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Nox (2345)






110 lbs.









Captain (Kalryhha)
Tactical Officer (USS Admonitor)


USS Admonitor


2285 Command Commander

Romulan Star Empire logo
The emblem of the Romulan Star Empire, to which Nox belongs.

L'nihilus "Linus" Nox was a Romulan who became the first to serve onboard a Federation starship.


Little is known about Nox's birth or childhood. He was native to Romulus, and lived there most of his life. It is believed that in 2311 his father L'tonius was involved in a scandal with the Duras family of Qo'noS. L'tonius was killed by Azetbur, the then Chancellor of the Klingon Empire. In vengeance, Nox slew her himself, but not until her daughter, K'hallA, swore a blood-oath to find and kill Nox.

Nox wanted to return to Romulus and become a member of the Empire's military. But his chance ended when his mother was captured by the USS Enterprise-B. From what he could gather, she was placed under a mind-meld by a Vulcan named T'Mar, which had caused her - his mother - to die. Nox came after T'Mar, but she returned to Vulcan for kolinhar, and he lost her there.



The Kalryhha, first of the Valdore-class Romulan Warbirds.

In 2320, Nox stole a prototype Romulan warbird, the Kalryhha, and, with a band of Romulan rogues and several allies and friends he had made, began raiding Federation outposts and colonies. Nox was 20, a rather young age for a Romulan, so he elected one of his older comrades to the position of captain while he commanded the helm.

During one of their raids, they encountered a wormhole which took them back in time to the year 2000. Their ship came out of the wormhole near Earth, and Nox and a few others beamed down to investigate. Though the temptation to conquer the Earth before the Federation was even formed was great, Nox restrained himself. Instead, he took with him a souvenir: a 20th century style shot-gun. The wormhole reopened shortly and they returned to the 24th century.

While commanding the Kalryhha, Nox became familiar with a "young" Romulan named Y'Radu. Both were equally infatuated with each other, and they declared their intentions to be bound in soon as their careers in piracy were concluded.

In 2324, the Kalryhha attacked a Federation passenger liner. The security on board put up no resistance, and all were slaughtered. However, while killing a middle-aged man and his woman, Nox stopped before killing their seven-year-old son.

This would prove to be advantageous for Nox, because that child grew up into Edward Shield.

With the increased pirate actions on Federation ships, sub-space routes used by Federation ships became top-secret. In order to continue his raids, Nox gave command of the Kalryhha to Y'Radu while he, disguised as a Vulcan, infiltrated the USS Enterprise-B and transmitted the sub-space routes to the Kalryhha. Nox would later comment, when asked about the death of a Vulcan at his hands, that it would not have been the first time he killed a Vulcan.

Capture and Imprisonment

But Nox's command wouldn't last long. He was caught by the Enterprise-B shortly before its decommissioning and imprisoned as an enemy of the Federation. Rather than get the Romulan Star Empire involved, the Federation decided to hush up the fact that they had captured a Romulan. The official story they released was that the Kalryhha was destroyed and all aboard were killed.

Nox was incarcerated in the Federation concentration camp on the oceanic world of Typhon III.

Serving Aboard the Admonitor

When Edward Shield took the USS Enterprise-C to Typhon III for repairs after Narendra III, he discovered the concentration camp here. When he asked the foreman about this, he learned, to his horror, that this was common-place among the Federation. Shield stood up for Nox, and this gave the Romulan the boldness to attempt to kill the foreman. His efforts ended in him being brutalized by the guards. Refusing to watch, Shield stunned the guards with his phaser. He tried to get the foreman to release the prisoners, but she was defiant. Seeing his chance, Nox took the phaser from Shield, turned it to maximum setting and vaporized the foreman.

Nox recognized Shield as the child he had spared. He felt that he owed nothing to him, now that he, Shield, had saved him. So instead of killing him, Nox let Shield go. When Shield was about to be killed by the commander of the concentration camp, Nox came to the rescue of the human who had saved him.

Shield offered Nox a position aboard his ship, since they were all rebels from their own respective groups. Due to his previous encounters with the Federation and the Enterprise-B, Nox refused to even set foot on the Enterprise-C, but chose to serve under Captain Young aboard the USS Admonitor.

Rank and Position

Nox's position as First Officer is mostly nominal, since Captain Young makes all of her own decisions without influence from any outside sources, especially if that source is a male. However, because she killed Tactical Officer Phelps, the Admonitor was left without skilled tactical capabilities. Because of his own skills at space combat, Nox was given a permanent position as Tactical Officer. This he regards as a better use of his talents, as opposed to "sitting in the First Officer's seat, doing nothing while that dominating [expletive] runs the ship her own way."

Despite his "active" duty as Tactical Officer, Nox is expected to take control of certain tasks that captain Young would find too tiresome or a waste of her skills, much like the First Officer. For example, he is usually delegated with overseeing the Civilian Crew, even though he is annoyed by their presence.


Despite the massive amount of trust placed on him, Nox has been known for insubordination and several accounts of mutiny. Though his captain never puts up with this with her other male crewmen, Nox is the only skilled Tactical commander she has available, and therefore is unable to kill him.


