Donatra (2327–2381) was a Romulan woman in the 24th century who served in the Imperial Fleet of the Romulan Star Empire. By the year 2379, she had ascended to command of the Romulan Third Fleet, and was captain of the IRW Valdore. In the wake of Shinzon's coup of the Empire, Donatra rose in political prominence, and in 2380 declared herself the first Empress of the newly splintered Imperial Romulan State.
Donatra was born in 2327, and was raised by her mother and father, both commanders in the Romulan military. She was taught by them to think freely, but to keep such thoughts to herself. Donatra considered the city of Vela'Setora on Romulus to be her home. (ST novel: A Singular Destiny; TNG novelization: Nemesis; ST - Typhon Pact novel: Rough Beasts of Empire)
When Donatra was nine, her father dared break that rule himself when he suggested to the praetor that the Empire's usual policy of enslaving subject races was not working on the Xanarans (who valued a meaningful existence more than any existence at all); hoping to prevent a mass suicide, and further the Xanarans' productivity to the Empire, he suggested a more liberal approach. That night Donatra's father disappeared.
Aware they would be closely scrutinised, Donatra and her mother never spoke of the incident, and her mother immediately passed her guardianship of Donatra to Suran, a family friend at the military academy who was regarded favourably by the praetor. Under Suran's fostership, Donatra was able to escape the political stigma of her father and progress rapidly through the military.
As Donatra matured, she and her mother had some concern Suran might wish to take more than the strong loyalty Donatra had developed for him. But as she came of age, he kept his honor and maintained his position purely as a mentor. (TNG novelization: Nemesis)
Under Suran's tutelage, Donatra became one of the youngest commanders in the Romulan fleet; before this she served on several warbirds, including the IRW Vel'reger. By 2367, Donatra was serving as Centurion and transferred to the IRW T'sarok, under command of Suran. He counseled the eager young officer that she should slow down, for there would be no shortage of enemies for her to destroy. Donatra rose to be Suran's first officer, and while in that position first encountered Admiral Braeg on a mission in the D'nossos system. Suran was leading a task force against the Tellati, and during the battle they came across a warbird whose command staff had been killed; Donatra and two of her subordinates beamed aboard and brought the warbird back into the battle. Braeg immediately offered her command of one of his warbirds, but Donatra turned him down, too loyal to Suran to transfer. (TNG novelization: Nemesis; ST - Typhon Pact novel: Rough Beasts of Empire; TNG novel: Death in Winter)
Braeg made it his mission to pursue Donatra and orchestrated a meeting in the Reggiana system where Donatra had been invited to give a lecture. The two began to talk about military philosophy, but the discussions soon became more impassioned and the pair became secret lovers. (TNG novel: Death in Winter)
During the Dominion War Donatra was present on Romii when the A.C. Walden Medicine Show performed following the alliance between the Star Empire and the Federation. She was particularly impressed by their performance of Tr'owiluhfe Mnei'sahe, and their use of an Elisiar rather than the traditional ka'athyra. (ST novel: A Singular Destiny)
Donatra was later awarded her own command, the IRW Valdore, and by 2379 Donatra was commander of the Imperial Third Fleet, by then an equal with Commander Suran of the Fifth Fleet. (TNG novel: Death in Winter; TNG movie & novelization: Nemesis)
- In 2378 in Starfleet Command III, Donatra and Suran were referred to by Arai as Senators, at the end of the Romulan campaign. This would seem to contradict the prose continuity’s account of both character's careers, although it is possible both briefly served as senators prior to the events of Nemesis.
