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For the primary universe counterpart, see Garth of Izar.

In the mirror universe, Kelvar Leonard Garth, better known as Garth of Izar, was a Terran officer in the Imperial Starfleet of the Terran Empire during the 23rd century.


Early life and career

Garth was born on Izar in 2208. (TOS - Mirror Universe novel: The Sorrows of Empire; Decipher RPG module: Through a Glass, Darkly)

Garth's victory at the Battle of Axanar was one of the most famous in the history of the Empire. (TOS - Mirror Universe novel: The Sorrows of Empire)

One of Captain Garth's early proteges was James T. Kirk, who, immediately following his graduation from Starfleet Academy in 2254, used his mentor's influence to arrange an assignment on board the ISS Farragut. (Decipher RPG module: Through a Glass, Darkly)

Star Trek: Mirror Universe

Following Spock's successful takeover of the ISS Enterprise in 2267, Garth was one of many officers to send him a congratulatory message. By 2269, Garth had been promoted to Grand Admiral. That year, Empress Hoshi Sato III ordered him to promote Spock to admiral in recognition of his actions in the Tellun system, destroying the rampaging M-5 computer and the capture of a Romulan Bird-of-Prey.

Inviting Spock to a lavish ceremony in his honor on Elba II, Garth correctly deduced that his rise to power was the result of an alien weapon which he had taken from his predecessor Captain James T. Kirk. Using the shape-shifting techniques that he had learned on Antos IV many years before, Garth hoped to beam onto the Enterprise in Spock's form and claim the weapon for himself. He would then use it to kill Spock and his wife Marlena Moreau before turning it against the Empress and declaring himself Emperor.

However, Spock - having learned of Garth's ability from Kirk's records - anticipated this move, developing a chess-related code, which foiled Garth's attempt. Infuriated, Garth opened a channel to his flagship, the ISS Imperious, to destroy the Enterprise. However, Marlena killed him using the Tantalus field before he could give that order. His Orion mistress Marta suffered the same fate almost immediately afterwards.

Garth's successor as Grand Admiral was Matthew Decker of the ISS Constellation, who served in that position until being killed by Spock in 2277. (TOS - Mirror Universe novel: The Sorrows of Empire)

Through a Glass, Darkly

Imperial Regime

In the early 2250s, Captain Garth managed to take over the Axanari resistance and led his fleet to seize control of the Terran Empire, managing to catch Starfleet's department of Strategic Operations by surprise. Garth successfully overthrew Emperor Stephane Louvin and became the first Terran Emperor who was not born on Earth.

After becoming Emperor, Garth was approached by representatives of Grand Nagus Azark, who made a deal with him to maintain Ferenginar's status as a vassal planet, similar to the deal they had made with Louvin.

In 2255, following the Empire's subjugation of Bajor and the establishment of a colonial government headed by Elthur of Vulcan, Emperor Garth issued a clear and concise edict to the new governor ordering him to squeeze as much wealth out of Bajor as possible.

In 2266, Garth was killed in a Senatorial coup, as the members of the Imperial Senate were worried that the triggerhappy ex-starship captain would be too quick to engage the new Klingon-Cardassian Alliance. The Senators showed their respect for Garth, who had lived like a Caesar, by killing him like a Caesar. About a dozen of them joined in stabbing him to death on the Senate floor, prompting him to die with a grim smirk on his face.

Following his death, Garth was succeeded as Emperor by John Gill. (Decipher RPG module: Through a Glass, Darkly)


Preceded by:
Stephane Louvin
Emperor of the Terran Empire
Early 2250s2266
Succeeded by:
John Gill
Grand Admirals of the Imperial Starfleet
Garth of IzarMatthew DeckerSpockZhao Sheng Seal of the Terran Empire.
Monarchs of the Terran Empire
by century Icon of the Terran Empire.
Various dates Sherman
20th century Adolf HitlerPol PotOswaldJimmy CarterHenry Starling
21st century George the Second
22nd century Sato I
23rd century Sato IIStephane LouvinPhilippa GeorgiouAlexanderMichael BurnhamAiriamSato IIISpockGarth of IzarJohn GillHarry MuddKodosAlex DanaherJohn CrayAndrovar DrakeTiberius the First