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Lieutenant Commander Mara Ricci

Name Mara Carolina Ricci

Position Chief Engineering Officer

Rank Lieutenant Commander


Character Information

Gender Female
Species Human
Age 38

Physical Appearance

Height 5'7" (1.7m)
Weight 167 lbs (75.75 kg)
Hair Color Honey Brown
Eye Color Hazel
Physical Description Mara is tall with an athletic build. Her hair falls in natural waves around her face unless she has it tied up in a knot while on duty. She has a small tattoo on her ankle of a treble clef and bass clef making a heart. She also has a prosthetic left arm which is unnoticeable save for a thin silver band where the connector shows.

Family

Father Francesco Ricci, age 86
Mother Carmen Ricci, age 81
Brother(s) Andrea Ricci, age 60
Mario Ricci, age 59
Luigi Ricci, age 56
Stefano Ricci, age 51
Marc Ricci, age 50
Sister(s) Anna-Maria Romano, age 57
Giuliana Esposito, age 54
Sofia Chang, age 53
Other Family Niece: Francesca "Francie" Ricci, age 38
Pet: Ravioli, Jack Russell Terrier, age 4

Personality & Traits

General Overview Mara is cold and bitter on the surface, but if anyone takes the time to get to know her, they will find her to be friendly- if a bit stand-offish- and fiercely loyal. She can come off as snobbish, but really, she is just extremely introverted. She has no time for prejudices or people who hold them. Conversely, though, she is irritated by people who actually live up to their stereotypes. (Ex. Cardassian jerks, violent Klingons, money hungry Ferengi, etc.) She likes people to break their molds and do something unexpected.
Strengths & Weaknesses +Hard worker
+Understands the value of encouragement
+Friendly, if quiet
-Can be very stubborn
-Introverted
Hobbies & Interests Plays Saxophone and Piano, sings, Doctor Who Holonovels

Personal History Mara was born in Italy, not far from Mount Etna. Being the 9th of nine children, one would expect her to be spoiled, but perhaps the large age gap (of 12 years) between she and her next oldest brother, Mark, has something to do with her independent streak. Having been born only 2 months ahead of her oldest brother's daughter, Mara has a lifelong friend in her niece Francesca- or Francie- who is more like a sister to her. They went to school together, double dated in secondary school and even signed up for Starfleet Academy together, Mara in engineering and Francesca in flight control.

It was in secondary school that Mara began to get the idea that men only wanted to date her for her body. She had not been popular- though certainly not a pariah, either- and her sudden popularity with the opposite sex at first flattered her. However, after her first steady boyfriend dumped her because she would not sleep with him, she decided that none of them were any good. Francie tried to tell her that not all guys only wanted one thing, but Mara would not listen. To this day, she gives men cold glares if they stare at her over long.

In the academy, she excelled in her studies, quickly earning the reputation of “brilliant” from her peers. One of her classmates, Remy Boudrie, asked her for some help in studying. At first, she thought he was only handing her a line, but it became quickly apparent that he was sincere in wanting to do better in his engineering classes. The two became fast friends and even dated briefly before graduating and being assigned to different ships. Mara was thinking about resigning her commission so she could be with Remy when he was killed in a tragic accident. Francie told her in a letter that it was fate telling her that she was meant to be where she was, but Mara countered that fate was cruel and just wanted her to be miserable. After a few months, she got over this slight from Fate and realized that she would never have been happy if she weren't an engineer and it would have been stupid to leave it behind for a man.

Eventually, she was transferred to the Odysseus, a strange alien ship found deserted. She believes it was hoped she would figure out the nature of the ship, how it worked, but she never did. She DID, however, grow to love and even understand it as an entity- for it seemed alive- and was exceptionally saddened when it was destroyed. But, her time there was not ill spent. She learned a lot about the technology and wrote a paper on it, which was published in the Starfleet Engineering Journals. Though she did not know all there was to know, she was, without a doubt, the most knowledgeable about it.

Finally, she was transferred to the USS Palatine as the Cheif Engineering Officer. She intends to continue reviewing the data she was able to get from the Odysseus in an effort to improve their own systems. After only a few short months there, however, she was offered an exciting opportunity to further study- and possibly use- even more alien technology and it was too much for her to resist, so she headed off to Canopus Station. Shortly after arriving in the Messier 4 system, she was kidnapped along with several other crew members and exposed to a parasite which quickly began taking over her arm. Although they were quickly rescued, Mara’s arm could not be saved and was amputated. She was fitted with a high quality prosthetic which she will need for the rest of her life.
Service Record USS Impala, Engineer
Odysseus, Assistant Chief Engineer/Alien technology research
USS Palatine, Chief Engineer
Canopus Station, Chief Engineer