Profile Overview

Tharia sh'Elas

Andorian Female

Character Description

Tharia is a tall, slender, and beautiful Andorian female and has been described by many as having a beautiful, classy, and elegant look to the way she presents herself. The stoic Andorian has a quiet, sultry voice to accompany her feminine charm. She ‘enjoys’ keeping her silver-coloured hair well-groomed and changing its style when she feels the desire to do so but usually prefers to keep it in a short bob when on duty. This allows her protruding subcranial antennae that sit atop her head (measuring roughly five inches in length) to be clearly seen. Athletically well built, Tharia is physically fit and relatively strong and follows a strict fitness regime. On and off duty, she is always careful to present herself in a feminine way and in pristine condition, with never a hair out of place. Her blue skin is smooth to the touch, without so much as a blemish or imperfection.

Personality Overview

Until she warms to you, Tharia’s personality is very much like the planet from which she hails; icy and bitter. All that changes however once you have gained her trust and she feels able to be herself around you. The epitome of the phrase “appearances can be deceptive”, her slender frame and emotional eyes may make her look petite, even fragile but she is far from that. Strong willed with a feisty temper, Tharia takes after her father and is full of emotion and is deceptively strong. Fiercely loyal to family, friends, and colleagues alike, Commander sh’Elas is the kind of woman anyone would want on side in an argument or even in the middle of a brawl. Despite all she has been through during her service to Starfleet, the last surviving member of the sh’Elas clan has pledged to uphold the ideals of the Federation, and that pledge is something she takes incredibly seriously.

Tharia is an intelligent woman and has, on several occasions, been asked to lecture at various scientific and engineering institutes across the Federation and give her insight on various fields of research. She is an expert in the field of stellar sciences, quantum chemistry and cybernetics, three very different branches of the scientific tree. She still dabbles in the sciences from time to time, despite her recent shift to the command track.

Ambitions, Hobbies and Interests

Commander sh’Elas has been lucky over the years, enjoying great success in her career, transitioning to command when she felt the need for a new challenge. Since joining the Santa Fe, the Commander’s ambition is to use her expertise to benefit the ships mission of exploration and scientific discovery. Tharia can often, surprisingly, be found carrying out peaceful actions such as meditating and reading but is also keen on physical sports such as racquetball, spring ball and anbo jitsu. Her ideal recreation, which helps to reinforce patience and meditative skills is kal-toh, but she struggles to find worthwhile opponents.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Like many Andorians, Tharia is seen as cold and calculating though she can be prone to a quick temper from time to time. She struggles to make friends and will isolate herself from her peers until she feels that she is comfortable enough, although she has mellowed slightly in recent times. A brilliant tactician, Tharia excelled during advanced command training at the Academy and has gone on to develop quite the reputation as a competent command officer.

Personal History Before Starfleet

Tharia sh’Elas was born in the earth year 2354 at the Tormoria Encampment on the inhospitable moon of Andoria. Growing up in the freezing climate, Tharia developed many Andorian traits such as a high metabolic rate and a resistance to different environments. Whilst being able to stay warm and comfortable on the cold Andorian homeworld, like other Andorians, she could indeed stay cool and thrive on planets where temperatures could reach near to boiling point. Like others, she could survive fluctuations in her body weight, needing to lose more than ten percent of her body weight before feeling adverse effects. However, her Andorian physiology made medical treatment more difficult. Unlike in humans, Tharia (and all other Andorians) had to have medicines administered via intramuscular injections via the tongue or other such muscles rather than intravenously through the use of hyposprays to the neck or arm.

Throughout her childhood, Tharia grew up in a mixed population area of Andorian and Aenar people. Tolerance, a trait not associated with her people in the past, was now something that was encouraged among the populace and the days when the Aenar were considered inferior were long gone. As she grew, so too did her antennae until she reached the earth age of 12 and they stopped at just short of five inches in length, relatively short for most Andorians.

In her early teens, Tharia met Thalek, a young man who was three years older than her. Bullied by other children in the encampment, the older Thalek stuck up for the younger girl and protected her against her bullies. He took the youngster under his own wing and taught her to protect herself, just as he had been taught by his father. He showed compassion in a way he hadn’t before, his normal abrasive attitude inexplicably warmed by the young girl.

The pairs friendship grew exponentially until she dropped a bombshell in 2370. The man would have to survive on his own, without his close friend, who had applied and been successful at gaining entry to Starfleet Academy on the nearby planet of Earth. It would be some 20 years before the two would meet again.

Arriving at Earth in mid 2370, Tharia lived in Cadet quarters near to the Marseille Starfleet Base, an annex of Starfleet Academy and the place she would train for most of her career.

