Chakotay was a Human male who served in Starfleet, and formerly the Maquis, in the 24th century.

Between 2371 and 2377 he served as first officer of the USS Voyager under Captain Kathryn Janeway during the ship's harrowing journey through the Delta Quadrant. Following Voyager's return to the Alpha Quadrant, Chakotay was made captain and served in that capacity for several years, notably leading the Federation Alliance fleet against the Borg Collective in the Azure Nebula during the Borg Invasion of 2381. (VOY episode & novelization: Caretaker; VOY novels: The Farther Shore, Full Circle)

Early life[edit | edit source]

Chakotay was born in 2329 on Trebus, a Federation colony near the Federation-Cardassian border, where he was raised by his mother and father, Kolopak. Growing up on Trebus, Chakotay spent many summer days running across the vast plains near his home or playing in the woods with his friends, playing, laughing and engaging in mock combat with each other. (VOY episodes: "Tattoo", "Endgame"; VOY novel: Pathways)

In the 2340s tensions were rising between the Federation and the Cardassian Union, and Trebus was often visited by Starfleet vessels patrolling the border. As a prominent figure in the tribe, Kolopak hosted dinners for many visiting officers and Chakotay became quite familiar with many of them, especially Captain Hiromi Sulu, who he became good friends with. Now aged 15, Chakotay sought Sulu's sponsorship for admission to Starfleet Academy once he old enough, and Sulu agreed. (VOY novel: Pathways)

Being of Mayan descent, Chakotay's tribe left Earth in the 21st century to find their home on a planet near the Cardassian border. His father tried to impart his values on Chakotay in a variety of ways. In August 2344, Kolopak took Chakotay on a quest through the Central American rainforest to their tribes ancestral home. Chakotay was very resistant about his father's connection to their ancestral lands and hated much of his journey through the rainforest, preferring to read or play games on a PADD rather than listening to his father's myths and tales. It was during this journey that Chakotay told his father about his desire to enter Starfleet Academy, which ultimately met with his disapproval. (VOY episode: "Tattoo"; VOY novel: Pathways)

A year and a half later, his mother and father saw Chakotay off as he left Trebus and was transported to Earth by Captain Sulu's ship to take his place at the Academy. (VOY novel: Pathways)

Career[edit | edit source]

Starfleet Academy[edit | edit source]

Following his enrolment in the Academy, Chakotay was assigned to Lieutenant Nimembeh's prep squad before he could begin academic classes. Over the following two weeks, Chakotay soon developed the idea that Nimembeh disliked him after all the gruelling punishments that he had dished out to the cadet, such as ordering him to run twenty times round the running track in his uniform after he was too slow in dismantling a phaser, although it was Chakotay speaking out that it had caused Nimembeh to increase the laps from ten. Chakotay had also proven to be resistant to Starfleet's preferred way of making their beds to a mitred corner, making his bed to a preferred style stating that it was just as neat and tidy as others bunks. (VOY novel: Pathways)

When Chakotay was finally given his class assignments he was given high marks in his prep squad experience, but received several bad marks by his dorm officer which resulted in him being denied entry to the pre-command class. Never being one to back down, Chakotay appealed to the faculty advisor, but was told that he would have to clear the bad marks from his record before being allowed to take the pre-command class. All Chakotay had to do was avoid being put on report for a semester, a task that became even more challenging when he met his annoying Bolian roommate, Chert. (VOY novel: Pathways)

During the first academic year, Chakotay trained as a pilot in North America, where he discovered he possessed great piloting skills. He later went on to learn how to pilot in atmospheric storms on Venus, and dodged asteroids for a semester in the Sol system asteroid belt. (VOY episode: "Future's End, Part II")

Over the course of the first year, Chakotay was continually put on report for not strictly adhering to one rule or another. At the end of the term in June 2347, he returned home to Trebus and vowed that he wouldn't be returning for a second year at the Academy. Chakotay's parents were obviously supportive of his decision, claiming that they never wanted him to go in the first place, although Kolopak refused to guide his son one way or another, leaving it up for Chakotay to make the decision. In order to gain that guidance, he decided to embark on a spirit quest and locate his spirit guide using an akoonah. After finding his spirit guide in the form of a snake, a creature feared by Chakotay, he decided to return to the Academy for his second year.

