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Lillee t'Jellaieu is far from the first Romulan in Starfleet service, but her tale is nevertheless a curious one, even among her fellow defectors from the Empire. Born on one of the outer worlds of the Empire, far the Hearthworlds of Romulus and Remus, Lillee was born with a modicum of freedom. She was a descendent of the Ship Clans, the ancient families who built and maintained the original generation ships that departed Vulcan and had ever since maintained a stubborn sense of independence. As such, Lillee was born with the stars in her eyes, as well as a well-founded scepticism of the Romulan government...matched only by her distrust of the Federation and her scorn of the Klingons.
Nevertheless, it quickly became obvious during Lillee's teenage years that she possessed skill and intellect far beyond the backwater planet that she had been born on. Even long before she was legally able to fly aircars and shuttlecraft, Lillee could often be found at the controls of some machine, flying circles around anyone and everyone just for the sheer fun of it. Eventually, after she graduated from school, Lillee's parents succumbed to the inevitable and permitted their daughter to leave home in search of greater things.
Enthused, Lillee travelled to Romulus to join the Grand Fleet, knowing that only there could she truly fly the best ships and explore the galaxy. There, however, she ran straight into the bottleneck of Romulan society, exactly what her family and friends had warned her about. As an outworlder of no noble house, and of the Ship Clans no less, Lillee quickly realised that it would be quite impossible to become an officer, while enlisted pilots were typically left to fly old transports and shuttles, not the truly exciting ships. Nevertheless the Romulan Star Empire had been rearming in light of the many threats on its borders, from the vast Federation to the chaotic Klingons to the terrifying Borg, and so Lillee enlisted, hoping to prove herself.
As a trainee and then an uhlan, she did exactly that. Through sheer brute competence Lillee was able to enter a specialised training program at the Grand Fleet Flight Academy, soon becoming a warp fighter pilot in the fleet, even earning an official commendation for her technical excellence. While Lillee was typically seen as aloof and arrogant to her comrades, no one doubted her formidable talent in the cockpit or her fierce passionate nature. Thus, as a pilot in the warp fighter squadron Rea's Shades, she found her true calling, pushing her skills to the limit as well as finding friendship and love with her squadron. Lillee and her comrades were rarely called upon for combat, but when given the chance in 2372 to engage a small Klingon task force that was raiding Romulan worlds, Lillee and her fellow pilots fought with exceptional vigour and skill against the invaders. After being given a medal for her heroics at the Battle of Arkon, Lillee was transferred to the warbird IRW Sunheart as a CONN Officer.
There, her life would change forever. Over the course of several months on the Sunheart, Lillee found love with the charming and kind chief tactical officer, while simultaneously she was admitted into a specialised program that would see her advanced to become an officer.
Everything was fantastic...right up until she found her lover in her quarters, brawling with the Sunheart´s captain. Mystified, Lillee watched her boyfriend fight brutally with skill she did not know he possessed, finally beating his superior officer into unconsciousness. Then he explained the truth: he was in fact an undercover Starfleet operative, sent to stop the Sunheart from activating an experimental and dangerous piece of technology, and he had in fact seduced Lillee to reinforce his cover. Indeed, the spy had seduced Lillee intentionally to exploit her classified access to the project, scanning her surreptitiously in bed to acquire the biometric identification required to access the classified areas of the warbird. While furious, Lillee nevertheless realised, after some persuasion, that he was right: if the Sunheart succeeded in activating its new and unproven power source, the devastation would stretch across several star systems, killing billions, many of them Romulans. Angry and confused, she grudgingly agreed to help her former lover.
Together, Lillee and Jiang (as he revealed his name to truly be) successfully sabotaged the warbird, destroying all information on the classified project before making their escape in a stolen fighter. When the Sunheart tried to pursue at warp, Lillee and Jiang watched in horror as the great D'Deridex-class ship exploded in a great cataclysm, its crew having attempted to use the remnants of the secret power source and having misjudged the effect. Indeed, only Lillee and Jiang's sabotage prevented the warbird's destruction from causing unimaginable devastation to planets on both sides of the Neutral Zone. Thus the two saboteurs were rescued by a Federation starship and whisked to safety, their mission complete with all its consequences for Lillee.
On Earth, Lillee found herself faced with an alien world, even as she was declared a traitor to the Romulan Star Empire. Despite the circumstances of Jiang and Lillee's first meeting, not to mention considerable shouting and punching between them in the following weeks, they became lovers once more. Through the human's eyes, Lillee began to see the Federation in a new light: proud, idealistic and compassionate, with the elite Starfleet as its defenders. After considerable debriefing by Starfleet Intelligence, Lillee was faced with a choice: become a civilian... or join Starfleet. Various officers had become convinced of Lillee's integrity and moral fiber, and given the Federation's desperate circumstances against the threats of the Klingons, Dominion and Borg, they were desperate for good pilots. After much contemplation, Lillee accepted, not ready to leave life as a hotshot pilot just yet.
