|Physical Description||In appearance, she would seem human, though she is far from that internally. Her hair is white - soft bangs across the forehead and straight hair which hangs to her waist. Her eyes are blue. She is pale, short and slender, graceful in her movements.|
|Personality Overview||+ Generally peaceful and harmonious with a curious, bright and serene personality
+ Strong sense of altruism and chivalry with zero tolerance for injustice and oppression of groups of people
+ Lacking hormones and many chemicals found within the brains of other humanoids, she can keep her cool/remain calm in most situations. She can become outraged but its not heightened by hormones or neurochemicals.
Non-violent by nature (not a single Dokkaran-on-Dokkaran crime has ever been committed), she is not a pacifist. Dokkarans hunt animals. Others from her world in Starfleet have taken the lives of aliens in defense of themselves or others.
+ Believes in equality and has a hard time with the hierarchical structure required in Starfleet
|Ambitions, Hobbies and Interests||+ Reading. She’s a voracious reader in several languages.
+ Spending time with friends
+ Loves music and art. Visits galleries, attends concerts, and loves going to the theater
+ Time spent communing with the Unnamed Goddess
|Strengths and Weaknesses||Strengths:
Extremely sensitive to changes in the environment around them and can readily sense the release of hormones -- she can tell if someone is lying, if they desire her sexually, and can sense chemical imbalances that relate to psychiatric disorders (something Dokkarans are immune to).
Can execute a sort of mind meld through physical contact and the attuning of her nervous system to that of the other. Unity of mind allows for transfer of ideas, feelings, memories. In case of sexual or intimate contact, and if the other partner is not Dokkaran, it can be tiring and potentially dangerous but only if the Dokkaran is not careful to control the flow of ideas and emotions.
Dokkarans possess a natural grip or ‘root’ in their feet, grounding their lightweight bodies to the surface they are walking on. Like the Tzenkethi, Tholians and other species, Dokkarans can rotate their center of gravity to walk on different surfaces without being affected by their normally vertical alignment. This root system also allows Dokkarans to take root in certain types of soil that suits them, allowing them to physically tap into the surrounding environment and heighten their senses. Dokkarans are not able to tap into inorganic material and have difficulty realigning themselves on the surfaces of certain metals (Some of which are common in Starship construction).
Dokkarans have a set of retractable white claws that are made of hardened calcium, and have a faint shimmering sparkle to them. In a healthy Dokkaran, the claws are strong enough to rip through the flesh of most predators on Ceata, straight to the bone.
Immune to psychiatric diseases caused by chemical imbalances.
Speaks a dialect of Romanian as well as Federation Standard
Speaks an ancient language with no known grammatical rules and mostly filled with nouns. Dokkaran names come from the later language and are extremely complex. A simple four letter name can have a sentence long meaning. This more than compensates for being a mononymous people.
Can develop seasonal affective disorder treated by the installation of special lights in her quarters as well as soil and plants that remind her of home.
Doesn’t tolerate temperature extremes well - extreme heat can prove fatal.
Heals slower than human average
Sun/Solar light - Causing a euphoric reaction and a brief, almost orgasmic reaction. Spending time in such light revitalizes and relaxes her.
Spending time outdoors - visiting natural environments on other worlds. Always tries to visit the botanical gardens, forests, and wilderness areas.
Believes in equality and dislikes the hierarchical structure of StarFleet.
Eating a plant where the destruction of the entire plant is required.
Individuals who revel in their ability to inflict violence on others
Communing with the Goddess usually takes place every day after the Dokkaran awakes for about half an hour.
A traditional greeting involves the two meeting individuals placing their hands on the center of the other's ribcage, allowing both to transfer ideas of good tidings and warm welcomes.
It is customary to kill the weakest of the herd of the animal a hunter wishes to kill, therefore natural selection is served and the herd is the better for it since the more evolutionarily favored specimens will live on and reproduce, passing their traits onto the next generation.
Rubbing the fore-arms and the heels of the palms together is seen as an intimate gesture.
The eating of an entire plant is considered taboo (It would be illegal if the Dokkarans didn't value freedom so much).
Consumed with the notion of equality, no particular sign of respect is showed to any one Dokkaran over another. The only person who Dokkarans will show any kind of difference to is the High Cleric of Kural Hanesh, though it is towards their position, not towards the person.
It is considered distasteful to speak of violence in any context or setting.
