Kel Tas M Benga

Ensign Kel'taS M'Benga, Engineering Officer

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Basic Information

NAME: Kel'taS M'Benga
NICKNAME: Keli
SPECIES: Klingon/Betazoid/Human
SEX: Female
AGE: 23
BIRTHDATE: April 18, 2361
BIRTHPLACE: Usumbura, United States of Africa, Earth
HEIGHT: 5' 2"
WEIGHT: 127#
HAIR: Black
EYES: Green
LANGUAGES: Federation Standard. Klingon. Bantu. Swahili. Betazoid
HOBBIES: Klingon culture, rituals, and martial arts styles. Terran
popular music. Swimming. Water sports. Hockey.

FAMILY

Father; Dr. Paul M'Benga- Director of Medicine, Usumbura Public Hospital, Earth.
Mother; Lyssana Gron-M'Benga- Deceased (Killed by Cardassians during
the occupation of Betazed).
14 brothers and sisters; including Commander Khalfani M'Benga
(Executive Officer, USS Ulysses), Khryshaan M'Benga-Carter (civilian
mechanic now living in the Chicago area on Earth), Commander Be'Tran
M'Benga (Klingon Liaison officer, Starbase Magellan) and two sets of
twins.
Sister-in-Law; Dr. Cam Laabros-M'Benga (Khalfani's wife, and Chief
Medical Officer aboard the USS Ulysses).
Nieces; Ciati and Femi M'Benga (Khalfani's twin daughters).

EDUCATION

2378-2380: University of Sydney (Australia), studying astrophysics and
quantum physics
2380-2384: Federation Starfleet Academy (San Francisco/Earth),
studying engineering, tactical and flight control

SERVICE

2384-2385: Engineering officer - USS Foxbat (Ensign)
2385-pres.: Engineering officer - USS Resolution (Ensign)

DECORATIONS

None

REPRIMANDS

Three citations on her Academy record for incidents involving physical
conflict with other cadets.

BACKGROUND

The youngest child and fourth daughter of Dr. Paul M'Benga and his
Betazoid/Klingon wife, Lyssan Gron, Kel'taS M'Benga has always had
some rather big footsteps to follow in. Her mother became a hero of
the Dominion War when she was killed on Betazed during the Cardassian
Occupation. Her oldest brother, Khalfani, has served as executive
officer aboard the USS Ulysses for over a decade. And one of her three
sisters, Be'Tran, has been a Starfleet officer for almost as long.

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Now carrying dual status in both Starfleet and the Klingon IDF,
Be'Tran, a former engineering officer, serves as the Klingon Liaison
aboard Starbase Magellan.

And Be'Tran has always been the role model that Kel'taS has chosen to
follow, ever since she was 10 years old, and she heard her sister had
completed her training at Starfleet Academy, and was posted aboard one
of the most prestigious ships in Starfleet- the USS Galaxy.

There seems to be a natural knack for engineering, and mechanics among
the M'Benga girls. Two of Kel'taS' sisters showed talent in the field
at an early age, and Kel'taS' oldest sister was the one who encouraged
Be'Tran to pursue a career as a Starfleet engineer.

Kel'taS set her self on following Be'Tran's example as soon as she
heard her sister's stories of adventure aboard the Galaxy.

Kel'tas honed her mechanical skills working with her oldest sister
from the time she was 14. She also developed her own fascination with
the scientific applications within engineering, and with science and
scientific study in general.

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At the same time, she became the M'Benga child who followed the
Klingon customs of her maternal grandfather closest. Since she learned
of her mother's death on Betazed, near the end of the Dominion
conflict, Kel'taS has been deeply devoted the Klingon art of war. She
has developed her skills with a Bat'leth as well as more of a Klingon
personality than her siblings.

When she was seventeen she managed to gain admittance to the
University of Sydney; a respect institution in Australia, on Earth.
She chose, as her primary courses, studies in astrophysics and quantum
physics. She studied in Sydney for two years before submitting her
application to Starfleet Academy.

With two years of study in Sydney under her belt, and two M'Benga's
already in Starfleet, Kel'taS was easily accepted. She concentrated
her studies on engineering and starship technology, but also underwent
enough training in tactical procedures, and flight control to serve in
either position if necessary. During her senior year at the Academy,
she gained a reputation as a good shuttle pilot.

Kel'taS also experienced some difficulty at the Academy, as her
Klingon side emerged more and more as she interacted with others.
During her tenure as a cadet, Kel'taS received three reprimands for
fighting with her fellow cadets. In each case she was able to justify
her actions in that she was either taking up for another cadet who was
being hazed or bullied, or defending herself against racially based
insults.

