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Ensign Syam Ziath

Name Syam Asherah Ziath

Position Customs Officer

Rank Ensign


Character Information

Gender Male
Species Caitian
Date of Birth (Age) 25
Place of Birth Cait

Physical Appearance

Height 5'8"
Weight 150 lbs
Hair Color Grey/White
Eye Color Blue
Physical Description A Caitian, he has the typical feline features, the ears and tail, though his face is more or less humanoid. He is a bit on the short side, lean, tightly muscled. He is covered with grey fur with a bit of darker grey striping on the back, but only really noticeable in certain lighting or if one looked closely. White fur covers his chin and throat and he has white fur 'mittens' and 'booties', and the tip of his tail is white.

Family

Spouse Asherah (wife), Thom (co-husband)
Children Rynler (son), Eorma (daughter), Nysc (daughter); Odyn (Thom's son), Eessi (Thom's daughter), Hatny (Thom's daughter)
Father Kinob Taira P'Rurr
Mother Taira Curita P'Rurr
Brother(s) Garen, Dyn'tai, Nugo
Sister(s) Bubasti, Istar, Arbel
Other Family Riqa Ziath (Asherah's niece, ward, and au pair)
Nivar M'Ken (Riqa's betrothed)

Personality & Traits

General Overview Friendly and likable
Strengths & Weaknesses Alert
Gets along well
Sharp senses
Marksman

Catnip
Ear scratches and belly rubs
Doesn't much like water
Ambitions Advance in his career, possibly eventually get his own command.
Hobbies & Interests Karaoke – he's a terrible singer
Target shooting
Fencing
Languages Caitian, Standard

Personal History Syam was born into a typically large Caitian clan. As with most males, he was married off to secure a political union with another clan when he was fifteen. His wife Asherah is the Chief Medical Director of the largest hospital on Cait. She took her second husband Thom, a permitted love match, a couple years later, after her fist litter with Syam.

Syam entered Starfleet at 18, following in the footsteps of his older sister Bubasti. He studied security and tactical and graduated with honors, including the Academy marksmanship award.

Syam's first assignment was aboard the Illustrious and then the Nimitz and Starbase 80 before transferring to Langley.


CAITIAN INFORMATION

There are four basic sub-groups among the Caitians: the Leonids, with tawny fur and thick manes in the males; the Tigrids, with orange and white fur and black stripes; the Pantrids, which are spotted, though sometimes may be a solid black; and the Felids, which have the most variation in coloration. Leonids and Tigrids tend to be on the larger end of the species’ size distribution while Pantrids are in the mid-range and Felids on the small end.


Politics:

Elected monarchy (Caitian Suzerainty): A Leonid rajah rules with the advice of the Pride Council containing representatives of the various clans in Caitian society. The Raj has the final say in what laws pass, however, with the Council serving as the mouthpiece for bringing the concerns of the Caitians to the king. The Pride Council members are appointed by their clan matriarchs and are most often male, as females see politics as being beneath them. At the death of the rajah, the Leonid princes elect the next rajah from among their number.


Economics:

Primarily an agriculturally centered economy based around herds of herbivores that are the primary food source for the Caitians. There are mining and forestry operations, as well. Primary exports are fine, silken wool textiles.


Religion:

The primary deity of the Caitians is the goddess Bast. She is the mother of the race and the ruler of the pantheon. The Raj is considered the consort of Bast and the one by whom she rules the Caitians.

Other significant deities: Tigrr the warrior god; Pantera, goddess of arts and crafts; Felina, goddess of the fields and herds.

Besides the pantheon, the Basti also worship their ancestors.


Society:

Caitian society is loosely caste structured. The Leonids are the noblemen, the ruling elite. They own the large herds and swathes of grazing land. The Tigrids are the warrior class. They provide the strongest and most skilled fighters and, with the Leonids, provide the officer corps. The Pantrids are the artisans and craftsmen. They also tend to serve as middle management and bureaucracy in civil society. In the military, they are often advance scouts and couriers because of their speed. Felids are the herders and laborers. They tend the animals, cut the trees and mine the ores.

A separate clerical caste parallels the societal one. The Raj serves as the High Priest, as well, but mostly in a ceremonial function. Once a year in the spring, he enters the Temple of Bast to conjugally unite with the High Priestess to ensure that the coming year will be fruitful. While the clerical state is open to all castes, rank is determined by caste structure, and the same rules apply as in society. However, only a purebred can be a cleric.

