Gaius Ra-Xialii


Gaius Ra-Xialii
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Biographical Information
Homeworld:

Efros Delta

Species:

Efrosian

Gender:

Male

Birth:

2353

Age:

40

Physical Description
Height:

6' 1"

Weight:

140 lbs

Hair:

White

Eyes:

Silver

Political Information
Affiliation:

United Federation of Planets Starfleet

Posting:

USS Highlander

Position:

Executive Officer

Rank:
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Commander Gaius Ra-Xialii is a noted Starfleet command officer, who served as first officer on both the USS Endeavour and the USS Highlander.

Childhood

Growing up on Efros Delta proved little entertainment for Gaius, someone who had to constantly be discovering and pretending to be a soldier. The snow covered planet saw Gaius becoming a winter soldier. He is at home in snow. His early years saw many fights with his brother, and a yearning to see what was above his planet's sky.

His favourite haunts in his teenage years were the trade hub, seeing many ships come and go. And the Starfleet marine base, hanging out in the mess and later getting a job as a cleaner in the base. His entire life seemed to verge on him leaving the planet and joining the military.

At the age of 16, he travelled to Earth onboard a Starfleet transport. Walking straight into the Starfleet Recruitment center, Gaius was told he was too young and was rejected from service until he was old enough. Soon after he was told by an Andorian Lieutenant that he could join the Andorian Defence Force. And so after booking transport, he found himself at the ADF Military Academy.

After graduating, Gaius was assigned to the ADS Shran's Ushaan, the flagship of the training fleet. The ADF served as more of a secondary line of defence and tied in with the Andorian Police and security forces.

Pre-Starfleet Career

Gaius applied for Starfleet Academy in 2368, when he was only 16. The minimum intake age was 18. Gaius was told that there would be special dispensation for those with exceptional grades or those seeking an enlisted position. Gaius wanted to be a comissioned officer. He applied instead for the Andorian Defence Force. It was an odd move for an Efrosian man to do, but their age requirement was 16. He was comissioned as a Subshipman, and served aboard the ADS Shran's Ushaan. Andorian military service shaped Gaius into a well disciplined soldier and naval officer. He served as an Andorian Marine for a short time before deciding his career path as command division. It was his second year in the ADS before he got into his first big disagreement with a peer. The Traditional Ushaan-tor fight was set up and Gaius was stabbed in the chest, before slicing his opponents knee, leaving his opponent unable to stand or fight. Forcing the end to the match, in Gaius favour.

Upon learning of an exchange program between ADF members and Starfleet, Gaius applied for a year long exchange. This did not go down well with his superiors who had just granted him his third promotion to Senior Lieutenant. It was their concern that when they sent someone to Starfleet, they wouldnt come back.

And sure enough, Gaius resigned his comission and applied for Starfleet Academy once more. He felt right in his decision, seeing once again that his goal was to be in Starfleet.

Starfleet Academy

Upon recieving confirmation of his acceptance to Starfleet Academy, Gaius left Andoria and headed on civilian transport to Earth. He recieved recognition for prior learning for his previous military career, this culminated in having a shorter Academy career. 3 years was his tenure, and he started off in 2nd year classes. It was at this time when he met his best friend, Thomas Kitch. He took to the Security and Tactical Division with electives in Basic Ship Design and Engineering. It was his idea that having a larger knowledge base would be essential to having a good career.

The Dominion War broke out in 2373 finding Gaius and Tom in a awkward situation. Being second year cadets they had no authority or knowledge to act or get themselves into the fight. This caused frustration for them both, as they were taking classes, people were dying. Cadets were ordered to help with Orbital Defence and doing other tasks that didnt need highly trained staff. Gaius was promoted to Acting Ensign, considering his former military training. He rallied the other cadets into their tasks. It was only in 2375 where the two of them saw any action. The Breen Attack on Earth.

Starfleet Academy came under attack from the Breen, just as Gaius and Tom were on a Holo-Field excercise. During the chaos, they managed to rescue a dozen cadets as well as maintaining security as the Breen Commandos beamed in. The two did not see excact combat, but got close enough.

After the conclusion of the war, Gaius had decided to continue his career at the Academy with a further course in Starship design. Rekindling an old hobby. He took it one step further as he and Tom submitted a design to the Advanced Starship Design Bereau. It won acclaim from the Bereau and began development. For a short time they had a consultation job at Starfleet Command.

It wasnt Gaius place to be however, seeking assignment to the USS Hadrien as a tactical officer. Tom decided to stay at the ASDB for a short time before himself finding a position aboard a starship.

