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Shaxs was a member of the Bajoran Resistance during the Occupation of Bajor. His time in the Resistance was traumatic and all-consuming, such as that even years later any mention of Bajor would send him flying into a violent rage. (LD: "wej Duj")
During a second contact mission to the Galardonian home world, Commander Jack Ransom was bitten by a flying insect, and unknowingly brought a rage virus onto the ship. Ransom eventually infected a significant number of the crew, and in the resulting fight on the Cerritos, Shaxs fought many of the infected crew. When the battle was nearing defeat, he recommended detonating the warp core to Captain Carol Freeman, but his suggestion was denied. Dr. T'Ana instead found a potential cure for the virus within some oral slime that coated Ensign Brad Boimler, and when Freeman gave the order to protect the slime, Shaxs carried Boimler all the way to sickbay. (LD: "Second Contact")
When Ensign Sam Rutherford expressed an interest in changing jobs aboard the Cerritos, he was tested by Shaxs in Combat Simulation Smorgasborg, a simulation which involved a new security recruit facing down multiple Borg drones. Shaxs threw new recruits in this simulation to show them how to cope with defeat, but Rutherford astounded Shaxs by single-handily defeating each drone with the help of his cybernetic implant. Shaxs called Rutherford a natural born warrior, and welcomed him into security. However, shortly after this, Rutherford requested a transfer back to engineering. Shaxs was more than happy to let him go, saying that it was good to be true to oneself. (LD: "Envoys")
During a mission to Gelrak V, after an away mission did not go well due to a misinterpreted gesture, the Gelrakians launched an attack against the Cerritos. With the lack of buffer time, the crew was overworked and not completing their daily tasks properly, which resulted in ship functionality decreasing. Shaxs was unable to raise the ship's shields, and the Gelrakians successfully boarded the Cerritos during their attack. Shaxs helped defend the bridge throughout the attack. Once the attack was successfully thwarted, Shaxs led another away mission to the planet, wherein proper contact was established, and there were no further problems. (LD: "Temporal Edict")
In a confrontation with the Drookmani, he advised aggressive action against the scavengers which were trying to claim Starfleet salvage for their own. He noted their claim of salvage as being ludicrous in nature, and was seemingly annoyed at Freeman's lack of action, favoring a more diplomatic approach. He begged her to let him fire on their warp core, and was visibly dismayed when Freeman didn't give him permission. When Freeman finally believed she'd exhausted all her options, she finally gave Shaxs permission to fire, but she'd given the order too late since the damage the Drookmani had inflicted by this point had disabled the weapons on the ship. The Drookmani were defeated when a corrupted isolinear core tore into the ship, and destroyed the ship from within. Shaxs was so happy with this victory that he gave Dr. T'Ana a kiss. (LD: "Terminal Provocations")
Shaxs took part in a covert mission to rescue Imperium Magistrate Clar from the Romulans. On stardate 57791.1, he, Chief Engineer Andy Billups, and Rutherford broke into a Vulcan museum to steal a 23rd century Romulan Bird-of-Prey. While they were successful, the mission was full of small problems, since Rutherford's actions were generally not his own, as his implant initiated multiple updates, causing him blackouts, and losing control of his motor functions. In the end, the rescue of Clar was a success, and Clar attempted to have Shaxs and the rest of the bridge crew honored at a party, but due to the nature of the mission being unknown to the ensigns that Clar called forward to testify, the party didn't go far, and ended after only twenty-two minutes. (LD: "Veritas")
When the Cerritos received a partial distress call from the USS Solvang, the Cerritos investigated the call, to find the ship completely destroyed. The Cerritos was then immediately attacked by a Pakled Clumpship and crippled. Shaxs once more participated in fighting off several Pakled intruders. Rutherford came up with a computer virus that would disable the Pakled's computer, and Shaxs escorted Rutherford to the repair bay, where he blasted his way into the ship with the phasers of the shuttlecraft Sequoia. Shaxs was successful in fighting off multiple Pakled guards, protecting Rutherford, as he uploaded the virus to the computer, but a complication from Rutherford's holographic creation, Badgey, resulted in the upload slowing to a crawl, and halting the initiation of a self-destruct of the Pakled Clumpship.
