It had long been speculated in Star Trek lore that there were a people on the planet of Remus, the sister world of Romulus. The movie Star Trek: Nemesis finally brought us the natives of that world, the Remans, who didn’t turn out anything like I’d have imagined. A slave race, but apparently they had it together enough to take over the Romulan Empire, thanks to the work of that movie’s antagonist, Shinzon. Naturally, things went back to status quo afterward-well, maybe. Honestly, since the next Trek movie after that was Abram’s Star Trek, it’s a little hard to nail down. Well, unless you’re a player of Star Trek Online, where we have a nice “Path to 2409” that indicated that things had more or less settled down. Until Hobus blew up, of course, and set the Romulans on the course of becoming a Romulan Republic.
But before that happened, we got a Feature Episode back in the day which featured the Remans in revolt, led by a charismatic leader named Obisek. The Remans more or less won (although even Obisek acknowledged it was an ongoing struggle), and eventually tied their fate to that of the newly emerging Romulan Republic. So when when the Legacy of Romulus expansion landed, the Remans were there too. Of course, there was a catch: while bridge officers could be Remans with no issues, you couldn’t have a Reman captain unless you went to the C-Store and unlocked that species…or one of your other characters had gotten to Tier 5 on the Romulan Reputation grind.
Need I mention that by the time the expansion landed, I’d already gotten to Tier 5 of the Romulan Reputation?
Thus, my second Romulan aligned character was a Reman: Vesehn. Vehsen would be a Tactical offering, and he wound up aligning with the Federation. (Despite my Starfleet leanings, I didn’t ignore the Klingons-my third Romulan went that way, but that is a story for the future.) Like Ailar, I eschewed using any Starfleet vessels, though, preferring to stick with the Romulan warbirds. Call me a purist that way. I think I’ve had exactly one Romulan captain who made use of lower tier allied-faction ships-my Delta Recruit offering for the Romulans. But aside from him, it’s all been Romulan pride.
Unlike most of my Romulan characters, Vesehn would eschew the basic uniforms of the Republic and go with a uniquely Reman look. I had been tempted to pick up a Reman outfit from the C-Store, but I was pretty happy with what was offered for the character at base, and aside from a brief period where the eye-lenses clipped with the hood graphically speaking, I haven’t regretted it. The rest of his bridge crew did go with the more traditional Romulan Republic look (save for his Reman officer, who went with a similar look as he did).
As with Ailar, Vesehn’s bridge crew was mostly the default crew, although I did rename them and modify their appearances from their defaults-so one has to wonder if they really count as default crew anymore? The exception, of course, was Tovan Khev, who is famed on the forums for being impossible to get rid of, or rename (I remain convinced that “Tovan Khev” is the “John Smith” of the Romulan language). Because of the Starfleet affiliation, I grabbed a Starfleet officer too and incorporated him into the main crew. I made that one an alien instead of one of the standard species, but never developed much backstory there.
Given that the character was a Reman, there was no doubt that he, too, would be flying a Scimitar-class dreadnought when he reached the right level-and unlike my main Romulan, Vesehn would keep that appearance rather than use the Romulan aesthetic when the Tier-6 versions came around. He’s a Reman, it’s a Reman design, and dammit, he’s proud of it. The RRW Dera-named for that major outpost run by Obisek during the Featured Series-also took advantage of the Romulan Reputation items by using the named Reman gear (yes, I ground out a heap of Romulan reputation on this guy, after grinding a heap of it on my main character to allow me to make this character in the first place. I must be insane). Vesehn hasn’t forgotten who he is.
Vesehn isn’t at the top level, but he’s high enough to play with the Tier-6 ships, at level 50+. Due to the raw number of characters I have floating around, it’s probably not surprising that he’s now in the background. Despite that, he’s still available for the Reman point of view whenever I want to revisit that. I like to think that Obisek is proud that a Reman has advanced so far in the Republic’s fleet!