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Full Name: S'chn T'gai Sarek
Species: Vulcan
Gender: Male
Born: 2165
Died: 2368
Family
Parents: Skon and T'Rama
Sibling(s): Silek (brother)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse(s): Perrin

Amanda Stemple Grayson (Died, 2293)

T'Rea (Anulled, 2224)
Children: Spock (Born, 2232) Sybok (Born, 2222)
Career
For the TNG episode of the same name, see Sarek (episode). For the novel of the same name, see Sarek (novel).
For the mirror universe counterpart, see Sarek (mirror).

Sarek of Vulcan had a very distinguished career as Vulcan ambassador to the United Federation of Planets, a capacity he served throughout the twenty-third and twenty-fourth centuries, until his death from Bendii Syndrome in 2368.

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Early Life and Career

S'chn T'gai Sarek, son of Skon and T'Rama, was born in the city of ShiKahr, Sas-a-Shar on Vulcan in 2165. Sarek was given a traditional upbringing on Vulcan and was groomed to be a diplomat like his father. At age 7 he was bonded to the Vulcan princess T'Rea, as was traditional in Vulcan society. He also had a brother known as Silek. (TOS episode: "Journey to Babel"; TOS movie: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock; TOS novels: Sarek, Demons; TOS novelization: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

By 2185, Sarek had begun his successful career as a diplomat, following in his father's footsteps. His early diplomatic career included many trips to Earth, including a visit to watch the World Series in 2180. His familiarity with Earth and Humans made Sarek the logical choice to negotiate the Interstellar Comprehensive Trade Act between Earth and Vulcan in 2192. (TOS novel: Spock's World)

In 2206, Sarek moved to Earth to serve as a diplomatic attaché at the Vulcan Embassy under Ambassador Selden. Sarek would spend much of the next fifteen years on the planet, affecting his pon farr cycle.

In 2212, he was appointed Vulcan Ambassador to United Earth. (TOS novel: Spock's World.)

In 2218, Ambassador Sarek was appointed as Vulcan liaison to the planet Freelan. Sarek's first voyage to Freelan was in 2221, when under Selden's orders to conduct trade negotiations for crysium ore that was recently discovered in the Freelan system. While aboard the Freelan space station, Sarek began to experience his first pon farr, and was forced to return to Vulcan. There he married T'Rea, and unknowingly conceived his first son, Sybok. (TOS novel: Sarek)

Sybok's birth in 2222 was initially kept secret from Sarek, but he later discovered the truth. His marriage continued until 2224, when T'Rea ascended to become High Master of Gol and the marriage had to be annulled. (TOS novel: Sarek; TOS novelization: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

The TNG episode "Sarek" states that Sarek's first wife was from Earth -- obviously a reference to Amanda Grayson. It is supposed that either this first marriage was annulled - so henceforth it never happened - or that Sarek and T'Rea never married, which would contradict Sarek.

Rise to Prominence

Sarek's life began to change forever in 2228 when he met school teacher Amanda Stemple Grayson on Earth. The two began attending a series of formal receptions together, and over the next year, the two began to develop a strong relationship. They were married in September 2229. Following a Human ceremony on Earth -- including a honeymoon on Carmel Beach -- Sarek and Amanda traveled to Vulcan where they were joined in a Vulcan ceremony. Following the wedding, Sarek and Amanda permanently set up home on the outskirts of ShiKahr. (TOS novels: The Vulcan Academy Murders, Sarek)


The following year their son, S'chn T'gai Spock, was born. His conception and birth was not an easy one, and he was one of the first products of genetic manipulation between Humans and Vulcans. Sarek's early relationship with the young Spock was often strained, as Sarek often displayed shame at Spock's emotional outbursts. However, Sarek and Spock did have an underlying respect for each other. (TOS movie: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier; TOS novel: The Vulcan Academy Murders; TOS episode: "Journey to Babel")

In 2243, Sybok, now aged 21, came to live with Sarek and his new family. Sybok's presence caused some tension in the household due to his support for emotionalism, which earned him disdain from many of his peers, including Spock, and a degree of shame from Sarek. (TOS novelization: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

Meanwhile, Sarek's career as a diplomat continued to flourish. After being appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Earth, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2248 for his diplomatic and peacekeeping efforts in holding the United Federation of Planets together. (TOS novels: Memory Prime, Spock's World)

2249 saw the beginning of an eighteen year rift between Sarek and Spock. Sarek wanted Spock to enter the Vulcan Science Academy and eventually follow in his footsteps into diplomacy and continue the family career. However, Spock decided to enter Starfleet Academy instead. As a result, Sarek proclaimed Spock to be a vrekasht and vowed never to speak with him again. Being emotionally stricken at the rift between father and son, Amanda left her husband for a teaching job in San Francisco. Amanda returned in 2250 when it was revealed that Sarek's father, Skon, had died. (TOS episode: "Journey to Babel"; TOS novels: Sarek, Vulcan's Forge, Recovery)

Ambassador Sarek

Throughout the 2250s and 2260s, Sarek continued his prominent career, earning the respect of many other ambassadors from across the Federation and beyond. Sarek earned a reputation for not being easily swayed to positions which ran counter to his logic. This was especially true regarding the question of Coridan's admission to the Federation in 2267: while Sarek supported their admission, the Tellarite and Andorian ambassadors did not, leading to several heated arguments aboard the USS Enterprise. When Tellarite Ambassador Gav was later murdered, Sarek was considered a suspect, in part due to these arguments, as well the use of the tal-shaya in Gav's death.

