Samris is a Starfleet Officer and currently serves on the Federation starship, USS Themis, as its Chief Counsellor. He briefly previously served on the USS Odyssey. A former Romulan refugee, Samris turned his life around when he decided only he had the choice to do better.
- Height: 6′ (1.83 m)
- Weight: 134.5 lbs
- Hair: Light Blonde
- Eyes: Blue
On the job, Samris is resourceful, dependable and able to think quickly on his feet, which he has attributed to his experience from being a Romulan refugee at a young age. He was a private person who generally did not share his problems with his comrades for fear of being a burden to them, however, this changed when he started a relationship with T’Rani. He is more open to those around him.
Strengths & Weaknesses
A very easygoing man, Samris is very forgiving of people and is always prepared to give someone a second chance (and a third, fourth, etc.). As a trained counsellor, he is a good listener and is a very professional demeanour. Samris is a very likeable person and since joining Starfleet has let his guard down in building relationships with others. Samris attempts to be an optimistic person, especially after dealing with so much trauma during his childhood.
After graduating from Starfleet Academy, Samris had always wanted to work himself up through the ranks and eventually run his own department. He has found over the years that a collective effort makes a difference and he has realised how much he has to depend on the team around him for his own development. This is something he has always wanted to give back.
- Affiliation: Starfleet, United Federation of Planets (formerly of the Romulan Star Empire)
- Mother: Karinea
- Father: Nerak
Samris was born in 2368 to parents who were loyal members of Spock’s reunification movement. Living in the southern hemisphere of Romulus, Samris lived an almost privileged life where his parents owned a home on the Apnex Sea.
Discovering that his parents were members of the underground movement at the age of thirteen, Samris was not surprised and found himself wanting to learn more about the culture of his distant cousins. As a family, they would quietly share in this interest and do whatever it took to keep their involvement a secret.
When it was public knowledge that the Romulan homeworld would be destroyed, Samris soon found his parents and him on a transport to escape. Being former members of the military, gave Karinea and Nerak that connection to leave with plenty of time before Hobus destroyed Romulus and Remus.
The family would soon find themselves being rescued by the Federation starship USS Bartlett, a Nebula-class starship that was assigned to assist any transports entering the now collapsed neutral zone.
By the time he was seventeen, he found himself living in a refugee camp on Draken IV. This change of lifestyle was surprising for the young Romulan teenager. He had spent most of his life among his own kind that was similarly rich but soon found with others that came from all parts of the Star Empire. Eventually, the Federation relocated the refugees into permanent homes in the colony, this allowed Samris’ parents the chance to rebuild their lives. Samris returned to school, but this time it was a Federation one.
Samris went to school alongside fellow Romulan young people who were relocated to Draken IV alongside Federation teenagers. Though they were initially welcoming, as he got more settled, Samris found it difficult to get along with his counterparts when verbal abuse was hurled at him and his classmates for being in the Federation world. His studies slipped, especially when Samris would end up getting into fights with those who would mock his own kind. Samris begins to see a counsellor, a human who becomes an almost mentor to the lost lad. Through his sessions, he eventually begins to accept the trauma he had gone through from the relocation. By the time he was nineteen, news reached that Romulus was destroyed by the Hobus supernova. Samris’ parents entered a period of mourning, alongside the friends they had made from those who had come with them to Draken IV. Feeling he needed to do more with his life, Samris was not keen on following in the footsteps of his friends who appeared not to have an aspiration in their lives, he wanted to do more, so instead, he signed himself up to work at the Starfleet base as a civilian contractor.
