Chief Petty Officer Alexander Pharos
Assigned to the USS Excalibur as a Computer Systems Specialist, it is Alex's job to ensure the continued operation and efficiency of the computer systems aboard the ship.
|Alex was in his third year at Starfleet Academy when he learned -indirectly through his father who was a senior ambassador within the Federation- about how Starfleet had established contact with a previously unknown, non-corporeal species, the Quay. Highly intelligent and telepathic, they greeted Federation diplomats with an almost insatiable curiosity regarding what they referred to as ‘corporeal races’.
Though lacking physical mass of their own, the Quay are able to inhabit the neural structure of most higher life forms, ‘possessing’ them, and temporarily subsuming the host consciousness as they assume control of the body. Having no desire to hijack the bodies of other intelligent beings, the Quay have engineered an artificial life form called a ‘Renok’. Having no consciousness of their own, the Renoks are essentially tools; empty vessels for the Quay to inhabit in order to physically effect the world around them.
In their interactions with Federation diplomats, one of the Quay expressed a desire to learn more about humanity, to see how the corporeals lived. Though it was possible to simply inhabit a Renok and live among humans, it would provide little insight into the social aspects of humanity. The logical step (in their own minds at least) was to recruit a human to act as a host and chaperone, but re-engineer them to allow both the host and the Quay to coexist within the same body, without the Quay immediately assuming control. The compromise was to re-engineer a human into a Renok design, modified with the organic equivalent of a super computer, allowing the Quay to reside within without having to take over the brain of the host and experiencing the world around by telepathically linking with the host’s mind and senses.
Medical specialists studied the process in detail before determining that the process was ‘probably’ safe and reversible, which was more than enough assurance for Alex. Presented with the opportunity to try something that no human ever had before, he jumped at the chance and received an approved leave of absence from the Academy as he was shipped out to the Quay homeworld. Even with the advanced Quay medical technology, it took over a month for Alex to be fully re-engineered into a Renok, with another month to get used to the changes he had undergone. Then, following a battery of psychological evaluations to determine that he remained mentally sound, he was introduced to Ambassador Xen, who would be living within him, indefinitely.