Vinzz, Shard

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Vinzz, (Lord) Shard
Career Occupation
First Officer
USS Philadelphia, FF-6053
Biographical Attributes
178 cm (5 ft. 10 in.)
88.5 kg (195 lb.)
Eye Color:
Dark Green.
Hair Color:
White with some gold/blonde highlights.
Shaggy on top, straight & collar length in back.
Trim & Athletic; consistent with someone who regularly works out, and participates in Martial Arts Competitions.
Bright Blue skin, Northern complexion. Andorian skin coloration varies slightly, with northern and southern Andorians being slightly darker blue in color, while those of the equatorial region of the planet bear a slightly lighter shade of blue skin. Andorian blue skin is a result of the high levels of cobalt in their blood, which most likely comes from the high concentrations of that heavy metal in the planet's water.
Facial Hair:
None now, but many holos from the past few years show him with a white “soul patch” under his lower lip.
Has a slight accent, which identifies him as being from the Northlands of Andoria’s central landmass (to Human ears, this sounds like an aristocratic slavic or Central European accent; occasionally turning “v” to “w”, “th” to “t”, etc.).
United Federation of Planets
Familial Relationships
Xior Vinzz & Omarr Vinzz.
De’Amon Vinzz & Lorris Vinzz.
Status of Parents:
Xior is alive, but in a hoverchair, Omarr, De’Amon, & Lorris are Deceased (Assassinated in an aircar explosion). Andorian marriages require four persons (two males, two females), and such "quadruples" form the basis of a family. Any children fathered by either of the males with either of the females are considered the children of all four parents, who are responsible for raising and educating them.
Older Brother Tognar Vinzz, Older Sister Areena Vinzz, Younger Sister Neon Vinzz (teenaged).
Marital Status:
Single & Dating.

Personal History

The Vinzz family is Lesser Nobility in Clan Lakkor from northern Andoria, his Parents being both prosperous industrialists and respected Clan administrators. Though raised in a privileged environment, Shard was also raised in a world of Clan Service. But, unlike his older siblings, Shard had no interest in public service, instead wanting to pursue a military career at AMI. Shard did well at AMI, and was looking forward to a Commission in the Andorian Home Fleet, when tragedy struck his family. At Shard’s graduation ceremony from AMI, an unknown political rival attempted to assassinate his Parents; failing only in that Shard’s Father, Xior, survived the explosion of their airlimo. No one ever claimed responsibility, and the Law Enforcers never discovered who did it. The fact that Shard, himself, had arranged the rental of the airlimo causes him great personal shame, and the fact that there are no culprits to issue a Death Challenge to, gives him no outlet to erase his shame. So, feeling that he was responsible for his Parent’s deaths, Shard turned his back on his dreams of becoming an Officer in the Andorian Home Fleet, and instead joined Star Fleet, so that he might get away from Andoria, and the pain that his perceived shame associates with his homeworld.

