Kraith Dictionary


Judy Segal

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(RBW Note. This manual is composed of 8.5 by 11 sheets printed in landscape, folded in half and stapled to form a booklet. The cover is light blue.)






Judith Z. Segal


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This compendium is respectfully dedicated to:


Jacqueline Lichtenberg and the other 48 Kraith Creators--who made it all possible,


and to


Winston Howlett and ‘Daniela Kendall,’ who made it all necessary.


by the author

(Kraith Creator Number 50)


This is an amateur publication, and is not intended to infringe on any copyrights held by Gene Roddenberry, Norway Productions, Paramount Studios, or by any others holding such rights.


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The entries found in this booklet contain--to the best of my ability to find and explain them--the most important Kraith concepts and interpretations. By studying them carefully, the reader should be able to obtain an insight into the intricacies of the Kraith universe, and should be able to find the meanings of most Kraith terms, phrases, and interpretations. Since many of these have found their way into other story lines, it is useful if the reader can identify them as originating in Kraith.


The contents of this volume have been gleaned from the pages of Kraith Collected, Volumes 1 through 4, and from several other stories not yet included in the collections. In addition, conversations with the originator of Kraith--Jacqueline Lichtenberg--have enabled me to include some ideas that have not yet found their way into print. Unless otherwise credited, all the ideas, words, and interpretations presented here are original with Kraith.


Space limitations have made it impossible for me to include any entries from any Alternate-Kraith stories (Volume 5). I have also been forced to leave out a few words--particularly Vulcan words--whose exact meanings are not important to the story line. I have tried to limit myself to those items which will truly convey the "heart and soul" of the Kraith universe.


This edition is intended as the first of several. As more Kraith stories are written, it will be necessary to enlarge the compendium. Kraith is a living and growing universe, and any reference work based on it must grow along with it.


I would like to express my appreciation to Jacqueline Lichtenberg for her encouragement and for her willingness to help assure the accuracy of this compendium. Any such project could never succeed without her help and approval.


If any reader can suggest additions, corrections, or changes to be made in this volume, I am open to suggestion. I do not doubt that I missed some points




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of importance, even though I tried hard not to do so. Please do not hesitate to write me with any comments, favorable or otherwise--and I’ll consider your suggestions when it comes time to revise Volume 1.


Welcome now to the universe of Kraith.



(RBW Note. Signed) Judith Z. Segal

Judith Z. Segal



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by Jacqueline Lichtenberg




You hold in your hand a unique research tool--a dictionary of Kraithisms.


Many people have complained that terms which originated as part of the Kraith universe have been borrowed by other fan writers for use in their own non-Kraith-related universes. This sort of borrowing was fun and a great in-group joke when STrekdom was young and consisted of maybe 25 or 30 ‘zines and perhaps 1100 active fen. We all knew each other and we knew what the other fans were familiar with. It was what Edward T. Hall calls, in BEYOND CULTURE (a book every sf writer must read) a high-context culture.


With the rapid influx of new fans (neofen) all afire with their own original ideas for STAR TREK derived stories, our high-context culture has strained to the breaking point trying to assimilate new people. Many of the old original ‘zines are long out of print (though some editors are trying to bring them back into print). Most of Kraith is still available or will be reprinted periodically, but still, it often involves a delay of a year or more between entering fandom, finding the address of Kraith in the ST Welcommittee Directory, and actually laying hands on KCollected itself.


The most well-meaning neofan writer has had enormous difficulty doing the primary research for a story. So what happens is that--burning up with the need to write her story--the neofan writer simply reads whatever ‘zines she can lay her hands on, absorbs a subliminal impression of concepts and ideas, Vulcan customs, words, phrases, etc. that are taken for granted in fan stories, and proceeds to write her story in the fanzine vernacular as she has learned it.




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Very often these first attempts are so good that they carry the power of their own conviction, and a third generation who can’t get the ‘zines Neofan One used for her sources then picks up this second-hand information and uses it in her new stories. And so third and fourth generation fans are beginning to write for the ‘zines now, using Kraithisms (words and concepts originally coined in and for Kraith) without even knowing that they are Kraithisms, let alone where or how to look them up--or even that it is necessary to footnote sources on such borrowings.


When I wrote Kraith, I footnoted all the main stories for aired-Trek references, but not one editor ever saw fit to publish the footnotes. I am certain many well-meaning fan writers now are footnoting Kraith and editors are industriously deleting the footnotes because FICTION ISN’T FOOTNOTED! Well, our high-context culture is long gone. It is no longer true that every ST fan knows all the ‘zines every other ST fan has read recently. We must now cope with a low-context culture in which it is necessary to make every bit of background information highly explicit. A dictionary of Kraithisms should help with this task.


The reason it is necessary in our strange subculture called STrekdom to footnote our fiction is that we are working on derivative universes of a television show, and (for some people, at least) it is extremely important not to confuse aired-Trek established facts with "facts" made up unofficially by some fan. Some people feel that this is a copyright issue, and the borrowing of such terms as Kraithisms is a copyright infringement. Words, concepts, and ideas can’t be copyrighted, so the borrowing of Kraithisms is not illegal. However, in the eyes of many fans, it does make the writer look like a sneak thief if she does not acknowledge her sources in some manner.


Perhaps editors will be willing to print footnote references to a numbered item in a Kraithism dictionary. I certainly hope so, for the confusion has




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become unbelievable, and Kraith is one of those primary sources which should be cited whenever it is borrowed from.


Words cannot be copyrighted, but they can be trademarked, which is a legal method of reserving the right of usage of a word identifying it with a product. Both Kraith and Sime are Jacqueline Lichtenberg trademarks over which I exercise assiduous quality control. Zeor is another Sime-related trademark of my own which I reserve to my own usage, while all Sime-related copyrights are duly registered and reserved.


You cannot simply write a story and call it a Kraith story. It must pass through the processes outlined in Kraith Collected, Vol. 5, and be assigned a number on my Master List.


But you can borrow words and phrases, ideas, concepts and background details from Kraith. Nobody--not me or any Kraith Creator--would call that plagiarism, provided it is done with the written permission of the author of the story in which the term or word was FIRST used.


Most of the original words in Kraith were coined by me Jacqueline Lichtenberg, and my permission is easy to obtain.