In 2379 Donatra was amongst a group, including Commander Suran and Senator Tal'Aura, which allied with Shinzon of Remus in a coup. While Shinzon was in power, Donatra and Suran briefly commanded the entire Imperial Defence Force. (TNG novel: Death in Winter; TNG movie & novelization: Nemesis)
Donatra initially promised her allegiance to Shinzon, and even made sexual advances towards him. However, her efforts were rebuffed. Shortly thereafter, she learned of Shinzon's illness and was increasingly convinced that Shinzon was unstable. Shinzon's planned genocidal attack on Earth prompted Donatra to convince Suran they should no longer support Shinzon. Donatra and Suran respectively took the Valdore and the Soterus to assist the USS Enterprise in battling Shinzon's ship, the Scimitar, in the Bassen Rift. Donatra noted that any attack on Earth made by Shinzon would "drench their hands in blood and mark us and our children for generations." (TNG movie & novelization: Nemesis)
Donatra's arrival was warmly welcomed by Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the Enterprise. However, her assistance was short-lived after Shinzon successfully disabled both of the opposing warbirds. Donatra was the only survivor on her bridge, and herself was badly injured in the battle, breaking her wrist and ribs. Once the Enterprise crew successfully defeated Shinzon, Donatra offered medical assistance to the then-severely damaged Starfleet vessel and declared that Picard had "made a friend in the Romulan Empire [that day]". (TNG movie & novelization: Nemesis; WizKids modules: Tactics, Attack Wing)
In the wake of Shinzon's coup, Donatra established her allegiances. The newly appointed Praetor Tal'Aura, not willing to trust her fellow conspirators, appointed Tomalak Commander-in-Chief of the Defense Force. However, she underestimated the loyalty of the Romulans serving under Donatra and Suran, which led to a schism in the Romulan military with only half the fleet acknowledging the new Praetor. Donatra and Suran allied themselves with Braeg, who had retired from the Defense Force to stand against Tal'Aura's Praetorship. (TNG novel: Death in Winter)
Braeg orchestrated civil unrest in Victory Square on Romulus to try to force Tal'Aura out of office, while in space, Donatra's forces battled Tomalak's. Braeg's rebellion was crushed when Tal'Aura brought in heavy weaponry to quell the crowd, prompting Braeg to surrender rather than allow a massacre. In space, Donatra's forces were outsmarted by Tomalak, taking heavy losses and retreating. For Braeg's treason, Tal'Aura had him poisoned. Donatra herself received plasma burns to her side during in the battle, but refused to have the scars healed as a reminder of her love for Braeg and her hatred for Tal'Aura. (TNG novel: Death in Winter; TTN novel: Taking Wing)
A few weeks after the coup, Donatra and Suran established a stronghold in the Bassen Rift at the site of the Great Bloom, a phenomenon that had developed at the site of the destruction of the Scimitar. Their fleet included numerous ships which were officially written off as seized or destroyed in the Reman uprising of the coup.
Donatra and the Valdore then traveled to the Neutral Zone to welcome the USS Titan and its convoy into Romulan space. Donatra provided the Titan, which was on a humanitarian and diplomatic mission to Romulus, with an escort through Romulan space to guard against what Donatra described as "rogue elements." Donatra herself made a quick detour to her fleet in the Great Bloom before taking the Valdore back to Romulus to participate in the talks the Titan was overseeing to try to restabilize the Romulan political system.
While at Romulus, another faction in the Romulan political situation, the Remans, threatened to attack Romulus unless they were awarded the continent of Ehrie'fvil for Reman habitation. Donatra took the Valdore in to intercept the Reman fleet but was outnumbered and had to retreat to call in her backup fleet. She got no response until Suran's ship decloaked. Suran informed her that their fleet in the Great Bloom had vanished. However, dealing with the more immediate problem, Donatra and Suran returned to Romulus to defend against the Reman attack, in turn prompting Klingon vessels in Titan's convey to strike out at the two Romulan vessels in defense of the Remans. As the situation escalated, the Titan stepped in and negotiated an agreement to let the Remans settle the continent under the protection of the Klingons. This decision was initially opposed by Tal'Aura, but Donatra supported it and it went ahead. (TTN novel: Taking Wing)
- Contrary to Donatra's many appearances in the larger prose continuity, the TOS novel: Captain's Blood suggests that, following the events of Nemesis, Donatra and various other Romulan officials disappeared, removed from diplomatic lists and apparently the memories of those involved in the preceding incidents.
Lost in space
Later, after extensively searching the Great Bloom for her missing fleet, Donatra approached the Titan to request the use of its state-of-the-art sensors to try and locate the missing vessels. Captain Riker agreed, but while investigating the anomaly was pulled in, along with the Valdore displacing both vessels 210,000 light-years into the Small Magellanic Cloud. Donatra awoke from the rough ride to find the Valdore in a sorry state, and the IKS Dugh which had been tailing the Valdore and the Titan in an even worse condition. Donatra had her crew pull the Dugh and several nearby escape pods out of the most volatile area of the anomaly and then recruited the Klingons to salvage components from their vessel to help restore the Valdore to full operation. (TTN novels: Taking Wing, The Red King)
Meanwhile the escape pods turned out to be from a native vessel which had been destroyed, containing Neyel and other native races, giving Donatra an insight into the local situation. Once the Valdore was fully operational they located the nearby Titan and the three crews began to pool their resources to find out what had happened, where the rest of Donatra's fleet was and how they might get home. As the Titan crew revealed their findings on the anomaly, which turned out to be an emergent protouniverse, they detected Donatra's fleet, which has been taken over by a rapidly developing sentience from the protouniverse.
