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 Post subject: Claire Te Atua
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Section 1: Personal Details
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Name: Claire Aroha Te Atua
Age: 39
D.O.B.: June 16th
P.O.B.: Auckland, New Zealand
Nationality: New Zealander
Gender: Female, last time she looked

Height: 5' 3"
Build: Claire has a typical Māori build - medium and curvy, but with a tendency to run to heavy and hefty if she doesn't watch her diet and exercise
Skin Tone: Being half-Māori, Claire looks as though she has a permanent, light golden sun tan
Hair: Dark brown, some lighter natural highlights, wavy/curly
Eyes: Sludgy hazel-green
Distinguishing Features: Fiercely proud of her Maori heritage, Claire has a traditional Māori moko tattoo encompassing her right bicep, up onto her shoulder, and starting to spread onto her right shoulder blade

Playby: Bronwyn Turei

Family: Rawiri Te Atua - father. Mary Te Atua - mother. Hariata Morgan and Awhina Phelps - sisters
Marital Status: In a relationship with Caleb Williams as of October 2014


Section 2: Employment
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B. Fill in this section ONLY if your character is of a HUMAN NON-MILITARY background:

Title: Doctor
Specialist Area: Emergency surgeon
Degree Speciality: Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) - focusing on emergency surgery post graduation


Additional Information: Claire is a gifted and naturally talented emergency surgeon, able to keep her cool in pressurised situations.



Section 3: General Information
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A. Personal History

Born to Rawiri and Mary Te Atua - a Maori father and Irish mother - Claire is the eldest of three girls. She grew up a stone's throw from Pukekohe, just south of Auckland, and is of Ngāti Te Ata and Ngāti Raukawa ancestry on her father's side. Rawiri, a teacher at the local high school, always encouraged Claire to be inquisitive and independent, despite Mary's attempts to shelter all of her three daughters. It was clear from a very young age - probably about age five - that Claire had an interest in caring, and, more specifically, healing. It seemed as though she would play doctors and nurses for hours on end, and, not content to let the boys play the doctor, she would take the role herself.

Her younger sisters - twins Hariata and Awhina - came along when Claire was twelve years old, and it was only natural that she would play a large part in their upbringing, babysitting and looking after them, especially after Mary started to work part time at weekends. She loved the responsibility, and adored being close to her sisters to such an extent. However, Awhina in particular took exception when Claire pretended to operate on her when she fell down and sliced her knee open.

It was a natural step for her to concentrate on the sciences at school, and, from there, gain a place at the University of Auckland to study on the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) course. These six years were to prove the most challenging of her life, and Claire largely laid aside her personal life in order to gain the foundation of her career. Choosing to stay in Auckland, mostly because she was still close to her family there, Claire secured a position as House Surgeon at Auckland City Hospital, rotating through various specialties, and, as well as falling in love with emergency surgery as a discipline, found that she also held the temperament required for the job.

It was at Auckland City hospital that she met Tama Apirana, who had just completed his second year post-grad, specialising in orthopaedics, and fell head over heels in love for the first time. It wasn't her first relationship - far from it - but he was certainly the first man with whom Claire had truly fallen in love. Within six months, they were living together in a small house in the Henderson Valley, and working out some sort of vague future. Tama would train as an orthopod, and, after her two years as a House Surgeon, Claire would specialise in emergency surgery, with emphasis on paediatrics.

The next few years weren't easy, with each of them having to dedicate seven years to their training, including twelve months each in Australia, a separation which they each found incredibly difficult. While they managed to time their overseas modules to coincide, the strain on their relationship was immense, leading to a temporary separation. However, upon their return to New Zealand, they decided to give it another go, each securing positions in the Auckland area once more.

Finally, when she was thirty-one, and two years ahead of schedule, Claire qualified as a consultant emergency surgeon, and took up position at the Starship Childrens' Hospital. She loved the fast paced work, and, as she was happy in her work, she was also happy at home. Tama proposed on her thirty-second birthday, and, overjoyed, Claire accepted. Finally, it seemed as though she had it all: a career she was passionate about, a partner she adored, and plans to have children of their own.

Unfortunately, that was a short-lived sensation.

The separation had taken its toll on their relationship, and, only a year after their engagement, Claire and Tama went their separate ways. She couldn't stand being in the same area as him, and, as a result, moved down to Wellington, where she took up position as head of emergency surgery at Wellington Hospital. Working there for four years, Claire made a name for herself, speaking at conferences worldwide on pioneering emergency techniques she was helping to develop, and it was at one of these conferences that she came to the attention of the Stargate Program.

