Lower Decks: Ensign T’Mar

Here again in another edition of Lower Decks, we speak with an ambitious young Vulcan/Betazoid security officer and her writer about what the character has in store for our many readers out there.

A young writer by the name of Melanie, native of the United States, facilitates the journey for T’mar, who is currently stationed on the USS Apollo. Amidst a love for the Trek that appeared throughout her childhood, Melanie finds solace in things like retro-gaming (still have an N64, anyone?), gaming, Netflix, and keeping in shape. Her Trek experience started at an early age by watching the series with her father. Dad also happened to be a theoretical physicist, which we can clearly see might come in handy when delving into the Star Trek universe. Dreaming about travelling amongst the stars became slightly more attainble when she discovered the PBeM realm.

Ensign T’Mar is a security officer who’s posted on the newly commissioned USS Apollo under the command of Captain Andrus Jaxx. “I decided it would be fun to create a character that had a similar divide. And what more perfect way than to have a Vulcan who has empathic abilities? It’s like the ultimate conflict. She strives to follow the Vulcan path, but is constantly battling against her Betazoid side. Her insecurities about this inner battle, drive her to prove to everyone that she is a good officer.. almost creating a perfectionist mentality.” All is not lost for the young security officer, however… “I see her finding a healthier balance of her emotional battle. She won’t be as socially awkward, although she will still be battling those inner “demons.” I also hope to see her promoted!” And speaking of promotions, is this recruit seeking captaincy someday? “Definitely!”

Her current posting does seem to provide a great proving ground for the character. “I think it’s the perfect place for T’Mar to grow and work out her inner conflicts. I think T’Mar is uncomfortable, though, as her first day required her to socialize in beachwear πŸ˜‰ Having a Betazoid captain and being surrounded by many emotional characters will make it hard for her to subdue her empathy, causing slips of emotion.” She certainly has the chance to hone those skills in the coming months, as the Apollo, along with others, is partaking in this year’s blockbuster. “We are orbiting Betazed with the Mercury.. incidentally the Mercury is carrying a Cardassian councilor. The Apollo is serving as an escort to protect the Mercury… ”

All in all, writer and character alike seem to have a fruitful journey ahead of them. “I haven’t been on the ship very long, but I have felt welcomed since the day I registered for training. I think I’ll be staying in the fleet for awhile!” One thing’s for certain, that with the proper drive and focus, anything is possible in our community! Carry on, Ensign!

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