Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy having a diverse crew in Star Trek Online so I was quite happy when I received the opportunity to add a Trill into my lineup…but it meant yet another foray into the depths of Memory-Alpha.org to learn more about a new species. After reading about Trills, a part of me is thinking, “Wow, the Star Trek universe is so involved and deep!” while another part of me is going “@#$%!, why does everything have to be so complicated?” A host, a symbiont, the joining, and–ahh, hell diddly ding dong crap!
After much thought, I’ve decided to roleplay my new bridge officer as an un-joined Trill for simplicity’s sake and decrease the chances I’ll accidentally butcher some part of Star Trek lore. The story I had in mind for him also better suits the way I made him look. This is also my first attempt at writing a more detailed biography for a BO, so for the love of God, please be gentle!
In 2390, Starfleet responded to a distress call from a civilian ship on the edges of the Kalandra Sector. The ship had just been a victim of a brutal raid by Nausicaan pirates. Having had little to no defense against the enemy, the vessel suffered huge casualties, and only a handful of passengers were found alive when the rescue ship made it to the scene. Among them was a very young Trill child named Azdan Dorim, whose parents had both been killed in the attack. Starfleet brought the orphan along with the other survivors to Deep Space 9, where attempts were made to track down any of the boy’s surviving relatives. Finding none, a Starfleet human couple stationed at DS9 decided to adopt him instead.
Azdan led a troubled childhood, a consequence of the emotional trauma suffered from witnessing the attack. His adoptive parents, however, helped him overcome his problems with plenty of love and support, and sought to enrich his environment whenever they could. As an adolescent, Azdan became fascinated with his adoptive father’s work in Starfleet as an engineer and decided right then and there to follow in his footsteps. Highly motivated and intelligent, he graduated from the academy with degrees in Warp Theory, Subspace Physics and Starship Technologies. Growing up outside of Trill society, Azdan never gave much thought to being a host to a symbiont. Because of his distinctions, however, many have encouraged him to apply to the Trill Symbiosis Commission. Though he hasn’t ruled out the prospect, Starfleet was Azdan’s main focus for now.
Despite (or perhaps because of) his highly motivated nature and intelligence, Azdan often found himself restless and agitated. This trait got him involved in more than a few altercations around the DS9 engineering facilities, but no one could deny they needed his brilliant mind. Finally, Azdan disturbed the peace one time too many, and Starfleet officials determined that what this Trill male needed was work in a more stimulating , fast-paced environment to satiate his intellectual appetite and utilize his skills.
Around this time, Captain T’Androma and her crew had already established a reputation for themselves for never having a shortage on adventure and excitement. When they eventually made a request for another engineering officer, Azdan was promptly re-assigned to the U.S.S. Taiga, where he was eagerly welcomed with joy and open arms.