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   Name:    Cutter Kara'nin
   Terran age:   22
   Height:   184 cm
   Weight:   47 kg
   Species:   Fruna'lin
   Place of birth:   Talcla, Kardi'naln Continent, Fruna.
   Languages:   English, Fruna'lin (Mika'kardi, Katajo'ar, Tantanan), Haliian, Vulcan
   Interests:   Physics, Astronomy, Mathmatics, Archeology, Flying, Cinematography, Theatre


Education:
2369 - 2372   Melara University - Ekal, Frulan're Continent, Fruna
2372 - 2376   Starfleet Academy - San Francisco

Service Record:
2365 - 2366   FS Talri, a Fruna'lin Science Ship, Scientist's Family Member
2377 - 2378   Ensign, Operations Officer - USS Galaxy
2378 - present   Transfered, Ensign, Science Officer - USS Galaxy


Decorations:
    None

Background:
Cutter was born in Talcla to Zalan and Orin Kara'nin. Cutter is not a traditional Fruna'lin name, he was named after a type of Terran sailing ship that was favored by a close friend of his fathers, however it is close to Kutar, an uncommon Katajo'ar name. Zalan, Cutter's mother, was a Fluid Dynamics Engineer, Orin was a Stellar Scientist. In 2365, Cutter accompanied his father on a major stellar survey, his first extra-system space travel. Cutter left his family for schooling in 2366, at age 11, as is customary. From there, he moved on to Melara, where he specialized in Astronomy and Physics. While at Melara, Cutter had several interactions with Zan, a female Archeologist major. A few of these interactions caused both Zan and Cutter to develop minor criminal records, such as digging up the terrain in a National Park on Fruna, and attempted theft from a Ferengi artifact trader. No charges were very serious, and every charge Cutter recieved was as an accomplice. Cutter was accepted into the Academy in 2372, where his skills became more generalized into Operations and Engineering. He graduated 17th in his class.

In early 2378, Cutter requested a transfer from Ops to Science on the USS Galaxy.


Personality profile:
Cutter is very academically adept. He can learn and retain at levels that are above average, a talent that seems to depend on his interest in the subject. If Cutter becomes bored with a subject, his work suffers greatly. He is also very absentminded and easily sidetracked, a weakness which at times can be worse than his often lack of interest. Despite these drawbacks, and an often lax attitude, Cutter proves himself to be a very good officer, responsible and dedicated. Cutter is usually pretty shy, and not talkative in general. He is also rather unemotional and rational, by most standards, though certainly not by Vulcan standards, but he is found to be an amiable person most of the time.


Special notes:
Appearance:

Dark blue hair and eyes, thin, tone. Large wings extending from the back, arching, when closed, about a foot above the head and reaching down to the ankle, a 4.5 meter wing span. The wings are white with dark blue tips.

Fruna'lin Anatomy

The Fruna'lin are a humanoid race from the planet Fruna. Their major characteristics include a third set of appendages that extend from the posterior torso. These appendages act as wings and allow for flight. The Fruna'lin have a modified generic skeletal system to support their wings. This modified system includes two large plate bones in the back that the wing muscles attach to, as well as hollow bones.

Fruna'lin are a largely mammalian species. They give birth to their young and care for them with mammary glands.. Fruna'lin also have a self-regulated body temperature. Unlike Mammillae and more like Avians, Fruna'lin have feathers, which are most noticeable on the wings.

Fruna'lin also have a very symmetrical hand. They have two opposable thumbs on eitherside of the hand and four fingers. There are no opposable digits on the foot, although Fruna'lin have two larger toes on either side of the foot that would correspond with the thumbs on the hand.

Withthe exception of wings, Fruna'lin appear human. The only other difference in appearance comes in colors. Fruna'lin can exhibit a variety of colors in their feathers, anywhere from white to yellow or red to blue or green. Historically, feather color caused social problems like skin color did on Earth.

Wings

Fruna'lin wings are considered a third set of appendages. They extend out of the back, just below the scapulae (shoulder blades). Fruna'lin have an additional set of plate bones under the scapulae. The scapulae themselves are reduced in size to make room for the new bones. The shaf'klarik'cho (wing plates) extend from the spine to side of the body. They provide an anchor for the wing muscles, especially the large powerful muscles used on the down stroke. They also provide a socket for the ball joint of the wing. There are twenty bones in each wing, excluding the shaf'klarik'cho: one anchor that connects to the wing plate, three in the upper wing and sixteen in the lower wing. The total wingspan of a Fruna'lin is about four times their height. The anchor bone, the shaf'tgh, connects to the wing plate in a ball-socket joint. It also connects to the first real wing bone, the jak'shaf, in a hinge joint. This bone is fairly rigidly attached to the last two bones in the upper wing, simply called jak'chaj'le, ancient Fruna'lin for upper wing pair.This pair of bones functions similar to the ulna and radius in the human arm, they allow for that part of the wing to twist. They connect to the first in a series of seven bones in the lower wing. The seven kaj'shaf'cho bones are all connect to one another using a small round bone, chaj'oyo. These joints give the lower wing semi-rigidity, but also allow it limited ability to curve and twist. At the tip of the wing, there are two bones that mimic the jak'chaj'le in the upper wing and a small digit that anchors the feathers on the tip of the wing. They are called the kaj'chaj'le and the shaf'swuz. These wing bones, along with most of the other major bones are hollow.