It was also during that mission that Sarek suffered a coronary attack, necessitating emergency heart surgery. Spock agreed to a blood transfusion to allow his father to live, leading to the mending of the rift between the two. (TOS episode: "Journey to Babel")

In 2273, Sarek's embassy office had the task of informing the next-of-kin of Commander Sonak of his death in a transporter malfunction. (TOS movie: Star Trek: The Motion Picture)

That same year, Sarek began talks with the Legarans, which would continue on and off for the next 93 years. (TNG episode: "Sarek")

2281 was the year that Sarek became the Vulcan Ambassador to the Federation. (ST roleplay module: All Our Yesterdays: The Time Travel Sourcebook))

In 2286, Sarek was able to persuade the Federation Council to grant leniency to James T. Kirk for his actions at the Genesis Planet. Sarek also thanked Kirk for the risks he had taken on Spock's behalf. (TOS movies: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

In 2293, Sarek advised the Federation President on his response to the arrest, trial and conviction of Kirk and Leonard McCoy. Sarek later attended the Khitomer Conference between the Federation and Klingon Empire. (TOS movie: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

Shortly thereafter, his wife Amanda died. (TOS novel: Sarek)

By the year 2327, Sarek had remarried, to a human woman named Perrin.

That same year, he hosted a conference at Vulcan Space Central between Federation President Thelian and the Legarans. Also invited as observers were representatives of the newly-encountered Cardassian Union. Federation relations with the Cardassians were a major topic, with now-Ambassador Spock opposing his father on how openly to trust this new race. Their disagreement created a new rift between father and son, which lasted for the rest of Sarek's life. (TOS comic: "Enter the Wolves")

Later Career

In the later years of the 23rd century, Sarek trained a young Curzon Dax in the ways of diplomacy when the young Trill served as an aide on the ambassador's staff. After Dax left Sarek's tutelage, he would occasionally call on Sarek when he had difficulties focusing on a problem. (TLE novel: The Art of the Impossible)

At some point in his life, Sarek became a member of the Symmetrists; however, he left the group upon seeing the drastic actions they would take to achieve their goals. (ST novel: Avenger)

Steady Decline

By the mid 2360s, as he reached his 200th birthday, Sarek began to gradually suffer the effects of Bendii Syndrome, causing him to lose emotional control and to project his emotions telepathically onto others. At first, Sarek's aide Sakkath was able to use his own abilities to reinforce Sarek's emotional control.

In 2366, nearly a century of working with the Legarans finally paid off when they agreed to meet with Sarek to conclude a treaty. Sarek's wife and aides were convinced that Sarek could complete this one last mission; however, the progression of the Bendii syndrome, and the pressure of this final mission meant that Sakkath's assistance was not enough anymore, and Sarek caused a number of violent outbreaks aboard the USS Enterprise-D. To save the conference, Captain Jean-Luc Picard agreed to enter into a mind meld with Sarek, to give him the emotional control he needed. The meld allowed Sarek to reveal to Picard his love for Perrin and Spock - feelings that he couldn't reveal publicly. (TNG episode: "Sarek")

A year later, the disease had advanced so that Sarek had lost all emotional control. When Spock unexpectedly travelled to Romulus, Picard approached Sarek, asking about his possible motives. For a few minutes, Sarek was lucid enough to give Picard a lead, suggesting Spock may had gone to see Pardek. However, Sarek lost this control, and begged Picard to tell Spock of his love for him. A few days later, Sarek died. (TNG episode: "Unification")

Legacy

After the death of Sarek, his widow Perrin gave Jean-Luc Picard a Vulcan book of Sarek's. Despite being unable to read the langugage, Picard's mind meld with Sarek allowed him to gain an impression of some of the words in the book. (TNG novel: The Devil's Heart)

Starfleet named the USS Sarek after the ambassador by 2374. It fought during Operation Return in the Dominion War. (DS9 episode: "Favor the Bold"; DS9 novelization: ...Sacrifice of Angels)

The Sarek School of Diplomacy and Ambassadorial Studies was established on Vulcan in 2380, and dedicated in a ceremony attended by Picard, Perrin, and Spock. (TNG novel: Before Dishonor)

In the years following Sarek's death, it was found that his Bendii syndrome had begun as the result of poisoning by the Symmetrists. It was not until 2374, six years after his murder, that this was discovered, when Spock also began to show symptoms of Bendii, despite being far too young to have contracted the disease. (TOS novel: Avenger)


Preceded by:
Selden
Vulcan Ambassador to United Earth
2212Unestablished
Succeeded by:
Unspecified
Vulcan Ambassadors to United Earth
Primary universe Soval • Selden • SarekSytok Emblem of the Confederacy of Vulcan
Alternate reality Sarek

Alternate Timelines

In an alternate timeline, Sarek was the one who discovered Saavik on Hellguard. He also met David Marcus on Andoria at the Andorian Science Institute. Sarek was later killed when the Cetacean Probe wasn't stopped and ravaged Earth. (Star Trek: Myriad Universes novel: The Chimes at Midnight)

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The Star Trek Expanded Universe Database is for fanon and related content. See Memory-Alpha.org for the canon Star Trek wiki.

For the mirror universe counterpart, see Sarek (mirror).

Sarek (2165-2368) was a Vulcan scientist and ambassador. (TOS: "Journey to Babel"; TNG: "Sarek")

Sarek was the son of Skon and the grandson of Solkar, first Vulcan ambassador to Earth. (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, ENT: "The Catwalk") Sarek was married at least three times, to a Vulcan princess (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier), Amanda Grayson (TOS: "Journey to Babel"; TAS: "Yesteryear") and Perrin (TNG: "Sarek"). Sarek was known to have two sons, Sybok (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier) and Spock.

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This article uses material from the "Sarek" article on the ST Expanded wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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