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Commander Sun Mei Xiang

Name Sun Mei Xiang

Position Commanding Officer

Rank Commander


Basic Information

Full Name Sun Mei Xiang
Call Sign Baihe (White Crane)
Date of Birth March 17, 2355
Age 36
Place of Birth Nanhai, China; Earth.
Gender Female
Species Human

Physical Appearance

Height 5' 5"
Weight 121 lbs
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Dark Brown
Physical Description Mei is traditionally beautiful, at least by some Earth culture standards. She is not the tallest officer, but even at only five and a half feet tall she has a presence that is hard to deny. She is in excellent shape. A martial artist and marine, she keeps herself as close to peak performance as possible. She knows that strength will never be her strong point though and keeps herself lean and agile – and as such has a sort of dancers build, though perhaps with a bit more muscle definition that some. Her pale skin is marred in places by the telltale signs of combat experience, though unlike many she has opted to reduce scarring where possible. Her traditional features are only accentuated by her choice to maintain short hair. Generally styled neatly, it is that flair of the eccentric some days that most seem to remember. One thing is always true though, it is styled up and away from her eyes – something she cannot shake from her days as a fighter pilot. Her eyes are a dark brown pupil, with a shimmer of blue thanks to the nanobots used to restore her sight after being spaced.

Sun was a marine and tended to keep herself dressed according to uniform code for much of her career. However, since becoming a commander she has moved away from that. Instead, she tends to wear “Captain’s” variants whenever possible. Her preferred uniform is the Starfleet uniform vest variant. She will also wear open jackets. She does keep a flight jacket and marine corps jacket in rotation as well. Her desire to adjust her uniform somewhat has also made her less strict on others. Now, she also wears an engagement ring on her left hand.

Off-duty, Mei is a bit more traditional. This is partially her desire to emulate her namesake, Lady Sun. She enjoys being able to take the time to adopt that more traditional look of her homeland. It is rare that she can do that. Most often she wears light colored, simple clothes. But she does keep a few cheongsam in her wardrobe for occasions not formal enough to warrant a formal uniform.
Distinguishing Characteristics Mei has quite a few scars. She has many small discolorations on her skin from phaser and disrupter burns. The largest of these are usually hidden by clothing, though to the astute eye some can be seen on her lower right arm, and sometimes near her shoulder. On her chest she has remnants of the stabbing on Earth. On her right leg has a large scar from above the knee to half way down her shin, where she had reconstruction after an attack by Orions early in her career. Her right arm likewise has some smaller scars. Her eyes have a sparkle of blue in them as well, from where her eyes were restored after being spaced.

Personality & Traits

General Overview Mei has come a long way since her early career. While the core of her beliefs have stayed the same, she has grown a lot as a person. This shows the most in her command style – which has slowly but surely taken on more and more Starfleet ideas and become less militaristic. Her general tendencies towards quiet and contemplation have made her seem more distant as a commander to some, which is something she is actively trying to work to correct.

Sun does revere her ancestry and traditions more highly than some. She has a very clear admiration for figures such as Sun Shang Xiang, her namesake, and other great people of her peoples’ past. Part of this, and in part thanks to her family, is her drive to reach for her personal moral and ethical ideals. Mei tries to be the best person she can be. She believes in loyalty, compassion, patience, perseverance, and courage. She is open, kind, and often warm.

She believes in martial preparedness and takes great pride in the practice of her cultures martial arts. As such, she adheres rather strictly to the morality originally attached to the arts, many of which were only further drilled home by her careers in the Marines and Starfleet.

