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|Name:||XamotZark "Zark" zh’Ptrell|
|Rank:||Lieutenant Junior Grade|
|Birthplace:||Andoria: Irinari district|
|Height:||5ft 8in / 1.73m|
|Weight:||140lbs / 64kg|
|Hair:||White, Extra Long|
|Eye color:||Dark Blue-green|
|Played by:||Nata Lee|
Andorian Martial Arts
|2372 – 2376: Starfleet Academy: Security Track, Magna Cum Laude Class of 76 |
2376 – 2377.5: Starfleet Medical: Postgraduate Work: Licensed Physician’s Assistant
|2375: Provisional Ensign: Combat Medic: Kalandra Garrison|
2377- 2380: Lt JG: Combat Medic: USS Spector (NCC-63898)
2380- 2381: Lt JG: Combat Medic: USS Cayuga (NCC-78498)
2380- 2381: Lt JG: Combat Medic: USS Theurgy
|2373: Starfleet Medal of Commendation |
2375: Starfleet Citation for Conspicuous Gallantry
Lieutenant JG XamotZark "Zark" zh’Ptrell was a Security officer and Combat Medic aboard the USS Cayuga. She served on the USS Theurgy during the engagement with the Borg in the Azure Nebula, and later stood in opposition against the parasites that compromised Starfleet Command in the end of the 24th Century.
Born of Ice
XamotZark zh’Ptrell was born deep in a terrible winter on Andoria on November 18, 2354 (Earth Standard Reckoning). The city in the Irinari district was safely nestled in the rock of the surrounding mountains and under the ice. The winter was so hard and heavy that even underground, the native Andorians were feeling the effects. Modern technology meant that few Andorians would freeze to death unless they went out of their way to do so and some did, but above the winds howled and blade-like ice fell. Zark’s first cry came in the middle of a fierce storm in that hard, long winter.
For some, that might set the tone for a life. Andorians were known for their fierce natures. Blue blood running hot to keep them going on the frozen iceball of a homeworld. Some might say that a child born in such a storm was destined for strife and a lifetime of hardship and uncompromising disaster, harsh event after event that hammered and chiseled them into a bitter and cold individual.
That was not Zark’s story.
Raised in the Whole
Zark's parents were well adjusted. Her shreya was in the Imperial Guard as a helmswoman. Her zhavey was in Starfleet as the night time XO of a New Orleans class vessel, the USS Renegade. Her charan was a toy designer, and thavan, a novelist of Andorian Horror holo-stories. Zark grew up in a happy home. Andorian fertility cycles were shorter than they once had been, so many Andorian families bred as often as they could during those short years. This meant that Zark grew up with 3 siblings of roughly the same age. A Shen one year younger, A Thaan two years younger and a single Chan, the baby of the family, three years younger.
Together the 4 of them grew up in a little high spirited blue pack of ice predators unleashed on the community more or less all at once. When ever they would visit the surface, Zark always found herself looking up to the massive Andor, hovering above in the sky, visible for the majority of the time, day or night. It’s beauty with those gleaming cerulean rings called to her, as well as space beyond.
On Andoria families lived communally and Zark and her brothers and sister were especially close. Being close in age they went through many aspects of childhood more or less together. Their zhavey and shreya were sometimes absent. Either serving on ships in space around the planet or further away. Their charan and thavan were home and took on much of the house duties and education of the children. As they grew up in the wild Irinari district, survival training was important at an early age, mountain and arctic survival especially was necessary. Along with it, her parents also ensured they had education that would benefit them in their future lives. As much literature as mountaineering. As much Science as combat training. Yes, the physical pursuits were important, Andorians were still a warrior people, but Zark’s parents wanted well rounded children. Not cookie cutter thugs, or unintelligent simpletons.
When Zark entered school around age 6, she was given the genetic and personality tests that the vast majority of Andorians took at that age. Due to the Reproduction Crisis, Andorian children were rigorously screened both genetically and socially to be joined in 4 person bondgroups. The purpose of this was to attempt and achieve the maximum potential for genetic compatibility, and social dynamics. This would hopefully result in the best chance to produce viable offspring during the extremely narrow window of Andorian fertility. Not every Andorian was fertile at the same period in their lives, so the rigorous genetic screening was needed to ensure that all 4 members of the bond were viable at the same time. The social tests were an attempt to determine if they could exist as a bondgroup, to achieve reproduction.
