Lieutenant Commander Kitaru Hirano

Name Kitaru Hirano Ph.D

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Rank Lieutenant Commander


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2016-08-06 15:01

Character Information

Op Code Name Cronus
Personal Quote "The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed."
- Buddha
Gender Male
Species ½ Bajoran, ½ Human
Birthdate 4 November 2371
Languages English, Japanese, Bajoran, Cardassian, Vulcan, Klingon, Romulan, Ferengi and numerous 'dead languages' from ancient civilisations

Physical Appearance

Height 5'7"
Weight 139 lbs
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Brown
Physical Description

Kitaru stands five foot seven inches off the ground and is of a slender/athletic build. While of mixed-race, his features appear predominantly Japanese. He does have the Bajoran nose ridges and wear a tradition Bajoran earring.

He has black hair, kept to a mid-length and styled and prefers his facial hair kept trimmed and stylised. His eyes are a milky white since the incident. Apart from a crescent shaped scar on his right hand and a small tattoo of a Buddhist symbol on his left shoulder blade there are no other distinguishing features on his body or face.

Kitaru remains healthy and believes very much in the mind and body philosophies of his culture. As part of this, he keeps fit and despite his slender appearance has above average physical strength, agility and spatial awareness from years of martial arts training.


Spouse N/A
Children N/A
Parents Commander Jirō Hirano (deceased), Tano Jyn
Sibling(s) N/A
Other Family Ichirō Hirano (paternal grandfather)
Tano Jaral (maternal grandfather)


Kitaru is a calm, collected and reserved man who expresses little to no emotion unless his hand his forced. Typically, he prefers personal detachment in order to understand his surroundings with more clarity. This normally comes off as being cold, however, once that barrier is broken Kitaru is a friendly and loyal individual unafraid to stick up for his principles or his beliefs.

With an accomplished career in his field Kitaru is proud, however, recent events have caused him to become more introverted about his past preferring to remain enigmatic as he seeks a personal redemption for his mistakes.

Kitaru has a high level of intellect and enjoys his work, however, when not working he will gladly take part in numerous sporting activities and other pastimes becoming fiercely competitive when challenged. Kitaru takes his spiritual beliefs seriously; however, he refrains from putting it upon others or allowing it to compromise his scientific research.

Often called an optimistic dreamer, despite the dark places Kitaru has been and things he has been involved with, he remains able to see the good in all people. In addition to this, he has a strong belief in the importance of the natural world and will often use archaic instruments over the latest technology in his personal life. Although, despite this, Kitaru is fond of holo-novels in particular ones where he can relive ancient worlds and play at being a spy, detective or a charactrer from the Batman Universe due to his friend Rik Caine introducing him to the comics.

Hobbies & Interests
  • Fencing
  • Martial Arts
  • Kendo
  • Spirituality
  • Alien Cultures
  • (Ancient) History and Culture
  • Archaeology/Treasure Hunting
  • Holo-novels
  • Reading
  • Temporal Mechanics

  • Personal History

    On November 4 2371 Kitaru Hirano was the only child to be born to Commander Jirō Hirano and Professor Tano Jyn inside the Temple of Iponu on Bajor. His father, of human Japanese descent, was a science officer stationed aboard Deep Space Nine. His mother, a Bajoran, was a scholar of archaeology for the Vedek Assembly, based at the temple and tasked with studying the Tears of the Prophets. In 2375 a team from Deep Space Nine, on-board a runabout, went through the wormhole to conduct a survey on a nova that had been picked up on sensors. During this mission, the ship mysteriously disappeared and was considered MIA with no survivors. News got back to Bajor devastating Tano who shielded her young son from the news. Tano taught Kitaru throughout his early years the ways of the Prophets as well as his Human cultural heritage and they often spent time in museums and temples where his mother would tell him stories of ancient civilisations which piqued his interest, subconsciously, at a young age in the subject.

