During the Narada's attack on Earth, the ship was boarded by James T. Kirk and Spock. Ayel took down Kirk with a surprise attack, allowing Nero to assault and nearly kill Kirk. Upon hearing the news that Spock's ship had been taken and the Narada's drilling rig had been destroyed, Nero left Kirk to Ayel. While grabbing Kirk by the neck, Ayel remarked that he was surprised at how weak humans were. Unfortunately for him, he was too busy gloating to notice that his "victim" had been able to grab hold of his disruptor; when he offered Kirk his last words, Kirk chose "I got your gun!" and promptly shot him. Ayel's body fell from the platform he was standing on and dropped into the depths of the Narada.