The Titan and Valdore set off after the Romulan fleet and once close enough Donatra and Riker lead away teams to the IRW Ra'khoi where they found the crew alive but comatosed, the Romulan computer systems having apparently prevented the alien intelligence from killing the crew completely when it took over the ship. Once aboard Donatra's crew were able to reprogram the fleet and return control to the crews.
By this time the Romulans and the Titan had become aware of the destructive qualities of the anomaly which was tearing local space apart, threatening nearby worlds. Feeling partly responsible for the turn of events Captain Riker proposed to evacuate as much of the population of the Neyel homeworld, Oghen, as possible. However Commander Suran rejected this idea and ordered the fleet to make preparations to return through the rift. Donatra initially complied with Suran, but her morality, and increasing tensions with Suran, prompted her to relieve him, with the assistance of her chief medical officer, allowing her to bring to fleet to Oghen and assist the Titan.
Donatra's fleet spent nearly four days transporting Oghen refugees to the Vanguard colony, the original asteroid home of the Neyel. The fleet then coordinated to tractor the colony to the anomaly and back to the Milky Way. En route a member of the Valdore's crew in the infirmary saw past Donatra and Dr. Venora's deception and revived Suran from his medically induced slumber. Suran went to the bridge to confront Donatra who brought their continually escalating struggle for power to an end by killing him with an ihl-sen.
On the way back through the anomaly Donatra convinced Riker to allow her fleet to assist the Dugh on the journey by tractoring it. However she used the opportunity to destroy the Dugh by towing it with an unbalanced arrangement of tractor beams, thus preventing the Dugh reporting back on the state of Donatra's fleet; with Donatra especially wary that half her fleet would be rendered warp incapable when they had to detonate their warp cores to seal the rift on the final leg of their journey home. This final act disappointed Riker who had come to see Donatra as an ally, but she considered it merely what had to be done. (TTN novel: The Red King)
After the continual damage dealt to the Valdore Donatra needed her ship repaired, however she no longer trusted the technicians on the Two Worlds, who were too close to Tal'Aura, so instead set course for the ships yards at Artalierh, which she knew were run by people loyal to her. En route the Valdore was attacked by four birds-of-prey. Donatra suspected they had been sent by Tal'Aura, and after destroying the lead ship convinced the next most senior commander, Norvid, to come with her to Artalierh where they could contact the Two Worlds and gain confirmation of the orders; if Tal'Aura denied sanctioning an attack on an Imperial warbird, Norvid's former commander, the then deceased Horrhae, would become a scapegoat, pushing Norvid and the other commanders to side with Donatra. (TNG novel: Q & A)
- In an alternate realty where the universe began to end at this point in time, while Donatra waited for her reinforcements to join her on the journey to Artalierh, a mysterious spatial anomaly appeared, causing them to vanish; she subsequently ordered the Valdore to proceed to Artalierh to report the incident. This turn of events was undone when Jean-Luc Picard prevented Them from ending the universe.
Towards the end of 2380, Donatra consolidated her powerbase and made a move against the Star Empire under Tal'Aura; on Achernar Prime she declared the existence of the Imperial Romulan State, declaring herself the Empress and using the parts of the military loyal to her to take control of that system and others, including Xanitla, Ralatak, and Virinat. These worlds were the primary agricultural planets in the Star Empire, which effectively meant Donatra held the Empire's food supply hostage. (ST novel: Articles of the Federation)
- The Star Trek Online timeline, The Path to 2409 cannibalizes much of Donatra's history from this period. However the timeline does make some slight alterations; In The Path to 2409 Donatra forms the Imperial Romulan State slightly later, in 2381, and her capitol planet is the slightly differently spelt Archenar Prime.
- Beyond the formation of Imperial Romulan State the STO timeline and prose-continuity timeline, as continued in Star Trek: Destiny, diverge significantly and are considered two different prime reality timelines.
