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The Preservers were an ancient race of aliens known to have existed within the galaxy. They were known for visiting planets and removing some of the Humanoid specimens from it and transplanting them to another world.


It was theorized that the Preservers were preceded by the "seeders", the group that placed humanoid life throughout the Milky Way Galaxy. (ST roleplay module: All Our Yesterdays: The Time Travel Sourcebook)

Over four hundred years ago, the Preservers were known to had visited the Rigel system in order to trade. They initially began with a small volume which later swelled to the flood their ships after which they faded away like hundreds of races before them. (TOS roleplay module: The Orions: Book of Deep Knowledge)

One of the first recorded actions was the transplantation of several Native American tribes on Earth. (TOS episode: "The Paradise Syndrome") It was also theorized that the Preservers also seeded 892-IV, or Magna Roma with Earth Romans, who established a parallel Roman Empire which lasted at least 20 centuries. (TOS episode: "Bread and Circuses"), TOS novel: Ex Machina) Despite these suspected involvements with the Preservers, there was very little evidence of their true identities although a Preserver space buoy was analyzed at Starbase 25 in the 23rd century. (TOS reference: Who's Who in Star Trek)

In 2266, a month after the Romulans were visually identified as resembling Vulcans, the Vulcan Science Academy issued a theory postulating the Preservers as responsible for the two races' shared heritage. (FASA roleplay module: Star Trek IV Sourcebook Update) In addition, during this age at a previously unexplored world, scientists from the Romulan Star Empire uncovered a series of ruins that belonged to the Preservers as well as a Stone that contained inscriptions to an unknown chemical formula. (TOS roleplay module: Graduation Exercise)

In the 2370's, there were a number of recorded encounters with constructed duplicates of important worlds which was presumably a part of the species preservation efforts. Starfleet managed to uncover at least three duplicate Earth's, four duplicate Qo'noS's, two of the planet Vulcan and one duplicate Andor. These worlds were kept highly classified by Starfleet for fear of the panic it would create to members of the United Federation of Planets. (TOS novel: Preserver (novel))

In 2376, Julian Bashir theorized that the Preservers, as well as the Founders, could have been responsible for the genetic changes to the Yrythny. (DS9 novel: This Gray Spirit) Late in that same year, a Preserver device used to shrink a planet and save it from its primary's supernova was recovered by the USS da Vinci along with Araneus, the member of the planet's race entrusted with keeping it safe. Araneus reported that the individual from which they received the pyramid-shaped device resembled a member of their own race, the arachnid-like Koas, though this could merely have been an illusion in order to better blend in on their planet. He also reported their people had made a vow to the Koas six million years ago, and though the Preservers were almost gone in the present time, they still upheld their vow through saving their planet from destruction. The planet was successfully expanded at the star Mu Arae by Bart Faulwell, ship's linguist; it proceeded to reshape the entire star system as well, moving a number of gas giants into more stable orbits that would not negatively impact the Koa homeworld, quite blatantly demonstrating the level of their engineering achievements. (SCE eBook: Small World)

By the year 2378, there were many critics and proponents on the matter of whether the Preservers were real or not. However, it was discovered that the Preservers were responsible for placing one of their obelisks at a secret base used by the First Federation in order to prevent it from falling into the hands of Emperor Tiberius Kirk. They were also involved in deploying a much larger obelisk around the Mirror Universe counterpart of Halkan and attempted to destroy the Mirror Universe by channeling a massive amount of energy into the alternate reality but these actions were stopped by James T. Kirk. (TOS novels: Dark Victory, Preserver (novel))

Its possible that the Anu'anshee race may have been the Preservers.


There was much controversy over the existence and actions of the Preservers.

Critics of the theory argued that the preservation efforts that were documented were similar to the colonization as well as the spread of many space going civilizations. They believed that the myth of the Preservers were actually the efforts and accomplishments of dozens of unrelated extinct cultures. These critics thus believed that all their actions were attributed to a single all encompassing civilization.

Proponents, however, pointed out the existence of the Preserver obelisks as proof that a single culture was responsible for the seedings of various planets in the galaxy. But critics were quick to point out that other races may have duplicated the construction of the obelisk and that they served as a universal cultural talisman for the efforts made in preservation.

