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The Doctor was the first hologram to be recognized as a sentient lifeform in the Federation

Status:
NPC Species
Playability:
Bridge officer only
Unique Traits:
Photonic Lifeform icon.png No icon.png Creative icon.png Stubborn icon.png

Photonics, or photonic lifeforms are a non-playable sentient lifeform based on photons, particles of light and energy. Photonic lifeforms can be naturally occurring, though most are artificially-created holograms.

Emergency Medical Holograms (EMHs) such as The Doctor are amongst the most common photonic lifeforms. A holographic Leeta also promotes Dabo for Quark Enterprises

History[edit | edit source]

When the EMH Mark I of the U.S.S. Voyager, simply called "the Doctor", returned to Earth in 2378, the rights of sentient artificial lifeforms in the Federation had to be re-examined. With the Soong Foundation being dedicated to this cause, a lengthy lawsuit, lasting from 2382 to 2394, eventually resulted in the Doctor being recognized as a sentient being. In 2404, the Soong Foundation demanded Starfleet to free all its sentient holograms, including all other EMHs. However, as holosuites are considered an essential form of recreation for its personnel, Starfleet appealed the injunction.

As of 2409, a group of photonic lifeforms has founded a colony in the Ra'kholh System lead by Doctor Marius, a former Starfleet EMH Mark I. He was liberated from a dilithium mine in Federation space with the help of activists from the Soong Foundation. Aside from that, sentient holograms work in different fields, e.g., Gein, who is a maintenance engineer for hazardous environments, or Rivv Enda, who is a freelancer holonovel author.

NPCs[edit | edit source]

See List of Photonic NPCs

Bridge officers[edit | edit source]

Duty officers[edit | edit source]

See List of Photonic duty officers

External link[edit | edit source]