Again, however, life interfered after Lillee married Jiang. While Lillee fought with distinction in the Dominion War as part of a Starfleet fighter squadron, even flying the first AC-205 Mk I Valkyries before she became pregnant in 2375, shortly before the final battle of the war. In a cruel twist of fate, her lover, Jiang, perished in that final battle, leaving the grieving Lillee with twins whose father was dead. Thus, Lillee moved away from her life as a pilot, instead serving in more mundane roles on starbases and planets so that she could be a mother to her twin daughters. In due course Lillee was assigned as a personal pilot and aide to a Rear Admiral, an ordinary job far from the final frontier.
Then, on a quite ordinary trip to the USS Theurgy to inspect their warp fighters' engines, her life was turned upside down once more. Having beamed up to the starship in Earth's orbit for what was meant to be a simple afternoon of work, Lillee found herself an unintentional passenger on the USS Theurgy as it fled the solar system under Starfleet pursuit. Unable to simply sit somewhere and do nothing, but unable to safely leave the USS Theurgy as it desperately fought its way out of the Federation, Lillee joined a repair crew. After two days, Lillee became one of many other casualties as a phaser beam from one of the USS Theurgy´s pursuers carved into the ship's engineering hull. Lillee's left lung was completely destroyed, while several other internal organs were badly damaged. Given her catastrophic wounds, the USS Theurgy's medical staff immediately placed her into stasis until she could be treated.
There, Lillee i-Fennheii t'Jellaieu slept for a long time, soon becoming forgotten to all save her seemingly orphaned children, still an unwilling passenger onboard the renegade starship. Finally, however, the USS Theurgy's medical staff managed to acquire the surgical equipment and Romulan blood necessary to make an attempt at saving Lillee's life, and so with great care, the Romulan pilot was woken from stasis. After endless months in stasis and a marathon surgery, and now with some cloned organs, Lillee's life was saved. However, when faced with the choice to became a traitor once more in service to a higher cause, her salvation seemed far indeed.
Lillee was a classic Romulan. She was fiercely passionate in everything she did, whether it be flying, play or motherhood. She also held to an old and antiquated code of honour called mnhei'sahe, a complex and enigmatic concept that often varied wildly by context. Lillee was quite capable of executing her closest friend or sacrificing herself to save her most hated enemy should the situation call for such. For the most part however, as humans, Andorians and Klingons would reckon such, Lillee was bold, courageous and exceptionally loyal, although earning her loyalty was often a difficult feat indeed.
In person Lillee was friendly and cheerful, but there was nevertheless always a layer of subtext to every word and action, in keeping with the keen cunning that her people were renowned for. While not quite dishonest, she nevertheless had a preference for privacy that often left her true self an enigma to even her friends and lovers, a curious incongruity compared to her easygoing friendliness. Thus while Lillee had the occasional lover since the death of her husband and had an active social life, very few people truly pierced her facade. Indeed, it was often rare to see Lillee displaying pure, naked emotion without at least some layer of subtext, some devious hidden aspect. Thoroughly focused on raising her half-Romulan, half-human twins, Lillee was quite content with this state of affairs.
In a curious contrast to her normal self, Lillee developed a reputation as an 'angel of darkness' while behind the controls of a spacecraft. Her extensive experience, as well as the strict training regimen of the Romulan Grand Fleet, cooled her fiery temperament when flying to an emotionless, silent pilot. If Lillee was aware of the irony in how closely she resembled her Vulcan cousins under such circumstances, she never showed it.
Like most Romulan women, Lillee was lithe and in impeccable shape, bearing the distinctive crenellated forehead ridge and pointed ears of her species. However in a rare genetic quirk for a Romulan, she was born with long, lustrous blonde hair as well as with a considerably lighter shade of skin than most Romulans, akin indeed more to Vulcan skin tones. Such unusual physical attributes mark Lillee as a so-called 'far-worlder', a native of one of the far-flung colonies of the Empire rather than the Hearthworlds of Romulus and Remus themselves.
Special NotesRomulan, Lillee's physical strength far surpassed those of most humanoid women of comparable weight, although she could not quite match the sheer physical power of her Vulcan cousins. Furthermore, she had the acute sense of smell and hearing that is distinctive of Vulcanoids.
Raised as she was in the old ways of the Rihannsu, Lillee was given her own honour-blade by her family at the age of 20, a weapon which she wielded with considerable skill and pride, especially after her exile from the Empire. The sword had a strong resemblance to Terran katanas, although through the intricate method of its forging, the honour-blade was somewhat heavier and sturdier than comparable human swords. Since the blade was made for Lillee, its length, weight and hilt were designed precisely for her. The metal itself was inscribed along its length with stylised golden Romulan poetry.
While possession of an honour-blade was very commonplace in the Romulan Star Empire and in the Romulan Grand Fleet, Lillee found that the Federation Starfleet was less lax. She thus applied for and received a weapons permit so that she could bring her honour-blade along on deployment, although the more peaceful nature of Starfleet meant that Lillee was forbidden from carrying her honour-blade while on duty. Only the most extreme of circumstances and the special dispensation of Lillee's commanding officer could overrule the restriction, a circumstance that the enigmatic pilot hoped fervently would never occur.