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Lieutenant JG Cassandra Thorn

Name Cassandra Thorn PhD

Position Chief Counselor

Rank Lieutenant JG


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Character Information

Full Name Cassandra Andromeda Thorn
Gender Female
Species Human
Age 36
Access Level Level 4

Physical Appearance

Height 163 cm
Weight 53kg
Hair Color black
Eye Color green
Physical Description Cassandra stands at a relatively average height for a human female. Her physique is well toned tough not at the expense of her feminine features, a product of precise and careful regiment, to not lose form yet build endurance and muscle mass.

Her hair is shoulder length and in a layered cut, usually pulled back in a ponytail or a bun on duty, whereas she usually wears it loose or just lightly pulled back off duty. Her private style of dress is practical and comfortable, though she does have a special ensemble for the odd occasion. Her makeup is usually light and just lightly accentuating rather than heavily layered and obvious.


Family

Father Ross Thorn - deceased
Mother Eara Thorn - Head of Cairgnorms Natural Reserve, Aldebaran III

Personality Cass is deep down a proper, feisty irish spitfire. Deep down, behind walls of training, professionalism and adaptability to the situation. Her training in psychology and profiling has lent her the knowhow to adapt and change herself, in personality and appearance to the given task. It has also given her the almost uncanny knack for reading people in return and drawing information out of them.

Thorn is capable of talking a lot and enjoying her silence, being boisterous when needed and the quiet one in the corner just the same. This has earned her quite the reputation as a ‘good listener’ and it has also helped her in her counselling and career.

Whilst she comes from a religious, Christian Catholic family, Cass herself is agnostic, sporting her own set of morals as best she can in the world where there are only shades of gray. Even still, she tries to do well by fellow humanoid if possible.

On the odd occasion she falls in love, which she spends a lot of time denying it, she is never very open or vocal about it, which is often a lucky deterrent for shallow, would be suitors.

She isn’t as slow to anger as she is slow to love and trust. In her youth she was quite easily angered and Cass let it show. However nowadays, with the experience of the war she is much more tempered and restrained in showing her temper. Even still, she does not suffer fools easily.

As a leader, she is firm but fair, leading by example rather than simply issuing tasks. She encourages her people to seek her out when needed as she knows that it makes her job easier and their collective job easier as well if everyone was well adjusted and devoted to the job properly. As a colleague she quickly proves reliable, efficient and loyal.

She speaks with a rather heavy irish accent, only really bothering to switch to regular ‘queen’s english’ if people ask her to clarify what she said.
Hobbies & Interests Reading up on scientific journals dealing with psychology, sociology and ethnology. Cass also likes to keep in shape by practice of the russian martial art of systema and the vulcan art of ke-tarya as well as swimming and running. On the odd occasion she gets the chance to, she cooks for the odd friend that she has.

Another secret she keeps from almost all but her closest friends and family is her love of myths, legends and ghost stories, especially those of the infamous Nessie. So when she gets the time, she researches and reads up on them.
Ambitions To one day join and run a Behavioral Analysis Unit at Starfleet Security.
Other Information Languages: Irish, Gaelic, Federation Standard, Russian, Klingon, Orion

Strenghts:
- Brilliant analyst and researcher, seeing patterns and images where most would not
- Excellent at reading people, both from body language and notes on file
- Good physical shape
- Unncaily adaptable
- Qualified research and practicing psychologist and profiler

Weaknesses:
- Space Sick – has to continuously medicate to be allowed active service
- Can at times have lowered mental filters and let her temper get the better of her (especially if dealing with foolish people)
- Her thick irish accent can be very difficult to understand at times
- Aside from basic knowledge due to mandatory courses at the Academy and further training, she is quite inept with all things technical, finding technical pursuits quite intimidating
- Has no appreciation for art what so ever


Personal History Born as the only child of Eara and Ross Thorn, in Fort Augustus a small settlement just south west of New Argylle, the Capital of Aldebaran III. Her father Ross was a local fisherman who would tell young many folk tales and legends when she was a child, especially the many a fable of the Nessie, the ‘monster’ that made Loch Ness on Earth, a famed tourist attraction for many centuries. Eara, her mother worked as one of the managers of the nearby Cairngorms Natural Reserve.

