Cassiopeia Regan Yale
Rank: Acting Lieutenant Junior Grade
Position: Assistant Chief Medical Officer / Pediatrician
Born: 2362 (25yo)
Hair: Light Brown
Most noticeable feature are her large blue eyes which dominate her elfin-shaped face. Slender figure with long limbs and fair skin.
Likes a good joke. Despises the idealized fairy-tale romance.
Strengths & Weaknesses:
- Very strong opinion of right and wrong.
- Excellent aim with ranged weapons; not as good with close range combat.
- Extremely intelligent and organized.
- Does not "look" smart; sometimes, her reticence to talk amplifies this projected image.
Ambitions: To be able to return the favors she received.
Hobbies & Interests: Container gardening, swimming, reading, drawing (charcoal preferred)
Languages: Speaks common, understands several
Within the boundaries of the Federation, countless colonies and settlements litter moons and terraformed planets. Some are governed by easily recognized institutions, other form laws based on vaguely familiar traditions. Unless something extremely cataclysmic happens on one of these colonies, they are often overlooked, nothing more than a name on a map.
Cassiopeia hails from one of these unremarkable moons. She was raised in a large family where the sole purpose for raising children was for the free labor force they provide the farming industry. By the time she could walk, she was coordinated enough to pick strawberries. And at four, milking the goats was her major chore.
Education was also important, but technology practically eliminated the necessity of the school room. Cassiopeia always returned excellent grades on the required progress tests and was labeled "advanced for her age level." For several years, she compensated for this anomaly by moving into higher level materials. Eventually, at twelve years of age, Cassiopeia was the equivalent of a high school graduate.
It was with great hesitation that her parents allowed Cassiopeia to leave home for the one university on Luxemgera Colony (because she was the best goat milker of the batch). But, Cassiopeia had drawn the attention of the government through her schooling marks, and the offer was not to be refused.
Also not to be refused was the marriage proposal one of the professors presented the Yale family with two months later. A month before her thirteenth birthday, she was married despite her objections. Traditionally, the average age of marriage for the girls of L.C. is seventeen and nineteen for the boys (and the marriage is to fellow farmers). For Cassiopeia being married to a distinguished university professor (in the eyes of her sisters), it was like marrying a prince from a fairy tale. This was not Cassiopeia's view.
The next three years of her life passed quickly as she attended the university. She chose the medical field to concentrate her efforts in and spent any remaining time available avoiding the man she married. She wasn't always successful in that endeavor and delivered two children in this period of her life. Neither infant survived beyond a week and this traumatized Cassiopeia far greater than learning about the rights of marriage at a tender age.
Information about life beyond the Luxemgera Colony was not widely available; but there were rumors, and the whispers titillated Cassiopeia's desires to be free from the life she had come to loathe. It took careful planning to be able to stow away on an export ship. She made it on her first try (afraid that she wouldn't be permitted a second chance) and immediately sought political amnesty. She also filed for emancipation from her parents and an annulment of her marriage.
Cassiopeia enrolled with the Bajoran Science Institute when she was sixteen years old in their medical program. Her application was accepted, but due to her age, many courses were unavailable unless she petitioned for special permission. She quickly proved herself to be a capable student and an able-bodied practitioner. She graduated from the institute at nineteen years of age with a total of six years of medical schooling and internship. For the following four years, she continued to work for the Bajoran people on the planet. When an opportunity arose to leave Bajor for foreign locals, Cassiopeia accepted it as the next stage of experience and quickly found herself entranced by the glamour of the stars.
Father: Robert Yale
Mother: Cassandra Yale
Brother(s): Albert, Ethan, Daniel (dec.), Caleb, Thor, Michael
Sister(s): Savannah, Vivian, Jayden, Sophia, Nadia
Spouse: Christopher Wood (annulled)
Children: Alexis Karen Wood (dec.), Christopher Nathan Wood (dec.), Daniel Thor Yale (dec.)
Other Relatives: Numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins