- 1 Biography
- 2 Appendices
Biography[edit | edit source]
Early life[edit | edit source]
Tuvok was born in 2264 on the Vulcanis Lunar Colony on T'Rukhemai to Sunak and T'Meni. (VOY episodes: "Flashback", "Unimatrix Zero", "Hunters"; VOY novel: Pathways) Tuvok was betrothed at a very young age to T'Pel, in an arrangement made by his parents. (VOY novel: Pathways)
In 2273, shortly after the death of his pet sehlat Wari, the grief-stricken Tuvok fled into the desert of the Plains of Gol for four months, embarking on the ritual of tal'oth, in which he purged the emotions that came with attachment and pride. (TLE novel: The Sundered)
In 2280, he became infatuated with a visiting Terellian girl named Jara. Tuvok again journeyed across the desert and studied for several months under the tutelage of a Vulcan master in another attempt to purge his emotions. (VOY episode: "Gravity")
In 2289, Tuvok was preparing for a life of study, logic, and the Kolinahr discipline, when his parents, believing that his galaxy-view was too narrow, enrolled him in Starfleet Academy. Reluctant to disobey his parents' wishes, Tuvok pursued a Starfleet career. (VOY episode & novelization: Flashback)
Starfleet Academy[edit | edit source]
During his time at the Academy, Tuvok was left constantly puzzled by human behaviour and found himself the victim of several practical jokes laid by his roommate Cadet Scott Hutchinson. He found himself fascinated by a fellow cadet named Sophie Timmons who had developed an interest in the Vulcan way of life and did not show her emotions. After spending some time together, Sophie broke down and admitted she had developed romantic feelings toward Tuvok, but of course, Tuvok did not reciprocate. He chose to end their friendship, and was left more disdainful of humans than ever.
First Starfleet career[edit | edit source]
Upon graduating from the Academy, Tuvok was assigned to the science division of the USS Excelsior under Captain Hikaru Sulu. (VOY episode & novelization: Flashback) While serving on the Excelsior, Tuvok befriended Lieutenant Leonard James Akaar and Lieutenant Lojur. (TLE novel: The Sundered)
In 2293, Tuvok helped conduct a global medical survey of the planet Mestiko, filling in for Doctor Leonard McCoy while the doctor investigated a medical mystery elsewhere on the planet. (TOS - Mere Anarchy eBook: Its Hour Come Round)
T'Pel[edit | edit source]
While pursuing his studies, Tuvok was struck by the pon farr mating instinct, and performed the Vulcan marriage ritual with T'Pel in 2304. Rather than return to his studies on Mount Seleya, Tuvok chose to live the life of a married man, siring and raising four children with T'Pel -- sons Sek, Varith, and Elieth, and daughter Asil. (ST website: StarTrek.com, VOY novel: Pathways)
In the 2340s, Tuvok decided the time had come to make a pilgrimage to Mt. Seleya, however instead of taking a transport as many did he fulfilled a life-long ambition by heading there on foot across Vulcan's Forge. The journey took him several months. During the journey, Tuvok came to the conclusion that it was time for him to give something back to the universe that had given him so much and that the best way to do that was to re-join Starfleet. (VOY novel: Pathways)
Second Starfleet career[edit | edit source]
The Wyoming[edit | edit source]
Tuvok re-entered Starfleet as an Ensign, and by the year 2349 he was serving aboard the USS Wyoming under Captain Karl Broadnax. Broadnax had accepted Tuvok on the recommendation of his first officer and Tuvok's old Excelsior crew-mate, Leonard James Akaar. (TTN novel: The Red King; VOY episode & novelization: Flashback)
Tuvok was briefly assigned to the USS Stargazer under the command of Captain Jean-Luc Picard when an unstable situation developed in the Kellasian Sector, and Tuvok was deemed to be the officer with the most experience in that sector. (TNG - Double Helix novel: The First Virtue)
Soon after Tuvok's return to the Wyoming, Captain Broadnax suddenly and unexpectedly died, and command of the Wyoming was given to Akaar.
