Name: Alenis Meru
Position: Commanding Officer
Date of Birth: May 1, 2354 (age 37)
Place of Birth: Bajor
Mother: Alenis Kendra (currently living in Minneapolis, Earth)
Father: Krim Jonis (deceased)
Siblings: Inaji Narale (half-sister, half-Cardassian)
Alenis is of average height, with an athletic build. She has dark hair, which is usually kept at about shoulder length.
She wears traditional Bajoran earrings, more to represent her connection to Bajor than any spiritual connection to the prophets. Being estranged from Bajor for her entire adult life until now meant that she had never delved as deeply into the Bajoran religion as those who had ample opportunity to study it. However, she still respects the role that the religion played in sustaining the Bajoran people through the occupation, and is becoming increasingly devout after her return to Bajor and subsequent events in 2391.
Alenis is very confident and headstrong, and not known to conceal her opinions. This meant that she had at times been difficult to get along with, however Captain Baxx had respected her for her sound judgement and willingness to passionately argue for her point of view – sometimes even getting the better of their Tellarite Tactical Officer. She runs a tight ship, and is known to be somewhat demanding of the officers under her.
Her hobbies include playing the belaklavion, a traditional Bajoran musical instrument known to be difficult to master. She is a skilled chess player, although she has gotten somewhat rusty, not having anyone to play against on her last assignment.
Alenis Meru is a child of the occupation, being born during the brutal Cardassian occupation of Bajor. Her childhood was rough, as it was for most Bajorans under the occupation – the first years of her life she suffered from malnourishment and physical and emotional abuse at the hands of the Cardassians.
In 2363, when she was 9 years old, she escaped with her mother and sought refuge in Federation space, eventually settling on Earth. Her father was left behind, and Alenis had never found out what happened to him.
Looking to get away from Earth, which had been her home for the better part of a decade, and having bad memories of Bajor, Alenis enrolled in Starfleet Academy in 2372. Enrolling into the academy right after high school, she went into the Security/Tactical stream, focusing on starship combat tactics. She excelled at the Academy, graduating with honours. Unfortunately, the Federation-Dominion war was threatening to heat up in the early 2370s, and though she did not graduate in time to participate, she was present during the Breen attack on Earth.
After graduating, Alenis was assigned to the USS Korea, where she served for seven years. Despite several disciplinary citations for being out of uniform, stemming from her refusal to remove her traditional Bajoran earring, her skills and personal confidence helped her rise through the ranks relatively quickly, becoming Assistant Chief Tactical Officer by the end of her service on the Korea. The Korea was assigned to various tasks around the quadrant, including combat with the Cardassians during the Federation-Cardassian war.
Her next assignment was as Chief Tactical Officer of the USS Gol. Here, she served for three years before the ship was ordered to join a hastily-assembled fleet with the goal of repelling a Borg attack. The Gol was disabled in the opening salvoes of the battle, and the crew were unable to stop the warp core from going critical. Less than a third of the crew was able to escape, and Alenis was the highest ranking officer who was able to make it off the ship. After the battle she met with shipboard counselors - one of them Dr. Arvel Darze - for various mental health issues stemming primarily from this engagement. However, this did not stop her from being assigned to the and later the USS ShiKahr as first officer.
After the destruction of the Gol, Alenis served as first officer of the USS ShiKahr under the Bolian Captain Baxx for several years. She had gotten along well with Rixx; the captain valued her sound judgement and willingness to speak her mind, even if it meant questioning his orders.
2372-2376: Starfleet Academy
2376-2379: Energy Weapons Officer, USS Korea (Ambassador Class)
2379-2381: Tactical Officer, USS Korea
2381-2385: Assistant Chief Tactical Officer, USS Korea
2385-2388: Chief Tactical Officer, USS Gol (Ambassador Class)
2388-2389: Chief Tactical Officer, USS Britannia (Excelsior Class)
2389-2391: First Officer, USS ShiKahr (Centaur Class)