|Location:||90 light years from the Sol system|
|Affiliation:||United Federation of Planets|
Designated as a "pleasure planet", Risa was an inhabited Federation planet. This planet was the homeworld of the humanoid Risians. It was orbited by at least two moons and located in a binary system about 90 light years from the Sol system. The planetary government was named the Risa Hedony.
Culture and climate Edit
Originally a dismal, rain-soaked, and geologically unstable planet covered with vast jungles and plagued by violent earthquakes, the native Risians transformed their world with a technologically sophisticated weather control network that provided nearly constantly desirable weather, and seismic regulators to eliminate the geological instability for optimum tourist comfort. By at least the mid-22nd century, Risa became known for its beautiful tropical resorts and abundance of pristine beaches making it a popular tourist destination. (ENT: "Two Days and Two Nights"; TNG: "The Mind's Eye"; DS9: "Let He Who Is Without Sin...")
Risa was most noted for the frank and open sexuality of its native population. Identified by a decorative emblem on their foreheads between the eyes, Risians often initiate or respond to the desire for sexual relations through the use of a small statuette called a horga'hn, the Risian symbol of sexuality or fertility. Display of a horga'hn announced that the owner wished to participate in jamaharon, a Risian sexual rite.
Popular attractions Edit
- Suraya Bay, where the Lohlunat, the Festival of the Moon, was held. One recommended restaurant was a little boat that sails into the bay every evening just after sunset. Patrons waded out to it, and they are served seafood right off the deck. (ENT: "Two Days and Two Nights")
- Galartha, a cliff face that changes pitch while you climb it. (ENT: "Two Days and Two Nights")
- Temtibi Lagoon, where it never rained, the water was warm and the wind smelled sweet. (DS9: "Let He Who Is Without Sin...")
- Subterranean Gardens with luminescent plants. (ENT: "Two Days and Two Nights")
- Risan steam-pools, which are said to be very relaxing. (ENT: "Two Days and Two Nights")
- Risa water recreation park (VOY: "Riddles")
There were many nightclubs, but the Vulcan database advises visitors be wary of the occasional crime. Commander Tucker and Lieutenant Reed, for example, were left tied up in their underwear by two alien thieves who were disguised as two "gorgeous" Risian females. (ENT: "Two Days and Two Nights")
In 2152, the Enterprise NX-01 visited Risa for two days for some shore leave. This stop-over marked the first official visit of an Earth starship to Risa and also the farthest any Human had officially traveled from the Sol system up until then. (ENT: "Two Days and Two Nights")
Also during the 22nd century, a time-travelling scientist from the 27th century called Kal Dano came to Risa. Here he hid his invention called Tox Uthat, a device capable of halting all nuclear fusion within a star, from Vorgon criminals who considered it to be a formidable weapon.
In 2366, Vash, a Human archaeologist who was concluding years of search by Prof. Samuel Estragon, found the Tox Uthat buried in a cave. She wanted to conceal her discovery from other interested factions, such as vacationer Jean-Luc Picard, but as Picard discovered her deception and the Vorgon's longing for the dangerous device, he destroyed it. (TNG: "Captain's Holiday"; DS9: "Q-Less")
According to Starfleet Intelligence, it was believed that Federation Ambassador Krajensky was kidnapped by the Dominion while visiting Risa in 2371, so that he could be replaced by a Changeling impersonator. (DS9: "The Adversary")
In 2373, the New Essentialists, who led a campaign to turn the Federation away from its perceived decadence, successfully sabotaged Risa's weather modification network. They attempted to do the same to the planet's vital seismic regulators, but were stopped when Lt. Cmdr. Worf got disillusioned and refused to continue the demonstration. (DS9: "Let He Who Is Without Sin...")
In 2135, and while working for the Vulcan Ministry of Security, T'Pol tracked down the fugitive Vulcan operatives Menos and Jossen to Risa and pursued them into the planet's jungles. She killed Jossen but Menos escaped. (ENT: "The Seventh")
In 2152, several crewmembers of the Enterprise NX-01 spend two days and two nights on Risa, where they visited various locations, such as Suraya Bay and the Galartha cliffs. (ENT: "Two Days and Two Nights")
Geordi La Forge was scheduled to attend an artificial intelligence seminar on Risa in late 2367. He was ordered by Captain Picard to arrive a few days early to have some fun and relax. However, several hours before his arrival he was kidnapped by Romulans and replaced by a double who attended the seminar in his place. (TNG: "The Mind's Eye")
Hoping to stop her from further helping the Maquis, Benjamin Sisko told Kasidy Yates they should visit Risa. Yates turned him down, but told him she would meet him there if he wanted to travel there alone in a runabout. (DS9: "For the Cause")
At some point in 2373, Raimus was on Risa and talked a Starfleet officer who was in command of the weather control system there to become an informant for the Orion Syndicate. (DS9: "Honor Among Thieves")
When Grand Nagus Zek disappeared in mid-2375, Quark believed he was probably on Risa. In fact, he had traveled to the mirror universe. Zek himself knew that Quark would say he was on Risa. (DS9: "The Emperor's New Cloak")
Following the Battle of Cardassia and the prospect of a larger battle with the Dominion, Ezri Dax told Captain Sisko that "all things considered, I'd rather be on Risa." Sisko noted "that makes two of us." (DS9: "What You Leave Behind")
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Points of interest Edit
In a scene that was scripted for the end of ENT: "Home" (and included in the ENT Season 4 Blu-ray) but never filmed, Risa is briefly mentioned, as one of several small rocks which Archer leaves at his father's grave was taken by the captain from Risa. In the same scene, Archer comments as if to his deceased father, "That's a place I wish you could've seen."
According to Star Trek: Star Charts (pp. 37 & 53), the planet Risa (Epsilon Ceti B II) was classified as M class and admitted into the United Federation of Planets in 2249. The Risan Hedony governed the planet from the capital city Nuvia. The population of Risa in 2378 was 2.81 billion, and, in an average year, up to 1.3 billion tourists visited the world. In the late 24th century, Risa was named as a destination on the major space lanes.
Before ENT: "Rajiin" established "Nuvians" to be a separate species, the reference to Nuvian masseuses on Risa in ENT: "Fallen Hero" was misinterpreted by the non-canon Star Trek: Star Charts, which lists the city of "Nuvia" as the capital of Risa.