Donatra's new government was almost immediately recognized by the Klingon Empire, though the United Federation of Planets initially refused to intervene in what it considered an internal Romulan affair. By early 2381, the Federation was forced to recognize the sovereignty of the Imperial Romulan State as a result of pressure from the Klingons and the need to show solidarity with its ally. (ST novel: Articles of the Federation; ST - Destiny novel: Mere Mortals)
The Federation and Imperial Romulan State established ambassadorships to one-another's states with Donatra appointing former warbird commander Jovis as her Ambassador to the Federation. During the Borg Invasion of that year Jovis commented to Federation President Nanietta Bacco that Donatra wished to open a new era of peace with the Federation. The strength of that desire was demonstrated a short while later when the Imperial State warbird Verithrax sacrificed itself to save the Federation planet Ardana from Borg attack. (ST - Destiny novels: Mere Mortals, Lost Souls)
In the wake of the Borg Invasion the Federation's resources were stretched thin, and aid they had been providing to Romulus since Shinzon's coup was considered a resource they could use elsewhere. However Donatra refused to trade with Tal'Aura and the Romulan Star Empire was still in desperate need of food. The Federation sent a variety of diplomats and Starfleet captains for talks with Donatra and finally recruited Professor Sonek Pran to meet with her in the hope of convincing her to consider trading with Tal'Aura, and provide the Federation some relief.
Where others had failed, Pran succeeded in convincing Donatra that she had already won her feud with Tal'Aura, that what he imaged was her ultimate goal of reuniting the Romulan people as Tal'Aura's power crumbled was already underway; with Tal'Aura not having enough military might to engage Donatra in open war, and the Imperial Romulan State having a strangle-hold on Romulan food resources. Pran argued that if Donatra were to trade with the Empire the people would be all too aware of who was responsible for them being fed. However when Donatra tried to open talks with Tal'Aura all she got was rejection. (ST novel: A Singular Destiny)
A short while later Tal'Aura's motivations were revealed, she and the Star Empire had become members of a new interstellar alliance, the Typhon Pact, a group of nations united in currency, trade and technology, a new opposition force to the Federation and the Klingons. In response the Pact's competition invited several states, including the Imperial Romulan State, to join in an expansion of the Khitomer Accords, to create a new counter-group to the Pact - Donatra immediately accepted this offer, but delayed formal discussions on the matter for some time. (ST novels: A Singular Destiny, Rough Beasts of Empire)
In 2381 Donatra and the Imperial Romulan State became the targets of a propaganda campaign devised by Praetor Tal'Aura to reunify the Romulan Empires. Tal'Aura fabricated evidence that Donatra had hired a Reman assassin to terminate Ambassador Spock on Romulus which was misinterpreted by Spock as being a response to fear by the Empress to protect her own Empire. He theorized that Donatra would order his death to stop the reunification movement as it would lead to efforts to reunify Romulus itself. Donatra was in fact innocent of these crimes; however, the damage had been done. Spock presented his theory to the Praetor and she made the reunification movement legal in Romulan territory and it quickly splintered into an effort to reunify the Romulan Empire. Donatra reached out to Tal'Aura in order to seek out a new relationship beneficial to the Romulan people itself when the campaign started to fracture the perception of the citizens of her Empire and the Federation refused to provide military assistance. Tal'Aura instead invited Donatra to Romulus, an invitation that she accepted.
Immediately after she arrived, Tal'Aura had Donatra arrested for her crime against Spock. Donatra was held in a cell at the d'deridex Arc security office. One month later, Tal'Aura announced that the Imperial Romulan State had been reabsorbed into the Romulan Star Empire and was no more. Donatra, who had not been formally charged, killed herself in her cell one day following the announcement, cutting herself with a broken data tablet and bleeding to death--although it seems likely that her suicide was staged, her death actually coming at the hands of Tal'Aura or her forces.(ST - Typhon Pact novel: Rough Beasts of Empire)
Path to 2409
In 2383, the Star Empire's forces under command of Fleet Commander Tomalak attacked Donatra's fleet at Xanitla. Donatra's forces were victorious in the battle, and as an additional blow to the Star Empire, Admiral Taris and the twelve ships under her command defected to the Imperial State. By the following year, this crushing defeat pushed Tal'Aura to reluctantly open peace talks with the Imperial State to establish borders and a neutral zone. Donatra sent Taris to Romulus as her representative but Tal'aura was assassinated shortly after. Donatra strongly refuted any claims of her involvement in the assassination and recalled Taris in preparation for any subsequent offensive.