Her childhood was spent on the shores of Loch Eyre, whereupon Fort Augustus was settled, exploring its vastness, the ruins, the nooks and crannies and occasionally going out on the lake with her father in his fishing boat. In the evenings, after school would finish and after she would have her time outside at the shore or at the hills surrounding the Loch, Cass would come home at night, reading after a family dinner. Her reading consisted of a lot of research, for she had made it her goal to achieve the impossible, to find ‘Nessie’, if she ever went to Earth. Years would pass, many a book would be read, to little avail.

This near obsession somewhat distracted her from her studies. Whilst a decent student, both parents and teachers felt she could do more, better. So when she was asked what she wanted to do with her life, her answer was unclear. All she knew was she wanted to do something with research. With such a vague answer, the responsible adults knew they needed to help her decide before she started high-school, to help her find her path in life.

The aptitude tests showed that aside from a passion into all types of research and analytics, she had a flare for psychology and sociology, the intricacies of what made humanoids tick and the adjoining sociological aspects of it. So, she focused on those studies in highschool, intent on preparing herself for University, to perhaps become a research scientist or psychologist.

Her passion for myths and legends as well as the paranormal never abated. Highschool was a time of experimentation and exploration for the young gaelic lass, both in relationships, preferences. Thorn was offered illicit substances several times. She’d tried them, however only once and decided opiate consumption was not for her. She did become quite calibrated in the liquor department, having been taught from a young age that a proper gaelic lass needs to be able to hold her liquor, so she usually ended up drinking most of her friends under the table.

She did come out as somewhat of a different person however. Having grown up in such a small town, she was expected to head on to New Argylle for study after high school, find a good career, settle down back at the Loch and raise a family. Cassandra wanted more out of her life, so her decision to apply for Starfleet Academy instead and wander off into the stars did not sit well with her parents initially, though they eventually accepted it, especially when they learned she would be training in the fields of research psychology, sociology and their xeno equivalents.

The Academy years flew by pretty quickly for Cass, as she focused on her studies and research rather than living it up. She had done her living up through highschool. She would study along some of the greatest future scientific minds as she shaped herself into an expert on the research aspects of the sciences of the mind. She also studied ethnology in both human and xeno varieties.

She graduated in 2373 just at the beginning of the Dominion War and her skills ended up being more needed than she would have ever imagined. She was assigned as a sociologist initially to the Science department of the USS Madrid, a Nebula class vessel.

Starfleet History:

Life on the front line however had little place for a sociologist. With her skills in psychology she was soon transferred to the Counselling Department first as an aide to Counselor Giles Warren and afterwards replacing him after the Battle of Tyra that the Madrid barely got out of mostly in one piece. Cass had come into contact with the wounded, the survivors, those who have lost people they loved. Part of her felt glad she got to polish her craft on such heavy cases, the other part felt a bit guilty that she was using the misery of others to advance her skills and pool of acquaintances.

One such person was the Madrid’s Science Officer Arus Trax, who was a betazoid, who had lost his entire family during the occupation of Betazed, and his wife during the second battle if Chin’toka. With the delicate nature of his mental state, Cass ended up being the only one he would respond to and Cassandra was assigned to be main on his case to attempt to counsel the man back to health.

Cass didn’t see much combat in the physical sense of the word during the war, but she had most certainly seen its after effects on people, a lot of whom would take years to recover, some even never doing so. Commander Trax was transferred off the Madrid a little before the Battle of Cardassia, the final conflict of the war and it wasn’t until several months later that she would see him again or even know if she had been successful in her treatment of him.

It would be back on Earth, four months after the end of the war, on well deserved shoreleave, that would meet her patient again. Only this time, the betazoid was of a lot sounder mind and on a mission. As he was now assigned to Starfleet Medical, the R&D Department, helping develop medicine, he was also a strong advocate of the new Trauma Counselling Ward that had opened up in order to help veterans deal with the trauma of the war and he had an offer in his pocket.

Seeing a chance to do some good, and maybe get some help herself in the process, Cass eagerly accepted the offer to join the Psychiatric Trauma Ward to counselor the Dominion War Veterans.

However, you can only deal with so much trauma before it starts getting to you. After two years at Starfleet Medical, Cassandra resigned her commission and returned home to Aldebaran III. At first, she focused on reconnecting with her family and healing herself. However for someone as lively as her, a sedentary lifestyle was not something she could do for long. So with quite some experience under her belt, Cassandra applied for a teaching position at the New Argylle University and soon began teaching.