The publication of this dictionary is not intended to be an effort on my part, or on the part of any other Kraith Creator, to exercise censorship or control over the borrowing of Kraith terms. Quite the contrary--we are flattered that you feel Kraith has such a powerful aura of plausibility that it is placed in virtually the same category as STAR TREK itself as a primary source. (And Kraith is a primary source: terms which appear elsewhere but also in Kraith were either established on the air, in THE MAKING OF STAR TREK, or in Kraith. Kraith does not borrow.)


The publication of this dictionary is intended to help the neofan writer unravel the long, complex and snarled history of certain Kraithisms in common




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usage. For more in-depth material on Kraith-Vulcan customs and concepts, there is the Kraith Concordance in the Kraith Creator’s Manual, Vol. II. (All Kraith volumes are available through Agent With Style. We feel that it is a great service to fandom which old and new writers can do so simply, by publishing the ORIGINAL source of each new term in a story. Many neofen don’t have the encyclopedic knowledge of what was indeed established on the air (because they haven’t seen uncut episodes) and so can confuse fan-established "facts" with aired-fact.


Let the publication of this Kraithism dictionary stand as the Kraith Creators’ attempt to dispel confusion and disclaim any intention of becoming arbiters of "Truth" in fandom.


Strangely enough, this dictionary seems to serve another function as well. I have been told that reading this dictionary without a knowledge of Kraith tends to give one a feeling for what Kraith is all about. I think that is another "first" for STAR TREK--the first reference dictionary that’s also as entertaining as fiction.



(Signed) Jacqueline Lichtenberg

Jacqueline Lichtenberg




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Almost all terms originated in Kraith were coined by Jacqueline Lichtenberg (JL). Where an entry in this compendium has no initials following it, it can be assumed that credit is given to her. Any term or concept originated by another author is credited with that author’s initials, as follows:


JB - Jacqueline Bielowicz

RB - Ruth Berman

LD - Linda Deneroff

AMH - Anna Mary Hall

ER - Eileen Roy

JS - Jean Sellar

U - Unwritten, but verified by JL

JW - Joan Winston

FZ - Frances Zawacky

PZ - Pat Zotti




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ACASOMY A three-dimensional model kit; a linguistic tool used to help visualize relationships and changes in any question up for consideration. A small set has about 1000 pieces. It is a sort of static version of a tokiel dance field. It is as inseparable from a Vulcan as a calculator is from an engineer (see Graphics, Vulcan).


AFFIRMATION (DISAFFIRMATION) A ceremony, held every 52 years by a carefully-balanced group of not less than 57 Vulcans. It is a kind of group mind-meld, using a Kraith as a focusing device. It serves to strengthen Vulcan-culture by tuning minds to the important aspects of it. The Affirmation also serves to edit the racial memory. If a Vulcan misses the Affirmation, he or she is then Disaffirmed, and he (she) and all subsequent children are no longer viable contributors to Vulcan society (see Kraith).


AGING VIRUS, SPOCK’S IMMUNITY TO Spock was immune to the aging virus on Miri’s world because he had not yet reached puberty (see Maturity, Vulcan).


AMANDA Amanda was a teacher on Vulcan at the Federation school when she first met Sarek.


AMANDA, RAPE OF While visiting Babel with Sarek, on the occasion of the Federation Centennial, Amanda was raped by a group of Earth humans, incited by a Klingon agent. This act was part of the Klingon/Romulan attempt to foment racial prejudice.


AMY A half-Lythian, half-Human girl, who was Tanya’s roommate on one voyage of the Enterprise. She is a telepath, and her




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awareness of Tanya’s mental state proves to be of great value in helping Spock to understand what makes Tanya tick. The Lythians are not part of Kraith, having been invented by Pat Zotti in another series, but Ms. Zotti wrote Amy into one Kraith story.


ANTI-WHEERR A large crystal, identical to the wheerr crystal, but buried as far under the utsulan as the wheerr is above it. It serves as the opposite pole, much as in a magnet (See Wheerr).




BABEL, FACILITIES ON The conference facilities on Babel are housed on a huge towering skyscraper. It features gravity, atmosphere, and temperature controls to suit all life forms. The restaurants cater to all tastes and degrees of elegance. The corridors are wide and carpeted, and the meeting halls spacious and elegant. The general air is one of graciousness and luxury. There are uniformed guides, messenger services, complete communications facilities, and anything else a delegate may desire. The view from the upper level observation decks is breathtakingly beautiful.


BEOM The location of the largest, most powerful, and most respected utsulan (See Utsulan).


BLOOMS - BLOOMING Lovely flowers, yellow with gold and white veins and ruffled purple edges. They are about the size of, and somewhat similar to, a large ruffled orchid. They flower at night, about once every 80 years. There is evidence that they are not native




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to Vulcan. They have been found on several other Vulcanoid worlds. The scent of the Blooms causes almost immediate Pon Farr (See Spock’s Nemesis).


BLOOMS, PLAGUE OF A botanical plague has virtually wiped out the Blooms on Vulcan, except for small and erratic Bloomings. This plague has severely affected the childbirth rate, through its affect on Pon Farr, and is one cause of Vulcan’s low population. Bonding in childhood is one way to overcome the lack of Blooms. Kirk brings some Blooms back with him when Spock rescues him from the alternate universe.


BONESVISION (ER) Bones McCoy has always been convinced that he is psi-null. However, under the influence of the dark star he learns that he has the peculiar gift of seeing into the future. More exactly, he can see into many different probable futures, switching from one probability to another at will. In order to remain sane, he asks Spock to help him forget about this gift, and return to being psi-null (See T’Ekitah; Spock’s Decision; Dark Star; Tanya, Death of).


BOOKS There are six books that are the basic sources of Vulcan philosophy. They are the books of Fragments, Joys, Life, Sources, Books, and Imperatives (See Zyeto).


BURIAL PRACTICES (JB, LD, FZ) Vulcans used to bury their dead. Today, upon death, the water from the body is removed and returned to the community, and the remainder is treated to return the minerals to the soil. The remains are mixed with




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garden soil in a special part of the gardens.


BYDO A major protein-producing vegetable crop. It is prepared into a highly-spiced sausage-like product. It is an acquired taste.




