSONNEL COMMAND FILE
|Assignment:||USS Titan, CL-2007|
|Height:||196 cm (6 ft. 5 in.)||Weight:||113.4 kg (250 lb.)|
|Affiliation:||United Federation of Planets|
|Status of Parents:||Both of Zzen’s parents are still alive and currently reside on the Gorn home world of Ghdar. Neither of his parents has ever been in the Gorn Military. His mother is a teacher at the distinguished Gorn Academy of Art and his father is a minister in the Department of Justice. Zzen’s family has always been a strong proponent of friendly relations with their Galactic Neighbors, but considering that their neighbors are the Romulans and the Orion Syndicate, being friendly is rather difficult at times. Not to mention their relationship with the Federation, which up until recently has been best described as chilly. See also Parent Status(es) Continued... in Personal History.|
|Siblings:||Zemm’shara (13), twin sister died at age 13|
|Marital Status:||Married to Tellssa Zzetra (Tellssa^hhhh Xuuusssha^zzetra)|
Zzen and Zemm’shara had been happy and well-adjusted children, life for the children and their parents had been comfortable, a life of travel and adventure. When Zzen was thirteen his father had been assigned to fill a vacancy in the Ministry of Justice on Ghdar III. Zzen and his family had been there only a few months. Zzen and Zemm’shara had been doing well in school and had made many friends. Life could not have been better. At first, Sh’henzara had expressed some concerns over Ghdar III’s close proximity to Romulan space, but Zzen’s father assured them all that it would be fine and that there had been no Romulan activity in over three years. Not to mention the fact that this was a temporary assignment for him and they would be back on the Gorn home world before they knew it. Life was good, but little did any of them realize that life was going to take an unexpected turn for the worse.
One warm summer evening as the family sat down to enjoy a meal together as a family, they heard noises outside, people screaming and running. Shots filled the streets of people calling out for help. Zzen sat there frozen with fear. The sounds of disruptor fire had filled the air. Just as Slar’del was about to get up and retrieve his weapon, the door burst open and in the doorway stood a Romulan, green blood flowing from a fresh claw wound the now ran across his face. The Romulan moved so fast Slar’del almost didn’t see it. The Romulan grabbed his daughter and held the disruptor to her head. Zzen could still hear the Romulan spit out those words. “Anyone moves and she dies,” declared the Romulan as he dragged her into a corner. Clearly, a Romulan is no match for one Gorn let alone two adults and a strapping teen such as Zzen. “Do as your told and she will live, fail to listen to me and she dies,” said the angry Romulan. Zemm’shara started to cry; after all, she was a child. The Romulan kept looking out the window, then back at the frightened Gorns, all watching the Romulan. All of a sudden, the Romulan spotted a group of other Romulans making their way down the street. He jerked Zemm’shara by the neck and dragged her out into the street. She was screaming and crying. “Brothers, wait for me,” cried the Romulan.
The other Romulans had fired their disruptors destroying anything and everything in their path. Bodies of the dead and dying littered the streets. Slar’del was frozen, he just watched as buildings and people fell to the angry senseless disruptor fire. Then all of a sudden, the Romulans found themselves backed up into an alley, blocking their escape, but everyone was too afraid to move out of fear that the Romulans would harm Zemm’shara. Before Zzen could react, a Romulan came up from behind him grabbing Zzen, and taking a position next to the Romulan holding his sister. One of the Romulans pulled out a communicator and issued an order to beam them up. However, before the transporter beam could lock onto the raiding party and its hostages, Zzen watched as if in slow motion his sister bit her Romulan captor as hard as she could. In what Zzen could only describe as howling rage, the Romulan hollowed in pain and agony drawing his weapon and taking aim at his sister head. Zzen knew how accurate Romulans could be even at his young age. He swung around and drew his right hand across the neck of the Romulan who had held him, tearing out the juggler vein of the Romulan monster. Green blood splashed the group of them, covering them in a mixture of blood and sweat, like a mint green jelly. The Romulan who had held his sister screamed, “You filthy beasts,” and shot his sister clean through her head. Just to make sure she was dead the Romulan stomped his heal on to her head and kicked it for good measure. Zzen screamed, “No, Zemm’shara, Oh, please no don’t be dead.” But it was too late; the Romulans had disappeared into thin air like some monster from a fairytale. Zzen, Slar’del and Sh’henzara all clung to each other in disbelief at what they had witnessed.
Slar’del grabbed his son by the shoulders looking him directly in the eyes and hissed at him,” Look, learn and never forget. The Romulans must some day pay for this.” As tears rolled down the faces of his grieving father and his distraught mother, Zzen looked at the blood under his claws and could not believe that his beloved sister had died.
