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Augment, in the general sense, is the designation given to a person or group that has been biologically altered to be physically and/or mentally superior to their base species. In more specific usage, the term "Augments" is applied to the genetically-enhanced "supermen" of Earth's Eugenics Wars, and to similarly-altered humans in the centuries after.

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History of Augmentation

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The Eugenics Wars

The origins of the Augments were said to had been traced to a group of international scientists who worked during the 1960s-1970s who had laboratories in Haiti and Pakistan as well as Chad along with their headquarters in North Yemen. These progenitors of a super race worked in the poorest countries on Earth as it was easy to bribe the officials into silence and hire human guienea pigs for their work. Unknown to him at the time, but Ralph Offenhouse supplied this cabal with equipment from electron microscopes to computers, drugs and even chemicals which broke export regulations and smuggling laws. (TNG novel: Debtors' Planet)) This led to the culmination of augmentation amongst the Human race through the production of the Chrysalis Project in the 20th century on the planet Earth. The goal was the creation of a race of superhuman beings. TOS novel: Star Trek: The Eugenics Wars)

However, the projects goal whilst successful in breeding a superrace, they led to the creation of genetically engineered madmen that sought to dominate their non modified brethren. According to the journal of one of the scientists that were responsible for the creation of the Augments, "superior ability breeds superior ambition". This log was written shortly before he was killed by his own creations. (ENT episode: "The Augments") In 1993, the Augments seized power within forty of the nations on the planet Earth which led to a conflict that was known as the Great Wars where they battled against normal Humans. The supermen were noted as being horrible desposts that treated their unaltered human subjects as slaves and as a lower class. (TOS episode: "Space Seed") Eventually, Khan Noonien Singh led a powerful group of fellow Augment warlords who formed the Great Khanate that sought to dominate their non-genetically engineered brethren. Forming the Augment Alliance, one of the chief leaders of this government was Stavos Keniclius who was second only to Khan himself. (SNW short story: "The Rules of War") These augments were tyrants that devastated the world and united it against them in a conflict that would be known as the Eugenics Wars. (TOS episode: "Space Seed") Despite noted for their brutality on their unaltered kin, they were noted for observing the rules of war in certain occasions as noted in the case when Keniclius negotiated a ceasefire with Nathan Archer in order to allow a school full of children to be evacuvated in North Africa before resuming hostilities. (SNW short story: "The Rules of War")

A key conflict during this war was the Battle of the Sea of Japan where the naval vessel Enterprise was destroyed but not before leading a crucial victory for the governments of the world. This led to the destruction of Khan Singhs military and after the battle, the members of the Great Khanate splintered into dozens of factions that fought one another. This allowed the nations of Earth to hunt down the Augment leaders one by one which brought about an end to their tyrannical reign. (TNG novel: Debtors' Planet)) The reign of the Augments ultimately ended in the year 1996 when they were overthrown. The last of these warlords was Khan Noonien Singh who was deposed but instead of being killed or captured; he managed to flee with eighty of his comrades in a sublight transport for parts unknown. (TOS movie: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

It was known that many of the 'Khans' took normal humans as spouses who in turn had children that were half augment and half human. These spouses and children would be preyed upon by society who would execute them for the crimes committed by the various supermen. However, some managed to flee with their children and went into hiding in locations such as the Sahara Reclamation Zone and Alaska. (TNG novel: Infiltrator) Some people and/or Augments did indeed escape Earth during and after the Wars, often ending up supporting Eugenics anyway. (TOS comic: "Sceptre of the Sun") The Earth authotirites were later responsible for confiscating the remaining Augment embryos and placed them into storage. By the 2130s, they were stored in an Earth Starfleet facility known as Cold Station 12. (ENT episode: "Cold Station 12 (episode)") The after effect of the Eugenics Wars led to genetic engineering being banned on the planet Earth which was one of the reasons why the first Human clone, Stavos Keniclius, was exiled from his homeworld. (TAS episode: "The Infinite Vulcan"

The Neyel

When the humans of the O'Neil asteroid colony were stranded far from Earth, they decided to defy Earth laws on genetic modification and began to augment themselves. This eventually led to altering themselves into a vastly different species who called themselves the Neyel. (TLE novel: The Sundered)

