Birthplace: Somewhere on Aurora
Parents: Father, Tansilban, no profession
Mother, Ginalan, Associate professor of law Harvard, Fellow of the Royal Society (English), Professor of History, Centaurus Landing University.
Siblings: Taraban has 20 siblings, both parents are still living, and capable. He ranks 8th.
Height 12 hands (at shoulder) Weight 425 pounds
Played By: A good CGI mesh. No actor has that much versatility. As a result Taraban has to join the ranks of such ground-breakers as Jar-Jar Binks and Wattoo, and be played by a computer program.
Taraban has a classic red-tan coat, the color of unfinished mahogany. His black flank band is 4 inches wide, this runs from the front legs to the back legs above the belly. His underside is white. The white extends up his front to his throat, and part-way down the inside of each leg. His mane is black, except for a white streak behind his ears. Like all males his has scent glands on his face. These are marked by teardrop shaped black stripes on his face under his eyes. Only males have these markings. His horns are 30 inches long. They are set with three gold bands each near the base, and a diamond on each side. In shape an Ane resembles what you might get if you crossed the body of an impala with a greyhound. They have deep chests, and flat bellies. Their spine is more flexible than would be expected in a ungulate. Their heads have the adorable bambi profile. Taraban has deep Copenhagen blue eyes. The blue covers the entire surface of the eye, no white shows.
Personality: Taraban has a subdued personality for a xeno-gregarious Ane. (All Ane are by definition gregarious with each other.) That is he is not looking for a humorous opening at every opportunity. This makes him ideal in a command position, and as a diplomatic representative.
Taraban has dedicated himself to the adventurous life. Because of this he has declined to take a mate. While he is willing to place himself in danger, a mate would double the risk, for both of them. He has not refrained from romantic liaisons of a more limited nature.
Taraban is openly curious about everything around him. He samples the culture of others when ever possible. While this might be the declared reason the Ane exist, Taraban has no great dedication to any "cause", he enjoys it. Yes, he gives his experiences to the All, but everyone does.
Taraban has the usual Ane approach to ethics. Be it harm none, do as you will. There is no such thing as over reaction to threat.
Career: (all dates are Okuda, and subject to change.)
Education: Standard racial memory experienced by all Ane from birth onward.
2295: Preliminary studies at the Glade University for Advanced Studies (Memory One)
2300: Accepted to the Vulcan Academy of Sciences. During his stay he will study everything he can get his hands (hands?) on. During the next 40 years he earns 8 doctorates, travels throughout the Federation, and has a blast by Ane standards.
Taraban adds no planet shaking discoveries to the general body of knowledge, but does his part and is instrumental in furthering knowledge in the studied fields. His doctorates are in; Sociology, Physiology, Subspace theory and systems, Vulcan History, English literature, Mathematics, Federation Law.
2340: Taraban applies to Starfleet Academy. He is accepted and the normal curriculum is waived in light of his educational background. He is enrolled in the Command school. While there he passes an Ensign Kirk frequently in the halls. Neither really notices the other.
2343: Cadet Cruise, USS Excelsior
OER: Neutral. Good officer, but no hands is a problem.
2344: First tour. USS ShiKahr, internal patrol of the Federation. He is reprimanded during this cruise when he fatally gores an Orion trader that grabs him, commenting; "Nice stock, how much?" No charges are brought, but the incident is on his record.
2349: Second tour, Starbase 6. Taraban is suspected when a bigoted Lt. Commander, that treated the non-human crew in his section poorly, goes round the bend. No proof of telepathic Influence can be found however. The base commander suspects, but nothing can be proven. In any case the man is not missed. Taraban was responsible, as were several other people. No telepathy was used.
OER: Good, promoted to Lieutenant jg.
2352:Third tour USS Stargazer. Taraban does not get along well with the straight-laced Captain of the Stargazer. The man seems incapable of relaxing or having fun. Taraban, having had enough, requests a transfer in early 2355 and is refused. He resigns on the spot. That evening he links with the All, and teleports back to Aurora.
2355: Taraban kicks back and relaxes for a while.
2363: Having had his fill, of home Taraban makes himself available to the Ane fleet. He is assigned to the CX1, Savanna.
2366: Taraban is offered, and accepts command of the CB5 Questing, a new Manta class battlecruiser. The shakedown cruise is canceled early when Orion Pirates working form the inside exploit a design oversight in the Manta class cruisers in an attempt to seize the vessel. By pure chance The Starfleet Observer, Commander James T. Kirk is spared from the effect of Kitellia spores, fatal to humans, and highly allergic to the Ane. With the aid of the ship's sentient computer system Kirk prevents the Orions from taking the ship, and captures their vessel instead. Questing is returned to The Utopia dock for modification to the internal sensors. All Ane vessels are recalled to space docks for similar refits. (Epiphany)
2366-67: The Questing is patroling the Romulan neutral zone when they pick up a Romulan life pod containing (surprise) two Romulans. The Questing responds to the General Alert and arrives late in the battle of Wolf 359. Unable to affect the Borg ship, she retreats and returns to recover survivors. (A Romulan Way)
2368: The questing on Patrol of the Klingon/Orion/Federation border zone comes to the aid of the Klingon bulk freighter under attack by Orion pirates. While the Questing is at Starbase 24, the All receives a message from the mysterious Builders requesting aid. They reply sending 3 ships, including the Questing, across a 1000 light years of space, a one year trip one way. She returns safely two and a half years later. (The Word of the Builders)
Awards: Borg Incursion Theater Ribbon, Red Cross Unit Citation with Laurels, Bonadventure Deep Space Ribbon. Star of the Builder Contact.
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Copyright Garry Stahl: October 1997. All rights reserved, re-print only with permission.