Dorgan was a childhood friend of Zanik, who he had a romantic interest in. While exploring the caves surrounding their home Dorgesh-Kaan, he gave Zanik a gift, and she returned his affection. The cave collapsed Zanik was exploring collapsed, sealing her in and causing Dorgan to rush back to Dorgesh-Kaan to seek help. When Zanik made her own way back, he asked her to stop exploring, insisting anything unknown was not worth knowing. His fear of the unknown caused her to to view him contemptuously and break off their romance.