It is that desire to work within her traditions while moving forward that sometimes seems to guide her. Some of her ideas are even seen as archaic, even by her. She likes the traditions, though. Some have the misconception that she is traditional, wholly. But those traditions she holds dear are merely guidelines, and things she enjoys. She is not afraid to rebel to do what is right in her mind. She strives to always move forward, to grow, to be better, to find herself.
Strengths & Weaknesses Strengths
- Academic First: Mei was not originally planning to join the Corps or Fleet. She was going to be a professor. While the Breen Attack on Earth changed that, she is an academic first and always will be. She is apt to research and approach problems based on her studies. She studied history, and is a qualified historian, though she hasn’t ever professionally practiced.
- Strategist: Mei has a brilliant mind, delicately precise in many aspects. She has studied Tactics, Strategy, and Combat with an uncanny love since she was very young. As such, she has an incredibly vast knowledge of ancient, classic, old world, contemporary, and alien strategists and strategies.

- Martial Artist: She has trained in martial arts since she was very young, and almost exclusively in her ancestral styles. Notably her mastery of Wing Chun, Tai Chi Chuan, Fujian White Crane, and Hung Gar styles overtakes the practice of some others. One exception to this rule is her love of the SFMC Martial Arts Program, which mixes many varied disciplines. She is also very well trained, practiced, and committed to the use of a Jian (sword).

- Fighter Ace: An exquisite pilot, who refers to her ability to fly as her 'true kung fu'. She practices this, perhaps as much as anything, if not more - honing her abilities as best she can. She knows shuttles, fighters, and their operation and the engineering behind them.

- Peak Performance: Impressively trained reflexes, endurance, strength (relative to size) and mental faculties. Due to her extensive martial arts trainings, she is also a capable gymnast and acrobat.

Weaknesses
- Limited Strength: Though she seems tough at times, Mei is still limited by her less than impressive size. Her strength, though decent, could not be described as good. She is not built terribly sturdy, not able to take much damage, and in a word - frail. In a fight, she must rely on her reflexes, strategy, and training over strength.

- It is Me: Mei takes everything personally. She feels that her actions are a reflection of herself. When she fails to do something well, she is at fault. If one of her wing mates is shot down, she takes it personally. She finds herself at odds with her own shortcomings more than most, and concentrates on them, perhaps, a bit too much. This is particularly hard as a commanding officer. She does not have the disconnect many COs tend to display.

- Not a Scientist: While she is an academic, Mei is not a scientist. She has a basic understanding of many scientific concepts, but she needs to be walked through more complicated aspects. This applies to engineering and medical sciences as well.

- As a Mule: Mei is stubborn, and brash. She acts without thinking sometimes and has a tendency to get stuck in her ways without realizing it. It can be hard to get her to change direction once her mind is made up.

- Wearing Her Heart: Sun comes from a rather traditional family. She doesn’t generally show emotion openly, at least not how many do. Still, she wears her heart on her sleeve and is a little more driven by it than most commanders.
Ambitions - Mei has been lucky to achieve many of her ambitions. She is a fighter ace, she commands a vessel, she found someone to share this with. Perhaps her main ambition is to keep going, to keep moving forward, to not mess those things up.

- Sun still wants to be a notable strategist.

- She’d also like to be published, a bit of lingering historian in her probably.
Hobbies & Interests Mei is incredibly interested in classic Chinese literature, culture, and history. She spends much of her free time, delving deeply into her own past. She tries to stay connected to her own culture, but enjoys learning of others (especially of common ground). She often is quick to learn of other cultures. She enjoys classic Chinese games such as Xiangqi or what is commonly known as Go. She also actively practices martial arts, and does do contests when possible. She enjoys dance, both traditional forms and more modern forms. She enjoys music, but has no talent for it, as well as cooking, but again, no talent. She enjoys almost any physical activity, the more strenuous the better.

Mei has also recently taken up a few additional hobbies, to try to expand herself a bit. She has been trying to learn to cook. She’s been toying with water colors. And, due to her partner’s injuries, she has tried to find a few more low-impact hobbies. Perhaps most accurately, she’s taken up looking for new hobbies.

She spends a lot of time with her family as well, and can sometimes be found in her ready room reading up on whatever Cai is studying, or one of Bao’s new screenplays, or any number of similar things.

