Jilrian Shi'el
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NICKNAME: Jil, Shilly
SPECIES: Bajoran
GENDER: Female
BIRTHDATE: May 14, 2360
BIRTHPLACE: Musilla Province, Bajor
HEIGHT: 5' 1"
WEIGHT: 124 #
HAIR: Brown
EYES: Dark brown
LANGUAGES: Cannot speak. Communicates using both standard Terran sign language & a self-devised series of gestures. Understands Federation standard, Bajoran, Cardassian, & Andorian.
HOBBIES: Terran mystery fiction. Animals (especially Terran dogs). Hiking. Camping. Water sports. Archaeology.

FAMILY
Father: Jilrian Drake (died at Batal labor camp, 2364)
Mother: Jilrian Sinto (died fighting with the Bajoran resistance, 2366)
Brother: Jilrian Tris (born, 2357. Current whereabouts, unknown. Presumed dead)

EDUCATION
Self-educated aboard Terok Nor, 2365-2369
Civilian schooling aboard Deep Space Nine, 2369-2374
Federation Integration Center, Andor, 2374-2377
Federation Starfleet Academy, 2377-2381
SERVICE 2381-2383: Security Officer, USS Armstrong [Ensign]
2383-pres.: Security Officer, USS Cavalier [Ensign]

DECORATIONS
None

REPRIMANDS
None

BACKGROUND
Jilrian Shi'el was born in the Musillia province on Bajor, nearly a decade before the planet was liberated due to Federation involvement. She was the second child in her family. Her parents, who were farmers and owned an impressive stretch of land, were arrested and placed in the Batal labor camp when Shi'el was 3 years old. Their crime was refusing to turn their land over to the local Gul.

And their neighbors were surprised the Gul even bothered to give them the oppertunity to refuse before sending them to the camp.

It was at Batal that Shi'el's parents lost their children. And Shi'el's older brother, Tris has not been heard from since. It is conventional wisdom to assume he died during the occupation, probably in a labor camp, or worse.

But, to this day, Shi'el refuses to believe he is dead.

Almost immediately upon her family being placed in the labor camp, Shi'el was turned over to doctor Crell Moset, to be used in his cruel and often torturous experiements. She was only three years old at the time and really has no firm recollection of what Moset did to her. Whatever experiments the Cardassian doctor performed on the young girl did not leave any obvious physical scars. But they did leave her with one serious disability.

Jilrian Shi'el cannot speak. She is almost completely mute.

Whatever experiments Moset performed on her, her vocal chords were permantently atrophied. And they have been all but useless since she was 4 years old.

This made for a very strange childhood for a young Bajoran girl. But, even from a young age, Shi'el learned to adapt.

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She remained in Moset's custody until she was 7 years old, after which time she was sent to work aboard Terok Nor. And the station was her home for the next decade. Shi'el became one of thos fixtures of the station, during the occupation. Soon, everoyne visiting Terok Nor knew to expect to see the energetic young girl running around doing various sundry chores for whomever would pay her to do them.

With the help of an old Bajoran woman she called Halla, Shi'el learned to read, and to write. And as she grew up she developed a love of history that would lead to a passion for archaeology in her adult life.

When the Cardassians ended their occupation of Bajor in 2369, and vacated Terok Nor the station became a Federation outpost known as Deep Space Nine. Shi'el, then nine years old, was working as a waitress in a bar run by a Ferengi called Quark.

Not long after Starfleet took command of the station the Operations Chief's wife opened a public school. Shi'el attended regularly, and still worked in the bar during the evenings. She had no family, and soon the officers assigned to Deep Space Nine became her family.

Shi'el was a teenager by the time the Dominion War became a reality. And life aboard Deep Space Nine became something very different. Something the young girl was not ready to face. Leaving the station with a group of mostly elderly Bajorans, Shi'el settled for a time at the Dakeen Monastery. But, monastic life did not appeal to her.

She managed to stow away aboard an Andorian freighter, and by the time she was 15 she was living on Andor. Within a year she had been reported as an orphan and she found herself, now, at the Federation Integration center on Andor, while Federation counselors tried to find anyone she could claim as family.

Shi'el continued her own brand of self-education while living on Andor. And since no family or even distant relations could be located on Bajor, Shi'el stayed at the Integration Center until she was old enough to take the next step in her life.

At the age of seventeen, Shi'el submitted her application to Starfleet Academy, as a security cadet. Despite her passion for history and her tendency to be a bit of a bookworm, Shi'el felt she was best suited to serve Starfleet as a security officer.

