Characters.Star Trek Online: United Federation of Planets Klingon Empire Romulans and Remans DominionCharacters of Star Trek Online affiliated with the Romulan Star Empire and the Romulan Republic.
- Enemy Mine: Chancellor J'Mpok sees helping the Republic as a way of conquering the Romulans without needing to use force. They've since proven to be valuable allies.
- For Science!: The theme of the non-combat missions. Eventually it leads to study of Iconian Gateway tech including an intact gateway and them building a space gate for the Dyson Sphere in Season 8.
- Took a Level in Badass: Ultimately, the NR Rep leads to the Romulans gaining Iconian Technology and surging to becoming a superpower again. Shame the Iconians sabotaged the whole thing...
- Balkanize Me: Repeatedly after Shinzon's coup d'etat. After Star Trek: Nemesis Commander Donatra of the IRW Valdore led a large chunk of the Romulan Star Navy in rebellion and formed her own breakaway state, the Imperial Romulan State. They merged back together with the RSE just in time for Hobus, and in the aftermath Nero killed the few members of the Senate who had escaped Romulus' destruction. The Empire fragmented into a Vestigial Empire and these days is an increasingly irrelevant North Korea IN SPACE!, while many of the colonies either became independent or joined up with the Reman Resistance and a refugee fleet led by D'Tan to form the Romulan Republic on Mol'Rihan (New Romulus to the Feds and Klingons). The Tal Shiar, formerly State Sec for the Empire, are yet another faction, controlling some territory and a considerable fleet under what amounts to a military junta.
- Good Republic, Evil Empire: A central plot point, with the emergent Romulan Republic being the good guys (with which the player can be allied or an actual member of), and the Star Empire being the treacherous villains that they have always been. Proconsul D'Tan is the Big Good and Empress Sela is one of the primary villains of the Romulan storyline.
The Player Character and Crew
Because everything else from his/her/it's appearance to species can be wildly different from player to player, only general characteristics will be listed here.
- Badass Pacifist: You start as this. You want nothing to do with the Romulan Civil War. Too bad Hakeev's a dick.
- Call to Agriculture: Apparently, the destruction of Romulus is this to player, who chose to go with living a simple life on an unimportant colony world in the Neutral Zone as a farmer. Of course, it can be subverted, as well. When you're talking to the person who tells the story of Virinat, you have the option of saying that you've been there since before all of that.
- Deadpan Snarker: The available responses to the Romulan captain tend to have a little more bite to them than the others.
- Doomed Hometown: Virinat is bombed to hell by Hakeev and the Tal Shiar. However the player's crew includes many of the colonists.
- Double Agent: One story arc has you infiltrate the Tal Shiar. It doesn't quite go as planned.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: To the Tal Shiar. At the start of the Romulan campaign, you're considered little more than a nuisance. By the end, they consider you the single biggest threat to their reign, to the point that they send an entire fleet just to kill you.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: To Hakeev in the "Romulan Mystery"/"Freedom" storyline.
- "This is less than you deserve!" (shoots him in the head)
- Neutral No Longer: The player starts neutral, as neither a member of the Romulan Star Empire nor the Romulan Republic. It's already confirmed they will join the Romulan Republic and NOT the Tal Shiar. This is because Hakeev and the Tal Shiar bomb the crap out of their home for fun. They also will choose to ally with the Federation or Klingon Empire in their war, though it seems to be more of political thing.
The Romulan PC's best friend from Virimat and their first officer.
- Blue Blood: His father was a noble and leader in the Romulan Star Navy prior to the Hobus incident. Tovan was 8 and off-world with his mom and sister when the supernova happened and his father was killed on Romulus. Tovan is now just a security guy on Virinat.
- Custom Uniform: Has a number of unique uniform and face pieces.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Disappeared Dad: His father went up with the homeworld.
- It's Personal: Hated the Tal Shiar even before the Virinat attack, because they inadvertently killed his mother when they hit the convoy the Khevs were traveling with, looking for troublemakers.
- The Lancer
- Nice Guy
- Optional Party Member: Inverted. Unlike every other boff in the game, you can't get rid of him even after completing the part of the storyline that he's written into. You also initially couldn't change his looks, either.
- Parental Abandonment: His father died in the Hobus event, and his mother was collateral damage when the Tal Shiar raided the refugee convoy they were traveling in, looking for troublemakers.
- The Sheriff: The good kind. His backstory says he worked as a security officer on another frontier colony, Hfihar, before coming to Virinat, and gained a reputation for both honesty and fighting skill.
- Trigger Happy: The other Boffs tease him about being a Tactical Officer."Watch what you shoot in here, Tovan."
"Ha ha ha."
- True Companions: Written as this with the Romulan PC.
- Badass Labcoat
- Custom Uniform: It seems she's the only doctor in the galaxy who actually wears a labcoat anymore...
- The Medic
- Not in This for Your Revolution: She doesn't particularly like the republic at first, joining as part of a deal that prevents you from recruiting more people from the group she was with. Finding out that the Elachi are real changes her tune quickly, though.
- Optional Party Member: Like every other boff save Tovan, removable at will. Once removed, she can't be re-acquired.
- Custom Uniform: Her costume contains a number of unique pieces not available to other Reman boffs.
- Death by Origin Story: She's motivated to join the Romulan Republic's fight against the Tal Shiar after her father Zden is carried off by the Elachi.
- Optional Party Member: Like every other boff save Tovan, removable at will. Once removed, she can't be re-acquired.
- Psychic Powers: She'll psi-blast Tal Shiar agents as an allied npc, but seems to lose this ability once she actually joins.
- Wrench Wench: The first engineering officer available to the Romulan PC.
- And This Is for...: When you kill the Captain onboard Gasko Station, he tells them "That was for my brother."
- The Big Guy: He has the stockiest build out of the original Boffs the Romulan player gains during the early story missions.
- Defector from Decadence
- Optional Party Member: Like every other boff save Tovan, removable at will. Once removed, he can't be re-acquired.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Why he joins up with you. He wants to avenge his brother's murder.
- Rugged Scar: An impressive one running down his chin from the right side of his lower lip.
