The symbol for Masaka

Data as Masaka

Masaka was the mythological sun goddess of the extinct D'Arsay civilization.

Masaka existed in counterpart with Korgano, the D'Arsay moon god. The exchange of night and day was referred to as "the hunt." Masaka was considered one of the most fearsome of the gods in the D'Arsay culture. Ihat said that according to one of the D'Arsay legends, Masaka had "chopped" her father up and "used his bones to make the world." This would suggest that in D'Arsay mythology Masaka was also the creator of the universe. According to D'Arsay mythology, Masaka was a powerful queen, and she would only pay attention to Korgano. She simply ignored others. This was proven when Jean-Luc Picard tried to speak with her and she responded with "I do not hear you!" A conversation with Picard in the guise of Korgano showed that Masaka enjoyed the hunt and claimed she was eager to be the hunter once more.

In 2370, the USS Enterprise-D encountered the D'Arsay archive which downloaded information into the Enterprise-D's computer and began reconfiguring the ship, replicating a D'Arsay city. It also affected Lieutenant Commander Data, who began taking on personalities from D'Arsay mythology, including Masaka. The changes threatened to completely take over the ship until Captain Picard successfully impersonated Korgano and ended the legend, shutting down the archive. (TNG: "Masks")

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