Zark was bonded with Ashryzit sh’Oshraalrath “Ryzit”, Ishrynaath ch’Qaokreq “Ryn”, and Oshrave th’Chyvik “Shrav”. They went through primary and middle school together. Learning all the things that Andorian children did in their bondgroups. This included the complex biology of the Andorian species, the complex means of reproduction, and the technique to maximize the chances of conception and pleasing their partners.
The bond group grew up together till their teens and got on pretty well. No glaring personality clashes. Which was good, considering. The Andorians testing and such in this aspect were extensive to a breathtaking degree. So the arranged ‘marriage’ was set. The four became best friends, confidants, and grew to love one another as family.
From an early age Zark was good on the ice. While some of her zhi, shi and chi, thi excelled in speed skating, or figure skating, Zark herself took to hockey. A sport that may have originated on Earth, it had been elevated to an art form on Andoria. Her teams played, not only other Andorian teams but teams visiting from other worlds, including a rather vicious team of Klingons that would become rivals over the years.
Zark’s solo sport of choice was gymnastics. Her lithe compact body lending itself well towards the sport and she was amazingly agile and swift. She competed some as a youngster and usually finished middle ground in the competitions. Not often winning everything but seldom coming in last place either.
Reaching for the Stars
Before she even made it to secondary school her zhavey and shreya had both realized that Zark wanted more - more than a quiet life on the frozen world of her birth. Like them, she wished to travel the stars. When she reached her teens, her zhavey arranged for her to come live with her on the Renegade, a New Orleans Class Frigate.
It was there that she started to learn the ins and outs of Starfleet and ship life. The New Orleans Class vessels were medium sized ships and had multi species crews 500 strong. Zark lived with people from all over the Federation. Classes were taken with the handful of other children on board and were taught by actual Starfleet crew and officers. Zark loved every minute of it, seeing strange new worlds, meeting new people, and living in among the stars. It was an adventure every day and learning in the atmosphere allowed her to suck up so much information in the short years spent there. She actually hated the shore leave taking her home not that she hated Andoria. Quite the opposite, she loved her homeworld but once she had gotten out into the stars she knew that was where she would live her life.
As her lessons were coming to a close Zark started to cram for the Starfleet entrance exams. Her zhavey and other crew of the Renegade helped her. Zark wasn’t the best in every category but with the aid of the crew and her own dedication, she managed to score entry.
She was ecstatic and enjoyed the last weeks on the ship, then headed home to Andoria, before reporting to the Academy. During this last summer, upon completion from their secondary schooling, Zark, Ryzit, Ryn, and Shrav entered into Kelthreh. Formalizing their bonding and becoming Whole. They exchanged Shapla, and each wore the diamond shaped pendant on square linked chains of silver, close to their hearts. Each Shapla containing a braid formed of 4 locks of Andorian hair. One from each of the mates in the bondgroup.
The summer was spent together, then they parted. Zark went to Starfleet Academy, Ryzit to the Andorian Peacekeeper Academy (Planetary Police), Ryn to college for Primary School Teacher accreditation, and Shrav to University as premed, and then further to post-grad education as a Veterinarian on Andoria. As children their genetic code had been mapped to excruciating detail, and it was determined that their breeding window would be from about age 30-35. So the Kelthreh pledged to come back together at that point to reproduce and raise their children.
Early on Zark knew that she would be striving to enter the Security track. Her Andorian blood still sang in her veins. She’d excelled in combat training growing up. Normally she was pretty chipper and almost bubbly in attitude, and this continued when she was in combat - smiling, laughing and even giggling. This was quite disconcerting to some she sparred with and something her instructors tried to hammer out of her much to her dissatisfaction. All the extra PT that was handed out to not only her, but her training squad because she would grin, smile, laugh and even giggle during combat training had little effect. It was just an aspect of Zark. Perhaps a nervous tick, that instead of crying, grimacing, or growling she emoted by laughing in combat situations. Her hand to hand was powerful and direct, and her bladework was blindingly fast and lethal. She learned the procedures and tactics from her instructors and sucked it up like a Trillian sea sponge. Phaser accuracy was not what you’d call her speciality but she didn’t embarrass herself or her zhavey. She more than surpassed the minimum scores needed, without rating marksman or sniper.