Starfleet Career

2377: Assigned to USS Hadrian. Position: Tactical Officer

The USS Hadrien was Gaius' first deep-space posting. He was assigned as a Tactical officer. His early career saw him as a fresh faced ensign on deep space assignment. A 2-year deep space mission saw the vessel reach several worlds and the Miranda-class vessel saw many missions of varying natures.

One standout was a relief mission to Gise 2, where tectonic activity had caused several major disasters on the planet. Upon being ordered to leave the surface due to an incoming storm, Gaius threw off his combadge and proceeded to a nearby school where some children had taken shelter. Scared and confused the children had been split off from their group and missed a shuttle. Gaius stayed with them for 2 nights as the storm blocked beam out and communications. They all emerged battered but safe due to Ensign Ra-Xialli.

2379: Assigned to USS Orshkva, Promoted to Lieutenant . Position: Assistant Chief Tactical Officer.

After the Hadrien Gaius transferred to the USS Orshkva, a beat up old Excelsior class starship on it's way to a decommissioning yard in a couple more years. Upon his transfer Gaius fell into the ship's social scene, becoming quite a popular man. He had several fleeting relationships with several women on board.

With the larger range of capabilities, the USS Orshkva was a more formidable vessel, and was involved in several skirmishes. She was also present at Romulus to help with proceedings of peace and reunification of the Romulan people.

On a return trip to a starbase, the left nacelle of the USS Orshkva exploded causing mass panic and confusion across the ship. Gaius happened to be on the bridge, and took command as the XO had been taken out by a falling beam. The cause of the explosion was a lack of maintenance and upkeep as the ship was due for mothballs within 2 months. An antimatter conduit had warped and grazed an EPS line, causing the massive explosion. The incident broke the back of the USS Orshkva and ensured her swift retirement in 2381.

Later Postings

2382: Assigned to USS Bradbury. Promoted to Lieutenant Commander. Position: Chief Tactical Officer.

After 3 months on the Bradbury, Gaius had reached the rank of Lieutenant Commander, and the promotion to the Tactical position. The ageing Ambassador-class starship was still a ship to behold. Sporting more luxury than what Gaius was accustomed to, he became soft for a short time, before being told to "Pull his head in," by his XO. He endeavoured to become a better officer, and not slack off again.

2385: Assigned further responsibilities: Second Officer.

His hard work paid off, as he was given the position of Second Officer, to which he took command on several occasions where the XO and CO gave him full authority. He successfully conducted 3 missions in command. A position became available on the Endeavour and his CO recommended him for the XO position. It was approved.

USS Endeavour

2386: Assigned to USS Endeavour, Promoted to Commander, First Officer.

Taking the shoes from some excellent officers, Gaius felt at odds with his assignment for some time, not feeling fully comfortable onboard. This was more than likely due to the lack of time to get used to the crew, and the fact he was seen as a replacement to the battle hardened and war scarred crew.

It wasn't long before the Endeavour was setting off on a complicated and dangerous mission where the mood on board changed. Everyone was doing their duty, but sombrely.

The incident involving the destruction of the Endeavour is still mostly classified, but Gaius blamed himself for the outcome.

USS Highlander

2390: Assigned to Starfleet Facility on Cestus III, As Advanced combat instructor.

During his mandatory stand down and evaluation time on Cestus III, Gaius kept himself busy with teaching a class of students on self defence, as well as seeing a counsellor frequently to deal with his issues. Upon being cleared for ship-borne service, he was given the assignment as XO on the USS Highlander.

2391: Assigned to USS Highlander, as First Officer.


Personal Life

A practical and logical thinker, Gaius thinks about a problem and comes up with his best understanding of the situation. He is a man who thinks too much, but can also get lost in moments without thinking, such as when he is a differed mental state, during meditation.

He is very calm, and has had experience in almost any scenario one could think of, his experience has made him wise.

Some have said he is almost Vulcan in his expressions.

His ambitions are to become the Captain of a Vesta-class Starship for the short term at least. Then moving on to Admiralty, Commanding a Starbase; preferably Starbase Citadel in the Marianis Cluster. One of the more busy spaceports this side of the Tholian Border.

His hobbies include Mixed Martial Arts, involving both hand to hand and weapon based disciplines and Starship design - he has been responsible for several designs being forwarded to the ASDB. He enjoys using the Holodeck to visit Efros Delta or Andor, as well as tactical scenarios. He has a penchant for sketching, and 3D modelling. He is interested in military history from all corners of the Galaxy, currently focused on the Xindi conflict.