The Augment Crisis

In the 22nd century a scientist, Dr Arik Soong, working Cold Station 12 where the 20th century augment embryos were stored, saw potential in augmentation and decided to continue the development of the program and managed to escape with several of the embryos. He raised them as his children until he was captured by Starfleet. A decade later, these children sparked the Augment Crisis that nearly incited a full-scale war between the Klingon Empire and the relatively new interstellar power of United Earth. The Augments once again attempted to make a break for power and showed that they had no trouble with committing genocide on other worlds to achieve their goals. (ENT episodes: Borderland & Cold Station 12)

The group eventually turned on their "father," who was attempting to modify their genes to remove their aggressive characteristics. They and the remainder of the eighteen hundred 20th century embryos were killed when the starship Enterprise destroyed their captured Bird-of-prey. (ENT episode: The Augments)

Klingons

The Klingons were both impressed and fearful of the potential of the Human augments, and were the next to experiment with augmentation. Using gene therapy based on Augment DNA they obtained from the wreckage of the Bird-of-Prey the Human Augments had commandeered, they attempted to create their own augments. Their experiments were initially successful in increasing strength and intelligence, but did have two side effects: the Klingon cranial ridges dissolved, and eventually led to an agonizing death as the subject's neural pathways degraded. One of the test subjects had Levodian flu, and the virus combined with the Augment DNA to create an airborne plague that quickly spread throughout the empire, infecting billions of Klingons and causing them to lose their ridges.

All of the infected Klingons would have eventually died, but fortunately for them, a cure was developed by the Klingon Antaak and Dr Phlox of the Earth starship Enterprise. Whilst the cure prevented the deaths of many Klingons, it did leave them ridgeless, an effect which would be passed onto their children. (ENT episodes: "Affliction", "Divergence") These Klingons became known as QuchHa'. (VGD novel: Summon the Thunder)

The Second Attempt

Dozens of years later, a Klingon scientist known as Qadar attempted to create "enhanced" Klingon warriors called M'tachtar, which he re-engineered (along with himself) into a force that would be used against the Federation. He was stopped and exiled along with his warriors by his Rustaai-cousin Emperor of the Klingon Empire Grannoch. They remained on an uninhabited planet until they managed to take over the USS Enterprise under the command of Captain James T. Kirk. Qadar and his followers attempted to return to Qo'noS and take command of the Empire, but were quickly defeated. They still returned to Qo'noS, but their is fate is unknown. Presumably, they were executed for their attempted coup against the ruler of the Klingon Empire. (TOS novel: My Brother's Keeper: Enterprise)

24th Century Augmentation

Earth's restrictions on genetic modification eventually spread to the Federation, however there were a few colonies that performed the necessary operations illegally. (TNG episode: "Up the Long Ladder") This included operations that did not bestow the full "gifts" of augmentation, but rather specific aspects such as increased intelligence or improved motor skills. (TNG episode: "The Masterpiece Society") Ethan Locken and Dr. Julian Bashir were two such augments. (DS9 episode: Doctor Bashir, I Presume? and novel: Abyss)

There was also a group of humans on the planet Hera who ignored the Federation law and routinely practiced genetic modification to a similar degree of the augmentation in the Eugenics Wars. This group called themselves Herans and believed that they were superior to "Old Humans." They planned to use a genetically engineered virus that would have converted all newborn children into augments, however, they faced a human renegade faction on their homeworld who resisted their attempts. (TNG novel: Infiltrator)

List of known genetically engineered Humans

Aegis agents

Gary Seven

Early Chrysalis Project

Carlos Quintana

Chrysalis Project children

Stavos KenicliusVasily Hunyadi • Jarod • Oliver • Alberto Gomez • Elijah Jugurtha Amin • Randall Morrison • Arcturus

Chen Tiejun followers

Shirin • Zenobia • Rani • Nina

Khan Noonien Singh followers

Phoolan Dasall • Joaquin Weiss • Suzette Ling • Armando Rodriguez • Otto • Liam MacPherson • Kati • Geir Jonsson • Vishwa Patil • Harulf Ericsson • Zuleika Walker • Gideon Hawkins • Dmitri Blasko • Parvati Rao • Daniel Katzel • Amy Katzel • Nadia Gorinksy • Eric Lutjen • Paul Austin • Karyn Bradley • Keith Talbot • Saraj Panjabi • Ali Rahman • Kamala Devi • Tamsin • Hans Steiber • Marcel Dumas • Juliette Savine • Debra VonLinder • Shirin Azar • Vijay Nikore • Rivera • Thomsen • Yolanda Aponte
Ceti Alpha V children
Joachim Weiss • Astrid Ericsson • Cesare