A former engineer on the T'liss-class warbird the player takes over for their starting ship, he ends up using his skills to help Virinat. He's captured and later rescued by the Romulan Captain.
- Call to Agriculture: In effect, although none of them are actually literally farmers as their main job. His captain, Malem, turned up in orbit of Virinat about ten years before the game begins, looking for a place to settle down. Malem became the mayor of the player's town, D'Vex became a mechanic, and the first officer, Nevala, became one of the local law enforcement officers. D'Vex was also the one who recruited Tovan Khev into the security force.
- Old Soldier: Unclear how old, but he's an RSN veteran.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The Path to 2409 mentions that after the Romulan Star Empire had one last round of civil war over then-Praetor Taris trying to turn more dictatorial (Sela eventually came out on top), several Romulan Star Navy crews basically decided they were sick of the uncertainty and struck out on their own. It's implied D'Vex's crew was among them.
- Sixth Ranger: He shows up in "Devil's Choice" and, after completing the mission, joins your team.
- You Sound Familiar: Tim Simmons also voices Commander Samuel Winters of the USS Enterprise-F, as well as Captain Walker of USS Pastak, Captain Jurlek of the KDF PC's starting bird-of-prey, and Khimek.
- The Alliance: A bunch of people tired of being kicked around by the Star Empire who eventually become the dominant power in the region.
- Dark Horse Victory: Most people would have put either Sela, Taris, the Remans, or the Tal'Shiar as the likely inheritor of the Romulan Star Empire.
- Karmic Jackpot: The least evil Romulan faction by far and the one that ends up with the vast majority of territory and resources.
- The Revolution Will Not Be Villified: One of the nicest factions in the game.
- Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: D'Tan and the Republic are explicitly branded as "terrorists" by the Tal Shiar and the Star Empire. However, D'Tan dislikes violence and the Republic is the only stable post-Hobus Romulan successor state. To say nothing of it being a substantial improvement in the quality-of-life for the people under its governance.
The leader of Ambassador Spock's reunification movement. Following the disappearance of Sela, he sets up the colony of New Romulus with the Reman Resistance and is now the Proconsul of the Romulan Republic.
- The Atoner: He pretty much takes this role on behalf of his people, wanting to make up for the bad blood between his people and the Federation & Klingons in the past and start over anew.
- Big Good: Of the playable Romulan faction.
- The Bus Came Back: A Romulan follower of Spock, last seen over fifty years ago in TNG: "Unification II".
- Darkhorse Victory: Absolutely no one thought a reunificationist in opposition to the RSE would have won the Romulan power struggle, let alone make the Romulans the second largest superpower in the Alpha Quadrant after all that happened to them!
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Downplayed. D'Tan is no one's nightmare except the Tal Shiar's. He still was politically insignificant until the bombing of Virinat even though his rebellion had been around.
- Nerves of Steel: In one New Romulus Reputation cutscene he has a Tal Shiar operative beam directly into his office past his security and try to make a deal with him. He tells her to make an appointment and come back during business hours.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: To the Romulan player, he allows them to opt out of joining the Republic, but the PC is too pissed at the Tal Shiar to think of not doing so.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: In a cutscene he straight-up tells the Tal Shiar to piss off when they try to bribe him.
- Skilled, but Naïve/Wide-Eyed Idealist: D'Tan obviously doesn't want to get stuck in many wars due to the Romulan people's precarious situation, but "Surface Tension" obviously shows that his priorities are horribly skewed, not taking the threat of the Undine seriously at all, probably even worse off than how the Federation was taking it, preferring to talk more about the possession of the Dyson Spheres over them. This is shown further when he forces the Lleiset back to New Romulus.
- Played by Eric Newsome
The leader of the Reman Resistance trying to win their freedom from slavery under what's left of the Romulan Star Empire, and a supporting character in the "Romulan Mystery"/"Freedom" storyline. Later joins with D'Tan's people to form the Romulan Republic.
- Big Good: For the Remans, as he leads the organization attempting to end their slavery under the Tal Shiar.
- Cool Starship: Post-Legacy of Romulus, his flagship Zdenia is a custom version of the Mogai-class heavy warbird (it uses the Valdore-class skin).
- General Failure: He lost Crateris because the militia fleet he was commanding got caught out of position, then completely failed at killing the Player Character in "The Vault" and lost the thalaron weapons he'd fought so hard for when the ship carrying them was blown up by the player and the USS Lhasa/IKS Azetbur. He also had his base on the iceworld outed by an informant and independently discovered by the players. Only after he forms an alliance with the PC does his luck change.
- Good Is Not Soft: He has no problem using thalaron weapons against the Empire to free his people, though he does consider this a horrible choice to make, and in the Federation/KDF version of the Romulan story arc, he guns down Hakeev in cold blood, execution-style. He fully deserved it.
- HeelFace Turn: Regardless of storyline, when you first meet him he's an antagonist raiding the Vault, and his ships attack you because he isn't convinced that your faction can be trusted to help free his people. After you locate him and meet him in person, he brings the Reman Resistance over to your side.
- La Résistance: He's the Leader of it.
- Pragmatic Hero: He will use whatever means he feels necessary to bring freedom to his people, up to and including using thalaron weapons purchased from the Orion Syndicate against the Empire.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: To Hakeev. Unless you're playing as or with a Romulan. Then it's the Romulan Player Character.Hakeev: This isn't over! The Iconians know everything! THIS ISN'T OVER!
Obisek: It's over for you. (shoots Hakeev squarely in the head)
- Rebel Leader: He hates the fact that he's one of these and would rather work for peace.
- Rugged Scar: Has three large claw marks on his face.
- Not Himself: When you first meet A'Dranna, she's completely out of it, virtually distracted. This is because the Iconians secretly kidnapped her and mucked around with her mind.
