Sep. 26, 1987
60 min.
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Settled in the 24th century and 78 years after the adventures of the original crew of the starship Enterprise, under the command of Captain Jean-Luc Picard the all new Enterprise NCC 1701-D travels out to distant planets to seek out new life and to boldly go where no one has gone before.

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Vash was a Human archaeologist and former member of the Federation Archaeology Council in the 24th century considered by many to be a profiteer.

Vash's primary goal was not to gain knowledge about ancient cultures, but to sell their artifacts for a profit.

(TNG: "Captain's Holiday")

Her shady ethics, and consistent sale of priceless artifacts, twice got her dismissed from the Federation Archaeological Council. She was not welcome on several worlds. Vash was banned from the Royal Museum on Epsilon Hydra VII, persona non grata on Betazed and had a "dead or alive" warrant issued for her on Myrmidon. Though Professor Woo offered her reinstatement to the Council in 2369, Vash made it clear that between knowledge and profit, she would choose profit every time.

(TNG: "Qpid"; DS9: "Q-Less")

For five years in the middle of her career, until approximately 2366, Vash worked as an assistant to Dr. Samuel Estragon while he devoted his life to searching for the legendary Tox Uthat. After his death in the 2360s Vash continued the search using his notes and ultimately found the Tox Uthat in 2366 on the planet Risa where it had been hidden by its creator.

(TNG: "Captain's Holiday")

It was on Risa that Vash also met Captain Jean-Luc Picard, himself on shore leave from the USS Enterprise-D. After initial conflict the two found themselves kindred spirits of a sort and began a romantic relationship.

Vash took advantage of Picard's presence to distract and foil Sovak, a Ferengi. Sovak was determined to recover the Tox Uthat for himself in order to sell it, in addition to being infatuated with Vash. Unknown to Sovak, and for a time to Picard, Vash had uncovered the Uthat before either of them had arrived. Picard eventually discovered the deception and was instrumental in the ultimate fate of the Uthat.

(TNG: "Captain's Holiday")

A year later Vash reappeared in Picard's life when she attended the annual Federation Archaeology Council symposium hosted by the USS Enterprise in orbit of Tagus III. Her unannounced visit surprised Picard, who greeted her warmly but when he visited her quarters he discovered archaeological equipment and a map of the Taguan ruins, which she wanted to explore. The ruins had been off-limits for non-Taguans for the past one hundred years and the realization that Vash intended to explore them illegally whilst a guest of the Enterprise angered Picard.

At the same time, Q appeared claiming he wanted to settle a debt to Picard and "do something nice" for him, but when Q discovered Picard's relationship with Vash he staged a Robin Hood fantasy in which Picard was forced to choose between rescuing Vash (as Maid Marion) or letting her die at the hands of Sir Guy of Gisbourne. Picard was ultimately successful in his rescue and the two rekindled their affection for each other.

(TNG: "Qpid")

During the course of the drama in Sherwood Forest, Q became fascinated by Vash's deceit and duplicity. Curious about her, Q offered Vash a chance to go with him exploring the universe. She agreed and after Picard demanded Q guarantee her safety as payment of his debt, Vash left the Enterprise with Q.

(TNG: "Qpid")

For the next two years Vash and Q explored some of the most splendid archaeological sites in the galaxy. They visited numerous sites that no Human had ever seen before including Errikang VII, Brax, and Erabus Prime.

Q and Vash on Deep Space 9

In 2369, Vash ended her partnership with Q while in the Gamma Quadrant and was found by Jadzia Dax. When she arrived at Deep Space 9 she did not come empty-handed. Partnering with Quark, Vash was able to offer for auction some noted Gamma Quadrant artifacts. One, a crystal converted the station's power sources into gravitons. Resulting in random hull breaches and even moved DS9 towards the wormhole. Fortunately Dax, Sisko, Kira tracked down the problem and beamed the crystal into space.

Her presence did not go unnoticed by Q who attempted to lure her back by enticing her with promises of more exotic locales. She turned down Q's entreaties though she seemed to keep a level of partiality to the entity. Briefly, Vash considered becoming a lecturer at the Daystrom Institute which was interested in her because of her time spent in the still unexplored Gamma Quadrant. But she was convinced by Quark to continue her journeys with him as a backer and business partner.

(DS9: "Q-Less")

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