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T'Pau was one of the greatest Vulcan leaders to have served her world and the United Federation of Planets. Her actions during first contact between humans and Vulcans were responsible for the favorable relations between the two races. (TOS video game: Star Trek: 25th Anniversary)


Leader of the Syrrannites[]

In 2154, T'Pau was the leader of the rogue Syrrannite sect of Vulcan dissidents who were persecuted by the Vulcan High Command. The High Command, under the corrupt Administrator V'Las (secretly a Romulan agent), considered the Syrrannites a threat because of their relatively pacifist views—particularly given V'Las's plans to launch a preemptive war against the Andorian Empire on the basis of allegations that the Andorians were seeking to develop weapons of mass destruction based upon Xindi technology. V'Las and his lackeys engaged in a conspiracy to bomb the Embassy of United Earth in Shi'Kahr and then frame T'Pau and her sect for the attack. This was then used as a pretext for destroying T'Pau and her followers' sanctuary in Vulcan's Forge.

With the aid of United Earth Starfleet Captain Jonathan Archer (with the aid of Surak's Katra), however, T'Pau succeeded in uncovering the Kir'Shara, the artifact containing the true teachings of the ancient philosopher Surak. Even as T'Pau uncovered the Kir'shara, former Vulcan Ambassador to United Earth Soval provided evidence that Administrator V'Las's allegations against the Andorians were false, rallying Andorian resistance to the Vulcan invasion. This provided the opportunity for T'Pau to join with High Command Minister Kuvak in overthrowing V'Las and dissolving the High Command. (ENT episodes: "The Forge", "Awakening", "Kir'Shara")

First Minister[]

The following year, a new civilian democratic government was instituted in the Confederacy of Vulcan, with the position of head of government being restored to the First Minister. (ENT novel: Kobayashi Maru)

T'Pau stood for election and won, becoming First Minister. That year, however, she was only able to provide 23 Vulcan ships to Archer's anti-Romulan task force as part of his attempt to detect the Romulan drone ship in conjunction with Andorian and Tellarite fleets. (ENT episode: "United")

First Minister T'Pau's government later participated in the United Earth Prime Minister Nathan Samuels's negotiations to create a Coalition of Planets. (ENT episode: "Demons")

Under the T'Pau government, the Vulcan Council later ratified the Coalition Compact in March 2155. (ENT novel: The Good That Men Do) Shortly thereafter, T'Pau appointed Soval as her Foreign Minister. (ENT novel: Kobayashi Maru)

Also in 2155, T'Pau announced that Vulcan would not participate in the Earth-Romulan War. Both Soval and T'Pol attempted to convince T'Pau to bring Vulcan into the war, but she refused because she feared that Vulcan would move off the path of peace and onto the path of war. During this time, T'Pau also served as a host to Surak's katra. (ENT - The Romulan War novel: Beneath the Raptor's Wing)

In 2160, T'Pau was one of the signatories of the Articles of the Federation. (ENT novel: Last Full Measure)

Relationship With Spock[]


T'Pau in 2265.

T'Pau was the matriarch of the tribe of the famous Federation Starfleet officer Spock of the USS Enterprise. In 2247, T'Pau attended Spock's ceremony of adulthood, during which a hostage situation broke out and eventually ended in violence. This led to T'Pau turning down a seat on the Federation Council. (TOS novel: Vulcan's Forge)

As of 2267, T'Pau was the only person in history to have turned down a seat on the Council. (TOS episode & novelization: Amok Time)

The Last Unicorn RPG module: All Our Yesterdays: The Time Travel Sourcebook gives the date of T'Pau's turning down the Federation Council seat as 2241.

Around 2250, T'Pau informed Amanda Grayson that Skon, Sarek's father, had died. (TOS novel: Sarek)

In 2267, T'Pau officiated at Spock's wedding to T'Pring. She did not approve of the presence of Federation Starfleet Captain James T. Kirk and Doctor Leonard McCoy, commanding and Chief medical officers of the starship Enterprise. She only allowed their participation upon Spock's explanation that they were close, personal friends. She then saved Captain Kirk's career when she informed Starfleet Command that she had requested the Enterprise's visit to Vulcan, allowing him to avoid the consequences of a direct violation of Starfleet orders due to her extreme political clout. (TOS episode & novelization: Amok Time)

In 2269, T'Pau appealed to the Federation Council to grant Spock permission to use the Guardian of Forever to retrieve Zar from prehistoric Sarpeidon. (TOS - The Yesterday Saga novel: Yesterday's Son)

In 2276, T'Pau appeared to have died shortly before the Vulcan people decided against seceding from the Federation. (TOS novel: Spock's World)

T'Pau appears to still be alive in three stories that are set after Spock's World (The Pandora Principle, Vulcan's Heart, and Excalibur: Renaissance).

Later life[]

In 2329, she officiated at the betrothal ceremony of Spock and Saavik. Leonard McCoy, attending the ceremony, was surprised at her presence ("I thought she died fifty years ago!"). (TOS novel: Vulcan's Heart.)

In 2376, she officiated over the ritualistic duel between Burgoyne 172 and Dr. Selar of the USS Excalibur over the right to parenthood of their child. By this time, she was 254 years old and appeared to be positively ancient. (NF - Excalibur novel: Renaissance)



Preceded by:
(High Command Administrator)
First Minister of the Confederacy of Vulcan
from 2154
Succeeded by:

Chronological appearances[]

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