In October of 2349, Tuvok and Akaar were marooned on a barren, barely habitable rock known as Planetoid 437 for nearly two weeks. Akaar felt the honorable thing to do was to perform the w'lash'nogot, a Capellan suicide ritual, so that the dwindling supplies would be enough for Tuvok to survive. Tuvok refused to let his old friend and Captain die, and saved Akaar's life.
Despite the Wyoming rescuing the pair two days later, Akaar saw the disruption of the ancient ceremony as a betrayal by his old friend, and quickly arranged for Tuvok's transfer. (TTN novel: The Red King)
Tuvok spent the next twenty years with various assignments, including several years teaching at Starfleet Academy. In 2360, Tuvok was part of a covert team sent behind the borders of the Romulan Star Empire by Admiral Uhura to gain intelligence on the Romulan plague known as the gnawing. (TLE novel: Catalyst of Sorrows) At some point early in his Starfleet career, Tuvok served for two years as a security officer on Deep Space 4, during which time his wife, T'Pel, was able to live with him. (VOY novel: Violations)
Kathryn Janeway[edit | edit source]
Shortly after the undercover mission to Romulan space, Tuvok was assigned to Starfleet Command reviewing the tactical and procedural records of starship captains. One such record was for Admiral Owen Paris's protégée, Captain Kathryn Janeway of the USS Bonestell. Tuvok was appalled at Janeway's lack of attention to tactical and security matters in deference to scientific research. Admiral McGeorge Finnegan felt that Tuvok would be well-suited serving under Janeway on her next assignment, the USS Billings, where Tuvok could advise Janeway on tactical and security matters. Although Janeway was initially exasperated to be lumbered with the same officer who had given her a dressing down, she soon came to rely on his logic and expertise.
In 2371, Janeway requested that Tuvok join her as tactical/Security chief on her new command, the Intrepid-class USS Voyager. Tuvok was surprised by Janeway's regard for his advice, as she frequently ignored it. Realizing that he had come to admire and respect Janeway as well, Tuvok accepted the assignment. (VOY novel: Pathways)
Voyager and the Maquis[edit | edit source]
While on Voyager's shakedown cruise near the Badlands a few weeks later, Tuvok's sensors detected the energy signature of one of the Malkus Artifacts, and believed it to be in the hands of the Maquis. Tuvok and the ship's first officer, Aaron Cavit, devised a plan in which Tuvok would infiltrate the Maquis and gather intelligence after Voyager was on active duty. The discovery of the Malkus Artifact required that the plan be accelerated.
With the help of the USS Hood and Captain Robert DeSoto, Tuvok infiltrated the Maquis cell run by former Starfleet officer Cal Hudson. Soon after, Hudson's vessel rendezvoused with the Geronimo, commanded by another former Starfleet officer named Chakotay, which had been catastrophically damaged by an Andorian named Tharia ch'Ren, who had found the Malkus Artifact. The Maquis cell followed Tharia to the planet Slaybis IV, where Tuvok was among those that confronted Tharia, and witnessed his death. Tuvok acted to make certain Starfleet obtained possession of the artifact, and continued his undercover assignment, joining Chakotay's cell. (VOY - The Brave and the Bold, Book Two novella: The Third Artifact)
In the month that followed, Tuvok, at the age of 107 (ST reference: The Visual Dictionary) served in Chakotay's cell and continued to gather intelligence for Starfleet. When the planet Helena in the Demilitarized Zone was infected with a variation of the deadly Double Helix virus, his cell was pulled into events. On the surface of the planet, Tuvok was contacted by a Ferengi named Shep, who gave Tuvok valuable information in the investigation and eventual resolution of the outbreak. (TNG - Double Helix novel: Quarantine)
