Name Telhas t'Cheleb-Khor thu'S'Terion Sa-Shasol'kor t'Cheleb-Khor
Position Romulan Representative
|Physical Description||Telhas is of ancient nobility, with already his Vulcan ancestors being royalty. He is very proud of his heritage, a pride he does not hide. Typically he wears robes in the ancient style of Vulcan dukes, in a silky, navy blue tone. He also tends to gird the 6,000-year-old Vulcan sword inherited. His physical features are much more Vulcan than Romulan. Indeed, most people take him as Vulcan rather than Romulan.|
|Spouse||Nevala e-T'Daran thu'S'Terion|
|Father||Senator Valkis ir-Kae'raktar tr'Tellus (killed in Senate in 2379)|
|Mother||Commander Verelan ir-Aihai t'Rehu (killed in battle in 2379)|
|Brother(s)||Argelian ir-Kae'raktar tr'Tellus (deceased in Hobus supernova 2387)|
|Sister(s)||Ariana ir-Kae'raktar t'Tellus (aged 47, Chairperson of the Tellus Family Foundation)|
|Other Family||Khoren i-Mhiessan thu'S'Terion (aged 48, cousin, CEO of Kae'raktar Enterprises)|
Personality & Traits
|General Overview||Telhas resembles a lot of the ancient Vulcan warriors before the Time of Awakening. He is a well-educated psionic warrior, ready to lead and ready to be brave whenever necessary. However, the Vulcan temper is cooled by intensive studies of philosophy, a mixture of ancient Vulcan ethics, Surak's writings, and modern Romulan philosophy. The driving force in all of his decisions is mnhei'sahe, the Romulan concept of honour, which states that one gains honour if he achieved something serving society. From his royal heritage he deduces that his responsibility is not limited to Romulans alone, but to all sentient beings in the universe. As such, he considers fairness, rationality and discipline the most important traits. At the same time he restrains himself of using his extensive psionic training, which made him a powerful offensive psionic warrior (nashinahru in ancient Vulcan), to situations of urgence. He also tends to forgive minor mistakes as long as the person learns from this. However, he is unforgiving in combat, much like the ancient Vulcan warlords. He is also skeptical towards the Tal Shiar, although he has recently established neutral to slightly friendly relations with Tal Shiar chairperson Sonara T'Daran. He is convinced that both, the Star Empire and the Tal Shiar, have to be reformed. On the long run, Telhas is a supporter of a reunion of the Romulan Empire and Vulcan, most probably by having a strong Romulan Star Empire join the United Federation of Planets. Telhas is a very religious person and believes in the old gods of Vulcan, especially Ket-Cheleb, the God of War, and Tel-Apep, the God of Knowledge and Wisdom.
Telhas is fluent in Romulan, Federation Standard, Vulcan and Ancient Vulcan
|Strengths & Weaknesses||+ Powerful psion (offensive, i.e. illusions, extraction of memories etc.)
+ Excellent mind shield to prevent telepathic attacks
+ Overcame the limitations of touch telepathy
+ Open-minded towards other cultures
+ Has powerful allies
- Can be quite arrogant
- Very direct (hates lies)
- Has powerful enemies
|Ambitions||Telhas wants to achieve mastership in nashinahr, the ancient Vulcan art of offensive psionics. On a more meritocratic basis, he wants to have the Romulan Empire join the United Federation of Planets, for the better of both societies (and with strong influence of the Romulans). However, he keeps both ambitions secret.|
|Hobbies & Interests||He spends a lot of his free time exercising nashinahr. Beyond that he studies philosophy, everything from ancient Vulcan warrior philosophers and Surak to modern Romulan philosophers. If there is still time left, he works on his swordmanship and studies the fine arts. Being a diplomat now, he also likes to study people from time to time. His original occupation as an archaeologist has become a hobby as well.|
|Personal History||Telhas was born as eldest son and heir of one of the oldest noble houses of Romulus and named Valkis, like every first-born male child of his House. The House of Tellus claimed to be descendants of the man who led the Romulan people to Romulus. Although this can be doubted from a historic point of view, tradition meant everything to his parents. Maybe this was because the other claim of the house, to be in direct primogeniture succession of Tellus, one of the leaders of the first Romulan settlers, was true. Plus they were one of the founding houses of the Senate. They were one of the wealthiest families as their house had controlled and exploited the wealth of minerals and ore found in the Kae'raktar mountains when the Romulans built their civilization after planetfall. The wealth they obtained in these early years of Romulan history had been invested to earn even more waelth as the Star empire expanded.
He missed nothing and, starting when he was three years old, he had the best teachers one could get. The training was far beyond what young Romulans were expected to learn. He had to be perfect. The more he knew, the higher were his parent's expectations. In thess years, he found and read ancient scrolls in his family's library. The scrolls were written in ancient Vulcan, a language he had to learn anyway. The knowledge they contained was mostly of philosophical nature, but one showed him how to shield his mind, if he had any psi abilities. And he had.
When he was twenty years old, he began his military education. Actually, he had no choice. Military was a tradition of the house of Tellus. Both his parents were warbird commanders at that time. It was expected of him to serve. After the basic military training it became clear that he had the potential to join either the Tal Diann or the Tal Shiar. Both agencies invited him for initial tests. During those tests, the Tal Shiar found out that he was able to shield his mind. They told him about a secret training facility where he could fully develop his abilities. He did not care much of their propaganda, but he would take his chance. He stayed there for ten years, eventually becoming the facilities executive officer. The Tal Shiar promised him a great career. But he rejected.
