This page contains information regarding Star Trek: Discovery, and thus may contain spoilers.
Serving on the Enterprise
By the late 2250s, Nhan was serving as an engineer aboard the USS Enterprise under Captain Christopher Pike, holding the rank of Commander. Being Barzan, Nhan relied on an augmentation to be able to breathe in the atmosphere maintained aboard Starfleet ships. (DIS: "Brother", "Project Daedalus")
Serving on the Discovery
Along with Evan Connolly, she accompanied Captain Pike onto the USS Discovery when the Enterprise suffered a malfunction. She was also a part of the team that investigated the crashed wreckage of the USS Hiawatha. (DIS: "Brother")
Nhan became suspicious of Airiam when she asked about the Barzan's breathing apparatus. Nhan continued to observe Airiam as Discovery approached Section 31 Headquarters. When Airiam requested to join the away team, Nhan told Pike that she would "look after" Airiam. While Nhan, Airiam and Michael Burnham were aboard the space station, the Discovery crew learned that Airiam's cybernetic components had been corrupted by Section 31's threat assessment system, Control, in an effort to access the Sphere's data. Nhan and Burnham confronted Airiam, who ripped one of Nhan's breathing augmentations off, leaving her gasping to breathe. Burnham trapped Airiam in an airlock, but hesitated to blow her into space, despite pleas from Airiam and an order from Pike. Nhan ultimately regained consciousness and ejected Airiam into space, killing her. (DIS: "Project Daedalus")
When it was decided that Burnham would take Discovery forward to the 32nd century to prevent Control from seizing the Sphere data, Nhan volunteered to stay on board Discovery. Despite knowing that there would be little chance of return, she believed that she owed it to Airiam for the latter's sacrifice. (DIS: "Such Sweet Sorrow", "Far From Home")
Nhan helped Philippa Georgiou in neutralizing Leland (who had been reanimated by Control), when Leland boarded the Discovery to take the Sphere data. After the Discovery disappeared from its original timeframe, Nhan, along with the rest of the volunteering crew, was presumed dead by Starfleet, based on the testimonies of the USS Enterprise senior officers. (DIS: "Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2")
- Prior to 2257: Assigned to the USS Enterprise as an engineer
- 3189: Arrives with the Discovery's crew from 2257
"I see where the Federation puts its pennies."
"Do not covet thy neighbor's starship, commander. Besides, we've got the new uniforms."
"And lovely uniforms, they are. Captain."
- - Nhan, Christopher Pike, Saru, and Michael Burnham on the Discovery and new Starfleet uniforms (DIS: "Brother")
"I just... Look, my job is to preserve as many lives as possible at any cost. But what you said at the service... It is hard to let go."
"You did the right thing. I'm grateful you were there."
"Strange way to get to know someone, but... after seeing how hard you fought for her, the real her... Let's just say I'm grateful you were there, too."
Nhan was portrayed by actress Rachael Ancheril.
When Nhan was aboard the USS Enterprise, she wore a red shirt uniform. However, after joining the USS Discovery's crew she began wearing their signature blue uniform but with a skirt. Although, her skirt uniform differs than that of Star Trek: The Original Series by not showing her legs. She wears black boots that go up past her knee and any time skin between the boots and the end of skirt is seen, that skin is covered by thick black leggings to make it appear like she is wearing pants underneath the skirt.