|Born:||10 April 2267|
|Affiliation:||Romulan Star Empire, Tal Prai'ex|
|Assignment(s):||Chief engineer, second officer|
Vaebn Mairex was a Romulan who served as the chief engineer and the second officer of the RIS Bouteina. Little is known of his early life, but he had a rollercoaster career shortly after the Dominion War.
The Rihaihan rollercoaster[edit | edit source]
After many years as a Chief Engineer and then as a First Officer, Vaebn was given command of the IRW Rihaihan. The Rihaihan was not a new warbird. In fact, he was only given command because his superiors felt that his engineering experience would help him stretch the life of the warbird by another decade. His first mission as Riov was to patrol an out of the way section of the Romulan-Klingon border. Throughout the mission, the Rihaihan was plagued with sensor glitches. One night, Vaebn was woken up by a call from the bridge. They were picking up a blip in the sensors. Vaebn groggily reviewed the sensor logs and dismissed them as a glitch. Vaebn went back to sleep, and the Rihaihan continued on her way.
A couple days later, the Rihaihan was hailed by Khre'Riov Sulaneak from the Imperial Romulan Fleet HQ. After reviewing the logs forwarded from the Rihaihan, HQ had discovered that the sensor blip was actually a rarely used type of Klingon cloaking device. Vaebn was berated by Khre-Riov Sulaneak and demoted to Arrain. Command was given to Vaebn's First Officer, Erei'Riov t'Palas. As the Rihaihan sped away to attempt to track the Klingon vessel, Vaebn began his new duties as a lowly Propulsion Head in Engineering.
After days of tracking, the Rihaihan finally caught up with the Klingons in an asteroid belt known to contain a rare, but arguably useless compound called tricestium. The Klingons appeared to be collecting samples of the compound on one of the larger asteroids and transfering them to their Bird of Prey. Incensed at the Klingons audacity, the Rihaihan dropped their cloak and attacked the newer, better equiped Bird of Prey. Expecting an attack, the Klingons quickly recovered from their surprise and launched a counter attack of their own. The Rihaihan was heavily damaged. So much so, that her dilithium crystals were cracked causing major power outages throughout the ship. Thinking the Romulans defeated, the Klingons prepared to board the Rihaihan to raid her of all useful supplies. At that same moment, however, Vaebn did something drastic.
Fearing a collapse of the artificial quantum singularity powering the Rihaihan, Vaebn diverted a concentrated stream of warp plasma back into the core of the singularity. This provided a burst of power around the cracked dilithium crystal just long enough to swap it out for a new unharmed crystal, a very risky procedure. As the new crystal was slotted in place, a streak of plasma arced across engineering killing three and severely wounding Vaebn. However, the sudden burst of power back to the ship's systems couldn't have been timed any better. Just as the Klingon's shields dropped to allow transport of a boarding party, the Rihaihan fired her main disruptor. The Bird of Prey was destroyed, and the boarding party perished mid-transport. Unfortunately, all clues as to why the Klingons were collecting tricestium were destroyed.
Vaebn's career may have been dealt a severe blow by his failure to track the sensor blip, but his actions in engineering did much to redeem him in the eyes of the Rihaihan's crew. Eventually, that respect earned him a promotion to Enarrain and Chief of Engineering. Arguably, that act is the reason why Vaebn has been given the opportunity to act as Chief Engineer and Second Officer aboard the RIS Bouteina. Many see this dual role as a trial run for his entry back into the command track. Only time will tell if he succeeds or not. (RIS Bouteina)
In the aftermath of Operation Telenoes, he oversaw the repairs and even rescinded Putal's punishment so he could assist in the repairs of the ship. Unfortunately, his intense devotion to repairing the ship made him miss the funeral of Leeroy Jenkins, as well as all the fun out of the victory celebrations aboard the GHS Marianela. With a couple of miracles, he got his damage control teams to repair the ship in four standard days. ("Marianela")
During the llhrei'sian crisis, he ordered the washrooms to maximum power in an effort to alleviate the crisis due to a shortage in cyprofloxacine. He also reverse engineered the Duff beer so that, in the future, cyprofloxacine could be reserved to subspace turbulence-induced llhrei'sian. ("What about some D'oh!", "Fundraiser")
He also went on an away mission that was usually the lot of Tal Shiar because they could make use of schematics that pertained to a weapon that made them drop out of warp when fired. ("Declaration of Warcraft")
His actions during the hunt for the IRW Temarex, even going so far as to engage and arrest a rogue riov while simply looking for a lost espionage ship, earned him a promotion to erei'riov. ("Manhunt")
Some time before 2401, Vaebn retired, citing that his old body couldn't take the rigors of combat anymore and decided to go to Lyran territory, living out his days with Brianna Reiss. (Star Trek: The Stoneship Files: "A Knight without Armor")
Service record[edit | edit source]
- 2288-2292: Romulan Naval Academy
- 2292-2301: IRW Mavel'Autria - Propulsion Engineer
- 2301-2314: IRW Tavinex - Propulsion Engineer
- 2314-2322: IRW t'Matlrael - Propulsion Engineer
- 2322-2333: IRW M'Tirinal - Head of Propulsion
- 2333-2341: IRW M'Tirinal - Chief Engineer
- 2341-2359: IRW Ael'Vinael - Chief Engineer
- 2359-2364: IRW Temarex - Second Officer
- 2364-2375: IRW Temarex - First Officer
- 2375-2376: IRW Rihaihan - Riov
- 2376-2379: IRW Rihaihan - Engineering - Head of Propulsion (Arrain)
- 2379-2383: IRW Rihaihan - Chief Engineer (Enarrain)
- 2383-2384: RIS Bouteina - Chief Engineer/SO (Enarrain)
- 2384-2389: RIS Bouteina - Chief Engineer/SO (Erei'Riov)