    Growing up Kitaru never understood why his father was absent and grew to resent Starfleet believing that he was just deployed on a long-term deep space exploration mission in the Gamma Quadrant. At school, while he performed well, he struggled socially believing himself to be different because his father was missing. He felt this in particular during key events such as speeches, presentations and sporting events. Just after his tenth birthday Kitaru's maternal grandfather sat him down and explained the truth about his father's absence in his life. He explained it with numerous philosophical analogies that eased the trauma of the news. Kitatru wanted to shout at his mother for hiding this from him, however, his maternal grandfather talked him down with mediation and instructed him to listen to the Prophets who would guide him. The family gathered soon after this exchange and his paternal grandfather explained Japanese culture and the concepts of Taoism and Zen and how important this balance was to inner peace, not unlike Bajor’s own religion. Embracing the identities and understandings both his grandparents imparted Kitaru understood being angry would not bring his father back, nor would resenting Starfleet. It was from that point that Kitaru identified his beliefs with that of Zen Buddhism and the Prophets. The family joined the Temple’s Peldor Festival and Kitaru was able to find inner peace by burning Bateret leaves alongside a renewal scroll he had prepared for the occasion. The remainder of Kitaru's childhood was typical; he became involved with various sports, kept a close social circle and reconnected with his mother through a shared love of ancient civilisations and spirituality.

    At the age of 18, Kitaru took the decision to apply to the Bajor Institute of Science to study Archaeology and Xeno-Anthropology. In 2389 Kitaru moved out of the family home and into halls. In 2392 Kitaru obtained a first order scroll, making his mother proud. In celebration, she took him to Risa to explore the ancient ruins as part of an archaeological survey. Kitaru enjoyed this experience as his first taste of unearthing the past and to this day carries a small gold coin which he found during the excavation as a reminder of where his career begun.

    Later that same year, Kitaru enrolled on a Principal of Science programme in Ancient Xeno-Anthropology at the Bajor Institute of Science.

    In 2393, Kitaru was accepted onto the doctorate programme at Kyoto University in Japan on Earth and moved from Bajor to live with his grandfather. The PADD accepting him onto the programme still hangs, framed in his mother's office at the family home on Bajor. He immediately joined several sports societies and became proficient in Fencing, Kendo and Jujutsu eventually captaining all three teams in league matches and competitions where he won several medals. In 2397, Kitaru completed his doctorate and was offered a role as a researcher at the university. Kitaru spent months deliberating the offer before finally telling his mother he wanted to join Starfleet. While naturally worried for her son she explained she had always known he would follow in his father's footsteps and supported the application process.

    Later in that same year, with his mother's blessing and the slight disappointment of his doctoral supervisor, Kitaru applied to the Starfleet Academy with a letter of recommendation from Kyoto University. He sent this off to the Academy in San Francisco on Earth and was accepted. Kitaru was then invited to undertake the entrance competition exams and, for the first time in his twenty-five years, made the trip to San Francisco to complete them. The exam contained sections on hyperspace physics and dynamic anthropological relationships, among others which Kitaru, having come from a scientific background, found simple. Along with the infamous "psych test", where he faced his greatest fear. Although fear was something he had learnt to control this test was particularly draining on Kitaru who had to truly focus to keep calm and remain in control of the situation. After surviving the initial rounds of tests he was exhausted. Kitaru was then given a physical test of strength and mental agility under severe pressure where he performed adequately. Several weeks upon completion, Kitaru received a transmission from Starfleet Command informing him that he had finished in the top six percent which; while being an incredible achievement, was not quite enough to gain entry into Starfleet Academy. He persevered; however, not wanting to let the memory of his father down, and went through the competition all over again to ensure that he was admitted in 2397 at the age of twenty-six.