If deceased, the Dokkarn is returned to Ceata and planted in the Garden of the Beckoned in Luzen. From the dead corpse of a Dokkaran, a small, flowering tree sprouts from the deceased's body, and the garden is one of the holiest sites in Dokkaran culture. The trees are considered an extension of the life force of the deceased Dokkaran, and many see harmony and beauty in the passing of one of their own, even if it is tragic. When recovery of the body is not possible, a seed from one of the other trees are planted in its place, and as such there are exactly 215 trees in the Garden (Including those planted in memorial for Lieutenant Dell and Ensign Allanzar).
|Annual Starfleet Performance Review||Captain Elias Turnbull, Commanding Officer, USS Steadfast
Rue is a valuable member of my crew though she continues, as she has from the moment she came aboard, to present a challenge. She sees no value in the chain of command nor does she ever show deference to anyone. All beings are equal and the fact that someone else might think differently earns you the attention of the psychologist who begins to analyze your need to be placed within a hierarchical structure. She is a warm and compassionate individual, entirely dedicated to the well being of those in her care, but can be maddeningly serene. You find yourself wanting to provoke a response ... to 'flap' her (her word - I explained provoke a response would be more correct). She is somewhat fragile physically but has a hunter's instinct and is not afraid to defend herself or her crew - something we all discovered during the attempted escape of a prisoner during a recent routine transport.
However challenging she might be, I would want no one else in the role of Counselor. If it weren't for the fact that the Steady is in for a major refit, I would have fought Starfleet's decision to transfer her to a ship where there is greater need.
|Starfleet Medical Physiological Profile||Dokkarans are sentient plants in human form.
Do not require sunlight but rather, operate on a modified version of the Calvin cycle found within other plants.
Skin is a tough mesh of leaves fused together to give the convincing illusion of skin and is supported by a complex structure of stems that function as a sort of skeletal and circulatory system. Through their skin, Dokkarans can absorb sunlight and carry out a limited form of photosynthesis. Since the Dokkaran homeworld has little direct sunlight due to a very thick cloud and magnetosphere, Dokkarans and the other plants on their homeworld carry out the process of photosynthesis by in taking large amounts of nutrients to start the process in the absence of strong sunlight.
Skeletal and muscular systems consist of unique versions of wood and stem materials respectively. Stems provide support for the body; they are not like human muscles in that there is no benefit from exercise nor can they be stretched very far. Dokkaran bone-wood is hard and dense and while stronger than bone, once broken there is no medical way to heal it. Regeneration requires her to take root in Ceata’s soil, or a similar soil on another planet, while the wound heals.
Dokkaran neurobiology is one of the few things about them to be remotely similar to other humanoids and Dokkarans have a brain, though this brain has structures, cortexes and synapses that extend throughout their body. Dokkarans also have a minimal amount of natural hormones and chemicals running through their brain and in essence are ‘running dry’ on pure neuron energy. This does not limit their emotions in a sense, but these emotions are rarely brought to extremes via hormones or other natural chemicals found in animals, giving the species its trademark harmonious and ‘Zen’ personality.
Do not reproduce sexually nor do they excrete solid or liquid waste (save for producing oxygen and sugar) so their genitalia, identical to humans, is purely for recreational activities. Between Dokkarans, the ultimate joining of minds through mental abilities is enough to function as a mating ritual by itself without physical contact.
As yet unknown lifespan. Dokkarans show little sign of aging, and the only Dokkarans that have ever died expired from disease or conflict, not natural causes. Considering the longevity capabilities of many other complex plant life, it is possible that Dokkarans are either actually immortal (They will never die naturally) or effectively immortal (They have a vastly elongated lifespan compared to other humanoids that might make them extremely long lived). As Dokkarans are not affected by the same diseases, viral or otherwise, that animals are, the best chance a Dokkaran has of dying prematurely is through conflict or some sort of accident.
Dokkarans are also much lighter than other humanoids and are perhaps not the best physical fighters. Although they have a higher average strength than other humanoids, there is little variation to it and since Dokkaran's cannot exercise normally like other species (At least, they receive no enhancing effects from it) their physical strength cannot be improved.
If sick or mal-nourished, the Claws will weaken and lose their strength. For many alien doctors, checking the claws of a Dokkaran is a sound indicator of their overall health. This is because the first things to be affected when a Dokkaran becomes sick are often to do with their digestive system, and since the claws are coated with calcium supplied by their intake of bones, weakened claws suggest problems elsewhere.
Sexuality among Dokkarans is a complex concept and it is different than other species. In the absence of hormones and bio-chemistry drawing two individuals together, Dokkarans are attracted to the ‘Aura’ of the other. Some are attracted to masculine ‘Auras’ and some to feminine, so in essence Dokkarans display the normal range of sexuality that humans do, though it is less about the physical form and more about the energy of the individual.