The caste structure is enforced through mostly societal taboo, and intermarriage, while not unknown, is uncommon. Any mixed-caste children are automatically classified as Felids, discouraging such unions, though the parents remain in their respective castes. Basti can move up in caste by edict of the Raj. This is usually done for those who have given distinguished service to society and appealed through their Pride Council representative to the Raj for such a promotion. Downcasting is also possible, a severe punishment. Only exile or execution are worse. Upcasting and downcasting is usually done only one level within a lifetime and is not hereditary unless the upcaste also marries into their new caste, which is often rarely done.

Caitian society has a well-established patron-client feudal system and status and social standing is very important. Caste and status are often incorporated into the designs and decorations of clothing and jewelry, so one can tell at a glance where one stands socially in relation to the Caitian with whom one is interacting, and therefore show proper deference or demand proper respect.

Family structure is rather complex, making it interesting to navigate. Caitian families are matrilineal, tracing descent through the mother. The Matriarch is the oldest competent woman in the clan, usually a grandmother or great-grandmother past child-bearing age. All of her litters form the Clan. A Pride is formed by a younger woman and all of her litters. Each child is given a personal name followed by the Clan, Pride, Litter number, and Caste, hence: Asherah (personal) Jessalyn (Clan/Grandmother) P’Rurr (Pride/Mother) Fivus (fifth litter) Felid (Caste). Most of the time a Caitian goes by personal-clan-family or just personal-family, especially outside of Caitian society.

Children are raised by the bevy of females in the family in large family compounds. At five they are sent off to school to be taught by the clerics, mostly to make room for the new litter that will be coming. They are raised in large dormitories with other students their age, segregated by sex. They are graduated into an apprenticeship at around fifteen.

Fifteen is also when the females go into their first heat. In preparation, the clan Matriarch arranges a marriage for the female. These marriages are often made well in advance, sometimes even before a female is born, and are primarily political and eugenic in nature, and she has no real say in it. When the female’s first heat comes upon her, she is locked up with her husband to assure that no other male has access to her.

Subsequent litters are not so tightly controlled. After providing children from her first husband, or around the age of twenty, a female is permitted to choose her own second husband. Most females are content with two husbands, but many have more, especially if they are wealthier. Litters can often be fathered by more than one husband, or even by another male in the household.

Male position in the family and society is determined by the female to whom he belongs and the husband number he holds. So even if the second husband is the more loved husband, he is still subordinate to the first husband, and the third to the second, etc. A higher ranking female can demand the use of a lower female’s husband during her heat time and it must be granted, but during non-heat, the exchange must be negotiated or arbitrated by the Matriarch.


Intellectual:

Caitians are very intellectually curious. Clerics serve as the primary intellectual class. They run the schools and printing presses, write literature and poetry, and compose music, though none of this is exclusive to them. They also provide the majority of the medical services for the Caitians, though, again, not exclusively.

Priests also practice theoretical science, but the practical sciences are considered the province of the Pantrid caste. Often, clerics will collaborate with Pantrid scientists, or a Pantrid cleric will practice both.

Technologically the Caitians are on par with the rest of the galaxy with most modern conveniences and weapons. However, they tend to prefer a more simplified, less technological life. They still prize the ancient warrior skills of hand weapons like swords, bows, etc. though they do utilize phasers.


Artistic:

A traditional art form among the Caitians is the sacred totem. The artist takes a block of wood, the height varying with the importance and venue of its setting, and, after taking a special herb that fires his nerves and opens his senses, assaults the wood with his claws, scratching it in a frenzy. When the drug wears off, the artist paints the scratches with various colors, leaving the untouched wood in its natural state. These totems are given prominent places in the courtyard of a home or in the market square of a town. These totems are often then used for divination by clerics.

Caitians are also known for the expensive hand-woven textiles made from the soft, silky long hair of a large breed of native rodent that they herd.
Service Record 2385-2389 – Starfleet Academy
2389 – Posted to Operations on USS Illustrious
2390 – Transferred to USS Nimitz
2392 - Nimitz destroyed; assigned to Starbase 80
2395 - Transferred to Langley Station

Station Data

Quarters Level 18-24 Q
Duty Level N/A
Security Level N/A