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This !type article was written by Kathy McCracken and was published first on "Major Rakals Tal Shiar Headquarters (members.cox.net/majorrakal)" at May 28th, 1997.
This article is part of the article serie "Romulan Review" from "Major Rakal (Kathy Mc Kracken)". Also see:
- Previous "Romulan Review" (# 21): "RR #21: Garak".
- Next "Romulan Review" (# 23): "RR #23: Orb Of Prophecy And Change".
Aefvadh! I've been waiting (im)patiently for the rest of the Anthology preview cards to be revealed, because I was eagerly anticipating the only real Romulan so far from Voyager (it's hard to count the ex-Borg Romulan; I didn't even notice his pointed ears). Well, he's here at last, and I'm not disappointed...
DR. TELEK R'MOR
Finally, we're getting a respectable number of dual-classification Romulans, and the SCIENCE/ENGINEER combo is a very useful one. The Romulans have been very weak in ENGINEERs; with only one generally useful universal (I don't consider holos generally useful - sorry, Tomek), who has only one skill, and the SCIENCE/ENGINEER Mirok, in the premiere set, it's been necessary to supplement with non-aligneds (Roga Danar, Dr. Reyga) or else use Engineering Kits. With the addition of Sirol, and now Telek R'Mor, it is now possible to have adequate ENGINEER skill without kits, and two of them double up with the also very necessary SCIENCE. He can contribute to either or both shield enhancer cards.
His most striking skills are, of course, the Astrophysics x2 and Stellar Cartography. There are six Romulan missions based on these skills, but until now it was somewhat problematic to build a deck around them, with the only reliable (i.e., non-holographic) and useful sources of Astrophysics being Dr. Reyga, Mirok, and Jo’Bril, with the last two being vulnerable to Thought Fire. (Timicin is really only useful to beef up the point value of the Fed/Klingon Test Mission, and Paul Manheim is too specialized to work well in a tight Romulan deck.) Choices for Stellar Cartography were even more limited: Dr. Reyga and the universal Tarus (who has no other skills). In particular, the very tempting 45-point Romulan-only Investigate "Shattered Space" was pretty hard to pull off.
Now you can use Telek R'Mor as your "first-string" Astrophysicist/Stellar Cartographer, back him up with Mirok, Reyga, and a Tarus, and you'll have more than enough SCIENCE and ENGINEER skills to to get past all those nasty ship-damaging and ship-stalling space dilemmas that require multiples of those skills (Menthar Booby Trap, Two-Dimensional Creatures, Nitrium Metal Parasites, Nanites, Ancient Computer...and the list goes on). You'll breeze through any of the six Astro/SC missions; R'Mor can even complete Shattered Space with the help of only Galen, Roga Danar, or Nick Locarno.
And don't forget the Romulans are masters of espionage. R'Mor is a greataddition to an espionage deck because there are three Fed and three Klingon missions requiring Astro and/or SC that he could help with (three of them also require SCIENCE or ENGINEER).
His remaining "normal" skill is not so normal for a Romulan: Honor! How about doing Wormhole Negotiations with Honor instead of Treachery? It's now feasible for the Romulans. And though R'Mor is primarily a space-oriented personnel, he would also come in very handy for completing Khitomer Research.
As if that were not enough, he may be reported directly to any ship (note the "may" - you can report him normally if you wish). Not only could you send out your ship to do one of the simpler missions before he comes up, then just drop him aboard when you draw him, regardless of their location; you could report him aboard a ship under the influence of Quantum Singularity Lifeforms, Menthar Booby Trap (if one ENGINEER already aboard), or Two-Dimensional Creatures to cure any of them. Not quite a Devidian Door, but useful nonetheless.
Of course, there's another way to report him, too. His AU icon lets him go in a Cryosatellite, where you could pick him up (perhaps with Garak and Commander Tomalak) after completing one of the simple missions with a "backup" Tarus, then go on the the high-point missions. The AU icon also makes him good for staffing the Decius (where you could back up his Astrophysics with a Tomek or two) and doubly useful for Fissure Research.
How about his stats? INTEGRITY 7 is as high as any Romulan to date; CUNNING 7 slightly below average for a Romulan, but OK; and STRENGTH 7 is average for a Romulan.
Finally, I have to speculate on whether there might even be a Captain’s Log in Telek R'Mor's future. He commanded the science vessel Talvath in "Eye of the Needle"; I don't remember whether the ship was ever shown (I don't think so, but I don't have a tape of the episode), but surely the universal Science Vessel could be "doctored" to make it a 20-year-older model, and finally have a unique ship of that class.
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