Dal R'El was a humanoid male who lived during the late 24th century. Early in his life, he was sold as a slave to the Diviner as one of The Unwanted, who mined chimerium at the Tars Lamora prison colony. In 2383, he escaped aboard the recently discovered Federation starship USS Protostar. Dal's species was unknown, even to himself. (PRO: "Lost and Found")
Dal was raised on board the Damsel by DaiMon Nandi, a marauder and con artist. He slept under the ship's engine in a hammock that consisted of cloth with its two ends tied to piping. Nandi taught Dal to steal and the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition, but nothing about the Federation. He also had known about dabo through Nandi's playing of the game (although at one point she claimed to be done with it). (PRO: "First Con-tact")
Dal believed that Nandi thought of him as a son, but at some point, Nandi sold Dal as a slave to mine chimerium on Tars Lamora, and then purchased the robot Pik-Pox with the resulting profit, a partner who Nandi thought was more adept at stealing. Dal believed he had been kidnapped. (PRO: "First Con-tact")
While mining chimerium for The Diviner, Dal recorded the timing of mining machines in the hope that he could use it to escape one day. He tried to escape after Zero sabotaged the mine and his security anklet lost power. His attempt to leave on a ship ultimately failed. He was then tasked by Gwyndala to find Zero, and should he fail, he would be punished.
Dal went looking for Zero in the Northwest Crevasse. While working with Rok-Tahk there, they discovered the USS Protostar. With the starship's universal translator, Dal quickly befriended Zero, Rok-Tahk, Jankom Pog, and Murf, who tried to escape the mine and fend off Drednok and The Diviner's Watchers. Just before the Protostar took off, the group captured Gwyn. (PRO: "Lost and Found")
Dal appointed himself captain of the USS Protostar to the dismay of his crewmates. After struggling to lead the crew, he learned an important lesson by testing his skills with the Kobayashi Maru scenario on the holodeck. After repeated failures, the holographic representation of Spock helped him realize that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, and a good captain listens to his crew. (PRO: "Kobayashi")
Dal was reunited with Nandi after she sent a false distress call claiming that her ship systems have been compromised with orphans ill with the Phage. When they first met, Nandi lied to Dal that she had lost him and spent years searching for him. Dal regarded Nandi as a friend until he was told the truth behind his enslavement on Tars Lamora: she had sold him. (PRO: "First Con-tact")
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Dal is voiced by Brett Gray.