Family

Romantic Relationships Commander Karsel`lyn Lylyl-Llytherraias
Children Sun Cai, temporally displaced daughter.
Father Sun Jiang Fu
Mother (Xu) Sun Xue Qiu
Brother(s) Sun Zhou, Sun Ru, Sun Bao, Sun Jun
Sister(s) (Sun) Fu Maes, (Sun) Fujita Cheng , Sun Lin, (Sun) Yamashita Yu
Other Family Large extended family in China, on Earth. In-Laws: Jules Maes, Fujita Yamato, Yamashita Daichi Nieces and Nephews: Fujita Nobu, Sun Xinyi, Fujita Sho, Fujita Hiroko, "Rylie" Maes, Sun Ping.
Family Details Sun Mei Xiang enjoys a very large family for the Federation. One she did at one point consider a blessing and a curse but has since decided that the blessing far outweighs the curse. In many ways, she is family oriented, despite having a career that takes her across the galaxy from them.

Her Father: Sun Jiang Fu, generally referred to as Sun Jiang, is a member of the Chinese Historical Society on Earth. He currently serves as a Curator and Archivist at the Nanhai Cultural History Museum. He was previously a Professor at the local college. He is a quiet man, almost never speaking in groups – but is unquestionably the patriarch of the Sun family. Despite his old age, and quiet nature, his children all tend to see him as the disciplinarian in the family. The grandchildren tend to disagree.

Her Mother: Sun Xue Qiu was born Xu Xue Qiu. She and Sun Jiang married early, and she has ever since been a traditional housewife. She is generous, open, friendly, and tends to dote on her children and grandchildren.

Her Brothers: Sun Jun Da is the oldest of the Sun siblings, eight years older than Mei. He is a restaurateur in Nanhai and seems to have settled happily into that role. His restaurant serves classical south China dishes with a fusion of elements brought in from around the Federation. Sun Ru Qing is three years older than Mei. He is a small stage director in Nanhai. He recently had a production converted to a holo-novel, but it did not perform well. Mei does have a copy aboard Shanghai, though. Sun Bao Guo is only two years older than Mei and is a doctor in Nanhai operating a surprisingly large private practice there. He specializes in primary care and loves it. He has been known to give Mei second opinions. Sun Zhou Yong is the youngest brother and is three years younger than Mei. He is a Historical Consultant at one of the Art Museums in Nanhai but tends to change jobs every couple of years. He looks up to Mei more than most of his siblings.

Her Sisters: Fujita Cheng Min, born Sun Cheng Min, is a housewife in Japan. She is the oldest sister, at about six years older than Mei. She is raising three children, though her youngest is currently studying aboard the Shanghai. She is less content than her mother and tends to take on extra responsibilities where able. Sun Lin Xun is a dancer and choreographer working in traditional and modern theater projects in Beijing. She is arguably closest to Mei out of their siblings. She is five years older than Mei. Fu Ling Maes was born Sun Fu Ling and only about a year before Mei. The two were always rivals, but Fu found partner and ended up moving to Cambridge. Afterwards, the two became closer – if still willing to throw barbs at one another from time to time. Fu is a housewife. Yamashita Ai Yu was born Sun Yu Ai, and is the youngest of the Sun siblings. She was born nearly ten years after Mei and was always a bit distant from the rest of the family. She currently lives on Starbase 23 with her husband, and rarely sees the rest of the family.

Her Daughter: Sun Cai was born in an Alternate timeline and was sent back in time to try to help keep a catastrophe from befalling the Shanghai. When the crisis was averted though, she couldn’t return home. As such, she stayed with her parents in this timeline. Despite a rough beginning, she and her mother have begun to act more like mother and daughter. Cai has a natural talent with medical sciences and a brilliant mind. She is currently studying.

