Character Name: Zaetrim Gustavson
Position: Science Officer
Zaetrim stands at a reasonable 6’2″, moderately hefty at 245 lbs with no hair on his head save for his full, brown beard, kept to a neat trim.
He has beautifully piercing green eyes and is fairly pale but has an unnaturally soft red tint to his skin, almost like his skin is constantly, barely inflamed from some skin disease. It’s not a disease, but just the way his people are from the place he came from.
Zaetrim Gustavson grew up in the swamps, not really having much of an opportunity to socialize given his location and limited proximity to civilization. He went to the local school, of course, and was reasonably social as was expected, but always found himself wandering outside when he got home to tend to his attempts at fostering plant life and experiments involving cross breeding various flowers and fauna. His tendency to be outdoors instilled the beginnings of a wanderlust that was never sated by the short explorations around his home and the town he grew up in.
His father, who only learned to read at the ripe age of 35, never encouraged any sort of academic future for him, while his mother always gave him both opportunity and means to read, explore the sciences, and express his creativity. As Zae grew older, his father rediscovered his love of alcohol and in a drunken rage one night, destroyed Zaetrim’s garden, the pride of his life, with the singular exception of a mere handful of seeds from the Hippomane mancinella, one of the most dangerous plants in the world.
His mother woke him up in the night, handed him a packed bag, whispering hurriedly, “Zaetrim, it’s time to leave. You don’t have a future here and I’ll be damned if you follow in your father’s footsteps and work a dead end job for the rest of your days. You’re leaving. Tonight. If you aren’t gone by morning, your father will likely kill you. He’s been muttering about it all night.”
Thus Zaetrim was catapulted into Starfleet, something he, like many others assuredly, viewed as a means of escape from his life.
During his time in Starfleet, he would often visit local gardens and botanical wonders, which is where he met Dr. Stavi Herdigard, a Talaxian who saw something special in him and mentored him on his own botanical hobby.
His time in Starfleet passed without much in terms of incident or glamour, with Zaetrim finishing his time at the Academy with a flawless score in the sciences, not to steer too much attention away from his slightly lower scores in other subjects and focuses.
In 2386, he was posted to a science research base on Delta IV, where he continued his experiments with plant life while fulfilling his duties as a member of the Science team. In 2388, during a routine examination of one of the new found bodies of water deep in Delta IV, he discovered a microbial species that had, before then, gone undetected, proving to his superior officer that the microbial species was capable of sentient life, however small the scale of it may have been.
This discovery propelled his career forward including a recommendation from his superior to grant him his much desired opportunity to be posted as a science officer on a starship.
2388-????: Science Officer – USS Diligent
2386-2388: Ensign – Delta IV Research Base
2382-2386: Cadet – Starfleet Academy