Soon after, Chakotay, Tuvok and the rest of their cell were retreating into the Badlands after successfully destroying the Cardassian space station Opek Nor. Their vessel had eluded pursuit from Gul Aman Evek, when a massive displacement wave generated by the Nacene Caretaker transported the Maquis vessel 70,000 light years away into the distant reaches of the Delta Quadrant. (VOY novel: The Badlands, Part III, VOY episode: "Caretaker")
The Delta Quadrant[edit | edit source]
Captain Janeway soon came looking for her tactical officer, and Voyager was soon caught up in the same Nacene displacement wave and brought to the Delta Quadrant, 70,000 light-years from home. As both Janeway and Chakotay's crews were stranded and missing personnel, the two captains decided to pool their resources. (VOY episode: "Caretaker")
Tuvok, reinstated as Voyager's chief of security, was initially distrustful of Chakotay and the Maquis crew, and even revoked Chakotay's command codes early in Voyager's journey when Captain Janeway was rendered comatose. (VOY short story: "Command Code")
In early 2375, Tuvok came under the influence of the song of the Monorhan spirits on the array known as Gremadia. Tuvok was grievously injured and almost killed while trying to join with them. (VOY - String Theory novel: Fusion)
"Hazardous" idea[edit | edit source]
Convinced that the dangers of the vastly unexplored Delta Quadrant required a special tactical approach, Tuvok created a team of elite tactical officers in 2376. Known as the Hazard Team, these officers would respond to the ship's most dangerous situations, be they away missions or hazards onboard the ship. Hazard Team immediately proved useful, helping to drive Scavenging pirates and the Borg off the ship, as well as helping Voyager escape a dampening field which held the ship in a desolate wasteland known as the Forge. Captain Janeway told Tuvok that upon the return of the ship to the Alpha Quadrant, she would recommend that Hazard Teams be deployed throughout Starfleet. (VOY comic: "Elite Force (comic)", VOY video game: Elite Force)
Return home[edit | edit source]
In 2377, Tuvok was diagnosed with a degenerative neurological disease that would eventually eat away at his self-control. The cure was a relatively simple one, but required a mind meld from a compatible Vulcan, usually a blood relative. Fortunately for Tuvok, Captain Janeway managed to ride Voyager through a Borg transwarp hub all of the way back to the Alpha Quadrant, where Tuvok was soon cured after a brief mind-meld with his son, Sek. (VOY episode & novelization: Endgame; VOY novel: Homecoming) The ship's escape was largely due to the heroism of the Hazard Team, proving that Tuvok's idea can truly make a difference aboard a starship. (TNG video game: Elite Force II)
Upon his return to the Alpha Quadrant and reunion with T'Pel, Tuvok accepted a position as an instructor at Starfleet Academy and a promotion to Commander. He was briefly reunited with his Voyager shipmates when a Borg virus infected Earth, and the Voyager crew was suspected of carrying it to the Federation. (VOY novel: The Farther Shore)
Titan[edit | edit source]
In late 2379, Commander Tuvok was sent undercover to Romulus, to recall the legendary Ambassador Spock from his quest for re-unification back to the Federation to confer with the new Federation President Nanietta Bacco.
Tuvok was on Romulus when the Reman renegade Shinzon mounted his coup d'état and assassinated Praetor Hiren and the Imperial Senate. In the chaos and upheavals that followed, Tuvok was captured and imprisoned for several weeks by one of the factions. He was later rescued by Spock, and the two of them were retrieved from Romulus with the arrival of the USS Titan, under the command of Captain William T. Riker. Tuvok assisted on the bridge when Titan's tactical officer, Lieutenant Commander Ranul Keru was injured and rendered comatose. (TTN novel: Taking Wing)
Tuvok was onboard the Titan when she was transported to the satellite galaxy, the Small Magellanic Cloud, home of the human offshoot known as the Neyel, whom Tuvok had encountered while serving on the Excelsior. Also onboard the Titan was Tuvok's old friend from the Excelsior and the Wyoming, Leonard James Akaar, now an Admiral.
