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"Choose to live."
– Elnor to Tenqem Adrev, 2399 ("Absolute Candor")

Elnor was a male Romulan who lived during the late 24th century. He was a survivor of the Romulan supernova event and was relocated as a child to Vashti, where he trained with the Qowat Milat to follow the Way of Absolute Candor and to proficiently use a tan qalanq. After the lifting of the ban on synthetics, Elnor joined Starfleet Academy as the first fully Romulan cadet.


In 2385, during Admiral Picard's effort to rescue Romulans from the impending Romulan supernova, a young Elnor was taken under the wing of the Qowat Milat on Vashti, in the Beta Quadrant.

Picard visited the place several times and the Qowat Milat helped to relocate over 250,000 refugees on Vashti alone. Despite his slight aversion of children, Picard grew fond of the young Elnor, often telling him stories about the late Commander Data. On one occasion, he brought him a copy of the book, The Three Musketeers, which they read together.

During a fencing lesson with the boy, Picard was informed by Raffaela Musiker of the rogue synths' attack on Mars. Shocked at the news, he bid farewell to the Romulans and told them he'd be back soon.

Picard failed to return to the enclave, and in the chaos of the following years, Qowat Milat were unable to find a better place for Elnor to live. Thus, he remained with the sisters, training with a tan qalanq. (PIC: "Absolute Candor")

Joining Picard[]

The reunion[]

Elnor, 2399

Elnor in 2399

In 2399, Picard finally returned to Vashti aboard La Sirena and pled for the Qowat Milat's help in his quest to find and protect Soji Asha. At the urging of their leader, Zani, Picard made his case to Elnor. Now a young man, Elnor initially expressed his frustration by Picard's abandonment, but eventually agreed to bind himself to the mission as a qalankhkai, since it met the requirements for worthiness, i.e. it was a lost cause. (PIC: "Absolute Candor")

The mission[]

As part of his mission aboard La Sirena, Elnor participated in their expedition to the Artifact to try and find Soji. Elnor wanted to protect Picard aboard the cube, but was held back. However, Elnor defied his orders and beamed aboard the Artifact to protect Picard, as well as Soji and the xB Hugh, from attacking Romulans. Soji and Picard escaped via the Queencell's spatial trajector, as Elnor wished to remain behind to cover their escape. (PIC: "The Impossible Box")

Due to Hugh's refusal to tell Narissa the fate of Picard and Soji, several XBs were executed aboard the Artifact. Seeing this, Elnor elected to remain behind to aid Hugh. However, Narissa and her Zhat Vash forces eventually caught up with the two, killing Hugh. Realizing he would need an xB to activate the Queencell, Elnor contacted Seven of Nine of the Fenris Rangers to try and aid him. (PIC: "Nepenthe") With Seven's help, they devised a scheme to activate the Borg in stasis aboard the cube by creating a sort of "mini-collective" with Seven as the Queen. As they tried to do this, however, Narissa released the Borg into space. (PIC: "Broken Pieces")

Starfleet career[]

Sometime later, Elnor joined Starfleet and attended Starfleet Academy on Earth to become the first full blooded Romulan to join Starfleet. In 2401, he was assigned to the USS Excelsior, a ship to which Commander Raffaela Musiker was also assigned. (PIC: "The Star Gazer")

Following the destruction of the Stargazer, he was transported into an alternate timeline by Q where, due to being a Romulan, Elnor was treated badly by the xenophobic Confederation of Earth. While attempting to escape into the past, he was shot by the husband of the alternate Seven of Nine and he ultimately died of his wounds. (PIC: "Penance", "Assimilation") Elnor's death hit Musiker particularly hard, with Musiker blaming herself for encouraging Elnor to pursue a career in Starfleet.

After Q returned everyone to 2401, the fleet worked together with the Borg to save the Alpha Quadrant from a massive energy wave. When the Excelsior's shield harmonics needed to be adjusted, the Stargazer contacted the ship, only to have Elnor answer, much to the shock of his friends. Elnor was confused; the last thing that he remembered was his death aboard the CSS La Sirena, but Musiker ordered him to focus and adjust his shields. Musiker, Seven, and Picard realized that Q's final gift to them was Elnor's resurrection, made possible by the unexpected surplus of power that Q was left with after Cristóbal Rios chose to remain in the past.

Elnor later joined Picard, Seven, and Musiker at Guinan's bar where Picard poured him a drink so that they could toast together to family. Although Elnor drank it, he clearly didn't like the taste. (PIC: "Farewell")

Since Elnor was assigned to the Excelsior, it is unknown if he perished along with his shipmates when the ship was destroyed in "Võx".



Background information[]

Elnor was played by Evan Evagora.

Michael Chabon shared on an Instagram Q-and-A that "Elnor" roughly translates from Elvish, a constructed language from The Lord of the Rings also associated with pointed-ears: "él" (star) "nor-" (trek/run.)[1]

Elnor wears a belt with "sem n'hak kon" inscribed on it. This means "now is the only moment", [2] something akin to what Kamin says in TNG: "The Inner Light".

Terry Matalas has suggested that Elnor was not aboard the Excelsior during Frontier Day, and therefore could be alive, although this is not confirmed on-screen so his status is unknown. [3]

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