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Torvig

Cadet Torvig Bu-kar-nguv.

Starfleet cadet Torvig Bu-kar-nguv was a Starfleet Academy senior performing his work-study tour under Captain William T. Riker on board the USS Titan in the years 2379 and 2380.

Torvig was a Choblik, a diminutive race resembling deer with ostrich-shaped bodies and long tails, and equipped with bionic enhancements. The origins of the Chobik's bionic enhancements is lost to time, but the Choblik believe that their world, Choblav, was visted in its ancient past by beings known as the Great Builders, who introduced the cybernetics that gave the otherwise non-sentient and armless animals greater dexterity and language capabilities.

Torvig entered Starfleet Academy with the intent of a career in engineering.

He was assigned to the USS Titan in his senior year in order to complete the Academy's work-study cirriculum. In the early days of Titan's voyage, he perceived what he believed to be a human-centric chauvinism on Titan, despite the vessels intended goal of having the most racially diverse crew in Starfleets history. Torvig even made a wager with Arkenite Lieutenant Eviku that Captain Riker would give the ship's dedication plaque a human motto. Torvig lost the wager when Riker chose the Vulcan phrase Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations. (TTN novels: Taking Wing; The Red King)

On board the Titan, Torvig felt the his cybernetic nature, similar in appearance to Borg technology, made others, particularly security chief Ranul Keru, uneasy.

Wishing to know his crew better, the ever-empirical Torvig initiated a series of experiments using nanoprobes in order to test the limits of his shipmate's discomfiture, in hopes of alleviating it.

At first Keru, who had personal issues with the Borg, was enraged at the Choblik's behavior and wanted him brought up on charges. However, after getting to know and understand the little Choblik better, Keru eventually accepted the cadet's offered friendship. (TTN novel: Orion's Hounds)

Special thanks to Orions Hounds author Christopher L. Bennett for permission to use his drawing of Torvig. His website has complete annotations for Orion's Hounds and other works.
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