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Lieutenant JG Rizena Virodin

Name Rizena Virodin PhD

Position Chief Science Officer

Rank Lieutenant JG


Character Information

Gender Female
Species Bolian
Age 29

Physical Appearance

Height 5'3"
Weight 150lb
Hair Color N/A
Eye Color Blue
Physical Description Though she has maintained her fitness from her Academy days, Rizena put on a little extra weight during her pregnancy that has stubbornly refused to go away since. As with most Bolians, she is naturally bald, though out of uniform often wears decorative head bands.

Family

Spouse Mors Virodin
Children Mothaw Virodin
Father Orixx Ernolar (freighter captain); Zass Ernolar (freighter navigator)
Mother Viramena Ernolar (freighter engineer)
Brother(s) Sal Ernolar (journalist)
Sister(s) Giletea Ernolar (freighter captain)

Personality & Traits

General Overview Eager and enthusiastic, Rizena (better known as "Riz" to her friends) is a firm believer in Starfleet's role as explorers first and defenders second. Born on her family's trading vessel, she joined Starfleet to see the galaxy beyond the regular trading routes. Now married and with a son of her own, she attempts to juggle that childhood urge with a new responsibility to her family.
Strengths + Persistent in spite of setbacks.
+ Honest and open, both with those around her and herself.
+ Takes criticism well.
Weaknesses - At times reckless in wanting to see results as soon as possible.
- Can be petty and passive aggressive, a trait that has caused stress on her family life.
- Intolerant of those with religious beliefs, which has led to a few minor diplomatic incidents.
Ambitions Rizena dreams of being the first to discover a habitable world and returning one day to visit the colony she would help found there. On a more personal level, she also looks forward to raising her son to adulthood and showing him the wonders of science.
Hobbies & Interests Outside of her professional interest in astronomy, Rizena enjoys holodeck swashbuckling adventure stories, which she has also started sharing with her son. She's developed some middling amateur sword-work skills through this, though favouring the more dramatic strikes over practical ones.
Languages Bolian, Federation Standard, Klingon, Ferengi, broken Romulan
Sexuality Heterosexual

History

Personal History It is said to be good luck for a Bolian child to be born near a warp core. Despite her parents considering themselves above such superstition, Rizena was nonetheless born on the engineering deck of their freighter, the Aarxx-Golo. Rizena's childhood was spent travelling the trade routes between the Federation, the Klingon Empire, the Romulan Star Empire, the Ferengi Alliance, and many others. In 2369, the Gamma Quadrant was added to that list with the discovery of the Bajoran wormhole, if only for a short time before war broke out.
Starfleet History In 2377, Rizena applied to attend Starfleet Academy. As a non-Federation citizen, Rizena required a letter of reference from a Starfleet officer, in this case provided by Captain Hugo Wyndham of the USS William Tell. The William Tell had provided mechanical assistance to the Aarxx-Golo when the latter suffered a fractured plasma line just one light year short of the Gamma Quadrant end of the Bajoran Wormhole. In his letter, Captain Wyndham noted: "Rizena Ernolar shows an intuitive aptitude for astronomical distances; if only the rest of her family were so talented." Despite his limited scientific background, Wyndham became something of a mentor to Rizena, rounding out her scientific learning with practical Starfleet wisdom.

After graduating from the Academy with basic qualifications, Rizena elected to continue with advanced studies. Her dissertation, "Twenty Years of Gravitational and Temporal Distortions Within the Whispering Veil Nebula" collated data drawn from several Starfleet missions through the area. During this time, she became romantically involved with Petty Officer Mors Virodin, a shuttle pilot assigned to the USS Ibn Battuta, one of the starships involved in the observations. The two married in 2382, and their son Mothaw was born a year later. Despite the added complexities for her new family, Rizena achieved her PhD in 2385.

Following her postgraduate studies, Rizena and Mors accepted postings to the USS Opportunity, a Steamrunner-class vessel. Disappointingly for Rizena, the vessel's duties kept it mostly within the bounds of well-mapped Federation space, leaving her feeling that her role in astrometrics and the ship's name itself were something of a farce. Both she and Mors agreed, though, that it gave a measure of safety to their young family. Some excitement did enter Rizena's life when the Opportunity encountered a drifting probe. Though it was somewhat battered, Rizena's reverse calculation of its trajectory, combined with analysis of the inscriptions on the golden plaque attached to it, identified it as the Examiner-5, a relativistic pre-warp probe sent out by the Grazerites during their early space exploration period prior to their meeting and joining the Federation. The probe was returned to the Grazerites in a welcome home ceremony that featured Rizena amongst the guests of honour.

Despite a promotion to Lieutenant JG and Assistance Chief Science Officer not long after, Rizena still found that life aboard the USS Opportunity wasn't what she had been hoping for from Starfleet. When she was approached for the role of Chief Science Officer on the USS Sentinel, a ship whose class was focused on long range exploration, she jumped at the chance, despite some misgivings from her husband about the slightly mysterious nature of the ship's past. After completing of her classified operations there, she transferred to the USS Palatine along with her family.
Service Record 2377 - 2381 * Cadet * - Starfleet Academy

2381 - 2385 * Ensign * - Starfleet Academy, Doctoral research

2385 - 2387 * Ensign * - Astrometrics Officer, USS Opportunity

2387 - 2388 * Lieutenant JG * - Assistant Chief Science Officer, USS Opportunity

2388 - 2389 * Lieutenant JG * - Chief Science Officer, USS Sentinel

2389 - Present * Lieutenant JG * - Chief Science Officer, USS Palatine

Starfleet Personnel File

Serial Number IF-817-143
Security Clearence Level 6
Quarters Assignment Deck 3, Cabin 3-05 - Family Occupancy
Duty Shift Alpha