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Full Name: Natasha Yar
Species: Human
Gender: Female
Born: 2337
Died: 2364
Affiliation: Federation Starfleet
Sibling(s): Sister: Ishara Yar
Marital Status: Single
Children: Sela
Previous Assignment: Security officer,
USS Starbound
Final Assignment: Chief of security,
USS Enterprise-D
Rank: Lieutenant
Insignia: Rank insignia.

Natasha Yar was a Starfleet officer and chief of security aboard the USS Enterprise-D in 2364. She was killed in the line of duty by a creature known as Armus.


Early Life

Natasha "Tasha" Yar was born in the New Paris colony on Turkana IV in 2337 of Ukrainian/Lithuanian ancestry. (TNG episodes: "The Naked Now", "Legacy"; TNG novels: Survivors, Ghost Ship)

In 2341, Yar's mother cut off Yar's knee-length braid of hair to attempt to disguise her femininity from the rape gangs plaguing Turkana (TNG novel: Ghost Ship). Shortly after the birth of her sister, Ishara, in 2342, her parents were killed after being caught in crossfire between opposing cadre forces. Sadly, both the Yar children were already drug addicts, having been weaned on joy dust. Tasha's earliest memories were of withdrawal. For the next ten years, Natasha, Ishara and Natasha's pet ginger cat had to survive alone on Turkana IV escaping from rape gangs and avoiding the opposing cadre. (TNG novel: Survivors)

In 2352, Ishara joined the Coalition and left Tasha alone. Her time alone was short-lived however, as while being perilously close to being caught by a rape-gang (which successfully killed her cat), she was rescued by an away team from the USS Cochrane, led by Darryl Adin. After reaching Earth, 15-year-old Yar studied in preparation for entering Starfleet Academy, maintaining only sporadic communication with Adin. (TNG novel: Survivors; TNG episodes: "Where No One Has Gone Before", "Legacy")


Starfleet Academy

Yar entered the Academy in 2355. She entered security and tactical training out of gratitude and respect toward Starfleet and Darryl Adin for rescuing her. (TNG novel: Survivors; TNG episode: "Code of Honor")

In 2359, Yar was the only survivor of a crash-landing on planet Priam IV, where she was captured by an Orion, discovering later on that undercover Starfleet officers on the planet have, genuinely, allied themselves with the Orion Syndicate. Yar was further shocked when these scenes dissolved. The Orion was Adin, and the whole set-up had been an Academy simulation. Adin had returned to Starfleet Academy for a refresher course and the pair began a relationship while studying together. (TNG novel: Survivors).

Starfleet Career

Early Career

Following her graduation from Starfleet Academy, Ensign Yar planned to marry Adin and for the two of them to be mutually assigned to a Galaxy-class starship and raise a family on it. However, on her training voyage a saboteur damaged USS Starbound hand phasers, then allowed Orion pirates to attack the ship. Every officer died in the incident, except Adin and Dr. Trent. The Orions left with the stolen dilithium. When Starbound arrived at Starbase 18, Adin was mysteriously arrested on two charges of conspiracy, three counts of treason and twenty-one counts of murder and reduced in rank. After being found guilty, Adin turned his wrath on Yar, swearing to escape before rehabilitation and disappear. (TNG novel: Survivors)

Following her graduation from the Academy in 2359, Ensign Yar was assigned to the Nebula-class starship, USS Bellerophon, as a junior security officer. (ST video game: Starship Creator)

From 2361 to 2363, security teams trained by Yar won all the seek-and-protect exercises in The Fleet Championships (TNG novelization: Encounter at Farpoint).

By 2363, Yar was serving aboard the USS Victory as assistant chief of security. She was awarded a citation for bravery following a mission to Kirishia, where she entered a Carnellian minefield in order to rescue several colonists. During the mission, Captain Jean-Luc Picard observed her bravery and vowed to have Yar aboard his next command, the USS Enterprise-D. (TNG episode: "Legacy"; ST video game: Starship Creator; TNG novel: The Buried Age))

USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D)

Natasha Yar in 2364.

Newly promoted Lieutenant Yar was assigned to the Enterprise-D in early 2364, and one of her first assignments were to transfer Captain Picard to the Enterprise, docked at McKinley Station, via the shuttlecraft Galileo. Shortly after, the Enterprise set out for Farpoint Station to collect further crewmembers and to investigate the station. (TNG episodes: "All Good Things...", "Encounter at Farpoint").

On a mission shortly thereafter to planet Treva, Yar was captured and kidnapped for followers of an angry Adin, who had escaped as he swore to. Lt. Commander Data discovered that the incident of Adin's arrest in 2361 was the result of Orions reprogramming the Starbase 36 computer, implicating Adin. The revelation then exonerated Adin, who declined Starfleet's offer to return, however he and Yar parted on good terms. (TNG novel: Survivors).

On stardate 41590.8, Tasha was part of an away team to the planet Tigan, after uncovering a global conspiracy the team were attacked by Tigan security forces and Tasha and Commander Riker were taken into captivity. By reprogramming her combadge to emit a high pitched whine the two were able to escape using the whine to confuse and induce pain in the numerous guards giving the pair sufficient advantage to fight their way out. (TNG comic: "History Lesson")

In late 2364, the Enterprise traveled to Vagra II in order to rescue two crewmembers who had crashed there. They encountered an entity known as Armus, which slew Yar when she attempted to assist her crewmates. (TNG episode: "Skin of Evil")

After Worf was paralyzed in an accident and contemplated suicide, William Riker brought up Yars's name in a list of examples of comrades killed in action who fought for life to the end. (TNG episode: "Ethics")

In 2370, Miles O'Brien thought to himself that Moru, a member of the Bajoran Militia, looked harder than Kira Nerys and tougher than Tasha Yar. (DS9 novel: Fallen Heroes)

Alternate Timelines

  • Yesterday's Enterprise timeline: Most of this Tasha Yar's early life would be identical to that of the "main timeline" Yar, but after leaving Turkana IV she would have matured in a Federation engaged in active warfare with the Klingon Empire and likely additional military pressures on the Romulan and Cardassian fronts. With different events taking place in her career, she never encountered Armus and did not die in 2364. By 2366 she was an officer of a far more militarized Starfleet than was the "mainstream" case.

It was this Tasha Yar that traveled back in time aboard the Enterprise-C, was captured shortly befor the ship's explosion, and agreed to become the consort of General Volskiar in order to save the lives of the handful of her fellow prisoners. She gave birth to a half-Romulan daugher, Sela, and died in 2349 while trying to escape back to Federation space.

  • The Last Generation timeline: A similar timeline to the Yesterday's Enterprise timeline, where Starfleet ceased to exist after the late 23rd century; this Tasha was in a romantic relationship with Ro Laren.



  • Yar's family name was used as a false identity, for the brainwashed James T. Kirk, under Romulan manipulation in ST novel The Return. Possibly for her role in their history, during the 2340s.

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