Kyan is a study in contrast. He is to the uninitiated, a child. But to those who know him, he is a fierce combat officer who would be better suited working among Klingons. While he is usually jovial and carefree, he is also possessed of a volatile temper than has seen many an adversary keeping the medical staff busy with new and inventive injuries to treat. Over the years though, Kyan has gone from perennial headache, to serviceable officer, to valuable asset. Like everyone else, he has his flaws, but can generally be counted on to accomplish whatever mission he is assigned.
- Height: 4 Foot 4
- Weight: 65lbs
- Eye Colour: Green
- Hair Colour: Red
For a boy his biological age, Kyan is a bit undersized. At 52” tall and roughly 65 lbs. This likely owes to centuries spent scrounging for food but genetics could also have held a proverbial thumb on the ancient boy’s head. He has a mop of unruly red hair and green eyes that leave no doubt as to place of origin on Earth II… or Miri’s Planet as the Grups called it. Kyan is built like a typical Human boy of ten, and his demeanor gives him a perpetually restless appearance.
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Kyan is about as far removed from the typical Starfleet Officer as one can be. He is unabashedly critical of the Federation and their “do-gooder” facade. He prefers the company of pirates and smugglers over that of more civilized folk. He has a sharp tongue and a short temper and revels in combat. That isn’t to say that he’s amoral. He shares many of the same basic values as his colleagues. However, his experiences, both on Earth II and after having created a deep distrust of “grups” as he calls adults, especially Humans which has a habit of coloring his opinions even now after almost thirty years in Starfleet. Having lived outside the gilded gates of paradise for most of his life, his worldview is colored by the struggles that most Federation citizens will never know.
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History: Earth II
Kyan was born about ten years before his planet was ravaged by a manufactured virus that killed the adult denizens of that ill-fated world and cast its children into something straight out of a horror movie. Nigh immortal, these children were forced to survive on their own. Their lives after the virus consisted of scraping together enough food to live, telling stories, playing foolies (games), and avoiding those unfortunate enough to enter puberty and succumb to the effects of the virus.
Kyan was born in what was Scotland, and lived in the town of Hillswich in the Shetland Islands. Other than that fact, the boy remembers virtually nothing of his life before the virus, or that of his world; both long forgotten in the more than four hundred years since the LPV virus swept across Earth II. What he does remember are the other Onlies, foolies, the big kids’ stories, and of course, escaping from the grups (adults) with the blue spots. He also remembers the freedom that he and his friends had.
After the virus, Kyan and his friends favorite pastime was sailing their boat from the St. Magnus Bay down to mainland and playing at pirates, which was their favorite foolie. And given that the banks no longer had grups to defend them, the treasures were easy to take. Of course they would also use the boat to catch fish, although they barely caught enough to feed themselves.
And Kyan clearly remembers the day that the grups in the colored shirts came. In some ways, to hear Kyan tell it, the grups were worse than the zombies. Unlike the disease ridden, home grown grups, these brought something more sinister than the urge to bite him and eat him. These grups brought school, rules, bed times, and other evil inventions that hadn’t been seen since before the dying times. When they came they brought an end to his way of life, and conquered his world without firing a shot.
Things changed after Kirk, Spock, and McCoy came on their starship. After that there were teachers. There were doctors who poked at you. There were other grups who asked questions. LOTS of questions. They wanted to know about everything. They asked about foolies, the old stories, and even they wanted to know about the Onlies’ secrets. One of them was rather nice though, and interesting. She claimed that she was a witch. Having heard about witches from some of the big kids’ stories, Kyan was disappointed to learn that she didn’t have a hat, or a broom to ride on, but remained interested in her nonetheless, and she him. She interested him so much in fact, that Kyan allowed her to “adopt” him and move away from what the Federation had dubbed “Miri’s Planet”. He hasn’t been back since.
History: Life in the Federation
Juniper and her husband, a grup named Commander Sam Aylward introduced Kyan to schooling, and to what they said was a “normal” life, which was centered around their religion, Georgian Wicca. This was why Juniper, called herself a witch. Apparently, there were all sorts of different gods, and she knew all their secrets. She had lots of books about them too, some with pictures. Since there were no zombie creatures to escape from, and since this Juniper lady and Commander Sam had an endless supply of food, Kyan had time to learn about these gods. Mostly he was impressed, especially by their raven god, Morrigan. The Morrigan, in Wiccan lore, is the god of battle and lends protection to warriors. Since he pictured himself a warrior too, Kyan read all the books that he could find about this god and decided that he’d be a Wiccan too, like his adopted family.