This, along with her high marks in her studies, saved her from
expulsion from the Academy.

But, the reprimands stood in her record, as she had caused physical
injury to other cadets in each altercation, including breaking a human
tactical cadet's arm and three ribs. Her scores were still good enough
that she graduated reasonably high in her class, and her first posting
was a coveted one. An engineering position aboard the USS Foxbat, a
ship known for producing some of the most respected officers in
Starfleet, and equally renowned for taking on people that other
commands felt might be a liability.

Kel'taS served with distinction aboard the Foxbat for six months. And
although she did not earn any decorations, or advancement in rank, she
did earn a reputation for being a quick thinking engineer who could
handle her duty in a dangerous situation. She also put her
hand-to-hand skills to the test on at least one occasion, during an
away mission.

After six months of service aboard the Foxbat, Kel'taS was asked to
transfer to the engineering department aboard the USS Resolution-A.
Kel'taS accepted the transfer, and reported for duty as an engineering
officer aboard the Resolution, on stardate 62019.1.

PROFILE

Kel'taS is nearly a foot shorter than her older sister, and has a more
muscular, almost stocky build.

Despite her short stature, she is actually built very much like a
Klingon woman. She has the dark skin that her Terran African roots
share with the Klingon people. And she also has the M'Benga family
trait of very well defined forehead ridges. Even though Kel'taS is
only one quarter Klingon, her cranial ridges give the appearance of
someone who is half Klingon, or even full blooded.

She also has the same green eye coloring of the other M'Benga
children; a genetic mutation resulting from the combination of Klingon
DNA with both human and Betazoid patterns. Neither parent had green
eyes, but all 15 of the M'Benga children have them.

Unlike most of her brothers and sisters, Kel'taS is as Klingon in her
demeanor as she is in her looks. She has a quick temper, and lets it
out often; even in situations that might not be appropriate. This got
her into trouble at the Academy but so far hasn't effected her
performance of her duty.

She still manages to make friends. Especially among her male
crewmates, who seem to find her very sexually attractive. Kel'taS is
no prude, and if she knows someone is interested in her, she will
usually reciprocate. But, she is not interested in a long term
relationship.

Kel'taS can easily be described as a "workaholic". And while this goes
a long way towards impressing her superior officers, it also leaves
her with little time for fun. When she does actually take some time
off, she usually passes it practicing martial arts on the holodeck.
She also spends a lot of her spare time either reading technical
manuals, or studying Klingon history and customs.

She has a youthful sounding voice; soft and a bit high, almost like a
teenager. And she speaks in a rapid pattern, speaking distinctly, but
also hurriedly. Her voice can often become breathy and sometimes she
will sound as if she is running an entire sentence into one long word
spoken with no pause. This is especially true if she is trying to
explain her solution to an engineering problem as her mind often works
faster than she can verbalize.

Although Kel'taS' temper generally runs high, like a full blooded
Klingon woman; she is most easily provoked by bullies, or overbearing
people. She will not stand for prejudice, or racist behavior. And
sexist behavior will be a good way to get into a fight with her. She
likes to think of herself as a scientist, as well as an engineer. And
she has little use for superstition, or blind faith in the
supernatural without consideration for scientific evidence, or a lack
thereof.

NOTES

Kel'taS was 14 years old when her mother died on Betazed, and 16 when
her family learned for certain that Lyssan Gron-M'Benga had died
defying the Cardassian occupation. The death of her mother has a lot
to do with her temperamental behavior as well as her devotion to
Klingon customs and martial arts.

Kel'taS has a small collection of Klingon weapons, including a
Dak'tagh she keeps under her pillow, a Bat'leth her oldest brother
gave her as a gift when she graduated from the Academy, and a Ding
Pakh.

She doesn't have a pet, but has always wanted either a Targ or a large
Terran dog.

Her back is covered in an intricate pattern of tattoos that span
across her shoulders and continue down to the small of her back. She
began the tattooing when she was 17, and has had different designs
added over the years. Mostly, the tattooing patterns depict images of
Klingon warfare, intertwined with a sort of Celtic design that is
often thought to resemble "barbed wire".

Running through the center of this design is a long-bladed sword, the
point of which is at the base of Kel'taS' spine, aiming downwards.

She wares her hair long, and usually has it flared out around her face
in a curly, almost fuzzy style.

Her quarters are usually a mess, as Kel'taS is not a very good housekeeper.

Kel'taS was born with a slight curvature of her spinal column;
something that commonly occurs in Klingon hybrid females, and can run
in families. Her mother had it as well. Kel'taS' father corrected the
curvature surgically when she was only a few weeks old, and she healed
easily.

It is possible any daughters Kel'taS may have will be born with the
same spinal deformity.

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