Position: Temporary Chief Engineering Officer
Hair: White with black rosettes
Ash has a prehensile tail that is nearly as long as she is tall. The tail seems to have a mind of its own, is 'grabby' in close quarters, and can easily support the felinoids full weight. Ash has acute hearing, eye-sight and sense of smell. She is stronger than her size would suggest and is a very capable combatant.
Ash enjoys a challenge and is generally upbeat, chipper and an eternal optimist. However, when asked the question by a third year engineering student from StarFleet Academy, "Is anything impossible?" The reply made it into her official record as, "Nothing is impossible. But, is it a good idea?"
Last fitness report by T'Poch- Lt.Commander - Chief Engineer - Pluto Station
Ask Lieutenant Randal to 'think outside the box' and she will immediately ask, "What box?" In her estimation, the manual on anything is merely a guideline with tolerances and specifications meant to be tweaked and massaged, systems pushed to their theoretical tolerances and beyond. This is neither a good thing nor a bad thing, simply a fact.
Psychological Profile - Lt. Commander Karesh - Staff Counselor, Pluto Station
Lieutenant Randal maintains a cheerful and positive demeanor with her fellow officers and enlisted personnel and has been dubbed 'crazy cat' for her willingness to tackle the seemingly impossible. Most seem to like her but she has few friends and only one close friend, Lt. Commander Emily Wallace, a Betazoid to whom she has been observed to be fiercely loyal.
General Observations -
Lieutenant Randal engages in a daily fitness regimen to compensate for her relatively small stature. She is small by the standards of most species and she tries to stay as physically fit as possible. Lieutenant Randal likes to tinker in her free time, make gizmos, and 'personalize' standard issue equipment to suite her. She is also an avid surfer and has a number of holosuite simulations of various breaks on Earth and other worlds.
Ash was found aboard an Orion freighter, a smugglers vessel, by a Federation boarding party. Ash was a pet, of sorts, and unofficial mascot of the vessel. She was about the size and developmental age of a 5 year old human child and, quite obviously to the Federation boarding party, sentient even if of an unknown race. Being small, agile. bright and in her element, Ash lead the boarding party a merry chase around the freighter before a frustrated security officer had her simply transported into containment aboard the U.S.S. Rhode Island.
The primary mission of the Rhode Island was survey and exploration but interdiction of smugglers was not outside her mission parameters. She rendezvoused with the U.S.S. Drake, freighter in tow, after a week and turned over her prisoners except for Ash, who was kept aboard for further study.
Ash was not cuddly. Not to say she wasn't cute. there was just nothing cuddly about her for that first week and for a few more afterward. The Orion freighter was the only home she could remember and the crew, such as they were, the only 'family' she had known. She had been aboard the freighter for 3 years, knew the ways of the crew, understood their language even if she couldn't speak it, and they had taken care of her in a fashion. The care she received aboard the Rhode Island was lightyears better but the strange, vaguely bland, environment unsettled her and she didn't like the way the crew smelled.
The Chief Science Officer aboard the Rhone Island, Lt. Edward Randal, took to calling her Ash after a day or two based upon her coloration. She presented a quandary of sorts: Feline-like, bi-pedal, aboreal with some lemur-like qualities, and unlike anything in the Federation Registry that should have been found on an Orion smuggler. She had no markings, keen senses, a prehensile tail, the teeth and claws of a hunter, was sensitive to bright light and totally comfortable in complete darkness. He had no clue where she had come from and the Orion crew members didn't either, only that she'd been given to one of them as part of a deal with a Ferengi, the master of a vessel called the Taberis. By the time the Rhode Island met up with the Drake, the Lieutenant identified her as a member of a species from planet CS+776-912-b, a Felinoid. The planet was protected as part of the non-interference clause of the Prime Directive. The Prime Directive had been violated when she was taken from that world and it would be a violation to take her back.
Ash had been rough and tumble enough to be amusing to the Orion's. That rough and tumble nature wasn't nearly so amusing to the human crew aboard the Rhode Island. There were a lot of bites, nothing too serious but always extremely painful and a ton of scratches in those first few weeks. To his credit, Lt. Randal persisted in trying to win over Ash and finally gained a measure of trust from her after a month. By then, Ash could understand most of what was being said and was beginning to respond in what was recognisable speech.
Ash remained aboard the Rhode Island for nearly 2 years and was, on an unofficial basis, adopted by Lt, Randal and his wife, Irene. she was very bright, intensely curious and soaked up information like a sponge. While she came from a people of primitive nature their lack of technological advancement had nothing to do with intelligence, necessity was often the mother of invention and Felnoids, as a people, had all they needed. If Ash was any indication, they were very intelligent.
Edward and Irene Randal were reassigned from exploration duty on the Rhode Island to postings on Earth in time for the birth of their first child, William. Ash was officially adopted by the couple at that time and went with them to reside on Earth.
Ash was home schooled by Irene Randal, who had retired from Star Fleet with the birth of William. Edward and Irene Randal though it best that Ash be schooled at home to limit her interaction with other children. while she had long ceased to scratch or bite when threatened or frightened, they were concerned with how she would fit in socially and with how she would play with other children. Oddly enough, they had no concerns with how she would interact with William, as an infant, or as he got older. Just other children, those who were not part of the family unit. The concern wasn't that Ash would injure another child, it was, the opposite. they were afraid another child would hurt Ash. A dozen or so supervised interactions over several months were enough to convince the Randals that Ash could safely interact wth children without supervision and the little Felinoid learned, very quickly, how to fit in.
After 3 years on Earth and being home schooled Ash attended a concentional school to become aclimated to a more institutional environment. Ash already knew she wanted to join starFleet and was focused on the singular task of being accepted to the Academy. A goal she pursued with dogged determination.
Commendations: 2 Starfleet Extended Tour Ribbon Legion of Honor (Arloff IX Incident)
Reprimands: 1 Conduct unbecoming (Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards incdent)
Service Record (Optional)
- 2364-68: Star Fleet Academy.
Class Rank: Top 10%; Honors *magna cum laude* Academic Major: Warp Systems Engineering Professional Major: Engineering Qualifications: Engineering Officer, Science Officer Rank: Ensign
- 2369-70: Attended Engineering School - Warp field Specialist - Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
- 2371-74: Daystrom Institute - Exotic Propulsion Systems Study and Design
- 2374-75: Star Fleet Space Warfare Officer School - Promoted to Lieutenant
- 2375: Star Fleet Counter-intelligence School (4 month accelerated course - assignment specific)
- 2375: USS Lexington
Detached duty as a subject matter expert to test a sensor designed to detect cloaked, Romulan Vessels. The Sensor test was a cover to draw out and identify a Romulan spy aboard the Lexington.
- 2376-83: Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards
Propulsion design and Engineering Specialist. Promoted to Lt. Commander in 2380. Busted to Lieutenant in 2383 for conduct unbecoming and reassigned. NO brig time due to extenuating circumstances.
- 2383-86: Pluto station.
- 2387: Assignment to Janus Outpost to conduct propulsion research.
Father: Edward Randal (SFN Ret.)
Mother: Irene Randal (SFN Ret.)
Brother(s): William Randal - Age 30, David Randal - Age 28
Sister: Sara Randal-Keller - Age 25