After the evacuation of as many of the Neyel people as the Titan could carry from the growth of the proto-galaxy known to the Titan crew as the Red King, Akaar apologized to Tuvok for the way he treated him all of those years ago and for the years of friendship lost.
Captain Riker was impressed with Tuvok's performance during the crisis, and offered him a permanent position onboard the Titan as tactical officer. Not willing to be separated from his wife for another extended period, Tuvok only agreed after Riker approved of T'Pel's moving onto the ship with her husband. (TTN novel: The Red King)
In early 2380, he was briefly attached to the USS Enterprise-E in order to help integrate the Hazard Team into the ships operations, and was subsequently involved in the ship's battle against the Exomorphs. He also served as the ship's Chief of Security and Tactical officer while Worf was on leave, and assisted in the heroic defense of the ship from Idryll invaders. (ST video game: Elite Force II)
In early-2380, shortly after Titan began her mission of exploration of the Gum Nebula, Tuvok came under the control of the cosmozoan species known as the Star-jellies. While under the Star-jellies influence, Tuvok assaulted shipmate Melora Pazlar and transmitted classified data to the Star-jellies. No charges were brought up against Tuvok as it was determined that he was not acting of his own accord. After the incident, Lieutenant Pazlar asked Tuvok to instruct her in various means of self-defense. (TTN novel: Orion's Hounds)
After the unfortunate incident between Tuvok and Pazlar, he worked with her to develop a suitable self-defense routine, mostly utilizing methods of avoidance and escape rather than return force. Tuvok continued to serve as the Titan's CTO and second officer into 2381 when the Borg began their invasion of Federation and surrounding space. Although the Titan was too far away to be of assistance, Tuvok analyzed the dispatches from Starfleet Command, attempting to identify any potential aid he could render. When the ship discovered a hidden planetary system, Tuvok was part of the away team that took a shuttlecraft down to the surface, where he later recognized and identified Captain Erika Hernandez, missing commanding officer of the NX Columbia, who had been living with the Caeliar on Erigol and now New Erigol. (ST - Destiny novel: Gods of Night)
After Erika Hernandez issued the declaration that the away team were permanent residents of New Erigol, Turvok scouted the city of Axion with first officer Christine Vale. They observed Caeliar movements until security officers Dennisar and Sortollo joined them, revealing the constant surveillance by their captors. Tuvok expressed the opinion that they could not trust Erika Hernandez, considering her compromised. Tuvok later initiated separate mind-melds with Christine Vale and Ranul Keru to formulate an escape plan; Tuvok found her mind to be driven by intense personal conflicts, but his was extremely disciplined. Tuvok provided the diversion by creating a harmonic pulse to shatter a crystal tower which allowed Keru to beam aboard the shuttlecraft Mance, but the Caeliar Inyx stopped Keru from lifting off the surface. Following the failure, at the full away team debriefing, Tuvok telepathically picked up on Deanna Troi's distress and questioned Vale about it, but was told to remain silent on the issue. (ST - Destiny novel: Mere Mortals)
When Captain Riker was forced to abandon the away team, the situation seemed hopeless; however, the Caeliar eventually decided to release their prisoners, allowing them to return to Titan for the final confrontation with the Borg. Tuvok soon learned that one of his sons, Elieth, had been killed in the Borg attack on Deneva. In the wake of the Borg's dissolution at the hands of the Caeliar, he visited the ravaged planet with his wife, but struggled to cope with the emotional toll that the loss of his son had. (ST - Destiny novel: Lost Souls)
In 2382, Tuvok and a Titan away team boarded the ancient terraforming device known as Brahma-Shiva on a mission to download the artificial intelligence (believed to be the Great Egg Bringer S'Yahazah herself) of the device and then destroy the platform before the Gorn could use it. Following the disabling of a data module and SecondGen White-Blue by the consciousness, Tuvok decided to Mind meld with the lifeform in order to download its knowledge into his own consciousness and to disable the device before it could terraform the planet Hranrar. Tuvok's mission was successful; however, he remained unconscious for several days following his mission. When he awoke the terraforming knowledge of Brahma-Shiva had been downloaded into his memory; but he was uncertain if that was a gift or a curse. (ST - Typhon Pact novel: Seize the Fire)