- The Complainer Is Always Wrong: She invokes this on Captain Shon when he suggests destroying the Iconian gateway near Jouret IV. She even goes so far as to threaten having D'Tan reconsider the Federation's friendship with the Republic if they do so.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Many players have noted that, with "Tales of the War" #16, A'Dranna is edging towards this, wanting to turn the Krenim Temporal Warship on a target that would bring back Romulus, getting shades of Taris with this. This ultimately turns out to be exactly what is tried... and whether finding out from the temporally shielded datacore that the results were disastrous, to the tune of all of Romulus being assimilated, will change A'Dranna's mind is currently unknown.
- Played by Tim Simmons
A Romulan Republic Spy who has successfully infiltrated the highest levels of the Tal Shiar.
- The Bus Came Back: Appears in a grand total of two missions, "Mind Game" and "Uneasy Allies", which take place several story arcs apart.
- I Was Never Here: After he rescues you from Hakeev's Mind Rape and helps get you the info for the Romulan Republic, he tells you that they can't be seen together again and wishes your character luck.
- No Name Given: He isn't identified if you play "Uneasy Allies" as a Fed or KDF character.
- What the Hell, Hero?: He does this after you tell him that they're keeping Sela free so she can actively see if they can find out more about the Iconians. He believes that you're just falling into a trap and one of your crew has to nail him with a stun grenade to pull him out.
- Big Damn Heroes: His first appearance is when he turns up in the tutorial to help you fend off Hakeev's flagship the IRW Khnial.
- Commanding Coolness: His Heroic Sacrifice establishes him forever as one of the greatest heroes of the Romulan Republic.
- Famous Last Words: "Remember this!" to Ambassador Woldan.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Temer uses his personal shield to protect the Klingon Ambassador at the Khitomer Conference. In doing so, he singlehandedly redeems the Romulans in the eyes of the Klingons, showing that they have bravery and honor.
- Jumping on a Grenade: While Klingon Ambassador Woldan is speechifying about how they can't trust the Romulans, Hakeev beams a bomb onto the podium directly behind him. Temer jumps forward and extends and inverts his personal shield to contain the blast and is vaporized when the bomb goes off.
- Rugged Scar: On the left side of his forehead.
The supreme commander of the Republic military and one of the founding personalities behind the Republic itself. A former staff officer with the Star Empire's navy, he was promoted to the admiralty to fill vacancies left by Hobus, but quickly became worried about the increasing influence of the Tal Shiar and contacted D'Tan in hopes of finding a way of preventing them from co-opting the Fleet altogether.
Acts as the quest giver for the "Vengeance" episode, which deals with the Elachi.
- Enemy Mine: His alliance with D'Tan was this initially—they were both worried about the Tal Shiar, correctly, as it turned out—but Kererek ended up running the fleet for him on a permanent basis.
- Properly Paranoid: In "Sphere of Influence" he confides in the Player Character that he's worried the Republic is rushing ahead of its safety margins in trying to reactivate the Iconian gateway, but D'Tan makes him go ahead anyway. Kererek's right, albeit for the wrong reason—he expected an industrial accident, not deliberate sabotage by the Brainwashed and Crazy A'Dranna.
- Rugged Scar: A nasty one going down the right side of his face, including his eye.
- You Are in Command Now: Before Hobus, he was a logistics officer. Post-Hobus, he was given flag rank because much of the admiralty was metabolically challenged.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: In the Romulan storyline, it's hinted that he's the reason one of the Reman colonies was taken captive by sabotaging a communications dish. He does it again in "Colosseum" when he lures you to his ship and ends up bringing you to Hakeev.
A Republic Intelligence officer working with the Delta Alliance.
- Defector from Decadence: She's former Tal Shiar, but left after Hakeev's people started taking over.
- Genghis Gambit: In "Operation Cooperation Conspiracy" she hatches a plan to knit the new Delta Alliance tighter together by kidnapping a Vaadwaur cruiser and sending it on a remote-controlled attack run against some Benthans and Hazari, forcing them to form an Enemy Mine with the Player Character to win and hopefully resulting in Fire-Forged Friends.
- Mysterious Past: About the only thing we know for certain is that she and Commander Jarok have some history (possibly implying that she used to work for the Empire). Jarok is very irritated to find out that Sahen's assigned to the same theater as her.
- Recurring Character: Appears in four patrol missions in the Delta Quadrant—"Reconnaissance" (Legira system), "Gone Dark" (Nular), "Operation Cooperation Conspiracy" (Xiokel), and "Difficult Choices" (Gerren)—but otherwise has no role in the storyline.
Crew of the RRW Lleiset
- Badass in Distress: In "Capture the Flag" the ship is boarded and the senior staff captured by the Vaadwaur, forcing the player to rescue them.
- Cool Starship: The Lleiset is the only NPC-owned Tulwar-class dreadnought in the game. The Remans and RSE use Scimitar-class warbirds while Romulan Republic mob groups will spawn Falchion-class ships as their dreadnought. The Tulwar is science-focused in its console layout and is distinguishable from the Scimitar and Falchion mainly by the openings near the wingtips.
- A Day in the Limelight:
- "Republic Day" is a meet-and-greet with the senior staff that lets you fly the Lleiset in a military exercise.
- "Capture the Flag" in Delta Rising has the Lleiset get boarded by the Vaadwaur; the Player Character helps the command crew fight them off.
- Meaningful Name: In a bit of a Genius Bonus for fans of Diane Duane's Rihannsu novels, "lleiset" is Rihan for "freedom". Although a close reading of My Enemy, My Ally will reveal that this technically violates Romulan naming conventions: the Romulans are superstitious about names and believe one should never name ships (or people) after virtues, lest they begin to take on aspects of their name for good or ill. (This in reference to the Enterprise.)
- Wave-Motion Gun: It has a thalaron generator in "Republic Day", though the NPC version apparently doesn't.
- Played by: Mara Junot
The commanding officer of the RRW Lleiset.
- Action Girl: She's a veteran of the Dominion War, and grabs a gun to defend her ship after she's boarded by the Vaadwaur.
- Badass in Distress: In "Capture the Flag" she locks herself in her own brig to protect herself from the Vaadwaur boarders; the player has to get her out.
- Canon Immigrant: She's an import from the novelverse, albeit in a Broad Strokes fashion—her counterpart appeared in a short story set in 2374, but she was only twelve years old. STO contains the plot of that short story in her backstory, but retcons her age to make her a Dominion War vet.