Personality Profile

Academy Major(s): Military Science & Starship Tactical Operations.
Academy Minor(s): Cultural Anthropology & Business Administration.
Hobbies and Pastimes: Martial Arts, specifically, the “Fian’Daynu” style of Andorian Knife Fighting. While quite good with a single tribladed Chaka, Shard is working on perfecting his skills with a Chaka in each hand. As a side interest, Shard also collects knives. He enjoys racing snowspeeders and outdoor (winter-time) hikes. He picked up an interest in Origami from a Human friend spending a semester at AMI, and now enjoys the challenge of trying to recreate Andorian creatures in that paper art form. And he has a strong, though amateur, knowledge of Cultural Anthropology, focusing on primitive Tools & Weapons - “Only through the tools they used for living, and the tools they used for killing, can we truly understand a people.”
Short-Term Goals: To compete in an Interstellar Martial Arts Competition. To NOT tick-off his superiors with his cocky attitude. To be made Primary Tactical Officer on a Starship.
Long-Term Goals: To be Captain of a Starship. To discover who killed his parents, track them down, and kill them with his own blade. To learn how to play the harmonica (something he does badly, now).
Personality: Friendly & outgoing, but with an element of Superiority (instilled by his upbringing, but reinforced by his own talents).
Sense of Humor: Macabre. Makes Fatalistic jokes. Enjoys sneaking up on people & saying, “boo!”.
Phobias: None.
Likes: Real meat. Andorians still eat real meat. This synthesized protein that Star Fleet dishes up tastes bland and lifeless. Every shore leave, Shard likes to locate a restaurant that serves real meat, and gorge himself with a couple kilos of cooked flesh.
Dislikes: Smug Self-righteousness. Shard just wants to slap-around folks like that until they cry - especially any of those weenies that think Hunting, or even Ritual Dueling, is too barbaric....just, slap’em till they fall....
Pet Peeves or Gripes: “NO-body has mastered the Brewer’s Art like the Andorians! Earth Beers, Romulan Ales - and whatever that swill is that Klingons drink! - ALL of it is drain-water compared to Andorian Ale!”
Bad Habits or Vices: A bit of a clotheshorse. Shard spends lots of kossos (Andorian currency) on clothes. He even has his Star Fleet uniforms tailored, when possible, and has a large personal wardrobe. When not in uniform/on duty, Shard may even change clothes several times a day (Morningwear, Daywear, Eveningwear, Dinner Clothes, etc.) And, like all Andorians, Shard is a bit Arrogant in his behavior.
Achievements: Graduated Andorian Military Institute; Cadet-Instructor of Arctic Survival during final 2 years at AMI; 4 Regional Fian’Daynu Championships; Placing 4th in the Planetary Championships; Graduated Andorian Home Fleet “Top Gun” Flight Training.
Disappointments: That he was too ashamed to stay and join the Andorian Home Fleet, after his Parents were killed.
Illnesses: Usual childhood coughs and sniffles.
Strengths: Shard has a hunter’s patience; he can stand still, just observing his environment, for hours - or do the same at a Formal Reception party. Likewise, he’s fairly observant. And, like most Andorians, he’s tenacious; he never gives up until he achieves his objectives (though he would never disobey an order).
Weaknesses: High heat. Temps above 80F are uncomfortable to Andorians. Over 100F is when heat begins to become life threatening. Shard’s personal sense of infallibility often trips him up.
Fears: Failing those who put their trust in him.
Prejudices: Not fond of Orions. His Parents had had bad business dealing with the Orions, before Shard was born. All his life, he’s overheard the comments of his Parent’s; “never trust an Orion”, “the only difference between an Orion Pirate and an Orion Merchant is that someone is watching the Merchant”, etc. Shard doesn’t hate Orions, in fact, he’s never really met one - only seen them at a distance. His lack of warmth towards Orions is simply inherited from his Parents.
Off Duty Clothing Tastes: “Andorian Retro”, a thermal skinsuit, heavy leather pants & boots, and several layers of loose shirts, tunics and/or jackets are worn. Shard is wealthy enough to afford a large wardrobe of fine leathers & Andorian silks.
Distinguishing Features: Features.A multitude of tiny scars on his arms; a result of his Chaka dueling. Also, the pair of antennae on their foreheads offers Andorians an additional sense that is, so far, unique among the sentient races of the Galaxy. This sense allows Andorians to detect even the slightest environmental changes as well as audio vibrations, and many credit this sense for the Andorians' almost unnatural aptitude for communications work. Their antennae also provide the Andorians with their sense of smell - Andorian noses lack olfactory membranes.
Pets: Shard had an Andorian Forest Spider, once. Mixx’Yes was its name.
Friends: None as of yet.

