His starship inadvertently entered the space controlled by the Swarm species in 2373 and was suddenly attacked. USS Voyager transported him off his freighter to sickbay. He explained to Captain Kathryn Janeway that his ship was attacked by hundreds of ships that attached to the hull of his ship and drained its energy. Chardis said that his ship did not provoke them and that they were attacked because the ship was in Swarm space. He said that his crew died excruciating deaths.