Ed, you were all going to die anyway. Now you'll have a second chance to live in a future full of wonders you can't even imagine. I'd still like to see where you and I could go.— Pria Lavesque to Ed Mercer
Pria Lavesque was a Human antique collector from the 29th century who traveled to the year 2419 through a stable wormhole in order to capture the USS Orville and sell it at a high value in the 29th century.
Early life[edit | edit source]
As an adult, Pria was a time-travelling thief of antiquities for wealthy buyers. Stable wormholes were discovered that tunneled through time, not space, which enabled her to journey back to earlier centuries and steal priceless artifacts. Pria even stole the Electra with famed woman aviator Amelia Earhart in it. She stole only crafts that would have been destroyed anyway, thus preserving the timeline from alteration.
Theft of the Orville[edit | edit source]
Around November or December 2419, the Orville responded to a distress call from a Vega Mining Consortium mining ship Horizon, trapped in the gravitational pull of a star. Captain Ed Mercer sent a shuttle to rescue its pilot, Lavesque. In fact, Pria had carefully fabricated the dangerous situation to ingratiate herself with the crew and take over the ship.
Safely aboard the Orville, Pria joined the crew for a drink and flirted with Mercer. Ed gave her a tour of the ship, including Engineering. Suspicious of Lavesque's motives, First Officer Kelly Grayson and Chief of Security Alara Kitan illegally searched her quarters, finding a metallic box hidden under her mattress that could not be analyzed by the Orville's scanners.
Taking over[edit | edit source]
Later, the Orville was rocked by enormous ripples of a dark-matter storm. Pria convinced Ed to let her guide the Orville to safety, which she secretly accomplished through the aide of advanced 29th-century technology worn on her wrist. The Orville's communications array was knocked offline in the storm, Ed set the ship towards a Consortium outpost.
Waiting for the ship to arrive, Pria spent time with Ed in the environmental simulator and slept with him. Pria secretly returned to Engineering, where she was able to install the metallic device from her mattress and took over the ship's navigational array.
The ship arrived at its coordinates, only to discover the destination was not a Consortium outpost but a stable wormhole exiting to the 29th century. Meanwhile, engineers discovered the box implanted in their computer network. Pria revealed herself to be a time-travelling antique collector: she had commandeered the Orville in order to sell the ship to alien collectors from the future.
Using the device worn on her wrist, Pria piloted the Orville through the wormhole and contacted her potential buyers. Kelly was able to restrain Pria while Helmsman Gordon Malloy guided the ship back through the wormhole.
Non-existence[edit | edit source]
Her technology was confiscated and Ed confronted Pria directly. Ed informed her that the wormhole would be destroyed and Pria will be eliminated from existence by a permanentlyd altered timeline. Pria refuses to apologize and said Ed "will always be that messed-up guy who can't get over his ex-wife." Ed ordered Second Officer Bortus to destroy the wormhole and Pria vanished.
Production[edit | edit source]
Pria's wardrobe was designed and made by the head of the wardrobe department, Joseph Porro.
Pria's override device was built by property master Bryan Rodgers. Rodgers intentionally matched the device's lighting pattern to the lighting pattern of the M-5 computer from Star Trek: The Original Series.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Claims to have grown up in Andover, Massachusetts, near Ed Mercer's home town of Boxford, though that may be a fabrication designed to manipulate Ed.
- She is a vegetarian.
- Her temporary quarters aboard the USS Orville was on Deck C, Unit 6.
- The Benzian trader calls Pria "Zars Lavesque." It is unknown if this is a title akin to "Ms." or "Captain" or even her real name.
- She understands the Benzian language.