Personal Paradigm Shifts

Most Painful Experience: What should have been one of the happiest days of his life -- Graduation Day from the Andorian Military Institute -- turned into the most painful. Shard's four Parents had taken the maglev down from their clanhold, and Shard had hoped to surprise them by meeting them at the station with a rented luxury airlimo. However, being a Cadet-Instructor, he was detained at a last minute briefing, so he sent the airlimo ahead to pick-up his parents, without him. Because of that meeting, Shard wasn’t with his parents when the airlimo exploded. The Enforcer’s report, afterwards, said that the airlimo exploded just moments after lift-off. Shard's Father, Xior, was blown clear of the vehicle and survived the fall - though Xior's injuries were so severe he's restricted to a hoverchair. Shard's Pater, Omarr, and his Mothers, De’Amon and Lorris, were all killed in the blast. As Shard's family is somewhat important in their part of Andoria - Xior was, and still is, a Clanspeaker, Lorris was an Education Minister, and Omarr and De’Amon owned and ran a large industrial complex - the Enforcers finally concluded that the explosion was a Political Assassination by Persons Unknown. Political Assassination, while rare, is not completely unknown on Andoria. Shard blame himself for the deaths of his parents, of course. He is positive that if he had been with the airlimo, he would have noticed the tampering which caused the explosion. And to add to the frustration, the Enforcers were unable to trace the act to anyone, so there is nobody to issue a Death Challenge to, to make them pay. Needless to say, heavy with this shame, Shard gave up his plans of joining the Andorian Home Fleet, and fled to the anonymity of Star Fleet.
Best Time: Shard remembers his Childhood with lots of fond memories. Being the child of an Aristocratic Family was, as some of his Human friends would say, “pretty sweet”. Also, Shard's time at the AMI was….challenging. But, as Lor’Vela says, “Through Adversity one finds Growth”, and as miserable as Shard found some of the exercises, over the years, he would definitely list his time at AMI as some of his happiest years.
Most Crucial Experience: Shard's Human friends introduced him to an amusing phrase, “spoiled rich-kid”. Shard like to think that he was a decent person, in his younger years, but he will admit that he was also a “spoiled rich-kid”. So, while it might seem a trite answer, for Shard the crucial time in his life, which contributed most to the development of his personality and attitudes, was his years at the AMI. There Shard met all manner of folks, expanded his interpersonal skills, and learned not only self-reliance, but also how to rely on others.

Career History

Position Assignment Date(s) Event
Cadet Star Fleet Academy 20403.09 Awarded Star Fleet Academy Graduate Ribbon Star Fleet Academy Graduate Ribbon
Tactical Officer USS Copernicus, GSC-9035 20403.09 Promoted to Midshipman
Reassigned to Tactical Officer
Assigned to USS Copernicus, GSC-9035
Tactical Officer USS Copernicus, GSC-9035 20404.01 Promoted to Ensign Ensign
Tactical Officer USS Copernicus, GSC-9035 20405.01 Awarded Role Player of the Month Role Player of the Month
Tactical Officer USS Copernicus, GSC-9035 20405.01 Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade Lieutenant Junior Grade
Tactical Officer USS Copernicus, GSC-9035 20408.01 Awarded Role Player of the Month Role Player of the Month
Tactical Officer USS Copernicus, GSC-9035 20409.01 Promoted to Lieutenant Lieutenant
Tactical Officer USS Copernicus, GSC-9035 20410.01 Awarded Star Fleet Achievement Medal Star Fleet Achievement Medal
Chief Tactical Officer USS Copernicus, GSC-9035 20411.22 Reassigned to Chief Tactical Officer
Chief Tactical Officer USS Copernicus, GSC-9035 20412.01 Awarded Role Player of the Month Role Player of the Month
Chief Tactical Officer USS Copernicus, GSC-9035 20502.01 Awarded Role Player of the Month Role Player of the Month
First Officer USS Philadelphia, FF-6053 20502.07 Reassigned to First Officer
Transferred to USS Philadelphia, FF-6053
First Officer USS Philadelphia, FF-6053 20503.01 Promoted to Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Commander
First Officer USS Philadelphia, FF-6053 20507.01 Awarded Role Player of the Month Role Player of the Month
First Officer USS Philadelphia, FF-6053 20511.01 Awarded Role Player of the Month Role Player of the Month
First Officer USS Philadelphia, FF-6053 20512.01 Awarded Gold Star Gold Star
First Officer USS Philadelphia, FF-6053 20512.01 Promoted to Commander Commander
Medals Tally:
Service Medals Awarded
Image Description Qty.
Star Fleet Academy Graduate Ribbon Star Fleet Academy Graduate Ribbon 1
Star Fleet Achievement Medal Star Fleet Achievement Medal 1
Gold Star Gold Star 1
Achievement Medals Awarded
Image Description Qty.
Role Player of the Month Role Player of the Month 6

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