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"I remember when you first came to me. You would not look up... until I ordered you to do so. But it did no good. Even when you were looking up, you were looking down."

Delenn, 2259.


Lennier was a Religious Caste Minbari who served as Delenn's diplomatic aide on Babylon 5 before eventually joining the Anla'Shok.[1][2]

History[]

Early life[]

Lennier was born into the Minbari Religious Caste clan, the Third Fane of Chudomo. Raised in a temple, Lennier studied the ways of his caste and attained the rank of novitiate.[2] During his time on Minbar, Lennier was trained in hand-to-hand combat, linguistics, mathematical statistics (attaining the rank of master adept) and demonstrated a passion for history.[3] During the Earth-Minbari War, some of his family served aboard the flagship Drala Fi and were lost when the Warcruiser was destroyed by the EAS Lexington.[3][4][5]

An Aide Who Will Not Look Up[]

Being highly spoken of by his teacher Lennier was assigned to Satai Delenn in 2258.[2] At first, his duties were small but he did sit in for Delenn for the extradition vote on Deathwalker.[6] That same year, while Delenn was briefly away from the station he was invited by the Centauri ambassador Londo Mollari to join him on what he called an "educational" life experience which turned out to be joining him in a poker game in a seedy bar on the station. Although the finer points of poker were lost on Lennier, his talent for probability made him a lot of winnings. When Londo was caught cheating, Lennier defended him from the angry players which led to an ugly brawl. Afterwards, Lennier covered for Londo by claiming full responsibility through a simple misunderstanding (although Minbari normally do not lie they can prevaricate the truth to save another person from losing face). As both Lennier and Londo had diplomatic immunity, and promised full restitution for damages, the matter was dropped. Lennier's selfless act however won him Londo's admiration and respect.[7]

Later in 2259 when Delenn began her transformation, Lennier was called upon to tell the Humans, namely Sheridan and Ivanova, the reason for the Minbari surrender at the Battle of the Line. Lennier also watched over her during her transformation.[8] Throughout 2259, Lennier's role as aide to Delenn seemed to widen and deepen as was his appearances at important occasions. He accompanied Delenn to Minbar when she was to be removed from the Grey Council because of the self-imposed, biological changes she underwent. It was during this period that Lennier swore himself to Delenn's side in spite of her telling it would effect him as well. Later, he was an instrumental in the exposure of a conspiracy within his clan against Sheridan's credibility, which could have removed him from command and was further intended to increase tensions with Earth, from those who felt sleighted about surrendering.

In 2260, when Delenn and Sheridan with the Rangers began to secretly fight the recent re-emergence of the Shadows. Lennier frequently accompanied the two on missions of very high risk. He was also seriously injured early that year in a terrorist bombing saving ambassador Mollari. Later that year, Lennier's duties became much more important when he began, probably in association with the Rangers and others, running weapons, technology and information from place to place to help fight the Shadows.[9]

In the last year of the Shadow War, Lennier was present at most all of the major battles and encounters including the decisive battle at Coriana VI, which ended with the Shadows and Vorlons final departure to the Rim. With the war now over, he worked closely with Delenn and Sheridan in solidifying the presence of Babylon 5 as a fully independent state. When it became clear that the Minbari society had become fractured and that fighting between the castes was imminent, he went back with Delenn to Minbar to attend to the current crisis. It was also in the midst of this that he and Delenn first encountered the Drakh attacking shipping lanes, and trying to ally themselves with a faction of the religious caste for territorial gain.[10] When the Minbari civil war broke out, he was permanently impaired and almost fatally poisoned trying to preserve the lives and honor of others.[11] For the rest of 2261, Lennier helped Delenn re-organize the League of Non-Aligned Worlds and then Earth into a new alliance.

"Initiating 'getting the hell out of here' maneuver."

Lennier to Ivanova, 2261


Ranger Lennier[]

