- This page details Saru in the primary universe; for the Saru in the mirror universe see Saru (mirror).
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- "It is well known that my species has the ability to sense the coming of death. I do not sense it today. I may not have all the answers; however, I do know that I am surrounded by a team I trust. The finest a captain could ever hope to command. Lorca abused our idealism. And make no mistake, Discovery is no longer Lorca's; she is ours. And today will be her maiden voyage. We have a duty to perform and we will not accept a no-win scenario. You have your orders. On your way."
- —Saru to the crew of the USS Discovery, 2257[src]
Saru was a male Kelpien Starfleet officer who lived in the 23rd century. In the 2250s decade, he served as a lieutenant commander and chief science officer aboard the USS Shenzhou, under Captain Philippa Georgiou in 2256. (DSC episodes: "The Vulcan Hello", "Battle at the Binary Stars")
In his youth, Saru lived in a agrarian village on Kelpien homeworld of Kaminar with his father Aradar and sister Siranna. During this time, Saru questioned his people's role as prey for the Ba'ul. Using debris from a Ba'ul ship, Saru was able to build a primitive communicator and was able to contact Starfleet officer, Lieutenant Philippa Georgiou of the USS Archimedes who agreed to rescue Saru from Kaminar.(DSC novel: Desperate Hours; Short Treks episode: "The Brightest Star"; DSC episode: "The Sounds of Thunder")
Saru was taken to Starbase 7 as a refugee, where he decided to become the first Kelpien to join Starfleet. He was also a first contact specialist and learned 94 Federation languages.(DSC episodes: "The Vulcan Hello", "Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum", "New Eden", "An Obol for Charon")
Six months after the Battle of the Binary Stars, Saru was promoted to first officer aboard the USS Discovery under Captain Gabriel Lorca. (DSC episode: "Context Is For Kings") After Lorca's death, Saru became the acting captain of Discovery. Following the end of the War, Saru was then given Starfleet Medal of Honor, becoming the first Kelpien to receive it. (DSC episodes: "What's Past Is Prologue", "Will You Take My Hand?")
|Location||Assignment||Dates||Rank or Rate||Assignment/Rank Insignia|
|USS Shenzhou||Chief Science officer||c.2249-2255||Lieutenant|| |
|Chief Science officer/Second officer||2255-2256||Lieutenant commander|| |
|USS Discovery||XO (Later acting CO)||2256-||Commander|| |
|USS Shenzhou (NCC-1227) personnel|
|Burnham • Connor • Detmer • Fan • Gant • García • Georgiou • Januzzi • Johar • Nambue • Narwani • Oliveira • Saru • Spyropoulos • ch'Theloh • Troke • Weeton|
|United Earth, Earth Starfleet||Discovery (NX-class)||Brent • Carpenter • Curtis • T. Mayweather • Shea • R. Tallarico|
|Federation Starfleet||USS Discovery (Crossfield-class)||Airiam • R.A. Bryce • M. Burnham • Chiefowitz • Collins • P. Georgiou • H. Culber • Decker • K. Detmer • Gotthelf • Harrington • Kowski • E. Landry • Logan • G. Lorca • Magnus • Molina • J. Owosekun • T. Pollard • Rause • G. Rhys • M. Richter • Saru • P. Stamets • S. Tilly • A. Tyler • Webb • Wells • Wilson|
|USS Discovery (Nebula-class)||M. Dayrit • Grazna • A. Portikos|