"Who do you serve, and who do you trust?"

Galen's question

Galen was a techno-mage. He was, loosely speaking, a member of the crew of the Excalibur, and had occasional dealings with John Sheridan.

Early LifeEdit

Galen was born in 2237, the child of two techno-mages. Shortly afterwards Elric was assigned by The Circle to monitor his development. Galen's parents would fight often, leading his mother to become increasingly dissatisfied with his father's persistent womanising with Alwyn.[2]

In 2247, both of Galen's parents died when they killed one another following a heated argument. Following their deaths, Galen is taken in by Elric, becoming his ward and his pupil. Around this time Galen decided that he wanted to be a healer, a desire that would stay with him all the way to age 18.[2]

In 2255 Galen attended a Convocation of The Circle where he chose the name 'Galen' for himself, taking it from Aelius Galenus, an ancient Greek physician and philosopher. However, he found he had no aptitude for healing. [2]

"When he took me in after my father died, I spent most of my life being afraid of him because he was tall and powerful, and that voice... and because I was afraid that I might lose him, too, just as I'd lost my father."

Galen to Alwyn

In 2258 Galen is inducted into the techno-mage Order. Early in his career he was said to have focused too much time on spells and not their presentation. Also, he had not yet developed his own style, instead mimicking the incantations of earlier techno-mages.[2]

Galen and fellow Techno-mage, Isabelle, shared a very brief but intense relationship toward the end of 2258.[2] Though the two were only involved for a short time, they developed a relationship in which they could speak volumes to one another without saying a word. As Galen would say of her "She would make you happy with one word, hello." Her abilities as a techno-mage were at least on the same level with Galen.

Shortly after their initiation as Techno-mages, he was partnered with Isabelle in an assignment to gather evidence of the Shadows' return by tracking the movements of their allies on her home world of Zafran 8.

Not long after leaving Zafran 8, they traveled to Brensil 4 where they met with Elizar. After many attempts at convincing the two that there was a conspiracy within The Circle that they knew about the Shadow threat, Tilar who was a rogue Techo-mage appeared to them and proceeded to open fire at the two loyal Techno-mages. Isabelle was dealt a mortal blow by the rogue Techno-mage Elizar. Soon after this, she succumbed to her injuries and died. Just prior to dying, she reassured her distraught beloved, that if there was a way, that she would contact him from the afterlife.[3][2]

Matthew Gideon was the sole survivor of an attack on the EAS Cerberus, which left him floating in Space. Gideon was picked up by Galen, who later dropped him off at Omega VII. [3] Galen along with his fellow techno-mages were not in that region of space by coincidence, they were themselves tracking the movements of the unknown Shadow tech vessel that eventuallly destroyed the Cerberus.[4] [3][5]


Galen’s pursuit of rogue mages Elizar and Razeel leads him to the Shadows homeworld. His vessel is intercepted by Ulkesh who ascribes him the means to land on Z’ha’dum safely, but on approach a scan by The Eye overwhelms Galen leaving him barely conscious, fighting to control the tech within him. After a four day struggle, Galen regains control and lands on the surface, witnessing among other activities, the creation of new soldiers for the war. As he confronts Elizar and Razeel, the White Star arrives carrying John and Anna Sheridan. Using the spell of destruction Galen ends the lives of the rogue mages and rushes to aid Sheridan’s escape, as he is pinned down in a corridor by gunfire. Galen tells him to wait a few minutes then bring the White Star down. Interfacing with the Eye he discovers Wierden at the heart of the shadow machine. Turning the Eye away to the White Star’s approach Galen is confronted by Morden as the ship approaches. Conjouring a platform, Galen grabs Morden and they fly into the catacombs as the bombs aboard the White Star detonate. The shield around them is barely enough to protect them and both are severely burned by the flash. Waking a short time later, Morden is gone and Galen is confronted by a golden eyed being Lorien, who assures him Sheridan is safe. Transported to the surface, Galen hijacks a Shadow vessel to make for the rendezvous with Federico to return to the mages hiding place.

After being healed, from the hiding place Galen begins to monitor the outside galaxy for signs of any race using left over Shadow tech [6] [7]

Warning Sheridan about the DrakhEdit

In 2266 Galen appeared in a dream to Interstellar Alliance President John Sheridan. Galen warned President Sheridan that if he did not act soon that Earth would suffer the same fate of Daltron 7, a dead world. Galen then later revealed that the Drakh had a Shadow Death Cloud and that the destruction of Daltron 7 was simply a test, and that they want revenge on Earth because they had defeated their masters, The Shadows. Shortly after this Galen was banished from his order for having too much contact with the humans.