CHILDREN Vulcan children come equipped with a multitude of survival techniques--all deadly. Some fade with time and others must be trained away. Vulcan children are brought up under a strict regimen, requiring obedience, study, and a serious approach to exercise and hygiene. Outworlders seldom see a Vulcan child.


CUNARD, AMBASSADOR He is murdered during the Federation Centennial Conference on Babel, and Sarek is the chief suspect.




DAKAINYA The best of the Vulcan schools. Kirk is enrolled there to learn control of his mental powers.


DARK STAR The Enterprise is trapped by the gravitationsl (sic RBW gravitational) pull of an anomolous (sic RBW anomalous) dark star, composed of anti-matter. This star produces profound mental changes in the crew, causing ESP powers to emerge that were never noticed before. This star is the cause of the final breakdown of Kirk’s mental barriers. It takes all of Spock’s ingenuity to break free of its influence in time to save Kirk’s sanity (See Spock’s Decision; Kirk, Development of Psionic Abilities; Tanya, Death of; BonesVision).




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DAUGHTERS The female offspring of the Kataytikhe, they are asexual and sterile although fully female in external appearance. They are trained to be judges and interpreters of tsaichrani. They are arbiters of quarrels and administrators of government. They are paragons of logical virtue, and as such demand and get great respect. T’Pau is the head of the Council of Daughters. T’Uriamne will probably succeed her.


D’R’HISET Spock’s ancestral home, built on land that has been in the family for more than 2000 years. It is built of native stone, and is massive and castle-like. The interior is thoroughly modern. Much of the building is not used by the family. Some is set aside as a museum. The family section is air-conditioned (for Amanda’s comfort). The house is built over a large natural cave, which contains a spring of glowing water. The cave and the water are used in various ceremonies. Deep below the house is a huge crystal, like the one at the wheerr, but too large to be safely mined without cracking it. Kirk is deeply sensitive to the feeling of peace given off by this crystal. He soon realizes that this house is the only real home he has in the galaxy (See Kirk, Adoption of; Wheerr; Water, Symbolism of).


D’ZE-UT A tower-like structure on an unnamed world, which has the ability to trap minds into an endless cycle of dreams. When Tanya is captured and forced to serve as




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the nexus for this tower, Spock, Kirk, McCoy, Scott, and Chapel set out to rescue her and to free the Enterprise from its influence (See Spock’s Nemesis).




ENTERPRISE, DEATH OF (AMH) The old Enterprise "dies" when it becomes infected by a bacterial plague that causes all synthetics and plastics to disintegrate. Rather than risk contamination of a starbase while trying to decontaminate the ship, Starfleet orders it destroyed in deep space. Kirk is given command of a totally new Enterprise, which bears the same name and number as the old one, as a mark of respect.




FEDERATION CENTENNIAL CONFERENCE Called into session on Babel on the occasion of the Federation’s one hundredth anniversary, the Conference is considering the problem of prejudice against non-Human races in Starfleet and in the Federation. The problem is very real, albeit unintentional. The Klingons and Romulans use the opportunity to infiltrate Babel and stir up racial turmoil (See Amanda, Rape of; Cunard; Babel, Facilities on).


FIRE, SYMBOLISM OF Fire serves as a symbol of welcome to the household. A small "Guest Flame" is kindled in Kirk’s room so that he may never know confusion in the house. Spock has a small flame in his cabin as a focus for meditations. These ceremonial flames are




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not hot, but are visual "zones of incandescence" which register psychically (See Idlomputt; Flame Gems; T’Aith).


FIRST REALM Spock and Sarek’s family, tracing back to the Reformation. Spock is the last of this line; hence the pressure on him by his family to marry and bear children.


FLAME GEMS A small version of the Idlomputt, worn on a gold chain around the neck. It is about the size of a marble, and consists of two hemispheres--a flame part and a cover. It offers a feeling of security and peace to the wearer, and helps heal mental and emotional turmoil. Kirk and McCoy are given them by Spock, who must later take them back and use their power to help them escape from Romulan capture.


FLAME KEYS Thin strips of metal, set with jewels, and used to start the functioning of the utsulan.


FOLSOME, CREWMAN While on a landing party on a Vulcanoid world, he is attacked by a xsrthi and infected with Kye-Pi-Far. Because of the incurability and highly infectious nature of the disease, Spock is forced to euthanize Folsome.


FORGOTTEN SCIENCES (JB, LD, FZ) Various mental practices that most Vulcans have forgotten. Suvil is an expert in them, and teaches them to Spock, mostly to keep them alive. Sarek does not approve of this training, which is one reason for his alienation from his son.




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GARDEN OF THOUGHT There is a private walled garden on the roof of D’R’Hiset, used for personal meditation. It is open to anyone who wishes to use it. It is forbidden to disturb anyone within the Garden. The wall of the Garden contains a special niche, designed to house the new Kraith.


GLOWSTONES A necklace of uncut minerals, put together by Spock to shield the wearer from the effects of the D’ze-ut. The glowstones disintegrate from the effects of the transporter beam and almost kill Kirk, McCoy, and the others wearing them. They cause enough damage that the users should be kept from further mental encroachment for several more years (See D’ze-ut; Spock’s Nemesis).


GRAPHICS, HIGH VULCAN High Vulcan in the written form resembles a hybrid of a chemist’s phase diagram, a Hebrew paradigm, a cubist’s nightmare, and an Oriental filigree designer’s idea of a good place to hide a code. In a really complex written problem, it must be expanded into three dimensions, by use of an acasomy or a tokiel dance field.


GROSKIN A planet inhabited by a totally logical, highly telepathic people. Kirk and crew are sent there to negotiate treaty rights for the Federation. It takes much time to convince the people of Groskin that the UFP representatives are really people, since they don’t communicate telepathically.


GUARDIAN COUNCIL The group that meets whenever there is a threat to culture and when a choice of paths must be made. It has not met for 2000 years, until the Kraith was stolen and the Stovam Report was issued. Membership is hereditary and limited to




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those who can trace their line back to the Reformation. No Guardian may participate in any kind of political activity. Spock and T’Uriamne present theur (sic RBW their) arguments to this august body (See Spock’s Argument; Kraith, Theft of; T’Uriamne’s Argument; Stovam Report).




HALBIRD A tiny spy ship, sent into Romulan territory to gain information about the stolen Kraith. The crew consists of Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Tanya, and Thilian (a Medusan).


