A ka'athyra (also known as a Vulcan lute, Vulcan lyre, Vulcan lyrette, or lytherette) was a musical instrument originating from Vulcan.
History and specifics[edit | edit source]
Spock was an accomplished ka'athyra player. (TOS episode: "Charlie X", et al) He was given his instrument by his father, Sarek, and found transposing music from other worlds to be performed on the ka'athyra to be a compelling logical exercise. (TOS novel: Vulcan's Forge)
In 2399, Dr. Altan Inigo Soong informed Jean-Luc Picard that Sutra had taught herself to play the ka'athyra as part of her exploration of Vulcan culture. He said she played beautifully. (PIC episode: "Et in Arcadia Ego")
- The Vulcan language name for this instrument was first revealed in the novel Dwellers in the Crucible, published in 1985. Thirty-five years later, the name was finally canonized in "Et in Arcadia Ego".
Ka'athyra players of note[edit | edit source]
- Federation Presidential advisor Sonek Pran (ST novel: A Singular Destiny)
- Vulcan sociologist/explorer Stell (TOS novel: Strangers from the Sky)
- Starfleet Lieutenant Tuvok (VOY episode: "Innocence")