She was small, but tough. She had seen her share of hardships that gave her an edge, and she she was well suited fortaking care of herself, having had to survive on her own for such a long time. With a bit of training, Shi'el rationalized, she could succeed as a security officer.

After all, it was the position in which her main weakness, verbal communication, was not much of a necessity.

Shi'el virtually buried herself in her studies, and her taining. To her own surprise she excelled in her hand-to-hand training. She learned the basic arts of self defense easily, and by practicing on her own reached a high level in both standard Terran and Klingon martial arts styles. She learned security protocols, easily enough. And she also absorbed as much as she could about popular culture in the Federation.

This sort of trivial knowledge always helped her develop her own "gesture language" so that she was easily understood by most people she tried to communicate with.

Shi'el graduated with some sadness, having made some close friends at the Academy. But, she was also ready to move on with her life, and her career in Starfleet. Her first posting, aboard the USS Armstrong, gave her the chance to do so almost immediately. The Armstrong was assigned to patrol the region of space, close to Shi'el's homeworld, where Cardassian, Breen, and Tholian space converged near the Kalandra sector.

The Armstrong saw plenty of action, and Shi'el proved herself to be a valuable officer on several away missions. She also earned a reputation of being a deadly shot with a hand phaser.

After two years aboard the Armstrong, Shi'el's reputation earned her a transfer to the USS Cavalier, under Captain Redfearn. She would be serving as a security officer under the Andorian security chief, Niro The'en. And the Cavalier's mission was deep space exploration. Something the scientist hidden by the little Bajoran woman's security uniform was overjoyed by.

PROFILE
Despite the fact that Shi'el cannot, for all intents and purposes, make a verbal sound one could not consider her "quiet". She is very outgoing, almost hyperkinetic, and very gregarious. She has a very open personality and often goes out of her way to make friends.

Since she is small, and still young she can often seem childlike and illusionarily innocent. But she has had her share of life's experience; often moreso than one would expect in someone of her age. She is no stranger to romance, having had at least three "boyfriends" in her past. But, now she is more careful when it comes to relationships. She wants someone who can keep up with her energy, and will make the effort to understand and communicate with her- someone who will try and learn her own individual genture language.

And she despises jealousy. If someone acts jealous of her, they can expect a cold reception from Shi'el from then on. And she is not likely to trust them afterwards.

Never exposed much to the Bajoran religion in her youth, Shi'el has developed a cynical attitude towards religion and spirituality, prefering to explain phenomena she encounters scientifcally.

Shi'el is a good security officer, despite her small stature and waifish appearance. And she has a reputation of doing her duty, and staying at her station even after being relived if she feels she still has a responsibility there.

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Her silence, and the fact that her disability has enhanced her other sences make her uniquely qualified for stealth work and covert ops. But she loves her work as a regular security officer- especially bridge duty, and away missions.

NOTES
Jilrian Shi'el is a small woman, with long dark hair, and a darkly tanned complexion. She has large, expressionful dark eyes, and the face of a woman fresh out of her teenage years. This effect is enhanced by the fact that her self-developed "gesture language" often takes the form of facial expressions similar to pantomime. And these exaggerated facial contortions can serve to accentuate her youthful appearance.

Mute since she was a very young girl, Shi'el has developed an intricate language of signs and gestures that she often uses to communicate. She also speaks the standard sign language used in the Federation. But she tends to prefer her own gesticular vocabulary.

This language is surprisingly easy to understand, even by people who have not known Shi'el long. Since she bases her gestures on imagery that wil be widely known, and is often drawn from popular culture, literature, and well known metaphor it is easy for people to pick up on the meanings in her gestures.

This makes it easy even for people who do not understand sign language to grasp at least the basics of anything Shi'el is trying to convey.

Although Shi'el's vocal chords were damaged at a young age, and they did not develop into her adulthood, she is not compltely soundless. She cannot utilize her vocal chords to form words for speech. But she can make small, breathy sounds. Almost like little grunts or peeps. These sounds will escape at a moment of pleasure, shock, or surprise. But she cannot achieve any real volume to her voice.

Federation doctors have offered to attempt to repair Shi'el's larynx, or give her a prosthetic that could synthesize speech. But Shi'el has always refused. She prefers to "speak" the way she has all her life. And she would actually feel very awkward if she were to suddenly speak "normally", or be in a position to give up her own language of gestures and pantomime.

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