Personal InformationName: Sige (pronounced 'seeg-eh) o'Broin
Age: 30 (Terran Years)
Birthplace: Transport vessel en route to Yabrilla
Hair Colour: Blonde
Eye Colour: Blue (almost crystalline and sensitive to bright light due to time spent underground as slave labor in mines. She sometimes wears a novel apparatus called “sunglasses”)
Physical Build: 5'3". Slight but toned and strong
- Starfleet Academy: Major - Psychology
- Starfleet Academy: Minor - Diplomatic Policy and Affairs
- Specialist Skills - PTSD Counseling. Crisis Management and response. Grief Counseling. Several non-traditional Energy Healing modalities
- USS Carl Sagan - Caden Cruise
- IAAF (Intergallactic Aid and Assist Foundation) subcontractor
- CEO, IAAF
- USS Wolverine - Counselor
Missions Completed for Azeri Fleet
Born Allora Rhys, daughter of Gary Rhys (Xenoecologist) and Michelle Rhys (Geologist) who are members of IAAF (Intergalactic Aid and Assist Foundation) a privately funded organization founded by Starfleet Doctor and humanitarian Rowena o Broin.
Working alongside the Federation, the IAAF assigned them to the planet Yabrillia on the rimward edge of Federation space. The planet is rich with natural resources and inhabited by matriarchal society of slender silver-green skinned beings. Several years of drought and atmospheric changes has created a major ecological disaster which has driven the Yabrillians from a warp tech people to a more primitive state prompting the Federation to offer help to the Yabrillians in adapting to the changes while evaluating the cause of the environmental changes with a hope of reversing the affects and restoring balance. Michelle gave birth on the way to the planet to a daughter they name Allora and she was raised amidst the alien race being accepted as one of their own.
> When Allora was 4 the planet was attacked by a hostile race known as the Bothulians. It is this race that has been interfering with the atmosphere of Yabrillia in an attempt to deforest and lay waste to the land making mining a precious metal vital to their existence, Tranispin, easier. The day Allora witnesses the slaughter of her parents, members of both the IAAF and the Federation, and a majority of the higher ranking Yabrillian officials is the last day the child speaks. Under alien tyranny she becomes “A001-Z” and she along with the rest of the inhabitants are made slaves and sent into the mines. She is cared for by a Yabrillian family who knew her parents and who lost their own children. For 6 years A001-Z works the mines, never speaking to her adopted family or her captors who seem to be at a loss on what to do with this strange being as she is unlike anything they have ever seen and the last of the race the Bothulians learn are called “Terran”. Their curiosity about her probably contributes to her survival. Her silence makes her a great observer and reader of people and the energy pulse of the planet core and her contact with the elements being mined make her more sensitive to other people’s energy/emotions. When she was 10 the Federation liberated the planet and A001-Z met the very person who formed the IAAF and sent her parents to Yabrillia, Dr. Rowena ó Broin. It is this day that she later acknowledges as her “Birthday”.
[Dr. ó Broin’s ancestors made a great deal of money in the latter half of the 21st century with research and drug trials on Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) a disease that the o’ Broin family seems genetically predisposed to. Rowena is affected as well, but so far at the age of 63, the drugs developed by her predecessors and medical research labs have kept the degenerative disease at bay.]
Captivated by the child, and feeling a pang of guilt, Rowena adopts the child whose true name has been lost. She decides to call the child “Sige” after the Gnostic Goddess…”The great silence or void from which all creation sprang.”…knowing that in this child’s quiet world, a great spark of life and creation is waiting to be released…it was just a question of finding the key.
Rowena’s thirst for life and new adventures is infectious: her motto: “Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death” is taken from a 20th century musical “Mame” which chronicles the adventures of an orphan who is raised by his flamboyant and free spirited Aunt. In the same vein, Rowena introduces Sige to new worlds/cultures/religions and healing practices. The exposure to a myriad of philosophies helps the child work through her years of pain watching death and destruction. Taking in every experience with an observant eye and an open heart, Sige’s silent world finally gives way and she finally begins to speak at the age of 13. (Sige considers Rowena her Aunt and affectionately calls her “Mame” or “Auntie”)
At the gentle nudging of Rowena, Sige attends Starfleet Academy at the age of 18 majoring in Counseling and takes four electives dealing with Languages, Psychology (Terran and non-Terran), Diplomacy and Xenophysiology (non-native and non-Terran). Her years of travel, encouragement of free-thought by Rowena, and her intuitive nature proves to be both help and hindrance when it comes to dealing with certain Academy professors and their approach to teaching, procedures and protocols and even though she graduates with top honors, she feels that a Starfleet career is not for her. Her feelings are changed somewhat on her one year aboard the USS Sagan where she meets the engaging Ships Counselor, (a man who boasts a heritage of African Shamans and Voodoo Priestesses) Dr. Adisa Olujimi. Dr. Olujimi recognizes Sige’s gift and encourages her, furthering her exposure to the different and unorthodox. He also appreciates her passion for cooking usually by showing up with a basket of unrelated food items challenging her to create several dishes. The two become lifelong friends. Still, when her time aboard the USS Sagan is done, Sige still feels that she could never fit in Starfleet and she returns to help Rowena as a liaison between the IAAF and the Federation…a position Rowena held but is now pressed to relinquish due to the progression of her disease, the long hours aggravating her condition.