- The Captain/Commanding Coolness: The Romulan rank of commander is comparable to a Starfleet captain.
- Continuity Nod: She's the daughter of Admiral Alidar Jarok, from the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Defector."
- Cool Starship: She commands a Tulwar-class dreadnought warbird (the only one in the fleet outside of player ships). And it's the Romulan Flagship.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Legacy of Romulus promo art included an image of a pretty Romulan woman that seemed like a case of Lady Not-Appearing-in-This-Game (the players dubbed her "So'Hott"), but according to Word of God it's meant to be Jarok, who didn't appear in the game until "Sphere of Influence" was released several months after the Expansion Pack (and was later given an appearance in the revamped Fed-side "Romulan Mystery" storyline).
- Meaningful Name: Not her, but her ship. "Lleiset" translated to "freedom" in Honor Blade.
- Noodle Incident: She and Subcommander Rai Sahen, a Republic intelligence officer and Delta Rising recurrer, have some sort of history "from another lifetime".
- Defector from Decadence: Left the Romulan Star Navy because she couldn't stomach the Tal Shiar anymore and wanted to improve the lives of her people.
- Nepotism: Played-with political connections variant. She believes she earned her command fairly but recognizes there's a political component as well. Her father died branded a traitor to the Empire, so putting her in command of the Republic's flagship sends a corresponding message to the Romulan people.
- Older Than They Look: Thanks to their Vulcan heritage Romulans live longer than humans. Jarok isn't really old enough to qualify for Really 700 Years Old, but having served in the Dominion War puts her in roughly her mid- to late fifties.
- Revenge Before Reason: Inverted. In "What's Left Behind", when she confronts Sela, she's ready to turn her into plasma-smoked swiss cheese, but realizes she'd be a lot better alive than dead.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Her Big Damn Heroes moment in "Surface Tension" during the Undine battle near Qo'noS, in violation of direct orders from D'Tan to guard New Romulus (which wasn't under attack).Jarok: The Romulan Republic has made commitments with her allies. We are here to honor them.
- You Sound Familiar: Mara Junot also voices the Federation free science boff T'Vrell, potentially making for a case of Talking to Herself after Jarok was retconned into the "Romulan Mystery" story arc. Ditto voicing Captain Tren Renalla in "A Step Between Stars".
- Commanding Coolness: Subcommander is the same as a Starfleet or KDF commander.
- Defector from Decadence: Defected from the RSN after Hobus because he couldn't stomach the Tal Shiar anymore. He wanted to rebuild Romulan civilization, not oppress it.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Had a non-speaking role as a background NPC in "A Step Between Stars" before being officially introduced in "Republic Day".
- Number Two: To Jarok. His duty is to keep the crew working together in spite of old prejudices, and to help Cdr. Jarok by acting as a sounding board for her decisions.
- Badass Boast: When the Vaadwaur invade the Lleiset, he pretty much tells the leader of the boarding party that it would take a lot more to kill him.
- Commanding Coolness: His rank in the RRF.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Had a non-speaking role as a background NPC in "A Step Between Stars" before being officially introduced in "Republic Day".
- Mr. Fixit: Before he joined the Lleiset crew, he helped Obisek get the Vault working again after Crateris fell to the Elachi and Tal Shiar.
- Eyepatch of Power: No explanation how he lost his eye.
- Token Non-Human: Or non-Romulan, rather. He's the only Reman on the command crew.
- Combat Medic: In "Capture the Flag" she pulls a gun and assists in her own rescue. In the middle of sickbay. Hippocratic Oath? What's that?
- Death by Origin Story: She lost her family in the Hobus event.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Had a non-speaking role as a background NPC in "A Step Between Stars" before being officially introduced in "Republic Day".
- The Medic: Both physically and mentally, as her position also comprises something akin to a Starfleet ship's counselor.
- Never Mess with Granny: When the Lleiset is boarded by the Vaadwaur they have her at gunpoint and she's daring them to do their worst and says they're nothing compared to the Tal Shiar. Then the PC bursts in and the second the Vaads' backs are turned, she pulls a gun and starts shooting them In the Back.
Security officer of the RRW Lleiset, and a liberated Borg.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: He fights for the Republic because they rescued him from the Collective and treat him as a person.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In "Uneasy Allies", Sela reprograms his Borg implants and forces him to help her escape from Republic captivity.
- Crazy-Prepared: Has developed over six thousand holodeck scenarios around hostile boarding actions, which includes plans such as using the Commander's private quarters as a staging ground to retake the ship. He also has a plan if your crew were to try and attack the Lleiset, and offers to brief you on your vulnerabilities.
- Cutting the Knot: Subverted. When the Player Character proposes just beaming Overseer Relin into space, Selan says he already tried it.
- Defector from Decadence: He's ex-Tal Shiar, and stayed with the Republic because they rescued him where the Tal Shiar didn't even try.
- Eye Scream: Like Hakeev, he's got a big ol' Borg implant where his left eye used to be. Unlike Hakeev, his right eye is grayed-out too.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: His job in the Tal Shiar was to gather Borg technology for study.
- Put on a Bus: Apparently an Enforced Trope due to Executive Meddling: his voice actor posted that there'd been a business decision to use only California-based, union voice actors, which meant both he and longtime STO cast member Lani Minella were out.
- Rugged Scar: Nasty one under his right eye, likely an artifact of when he was captured by the Borg.
- State Sec: He's ex-Tal Shiar.
- The Stoic: His dialogue comes off as very unemotional in "Republic Day", which is a common portrayal of liberated Borg. He seems to have lightened up by "Capture the Flag", though.
- Token Minority: The only liberated Borg on any of the flagships' command crews.
- You Sound Familiar: Gabriel Wolf also voices Narrel.
- Played by Lani Minella
Tactical officer of the RRW Lleiset.
- Action Girl: She's the tac officer.
- Blood Knight: Juuust a little bit.Terel: I make any problems the Lleiset faces go away. Preferably with disruptors.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Some of her dialogue in "Capture the Flag" seems to suggest she's this to her security teams.