Her In-Laws: Sun Tai Feng was born Yuen Tai Feng. She married Sun Jun Da, and if honest Mei doesn’t remember a time she wasn’t around. Tai Feng helps with her husband’s restaurant, mostly handling the operations side to let him concentrate on the creative side. Lieutenant Commander Fujita Yamato is a Stellar Cartographer at the Starfleet Science Division Offices in Tokyo. He was a big supporter of the REI and talked Mei into proposing the Shanghai lead their group. Sun Nuan was born Chen Nuan, and is married to Bao. She is a psychologist and operates an office out of her Husband’s office. Professor Jules Maes is a Professor of Anthropology, who has taught at Cambridge. He has taken up teaching at local community colleges to encourage others to look more into the field. Lieutenant Junior Grade Yamashita Daichi serves aboard the Bristol, a Saber Class vessel patrolling near Starbase 23. He is the Assistant Chief of Operations aboard the ship. He and Mei do not seem to get along however.

Her Nieces and Nephews: Fujita Nobu was born when Mei was nineteen. He is applying to many colleges in Japan and the region but has his heart set on a Kendo scholarship in Kyoto or Tokyo. Sun Xinyi was also born when Mei was nineteen. He was born out of Ru Xing’s short-lived marriage. His mother didn’t want custody, and the boy grew up troubled. He’s put that troubled mind to art though and currently has a scholarship to the University of Seoul for their Fine Arts program. Fujita Sho and Fujita Hiroko are twins, both born when Mei was twenty. Sho is still a student in Tokyo but hopes to study in Nanhai for his college. He has a love of history and may follow in his grandfather’s footsteps. Hiroko is much closer to her father, though. She has a knack for science and is currently living with her cousin and aunts aboard the Shanghai to get an edge up. She hopes to join Starfleet. Ryan Li “Rylie” Maes was born when Mei was twenty-four. She lives in Cambridge with her parents and is currently studying. She is a bit of a troublemaker. Sun Ping is the son of Bao and was born when Mei was thirty-one. He’s still young.

Personal History

Personal History Born in Guangzhou, China in the Nanhai area on March 17th, 2355, Sun was given a name oddly telling of her eventual skills. Mei, meaning beautiful, and Xiang, meaning To Soar, were chosen by her grandparents for her a day or two after her birth. She started both martial arts and school a bit early, in part due to her father’s fascination with both. She took to the former more than the latter at first. She was raised in a bilingual home, learning to speak and read both Federation Standard and Mandarin Chinese – with some Yue as well.

When she was eleven years old, in 2366, she somehow contracted a virulent disease normally only found on Trill. It was dangerous enough that she was withdrawn from school and spent almost two months in the hospital. After recovering, however, she returned to school and quickly caught back up. Again, her school career continued unabated, until 2368. Shortly after her thirteenth birthday she was suspended for two weeks after a fight with another girl at the school. Stories differ, but most accounts state that the girl was a bit of a bully and picked on Mei for her more tomboyish looks. Mei claimed it was only after being physically pushed.

At sixteen, Mei fell into her first romantic relationship with a young man named Huang Guo Zhi. He wasn’t the best person to have chosen, and the relationship would end badly after a year and a half or so. Afterwards, she concentrated on her studies with a determination that simply hadn’t been there before. It was all to bury herself and hide from the emotions and events, she thinks. In the end, that drive to study – even if born from something bad – led her to college. She applied to a college in Beijing, and in August of 2373 she began her studies there.

Mei began her studies in History about the same time as the Dominion War began. It made the time at college a strange one for her. Due to her scores on entrance exams, Starfleet was interested in her and she was approached a few times with offers to join Starfleet. She turned them down, however, one by one. She did notice the shuttles flying around the region at the time and watching the close formations of patrol shuttles she started realizing she was fascinated with them. So, on a sort of whim, she decided to begin taking Flight courses. She found she loved them and had a knack for flying. By 2375, she would receive her civilian pilots license.

Her direction changed with the Breen Attack on Earth. When Breen fighters struck the planet, their main target was San Francisco, but other major cities were attacked as well. This included Beijing. While Mei doesn’t speak about it often, she was walking home when she heard the sirens, but frankly didn’t have any idea what to do. She panicked and foolishly tried to get home. She found herself out in the streets when the attack started. An off-duty marine officer happened to see her and ran from the shelter he had been in through the sounds of explosions and fighters overhead to pull her off the streets and to shelter. After the event, she was treated for minor injuries and spent a few weeks at home recovering.