Joining the CrewEdit

In 2259, Galen saved Gideon from death when he and the other techno-mages were leaving known space because of the Shadows. After this, Gideon did not see Galen for several years. Shortly after the Drakh attack, Dureena Nafeel told Gideon of Galen, and Gideon set out to find him. Once he was found by Gideon, Galen questioned him and his mission and then agreed to join the crew. For the most part, Galen and Gideon were friends who worked together well, but at times, each would become irritated by the other. Indeed, it can be argued that Matthew was Galen's only friend as Galen was expelled by the others like him for breaking the rule about not communicating with the outside world when he spoke to John Sheridan. Because he was not a member of the crew, he frequently came and went as he pleased.

Regula IVEdit

On Regula IV, they came across Elric's old friend, Alwyn. They tried to stop Earthforce from mining a mineral that was ruining the land and poisoning the locals. They succeeded by creating an illusion that the techno-mage was trying to destroy the ships in orbit. The Excalibur destroyed the illusion and in the process destroyed the mine.

Techno-mage VirusEdit

When they reached a planet to explore he told them not to go down there because the techno-mage who did was killed by what he called a spirit. They went down anyway. When the crew started to die, Dr. Chambers examined the bodies and found out that a nano-virus caused they people to die. Galen asked her to zoom in on part of the virus and he figured out that the nano-virus was made by a techno-mage. He goes down to the planet and puts on a protective shield. He then went down to take out the techno-mage. He found that the techno-mage had long since died, but a hologram of him and a huge machine remained.

When Galen tried to destroy it Dureena, who was under the control of the virus, appeared and tried to kill him. She threw a dagger into his shoulder, and then proceeded to charge at him when Gideon appeared and blew away the bridge she was crossing. She made it over and Galen throws his staff at the machine, which destroyed the machine. When Dr. Chambers treated his wounds she found cybernetic implants in his back. He said that the staff was a one of a kind control mechanism and he needed it back, which moments later Dureena, covered in mud, dropped at his feet. Galen then helped Dr. Chambers modify the virus to be a filter which would temporarily block the Drakh plague.

Ancient civilization infected with The PlagueEdit

When Gideon was being chased by robotic ship he saved Gideon in the nick of time. He then says no to Dureena when she asks for him to teach her what he knows. He then gets out a hologram of himself. Except it is modified so that it has more substance. He finds out that other races had been there. When the other hologram appears he figures out that the aliens were conducting experiments on other creatures to find a cure for the plague.

Well of ForeverEdit

"Care no more to clothe and eat; To thee the reed is as the oak."
"The sceptre, learning, physic must. All follow this and come to dust."
"All lovers young, all lovers must. Consign to thee and come to dust."

Galen's lament for Isabelle

In July 2267, Galen suggested the Excalibur search for the Well of Forever in hyperspace, in the hope of acquiring technologies that could lead to a cure for the Drakh plague. Gideon agreed, and Galen patched his ship's navigation systems into the Excalibur for the mission. Once the Well was located, Galen immediately flew his ship to it and laid Isabelle to rest, in honor of her long years of attempting to find it. Gideon angrily confronted Galen upon his return with the discovery that the Well offered nothing of use to a possible cure. Galen apologized, promising never again to violate his trust, while gently challenging the innocence of the captain's own true motivation for helping him: to learn more about Galen's own ship and technology. Galen then erased all data about the Well from the Excalibur computers, making its existence secret once more.[8]

Warning Sheridan about Prince VintariEdit

Galen approached Sheridan once again in 2271, to warn him of another threat to Earth. In 30 years time the Emperor of the Centauri Republic, Dius Vintari, will destroy Earth, as they are the only people standing in the way of the expansion of the Centauri Republic. Galen informs Sheridan that "there are ways to fix this", and thus Sheridan should kill Vintari. Sheridan arranges for himself and Vintari to make the final approach to Babylon 5 in a pair of Starfuries. Galen arranges for a "malfunction" in Sheridan's weapons system in which Vintari's Starfury will be destroyed. However, before this occurs Sheridan realizes Galen used the word "ways" rather than "way". So Sheridan disarms the weapons system and instead starts a friendship with Vintari in the hope that he can show him that Earth is no threat to the Centauri. Although Galen warns Sheridan this path is by no means certain and may fail, he all but admits that it was what he really intended Sheridan to pursue. He then disappears once again.[9]



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