Lorian Tharos

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Lorian Tharos
Biographical Information
Homeworld:

El-Aurian Homeworld

Species:

El-Aurian

Gender:

Male

Birth:

14 December 2119

Physical Description
Height:

6’1"

Weight:

162lbs

Hair:

Brown

Eyes:

Hazel

Political Information
Affiliation:

United Federation of Planets Starfleet

Posting:

Department of Temporal Investigations

Position:

Director of the Eridani Vault
Project Tempest Supervisor

Rank:
Played By:

User:Iluvar

[ Source ]


Lorian Tharos is a noted Federation Starfleet flag officer and researcher serving in the latter half of the twenty-fourth century. He is perhaps most known for his work in cultural studies as well as his efforts to establish the Cultural Archival Society. The highlights of his recent career also include his service as the Information Services Coordinator and later appointment as Director of the Eighth Fleet Department of Research & Development by the Eighth Fleet Admiralty. Tharos currently serves with the Department of Temporal Investigations as Director of the Eridani Vault and supervisor of Project Tempest.

Contents

Personal History

Life Prior to Starfleet

Little is known of the individual named Lorian Tharos prior to his joining Starfleet in the early twenty-fourth century. Prior to that, it is said Tharos had once been quite the adventurous traveler, even at a relatively young age. He was known to have been among those El-Aurian refugees who fled the assimilation of their homeworld aboard the SS Lakul and the SS Robert Fox. The transport vessels encountered a mysterious energy ribbon known as "the Nexus" en route to Earth in 2293. Thanks to the efforts of the USS Enterprise-B and her crew, Tharos was one of only forty-seven survivors rescued before the transport vessels were crushed by gravimetric distortions.

The bravery and self-sacrafice of those aboard the Enterprise-B made an impact on El-Aurian survivors. Tharos even briefly considered applying to Starfleet, but eventually decided to forgo application in favor of learning more about what had essentially become his new home. He spent a few years studying cultural diversity at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey where he drew attention from some of the faculty for his ability to almost effortlessly observe and retain entire cultural narratives. It was during this time that Tharos was approached with an invitation to participate in the newly formed Department of Temporal Investigations. Again, he declined the opportunity before setting out on a tour of the Federation, one which would end up taking him nearly three decades to complete.

El-Aurian society before invasion by the Borg Collective had been vibrant, but it also lacked the cultural diversity Tharos witnessed amongst the races of the Alpha and Beta Quadrants. Their ability to experience such drastically varied interactions despite a significant number of common bonds greatly intrigued Tharos. He soon broadened his journey beyond the borders of the Federation into territories not often considered to be of primary interest to the scientific community. It was in these remote locations that Tharos encountered something which seemed to change his attitude toward the Federation and toward Starfleet forever, though he has never disclosed this information to anyone.

Early Starfleet Career

In 2335, Tharos applied for and was accepted to Starfleet Academy in the fields of cultural study and starship operations. He quickly distinguished himself as an individual whom others could relay on by the dedication he showed toward understanding those with whom he worked. Tharos graduated in 2339 and was immediately assigned to the Miranda-class USS Brahms as one of the vessel's communications officers. At that time, the communications department was being streamlined into the operations department. This natural change in the structure of shipboard divisions allowed Tharos the opportunity to further develop his understanding of the engineering side of starship operations.

Tharos was eventually promoted to the rank of Lieutenant JG and assigned to the Excelsior-Refit-class USS Farragut as Assistant Chief Operations Officer. It was often a struggle for others to understand how this El-Aurian managed to so easily reconcile two specialties as different as starship operations and cultural sciences. There were even some who felt it would have been much easier for everyone involved if Tharos had simply chosen to place one over the other, yet he continued to impress his superiors with his broad range of professional experience.

Sometime in early 2353, the Farragut was dispatched to Keltak IV with orders to assist in arbitrating negotiations over a local trade agreement that was threatening to boil over into open conflict. Initial attempts by the Farragut's command staff at finding a resolution were having little effect and it seemed as if the two sides might open fire on one another at any moment. It was around this time that Tharos was approached by his Commanding Officer in hopes he might be able to lend some experience to their diplomatic efforts. He accompanied the negotiating team on their next meeting with the delegates and was somehow able to bring a sense of calm to what had previously been a chaotic shouting match. His success in creating a dialogue between the two delegations earned him the position of Contact Specialist as well as a promotion to the rank of Lieutenant.

Tharos continued to serve aboard the Farragut in a dual capacity for the next nine years. He frequently accompanied his Commanding Officer in matters of diplomatic negotiations as well as those which provided a greater opportunity for cultural understanding. By the time the Farragut was decomissioned in 2362, Tharos had participated in first contact with no less than six previously un-encountered species.

It was around this time of transition that Tharos was once again approached by representatives from the Department of Temporal Investigations. The department had established itself over the last sixty years, but remained quite interested in what Tharos might bring to the table. They were especially impressed with his ability to balance starship operations, cultural sciences, and effective diplomacy. Tharos considered the offer for several weeks before finally accepting on the condition he be allowed to continue serving in Starfleet. Administration within the department agreed and began giving Tharos individual assignments on a case-by-case basis as they fit within his "normal" duty operations.

