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Species: Human
Gender: male
Born: 2208
Affiliation: Federation Starfleet
Previous Assignment: USS Enterprise
Assignment: Federation Ambassador to Antos IV
Insignia: File:Yel Flt Capt 2266.png
For Garth's mirror universe counterpart, see Garth of Izar (mirror).

Kelvar Leonard Garth (better known as Garth of Izar) was a legendary Starfleet captain in the 23rd century, whose distinguished record was marred only by his descent into madness.


Early life and career

Garth was born in the city of Trelemarcas, on Izar in 2208. He entered Starfleet Academy in 2225 and graduated in 2229. During his time at the Academy he proved to be an exemplary cadet, and proved himself to be an adept tactician and military expert. (FASA RPG: The Four Years War).

Garth once gave a guest lecture at the Academy, when James Kirk was a cadet. In his talk, he advised, "assume that space will always be more unknown than known, and nothing you encounter in its reaches will surprise you." (TOS novel: Strangers from the Sky)

The Battle of Axanar

There are currently two incompatible accounts of Garth's role at the Battle of Axanar:

FASA The Four Years War version

By the early 2250s (2192 SFC), Garth commanded the Marklin-class USS Xenophon.

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Novel Garth of Izar version

By 2251, Garth was in command of the USS Heisenberg. In that year, Captain Garth was dispatched to mediate a dispute between the various Axanarri colonies in the Axanar system. On arrival in the system, Garth discovered that the Klingons were on a mission in the system. Although the Heisenberg was outmatched, Garth successfully executed the first Cochrane Deceleration Maneuver, and was able to outwit and destroy the Klingon warship, this engagement became known as the Battle of Axanar. Following his victory over the Klingons, Garth led the Axanar Peace Mission and the war between the Axanarri ended. (TOS novel: Garth of Izar).

A few months later, the Heisenberg visited planet Antos IV. While beaming down to the planet's surface, he became horribly disfigured as the result of a transporter accident. His disfigurement is healed by the Antosians, Hala-Jyusa and Heje Illuss, who also taught Garth the secret of shape-shifting, which unleashed madness in the captain. Upon beaming back to the Heisenberg, he blamed the Antosians for his madness and subsequently tried to use the starships weapons to destroy the planet. It was thanks to the efforts of Commander Liang Jin, his first officer, and his second officer that Garth was stopped, but at the cost of their own lives. (TOS novel: Garth of Izar).

Garth was subsequently court-martialed and charged with murder. As a result he was sent to the maximum security penal colony on Elba II.

In 2268, Captain James T. Kirk thought of Garth, among others, when he contemplated leaders who failed their crews despite their good intentions. (Star Trek: Section 31 novel: Cloak)

Ironically, Kirk would soon meet Garth. Later that year, Garth was able to take control of the penal colony on Elba II along with his Orion associate, Marta. When the USS Enterprise arrived at the colony to deliver new therapeutic drugs to the colony, Garth took Kirk and Commander Spock prisoner, in an attempt to gain access to the Enterprise. When the attempt failed, Garth surrendered and began receiving the new therapeutic treatment, which was supposed to cure him. (TOS episode: "Whom Gods Destroy")

The new treatment worked and Garth was released from Elba II in mid 2269. He headed to Antos IV, where he was successful in infiltrating a group of Antosian rebels. He then returned to Earth in 2270. On arrival on Earth, Admiral José Mendez declared him fit for duty and assigned him to the Enterprise. His mission aboard the Enterprise was to return to Antos IV and attempt to repair the sociological damage that was caused by his condition on the general populace. Garth was successful in stopping the Antosian rebels, who rejected proposals that they stop using their shapeshifting powers, and was appointed Federation Ambassador to Antos IV. (TOS novel: Garth of Izar).

Comic continuity

In 2287, a vengeful Garth attempted an elaborate scheme to murder and disgrace Kirk. He lured the Enterprise to Omicron Ceti IV by attacking the Federation colony on the planet, killing all its inhabitants. He then murdered Ensign Bloemker, an Enterprise crewman investigating the colony, and assumed her identity via his shapeshifting abilities. He was nearly successful in his attempt on Kirk's life, if not for the intervention of Kirk's old academy rival, Finnegan. Garth was subsequently moved back to the Elba II facility. (TOS comic: Who Killed Captain Kirk?)


The Federation starships USS Garth were named in honor of Garth and his victories.

Alternate universes

In one alternate timeline Garth rose to the position of Earth Starfleet Commander-in-Chief by 2264. (Star Trek: Myriad Universes novel: A Less Perfect Union)

USS Intrepid personnel
USS Intrepid (NCC-1631) Garth • Spiak Seal of the Federation Starfleet.
USS Intrepid II (Constitution-class) Setek • Sehlk • Si'jsk • Sobek • Suvuk • T'Kiha • T'Leiar • T'Noy
USS Intrepid II (Oberth-class) AthertonClaytonDiverDuchampsL. McCoyRichardsSpockN. Uhura
USS Intrepid (NCC-38907) D. DieghanS. RozhenkoJ. TavaresTobias
USS Intrepid (NCC-74600) W. Emick • J. Hayek • D. Kaplan • T. Riley • V. Stadi
USS Lexington personnel
USS Lexington (NCC-1709) J. Baila • Berriman • P. Coss • Garth of Izar • Ito • T. IvariL. KelsoW.C. PerinalM. Rousseau • W. Samuels • D. SinclairC. StuartN. UhuraR. Wesley Seal of the Federation Starfleet.
USS Lexington (NCC-14427) Declan KeoghManojlovichRosita Pérez
USS Lexington (NCC-61832) T. AllenbyH. AndersonAntonacciAudreyG. Ben ZomaBowdrenT. CadwalladerS. CarsonCavanaughJ. CoxEberlingFornnelGainesF. GallowayGriscomHalprinHasegawaG. JensonP. JosephKumagaiLeffE. LenseR. MithraMoytulixPridemoreRodgersSorianoJ. TurnerTwistekeyMan-Fai WanWilhoite
USS Lexington (Steamrunner-class) A. Jago

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ST Expanded

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Garth (known as Garth of Izar) was a Starfleet line officer on active duty during the 23rd century. (TOS: "Whom Gods Destroy")
The episode gave Garth no other name. Fan fiction has sometimes assumed that this is his surname. FASA materials refer to him as "Kelvar Leonard Garth" (FASA RPG: The Four Years War).

Garth was renowned for his victory at Axanar, which was studied thereafter at Starfleet Academy. James T. Kirk, as a midshipman, regarded Garth as one of his heroes.

Different sources have Garth in command of different vessels at Axanar. FASA had him as captain of the USS Xenophon, while the TOS novel: Garth of Izar had him in command of USS Heisenberg.

During the Four Years War, Garth commanded Task Force Constitution from USS Constitution. Ships assigned to the task force included USS Avenger and USS Illustrious. (Star Trek: Avenger: "Early History of USS Avenger")

In Orion Press continuity, Garth was commanding officer of USS Lexington during this time.

In the early 2260s, after a transporter accident at Antos IV, the indigenes of that world taught Garth to heal through cellular metamorphosis. This apparently drove him mad and Garth attempted to destroy the Antosians but was prevented from doing so. However, Garth killed both his executive officer and second officer. (TOS novel: Garth of Izar)

Garth was court-martialled and charged with murder. He was then sentenced to rehabilitation at the Federation penal colony on Elba II.

In 2268, when USS Enterprise was delivering a new therapy to the colony, Garth masqueraded as Gov. Donald Cory and kidnapped both Kirk and Spock. After their release, the therapy was administered to Garth.

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