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Night Gotens (more commonly known as just Gotens) was a joined Trill and host of the Gotens symbiont. He was joined from 2365 to 2379 and served as first officer on both the USS Xena, and the USS Phoenix-X. In 2379, after his symbiont was stolen and replaced by the Seifer symbiont, he became Night Seifer. (Star Trek: Phoenix-X)

History[edit | edit source]

Night (Trill host)[edit | edit source]

See: Night (Trill host)

USS Xena[edit | edit source]

Gotens was promoted to first officer aboard the USS Xena. While there, he served under Captain Aeris, with a mostly female populated crew except for Ensign Dan and Lieutenant Commander Wing. ("The Tiloniam System", "The Tilonian System")

Sometime in the late 2360s, Gotens and the USS Xena responded to a distress call from the Cardassian starship Tarak. The Tarak was engaged in battle with a Romulan starship and it became apparent that the Tarak was quickly losing the fight. Captain Aeris then decided to give aid before it was too late and through opening a communication with the Cardassians, Gotens was introduced to Gul Meloneus. Meloneus was quick to turn on the Xena when the Xena came under attack by the Romulan ship, and Meloneus denied requests for assistance. He decided to allow the impending doom as a distraction while he geared his efforts into taking over the Romulan ship. He and Gotens would not forget each other after this encounter. ("Missed the Mishap")

On Gotens' last mission, in 2374, he and Ensign Dan took a shuttle to the Tiloniam system in order to explore its vast mystery. Unfortunately, they were ambushed by a Jem'Hadar attack fleet, which required the nearby USS Phoenix to save them. After a battle that nearly totaled the Phoenix, both Gotens and Ensign Dan were re-assigned to the USS Phoenix-X, a previously embarked starship for the X-Project. ("The Tiloniam System", "The Tilonian System")

USS Phoenix-X[edit | edit source]

In 2374, Commander Night Gotens was instrumental in saving his own away team from capture within a small Jem'Hadar base on Flortarios III. He executed impressive computer hacking skills over Dominion technology, enabling contact with the Phoenix-X. ("Flortarios III")

In the same year, both Commander Gotens and Captain Daniel were captured by Gul Meloneus and placed in a cell within his ship. The two worked together in escaping and retaking the vessel. The Cardassian ship, Tarak, was then towed back to Starfleet. ("Missed the Mishap")

In 2375, Gotens misinterpreted orders from Captain Sisko and accidentally stole the USS Defiant from Deep Space 9. The issue was quickly averted with the help of the USS Xena. Gotens was then taken back to the Flortarios system where the Phoenix-X was in command of a small fleet. There, both he and Jadzia were helpful in capturing a renegade Changeling that Captain Daniel was on a mission to apprehend. ("Home, Part I & II")

In 2379, his joining with the Gotens symbiont ended when Trill thieves operated and stole the symbiont right out of his body and replaced it with the Seifer symbiont. From then on, he became the joined Trill known as Night Seifer. ("Secret Shuttles, Part I")

Night Seifer[edit | edit source]

See: Night Seifer

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Gotens worked closely with Captain Aeris aboard the USS Xena. But he never began seeing her until his move to the Phoenix-X. In 2374 Aeris beamed aboard the Phoenix-X for dinner with the Commander, but the two were unfortunately part of the crew's capture when the Phoenix-X was taken over by Dawn Relic. ("Crash Bandicoots")

Half a year later, Gotens dated Astrometrics officer Jineen. But the relationship barely lasted due to Jineen cheating on Gotens with Lieutenant GoyCho. ("Retrieval")

In 2376, the Phoenix-X was decommissioned by Commander Avery, forcing the crew to transfer to other postings. Gotens himself had returned the Xena, but found his relationship with Aeris growing even more to the point of asking her to marry him. Aeris had expected this, but, unfortunately, the Commander then received a clue to the missing whereabouts of Captain Daniel. He placed his relationship on hold to search for Daniel, beginning a distance between himself and Aeris. ("Experimentalism")

Enemies[edit | edit source]

Commander Avery[edit | edit source]

Avery was first officer of the Phoenix in 2374. He was known for his temperamental short bursts of rage and his attachment to upholding Starfleet's rules.

Unfortunately, he was never transferred to the USS Phoenix-X with the rest of the crew when the Phoenix was nearly totaled in the Tiloniam system. When he realized that Gotens had taken his place on the Phoenix-X, he immediately fell in spite and promised Gotens that he'd be "watching" him for any slip-ups.

Avery got his chance for revenge two years later when he was given the authority for an official inspection of the Phoenix-X. While there, Gotens ran several experiments boarding along the lines of practical jokes in order to test the theory that Avery was susceptible to short bursts of rage.

Meanwhile, Avery took his authority one step further and decommissioned the ship, which would force Gotens and the crew to relocate to other ship postings. Avery wouldn't even listen to Gotens' offer to drop his own personal Starfleet commission. Avery found that decommissioning the ship was a far better form of revenge.