From that day on Zzen vowed to harass, bother and other wise pester the Romulans until such time he could make them pay for the death of his sister. To this very day, he still has the tunic he was wearing that day and it still has the Romulans’ blood on it. Zzen decided to keep it as a symbolic memento of his sister who had loved so very much. Some say that twins share a special bond and in Zzen’s case, this was true. When his sister died, a piece of Zzen died on that day.
After Zzen finished his mandatory four years in the Gorn Military Reserves, he had a difficult choice to make. Serve the Gorn Hegemony as a solider in the Gorn Military or join Star Fleet. While is grades in school had been excellent and he received several advanced degree in the reserves he felt he needed more. His parents felt other wise. His parents had been against it from the start, but the more they thought about it, the more they thought that perhaps if Zzen was away from Romulan space he might forget about his sister’s death and his silly acts of revenge. Zzen knew that the Gorn Hegemony and the Federation were only allies, but he was hoping that if he could serve in Star Fleet, that might serve as an example to other Gorn and inspire them to serve in Star Fleet and perhaps one day the Gorn Hegemony will become full members of the mighty Federation family.
Zzen fell in love with a married fellow Gorn and Star Fleet Officer Tellssa Zzetra (Tellssa^hhhh Xuuusssha^zzetra ) and a member of the Shadow Crest of Gorn. As both are members of Star Fleet neithers Crest obligations effects their life in Star Fleet. Zzen's family had some objections of allowing a member of the Shadow Crest into the Imperial Crest of the Gorn Confederation, as the Tellssa's family is of the Shadow Crest and Zzen's family is of The Dragon Crest. The Shadow Crest of Gorn is noted for being witches, sorcerers and assassins, as a result of that most honorable house keep well clear of the Shadow Crest.
Parent Status(es) Continued...
It did see some thawing with the arrival of Captain Picard and crew some thirty-eight years ago. Captain Picard had been dispatched to solicit the Gorns help in the Federations battle with the Dominion. What Picard didn’t realize was the Gorn were about to engage in a full scale civil war. The Enterprise and Picard had shown up in Gorn space, which has basically been very quiet and isolated since the “Kirk” incident of 2267 as it is referred to by the Gorn.
The Gorn are a race of large, intelligent, bipedal reptilians from the Beta Quadrant They made first contact with Star Fleet at Cestus III when a misunderstanding nearly led to war. After Gorn forces destroyed the Earth outpost on Cestus III in 2267 claiming it was an intrusion into their space, the captain of the Gorn vessel, a member of the Black Crest and Captain Kirk of the Enterprise were transported by the Metrons to a planet where each fought for the survival of his respective crew. Kirk won the fight, but in fact refused to kill the Gorn after he realized that the Gorn attack on the colony on Cestus II was in fact a result of misunderstandings on both sides.
The Gorn had been punished by the Metrons. The Metrons are beings thought to be cousins to or even members of the Q –Continuum. The Metrons had sent the Gorn back into their empire and told to behave for the rest of all time. Picard's assignment was to re-establish relations, or at the very least try to convince them to donate ships and supplies to the war effort, as Gorn technology is comparable to Federation technology levels. As fate would have it, their timing couldn't be worse. The Gorn had just suffered an insurrection led by the Black Crest, an aggressive warrior caste who believed Kirk's defeat of their leader at Cestus III back in the year 2267 marked the beginning of the decline of Gorn civilization.
When Picard had beamed down to the Gorn council chambers, he found that the leaders had been slaughtered, by the Black Crest leader Slessshh who then took the away team hostage. Picard happened to show up right in the middle of a revolution where the warrior sects of the Gorn Confederation war trying to take back all the space that the Federation moved into after the “Kirk” incident as it is more commonly known amongst the Gorn.. The warrior castes on Gorn were unhappy about sitting around and behaving as they had been instructed by the Metrons, as no one had seen or heard from these Metrons in over a hundred years. The different political factions at that time had been afraid of being defeated again. The revolution had in fact been about expanding the Gorn territory, despite what these Metrons had said about staying in their section of space and to behave for all time.
The Gorn are a peaceful, but also a very practical race. They understand the aphorism of, “Might makes right”, but also the motto, “Walk softly and carry a big stick.” To fully understand the Gorn one needs to look at the history of the Gorn as a people. The Gorn are three reptilian races from three planets that are of such similarity that they must have all had a common progenitor in ancient times. This, and evidence from the biologically similar Paravians, has led some to postulate “seeding” by an ancient “Lizard Kings” race millennia ago.
The Paravians are a race of humanoid birds apparently descended from lizard-like ancestors seeded on their world by the “Lizard Kings” as the Gorns had apparently been done on their three home worlds. The Gorn were fascinated to find that the Paravians showed close biological similarities, and even more when they learned that there was evidence of a Gorn-like race on the Paravian home world which had been wiped out by an asteroid strike. Unfortunately, the Paravians had seen the bones of the proto-Gorns as physical evidence of the “demons” of their religion, and viewed the Gorn in the same light, despite the Gorn fascination with them. This resulted in strained relations between the two species.
