Eilaea i-Ra'tleihfi t'Keirianh
Place of Origin: Romulus
Played by: reilyn
Hair Color: Dark Brown/Black
Eye Color: Dark Brown/Black
Physical Description: Of a typical lithe build and a height on the lower end of average for her species, she has an intense energy to her that gives one the feeling that she might survive anything thrown at her through simply outlasting and exhausting it. Attractive and fit with dark hair and eyes, she wears her hair in a fairly typical short cut slightly above the shoulders, and tends to line the outside of her eyes in a barely noticeable subtle, smoky shadow that intensifies the feeling that she is perhaps attempting to peer inside your head and your soul. Though not generally noticeable when in full uniform beyond a few marks on her hand and neck, her left shoulder, chest/back/ribs, and arm are covered with burn scars received in action against the Dominion in a battle that nearly destroyed the ship she was serving on at the time.
Energetic and determined, she is curious and engaging and not at all shy....Unless it suits her purposes. By turns forceful and forthright or calculating and considering, she has an excellent memory and a witty sense of humor. A patriotic pragmatist, Eilaea believes that taking the best course for the success of the Romulan Star Empire and evaluating situations with this eye rather than allowing past or personal pride to blind one from it; she was among those who believed their non-aggression pact with the Dominion would in the long term be a mistake as it would someday leave them facing the same enemy on all sides. While this opinion did not make her popular at the time among some of her superiors, the tables were eventually turned when her assessment of the Dominion's long-term intentions was proven correct with their assassination of Senator Vrenak. This same attitude tends to infuse her views on other galactic powers and species as well; while certainly not immune from the rather typical Romulan character trait of arrogance in this area, she tends to evaluate other powers and cultures with that same patriotic pragmatism rather than automatic and unalterable disdain; recognizing there are times and places where trade and alliances may be more beneficial to their survival and success than war or enmity.
Strengths & Weaknesses: The same sense of determination and energy that serves her well in many areas of her life is occasionally also counted amongst her greatest weaknesses; taken too far or applied at the wrong time or place it can easily turn into a stubborn streak which her parents were often exasperated by in her younger years. This has been tempered somewhat in her life and career since, but occasionally still shows itself.
Physically speaking, she is competent in both hand-to-hand combat and the use of a variety of weapons; this versatility lets her make use of whatever may be at hand; though it comes at the price of honestly being a true master of none. Her left arm and shoulder tend to be slightly weaker and less mobile than her right due to her old injuries from the war with the Dominion and occasionally cause her pain; she attempts to compensate for this by working out on a daily basis.
Hobbies & Interests: Those who get to know her well enough to know her true self will find that Eilaea's steadfast sense of duty is married with a vivacious thirst for life and enjoyment of the finer things in it; she is fond of good food and beverages--especially the alcoholic variety--although professional caution leads her to rarely indulge in them to the point of true intoxication. In her younger years she enjoyed traveling to take in various sights and attractions and was a regular at a spa and bathhouse near her home. She enjoys a variety of games and sports but isn't a particular devotee of any single one, and has an interest in gardening passed down from her mother; aboard ship she often cultivates small potted plants. She is in frequent communication with her husband and (barring communications silence under cloak when she served on a warbird), receives weekly letters from him with photos of their daughter.
The eldest child of a merchant and a staffer for the Senate, Eilaea was born and raised in the capital, where her father owned a shop selling the finest wines and ales. As a child, she and her siblings would often assist in the shop; while her father hoped this would whet her interest in inheriting the business, it mostly served to fascinate her with the variety of people who would come to purchase their wares: she would make a game of it within her own head to see how much she could determine about a customer from their appearance, clothing, accent, and statements, and would often later ask her father about them over dinner to see whether her conclusions were accurate or not, a habit which led her mother to encourage her to pursue her military intelligence career. Her entry into such ended her father's lingering hopes she might become interested in the wine and ale business and he began instead grooming her younger sister Sienae for the role.