HAND SIGN See Surak’s Construct.


H’LVIN’GRAY A mountain not far from D’R’Hiset. It is the site of much Vulcan history and folklore.




IDLOMPUTT The Culling Flame. The small firepot first seen in Spock’s quarters on the Enterprise. It is used as a focus for meditation, and it shields its user from mental encroachments. Each idlomputt is psychically keyed to its owner, and one person cannot safely use another’s (See Flame Gems; T’Aith).


INVITATIONS, ATTITUDE TOWARD An invitation is never offered insincerely or declined politely. It is almost unforgivably rude to refuse a second invitation to a Vulcan home. It is not necessary to say "Thank you" for the invitation or for the food, because if you weren’t truly wanted you wouldn’t have been invited.




JAMIE Kirk’s childhood nickname




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KALKAHM FII A state of mental detachment, in which the mind completely disconnects from the body. It is similar to the healing trance, only deeper. Amanda has occasion to reach this state (See Amanda, Rape of).


KATAYTIKH A Vulcan male, able to conduct an Affirmation. This is an inherited position, which requires much training to properly fulfill. The Kataytikhe are the interpreters of tradition.


KIRK, ADOPTION OF As Kirk’s mental abilities develop, it becomes obvious to Spock that he (Kirk) will have to be specially trained to handle the additional sensory input. Without such training, Kirk will become insane. However, Kirk’s pride will not allow him to accept Spock’s help. Only when he has a place on Vulcan and status in Spock’s family will he accept the help he needs. To provide this status and to give Jim the emotional security that a family can provide, he is adopted into Sarek’s family as Spock’s brother.


KIRK, DEVELOPMENT OF PSIONIC ABILITIES Repeated exposure to mind melds, illusions, and other such telepathic bombardments have weakened Kirk’s mental barriers and have allowed his latent telepathic abilities to develop. Unless he is taught to handle this new influx of information, he will become insane through sensory overload.


KIRK’S DISOBEDIENCE (JW) As Spock’s Warder, Kirk is duty bound to obey all orders. However, when a wounded Spock orders Jim to leave him behind to die, and escape to safety by himself, Jim disobeys and rescues them both. He is severely wounded in the attempt (See Warder/Liege, Disobedience of a Ward).




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KIRK, FINAL COLLAPSE OF MENTAL BARRIERS Any fragile telepathic barriers that Kirk might have retained were finally broken when he was subject to the influence of the anomalous dark star that Spock insisted on examining. Only fairly quick action by Spock--in returning to Schillia--helped to save his sanity (See Dark Star; Spock’s Decision; Tanya, Death of).


KIRK, KIDNAP OF Commodore Spock reached across from his alternate universe and kidnaped our Kirk to replace his own. Our Spock was forced to interrupt his pilgrimage to rescue Kirk (See Spock, Commodore; Ortiz; Spock’s Pilgrimage; Rexath; Utsulan).


KIRK, MRS., DEATH OF While Jim was on Vulcan, during the time that Spock was presenting his argument, he received a telegram that his mother had died. He was deeply shaken by the news, and was helped to overcome his grief by Amanda’s solicitude and by the peace of the house of D’R’Hiset (See D’R’Hiset).


KIRTOHN’TSU A Vulcan restaurant, and the ceremony held therein. Its function is to bring disparate individuals into a cohesive group.


KITTEN (ER) See T’Ekitah.


KOMATT A medallion or insignia, signifying a name. Each person has his (her) own Komatt. The Komatts of the members of the Guardian Council are set into links of a gold chain, and worn by the head of the Guardian Council as a badge of office. Spock is given a miniature of that chain while he is aboard the Enterprise. It causes much trouble on Groskin (See T’Aith).


KRAITH A cup or chalice, made of earthenware or ceramic, and usually set with jewels. It is highly psi-active and serves to focus mental energies. Many Kraiths have




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been made, each for a special ceremony. Each is used only once, and then destroyed. It is very dangerous to use a Kraith made by someone else.


KRAITH, THEFT OF (U) The Kraith that was stolen was made about 2000 years ago, and never used, since its maker died. It was revered both as an antique and as a remembrance of its maker. It was stolen from an interplanetary art exhibit, by parties unknown, as an attempt to disrupt Vulcan-Human relations. It was recovered by Spock, and used by him for his first Affirmation.


KTHIR (RB) A small private vessel, owned by the Vulcan Science Academy and operated by the husband-wife team of Smural and T’Ven. Smural contacts Kye-Fi-Par and is treated by McCoy’s unusual method.


KEY-FI-PAR Vulcan rabies, an incurable and highly contagious disease. It is transmitted by the bite of an infected warm-blooded animal, but it can also spread from person to person by the release of spores that develop in the victim’s body. It as been eliminated on Vulcan, but the Enterprise encounters it on a Vulcanoid planet when Crewman Folsome is bitten by a rabid xsrthi.


KYE-FI-PAR, McCOY’S TREATMENT FOR (RB) Although McCoy cannot find a vaccine against, or a cure for, Kye-fi-par, he comes up with an effective treatment. Since the spores that kill can only develop when the body temperature reaches a certain level, he keeps his Vulcan patient (Smural) in an ice-bath that prevents the spores from developing. His body then can cure itself. All McCoy then had to do was treat the Vulcan’s pneumonia, but that is relatively trivial.




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LEGION OF HONOR, VULCAN Spock’s most valued award, and his most vulnerable. If it is ever proven that he has acted dishonorably, the award will be revoked, all record of his ever having had it will be expunged, and he will never be allowed to qualify for it again. Kraith did not invent the Vulcan Legion of Honor; it was mentioned on the air. However, Kraith invented the concept of the Vulcan Legions, of which the Legion of Honor is the most coveted. Kraith also invented the conditions under which the Legion award could be withdrawn.


LINGER DEATH It was established on the air that a Vulcan in Pon Farr must mate or die. The Linger Death is a slow and painful death. Kraith suggests that this is the reason the normally life-loving Vulcans allow the duel to the death at the ceremony of Koon-ut Kali-fee. It is better to die quickly in battle, through loss of the challenge, than to suffer the agonies of the Linger Death.


LOWMIN The peasantry of the planet of Groskin. They could be any one of the five intelligent life forms that inhabit that planet.