First contact with in the Gorn system came when the Grey Scales of the planet Ghdar developed interstellar travel, and soon discovered the Green Scales on the planet Geydar and Brown Scales on the planet Gihdahr. While these others had not developed to interstellar travel, it was clear that they were all related in some manner. It is not known exactly when the Grey Scales first discovered their less technologically developed cousins. Despite some problems with racism initially such as Green Scale merchants taking advantage of cheap Brown Scale labor, the three races have developed into a unified people as a whole on equal terms, with each species having specific rights and responsibilities spelled out in a rather lengthy and detail constitution.
The Gorn stand taller and massing more than the average human and even the Kzinti. The average Gorn stands 2.7 meters tall and on average weighs 320 pounds / 145 kg. They have classic yellow green reptilian eyes, cold blood, little sense of smell, skin can be bumpy or smooth, and an extremely high metabolism. They can heal injury at a rate of two pounds 1 kg of flesh per hour, and knit bones in less than 15 minutes. The Gorn being reptilian are cold blooded and require a warm working environment to function at peeak efficiency. That is why the Orion’s found that the Gorn made excellent slaves, as they require very little if any medical attention. While they are not a particularly aggressive race, they are quite capable of fighting back on even terms. All though the Gorn are from The Beta quadrant the marines of the Gorn fleet are justifiably respected by most races of the Alpha quadrant.
The Gorn have a long history of war, art, culture, and pride. They have had many global governments on their planets of Gorn, from the original Empire of Gorn, to the Gorn Confederacy, to the Gorn Empire a separate entity from the Empire of Gorn, to the Gorn Republic, to finally the Gorn Hegemony.
The Gorn have had Warp Drive for as long as humans, but have been using particle weapons for only about half that time. They still use melee weapons and have a fondness for explosives and projectiles. For Gorn that server on Federation Star Ships and Star bases require the use of a Bio Thermal Regulator, which warms the Gorns blood allowing them to server alongside humans and other mammalian based life forms in environments that would normally be much too cold for a Gorn.
Gorn families are generally nuclear, with a mother, a father, and children. Females Gorns either have live births or lay eggs as many Terran reptiles do. But that family is a part of a larger extended family, the Clan. The Clan then belongs to an ever greater community, the Crest which is not only a collective of families but a political force behaving like a political party. There are ten active Crests on Gorn along with several smaller ones, the most powerful being the Dragon Crest followed by the Phoenix Crest and then Red Crest.
The Gorn language, Gornouf, is a combination of guttural sounds and hissing, and some words have no vowels in them at all. A good example is the Gorn Hegemony's creed: FOSSXSIIHTH KRQNSS NRTLL SS'YU, which means "Fight the weak", but an exact translation can not be made, as some Gornouf does not translate, or rather does not translate well. It is accepted that the actual translation is, “Fight what weakens you.” However, it may also translate as, “Fight what lessens you.”
Hobbies and Pastimes: Bow Hunting, Reading, Recreating historical events in the holodeck, Being with friends, and swimming
Short-Term Goals: Become a valued and trusted member of what ever crew and ship he is assigned to
Long-Term Goals: To see the Gorn Hegemony become a full fledge member of the United Federation of Planets and not just an ally and in some way be part of that
Personality: Calm, cool and collected most of the time. Some say that is just his reptilian showing, but as his father is a judge he learned from an early age to remain calm and always see what options are available to you and if no options present themselves, then fight like a Gorn
Sense of Humor: Gorns have a sense of humor, but it is not very well developed. In other words there are no Gorn comedians playing the room in Las Vegas
Likes: Good books, Terran Football, the North American kind, as it is rough and forceful, a game made for a Gorn, not the European kind, as it is too easy and the players too soft. Music and just spending time with friends and family. He likes certain Terran foods, especially those from the European nation of Italy. Zzen is very fond of Tiramisu
Dislikes: Romulans, Breen and Orions' certain Human foods such as peanut butter and grapefruit. Why would anyone want to eat something that sticks to the roof of your mouth and drink something so bitter tasting
Distinguishing Features: A tough leathery gray, greenish skin denoting his mixed parentage
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|Star Fleet Academy Graduate Ribbon||1|
|Star Fleet Achievement Medal||1|
|Star Fleet Commendation Medal||1|
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- He is known by Gorn as Zzshellesh Drellhesh. Zzen is a Gorn, and as most mammals find reptilian names to be rather cumbersome to pronounce, Zzshellesh decided to change his name to Zzen to sound more mammalian like and to make it easier for others to pronounce.
- Considered short by most Gorn.
- Considered light by most Gorn.