Position: Medical Representative, Expanse Oversight Advisory
Born: (30 Years-old)
Height: 5' 6"
A slim woman of average height, Maya puts great care into her appearance, particularly her body language. With an emphasis on exact posture and precise movements, she attempts to put others at ease while simultaneously keep them at arms length. She has a cold beauty that is completely designed for impact, not attraction.
Though she can sense others’ thoughts, Maya responds analytically to others feelings. She has worked hard to adjust her naturally cold demeanor to one that is calm and easy going. She is direct but respectful in most professional interactions.
This personality is a ruse, but she strives to maintain the appearance. In reality, Maya has a difficult time caring about others. She only cares about how effective people can be their duties, how they can work for the betterment of the Federation. Her primary goal is to help others be more useful to society. Her therapeutic approach is not holistic, and she is not above using severe treatment measures if necessary (such as memory alteration).
Maya is unquestionably loyal to the Federation, and has no ethical confusion about the morally questionable practices she has engaged in during her career. She hates traitors, and believes they should be punished severely, particularly since the incident in which she was held hostage.
Her empathic abilities are barely existent - she does not respond empathically or emotionally to inputs, and would have been branded a potential sociopath by Betazoid society if not for her father's efforts to cover it up.
She tends to be aloof and distant in large social situations, but excels in one-on-one interactions. Her sense of humor is sarcastic and cynical, and she has a playful side that emerges at the most inopportune moments. She maintains few close friendships. She has casual romantic relationships with both women and men, but keeps them strictly separate from her professional and personal life.
Strengths: Confident, calm, and collected. Able to perform in high stress situations. She excels at profiling others without the need for her telepathic abilities. Loyal to her comrades.
Weaknesses: Impersonal and distant. Can get highly focused on details and lose sight of the big picture. Manipulative. Recovering stimulant addict. Slowly improving her weapons skills.
Ambitions: Maya is currently "lost at sea," unsure of the future of her life or career. Her greatest fear is that she's not doing the most with her special talents for intelligence gathering, and that as a result the Federation is less safe from its enemies (and of course she can't see the inherent narcissism in this fear).
Hobbies & Interests: An excellent cook, she attempts to master the unique cuisines of each culture. She practices Zen meditation and yoga. She collects fine wines. Plays tennis. If the future has yuppies, Maya would be one of them.
Languages: English, Japanese, Betazoid, Romulan
Maya Ram is the daughter of Betazoid politician Darius Ram and Commander Elisa Takagi, a Betazoid Federation intelligence officer. As her mother was an active intelligence operative, Maya lived with her father through her early childhood. Rather than carry a feeling of abandonment by her mother, Maya idealized her mother for her commitment to duty. However, in the lead up to the Dominion war, her mother was killed in action, sacrificing herself for the success of a vital mission. Afterwards Maya took her mother's lastname as her own.
Though Maya is a Betazoid, it became clear at a young age that her empathic abilities were not properly developed. She is a highly developed telepath with a lack of empathy. She can sense and identify the emotions of others, but she does not empathize with the emotions that she receives. On Betazed, it is believed that those who show empathic flaws often develop sociopathic tendencies, and Maya was sent to the best counselors and doctors for treatment. She was deemed incurable, and there was a brutal stigma attached to her condition. As a result she had little interaction with other children between the ages of 5-9.
When Maya was 9, her father, concerned about her proper development (and his own career), sent her to live with her maternal grandparents in Los Angeles. Though she was a rebellious youth, Maya quickly adjusted to life on Earth, excelling academically. Friends of her mother both encouraged and supported her in applying to the medical program at Starfleet Academy. She has not returned to her homeworld in 20 years.
Professional Career (Official Record):
Maya focused on Psychiatry in medical school, standing out as a diagnostician. Her telepathic abilities, as well as her way of processing them logically, gave her an edge in understanding mental and physical ailments.
Upon graduation, Dr. Takagi was assigned to conduct field research of surviving victims of torture and chemical warfare on Cardassian colony worlds. Her PhD dissertation in Psychology addressed exactly this topic.
This five-year assignment tragically ended when a rogue cell attacked the Federation research facility. Dr. Takagi was the sole survivor of the attack. Following a period of medical leave, she requested reassignment to Fleet duty.
Maya was profiled early in her education as a potential candidate for intelligence operations, due to her unique telepathic traits. During her final year of Medical School, recruiters ostensibly working for Starfleet intelligence approached her. Maya underwent a series of heavy physical and psychological testing to determine if she could handle the pressures and secrecies of clandestine intelligence work, as well as evaluations to assure her total loyalty to the Federation.
