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Kyan Mackenzie

Name Kyan Mackenzie

Position Squadron Leader


Character Information

Gender Male
Species Onlie
Age 455

Physical Appearance

Height 4'4"
Weight 55 lbs
Hair Color Red
Eye Color Green
Physical Description For a boy his biological age, Kyan is a bit undersized. At 52” tall and roughly 55 lbs. This likely owes to centuries spent scrounging for food but genetics could also have held a proverbial thumb on the ancient boy’s head. He has a mop of unruly red hair and green eyes that leave no doubt as to place of origin on Earth II… or Miri’s Planet as the Feddie Grups called it. Kyan is built like a typical Human boy of ten, and his demeanor gives him a perpetually restless appearance.

Family

Spouse None
Children None
Father (adopted) Sam Aylward Mackenzie (dec.)
Mother (adopted) Juniper Mackenzie (dec.)
Brother(s) None
Sister(s) None
Other Family None

Personality & Traits

General Overview Kyan is a study in contrast. He is to the uninitiated, a child. But to those who know him, he is a fierce combat officer who would be better suited working amongst Klingons. While he is usually jovial and carefree, he is also possessed of a volatile temper than has seen many an adversary keeping the medical staff busy with new and inventive injuries to treat. Over the years though, Kyan has gone from perennial headache, to serviceable officer, to valuable asset. Like everyone else, he has his flaws, but can generally be counted on to accomplish whatever mission he is assigned.
Strengths & Weaknesses Kyan's biggest strength, and perhaps his biggest weakness is that he is essentially fearless. The Life Prolongation Virus granted him virtual immortality and in the years since be left the doomed planet of his birth, he has discovered religion... in a roundabout way. Kyan's take on religion is actually a hodgepodge of various belief structures. (More on that below). As it does for most believers, Kyan's spiritual beliefs have turned death into just another doorway, and not something to be feared. Even the spectre of injury and illness have been all but negated by the medical technology of the 24th century. The factors have combined to create an ageless boy who is quick to take risks that most people would avoid.

Having lived almost all his life without the benefit of adults to provide for him Kyan learned to be self sufficient and like most Onlies, to use his environment to his advantage. This skills translates well in his chosen field.

Kyans weaknesses include an ingrained distrust in most adults (especially Humans) which has been tempered with time and experience, but can still be an issue for him. Another hurdle for the Onlie is that he is still, physically and to some extent mentally, a child. He requires more rest than an adult and his decision making can be short sighted at times.

Ambitions Kyan's one driving ambition is to have adventures worthy of stories. He also wants to make it into a Klingon Opera at some point, having heard several from his days working on a freighter with Klingons. As for ambitions relating to Starfleet, he wants to command a ship. He is especially fond of the smaller, more combat oriented classed.  
Hobbies & Interests Kyan is also a part time musician. He plays the trumpet and the bagpipes. The two might seem an odd pair to learn, but coming from a coven that held the old Celtic ways in high esteem, it makes sense. The trumpet was a whim. But when you're ageless, whims can take a great deal of time to play themselves out. Since is “adoption” in the 2260s by Humans, Kyan has also become quite a student of history, especially military history. His life on Earth II centered on the struggle for survival, which honed his strategic thinking.  He is an avid collector of weaponry from across the quadrant.

Personal History History: Earth II

Kyan was born about ten years before his planet was ravaged by a manufactured virus that killed the adult denizens of that ill-fated world and cast its children into something straight out of a horror movie. Nigh immortal, these children were forced to survive on their own. Their lives after the virus consisted of scraping together enough food to live, telling stories, playing foolies (games), and avoiding those unfortunate enough to enter puberty and succumb to the effects of the virus. 
 
   Kyan was born in what was Scotland, and lived in the town of Hillswich in the Shetland Islands. Other than that fact, the boy remembers virtually nothing of his life before the virus, or that of his world; both long forgotten in the more than four hundred years since the LPV virus swept across Earth II. What he does remember are the other Onlies, foolies, the big kids' stories, and of course, escaping from the grups (adults) with the blue spots. He also remembers the freedom that he and his friends had.

After the virus, Kyan and his friends favorite pastime was sailing their boat from the St. Magnus Bay down to mainland and playing at pirates, which was their favorite foolie. And given that the banks no longer had grups to defend them, the treasures were easy to take. Of course they would also use the boat to catch fish, although they barely caught enough to feed themselves.

And Kyan clearly remembers the day that the grups in the colored shirts came. In some ways, to hear Kyan tell it, the grups were worse than the zombies. Unlike the disease ridden, home grown grups, these brought something more sinister than the urge to bite him and eat him. These grups brought school, rules, bed times, and other evil inventions that hadn't been seen since before the dying times. When they came they brought an end to his way of life, and conquered his world without firing a shot.

Things changed after Kirk, Spock, and McCoy came on their starship. After that there were teachers. There were doctors who poked at you. There were other grups who asked questions. LOTS of questions. They wanted to know about everything. They asked about foolies, the old stories, and even they wanted to know about the Onlies' secrets. One of them was rather nice though, and interesting. She claimed that she was a witch. Having heard about witches from some of the big kids' stories, Kyan was disappointed to learn that she didn't have a hat, or a broom to ride on, but remained interested in her nonetheless, and she him. She interested him so much in fact, that Kyan allowed her to "adopt" him and move away from what the Federation had dubbed “Miri's Planet”. He hasn’t been back since.