Eight years, two promotions and two moderate relationships later, Cassandra was feeling the need to move on. She had had her fill of a peaceful, even boring life.

Then Mars happened. The horrific synth attack on Mars and the complete eradication of life and the destruction of the Rescue Armada meant for the dying romulan people.

Knowing that a need for people of her skill set would be needed again, Thorn wasted no time and contacted Starfleet asking to reactivate her service, offering her skills to help those left behind in the tragedy. Starfleet wasted no time in reactivating her, and assigning her to Starfleet Medical again, this time at the Mars Attack Psychiatric Trauma Ward, where she would spend the next four years counseling survivors of the tragedy.

With her four years up, Thorn was given a choice of transferring to another Ward at Starfleet Medical to continue her service, or to be transferred to ship service. Cassandra chose to go back into the stars.

The USS Odyssey needed a Counselor.
Service Record 2369 - 2373 - Starfleet Academy (Major: Psychology and Xeno Psychology, Minor: Sociology and Ethnology)
2373 - 2374 - USS Madrid - Sociologist, Counselor’s Aide
2374 - 2375 - USS Madrid, Counselor
2375 - 2377 - Starfleet Medical, Psychiatric Trauma Ward, Dominion War Veteran Counselor
2377 – 2385 – Retires from Starfleet to teach at New Argylle University – Psychology and Sociology
2385 – 2389 – Reactivates Starfleet rank, Assigned to Starfleet Medical – Mars Attack Psychiatric Trauma Ward (2385, Counselling Surviving Family Members and Officers affected by the tragedy)
2389 – pres. – USS Odyssey, Counsellor

Classified Information
Physical description addendum:

Cassandra stands at a relatively average height for a human female. Her physique is well toned tough not at the expense of her feminine features, a product of precise and careful regiment, to not lose form yet build endurance and muscle mass.

Her hair is shoulder length and in a layered cut, usually pulled back in a ponytail or a bun on duty, whereas she usually wears it loose or just lightly pulled back off duty. Her private style of dress is practical and comfortable, though she does have a special ensemble for the odd occasion. Her makeup is usually light and just lightly accentuating rather than heavily layered and obvious.

She can pull off most outfits and hairstyles well for the assignment.


Personality addendum:

Cass is deep down a proper, feisty irish spitfire. Deep down, behind walls of training, professionalism and adaptability to the situation. Her training in psychology and profiling has lent her the knowhow to adapt and change herself, in personality and appearance to the given task. It has also given her the almost uncanny knack for reading people in return and drawing information out of them.

Thorn is capable of talking a lot and enjoying her silence, being boisterous when needed and the quiet one in the corner just the same. When she talks, she rarely gives out information about herself but rather expertly derails the conversation towards the other speaker, focusing on them, which in most cases is welcomed by the speaker. This has earned her quite the reputation as a ‘good listener’ and it has also helped her in her counselling and interrogative career.

Whilst she comes from a religious, Christian Catholic family, Cass herself is agnostic, sporting her own set of morals as best she can in the world where there are only shades of gray. Even still, she tries to do well by fellow humanoid if possible.

She rarely fully opens up to anyone, due to the fact she is very slow to trust, eventhough she doesn’t show the fact outwardly. Once she makes a friend however, she is loyal and devoted to them, due to the fact that she is aware that one only has precious few true friends in life.

Thorn is far from a cold person, though due to her job it often comes over that way. Again, one has to look carefully at small gestures and mannerisms that show care and affection.


On the odd occasion she falls in love, which she spends a lot of time denying it, she is never very open or vocal about it, which is often a lucky deterrent for shallow, would be suitors.

She isn’t as slow to anger as she is slow to love and trust. In her youth she was quite easily angered and Cass let it show. However nowadays, with the experience of the war and years in Intelligence, she is much more tempered and restrained in showing her temper. Even still, she does not suffer fools easily.

As a leader, she is firm but fair, leading by example rather than simply issuing tasks. She encourages her people to seek her out when needed as she knows that it makes her job easier and their collective job easier as well if everyone was well adjusted and devoted to the job properly. As a colleague she quickly proves reliable, efficient and loyal.

She speaks with a rather heavy irish accent, only really bothering to switch to regular ‘queen’s english’ if people ask her to clarify what she said.