It was a frequent customer of her father's shop, in fact, who served as Eilaea's first mentor and patron in her career and her preparation for it; an elderly retired warbird commander and diplomat named Seren who noted her inquisitive nature, quick mind, and poise in her early teen years and guided her through the next few decades of her life until his death in 2372, passing on his wisdom and his knowledge of both internal and galactic politics and their handling garnered from a long life observing both their own kind and their galactic opponents in both peace and war and all the shades of grey in between: He had fought as a very young man as a crewman during the Earth-Romulan war and later the fledgling Federation; faced off against them periodically over the next 138 years, and then in a twist of fate found himself party to negotiating with them as well, beginning with a stint as a junior member of the delegation which attended the Khitomer Conference. It was from him that she developed her habit of evaluating situations, individuals, and galactic powers with a critical but relatively open mind to consider all options with an eye towards the best interests of the Empire.
The first ten years of Eilaea's training and initial career following graduation were relatively sedate; in truth her training continued long after it's formal end as she observed and shadowed her mentors and superiors and learned the aspects of her trade one can only learn through actually performing them. Her first posting to a warbird was the IRW Devoras in 2366, and she was aboard the ship in 2367 during its encounter with the USS Enterprise and its retrieval of Subcommander Selok from her mission within the Federation. This comparatively quiet period came to an abrupt end in 2371, however, when a fleet backed by the Tal Shiar joined with the Cardassian Obsidian Order in attacking the Dominion without the backing of knowledge of the Senate or the Romulan fleet. Unsurprisingly, this led to a variety of internal conflicts and reorganizations of personnel within both political and military intelligence spheres, considering the failure of either to acquire any advance knowledge of the action; and likewise within the Tal Shiar itself considering the failure of the action.
Very young and junior at the time, Eilaea was relatively unaffected directly by this shake-up but did find herself reassigned to headquarters for several years to handle analysis of and reports on Dominion activity as one of the replacements for personnel previously assigned to the task who were reassigned after failure to catch advance knowledge of the Tal Shiar plan. She was among those who warned that the Dominion's size, might, and typical strategic methods made it unwise for the Empire to maintain its non-aggression pact with them for long; believing that if they stayed out of the fighting until after the eventual defeat of the other major powers in the Alpha and Beta Quadrants, they would find themselves surrounded by the same enemy on all sides and the Dominion's next target, with little chance of victory against them. This attitude did not endear her to some of her superiors at the time, who were well aware of the Senate's preference to maintain the arrangement indefinitely; but upon the death of Senator Vrenak and the Empire's entry into the war in 2374, made a name for her as one willing to put the good of the Empire above her own.
Suddenly thrust into a war for survival, she was reassigned once again back to shipboard duty shortly after the beginning of hostilities with the Dominion. Her time in the fight was not destined to last long, however; in 2375 the IRW V'rela was effectively destroyed in a battle with Dominion forces; Eilaea was among the few survivors to be rescued from the wreckage afterwards, but was wounded badly enough to be returned to ch'Rihan/Romulus for medical treatment and did not return to active duty until 2376. It was during this time that she met Valak, the man who would become her husband, a medical officer serving at the hospital she was treated at. The two struck up a romance shortly before Eialea's return to active duty and eventually married in 2385.
The Hobus supernova in 2387 killed both of Eilaea's parents as well as her sister Sienae; her brother Jaron, an engineer, and her sister Lyie, a communications officer, survived as they were stationed on ships outside the main path of it, as did her husband. While Eilaea and Valak did not intend to have children so soon after their wedding, the death of most of their respective families in the Hobus incident caused them to reconsider; a year later in 2388 Valak resigned his commission in favor of beginning a planetside civilian medical practice and Eilaea was granted a leave of absence from shipboard duty and a planetside assignment in order to allow for the birth of their daughter, Nevala, in 2389, and the first few years of her life.
Her first assignment after returning to shipboard duty after Nevala's third birthday, however, was destined to be a brief one; her assignment to the IRW Rovaran lasted less than a year before she was chosen as one of two officers to serve as observers and exchange officers of a sort in the Federation; as the most senior member of the pair chosen for the assignment, she was given additional authority as a member of the Rihannsu diplomatic corps for the duration of the assignment as well as her rank within the fleet. Much like her status as a rather young head of house, she views the assignment and its associated upgrades in her career, power, and responsibilities as a double-edged sword that weighs on her with its demands logistical, moral, and otherwise nearly as much as it thrills her with its possibilities.