Ciara Odette, or ‘Aoife ‘ (pronounced ee +fa) to her friends and family, is a very curious-minded individual hailing from the planet Earth. She was born in Carlingford, Ireland as an only child, to a French father and Irish mother. As a child, she loved to explore their house, yard, city and beyond. No stranger to scrapes, bruises, dirt under her fingernails, she was a very adventurous child. Her first, and main job growing up was in her father’s small bakery, named Calcifer.
Throughout her childhood, and early adulthood, one of her main struggles was always her weight, despite being an active child. Her love for food (all her father’s fault, she’d say) was to blame, and it took awhile for her to find out the flow of her own body. As she aged into her late teen years, the burning desire to join Starfleet Academy compelled her to get into the shape and size she’d always wanted to be. Now having met that goal, she can more happily embrace her love of food, while keeping her body in balance. Though, it does still worry her at the edge of her mind, and she can be self conscious about it.
Growing up she always read stories of the scientists and adventurers in space, reading over publicly released Starfleet mission reports like one would read comics. Treasured birthday presents were bits of rocks from other planets, to small plants (that cleared import and customs, of course),and even books from completely other worlds. Complete and rare treasure in her eyes.
Joining the academy at 19, she was quickly swept up into a crazy world of knowledge, new worlds, new people and crushing amounts of homework. Thankfully her physical preparation did pay off, and made the long nights, and intense physical education classes and combat training easier than it would have been earlier in her life. But her time was consumed with command classes, operation systems, and even extracurricular activities such as tactical training, and participating in the Academy’s archery program.
Her academy years were eventful, but she was not the most decorated Cadet outside in her class by any means. Having taken so much on, she managed great grades, but didn’t make the top 5 of her class. This lead to her peers not paying her a lot of mind professionally, but her friends were close and her family proud. Plus, soon she’d take that leap into warp and finally venture properly out into the universe, so she couldn’t be happier. She made many friends, both other students and teachers alike, and looks back on her Academy years very fondly.
Fresh out of the academy, Ciara was assigned with a few other cadets from her class, to the USS Ashaton, an Olympic class medical frigate. Not her first choice, but they had the need for a new operations chief, who in turn needed bright eyed cadets to carry out grunt work. It was hard work, and overwhelming, but the never-ending, bubbling excitement of working on an actual starship helped to temper that.
Over time, her group of Cadet’s became known as the ‘Reliable Dets’ or simply ‘the Dets’, and were often bounced around the Ashaton to different departments in need of assistance. Her favorite was working with tactical and security, as the systems are so complex and intriguing, along with the fact Phasers have always fascinated her. It doesn’t hurt she already had an affinity for weapons with her love of Archery, but she definitely is someone who would hesitate using anything above Stun settings.
After a long stint aboard the Ashaton, her group was sadly split up as they knew would happen one day, each transferred to a new home. Though they stay in contact, Ciara is currently focused on heading towards new adventures, and continuing her career in Starfleet.