- Became the first female successor of the House of Mar'Tok.
Shiva was born on stardate 66135.14 (12 July 2388) on Qo'noS, as the youngest child and second daughter of Krim Mar'Tok. As a daughter life was somewhat easier on her as a child then it was on her three older brothers and her older sister, but like Morpheus she was raised with an iron fist.
The House of Mar'Tok is one of the smallest houses represented in the Klingon High Council and one of the few Houses that is against the war with the Federation. Krim Mar'Tok already figured out a long time ago that it would be no point in letting Morpheus lead the House of Mar'Tok and to be its voice in the High Council. Considering his other 2 sons were a lot like Morpheus they weren't much of an option either and his oldest daughter had died at the age of 5 in an accident. Eventually Krim Mar'Tok came to the conclusion that his best bet was to appoint Shiva as his successor, breaking with a long standing tradition in his House where the oldest son would be appointed successor.
At the age of 15 Krim appointed his youngest daughter officially as his heir.
Shiva however had different plans. During her childhood she had heard many stories of her oldest brother persistance and devotion, not to mention his legendary stubborness and the many fights he got himself into. She never met her brother but was looking up a lot to him because of all the stories she had heard. It is because of this that she eventually became inspired to join Starfleet, even though this was much against her parents wishes. Considering the latest developments the conflict with the Federation would probably soon turn into a full blown war and they didn't want to risk losing their only daughter and successor of the House.
By the time Shiva was 17 the conflict between the Klingons and Federation was escalated completely. Her parents had already lost one child to Starfleet and didn't want to lose another one as well. Shiva only had her last name in common with Morpheus though, the difference between the two was like day and night. Where Morpheus was stubborn and always demanded things done his way Shiva was far more considerate to the needs of others and developed and level headed. Unlike most Klingons she was more interested in negotiating compromises and convincing others of her right by words, rather then by fighting things out. Her more politic minded mindset managed to convince her parents to let her join Starfleet. In return she had to promise that she'd bring Morpheus back as soon as possible and see if she could somehow negotiate treaties with the Federation for her House.
On stardate 83230.09 (16 August 2405) Shiva joined Starfleet Academy. She proved to be a very intelligent student who applied to her studies well. Like her brother she wanted to become an engineer to follow in his footsteps. After 4 years of training Shiva graduated from Starfleet Academy with the rank of Ensign on stardate 87225.85 (14 August 2409). She specifically requested to join the USS Newton and her request was approved by Captain Harrison.
The encounter with her brother did not go as well as she had hoped, by called an annoying nosy brat by her own brother wasn't what she had expected when they would first meet. No matter how hard she tried to convince her older brother to give up his quest for revenge he would not listen and Shiva found out his legendary stubborness wasn't just a legend. He completely refused to listen to her and the following months were pretty tense whenever they were both present in the same room.
On stardate 87686.53 (29 January 2410) the Borg attacked the Vega colony. Shiva was assigned to bridge duty that day and it was one of the most terrifying days in her life. When she read on her console that the hull breached in engineering she almost went into shock, since she knew her brother was at work there. Luckily her training instantly took over and she put up a force field to prevent her colleagues and brother from getting sucked into the vacuum of space. Because of her fast reaction she saved a lot of people that day.
After the battle was over a wary Shiva looked up her brother and seeing his distraught little sister actually made him emotional as well, after all he owed his life to her quick reaction ability earlier that day. He comforted her to his best abilities and their relation started to improve from that point on.
On stardate 87786.04 (7 March 2410) Shiva and her brother transferred to the USS Corintha, after their requests were approved by Captain Nishka.
- Hacked the mainframe of a Borg cube and shut down its vital system, enabling a group of Federation ships to kill the cube.
Catherine was born on stardate 58491.24 (19 November 2380) on Betazed in the capital city Medara. As a child she was always curious to how things work and with her above average intelligence this got her very interested in quantum physics at an early age. Most Betazoids are highly spiritual, but in Catherines case she was having more faith in science. While most kids would be playing outside she would be studying models and theories, trying to figure out the ideas behind them. She was by no means and introverted child though and regulary enjoyed the company of other children as well.
At the age of 16 she decided to join Starfleet on stardate 75124.18 (8 July 2397), having learnt all she could about her favorite subjects on Betazed.
During her time at the Academy she had the honour of meeting Captain Data and after a conversation with him she became very interested in artificial intelligence as well. After all how does one explain intelligence? Quantum physics wasn't giving her the answer to that question, so next to her quantum physics specialization she started to specialize in artificial intelligence too.
On stardate 77724.76 (13 February 2400) Catherine met Nishka at the Academy. Being both Betazoids they quickly became friends and Catherine showed Nishka around on the Academy.