In 2408, Nox began showing unnatural signs of loyalty toward the captain and crew of the USS Admonitor. This continued until his permanent departure.

Katra Dominance

While onboard the Admonitor, Nox encountered T'Mar. He recognized her instantly as the one he had been hunting all of his life. He choked her to death, but not before she implanted her katra within him. Admitting this to any of the ships' surgeons would mean admitting that he had killed a Starfleet officer. Later, he learned that this person had been close to Edward Shield, which made him even more nervous about telling, since it would jeporadize his place among them. So he kept the knowledge to himself.

Since Nox kept the katra within, it acted as a second-conscience as well as a store-house of knowledge. At certain times, the katra would take almost complete control, during which times Nox would make statements and calculations far beyond the capacity of Romulans, as well as perform mind-melds and the Vulcan nerve-pinch. These he turned to his own will by concentrating all of his will-power to control the urges of katra dominance: the results were that he could make mind-viruses in his melds, which would cause his victims to be insane; another such thing was turning his nerve-pinch into a kind of torture device by generating an electrical charge created by the katra dominance into the point of attack.

The only visible sign of his katra dominance was that his eyes would glow red while he was under the influence of T'Mar's spirit.

In 2407, Nox left the USS Admonitor in order to find the remnant of his own people. During that period of time, T'Mar's katra began having negative side-effects on him. It was removed and placed in T'Para, but Nox retained all of the abilities and skills he had gained while under its influence.


Nox is somewhat of a loner, who rarely makes lasting friendships. The only person ever known to befriend him was Krall, the Gorn assassin.



Nox's father, L'tonius, trained him to respect Romulan history and culture above all else, including his own personal feelings. He highly respected him, even beginning a hunt against Chancellor Azetbur when she ordered his death.


Once a member of the Kalryhha's crew, Nox's childhood "sweet-heart" became a member of the Romulan fleet after his capture. Y'Radu eventually found her way back to him, and the two were reunited. But an encounter with Commodore Gardner ended in her death.


Lieutenant Rookwood is the only human that Nox has ever come close to in all of his years. She is intrigued by him, due to the fact that she never met Romulans in her universe. If this connection is any deeper, however, remains to be seen.

This connection became evident once the two ships entered the 25th century. During shore leave on Earth, he and Rookwood had relations, which caused her to conceive a child. However, the two were stranded on a hostile planet when she gave birth, which made them make a rather difficult decision: put up their child for adoption.

But rather in one place, they took her back in time to a parallel universe, where their daughter was given a safe place to remain.

Character Traits

Political Views

Nox views the Romulan Star Empire as upholding the traditional morals and beliefs of his species, as opposed to their near-cousins, the Vulcans, who rejected their violent natures for Surak's reforms.

Nox is also somewhat of a racist when it comes to other species. He was once quoted to have said:

I don't believe all Romulans are good, I've just met very few evil ones. I also don't believe all Humans are evil, I've just never met any ones worth keeping.

Physical Characteristics


  • Romulan strength.
  • Vulcan Logic (only when possessed by T'Mar's katra).
  • Vulcan mental powers (only when possessed by T'Mar's katra).
  • Fluent in all three dialects of Romulan language.
  • Marksmanship
  • "Rogue-ish" charm.



  • Nox owns a shot-gun, which he picked up as a souvenir from 21st century Earth. He has modified it to expel its frag-discharge using a 24th century gas unit rather than the normal spark-ignition. This allows it to be used even in the vacuum of space.
  • Though Nox hates most things about Earth and Humans, he has a strange liking for chocolate chip cookies.
  • Nox hates Klingons, but he hates Cardassians just as much.
  • Probably his worst showing of xenophobia, Nox utterly despises Ferengi.
  • Though Nox shows disdain for most non-Romulans, he once befriended a Gorn, who would later join him on the USS Admonitor.
  • Though Nox hates humans, he is somewhat partial to Lieutenant Rookwood of the USS Enterprise-C, regardless of his hatred for that ship and its name.
  • Nox is a Commander, while his mortal enemy K'hallA is a Lieutenant Commander (until 2346): a fact he often lorded over her.
  • Not much is known about Nox, since he is very secretive about his past. All that can be spoken about him is from what others have known from their encounters with him.
  • When asked why some of his race lacked the V-shaped brow ridge, Nox stated that it was part of a religious scarring that occurred millenia ago when they first split from the Vulcans. According to the legend, the Romulans considered themselves "under the raptor's wings", and therefore surgically carved a V-shape on to their foreheads to represent that they were marked and protected by their defiance of Vulcan logic. Not all were so inclined, and they remained "unmarked". Such unmarked ones continued to exist, and they were considered to be of a lower caste than the marked (some of the unmarked even shaved their heads, which made them look more like Remans, a class even lower than unmarked in Romulan society). During the Federation-Romulan War, however, the "unmarked" were called into the service of the Empire to act as spies. Their Vulcan-appearance made them the perfect spies.
  • Since Nox doesn't wear a Starfleet uniform, he wears his rank fastened to his belt.
  • Nox has no counterpart in the mirror universe, since, at least in that universe, Romulus was ravaged by the Terran Empire and all the Romulan people committed suicide afterwards long before even his father was born.