Those that took the practice of Psychohistory, believed that the Preservers were a guiding force in the development of the Federation. In fact, they were believed to be directly responsible for influencing events as diverse as First Contact between Humanity and Vulcans to the assignment of James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise. To the psychohistorians, the Preservers were responsible for choosing such individuals to command positions in order for them to serve unwittingly as their agents. (TOS novels: Dark Victory, Preserver (novel))


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The Preservers are an ancient race (or group of races), known for transplanting humanoid people-groups from their indigenous planet to remote locations, to prevent "cultural extinction."

They placed several tribes of Native Americans on the world Amerind, who were discovered by the USS Enterprise in 2269. The Preservers, known as the "Wise Ones" to the transplanted tribes, also left behind an obelisk, which emitted a tractor beam, deflecting asteroids from the planet.

The name "Preservers" was coined by the Vulcan Science Academy or others in the Federation sometime prior to 2269. It is unknown what their indigenous name was, however their language may have been musical in nature, since musical tones were used to operate controls in the obelisk. (TOS: "The Paradise Syndrome")

The Preservers might be the same as (or an offshoot of) the ancient humanoids discovered in 2369 by Prof. Richard Galen and Captain Jean-Luc Picard. (TNG: "The Chase")

The Preservers may also have transplanted the dinosaur ancestors of the Voth from Earth to their home in the Delta Quadrant. (VOY: "Distant Origin")


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It was theorized that the Preservers were responsible for transplanting ancient Romans from Earth to Magna Roma, where an alternate version of the Roman Empire flourished well into the 24th century. (TOS novel: Ex Machina)

Other races that may be Preserver transplants include the inhabitants of Alpha Centauri VII, Miri's world, Omega IV, and several "duplicates" of Vulcan, Qo'noS, and Andor. (Reference book: The Worlds of the Federation, ST novel: Preserver)

As they may have done with the Voth, the Preservers transplanted a species of velociraptor from Earth, which eventually evolved into the Clan Ru. (TOS novel: First Frontier)

The planet Altair VI may once have been a Preserver world. (FASA RPG: The Federation) Likewise, the Anu'anshee, one of the first warp-capable societies in the galaxy, may have been the Preservers. The name Anu'anshee translates to "those who preserve" in the ancient Cyrean language. The Anu'anshee left artifacts on several planets, including Ondahar, Kandoge and Camus II, and throughout the Eris Alpha sector.(ENT novel: What Price Honor?)

In 2317, Federation colonists on Orin IV discovered an ancient computer network that was possibly created by the Preservers. (TNG novels: Vendetta)

Artifacts dating back billions of years have been attributed to the Preservers, further strengthening the theory that they and the ancient humanoids are one and the same. (ST novels: Federation, Preserver)

During the incident between the Borg and Delcara in 2367, Jean-Luc Picard theorized that the Preservers may have created the doomsday machines in order to combat the Borg Collective. (TNG novels: Vendetta, Before Dishonor)

Picard's theory was simple speculation, and there was no conclusive evidence to connect the Preservers and the doomsday machine.

Life on the planet Vulcan may have come about as part of a "seeding" program by the Preservers, Sargon's race, or the Vhorani. All three races may in fact be related, or the same. (LUG RPG: The Way of Kolinahr: The Vulcans) In 2266, a month after the Romulans were visually identified as resembling Vulcans, the Vulcan Science Academy issued a theory postulating the Preservers as responsible for the two races' shared heritage (to obscure the knowledge of the Sundering). (FASA RPG: Star Trek IV Sourcebook Update)

Some have also speculated that the the Arcadians, Argelians and Efrosians are also among the many Preserver-transplanted races. (FASA RPG: Star Trek IV Sourcebook Update)

Shatnerverse continuity

After the first crossover into the Mirror Universe in the 23rd century, Starfleet established Project Sign to guard against future incursions. Project Sign eventually discovered that without the Preservers' influence on our reality, it would be exactly like the Mirror Universe. (ST novels: Spectre, Dark Victory, Preserver)