He was also very interested in space ships and space battles. Before Kirk, back on Earth II Kyan had played at sea battles with his mates, but now there were entirely new possibilities of real battles among the stars. Since Commander Sam was a tactical officer, He often took Kyan aboard his ship when it made port, which was named after someone else’s god. The Hermes was a destroyer, and being on board Kyan learned quite a lot about Commander Sam’s job as it’s gunner. During the ten years that Commander Sam was the Hermes’ tactical officer, Kyan went to school and got an education. Because of his childish nature and impatience for anything that didn’t have to do with battles and war, Kyan took a while to acclimate to human life in the Federation. The Federation, who never seemed to want to get into a proper war with anyone or conquer anything (Except of course, for his home world). While Kyan enjoyed living with the Mackenzies, he never developed familial bonds with them. He knew that one day when they got old, they’d simply shuffle off to their afterlife, and he wouldn’t see them until he did the same, which considering his situation wouldn’t happen for many millennia.
After fifty years of living with the Mackenzies, Commander Sam died. That left Juniper and Kyan. Of course, Juniper was old too and not too long after Commander Sam shuffled off the mortal coil, his wife followed. Once again, Kyan was alone. But this time not only were the grups gone, but there weren’t any Onlies either. Having graduated from the school, and not being a “real” child, the authorities decided that the ageless boy could chart his own course. So, he did. Deciding to honor his adopted family, Kyan applied for Starfleet. Despite his obvious talent and unbridled enthusiasm for all things tactical, the brass grups at Starfleet turned him down.
History: Life as a Pirate!
It was then, in Kyan’s oft repeated estimation, their fault when he turned to a life of interstellar piracy and conquest! His honorable aspirations being nixed by the Fleet brass, Kyan decided to sign onto a merchant freighter that ran less than legal cargo. The freighter, owned by an old Ferengi named Dahg was a perfect fit for the boy. Finding himself suddenly released from the shackles of Federation rules and regulations, Kyan was free to be himself.
Life on the freighter was refreshing to him. It wasn’t clean and orderly like in the Federation. There was struggle and danger. In a way, it reminded him of his life on Earth II. Kyan loved it immediately. And even though there were no other Onlies, or even children, on the ship, he was surrounded by people like him. Dahg, being a typical Ferengi, was obsessed with profits and Latinum of course, but many in his crew were people from other worlds who had no home there. Those misfits and outcasts became Kyan’s family. A Ferengi, a couple of Klingons, and several other characters made life aboard the freighter fun. Kyan even taught the Klingons some foolies, and they in turn taught him how to fight properly.
Generally, Dahg shied away from runs where the Latinum Lady might run afoul of Starfleet but this wasn’t always the case. On several occasions, the crew was forced to fight border patrol ships. But they always managed to escape, thanks in no small part to Kyan’s knowledge of Starfleet tactics and ships. And though they didn’t know him by sight, Kyan learned that he and the rest of the crew had bounties on them from several Federation member worlds. The ageless boy was a real pirate, like in the stories! He relished his role as the Latinum Lady’s gunner and often attempted to convince Dahg, with the help of the Klingon twins, to take more direct routes on illegal runs so that they might get to meet up with Starfleet. Most of the time the Ferengi refused. He wasn’t in it for the glory. He just wanted money so that he could buy a ticket into Ferengi heaven.
Time and the boy’s unbridled love for the pirate life saw him rise to the position of Second Mate and the Latinum Lady to the most wanted list. (Kyan and the Klingons threw a party. Dagh counted his money and lamented the fact that it would be harder for them to escape the watchful eye of Starfleet. Dagh eventually decided that he had enough money to settle down into a safer business venture with his cousin and sold the old freighter to an Orion trader in 2338. The Orion brought his own crew, but Kyan stayed on as the gunner. For the next two decades, new adventures waited around every asteroid, and Kyan was happy to have them.
