Vina's illusionary appearance in 2254.
|Died:||Prior to 2320|
|Affiliation:||United Federation of Planets|
|Previous Assignment:||S.S. Columbia|
|Final Assignment:||Talos IV|
Vina was a female human in the 23rd century. She was born in Paris on Earth in 2206, the daughter of a ballet dancer father and a pastry chef mother. An aunt lived in Lebanon, and owned a beach house on the Mediterranean coast north of Beirut.
As her mother's patisserie catered to the Palais de la Concorde, Vina encountered many alien dignitaries while accompanying her mother. As a young girl, she once met the President of the United Federation of Planets, who promised the graceful, lovely and witty child a castle of her own if she ever visited her homeworld. 
Vina also started taking ballet lessons at age three. By age twelve, her teachers judged that she had the skill and talent to become a professional dancer, but she lacked the discipline and desire. By age seventeen, she elected to end her lessons.
Following high school, she followed a number of pursuits, including languages, theatre and piloting. For a while, she was a charter pilot, mostly running tourist flights to Luna. During this period, she briefly became involved with a Centaurian junior ambassador. When that relationship ended, so did her piloting career.
She attended university, studying a variety of subjects. One of the courses she took (primarily because it was available to her as a late register) was a geology course taught by visiting professor Dr. Theodore Haskins. Though he was more than ten years older, the two fell in love, and Vina switched her geology coursework to other professors to avoid any appearance of impropriety.
In addition to their romantic relationship, Vina became Theo's archivist and assistant. By 2231 she accompanied him on the first of several deep space planetary survey expeditions organized by the American Continent Institute, with which Haskins was affiliated. Vina often found herself the youngest member of such expeditions.
In 2236, on the homeward voyage of one such mission aboard the SS Columbia, Theo asked Vina to marry him. Tragically, before the captain could perform the ceremony, the Columbia suffered an accident of unknown cause and had to attempt a crash landing on the nearest suitable world, Talos IV. Vina survived the crash with severe injuries only because Theo put her in a highly-protected locker. All others aboard perished. (TOS novel: Burning Dreams)
The Talosians found Vina in the Columbia's wreckage and restored her health as best they knew. Unfortunately, having no experience with alien physiology or psychology, the Talosians' efforts still left her hunched and scarred, and very much alone.
In 2254, in an effort to give Vina a companion, the Talosians lured Captain Christopher Pike of the USS Enterprise to Talos IV and attempted to keep him captive. Pike resisted and was allowed to leave. Instead, an illusory version of Pike was provided for Vina. (TOS episode: "The Cage")
|United Earth (civilian registry)||SS Columbia||T. Haskins • Vina|
|United Earth Starfleet||Columbia (NX-02)||R. Akagi • D. Atlagic • Biggs • K. el-Rashad • V. Fletcher • K. Graylock • K. Gunnarsdóttir • E. Hernandez • R. Hexter • J. Metzger • R. Oliveira • B. Mealia • D. Pierce • S. Rivers • C. Siguenza • Strong • K. Thayer • C. Tucker • S. Valerian • C. Zeilfelder • MACO personnel: E. Crichlow • S. Foyle • N. Mazzetti • H. Mottaki • N. Otumbo • G. Pembleton • T. Steinhauer • V. Yacavino|
|Federation, Starfleet||USS Columbia (NCC-621)||DeSalle • C. Terrell|
- ↑ Burning Dreams puts Christopher Pike's birth in 2219, and mentions Vina was thirteen years his senior, hence a birth year of 2206.
- ↑ This female, non-Terran president is not named, nor does there seem to be a likely match in this wiki's conjectural Presidential Timeline. The presidents listed for most of the early 2200s are from different source material (an RPG manual rather than the novels), and so stresses the conjectural nature of that list and suggests an alternate continuity here.