Being 31 years old, Valkis left the Tal Shiar and studied archaeology, Romulan history and administration. His father was senator now, occupying a seat that was passed onto the hru'hfirh s'Tellus as head of a founding member house of the Senate, and expected Valkis to learn more about history and administration, skills that would benefit him in becoming a senator himself one day. After five years of study, Valkis re-enlisted in the military. He became a Tal Diann agent, which caused severe tensions with the Tal Shiar. He was posted in Tal Diann headquarters as sublieutenant, in the division of counterintelligence. Later on, he was stationed aboard warbirds as Tal Diann officer. After his parents were killed in Shinzon's coup d'etat Valkis became hru'hfirh s'Tellus. Although it was his birthright, he did not take the seat of Tellus in the Senate after Shinzon's defeat. Instead, he decided that it was in the best interest of the Star Empire to give the seat to his sister Ariana.
Instead of joining the ranks of the Senate he participated in a Federation-Romulan officer exchange program and stayed on the Federation starship USS Thesis as liaison officer for an additional year before he was ordered to return to Tal Diann HQ. In 2385, he resigned from duty and conducted archaelogical reasearch. This was what saved his life when Romulus and Remus were destroyed by the Hobus supernova. Valkis immediately knew that the Empire itself was in danger now and joined the Tal Diann again. The agency placed him as Tal Diann Master aboard the IRV Imperiax.
On the Imperiax, Valkis had found some time to study ancient scrolls from Vulcan. This gave him further insight into the use of his psi abilities, but it also showed that house s'Tellus was in consanguinity of a man called S'Terion, a king of Cheleb-khor on Vulcan, who lived about six thousand years ago. It took him a while, but finally he decided to claim the ancient titles of Tellus on Vulcan and also express a claim on the Vulcan lands of Tellus. The Vulcan government granted him the titles of Duke of Cheleb-Khor (Vulcan's Forge) and Count of Aba'kur, probably because these titles granted no power on Vulcan. On few occasions, these titles had a meaning in protocol. He had also been given an opportunity to purchase some land on Vulcan, most of it being desert. He still did, for an extraordinary amount of latinum.
In 2388, while rescuing the Imperiax' executive officer from the Tal Shiar, rumors state that he was responsible to destroy a Tal Shiar cruiser. These rumors are, in fact, true, but are lacking evidence. After this mission and the destruction of the Imperiax in the Romulan-Cardassian War, he decided to move into politics and took his inherited seat in the senate. However, after his first speeches and changing his name into ancient Vulcan style (Telhas t'Cheleb-Khor thu'S'Terion), he had made so strong enemies in politics and especially in the Tal Shiar, that he had to rely on his allies' advice and take the position of Romulan ambassador on Deep Space 7, where he would be out of easy reach for the Tal Shiar. Unfortunately, this did not last long and he had to move again and become Romulan ambassador on Deep Space 12.
In 2389 he settled the issue with the Tal Shiar by means of house politics. He married Nevala T'Daran, a younger cousing of Tal Shiar chairwoman Sonara T'Daran. This immediately promoted House T'Daran into the ranks of the Patricians. Although the marriage had been arranged, he soon fell in love with his wife, a mutual feeling. Later that year, he transferred to Faltan on request of the Continuing Committee to improve relations with the Federation and find ways to deal with the Free Romulan Movement.
A note on Cheleb-mor, the ancient sword belonging to House Tellus:
Cheleb-mor is an over six thousand years old sword looking much like a Terran jian. The blade is 90 cm long and made of an unknown alloy. It is harder than steel and even harder than duranium. The blade starts with a width of 3 cm at the hilt and reduced to 2 cm a hand before the tip. The first half of the blade is executed as ricasso, the remaining blade is double edged. On the blade is a script shining in bluish letters when light falls upon it in the right angle. The first part of the text is at one side and reads:
I am Cheleb-Mor, I am death and peace.
The second part, on the other side of the blade, reads:
Choose wisely. Ket-Cheleb does not forgive.
The hilt hardly exceeds the blade and has a golden gleam, yet it is not made of gold. The grip is sufficient to allow two-handed use. Its dark blue silk wrapping has been renewed a few decades ago. The golden pommel has the form of a falcon's head.
Cheleb-mor demands a very fast fighting style. It is much more of a stabbing weapon than a cutting weapon and requires utmost precision in combat.
|Service Record||2354 - Imperial War College graduate (Decurion/Star Navy)
2355 - joined the Tal Shiar (Uhlan/Tal Shiar)
2355 - transferred to secret Tal Shiar psi training facility (Sublieutenant/Tal Shiar)
2360 – promotion to executive officer of the secret Tal Shiar psi training facility (Lieutenant/Tal Shiar)
2365 - return to civil life
2370 - Tal Diann HQ, Romulus (Sublieutenant/Tal Diann)
2373 - Tal Diann officer, IRV S'Horan (Sublieutenant/Tal Diann)
2375 - Tal Diann officer, IRV Ruven (Sublieutenant/Tal Diann)
2380 - Exchange officer, USS Thesis (Sublieutenant/Star Navy)
2381 - Liaison officer, USS Thesis (Sublieutenant/Star Navy)
2382 - Tal Diann HQ, Romulus (Sublieutenant/Tal Diann)
2385 - return to civil life
2387 - Tal Diann master, IRV Imperiax (Sublieutenant/Tal Diann)
2387 - promotion to Lieutenant/Tal Diann
2388 - Senator, Imperial Romulan Senate
2388 – Senator and ambassador to DS7
2388 - Senator and ambassador to DS12
2389 - Senator, member of the Senate's Intelligence Committee and the Senate's Foreign Affairs Committee, ambassador to Faltan