LTRELUAD (LUAD) A schillian--the second in command of the Shealku. He calls upon the Enterprise for help when both his Captain and his First Officer are murdered and he is the chief suspect (See Schillians; Non-Telepath Rule).




MATURATION, VULCAN A Vulcan matures in four distinct stages, at four different ages. The last three maturation stages are apt to be crisis times. The stages are:




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1. Physical, involving muscle, bone size, etc. This takes place in the upper teen years.


2. Personality, involving emotional and mental patterns. This takes place about 10-15 years later.


3. Sexual, at the time of the first Pon Farr.


4. Cultural, involving racial memory, at the time of the Affirmation.


At the time Kirk took command of the Enterprise, Spock had passed through only the first two crises.


MAZE, THE (JW) A long, twisting, branching cavern located on Vavar, the third planet out from Vulcan’s sun. In the center is a chamber containing a large chalice and many small ones. No one knows who made them. Kirk is sent to bring back one of the smaller ones, guided only by mental contact with Spock, who remains at the entrance.


MEMORY Vulcans have a complete racial memory, transmitted to them during the Affirmation. The presence of this memory was first hinted at in "Immunity Syndrome." Vulcan memory is also absolutely selective. They can choose to forget as easily as they can choose to remember.


MENASH (RB) S’Darmeg’s scout ship.


MOTEK A complete tokiel dance sequence. Tanya dances T’Rruel’s motek for the Guardian Council as Spock’s method of presenting his argument against T’Uriamne.




NAMES No two living Vulcans bear the same given name. All names are listed in the




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Archives and a name is returned there upon the death of its user. Prospective parents consult the Archives to learn of available names. It is an honor for a couple to choose the name of a recently deceased person. When Tanya died, Spock said of her, "She bore her name with honor, and has returned it untarnished to the Archives of her people." It was the highest accolade he could bestow.


NATHU (PZ) A Lythian term that also translates into Vulcan. It signifies a distant kinship to a female, similar to second or third cousinship (See Amy; T’Zorel).


NON-TELEPATH RULE According to Federation law, no telepath who is in continual rapport with another telepath may be in control of a vessel in regular trade lanes. The Federation fears undue influence on the captain through such telepathy, which might adversely affect his performance under stress. Because of this ruling, no Schillian may be a starship captain. This rule is likely to be repealed by the Federation Centennial Conference (See Schillians; Ssarsun; Shealku; Ltreluad).




ORTIZ A small ship that is part of the security forces for the Federation commission studying the theft of the Kraith. Ssarsun is Chief of Security (See Spock, Commodore).


ORTIZ IN AN ALTERNATE UNIVERSE An accident propelled the Ortiz into an alternate universe, and injured its Captain at the same time. Ssarsun, being second in command, had to take over despite the non-telepath rule. It is at this time that he met Commodore Spock, and convinced him to help them return to their own sphere. From Ssarsun, the Commodore first learned of the existence of another Kirk (See Kirk, Kidnap of).




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PILGRIMAGE A time of spiritual and mental retreat, of healing, meditation, and interior silence. A Pilgrim’s mind is sacrosanct. He wears a long dark robe to indicate his status. Spock is forced to interrupt his Pilgrimage to come to the rescue of the kidnapped Kirk.


PIKE, CAPTAIN CHRISTOPHER Spock’s unusually deep commitment to Captain Pike--deep enough to cause him to commit mutiny--is explained in Kraith by understanding the four stages of Vulcan maturity. When Spock entered Starfleet, he had passed only one of these four stages--he was physically mature. He hit his emotional maturity crisis about a year before Pike left the ship. At this trying time, when he was not on speaking terms with his father, and when his grandfather was dead, Pike became Spock’s adult role model. At the time when Spock needed him most, Pike stood in loco parentis, providing him with support and guidance. Thus Spock had for Pike the feelings he would have normally felt for his father, and felt duty bound to help him at any cost, even if he had to commit mutiny in order to do so.


PON FARR, EARLY ONSET OF Spock was unusually young to be hit by his first Pon Farr. This was partly due to his Human heritage, but also partly due to the combined attacks of the Paradise spores on Omicron Ceti IV and the Psi 2000 virus in "The Naked Time." Both of these viruses caused much emotional instability, which helped trigger early sexual maturity.


PON FARR, INCOMPLETE Spock’s first Pon Farr was very unusual in that it ended abruptly and did not result in either mating or death. It did not terminate completely, however, but remained working in him at a very low hormonal level. It




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resulted in many subtle changes in his personality and behavior patterns, particularly in his reactions toward women (See Spock, Humanization of).


PRIDE (U) Kraith Vulcans have no pride and care nothing for dignity. Likewise they have no humility and cannot be humiliated. They can, at any time, assume the role of a child without harm to their adult ‘personas’ and habits of command. That they can do so reveals more of the gulf between Kraith Vulcans and humans than almost any other fact presented in Kraith.


PROOKLE A Vulcan baked delicacy, brightly colored and highly flavored with different possible spices. It is somewhat similar to compressed bread pudding, and is a great favorite with the college-age crowd. Tanya bakes excellent prookle.


PURNVIFH A Vulcan beverage, safe for Human consumption despite its fishy odor. It counteracts the effects of Tsurlitsh.




REXATH One of the privileges granted to a Pilgrim, empowering him to take over the Utsulan for his own purposes.


REXATH, SPOCK’S USE OF Spock claimed rexath and used the power of the Utsulan to cross over into the alternate universe to rescue the kidnaped Kirk (See Spock, Commodore; Kirk, Kidnap of; Wheerr).




SAREK Sarek was an ambassador and an important person on Vulcan when he and Amanda first met. At the time, he was living with his daughter T’Uriamne. His first wife, T’Yuzeti, had died some time earlier.




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SAREK, KIDNAP OF Shortly after the end of the third year of the five-year mission, the Kraith was stolen. At the same time, Sarek was kidnapped and presumed dead. This forced Spock to assume Sarek’s position as head of the family, and to conduct the Affirmation in his place. The kidnapping was designed to upset tsaichrani and to weaken Vulcan-Human relations. (JS)


SAREK, REAFFIRMATION OF Because of his captivity, Sarek was forced to miss the Affirmation. As a Disaffirmed Vulcan, he was worse than useless to tsaichrani. After he was rescued by Kirk and the crew of the Halberd, he was able to trans-affirm with Spock and thus rejoin the lifeline of his people (See Trans-Affirmation).


