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"My whole life for the last fourteen years has been one long slide into humiliation and rage. Also a fair amount of snakeleaf-induced paranoia, so some things never change."
– Raffi Musiker, 2399 ("The End is the Beginning")

Raffaela "Raffi" Musiker was a female Human who lived in the late 24th century. She served in Starfleet under Admiral Jean-Luc Picard until the end of the Romulan Rescue, and years later joined him on an unsanctioned mission to seek out Soji Asha and Bruce Maddox. After playing a crucial role in discovering the plot that lead to the Attack on Mars, Musiker rejoined Starfleet and once again found herself at Picard's side when Q pulled the Admiral into a dystopian alternate reality.

Biography

First Starfleet career

As a lieutenant commander, Musiker helped Picard formulate a new plan to evacuate Romulans from the Romulan supernova after the 2385 Attack on Mars destroyed the Romulan rescue armada. She gathered information for a proposal to use mothballed ships and reserve duty personnel to carry out the operation instead. However, Starfleet rejected the proposal and accepted Picard's protest resignation. Musiker was distraught, as she believed she would be dismissed from Starfleet as well. She also suspected Tal Shiar involvement in these events, but admitted that she could not discern a plausible motive. (PIC: "The End is the Beginning")

After Starfleet

Musiker during her self-imposed exile in 2399

Musiker described her life after Starfleet as "one long slide into humiliation and rage". By 2399, she lived alone in a small house at Vasquez Rocks. (PIC: "Maps and Legends")

After Picard's encounter with Dahj Asha in 2399, Picard reached out to Musiker to enlist her support for a mission to seek out Bruce Maddox. She was reluctant to speak to Picard until he revealed that Romulan assassins were operating secretly on Earth. (PIC: "Maps and Legends", "The End is the Beginning")

She supported his search, hiring old contact Cristóbal Rios and his ship La Sirena, and coming along to Vashti, Freecloud, Nepenthe, the Artifact, and Coppelius. (PIC: "The End is the Beginning", "Absolute Candor", "Stardust City Rag", "The Impossible Box", "Nepenthe", "Broken Pieces", "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1", "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2")

Personal life

Musiker was a brilliant analyst, tactician, and hacker. She was able to gain access to the Interfacers Guild and create fake credentials for Rios, and even found a way into the Borg and Romulan systems of the Artifact, though the Borg machine language was able to slow her down, if not stop her.

Musiker was fond of Saurian brandy and Chateau Picard, in particular the '86 vintage. She had a habit of inhaling snakeleaf, which caused paranoia as a side effect. (PIC: "Maps and Legends", "The End is the Beginning") While Musiker had struggled to become clean while on her first mission with Picard, by 2401, she was sober and sticking to non-alcolholic beverages. (PIC: "Two of One")

Family

Following the Attack on Mars, Musiker's relationship with her son Gabriel Hwang grew estranged. She briefly tried to reconnect with him in 2399, but Gabe made it clear he was still too hurt to forgive her for the way she had hurt him. (PIC: "Stardust City Rag")

On Freecloud, while trying to contact Gabe, Musiker discovered that he was married to Pel, a Romulan woman, and the two were expecting a daughter. Musiker later told Rios that she never expected to meet her granddaughter.

Friendships

When Musiker served under Picard, they had a close relationship; she regularly addressed him by the nickname "JL". (PIC: "The End is the Beginning")

Musiker considered Captain Emily Bosch "Emmy" an old friend, claiming to know where her "bodies were buried," and would call her up on occasion when she needed a favor. Musiker called on Bosch in 2399 to get diplomatic credentials for Jean Luc Picard, prompting Bosch to ask Musiker never to call her again. (PIC: "The Impossible Box")

Romantic Relationships

Musiker met Seven of Nine while hitching a ride to Freecloud with Rios and Picard. While Seven left La Sirena on Freecloud, the two met again on Coppelius and began a romantic relationship. (PIC: "Absolute Candor", "Stardust City Rag", "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2")

By the time Rios had returned to Starfleet and given Seven of Nine custody of La Sirena, Elnor called Seven Raffi's "girlfriend". While their relationship was strained by Seven's work for the Fenris Rangers, which often took her away from Earth and from Musiker, they still supported each other when they got stranded in the alternate universe by Q. This particular adventure, and the trials it put them through, lead the two women to reaffirm their relationship and emerge as an even stronger couple. ((PIC: "The Star Gazer", "Monsters", "Mercy", "Hide and Seek", "Farewell")

Appendices

Appearances

Background information

Raffi Musiker was played by Michelle Hurd.

The character's full first name was not revealed until "Stardust City Rag", the fifth episode of Star Trek: Picard.

According to the PIC Season 1 press kit, Musiker was a veteran Starfleet Intelligence agent with experience investigating and analyzing Romulan affairs and a "formidable tactician". It also claims that after Picard's retirement from Starfleet, she returned to Starfleet Intelligence before eventually leaving the service. [1]

Apocrypha

Raffi Musiker (2385)

Before her first on-screen appearance, Raffi Musiker was featured in the Star Trek: Picard - Countdown prequel comic book. According to the comic, she was Picard's first officer on the USS Verity (β) in 2385, during the mission to relocate Romulans threatened by the supernova, and was noted as "Starfleet's foremost analyst on Romulan affairs."

She also appeared in The Last Best Hope, which depicted her as having a husband, Jae, and a son, Gabe, from whom she became estranged due to the ongoing length of the evacuation mission.

Trivia

"Musiker" is German for "musician".

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