She returned to Beijing when her college reopened. From there she finished her last year of college, still approached by Starfleet from time to time, and each time she still turned them down. She had her own plan in mind. In 2377, she graduated with a degree in history. Then, she finally relented and contacted the Marine Corps to enlist.

With flight experience and a degree, the Marine Corps fast tracked the young woman to officer school. As soon as possible, they put her to the test in flight school. She wanted to be a fighter pilot, and she had the basic skills and training necessary to get a jump on other cadets. So, she was put into flight school. She had a talent and a drive the Corps believed in. She tackled both officer and flight school, and graduated Flight School with flying colors in 2378. She was a fighter pilot from that point on.

There was no need for her at the time, though. No immediate posting was available, so rather than take off some time and wait, Mei went back to train. Eventually, the instructors let her guide new recruits and when she showed an aptitude for instructing, she was placed in instructor’s school. For a couple of years, she served as instructor on Earth, eventually running drills for new recruits out of Cadet Cruise ships.

On June 30th, 2380, Mei was escorting a squad of Cadets from the USS Catherine II near the Rigel System. It was a simple long-range patrol route that had been flown countless times before by fighter cadets, more about keeping formation and general practices than anything else. On that flight she detected a small frigate coming in. Though she ordered the Cadets to fall back and return to the ship, it was too late. When the Orion frigate appeared, it immediately opened fire on the fighters. In the ensuing attack, all five fighters were disabled. One cadet was killed. Three were severely injured, as was Sun. The Orion ship was damaged enough by the small squad that it chose to attempt to flee the Catherine. Sun would spend some time recovering from the ordeal, both physically and mentally.

Afterwards, she transferred to Starbase 23 as a fighter pilot. She served with distinction, rising through the ranks rather quickly. Soon enough, she was a Squad Leader. Within a year and a half she had been promoted to the Fighter Wing Executive Officer on the station. Then an officer let her know an Akira class ship was looking for CAG – but it was a Starfleet posting. Mei considered staying at the Starbase, but something changed her mind. So she instead opted to apply for a transfer to the USS Shanghai and Starfleet.

In 2384, Sun was transferred to the Shanghai, where she lost her Marine rank and took a step or two back she felt. However, she was an Fighter group commander aboard a carrier, and in truth she didn’t think she could be much happier. She ended up as the Second Officer of the ship as well, given it was a carrier. When the ship’s Executive Officer left, she stepped into the role. She assumed it would be temporary, but after she began, she found she was doing well at the job itself. It wasn’t something she planned, but she did enjoy the role.

In late 2385, Sun’s position as CAG aboard Shanghai was taken over by Karsel`lyn Lylyl-Llytherraias, who wasn’t bashful about her attraction to the XO. While not reciprocated immediately, the two did eventually find some common ground and a romance began to grow between the two. It wouldn’t be until later that the two officially became a couple. Lyn would eventually propose to Sun in late 2388.

In 2386, on a now classified date, Mei and Lyn were visiting Earth for shore-leave, while the Shanghai was being repaired. During that visit, Mei was approached by her former partner, Huang, who had been hired to help ambush the woman. Sun was stabbed four times in the chest during the attack, and luckily found quickly by a passerby, who alerted the authorities. While she did recover, it was not a smooth recovery – and the exact reason for the attack is still undiscovered.

In late 2387, a classified event occurred. While exact details of the event are scarce, it is known that Sun Cai appeared around this time. A few months later, in early 2388, the Akira Class Shanghai was destroyed during an Orion Ambush. The crew would survive, and a new Vesta Class vessel was rechristened Shanghai.