Shaxs ripped the cybernetic implant off of Rutherford as it continued to upload the virus, which severely wounded Rutherford, but kept the upload going. He placed the unconscious Rutherford in the shuttlecraft, and pushed it out into space, saving Rutherford's life. Shaxs continued to fight the Pakleds until the ship exploded, killing him, along with everyone else on board. (LD: "No Small Parts")
The loss of Shaxs was felt deep in the crew of the Cerritos. His sacrifice was honored by the crew at his memorial, in which Freeman said they'd never forget what he did. Freeman later admitted that she had no idea how she would ever replace him. Dr. T'Ana had also hoped to start a romantic relationship with Shaxs before his sacrifice. (LD: "No Small Parts")
Shortly after his death, Shaxs was resurrected through a harrowing process that involved "dark truths about scientific depravity" and the black mountain. He resumed his duties aboard the Cerritos, though he remained heavily affected by the experience and suffered from flashbacks. As the chief of security position had since been assumed by Kayshon, it is unclear what position Shaxs worked following his return, though he was seen working in Engineering. (LD: "We'll Always Have Tom Paris")
Shaxs was known to be very aggressive and was prone to favoring highly combative strategies in any tactical situation. He did not seem to fear any repercussions for what this action would have. He was rough around the edges with the crew as well, and not above making threats with anyone who displeased him. When he complained that barstools hurt his back, Billups simply told him that he wasn't sitting on them right, which made Shaxs say that he'd killed better men for less (or at least threatened to kill better men for about the same). (LD: "Moist Vessel")
Despite this, he was still very protective and supportive of the Cerritos crew. He believed it was good to stay true to one's self in Starfleet, and was a willing participant in many activities in which the senior staff took part, such as poker, and racquetball. Shaxs also possessed incredible strength, being able to run while carrying a person with one arm. (LD: "Second Contact", "Envoys", "Moist Vessel", "No Small Parts", "We'll Always Have Tom Paris")
Shaxs was evidently at least a nominal follower of the Bajoran religion, as he once referenced the Prophets when astounded by Rutherford's performance in his combat simulation. Additionally, a realistic holodeck simulation of Shaxs, programmed with information from his personal logs, threatened his enemies with encountering the Pah-wraiths in hell. (LD: "Envoys", "Crisis Point")
Shaxs and T'Ana held romantic feelings for one another, and were very flirtatious with one another on more than one occasion. In 2380,when the ship was almost destroyed by Drookmani scavengers, only to be destroyed themselves by a corrupt isolinear core, Shaxs was overjoyed, and gave T'Ana a kiss on the bridge that they both enjoyed. T'Ana hoped to officially start a relationship with him that year, however, Shaxs was killed when he sacrificed his life to save Rutherford, halting these plans. (LD: "Terminal Provocations", "No Small Parts")
Upon Shaxs' resurrection, the two rekindled their feelings with one another, and when Shaxs was poisoned by a mugato, T'Ana treated his wound, and told him in a suggestive manner that she would be checking in on him in his quarters to "heal him all night long"; a suggestion he smiled at. (LD: "Mugato, Gumato")
Shaxs also had developed an affection for Ensign Sam Rutherford, whom he called "Baby Bear". When Rutherford temporarily sought to transfer into Security, he astounded Shaxs when he managed to defeat numerous holographic Borg drones in a simulation that was simply meant to help security recruits cope with defeat. While Rutherford ultimately transferred back to Engineering, Shaxs' respect for the young Ensign remained intact. (LD: "Envoys", "Veritas")
When the Cerritos was attacked by the Packleds in 2380, Rutherford came up with a computer virus that would disable the Packled ship. As the virus needed to be manually input into the Pakled's systems, Shaxs personally escorted Rutherford to the hangar, and flew him there. The plan did not go over smoothly however, as Rutherford's program, Badgey, instead initiated a self-destruct of the Pakled Clumpship. Without any other options, Shaxs ripped Rutherfords implant from his head, and put the unconscious Rutherford onto the shuttlecraft, pushing it into space, saving Rutherford's life, while giving his own in the resulting explosion. (LD: "No Small Parts")
Shaxs' death weighed heavily on Rutherford, and when Shaxs returned to the Cerritos, Rutherford was astonished by his reappearance. While he tried not to pay any attention to the fact that there was no explanation for his sudden return, Rutherford ultimately was unable to forget about it, and approached Shaxs about the matter. He told him that he felt guilty that Shaxs had to give up his life to save his own, and that if he knew how he survived, he wouldn't feel as guilty. Shaxs was reluctant to tell him about it, but told him not to feel guilty for what happened, saying that saving Rutherford was his duty. He also told Rutherford that the only reason they didn't tell him was because they only wanted to spare them very dark and disturbing details that most would find unsettling. Rutherford was not bothered by this, and when he insisted, Shaxs told Rutherford in detail how he survived, though as he continued, Rutherford was seemingly more and more distraught with each revealed detail. (LD: "We'll Always Have Tom Paris")
- "Second Contact" (Season 1)
- "Temporal Edict"
- "Moist Vessel"
- "Cupid's Errant Arrow"
- "Terminal Provocations"
- "Much Ado About Boimler" (no lines)
- "No Small Parts"
- "We'll Always Have Tom Paris" (Season 2)
- "Mugato, Gumato"
- "An Embarrassment Of Dooplers"
- "The Spy Humongous"
- "I, Excretus"
- "wej Duj"
- "First First Contact"
Shaxs was voiced by Fred Tatasciore.
During early stages of development, his name was Xax. In early concept art by Miranda Dressler, he was not a Bajoran, but a purple-skinned alien.