Following his return, Chakotay worked to excel in both his studies and in many extracurricular activities, including wrestling and boxing thanks to his personal trainer, Academy groundskeeper Boothby. Over the next three years, Chakotay earned numerous medals for wrestling and became a proficient boxer at the light heavyweight level, with a record of 23 wins and 1 loss. Despite this, he took little satisfaction from the victories or the trophies. (VOY novel: Pathways; VOY episodes: "The Fight", "Tsunkatse")

Chakotay finally graduated with honors from the Academy in 2350. (VOY novel: Pathways)

Starfleet career[edit | edit source]

After graduating from the Academy, Chakotay went on to serve aboard a starship. During one his early away missions he visited the site of a tomb excavation of Ktaria VII. Unaware of local customs, Chakotay stole a small stone from the burial as a memento. He was later told that he had desecrated the site as each stone represented a prayer. (VOY episode: "Emanations") Early on in his career, Chakotay also served aboard a starship that made first contact with the Tarkannans. (VOY episode: "Innocence")

At some point in his career, Chakotay was beamed down to a planet when the pattern buffer malfunctioned, misreading his uniform. Upon rematerializing he found himself wearing nothing but his combadge and standing in front of Admiral Nimembeh. (VOY episode: "In the Flesh"; VOY - Distant Shores short story: "Isabo's Shirt")

In 2353, prior to the outbreak of the Federation-Cardassian War, Chakotay, now a lieutenant, was serving as an aide to Captain Roger Hackney aboard the USS Vico. During a month-long charting expedition in a far-flung sector of the Alpha Quadrant, the Vico was confronted by a Cardassian warship who challenged their trespass into Cardassian space, claiming that the border had changed. As the war of words between Hackey and the Cardassian commander became more heated, Chakotay armed the Vico's weapons, but was told to belay it by Hackney. When the confrontation had ended, Chakotay defended his decision but Hackney told him that it was always smarter to avoid violence, rather than provoke it. (VOY novel: Pathways)

Following the outbreak of war with the Cardassian Union, Chakotay was reassigned to the USS Gage, which was tasked with defending Sector 21749. Over the next four years, Chakotay fought Cardassians in a variety of environments and saw many of his friends killed, and kill in return. He soon lost the ability to feel any strong emotions, either joy or sorrow, as a form of self-preservation. When there was finally a cessation in hostilities in 2366, Chakotay was granted an extended leave of absence, and he finally returned home to Trebus for the first time in many years. (VOY novel: Pathways)

At some point, Lieutenant Chakotay served aboard the USS Heritage. During his time there, First Officer Grant added a note to his file stating that she and Chakotay had been intimately involved. (VOY - Distant Shores short story: "Isabo's Shirt")

By 2369 Chakotay, now a lieutenant commander, was serving aboard the USS Gettysburg, under the command of Captain Madolyn Gordon. Chakotay and Gordon became quite friendly and would often find themselves debating on a wide variety of subjects, including the creation of the Demilitarized Zone and the displacement of Federation colonists. At this time the Gettysburg visited Bajor, and Chakotay took the opportunity to visit the still ravaged surface of the planet following the Cardassian occupation. Stopping by at a local saloon, Chakotay was reunited with his old Academy friend, Sveta, who told him about the formation of the Maquis, an organization determined to fight the Cardassians in the DMZ. While Chakotay wished them luck with their actions, he declined Sveta's offer to join. (VOY novel: Pathways)