After a few years serving as Executive Officer of the Shanghai, the option for a command tour and her first taste of being a CO came too her. This coincided well with a planned refit of the Shanghai, and the retirement of the ships former CO. During much of 2388, Sun completed her advanced command courses, and served as interim CO of the USS Dunedin while awaiting the Shanghai’s retrofit.
Medical History Multiple minor injuries over the course of a long career. Major injuries and conditions listed below.

| 2366; Contracts a strain of a Trill immuno-virus. Acute stage treated over two months. Continued treatment.

Lingering effects - reduced immune system response.


| 2380; Major injuries sustained in an Orion Ambush near Rigel. Broken ribs, leg, dislocated shoulder.

Lingering effects - Mental trauma. Physical scarring.


| 2385; Stabbed four times in the chest on Shore Leave. Stab wounds, massive blood loss, punctured lung.

Lingering effects - Artificial lower heart valves. Mental trauma. Physical scarring.


| 2388: Spaced during the destruction of the Shanghai. Burns, temporary blindness, and lung damage.

Lingering effects - Sensitivity to sudden bright light. Slightly diminished lung capacity.


| Ongoing: Chronic headaches, some irritability due to her continued exposure Orion pheromones.

Personnel Data

Service Number LI-482-194-REN
Clearance Level 10 - CO
Duty Shift Alpha
Quarters Captain's Quarters, Deck Two

Starfleet Records

Education and Training Education
| Bachelor of Art in History, concentration East Asian History.
| Master of Art in Military History.

General Training
| Marine Corps Basic Training
| Marine Corps Officer Training
| Starfleet Command Training
| Starfleet Advanced Command Training
| Phaser Proficiency (Type 1, Type 2)
| Phaser Carbine specialist.
| Flight Training, Civilian Craft
| Flight Training, Starfleet Auxiliary
| Flight Training, Fighters
| Valkyrie Class specialist.
| Instructor Certification, Basic Flight.
| Instructor Certification, Fighters
Service Record 2377: Enters Basic Training, Starfleet Marine Corp.
2378: Enters Officer Training, Starfleet Marine Corp.
2378: Enters Marine Corp Flight School.
2378: Receives Instruction Permit from the SFMC.
2379: Promoted to 1st Lieutenant upon completion of Training.
2379-2380: Serves as a Marine Corp Flight Instructor
2380: Transferred to SB23 as a fighter pilot.
2381: Promoted to Squadron Leader.
2382: Promoted to Marine Captain and Fighter Wing XO.
2384: Transferred to Starfleet and the USS Shanghai as Wing Commander.
2384: Temporarily ranked Lieutenant JG and takes Second Officer position on board the Shanghai.
2385: Promoted to Lieutenant and takes Executive Officer position on board the Shanghai.
2385: Promoted to Lieutenant Commander.
2388: Reassigned the USS Dunedin as CO. Promoted to Commander.
2389: Returns to the USS Shanghai-A as Commanding Officer.
2391: Promoted to Captain.
Language Proficiency | Federation Standard, Native.
| Mandarin Chinese, Native.
| Yue (Cantonese), Fluent.
| Japanese, Basic.
| Orion, Basic.
Commendations It is worth noting that Sun does not display her medals or ribbons openly, nor does she talk about them often, or like it when others bring them up.

|Marine Corps Commendation - for distinguished service.
|Marine Corps Combat Instructor Ribbon - for her tour as a Combat Flight Instructor.
|Marine Corps Marksmanship Ribbon - for marksmanship level proficiency with a phaser carbine.
|Purple Heart with clusters. - for injuries sustained in 2380, 2385, 2386, and 2388.
|Starfleet Aerospace Medal, with clusters - for distinguished service as a pilot on Starbase 23 and the Shanghai.
|Starfleet Commendation with clusters - for distinguished service aboard the Shanghai.
|Distinguished Flying Cross - for valorous action in 2380.
Reprimands |Uniform Code Infractions - issued by various officers.
|Classified Complaint - issued by Jonathan Franz, Ship's Counselor, after a Classified Mission.