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"Your world has food chains. Mine does not. Our species map is binary; we are either predator or prey. My people were hunted, bred, farmed... we are your livestock of old. We were biologically determined for one purpose, and one purpose alone – to sense the coming of death. I sense it coming now."

Saru was a male Kelpien Starfleet officer who lived during the mid-23rd century. He served on board at least two Federation starships, the USS Shenzhou and the USS Discovery.

Starfleet careerEdit

Saru was the first Kelpien to join Starfleet. (DIS: "The Vulcan Hello") He had a first contact specialist qualification. (DIS: "Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum")

Science officer of the USS ShenzhouEdit

In 2249, Saru had obtained the rank of lieutenant and was serving in the sciences division aboard the USS Shenzhou under Captain Philippa Georgiou as a bridge officer. He was present when Michael Burnham arrived on the starship. (DIS: "Battle at the Binary Stars")

By 2256, he had been promoted to lieutenant commander and worked as the ship's chief science officer. (DIS: "The Vulcan Hello")

That year, Saru participated in the Battle of the Binary Stars, and later evacuated the Shenzhou with the remaining crew after the death of Captain Georgiou. (DIS: "Battle at the Binary Stars")

First officer of the USS DiscoveryEdit

About six months later, Saru had been promoted to commander, transferred to the command division, and made first officer of the USS Discovery under Gabriel Lorca. (DIS: "Context Is for Kings")

When the prison transport shuttle carrying the disgraced former Starfleet officer Michael Burnham was brought aboard the USS Discovery for repairs, Saru escorted the former officer to engineering so that she would work as a “data cruncher” under Lieutenant Paul Stamets.

When the USS Glenn, the Discovery‘s sister ship, suffered a catastrophe, Saru spoke up in Burnham’s defence, describing her as the “smartest Starfleet officer [he] had ever met.”

Key datesEdit

Appendices Edit


Doug Jones wearing 'squinted' contact lenses, discarded during pilot filming

Appearances Edit

Background information Edit

Saru was played by actor Doug Jones.

Apocrypha Edit

In Desperate Hours by David Mack it is revealed that Saru is from a world called Kelpia and that he was rescued from that world by Starfleet officers.

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