While in the Academy Sige meets a dashing and charismatic Starfleet Officer, Eric Sartwell who has a promising career as a Commanding Officer. The two have a comfortable relationship though Eric is a bit more demanding of Sige’s time and often complains when she has to travel to other planets/Starbases on IAAF business or to visit Rowena who now lives in her ancestral estates in Ireland. Needless to say, when Rowena becomes seriously ill at the age of 80 Sige breaks off her relationship with Eric and focuses her attention on being with Rowena and taking care of her.
Realizing that at one point the disease will render her helpless to express her wishes (and not wishing to put them down in any form, written or electronic), Rowena makes Sige promise that when the time comes (and Sige will know when that is) she is to administer a drug that Rowena keeps in an elaborately decorated box. Her body is then to be cremated the very same day and her ashes scattered in the wind near the ancient ruins of Newgrange.
On Sige’s 30 birthday Rowena, now 83, dies and her wishes are carried out. For the first time Sige feels the pang of loneliness and embarks on an introspective journey revisiting many of the places Rowena has taken her over the years. After several months she finds herself on the Azeri Starbase feeling as if she’s reached a crossroad in her life and is open to all possibilities.
Despite the difficult and traumatic childhood she experienced Sige is not bitter and is not held captive by it. In fact she is very positive and has what some would call a “bright” personality. She doesn’t see a line between treating the mind, body or soul, so her counseling approach could be considered unconventional and ruffle more than a few feathers in the medical world. Her silence can bring a person “in” helping them to center themselves and allow them to realize that they already hold the answers to questions they think they have as well as make people comfortable enough to talk even when they might feel they don’t need anyone to talk to. Her silence can also be powerful and somewhat unnerving to a few who might mistake it for judgment on her part.
> Sige is leery of food replicators knowing that it is through the preparation of, gathering over and sharing of food that races truly begin to open a dialogue of trust and relaxed interaction and many times she will have a special gathering to create a relaxed atmosphere where all beings feel welcomed.
Sige tends to punctuate situations, dilemmas, confrontations with quotes and sayings from other cultures which can be amusing or annoying depending on whom you are but, it’s her way of showing a universal “common thread” that runs through all races and cultures. She seems “unflappable” and almost annoyingly perfect to some, to others she can be brushed off as malleable and not having her own thoughts or able to take a stand. She is everyone’s daughter, BFF, favorite cousin, younger/older sister, becoming what they need when they need it if they want it, or she can be that annoying manifestation of their conscience...the one that reminds them (verbally or non-verbally) what they know they should or shouldn’t be doing. The flip side of all this positive...if she feels she has failed someone, it is a devastating blow. She is her own worst critic. She has her rituals, her “alone” times and her private “break down and cry” times as a means to restore her own balance but if anyone ever came across her during these times they would probably be afraid for her or may even think her a hypocrite.
Having knowledge and an understanding of a race or culture doesn’t always mean one has to agree with it and Sige works hard in keeping her emotions in check when dealing with anyone who is brutal, vicious and cruel; those who have their own agenda at the price of others or those who feel indifferent towards others. Fear, despair, anger and violence can be sensed and transmitted so she is careful to try and not telegraph these energies to others in stressful situations even if she is experiencing them.
Sige appears to have the knack to be there when a person needs her with the comfortable air of a good friend and not a Ship’s counselor, and her presence never feels like an intrusion. She remembers names, birthdays, anniversaries/special events and has the ability to make a person feel listened to, unique and appreciated. I would suggest she treats herself as kindly as she treats others as she sometimes appears to be her own worst critic. Her interpretation of Andevian crustaceans in a sherry crème sauce is not to be missed and her Molten Three Chocolate Trifle with Risa berries is to die for.
Starfleet Academy review:
“Academically sound but would benefit from a more serious focus of Starfleet protocol and established practices.”
Dr. Olujimi, Ships Counselor USS Carl Sagan:
“Ensign o Broin’s innate ability to follow her “gut” instinct, sometimes in conflict with Starfleet protocol and procedure, has generally produced a positive and nurturing atmosphere among the officers and crew and she has been able to extend this great sense of calm during some intense diplomatic meetings. She is well liked by the crew though some of the senior officers find her pretentious and her silence…upon occasion judgmental."
Hobbies: Experiencing new cultures/food/music, Cooking. Tai Chi/Meditation. Organizing social events like a picnic, canoeing, horseback riding and just being around people enjoying their energy, their laughter and their stories. Sige also enjoys Swing Dancing. Her favorite group is a 20th century Earth band called "Cherry Popping Daddies" and her favorite song is "What a wonderful world" sung by 20th century Earth artist Louis Armstrong.
Years of Service in Azeri Fleet
Character AwardsThe Purple Heart
Player AwardsRookie Award
Stewart Award - Meritorious Technical Post
Brooks Award - Meritorious Plot Twist Post
Mulgrew Award - Meritorious Creative Subject Heading
Braga Award - Meritorious Action Post
Berman Award - Meritorious Arrival by a Character
Troi Award - Meritorious Emotional Post
Kira Award - Meritorious Adventure Post
Chakotay Award - Meritorious Descriptive Post
Roddenberry Award - Outstanding Post Award
Okuda Award - Exceptional Joint Post (JP) Award