    During the summer of 2397, prior to his Academy training start date, Kitaru underwent the Starfleet Academy Preparatory Program; which consisted of six weeks of summer classes. He successfully navigated his way through classes and exams while still having enough time to practise his various sporting pursuits and other, more academic interests. It was also during this time that he met Rik Caine, a security and criminal investigations recruit. With a shared interest in criminal investigations as well as fencing, movies and drinking they bonded over a Gotham City inspired holoprogram they developed which allowed them to play partners in the GCPD and solve crimes in a universe they loved. The two, became good friends and practised combat training together as well as more mentally stimulating past times such as chess and logic games. On the first day at the Academy they moved into the same dormitory on campus along with several other cadets that quickly formed a tight-knit and fiercely loyal group.

    Although they all had plans to follow different paths in their Starfleet career the first year was comprised of basic training modules which all cadets had to pass in order to progress to the second year. Kitaru completed this basic year and finished the top quarter along with the rest of his flatmates. After this basic year Kitaru, along with his friends had to choose the major degree that would impact their future career choice within Starfleet. It was at this point that Kitaru enrolled in Xeno-Anthropology with a minor in Archaeology. Shortly after the second year begun, Kitaru took part in the Academy Kendo Championship and won the gold medal. Kitaru also par-took in the Fencing Championship, he lost the gold medal place to Rik and took silver in an impressive final round. Also during in his second year Kitaru took a number of extra credit modules that gave him marks in the top 1% guaranteeing him a place on the elite Red Squadron Academy Training Program.

    Upon entering the Red Squadron in his third year Kitaru was nominated as Red Squadron Leader by the programs Directors after a lengthy summer assessment program that involved several exams and practical assessments. In this role he was able to spend his third year learning in more depth and with more practical sessions the way in which command and his particular field of interest, Xeno-Anthropology, worked in the field. He was assigned the command of a Sabre Class vessel, the USS Trident, and with a crew comprised of Red Squadron Cadets was mentored by Commander Richard Jackson; one of the Red Squadron Program Deputy Directors. In the week before the final exams the Red Squadron was assigned to patrol the Xanatinian Republic boarders near the planet of Xanatine and was forced into combat by Xanatine rebels in search of supplies. Using quick thinking and an understanding of Xanatine culture, Kitaru was able to talk down the rebels before the Xanatine Guard intercepted resolving the dispute before it was able to ignite into a fire-fight with the Starfleet vessel caught in the middle.

    On the day of the Graduation Ceremony in the summer of 2401 Kitaru accepted his completion of the Academy and shocked his tutors when he turned down numerous roles on starships and at the academy to be stationed on a frontier outpost near Cardassian space. Accepting his decision, he was commissioned as an Ensign aboard Research Station Echo as a Xeno-Anthropologist. In this role, Kitaru was tasked with better understanding the Cardassian culture, civilisation and social and economic structure to assist Starfleet diplomatic relations. Able to fulfil his spy fantasy, Starfleet Intelligence sent him on numerous covert intelligence gathering operations in Cardassian Space, which often found him going toe-to-toe with the ruthless Gul Dukar.

    In 2404, at the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade, Kitaru was officially drafted into Starfleet Intelligence and underwent the necessary field officer training before being assigned to the USS Havana. It’s first assignment, to infiltrate Cardassian military strongholds in the Gamma Quadrant and terminate them. During the incursion the Havana suffered major damage and loss of life and retreated. Reports eventually arrived at Starfleet Command that the Havana had not survived and all hands had been lost. In reality, however, the ship was boarded before being destroyed. Kitaru and three other crewmembers were taken hostage and tortured while being illegally detained in an internment camp doing hard labour by a Gul Dukar. Kitaru used his scientific knowledge, Zen spirituality and martial arts ability to stay alive and loyal to the Federation. After four years of captivity, Kitaru and the last surviving crew member of the USS Havana, Chief of Security Lucy North, managed to escape the camp. To do this, they caused a small riot in the facility and murdered numerous Cardassian’s in order to steal a shuttle. Being a man of peace Kitaru has never found solace in this memory and continues to suffer recurring nightmares about his torture and the loss of life by his hands.

