A pawn was a game piece in the game of chess. Metaphorically speaking, to be considered a pawn in the hands of another was to be used against one's will to achieve a desired outcome, similar to being considered a puppet.
When Q set a challenge for the bridge crew of the USS Cerritos in 2380 by placing them on a large chess board (with elements of several other games and sports), he made Jack Ransom and Shaxs into pawns. (LD: "Veritas")
|Types: Jokarian chess • Three-dimensional chess • Vulcan chess|
|Equipment: Chess board • Chess pieces (King • Queen • Rook • Bishop • Knight • Pawn)|
|Terminology: Check • Checkmate • Chess master • Chess tournament • Stalemate|
|Strategy: Aldabren Exchange • el-Mitra Exchange • Kriskov Gambit • Queen's Gambit|
|Related: Chess problem|
In the writers' first draft script of ENT: "Dear Doctor", Doctor Phlox found a pawn in the stomach of Captain Archer's pet beagle, Porthos, the dog having recently eaten the pawn as Archer had been playing chess. The pawn was causing the dog some gastrointestinal distress. However, in the final version of the episode, Porthos suffers from gastrointestinal distress caused, instead, by cheese.