SAREK, RESCUE OF Sarek’s rescue from the Romulans came as an unexpected benefit after the Halberd was captured. Sarek was in the cell just across the corridor from Spock, Kirk, and the others. Using Jim and McCoy’s flame gems, Spock was able to free them all.


S’CHAMES Jim Kirk’s Vulcan name. It is a legitimate name, chosen from the Archives for him.


SCHILLIANS The race that gave Babel to the Federation, the Schillians are one of the newest members of the UFP. They are somewhat froglike, partly aquatic, highly telepathic, and tri-sexual. The casual observer cannot tell one sex from another, and the Schillians prefer it that way. Each sex is referred to as "he." They cannot remain sane unless they are in constant telepathic contact with at least one other telepath, not necessarily of their own species. They are quick tempered, but have a warm sense of humor, and are generally well liked by those who come in contact with them. Their unusual telepathic awareness makes them outstanding forecasters, and as such they are valued as security officers.




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SCHLUGTAMER A potent Schillian alcoholic beverage. Ssarsun has found that, if it ever becomes necessary to break all telepathic contacts, he can survive the isolation better if he is drunk.


S’DAK A Vulcan who worked with Suhav on Babel to disrupt the Federation Conference. Spock convinced him of the error in his thinking (See Federation Centennial Conference; Suhav).


S’DARMEG (RB) A young Vulcan scout, who is shipwrecked and injured on a distant planet, and so forced to miss the Affirmation. He is rescued by the Enterprise. Since he is Disaffirmed, he is no longer an active member of Vulcan society. He and Uhura are quite attracted to each other (See Menash).


SEEDS, REPLANTING OF When a seeded fruit is eaten, the seeds are carefully saved for future replanting. By doing so, the Vulcan shows his reverence for the continuation of life and his appreciation for the gift of food from the plant.


SEPMAHT A wild predatory cousin of the Sehlat, it is able to use simple illusions to trap its prey.


SHEALKU A Vulcan-owned passenger liner whose Captain and First Officer have both been murdered. The Second Officer (Luad) calls upon the Enterprise for help, since he--being Schillian and telepathic--is not allowed to take command. He is also the chief suspect (See Ltreluad; Non-Telepath Rule).


SILENCE (U) Vulcans eat their meals in silence. This habit had its origins in the fact that when Vulcan food spoils it quickly becomes deadly, but any taste change is so minor that it can only be detected by careful concentration by the eater. If an eater is distracted, he might be easily poisoned.




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This method was widely used before the reformation. The tradition of silence continues even today. It allows the eater to properly appreciate the flavors and textures of the meal.


SITAR’S LEMMA A theoretical basis for allowing the total participation of all Vulcan in voting on matters of tradition. It provides the criteria by which an individual’s opinion is weighted against his personal accomplishments and competence in the area being voted upon.


SOLED A distant cousin of Spock, and Kirk’s instructor at Dakainya. He becomes Kirk’s Liege during the time of Spock’s Pilgrimage.


SPOCK, COMMANDER A more mature person than the one we first met aboard the Enterprise, he has now passed through all four stages and is a fully mature Vulcan. He is held in deep respect on Vulcan for his skill in using someone else’s Kraith for conducting his Affirmation. (U) He is now head of the family rather than Sarek, a situation which Sarek finds "fascinating." (U) He and his father are very close, having learned much about each other during the Trans-Affirmation (See Maturity, Vulcan; Trans-Affirmation; Time Sense).


SPOCK’S ARGUMENT When the Stovam Report was brought to a vote before the Guardian Council, Spock argued against its acceptance. T’Uriamne argued on the other side, being strongly in its favor (See Stovam Report).


SPOCK’S BONDING WITH TANYA Spock became bonded to Tanya at the time the children were rescued from the wrecked Trantu. He had been trying to convince her for a long time that it was the logical thing to do (See Children, Tanya, Trantu).


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wrecked and isolated on a planet. Following McCoy’s suggestion, Spock put himself into Pon Farr and directed his thoughts toward T’Rruel aboard the Enterprise. She felt his call in her and led the Enterprise to him. This action eventually led to her death (See T’Rruel, Death of).


SPOCK’S DECISION When Kirk was so deeply affected by the Dark Star, and thrown into shock, Spock was faced with two possible courses of action. He could continue the mission, or he could return Jim to Vulcan for help. He chose to return to Vulcan (See Dark Star; Tanya, Death of).


SPOCK, HUMANIZATION OF During the third aired season, Spock became noticeably more human-like, especially in his relationships with women. This unusual behavior was brought about by the hormonal activity of the incompleted Pon Farr still working within him. The hormones produced emotional instability and helped to increase his already great appeal to women. In addition, he was under pressure to take a wife before the Pon Farr hit him again.


SPOCK, LIEGE TO KIRK After Kirk was adopted, he entered into a Warder/Liege Compact with Spock as his Liege. This gave Spock complete control over Kirk’s life and actions, and it also forced Spock--because of Jim’s disobedience--to punish his Ward with a sound spanking (See Kirk, Adoption of; W/L Compact; W/L, Disobedience by a Ward; Kirk’s Disobedience).


SPOCK, MEANING OF NAME Spock’s name means "Founder of Dynasties" or--if given a slightly different pronunciation-- "He Who Communicates a Blended Tradition."


SPOCK’S MISSION (See Halbird.)


SPOCK’S NEMESIS When Spock led the group to rescue Tanya from the D’ze-ut his task was made almost impossible for him by the




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imminent Blooming, which stripped him of all control at the time he needed it most (see Blooms; D’ze-ut).


SPOCK, ROOMS AT HOME While at D’R’Hiset, Spock occupies a penthouse suite, equipped with a telescope and observatory dome, and a complete laboratory. His suite adjoins the Garden of Thought.


SPOCK, TOUR GUIDE (JB, LD, FZ) During his teen years, Spock served as a licensed Tourist Guide, showing offworlders around Vulcan.


