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Lieutenant Commander Merzia Jalel

Name Merzia Jalel

Position Commanding Officer

Rank Lieutenant Commander


Character Information

Gender Female
Species Betazoid
Age 40

Physical Appearance

Height 5'7" (170cm)
Weight 155lb (70kg)
Hair Color Dark Brown
Eye Color Black

Family

Father Socen Jalel (deceased)
Mother Awisa Jalel (deceased)

Personality & Traits

General Overview Though often quiet, Merzia is generally warm and open to those around her. She tends to treat her crews almost as an extended family, partly in response to her blood family dying during the battle to retake Betazed. To those who threaten that, she can often seem cold and blunt.
Strengths + Patient and perceptive
+ Quick-witted and resourceful
+ An excellent pilot
Weaknesses - Can be stubborn when calling what she perceives to be a bluff
- Shows hesitation during hand-to-hand combat
- Limited abstract scientific knowledge
Ambitions In her youth, Merzia aspired to see the stars. After her experiences in the Dominion War, however, she aims to keep the people of the Federation, and those under her command, safe.
Hobbies & Interests Despite her mother's interest in racing, it was never a pursuit Merzia followed. On the other hand, she enjoys a number of strategy games, including Go, Kadis-kot, Toad, and Gateway. When she wishes to just relax and not think too much, she enjoys fishing, though usually on a holodeck.
Languages Betazoid, Federation Standard, Cardassian, broken Romulan
Sexuality Heterosexual

History

Personal History Merzia’s mother, Awisa, was an accomplished competitive sunsailer, including winning the 2345 and 2346 Kotil 7-Orbit Invitational. It was during a pre-race interview that she met her future husband, Socen, the one of the journalists conducting the interviews. Despite both being genetic bonded to future spouses in Betazoid tradition, they eloped, spurring a minor scandal in Betazoid society.
Starfleet History Much of Merzia’s childhood was spent around her mother’s yachts, and joining Starfleet felt like a natural progression. Following her graduation in 2371, she was assigned to the Excelsior-class USS Cloudwarden, first as a shuttle pilot then as a flight control officer. Though initially begrudging the old design’s limitations, she came to regard them as a challenge to see what could be done in spite of them, and in 2373 was instrumental in developing several adjustments to the design that increased its top speed by 1.5% and would further lengthen the class’s service life.

Through much of her career on the Cloudwarden, Merzia saw combat on the frontline, first in the Federation-Klingon War of 2372-73, then at the Battle of Sector 001, and finally in the Dominion War. As part of the Second Fleet, the Cloudwarden was part of the effort to retake Merzia’s homeworld of Betazed from occupying Dominion forces. During the second of those counter-attacks, the Cloudwarden was crippled and her crew forced to scuttle her and abandon ship. Unfortunately for Merzia, the people who picked up her escape pod were not from Starfleet, but the Dominion. She spent most of the next year as a prisoner of war on Cardassia.

After a period of rehabilitation, Merzia accepted a new posting to the Cheyenne-class USS Dubochet, again as a flight control officer. Her first taste of command came in 2377, when a first contact situation gone wrong left her as the ranking officer on the bridge. She handled the situation well and managed to salvage relations with the foreign culture, the Chentormerane. Shortly afterwards, she received a promotion to Lieutenant Junior Grade and the position of Assistant Chief Flight Control Officer.

With the beginning of operations of Task Force 47, Merzia was offered the role of Chief Flight Control Officer on board the Akira-class USS Enlil in 2381. During the years that followed, she was mentored by the Enlil’s XO, Commander Sentak, the self-discipline he taught her helping her overcome some of her past demons. Though there were concerns among the command staff that her past experiences on Cardassia might sway her during diplomacy with the Cardassians and Romulans, she demonstrated that she could put those past troubles somewhat behind her, believing that the true monsters were the Dominion, and the Cardassian people were as much victim as the Federation.

When Commander Sentak was offered command of the USS Cormorant, Merzia was a natural choice for Captain Alfaro to choose to step into the role of XO, getting promoted to Lieutenant Commander along with the position. Between them, they did a lot to help the communities as a peacekeeping force within the Gavarian Corridor, but ultimately the return of conflict between the Romulans and Cardassians ended that. When the Enlil was reassigned to the Raeyan Transit Corridor in 2388, Merzia was disappointed, believing that none of the three powers would benefit from a Federation withdrawal from the area. This was replaced with relief when the Gavarian Exploration Agreement was signed and Starfleet Command approached her with the offer to command the USS Palatine.
Service Record 2367 - 2371 * Cadet * - Starfleet Academy
2372 - 2372 * Ensign * - Shuttle Pilot, USS Cloudwarden
2372 - 2374 * Ensign * - Flight Control Officer, USS Cloudwarden
2374 - 2375 * Ensign * - Prisoner of War, Cardassia
2375 - 2377 * Ensign * - Flight Control Officer, USS Dubochet
2377 - 2381 * Lieutenant JG * - Assistant Flight Control Officer, USS Dubochet
2381 - 2384 * Lieutenant * - Chief Flight Control Officer, USS Enlil
2384 - 2389 * Lieutenant Commander * - Executive Officer, USS Enlil
2389 - *Lieutenant Commander * - Commanding Officer, USS Palatine

Starfleet Personnel File

Serial Number HF-044-946
Security Clearence Level 10
Quarters Assignment Deck 1, Cabin 1-01 - Single Occupancy
Duty Shift Alpha