Literally made an offer she couldn't refuse, she has now been working in the Cheyenne Mountain Complex for a little under a year, and is hoping to be able to put her name forward for the Atlantis expedition, should it ever go ahead.

B. General Personality

Everything you've ever heard about Kiwis being laid back and personable? That's Claire. Generous to a fault, and with a sharp, caustic wit, a smile is never far away. Claire prefers to take the heat out of a situation, rather than add fuel to the fire, and prefers to back away from confrontation. Her caring nature suits her profession as an emergency surgeon, and, despite knowing that the best surgeons remain detached from their patients, prefers to get to know them and involve herself in their day to day care. This same level of dedication applies to her friendships and relationships alike, and is something that has been instilled in her by her family as she was growing up.

i. Character Strengths:

Loyal, friendly, down-to-earth, practical, good sense of humour, places others first. She is able to keep her nerve in pressured situations, and keeps a level head.

ii. Character Weaknesses:

Her moral code can be a bit too "black and white", which can lead to her appearing judgmental. She doesn't suffer fools gladly, and can be too quick to call a spade a spade. Can also be a little too selfless sometimes, and can adhere a little too closely to the "first, do no harm" portion of the Hippocratic Oath, meaning that she might ignore placing herself into danger in order to prevent harm to another by her actions.

iii. Personal attitude and demeanour:

Claire is a natural mother-type, despite having no children of her own, something that she bitterly regrets, feeling that, at 38, she is unlikely to find someone - other than her now ex-fiance - who she would like to have children with. As a result, she dotes on her patients, and any other children she comes into contact with.


C. Additional Information

Claire is a skilled emergency surgeon, a profession she had wanted to enter since she was a child. She is quick-thinking and decisive, and utterly confident in her own ability to choose the correct path to reach the desired outcome. Like a lot of Māori people, Claire grew up surrounded by music, and plays the guitar well, although tends to restrict playing to gatherings of family and friends.

She speaks fluent English and Te Reo Māori, having been raised in a bi-lingual household, and speaks passable Spanish. She is also learning basic Korean as part of her studies towards her 4th dan black belt in taekwondo. Claire loves to cook, especially when trying new cuisines, and, while she may not always get the desired result, she regards herself as a good cook.

Claire has been taking taekwondo classes since her early-20s, and holds a 3rd dan black belt in the discipline. As such, she is agile and fast, and, despite her lack of stature, is capable of taking on taller opponents. As a surgeon, she has great hand/eye coordination, and is able to keep her focus on what she is doing, no matter what the distraction.

Claire is smaller than the average woman, and, despite her skills in martial arts, could be relatively easily overpowered by a larger, stronger opponent given the right situation. She is also shortsighted, and, due to a slight dry-eye condition, finds it uncomfortable to wear contact lenses, meaning she often has to wear glasses to get relief from the itchiness. Her left leg is also slightly weaker than it could be, due to a serious break when she was sixteen, leaving it vulnerable if you know there is an issue there. This weakness causes a slight limp in cold weather, and means that her kicks with her left leg are less powerful than her right. Oh, and squishy human is squishy.

Ancient gene: Untested

RP Sample (in character): "Incoming!"

The alarm sounded, and the red lights flashed in the gateroom, as Claire raced her team from the med bay to meet the returning team. By all accounts, SG-13 were coming in hot, with two wounded, one serious. She had thought that things were pressured in Starship and Wellington Hospital, but those years were nothing on this. Not only did she have to deal with the standard array of combat injuries, something for which she had felt woefully underprepared when she had taken up position at the SGC, but also a weird and wonderful array of alien injuries and illnesses.

It had certainly been something of an eye opener for her.

The iris opened, and the familiar ripple of the wormhole exploded as two members of SG-13 stumbled through, one of whom was bleeding from the head. "Potts, he's yours, get him back to the med bay," she yelled to one of the nurses who had accompanied her from the infirmary.

"Fuck!" Claire yelled and ducked as staff fire burst through the wormhole, and the remaining four members of the team lurched through, three all but carrying Major Farrell, who had clearly been struck by a staff blast to his stomach. "I guess it's a good thing that most Jaffa are a shit shot," she muttered, almost to herself. "Put him on the gurney," she called, and Major Farrell's eyes fluttered open.

"It's okay, Major, you got back, but your seamstress is going to have one hell of a job to do. Could be worse, though. Couple of inches lower, and you'd be singing soprano in the US Air Force choir."


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