- Ironic Name: Jhu means 'angel' in Rihan. Not exactly fitting.
- It's Personal: She hates the Tal Shiar because she had family on Gasko Station, a place they attacked in episode "From the Ashes", mission "Gasko Blues".
- Jerkass: Only grudgingly tells you about herself and makes it known that she doesn't "like getting the third degree. From anyone."
- Space People: She was born in the black on a space station near Romulus. Her family made their lives among the stars after Hobus.
- You Sound Familiar: As of "Capture the Flag", Lani Minella yet again.
Science officer of the RRW Lleiset.
- Actual Pacifist: He finds fighting to be horrible, going so far as to being forced to stop himself from calling your character "trained killers".
- Balance Between Good and Evil: The concept of the Balance is an overriding Deferi cultural philosophy, of which he sees the Republic as an exemplar since D'Tan managed to gain alliances with both sides of the Federation-Klingon War.Narrel: Your people have shown that a bridge can be built between enemies. I believe that someday the Republic's efforts may be key to peace, and so it is my honor to serve.
- The Smart Guy: He specializes in astrometrics, physics, and exobiology, but knows other subjects as well.
- Token Non-Human: He's a Deferi, a neutral species that lives north of Deep Space 9 in the STO continuity, rather than a Romulan or Reman.
- You Sound Familiar: Gabriel Wolf also voices Gaius Selan.
Romulan Star Empire
Twenty-two years on from the destruction of Romulus and Remus, what was once a state rivaling the Federation and the Klingon Empire is a shadow of its former self. Headquartered on Rator III, the Hereditary Republic has been turned into an absolute monarchy under Sela, but many of the systems that survived the supernova have seceded and there is an ongoing power struggle between the legitimate empire and the Tal Shiar. And all that's before the Romulan Republic turns up.
- Bad Boss: Both Taris as well as Sela are responsible for more than a few of their own allies' deaths.
- Balkanize Me: What ruined the Star Empire.
- Doomed Hometown: The collapse of the Star Empire began with the destruction of Romulus and Remus.
- Enemy Civil War:
- The Romulan Star Empire does not get along with the Tal Shiar.
- Sela was also an ally of the Iconians. It did not work out.
- How the Mighty Have Fallen: The Star Empire has seen better days. It's probably the weakest of the surviving factions.
- Non-Indicative Name: Its claim to being the true Romulan Empire is questionable given that Sela has dissolved the Senate, made herself Empress, and most of its worlds have abandoned it.
- Undying Loyalty: Sela's followers continue to follow her despite, well, her massive series of screw-ups.
- Unwitting Pawn: To the Iconians. Subverted in that the worst of its problems came from the people who were witting.
- State Security: Subverted because the Tal Shiar have gone rogue by the time of the game.
- Vestigial Empire: From one of the three great superpowers of the Alpha and Beta Quadrants to the outer space equivalent of the People's Republic of Korea, to the point where in "Uneasy Allies" all they can spare for their empress is a refitted freighter and a Mogai-class. Nice going, Taris.
- Played by Denise Crosby
The self-proclaimed Empress of the Romulan Star Empire and the half-human daughter of the temporally displaced Starfleet officer Natasha Yar. Tremendously narcissistic and sociopathic and uniformly loathed by the playerbase.
- Art Evolution: Sela originally had an old blonde lady Romulan's model in her first appearance. They got away with it because Sela was only seen once in a low resolution pop-up window. When Denise Crosby returned to the role, she was revamped to look closer to Denise in the '80s. She got a second one in Delta Rising, now making her look more older and akin to Denise Crosby today. It... doesn't look too well.
- Bastard Bastard/Child by Rape: Remember that alternate version of Tasha Yar from "Temporal Ambassador"? Yeah, she got captured by a Romulan general who forced her to become his mistress in exchange for the lives of her crew, then had her shot when she tried to run away with baby Sela. Sela takes after her father.
- The Bus Came Back:
- She returns in the Delta Rising mission "What's Left Behind". Turns out she got taken into the Delta Quadrant and her crew fed to the Elachi. She makes a break for it during the Allied attack on the station but is captured by the Republic. And then she escapes from prison, only to return in "Uneasy Allies".
- Happens again in "Survivor" as she's needed to find Admiral T'Nae's temporal duplicate in order to prevent the collapse of reality.
- Cardboard Prison/The Guards Must Be Crazy: Her Republic jailors. Seriously, what kind of complete idiot intentionally gives a computer with a transmitter to an inmate?
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Her reaction to the discovery her mother was alive for her entire adult life in "Survivor." Subverted amusingly in that the Player Character can bluntly say they don't.
- Enemy Mine:
- The only reason she's working with the Tal Shiar is because they are the most organized remnant of the Romulan Star Empire and keeps her afloat. It becomes clear at the end of "Cutting the Cord" that she has no respect for the Tal Shiar and with Hakeev's utter failure, she leaves them to fall apart.
- Uneasy Allies and the following Iconian Resistance reputation makes clear that after what she's learned about them, she hates the Iconians enough to work with your character against them, even if she takes measure to not get captured by the Republic again.
- After Survivor, it's arguably questionable whether the Player Character and she are this or just flat out a Friendly Enemy.
- Fake Memories: Confront Sela with a Vulcan or a Betazoid in "What's Left Behind" and she'll tell you that her mind is so trained against telepaths and the like, there's no way to figure out what thoughts are real or what thoughts are just stuff she's made up.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Half-human, half-Romulan.
- Humiliation Conga: Pretty much the story of the last half-century of her life. Beaten down by the Enterprise-D crew twice in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Becomes proconsul under Praetor Tal'aura after Star Trek: Nemesis only to end up framed for her assassination and exiled. After Hobus, crowns herself Empress of the Romulan Star Empire after ousting Praetor Taris in a Military Coup, but is basically ignored at the Khitomer conference by the Klingons and Federation. Things get progressively worse from there: She launches a fleet to destroy Vulcan only to see Starfleet warned and the fleet destroyed, gets caught on the ground by the Player Character at Brea III and has her flagship shot up and her fleet destroyed by them and the Reman Resistance, is kidnapped by the Iconians which sends the Star Empire into a renewed civil war, has her crew used by the Elachi as breeding stock, and finally ends up taken prisoner by the Romulan Republic and made available to the other two governments to be interrogated at their leisure. Escapes from prison only to find that the Empire has almost completely collapsed. Travels back in time to defeat the Iconians only to discover that, in a Stable Time Loop, her attack on them was what got them cheesed off at the Romulans to begin with.