Zark wasn’t as large as some, or even ‘most’ in Starfleet. She was a lithe young woman so she had to learn leverage and break points. Sparring with a Klingon or the like, she would have to focus on speed and accuracy because she simply didn’t have the mass to overpower larger opponents, so she had to work harder to get the same result. The strength of her Andorian heritage helped level the field with people her own size, but even that additional strength couldn’t overpower massive or super-strong species.
Forged in Fire
The Zhen’s baptism of fire would occur during a summer visit to her zhavey during the break between her first and second year aboard the USS Renegade to which her mother was serving as Executive Officer. The ship had stopped off at Starbase One to pick up supplies and personnel prior to conducting an exploration mission of the Betraka Nebula. Zark was warmly greeted by her mother and the two were able to quickly catch up on all the latest happenings both at the Academy and with the family. Zark’s vacation would turn into a working one as she was her mother temporarily assigned her to the Security Department on a limited basis as an unofficial apprenticeship of the Deputy Chief of Security. Cadet Zark would learn about the many details that Starfleet Security was involved in as well as how to interact with many of the personnel she would eventually be called on to command.
The trip itself was uneventful and much of the survey mission was fairly routine, until about two thirds of the way through the mission, the ship entered a region of space where spatial anomalies were present in much higher than usual numbers and sensor conditions were severely degraded. This culminated in an ambush by forces unknown. Cadet Zark reported for security duty and was quickly thrown into battle when the Renegade’s shields were disabled and the ship was boarded. Zark was reported to have acquitted herself well, maintaining her composure under fire, besting an intruder in hand to hand combat, and was also credited with saving the life of a crewman who had been wounded in the engagement. The Renegade’s crew eventually restored the ship’s shields and forced the unknown attackers to withdraw.
With the ship now damaged, and with casualties aboard, the rest of the exploration mission was cancelled and the ship diverted to Aldeberan for repairs. Cadet Zark would continue her tutelage, this time in the medical field as she assisted in the care of the casualties from the battle. During a brief ceremony to the fallen and recognition ceremony, Cadet Zark was the Starfleet Medal of Commendation for her actions. Upon arriving at Aldeberan, Zark had a heartfelt goodbye with her mother and other friends she’d made on the ship and departed back to Starfleet Academy with a brief stopover at Andoria to see the rest of her family and her bondmates.
Tempered in Blood
When she returned to the Academy, she instantly went to her student adviser. She’d found her Security Focus. She signed up to be a Combat Medic. She’d never been more sure of anything in her life. The classes were hard. Not only did she have to learn the standard higher level security procedures and tactical courses, she also had to excel at Biology and medical classes. The vigor that she threw herself into the work startled her instructors. Every time they added more work she ripped into it like a sabercat and asked for more. Zark had found her nitch and reveled in learning all she could about it.
The next three years were difficult. She hadn’t chosen the ‘stand around and guard a door’ aspect of security, but instead one of the tactical teams with the added difficulty of needing to know how to save lives and tend wounds. Being Andorian that would be difficult enough just learning the procedures for one species, but Starfleet was a multi species organization so she had to learn techniques, then learn when those wouldn’t work on other species. What worked on a human usually worked on a Bajorian but not all the time on a Vulcan and that same procedure could be lethal on a Bolian. Those next three years at the Academy were hard and Zark loaded up on extra classes. Social time was minimal and she even stayed over breaks to cram in more classwork, and apprentice under full medical officers in off duty hours. Andorian physiology made this less difficult than it might have been, only sleeping 3 hours per 32 helped her cram for classes and fill in studying when some species required more rest.