At an unspecified date, Tuvok worked with assistant Chief engineer Wesley Crusher to decipher a data stream. During their efforts, Titan was attacked by a Klingon ship, and Tuvok took command to defend the ship. He decided not to retreat, but rather to allow the Klingons to defeat themselves, by utilizing the data stream. (TTN movie: Star Trek: The Tour)
While the Federation was reeling from the assassination of President Nanietta Bacco during the re-opening of Deep Space Nine, Tuvok was re-assigned to a Starfleet Intelligence black ops team known as Action Four, along with Nog and Thomas Riker, to apparently investigate the assassination. However, they soon learn that their team was actually set up to be killed as part of a plan to frame the Typhon Pact for the assassination, while eliminating the true perpetrators of the Cardassian organization the True Way. (ST - The Fall novel: Revelation and Dust)
When the Project Full Circle fleet discovered an alternate version of Janeway acting as the leader of a protracted conflict on an alien world, Tuvok temporarily transferred back to Voyager to talk with this alternate Janeway, in the hope that his long experience with the 'prime' Janeway would make a better impression on her than her counterpart had. Learning that this Janeway had a child who apparently died in birth, Tuvok was forced to face his own grief and rage over his son's death during the Borg invasion. (VOY novel: A Pocket Full of Lies)
Commanding Voyager[edit | edit source]
The USS Voyager remains in service under the command of now Rear Admiral Tuvok in 2409. He commands the vessel as part of a task force composed of Federation, Klingon Empire, and Romulan Republic vessels that enters Fluidic Space to halt an invasion by the Borg Collective. Tuvok later was part of a team sent to a facility close to the central star of the Solanae Dyson Sphere to neutralize it's ability to travel across space. During the operation, an Iconian Gateway is opened, and Tuvok and the other surviving team members pursue a Voth Citadel class vessel through it only to find themselves in the Jenolan Dyson Sphere. After repelling an attack on the sphere by Species 8472 (also known as the Undine), Tuvok manages to prevent a second altercation when members of the Romulan/Federation/Klingon alliance begin arguing over ownership of the Jenolan sphere. A year later in 2410, Tuvok hosts a summit at the Jenolan sphere to discuss ownership of the sphere as well as to address the threat of Species 8472. The talks are interrupted when the Undine use the Iconian gateway in the sphere to launch a massive attack on earth Spacedock. After repelling the attack, Tuvok is subjected to a psychic attack by an Undine posing as Eric Cooper. Tuvok then takes advantage of the attack to discover the Undine's true target; the Klingon homeworld. Tuvok then takes Voyager to Qo'noS and assists in stopping the Undine from destroying the planet, leading to an end to hostilities between the Federation and the Empire. (STO missions: "Fluid Dynamics", "A Step Between Stars", "Surface Tension")
When the decision was made to initiate Operation Delta Rising, Tuvok was able to recruit his old crewmates Harry Kim, Seven of Nine and the Doctor to aid him in their return trip to the Delta Quadrant. However, not everything was so easy; Eric Cooper was busy pounding away at Tuvok's mental defenses, forcing Tuvok to recruit the captain who had aided him earlier. Through this action, they were able to drive out Cooper from Tuvok's mind and locate him within Fluidic Space, using a powerful new bioship. The two were able to enter the ship and make its way to the bridge, where Tuvok was able to mind meld with the ship and convince it and the Undine that their continued assaults again the Alpha Quadrant powers would only make them weaker. When Cooper protested, the ship determined that it was Cooper who was weak and destroyed him. (STO mission: "Mindscape")
Soon after, Tuvok went to meet up with Neelix, who was set to take the Talaxians at the asteroid base to their new home on New Talax when Kazon raiders struck. The raiders were driven away and Tuvok and the starship captain went to meet Neelix and prepare the Talaxians for their trip. (STO mission: "Reunion")
Alternate timelines[edit | edit source]
In an alternate timeline in which the Cardassian Union did not withdraw from Bajor in 2369, Tuvok was the security chief and tactical officer of a version of Voyager which was not stranded in the Delta Quadrant by the Caretaker in 2371.
