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Armus was a male non-humanoid lifeform, a malevolent and amorphous skin of evil created from the cast-off negative emotions of a race of Titans previously native to Vagra II. (TNG episode: "Skin of Evil")
Armus was created as a by-product of a procedure in which the planet's original inhabitants brought out from within themselves all evil and negative attributes that had bound them to destructiveness. The unwanted substance spread and coalesced into a dank, vile, liquid-like second skin. The race rejected this "skin of evil" and abandoned it on the barren planet Vagra II in the Zed Lapis sector.
In the year 2364, the Federation made first contact with a skin of evil when the Starfleet starship USS Enterprise attempted to recover Shuttlecraft 13, which Armus had forced to crash on his world. Armus held the shuttle's crew hostage, and killed the Enterprise security chief, Lieutenant Tasha Yar. Captain Jean-Luc Picard outwitted Armus to rescue the shuttle crew and his away team. A torpedo destroyed Shuttlecraft 13, and the planet was quarantined, leaving Armus in isolation. (TNG episode: "Skin of Evil")
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While performing anomaly consolidation duty on the USS Cerritos in 2381, Ensign Beckett Mariner found and kept a submanifold casting stone from among Lieutenant Shaxs' samples. She, D'Vana Tendi, Sam Rutherford, and Brad Boimler later used it to prank call Armus on Vagra II. (LD episode: "The Spy Humongous")
Thousands of years later, an automated explorer with a rudimentary mechanical consciousness crashed on Vagra II. Building from its wreckage and Shuttlecraft 13, Armus constructed his own vessel and escaped his homeworld.
In the year 22,862, Armus's ship reached the Rock of Ages, the site of the Guardian of Forever and a Horta colony. Armus fought and killed Hortas who defended the Guardian. Several Horta sacrificed themselves to isolate Armus on a plinth and tunneling towards the planet's core. Armus fell to his death. (ST - Strange New Worlds VII short story: "Guardians")
In the Yesterday's Enterprise timeline, Tasha Yar was not killed by Armus, and remained security chief of the Enterprise-D until 2366. She learned from the psychic bartender Guinan that she had died "a meaningless death" in the prime universe. (TNG episode: "Yesterday's Enterprise")
In an alternate timeline thrown into disarray by the temporal anomaly crisis, versions of Armus arrived in local space and joined the Federation as acting Starfleet personnel. These versions of Armus were villainous, desperate, brutal, capable of telekinesis and skilled survivalists. Armus was particularly adept in the field of command, security and science. During away missions, Armus carried Yar's phaser and a modified polaron emitter. (ST video game: Timelines 2018 mission: "The Gauntlet")