Although please at finding her focus and applying herself diligently, Zark's academic advisors soon became concerned at how unbalanced her life had become and advised her find time that would give her a sense of enjoyment or purpose outside her academics to if nothing else, broaden her scope. At the end of her junior year, she was set to apprentice with the nurses at Starfleet Medical. However, as they did not need the help until later in the month, Zark was left in limbo. Several of her friends asked her to attend the Highland games in Germany on Earth as part of the historical preservation of particular aspects of Human Culture. Although she found most of the event interesting, it was only during the opening and closing ceremonies that something stirred in her soul when the bands of bagpipers played. Although very heavily loaded academically, Zark sought out one of the bagpipers to inquire about the instrument. This resulted in Zark spending what precious little free time she had learning the instrument.
With losses mounting due to the Dominion War, the unprecedented step was taken to send noteworthy cadets to the front lines to replace personnel. Having been awarded a medal of valour already and being in the combat medic track, Zark was selected and sent to reinforce the garrison of the Kalandra System in early 2375 as a Provisional Ensign. Ensign Zark would soon see action as Starfleet fended off multiple attempts by the Dominion to retake the system. In mid 2375, a multi pronged attack left Starfleet out of position and Dominion forces made planet fall. During fighting around the planetary capital, Ensign Zark would be awarded the Starfleet Citation for Conspicuous Gallantry in her casualty evacuation and rescue efforts. Ensign Zark would be sent to ship board duty before her participation in the final push for Cardassia, and after the war, Zark was returned to the Academy as a Cadet.
In the end, her diligence paid off and she graduated magna cum laude, Security, with the focus of Combat Medic. Immediately she entered post graduate work and another 18 months of training to become a licensed Physicians Assistant. The advanced training added to her usefulness in the field and overall knowledge. The extra, dedicated education bumped her rank to Lt. JG. Zark would be assigned to Security, in a role as a combat medic, but would be able to render more in-depth medical assistance to the Security forces with which she worked. Although still intensive, this period was less busy than the Academy. She would generally cause a stir in her off time by showing up at Highland events as the sole Andorian bagpiper in the band, but by constantly attending events, she attained a high proficiency with the instrument. She also acquired a taste for Scottish Salmon due to her frequent trips to Scotland to practice with the Highland Historical Pipe and Drum Band of Scotland.
Living the Dream
Zark’s first ship board assignment was in 2377, aboard the USS Spector, an Akira class heavy cruiser that crewed over 500 souls. Over the next three years she saw deployment in a few minor flareups along the borders of the Cardassian Union. Not every planet in the Union was quite as docile and ready to turn over a new leaf after the Dominion War. Some were conatined high levels of unrest and the Federation kept a strong presence along these border areas.
Shipboard, she took time in the armory, helping with the upkeep of weapons, cross training with the medical staff to keep up her training, and even teaching hand to hand and edged weaponry to the junior officers and crewmen that wished to hone their skills.
In her down time she started up an in ship hockey league and by the end of her three year deployment there were four different teams on board that would play intramural games against one another. Her own team, the Blue Grayth’s (Saber toothed Andorian Felines) had won the final year.
After the tour on the Spector, she had applied for transfer, wanting a bit of change of scenery, she applied for and was accepted upon the USS Cayuga. Zark was 27, and rapidly approaching the narrow fertility window of the Andorians. She wanted to get one more tour in before she turned 30, and returned to her bondgroup, for a few years, to attempt and have children. She joined the crew as a junior officer and Combat Medic on the ship, 6 months prior to the reveal of the parasite threat to the Federation.
XamotZark zh’Ptrell grew up with her siblings in the cold mountainous region of the Irinari district in the north. In spite of the remote locale, and often frigid conditions Zark was anything but harsh. She was a bright and vivacious young woman. any environment. She was pleasant to be around and supportive of her bond group, her friends at school, and in training. She fits in well with small units, likely due to the communal nature of Andorian society. She is very aware of her attractiveness, but does not flaunt it consciously and has accepted it as part of how she interacts with people on a daily basis. Her sexuality will manifest unconsciously in her interactions, though when she does decide to flaunt her assets, the recipient should be very wary for Zark will utilize them to the fullest.