A pair of young Klingon twins signed on to the freighter soon after Dagh left and Kyan struck up an instant friendship with them. He taught them about space combat and tactical systems, and they trained the ageless youth in the arts of personal combat, and of Klingon stories and lore. Being of Celtic origins himself, the art of storytelling has always been important for him. In 2345 however, the Latinum Lady’s luck ran out. She was caught. Her crew were imprisoned, and the ship was taken and placed in a mothball yard. Stripped of her weapons and warp core, the old girl would fly no more.
Not everyone on the Lady’s crew were unlucky though. Kyan wasn’t aboard when the Feddies tracked her down, and thus, was not caught, although that fate might have been more preferable than the one he was stuck with….
Starfleet Part 1: Square Pegs & Round Holes, or “Pirates in Pajamas”
In the summer of 2352, after several years going from ship to ship trying to eek out enough money, and a crew willing to help him steal back the Latinum Lady, Kyan decided that if you can’t beat’em, join’em. Even though all his previous attempts had been met with rejection, Kyan again tried to join Starfleet. He expected another “We’re sorry to inform you…” message. Instead, he was shocked when he was accepted to the Academy.
Since his previous overtures, there had been a few Onlies that had joined Starfleet and apparently they had performed well enough that those in charge were willing to give the little (former) pirate a shot. So while he wouldn’t be the first of his kind to attend Starfleet’s vaunted training institution, if some of his instructors had their way, he’d have been the last. To say that there were some issues during the diminutive officer’s time in San Francisco would be an understatement worthy of the record books.
His first few semesters at SFA were filled with reprimands for a wide range of offenses including fighting, destruction of Starfleet property (namely the combat simulator) and myriad other offenses. At one point there was a betting pool as to when the boy would be shown the door. Kyan’s struggles weren’t universal though, which is likely the reason that he stayed.
He was, and is, prodigal tactician. His unorthodox methods and refusal to allow the circumstances (or rules) to dictate the way he approaches an engagement stymied many of Starfleet’s brightest up and coming officers in simulated combat, and many an actual foe since.
His performance in combat notwithstanding, Kyan was not the model officer upon leaving the Academy nor for a long while afterwards. There early years of his career were littered with disciplinary infractions, more reprimands, and transfers. Several commanding officers elected to simply offload the troublesome Onlie to someone else rather than address his issues. It wasn’t until 2360 that Kyan was paired with a commanding officer who could, or was interested in, making any sort of headway with the boy. That year Kyan found himself serving as the relief tactical officer on the Ticonderoga. She was an old Miranda Class ship with a Captain who liked a challenge as much as Kyan liked to offer them.
Captain Lucius Peer was a joined Trill with many lifetimes of experience to draw from. From 2360 until he retired in 2367, he made it his personal mission to turn Kyan into a good officer. The first thing he did was promote the boy. Kyan was now a Lieutenant and was given responsibility for the first time. The results were a mixed bag. His leadership style was as one might expect. His subordinates either laughed at him or blew him off all together. There was less laughing after the first few broken noses though. But Peer was patient, and allowed Kyan to learn from his missteps. After each fight, Peer would visit Kyan in the brig and counsel him. When the boy needed to vent, Peer listened. Eventually the fights became the exception rather than the rule. Some of his crewmates took notice. It was slow going, but after a time, Kyan began spending most of his off time with them instead of with Peers, or in the holodeck.
During his time on the Ticonderoga, the ship usually performed escort misisons, border patrol, and other things that the bigger, newer ships couldn’t be bothered with. Border Patrol, especially Cardassian border patrol was always Kyan’s favorite mission. Especially when the Cardassian conflict was at its peak. Of course the Ticonderoga was outgunned most of the time, but she managed to avoid showing up on the casualty lists, thanks in no small part to her tactical officer. A few years after the cease fire, the Ticonderoga made the decommissioning list. The ship was retired. Starfleet simply didn’t see the benefit in keeping her active, given her age and the damage she’d accrued over numerous engagements.
Captain Peers also retired at that time, leaving Kyan once again without a ship and crew. It was a few months before all the transfer orders were sent out. Kyan didn’t know whether Peer had called in all of his favors, or whether the gods themselves had intervened when he saw his next posting.