Dr. Takagi's first assignment was to a counter intelligence cell within Section 31. She had no real knowledge of the insidious nature of her organization, simply content that she was working for the betterment of the Federation. Her cell's primary work was locating and eliminating defectors and providing false intelligence to enemy agencies. Her job was to make sure that the field operatives were fit for duty, performing grueling psychological and medical tests to assure optimal ability in the S31 agents. She rarely participated in field work. Maya worked with limited clearance, and only received classified information on a need to know, mission specific basis.
She assessed and treated Field Agents’ psychological disorders and assisted with necessary surgeries (cosmetic and medical). She also supervised the treatment of prisoners, overseeing interrogations to assure that the suspects remained physically and psychologically stable, and to glean what information she could from emotionally compromised prisoners. She is an expert on methods of interrogation and coercion.
Maya quietly married fellow agent Damian Leung after a few years serving together. The company approved this union as a stabilizing factor, and a further cementing of their respective loyalties.
In late 2385, Dr. Takagi's unit was assigned to capture several Federation officers who were conspiring to share data with the Romulan Tal Shiar. Her team was betrayed from within. Most of the operatives were killed, with Dr. Takagi the sole survivor, kept alive to treat the injuries of the traitors. The defectors kept Maya alive, using her as a bargaining chip as they negotiated an escape to Romulan territory. She managed to escape after over two months of captivity, during which her telepathic abilities were stunted by neuro-stimulants.
She spent six months on desk duty on Earth, where she was assessed for possible post-traumatic stress and an addiction to stimulants that developed during her captivity.
Maya was cleared for active duty, but begged her superiors to be assigned away from intelligence operations. They recognized that she had developed a deep cynicism for intelligence work, and thus complied with her request. To keep her on top of her game, they assigned her to a ship with a crew full of psychological troubles - the USS Renaissance.
The agency intends to keep an eye on her for possible reactivation.
Upon assignment to the Renaissance, Maya quickly became a friend and confidant to Captain Hayakawa, utilizing a tough love methodology that often veered into outright mind-control. She quickly figured out the strengths and flaws of her colleagues in the senior staff and began manipulating conditions to bring them to maximum effectiveness.
In addition, she saw every member of the crew at least once per month for psychiatric treatment or therapy, hoping to lift up the good ones and weed out the bad ones.
Although her time on the Renaissance was marginally effective, she was withdrawn for two intelligence gathering operations, the second of which brought her to Kepler Station as a Staff Assistant to Captain Vincent Perry, Diplomatic Liaison for trade negotiations being held regarding access in the Expanse. Maya's job was to telepathically observe the delegates for evidence of any underhanded behavior. In this role, she was able to prevent several minor altercations and an instance of blackmail, but failed to detect a Breen assassin who killed the Cardassian Gul and gravely wounded Captain Perry.
Several months later, Maya was returned to Kepler as a Medical Representative of the Expanse Oversight Authority, at Captain Perry's recommendation.
Doctor Takagi eventually earned the trust of her EOA colleagues through her dedication to uncovering the Ocultus Umbra conspiracy, as well as her coordination of a covert rescue mission of a Starfleet officer held by the slaver Mustava. While her achievements in the realm of counter-intelligence were significant, she had less success in earning the respect and cooperation of Kepler's medical department.
She took temporary command of the station during a crisis involving a subspace entity, which reduced the entire senior staff (and many other Kepler citizens) to childhood ages. Using telepathy, Maya negotiated with the entity, allowing it to experiment on her in exchange for returning the crew to their normal ages. These experiments significantly altered Maya's physiology, returning her to peak physical condition but without the telepathic barriers she had developed over many years.
Sometime later, Doctor Takagi was court martialed for allegedly abusing her telepathic abilities and causing harm, and in one instance death, to fellow Starfleet officers. While Captain Nikolas Bakyr successfully defending Doctor Takagi against the charges, she was assaulted and abducted by a rogue Security Officer. As he attempted to escape the station with a subdued Maya, the security officer entered a damaged airlock and both he and Maya were sucked into the vacuum of space. Maya survived the surgery to save her from vacuum exposure, but severe damage to the paracortex of her brain has neutralized her telepathic abilities.
- 2374 – Attended Starfleet Academy in a 6 year joint BS/MD program.
- 2380 – Graduated Starfleet Medical School with a Medical Doctorate as Lt. j.g.
- 2380 - 2385 - Record Classified
- 2383 – Completed Ph.D. in Psychology
- 2385 – 6 months medical leave. Promoted to full Lt. for services rendered in the line of duty.
- 2385 - 2386 – Assigned to USS. Renaissance, Chief Counselor
- 2386 – Adjutant, Capt. Vincent Perry
- Present - Starfleet Medical Representative, EOA
Father: Darius Ram, Betazoid politician
Mother: Cmdr. Elisa Takagi (deceased)
Spouse: Lt. Damian Leung (deceased?)
Sister: Kara Ram, half sister (Age 20)
Other: Joseph Takagi, grandfather