Katanay was a character, based on Chakotay, in The Doctor's fictional holonovel entitled Photons Be Free.

In the novel, Katanay was a Bajoran with a ponytail, a Bajoran tattoo on the left side of his face, and an earring, larger and thicker than typical, on his right ear. He was the first officer of the USS Vortex. He was a thug and treated the EMH as a tool. He insisted that the EMH take care of his helm officer, Lieutenant Marseilles, instead of a more seriously-injured crewmember. His insistence in this matter resulted in the death of the injured crewmember by Captain Jenkins. (VOY: "Author, Author")

Background information Edit

Like his counterpart, Katanay was played by Robert Beltran.

His name comes from the script.

While it is too dark to see exactly what rank Katanay held, he was wearing a provisional officers bar.

From the Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 1, p. 404), "Photons Be Free was presumably published some time after the conclusion of the episode, albeit in revised form. We suspect that the final version of the character was less like Chakotay, and may even have had a different name."