Each Dokkaran is endowed with the experiences/memories of The Lady, which includes the memories of Lieutenant Dell and Ensign Allanzar, and as such, hold a certain affinity for humanity. Dokkarans are also endowed with a smattering of life experiences from other Dokkarans who have linked with The Lady. Some of these experiences all Dokkaran share (Sort of a substitute for childhood) and some only a few share. These unique memories are what usually define a Dokkaran as an individual initially, though they later set out on their own to collect their own experiences. These initial experiences are always kept balanced so that no Dokkaran knows all of his or her race's collective memories. Where one Dokkaran might know how to fix a plasma conduit, another might not, but this Dokkaran might know how to speak Romulan whereas the other does not. These differences in memories are what set Dokkarans apart until they make their own way in the world and help to shape who they are. Dokkarans also seek to gather experiences that might prove interesting to them, creating a complex exchange of memories and ideas across an entire species.
Requires water, to a greater degree than most humans. Without sufficient water, she will wilt and die as would other plants (though it will take longer than it would for a houseplant, for example)
Can give off a pollen that is light in both particles and smell; allergic reactions are uncommon though not impossible. On the homeworld, this pollen is used as a defense mechanism to mask their approach.
Dokkarans (Like most plants) also heal much more slowly than animals, and while on Caeta they can take root in the soil to absorb healing nutrients, this is not always possible even on other planets (Which may lack the right moisture or minerals), so for most Dokkarans, a simple paper cut might take weeks to fully heal.
Dokkaran 'blood' is instead a sort of murky white water full of sugars produced by Dokkarans to energize their systems. Loss of this blood in a localized area is usually not life threatening; however, if the flow is not restored within a few hours, necrosis sets in. The widespread loss of this fluid however, would lead to the shut down of bodily functions without energy to sustain them, and the Dokkaran would wither and die.
Needs to return to the homeworld every few years.
Dokkarans are plants and naturally respond to changes in the seasons with corresponding changes to their sleep patterns. Longer in winter, less in summer.
Dokkarans are also naturally sensitive to temperatures and while they are much more tolerant to shifts in the temperature than most plants, they do like like the extreme cold or extreme heat (the latter of which is usually fatal).
Dokkarans are born fully mature beneath the branches of the great Vizinyian Trees, which in turn spawned from the lone sentient Vizinyian Tree called The Lady by the Dokkarans. The physiology of these two sentient plants is not well understood and the link between The Lady (And all other Vizinyians) and the Dokkaran is likewise enigmatic save that it appears that The Lady created the Dokkarans to be her ambassadors to the greater galaxy.
|Starfleet Medical Psychological Profile||Appears to be serene with an innate curiosity about nearly everything. She delights in learning new things and revels in new experiences. She is a hunter who enjoys the 'chase', a term that means something completely different on Ceata than it means on Earth. While she remains calm in most situations, she is not without emotions. It would be a grave mistake to say that she is more Vulcan than human in terms of emotions. While she is generally peaceful and harmonious in a group, she has a strong sense of altruism and chivalry and has zero tolerance for injustice and oppressor groups of people. She believes in equality to the extent that she does not see anyone as superior or inferior to her -- only different.|
|Family||Dokkarans are born fully mature beneath the branches of the great Vizinyian Trees. These trees spawned from the lone sentient Vizinyian Tree called the Lady by Dokkarans. As such, Dokkarans do not have individual families but rather see themselves as part of the community as a whole.|
|Pre-Starfleet History||Her first memory was of herself in the embrace of the Lady. She was herself, fully mature and already given the gift of memories that joined her to both the Lady and to the community. Being Rue, she spent the first eight years entranced by the wonder of it all. She played. She experienced. She explored. She danced ... and she laughed. Oh, how she laughed.
At the age of ten, she was ready to take up her role. Arrangements were made and she took her first steps off world. University life was an odd thing. Many new experiences. Much to learn. And everywhere, a hierarchical order imposed upon society that she found ... disturbing. No one being was greater or lesser than the other. It was an oddity. So absurd and yet, she pursued this as a line of research and learned. Didn't agree but she learned. She found differences in culture that were hard to fathom. For humans, the chase ended when the relationship began. So odd. For a Dokkaran, the chase ended when the relationship ended. Assumptions were never made about permanency. One approached each moment as though it were the first. Odd too, that shoes were a requirement and that she would not be permitted contact with the ground beneath her feet. She began to revel in the differences, exploring the challenges and facets of each individual she met and began to understand how she could help to heal the broken parts, if she applied herself.
|Service Record||2389-Now: Transferred to the USS Nogura
2379-2389: Served aboard the USS Steadfast, first as Counselor and later, as Chief Counselor
2378-2379: Returned to Ceata for personal leave
2374-2378: Graduated Starfleet Medical Academy, Counselor
2377-2378: Spent a year on Vulcan, studying Vulcan disciplines
2375-2377: Received Doctorate in Psychology, Stanford University, Earth
2373-2375: Completed two-year psychology residency at Starfleet Medical Center, Earth
2371-2373: Received Master's Degree in Psychology, Alpha Centauri
2367-2371: Received Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Harvard University, Earth