SPOCK, COMMODORE A somewhat different Spock from the one we know, the Commodore belongs in an alternate universe. He first became aware of our universe and our Kirk when the Ortiz was knocked into his universe by accident. Ssarsun enlisted his aid in helping them return. Through telepathic contact with Ssarsun, the Commodore learned about Kirk and determined to kidnap him to replace the Kirk he had lost in battle. The Commodore does not have the training in logic that the Commander does. His grandfather is Shariel, not Suvil. He has never heard of Surak’s Construct, the Affirmation, the Kraith, or the Stovam Report. He is good friends with his sister (T’Uriamne) and he hopes that Jim will marry her, if he can convince him to stay.


SSARSUN A Schillian, raised and trained on Vulcan, and therefore somewhat more tolerant of limited mental isolation. He has served on the Enterprise and is well liked. When he is the only Schillian on board, he maintains his sanity by mind-linking with Spock. He is Chief of Security on the Ortiz, and is instrumental in convincing the Commodore to help them return to their own universe. He will probably become the first linked telepath to be given a Captaincy, once the Non-Telepath rule is repealed.


STOVAM REPORT Prepared by the Vulcan Commission that investigated the theft of the Kraith, the report concludes that:




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1) Contact with the Federation is weakening tsaichrani to a dangerous extent, and 2) that in order for tsaichrani to survive, Vulcan must sever all ties with the Federation and particularly with humans. If the recommendations are accepted by the Guardian Council, Amanda and many others like her will be forced to leave Vulcan. The Report and its outcome divide Sarek’s family--T’Uriamne supports the recommendations and Spock argues against them.


SUHAV A historical Vulcan spy, his name is taken by a Romulan agent who has infiltrated the Federation Centennial Conference. Suhav engineers the murder of Ambassador Cunard, the rape of Amanda, the capture of Kirk, and almost succeeds in having Spock kill Kirk.


SURAK’S CONSTRUCT Surak’s philosophy consists of five precepts, and is visualized by the use of the hand-sign and the phrase, "Live Long and Prosper." The user of the hand-sign indicates by its use that he has dedicated himself to live by the five precepts. The thumb, held apart from the other fingers, indicates the great regard in which PRIVACY is held. The first two fingers, held together, demonstrate the equal importance of LOGIC and REVERENCE FOR LIFE. The last two fingers, also held together, show the equality of NOME (all) and IDIC. The use of the hand-sign by offworlders is tolerated only as a diplomatic necessity.


SUVIL Sarek’s father and thus Spock’s grandfather, and Spock’s chief instructor throughout his childhood. Suvil died as a result of an experiment gone wrong, and shortly thereafter, without Suvil to support him, Spock joined Starfleet (see Forgotten Sciences).




TABLE The main dining room table at D’R’Hiset is a large slab of polished green stone, which has the warmth and depth of




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fine wood. There is also another--larger--stone table in the cavern below the house, above the fountain of glowing water.


T’AITH Psychic emanations given off by such personal identification items as the Kraith, the Idlomputt, the Komatt, and the Flame Gems. Such emanations are normally felt only by the owner of the artifact, but to the people of Groskin they are as dangerous as a weapon.


TANYA (T’ANIYEH) A human girl, raised from infancy on Vulcan by Vulcan foster parents, she becomes Spock’s third bondmate. She is small, dark-haired, very pretty, and highly intelligent. She is also telepathic and somewhat overemotional. She is a skilled tokiel dancer and uses her skills to help Spock with his argument.


TANYA--BONDING WITH SPOCK Although Tanya and Spock had known each other for years, and although Spock had asked Tanya to bond with him many years before, she consistently refused because she thought that she was too emotional for him. However, the arrival of the orphaned children from the Trantu made the bonding a logical necessity. Once done, it turned out to be the perfect choice for both (see Children, Vulcan; Trantu).


TANYA, DEATH OF Tanya died aboard the Enterprise, when she became unable to free herself from a forced mind-meld with Kirk. Under the influence of the anomalous dark star, Kirk linked with her and she, still exhausted from her struggle with the D’ze-ut, could not break loose. Kirk was unconscious when she died, and never learned that he was the cause of her death.


T’EKITAH (KITTEN) (ER) She is the daughter that Spock and Tanya might have had if Tanya had not died before she became pregnant. Kitten exists only in the mind of McCoy, when he becomes aware of his ability to see into many possible futures (see Bones’ Vision).




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THILIEN The Medusan navigator of the Halbird. Since the ship is too small for any elaborate equipment, he does most of the work and communicates to the rest of the crew through Tanya, who does not need to see him in order to meld with him.


THRULTAR Psychic energy, used on Groskin as electrical and mechanical energy is used on other planets.


TIME SENSE Any disease which affects a mature Vulcan’s time sense can be fatal. Spock contracted such a disease shortly after he was captured by the Romulans. He was rescued in time by the rest of the Halbird’s crew, and once safely back aboard, McCoy was able to rig a blood filter to enable Sarek to give his son the necessary antibodies. During this crucial time, Sarek and Spock also trans-affirmed.


T’KAIMUT’H The philosophy that states that all relationships can be expressed by the four parameters of space, time, color, and sound. This philosophy is the basis of the Tokiel dance.


TOKIEL A combination of dance form and lecture. It combines color, light, sound, and movement to convey ideas, express relationships, and show possible variations and changes. The special effects are produced by a computer hooked to a special stage on which the dancer moves. The dance platform employs 22 colors and 15 pure tones. A skilled dancer can present a ten-hour verbal argument in about one hour of dance time. It is an incredibly beautiful experience to watch, even if one doesn’t understand the argument being presented. Like ballet, tokiel consists of several basic maneuvers combined in a multitude of variations. The basic steps are first taught to pre-school children.


T’OLNE Suvil’s wife.




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TOP OF THE WORLD The collective name for the early rulers of Vulcan, before the time of Surak. They dabbled in psi-weaponry of awesome power, sacrificing the lives of those who operated the weapons as well as those at whom the weapons were aimed. After such psi-weapons were outlawed, they started a technological arms race that nearly ended in extinction for all. The rule of the Top of the World was one of the bloodiest reigns of terror ever instigated on any world. On Commodore Spock’s alternate world, the Top of the World is still in power, but has evolved into a peaceful and benevolent leadership.


TOWSIN The aristocracy of the planet of Groskin.