While Voyager and a taskforce consisting of eight other ships were investigating recent suspicious activities being carried out by the Cardassians on the Federation border in 2373, the ships were fired upon by Galor-class warships armed with phased polaron beam weapons. Unbeknownst to the Federation at this time, these weapons had been provided by the Cardassians' newfound Gamma Quadrant allies, the Dominion. The Cardassians had made contact with the Dominion several years earlier via the wormhole which they discovered in the Bajoran sector, the existence of which they kept secret from the other major Alpha Quadrant powers.
In the midst of the battle, Voyager was able to gather detailed sensor readings. Moments before the ship was destroyed with all hands, Tuvok transmitted these sensor readings to Starfleet Command, enabling the Federation to develop countermeasures against the phased polaron beam weapons. (TNG - Myriad Universes novel: A Gutted World)
In another alternate timeline, Tuvok was killed in January 2374 when he was crushed against his console during an attack on Voyager by Species 8472 which led to the ship's starboard nacelle being severed and colliding with the bridge. (VOY - Infinity's Prism novel: Places of Exile)
Appendices[edit | edit source]
Connections[edit | edit source]
|USS Hood personnel|
|USS Hood (NCC-1703)||Ankee • J. Banks • G. Barton • K. Chin • L. Craig • K. Dodge • D'Uberville • Ellis • Kyle • J. Martinez • Morax • S. M'Ress • Oxley • A. Paultic • H. Revere • M. Rousseau • Simmons • Stuart • Tavi • G. Vedra • Umba • P. Yudrin|
|USS Hood (NCC-42296)||Abrams • Brian • Buonfiglio • Chandra • Consuela • T. Czierniewski • M. Dayrit • R. DeSoto • R. Green • E. Hayat • R. Holverson • B. Hsu • J. Kojima • G. La Forge • Ledbetter • Lolo • F. Orzon • C. Papadimitriou • W.T. Riker • E. Rose • Tuvok • D. Voyskunsky • L. Weiss|
|Val Jean personnel|
|Ayala • Kurt Bendera • Kendrick Biessman • Chakotay • Chell • Mitch Csatlos • Kenneth Dalby • Gerron Ral • Mariah Henley • Hogan • William Jarvin • Michael Jonas • Kenn Lathrop • Telsia Murphy • Jeffrey Nelson • Seska • Lon Suder • B'Elanna Torres • Trexis • Tuvok|
|USS Titan senior staff|
|commanding officer||W.T. Riker • C. Vale||executive officer||C. Vale • D. Sarai||second officer||R. Keru • Tuvok||chief counselor||D. Troi|
|diplomatic officer||D. Troi||chief engineer||N. Ledrah • X. Ra-Havreii||chief medical officer||S. Ree||chief of operations||S. Rager|
|chief science officer||Jaza N. • M. Pazlar||chief of security||R. Keru||chief tactical officer||R. Keru • Tuvok||watch officer||F. Hachesa • T. Gibruch|
|USS Titan security & tactical personnel|
|security chief||R. Keru||other security personnel||S. Antillea • P. sh'Aqabaa • Blay • B. Cel • F. Denken • Dennisar • Hriss • S. Hutchinson • Jaq • E. Krotine • Malaya • N'Keytar • Okafor • Rriarr • G. Sortollo • T'Kel • T'Lirin • Tane|
|chief tactical officer||R. Keru • Tuvok||other tactical personnel||P. sh'Aqabaa • Kuu'iut • Rriarr|
|see also: engineering personnel • medical personnel • pilots & flight control personnel • operations personnel • sciences personnel • senior staff|
Appearances[edit | edit source]
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