Working on the base for almost a year, doing a range of menial tasks gave Samris the foot in the door he needed to get noticed. Eventually, the base’s counsellor (the one that had helped him when he was younger) saw that Samris had some raw potential and petitioned for their captain to consider Samris’ candidacy to join Starfleet. Finding out that he and his parents were former members of the reunification movement as well as the fact that Starfleet was keen to consider potential candidates into their ranks, the captain of the Starfleet base reviewed Samris’ record. Seeing that he had excellent grades from his schooling, he allowed Samris to take the preparatory program under close supervision. Surprised at the offer, Samris graciously accepted, feeling that the opportunity was his way of building a brand new life for himself. Six weeks later he eventually passed the program, giving him the chance to undertake the entrance examination.
Starfleet Academy – Archer I
Unsure of how to feel about his efforts, his parents were quite cautious about Samris joining Starfleet. Now he was at the age of making his own choices, they felt they couldn’t stop him from wanting to build himself a new life within the Federation, especially as they were doing it themselves.
Attending Starfleet Academy’s orbital campus on Archer IV, he found the first-year one that gave him a lot of insight into the organisation he was joining. Eventually, he found his calling and decided he would use his time wisely and wanted to become a Starfleet counsellor. At the end of his first year, he joined fellow cadets to visit Risa. Samris found his time in the pleasure capital of the Federation to be an eye-opener. Never before had he witnessed such promiscuous behaviour and he initially found it difficult to deal with the various distractions. Though one night he became highly intoxicated and engaged in jamaharon with a mixed group of Risians, Humans and Trill. The next day he found himself lying on a beach without any clothes and in between those he had been active with during the night before. He found the whole incident embarrassing by the time he returned to his hotel room and was caught out by his fellow classmates he had gone to Risa with.
Over the next three years, he ended up spending his time studying on the orbital campus of Mellstoxx III. Ultimately he completed his first four years and was given his degree and graduated at the rank of ensign. Deciding to remain on Mellstoxx III, as he wanted to be assigned to one of the ships belonging to the fourth fleet, Samris took the next four years undertaking more studies as he got his doctorate in becoming a psychologist.
Once he graduated from the academy he was offered the position of a counsellor on the USS Odyssey.
USS Odyssey (NCC-80000)
Joining the Odyssey in 2396, Samris would go on to prove his worth through his work, especially in supporting the civilian population. He found himself working closely with the schools on the ship, one way he wanted to pay back the debt to the counsellor that had helped him when he was a young refugee.
The ship, over the next two years, would have a strong presence along the Romulan border. Being able to help his people in his position made him a valuable asset to the ship. Commander Max Duncan, his department head, became a mentor for him. Through working closely with Commander Duncan, he made good friends with his counterpart in the diplomatic department. Lieutenant Flemen and he would start to spend some of their off-duty time with one another, this friendship blossomed further when Samris was promoted to lieutenant at the end of 2398 and made the senior assistant chief counsellor.
In early 2399, Samris found himself having to fight the Hunters of D’Ghor when they boarded the Odyssey during the Archanis Campaign. Fighting almost hand-to-hand with the Klingon warriors, he did his best to slow them down from attempting to storm one of the shelters the crew had set up for the civilians onboard. During the battle, Samris used his phaser rifle to stop a Klingon from hitting him with his mek’leth. Though he was fruitful in his efforts, the Klingon blade pierced his phaser and the Klingon ended up knocking Samris unconscious. Thankfully, Lieutenant (JG) Jisaraa arrived with hazard team beta and was able to take out the Klingon with several shots from their own phasers. Samris was taken to sickbay for his injuries. For her saving him, Samris found the courage to thank her with dinner. The two over the next few weeks started to become friendly with one another, but in the end, decided not to take their relationship any further.
Shortly after the success of Starfleet forces in the Archanis Campaign, Samris was back on duty making plans to visit his parents after they had moved to Nepenthe when the ship was ordered to the Delta Quadrant. Unable to visit them, he was forced to wish them well via subspace instead.
Samris was part of the ship’s first mission in the Delta Quadrant when it engaged in rendering help to the Uxali. When Captain McCallister offered to move their population to a safer world, Samris was instrumental in supporting their civilians in adjusting to life on the ship during their short but brief journey. He went on to lead his department in providing further counselling to the Uxali in coming to terms with the relocation, falling on his own knowledge of what that was like for him when he left Romulus as a teenager.