As an Andorian she does have a temper but it’s usually a cold one. Not prone to sudden outburst, she’s more the sort that would build up anger and hone it to a razors edge. Still that anger is saved for her enemies, not her friends. She does have the distracting and some what off putting habit of smiling in combat. This freaks out some people as they may believe that she ‘enjoys’ fighting others. In reality it’s nothing of the sort. It’s a quite involuntary outward manifestation of stress. Once the phaser blasts are flying or blades are unsheathed, she is fully committed to the situation at hand, and a consummate professional. Protecting the fallen and helping her squad put an end to the threat.
Zark was from the mountainous northern regions of Andoria and her skin was a bit darker blue than some of her kind, a regional variation. Her antennae were long, slender and very expressive. A good poker player she was not. They tended to give away her moods with startling frequency. Friends could figure out what sort of day she was having with barely a glance as she wore her emotions there, on her antennae. Her body was fit and toned, but it wasn’t as easy for her as it was for some.
Some people had amazing genetics and could eat whatever they wanted with out gaining weight. Zark was not one of those people. She kept fit by constant exercise, often carried out when others were asleep. Andorians only needed 3 or 4 hours sleep per 32, so a few hours of the ship’s sleep cycle was used to exercise and keep fit. She needed them because she tended to eat what ever she wanted, and it was a constant battle to keep the weight down. That’s not to say she was a gym rat or a hard body. She just needed the exercise to keep toned and ready for combat.
Tallish with nice curve of both hip and breast she was very Zhen. Zark was the very image of Andorian motherhood. Her eyes were dark bluegreen, and the gleaming hair was worn long and straight, gleaming snow white fall down the back, or up in a braid, tucked out of the way in combat.
Active Theurgy Writers Only
|Zhen||Threross zh’Ptrell||“Eross”||Captain, USS Jeraddo (NCC-80256) Luna Class, former Executive Officer of the USS Renegade|
|Shen||Eshryssi sh’Ivhynith||“Ryssi”||Imperial Guard, CONN speciality|
|Chan||Shethath ch’Oqaothroq||“Hath”||Toy designer|
|Thaan||Shrithias th’Zhekres||“Thias”||Horror Holo-novelist|
|Zhen||XamotZark zh’Ptrell||“Zark”||Starfleet Security: Combat Medic|
|Shen||Ashryzit sh’Oshraalrath||“Ryzit”||Andorian Peacekeeper (Planetary Cop)|
|Chan||Ishrynaath ch’Qaokreq||“Ryn”||Elementary School Teacher|
- Enyd Isolde Madsen Close Friend and chaos attracting ward
- Victor vanVinter Insane Chauffeur from that one time
- Valyn Amarik Fellow Ass Kicker
- Frank Arnold Crazy Task Master
- Alistair Leavitt Teasee thanks to Enyd
- Faye Lintah Eloi-Danvers Friend with Benefits
- Rhys Williams Old Friend. Also with Benefits
- Via Wix Friendly yet strange one
- Dantius Thi Anh-Le Good working relationship
- Mia Dunne Friendly
- Azrin Ryn Friendly and High Energy
After the Cayuga met up with the Theurgy in the Azure Nebula they assisted one another. The Sickbay on Cayuga had been destroyed in battle so during the time of cross ship assistance, Zark had been deployed to the larger Theurgy to assist in medical duties there as her sickbays were fielding both ship’s injured. As Zark didn’t know how long it would be, before she returned to her quarters on the Cayuga, she ducked into her room before leaving and tucked her blue Andorian antennae cat into it’s travel bag. Zipping up the flaps to provide a dark place for the antennae cat to calm, she brought her along when she cross-shipped to the Theurgy.
Once on Theurgy she found a secure store room for her gear and the bag with her antennae cat. “Saucer” was safe in there, well as safe as she could be on either of the ships, as Zark pitched in, in sick bay and with the Security forces on the Theurgy. Then the Cayuga warped out with out much warning to quest ahead of the Theurgy and attempt to deal with the apertures, stranding both Zark and Saucer on board the Theurgy.
Her Quarters are located on Deck 8, Vector 2.