However, all was to change a short time later. Captain Gordon informed Chakotay of the Cardassian attack on Trebus, but reports were scattered and chaotic and Starfleet wasn't allowed to enter the zone. Wanting to return home Chakotay requested, and was granted, a leave of absence and traveled home aboard a Federation humanitarian ship. Arriving four days later, Chakotay witnessed the utter devastation that had been wrought on his village by Thermalite weapons, incinerating it and cremating many of the villagers, including his parents. It was then that Chakotay decided that he would avenge them and began searching for Sveta. (VOY novel: Pathways)

On March 3 2369, Chakotay handed in his resignation to Admiral Namimby. (VOY episode: "In the Flesh")

The Maquis[edit | edit source]

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Chakotay in the Maquis (2371)

Following his resignation from Starfleet, Chakotay was quickly able to locate Sveta, who had been expecting a call from him, and he found himself a member of the Maquis. Sveta had managed to acquire a Peregrine-class guerilla ship for him, slightly antiquated, but bristling with weapons and defensive systems, which he named Liberty. All that remained for Chakotay, was to find a crew to fly the Liberty. On Sveta's advice he traveled to Bajor to seek out a Bajoran woman named Seska, who had no love of Cardassians, and recruit her. As soon as they met, Seska kissed him and a passionate relationship began. Soon enough (and with the help of Seska), Chakotay had managed to put together a crew of fifteen well-trained and hardened individuals, including a Vulcan officer named Setonak. (VOY novel: Pathways)

The first time that Chakotay killed anyone as a member of the Maquis occurred on an uninhabited planet in the DMZ. He had heard that a small Cardassian ship with around twenty personnel had landed on the planet and were hoping to establish a base of operations. After some argument with Seska, Chakotay planned to encircle the Cardassian camp and spike the perimeter with isotane gas which would force them to withdraw. The plan went well and all of the gas canisters were in place and ready to be triggered by remote, however the ground opened up and Chakotay fell into a pit: a Cardassian trap which contained a highly dangerous nepherus snake. He managed to escape the snake and escape from the pit, but then found himself face-to-face with a Cardassian soldier. After a brief fight, Chakotay was eventually able to overcome the soldier and knocked him back into the pit where he witnessed him being devoured by the nepherus snake. After activating the gas canisters, he returned to the Liberty. (VOY novel: Pathways)

Following the completion of the mission, Chakotay took the Liberty to a secure base and shut himself away for several days, telling his crew that he was strategising, but was actually gripped with a powerful sense of apathy that he couldn't shake. However, his outlook soon brightened after he went on a spirit quest and discovered that Kolopak had become his new spirit guide. (VOY novel: Pathways)

A short time later several new recruits were assigned to the Liberty, including half-Human/half-Klingon engineer, B'Elanna Torres; Human pilot, Tom Paris; and a Vulcan tactical officer, Tuvok. Following a short reconnaissance mission into Cardassian territory, they headed back to the DMZ when they were discovered by a surveillance probe. While Chakotay ordered that they try to block the scans with a polaron beam, Tom Paris took it on himself to destroy the probe, which caused tension between the two men, which continued to grow until Paris abandoned his crew. (VOY novel: Pathways)

During one operation on a planet, Chakotay was forced to attempt escape from a Cardassian scouting party. On his first attempt, he ended up covered in refuse and face-to-face with a Peroghian pig-lizard. (VOY - Distant Shores short story: "Isabo's Shirt")

2371[edit | edit source]

Chakotay, Thomas Riker and B'Elanna Torres (2371)

In early 2371, the Liberty's name was changed to Spartacus and her warp signature was adjusted as part of a Maquis plan to make it appear that they possessed more ships than they actually did. Shortly after, Chakotay led a mission to the planet Helena to investigate reports of increased Cardassian activity around the former Federation colony. Arriving in orbit the Spartacus, with assistance from Patricia Rowan and the Singha, quickly dispatched a Cardassian freighter and secured a prisoner who Chakotay interrogated, but with little success. Determined to find answers, Chakotay and Tuvok beamed down to the surface to discover that the mixed race Helenites struck down with a terrible disease.