Fan continuities

Star Trek: The Adventures of Argus

There was a temple of the Preservers on Tyra III. In 2374, the Jem'Hadar used the temple as a base of operations following their battle with the Seventh Fleet. Lt. Commander Kate Sheridan led a raid on the temple to rescue officers being held captive by the Jem'Hadar. (Star Trek: The Adventures of Argus: "Trial By Fire")

Star Trek: Pendragon

The original Preservers were the last members of the race of Ancient Progenitors that seeded humanoid life throughout the Milky Way. Over the eons, they watched over the development of their progeny species, leaving many artifacts behind. Eventually, they faded from the galaxy -- through interbreeding with their "genetic descendants," war, plague and other causes -- but not before passing the mantle on to the more advanced of those races. The Vhorani were one, and they spread throughout the near side of the galaxy, seeding life on Vulcan, Mintaka III and other worlds. Milennia later, they would be remembered in the Romulan myths of Vorta Vor. (Star Trek: Pendragon: "Starkindler", et. al)

Other offshoots of the Preservers included the Anu'anshee, and the group known as the Aegis. The Aegis would take special interest in the people of Earth, and established a line of "Watchmen" to observe and defend the human race. Akharin was descended from this line. Among the Preserver artifacts they left on Earth was one that would eventually become known as the Holy Grail. (PDN: "The Once and Future King, Parts I & II")

The Preservers transplanted numerous cultures from Earth, including the Romans, to Magna Roma, and the Greeks to Alpha Centauri VII and Betazed. The latter group developed advanced telepathic abilities, possibly through genetic manipulation. Corresponding to the artifact left on Earth, they placed the Sacred Chalice of Rixx on Betazed. (PDN: "Broken Destiny", et. al)

In the 5th century, a group of Celts were also transplanted from Earth, though that may have been directly caused by "Merlin". (PDN: "The Once and Future King, Part I")

The influence of the Preservers even spread as far as the Delta Quadrant, where they visited the Ocampa homeworld before the time of the Caretaker. They transplanted several thousand Ocampa to an isolated planet in the Beta Quadrant, hidden by a nebula near the galactic barrier. Eventually the Beta Quadrant Ocampa would develop longer lifespans, and increased psionic capabilities. (PDN: "Sanctuary")

Preserver technology made its way into the hands of the ancient Iconians and the Tkon Empire, allowing the creation of the gateways, and the Starkindler device. (PDN: "Starkindler", et. al)

In the mid-24th century, several Preserver artifacts were brought to Enclave J-12 on Titan, where they were studied by young Timothy Sinclair, under the guidance of Dr. Robert Blaisdell. Sinclair grew to become a "Preserver chaser," and when he left the Enclave in 2355, he followed their trail towards the galactic rim. He would later write several papers on the Preservers' influence on the galaxy, most notably When the Stars Changed: The Truth Behind Common Myth, which was published after his disappearance in 2386. (PDN: "Air and Darkness", "Odyssey, Parts I & II", "Camelot's Ashes", "Another Time, Another Place", "Above the Wrecks of Time", "The Hand of God", et. al)

Sinclair's son, Tyler, likewise became a Preserver chaser, and continued his father's work. (PDN: "True North", "Air and Darkness", "The Kraken", "Starkindler", "Above the Wrecks of Time")

Star Trek: Renaissance (PBEM)

The Preservers took dozens of beings from various worlds and various time periods at the moments of their death. These people -- "The Chosen" -- were cryogenically frozen, and awakened in 2455, five years after a great cataclysm decimated the galaxy, in the hopes of restoring civilization.

Typhon Station

The study of the Preservers was an obsession of Lieutenant Samok, an archaeologist aboard the USS Odyssey (NCC-75309). He became interested in the subject during his days at Starfleet Academy, after discussions with his roommate, Tyler Sinclair, whose father was an archaeologist.

Star Trek: Pioneer (STP)

According to the historian Dr. Lilith Adar, some scholars in the Oralian sector have speculated that the Preservers and the First Ones may be one and the same. ("Gateway")

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