During her time at Starfleet Academy, her Andorian background made her perfect for the Academy Wrestling Team. In 2371, Tharia challenged the captain of the team to a wrestling match for the right to Captain the team during the next academic year. Unfortunately, after a close fought bout, Tharia came off second best to the Betazoid and suffered the humiliation of having her left antennae damaged. This affected her health for several weeks until it was properly healed. After the injury and the subsequent humiliation, Tharia withdrew from the team and all other social activities and threw himself in to his studies.

During most of her time at the Academy, Starfleet was in the midst of what many called “the Golden Age”. Exploration was at the forefront of everyone’s minds and many new ships were out exploring the frontier. That changed midway through her third year when war was declared with a species from the Gamma Quadrant called The Dominion. As Starfleet took heavy losses, Cadet’s from the Academy transferred to postings to make up for the loss of manpower. Joining the USS Polaris, an Excelsior-class cruiser as a junior science officer, Tharia was made an Acting Ensign. She served the science team well and earned her first commendation from her department head during the rescue of the starship Triton’s crew. The Akira-class vessel found itself stranded in a dangerous nebula cloud following an attack by the Dominion. Thanks to her expertise in quantum chemistry, Tharia was able to design a quick solution for getting the Triton out of the nebula and back to safety.

Tharia served the Polaris with distinction throughout the duration of the Dominion War which saw her put her credentials as a Starfleet officer to the test on a regular basis. In the final weeks of the war, Tharia was made a full Ensign, with the rest of her training at the Academy written off thanks to her service during the conflict.

Following the signing of the Treaty of Bajor, and with the war finally over, Tharia transferred to the USS Kensington which was one of several dozen Starships that remained in Cardassian space as an Occupation force to oversee relief efforts. As part of several different search teams, Tharia searched for survivors and rendered aide and assistance on Cardassia itself for days. For Ensign sh’Elas, like many, the war had been costly and had left her without a family after the deaths of her parents but the one thing she did have was a renewed sense of purpose.

Tharia served out her tour on the Nebula-class Kensington until late 2379 when, for her service to the Kensington, Tharia was promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade and her career really started to take off. With the rebuilding effort well underway within Cardassian space and several new re-exploration Initiatives created to explore far off territories, Tharia was transferred to the starship Roehampton just a matter of weeks later. Tasked with travelling beyond the borders of Cardassian space, the Galaxy-class vessel would begin a five-year mission of exploration in unchartered space. During their time in the wilderness, the Roehampton would encounter dozens of new species and over sixty-five different scientific phenomena that allowed Tharia to really get her hands dirty. When the ship returned to Federation space in 2386, Tharia (who was now a Lieutenant Commander), was approached by the Captain of the USS Odysseus, Captain Vasoch Gor, for a posting as Executive Officer. Before she could take the posting, she spent nearly three months at Starfleet Academy, undergoing the new Advanced Command Training Program, which allowed her to learn the intricacies of command before she took the active role under Gor’s command.

Sh’Elas learnt a lot from her new commanding officer, a veteran commander of the Dominion War and several other conflicts, and the Commander really began to come in to her own as she developed a reputation for being a talented tactician, capable of reading many a situation.

In mid ’87, the Hobus Star, located deep into Romulan Territory went supernova, causing a massive shockwave that destroyed several key planets, effectively decimating the entire Empire. The Odysseus was involved in several early relief missions thanks to her speed and worked in the area until she was ordered to put back to Deep Space 10 for re-assignment. Once there, the ship was ordered to escort a cargo of supplies to the new Romulan homeworld of Rator III. Once their mission to the newly designated Romulan homeworld was complete, the Odysseus arrived in the Raeyan sector to begin her own mission of exploration. Tharia served with distinction, as always, and earned the respect of those serving under her with relative ease, so it was no surprise that she was eventually offered a much more prestigious posting in 2393. Keen to utilise her experience as a scientist, Starfleet offered the Commander the role of executive officer aboard the starship Trieste, a Luna-class exploration vessel which was slated to travel to the Northern Frontier and beyond, all in the name of scientific discovery. After a five year tour of duty, and a short break, Tharia answered the call of her close friend, Sebastian Farrell and joined him for an interesting project aboard the USS Santa Fe, deep in the depths of the Gamma Quadrant.

Character Summary

Tharia is an intelligent woman and has, on several occasions, been asked to lecture at various scientific and engineering institutes across the Federation and give her insight on various fields of research. She is an expert in the field of stellar sciences, quantum chemistry and cybernetics, three very different branches of the scientific tree. She still dabbles in the sciences from time to time, despite her recent shift to the command track.

Current Assignment

Executive Officer
USS Santa Fe