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Although he was a politician, Degra was also a scientist and an engineer. He studied the mysterious spheres in the Expanse. Degra also helped design the power systems on the Xindi-Reptilian warships. He also developed several theories for planet-destroying weapons.
He had a wife named Naara . Their two children are named Piral and Jaina. Sadly, three months into Naara's third pregnancy, she contracted anaprolean fever, causing her to have a miscarrage and the child was lost. Had the child survived, Degra and Naara would have named it Trinia. Degra loved his children and would do anything to protect them.
Circa 2152, the Xindi Council learned from the Sphere Builders that humans were going to destroy them in the 26th century. Degra agreed to design the prototype weapon, devoting years to it. In 2153, Degra and his team completed the first stage of the planet-destorying weapon project. When the first weapon arrived in the Sol System, Degra and the other council members watched as the Reptilian pilot fired the weapon, killing seven million people. As he watched the telemetry, Degra asked himself, "How many of those seven million were children?".
Several months afterwards, Degra and his colleagues constucted the second weapon and planned to test it in the Calindra system . The test appeared to be successful, but the weapon failed to destroy one of the system's moons. Degra's hope to see what went wrong was dashed when the weapon was taken by an unknown ship.
Shortly afterwards, Degra and his crew were captured by the starship Enterprise, NX-01. While on board, Captain Archer launch an elaborate ruse to trick Degra to reveal the location of the weapon. Degra gave them the coordinates of the star system Azati Prime, but he was tipped off. Archer then launched another ruse, making it seem that Enterprise reached Azati Prime. Degra yelled that "their defense perimeter will destroy them", exposing the location of the weapon. Right afterwards, Degra and his crew's memory were erased.
Three weeks later, Capt. Archer reached Azati Prime on a suicide mission to destroy the weapon, but was captured. He tried to convince Degra that the weapon's purpose was false. Three days later, Degra and Janar boarded Enterprise to find evidence that they were mislead. During this time, a Reptilian warship and demanded that Degra undock. Degra and Enterprise succeeded in disabling the ship. However, to prevent the exposure of their alliance, Degra destroyed the Reptilian ship, killing all 22 crewmembers.
This incident led to the end of Degra's life in February 2154. When Archer confronted the Council, the Primates, Arboreals, and Reptilians voted and agreed to postpone the weapon launch. Shortly afterwards, Com. Dolim met Degra in his quarters and stabbed him. As Degra died, Dolim vowed that "when the humans have been eliminated, when the council is replaced by Reptilian rule," he will find Degra's family and kill them.
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