- Ignored Epiphany: After being captured by the Iconians for the better part of a year and watching her people taken away to be turned INTO elachi AND learning what Hakeev had really done with the Romulan Colonies, Sela is at least aware of how much a villain she has been. During the course of the Iconian Reputation she admits that being away from the Empire, and not having the time to scheme for power has left her with a chance to see things with her human eyes for once. While this wasn't quite enough, finding out that she was responsible for Hobus by betraying T'Ket and the other Iconians in the past and so inciting T'Ket to have a grudge against the Romulans briefly seems to push her over the edge to realizing that she's been a terrible person, and wondering if she could be a better one. However, by the subsequent Iconian War blog entry, she's back to her old It's All About Me self.
- Karma Houdini: By the final entry in Tales of the War, where she's able to just book passage off Earth with a Paper-Thin Disguise as a Vulcan because everyone's too busy celebrating to arrest her, Sela's ability to escape a permanent comeuppance for her crimes begins to rival the Trope Namer for Joker Immunity (ironic considering Cryptic's previous games were superhero MMORPGs).
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Apparently Crosby's son plays the game, and so having his mom die onscreen just isn't going to happen.
- Lampshade Hanging: Does a lot of it in "Uneasy Allies".Sela: (rolls eyes) Ugh, another secret door. Hakeev was always so melodramatic.
- Luxury Prison Suite: What Sela ultimately ends up with after "Survivor." She only agrees to turn herself over on certain conditions like being under house arrest and other accomadations. Because she's needed to help save the timeline, the Player Character agrees. She seemingly accepts this instead of breaking out again due to the discovery about her mother's final days.
- Military Coup: She was installed as praetor in the backstory after Velal, the commander of the Romulan fleet, got fed up with Taris and allied with Sela and her Hirogen trade partners to overthrow her.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Sela is very freaked out when the T'Ket of the past vows to eradicate the Romulans for her actions, realizing that Hobus and everything afterwards was her fault. Unfortunately, it doesn't stick.
- Propaganda Machine: In the backstory, observers wryly noted that after Sela revived the concept of a Romulan monarchy, people suddenly started comparing Sela to past favorably-viewed rulers such as Ael t'Rllaillieu (despite Sela and Ael being nothing alike in any way, shape, or form).
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Shockingly, an actual villainous example of this. She places a great emphasis on loyalty to the Empire and to the values of the Romulan people. She even admits that her doings with the Tal Shiar are extreme, but that she's only doing it to reunite their people. The problem is that Hakeev and the Tal Shiar are working behind her back (its pointed out at one point Hakeev has stuff that Sela wouldn't even approve of him just having as a memento) and working for the Iconians, meaning the values she holds dear aren't valued by her allies and are the very values the Romulan Republic represent.
- Recurring Character: After her role as primary antagonist of the revamped Fedside "Romulan Mystery" arc she repeatedly disappears, or is made to disappear, only to later show up like a bad smell that just won't go away.
- "Cutting the Cord": She is kidnapped by the Iconians at Brea III. "Sphere of Influence" hints that they're trying to get her to see things their way to get the Romulans under their control.
- "What's Left Behind": She's taken prisoner by the Romulan Republic and made available to the other nations for interrogation.
- "Uneasy Allies": Convinces the PC to let her stay free in exchange for information, then escapes into the Iconian gateway network from the Herald Sphere.
- In the final Iconian War blog, she puts on a Paper-Thin Disguise to look like a Vulcan and simply buys passage off Earth.
- Smug Snake: Sela is more competant than most but literally nothing goes her way from the start of the game to the very end.
- Sole Survivor: Sela is the only member of her crew from "Cutting the Cord" to survive the events up to "What's Left Behind".
- Spanner in the Works/Stable Time Loop: In a Timey-Wimey Ball sort of way. She is the cause of the Iconians desire to take over the Milky Way Galaxy and the destruction of Romulus and Remus, something she doesn't understand until Kagran stops her from committing genocide on the Iconians as revenge for all the pain and suffering they caused her people.
- Super Window Jump: How Sela makes her Dynamic Entry in "What's Left Behind".
- Tell Me About My Mother: At the end of the mission "Survivor", Sela is confronted by a Starfleet officer who gives her a hologram of Tasha Yar. She asks the person, who may or may not be Data, to tell her about Yar.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Hakeev in the Legacy of Romulus version of "Cutting the Cord", calling him out on his BS and that his plan has only pissed off the Iconians and left one of their major bases now under attack while the leader of the Empire was meeting with him.Hakeev: We only need to wait! The Iconians are coming and when they get here, victory will be ours!
Sela: (incredulously) You call this victory!?
Hakeev: When the Iconians get here—
Sela: That was Taris' plan too! Look where that got her. This is done! YOU'RE DONE! (beams out)
Hakeev: No, wait! I—
Sela: You poor, deluded creature. The Iconians aren't interested in saving anything. Nor could they.
- Gives another one to Taris in "Uneasy Allies".
- Unwitting Pawn: To Hakeev and the Iconians. Subverted as she's very much aware of both attemtping to manipulate her and tries to turn the table on them.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- When being interrogated by the Romulan Republic, she claims to her interrogator that the Republic is treating her poorly and the poor schmoe doesn't see it. However, their treatment of her is actually quite reasonable—she's on trial for war crimes and a flight risk, not a guest of honor at a diplomatic reception—and it was just a Poisonous Captive ploy to get equipment she needs for her prison break.