Only a month later, Samris found himself being promoted, this time in position. Commander Duncan was made the executive officer and Duncan recommended that Samris be made his replacement in his role as chief counsellor. Feeling that Samris had proven himself during their mission with the Uxali, he believed that the lieutenant had the initiative to go far. However, when a large proportion of the crew’s adult population had been kidnapped by an alien vessel, Samris included, the toll it would have on the crew’s mental health after their rescue was severe. Deeming him unable to cope with leading the department in supporting everyone through the trauma, Starfleet Command ordered a new more experienced counsellor assigned to the ship. Samris hated this but showed true professionalism by welcoming and supporting Commander Louwanna Horin when she joined the ship. The two eventually struck up a friendship. However, before the kidnapping, Samris found himself in a new relationship, an unexpected one, with Lieutenant Commander T’Rani. The Vulcan woman and he at first had a physical relationship before they decided to see each other more in a romantic way. While on the alien vessel, the two were forced to come public with their secretive relationship and were assigned to living quarters. Over the two months away from the Odyssey the two became closer and decided after their rescue to live together.
By the end of 2400, Samris was affected by the sudden arrival of Blood Dilitihum when the ship was exploring the Gradin Belt. Being partly telepathic, due to his shared Romulan heritage with Vulcans, he fell victim when T’Rani (who was also possessed by its effects) formed a mind-meld to him and made him more susceptible to a neurogenic field being emitted by a baby telepathic pitcher plant. Under its control, Samris support Commander Hunsen’s mutiny against Captain McCallister. During a heated argument with his superior, Samris blurted out how he hated the fact he had lost his position as chief counsellor to Horin and blamed McCallister for slowing his career down. Once the ship had been retaken by those not affected by the blood dilithium or the bioplasmic creature, Samris regretted everything he said to the captain but felt ashamed for his actions. However, he could not take time to much time to reflect as T’Rani discovered that the baby telepathic pitcher plant had somehow made it possible for her to have a child. Entering ponn farr early, T’Rani asked Samris to mate with her and for them to have a family together. Agreeing straight away, Samris and T’Rani would find out days later they were about to become parents.
When the opportunity to transfer to a new ship came about, T’Rani and Samris discussed the matter at length. The fact that Captain Cambil had requested them both, her former mentor, T’Rani felt obliged to join the USS Themis. Samris didn’t need any time to consider it, he wanted to leave the Odyssey behind him and start his next chapter on the Themis as its new chief counsellor.
USS Themis (NCC-76554)
Joining Captain Cambil on the Themis, as her new chief counsellor, Samris was pleased to start fresh and put everything that happened to him on the Odyssey behind him.
|2388 - 2389||First Year Cadet||Starfleet Academy - Earth||
Cadet Freshman Grade
|2389 - 2390||Second Year Cadet||Starfleet Academy - Mellstoxx III||
Cadet Sophomore Grade
|2390 - 2391||Third Year Cadet||Starfleet Academy - Mellstoxx III||
Cadet Junior Grade
|2391 - 2392||Fourth Year Cadet||Starfleet Academy - Mellstoxx III||
Cadet Senior Grade
|2392 - 2396||Counsellor (in training)||Starfleet Academy - Mellstoxx III||
|2396 - 2398||Counsellor||USS Odyssey (NCC-80000)||
Lieutenant Junior Grade
|2398 - 2399||Senior Assistant Chief Counsellor||USS Odyssey (NCC-80000)||
|2399 - 2400||Chief Counsellor||USS Odyssey (NCC-80000)||
|2400 - 2400||Senior Assistant Chief Counsellor||USS Odyssey (NCC-80000)||
|2400 - Present||Chief Counsellor||USS Themis NCC-76554||