On stardate 79182.27 (29 July 2401) Catherine graduated from Starfleet Academy at the top of her class with rank of Lieutenant junior grade. She was assigned to the USS Oakland the same day.
On stardate 82866.82 (5 April 2405) Catherine published an important paper with several brilliant insights to how artificial intelligence is created and how they can feel emotions. This paper allowed the researchers from Starfleet to follow up on some trails why several artificial intelligences had become unstable and find a cure for them, as an additional benefit it also allowed them to feel more emotion and compassion for the world around them. Her research was recgonized by Starfleet Command and she was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant as a reward.
On stardate 87686.53 (29 January 2410) the Borg attacked the Vega colony. The USS Oakland was one of the ships protected by a shield that was erected from USS Montreal. Captain Ji'vra ordered full power to the weapons in an attempt to destroy the Borg cube.
Catherine had been working on decrypting Borg transmissions the past hour and suddenly found an opening to the mainframe of the Borg cube. Through this she managed to hack the mainframe of the cube and shut down the shields and several other essential systems, doing as much damage as she could to the cube from within.
Unfortunately the weapons of the cube didn't go down and infact they seemed to be getting more power. The Collective also became aware of her actions and halted her infiltration into the cubes systems. The cube slowly started to regenerate and bring back all its systems back online. Because of the extra energy that was available to the weapons of the cube it managed to bring down the shield of the USS Montreal.
After that things went quickly, captain Ji'vra barily had enough time to yell "Emergency power to the shields, brace for impact!" before a salvo of plasma torpedoes started to damage the ship.
The hull of the USS Oakland was severely damaged with multiple hull breaches across the ship. Catherine luckily only had some bruises and minor cuts but most other members of the crew were not that lucky and had severe injuries. Catherine pulled herself back up and brought the hazard emitters online, repairing the hull breaches and extinguishing the plasma fires that had appeared all over the ship. The ship seemed to be in pretty bad shape, but was still able to continue fighting.
After the initial shock of what had happened wore off most bridge consoles were manned again and the USS Oakland continued to fire on the cube, giving it all she had.
Some other Federation ships joined in as well and one of them got a lucky shot off with a torpedo and managed to take down the cubes weapon systems.
Catherine decided to give her hack another try and found a weakness in the cubes communication grid which she managed to abuse. This time she didn't go for the shield systems but instead decided to overload the power grids inside the cube, bring all its auxiliary power down. This caused a domino effect that eventually brought down all the power in the cube.
Floating defenseless in space it was like a sitting duck for the remaining Federation ships who fired all their remaining torpedoes at the cube, destroying it completely soon afterwards.
Even though the primary source of trouble was now out of the way the ship was still in a very bad shape and using all power to the weapons didn't do much good for the hull integrity. Captain Ji'vra sent out a distress signal and ordered everybody who could to help the injured crew to safer parts in the ship.
Approximately fifteen minutes laters the USS Vulcania beamed all surviving members aboard. When Catherine learnt that it was her old friend Nishka who is captaining the ship she requested immediate transfer so she could continue to fight the Borg. Her request was immediately accepted by her captain who rather saw her skills being put to good use instead of waiting for a new ship from were they could continue the fight.
Catherine and Nishka hugged each other, happy that they both survived the attack. They immediately went to business right after that though and dropped all the remaining crew from the USS Oakland off at the USS Seacole so that they could be treated for their injuries. They succesfully continued with their mission after that.
On stardate 87730.44 (14 February 2410) Catherine was promoted to Lieutenant Commander by Admiral Quinn after a recommendation from Captain Nishka. She was also put in charge of the science division aboard the USS Corintha.
- Made succesful first contact with the Chak'Ree.
Rayne was born on stardate 65535.26 (6 December 2387) on Betazed in the capital city Medara. As a child she was always curious about outsiders, wanting to learn all about them.
This got her very interested in learning new languages and the customs and rituals of those species. In her teen years she was occasionally an interpreter between different species that were visiting Betazed, her telepathical and empathical abilities were a great asset here.
When Rayne was 18 she decided to join Starfleet on stardate 83740.04 (18 February 2406) to further her studies and learn more about different species and languages. During a mission cadet Rayne made first contact with a species known as the Chak'Ree. The situation was looking pretty hostile and the universal translator couldn't handle their language, but thanks to Rayne interpreting for her captain succesful first contact was made.
On stardate 87751.83 (22 February 2410) Rayne graduated from Starfleet Academy with the rank of Ensign. She requested to join the USS Corintha and Captain Nishka approved her request the same day.