A few months later, Avery attempted to have the Phoenix-X dismantled at a starship dismantling station. Gotens found out about it and got to the station as fast as he could. But Avery was already there, anticipating Gotens. While trying to take control of the Phoenix-X before the dismantling procedure, Gotens was forced to fight Avery aboard the ship - who used holographic opponents as obstacles for Gotens.

Using an advanced neural-holo chip attached to his temples, Avery was able to merely think of certain holograms and make them appear. When the Gordarions captured both Avery and Gotens, they enabled the chip to control previously experimented Changelings Daniel and Shane for use against a rebellious Gotens. Avery's mind itself was placed under the control of the Gordarions.

Gotens admitted that Avery was missing from his previously known location within the Throne room after Gotens' second visit. He speculated that the Gordarions might have taken Avery in an escape pod before the large Gordarion ship was destroyed. ("The Tiloniam System", "Experimentalism")

James[edit | edit source]

In 2375, the Phoenix-X encountered its mirror universe counterpart, the mirror Phoenix-X (or Phoenix-V) via the striking of an iso-star. Upon this striking, the mirror Gotens was killed thanks to an exploding console on his ship. Although being in this "original Universe", Doctor Lox from the Phoenix-V decided to call the Trill government (posing as the Doctor from the Phoenix-X) to request a symbiont transfer of the Gotens symbiont to a new host.

The Trill to answer the call was named James. He received the mirror Gotens symbiont and escaped the Phoenix-V before its destruction by the Phoenix-X. After his joining, he became a "mixed-Universe" creation of being an "original Universe" host with a mirror universe symbiont. His official name was then James Gotens. ("Pure Evil")

James kidnapped the crew and stole the Phoenix-X, in an attempt to return to the mirror universe, four years later. He and a partner, Lex, tried selling the crew as slaves to the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance in exchange for a position within the Alliance - but was thwarted by the Seifer symbiont. ("Mirrorlyness!")

Lex[edit | edit source]

Still in the "original Universe", James met a joined female Trill named Lex; her full name was Lex Seifer, due to her joining with the Seifer symbiont. Due to a possible freak self-dislike of the Seifer symbiont, James was able to convince Lex to join him in changing the Seifer symbiont with the Gotens symbiont that was, at the time, joined with the Commander.

Thus, using an advanced holographic medical program to execute the procedure in 2377, Commander Gotens was kidnapped on his own ship and given the Seifer symbiont: turning him into Commander Seifer.

Lex received the Gotens symbiont and remained partners, if not lovers, with James after their successful escape. She then became Lex Gotens. ("Secret Shuttles, Part I, II, III, & IV")

Both Lex and James tried to sell the Phoenix-X crew as slaves to the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance in the mirror universe, four years later, but were foiled by the Seifer symbiont. ("Mirrorlyness!")

Medical[edit | edit source]

At the very end of 2374, Gotens was incapacitated by a drug found within a cookie. It was implemented upon the entire Phoenix-X crew by a renegade Klingon and Andorian working for the Dominion. In early 2375, Gotens began to feel recurring effects of the drug, which unbalanced his chemical link to his symbiont. While on Deep Space 9, Doctor Julian Bashir operated on Gotens to fix the problem. ("Cookies", "Home, Part I")

Later that year, Gotens was infected by the Bajoran drink called the Bajoran trove. The drink had adverse effects on Gotens' symbiont connection, prompting the Commander to unconsciously divulge in telling stories of his past lives. He was quickly saved with the help of Ensign Dan during a meeting of fleet Captain's and Commander's on Flortarios III. ("The Bajoran Trove")

Commander Gotens was one of the non-humans who were unaffected by a type of radiation, in the form of a weapon, that was launched by the Gelomira. ("Bio Level 4")

Appendices[edit | edit source]

Background information[edit | edit source]

  • Gotens, he was named after Gotenks from the Dragon Ball series. [1]
  • Night Gotens was originally role-played by Hawku in early Season 1. By mid-Season 1, the series turned from role-play to episodic.

Nomenclature timeline[edit | edit source]

The Commander's name was always an inconsistent element at the beginning of the Season 1. In Season 2 when it finally changed to Seifer, it remained that way onwards. Name changes:

  1. At the beginning of Season 1, from Episode 1 - "The Tiloniam System" to Episode 6 - "The Cloud Aloft", he was known as Night. In some instances, he is simply written as Commander.
  2. In the second part of Episode 6, "Home, Part I" and Episode 7 - "Home, Part II", he was, at random, referred to, and written, as both Night and Gotens.
  3. From Episode 8 - "The Bajoran Trove" on to the end of Season 1 in Episode 24 - "Secret Shuttles, Part I", he was written as Gotens.
  4. In the four-part mini-arc, "Secret Shuttles, I, II, III, and IV", he undergoes a radical name change through the storyline of losing his old symbiont and gaining a new one. In the beginning he is still written as Gotens, but then when his symbiont is exchanged for the Seifer symbiont, he differs his name and is written, back as Night. Although he contains the new Seifer symbiont, it isn't until the end of Secret Shuttles, Part IV, that, story-wise, he accepts, and, screen-wise, is finally written as Seifer.

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