With the birth of the new alliance in 2262 Lennier decides to join the Anla'Shok. His choice surprises and concerns Delenn on many levels. When she questions him, he claims that along with a desire to fill a void left by the death of Marcus, he also feels as though he is no longer needed as Delenn's aide on Babylon 5. More precisely, he says he feels that he needs to move onto other opportunities and grow beyond what he had been. Additionally, he says he wishes to earn Delenn's respect and make her proud of him by serving the Rangers. She tells him very plainly that he has always had her respect.[1] But in reality, he is leaving to avoid the feelings he has developed for Delenn over the years. He also wishes to avoid friction with John Sheridan, which only gre after his miraculous return. Lennier begins training to become a Ranger and despite developing a hardened temperament about which others are concerned, he is the ideal Ranger recruit. After a few months of service, Lennier visits the station on the Brakiri Day of the Dead, where the spirit of a temporarily resurrected Mr. Morden tells him that he will one day betray the Rangers.[12] After this, Lennier returns to the station at Delenn's request; reaffirming that he would always be at her service when he was most needed. She gives him a covert mission wherein he is to gather evidence of who's responsible for the recent attacks on the Alliance shipping lanes. As such, he is assigned as a trainee to a Whitestar ship under the command of Captain Enrique Montoya, where he again proves his worthiness as a Ranger when he helps a fellow trainee discover where he belongs in life.[9] Apart from training exercises, during Lennier's covert mission from Delenn, he disobeys orders and nearly dies, upon discovering that the Centauri are the ones to blame, makes a recording of it and later gives it to President Sheridan.[13] Later, during the brief conflict with the Centauri, he accompanied Delenn on a mission to Minbar. However, their ship is nearly destroyed when a Centauri warship intercepts them. Just before they think they are going to be killed, Lennier silently declares his love for her. She gently responds that she already knew. As another Vorcha warship arrives, Delenn implies that she didn't really hear what he had said but tells him she felt very complimented by it nevertheless.[14]

"I am Anla'shok and shall remain so until I pass beyond. I could no more betray the Anla'shok than my fingers could betray my hand."

Lennier to the late Mr. Morden, 2262.


A Rogue[]

Despite having dedicated himself to do extraordinary risks to save lives and do good, Lennier ultimately succumbed to his greatest weakness: his love for Delenn, as he, Delenn and John travelled to the new alliance headquarters on Minbar aboard a Whitestar. During an emergency situation, a bulkhead seals to contain a toxic leak. In the process, both Sheridan and another Ranger are trapped within. Seeing a chance to finally have Delenn for himself, Lennier leaves Sheridan behind thr sealed door, hesitating at first. While he initially leaves Sheridan to die, he quickly came to his senses and returned back to help. However, by this moment Sheridan has already saved himself and the other Ranger, leaving Lennier deeply ashamed and flees away in a fighter ship and ignores any attempt by Delenn to talk to him. On Minbar after dinner with Emperor Mollari, Delenn receives a message from Lennier expressing his regret and sorrow over what happened and that he meant Sheridan no harm, but said he could not come back until he has discovered what he truly is and how to redeem himself in her eyes.[15]

"Delenn, all we know is that we will die. It is only a matter of how, when, and whether or not it is with honor."

Lennier, 2260


Later life[]

Nothing is known about Lennier's actions after going rogue. It is not known whether he and Delenn ever reconciled.[16][17] In 2281, at the last dinner held by John Sheridan before "going to the sea", when he proposed a toast "to absent friends, in memory still bright", Delenn pronounced Lennier's name, implying that at that time he was dead.[18]

Friends[]

"As Mr. Garibaldi would say, it's been one hell of a day."
"Yes, a hell of a day. And a hell of a year."
"A hell of a five years."
"A hell of a life."
"You win."

Vir and Lennier, 2262

Delenn[]

Delenn had been Lennier's closest confidant and dearest of personal friends. Coming to her as a simple novitiate with a life spent mostly in temple, he learned much about the outside world and gained much experience in the area of diplomacy and alien relations. including the more subtle ways of life. But for the most part, it was Delenn's caring and nurturing soul that he truly admired. After only a short time he began to revere her, swearing himself to her side at all times. Soon this reverence would turn to a perfect love for her. When Delenn and Sheridan began their relationship, Lennier outwardly accepted it but never did so in his heart. This led to his eventual downfall.

Garibaldi[]

Lennier and Mr. Garibaldi were friends while serving on Babylon 5. Handling all the security arrangements for the ambassadors and their guests, Garibaldi came into frequent contact with Lennier and so it wasn't long before the two began talking outside of the job. Their friendship seemed to begin in 2258 when Lennier helped him finish assembling, with some Minbari technology, a twentieth century motorcycle on which they both shared a ride on through the corridors of Babylon 5.[4] Another instance of their friendship occurred when Garibaldi refused to believe that Lennier would organize a cover-up to prevent the truth from getting out on the issue of Sheridan's being accused of murder.[5] In the next few years, the two often spoke to each other, including one instance in 2261, with Lennier disbelieving that Mr. Garibaldi quit his position as chief of security.[19]

Vir[]

Lennier and Vir often shared their thoughts and feelings on the many hassles and pressures of being ambassadorial aides, usually meeting at a drinks bar on the Zocalo at late times.[20]

Appearances[]

Signs and Portents
The Coming of Shadows
Point of No Return
No Surrender, No Retreat
Wheel of Fire
Novels

References[]

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