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{{Quote|In my cabin is a device that will make you invincible.|Captain [[James T. Kirk]]|Mirror, Mirror}}
In the [[mirror universe]], the '''Tantalus Field''' is an alien device that vaporizes victims at the touch of a button. [[James T. Kirk (mirror)|James Kirk]] used it to become captain of the [[ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701)|ISS ''Enterprise'']]. ({{e|TOS|Mirror, Mirror}}) It was one of the secrets that Tiberius was able to gain from the [[First Federation]] representative [[Balok]] before he was killed. ({{n|TOS|Dark Victory}})
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[[File:Tantalus Field.jpg|thumb|The Tantalus field device]]
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In the [[mirror universe]], the '''Tantalus field''' is an alien device that vaporizes victims at the touch of a button. [[James T. Kirk (mirror)|James T. Kirk]] used it to become captain of the [[ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701)|ISS ''Enterprise'']]. ({{e|TOS|Mirror, Mirror}})
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==History==
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It was one of the secrets that Tiberius was able to gain from the [[First Federation]] representative [[Balok (mirror)|Balok]] before he was killed. ({{n|TOS|Dark Victory}})
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{{mu|Spock}} took possession of the device upon his assassination of Kirk and used it to eliminate his political enemies, including a mutinous [[Nyota Uhura (mirror)|Uhura]] and Empress [[Hoshi Sato III]]. Spock was able to use it with more frightening efficiency, as he was able to wipe out the entire crew of a {{mu|Klingon}} [[battlecruiser]] and a [[Romulan Bird-of-Prey]] within a year of taking control of it. These incidents - plus the "disappearance" of Uhura for plotting to mutiny against Spock lead to rumors that Spock is unleashing some previously unknown [[Vulcan (mirror)|Vulcan]] psionic power. The Tantalus field's power fuels a rapid rise through the imperial ranks that, by [[2277]], culminates with his becoming [[Emperor of the Terran Empire]]. In [[2293]], after announcing the foundation of a [[Terran Republic]], Spock - knowing the Republic will be short lived - destroys the device with a [[phaser]] to prevent another tyrant from taking possession of it. ({{n|TOS|sub={{st|Mirror Universe}}|The Sorrows of Empire}})
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In [[2367]] of an alternate mirror universe, {{mu|Jean-Luc Picard}} looked up Spock's history, and finds that he managed, briefly, to become a very powerful and influential figure in the Empire, largely because his enemies had a way of "disappearing" when they became too threatening. ({{n|TNG|Dark Mirror}})
   
[[Spock (mirror)|Spock]] took possession of the device upon his assassination of Kirk and used it to eliminate his political enemies, including a mutinous [[Nyota Uhura (mirror)|Uhura]] and [[Empress of the Terran Empire|Empress]] [[Hoshi Sato III]]. ({{n|TOS|The Sorrows of Empire}})
 
   
 
:''See also: [[Siriex Apparatus]], "[[Zapper]]".''
 
:''See also: [[Siriex Apparatus]], "[[Zapper]]".''

Latest revision as of 02:32, August 22, 2019

"In my cabin is a device that will make you invincible."
Captain James T. Kirk[src]
Tantalus Field

The Tantalus field device

In the mirror universe, the Tantalus field is an alien device that vaporizes victims at the touch of a button. James T. Kirk used it to become captain of the ISS Enterprise. (TOS episode: "Mirror, Mirror")

HistoryEdit

It was one of the secrets that Tiberius was able to gain from the First Federation representative Balok before he was killed. (TOS novel: Dark Victory)

Spock took possession of the device upon his assassination of Kirk and used it to eliminate his political enemies, including a mutinous Uhura and Empress Hoshi Sato III. Spock was able to use it with more frightening efficiency, as he was able to wipe out the entire crew of a Klingon battlecruiser and a Romulan Bird-of-Prey within a year of taking control of it. These incidents - plus the "disappearance" of Uhura for plotting to mutiny against Spock lead to rumors that Spock is unleashing some previously unknown Vulcan psionic power. The Tantalus field's power fuels a rapid rise through the imperial ranks that, by 2277, culminates with his becoming Emperor of the Terran Empire. In 2293, after announcing the foundation of a Terran Republic, Spock - knowing the Republic will be short lived - destroys the device with a phaser to prevent another tyrant from taking possession of it. (TOS - Mirror Universe novel: The Sorrows of Empire)

In 2367 of an alternate mirror universe, Jean-Luc Picard looked up Spock's history, and finds that he managed, briefly, to become a very powerful and influential figure in the Empire, largely because his enemies had a way of "disappearing" when they became too threatening. (TNG novel: Dark Mirror)


See also: Siriex Apparatus, "Zapper".

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