History: Life in the Federation

   Juniper and her husband, a grup named Commander Sam Aylward introduced Kyan to schooling, and to what they said was a "normal" life, which was centered around their religion, Georgian Wicca. This was why Juniper, called herself a witch. Apparently, there were all sorts of different gods, and she knew all their secrets. She had lots of books about them too, some with pictures. Since there were no zombie creatures to escape from, and since this Juniper lady and Commander Sam had an endless supply of food, Kyan had time to learn about these gods. Mostly he was impressed, especially by their raven god, Morrigan. The Morrigan, in Wiccan lore, is the god of battle and lends protection to warriors. Since he pictured himself a warrior too, Kyan read all the books that he could find about this god and decided that he'd be a Wiccan too, like his adopted family. 

   He was also very interested in space ships and space battles. Before Kirk, back on Earth II Kyan had played at sea battles with his mates, but now there were entirely new possibilities of real battles among the stars. Since Commander Sam was a tactical officer, He often took Kyan aboard his ship when it made port, which was named after someone else's god. The Hermes was a destroyer, and being on board Kyan learned quite a lot about Commander Sam's job as it's gunner.  During the ten years that Commander Sam was the Hermes' tactical officer, Kyan went to school and got an education. Because of his childish nature and impatience for anything that didn't have to do with battles and war, Kyan took a while to acclimate to human life in the Federation. The Federation, who never seemed to want to get into a proper war with anyone or conquer anything (Except of course, for his home world). While Kyan enjoyed living with the Mackenzies, he never developed familial bonds with them. He knew that one day when they got old, they’d simply shuffle off to their afterlife, and he wouldn’t see them until he did the same, which considering his situation wouldn’t happen for many millennia.  

After fifty years of living with the Mackenzies, Commander Sam died. That left Juniper and Kyan. Of course, Juniper was old too and not too long after Commander Sam shuffled off the mortal coil, his wife followed.  Once again, Kyan was alone. But this time not only were the grups gone, but there weren't any Onlies either. Having graduated from the school, and not being a "real" child, the authorities decided that the ageless boy could chart his own course. So, he did. Deciding to honor his adopted family, Kyan applied for Starfleet. Despite his obvious talent and unbridled enthusiasm for all things tactical, the brass grups at Starfleet turned him down. 

History: Life as a Pirate!

It was then, in Kyan's oft repeated estimation, their fault when he turned to a life of interstellar piracy and conquest! His honorable aspirations being nixed by the Fleet brass, Kyan decided to sign onto a merchant freighter that ran less than legal cargo. The freighter, owned by an old Ferengi named Dahg was a perfect fit for the boy. Finding himself suddenly released from the shackles of Federation rules and regulations, Kyan was free to be himself.

Life on the freighter was refreshing to him. It wasn’t clean and orderly like in the Federation. There was struggle and danger. In a way, it reminded him of his life on Earth II. Kyan loved it immediately. And even though there were no other Onlies, or even children, on the ship, he was surrounded by people like him. Dahg, being a typical Ferengi, was obsessed with profits and Latinum of course, but many in his crew were people from other worlds who had no home there. Those misfits and outcasts became Kyan’s family. A Ferengi, a couple of Klingons, and several other characters made life aboard the freighter fun. Kyan even taught the Klingons some foolies, and they in turn taught him how to fight properly.

Generally, Dahg shied away from runs where the Latinum Lady might run afoul of Starfleet but this wasn’t always the case. On several occasions, the crew was forced to fight border patrol ships. But they always managed to escape, thanks in no small part to Kyan’s knowledge of Starfleet tactics and ships. It was of course….somewhat of an exaggeration but everyone that Kyan met learned that he and the rest of the crew had bounties on them from several Federation member worlds. In his own estimation, the boy was a real pirate, like in the stories! He relished his role as the Latinum Lady's gunner and often attempted to convince Dahg, with the help of the Klingon twins, to take more direct routes on illegal runs so that they might get to meet up with Starfleet. Most of the time the Ferengi refused. He wasn’t in it for the glory. He was a proper Ferengi looking to buy his way into the Divine Treasury. Kyan even learned the Rules of Acquisition, and often countered Dahg’s reticence with number sixty two: “The riskier the road, the greater the profit.”. The Ferengi appreciated the effort, but usually didn’t budge.

Time and the boy's unbridled love for the pirate life saw him rise to the position of second in command and the Latinum Lady to the most wanted list (On Cappella). Kyan and the Klingons threw a party. Dagh counted his money and lamented the fact that it would be harder for them to escape the watchful eye of Starfleet. The old Ferengi eventually decided that he had enough money to settle down into a safer business venture with his cousin and sold the old freighter to an Orion trader in 2358. The Orion brought his own crew, but Kyan stayed on as the gunner. For the next several years, new adventures waited around every asteroid, and Kyan was happy to have them.

