Lieutenant Commander Vannon Dacour
Vannon was strongly motivated by his mother (a former Starfleet captain) and his late biological father (who died in service during the Dominion War) to join Starfleet. He wanted to follow in their footsteps and this drove him to focus on his studies at the Academy and take his duty as a Starfleet officer very seriously. Dacour majored in Flight Control while at Starfleet Academy and attended the Starfleet Command School following his graduation. In 2399, prior to his promotion to Lieutenant Commander and assignment to the Osiris Initiative, he served as First Officer on the USS Moonraker.
Vannon Dacour was born in 2368 on the Federation member world of Betazed to Ervan Tayuun and Anra Dacour. Both Starfleet officers, they took a leave of absence to begin a family together, however they were recalled to duty in 2372 as tensions with the Klingon Empire and the Dominion began to escalate. Vannon stayed with his mother’s family while his parents were deployed; his mother to the U.S.S. Heyerdahl and his father to the Starfleet base in Medara. In 2374, the Dominion invaded Betazed and Vannon’s father was killed by Jem’Hadar forces while assisting in the evacuation of civilians to the Loneel Mountains.
Though too young to remember the war itself, its legacy greatly influenced Vannon and his decision to apply to Starfleet Academy and follow in his parents’ footsteps. He graduated Starfleet Academy in 2390.
His first assignment was as Flight Control Officer to the U.S.S Arthalas in 2390, a Starfleet ship assigned to patrol duty along the collapsed Romulan Neutral Zone. In 2392 he was promoted to Chief Tactical Officer and served three more years onboard the Arthalas before accepting a promotion and transfer to the U.S.S. Moonraker as Strategic Operations Officer and later First Officer where he served until his promotion to Lt Commander in 2399.
As a Betazoid, Vannon possesses telepathy, but his abilities are stunted and quite limited compared to average members of his species. He is able to sense emotions and surface thoughts and intentions of those he has a close connection with — such as family and loved ones — and may be able to sense the emotions of others if they are experiencing very heightened levels of stress. He cannot communicate telepathically unless the other person also has the ability to sense his thoughts. As a result of this limitation, his sensitivity to psionic effects is much lower than that of Betazoids with full telepathic ability.