Place of Origin: Pontresina, Switzerland, Earth
Played by: Carin
Weight: 140 lbs
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Eye Color: Clear Green
Physical Description: Jael’s face is smooth, strong, and youthful, making her appear younger than she is. She has shoulder length straight black hair often worn in a bun both on and off duty. She is of very athletic and muscular build in order to appear more intimidating due to her short height. Her eyes change color depending on her mood, going from almost see-through green when she is relaxed to a deep ocean green when she is fighting for her life. Jael maintains a Swiss German accent from her childhood.
Jael is a very strong-willed and energetic woman. She focuses most of her attention on her work, often letting her personal life fall to the wayside. She prefers to be alone, having difficulties connecting with others after turbulent teen years and a few dark investigations during her career.
She has a very dry and twisted sense of humor that has developed due to her very heavy and dark life and career.
Jael is drawn to danger and dangerous work, finding the adrenaline rush adding fuel to her desire to discover and learn about the unusual and the chaotic.
Jael is very analytical, often psycho-analyzing her peers and everyone she comes across. She has a strong ability to read people, a skill she had always had since she was a child, which has both helped and hurt her. She is not trusting at all of others and has difficulty warming up to them. She keeps her emotions to herself and doesn’t show her true colors.
Jael's goal is to always have the upper hand in any situation. She is very calculating and always thinks two, three, four steps ahead of everything she does.
Jael Steiger was born to two chemical scientists in Pontresina, Switzerland. She was a n only child, doted on by her education-focused parents. At an early age Jael showed a naturally genius mind and ability to learn things very quickly. Her parents took advantage of this, teaching their daughter how to read and analyze both books and people. Growing up, Jael had a difficult time connecting with kids her age due to her advanced mind. She was ridiculed and bullied by her classmates and she learned how to fight back and grow a thick skin. Jael often kept to herself but remained inseparable from her parents who loved her unconditionally.
When Jael was 10, her family relocated to San Francisco, California after her parents earned jobs at a Federation Lab. The new job forced her parents to work longer hours, leaving Jael alone to keep herself occupied and cared for on her own. She continued to learn as much as she could but became more and more secluded.
Jael’s father soon began showing signs or erraticism and mental instability, often angering and becoming confused easily. Over the course of a few years he began having manic episodes which included audio and visual hallucinations where he believed he was being attacked by an unknown being. Jael began worrying about her father and attempted to learn what exactly was going on with her father. Because she was still young she was having difficulties determining the cause for his episodes and, therefore, bringing him help. The more erratic he became, the less willing her father was to seek treatment.
One day, while 14-year-old Jael was in school, her father snapped, killing her mother because he thought she had been possessed by the entity and was going to murder him and then killed himself. Jael had come home and discovered their bodies, leaving a deep emotional scar that would never fade. She was immediately sent to live in a government-run orphanage while finishing her high school career. Jael threw herself into her studies, feeling guilt over not being able to figure out what was wrong with her father and prevent the tragedy (Jael’s father suffered from a mixture of Schizoaffective Disorder and Bipolar Disorder). She focused her energies on learning about Psychology and Human Behavior and wanted to help understand this type of behavior and what leads people to behave in certain ways.
When Jael was 16, she was recruited by a Psychiatrist in Starfleet who was impressed by her test scores and essays. Due to her ability to read and understand others and love of learning and exploration, he believed she would be a perfect representative of Starfleet’s mission. Since she had no family or a solid home, Jael jumped on the chance and enlisted. She was drawn to the seemingly endless opportunities to study and learn about different species and races of humanoids. Due to her father’s case she specialized in criminal behavior but maintained strong general knowledge on natural behavior.