A pair of young Klingon twins signed on to the freighter soon after Dagh left and Kyan struck up an instant friendship with them. He taught them about space combat and tactical systems, and they trained the ageless youth in the arts of personal combat, and of Klingon stories and lore. Being of Celtic origins himself, the art of storytelling has always been important for him. By 2361 though, the Latinum Lady ran afoul of Starfleet one too many times and was captured. The Orion was hauled off to a penal colony and the rest of the crew was scattered. The Federation decided against sending him to prison, opting instead to try something radical.

The enrolled him into Starfleet Academy.

Starfleet History: Square Pegs & Round Holes

In the summer of 2362, after several previous attempts and a career spent on both sides of the law, Kyan again tried to join Starfleet. This time however, he was accepted to the Academy. He was not the first of his kind to attend Starfleet's vaunted training institution but if some of his instructors had their way, he'd have been the last. To say that there were some issues during the diminutive officer's time in San Francisco would be an understatement worthy of the record books.

His first few semesters at SFA were filled with reprimands for a wide range of offenses including fighting, destruction of Starfleet property (namely the combat simulator) and myriad other offenses. At one point there was a betting pool as to when the boy would be shown the door. Kyan's struggles weren't universal though, which is likely the reason he was allowed to stay.

He was, and is, prodigal tactician. His unorthodox methods and refusal to allow the circumstances (or rules) to dictate the way he approaches an engagement stymied many of Starfleet's brightest up and coming officers in simulated combat, and many an actual foe since.

His performance in combat not withstanding, Kyan was not the model officer upon leaving the Academy nor for a long while afterwards. There early years of his career were littered with disciplinary infractions, more reprimands, and transfers. Several commanding officers elected to simply offload the troublesome Onlie to someone else rather than address his issues. It wasn't until 2370 that Kyan was paired with a commanding officer who could, or was interested in, making any sort of headway with the boy. That year Kyan found himself serving as the relief tactical officer on the Ticonderoga. She was an old Miranda Class ship with a Captain who liked a challenge as much as Kyan liked to offer them.

Starfleet Part 2: The Dominion War

Captain Lucius Peer was a joined Trill with many lifetimes of experience to draw from. From 2368 until the Dominion War he made it his personal mission to turn Kyan into a good officer. The first thing he did was promote the boy. Kyan was now a Lieutenant and was given responsibility for the first time. The results were a mixed bag. His leadership style was as one might expect. His subordinates either laughed at him or blew him off all together. There was less laughing after the first few broken noses though. But Peer was patient, and allowed Kyan to learn from his missteps. After each fight, Peer would visit Kyan in the brig and counsel him. When the boy needed to vent, Peer listened. Eventually the fights became the exception rather than the rule. Some of his crewmates took notice. It was slow going, but after a time, Kyan actually started spending off time with them instead of with Peers, or in the holodeck.

Then the Dominion War started. Kyan was thrilled. Finally a proper conflict with an enemy bent on conquest and destruction! Of course the Ticonderoga was outgunned most of the time, but she managed to avoid showing up on the casualty lists, thanks in no small part to her tactical officer. In 2373 Starfleet made the decision to scuttle the old girl. The admiralty simply didn’t see the benefit in keeping her in the fight, given her age and the damage she’d sustained over numerous engagements. The crew was reassigned to a newer Steamrunner Class vessel and promtly returned to the fight, where Kyan and the rest of the crew continued to distinguish themselves in battle against the Dominion.

Ultimately though, the war was lost, and along with it Kyan's newfound "do-gooder" motif. The Federation grups may have surrendered themselves to the Dominion, but Kyan Mackenzie of Clan Mackenzie and the Singing Moon Coven never signed on to that particular outcome. For him, the war didn't end when the grups tucked tail and dropped their balls off at the Changeling's feet.

He decided to continue fighting.

Post Starfleet History: Rebel Scum and tiny terrorists

Over the two decades since the surrender, Kyan has floated from occupied world to the borderlands, and from resistance cell to resistance cell. He even spent time in the Gamma Quadrant, hunting down surviving Changelings. Recently, his cell managed to corner one such changeling and separate it from it's Jem'Hadar guards. Unfortunately Kyan was the only one who made it out of that operation alive. Unfortunately, so did the Changeling.

Alone again, Kyan spent many months trying to get back through the wormhole and rejoin the fight in the Alpha Quadrant. He finally returned to the Alpha Quadrant after nearly a decade. He didn't come back empty handed though. Around the ancient boy's neck is a makeshift necklace made from wire and a Ketrecel White vial. Inside are the ashen remains of a Vorta named Keevan. Even though the rest of the team died, and the Changeling escaped, at least the Vorta shuffled off to the next life. Of course, Kyan was disappointed at first to learn that he'd only managed to kill the 2nd Keevan Clone. But his spirits were buoyed by the thought that he'd have 6 more chances to kill the weaselly Vorta.

Now, back in Alpha Quadrant, Kyan hopes to add more trophies to his necklace.

Political Status

Dominion Enemy of the State
Romulan Star Empire Unregistered
Klingon Empire Known Entity
Ferengi Alliance Unregistered