Danzek was a female humanoid in the 23rd century. She was the daughter of the scientist Myznek, infected by a terrible disease and forcefully subjected to medical experiments. She was used by her father as a guinea pig to find a cure for a disease fatal to their species. As a result of the experiments, she became what seemed to be the first Borg Queen. (TOS manga: Side Effects)
Her father, Dr. Mynzek, was kidnapping as many races as possible, using their immune systems to improve his people's own, to research a cure for a highly-adaptive disease. Mynzek had spent 50 years trying to save his race. He built a massive space station in orbit of the event horizon of the black hole. Due to time dilation effects, it was possible to send ships through wormholes into normal space-time, run experiments for several hundred years, and then retrieve them, with only days or weeks having passed near the black hole. When discovered by the USS Enterprise, Dr. Mynzek had more than 100 ships at his disposal, some that had been aged 3,000 years by the experiments.
He believed his daughter Danzek had the cure to the disease. He said to her, “You never listened, did you? You knew more than anyone what I was trying to do. Why didn’t you help me when I asked you?” The implication from the question was that Dr. Mynzek forcefully subjected his daughter to medical experimentation for as long as 200 years, keeping her alive by feeding tubes in a semi-conscious state.
When Dr. McCoy discovered Danzek on a ship, she had mechanical implants and organs from nine species grafted within her, but she didn’t appear to be as debilitated or aged as any of the other humanoids on the ship. Studying the others, McCoy reported they were all from the same race, “but have combinations of other species spliced into them.” One subject showed traces of human and Romulan DNA along with hundreds of others. Some had cybernetic implants granted to their nervous systems.
Special abilities Edit
A result of the medical experimentation was adaptable resistance to weapons fire. One stun phaser blast knocked her over, but a second shot did no damage. Mr. Scott adjusted some phasers in a manner that knocked her out for a few seconds, at a power level that made the power pack last less than half as long.
Danzek had biological or mechanical extensions from the back of each hand that several times appeared to inject an advanced antigen. The recipient collapsed immediately. A result was a change in physical appearance and, for most, to behave in a zombie-like fashion, appearing to follow her and do her bidding.
Apparent Death Edit
After her ship was retrieved, Danzek began wrecking her father’s space station with help from humanoids she had herself infected. Spock pointed out that destroying the station would kill her, so the action was illogical, but McCoy suggested she could be acting out of revenge.
Her answer to her father’s question was, “Only I can save them now. Only I can offer them more, make them greater than they were. All will join me. This station is disintegrating. We must leave this place and continue our evolution.” She then infected him with her antigen.
Later, shot and buried under rubble, as the space station was collapsing and being drawn into a black hole, she said, “I can … save us. I am Queen…”
After Spock said several escape pods were jettisoned during the breakup of the space station, but one escape pod had been piloted deliberately into a wormhole. There might have been at least one survivor, but as there was no way to know where or when the wormhole exited, any survivors might have emerged thousands of years in the past or future.
McCoy said the infection was curable only because it came directly from the female. “In she goes on to infect others,” he said, “and the pattern of infection continues, resistance to such a race would be, well, futile.”