- She gives another such one to the player character in "Uneasy Allies", calling it hypocritical of the Romulan Republic to put her through what she considers a Kangaroo Court when the Republic claims to have given up Imperial ways. Again, this is entirely self-serving: never mind her own violent overthrow of Taris and her involvement in various international crimes over the course of Star Trek: The Next Generation, she takes an observer role, minimum, in the Tal Shiar attack on the Reman colony on Delta Corvi in "Cloak and Dagger", and ordered her own fleet to glass Vulcan in "Empress Sela" (she was foiled by the PC). Her trial would've been a Kangaroo Court only in the sense that there was no way for her to get anything other than a guilty verdict because of the overwhelming evidence against her.
- Worthy Opponent: Comes to view the Player Character as this.
- You Are Too Late: In "Empress Sela" she tries to use a Star Killing weapon against Vulcan's sun 40 Eridani A in a ripoff of Nero's revenge plot, but the player sabotages the WMD before her fleet even leaves orbit.
- Played by Lani Minella
The former head of the Romulan Star Empire before she went "missing" in the years before Sela's rise to power, Taris rose to prominence after leading Grand Fleet remnants to victory against an opportunistic (and unauthorized) Klingon invasion led by J'mpok. She was subsequently overthrown in a Military Coup led by Velal and Sela and vanished. She is also responsible for the destruction of Romulus but she claims she was tricked by Hakeev.
- Art Evolution: Much like Sela in Legacy of Romulus & Delta Rising, Taris' appearance was modified in the 5th anniversary update to more closely resemble her appearance in TNG.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: In the backstory she was proclaimed praetor by the Rator III government after she defeated Klingons led by then-Councillor J'mpok in a naval battle.
- Back for the Dead: Shows up for about thirty seconds in "Uneasy Allies" before Sela kicks her off a platform in the Herald Sphere to her apparent death.
- Big Bad: For the pre-season 9 Federation Romulan Story Arc; she's reduced to a Monster of the Week in the post-revamp version.
- Disney Villain Death: In "Uneasy Allies".Taris: We have to get out of here, it's not safe anymore. They're coming!
Sela: I guess you'd better go, then. (kicks her off the ledge)
- My Greatest Failure: She claims she honestly did not know she was going to end up destroying Romulus. Federation players later learn in the revamped version of her namesake mission that she's convinced she can get the Iconians to alter the timeline and prevent the Hobus supernova from ever happening. Turns out that even if the Iconians were interested (they aren't), their physiology makes time travel impossible for them.
- Put on a Bus: She eventually gets captured by the Federation PC and imprisoned at Facility 4028, but she escapes during Kar'ukan's attack and hasn't been heard of since. The Bus Came Back in "Uneasy Allies", albeit just long enough for Sela to subject her to the aforementioned Disney Villain Death.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: She uses this as her justification for her current activities, though it's clear that she's going about it the wrong way, and likely wouldn't have succeeded even if the Federation and Romulan Republic hadn't interfered.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: After killing her in "Uneasy Allies", Sela remarks that her efforts to undo the destruction of Romulus were doomed from the start as the Iconians can't time travel.
- Spanner in the Works: She's responsible for the 2009 Trek Movie, Nero, Sela's rise to power and D'Tan's Romulan Republic. All things that would not have occurred if not for the Hobus Supernova. The Romulan Faction storyline has her trying to get the Iconians to pull a HeelFace Turn, but Sela shuts her down right before killing her.
- Unwitting Pawn: She claims she was trying to help the Romulans and that Hakeev tricked her into blowing up Hobus.
- You Sound Familiar: Voiced by Lani Minella, like practically half the women in the game, on account of her original actor Carolyn Seymour apparently declining to reprise the role.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: It's implied that a lot of the Tal Shiar's members have been mucked around with, especially with Hakeev around.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: From intelligence agency and Secret Police to a force to be reckoned with. They were always a feared intelligence agency both outside and inside the Romulan Star Empire, but now they are running around with more warships than the actual Romulan Navy and more-or-less ruling what's left of the Empire.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Hakeev's people, Taris specifically, were experimenting with treaty-banned subspace weapons, which caused Hobus to blow. It also caused the shockwave from the blast to travel through subspace, explaining how it traveled multiple light-years in less than two days.
- Man Behind the Man: Sela's nothing more than a puppet to them. Except not really. She isn't that friendly to them, is indicated to run some schemes to counter theirs, and promptly abandons them the moment they are no longer of use in propping up her rule. The problem is that she gets kidnapped by the Iconians immediately afterwards.
- The Remnant: As of "Uneasy Allies" the Tal Shiar has been badly weakened by the civil war brought about by Sela's disappearance, with many of their forces having defected to the Republic. They're still more powerful than what's left of the Star Navy, but the Republic outnumbers them by far.
- State Sec: In addition to being Secret Police and foreign intelligence service for the Romulan Star Empire, they had enough of their own ships in the TNG era to make a (failed) attempt to assassinate the Dominion's Founders by Orbital Bombardment at one point. As of "Uneasy Allies" they field a bigger fleet than the legitimate Star Empire does.
- Played by Dave Rivas
The leader of the Tal Shiar. Also an Iconian collaborator.
- Ace Custom: The Khnial. From a normal D'Deridex to something closer to the Narada within the span of twenty missions.
- Arch-Enemy: To the Romulan player. It would not be much of an exaggeration to say that the entire Romulan storyline is the tale of their apocalyptic grudge against each other.
- Ascended Extra: Was originally the Big Bad of a five-mission Feature Episode series. Come Legacy of Romulus, and he's the Romulan PC's Arch-Enemy and The Heavy for most of their story.
- Bad Boss: In "Mine Enemy" you walk in on him threatening one of his subordinates, Commander Janek, for having a Heel Realization, and telling her to "clean out the brig, before you become a resident there."
- Bald of Evil: And how...
- Big Bad: Of the "Cloaked Intentions" featured episode series and the "From the Ashes" introductory mission series for the Romulans.
- Boom, Headshot!/Coup de Grâce: Depending on the storyline, either Obisek or the Romulan PC shoots him in the head, execution-style.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: According to Taris — Hakeev was her science officer, and said that there was no risk messing with Iconian technology. She says she didn't know the device she was activating would cause the Hobus detonation. She thinks he did. A mission later, it's clear that Hakeev is going behind Sela's back as well to at least some degree.