In 2385, in the aftermath of Tal'Aura's assassination, Donatra used the opportunity to win the hearts of the Romulan people by delivering food aid to non-military worlds in the Star Empire. Together with Proconsul Sela and Tal Shiar leader Rehaek, Donatra agreed to fold the worlds of the Imperial Romulan State back into the Star Empire, while she retained command of the military - keeping most of her forces away from Romulus in case the peace did not hold. The newly reunited Romulan Senate then appointed Senator Chulan the new Praetor.
With Donatra gaining increasing popular support as a peace maker, and holding sway over the Praetor with her military control, she took the opportunity to open peace talks with the Remans, securing their physical strength and resource wealth by meeting with Colonel Xiomek to offer representation in the Romulan Senate and citizenship for all Remans. The following year, Donatra supported a plan to help the Remans leave Remus and establish a new colony for them on the planet Crateris.
On stardate 63322.55 in 2386, Rehaek released the findings of his investigation into the assassination of Tal'Aura, laying the blame on a vengeful alliance of noble houses. Donatra and Sela both demanded to see the evidence for his findings, but Rehaek refused to disclose it. The situation inflamed relations between Rehaek and Sela, but Donatra refused to get involved, instead encouraging the Praetor to handle the situation. On stardate 63446.41, Rehaek and his family were killed in an attack on his home, and shortly after Sela was caught and put on trial for the murders. Sela was sentenced to death, but at the last minute Donatra intervened and arranged for Sela and her supporters to instead be exiled.
In 2387, after a meeting of the Senate, Donatra was invited to the Reman colony of Crateris by Xiomek. On the way they passed close enough to the Hobus system to conduct a sensor sweep. After inspecting the construction of the colony, she met with him in private and was told that there were possible rogue elements within the Romulan military and government. She later asked him to journey to Ki Baratan on the IRW Valdore in order to attend the next Senate session.
On stardate 64444.5, the Valdore reported unusual stellar activity, including a disturbance equal to that of a force seven ion storm. The Hobus star had gone nova. Romulus then lost contact with Donatra's ship, and dispatched four D'deridex-class warbirds to search for it. However, neither Donatra and the Valdore, nor any trace of them, were found. They were assumed to be lost to the supernova, which also destroyed Romulus. (ST website: The Path to 2409)
Instead of dying in the supernova, Donatra at some point made contact with the Borg and was assimilated. The drone was allowed to keep her given name instead of being given a typical Borg designation. She led the Borg effort to travel back in time to destroy the Federation in the 24th century. Upon those plans being foiled, the Borg attacked the amassed Federation and Klingon Defense Force ships. Donatra now captained a massive and heavily Borg-refitted Scimitar-class vessel, also called the IRW Valdore. (STO missions: "Khitomer Vortex", "Khitomer In Stasis")
|2336||Taken into the care of Suran at the military academy, after her father disappeared.|
|?||Served on the IRW Vel'reger|
|2367-?||Centurion under the command of Suran.|
|?||Suran's first officer on the IRW T'sarok.|
|?-2379-2380||Commander of the IRW Valdore.|
|?-2379-2380||Commander of the Imperial Third Fleet.|
|Captain's Blood continuity||Destiny timeline||Online timeline|
|2380||Removed from diplomatic lists; status and whereabouts unknown.||2380-2381||Empress of the Imperial Romulan State.||2380-2385||Empress of the Imperial Romulan State.|
|2381||Committed suicide while held in custody on Romulus.||2385-2387||Political player in the reunited Romulan Star Empire.|
|2387||Missing, presumed dead as a result of the Hobus supernova.|
|2409||Reappears as a Borg drone in command of an assimilated IRW Valdore in the Khitomer system, and apparently killed by Omega Force task group.|
Appearances and references
In publication order
- TNG movie & novelization: Nemesis
- TOS novel: Captain's Blood (referenced only)
- TTN novel: Taking Wing
- ST novel: Articles of the Federation (referenced only)
- TNG novel: Death in Winter
- TTN novel: The Red King
- TNG novel: Q & A
- TNG novel: Greater Than the Sum (referenced only)
- STO website: The Path to 2409
- ST - Destiny novel: Mere Mortals (referenced only)
- ST - Destiny novel: Lost Souls (referenced only)
- ST video game: Star Trek Online
- ST novel: A Singular Destiny
- ST - Typhon Pact novel: Rough Beasts of Empire
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