Unwilling to abandon the Helenites, Chakotay arranged for any Maquis medical personnel and supplies to be brought to Helena in order to treat them and locate a cure, but unfortunately, they could only get a handful of trained doctors. In order to gain more, Chakotay set a plan in motion to get undercover operatives to pose as refugees and travel to Starfleet Outpost Sierra III where they could capture a shuttlecraft carrying medical supplies and personnel. They succeeded in capturing a shuttle from the USS Gandhi, but it had already offloaded its supplies, but after talking with Lieutenant Thomas Riker, Chakotay was able to secure his word that he would return with all the supplies they needed. (TNG - Double Helix novel: Quarantine)

USS Voyager[edit | edit source]

2371[edit | edit source]

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2375[edit | edit source]

Around stardate 52542.3, Voyager encountered a bioplasmic organism which projected visions of promised fulfilment of the deepest desires of the crew in order to draw the ship into its gaping maw. In the case of Voyager's crew, the vision was of a wormhole leading to the Alpha Quadrant and of their individual lives at home. Chakotay vision was of being pardoned and taking up a teaching position at Starfleet Academy, and had also married and started to raise a family. Voyager eventually managed to escape thanks to the efforts of Seven of Nine and the alien Qatai, but the affect of his vision on Chakotay lingered as he began to question his life. (VOY episode: "Bliss"; VOY - Distant Shores short story: "Isabo's Shirt")

2376[edit | edit source]

2377[edit | edit source]

2378: Return to Starfleet[edit | edit source]

2379-2381[edit | edit source]

Personal interests[edit | edit source]

Academic interests[edit | edit source]

Food[edit | edit source]

Chakotay was a strict vegetarian. Amongst his favorite dishes was mushroom soup which, after tasting Seska's soup, he claimed that no one could make as good as her. (VOY episode: "State of Flux"; VOY novel: Pathways) He disliked carrots and fried food, as it gave him an upset stomach, as well as eating pudding as he though they were "slimy". (VOY episodes: "Workforce", "Unforgettable")

Sports[edit | edit source]

Personal relationships[edit | edit source]

Family[edit | edit source]

Kolopak[edit | edit source]

Sekaya[edit | edit source]

Friends[edit | edit source]

Svetlana Korepanova[edit | edit source]

Kathryn Janeway[edit | edit source]

B'Elanna Torres[edit | edit source]

Tom Paris[edit | edit source]

Chakotay first met Tom Paris in 2370 when he was assigned to Chakotay's Maquis raider, the Liberty. At first, Chakotay approved of the posting as he was a first-rate pilot, but he soon found Paris' arrogance annoying and soon began to wonder if he could trust him after learning that Paris had lied about the death of three friends which led to him being thrown out of Starfleet. However, it was during a reconnaissance mission into Cardassian territory that things started to come to a head between the two. The Liberty had been detected by a surveillance probe and Chakotay ordered that the scans be blocked, but Paris took it on himself to destroy the probe instead. Tensions increased to such a level, that Paris eventually abandoned Chakotay's crew. (VOY novel: Pathways)

Seven of Nine[edit | edit source]

Romance[edit | edit source]

Seska[edit | edit source]

Kellin[edit | edit source]

Alternate Chakotays[edit | edit source]

Biomimetic duplicate[edit | edit source]

Holographic recreations[edit | edit source]

Alternate realities and timelines[edit | edit source]

See also: Chakotay (mirror).

Starfleet service record[edit | edit source]

location assignment dates rank or rate assignment insignia rank insignia
Starfleet Academy student officer 2346-2350 cadet Assignment badge. Red Cadet1 2364.png
USS Vico aide to Captain Roger Hackney c.2353 lieutenant collar rank.
Collar rank.
USS Gage junior officer c.2350s-2360s
USS Heritage
USS Gettysburg senior officer c.2369 lieutenant commander collar rank.
collar rank.
USS Voyager first officer 2371-2377 lieutenant commander
(provisional rank)
Assignment badge. collar rank.
collar rank.
commanding officer 2378-2381 captain collar rank.

References[edit | edit source]

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