TRANS-AFFIRMATION A very dangerous and difficult practice, in which it becomes possible for a kataytikh to Affirm someone who has missed the Affirmation. No more than two people can trans-affirm, and yet, with only two people, it should never be attempted. Trans-Affirmation can only occur if a) the two people involved are members of the same family, b) one of the two is a kataytikh, and c) that one has recently conducted (not merely participated in) an Affirmation. Spock and Sarek are fortunate enough to meet these rigid requirements. During the Trans-Affirmation, Spock and Sarek shared minds completely. This sharing erased any misunderstandings that might have existed between them, and enabled the two to become close friends. One of the dangers of Trans-Affirmation is that the two minds might not be able to separate. However, Spock’s half-Human mind is different enough from Sarek’s that such confusion was avoided.


TRANTU A Vulcan ship that was destroyed by unknown parties as a further attempt to disrupt tsaichrani and foment unrest between Vulcan and the Federation. The only survi-




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vors are 10 young Vulcan children, ranging in age from infants to about 11. They are picked up by the Enterprise, and put under Spock’s care while they are being returned to Vulcan for adoption. It is at this time that Spock bonds with Tanya, so that his mind and hers can be tranquil enough to give tranquility to the children.


T’RRUEL The star of a tokiel dance company being transported to Feda XII to take part in the Affirmation, she and Spock become bonded while en route (See Spock, Bonding to T’Rruel).


T’RRUEL, DEATH OF Spock went into Pon-Farr while en route to Feda XII. Thus T’Rruel was pregnant at the Affirmation, and the ceremony proved to be too exhausting for her.


TSAICHRANI Vulcan culture, the Vulcan way of doing things; its mores, ethics, philosophy, traditions, and beliefs.


TSURLITSH A Vulcan beverage that increases telepathic awareness.


T’URIAMNE Spock’s half-sister, by Sarek’s first wife, T’Yuzeti She is about 25 years older than Spock, and the two have never met. She had been living with Sarek until he became seriously involved with Amanda. As Sarek’s oldest child, she takes his place on the Guardian Council after he is declared dead. She supports Stovam’s conclusions, and Spock must argue against her. When he wins the approval of the Council, he takes her place.


T’YUZETI Sarek’s first wife.


T’ZOREL A half-Vulcan, half-Human girl who has been raised on Vulcan as a Daughter. She rebels against her status when she is about 18, and signs aboard the Enterprise. Spock convinces her that she cannot forget her heritage, but that it is possible for her to find a middle way, much as he has done.




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UTSULAN a roughly pyramidal structure, used as a device to accept, store, and recall mental energies. Spock donates his great joy at winning his argument against T’Uriamne, and later taps that same energy to rescue Kirk from Commodore Spock.




VAVAR (JW) The third planet out from Vulcan’s sun, it is even hotter than Vulcan. The Maze is located there.


VULCAN The fifth planet out from its sun.


VULCAN, PEACE OF Vulcan is a calm and orderly world, free of emotional turmoil. Many visitors feel a deep sense of tranquility, not felt in the presence of more emotional people. Due to the great respect for Privacy exhibited by Vulcans, extending also to mental privacy, this sense of peace is especially apparent to telepaths. Others, less receptive, find Vulcans to be cold and hostile. Kirk finds that the Peace of Vulcan seeps into his very soul. Due to the presence of the crystal below D’R’Hiset, the house exudes a special calming influence.


VULCANUR Low Vulcan. The usual spoken and written language in everyday use.


VULCANIR - VULCANAR Middle and high Vulcan, respectively. They are usually reserved for ceremonial occasions.




WARDER/LIEGE COMPACT a teaching method used on Vulcan as the most formidable tool for training the mind in logical disciplines and expert knowledge. It is a highly artificial arrangement under which the Liege promises to devote his entire energies to the instruction of his Ward. The Ward, in turn, promises complete and unquestioning obedience to his Liege. The Liege has




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total control over all the actions, and even over the life of his Ward. The Ward is allowed no independent thought, and is also obliged to allow no harm or discomfort to come to his Liege. The compact can exist for varying lengths of time, as agreed to by the participating parties. The W/L oath is the most sacred on Vulcan, and is strong enough to parole a murderer who has announced his intention of repeating his crime.


W/L COMPACT, DISOBEDIENCE BY A WARD Vulcan law says that the Liege may choose the punishment of a disobedient ward. Traditionally the punishment has been branding--in public--on the right cheek, as a sign to the world that the Ward is a person without honor. In order to save Kirk from such branding, Spock punishes Jim’s disobedience with a sound spanking, a form of psychological branding more appropriate to a human (JW) (See Kirk’s Disobedience; Spock, Liege to Kirk).


WHEERR Located in the top chamber of the Utsulan, the wheerr is a large crystal surrounded by fields that damp all telepathic energies. It is used to help visualize an individual’s contribution to tsaichrani. Spock and Sarek search the wheerr to determine what paths tsaichrani might take if Jim is, or is not, adopted.


WATER As a gesture of hospitality, a cup of water is offered to the visitor at the door of the Vulcan home. There is a waterfall in the gymnasium at D’R’Hiset that is used as a shower. It is so invigorating that Kirk often wonders if the water contains anything more than plain H2O. It doesn’t.




XHOLZURD The practice of mind control by the stronger over the weaker. The idea is so repugnant to modern Vulcans that the word is considered an obscenity. Spock encounters it on the planet of the D’ze-ut.


XTMPRSQZNTWLFD According to Dorothy Fontana, this is Spock’s family or clan name.




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It is unpronounceable by humans, and rarely used on Vulcan, being more of an identity code than a true name. The name did not originate in Kraith, but is widely used in the series.


XSRTHI A large, warm-blooded, slug-like predator. A rabid female attacked Folsome and infected him with Kye-Fi-Par, and its whelp attacked and infected S’Mural (See Kye-Fi-Par, McCoy’s Treatment for; Kthir).





YAHVEE The basic three-day time unit used on Vulcan in place of our week. The usual Vulcan follows a schedule of two Yahvee at work and one Yahvee on vacation.


YHOTEKH A Vulcan sweet, made from the byproduct of insect metabolism. It consists of a foamy cube dipped fondue-style in a frothy liquid. It is quite delicious and very fattening.




ZYETO A form of Vulcan argument, in which disputes are settled by flinging quotations from the Six Books instead of flinging fists.




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Key to numbering system:

aI--stories coming before I

I, II, etc.--main line stories

A-I, etc.--side stories within the main line


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