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Verex III

Enterprise in orbit of Verex III

Type: Planet
Location: In the Borderland
Affiliation: Orion Syndicate
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A slave auction on Verex III

Verex III was the inhabited third planet in its system. It was located in the Borderland. The Orion Syndicate maintained a processing station for slave trade on the planet in the 22nd century.

In 2154, nine crew members were abducted from the Enterprise NX-01 and taken to Verex III to be auctioned off. Captain Archer was able to gain access to the processing station by using an old authorization code provided by Arik Soong, and discovered a way to disable the neurolytic restraints with which all of the slaves had been outfitted. With Soong's help, Archer disabled all of the restraints, causing a mass escape attempt. In the confusion, Archer was successfully able to rescue his people and escape. (ENT: "Borderland")

Concerning Verex III, Manny Coto once commented, "The idea of a slave world and slave auctions I found just wonderfully fascinating." ("Before Her Time: Decommissioning Enterprise, Part Two: Memorable Voyages", ENT Season 4 Blu-ray special features)
In the final draft script of "Borderland", Verex III was described as "a barren-looking world. In the shadows of a large crater, we see the lights of a settlement – the slave market." The script also referred to the planet as "a busy place" and described the slave market as "dark, smoky and alive with flitting shadows... the market is broken into fenced-off holding pens with slaves awaiting processing. The entire operation has a ratty, fly-by-night feel... as if it's forced to move around a lot."

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