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Old September 7 2008, 10:24 PM   #1
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Vale's hair color

So after (finally) finishing Orion's Hounds (and loving it) and reading the excerpt from Destiny, that got me to wondering: what precisely is the lineage of Vale's hair color choices? I know there have been several mentions of it over the years, but the only two I can recall/find are the black of OH and the auburn of Destiny. May I inquire of the masters of trek minutiae for a chronicle of her stylings?
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Old September 7 2008, 10:43 PM   #2
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Re: Vale's hair color

She had red hair in Sword of Damocles, which takes place between OH and Destiny.
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Old September 7 2008, 10:56 PM   #3
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Re: Vale's hair color

In her first appearance in The Belly of the Beast (the first S.C.E. story), she had blond hair. In her first chronological appearance -- the flashback in the S.C.E. story Security -- it was auburn, and she was considering changing it. She's also been a brunette and a redhead.
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Old September 7 2008, 11:00 PM   #4
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Re: Vale's hair color

Of course, what really happened is that the different authors writing her first few appearances described her hair color inconsistently, so in Orion's Hounds I figured I might as well throw in a reference to her dying her hair. And it's become kind of a running gag since then.
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Old September 7 2008, 11:09 PM   #5
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Re: Vale's hair color

She was a blonde through pretty much all of the A Time To... series, wasn't she?
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Old September 8 2008, 12:10 AM   #6
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Re: Vale's hair color

She's got nanites in her hair that allow her to change her hair color at will, provided to her as a parting gift from her father, though conveniently she will never mention this fact or use them "on screen" until the story where we learn that her father actually left her an encoded message in them.
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Old September 8 2008, 12:20 AM   #7
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Just think, if we'd been writing Star Trek novels the way we're apparently supposed to, she wouldn't have been a member of the crew in the first place, and all of this could have been avoided.

Damn, those missed opportunities.
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Old September 8 2008, 03:22 AM   #8
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Re: Vale's hair color

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Just think, if we'd been writing Star Trek novels the way we're apparently supposed to, she wouldn't have been a member of the crew in the first place, and all of this could have been avoided.

Damn, those missed opportunities.
It could also have been avoided if those all powerful all knowing Powers That Be simply dictated it all.
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Old September 8 2008, 03:24 AM   #9
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Re: Vale's hair color

Thanks for the info! The in-joke-ness of it I've found quite entertaining. Vale has become one of my favorite characters of late.
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Old September 8 2008, 03:58 AM   #10
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Re: Vale's hair color

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Just think, if we'd been writing Star Trek novels the way we're apparently supposed to, she wouldn't have been a member of the crew in the first place, and all of this could have been avoided.

Damn, those missed opportunities.
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Old September 8 2008, 04:08 AM   #11
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^ Well, it'd be about time. I've been laughing at him for years.
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Old September 8 2008, 04:15 AM   #12
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Re: Vale's hair color

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Just think, if we'd been writing Star Trek novels the way we're apparently supposed to, she wouldn't have been a member of the crew in the first place, and all of this could have been avoided.

Damn, those missed opportunities.
What is this a reference to? What Steve said, or something else?
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Old September 8 2008, 04:45 AM   #13
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Re: Vale's hair color

There is a guy on here named Dayton3 who insists that Star Trek should have all male all human casts.
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Old September 8 2008, 04:48 AM   #14
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There is a guy on here named Dayton3 who insists that Star Trek should have all male all human casts.
Oh... that. Gotcha.
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Old September 8 2008, 09:54 PM   #15
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Re: Vale's hair color

i thought it was referring to that the books arent canon and perhaps they should be...but thanks for clearing that up!
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