- Cool Starship: In Legacy of Romulus, his flagship is the I.R.W. Khnial, a D'deridex-class warbird. After the tutorial and Hakeev's implantation with Borg tech, he starts adding on more borg gear on to the ship. Eventually, he takes it past the player's use of Borg Tech (which is simple modification and addition) to transform the Khnial into a Narada-class Dreadnought.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: After the Romulan PC injuries him at Virinat, Hakeev's left eye is replaced with a Borg Cybernetic implant. Granted, he had no soul before either...
- "Butterfly" reveals that he's become Secundus of Borg in the altered timeline. He's become a new Locutus!
- Disc-One Final Boss: Depending on the storyline, either Obisek or the Romulan PC unceremoniously executes him with a single gunshot to the head at the end of the "Cloaked Intentions" arc.
- Eye Scream: Loses his left eye during his first fight against the Romulan player-character at Virinat. He later replaces it with a Borg implant.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Is the one who set off the Hobus Supernova, making him responsible for Nero's start of darkness.
- The Heavy: Of the Romulan Myth Arc. There are other villains, some more powerful and influential than him, but he's by far the most central, visible, and plot-important.
- Large Ham: Oh, dear God. By the time he's finally offed there isn't a piece of scenery in the entire Beta Quadrant that lacks teeth marks. Sela even lampshades it in "Uneasy Allies". Tropes Are Not Bad, as it adds some levity to what is otherwise a MUCH Darker and Edgier storyline compared to what the Feds and KDF get (though the hamminess can make it difficult to take him completely seriously).
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Tries to bust up the conference on Khitomer and pin it on the Romulan Republic, in order to prevent the Feds and Klingons from giving protection and aid to the Republic. Ironically he probably would have been more successful had he done nothing at all: He gets caught red-handed by Captain Ja'rod of the IKS Kang, and after Commander Temer dies shielding Ambassador Woldan from a Tal Shiar bomb the two superpowers are greatly impressed and decree that the Republic has the right to exist as an independent nation.
- Not Brainwashed: Voluntarily joined up with the Iconians.
- Sanity Slippage: By the time of the Cloaked Intentions FE series on the Romulan side, Hakeev clearly is devolving into this.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: You lure Hakeev to Nimbus III with a fake note about the thalaron triggers. He's more than happy to crush you right then and there, but when the Nimbosian Pirates show up to settle a few more scores, Hakeev quickly gets cold feet and cloaks away.
- Smug Snake
- Where I Was Born and Razed: Destroyed Romulus with the Hobus Nova
- You Sound Familiar: Amusingly, he's voiced by the same guy who plays Captain Va'Kel Shon, C.O. of the Enterprise.
- Friendly Enemy: Wants to convert the PC to the Tal Shiar's cause.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Even before she officially joined the organization, she wholeheartedly believed that the Tal Shiar are the good guys, and that all the terrible things they've done are for the greater good of restoring the Romulan Empire to its former glory. Even after Hakeev and Sela use her to pass bad intel and set up her former lover and his friends to be captured or killed, and then try to kill her for "betryaing" them by passing Tovan some actual, useful intel for once, she remains completely loyal to her old masters while in Republic custody. In contrast she believes that Tovan and the Romulan PC, who've been trying to get her to open her eyes and see what her comrades are really up to, are the real liars and manipulators.
- Old Flame: In the backstory she and Tovan were contemplating marriage, but they broke up over her plans to join the Tal Shiar, which she viewed as the single best hope for the shattered Romulan people. Tovan disagreed, seeing as how his mother was collateral damage during a Tal Shiar counter-insurgency raid on a refugee convoy.
- Put on a Bus: The last time we see her, she's a POW of the Romulan Republic.
- Redemption Rejection: After you save Charva from her superiors, she's utterly adamant that you didn't save her from the constantly turncoat Tal Shiar, but that you purposely misled her so she could be taken in by D'Tan's "terrorist movement".
- Selective Obliviousness: She's so thoroughly indoctrinated by the Tal Shiar that even after you provide her with conclusive proof that they've been manipulating her into sending you and Tovan into traps repeatedly, she still refuses to believe it and insists that you must've tricked her ... somehow.
- Ship Sinking: Any hope of her and Tovan rekindling their relationship is pretty much gone by the end of "Tradecraft", where she refuses to provide info to her Republic captors and blames Tovan and the Romulan PC for ruining her career.
- Super Gullible: For a member of an evil State Sec spy organization she's incredibly gullible, taking everything her superiors say at 100% face value.
- Undying Loyalty: Even after everything they've done to her, she remains loyal to her Tal Shiar masters while in Republic custody.
- Unwitting Pawn: The Tal Shiar use her to pass bad intel to the Romulan PC and his crew, setting them up to be ambushed, and later attack a Cardassian weapons shipment (she told them it was a prison ship carrying Tovan's missing sister).
- We Can Rule Together: Tries to convince Tovan into a FaceHeel Turn so they can be together.
- You Can't Go Home Again: After she tries to help Tovan and the crew one last time, the Tal Shiar declare her an enemy of the state and try to kill her.
- Commanding Coolness: She actually has the guts to stand up to Hakeev.
- Even Evil Has Standards/Heel Realization: In "Mine Enemy" she has the guts to call out Hakeev, her superior officer, for targeting civilians. After he tells her to "get used to it" and "Clean out the brig, before you become a resident there," she seems to realize that she's on the wrong side, but doesn't see a way out.Janek: Colonel! They were civilians! Their blood is on our hands!
- Expansion Pack Past: She originally only turned up in one mission in the "Cloaked Intentions" episode, but Legacy of Romulus added appearances in the "In Shadows" story arc.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: If the player is unable to convince her to surrender in "Mine Enemy".
- Multiple Endings: Depending on your Diplomacy rank, or with a Romulan Republic PC, you can convince her to surrender and give you the access codes to Hakeev's sanctum in "Mine Enemy". Otherwise you have to kill her for the codes.