Season 1 Episode 05: Courage is Fear | Part 2
- Day 03 1700 hrs. | Cloaked Run | The Inside Man P3
- Day 11 0850 hrs. | Welcome Aboard The Kut'luch | Silver Shadows Part 04
- Day 13 0030 hrs. | Shadow Dance | The Silver Shadows Part 05
Season 2 Episode 01: Advent of War
- Day 01 2030 hrs. | Chapter 03: Shadows Unknown Zark joins Lieutenant Dewitt's mission on the Allegiant during the jump to Breen.
- Day 02 1245 hrs. | Chapter 04: Horns of a Dilemma Zark's team discovers the identity of an Infested on Breen.
- Day 02 2000 hrs. | Chapter 05: Veiled Valiance Zark joins the attempt to recover Lieutenant Dewitt from imprisonment on Breen.
- Day 03 1649 hrs. | Chapter 07S: Sabine Crash Site Zark is recruited for a high risk rescue of the crew of the crashed SS Sabine after they deliver Captain Ives and Chancellor Martok to the Qo'nos.
Season 2 Interregnum 01-02 S2
- Day 02 1300 hrs. | Memorial Ceremony Zark makes a surprise contribution to the fallen of the Battle of the Houses.
- Day 03 1930 hrs. | I Wanna Rock-n-Roll All Nite... Zark attends an all night concert organized by Reggie Suder
- Day 03 2345 hrs. | Antennae and Intuition Zark and Rhys are in their cups and decide that a passionate after party should be had.
- Day 04 1157 hrs. | Living Out LoudZark accidentally goes overtime on the holodeck and discovers a partner in mischief, Enyd Isolde Madsen
- Day 04 1915 hrs. | Breakout! Zark's watch time in the security centre becomes more interesting when she's asked to bring two recently thawed officers back to sickbay.
- Day 05 1430 hrs. | Something in the Ale Zark joins an away mission to discover the source of the famous Breshanti Ale colony's silence and make an unfortunate discovery.
- Day 06 1311 hrs. | Crappe Diem Zark wakes up in Sickbay after her misadventure to Brestant.
- Day 06 1700 hrs. | The Dance Zark decides to attend a boxing event for fun, and ends up working instead.
- Day 07 | Door knockersZark is determined to find a way to make her job more survivable and has to enlist some help from Lieutenant Kala Marika.
- Day 08 | Operation Vigilant Sigil CLASSIFIED AND REDACTED
- Day 09 0755 Hrs. | Welcome to Caaaaasssaaaa Diplomatico!Zark assist Frank Arnold in demonstrating the changes to the Diplomatic Council.
- Day 10 1000 Hrs. | Hard Feelings, Harder Heads, Hardest FoughtEnsigns Eloi-Danvers and L'Nari bring their Academy rivalry to a routine self defence evaluation run by Zark.
- Day 10 1630 Hrs. | Zark's School of Hard KnocksTalia “Shadow” Al-Ibrahim and Zark meet on the holodeck to work on the former's boxing technique.
- Day 11 1700 Hrs. | Ode to Risian SunrisesEnsign Eloi-Danvers and Zark get to know each other better on the holodeck after their disastrous first encounter.
- Day 12 1615 Hrs. | The Fightin Fashionistas of the GloaminZark and Enyd meet to catch up after a week and discuss the goings on while making holodeck mischief.
- Day 13 1700 Hrs. | The Chrono-Deflector Schematics CLASSIFIED AND REDACTED
- Day 15 1727 Hrs. | An Rousing Experience of Klingon Culinary Confusion Zark gets caught up in a food tour gone awry.
- Day 17 0900 Hrs. | Assessing The Newbie Zark evaluates the very reluctant Ensign Kizra Tos on her suitability to join away team missions.
- Day 17 1500 Hrs. | Oh Lawd Have Mercy! Lieutenant Zark gets asked by Alistair Leavitt to help him improve his close quarters combat capabilities.
Star Trek: Theurgy Anthologies : Parallel Universes - "What if?"
- USS Theurgy: What if - The Public Baths
- [2376 Entanglement of Chaos In a change of fate, Ensign Zark meets Enyd Madsen on Cardassia to due to a last minute change of orders.
Lieutenant Zark's usual load out for away missions. Produced by koffyy