Ranul Keru was an unjoined Trill male who served as a Starfleet officer in the late 24th century. Keru was a bearded and strongly built man, and served for years on the USS Enterprise-E before transferring to the USS Titan.
At Starfleet Academy, Keru learned several forms of unarmed combat and became one of the best marksmans in his class, but ultimately pursued a scientific career.
In 2371, he was shore leave on the planet Risa, where he decided to explore some crystal caves. While spelunking, he came across fellow Starfleet officer Sean Hawk who suffered an accident while climbing and broke his leg. Keru carried the injured Hawk out of the cave and took him to a medic. After Hawk was patched up, Keru took him to dinner and the two begun a romantic relationship.
Before the launch of Starfleet's new flagship in 2372, Keru to arrange a transfer to the vessel to serve with Hawk. Keru became the head of the stellar cartography department on the USS Enterprise-E with the rank of lieutenant commander under the command of Captain Jean-Luc Picard.
Following Hawk's assimilation in 2063 and subsequent death at the hands of Lieutenant commander Worf, Keru had a hard time serving on the Enterprise. He felt that there were too meny memories and despite his best efforts he somewhat blamed Worf and Picard for Sean's death. (TNG novel: Rogue; TNG movie: Star Trek: First Contact)
He continued on the vessel for some time after Hawk's death, but by 2376 he took a leave of absence to return to Trill and serve as a guardian at the symbiont breeding pools at Mak'ala. Late in 2376, he aided Lieutenant Ezri Dax and General Taulin Cyl in defending the pools from unjoined terrorists. (DS9 novel: Trill: Unjoined)
Later that year, after joining Will Riker and Deanna Troi on their honeymoon, he became tactical officer and chief of security on the USS Titan under Riker's command. After spending a portion of time in a coma, he handed over the duties of tactical officer aboard Titan to Commander Tuvok. (TTN novel: Taking Wing)
Keru's loss of former lover Hawk at the hands of the Borg made him initially abrasive towards cybernetically enhanced Choblik Torvig Bu-Kar-Nguv when the young man came aboard as a cadet. However, the two eventually found a working relationship which later blossomed into a friendship after the cadet graduated and was permanently assigned to the Titan. When the Borg launched their attacks in 2381, Keru sought out Torvig for his knowledge and familiarity of cybernetic based lifeforms, and called him a great problem-solver, a high compliment to a Choblik.
Torvig constructed several battle simulations boarding a Borg vessel; one such simulation ended with Keru being absorbed into the floor of the ship. Keru was also a member of the away team to board the shuttlecraft Mance and descend to the surface of New Erigol where they made contact with the Caeliar and missing Earth Starfleet Captain Erika Hernandez. (ST - Destiny novel: Gods of Night)
After being informed that the away team could not leave the surface of New Erigol, Keru and Torvig were assigned as one of the teams to scout the city of Axion. The two discovered an odd statue, and by striking the surfaces with hanging strikers Keru determined it to be a musical instrument of some kind. Although he quickly found appropriate ways to play it, he stopped himself, as he found he was losing himself in the performance. After the entire away team reassembled and shared their findings, Keru was one of the team members who agreed that Erika Hernandez should be considered compromised, and therefore could not be trusted. Keru was briefed on their escape attempt by Tuvok via a Vulcan mind-meld, and gave his tricorder to Torvig, who used it to beam Keru to the shuttlecraft Mance after Turvok initiated the diversionary tactic. He was successful in beaming to the Mance via its personal transporter, but, after restoring primary power, was stopped by the Caeliar Inyx. After having time to reflect on the mission, Keru remarked that they had now lost the element of surprise in any future escape attempts. (ST - Destiny novel: Mere Mortals)
After Doctor Ree apparently attacked Deanna Troi, injecting a Pahkwa-thanh venom to stall her aborting fetus's growth, the other away team members confronted him, along with the Caeliar liaison Inyx; Keru was doubtful of his intentions originally. When Inyx informed them the Titan had escaped, and the others questioned it, Keru pointed out the Caeliar had not yet lied to them. Keru apologized to Dr. Ree, but shot him an anxious glance when Ree joked she was succulent. Some time later, Torvig led Keru through the catacombs of Axion, having detected a subtle shift in the city's quantum field, and located the Omega molecule generator powering the city-ship. When Troi returned to them, healed thanks to the Caeliar technology, Keru was the first to dismiss protocol and embrace the counselor.
Due to negotiation with Erika Hernandez and the Titan, the away team was eventually released from their capture. After returning to their ship, Torvig took some time to escape from his quarters and seek an isolated location in which to think; Keru found him in a remote forward compartment just above the main deflector dish, as his shared quarters with Ensign Worvan were unsuitable due to the number of questions he received from his roommate. Keru noticed that something was bothering Torvig, and he admitted an amount of anxiety due to the Borg, whom he had previously thought of as an abstract, instead of the reality now imposed upon him by the invasion forces. He found that he did not feel ready to face them in combat, and a greater fear of his own cybernetic components betraying him. Keru promised not to allow that to happen. However, the invasion was halted by the Caeliar's intervention, who dissolved the Borg Collective; the flood of emotions threatened to overwhelm telepaths, and Keru relayed orders to Dr. Ree to check on the Titan's various psi-sensitive personnel. (ST - Destiny novel: Lost Souls)
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Starfleet service record
|location||assignment||dates||rank or rate||assignment insignia||rank insignia|
|USS Enterprise-E||head of stellar cartography||2372-c.2374||lieutenant commander|
|Extended leave of absence||c.2374-2377|
|USS Enterprise-E||security officer||2377-2379|
|beta shift tactical officer||2379|
|USS Titan||chief security/tactical officer||2379-2380|
|tactical officer||2380 onward|
|USS Enterprise-E sciences personnel|
|Chief science officer||Dina Elfiki|
|Other science personnel||Corinne Clipet • T'Ryssa Chen • Ranul Keru • Ku • Melora Pazlar • Prixis • Catherine Rawlins • Royse • James Talenda • Richard Wilkins|
|see also: engineering personnel • medical & counseling personnel • operations personnel • pilots & flight control personnel • security & tactical personnel • senior staff • miscellaneous • unnamed|
|USS Titan senior staff|
|commanding officer||W.T. Riker • C. Vale||executive officer||C. Vale • D. Sarai||second officer||R. Keru • Tuvok||chief counselor||D. Troi|
|diplomatic officer||D. Troi||chief engineer||N. Ledrah • X. Ra-Havreii||chief medical officer||S. Ree||chief of operations||S. Rager|
|chief science officer||Jaza N. • M. Pazlar||chief of security||R. Keru||chief tactical officer||R. Keru • Tuvok||watch officer||F. Hachesa • T. Gibruch|
|USS Titan security & tactical personnel|
|security chief||R. Keru||other security personnel||S. Antillea • P. sh'Aqabaa • Blay • B. Cel • F. Denken • Dennisar • Hriss • S. Hutchinson • Jaq • E. Krotine • Malaya • N'Keytar • Okafor • Rriarr • G. Sortollo • T'Kel • T'Lirin • Tane|
|chief tactical officer||R. Keru • Tuvok||other tactical personnel||P. sh'Aqabaa • Kuu'iut • Rriarr|
|see also: engineering personnel • medical personnel • pilots & flight control personnel • operations personnel • sciences personnel • senior staff|