    The two officers, battered and beaten managed to find their way back to Federation space whereby they were picked up by a Starfleet scout vessel in 2408. Once their identities had been confirmed they were escorted back to Starfleet Medical for treatment. Kitaru had suffered numerous broken bones, lacerations (all but one crescent shaped scar on his right hand were healed with a dermo-regenerator at his request) as well as several other conditions commonly experienced with psychological and physical torture. During the following twelve months, Kitaru was treated, debriefed and assessed before he was released back on active duty with the rank of full Lieutenant.

    In 2409 Kitaru was drafted into the Special Investigations Division of Temporal Investigations. During his time with the department he honed his investigative powers as well as his ability in small unit combat, infiltration and reconnaissance. Kitaru quickly rose through the ranks of the department to become a highly decorated senior investigator which came with a promotion to Lieutenant Commander. Kitaru’s last official assignment started with a familiar name crossing his desk, Gul Dukar. It appeared his Cardassian nemesis had gone rogue, found chroniton weaponry and was plotting an attack on the Klingon homeworld. Without intervention, the plot had been thwarted by the Klingons and Dukar incarcerated at Rura Penthe. Kitaru’s assignment was to get close to Dukar, learn the whereabouts of the weaponry and lure him into thinking he could assist with a temporal attack.

    Kitaru was given the opportunity to work with Lucy North once again on a covert mission in the jungles of Kataris VII in 2413. Lucy, now an intelligence officer and close friend of Kitaru, requested him especially as their assignment was to determine if the natives on the planet would be receptive to the idea of a Starfleet installation being constructed. With his own assignment going nowhere fast, he agreed to help. The mission went sour just thirty-six hours in when they were ambushed by Romulan scouts also seeking to coerce the inhabitants into allowing a facility on their world. On being discovered, the world inhabitants realised they were being used and complained to the Romulan and Federation governments about underhanded covert tactics and felt they could trust neither side. The Federation promptly disavowed any knowledge of the operation leaving Lucy and Kitaru stranded, later caught by the colonists when their camp was discovered.

    Kitaru and Lucy were offered an alternative when the local inhabitants discovered the make-shift camp they had been living in, revoke Starfleet who had abandoned them and assist in driving the Romulans away, or they would hand them over to the Romulans. Reluctantly, Kitaru and Lucy agreed and helped the locals drive the Romulans off-world and in doing so recovered an ancient artefact which the Romulan party had stolen. In payment, they supplied them with a small, but well-armed freighter and banished him from their world. Alone in the galaxy, officially unwanted by Starfleet Kitaru saw his opportunity to pursue his Temporal Investigations assignment. He, along with Lucy, fell into a mercenary/treasure hunter lifestyle working for the highest bidder and using their knowledge and skills to steal lost artefacts and treasures.

    In 2414, the mercenary lifestyle came to an abrupt end when Kitaru and his handler at Temporal Investigations orchestrated a job that would go wrong and lead to his arrest. The job was to steal a sacred gin'tak spear from one of the Great Houses, who had agreed to be a part of this plot. Kitaru was caught red-handed, as planned, and appeared to murder several members of the Great House before being subdued while Lucy escaped. As punishment for his crimes, he was sentenced to twenty years’ hard labour in Rura Penthe Penal Colony without parole. Without being allowed to seek guidance from the Federation Ambassador, Kitaru was transferred to the icy hell and closer to his target.

    The crimes were reported all over Federation News, his name disgraced and records at Starfleet redacted and sealed. Just three people within the Federation knew the truth and that was how it had to stay if the mission was to be successful. Once inside Rure Penthe, Kitaru got to work, making himself appear powerful, gathering followers but remaining out of trouble. Eventually he approached Dukar and after a brawl which resulted in Kitaru being blinded, the two men sat down to discuss business as Kitaru’s story had passed.

    Service Record
  • Cadet, Starfleet Academy
  • Xeno-Anthropologist, Research Station Echo
  • Trainee Operative, Starfleet Intelligence Command
  • Xeno-Anthropologist, USS Havana


  • Field Officer, Special Investigations Division, Department of Temporal Investigations
  • Covert Field Operative, Starfleet Intelligence (on loan)


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