"[U]nless we encounter help, we are doomed to drift indefinitely. For space is vast and very dark and very lonely."

― Jahavus Dorahl[source]

Jahavus Dorahl was a captain of the Dorahl bioship. After the ship's engines were irreparably damaged, Dorahl took the passengers inside the ship's artificial ecosystem. Over the next 2,000 years, Dorahl was deified and worshiped by subsequent generations as a god.


Little is known of Dorahl other than that he was Captain of an unnamed bioship. Because his home world was located in a distant, relatively empty pocket of the galaxy, the planet sent a the ship, intending it to colonize another world after an estimated three generations' travel. It is unknown how many generations elapsed between initial departure and Dorahl becoming Captain.

A plasma storm damaged the ship's engines. The ship then adrift in space, the crew was forced to live within their own artificial ecosystem until help arrived. Over the next 2,000 years, the inhabitants forgot their origins and the technology of the ship. Dorahl passed from memory as a ship captain to become a god.

If the Stars Should AppearEdit

See also: Episode Four: If the Stars Should Appear.
The USS Orville finds the bioship adrift in space and most of its systems offline. An exploratory team enters the bioship where they learn that the "Word of Dorahl" is followed religiously. Belief is violently enforced by the government, led by Hamelac.

Eventually, the team enters the ship's bridge and finds an old recording of Dorahl explaining the history of the ship and their plight.