Shadowhunt, Ktan

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Ktan Shadowhunt
Ktan Shadowhunt.png
Career Occupation
Science Officer
USS Philadelphia, NCC-66053-A
Time on Site:
Longevity Medal 0
Biographical Attributes
7 ft
265 lbs
Eye Color:
Hair Color:
Medium-to-short hair, longer around the jowls
Modest by Kzinti standards
Black fur
United Federation of Planets
(N/A) 12.15
Familial Relationships
Ktor Shadowhunt (the elder)
Status of Parents:
Ktor Shadowhunt (the younger),
Ktan's brother, aged 50;
Numerous unnamed sisters.
Marital Status:

Personal History

Ktan was born in 2367 and raised on Kzin, the home planet of his people. His father was a military officer of modest rank, who raised Ktan and his older brother, Ktor, with a firm hand. Their mother, a female Kzin with what the Kzinti people and the boys' own father referred to as a "being of limited intelligence," lived in their family home for most of Ktan's early childhood, bearing his father only daughters after Ktan's birth.

When the Dominion War broke out, the elder and younger Ktor both went off to war, and Ktan was sent to live in a boarding school for future military prospects. Ktan never saw his mother or sisters again. While at the boarding school, the five-year-old Ktan showed great aptitude for the sciences - a passion that never left him as he moved from school to school while his father and brother continued to serve in the military. Ktan found solace in the predictability of the scientific method, the means to explain the universe and bring order and understanding to chaos. Meanwhile, as Ktan grew into adulthood and pursued the Kzinti equivalent of graduate and post-graduate degrees in the sciences, the Alpha Quadrant was rocked by repeated crisis, including the Borg and Krynar invasions.

For a time, Ktan believed he had escaped the harsh, military life his father and brother seemed to relish - until his father visited one day with news. He informed his son of the growing reproductive crisis facing their people and of the need for strong minds and strong willed individuals in the Kzinti science corps. "The Patriarchy needs you, my son," his father told him.

Ktan reluctantly agreed, and entered the military academy the following year. His confidence in science was beginning to falter, as did his confidence in the pride of the Kzinti people. His misgivings were furthered as he learned more of how the reproductive crisis came to be - there was a very real chance that his people had done this to themselves. In the midst of this personal struggle, Ktan became connected with an obscure, but growing religious movement on the planet. Calling themselves "The Rememberers," the group called for the halt of genetic experimentation by the Patriarchy and a return to "traditional mating practices." The core tenants of the faith stated that when the Kzin let go of the hubris that led them to manipulate their genome in the first place, the gods may return their species to the natural state. Namely, this meant the return of sentience for Kzinti females, whom the Rememberers both revered and protected with ferocity.

While Ktan's belief in the gods had always been tenuous at best, he found, perhaps, a means to renew his confidence in science within the Rememberers doctrine. Natural diversification of the Kzinti genome may indeed be an answer to their woes, and even if it wasn't. . . perhaps his species deserved extinction for what they had done to themselves. It wasn't for a number of years, when Ktan was nearing the end of his military training, that he underwent a true religious experience. A certain artifact, one harvested from a world the Kzinti had conquered, was brought to the university for study. While working with the artifact, Ktan made contact with an energy-based lifeform, one that questioned him on the nature of religion, science, history, politics. . . a full overview of the Kzinti way of life. The being explained that lifeforms such as himself were sometimes mistaken for gods, while others solemnly (or gleefully) accepted mortal worship. Some even protected and looked after whole planets.

Why couldn't, the being suggested, the Kzinti gods be the same? The question lingered in Ktan's mind, long after being had departed and left the artifact a useless shell. If such beings did exist, if the gods of Kzin were some otherworldly beings disappointed in his people's actions, would there not be some way to connect with them? Honor them? Live in a way that let them know the entire race wasn't doomed? Ktan took the vows of a Rememberer within the month. This, unfortunately, meant abandoning the military academy. He could not serve the Kzinti government, not after what he had learned, and certainly not as the Patriarchy waged war against the Mirak, their sister species.

Left adrift, Ktan wandered the galaxy for many months, continually troubled by the news of his people's ongoing war with the Mirak. He eventually found himself in Federation Space. On Cait, another sister planet to Kzin, Ktan made contact with a Star Fleet recruiter, one impressed by Ktan's scientific acumen, military training, and moral conviction. After passing the entrance exam, Ktan spent the next four years at the Academy, learning of other cultures and religions, hearing of other species who had contact with supposed "gods," and becoming intimately familiar with Federation technology and scientific ethics.

In Starfleet - an organization dedicated to exploration, rather than warfare - Ktan hoped he might find the answers he was looking for. Contact with otherworldly beings. Cultures from whom he might learn solutions to his people's woes. Or even, if he admitted it, technologies that may solve the reproduction crisis once and for all.

Personality Profile

Academy Major(s): Science
Academy Minor(s): Xenology, Exobiology
Hobbies and Pastimes: Hunting, puzzles, writing poetry
Short-Term Goals: To explore and learn while in Starfleet
Long-Term Goals: To reform the Kzinti
Personality: Serious
Sense of Humor: Subtle
Phobias: Afraid of oceans
Likes: History, science, anthropology
Dislikes: Swimming, pretension, dishonesty
Pet Peeves or Gripes: Finds cooked food unnerving
Achievements: Adapting to Federation technology and culture
Disappointments: Inability to track down his mother and sisters
Illnesses: Standard illnesses experienced by Kzinti
Strengths: Intelligent, moral, creative
Weaknesses: Resists expectations
Fears: Drowning; Never seeing his family again
Prejudices: Wary of Humans
Off Duty Clothing Tastes: Kzinti norms, with a distinctive hood common among his religious order
Friends: Hrista Moongem, Caitian cadet of Ktan's graduating class
Referrer: Tried signing up a year ago, but there seemed to be technical/logistical issues with the academy. Before that, referred by a friend who used to play years ago (no idea who his character was).

Personal Paradigm Shifts

Most Painful Experience: Being separated from his family at a young age
Best Time: Years spent as a civilian scientist on Kzin
Most Crucial Experience: His encounter with the extra dimensional lifeform
Role Model: Unclear, as many Kzinti scientists Ktan once looked up to he now views with suspicion

Career History

Position Assignment Date(s) Event
Cadet Star Fleet Academy xxxxxx.xx Star Fleet Academy Graduate Ribbon Star Fleet Academy Graduate Ribbon
Science Officer USS Philadelphia, NCC-66053-A 242312.27 Assigned to USS Philadelphia Midshipman
Science Officer USS Philadelphia, NCC-66053-A 242401.01 Role Player of the Month Role Player of the Month
Medals Tally:
Service Medals Awarded
Image Description Qty.
Star Fleet Academy Graduate Ribbon Star Fleet Academy Graduate Ribbon 1
Achievement Medals Awarded
Image Description Qty.
Role Player of the Month Role Player of the Month 1

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