The Dominion War

The advent of the Dominion War in 2373 found then-Lieutenant Commander Tharos serving aboard the Akira-class USS Thunderchild as Chief Flight Control Officer and Second Officer. It was a position which required Tharos to focus more on his understanding of starship operations than his experience with the study of other cultures as the Thunderchild frequently found itself engaged with Dominion and Cardassian vessels attempting to disrupt Federation supply lines near the primary battle fronts. On one occasion, the Thunderchild was able to successfully fend off three Dominion attack vessels which had been attempting to ambush a convoy en route from Starbase 375. Tharos managed to coordinate his maneuvers with the Thunderchild's tactical officer, ensuring more frequent opportunities to achieve solid targeting locks.

During the latter part of the war, the Thunderchild came across an ambushed transport which had been attempting to carry refugees away from the primary war zone. Any rescue effort needed to be quick as there was no telling when another Dominion patrol might show up. Tharos was chosen to lead an away team to the stricken vessel to conduct a quick search for any possible survivors. It wasn't until they had nearly completed their search of the vessel that Tharos discovered a boy named Thomas Rolands hiding amongst the ruins of one of the cargo bays turned make-shift bunk rooms. The away team returned to the Thunderchild with the boy and managed to depart the area without being detected.

Learning that Roland's parents had been killed during the ambush left the Thunderchild crew with the responsibility of locating another relative to care for the boy. When no living relative could be found, Tharos received permission to become Roland's official guardian. The two seemed to fit together better than a jig-saw puzzle and could always be found spending time together during Tharos' off-duty hours. Tharos even briefly considered the possibility of taking leave at the end of the war in order to spend time showing Rolands some of the more interesting sights around the quadrant.

Stepping Into the Responsibilities of Command

Following the conclusion of the Dominion War in 2375, Tharos was offered the opportunity to serve aboard the Sovereign-class USS Avenger as Chief Flight Control Officer and Second Officer. The assignment had the potential to be another significant change in Tharos' professional career. At the same time, however, the El-Aurian was unwilling to accept any transfer that would require him to find alternative custody for Rolands. Tharos only agreed to accept the position on condition he be allowed to bring Rolands along. Little did either of them know just how much influence their move would have on Rolands' personal desire to one day pursue his own path to Starfleet.

A disasterous encounter with three Tzenkethi warships in early 2376 caught the crew of the Avenger off guard during what was supposed to have been the scientific study of a gaseous anomaly forming from the remains of a millennia old supernova. The surprise attack caused significant damage to the ship itself and resulted in the deaths of twenty-two personnel including the Executive Officer. Feeling Tharos' service up to that point required due recognition and given his growing acceptance of the El-Aurian's counsel, the Avenger's Commanding Officer invited Tharos to take on the responsibilities of Executive Officer, an invitation which Tharos gladly accepted.

Tharos continued to serve as the Avenger's Executive Officer without incident until the latter part of 2379 when he received word that Rolands had suffered a potentially life-threatening injury during a deep space Academy training cruise. This prompted the El-Aurian to leave the Avenger and return to Earth so he could be around to help Rolands recover from his injuries. Despite Tharos' words of caution, Rolands continued to work on his studies while recuperating and was eventually able to graduate with the rest of his class, even earning himself top commendations in engineering.

It was around this time that Tharos took up a position as instructor at Starfleet Academy. Despite years of service in flight operations, Tharos focused primarily on teaching courses related to Temporal Mechanics, Linguistics, Cultural Studies, and Historical Research. Tharos' assignment to Starfleet Academy also meant expanded responsibilities within the Department of Temporal Mechanics. He often found himself called upon as a consultant to the department itself as well as members of Starfleet Command.

Cultural Studies, Information Services, and the Eighth Fleet

Serving as an instructor and advisor at Starfleet Academy provided Tharos with several opportunities not typically available to field personnel. In addition to teaching several courses for incoming Starfleet personnel, the El-Aurian found himself in a position which gave him the ability to participate in academic research and to network with both Starfleet as well as civilian personnel from a variety of backgrounds. It was sometime in early 2383 when then-Commander Lorian Tharos was first introduced to Eighth Fleet Deputy Chief-of-Staff Admiral Antoine Meyer at a cultural seminar hosted by the Academy at its headquarters on Earth. Admiral Meyer was quite intrigued by the dedication and enthusiasm Tharos put into his work and offered the El-Aurian a position as Information Services Coordinator within the Eighth Fleet Department of Research & Development.

Tharos arrived aboard Starbase 386, headquarters of Starfleet's Eighth "Horizon" Fleet as well as several of the Eighth Fleet's major departments, just as the dust was settling from several years of work converting the partially finished Nor-class station into a fully operational Starfleet facility. It did not take long for Tharos to make an impression with Director of Research & Development Vice Admiral Chris Manley and other members of the Eighth Fleet administration. He soon found himself working with members of the Daystrom Institute to develop a practical framework for implimenting previously discussed plans for a collaborative academic society operating within the Eighth Fleet patrol zone.