The muscles that control the wings, especially the down stroke are enormously developed, giving Fruna'lin a wider than average chest. Most other muscles are generally not as developed, and are less dense than human muscle. Thus, the average weight of a Fruna'lin is far less than that of a human. Generally, Fruna'lin weigh from 80 to 110 pounds. The flying ability of overweight Fruna'lin suffers.

Feathers

Feathers provide flexible but strong structures for powered flight. Typical feathers are called contour feathers; they consist of a base, a central tapering shaft and a paired series of thin barbs on either side of the shaft that forms the vane.There are other feathers, filoplumes, which act as hair and downs for insulation. These filoplumes cover the head and make eyebrows. Their 'hair' covers their head as normal, but also extends down the neck and back and reaches the base of their wings. As the feathers reach the wings, the filoplumes are replaced with small secondary feathers. This feather covering is speculated to cover most of the body in earlier evolutions, which would have aided in flight by reducing air friction. Their filoplume hair does not extend down to the face. Auricular feathers sit in front of the ear and serve to block wing from entering the ear canal during flight. Lying in the skin of the wing is a unique oil gland, which aids in feather maintenance and waterproofing.

Aerobic Systems

Fruna'lin also have an overly developed respiratory system. Their lung capacity is almost twice that of humans. The respiratory system is also unidirectional. Unlike most other humanoids who breathe air into their lungs and then back out, a bi-directional system, the Fruna'lin breathe air into the lungs, which then moves into from the lungs to air sacs, and then back out through the mouth or nostrils. This in one way, out another method of breathing prevents used air from mixing with new air, ensuring the air breathed in is always fully oxygenated. The heart is also proportionately larger, and its beat varies between 120 to 150 beats per minute during flight. The Fruna'lin have a much higher metabolism than most humanoids, and so must eat quite a bit to maintain their energy. A higher body temperature also assists in metabolizing food. Extra sleep is not needed to replenish energy used in flight. In fact, most flight requires very little energy. Given a sufficient amount of wind, such as that found over water, a Fruna'lin can fly for several hours with out needing to rest.

Sensory Organs

The Fruna'lin have very well developed vision. Their eyes have exceptionally acute resolution and are binocular.. Color perception is excellent. Fruna'lin can detect the entire visible spectrum and can sense a little into the ultraviolet and infrared spectrums. Both eyes each have three lids, an upper and lower lid, like most other species. The Fruna'lin also have a nictitating membrane underneath these outer eyelids. This membrane is a thin, moist, translucent fold of skin that sweeps across the eye sideways, beginning near the nose. This third eyelid helps to moisten and clean the eye and protects it from strong wind and bright light. Hearing is acute, but the senses of smell and taste are poorly developed.

The Fruna'lin also have the unique ability to detect magnetic fields. This sense, common to many species native to Fruna, aided earlier evolutions of the race in their migratory patterns. Two linear regions of large iron deposits located just above the ear on either side of the head serve as internal compasses.

Instead of a single set of vocal cords in a voice box situated near the top of the windpipe, the Fruna'lin have two near the bottom of the windpipe, where it splits into each lung. In this configuration, each set of vocal cords has their own air source and can be controlled so that each makes its own sound. This allows for much more complicated sounds than most other humanoids. Birdsong is still a popular mating ritual among lesser species on Fruna, and vocal music is a very diverse art form among the Fruna'lin.

Coloration

Fruna'lin have melanin in their skin, but they also have other pigments: pterins and guanins. These two pigments are predominant in their feathers, but can appear in small quantities in the skin. Pterins provide for shades between red and yellow and guanins provide colors between green and blue. Usually just one pigment is dominant and individual coloration depends on family heritage. For example, Fruna'lin from the Falkon continents generally display white or green to blue feather coloration and Fruna'lin from the Kardi'naln continent generally display yellow to red feather coloration. The feathers are generally not one color and can often fade into other colors. A very common coloration is light blue hair to white wings. Also, it is not uncommon for Fruna'lin with very dark colored feathers, such as dark blue or dark green, to exhibit these colors in their skin as well, although the skin coloration is very faint.

The Hand

Fruna'lin have in total twelve fingers, six on each hand. There are two thumbs per hand, one on each side, and four fingers. Motor control of the hand is very sophisticated. This sophistication, along with their upright stature, allowed prehistoric Fruna'lin to hold tools and to develop civilization. Many other species also have opposable digits on the hand. This development gives an advantage in climbing and perching. However, other species lack the fine motor control and so are unable to adequately grip small objects. They also use all four limbs to walk, unlike the bipedal Fruna'lin.


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