Shanth, Varani

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Varani Shanth
Career Occupation
Academy Instructor
Star Fleet Academy
Biographical Attributes
Trill (Unjoined)
178 cm (5 ft. 10 in.)
68 kg (150 lb.)
Eye Color:
Deep forest green
Hair Color:
Dark auburn
Long, tied back behind her
Slight, but not overly so.
Fair, spots being fairly dark as they go up her neck and hairline.
Gentle alto voice
United Federation of Planets
New Caspia, Bajor sector, near the Cardassian/Tholian/Federation border
(N/A) 00.00
Familial Relationships
Pelin Shanth, 67
Carilna Shanth, 65
Status of Parents:
Alive on New Caspia; father was a member of Parliament, mother is a professor at the New Caspian Science Institute
Sister, Ezri Caril, 35, joined (Caril, age 339)
Marital Status:

Personal History

Born on New Caspia shortly after the Federation/Romulan War ended, Varani had a fairly typical childhood. She was far away from the problems of the core worlds, and most of the galaxy's issues seemed to be taking place on the far side of the Federation. From an early age, Varani was an engineer. She would constantly make things with bits of machines lying around - even if she had to take something apart to get those pieces. Once, she built an entire remote-controlled hovercraft from scratch. Unfortunately, she didn't have enough parts for the controls.

She planned on entering the New Caspian Science Institute, study engineering, and go off to help unaligned planets as part of the Federation Engineers without Borders program, helping systems that had just made first contact to build up their infrastructure, but all that changed when the First General War broke out. She was only 14 at the time, and the Cardassians proved to be just as harsh then as they had been in the Dominion War. The Shanth family was forced to work on a collective farm outside of town under the harsh watch of Cardassian overseers, providing food and supplies to the war effort. Despite the troubles and hardships, Varani kept a warm outlook on life. She tried to keep their spirits up, keep them going through the dark, because she knew that if she didn't, it was going to be all too easy to just give in.

After the war finally ended, Varani's look on the future had changed. She put in an application to Starfleet Academy, for their engineering program. She knew that this was going to be a new galaxy, with new threats, and she wanted to see the Federation through it. Upon graduation, she served a stint at Earth Station McKinley, helping to decommission the old station as the new Starbase was being constructed, and then served at the New Madrid Shipyards as they retooled for and built some of the first destroyers for service. Eventually, she was tapped to come back to the Academy as an instructor, and agreed on the condition that she was able to serve a tour on a starship, no matter how brief. So she toured with the USS Chicago, patrolling the Cardassian border, before transferring back to Earth. Now, she just hopes to see this newest group of cadets get through with the best training and the ability to defend the Federation to the utmost.

Personality Profile

Academy Major(s): Mechanical Engineering
Academy Minor(s): Computer Science, Structural Engineering
Hobbies and Pastimes: Programming, holonovels, Starship design
Short-Term Goals: Keep helping the next set of cadets come through the Academy.
Long-Term Goals: Transfer to Utopia Planetia shipyards to work on the next generation of Starfleet ships.
Personality: Kind, but stern. Will help you through most anything, but don't dare cross her.
Sense of Humor: Dry and situational. Usually relies on wit and turns of phrase, but isn't always successful.
Phobias: None to her knowledge
Likes: A job well done, a successful cadet, and green leaf tea. Hey, they can't all be high-minded idealist things.
Dislikes: A cadet who gives up, and raktajino. Don't know why, but it just never grew on her.
Pet Peeves or Gripes: People who fail to pay attention
Bad Habits or Vices: Always carries a padd with her, and keeps her latest novel on it. Loves to read in her spare time - even if it isn't really spare.
Achievements: Serving her first (and so far only) tour of duty aboard the USS Chicago on its patrols along the Cardassian border
Disappointments: Not serving at a shipyard in the design bureau, as she was trained for.
Illnesses: None
Strengths: Independent, strong of will, intelligent
Weaknesses: Stubborn, wanting to be somewhere else despite knowing that she's needed at the Academy
Fears: That she'll serve out her career at the Academy
Prejudices: Hates Cardassians; she still remembers what they did to her planet during the General War
Off Duty Clothing Tastes: Light greens and darker blues, usually fairly loose - unless it's a more formal affair.
Distinguishing Features: Scars on her back, normally completely hidden by uniform and/or shirts.
Pets: None
Friends: Alia Carwell, roommate freshman year at the Academy; now serving as a LCdr in the Science Department of the USS da Vinci.

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