Personal Relationships

Family

Gaius does not know the name or location of his biological father. Efrosian tradition has established the fact that the Efrosian male is instinctually designed to procreate with many females and to foster as many offspring as possible. This is as far as the title father is taken; after consummation the father moves on. They usually have little to no contact, ever again with their children. Gaius has been told many things about his father, such that he is part of the Starfleet Navy serving in deep space, this gave young Gaius something to strive toward. He cultivated an unnatural urge to follow in his father's footsteps and join Starfleet. Upon gaining entrance to Starfleet, Gaius searched the personnel database finding his father as a Petty Officer in the Engineering division. It was not until 2386 that the two met at Starbase 49.

As the only care giver, Gaius' mother taught him the ways to be a man as best she knew how. But what Gaius didnt learn from her, he learnt from the Efrosian elders and teachers. His mother instilled in him and his brother different virtues that make them good Efrosian men, even going so far as to weed out traditional values, such as the need to procreate and not form attachments. His mother was disappointed that his desire was to leave the planet in search of greater adventures, but one of her sons did stay behind for a longer time. She passed away in 2379 after a production plant explosion. Gaius was offworld.

His brother Baltus and he were not always stalwart companions, with the two having different interests. They were born 2 years apart, which made them have a better relationship than they would have had there been a larger age gap. His brother and he disagreed about staying on Efros Delta, leading Gaius to leave to join the Andorian Defence Force. Being the oldest Gaius had to bail his little brother out several times along their lives, and still continues to do so. Gaius is the more practical and well grounded brother, with a higher maturity. The two currently have a tenuous relationship at best.

Relationships

Shishanne Hu'Tash

An experiment which lasted too long in Gaius' opinion. During his Andorian Defence Force days, Gaius and his immediate superior found each other on shore leave on a Federation Starbase. A power blackout forced the two into intimacy in a secluded cargo bay. The two continued to see each other in secret, before Gaius went on exchange to Starfleet. He hasn't seen her since.

Friendships

Cadet (Now Lieutenant Commander) Thomas Kitch (Human Male)

During Gaius' Academy days he befriended a man in his Command theory class. Tom and he hit it off right away as they had both lived on Andoria, as well as visiting Efros Delta. Tom was a well travelled man and the two were inseperable and became a great team. After the Academy they served together for many years. Tom is serving on the USS Scimitar in the Hiromi Cluster, the two stay in contact.

Commodore Juvat Kio-Siallos (Efrosian Male)

Being Efrosian got Gaius a good standing with the Acadamy's commanding officer. The Commodore took Gaius under his wing and perhaps gave him too much of an advantage with regards to extra bonuses to Academy life. A cadet cruise on the Enterprise-E and a exchange to the Vulcan campus for a semester. Each time Gaius insisted on bringing Tom. The Commodore still checks in from time to time.

Captain Benjamin Byrne (Human Male)

Having only been with the Captain for a short time, he and Gaius had created an efficient working relationship, and on occasion spoke of things not related to the job. Gaius was working up the courage to take the Captain on a tour of Efros Delta in an Argo, but the time never seemed right. He respected Captain Byrne, and commemorated him with a tattoo.

Chronology

Year Placement Rank Assignment
2370 ADS Shran's Ushaan
Sub Lieutenant
Junior Security Officer
2371 ADS Shran's Ushaan
Lieutenant
Assistant Chief Security Officer
2372 ADS Shran's Ushaan
Senior Lieutenant
Chief Security Officer
2373-2376 Starfleet Academy
Cadet
Cadet
2376 Starfleet Headquarters
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Ensign
Junior Consultant
2377 USS Hadrian
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Ensign
Tactical Officer
2379 USS Orshkva
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Lieutenant
Assistant Chief Tactical Officer
2382 USS Bradbury
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Lieutenant Commander
Chief Tactical Officer
2385 USS Bradbury
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Lieutenant Commander
Chief Tactical Officer & Second Officer
2389 USS Endeavour
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Commander
First Officer
2390 Starfleet Academy Facility: Cestus III
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Commander
Advanced Combat Instructor
2391 USS Highlander
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Commander
First Officer


Preceded by:
Lieutenant Commander Artura Zet
First Officer of USS Highlander
2391
Succeeded by:
Lieutenant Commander Horatio Hawke
Preceded by:
Commander Jaeih Andorzai
First Officer of USS Endeavour
2389 – 2390
Succeeded by:
None; Vessel lost