Personal and service history addendum:

Personal History:
Born as the only child of Eara and Ross Thorn, in Fort Augustus a small settlement just south west of New Argylle, the Capital of Aldebaran III. Her father Ross was a local fisherman who would tell young many folk tales and legends when she was a child, especially the many a fable of the Nessie, the ‘monster’ that made Loch Ness on Earth, a famed tourist attraction for many centuries. Eara, her mother worked as one of the managers of the nearby Cairngorms Natural Reserve.

Her childhood was spent on the shores of Loch Eyre, whereupon Fort Augustus was settled, exploring its vastness, the ruins, the nooks and crannies and occasionally going out on the lake with her father in his fishing boat. In the evenings, after school would finish and after she would have her time outside at the shore or at the hills surrounding the Loch, Cass would come home at night, reading after a family dinner. Her reading consisted of a lot of research, for she had made it her goal to achieve the impossible, to find ‘Nessie’, if she ever went to Earth. Years would pass, many a book would be read, to little avail.

This near obsession somewhat distracted her from her studies. Whilst a decent student, both parents and teachers felt she could do more, better. So when she was asked what she wanted to do with her life, her answer was unclear. All she knew was she wanted to do something with research. With such a vague answer, the responsible adults knew they needed to help her decide before she started high-school, to help her find her path in life.

The aptitude tests showed that aside from a passion into all types of research and analytics, she had a flare for psychology and sociology, the intricacies of what made humanoids tick and the adjoining sociological aspects of it. So, she focused on those studies in highschool, intent on preparing herself for University, to perhaps become a research scientist or psychologist.

Her passion for myths and legends as well as the paranormal never abated. Highschool was a time of experimentation and exploration for the young gaelic lass, both in relationships, preferences. Thorn was offered illicit substances several times. She’d tried them, however only once and decided opiate consumption was not for her. She did become quite calibrated in the liquor department, having been taught from a young age that a proper gaelic lass needs to be able to hold her liquor, so she usually ended up drinking most of her friends under the table.

She did come out as somewhat of a different person however. Having grown up in such a small town, she was expected to head on to New Argylle for study after high school, find a good career, settle down back at the Loch and raise a family. Cassandra wanted more out of her life, so her decision to apply for Starfleet Academy instead and wander off into the stars did not sit well with her parents initially, though they eventually accepted it, especially when they learned she would be training in the fields of research psychology, sociology and their xeno equivalents.

The Academy years flew by pretty quickly for Cass, as she focused on her studies and research rather than living it up. She had done her living up through highschool. She would study along some of the greatest future scientific minds as she shaped herself into an expert on the research aspects of the sciences of the mind. She also studied ethnology in both human and xeno varieties.

She graduated in 2373 just at the beginning of the Dominion War and her skills ended up being more needed than she would have ever imagined. She was assigned as a sociologist initially to the Science department of the USS Madrid, a Nebula class vessel.

Starfleet History:

Life on the front line however had little place for a sociologist. With her skills in psychology she was soon transferred to the Counselling Department first as an aide to Counselor Giles Warren and afterwards replacing him after the Battle of Tyra that the Madrid barely got out of mostly in one piece. Cass had come into contact with the wounded, the survivors, those who have lost people they loved. Part of her felt glad she got to polish her craft on such heavy cases, the other part felt a bit guilty that she was using the misery of others to advance her skills and pool of acquaintances.

One such person was the Madrid’s Intelligence Officer Arus Trax, who was a betazoid, who had lost his entire family during the occupation of Betazed, and his wife during the second battle if Chin’toka. With the delicate nature of his mental state, Cass ended up being the only one he would respond to and was as such given clearance to try and attempt to counsel the man back to health.

Cass didn’t see much combat in the physical sense of the word during the war, but she had most certainly seen its after effects on people, a lot of whom would take years to recover, some even never doing so. Commander Trax was transferred off the Madrid a little before the Battle of Cardassia, the final conflict of the war and it wasn’t until several months later that she would see him again or even know if she had been successful in her treatment of him.

It would be back on Earth, four months after the end of the war, on well deserved shoreleave, that would meet her patient again. Only this time, the betazoid was of a lot sounder mind and on a mission. His mission was to offer her a job with the so called ‘Service’, or more commonly known, Starfleet Intelligence. It was her treatment of him and her method of handling him as a literal classified case that had set her on Intelligence’s radar, along with her aptitude scores.