Neyel

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Arik Soong children

Jaya • Lokesh • Malik • Persis • Raakin • Saul • Udar • Yavar

Paragon Colony

Masako ClarkeAaron RosenburgKaren JonesGregor Lozin

Empyreans

AlexeiClementsEleniEthanAnna MarchElizabeth MarchKatrina OrtegaRamon OrtegaPaolo

Herans

Gustav Blaisdell • Vlad Dunbar • Astrid Kemal • Marla Sukhoi • Lee Sukhoi

24th Century

Julian BashirJack • Patrick • Lauren • Sarina DouglasEthan LockenKelly

Children of Khan

Constantin Amoros • Julian BashirSarina DouglasEthan LockenMiles O'BrienJean-Luc PicardWilliam Riker • Tiberius Sejanus Singh • Benjamin SiskoJacob Sisko • Tiber

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Khan Noonien Singh in 2285, the Augment tyrant and last vestige of the Eugenics Wars.

The term augment describes a certain type of genetically engineered humanoid. These augments had both physical and mental advantages over their unaltered counterparts. (ENT: "Borderland")

The Project Chrysalis team, headed by Dr. Sarina Kaur, started working on genetic engineering on Earth in the 1970s. Gary Seven and Roberta Lincoln destroyed the project. (Star Trek: The Eugenics Wars)

The augments became reality sometime before 1993. Their enhancements included strength five times greater than a normal human's, doubled lung efficiency and doubled intelligence. An aggressive and arrogant personality was also typical. 22nd century geneticist Dr. Arik Soong later determined defective genomes caused a propensity for augments to be violent and aggressive. (ENT: "The Augments")

The Eugenics Wars started in 1993 with augments fighting humans in over 40 Earth nations. The Wars lasted until 1996, with the last augment removed from power being Khan Noonien Singh. Despite this, at wars' end, over eighty augments could not be found, including Khan. (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan) The augments left various booby-traps world-wide, killing or severely injuring tens of thousands of people. (Star Trek: The Prospect Chronicles; Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions) All remaining augment embryos were collected and placed into cold storage. By the 2130s, they would be stored off-world. (ENT: "Cold Station 12")

Dr. Stavos Keniclius, a scientist involved in the Eugenics Wars.

The United Nations banned genetic engineering, with clone Stavos Keniclius exiled and other scientists who created the augments fleeing. (TAS: "The Infinite Vulcan"; Infiltrator)

Malik in 2154.

In the 2130s, Cold Station 12's medical director Arik Soong stole several augment embryos and raised the children as his own. He was captured and charged with the crimes but never divulged the whereabouts of the embryos. By 2154, the augments were fully grown and nearly started a war between Earth and the Klingon Empire. Soong helped the Earth Starfleet vessel Enterprise track the augments, originally betraying the Enterprise crew and escaping with the augments. Witnessing the augments brutality, Soong soon felt powerless, but his augments' destructive nature led them to commit suicide instead of being captured. Soong gave up genetics. (ENT: "Cold Station 12", "Borderland", "The Augments")

See also: Augment Crisis

A Klingon prisoner infected with the Augment virus.

The Klingons also created augments as a knee-jerk reaction to Earth's escaped augments, using several human augment embryos for their experiments. Unfortunately, the augment genetics, combined with Levodian flu, mutated and created a deadly airborne plague. The plague's main distinguishing feature was collapse of the forehead ridges on infected Klingons, making them appear more human. While a cure was found, millions of Klingons were now more human in their appearance and called QuchHa'. ENT: "Afflication", "Divergence"; DS9: "Trials and Tribble-ations"; Star Trek: The Original Series; Summon the Thunder)

This explained why TOS Klingons had flat foreheads.
Khan Noonien Singh in 2267.

Khan and his augment followers resurfaced in 2267 in deep space aboard a sleeper ship. Khan attempted to commandeer the USS Enterprise but failed, and James Kirk offered them exile on Ceti Alpha V. The offer was accepted. (TOS: "Space Seed") Ceti Alpha V became a hell six months later when its neighboring planet exploded and destabilised the planet's orbit. The planet went from paradise to hell, killing most of the augments.

Nearly 20 years later, Khan escaped and attempted to gain revenge, but he and his followers died in the process. (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

By the 24th century, genetic modification was still banned by the Federation. Illegal operations still took place to enhance some parts of humans and others. (DS9: "Doctor Bashir, I Presume?")

Unsanctioned augmentation experiments were also performed on some of the children of Enclave J-12, including Cody Sinclair. (Star Trek: Pendragon)

Known Augments

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