Not long after Tharos had begun working with the Eighth Fleet Department of Research & Development, Rear Admiral Jason Locke was forced to step down from his duties as station commander and a member of the Eighth Fleet admiralty when word was received of a family emergency on Earth requiring the admiral's immediate attention. It was during this time that Admiral Meyer once again chose to call upon Tharos' services by asking him to step in as interim commanding officer of Starbase 386 until a suitable replacement for Rear Admiral Locke could be found. Upon the arrival of the USS Peacekeeper, Tharos was able to officially turn over command of the station to Captain James Lange and resume his duties with the Department of Research & Development.

The rise of the Elyshan Empire in 2384, the destruction of the Hobus Star in early 2387, and the later discovery of the Yang Zutal created an even greater need for cultural understanding along one of the Federation's most tenacious frontiers. It was during this tumultuous time that Commander Aurora Trax, a former science officer specializing in biology and the history of Foreign Affairs, volunteered to work with Captain Tharos on further developing this project and it was by their efforts that the Cultural Archival Society was eventually founded in mid-2387 as a joint venture between the Eighth Fleet Department of Research & Development and the Daystrom institute. Their goal was to study previously unknown or little-known races, both living and extinct. This blended group of Starfleet and civilian specialists were also tasked with the compilation of data from this research for the Federation Archives. Like academic societies throughout history, the Cultural Archival Society relied heavily upon an atmosphere in which ideas could be openly exchanged without fear of condemnation or reprisal.

Recent Starfleet Career

Tharos continued to serve as Information Services Coordinator and Chair of the Cultural Archival Society for the remainder of 2387 and well into the following year when he was first approached by Admiral Olivia Tavez. Recent changes in personnel had resulted in the reassignment of several key members of the Eighth Fleet admiralty including Admiral Antoine Meyer and Vice Admiral Chris Manley, both of whom had been working quite closely with Tharos since his appointment to the Eighth Fleet administrative staff nearly five years prior. Admiral Tavez had witnessed Tharos' work within the Eighth Fleet administration and felt his familiarity with the Department of Research & Development made him a suitable candidate to succeed Vice Admiral Chris Manley. Within a few short weeks following the sudden upheaval within the fleet administration, Lorian Tharos was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral and assigned to serve as the new Director of Research & Development.

Open conflict between the Federation Alliance and the Zutal Imperium at the Battle of Nashira followed by the bombing of the USS Wright soon resulted in another series of high profile staffing changes within the Eighth "Horizon" Fleet as Starfleet sought to address what had become an increasingly unstable situation. Tharos was approached by the Department of Temporal Investigations in mid-2390 with another offer, this time to assume responsibilty for department operations at the Eridian Vault, a top-secret facility where temporal technologies confiscated by the Department of Temporal Investigations were stored and analyzed. After careful consideration, Tharos decided to accept the offer. It was not long after this that Tharos was made supervisor of Project Tempest.

Service Record

Year Placement Rank Assignment
2335 Starfleet Academy
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Cadet
Cadet (First Year)
2336 Starfleet Academy
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Cadet
Cadet (Second Year)
2337 Starfleet Academy
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Cadet
Cadet (Third Year)
2338 Starfleet Academy
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Cadet
Cadet (Fourth Year)
2339 - 2350 USS Brahms
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Ensign
Communications Officer
2350 - 2353 USS Farragut
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Lieutenant JG
Assistant Chief Operations Officer
2353 - 2362 USS Farragut
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Lieutenant
Assistant Chief Operations Officer & Contact Specialist
2362 - 2370 USS Farragut-A
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Lieutenant Commander
Chief Operations Officer & Contact Specialist
2370 - 2375 USS Thunderchild
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Lieutenant Commander
Chief Flight Control Officer & Second Officer
2375 - 2376 USS Avenger
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Lieutenant Commander
Chief Flight Control Officer & Second Officer
2376 - 2379 USS Avenger
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Commander
Executive Officer
2379 - 2383 Starfleet Academy
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Commander
Academy Instructor
2383 - 2387 Eighth Fleet R&D
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Captain
Information Services Coordinator
2387 - 2388 Cultural Archival Society
Eighth Fleet R&D
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Captain
Society Chair
Information Services Coordinator
2388 - 2389 Cultural Archival Society
Eighth Fleet R&D
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Rear Admiral
Society Chair
Director of Research & Development
2389 - 2390 Cultural Archival Society
Eighth Fleet R&D
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Vice Admiral
Society Chair
Director of Research & Development
2390 - Present Department of Temporal Investigations
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Vice Admiral
Director of the Eridani Vault
Project Tempest Supervisor


Preceded by:
Vice Admiral Chris Manley
Director of Research & Development
2388 – 2390
Succeeded by:
PENDING
Preceded by:
None
Cultural Archival Society Chair
2387 – 2390
Succeeded by:
PENDING
Preceded by:
Rear Admiral Jason Locke
Commanding Officer of Starbase 386
2385
Succeeded by:
Captain James Lange
Preceded by:
None
Information Services Coordinator
2383 – 2388
Succeeded by:
PENDING