It was a very tempting offer, considering the fact she’d never really wanted to be a practicing psychologist but rather a research one. Still, she needed time to fully process the tempting and dangerous offer. With her parents being allowed to know, Cass spent the next week of shoreleave deliberating with them and with herself, weighing the pros and cons, the benefits and the dangers.

It was during one of her solitary walks along the Loch that she realized that she needed this change and this opportunity. It was also a way she could do good and maybe help stop or at least deter future wars, help stop future victims and survivors. She also knew that she would need to put a lot of effort into the additional training it would no doubt involve, even be ready to do a lot of things she would have never have dreamed of doing otherwise.

***Begin classified section***

So she accepted Trax’s offer and left for the Mars training facility a week later. The following year would see a lot of changes on her both mentally and physically. From learning Orion and Klingon to adding profiling to her skill set and various technical skills (which she really struggled with) to physical changes. She gained a lot more body mass in form of muscles and definition, thus increasing her agility and physical strength as well as stamina through rigorous practice of the russian martial art of systema and the vulcan martial art ke-tarya.

Her first assignment was one she had craved most, that of an analyst. Orion section needed a fresh set of eyes to improve their operations so they had extensively recruited from the ‘rookie’ pool, grabbing Cass along with others.

The first two years were spent behind the literal and proverbial desk, spending countless hours pouring over data of various kinds. During a case, she managed to pick up a pattern others involved in the case were missing and she was brought in to assist in the apprehension and interrogation of their target within the infamous Orion Syndicate. The positive results of that case elevated Cass to interrogator status. She would raise further through the ranks in the following two years, becoming an asset handler for the section, helping coordinate field officers as well as their informants and her own as well. Serving in this section was not easy as it dealt with the biggest criminal element out there of them all, and Thorn was exposed to some of the worst actions and attributes that humanoid beings could do to each other. Further data is classified Security Council and above.

In 2382, she was transferred to the Klingon section. With her experiences as analyst and interrogator, as well as handler within the Orion section, she was deemed sufficiantly hardened and desensitized to join those devoted to spying on the most fearsome warriors of the alpha and beta quadrants. Considering that the klingon intelligence force was rather sub par when compared to that of the romulans or the cardassians or even the bajorans, began receiving more and more field assignments, which again had a profound effect on the irishwoman.

2385 - 2386 - saw her participate in Operation: Castermer which is now classified Starfleet Security Council grade. She was part of a cross-section team that participated in it.

Following the operation, Cassandra was reassigned to Starfleet Intelligence HQ on Earth, to the Alpha Quadrant Powers Section, taking on the variety of roles most of which centered around internal profiling and vetting officers rather than field operations. This of course was a task carried out unbeknownst to others, save but a few read-in individuals.

Her continued work in routing out moles and suspicious personnel made her the ideal candidate for an under cover operation which came up in 2389. With the disastrous discovery of Admiral Hightower being outed as Section 31, and the disastrous event at the Federation black site Memory Theta, loose ends were left, agents on the loose, escaped ‘into the cold’.

Members of the Castermere Task Force were called up again. One went to Memory Theta, others to more suspected locations of rogue agents, and Cassandra was slated for the USS Odyssey, as she was assigned to the Fiddler’s Green, an area known for it’s ties to the underground and a haven for smugglers, assasins and the undesirable ilk. If one wanted to hide, that was a good place to start.

Cassandra trained for a long time for the role, one that would come naturally to her, a Counselor, building up herself as if she never took the offer, as if she had continued her life as Starfleet Officer and a Counselor before being officially assigned to the USS Odyssey.


Service Record
2369 - 2373 - Starfleet Academy (Major: Psychology and Xeno Psychology, Minor: Sociology and Ethnology)
2373 - 2374 - USS Madrid - Sociologist, Counselor’s Aide
2374 - 2375 - USS Madrid, Counselor
2375 - 2376 - Recruited into SFI, undergoes year long training

***Begin classified section***
2376 - 2382 - Transferred to Orion Section - analyst, interrogator, handler
2382 - 2385 - Transferred to Klingon Section - handler, senior field officer
2385 - 2386 - Operation: Castermer - data classified
2386 - 2388 - Earth Starfleet Intelligence Headquarters, Alpha Quadrant Powers Section
2388 - 2389 - Prepares for undercover assignment
2389 - pres. - USS Odyssey, Counselor (under cover assignment)